Hedcor introduces first centralized power plant control center in PH

Hedcor introduces first centralized power plant control center in PH

A first in the Philippines, Hedcor can now operate, monitor, and control its 21 run-of-river hydropower facilities in Luzon and Mindanao, as well as one solar farm in the Visayas through its new National Operations Control Center (NOCC).

The NOCC allows for centralized real-time data monitoring and analysis, operation and control of equipment, management of the alarm system, and delivery of notifications and plant operation reports. It also features operations and reliability dashboards for performance tracking and outage analysis.

“We envision Hedcor as the largest renewable energy asset manager in the Philippines and the ASEAN region by growing the number of our assets to 40 by 2030. And to do this, Hedcor has to remain competitive in the digital age,” Hedcor President and Chief Operating Officer Rolando Pacquiao said during the NOCC’s inauguration on August 17.

In the NOCC, Hedcor currently operates 21 hydroelectric facilities that deliver 210 megawatts (MW) of clean and renewable energy to the grid. On top of this, the company also manages AboitizPower’s 59-MW peak (MWp) solar farm in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Pacquiao said they expect to connect to the control center by 2023 AboitizPower’s 94-MWp Cayanga and 159-MWp Laoag solar plants in Pangasinan.

He added that Hedcor is pioneering digital transformation in the renewable energy sector with the launch of the NOCC, further saying that the company will leverage data science and analytics to upscale its operations.

Great Transformation in renewable energy

AboitizPower President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Rubio said they have always taken pride in being a pioneer in RE in the Philippines through Hedcor.

“Under the Aboitiz group’s Great Transformation, we strive to maintain relevance in the industry by leveraging data science, artificial intelligence, and cutting-edge technologies,” he added.

AboitizPower Chief Corporate Services Officer Carlos Aboitiz said the NOCC is a “testament to the unrealized possibilities of digital technology that exists to create a more sustainable business.”

“The call for a Great Transformation opens the door to experiment and test boundaries in pursuing progress and longevity,” added Aboitiz.

Aboitiz served as Hedcor’s president and COO when the company built its Mindanao regional operations control center in 2020.

Beyond energy solutions

More than being a  driver of clean and renewable energy, Hedcor envisions being the leading force for social change through careful attention to the needs of its stakeholders. Hedcor continues to champion the welfare of its host communities through various corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Through the NOCC, Hedcor looks forward to forging a stronger partnership with its stakeholders and a brighter energy future for the Philippines.   ###

About Hedcor

Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower. It specializes in generating renewable energy from run-of-river hydropower systems.

Today, Hedcor manages and operates 22 hydropower plants located in Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Benguet, Davao, and Bukidnon. They continue to supply the country with 278 MW of clean and renewable energy.

With over 40 years of experience, Hedcor is one of the leading run-of-river hydropower operators in the Philippines.