DOE charts course for a low-carbon future: Energy efficiency as a way of life

Thursday, November 22, 2012 01:18 AM    Views : 608by:Victoria Asuncion S. Mendoza

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Nov. 22 (PIA) -- The Department of Energy is charting a new course for a low-carbon future under the 2012-2030 Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) presented yesterday in a forum as part of its nationwide IEC campaign.

The PEP was presented by Director Carmencita Bariso of the Energy Policy and Planning Bureau to an audience composed of independent power producers, electric cooperative officials, members of the business community, local government officials and other concerned stakeholders in the province and the Mimaropa region.

For a low-carbon scenario under the PEP, the Department of Energy (DOE) is promoting energy efficiency as a way of life for all Filipinos and the advocacy of use of clean alternative fuels and technologies.

Bariso said the use of renewable energy will be tripled under the PEP; most of these coming from hydropower, geothermal, and other alternative fuels abundant in the country.

With the theme, "30 by 2030," the plan envisions the increase in the use of alternative fuels to 30 percent by all public utility vehicles nationwide.

As of 2011, the country's energy mix was made up of imported oil (31 percent), geothermal (22 percent), coal (20 percent), biomass (12 percent), natural gas (eight percent), hydro (six percent), and very small percentage source from solar, wind and biofuels.

For petroleum exploration, she said that with the country's sedimentary basins being offered for investments, 27 service contracts have already been awarded. Additional service contracts will be awarded by the end of the year which will further jumpstart the exploration of our indigenous resources, said Bariso.

The DOE conducts the forum as part of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)campaign to inform the public about the policies, targets, strategies, and programs of government to scale-up energy development and production in the country. (LBR/VSM-PIA 4B, Palawan)


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