The country’s total peak demand in 2017 was recorded at 13,789 MW, which is 517 MW or 3.9% higher than the 13, 272 MW in 2016. On the other hand, the total power supply, in terms of installed capacity, grew by 6.1% from 21,425 MW in 2016 to 22,730 MW in 2017. A total of 835 MW new capacities were added to the country’s supply base in 2017 which include coal-fired (630 MW), solar (127 MW), oil-based (77 MW), and hydropower (1 MW). In terms of share by grid, Luzon contributed 392 MW or 47%, Mindanao at 337 MW or 40% and Visayas at 106 MW or 3%. The year also saw the end of the constrained demand in Mindanao which grew by 6.5% or 107 MW from 1,653 MW in 2016 to 1,760 MW in 2017.
Philippine Power System continued to exhibit its resiliency and stakeholders’ unified actions in the onslaught of challenges in 2017. Natural and man-made disasters hit some parts of the country, coupled with the continued concerns on forced outages of large power generation plants, as well as the transmission and distribution system. The most notable of these is the 6.5 magnitude earthquake in the Visayas (Jaro, Leyte) which occurred in the second half of 2017, damaging geothermal power generation, transmission and distribution facilities, and resulted to the total loss of power in the provinces of Samar, Leyte, and Bohol. In Mindanao, the Marawi Siege led to the multiple partial blackout in the franchise area of the Lanao Del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) and total blackout in Marawi City. In view of these incidents, the DOE initiatives to integrate in its plans, policies, and programs the energy resiliency, performance assessment of the power industry participants to improve energy security and reliability were very timely.
The DOE published power-related development plans (Power Development Plan 2016-2040; Distribution Development Plan 2016-2025; and Missionary Electrification Development Plan 2016-2020) which laid down the basic data and information of the Philippine Power System; power supply and demand outlook in grid and off-grid areas; and power sector roadmaps, policies, and programs for the short-, medium- and long-term horizon. These serve as investors’ references in business development in the country.