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Idaho Power Touts Energy Efficiency Program Savings (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2021-04-09
In Boise, Idaho Power Company's just released Demand Side Management 2020 Annual Report (IPC) noted customers saved 196,809 MWh of energy by participating in energy efficiency activities last year -- enough energy to power almost 17,000 average homes for a year.

Idaho Power's report outlines the utility's two energy savings programs -- energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing overall electricity consumption, and demand-response programs that shift energy use from high demand periods of extreme demand periods and in the summer months. Idaho Power has committed to provide 100 pct clean energy by 2045. (Source: Idaho Power, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Idaho Power, Theresa Drake, Customer Relations & Energy Efficiency Senior Manager, www.idahopower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


Clean Energy, Climate Change Notable Quote
Eileen Claussen
Date: 2021-04-09
"Climate change is the problem, clean energy is the solution." -- Eileen Claussen.

Eileen Claussen is a former U.S. diplomat and senior climate and energy policy advisor to U.S. Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Security Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and its successor, the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  


Triton's Offshore Wind Anchoring System Scores Funding (Funding)
Triton Systems
Date: 2021-04-07
In the Bay State, Chelmsford-based Triton Systems Inc. is reporting receipt of $1.3 million funding from the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (Consortium) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to support Triton's Helical Anchor Group Installation System (HAGIS), a low cost, flexible anchoring system for small- and large-scale offshore wind farms. The company previously received $1.1 million from the U.S. DOE to develop the technology.

Triton's patent-pending HAGIS anchoring system: can be applied to any offshore wind platform or mooring configuration; minimizes acoustic impact on the environment and sea life; can be easily removed for decommissioning; is scalable and applicable to many types of subsea foundations beyond offshore wind; and delivers cost savings by lower manufacturing (40 pct) and installation costs (25 pct reduction). (Source: Triton Systems, Inc., PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Triton Systems Inc., Dave Model, COO, Zach Miller, 978-250-4200, fax: 978-250-4533, zmiller@tritonsys.com, www.tritonsys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Triton Systems . Offshore Wind,  


Clearway Repowering Pinnacle Wind Farm Turbines (Ind. Report)
Clearway Energy
Date: 2021-04-07
San Francisco-based Clearway Energy Group reports upgrades to the 2012-vintage Pinnacle Wind Farm in Keyser, West Virginia are underway and expected to be completed before the year end.

According to the release, the company secured $128 million in financing for the repowering work that will sequentially replace the 23 existing turbines with newer, more efficient units.

Clearway Energy Group is one of the largest developers and operators of clean energy in the United States with over 4.7 GW of wind, solar, and energy storage in operation, including assets owned through affiliate company Clearway Energy, Inc., according to the company website. (Source: Clearway Energy Group, PR, Cumberland Times-News, Contact: Clearway Energy Group, www.clearwayenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  CLearway Energy,  


500-MW Uzbekistan Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
Masdar
Date: 2021-04-05
UAE-based renewable energy developer Masdar -- the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company -- is reporting an agreement with the Government of Uzbekistan to extend the capacity of its originally contracted Zarafshan wind farm project from 500-MW to up to 1.5 GW.

In 2020, Masdar contracted with the Government of Uzbekistan to develop, construct, and operate the 500-MW Zarafshan wind farm project, its second utility-scale clean energy project in the country, and the largest wind farm in Central Asia. When fully operational in 2024, the project is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 500,000 homes and displace 1.1 million tpy of CO2. (Source: Masdar, PR, Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing, 4 Apr., 2021)Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333, www.masdar.ae

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Opdenergy to Develop AEP Energy W.Va. Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Opdenergy, AEP Energy
Date: 2021-04-02
Madrid-based renewable energy developer Opdenergy is reporting a 12-year agreement with Columbus, Ohio-headquartered AEP Energy, a unit of American Electric Power (AEP), for the construction and operation of a 153,000 MWh per year solar energy plant in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Once operational, the plant will generate more than 153,000 megawatt hours per year of clean energy. The plant's power output will be used to supply AEP Energy customers through the AEP Integrated Renewable Energy solution.

Opdenergy is an Independent Power Producer with extensive experience in the development, financing, construction, and operation of wind and solar energy assets. (Source: Opdenergy, Website PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: AEP, Opdenergy, +34 914 559 996, www.opdenergy.com/en; AEP Energy, Ben Buckworth, beduckworth@aepes.com, www aepes.com

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Scout Energy Slows Horse Haven Wind Project Permitting (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2021-03-31
Further to our 19 May, 2020 coverage, Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy is reported to have withdrawn it's request for expedited processing of its application for site certification through Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) for its Horse Heaven Wind Farm project in Benton, County, Washington.

The slowdown is intended to allow further community input and comments on the proposed 1150 MW facility that would combine wind energy, solar energy and battery energy storage in the same location near the "Tri-Cities" of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland.

The project is expected to incorporate as many as 212 GE wind turbines at a total cost of $850 million and generate sufficient energy for approximately 140,000 homes when fully operational in 2022, as previously reported. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, Website, KEPR 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Dave Kobus, Project Manager, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy ,  Wind,  


Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study (NREL Study Attached)
NREL
Date: 2021-03-26
A just released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study commissioned by the city of Los Angeles has concluded L.A. can achieve 98 pct clean energy within the next decade and 100 pct by 2035.

To meet that goal, the NREL report recommends: building solar farms, wind turbines and batteries as fast as possible; install solar panels on rooftops, electric cars in garages and electric heat pumps in homes; and invest in energy efficiency and "demand response" programs that pay people to use electricity during off-peak periods.

The study says "the benefits would be immense: not only helping to counteract the climate crisis, but also slashing deadly air pollution from cars, trucks, power plants and gas furnaces, much of it concentrated in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color."

Download the LA100: The Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study HERE. (Source: NREL, Mar., 2021) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Renewable Energy Lab,  NREL,  Renewable Energy,  


Chicago PACE Closes $4.6Mn Amped Kitchens Funding (Ind. Report)
Property Assessed Clean Energy
Date: 2021-03-26
Chicago PACE, a program of the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development, reports it has closed $4.6 million in Commercial (C-PACE) funding in support of completed energy efficiency work at the recently opened Amped Kitchens Chicago facility in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.

