DOE: Yellow alert up in Luzon

Posted at 05/16/2014 12:56 PM | Updated as of 05/16/2014 2:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Energy says Luzon is on "yellow alert" since Wednesday, a warning to the public that the supply of electricity is low.

This is due to the shutdown of the aging Sual Power Plant in Pangasinan, the largest coal-fired plant in the country.

"Actually naka-yellow alert tayo since Wednesday at dahil bumagsak nung Tuesday ang planta ng Sual, yan ang kinatatakutan natin na pinakamalaking planta pag bumagsak. Kaya talagang malaki ang bawas sa atin," Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla told DZMM.

The DOE says it is now eyeing to tap interruptible load program (ILP), wherein power distributor Meralco can tap 1MW to 15MW generators during rotating blackouts. - ANC