DOE admits power supply in Luzon tight this summer

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

THE Department of Energy (DOE) on Thursday admitted that the power supply situation in Luzon remains tight despite the entry of a 600-megawatt power plant.

Energy Undersecretary Raul Aguilos said the power situation in Luzon has improved at the start of April as compared to March with the Ilijan Power Plant with 600 megawatts coming online earlier than scheduled.

"However, the supply situation remains tight as Luzon registers its highest annual demand during the summer months," he said.

With this, he said the DOE has been in close coordination with the distribution utilities (DUs) for the implementation of the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) in Luzon.

Given the rising power demand during summer, ILP is part of the country's demand-side management program, Aguilos said.

ILP serves as an option for DUs like the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and electric cooperatives to ask their big load customers to serve their own power needs by using their own generator sets in the event that all available mechanisms implemented to ensure supply are not enough to cover the demand for electricity.

Targeted ILP participants are those with large embedded generation capacities such as malls, large business establishments, and factories.

"We are encouraging the ILP as it provides distribution utilities such as Meralco an option of last resort to meet its power requirements," Aguilos said.

The use of ILP is contingent to the status of the grid and the choice of the DUs.

Based on established protocols, ILP is implemented during a red alert status (minimal power reserve) upon the notice of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the DUs informing ILP participants to deload from the grid. (SDR/Sunnex)

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