CEM organizes “Macao Energy Saving Contest 2012” to call on energy conservation and carbon reduction among citizens

21 March 2012, Macao

In order to encourage Macao citizens, property management companies, restaurants and hotels to build good habits of power usage and to promote the use of optimized energy-saving methods, Companhia de Electricidade de Macau—CEM, S.A. (CEM) and the Energy Sector Development Office (GDSE) have joined hands again to organize this year’s “Macao Energy Saving Contest”, along with six co-organizers, namely the General Residents Association of Macao, Macao Property Management Business Association, Macau Restaurant Merchants Association, Macao Hoteliers & Innkeepers Association, Macao Association of Building Contractors and Developers, and Association of Macau Small and Medium Enterprises of Catering.

The press conference was held at 3:30pm. Officiating guests included Andy Lei Chu San, GDSE Technical Consultant, Lei U Weng, President of the United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macao, Chan Pou Sam, General Residents Association Building Administration and Resources Centre Supervisor, Chow Cheok, Vice President of the Property Management Business Association Macao, as well as Advisor to the CEM Executive Committee Iun Iok Meng, CEM Customer Services Department Senior Manager Keegan Cheang and CEM Communications and Public Affairs Senior Manager Cecilia Nip.

The Contest, lasting for a period of six months, will officially be launched this June. It will contain the following categories: Residential Group (subscribed demand<130 kVA), Public Building Facilities Group (subscribed demand <130 kVA), Restaurant Group A (subscribed demand <130 kVA), Restaurant Group B (subscribed demand ≥130 kVA), Hotel Group A (subscribed demand ≤340 kVA), Hotel Group B (subscribed demand >340 kVA and ≤3,200 kVA), and Hotel Group C (subscribed demand >3,200 kVA). Comparison will be based on the six consecutive billing months of electricity consumption from June to November 2012 with the same period in 2011, and those who save the highest percentage of energy will be the winners of the Contest.

Iun Iok Meng indicated that CEM has been dedicated to promoting energy saving via diversified means, and it has been proposing the staging of the Energy Saving Contest every year since 2009. The Contest this year, which has gained support from the government and associations, will help advocate energy saving awareness to citizens, hotel and catering industries and property management companies. CEM hopes that all parties in the society can do their part in making Macao a true “energy-saving” city.

During the press conference, Cecilia Nip introduced to the attendees the application procedures and rules about the newly-added “Residential Group” category this year. Residential customers can enrol online starting from today until July 15. Winners of the “Residential Group” category will be awarded cash prizes as recognition, with MOP3,000, MOP2,000 and MOP1,000 given to winners of Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards, respectively. In addition, 15 Excellence Awards will be presented with cash prize of MOP500 each.

Residential customers can refer to the “Macao Energy Saving Contest 2012” on to learn more details about the Contest, and enrol via the website. Participants who are contract holders can check their power consumption status during the contest period.

Keegan Cheang said that this year, the contest will also include three categories—“Public Building Facilities Group”, “Restaurants Group” and “Hotels Group”. The registration date is set from April 15 to July 15. All hotels, restaurants, building property owners and property management companies in Macao are welcomed to enrol in the Contest through the organizers or co-sponsors. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and an Excellence award will be presented for each category. Each winner will be granted a trophy. In addition, an extra “Energy-saving Concept” award is established to crown the winner from the “Hotels” category. Contestants for the “Energy-saving Concept” award are required to submit relevant information concerning the installation of the equipment, energy-saving measures and energy management before October 30, 2012 in order to compete for the award.

To ensure the impartiality of the Contest, the organizers have invited a jury to make the final judgment. The jury consists of representatives from local associations of Macao, including Macau Consumer Council, Macau Energy Saving Association, Macao Association of Consumers of Public Utility Companies, Macao Electromechanics Professionals Association, and Macau Construction Association and Macao Association of Building Contractors and Developers. The result of the Contest will be announced at the end of 2012.

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