Duterte signs en­ergy ef­fi­ciency law

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PRES­I­DENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a mea­sure in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing a na­tional frame­work aimed at ad­vanc­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion prac­tices in the coun­try.

Duterte signed Repulic Act (RA) 11285, or the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Act, on April 12, in a bid to se­cure suf­fi­ciency and sta­bil­ity of the coun­try's en­ergy re­sources by pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment and uti­liza­tion of ef­fi­cient re­new­able en­ergy tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems.

RA 11285 estab­lishes a frame­work that will in­tro­duce fun­da­men­tal poli­cies on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion, in­clud­ing the pro­mo­tion of ef­fi­cient and ju­di­cious uti­liza­tion of en­ergy, in­crease in the uti­liza­tion of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency

and re­new­able en­ergy tech­nolo­gies, and the de­lin­eation of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties among var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies and pri­vate en­ti­ties.

The newly-signed law cre­ates the Na­tional En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Plan (NEECP), a na­tional com­pre­hen­sive frame­work that de­fines na­tional tar­gets and fea­si­ble strate­gies, as well as im­poses reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion sys­tem.

The law also man­dates the de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance of a Na­tional En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Data­base (NEECD), a cen­tral­ized, com­pre­hen­sive and uni­fied data­base on the ap­pli­ca­tion and use of en­ergy ef­fi­cient and re­new­able tech­nolo­gies, and other rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion that will about en­ergy con­sump­tion.

The En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ver­sa­tion Act del­e­gates the De­part­ment of En­ergy (DOE) as the lead agency re­spon­si­ble for the plan­ning, for­mu­la­tion, de­vel­op­ment, im­ple­men­ta­tion, en­force­ment, and mon­i­tor­ing of en­ergy man­age­ment poli­cies and other re­lated en­ergy ef­fi­ciency con­ser­va­tion plans and pro­grams.

The DOE is also tasked to de­velop a sys­tem of mon­i­tor­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the NEECP, and maintain the NEECD.

RA 11285 also in­structs the En­ergy de­part­ment to ini­ti­ate and maintain col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts with the busi­ness sec­tor, par­tic­u­larly the com­mer­cial, in­dus­trial, trans­port, and power sec­tors, to en­sure com­pli­ance with the law and broaden and en­hance their ef­fi­cient and ju­di­cious uti­liza­tion of en­ergy.

The law also seeks na­tional aware­ness and ad­vo­cacy cam­paign on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion that will like­wise be done by the DOE, in part­ner­ship with busi­ness, academe, non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, and other sec­tors.

The DOE is di­rected to pro­vide an­nual reports to the Sen­ate and the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, with re­gard to the sta­tus of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the law at the na­tional and lo­cal lev­els, cost ef­fec­tive­ness out­comes, and en­ergy and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts, among oth­ers.

The law in­structs all gov­ern­ment agen­cies, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment-owned and -con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions, to en­sure the ef­fi­cient use of en­ergy in their re­spec­tive of­fices, fa­cil­i­ties, trans­porta­tion units, and in the dis­charge of their func­tions.

RA 11285 also cre­ates an In­ter-agency En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Com­mit­tee that is tasked to pro­vide strate­gic di­rec­tion in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the gov­ern­ment en­ergy man­age­ment pro­gram, a pro­gram that will re­duce monthly con­sump­tion of elec­tric­ity and petroleum prod­ucts by the gov­ern­ment.

The Eu­ro­pean Union Ac­cess to the Sus­tain­able En­ergy Pro­gramme has es­ti­mated that a 10-per­cent im­prove­ment in ef­fi­ciency will save the Philip­pines P55.5 bil­lion, which trans­lates to a P140 monthly or P1,680 an­nual sav­ings in the monthly elec­tric­ity bill of the av­er­age house­hold.

The World Bank has also re­ported that gov­ern­ment en­ergy ef­fi­ciency projects can help the gov­ern­ment save P3.4 bil­lion per year.

The Palace re­leased a copy of RA 11285 on Tues­day, May 7./Sun­star Philip­pines

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