DOE: Php205M saved from GEMP in 1Q 2023

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The government was able to save around Php 205 million or over 20 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) for the first quarter of 2023, following the implementation of the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP). 

“We commend the efforts of our government agencies in implementing energy efficiency measures. Small acts and what appears to be minor could indeed drive significant impact, especially when the entire bureaucracy, including the local government units (LGUs) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) would adopt behavioral changes and imbibe energy conservation as a way of life,” Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla said in a statement. 

The GEMP is guided by Republic Act (RA) No. 11285 or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, which looks to reduce the government’s electricity and fuel consumption by at least 10% through various energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) strategies. 

Prior to the implementation, the government’s cumulative electricity savings stood at 5 million kWh or around Php 51 million. 

In related developments, The Department of Energy’s (DOE) adoption of a flexible work arrangement has generated 49% electricity savings from its Friday work-from-home scheme. From the implementation in February, the DOE saw a significant reduction of 430,227 kWh, or an estimated savings of Php 5.13 million.

Back in March, Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that the government is eyeing to adopt new working hours, including a work-from-home scheme on Fridays to help conserve energy costs.