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Advanced Energy Storage Market Report Offered (Ind. Report)
Energy Storage
Date: 2020-09-11
According to Fortune Business Insights recently released Advanced Energy Storage: Global Market Analysis, Insights, and Forecast, 2018-2026 report the energy storage market will hit $211.2 billion by 2026 for a CAGR of 4.82 pct.

The report is segmented by technology, application, geography, and key players.

Browse the Advanced energy storage: Global Market Analysis, Insights, and Forecast, 2018-2026 Report HERE. Sample PDF Brochure HERE. (Source: Fortune Business Insights, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Fortune Business Insights, Ashwin Arora, US +1 424 253 0390, UK +44 2071 939123, sales@fortunebusinessinsights.com, www.fortunebusinessinsights.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


PowerCell, Soltech Ink Solar Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
PowerCell Sweden
Date: 2020-09-09
PowerCell Sweden AB has signed a Nordic cooperation agreement with Soltech Group -- Sweden's largest solar energy specialist -- regarding joint development of stationary energy solutions based on the two companies' products within fuel cells and solar energy. By using excess energy from solar panels to produce hydrogen, solar energy can be stored and converted back to electricity in a fuel cell when needed.

In a first collaborative project, the companies will conduct a feasibility study regarding a stationary power solution that will secure power supply for Amokabel AB in Alstermo, Smaland. (Source: PowerCell Sweden AB, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: PowerCell Sweden AB, Andreas Boden, +46 (0) 31 720 36 20, andreas.boden@powercell.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News PowerCell Sweden,  Soltech Group,  Solar,  Energy Storage ,  


Total, PSA JV to Manufacture Lithium-ion Batteries (Int'l. Report)
Groupe PSA ,TOTAL
Date: 2020-09-09
Global energy giant Total is reporting an agreement with a French automobile manufacturer Groupe PSA to form a JV firm called Automotive Cells Company to manufactures batteries in Europe.

The new company has started an R&D center in Bordeaux and a pilot site in Nersac to develop new high-performance lithium-ion technologies. The new joint venture aims to ensure industrial independence in Europe for the production of batteries with an initial capacity of 8 GW, reaching a total capacity of 48 GW by 2030. (Source: Total, MERCOM India, 9 Sept., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Groupe PSA news,  TOTAL news,  Lithium-Ion Battery news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


EOS Energy Storage Inks Texas BESS Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
EOS Energy Storage, International Electric Power
Date: 2020-09-04
Edison, New Jersey-headquartered zinc hybrid cathode battery energy storage systems specialist EOS Energy Storage is reporting an agreement to supply systems to Pittsburgh-based International Electric Power LLC for projects in Texas. Delivery is expected to begin in Q3, 2021. Financial details were not released.

Under the agreement, EOS will supply 1 GWh of standalone BESS technology to IEP for grid-connected projects with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). (Source: EOS Energy Storage, Website, Sept., 2020) Contact: EOS Energy Storage, 732.225.8400, www.eosenergy.com; International Electric Power LLC, 412-567-1500, www.iepwr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EOS Energy Storage,  BESS,  ERCOT ,  


Molecule Developed to Store Solar Energy (New Prod. & Tech.)
Linkoping University
Date: 2020-09-02
In Sweden, researchers at Linkoping University (LiU) are reporting development of a "molecular photoswitche" that efficiently captures solar energy and stores it in chemical bonds. The molecules are available in two different forms having different properties and, in the case of the molecule developed by the LiU researchers, different energy contents.

The chemical structures of all photoswitches are influenced by the energy of light. This means that the structure and therefore the properties of the photoswitch can be changed by lighting it. One of the possible fields of application for photoswitches is molecular electronics, in which the two forms of the molecule have different electrical conductivity. Another area is photopharmacology, in which one form of the molecule is pharmacologically active and can bind to a specific target protein in the body, while the other is inactive.

Most chemical reactions begin in a state where a molecule is high in energy and then goes on to a low energy molecule. In the new study, the researchers did the opposite -- a low-energy molecule becomes a high-energy molecule. Researchers will now explore how stored energy can be best released from the energy-rich form of the molecule. The study is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). (Source: Linkoping University, FreeNews, 1 Sept., 2020) Contact: Linkoping University, Bo Durbeej, Professor of Computational Physics, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, www.liu.se

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


Gravitricity Energy Storage Demo Work Underway (Intl. Report)
Gravitricity, Innovate UK
Date: 2020-09-02
Further to our 19th May report, in the UK, Edinburgh-based energy storage specialist Gravitricity, LTD, the developers of an energy storage system that works by raising and lowering multiple heavy weights, reports work is underway on its £1 million demo facility is underway.

Work on the custom-built winches and control system has started in the Czech Republic and is expected to complete in December. The lattice tower for Gravitricity's 250kW demonstrator is being fabricated by Kelvin Power in Leicester, UK. Testing is slated to begin in Edinburgh in spring 2021.

As previously reported, Gravitricity raised over £1.5 million through a crowd funding campaign and also scored £640,000 in grant funding from Innovate UK. (Source: Gravitricity, The Engineer, 2 Sept., 2020)Contact: Gravitricity, Ruth Apps, Business Dev., +44 131 554 6966, info@graitricity.com, www.gravitricity.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gravitricity,  Energy Storage,  Innovate UK,  


California Carbon-Neutral by 2045? (SCE Whitepaper Attached)
California,Southern California Edison
Date: 2020-08-31
In the Golden State, according to a plan developed by utility Southern California Edison (SCE), if California is to meet it goal of becoming carbon neutral within 25 years the state's electric power grid will need to deliver 100 pct clean power to consumers through the addition of more wind, solar, and energy storage capacity.

SCE also foresees half of the state's households having solar panels and vehicles and buildings running primarily on electricity. The utility estimates that 75 pct of cars , space and water heating need to be electric by 2045.

