The Luzon grid has been placed on yellow alert today, February 26, following an unexpected shutdown of power plants that caused limited power generation.
The grid is placed on yellow alert from 11:00 AM to 12:00 NN and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM today.
“Luzon grid is on yellow alert due to the unexpected shutdown and limited generation of some power plants,” the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said in a report by GMA News Online.
the NGCP said that the grid’s peak demand is seen at 9, 018 megawatts (MW) while the available capacity is only at 9,971 MW.
In a separate report, the Department of Energy (DOE) said that the Pagbilao Unit 2 (382 MW), GNPower Unit 1 (316 MW), Makban Unit 5 (55 MW), SLPGC (121 GW), Malaya Unit 1 (150 MW), San Lorenzo Module 50 (265 MW) went on forced outages. In total, 1655 MW were lost.
A yellow alert means that the grid has thin reserves based on the supply and demand of power in the area. Companies or establishments that are under the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) are ready with their generator sets to minimize or prevent the possibility of power outages.
The Luzon Grid’s total reserves should be at 647 MW.
Power consumers are advised to practice energy efficiency by unplugging appliances that are idle at the moment in order to prevent brownouts.