Power generation deficiency causes unscheduled brownout in Ilocos, CAR

By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1

SAN FERNANDO CITY, – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has reported that power generation deficiency caused the unscheduled power outages in the past two days in some areas in Regions 1 and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

On Tuesday, June 6, the manual load dropping which affected some areas in the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur started at 7:12 p.m. but the power was later restored at 10: 36 p.m.

On the following day, June 7, the manual load dropping that started at 7 p.m. affected again some areas in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, and Abra in CAR.

Actually, the restoration of power was not followed as scheduled as the electricity was restored at about 9 p.m. or before 10 p.m.,” Lilibeth Gaydowen, NGCP North Luzon corporate communications officer, said.

Gaydowen clarified that the three causes of the unscheduled power outage were generation deficiency of wind farms; power overloading as the peak demand for electricity is between 7 p.m to 10 p.m.; and there is a 15- day scheduled shutdown of the tower of the 230 Kilovolts (KV) lines 1 and 2 traversing San Esteban, Ilocos Sur to Laoag City.

It is only the 100 Mega Volume Ampere (MVA) transformer in San Esteban Sub – Station which is operational in which the transformer was unable to carry the power requirement during peak hours,” she explained.

She said the NGCP had coordinated with the affected power distribution utilities in Regions 1 and CAR to set the schedule of a power outage.

Meanwhile, electric consumers are encouraged to save electricity to help solve the manual load dropping problem.#