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Enel Green Power Connects N. American Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2020-05-29
Enel, through its US renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, has begun operating a 50 MW expansion of the High Lonesome wind farm in Upton and Crockett Counties, in Texas, increasing the largest operational wind project in the Group's global renewable portfolio to 500 MW. The company also connected to the grid its 105 MW Riverview and 29.4 MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind farms in Alberta, Canada.

Enel Green Power North America has begun operating a 50 MW expansion to the High Lonesome wind farm in Texas, increasing the project's total capacity to 500 MW.

The 105 MW Riverview and 29.4 MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind farms in Alberta, Canada are connected and delivering energy to the power grid.

The High Lonesome expansion brings the project's overall investment to $720 million dollars, while the total investment for both Canadian projects amounts to over $210 million (Cdn).

Enel Green Power North America is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America, with a presence in 19 US states and one Canadian province. The company operates 70 plants with a managed capacity of about 5.8 GW powered by renewable wind, hydropower, geothermal and solar energy. (Source: Enel, Enel Green Power North America, PR , 21 May, 2020) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Georgios Papadimitriou, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  Wind,  


Indian Community Scores $46Mn for Renewables Project (Funding)
Prairie Island Indian Community
Date: 2020-05-27
In St. Paul, the Gopher State legislature last week passed legislation awarding the Prairie Island Indian Community $46 million over three years for a "net-zero" renewable energy project -- Minnesota's first such clean-energy project.

The project would include a 5 MW solar array along with a microgrid -- a self-contained distribution system that would include a battery for electricity storage. The new solar installations would also power geothermal heating and cooling projects. (Source: Prairie Island Indian Community, Star Tribune, 23 May, 2020)Contact: Prairie Island Indian Community, 651-385-4124, www.prairiesisland.org

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Eavor Raises $8.1 Mn for Geothermal Tech Development (Ind. Report)
Eavor Technologies
Date: 2020-05-08
Alberta-based Eavor Technologies Inc reports it raised $11.4 million (Cdn) ($8.1 million) from the early exercise of share purchase warrants issued in 2018 and 2019 to fund the development programme for its geothermal energy technology in 2020.

The programme includes a new demonstration site for new and complementary technologies at locations in Canada, France, Norway and the US. The technologies to be tested and demonstrated are set to help improve capital efficiencies and significantly expand the geographic areas and geologies within which commercial projects using the company's Eavor-Loop technology may be implemented.

The Eavor-Loop technology produces heat and electricity by capturing geothermal energy by circulating a benign working fluid in a closed loop, collecting heat from the natural geothermal gradient of the Earth. (Source: Eavor Technologies, PR, Renewables, May, 2020) Contact: Eavor Technologies, www.eavor.com

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Cora Group Bldg Reaches ZCB-Design Certification (Ind. Report)
Cora Group
Date: 2020-04-29
The Waterloo, Ontario-headquartered Cora Group reports its 104,000 evolv1 building project in Waterloo has achieved Zero Carbon Building Standard Performance certification through the Canada Green Building Council's Zero Carbon Building program. The Waterloo building was previously ZCB-Design certified and is presently awaiting LEED Platinum certification.

The building's sustainability features include: solar panels and a passive solar wall system; an open-loop geothermal system; 40,000-litre rainwater cistern and daylight harvesting; 28 electric vehicle chargers, and others. (Source: The Cora Group, DCN-JOC News Services , 28 April, 2020) Contact: Cora Group, Adrian Conrad, COO, (519) 570-2672, www.coragroup.com; Canada Green Building Council/Zero Carbon Certification, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Canada Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


Allegheny College PA's First Carbon Neutral College (Ind. Report)
Allegheny College
Date: 2020-04-24
In the Keystone State, Allegheny College (enrollment 1850 +-) in Meadville reports it is the state's first college or university and only the eighth in the nation to achieve carbon neutrality.

Allegheny College's Board of Trustees established a climate action plan in 2010 that in part aimed to become a carbon-neutral institution by 2020.To that end, the school increased its energy efficiency by nearly 20 pct through retrofitting existing infrastructure, making system and behavioral changes, and opting for sustainable construction and renovation. It also shifted from fossil fuel-based energy sources to alternative energy sources by installing geothermal heating and cooling systems in four buildings, generating 8,500 kilowatt-hours of solar energy annually and by only buying energy from wind-generated sources. It offset remaining emissions by investing in projects that Allegheny College faculty and students are involved in, including, for example, a methane-capture project at a dairy farm. (Source: Allegheny College Times News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Allegheny College, Kelly Boulton, Sustainability Director, www.allegheny.edu

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African Renewable Energy Collaboration Announced (Int'l. Report)
African Union Commission
Date: 2020-04-22
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA )report they work closely to advance renewable energy across Africa to bolster the continent's response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The AU and IRENA collaboration complements ongoing AU programmes, which include: the Africa Bioenergy Policy Framework and Guidelines; Renewable Energy in African Island States; Development of Small Hydropower in Africa; Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility; and the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) as well as the Strategy for integrated approach for provision of basic infrastructure in rural and remote areas of Africa. This is in addition to other African initiatives such as Desert to Power, Coalition for Sustainable Energy Access, and the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) -- an Africa owned and led drive to scale up renewable energy -- consolidating efforts from the international community to address the needs of African countries.

The AU and IRENA will also collaborate in the context of IRENA's Clean Energy Corridors initiatives in East, West and Southern Africa focused on advancing the deployment of renewables through the creation of larger and more robust power markets encouraging cross-border trade of renewable power.

