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EnBW Completes Hohe See Offshore Wind Farm Installation (Int'l)
EnBW
Date: 2019-08-14
Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered developer-utility major Energie Baden-Wurttemberg (EnBW) reports it expects to complete and commission the 71-turbine Hohe See and the adjacent Albatros offshore wind arrays about 95 kilometres north of the island of Borkum in the German North Sea, by year-end.

Twenty-seven of the project's turbines have already been put into operation.

When fully operational, the projects will have a combined capacity of 609MW and will be EnBW's largest operating wind farm.

Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge holds 49.9 pct of the Hohe See-Albatros project while EnBW holds the balance. (Source: EnBW, PR, ReCharge, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: EnBW, Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com

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


BOEM Stalling Vineyard Wind Environmental Statement (Reg & Leg)
Vineyard Wind,
Date: 2019-08-12
In the Bay State, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is reportedly stalling the release of a key environmental impact statement on Vineyard Wind's proposed wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. The federal agency said the delay is in response to comments "from stakeholders and cooperating agencies" requesting a more robust cumulative analysis that would include projects that have been awarded power purchase agreements, but may not have submitted construction and operations plans. To that end, BOEM has decided to supplement the Draft EIS and solicit comments on its revised cumulative impacts analysis," according to an agency statement.

Vineyard Wind urged the federal government to complete the project's review as quickly as possible and says the 84-turbine, 800-MW wind farm is key to a 2016 Massachusetts renewable energy law and remains viable.

(Source: Vineyard Wind, BOEM, Boston.com, 9 Aug., 2019) 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 BOEM,  Offshore Wind,  Vineyard Wind,  


Ovo Energy Considering SSE's Household Supply Business (Int'l.)
Ovo Energy, SSE, Offshore Wind, Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-08-12
In the UK, Bristol-based household energy supplier Ovo Energy reports it is in talks for the possible £250 million purchase of the UK's second-largest energy company, SSE's household energy supply business -- SSE Energy Services.

The SSE deal would add 5.7 million residential customers to Ovo's existing 1.5 million customers putting Ovo in second place after British Gas, which has 12 million domestic customers.

A completed sale would leave SSE focused on its offshore wind farm activity and networks businesses as a generator and distributor of energy. SSE's offshore wind facilities include the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm in the Moray Firth. SSE also operates the biggest onshore wind energy fleet in the UK and Ireland and has consent to increase offshore wind generation from 1 gigawatt to about 3.3GW, which would make it the biggest offshore supplier. (Source: Ovo Energy, SSE, Guardian, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: SSE Energy, www.sse.co.uk; Ovo Energy, Stephen Fitzpatrick CEO, www.ovoenergy.com

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


Equinor Investing in Argentine Renewable Energy Market (Int'l.)
Equinor ,YPF Luz.
Date: 2019-08-09
Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor -- fka Statoil -- reports it has entered the Argentine wind-power market with a $30 million share purchase bid for a 50 pct stake in the 120MW Canadon Leon wind farm project, which is owned and being built in Santa Cruz Province by the state controlled power company YPF Luz.

Equinor holds a 50 pct indirect interest in the 100MW Guanizul 2A solar farm and recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Petrobras to investigate Argentina's offshore wind energy potential. (Source: Equinor, Recharge, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com; YPF Luz, www.ypfluz.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor ,  Wind,  YPF Luz. ,  


Vattenfall Selects Horns Rev 3 Offshore Wind Hub (Int'l Report)
Vattenfall
Date: 2019-08-07
Vattenfall reports the selection of Danish west coast Port of Hvide Sande as the operation and maintenance hub for Denmark's next and largest offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3 in the North Sea.

The 49-turbine, Horns Re 3 will be approximately 25-40 kilometres off the coast in the North Sea. The 406 MW Horns Rev 3 will generate sufficient electric power for approx. 425.000 Danish households. (Source: Vattenfall, reve, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  


Downer Expects $45Mn Hit Over Aussie Wind Farm Delay (Int'l Report)
Senvion,Downer EDI
Date: 2019-08-02
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based engineering firm Downer EDI reports it expects a negative impact of up to $45 million to its full year 2019 results following the bankruptcy of Hamburg-based German on- and offshore wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SA, the company's construction partner in the Murra Warra wind farm in Victoria. The expected charge is related Downer's obligations for completing the 61-turbine wind farm.

