QLW at the ADB-IEA Energy Training and How2Guide Workshops for Smart Grids (22 – 25 October, 2012)
QLW supported the Training and How2Guide workshops for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks and Wind Energy that was organized by ADB and the International Energy Agency (IEA) and held at ADB Headquarters on 22 - 25 October, 2012.
On the final day of the training program, QLW project officer Jitendra Shah presented the Asian Regional Outlook for Wind Energy. He opened with an introduction to the TA's objectives and its five (5) components, and followed this with a discussion of wind energy status in five case study areas (Sri lanka, Mongolia, Thailand, Philippines, and Pakistan). He also described several wind energy updates from 12 countries; namely, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Thailand, Pakistan, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Afghanistan, India, and China and identified key "take-away lessons" from experiences in these countries.
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Brownbag: Wind energy development lessons from countries with successful RE policies? (12 October, 2012)
Why does wind energy development policy fail? What are lessons to learn from countries with successful wind energy policies?
Wind energy policy has a thirty year history starting from early 1980s in US and EU; early 90s in India and China; early this century in Brazil, and South-east Asia. The QLW-sponsored brownbag on October 12, 2012 at ADB Headquarters elaborated on the evolution of various types of policies—Feed-in Tariff, Quota-based policies and other market-based policies. None of the countries covered got the policy right in the first iteration. Based on experiences in different countries, there is no recipe for a perfect policy or a perfect combination of policies. This presentation by Dr. Pramod Jain, President, Innovative Wind Energy, Inc. and ADB's international consultant on Wind Energy QLW TA addressed the lessons learned from 30 years of wind-related policies around the World.
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Center for Wind Energy Technology (CWET) Ninth International Training Course(5 – 27 September, 2012)
Six representatives from three QLW focal countries (Sri Lanka, Mongolia, and the Philippines) participated in the 3-week intensive training on wind turbine technology and applications held in Chennai, India. All of the participants are active practitioners in the nascent wind industry in their respective countries, and were invited and selected by the QLW team in consultation with local counterparts. One of the participants, Mr. Altain Erdenebaatar, Chief Engineer of the National Renewable Energy Center in Mongolia, described the CWET program as the best detailed technical training delivered by experienced practitioners.
QLW in Mongolia
QLW Implementation Mission and Renewable Energy International Workshop in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – 1 – 5 October, 2012
Representatives of the QLW Project Team visited Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from 1-5 October, 2012 to carry out the following activities (i) technical assistance and training for the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC); (ii) guidance on vision and the role of wind for the Ministry of Energy; (iii) carry discussionson how to collaborate with the Mongolian Wind Energy Association (MWEA);(iv) resource assessment with the National Renewable Energy Center (NREC); (v) National Wind Energy Stakeholder dialogue on how to develop the wind energy roadmap;(vi) sharing of QLW Mongolia consultant Mr. Erdenebaatar's experiences from the Center for Wind Energy & Technology (CWET) training in India; and, (vii) Site Visit to Salkhit wind farm.
QLW in the Philippines
Philippine Wind Energy Stakeholders Meeting – 27 November, 2012
Quantum Leap in Wind hosted the latest Philippine Wind Energy Stakeholders Meeting on November 27 2012 at ADB Headquarters.
The meeting was well-attended, with more than 20 public and private sector participants actively contributing to the discussions which covered the process of updating the Philippine Wind Energy Roadmap, updates on the Feed-in-Tariff eligibility guidelines, and other wind energy concerns.
Mr. Rommel Reyes of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines also shared his experiences from the September 2012 technical training on wind power development at the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET) in Chennai, India.
The main takeaways from the meeting were: (i) there is a need to correct the public impression that there is a 1:1 ancillary requirement for every unit of installed renewable energy capacity; (ii) a steering committee has to be created for the wind roadmap updating; and, (iii) the feed-in-tariff eligibility guidelines have been endorsed for approval to the Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary.
Mission to the Philippine Provinces of Ilocos Norte and Cagayan as Potential Areas for Wind Resource Assessment Campaign – 18 October, 2012
The mission to the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Cagayan in northern Luzon was undertaken to assess the suitability of these areas as potential wind resource assessment campaign sites under the QLW TA. Bangui in Ilocos Norte is the site of the largest wind farm installation in the Philippines, the 33 MW Bangui Wind Farm operated by Northwind Power Corporation. The coastal area of Cagayan province, on the other hand, hosts ten pre-development wind resource service contracts awarded by the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) because of the good wind power potential based on the 2001 NREL wind resource map.
The mission was organized in coordination with the Wind Energy Developer Association of the Philippines (WEDAP), Northwind Power Development Corporation, and Alternergy Philippine Holdings Corporation. Alternergy is a wind developer that, based on DOE records, has been awarded three wind service contracts in Ilocos Norte and Cagayan. The mission included visits to sites where Alternergy had installed a met-mast (Sta. Prexedes, Cagayan & Pagudpud wind power project) and are still undertaking wind resource assessment (Appari Wind project in Ballesteros, Cagayan).
Training for the Wind Energy Development Association of the Philippines (WEDAP) – 17 October, 2012
QLW's international consultant, Dr. Pramod Jain, conducted a one-day training on October 17, 2012 for members of the Wind Energy Development Association of the Philippines (WEDAP). Participants of the training had the opportunity to discuss Bankable Wind Resource Assessment and increase their understanding of the role of wind resource assessment (WRA), the three levels of WRA, factors that influence wind energy production, losses in energy production, and the uncertainty associated with WRA. The importance of securing and presenting high-quality wind resource assessment data to be able to secure debt financing from lending institutions was stressed during the training.
The training also covered the input parameters, results and an excel demonstration of a financial analysis model for wind projects.
Third General Wind Stakeholders meeting – 11 October, 2012
QLW sponsored the third general Philippine Wind Stakeholders meeting on October 11, 2012 at ADB Headquarters. The meeting was attended by representatives of the DOE and other concerned government agencies, private wind energy project developers, and academic institutions, among others. Items on the agenda for this meeting were: (i) Use of Wind Data; (ii) Site selection for the reference met-masts; (iii) The institution for managing long-term wind data & roles of the different stakeholders; (iv) various implementation Issues and Concerns; and, (v) finalization of the next meeting's agenda.
Second General Wind Stakeholders meeting – 6 September, 2012
The stakeholders' meeting was organized by the QLW team and DOE, and was held at DOE Headquarters in Taguig City. Discussions during the meeting covered configuration (height and type) of the project's reference met-masts based the set of criteria and cost estimates developed by the QLW team; procedures and criteria to identify the locations of the met-masts; options for institutions that will handle data management, particularly after closing of the QLW technical assistance; and data sharing by stakeholders for the updating of the Philippine wind resource map.
Training Seminar/Workshop on Wind Energy Project Development – 5 September, 2012
The TA supported the Training Seminar on Wind Energy Project Development which was held at the UP National Engineering Center, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.
Topics included an overview of the National Renewable Energy Program & RE Law of the Philippines by Atty. Pete Maniego of the Philippines National Renewable Energy Board; Case Study of the Puerto Galera 16 Wind Project by Felix Ople; "Wind Resource Assessment Theory vs. Practice and lessons learned" by Felix Ople; Wind Turbine Generator Technology by Carlos Carrion from GAMESA; Wind-Diesel Hybrid Power Systems by Felix Ople; and, Wind project siting, interconnection, transmission and connectivity by Othello Baronia of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Mr. Carlo Borlaza, QLW national consultant for the Philippines, represented the project during the event.
Read an overview of the event.