The $4.6 million in private funding through the Chicago PACE program was provided by CounterpointeSRE, a national C-PACE capital provider, and was earmarked to a long list of energy efficiency improvements that included new HVAC consisting of packaged RTUs, hoods, water heaters, and indirect fired gas furnaces as well as LED lighting at the 5801 W Dickens Ave. facility.

The Chicago PACE program, a public-private partnership designed to fund energy-saving and renewable infrastructure improvements to commercial and multifamily properties, is administered by Loop-Counterpointe PACE LLC, a joint venture between Loop Capital Markets and Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate.

Amped Kitchens provides long-term production space to some of the nation's most innovative and successful food brands. (Source: Chicago PACE, PR, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Chicago PACE, inquiry@chicagopace.org, www.ChicagoPACE.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy .PACE,  PACE-C,  Energy Efficiency,  


Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study (NREL Study Attached)
NREL
Date: 2021-03-24
A just released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study commissioned by the city of Los Angeles has concluded L.A. can achieve 98 pct clean energy within the next decade and 100 pct by 2035.

To meet that goal, the NREL report recommends: building solar farms, wind turbines and batteries as fast as possible; install solar panels on rooftops, electric cars in garages and electric heat pumps in homes; and invest in energy efficiency and “demand response” programs that pay people to use electricity during off-peak periods when solar and wind power are plentiful.

The benefits would be immense: not only helping to counteract the climate crisis, but also slashing deadly air pollution from cars, trucks, power plants and gas furnaces, much of it concentrated in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, the report notes.

Download the LA100: The Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study HERE

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Offshore Wind Proposal Floated in Oregon (Reg. & Leg.)
Oregon
Date: 2021-03-22
In Salem, the Oregon House of Representatives is considering bill HR 3375, legislation calling for establishment of a task force and strategic plan on floating offshore wind and targeting development of 3 GW of floating wind energy in federal waters off the Oregon coast by 2030.

According to a 2019 National Renewable Energy Laboratory study -- Oregon Offshore Wind Site Feasibility and Cost Study -- floating wind off Oregon was a “promising’ potential source of clean energy for the state” because 97 pct of the 62 GW of available technical offshore wind energy resource in Oregon is in water depths greater than 60 meters. (Source: Oregon Representative David Brock Smith (R) , riviera, 19 Mar., 2021) Contact: Oregon State Representative David Brock Smith, www.oregonlegislature.gov/smithd

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PACE Loans Under Review in the Show Me State (Reg. & leg.)
PACE Loan
Date: 2021-03-19
In Jefferson City, Missouri House and Senate committees have passed legislation that would place significant new regulations on residential property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans.

Under the legislation, PACE programs would be examined by the state Division of Finance every 24 months at an estimated cost of $50,000 per review. Under another bill, (HB 697), mortgage lenders would have the power to veto PACE loans.

PACE loans are repaid as a line item added to borrowers' property tax bills and processed by county collectors as though they were a tax and, in the event of a mortgage payment default, are collected ahead of the mortgage loan. Consequently, mortgage lenders are uneasy with PACE financing and federal mortgage lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae do not allow PACE loans on top of mortgages they hold.

Current law allows PACE loans only in cities and counties that pass ordinances authorizing the lending. Proposed legislation would limit a PACE loan plus the outstanding mortgage debt to no more than 80 pct of a property's appraised value, plus the value of improvements made. (Source: Various Media, Energy News, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

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GWEC Comments on China's Wind Power Growth (Int'l. Report)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2021-03-19
According to the Belgium-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), in 2020 China broke the world record for most wind power capacity installed in a single year with 52 GW of new capacity -- doubling the country's annual installations compared to the previous year.

"The incredible and rapid growth of wind power in the region has been led by China, which now has more wind power capacity than Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America combined. We were expecting an installation rush in China last year due to the phase out of the onshore wind Feed-in-Tariff by the end of 2020, but the Chinese wind market exceeded our original forecasts by over 73 percent," the GWEC noted. "Top-down policies requiring wind and solar be integrated into the power grid, rather than subsidy support, would probably drive the greater transition to renewables", the GWEC added.

According to China's National Bureau of Statistics , the share of clean energy consumption in China has risen from 19.1 pct in 2016 to 24.3 pct in 2020. (Source: GWEC, PR, Xinhua, Mar., 2021) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www,gwec.net

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Joint U.S.-Israel Clean Energy Tech Proposals Sought (Ind. Report)
BIRD, US DOE
Date: 2021-03-17
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Israel's Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority, is reporting the availability of $4 million in funding for innovative clean energy technologies. This funding comes from Binational Industrial Research & Development (BIRD) Energy, a program that promotes U.S.-Israel partnerships in bringing renewable and energy efficiency technologies to market.

Established by the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, BIRD Energy supports research and development that benefits both the U.S. and Israel, with a focus on commercializing sustainable energy technologies, create jobs, and increase energy security.

From 2009 to 2020, BIRD Energy funded 55 projects totaling $42 million. In addition to an estimated $55 million in funding matched by the private sector, BIRD Energy has attracted more than $700 million in venture capital and other follow-on investment to commercialize clean energy technologies.

For this funding offer, the deadline for executive summaries is June 30, 2021 with final proposals due August 13, 2021. (Source: US DOE, BIRD Energy, 15 Mar., 2021) Contact: BIRD Energy, www.birdf.com/bird-energy-call-proposals: US DOE, 202-586-5000, www.doe.gov

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Clean Power Alliance Adds New Solar, Wind Facilities (Ind. Report)
Clean Power Alliance
Date: 2021-03-12
Clean Power Alliance (CPA), the nation's single largest provider of 100 pct renewable energy, is reporting two clean energy-producing "new build" projects totaling 340 MW -- sufficient power for 93,000 homes -- have been added to its portfolio and are now online: the 40-MW Rosamond Central Solar Project in Kern County, CA encompasses 2.3 million photovoltaic solar modules which generate 114,780 MWh/year; the 130-turbine, 300 MW White Hills Wind Farm in Mohave County, AZ, will generate 830,000 MWh/year.

