The Mindanao grid may soon have sufficient power supply as the maintenance repairs on several hydropower plants of the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) in the region are almost done.
According to Department of Energy (DoE) undersecretary Josefina Patricia Asirit, the current shortage of electricity in the Mindanao power grid will not worsen this summer, especially since the country is not expecting any dry spell brought about by El Niño.
She said that the DoE officials, together with the representatives of the National Grid Corp. (NGCP), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM), National Electrification Administration (NEA) and various Mindanao-based electric cooperatives, have already met regarding the finalization of the protocols that will be used to ease the load curtailment on the Mindanao grid.
NGCP on the other hand, stated that the particular daily power curtailment in the Mindanao Grid is not because of any transmission issue but is entirely due to the severe power shortage in the region. Furthermore, the power generated by plants is not enough to meet the demands of the customers who are part of the grid.
Although the main source of electricity for the Mindanao grid is the Agus-Pulangui hydropower plant, DoE said that there are still about 100MW power that has yet to be utilized.