Albay provincial gov’t gets ‘satisfactory’ rating on energy efficiency, conservation

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The Department of Energy (DOE) graded the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) very satisfactory or 90.0%, a grade of A and a full five-star in the implementation of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act during its first-ever virtual energy audit last week.

In the said energy audit, DOE energy auditor Sr. Science Research Specialist Anabel Montejo Elmaga thoroughly evaluated and examined PGA’s energy efficiency and conservation reports for FY 2020 and 2021 that showed the pertinent energy utilization and conservation data prepared, formulated, accomplished and submitted by Planning Officer IV Arnold Onrubia of PPDO and Asst. PGSO Elmer de Ala who led in the data gathering.

Onrubia told Albay PIO that the energy audit covered the assessment and evaluation of the judicious utilization on energy efficiency and conservation of four (4) buildings and by its occupants; namely, the Albay Provincial Capitol, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), Albay Astrodome and Capitol Annex I.

Onrubia said RA No. 11285 of 2018 is an act institutionalizing the energy efficiency and conservation by enhancing the use of energy, and of granting incentives to energy efficiency and conservation projects.

Overall, the many benefits of energy efficiency are focused on the environment and on the economy. ECAP aims to increase efficiency in lowering greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants while improving energy efficiency by lowering individual utility bills, create jobs and help stabilize electricity prices and volatility.

Onrubia further said the primary goals of R.A. No. 11285 are to increase energy production and supply, reduce energy demand, provide energy efficiency and to give the executive branch additional powers to respond to disruptions in energy supply.

According to the Planning Officer, the grade of 90 percent is still unofficial but may still increase after the submission of the PGA revised reports Monday to DOE.

The virtual energy audit was held at the Provincial Albay Capitol’s Red Room, attended by personnel of Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) and Provincial General Services Office (PGSO).