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Choshi Offshore Wind Farm JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
Tokyo Electric Power,Orsted
Date: 2020-03-20
Kallanish Energy is reporting Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings and Orsted A/S have formed Choshi Offshore Wind Farm KK, a joint venture company to bid in the Choshi-city offshore wind promotion area in Japan.

The joint venture is expected to bid for 1 GW of offshore wind in the Round 1 auction and possible future offshore wind project opportunities as they develop. (Source: Tokyo Electric, Orsted, Kallanish Energy, 19 Mar., 2020)Contact: Tokyo Electric Power, www7.tepco.co.jp; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tokyo Electric Power ,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


Wind Powers Record UK Renewable Output (Int'l. Report)
UK Wind
Date: 2020-03-18
In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)is reporting renewable electricity generation increased 16 pct year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019.

The increase is partially due to the startup of HornSea One, the world's largest offshore wind project with 174 turbines. The rapid increase in capacity meant that renewable output overtook the share of generation from gas for the first time, setting a new record and providing a commercial basis for more investment.

"Wind remains the principal source of renewable generation. For the first time offshore wind had a larger share of renewable generation than onshore wind with 25.1 pct and 23.7 pct respectively," according to a BEIS statement. (Source: UK BEIS, BreakBulk, 16 Mar., 2020)Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK BEIS,  Hornsea One,  Offshore Wind,  UK Wind,  


CPPIB Completes Pattern Energy Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Pattern Energy,Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Date: 2020-03-16
Following up on our 6 Nov., 2019 coverage, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is reporting the completion of its previously reported $6.1 billion – including debt -- acquisition of Pattern Energy.

Pattern Energy presently hold 28 renewable energy plants, predominantly wind farms totaling 4.4 GW in North America. The company also has solar plants and onshore wind operations in Japan as well as a 112-MW offshore wind project under development. (Source: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, PR, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, www.cppib.com; Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


EDF, China Energy Investments Partner on Offshore Wind (Int'l.)
China Energy Investment Corporation
Date: 2020-03-16
Beijing-based China Energy Investment Corporation (China Energy) is reporting it will jointly develop a 502 MW offshore wind project in east China's Jiangsu province with French energy giant EDF Group.

The project, which is expected to come in at 7.9 billion yuan ($1.13 billion), will generate 1,390 million kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to 441,900 tons of standard coal and will satisfy the annual electricity demand of almost 2 million people when commissioned in early 2021. The offshore wind power plant will be jointly financed, built and operated by China Energy with 62.5 pct and EDF Group holding the balance. (Source: China Energy Investments Corp., PR, reve, 14 Mar., 2020) Contact: China Energy Investment Corporation, www.ceic.com; EDF Group, Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO, www.edf.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Group,  China Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Orsted Selects Rhode Island Offshore Operations Hub (Ind. Report)
Orsted,Offshore Wind,Deepwater Wind
Date: 2020-03-16
Boston-headquartered Orsted US Offshore Wind reports it is establishing an operations "hub" in Rhode Island. As previously reported, Orsted acquired Deepwater Wind of Rhode Island for $510 million in 2018.

Additionally, as previously reported, Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind operates the Block Island Wind Farm and has been awarded over 2,900 MW of capacity through six projects. In June, 2019, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities selected Orsted to develop the Garden State's first offshore wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. (Source: Orsted, Newsday, 15 Mar., 2020) Contact: Orsted, Thomas Brostrom, Pres. Orsted North America, CEO Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.us.orsted.com/Wind-projects; Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com

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


Ideol Claims FloatGen Floating Wind Pilot Progress (Int'l. Report)
FloatGen
Date: 2020-03-13
Following up on our October 18, 2017 coverage, Paris-headquartered offshore wind developer Ideol reports its FloatGen floating wind pilot in the French Atlantic Ocean has outreached production levels reaching more than 920MWh of output for the month of February.

The 2MW unit, based around a Vestas turbine and damping pool foundation also saw its highest-ever monthly capacity factor, 66.3 pct -- significantly better than the average bottom-fixed offshore machine, which averages around 50 pct, according to a company release. (Source: Ideol, Recharge, Mar., 2020)Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News FloatGen ,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


BC Carbon Capture Storage Assessment Completed (Ind. Report)
TGS
Date: 2020-03-13
Global geoscience data for exploration & production specialist TGS reports completion of a Geological Carbon Storage Atlas for British Columbia (Canada) for a major oil and gas company. The study provides the most up-to-date understanding of geological carbon storage locations, onshore and offshore, throughout the province of British Columbia.

Through collaboration with its partner Canadian Discovery Limited, TGS leveraged its world-class basin evaluation expertise, subsurface data library, and geological knowledge and experience through working in British Columbia, to create a framework for carbon storage assessment and atlas for potential storage locations, according to the TGS release. (Source: TGS. Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru,, Gasoil News , 12 Mar., 2020) Contact: TGS, Katja Akentieva, Global.Marketing@tgs.com, www.tgs.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage ,  


Iberdrola Snares French Offshore Wind Farm Developer (Int'l., M&A)
Iberdrola
Date: 2020-03-13
Madrid-based wind energy major Iberdrola reports it has taken 100 pct ownership of Ailes Marines -- developer and operator the €2.4 billion Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm project in France. Iberdrola, which previously held 70 pct of the consortium's capital, acquired the remaining 30 pct from Avel Vor, after receiving the French Ministry of the Economy approval.

