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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The latest project will support parent company Endesa's goal of 10.2GW of installed renewable capacity by 2022.
The company manages over 7176MW of renewable capacity in Spain, mainly hydropower, with the rest comprising wind (2036MW), solar (339MW), mini-hydro (79MW) and other renewable energy sources (14MW). (Source: Enel, PR, 30 April, 2020) Contact: Endesa, Jose Bogas, CEO , Enel Green Power Espana , www.enelgreenpower.com › country-spain
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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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The five mini-hybrid solar grids project is part of Phase 2 of the Renewable Energy for Rural Development (RERD2) initiative aimed at providing electricity services from renewable energy sources in rural areas, including hydropower, solar and solar hybrid. The initiative is supported by the Government of Belgium.
Mozambique reportedly has a total renewable potential of 23,000 GW. (Source: CR Online, 19 Mar., 2020) Contact:
Mozambican Energy Fund, www.funae.co.mz/index.php/pt; Belgian Development Agency +32 2 505 37 00, wwwenabel.be
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Meanwhile, China's photovoltaic power generation capacity reached 224.3 billion kwh, a year-on-year growth of 26.3 pct while
China's PV products exports grew 29 pct to $20.78 billion for a year-on-year growth of 29 percent and the second highest in history. (Source: China National Energy Administration, News Ghana, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: China Photovoltaic Industry Association, +86 10 6820 0513, email@example.com, www.chinapv.org.cn; China National
Energy Administration, http://english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm
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The agency gets much of its power from the coal-fired Sherco 3 power plant in Becker, Minn. SMMPA holds a 41 pct stake in the generating unit. But Sherco 3's majority owner, Xcel Energy, announced last year it intends to retire the plant in 2030. SMMPA notes that with the declining costs of wind and solar it makes sense to replace most of that coal-fired electricity with renewables -- probably an equal mix of wind and solar. The planned change would result in a 90 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 levels.
SMMPA currently sources over 20 pctof its power from renewable sources, Schoenherr said. It also gets carbon-free electricity from hydropower projects.
SMMPA provides electricity to 18 city-owned utilities, mostly in the southern and central parts of the state, including Rochester, Austin, Owatonna and Mora. (Source: SMMPA, MN Public Radio. 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: SMMPA, Dave Geschwind, Exec. Dir., CEO, 507-285-0478, www.smmpa.com
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The electricity for Daimler's factories will be generated mostly by Statkraft's wind and solar projects in Germany, and then added to by its hydropower facilities when necessary. Under the agreement, Envios Systems is responsible for the energy management process "including physical delivery, balancing group management, billing, grid usage, consumption forecasts and hedging of green electricity quantities," according to Statkraft. (Source: Statkraft, PR, Windpower, 28 Jan., 2020)Contact: Statkraft AS, Duncan Dale, VP UK, +47 24 06 70 00, www.statkraft.com;
Envos Systems, 1 888 547 7401,
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The Navajo Energy Storage Station (NESS) is a pumped storage hydropower facility that would use water from Lake Powell and a new reservoir on a plateau above the lake to create a gigantic battery. The facility would use solar and wind energy to pump water to the upper reservoir, then release it through turbines to generate 10 hours of renewable energy each day to power cities in California, Arizona and Nevada.
The NESS facility is Daybreak's second huge energy storage project, following its proposed 1,540 MW Next Generation Pumped Storage facility that would utilize water from Lake Mead and transmission infrastructure near Hoover Dam, according to the release.
(Source: Daybreak Power,PR, Website, 17Jan., 2020) Contact: Daybreak Power, Jim Day, CEO, 703-624-4971,firstname.lastname@example.org, www.daybreakpower.com
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The investment is in line with AfDB's efforts to alleviate financing constraints in the renewable energy sector and will contribute to production of 178,5 MW of renewable power for commercial and residential use.
