Luzon power supply stable – DOE

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The Department of Energy (DOE) on Thursday said the power supply in Luzon remains stable and that there will be no brownout in the next four weeks.

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla admitted that his projection of a shortfall of 800 megawatt (MW) this month did not happen because there is sufficient supply. He attributed this to lower power demand and the reliability of power plants in the Luzon grid.

“In a sense, if we keep the demand in that level, I think we will survive this summer,” Petilla told reporters.

He said power plants in the Luzon grid have been performing at top form.

“So far, we have a lot of power supply because there is no power plant that shut down,” he said.

He also cited the cooperation of the public in the agency’s campaign for energy conservation.

“They are now testing the 25 degrees and the children are the ones heeding our calls,” he said, referring to the DOE’s advise to turn the thermostat of air conditioning units to 25 degrees.

“I am confident that we could survive this summer because of the cooperation of everybody,” Petilla said.

The DOE, he noted, will continue to monitor the power outlook because there could be an abrupt change in the weather.

“We will not relax because we don’t really know what will be our weather condition, if the temperature will soar so the demand will increase,” he said.

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  1. What about after 4 weeks??? Is there enough supply of power thru out the year and the next coming year. What is world class na sinasabi nitong mga nagsasalita ng world class ang pilipinas… sa mga artista diyan marami tayo.. Di ba nila alam ang ibig sbihin ng world class?? Sa power supply lang wala na tayo sa category world class, every year there is always brown out throghout the Philippines except North..nagpapatawa itong mga nagsasabi ng world class.. Hindi ako pinanganak kahapon.. We have to develop our own resources of power supply….make a new power plant to cope this problem.. ang nangyayari iyong mga proyekto ni Pres. Marcos ibinenta ninyo sa mga private firms na nagsasamantala sa mamayang pilipino.. wala namn dinagdag na power plant magmula ng umupo si corykong until now na umupo itong anak niya na wala rin nagawaing bagong power plant para sa bansa. instead ginawa niyang negosyo, ibinenta nya s mga kaibigan nilang negosyante at kaklase para pahirapan ang taong bayan…BNPP is one of the answer for this problem. But why they did not operate?? dahil ito ay proyekto ni marcos at baka maapektuhan pa ang mga negosyo ng mga lopezes sa bansa na gustong kumonrtrol ng ating ekonomiya .. this is the main objective of this administration..pahirapan ang mga mamayang pilipino…

  2. Well we had a brownout just yesterday, admittedly it only lasted for 1 minute but it was still a brownout & these things shouldnt be happening. I still cant believe that the philippines is so far behind the rest of the world. They always speak of world class this or that, but i dont know of anything in the philippines thats world class. ( i mean in services )