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The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) will work with the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) to deliver targeted technical assistance that will help developing and middle-income countries integrate large shares of wind and solar energy into their electricity grids.

The price of wind and solar inputs has dropped substantially in recent years, and these energy sources are becoming cost-competitive with coal and gas for electricity generation in some markets.  Over 144 countries have set renewable energy targets, and more than 100 have already enacted policies or measures to promote the use of renewables. Since 2011, over half of net capacity additions in the global power sector have come from new renewable energy deployment.

However, the prospect of meeting a sizeable share of electricity demand through wind and solar also requires expansion and modernization of electricity grids, as well as significant changes to policies and operational practices. There is tremendous demand for technical assistance to help countries make the transition to a “renewable-friendly” grid.

CEM and the World Bank will work together to meet this demand by leveraging CEM’s wide-ranging technical expertise to support a new ESMAP initiative. The ESMAP Variable Renewable Energy Integration Program helps countries develop capacity for long-term grid planning, market design, renewable energy pricing, development of rules of access to electricity grids, and strengthening of the electricity dispatch and transport infrastructure.

Countries participating in this initiative will now have access to technical experts, knowledge and resources through CEM’s 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) and Clean Energy Solutions Center. The services provided will help countries address immediate issues and increase their capacity for longer-term policy and investment planning.

Together, the ESMAP and CEM initiatives will work to deliver the most advanced knowledge—from technical integration of VRE and smart grids to harmonized policy and regulatory frameworks—that will draw from the experiences of vanguard countries already managing high percentages of wind and solar penetration. The Clean Energy Solutions Center will provide just-in-time technical assistance to policy makers participating in the ESMAP initiative through its “Ask-An-Expert” service.

Opportunities will also be identified to hold clean energy workshops and webinars to provide cooperative training for policy makers in participating countries. Additionally, ESMAP donors and the United States will support ESMAP by sending technical experts to play key roles in the Variable Renewable Energy Integration initiative.

This collaboration will expand the work of 21CPP on grid integration already underway through multi-year technical assistance programs in India, Mexico, and South Africa. The ESMAP initiative, although still in its early stages, is already evaluating proposals for support in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Haiti, Morocco, Ukraine, India, Philippines, Seychelles, South Africa and Vietnam.

The SPAIN GREEN BUILIDNG COUNCIL®,a national, private, not-for-profit association, that aims to make the built environment sustainable in one generation, has announced that on 14 May, 2015, the Rambla de Cataluña 6 Building from Inmobiliaria RC6 has been certified with the LEED-BO&M SILVER certification for O&M and is the 101st building to have achieved LEED certification in Spain. There are now 17 PLATINUM, 52 GOLD, 23 SILVER and 9 CERTIFIED buildings in Spain.

On 12 May 2015 Spain achieved another milestone with over 250 projects registered under the LEED Programme: the TORREJÓN LOGISTICS PARK from the developer Inversiones Montepino is project No. 255 to be affiliated to the LEED Programme in Spain.

Spain was the first country in Europe and Latin America to register a building under the LEED programme (with No. 20 in 2000) and the first to certify a LEED building in Europe (2006) with the METROVACESA ALVENTO Business Park. In terms of LEED Certified buildings, Spain is the third ranked country in Europe, behind Germany and Sweden and ahead of Italy, Finland and the UK. In Ibero-America, Spain is in 3rd position behind Brazil and Mexico and ahead of Chile and Puerto Rico. At global level outside the United States, Spain is in tenth place behind China, India, Canada, Brazil and Mexico.

The SpainGBC® is the first European council and the third worldwide, meaning that Spain is leading the way at both European and Ibero-American level. This has given the country’s industry time to prepare and make progress. Apart from certifying the first building in Europe (ALVENTO), Spain has achieved the first LEED GOLD certification for interior design (the 24th floor of the CBRE Picasso Tower); the first LEED-PLATINUM Core and Shell Pre-Certification (Palmas Altas Campus, Seville, ABENGOA); and the first LEED-PLATINUM double certification, (Iberdrola Tower, Bilbao, Core and Shell and Interior Design, Iberdrola).

The LEED independent external international recognition is awarded for the most sustainable developments in: building design and construction (BD+C); interior design and construction (ID+C); buildings operation and maintenance (BO&M) and neighbourhood developments (ND). Sustainable developments are those that balance optimal profit for the entity that builds, operates and maintains, with the building that has the lowest environmental impact and that are the healthiest and best places for living or working.

The LEED system is the same in every country and awards excellence in sustainability. Within a specific market, LEED provides a private and internationally recognised certification to 25% of the developers that achieve a greater or higher level of integration of sustainable strategies in the building and its plot of land. The LEED-PLATINUM buildings are the leading example of this level of excellence for the rest of the market and there are currently 17 such buildings in Spain.

