By Cherry Joy D. Garma
LAOAG CITY – This early, power consumers must start conserving energy to cushion the effect of insufficient power supply during the summer season, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in North Luzon said.
Lilibeth Gaydowen, NGCP regional corporate communications and public affairs officer, said the NGCP expects reserved power to be inadequate to service consumers during the summer months.
“Based on our historical data, there is a possibility of insufficiency of our reserved power supply for summer because it is the season where the use of energy becomes really high,” Gaydowen said.
She said energy becomes insufficient if the demand for power is higher than the allotted supply for consumption. As a contingency measure, the NGCP sets aside energy to supply the grid when needed.
Because of the unpredictable consumption of energy during summer season, the supply of energy becomes insufficient, sometimes even the reserved supply falls short, Gaydowen added.
“If ever power supply is insufficient or something happens to our power plants, the effect of this is rotational brown-out,” she said.
Last year, the Luzon Grid consumed 8,700 megawatts, higher than what was expected during the year resulting in rotational brownouts because the reserved power supply fell short.
“The months of March, April and May are the peak season for power use. The consumption of energy becomes higher each day that our supply becomes insufficient… however, it may be prevented through proper usage of energy among users,” Gaydowen said.
She said consumers may resort to rotating their power use inside their household during peak hours to reduce power consumption.
“The more we use energy at the same time, the more we fall short. We must take turns using it,” Gaydowen said.
The considered peak hours are 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
Gaydowen advised the public to do the chores that requires energy consumption outside peak hours to help minimize the energy fluctuation.
Furthermore, she calls for the consumers’ participation in energy conservation to properly maintain energy distribution during the summer season. (MCA/CDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)