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Peak power demand in first half fails to breach DoE forecast

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THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said Wednesday that peak power demand, usually achieved in the first half, failed to breach the government’s forecast.

In a statement, the grid operator said the peak for the year was recorded at 11,344 megawatts (MW) at 1:52 p.m. on June 21.

The peak level surpassed 2018’s peak by about 468 MW but was “slightly lower than the Department of Energy’s (DoE) projected (peak) demand of 11,403 MW for 2019,” it said.

NGCP said this year’s peak load factors in the 246 MW under the interruptible load program (ILP), a scheme that prompts private entities to run their own power generation units to ease the demand from the grid.

NGCP said with the DoE’s forecast for the this year breaching 11,000 MW, the privately owned company “worked round-the-clock to ensure the reliability of its systems and to avoid any issues or difficulties during this critical period.”

“We constantly coordinated with other industry players — power generating plants, the market operator, and the DoE — to fully mitigate the impact of the record-breaking demand for power and the limited generating capacity of plants.

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

It said with the onset of the rainy season, the system’s condition is expected to improve, but until the situation normalizes, more grid alerts could be issued. It appealed to the public to continue to use energy efficiently.

“Now that the summer season is officially over, this does not mean that we should stop implementing energy saving measures. 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,” NGCP said. — Victor V. Saulon

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