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Bob Ward

As promised here is the most current update on the power situation!

 

There was a massive problem with one of the main substations which caused all three units in Toledo to trip offline. The substation is still not stable and has caused some of the additional outages.

 

There is one unit down in Toledo. There are other units which are under mandatory scheduled maintenance. There are two new units that are not running as of yet, but one of them should come on line on the 14th.

 

There you have it, the power should be better within a week. There are still problems caused by the substation issue though!

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Well it seems like rolling brown-outs have returned to Metro Cebu - with avengeance. In the last 24-hour period, we have had three brownouts, each lasting over 2 hours and that's far worse than the si

No, it's now the wet season. Rain and wind affect the lines too!

I think it's because the Christmas season is near...imagine all the cheap Chinese christmas lights being set up and put on display.   We're all in for it now! No power on X-mas!

Well...on the news today, they said today should be the last day of the brown-outs for some time.

 

 

...yeah...it remains to be seen.

 

 

Today's news reflects your 'it remains to be seen' statement: More brownouts until weekend

 

Really - no more Brownouts - then what we had today (10/8) between 11 am and 12:30 PM must have been a Blackout

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Got this a few hours ago...

 

 

Please be informed of a Scheduled outage on October 9, 2010, Saturday.

 

 

 

October 9, 2010 - Saturday

 

Time : 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. (6 hrs.)

Purpose : To facilitate the installation of new pole

 

 

Areas affected:

 

 

 

Entire Polog Consolacion, Entire Panoypoy, Entire Garing Consolacion, Portion of Danlag Consolacion including Garing Elementary School, garing National High School, Garing Water System, Panoypoy Health Center, Garing Barangay Hall and Garing Dairy Multi-Purpose Cooperative

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Power situation worries Cebu guv

 

Friday, October 8, 2010

 

CEBU CITY -- As Metro Cebu continues to suffer from frequent outages, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is seriously considering the operation of two coal-fired power plants despite protests from an environmentalist group.

That, as the Department of Energy (DOE) is working on having the power supply normalize by next week with a private firm generating more power.

Also, DOE Visayas Director Antonio Labios said he and officers of the Commission on Election will meet with power suppliers Friday to map out stopgaps during the synchronized barangay and youth elections on Oct. 25.

Labios met Thursday with officials of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), Cebu Energy Development Corp. (CEDC) and Visayan Electric Company (Veco) to assess the power situation.

The brownouts have been triggered by a shortage of power when an NGCP transmission line bogged down last Oct. 5 and CEDC had to shut down two of its plants for maintenance.

 

The two CEDC plants can each produce 82 megawatts.

Because of the short supply, Veco has been rationalizing the use of power by its consumers and has been rotating brownouts at two hours per feeder.

At the Capitol, Governor Garcia said the operation of coal-fired power plants would be a better alternative to power rotation due to lack of supply.

She said environmentalists keep on harping on the dangers of coal-fired power plants and block moves to operate them but they're not coming up with ways to improve the current power situation.

 

The brownouts are not helping Cebu's economy, she said. Her support for the operation of coal-fired plants is for the good of Cebu and not for any power company.

 

"It is urgent that additional power be provided to the grid that is why we are pushing for these two power plants to be fully operational in spite of all the noise and fury raised by certain people. I would just wish to ask them now: Do they have a solution to this? Shall we start setting up wind vanes, which, by the way, would cost us billions of pesos?" she said in a press conference.

 

She again said that Capitol is open to using nuclear energy, which she said is the safest form of energy.

In the Philippine-Russia Business Forum to be held in Cebu later this month, a company involved in the production of nuclear power plants will be joining the Russians.

 

Their presence in Cebu, the governor said, shows their openness to and interest in Cebu as a potential buyer of nuclear energy.

"I advice Governor Garcia to read the law, the Constitution. It is a great abuse of dissention of DOE that since 1992 they should have shifted to the use of indigenous sources of energy," environmental lawyer Gloria Estenzo-Ramos said.

 

"We encourage investors with the renewable energy law, which offers incentives.

We can't wait for the government to act on this," she said.

 

She added the government can invest in renewable energy like wind, solar and geothermal sources.

Environmentalists contend that fossil fuel burning contributes to global warming or climate change that result to sea level rise and storm surges.

Ramos, co-founder of Philippine Earth Justice Center Inc. and a member of Global

Legal Action on Climate Change, is one of the plaintiffs who filed a environmental protection order suit against the DOE, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Provincial Government among others.

"It is plain and simple childish for the governor to shift the blame (on

brownouts) on environment advocates," Ramos said.

 

Effects

 

On the peace and order front, patrol cars of the Mobile Patrol Group roam the streets during brownouts, said Supt. Pablo Labra II, Cebu City Police Office deputy chief for operations.

 

There has been no surge in the number of petty crimes in Cebu City since the brownouts began anew, Labra said.

 

Only clerical work has been affected, he said.

 

At the Cebu International Port, loading and unloading of cargo are stopped because the power available would not be enough to run the cranes simultaneously, Cebu Port Authority General Manager Vicente Suazo Jr. said.

At the Bureau of Internal Revenue, business transactions are hampered.

But Farmers Development Center executive director Estrella Cararata said occasional brownouts "are fine" because "we can reduce consumption of electricity thereby reducing carbon emission, which destroys the ozone layers that protect the earth from the heat of the sun."

