Visayas grid on red alert

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Visayas grid on red alert

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The  expected normalcy of power in the province is closely being monitored after the Visayas grid was placed on red alert amid a shortfall of 126 megawatts in the region’s peak demand of 1,869 megawatts.

Bohol continues to suffer from the Visayas grid hitches while its main source of power supply, the Leyte geothermal plant, still has to stabilize its system.

The power generation deficiency hampers the operation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), prompting distribution utilities to drop load and continue to implement power rationing.

The power generation deficiency has run for two days already.

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Because of this power shortfall, short brownouts were still experienced in some areas in the province last Monday, the day after the Department of  Energy (DOE) announced to have restored normal power ahead of the July 31 deadline.

On July 31, the available capacity was 1,735 megawatts while the peak demand then was 1,987 megawatts.

A short blackout was experienced past 7 pm on July 31 as the Visayas grid was on red alert from 4 pm-10 pm.

Yesterday, the available capacity improved to 1,742 MW while the peak demand was 1,868 MW.

The Visayas grid was on alert from 1pm to 10 pm yesterday.

According to NGCP, the Visayas grid was on red alert due to generation deficiency resulting from temporary unavailability of one generating unit from Palm Concepcion Power Plant (PCPC) and some units from geothermal plants in Leyte.

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“In addition, no generation could then be imported from Luzon as NGCP is still working on repairing the earthquake- damaged converter station in Ormoc,” according to the NGCP advisory.

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NGCP continues to advise the public to contact their local distribution utilites (DU) for more information as some areas will experience rotational power interruptions because of the generation deficiency.

 

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