(DAY 4: NO BLACKOUT) Peak demand hikes to 91 MW PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 December 2015 13:51

by Jubels Santos


District 1 Congressman Celso L. Lobregat who has been continuously monitoring the power situation in Zamboanga City had observed that the peak demand rose to 91 Megawatts (MW).

The situation of “no brownout” in the city started Sunday, December 13. In the previous days from December 8 to December 12 the peak hourly demand was 85 MW.

“This is a big increase of 10 MW in the peak hour demand yet there was no city-wide brownout because Zamcelco has been able to draw power directly from WMPC due to the provisional authority granted by the Energy Regulatory Commission(ERC),” Lobregat said.

Per advice of Zamcelco, the average hourly demand yesterday, December 16, was 91 MW. The supply allocation per hour was PSALM: 26 MW, TMI: 17 MW, MAPALAD: 16 MW and WMPC: 32 MW totaling 91 MW.

The power supply situation may vary on an hourly basis depending on the actual allocation of individual power suppliers and the actual demand of Zamcelco.

Zamcelco OIC-General Manager Edgardo Ancheta said that although Zamboanga City is now experiencing a “no brownout” situation on a city-wide basis, there may be temporary isolated power outages in specific areas due to line faults. An example of this is the 1-hour power interruption in the San Jose feeder on midnight of December 15 after branches of a mango tree fell on top of primary line somewhere in Canelar. Another, was a temporary power interruption in the Culianan area because of a fallen tree that toppled an electric post in sitio Buenakapok, Culianan.

OIC-GM Ancheta also clarified that the Zamcelco franchise covers almost all of the barangays in Zamboanga City except the barangays of Vitali, Tictapul, Licomo, Limaong and Tumitus that fall under the Zamsureco II franchise. (Jubels Santos)