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Kincardine Offshore Floating Wind Farm Completed (Int'l.)
Kincardine Offshore Wind,Pilot Offshore Renewables
Date: 2021-08-27
Spring, Texas-based ABS Class Services is reporting construction of the 48 MW Kincardine Offshore floating Wind farm off the coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland has been completed. The project incorporates a 2MW Vestas turbine in addition to five 9.5 MW Vestas turbines and is expected to generate up to 218 GWh of electricity per -- sufficient power for 55,000 Scottish households.

The project was developed by Kincardine Offshore Wind, a wholly-owned subsidiary of of Edinburgh, Scotland-based Pilot Offshore Renewables. Cobra Wind, a subsidiary of ACS Group, is responsible for the engineering, design, supply, construction, and commissioning .

"ABS is the global leader in the Classification of floating offshore wind, with our Guide used for more than 80MW of floating turbines now installed," according to ABS VP Global Offshore, Matthew Tremblay. (Source: ABS Class Services, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: ABS Class Services, Matthew Tremblay, 281-877-6000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kincardine Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  Pilot Offshore Renewables ,  

Eagle's Nest Lands Energy-Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2021-08-25
In the Badger State, the Riverwood Senior Living-Eagle's Nest is discovering first-hand how "Focus On Energy" worked with Wisconsin Dells Power and Light and Alliant Energy incentives for using energy-efficient equipment including: LED lighting; occupancy sensors with in-place switches; in-floor heat throughout the building and other energy efficiency upgrades that earned the facility $10,458.52 in incentives from Focus on Energy, according to an Aug. 20 release.

Riverwood is the first senior living project in the state to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency upgrades. Riverwood's PACE consultant noted the Eagle's Nest facility 38 pct more energy efficient than what is typically required by code. (Source: Wisconsin Dells Power and Light, Wisconsin Dells Events, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: Wisconsin Dells Power and Light,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  PACE Financing,  Alliant Energy,  

Clariant, India Glycols Renewable Ethylene JV Confirmed (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-07-02
Sustainable,specialty chemicals producer Clariant and India Glycols Limited (IGL), a manufacturer of green technology-based chemicals, are reporting their 51-49 pct joint venture for renewable ethylene oxide (EO) derivatives made from bio-ethanol under the name Clariant IGL Specialty Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. has received all necessary approvals and will begin operation this month.

Originally announced in March 2021, the joint venture combines IGL's renewable bio-ethylene oxide derivatives business, which includes a multipurpose production facility including an alkoxylation plant located in Kashipur, Uttarakhand (India), with Clariant's local Industrial and Consumer Specialties business in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. To support production, India Glycols has agreed to a long-term supply agreement for ethylene oxide made from bio-ethanol as well as further utilities. (Source: Clariant, PR, 1 July, 2021) Contact: Glycols Limited,; Clariant, Conrad Keijzer, CEO, +41 61 469 63 63, Fax: +41 61 469 69 99,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Ethanol,  Ethylene,  

Iberdrola, Vestas Ink Baltic Eagle Turbine Agreement (Int'l.)
Iberdrola, Vestas
Date: 2021-06-04
Madrid-headquartered renewable energy major Iberdrola reports it has contracted with Vestas to supply 50 units of its V174-9.5 MW wind turbine -- including service and maintenance -- for Iberdrola's Baltic Eagle project which is being developed roughly 75 km off the island of Rugen, in the German Baltic Sea.

When fully operational, Baltic Eagle, Iberdrola's second major offshore initiative in Germany after the installation of 350-MW Wikinger wind farm in 2017, will generate sufficient energy to meet 45 pct of the total electricity consumption of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and it will displace 1.65 million tpy of CO2 emissions.

Iberdrola has 1.3 GW installed and is progressing with the construction of a further 2.6 GW and expects to have 12,000 MW offshore wind in operation by 2030. The Group operates the 389-MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea (since 2014), 350-MW Wikinger in the German Baltic Sea (since 2017) and the 714-MW East Anglia One in British waters in the North Sea (since 2020). At different stages of planning and development are 496-MW Saint-Brieuc project, off the coast of Brittany in northern France, which will use 62 Siemens-Gamesa turbines each with 8-MW unit capacity; 800-MW Vineyard Wind, a joint venture with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, off the coast of Massachusetts; and Baltic Eagle. (Source: Ibersdrola, PR, Website, 25 May, 2021)Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32,,; Vestas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  Baltic Eagle ,  

Enel, Saras Touts Sarinian green Hydrogen Project (Int'l Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2021-02-19
Italian energy giant Enel reports its renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power has inked a Memorandum of Intent (moI) with energy generation technologies firm Saras for the development of a green hydrogen project in Sardinia.

