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Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Pilot Completed (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy, Orsted
Date: 2020-07-01
The Richmond-based utility Dominion Energy and its partner Orsted are reporting the installation of the second of two Siemens Gamesa 6-MW wind turbines and thus the completion of the second offshore wind facility ever built in U.S. waters -- the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot located 30 miles off Virginia Beach. When fully operational the pilot installation will generate sufficient energy for roughly 3,000 homes.

As previously reported, Dominion is planning a 2,600 MW follow-up wind farm adjacent to the pilot site project site with construction slated to get underway in 2024 (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


Fecamp Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
Eolien Maritime France
Date: 2020-06-29
Croydon UK-based global engineering firm Mott MacDonald is reporting construction on the 497 MW Fecamp offshore wind farm in the English channel 13 km northwest of the town of Fecamp, France is underway.

The project will incorporate 71 Siemens Gamesa 154-7.0 MW direct drive wind turbines installed on gravity-based foundations. When fully operational in 2023, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient energy for as many as 770,000 people annually.

Mott MacDonald, technical advisor on the project on behalf of prospective lenders, provided a due diligence review of the project, identifying technical risks and working with the developer to find suitable mitigations Eolien Maritime France (EMF) , a consortium of EDF Renouvelables France and Enbridge, along with wpd are the owners of the wind farm. (Source: Mott MacDonald, PR, reve, 28 June, 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Manon de Cassini-Herail, +33 (0)1 40 90 48 22, manon.decassini-herail@edf-re.fr, www.edf-renewables.com; Enbridge, Mandy Dinning, (888)992-0997, John Whelen, EVP, CDO, www.enbridge.com; wpd AG, Alison Aguile, a.aguile@wpd.fr, www.wpd.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Enbridge,  Fecamp Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Scottish Floating Wind Project Secures £380Mn Loan (Int'l.)
Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm
Date: 2020-06-26
Edinburgh-based wind energy equipment manufacturer Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm Limited reports it has secured £380 million ($472.8 million) through a 'Certified Climate Bond' deal for a floating wind project planned off the coast of Scotland.

The 50 MW wind farm incorporates a 2-MW Vestas turbine and five 9.5 MW Vestas turbines and will be the world's largest floating wind project when completed. French corporate and investment bank Natixis will act as the coordinating firm behind the loan. (Source: Groupo Cobra, Energy Voice, 25 June, 2020) Contact: Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm Limited, Groupo Cobra, +34 91 456 95 00, Fax: +34 91 456 94 50, www.groupocobra.com

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


Siemens Gamesa Turbines for UK's Sofia Offshore Wind Project (Int'l.
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2020-06-24
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting receipt of a conditional order for 100 units of its new SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines for installation at Innogy's 1.4 GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. A comprehensive service and maintenance contract is included in the conditional order.

When fully operational, the project will generate sufficient power for more than 1.2 million British households. The final investment decision is expected to be made in Q1 of 2021. Installation is expected to begin in 2024 at the UK North Sea Dogger Bank location. (Source: Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru,Siemens Gamesa, 23 June, 2020) Contact: Innogy, Julian Garnsey, Project Dir., www.innogy.com; Seimens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa ,  Offshore Wind,  innogy,  


LEEDCo Appeals Icebreaker Wind Deal Breaker Ruling (Ind. Report)
LEEDCo
Date: 2020-06-24
Following up on our 27th May report, Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is calling for the Ohio Power Sitting Board (OPSB) to reconsider its ruling that the 20.7 MW Lake Erie (offshore) Icebreaker Wind demo project cease operations every night from March until November, which renders the project "financially untenable", according to LEEDCo.

As previously reported, the project was reviewed by more than a dozen state and federal agencies including U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Ohio EPA, and others. It has the support of many environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Ohio Environmental Council. (Source: LEEDCo, Offshore Wind, 23 June, 2020) Contact: LEEDCo, Dave Karpinski, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lake Erie Energy Development Corp,  LEEDCo,  Offshore Wind,  


Copenhagen Approves Energy Islands Hubs (Int'l Report)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2020-06-24
In Copenhagen, the Danish parliament reports it has approved plans for the world's first two energy island "hubs" and a 1GW North Sea offshore wind farm as included in the government's new climate plan . Technology-specific onshore wind and solar PV tenders for the project would be held in 2020 and 2021. According to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) the energy islands could be completed without government funding due to investors' -- Pension Danmark, PFA and SEAS-NVE -- expressed €50 million combined interest in the project.

Denmark plans to source 100 pct of its electric power from renewable energy by 2027, and to reduce emissions by 70 pct by 2030 from a 1990 baseline. (Source: WindPower, Various Trade Media, 22 June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Offshore Energy Hub,  Offshore Wind,  Solar,  


JERA, Partners Plan 2-GW Floating Offshore Wind JV (Int'l.)
JERA,Ademe Investissement,Ideol
Date: 2020-06-22
Japanese utility JERA reports it has partnered with France's Ademe Investissement and Ideol SA to develop at least 2 GW of global floating offshore wind projects over the next five years.

