GE and Trilliant Help to Deliver Benefits to Consumers of the Largest
Distribution Utility in the Philippines
MERALCO of the Philippines Invests in Smart Energy Infrastructure to Empower
Consumers and Improve Efficiency and Reliability
MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 5, 2013
MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Manila Electric Company
(Meralco), the largest distribution utility in the Philippines with more than
5 million customers, currently is embarking on its advanced smart grid roadmap
with prepay smart metering as its first service. With this, households across
Meralco's service territory will be able to better manage their energy
consumption and are poised to reap the benefits of a modernized electric
system, thanks in part to a smart energy infrastructure by GE's Digital Energy
business (NYSE: GE) and Trilliant. This first phase of Meralco's long-term
smart grid vision is integrating "smart intelligence" into the electric
distribution network to help consumers better manage their electricity
consumption. With this advanced technology, consumers will be empowered with
the information that will help them track and manage their energy usage and
bills more efficiently and effectively.
"We are looking at the benefits of smart prepaid metering to deliver better
service to our customers," said Alfredo Panlilio, head of customer retail
services and corporate communications, Meralco. "This is the first phase of
our long-term smart grid roadmap, which will eventually not only focus on
prepaid metering, but also the modernization of our electric infrastructure,
which will eventually deliver better customer experience, improved energy
efficiency and enhanced reliability. GE is one of our main partners to enable
this advanced metering infrastructure."
As part of an overall energy infrastructure modernization strategy, GE will
provide electric meters and system integration services. The project showcases
the flexibility of the Trilliant Smart Grid Communications Platform, which
enables advanced intelligence in the prepaid metering system today and will
serve as a foundational platform for future advanced smart grid capabilities
that improve reliability and enhance efficiency.
"Meralco is becoming a Southeast Asian leader in adopting new technologies to
improve energy service," said Matt McKenzie, general manager, Asia Pacific, GE
Digital Energy. "This advanced smart grid platform gives Meralco the
capabilities to transform consumers' relationship with electricity. With this
system, consumers will be able to more easily and effectively manage their use
and budget. The enhanced network control and efficiency tools enabled by smart
meters open doors to the very latest energy innovations that can increase
productivity and efficiency, while reducing and minimizing outages."
"Southeast Asian utilities are facing some of the most pressing challenges in
the world," said Bryan Spear, Asia Pacific managing director, Trilliant. "And
Meralco is at the forefront in proactively delivering solutions to address
those challenges. It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with Meralco
to leverage our experience from around the world to bring tangible value to
the people of the Philippines."
Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is the Philippines' largest distribution
utility. It is part of the Metro Pacific Group of Companies headed by one of
Asia's leading businessmen, Manuel V. Pangilinan. The Meralco franchise of
9,337 km^2 is home to approximately 25 percent of the Philippine's population,
generates about 50 percent of Philippine gross domestic product and produces
60 percent of Philippine manufacturing output.
Trilliant helps leading utilities and energy retailers achieve their smart
grid visions through the Trilliant Communications Platform, the only
communications platform purpose-built for the energy industry that integrates
disparate systems of systems into a unified whole. The Trilliant Platform is
deployed with more than 200 utilities worldwide to enhance energy efficiency,
improve grid reliability, lower operating costs, integrate renewable energy
resources and electric vehicles and empower consumers to better manage their
energy consumption. For more information, visit www.trilliantinc.com.
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