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CFA Announces Energy Efficiency Grant Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
Energy Efficiency,Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Keystone State, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (CFA) is reporting the availability of grant funding from the Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund for "projects and programs that support the development and use of clean energy technologies and energy efficiency."

The Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, which is managed by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and the Berks County Community Foundation, will distribute a total of nearly $200,000 in funding ranging from $2,000 to $50,000, depending on the scope of the projects.

Grant funding is prioritized for nonprofits, but commercial and industrial organizations also may apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Eligible applicants must be located in and/or serve residents in territory served by Met-Ed or Penelec in Pennsylvania. (Source: Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Penna., 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, www.metedpenelecsef.org; Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 814-536-7741, www.cfalleghenies.org

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


First WindFloat Atlantic Turbine Now Producing Power (Int'l Report)
WindFloat Atlantic ,Windplus
Date: 2020-01-06
Following up on our November 6, 2019 coverage, Windplus, a consortium of utilities EDP Renewables, ENGIE and Spanish oil major Repsol is reporting the first of three 8.4-mw MHI Vestas turbines of the WindFloat Atlantic project, the world's largest floating wind turbine, is now generating power off the coast of Portugal.

The WindFloat Atlantic project was partially funded with a €60 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB.)(Source: Windplus, WindFloat Atlantic, gtm, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de; EIB, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Repsol,  EIB,  Windfloat Atlantic,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


EDP Renewables, ConnectGEN Complete First Solar Acquisition (M&A)
EDP Renewables,First Solar, ConnectGen
Date: 2019-12-23
Following up on our 13th November report, First Solar reports EDP Renewables and Houston-headquartered ConnectGEN LLC's acquisition of three First Solar projects totaling 278MW AC in the US has been completed . The projects include the 154MWAC Sun Streams 1 project in Maricopa County, AZ, the 20MWAC Windhub A project in Kern County, CA, and the 103MWAC Sunshine Valley project in Nye County, Nevada.

EDP Renewables North America commissioned its first two solar parks in California in January 2015, subsequently adding three solar parks in South Carolina to its operational portfolio.

Houston-headquartered ConnectGen develops renewable energy and energy storage projects across North America. The company is backed by Quantum Energy Partners, a provider of private equity capital to the global energy industry. (Source: EDP Renewables, First Solar, Printed Electronics, 30 Dec., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com; ConnectGEN LLC, (346) 998-2020, www.connectgenllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables ,  Solar,  First Solar,  ConnectGen ,  


Ontario's Nation Rise Wind Farm Approval Rescinded (Ind. Report)
EDP Renewables Canada
Date: 2019-12-16
At Queen's Park, the Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks reports it has revoked the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the 29-turbine Nation Rise Wind Farm project which is under construction in North Stormont, Ontario. The project was planned to generate up to 100 MW of electricity under a 20-year, $400-million contract awarded by the IESO.

The approval withdrawal was based on the wind farm's possible irreversible harm to endangered bat populations in the area. EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. is the owner and operator of the project. (Source: Electrical Business, 13 Dec., 2019) Contact: Nation Rise Wind Farm, 416.479.9736, nationrise@edpr.com, www.nationrisewindfarm.com; EDP Renewables Canada, www.edpr.com › edpr-canada; Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, www.ontario.ca › page › ministry-environment-conservation-parks

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  EDP Renewables Canada ,  


Floating Wind Farm Planned for Ulsan, Korea (Int'l Report)
WindPower Korea, EDP Renewables, Aker Solutions
Date: 2019-11-27
Following up on our 21st October coverage, EDP Renewables, a consortium founded by EDP and Aker Solutions reports it has joined WindPower Korea with investments in the development company Korea Floating Wind Power (KFWind). Principle Power, which had a role in originating the KFWind project portfolio, will supply its WindFloat foundation technology for the 500-MW project.

As previously reported, KFWind inked a MoU with the City of Ulsan to cooperate on the development of floating wind projects and support the Ulsan region as a manufacturing hub for domestic and export offshore wind markets.

South Korea is targeting 13 GW of offshore wind installed by 2030, and 30 pct or more renewable energy by 2040. (Source: WindPower Korea, EDP Renewables, Aker Solutions 25 Nov., 2019)Contact: WindPower Korea, +82-2-584-5326, kwsuh@windpowerkorea.com, www.windpowerkorea.com; Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; EDP Renewables, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  WindPower Korea,  EDP Renewables,  Aker Solutions ,  


Vestas Selected for French Floating Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Date: 2019-11-18
Following up on our 9 October coverage, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is reporting it has been selected as the preferred turbine supplier for the Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL) pilot wind project off the south coast of France.

