THE Department of Energy (DoE) said it tallied 3,387 submissions from designated establishments (DEs) for the 12 months beginning April 2021.

The annual energy consumption reports were provided by DEs in the commercial, industrial, and transport sectors.

The reporting entities purchased electricity vaued at P15 billion and realized 120 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy savings.

“We aim to create an energy efficient Philippines that cuts across economic sectors and (makes) energy efficiency and conservation as a way of life for all Filipinos,” Director of the Energy Utilization Management Bureau Patrick T. Aquino said in a webinar.

During the period, DEs also reported 470 energy efficiency (EE) projects.

Currently, there are 3,204 EE practitioners and 32 registered energy service companies (ESCOs) registered with the Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) in compliance with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.

These organizations are required to submit annual reports on their projects to facilitate EUMB  monitoring. They are also required to present their projects for independent verification, among other requirements stipulated by the EEC Act’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

Mr. Aquino said the DoE is currently recommending the establishment of the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Office to improve the compliance of local government units (LGUs), and oversee the implementation of their respective Local Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plans (LEECP).

Around P15-billion worth of investment, equivalent to 55 megawatts (MW) of deferred capacity, has been generated since monitoring of DEs started.

“Our intervention means that the next generation will continue to have sufficient and reliable supply of energy,” he added. — Ram Christian S. Agustin