The 62-turbine project, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2021, will have an installed capacity of 496MW sufficient for roughly 835,000 household, when fully operational in 2023. (Source: Iberdrola, The Corner, 11 Mar., 2020) Contact: Iberdrola, Jonathan Cole, Global Managing Director for Offshore Wind, www.iberdrolarenewables.com Ailes Marines, www.eolienoffshoresaintbrieuc.com/en/ailes-marines/ailes-marines-sas

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Offshore Wind,  


Virginia Legislates Clean Economy, Renewables Act (Reg. & Leg.)
Virginia Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-03-11
In the Old Dominion State, the recently passed Virginia Clean Economy Act will create a state Renewable Energy Portfolio program requiring 30 pct or more of Virginia's electricity comes from renewable energy sources by 2030. By 2050, the Act requires that 100 pct of the state's electricity will be zero-emissions.

The Act includes measures to harness wind and solar power, expand home rooftop solar and reduce energy waste through mandatory efficiency standards. The act also sets a 5.2-gigawatt offshore wind power target, one of the largest state commitments to offshore wind to date and one with the potential to power up to 1.5 million Virginia homes. The Act also confirms the Old Dominion State's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-invest program, which to date has provided net benefits of over $4 billion to participating members, while helping them slash carbon emissions over 50 pct. (Source: PR, Mar., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Virginia Renewable Energy,  


Siemens Gamesa Turbines for Orsted Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,Borkum Riffgrund
Date: 2020-03-09
Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it's selection as "preferred supplier" for the the 900MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 development -- Germany's largest offshore wind project to-date -- and the 242MW Gode Wind 3 -- and will deliver over 1GW of its SG11.0-200DD offshore wind turbines including a 5-year service and maintenance contract for two projects being developed by Orsted in the German North Sea.

The award hinges on Orsted taking a final investment decision on the developments, which are subject German regulatory approvals.

The turbines are slated for installation on Gode Wind 3 in early 2023 and on Borkum Riffgrund 3 in 2024, with commissioning on the two projects to being completed in 2024 and 2025, respectively (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Utilities, 7 Mar., 2020) Contact: Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, Offshore Head of Technology, www.siemensgamesa.com; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Siemens Gamesa,  Offshore Wind,  Borkum Riffgrund ,  


NYPA-Israeli Clean Energy Tech Competition Announced (Ind Report)
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Date: 2020-03-09
In Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York's public utility on new clean energy technologies. NYPA is collaborating with the Israel Smart Energy Association on the project aimed at attracting Israeli companies that will advance power grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

The competition will focus on research areas centered around meeting digital utility challenges such as electric vehicle charging, distributed energy solutions, grid modernization, energy storage, microgrids, cybersecurity, blockchain and energy trading, buildings/campus energy management, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and use of drones/autonomous robots in power systems.

Interested companies may apply and submit their proposals to the NYPA/Israel Smart Energy Challenge online. The deadline for submissions is April 20. A pre-bid conference for parties interested in applying to the Challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at: Ha-Umanim Street 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Register on Eventbrite or meetup.

Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal climate and clean energy initiative puts the Empire State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 pct growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 pct of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities. (Source: New York State Governor's Office, PR, Google News, 6 Mar., 2020)Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; Israel Smart Energy Association, www.isea.org.il; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  New York Power Authority,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind Supports Montclair State University Clean Energy Center (Ind. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2020-03-06
In the Garden State, Montclair State University is reporting Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind is investing $200,000 to support the school's Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center (CESAC) -- a public research, education and technical assistance outreach center -- under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Boston-headquartered Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind operates the Block Island Wind Farm and has been awarded over 2,900 MW of capacity through six projects. In June, 2019, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities selected Orsted to develop the Garden State's first offshore wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, as previously reported. (Source: Montclair State University, PR, 3 Mar.,2020) Contact: Montclair University, Susan Cole, Pres., (973) 655-4000, www.montclair.edu; Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, www.us.orsted.com/Wind-projects

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


IFC Supports South African Green Bond Issuance (Int'l, Funding)
IFC,Standard Bank of South Africa
Date: 2020-03-04
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group and one of the world's largest green bond issuer, reports it has invested $200 million in the Johannesburg-based Standard Bank of South Africa Limited's green bond placed on the London Stock Exchange.

The 10-year green bond -- Africa's largest and South Africa's first offshore green bond issuance -- is compliant with the International Green Bond Principles and will enable Standard Bank Group's Sustainable Finance Business Unit to on-lend to and finance climate-smart projects in South Africa such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency and green buildings. (Source: IFC, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: IFC, www.ifc.org; Standard Bank of South Africa, Nigel Beck, Sustainable Finance, www.standardbank.co.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News IFC,  Green Bond,  Climate Change,  


NJ Announces 7,500 MW Offshore Wind Solicitation (Ind. Report)
New Jersey
Date: 2020-03-02
In Trenton, Garden State Governor Governor Phil Murphy (D) has announced the offshore wind solicitation schedule to meet the 7,500 MW offshore wind goal by 2035 and called upon the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to implement the schedule. Reaching 7,500 MW will generate enough electricity to power more than 3.2 million homes and meet 50 pct of the state's electric power need.

