PE2 hails DOE’s IRR approval for EE&C Act

  • Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi in a recent signing ceremony. (Photo: radyolaverdad.com)
    Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi in a recent signing ceremony. (Photo: radyolaverdad.com)

TAGUIG CITY, 22 November 2019 – The Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) welcomed Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi’s approval earlier today of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11285, otherwise known as the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.

Sec. Cusi approved the IRR under Department Circular DC2019-11-0014, two days before the 6-month deadline reckoned from the time the EE&C Act took effect on 24 May 2019. The IRR development and approval process was carried out by the Department of Energy (DOE) in compliance with Section 35 of RA 11285 which reads, “The DOE shall, in consultation with concerned government agencies and entities, LGUs, commercial, industrial, and transport sectors, and other relevant stakeholders, promulgate the IRR within six (6) months from the effectivity of this Act.”

The consultative process of the IRR took more than 6 months. The DOE Energy Utilization and Management Bureau (EUMB), led by its Director, Patrick T. Aquino, conducted inter-agency consultations from March to June 2019, then expanded the consultations to include key stakeholders from July to August 2019. Three public consultations were held in September 2019, to gather public inputs from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

PE2 participated actively in all the stakeholder and public consultations. In addition to its inputs during the consultations, PE2 officially filed its comments on the evolving IRR drafts on 26 July 2019, 7 August 2019 and 23 September 2019.

PE2 president Alexander Ablaza said, “DOE’s timely approval of the IRR is a welcome milestone that ensures that the EE&C Act, after 29 years of a voluntary energy efficiency market, is implemented responsively and without delay. We are pleased that DOE, through its EUMB, reached out to other government entities, civil society, and the private sector, and that DOE found useful most of PE2’s inputs through the IRR consultations. PE2 stands ready to assist DOE in rolling out the IRR and helping DOE enable subsequent policy actions to make the EE&C law responsive to the needs of the country.”

The signed IRR document can now be downloaded from the PE2 website using the link below.

https://www.pe2.org/sites/default/files/DOE-DC-2019-11-0014-RA11285-IRR-approved-20191122-OPT.pdf

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