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Japan brings smart grid technology to Philippines

Steve Rogerson
February 13, 2018
 
The Philippines state-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) has teamed up with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) to help improve distribution reliability through smart grid technology.
 
Jica tapped the expertise of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) and its affiliated firm Takaoka Toko (TKTK) to work with the NEA for the pilot implementation of distribution network management system (DNMS) technology in the province of Batangas.
 
NEA deputy administrator for technical services Artis Nikki Tortola said the pilot project, which will run for two years from 2018 to 2019, was expected to reduce the number and duration of power outages, leading to improvement in distribution system reliability.
 
Tortola said the project was under a Jica collaboration programme with the private sector for disseminating Japanese technology for electricity distribution system and management in the Philippines.
 
The Batangas II Electric Cooperative (Batelec II) has been selected as the pilot project site to demonstrate the effectiveness of the DNMS technology and to understand better the system configuration and operation.
 
"It's a proven and tested technology,” said Tortola. “With that system, we hope that the electric cooperative that will be benefiting from this project will improve its reliability."
 
The project started during a meeting last month, participated in by representatives from the NEA, Jica TKTK and Tepco at the NEA headquarters in Quezon City. Included in the discussion were the activities to be carried out during the implementation phase of the project.
 
Present in the meeting were NEA administrator Edgardo Masongsong, Tortola, engineering department manager Ferdinand Villareal, Federico Villar, Bonifacio David and Julius Lotilla, consultant for diplomatic relations.
 
Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country both for the Taal volcano and its beaches and diving spots. It has the country’s second largest international seaport after Manila. The population is more than 2.6 million.