Iberdrola Renovables, the world’s leading wind energy company, produced 6,046 million kilowatt hours (kWh) at all its facilities around the world in the second quarter of 2010, an increase of 16.5 % on the same period last year.
Of the total, 5,771 million kWh were generated by the company’s wind farms, which continued to form the core of its business in the quarter, accounting for 95.5% of the generation mix. Of the total, 2,962 million kWh was generated in the US, 2,171 million kWh in Spain, 417 million kWh in the ROW (the rest of Europe and South America), and 221 million kWh in the UK.
The largest increases in wind farm output between April and June were registered in the US, with 31.7% (+713 million kWh vs. the second quarter of 2009); the ROW, with 20.2% (+70 million kWh), and Spain, with 5.3% (+110 million kWh).
Meanwhile, the output of small-scale hydroelectric plants – all of which are located in Spain – stood at 259 million kWh in the quarter, with other technologies, such as biomass or solar thermal, contributing a further 16 million kWh.
Iberdrola Renovables is the world leader in terms of installed capacity, with 11,406 megawatts (MW), having increased its total capacity by 1,402 MW over the past 12 months. A total of 51% of this capacity is now located outside Spain with the strongest growth over the past year reported in the US.
A significant part of the company’s growth is in the US, due, among other factors, to the favourable regulatory environment there. To date the company has already received $577 million in grants from the US government, which it will reinvest in further projects in the country. Last June the company brought the Peñascal wind farm in the state of Texas on stream, its largest facility with a capacity of 404 MW.
The Iberdrola subsidiary is present in 23 countries and has assets in operation in twelve markets: Spain, the United States, the UK, Greece, France, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, Germany, Brazil and Hungary.
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