Meralco seeks ERC approval for Tagaytay substation overhaul
Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has sought regulatory approval for the refurbishment of the Tagaytay substation to prevent massive power interruption in Cavite.
Meralco filed an application with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for an emergency capital expenditure of around $845,000 to replace a power transformer in Tagaytay substation.
The replacement was needed after the affected transformer tripped in November last year.
Meralco said it was obliged to replace the defective Tagaytay power transformer bank and temporarily transfer its loads to the adjoining transformer banks. However, this caused the adjoining facilities to operate at critical levels which could lead to power outages in affected areas.
The Silang Bank No.1 and Tagaytay West Bank No. 1 were operating above critical level at 93 percent and 89 percent, respectively.
“With the critical loading of said power transformers, any outage thereof would have resulted to prolonged and massive interruption in the municipalities/towns of Indang, Amadeo, Silang, Cavite, Tagaytay City, and Trece Martires, Cavite,” the power distributor said.
Meralco needs to apply for ERC approval since the project is not covered by the capital expenditure (capex) application it applied to spend for 2019.