MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) has commissioned a new substation in Quezon City that is expected to improve power service to big commercial establishments.
The distribution utility commissioned the Banawe 115kV/34.5 kilovolts (kV) Gas-Insulated Switchgear (GIS) which, it said, 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.
The new substation also employs the latest and proven technologies which are ready for smart-grid applications such as distribution automation equipment and digital protective devices.
“This 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,” Meralco first vice president and head of networks Ronnie L. Aperocho said.
“This substation is safe, efficient and has automation capabilities, which is more responsive during operational contingencies,” Aperocho said.
“Among the commercial establishments that will benefit from this are Capitol Medical Center, Puregold Supermarket, Orion Wire Cable Inc., and Container Corporation of the Philippines, among other core customers,” added Alfredo S. Panlilio, Meralco senior vice president and head of customer retail services and corporate communications.
Panlilio also thanked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for approving the project under the 3rd 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 ERC and Meralco to continuously improve electric service to the customers through the use of innovative technology,” he said.