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Stable Cebu power this Christmas

By: - Senior Reporter / @agarciayapCDN
/ 07:53 AM December 24, 2013

THERE won’t be brownouts today and on Christmas Day in Metro Cebu, the Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) and the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said yesterday.

Supply will be enough for the two-day holiday when power demand is expected to be lower as many factories, malls and offices are closed or on skeleton force.

“The forecast for December 24 – 25 suggests supply reserves will be available as demand will be lower because these days are holidays. Additional supply from power plants on December 24 would beef up our reserves,” said Rosette Martinez, NGCP corporate communications officer.

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Theresa Sederiosa, Veco corporate communications manager, said Veco has not received a notice of power curtailment for Dec. 24 and 25 from NGCP.

“We don’t expect any rotational brownouts tomorrow (today) and Christmas day because peak demand is low, approximately 290 MW (megawatts) at this time. As long as no plant trips during the holidays, we expect enough supply especially because the 200 MW from Luzon has been steady,” Sederiosa said.

Sederiosa said Veco activated its contingency team starting today to respond to any emergencies.

Customers can call the Veco hotline at 230-8326.

Power supply in the Visayas yesterday was 1,130 MW with peak demand set at 1,232 MW, leaving a shortage of 102 MW.

Luzon which has 2,166 MW of reserved power, eased that demand by importing 200 MW.

Based on the forecast, the Visayas grid will have a reserve of 63 MW today and 199 MW tomorrow.

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