No power outage on Election Day, says energy official

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 26 2019 01:14 PM

MANILA - There will be no power outages on Election Day, but there is no assurance of sufficient supply after May 13, energy officials told lawmakers Friday amid reports of low electricity supply in the country.

Officials expect low power consumption on Election Day, which falls on a Monday, since it was declared as a special non-working holiday.

"We expect sufficient supply. The worry we’re having is the counting day, transmission day," Energy Assistant Secretary Redentor Delola told members of the Senate Committee on Energy.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines on Tuesday said parts of Luzon would experience rotational brownouts due to low power reserves.

Peak demand in the Philippines' largest island is expected at 10,536 MW while available capacity is at 10,576 MW, it said.

Meralco, the country's largest power distributor, earlier said it was preparing contingency measures in case several poll precincts would be hit by rotational brownouts on May 13.