Government ready for power crisis, public assured

April 10, 2019
Power plant

MALACAÑANG yesterday said the government is ready for “whatever crisis we will have” after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) placed the Luzon grid under red alert on Wednesday.

The red alert status or the probability of power outages in the grid has been declared for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday and will again be enforced at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, a yellow alert status was raised at 10 a.m., from 12 noon to 1 p.m., followed by 5 p.m., and 7-9 pm.

Luzon grid on yellow alert from 10:00AM, 12:00NN-1:00PM, 5:00PM, and 7:00PM-9:00PM, and red alert from 11:00AM, 2:00PM-4:00PM, 10 April 2019.

Available Capacity – 10,625MW

Peak Demand – 10,313MW

“I am sure the Energy Department will have responses to whatever crisis we will have,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing.

In a separate advisory, the Department of Energy (DoE) said the highest alert was declared because of the projected high demand and that certain power plants were either offline or not operating at full capacity.

According to the NGCP, a red alert status is declared when there is a zero ancillary service (AS), or a generation deficiency exists.