Government, electrical engineers eye power industry technical audit

by Lenie LecturaAugust 11, 2016

from Business Mirror

The Department of Energy (DOE) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE) to assist the agency  in an ongoing technical audit of industry players.

The IIEE forms part of a task force being organized by the DOE.

“The parties agreed to organize task forces consisting of DOE personnel and IIEE members who will conduct the technical audit of the generation, transmission and distribution facilities in the country,” the DOE said in a statement released on Thursday.

On a pro-bono basis, the DOE tapped IIEE for being the only Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC)-accredited professional association in the field of electrical engineering with the necessary technical knowledge, expertise and competence to assist the DOE in addressing the current power situation. The IIEE has 47,000 licensed and competent electrical engineers and master electricians across the country.

“It is imperative for us to immediately determine the causes, whether technical or contractual, of the current power-supply situation. We have to find a lasting solution to this recurring problem, as well as establishing and institutionalizing far-reaching formula, because it is our people who are bearing the brunt of power interruptions and we cannot allow that to continue,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

The DOE and IIEE will look into the current mechanisms aimed at ensuring the safety, efficiency, quality, reliability and security of the power system.

The audit is also envisioned “to disentangle and unbundle the flaws in the generation-transmission-distribution chain that cause deficiencies in our power supply.”

Recently, Luzon grid suffered power-supply deficiencies due to forced outages of major plants in Luzon. These deficiencies resulted to rotational brownouts in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the past few days.

The DOE assures the public that it continues to monitor the developments in the power industry and to exhaust all possible measures to resolve the power-supply situation in the country.