Luzon grid on yellow alert as power plants shutdown

Manila, Philippines — The Luzon grid was placed on yellow alert Thursday after some power plants went on forced outage.

According to two advisories from the National Grid Corp. Of the Philippines, the Luzon Grid was issued a yellow alert from 2 p.m. To 6 p.m. Due to a power supply shortage.

“The Luzon Grid is on yellow alert by NGCP from 4pm to 6pm today, 14 April 2016, as reserves fall below required levels due to generation deficiency caused by the unplanned outage of generation facilities,” the grid operator said.

Luzon was initially given a yellow alert from 2 p.m. To 4 p.m. Thursday, but was extended until 6 p.m. Due to the lack of capacity.

The NGCP cited luzon lacked a reserve of 201 mws from 2 p.m to 4 p.m., while it was short of 268 MW from 4 p.m. To 6 p.m.

A yellow alert signifies the available reserve is lower than that the biggest unit of the grid, which is the 647-MW Sual coal-fired power plant.

The Manila Electric Co. said in another advisory that the 460-Megawatt Quezon Power Philippines ltd. Co. Coal-fired power plant in Mauban, Quezon went offline Thursday morning.

Electric power industry management bureau officer-in-charge director Irma Exconde told pna in a text message the third unit of the San Roque hydro power plant, located in Pangasinan, is also on forced outage. It has a capacity of 145 mw and was targeted to return online on April 16.

Meralco, on the other hand, urged its customers to practice energy efficiency, while it called on interruptible load program participants to prepare their generator sets to de-load their demand. The ilp participants have a de-loading capacity of 826 mw. Juzel Danganan/PNA/