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Cusi reiterates call for stable power supply during vaccine rollout

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi is working doubly hard to ensure reliable and stable power supply during the government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

“The DOE is working non-stop to establish an uninterrupted supply of electricity services at the onset of the vaccine rollout by the end of Q1 of 2021. We have been meeting with the members of the energy family to fortify our strategies,” Cusi said in a statement Tuesday.

Cusi has directed generation companies, government owned and controlled corporations as well as private sector-operated and/or owned generation facilities to ensure the availability of their power plants at their maximum dependable capacity.

He also reminded the gencos to comply with the 2021 grid operating and maintenance program and update their emergency response protocols and business continuity plansto include utmost prioritisation of the vaccines’ cold storage and health care facilities in cases of power outages.

For the hydroelectric power plants, management of the water reservoir should be observed to maintain its optimal production, Cusi said.

GenCos are also required to secure adequate fuel supplies and maintain reasonable fuel inventories.

Should there be a need to deploy power generating sets and additional backliners, Cusi said gencos should be ready to coordinate with concerned local government units regarding the locations/stations of the vaccines’ cold storage facilities.

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