DOE coordinates with power producers to ensure supply

By Joann Villanueva

April 3, 2019, 8:39 pm

MANILA -- For the third consecutive day, the Department of Energy (DOE) assured the public that it continues to coordinate with power producers as the country's power reserves grow thinner.

In a statement, the Energy department said the yellow alert status in the Luzon grid was lifted by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) at 4:55pm Wednesday “due to sufficient operating reserve brought about by low actual system demand”.

NGCP issued the “Yellow Alert” notice for 1-4pm due to unplanned outage of several generators.

These are the Pagbilao 3 in Quezon Province, 420 megawatt (MW); Masinloc 2 in Zambales, 344 MW; Pagbilao 1 (382 MW); and Malaya 2 in Rizal, 350 MW.

Three plants were also de-rated in the afternoon and these are the Calaca 2 in Batangas which only provided 200 MW instead of 300MW, the Malaya2 at 150MW from 300MW and the South Luzon Power Generation Corporation (SLPGC) in Batangas to only 100MW instead of 150MW.

DOE said close coordination with power plant operations remain “to ensure the delivery of electricity services to consumers”.

“It includes the facilitation of incoming plants that are undergoing commissioning and testing, such as Masinloc3 for Luzon and TVI2 for Visayas,” it added.

TVI2 is the power plant of Therma Visayas Inc. (TVI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power, in Toledo, Cebu. (PNA)