These commitments build on existing cooperation between the AU and IRENA to strengthen the enabling environment for low-carbon, climate-resilient renewable energy investment as the continent seeks to raise its renewable energy ambition. (Source: African Union Commission, IRENA, Modern Diplomacy, 20 April, 2020) Contact: African Union Commission, www.au.int/en/commission; IRENA, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency,  Renewable Energy,  Africa Renewable Energy,  


Alberta Geothermal Feasibility Study Provincially Funded (Funding)
Geothermal
Date: 2020-04-10
On the Canadian prairies, the Municipality of Whitecourt and the town of Whitecourt, together with the county of Woodlands is reporting receipt of $125,000 in grant funding from the Alberta Community Partnership for a geothermal development feasibility study.

A previous study on the geothermal potential in Norther Alberta conducted by Edmonton-based Terrapin Geothermics showed great potential for the use of geothermal heat and power generation in the region. (Source: Think GeoEnergy, April, 2020) Contact: Terrapin Geothermics, (780) 232-0339, www.terrapingeo.com

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

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

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

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

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

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


HECO On Track to Meet 2045 100 pct Renewables Target (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2020-02-17
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquarteed Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports its use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal energy production due to a volcanic eruption on the Big Island and significantly lower wind energy production.

Electric power generation byrenewable resources increased by 156,064 MWh in 2019, a 6.7 pct increase from the previous year. The company achieved a 28.4 pct consolidated renewable portfolio standard in 2019, surpassing 27 pct in 2018.

The state is aiming for a 100 pct renewable portfolio standard by 2045, is based on the amount of renewable energy used by customers as a percentage of total utility sales. To that end, the state must reach 30 pct by the end of 2020, 40 pct by the end of 2030, and 70 pct by the end of 2040 to stay on track, according to a HECO statement from Snr. VP Jim Alberts. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Co, PR, Honolulu Star, 14 Feb., 2020) (Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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$18.8Mn DOE Funding for Low-Temp Geothermal R&D (R&D, Funding)
US DOE EERE,
Date: 2020-02-07
The U.S DOE has announced an $18.8 million funding that will go towards six innovative R&D initiatives aimed towards:
  • Exploration RD&D -- Hidden Geothermal Systems in the Basin and Range; and
  • Advanced Energy Storage Initiative (AESI) -- Bi-directional Energy Storage Using Low-Temperature Geothermal Applications.

    The first topic aims to build on the success of the Geothermal Technologies Office's Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) initiative. The PFA technique is a method for discovering hidden hydrothermal systems in the Basin & Range region of the western U.S using known geologic factors associated with geothermal systems. By reducing the uncertainty of discovering geothermal systems in such settings, development and investment in the area can become more attractive.

    The second topic aims to enhance the resilience of energy systems through the use of Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage (RTES) technology particularly in low-temperature geothermal systems. Deep-Direct Use (DDU) for space heating is being considered as the best application of this technolgoy, as excess thermal energy during summer could be stored as a reserve for winter heating.

    Interested applicants may submit a letter of intent until February 28, 2020, 5 PM. Only those who have submitted the letter will be eligible for full applications, which will be accepted until April 6, 2020, 5 PM. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: U.S. DOE Geothermal Technologies Office, geothermal@ee.doe.gov, egs@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/eere/geothermal/geothermal-technologies-office-contacts-0

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  US DOE EERE,  


  • Renewables Funding Proposed for VA. Brownfield, Coal Sites (Funding)
    Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
    Date: 2020-01-31
    In the Old Dominion State, under the proposed House Bill 754 presently before the General Assembly, the Virginia Brownfield and Coal Mine Renewable Energy Grant Fund would provide up to $35 million annually for solar, wind and geothermal projects on brownfields and former coal sites.

    As proposed, the program would award grants on a competitive basis in the amounts of $500 per kilowatt of nameplate capacity from renewable energy sources on land that was previously mined for coal and $100 per kilowatt of nameplate capacity from renewable energy sources on brownfields. Grants would not be allowed to exceed $10 million for a single coal mine project and $5 million for a brownfield project not on previously mined land, according to the bill. Total allocations from the program would be capped at $35 million in a given year.

    The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy would administer the program and work with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to develop criteria for grant awards. (Source: Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Bristol Herald Courier, 30 Jan., 2020) Contact: Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, 276-523-8100, www.dmme.virginia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Funding,  


    Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy Outlines Climate Change Action (Int'l)
    Tokyuo,Climate Change
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In Japan, the recently released Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy details a multifaceted effort to heighten climate change disaster - mitigation preparedness, reduce single-use plastics, transition to renewable energy and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The strategy also calls for zero-emission cars, buses, boats and planes; buildings made of recycled wood and equipped with solar panels; power plants on the city's perimeter tapping biomass, geothermal, hydrogen, hydroelectric, solar and wind energy; grocery stores with zero food waste and no single-use plastics; and "smart" homes with artificial intelligence to minimize energy consumption.

    To that end, the Tokyo City Metropolitan Government 2020 budget plans to spend more than ¥74.6 billion ($684.5 million). The money will be distributed to individual progams in 14 energy sector including buildings, transportation, resources, climate change adaptation and engagement. These include Tokyo Climate Change Adaptation Policy, Plastic Strategy, Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Promotion Strategy, all of which outline additional steps the city will take to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions, marine plastic waste, food waste and fluorocarbon emissions.

    To achieve decarbonization, the capital city of 13.9 residents plans to expand the use of hydrogen energy as it moves away from fossil fuels in its effort to address global warming and the climate change crisis, and urged the central government to formulate a national strategy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: City of Tokyo, PR, Japan Times, 26 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tokyo,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


    NV Energy Seeks Addition to Renewable Energy Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2020-01-24
    NV Energy has issued a request for proposals (RfP) to add new renewable energy projects to its portfolio. This announcement comes on the heels of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada's (PUCN) December 2019 approval of 1,190 mw of new solar energy and 590 mw of battery storage to be built in Nevada and serving customers by Jan. 1, 2024.

