Energy Efficiency: Making It Work Nationwide
The formula: installing energy efficient lighting systems in government offices and parks, distributing fluorescent lamps nationwide, and establishing a green labeling system for buildings.
In the Philippines, higher power demand is stretching generation capacity. The Philippines has one of the most expensive power rates in the world ($0.26 per kilowatt-hour in 2013). The steep cost of power results from reliance on imported fuel for power generation, scattered geography, inefficient transmission and distribution systems in some areas, a regulatory framework that contains a complex margin of protection mechanisms for supply and transmission companies, and debt and cost recovery issues for legacy infrastructure. Given the impending shortage of energy supply, the cost of electricity will likely increase.
With assistance from the Asian Development Bank, the government implemented the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project as an interim measure to mitigate a projected energy supply deficiency and reduce power consumption in residential and public sectors.
The project retrofitted 135 government office buildings and almost 4,000 public park and streetlights with energy-efficient lighting systems, distributed 8.6 million compact fluorescent lamps nationwide, and established a green labeling system for buildings.
These actions yielded a cumulative energy savings totaling 321 gigawatt-hours per year and facilitated development of the Green Building Rating System, which has certified 32 government buildings for sustainability.
- January 2009: Loan Approval Date
- December 2013: Project Completion Date
- US$ 31.1 million: Loan Amount
Last updated: April 2017
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