The three firms will finance the development phase of several floating offshore wind projects all of which will be based on Ideol's high-local-content technology

"JERA combines the strengths of the Tokyo Electric Power Group and the Chubu Electric Power Group, JERA can fulfill the public interest of providing internationally competitive energy to Japan while ensuring a strong position on the increasingly competitive international energy market," according to its website. (Source: JERA, Website, 22 June, 2020) Contact: JERA, www.jera.co.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ademe Investissement news,  JERA news,  Floating Wind news,  Ideol news,  


Innogy's Triton Knoll Installs Second Offshore Substation (Int'l.)
Innogy
Date: 2020-06-17
Innogy is reporting the second offshore substation platform (OSP) incorporating Siemens Energy offshore transformer module technology has been installed at the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off the east coast of England.

When fully operational the two OSPs will each receive electricity generated by the wind farm's 90 MHI Vestas V164-9.5MW turbines. The first power is expected early next year. (Source: Innogy, renews, Others, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Innogy, Julian Garnsey, Project Dir., www.innogy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Triton Knoll,  Innogy,  


Ocean Renewables Touted as Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
Date: 2020-06-12
The attached report from the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition's (OREAC) Ocean Panel has found that ocean-based renewable energy, such as offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power, could meet nearly 10 pct of the global annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions needed to remain on a Paris-compliant 1.5 degrees C pathway in 2050.

The report estimates that up to 85 pct of this decarbonization potential will come from offshore wind. 1,400 GW of offshore wind would power one-tenth of global electricity demand while saving over 3 billion tpy of CO2 -- equal to taking 800 million cars off the road.

OREAC is spearheaded by Orsted and Equinor, and includes other major players in the global offshore wind industry: CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, MHI Vestas, MingYang Smart Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, Shell, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, TenneT, and GE Renewable Energy. Additional partner organisations include Global Wind Energy Council, World Resources Institute, UN Global Compact, the Chinese Wind Energy Association and Ocean Energy Systems.

Download the OREAC The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change report HERE. (Source: OREAC, PR, reve, June, 2020) Contact: OREAC, www.oceanrenewable.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition,  Ocean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wave Energy,  Tidal EnergyCarbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Crown Estate Scotland Seeks Offshore Wind Developers (Int'l.)
Crown Estate Scotland
Date: 2020-06-12
Crown Estate Scotland, which manages the country's seabed, is reporting the launch of ScotWind Leasing , a new round of offshore wind leasing in Scottish waters.

The offshore wind program could help Scotland meet a net-zero by 2045 future, deliver more than enough green electricity to power every Scottish household , save six million tpy of CO2 and be worth more than £8 billion, according to the release. ScotWind Leasing details are available from Crown Estates Scotland. (Source: Crown Estates Scotland, The National, June, 2020) Contact: Crown Estate Scotland, www.crownestatescotland.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scotland Offshore Wind,  


Chinese Ship Builder to Manufacture Eleon Wind Turbines (Int'l.)
Eleon AS
Date: 2020-06-12
Estonian private wind technology and wind turbine manufacturer Eleon AS is reporting a long-term strategic cooperation, JV agreement with the Chinese giant state-owned Chinese State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) for the development of wind energy.

CSSC's subsidiary Haizhuang Windpower has manufactured wind turbines and invested in wind farms since 2004. Eleon AS develops and manufactures multi-megawatt class wind turbines using patented technology that provides a substantial competitive edge in the construction of both land and offshore wind farms, according to the release. (Source: Eleon AS, err.ee, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Eleon AS, +372 5839 8522, www.eleon.ee; CSSC, cssc@cssc.net.cn, +86-10-68038833, Fax: +86-10-68034592, www.en.cssc.net.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eleon news,  Wind Turbine news,  


SSE Taps Arklow Harbour for Offshore Wind O&M Base (Int'l Report)
SSE Renewables
Date: 2020-06-10
SSE Renewables, a leading developer and operator of renewable energy across the UK and Ireland, reports the selection of Arklow Harbour as the O&M base for its Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 off the East Coast of County Wicklow in the Irish Sea. The project, with a consented minimum installed capacity of 520 MW, is slated for completion and commissioning not later than 2025.

SSE Renewables will now commence a development programme for the O&M base, including entering discussions with Wicklow County Council in the coming months to agree updates to existing lease agreements, and applying to the local authority in early 2021 for planning permission for the purpose-built complex. (Source: SSE Renewables, PR, 8 June, 2020) Contact: SSE Renewables, Barry Kilcline, Director of Development, www.sse.com

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


$10.3Mn in Offshore Wind R&D Grants Announced (Ind. Report)
National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
Date: 2020-06-08
The not-for-profit National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (the Consortium) is reporting the selection of 12 projects for contract negotiation, completing its first solicitation for offshore wind research and development technology projects.

