Imagine this: you’re sweating profusely in the middle of a hot summer day. You’re trying your best to concentrate on work despite the heat, and then you lose electricity connection. Wait, what?!
Well, people from all over Luzon have been experiencing sudden power outages lately, and as per the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), people should expect more of these interruptions due to a lack of supply amid persistent hot weather.
According to ABS-CBN News, the NGCP head for external affairs Cynthia Alabanza said that NGCP will raise grid status alerts from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. “Ang problema ngayon ay wala hong sapat na kuryente na nakakabit sa national grid para ho ito ihatid. Kaya wala ho tayong choice kundi magpatupad ng red alert at magkakaroon ng posibilidad ng power interruption sa kalat kalat na bahagi ng Luzon (The problem right now is there’s not enough power in the national grid so we have no choice but to raise a red alert, which in turn leads to the possibility of power interruption in various parts of Luzon.),” she said.
To add to this, the NGCP is coordinating with power distributors and cooperatives so they can make adjustments. “Para makapagdiskarte sila sa kanilang prangkisa at kung mayroon lugar na kailangan panatilihing may kuryente katulad ng city centers kung nasaan ang mga ospital yan ay magagawan nila ng paraan (So they can make adjustments and keep power on at city centers where hospitals are located),” she added.
The Department of Energy recently said that besides the high heat index that pushed demand for power, maintenance work and unscheduled outages at key power plants in Luzon and low gas pressure from the Malampaya also contributed to power supply problems. So there you have it! For the meantime, people just have to adjust, and prepare accordingly.