Downer notes it is in discussions with the project's key stakeholders to establish a process for securing delivery of outstanding wind turbines and related equipment and completing the wind farm project. (Source: Downer Group, AAP, nine.com.au, 1 August, 2019) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; Downer EDI, www.downergroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind Turbine,  


Diamond Generating Exploring Lake Erie Wind Project (Ind Report)
Diamond Generating Corporation
Date: 2019-07-31
Los Angeles, California-based Mitsubishi subsidiary Diamond Generating Corporation is proposing construction of 50 or more wind turbines in Lake Erie, offshore of Buffalo, and is presently holding public meetings to that end.

On Monday, NY State Senator Chris Jacobs came out in opposition to Diamond Generating's Lake Erie wind farm plans although no proposals for the project have officially been filed with the state. The senator noted he was declaring his opposition for a variety of reasons before the company's plan was released because large scale energy projects can easily pass through the state under Article 10 allows projects to proceed without local approval. Another legislator, US Congressman Chris Collins, is expected to announce federal action to stymie the Lake Erie project on a federal level.

In Cleveland, LEEDCo -- a long delayed Lake Erie offshore wind project first proposed in 2009 -- has finally jumped through all the hoops and been OK'd by the Army Corps of Engineers. Construction there is expected to begin in 2022. (Source: WKBW, Buffalo, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Diamond Generating Corp., (213) 473-0080 info@dgc-us.com, www.dgc-us.com; LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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


EC Supports Six French Offshore Wind Farms (Int'l. Report)
European Union,European Commission
Date: 2019-07-29
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports the European Union's 28 member countries support six large offshore wind farms in French territorial waters and that the proposed projects are inline with, and thus qualify for, EU State financial aid. According to the EC release, the offshore wind projects will help France reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition in the single market.

The six sites -- Courselles-sur-Mer, Fecamp, Saint-Nazaire, Iles d'Yeu / Noirmoutier, Dieppe / Le Treport and Saint-Brieuc -- are located in French territorial waters off the North-Western coast of France. Each of the wind farms will incorporate 62 to 83 turbines with an installed capacity of 450 to 498 MW per farm and will receive support in the form of feed-in tariffs over a period of 20 years.

Construction of the first of the six wind farms is slated to begin construction this year for completion and commissioning in 2022. Once finalised, the wind farms will increase France's renewables generation capacity by about three gigawatts.

The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the 28 member countries of EU trading bloc. (Source: EC, Modern Diplomacy, 27 July, 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


PSEG Plans Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
PSEG
Date: 2019-07-26
In the Garden State, Newark-based Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG), which claims one of the lowest carbon emissions rates among the largest U.S. power producers, reports it expects to cut its power fleet's carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2046, from 2005 levels, and attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, assuming advances in technology and public policy. PSEG also notes it has no plans to build or acquire new fossil-fueled power plants and is committed to reporting annually on sustainability and climate using the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework, starting in 2020.

PSEG claims a long history of addressing climate change as an embedded part of its business and culture including:

  • PSEG's emission rate in 2017 was 461 lb/MWh, below the International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Beyond 2C Scenario" 2030 projected CO2 emission rate for the U.S. electric sector of 510 lb/MWh. PSEG's projected emission rate upon the completion of our coal exit strategy will be 334 lb/MWh.

  • PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants supply more than 90 pct of the Garden State's emissions-free power.

  • By 2021, PSEG will have retired or exited through sales more than 2,400 MW of coal-fired generation, thus nearing completion of its coal exit strategy. In June 2019, PSEG announced an agreement to sell its interest in the Keystone and Conemaugh coal plants in western Pennsylvania.

  • PSE&G energy efficiency programs are currently saving participants $242 million a year in energy costs and avoided emissions equal to removing 37,000 cars from the road for one year.

  • Looking forward, PSE&G's $2.5 billion Clean Energy Future investment proposal for 22 energy efficiency programs would allow participating customers to save $5.9 billion on their bills by helping them use less energy and reduce carbon emissions.

