WHILE Luzon and Mindanao are expected to experience power problems in the summer months next year, Visayas will have enough supply during the crucial period, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said.
The power outlook for Visayas in summer is good because its power needs usually peak in December and not during summer, which is the peak season for Luzon, he said.
“The power supply in the Visayas will be tight but not as tight as the supply situation in Luzon. They have enough supply during the dry months because their peak is not summer, it’s December,” Petilla said.
Besides, Petilla said the region’s power capacity has been strengthened by newly commissioned power plants.
He cited the Energy Development Corp.’s Nasulo geothermal power plant in Valencia, Negros Oriental, which will generate an additional 49.4 megawatts (MW) for the Visayas grid.
“The Visayas is on yellow alert a lot of times. It also experiences outages, but if plants are running it will be okay,” he said.
Petilla earlier expressed fears that a power problem is likely to happen in summer next year because of the looming shortage in supply.
Having sufficient power supply, the Visayas grid is likely to export at least 80 megawatts of power to the Luzon grid to help an anticipated shortage in the dry months of 2015.
The DOE chief also said that the government is pursuing a negotiated contract to boost power supply in Luzon and ensure its availability in time for the dry months and high temperatures.
He explained that the dry season curtails the capability of hydroelectric plants to generate power.
He also said the government must also ensure the efficiency of the 350-MW unit 2 of the Malaya power plant after assessing that there was a 50-percent chance that it might not run.
The 300-MW Malaya Unit 1 will undergo rehabilitation until the start of the dry season.
The looming power crisis in 2015 prompted Petilla to recommend that President Benigno Aquino 3rd be granted emergency powers by Congress to enable him to immediately address the problem.