Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla told the Senate over the weekend that the Philippines may have ‘difficult power supply’ in the first 6 months of 2023.
The Chief of the Department of Energy bared that the country will need ‘every source of power to get by with supply’ in the said period.
Lotilla emphasized that the first 3 months may still be manageable, however, ‘the hotter months’ will pose problems for power supply, citing the higher demand of electricity in homes.
The agency said delays in liquefied natural gas projects in the country along with Malampaya (gas condensate reservoir) not having the capability to produce more gas will directly affect the power supply for the country next summer.
DOE also admitted to have been working with all related offices in the government as well as in private sectors to curb the incoming inadequate power supply.
Lotilla told reporters that the DOE has constraints on delivering power, pointing out that even upcoming solar power plants will soon require transmission and substation access.
The DOE has also asked companies to put up own facilities to avoid passing requirements “as it is for their own use and non-commercial reasons.”
Historically, the country’s power grids have had shortages during the summer when demand for more power is high amid the hotter temperatures.
Recently, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has also issued yellow and red warnings for the Luzon power grids, citing low energy supply for the areas resulting to multiple power interruptions. TNF