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EDF, Onyx InSight Partnering on Wind Turbine Monitoring (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables North America,Onyx InSight
Date: 2020-06-05
EDF Renewables North America and Nottingham, UK-headquartered Onyx InSight are reporting a partnership to reduce turbine operational expenditure for EDFR and increase asset availability.

EDFR integrates siloed data streams from multiple turbine technologies, fitted with different condition monitoring system (CMS) hardware and other relevant data stream inputs. Onyx will combine these data streams into a cloud-based solution that allows wind turbine monitoring on a series of dashboards enabling transparency and more streamlined processes.

As part of the technology rollout, several large wind farms will be fitted with ecoCMS, Onyx InSight's advanced sensing technology that collects triaxial acceleration and temperature data for expanded coverage of the turbine drivetrain. In parallel with the predictive maintenance implementation, the companies have also entered into an engineering services agreement whereby Onyx InSight will provide additional resources for improving turbine operations. (Source: EDF Renewable North America, RenewableEnergy, 4 June, 2020) Contact: EDF RE, www.edf-re.com; Onyx InSight, +44 (0)115 648 0466, info@onyxinsight.com, www. onyxinsight.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables North America news,  Wind news,  Onyx InSight news,  


Scout Clean Energy 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2020-05-19
Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy reports it will apply for a conditional use permit from Benton County, Washington for its 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm project south of Kennewick later this year.

The project is expected to incorporate as many as 212 GE wind turbines at a total cost of $850 million and generate sufficient energy for approximately 140,000 homes when fully operational in 2022.

Horse Heaven Wind Farm is subject to regulatory review under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, Facebook, Tri Cities Journal of Business, May, 2020)Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

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


Liberty Completes First Wind Turbine of 600-MW Project (Ind Report)
Liberty Utilities
Date: 2020-05-13
Following up on our 15 Jan report, in the Show Me State, Joplin-based Liberty Utilities is reporting the first of more than 270 wind turbines slated for its $1.2 billion, 600-MW wind project in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas has been completed. The project includes two wind farms, North Fork and King's Point, in Southwest Missouri, each of which incorporates 69 turbines that combined are projected to generate a total of 300 megawatts.

Work is also underway on the utility's Neosho Ridge Wind Farm in Neosho County, Kansas, north of Parsons, where 139 more turbines will generate another 300MW of electricity.

When the project is completed, Liberty will generate over half of its electricity from its wind farm, or through purchasing agreements with two wind farms in Kansas. (Source: Liberty Utilities, Joplin Globe, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Liberty Utilities, Tim Wilson, VP, 855-872-3242, www.libertyutilities.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Liberty Utilities ,  Wind,  


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

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

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

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


WEC Energy Acquiring Majority Stake in Ill. Wind Farm (M&A)
WEC Energy ,Invenergy
Date: 2020-01-29
Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based WEC Energy Group Inc. reports it will acquire an 80 pct ownership interest in ithe McLean County, Illinois, Blooming Grove Wind Farm for $345 million, subject to regulatory approvals.

The project, which has two PPAs in place, will incorporate 94 GE wind turbines with a combined capacity of 250 MW, is being developed by Invenergy and is slated to come online before the year end. (Source: WEC Energy Group, Saur Energy , 28 Jan., 2020) Contact: WEC Energy Group, Gale Klappa, (414) 221-7345, www.wecenergygroup.com; Invenergy, Meghan Schultz, Snr VP, Finance & Capital Markets, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

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


Heritage Wind Plans 33-Turbine Barre NY Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy,Heritage Wind
Date: 2020-01-22
In the Empire State, Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy's Heritage Wind unit is proposing a wind farm consisting of up to 33 wind turbines generating up to 184.8 megawatts of electricity in Barre.

The project would include wind turbines, access roads, electrical collection lines, substations, permanent meteorological towers, an operations and maintenance building, and construction staging areas. As part of the project's Article 10 process, a Preliminary Scoping Statement was filed on March 16, 2018 with the state siting board. (Source: Heritage Wind, Batavia News, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, 434-220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com; Heritage Wind, (231)935-3659, www.heritagewindenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy,  Wind,  Heritage Wind,  


Liberty's Kansas, Missouri Wind Farms Work Underway (Ind Report)
Liberty Utilities
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Show Me State, Liberty Utilities is reporting work is well underway on its North Fork Ridge Wind Farm north of Joplin and the King's Point Wind Farm near Golden City, which is expected to begin in February. Both wind farms will incorporate 69 wind turbines generating a total of about 300-MW, according to the Joplin Globe.

