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Chile publishes renewables auction plans for 5,250 gigawatt-hours

Energy Storage News: Chile has published details of its latest power auction set to take place later this year that will contract 5,250GWh per annum for 15 years. The country’s National Energy Commission (CNE) said it will carry out the tender to support the government’s decarbonisation efforts and the promotion of renewables and energy storage […]

January 7, 2022 Read More →

Enel secures license to offer green retail power in Australia

Renew Economy: The Italian based Enel Group, the world’s large private renewable energy player, has secured its energy retail licence in Australia and plans to offer a unique “green-tailer” product in the local market, combining renewables, virtual power plants and an EV charging option for its customers. The push by Enel into the Australian energy […]

December 6, 2021 Read More →

One-gigawatt wind-plus-battery projects on tap for Chile, Kazakhstan

Energy Storage News: Statkraft has been awarded a tender of public lands in Chile to host a wind power project and Total Eren is developing a 1GW wind power project in Kazakhstan: both would be paired with large-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) of up to 1GWh capacity each.  Statkraft Chile said last week that […]

November 1, 2021 Read More →

Repsol boosts 2030 renewables target to 20 gigawatts, mostly solar

PV Tech: Spanish oil and gas major Repsol has increased its 2030 renewables target to 20GW, the bulk of which is expected to be solar PV, as part of efforts to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Repsol will allocate an additional €1 billion (US$1.15 billion) to low-carbon projects between 2021 and 2025, up to […]

October 7, 2021 Read More →

Seven countries sign on to UN plan to “consign coal to history”

Bloomberg ($): Seven countries have signed a pledge initiated by the United Nations to stop building new coal power plants, with the aim to gather more signatures before the global climate summit COP26 in Glasgow next month. The No New Coal agreement is the latest attempt to try and piece together a global phase-out of […]

September 24, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Europe: Overcapacity and investment fever push costs to Spanish consumers, yet Enagás profits
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IEEFA Europe: Overcapacity and investment fever push costs to Spanish consumers, yet Enagás profits

Spain’s gas regulations benefit Enagás and burden consumers

September 15, 2021 (IEEFA) – Empresa Nacional de Gas (Enagás) has benefited from a “security and diversity of supply” strategy as an excuse to build or expand liquefied natural gas regasification terminals, natural gas pipelines and gas storage facilities. The resulting overcapacity has meant low utilization rates for gas infrastructure assets in Spain, as well […]

IEEFA Europa: El exceso de capacidad y una fiebre por invertir suben las facturas de los consumidores españoles, pero Enagás se lucra
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IEEFA Europa: El exceso de capacidad y una fiebre por invertir suben las facturas de los consumidores españoles, pero Enagás se lucra

La regulación del gas en España beneficia a Enagás y perjudica a los consumidores

15 de septiembre de 2021 (IEEFA) – La Empresa Nacional de Gas (Enagás) se ha beneficiado de una estrategia de «seguridad y diversidad del suministro» como excusa para construir o ampliar plantas de regasificación de gas natural licuado, gasoductos de gas natural e instalaciones de almacenamiento de gas. Según un informe del Instituto de Economía […]

Enel Green Power breaks ground at Chile’s first green hydrogen project Enel Green Power has broken ground on Chile’s first industrial-scale pilot plant for green hydrogen production. This 1.25MW plant, which is located at Cabo Negro north of Punta Arenas, will produce green hydrogen through electrolysis powered by a 3.4MW wind turbine. The plant is also Enel Green Power’s first project to produce green hydrogen […]

September 15, 2021 Read More →

Sonnedix wins permit for 150-MW solar project in Chilean desert

Renewables Now: Independent power producer Sonnedix Power Holdings Ltd has obtained an environmental permit for the 150-MWp Sonnedix Tres Cruces solar project in the Atacama region in Chile. The Environmental Qualification Resolution (RCA) issued by the country’s environmental evaluation service SEA certifies that the project in question complies with environmental regulations and can be executed, […]

August 10, 2021 Read More →

Mainstream strikes deal for 1GW hybrid renewable platform in Chile Mainstream Renewable Power has unveiled a 1GW hybrid renewable energy platform in Chile. The Nazca Renovables platform consists of six projects, comprising three wind and three solar photovoltaic and is divided into three portfolios. Humboldt, the first of these, will provide 255MW of clean energy via the Tata Inti solar farm and the Entre […]

July 20, 2021 Read More →