The plan calls for a 20MW electrolyser powered by renewable energy produced onsite to produce green hydrogen to be used as a raw material in the Saras refinery in the province of Cagliari.

The development is in line with Enel's effort to transition to low-carbon energy technologies. (Source: Enel, PR, Smart Energy, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enel Green Power, Salvatore Bernabei, CEO , Saras, Dario Scaffardi, CEO, +39 070 90911, Fax: +39 070 900209,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Green Hydrogen,  

Wartsila, Fluence Supplying Battery Storage to AGL (Int'l. Report)
Wartsila, Fluence,AGL
Date: 2021-01-15
In the Land Down Under, Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila and Washington, DC-based Fluence Energy are reporting receipt of contracts from Australia's largest private renewable energy investor AGL to supply up to 1000MW of grid-scale battery storage between them.

As previously reported, AGL, has committed to build 850MW of grid-scale battery storage by FY2024. In 2020, AGL announced plans to build batteries at Loy Yang A power station in Victoria (200MW), Liddell power station (150MW) and Broken Hill (50MW) in New South Wales and Torrens Island (250MW) in South Australia. (Source: Wartsila, Fluence, renews, Jan., 2021)Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831,,; Fluence Energy, Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404,; Wartsila,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AGL,  Energy Storage,  Wartsila,  Fluence,  

Transportation Climate Initiative Progress Report (Ind. Report)
Transportation Climate Initiative
Date: 2020-12-21
On Monday, the Transportation Climate Initiative collaborative -- which includes 12 Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia -- is expected to announce a "memorandum of understanding" that sets the regional cap-and-trade plan in motion to begin in 2022.

Modeled on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGE), which has reduced emissions from power plants, the transportation pact creates a cap-and-invest program to drive down emissions from cars and trucks. It targets gasoline and diesel fuel consumption, which account for more than 40 pct of regional carbon emissions that scientists say contribute to climate change.

Under the plan, suppliers who deliver fuel across state lines will be taxed on emissions above limits that still must be set. Those costs are expected to be passed on to consumers. The pact is expected to reduce regional emissions by as much as 24 pct in the next 11 years, and generate up to $500 million a year for green projects.

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. The participating states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia. (Source: Eagle Tribune, 20 Dec., 2020) Transportation Climate Initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Transportation Climate Initiative,  

Climatetech Startup Incubator Coming to Houston (Ind. Report)
Greentown Labs
Date: 2020-06-17
In the Bay State, Somerville-based Greentown Labs, the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America, reports its plans to open its second location in Houston, Texas, next spring.

As the city's first climatetech and cleantech-focused startup incubator, Greentown Labs Houston will be a catalyst in driving progress toward the goals outlined in Houston's recently announced first-ever Climate Action Plan (Source: Greentown Labs, PR, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Greentown Labs, Emily Reichert, CEO , Julia Travaglini VP Marketing & Communications, (603) 867-3657,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greentown Labs news,  

USDA Bioech Crop Rule Approval Applauded -- Notable Quote
American Soybean Association
Date: 2020-06-03
"We are pleased with USDA's final rule streamlining the regulatory process for low-risk biotech crops to come to market. By establishing a common-sense regulatory process to ensure new biotech plants varieties are reviewed quickly with predictable timelines and allowed to go to market if they pose no risk, soybean growers can remain efficient and competitive through this continued access to innovation." -- Caleb Ragland, Chairman, American Soybean Association, June, 2020 Contact: , American Soybean Association, 314-576-1770,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biotech news,  Biotech Crop news,  American Soybean Association news,  

AGL Energy's Coopers Gap Installs Last Turbine (Int'l. Report)
AGL Energy
Date: 2020-05-01
In the Land Down Under, AGL Energy is reporting the last of 123 GE wind turbines has been installed at the 453-MW Coopers Gap project in Queensland.

The Cooper's Gap project, which generated its first power last June, is the second greenfield project of AGL's Powering Australia Renewables Fund (PARF), which was co-created with QIC -- an investment company owned by the Queensland government. Coopers Gap will generate sufficient power for roughly 264,000 average Australian homes.