The project, a partnership between French utility Engie and EDP Renewables, will incorporate three V164-10.0 MW turbines mounted on WindFloat semi-submersible floating platforms from by Principle Power. (Source: MHI Vestas, Various Media, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; EDP Renewables, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Engie,  MHI Vestas Offshore Wind,  Engie,  EDP Renewables,  


EDPR Acquires 50 pct Stake in 278MW US Solar Portfolio (M&A)
EDP Renewables,First Solar
Date: 2019-11-13
EDP Renewables North America LLC is reporting acquisition of a 50 pct stake in a 278 MW portfolio of three solar projects in the U.S. as well as a contract to develop 804 MW of offshore wind power through a 50/50 joint venture.

The first portfolio of three solar energy plants developed by Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar Inc. is expected to commence operations in the coming months and is secured by Power Purchase Agreements. The second announcement involves an agreement to supply 804 MW of clean and renewable offshore wind energy enough to power approximately half a million homes to customers in Massachusetts. (Source : EDPR, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.co; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables ,  Solar,  First Solar ,  


World's Largest Floating Wind Turbine Expected on Line This Year (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Windplus,ABS,Principle Power
Date: 2019-11-06
Windplus, a consortium of utilities EDP, ENGIE and Repsol along with clean energy firm Principle Power, is touting the development of an 8.4MW floating offshore wind turbine to be deployed in Viana do Castello, Portugal. The turbine is expected to come online before the year end.

The wind turbine has been developed by ABS Group and is the first of three ABS-classed, SEMI Submersible Type units that will make up for a total of 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power. (Source: Principle Power, Smart Energy, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de; ABS, Christopher J. Wiernicki, CEO, www.abs-group.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Principle Power,  ABS Group,  Windplus,  Repsol,  Windfloat Atlantic,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Mayflower Set to Begin Mass. Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Mayflower Wind Energy
Date: 2019-11-04
In the Bay State, Boston-based Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, a joint venture of Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC (EDPR), reports it will supply 804 MW of offshore wind -- sufficient power for approximately 500,000 Massachusetts homes -- from its Mayflower Wind project 20 miles south of Nantucket.

The project is expected to come online in 2025 and to eliminate 1.7 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions -- the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

Shell New Energies and EDPR reportedly have over 18,000 U.S. employees between them, a supply chain of more than 5,000 U.S. companies, $400 billion in market capitalization, experience operating 6,300 mw of onshore wind in the U.S. and ongoing development and construction of 2,700 mw of offshore wind projects in France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Scotland that are anticipated to be operational between now and 2023. (Source: Mayflower Wind, Composites World, 1 Nov, 2019) Contact: Mayflower Wind, John Hartnett, Pres., 508-589-3557, info@mayflowerwind.com, www.mayflowerwind.com; Shell New Energies US, www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/new-energies.html; EDPR Offshore North America, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mayflower Wind Energy,  Offshore Wind,  ,  


Floating Wind Farm Planned for Ulsan, Korea (Int'l Report)
EDPR, Aker Solutions
Date: 2019-10-21
A consortium of WindPower Korea, EDP Renewables and the engineering firm Aker Solutions are reporting plans to develop an initial 500MW floating wind farm off the coast of Ulsan Metropolitan City in South Korea. Principle Power will supply its proven WindFloat® foundation technology for the project.

The South Korean Government is calling for 13 GW of offshore wind to be installed by 2030 and set a target of at least 30 pct renewable energy by 2040.

The Ulsan area is considered well-suited for commercializing floating wind, due to the combination of industry-leading shipyards, maritime expertise and port facilities in the region. (Source: WindPower Korea, EDPR Renewables, Aker Solutions, reve, 189 Oct., 2019) Contact: WindPower Korea, +82-2-584-5326, kwsuh@windpowerkorea.com, www.windpowerkorea.com; Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; EDP Renewables, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Aker Solutions,  EDPR,  


Shell, EDP JV Pitch Connecticut Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Shell, EDP,Mayflower Wind
Date: 2019-10-02
Mayflower Wind, a 50/50 Shell New Energies US and Portugal-based EDPR Offshore North America JV, reports the submission of bids to Connecticut regulators to develop and construct an offshore wind farm in leased waters roughly 20 miles south of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

