Gatchalian mulls law on microgrid development
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is eyeing the passage of a law that will spur microgrid development in missionary areas and far-flung places still not served by power distributors.
Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate committee on energy, said the country needs a law to harmonize the setting up of microgrids with the existing franchise of electric cooperatives (ECs).
He said microgrid systems can provide generation and distribution service in areas still without access to electricity even if they are part of a franchise area of ECs.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) defines a microgrid system as a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources with clearly defined boundaries that act as a single controllable grid and can connect and disconnect from the national grid to enable it to operate in both grid-connected or island mode.
The bill to support microgrid development will be based on the policy submitted by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to the Senate committee, Gatchalian said.