Brownouts for Valentines

The visayas are currently experiencing a shortage of electricity. This is due to various power plants being down for maintenance. Here in Western Samar, we will be experiencing rotating brownouts at least until February 16th. I visited Samelco II’s Capoocan sub station, where I was shown a copy of the brownout schedule.  The scedule lists three time slots per day, with brownouts alternating between two areas.

The first area includes:
Calbayog City Proper & Barangays,
Capoocan to Minlawaan Bridge
Capoocan to Sta. Margarita Proper

This area has brownouts scheduled for the following time slots:
February 10, 2010: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM
February 11, 2010: 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
February 12, 2010: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM
February 13, 2010: 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
February 14, 2010: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM
February 15, 2010: 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
February 14, 2010: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM

The second area includes:
Talahib to Lonoy
Oquendo District, Tinambacan District
Sta. Margarita Barangays
Gandara, San Jorge, Pagsanghan, Matuguinao, Tarangnan

This area has brownouts scheduled for the following time slots:
February 10, 2010: 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
February 11, 2010: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM
February 12, 2010: 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
February 13, 2010: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM
February 14, 2010: 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
February 15, 2010: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM
February 16, 2010: 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM

For those living in other area’s, you should be able to contact your local power supplier for a list of scheduled outages.

You can read more about these brownouts in the following articles:
Visayas to suffer week-long brownouts
Brownouts in Cebu to intensify starting Monday
Leyte-Samar endures power curtailment since February 1
Visayas grid deficit due to shutdowns

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sailorjohn
    Feb 15, 2010 @ 15:04:21

    Dale

    I guess this is something we have to get used to in the future when we get there. I expect that we will have a back up GEN to ensure we keep our foods cool.

    This might seem like an off the wall question. But what Barangay is the Narciso Hills Development located in?

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  2. Admin Dale
    Feb 16, 2010 @ 08:22:16

    ” I guess this is something we have to get used to in the future when we get there. I expect that we will have a back up GEN to ensure we keep our foods cool.”

    Yes, a backup generator is a good idea for here, especially if you plan on having aircon, or lots of food in the ref.

    ” … what Barangay is the Narciso Hills Development located in?”

    The Narcisa Hills Sub’d is located in Rawis. Just head east on Magsaysay Blvd, going out of town. The office is in the RFM (Rawis Fair Market) office, and the subdivision is just past there, on the hillside to the Left.

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  3. sailorjohn
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 10:53:46

    Thanks.

    The better half was not around when I asked this question.

    It only takes maybe 5 mins to get from our lot to town.

    I am guessing they are still working on the new market. A few shops were opened when we were there last May.

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  4. alaskan
    Mar 14, 2010 @ 07:06:43

    Dale

    I have been reading on the internet about the long everyday brownouts in Mindanao,I was wondering how the electric companies were doing on Samar.I read your report on the the scheduled brownouts you were going to have,are things back to normal and how often often
    do you have them now.Thanks for any info you can post. wayne

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    • Admin Dale
      Mar 14, 2010 @ 08:21:27

      For now, the electric situation appears to be back to normal in Samar. No more “rotating” brownouts – at least not for now. However, the situation could easily change, if a power plant had to shut down unexpectedly. Keep in mind that this year is an El Nino year. That means there is less rain than usual. Most of the power for the Samar-Leyte grid comes from hydro-electric plants, which have less water available, and hense less flexibility to adjust to additional power needs.

      Having said the electric situation is back to normal, I should explain what our normal is like.😉 Yesterday, Saturday, was a regularily scheduled brownout. The power went off about 7 am, and came back after 4 pm. While this can be quite annoying, Saturday brownouts are fairly normal here. So is the occassional unexpected brownout, like on March 10, when the power went off a couple times.

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  5. alaskan
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 07:37:39

    Thanks for reply Dale,It is nice to hear up to date reports from the area we will be spending
    time in.My wife and i have a place about half way between Calbayog and Catbalogan.Do you use or have you ever priced a generator,4 or 5 kw i guess is what would be needed.thanks again
    for the info and for this site. wayne

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