DOE expects Luzon power to normalize this week

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The Department of Energy on Sunday said power supply in Luzon will return to normal this week.

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said power in Metro Manila is already back to normal while areas affected by Typhoon Glenda, including Albay, will soon have regular power supply.

“Metro Manila is back to normal and the only concern we have right now is do we have enough supply,” said Petilla. “We expect more plants to come in including Calaca but we also expect demand to go up.”

The DOE is meeting on Monday to assess the power situation in Luzon.


Meanwhile, the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said only 7 percent of its whole franchise area has no power.

“Metro Manila about 37,000 customers left without power,” Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga told The Manila Times in a text message.

He added that Quezon province still with highest percentage without power at 32 percent.

Joey Alonzo, head of Meralco System Control said the power supply is “very efficient although the reserves are precarious.”

“There are some plants having problems in coming back to the grid. So its basically power plant issues,” he said.

Power supply in the Luzon grid is still very low.

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said as of 6 a.m. on Sunday, Luzon has an expected capacity of 6,492 megawatts (MW) and a projected peak demand of 6,336 MW.

This prompted NGCP to place Luzon grid on “yellow alert.”

NGCP defines a “yellow alert” as a system condition where the total reserve is less than the capacity of the largest plant online. For the Luzon grid, this is 647 MW.

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