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UK Power Generators Go 2 Months Without Burning Coal (Int'l. Report)
UK National Grid
Date: 2020-06-15
In the UK, National Grid is reporting Britain has completed two months without burning coal to generate electricity. The last time coal was burned at any of Britain's four coal-fired power stations was April 10, 2020, according to the National Grid, the utility company.

The UK government has pledged to close all coal-powered energy generation sites by 2024. (Source: National Grid, UK Business Insider, 12 June, 2020) Contact: UK National Grid, www.nationalgrid.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal news,  UK National Grid news,  


ADB Investing $17Mn in Bangladesh Solar PV Plant (Int'l.)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2020-06-12
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports the inking of a $17.7 million financing package with Spectra Solar Park Limited (SSPL) for a 35-MW solar PV plant in Bangladesh. The solar park is one of the first private sector solar plants in Bangladesh to be financed by multilateral institutions.

When fully on line, the plant will generate more than 50 GWh per year of electricity for the national grid and avoid 33,200 metric tpy of carbon dioxide emissions. The project aligns with the Government of Bangladesh's aim to reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels through renewable energy under Bangladesh Vision 2021. (Source: ADB, Dhaka Tribune, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, Pres. +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  Solar,  PV,  


National Grid Supports UN Race to Zero Campaign (Ind. Report)
National Grid,UNFCCC
Date: 2020-06-10
National Grid reports it is supporting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) global "Race to Zero Campaign" and has to date cut its emission by 70 pct over 1990 levels.

To future meet its goals, National Grid is also: reducing SF6 emissions used in electrical equipment and swapping for alternatives; increasing energy efficiency; moving to renewable energy sources; researching the potential of hydrogen and renewable natural gas; and promoting similar actions among its supply chain and communities, targeting indirect emissions in particular.

In the US, National Grid it is working with customers to improve energy efficiency, investing in future energy systems through National Grid Partners, and supporting both solar and wind developments through Geronimo Energy. (Source: National Grid, PR, Energy Insider, 9 June, 2020) Contact: National Grid, John Pettigrew, CEO, www2.nationalgrid.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  Carbon Emission,  UNFCCC,  


UK Gas Networks Seek Zero-Carbon Infrastructure Investment (Int'l)
Ofgem, Energy Networks Association
Date: 2020-05-29
In the UK, Britain's five gas networks -- Cadent, National Grid, NGN, SGN, and Wales & West Utilities have outlined a "Zero Carbon Commitment" and plan to spend £904 million on zero-carbon energy infrastructure and hydrogen deployment across the UK, subject to Ofgem funding approval which is expected in July.

If approved, the spending would focus on projects across Britain between 2021 and 2026, under the RIIO-2 price control. The gas networks claim that spending could help the UK use "blue hydrogen" developed from carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, and "green hydrogen" from renewable electricity -- with the latter becoming cost-competitive by 2030.

Under the plan, £446 million would be spent on a new network infrastructure for the industrial use of hydrogen, including £391 million for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects in the north-west of England, Aberdeenshire and the Isle of Grain. A further £264 million would be spent on projects to expand the capacity of local gas networks by connecting hydrogen and bio-methane generation projects and transport refueling stations. £150 million would be used to run large-scale trials for domestic use of hydrogen heating, cooking and transportation and how these are connected to the gas grid. £43 million would be spent to research blending more zero-carbon hydrogen with the natural gas currently used in the UK's gas networks.

According to the Energy Networks Association (ENA), £182 billion could be invested to make hydrogen cost-competitive with the current natural gas-based system and would reduce energy system costs to the UK public by £189 billion by 2050. (Source: ENA, edie, 28 May. 2020) Contact: Energy Networks Association, www.energynetworks.org; OFGEM, Chris Lock, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Ofgem,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


First Solar, Geronimo Seal 415 MW Module Supply Deal (Ind Report)
First Solar,Geronimo Energy
Date: 2020-05-08
Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. is reporting a framework supply agreement with Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, a National Grid company, for 415 MW of its high-performance, eco-efficient Series 6 photovoltaic (PV) modules for delivery in 2022. 2022.

Geronimo Energy has more then 2.4 GW of wind and solar operational or under construction, and a multi-gigawatt development pipeline.

First Solar recently expanded its manufacturing capacity to meet the demand for Series 6 modules, starting production at its new module manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio, in October 2019, making First Solat the largest solar manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere. (Source: First Solar, May, 2020) Contact: Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, info@geronimoenergy.com, www.geronimoenergy.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  Geronimo Energy ,  


Cambodian Solar-Biomass Hybrid Power JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
Aura Green Energy, WWB Corp
Date: 2020-04-29
Japan's Aura Green Energy Co. is reporting a 50-50 joint venture with solar panel system provider WWB Corp. for the construction of a rice husk fueled power generation plant that incorporates solar panels near Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The biomass-solar hybrid power plant is expected to launch in 2021.

