Wednesday , June 20, 2018

Renewable energy pushed to lessen climate change impact

THE Department of Energy (DOE) called on government offices, the academe and local government units in Negros Oriental to adopt energy efficiency concepts and implement conservation measures to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

DOE-Visayas Regional Director Antonio Labios enjoined government offices to efficiently conserve energy, especially in the procurement of services, such as buying light-emitting diode (LED) or energy efficiency lighting and designing of structure or building, to meet with Government Energy Management Program (GEMP).

Labios said DOE’s continuing efforts to increase public access to clean and sustainable energy are to ensure or increase energy independence and develop more indigenous energy resources.

He noted that in the Visayas, the use of renewable energy resources, especially in the electricity production, is about 70 percent, of which 40 percent to 50 percent come from geothermal resources.

“Negros is fortunate to host one of the biggest geothermal plants in the Visayas and the other one is in Tongonan, Leyte,” said Labios.

Under GEMP, government offices would undergo spot checking conducted by DOE to determine whether an office is adopting energy efficiency and conservation practices.

Among the energy conservation tips are operating time of air condition unit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., setting room temperature at 25 degrees Celsius, and monitoring and using fluorescent or LED lights.

“The tips would not only help in minimizing energy consumption in the government but also in mitigating the effects of climate change in our environment,” Labios said.

Visayas also hosts wind farms with 30 percent renewable energy resources in Guimaras, Aklan, and Iloilo, along with Negros Island, which has the biggest capacity of solar energy.

Labios said renewable energy is a potent source in the energy development and power generation in the Visayas. (PIA)