ASEP Technical Assistance (TA) conducted its first Technical Planning Workshop on October 20-21, 2016 at the Lake Hotel in Tagaytay City, Cavite. Following the approval of the Inception Report last September 30, 2016, the ASEP TA recognized the need to conduct a Technical Planning Workshop to gather concerned officials and technical staff of DOE and its attached agencies to discuss details of ASEP technical activities and facilitate programme implementation. There were 19 participants from the DOE, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and ASEP TA.

The workshop focused on specific ASEP TA activities on Rural Electrification and Energy Efficiency. The opening and welcome remarks were delivered by Director Mylene Capongcol of the DOE-EPIMB (Electric Power Industry Management Bureau). There were three presentations on the first workshop day, namely: 1) “Photovoltaic Mainstreaming (PVM)” by Ms. Alice de Guzman, Supervising Science Research Specialist of the DOE-EPIMB; 2) “Challenges in the Energy Sector: How Worldwide Energy Developments support Access to Sustainable Energy” a video of ASEP Strategic Advisor, Professor Christoph Menke’s speech from the ASEP launch; and 3) “ASEP TA Specific Rural Electrification Activities” by Dr. Ernie Terrado, ASEP TA OIC Team Leader. On the second workshop day, ASEP TA Expert, Ms. Jo Mangila-Tioseco discussed the “ASEP TA Activities in Energy Efficiency.”

After each presentation of a set of ASEP TA specific activities in rural electrification and energy efficiency, the participants formed small groups to validate, amend and add to the activity description details. This process helped align the identified activities to organizational realities and developments. The DOE counterpart to the ASEP TA team for each activity was also identified. After the small group discussions, the participants prioritized the set of related ASEP TA activities.

The workshop outputs that were discussed concern the following ASEP TA areas and specific activities:

  1. Policy and Strategy Studies, specifically: Accelerating Private Sector Participation in Off-grid RE; Rationalization of Missionary Electrification Plan (MEDP) Subsidy System; and “Beyond PV Mainstreaming” Strategy for DOE.
  2. Planning Tools and Methodologies, specifically: Programmatic hybridization and power system planning for small and large island grids, and GIS-based least-cost off-grid simulation tool for area-based investment planning by ECs.
  3. Additional Technical Studies, specifically: Promoting Productive Use of RE Applications in PVM Areas to Enhance Sustainability; and Formulation of Demand Side Management (DSM) Policy and Strategy.
  4. Technical, Policy and Strategy Studies on Energy Efficiency (EE), specifically: Support for the Appliance Standards and Labeling Program; Strengthening the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP); and Development of a National Strategy for EE in the Power Sector.

The two-day Technical Planning workshop concluded with the closing remarks delivered by Director Patrick Aquino of the DOE-EUMB (Energy Utilization and Management Bureau).  The workshop was moderated by Ms. Carmela Ariza and documented by Mr. Georg Seidl of GIZ-INS.

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