Quarantine measure cuts Visayas power demand by 458 MW – NGCP report

By Lenie Lectura -April 1, 2020
from Business Mirror

POWER demand in Visayas dropped by 458 megawatts (MW) from January 29 to March 28 this year, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported.

The DOE-Visayas Field Office (DOE-VFO) attributed the decrease in power consumption to halted, or reduced operations, of industrial and commercial establishments in the Visayas.

Based on the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines’ Daily Load Profile, the Visayas grid peak demand of 2186 MW on January 29, 2020 went down to 1728 MW last March 28.

It was also observed that the week’s average weekday demand of 1772 MW was lower than the recorded 1870 MW average demand for the same period in 2019, while projected average demand for the same period is 2015 MW.

The DOE said it anticipates further reductions in power demand levels with the continued implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

The agency vowed to monitor the region’s daily power situation and status of all power plants to ensure continuous supply of electricity.

Furthermore, the DOE is also coordinating with relevant national agencies and local government units on the unimpeded delivery of energy services, especially the movement of essential staff and supplies throughout the localized ECQ areas.