TO ADDRESS the expected power shortage next year, Ilocos Norte is coming up with solar and wind farms which will be fully operational in the last quarter of the year as probable alternative sources.
Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) board president Rey Lazo said they are hopeful that the power produced from renewable energy facilities in Ilocos Norte “would fill in the power shortage that is expected to occur in summer next year”.
“Ilocos Norte’s solar and wind farms are being readied and we expect that these will be fully operational this year as alternative sources of power supply in response to projected power shortage anytime soon,” Lazo said.
He said that whatever energy output from these renewable energy plants, it will help supply a part of the forecast power shortage problem next year.
Energy executives said waiting in the wings to be fully operational this year is the $300-million Burgos Wind Project of the Energy Development Corp. that will produce 87 megawatt.
Other projects soon to open are the Pagudpud Wind Farm operated by Northern Luzon UPC Asia Corp. that will produce 81MW and solar farms capable of 4MW in the towns of Burgos and Currimao.
INEC said Bangui town is home to a $75-million, 33MW wind farm operated by the Northwind Power Development Corp.
Lazo said the power generated from the renewable energy plants goes directly to the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WSEM) for sale.
“Our electric cooperative might buy it at a lower cost as we pay a lower transmission charge due to the proximity of these plants to us,” he said.
INEC has an existing contract with the San Miguel Energy Corporation (SMEC) as power generator.