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Energy group seeks immediate passage of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act

MANILA, Philippines — With the recent spike in electricity and oil prices, the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) is seeking the passage of the Energy Efficiency & Conservation (EE&C) Act, which may temper the increase in prices. PE2 president Alexander Ablaza said delays in the passage of the bill pushes back the effects of mandatory EE&C […]

Delayed energy efficiency law seen reducing projected savings benefits

THE delay in the passage of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EE&C) is depriving the economy of the immediate benefits of the P37.8 trillion estimated savings from curbing energy use through 2040, the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) said. PE2, a non-stock, non-profit organization of energy efficiency market stakeholders, said in a statement on […]

ERC to Meralco: Use tax refund to bring down electricity cost

MANILA, Philippines — The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has ordered Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to use unclaimed tax refund to reduce power rates. ERC has directed Meralco to submit a proposed scheme that incorporates the unclaimed tax refund for purposes of reducing the distribution rates of its customers, among others. It also directed the country’s […]

Gas prices increase following uptrend in global oil market

MANILA, Philippines — Oil companies are raising pump prices today following the uptrend in the global oil market. Oil firms announced gasoline prices will be raised by P0.90 per liter, diesel by P0.55 per liter and kerosene by P0.85 per liter. The price hike comes a week after companies rolled back pump prices. In separate […]

Building a green Singapore

In the concrete jungle of the Central Business District, a red flower-like structure stands out against the skyline. Called a wind scoop, it perches atop the 40-storey CapitaGreen and its “petals” draw in cooler, cleaner air that is funnelled through the building’s air-conditioning system, helping to save energy on cooling. It is among the energy-saving […]

Cenergi SEA eyes government lighting retrofit project

KUALA LUMPUR: The plan to retrofit 50 government buildings with energy-efficient lighting and appliances by this year is an exciting prospect for Cenergi SEA Sdn Bhd, the renewable energy company wholly owned by Khazanah Nasional Bhd. “We are waiting for this project to be launched. We are hoping to participate in the tender process,” its […]

Energy efficiency law seen dampening power plant demand

THE ENERGY SECTOR will play a big role in implementing the proposed energy efficiency and conservation law as about half of the thousands of megawatts that can be displaced with the adoption of the legislation will come from power facilities, an official of an industry organization said. Alexander Ablaza, president of the Philippine Energy Efficiency […]

DoE reaffirms 100% electrification goal

“ELECTRICITY FOR ALL,” was Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi’s brief response when asked about his main goal for the rest of his term. “Hundred per cent electrification,” he said in an interview a few days before the end of 2018. “The tasks have been given to the DUs (distribution utilities), the electric cooperatives, and all. […]

Enrile warns of ‘looming’ energy crisis

MANILA, Philippines — The government should quickly address a looming energy crisis that may “worsen” with the “Build, Build, Build” program of the Duterte administration, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said Thursday. “We do not have any source of hydrocarbon energy in the country except Malampaya. If a war happens in Russia or in […]

Southeast Asia journey to adopt clean and low carbon technologies a bumpy one

Southeast Asian countries are beginning to transform the way energy is produced and consumed in order to transition to a low carbon, sustainable economy. But the journey has been a bumpy one and the region has overall been slower to adopt clean and low carbon technologies largely due to an ongoing dependency on coal. Experts interviewed […]