DOE and PE2 confirm that EE&C Act is now in Malacañang

  • DOE and PE2 confirmed during the RE EE Philippines 2019 event on 21 March 2019 that the Office of the President has received on 14 March 2019 the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act transmitted by the 17th Congress. From left: Christoph Menke, UBM Advisor, DOE-EUMB Director Cesar G. Dela Fuente III, Pam Mallari-Valenzuela of Signify Philippines, DOE Usec. Felix William B. Fuentebella, BOI Governor Napoleon E. Concepcion, PE2 president Alexander Ablaza, and Dexter Deyto, UBM Phils general manager. (PE2 ph
    DOE and PE2 confirmed during the RE EE Philippines 2019 event on 21 March 2019 that the Office of the President has received on 14 March 2019 the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act transmitted by the 17th Congress. From left: Christoph Menke, UBM Advisor, DOE-EUMB Director Cesar G. Dela Fuente III, Pam Mallari-Valenzuela of Signify Philippines, DOE Usec. Felix William B. Fuentebella, BOI Governor Napoleon E. Concepcion, PE2 president Alexander Ablaza, and Dexter Deyto, UBM Phils general manager. (PE2 photo)

PASAY CITY, 21 March 2019 – The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) confirmed in a public forum held in the SMX Convention Center earlier today that the Office of the President has received on 14 March 2019 the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Act transmitted by both chambers of the 17th Congress. The report was made during the Energy Efficiency Experts’ Dialogue of the RE EE Philippines 2019, a bi-annual event of which PE2 is a collaborating partner for the energy efficiency sector.

DOE Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella, after delivering the speech of DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, reported that Malacañang has officially received the reconciled EE&C bill on 14 March 2019.

PE2 president Alexander Ablaza echoed the confirmation, declaring that the 28-year legislative history of the EE&C bill has finally reached its ultimate step before the measure is passed into law. During the same session, Ablaza emphasized that no single sector can transform the energy efficiency sector by itself. He said, “Government, civil society and business have to work together to help the country achieve its long-term energy intensity reduction targets, which includes the bridging of a P 12 trillion financing gap through 2040.”

Usec. Fuentebella underscored how DOE values EE&C in its objectives and programs, and, through the official message of Sec. Cusi and his additional remarks, presented a few features of the anticipated EE&C law which would certainly help the energy market shift toward an energy-efficient future of the Philippines.

During the same event, Director Cesar G. Dela Fuente III of the DOE Energy Utilization Management Bureau presented the DOE-approved 2017-2040 EE&C Roadmap, and Pam Mallari-Valenzuela, who represented Jagannathan Srinivasan of Signify Philippines, showcased the energy market transformation impacts of LED lighting.

Through his closing remarks, Board of Investments (BOI) Governor Napoleon E. Concepcion amplified the reality that the BOI continues to reach out to civil society and the business sector for energy efficiency expertise as it carries out its role of developing and administering fiscal incentives for economic activities approved under the 2017 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP). For this reason, BOI welcomes the helpful inputs of PE2 as it refines the approved Energy Efficiency Guidelines under the current IPP.
 

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