Vanguard. With this initiative, the DR joins the group of countries whom are betting in favor of developing sources of renewable energy, which are environment-friendly and reduce carbon dioxide emissions and support the Kyoto protocol.
Santo Domingo. It is no secret that fossil fuels (petroleum, gas and coal) are running out planet-wide, thus making energy production more costly in detriment of the peoples economies. It is why the worldwide tendency aims towards generating electricity parting from sources of renewable energy or clean energy. Dominican Republic is no stranger to this reality, and from the Government side, firm steps are being taken towards to the production of extractable energies from naturally renewable sources or inexhaustible. Under the direction of President Leonel Fernández, the National Energy Commission (CNE) is working on changing the national energy matrix for purposes of making the country every day less dependent on crude oil derivatives. This is how government authorities are incentivizing the production of energy throughout hydroelectric and various alternative solar systems, while the drafting of the regulation of Net Measure is worked on, the National Efficiency Program and the National Energy Plan, among other innovative projects.
However, the most important initiatives that thanks to private investments, the Government is promoting at this time are the wind parks “Los Cocos” and “Quilvio Cabrera”, in the coastal community of Juancho in the Pedernales province, a compound whose construction is already on its final phase and is expected to begin functioning in August.
The Empresa Generadora de Electricidad (EGE-Haina) and the Consorcio Energético Punta Cana-Macao (CEPM), both companies part of the BasicEnergy Group, are responsible for this project valued at less than USD$100m, that amid its initial phase will provide to the National Interlinked System (SIN) some 33.45 MW of clean energy. The Park “Los Cocos” possesses 14 aerial generators, model V90, of 1.8MW that will have a joint capacity of 25.2MW, while the Quilvio Cabrera park will be composted by 5 wind turbines of type V8 that will contribute to SIN another 8.2, totalizing 33.45MW.
As soon as the generator is opened, construction for the second phase of the project will be initiated, featuring a capacity of an additional 60MW to total 93.45MW. The company in charge of building and installing the turbines is the Spanish filial Vestas, leader in wind turbine manufacture in Europe, and that will feature also equipment maintenance.
Saving fuel and not harming the environment. For the CNE president, Enrique Ramírez, the most important part of the wind compound is how it will significantly contribute for the DR to save dollars on fuel importation, that it will be environment-friendly. He explained that the operation of the wind parks Quilvio Cabrera and Los Cocos will contribute to the country saving money yearly on the importation of 200,000 barrels of crude oil, which will translate to an annual savings of USD$20M. on importing the carburant.
THE USE OF WIND ENERGY WORLDWIDE
Enrique Ramírez said that the compound will avoid the emission of 70,000 annual tons of CO2, which will help the atmosphere. Recent studies indicate that the worldwide usage of wind energy could generate a global savings of 10 million tons of CO2 for the next 12 years. Ramírez indicated that soon the construction of the wind parks of Matafongo, in Peravia and Los Granadillos in Montecristi will soon start, which will contribute altogether with 100MW of clean energy for the national energy system. The CNE president stated that with wind generation there will be cleaner energy, cheaper and safer, at a cost of USD$0.13 to 0.14, very well below thermal energy.
“The goal is that we are able to supply the national energy matrix with 20% clean energy, which means producing about 200 renewable megas, thus turning the Dominican Republic into a model country within the region”, he expressed.
With this vanguard initiative, the Dominican Republic joins the group of world countries that are staking their money towards the development of renewable and alternative energy sources, friendly towards the environment, and reducing the emissions of CO2 and giving way to supporting the Kyoto protocol.
About EGE Haina:
EGE Haina is a company in the Energy and Industry portfolio of assets administered by VICINI.
The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.
SOURCE: Listin Diario