The Department of Energy (DOE) has approved the 420-megawatt (MW) Prieto-Diaz wind projects of local firm CoastalPower Development Corp. in Sorsogon, the biggest wind power project approved to date.
DOE also approved CoastalPower’s 100-MW Mercedes wind power project located in Camarines Norte.
Other approved contracts include Energy Logics Philippines 100-MW North Pasuquin wind power project in Pasuquin-Burgos, Ilocos Norte and its 112-MW Mt. Redondo wind power project in Zambales; Philippine Hybrid Energy Systems Inc.’s 15-MW Puerto Galera wind project; PhilCarbon Inc.’s Sagada and Bulalacao wind power projects and Pan Energy Corp.’s Redondo wind power project.
Wind developers are awaiting for the Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the feed-in tariff, which guarantees renewable energy developers a fixed rate for a period of 20 years.
The Wind Energy Development Association of the Philippines (WEDAP) has started talks with the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for the construction of transmission lines that would support the development of wind projects.
WEDAP members include First Gen Corp.’s affiliate Energy Development Corp., Alternergy Philippine Holdings Corp., Trans Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp., PetroEnergy Resources Corp, UPC Renewables and Northwind Power Development Corp.
NGCP proposed the creation of a new transmission project called the Northern Luzon 230 kV Looping project that will serve the transmission needs of wind projects in the north.