LEED in Spain is the system of choice par excellence for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the most sustainable buildings on the market. By typology, the most frequently built are office and institutional buildings followed by shopping centres and industrial buildings however there are also residential buildings, hotels, hospitals, schools, data centres and logistics buildings.

By provinces, Madrid is leading the way with over twice the number of buildings than Barcelona, followed by Vizcaya and Zaragoza. There are now LEED buildings in over 27 provinces in Spain.

The exponential growth in both certified and LEED Registered buildings started in 2008, just at the start of the crisis and we have to be able to distinguish between the products in the real estate market in order to be able to sell them. Since then LEED has continued its exponential growth.

See you at Hamburgo, México, Valencia o Madrid

This week is not just any week. It will see the hosting of a number of very important events and congresses in the energy and environment sectors.

A week full of major events, and FuturENERGY and FuturENVIRO will be present at them all, from Hamburg to Mexico to Valencia and Madrid.



FuturENERGY and FuturENVIRO support and promote the energy and environment sectors and will collaborate as a media partner in the big events taking place this week. We will attend with the latest issues of our magazines. Don’t miss them! Articles of great interest await you!

We are now in Hamburg, where tomorrow we will attend WINDENERGY HAMBURG, which will offer a comprehensive overview of the current situation and future prospects of both onshore and offshore wind energy sectors, spanning the entire value chain of the industry.

Other representatives of our magazines are now flying to Mexico to attend the 20th edition of THE GREEN EXPO, which has become a leading environment, energy, water and smart cities event. The energy reform in Mexico lends the event even greater significance and opens the doors to new investments and business opportunities.

On Thursday, we will be in Valencia at CLIMAVAL 2014, the 2nd National Congress on Integrated Energy Management in the Hotel Sector with the FuturENERGY special on energy efficiency in the hotel sector.

Finally, on Wednesday, we will be at the IDAE (Spanish Institute for Energy Saving and Diversification) at a conference organised by EXPOBIOMASA which will examine different approaches in biomass heat applications (domestic, industrial, public, private, etc). The conference will also provide up-to-date figures reflecting trends in the biomass sector within the current energy scenario

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    For many years, the wind power sector has experienced an intensive maturing process based on the detection and correction (always after the event) of problems with the wind turbine’s large components such as the gearboxes or blades.

    The resultant financial impact was able to be supported thanks to a positive global economic situation and sector growth. However recent years have seen the emergence of a different situation with pressure on minimising the COE (Cost of Energy) greater than ever.

    In addition to this, there is a huge fleet of already installed wind power assets whose value requires upgrading and protecting to anticipate any possible problem associated to the turbines’ ageing process. In such a situation, an adequate Long-Term Operation (LTO) protocol is one of the keys to guaranteeing a proper IRR (Internal Rate of Return) on the wind power investment. Detecting the correct life, applying the most appropriate life extension strategies and identifying specific life management strategies form the axis for the LTO.

    Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2014

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    Iberdrola Ingeniería and Oceantec held a demonstration on the results of the UHINDAR project, a flagship R&D initiative to create a generation system for harnessing energy from waves.
    The presentation on this €8.5 million project included a comprehensive demonstration on the functioning of the new wave converter, which is based on an oscillating water column system and was exposed to waves of varying intensities.
    The tests were performed on a 1:20 scale prototype, which is due to be tested off the Basque coast in the summer of 2015, at the BIMEP (Bilbao Marine Energy Platform) facilities. The entire development is geared towards the creation of new systems for offshore wave power farms.
    The demonstration took place this morning at the facilities of the El Pardo Hydrodynamic Experimentation Canal (CEHIPAR) in Madrid. This centre of research seconded to the Spanish Ministry of Defence is one of the best equipped in Europe for simulating renewable infrastructure in extreme offshore conditions.

    The event was attended by the Director of Innovation in IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA, Luis Malumbres; the Managing Director of OCEANTEC, José Luis Aguiriano; the Director of Technology at OCEANTEC, Martin Ojanguren, and the Director of the CEHIPAR centre, Emilio Fajardo.
    The UHINDAR project is headed by IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA, with the participation of Basque firms Oceantec Energías Marinas, Ingeteam Power Technology, Itsaskorda, Jema Energy, Obeki Electric Machines, Vicinay Cadenas and Corporacion Zigor.
    The initiative is partially funded by the Etorgai grant scheme launched by the Basque Country Government, via the SPRI Group (a company seconded to the Basque Department of Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism) to promote integrated industrial research projects.
    Etorgai is enabling industrial projects in strategic sectors and boosting collaboration between the public and private sectors on research, technological development and innovation. The ultimate goal is to exert a pull effect on the economy of the Basque Country, by promoting the participation of SMEs and access to the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for R&D.
    IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA is one of the most international companies in its sector, with operations in about thirty countries. The main activity of this subsidiary is the completion of turnkey projects, for other companies in the Group and for third parties, in the areas of generation, nuclear energy, networks and renewable energies. This subsidiary of IBERDROLA has already performed other tests at the CEHIPAR centre as part of various other research projects in which it is involved, such as Ocean Lider and Flottek.
    OCEANTEC is a company that is entirely focused on creating its own proprietary technology for the purpose of harnessing wave power. It is now engaged in its second development, which is based on the concept of an oscillating water column for use in offshore applications. Oceantec was set up in the year 2006 as a spin-off based on a technological concept developed in Tecnalia. It was incorporated in 2008 with the support of the Perseo investment fund. In the year 2012 it was acknowledged as the most innovative project in the field of new technologies by the Cinco Días newspaper.

