PH, Japan Ink Energy Cooperation Deal

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi and Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Deputy Director-General Kazuhisa Kobayashi during the signing of the letter of intent (LOI) on technical cooperation in the Philippine power sector between METI and the Department of Energy (DOE) of the Philippines.

TECH ASSISTANCE FOR POWER PLANT EFFICIENCY: Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi and Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Deputy Director-General Kazuhisa Kobayashi during the signing of the letter of intent (LOI) on technical cooperation in the Philippine power sector between METI and the Department of Energy (DOE) of the Philippines. The signing ceremony on 20 June 2018 was held at the Prime Minister of Japan's Office in Tokyo during the 5th regular meeting of the PH-Japan High-Level Committee on Infrastructure and Economic Cooperation.

TOKYO, JAPAN - The Philippines entered into a technical cooperation agreement with Japan to improve electric infrastructure and power generation efficiency in the country.

Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi and Kazuhisa Kobayashi, Deputy Director-General of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), signed the letter of intent (LOI) for the deal at the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office in central Tokyo on Wednesday.

The technical cooperation involves the identification of issues and remedial measures based on Japanese experience and knowledge; proposal of institutional arrangements to propel the installation of facilities with reliable performance; provision of training for the Philippine government and independent power producers to enhance operations and maintenance quality of existing thermal power plants; and sharing of the rehabilitation diagnosis results carried out in line with the action plan.

The plan resulted from a series of coordination meetings between DOE and METI officials to resolve power sector issues. The plan is also based on METI’s study on the Philippine supply-demand outlook, current electricity tariff, electrification rate, and disaster resiliency that complement the DOE’s performance assessment and audit of power generation, transmission, and distribution systems and facilities.

The technical cooperation deal is in accordance with the DOE’s function to disseminate information resulting from energy research programs for the optimal development of various forms of energy production and utilization, as indicated in the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001.

“The technical assistance is needed for Filipinos to get more value for their money, in terms of investment, energy development and utilization. In the end, it should address the overall drive towards energy efficiency,” Cusi emphasized. 

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Filipino and EU Experts Present Strategies for Small Islands Energization

Renewable energy and energy efficiency experts for the EU-supported Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP) will present strategies to improve the operational efficiency of diesel power plants and techniques for hybridization with solar PV in the Experts Symposium on Renewable Energy and Climate Change on Friday, 22 June 2018 in Makati City.

MAKATI CITY - The European Union (EU) and the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) are committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while addressing the issue of climate change and facilitating the provision of sustainable and resilient energy services and facilities in the country.

Through the concept of hybridization, energy access to remote, unviable and underserved communities is sustained. The operation of diesel power plants is improved through energy efficiency and renewable energy utilization, ensuring energy security in small islands nationwide. 

Renewable energy and energy efficiency experts for the EU-supported Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP) will present strategies to improve the operational efficiency of diesel power plants and techniques for hybridization with solar PV in the Experts Symposium on Renewable Energy and Climate Change on Friday, 22 June 2018 in Makati City.

Said strategies are based on the findings of two technical studies on diesel power plants now widely used in rural electrification in the Philippines. 

They will also explain the decision-making process that determines the proper role of diesel power and renewable energy options in off-grid electrification. 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Senior Research Scientist Emeritus Dr. Josefino Comiso will keynote the event with a presentation on the impact of energy use on global climate. 

EU Ambassador Franz Jessen and DOE Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella will deliver the opening remarks.

Ambassador Jessen said that for the EU countries and its Member States, the long-term goal is to cut its emissions by 80-95% compared to 1990 levels. The short term target of 20% is aimed for in 2020. 

He explained that this would be achieved by two key approaches: a shift to renewable energy, such as solar, wind and biomass for electricity generation; and an increase in the energy efficiency in buildings, industries and transport. Said actions will boost the economy, create jobs and strengthen Europe's competitiveness.

"I am pleased that the Government of the Philippines, by its policies and programs, is committed to promoting the utilization of renewable energy and to substantially increasing energy efficiency. While these actions contribute to reduction of global GHG emissions, they benefit the country itself by enabling energization of its rural populations in innovative manner, and in improving the economy as a whole," Jessen said.

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Energy Resiliency in Focus at DOE E-Power Mo Drive

TAGUIG CITY - The Department of Energy (DOE) will be hosting the 6th E-Power Mo Conference on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at the agency's headquarters in Bonifacio Global City.

