NGCP sees steady rise in Luzon power demand

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TARLAC: The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) projected that power demand in Luzon will continue to rise in the succeeding years following the increase in consumption of electricity last summer.

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In a social media post, NGCP Regional Communications and Public Affairs Officer Ernest Vidal revealed that latest recorded consumption in the first half of 2017 alone has already surpassed last year’s total power usage.

Actual power use so far has reached 10,054 megawatts (MW), the highest recorded at 2:27 p.m. on May 9. Total supply from power plants that pass the NGCP is at 11,444 MW with 1,390 MW left over for the NGCP’s “operating margin (OM).”

The OM ensures the continuous flow of electricity and prevents low voltage and low frequency that could result in power interruptions as well as destroy appliances and other electrically-ran gadgets.

Despite the high demand in electricity, Luzon residents are satisfied with the power supply because of NGCP’s recent facility improvement, Vidal said.

“We have maintained our system voltage level at normal even at the height of summer through the Luzon System Operation,” he said.

The state-ran power grid made several improvement in its capacity such as the renewal of its custody of critical equipment in its sub-stations and strengthening of operating measures of transformers and “capacitor banks.”

Vidal added that the NGCP ensures that the grid can maintain supply of electricity from its generators to its farthest consumers and wherever it is needed.

The agency is also setting up needed technology in the Western and Eastern Manila Backbone such as the critical works at the 230-kV Pasay sub-station, Taguig-Taytay 230kV line and 500kV Taguig sub-station.

“We will do our best to serve consumers but we call on them, as well as other government agencies to continue their support for us to deliver the best services we can offer,” Vidal said.

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