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Senate energy committee to discuss country’s power supply ahead of summer demand

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By Raymund Antonio

The Senate energy committee will hold a hearing on the power supply situation in the Philippines as the onset of the summer season draws near.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate energy committee, said on Thursday that in doing so, this would ensure power companies have contingency measures in place for the dry season.

“We have to make sure the plants will not fail us during the summer,” Gatchalian told reporters in a media forum in Quezon City.

Gatchalian’s statement came in anticipation that power plants may break down due to high demand for electricity this summer.

While he assured the public that there is enough power supply, the senator raised the possibility of power plants encountering major issues throughout the period.

“Right now, our electric supply is sufficient until May. This means we have enough reserves. The problem is when the plants break down,” Gatchalian said as he recalled that seven power plants broke down last year.

The former Valenzuela city mayor noted the demand for electricity reaches its peak during the summer season.

“The demand goes up as high as 20 to 30 percent, so the challenge now is to make sure the plants run smoothly all the way to summer,” Gatchalian said. “If there is no plant that will break down, we have for sure sufficient supply. But if there is any breakdown, we want to make sure we have contingency measures.”

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