The proposed schedule calls for the next 1,200 MW solicitation to be opened by September 2020, with an award made by Q2, 2021.

New Jersey aims to source 50 pct of it energy from renewables by 2030 and achieve a 100 pct clean energy economy by 2050. (Source: Office of Governor Phil Murphy, PR, 28 Feb., 2020) Contact: NJ BPU, www.bpu.state.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News NJ BPU,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Claims Taiwanese Orders (Int'l. Report)
MHI Vestas
Date: 2020-02-28
MHI Vestas and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) are reporting financial closure on the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind projects totaling 589 MW in Taiwan.

The two projects will incorporate 62 units of Vesta's flagship V174-9.5 MW wind turbines. Changfang Phase 1 will comprise 10 wind turbines for an installed capacity of 95 MW and will be installed in 2022. Changfang Phase 2, comprising 47 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 446.5 MW, and Xidao, comprising 5 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 47.5 MW, will be installed in 2023.t

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). The company designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines for the offshore wind sector. (Source: MHI Vestsa. PR, reve, 25 Feb., 2020) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Taiwan Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Wind Turbine,  MHI Vestas,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP),  


EDF Takes Stake in Irish Sea Offshore Wind Project (M&A, Int'l.)
EDF Renewables,Fred Olsen Renewables Ltd,
Date: 2020-02-24
French energy group EDF Renewables is reporting the purchase of a 50 pct stake in the Codling Offshore Wind Farm project in the Irish Sea from Hazel Shore Limited. Fred Olsen Renewables Ltd hold the remaing 50 pct stake in the project.

The Ronan Group played a key role in securing the investment of over €2.5 billion for the planned wind farm 13km off the coast of Wicklow, between Greystones and Wicklow, in the Irish sea. (Source: Bray People, 23 Feb., 2020) Contact: Fred Olsen Renewables Ltd,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fred Olsen Renewables,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  EDF Renewables,  ,  


UK Needs Major Wind Turbine Investment to Reach 40 GW Goal (Int'l.)
Aurora Energy Research
Date: 2020-02-19
In the UK, Oxford-based independent energy market analytics company Aurora Energy Research is reporting that if the UK is to meet long term renewable energy goal 40 GW capacity, 260 wind turbines will have to be installed on a yearly basis.

The UK's offshore wind capacity currently stands at 10 gigawatts with only 10 GW of new wind power facilities being contracted, leaving 20 GW still to be contracted, according to the Aurora report. (Source: Aurora Energy Research, CityAM, Feb., 2020) Contact: Aurora, Martin Anderson, Head of Renewables, +44 (0) 1865 952 700, contact@auroraer.com, www.auroraer.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Energy Research,  


Fraunhofer Developing Mobil Wind Turbine Test Facility (Int'l.)
Fraunhofer Institute
Date: 2020-02-19
In Bremerhaven, Germany, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) reports it is developing a Mobil-Grid-CoP facility to test the compatibility of very large offshore wind turbines with the grid and verify current and future grid system services and the electrical properties of wind turbines.

The project is receiving €12.7 million ($13.8 million) support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. (Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy , Riviera Media, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: IWFS, Prof. Jan Wenske, +49 471 14290-100, www.iwes.fraunhofer.de/en.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraunhofer Institute ,  


Trump 2021 Budget Ups BOEM Offshore Wind Support (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Date: 2020-02-14
In its proposed 2012 budget, the Trump Administration is proposing $189 million for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), with $26.5 million earmarked for "advance offshore renewable energy development" compared with $21.3 in FY 2020.

According to BOEM, the $189 million funds will be used to "continue to advance renewable energy" through its leasing programme. BOEM notes it "will continue to use environmental science as the foundation for sound policy decisions." (Source: BOEM, Various Media, renews, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,  Offshore Wind,  


Martha's Vineyard Offshore Wind Project Delayed (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2020-02-14
Following up on our 12th August, 2019 report, offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind is reporting U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) environmental impact study for its planned 84-turbine offshore wind farm off of Martha's Vineyard has been delayed and the project's originally anticipated completion date will accordingly be delayed. (Source: Vineyard Wind, CapeCod.com, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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


Mocean Developing Sub-Sea Wave Energy Power (New Prod & Tech)
Mocean Energy
Date: 2020-02-12
Aberdeen, Scotland-headquartered Mocean Energy is reporting its collaboration with UK North Sea independent Chrysaor, subsea energy storage specialist EC-OG, and AUV developer Modus to assess the potential of Mocean Energy's Blue Star wave energy converter and EC-OG's HALO subsea energy storage system to sub-sea sub-sea applications.

