DOE securing transmission, distribution facilities as La Niña looms

DOE securing transmission, distribution facilities as La Niña looms

THE Department of Energy (DOE) is preparing for the arrival of La Niña in the Philippines to ensure the country’s energy security.

According to Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla, they are preparing for events that may affect the operations of energy facilities.

“What we are preparing for is the La Niña phenomenon because the La Niña may bring rains and again we should brace ourselves for extreme events that may prejudice the operation of these plants,” according to Raphael Lotilla, Department of Energy.

The DOE prioritizes ensuring that transmission lines and distribution utilities are not affected by the expected heavy rains.

“What we are really preparing would be for the securing natin ng distribution and transmission facilities kasi these are vulnerable to typhoons and other calamities including floodings,” stated Asec. Mario Masarigan, Department of Energy.

Asec. Mario Marasigan also mentioned that during the rainy season, it is difficult to restore failing power lines, especially since they are dangerous, and they prioritize safety.

DOE urges energy conservation despite stable power supply expected this rainy season

Even though no issues are seen in the power supply with the arrival of La Niña, the agency still urges the public to use electricity prudently.

“We still continue with the our efforts to promote energy efficiency and conservation despite the fact that there is lower demand so it becomes a habit for all of us. So that when an actual extreme event takes place, then we are in a better position to adjust to the needs of the entire economy,” said Lotilla.

DOE bares positive power outlook for next two years

The DOE’s forecast for the next two years is positive, expecting an adequate power supply.

According to Marasigan, additional thermal facilities with a capacity of 2,000 megawatts contracted by Meralco, additional coal thermal facilities in Mariveles, and a new power plant in Masinloc are expected.

There is also an anticipated addition of 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy from various technologies.

“We could say that anticipating the timely testing and commissioning and coming into commercial operation of these power plants we would say that we are good not only up to 2026 but until 2028,” added Masarigan.


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