Infigen Energy

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Infigen Energy
TypePublic (2005-2020), Subsidiary (since 2020)
ASX:IFN (2005-2020)
IndustryEnergy
Founded2003[1]
Headquarters
Sydney
,
Australia
Number of locations
5
Area served
Australia
Key people
Ross Rolfe, CEO[2]
ProductsElectricity
Production output
1,487 GWh (2017FY, p. 24)[3][page needed]
ServicesRenewable energy asset management
RevenueAU$197 million (2017FY, p. 5)[4]
AU$156 million (2017FY, p. 22)[3][page needed]
AU$32.3 million(2017FY, p. 52)[3][page needed]
Total assetsAU$1,235.9 million (2017FY, p. 53)[3][page needed]
Total equityAU$479million (2017FY, p. 53)[3][page needed]
Number of employees
50-100[5][page needed]
ParentIberdrola (since 2020)
Websitewww.infigenenergy.com

Infigen Energy (Infigen), operating under this name since 29 April 2009,[6] is a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy generation assets in Australia. Infigen's wind farm portfolio has an installed capacity of 557 MW.[7] Most of Infigen's assets generate electricity from renewable sources and are eligible to sell Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) under the mandatory Renewable Energy Target scheme, which operates in Australia under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000. Since 2020, Infigen Energy has been a subsidiary of Iberdrola.

Infigen also operates open cycle gas turbine power stations Smithfield Energy Facility in New South Wales and will take on Temporary Generation South in South Australia in 2020, in addition to a grid-scale battery near the Lake Bonney Wind Farm.[8]

Infigen previously owned a wind farm portfolio in the US. In October 2015 Infigen sold its US wind business to an Arclight Capital Partners, LLC for US$274.4 million.[9] The US wind farms are subsequently operated by Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC.

Infigen reports under the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Infigen is a member of the Australian Energy Council and the Clean Energy Council.

History[edit]

The name Infigen is derived from the words infinite and generation.[10] Infigen Energy listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in October 2005 under the code BBW. When it joined the ASX, it had three wind farms with an installed capacity of nearly 150 megawatts. According to a 2007 article, it had 33 wind farms with an installed capacity of 1,200 megawatts. As of 2007, it was the world's fourth largest owner of wind farms[11] and are Australia's biggest wind power supplier.[12][13]

In 2009, Infigen changed its name from Babcock & Brown Wind Partners after branching out from troubled parent company Babcock & Brown.[10] ASX code IFN.

In 2012, Infigen hosted its first "Run with the Wind" 10-kilometre fun run at its Woodlawn Wind Farm.[14] The following year, the company hosted their second fun run and were supported by the Greater Western Sydney Giants.[15] In both races, the race was won by Olympian runner Martin Dent, and proceeds were donated to charity. Infigen hosted the fun run in the following years in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. It was announced that in 2018 the fun run will be held on Sunday, 21 October.

In 2013, the company collaborated with Danish wind turbines manufacturer Vestas on the wind energy campaign Act on Facts.[16]

In 2015, Infigen joined the Carbon Disclosure Project's Road to Paris climate commitments, also known as We Mean Business coalition. The same year Infigen joined Australia's CitySwitch Green Office program, which is a partnership between businesses and local, state and federal governments working together to make a positive impact on climate change.

In 2016, Infigen announced the retirement of its Managing Director and CEO, Miles George and the appointment of Ross Rolfe as his successor with effect from the conclusion of the company's annual general meeting on 17 November 2016. Miles George had been the Managing Director and CEO of Infigen since 2009.[17]

In 2017, Infigen announced the retirement of Mike Hutchinson as Chairman of the Board and appointment of non-executive director Len Gill in succession to Mr Hutchinson as Chairman of the Board.[18]

Infigen is a signatory to Caring for Climate, UN Global Compact.[19]

In June 2020 Credit Suisse launched an after-market takeover bid on Infigen Energy on behalf of UAC Energy.[20] A competing takeover offer was launched by Iberdrola. The Iberdrola offer was ultimately successful, with UAC selling its stake to Iberdrola on 9 September 2020.[21]

Australian wind farms[edit]

Infigen Energy holds 100% equity interests in seven Australian wind farms for a total of 670MW capacity, and contracts two others for 89MW.[8] All of Infigen's wind farms are accredited by GreenPower.