In Kansas, construction began in September on the Liberty Utilities-Empire District's 130-turbine, 300-Mw Neosho Ridge Wind Farm north of Parsons. (Source: Liberty Utilities, SF Chronicle, Joplin Globe, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: Liberty Utilities, www.libertyutilities.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Liberty Utilities news,  Wind news,  


Liberty's Kansas, Missouri Wind Farms Work Underway (Ind Report)
Liberty Utilities
Date: 2020-01-08
Liberty Utilities reports work is underway on a 600-MW wind project in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.

In Missouri, the North Fork Ridge Wind Farm north of Joplin has begun construction and work on the King's Point Wind Farm near Golden City is expected to begin in February. Both wind farms will incorporate 69 wind turbines generating a total of about 300-MW, according to the Joplin Globe.

On the Kansas side, construction began in September on the Liberty Utilities-Empire District's 130-turbine, 300-Mw Neosho Ridge Wind Farm north of Parsons. (Source: Liberty Utilities, SF Chronicle, Joplin Globe, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: Liberty Utilities, www.libertyutilities.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Liberty Utilities,  Wind,  


IEA Announces Nebraska Thunderhead Wind Contract (Ind. Report)
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives
Date: 2019-12-04
Indianapolis-headquartered Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA), through its IEA Constructors unit, reports receipt of a wind energy project award for construction of the Thunderhead Wind Project in Antelope and Wheeler counties, Nebraska.

The project will utilize 108 GE wind turbines with 300 megawatts of capacity. The power will be delivered into the Nebraska electrical grid. Project work is underway for completion in September 2020.

Chicago-based Invenergy developed the project. The company owns and operates large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities across North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. It has developed 150 projects with more than 24,000 megawatts of power capacity. (Source: IEA, PR, reve 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: IEA, JP Roehm, CEO, (800) 688-3775, Andrew Layman, (765) 828-2580, andre.layman@iea.net, www.iea.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives,  Wind ,  


BHE Seeks Rattlesnake Ridge Wind AUC Approvals (Ind Report)
BHE Canada
Date: 2019-11-01
Calgary, Alberta-based BHE Canada, through its subsidiary BHE Canada Rattlesnake GP Inc.,reports the filing of a facility application with the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for the construction and connection to the grid of its proposed $200 million, 28-turbine, 117.6 MW Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project in Medicine Hat. The project will generate approximately 475 GWh of energy per year -- sufficient 79,000 homes.

Pending AUC approvals, construction of the wind farm could get underway in Q4, 2020 with completion before December, 2021. (Source: BHE Canada, PR, Globe Newswire, Yahoo, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: BHE Canada, Scott Schreiner, William Christensen, Vice President Corporate Development of BHE Canada (403) 880-0275, mediareleations@bhe-canada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News BHE Canada ,  Wind,  Rattlesnake Ridge,  


BHE Canada Touts 114-MW Alberta Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Berkshire Hathaway,Renewable Energy Systems
Date: 2019-10-16
Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary Calgary-based BHE Canada is reportedly set to break ground on its $200 million, 117.6-MW Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project southwest of Medicine Hat, Alberta. U.K.-based Renewable Energy Systems.

When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 79,000 homes. An unnamed large Canadian corporate partner has inked a long-term PPA for the majority of the Rattlesnake Ridge energy output, according to the BHE Canada release. (Source: BHE Canada, Canadian Press, 15 Oct., 2019) Contact: Renewable Energy Systems, Sean Stocker, Project Mgr., +44 (0)1923 299 200, www.res-group.com; Berkshire Hathaway Energy, (515) 242-3022, info@berkshirehathawayenergyco.com, www.berkshirehathawayenergyco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems,  Berkshire Hathaway,  Wind,  


350-MW Foard City Texas Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Vistra Energy, Innergex Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-10-09
Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports its 350.3-MW Foard City, Texas wind farm has begun commercial operation. The 139 GE wind turbine project benefits from a 12-year PPA with Vistra Energy for 300 MW of the wind farms total installed capacity, with the remainder to be sold at merchant market price. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, Oct., 2019) Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy, Jean Trudel, (450) 926-2550, www.innergex.com, info@innergex.com; Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, www.vistraenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vistra Energy,  Wind,  Innergex Renewable Energy,  


GE Haliade-Xs Selected for Mammoth UK Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-10-02
GE Renewable Energy reports receipt of a preferred supplier agreement to deliver as many as 300 of its Haliade-X turbines for the giant 3.6 GW Dogger Bank complex of three, 1.2GW wind farms being constructed off the UK by a developer consortium made up of Equinor and SSE.