Download the SCE PATHWAY 2045 -- Update to the Clean Power and Electrification Pathway whitepaper HERE. (Source: SCE, Yale Climate Connections, Aug., 2020) Contact: SCE, Ignacio Fernandez, Climate Policy Aadvisor, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison ,  SCE,  Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  


5B Prefab Solar Technology Touted (Ind. Report)
AES Corp., 5B
Date: 2020-08-31
New South Wales-based Australian solar energy specialist 5B is touting the idea of rather than constructing a solar array onsite a solar array would be pre-assembled as units that are hinged together and fold up like the sides of an accordion. Under the 5B model, a pre-fabricated solar installation can be installed three times faster and at lower cost than a traditional ground mounted system and can produce up to twice as much electricity per unit of area as a traditional ground-mounted system.

To date, 5B has installed its prefabricated systems throughout Australia in the Northern Territories, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia.

AES Corp., a global grid scale battery storage installations specialist and co-founder of Fluence Energy, has invested in 5B and anticipates adding 2 to 3 GW of solar power annually using 5B's systems in upcoming projects, including projects in Panama and Chile as a part of an expansion of the 10 MW Los Andes solar facility in the Atacama Desert. (Source: AES, PR, Clean Technica, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: AES Corp., Andres Gluski, Pres., CEO, www.aes.com; 5B, Chris McGrath, CEO, www.5b.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News AES,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Duke Operating NC's Largest Battery Storage System (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2020-08-28
Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered utility Duke Energy reports it has begun operating the largest battery storage system in the Tar Heel State.

Duke noted it plans to invest about $600 million for 375 MW of energy storage across its regulated businesses. The utility aims to reduce carbon emissions by at least 50 pct by 2030 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to a company statement.

The 9-MW lithium-ion Samsung battery system in Ashville came in at roughly $15 million and will provide energy support to the electric system including frequency regulation and other grid support services. (Source: Duke Energy, News Center PR, 27 Aug., 2020)Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  


JERA Announces 520-MW Japanese Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
JERA
Date: 2020-08-26
Japanese utility JERA Co Inc, the country's largest power generation company, is reporting plans to construct the 65-turbine, 520-MW Ishikari Bay Offshore Wind Farm on Hokkaido island roughly 2 miles offshore from the cities of Ishikari and Otaru in Ishikari Bay.

The project is expected to include energy storage capacity and is expected to take 36 months to complete. (Source: JERA, PR, Renewables, 25 Aug., 2020) Contact: JERA, www.jera.co.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News JERA,  Japan Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Philippines Energy Storage Systems Due for Completion (Int'l. Report)
SMC Global Power
Date: 2020-08-24
In the Philippines, SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. reports it expects to complete several battery energy storage systems with a total capacity of 1,000 MWh by 2021. 470-MW projects would be completed this year until 1Q, 2021, while the remaining 530-MW projects will be finished by the second to fourth quarter next year.

The company said it "sees an opportunity to contract more than 2,200 MW in capacity across the Philippines representing uncontracted ASPA [ancillary service procurement agreement] requirements and non-firm ASPA contracts." The company noted that because of aging plants and large renewable capacity (1,100 MW installed capacity of solar and wind as of 2019), there was a need to maintain grid reliability and stability and prevent load dropping and blackouts. (Source: SMC Global Power Holdings, PR, Manila Standard, 23 Aug., 2020) Contact: SMC Global Power Holdings, +63 2 8667 5000, www.smcglobalpower.com.ph

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  SMC Global,  


Battery Energy Storage Launched in Spotsylvania, Va. (Ind. Report)
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative,Powin Energy
Date: 2020-08-24
In the Old Dominion State, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) and energy storage developer East Point Energy are reporting construction of the first grid-scale energy storage project in Spotsylvania County -- the first such project by a Virginia electric cooperative.

Tualatin, Oregon[based Powin Energy Corporation will serve as the project's integrator and equipment provider. Indie Energy provided technical and engineering support to the project which has a peak capacity of 2 MW and a duration of 8 MWh.

Construction is expected to begin this fall for full operation in early 2021. (Source: Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, PR, Frederiksburg Today, 23 Aug., 2020) Contact: Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Johm Hewa, CEO, Lee Brock, Engineering Manager, 800-552-3904, www.myrec.coop; Powin Energy, 503-598-6659, hello@powin.com, www.powinenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powin Energy,  


Duke Raises $109.4Mn for Solar, Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Renewables, REC Solar
Date: 2020-08-21
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Renewables reports the closing of $109.4 million in a preferred tax equity funding from Goldman Sachs' Alternative Energy Investing Group.

The investment will be used over 18 months to fund a diverse portfolio of approximately 75 MW of solar and solar-plus-storage projects to be developed and constructed by Duke Energy Renewables' subsidiary REC Solar. Projects will feature ground-mount and rooftop commercial and industrial projects, as well as community solar projects in several states.

Duke Energy Renewables, a non-regulated unit of Duke Energy, operates U.S. wind and solar generation facilities totaling 3,000 MW as well as energy storage and microgrid projects. (Source: Duke Energy News Center, Website, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; REC Solar, www.recsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Solar,  Solar Storage,  REC Soilar,  


Capital Dynamics, Tenaska Plan Calif. BESS Projects (Ind Report)
Clean Energy Infrastructure
Date: 2020-08-21
Zug, Switzerland based asset management firm Capital Dynamics subsidiary Clean Energy Infrastructure reports it and Omaha-headquartered Tenaska will develop nine battery energy storage systems (BESS) with approximately 2,000 MW of capacity in the Cal-ISO market to "help integrate" renewable energy.

Presently, Clean Energy Infrastructure and Tenaska jointly own two solar facilities in California's Imperial Valley area and are developing additional solar projects. (Source: Capital Dynamics, Website Press Release, , 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, Benoit Allehaut, +41 41 748 84 44, 212 798 3400 – NYC Office, www.capdyn.com; Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO,(402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Infrastructure,  Tenaska,  Energy Storage,  


Neoen Plans Massive Aussie Wind, Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
Neoen
Date: 2020-08-21
Paris-based independent renewable energy developer Neoen reports the filing of its development application for its $3 billion, 163-turbine Goyder South wind, solar and storage project in South Australia . The plan proposes a total of 1,200MW of wind energy, 600MW of solar PV, and 900MW/1800MWh of lithium-ion battery storage.