AGL Energy is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies providing electricity, gas, solar and renewable energy services to Australian homes and businesses. (Source: AGL Energy, ReNew Economy, 30 April, 2020)Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AGL Energy,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  

Appalachian Power 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner Recipient (Ind. Report)
Appalachian Power,American Electric Power
Date: 2020-04-24
In the Old Dominion State, Roanoke-based Appalachian Power Co., a unit of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP), reports receipt of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its leadership in energy efficiency and the ENERGY STAR program. Appalachian started offering energy efficiency programs in 2011.

The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes ENERGY STAR partner businesses and organizations in good standing that demonstrate superior leadership, innovation and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR. (Source: Appalachian Power, Smith Mountain Eagle, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Appalachian Power, Kelly Marlowe, Energy Efficiency Coordinator,; ENERGY STAR,; American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Appalachian Power,  ENERGY STAR,  American Electric Power,  Energy Efficiency,  

RayGen Touts Aussie CSP, Hydro Storage Technology (Int'l. Report)
RayGen,Photon Energy
Date: 2020-04-17
In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based solar power technology and renewable energy storage specialist RayGen is touting plans to develop a huge 100MW/1,000MWh concentrated solar (CSP) and hydro storage project.

RayGen's technology is currently on track to be tested at a 50MWh-scale in Victoria State with $3 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a key partnership with Sydney-based major power generator and retailer AGL Energy Ltd.

The company also recently announced a planned 200MW solar plant with around 100MW/1000MWh storage Photon Energy. (Source: RayGen, PR, 15 April, 2020) Contact: Raygen, +61 3 8669 0380,; ARENA,; AGL Energy, 011 61 3 8633 6000,; Photon Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australian Renewable Energy Agency,  Concentrated Solat,  Energy Storage,  Photon,  

Strada Successfully Tests Geothermal Technology
Strada Global
Date: 2020-03-29
In the Land Down Under, Strada Global, an innovative deep drilling company at the forefront of geothermal technology has successfully tested its first dual circulation water hammer, and the final part of their patented Fluid Hammer Operating System (FHOS) for the global geothermal industry. The proven technology revolutionizes traditional drilling techniques and makes large-scale geothermal applications possible and profitable, irrespective of resource depth and local geology. Strada’s patented technology can also be applied for critical infrastructure projects that require safe, fast and affordable drilling.

This important final testing results follow the approval of Strada’s patented FHOS system by the Lloyds Register, which found that the new technology could achieve depths of over 6,000 meters, and was capable of reducing drilling costs by up to 70 pct in comparison to existing technologies, due to quicker drilling, longer drill bit life and reduced mobilization costs. (Source: Strata, PR, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Strata, Ben Strange, CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Strada Global news,  Geothermal news,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Strada Global,  Geothermal,  

Strada Successfully Tests Geothermal Technology
Strada Globa
Date: 2020-03-26
In the Land Down Under, Strada Global, an innovative deep drilling company at the forefront of geothermal technology has successfully tested its first dual circulation water hammer, and the final part of their patented Fluid Hammer Operating System (FHOS) for the global geothermal industry. The proven technology revolutionizes traditional drilling techniques and makes large-scale geothermal applications possible and profitable, irrespective of resource depth and local geology. Strada’s patented technology can also be applied for critical infrastructure projects that require safe, fast and affordable drilling.

This important final testing results follow the approval of Strada’s patented FHOS system by the Lloyds Register, which found that the new technology could achieve depths of over 6,000 meters, and was capable of reducing drilling costs by up to 70 pct in comparison to existing technologies, due to quicker drilling, longer drill bit life and reduced mobilization costs. (Source: Strata, PR, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Strata, Ben Strange, CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Strada Global news,  Geothermal news,  

More Wind Farm Notable Quotes from "The Donald"
Date: 2020-02-24
"And they're all over the place. You look at Palm Springs, California. Take a look. Palm Springs ... They're all over the place. They're closed, they're rotting, they look like hell."

"You know if you shoot a bald eagle they put you in jail for a long time. But the windmills knock them down like crazy." -- Pres. Donald Trump, KESQ, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump.Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

Calpine's Broome County NY Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Ind Report)
Date: 2019-12-18
Following up on our November 11 th coverage, meeting in Albany, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment is reporting approval of Calpine Corporation's proposed, but vigorously opposed, 40-turbine 124-MW Bluestone Wind Farm in eastern Broome County.