    The RfP seeks solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technology projects compliant with Nevada's existing renewable portfolio standards. NV Energy will also consider adding supplemental energy storage systems that are integrated with the proposed renewable energy resource and stand-alone energy storage systems. Projects will be competitively evaluated on a number of factors, including best value to customers of NV Energy and creation of economic benefits to the State of Nevada.

    NV Energy requests that all parties interested in becoming a bidder for this opportunity register on the company's website www.nvenergy.com and follow each of the directives under the "Steps to Complete" section of the website. Bids are due by 4 p.m. on March 9. Projects proposed by successful bidders will require the approval of the PUCN. It is anticipated the projects would be completed and producing energy for customers by December 31, 2025.

    Las Vegas-based NV Energy, Inc. is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 22 Jan., 2020) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Corp. Communications, 775-834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy ,  


    Dandelion Energy Geothermal Raises $12 million (Ind. Report)
    Dandelion Energy
    Date: 2020-01-17
    Following up on our 13th Feb, 2019 coverage, New York-based geothermal startup Dandelion Energy Inc is reporting closure of a $12 million Series A-1 funding round, bringing its total funding to $35 million.

    The new funding will be used to grow operations and R&D activities. (Source: Dandelion Energy Inc., 16 Jan., 2020) Contact: Dandelion Energy, Michael Sachse, CEO, (833) GEO-4ALL, hello@dandelionenergy.com, www.dandelionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dandelion Energy,  Geothermal ,  


    ExxonMobil -- Climate Change, the Work Ahead Opinions & Asides)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2020-01-13
    "As we wrap up 2019, it's useful to take stock of the past year and keep looking ahead to the future and what we need to do to accomplish our energy goals. We need to do a lot. We are at a crucial inflection point with climate change, as is all too clear from the regular stream of updates in our news feeds every day. ExxonMobil’s annual Energy Outlook, which came out recently, discusses how the world is still offtrack to meet certain climate goals without a lot of additional effort.

    "That further work means continued technology innovation. We have to keep finding and inventing solutions to the myriad of individual problems posed by the dual challenge. These different efforts -- both within and outside of our own research labs -- are all essential to moving us forward. They include the important renewables work being done with wind, solar and geothermal by so many around the world; they also include research focused on carbon capture technology and biofuels -- and everything in between. On ExxonMobil’s end, we are proud of our portfolio of innovative emission-lowering projects that have led to more than 10,000 patents in the last decade. Since 2000, we've spent $16.5 billion on this kind of R&D.

    "Moving into 2020, we need to stay focused on several key themes related to solving the dual challenge: scale, speed, collaboration and training the next generation of scientists, engineers and other problem solvers. Scale is everything in our efforts. Reducing carbon emissions to fight climate change as we simultaneously deliver more and more energy to a growing world is a big job. And it's not just one job. As I said earlier this year, 'Not only are the sizes we are talking about so big they are sometimes unfathomable, but we must deploy solutions globally AND across countless end uses. It's not one equation with one unknown, but multiple equations with multiple unknowns.'

    "As we work to solve for these multiple unknowns, we are pursuing projects big and small. What they share in common is the strict requirement that they must lead to a scalable solution. Energy is gigantic, from the infrastructure that supports it to the markets that drive its supply and demand. Any solution we find in the lab, however brilliant, must be ready to immediately scale.

    "And it needs to happen quickly. As we know, scientific discovery is an ongoing endeavor -- you can't put a deadline on invention. But we can accelerate innovation. First, we can follow the example of parallel processing from computer science. In our labs, we don't wait for the basic science to be definitively 'concluded' (if it even can be). We start the engineering while we're still doing the science and iterate between the two. That requires collaboration between different types of researchers and innovators – between our corporate lab and government and academic labs, for example -- and that's the other way we speed up scalable solutions: with partnerships. Partnerships are a force multiplier. They are absolutely key when it comes to solving the dual challenge. When I look back on the past year, I am proud of the scope and variety of partnerships we undertook as a company. To name just a few:

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (and other DOE-funded labs) -- in a 10-year, $100 million collaboration to bring advanced energy technologies to market at scale, focused on reducing carbon emissions.

  • IBM -- to collaborate on quantum computing that could help make energy exploration and extraction enormously efficient.

  • MIT Energy Initiative -- to extend our existing relationship supporting this project, which is committed to discovering new emission-reducing technology.

    Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) locations in Madras and Bombay -- to continue our research with scientists and students working on the ground in India to address the energy needs and challenges on the subcontinent, including studying life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in India's power sector.

  • Clariant and Genomatica -- to convert residue left over from farming into biofuel that can power trucks, ships and more. Clariant has expert processes to extract sugars from agricultural leftovers like wheat straw, while Genomatica turns sugars into biofuels.

  • Global Thermostat -- to evaluate the scalability of their innovative carbon capture technology, which removes CO2 from the atmosphere and industrial sources.

  • Microsoft -- to digitally transform 1 million acres of unconventional oil and gas fields in the Permian Basin, making it the largest-ever oil and gas acreage to use cloud technology, and also making it more efficient. Energy efficiency is an often overlooked area when we think about the dual challenge.

    (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, , 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil, Dr. Vijay Swarup, VP Research and Development , www.linkedin.com › dr-vijay-swarup-120a95159, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  ExxonMobil,  Vijay Swarup ,  


  • Renewables Topped Coal in April 2019 US Power Mix (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2020-01-03
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting utility-scale hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal and biomass accounted for 23 pct of the U.S. energy mix, while coal was only 20 pct in April, 2019. The EIA report noted that although generation output from large coal, gas and nuclear plants is typically lower during April and other demand lull periods, renewable capacity has been growing and coal-fired power falling in recent years.