The 12 awards totaling $10.3 million will support a variety of research areas, including comprehensive U.S. supply chain analyses, studying the impacts of offshore wind on the electric grid system and innovations in anchoring structures. The awarded projects include:

  • Demonstration of Shallow-Water Mooring Components for FOWTs (ShallowFloat)-- Principle Power Inc.;

  • Design and Certification of Taut-synthetic Moorings for Floating Wind Turbines -- University of Maine;

  • Dual-Functional Tuned Inerter Damper for Enhanced Semi-Sub Offshore Wind Turbine -- Virginia Tech University;

  • Innovative Anchoring System for Floating Offshore Wind, Triton Systems Inc.:

  • Techno-Economic Mooring Configuration and Design for Floating Offshore Wind -- University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    As the first federally-funded public-private partnership focused on advancing offshore wind technology in the U.S., the Consortium supports the cost-effective and responsible development of offshore wind to maximize the economic benefit to the country.

    Virginia, Massachusetts and Maryland also contribute to the Consortium's funding. NYSERDA administered the initial solicitation on behalf of the Consortium. (Source: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, PR, JUne, 2020) Contact: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, Carrie Cullen Hitt, Exec. Dir., www.nationaloffshorewind.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


  • Offshore Wind California Grows Membership (Ind. Report)
    Offshore Wind California
    Date: 2020-06-08
    French offshore wind foundations specialist Naval Energies has joined Menlo Park-based Offshore Wind California, an international association of offshore wind developers and technology companies focused on the California market. The association supports a goal of 10 GW of installed offshore wind capacity in the Golden State a by 2040.

    Offshore Wind California members include Aker Solutions, Avangrid Renewables, Equinor, Magellan Wind (which has a Joint Development Agreement with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners), Mainstream Renewable Power, Northland Power, Orsted, Principle Power, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, and Smultea Sciences. (Source: Naval Energies, PR, 4C Offshore, 8 June, 2020) Contact: Naval Energies, +33 2 40 84 85 00, Laurent Schneider-Maunoury, Pres., www.naval-energies.com; Offshore Wind California, Adam Stern, Exec. Dir., (510) 681-4483, adam.stern@offshorewindCA.org, www.offshorewindca.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind California news,  Offshore Wind news,  


    TEPCO Commits to ¥2Tn Green Energy Investment by 2035 (Int'l.)
    TEPCO
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In Tokyo, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings' TEPCO Renewable Power unit reports it will invest as much as ¥2 trillion ($18 billion) to develop 6 - 7 GW of Japanese offshore wind and hydroelectric power projects by 2035.

    The additional investment would boost the company's renewable energy capacity from 20 pct to 25 pct of the group's total capacity. (Source: TEPCO Renewable Power, PR, Reuters, 8 June, 2020) Contact: TEPCO Renewable Power, www.tepco.co.jp/en/rp/index-e.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TEPCO,  Renewable Energy,  


    Borssele 1 & 2 Offshore Wind Foundations Installed (Int'l. Report)
    Orsted
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Zwijndre, Belgium-based DEME Group reports it offshore installation vessel Innovation has completed the installation of 94 foundations at Orsted's Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. Seventy-four of the 94 cables and 20 of the 94 turbines have also been installed.

    The 752-MW offshore wind farm is expected to be completed this year. (Source: DEME Group, Offshore, 2 June, 2020) Contact: DEME Group, +32 3 250 52 11, info@deme-group.com, www.deme-group.com; Orsted, Flemming Thomsen, Senior Programme Director, Borssele 1 & 2, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


    Greenalia's Gran Canaria Floating Wind Farm Underway (Int'l Report)
    Greenalia
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In Spain, Coruna-based independent power producer and renewable energy specialist Greenalia reports construction of its first floating offshore wind energy installation is underway.

    The 50 MW GOFIO wind farm Southeast of the Island of Gran Canaria incorporates four 12.5 MW marine wind turbines to generate sufficient energy for as many as 70,000 homes while avoiding 140,000 tpy of CO2 emissions, according to the company release. (Source: Greealia, PR reve, 3 June, 2020) Contact: Greenalia, +34 902 905 910, info@greenalia.es, www.greenalia.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Greenalia,  


    RWE, Kyuden Mirai Partnering on Japanese Offshore Wind (Int'l.)
    RWE, Kyuden Mirai
    Date: 2020-06-05
    RWE Renewables Japan GK and Japanese renewable energy power plant developer Kyuden Mirai Energy Company Inc are reporting a cooperation agreement to jointly study opportunities for fixed-bottom offshore wind project developments in Japan.

