DOE pushes ‘E-Power Mo’ drive at info officers’ nat’l confab

DAVAO CITY The Department of Energy (DOE) partners with the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) to boost the department's E-Power Mo campaign at the National Information Convention (NIC) slated Feb. 19-21 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang, Davao City.

"An informed energy consumer is an empowered one, stressed Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi through a speech delivered by DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella during the event, attended by around 1,800 information officers and other participants.

Fuentebella said the DOE has taken the opportunity to inform the public on the "E-Power Mo" concept for the country's quest to globally compete through the NIC.

The power of information can help consumers cut unnecessary costs, while industry players are bound to compete more effectively," the DOE official said.

Using the metaphor of a basketball game, Fuentebella outlined how energy users can play competitively amid the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, the energy policies for an increased consumers' power of choice, diversity in energy resources, energy resiliency, energy efficiency and conservation, and smart consumers.

On addressing the impact of the TRAIN Law, the DOE has initiated pro-active measures, such as advisories and timely monitoring that helped save the public around PHP2.64 billion for liquid petroleum fuels (i.e., gasoline, diesel, kerosene) and PHP58.4 million for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

For increased consumer power of choice, the DOE, together with the Energy Regulatory Commission, will push for the full implementation of Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).

With RCOA in place, contestable customers or huge electricity users with at least one-megawatt (1 MW) demand are now able to choose their power suppliers to reduce their costs.

Toward providing more choices, the RCOA implementation aims to include consumers with 0.75-MW demand (likened to a nine-story building), then consumers with 0.5 MW (about 6-story building), until reaching 0.10 MW (at least a 2-story building).

Another choice is the "Green Energy Option", which gives consumers the power to choose a sustainable and more environment-friendly energy for their utilization.

The DOE also presented its program in diversifying the country's energy resources, highlighting its activities for the realization of a Liquefied Natural Gas terminal and the safe, secure, and peaceful use of nuclear energy.

For energy resiliency, the DOE has issued policy guidelines to ensure the energy sector's preparedness, quick response, and rehabilitation mechanisms to address the adverse impact of natural and human-induced disasters.

Fuentebella also shared the programs for energy efficiency and conservation, including practical energy tips.

The DOE co-presented the convention, together with the Philippine Social Security System. (PR)

Source: Philippine News Agency