Farmers can go about with their daily lives with little need for electricity, Cararata said.(EOB/RSA/BAP/JTG/Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 08, 2010.

 

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Editorial: Need to act on Cebu's power woes

 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

THAT lulls between power outages in Cebu and the Visayas have gotten shorter only means two things: one, that the supply problem is getting worse, and two, that government agencies concerned have not been doing enough to address the problem.

Power outages have again hit Cebu and the Visayas in the past days after a transmission line fault supposedly tripped off major power generating plants in Cebu last Oct. 5.

 

What should be an attention-grabber there is that this is merely a repeat of what happened last year, when "rotating brownouts" became the phrase of the season.

When even scheduled preventive maintenance shutdowns of some power plants make the power supply shaky, then yes, Houston, there is a problem, and it could be serious.

And when power outages become repetitive, it means that nothing much was done when the problem surfaced the first time.

As usual, Department of Energy officials moved to ease worries about the power situation by announcing timetables for the completion of transmission line repairs and the resumption of operation of the shut down power plants.

But how the supply provided the power grid will be augmented--and immediately—seems to have stumped energy officials.

Still, the shaky power supply situation should not lead to government agencies and local government officials looking for solutions that have desperation painted all over them.

We should not repeat the situation in the early '90s where the administration of then president Fidel V. Ramos entered into onerous contracts with independent power producers to solve the power crisis plaguing the country at that time.

In this sense, the push by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia for the operation of more coal-powered plants to solve the current power supply problem in Cebu should be subjected to deep scrutiny considering the contrary stance of environmentalists.

 

There's no question about the need to act on the current power supply woes the Visayas grid is experiencing, but the solution must not be something we would regret later on.

 

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 10, 2010.

 

 

 

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Other than yesterday, we have had 3 brownouts in the last 2 days here in Bacolod.

 

I just can't figure out why they had power last week, but for some unknown reason, they don't have enough power this week.

 

What could have changed in just 1 week?

 

It's not that it has changed in the last the last it is because the tape they put on the lines has come off. If only they would spend a little money...

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smokey

Other than yesterday, we have had 3 brownouts in the last 2 days here in Bacolod.

 

I just can't figure out why they had power last week, but for some unknown reason, they don't have enough power this week.

 

What could have changed in just 1 week?

 

It's not that it has changed in the last the last it is because the tape they put on the lines has come off. If only they would spend a little money...

 

 

 

 

look at the stuff that passes for cars and trucks and know they will not spend one peso till they are forced to .... first wait till it breaks then try to find money to fix it and if that dont work call it a disaster and then sit back and wait for the checks to roll in... people dont watch very close when there is a disaster ...and then the money vanishes like magic

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The last serious row of brown-outs was before the election in May(which was blamed on the dry season). Now elections are back on, so are the brown-outs. Coincidence?

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...................meanwhile plans are underway to address the power situation.....NOT:

 

British firm raises alarm over RP renewable energy

 

A British firm is concerned that the Philippines would lose multibillion dollars in investments in renewable energy because the feed-in tariff rules and portfolio for standards that aim to facilitate the establishment of alternative sources of fuels in the country remain unenforced.

 

Investing in the renewable energy sector in the country "is not viable at the moment since the [implementation of] the feed-in tariff rules for renewable energy and the portfolio for standards are still up in the air," said David de Montaigne, president of Global Green Power, which is engaged in biomass energy resources in the Philippines.

 

"Everybody is looking at the renewable energy globally and they are looking at the Philippines. [but] every delay to [the feed-in tariffs] will have negative impact to international interests," De Montaigne said in an interview at the climate change forum of the Philippines-United Kingdom partnership Thursday in Rockwell Center in Makati City.

 

Energy Department is still to adopt the rules regulating the feed-in tariff system, an incentive program under the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 that aims to develop renewable energy resources

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The last serious row of brown-outs was before the election in May(which was blamed on the dry season). Now elections are back on, so are the brown-outs. Coincidence?

 

No, it's now the wet season. Rain and wind affect the lines too! :biggrin_01:

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the press could do a whole lot better on this.. when i read newspapers on this power issue i am none the wiser.. normally ending in some guy who refused to answer his phone ect ect..

 

where is the philippine equivalent of 60mins or panorama ... where they keep on digging to show whats really going on?

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Hi Guys, what's the present situation on brownouts/blackouts in Cebu, particularly the Lahug area. I'm planning on a trip to the area in a week or so. Any info would be highly appreciated.

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Hi Guys, what's the present situation on brownouts/blackouts in Cebu, particularly the Lahug area. I'm planning on a trip to the area in a week or so. Any info would be highly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

expect at least one and maybe two and if they dont come play the lottery fast as your a lucky guy

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Hi Guys, what's the present situation on brownouts/blackouts in Cebu, particularly the Lahug area. I'm planning on a trip to the area in a week or so. Any info would be highly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

expect at least one and maybe two and if they dont come play the lottery fast as your a lucky guy

 

 

 

Power just back after 2hrs here in Naga. The rechargeable battery fan was a GOOD investment.

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Balintawak

Hate that shitm specially at work. Glad I have a pc but connection goes:beatdeadhorse:

Me and a Client will start importing generators very soon for good prices. If anyone needs or want one, let me know.

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