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Chinese Utility Planning 6 GW of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (Int'l)
State Grid Corporation of China
Date: 2019-01-18
In Beijing, China's State Grid Corporation of China reports it plans to invest $5.67 billion to construct five pumped-storage hydropower plants totaling 6 GW by 2026. The facilities are slated for the provinces of Jilin, Hebei, Shandong and Zhejiang, as well as in the Xinjiang region. The state-controlled utility adds that China intends to add some 40 GW of pumped storage capacity by 2020. (Source: State Grid Corporation of China, Various Media, Jan., 2019) Contact: State Grid Corporation of China, www.sgcc.com.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro Energy Storage,  


Snowy Hydro Expanding Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Capacity (Int'l)
Snowy Hydro
Date: 2018-12-14
In the Land Down UNder, Cooma, NSW-based Snowy Hydro Limited reports its board has approved a final investment decision to proceed with the proposed Snowy 2.0 pumped-storage hydro expansion, subject to shareholder approval.

Snowy 2.0, a pumped-storage hydro expansion of the existing Snowy Scheme, will provide as much as 2,000 MW of on-demand electric power generation and 350,000 MWh of large-scale energy storage at an expected cost of $4.5 billion.

Snowy Hydro owns and operates about 5,500 MW of generation capacity, including the Snowy Mountains scheme in Australia. (Source: Snowy Hydro Ltd., Hydro World, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Snowy Hydro, + 61 2 6453 2888, info@snowyhydro.com.au, www.snowyhydro.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro,  Hydro Energy Storage,  Pumped Energy Storage,  


Move Over Nessie -- Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Planned for Loch Ness (Int'l Report)
Intelligent Land Investments Group
Date: 2018-10-31
Intelligent Land Investments Group (ILI) is reporting plans to develop "Red John", a new 400-MW pumped hydro energy storage project in the Scottish Highlands using Loch Ness as the tail pond.

The proposed Red John renewable energy storage project could provide 2.4GWh of storage capacity for the grid over a six-hour period.Subject to planning and other approvals, the company looks to start pre-construction work immediately with full construction starting in 2020. (Source: Intelligent Land Investment Group, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: ILI, Mark Wilson, CEO, +44 1698 891352, www.ili-energy.com; Red John Project,www.redjohnpsh.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


Aussie Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Study Funded (Int'l Report)
Origin Energy
Date: 2018-10-29
In Canberra, the Australian federal government government has announced $2 million of funding for an Origin Energy study into the proposed expansion of its Shoalhaven pumped hydro energy storage scheme, a project that could provide baseload power for up 80,000 homes.

The proposal, which would up the station's capacity from 240MW to 475MW should it go ahead, is to pump water from Lake Yarrunga to Fitzroy Falls Reservoir via a new underground pumped power station.

The feasibility study would be completed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and could cost as much as $6.8 million when completed in 2019. 2019. (Source: Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Oct., 2018) Contact: ARENA, www.arena.gov.au; Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, www.originenergy.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Origin Energy,  Pumped Hydro,  Energy Storage,  


Statkraft Passes on €1.5Bn Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Plan (Int'l)
Statkraft
Date: 2018-05-21
In Norway, Oslo-headquartered state-owned energy major Statkraft confirms it passed on an opportunity to invest in the a &ewuro;1.5 billion, "Spirit of Ireland" pumped hydro energy storage scheme in the west of Ireland in 2013.

The pumped hydro-power storage scheme involved using excess -- off-peak wind power -- to pump seawater into a reservoir in a flooded coastal valley. The water could then be released during peak times to drive large turbines in order to generate electricity.

Statkraft generate approximately €5 billion in annual revenue from hydro, wind, solar and gas power at 370 installations and is the Nordic region's second largest power firm. The project is as yet unfunded. (Source: Statkraft, Independent Ireland, 20 May, 2018)Contact: Statkraft, +47 91370572, www.statkraft.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Pumped Hydro,  Energy Storage,  


Genex Touting Australian Pumped Hydro/Solar/Wind Project (Int'l)
Genex Power
Date: 2018-04-06
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based Genex Power is exploring the option of building a new 150 MW wind farm alongside its Kidston pumped hydro and solar project in North Queensland, If constructed, the $1 billion Kidston renewable hub will be the first pumped hydro/solar/wind project in the world. The $300 million 250-MW pumped hydro project has been likened to a giant battery which will have a 1500 MWh storage capacity.

