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SPECS Annual Meeting-Tokyo, 2010

Society of Philippine Electrical Contractors (SPECS) joined delegates from other countries in the Annual General Meeting of the International Federation for the Safety of Electricity Users, known as FISUEL (for Fédération Internationale pour la sécurité des usagers de l’électricité), held on May 20 and 21 at the Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.

 Fisuel is an international association that creates standards, regulations and installation inspection systems following standards set by the International Electrotechnical Commission or IEC.

 SPECS was invited to the annual gathering by FISUEL President Romualdo Arias.  Our group was represented by Engr. Ray Anthony Rodriguez of MERALCO.

 This year’s two-day edition of the annual meeting included various technical presentations on different topics that included:

 From the technical committees:

1. “Technical Reference for EV Charging Systems” presented by Mr Tan Hak Khoon, Electricity Inspectorate of Energy Market Authority, Singapore.
2. “Connecting a microgeneration system to a domestic or similar electrical installation” (in parallel with the main supplies) by Mike Clark from ESC England.

 Other technical presentations: 

1. FEEDS 2.0 – technologies by Mr. Benoit Dome of the European Copper Institute, geared towards safer installations in dwellings in Europe that includes smart metering, heat pumps, embedded generators, home automation systems, building energy management and home ready for the electric vehicle charging.

2. Online and virtual reality training (blended learning scenario) of operators  by Mr Jim Speirs of NICEIC, England that showed electrical installations available in their country and which are also be available, for a fee, to other countries subscribing to the British Standard 7671. They provide certification for a range of courses –which can verified at their website at  http://niceic.com .

3. Malaysian Energy Commission Roles and Functions by Mr Ibrahim of the Malaysian Energy Commission.

4. “Electrical safety for household in Japan” by Mr. Morita of the Kansai Electrical Safety Inspection Association and FESIA. Most inspections of dwellings, prior to energization, are being done by a third party group (instead of our local practice wherein the local government and the utility make their own inspections). This also covers periodic inspections of the residential dwellings later.

5. The Australian experience and the unintended consequence of enforcing insulation program without the guidance of the local National Electrical Contractors Association or NECA by Mr. Jim Tinsley

6. Video presentation on the haphazard electrification of residential houses in the suburbs of Senegal, by Mr. Adiouma Dione.

 All proceedings were simultaneously translated in three languages – English, French and Niponggo – through a hand-held communication device.


Captions: FISUEL’s board members with the host country’s officers: (from left) David Latimer- (England-Vice-President, Chairman of Technical Committee), Philippe André, (France-Honorary President/Treasurer), Mr. Shingo Naito and Mr. Ikuo Tsukuda (Japan-FESIA-host country), Romualdo Arias, (Spain- President),Denis Hanotin (France-FISUEL’s Project Manager) and José Tomaz Gomes, (Portugal- Past-President)

FISUEL was founded on February 1, 2002.  It has 17 active members and 13 associate members representing 22 countries1. It helps countries set up electrical installation standardization, harmonize inspection procedures as well as the application of these standards. It therefore helps develop an organization and its affiliate’s image beyond international borders. The member countries together promote electrical safety at an international level by encouraging contacts and sharing of experiences between countries.

 Countries and other entities represented in FISUEL are Belgium, Cameroon, France, Portugal, United Kingdom, Ireland, Indonesia, Japan, Morocco, Senegal, Benin, Gabon, Lebanon, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Spain, Korea, Poland, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia, Argentina; an international organization – Union Internationale pour les Applications de l’Electricite and a European body – European Copper Institute.

 There were also other guest observers at the meeting, from Cote D’Ivoire, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

 FISUEL’s annual general meeting is held around May of every year in different host countries which in the past were held in:

2008, Paris, France

2007, Lisbon, Portugal

2006, England

2005, Belgium

2004, Luxembourg

2003, Lisbon, Portugal

 The next 2011 Annual General Meeting will be held in Madrid, Spain.

 The association also holds a second general, open meeting which it calls the “International Forum of Electrical Safety.” In the past, these have been held in:

 -November 2009- Athens

-November 2008- Seoul

-February 2008- Istanbul

-November 2007-Buenos Aires,

-November 2005-Casablanca, Morocco

– December 2004-Paris, France

– 2003- Dublin & Dakar

 The next forum will be held during the fall of this year and will probably take place either in Mexico or in Riyadh.

Our former SPECS Governor –Engr Ray Anthony Rodriguez of Meralco-together with FESIA’s Past President –Mr Katsumasa Ishige and FISUEL’s Project Manager-Denis Hannotin.

 End Notes:

 1– The following are the current FISUEL members as of May 2010:

 Active members

1. AIB Vinçote  – Organisme de contrôle agréé – Membre du groupe Vinçotte (Belgium)

2. APSE – Asociación para la Promoción de la Seguridad Electrica (Argentina)

3. CERTIEL – Associação Certificagora de Instalações Eléctricas (Portugal)

4. CONSUEL – Comité National pour la Sécurité des Usagers de l’Électricité (France)

5. CONTRELEC – Contrôle des Installations Électriques Intérieures (Bénin)

6. ELECTROSUISSE – Association for Electrical Engineering, Power and Information Technologies (Switzerland)

7. ESC- Electrical Safety Council  (United Kingdom)

8. FENELEC -Fédération Nationale de l’Electricité et de l’Electronique (Morocco)

9. FENIE – Federatión Nacional de Empresarios de Instalaciones Eléctricas y Telecomunicaciones de España (Spain)

10. FESIA – Forum of Electrical Safety Inspection Associations in Japan (Japan)

11. KESCO – Korea Electrical Safety Corporation (Korea)

12. KONSUIL (Indonesia)

13. LBTP SECUREL – Laboratoire du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics (Ivory Coast)

14. NICEIC- NICEIC Group Ltd. (United Kingdom)

15. ODI – Ordre des Ingénieurs et Architectes du Liban

16. RECI – Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland (Ireland)

17. SEP – Association of Polish Electrical Engineers (Poland)

 Associate Members

 1. AECOPS – Associação de Empresasde Construção e Obras Públicas e Serviços (Portugal)

2. ARSEL – Agence de Régulation du Secteur de l’Electricité (Cameroon)

3. DOMERGIE – Groupement des Industriels de l’Appareillage Électrique d’Installation et des Applications Domestiques (France)

4. ECI – European Copper Institute

5. EDF – Électricité de France (France)

6. EMA – Energy Market Authority of Singapore (Singapore)

7. FFIE – Fédération Française des Entreprises de génie électrique et énergétique (France)

8. PROMOTELEC – Association de la Promotion de la Sécurité et du Confort Électriques dans le Bâtiment (France)

9. PROQUELEC – Association pour la Promotion de la Qualité des Installations Électriques Intérieures au Sénégal (Senegal)

10. QUALIFELEC – Association Technique et Profissionnelle de Qualification des Entreprises de l’Equipement Electrique (France)

11. ST – Suruhanjaya Tenaga – Energy Comission (Malaysia)

12. TECHNO Z – Technologie Zentrum, Sarl

13. UIE – Union Internationnale pour les Applications de l’Électricité (France)

14. UTE – Union Technique de l’Électricité (France)

Pictures of the delegates within FESIA’s training center at Chiba City.