One proposal is for a 408-mw wind project and the other is a 804-mw wind farm. Both would have an expected 20-year life span. Both Netherlands-based Shell and Portugal-based EDP have North American renewable operations based in Houston. (Source: Mayflower Wind, EDP, Shell, Chronicle, 1 Oct., 2019)Contact: Mayflower Wind, www.mayflowerwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Mayflower Wind,  Shell,  EDP,  


21,000,000 PRIME Alliance Technology Smart Meters Installed (Int'l)
PRIME Alliance
Date: 2019-09-20
In Brussels, the PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution Alliance (PRIME) reports more than 40 participants from over 20 utilities and integrators and certification entities -- CEZ Distribuce, EDP Distribuicao, E-Redes, Iberdrola and others -- attended its fifth annual Utility to Utility User Group Conference in Munich. The conference highlighted the deployment of 21,000,000 smart meters with PRIME Technology worldwide.

Attending utilities received further clarification on how approximately 80 products have been PRIME certified by laboratory members, such as DNV-GL and Tecnalia.

PRIME represents a public, open and non-proprietary telecommunications architecture which supports present and future AMM functionalities and enables the building of the electricity networks of the future, or smart grids.

PRIME aims to establish a complete set of international standards which will allow for full interoperability among equipment and systems from different providers. Thus, competition in the metering market will benefit utilities and its customers.

The components of PRIME architecture (modulation and coding techniques, protocols, data formats etc.) are not subject to any Intellectual Property Rights. Specifications are comprehensive and detailed enough so that any new entrant will be able to provide interoperable solutions to the market, according to the PRIME website. (Source: PRIME Alliance, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: PRIME Alliance, info@prime-alliance.org, www.prime-alliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News PRIME Alliance,  Smart Meter,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


EDP Renewables Inks Calif. PV, Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
EDP Renewables North America
Date: 2019-08-14
In the Golden State, EDP Renewables North America reports it will sell 110 MW of electricity from the Sonrisa solar farm and battery storage facility to San Jose Clean Energy The 20-year PPA covers 100 MW of solar energy and 10 MW of storage capacity. In June, EDP inked a similar PPA with East Bay Community Energy for 100 MW of photovoltaic and 30 MW of storage.

The two PPAs together account for 100 pct of the facility's power and storage capacity.(Source: EDP Renewables North America, PR, ReNEWS, Aug., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; East Bay Community Energy, 833-699-3223, www.ebce.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables North America ,  


WindFloat Atlantic Floating Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Windfloat Atlantic,EDP,Repsol
Date: 2019-07-24
Windplus is reporting the installation of the first Windfloat Atlantic turbine on its three-turbine floating platform -- the first such platform in continental Europe and largest turbine ever to be installed on a floating platform -- is underway in the outer harbor of Ferrol, Spain.

The project belongs to the Bremen, Germany-based Windplus consortium, which is jointly owned by EDP Renovaveis with 54.4 pct, ENGIE with 24 pct and Repsol at 19.4 pct and Principle Power Inc. with the balance. The project will incorporate 3 Vestas turbines to collectively deliver an installed capacity of 25 MW -- sufficient power for 60,000 homes in one year. (Source: Windfloat Atlantic, reve, 18 July, 2019) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Windplus,  Repsol,  Windfloat Atlantic,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


California Community Wind, Solar Projects Approved (Ind Report)
East Bay Community Energy
Date: 2019-07-03
In the Golden State, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), a community choice energy provider, reports approval of two power purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 157.5 MW from new wind and solar facilities, along with 30 MW of battery energy storage, to be built in Alameda and Fresno counties in California. The approved contracts include:
  • the Summit Wind Project -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 57.5 MW of wind from the Altamont Winds LLC project, near Livermore in Alameda County, from San Diego-based Salka LLC in partnership with a global private equity firm. The project will see the repowering a 569, 100 kW turbines with 23 modern turbines at a former Altamont Pass wind farm and is expected to be completed in late 2020.

  • Sonrisa Solar Park -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of energy storage from the Sonrisa Solar Park, located in Fresno County and owned/operated by EDP Renewables North America. Construction on the Sonrisa solar project will begin as early as December 2021. It is expected to be operational in 2022.

