DOE to public: Practice efficiency, conserve energy
MANILA, Philippines – Continue practicing energy efficiency and conservation measures, the Department of Energy (DOE) urged the public despite completion of the Malampaya facility maintenance shutdown activities on Tuesday, April 14.
DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said in a statement Wednesday, April 15, that the Malampaya natural gas facility already resumed delivery of natural gas to Sta. Rita, San Lorenzo, and Ilijan – the 3 plants that provide about half of Luzon’s power needs.
As summer officially started, DOE is closely coordinating with energy stakeholders to ensure stable electricity supply.
The public is also urged to do its share to be responsible energy users and to practice energy efficiency measures.
To date, the Luzon grid peaked at its highest at 8,271 megawatts on April 14.
Demand is expected to spike further in the coming months, particularly in May, when the country reaches the highest power demand based on trends.
Power rates went up in April and are expected to increase also in May due to the Malampaya facility maintenance shutdown, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) earlier warned. – Rappler.com