  • PSEG is also a leading developer of solar energy resources having invested approximately $1.8 billion in 674 MW of solar, including 262 MW in New Jersey and 412 MW in 13 other states. PSEG also supports New Jersey's efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

    PSEG is a publicly traded diversified energy company with approximately 13,000 employees. Headquartered in with operating subsidiaries -- Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island. (Source: PSEG, PR, 25 July, 2019) Contact: PSEG, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, www.corporate.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG,  Carbon Emissions ,  


  • Lake Erie Wind Developers Meet the Opposition (Reg & Leg)
    Chautauqua County Legislature
    Date: 2019-07-26
    In the Empire State, the Chautauqua County Legislature didn't pull its punches in passing two motions in unanimous opposition to the construct of wind farms on Lake Erie and its shores.

    Councilor Robert Bankoski(D-Dunkirk) cut right to the chase -- "We're not interested and you're not welcome here." County Executive George Borrell echoed his colleagues disdain -- "Wind turbines are destroying the economy and would destroy the lake. (Gov. Andrew) Cuomo's Green Energy Standard calling for more renewable energy is just partisan politics. (Wind farms) support a bogus political agenda. That's all it is. It is a horrible idea that has risen from the dead, again."

    The resolutions as passed read that the construction of wind turbines on the lake could negatively impact migratory birds, impact fishing waters through the destruction of spawning grounds; possible leaks from turbine hydraulic systems create pollution and the turbines could present physical barriers to fishing vessels, as if that wasn't enough. . (Source: Chautauqua County Legislature, Observer, 25July, 2019) Contact: Chautauqua County Legislature, 716-673-1704 www.chautauqua.ny.us/396/Legislature

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Lake Erie Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    WindFloat Atlantic Floating Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Windfloat Atlantic,EDP,Repsol
    Date: 2019-07-24
    Windplus is reporting the installation of the first Windfloat Atlantic turbine on its three-turbine floating platform -- the first such platform in continental Europe and largest turbine ever to be installed on a floating platform -- is underway in the outer harbor of Ferrol, Spain.

    The project belongs to the Bremen, Germany-based Windplus consortium, which is jointly owned by EDP Renovaveis with 54.4 pct, ENGIE with 24 pct and Repsol at 19.4 pct and Principle Power Inc. with the balance. The project will incorporate 3 Vestas turbines to collectively deliver an installed capacity of 25 MW -- sufficient power for 60,000 homes in one year. (Source: Windfloat Atlantic, reve, 18 July, 2019) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Windplus,  Repsol,  Windfloat Atlantic,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Equinor Considering Brooklyn Marine Terminal Lease (Ind. Report)
    Equinor
    Date: 2019-07-24
    Crain's New York Business is reporting Norwegian energy giant Equinor is considering a lease of the vacant 65-acre South Brooklyn Marine Terminal for the logistics and fabrication of offshore wind turbines for its 816-MW Empire Wind offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island.

    Equinor's Empire Wind offshore wind project would supply electric power to New York City as is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recently announced 1,700-MW renewable energy commitment. (Source: Equinor, Connect New York, 23 July, 2019) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  


    GE Touts 12Mw Haliade-X Offshore Wind Nacelle (New Prod & Tech)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-07-24
    From its production facility in Saint-Nazaire, France, GE Renewable Energy is reporting the unveiling of the first-ever nacelle for its mammoth 12Mw Haliade-X offshore wind turbine. The Haliade-X measures 260 meters in height and boasts a 220-meter rotor capable of generating enough clean electricity for 16,000 households. Blades for the turbine will measure 107 meters in length and help the turbine generate 67 GWh in gross annual energy.

    The Halide-X will be shipped to Rotterdam for testing and final assembly.

