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DOE: Power supply situation to improve this week

April 16 ------ The Philippine power supply situation is expected to improve as more plants go live and a decrease in demand is seen during Holy Week, the Department of Energy (DOE) said Monday. "Hanggang Easter Sunday, we're okay kasi mababa 'yung demand, papasok 'yung mga planta," DOE spokesperson Felix William "Wimpy" Fuentebella said at a press conference.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) issued a red alert over the Luzon Grid from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon, due to thinning reserves. For the rest of the week, Fuentebella said some three plants are expected to go live after earlier reporting forced outages which would boost capacity by over 1,000 megawatts (MW). This includes the Pagbilao Unit 3 with a capacity of 420 MW, Limay Unit 2 with 150 MW, and Sual with 647 MW.

"By Wednesday, meron tayong mga plantang papasok, mga naka-outage. Wednesday maganda na, Thursday mababa ang demand, may papasok pang malaki, si Sual," said Fuentebella. "For tomorrow, probably the same, but with the coming in of a plant we will improve. We're monitoring sa demand since medyo mataas sa projection," he elaborated. For its part, Fuentebella said the DOE is closely monitoring the situation to ensure that the demand is being met, especially with the heat of the summer season. "Nararamdaman natin 'yung problema, lalong lalo na 'pag wala tayong kuryente. It's bothering to us, the DOE, but we are also working doubly hard to deliver that power requirements sa inyo," he said.

Source: gmanetwork.com