As Acciona’s wind farm El Cortijo became the first renewable energy facility to start commercial activities in Mexico´s WEM, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Minister of Energy, inaugurated a Microalgae Production and Sustainable Energy Laboratory in Tabasco and CENACE published its operations’ tariffs for the 2H18. Meanwhile, California boosts the usage of behind-the-meter batteries, tidal energy scales up to the next stage in Scotland and the world’s largest offshore wind farm opens off.

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NATIONAL

Acciona started operations of its 183MW wind farm El Cortijo. This renewable energy plant is the first one to start commercial operations in the WEM as well as the first project awarded during the first long-term electricity auction.

 

 

Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Minister of Energy, inaugurated the Microalgae Production and Sustainable Energy Laboratory in Tabasco. The microalgae production is a project developed by Mexican company Asepro Ecología supported by CIATEQ, to which the Ministry of Energy provided MX$79 million.

CENACE published its operations’ tariffs for the 2H18. The applicable tariffs are of MX$3.5187/MWh for generators and of MX$9.1257 for cargo transport. Review the tariffs on this DOF link.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

California passed a bill to extend US$800 million in incentives for behind-the-meter batteries. The bill extends the Self-Generation Incentive Program to US$166 million per year until 2023.

NextEra Energy Partners will buy 1.4GW of recently built renewable projects from parent company NextEra Energy. The 11-projects portfolio includes a purchase price of US$1.27 billion plus the assumption of US$930 million in tax-equity and US$38 million of project debt.

The Enabling Future Arrays in Tidal (EnFAIT) project in Scotland secured the go-ahead from the European Commission to move into the next stage of work. The total cost of the project is of €20 million, which in 2017 secured €14.9 million.

The world’s largest offshore wind farm of 659MW opened off in the northwest coast of England. Ørsted’s Walney Extension project consists of 87 turbines built by Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas.

 

 

Air Liquide inaugurated a pilot site for the production of carbon-free hydrogen in Denmark. The facility produces hydrogen from water electrolysis. The 1.2MW electrolyser allows for the production of 500kg of hydrogen a day.

 

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