Metier is a well-established fund manager with a track record of deploying more than US$550 million in African countries, including solar, wind and hydro power projects in Southern and East Africa. Metier has been a key player in South African solar power, a maturing technology that offers significant benefits in terms of storage and dispatchability to the grid, unlike traditional photovoltaic options.
In other African renewable energy news , the AfDB has approved a $8.91 million grant drawn from the EU Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support Ruzizi IV, 287 MW Hydropower Project, to be situated on the Ruzizi River between Rwanda and Congo.
The Ruzizi III, with a projected 147 MW output is under development with Bank support.
(Source: African Dev. Bank, Chronicle, 14 Jan., 2020)
Contact: AfDB, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en
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According to the agency, 3,537 MW of solar power, 243 MW of wind power, 637 MW of biomass, 73 MW of biogas and 15 MW of mini hydropower facilities were installed in 2019.
With these installation, Ukraine's total green energy capacity now stands at 6.8 GW, according to the agency's report. (Source: State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, UNKRINFORM, Jan., 2020) Contact: State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, www.saee.gov.ua
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Out of last year's total power production of 515.6 TWh, solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric generation together produced 237.4 TWh.
In 2019, wind power, both onshare and offshore, produced 127.2 TWh for a 24.6 pct share of the total mix.
Solar produced 46.5 TWh, biomass producers generated 44.4 TWh while hydropower generated 19.2 TWh of power, according to data from the Fraunhofer organisation of applied science.
(Source: Successful Farming, Reuters,3 Jan., 2019)
Contact: Fraunhofer, +49 36601 93010, www.fraunhofer.de/en.html
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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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Hydro-Quebec's Strategic Plan 2020-2024 identifies various applications for clean hydrogen, including renewable natural gas (RNG), carbon-neutral synthetic hydrocarbon fuels, and others
Overall, GHG emissions from Quebec hydropower (run-of-river generating stations and generating stations with reservoirs) are similar to those from wind, five times lower than those from photovoltaic solar, 50 times lower than those from natural gas-fired plants and 70 times lower than those from coal-fired plants. (Source: HydroQuebec, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2019)
Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005, www.hydroquebec.com
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"The technology is currently such that we simply won't be able to preserve civilization without hydrocarbons, nuclear energy or hydropower." -- Vladimir Putin,
President of Russia, The Moscow Times, 20 Nov., 2019
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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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The non-EU member sources about 60 pct of its electricity from hydropower, 33 pct from nuclear and the rest from fossil fuels. Of the total, fossil fuels still make up about 63 pct of which roughly 10 pct is from aviation -- the global average aviation emissions is between 2 and 3 pct. Switzerland's domestic carbon trading scheme includes aviation emissions in the same way the EU ETS system does and the two are linked. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, 29 Aug., 2019)
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Porsche Impact is a web-based emissions calculator that allows Porsche owners to assess and compensate for CO2 emissions, based on mileage and average fuel consumption. Customers can then follow a quick link to make financial contributions to environmental projects designed to offset their individual carbon footprint.
Porsche Impact users can choose from four different internationally certified projects to support. The available programs are focused on forest protection in the U.S., hydropower in Vietnam, solar energy in Mexico, and habitat preservation in Zimbabwe.
The Porsche Impact offset programs are managed by South Pole, a Swiss-based provider of carbon offsetting projects and sustainability financing that has been active internationally for more than a decade. Impact has been available to customers in Germany, the UK, and Poland since late 2018. (Source: Porsche AG, PRN, 25 Aug., 2019)
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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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Southern Company-owned Georgia Power notes that 25 pct of its power production is presently coal fired
down from 52 pct in 2005. Natural gas produces 45 pct of power, up from 27 pct in 2005.