    Each renewable resource set record high generation outputs sometime during 2018. Wind power generated 30.2 million MWh in April, a new monthly high, while a combination of utility-scale solar photovoltaics and solar thermal made history in June with 7.8 million MWh, the EIA report shows. (Source: US EIA, Power Eng., Jan., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  US EIA,  Coal,  


    Costa Rica Increasing Renewable Electricity Generation (Int'l.)
    Costa Rica
    Date: 2019-12-18
    In Costa Rica, the Costa Rica National Center for Energy Control (CENCE) reports the National Electric System (SEN) added more than 99 pct more renewable power generation from run-of-river water, wind, geothermal energy, biomass and solar energy in 2018.

    Since 2015, Costa Rica has exceeded 98 pct of electricity generation with clean resources. Presently, Costa Rica has 18 wind plants managed by public, private, municipal and cooperative companies as well as the third-largest geothermal park on the continent with 262 mw. (Source: National Center for Energy Control, PR, bnamericas, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Costa Rica National Center for Energy Control, www.energetskiportal.rs/en/tag/costa-ricas-national-centre-for-energy-control-cence

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    NV Energy Adding Major Solar, Storage Capacity (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In Las Vegas, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUC) reports approval of NV Energy's Integrated Resource Plan to bring three projects totaling an additional 1,190 MW of new solar renewable energy projects to the state -- sufficient power for 230,000 homes -- and an additional 590 megawatts of energy storage capacity. The three new projects include:
  • Arrow Canyon Solar Project -- 200 mw solar photovoltaic project with a 75 mw -- 5 hour battery storage system being developed by EDF Renewables North America.

  • Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center -- 300 mw solar array that includes a 135 mw-4 hour Li-Ion battery energy storage system being developed by 8minute Solar Energy.

  • Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project -- 690 mw solar PV array coupled with a 380 mw AC battery storage system in Clark County being developed by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners in collaboration with Arevia Power.

    The projects, which are expected to be online prior to January 1, 2024, will double NV Energy's renewable energy resources portfolio to include 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects both in service and under development. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Corporate Communications,, 775-834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

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


  • First Cdn. Commercial Geothermal Facility Wins Fed Funding (Funding)
    Earth Energy Production Corporation
    Date: 2019-11-25
    As prviously reported,the office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib) is confirming the government will provide $25.6 million (Cdn) ($19.28 million) in funding for a 5-MW geothermal power facility to be developed near Estevan, by Deep Earth Energy Production Corp. headquartered in Saskatoon. The plant will be Canada's first commercial scale geothermal facility. (Source: Office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Stock Dish, 24 Nov., 2019) Contact: Earth Energy Production Corporation, Kirsten Marcia, Pres, CEO, 306 261-6979, kmarcia@deepcorp.ca,www.deepcorp.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


    Montana Univ. Seeks Geothermal Spending Approval (Ind. Report)
    Montana State University
    Date: 2019-11-20
    Montana State University in Bozeman reports will seek Montana Board of Regents permission to spend $2.5 million to expand on-campus geothermal energy to cut campus heating and energy costs and to reduce carbon Emissions. The university is also seeking approval for the hiring of a renewable energy and energy efficiency consulting firm.

    MSU presently uses geothermal heating and cooling in five on-campus buildings in its North Campus energy district. The school is also working on a campus energy master plan with a goal of reducing campus energy consumption by 20 pct. (Source: Montana State University, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 17 Nov., 2019) Contact: Montana State Univ., www.montana.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Montana State University,  Geothermal,  


    Pertamina Earmarks $2Bn for Geothermal Development (Int'l. Report)
    Pertamina
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Jakarta, Indonesian state oil and gas company PT Pertamina reports it will invest US$2 billion in the development of geothermal facilities in the coming six to seven years.

    The plan is in line with the company's commitment to achieve a 23 pct renewable energy mix target by 2025 and in accordance with Energy Law No. 30 of 2007.

    Pertamina will have an installed capacity of 670 gigawatts of electrical power from geothermal energy by 2020, raising to 100 gigawatts in 2025, according to a company release. (Source: Pertamina, Antara News, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Pertamina, Irfan Zainuddin, Pres., pge.pertamina.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pertamina ,  Geothermal,  


    Terrapin Geothermics AB Geothermal Tests Approved (Ind Report)
    Terrapin Geothermics
    Date: 2019-11-06
    On the Canadian prairies, Edmonton, Alberta-based Terrapin Geothermics is reporting Alberta's first geothermal power plant has been given the nod by the government of Alberta to begin testing the geothermal potential for its Greenview geothermal power project in the Municipal District of Greenview.

    The testing will allow Terrapin to apply for required provincial regulatory approvals for the project, the first of its kind in the province.

    The $50 million (Cdn) project is being partially funded by Natural Resources Canada and is expected to be completed in three years. The 5 MW project is a joint venture between Terrapin Geothermaics, PC Construction and the Municipal District of Greenview. (Source: Terrapin Geothermics, Hydrogen News, Nov., 2019) Contact: Terrapin Geothermics, (780) 232-0339, www.terrapingeo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


    USDA REAP Announces Rural Energy Grant Funding (Funding)
    USDA, REAP
    Date: 2019-08-30
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) reports it will award a total of $9.3 million in grant funding for energy costs reduction to farmers, ag producers, rural-based businesses and institutions in 49 states and Puerto Rico.

    Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019. REAP funding can be used for energy audits, renewable energy systems including biomass, geothermal, solar, hydropower biomass and others as well as energy efficiency upgrades such as HVAC energy efficiency improvements, insulation, lighting and refrigeration. (Source: USDA, Farm & Dairy, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA, (202) 690-4730, (f) 202-690-4737, www.rd.usda.gov; REAP, www.rurdev.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  REAP,  


    USDA Invests in Energy Efficiency Improvements ... Seven Businesses In New Mexico Among Recipients
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2019-08-25
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Bette Brand has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants for projects in all states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions. Under today’s announcement, USDA is investing $9.3 million through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the nation. Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019. USDA will make additional funding announcements in the REAP program in coming weeks. Recipients can use REAP funding for a variety of needs, such as conducting energy audits and installing renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar. Funds also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration. This announcement includes, seven businesses in rural New Mexico that received funding to purchase energy saving systems. Listed below are the REAP investments made for seven rural businesses in rural New Mexico: • CIA Inc. an insurance company in Ruidoso will receive $9,236 to install a solar array system at that company's building, which will save $1,849 in the company's electric bill every year. • Conley's Lumber Mill in Española will receive $7,897 to install a solar array system at the lumber mill. By installing the solar power system, the company will save $1,857 per year in electricity, which is a 100 percent of the electricity used by the lumber mill for its business. • Four Peaks Energy LLC of Sunland Park will receive $20,000 to upgrade its lighting, HVAC system, and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) (connected to motors) insulation upgrades, and an environmental shade screen at the Camino Real Landfill Facility. This project will save $17,638 per year in electricity costs. • Pamela N. MacArthur of Rancho De Taos will receive $2,811 to install a solar array system for her horse boarding facility. The solar array will save $529 per year in electricity costs, which is equal to 103 percent of the yearly energy usage for the business. • Joseph J. Mathieu of Deming will receive $7,500 to install LED lighting and energy efficient windows at his Denny’s Restaurant. By installing the energy efficient systems $9,987 in electricity will be saved yearly. • Roxie Properties LLC of Santa Rosa will receive $18,711 to install a solar array system at the El Rancho Motel. The new solar power array will save $5,122 per year in electricity costs for the business. • Taos Veterinary Clinic PC of Taos will receive $ 11,021 to install a solar array system. By installing the solar panels, the business will save $3,796 per year in electricity or a 103 percent of the electricity used by the veterinary clinic.

    To view the report in its entirety, view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB). USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. (Source: USDA, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov

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    HECO Announces Major Renewable Energy Push (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Companies
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In the Aloha State, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is reporting that the acquisition of a variety of clean energy technologies over the next five years will enable the Companies to continue providing reliable service after the closure of the largest fossil fuel plant on Oahu and retirement of Mauis oldest oil-fired plant.

    Upon approval by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) anticipated this summer, this second phase of renewable energy procurement will be open to bids and the first projects would come online in 2022.

    Estimated targets of new renewable generation of various technologies are the equivalent of 594 MW of solar for Oahu; 135 MW for Maui and 32 to 203 MW for Hawaii Island, depending on whether other renewable energy projects become available. Proposals for Molokai and Lanai will be sought later this summer. The approximately 900 MW of new renewables to be sought -- generating about 2 million mWh annually -- would be among the largest single procurement effort ever undertaken by a U.S. utility.

    In addition to variable renewable generation, with or without energy storage, this second phase will be open to standalone storage and grid services that help system operators manage reliability of modern electric grids with diverse, dynamic inputs and outputs. These draft proposals are the result of extensive consultation led by the PUC with participation of the Hawaiian Electric Companies, the Consumer Advocate, and other stakeholders.

    For Oahu, new projects are needed to replace the 180-MW coal-fired AES Hawaii plant in Campbell Industrial Park due to close by September 2022. For Maui, the generation and storage is needed for the planned retirement of the 38-MW Kahului Power Plant by the end of 2024. For Hawaii Island, additional renewable generation is sought even assuming the Puna Geothermal Venture plant returns to service and the Hu Honua biomass plant comes online as planned.

    View HECO's largest-ever renewable energy plan HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR , 17 July, 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Jim Alberts, VP Business Dev. and Strategic Planning, (808) 543-7780, Peter Rosegg, (808) 543.7780, Peter.Rosegg@HawaiianElectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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    USDA REAP Announces New Renewable Energy Funding (Funding)
    Rural Energy for America Program
    Date: 2019-07-15
    The USDA Secretary for Rural Development, Joel Baxley, reports the agency's awarding of 58 grants for projects in 17 states to help reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency for small rural businesses, farmers and agricultural producers. The grants are being issued through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for which Congress appropriated $50 million in fiscal year 2019.

    Under the present announcement, USDA is investing $1 million in renewable energy projects. The REAP grant funding can be used for energy audits and renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar, or for energy efficiency improvements to HVAC systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration, and others. (Source: USDA, Elko Daily Free Press, 11 July, 2019) Contact: USDA Rural Energy for America Program, www.rurdev.usda.gov

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    Wind, Solar Expected to Generate Half of World's Electricity by 2050, says BloombergNEF Report (Ind. Report)
    BloombergNEF
    Date: 2019-07-03
    According to a new report from BloombergNEF, solar, wind, and battery energy storage will enable the power sector to "meet its share of emission cuts required under the Paris climate agreement, at least until 2030" by which time the demand for electric power will increase 62 pct. The world will get about half of its electricity from solar, wind, and battery storage by 2050, the report notes. By 2050, solar and wind will supply almost one half of the world's electricity, with hydro, nuclear and other renewable energy resources providing another 21 pct with geothermal, tidal, hydrogen and others filling the balance, according to BNEF. (Source: BloombergNEF, Utilities, 23 June, 2019)

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    NV Energy Adding 1,200 MW of New Solar + Storage (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2019-06-26
    In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based NV Energy reports it will seek Nevada PUC approval for the addition of nearly 1,200 MW of new solar PV generation along with 590 MW of battery storage to be added to its energy mix in the form of three projects in southern Nevada. With the addition of these new projects, NV Energy will double its renewable energy by 2023.

    Each of the three announced projects -- the 200-mw Arrow Canyon Solar Project with a 75 mw battery storage system; the 300-mw Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center with 135-mw Li-Ion battery energy storage system; and the 690-mw Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project with a 380 mw AC battery storage system -- are expected to be online by the end of 2023.

