Issue of April 14, 2019
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Residents brace for more rotational power blackout
by Jane B. Cadalig

Several areas in Baguio City and Benguet were affected by the rotational blackout that affected Luzon on April 10 and 12.

The Benguet Electric Cooperative is one of the distribution utilities affected by the manual load dropping (MLD) or rotational supply interruption implemented by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines as a result of the tight supply in the Luzon power grid.

On April 10, the NGCP issued a yellow alert advisory at 10 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. and a red alert notice at 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

The available capacity of the Luzon grid that day was 10,625 megawatts with a peak demand of 10,313 MW.

Yellow alert means that power reserves are low with demands approaching critical levels, while red alert means there is no enough power supply in the grid, making power interruptions inevitable.

Among the areas affected by NGCP’s MLD that day was the Beneco Lamut substation in Beckel, La Trinidad. As a result, 29 areas in Baguio, two barangays in La Trinidad, and six barangays in Itogon incurred a power interruption from 3 to 4 p.m.

The power interruptions caused by the MLD is different from those scheduled by Beneco for its regular preventive maintenance works.

On April 12, NGCP again issued a yellow alert status from 8 to 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and red alert status from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The available grid capacity was 10,220 MW against the peak demand of 10,334 MW.

The NGCP said the MLD affecting Beneco was to be implemented at 3 to 6 p.m. but did not materialize so far. The Beneco stations that were supposed to be affected on April 12 were the Irisan sub-station and North Sanitary Camp sub-station, which was expected to affect more areas in Baguio and Benguet.

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