• Smart tech supports energy efficiency


    Using smart energy technologies would lead to energy being used more efficiently and give consumers more environment-friendly choices, an official of the Department of Energy (DoE) said.

    “Smart energy technologies promote efficient energy use, reduced energy cost, and ‘greener’ energy options to households and the energy sector,” Energy Assistant Secretary Rendentor Delola, who spoke on behalf of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, at the last leg of the “E-Power Mo!” campaign in Clark, Pampanga province.

    These technologies that are available in the market conform with best environmental practices for industries, as well as ensure energy efficiency in government buildings, he added.

    The DoE is “eyeing high efficiency motors [HEMs] to lower energy [and life cycle costs], bring higher profitability, and lower greenhouse gas emissions,” Delola said.

    The department is also looking at solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, efficient cooling systems and pumps, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), advanced energy monitoring and controlling technologies, and battery/energy storage products.

    It is also pursuing the expanded use of electric vehicles and implementing the Government Energy Management System (GEMS), which seeks to reduce the government’s monthly energy consumption by at least 10 percent from consumption levels in 2015.

    Delola’s statement comes after another DoE official previously announced the creation of a smart grid coalition to bolster efforts to adopt such technologies in the country.

    “For us to guide consumers, service providers and regulators, we should not lose sight of the basic concept that smart grid [technology]is simply a tool for consumers and energy users to be more active and efficient in the utilization of energy,” Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella had said.

    He pointed out that this technology, despite its complexity and technical diversity, should place consumers first in driving its design and implementation.

    Fuentebella also said the DoE was gathering inputs from various parties and partners to develop a module for it.

    The department is trying to collate all the information to make the module comprehensive and cover all issues, he added.


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