Genex will conduct a feasibility study on the new wind farm proposal -- which is expected to come in at $300 million -- while it is targeting financial close for the second solar project and pumped hydro by the end of the year. The $115 million 50 MW wind farm is presently operating under-pinned by a 20 year Queensland government PPA.

Genex has received almost $8.9 million from the federal government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency for the first 50 megawatt solar project at Kidston and a further $9 million towards the pumped hydro and second solar stage of the project. The company has also applied to funding from the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. (Source: Genex Power, Financial Review, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Genex Power Lid., www.genexpower.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Genex Power,  Soilar,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro Energy STorage ,  


Max Bogl Completes World's Tallest Wind Turbine (Int'l)
Max Bogl Wind AG
Date: 2017-11-08
Sengenthal,Germany-based Max Bogl Wind AG reports it has completed construction of the world's tallest wind turbine with power production capacity sufficient for 1,000 homes.

The 178m (584ft) tall turbine is mounted on a 246.5 meter (809 foot) tower measured from the tips of the extended upward blades. For every added meter in height, the annual energy output is upped by 0.5-1 pct due to lower turbulence and stronger, more consistent winds. The tower is equipped with a pumped-storage that can provide up to 16 MW in power. (Source: Max Bogl Wind AG, Electrek, Others, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: Max Bogl Wind AG, +49 9181 909-0 www.mbrenewables.com/en/pilot-projec

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Energy Storage,  Hydro Energy Storage,  


Dominion Plans $1Bn Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Investment (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2017-06-30
In the Palmetto State, Dominion Energy reports plans to invest $1 billion or more in the construction of a pumped hydroelectric storage station at an as yet unidentified site in the coalfield region of Virginia.

The hydroelectric storage power station is expected to cost more than $1.8 billion to build and will be comparable in scope and cost to the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County.

Dominion Energy, which currently operates an existing pump hydroelectric storage station in Bath County, Virginia, is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,200 MW of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. (Source: Dominion Energy, Southeast Energy News, Register Herald, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Dominion Energy, www.dom.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro,  


Aussie Pumped Seawater Hydro Storage Scores Funding (Int'l)
EnergyAustralia,Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2017-02-24
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it has approved a $450,000 grant to EnergyAustralia to investigate a pumped seawater hydro energy storage project off South Australia.

The grant will cover a feasibility study into a Spencer Gulf project that the company says has a capacity to produce about 100 MW of electricity with six-to-eight hours of storage -- the equivalent of installing 60,000 home battery storage systems at one third of the cost. The project is expected to be online in 2020-21. (Source: EnergyAustralia, 21 Feb., 2017)Contact: EnergyAustralia, www.energyaustralia.com.au; ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyAustralia,  Australia,  Pumped Energy Storage,  Energy Storagen Renewable Energy Agency ,  


Aussie Solar, Hydro Energy Storage Project Underway (Int'l)
ARENA,Clean Energy Finance Corp., Genex Power
Date: 2017-02-15
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based renewable energy and energy storage specialist Genex Power Ltd. reports it has secured a total of $100 million (AUS) ($76.8 million) in funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corp. (CEFC) and Societe Generale for the first phase of construction of a solar energy project in Kidston, Queensland. CEFC is providing $54 million of debt financing and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is adding $8.85 million in grant funding.

Upon completion of the first phase in Q1 of 2018, the solar power plant is expected to generate 145.9 GWh per year of electricity, which is sufficient for about 26,500 homes.

The company has now finalized funding for all EPC and O&M requirements of the project, which will eventually be expanded to include a 250 MW pumped hydro storage installation. Genex has begun construction of the first phase of the project and is now seeking financing support for the second phase, according to a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange. (Source: Genex Power, Clean Energy Finance Corp., PV Mag, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, 011 +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au; Clean Energy Finance Corp., www.cefcexpertreview.gov.au; Genex Power Lid., www.genexpower.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  Clean Energy Finance Corp.,  Solar,  Genex Power,  

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