The Dogger Bank order, which hinges on a final investment decision expected before the end of next year, would kick-off a £9 billion ($11 billion) capital investment by the developers. Once fully operational, Dogger Bank will supply sufficient power for more than 4.5 million homes -- 5 pct of the UK's estimated electric power generation. Construction is set to get underway early next year for power production in 2023. (Source: GE, Recharge Wind, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, John Lavelle, CEO Offshore Wind, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Dogger Bank,  


CIP Pays €350Mn for Spanish Onshore Wind Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2019-09-13
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), the renewables specialist partly founded by PensionDanmark, is reporting acquisition of the 374 MW Monegros onshore wind portfolio in Aragon, Spain for more than €350 million. The acquisition will be financed with 100 pct equity from CIP's CI III fund.

The Monegros portfolio consists of nine individual projects comprising 99 GE wind turbines generating sufficient power for about 300,000 average Spanish households. Work has begun on the portfolio's first project. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, IP&E, 11 Sept., 2019)Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Wind,  


Mortenson Tapped for 500-MW Colorado Wind Project (Ind Report)
Mortenson
Date: 2019-09-09
Xcel Energy-Colorado reports the selection of wind developer Mortenson for construction of the 500-MW Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project in Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties, Colorado. The $743 million project is expected to be completed in December 2020. Turbine manufacturer Vestas will supply a total of 229 turbines for the wind farm. (Source: Xcel Energy, Denver Post, 6 Sept, 2019) Contact: Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energy Group, www.mortenson.com/wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mortenson,  Wind,  Xcel Energy ,  


Nordex Supplying "Merchant Basis" Scottish Wind Project (Int'l)
Nordex
Date: 2019-09-04
Hamburg, Germanyy-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group reports receipt of an order for ten of its Delta4000 series N133/4.8MW strong-wind turbines for the subsidy-free Crossdykes wind farm project northeast of Lockerbie, in Scotland. The contract includes a 20-year service and maintenance agreement. It is the first order for the manufacturer's strong-wind variant of its Delta4000 Series.

Construction is slated to get underway before the year end. (Source: Nordex, Recharge Wind, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Ohio's Scioto Ridge Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Innogy Renewables US LLC
Date: 2019-08-12
In the Buckeye State, construction is reportedly underway on the 75 turbine, 250-MW Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in Hardin and portions of northern Logan County in southern Ohio. Construction of wind tower bases, access drives and laying of underground cable is included in the initial work.

The Scioto Ridge Wind Farm developer Innogy Renewables US LLC estimates the $300 million project will be operational by the end of 2020.(Source: Innogy Renewables US LLC, PR, Various Media, Aug., 2019) Contact: Innogy Renewables US LLC, www.innogy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy,  Wind,  


Ward County N.D. Wind Farm Put on Hold (Ind. Report)
NextEra
Date: 2019-07-29
NextEra Energy Resources reports its plan to revive a large wind farm in Hartland, Ward County, North Dakota has been put on hold. The company was considering a 150 turbine, 300 MW wind farm for the site, slighly smaller than the originally proposed 2,000-megawatt Hartland facility.

NextEra has been working in North Dakota for almost 20 years and has invested $2.5 billion in the state and operates 14 projects.(Source: NextEra Energy, Minot Daily News, 28 July, 2019)Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra,  Wind,  North Dakota Wind,  


SD PUC OKs 300 MW South Dakota Wind Project (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-07-12
On Tuesday in the state capitol city of Pierre, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SD PUC) reports the approval of a permit with conditions for construction of the Crowned Ridge Wind Farmin the northeastern part of the state. The proposed $400 million wind farm will incorporate up to 130 wind turbines and generate as much as 300 MW of power which will be purchased by Northern States Power Co., dba Xcel Energy. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. (Source: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Brookings Register, AP, 10 July, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201, www.puc.sd.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Scout Completes MMPA Three Waters Wind Farm PPA (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy,Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
Date: 2019-06-05
Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy, a Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners portfolio company, reports the inking of 200 MW PPA with Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) for the entire renewable energy capacity of the Three Waters Wind Farm in Jackson County, Minnesota.