Each stage would be delivered in three equal tranches of 400MW wind, 200MW solar and 300MW/600MWh of lithium-ion battery storage. Combined, they would generate around 4.8 terawatt hours of zero emissions power each year, nearly doubling the current output of wind and solar in the state, and taking South Australia close to the Liberal government's net 100 pct renewables target just on its own.

The solar farm would be spread across 3,000 hectares, the lithium-ion batteries would deliver 900MW with two hours of storage, and associated infrastructure for connection to the electricity grid would include three substations, access tracks, underground connection cabling and transmission lines. (Source: Neoen, ReNew Economy, 20 Aug., 2020)Contact: Neoen, www.neoen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


LS Power Connects Gateway Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
LS Power
Date: 2020-08-21
LS Power reports the unveiling of the 250-MW Gateway Energy Storage project in East Otay Mesa, San Diego County, Calif. -- the world's largest battery energy storage project. Gateway Energy Storage, currently at 230 MW and on track to reach 250 MW by the end of the month, follows LS Power's Vista Energy Storage in Vista, California, which has been operating since 2018 and was previously the largest battery storage project in the United States at 40 MW.

LS Power is currently developing the Diablo Energy Storage project in Pittsburg, California; LeConte Energy Storage in Calexico, California; and Ravenswood Energy Storage in Queens, New York. (Source: LS Power, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: LS Power, www.lspower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LS Power news,  Energy Storage news,  


Siemens Gamesa Claims 473-MW Indian Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)

Date: 2020-08-19
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA reports receipt of a firm order from Indian renewables developer Adani Green Energy Ltd for 215 units of SG 2.2-122 turbines totaling 473 MW for Adani's wind project in Fatehgarh , Rajasthan state, India. The order includes supply, installation and pre-commissioning. . The wind farm is expected to be commissioned and online in September 2021. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Renewables, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Adani Green Energy More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa news, Wind news, Adani Green Energy news, Philadelphia Energy Launches Second Annual Solar Week (Ind. Report) In the Keystone State, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is reporting the launch of its second annual “Solarize Philly” program that provides free remote solar assessments and a new Solar Savings Grant Program to households of all income levels. The program , which is the largest of its kind in the nation, has facilitated a $10 million investment in Philadelphia's clean energy economy since 2017.

PEA also heads up Bright Solar Futures, a workforce development program aimed at establishing the nation's first Solar Energy Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, with U.S. DOE support and PECO utility sponsorship.

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is an independent municipal authority created in 2010 to advance clean and affordable energy goals for the City. PEA has facilitated over $100 million in clean energy projects in Philadelphia since 2017, creating more than over 1,000 jobs. PEA’s $1 billion Philadelphia Energy Campaign, which launched in 2016, will create 10,000 jobs by 2026 through the implementation of clean energy and energy efficiency projects. (Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, PR, 14 Aug., 2020) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, www.philaenergy.org; Solarize Philly, www.solarizephilly.org More Low-Carbon Energy News Solarize Philly news, Philadelphia Energy Authority news, Solar news, Statkraft Plans Berry Burn Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l. Report) Norwegian state owned Statkraft AS reports it is seeking Scottish government approval to expand its 66.7-MW Berry Burn wind farm in Moray, Scotland to 104.5 MW with nine additional turbines totalling 37.8 MW. The additional turbines are expected to generate 139.1 GWh of electricity per year, or enough to supply over 35,500 homes. The 29-turbine Berry Burn wind farm originally came online in 2014. (Source: Statkraft, PR, Renewables, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Stakraft, More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft news, Wind news, Scotland Wind news, Azelio Announces Masdar Renewable Energy Storage Project (Intl. Report) Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered global engineering firm Azelio AB reports along with Masdar and Khalifa University its will install a verification project in Abu Dhabi in Q3 2020 to evaluate Azelio’s renewable energy storage technology for inclusion in the Masdar product portfolio for current and future renewable energy projects. The evaluation project will be set up and installed by ALEC Energy, the solar business division of ALEC Engineering and Contracting LLC, part of the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Azelio and ALEC Energy have signed an MoU, covering a collaboration over 49MW installed capacity of Azelio’s energy storage until 2025. (Source: Azelio, Middle East Technical Review, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklund, CEO, +46 709 40 35 80, jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio news, Energy Storage news, Renewable Energy news, Dominion Energy Snares 62.5MW Virginia Solar Project (M&A, Ind. Report) In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting acquisition of a 62.5-megawatt solar power project in Orange County from Cypress Creek Renewables . The facility is expected to go online in 2022. Falls Church-based Northrop Grumman Corp. will purchase the facility's renewable energy from the grid to power its operations. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert Blue, Exec. VP, . Cypress Creek Renewables More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy news, Solar news, Cypress Creek Renewablse news,


Azelio Touts Masdar Renewable Energy Storage Project (Intl. Report)
Azelio
Date: 2020-08-19
Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered global engineering firm Azelio AB reports along with Masdar and Khalifa University its will install a verification project in Abu Dhabi in Q3 2020 to evaluate Azelio's renewable energy storage technology for inclusion in the Masdar product portfolio for current and future renewable energy projects.

The evaluation project will be set up and installed by ALEC Energy, the solar business division of ALEC Engineering and Contracting LLC, part of the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Azelio and ALEC Energy have signed a collaborative MoU covering 49 MW installed capacity of Azelio's energy storage until 2025. (Source: Azelio, Middle East Technical Review, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklund, CEO, +46 709 40 35 80, jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  


Zero Carbon Fund Set to Invest £1.5Mn (Int'l. Report)
Zero Carbon Fund
Date: 2020-08-19
Havant, England-headquartered Zero Carbon Fund Ltd reports that after raising more than £1.5 million over the last 6+ months it is now moving into investment mode.

The company aims to invest in ten EIS-eligible start-ups with breakthrough ideas that can scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least half a gigaton per year in some of the big unsolved problem areas in the climate space, such as energy storage, cooling, food & agriculture, industrial heat and carbon capture.

Zero Carbon Capital delivers the fund in partnership with Sapphire Capital Partners and aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of hard science solutions to the most pressing issues of climate change.