The ¥400 million ($3.7 million) project will have a total of 1,500 kilowatts. Any surplus power is to be sold to the national grid or a local power company as an IPP. The project is partly subsidized by the Japanese government, at about ¥110 million under the Joint Crediting Mechanism, a greenhouse gas emission reduction plan to exchange reduced carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Aura Green Energy, Khmer Times, Mainichi News, 28 April, 2020) Contact: WWB Corp., +81 3 64332789, www.enfsolar.com/directory/panel/48599/wwb; Aura Green Energy, +81 17-752-0682, www.gec.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aura Green Energy,  Solar,  WWB Corp,  


ACEEE 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2020-02-24
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) just released 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the 52 largest U.S. electric utilities have dramatically increased their overall energy savings as they adopt innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities leading the way are National Grid Massachusetts and Eversource Massachusetts, which tied for first place for the second time, followed by San Diego Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric, in that order. Rounding out the top 10 are the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), DTE in Michigan, Portland General Electric, and Eversource CT in that order.

The scorecard notes that, as a group, the utilities boosted their annual energy savings by 20 pct since 2015, saving almost 20 TWh of electricity in 2018 from programs administered that year -- enough to power 1.8 million homes.

The report highlights the ways in which the utility landscape has transformed since 2015, the baseline for the 2017 scorecard. New technologies are emerging -- states, utilities, and other stakeholders are increasingly focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the important role of energy efficiency with more than 900 different efficiency programs in 2018, about 300 more than in 2015. Additionally, 32 utilities piloted new programs that involve smart thermostats, online marketplaces for energy-saving products, commercial energy efficiency financing, and integration of efficiency with other DERs such as demand response and storage.

While overall energy savings increased, this upward trend was not universal, and seven utilities saw their energy savings decrease by more than 20 pct since 2015.

The scorecard also found that, while there is increased focus on changing utility business models nationally, utilities are generally slow to change these models and are often reluctant to give customers access to energy usage data.

The scorecard, which received no utility funding, increases the availability of utility-sector energy efficiency data to enable benchmarking and help utilities strengthen their programs. ACEEE focuses on the 52 largest electric utilities by retail sales volume, including all 51 utilities from its 2017 Scorecard, plus Tampa Electric.

Download the 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard at www.aceee.org/utility-scorecard. (Source: ACEEE, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Jordan Growing Renewable Energy Sector Power Production (Int'l.)
IRENA
Date: 2020-01-27
IRENA is reporting the Kingdom of Jordan's investments in the renewable energy sector have reached more than $5 billion, placing the country of 10.4 million inhabitants among leading countries in providing a legislative environment and attracting investment in the sector.

According to the report, "2014 witnessed the kingdom's serious development of the solar and wind energy projects supplying clean energy to the national grid with a total capacity of approximately 1,500 megawatts, which account for some 20 pct of total electricity generated." (Source: IRENA, Jordan Weekly, 26 Jan., 2020) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Jordan,  Renewable Energy,  


Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l.)
SSE Renewables
Date: 2020-01-20
SSE Renewables is reporting construction is underway on the world's largest offshore wind farm -- Dogger Bank Wind Farms -- a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor -- near the coastal village of Ulrome, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Dogger Bank Wind Farms is comprised of three offshore wind farm sites in the North Sea, totaling 3.6 GW -- Creyke Beck A (1.2GW), Creyke Beck B (1.2GW) and Teesside A (1.2GW). The three wind farms will make use of the world's most powerful turbine, GE's Haliade-X, and will be capable of generating sufficient power for over 4.5 million homes each year.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering, one of the UK's leading civil engineering contractors, headquartered in Ruthin, North Wales, has been awarded the contract to install the onshore cable infrastructure for the Creyke Beck A and Creyke Beck B sites. The onshore infrastructure includes the installation of approximately 20 miles of electrical cables that will connect to the existing National Grid substation at Creyke Beck, Cottingham. The works will also involve completing bulk earthworks at the onshore HVDC convertor station locations in East Riding. (Source: SSE Renewables, PR, 17 Jan., 2020) Contact: SSE Plc, www.sse.co.uk; Equinor, Eldar Saetre, CEO, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SSE Renewables,  Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  


UK National Grid Offers €500Mn Green Bond (Int'l. Report)
National Grid
Date: 2020-01-15
In the UK, National Grid reports it is launching a €500 million green bond issuance to finance its expanded efforts in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable energy management and climate related initiatives. The offer is the British utility firm's first foray into the green bonds market since publishing its Green Financing Framework in November last year.

Of the total €500 million issuance, 74 pct would be used for renewable energy, 13 pct for environmentally sustainable management, 11 pct for energy efficiency, and 2 pct for clean transportation and pollution prevention.

BNP Paribas is acting as the sole green structuring advisor and joint book runner. (Source: National Grid, Business Green, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid ,  Green Bond,  


EDF Renewables Revises Welsh Wind Farm Proposal (Int'l Report)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2020-01-13
EDF Renewables reports the submission of its revised application for the proposed 5-MW, 22-turbine Garn Fach wind farm to be constructed east of Llanidloes in mid-Wales. The proposal replaces a previous unsuccessful application, involving 29 turbines producing 2.3 MW each.

