Power stable

No brownouts this year for Davao City: DLPC
THE DAVAO Light and Power Company doesn’t foresee any energy crisis this year like what happened in the summer of El Nino last year.

Rossano Luga, DLPC assistant vice president for reputation enhancement, met with Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio yesterday and assured here that power will be stable. In the middle of last year, the long drought coupled with the maintenance of the coal plant resulted to four-hour brownouts.

“We went to the mayor and explained to her that this time we will not experience rotating brownouts,” Luga said. “The premise is that we gave the mayor an information that this time we have enough power supply.”

In Davao City, Luga said, the peak demand is around 391 MW.

“We are able to cover the demand that we have as of the moment,” Luga said. “The supply is close to that figure.”

Luga said that the demand figure is the highest required at any given time.

“We’re not looking at any problem as far as supply is concerned,” Luga said.

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) data on Tuesday afternoon placed the power demand for the Mindanao grid to peak at 1,461 MW in terms of demand.

The highest system capacity for that day was 1,476 MW, placing a gross reserve of 15 MW.

In the morning of Tuesday, the Mindanao grid had a 76 MW gross reserve, with a peak demand of 1,386 MW.

However, Mayor Duterte Carpio cautioned the utility from making any final statements.

She said she was satisfied with the proposal and that if any power interruption should occur, this would come from either accidental tripping or hardware issues in the power grid.