NGCP: Interconnectivity to address oversupply of power-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
AN OFFICIAL of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said inter-island connectivity is expected to address the oversupply of energy, once committed and indicative power projects are completed.
Lawyer Cynthia Perez-Alabanza, NGCP spokesperson and head of corporations, said the energy can be technically distributed to other parts of the country through the grids.
"For example there are instances that there is an oversupply of energy when the hydro plants are being strongly producing energy and if you are connected to the Visayas, you can technically export it there," Alabanza said on Monday's Power 102 press conference at the Yellow Fin Seafood & Restaurant.
She said the importance of this is that the area is no longer tied to their community source.
She said, for instance, that Davao also gets its energy source from Iligan and Agus, the same principle goes with Mindanao "exporting" to Visayas.
"The exchange of power between Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao is something that NGCP sees as ideal," she said.
She added that if the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approves their inter-island connection projects, this will mean the possibility of power plants to sell energy to other islands in the country.
The Leyte-Mindanao Interconnection Project is yet to be approved by ERC.
It can be recalled that Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla expressed concerns on the possibility of oversupply in the island if the Mindanao grid committed projects (580 megawatts) are completed by 2015. There will also be an additional of 2351.6 megawatts (MW) from indicative power projects if they become all committed projects.
Currently Mindanao has a dependable capacity of 1,614MW from mixed energy sources.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 03, 2013.