The Department of Energy said Monday it expects more yellow alerts in the Luzon grid during the dry season because of the delay in the completion of some power plants.
“We were looking at 12 yellow alerts in Luzon, but we saw some changes. There were delays in the power plants, that’s why it reached 15 for Luzon,” DOE Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara said during the Philippine Power Electric Industry Forum 2023 organized by the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines.
Guevara said the power supply situation might change once the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project was partially completed this month.
“For Luzon, the expected peak demand this year is at 13,125 megawatts. With the assumption of scheduled planned outage from power plants, forced outage and additional capacity from committed or upcoming power plants, we are expecting 15 yellow alerts and zero red alert throughout the year,” she said.
“With the import from Visayas of about 250 MW to provide stability to the Luzon’s supply, the number of critical weeks with yellow alerts might be reduced,” Guevara said.