The project, which will incorporate up to seventy-one, 2.82 MW GE wind turbines, is expected to begin construction and startup in 2021. Three Waters is being developed and will be owned and operated by Scout Clean Energy.

Scout is presently developing 2,400 MW of wind energy projects across 10 US states. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, info@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com; Quinbrook, www.quinbrook.com; Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, (507) 285-0478, www.mmpa.org

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


SGRE to Service Pattern's 218MW Texas Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Pattern Energy,Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-05-24
San Francisco-headquartered Pattern Energy Group reports it has awarded a four-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for its 218MW Panhandle Wind 1 facility is in Carson County. The wind farm incorporates 118, 1.85MW-87MW GE wind turbines.

Under the agreement, SGRE will service the turbines and implement value-added analytics such as NEM Solutions and SCADA Diagnostics, later this year.

Since 2010, SGRE has been maintaining wind turbines of other manufacturers. In the US, the company currently has more than 10,000 wind turbines in operation totaling nearly 20GW. (Source: Pattern Energy, Power Technology, 23 May, 2019)Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/products-and-services

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  


Improving, Managing Wind Power Energy Production (Int'l Report)
National Science Foundation
Date: 2019-05-20
Portuguese scientists have released the first of several reports with findings that could help officials manage wind power facilities more efficiently and increase renewable energy production.

Among the findings, Perdigao, a field experiment in Vale do Cobrao, a valley in eastern Portugal, shows that the speed and direction of wind over complex terrain at the height of wind turbine hubs differ by as much as 40-50 pct from standard weather forecasts that wind turbine operators rely on to bring facilities online and supply wind power to the grid, according to a report published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

To be useful, wind power forecasts need to be made at least six hours in advance so electric grid operators can balance loads effectively. The Perdigao study aims to improve such forecasts by improving "microscale" models which capture the details of flow surrounding a wind turbine providing wind information at points separated by 100 meters compared to tens of kilometers in standard weather prediction models.

The study was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences. (Source: NSF, 19 May, 2019) Contact: NSF Public Affairs, (703) 292-8070, media@nsf.gov; www.nsf.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  National Science Foundation,  


Oregon's Oldest Large Wind Farm Slated for Refit (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2019-05-17
NextEra Energy Resources' 43-turbine Stateline Wind Farm, one of the state's oldest, could soon be getting an upgrade, subject to regulatory approval. The upgrade is expected to take up to 4 months to complete.

The Stateline Wind Farm would be the first wind-energy operation under Oregon's Energy Facility Siting Council jurisdiction to be re-powered. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Northwest Public Broadcasting, May 15, 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Wind,  


First Cdn. Transparent PV Glass Solar Window Installed (Ind. Report)
Belnor Engineering
Date: 2019-05-10
Mississauga, Ontario-based Belnor Engineering is reporting the installation of Canada's first transparent photovoltaic solar window at the Centre for Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship (CITE Facility) at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario.

In an effort to bolster their sustainability initiatives, the institution decided to be the first to incorporate Onyx Solar amorphous silicon (a-Si) technology into CITE's building envelope. Also known as a curtain-wall, this large window of 20 pct transparency incorporates 18 photovoltaic glass panels totaling 510 square-feet. The installation's peak power amounts to 1.3 KW

The $85-million project was designed by Perkins + Will Architects Canada and financially supported by the federal and provincial governments. (Source: Belnor Engineering Inc., PR, 9 May, 2019) Contact: Belnor Engineering Inc., Supriya Verma (PR Director), (905) 264-6372, info@belnor.com, www.belnor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV Solar,  


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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy ,  Wind,  


Windpower Alliance Investigating Wind Blade Erosion (Ind. Report)
Wind Blade
Date: 2019-03-06
An alliance of ten of the world's largest wund industry player -- DNV GL, Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power, Orsted, Senvion, Mankeweicz, Akzonobel, Aerox-CEU, Polytech, Hempel and PPG -- are reporting their collaboration to form Comprehensive Methodology for Blade Rain Erosion Analysis on protecting turbine blades from weather damage. The project will investigate the damage caused to leading edge wind turbine blades from the high-speed impacts of raindrops, identify and develop protection systems and recommended practices for designing a protection system against rain erosion which will be published by July 2020.

