The remaining obstacle to building 775 MW of wind plant in the Arcos grid zone in Andalucia in the next two years has been removed. The zone covers the province of Cadíz and is the largest of five zones in Andalucia. They were defined with the aim of fast tracking wind plant connection to the grid (Windpower Monthly, December 2004). Last month the zone decided which projects would be granted grid connection concessions under its 775 MW cap, leaving developers of hundreds of unsuccessful wind projects out in the cold. The Arcos megawatts are on top of 1707 MW of grid concessions granted in Andalucia by November. Arcos was the last of the five to make agreements. Developers are confident of receiving the all clear from the Andalucian government. The remaining hurdle is to increase network capacity. The next step is for all five grid zones to agree to pool resources to pay for the EUR 103 million in electrical infrastructure. As each developer will have to pay in proportion to its allocated megawatt negotiations are expected to be easy. Though no project developer list has been made public, utility Endesa is expected to be the main beneficiary, followed by Dutch utility Nuon and Spanish Gamesa.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol