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For over 30 years, RES has built up the in-house expertise to develop, construct, and operate onshore and offshore wind farms worldwide
We have been involved in researching renewable technologies since the 1980s, and we built our first wind farm in Cornwall, UK, in 1992. Within 10 years we had completed the largest wind farm in the world at the time, in Texas. Today, with one of the largest project portfolios in the industry and an asset management portfolio exceeding 2 GW, we continue to provide partnerships and services to the world's fastest growing energy sector.
While our projects are designed to optimize power generation at the most competitive prices, we also seek to maintain our reputation for providing a sensitive and consultative approach to the environment and communities.
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Our in-house skills and experience are extensive, from commercial and legal to technical and engineering expertise. RES can safely oversee projects from development through planning and financing phases, to construction and operation.
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RES has built its extensive in-house experience on participation in UK offshore rounds 1, 2, and 3, and in the development of projects throughout Europe and the United States. This experience and expertise is available to asset owners worldwide.
Rome, November 14th, 2017 – Enel S.p.A. (“Enel”), through its US-based renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), has started operations of the Rock Creek wind farm in the United States. Rock Creek is the first Enel project…Read More
Rome, November 14th, 2017 – Enel S.p.A. (“Enel”), through its US-based renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), has started operations of the Rock Creek wind farm in the United States. Rock Creek is the first Enel project to begin operations in the state of Missouri and is the largest operational wind farm in the state.
“The completion of Rock Creek nearly two months ahead of schedule is a testament to the project team’s tremendous effort and the continuing support received from the local community,” said Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power. “We are proud to call Missouri home to our second largest operating wind farm in the US. Through Rock Creek we continue to expand our geographical footprint and operational capacity in the US, while also delivering long-term value for the local community.”
The wind facility, located in Atchison County, Missouri, is owned by EGPNA subsidiary Rock Creek Wind Project, LLC. Investment in the construction of Rock Creek amounted to, approximately, 500 million US dollars. Rock Creek is expected to generate approximately 1,250 GWh annually – equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 100,000 U.S. households – while avoiding the emission of about 900,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The facility’s power and renewable energy credits are being sold under two separate bundled, long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with utilities Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company (GMO).
With the start of production of Rock Creek, EGPNA now brings the state’s total operating wind capacity to nearly 1 GW of power1.
The project also was the recent recipient of local development agency Atchison County Development Corporation’s 2017 Economic Development Award for its significant economic impact in the region during construction and throughout the life of the project.
EGPNA is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America with projects operating and under development in 23 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. EGPNA operates around 100 plants with a managed capacity exceeding 3.6 GW powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy. The company is currently the largest wind operator in Kansas and the second largest wind operator in Oklahoma.
Enel Green Power, the renewable energies division of the Enel Group, is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables in 24 countries, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of more than 39 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies like storage systems into renewable power plants.
1 Source: American Wind Energy Association
RES signs operations and maintenance contract for Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult met mastRES has been chosen to deliver operations and maintenance (O&M) services to the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult for their offshore met mast situ… Read More
RES signs operations and maintenance contract for Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult met mastRES has been chosen to deliver operations and maintenance (O&M) services to the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult for their offshore met mast situated approximately three nautical miles off Blyth.
RES will be delivering scheduled and unscheduled maintenance plus 24/7 remote operations for the structures, equipment and instrumentation systems. This will include all work on the mast together with project management, data management and provision of offshore logistics. A major component of the services will be the provision of support to the installation and maintenance activities relevant to research and developments projects developed by ORE Catapult and tested on the structures of the met mast.
This contract follows a previous three year contract term where RES provided the support services to ORE Catapult to operate and maintain the Anemometer Hub.
Filippo Di Salle, General Manager AO&M for RES Support Services, commented:
"By winning a competitive tender process we have demonstrated to our client that our experience and expertise in providing O&M services to the wider offshore wind industry matched with excellent health & safety track record and good value for money is very difficult to beat.”
Graham Campbell, Head of Projects & Assets at ORE Catapult, commented:
"We look forward to continuing our relationship with RES going forward, ensuring that the operations and maintenance activities carried out at our met mast are of a consistently high standard."
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This is what America's eco city of the future looks like
Georgetown mayor Dale Ross is ‘a good little Republican’ – but ever since his city weaned itself off fossil fuels, he has become a hero to environmentalists
by Tom Dart in Georgetown, Texas - The Guardian
When the caller said he worked for Harry Reid and the former Senate majority leader wanted a word, Dale Ross assumed it was a joke. “OK, which of my buddies are messing with me today?” he wondered.
He shouldn’t have been so surprised. Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, population 65,000, and he has become a minor celebrity in environmental circles as a result of a pioneering decision in 2015 to get all the city’s electricity from renewable sources.
Georgetown’s location in oil-and-gas-centric Texas and Ross’s politics add to the strangeness of the tale. The mayor is a staunch Republican at a time when a Republican president – and his Environmental Protection Agency administrator – reject the scientific consensus on climate change and are trying to revive the declining coal industry.
Ross has appeared in a National Geographic documentary, a forthcoming film about clean energy for HBO directed by James Redford (son of Robert) and in this year’s follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, which saw the advocate and former vice-president Al Gore visit Georgetown.
