Establishments help ease power shortage

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Establishments that signed to join the government’s Interruptible Load Program (ILP) helped address power shortage in areas being serviced by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) Friday.

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In a statement, the country’s largest distribution utility (DU) said about 375 megawatts (MW) was lost in the Luzon grid’s power supply because of the outage in Pagbilao 1, which in turn translated to a 270MW loss in Meralco’s supply.

It cited that grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) informed Meralco that the 735-MW coal-fired Pagbilao 1 power plant went on outage at about 1:28 PM due to technical problem.

“To help mitigate the situation, participating establishments under the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) volunteered to reduce their consumption by running their own generator sets, instead of sourcing their power directly from Meralco, so that household customers will continue to have power,” it said.

Under ILP, private companies that have power generators need not tap DUs for their electricity requirements but instead use their own facilities.

In turn, they will be paid by the DUs based on the fuel and oil used in running the generators and on the depreciation of the equipment.

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla earlier said there is a total of 2,000MW available capacity under the ILP program but the DOE will only tap about 500MW
from big entities like malls.

He said this program is what the government is relying on to address current low supply in the Luzon grid until new power plants come in in 2015 onwards.

And because of the low supply situation in Luzon, a one-hour rotating power outage
were experienced in several Metro Manila cities as well as some areas in Bulacan and Cavite.

The affected areas in the metropolis include Caloocan City, Malabon, Navotas; Balintawak, Batasan, Greater Fairview, San Bartolome, Tandang Sora, Novaliches, and La Loma in Quezon City; Mabuhay, Valenzuela and the city of Manila.

PNA

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