Unified WESM to boost Luzon energy buffer

MANILA, Philippines – Electricity supply risks as indicated by “yellow” alerts in the Luzon grid could ease once the unified Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) starts operating this month, an official of the Department of Energy (DOE) said.

Yellow alerts are raised when energy reserves fall below ideal levels, although such alerts do not necessarily lead to power outages.

Energy Undersecretary Rowena Guevara told reporters that the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP), which will link the country’s three main island groups to create one grid, would be online by March 31.

“The commercial operation of WESM Mindanao and the MVIP is expected to improve the reliabili…

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