The Zero Carbon Fund is an EIS fund investing in early-stage companies on a mission to address climate change through technology innovation. The company invests in ambitious teams with breakthrough ideas that can scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half a gigaton per year and deliver long-term value, according to its website. (Source: Zero Carbon Fund, PR, 18 Aug., 20200 Contact: Zero Carbon Capital, Zero Carbon Fund, Pippa or Alex Cawley, info@zerocarbon.capital, www.zerocarbon.capital; Sapphire Capital Partners, www.sapphirecapitalpartners.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Carbon Fund,  GHGs,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


MASDAR, EDF Partner on U.S. Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
Masdar,EDF Renewables
Date: 2020-08-17
MASDAR is reporting its second strategic investment in the U.S. in a deal with EDF Renewables North America that will see it acquire a 50 pct stake in a 1.6-GW portfolio of three utility-scale wind farms totaling 815 MW and five photovoltaic (PV) solar projects totaling 689 MW including 75 MW of lithium-ion battery energy storage. All of the portfolio projects are under construction and expected to come online before the year end.

The portfolio includes the 243 MW Coyote wind project in Scurry County, Texas; the 273 MW Las Majadas wind project in Willacy County, Texas; and the 300 MW Milligan 1 wind project in Saline County, Nebraska. In Riverside County, California, the Desert Harvest 1 and Desert Harvest 2 PV projects total 213 MW of solar and 35 MW / 140 MWh of battery storage. Also in Riverside County are the 173 MW Maverick 1 and 136 MW Maverick 4 solar PV projects. These four projects are also under construction and slated for commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2020. The final project in the portfolio is Big Beau, a 166 MW solar PV and 40 MW/160 MWh battery energy storage projectin Kern County and will reach commercial operation in 2021. (Source: MASDAR, EDF, Construction Business News, 16 Aug., 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Tristan Grimbert, Pres., CEO, www.edf-re.com; MASDAR, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333, www.masdar.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mardar,  EDF Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


Eguana, Highlight Solar Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Eguana, Highlight Solar
Date: 2020-08-17
Eguana and Highlight Solar report they are partnering to bring the Evolve Energy Storage system to homeowners in the San Jose and San Francisco Bay Area of California.

The Evolve Energy Storage system, available in both NMC and Cobalt free LFP lithium battery chemistries, allows new and existing residential solar owners to store excess solar power while increasing energy security and independence. Evolve is a cost-effective solution for homeowners to reduce energy costs and increase energy security while helping the environment.

Evolve is a fully integrated residential energy storage system that includes the company's proprietary power electronics system, LG Chem low-voltage battery modules, and a comprehensive user interface. The system is rated at 5 kW AC output with a modular battery design based on a 6.5 kWh battery, which is scalable from 13 to 39 kWh in storage capacity. The NEMA 3R wall-mounted package is suitable for indoor and outdoor installations. The companies expect to install more than 1 MWh of energy storage systems over the next 12 months. (Source: Eguana Technologies, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: HighLightSolar, Dean Alayleh, www.HighLightSolar.com; Eguana Technologies, Livio Filice, (905) 929-7522, livio.filice@eguanantech.com, www.eguanatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eguana news,  Highlight Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  Solar news,  


€850Mn Earmarked for Greek Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
Greece
Date: 2020-08-12
In Athens, the Greek Energy Ministry reports it is preparing a €850 million program to support energy efficiency in the private buildings sector.

The program aims to introduce energy saving measures and energy efficiency upgrade subsidies of as much as 85 pct -- to a maximum of €50,000 -- to 60,000 Greek households per year until 2030.

The program would cover: insulation improvements, solar system installations, energy storage, smart energy management systems, smart lighting with remote control, HVAC upgrades and other energy saving measures. The program is expected to launch this fall. (Source: Balkan Green Energy News, 11 Aug., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Sunamp Raises £4.5Mn for Expansion (Int'l., Funding)
Sunamp
Date: 2020-08-12
UK-based thermal energy storage specialist Sunamp Ltd reports it raised £4.5 million in Series A funding led by Chilean venture capital firm Aurus Capital, the Scottish Investment Bank and existing private investors. The funding will support its commercial scaling in the UK as well as international expansion in Central Europe, Asia and North America.

Sunamp batteries store energy from renewable and non-renewable sources allowing more renewable energy to be used both behind-the-meter and in the electricity grid by helping to absorb peaks of renewable generation, deal with intermittency and reduce curtailment. (Source: Sunamp, PR, Solar Power Portal, 11 Aug., 2020) Contact: Sunamp, Andrew Bissel, CEO, +44 1875 610001, www.sunamp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunamp.Thermal Energy STorage,  Energy Storage,  


Sungrow Debuts 1500V LFP ESS Solutions (New Prod. & Tech.)
Sungrow
Date: 2020-08-10
China-headquartered solar inverter and energy storage system (ESS) specialist Sungrow Power Supply Co. has released its latest 1500V LFP energy storage system (ESS) solutions suitable for various commercial and utility-scale applications.

The ESS solutions allow the PCS capacity varying from 1MW to 6.9MW, and LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery rated at 1500V which can be assembled to an integrated volume of up to 4.5MWh, When paired with renewable energy, the all-in-one flexible system can meet frequency regulation, peak shaving, demand charge management, ancillary services and related requirements and enable minimized cost. (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Sungrow Power Supply Co., Jack Gu, Pres., PV & Energy Storage Division, +86 551 6532 7834, info@sungrow.cn, www.en.sungrowpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sungrow,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  


Q Cells Acquiring Growing Energy Labs Inc. (M&A, Ind. Report))
Q Cells
Date: 2020-08-07
Q Cells has signed an agreement to acquire the entirety of US-based energy storage solutions provider Growing Energy Labs Inc. (Geli). Geli offers energy storage and software solutions based on AI algorithms that help design, automate and manage battery energy storage systems.