(Source: Georgia Power, Kallanish, 18 July, 2019) Contact: Georgia Power, Allen Reaves, VP, Senior Production Officer, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com
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"The Government is confident of meeting the target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022: solar will be 100 GW; wind 60 GW; biomass 10 GW; and small hydropower 5 GW. (Source: India Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy and Power, IndiaCSR, 17 July, 2019)
Contact: Indian Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy and Power, R.K. Singh, https://twitter.com/officeofrksingh?lang=en
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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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National Grid notes it is the first time since the Industrial Revolution that more electricity has been produced from zero and low-carbon sources rather than fossil fuels. It also notes
the majority of energy imported from Europe this year has also come from carbon free sources, at an estimated 63 per cent. The bulk of this has come from nuclear power stations in France.
Imported power coming from greener sources is only set to increase with the UK seeking to acquire more energy from hydropower generators in Norway.
(Source: National Grid UK, BBC, The Parliamentary Review, 22 June, 2019)Contact: National Grid UK, John Pettigrew, CEO, ttps://twitter.com/nationalgriduk
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Non-hydropower renewables provided 10 pct of electricity generation in 2018. Of that total, woody biomass is expected to generate 113,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, increasing to 115,000 MWh per day in 2020. Waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 57,000 MWh per day of electricity in both 2019 and 2020.
In the electric power sector, waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 48,000 MWh per day in both 2019 and 2020. Generation from wood biomass is expected to reach 37,000 MWh per day this year, increasing to 39,000 MWh per day in 2020. Across other sectors, waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 76,000 MWh per day in both 2019 and 2020, with wood biomass used to generate 9,000 MWh per day in both years.
The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.269 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass this year, increasing to 0.27 quad next year. The sector is also expected to consume 0.221 quad of wood biomass in 2019, increasing to 0.232 quad in 2020. The industrial sector is expected to consume 0.169 quad of waste biomass in both 2019 and 2020, along with 1.439 quad of wood biomass in 2019 and 1.401 quad of wood biomass in 2020. The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.044 quad of waste biomass and 0.084 quad of wood biomass in both 2019 and 2020, while the residential sector is expected to consume 0.492 quad of wood biomass this year, falling to 0.488 quad next year.
Across all sectors, waste biomass consumption is expected to reach 0.482 quad in 2019 and remain at that level into 2020. The consumption of wood biomass is expected to reach 2.238 quad this year, falling to 2.205 quad next year.
Biomass capacity in the electric power sector is expected to reach 7,071 MW by the end of this year, including 4,141 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,930 MW of wood biomass capacity, falling to 7,052 MW by the end of 2020, including 4,080 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,972 MW of wood biomass capacity.
Biomass capacity across other sectors is expected to reach 6,657 MW by the end of 2019, including 866 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,791 MW of wood biomass capacity. Capacity is expected to fall slightly to 6,649 MW by the end of 2020, including 866 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,784 MW of wood biomass capacity. (Source: US EIA, June, 2019)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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But nuclear fleets in the US and Europe are on average more than 35 years old and many of the world's 452 reactors are set to close as cheap gas and tighter safety requirements make them uneconomical to operate.
According to the IEA report, "Without policy changes, advanced economies could lose 25 pct of their nuclear capacity by 2025 and as much as two-thirds of it by 2040." The report notes renewables like wind power have increased in advanced economies, but the decline in nuclear has left the clean energy share of the global power supply unchanged in 20 years. In order to offset the expected decline of nuclear, investments in renewables would have to grow fivefold, the report adds.
According to IEA Energy Markets chief Keisuke Sadamori, it is more expensive to build new wind and solar than to extend the lifespan of existing reactors, which require investment of $500 million to $1 billion per GW of capacity.
Many U.S. reactors have already seen their lifespan extended to 60 from 40 years.(Source: IEA, CBC, 27 May, 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
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Wind power, according to Xinhua, is the third-largest source of energy in the country after coal and hydropower. The country is already the world leader in wind power with 187 GW in capacity in early 2018. The plan is to increase this to 210 GW by the end of 2020. In 2019 China generated 1.87 trillion kWh of electricity from renewable sources, according to Xinhua.
