‘NECM should go beyond energy conservation’


Department of Energy (DoE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi underscored the need to adopt a two-pronged approach of energy conservation and total electrification not only in celebration of the National Energy Consciousness Month (NECM) 2018, but also as the overarching principle in realizing the country’s energy agenda.

“Energy remains a cornerstone of Philippine economic development. It is also very important in our daily lives. Thus, it is crucial that energy services are delivered to each and every Filipino,” he stressed.

The Energy chief added, “We continue to strongly espouse the judicious use of energy for those of us who already have access to power. However, we should not forget that progress should be inclusive — let no one be left in darkness, most especially those at the margins of society. Let there be light for all.”

The theme for NECM 2018 is “Fostering Innovation, Resiliency and Sustainability.” This is in line with the DoE’s goal to attain energy security, sustainability and self-sufficiency at the earliest.

As a part of the 2018 NECM and the National Exporters’ Week, the DoE in cooperation with the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. will conduct an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign for the exporter stakeholders with a theme “Efficient Energy Technologies for Competitive Exports.” This will be held on 10 December 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City.

The IEC aims to inform the exporter stakeholders on the DoE’s current policies, programs and initiatives on renewable energy and net metering, as well as the adoption of energy efficiency measures in factories and production processes to lower energy consumption. This undertaking will aid the exporter stakeholders on how to reduce the cost of electricity by utilizing renewable energy for own-use and through net metering mechanism.

On the other hand, best practices on the application energy efficiency measures in manufacturing sector will provide the stakeholders with a better understanding on the available technologies and practices to have a more energy efficient production processes.

Among the strides made by the department in this regard include the enactment of an Energy Resiliency Policy, the implementation of Renewable Portfolio Standards, the establishment of a Green Energy Option Program, the streamlining of executive processes, as well as measures that promote competition and promote a level-playing field for all industry stakeholders.

Moreover, the DoE is urgently pushing for the total electrification of unserved and underserved areas and the exploration and development of the country’s indigenous energy resources.

The DoE has previously called on the National Electrification Administration to undertake all necessary measures towards the electrification of said areas, which include ensuring the complete submission of the Master Plans of electric cooperatives (EC); fast-tracking the implementation of the Total Electrification Program by directing EC to energize all households within the entirety of their respective franchise areas without exemption; directing EC to evaluate the feasibility of hybridization as a means to lower electricity prices and ensure uninterrupted power supply and studying other methods of extending financial assistance to EC.

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