PE2 thanks DOE for adopting comments on ESCO certification guidelines, sends new inputs

Date Published: 
July 3, 2020
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    (Images: DOE, PE2)

MAKATI CITY, 1 July 2020 – The Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) thanked the Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) of the Department of Energy (DOE) for incorporating most of its recommendations on the emerging ESCO certification guidelines in a previous letter to DOE served after the 1st Public Consultation (PubCon) on 29 May 2020. PE2 conveyed this message and a few minor comments in its 1 July 2020 response to DOE-EUMB’s Call for Comments and Invitation to the 2nd PubCon, which attach the 29 June 2020 version of the Draft Department Circular (DC) on the Guidelines in the Administration, Classification and Certification of Energy Service Company (ESCO).

Having reviewed the latest draft DC, PE2 acknowledged the DOE adoption of the former’s recommendations in its letter to DOE dated 5 June 2020, which include:

  • Revisions to Section 4, requiring ESCOs to be duly registered under the laws of the Philippines;
  • Revisions to Section 5.2.1, requiring Business Permits for Sole Proprietorships;
  • Revisions to Annex A, proposing representations and assurances by the applicant ESCO on being duly registered under Philippine laws; and,
  • Revisions to Annex G, on the deferral of the compliance requirement for Certified Energy Auditors until the appropriate regulations are in place for Certified ESCOs.

Upon the request of PE2 president Alexander Ablaza, the legal sub-team of the PE2 Policy Committee, composed of Atty. Maria Concepcion P. Simundac, Atty. Richard Henrick I. Beltran and Atty. Efren R. Resurreccion of Villaraza & Angangco Law performed another review of the latest DC and found the need for PE2 to submit a few minor comments as input to the 2nd PubCon scheduled for 9 July 2020. These new comments are:

  • Apply same deferral of the compliance requirement for Certified Energy Auditors until the appropriate regulations are in place for Registered ESCOs in Item A.3 of Annex G; and,
  • Seek clarification (or deletion) of “Business Registration” as one of the documentary requirements of corporate, partnership and joint venture entities, as this may already be addressed by the other requirement “SEC Registration.”

In the latest PE2 letter, Ablaza also sought further discussions during the 2nd PubCon on PE2’s previous recommendation on the need for endorsement from a recognized non-profit ESCO organization. PE2 noted from the 1st PubCon that DOE did not accept these recommendations with very limited explanation during that meeting.

PE2 and ESCO member firms are invited to take part in the 2nd PubCon at 9:30am of Thursday, 9 July 2020.

DOE requests interested participants in the 2nd PubCon to register using this link.

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