The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is set to pay its final respect to its 45-year-old Makati Substation as part of the conversion program that aims to enhance power delivery service and bring down system loss.
In an application to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the power distributor is looking to retire the aging substation located at the corner of Kakarong st. and Pablo Ocampo Sr. Ave. extension.
“[The] conversion of loads of Makati Substation to 34.5 kV will result in the reduction of technical system loss and improvement of the electric service by phasing out an isolated odd-voltage system,” Meralco said.
If approved, Meralco assures that no power interruptions will occur as the electricity load will be transferred to power circuits in New Rockwell, Paco, and Kamagong areas.
This is part of the company’s voltage standardization program that targets to reduce technical system loss, improve flexibility and reliability of electrical services.
System loss is unbilled power caused by pilferage and physical loss of energy when power passes through distribution lines.
Meralco’s system loss is currently at 6.46 percent – below the 9.5 percent cap set by the ERC for private distribution utilities.
The Energy department is currently looking at removing system loss charges from consumers – that is allowed under RA 7832 or the Anti – Electricity and Electric Transmission Lines/Materials Pilferage Act of 1994.