    To that end, the two firms recently inked a Joint Bidding Agreement to enter into a full-scale feasibility study jointly undertaken by the two companies for the offshore wind power project planned off the coast of Yurihonjo City, Akita Prefecture. (Source : RWK Renewables, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 4 June, 2020) Contact: RWE Renewables Japan GK, www.group.rwe/en/the-group/countries-and-locations/rwe-renewables-japan; Kyuden Mirai Energy, mirai.info@q-mirai.co.jp, www.q-mirai.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE Renewables news,  Offshore Wind news,  Japan Offshore Wind news,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE Renewables,  Offshore Wind,  Japan Offshore Wind,  


    EDF, China Energy Invest Announce Chinese Offshore Wind JV (Int'l.)
    EDF Renewables,China Energy Investment Corporation
    Date: 2020-06-03
    In Paris, French state-controlled EDF is reporting its EDF Renewables and EDF China subsidiaries will hold a 37.5 pct stake in a JV partnership with Beijing-based China Energy Investment Corporation Ltd. (CEI) to develop offshore wind farms in China. CEI’s Shenhua Renewable and Shenhua Clean Energy Holdings units will hold the majority shares. (Source: EDF, Reuters, Trade Media, June, 2020) Contact: China Energy Investment Corporation, www.ceic.com; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

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


    Fecamp Offshore Wind Farm Construction Uuderway (Int'l. Report)
    Enbridge, EDF Renewable
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Paris-based EDF Renewables, a subsidiary of the EDF Group, Enbridge Inc. and wind energy developer wpd AG are reporting the launch of the 500 MW, 71 Siemens Gamesa turbine equipped Fecamp offshore wind farm in northern France waters following the finalization of financing.

    Project commissioning is scheduled in 2023. When fully online the project is expected to generate sufficient power for 770,000 people. The project is estimated to cost €2 billion, the majority of which will be financed through non-recourse project level debt. The Fecamp offshore wind farm has a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) granted by the state in June 2018. (Source: Enbridge Inc., June, 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Manon de Cassini-Herail, +33 (0)1 40 90 48 22, manon.decassini-herail@edf-re.fr, www.edf-renewables.com; Enbridge, Mandy Dinning, (888)992-0997, John Whelen, EVP, CDO, www.enbridge.com; wpd AG, Alison Aguile, a.aguile@wpd.fr, www.wpd.fr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enbridge,  EDF Renewables,  wpd,  Offshore Wind,  


    Lake Erie Wind Pilot Approved with Major Limitations (Ind. Report)
    Lake Erie Energy Development Corp
    Date: 2020-05-27
    The Ohio Power Siting Board last week approved non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) pilot six-turbine Lake Erie offshore wind project with 33 -- including one that the turbines could not turn at night between March 1 and November 1, to limit risk to birds and bats. The developer claims the limits may kill the demonstration project which , as previously reported, received $40 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE.

    The Icebreaker pilot project has been approved by U.S. DOE, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which last year signed off on an environmental assessment that found no significant environmental impact from the project. The project is also supported by the Ohio Environmental Council and Sierra Club. (Source: LEEDCo, Cleveland.com, 23 May, 2020) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lake Erie Energy Development Corp,  


    Lake Erie Wind Pilot Approved with Major Limitations (Ind. Report)
    Lake Erie Energy Development Corp
    Date: 2020-05-27
    In Columbbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board last week approved non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) pilot six-turbine Lake Erie offshore wind project with 33 restrictive conditions, including one that the turbines could not turn at night between March 1 and November 1, to limit risk to birds and bats. The developer claims the limits may kill the demonstration project which , as previously reported, received $40 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE.

    The Icebreaker pilot project was previously approved by U.S. DOE, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which last year signed off on a 180-page environmental assessment, that found no significant environmental impact from the project which is supported by the Ohio Environmental Council and Sierra Club (Source: LEEDCo, Cleveland.com, 23 May, 2020) Contact:

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lake Erie Energy Development Corp news,  LEEDCo news,  Offshore Wind news,  


    Notable Quote -- Offshore Wind
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2020-05-22
    "The reality today is that offshore wind is being built several places around the world without subsidies and that is of course also the future we are looking into" -- Dan Jorgensen, Denmark Climate and Energy Minister , 20 May, 2020

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind news,  


    Siemens Gamesa Expanding Taiwan Wind Turbine Facility (Int'l.)
    iemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-05-19
    Further to our 15 Nov. 2019 report, Madrid-based wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (SGRE) is reporting plans to expand its production capacity in Taiwan to deliver turbines for the Hai Long 2 wind farm with which it has a preferred supplier agreement.

    The Hai Long offshore wind farm project is being developed by Toronto-based Northland Power Inc and Singapore's Yushan Energy Pte . SGRE is to supply wind turbines for the latter's 300 MW wind farm off the coast of Changhua County. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Taipei Times, 16 May, 2020) Contact: Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, www.siemensgamesa.com; Northland Power Inc., (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com; Yushan Energy, www.yushanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News iemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Yushan Energy,  Northland Power,  


    Equinor, SSE Name Tyne as Dogger Bank Wind Onshore Base (Int'l.)
    Equinor,SSE Renewables,Dogger Bank
    Date: 2020-05-15
    Reporting from Oslo, Equinor and SSE Renewables, the companies behind the world's largest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank, have announced plans to build a new on-shore Office, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Base at the deep water Port of Tyne in the northeast of England.

