Z Victor V. Saulon, Editor
MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) is trying to build micro-networks similar to the hybrid system on the island of Caglabeta outside its franchise area.
"We are also planning to conduct this outside our franchise area so that we can also help the Ministry of Energy and the government to ensure electrification in other parts of the country with the same solution," said Ray C. Espinosa, President and CEO of Meralco. told reporters on Tuesday.
Meralco President Manuel V. Pangilinan confirmed the electricity distribution plan in order to repeat the system in other areas.
"There are several islands that we are still looking at," he said, introducing several micro-systems or small energy networks operating independently of the interconnected transmission and distribution network.
Yesterday, Meralco introduced a powerful micro network in Cagbaleta, a fishing village village and an expanded tourist destination in the province of Quezon, after producing a hybrid production plant with 60 kilowatts (kWp) solar photovoltaic systems, 150-kWh of a rechargeable battery, and two 30 kW diesel units.
At the beginning, the micro network will provide 24/7 power to around 200 households in Cagbalet, with 1795 hectares of islands with two fences.
Mr Espinosa said in the year, the remaining 600 families, as well as institutions and resorts on the island, would be energized.
Yesterday's launch took place in Grand Hyatt, Bonifacio Global City, with a co-celebration in Cagbalet. Meralco had previously started producing a hybrid power plant on the island of Verde, in the province of Batangas.
Mr Espinosa said that Meralco's plan is not only to provide a system that uses an innovative and integrated hybrid solution, but also to ensure a stable supply of the network.
Agnes VST Devanadera, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), said Meralco became "more relevant" because he entered high-cost micro networks, but a small recovery of investments.
"There is an increasing sensitivity to respond to rising needs," she said during the event. It expects that energy costs in Cagbalet will be lowered from the existing P55 per kWh.
The start comes after President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Monday that the state should reduce its dependence on coal as a source of renewable energy (RE).
Mr Pangilinan said that the call was a "happy coincidence" because the micro network is "partly socially responsible companies." distribution system.
"Power makes it possible. People need clean water. He's in there right now. We need to prepare a water purification device, "he said.
"Second, I noticed fishermen, the main industry is fishing." We need to set up a cold store, "he said. "And, of course, tourist facilities – huts, a place where people can stay overnight or overnight."
At the edge of the event, Mr. Pangilinan told reporters that he expects Meralco's income to be better than last year in the first half of the year.
He did not want to say how much, but he said: "He helped with the scale." He was talking about sales in kilowatt hours.
In the first half of the year, it does not expect double-digit growth, but it is "better than the historical average".
Meralco will report on financial performance in the first half of the month. In the first half of last year, consolidated basic net revenue increased by 7% to 10.9 billion, while consolidated net revenues increased by 14% to 12 billion. Revenues reached P1.5.5 billion, an increase of 7%, while energy products were sold at 21.665 gigawatt hours, up 7%.