Coop assures enough power in 2015

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


BENGUET Electric Cooperative assured member consumers the power coop will not be affected by the forecasted power crisis in 2015.

Beneco legal counsel Delmar Cariño highlighted in an energy seminar although it is inevitable to have power interruption because of maintenance, Beneco is ensured of a 24/7 supply from Team Energy.

Team Energy, in which Beneco gets 80 percent of the electricity it distributes, assured the electric cooperative through its bilateral agreement it will provide a continuous supply even in times the power generator cannot.

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In case problems are encountered by the power supplier, the contract provides Team Energy is responsible in sourcing out power for Beneco from other possible suppliers.

Although Beneco is assured of supply in terms of its contract with Team Energy, Cariño stressed there may still be constraints.

Cariño said these constraints which may cause un-scheduled power interruptions are either due to cut transmission lines and disparity in the power supply from the Luzon Power Grid due to higher demand.

Operations and maintenance manager Engr. Ricardo Pallogan earlier said the current supply of the Luzon Power Grid, which is an interconnected network of distribution utilities, is enough for the demand of electric consumers.

However, for the Luzon Power Grid to balance power supply, it has to curtail load through rotating brownouts among distribution utilities.

Beneco hopes the rotating brownouts among distribution utilities will not cause a long term effect to the coop's member consumers.

As of July 31, the Power Situation Outlook data of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines shows Luzon has an available capacity of 8,505 megawatts; an existing demand of 7,280 megawatts; and a gross reserve of 1,225 megawatts (MW).

Despite the reserve, the NGCP forecasts a six-month long power crisis.
To address a foreseen power crisis, construction of power plants will help produce more supply.

However, since the construction of power plants takes time, the looming power crisis is too late to be resolved through power plants.

At present, Luzon Grid has 19 committed power projects with a total of 1,724.65 MW.

These include coal, biomass, natgas, wind and hydropower projects.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 21, 2014.

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