Enel is a clean energy leader and innovator that’s electrifying the economy in North America with a mission to combat the climate crisis and build a low-carbon future. For over 20 years, Enel has advanced the economic, social and environmental benefits of clean electrification in the US and Canada. Enel provides a full spectrum of integrated energy services to help companies, cities and utilities reduce their carbon emissions and maximize the benefits of electrification through utility-scale renewable energy and storage, flexible energy resources, energy management, electric transportation and grid digitalization.
Through its Enel Green Power business line, Enel is a developer, long-term owner and operator of renewable energy plants across the US and Canada with a presence in 14 US states and one Canadian province. The company operates 64 plants with a managed capacity of over 7.6 GW powered by renewable wind, geothermal and solar energy. Enel operates the Cove Fort geothermal plant in Beaver County, Utah and is developing solar projects elsewhere in the state.
Cove Fort is the world’s first large-scale power generation facility to successfully combine geothermal with hydropower technology. Enel added a fully submersible downhole generator technology to a geothermal injection well, combining geothermal and hydroelectric power at one site. The cutting-edge generator used at Cove Fort captures the energy of the water flowing back into the earth to generate additional power, while also better controlling the flow of brine back into the ground. The downhole generator creates backpressure within the injection well that prevents two-phase flow and the associated vibration and potential for damage. The result is a first-of-its-kind innovation that can reduce operational and maintenance expenses, while also having the potential to generate additional revenues.
Enel Green Power invests in the sustainability of its host communities and identifies areas to create shared value with local partners. As part of its local engagement around Cove Fort, Enel has invested in STEM education programs through organizations including Beaver County 4H and Utah State University.
Enel partners with FORGE for geothermal-focused STEM education initiatives in Beaver County, using creative instructional methods like a song contest to engage students in the world of renewable energy. More initiatives as part of this partnership are in development.
Globally, Enel is the largest European utility by ordinary EBITDA, and is present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with around 89 GW of installed capacity. Enel’s renewables arm Enel Green Power is the world’s largest renewable private player, with around 50 GW of wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower plants installed in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The company’s geothermal portfolio includes the oldest geothermal plant in the world, located in Italy.