The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has presented its proposed Transmission Development Plan (TDP) for 2023 to 2040 to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
The TDP is a strategic plan formulated to address the country’s transmission infrastructure needs, and outlines the necessary expansion and upgrade of the transmission system to ensure the reliable and efficient delivery of electricity across the country.
The TDP also includes the grid operator’s roadmap to help achieve the country’s generation targets, which is notably driven by renewable energy (RE) sources. These generation targets align with the target of the Philippine Energy Plan (PEP), which seeks to increase RE generation to 35 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2040. Implementing the PEP will require updating transmission lines to efficiently transmit additional supply to distribution utilities.
During the presentation last August 1, the NGCP also discussed the developments in the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao grids, such as the status of the Mariveles-Balsik San Jose 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission time project, the Cebu-Negros-Panay 230kV backbone project, and efforts in deploying new power plants in the Zamboanga area and Caraga region.
The NGCP said the annual TDP is aligned with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Program 2020-2040.
The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), NGCP’s technical partner, owns world-leading grid technologies as it runs a green and sustainable power grid. SGCC reportedly integrated the largest amount of renewables in the world with the installed capacity of renewables at 540 gigawatts (GW) and utilization rate at 97.4 percent in 2021.
NGCP’s technological partnership with SGCC gives the system operator an edge in ensuring that the Philippine grid is ready and capable of integrating high levels of variable renewable energy.
“With its access to SGCC’s technology, NGCP is more than capable to accommodate the increasing integration of renewable energy into the grid for a more sustainable energy mix.”
NGCP holds the sole and exclusive concession and franchise for operating the Philippines’ transmission network. It earlier asked for support from government and regulator in crafting policies and allowing it to have enough capital expenditures to fund the required projects to support RE.