July 8, 2016
from Business Mirror
THE Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has energized the Banawe 115-kiloVolt (kV)/34.5kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation facility aimed to service big commercial establishments in Quezon City.
Meralco First Vice President and Head of Networks Ronnie Aperocho said the facility will provide additional capacity to serve the growing power requirements in the areas of Balintawak, Diliman and San Francisco del Monte in Quezon City.
“This substation is safe, efficient and has automation capabilities, which is more responsive during operational contingencies,” Aparecho said. The GIS substation is best fit to serve power demand in commercial areas and business centers because of its compact indoor-type switchgears, less maintenance feature and aesthetics. It also employs the latest and proven technologies, which are ready for smart-grid applications, such as distribution-automation equipment and digital-protective devices.
Meralco Senior Vice President and Head of Customer Retail Services and Corporate Communications Alfredo Panlilio said among the commercial establishments that will benefit from this are Capitol Medical Center, Puregold Supermarket, Orion Wire Cable Inc. and Container Corp. of the Philippines, among other core customers.
Mealco also thanked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for approving this project under the third Regulatory Period of the Performance-Based Regulation (PBR).
“This is part of Meralco’s ‘smart grid journey’ to make its infrastructure more responsive to customer needs. It is also a testament to the common goal of the ERC and Meralco to continuously improve electric service to the customers through the use of innovative technology,” he said.