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Ignacio Galán in a electric Iberdrola car

Iberdrola, a world leading renewable energy company, has further enhanced its sustainable ambitions by becoming the first Spanish company to sign up to The Climate Group´s EV100 initiative.

EV100 is a global initiative bringing together forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.

Under the agreement, sealed within the framework of the Climate Week NYC, Iberdrola will fully electrify its vehicle fleet and provide charging for staff across its operations in Spain and UK- where local EV market conditions make this possible- by 2030.

Iberdrola will also aspire towards this objective in Brazil, Mexico and the USA, but this will be reliant on national characteristics and further developments in the wider EV markets in each of these countries. As part of the partnership, Iberdrola will work with The Climate Group to engage key stakeholders in these countries to help overcome barriers.

A fleet of more than fleet of more than 3,500 vehicles across Spain and UK

This initiative will see Iberdrola have a fleet of more than 3,500 vehicles completely electrified in these two countries by 2030.

Light passenger cars and vans are included, as well as off-road vehicles used for windfarms and power line maintenance tasks like SUVs, pickup trucks and man basket cranes.

Iberdrola has already committed to installing up to 16.000 charging points at homes and 9.000 at workplaces in Spain by 2021. Beyond that, the company´s Smart mobility program for customers is increasing in popularity, which includes both the provision of a charging point and a special tariff to charge vehicles with green electricity.

In the UK, ScottishPower was the first energy company to offer and end-to-end EV ownership package for customers. Working with major car retailer Arnold Clark, buyers can purchase or lease an EV of their choice, book a home charging point installation and sign up to a smart 100% renewable electricity tariff as part of the same package.

In the US, Iberdrola´s subsidiary Avangrid just recently announced the expansion of its partnership with Nissan North America, seeking to provide 3.2 M customers and employees across New York, New England and Oregon with a 5,000 $ discount on the purchase of a Nissan LEAF EV. In addition, the company is also delivering a 34 M$ investment in the expansion of EV charging infrastructure across Maine and New York.

Source: Iberdrola

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Offshore wind East Anglia One

Iberdrola has hooked up the East Anglia One offshore wind farm to the British electricity grid. It is building the facilities in the North Sea, around 50 km from the coast of the county of Suffolk, in the United Kingdom, and it is scheduled to go into operation next year.

The first of 102 wind turbines, the so-called WTG E19, has already supplied clean power to the land substation in Burstall. Its subsidiary, ScottishPower Renewables, which installed 25 turbines on the site this summer, will gradually connect them to the grid.

With an investment of approximately 2.5 MM£ and covering an area of 300 km2, East Anglia One is one of the largest scale projects being developed by Iberdrola and the biggest renewable initiative ever developed by a Spanish company.

Once commissioned in 2020, it will be the world’s biggest wind farm, with an installed capacity of 714 MW that will supply 630,000 British homes with clean energy.

The construction of East Anglia One is driving the offshore power industry in Europe, providing jobs for more than 1,300 people in several countries – Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates – and is crucial to several sectors, such as the naval industry. The project has been a great driving force in Spain, since Iberdrola has used local companies like Navantia, Windar and Siemens-Gamesa for the development of many of the essential components of the wind farm.

Technical specifications ofeast anglia one

  • 102 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines make up the wind farm, each with a capacity of 7 MW. Once installed, they will have a total height of 167 m.
  • A marine substation (Andalusia II), manufactured by Navantia in Puerto Real (Cádiz), will be responsible for receiving the electricity produced by the wind turbines and transforming the voltage so it can be sent to the coast through two undersea cables, each around 85 km long.
  • These cables are joined to a further six underground cables measuring around 37 km and running from Bawdsey to the new land-based transformer in Burstall, which connects the offshore wind farm to the national grid.
  • Of the 102 jacket-type foundations, Navantia has manufactured 42 in Fene (Spain) and Windar has built the pilot cables in Avilés (Asturias). The other 60 foundations were manufactured by Lamprell in the United Arab Emirates and by Harland & Wolff in Belfast.

 

Iberdrola, steadfast commitment to offshore wind power

Over the next few years, Iberdrola will redouble its investment in offshore wind production, developing a project portfolio with over 10,000 MW. This growth focuses on three main areas: the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the United States.

Clean power generated by offshore wind farms are the cornerstone of the company’s strategy, which expects to allocate 39% of the 34 MM€ earmarked for the 2018-2022 period to this type of generation: 13.26 MM€.

The group is currently operating two offshore wind farms: West of Duddon Sands, which went into service in the North Sea in 2014, and Wikinger, in the German waters of the Baltic Sea, which has been operational since December 2017.

In the United States, Iberdrola is in the process of building the biggest offshore wind farm in that country: Vineyard Wind. Just off the coast of Massachusetts, it will produce 800 MW of power to cover the energy needs of a million homes.

