ABB will enable first digital substation in Latin America

ABB Ability based digital solutions reduce installation and commissioning times, enhance safety and improve efficiency and reliability.   ABB will install Latin America’s first digitally-enabled substation in the city of Juazeiro, northeastern Brazil. The new 230-kilovolt (kV) substation and connection bay at the Juazeiro II substation will deliver power from a 156-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) power plant under development in the area. The Juazeiro solar project is owned and operated by UK-based investment firm Actis and its renewable energy arm in Latin America, Atlas Renewable Energy. Atlas oversees more than 1,500 MW of solar PV assets in operation, construction or advanced development. When fully operational, these projects will produce enough

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EU Auditors examine wind and solar power production

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit to determine whether EU and Member State support for electricity generation from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power is effective. Electricity generation is the sector with the highest consumption of energy from renewables. Wind and solar PV are currently the two main sources of renewable energy used for this purpose and are on the brink of becoming the two cheapest forms of electricity production. The auditors will analyse the design, implementation and monitoring of EU and national strategies for wind and solar PV from 2009 onward and also EU and national funding for their development.  “Wind and solar PV are the

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Endesa boosts its wind capacity by 132 MW with the purchase of five wind farms

Endesa, through its renewable energies division, Enel Green Power España (EGPE), has signed the purchase of five wind farms in Galicia and Catalonia from Gestinver for €178 million (including debt repayments).  This deal brings Endesa’s renewable generation capacity to 1,806 MW in Spain, comprising 1,749 MW of wind power, 43 MW of small hydropower, and 14 MW of other renewable energy sources.   Endesa, through its renewable energies division, Enel Green Power España (EGPE), has signed the purchase of 132 MW of wind power capacity through the acquisition of five wind farms located in Galicia and Catalonia. The deal was agreed with Elawan Energy  and Genera Avante for a price

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ACCIONA’S El Romero Solar photovoltaic plant will contribute 316 million dollars to the GDP of Chile

This is the main finding of a socioeconomic impact study made for the company using the methodology of the consultancy EY The report concludes that the plant will mean the creation of 132 permanent jobs over its 35-year working life, plus 2,083 direct, indirect and induced jobs generated during the construction phase El Romero Solar will save Chile 21 million dollars a year in costs linked to greenhouse gases and 4.2 million in healthcare costs related to air pollution. The construction and operation of the El Romero Solar photovoltaic plant, developed by ACCIONA in the Atacama Desert, will contribute 316 million dollars to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Chile

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Ignacio Galan urges world leaders in Davos to speed up decarbonisation of the global economy

During his participation at the World Economic Forum’s panel debate on ‘Strategic Outlook: Energy Systems’ The Chairman of Iberdrola insists that the process is consistent with profitability, as demonstrated by the company’s track record, leaping from the 20th to one of the world’s four largest utilities by market capitalization He reiterates the need to electrify the economy through more renewables, more pumped storage capacity, more and smarter grids and more electric vehicles, in addition to the electricity industry having to invest some $19 trillion over the next 25 years In order to meet the rising demand for electricity in a sustainable manner, a stable, long-term regulatory framework is needed together

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Companies plan to test innovative wind energy technology in the North Sea

Companies plan to test and use innovative wind energy technology on an innovation site designed for this purpose off Borssele in the North Sea. They had up to yesterday to submit their applications for a permit to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The applications submitted will be assessed over the next few months. The party with the best plan will be declared the winner. From 2020 onwards, new technology for producing electricity in a sustainable way will be tested and developed further on the North Sea innovation site. At the same time, the site will supply thousands of households with sustainably produced electricity. Minister of Economic Affairs

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Department of Energy Announces $12 Million to Advance Early-Stage Solar Research

Program teams to partner with system operators to validate new solar forecasting technologies The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $12 million in new funding for eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation. These models will lead to more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels, enabling utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability.  “These projects will address a critical gap in our research, which is knowing precisely how much solar electricity to expect at any given hour on any given day,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “These tools are becoming more important as the solar industry continues

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Iberdrola’s Wikinger offshore wind farm connected to the grid in Germany

Total investment in the project amounts to circa €1.4 million The company has successfully connected the 350-MW wind farm to the national power grid. The facility will supply renewable energy to approximately 350,000 homes Iberdrola has connected its Wikinger offshore wind farm to the German power grid. The facility was built over the last 18 months in the Baltic Sea. By reaching this milestone, Wikinger adds 350 megawatts (MW) capacity to the system and will supply renewable energy to 350,000 homes, representing more than 20% of the power used by the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, in whose waters the project is located. Iberdrola has met the demanding time frame set

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Iberdrola, awarded 295 megawatts of wind power capacity in Brazil

  Iberdrola, through its subsidiary Neoenergia, was awarded 295 megawatts (MW) at the last wind power tender held by Brazil’s National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel). This is a major first step for Iberdrola in Brazil, after the consolidation earlier this summer of all its businesses under the new Neoenergia, in line with the growth plans set by the company. Neoenergia will build nine wind farms in the Santa Luzia area, in the state of Paraíba, which will become operational in January 2022. Thanks to these new facilities, Neoenergia’s wind power capacity in operation and under construction will now exceed 800 MW. Thus, Brazil becomes the strongest Latin American country in

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Auctions allocate 2,600 MW of interruptible power to large consumers

Red Eléctrica de España has completed the process for assigning the interruptibility service through competitive bidding auctions with the allocation of a total of 8 blocks of 90 megawatts (MW) and 376 blocks of 5 MW, which translates into an interruptible power for the period 1 January to 31 May 2018 of 2,600 MW. There were 128 consumers involved in this auction. The auctions, which took place in Valladolid from 18 to 20 December, were organised by Red Eléctrica as Auction Administrator, which today published the final results on the e-Sios website, which have already been validated by the National Securities Market and Competition Commission (CNMC). The average allocation price

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