In April of 2013, the province’s Department of Energy (DOE) predicted the possibility of a “massive power shortage in 2016 and the most critical period in 2020” if we fail to have additional power plants by that time. A year later, energy providers were still struggling to come up with the supply needed to meet the anticipated demand. Earlier in 2015, Cebu faced a major power loss and rotating blackouts had to be implemented due to maintenance repairs on some of the power plants. The need to conserve energy and find renewable sources has never been more felt, increasing urgency.
Greater attention has been given to the issue with the dwindling of resources. At the recent 46th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Experts Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEEC) last August 31, 2015, the Philippine National Government renewed its pledge to conserve energy and strive to increase energy efficiency. The Philippines produces geothermal and hydro energy compromising more than 30% of the country’s total power, the world’s second largest producer of renewable energy.
As the country continues to fulfill its promise, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International Copper Alliance Southeast Asia, once again, is organizing Energy Smart Cebu 2015 on September 29, 2015 at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, located along the Cebu Veterans Dr, Cebu City.
Energy Smart Cebu (ESC) welcomes its second year as a consolidated event of conferences on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean technology and exhibition of green technologies, solutions, best practices, and sustainable initiatives under the Energy Smart Philippines (ESPhil) banner, the country’s premier event on energy. ESC 2015 will once again gather business leaders, energy experts and policymakers to exchange insights on breaking the cycle of energy crisis and rising energy prices that have been hounding the country year after year and how to establish stable, sustainable and competitive energy supply that can support the country’s path to rapid growth and development.
This year’s program will be arranged into two sessions highlighting the following:
- Policy perspectives on the Philippine energy future
- Current initiatives in securing energy
The program will begin at 8:30 AM to discuss the vision, plans and current efforts to create sustainable and efficient energy for Cebu. Get to know how the province is taking steps to “keep the lights on” and become an Energy Smart Cebu. Walk-ins are very much welcome to join and participate in the Energy Smart Cebu 2015 conference. For more information, call Jo-ann Atadero at (032) 412-1194, 253-3387, 253-3389 or email Pearl Felongco at [email protected].