January 21, 2022 | 12:59
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DoE) said on Friday it does not yet see any issues that will affect the dry season, after the transmission service provider said Luzon’s power grid could experience low operating margins during the period.
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) had previously forecast low operating margins – or power above demand – in the Luzon grid from April to June, which includes the critical election period.
“Based on our estimates from stakeholder submissions, so far we do not see any specific concerns that could affect electricity supply this summer and election preparations,” said Mario Marasigan, Director from the DoE Electric Power Industry Management Office. Tagalog during an interview with SuperRadyo DzBB.
According to him, operating margins refer to the reserves that come into play when a power plant supplying power to the grid encounters a problem.
He added that there is an Elections Energy Task Force, led by the DoE, which is looking at scenarios that could occur during the elections.
“We are looking at the scenarios that can happen during the election. That’s why we don’t see that there will be any problems during the election if we only focus on electricity supply,” Marasigan said.
In its earlier statement, the NGCP said some power plants have extended maintenance shutdowns while others have cut committed production this month.
Marasigan said the DoE has a policy that prevents factories and transmission facilities from undergoing maintenance shutdowns during the summer months in an effort to ensure the nation’s energy security. This does not apply to hydroelectric plants, however, as they are powered by water that is historically scarce in the summer.