The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) will lead a comprehensive program that will assure full absorbency of incoming renewable energy (RE) projects to the grid, as the country targets 30% RE capacity in the energy mix.
NCGP said that the country targets 1, 189.66 megawatts (MW) of energy in the generation mix.
“NGCP is supportive of the government’s policy of increasing RE installed capacity. Despite the challenges it brings to the management of the grid, NGCP sees this as a step closer towards cleaner and more sustainable energy sources for the country,” the grid operator said.
NGCP has established RE integration Standards and the Variable Renewable Energy content that will allow smooth access for RE plants to the power grid. They also conducted a System Impact Study (GIS) to assess the best possible configuration and grid energy points for RE projects.
“Because of the intermittent nature of some renewable energy sources, particularly solar and wind, balancing the system’s supply and demand becomes challenging. We took the initiative to set integration standards to avoid compromising the integrity of the grid,” NGCP said.
The grid operator is also looking to improve its forecast system for RE plants for any possible changes in the power production that might negatively impact the grid.
A Grid Impact Study (GIS) is also important in determining an RE plant’s integration in the current system. Whether it will be integrated smoothly or if improvements or adjustments are necessary.
“It is critical that a GIS be conducted first so that RE developments are synchronized with our grid improvement projects. This will ensure that all RE capacities are fully dispatched and utilized by end-consumers,” NGCP said.
The NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge in operating, maintaining, and developing the nation’s power grid.