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Add the trend of unscheduled outages to the electricity forecast: PEMC

To guarantee dependable electricity sources over the years, the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) has advocated for a “realistic projection” of power supply that would consider the pattern of forced outages of power-producing plants.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) should consider including the trend and pattern of unplanned outages of power plants in its supply forecast, according to PEMC Market Assessment Group head John Mark Catriz, during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy on Wednesday. This would prevent disruption of power services.

The grid, according to Catriz, has a sufficient supply of 21,000 megawatts (MW), which is more than enough to meet Luzon and Visayas’ needs, which are only approximately 13,000 to 14,000 MW.

He continued that electricity-producing businesses should strictly adhere to the Grid Operating and Maintenance Program (GOMP) and avoid being compelled to shut down.

In a combination of English and Filipino, Catriz added, “We believe that the tight adherence of generators to the timetables is necessary to ma-meet ang (to satisfy the) demand in all seasons of the year.”

The simultaneously forced outages of many power facilities last Sunday that caused the Luzon system to be placed under yellow and red alerts were thoroughly investigated, according to Department of Energy (DOE) head Mario Marasigan, who made the statement during the same session.

However, Catriz emphasized the necessity to increase more generation capacity to fulfill the nation’s expanding demand for the power, given that unplanned disruptions are always a possibility.

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