ERC approves NGCP’s P6.86-B Mindanao transmission backbone

POWER system operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) will be building a new transmission backbone to carry added power capacity in Mindanao at a cost of P6.86 billion, details of the decision released by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) show. “A perusal of the evidence presented herein showed that NGCP’s application for the…

TransCo queries NGCP over alleged telecoms facilities

NATIONAL Transmission Corp. (TransCo) has asked privately-owned system operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) about the presence of alleged telecommunication facilities in the government’s power transmission assets, its top official said. “I wrote a letter to NGCP asking them to explain why is it there are communication facilities which are installed in the…

NGCP to spend P80 B for critical transmission projec

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is looking to spend P80 billion for critical transmission projects until 2020. This was the amount filed with the Energy Regulatory Commission for approval, NGCP research and special studies head Vicente Viloria said during 2016 Business Journalism Seminar organized by San Miguel Corp. and the Economic Journalists…

Key senator backs review of NGCP powers

THE chairman of the Senate committee on energy has backed a call for a review of the congressional franchise extended to privately owned National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to ensure that it is in line with the Constitution. “My own personal opinion (is) you cannot delegate the power of eminent domain. That’s an…

NGCP wants plants to be in sync on redundant systems

THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has called on generation companies to synchronize their systems to that of the grid operator to avoid the repeat of the power interruption on Nov. 15 that left parts of Metro Manila without electricity for at least an hour. “NGCP is urging power plants and distribution utilities…

NGCP sets technical standards in grid operations

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has set pioneering grid technical standards aimed to improve its operations and services as it sets sight on becoming one of the best power utilities in Southeast Asia. The grid operator has institutionalized the technical standardization system with a total of 109 standards on equipment and material…

NGCP moves to improve RE integration

NATIONAL GRID Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Friday that it had set up a “comprehensive program” to ensure its capability to take in renewable energy (RE) power sources into the grid. “Because of the intermittent nature of some renewable energy sources, particularly solar and wind, balancing the system’s supply and demand becomes challenging….

NGCP urged to allot for transmission upgrades

THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is being urged by an industry association to include a budget for “unforeseen transmission upgrades” in its proposed five-year capital expenditure plan to be submitted to Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) next year. “The biggest issue in the industry is [the absence of] transmission lines for new power…

NGCP: Tripping incident shaved off 1,000 MW from Luzon grid

OVER 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power-generating capacity was shaved off from the Luzon grid as a result of a transmission-line tripping incident, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Tuesday. The grid operator’s  Batangas-Makban 230-kV (kiloVolt)  Line 1 tripped at 12:46 p.m., causing the isolation of power plants with a combined capacity…

Brownouts possible as Luzon on ‘red alert’

One-hour-long power interruptions were scheduled in Luzon on Tuesday after a power line in Batangas tripped and depleted the island’s electricity reserves. The “red alert,” which is issued when there is zero reserve, on the Luzon grid was lifted at 4:40 p.m. by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines NGCP. The Luzon grid remained…

ERC approves seven new NGCP projects worth P1.118 billion for 2016

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has provisionally approved the implementation of seven capital-expenditure (capex) projects of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for 2016. These seven projects amount to P1.118 billion. These projects include the P200.98-million Tiwi substation upgrading; the P69.69-million Naga substation upgrading; the P58.28-million Clark-Mabiga 69-kilovolt (kv) transmission line; the P359.88-million…

SMC unit seeks to build transmission facilities

SMC Consolidated Power Corp. (SCPC) is asking provisional authority from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to build its own transmission facilities that will connect its power plant in Limay, Bataan to the Luzon grid. SCPC, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corp., placed the cost of the dedicated point-to-point limited transmission facilities at around P114 million….