The approval came despite the town of Sanford's recently enacted zoning law that effectively banned the project. The project was also opposed by local residents and environmental groups including the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society on grounds ranging from aesthetics, health, noise and bird endangerment. that it posed an unacceptable risk to bald and golden eagles. (Source: News & Observer, 16 Dec., 2019)Contact: Calpine Corp., Thad Hill, CEO, (713) 830-2000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Calpine,  

TCL&P Seeking $1.8Mn for Energy Efficiency Grants (Ind. Report)
Traverse City Light & Power
Date: 2019-12-02
In Michigan, Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) reports its Board of Directors has approved a resolution seeking a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Rural Development's Rural Energy Savings Program.

If granted, the funds would support TCL&P's on-bill financing program allowing customers to borrow up to $30,000 at no interest for 10 years for renewable energy and energy efficiency installations and upgrades. The repayment, plus a $5 administration fee, would be secured through a lien on the property and added to the customer's monthly power billing.

Qualifying borrowers could use the money for everything from insulation upgrades to new windows to renewable energy projects like rooftop solar, as previously reported.

TCL&P executive director Tim Arends previously touted the idea as a way to help curb the utility's peak energy demand. The USDA gave tentative approval to the utility's application, as previously reported. (Source: Traverse City Light & Power, Traverse City Record Eagle, 1 Dec., 2019)Contact: Traverse City Light & Power, Tim Arends, 231-922-4940,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  

Restoration Fuels' Woody Biomass Torrifaction Plant Preparing for Production (Ind Report)
Restoration Fuels,
Date: 2019-10-30
Restoration Fuels, an Oregon benefit corporation, is reporting its woody biomass torrification plant in the community of John Day, Grant County, Oregon is expected to begin production in mid-November, 2020. The plant will turn forest waste, woody biomass into a product that can be burned for fuel.

At full capacity, the $17.5 million plant at the Malheur Lumber mill is expected to produce 80,000-90,000 tpy of torrefied wood. The plant is partially funded by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities with some development expenses provided by the Forest Service and air pollution-reducing equipment funded by the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund.

Restoration Fuels is in discussions with utilities from Europe and Asia and several power plants in the United States as possible customers. (Source: Restoration Fuels, Blue Mountain Eagle, Bend Bulletin, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Restoration Fuels, Matt Krumenauer, CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Torrified Wood,  Woody Biomass,  

Van Oord Testing Marine Biofuels (Int'l. Report)
Van Oord
Date: 2019-09-20
Netherlands-based marine dredging firm Van Oord reports it is working with Shell to test the use of biofuels for its fleet of dredgers during a dredging project in Germany. The biofuel being used in the pilot is made from used cooking oil and other wastes and reduces CO2 emissions by more than 40 pct compared with conventional marine fuel. The biofuel also enables Van Oord to comply with sulfur emission regulations.

Other maritime shipping firms, including Maersk and Finnish shipowner Meriaura , have recently undertaken similar biofuels tests and limited use. (Source: Van Oord, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Van Oord, Ronald Schinagl, Director Business Unit Netherlands,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Van Oord,  Marine Biofuel,  Biofuel,  

Coronado Developing Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
City of Coronodo
Date: 2019-09-09
In the Golden State, the City of Coronado -- pop. 24,400 +- -- reports it is developing a Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to plan for a sustainable future.

The Climate Action Plan will identify strategies and actions for reducing those greenhouse gas emissions generated by transportation and mobile sources, residential and non-residential energy consumption, water and wastewater treatment and its transport, and solid waste generation. The Plan will include a greenhouse gas inventory, forecast, reduction targets, and various reduction measures to achieve targets, and an implementation and monitoring strategy for continuous assessment, according to a City release.

The plan will benchmark the City's current status relative to statewide emission goals; provide a roadmap for achieving statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; create a plan that considers the City's needs and objectives; and provide guidance and measurable trigger points for the City to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Major strategies to reduce emissions will include increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative forms of transportation, water conservation, urban forestry, natural light and ventilation, and programs to "reduce, reuse, and recycle" consumer goods. A draft plan is expected by the first quarter of 2021. (Source: City of Coronado, Eagle Weekender, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Coronodo, Blair King, City Manager, (619) 522-7335,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

ACT Offers Household Battery Storage Systems Grant Scheme (Int'l.)
Australia Capital Territory (ACT) Government
Date: 2019-08-09
In the Land Down Under, the Australia Capital Territory (ACT) Government is offering a new round of grants to four companies; ActewAGL, Evergen, Solahart and Solarhub, to deliver the next stage of the roll-out of the Next Generation Energy Storage program.