The project is being funded by the partners and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) in Aberdeen. If the initial work is successful, the partners will commit to a field trial using a Mocean Energy prototype offshore Orkney, northern Scotland, later this year. In 2019, Wave Energy Scotland agreed to supply £3.3 million ($4.27 million) to the company to construct and test a half-scale version of its technology at sea. (Source: Mocean Energy, PR, 10 Frb., 2020) Contact: Mocean Energy , Cameron McNatt, Managing Director, +44 (0)131 651 7959, hello@mocean.energy, www.mocean.energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mocean Energy.Ocean Energy,  Wave Energy,  


Equinor Announces New Net-Carbon Intensity Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
Equinor
Date: 2020-02-12
Following up on our 10th Jan. report, Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor -- fka Statoil -- reports the launch of a new climate roadmap aiming to ensure a competitive and resilient business model in the energy transition, fit for long term value creation and in line with the COP15 Paris Climate Agreement. In short, Equinor plans to:
  • Reduce the net carbon intensity, from initial production to final consumption, of the energy produced with at least 50 pct by 2050.

  • Cut absolute emissions from operated offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by 40 pct by 2030, 70 pct by 2040 and towards near zero by 2050.

  • Slash CO2-emissions per barrel of oil and gas produced to below 8 kg by 2025 from operated fields;

  • Run carbon neutral operations globally by 2030;

  • Eliminate routine flaring before 2030;

  • Maintain methane emissions near zero;

  • Continue to apply an internal price on CO2-emission of at least $55 per tonne in all investment decisions;and

  • Continue support of the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). (Source: Equinor, PR, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Sætre, Pres., CEO, www.equinor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


  • Formosa I Offshore Wind Deploys Renewable Strategy Software (Int'l)
    Formosa 1,Renewable Strategy
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In Taiwan, Formosa 1 reports its 128-MW commercial-scale offshore wind farm is incorporating computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) from Kent, UK-based Renewable Strategy Ltd. The RSL Manager will monitor, analyze and manage FOWI spare part assets.

    The Formosa 1 wind energy project, Taiwan's first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, is a joint venture project of Orsted, JERA, Macquarie's Green Investment Group and Swancor Holding. Renewable Strategy Limited (RSL) is an offshore wind and wind software solutions, training and advisory firm, with emphasis on systematic solutions, data integrity, asset integrity management and operations and maintenance insights. The company's wind farm management software is used by wind farm owners, operators and asset managers to harness wind farm data turning it into a strategic asset that enables users to monitor and supervise offshore activities across multiple wind farms whilst gathering inventory information and performance statistics. (Source: Renewable Strategy Ltd., PR reve, 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: Renewable Strategy Ltd., Natalie Dencker, Co-Founder, +44 20 3290 6335, www.renewablestrategy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Strategy,  Formosa 1,  Wind,  


    Americas 2019 Wind Installations Hit 13.4GW (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2020-02-07
    The Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is reporting North, Central and South America and the Caribbean installed 13,427MW capacity of onshore wind power in 2019, an increase of 12 pct on the previous year which saw 11,892MW installed.

    In North America (Canada and USA), new capacity additions grew by nearly 18 pct compared to 2018. In Central and South America and the Caribbean, new capacity additions decreased by 5 pct compared to 2018. Overall, this means that the region has tripled its wind power installations since 2010, Other GWEC findings include:

  • Leading countries in the region for 2019 include: US (9,143W), Mexico (1,284MW), Argentina (931 MW), and Brazil (745MW)

  • The US installed its third largest volume of onshore wind in 2019 at 9GW, just behind its previous records of 10GW in 2009 and 13GW in 2012, reaching a total of over 105 GW.

  • The offshore market in the US is progressing, with first large-scale installations expected in 2022-2023 and more than 10GW expected to be built by 2026. Brazil is also looking to tap into the offshore market, and has the potential to deploy as much as 700GW of offshore wind, according to a roadmap for offshore wind released by the country’s Energy Research Office (EPE) in January 2020.

    The member-based GWEC represents over 1,500 wind energy sector companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. (Source: GWEC, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: GWEC,Ben Blackwell, CEO, Alyssa Pek, +32 490 56 81, 39alyssa.pek@gwec.net, www.gwec.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council,  Wind,  


  • Equinor Aims for 2035 Global Offshore Wind Major Status (Int'l.)
    Equinor
    Date: 2020-02-07
    In Oslo, the Norwegian government owned oil and gas operator Equinor reports it aims to have up between 12-16GW of offshore wind energy capacity installed by 2035.

    The company's offshore wind portfolio presently spans the UK, US and Poland, including the 3.6GW Dogger Bank which is under construction off eastern England in conjunction with SSE, and the up-to-1.5GW Empire Wind off New York. (Source: Equinor, PR, Recharge, 6 Feb, 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 Equinor,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    NWO Earmarks €1.1Mn for Offshore Wind Study (Int'l Report)
    Dutch Research Council
    Date: 2020-02-07
    As part of its PhD@sea program, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) reports it has earmarked €1.1 million for research into the feasibility of novel technologies for large-scale offshore wind energy production, offshore storage and transport alternatives. The aim is to examine the technical challenges while taking into account explicit market, legal/regulatory and spatial planning considerations.

