Duterte signs energy conservation law

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 07 2019 01:51 PM | Updated as of May 07 2019 03:53 PM

Children walk past hanging electrical wires near residences in Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City on February 19, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- (UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that standardizes energy efficiency and conservation measures in the country, according to a copy of the measure released on Tuesday.

The Energy and Conservation Act aims to promote the development and use of renewable energy to ensure stable power supply. It was signed April 12.

Under the law, a “National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan” will be formulated. The government meanwhile will have its own program to reduce its monthly consumption of electricity and petroleum products.

The Department of Energy will lead the implementation of the new measure. All government agencies are required to ensure the efficient use of power in their respective facilities.

To attain efficient energy use in buildings, the law mandates construction firms to comply with the minimum requirements set in the "Energy Conserving Design on Buildings."

A DOE body will also be tasked to develop environment-friendly alternative fuels.

The energy department can impose penalties ranging from P10,000 to P1 million on establishments that violate energy efficiency standards.

Those who fail to meet the energy conservation standards provided in the new measure meanwhile can face imprisonment of 1 to 5 years or a fine ranging from P100,000 to P100 million.

Read the full measure here: