By Liza Soriano
MANILA — In order to avoid power outages this coming summer, Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to make sure that the anticipated addition of 1,196 megawatts (MW) of power supply will be accomplished during the first half of this year.
Gatchalian pointed out that 1,196 MW of committed power generating capacity for Luzon and Visayas will be added to the grid this year according to the DOE’s most recent power projection for Luzon.
The extra capacity is anticipated to aid in meeting this year’s anticipated peak demand, which may happen during the final week of May.
“A steady power supply is critical for the country to sustain its economic growth as it is anchored on our capacity to provide electricity supply when and where it is needed. Thus, the government must ensure that any additional requirement will be met with sufficient supply,” Gatchalian said.
“While the energy department has already flagged possible 12 yellow alerts between March and November this year, it needs to ensure that the expected additional supply is attained before demand peaks during the summer months,” the senator added.
He also urged the DOE to ensure that no maintenance shutdown of existing power plants will happen during the peak months to prevent any red alert status which causes rotational brownouts.