Enel starts construction in U.S. of its largest wind farm leveraging new offtake strategy

Published on Thursday, 10 January 2019

“The start of construction of our largest wind project to-date represents a major commitment to growing our business in the US and specifically in Texas. The project underscores our ability to work with partners to tailor energy solutions to fit their needs and continue to manage and deliver to our customers the complex deals necessary in today’s evolving energy market. We look forward to continuing to serve as the partner of choice, dedicated to delivering a sustainable energy future”

– Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power

Investment in the construction of High Lonesome amounts to approximately 600 million US dollars and is part of the investment outlined in Enel’s 2019-2021 strategic plan. The project is currently financed through the Group’s own resources and is expected to enter into operations by the end of 2019. Once fully operational, the wind farm will be able to generate around 1.7 TWh annually, while avoiding the emission of over 1.1 million tons of CO2 per year.

Enel has entered into a PRS for a 295 MW portion of the project with insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, Inc.'s Alternative Risk Transfer unit (Allianz), and Nephila Climate, a provider of weather and climate risk management products. The PRS is a financial derivative agreement designed to produce stable revenues for the project regardless of power price fluctuations and weather-driven intermittency, hedging shape risk in addition to risk associated to price and volume. 

Under this agreement, High Lonesome will receive fixed payments based on the expected value of future energy production, with adjustments payed depending on how the realised proxy revenue of the project differs from the fixed payment. The PRS for High Lonesome, which is the largest by capacity for a single plant globally and the first agreement of its kind for Enel, was executed in collaboration with REsurety, Inc., a leader in renewable energy risk management and information services.

“Renewable energy projects are under increasing pressure to deliver predictable returns despite the increasing volatility of the value of intermittent generation. We developed the Proxy Revenue Swap specifically to deliver unrivalled certainty of cash flows, regardless of power price volatility and weather-driven intermittency. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Enel, Allianz and Nephila to bring the largest PRS transaction to fruition”

– Lee Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO, REsurety

In Texas, Enel currently operates the 63 MW Snyder wind farm, located in Scurry County.