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Published on January 28th, 2016 | by Saurabh Mahapatra


Philippines Now The Largest Wind Power Generator In ASEAN Region

January 28th, 2016 by  

The Philippines has overtaken all other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in terms of installed wind energy capacity.

Philippines now has an operational wind energy capacity of 400 MW, more than anything other country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, according to media reports quoting former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who played an important role in the passage of Renewable Energy Law of 2008.

The Philippines is planning to increase the installed wind energy capacity to 1,600 MW over the next 2-3 years. Zubiri stated that the Philippines has significant wind energy resources spread across various islands of the country. The Renewable Energy Management Bureau has identified at least 44 potential sites for setting up wind turbines, which together can support 1,168 MW of wind energy capacity.

The Renewable Energy Law of 2008, which also led to the launch of feed-in tariff scheme, attracted investment from several domestic and international project developers. One of the most famous example of the benefits of the Law is the Philippines’ largest wind energy projectwith an installed capacity of 150 MW, and owned by Energy Development Corporation. The project will includes 50 units of the Vestas V90-3 MW turbine. The project is expected to generate 370 GWh of electricity every year and offset about 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

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  • vm0303

    thats nice but what will we do in summertime? specially summer nights

    “THE WIND, however, does not always blow well for the
    windmills. During our hot summer months, power production is at its
    lowest because there is not enough wind to turn the blades. At zero to
    3.5 meters per second wind speed, the windmills generate no electricity.”

    nuclear and reneweables can cooperate

    • Bob_Wallace

      But the wind is blowing and/or the Sun is shining somewhere in the US all the time. By building up transmission the US could go largely carbon free with no storage, have 24/365 electricity, and pay a bit less than what we pay today.

      • vm0303

        even if that were true there, this is not about the USA but the philippines which is an archipelago separated from other countries by the sea. It may work in the usa but is much harder to pull off in the philippines

        also even in europe there are nights when the entire of europe has low wind speed

        • Bob_Wallace

          The US may have better wind resources due to the particulars of its geography. But everywhere one can expect casting a wider collection net smooths supply and lowers the need for storage and dispatchable generation.
          Honestly, vm, I find discussions about grids run with only one renewable energy source pretty much useless. It’s the sort of thing that pro-nuclear and pro-fossil fuel people like to generate.

          We all know that the wind stops blowing from time to time and that the Sun goes up and down. I think humans have been aware of that for several years now.

          • vm0303

            \Honestly, vm, I find discussions about grids run with only one renewable energy source pretty much useless\

            correct, thats why I mentioned night time

          • Bob_Wallace

            Fine, then include other renewables in the discussions if the topic is grids or how we power countries/regions.

      • vm0303

        also note that in the philippines where electricity prices are already higher than its neighbors, renewable like solar and wind have a subsidy called FIT or feed in tariff where they are allowed to sell electricity to the grid at a higher price. Its hard to convince people from the philippines that wind is always cheaper by using statistics and prices from other countries while in their own country they know about the local FIT

        • Bob_Wallace

          You do understand that subsidy programs for renewables are typically used to help emerging industries scale up to the point at which economies of scale bring down costs?

          • vm0303

            Isnt economy of scale already there? These are manufactured in factories in other countries then exported to third world countries. Those factories by now should have lots of exports and lots of production so they shouldnt need any more subsidies

          • Bob_Wallace

            It takes a while for the installation companies to get up to speed.

            Look at the cost difference between the installed residential solar prices in Germany and Australia compared to the US. Economics caused installation to mature faster in the first two countries and now with the same hardware costs installed costs are less than half the US price.

  • Foersom

    Great to see that also Philippines are moving forward with wind power.

  • Martin

    The benefits of a good feed-in tariff, one of the best ways to have investments and reduce CO 2.

    • Matt

      A good Carbon fee/dividend system gets there faster, but FITs do get it done.

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