EPRI/PEAC is under contract to three electric utilities in the Philippines to conduct a review of power quality infrastructure and practices. At the conclusion of the 12-month study in November 2002, recommendations will be made for improvements, including the acquisition of new technology. The contract is funded by a grant to the three utilities by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency under its program to support feasibility studies and technical assistance initiatives that have a potential to include U.S.-sourced equipment and services.
In support of the effort to involve U.S. companies, EPRI/PEAC scheduled the visit of six engineers and managers from the three utilities to the United States to coincide with the 2002 DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition (www.distributech.com) conducted this past Feb. 27 through March 1 in Miami Beach, Fla. Since the three utilities are primarily distribution utilities, DistribuTECH provided an excellent venue for exposure to U.S. companies.
Preliminary recommendations and specifications are reportedly already being made around equipment manufactured by DistribuTECH exhibitors.