This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry.
Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA
Byung-Il Park, director of international affairs for the Korean Electrical Manufacturers Association (KOEMA), visited NEMA in February to explore areas of possible collaboration between the two organizations for the benefit of member companies. KOEMA and NEMA staff will review an existing memorandum of understanding (MOU), originally signed in 1994, before proposing updates and considering new activities to benefit the members.
KOEMA represents 220 Korean manufacturers of electrical generation, transmission, and distribution equipment. The leading Korean electrical utility, the state-majority-owned Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), is also a member. KEPCO has sole responsibility for the country’s transmission and distribution, while six KEPCO-owned regional companies handle generation assets, including nuclear power plants.
Mr. Park gave three presentations about KOEMA and its initiatives, with special attention to energy storage systems (ESS). Key points included the following:
- 350 MW of energy storage has been deployed regionally in Korea, solely for frequency regulation.
- Korea’s nationwide smart grid will be completed by 2030, with metropolitan areas completed by 2020.
- Roughly 50 percent of electricity meters have been replaced by smart meters, with 22 million total meters on track to be deployed by 2020. In the area of electric vehicle (EV) charging, Mr. Park opined that limited deployment of EV charging stations is restricting adoption of these vehicles in Korea.
- KOEMA and its counterparts in China, Russia, and Japan are studying the possible use of high-voltage direct current for transmission.
KOEMA lead the establishment of the Federation of Asian Electrical Manufacturers Associations (FAEMA), which includes KOEMA and its counterparts in Australia, China, India, Japan, and Taiwan.
The collaboration between KOEMA and NEMA is made possible in part due to a 2012 free trade agreement between Korea and the United States. KOEMA invited NEMA and its member companies to participate in the Seoul International Electric Fair trade show in September 2017.