Energy efficiency and conservation
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
In light of the recent spike in electricity and oil prices, the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) is seeking the passage of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Act as a way to temper the impact of the price increases.
PE2 President Alexander Ablaza said delays in the passage of the bill pushes back the effects of mandatory EE&C implementation, specifically dampening the rise in energy prices. “Our energy market badly needs to arrest the business-as-usual escalation of electricity tariff and fossil fuel prices, and a further delay in the implementation of energy-saving projects, programs and investments will only serve to delay their decelerative effects on energy price increases,” he said.
He added that a scaled up energy efficiency program slows energy price escalations because of its ability to defer new capital expenditure requirements for energy infrastructure capacity upgrades from generation, transmission and distribution and also reduces the forecasted rise in dependence on imported energy.
The Philippines has had no energy efficiency law for over 28 years, and is the last among the ASEAN nations to enforce EE&C through legislation and catalyze EE&C investments through fiscal incentives.
The bicameral conference committee has approved the EE&C Act and is in the process of transmitting the measure to President Duterte for approval.
Ablaza is hoping that its passage is impending as every month of delay deprives the entire economy from benefiting optimally from the P37.8 trillion in energy savings estimated through 2040.
Energy efficiency and conservation programs used to be optional but as the human race races to cut down on energy consumption in an effort to save the planet, these efforts will become mandatory and countries with a strong and progressive EE&C law should be able to separate themselves from the rest of the field when it comes to using energy wisely and efficiently. Countries that can reduce the use of energy but at the same time be more productive not only make significant contributions in addressing climate change, they will also make their economies grow faster and their people more productive.
The passage of an EE&C law will benefit the Filipino people. Hopefully our leaders also see its value and work to make it a reality and a difference maker in our society.*