AES Corporation to bring 600 megawatts

AES Corporation plans to bring up to 600 megawatts of ancillary services capacity to maintain the grid system and avoid abrupt power failure.

Chrysogonus Herrera, vice president of the AES Philippines, told reporters the company was initially looking at 200 MW to 300 MW of ancillary services capacity. Ancillary services are those services necessary to support the transmission of electric power from seller to purchaser given the obligations of control areas and transmitting utilities within those control areas to maintain reliable operations of the interconnected transmission system. It refers to the power reserves needed to ensure grid system reliability and support the reliable operation of the transmission system.

Herrera added that they want to provide as much as the system needs.

Grid operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has a mandate to procure the required ancillary services. A 40-MW battery energy storage project in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental will be built by the AES that would serve the ancillary needs of National Grid in the Visayas. It will be the biggest battery storage project of AES in Asia and will showcase the company’s expertise in the sector.
“The Battery Energy Storage (BES) is potentially part of the solution because it will free up capacity for energy generation,” AES Philippines market business leader Neeraj Bhat said.

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