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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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,
Senior Corporate Communication Specialist,
(775) 834-3891, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nvenergy.com
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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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.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, email@example.com; Macquarie Infrastructure, www.macquarie.com/mgl/com/mic-inc
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oregon.gov/ENERGY
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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, email@example.com, www.ormat.com
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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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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://dandelionenergy.com
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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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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, email@example.com, www.berkshirehathawayenergyco.com
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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.firstname.lastname@example.org, www.geothermalengineering.co.uk
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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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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,
P. Geo., Director, President & CEO,
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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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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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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
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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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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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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In the near term, Helen will utilize biomass-based energy production. The utility will also close its largely coal-fired Hanasaari power plant and develop modifications for new plants. Longer term solutions will entail energy recycling, increased utilization of locally produced renewable energy, energy storage and other initiatives.
The City of Helsinki is aiming to source 15 pct of its power demand from rooftop solar and geothermal energy.
(Source: City of Helsinki, Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Helsinki, Helen Ltd, 09 617 8080, www.helen.fi/en
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The tender is being held under the framework of the Zambian REFiT Strategy, an initiative developed with the support of German development bank, KFW.
The REFiT program aims to initially tender up to 100 MW of PV and envisages the deployment of 200 MW small- and medium-scale renewable energy projects, up to a maximum size of 20 MW. Eligible renewables include solar PV, hydro, geothermal, biomass, waste energy and wind power.
The Department of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the African Development Bank has issued an expression of interest to arrange debt financing for the five 20 MW IPP solar projects.
The Zambian government is aiming to deploy 500 MW of solar PV over the next few years.
(Source: Zambia Ministry of Energy, PV Mag, September 3, 2018) Contact: Zambia Ministry of Energy, www.mewd,gov.zm; African Development Bank, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en
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The research is intended to create a way to protect and enhance enzymes in the process to turn organic material into fuel. Ceballos will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the conversion process.
(Source: University of Arkansas, 30 Aug., 2018)
Contact: University of Arkansas, Prof. Ruben Michael Ceballos, 479-575-5643,
email@example.com, https://ceballoslab.uark.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov
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Two years into an energy-savings performance contract, the schools have saved $3.1 million in utility expenses, and more renovations aimed at reducing building operating costs are planned, according to CMTA Energy Solutions. Eight other county school buildings are in the progress of receiving ENEGY STAR certification as a result of a $28 million energy-management project in which the school system embarked in May 2016 with the Kentucky-based firm, officials said.
The work to date has included the installation of seven geothermal heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, replacement of boilers and chillers, installation of more than 23,000 LED lighting fixtures in 35 buildings, thermal "envelope" improvements, computer power management, and district-wide, web-accessible HVAC controls.
(Source: CMTA Energy Solutions, Herald Mail, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: CMTA Energy Solutions, 502-326-3085, www.cmta.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov
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The PACE program covers energy efficient lighting, insulation and air sealing, heating and cooling systems, smart controls, energy storage and combined heat and power, as well as renewable energy installations such as solar photovoltaic, wind, biomass and geothermal.
The PACE program allows eligible commercial, industrial, agricultural, non-profit and residential property owners to obtain (PACE) financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that is repaid through a charge on the property's tax bill.
PACE financing is an alternative to traditional project financing and can fund up to 100 pct of the project costs with competitive, fixed interest rates for flexible terms of five to up to 20 years. (Source: Rome Sentinal, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Energize NY, www.energizeny.org; PACE, www.pacenation.us/pace-in-new-york
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In 2017, the Hillsboro community purchased 1.73 billion kilowatt hours of green power -- electricity that comes from renewable resources like solar, wind and geothermal. The city also offset 35 pct of its power bill with renewable energy. All told, from the city government to the local industry to private residents, almost 65 pct of the electricity used in Hillsboro last year was green power. The city is aiming for 75 pct green power community-wide by 2035.
The city is also switching to LED lighting and sensor technology and has cut its overall energy consumption by 26 pct since 2009, leading the country, at least among members of the DOE Better Build Challenge.
(Source: City of Hillsboro, KATU2, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Hillsboro, Peter Brandom, Snr. Project Manager, www.hillsboro-oregon.gov; DOE Better Build Challenge, betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/challenge
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The decrease reflects a 19 pct drop in solar investment to $71.6 billion, due to the lower capital costs per MW and a slowdown in China. Apart from shrinking solar investments, BNEF projects that China's decision will lead to overcapacity in solar manufacturing and steeper price falls.
Investment in wind projects in the first half of 2018 improved by 33 pct to $57.2 billion, driven by large project financings in various markets, including the US, Taiwan, India, the Netherlands and Norway, according to BNEF.
Smaller clean energy sectors -- biomass and waste, small hydro, geothermal and biofuels -- attracted between $700 million and $1.2 billion of investments, except biofuels which dropped in terms of investment. (Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Renewables Now, 10 July, 2018)
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The upgrades are part of the school district's 15 month Guaranteed Energy Savings Project.
With its solar panels, geothermal system and other energy-saving practices, the school district expects to be energy independent and anticipates selling about $80,000 worth of energy per year back to the Tennessee Valley Authority, in addition to
saving a minimum of $850,000 a year in energy costs.
(Source: Warren County Public Schools District, Bowling Green Daily News, 7 July, 2018) Contact: Warren County Public Schools District, www.wcps.k12.va.us
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Under the current 20-year old law, electricity-generating companies earn credits of a fraction of a cent per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated with renewable technologies including wind, hydropower, solar, and geothermal energy sources.
The 10 year phase-out of the tax credit began on July 1, 2017. No projects brought on line after that date are eligible for the credit.
(Source: Heartland Institute, PR, 2 July, 2018)
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To support the project, the Government of Kenya is creating an enabling environment to enhance private sector investment through a competitive tender processes intended to lower the unit costs of geothermal power generation as well as lowering the cost of doing business in Kenya.
The project is expected to save up to 95,100 tons of CO2 equivalent and supply sufficient energy to as many as 48,800 households per year at a low generation cost of seven cents/kWh. (Source: AfDB, CPI, 10 June, 2018) Contact: AfDB, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en
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BEV will invest $6.4 million along with Evok Innovations in Quidnet Energy and $9 million along with Prelude Ventures in Form Energy. Both startups are developing new technologies to store power.
Quidnet is developing pumped hydro into underground shale rock wells. Form Energy is developing batteries that can store large amounts of energy for extended time periods and overcome the limitations of lithium-ion batteries that can only store energy for short periods.
BEV is "risk-tolerant" and will only invest companies that are capable of cutting global carbon emissions by 500 million metric tons annually.
The fund aims aims to focus on grid-scale energy storage, zero-carbon liquid fuels, low-carbon building materials, and geothermal energy.
(Source: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, PR, NewsBytes, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, www.b-t.energy/ventures; Form Energy Inc., https://www.linkedin.com/company/form-energy; Quidnet Energy, www.quidnetenergy.com
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The company is seeking proposals for 308,000 MWh of power generation -- approximately 40 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 100 to 126 MW of wind or solar capacity -- sufficient power for about 34,000 typical Utah homes.
Customers sponsoring the request for proposal include Park City, Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Valley University, which are all working with Rocky Mountain Power to meet their clean air and sustainability goals through renewable energy. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Sun Advocate, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net
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Currently, 181 countries and the European Union are engaged in IRENA's work. (Source: International Renewable Energy Agency, Bioenergy International, Other Media 26 May, 2018)Contact: IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, Timothy Hurst, Chief of Communications, +971 2 417 9000 , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.irena.org
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SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the plant, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.
SRP, which aims to meet 20 pct of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by 2020, is on schedule to meet that goal by utilizing solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power and energy-efficiency measures. SRP also aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions intensity by 33 pct by 2035, according to a company statement. (Source: nextEra Energy Resources, May, 2018) Contact: Pinal Central Solar Energy Center, www.pinalcentral.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Salt River Project, John Sullivan, Deputy GM, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com
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Completed in 2016, the 16,000-sf FEC facility is one of 21 buildings worldwide to score Living Building certification, and only the second in Pennsylvania. FEC is one of the first to meet Building Challenge designation under v2.1, which requires a building to produce as much energy as it consumes annually, eliminate toxic and harmful chemicals, and collect and treat its own water.
A net-zero building, the FEC incorporates solar and geothermal energy to use 40 pct less energy compared to buildings of the same size in the same region.
The center is also US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certified for energy efficiency and is a recipient of the Green Building Alliance Wood Design Award from WoodWorks, and an Education Facility Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). (Source: Construction Specifier, 17 May, 2018)
Contact: Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Frick Environmental Center, (412) 586-4576, www.pittsburghparks.org/frick-environmental-center; Living Future Institute, (206) 273-2028, https://living-future.org
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A recently introduced ballot
contemplates increasing the RPS gradually over several years --
26 pct by 2022; 34 pct by 2024; 42 pct by 2027; and 50 pct by 2030.
