By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has reported its readiness to deliver reliable power transmission services despite Department of Energy’s (DOE) Power development Plan forecast that peak demand for 2018 will reach 10,561 Megawatts (MW) in Luzon, 2,143 MW in the Visayas and 2,064 MW in Mindanao.
The Company also reported that the peak power demand in the Luzon grid last year was recorded in May 9 at 10,054 MW.
Peak power demands occur in the month of May each year.
NGCP revealed that on May 9, 2017 at 10,054 and on May 9, 2017.
“We breached the 10,000MW demand in power for the first time last year. With an average growth rate of around 5% from 2014-2017, we are expecting Luzon’s peak demand in 2018 to remain in that growth rate, also in May. The trend is reflected in the DOE’s 2018 forecast peak of 10,561MW from 2017’s actual demand of 10,054MW, pegging growth rate at 5.04%. NGCP’s System Operations continues its coordination with power generating plants to ensure that all maintenance shutdowns are timed not to coincide with peak periods, particularly at the height of summer,” stated NGCP.
“We have seen a steady rise in power demand in Visayas and Mindanao. NGCP is steadfast in maintaining the quality and reliability of power in these areas throughout the year,” NGCP said.