DOE, Shell sign MOA on use of RE for EV charging stations


The Department of Energy (DOE) has signed a tripartite memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC), and Shell Energy Philippines, Inc. to conduct a study on electric vehicle charging stations (EVCs) supplied by renewable energy. 

In a statement, the DOE said that the MOA would provide “the support infrastructure for the target 10% penetration rate of electric vehicles (EVs) for road transport by 2040.” 

Key components of the study would include the supply, installation, and operation of the planned EVCs, as well as the monitoring and verification of energy efficiency, performance, and savings through the use of renewable energy, and optimization of the use of cleaner energy. 

The output of the project will be used as a reference in developing programs, policies, and regulations for the sustainable and safe adoption and operation of EVCS involving the use of renewable energy. 

Data from the study will also serve as a benchmark for PSPC and SEPH to develop and roll out EVC networks in its existing and future mobility sites. 

“These alternative opportunities could also position Shell at the forefront of their quest for sustainable and inclusive growth by adding a more compelling long-term vision for clean technologies and renewable energy investment into their portfolio,” Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla said in a statement released on Thursday. 

The project will strengthen the government’s implementation of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) with an “enabling environment for the adoption of EVs and its support charging station infrastructures and support innovation of clean, sustainable, and energy-efficient technologies.” 

PSPC earlier announced its venture into electric vehicles as part of its net-zero goal to decarbonize its entire chain of operations by 2050.