(Source: Xinhua, oilprice.com, 21 May, 2019)
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This year solar, which is now a $17 billion industry, and other renewables -- excluding hydropower -- are expected to provide 11 pct of U.S. electricity generation.
By 2024, there will be one solar energy system installed per minute in the United States, Wood Mackenzie said. (Source: SEIA Website, 9 May, 2019) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, email@example.com, www.seia.org
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TurnKey Internet was originally granted hydroelectric power at the start of the ReCharge NY program in 2013, following the opening of TurnKey’s state-of-the-art, 100% green powered data center. Increased demand for online cloud services in recent years has come with tremendous growth for both TurnKey’s business and power needs. This growth led to additional job creation as well as significant local investments and was the foundation for the additional hydroelectric power awarded from the program.
“TurnKey Internet The company was among 23 companies statewide that were granted the hydroelectricity under the program. (Source: Water Power & Dam Const., 16 April, 2019) Contact: Turnkey, Adam Wills, Pres., CEO,
New York Power Authority
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Under the offering, the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) will select projects that aim to increase affordability of hydropower and marine energy, strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and build on Department-wide energy storage initiatives to improve the capability of technologies to deliver value to the grid.
Areas of interest include hydropower; low-head hydropower; hydrokinetic river current energy converter (CEC) technologies; advancing wave energy device design; and marine energy centers research infrastructure upgrades.
Additional information on water power research, development, and testing visit EERE Water Power Technology Office HERE. (Source: US DOE, WPTO, PR, 1 April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, WPTO, www.energy.gov/eere/water/water-power-technologies-office
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Each member state has its own individual renewable energy goal ranging from 10 to 49 pct based on its situation and potential. While 11 countries in the bloc have already surpassed their targets, others are lagging behind, according to Eurostat.
With the target for 2030 at 32 pct, Eurostat notes, "While the EU as a whole is on course to meet its 2020 targets, some member states will need to make additional efforts to meet their obligations."
Specifically, the EU's renewable energy leaders are Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland and Denmark with more than half of the total energy consumed coming from renewables -- primarily hydropower, wind and biofuels.
Luxembourg and the Netherlands are the EU countries with the lowest consumption of renewables, at 6.4 pct and 6.6 pct respectively. Despite its investment in offshore wind farms, the Netherlands is the furthest from reaching its targets.
In 2017 France reached 16.3 pct of energy consumption from renewables, compared to its 23 pct target for 2020. Woody biomass and hydropower are the main sources of green energy in France which sources 70 pct of its electricity from nuclear. Even so, France has committed to closing 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 and shutting down four still-active coal power plants by 2022.
Germany's renewable energy, which comes mainly from wind and solar power, reached just 15.5 pct in 2017, while its 2020 objective is set at 18 pct. Coal still accounts for 37 pct of Germany's electric power production and more than 30 pct of its heating.
(Source: EuroStat, France 24, Mar., 2019)
Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat
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Under the terms of their agreement, Valeco will operate the three wind projects in northern France from its HQ in Montpellier, with support from technicians based in Amiens.
Statkraftnotes it is Europe's largest provider of market access for, mainly, renewables generation, amounting to 18.2GW.
As previously reported, Statkraft exited the offshore wind industry and is now focused on expanding in onshore wind, solar and hydropower facities and activities.
(Source: Statkraft, WindPower, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Stakraft, +47 24 06 70 00, Clement Perchat, Bus. Dev for France, www.statkraft.com; Valeco, +33 (0) 4 67 40 74 00,
Fax: +33 (0) 4 67 40 74 05,
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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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Determining the value of PSH under these changing grid conditions is a significant challenge that requires new modeling tools and analysis. These studies will provide PSH developers with improved capabilities to estimate the value of a proposed PSH project and compare financial revenue streams under current market structures relative to the economic value of PSH projects to the grid.
