Wind Wire: Island wind

The allocation of contracts for 440 MW of wind development on the Canary Islands resulting from a call for proposals issued by the regional government of the Spanish islands, located off the west coast of north Africa, is close to completion.

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So far 248 MW has been awarded, with the winning bids for the remaining 192 MW expected to be announced in the autumn. Of the capacity allocated so far, the biggest slice is in Tenerife, where 170 MW has been split across 11 projects proposed by seven companies and developer consortia. Of these, the biggest winner is Enel-Union Fenosa Energias Renovables (EUFER), a joint venture between Italian and Spanish utilities Enel and Gas Natural (which recently absorbed utility Union Fenosa).

EUFER was awarded 32 MW. Most of the rest went to small regional consortia, apart from 16 MW won by Spanish utility Endesa, now controlled by Enel (page 28). No more than 10 MW has been awarded to any developer winning concessions for projects on four other islands: Lanzarote (37 MW); Fuerteventura (30 MW); La Palma (7 MW) and La Gomera (4 MW). The remaining 192 MW yet to be resolved is all for the island of Gran Canaria. After that, the regional government will start work on plans to issue a new call for tenders as part of its goal to achieve 1025 MW of wind capacity, up from just 134 MW in the island region at present.


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