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Feature: CFL distribution project

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (24 October) -- About 160 barangay officials of Davao City gave their approval on the recent Philippine Energy Efficiency Project CFL Distribution during the consultation held October 22 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, this city.

The barangay captains were briefed abut the $46.5 million project aimed to move the society to demonstrate fundamental changes in lifestyle, behavior, or values and practices to cushion the impact of skyrocketing oil prices and mitigate climate change.

Specifically, it targets to reduce cost of power production by reducing peak demand and GHG emissions. Experts estimated a reduction of peak demand by about 430 MW, deferred power generation investment of $430 million, and oil imports reduction by $120 million.

Department of Energy chief of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division Art Habitan said that the project would initially start the nationwide distribution of 13 million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

"We will be give each household a maximum of 6 CFLs to replace Incandescent Bulbs (IBs) in households. In every CFL that we provide, we ask one incandescent bulb in return," Habita said.

For Davao City, about 200,000 CFLs will be delivered to the Davao Light and Power Company which is tasked to distribute the CFLs to the beneficiaries.

Instead of tapping the barangay officials to handle the distribution of the CFLs, the DOE rather chose DLPC for one of the requirements needed to become a SWITCH Partner is to have the capacity of providing a storage area for CFLs and collected Incandescent Bulbs (IBs).

The DLPC, however, questioned during the consultation the issue of disposal as some would think that IBs are hazardous to the environment.

Habita, on his part, committed to raise the said concern to the central office and would personally recommend the conduct of a study which would know if IBs are truly hazaradous when disposed to the environment. (PIA XI) [top]

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