The initiative aims to identify and define relevant material properties for a protection system; Develop a methodology to handle and derive design loads from rain data; and develop both a model to conduct raindrop impact analysis and a design methodology for leading edge protection systems. (Source: DNV GL, PEI, 5 Mar., 2019)Contact: DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  DNV GL ,  Wind Blade,  


Heritage Wind Planning 147-MW Ontario Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Heritage Wind, Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2019-03-06
Traverse City Mich.-based Heritage Energy-Heritage Wind is reported to be planning a wind farm in the Town of Barre. The project will incorporate 33, Nordex 149 wind turbines.

Heritage Wind and experts brought in by Apex Clean Energy are presently considering environmental impacts, shadow flicker, engineering,sound data and other considerations that will impact project. Construction on the 147 Mw wind farm is expected to break ground this spring for completion and commercial operation in 2021. (Source: Heritage Wind, Daily News, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Heritage Wind, (231)935-3659, www.heritagewindenergy.com; Apex Clean Energy, Dahvi Wilson, VP Public Affairs, (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Heritage Wind ,  Wind,  Apex Clean Energy,  


NPPD Sued Over Wind PPA Terminations (Reg. & Leg., Ind Report)
Global Investment Partners
Date: 2019-02-11
Three wind farms in the Cornhusker State -- Laredo Ridge Wind LLC, Broken Bow Wind LLC and Crofton Bluffs Wind LLC -- are reported to have filed legal action against Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) for allegedly attempting to prematurely cancel existing 20-year PPAs 10 years ahead to their expiration date.

The lawsuit seeks both a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop NPPD from terminating the agreements on the grounds that a "premature termination of the PPAs would effectively destroy each plaintiff's wind energy project as a going concern." The suit also claims the early PPA terminations would have a material effect on the wind farms because it would put them in default with their creditors, potentially triggering foreclosure actions.

All three plaintiff wind farms are owned or partially owned New York-based Global Investment Partners. (Source: The Sioux City Journal, Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Investment Partners, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/sk-investment-partners; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  NPPD,  


NYSERDA Awards $1.5Bn for NY Large-Scale Wind, Solar (Funding)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-01-21
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, is reporting details of the $1.5 billion in NY State competitive awards to support large-scale solar, wind energy and storage projects across the Empire State.

The 20 funded projects are expected to generate $4 billion in direct investment in the clean energy sector, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate sufficient clean energy for nearly 550,000 homes. Combined with the renewable energy projects previously announced under democratic Governor Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard, New York has now awarded 46 projects worth more than $2.9 billion.

The awards also propel New York toward the Governor's ramped up mandate for 70 pct of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 -- up from 50 pct -- and helps guide the state toward achieving carbon neutrality across all sectors of its economy as quickly as possible including a 100 pct carbon-free electricity sector by 2040.

The 20 large-scale renewable energy projects include: Hannacroix Solar Facility - Greene County; Stillwater Solar - Saratoga County: Clay Solar - Onondaga County; Dog Corners Solar - Cayuga County; Excelsior Energy Center - Genesee County; Heritage Wind - Orleans County; Horseshoe Solar - Livingston County; Manchester Solar - Ontario County; Morris Ridge Solar - Livingston County; North Light Energy Center - Seneca County; Silver Lake Solar - Wyoming County; Hills Solar - Herkimer County; Mohawk Solar - Montgomery County; Skyline Solar - Oneida County; Watkins Road Solar I - Herkimer County; Roaring Brook Wind - Lewis County; Canisteo Wind - Steuben County; High Bridge Wind - Chenango County; Bakerstand Solar I - Cattaraugus County: and the Watkins Glen Solar Energy Center - Schuyler County.

All projects are expected to be operational by 2022, adding over 1,654 megawatts of renewable capacity in New York and generating over 3,800,000 megawatt hours of energy annually.The projects are expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions by more than 2 million metric tons, the equivalent to taking nearly 437,000 cars off the road.

NYSERDA will issue the next solicitation for large-scale renewable energy under the Clean Energy Standard on April 22, 2019. (Source: NYSERDA, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


WEC Energy Takes Major Stake in 97-MW Wind Project (M&A,
WEC Energy Group,Avangrid Renewables
Date: 2019-01-11
Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based WEC Energy Group Inc. is reporting its $145 million acquisition of an 80 pct stake in the 39-turbine Coyote Ridge Wind Farm in Brookings County, South Dakota.

