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    Ilocos Norte wind farm leaves mark on German envoy.(National)


    June 7, 2022 - Manila Bulletin

     

      The incoming Marcos administration and the government of Germany are on the same page when it comes to the matter of renewable energy (RE).

      This can be gleaned from the remarks of Germany's Ambassador to the Philippines Anke Reiffenstuel, who faced reporters in a short press briefing Tuesday, June 7 at the BBM headquarters in Mandaluyong City. The press briefing took place a few minutes after President-elect Bongbong Marcos hosted Reiffenstuel in a courtesy call. "Renewable energy is of course of great importance to us, to Germany," she said. "President-elect Marcos illustrated his commitment, early commitment to renewable energies by mentioning the wind farms in Ilocos Norte and we agreed that we need to continue to deepen the discussions since this is an area of mutual interest," Reiffenstuel said. The wind farm that she was referring to was the Bangui Wind Farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines. Ilocos Norte is Marcos's home province.

      According to Wikipedia, the particular wind farm uses 20 units of 70-meter high Vestas V82 1.65 megawatt wind turbines, arranged in a single row stretching along nine kilometers. The turbines are facing the West Philippine Sea. Speaking about her courtesy call to Marcos, the lady ambassador said, "We exchanged about the experiences and the commitment and the distribution and the sharers of renewable energies in our respective countries' power production." The Marcos camp confirmed that the President-elect met with two other ambassadors Tuesday morning; Ambassador Mohammed Ride El Fassi of Morocco and Ambassador Jorge Moragas of Spain. However, neither El Fassi nor Moragas was available for media questions following their respective courtesy calls to Marcos. The BBM headquarters also had to be closed off to media at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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      Bangui Wind Farm (Wikipedia)

      President-Elect Bongbong Marcos (right) receives Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel of Germany (BBM Media Office)

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