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Wind Power News: Philippines


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

March 2, 2016 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

Residents to LGUs: Stop renewable-energy projects

CALAPAN CITY—Islanders here have asked top leaders of Oriental Mindoro to stop, at least temporarily, the ongoing but delayed construction of several renewable-energy projects suspected to have caused massive flooding and 13 deaths in this province during the onslaught of Typhoon “Nona.” Residents blame the P4-billion damage wrought by Nona on Dec. 15 on the excavations, tunneling, exploration works and drilling being undertaken for these geothermal, mini-hydro and wind farm renewable- energy projects. The Oriental Mindoro Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2016 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

Two towers of Pagudpud Wind Farm bombed

MANILA, Philippines – The Pagudpud Wind Farm of North Luzon Renewables (NLR) was disconnected from the Luzon Grid on Thursday night, February 18, after two of its transmission towers were bombed. According to North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation president Miguel De Jesus, it was only determined during early morning of Friday, February 19, that two of its transmission towers in Barangay Tadao in the Municipality of Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, had toppled. “Initial investigations indicate that explosives were used to take down . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2016 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

2 transmission towers in Ilocos Norte bombed

PASUQUIN, Ilocos Norte—Two transmission towers operated by wind farm developer UPC Renewables collapsed on Thursday night, following a large explosion, Pasuquin town mayor Peter Felix Aguinaldo said on Friday. Residents in the mountainous village of Tadao, about 25 kilometers from Laoag City, reported hearing an unusual sound on Thursday evening and discovered the toppled facilities that transmit electricity produced by wind farms here. Police said they received reports that bomb fragments were scattered around the area. As of press time, . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2016 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

Decades-old trees cut down from Subic forest

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: Eight dump trucks loaded with more than 100 logs from decades-old trees allegedly cut from ancestral Aeta land to give way to a solar-wind power project have been impounded by forest rangers of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), on suspicion that they lacked the necessary documents, a source told The Manila Times over the weekend. The trucks carrying the logs were brought to the SBMA-LED headquarters but were reportedly released after Olongapo City Environment and Natural . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2014 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

Protest greets launch of another wind project

PAGUDPUD, Ilocos Norte—A protest action staged by a group of residents here marred the inauguration on Wednesday of the 81-megawatt Pagudpud wind farm that is operated by the North Luzon Renewable Energy Corp. (NLREC). The protesters, composed of 15 families from neighboring Bangui town, are appealing to NLREC to relocate its transmission lines that they said intruded into their land. On board a white van that displayed streamers decrying the supposed violation of their rights, the family of Joseph Baloaloa . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2014 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

Why windmills’ power lines draw anger in Bangui

BANGUI – Residents are asking why windmills’ power lines cutting across properties in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, were set up without the consent of landowners. The Pagudpud-to-Laoag lines are expected to transmit electricity from the 80-megawatt Pagudpud wind farm to the Luzon grid. The wind farm, developed by the North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC), is expected to be commissioned by the end of November. But residents said they are not opposing the generation of renewable energy. They want to understand . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2014 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

Ilocos Norte townsfolk slam ‘intrusive’ transmission lines

LAOAG CITY—Residents in Bangui town, Ilocos Norte province, are protesting the installation of transmission lines across their property from a wind farm, saying it was done without their consent. The 69-kilometer transmission lines will allow electricity generated by the 81-megawatt wind farm of North Luzon Renewable Energy Corp. (NLREC) in Pagudpud town to be channeled to the Luzon grid through Laoag City. NLREC is a joint venture of AC Energy Holdings Inc., UPC Renewables and Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure. . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2014 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

Ilocos wind farm hosts endangered turtles too

BANGUI, Ilocos Norte—The first and largest wind farm in the country located by Bangui Bay here is not just a popular tourist destination, it is also a haven for endangered sea turtles that lay their eggs on the shore. Mauro Balualua, 45, of Barangay (village) Baruyen here, said that on Jan. 9 he saw a hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) crawl toward the shoreline and dig a hole to lay its eggs. Balualua said this was the second time since . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2013 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm project divides villagers in Sagada

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – A wind farm project in Sagada town, Mt. Province, which would be the first of its kind in the highlands, is dividing villagers. The proposed project’s wind power measuring device was felled the other week. The Sagada-Besao Windmill Corp. and PhilCarbon wind farm project’s 100 meters high anemometer tower installed at sitio Malebelba, Poblacion, Sagada was taken down June 5, 2013. The tower’s wire support was removed by unidentified suspects, leading the framework to fall to . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2013 • PhilippinesPrint storyE-mail story

Sagada town windfarm project suffers setback

SAGADA, Mountain Province – Efforts of a multinational company to build a windfarm here suffered setback when a wind anemometer installed atop Malebelba mountain was wrecked by unidentified persons early Wednesday morning. The anemometer was set after Philcarbon announced plans to build 10 wind turbines generating a 15-megawatt energy on a proposed wind farm atop Pilaw-Langsayan ridge between the boundaries of Besao and Sagada. SPO3 Bonifacio Agpad noted the 100 meter high steel device fell breaking the tower. Investigation conducted . . . Complete story »

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