In 2021 alone, five additional projects under contract with CPA will come online: the Luna Storage Project, Sanborn Storage Project, High Desert Solar + Storage, Arlington Energy Center II, and the Johanna Energy Storage System in Santa Ana, CA, which will add 20 MWh of energy storage to the grid. (Source: Clean Power Alliance, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Clean Power Alliance, Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, 888-585-3788, www.cleanpowerallaince.org

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Wisc. Seeks Low-Carbon, Clean Energy Roadmap (Ind. Report)
Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Date: 2021-03-12
In Madison, Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) has 2-1 to launch an investigation into utilities' ongoing transition to zero-carbon electricity. The investigation seeks to identify economic and environmental benefits of a transition to clean energy and chart a course toward a clean energy future while maintaining reliable and affordable electricity.

To that end, the PSC will review goals set by the state's five largest utilities to reduce carbon emissions 100 pct by 2050 and meet recommendations stemming from Gov. Tony Evers' executive order on clean energy, as well as the Governor's Climate Change Task Force and ideas for accelerating the clean energy transition as outlined by a Wisconsin group of utilities, consumer advocates and business groups. The investigation will also consider:

  • Retirement of fossil fuel power plants and deployment of new energy alternatives;

  • Increase in customers who generate their own power and are tied to the grid;

  • Increase in new technologies like battery storage;

  • Programs that help customers control their energy use and lower utility bills;

  • The design and operation of the regional transmission grid and wholesale markets.

    According to the most recent strategic energy assessment, 75 pct of the state's power is currently generated with fossil fuels. If nuclear were also excluded, 91 pct of the Badger State's power mix would need to be replaced with renewable energy sources.

    Under Wisconsin state law, the PSC is required to prioritize energy conservation and efficiency, as well as renewable energy resources, to the extent it's "cost-effective, technically feasible, and environmentally sound." (Source: Wisconsin Public Service Commission, PR, Wisc. NPR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Rebecca Valcq, Chairperson, (608) 266-5481, fax -- (608) 266-3957, www.psc.wi.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Public Service Commission,  Low-Carbon Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


  • Ellomay Inks 28-MW Spanish PV Plant EPC Agreement (Int'l.)
    Ellomay Capital
    Date: 2021-03-10
    Tel-Aviv-headquartered renewable energy developer Ellomay Capital Ltd. is reporting its solar plant construction unit Ellomay Solar S.L.U. has centered into a €15.32 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a 28-MW photovoltaic plant in the municipality of Talavan, Caceres, Spain, with MYTILINEOS S.A.'s renewables and storage development business unit METKA EGN Spain S.L.U. Work began March 1 and is expected to be completed within 9 months.

    To date, Ellomay has evaluated numerous opportunities and invested in the renewable, clean energy and natural resources industries in Israel, Italy and Spain, including:

  • Approximately 7.9MW of photovoltaic power plants in Spain and a photovoltaic power plant of approximately 9 MW in Israel;

  • 9.375 pct indirect interest in Dorad Energy Ltd., which owns and operates one of Israel's largest private power plants with production capacity of approximately 860 MW, representing about 6 - 8 pct of Israel's total current electricity consumption;

  • 51 pct of Talasol, which owns a photovoltaic plant with a peak capacity of 300MW in the municipality of Talavan, Caceres, Spain;

  • Groen Gas Goor B.V., Groen Gas Oude-Tonge B.V. and Groen Gas Gelderland B.V., project companies operating anaerobic digestion plants in the Netherlands, with a green gas production capacity of approximately 3 million, 3.8 million and 9.5 million (with a license to produce 7.5 million) Nm3 per year, respectively;

  • 83.333 pct of Ellomay Pumped Storage (2014) Ltd., which is involved in a project to construct a 156 MW pumped storage hydro power plant in the Manara Cliff, Israel. (Source: Ellomay Capital Ltd., PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: MYTILINEOS S.A, www.mytilineos.gr; Ellomay Capital, Kalia Weintraub, CFO, +972 (3) 797-1111, hilai@ellomay.com, www.ellomay.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ellomay Capital,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


  • DC Green Bank Touts Energy Efficiency Financing Product (Ind. Report)
    DC Green Bank
    Date: 2021-03-10
    In the nation's capitol, DC Green Bank is touting the launch of Navigator, a pre-development loan to support energy efficiency and sustainable improvements for commercial buildings, community-based nonprofit organization buildings, and multifamily or mixed-use properties.

    Navigator was developed by and will be offered in partnership with Inclusive Prosperity Capital, a mission-driven nonprofit investment fund specializing in clean energy, energy efficiency, and resiliency.

    Navigator can be used to fund costs required to design energy savings projects, including energy audits and benc-hmarking, design, engineering, bidding work, and other sustainable design costs. Navigator loans will range from $10,000 to $250,000 or more on a case-by-case basis. (Source: DC Green Bank, PR, 9 Mar., 2021) Contact: DC Green Bank, (202) 301-8300, info@dcgreenbank.com, www.dcgreenbank.com, Inclusive Prosperity Capital, 203-433-5060, www.inclusiveprosperitycapital.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DC Green Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Clean Energy, Total JV to Develop RNG (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy, Total
    Date: 2021-03-10
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and its largest shareholder, Total SE, are reporting a 50/50 joint venture to develop carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG) production and fueling infrastructure facilities in the U.S..

    The initial firm commitment is $100 million and can increase to $400 million as development opportunities progress. Total will be providing credit support for Clean Energy development in the RNG value chain, including $45 million for contracted RNG fueling infrastructure. The companies have already partnered to expand the use of RNG in the heavy truck market with the Zero Now program, which allows fleets to purchase RNG trucks for the same price as diesel trucks. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels Corp., PR, 9 Mar., 2021) Contact: Clean Energy, Andrew J. Littlefair, CEO, Pres., www.cleanenergyfuels.com; Total SE, www.total.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy news,   Total news,  RNG news,  


    Guterres Seeks Less Coal, More Renewables (Opinions & Asides)
    Powering Past Coal Alliance, Antonio Guterres
    Date: 2021-03-08
    In a video message to the Powering Past Coal Alliance virtual meeting last week, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said:

    "I look forward to seeing much more support to the developing countries that are embracing the transition to renewable energy to deliver universal energy access to their citizens. I also ask all multilateral and public banks -- as well as investors in commercial banks or pension funds -- to shift their investments now in the new economy of renewable energy.

    "We have a collective and urgent responsibility to address the serious challenges that come with the speed and scale of the transition. The needs of coal communities must be recognized, and concrete solutions must be provided at a very local level. That requires engagement -- from governments to power companies, from labour unions to investors, both private and public.

