Widespread power outage hits Luzon grid

LAOAG CITY, May 8 (PIA) — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said a deficiency in power supply caused a widespread power failure in the Luzon grid affecting Northern and Central Luzon provinces.

Lilibeth Gaydowen, NGCP communications officer, said at least two power generating plants imposed an emergency shutdown due to a power shortage of 3,700 megawatts as of 2:30 pm today.

“We could not immediately determine what specific areas have been affected but reports from the field said the power outage is widespread,” she said on telephone.

Reports from the provincial information centers of the Philippine Information Agency showed that the Ilocos provinces from Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan had no power beginning 2 pm.

Gaydowen clarified that the power failure was not caused by the NGCP or by distribution utilities like electric cooperatives.

“This was caused by generation deficiency which is beyond the control of NGCP,” she added.

She said restoration has been immediately implemented even as no information was given when power will be restored.

Asked what happens if it was Election Day and power failure occurred, Gaydowen said: “We have contingencies in place. We would have to ask other generation plants to fill the gap.” (MCA-PIA1 Ilocos Norte)

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