Philippines approves three wind projects

According to an AFP report, Mario Marasigan, the energy department’s renewable energy bureau chief, said the new wind farms will be the first to benefit from the feed-in tariff scheme implemented last July 2012 (see related story).

The Philippines has approved three wind energy projects that will produce 208 megawatts of power for more than 40,000 middle-class households, said an energy official.

According to an AFP report, Mario Marasigan, the energy department’s renewable energy bureau chief, said the new wind farms will be the first to benefit from the feed-in tariff scheme implemented last July 2012 (see related story).

The three projects, which are expected to start construction this year and be operational by early 2015, were granted declarations of commerciality by the Department of Energy, Mr. Marasigan told AFP.

Under the incentive scheme, wind companies will get a fixed kilowatt hour rate of 8.53 pesos instead of a fluctuating amount. The provision is part of the renewable energy act passed in 2008, which aims to boost investment in renewable sources including geothermal, biomass, solar, hydro and wind. It also intends to ensure that half of the country’s energy demand will be met by renewables by 2030, compared with around 39 percent at present.

The largest of the string of projects is an 87-megawatt wind farm in Burgos town in the province of Ilocos Norte, which was earlier announced by its developer Energy Development Corporation (see related story).

The $300 million Burgos Wind Project is expected to generate about 233 gigawatt-hours of electricity.

Two other wind farms of 67.5 MW and 54 MW will also be commissioned by local companies, Alternergy Wind One Corp. and Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. respectively.

The Philippines already has a 33 MW wind power plant located also in Ilocos Norte. Erected in 2005, the Bangui Wind Mills is touted as the first and the largest in Southeast Asia.

According to Triple i Consulting firm, the Southeast Asian country has huge potential for wind energy and could deliver up to 76 gigawatts of clean power. Over 10,000 kilometers squared of land area is estimated to possess good-to-excellent wind resource potential. – C. Dominguez

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