More renewable energy projects in Ilocos Norte pushed

More renewable energy projects in Ilocos Norte pushed

LAOAG CITY — In support of the national government’s commitment to a sustainable environment, Ilocos Norte welcomes more investments on renewable energy to stay clean and green.

The United Nations Framework on Climate Change through the Conference of Parties 21 (COP 21) aims to reduce carbon emissions by 70 percent from expected levels in 2030. With this, the province wants to eliminate also its carbon footprint.

As host to a total of 283-megawatt (MW) wind power farms located in the towns of Bangui, Burgos, and Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and approximately 26.7-MW solar projects in Currimao and Burgos respectively, including a 5-MW Agua Grande hydroelectric plant in Pancian, Pagupdud, local authorities here expressed commitment to sustain the growth of renewable energy here.

Among the first measures that landed at the new set of Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP or Provincial Board) is a draft resolution proposing that the province be declared as a clean, green and coal-free province in its bid to become the first province in the country to phase out coal use and transition itself to a hundred percent renewable energy consumer.

According to the main proponent, Provincial Board member Mariano Marcos II, who chairs the committee on environment, a multi-sectoral dialogue looms as he plans to invite all concerned stakeholders to participate and gather inputs.

While leading the way in sustainable renewable energy development, renewable energy players here such as the Ayala and Lopezes group of geothermal companies are also expanding their business here.

Arranged on a single row stretching along the Bangui bay shoreline, facing the West Philippines Sea, the pioneering Northwind Power Development Corporation wind farm in Southeast Asia commenced in 2005.

The development increased renewable energy investors confidence and as they followed suit years later with a bigger and wider coverage spanning the coastal municipalities of Burgos and Pagudpud where wind blows strongest, based on wind test monitoring conducted.

Unlike the job-rich Business Processing Outsourcing companies such as Accenture Philippines and Expert Global Solutions Inc. which have established service centers in the central business district of San Nicolas town including the recent expansion of the Gokongwei-led Robinsons Land Corporation, provincial officials hope more investments on self-maintaining renewable energy projects will pay off in the long run. PNA/