SAVE ENERGY, AVERT CRISIS
• October 4, 2014
• Written by Jester P. Manalastas
• Published in Top Stories
INSTEAD of insisting on emergency powers, the government is urged to also intensify its campaign for energy conservation as one tool to avert the looming power crisis.
House Independent Minority Leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez made this call as he asked the Department of Energy (DoE) to ensure that consumers will not be burdened by the emergency powers once granted to President Benigno Aquino.
Romualdez said the DoE should start intensifying its campaign on energy conservation so that people will be aware and be prepared for the projected power outages in the summer of 2015.
“I think aside from other energy sources, there is a need for the government to make an intense campaign for energy conservation for the people to avert the energy shortage,” Romualdez said.
Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said there would be 300 megawatts shortage in the supply of energy during the summer of 2015 and that this should be addressed by granting President Aquino of emergency powers.
Romualdez also asked the DoE to initially report to the public the additional costs that consumers will be paying should Congress grant the emergency powers. He said the consumers should not be surprised at the billions of pesos that they will shoulder as a result of the contracts that the President may enter in buying additional electricity.
“The Department of Energy should admit now how much a poor citizen will spend in