Q Cells intends to use Geli's artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help develop integrated energy solutions in a packages consisting of hardware and software capabilities for solar and storage projects. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed and the transaction is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals. (Source: Q Cell, Power Tech, 7 Aug., 2020) Contact: Growing Energy Labs , Dan Loflin, CEO, www.geli.net; Q Cells, www.q-cells.com/en/main.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Q Cell news,  Energy Storage news,  artificial intelligence news,  


Mass. Program Promotes Peak Period Clean-Energy Generation, Energy Storage (Ind. Report)

Date: 2020-08-07
In the Bay State, the Baker administration is launching the Clean Peak Energy Standard program aimed at promoting the use of clean-energy generation and energy storage during times of peak electricity demand.

The program, authorized by 2018 legislation, is similar to the state's existing renewable portfolio standard by requiring electricity suppliers to buy a certain amount of "Clean Peak Energy Certificates" each year. But this program would reward power plants specifically for being able to generate or dispatch power at specific peak power use times. (Source: BetaBoston, 5 Aug., 2020)


Gridserve Snares Subsidy-Free UK Solar Facility (Int'l. M&A)
Gridserve,Anesco
Date: 2020-08-07
In the UK, Anesco Ltd. is reporting the sale of the Clayhill solar farm near Bedfordshireto for an undisclosed price to Gridserve. Clayhill, the UK's first solar farm developed without government subsidies, consists of 10MW of solar PV co-located with a 6MW energy storage facility and generates sufficient power for roughly 2,500 homes.

Anesco has developed 115 utility-scale solar and energy storage projects to date, with a total capacity in excess of 750MW. Anesco invested directly in a number of projects but is now selling these assets to focus fully on its core offering: providing full lifecycle engineering services to solar and energy storage markets. (Source: Anesco Ltd., PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Anesco Ltd., Mark Futyan, CEO, webenquiries@anesco.co.ik, www.anesco.co.uk; Gridserve, +44 333 1234 333, www.gridserve.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Gridserve,  Anesco,  


Iberdrola Takes Control of Infigen (Ind. Report, M&A)
Iberdrola, Infigen
Date: 2020-08-07
Iberdrola reports it has raised its stake to 52.75 pct and taken control of Sydney, NSW, Australia-based Infigen Energy.

Infigen's onshore wind generation facilities total 670 MW, 268 MW of conventional generation assets and backup energy storage, 246 MW of acquired third-party renewable generation capacity as well as a portfolio of projects at different stages of development for a total capacity greater than 1 gigawatt (GW). (Source: Iberdrola. PR, reve, Contact: Iberdrola, www.iberdrolarenewables.com; InfigenEnergy, Ross Rolfe, CEO, +61 2 8031 9901, rosalie.duff@infigenenergy.com, www.infigenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Iberdrola,  Infigen,  


Frostburg University Wins Resilient Maryland Grant (Funding)
Maryland Energy Administration
Date: 2020-08-07
In Maryland, Frostburg State University is reporting receipt of $100,000 in grant funding from the Maryland Energy Administration's "Resilient Maryland" program. The funding will be used to plan a campus-scale microgrid that will bolster campus energy resilience, improve energy efficiency and further the school's sustainability goals .

A total of 14 grant applications were awarded $1.05 million in funding in this pilot program. Funded projects -- including microgrids -- will be designed to optimize a mix of technologies providing resiliency, cost savings and/or simplified energy management for renewable energy, combined heat and power, energy efficiency, energy storage and energy management software. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration, Frostburg State Univ., Garret County Republican, 7 Aug., 2020) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration Resilient Maryland program, energy.maryland.gov/business/pages/ResilientMaryland.aspx; Frostburg State University, 301-687-4000, www.frostburg.edu

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PG&E, Tesla Calif. BESS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
PG&E, Tesla
Date: 2020-08-05
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and Tesla are reporting construction is underway on a massive lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) at PG&E's electric substation in Moss Landing in Monterey County, Calif. Upon completion, the facility will be one of the largest utility-owned, lithium-ion energy storage systems in the world.

The system will incorporate 256 Tesla Megapack battery units on 33 concrete slabs. Transformers and switch gears will be installed along with the Megapacks to connect energy stored in the batteries with the 115-kilovolt electric transmission system.

When fully operational in Q2, 2021, the BESS will have the capacity to store and dispatch up to 730 MWh of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours during high demand periods . (Source: PG&E, Tesla, Aug., 2020) Contact: PG&E, www.pg&e.com; Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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CMS Energy Takes Majority Stake Texas Wind Farm (M&A, Ind. Report)
CMS Energy
Date: 2020-08-05
Jackson, Michigan-based CMS Energy utility reports it has taken a majority stake in Aviator Wind, a 525-mw wind energy project in Coke, County, Texas slated to begin operations this fall. Aviator Wind will be operated by CMS Enterprises, a subsidiary of CMS Energy that develops, owns and operates utility-scale renewable energy facilities, including wind and solar.

CMS Enterprises is focused on U.S.-based utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage projects it can develop, own and operate for large customers, including electric cooperatives and municipalities. Most recently, CMS Enterprises started operating Northwest Ohio Wind, a 105-megawatt project that generates clean energy committed to General Motors. With the Aviator Wind acquisition, CMS Enterprises now owns and operates 11 independent power plants and more than 1,800 MW of generation nationwide, according to the CMS website. (Source: CMS Energy, Website News Release, 30 July, 2020) Contact: CMS Energy, cmsenergy.com; CMS Enterprises, cmsenterprises@cmsenergy.com

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Red Bluff Considers Tesla Battery Backup (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2020-08-05
In the Golden State, the Red Bluff City Council is reportedly considering allowing Tesla to install battery banks at the Red Bluff Waste Water Treatment Plant that could save the city just over $600,000 over 10 years in electricity costs.

Tesla's proposal would install a 1,624 kWh battery at the wastewater treatment plant at no cost to the city. This battery would have an average duration of 4.5 hours with a fully charged period of 9 hours in the case of a power outage. The project would qualify for California Public Utilities Commission Equity Resilience Self-Generation Incentive Program rebates for installing energy storage technology for both residential and non-residential facilities. (Source: Red Bluff City Council, Red Bluff Daily News, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: Red Bluff City Council, www.cityofredbluff.org California Public Utilities Commission Equity Resilience Self-Generation Incentive Program, www.cpuc.ca.gov/sgip; Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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PG&E, Tesla Calif. BESS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas and Electric, Tesla
Date: 2020-08-03
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and Tesla are reporting construction is underway on a massive lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) at PG&E’s electric substation in Moss Landing in Monterey County, Calif. Once operational, the Moss Landing substation will be one of the largest utility-owned, lithium-ion energy storage systems in the world.

