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Rotating Blackouts May Occur In Several Regions Across Luzon

ROTATING BLACKOUTS – After the shutdown of some power plants, the entire Luzon grid was put under red alert status triggering the implementation Rotating blackouts across areas including Metro Manila.

The Luzon grid has recently lost a total of 2,489 Megawatts of electricity due to maintenance, random outages and reduction of power capacity of several power plants.

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Power plants that carried random outages are the following:

  • 150-MW Unit 2 of San Miguel Consolidated Power Corp. (SMCPC),
  • the 647-MW Sual Unit 1 of Team Energy and San Miguel,
  • the 150-MW Unit 2 of Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corp. (SLPGC) Unit 2 of DMCI;
  • the 420-MW Pagbilao Unit 3 of Team Energy and Aboitiz Power, and
  • the 135-MW Unit 1 of South Luzon Thermal Energy Corp. (SLTEC) Unit 1 of the Ayala Group

This is based on the report from Philstar. According to the article,

Calaca Unit 2 of DMCI is currently operating at a reduced capacity rate of 100 Megawatts. While the 827 Megawatts are from previous outages approved in order to undergo necessary maintenance.

Meanwhile, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, announced a yellow alert notice on the power grid in between the times of 8am to 9am and 10pm to 11pm. Also, a red alertfrom 9am to 10pm yesterday. This is due to a major generation shortage.

The Department of Energy or DOE claimed that six percent of the 588 Megawatts load from Luzon have experienced at least two to three hours of power interruption.

The NGCP will implement Manual Load Dropping or MLD or rotational blackout from 9am.

Meralco will also implement three-hour rotational blackouts due to the shortage of reserve.

Areas affected by the rotating blackouts were:

Portions of Bulacan, specifically:

  • Plaridel,
  • Malolos City,
  • San Rafael,
  • San Ildefonso,
  • Pandi,
  • Norzagaray,
  • Doña Remedios Trinidad,
  • Angat,
  • Paombong,
  • Hagonoy,
  • Calumpit,
  • Meycauayan,
  • Santa Maria,
  • Marilao, Bocaue,
  • Pulilan,
  • Baliuag,
  • San Jose del Monte City and,
  • Balagtas.
    Areas in Metro Manila including:
  • Quezon City,
  • Caloocan City,
  • Parañaque City,
  • Pasay CIty,
  • San Juan,
  • Las Piñas,
  • Valenzuela,
  • Malabon,
  • Navotas,
  • Pasig City,
  • Taguig City,
  • Muntinlupa,
  • Mandaluyong City,
  • Marikina,
  • Makati City and,
  • Manila City.
    Province of Cavite, specifically:
  • Imus,
  • General Trias,
  • Dasmariñas City,
  • Trece Martires City,
  • Tagaytay City,
  • Silang,
  • Naic,
  • Indang,
  • Amadeo,
  • Bacoor,
  • Noveleta,
  • Kawit,
  • Cavite City,
  • Tanza,
  • Rosario,
  • General Mariano Alvarez and,
  • Carmona.
  • Cabuyao,
  • Liliw,
  • Magdalena,
  • Majayjay,
  • Nagcarlan,
  • Rizal,
  • San Pablo City,
  • Bay,
  • Calamba,
  • Calauan,
  • Los Baños, Pila, Sta. Cruz,
  • Victoria, Biñan,
  • Sta. Rosa,
  • San Pedro and,
  • Alaminos.
    Quezon province including:
  • Lucena City,
  • Tayabas,
  • Pagbilao,
  • Candelaria,
  • Dolores,
  • San Antonio and,
  • Tiaong; Batangas (Batangas City, Talisay, San Pascual, Sto. Tomas); Rizal (Taytay, Cainta, San Mateo); and Pampanga (Apalit, San Simon)

That’s all there is to it. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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