Windmills in BLISTT broached
Councilor Fred Bagbagen has passed a resolution requesting the ACEN Corporation to consider the possibility of constructing windmills in the Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, Tublay (Blistt) area.
The resolution was unanimously approved by the city council in its regular session last Jan. 9.
ACEN Corporation, formerly known as AC Energy Corporation, is the listed energy platform of the Ayala Group. It is a renewable power generation company that operates wind, solar, and geothermal energy plants.
In his resolution, Bagbagen stated ACEN is currently building over 1,000 megawatts of solar and wind projects in the country. Of the number, 700MW is expected to start operations within the year.
Bagbagen said the city government should champion green infrastructure projects which aim to reduce energy consumption and lower expenses of the city and the Blistt area in general, citing the Environment Code of the City of Baguio and Ordinance 43-2018 which mandates the use of energy saving technologies, equipment, and devices in all government facilities.
It is believed generation of energy from the wind can reduce environmental impacts caused by the use of fossil fuels as it does not release any carbon emission.
Bagbagen said the use of windmills would help alleviate the supply pressure and also help the country achieve its renewable energy targets, adding that the country is targeting to increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 35 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2040.
Quoting the Global Wind Energy Council, he said the country may gain vast socioeconomic and environmental benefits through a more aggressive wind power development starting from 2022 to 2026 as part of a more ambitious green-led recovery from the pandemic. – Jordan G. Habbiling