    NV Energy's current portfolio includes 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects both in service and under development. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 24 June, 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cameron, CEO, Pres., www.nvenergy.com

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    Hawaiian Geothermal Well Permits Under Review (Reg. & Leg.)
    Puna Geothermal Venture
    Date: 2019-06-05
    In the Aloha State, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald is reporting the Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources is reviewing Puna Geothermal Venture's applications for two new geothermal wells at the site of a power plant damaged by the 2018 Kilauea eruption. The applications are part of the company's attempt to resume operations after damage to its 38-MW geothermal power plant in Puna on the Big Island.

    According to Department of Land and Natural Resources, the damaged plant produced 31 pct of the island's power and about half of its renewable energy in 2017. (Source: Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, AP, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Puna Geothermal Venture (Ormat), www.hawaiianelectric.com/.../geothermal/puna-geothermal-venture-(pgv); Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources, (808) 587-0400, dlnr.hawaii.gov

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    NEIF Lauds Home Energy Efficiency Financing Plan (Ind. Report)
    National Energy Improvement Fund
    Date: 2019-05-03
    The Allentown, Pennsylvania-based National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC, (NEIF), a licensed lender and national expert in energy efficiency financing, is trumpeting the availability of its its new NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan.

    The plan helps qualifying homeowners finance home improvement and energy efficiency upgrades such as heating and cooling, windows, doors, siding and roofing, air sealing and insulation, electrical and plumbing, geothermal and whole home energy projects. All work must be completed by NEIF-approved contractors.

    The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is currently available in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with other states being added shortly. Separately, Maine homeowners can use Efficiency Maine financing, administered by NEIF.

    The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is simple interest, longer term, fixed rate installment financing from $2,500 to $25,000. There is no lien on the borrower's home, no fees to the borrower and no penalty for pre-payment. The interest rate and monthly payment are locked in for the full term of the loan, up to ten years. To date, $700 million in energy efficiency financing has been placed through the NEIF program. NEIF also provides financing for commercial energy improvements through its NEIF Commercial Energy Finance division and advance funding to contractors for rebates through its Rebate Bridge program. (Source: National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC, PR, 2 May, 2019) Contact: NEIF, Peter Krajsa, NEIF, Co-Chair and Founder, (484) 838-5460, www.neifund.org

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    NV Energy Lauds Nevada Renewables Portfolio Increase (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2019-04-24
    Reporting from Las Vegas, NV Energy joined Governor Steve Sisolak, Senator Chris Brooks and other supporters, as the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 358, which increases Nevada's renewable portfolio standard to 50 pct by 2030.

    In a 2018 announcement, NV Energy noted plans to add six more large-scale solar projects, three of which will include battery storage capacity. NV Energy also recently submitted its annually-required renewable portfolio standard (RPS) compliance filing to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, which stated that the company had exceeded the current RPS requirement for the ninth-straight year. Instead of the 20 pct required today, 24 pct of the energy the company provides is generated from renewable resources.

    Nevada is a leader in renewable energy, ranking fourth in solar and second in geothermal. NV Energy has fostered renewable development since before a renewable standard was put into place, having signed its first geothermal contract in 1986. Thanks to expanding renewable energy serving our customers and the retirement of coal-fueled generation in Nevada, the state experienced an 85 pct reduction in coal-fueled carbon emissions and reduced carbon emissions from the electric industry by 44 pct from 2005 to 2015.

    NV Energy Inc, which provides a range of energy services to more than 1.4 million customers throughout Nevada, is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy. (Source: NV Energy, PR 23 April, 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Senior Corporate Communication Specialist, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

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    Hydrogenics Inks NZ Green Hydrogen Production Station Deal (Int'l)
    Hydrogenics
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered hydrogen specialist Hydrogenics Corporation reports it has inked a supply agreement with Halcyon Power -- a joint venture of New Zealand-based Tuaropaki Trust and Obayashi Corporation of Japan -- for a carbon-free, 1.5 MW hydrogen production facility in New Zealand.The project is expected to be fully operational in 2020.

    The carbon-neutral "green" hydrogen will be generated using electricity from stable, cost-effective geothermal energy in Mokai, Taupo, located adjacent to an existing Tuaropaki power plant.

    Hydrogenics will provide an onsite hydrogen production plant using the Company's large-scale containerized PEM electrolysis technology to produce as much as 250Nm3 per hour of hydrogen. (Source: Hydrogenics, PR, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Hydrogenics Corp., Daryl Wilson, President & CEO, www.hydrogenics.com

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    Innergex Unloading Icelandic Energy Firm HS Orka for $305Mn (M&A)
    Innergex,Macquarie Infrastructure
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports it will sell its wholly-owned Magma Energy Sweden A.B. subsidiary which holds a 53.9 pct equity stake in HS Orka, to a Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets managed European infrastructure fund, for $304.8 million subject to customary closing adjustments

    .HS Orka holds two operating geothermal facilities (Reykjjanes and Svartsengi) totaling 174 MW, the 10 MW Bruarvirkjun run-of-river hydro project which is under construction, a number of prospective renewable power projects, as well as a 30 pct equity interest in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and Resort in Iceland. The fully funded transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.

    Net proceeds from the sale will be used to reimburse the $228 million one-year credit facility contracted in October 2018 at the time of the acquisition of the remaining interest in the Cartier wind farms and operating entities, to deleverage corporate facilities and for general corporate purposes. (Source: Innergex, PR. 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: Innergex, (450) 926-2550, www.innergex.com, info@innergex.com; Macquarie Infrastructure, www.macquarie.com/mgl/com/mic-inc

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    Enel Acquires 650 MW of US Renewable Enenergy Assets (M&A)
    Enel SpA,Enel Green Power North America,GE Capital
    Date: 2019-03-18
    Italian utility Enel SpA is reporting its Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) unit is acquiring 650 MW of US renewable energy assets from GE Capital's Energy Financial Services for $256 million (&euro226. million), for an enterprise value equal to around $900 million. The acquisition includes geothermal, wind and solar power facilities in Kansas, Utah, North Dakota, Vermont and Nevada. (Source: Enel SpA, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; GE Capital, www.gecapital.com

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    ODOE Offers Small-Scale Renewable Energy Project Funding (Funding)
    Oregon Department of Energy
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In Salem, the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) reports the availability of grant funding of up to $250,000 per system for small-scale renewable energy projects. projects that generate power from renewable sources. The deadline for applications is on April 22, 2019. The agency is accepting applications for its Renewable Energy Development Grant program through 22 April, 2019. A total of $2.75 million is available.

