The Department of Energy does not expect any power interruption because there are 174.6MW available under the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) within the MERALCO franchise area.
The issued Red Alert NOTICE for 1100H, 1400H to 1600H intervals (10:01-1100AM, 1:01-4:00PM) and Yellow Alert NOTICE from 1000H, 1200H to 1300H, 1700H and 1900 to 2100H (9:01-10:00AM, 11:01AM-1:00PM, 4:01-5:00PM, 6:01-9:00PM) was caused by the high projected system demand and the outage and deration of ff. generators that resulted to the thinning of reserves.
A total of 827 MW capacity is on planned outage as of today.
The distribution utilities, specifically MERALCO, have already notified the ILP participants to activate their self-generating facilities (SGFs) during the mentioned intervals which resulted to the de-loading of 174.3MW under item number 1 above.
This, along with the energy efficiency and conservation program exercised by the customers, may prevent the potential power interruption within its franchise area
The DOE and the energy players are closely monitoring the increases in demand and the power plants that are expected to be in.
The other strategies considered by the power industry players include the management of plant maintenance schedules, the optimization of existing hydroelectric power plants, the upgrading of the electricity facilities, the preparation of available generator sets for unforeseen outages, the increased participation of big establishments in the Interruptible Load Program, as well as the continued call for an energy efficiency lifestyle for electricity end-users.
The DOE, through its Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) reiterates the importance of its SAVE SAVE SAVE energy efficiency campaign, not only to incur more savings, but also to ensure uninterrupted electricity services this summer season.
An hour long rotating brownouts
Customers of Manila Electric Co. experience hour long rotating brownout today due to insufficient power generation capacity.
Meralco said National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has issued a RED ALERT notice in the Luzon grid for certain hours.
Red alert means there is insufficient power supply in the grid.
"Your power supply may have been affected by our Manual Load Dropping (MLD) or rotational brownout due to insufficient operating reserve that may last for an hour," Meralco said.
Affected areas are portions of: Malolos City, Bustos, Plaridel, Pulilan, Malabon, Navotas, Caloocan City, Valenzuela, Alfonso, Mendez- Nuñez, Tagaytay City, General Emilio Aguinaldo, Amadeo, Imus, Bacoor, Noveleta, Kawit, General Trias, Quezon City - Batasan, Quezon City- Fairview, Quezon City- Bago Bantay, Quezon City- Novaliches, Quezon City- San Jose,Quezon City- San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City- Pugad Lawin, Quezon City- Kaunlaran, Las Piñas, Biñan, Bay, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Rosa, Calamba, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Pila, San Pedro, Cabuyao.
Soaring temperatures and the shutdown of several power plants prompted NGCP to raise the red alert status.