    "We can have renewable energy and blue skies. We can have decent, healthy, and reliable jobs. We can have dependable, renewable power systems that ensure everyone has access to energy. We can power past coal and have economies that thrive on innovative businesses aligned to what the world is demanding -- sustainable development and prosperity for people and (the) planet. We can make all of this happen, together." The Powering Past Coal Alliance is a coalition of national and sub-national governments, businesses and organisations working to advance the transition from coal power generation to clean energy. (Source: Powering Past Coal Alliance, 4 Mar., 2021) Contact: Powering Past Coal Alliance, www.poweringpastcoal.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Antonio Guterres ,  Powering Past Coal Alliance,  Antonio Guterres,  Coal,  Renewable Energy,  


    9H, Wyoming University Partner on Solar Energy Research (R&D)
    9H Research Foundation
    Date: 2021-03-08
    In Wyoming, the Laramie-based 9H Research Foundation reports it will donate possibly millions of dollars to the University of Wyoming (UW) in the form of clean energy installations and in-kind support services for construction of a philanthropic student research facility and the creation of a world-class clean energy engineering curriculum at UW.

    First Solar, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer, made a $300,000 in-kind donation to the project with more than 2,000 advanced thin film solar photovoltaic modules totaling nearly 1 megawatt of capacity. Other funders include Creative Energies Solar, Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, Alt E Wind & Solar, RiskThinking.AI, and Black Bean Capital Partners.

    To drive innovation and provide students with hands-on research experience, 9H Foundation is hiring additional student interns and funding $15,000 worth of projects for seven student groups to design and build solar and energy storage projects out of the new research facility. (Source: 9H Research Foundation, Gillette News Record, 7 Mar., 2021) Contact: 9H Energy, 9H Research Foundation Gene Humphrey, Co-Founder, info@9henergy.com, www.9henergy.com; University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science, 307-766-4253, enginfo@uwyo.edu, www.uwyo.edu; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  9H Research Foundation,  Solar,  


    Xcel Proposes Colorado Renewables Transmission Line (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2021-03-05
    In Colorado, Xcel Energy Inc.'s Xcel Energy-Colorado and its partners are proposing a $1.7 billion, 560-mile, 345-kilovolt transmission line to upgrade the state's high-voltage transmission system to deliver renewable energy onto the grid and improve system reliability.

    The proposal supports Excel's Clean Energy Plan that will add 5,500 MW of new renewable energy generation to the Xcel Energy-Colorado system. If approved, construction is expected to get underway in 2023, with the first segments of the line potentially in-service by 2025. (Source: Xcel Energy, PR, Dow Jones Newswires, 2 Mar., 2021)Contact: Xcel Energy, Media Relations, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Solar,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    CenterPoint Energy Seeks Additional 400 MW Solar (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint Energy,Capital Dynamics,
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Evansville, Indiana-headquartered CenterPoint Energy (CNP) reports its Indiana-based electric and natural gas business, CenterPoint Energy Indiana South, is seeking Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval for the acquisition of a 300-MW solar array as well as approval to enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for an additional 100 MWs of solar energy.

    CenterPoint Energy is seeking to enter into an agreement with global independent asset management firm Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI), the company that will build the 300-MW utility-owned project in Posey County, Ind. Arevon Energy Management and energy company Tenaska are co-developing the project.

    CenterPoint Energy aims to reduce operational emissions by 70 pct by 2035, avoiding approximately 700,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: CenterPoint Energy, PR 23 Feb., 2021) for Contact: Capital Dynamics,Capital Dynamics, 212 798 3400 -- NYC office, www.capdyn.com; CenterPoint Energy, Steve Greenley, Senior VP, Generation Del., www.centerpointenergy.com; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tenaska,  Solar,  CenterPoint Energy,  Capital Dynamics,  ,  


    Carbon Capture Coalition -- Federal Policy Blueprint 2021 (Policy Blueprint Report Attached)
    Carbon Capture Coalition
    Date: 2021-03-03
    In Washington, the Carbon Capture Coalition has released the attached national policy blueprint outlining an expanded, comprehensive federal policy portfolio to promote economy-wide deployment of carbon capture technologies for consideration by the administration and the 117th Congress.

    The blueprint represents a bipartisan consensus of the Coalition's more than 80 energy, industrial and technology companies, labor unions, and conservation, environmental, and clean energy organizations. It highlights an extensive suite of near-term recommendations for policymakers to maximize the impact of the 45Q tax credit, facilitate the build-out of CO2 transport and storage capacity, and increase federal investment in carbon management technologies, among others.

    Download the Carbon Capture Coalition Federal Policy Blueprint 2021 HERE. (Source: Carbon Capture Coalition, 24Feb., 2021) Contact: Carbon Capture Coalition, Ben Finzel, 202-277-6286, ben@renewpr.com, www.carboncapturecoalition.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture Coalition ,  CCUS,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


    Xebec Completes Inmatec Acquisition (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Xebec Adsorption
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Montreal, Quebec-headquartered Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of clean energy solutions for renewable and low carbon gases, reports the closing of its previously announced acquisition of Rheinbach, Germany-headquartered on-site nitrogen and oxygen generator manufacturer Inmatec Gase Technologie GmbH & Co. KG, Inmatec GmbH and Inmatec Gas Technology FZC RAK.

    The Inmatec acquisition positions Xebec to execute and accelerate its distributed renewable and low carbon gas strategy and access new markets and service capabilities. (Source: Xebec Adsorption Inc. , PR, Website, 1 Mar., 2021) Contact: Xebec Adsorption, Dr. Prabhu Rao, COO, Brandon Chow, Investor Relations Manager, (450) 979-8700 ext 5762, bchow@xebecinc.com, www.xebecinc.com; Inmatec GmbH, +49 800 5893427602, www.inmatec.de, www.inmatec-gmbh.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec Adsorption,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


    WEC Energy Taking 90 pct Stake in Jayhawk Wind Farm (M&A)
    WEC Energy, Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Milwaukee-headquartered WEC Energy Group reports it has agreed to a $302 million acquisition of a 90 pct ownership stake in the 70-turbine, 190-MW Jayhawk Wind Farm, to be built in Bourbon and Crawford counties, Kansas -- subject to regulatory approvals.

