DOE told to secure power supply

The Department of Energy is being urged to ensure the entry of additional 1,196 megawatts (MW) of power supply in the first half of the year to prevent power interruptions during the summer months.

“A steady power supply is critical for the country to sustain its economic growth as it is anchored on our capacity to provide electricity supply when and where it is needed. Thus, the government must ensure that any additional requirement will be met with sufficient supply,” Gatchalian said.

Gatchalian cited DOE’s latest power outlook of 1,196 MW of committed power generation capacity for Luzon and Visayas that will be introduced into the grid this year.

The additional capacity is expected to help cover the projected peak demand in May.

“While the energy department has already flagged possible 12 yellow alerts between March and November this year, it needs to ensure that the expected additional supply is attained before demand peaks during the summer months,” Gatchalian said.

He also urged the DOE to ensure that no maintenance shutdown of existing power plants would be done during the peak months to prevent any red alert status which causes rotational brownouts.

Gatchalian said the government should step up its energy conservation campaign by comprehensively implementing Republic Act No. 11285, also known as the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.

The law, which Gatchalian co-authored and sponsored in the Senate, provides for the implementation of a government energy management Program (GEMP) aimed at reducing the monthly consumption of electricity and fuel use of government vehicles.

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