MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Energy (DOE) said Friday there will be ample power supply during the election period, adding that it does not expect any supply shortages during the first three weeks of May.
National and local elections will take place on May 9, which falls on the 19th week of the year.
Citing the updated energy outlook from the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for the Luzon grid, DOE Director of the Office of Electric Power Industry Management Mario Marasigan said it’s likely that yellow alerts – which signify power reserves clarification – will not be placed on the power grid from weeks 18 to 20.
However, he noted the possibility of six yellow alerts that will occur in the second quarter, during weeks 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24. This will only occur if the “worst case scenario” occurs.
“It happens that the election period, meaning a week before and a week after plus the actual day of the election, is spared the yellow alerts,” Marasigan told reporters during a briefing. virtual friday.
The projections, which were based on historical power grid records for the past four years, took into consideration the extended shutdown of the second 300-megawatt unit of the Calaca coal-fired power plant.
Yellow alerts do not trigger power outages, the Energy Department said. These alerts are downgraded to red alerts if the supply-demand balance deteriorates. Only during red alerts are there rotating blackouts.
During the briefing, DOE Principal Undersecretary and Energy Task Force Election Chair Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella said he was “very confident” the Luzon grid will not experience no slump during election, but said agency and task force members were working. together so that they can respond immediately to any power-related issues that may arise.
Earlier, the grid operator said Luzon’s power grid may experience low operating margins during the summer months of this year, citing increased demand.
On Friday, Marasigan said he hoped the second unit of GN Power Dinginin’s (GNPD) 668-megawatt coal-fired power plant would provide additional power to the grid, despite the power plant lagging in commercial operations.
According to him, the GNPD unit will be able to supply electricity to the grid even though it is undergoing testing and commissioning – which he says will start this month.
He added that the DOE has already spoken to large power plants that have agreed to roll back their PMS (preventive maintenance programs) to the summer months, thereby securing more power for the grid. During the dry season, only hydroelectric facilities are allowed to schedule preventive maintenance services and, in turn, disconnect.
The Energy Department said earlier that it sees no problem with the power situation during the election, based on submissions from its stakeholders.
A stable power supply is required to transmit polling data.