    The Saint-Nazaire production facility is also assembling a second nacelle for delivery to the UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult site at Blyth for testing. (Source: GE Renewable Energy,PR, CleanTech, Various Media, July, 2019) Contact: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400, https://ore.catapult.org.uk; GE Renewable Energy, John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Nacelle,  


    German North Sea Wind Power Output Rising (Int'l Report)
    TenneT
    Date: 2019-07-17
    The North Sea "wind harvest" of the first half of 2019 exceeds the first half of 2018 by 16 percent. According to a transmission grid operator TenneT Holding press release, wind energy transmitted from North Sea offshore wind operations to land rose to 9.51 terawatt hours (TWh) in the first half of 2019 -- a 16 pct increase compared with the first half of 2018 (8.17 TWh). TenneT operates in the Netherlands and parts of Germany.

    TenneT was recently awarded a contract for the construction of the offshore converter platform and the land station for DolWin5 in May, achieving cost savings of around 10 pct compared to the previous DolWin6 project, according to the release.

    "According to all international studies and scenarios, the current roll-out rate of offshore wind in Europe is not sufficient to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement for Europe. An accelerated and large-scale roll-out is necessary. A future internationally coordinated approach could implement the connection and integration of a roll-out of large-scale offshore wind energy more effectively and at considerably lower costs of up to 30 pct than with continued individual national planning," the release added.

    The current maximum infeed performance of offshore wind farms in the North Sea reached 4,989 MW on 24 March 2019 at. The capacity expansion of the offshore wind farms in the North Sea amounted to 5,577 MW on 30 June 2019. TenneT's offshore transmission capacity is 6,232 MW, according to the company. (Source: TenneT Holdings, Offshore Engineer, 16 July, 2019)Contact: TenneT, +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org

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


    GE Plans Chinese Offshore Wind Manufacturing, R&D Centers (Int'l)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-07-15
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting it will open a new offshore wind manufacturing facility in Jieyang , Guangdong province as well as an Operation and Research and Development Center in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

    Construction on the manufacturing plant is expected to break ground before the year end for startup in Q2, 2021. GE's new Operation and Development Center in Guangzhou will be the regional Sales and Project Management office for GE Renewable Energy's Offshore Wind business. GE's offices in Nantes, France will remain the company's global offshore wind headquarter. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, offshoreWIND 12 July, 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Ofshore Wind,  


    Heerema Contracts for Vineyard Wind Project Work (Ind. Report)
    Heerema Marine Contractors, Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2019-07-15
    Leiden, the Netherlands-based offshore contractor Heerema Marine Contractors reports it has contracted to help construct the 800-MW Vineyard Wind project 14 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Vineyard Wins is first U.S. utility-scale offshore wind energy project and is expected to come online in 2021.

    Under its contract, Heerema will transport and install 84 foundations consisting of monopiles and transition pieces and appurtenant ESP platforms near the island of Martha's Vineyard. The construction is slated for 2020. (Source: Heerema Marine Contractors, PR, Offshore Engineering, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Heerema, Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, CEO, www.hmc.heerema.com; Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, Erich Stephens, Chief Dev. Officer, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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


    Vattenfall Scores Dutch Offshore Wind Tender (Int'l Report)
    Netherlands Enterprise Agency ,Vattenfall
    Date: 2019-07-12
    At The Hague, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency reports it has awarded Vattenfall a tender to construct and operate the Hollandse Kust 3 & 4 offshore wind farms in the Dutch North Sea.

    Hollandse Kust 3 & 4 are 350 MW each and will start operating in 2023. They are the latest in a series of 700 MW annual offshore wind power auctions in the Netherlands. (Source: Netherlands Enterprise Agency, PR, reve, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Netherlands Enterprise Agency, +31 70 379 80 00, www.english.rvo.nl; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, www.corporate.vattenfall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  


    Seajacks Scores Formosa 2 Turbine Installation Contract
    Seajacks International,Siemen Gamesa,Swancor Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-07-10
    Following up on our May 4th coverage, Great Yarmouth, U.K.-based offshore installation contractor Seajacks UK Ltd reports receipt of a conditional contract from Siemens Gamesa for the transport and installation of wind turbines at the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm being developed by Macquarie Capital and Taiwan-based Swancor Renewable Energy, off the coast of Taiwan.