    Invenergy will take the remaining 10 pct ownership interest and will operate the facility which is being developed by Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy. The project is expected to begin commercial operation before the year end.

    WEC Energy Group, with $37 billion in assets, serves 4.6 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota through its principal utilities: We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Michigan Gas Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources and Upper Michigan Energy Resources. Another major subsidiary, We Power, designs, builds and owns electric generating plants. In addition, WEC Infrastructure LLC owns a growing fleet of renewable generation facilities in the Midwest. (Source: WEC Energy Group, PR, 1 Mar., 2021) Contact: WEC Energy Group, www.wecenergygroup.com; Apex Clean Energy, www.apexcleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy,  Invenergy,  Apex Clean Energy,  Wind ,  


    BlocPower Raises $63Mn to "Green" Old Buildings (Ind. Report)
    BlocPower
    Date: 2021-02-26
    In NYC, Brooklyn Navy Yard-based company BlocPower is working to reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by "greening" older buildings which, according to BlocPower, produce more greenhouse gases than the entire U.S. transportation sector.

    BlocPower utilizes its proprietary software for analysis, leasing, project management, and monitoring urban clean energy projects and building owners and tenants saving 20-40 pct per year on their energy bills. The company's machine learning tech platform works by determining which retrofits will produce the most energy savings in a building while remotely monitoring energy consumption. Common retrofits include solar panels and cold-climate electric heat pumps which BlocPower offers to multifamily building owners for no money down.

    To date, BlocPower has "green" upgraded more than 1,000 buildings in New York City, including over 200 in Brownsville, and is now working in 23 other cities, according to the company.

    BlocPower is backed by Kapor Capital, one of Uber's first investors, Andressen Horowitz, early investor in Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB and Lyft, the former Chairman of Google, and American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. (Source: BlocPower, Websitem BKReader, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: BlocPower, Donnel Baird, CEO, (718) 924-2873, support@blocpower.io, www.blocpower.io

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    FOMO Acquiring Energy Intelligence Center Assets (M&A, Ind. Report)
    FOMO, SMart Cities
    Date: 2021-02-24
    Chicago-headquartered FOMO CORP. is reporting a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire the assets of the Energy Intelligence Center LLC (EIC), a U.S. solutions provider for energy efficient buildings. This LOI follows FOMO's 8-K filing on February 16, 2021, specifically relative to FOMO licensing the patent of Online Energy Manager, LLC (OEM) and FOMO's option to purchase OEM.

    EIC and OEM are strategic partner companies, and these two recent developments set the stage to further position FOMO in 2021 as a clean energy technology company within the growing "Clean-Tech" and smart building marketplace.

    FOMO's previous asset acquisition of Independence LED Lighting, LLC and Purge Virus, LLC serve as excellent complements to EIC for next generation clean air and energy efficient buildings.

    According to the Smart Cities Challenge, the global market for energy efficiency is pegged at $360 billion/year. (Source: FOMO CORP., PR, 28 Feb., 2021) Contact: Energy Intelligence Center, www.energyintelligencecenter.com; FOMO, Vik Grover, CEO, Wayman Baker, EVP Corporate Dev., (630) 286-9560, IR@fomoworldwide.com, www.fomoworldwide.com

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    Tikehau Low-Carbon Energy Transition Fund Raises €1Bn (Funding)
    Tikehau Capital
    Date: 2021-02-24
    Paris-headquartered global alternative asset management group Tikehau Capital reports completion of fundraising for its T2 Energy Transition investment strategy outperformed its original fundraising goals with over €1 billion raised. The T2 fund is one of the leading and largest global growth private equity vehicles singularly committed to enabling the transition towards a low-carbon economy and fighting global warming to help reach the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

    To date, T2 Energy Transition investment strategy has invested €440 million in 6 SMEs focused on clean energy generation, low-carbon mobility and energy efficiency. T2 fund portfolio companies have provided goods and services that, over their lifetime, will avoid one million tons of CO2 from being emitted, according the Tikehau release.

    Tikehau Capital had € 28.5 billion of assets under management as of 31 December 2020. (Source: Tikeau Capital, PR, 23 Feb., 2021) Contact: Tikehau Capital, Louis Igonet , +33 1 40 06 11 11, shareholders@tikehaucapital.com, www.tikehaucapital.com

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    Clean Energy Fuels' Whittier RNG Station Opens (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels
    Date: 2021-02-24
    In the Golden State, Newport Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp.is reporting the opening of an RNG fueling station in Whittier, California. The station, which is owned by the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD) but operated by Clean Energy Fuels, will supply RNG to fuel heavy-duty trucks and other medium-duty vehicles in the region, including LACSD's vehicles. The new station is expected to dispense over 30,000 gpy for a 50 pct increase from the prior facility.

    LACSD was awarded a grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, which offset a portion of the construction costs.(Source: Clean Energy Fuels, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

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    FOMO to Acquire Energy Intelligence Center (M&A, Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-02-24
    Chicago-headquartered FOMO CORP. is reporting a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire the assets of the Energy Intelligence Center LLC (EIC), a U.S. solutions provider for energy efficient buildings. This LOI follows FOMO’s 8-K filing on February 16, 2021, specifically relative to FOMO licensing the patent of Online Energy Manager, LLC (OEM) and FOMO’s option to purchase OEM.

    EIC and OEM are strategic partner companies, and these two recent developments set the stage to further position FOMO in 2021 as a clean energy technology company within the growing “Clean-Tech” and smart building marketplace.

    FOMO’s prior asset acquisition of Independence LED Lighting, LLC and Purge Virus, LLC serve as excellent complements to EIC for next generation clean air and energy efficient buildings.

    According to a recent survey by Smart Cities the global market for energy efficiency is $360 billion/year. (Source: FOMO CORP., PR, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: Energy Intelligence Center, www.energyintelligencecenter.com; FOMO, Vik Grover, CEO, Wayman Baker, EVP Corporate Dev., (630) 286-9560, IR@fomoworldwide.com, www.fomoworldwide.com


    Dominion Plans $72Bn Clean Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Dominion Energy reports it could invest up to $72 billion through 2035 to transition its primary power source from fossil fuels to emissions-free, clean fuel alternatives.

