PNoy urged to declare state of emergency on electricity

“Secretary Petilla recommended that we declare an emergency so that we can anticipate and look at various options as to make sure we are able to satisfy the supply concerns of our countrymen,” said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a Monday press briefing.

Lacierda clarified that rotating brownouts being carried out at present is due to typhoon Glenda. Some power plants were affected by the said typhoon and some went on maintenance. ”We are trying to make sure that these plants come on stream immediately so that there will be an avoidance of all these rotating brownouts.”

He then added that state of emergency is being asked to secure the power supply coming 2015. “Iyong sinabi ni Secretary Petilla because pagdating sa 2015, medyo manipis iyong power supply, so that’s a concern that we are looking forward.”

Under the state of emergency on electricity, the government will be able to enter in contract with new power plants or rent modular generators to assure that the electricity nationwide would be sufficient and uninterrupted.

“I am uncomfortable with our supply for 2015. There is an admission that by 2015 that our supply does not give us enough elbow room,” Energy chief Carlos Jericho Petilla told reporters. “We can live on yellow alert but on red, we cannot.”

A yellow alert on power defines power reserves are below the minimum level set by regulators without the presence of blackouts. “To be comfortable, we’re looking at 400 to 500 MW extra no later than April 2015.”

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