NGCP: Enough power supply for summer

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — There should be enough power supply this summer to support demand and avoid brownouts, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Friday.

Last year was tough because of El Niño, with power demand spiking close to 9% and hitting a record high of more than 9,700 megawatts in Luzon, the country's largest power consumer.

With the dry spell gone, the NGCP said there should be less strain on the power grid this year.

The power demand this summer is projected to grow just 1.5 percent - peaking at about 9,900 MW, most likely during the hottest month of May.

However, state weather bureau PAGASA has not even declared the official start of summer yet and demand already hit the 9,400-MW mark on March 24.

The NGCP admitted it was a "high" mark very early in the season.

Nevertheless, the available power supply is 11,220 MW — leaving a reserve of about 1,300 MW.

The NGCP said there should be no power outages unless demand breaches forecasts or power plants go on unexpected shutdowns.

But to be safe, the NGCP encouraged consumers to use electricity wisely, especially by avoiding using energy-intensive appliances during peak times of the day.

"Yung pamamalantsa, huwag tayong mamamalantsa sa panahon ng peak, which is during Wednesdays and during the day at 2 p.m. So ako personally nagpapaplantsa ako weekend. And it's also cheaper have it done all in one go," NGCP Spokeseperson Cynthia Alabanza said.

The NGCP also recommended switching off and even unplugging all appliances that are not in use.