NGCP re­ports re­li­able trans­mis­sion ser­vices

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DE­SPITE the warmer sum­mer sea­son brought about by El Niño phe­nom­e­non caus­ing high de­mand for elec­tric­ity, power trans­mis­sion util­ity Na­tional Grid Cor­po­ra­tion of the Philip­pines (NGCP) said sys­tems re­mained re­li­able.

It did not en­counter ma­jor trans­mis­sion-re­lated is­sues through­out the sum­mer pe­riod where power de­mand was peak, the com­pany in a press state­ment re­ported.

Data from the NGCP showed that the high­est peak load for the year was recorded on June 21, at 11,344 megawatts (MW) with ad­di­tional 246 MW In­ter­rupt­ible Load Pro­gram (ILP) im­ple­men­ta­tion.

This was 468 MW higher than last year’s peak of 10,876 MW. How­ever, it is slightly lower than 11,403 MW pro­jected de­mand of the De­part­ment of En­ergy (DOE) for 2019.

The util­ity said with the DOE’S fore­cast breach­ing 11,000 MW, it worked round-the-clock to en­sure the re­li­a­bil­ity of its sys­tems and to avoid any is­sues dur­ing this crit­i­cal pe­riod.

“We con­stantly co­or­di­nated with other in­dus­try play­ers in­clud­ing power gen­er­at­ing plants, mar­ket op­er­a­tor, and the DOE to fully mit­i­gate the im­pact of the record­break­ing de­mand for power and the lim­ited gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of plants,” the NGCP said.

To fur­ther mit­i­gate the sup­ply-de­mand bal­ance, it cam­paigned for en­ergy use ef­fi­ciency in na­tional, lo­cal, and so­cial me­dia chan­nels, it added.

The sys­tem con­di­tion is ex­pected to im­prove as the rainy sea­son started. But, un­til the sit­u­a­tion nor­mal­izes, more grid alerts may be is­sued.

The NGCP ap­pealed to the pub­lic to main­tain ef­fi­cient use of en­ergy.

“Now that the sum­mer sea­son is of­fi­cially over, this does not mean that we should stop im­ple­ment­ing en­ergy sav­ing mea­sures,” it said, adding that “let us make it a part of our life­style to be wise elec­tric­ity con­sumers so that we can do our part in en­sur­ing im­proved power flow within the grid.”

More­over, the trans­mis­sion util­ity said Visayas and Min­danao still have to reach their peak de­mand for the year.

For 2019, the DOE projects an 11.98 per­cent in­crease in the Visayas load growth with fore­casted peak at 2,299 MW.

In Min­danao, mean­while, the de­mand is es­ti­mated at 2,130 MW.

The peak in both ar­eas is ex­pected dur­ing the last quar­ter of the year.

The NGCP has as­sured its stake­hold­ers that it is con­tin­u­ously im­prov­ing, ex­pand­ing and re­in­forc­ing the power grid to ac­com­mo­date ad­di­tional loads from power gen­er­a­tors and en­able bet­ter trans­mis­sion of power across the coun­try./epn

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