Energy conservation is like having a power plant, says Energy Audit chair
by Venus G. Villanueva
Iloilo City (21 May) -- Conserving energy is like building a virtual power plant. It also helps the government save dollars by not importing fuel, according to Undersecretary Waldo Flores, Energy Audit Team Chairman from the Office of the President (OP).
Hon. Flores was in Iloilo City to join the group of the Department of Energy (DOE) that recently conducted a briefing on the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP).
The GEMP is a government program that aims to reduce the monthly consumption on electricity (in kilowatt hours) and monthly petroleum products (liters) by at least 10% in all government agencies.
The implementation of the GEMP entails the conduct of Spot Check of government buildings that will determine the rating of grades pertinent to their level of compliance to Administratiive Orders 110, 126 and 183.
AO 110, which directs the institutionalization of the GEMP, was signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2004.
Flores said that by saving energy, the people keep the government from importing fuel.
"By not importing fuel, the government can use the dollars for other industries," Flores told participants of the briefing held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel composed of representatives from national government agencies in the region.
Flores said he is glad to promote a program that is already a winner.
"You are helping the government build a virtual power plant. We reduce consumption while looking into other sources of energy. There are many industries trying to come in but power is scarce. We are trying to reduce consumption so other industries will have power," Flores explained.
Presently, the DOE said the country is still 43% dependent on oil imports, and is aiming to reduce dependence by 25%.
Besides the conduct of the briefing on GEMP, the group was also in Iloilo City to hold spot checks on national government agencies.
According to the DOE, it has already conducted spot checks in Capiz.
USEC Flores, as Energy Audit Team chair, heads the spot checks. (PIA) [top]