    Dogger Bank Construction began in January 2020. When fully operational it is projected to generate sufficient power for more than 4.5 million UK homes. The Dogger Bank Wind Farm is estimated to trigger a total capital investment of approximately £9 billion between 2020 and 2026. (Source: Equinor, World Oil, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Satre, Pres., CEO, www.equinor.com; SSE Plc, www.sse.co.uk; Port of Tyne, www.portoftyne.co.uk

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


    French Floating Offshore Wind Project Finds Financing (Int'l. Funding)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2020-05-13
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved an undisclosed sum to finance the development of the 30 MW Golfe du Lion offshore floating wind project, 16 km off the coast of the Leucate-Le Barcares area in the Mediterranean Sea. .

    The demonstration project will incorporate three V164 MHI Vestas 10 MW wind turbines supported by Principle Power's WindFloat semi-submersible floating foundations. The project, which is being developed by Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL), a consortium comprising Engie, EDP Renewables, and Caisse des Depots, is expected to be commissioned in 2022. The commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for 2022 (Source: EIB, offshore wind biz, 12 May, 2020) (Contact: Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion, www.info-efgl.fr; EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  European Investment Bank,  


    Dominion Quadruples Clean Energy Generation Targets (Ind Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting it will quadruple its renewable energy generation targets as part of a newly-announced 15-year plan. The plan also calls for the addition of roughly 24,000MW of renewable energy and storage capacityand the installation of 5,000MW of offshore wind energy as well as 16,000MW of solar capacity and 2,700MW of solar energy storage by 2035/ (Source: Dominion Energy, Future Net Zero, May, 2020) Contact: Future Net Zero, www.futurenetzero.com: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    Windsourcing.com Launches Europe-wide B2B Online Shop (Int'l.)
    Windsourcing
    Date: 2020-05-08
    Wind turbine after-sales market repair and parts distributor Windsourcing.com reports it is now offering its product range for purchase in a B2B online shop throughout Europe.

    Associated with this are further service advantages, such as the display of the stock availability of all products, in order to guarantee the buyer planning security for necessary orders. Products offered include corrosion protection coating systems for on- and offshore wind turbines; adhesives and sealants; rotor blade repair materials; as well as hydraulic and electrotechnical products. Unavailable products can be ordered. Windsourcing.com counts 3M, Akzo Nobel, Sika, ABB, Vestas, Siemens and many more among its customers. (Source: Windsourcing, PR, Website, 4 May, 2020) Contact: Windsourcing, +49 (0) 40 - 9876 88 00+49; www.windsourcing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Windsourcing,  Wind,  


    Enbridge Offloading Partial Stake in Offshore Wind Projects (M&A)
    Enbridge,Eolien Maritime France
    Date: 2020-05-08
    Markham. Ontario-headquartered Enbridge reports it selling 49 pct of its 50 pct stake in Eolien Maritime France (EMF), the developer of three offshore wind projects in France, to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments). With the sale, Enbridge will own a 25.5 pct equity interests in the 450-MW Saint-Nazaire facility; 21.7 pct in the 450-MW Courseulles-sur-Mer wind facility and 17.9 pct in the 500-MW Fecamp offshore wind projects, all in France. Completion of the anticipated 4Q, 2020 closing of $100 million (Cdn) transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. (Source: Enbridge, Various Media, Offshore Wind, 7 May, 2020)Contact: Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com; Eolien Maritime France, www.thewindpower.net/developer_en_3824_eolien-maritime-france.php

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolien Maritime France,  Enbridge,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Taiwan Offshore Wind Pin Piling Installations Underway (Int'l.)
    Jan De Nul-Hitachi
    Date: 2020-05-06
    Jan De Nul-Hitachi, a consortium of Jan De Nul Group and Hitachi Ltd, is reporting the fabrication of 84 pin piles for Changhua Demonstration offshore wind project off the coast of Fangyuanin Central Western Taiwan, has been completed and installation is now underway.

    80 of the piles were fabricated at a South Korean yard managed by the Scottish company Edgen Murray. Four other pin piles were manufactured in Taiwan. (Source: Jan De Nul-Hitachi, C4Offshore, 4 May, 2020)Contact: Changhua Demonstration, www.4coffshore.com/windfarms/taiwan/changhua-demonstration-taiwan-tw24.html; Jan De Nul-Hitachi, +352 39 89 11,  +352 39 96 43 - fax, info@dmmlux.com, www.jandenul.com/en

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


    Dominion RFP Quadruples Renewables, Energy Storage (Ind Report)
    Dominion Energy Virginia
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy Virginia has issued its largest ever request for proposals (RFP) for up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar and onshore wind generation and up to 250 MW of energy storage in the Commonwealth.

    Projected expansion of offshore wind, solar, and energy storage development amounts to approximately 24,000 new megawatts of renewable energy and storage capacity over the next 15 years. The long-term IRP includes:

  • More than 5,000 MW of offshore wind is planned by 2035, including the 2,600 MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project already announced by Dominion Energy. This offshore wind deployment -- the largest in North America -- has a 2026 target in-service date.