    The PhD@sea program, which focuses on cross-disciplinary research projects that can help realize the planning, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind farms, works with the University of Groningen, the University of Utrecht, Ocean Grazer B.V., Loyens & Loeff, New Energy Coalition, NOGAT, NOORDGASTRANSPORT, Vattenfall, Siemens Nederland, TNO, Dutch Energy Law Association NeVER, NOGEPA, and TenneT. (Source: Dutch Research Council, offshorewind.biz, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Dutch Research Council, +31 (0)70 3440640, +31 (0)70 3850971 - fax, nwo@nwo.nl, www.nwo.nl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


    Orsted Inks VA Offshore Wind Staging Site Lease (Ind. Report)
    Orsted
    Date: 2020-01-31
    Danish energy giant Orsted reports it has inked a six-year lease agreement with the Port of Virginia a portion of the Portsmouth Marine Terminal for offshore wind staging materials and equipment for the Coastal Virginia offshore wind project it is developing with Dominion Energy.

    Portsmouth Marine Terminal is one of the Port of Virginia's two multi-use terminals in the Norfolk Harbor. (Source: Orsted, Offshore Eng., 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: Orsted, Thomas Brostrom, Pres., CEO, Orsted North America, Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


    IRENA's Future of Wind Energy Report Attached (Int'l)
    International Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2020-01-27
    International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is reporting publication of its Future of Wind Energy reports, a few details of whic follow below:
  • The accelerated deployment of wind power, together with significant electrification, could provide a large part (6.3 Gt) of the annual reductions in CO2 emissions required by 2050.

  • Wind energy can cover more than a third of the world's energy needs , which adapts to the world's main power generation. To achieve this goal, the capacity of wind turbines installed in the world must reach 6,000 gigawatts, more than 10 times the current level, by 2050. This would include 5,000 GW of wind power on land and 1,000 GW of offshore wind farm plants.

  • Asia could soon become the dominant wind energy market in the world, representing more than 50 pct of the country's wind farms and 60 pct in 2050. Chinese wind power capacity could jump from 230 GW in 2018 to more than 2,600 GW in 2050.

    This report outlines the role of wind power in the transformation of the global energy system based on IRENA's climate resilient pathway, specifically the growth in wind power deployments that would be needed in the next three decades to achieve the Paris climate goals. Download the IRENA Future of Wind Energy Report HERE. (Source: IRENA, reve, 25 Jan., 2020) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  International Renewable Energy Agency,  IRENA,  


  • New Jersey Energy Master Plan Unveiled (Reg. & Leg, Ind. Report)
    New Jersey
    Date: 2020-01-27
    Garden State Governor Phil Murphy (D) has unveiled the state's Energy Master Plan, which outlines key strategies to reach the Administration's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. The Energy Master Plan outlines the following energy efficiency related strategies and includes an implementation plan that lays out next steps and timelines:
  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Transportation Sector, including encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifying transportation systems, and leveraging technology to reduce emissions and miles traveled.

  • Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources by developing offshore wind, community solar, a successor solar incentive program, solar thermal, and energy storage. It also involves adopting new market structures to embrace clean energy development and contain costs, opening electric distribution companies' circuits for distributed energy resources (DER), and developing low-cost loans or financing for DER.

  • Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and Reducing Peak Demand including enacting 0.75 percent and 2 percent utility energy efficiency standards for natural gas and electricity, respectively, improving energy efficiency programs in New Jersey, adopting new clean energy and energy efficiency financing mechanisms, and strengthening building and energy codes and appliance standards.

  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Building Sector through decarbonization and electrification of new and existing buildings, including the expansion of statewide net zero carbon homes incentive programs, the development of EV-ready and Demand Response-ready building codes, and the establishment of a long-term building de-carbonization roadmap.

  • De-carbonizing and Modernizing New Jersey's Energy System through planning and establishment of Integrated Distribution Plans, investing in grid technology to enable increased communication, sophisticated rate design, and reducing our reliance on natural gas.

  • Supporting Community Energy Planning and Action in Under served Communities through incentivizing local, clean power generation, prioritizing clean transportation options in these communities, and supporting municipalities in establishing community energy plans.

  • Expand the Clean Energy Innovation Economy by expanding upon New Jersey's existing 52,000 clean energy jobs and investing in developing clean energy knowledge, services, and products that can be exported to other regions around the country and around the world, thereby driving investments and growing jobs. New Jersey will attract supply chain businesses to create dynamic new clean energy industry clusters and bring cutting-edge clean energy research and development the state. (Source: InsideNJ, PR, 27 Jan., 2020)

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  • SeaTwirl Floating Vertical Axis Turbine Awarded EU Patent (Int'l.)
    SeaTwirl
    Date: 2020-01-22
    Following up on our Jan. 10, 2018 coverage, SeaTwirl AB, the Swedish developer of a floating vertical axis wind turbine with folding blades, is reporting receipt of a patent from the European Patent Office (EPO) for its divisible offshore wind turbine. The European patent is in addition to earlier patents issued in Sweden, the USA and China.

