Monday, April 10, 2017

DOE steps up drive on energy efficiency

Published March 23, 2017, 10:00 PM by Myrna M. Velasco

Energy efficiency (EE) is considered a “low hanging fruit,” but harnessing its benefits would be an extent that the Department of Energy (DOE) has yet to inculcate into the consciousness and lifestyles of Filipino consumers.
EE as well as its perceptible twin of “conservation” would be highly critical in these periods when temperatures will be rising again to unprecedented levels during the summer months.
With energy efficiency imprints in consumers’ habits, typical peak loads can be avoided – hence, power supply tightness with corresponding cost impacts could be steered clear of.
In this view, the DOE will be pursuing EE regional workshop this March 29-30 at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City, primarily to educate end-users on the value of efficiently managing energy resource on the demand side.
The department noted that such shall be in collaboration with the Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE) as well as other local and international organization-partners.
The DOE said the regional workshop targets to “develop policy measures and instruments that will sustain the switch to more energy efficient appliances and equipment, starting with electric motors and drive systems.”
Essentially, the workshop shall apprise participants on “international initiatives that can benefit the Philippines and the ASEAN,” the DOE said.
The activity shall also serve as a learning and knowledge-sharing venue on “regional and international best practices on energy efficiency and minimum energy performance. (MEP)”
Inclusively, the DOE noted the intent “to draw up an action plan for a regional cooperation on EE standards and labeling of electric motors.”

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