Power plant capacity rises 13% to over 21,000 MW

PHILIPPINE power plants ended 2016 with a total installed capacity of 21,423 megawatts (MW), up 13%, though dependability statistics showed only slight improvement.

The Department of Energy (DoE) said dependable capacity as of last year reached 19,097 MW, or 89% of the total installed capacity, and slightly better than the previous year’s 88%.

However, this is far from showing the overall efficiency of the country’s power plants, said DoE Assistant Secretary Gerardo D. Erguiza, Jr.

He said some of the power plants had declared a derating of their capacity, thus showing minimal discrepancy with what they are producing and what they are expected to deliver.

“Their average performance has already been incorporated in their derating,” Mr. Erguiza said in Filipino.

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