The techno-economic studies for the two selected projects will be carried out by a Technical Assistance team comprising subject matter experts from the following DOE national laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The studies will support a larger multi-year research strategy to define the capabilities and estimate the value that hydropower and PSH resources contribute to electric grid resilience and reliability and how those contributions could be optimized for a rapidly evolving grid.
The Technical Assistance team has developed draft guidance -- a step-by-step methodology that can be used by PSH developers, plant owners and operators, and other stakeholders to assess the economic value of existing or planned PSH projects. The methodology will be applied at the two sites below to evaluate and demonstrate the potential economic and financial value of the proposed projects. Through these studies, the team will test and refine the valuation guidance, after which the guidance and valuation tools will be made publicly available for use by the hydropower industry.
GridAmerica Holdings' proposed Goldendale project would be located on the border of Oregon and Washington at the northern terminus of the Pacific AC and DC intertie transmission lines. This project, if constructed, could facilitate the storage and export of the growing amount of wind energy available in the Northwest to nearby states.
Absaroka Energy's proposed Banner Mountain project in central Wyoming along the proposed route of the Energy Gateway West 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which would enable it to serve additional areas in the western and southwestern U.S.. Banner Mountain would be a closed-loop facility that would include three ternary units -- a PSH technology that enables rapid switching between generating and pumping modes -- for a total capacity of 400 MW.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy supports research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen U.S. economic growth, energy security, and environmental quality. (Source: US DOE, Dec., 2018) Contact: EERE Water Power Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/water/articles/notice-opportunity-technical-assistance-techno-economic-studies-pumped-storage; OEERE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy
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The purchase will be funded through OPG's corporate public debt program or other available credit facilities and is subject to regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to be concluded before the year end.
OPG presently operates 66 Ontario hydropower facilities totaling 7,468 MW. capacity. (Source: OPG, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Ontario Power Generation,(289) 260-4903, (416) 592-4319, www.opg.com; Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, www.eaglecreekre.com
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According to the release, the surge in renewables is the result of: significant hydropower generation, which covered around 20 pct of French electricity consumption during the period; an increasing share of wind, solar, and bio-energies which were able to account for over 10 pct of demand; and the fact that the second quarter of the year is traditionally characterized by lower demand than during the autumn and winter months.
According to the latest statistics released by the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition (CSFD), the first quarter of this year has seen a strong growth in new PV installations, with 246 MW of new PV capacity added.
The national state-owned utility, EDF, which is also the owner and operator of most of the country’s nuclear power assets, announced in December 2017 a plan to deploy 30 GW of solar plants in France by 2030.
(Source: Reseau de Transport d'Electricite, PV Mag., July 30, 2018) Contact: RTE, www.rte-france.com/en/accueil
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According to RenewableUK, new applications for onshore wind farms dropped by 94 pct since new rules were introduced in 2015.
On the other hand, the UK offshore wind energy industry is expected to see total investment between 2017 and 2021 hit £18.9 billion (about $24.6 billion). (Source: Oil Price, Renewable UK, SSE, Iran Financial Tribune, 22 July, 2018) Contact: SSE Plc, https://sse.co.uk; RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.renewableuk.com
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Although the majority of EnBW's 938.45MW of operational wind capacity is in Germany, the developer also owns projects in Turkey (262.8MW) and has sites under construction in the US and France.
The company also operates coal, gas, and nuclear plants, as well as solar and hydropower projects.
(Source: EnBW, Windpower, 17 July, 2018)Contact: EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG , Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com
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The National Grid plan calls for accelerating decarbonization of the electric sector; electrifying light-duty transportation; and overhauling heating methods through enhanced efficiency, electrification and oil-to-gas conversion, as necessary shifts to reach an interim 40 pct reduction by 2030.
Zero-carbon electricity currently accounts for more than half of the Northeast's power generation with about 25 pct coming from large-scale hydropower and other renewables.
