Palace allays fears of blackouts
amid thin power reserves

June 21 2016 4:12 PM

Image from James Ryan Dulay
Image from James Ryan Dulay

Malacañang has assured the public that power interruption would be kept to a minimum should reserves in the Luzon grid continue to decrease.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said the Department of Energy (DOE) was keeping tabs on the status of power plants in Luzon to avert rotational brownouts.

“The DOE is monitoring the situation and working with power sector stakeholders to ensure minimal disruption of service,” Coloma said in a statement on Tuesday, June 21.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) placed the Luzon grid on yellow alert status on Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

A yellow alert status means that the total reserve is less than the capacity of the power plants online.

READ: Yellow alert up on Luzon grid due to inadequate power supply

Several power plants went offline on Tuesday due to forced outages, including Southwest Luzon Power, Angat Main 2 and GN Power 1.

Pagbilao 2 as well as Kalayaan 3 were scheduled for maintenance.

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has asked the public to save energy while the grid was on yellow alert to prevent brownouts.

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