  • Dominion Energy's solar fleet, already the 4th largest among US utility holding companies, is projected to grow significantly as the Dominion Energy Virginia long-term IRP calls for the development and procurement of approximately 16,000 MW over the next fifteen years.

  • Energy storage capacity is projected to expand to approximately 2,700 MW meeting the most ambitious targets in the country set in the VCEA. This includes battery storage pilots already approved and scheduled to be online in Virginia next year.

    Also included in this year's filing is a significant increase in energy efficiency programs to meet the 5 pct energy sales reduction target by 2025 set by the VCEA.

    Bidders information is at www.dominionenergy.com/2020SolarWindRFP (Source: Dominion Energy, 1 May, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia ,  Renewable Energy,  


  • Orsted's Borssele Offshore Delivers First Wind Power (Int'l.)
    Borssele
    Date: 2020-05-01
    Orsted reports the Borssele 1 & 2 -- the Netherlands largest wind farm -- has delivered its first wind power to the Dutch grid. Borssele 1 & 2, located 22 kilometres off the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland, will incorporate 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines making it the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands when completed. (Source: Orsted, Borssele reve, 29 April, 2020) Contact: Orsted, Flemming Thomsen, Senior Programme Director, Borssele 1 & 2, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    N.J. Plans Wind Innovation, New Development Institute (Ind Report)
    New Jersey Wind Council
    Date: 2020-04-27
    In the Garden State, the New Jersey Wind Council established by Governor Phil Murphy reports plans to create a Wind Innovation and New Development Institute (WIND) to serve as a center for education, research, innovation, and workforce training related to the development of offshore wind in New Jersey and the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. To that end the WIND institute will:

  • Establish a wind turbine technician occupation in New Jersey -- Wind turbine technicians are critical for industry growth and are in demand across the country. For each project, an individual original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requires dozens of wind turbine technicians to support installation and provide efficient turbine maintenance throughout the lifetime of the wind farm. New Jersey will need to train qualified wind turbine technicians to achieve Murphy's goal of producing 7,500 MW by 2035.

  • Expand the pipeline of trade workers with the skills and qualifications required for offshore wind;

  • Introduce a Global Wind Organization (GWO) Safety Certification program -- Working in the offshore wind industry requires workers on turbines, including wind turbine technicians, to complete the GWO's safety training. New Jersey currently does not provide GWO training.

    As previously reported, Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind is contributing $200,000 to clean energy research and educational outreach activities at New Jersey's Montclair State University's Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center (CESAC). The company will also aid in the advancement of energy research initiatives, the development of educational events and stakeholder engagement activities.

    The Wind Council report is HERE. (Source: New Jersey Wind Council, Maritime Exec., 25 April, 2020) Contact: New Jersey Wind Council, www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200422a.shtml

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  • Dominion's Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project Nears Construction (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy is reporting turbine components and monopiles for its pilot Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project are en-route to North America.

    The project's foundations, consisting of the turbines' monopiles, transition pieces and anode cages were fabricated by EEW SPC. Installation of the two 6-megawatt Siemens Gamesa turbines 27 miles offshore, is expected to begin later this spring for commissioning and startup by the end of the year. At peak production, the pilot project will power 3,000 homes.

    Also this month, Dominion Energy is conducting ocean surveys to map the seabed of the 112,800-acre lease area where the company's 2,600-MW CVOW project will be built beginning in 2024. These surveys will support the development of the project's Construction and Operations Plan to be submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) later this year. (Source: Dominion Energy InsideNova, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell, VP Generation Construction, www.dominionenergy.com

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    MingYang Plans Typhoon-Resistant Floating Wind Turbine (Int'l Report)
    MingYang Smart Energy
    Date: 2020-04-15
    Chinese wind turbine manufacturer MingYang Smart Energy Group reports plans to invest roughly CNY 725 million ($102.5 million) to develop a 10 MW typhoon-resistant floating wind turbine at the company's business site in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province.

    The funding for the project will raised with a private placement of A shares. A portion of the share proceeds will be used to construct an offshore wind turbine manufacturing base in Shanwei city. (Source: Ming Yang, PR, April, 2020) Contact: MingYang Smart Energy Group, www.myse.com.cn/en/myzn/index.aspx

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    Siemens Gamesa Scores German Offshore Wind Turbine Order (Int'l.)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-04-15
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports receipt of an order from Essen, Germany-based innogy SE to supply 38 units of its SG 8.0-167 DD Flex turbines with Siemens Gamesa Power Boost technology for the 342 MW Kaskasi offshore wind power plant in the German North Sea. A two-year service and maintenance contract is also included in the order.

