The Pulangi IV Hydroelectric Power Plant in Maramang, Bukidnon generates about 255 megawatts of renewable energy which make up to 20 percent of the available power in the the entire Mindanao grid.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) expects better supply situation in the Mindanao grid during the conduct of the 2016 national and local elections, according to a statement released to the media on Friday.

Chaired by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), MPMC assured the public that adequate measures were put in place, in accordance with the Department Circular No. 2016-01-001 released by the Department of Energy (DOE) which created the Power Task Force Election (PTFE) 2016 to ensure adequate and reliable electric power supply before, during, and after the May 9, 2016 elections.

In the circular, DOE which also co-chairs the MPMC, has been deputized to “primarily provide and maintain stable and continuous nationwide electric power requirements on May 2, 2016 until the termination or conclusion of the canvassing of votes and the proclamation of the winning candidates.”

“However, in the case of Mindanao, the PTFE adjusted the period to start May 6 instead of May 2 considering that hydro power plants, Mindanao’s major source of power supply are still struggling from El Niño-induced generation shortfall,” said Romeo Montenegro, head of the MPMC Technical Working Group and director of the MinDA Investment Promotions and Public Affairs Office.

He explained however that starting Friday this week Mindanao will enjoy a more steady supply of power and will experience extremely minimal or zero power interruptions. 

Despite the toppling of Tower 25 in Lanao del Sur Tuesday night, Montenegro stressed there's no reason to raise any alarm in so far as power situation is concerned as supply availability in the Mindanao grid is assured at least three days before and three days after the polls. "But we urge vigilance as toppling of transmission towers can pose power supply disruption and subsequent service interruption," he added.

In a recent series of briefing, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reported that the Mindanao Grid’s available capacity or supply is expected to be 1,736 megawatts (MW) from May 8 to 10. Gross reserves of the island is also expected to be at 383 MW on May 8, around 373 MW on May 9, and 254 MW on May 10.

The increase in the available capacity will be made possible with the measures implemented by the members of the PTFE like increasing the water outflow of the Agus and Pulangi Hydropower plants and the postponement of planned maintenance shutdown of some power generators prior, during, and after the elections.

Since early this year, DOE has been coordinating with the members of the PTFE to ensure the reliability and stability of not only the Mindanao Power Grid but also of the whole country. The task force is headed by DOE with NGCP heading the command post or operations center. Members include the National Electrification Authority (NEA), National Power Corporation (Napocor), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM), National Transmission Corporation (Transco), Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC), and the power distributors and electric cooperatives.
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