METRO CUSTOMERS HIT BY POWER INTERRUPTIONS AMID SCORCHING SUMMER HEAT
MANILA – Power interruptions hit residents in parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces as some power plants remain offline or derated on Thursday.
In particular, power supply crunch struck the following areas:
Metro Manila: Manila City, Quezon City, Caloocan City, Parañaque City, Pasay CIty, San Juan, Las Piñas, Valenzuela, Malabon, Navotas, Pasig City, Taguig City, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong City, Marikina, Makati City
Bulacan: Plaridel, Malolos City, San Rafael, San Ildefonso, Pandi, Norzagaray, Doña Remedios Trinidad, Angat, Paombong, Hagonoy, Calumpit, Meycauayan, Santa Maria, Marilao, Bocaue, Pulilan, Baliuag, San Jose Del Monte City, Balagtas
Cavite: Imus, General Trias, Dasmariñas City, Trece Martirez City, Tagaytay City, Silang, Naic, Indang, Amadeo, Bacoor, Noveleta, Kawit, Cavite City, Tanza, Rosario, General Mariano Alvarez, Carmona
Laguna: Cabuyao, Liliw, Magdalena, Majayjay, Nagcarlan, Rizal, San Pablo City, Bay, Calamba, Calauan, Los Baños, Pila, Sta. Cruz, Victoria, Biñan, Sta. Rosa, San Pedro, Alaminos
Earlier, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) raised red and yellow alerts in the Luzon grid because of major generation inadequacy.
Red alert is up from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. while yellow alert is declared from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
According to the Department of Energy, the following power plants are on unscheduled outage:
- San Miguel Consolidated Power Corp. (SCPC) Unit 2 (150 megawatts);
- Sual Unit I of Team Energy and San Miguel (647 MW);
- Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corp. (SLPGC) Unit 2 of DMCI (150 MW);
- Pagbilao Unit 3 of Team Energy and AboitizPower (420 MW); and
- South Luzon Thermal Energy Corp. (SLTEC) Unit 1 of Ayala (135 MW)
Aside from these facilities, the DOE said power plants with a total capacity of 827 MW are on scheduled maintenance while DMCI’s Calaca Unit 2 (100 MW) that is not operating at full capacity.
To alleviate the supply deficiency, the Manila Electric Co. implemented rotating brownouts or Manual Load Dropping (MLD) in the above-mentioned cities, municipalities, and provinces that affected about 1.3 million customers in its franchise area.
Also, Meralco reported 234 MW from 112 accounts participated in its Interruptible Load Program (ILP), a scheme which aims to ease supply deficiency in the power grid by voluntarily reducing the amount of load connected to the distribution grid during the peak hours of the day.
As posted on its website, the NGCP said peak demand is higher at 10,623 MW against available capacity at 10,206 MW as of 1 p.m. on Thursday.