The 97-MW Portland, Oregon-based Avangrid Renewables project is presently under construction for an expected commissioning by the end of 2019. Avangrid Renewables will operate the wind farm which has a PPA with Google Energy. WEC Energy reportedly plans to invest $1 billion in renewable energy power generation through 2019-2023. (Source: WEC Energy, Zacks, 9 Jan., 2019)Contact: WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-7345, www.wecenergygroup.com; Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane , ceo, www.avangridren.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Wind,  Avangrid Renewables,  


Botetourt County Va. Wind Farm Project Seeking PPA (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2018-11-28
In the Old Dominion State, Charlottesville-based Apex Clean Energy reports it is seeking a PPA for its planned 75-MW, Rocky Forge wind farm to be located in Botetourt County. All required local, state and federal permits have been issued. If and when constructed, the project will the state's first commercial wind farm. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Nov., 2018) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Charlie Johnson, Dev. Manager, (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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


Vestas, ECN Wind Partnering on Netherlands Wind Test Site (Int'l)
Vestas,ECN Wind Energy Facilities
Date: 2018-08-29
Danish wind turbine giant Vestas reports it is partnering with ECN Wind Energy Facilities B.V. on the 30- MW Wieringermeer wind test site project in the Netherlands.

The project is an extension of the Wieringermeer test site, which will have a total capacity of 17 wind turbines: eight spots for serially-produced turbines and nine for prototypes of large wind turbine manufacturers.

Vestas will provide eight serially-produced V126-3.45 MW turbines delivered in a 3.8-MW Power Optimized Mode which ECN Wind Energy Facilities could use for testing on behalf of third parties. Such tests could include operational strategies to optimize output and grid integration. The project includes VestasOnline Business SCADA solution for monitoring the turbines, reducing turbine downtime and improving the project's business case. The contract includes design and construction of foundations as well as supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreement. Turbine delivery is slated for Q1, 2019. (Source: Vestas, Windpower, 27 Aug., 2018)Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; ECN Wind Energy, www.ecn.nl; ECN Wind Energy Facilities, www.ventolines.nl/en/projects/ecn-wind-energy-facilities

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EDF Renewables, PGGM Ink Wind, Solar Projects Agreement (M&A)
EDF Renewables North America
Date: 2018-08-03
In San Diego, EDF Renewables North America reports it has inked two Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) by which PGGM Infrastructure Fund, a pension fund, will acquire a 50 pct ownership stake in the Glacier's Edge Wind and Valentine Solar totaling 332 megawatts (MW). Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent.

This transaction follows on an earlier agreement between the two companies concerning three projects for 588 MW. Total capacity of the 5 project portfolio is 920 MW.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewable, Nate McMurry, Director for Divestiture and Portfolio Strategy, Bruno Bensasson, VP Renewable Energies; Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525, Sandi.Briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com; PGGM, Erik van de Brake, www.pggm.nl

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GE Onshore Wind Turbines in N.Am Power the Equivalent of 11,000,000 U.S. Homes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
GE,General Electric
Date: 2018-05-23
"Iowa may conjure up images of sweeping cornfields dotted with farms, but this Midwestern state has been at the forefront of wind energy technology since 1983, when it became the first state to enact a renewable-energy mandate, requiring local investor-owned utilities to use wind or solar sources for power generation. In 2017, Iowa generated 37 percent of its electricity from wind, the largest share nationwide.

"GE Renewable Energy will now add to the state's remarkable base of renewables by helping local utility Alliant Energy erect 190 turbines at two new sites -- Upland Prairie in the state's northwest corner and English Farms further southeast -- to contribute additional 470 megawatts to Iowa's renewables capacity, enough power to supply the equivalent of 180,000 American homes.

"Those two new projects will also propel GE Renewable Energy to break a record of its own: The business unit's onshore wind capacity in North America now exceeds 40 gigawatts. Its 25,000-plus turbines now have the capacity to power the equivalent of 11 million U.S. homes.

"Worldwide, the stats are even more impressive. GE Renewable Energy has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe -- enough to theoretically supply all of Indonesia.

"Since entering wind energy 15 years ago, GE Renewable Energy has provided turbines for some of the largest sites in the U.S, including the 845 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon and the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas. The company also supplied five 6 MW turbines for America's first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island.