EDF currently operates two wind farms in Wales with a maintenance amd operations base in Aberystwyth. Subject to upcoming public consultations, the company will apply for a link to the National Grid submit the full application for regulatory approvals and permitting before the end of 2020. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, reve, 11 Jan., 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind,  


Gresham Fund Acquires UK Battery Energy Storage facilities (M&A)
Gresham House Energy Storage Fund
Date: 2019-12-16
In the UK, Gresham House Energy Storage Fund is reporting the acquisition of two operational battery storage facilities totaling 50 MW. The £29.2 million($38.6 million) acquisitions were from VLC Energy, a joint venture between Low Carbon and VPI Immingham, a subsidiary of Vitol Group.

The acquisitions include a 40 MW facility in Kent and a 10 MW project in Cumbria that were commissioned in January 2018. The plants are two of the UK's largest energy storage facilities and their combined 50 MW capacity represents a quarter of National Grid's 2016 Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) capacity. (Source: Gresham House Energy Storage Fund, PEI, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Gresham House Energy, www.greshamhouse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


Cryogenic Battery Energy Storage System Planned for UK (Int'l.)
Highview Power
Date: 2019-10-23
In the UK, London-based cryogenics specialist Highview Power is reporting plans to develop a 50MW/250MWh commercial cryogenic battery energy storage facility at a thermal power station in North England. The facility will be used by National Grid to provide market arbitrage, frequency management and stability, reserve and grid constraint management services.

The project is said to be the UK's first, and the largest of its kind in Europe, according to Highview. (Source: Highview Power, Smart Energy, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javier Cavada, CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, www.highviewpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power,  Energy Storage,  


Utilities Coalition Challenging Trump's ACE Plan (Ind. Report)
Power Companies Climate Coalition
Date: 2019-09-18
Reuters is reporting New York-based Con Edison and eight other U.S. utilities -- the Power Companies Climate Coalition -- have filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Trump's plan replaces the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan that would have cut power plant carbon emissions by more than a third from 2005 levels by 2030 by virtually eliminating coal-fired power production.

According to the filing, Trump's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule undermines efforts already under way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in renewable energy, electric vehicle infrastructure and energy efficiency and other clean technologies.

ACE allows states three years to devise their own plans to cut emissions mainly by encouraging coal-fired power plants to improve efficiency.

The coalition members include: Con Edison, Exelon Corp, National Grid, PG&E Corp, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Seattle City Light, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and New York Power Authority. (Source: Con Edison, Guardian, Reuters, 16 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Companies Climate Coalition,  Obama Clean Power Plan,  Affordable Clean Energy Plan ,  


Harvard Mass. Opts for !00 pct Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
National Grid
Date: 2019-08-30
In the Bay State, the town of Harvard Select Board reports it has, om behalf of the community's roughly 6,600 residents and businesses, approved a switch to 100 pct wind generated electricity. To that end, the towns present electric power supplier National Grid will be replaced by an as yet identified company whose electricity is generated entirely by the wind, and at a lower cost per kilowatt hour than their current rate. More than 120 other Massachusetts communities have enacted similar Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) plans. The town's initiative is in accordance with the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, which prescribes how much of a utility's electricity must come from renewable energy, but is cheaper than the 100 pct renewable plan.

National Grid will remain the distributor, providing the transmission lines and equipment by which electricity is delivered, regardless of source. (Source: Town of Harvard, Harvard Press, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Town of Harvard, www.harvard.ma.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  National Grid,  


Amesbury Upgrading to Energy Efficient LEDs (Ind. Report)
Amesbury Mass
Date: 2019-08-28
In the Bay State, the city of Amesbury reports the upgrading of its 1,250 "cobra head" streetlights to LEDs program is slated to get underway in early Sept. The Essex County city of 16,700 resident recently purchased all of its 1,250 "cobra head" streetlights from National Grid for $23,267 and has entered into a contract with Rhode Island-based Arden Engineering Constructors to begin converting the halogen/mercury vapor lights to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

The $469,748 upgrade to LEDs is expected to cut the city's energy consumption by roughly 5 pct. The project received grants from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Massachusetts Department of Energy, and expects to receive rebates from National Grid. (Source: City of Amesbury, PR, Daily News, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Amesbury, Tom Barrasso, Director of Energy and Environmental Affairs, (978) 388-8110 x314, www.amesburyma.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  


Mozambique Announces $200Mn PV Power Plant Project (Int'l.)
Mozambique,Gigawatt Global
Date: 2019-08-28
In Maputo, the capital city of of Mozambique, the government's director of Mineral Resources and Energy is reporting the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Anglican church in Niassa and Amsterdam, the Netherlands-based Gigawatt Global for the construction of $200 million photovoltaic power plant in Lichinga, the capital of Niassa province, in northern Mozambique.

The 50 MW project, which is expected break ground in September, will deliver its power production to the national grid. (Source: Construction Review Online, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gigawatt Global, +31 20 262 3893, info@gigawattglobal.com, www.gigawattglobal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV,  


Chinese Solar Energy Prices Hit Grid Parity (Int'l. Report)
China Solar Energy
Date: 2019-08-16
China has reportedly reached a "tipping point" where home-generated solar is cheaper than electricity generated from the national grid.

