17 April 2015
from Manila Bulletin
The House Committee on Energy is not anticipating brownouts until the end of April as the Luzon grid has an average of 1,500 megawatts (MW) power reserves, which can be tapped in the middle of the dry season.
“We are happy to announce that from March 15 up to the present (during the period of Malampaya shutdown), we have not experienced any brownouts,” said Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, who chairs the committee.
“We are not yet talking of Interruptible Load Program which is close to 1,000 MW. We have not spent a single centavo to address the impending power crisis,” he added as he spoke at a forum earlier this week.
The House leader expressed confidence that there will be no power interruption this month, citing that a total of 2,600 megawatts are available in case there is power shortfall.
The ILP is tapped during a red alert status or minimal power reserve in the grid, according to Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) protocols.
RENEWABLE ENERGY OUTLOOK
Meanwhile in Ilocos Norte, energy experts were urged to share successful renewable energy (RE) development practices among the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)-member economies to attain the goal of doubling RE projects by 2030.
Director Mario Marasigan, of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Renewable Energy Management Bureau who co-chairs the APEC Expert Group on New Renewable Energy Technology (EGNRET), said it is important for member economies to share their RE roadmap for the members may learn or can replicate from their practices.
The expert group held its four-day EGNRET 44th Meeting on April 13-16 at the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel in Laoag City with an overview of the RE programs in the Philippines.
One of the presenters, the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (APERC), gave an outlook in doubling RE targets in the next 15 years.
Chrisnawan Anditya of APERC said RE share to total installed capacity would have increased from 22 percent in 2012 to 33 percent in 2030 and 38 percent in 2040.
China is said to provide the largest share with 45 percent in 2012, 63 percent in 2030, and 68 percent in 2040 to total APEC renewable energy capacity.
The APERC data also showed that the Philippines is among the top five economies along with the United States, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Mexico with total installed capacity of geothermal power by 2030.