MANILA -- The Department of Energy (DOE) has ramped up its efforts to build partnerships with local government units (LGUs) towards promoting the use of renewable energy.

DOE said in a statement Thursday that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the provincial government of Palawan for the launch of the Development for Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability or DREAMS project in the province.

Palawan is the second LGU to ink an MOU on renewable energy planning with DOE. Prior to this, DOE also forged an agreement with the local government of Iloilo.

The DREAMS project targets to provide efficient and reliable energy resources, particularly by developing indigenous and clean sources of power. It also aims to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the National Renewable Energy Program for 2017-2040 of the DOE, it targets to increase renewable energy installed capacity to at least 20,000 megawatts.

It also aims to implement renewable energy policies to promote the use of clean sources of power.

From 2009 to 2017, local investments in renewable energy have amounted to PHP34.04 billion. These include biomass, solar, wind, hydropower, and geothermal power projects. (PNA)