    The company expects to invest $32 billion through 2025 to clean up its emissions profile as follows: $17 billion for zero-carbon generation -- offshore wind, nuclear power life extensions , solar energy and energy storage; $6 billion on electricity transmission and distribution projects such as making its system more resilient to cyber and climate threats; $6 billion on customer growth and other related activities; $3 billion on natural gas distribution modernization and renewable natural gas systems. More than 80 pct of those investments will reduce emissions.

    Specifically, the company noted:

  • $17 billion for offshore wind projects, including an estimated $8 billion to build a 2.6 GW offshore wind project in Virginia that it hopes to complete by the end of 2026;

  • $20 billion on solar projects expanding the company's capacity from 2.2 GW to 13.4 GW by 2035;

  • $7 billion for energy storage projects;

  • $4 billion to extend the life of its zero-emission nuclear power plants;

  • $15 billion on electric grid transformation projects and $9 billion on natural gas distribution modernization projects and renewable natural gas.

    Roughly $72 billion by 2035 would increase the company's zero-carbon power sources from 45 pct in 2020 to 70 pct by 2035 while improving its zero- and low-carbon sources from 90 pct to 95 pct. Dominion is also investing in early-stage hydrogen projects. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Emil Avram, VP Bus. Dev., www.dominionenergy.com

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  • SoCalGas Adds to Hydrogen Transport Fuel R&D Funding (Funding)
    Southern California Gas
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Southern California Gas Co. reports will provide $1.3 million in funding for the development of four hydrogen fuel technologies that could provide emissions-free transportation for railways and at ports in California and around the world.

    The Southern California Gas funding is in addition to $10.4 million R&D funding from the California Energy Commissions (CEC) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Rail and Marine Applications at Ports grant program. bringing the total funding to $11.7 million.

    Maritime fuel cell maker Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine Inc., research organization Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the nonprofit CALSTART are among the funding recipients.

    According to SoCalGas, the goal is to bring to market innovative clean hydrogen technologies, including fuel-cell marine vessels, hydrogen refueling stations at ports, and fuel cell locomotives. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, My News LA, Feb., 2021) Contact: SoCalGas, Neil Navin, VP Clean Energy Innovations, www.socalgas.com; CALSTART, www.calstart.org; GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 -- fax, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy

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    WH Climate Innovation Working Group Launched (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In Washington, the White House (WH) has announced a new Climate Innovation Working Group as part of the National Climate Task Force to advance President Biden's commitment to Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate (ARPA-C).

    The working group is intended to help coordinate and strengthen federal government-wide efforts to foster affordable, game-changing technologies that can help achieve the goal of net-zero economy-wide emissions by 2050. The Climate Innovation Working Group will focus on:

  • Zero net carbon buildings at zero net cost, including carbon-neutral construction materials;

  • Energy storage at one-tenth the cost of today's alternatives;

  • Advanced energy system management tools to plan for and operate a grid powered by zero-carbon power plants;

  • Very low-cost zero-carbon on-road vehicles and transit systems;

  • New, sustainable fuels for aircraft and ships, as well as improvements in broader aircraft and ship efficiency and transportation management;

  • Affordable refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pumps made without refrigerants that warm the planet;

  • Carbon-free heat and industrial processes that capture emissions for making steel, concrete, chemicals, and other important industrial products;

  • Carbon-free hydrogen at a lower cost than hydrogen made from polluting alternatives;

  • Innovative soil management, plant biologies, and agricultural techniques to remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ground; and

  • Direct air capture systems and retrofits to existing industrial and power plant exhausts to capture carbon dioxide and use it to make alternative products or permanently sequester it deep underground.

    The Climate Innovation Working Group will also emphasize research to bolster and build critical clean energy supply chains in the U.S. and strengthen American manufacturing and coordinate climate innovation across the federal government, research and universities. (Source: White House, PR, 12 Feb., 2021)

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  • ALLETE Selling 100 MW from Caddo Oklahoma Wind Site (Ind. Report)
    ALLETE Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-02-12
    ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc., is reporting PPAs with Oshkosh Corp. and Hormel Foods for a combined 100 MW from its 303 MW Caddo County, Oklahoma wind site which is under construction and slated for operation before the year end.

    The approximately 110-turbine facility will increase ALLETE Clean Energy's total operating, under construction and build-transfer wind energy projects to more than 1,450 MW of nameplate capacity, according to the ALLETE release. (Source: ALLETE, Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: ALLETE Clean Energy, www.alletecleanenergy.com

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    SoCalGas Funds Hydrogen Transport Fuel R&D (Alt. Fuel, Funding)
    Southern California Gas
    Date: 2021-02-10
    Southern California Gas Co.(SoCalGas) reports it will add $1.3 million in funding to support the development of four hydrogen fuel technologies that could provide emissions-free transportation for railways and at ports in the Golden State.

    The four R&D projects were selected for $10.4 million funding from the California Energy Commission's (CEC) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Rail and Marine Applications at Ports grant program. Project partners include maritime fuel cell maker Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine Inc., research organization Gas Technology Institute (GTI)and the Pasadena-based nonprofit CALSTART.

    According to SoCalGas, the goal is to bring to market innovative clean hydrogen technologies, including fuel-cell marine vessels, hydrogen refueling stations at ports, and fuel cell locomotives. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, My News LA, Feb., 2021) Contact: SoCalGas, Neil Navin, VP Clean Energy Innovations, www.socalgas.com; CALSTART, www.calstart.org; California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov

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    2030 Climate Challenge Finalists Announced (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Leadership Forum
    Date: 2021-02-10
    Lever for Change is reporting the five finalist teams that will advance to the next stage of the 2030 Climate Challenge, a $10 million award launched in 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 2030.

    The Challenge, sponsored by an anonymous donor, will fund proven, data-driven solutions tackling greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings, industry, and/or transportation sectors in communities across the country. The finalists include:

  • Carbon Leadership Forum / Seattle, Washington -- Building with Biomass: Using Buildings to Sequester Carbon at Gigaton-Scale carbonleadershipforum.org

  • RMI / Boulder, Colorado -- Scale Zero: Healthy, Zero-Emission, Affordable Housing for All. www.rmi.org

  • Solar United Neighbors / Washington, District of Columbia -- First Statewide Virtual Power Plant: Equitable Transition to Clean Energy. www.solarunitedneighbors.org

  • World Resources Institute / Washington, District of Columbia -- Turning Point: Driving Climate Action through Southeast Transportation Electrification, www.wri.org

  • World Wildlife Fund / Washington, District of Columbia -- Decarbonizing U.S. Industry with Renewable Thermal Energy. www.worldwildlife.org

    Finalist's project details are HERE. (Source: 2030 Climate Challenge, Website PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: 2030 Climate Challenge, www.2030climatechallenge.org Lever for Change, www.leverforchange.org

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  • Clean Energy Fuels Supplying RNG to LA Metro Bus Fleet (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In the Golden State, Newport Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is reporting a 5-year agreement to supply Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (LA Metro) with 47.5 million gallons of RNG to fuel LA Metro's fleet of 2,400 buses.

