PHL to host 2 regional energy meetings in next two years

By Lenie Lectura – March 18, 2019
from Business Mirror

THE Philippines will host two important regional energy industry conferences in the next two years.

Led by the Department of Energy (DOE) in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and other local energy industry stakeholders, the country will host two biennial events of the Association of Electricity Supply Industry of East Asia and the Western Pacific—the AESIEAP CEO Conference in 2019 and the Conference of Electric Power Supply Industry (Cepsi) in 2020.

The formal announcement of the Philippine hosting of Aesieap 2019-2020 will take place on March 19.

“Asieap 2019-2020 will give the Philippine energy family an opportunity to participate in the discourse on the best power generation, transmission and distribution practices of our neighbors in the region and the Western Pacific.  This would help us come up with innovative strategies that would bring us closer to our goal of providing stable, reliable, sustainable and affordable electricity services throughout the entire archipelago,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

Industry stakeholders expected to attend the formal announcement include Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary and Spokesperson Felix William B. Fuentebella, Meralco President and CEO and Aesieap 2019-2020 President Oscar S. Reyes, Aesieap 2019-2020 Secretary-General Rogelio L. Singson, National Power Corp. President Pio J. Benavidez, National Transmission Corp. President Melvin A. Matibag, National Grid Corp of the Philippines President Anthony L. Almeda, and Meralco Deputy CEO Ray C. Espinosa.

The theme of Aesieap 2019-2020, “Energized Countries, Empowered Communities,” is relevant to the Philippines as the country seeks to attain total electrification, particularly in underserved and unserved areas, to help bolster sustainable and inclusive economic development.

“After our last hosting in 2000, it is an honor to once again give Aesieap events a home in our country.  In the next two years, we will look at how utilizing a smart, synergized and scalable approach would impact the energy industry,” Reyes said.

Aesieap is the largest organization of power and industry companies in the region, with over 100 members from 25 countries.

Cepsi is considered the biggest and most prominent gathering of the electricity supply industry in East Asia and the Western Pacific region.