In Germany, in April 2018, the company was awarded contracts to build two new plants in the Baltic Sea, with a total of 486 MW of power: Baltic Eagle and Wikinger South.

In addition to these new plants, the Sant Brieuc Wind Farm, which is located in French waters, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2022. It will have 496 MW of installed power and will be located just off the coast of French Brittany, 20 km offshore.

Once these projects are operating in late 2022, the company will have installed 2,000 MW of offshore wind power, after which it will add a further 1,000.

Iberdrola is seizing this excellent opportunity for growth, with ambitious objectives for new wind generation facilities in the United Kingdom and the United States for the next few years: 30,000 MW for 2030 in the former and 25,000 MW in the latter, each with different timelines.

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Iberdrola continues to move forward with its renewables strategy in Spain with four new photovoltaic projects, with an installed capacity of 250 megawatts (MW), already submitted for official approval in Castilla-La Mancha, as stated in the Official State Gazette (BOE) and the Official Journals of the Castilla-La Mancha regional government.

Two of the projects, Romeral and Olmedilla, each with a capacity of 50 MW, are located in Cuenca province, in the towns of Uclés and Valverdejo, respectively. In Toledo province, Iberdrola is planning the Barcience photovoltaic plant (50 MW) in Bargas; and in Ciudad Real province, it will develop a unique project in the municipality of Puertollano, with a capacity of 100 MW.

Puertollano II combines several innovative elements, both in the technology used and the storage capacity of this renewable project:

  • The installation will have bifacial panels, which will allow for greater production, as they have two light-sensitive surfaces, providing a longer service life;
  • The plant has been designed with daisy-chained inverters to improve performance and permit greater use of the surface area;
  • The project will have a storage system that will make the plant more manageable and optimise the control strategies. The battery system (with a power of 5 MW) will have a storage capacity of 20 MWh.
  • The start of the development of these projects increases the MW that Iberdrola has under construction and awaiting approval in Spain to more than 2,200: 75% of the capacity the company plans to install by 2022.

Plan to relaunch clean energy in Spain

These actions are part of the company’s commitment to strengthening its investment in clean energy generation in Spain, with the installation of 3,000 new MW up to 2022, 52% more than its current wind and solar capacity. Up to 2030, the forecasts point to the installation of 10,000 new MW. The plan will create jobs for 20,000 people.

Iberdrola is committed to leading the transition towards a completely carbon-free economy by promoting renewable energies and speeding up its investment in Spain, where it intends to spend 8.000 M€ between 2018 and 2022.

Iberdrola is the most prolific producer of wind power in Spain, with an installed capacity of 5,770 MW, while its total installed renewable capacity, including both wind and hydroelectric power, is 15,828 MW. The company operates renewables with a capacity of 2,229 MW in Castilla-La Mancha, mainly wind power, making it the autonomous region with the second highest total of ‘green’ MW installed by Iberdrola.

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i-DE, the new branding for Iberdrola’s distribution activity in Spain is extending the possibilities of its smart and digitalised network with investments totalling over 600 M€ during the next ten years aimed at helping the country’s main urban areas to move forward in their transition towards becoming smart cities.

 

The investments in this project will be mainly earmarked for improved grid developments in order to integrate key energy resources for the development of a smart city, as well as going towards raising the intelligence of the distribution grid by boosting digitalisation and thereby improving the quality of information and service.

Optimunm smart city model for more than 40 spanish cities

i-DE, which is already working on this initiative with a number of Municipal Councils and Autonomous Regions, expects to extend the project to over 40 Spanish towns and cities during 2019, including provincial capitals and cities of over 100,000 inhabitants, in the regions where it operates as distributor.

The work of i-DE, in collaboration with local and regional administrations, is centred on 4 strategic areas for a smart city, from the perspective of the electricity grid, which include electric mobility, grid infrastructures, efficient energy use and raising public awareness: mobility, energy and culture.

Monitoring and assessment of the impact of electric vehicles on the grid
Iberdrola’s distribution arm’s initiatives to promote a cleaner, more efficient and sustainable energy model also favour the integration of the electric vehicle.

i-DE has integrated Electric Mobility Control Centres into its 6 Distribution Control Centres in Spain with which to monitor and assess the impact of electric vehicles on its distribution network.

In line with its smart city strategy, the Electric Mobility Control Centres will allow i-DE to work with Municipal Councils and Autonomous Regions, providing them access to local information about the development of electric vehicles in their communities.

Smart grids and the energy transition
Electricity distribution networks are the circulatory system of the new energy model and the platform necessary for the transition toward a decarbonised economy based on renewable and competitive energy.