    Qualified systems must produce electrical energy from a renewable resource such as biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas, or wave, tidal, or ocean thermal energy. Grants are capped at $250,000 per system and may not exceed 35 pct of the project cost. Details are available on ODOE's website. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Think Geoenergy, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oregon Department of Energy, (503) 378-4040, askenergy@oregon.gov, www.oregon.gov/ENERGY

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    Ormat Reopening Hawaiian Geothermal Plant (Ind. Report)
    Ormat Technologies
    Date: 2019-03-06
    Reno, Nevada-based Ormat Technologies, owner of the 38-MW Puna Geothermal Venture geothermal plant closed during last year's eruption of Kilauea volcano, reports it plans to bring the plant back online by the year end.

    The Puna Geothermal Venture plant was taken offline and evacuated soon after the volcano began erupting on May 3. Before the eruption, it provided roughly 25 pct of the Big Island's electric power requirements. (Source: Ormat Technologies, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ormat, Isaac Angel, CEO, Smadar Lavi, Investor Relations, (775) 376-2030, slavi@ormat.com, www.ormat.com

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    Illinois College Facility Wins LEED Platinum Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-20
    The 42,000 square-foot Science & Engineering Building on the Grayslake, Ill., campus of the College of Lake County reports it has been LEED Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

    The facility, which opened in January 2018, houses mechatronics, photonics and chemistry classrooms and laboratories and is College of Lake County's first LEED Platinum building.

    The facility's energy efficiency -- sustainability features include: photovoltaic solar panels, green roofs of planted vegetation, a geothermal heating and cooling system and energy efficient fume hoods in chemistry labs. Other features include LED lighting and daylight harvesting to reduce the need for electrical lighting. The building's rainwater recovery system collects rain in an underground tank and uses it for waste flushing and reduces potable water use by 41 pct.

    Overall, the Science & Engineering Building is designed to reduce building energy use by 66 pct compared with a standard science building of similar size. (Source: College of Lake County, American School and University, Feb., 2019) Contact: College of Lake County, www.clcillinois.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Dandelion Raises $16Mn for Home Geothermal Systems (Ind. Report)
    Dandelion Energy
    Date: 2019-02-13
    New York-based geothermal startup Dandelion reports it has secured $16 million in financing from GV (fka Google Ventures) and Comcast Ventures, with participation from Lennar Corporation and previous investors NEA, Collaborative Fund, Ground Up, and Zhenfund, among others. The new funding, which brings the company's total capital raised to $23 million, will be used for R&D, the opening of a warehouse and to fuel growth.

    The Series A funding comes after Dandelion's acquisition of Geo-Connections, a geothermal software-as-a-service company that develops the underlying technology used in geothermal systems, and precedes the broad launch of Dandelion's "Dandelion Radiate" product that works with traditional radiators. According to Dandelion, its system is four times more efficient than furnaces, almost twice as efficient as traditional air condition systems, and costs between $20,000 to $25,000 to install. (Source: Dandelion, Contact: Dandelion, Kathy Hannun, CEO, info@dandelionenergy.com, https://dandelionenergy.com

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    EU Geothermal Energy, Metals Extraction Project Advancing (Int'l)
    EU
    Date: 2019-02-04
    The EU is reporting its Horizon 2020 for Research & Innovation project to create and develop innovative technology that combines the production of geothermal energy with extraction of metals from the geothermal liquid in a single, interlinked process has now entered its final phase. Part of the 42-month Horizon 2020 programme, the Combined Heat Power and Metals (CHPM2030) technology project was intended to lower the costs and reduce the environmental impact of energy production while lessening European dependence on imported raw materials.

    The project was divided into eight interconnected "work packages" including: system integration; integrated sustainability assessments; road mapping and preparation of pilot test study areas in Portugal, Romania, Sweden and the UK in order to pave the way for a long-term wider rollout of the CHPM technology.

    The results and preliminary outcomes will be presented to the public on May 23, 2019 in Delft, the Netherlands at the final CHPM2030 conference. (Source: CHPM Europe, Industry Europe, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: CHPM Europe, www.chpm2030.eu

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    California Geothermal Well Lithium Extraction Planned (Ind. Report)
    Berkshire Hathaway
    Date: 2019-01-24
    The Financial Times is reporting Des Moines-headquartered Berkshire Hathaway is developing a plan to extract lithium from its geothermal wells in the Salton Sea, California. The Salton Sea is thought to potentially be among the largest lithium resources in the world.

    The project, which anticipates the production of approximately 90,000 tonnes of lithium, is reportedly valued at around $2.5 billion. To that end, the company founded Salton Sea Industries for the venture.

    Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. through MidAmerican Energy/ CalEnergy, operates 10 geothermal facilities in the Salton Sea/ Imperial Valley area of California. (Source: Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co, Website, Financial Times, Jan., 2019) Contact: Berkshire Hathaway Energy, (515) 242-3022, info@berkshirehathawayenergyco.com, www.berkshirehathawayenergyco.com

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    Penzance UK Geothermal Project Seeking Contractor (Int'l Report)
    Geothermal Engineering Ltd
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the UK, Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) reports it is seeking a contractor to supply, deliver to site, connect, test and commission a Geothermal Heat Pump System in Penzance in Cornwall, UK. The project has already drilled two wells to support the system.

