ERC approves 3 new electric meters

Three new meters have been be added in the equipment choices that distribution utilities (DUs) and redistributors can deploy for electricity service.

The recent approvals given by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) include those of the watt-hour meter product offers of local firms Silicon Electrical Supply Inc. and Enex Electric Phils. Inc.

Silicon has one newly-approved meter with its Metrix type; while Enex secured go-signal for both its Intech and Metrix type meters.

"These can now be marketed to distribution utilities (DUs) or redistributors for their revenue metering needs," the ERC has emphasized.

In a press statement, ERC Chairperson Zenaida G. Cruz-Ducut noted that the regulatory agency, "through the strict enforcement of requirements provided in the Rules and independent accuracy tests, ensures the public of electric watt-hour meters that are accurate, safe and of high quality."

The ERC said the meter products offered by Silicon and Enex are manufactured and were tested by Hexing Electrical Co. Ltd. of Hangzhou, China, which has an accredited testing laboratory by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS).

The regulatory body noted that aside from the applications of the meter providers, they were also required to submit the results of their meter-product tests. It emphasized that the test results showed that "Silicon's meter type complied with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C12.1-2008 and C12.20-2012 standards while Enex's new meter types conformed to ANSI C12.1-2008 and C.12.20-2010 standards."

"The ERC independently validated the test results in the submitted test reports by using three samples of each meter product," the regulator added.

The ERC further stressed that "both Silicon and Enex will be issued with a certificate of approval (CA) to signify that their meter types are now eligible for use in revenue metering."

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