MANILA, Philippines – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Philippines’ Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company, Inc. (CEPALCO) to support the utilization of smart grid technologies to manage, monitor and distribute electricity more efficiently.
“It is vital to ensure that energy resources are distributed and consumed as effectively as possible, and that requires innovative technology solutions,” said USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak, who signed the agreement along with CEPALCO’s CEO, Ed Bautista. “As smart grids are one of the most effective solutions for distributing and consuming power, USTDA is pleased to support CEPALCO’s smart grid goals.”
The grant is funding a feasibility study that will help CEPALCO develop a technical scope and implementation plan for an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) pilot project. The study will consider the preliminary analyses – including technical, economic and financial – needed to develop the pilot project. The pilot project aims to install 2,000 smart meters and the supporting communications infrastructure in CEPALCO’s franchise area. CEPALCO’s ultimate goal is to implement smart grid technologies that can optimize its distribution services, increase power reliability and reduce electricity losses.
The opportunity to conduct the USTDA-sponsored feasibility study will be competed through Federal Business Opportunities (FBO). A link to the FBO announcement will be posted to USTDA’s website at www.ustda.gov. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcement.