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ONGC Plans India's First Geothermal Energy Project (Int'l.)
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
Date: 2021-02-10
In New Delhi, India's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation' (ONGC) Energy Centre is reporting a MoU with the Union Territory of Ladakh and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council for the development of the country's first geothermal field development project in Ladakh.

India has seven geothermal provinces and a number of geothermal springs with 10 GW geothermal power potential, as per the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). (Source: ONGC, PR, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, www.ongcindia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Natural Gas Corporation,  Geothermal,  


Enel Green Power Touts Renewables Capacity Growth (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2021-02-01
Enel Green Power (EGP) reports it constructed 3,106 MW of renewable capacity worldwide in 2020, beating its 2019 record of 3,029 MW. The new renewable capacity includes around 46 facilities, mainly wind (2,284 MW) and solar (803 MW). EGP also refurbished and repowered about 1.2 GW of plants in operation (250 MW wind, 847 MW hydro and 73 -- roughly 508 MW in Europe, 879 MW in Latin America, 1,386 MW in North America, mainly in the United States; and 333 MW in Africa, Asia and Oceania. The new capacity is expected to generate around 11.3 TWh per year, while avoiding 6.86 million tpy of CO2 emisssions.

EGP presently has around 49 GW capacity across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower and aims to generate 145 GW of renewable power by 2030 and to fully decarbonize its generation mix by 2050. (Source: EGP, PR, 30 Jan., 2021) Contact: EGP, Salvatore Bernabei, CEO, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Enel Group. Renewable Energy,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv news,  Woody Biomass Wood Pellet news,  CCS news,  Renewable Fuel news,  


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

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

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

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

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

  • COVID 19 Pandemic aftermath -- Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels and energy will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIV Holdings owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports pellets primarily to formerly coal-fired power plants in the U.K, Europe and Japan. ENVIVA makes pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENVIVA,  Renewable Energy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


  • M2DC Takes Controlling State in Philippines Basic Energy (M&A)
    MAP 2000 Development Corp
    Date: 2020-12-28
    In the Philippines, MAP 2000 Development Corp. (M2DC) is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which it will take a 67 pct majority stake -- 9.82 billion shares -- in Basic Energy Corporation Basic Biofuels, subject to regulatory and other conditions. Financial and other details of the deal were not disclosed.

    "M2DC is a Philippine registered company engaged in real estate acquisition, development, and management, and as well as in investing in real properties and acquiring shares of stocks of viable corporations to exercise rights of a shareholder. The company owns Basic Diversified Industrial Holdings Inc., an investment holding company; iBasic Inc., an information technology management company and service integrator; Basic Biofuels Corp., a biofuels developer; Basic Renewables, which is into the development of renewable energy; Basic Geothermal Energy Corp., which is into geothermal energy development; and Grandway Group Limited, a Hong Kong-based unit in charge of equity investments abroad. It also owns 72.58 pct of Southwest Resources Inc., an oil exploration company. (Source: Basic Energy Corp., PR, Website, 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: MAP 2000 Development Corp.Basic Energy, Basic Biofuels Corp, +63.2.88178596, www.basicenergy.ph

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Philippine Biofuel,  


    Ormat Snares Texas Energy Storage Asset (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Ormat Technologies, Viridity Energy Solutions
    Date: 2020-12-21
    Ormat Technologies Inc, an Israeli geothermal firm, is reporting acquisition of a shovel-ready energy storage asset in Upton County, Texas, from Con Edison Development.

    Ormat's (ORA) Philadelphia-based wholly owned subsidiary Viridity Energy Solutions Inc will design, build, own and operate a 25 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) project at the site and Ormat is targeting commercial operation of the BESS by the end of 2021. The company stated that the BESS facility will provide ancillary services and energy optimization to the wholesale markets managed by the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). (Source: Ormat,PR, NASDAQ, 20 Dec., 2020) Contact: Ormat Technologies, www.ormat.com; Viridity Energy Solutions, 484-534-2222, www.viridityenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ormat Technologies,  Viridity ,  Energy Storage,  


    Iceland CCS Project Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Climeworks, Carbfix
    Date: 2020-12-04
    Following up on our 28th August report, construction of the world's first large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant in Iceland is now underway. The facility, called "Orca", uses fans to suck in air and filter out some 90 pct of its CO2, which is turned into carbonate minerals for storage underground. The facility is expected to remove 4,000 tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere.

    Project participant include Switzerland-based Climeworks, which makes the CO2 collectors, Carbfix, which owns the CO2 "mineralising" technology and Iceland's ON Power, which will power the plant with geothermal energy. Construction began in November for completion and commissioning in spring, 2021. (Source: Climeworks, Global Const. Review, Dec., 2020) Contact: Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; ON Power, Berglind Ran Olafsdottir, CEO, www.on.is; Carbfix, www.carbfix.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climeworks ,  CCS,  Geothermal,  Cabfix,  ON Power,  


    New Nevada Energy Solar Projects Get the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Public Utilities Commission of Nevada,NV Energy
    Date: 2020-11-27
    In Carson City, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) reports approval of a portion of NV Energy's integrated resource plan (IRP) amendment and three new large-scale solar plus energy storage projects totaling 478 MW of new solar PV generation and 338 MW of energy storage expected to come online by the end of 2023. The new projects include:
  • Dry Lake Solar Project -- 150 MW solar photovoltaic project with a 100 MW, four-hour battery storage system. The project will be located in Clark County, NV, 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas in a designated Solar Energy Zone on land leased from the Bureau of Land Management. It is being developed by NV Energy and will become its second and largest company-owned renewable project.

  • Boulder Solar III -- 128 MW solar array that includes a 58 MW, four-hour battery storage system. The project will be built in Clark County, NV in the Eldorado Valley south of Boulder City. It is being developed by 174 PowerGlobal and KOMIPO America Inc., who have vast experience developing over 550 megawatts of utility-scale solar generation plants in the Eldorado Valley. 174 PowerGlobal's solar energy and battery storage project pipelines in North America exceeds 10 gigawatts, including 2 gigawatts contracted and another 1.5 gigawatts in operation.

  • Chuckwalla Solar Project -- 200 MW (AC) solar PV array coupled with a 180 MW four-hour battery storage system. The project, which will be located 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas, is being developed by EDF Renewables North America.

    These new projects bring NV Energy's current portfolio to 56 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, and biomass projects both in service and under development, including 2,669 MW of new solar generation and 1,028 MW of battery energy storage. (Source: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada Contact: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, (775) 684-6101, www.puc.nv.gov: NV Energy, Doug Cannon,CEO, Pres., www,nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Solar,  


  • SINOPEC Leading CO2 Emissions Peak Research (Int'l. Report)
    SINOPEC
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Beijing-based integrated energy and chemical specialist China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINPOEC) is reporting three strategic cooperation agreements to take the lead in a joint research on green and low-carbon energy and the energy and chemical industry's carbon emissions peak and move toward carbon neutrality before 2030 following China's action plan.

    And in terms of greenhouse gas recovery and utilization, Sinopec is focusing on promoting the recovery and utilization of high-concentration CO2 tail gas from refining and chemical enterprises, carrying out CO2 flooding field tests and methane gas release recovery.

    Carbon emissions peak refers to the inflection point of total CO2 emission, after which the emissions will begin to decline. The carbon neutral target aims to achieve low-carbon and zero-carbon transformation of energy, realizes zero CO2 emissions, reduce other types of greenhouse gas emissions significantly as well as total man-made greenhouse gas emissions to zero through increasing carbon sinks and artificial negative emission measures.

    In recent years, Sinopec has promoted its green and low-carbon development tactic for the corporate development strategy, actively control its greenhouse gas emissions to achieve significant carbon emissions results. In the area of clean energy development, Sinopec has expanded its construction of natural gas production capacity and promoted the development of new energy resources such as biomass energy and geothermal energy, while driving forward the development and utilization of hydrogen energy. (Source: SINOPEC, PR, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: SINOPEC, www.sinopecgroup.com/group

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


    HARC Earns Zero-Energy Certification (Ind. Report)
    Houston Advanced Research Center,International Living Future Institute,
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Lone Star State, the Woodlands-based not-for-profit Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) reports recept of Zero-Energy status from the Seattle-headquartered International Living Future Institute, making it the first commercial building in Texas to accomplish the feat.

    Today, 100 pct of HARC's energy is sourced from on-site renewable energy, made possible by a $136,000 Green Mountain Energy Sun Club grant that supported the purchase and installation of additional solar panels, associated inverters and hardware on the roof of HARC's LEED® Platinum building.

    The HARC building and campus grounds is 50 pct more energy efficient when compared to LEED® base targets and employs several sustainable features in its design. The building footprint and impervious paving are minimized, bioswales are designed to retain and filter water on-site to reduce the impact to nearby waterways, and the site’s biodiversity is preserved by protecting and restoring native vegetation. The building is also oriented to maximize the daylight reaching the building's interior spaces and rooftop solar installation. Other sustainable strategies include an added high-performance building envelope and rain screen that performs 2.5 times better than a typical enclosure and low-flow fixtures to conserve water while mechanical systems utilize a geothermal heat exchange system for optimal energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and thermal comfort. (Source: Houston Advanced Research Center, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Green Mountain Sun Club , Diana Maddock, diana.maddock@greenmountain.com, 713-703-4989 www.gmesunclub.org; International Living Future Institute, 206 223 2028, www.living-future.org; Houston Advanced Research Center, Kacey Wilkins, kwilkins@harcresearch.org , 281-364-6092, www.harcresearch.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Houston Advanced Research Center,  International Living Future Institute,  ,  


    Energy Efficiency ESCO Veregy Sold (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Vergy
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Denver-headquartered private alternative asset management company Bow River Capital is reporting the sale of Phoenix-based independent energy services company (ESCO) Veregy to middle-market private equity firm Court Square Capital.

    Veregy offers energy efficiency solutions and smart building technologies that optimize building performance and reduce energy consumption. The company deploys mechanical, plumbing, lighting, solar, battery storage, geothermal, building automation, and demand management measures to complete eco-friendly infrastructure upgrades. Veregy has delivered billions in energy performance contracts for clients in K-12 education, local government, hHealthcare, higher education and commercial sectors. (Source: Bow River Capital, PR, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: Bow River Capital, 303.861,8466, info@bowrivercapital.com, www.bowrivercapital.com; Vergy, John Hobbes, CEO, 800.460.0995, www.vergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vergy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Enel's Azure Sky Solar + Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power North America
    Date: 2020-10-23
    Enel Green Power North America reports construction of the 284 MW1 Azure Sky solar + storage project in Haskell County, Texas, is underway. The project is the company's second hybrid project in North America that integrates a renewable energy plant with utility-scale battery storage.

    The Azure Sky solar + storage project's nearly 700,000 PV bifacial panels are paired with an 81 MW battery and is expected to be operational by summer 2021.

    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 wind, hydropower, geothermal and solar energy. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Steel Guru, 22 Oct., 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,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    ABM Projects $7.8Mn Energy Saving for MASD (Ind. Report)
    ABM Industries
    Date: 2020-10-16
    New York-based ABM Industries Inc. is reporting the initiation of an Energy Performance Contracting program for McKeesport Area School District (MASD), in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. The project is expected to the school district $7.8 million in annual energy and operating costs. The project includes the following various upgrades to MASD facilities:
  • Adding air conditioning to McKeesport Area High School (MAHS), including on-site construction and piping required;

  • Installing new and upgraded building automation systems, including a web-based front-end and new controllers, valves, actuators, and sensors;

  • Replacing or upgrading HVAC assets, such as new split systems, rooftop units, and energy-saving variable frequency drives (VFDs)

  • Upgrading boiler plants, including boiler and domestic water heater replacements;

  • Retrofitting and replacing lighting with efficient LED technology;

  • Replacing oversized transformers with new, energy-efficient transformers and installing capacitor banks for power factor correction;

  • Installing water conservation for each school, including repairs to the rainwater harvesting system at Twin Rivers Elementary;

  • Installing new control systems to operate existing geothermal systems efficiently , and other energy efficiency / conservation upgrades.

    ABM's Energy Performance Contracting (EPC)Program enables a school system to invest in facility upgrades without drawing new capital from the community. ABM works with more than 500 K-12 school systems, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. (Source: ABM. PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: ABM, Investor Relations, Susie A. Kim, (212) 297-9721, susie.kim@abm.com, www.abm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM Industries,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • USDA Supports Rural Kansas Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Reporting from Topeka, USDA Rural Development State Director for Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, has announced that USDA is investing $558,552 to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in rural Kansas.

    USDA is investing in 17 rural small businesses and agricultural producers through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants and Guaranteed Loans. Investments can used for renewable energy systems such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower. REAP funding can also be used for energy audits and to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems, insulation, lighting and refrigeration.

    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 Rural Development, Salina Post, 26 Sept., 2020) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency/mn, www.rd.usda.gov/ks

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Rural Development,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Hawaiian Electric Submits Renewables Project to PUC (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2020-09-18
    In Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric has submitted eight contracts for new gridscale renewable energy and storage projects on Oahu and Maui to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for review and approval.

    The six projects on Oahu and two on Maui are part of the largest renewable energy procurement ever for Hawaii. If approved and completed, the combined projects are expected to lower electric bills and provide the generation and storage needed to retire the state's only coal plant, the 180-MW plant at Campbell Industrial Park by September 2022.

    On Maui, the renewable energy projects will help enable the retirement of the 38 MW oil-fired Kahului plant in 2024.

