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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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No power problem for Visayas: DOE

(SunStar file)

VISAYAS will have enough power supply in the next five years.

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the Visayas grid will receive an additional power supply of 3,797 megawatts (MW).

Some 81 percent of projects for the additional supply of electricity are mostly renewable energy sources from Leyte and Negros Island.

Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said the Visayas grid is placed under yellow alert during peak hours, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

A yellow alert is issued when operating reserves drop below the required 647 MW contingency in Luzon, 100 MW in Visayas, or 150 MW in Mindanao, according to the DOE’s website.

Fuentebella said the projects will address the problem.

The renewable energy power plants in Visayas include the biomass and solar projects in Negros Island and Cebu, the geothermal power plant in Leyte and wind power in Aklan and Iloilo.

Last Thursday, May 30, 2019, the DOE led the Visayas Energy Investment Forum in Cebu. The event was attended by several investors and power players in the region.

The Visayas grid needs 2,100 MW during peak hours. It currently has 2,300 MW of power supply. (From HBL of SuperBalita cebu, KAL)


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