    The turbine is mounted on a buoyant underwater structure anchored in deep water. The wind turbine, tower and underwater structure are permanently joined and rotate as a single unit with water carrying the full weight of the structure which, similar to a sailing boat, is stabilized by the keel. The unit does not require a yaw system for the turbine to face the wind nor a pitching mechanism to turn the rotor blades. Accordingly, fewer moving parts incur lower maintenance and operating costs. The SeaTwirl S2, 1MW turbine is expected to be available in 2020. (Source: SeaTwirl, Offshore Eng., 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: SeaTwirl AB, Gabriel Strangberg, CEO, Managing Director, +46 70-480 55 29, www.seatwirl.com

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    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

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    TenneT Increases German Offshore Wind Capacity (Int'l Report)
    TenneT
    Date: 2020-01-15
    TenneT, the German arm of the Dutch transmission network group of the same name, reports it has increased the offshore wind energy connection capacity from twelve operating North Sea offshore wind grid connection systems to 7,132 MW.

    TenneT's wind energy transmission from the North Sea reached 20.21 TWh in 2019, exceeding the previous year's value (16.75 TWh) by 20.7 pct. Measured against Germany's total wind output (122.07 TWh, offshore and onshore counted together), the North Sea wind power yield achieved a healthy share of 16.6 percent in 2019.

    The previous maximum infeed performance of North Sea offshore wind farms reached 6,077 MW on 5 December 2019. The capacity expansion for North Sea offshore wind farms was at 6,436 MW on 31 December 2019. The wind turbines in the Baltic Sea (not within the TenneT grid area) generated 3.95 TWh in 2019, which means Germany's total offshore yield amounted to 24.16 TWh. (Source: TenneT, Offshore Engineering, 13 Jan., 2020)Contact: TenneT, Tim Meyerjurgens, Managing Director, +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org

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    Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition Launched (Int'l Report)
    Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
    Date: 2020-01-15
    An international Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition has been formed to advance sustainable deployment of ocean-based renewable energy -- offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power -- and at the same time mitigate the impacts of climate change while meeting roughly 10 pct of the annual greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2050 to keep global temperatures under 1.5 degreeC above pre-industrial levels, according to a report released by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Most of this climate change mitigation potential is expected to come from offshore wind.

    The Action Coalition includes MHI Vestas, Orsted, Equinor, CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, Shell, Mainstream Renewable Power, Siemens Gamesa, TenneT and The UK Crown Estate.

    Download the The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change -- Five Opportunities for Action Report HERE. (Source: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, Various Media, Maritime Executive, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, www.oceanpanle.org

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    Brazilians Investigate Floating Wind Platform Dynamics (Int'l. R&D)
    Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo
    Date: 2020-01-13
    In Brazil, the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo (EPUSP) reports it is leading research seeking to reduce the structural weight in new designs of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs). The research is being funded by the US Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global).

    According to the EPUSP release, the design of FOWTs can be a complicated task as variables such as the responses to waves, current and wind loads, the static and dynamic stabilities, and the structural behaviour of the mooring lines should be considered. The researchers will use modeling to understand how to better design and manage complex structures in the dynamic ocean environment, according to the release. (Source: Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo, Energy Global, Jan., 2020) Contact: Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo, Professor Alexandre Simos, 11 2648-6094, www.tpn.usp.br

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    Orsted's Borssele Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
    Orsted
    Date: 2020-01-13
    Orsted is reporting the installation of first monopile foundations at the 752MW Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm off the coast of Zeeland province -- Orstad's first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

    Borssele 1 & 2, the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, is expected to come onlin by the end of 2020 when it will supply sufficient energy for roughly 1 million Dutch households. Borssele 1 & 2 will incorporate 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines. (Source: Orsted, PR, reve, 12 Jan., 2020) Contact: Orsted, Anders Nordstrom, VP Hydrogen, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    Beijing Reportedly Ending Renewable Energy Support (Int'l Report)
    China Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-01-10
    Shanghai Securities News is reporting Beijing is considering scaling back or even abolishing subsidies to the offshore wind power sector in 2022. Beijing would, however, still encourage regional-level governments to subsidize construction of local offshore wind farms. In 2019, the central government cancelled subsidies for the solar power industry.

    The cut backs are being viewed as a sign of the government's intention to completely eliminate financial support to renewable energy firms as their technology becomes more commercially competitive. (Source: Shanghai Securities News, CX Tech, 9 Jan., 2020)

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    Equinor Announces Major GHG Reduction Goals (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Equinor
    Date: 2020-01-10
    Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor -- fka Statoil -- reports it aims reduce the absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its operated offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by 40 pct by 2030, increasing to 70 pct by 2040 and to near zero by 2050, using 2005 as a baseline.

    The GHG reduction goal will cover all of the company's Norwegian offshore fields and onshore plants, including both Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions of CO2 and methane, levels of which are very low at the Norwegian continental shelf.

    The reductions will be achieved through large scale industrial measures, including energy efficiency, digitalization and the launch of several electrification projects at key fields and plants, including the Troll and Oseberg offshore fields and the Hammerfest LNG plant, at an estimated cost NOK 50 billion ($5,630,500,000 US) or more. (Source: Equnior, Smart Energy Jan., 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Saetre, CEO, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

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    First WindFloat Atlantic Turbine Now Producing Power (Int'l Report)
    WindFloat Atlantic ,Windplus
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Following up on our November 6, 2019 coverage, Windplus, a consortium of utilities EDP Renewables, ENGIE and Spanish oil major Repsol is reporting the first of three 8.4-mw MHI Vestas turbines of the WindFloat Atlantic project, the world's largest floating wind turbine, is now generating power off the coast of Portugal.