The system will incorporate 256 Tesla Megapack battery units on 33 concrete slabs. Transformers and switch gears will be installed along with the Megapacks to connect energy stored in the batteries with the 115-kilovolt electric transmission system.

When fully operational in Q2, 2021, the BESS will have the capacity to store and dispatch up to 730 MWh of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours during high demand periods . (Source: PG&E, Tesla, Aug., 2020)Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com

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Australia Hosts World's Largest BESS (Editorials & Asides)
Hornsdale Wind Farm
Date: 2020-08-03
The world's largest operating battery storage system (BESS) is the Hornsdale Power Reserve at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia. The installation, which was commissioned in late 2017, uses Tesla lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 150-megawatt/193.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: Hornsadel Power Reserve, Website, 2020) Contact: Hornsdale Power Reserve, www.hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au

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Aussie Wind Farm Hosts World's Largest BESS (Editorials & Asides)
Hornsdale
Date: 2020-08-03
The world's largest operating battery storage system (BESS) is the Hornsdale Power Reserve at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia.

The installation, which was commissioned in late 2017, uses Tesla lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 150-megawatt/193.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: Hornsadel Power Reserve; Website, 2020) Contact: Hornsdale Power Reserve, www.hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au

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Energy Storage Key for Virginia's Grid Resilience (Ind. Report)
Virginia Advanced Energy Economy
Date: 2020-08-03
In the Old Dominion State, the not-for-profit public interest group Virginia Advanced Energy Economy (VAEE) reports it has submitted comments to the State Corporation Commission related to its docket on energy storage deployment, highlighting how energy storage has a critical role to play in Virginia's energy transition, driven by the recently enacted Virginia Clean Economy Act.

According to the VAEE submission, "This is a pivotal moment for the energy storage market in Virginia. At 3.1 gigawatts, the storage targets enacted in the VCEA are some of the most ambitious in the county. It is critical that the Commission establish clear and near-term interim targets that create market certainty and attract the (energy) storage industry to invest and grow in Virginia. The interim targets and regulations that the SCC is developing will play a critical role in helping to shape this storage market."

"Energy storage can serve a wide variety of needs, from enhancing grid resilience and to meeting peak capacity needs, to providing a cost-effective alternative to traditional (and costly) transmission and distribution investments. The regulations that the Commission establishes through this proceeding need to ensure that the many benefits of storage are fully realized.

"These targets and regulations should spur deployment of storage in front of and behind the meter, as a non-wires alternative, and as a substitute for conventional peaking power plants. Ultimately, catalyzing a robust, competitive storage market in Virginia will benefit the Commonwealth's economy, save ratepayers money, and reduce emissions," according to the VAEE submission. (Source: Virginia Advanced Energy Economy, Augusta Free Press, Aug., 2020) Contact: Virginia Advanced Energy Economy, Harry Godfrey, Exec. Dir., www.virginiaadvancedenergy.org

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Solar Replacing NM Coal-Fired Power Station (Ind. Report)
New Mexico, Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-07-31
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) reports it has voted to end coal-fired power generation in San Juan County inthe state's Four Corners region. Accordingly, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) utility is slated to exit the San Juan Generating Station in 2022 in favor of 100 pct renewable energy power generation with battery energy storage capacity as mandated by the state. New Mexico has mandated the state move to 100 pct carbon-free electricity generation by 2050.

The proposed switch from coal to renewables includes 650 MW of solar resources and 300 MW of battery storage resources, with 430 MW of solar and $447 million worth of capital investments located within the Central Consolidated School District in San Juan County. Another 520 MW of renewable energy and roughly $500 million of capital investment would be located in McKinley County and the Jicarilla Apache reservation in Rio Arriba County. (Source: New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, NM Political Report, 30 July, 2020) Contact: New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, 888-427-5772, www.nmprc.state.nm.us; PNM, www.pnm.com

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Stem, COPEC South American JV Announced (Ind. Report)
Stem
Date: 2020-07-29
Millbrae, California-based artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services specialist Stem Inc. and COPEC, a leading South American energy and mobility company, have announced a partnership to bring Stem's technology to Chile and Colombia.

The agreement follows the $30 million investment made in August 2019 in Stem by WIND Ventures, COPEC'S corporate venture capital (CVC). WIND Ventures invests in entrepreneurs working to build tomorrow's energy, mobility, and retail companies, according to its website.

Under this agreement, COPEC will leverage Stem's expertise in design, deployment, and project financing of energy storage projects. The companies will collaborate on expansion in the region, working with communities, regulators, utilities and commercial entities to incorporate Stem's Athena™ AI-enabled energy storage software solution in both Chile and Colombia. The Athena platform has accumulated more than 14.5 million runtime hours, and Stem has more than 1,000 operating projects and 790MWh enrolled in its network.

Initial projects include an energy storage installation at a COPEC manufacturing facility located in Valparaiso Region, Chile, with several additional sites to be deployed in the coming months. Stem's Athena platform will aggregate this stored energy, helping to create the region's first virtual power plant. (Source: STEM, PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: STEM, John Carrington, www.stem.com; COPEC, WINDVentures, www.windventures.vc

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CleanSpark Reports Southern Cal. Microgrid Contract (Ind. Report)
CleanSpark
Date: 2020-07-29
Salt Lake City-based CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting receipt of a contract a contract to provide controls and storage for a commercial microgrid located in Southern California. This microgrid project is designed to provide economic optimization and cost avoidance, as well as energy resiliency for the facility. CleanSpark's patented mPulse controls platform will manage a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) paired with photovoltaic rooftop solar panels.

