PH TO HOST LARGEST REGIONAL ENERGY CONFERENCE
The Philippines is slated to hold two important regional energy industry conferences for the next two years.
Led by the Department of Energy (DOE) in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and other local energy industry stakeholders, the country will host two biennial events of the Association of Electricity Supply Industry of East Asia and the Western Pacific (AIESIEP) – the AESIEAP CEO Conference in 2019 and the Conference of Electric Power Supply Industry (CEPSI) in 2020.
The formal announcement of the Philippine hosting of AESIEAP 2019-2020 will be made at a joint press conference to be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, 19 March 2019, at the DOE’s headquarters in Taguig City.
DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said, “AESIEAP 2019-2020 will give the Philippine energy family an opportunity to participate in the discourse on the best power generation, transmission and distribution practices of our neighbors in the region and the Western Pacific. This would help us come up with innovative strategies that would bring us closer to our goal of providing stable, reliable, sustainable, and affordable electricity services throughout the entire archipelago.”
The panel for the joint press conference will be composed of key officials from AESIEAP’s Philippine members. They are DOE Undersecretary and Spokesperson Felix William B. Fuentebella, Meralco President and CEO and AESIEAP 2019-2020 President Oscar S. Reyes, AESIEAP 2019-2020 Secretary-General Rogelio L. Singson, National Power Corporation President Pio J. Benavidez, National Transmission Corporation President Melvin A. Matibag, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines President Anthony L. Almeda, and Meralco Deputy CEO Ray C. Espinosa.
The theme of AESIEAP 2019-2020, “Energized Countries, Empowered Communities”, is relevant to the Philippines as the country seeks to attain total electrification, particularly in underserved and unserved areas, to help bolster sustainable and inclusive economic development.
“After our last hosting in 2000, it is an honor to once again give AESIEAP events a home in our country. In the next two years we will look at how utilizing a smart, synergized, and scalable approach would impact the energy industry,” AESIEAP 2019-2020 President Oscar S. Reyes added.
AESIEAP is the largest organization of power and industry companies in the region, with over 100 members from 25 countries.
On the other hand, CEPSI is considered to be the biggest and most prominent gathering of the electricity supply industry in East Asia and the Western Pacific region.