The day after we met at city hall, just off Georgetown’s charming main square, Ross was set to fly to Utah to introduce a screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Then it was on to Las Vegas to reunite with Gore, a fellow speaker at Friday’s National Clean Energy Summit, an event co-hosted by Reid, a Democrat from Nevada. Next week, a conference in Oakland, California. Next month, a green energy panel in Nova Scotia.
“You should see the fan mail that I get, especially with the movies,” Ross grinned. The 58-year-old said the decision to follow the lead of Burlington, Vermont – the first US city to run solely on renewable energy – was not the product of liberal do-gooder vapours wafting up Interstate 35 from nearby Austin. It was based on cold-eyed pragmatism, the fruit of the kind of careful numerical analysis he performs in his day job as a certified public accountant.
“The revolution is here,” he said. “And I’m a good little Republican, a rightwing fiscal conservative, but when it comes to making decisions based on facts, that’s what we do.”
The facts, Ross said, are that when Georgetown negotiated power supply deals the cost was about the same between natural gas and wind and solar, but the natural gas option would provide only a seven-year guaranteed contract whereas 20-25 year proposals were on the table from renewable providers.
Georgetown officials decided to lock in a long-term rate to eliminate price volatility, mindful of the risk that future government actions might send fossil fuel costs soaring.
Prices in the city, Ross said, have declined from 11.4¢ per kilowatt hour in 2008 to 8.5¢ this year. Georgetown sources most of its power from a wind farm 500 miles away in Amarillo and will get solar energy from a farm in west Texas that is expected to be finished next June, meaning the city can attain its 100% renewable goal even when the wind isn’t blowing. This year, Ross said, the tally is about 90%, down from 100% in 2016.
“I think it’s a big step for Texas, for Georgetown,” said Christian Soeffker, who runs a toy shop on the square. “We just like the idea of being in a town that is in some ways special because we’ve got all that green energy.”
Georgetown makes headlines not only because so few US cities run entirely on renewables, but because it has a conservative mayor willing to make compromises and fraternise with high-profile Democrats in a hyper-partisan era where climate change is one of the most divisive subjects.
“How is anybody going to compete with wind and solar?” said Ross, who has ordered an electric-powered BMW scooter from California and plans to fit solar panels at his home and office.
All the same, he voted for coal’s biggest champion in last November’s presidential election – Trump was “like, my eighth or ninth choice” in the primary, he said – and went to his inauguration, which he said was “phenomenal”, even if it cost $700 for a basic hotel room. His support is not unquestioning, though.
“When Trump was campaigning he was talking about clean coal and we’re going to bring coal jobs back? That is a mirage, that is not going to happen,” he said. “Coal is one of the most expensive forms of fossil fuels to produce. And those jobs are never going to come back, ever. They’re done.”
As for any policies the federal government might enact to boost the coal industry, such as the decision announced on Tuesday to scrap the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan?
“Isn’t that sort of like putting a Band-Aid on somebody that has terminal cancer?” Ross said. “I’m not the smartest guy in the room but it’s not that complicated, OK? How’s fossil fuels going to compete in the next five years? They’re not going to be able to compete.”
Texas is the US leader in wind energy capacity, even as many of its politicians maintain absolute fealty to fossil fuels that are a key economic driver and still the supplier of most of the state’s electricity. It has lagged behind other states in solar capacity but is starting to realise its potential.
“We have so much area in Texas that’s ideal for solar,” said Joey Romano, a 35-year-old with a small solar farm 50 miles west of downtown Houston. “Solar and wind, unsubsidised, today already can compete with coal,” he said.
Local Sun has about 100 residential customers. Completed at the end of 2015, the farm is located in a rural county that gave Trump 79% of the vote. But Romano said local officials recognised the potential for jobs and revenue and were happy to help the project get off the ground. Beehives stand among the 15,000 panels.
“We call the programme ‘farm-to-market solar energy’,” Romano said, at his office in central Houston.
Local Sun is a boutique operation in partnership with MP2 Energy, a retail company owned by Shell, and it is designed to attract those willing to pay a small premium for an eco-conscious local product, much as food shoppers might spend a little more for organic groceries.
However modest, its very existence feels like a significant marker in a city that is known as America’s oil and gas capital but is in fact the nation’s biggest municipal user of green power.
On the other hand, environmental activists worry that solar’s growth will be stunted in Texas and across the country if, as appears likely, the Trump White House imposes prohibitive tariffs on imported solar panels.
“They may harm thousands of installation jobs in favour of a few hundred manufacturing jobs, so that could hurt,” said Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund, who believes renewable energy will thrive even if federal incentives end and barriers are erected.
“You can’t stop the technology. It’s too good, the prices are too good, and people want it,” he said.
Ross agrees that market forces will prevail. On Friday, the day of the clean energy summit, Texas’s largest electricity producer announced it would close two more coal-fuelled power plants in the state.
Luminant cited challenging economic conditions including low wholesale and natural gas prices and the growth of renewables. A week earlier, the company said that in January it will retire a large coal-powered plant in east Texas.
“We were on the frontier of the fossil fuel business, oil and gas,” Ross said. “And now Texas again is on the frontier of the new energy that’s going to be the future.”