Sen. Gatchalian leads supply-side efficiency panel in ECCP-PE2’s third EE forum

Date Published: 
October 23, 2020
  • Screenshots show the speakers and moderators from the ECCP-PE2 forum “Improving Efficiency in the Energy Generation and Distribution Sectors” on 23 October 2020. (Images: ECCP)
    Screenshots show the speakers and moderators from the ECCP-PE2 forum “Improving Efficiency in the Energy Generation and Distribution Sectors” on 23 October 2020. (Images: ECCP)

MAKATI CITY, 22 October 2020 – The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) co-organized today the third energy efficiency (EE) event under the ECCP Energy Smart Forum Series with its EE Forum entitled “Improving Efficiency in the Energy Generation and Distribution Sectors.” PE2 member ABB, Inc. and the Philippine Energy Independence Council (PEIC) supported today’s EE forum, which was planned to promote understanding of how efficiencies in the supply-side of the electric power industry can help achieve overall energy savings in the whole value chain of the energy sector leading to the reduced costs of energy production in the country.

ECCP Executive Director Florian Gottein delivered the opening remarks, while the energy sector’s leading journalist Myrna Velasco and PEIC director Amor Maclang co-moderated the forum.

In his keynote address, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Energy, discussed three relevant pieces of clean energy legislation, the most relevant of which is the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Act or Republic Act No. 11285. The EEC Act allows different forms of financing for government efficiency projects such as private-public partnerships and joint ventures. The EEC Act mandates energy performance standards for buildings, designated establishments, energy-consuming products and equipment, and transport.

Senator Gatchalian also talked about Senate Bill No. 1382 or the Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act, which provides for the development of the entire electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem through supply and demand interventions. The bill also requires dedicated parking slots with charging stations in every public and private building and establishments including gasoline stations, and provides fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for local EV manufacturers and EV users.

Don Paulino of PEIC discussed the importance of energy transition in the Philippines, as key to achieving energy security and independence. Paulino likewise mentioned crucial factors in the sector – innovation and technological disruptions, that can be maximized for the benefit of the energy industry and the Filipino people. In closing, he underscored that a stable energy supply will help the Philippines maneuver more efficiently and reduce the socio-economic impact of future crises.

Jerico Medel of ABB Inc. talked about the key objectives of the RA No. 9316 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act – to ensure and accelerate the total electrification of the country; to ensure the quality, reliability, security, and affordability of the supply of electric power; and to promote the utilization of indigenous and new and renewable energy resources in power generation in order to reduce dependence on imported energy.  Medel proposed that digitalization is transforming every aspect of the industry and there is a need to combine IT innovations with OT expertise. With this, he talked about some of the ABB innovations that are available to help ensure efficiency in the energy sector.

According to Emmanuel Rubio of Aboitiz Power Corporation, they continue to refine and strengthen their digital strategy by integrating focus areas - their assets, their people, and their customers. The core of their digital strategy is its asset base, which is a critical component of their core businesses and operations. This digital strategy also ensures the development of a digital culture among their people to support their digitization efforts. It allows for a paradigm shift to a more intelligent digital customer experience. He also mentioned their recent initiative “Customer Centricity in the New Normal”, which adopts best practices on COVID-19 recovery and pursuing a delightful customer experience in a digital economy.

Both ABB Inc. and Aboitiz Power Corporation are active regular members of PE2.

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