Mindanao power shortage worsens

MANILA, Philippines – The power deficiency in Mindanao has doubled, raising fears of longer blackouts as well as massive business disruptions.

The surge in Mindanao’s power deficiency to 578 megawatts (MW) came as electricity supply in Luzon and the Visayas started to normalize yesterday.

Mindanao’s worsening power situation has also intensified calls for the government to allow the immediate establishment of new power plants.

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said generation deficiency was only 315 MW on Monday before it deteriorated to 578 MW.

Available capacity stood at only 822 MW compared to peak demand of 1,400 MW.

The NGCP attributed the rising generation deficiency to the declining capacities of the island’s hydropower plants as a result of the ongoing dry spell brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.

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