    The eight contracts submitted for regulatory review represent nearly 300 MW of new renewable generation and about 2,000 MWh of storage and If completed on schedule in 2022 and 2023, would add approximately 9 percentage points to the renewable portfolio on the five islands served by Hawaiian Electric.

    The company's renewable portfolio is expected to reach 30 pct by the end of this year with the anticipated return to service of Puna Geothermal Venture on Hawaii Island.

    At the end of 2019, Hawaiian Electric had 902 MW of solar capacity on its five island grids, including approximately 684 MW of solar capacity from customer-sited rooftop solar systems that now number over 85,000. These new projects, if approved and completed, will increase solar capacity by roughly 35 pct. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 16 Sept., 2020) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Jim Alberts, VP Business Development, Strategic Planning, (808) 543-7780, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Hawaiian Electric,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar ,  


    Dandelion Touts Geothermal's Carbon Cutting Benefits (Ind. Report)
    Dandelion Energy
    Date: 2020-09-18
    New York-based geothermal energy specialist Dandelion Energy is reporting its customers have surpassed 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide pollution avoided -- the equivalent of protecting 130,602 Acres of forest or taking 18,443 cars off the road. According to the company, geothermal reduces home greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 pct compared to fossil fuel systems.

    Before launching as an independent company in 2017, Dandelion was a project at X, the R&D lab at Google's parent company. (Source: Dandelion Energy, PR, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: Dandelion Energy, Michael Sachse, CEO, 883-436-4255, hello@dandelionenergy.com, www.dandelionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dandelion Energy,  Geothermal,  Carbon Emission,  CO2 ,  


    DEEP Announces Cdn. Geothermal Project Progress (Ind. Report)
    DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp
    Date: 2020-09-16
    In Saskatchewan, Saskatoon-headquartered geothermal specialist DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp. (DEEP) is reporting satisfactory temperature and flow rate test results from the geothermal reservoir in the Deadwood Formation to support multiple geothermal power facilities.

    DEEP will commence drilling this month with the deepest horizontal well to date in Saskatchewan, allowing for the installation of a large diameter submersible pump. This initial horizontal well will be the first step in constructing the first geothermal power facility in Canada.

    When completed, the Williston Basin's first 20 MW geothermal power plant will supply sufficient power for approximately 20,000 households. (Source: DEEP Website News, 10 Sept., 2020) Contact: DEEP, Kirsten Marcia, Pres., CEO, (306) 261-6979, kmarcia@deepcorp.ca, www.deepcorp.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp,  Geothermal,  


    US Solar, Wind Output Drive U.S. Renewables' Rise (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2020-08-28
    According to the just released US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Electric Power Monthly Report for the period January -- June 2020, solar-generated electricity -- including distributed solar -- jumped by 22 pct year-on-year and provided nearly 3.4 pct of the U.S. total. Wind was up 14.5 pct and accounted for more than 9.1 pct of total generation. Combined, net wind and solar power generation is 16.4 pct more than a year ago and generated 12.5 pct of total US electrical production during the first six months of 2020.

    Together with hydropower, biomass, and geothermal, renewables provided 22.3 pct of total electrical output -- a 19.9 pct increase over the previous year. Renewables produced close to one-third more electricity than coal through June 2020.

    Total electrical generation by all renewable energy sources combined rose by 16.3 pct, driven primarily by a 31.4 pct expansion by wind and an 18.1 pct increase in solar generation while biomass fell by 10 pct and geothermal power dipped by 1.5 pct. (Source: US EIA, Aug., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=epmt_es1a

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Energy Information Administration ,  EIA,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Climeworks Touts Iceland Geothermal-Powered CCS Project (Int'l.)
    Climeworks ,Carbfix
    Date: 2020-08-28
    ETH Zurich University spin-off carbon capture firm Climeworks AG reports it will partner with Carbfix and ON Power in a geothermal powered direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) project in Iceland.

    The planned facility will have the capacity to remove 4,000 tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air using Climeworks' direct air capture (DAC) technology and Reykjavik Energy subsidiary Carbfix's natural underground mineralisation carbon storage method. (Source: Climeworks, PR 26 Aug., 2020) Contact: ON Power, Berglind Ran Olafsdottir, CEO, www.on.is; Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; CarbFix, www.carbfix.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbfix,  Climeworks ,  CCS,  Geothermal,  


    Pakistan Pushes Renewables As Coal-Fired Power Rises (Int'l.)
    Pakistan Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In Islamabad, the Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board has announced plans to boost the share of its electric power from from today's 4 pct to 20 pct by 2025 and up to 30 pct by 2030. The increase is expected to come primarily from wind and solar power along with increased hydro-power and geothermal, tidal, wave and biomass energy.

