Petilla: Power situation returning to normal

Posted at 07/13/14 3:24 PM


MANILA - Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said Luzon will not experience power interruptions this week as supply attempts to return to normal.

In an interview with ANC, Petilla said the Luzon grid will still experience yellow alerts Sunday and Monday but “it doesn’t mean we have to panic."

"We’re just saying that we have enough electricity but the reserves are low,” he said

The yellow alert was reported at 11 a.m. Sunday and Petilla said this will be the prevailing status again later at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The yellow alert will again be hoisted at 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, July 14.

“Tomorrow [at that hour], we will be on yellow alert, but on the high side [reserves]. It will be lifted once Masinloc comes back online tonight,” he said.

Luzon was on red alert on Sunday, with brownouts felt across the island, including Metro Manila.

This was due to the pipeline inspection gauge activities being done at the 1,200-megawatt (MW) Ilijan combined-cycle power plant. The 600-MW Calaca coal-fired power plant also went offline, as well as unit 1 of the 600-MW Masinloc coal-fired power plant.