    The WindFloat Atlantic project was partially funded with a €60 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB.)(Source: Windplus, WindFloat Atlantic, gtm, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de; EIB, www.eib.org

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    Renewables 46 pct of Germany's 2019 Energy Mix (Int'l. Report)
    Fraunhofer
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Reuters is reporting renewable energy accounted for 46 pct of Germany's power in 2019 -- up roughly 5 pct from the previous year. Germany, which is Europe's biggest economy, is aiming for renewables to provide 65 pct of its power mix by 2030. The country also plans to completely abandon nuclear power by 2022 and is planning an exit from coal.

    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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    Aqua Ventus Developing First US Floating Wind Farm (Ind Report)
    Maine Aqua Ventus.Central Maine Power Company
    Date: 2020-01-03
    Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reports the recent signing of a 20-year ppa with Maine Aqua Ventus which plans to construct two floating wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine using technology developed by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Subject to various regulatory and environmental approvals, the project could be completed in 2022.

    Aqua Ventus is presently working on a pilot project miles off of Monhegan Island, the first pilot project of floating wind technology in the Americas. It is one-eighth the scale of a planned six-megawatt turbine. (Source: Maine Aqua Ventus.Beacon, Maine News Service, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Central Maine Power Company, www.cmpco.com; Maine Aqua Ventus, Meghan Collins, (207) 581-2117 www.maineaquaventus.com; University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, 207-581-2123, www.composites.umaine.edu

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    Orsted, Partners Offshore Wind H2RES Project Funded (Funding)
    Orsted
    Date: 2019-12-30
    In Copenhagen, Danish renewable energy giant Orsted and six industrial partners -- Everfuel Europe A/S, NEL Hydrogen A/S, GreenHydrogen A/S, DSV Panalpina A/S, Hydrogen Denmark, and Energinet Elsystemansvar A/S -- is reporting receipt of €4.6 million in EUDP funding for construction of a 2MW H2RES electrolysis plant with appurtenant hydrogen storage in Denmark.

    The H2RES project will use power directly from Orsted's two Siemens Gamesa 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines at the Avedore Power Station to produce renewable hydrogen for road transportation fuel. (Source: Orsted, Offshore Wind, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Anders Nordstrom, VP Hydrogen, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    New UK Gov. Confirms Offshore Wind Commitment (Int'l. Report)
    UK Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-12-30
    In London, the newly elected majority Conservative government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed its election manifesto pledge to "enable new floating turbines" and increase the country's new offshore wind capacity from 30GW to 40GW by 2030.

    The Johnson government's commitment to wind energy is part of its effort to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    The government also confirmed its planned £800 million investment in a carbon capture storage (CCS) cluster by the mid-2020s. A further £500 million will also be provided to help energy-intensive industries move to low-carbon techniques and a low-carbon economy. (Source: BBC, Various Media,Dec., 2019)

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    KEPCO Planning S. Korean Offshore Wind Project (Int'l Report)
    Korea Electric Power Corporation
    Date: 2019-12-23
    South Korea's largest electric utility, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) reports it will invest 11 trillion won (15 won = $1,00 US) to build an offshore wind power plant complex in Sinan County, South Jeolla Province, starting in 2020.

    The total project cost stands at around 48.5 trillion won and if constructed, the 8.2 GW project would be Korea's largest offshore wind farm. (Source: KEPKO, Dong-A Ilbo, 19 Dec., 2019) Contact: KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr

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    NJ BPU Solar Transition Incentive Program Now In Force (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2019-12-20
    On December 6, 2019, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) issued an order effective December 16, 2019, establishing a Solar Transition Incentive Program (TREC), the key provisions of the Order are as follows:
  • The TREC Program will be available to all solar projects that submitted complete SREC Registration (SRP) Applications after October 29, 2018 that have yet to commence operations but otherwise remain in good standing in the SRP pipeline at the time the BPU determines that 5.1 pct of all electricity sold in New Jersey comes from solar generation;

  • All TREC Program projects will generate a factored Transition Renewable Energy Certificate for each MWh of electricity generated;

  • TRECs will be generated for 15 years and will be purchased by a TREC Administrator who will allocate the TRECs amongst the load serving entities;

  • The Clean Energy Act of 2018 established a cap that prohibits the cost of Class 1 RECs (excluding the cost of offshore wind RECs), which includes the TREC, from amounting to more than 9 pct of the total electric sales during Energy Years 2020 and 2021, and amounting to more than 7 pct of total electric sales during subsequent energy years;

  • The TREC is valued at $65 for energy years 2021, 2022 and 2023, and $189 for each remaining energy year of the projects' 15 year TREC eligibility. The BPU will provide further guidance as to whether the TREC value will remain as set forth above or will be changed to a flat $152 for all 15 years of generation eligibility;

  • TRECs may be sold in the energy year (June 1 -- May 31) in which they are generated and the following energy year. If the TREC is not sold within the applicable window, they may be sold as Class 1 RECs.