"GE's own contributions speak to a larger truth: Wind is blowing up. In the last decade, U.S. wind capacity has tripled to 54,000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of nearly 90,000 MW housed in 41 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. Wind power is now the largest source of renewable generating capacity in the U.S., according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)." (Source: General Electric, May 21, 2018) Contact: GE, www.ge.com/contact/general

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Mortenson Adds $140Mn in Illinois Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Mortenson,BHE Renewables
Date: 2018-05-02
Mortenson Construction is reporting the addition of three new Illinois wind farm projects totaling $140. The projects will contribute an additional 289 MW of electricity to the state by the end of 2018 and an additional 194 MWs in 2019.

The projects include the 212-MW Walnut Ridge Wind Project in Bureau and Whiteside Counties for BHE Renewables. The project includes engineering, site and road construction, foundations, interconnect stations and installation of 106 Vestas V110 turbines. Started in August 2017, the wind farm is slated for completion before the year end.

Work is also underway in Lee County at the 15-year-old Mendota Hills Wind Farm for Leeward Renewable Energy LLC. Mortenson is replacing 63 wind turbines with 29 more powerful SG 2.6-126 wind turbines. The repowering project, which will be completed in December 2018, will increase total capacity to 76 MW from roughly 50 MW. (Source: Mortonson Construction , Daily Herald, May, 2018) Contact: Leeward Renewable LLC, Greg Wolf, CEO, (214) 515-1100, www.leewardenergy.com; BHE Renewables, www.bherenewables.com; Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energ Group, www.mortenson.com/wind

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1,000MW Aussie Wind Farm Wins NSW Regulatory Approval (Int'l)
Epuron
Date: 2018-04-04
In the Land Down Under, the New South Wales state government reports it has issued approval for the proposed 1,000 MW , 267-turbine Liverpool Range wind farm which, upon commissioning would be the biggest wind farm in Australia.

The wind project, which is being developed Sydney-based wind and solar energy developer Epuron, could break ground within a year.

(Source: Epuron, REneweconomy, 3 April, 2018) Contact: Epuron, Martin Poole, +61 2 8456 7400, info@epuron.com.au, www.epuron.com.au

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Vestas Tops Top Ten Wind Turbine OEMs List (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa, Goldwind, General Electric and Enercon,Vestas
Date: 2018-02-28
According to Baltimore-based business advisory firm FTI Consulting, Danish manufacturer Vestas was the world's largest wind turbine supplier in 2017, due to its wide geographic diversification strategy and strong performance in the US market.

Vestas is followed by Siemens Gamesa, Goldwind, General Electric and Enercon, in that order. The rest of the wind OEMs in the top 10 are all Chinese-based manufacturers. (Source: FTI Consulting, ESI Africa, 26 Feb., 2018) Contact: FTI Consulting, www.fticonsulting.com; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

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Quinbrook to Repower Calif. Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners,Scout CLean Energy,Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm
Date: 2018-02-07
Houston-headquartered Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners reports its Quinbrook Low Carbon Power Fund has been awarded a new long term lease to repower the 33-year old Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm, in Pacheco State Park in central California. The project rights were won and the lease was secured by Boulder, Colorado-based wind energy developer Scout Clean Energy .

The lease awards Scout the exclusive right to build, own and operate a new wind farm project at the Gonzaga site, a major investment project that is projected to increase the wind farm's production capacity from 16.5 MW to an expected 65-80 MW. (Source: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, PR, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Quinbrook Infrastructure Projects, Shawn Cumberland, Senior Managing Director, (713 )580-8022, www.quinbrook.com; Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

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Quinbrook Closes on $268Mn for Oklahoma Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
GE Energy Financial ServiceQuinbrook Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2018-01-19
Houston-headquartered Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners Llc reports it has completed $268 million in financing for for the first phase of the 365MW Persimmon Wind Farm in Oklahoma.

Phase one includes construction and installation of of 73, 2.5MW and 7, 2.3MW GE wind turbines.

GE Energy Financial Services will provide $190 million in tax equity financing for the project and has served as a bookrunner, administrative agent and lender for $252 million of credit facilities.

Quinbrook recently acquired a 75 pct controlling interest in Persimmon and formed a joint venture with Elawan Wind -- formerly Gestamp Wind -- the initial developer of the project.

When fully operational, the Persimmon wind farm is expected to generate about 900,000MWh of power per year. Quinbrook and Elawan claim to have secured long-term PPAs with an investment grade counterparty to support the overall financing. (Source: Quinbrool, Kallanish, CTBR, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President & CEO Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com Quinbrook Shawn Cumberland, Managing Dir., (713) 580-8022, www.quinbrook.com; GE Energy Financial Service, www.geenergyfinancialservices.com; Elawan Wind, www.elawan.com/en/business/wind-farms.