    The 376MW Formosa 2 project will incorporate 47 SG 8.0 - 167 Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines. The contract is subject to Siemens Gamesa receiving the firm order from consortium partners Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable Energy. Installation is slated for the summer of 2021. (Source: Seajacks, offshorewind.biz, 9 July, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; Seajacks UK Ltd., +44 1492 841400, www.seajacks.com

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


    Taiwanese Offshore Wind Farm Secures €2.7Bn Financing (Int'l)
    Sojitz Corp
    Date: 2019-07-10
    In Taiwan, the largest offshore wind farm in Asia-Pacific is reported to have reached financial closure on €2.7 billion.

    The 80 Siemens Gamesa turbine, 640 MW Yunlin Offshore Wind project project located eight kilometers off the coast of Yunlin County in western Taiwan, is being developed by Bremen, Germany-based WPD AG in two phases, with the first phase scheduled to be commissioned by 2020 and the second phase in 2021. WPD AG will own 73 pct of the project and the remaining 27 pct will be held by a Tokyo-based Sojitz Corp.-led consortium. (Source: Asia & Pacific Legal Chronicle. Other Media, July 9, 2019) Contact: Sojitz Corp., www.sojitz.com/en; WPD AG, +49-421-168-6610, + 49-421-168-6666 – fax, www.wpd.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WPD,  Yunlin,  Offshore Wind,  


    Dominion's Offshore Wind Project Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy,Orsted
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In Virginia, Richmond-based Dominion Energy reports construction is underway on its $300 million offshore wind project in federal waters, 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

    The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project's two 6 MW offshore turbines will be supplied by Orsted and will generate sufficient power for up to 3,000 homes when fully online in 2020. (Source: Dominion Energy, Virginia Business, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy Power Generation Group , Paul Koonce , CEO, www.dominionenergy.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


    PSEG Claims Among Lowest Power Producer CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
    Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the Garden State, Newark-based power producer Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is touting its record as having one of the lowest carbon emissions rates of the nation's largest power producers, according to Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States , a recently released report by M.J. Bradley & Associates, Bank of America, CERES, Entergy, Exelon and NRDC. According to the report:
  • In 1993, PSEG became the first electric utility in the U.S. to volunteer to participate in the Climate Challenge Program; PSEG successfully met this goal and stabilized carbon dioxide emissions from its New Jersey plants to 1990 levels by 2000.

  • In 2002, PSEG joined EPA's Climate Leaders program to reduce the six greenhouse gases covered under the Kyoto Protocol. Under this program, PSEG committed to reduce its CO2-equivalent GHG emissions on a pound-per-mWh basis by 18 pct from 2000 levels by Dec. 31, 2008. PSEG surpassed this goal by achieving a 31 pct reduction, due primarily to the fact that more than half our power comes from nuclear generation.

  • In 2009, PSEG established a new goal of reducing company-wide GHG emissions by 25 pct from 2005 levels by 2025. PSEG met this goal 14 years ahead of schedule. PSEG achieved this goal through implementation of energy efficiency programs, deployment of renewable energy, increasing nuclear output and building clean, efficient natural gas generation.

  • Since 2010, PSEG has invested approximately $400 million in energy efficiency initiatives that reduce emissions in hospitals, multifamily housing and buildings occupied by nonprofits and government agencies.

  • In 2018, PSEG announced its new goal of eliminating 13 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent by 2030 from 2005 levels. The new goal expands upon previous reduction goals, including efficiency upgrades of existing combined-cycle natural gas fleets and the retirement of the company's New Jersey and Connecticut coal plants.

  • PSEG has invested $1.7 Billion in 625 MWs of solar, including 211 MWs in New Jersey and 23 projects in 14 states totaling 414 MWs. PSEG is New Jersey's leading developer of solar energy resources and is an active supporter of efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

  • Supplying more than 90 pct of the state's emissions-free power, PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants play a key role in supporting New Jersey's clean energy goals.

    Download the Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States report HERE. (Source: PSEG, CSRWire 28 June, 2019) Contact: PSEG, PSE&G, PSEGPower, www/investor.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG),  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Staten Island City Seeking Wind Energy Hub Developer (Ind. Report)
    New York Economic Development
    Date: 2019-07-01
    The New York Economic Development Council (NYCEDC) reports a recently released Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) seeking offshore wind companies, service providers, manufacturers, developers and other maritime industry businesses interested in developing a wind turbine assembly facility at the former U.S. Navy port facility in Stapleton, Staten Island.

