• PH signs up for APEC initiative

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    Funding for local energy resiliency projects has been secured from a facility maintained by the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC), an Energy department official said.

    A total of $100,070, to be used primarily for the staging of workshops and the hiring of experts, will be sourced from an APEC Energy Efficiency sub-fund, Energy Undersecretary Loreta Ayson said.

    “I already signed, several weeks ago, the acceptance,” Ayson said, adding that the next step would be an acknowledgement from APEC of the Philippines’ willingness to participate in the economic forum’s energy initiative.

    APEC, which comprises 21 Pacific Rim countries, is calling on its members to stage workshops on how to improve energy resiliency in off-grid areas.

    “We want to do a handbook on the guidelines on how to attain energy resiliency in off-grid areas,” Ayson said, adding that there would be a focus on infrastructure standards, retrofitting and engineering solutions “to withstand the strongest calamities”.

    The project, is expected to be completed by June 30 next year, is expected to allow APEC member economies to identify common challenges, lessons learned and best practices given the threats of natural disasters and the impact of climate change.

    The APEC Energy Working Group has noted that vulnerability of off-grid areas, which by their nature have to deal with power supply issues

    “Electricity in these areas is mainly sourced from diesel generators putting the supply at risk in times of energy disruptions,” it said.

    Renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and hydropower are being pushed as alternative off-grid solutions in light of environmental considerations and technology innovations.

    For these facilities, the APEC initiative is targeting the development of response mechanisms to address disruption scenarios. The programmed workshops will be guided by en ergy resiliency experts and case studies from relevant member economies will be highlighted.

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