Monday, November 07, 2011

The Philippines: Top Ranked in Wind Power Potential

     The Philippines and Indonesia have the greatest wind power potential worldwide.

     Being an archipelago, the Philippines naturally has immense wind power potential and this is largely untapped with only 1 wind farm in Ilocos Norte but further projects are firmly in the pipeline.  These include:

1. PNOC-Energy Development Corp. (PNOC-EDC) 140 MW in Ilocos.
2. UPC Asia (100 MW)
3. Energy Logics (40-60 MW)
4. A Spanish firm in Burgos province (10-15 MW)
5. Aklan project (10-15 MW)
6. Bulalacao project (40 MW)

     Further projects in 16 sites that are ideal locations for wind farms have been offered by the Philippine Department of Energy to investors.  The sites are:
Bago City and Cauayan in Negros Occidental; Carmen and Oslob in Cebu; Allen-Lavesares and Calbayog City in Northern Samar; Siquijor; Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte; Bantay, Ilocos Sur; Bani and Bolinao in Pangasinan; Maconacon, Isabela; Tagaytay, Cavite; San Andres, Quezon; and Mercedes and Daet in Camarines Norte.
     Other projects being studied include those US firm Constellation Energy Corp.  The company is studying two projects in Ilog, Negros Occidental and Bais City, Bayawan, Tanjay and Pamplona in Negros Oriental.

     The best places for wind power projects in the Philippines are found in the islands of Batanes, Babuyan Island, Ilocos Norte, Mindoro, Samar, Leyte, Panay, Negros, Cebu and Palawan.


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