Lisbon, Portugal — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 15 July 2011 – EDP Renewables “’ the wind energy subsidiary of Energias de Portugal “’ says its power generation rose by 27% in the first half of 2011, helped mainly by output growth in the United States.
The company “’ which is the world’s fourth-largest wind energy company in terms of installed capacity “’ revealed that total power generation had risen to 8,790 gigawatt hours (GWh), while its U.S output had jumped by 39% from a year earlier to 5,105 GWh, largely thanks to capacity additions.
Output in Europe had risen by 13% to 3,657 GWh, while in Brazil it had doubled to 29 GWh.
The company added that its installed capacity had risen by 24% to around 6,900 megawatts at the end of June.
EDPR “’ which has wind-generation parks in Portugal, Spain, Belgium, France, Poland, Romania, Brazil and the United States “’ said it had 376 MW of capacity under construction at the end of the first half of 2011, most of it in Europe.
The load factor “’ a measure of wind turbine output compared with the maximum they could produce “’ was at 32% in the first half, up slightly from 31% a year earlier. EDPR will report its first-half earnings on 27 July.