IN A bid to provide efficient service, the Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Ancillary Services Procurement Agreement (ASPA) between SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet (SNAP-B) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Mike Hosillos said the agreement will assure stability and efficient service for all stakeholders.

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SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet chief executive officer Emmanuel V. Rubio said they “welcome the development and are very keen to provide the services necessary to maintain power quality, reliability and security of the grid.”

The ERC’s decision stated “the provisional implementation of the Ancillary Services Procurement Agreement will redound to the benefit of all consumers of National Grid Corporation in Luzon in terms of continuous, reliable and efficient power supply.”

Hosillos said ancillary services refer to the capacity and energy needed to maintain a stable and reliable operation of the interconnected transmission system. “[It just means] there will be no fluctuations in power,” Hosillos explained.

Among the ancillary services approved are the fast start capability of a generating unit to provide additional energy-to-system demand changes, capability to provide reserve capacity necessary to immediately respond to generating units or transmission line failures and the ability to inject or absorb reactive power from the grid to maintain standard voltage levels.

In approving the ASPA, the commission noted a significant portion of ancillary services were provided by the National Power Corporation. (Ma. Elena Catajan)