In March, a Chinese report noted that in 74 pct of cases, building new solar and wind capacity in a given area was cheaper than maintaining an existing coal-powered plant. Where levelized costs for wind reach $15 per MWh and $28 per MWh for solar, marginal costs for existing plants can jump as high as $104 per MWh.

China is aiming to consume 20 pct of its energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030. (Source: Xinhua, Inverse, 14 Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Solar,  Solar,  


Neoen's Aussie PV-Wind-Battery Hub Gets the Nod (Int'l. Report)
Neoen
Date: 2019-08-09
French renewables developer Neoen reports the South Australian governmentit has approved its planned 125 MW of wind generation, 150 MW solar PV generation and 130MW/400MWh of lithium-ion battery storage project that could also integrate up to 50 MW of on-site hydrogen production capability.

The solar project would incorporate 400,000‐500,000 solar panels mounted on single-axis trackers. The wind farm would utilize 26 turbines and 130 MW/400 MWh lithium-ion energy storage facility connected to the national grid. The energy storage facility will be located on a separate site and connected to the wind park and solar farm via underground transmission cables.

To date, Neoen has invested more than $1 billion in South Australia. (Source : Neoen Australia, PV Mag., 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neoen Australis, Garth Heron, Head of Development, +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Renewable Energy,  PV,  Solar,  


Net-Zero Carbon "Achievable" says UK National Grid (Int'l Report)
UK National Grid
Date: 2019-08-09
According to the UK National Grid's latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, Great Britain could reach net-zero carbon in its electricity grid by 2050 -- if "immediate action" is taken across all key energy technology and policy areas, such as increased energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS), and "at a significantly greater scale than assumed."

The report outlines five "credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy" over the next 30 years. Two of the scenarios meet the country's old 2050 target of an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, and a new "standalone sensitivity analysis on how net-zero carbon emissions could potentially be achieved by 2050."

The report notes that achieve net-zero, British homes would need to use at least one-third less energy for heating by 2050 than today, while the electricity system would need to operate using only zero-carbon generation, and the power sector would need to deliver negative emissions, using technologies like biomass and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).

Report details HERE. (Source: UK National Grid, July, 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK National Grid,  Net-Zero Carbon,  CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  


33 MW Mali Solar Project Construction Set to Get Underway (Int'l.)
Mali,Solar
Date: 2019-07-29
The landlocked African nation of Mali reports it is set to begin construction of a 33 MW Segou solar photovoltaic power plant in southern Mali. The $53.7 million project, which will incorporate 104,764 ground mounted solar panels, is being developed with Norwegian assistance in the design, construction and operations of the plant and 2.8 km of a 33kV transmission line.

The project will be implemented by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under a 25-year Build, Own and Operate & Transfer (BOOT) Concession Agreement with the Government of Mali (GoM) and a 25-year Take-or-Pay Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Energie du Mali (EDM), the country's national utility. When fully operational, the project will be connected to Mali's national grid via the substation of the state-owned Mali Electricity Company (EDM). (Source: Mali Electricity Company, CR, 29 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Net-Zero Carbon "Achievable" by 2050, says UK National Grid (Int'l)
UK National Grid
Date: 2019-07-17
According to the UK National Grid's latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, Great Britain could reach net-zero carbon in its electricity grid by 2050 -- if "immediate action" is taken across all key energy technology and policy areas, such as increased energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS), and "at a significantly greater scale than assumed."

The report outlines five "credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy" over the next 30 years Two of the scenarios meet the country's old 2050 target of an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, and a new "standalone sensitivity analysis on how net-zero carbon emissions could potentially be achieved by 2050."

The report notes that achieve net-zero, British homes would need to use at least one-third less energy for heating by 2050 than today, while the electricity system would need to operate using only zero-carbon generation, and the power sector would need to deliver negative emissions, using technologies like biomass and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).

Report details HERE. (Source: UK National Grid, ReNew Economy, July, 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK National Grid,  Net-Zero Carbon,  


Yorkshire UK Biomethane Plant Set for Startup (Int'l Report)
Energy Assets Utilities
Date: 2019-07-12
In the UK, Energy Assets Utilities (EAU) is reporting an unnamed biomethane plant near Pontefract in West Yorkshire is set to begin production and to meet the energy needs of around 6,000 homes, thanks to a 3km directionally drilled pipeline installed by EAU. The plant is due to come on stream in October.

The plant's four, 6,800 cubic-meter capacity digester tanks will create methane from chicken litter, food waste and other organic matter produced by local farms. The gas will be purified and fed into the national grid. The gas will also power the site's combined heat and power (CHP) unit, while the digester waste will be turned into fertiliser. (Source: Energy Assets Utilities, Bioenergy Insight, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Assets Utilities, +44 0 1254 819 600, www.energyassets.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  


UK Sourcing More Green Than Fossil Fuel Energy (Int'l Report)
National Grid UK
Date: 2019-06-24
In the UK, the National Grid is reporting 48 pct of the country's electricity is now being sourced from wind and solar, 47 pct from natural gas and coal with the remaining 5 pct being generated by biomass.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  National Grid UK,  


Melrose, Mass. Reboots CEA Green Energy Program (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-06-12
In the Bay State, the City of Melrose (pop. 28,367) reports it has rebooted the Community Energy Aggregation (CEA) program which is intended to provide price stability for National Grid customers in Melrose and to increase the percentage of renewable energy used by Melrose residents and businesses.

The CEA program, which was created under Massachusetts General Law, allows a municipality to arrange for electricity supply on behalf of consumers in a city or town. Melrose launched its first CEA program in January 2016 but the program was discontinued in June 2017 after an analysis of available supplier rates determined it was in the best interests of Melrose residents to terminate the program . Melrose residents who did not opt out will be enrolled in the Melrose Local Green option which provides customers with 5 pct more renewable energy at a slightly lower cost than current National Grid rates. The Melrose CEA Program supplier is Next Era Energy Services. (Source: Melrose Energy Commission, 11 June, 2019) Contact: City of Melrose, Melrose Energy Commission, Martha Grover, Energy Efficiency Manager, (781) 979-4195, mgrover@cityofmelrose.org, www.melrose-cea.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  


Vidul Woody Biomass Power Plant Commissioned in Sri Lanka (Int'l)
Vidullanka PLC
Date: 2019-06-05
In Sri Lanka, Vidullanka PLC is reporting the commissioning and grid connection of its 3.3MW Dehiattakandiya Dendro power plant through its joint venture company, Vidul Biomass (Pvt.) Ltd. The facility will use only locally sourced , fast growing gliricidia -- aka "qickstick" -- as a feedstock.

The project is a Rs.1.45 billion investment jointly undertaken by Vidullanka and OC Energy Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Japanese construction giant, Obayashi Corporation. The investment in Vidul Biomass (Pvt.) Limited is the first of its kind for the Japanese conglomerate in Sri Lanka. The power plant is expected to supply 22 GWh of annual energy to the national grid. (Source: Vidullanka PLC, Daily Mirror, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Vidullanka PLC , Chamil Silva, CEO, + 94 11 4760000 + 94 11 4760076, info@vidullanka.com, www.vidullanka.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Energy,  


Aggreko Delivers Energy Storage for National Grid US (Ind. Report)
Aggreko,National Grid US
Date: 2019-06-05
Glasagow, Scotland-based Aggreko reports the installation of a 2MW/3.8MWh battery storage system for National Grid US in Pulaski, New York. The system, which is the first of its kind in National Grid's U.S. service area, will provide supplementary electricity load relief at peak demand times, lower customer energy costs and enhance grid stability in the upstate New York area.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pledged to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. (Source: Aggreko, National Grid US, Smart Energy, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Aggreko, www.aggreko.com; National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid US,  Aggreko,  Energy Storage,  


RI PUC OK's Nat. Grid, Revolution Offshore Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
Orsted,Revolution Wind Farm
Date: 2019-06-03
In Warwick, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports its unanimous approval of the 20-year PPA under which National Grid will buy power from the 400-MW Revolution Wind Farm being developed in Rhode Island Sound by Danish-owned Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Boston-based energy company Eversource.

National Grid will pay 9.8 cents per kilowatt-hour as part of a deal that state energy officials estimate could save Rhode Island electric consumers $90 million over the life of the contract -- roughly 50 cents per month for the typical customer.

The Revolution project is expected to generate sufficient energy for approximately 270,000 homes when it comes online in 2023. (Source: Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Fall River Herald, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, (401) 941-4500, www.ripuc.org; Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Revolution Wind Farm,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


Carbon Capture Hub Planned for UK Humber Region (Int'l Report)
National Grid, Drax, Equinor
Date: 2019-05-29
In the UK, National Grid, Drax and Equinor are reporting they will partner to develop the country's first carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) hub in the Humber region. Under their initial plan, carbon emissions from the woody biomass-wood pellet burning Drax power station near Selby, could be captured and stored in disused gas fields in the southern North Sea. (Source: DRAX,Various Media, May, 2019)Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en; UK National Grid, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  UK National Grid,  Drax ,  Equinor,  


China Cutting New Wind Power Project Subsidies (Int'l. Report)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2019-05-27
In Beijing, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced that as of 1 Juny, 2019, onshore wind projects connected to the national grid will no longer receive the fixed payment -- feed-in-tariff -- and will instead have to negotiate a price with the national grid directly, The new rules do not phase out government-set tariffs entirely, as the negotiated price must be less than an official "guidance price," which serves as an upper limit and is based on electricity generation costs in the area the project is based.

The prices will still be subsidized by the National Renewable Energy Development Fund but the ceiling will fall in 2020 when projects are required to reach "grid-price parity" and compete equally with the cost of coal power in their region.

The NDRC notice also introduced a new guidance price for newly approved offshore wind power projects. (Source: NDRC, Caixin, 27 May, 2019)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission,  Wind,  Wind Subsidies ,  


Andritz Supplies Boiler to 75 MW Japanese Biomass Power Plant (Int'l)
Andritz
Date: 2019-05-10
Austrian international technology group Andritz reports receipt of an order from Hitachi Zosen Corp., Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system for a new Tokushima Tsuda Biomass Power Plant in Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku Island, southwest of Tokyo.

