DoE firm on power saving law

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The Department of Energy’s (DoE) thrust to pursue an energy strategy to reduce dependence on imported oil and promote energy conservation further gained traction with the proposed Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act that is seen to become a full-fledged law soon.


Recognizing the Duterte administration’s goal for sustainable development, the DoE had earlier set out policies mandating all government offices to reduce their electricity and fuel consumption by 10 percent which is expected to yield savings of roughly about P550 million.


Nuclear energy issues need ventilation

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Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Monday announced the Nuclear Energy Program Implementing Organization (NEPIO) has ironed out several issues with the country’s vision of nuclear energy.


This was verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)-Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission during the ceremonial turnover of review results on Monday at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.


DoE Undersecretary and NEPIO head Donato Marcos, together with other NEPIO members, accepted the INIR findings.


Cusi to re-initiate ‘joint oil exploration’ talks with China

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Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding during the November visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi has started knocking at the door of his counterpart Chinese official so they can flesh out terms on the proposed joint oil exploration at ‘conflict areas’ within the West Philippine Sea.


Cusi told reporters that he already started communicating with China’s National Energy Commission, which is the counterpart agency of the Philippines’ Department of Energy.


Alfonso Cusi wants to abolish PNOC and subsidiaries

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MANILA, Philippines — Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi wants to abolish or energy-related consolidate non-performing energy government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).


Cusi said underperforming energy-related government companies should be closed down or consolidated into one.


One company he cited was the state-owned Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC).


Energy conservation bill expected to be passed before end of session in June

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THE Energy Conservation and Efficiency Bill is expected to be signed into law before the adjournment of the 17th Congress in June, 1-CARE Rep. Carlos Roman L. Uybarreta said.


House Bill No. 8629, passed on third reading on Dec. 3, will lay down the framework for “implementing the 2017-2040 National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Roadmap,” Mr. Uybarreta, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Energy and one of the bill’s sponsors, said in a statement on Monday.



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