Stable power supply during polls–D.O.E.

by Lenie LecturaMay 9, 2016

from Business Mirror

Energy agencies on Monday reported stable power services in polling areas nationwide.

The Power Task Force Election (PTFE), spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE), on Monday said the “power-supply situation in the country is normal,” despite occurrences of minor power incidents, which were immediately restored by technical personnel on standby.

“Efforts were more coordinated this time,” the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), which also reported that the system recorded sufficient power supply in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao on election day. The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), for its part, said there were power outages in its franchise area, but these were quickly resolved.

“Generally, the power-supply situation is normal in the Meralco franchise area. Though there were a few isolated outage incidents these were resolved almost immediately,” Meralco Spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said.

 He cited a 17-hour brownout in Lucena, Quezon. “The longest was in Ransohan Elementary School, but a genset [generator set] was sent while the repair was ongoing,” Zaldarriaga said.

Earlier in the day, Energy Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada visited the dedicated PTFE Command Centers.  Among others, the energy chief went to the National Power Corp. (Napocor) which monitors the remaining government-owned power plants and rural areas under the Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG).

Napocor President Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita reported that “very brief” power outages occurred in some missionary electrification areas, but did not impede at all the conduct of the elections in over 300 SPUG areas.

Moreover, Sta. Rita noted that its Agus-Pulangi hydropower facilities are in normal operation, and the deployment of 72 gensets for use in missionary areas further augmented the power supply across the country.

Monsada also visited Meralco’s command center in Ortigas to check on the utility’s power monitoring within its franchise area, and the command center of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) in Quezon City, which monitors electric cooperatives.

Power gross reserve in Luzon reached as high as 4,000 megawatts (MW) on Monday, it was learned. However, power demand is expected to shoot up on Tuesday to about 9,600 MW, placing the power reserve at 1,223 MW.

Monsada added that, while the power situation remained normal due to the synchronization of measures from the entire energy family, the PTFE will continue to monitor developments in the sector to fully contribute to the holding a clean and credible national and local elections.

The PTFE also enjoins the public to report any power disruption or untoward incident.