ENEL - North America Going Green with Enel
Wind power accounts for the largest share of green energy produced by Enel Green Power North America, with the 832 megawatts put into service at the end of last year accounting for more than 67 percent of Enel’s entire electricity capacity in the United States and Canada. This goes together with a production of 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours, equivalent to 64 percent of Enel’s total production, which in the North American continent is made up entirely of renewable energy sources.
The growth in the wind power industry is particularly important, both in terms of capacity, which increased by 37 percent last year, and of electricity generated , which was up 77 percent. However EGP-NA works across the green spectrum, from hydropower (313MW) and geothermal power (47MW) to PV solar power (26MW), and biomass (21MW).
For the future though efforts are still being centred mostly on the development of wind power. In May EGP-NA invested in enlarging its stake in the 235MW Chisholm View wind farm in Oklahoma and the 200MW Prairie Ros in Minnesota, while over the last few days a funding agreement was signed regarding the 250MW Buffalo Dunes wind farm in Kansas.
The business is committed to its continued growth in North America by focusing on all technologies and innovating to maintain its high standards. EGP has shown in the USA that it applies this philosophy internationally, both in the hydropower, with the mobile crest of the Lawrence dam in Massachusetts, and especially in geothermal power, with the world’s first ever binary cycle geothermal/PV Solar power plant at Stillwater.