    As one of 19 community choice aggregation programs operating in California, EBCE will provide clean energy at competitive rates and will reinvest earnings back into the community. (Source: East Bay Community Energy, NA Windpower, 24 June, 2019) Contact: East Bay Community Energy, 833-699-3223, www.ebce.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Community Wind,  Community Solar,  


  • McLean County Ill. Wind Farms Underway (Ind. Report)
    EDP,Invenergy
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In Illinois, Bright Stalk Wind Farm and McLean County Wind Energy Center (MCWEC), separate developments near Lexington and Chenoa, are reportedly ramping up to full-scale construction, with Bright Stalk to start running first -- possibly this fall.

    Houston-based EDP Renewables North America (EDP) Bright Stalk is expected to cost $348 million and generate up to $2.6 million in local taxes annually. Invenergy's MCWEC project is expected to incorporate between 90 and 100 turbines totaling 250 MW at a cost of approx. $300 million. (Source: Invenergy, Pantagraph, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Invenergy, (309) 365-2777, mcleanwindoutreach@gmail.com, www.mcleancountywind.invenergyllc.com; Brightstalk Wind Farm, (800) 557-5183, updates.brightstalkwindfarm.com, brightstalk@edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  EDP,  Invergy,  


    Energy Efficiency Specialist Redaptive Opens in Denver (Ind Report)
    Redaptive
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Energy efficiency as a service provider Redaptive is reporting the opening of an office in Denver, Colorado where it has 20 projects.

    Redpative offers energy efficiency as a service, covering all the upfront costs. The company designs the project, pays for the equipment and construction, maintains the equipment and monitors the building's systems to verify the energy savings which, according to the ACEEE can save up to 25 pct in energy costs.

    The company presently manages over 1,300 sites, covering more than 100 million square-feet of commercial and industrial facilities in 44 states, according to the company. (Source: Redaptive, Denver Post, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Redaptive, (415) 413-0445, www.redaptive.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Redaptive,  Energy Efficiency,  


    125 MW Ohio Wind Farm Wins Siting Approval (Reg & Leg)
    Ohio Power Siting Board.
    Date: 2019-03-01
    Meeting in Columbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board reports its approval of EDP Renewables' Paulding Wind Farm IV LLC planned 37 turbines at its Timber Road IV Wind Farm near Payne, in Paulding County, on the Ohio-Indiana state line.

    Construction of the 125 MW project is expected to get underway in Q2 for commissioning and startup in Q4 of this year. The project is expected to generate sufficient power for 125,000 homes. (Source: Ohio Power Siting Board, Kallanish, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ohio Power Siting Board. (866) 270-6772, www.opsb.ohio.gov; EDP Renewables North America, www.edprnorthamerica.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  EDP Renewables,  


    Vestas Commits to Aussie Wind Turbine Production (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2019-02-18
    In the Land Down Under, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting a partnership with Geelong-based Marand Precision Engineering for the production of wind turbine hubs and drive trains. Vests's commitment is aimed at helping its clients win round one of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target auction, where the state government intends to maximize local content and increase local investment and skills transfer.

    To that end, Vesta's will train Marand's Australian workers on its turbine production lines in Denmark before the Geelong plant begins production of Vesta's 4.2 MW turbines for the Dundonnell Wind Farm and Berrybank Wind Farm projects in Victoria.

    Eighty turbines are planned for Dundonnell and 43 machines for Berrybank. Vestas has committed to local assembly of 100 hubs and 50 drivetrains -- including bedplate, gearbox, driveshaft and generator. (Source: Vestas, ecogeneration, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Marand Precision Engineering, +61 3 8552 0600, www.marand.com.au; Vestas, Peter Cowling Clive, NZ and Australia Country Head, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

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


    EDPR Unloads 499MW Stakes in N. Am. Wind Projects (M&A)
    Axium Infrastructure,EDPR
    Date: 2019-01-04
    Houston-headquartered EDPR Renewables North America reports the sale of 80 pct stakes in three wind farms totaling 499MW to Axium Infrastructure for $860 million.

    The sale includes the: 200MW Meadow Lake 6 facility in Indiana and;and the 100MW Nation Rise project due online in Q4 of this year in Canada. EPDR completed the sale of 75 pct of Nation Rise with the other 5 pct to be sold when the project starts operations. (Source: EDPR Renewables, renews.biz, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, (514) 954-3781, asroy@axiuminfra.com, www.axiuminfra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Axium Infrastructure,  EDPR,  Wind,  


    United Power Touts Colorado Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    United Power,Engie North America
    Date: 2019-01-02
    Brighton, Colorado-based electric power cooperative United Power reports it has partnered with Tesla and Houston-headquartered Engie North America for the installation of a 4MW/16MWh battery energy storage system in Firestone.