The PowerFluid boiler to be supplied by Andritz features lowest emissions, high efficiency and availability, as well as highest fuel flexibility. It forms an essential part of a high-efficiency biomass power plant for supply of green energy to the national grid.

The biomass power plant, which will be fired with wood pellets and palm kernel shells, will generate around 74.8 MWel of power when it comes online in early 2023. (Source: Andritz, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332, oliver.pokorny@andritz.com, www.andritz.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Andritz,  Wood Pellet,  


MBTA Plans Energy Cuts, Increased Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
MBTA,Eversource,National Grid
Date: 2019-05-08
In Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the Bay State's largest energy consumer, reports it is partnering with National Grid and Eversource in a 3-year program to reduce energy usage at more than 50 T Stations, trim energy expenses and limit greenhouse gas emissions.

To that end, MBTA plans to invest as much as $30 million in energy efficiency projects including the installation of LED lighting and upgrades to HVAC systems for an expected savings of $2.7 million in annual energy costs and the prevention of 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

Eversource and National Grid will provide incentives to the MBTA that, based on the transportation agency's targeted energy use reductions, would add up to a total benefit of approximately $9 million. The Mass.Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will also provide $3.5 million in funding from its Leading by Example program. (Source: MBTA, Sentinel & Enterprise News, May, 2019) Contact: MBTA , Steve Poftak, GM, www.mbta.com; National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com; Mass. DOER, (617) 626-7300, doer.energy@mass.gov, www.mass.gov/doer; Eversource, Vilak Subrahmanian, VP Energy Efficiency, www.eversource.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MBTA,  Energy Efficiency,  Eversource,  National Grid,  


$40Mn Mass. Energy Efficiency Partnership Announced (Funding)
Gov. Charlie Baker
Date: 2019-05-01
In the Bay State, the office of Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has announced a three-year, $40 million energy efficiency partnership with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Eversource and National Grid.

The partnership aims to cut energy consumption across dozens of MBTA stations and facilities, reduce MBTA operating costs, improve lighting and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This initiative will reduce MBTA electricity use by 7 pct -- 30 million kWh annually -- and save MBTA $2.7 million in energy costs while eliminating 10,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions.

The MBTA will invest approximately $30 million in the projects which include new lighting and lighting controls, upgrading HVAC equipment and building automation controls.

The Nass. Department Energy Resources (DOER) will provide $3.5 million in funding while Eversource and National Grid provide and estimate $9 million in cost cutting incentives. (Source: Framingham Source, 30 April, 2019) Contact:Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, doer.energy@mass.gov, www.mass.gov/doer; Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Gov. Charlie Baker,  DOER,  


Eaton Scores Int'l. Industrial Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l)
Eaton
Date: 2019-04-15
UK-headquartered power management specialist Eaton reports it has won the Hannover Messe Industrial Energy Efficiency Award for its microgrid system installed at its Wadeville headquarters and manufacturing facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Wadeville microgrid installation includes the first-ever deployment of Eaton's xStorage energy storage system in Africa. This innovative solution strengthens the energy supply for Eaton's Wadeville site, thereby reducing demand on the national grid and on regional infrastructure.

The newly-created Industrial Energy Efficiency Award is dedicated to identifying and awarding prizes to outstanding industrial processes and applications based on their energy efficiency, targeting providers as well as users of energy-efficient solutions for production processes. (Source: Eaton, Creamer Media, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Eaton, +44 (0) 1206 593 12, 8Eaton's xStorage, www.eaton.com/gb/en-gb/products/energy-storage.html?wtredirect=www.eaton.com/xstorage

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National Grid's Revolution Wind PPA Awaits Approval (Reg & Leg)
National Grid,Orsted,Deepwater Wind
Date: 2019-02-22
National Grid, an electricity, natural gas and clean energy delivery company serving New York, Mass. and Rhode Island, reports it is awaiting regulatory approval of a 20-year PPA for energy from the new, 400-MW Revolution Wind offshore wind farm.

Originally developed by Providence-based Deepwater Wind, Revolution Wind was acquired by Orsted in a $510 million deal last autumn. The 50-turbine project, which is sited between Block Island, R.I. and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., is slated to get underway in 2020 for startup in 2023 when it will generate sufficient power for more than 270,000 Rhode Island homes annually. (Source: National Grid, Commercial Property Executive, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, Thomas Brostrom, North American Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com

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$400Mn Lake Kivu Methane Gas Project Finds Investors (Int'l)
Gasmeth Energy
Date: 2019-02-06
In Kigali, privately held Gasmeth Energy Limited reports it will invest $400 million or more $400 million in the construction and maintenance of a methane gas extraction processing and compression project in Lake Kivu. The Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) and Rwanda Development Board (RDB )are also participating in the project.

When fully operational, the Kivu 56 project is expected to supply 56 MW of power to Rwanda's national grid under a 25-year concession agreement. Two private investors -- Contour Global and Symbion Power -- are currently extracting methane gas from Lake Kivu.

Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika. (Source: Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, Gasmeth Energy, New Times, Feb., 2019) Contact: Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, minirena.gov.rw

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gridIMP Touts iDSR System for Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
gridIMP
Date: 2019-02-04
In the UK, the Bridgwater, Somerset Energy Innovation Centre-based energy efficiency and management firm gridIMP Ltd. is touting its "intelligent Demand Side Response" (iDSR) system. The system connects with an existing building management system to assess and control energy usage patterns in response to calls from the National Grid for more energy at peak times.

The National Grid's Demand Side Response is a scheme where companies are incentivized financially to lower of shift their electricity needs at peak times.

The gridIMP technology has been installed at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre (SEIC) with the support of a grant from Sedgemoor District Council. As the volume of data collected by the gridIMP Hub grows, the system will increasingly enable full, intelligent automation of DSR, removing the burden placed on management teams. (Source: gridIMP Ltd., Bridgewater Mercury, Feb., 2019) Contact: gridIMP Ltd., Richard Ryan, Commercial Director, +44 1749 372198, info@gridimp.com, www.gridimp.com

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Albany Borrowing $29.3M, for LED Streetlighting (Ind. Report)
City of Albany
Date: 2018-12-05
In New York State, the city of Albany reports it will borrow up to $29.3 million to purchase and install energy-efficient LED lighting as well as additional equipment that could pave the way for citywide internet.

The 15-year borrowing includes $9.4 million to purchase the streetlights from National Grid, which owns the lights and charges the city for maintenance, various parts of the light as well as usage. Albany is charged separately for cement foundations, poles and cross arms, among other items that are non-energy related.

The city presently spends $4.3 annually for its streetlights, with about 65 pct of those costs specifically for maintenance and operation, while the remaining 35 percent comes from energy usage and delivery. City officials anticipate savings with the purchase and LED switch within the first year. (Source: City of Albany, Albany Times Unions, 4 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficienct Light,  


National Grid Continues Energy Efficiency Leadership (Ind. Report)
National Grid,ACEEE
Date: 2018-10-08
In its recently released 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated National Grid's service area in Mass., Rhode Island, and New York among the top ten in energy efficiency.

Massachusetts came in first for the eighth year in a row, with R.I. ranked third, and N.Y. moving from seventh in 2017 to sixth this year. R.I. and Mass. were also touted as the top states with utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. (Source: National Grid, PR, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: National Grid, Louis Rizzo, Energy Programs Operations, www.nationalgridus.com; ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org

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National Grid Continues Energy Efficiency Leadership (Ind. Report)
National Grid,American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Date: 2018-10-05
WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard yesterday, and once again, National Grid's service area in three states -- Mass., R.I., and N.Y.-- all ranked among the top ten in energy efficiency.

Massachusetts ranked number one for the eighth year in a row, with R.I. ranked third, and N.Y. moving from seventh in 2017 to sixth this year. Additionally, in their most recent rankings, ACEEE named R.I. and Mass. as top states with utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. (Source: National Grid, PR, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org

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National Grid R.I. RfP Seeks 400-MW Renewables (Ind. Report)
National Grid
Date: 2018-10-01
Rhode Island's largest electric distribution company, National Grid, reports it has issued an RfP seeking proposals to contract up to 400 MW of renewable power and renewable energy certificates (RECs).

According to a notice last week by law firm Pierce Atwood, the Request for Proposals (RfP) is for renewable energy facilities with capacities of between 20 MW and 200 MW. The contracted period will be 10-15 years.

The competitive round is limited to "newly developed renewable energy resources" such as solar, wind, small hydro, eligible biomass, fuel cells, and waste-to-energy projects.

Each eligible candidate has to take part with at least one bid of 20 MW-200 MW and may also submit one or several alternative offers with capacities of between 200 MW and 400 MW. While projects do not have to be located within the state, they must "provide substantial direct economic benefits to Rhode Island, such as job creation or property tax revenues.

National Grid expects to conditionally select bidders for negotiation on May 2, 2019 and submit contracts to the state PUC by August 30, 2019. (Source: National Grid, Renewables, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com/RI-Business

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Scotland's First Utility-Scale Battery Now Online (Int'l)
Renewables Infrastructure Group
Date: 2018-09-14
The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) reports the 20MW Broxburn Energy Storage facility, Scotland's first utility-scale battery storage facility, has been officially opened and is now delivering sub-second balancing services to National Grid .

The Broxburn facility was constructed by RES, which sold the project to TRIG in August, 2017 for £20 million. It was the first project to have been acquired by TRIG and was RES' fourth in the UK, with the company now managing the site.

Testing of the project, which uses batteries from Samsung SDI, began in May and was followed by final testing under the EPC construction contract, which completed on 30 June when the battery began to deliver its contracted service to National Grid. (Source: Renewables Infrastructure Group, Energy Storage, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Renewables Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com

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Rockland Scores 4th DOER Building Energy Efficiency Grant (Funding)
Mass DOER
Date: 2018-08-13
In the Bay State, the Town of Rockland (pop. 17,800) is projecting the town's energy costs will fall $27,831 per year with the upcoming retrofitting of energy efficient LED lighting at several town buildings this year.

The town recently received $210,531 in grant funding from the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Program -- its fourth DOER grant award since 2013. Rockland was also awarded $75,521 in energy reduction incentives by National Grid.

