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The Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), unveiled three technology innovations to step up its programs on the efficient and sustainable use of energy on June 21, in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

USAID Philippines Environment Office Director Ryder Rogers (right) and Department of Energy Secretary William Felix Fuentebella (left) lead the ceremonial launch of the DOE’s technology innovations for energy efficiency and conservation.

DOE, with support from USAID Energy Secure Philippines (ESP) Activity, ventured into utilizing new and emerging technology innovations to continuously raise awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of energy-efficient practices and technologies and facilitate the real-time monitoring of the implementation of the R.A. 1285 or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EECA) and R.A. 11607 or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA). Three digital platforms were demonstrated and presented during the ceremonial launch namely, the City of Energia and its websites, Enerhiyang Atin (Our Energy) and Wattmatters websites; the Designated Establishment (DE) Online Submission Portal, and the Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) Portal.

During the opening remarks, Usec. Fuentebella says the digital innovation platforms created by DOE with assistance from USAID inspire Filipinos to value their country and the environment more.

“Here, we are pumping up our demand and knowledge sharing for our constituency as we launch and now utilize information and communications technology. Today marks a milestone in the implementation of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Law. With the EEC law, we have to have a roadmap and included in the roadmap is the provision of best practices and support awareness raising.” DOE Usec. William Felix Fuentebella said.

Representatives of the lead agencies on the development of the Technology Innovations for Platforms for Energy Efficiency and Conservation, namely, the Department of Energy, DOE-Energy Utilization and Management Bureau, USAID Philippines, and USAID Energy Secure Philippines Activity, pose for a photo opportunity.

DOE Usec. Fuentebella navigates the Designated Establishment Online Submission Portal with DOE-EUMB Director Patrick Aquino.

The country’s first energy efficiency virtual showroom: the City of Energia mobile application and its website versions Enerhiyang Atin and Wattmatters, aim to reach governments, academia, students, youth groups, and media practitioners and educate them about the practical energy efficiency measures and systems applicable to each sector. Meanwhile, the DE online portal facilitates the submission of compliance requirements of businesses under the commercial, industrial and transportation sector. Lastly, the EVCS portal supports the identification, regulation, and consolidation of all EVCS operators and applicants to help ensure a safe, efficient and standardized EV sector. In line with USAID’s Digital Strategy, each platform uses technological innovations that contribute to building a more energy-efficient and secure energy sector that better serves Filipinos.

DOE-Energy Utilization and Management Bureau Director Patrick Aquino demonstrates the features of the newly launched Electric Vehicle Charging Station Portal to USAID Philippines Environment Office Director Ryder Rogers and other energy stakeholders.

“These are exciting times for the energy sector and we are looking forward to significant benefits and progress as these innovations seek to advance, cutting down bureaucratic footpaths, and promoting the ease of doing business.” USAID Philippines Environment Office Director Ryder Rogers said.

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