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Masdar Takes Stake in Montenegro Onshore Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
Masdar,Krnovo Green Energy
Date: 2018-01-17
Masdar reports it has inked a share purchase agreement with Paris-headquartered Akuo Energy, the leading French IPP in renewable energy, to acquire 49 pct of Krnovo Green Energy, a subsidiary of Akuo Energy and owner of the now operational 72-MW Krnovo Wind Farm -- Montenegro's first wind energy project.

The Krnovo Wind Farm incorporates 26 GE wind turbines and supplies approximately 45,000 households under a 12-year power purchase agreement with the state utility operator.

Akuo Energy SAS develops, finances, builds and operates solar, wind, biomass and hydro power plants and operates in 13 countries. (Source: Akuo Energy,ME Construction News, 14 Jan., 2018) Contact: Akuo Energy , Eric Scotto, CEO, + 33 1 47 66 09 90, akuoenergy@akuoenergy.com; Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, +971 2 810 9238, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

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GE Scores 90 Turbine Thai Wind Project Order (Int'l)
GE Wind, GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-12-15
GE Renewable Energy reports it has contracted to supply 90 of tits 3.0-137 model turbines with 156.5-metre hybrid towers for installation across three 90MW clusters in Wind Energy Holding's 270MW wind farm in Theparak,Thailand.

The wind farm will be built in three 90MW phases, and is slated to commence commercial operations in 2018. Theparak is owned by Thai corporation KPN Group's subsidiary Wind Energy Holding. Thailand has 40 pct renewable energy by 2036 target. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Smarter Analyst, Others, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

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Apex Rocky Forge Wind Project Delayed (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-11-22
Virginia-based renewable energy developer Apex Clean Energy reports its has not yet set a construction start date for its long delayed Rocky Forge Wind Farm in Botetourt Count, Virgina

In July, Apex told the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors that it hoped to begin construction by mid-November but was prohibited from starting construction before that date due to bat activity in the area. Apex also has not yet named purchaser for the project's power and is still looking for the right partner to commercialize the wind farm. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, WDBJ, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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First Floating Wind Farm Now Online Off Scotland (Int'l Report)
Statoil ,Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy
Date: 2017-10-23
Statoil and its partner Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. are reporting construction of the 30MW "Hywind" pilot project, the world's first floating deep-ocean wind farm off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. WHen fully opereational, the facility will generate sufficient power for about 20,000 households.

According to a Statoil statement, existing fixed turbines were only best for water depths of 20 to 50 meters. The new floating design is suitable for water depths of 100 meters or more where average wind speeds are often around 10 meters per second. (Source: Statoil, Inquirer, 22 Oct., 2017) Contact: Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy, www.masdar.ae; Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, Leif Delp, Hywind Project Dir., +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

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BHE's 212-MW Illinois Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
BHE Renewables LLC,Geronimo Energy
Date: 2017-10-13
Further to our June 1st, 2015 coverage, BHE Renewables LLC, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, reports construction is underway on the 212-MW Walnut Ridge Wind Farm in in Bureau County, Illinois.

The 212-MW wind park will be installed on about 14,000 acres (5,700 ha) of farmland and is slated for commissioning in 2018. BHE Renewables purchased the project from Geronimo Energy LLC in 2015. The scheme has 140 MW PPA in place with the US General Services Administration (GSA). (Source: BHE Renewables, Renewables, Oct., 2017) Contact: BHE Renewables, www.bherenewables.com; Geronimo Energy, (952) 988-9000, www.geronimoenergy.com; Berkshire Hathaway, www.berkshirehathaway.com

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PacifiCorp "Re-Powering Wyoming Wind Turbines (Ind. Report)
PacifiCorp Energy
Date: 2017-08-09
Portland, Oregon-based, PacifiCorp Energy reports it is refitting and "re-powering" its fleet 2008-vintage wind turbines near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, with longer blades and newer technology to increase power production capacity.

The upgrades are expected to increase output of the wind projects by 20 pct on average while extending the operating life of the projects and thus allow the projects to re-qualify for federal production tax credits for an additional 10 years. (Source: PacifiCorp Energy, Saratoga Sun, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations, www.pacificorp.com

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