    Turbine installation is slated to being in Q3, 2022. (Source : Siemens Gamesa, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 14 April, 2020) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com; innogy SE www.iam.innogy.com

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    Va.Governor Inks Virginia Clean Economy Act (Reg. & Leg. Report)
    Governor Ralph Northam
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Following up on our 11th March coverage, in the Old Dominion State, the Office of Governor Ralph Northam (D) reports the Governor has signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act into law. The legislation covers energy efficiency promotions and puts a timeline standard stating that coal-fired plants are to close by 2024, and Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power will be 100 pct carbon-free by 2045 and 2050, respectively. Under the Act:
  • Energy companies will pay penalties for not meeting the Act’s objectives and the revenue from the penalties will go towards job training and programs in disadvantaged communities.;

  • There will be a reduction of energy burned for low-income users and all energy-efficient standards and pilot programs are to be “in the public interest.”

  • 5,200 megawatts of offshore wind generation to harvest energy for generating electricity is "in the public interest." Distributed generation facilities including solar power, will have 16,100 megawatts of solar and onshore wind generation as it is also considered "in the public interest."

  • Net metering will be used, which credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid making it easier for the growth of rooftop solar power in the Commonwealth.

  • The state will establish a carbon cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions from power plants in compliance with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: Office of Governor Ralph Northam, Website, WAVY.com. 12 April, 2020) Contact: Office of Governor Ralph Northam, 804-786-2211, www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office, www.governor.virginia.gov; RGGI, www.rggi.org

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  • Vestas Supplying Turbines for Japanese Offshore Project (Int'l.)
    Vestas
    Date: 2020-04-10
    Kallanish Energy is reporting Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas will supply and install 33 units of its V117-4.2 megawatt typhoon variant turbines for Japan's first utility-scale offshore wind farm, the 139-MW Akita Noshiro Offshore Wind Project in Akita prefecture.

    Turbine delivery is slated for late 2021 for installation in 2022. The project is being developed by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, a Vestas Wind Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries JV that is developing 359 MW of wind power in Japan. (Source: Vestas, Kallanich, 7 April, 2020)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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    Norwegian Offshore Floating Wind Project Gets the Nod (Int'l.)
    Offshore Wind, Equinor
    Date: 2020-04-10
    Maritime Executive is reporting the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Industry has approved plans for development and operation of the to $488 million Hywind Tampen offshore floating wind farm which will supply power to the Snorre and Gullfaks offshore oil platforms.

    The 88 MW Hywind Tampen wind farm, which is being developed by Equinor, will incorporate 11 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines mounted on floating concrete spar substructures with shared anchors supplied by Kvaerner. Hywind Tampen is slated for start-up at the end of 2022. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Industry, Maritime Exec., 8 April, 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Sætre, Pres., CEO, www.equinor.com

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    Financing and Investment Trends - The European wind industry in 2019 -- Wind Europe Report Attached (Int'l Report)
    WindEurope
    Date: 2020-04-08
    According to WindEurope's just released annual Financing and Investment Trends, Europe saw €19 billion of new wind farm investments confirmed in 2019, and a further €33 billion invested in the refinancing of wind farms, the acquisitions of wind farm projects and other transactions.

    Most of the investments in new wind farms were in onshore wind -- €13 billion -- over 10 GW of new projects. The report expects 80 pct of all wind capacity additions over the next five years to be onshore. The EU Commission expects it to be 50 pct by 2050.

    The report also takes a closer look at the diverse investors involved in wind energy financing. Banks play an increasing role extending over €20 billion of non-recourse debt in 2019. Non-recourse debt accounts for 49 pct of all investment in new onshore wind projects and 77 pct in new offshore wind farms.

    The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan, the investment pillar of the European Green Deal, aims to mobilize at least €1 trillion in additional private and public capital for renewable energy projects in the next decade.

    Download the Wind Europe Financing and Investment Trends - The European wind industry in 2019 repot HERE. (Source: Wind Europe, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Wind Europe, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890 info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

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    innogy Confirms Taiwan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
    innogy
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Essen, Germany-based energy company innogy is reporting an agreement with Asia Cement Corporation to continue the development of the 448MW Chu Feng offshore wind project off the northwest coast of Taiwan, near Hsinchu City. The project is expected to participate in the Taiwan's next grid allocation round. (Source: innogy, Energy News, 7 April, 2020) Contact: innogy, Sven Utermöhlen, Snr. VP, www.innogy.com

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    CORVID-19 Sinks Vattenfall 700- MW Offshore Wind Tender Bid (Int'l)
    Vattenfall
    Date: 2020-04-06
    Swedish utility Vattenfall AB reports it is not participating in the 700-MW tender for the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind zone in Dutch waters because of the CORVID-19 pandemic.

    As previously reported, in March 2018, Vattenfall was awarded sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust Zuid zone then picked up sites III and IV in July 2019 with a combined capacity of 1.5 GW. (Source: Vattenfall, Renewables, April, 2020) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, www.corporate.vattenfall.com

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    BOP Reports Belgian Offshore Wind Energy Record (Int'l Report)
    Belgian Offshore Platform
    Date: 2020-04-06
    The Brussles-based Belgian Offshore Platform (BOP) reports the country's six North Sea offshore wind facilities generated a record 803 GWh of electricity in March. In February, offshore wind energy supplied 9 pct of Belgium's total electricity demand -- a 50 pct increase over the annual average in 2019.

