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Center photo: Energy Sec. Raphael Lotilla delivers his keynote message during the BusinessWorld Insights Forum on 26 July 2023. Left and right photos: Joining Sec. Lotilla were PE2 officers Alexander Ablaza and Ruth Yu-Owen, also representing MAP, and ERC Commissioner Catherine Maceda. (Photos: PE2)

PE2 welcomes DOE's push for EE&C across sectors

TAGUIG CITY, 26 July 2023 – Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla reported on the Department of Energy's (DOE) multi-sectoral interventions to accelerate energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) implementation in his closing keynote message during the BusinessWorld Insights forum "Powering Energy's Secure and Sustainable Future" held earlier today at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City.

PE2 president Alexander Ablaza welcomed Sec. Lotilla's EE&C remarks, as they serve to inspire and drive the transformative growth of EE&C implementation across all energy end-use sectors, following the President's State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) the other day.

In his post-SONA speech received by various energy sector stakeholders during the forum, Sec. Lotilla said: "Now, the equally important aspect or pillar of our energy program is the effective implementation of energy efficiency and conservation measures to bring down overall energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce intensity in the production of goods and services. This is not just simply a gut feel reaction to the high prices in fuel, but the direction that we must take as a society. Sustainable development goals require a change in lifestyle, and it requires a change in consumption patterns. These are the things that we need to undertake in order for our energy programs to succeed."

The Energy Secretary likewise explained that the Government Energy Management Program also promotes efficiency in the way the public sector consumes electricity and petroleum. Since 2019, the program has achieved significant savings of 20.69 GW hours of electricity equivalent to around 206.87 million pesos corresponding to 14,481 tons of carbon dioxide reduction. He added, "These are modest, but still a good start."

Sec. Lotilla reported that the Interagency Energy Efficiency and Conservation Committee (IAEECC) very recently called on government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to tap solar energy in their government-owned buildings to help minimize the country's exposure to price fluctuations of fuel prices in the international markets. According to this new IAEECC resolution, government entities that will install Solar PV System or any equivalent RE technology with a capacity not exceeding 100 kW are allowed to be Qualified End-Users (QE) and may enter into a net-metering agreement with their distribution utilities (DU). "This will pave the way for the reduction of their monthly electricity consumption which the government could re-channel to other services, such as health and education," he explained.

"I've been emphasizing that we have to work with industry in order to reduce the energy intensity that is being used whether it's in cement plants, in sugar mills, or in other areas of industry. We need to work with [these] sectors," Sec. Lotilla said.

The DOE chief also reported on the agency's efforts to grow electric vehicle (EV) adoption. He said, "In the issuance of the Electric Vehicle Industry Act or EVIDA which promoted also the development and use of alternative fuels and technologies, the Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry sets a minimum 10% EV share in the vehicle fleet by 2040. Our more ambitious target is to refleet 50% of all vehicle fleets by 2040 under a clean energy scenario. We look forward to 2028 when we expect all registered EV charging stations source and utilize a percentage of their consumption from renewable energy sources. So, shifting to electric vehicles does not by itself make sense if we cannot source the power for electric vehicles from renewable ones."

Sec. Lotilla's speech also covered sectoral updates on renewable energy, Green Energy Auction Program (GEA), Energy Virtual One Stop Shop (EVOSS), proposed nuclear energy legislation, fuel cell and hydrogen committees, the country's energy transition index, and the DOE's plan to release a Philippine Energy Plan for 2024-2050.

Other speakers during the BusinessWorld forum included Atty. Richard J. Nethercott, President & CEO of Independent Electricity Market Operators of the Philippines, Alexander Ablaza, President of PE2 and CEO of Climargy, Lino M. Bernardo, Chief Operating Officer of Aboitiz Power Generation Business Group,  Miguel de Jesus, Chief Operating Officer, Philippine Operations of ACEN, Oliver Y. Tan, President and CEO of Citicore Renewable Energy Corporation, Ruth Yu-Owen, Energy Committee Chair of the Management Association of the Philippines (and PE2 Vice President for Internal Affairs),  Catherine Maceda, Commissioner of the  Energy Regulatory Commission and Raymond Ravelo, Chief Sustainability Officer of Meralco. BusinessWorld EVP Lucien C. Dy Tioco delivered the welcome remarks.


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