NGCP smarting up the power grid

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has taken the first step in transforming its electricity grid into a smart grid.

NGCP piloted the operations of the its Central Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) in its Cagayan de Oro and Cebu substations as part of ongoing efforts to improve power transmission capabilities and bring the country closer to running on a Smart grid.

It is targeting to expand its CCMS-enabled facilities to 21 substations around the country by 2025.

The CCMS is a technology used to automate certain functions of the power transmission grid, particularly in its substations.

It comprises of real-time monitoring software and hardware to be used for the acquisition, collection, centralized monitoring, and analysis of power data and equipment condition.

Through the CCMS, NGCP will remotely operate unmanned substations with the aim of improving the operational performance of transmission facilities.

“NGCP is pleased with this development as it works to keep pace with the rising standards of power utility practices around the globe, as part of its commitment to realize a smarter, more efficient power transmission grid,” NGCP said.

A Smart grid incorporates modern hardware and digital software to intuitively and intelligently automate the functions of the power system.

This translates to improved grid security and information management, efficient integration of the connection between generators and load customers, effective response to the needs of the transmission network, and greater reliability and quality of power transmitted by the grid.

NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company led by majority shareholders, vice chairman Henry Sy Jr and Robert Coyiuto.