Under the program, households that have a battery system installed by one of the four providers will have the battery subsidized at a rate of $825 per kW, up to a maximum of 30kW. The average battery system will attract a total subsidy in the order of $4,000.

To qualify for a grant, households must be installing a new battery system that is both grid connected and coupled with a solar power system. An average battery storage system installation coupled with an existing solar installation would cost $8,000 to $10,000 and would increase to a range of $13,000 to $18,000 when combined with solar panels.

To date, the storage initiative has delivered more than 1,200 residential battery installations. (Source: ACT Government, One Step Off the Grid, 8 Aug., 2019).Contact: ACT Gov.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Energy Storage,  Battery,  Solar Energy,  

CyberFuels Offers EcoFlex GEM Fuels in Florida (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-08-05
In the Sunshine State, EncounterCare Solutions reports its subsidiary CyberFuels Inc. is now offering its specially formulated EcoFlex 91 and 93 octane gasoline, ethanol and methanol (GEM) fuels in Daytona Beach and Flagler Beach, Florida.

EcoFlex 91 and 93 Octanes are powered by the company's patent pending fuel additives. EcoFlex reduces greenhouse gases by 10 pct, reduces sulfur emissions by 10 pct and simultaneously increases engine performance, according to the company. (Source: Cyberfuels Inc, PR, News Wire, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: Cyberfuels Inc, Robert Mills, Pres., (866) 771-3580, Bill Robertson, Inv. Relations, (604) 837-3835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CyberFuels,  Ethanol,  Methanol,  EcoFlex,  FlexFuel,  

WE Energies Stymies Third-Party Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Eagle Point Solar
Date: 2019-07-08
Dubuque, Wisconsin-based Eagle Point Solar reports its planned partnership with the city of Milwaukee to power seven municipal buildings with solar energy is being opposed by the public utility We Energies which claims Eagle Point would essentially be illegally selling electricity to the city within We Energies' legally monopolized service area. Under Eagle Point Solar's plan, it would help finance the city's solar project, taking advantage of federal tax breaks for which local governments do not qualify.

Eagle Point, which is suing the public utility for refusing to connect a series of solar arrays, has also sued the Public Service Commission (PSC) which declined to take up its complaint against We Energies and avoided the bigger question of the extent the state's utilities can control third party provision of solar energy. Eagle Point's position is that it is not a utility and is therefore not in conflict with WE Energies.

Wisconsin is one of 15 states that have not clarified whether they will allow such third-party solar arrangements. Five states prohibit it, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, a state-funded research group.

The city of Milwaukee wants to grow its solar power use to 25 pct of consumption by 2025 through public utility-run programs as well as with companies like Eagle Point Solar which planned to install, maintain and finance the solar equipment, lowering the overall cost of the project by taking advantage of a 30 pct federal solar energy tax credit. (Source: NPR, AP, Eagle Point Solar, Telegraph Herald, 6 July, 2019)Contact: Eagle Point Solar, Barry SHear, CEO, 563-582-4044,; City of Milwaukee, Erick Shambarger, Director of Environmental Sustainability,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Milwaukee,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

Vail Commits to Renewables to Cut GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
Vail Colorado
Date: 2019-05-29
In Eagle County Colorado, the Vail Town Council reports it will purchase 100 pct of its municipally-used electricity from renewable sources supplied by Holy Cross Energy.

The initiative is in keeping with the town's self-imposed goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 pct of 2009 levels by 2025. To that end, Holy Cross Energy is recommending the installation of a solar array at the town's public works shops. The city's purchases from Holy Cross will come from wind, solar or hydroelectric generation and will not count toward the town's existing greenhouse gas reduction goals. (Source: Vail Daily, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Town of Vail, Kristen Bertuglia, Env. Mgr.,; Holy Cross Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Holy Cross Energy,  

NextEra Energy Announces 250-MW Oklahoma Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2019-03-11
In Oklahoma, NextEra Energy reports it plans to have the new 250-MW Skeleton Creek wind farm in Garfield and Alfalfa counties operational before the year end. by the end of the year. The 90, GE turbine wind farm will generate between $50 million and $60 million in property taxes and give about $60 million in landowner payments during the first 30 years of the project.

