Energy family prepares for summer power situation

The Department of Energy (DOE) today led the energy family in assuring the public of concerted efforts to ensure the stable supply of power throughout the year, most especially during the summer season.

“The DOE has been actively working with the entire energy family since November last year for all the necessary preparations, as well as the development of harmonized solutions to make sure that there will be adequate power supply all year round,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

A press conference on the 2020 Power Outlook was held in the agency’s headquarters, where representatives from the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) joined DOE officials in outlining the measures being undertaken to eliminate the potential of summer power outages.

Based on the demand forecast of the DOE, the peak demand for 2020 is at 12,285 megawatts (MW) for Luzon; 2,519 MW for Visayas and 2,278 MW for Mindanao. While there is enough power capacity at present, depending on the volume of forced outages, yellow and/or red alerts may be raised.

A forced outage refers to the sudden and unplanned breakdown of a power plant.

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