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Some power plants bog down causing Tuesday’s outage

  • Written by Arlene Rivera
  • Published in Metro
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SEVERAL power plants bogged down on Tuesday night, causing power interruptions in parts of Metro Manila, according to the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

Joe Zaldarriaga, Meralco spokesperson, said 1,400 to 1,600 megawatts of power were shaved off from the grid after “sudden plant outages” in Sta. Rita, San Gabriel, San Lorenzo and QPPL in Batangas at 7:30 p.m.
   
“Your power supply may have been affected by a sudden plant outage that occurred at 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 15, 2016) and lasted for 10-15 minutes,” Meralco announced on Twitter.
   
Zaldarriaga said that before the brownout, Meralco was distributing 5,300 megawatts to meet the demand of its customers but brownouts were not metro-wide.
   
Among areas that lost power on Tuesday night were Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna, Quezon and parts of Metro Manila.
   
Meralco is coordinating with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to determine the cause of the power outage.
   
The power supply went back to normal at 8:50 p.m.
   
Investigation is ongoing as to the cause of the power outage in several plants in Luzon.