By Juzel L. Danganan
MANILA — The power sector has seen slow but stable growth over the past two years, as the Aquino administration draws near to its end next year.
A report released by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) showed that the three main islands–Luzon,Visayas and Mindanao, had an added total power capacity of 1,043 megawatts (MWs).
The NEDA, citing Department of Energy (DOE) data, said the Luzon grid has gained 606 MWs from 2014 until the second half of 2015. It is near the required power reserves of the island at 647 MW.
Compared to the December 2013 figures, a total installed capacity of 12,919 MW — the new 606-MW capacity is still promising.
The report also stressed that in 2013, Luzon’s dependable capacity only amounts to 11,494 MW, while its available capacity totals 8,822 MW.
For the Visayas, the new installed capacity in the island totals 325 MW, adding to the installed capacity of 2,498 MW recorded on December 2013.
However, the island had a dependable capacity of 1,984 MW during the same period, while it reached an available capacity of 1,653 MW.
Mindanao, on the other hand, has only gained 112 MW since 2014. It had an installed capacity of 2,125 MW during the end of 2013.
Data also showed that for the same period ,the island had a dependable capacity of 1,753 MW, while it had an available capacity of 1,262 MW. (PNA)
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