The Negros Oriental 2 Electric Cooperative is currently piloting a project, along with partners Green Core Geothermal Inc. and Data Logic Systems Corp., that aims to reduce systems loss which would benefit the power distributor and its end consumers with lower power bills.
The NORECO II-GCGI System Loss Project was one of the presentations during the 3rd Cebu Energy Efficiency forum held Tuesday at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City, which focused on “Sustaining The Energy Efficiency Initiatives in the Philippines”.
The system loss project engages modern technology and the utilization of “smart gadgets” to reduce cost and improve efficiency in the electric cooperative as well as in addressing problems that lead to system loss in the pilot area, according to Eleuterio Tale, Jr., area sub-manager of the Tanjay Sub-Office of the Noreco II in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental.
The Tanjay sub-station is the site of the pilot project, as Tanjay City ranks first in the NORECO II coverage area in terms of having the highest system loss while Dumaguete City has the highest usage of electricity.
The presentation revealed at least three areas covered by the project, to include the reduction of losses in electric power systems, improved safety, and monitoring and response time during glitches in the electrification systems.
Data Logics System, Inc., a Manila-based solutions provider, has developed the Guardian systems process for the NORECO II-GCGI project. It utilizes smart devices and technology, such as SMS (short message service or text messaging) and a server to provide real time information to the cooperative on the distribution transformers in Tanjay City being tested for the pilot project.
The program features include preliminary data analysis, team workshops and consultations, pilot site identification and testing, and verification and commercialization.
One of the potential impacts to NORECO II once the Guardian System is fine tuned is that for every one percent reduction of system loss, approximately P600,000 is added to the monthly revenue of the electric cooperative.
Further, a reduction in system loss would also mean a reduction in the end users’ bills. System losses of 13 percent and below are passed on to the consumers. The NORECO II shoulders the excess of 13 percent in system losses.
There would also be improved safety for end consumers who face the risk of faulty meters that would damage properties.
Also, the project will allow for improved monitoring capability and shorter response time for repairs and maintenance with the new technology giving the NORECO II real time information on where the losses occur and to what extent.
Carlos Juan Paolo Vega, power and carbon markets policy officer of First Gen Corporation (the mother unit of GCGI), disclosed the project was launched last October.
At least 120 households served by two distribution transmitters are clustered with their individual electric meters clustered and passing through one mother meter under the said project.
Vega explained that electric meters strategically located or installed closer to a distribution transmitter would translate to reduced line systems loss.
According to Vega, the pilot project will be limited only to Tanjay yet, but once it is finalized and perfected, it would also be applied to other areas under the NORECO II coverage.
GCGI is funding the project as part of its thrust to help its client electric cooperatives improve on their energy efficiency systems.
NORECO II is one of the biggest clients of GCGI in the country. (PNA)