‘She failed consumers’: Group opposes proposal to tap Devanadera as Energy Secretary

The Power for People Coalition (P4P) on Wednesday expressed reservations over the possible appointment of Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair Agnes Devanadera as Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE).
Senator Imee Marcos earlier said Devanadera should be considered for the post, citing the latter’s move to abolish VAT from power generation charges.
“Chairperson Agnes Devanadera’s stint in the ERC should not be viewed from the lens of her VAT proposal, but what she has accomplished. So far, we have not seen any benefit to the consumer from her oversight. Be it the protection of consumers from abuse and accountability from power companies, return of correct refunds, resolution of bill shocks from the last few years – all these are nowhere to be seen and continue to be a burden to the public,” P4P convenor Gerry Arances said in a statement.
“What chair Devanadera should be facing are hearings and complaints for turning her back to her obligations, not a cabinet appointment. She failed consumers in her post as ERC chair and we are deeply worried by what she can do or, in this case, cannot do as DOE Secretary that will benefit power stakeholders,” Arances added.
P4P said said the DOE would continue delaying a sustainable transformation of the energy sector if it is to be led by Devanadera.
“A DOE under Devanadera would not be instrumental to achieving a much needed energy transition. From policies on power procurement that remain unfair to renewables to the lax imposition of penalties on fossil companies for anomalous services, Devanadera has proven herself to be an ally of coal, gas, and other dirty energy.
We’re bound to see the DOE remaining fossil friendly with her at its helm. Her recommendation to convert coal into gas plants, which would once again keep RE from rapidly occupying the energy mix upon a coal phaseout, is a glimpse of this,” Arances said.