    BOP recorded an average monthly production of 639GWh among six offshore wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea. (Source: Belgian Offshore Platform, Energy Live, 5 April, 2020) Contact: Belgian Offshore Platform, Annemie Vermeylen, Sec. Gen., +32 471 61 03 19 www.belgianoffshoreplatform.be

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    Iberdrola Preps for Floating Wind Energy Demos (Int'l. Report)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2020-04-01
    In Norway, Madrid-based wind energy major Iberdrola, in partnership with France's EDF and Germany's DNV-GL and others, is reporting plans to test two semi-submersible concrete floating wind power demonstration projects.

    The project aims to help cut the levelized cost of floating wind energy to roughly €40-60 MWh by 2030. The development falls under the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme and could qualify for roughly €25 million in grant funding from the EC Innovation and Networks Executive Agency. Fabrication of the test platform could start in Q2, 2021 for installation in Q1, 2022. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, reve, 30 Mr.,2020)Contact: Iberdrola, Jonathan Cole, Global Managing Director Offshore Wind, www.iberdrolarenewables.com

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    Northland Power Acquires BC Offshore Wind Project (M&A, Ind Report)
    Northland Power ,NaiKun Wind Energy Group
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Following up on our 23rd August, 2019 report, Toronto-headquartered renewable energy developer Northland Power reports it has agreed to acquire NaiKun Wind Energy Group's offshore wind development project in the Hecate Strait off the coast of British Columbia. The transaction will occur by way of NaiKun selling Northland a 100 pct interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, NaiKun Wind Development Inc.

    The transaction, which is subject to regulatory and other approvals, is expected to close in mid-2020. (Source: NaiKun Wind Energy Group, Website, 30 Mar.,2020) Contact: NaiKun Wind Energy Group, 604 639-846, www.naikun.ca; Northland Power Inc., David Povall, Exec. VP, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com

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    Triconti Windkraft Inks Philippines Wind Service Contracts (Int'l.)
    Triconti Windkraft Group
    Date: 2020-03-30
    The Philippines Dept.of Energy (DOE) reports the awarding of offshore wind power service contracts to the Triconti Windkraft Group of Cos., a partnership between Filipino-Swiss-German companies.

    The contracts cover two projects located in Aparri Bay, Northern Philippines and Guimaras Strait, Central Philippines and have a combined potential output of over 1.2 GW.

    The Triconti Windkraft Group also has 500 MW of onshore wind projects at various stages of development, for a total portfolio of 1.7GW. The first of the project is slated to come online by 2022. (Source: Triconti, PR, Business Mirror, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: Triconti Windkraft Group, Lila Rosenberger,+632 8801.2985, admin@triconti.ph, www.triconti.ph

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    alberta Install CFXD Wind Turbines

    Date: 2020-03-29
    Fred.Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has been awarded a contract to transport and install wind turbines selected for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farms (CFXD) in Taiwan. The contract for the transportation and installation of MHI Vestas Offshore V174-9.5MW wind turbines has been awarded by CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering in Taiwan. The work for the Changfang and Xidao (CFXD) offshore wind farms awarded by CSBC-DEME will be divided into two phases across 2022 and 2023. The CFXD offshore wind farms are located 11-25km west of Taiwan. When finished, they will have a capacity of 600MW with a total of 62 V174-9,5MW turbines. Completion is expected in 2023. (Source: Fred.Olsen, PR, reve, 23 Mar., 2020)


    TOTAL Takes Stake in UK Floating Offshore Wind sector Project (M&A)
    TOTAL,Blue Energy
    Date: 2020-03-27
    French oil and gas major Total is reporting acquisition of an 80 pct stake in Simply Blue Energy's planned 96MW Erebus floating offshore wind to be built off the coast of Wales in the Celtic Sea.

    The Erebus project is intended as a demonstration project for a potential fleet of floating offshore wind farms in the area. Simply Blue Energy and Total's partnership is the new Joint Venture, Blue Gem Wind. (Source: Total, RenewEconomy, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Blue Gem Wind, wind@simplyblueenergy.com, simplyblueenergy.com/erebus

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    Fred.Olsen to Install Taiwan Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l. Report)
    Fred.Olsen
    Date: 2020-03-25
    Fred.Olsen Windcarrier's jack-up vessel Brave Tern has been awarded a contract by Taiwan's CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering to transport and install 62 units of MHI Vestas Offshore V174-9.5MW wind turbines totaling 600 MW for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farms (CFXD) in Taiwan.

    The contract will be divided into two phases across 2022 and 2023. Completion is slated for 2023, according to the Fred.Olsen release.(Source: Fred.Olsen, PR, reve, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: Fred.Olsen Renewables, Martin Degen, Commercial Manager, David Brunt, CEO, +44 20 7963 8904, www.fredolsenrenewables.co.uk

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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

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