    The Tesla battery system, reportedly be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project ever built in Colorado, will store sufficient power for power 600-700 homes and help United Power save approximately $1 million in annual operational costs. (Source: United Power, Smart Energy, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: United Power, Jerry Marizza, Bus. Dev., (303)637-1300, www.unitedpower.com; Engie North America, Luis Felipe Birolini, VP Bus. Dev., (713) 636-0000, information@na.engie.com, www.engie-na.com; Tesla, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie North America,  United Power,  Tesla,  Battery Energy Storage ,  


    Canadian Solar Touts 10-Yr Italian PPA (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar
    Date: 2018-12-17
    Canadian Solar Inc. reports it entered into a 10-year PPA for 100 pct of the electric power produced by a 17.6 MWp solar PV plant portfolio in Sicily, Italy. The portfolio is 51 pct owned by Canadian Solar (51% stake) and 49 pct owned by Verona, Italy-based Manni Energy, a renewable energy engineering, O&M servicesand energy efficiency firm which is part of Manni Group, which will also provide turnkey EPC services for the project. Under the PPA, TrailStone will also act as market representative for the portfolio on the Italian wholesale market. The solar PV portfolio is expected to start producing electricity in Q2, 2019. (Source: Canadian Solar, Street Insider, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Trailstone Group, John Redpath, CEO, + +44 203 959 1815, www.trailstonegroup.com; Manni Energy, +39 045 808 8911, www.mannienergy.it; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Solar,  


    DNV GL's Windfloat Atlantic Due Diligence Completed (Ind. Report)
    DNV GL,Windplus
    Date: 2018-11-09
    Energy advisory and certification specialist DNV GL is reporting completion of a lenders' technical due diligence on the 25-MW Windfloat Atlantic floating wind farm project now under construction off the coast of Portugal.

    DNV GL's technical due diligence reportedly helped secure the €60 million from the European Investment Bank so the project could become the world's first project-financed floating wind farm.

    The project is being developed by Windplus and will incorporate three 8.4-MW MHI Vestas turbines, the largest and most powerful wind turbines ever installed on a floating foundation platform.

    Windplus is a subsidiary of EDP Renewables, Repsol and Principle Power.(Source: DNG GL, Windpower Eng., 7 Nov., 2019)Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Windplus SA, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/windplus; EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com; DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Windplus,  DNV GL,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  ,  


    Walmart Increases Wind, Solar Power Purchases (Ind. Report)
    Walmart,EDP Renewables,SunPower
    Date: 2018-10-31
    Arkansas-headquartered retail juggernaut Walmart is reporting an agreement to purchase 233 MW of utility-scale wind power from Houston-headquartered EDP Renewables North America. The PPA is in keeping with the retail giant's goal of sourcing 100 pct of its global energy needs from renewables.

    The Walmart-EDP agreement includes three EDP Renewables developed, owned and operated wind farms in the states of Illinois and Indiana. The deal didn't specify how the electricity will be distributed or whether the power will go directly toward local Walmart or other facilities. Walmart also recently announced an agreement with San Jose, California-based SunPower for the installation of both rooftop and ground-mounted solar systems at 19 Walmart stores and two distribution centers in Illinois, all of which are expected to begin construction early in the new year. (Source: Walmart, Triple Pundit, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy, http://corporate.walmart.com; EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713)265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Walmart,  EDP Renewables,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    EIB Funds Semi-Submersible Platform Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank,EDP Renováveis
    Date: 2018-10-24
    The European Investment Bank (EIB is reporting a € 60 million loan to Portuguese energy giant EDP Renovaveis subsidiary Windplus S.A. for the construction of a first-of-its-kind, semi-submersible platform offshore floating wind farm to be located about 20 km off the coast of Portugal.

    The project will also be supported by the InnovFin Energy Demonstration Project facility, which is funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme , and an additional €29.9 million from the EU NER300 programme, plus up to €6 million from the Government of Portugal, through the Portuguese Carbon Fund.

    Until 2020, "InnovFin -- EU Finance for Innovators" offers a range of tailored products which will make available financing in support of research and innovation (R&I) by small, medium-sized and large companies and the promoters of research infrastructures. (Source: European Investment Bank, EDP Renewables, 19 October, 2018) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Windplus SA, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/windplus; EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Wind,  EDP Renovaveis,  Repsol,  Windplus S.A,  


    EDP Renewables Opens Romanian Wind Energy Storage Facility (Int'l)
    EDP Renewables
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Madrid-headquartered renewables specialist EDP Renewables (EDPR) is reporting the opening of a pioneering battery-based wind energy storage facility at the 2012 vintage, 26-MW Cobadin Wind Farm in Romania. The facility is the first energy storage undertaking in Romania, according to the company's website.