The Mass. DOER Communities program incentivizes cities and towns to adopt energy efficiency policies. In 2017 the program committed $65 million in grant funding to 15 cities and towns last year.

Technical assistance for the program is being provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the LED lighting is being installed by Real Term Energy a firm with headquarters in Annapolis and Montreal, Canada. (Source: The Enterprise, Mass. DOER, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Town of Rockland, Marcia Birmingham, Interim Town Administrator, www.rockland-ma.gov; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/doer

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass DOER,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


$3.4Bn Beatrice Offshore Wind Generates First Power (Int'l)
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm
Date: 2018-07-25
Further to our 18th July coverage, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, Scotland's largest offshore wind farm, reports it has begun generating and delivering power to the National Grid.

The £2.6 billion ($3.41 billion) Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited is a joint venture partnership between SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Limited. When fully commissioned in the spring of 2019, the facility will incorporate 84 turbines and generate sufficient power for 450,000 homes. (Source: Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, CNBC, Others, 23 July, 2018) Contact: Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, www.beatricewind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Beatrice Offshore Windfarm ,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


"Wind Drought" Blamed for Lower the Expected SSE Renewables Generation (Int'l)
SSE
Date: 2018-07-23
UK energy giant SSE plc is reporting both offshore and inland wind farms experienced a 15 pct lower output than originally anticipated and a corresponding £80 million ($104 million) reduction in first fiscal quarter profits, due to an extended heat wave, a "wind drought' and the intermittent nature of wind power generation. Perth, Scotland-headquartered SSE also noted that hydropower generation was 20 pct lower than projected. Additionally, the UK's national grid noted a 30 pct drop in wind generation in recent weeks.

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, info@renewableuk.com, www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  SSE,  RenewableUK,  


Northeast 80X50 Pathway to Slash Emissions Unveiled (Ind. Report)
National Grid,Siemens Power Technology International
Date: 2018-07-13
National Grid, a major electric and natural gas provider serving more than 20 million people in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in collaboration with Siemens Power Technology International has unveiled its Northeast 80×50 Pathway plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 pct below 1990 levels by 2050.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Power Technology International,  National Grid,  


Notable Quote and Worth Noting
National Grid
Date: 2018-07-12
"For National Grid, climate change isn't a political question, but scientific fact, and we believe that innovation and a diverse set of stakeholders at the table will enable us to reach the clean energy future that we all want." -- Dean Seavers, US Pres. National Grid

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  National Grid news,  


Nestle Launches 9-Turbine Scottish Wind Farm (Int'l)
Nestle.Community Windpower
Date: 2018-07-05
Vevey, Switzerland-headquartered food industry giant Nestle is reporting the launch of nine turbine wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The wind farm will generate 125GWh of energy annually sufficient power for fully half the company's factories, offices, and warehouse in the UK and Ireland or equivalent to powering 30,000 homes. The wind farm's production will be delivered to the national grid.

The project was dveloped with the help of Community Windpower, the renewable energy specialist based in the UK. As a member of the RE100 Initiative, Nestle aims to acquire 100 pct of its energy from renewable sources as quickly as possible. (Source: Nestle, Energy Digital, Various Others, Others, 4 July, 2018) Contact: Nestle, www.nestle.com/aboutus/globalpresence; RE100 Initiative, www.theclimategroup.org/RE100; Community Windpower, +44 19 28 734 544, www.communitywindpower.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Windpower,  RE100 Initiative,  Nestle,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


R.I., Mass. Partnering on New Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Deepwater Wind,Vineyard Wind
Date: 2018-05-25
A massive new wind farm will soon be off the coasts of Rhode island and Massachusetts after both states announced a clean energy partnership.

Though it's a single project, Massachusetts will use New Bedford-headquartered Vineyard Wind to produce power for the Bay State, while Rhode Island will work with Providence-based Deepwater Wind -- the operator the Block Island wind farm. This project, however, will be about 10 times larger. Deepwater Wind will now negotiate with National Grid, before submitting the final plan to state and federal regulators. (Source: WLNE, ABC News, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Deepwater Wind,  Vineyard Wind,  


National Grid Issues $1Mn Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
National Grid,Rochdale Village
Date: 2018-05-16
National Grid reports it will provide more than $1 million in energy efficiency rebates to the owners of the world's largest housing cooperative, Rochdale Village in Jamaica Queens, New York.

The 120-acre housing co-op includes 20 apartment buildings, a daycare center, three schools, a public library, a business district, two shopping mall and a power plant, saves about 1.3 million therms annually as a result of energy efficiency measures. The co-op is on pace to meet the Big Apple's Carbon Challenge to reduce building emissions by 30 pct by 2025.

Rochdale Village recently completed several energy efficient improvements including, installation of low-flow shower heads in apartments, new roof installations on over 20 structures, and a campus-wide conversion to LED lighting. (Source: National Grid, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2018) Contact: National Grid, Louis Rizzo, Energy Programs Operations, www.nationalgridus.com/NY-Home/Contact-Us; Rochdale Village, www.rochdalevillage.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  Rochdale Village,  

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