Brownouts hit Luzon

Metro now also reeling from power shortage

MANILA, Philippines—Rotating brownouts Monday hit Luzon, including Metro Manila, because of the breakdown of certain units of the island’s three coal-fired power plants. More brownouts are expected in the coming days.

The power supply shortfall came in the wake of assurances from the energy department that the Luzon grid had adequate reserves until the end of the year.

“Outages lasting two to three hours will be experienced by Luzon grid’s load customers,” National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), which is responsible for transmitting high-voltage power from generators to distributors, said in a statement.

Manila Electric Co., which distributes electricity in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, said it began implementing Monday two-hour rotating brownouts between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

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