Concerns raised over looming energy crisis
- Jan 24, 2023 2:31 pm GMT
Energy consumer advocacy group Power for
In a statement, P4P warned over the weekend that the
SPUG supplies electricity to remote communities as mandated by Republic Act 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act through small diesel power plants.
Gerry Arances, P4P convenor, said the small communities served by the diesel power plants of Napocor would have greatly benefited instead from indigenous renewable energy sources, both in terms of steady supply and affordability of energy.
Arances said the communities served by Napocor are not connected to the main grid and have relatively lower energy requirements.
He said they are also not in a financial position to pay for high-priced electricity from diesel.
'We are running out of diesel and we can't just keep using the people's money to buy more,' Arances said.
'Instead of spending the people's money to continue to subsidize diesel purchases, the
Arances expressed concern that the same thing could soon happen to the national grid.
'Coal and natural gas prices continue to rise. We cannot be trapped in chasing electricity with more money to be paid by consumers,' he said.
'Ultimately, consumers would balk and stop paying or there will be simply no fuel to burn. Let's break out of the trap and fast-track renewable energy development,' Arances said.
Napocor said the continued increase in the average price of diesel has led to the depletion of its funds for fuel.
'While the energy department has already flagged possible 12 yellow alerts between March and November this year, it needs to ensure that the expected additional supply is attained before demand peaks during the summer months,' Gatchalian said.
The lawmaker also urged the
In addition, Gatchalian asked the government to step up its energy conservation campaign by comprehensively implementing Republic Act 11285, also known as the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.
The law, which Gatchalian co-authored and sponsored in the
Also covered in the GEMP are government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges, and local government units.
These programs are focused on the utilization of efficient equipment and appliances, as well as the promotion and implementation of policies and programs that best fit each industry.
The agency had expressed concern about supply in the upcoming summer months, when thin power reserves will be met with higher demand.
Based on the
These yellow alerts, however, could turn into red alerts should there be a sudden breakdown or outage of a major power plant with capacity of anywhere between 100 to 200 MW.
A yellow alert is raised when there are not enough reserves to cover the largest running generating unit at the time, but does not necessarily lead to power outages.
Red alert, on the other hand, is placed over the grid when the supply to demand balance further worsens, which can lead to rotating power interruptions.
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