The event, which will focus on “Developing Energy Resilient Philippines,” seeks to broaden public awareness on the crucial role it plays. That is not only in protecting the physical safety of their families, but in ensuring that homes, communities and businesses are able to adapt to unforeseen situations and have access to the uninterrupted supply of energy services. 

"We continue to rally for consumer empowerment in the energy industry by providing fresh insights on various issues," DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said, "Of course, the government is working hard to establish the appropriate energy resiliency measures.”

There will be six breakout sessions during the conference that will cover topics on downstream oil and natural gas; upstream oil and gas; renewable energy; power; alternative fuels and energy efficiency; and the consumer sector.

The E-Power Mo campaign of the DOE is in partnership with the Presidential Communications Operations Office, the Philippine Information Agency and the B-LEADERS Project of USAID.

Its four tenets summarize the energy policy agenda of President Rodrigo R. Duterte:

1. (E-POWER MO) Develop and utilize energy resources available to Filipinos for wealth creation and global competition;

2. (E-SAFETY MO) Undertake safety and savings measures through energy efficiency;

3. (E-SECURE MO) Secure the delivery of quality, reliable and affordable energy services; and

4. (E-DISKARTE MO) Empower consumers through a wide range of options in utilizing conventional, renewable and alternative energy sources.

“Lahat tayo, ama, ina, kapatid, anak - mga ordinaryong mamamayan - lahat tayo mayroong mahalagang maiaambag para sa patuloy na pagpapatatag ng ating lipunan (All of us, fathers, mothers, siblings and children - ordinary citizens - we all have meaningful contributions to the strengthening of our society). Our peace of mind will be rooted in the knowledge that we would have continuous access to critical resources, even in the aftermath of a calamity. This is what we will be highlighting for this E-Power Mo Conference,” Cusi concluded.

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DOE Pushes for PH Natgas Dev't in Japan High-Level Conference

TOKYO, JAPAN - Officials from the Department of Energy (DOE) led by Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi are in Tokyo this week as part of the country’s delegation to the fifth regular meeting of the Philippines-Japan High-Level Committee on Infrastructure and Economic Cooperation.

The DOE delegation will reinforce discussions on the Philippine energy industry with potential Japanese investors, while the other leaders of President Duterte’s economic team continue their high-level dialogues with the Japanese Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), on the administration’s flagship infrastructure projects under the Build Build Build program.

Secretary Cusi will focus on encouraging natural gas companies in Japan to invest in the Philippines’ liquefied natural gas (LNG) Hub Terminal project in anticipation of the Malampaya Gas Field’s depletion by 2022.

Cusi said, “The strategic location of the Philippines, as well as the fair and competitive playing field policy for natgas would entice investors to engage in the LNG terminal project.”

Currently, major Japanese gas companies such as Tokyo Gas are among those in serious talks for the project.

“In addition to discussions on LNG investments, our top officials and staff are undergoing extensive training to effectively monitor, regulate and supervise the upcoming Philippine LNG industry,” Cusi added.

DOE Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos and two ranking technical staff began an extensive training program on LNG value chains in Japan last Monday. They are expected to complete the course by the end of the month.

To date, natural gas from the Malampaya gas field off the coast of Palawan provides the fuel requirements of five gas-fired power plants, all located in the province of Batangas, with a combined capacity of 3,211 megawatts (MW).

“The construction of strategic natural gas facilities, which includes LNG receiving terminals and distribution pipelines, are necessary to ensure the security and diversity of the energy supply in the Philippines. It also provides the option of expanding the use of natural gas in the Philippines,” Cusi concluded.

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PHOTO: Girl Scouts Batch 2

GIRL SCOUTS BATCH 2: DOE Gender and Development Technical Working Group Head, Assistant Director Carmencita A. Bariso, guides a Grade 5 Girl Scout in leading the Energy Cost Busters’ Pledge of Commitment during the Enerkids Program on 13 June 2018. The students pledged to conserve energy and help preserve the environment through the efficient and judicious use of electricity and fuel.

GIRL SCOUTS BATCH 2: DOE Gender and Development Technical Working Group Head, Assistant Director Carmencita A. Bariso, guides a Grade 5 Girl Scout in leading the Energy Cost Busters’ Pledge of Commitment during the Enerkids Program on 13 June 2018. The students pledged to conserve energy and help preserve the environment through the efficient and judicious use of electricity and fuel.

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