Luzon records highest power demand – DOE

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EXPECT power demand to increase with the summer season in full swing.
So far this year, the Department of Energy (DOE) has recorded the highest power demand on the Luzon grid on May 6 at 2:08 p.m.

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According to the DOE, the Luzon grid recorded peak demand at 8,791 megawatts (MW).

The spike in power demand, however, did not cause any outages as there is enough reserve in the Luzon grid, the DOE said.

Based on the power outlook of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), as of 6 a.m. Thursday, the Luzon grid had reserves of 1,505 MW.

The Interruptible Load Program (ILP), which is a mechanism designed by the government to avert power outages this summer, has not been implemented due to ample power reserves.

Under the scheme, owners of generating sets (gensets) would be asked to deload from the Luzon Grid and to use their own gensets at certain hours, usually when demand peaks.

In turn, the government would reimburse the owners of these self-generating facilities (SGFs) for their fuel expenses in using their backup generators during tight supply.

Despite the adequate reserves, the DOE reminded the public to practice energy efficiency and conservation.

It said that if energy efficiency measures were practiced collectively by all establishments and homes, it could potentially decrease the energy demand by significant levels.

“Therefore, this will reduce possibilities of power situations from happening at this time of the year,” the DOE said in a statement.

The DOE therefore urged all users to turn their air-conditioners or cooling systems to 25 degrees Celsius, particularly during the weekday peak hours of from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Luzon.

“The Department will continue to coordinate with all concerned agencies and calls on the public to be more responsible energy consumers,” it added.

NGCP disaster command center

Meanwhile, NGCP, the power grid operator and transmission service provider, activated on Thursday its Overall Disaster Command Center in preparation for Typhoon Dodong (international name Noul).

As part of its Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP), NGCP is implementing the necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact of Typhoon Dodong on power transmission operations and facilities.

Preparations include ensuring the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials, standby generators, vehicles, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) spares and supplies necessary for the repair of damage to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews and helicopters in strategic areas to facilitate immediate restoration work.

The IDAP prescribes these and other procedures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities expected to be affected by the passage of the weather disturbance.

NGCP’s Overall Disaster Command Center in Quezon City monitors all power restoration activities, reports, and updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao, whichever is directly affected by the weather disturbance.

The North and South Luzon Regional Command Centers will be activated this weekend as the typhoon will likely hit the said areas in the next three days per the forecast track of Pagasa.

The NGCP other Regional Command Centers remain on standby.

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