    EDP Renewables, the world's fourth-largest wind energy producer, is presently active in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK, and the US. In 2017, the company generated 27.6 TWh through facilities with a combined installed capacity of 11 GW in 11 countries. (Source: EDP Renewables, Balkan Green Energy News, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: EDP Renewables, www.edpr.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  


    Siemens Gamesa Negotiating 700 MW Brazilian Wind Deals (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In Sao Paulo, Brazil, it is being widely reported that Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA is negotiating to supply about 700 MW of wind turbines for Brazilian power projects to be developed by Voltalia SA, EDP Renovaveis SA, Enel Green Power SpA, and Neoenergia, SA, all of which won government-organized power auctions in December. Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports the orders totaling 1,450 MW could be valued at as much $620 million.

    Brazil aims to increase its installed clean-energy capacity by 19 gigawatts by 2026. Siemens-Gamesa presently has 2.7 GW of turbines installed in Brazil and 83 gigawatts installed globally. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Bloomberg, Others, Jan 07 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  


    EDPR Secures $507Mn for 7 Renewable Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
    EDP Renewables North America
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Houston-headquartered EDP Renewables North America reports it has closed on $507 million financing with Bank of New York Mellon for 4 wind farms and 3 solar plants totaling 423 MW capacity.

    All of the 7 projects, which are located in Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Ohio respectively, have long-term PPAs in place. (Source: EDP Renewables North America, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, (713)265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

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    Bidders Selected for Four Alberta Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
    Alberta
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In Calgary, the Government of Alberta reports that due to the enthusiastic response to an auction to pick renewable energy projects it has raised it goal of 400 mw to 600 megawatts of new generation. Three companies will spend about $1 billion to build four wind power projects capable of generating enough power for 255,000 homes. The projects are to open in 2019.

    The winning bids came from Edmonton-based Capital Power with a 201-MW project, Madrid-based EDP Renewables with a 248-MW project and Enel Green Power Canada, a division of a Rome-based global power company, with projects of 115 MW and 31 MW. The province will subsidize the plants if the power price falls below the bid price --if the price is higher, the difference will be paid to the province. (Source: CTV News, Canada Press, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Capital Power, www.capitalpower.com; Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; EDF Renewables, www.edf-er.com

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    EDP Renewables Completes $167Mn Wisc. Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    EDF Renewables,Dairyland Power Cooperative
    Date: 2017-11-22
    Wisconsin Public Radio is reporting that EDP Renewables has finished construction on the $167 million Quilt Block Wind Farm in Lafayette County, southwestern Wisconsin. The project, which will generate sufficient energy for approximately 25,000 homes, has a 20-year PPA with Dairyland Power Cooperative. (Source: EDP Renewables, Wisc. State Farmer, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: EDP Renewables, www.edpr.com; Dairyland Power Cooperative, www.dairylandpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Wind,  


    Methanex, Painted Pony Energy Ink Feedstock Deal (Ind. Report)
    Methanex,Painted Pony Energy
    Date: 2017-11-13
    Vancouver-headquartered methanol producer Methanex reports it has inked a 14-year agreement with Calgary-based gas producer Painted Pony Energy for the majority of the natural gas required for Methanex's 600,000 mt methanol plant in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

    The agreement is slated to begin in 2018 and features a competitive fixed price for gas. Contracted quantities will be lower in the contract's early years to allow for Methanex's pre-existing natural gas forward purchase contracts, and will increase to roughly 50,000 MMBtu/d -- approximately 80 pct -90 pct -- of the plant's gas requirements from 2023, according to a Metrhanex statement. (Source: Methanex, SP Global, 9 Nov., 2017) Contact: Methanex, John Floren, Pres., CEO, (604) 661 2600, www.methanex.com; Painted Pony Energy, (403) 475-0440, www.paintedpony.ca

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    EDP Renovaveis Announces Two Portuguese Wind Projects (Int'l)
    EDP Renovaveis
    Date: 2017-11-08
    Portuguese renewable energy company EDP Renovaveis reports it will construct two new wind farms totaling 50 MW capacity in 2018. The two Portuguese projects, which have received regulatory approvals, are expected to come in at a total cost of €60 million, according to the company chairman Joao Manso Neto.

