MANILA, Philippines — House Energy Committee Chairman and Pampanga 2nd District Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo has called on the Department of Energy to prioritize policy and the proposed route for the smart grid to help improve the reliability, efficiency, flexibility and resilience of the country’s grid.
“The public deserves to know how the government can implement the Smart Grid Network. They should know how this can empower them not only when it comes to cheaper electricity rates, but also uninterrupted access to energy, a basic human right. We owe it to our kababayans to show them that implementing smart grid technology can lead to new sources of power generation that can advance our economy and help improve the lives of Filipinos,” Arroyo explained. .
A smart grid is equipped with modern technology that automatically integrates all the functions of the electrical system, from the power sources to its consumers. This means an efficient integration of the connection between electricity producers and users, an immediate and efficient response to the needs of the electricity system, better network security and, above all, an improvement in the reliability of the network and supply. from the electrical system.
“Smart grid technology is really the way forward for the country’s energy sector. Of course, typhoons in the Philippines have changed names and nanaman. The smart grid will make our country more resilient in the face of natural calamities, although everything depends on a centralized system. The technology can create Distributed Energy Resources or DERs that will help decentralize power and energy generation. So if ever a disaster or calamity occurs, only a few areas will experience a power outage and it will only be for a short time,” Arroyo said.
In addition to this, Arroyo explained that the smart grid system can help empower consumers since the technology allows them to monitor and manage their energy usage. Consumers with renewable energy installations in their homes can even sell the electricity they generate from their installations under the net metering program.
Arroyo added, “The smart grid will really help push and promote new emerging technologies such as net metering, electric vehicles, optimized energy storage systems, and smart homes and cities. The future is really here. The only question now is, how ready are we for this? »
On February 20, 2020, the Department of Energy issued a circular entitled “Providing a National Smart Grid Policy Framework for the Philippine Electric Power Industry and Roadmap Distribution Utilities”. The circular stated that the Philippine electricity system would transition to a smart grid system by 2040.
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