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EDPR records 13% rise in 2017 generation

PORTUGAL: Developer EDP Renovaveis (EDPR) produced 27.6TWh of almost exclusively wind-generated electricity in 2017, a 13% increase on 2016, thanks to a rise in installed capacity in most of its markets.

EDPR has restarted construction activity in Spain again -- a sign the market is picking up
EDPR has restarted construction activity in Spain again -- a sign the market is picking up

The company added 600MW of new capacity last year with the biggest increases in North America and Brazil.

An additional 424MW in North America boosted output by 20% year on year while, in Brazil, output rose by 9% on the back of 127MW of additional capacity.

As of December 2017, a further 828MW of wind capacity was under construction with North America and Brazil, accounting for almost 75%.

Significantly, EDPR is building 68MW of new onshore wind capacity in Spain, a market that has been stagnant in recent years as a result of the government's retroactive cuts in renewable support and elimination of feed-in tariffs for new wind projects.

EDPR also put the increase down to a marginally-improved load factor at its sites.

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