CleanSpark offers software and intelligent controls for microgrid and distributed energy resource management systems and innovative strategy and design services. (Source: CleanSpark Inc., PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: CleanSpark Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, Investor Relations, (801)-244-4405, info@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

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Energy Storage Key in W. Australia Renewables Package (Int'l. Report)
Energy Storage
Date: 2020-07-27
In the Land Down Under, the Government of Western Australia State is touting the launch of a $66.3 million Regional Infrastructure Stimulus package focused on clean energy, efficiency and energy storage technologies and projects that will create jobs, reduce energy costs and improve Western Australia's renewable energy footprint.

The Regional Infrastructure Stimulus package includes an additional 50 standalone power systems, the installation of nine Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in nine regional communities, and infrastructure upgrades in remote Aboriginal communities.

Each BESS project will require three months to deliver and reduce generation costs by up to $322,000 per year.

The Recovery Plan will help drive Western Australia State's economic and social recovery following the devastating impacts of COVID-19, according to the release. (Source: Gov. Western Australia, Mirage, 26 July, 2020) Contact: Gov. of Western Australia, Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, www.wa.gov.au › government › people › bill-johnston

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Switch Plans Nevada Solar Battery Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
Switch
Date: 2020-07-24
Las Vegas-based data-center operator Switch is planning to construct three solar and battery storage developments in Clark and Storey counties, Nevada. Energy will be collected through thousands of solar panels and then stored in Tesla Megapacks made at the Tesla factory in Storey County. (Source: Switch, KNPR, 23 July, 2020) Contact: Switch, 877-360-6271, www.switch.com/las-vegas

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DOE Offers $139Mn for Advanced Battery Technologies (R&D, Funding)
DOE EERE
Date: 2020-07-22
The U.S. DOE reports its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is providing $139 million in funding for 55 projects that will research advanced batteries, electrification, and manufacturing in support of DOE's Energy Storage Grand Challenge -- a strategy to sustain U.S. global leadership in energy storage technology, utilization, and exports.

The projects, which will be managed by EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), will aim to advance lithium-ion batteries using silicon-based anodes, reduce the need for critical minerals such as rare-earth materials, accelerate the development of smart charging technologies, improve efficiency for light-duty gasoline engines, increase demonstrations and infrastructure for advanced technology vehicles, develop lightweight and high-performance fiber-reinforced polymer composites for vehicle applications, and support mobility technologies such as connected and automated vehicles, as well as innovations in transit. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, 21 July, 2020) Contact: DOE EERE Vehicle Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/vehicle-technologies-office

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Gainesville Utility Inks Solar-plus-Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
Gainesville Regional Utilities
Date: 2020-07-22
In the Sunshine State, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU)is reporting a PPA with developer Origis Energy for a solar-plus-storage project in the state.

The project is claimed to be the first of its kind in GRU's service area and will combine 50MW of solar PV with 12MW of energy storage. It will be constructed by Origis Energy in Alachua County and is slated for completion in late 2022.

The City of Gainesville approved a target of 100 pct power from renewables 2045, with GRU developing its renewables portfolio as it progresses towards that goal. To date, BRU's resources include the 103MW biomass-fired Deerhaven Renewable Generation Station, 3.6MW of landfill-gas fired units and 18.5MW of feed-in tariff accredited solar. GRU also has approximately 9 MW of customer-owned and net-metered solar currently connected to its distribution system. (Source: Gainesville Regional Utilities, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Gainesville Regional Utilities, Ed Bielarski, GM, 352-334-3400, www.gru.com

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Enel's 1st North Am. Solar + Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2020-07-22
Enel Green Power is reporting construction is underway on the Lily solar + storage project, the company's first North American hybrid project that integrates a renewable energy plant with utility-scale battery storage.

In addition to the Lily solar + storage project, the firm also announced plans to install approximately 1 GW of battery storage capacity across its new and existing U.S. wind and solar projects over the next two years. (Source: Enel Green Power, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Enel Green Power, Antonio Cammisecra, CEO, www.enelgreenpower.com

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NJ Energy Efficiency, Renewables Legislation Advances (Reg.&>Leg.)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2020-07-22
In Trenton, the New Jersey Clean Energy Equity Act (SB 2484) that creates the Office of Clean Energy Equity within the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), is reported to have passed the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

The legislation, which gives low and mid-income community residents equal access to clean energy , would allow $50 million a year for energy efficiency and renewable energy and energy storage projects and technologies totaling more than 400 MW in low-income communities within 10 years. The legislation also requires new construction in low-income communities to be built "solar ready" and recommends the establishment of solar programs to benefit 250,000 low-income households by 2030 as well as clean energy, energy efficiency and energy storage training programs. (Source: NJPUB, Daily Energy Insider, 22 July, 2020) Contact: NJ BPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres., 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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Idemitsu Scores $71Mn Commitment for Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Idemitsu Renewables
Date: 2020-07-20
San Francisco-based solar and energy storage developer Idemitsu Renewables (fka Solar Frontier Americas) reports it has closed tax equity financing arranged by RBC Capital Markets for its 50 MWp Central 40 solar project in Stanislaus County, California and its 80 MW Pioneer Solar project in Adams County, Colorado. Both projects are under construction and expected to come on line before the year end. p> The Pioneer project will sell power to the not-for-profit Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) cooperative based in Sedalia, Colorado, and the Central 40 facility will sell power to Silicon Valley Power, which serves the City of Santa Clara, California.

Idemitsu Renewables, a Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd. subsidiary, acquires, develops, owns, and operates utility-scale solar power generation plants and sells clean energy to help communities both economically and ecologically, according to its website. (Source: Idemitsu Renewables, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Idemitsu Renewables, Cary Vandenberg, Managing Director, www.idemitsurenewables.com

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SMUD Aiming for Carbon Neutrality by 2040 (Ind. Report)
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Date: 2020-07-20
In the Golden State, the publicly-owned utility Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) reports its 2018, 1,755,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reflected a 50 pct reduction of 1990 levels -- equal to the removal of 377,000 vehicles from the state's highways.

