“ Best practices in the energy sector” May 2009 Ildefonso Serrano García General Director of Enercoop
The Electric Co-operative ENERCOOP bases its efficiency in a clear and decisive bet to enhance renewable energies
The ENERCOOP Group was born as a Co-operative in 1925. At present it has a consumer base of over 14.0000 consumers.
It has been many years since a group of businessmen from Crevillente joined to start up the Electric Co-operative “San Francisco de Asís” in order to supply citizens and its textile industry with electricity at competitive prices. Since then, Enercoop has expanded energy market to have a broad presence in several Spanish and Portuguese subsidiaries.
The Co-operative has presence in the Hydroelectric Power Station of Calasparra, in the Murcia’s region . The Co-operative participates in two Hydroelectric Power Stations in Portugal. Nowadays, the Co-operatives is involved in the building of two new power stations. This means that it will produce a total of eight megawatts of power.
Betting for minimizing the losses occurring in transport and distribution of electricity. The Co-operative contributes to preserve the environment across savings and better use of energy’s conduct .
In 1993 the Co-operative had a electricity loss of 11,36%. Nowadays, the Co-operative has a electricity loss of 4,25% approximately. It means that nearly 100 millions kilowatt hours purchased are actually delivered about 95,6 millions. Heavy investment in equipment and most efficient technology.
ENERCOOP’s strategic to preserve the environment :
Achievement of a policy of implementing environmental management procedures in all activities developed by the Co-operative and its suppliers.
Implementation energy projects which generate own electricity throughout renewable energy sources.
Building one of the largest photovoltaic solar orchards in Europe, with Spanish funds. It is “ The Realengo” solar orchard . This facility has 13.233 kilowatts of power. This has been generated by 59.000 photovoltaic panels.
This photovoltaic solar orchard consists of two lands of 120.000 square meters each one .
The electricity produced is 20.511.000 million of kilowatt hours annually, which discharges directly to the network of our Co-operative and transported to Crevillente’s citizens.
This facility has turned Crevillente in a city of Spain that consumes more clean energy. Around 60 % of Crevillente’s population consumes clean electricity from photovoltaic system that does not pollute.
This photovoltaic complex prevents the emission of over 18.000 tons of CO2 annually, almost 500 tons of sulphur oxides and nitrogen. Throughout our life, we have calculated that we have avoided the emission of 700.000 tons of CO2.
Our policy has enabled to produce revenues around 12 million Euros each year . At present, we have a net wealth exceeding 17 million Euros.
Actions to guarante energy supply and quality to consumers: Specific technology has been incorporated in the facilities of the Electric Co-operative in order to minimize the rate of supply’s interruption. A 24 hours consumer service system has been implemented .
The Electric Co-operative has a turnover between 13% and 15% cheaper electricity for its domestic and industrial customers, if it is compared with tariffs of the largest electricity companies in Spain.
Protecting consumers’ interest. The Co-operative uses a real reading system that reflexes real consumption of user. Despite the reading system, this involves higher costs for our company.
The Co-operative has assumed the electric cost’s increase which had been set by the Spanish Government in early January. We have kept the electric tariffs’ cost with the same prices that were applied in 2008.
The Electric Co-operative has funded many projects that seek to protect and benefit social groups. Thanks to Social Work, it has been able to build projects such as the Museum of Painting “Julio Quesada”, the Easter Museum, a old people’s home of Crevillente, a morgue or Health Center for mentally handicapped.
Enercoop Group spent 738.000 Euros in 2008 to support several social initiatives such as educational scholarships for students or activities carried out by Red Cross.
Funding other cultural activities such as the International Award of Painting “ Julio Quesada” or National Photography Competition ‘La energía mueve el mundo’, among others.
Electric Co-operative “San Francisco de Asís” considers that best practices within energy market must necessarily be linked to improve society, to preserve consumers’ interests and to preserve environment promoting of renewable energies.