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Philippine's Energy Regulatory Commission Lowers Systems Loss Cap

ERC Lowers System Loss Cap

BY JORDEENE SHEEX LAGARE ON FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Manila Times

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has reduced system loss charges that distribution utilities (DUs) can pass on to their consumers.

In a statement on Wednesday, ERC said that under its Resolution 20, Series of 2017, DUs would have a 6.5-percent distribution loss this year. This would be gradually reduced annually until it reaches 5.5 percent by 2021.

Electric cooperatives (ECs), which will be grouped into three clusters based on technical considerations, shall impose a 12-percent cap for 2018.

They can charge between 8.25 percent and 12 percent until 2022 onward, depending on which cluster they are assigned to.

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DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM’S LOSS RISK MANAGEMENT

Factors/Risks associated with increase in distribution’s systems loss

Increase in utility’s system’s kWh loss can be attributed to many factors. We all know that the components of a utility’s systems loss can be from technical loss or from non-technical loss. As a review, technical loss is the inherent properties of electrical equipment and devices during operation while non-technical loss is the result of electricity pilferage, error in meter reading, etc. 

TYPICAL ELECTRIC PILFERAGE DETECTION METHODS

How to detect possible electricity pilferage?

We all know that system’s loss is composed primarily of technical loss and non-technical loss. Technical loss is the inherent property of all electrical devices during operation while non-technical losses are caused by electricity theft and/or metering inaccuracies. Technical loss can be determined through computations and the use of measuring devices. On the other hand, non-technical loss cannot be measured nor be computed; instead one has to have various methods just to detect such loss.

COMPUTATION OF TECHNICAL POWER LOSS FOR FEEDERS USING LOAD FACTOR AND LOAD LOSS FACTOR TECHNICAL PAPER

Author: Sarang Pande and Prof. Dr. J.G. Ghodekar

ABSTRACT: Power system losses can be divided into two categories: technical losses and non-technical losses. Technical losses are naturally occurring losses (caused by actions internal to the power system) and consist mainly of power dissipation in electrical system components such as transmission lines, power transformers, measurement systems, etc. Technical losses result from the impedance of the network components such as electric lines/ cables, transformers, metering and protecting equipment etc. Non-technical losses, on the other hand, are caused by theft, metering inaccuracies. In this paper a method for energy loss calculation is presented.

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How to save energy in using inverter technology?


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