Meralco awarded USTDA grant to develop demand response system

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Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the largest power distribution utility in the Philippines, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to modernize its distribution systems and develop a smart grid design.

The feasibility study will include a pilot project for a demand response system, allowing Meralco to balance the grid by integrating control systems and communications infrastructure into its network. These upgrades will ultimately reduce energy losses and manage system peak demand, while optimizing Meralco’s sub-transmission and distribution network in and around Metro Manila, which serves 5.2 million customers.

“The USTDA grant is very timely, as a demand response system will allow us to actively manage our system demand, especially during periods of tight supply conditions similar to what we have experienced very recently,” commented Ricardo V. Buencamino, Meralco’s Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Networks.

Last year Meralco embarked on the rollout of prepay smart metering as part of its long term smart grid vision.

The opportunity for U.S. firms to conduct the USTDA-funded feasibility study for MERALCO will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

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