NegOcc endures rotational brownouts following grid trouble


Residents of Negros Occidental are facing rotational brownouts after a grid disturbance in the Western Visayas region that caused power fluctuations earlier today, January 2.

The three power utility providers in the province issued separate advisories notifying their consumers of possible manual load dropping that will result to power outages.

The Central Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (CENECO) said that they are implementing manual load dropping in central and eastern portion of its coverage area that will last until 10PM, tonight.

The Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NONECO) in its advisory said that some of the areas under its coverage will also experience power outages.

At least 13.1 megawatts deficit was reported which forced power utility providers to implement manual load dropping as advised by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

The Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO) said that another round of voltage fluctuations was experienced at around 6:00 PM, affecting their Victorias and Sagay substations.

The Department of Energy (DOE) in an advisory said it is closely coordinating with NGCP, affected generation plants, and distribution utilities to prioritize power restoration

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is investigating the incident to determine the cause of the grid disturbance, it added.