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DOE pushes for more stable power supply in Aurora

May 17, 2018 @ 6:23

The Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking to increase the reliability of electricity services in the Aurora Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Aurelco) franchise area.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, who accompanied President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, May 15, in Casiguran, Aurora to commemorate the first anniversary of renaming Benham Rise to Philippine Rise, took the opportunity to meet with Aurelco officials to discuss plans in the province.

The plans include the island- and micro-grid designs, as well as the sub-transmission facilities in Aurelco franchise area for the possible connection expansion with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in the Municipality of San Luis, which is located south of Aurora’s capital, Baler.

“Aurora is a thriving province and we have to further equip them with effective energy systems to increase not just the stability of their power supply, but also their capability to be energy resilient, especially that it’s vulnerable to natural disasters brought by typhoons,” Cusi said.

DOE noted that Aurelco, in coordination with the Electric Power Industry Management Bureau, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Energy Regulatory Commission, will put up 69-kilovolt sub-transmission facility traversing Maria Aurora and Casiguran. This also includes a 5 megavolt ampere substation as endorsed by DOE to NEA, which forms part of the electric cooperative’s Distribution Development Plan.

When completed, DOE said these projects will provide stable and reliable services to the towns of Dinalungan, Casiguran, Dilasag in Aurora Province and Dinapigue in Isabela or the so-called “DICADIDI areas”.

The DICADIDI areas are currently being served by the National Power Corporation’s Small Power Utilities Group, which is isolated from the Luzon Grid.

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