In 2018, the utility adopted a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, five years ahead of California's goal. The plan included a $7 billion investment over 20 years in nearly 2,900 MW of new carbon-free resources, including 1,500 MW of utility-scale solar, 670 MW of wind and 560 MW of utility-scale energy storage. (Source: SMUD, Utility Dive, 20 July, 2020) Contact: SMUD, 888-742-7683, www.smud.org

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Cook County Releases Climate Change, Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
Cook County Illinois
Date: 2020-07-17
In Illinois, Cook County has released its 100 pct renewables by 2030 Clean Energy Plan and achieving a 45pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and making County-owned facilities carbon neutral by 2050. To that end, the Plan calls for:
  • reducing carbon emissions through energy efficiency at County-owned buildings and maintaining the reductions through monitoring, education and other best practices;
  • renewing the County's electricity supply through on-site solar energy generation, procurement of renewable energy and energy storage; and
  • supporting the Clean Energy Plan action steps through policies such as new building standards for County facilities.

    The County has begun implementing elements of the Plan and already reduced its GHG emissions by roughly one-third since 2010, primarily through energy efficiency. Solar installations are being designed for county buildings and lighting and a comprehensive building automation system upgrades are underway.

    Download the Cook County Clean Energy Plan HERE. (Source: Cook County, IndiaPost, July, 2020) Contact: Cook County, Toni Preckwinkle, Pres., (312) 443-5500, www,cookcountyil.gov

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  • PacifiCorp Issues 2020 All-Source Request for Proposals (Ind. Report)
    Pacificorp
    Date: 2020-07-15
    Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary PacifiCorp reports receipt of regulatory approval for its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to conduct an all-source RFP in 2020 (2020AS RFP). The 2019 IRP preferred portfolio includes 1,823 MW of new proxy solar resources co-located with 595 MW of new proxy battery energy storage system (BESS) capacity and 1,920 MW of new proxy wind resources by the end of 2023. Note, these figures for solar and wind exclude resource capacity to meet assumed customer preference targets that were included in the 2019 IRP preferred portfolio.

    PacifiCorp is seeking proposals for competitively priced resources capable of interconnecting with or delivering to PacifiCorp's transmission system in its east or west balancing authority areas (PACE and PACW, respectively). The 2020AS RFP will consider both build-transfer and power purchase agreement bids that can achieve commercial operation by December 31, 2024. In addition, PacifiCorp will accept bids from long-lead time pumped storage hydro resources requiring longer lead time to develop and construct that places the project completion beyond December 31, 2024. The company will not be submitting any self-build (benchmark) resources in the 2020AS RFP.

    PacifiCorp Transmission has replaced its existing "serial queue" interconnection study process with a "first-ready, first-served, cluster" interconnection study approach as approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 12, 2020 and set forth in its Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT). The 2020AS RFP conforms to PacifiCorp Transmission interconnection queue reform including its transition interconnection cluster study process and schedule. As such, potential bidders should review and clearly understand PacifiCorp Transmission's interconnection queue reform process, specifically the transition cluster study process, eligibility criteria, and timeline which plays an important role in the 2020AS RFP. (Source: PacifiCorp, Website, July, 2020) Contact: PacifiCorp, www.pacificorp.com

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    Exelon Names $20Mn Climate Change Investment Initiative Winners (Ind. Report)
    Excelon
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In Chicago, Excelon Corp and the Exelon Foundation, an independent not-for-profit, have selected 10 startups to receive a combined $1 million in direct funding to develop new technologies to mitigate and build resiliency to the impacts of climate change in the inaugural year of the company's $20 million Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2iSM).

    The Exelon Foundation invests directly in projects and people helping to address climate change mitigation and build resiliency to health and environmental pressures in under-resourced communities within Exelon's service area. Startup applicants were also required to demonstrate how their projects would meaningfully advance state and local jurisdictions' own sustainability goals under the US Climate Alliance.

    Of the startups selected in the first round of funding, 50 pct are minority or women-owned businesses, 60 pct of the projects are focused on greenhouse gas mitigation, 40 pct are addressing climate change resiliency and adaptation. First-round startups will receive $100,000 each from the Exelon Foundation. They are:

  • ATP-MD, a Maryland-based startup with two patented and cost-effective processes that generate multiple environmental benefits using specially-bred, non-evasive plants (bio-crops) and their resulting biomass;

  • BlocPower, a software platform developer for analyzing, financing, monitoring and managing clean energy projects, allowing building owners to identify and complete energy efficiency and electrification upgrades in urban communities.

  • Dynamhex, developer of a software platform leveraging complex energy consumption data that enables close collaboration among a range of city, community and utility stakeholders to achieve local carbon-reduction goals.

  • Greenprint Partners reduces water pollution and flooding by working with water utilities and landowners to design, build, finance and maintain high-impact green storm water infrastructure (GSI).

  • GrowFlux, a horticultural tech company that specializes in data-driven cultivation technology and offers an ecosystem of commercial-scale, wireless controls and sensors enable emerging indoor farms and automated greenhouses.

  • NETenergy, a Chicago-based hybrid energy storage/air conditioner technology specialist with the potential to reduce peak energy demand by over 50 pct, reduce peak energy consumption by 20 pct, and reduce overall energy consumption by more than 10 pct over standard air conditioners.

  • New Ecology, developer of a remote monitoring and optimization (ReMO) system to improve the performance of buildings with central boilers for increased efficiency and reduced utility costs.

  • Propagate Ventures developed an analytics and project development platform that reduce the cost and provide the resources needed for agroforestry, which is the strategic integration of fruit, nut and timber trees with agriculture crops to ensure long term resiliency.

  • Radiator Labs invented the Cozy™, a wireless, low-cost and easily installed retrofit that drops on top of steam heat radiators, providing a solution to the chronic problem of uneven heating in apartment buildings.

    The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation are now accepting startup applications for year two of 2c2i. In partnership with Freshwater Advisors, 2c2i leaders are actively scouting for promising new startups and projects relevant to: greenhouse gas mitigation; protect urban infrastructure against flood, storm water and rising temperatures; climate change adaptation; and city sustainability and climate goals.

    For more information, visit www.exelonfoundation.org/environment.html. (Source: Exelon, PR, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Exelon, Bill Gibbons, Communications, 708-932-6123, William.Gibbons@exeloncorp.com, www.exeloncorp.com

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