    The Penzance project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The closing date for the applications is the 15th of February 2019. (Source: Geothermal Engineering Ltd., Think Geoenergy, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Geothermal Engineering Ltd, Jonathan Beynon, Jonathan.beynon@geothermalengineering.co.uk, www.geothermalengineering.co.uk

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    Kenya Power Doubling Geothermal Connections to Grid (Int'l)
    Kenya Power
    Date: 2019-01-18
    In Nairobi, Kenya Power and Light is reporting it will construct a second, 85-kilometre power line between Narok and Bomet to connect western Kenya to cheap power produced at the Olkaria geothermal fields. The first line being constructed by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) and is scheduled for completion in September.

    The project is being financed by the French Development Agency.

    Kenya Power and Light is a limited liability company that transmits, distributes and retails electricity throughout Kenya. (Source: Kenya Power & Light, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Kenya Power, www.kplc.co.ke

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    $25.6 Mn for First Canadian Geothermal Power Plant (Funding)
    Geothermal
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Ottawa, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reports it will provide $25.6 million (Cdn) ($19.28 million) in funding for the country's first geothermal power facility near Estevan, Saskatchewan.

    The 5 MW project, spearheaded by Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Deep Earth Energy Production Corporation, is expected to generate sufficient energy to power around 5,000 homes. (Source: Gov't of Canada,Various Media, CNBC, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Deep Earth Energy Production Corporation, Kirsten Marcia P. Geo., Director, President & CEO, 306.261.6979, kmarcia@deepcorp.ca, www.deepcorp.ca

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

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

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

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    RENEW Wisc. Supports Nonprofit Organizations' Solar Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    RENEW Wisconsin
    Date: 2018-12-17
    In the Badger State, Madison-based RENEW Wisconsin is reporting 36 Wisconsin nonprofit organizations -- including churches and schools -- are inline to receive $445,000 in solar-power grants for projects aimed at promoting clean energy, increasing energy efficiency and cutting electric power costs. RENEW Wisconsin supports solar power, wind power, biogas, geothermal systems and electric vehicles.

    The program is primarily funded by philanthropists Cal and Laurie Coulliard of Deerfield. In two earlier rounds of funding, RENEW Wisconsin issued more than $200,000 in grants, assisting 23 Wisconsin nonprofits invest in more than $1.67 million in solar projects that totaled 730 kilowatts of electricity. The grants fund up to 20 pct of a not-for-profit organization's solar installation costs. (Source: RENEW Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec., 2018)Contact: RENEW Wisconsin, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

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    UK Adds £100Mn to Sub-Saharan Renewable Platform (Int'l)
    Renewable Energy Performance Platform
    Date: 2018-12-12
    From COP24 in Poland, the UK government reports it will provide £100 million of funding to the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) to support up to 40 new renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa including small-scale solar, wind, geothermal and biomass sources up to 2023.

    The funding, which triples the overall funding for the REPP, could unlock an extra £156 million of private finance into renewable energy markets in Africa over the next five years, according to a release from UK Energy and Clean Growth minister Hon.Claire Perry.

    The new investment adds to the £48 million previously committed to the REPP programme, which is already supporting 18 renewable energy projects in a range of countries from Tanzania to Burundi.

    REPP is an innovative funding platform created by the European Investment Bank and the UNEP, and funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. REPP provides early-stage funding, advisory services, and results-based finance for the development and construction of small and medium-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, Hon. Claire Perry, Minister, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; Renewable Energy Performance Platform, www.africa-eu-renewables.org


    Green Climate Fund Earmarks $1Bn for Poor Nation Projects (Int'l)
    UN Green Climate Fund
    Date: 2018-10-24
    During a recently concluded four-day meeting in Bahrain, the South Korean-based UN Green Climate Fund announced approval of more than $1 billion funding for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change. The funding included projects linked to geothermal energy in Indonesia, greener cities in Europe and the Middle East, and protection for coastal communities in India. The Fund also agreed to start seeking fresh money next year as its initial capital of about $6.6 billion is expected to be exhausted soon.

    Download UN Green Climate Fund details HERE. (Source: UN Green Climate Fund, Hindu Business Line, Oct., 2018) Contact: UN Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

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    NV Energy RfP Seeking 350 MW in Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2018-10-19
    Nevada utility NV Energy Inc has issued Request for Proposals (RfP), seeking bids for 350 MW or more of Nevada located renewable energy projects -- solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technologies that could be integrated with battery-energy storage systems.

    The successful projects would need to be approved by the Nevada PUC, the utility noted. The deadline for bids is December 10. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, Others, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com

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    Oswego Named EPA Green Power Partner (Ind. Report)
    EPA Green Power Partner
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In the Land of Lincoln, the community of Oswego (pop. 56,000 +-) reports it has been recognized by the the US EPA as a Green Power Partner community. The award is in recognition of the village's Electrical Aggregation Program and its commitment to 100 pct renewable energy.

    For the program, the community contracted with clean energy provider MC Squared to purchase most of the energy and all the renewable energy credits for residents and businesses that participate in the Village's Electrical Aggregation program. For residents in the program, the amount they pay on their ComEd bills for their electricity supply supports new energy from a mix of wind and solar projects -- all at the same price as conventional coal -- and gas-powered electricity. Currently, 74 pct of all energy used in Oswego is from renewable resources.

    To qualify as a Green Power Partner, communities must use energy from eligible renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, or certain biomass or low-impact hydroelectric sources. The energy must be purchased voluntarily and sourced from renewable facilities less than 15 years old located in the U.S. (Source: Village of Oswego, US EPA, 12 Oct., 2018) Contact: Village of Oswego, Electrical Aggregation (630) 554-3618, www.oswegoil.org; EPA Green Power Partner, www.epa.gov/greenpower

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