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    Some days ago, ground-breaking ceremony officially kicked off construction of the 117 MW wind power plant, which will produce clean electricity at half the cost of Jordanian conventional power.
    Tafilah is the combined result of a four-year cooperation by a team of Jordanian and international experts. Civil works have already begun, and the 38 wind turbines will be directly transported from the port of Aqaba to the project site over the coming months. The first turbines will begin to produce electricity as from the first quarter of 2015, and the wind power plant will be fully operational by August 2015.
    The wind power plant will then be connected directly to the National Electric Power Company grid and provide almost 400 GWh of electricity per year, enough to meet the energy needs of over 150,000 Jordanians. The Al Tafilah project will also significantly contribute to the region’s development by providing jobs to 150 people during construction and 30 during its operation.

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    Iberdrola Ingeniería has begun constructing the Votkinskaya substation, the first major project within the electricity transmission grid business in Russia, after being awarded a contract worth €32 million by RusHydro, the world’s second largest hydropower company.
    This facility will become the largest electricity transmission enclave in central Russia and among the most important in the country. The substation has been designed for receiving energy generated by the hydropower plant of the same name, which boasts a power capacity of 1,020 MW, and supplying power to a million residents living in the regions of Perm, Udmurt, Kirov, Bashkir and Sverdlovsk.
    Iberdrola Ingeniería will erect this new infrastructure on the same site as the current substation that was constructed in 1963 and, while still operating, has become obsolete.
    This IBERDROLA subsidiary will tackle numerous challenges with this project, since it will construct a 500 kV substation for the first time and do so in extreme weather conditions, as temperatures that could drop as low as -38º, while meeting strict deadlines: the substation should be operative by the end of this year.
    The new Votkinskaya substation will be housed inside a building and equipped with cutting-edge technology in GIS (Gas Insulated Switchgear), which is the most modern, secure and efficient on the market. This enables the facilities to not only take up 90% less space than conventional models while better adapting to the environment but also to incorporate the latest in technological advances.
    IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA will construct these facilities on the basis of the experience acquired commissioning state-of-the-art substations of this sort throughout the last 10 years in Spain. This experience has made the company a universal benchmark in technological renovations in the electricity distribution sector.
    For this Votkinskaya turnkey project, the IBERDROLA subsidiary will handle the engineering, storage, construction and commissioning of the infrastructure. The work will be undertaken with the old substation still in service, adding a certain degree of complexity to the work and requiring the establishment of a series of stages to hand control of the original station over to the new one.
    It is also worth mentioning the elevated level of quality required for this project by RusHydro, a Russian power utility with 36,005 MW installed power in this country, with nine hydropower stations located along the Volga-Kama river, wind farms and dozens of mini-hydropower stations.

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      Luis Polo, Managing Director of the Spanish Wind Businesses Association (AEE)

      When our politicians regulated wind power for the first time in 1997 with the Electricity Sector Law, scarcely more than 200 MW of wind power had been installed in Spain. Few would have imagined then that by 2013 wind energy, with nearly 23,000 MW installed, would be the Spaniards’ first source of electricity. Or that Spain would be the first country in the world where wind power satisfies a greater percentage of electric demand for a whole year.

      If it has got this far it is because wind energy has done things properly and has steadily, without making a fuss, taken over from more expensive technologies in the electricity market so that the country can reach its energy majority and free itself from imports from geopolitically unstable countries and energy sources that endanger the planet.

      With the support of governments of different persuasions, the solid backing of companies and the goodwill of society, wind power has developed in exemplary fashion, creating a powerful and model industry around it, and always growing in line with the regulator’s aims: we did what they told us to, at the rhythm they told us to, and at the prices they set.

      Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2014

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      Iberdrola Ingeniería, in partnership with the Swedish company CorPower Ocean specializing in wave energy converters and the Portuguese marine research centre WavEc, has embarked on the development of the R&D project HiWave, focused on high efficiency wave power.
      This international initiative aims to demonstrate wave power harnessing using a new type of compact device with advanced control technology and subsequently design an offshore farm based on this technology.
      Within the framework of this ambitious project, CorPower will be responsible for designing the device, Iberdrola Ingeniería will be in charge of developing the offshore farm, and WavEc will provide analysis and validation support during the various stages.
      Expected to be completed in 2016, HiWave has a budget of €15 million and it is one of the most important initiatives of its kind in the field of marine energy.
      This project is partly funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) through one of its knowledge and innovation communities (KIC InnoEnergy).
      The initiative shows the Group’s firm commitment to the promotion of R&D. Iberdrola Ingeniería is currently working on projects in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, nuclear fusion, gaseous pollutant capture and smart grids.
      Moreover, the Iberdrola Group is a pioneer in marine energy harnessing initiatives. The core of its business in this sector is offshore wind power, where it is already carrying out projects totalling over 8,000 megawatts (MW).
      Iberdrola is also promoting projects based on other marine technologies: wave and tidal energy. As regards wave energy, the Company is building a plant using the Pelamis P2 technology. Pelamis P2 is a snakelike infrastructure capable of absorbing wave energy and turning it into electricity through a series of hydraulic cylinders.
      As for tidal energy, it is partnering with the Austrian company Andritz Hydro Hammerfest and the French corporation Alstom in a project totalling up to 10 MW in the Sound of Islay, in Scotland, which will include devices similar to an onshore wind turbine, but using ocean currents instead of the effect of the wind.
      These two plants are being developed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) on the island of Orkney, in the north of Scotland.

      The GREEN Expo 2013 opened its doors to the public yesterday, consolidating its position as the most important event in the areas of the environment, energy, water and sustainable cities.
      Taking place in tandem with The GREEN Expo is the 21st International Environment Congress, organised by CONIECO (Mexican National Council of Ecological Industrialists). This event brings together environmental experts and representatives of the the leading institutions in Mexico. With an exhibition area of over 5000 m2, The GREEN Expo 2013 is playing host to the clean technologies and innovative solutions of more than 250 exhibitors representing almost 500 of the world’s leading brands.

      Present at the inauguration were the Sub-secretary for the Management of Environmental Protection, Mr Rafael Pacchiano Alamán and the Sub-secretary for Energy Planning and Transition, Mr Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez. Also in attendance were Mr José Navarro, CEO at E.J. Krause, Mexico; Senator Silvia Guadalupe Garza, President of the Commission of Climate Change of the Senate of the Republic of Mexico; Deputy Lourdes López, President of the Commission for the Environment and Natural Resources of the Mexican Parliament; Odón de Buen, Director General of the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE); and engineer José Ramón Ardavín, CEO of the Business Coordination Council (CESPEDES).
      At the inauguration, Sub-secretaries Mr. Rafael Pacchiano Alamán and Mr Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez kindly visited the FuturENERGY stand, where the Director of the publication outlined the technical and informational work we do in the international energy sector.

      Esperanza Rico, Director of FuturENERGY and FuturENVIRO,receives Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Sub-secretary for the Management of Environmental Protection and Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Sub-secretary for Energy Planning and Transition.
      Esperanza Rico, Director of FuturENERGY and FuturENVIRO,receives Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Sub-secretary for the Management of Environmental Protection and Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Sub-secretary for Energy Planning and Transition.

      During the three days of the event, The GREEN Expo 2013 expects to receive visits from over 10,000 professionals interested in the clean solutions and technologies offered by more than 250 exhibiting companies, representing over 450 brands, from Germany, Austria, Canada, Italy, China, Colombia, Spain, the USA, Finland, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands and the UK. This edition has seen 20% growth in exhibition space with respect to last year.
      This year, the exhibition includes International Halls, such as the Austrian Hall, which features companies from a wide range of sectors: photovoltaic solar energy, drinking and waste water treatment, treatment of end-of-life glass and solid waste, etc. Similarly, the German Hall features products boasting innovative technology in the area of renewable energy, along with German and worldwide experience in the efficient use of such energy. The Italian Hall, organised by the Italian Trade Promotion Agency (ICE) and the Ministry of the Environment, Territory and Sea, features the products and services of 10 companies, with the aim being to foster scientific and commercial cooperation, as well as the exchange of good practices and know how. The United States Hall houses 10 companies with leading edge technology, while the United Kingdom Hall features companies offering products and services that focus on a low-carbon economy.
      The International Environment Congress, which features over 120 conferences, covers a wide range of topical issues and is divided into four main areas: Environment, Energy, Water and Smart Cities. Over 500 participants from the business and academic communities, the non-governmental sector, and government representatives at federal, state and municipal levels are expected to attend