In 2015, emissions from power generation were approximately 50 pct below 1990 levels. Overall emissions for the Northeast in 2015 fell 16 pct below 1990 levels.
Achieving the 2030 target economically implies significant reduction in the reliance on the most expensive and polluting heating fuels: fuel oil, propane and kerosene. It means that a rapid transition from these fuels to heat electrification is needed, according to the National Grid release.
(Source: National Grid, Commercial Property Exec., July, 2018) Contact: National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com;
Siemens Power Technology International, www.energy.siemens.com/ru/ru/energy-topics/smart-grid/services/power-technologies-international.htm
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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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The new Engie Lab Brasil, which is expected to open before the year end, will be similar to the company's research facility in Chile.
ENGIE is Brazil's largest private-sector electricity producer, operating 10,290 MW in installed capacity from 32 plants nationwide, equivalent to 6 pct of the country's capacity. Ninety percent of the Group's Brazilian installed capacity comes from clean, renewable sources with low greenhouse gas emissions, a position that is being reinforced with the construction of new wind farms in the Brazilian Northeast. ENGIE is currently building one of Brazil's biggest hydro plants, the Jirau hydropower plant (3,750 MW) under commissioning on the Madeira river, in the state of Rondonia.
(Source: Engie Brasil Website, Various Media, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Engie Brasil, Mauricio Bahr, CEO, +55 21 397 45400, www.engie.com.br
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Large hydropower employment job markets were led by China, India and Brazil, followed by the Russian Federation, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Viet Nam, according to IRENA.
(Source: IRENA, brand-e, Others, 29 May, 2018)
Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org
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The 55-MW solar park is expected to come in at approximately $50 million. Construction is slated to get underway later this year for completion in 2020.
(Source: Fotowatio Renewable, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Fotowatio Renewables, +34 91 702 64 12, www.frv.com/en;
Armenian Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, www.minenergy.am/en
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With the switch to renewables, BASF expects to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 1,520 tpy. Source: Bullfrog Power, Mar., 2018) Contact: BASF Canada, Marcelo Lu, Pres., www.basf.com/ca; Bullfrog Power: Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239, email@example.com; www.bullfrogpower.com
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Associated Electric, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Mo., provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives, including NW Electric Power Cooperative Inc. of Cameron, Mo., and 51 local cooperative systems in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma that serve 910,000 members. Associated's resource mix includes coal, natural gas, wind and hydropower.
(Source: Tensaka, Various Media, NA Windpower, 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: Associated Electric Cooperative,
David J. Tudor, CEO and GM, www.aeci.org; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tenaskacapital.com
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Stored hydropower reportedly accounts for the biggest share of the world's operational electricity storage. Pumped-storage facilities integrate well with irregular renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power as water is stored when excess energy is produced.
(Source: DEWA, PR, Dubai Media Office, 16 Jan., 2018)
Contact: DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae
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To achieve its goal, the the plan calls for: increased use of renewable energy; district central heating schemes; encouraging the use of combined heat and power; and others.
Of all the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Turkey has the highest growth rate of energy demand, as per government figures.
The country meets around 26 pct of its total power demand from domestic resources and is mainly dependent on imports.
The government intends to develop 30 pct of its total installed capacity by 2023 to generate 34GW of hydropower, 20GW of wind energy, 5GW of solar energy, 1.5GW of geothermal and 1GW of biomass.
(Source: Daily Sabah, OECD, 12 Jan., 2018)
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Mongolia has a power-supply capacity of 1130MW, consisting of 88 pct coal, 6 pct diesel, 6 pct renewable energy, and 2 pct hydropower, sources according to the Department of Energy, Mongolia, 2015. The country plans to increase renewable energy's share to 20 pct by 2020 and to 30 pct by 2030.
(Source: Clean Energy Asia, PR, Various Media, 9 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Clean Energy Asia LLC, SoftBank Group Corp.,
SB Energy Corp.,
Kenichi Yuasa, +81.3.6889.2300,
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