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Bongbong Backs Proposed Cebu Wind Farm

Press Releases
22 February 2010

CEBU - Nacionalista Party (NP) senatorial candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. today expressed support for a proposal to set up wind farms in Cebu to address the blackouts that has affected a large part of the province.

A recent study done by the Department Energy (DoE) showed that the province has the potential to generate more than 3,000 Megawatts of power from renewable sources.

The Visayas and Mindanao areas are currently experiencing power outages brought about by the onset of the El Nino phenomenon.

“I think that wind farms can work for Cebu. All that needs to be done is to look closely on the viability of operating one in the province. I am also offering my know-how and experience in setting up such a structure,” Bongbong said.

The young solon from Ilocos Norte was the incumbent governor of the province when the Bangui wind farm was set up. Considered to be the first wind farm in southeast asia, it has helped Ilocos Norte to be self-sufficient in its electricity requirements.

“Our experience in setting up the wind farm in Ilocos Norte clearly shows that wind energy can be sustainable and economically viable. The impact of having the source of energy near the province is that it ensures a steady and uninterrupted power supply. This is a factor that is being considered by foreign investors,” Bongbong said.

According to the DoE, the areas which has the highest potential for hosting wind farms are the mountainous areas in Carmen and Alcoy.

In a brief talk with local media here, Bongbong said, “I can help because I have the connections with the key technical people who made it possible for us to set up the wind farm in our province,” he added.

Earlier this week, the DoE said that initial studies are being conducted to determine the viability of establishing a wind farm in selected northern and southern parts of the province where consistent wind flows have been monitored.