What Rotational Blackouts in the Philippines have Taught Us

Following the red alert announcement of The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) last May 31, 2021, Meralco–the largest power distributor company in the Philippines–implemented rotational blackouts or Manual Load Dropping (MLD) throughout the Luzon area for the first time since June 2019. 


Limited Supply of Energy Reserves

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the Red Alert issued on Wednesday was caused by the limited supply of energy reserves compared to the high projected demand calculated at the start of the year.

To give more context, Red Alerts are usually given when power reserves are not available, and brownouts or power interruptions may be inevitable. On the other hand, Yellow Alerts usually mean that power reserves are low with demands approaching critical levels. 

In the last three months, the NGCP, the country’s sole transmission service provider, has raised the Yellow Alert nine times. The frequency of these alerts were said to be unprecedented and ultimately unavoidable. 


Use of Fossil Fuels

So what does this mean for us as daily consumers? As we all know our country’s energy resource relies heavily on Fossil Fuels, which have proven to be a non-renewable source of energy as the production and manufacturing of this can run out. Unfortunately, as it is perishable, it cannot be replenished for thousands or even millions of years.

This would mean that we, as consumers, must find alternative means of powering our daily lives.


Renewable Energy is the future

The best possible solution is to reduce our dependence on non-renewable sources and switch to more sustainable energy solutions such as renewable energy. These types of technologies use resources straight from our environment to generate power without having to compromise the integrity of our Earth. 

Why rely on something that you know has an expiration date? Using fossil fuels to power our homes is finite. We are all working from home, learning from home, and spending all our time at home due to the pandemic. With high demands, our current supply will surely diminish in no time. We need to rely on something infinite and readily available–like the sun, wind, and sea. You can harness the power of renewable energy today.

Learn more about the benefits of switching to renewable energy by checking out our blog here. You may also reach out to one of our Solar Experts to start your solar journey with us!

Comment (1)
Alfonso G Dubouzet
June 4, 2021

Using solar in the house attached to the grid have no effect. If there is a block outage, solar users will be affected as well. Unless the house has battery to store their solar energy which I believed still not allowed. Therefore the government should allow solar owners to go hybrid. so they have continuous power even if the utility supplier is down.


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