    The RFEI follows Manhattan-based Atlantic Offshore Terminals (AOT) plan to construct a wind turbine staging and assembly facility on 21 acres of nearby waterfront property. AOT is aiming to begin construction by the end of 2021 for completion by 2023. (Source: New York Economic Development Council, Atlantic Offshore Terminals, silive.com, 29 June, 2019) Contact: Atlantic Offshore Terminals, info@atlanticterminals.com, www.atlanticterminals.com; New York Economic Development Council, (518) 426-4058, www.nysedc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    Shizen Energy, Ideol Collaborating on Floating Offshore Wind (Int'l)
    Shizen Energy,Ideol
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Japanese solar power company Shizen Energy reports it is expanding its renewable energy activity and, to that end, has inked an agreement with French offshore wind developer Ideol to collaborate on a floating wind farm off the coast of Japan.

    Historically, Shizen Energy focused on solar energy and helped develop about 800 MW of renewable power across Japan.

    Ideol is a global leader and pure player in floating foundations for offshore wind and has been engineering and accompanying floating offshore wind projects from conception to installation since 2010, according to the company website. (Source: Shizen Energy, Maritime Executive, 26 June, 2019)Contact: Shizen Energy, Masaya Hasegawa, Company Founder, www.shizenenergy.net/en; Ideol, +33 4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ideol,  Floating Offshore Wind,  Shizen Energy,  


    Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Wind Turbine Arrays Set (Ind. Report)
    Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2019-06-26
    In the Bay State, New Bedford-based Vineyard Wind reports it has eliminated three 9.5 MW offshore wind turbines located near the Nantucket Historic District and Chappaquiddick on the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard. The total size of the first U.S. large-scale offshore wind facility will remain unchanged at approximately 800 MW.

    Project changes, which were made in response to community and stakeholder input, will see a 20 pct reduction in the project's overall footprint, greater space between offshore wind towers, a white-grey paint finish to limit the project's visual impacts on Martha's Vineyard, and other changes. The project is in 2022. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Cape Cod Today, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, Erich Stephens, Chief Dev. Officer, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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


    NJ Offshore Wind Solicitation Goes to Orsted (Ind. Report)
    Orsted,New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Sitting in Trenton, the The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) report it unanimously granted the Garden State's first award for a 1,100 MW offshore wind project to Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted.

    The 1,100 MW project is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits.

    The project is single largest award for offshore wind in the country to date and marks further progress toward meeting New Jersey's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. (Source: NJBPU, 23 June, 2019) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us; Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  


    Norway Proposing North Sea Offshore Wind Sites (Int'l Report)
    Norway
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Further to our 18 Dec, 2017 report -- the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announces it will open one to two offshore areas for the development of floating wind power demonstration projects -- the Ministry is now proposing to open two permanent, non-floating offshore wind power sites in the North Sea.

    The Utsira Nord site could reportedly accommodate turbines producing 500 MW to and 1,500 MW capacity, while the larger Sorlige Nordsjo II site could handle between 1,000 MW and 2,000 MW capacity. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Kallanish, 20 June, 2019)Contact: Norway Minister of Petroleum and Energy, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/oed/id750

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


    SGRE Scores 47-Turbine Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Order (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)reports receipt of a conditional order from Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable Energy Co. to supply offshore wind turbines , including a 20-year full parts, tools and service agreement, for the Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm Project in Taiwan.

    The 376 MW project will incorporate 47 units of Siemen Gamesa's SG8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine. Construction is slated to get underway in 2020. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Offshore Engineering, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com

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


    GreenSpur's New Offshore Wind Generator Set for Testing (Int'l)
    GreenSpur, ORE Catapult
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In the UK, Essex-based GreenSpur Renewables is touting what it claims is the world's largest ferrite-based direct drive permanent magnet generator (DD-PMG) for offshore wind turbines. The new unit, which the company says produces 250kW without the need for large quantities of rare earth magnets, is now at Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in Blyth for several months of system testing.

