Ilocos wind power to drop in summer

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BURGOS, Ilocos Norte: Due to the expected slowing down of wind this summer, wind power companies said their production may also be greatly affected although the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) remains hopeful of a power supply that is enough to cover the household requirements. Richard Tantoco, EDC president and chief operating officer, said the drop of power generated by the Burgos wind farm is expected only in April and May when winds are slow but enough to deliver electricity to households. He added that from November to March, when the winds are at its strongest, the farm could generate as much as 150 megawatts. The Burgos wind farm is currently Southeast Asia’s biggest wind power facility with 50 wind turbines that can supply electricity to 2.2 million households. The EDC is also constructing a 4-megawatt capacity solar farm in the same area and which will become operational by March. “This will surely offset the drop of power generation during the expected slowing down of wind affecting wind power facilities in the same area,” Tantoco said. On February 9, the Burgos wind farm was granted a certificate of compliance (COC), which it sought from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to confirm its availment of the feed-in-tariff (FIT) rate of P8.53 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for a period of 20 years. The COC is said to be the final requirement which wind farm developers had to secure for seeking settlement of the FIT incentives for the capacity it delivered to the power grid reckoned from operation.

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