DOE: Power supply on elections ‘generally normal’

MANILA The power supply during Monday's synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections was "generally normal, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported on Tuesday.

Some areas, however, experienced isolated tripping incidents, but these were immediately addressed by technical personnel on standby, the DOE said.

Based on the Energy Task Force Election's (ETFE) report sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday, the isolated tripping incidents occurred due to either technical or external causes.

The ETFE, led by the DOE, also carried out a 24-hour monitoring of power facilities to ensure the smooth delivery of electricity services during the elections.

Among the technical causes were busted fuse link, busted transformer, busted cut-out, transient fault, emergency shutdown of "feeder F4" to extinguish a pole that caught fire due to a grounded line, recloser trip-off, tripping of the "Maramag-Malaybalay 69kV", and a defective "37.5 KVA Dx transformer".

The external factors, on the other hand, were bamboo grass leaned on primary line, bird clung, leaning or fallen tree, a pole that collapsed, lightning, fallen coco palm, leaning coconut leaves, and branch of a mango tree.

The DOE also announced that based on the National Power Corp.'s (NPC) report, there was no outage reported by the NPC-owned power plants and independent power producers.

The Casecnan and San Roque hydropower plants were placed on economic shutdown by the NPC System Operations, but the DOE said this did not affect the power supply chain during the election period.

"The economic shutdown of San Roque was due to low water level. The shutdown did not affect the power supply chain during elections due to the low demand brought about by the declaration of a special non-working holiday, which usually resulted in reduced electricity requirements from the consumers," the ETFE explained to PNA.

It added that generally, the power supply capacity was stable and sufficient during the period, "hence the temporary loss of generation capacities from San Roque does not affect the supply."

The National Electrification Administration (NEA), for its part, also reported normal situation in most electric cooperatives with minor power interruption in some areas.

"In the Manila Electric Co. franchise area, there were no major troubles experienced between 10 p.m. of 13 May up until 7 p.m. of 14 May, with only minor outages involving distribution feeder segments that temporarily affected power supply to only 15 polling precincts in Hagonoy, Norzagaray, and Sta. Maria in Bulacan; Antipolo and Binangonan in Rizal; and Pasay City," announced the DOE.

The agency noted that it would remain on a heightened alert status until all the votes in the local elections are canvassed. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency