Osmena wants to check if the country has enough power supply during El Nino

September 16, 2015 5:57 am 

MANILA, Sept. 15 – Senator Sergio Osmena III said on Tuesday his Senate Committee on Energy will check if the energy supply is enough to cover the 400-megawatt deficit when the forecast strongest El Nino phenomenon hits the country next year.

”I’m not saying nothing to worry about, I’m not a politician who talks like that. Yes, there’s something to be concerned about, not worried. But we’re working to address the problem. In the same manner that last year, we were working to address our supposed shortage this summer, March, April and May,” Osmena said in a media interview after a Senate budget deliberations.

The Cebu lawmaker said the government has to address now the energy supply by expanding the Interruptible Load Program (ILP).

“That (ILP) is the standby power we have and we never had to use it because we want it on standby just in case we need it,” Osmena said.

“But we will find that extra, we will get it, we will cover it. It’s not really a serious concern but it is a concern that we have to address now. We need about six to eight months to really come up with more comfortable alternatives,” he added.

He said the Department of Energy (DOE) should start studying the possible shortages and alternatives to mitigate the El Nino phenomenon. (PNA)

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