Red Eléctrica started up a Control Centre of Renewable Energies (Cecre) in 2006, a worldwide pioneering initiative to monitor and control these energy.
In 2008, Red Eléctrica receives the European Environmental Awards for best business project for Cecre, in the "Product for Sustainable Development" category.
Cecre allows the maximum amount of production from renewable energy sources, especially wind energy, to be integrated into the power system under secure conditions.
Cecre is an operation unit integrated into the Power Control Centre (Cecoel). The generation of the renewable energy producers, which have been set up in our country are managed and controlled by Cecre. With Cecre, Spain has become the first country worldwide to have a control centre for all their wind farms of over 10 MW. On the other hand, in 2011 in compliance with the regulations currently in force, the process was initiated by which special regime facilities larger than 1MW, or which belong to a group of facilities with more than 1 MW of power must send information in real-time to the Cecre regarding their energy production.
This centre allows an increased integration of renewable energy into the system, reducing the amount of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and allowing the demand to be covered by means of intermittent energies, without jeopardizing the security and the quality of the supply. In 2011, the generation coming from renewable sources represented 33% of the total production of the electricity system.