DOE closely monitoring power use of govt offices

By Lenie Lectura – January 31, 2017

from Business Mirror

THE Department of Energy (DOE) is requiring 140 government entities to submit their electricity consumption report from 2015 to 2016.

“We are closely monitoring their energy consumption so that we can provide strategies to help them become more energy efficient in their daily operations,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

Under the agency’s Government Energy Management Program (GEMP), the DOE has enlisted government agencies with available power-generating units that can be enrolled for the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) to augment power- supply capacity in times of red-alert status or when power-supply reserves are thin.

“The ILP seeks to convince big load customers of distribution utilities and electric cooperatives to register so they can run their stand-by generation sets in times of energy- supply deficiency to prevent power outages,” Cusi said. “Based on our GEMP survey, about 100 government buildings have operational generator sets, and these total to 85 megawatts of power-supply capacity,” he added.

“Other energy-efficiency measures that the DOE enjoins government agencies to adhere to include setting the thermostat of air-conditioners to no lower than 25°C; opting for inverter-type air-conditioning units; and switching fluorescent lamps with light-emitting diode (LED) lights.

Aside from requesting government institutions, the DOE asked nearly 70 malls nationwide to set their cooling system’s temperature to 25°C as a way to temper their huge buildings’ demand for electricity.