NextEra Energy presently operates two wind projects in Garfield County -- 247.4 MW Armadillo Flats wind project and the 98.1 MW Breckinridge Wind Energy Center. (Source: NextEra Energy, Enid News & Eagle, 9 Mar., 2019) Contact: NextEra, Elinore Beitler, a Project Mgr.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy ,  Wind,  

Mass. Wood Pellet Startup Wins $1Mn in Grant Funding (Funding)
TTC Energy
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Bay State, Windsor-based wood pellet startup TTC Energy LLC is reporting receipt of $1 million in matching grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Renewable Thermal Infrastructure Grant Program in support of the startup's $2.5 million facility to refine raw wood chips into pellets that can be burned in specialized heating systems.

The grant money will be used to purchase equipment to process, handle and store dried wood chips, and two trucks able to pneumatically deliver the product. Pending approval from Windsor town officials, TTC Energy expects to be fully operational this fall. (Source: TTC Energy, Berkshire Eagle, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  

Iberdrola Taps MHI Vestas for Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l)
Iberdrola,MHI Vestas
Date: 2019-02-13
Reporting from Berlin, Iberdrola has announced the selection of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as preferred turbine supplier for its €2.5 billion, 476-MW, Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm off the island of Rügen in the German Baltic Sea.

The contract will include up to 52 units of the V174-9.5 MW offshore wind turbine, the newly released version of the 9 MW platform from MHI Vestas. Delivery and installation is expected in 2022 / 2023.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). (Source: Iberdrola, PR, reve, Others, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business,; MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  MHI Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

NV Energy 1 GW Solar, Energy Storage Approved (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-01-02
In Reno, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is reporting approval of NV Energy's planned addition of more than 1 GW of solar power to its portfolio for a doubling of its overall renewable energy capacity by 2023.

The plan foresees PPAs for 1,001 MW of solar PV parks coupled with a total of 100 MW of battery storage facilities at a cost of $2 billion, or more, by the end of 2021.

The proposed projects projects -- Battle Mountain Solar Project, Dodge Flat Solar Center, Fish Springs Ranch, Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Ranch, Copper Mountain Solar 5, and the Techren Solar 5 project -- will expand NV Energy's renewables portfolio to around 3,000 MW. NV Energy's portfolio presently 50 solar, geothermal, hydropower, wind, biomass, and supported rooftop solar projects. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, 31 Dec., 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy ,  Solar,  

Philadelphia Eagles Football Stadium Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-12-14
In the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Eagles football club is reporting its home stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, has scored US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

The stadium's energy efficiency and LEED qualifying feature include: operating 100 pct on clean energy, motion controlled LED lighting and HVAC, diverting 99 pct of waste from landfills, a comprehensive on-site anaerobic digestion composting program, the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, and phasing out plastics at concession stands. The facility also produces one-third of its annual power needs from its 11,108 solar panels and 14 wind turbines and sources its remaining remaining energy by purchasing credits from suppliers that use renewable energy. The stadium owners also created a 6.5-acre forest in Bensalem and planted 5,900 trees with help from the Conservation Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (Source: Lincoln Financial Field, Inquirer,, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

NextEra, OSMPC Agree to Wind Farm Deadline Extension (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-30
In the Sooner State, the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission (OSMPC) reports it has again granted a mitigation plan deadline extension for NextEra Energy's planned wind farm along a route of airspace the military uses for training west of Hinton.

As part of the extension, NextEra may resume construction on turbines that have been approved by the FAA. OSMPC claims the wind farm violates a recent amendment to the Wind Energy Development Act requiring a determination by the federal government that planned wind turbine construction has no military impact, or the company must have an approved mitigation plan from the Defense Department before a wind farm is constructed or expanded. (Source: OSMPC, Enid News & Eagle, 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra,  Wind,  

Major Solar Farm Planned for Houston County Tex. (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2018-11-16
In Texas, the Houston County Commission reports approval of a 10-year property tax abatement for approximately 1,000 acres of land in District 4 in an effort to encourage NextEra Energy' planned development of what could be the largest solar farm project in the Lone Star State.

The proposed $75 million project would initially cover about 600 acres and generate 80 MW of power. (Source: Dothan Eagle, Various Media, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Solar,  

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