THE Department of Energy (DOE) has expressed confidence the Philippines can triple its renewable energy (RE) capacity by 2030.
“Our continuing goal is to triple our renewable energy capacities by 2030. To date, we remain confident that this aim will be achieved,” Energy Undersecretary Raul Aguilos said after the DOE signed a new RE roadmap with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) mandating broader cooperation in the development of renewable energy resources.
According to the DOE, the country currently has some 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity.
The RE roadmap signed between the DOE and CCC is contained in a Memorandum of Cooperation and Understanding (MCOU) which aims to address the adverse effects of climate change in the country.
The MCOU enjoins both the DOE and the CCC to foster sustainable development objectives through broader cooperation, systematic exploitation, utilization and commercialization of renewable energy resources throughout the country.
Under the MCOU, both agencies will work together to establish model renewable energy systems, guide program participants as well as disseminate information on RE systems, technologies and their benefits to local communities and the environment.
Aguilos and CCC Commissioner Heherson Alvarez signed the MCOU earlier this month in Malacañang in line with the government’s Sustainable Energy Road Mapping Program.
The DOE official added that local government units will also play a significant role in this endeavor for the speedy development and successful implementation of RE programs executed under their localities.