The Department of Energy (DOE) in the Philippines has emphasized the need for the efficient utilisation of energy as well as its conservation.During the 2017 E-Power Mo campaign, held last week, Rendentor Delola, assistant secretary of energy , said that the DOE outlined strategic objectives anchored on security, affordability and sustainability of energy in the country.
“Efficiency and the customers’ power of choice could be effectively realised through the use of energy smart technologies," Delola stressed.
Delola was speaking on behalf of energy secretary Alfonso G. Cusi.
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Smart energy technologies promote efficient energy use, reduced energy cost and greener energy options to households and energy sectors, he added.
According to a release on the Department of Energy website, the use of these technologies is in line with the DOE’s E-Power Mo campaign which seeks to empower consumers to make better options in energy utilisation.
“We are eyeing high-efficiency motors (HEMs) to lower energy cost, lower the life cycle cost, bring higher profitability and lower greenhouse gas emissions,” said Delola.
Aside from HEMs, other smart energy technologies are efficient pumps, cutting-edge solar photovoltaic systems, light-emitting diodes, efficient cooling systems, advanced energy monitoring and controlling technologies, and battery/energy storage products. In a move to further promote greener technology options, the DOE is also pursuing an increase in the use electric vehicles.
The DOE is already implementing the Government Energy Management Systems (GEMS). “This programme aims to reduce the government’s monthly energy consumption by at least 10% from 2005 levels,” Delola explained.
The E-Power Mo Energy Smart Utilisation Forum and Stakeholders Conference was attended by around 500 participants.
Attendees include stakeholders from energy efficiency and conservation, local government, non-government organisations, consumer groups, power, renewable energy, oil and gas industry players, the academe and the media, among others.
“The DOE will continue to empower consumers and promote a ‘whole of nation’ approach in efficient energy utilisation to enable the country to compete globally,” Delola concluded.
Feature graphic credit: Department of Energy, Philippines