    New investment in renewable energy is expected to come from private investors, with potential suppliers bidding in annual auctions and low-tariff proposals.

    To the detriment of the planned push to renewables, One big potential roadblock to scaling renewables is the focus of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridoe (CPEC) project to construct new coal-fired power plants, seven of which are slated for completion in Pakistan by by 2024. (Source: Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, MENAFN, Gulf Times, Aug., 2020) Contact: Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, Aqeel Hussain Jafry, Director, Nadeem Babar, Energy Reform Task Force Leader,www.aedb.org

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    GeoSolar Plus Smart Home Energy System Announced (Ind. Report)
    Fourth Wave Energy
    Date: 2020-07-31
    In he Golden State, San Jose-based Fourth Wave Energy is touting its new GeoSolar Plus smart home clean energy system for existing and newly built homes. The company now plans to market the product as a "complete energy makeover" of an existing home. The turnkey system includes:
  • home energy audit and environmental analysis; reinsulating and sealing building envelope for air tightness;

  • geothermal ground source heating and cooling system or air-to-air heat pump technology;

  • heat pump for domestic hot water;

  • air monitoring and filtration system;

  • LED lighting upgrade;

  • roof-mounted solar PV system and EV car charging station.

    The company also plans to offer homeowners a turnkey financing solution to acquire and install the system which sells for roughly $39,000 after valuable tax credits. (Source: Fourth Wave Energy, PR, Contact: Fourth Wave Energy, Joseph Issacs, CEO, 818-855-8199, info@fourthwaveenergy.com, www.fourthwaveenergy.com

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  • Climeworks Announces Iceland Carbon Capture Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Climeworks
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Zurich-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist Climeworks AG is reporting its first carbon removal plant located on the slopes of an active volcano in south-west Iceland.

    The plant is powered by waste heat from a geothermal energy plant using direct air carbon capture technology (DAC).

    Climeworks technology consist of modular CO2 collectors that can be stacked to build machines of any size. Climeworks direct air capture machines are powered solely by renewable energy or energy-from-waste. Grey emissions are below 10 pct, which means that out of 100 tons of carbon dioxide that our machines capture from the air, at least 90 tons are permanently removed and only up to 10 tons are re-emitted, according to the company website. (Source: Climeworks, BTN News, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Climeworks, Jan Wurzbacher, co-founder and co-director, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com

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    Council Rock Schools Score Energy Efficiency Funds (Funding)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In the Keystone State, Council Rock School District in Newton reports receipt of a $1,641,916 matching-fund grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority's Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program. The money will be used to upgrade portions of two schools to USGBC LEED Gold certification for greater energy efficiency reduced energy costs.

    The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope.

    The High Performance Building Program provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings across Pennsylvania. The program is managed within the DCED Office of Business Financing. (Source: Newton Patch, 14 July, 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program, dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/energy-programs; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Hawaiian Electric Renewables Projects Represent $3.5-$4Bn Investment (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Hawaiian Electric Company
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) is reporting its 29 grid-scale renewable energy projects planned or under construction on four islands represent between $3.5 billion and $4 billion in investment in the state's clean energy economy.

    The number of projects in progress -- 14 on Oahu, 8 on Hawaii Island and 7 in Maui County -- is unprecedented in Hawaii. All but three would be built, owned and operated by independent power producers who will sell their electricity to HECO.

    These projects, along with the continued expansion of private rooftop solar, have the potential to move HECO to a renewable portfolio standard of more than 60 pct by the end of 2025, up from about 28 pct today. That would include being nearly 90 pct renewable in Maui County and nearly 100 pct on Hawaii Island.

    A number of projects are expected to come online this year, though some are still awaiting final regulatory and governmental approvals. They include: Honua Ola, a 21.5-MW biomass plant on Hawaii Island formerly known as Hū Honua; Na Pua Makani, a 24-MW wind project on Oahu; and, Mauka FIT 1, a 3.5-MW solar project on Oahu. In addition, the 38-MW Puna Geothermal Venture on Hawaii Island is expected to return to service this year after completing repairs to damage caused by the 2018 volcanic eruption.

    In addition to reducing the Aloha State's dependence on imported fuels for power generation, these projects also create construction and technical jobs, draw upon goods and services from local businesses, provide lease payments to local landowners and government agencies and generate tax revenue. (Source: HECO, PR, 1 July, 2020) Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP Strategic Planning and Business Development, (808) 543-7780, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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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

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    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

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  • 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

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    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)

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    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

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    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

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    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

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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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