The Department of Energy (DoE) is moving toward adopting smart grid technology in the Philippines, which a top official of the agency said would be more beneficial and safer to use.
“Giving attention to safety and the energy sector’s move toward the adoption of smart grid technologies will benefit both industry participants and consumers,” Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella told attendees of the Manila Electric Co.’s (Meralco) recent K-Ligtas Awards at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
He said that, while the delivery of power supply is vital, the people’s safety is more important.
“We want not only to make our energy facilities more efficient through the use of emerging technologies, but also safer for our people,” Fuentebella said.
The energy official also said these technologies should be safe to use with higher standards, proper regulations, and multi-party cooperation.
“When we talk of safety, it means both private utilities and electric cooperatives should be updated in terms of knowledge, capabilities, and skills,” he added.
According to Fuentebella, there is also a need to tap the academe by incorporating energy safety into the curriculum, especially in engineering courses.
In a chance interview with reporters after the event, Fuentebella said he is gathering inputs from various parties and partners to develop a module.
He noted that his department is trying to address the gap and collate all the information it collected to make the module comprehensive.
Items pointed out by Fuentebella included the first four industrial revolutions, safety and efficiency matters one should know when using the energy, standards in place and how to improve them, and securing the system, among others.
However, he recognized it would be challenging to come up with a module for resiliency and the smart grid.
On the integration of smart grid technology, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said it is getting the technology from the State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) for adoption in the country.
NGCP Chief Audit Executive Edwin Natividad told reporters in a chance interview in Jinan, China, that there were pilot areas around the country for the smart grid.
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