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The Chairman of Red Eléctrica visits ACCIONA's Renewable Energy Control Center

09/12/2017

The CECOER supervises the operation of more than 400 renewables plants in 18 countries, totaling 13,300 MW

José Folgado, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Red Eléctrica de España (REE), visited ACCIONA’s Renewable Energy Control Center (CECOER) today. The center monitors and controls the operation of all the group’s plants around the world, as well as those of other operators the company provides this service to.

Accompanied by Juan Otazu, Chief Production Officer of ACCIONA Energía, and Santxo Laspalas, the company’s Operations Control Officer, Mr. Folgado received detailed information on the center, where the operation of over 400 wind farms, hydro, photovoltaic, CSP and biomass plants in 18 countries on the five continents is supervised in real time. Together, they represent a capacity of 13,300 MW, plus 268 transformer substations.

The CECOER was a pioneer in obtaining accreditation from REE –the sole transmission agent and operator (TSO) of the Spanish electricity system– as a control center for renewable generation plants. The center sends REE real-time data on each plant, allowing the calculation of the amount of electric power that can be incorporated into the national grid at any time without jeopardizing its security. ACCIONA has also been a pioneer in the provision of ancillary services to the transmission system through wind farms (more than 2,700 MW accredited by REE to date), as well as 350 MW of hydro power.

Staffed by a team of 70 people and operating 24 hours per day/365 days per year, the CECOER detects more than half a million incidents per year in the plants it controls. More than 60 per cent of them are resolved by remote control, and the rest in coordination with local maintenance teams. One of its many functions is the programming of production, based on in-house forecasting models for wind, water and solar radiation.

 

Photo caption:REE Chairman José Folgado (in the middle) visiting the CECOER

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