    Replacing scarce £40 per kg rare earth magnets with cheap and abundant ferrite magnets at £1 per kg is expected to deliver a generator CAPEX saving of about 33 pct. The modular design allows the new generators to be constructed in stages and stacked for additional cost savings. (Source: GreenSpur, offshorewind.biz, 18 June, 2019) Contact: GreenSpur, Andrew Hine, Commercial Director, +44 20 3368 8960 enquiries@greenspur.co.uk, www.greenspur.co.uk; ORE Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400, www.ore.catapult.org.uk

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    Norwegians Stiffening Wind Power Licensing Conditions (Int'l)
    Wind
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In Oslo, the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Kjell-Borge Freiberg is reporting a tightening of regulations relative to wind farm construction deadlines. Presently wind developers are allowed five-years to move their project from permitting to construction startup,and that deadline is often extended upon request.

    The processing of 24 new licenses is put on ice until Oct. 1, when the present five-year government consultation deadline for the wind power framework expires. During the consultation period, 39 out of 244 wind project applications have been approved. (Source: Aftenposten, Xinhua, 16 June, 2019)

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    WPD Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Financing Arranged (Int'l Report)
    WPD
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Bremen, Germany-headquartered wind power developer WPD reports receipt of NT$74.2 billion ($2.36 billion) loan for a 640-MW offshore wind farm incorporating 80 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines to be developed 8km off Taiwan's central county of Yunlin. Fifty-four pct of the loan is secured export credit lines at an annual interest rate of 1.7 pct provided by Denmark's EKF, Germany's Euler Hermes and the Netherlands' Atradius, with the remaining 46 pct unsecured project financing from 15 foreign and four Taiwan banks.

    The project, which has a 10-year PPA with state-run Taiwan Power Company, is slated for completion by year-end 2021. WPD holds a 73 pct stake in the wind farm and a Japan-based consortium of Sojiitz, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Chugoku Electric Power, Chudenko and Shikoku Electric Power hold the remaining 27 pct stake. (Source: WPD Taiwan Energy, DigiTimes Taiwan, 3 June, 2019) Contact: WPD, www.wpd.de/en

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    World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Operation Underway (Ind. Report)
    Orstad,Hornsea
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted reports it has begun operations on the 1,214-MW Hornsea One -- the largest offshore wind farm in the world at 1,218 MW capacity.

    The project, which is located 120 km off the Yorkshire Coast, will incorporate 174 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines, 50 of which are currently operational. The wind farm is expected to be fully online in 2020. (Source: Orsted, Windpower Enc., 3 June, 2019)Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

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    Equinor Pursuing Canary Island Floating Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    Equinor
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Oslo-headquartered Norwegian energy company Equinor is reportedly interested in developing an €860 million, 200-MW floating wind farm offshore Spain's Gran Canaria island, according to various media.from the coast of Juan Grande.

    Equinor expects to start working on obtaining the necessary permits for the project by the end of the year and to put the wind farm into operation in 2024. If selected, the project is expected to be similar to Equinor's 30MW Hywind Scotland, the world's first commercial-scale floating wind farm operation. (Source: Equinor, Offshore Wind Biz, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

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

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

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

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


    Senvion, Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II Contract Agreement (Int'l)
    Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II
    Date: 2019-05-29
    Hamburg-based German on- and offshore wind turbine manufacturer Senvion and Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II GmbH & Co. KG (TWB II) are reported to have agreed on a new wind turbine supply contract for the Trianel Borkum II wind farm.

    Initially, construction of the 200-MW project was to have gotten underway in mid-April 2019. By then, 15 of the 32 wind turbines had already been delivered on time and transported to the base port in Eemshaven. The remaining 17 of the 32 wind turbines are now slated for delivery in autumn 2019. (Source: Senvion, reve, 28 May, 2019)Contact: Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II, www.trianel-borkumzwei.de; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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

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

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

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    Microsoft Netherlands to Run on Offshore Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
    Blauwwind
    Date: 2019-05-24
    IT giant Microsoft reports the inking of a 15-year agreement with Eneco to purchase 90MW of power from the 731.5MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The contracted wind power will power Microsoft's datacenters for a period of fifteen years from 2022 onward.