    LA Metro is committed to transition to a 100 pct zero-emissions bus fleet by 2030 and a net zero-emissions agency by 2050. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, Website, Feb., 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

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    Florida Bill Expands PACE Programs, Accountability (Reg & Leg)
    Property Assessed Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In the Sunshine State, a bill tabled by Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) before the Florida State House of Representatives is seeking to augment and expand the state Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program and address consumer advocates group concerns.

    Under the bill, PACE programs, which are advertised as a no-money-down way for homeowners and businesses to finance energy efficiency upgrades, would include projects related to storms and flooding, septic tank improvements and "health and environment" improvements such as removing mold, lead and asbestos.

    Importantly, the bill allows PACE borrowers to cancel within three days and standardizes how the financial terms are disclosed. Also, PACE contractors and loan providers would be required to verify that PACE loans are not greater than 10 pct of the (borrower) homeowner's annual income and that the loan payment amount is not greater than $4,800 per year or that the homeowner is not in bankruptcy proceedings. (Source: Office of Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay), Tampa Bay Times, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: Florida Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay), www.facebook.com/voterandyfine

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    Clean Energy, Climate Change Notable Quote
    Notable Quote
    Date: 2021-02-05
    "Climate change is the problem, clean energy is the solution." -- Eileen Claussen.

    Eileen Claussen is a former U.S. diplomat and senior climate and energy policy advisor to U.S. Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Security Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and its successor, the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions.

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    Energy Conservation, Efficiency Grants Offered in PA (Funding)
    Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund
    Date: 2021-01-29
    In the Keystone State, Johnstown-based Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund reports in 2021 it will issue more than $200,000 in grant funding ranging from $2,000 to $50,000 throughout the Met-Ed and Penelec energy companies service areas to support clean energy technologies and energy efficiency programs.

    The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund provide grants, loans, and equity investments to promote development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies; energy conservation and efficiency; sustainable energy businesses and projects that improve the environment in the companies' service territories.

    Grant applicants must be for projects located in and/or serve residents within the territories of the Met-Ed and Penelec electric companies in Pennsylvania. Funding is prioritized for non-profit entities, however commercial or industrial organizations may qualify. Applications are now open and will be accepted through March 15, with decisions to be made in May 2021. (Source: Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, 28 Jan, 2021) Contact: Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, 800.732.0999, www.bccf.org/sustainable-energy-fund

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    Hawaiian Rooftop Solar Installations up 55 pct (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric (HECO) is reporting a 55 pct jump in new customer sited rooftop solar systems in 2020 compared to 2019.

    In 2020, 5,965 new rooftop solar systems were installed across Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui Counties up 55 pct from the 3,840 systems in 2019. Of the new systems, 4,624, or 78 pct include battery storage.

    At the end of 2020, there were 87,848 private customer systems generating 968 MW connected to HECO's five island grids, including 9,751 with energy storage. In total, about 3.7 million panels are in use.

    With this increase, 36 pct of single-family homes on Ohu, 29 pct in Maui County and 21 pct on Hawaii Island have rooftop solar.

    For customers who cannot take advantage of private rooftop solar, HECO will soon launch its shared community solar program to extend the financial and environmental benefits of clean energy to a wider range of residents such as renters and customers with low-to-moderate incomes. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Peter Rosegg, 808.371.7474, peter.rosegg@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-01-25
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • The aftermath of COVID-19 will push economies into a renewable future -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how societies, businesses, and governments view the world. As various industries saw a decline in the demand for products and/or services throughout the pandemic, the energy industry witnessed the opposite. Energy production and distribution remained essential regardless of the pandemic.

    Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come. For this reason, we don't foresee a job loss, rather a job transfer -- or perhaps a job boom - in renewables in 2021. For those currently working in fossil fuels, this shift will present a great opportunity to transition skills as the energy sector continues to evolve into a clean energy future.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • BECCS on the short rise -- Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States and exports pellets primarily to power plants in the UK, Europe and Japan that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by up to 85 pct. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: Enviva Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP., www.envivabiomass.com

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  • Aries Clean Energy Re-brands, Sharpens Focus (Ind. Report)
    Aries Clean Energy,Aries Clean Technologies
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Franklin, Tenn.-based biomass gasification solutions specialist Aries Clean Energy is reporting a name change to Aries Clean Technologies, with a refined focus on the clean conversion of wastewater biosolids.

    Aries' gasification solutions divert biosolids and biomass from landfills and convert them into clean energy and useful byproducts -- Bio-Fly-Ash™ for use in concrete production and Aries GREEN™ Biochar for carbon filtration and as a soil amendment.

    Aries Clean Technologies develops, designs, and builds innovative proprietary fluidized bed and downdraft gasification systems and projects using its eight patents granted to date. The company's projects provide the sustainable conversion of biosolids and biomass, reduction of carbon emissions, and the production of clean thermal and electrical energy. (Source: Aries Clean Technologies, PR, Website, Jan., 2021) Contact: Aries Clean Technologies, Nancy Cooper, 615-616-8235, nancy.cooper@ariescleantech.com, www.ariescleantech.com

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    VGS Focuses on Smart Energy, Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Vermont Gas
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In South Burlington, Vermont Gas Service (VGS) has filed its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) reaffirming its commitment to climate change action, a decarbonized thermal energy future and an affordable pathway to Net Zero by 2050.

    The filing represents a shift from prior planning models. While the Company will continue to add customers within its existing footprint, this plan considers decreasing natural gas loads and strategies under which VGS can promote such further reductions through efficiency and weatherizations, as well as meeting the needs of customers through expanded energy services.

