ERC Approves 2017 Philippine Distribution Code
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), on 27 February 2018, approved and adopted the Philippine Distribution Code (PDC) 2017 Edition proposed by the Distribution Management Committee (DMC) through Resolution No. 02, Series of 2018.
“The Philippine Distribution Code (PDC) 2017 Edition is the result of several years of technical review, analysis, and coordination work among the members and technical staff of the Distribution Management Committee, Inc. (DMC), in close collaboration with the stakeholders of the power distribution sector and guidance of the ERC,” ERC Chairperson Agnes VST Devanadera stated. We saw the need to update the existing PDC to include new standards, policies, requirements and rules issued by the ERC, Department of Energy (DOE), and other authorities to address issues on the developments brought about by the promotion of renewable energy, and open access and retail competition,” Chair Devanadera added.
The PDC 2017 Edition has taken into account the Philippines’ adoption of new and emerging technologies including Variable Renewable Energy (VRE), as well as best practices and experiences of foreign jurisdictions in the use of these technologies. The PDC’s latest edition has been harmonized with relevant provisions of the Philippine Grid Code (PGC) 2016 Edition, the Market Rules of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), and subsequent rules and guidelines issued by the ERC applicable to Distribution Systems. Likewise, the PDC 2017 Edition shall supplement the Philippine Small Grid Guidelines (PSGG) which was earlier approved by the ERC.
Among the highlights of the PDC 2017 Edition include the following salient features: (1) Establishment of connection and operational requirements for Embedded Generating plants, both conventional and variable renewable energy (VRE) source; (2) Embedded Generating plants are classified according to their characteristics and installed capacity; (3) Specified procedures for new connection and modifications of existing connection to guide prospective project proponents in connecting to the distribution system; (4) Application of the PDC to entities duly authorized to operate a distribution system within the Economic Zones; and (5) Inclusion of Section 33 of the Republic Act No. 7920 known as the “New Electrical Engineering Law” and any amendments thereto as an additional compliance in the PDC 2017 Edition.
The PDC 2017 Edition shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation or in the Official Gazette. Henceforth, all Distribution Utilities, Embedded Generation Companies, Metering Service Providers and other Users of the Distribution System must to use the PDC 2017 Edition as primary reference and national code in developing, operating and maintaining new and existing Distribution Systems. All Users of the Distribution System must comply with the technical specifications, performance standards and other requirements of the PDC 2017 Edition and shall submit to the ERC, through the DMC, a Compliance Report to the PDC 2017 Edition.
“Compliance to the PDC 2017 Edition is enjoined to ensure that all users of the Distribution System adhere to the technical requirements thereof. By observing the performance standards set forth in the PDC 2017 Edition, the consuming public will be assured of a reliable power supply and efficient distribution of electric service,” Chair Devanadera explained.