The government is not ruling out “sabotage” as the cause of power outages in parts of Luzon in the past few days.
Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi said during a Palace briefing on Thursday that a probe is under way to determine if “sabotage” caused power supply interruptions in parts of Luzon the past three days.
“The DOE will look into whether there was sabotage or not,” Cusi said in Filipino.
And while the DOE is seeking the assistance of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) on the probe, the ERC has already asked a number of power generation firms to explain why such power outages in Luzon occured.
There is also a DOE circular prohibiting power generators from undertaking preventive maintenance every April, May, and June as those months are when power demand is at its peak.
In the next days, however, Cusi has assured that Luzon has enough power supply, as data from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) showed projected available capacity was at 11,601 megawatts (MW) while peak demand was 10,331 MW.
Among the companies the ERC has sought explanation from are: SEM Calaca Corp.; GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd.; Masinloc Power Partners Co., Ltd.; Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corp.; Team Sual Corp.; SPC Power Corp.; Panay Power Corp.; SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet, Inc.; CBK Power Co. Ltd.; SPC Island Power Corp.; First Natgas Power Corp.; FGP Corp.; First Gas Power Corp.; Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (Psalm); Energy Development Corp.; Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc.; and Psalm/Soosan ENS Co., Ltd. Philippines.
“Based on the examination of our technical group, there are gencos (generaging companies) that have breached the maximum allowable unplanned outage days as of April 2021,” ERC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Agnes Devanadera said in a statement.