DOE taps group of electrical engineers to audit power facilities

THE Department of Energy (DOE) has tapped a group of electrical engineers to conduct the technical audit of the generation, transmission, and distribution facilities following the rotational brownouts experienced in Metro Manila and surrounding areas recently.

In the memorandum of agreement signed this week by the DOE and the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers (IIEE) of the Philippines, a task force shall be formed to investigate the matter.

“It is imperative for us to immediately determine the causes, whether technical or contractual, of the current power supply situation. We have to find a lasting solution to this recurring problem as well as establishing and institutionalizing far-reaching formulae, because it is our people who are bearing the brunt of power interruptions and we cannot allow that to continue,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

The agreement was brought to the table because of the recent spate of power supply reserve deficiencies due to forced outages of major plants in Luzon, the DOE said.

The deficiencies resulted to rotational brownouts in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the past few days.

Cusi said the IIEE, which was tapped on pro-bono basis, is the only Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC)-accredited professional association in the field of electrical engineering with the necessary technical knowledge, expertise and competence to assist the DOE in addressing the current power situation.

Pursuant to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), the DOE and IIEE agreed to look into current mechanisms aimed at ensuring the safety, efficiency, quality, reliability and security of the power system.

The audit is also envisioned to disentangle and unbundle the flaws in the generation-transmission-distribution chain that cause deficiencies in our power supply. (SDR/Sunnex)
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