DOE to look into possible ‘sabotage’ as cause of Luzon power outages


The Department of Energy (DOE) will look into possible “sabotage” that caused power outages in parts of Luzon in the past few days.


During a Palace briefing on Thursday, DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi said a probe will be conducted to look into possible “sabotage” that caused power supply interruptions in parts of Luzon, which caused the raising of red and yellow alert notices for the island’s power grid for three straight days.


“On whethere there was sabotage or not, the DOE will look into it,” Cusi said in Filipino.

The DOE is seeking the assistance of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) on the probe.


The DOE has also issued a circular prohibiting power generators from undertaking preventive maintenance every April, May, and June as those months are when power demand is at its peak.


Cusi, who is under fire over the matter from Congress, said power supply in Luzon has already normalized.


“Supply is more than sufficient to meet projected demand,” he said in Filipino.


Using data from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Cusi said projected available capacity was at 11,601 megawatts (MW) while peak demand was 10,331 MW.


However, the ERC has already ordered power generation firms to explain the sudden outages in the past three days. They are: SEM Calaca Corp.; GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd.; Masinloc Power Partners Co., Ltd.; Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corp.; Team Sual Corp.; SPC Power Corp.; Panay Power Corp.; SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet, Inc.; CBK Power Co. Ltd.; SPC Island Power Corp.; First Natgas Power Corp.; FGP Corp.; First Gas Power Corp.; Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (Psalm); Energy Development Corp.; Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc.; and Psalm/Soosan ENS Co., Ltd. Philippines.

“We are strictly monitoring and reviewing the weekly reports being submitted by the generation companies in compliance with our directive pertaining to the Reliability Performance Indices and Equivalent Outage Days Per Year of Generating Units,” ERC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Agnes Devanadera said in a statement.


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