    One of the two projects will be erected in Maunça near Leiria, and the other will be sited in Vigia , near Viseu. (Source: EDP Renovaveis, Portugal News Online, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com

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    UK Offshore Wind Farm Costs Plunging Sharply (Int'l. Report)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2017-09-20
    According to the Financial Review (Iran) the cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms fell sharply in the UK to the point where it one of the cheapest ways to supply the grid. Wholesale power prices in the UK have averaged about $62 per MWh over the past year.

    In a recent UK government auction that handed out power-purchase contracts worth $232 million a year, all of the bids to build offshore wind farms and other renewable technologies were below the $122 per MWh. Auction winners included DONG Energy A/S, with an offer of $76 per MWh for power from its Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm, followed by EDP Renovaveis SA and Engie SA.

    The contracts-for-difference auction was for "less-established technologies" such as offshore wind, tidal and anaerobic digestion. The power-purchase agreements are fixed for 15 years.

    The offshore wind industry has seen its costs plunge as the capacity of its turbines doubled since 2007. It’s set to double again by 2020, driving down costs further, according to Greenpeace. (Source: Financial Review (Iran), 12 Sept., 2017)

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    Wind Ind. Gifts $1Mn for Hurricane Harvey Recovery (Ind. Report)
    AWEA,Pattern Energy
    Date: 2017-09-15
    Pattern Energy Group Inc. reports it is joining with other American wind energy companies as a keystone partner of Habitat Hammers Back, the Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuilding initiative led by Habitat for Humanity.

    The companies -- Apex Clean Energy, Blattner Energy, Duke Energy, EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables, Enel Green Power North America, E.ON, Goldwind Americas, Hannon Armstrong, Invenergy, Leeward Renewable Energy, MAP Royalty, Pattern Energy, TPI Composites and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA – are donating $1 million in aggregate to support repairs and rebuilding efforts in areas impacted by the storms. (Source: Pattern Energy, NA Wind Power, Various Others, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pattern Energy, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternnenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com; Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org; AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, www.awea.org

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    EDP Renewables, Cummins Ink Indiana Wind Farm VPA (Ind. Report)
    EDP Renewables North America
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Following on our August 21 coverage, Columbus, Ohio-headquartered heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturer Cummins reports it has inked a 15-year "virtual-power purchase agreement" (VPA) with Houston-based EDP Renewables North America to expand the Meadow Lake Wind Farm complex which operates hundreds of turbines spread out over White, Jasper, and Benton counties in northern Indiana.

    The deal will allow EDP to add 25 to 35 turbines to the facility to generate an additional 262,000 MWh per year of capacity -- sufficient to power 20,000 average Indiana homes.

    Under a VPPA, a company agrees to pay a renewable-energy-project developer a fixed rate for electricity over a contracted period, usually 10 to 20 years, while continuing to buy electricity from the local utility. The company does not get the energy directly. Instead, the developer sells the power onto the grid, where it is bought by other consumers at wholesale prices. (Source: Cummins, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cummins, Mark Dhennin, Dir. Energy and Environment, Brian Mormino, (614) 771-1000, www.cummins.com; EDP Renewables North America, www.edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cummins Diesel,  EDP Renewables North America,  Virtual Power Purchase Agreement,  


    EDP Renewables, TRC Tout Wind Blade Recycling Plan (Int'l)
    EDP Renewables
    Date: 2017-09-06
    EDP Renewables (EDPR) and Thermal Recycling of Composites (TRC), a Spanish Council for Scientific Research spin-out, are reporting plans for a new wind turbine blade recycling pilot programme. The initiative will recycle faulty or damaged turbine blades, including parts from EDPR's windfarms.

    Additionally, the collaboration has launched R3FIBER, a new recycling technology for fibre-infused plastics. The process converts resins of combustible gases and liquid fuels into reusable glass or carbon fibres. (Source: EDP Renewables, power-technology.com, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350, info@edpr.com, www.edprnorthamerica.com; Spanish Council for Scientific Research, www.reconproject.eu; Thermal Recycling of Composites, www.trcsl.com

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    EDP, Cummins Ink Wind Virtual Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Cummins Inc., EDP Renewables North America
    Date: 2017-08-21
    Columbus, Ohio-based heavy-duty engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. reports it has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables North America to add 75 MW of capacity to the 600-megawatt Meadow Lake Wind Farm in Chalmers, north of Lafayette, Indiana.