NV Energy has not publicly taken a position on the ballot measure, but the utility did announce plans in January to double its renewable energy delivery by 2023. In the same announcement, the utility said its long-term goal is to move toward 100 percent renewable power.
(Source: NV Energy, PR, Nevada Independent, April, 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com
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Dandelion markets geothermal heating and cooling to displace electric and fossil fuel-based systems, including propane and fuel oil common in the northeast.
The company has around 70 contracts signed, and dozens of those systems have already been installed, according to the company.
(Source: Dandelion Geothermal, Axios, 27 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Dandelion Geothermal, email@example.com, https://dandelionenergy.com
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Scientists from Iceland (pop. 345,000) and China are also helping each other study climate change.
(Source: Strait Times, Bloomberg, 25 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Sinopec Green Energy,
www.sinopecge.com/eng/profile.asp; Arctic Green Energy Corp., +354 558 0880, www.arcticgreencorp.com
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Financing is available for hydro, solar, coconut oil biofuel, energy efficiency equipment, wind, biomass, biogas, wave, tidal, and feasible geothermal systems. This facility also accommodates working capital for the purpose of providing consultancy, design, supply, installation and maintenance or repair services to encourage sustainable investments that address the impacts of climate change.
FDB is accredited as a National Direct Access Entity with the Green Climate Fund. (Source: Fiji Development Bank, Fiji Times, 24 Mar., 2018) Contact: Fiji Development Bank, www.fdb.com.fj
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The city says it decreased its municipal emissions by 25 pct from 5,899 tons in 1995 to 4,423 tons in 2015, while community-wide emissions decreased by only 2.8 pct from 284,511 tons in 1995 to 276,512 tons in 2015.
Nearly half (46 pct) of the city and the community's greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the transportation sector followed by the residential sector at 28 pct and the commercial and industrial sector at 23 pct.
The emissions decrease can be partially credited to the city decreasing its use of fuel oil, including switching the heating operations of buildings from fuel oil to propane, installing energy efficient lighting, a switch to biodiesel and other low-carbon fuels,
the installation of a solar PV system on the roof of City Hall, hydroelectric turbines at the water treatment plant, geothermal heating, and upgraded HVAC systems.
(Source: City of Keene, Keene Sentinal, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Keene, Mari Brunner, Planner, 352-5474, https://ci.keene.nh.us
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Climeworks unveiled the creation of a new market mechanism late last year, through which companies can offset their emissions by paying Climeworks to remove an equivalent amount of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere using its Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology. Unlike traditional offsetting schemes that essentially trade pollution rights, the Climeworks solution involves the direct removal of the same amount of emissions from the atmosphere as the customer is creating.
Once captured, the CO2 is then stored underground in Iceland via the company's 'CarbFix' process. Climeworks opened its Icelandic pilot CCS facility in partnership with utility company Reykjavik Energy last October.
Sited at an existing geothermal power plant, the system draws in ambient air, separates out the pure CO2 using a specially designed filter and pipes it more than 700 metres underground where it reacts with the basaltic bedrock to form solid minerals.
Climeworks, which also opened a commercial carbon capture plant in Zurich last May, aims to filter 1 pct of global CO2 emissions by 2025.
(Source: Climeworks, BusinessGreen, Feb., 2018)
Contact: Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; Reykjavik Energy, Edda Sif Aradottir, CarbFix Project Leader , www.or.is/en
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The key sustainable elements that contributed to the LEED platinum rating include:
HARC is a nonprofit research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air and water issues. (Source: HARC, USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding,Daily Telescope, 12 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Houston Advanced Research Center, Lisa Gonzalez, Pres., CEO, (281) 364-6000, www.harcresearch.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The acquisition of Alterrra adds 485 MW (gross 1,049 MW) of renewable energy assets, in operation and under construction, to Innergex's portfolio, bringing the Corporation's total capacity to 1,609 MW (gross 2,896 MW). By 2020, Innergex's net installed capacity is expected to reach over 2,000 MW from a well-diversified resource mix of hydro, wind, solar and geothermal projects in Canada, the U.S., France and Iceland. The acquisition also brings Innergex an extensive pipeline of prospective projects in preliminary stages or in progress, with an estimated net capacity of more than 5,000 MW.
Innergex develops, acquires, owns and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar photovoltaic farms and geothermal power generation plants in Canada, France, the US and Iceland. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, PR, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.innergex.com; Alterra Power Corp., Jon Schintler, VP Project Finance, Peter Lekich, Corporate Communications, (604) 235.6719, email@example.com, www.alterrapower.ca
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