Tuesday, June 19, 2012

PHL by it's E-Trike Project will be at the forefront of energy efficiency - DOE

Department of Energy (Philippines)Department of Energy (Philippines) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The Department of Energy (DOE) is pursuing its electric tricycle (E-Trike) Project amid its technical, financial, and social challenges, as it is confident the project objectives were aligned with the government thrust of reducing the transport sector’s reliance on fossil fuels and uplifting the standard of living of tricycle drivers.

The Project envisions reducing the transport sector’s gasoline consumption by 561,000 barrels per year, thereby avoiding 260,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. This is made possible by replacing 100,000 gasoline-fed tricycle units with energy efficient e-trikes.

The project will also boost the incomes of e-trike drivers through the savings in fuel cost and create local jobs from the establishment of manufacturing companies and associated after-sales services.

DOE also allayed the fears of stakeholders that the introduction of e-trikes would put additional burden on the supply of electricity due to increase in demand.

It said e-trikes are usually charged during low peak hours or in the evenings, which contributes to higher utilization of available generation capacities. In the case of off-grid areas, e-trike electricity requirements will be sourced from solar-powered charging stations, thus contributing further to a cleaner environment.

DOE said the e-trike project would put the Philippines at the forefront in terms of efficient, environment-friendly, and sustainable transport system.

Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, meanwhile, said the government was mandated under the Local Government Code to distribute e-trikes to the local government units.

"The laws say that the LGUs are the ones who control the tricycles. They are the ones who are authorized to give the franchise. The TRB (Toll Regulatory Board) is in the LGUs, you cannot go against the local government code," Almendras said.

Almendras said LGUs would be chosen based on their financial standing and capability to pay back government.

Almendras lauded the Asian Development Bank for supporting the project.

"Thank god ADB was around who said they are willing to fund it. ADB helped us perfect the design, ADB helped us run the design contest for Filipinos, ADB paid for the Japanese consultants who were vehicle designers who brought the technology aspect. ADB was willing to go for it primarily because it was transformational," he said.

Source: Interaksyon

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