Philippines Wind Power Generation & Future Potential

The Philippines is Asia's leading country for wind power generation

Intro to the History of Wind Power

The power of the wind has been used by people for thousands of years for sailing and ventilation. Harnessing the wind for mechanical power can be traced back to the first century AD, when Greek engineer Heron of Alexandria constructed a wind-powered organ. Windmills, used for agriculture and building, date back to the ninth century, and were utilized extensively from Central Asia to Northwestern Europe, then brought to North America by early immigrants. In the late 1800s, wind energy was finally harnessed to produce electricity.

Modern Wind Power

Today, groups of wind turbines called wind farms are used for electricity production. In the light of the global warming crisis, wind farming is a cleaner and more affordable way to produce energy; unlike burning fossil fuels, wind farms create no pollution, and the energy source (wind) is renewable.

Wind Power Generation in the Philippines

In Southeast Asia, the Philippines is the leading wind energy producer, with its wind farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte producing 33 MW since it began operating in 2005. The country’s wind farming has more potential for growth. Because of its position in the Asian-Pacific monsoon belt, it has an abundance of good wind sites, with its wind energy capacity comparable to other wind energy producing countries such as Spain, Denmark, India, US, and Germany. In 2009, the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (US NREL) conducted a study that found that 10,000 sq. km. in six Philippine regions that can sustain an installed potential of 76,000 MW.

The Philippines is currently the world’s second largest producer of geothermal energy, and the wind energy potential of 76,000 MW is seven times the country’s existing demand. With rapid growth forecasted in the country’s demand for power, the government is reducing its present 60% reliance on oil and coal imports. Featured in the country’s projects is investing in renewable supplies, such as wind energy. Expanding the Philippine wind power industry is under way, with wind energy projects planned in the Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Norte, Quezon, and Camiguin Island.

Bangui Wind Farm Produces 33 MW
Bangui Wind Power Farm Uses Vestas V82 Turbines
Images above are courtesy of Ignacio Malapitan III and Wikipedia Images

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