EDC’s RE plants ‘to ease power shortfall’

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Burgos, Ilocos Norte: The Lopez-led First Gen Corp. on Thursday said the wind and solar plants of its unit Energy Development Corp. (EDC), will help augment the anticipated power shortfall this summer.

First Gen Corp. vice president Aloysius Santos said EDC’s 150-megawatt (MW) Burgos wind plant and 4-MW solar plant will deliver their target capacities during the critical period.

The Burgos wind and solar plants are being operated by EDC Burgos Wind Power Corp., an affiliate of EDC.

“Anytime the wind is blowing, it will generate up to 150 MW, even during summer,” Santos told reporters.


He said the 150-MW wind plant can supply power to an average 150,000 homes consuming at least 200 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a month. EDC successfully commissioned the Burgos wind project, which features 50 units of Vestas V90 3-MW wind turbines, on November 5 last year.

EDC is also in the final stages of completing construction of its 4-MW solar plant, which is also located in its 600-hectare property in Burgos.

Santos said the solar plant is set to operate commercially in a month’s time. He assured that the wind and solar power plants can generate simultaneously during the summer.

“They will add to and augment the capacity that’s needed during the shortfall,” he added.

The Department of Energy has projected a shortfall of power supply during the summer months this year.

According to a resolution approved by the House of Representatives, there is a maximum projected supply shortfall of 782 MW from March to July 2015.

At least 135 MW is needed to meet the required regulating reserve while 647 MW is needed for the required contingency reserve.

The Burgos wind project is also the first to qualify under the feed-in tariff system after it was endorsed by the Energy department.

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