First organized in 1995 at the height of the worst power crisis of the country, POWERTRENDS thrived as a collaboration with the then newly-organized Department of Energy along with the National Power Corporation. Since then, POWERTRENDS has become a part of the history of the Philippine energy sector.
From acute blackouts up to the entry of the Build-Operate Transfer (BOT) program of power plants – and onward to the passage and enforcement of the EPIRA Law that ushered in the privatization of the country’s power assets, to the passage and promotion of the Renewable Energy Act and through the series of bid rounds on oil and gas resources’ exploration and development, we have been there not just to witness the unfolding of trends as well as the rewiring of investment strategies and approaches in the Philippine energy sector, but more importantly, in providing a venue for potent discussions and debates for highly warranted policy and regulatory frameworks for the industry.
The last POWERTRENDS edition held in 2019 before the pandemic covered 2,850 sq.m. of the SMX Convention Center in Manila, Philippines and attracted 4,625 trade visitors. The conference was attended by 249 senior officials from government and the private sector. Attendees came from the U.S. U.K., Germany, Netherlands, Japan, China, Philippines, Finland and others.
The POWERTRENDS also flourished as a proficient partner to the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) through the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) that was last held in Manila in September 2017, when the Philippine government played host to the ASEAN Leaders Summit that year.