    The order now provides some certainty to solar developers and will provide a transition program until the BPU establishes a new long-term incentive program. (Source: NJ BPU, Dec., 2019) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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  • Asia Surpassing European New Offshore Wind Additions (Int'l)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2019-12-18
    The global offshore wind industry is still very small with just 23 gigawatts worldwide -- 80 pct in Europe and 20 pct in Asia. Despite the majority of offshore wind units (18 gigawatts) being located in Europe currently, the Asia-Pacific region expects to add 37 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity through 2025 -- a faster growth rate than in Europe.

    Most of the Asian development is occurring in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. China added 1.8 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity and approved an additional 13.1 gigawatts in 2018. The Taiwanese government plans to have 5.7 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2025 and an additional 5 gigawatts by 2030.

    Currently, Europe has the most offshore wind capacity followed by Asia. But, going forward, Asia is expected to add offshore capacity at a faster rate than Europe, with China and Taiwan leading the development. (Source: Institute for Energy Research, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Institute for Energy Research, www.instituteforenergyresearch.org

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    Copenhagen Planning $30Bn Offshore Wind Island (Int'l Report)
    Denmark Wind
    Date: 2019-12-13
    In Copenhagen, the Denmark Energy Ministry reports the government is proceeding with plans to construct an artificial island, or series of islands, tying together power from offshore wind farms of up to 10 GW of capacity. The exact location of the project has not yet been identified.

    The project is projected to come in at between $29.5 and $44.2 billion, the majority of which is expected to be raised from private investors, according to the Ministry which notes the project is crucial to meeting Denmark's recently enacted legally binding climate act. (Source: Denmark Energy Ministry, ET, India Times, 12 Dec., 2019) Contact: Denmark Energy Ministry, +45 33926700, 33 11 47 43 - fac., ens@ens.dk, www.ens.dk

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    TRIG Taking Stake in Merkur Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l., M&A)
    The Renewables Infrastructure Group
    Date: 2019-12-11
    The UK-based Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) and Dutch pension investor APG report they will acquire the Merkur offshore windfarm -- 36 pct will be acquired by TRIG and the remaining 64 pct by APG. Financial details of the deal have not been divulged by either company.

    Located in the German North Sea, the 396MW, 66-turbine Merkur offshore wind farm came on line in June 2019. The deal is expected to close early in 2020. (Source: TRIG, Power Technology, 10 Dec., 2019)Contact: Renewables Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com

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    Nexans Inks Offshore Wind Cabling Projects Agreement (Ind Report)
    Nexans
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Paris-based cabling specialist Nexans is reporting a framework agreement with Eversource, New England's premier transmission builder, and offshore wind energy developer Orsted. Under the agreement Nexans will provide up to 1,000 km of subsea high voltage export cables for Orsted's offshore wind farms in North America. The first delivery is expected by 2022 and the agreement extends until 2027.

    Nexans notes it is also investing in a North American high-voltage, sub-sea cable manufacturing facility in the U.S. as well as a 10,000-ton capacity cable-laying vessel to service the offshore wind market. (Source: Nexans, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Nexans, Inv. Relations, Aurelia Baudey-Vignaud, +33.(0)1.78.15.03.94, aurelia.baudeyvignaud@nexans.com, www.nexans.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

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    Orsted, Covestro Ink Major Offshore Wind Energy PPA (Int'l.)
    Covestro,Orsted
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Leverkusen, Germany-based high-performance polymer materials specialist Covestro reports the inking of a 10-year indexed fixed-price agreement with offshore wind developer Orsted to offtake from Orsted's planned 900-MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm which is expected to be fully commissioned in 2025, subject to Orsted's final investment decision. (Source: Covestro, Orsted, PR, reve 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Covestro, Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO, +49 2151 4856000, www.covestro.com; Orsted Offshore, Martin Neubert, Exec. VP, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    Danes Developing Shipboard DecarbonICE CCS System (Int'l.)
    CCS
    Date: 2019-12-04
    A group of world leading maritime shipping companies and ship builders, including NYK, Sovcomflot, DSM and others, are reported to have joined forces with the København, Denmark-based Maritime Development Center to develop DecarbonICE, an on-board carbon capture and storage (CCS)solution.

    The DecarbonICE concept captures ship exhaust CO2 and other GHGs in a cryogenic process and turns it into dry ice. Proven offshore technology is then applied during normal ship operations to transport the dry ice into the seafloor sediments for permanent sequestration as liquid CO2 and CO2 hydrate.

    In combination with future carbon neutral fuels like biofuels and electro fuels, the DecarbonICE technology can create carbon negative shipping and thus contribute to atmospheric carbon reduction at a significantly lower cost than shore-based CCS. capture.

    The shipping industry is looking for carbon free solutions to achieve the IMO 2050 target of a 50 pct CO2 emissions reduction compared to the 2008 level. (Source: Maritime Development Center, Port News, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: Maritime Development Center, +45 33 33 74 88, www.mdc.center

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