The duration of the rotating power outages implemented within the Davao Light & Power Co. franchise has been increased from one hour up to a maximum of two hours and 30-minutes starting April 28 due to the much lower power supply coming from the Mindanao Grid.
According to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), there is a reduction of the capability of the National Power Corporation’s (NPC) Agus 2, 4, 6 and Pulangi 4 hydro-electric power plants.
This is the result of the now very low water elevation due to no rain or the lack of it which has forced the NPC to decrease its supply allocation to Davao Light and other electric utilities.
As of 7:47 yesterday morning, NPC through NGCP only allocated about 150 MW to Davao Light from last week’s allocation of about 180 MW of power.
This is way lower than the Davao Light’s contracted supply with NPC of 270 MW.
Currently, Davao Light’s total energy supply is about 262 MW while its peak demand is estimated at about 320 MW resulting to a deficiency of 58 MW. This deficiency translates to a 2.5 hours of rotating outages.
Ross Luga, Davao Light Corporate Communications officer, said that with the decreased power allocation by the NPC, the only option remaining is to stretch the duration of the rotating outages.
This is to avoid total collapse of the entire Mindanao transmission grid which happens when the demand for power exceeds the available supply.
The electric distribution company will go on with this measure until further advice from the NGCP to lift its implementation is received.
Davao Light apologizes to its consumers for the inconvenience brought about by these power interruptions which are beyond its control.
For schedule of the rotating power interruptions, please refer to the ff.:
– call center at 229-3572 (DLPC)
– Davao Light website at www.davaolight.com
– facebook and twitter accounts
– you may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org