The transformation of networks towards a smart, more reliable and safer infrastructure will provide a response to the challenges of this transition towards the electrification of the economy, with a higher presence of renewables, sustainable mobility, smart cities, decentralised consumption (self-generation) and a consumer with greater decision-making capability and connectivity.

Iberdrola has installed almost 11 million smart meters in Spain together with their supporting infrastructure, as well as adapting around 90,000 transformer centres, where remote management, supervision and automation capabilities have been incorporated.

I-DE smart electricity grids
The activities of i-DE – the new name for Iberdrola’s electricity distribution arm – include the planning, construction and maintenance of power lines, substations, transformer centres and other infrastructure, as well as operating the system in a way that efficiently distributes energy among the various agents that produce and consume it.

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Siemens Gamesa continues to fortify its position in Spain having secured a new order for the supply of the turbines for Cepsa’s first ever wind farm, a project with which the Spanish energy player is diversifying its business into the renewables arena.

The wind farm, which is being developed in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz), will be equipped with 11 of the firm’s G114-2.625 MW turbines for total capacity of close to 29 MW. Siemens Gamesa has also been engaged to operate and maintain the facility for five years. The wind farm is due to come onstream towards the end of this year.

Having installed 13,000 MW nationwide to date, Siemens Gamesa is Spain’s number-one OEM, with a market share of over 55%. In addition, the company services more than 7,500 MW of turbines in Spain. Specifically, the company has installed close to 2 GW in Andalusia, which is almost 60% of the region’s installed base. Spain is also home to the company’s main R&D centre as well as one of its global production and supply hubs.

Source: Siemens Gamesa

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Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order for a 27 MW wind energy project to be located in Burgos, northern Spain. The order comprises supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines and a five-year Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 service agreement, a full-scope service package to maximise uptime and performance. Turbine delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016, whilst commissioning is expected for the fourth quarter of 2016.

With a target of generating 20 percent of its electricity needs from wind by 2020, Spain has traditionally been a strong advocate for wind energy, but has seen low activity in recent years.

Marco Graziano, President of Vestas Mediterranean, says, “This new project is good news for Spain as it moves towards its 20 percent target and helps electricity prices go further down. It is also good news for the energy sector as it once again proves how competitive wind energy is and that it can provide a strong business case where the wind allows”.

Vestas has played a key role in developing the wind energy industry in Spain since it installed its first wind turbine in the country in 1990. Vestas has installed 128 wind farms in Spain, corresponding to more than 4 GW of the country’s total wind installed capacity, currently at 23 GW*.

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LA-PARADOJA-DE-LA-ENERGÍA-SOLAR-FOTOVOLTAICA

In Spain we are experiencing a policy of absolute harassment and destruction of the photovoltaic sector, which has taken it to the brink of massive bankruptcy. In recent years we have lost more than 35,000 direct jobs, both in SMEs and in the whole value chain of the domestic industry. This is a national policy that contrasts with the impressive commitment being made by photovoltaic power outside Spain.

The year 2013 closed with a new world record for photovoltaic installation, with 37,000 new MW, and it looks as if 2014 will close with almost 55,000 more MW, i.e., more than 80 new GWh of photovoltaic electricity: figures which, according to some analysts, will double in the next 4 years.

Europe has been a pioneer in identifying the benefits of this technology, leading the development of the industry, with countries such as Germany, Italy and recently the UK and France at the forefront. In Spain, a leading industry evolved – an example of the best R&D – which has been exporting its “Made in Spain” technology to countries such as the USA, Germany or Japan, committed to the continued development of the solar photovoltaic industry.

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2014

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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 and BMW Ibérica entered into an agreement with the ultimate goal of advancing the progressive roll-out of electric mobility in Spain, as part of the commitment towards sustainability and technological innovation shared by the two companies.
    The agreement was signed in Madrid by Guenther Seemann, Executive Chairman of the vehicle manufacturer, and Aitor Moso, Retail Manager in the electrical utility.
    The agreement has been entered into for a year and will be renewed on an annual basis unless either of the parties decides otherwise. It provides a framework for collaboration that includes mutual recommendation of the products and services currently offered by the two companies in the area of electric mobility, as well as many other aspects.
    Iberdrola therefore undertakes to guide its customers towards choosing electric vehicles manufactured by BMW, while the car manufacturer will do the same in relation to Iberdrola’s Green Energy supply, 100% from renewable sources.
    Under the terms of the arrangement, the two companies will also explore the possibilities of collaboration on innovation projects linked to electric mobility and technological initiatives with a view to exchanging information and helping to improve market penetration for this type of cars.
    As part of this context of collaboration, IBERDROLA designed and carried out the installation of charging points for electric vehicles at the corporate headquarters of BMW Ibérica, as well as at the exclusive BMW i points of sale.

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