ERC Raises Consciousness on Emerging Technologies
In its commitment to raise the consciousness of the regulator on the impact of advanced technologies on the provision of electricity and, at the same time, reinforce the continuous capacity building of its staff, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) recently conducted a seminar on Microgrids and Distributed Energy Res0urces (DER). The seminar was held for the ERC’s technical staff at the ERC Multi-purpose Hall with Hexing Electrical Co. consultants Messrs. Abraham Ortega, BSNE, NE (Nuclear Engineer), MS ENG, MBA and Sonny Riguerra, an independent consultant, serving as Speaker and Resource Person.
“This is just the start of the many similar trainings that the ERC will conduct for both internal and external stakeholders in the electric power industry. This is in line with the ERC’s efficiency program tagged as “ERC’s 5Es”: (1) ERC on Wheels; (2) ERC Academy; (3) eWISE (ERC Web Portal for Interactive and Systematic Exchange); (4) ERC on Emerging Technologies; and (5) ERC Enabling Electrification, that is intended to advance the awareness and capacities in the electric power industry, among others,” ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera explained.
The Speakers showcased the various renewable energy trends and the country’s policies and directions to spur competition thereon. An overview of renewable energy in the Philippines was discussed. The concept of Microgrids was also discussed, including the definition, history, components, classification, benefits, implementation key challenges, and the tariff-setting considerations and options. Microgrids will enable the aggregation of electricity demand and the corresponding energy generation sources, and can operate independently from the grid operator. With respect to DERs, its various forms, effects on the grid, and risk mitigation measures were discussed. DER includes any non-bulk electric system that is located solely within the boundary of any distribution utility. The various typical connections of DER were also presented and the grid shortfalls that the DER would be able to address.
“We welcome these emerging innovations such as the Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) as they promise benefits and convenience to both the electricity providers and users by way of improving the efficiency and reliability of electricity services. These novel concepts, however, also pose a new challenge for the ERC in terms of how these advanced technologies should be properly regulated. Accordingly, we will revisit relevant regulatory policies and ensure that the inclusion of new technologies are taken into account and that the implementation thereof shall not compromise the consumers’ welfare and interest,” ERC Chair Devanadera added.
Date Published: 8/1/2018