CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Department of Energy (DoE) recently announced the normalization of power supply following the prolonged forced outages of some plants coinciding with other plants' maintenance shutdown.

Despite the normalization of power supply, the agency calls on the public to cooperate in undertaking energy efficiency and conservation initiatives.

"In facing this critical phase concerning our power supply, we are counting on the collective effort of everybody to pratice energy efficieny and/or by adjusting the usage period of any electric appliances away from the peak hours (i.e., 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.), such as, ironing of clothes, unnecessary use of computers, and even laundering of clothes using washing machine and drier, as any contribution really does matter, "Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada said.

She added that energy consumers are urged to set the thermostat of air-conditioning units installed in their offices and household at 25* Celsius.

This appeal came as recent peak demand has reached 9,255 MW breaching the highest recorded peak demand for the third time for this month alone, which can attributed to the hottest El Nino to date.

Meanwhile, the DOE received a latest report from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the system operator, that the power supply status is already back to "normal" as Sual Unit 2 accounting for about 647 dependable capacity of 43 MW is also back in operation.

Moreover, the goverment-owned Malaya power plant is already running and providing 330 MW of capacities augmenting the power supply in Luzon, Moreover, the DOE, in coordination with MERALCO, has also prepared the 862 MW enrolled capacities under the Interruptible Load Program, a program in which big load customers may opt to choose to run their generating facilities for own use, to help augment the supply.

Futhermore, the DOE continues to monitor the development of the 300 megawatts (MW) Calaca Unit 2 and the 199 MW TMO Units 5 and 6 that were on forced outage, while also ensuring that plants that are on planned maintenance shutdown are on schedule to come on stream before the critical election period.

Charlene A. Cayabyab (April 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm). DOE: Power supply back to normal. Headline Gitnang Luzon. Retreived from http://www.headlinegl.com/doe-power-supply-back-to-normal/

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