On 05 November 2014, EDC Burgos Wind Power Corporation (EBWPC), an affiliate of Energy Development Corporation (EDC), informed the Department of Energy (DOE) that its 150 megawatts (MW) Burgos Wind Project had achieved successful commissioning. Under the DOE’s Guidelines for the Selection Process of Renewable Energy Projects Under Feed-In Tariff System and the Award of Certificate for Feed-In Tariff Eligibility, successful commissioning means that the renewable energy project “is now physically connected to the Grid” and is “delivering power to the transmission system.”
The successful commissioning followed the DOE’s nomination of the Project to the Energy Regulatory Commission as an eligible project under the Feed-In Tariff System, Phase 1 (87 MW) and Phase 2 (63 MW) of the Project, all having achieved the requisite 80% electro mechanical completion on 25 September 2014 and 10 October 2014. To date, the Project is the only project that has been nominated by the DOE to the ERC.
The Burgos Wind Project is also the first project intended to be under the Feed-In Tariff System to achieve successful commissioning. It features 50 units of Vestas V90 3 MW wind turbines. Vestas is the world’s number one wind turbine manufacturer. Vestas has already issued commissioning certificates for each of the 50 turbines, which were furnished to the DOE as vital substantiation of successful commissioning.
Under its guidelines, the DOE, upon verification of the successful commissioning, will issue a Certificate of Endorsement for Feed-In-Tariff Eligibility to the Energy Regulatory Commission.
As demonstration of EDC’s strong commitment to heed the government’s call in the Renewable Energy Act to invest in emerging renewable resources, EDC has invested US$450 Million in the Project and recently closed a US$315 Million financing deal with the support of EKF, Denmark’s export credit agency, and a group of leading international and local banks.
The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is a pioneer in generating 100% clean, renewable, and reliable power as an electricity supplier in the Philippines for over 40 years. With power plants all over Visayas and Mindanao, the company is one of the biggest producers of geothermal energy in Asia and is expanding its reach in the international market, allowing it to offer customers affordable energy rates. EDC also strives to provide the best customer service it can to all its clients by having helpful salespeople and easy to understand contracts. Because of all of this, it is poised to become the premier supplier of electricity for the Philippines’ Green Energy Option Program. EDC takes its mission as a renewable energy provider seriously and goes beyond sustainability by investing in programs that enhance the environment and empower its partner communities, thereby fostering regenerative development. The company has also been working toward being carbon-neutral by improving its energy efficiency, as well as implementing various greening projects to ensure that its mission to provide future generations with a better life remains intact.