NEW WINDMILL PROJECT INAUGURATED IN PAGUDPUD, ILOCOS NORTE

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The now- famous “Bangui windmill project” the first in Asia is now extended at the tipmost municipality in Pagudpud at the remote and mountainous area of Brgy. Caparispisan.

No less than Senator Bongbong Marcos and Gov. Imee Marcos led the opening and celebration of the completion of the 81 MW Wind farm of the North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC) of the UPC Asia on November 19, 2014.

The event was also attended by the LGUs of Pagudpud headed by Mayor Marlon Sales,  Mayor Cresente Garcia of Burgos, Atty. Fred Peǹaflor of the NLREC, representatives of investors like Ayala Corporation, DENR represented by PENRO Juan P. Delos Reyes, CENRO Victor Dabalos of Bangui, representatives of other agencies and the media.

In his message Senator Marcos stressed that this green technology is important strategy in Climate Change mitigation as this will largely help in decreasing our carbon footprint.

He also underscored the importance of the windmill project especially with the looming energy crisis in 2015 wherein he stated that the Luzon Grid has a shortfall of 31MW while this windmill project has 81MW capacity.

He further announced that Ilocos Norte which has a potential of 200 MW of wind power and the NLREC is expected to establish another 70 MW project in the province.

Also during the program, Gov. Imee marcos underscored the role of the big companies as a catalyst in the development of communities in which they work with through their corporate social responsibility.

She said that Pagudpud lags behind in terms of progress but with the installation of windmill it hopes to bring economic prosperity in this depressed town as she urged the developer and investors to be committed in helping the communities in uplift their economic condition.

She stressed that “no large project or company can take off or succeed without local support as she urged them to recognize the local community from which you work with”.

NLREC President Flor Peǹaflor echoed the statement of the late President Ferdinand Marcos “to harness the wind resource of Ilocos Norte for energy generation” and now – this is being fully supported through the leadership of Gov. Imee Marcos.

He also acknowledged the support of the different agencies which made the project  possible such as DOE, ERC, DPWH, DENR, NGCP, the LGUs and other entities.

The project sits in a 997 hectares forest zone area under the Forest Land Agreement (FLAG) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Provincial ENR Office.  This is expected to generate revenue for its utilization.

CENRO Vic Dabalos of Bangui stated that the operation of the 27 mammoth turbines will assure the province of no brown and lessen the cost of electricity. (EEPatrimonio/RPAO)