    In a virtual power purchase agreement, the wind farm owner sells the power into the broad power markets that feed the regional electric grid. (Source: Cummins, Seymour Tribune, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: Cummins, Brian Mormino, (614) 771-1000, /www.cummins.com; EDP Renewables North America, www.edpr.com

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    Subsidy-free 40 MW UK Solar Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l Report)
    Hive Energy
    Date: 2017-07-21
    In the UK, U.K., solar energy developer Hive Energy reports receipt of planning permission from the Test Valley Borough Council to construct a 40 MW solar farm abutting its global HQ near Romsey, southern England. The project will be developed without subsidies or other forms of government support.

    The approval is subject to a number of conditions, one being the restoration of the land to its original state after 25 years. The developer must also ensure that the solar farm's disruption to the ecological footprint of the farmland is minimal, and the formation of a biodiversity management plan that will allow for sheep grazing, wildflower seeding and the planting of new trees and hedgerows at the site. (Source: Hive Energy, PV Mag, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Hive Energy, Giles Redpath, +44 1794 324343, www.hiveenergy.co.uk

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    Aussie Bio-Refinery Expansion Awarded $20Mn Incentive (Int'l)
    United Petroleum
    Date: 2017-06-28
    In the Land Down Under, the proposed $26 million expansion of United Petroleum's sorghum ethanol bio-refinery in Dalby, Queensland, has received a $20 million incentive package from the Queensland state Government.

    The Dalby bio-refinery -- Australia's first bio-refinery -- presently produces 76 million lpy of ethanol and animal feed products from locally-grown sorghum. The expansion will boost biofuel production capacity by 24 million lpy to 100 million lpy. The proposed expansion is part of a multi-million dollar investment in 21st century biofutures plants that could generate more than 330 jobs in regional Queensland. (Source: South Burnett Times, 27 June, 2017) Contact: United Petroleum, +61 3 6398 2226, www.unitedpetroleum.com.au

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    United PV Subsidiary Acquiring 110 MW Chinese Solar Assets (M&A)
    Panda Green Power,United Photovoltaics,China New Energy
    Date: 2017-05-17
    The Hong Kong Stock Exchange reports that Panda Green Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Photovoltaics, reports it will acquire a 100 pct equity interest in China New Energy Holdings from Asia Pacific Energy and Infrastructure Investment for $154.1 million. The deal includes solar, wind and hydropower assets. The group will also issue 559,701,493 consideration shares as part of the agreement, according to a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

    Upon the completion, China New Energy will indirectly acquire 110 MW of solar capacity ing include both incomplete and operational assets, as well as the rights to develop undisclosed projects. It will also acquire 4.58 GW of hydropower capacity, in the form of unfinished and operational assets, as well as the development rights for projects. (Source: United Photovoltaics, Panda Green Power, PV Mag., Other Media, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Panda Green Power, www.unitedpvgroup.com; United Photovoltaics, www.unitedpvgroup.com; China New Energy, +86 20 8705 7185, www.chinanewenergy.co.uk

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    United PV Share Issuance Expected to Raise HK$85.4Mn (Int'l)
    United PV,Driven Innovation
    Date: 2017-04-26
    In Hong Kong, solar investor and developer United Photovoltaics reports it will issue 700,000,000 shares to Driven Innovation at HK$0.95 per share -- representing about 9.39 pct of the company's existing issued share capital. It expects net proceeds to reach HK$664.5 million ($85.4 million). The proceeds will be used for general working capital and business development purposes.

    Driven Innovation is an indirect, non-wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing-based financial services provider China Huarong, one of the biggest shareholders of United Photovoltaics. The new subscription expands the group's issued shares from 7,452,032,287 to 8,152,032,287, reducing the stake of its largest shareholder -- China Merchants New Energy (CMNE) -- to 24.52 pct. China Merchants Group indirectly holds a 79.36 pct stake in CMNE.

    The company, which recently announced plans to change its name to Panda Green Energy Group, raised HK$223.9 million last month with the issuance of 270,000,000 new shares. In August 2016, the company generated net proceeds of HK$364 million by issuing three-year convertible bonds, exclusively to finance the construction of solar projects. (Source: United PV, PV Mag., Various Media, 24 April, 2017) Contact: United Photovoltaics, +852 3112 8461, ird@unitedpvgroup.com, http://unitedpvgroup.com; Driven Innovation, www.driveninnovation.com

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