August 9, 2018
Representatives from 92 electric cooperatives (EC) in the Philippines welcomed the technical assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on distribution network system to enhance the country's energy resiliency and reliability.
Under the Collaboration Program for Disseminating Japanese Technology for Electricity Distribution System and Management in the Philippines, Japanese company TEPCO Power Grid and its affiliate firm TAKAOKA TOKO and JICA are piloting the rollout of smart grid technology to help the Philippines improve its ability in preventing power interruptions or blackouts.
The project recently embarked in a four day seminar at the headquarters of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) showcasing the advanced distribution system and products of TEPCO PG and TAKAOKA TOKO.
Said Japanese technologies can be adopted by Philippine electric cooperatives to help improve their system reliability and resiliency to natural disasters. Furthermore, the technologies would form a basis where ECs could cope with the coming mass integration of renewable energy sources in Philippines.
"As development partner of the Philippines, we recognize the crucial role of supporting reliable energy supply to help grow Philippine investments and overcome the vulnerability of the country. JICA's development cooperation activities will continue to share Japanese expertise to address challenges that affect Philippine global competitiveness and long-term growth," said Mr. Tetsuya Yamada, JICA Senior Representative.
The project disseminating said Japanese technology will be piloted in Batangas II Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Japan is known for its advanced and resilient electricity distribution system despite disturbances from extreme weather and natural disasters. TAKAOKA TOKO, for instance, has installed a transformer in the Philippines in 1975 and the equipment remains to be in use until today.
Data from NEA shows that for 2015, System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI) among Philippine ECs is 13.71 times while System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) is 18 hours. Hence, the average EC customer annually experiences 13.71 power interruptions which totals 18 hours. On the other hand, TEPCO PG's SAIFI and SAIDI is 0.06 times and six (6) minutes respectively. Power interruptions disrupt economic activity and causes damage to equipment and appliances.
The recent seminar is part of the JICA project's capacity building support to local electric cooperatives.
Since 2013, JICA has been implementing several projects under the Collaboration Program with Private sector for Disseminating Japanese technologies to help address development challenges.
Representatives from TEPCO PG, TAKAOKA TOKO CO., LTD. and JICA in a seminar showcasing the advanced distribution system and products of the Japanese companies