    VGS serves over 54,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties and plays an important role in Vermont's clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels, offering renewable natural gas service, and delivering award-winning energy efficiency programs. VGS is leading the country in the development of local renewable energy generation and has targeted a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and full elimination by 2050. (Source: Vermont Gas, PR, 18 Jan, 2021) Contact: Vermont Gas, Neale Lunderville, CEO, Beth Parent, Brand Manager, (802) 865-1460 / (802) 578-2776, bparent@vermontgas.com, www.vgsvt.com

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    Vermont Gas Committed to Net-Zero by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Vermont Gas
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In South Burlington, Vermont Gas Service (VGS) has filed its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) reaffirming its commitment to climate change action, a decarbonized thermal energy future and an affordable pathway to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Filing represents a shift from prior planning models. While the Company will continue to add customers within its existing footprint, this plan considers decreasing natural gas loads and strategies under which VGS can promote such further reductions through efficiency and weatherizations, as well as meeting the needs of customers through expanded energy services.

    VGS serves over 54,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties. The company plays an important role in Vermont's clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels, offering renewable natural gas service, and delivering award-winning energy efficiency programs. VGS is leading the country in the development of local renewable energy generation and has targeted a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and full elimination by 2050. (Source: Vermont Gas, PR, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Vermont Gas, Neale Lunderville, CEO, Beth Parent, Brand Manager, (802) 865-1460 / (802) 578-2776, bparent@vermontgas.com, www.vgsvt.com

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    Repsol S A, Ibereolica Renovables Chilean Wind JV Underway (Int'l.)
    Repsol S A, Ibereolica Renovables
    Date: 2021-01-18
    Repsol and Grupo Ibereolica Renovables in Santiago, Chile, report their first joint wind farm in the Chilean province of Huasco is underway. The 189-MW Cabo Leones III wind farm is being developed in two phases.

    The first phase with 79 MW and 22 SG 132 wind turbines, entered into commercial operation in December 2020. It will produce 280 GWh of clean energy per year, thereby avoiding 94,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The second phase broke ground in July 2020 and is slated to enter into commercial operation in Q2, 2021.

    The Repsol and Grupo Ibereolica Renovables joint venture has a portfolio of assets in operation, construction, and advanced development of more than 1,600 MW, with commercial operation dates up until 2023, and the possibility of surpassing 2,600 MW by 2030.

    Repsol currently has nearly 3,000 MW of low-emissions generation capacity installed. It has six renewables projects under development in Spain and holds a stake in one of the world's largest semi-submersible floating wind farms, Windfloat Atlantic, off the coast of Portugal, which is now in operation.

    Grupo Ibereolica Renovables currently operates 12 wind farms with an installed capacity of 205 MW in Spain and 444 MW in Chile. Additionally, it has approximately 10 GW of wind and solar projects under development in Spain, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. (Source: Grupo Ibereolica Renovables, Repsol Joint PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Grupo Ibereolica Renovables, +56 2 333 35 40, www.grupoibereolica.es; Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

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    National Grid Joins Bioenergy, Hydrogen Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Gas Technology Institute,EPRI, National Grid
    Date: 2021-01-18
    National Grid US has joined the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI), a five-year initiative to develop and demonstrate key clean energy technologies and decarbonisation solutions. These include bioenergy, renewable natural gas (RNG), and clean hydrogen. LCRI is jointly led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI).

    Joining LGRI is in keeping with National Grid's effort to advance the potential of clean hydrogen, hydrogen R&D and hydrogen fuel blending as part of its Net-Zero by 2050 Plan. (Source: National Grid, PR, EPRI Website, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: EPRI Low-Carbon Resources Initiative, 650-855-2121, www.epri.com/lcri; Gas Technology Institute, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy; National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com

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    UK Hydrogen Project Transition to Low-Carbon Economy (Int'l.)
    ESSAR,Progressive Energy
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Andhra Pradesh-based Indian energy company ESSAR Oil Ltd. reports it plans to construct the UK's largest low carbon hydrogen production hub to support the country's transition to a more environmentally sustainable economy. The £750 million investment in two plants will be made jointly with clean energy specialist Progressive Energy as part of its HyNet scheme, a project to supply low carbon hydrogen to industrial sites and homes in north-west England.

    The plants well be constructed next to its Progressive Energy's Stanlow refinery on the Mersey estuary in north-west England. Natural gas, and fuel gases from the refinery, will be converted into low carbon hydrogen, with carbon dioxide captured and stored (CCS) in depleted undersea gasfields 60km offshore in Liverpool Bay. The refinery will be converted to burn hydrogen instead of natural gas. (Source: Essar, PR, FT, Jan., 2021) Contact: Essar, +91 89125 23213, www.essar.com; Progressive Energy, www.progressive-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Progressive Energy,  Hydrogen,  


    Philly Passes Bldg. Energy Performance Legislation (Ind. Report)
    Philadelphia
    Date: 2021-01-13
    In the Keystone State, Philadelphia City Council reports passage of Bill #190600 creating a new Building Energy Performance Program -- a key step toward meeting the mayor's commitment to cutting carbon pollution 25 pct by 2025 in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. When implemented, it will cut the city's carbon pollution by nearly 200,000 metric tons -- climate pollution equivalent of taking 40,000 automobiles off our roads.

    The Building Energy Performance Policy mandates all non-residential buildings 50,000 square feet and larger to either submit a certification of high energy performance to the City's Office of Sustainability or conduct a tune-up to bring existing building energy systems up to a state of good repair.

    To quantify potential cost savings, the City recently conducted a pilot tune-up on the Juvenile Justice Center in West Philadelphia and found that an initial $12,000 investment will result in $24,000 in annual energy savings. Citywide, the Building Energy Performance Program will result in millions of dollars in cost savings for building operators and tenants and lead to an estimated 600 new careers in the clean economy, according to the release.

    A requirement for large buildings to tune-up existing systems was a key recommendation from Powering Our Future: A Clean Energy Vision for Philadelphia, a report published by the Office of Sustainability last year to help set goals toward a long-term commitment to cut carbon pollution 80 pct by 2050. (Source: City of Philadelphia, PR, Website, Jan., 2021)Contact: Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Christine Knapp, Dir., (215) 686-6210, sustainability@phila.gov; www.phila.gov/departments/office-of-sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Philadelphia Energy Authority,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Performance,  

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