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    THE MINDANAO POWER CRISIS 2014 VS. 2010:

     

    Background:

    The 2010 Edition of the Mindanao Power crisis started on January 3, 2010, the first business day of the year., this was precipitated by the over-drawing of the Agus-Pulangi Hydro Power Complex during the last 2 months of 2009.

    It took 3 weeks for the brownouts to reach Davao City, and peaked during the period before the May elections that year, reaching 3 – 4 hours of power interruptions


    Moving 4 years into the present situation:

    The February 27, 2014 breakdown of the STEAG Power Plant caused the current Mindanao Power Crisis, and with the coming drought expected to last until December 2014, the current power outlook is the bleakest in the history of the Mindanao Grid.

    DAVAO CITY SECNARIO:

    During the 2010 Edition, Davao Light and Power Company had sufficient back-up power available for any load curtailment less than 80 MW., as its Peak Demand stood at 260 MW.

    That back-up power reserved vanished into thin air as the Peak Demand now stands at 330 MW, this is also the main reason why we have to endure up to 8 hours of rotating blackouts daily.

    Solutions to consider:

    The number top considerations are the assurance that the city will: 1.) Have secured and lighted residential areas. 2.) Assurance of availability of DCWD water. 3.) Power interruptions that are predictable and fixed.

    The Metro Manila experience as an alternative to the current scheduling of power interruptions:

    It is a given fact that we face a gargantuan problem with power, as schools get ready for another school year next month, a drought that is expected to last into the next year, in time for the operation of the first unit of Therma South Inc’s CFB Coal-fired power plant at 150 MW.

    One practical solution is to have Industrial Customers clustered into 5 groups ( Monday to Friday ) and go on a day or two holiday, with a FIXED ASSURANCE of uninterrupted power supply for 5 or 6 days as the case may be, ( potential 60MW contribution ), and allow Sunday operation without overtime pay for labor. This was adopted in Metro Manila after the Atrium of Makati consultation where the author was in attendance in the year 1992.

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