Wind farm Installed Capacity (MW) Number of turbines State Original Equipment Manufacturer Off-take customer(s)
Alinta (also 'Walkaway') 89.1 54 Western Australia Vestas Alinta Energy (electricity & green energy certificates) & AGL Energy (green energy certificates)[22]
Bodangora Wind Farm[23] 113.2 33 New South Wales GE EnergyAustralia (60% of electricity & LGCs until 2030)[24]
Capital 140.7 67 New South Wales Suzlon Sydney Desalination Plant[22]
Lake Bonney 1 80.5 46 South Australia Vestas Corporate customers[25]
Lake Bonney 2 159 53 South Australia Vestas Corporate customers[25]
Lake Bonney 3 39 13 South Australia Vestas Corporate customers[25]
Woodlawn 48.3 23 New South Wales Suzlon Corporate customers[25]

Sources:[26][page needed] GreenPower accredited generators

Projects in development.

Wind farm Installed Capacity (MW) Number of turbines State Original Equipment Manufacturer Off-take customer(s) Status
Capital 2 100 41 New South Wales Project approval 2011. Modification approved in 2017
Cherry Tree 55 16 Victoria State Government Project approval 2013. Securing grid connection
Flyers Creek Wind Farm[27] 145 38 New South Wales Project Approval 2014. Modification approved in 2017[28]
Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park
  • 210 (wind)
  • 100 (solar)
50 South Australia Vestas Project started by DP Energy then sold to Iberdrola. Infigen is now the Australian subsidiary. Construction commenced late 2020[29]

Australian solar farms[edit]

Infigen Energy holds 100% equity interests in its Australian solar farm.

Solar farm Installed Capacity (MW) State
Capital East 0.1 New South Wales

Source: Company website[26]

U.S. wind farms[edit]

Infigen Energy previously owned 18 renewable energy assets in nine states across the U.S.:[30] They are now owned by Leeward Energy, owned by ArcLight Capital Partners. In 2014, EDPR had operating expenses of $25.1/MWh for its US wind farms.[31]

Wind farm Installed Capacity (MW) Number of turbines State
Allegheny Ridge 80 40 Pennsylvania
Aragonne 90 90 New Mexico
Bear Creek 24 12 Pennsylvania
Blue Canyon 74.3 45 Oklahoma
Buena Vista 38 38 California
Caprock 80 80 New Mexico
Cedar Creek 300.5 274 Colorado
Combine Hills I 41 41 Oregon
Crescent Ridge 54.45 33 Illinois
GSG 80 40 Illinois
Jersey-Atlantic 7.5 5 New Jersey
Kumeyaay 50 25 California
Mendota Hills 51.7 63 Illinois
Sweetwater 1 37.5 25 Texas
Sweetwater 2 91.5 61 Texas
Sweetwater 3 135 90 Texas
Sweetwater 4 240.8 181 Texas
Sweetwater 5 80.5 35 Texas

Source:[32]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Infigen Energy ESG Report 2016
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  18. ^ "Board Succession" (PDF). infigen.com. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Caring for Climate Welcome Letter, UN Global Compact" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
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  23. ^ "Bodangora". Infigen Energy. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
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  27. ^ "Flyers Creek Wind Farm". Iberdrola Australia.
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  29. ^ Mazengarb, Michael (28 May 2021). "Massive Port Augusta wind-solar hybrid project to be energised within months". Renew Economy. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  30. ^ Leeward Energy, operational assets
  31. ^ Sonal Patel. "DOE Report Highlights Triumph, Trouble for Wind Power Sector" August 12, 2015
  32. ^ Leeward Energy website, operational assets

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