    The Borssele III & IV wind farm is being developed by the Blauwwind consortium -- Partners Group, Shell, Eneco,Van Oord -- and will incorporate 77 MHI Vestas 9.5MW wind turbines installed 22km offshore Zeeland. The project is slated for commissioning and operation in 2021. (Source: Microsoft, Offshore Wind, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Microsoft Netherland, Ernst-Jan Stigter, General Manager, +31 20 500 1500, www.microsoft.com/nl-nl/overnederland;Blauwwind ConsortiumBlauwwind , LinkedIn https://ca.linkedin.com/company/blauwwind

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    China Planning $23Bn Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l. Report)
    China Ofshore Wind
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Chinese state news agency Xinhua is reporting China will invest160 billion yuan ($23.5 billion) in an offshore wind power project that will have an installed capacity of more than 1 million kW in Jiangsu province.

    Wind power, according to Xinhua, is the third-largest source of energy in the country after coal and hydropower. The country is already the world leader in wind power with 187 GW in capacity in early 2018. The plan is to increase this to 210 GW by the end of 2020. In 2019 China generated 1.87 trillion kWh of electricity from renewable sources, according to Xinhua. (Source: Xinhua, oilprice.com, 21 May, 2019)

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    Anbaric Updates Brayton Point Mass. Offshore Wind Transmission Center Progress (Ind. Report)
    Anbaric Development Partners
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Further to our 20th February coverage, Anbaric Development Partners is reporting construction on the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center at Brayton Point, Mass. is expected to get underway in 2021.

    The facility, with a 1,200-MW high-voltage direct current converter and 400 MW of battery storage capacity, will serve as the "plug-in" between offshore wind turbines and the power grid from which local homes and buildings receive electricity. Between the 1,200 watts being converted onsite and the energy being stored, the facility's output would be "comparable" to a peak of 1,600 MW.

    Anbaric estimates the project will come in at roughly $645 million.

    Anbaric Development Partners creates new entities that transform old energy systems into more effective and resilient ones with an emphasis on clean energy. The company's financial partner is the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, a $189 billion public pension fund, according to the company website. (Source: Anbaric Development Partners, Providence Journal, 13 May, 2019) Contact: Anbaric Development Partners, Edward Krapels, CEO, (781) 683 0711, www.anbaric.com

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    LEEDCo Making Progress in Battle of Lake Erie Wind (Ind. Report)
    Erie Energy Development Corporation
    Date: 2019-05-17
    The week in Clevelad, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) reported it has reached an agreement with the Ohio Power Siting Board, laying the foundation to build its long-delayed 6-turbine Icebreaker Wind energy project approximately 8 – 10 miles off of Cleveland. The project would include an 11.8-mile long submerged electric line to transmit power to Cleveland Public Power's onshore Lake Road substation. Under the agreement, LEEDCo will not begin construction until it has a signed Interconnection Service Agreement with PJM Interconnection, LLC, to link its wind 3.45-MW turbines into the regional transmission system. LEEDCo must now get approval for a permit from the Siting Board to move forward with construction, which could begin as early as 2021.

    The project has already earned approvals from 13 local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a host of environmental and other requirements. Several environmental groups including Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council are supporting Icebreaker Wind.

    In August 2009, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) was created by the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force (GLEDTF), and developed and launched by NorTech Energy Enterprise, the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties (Ohio). LEEDCo was founded as a private, nonprofit regional corporation to initially erect wind turbines in Lake Erie, and eventually to help stimulate an entire offshore freshwater wind industry in the Great Lakes.

    LEEDCo is a regional economic development public-private partnership that has brought together important project stakeholders from the City of Cleveland, the Port Authority, and coastal counties, according to the company website. (Source: LEEDCo, wkyc3, 15 May, 2019)Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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    IEA Pushing for Offshore Wind Energy (Int'l Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-05-15
    At a recent high-level workshop on offshore wind energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) noted technological improvements for offshore wind are improving performance and lowering the costs of the electricity it produces, and thus drawing interest from global markets. IEA added that tapping the potential of offshore wind alongside other low-carbon technologies will be critical to achieving global sustainable development goals.

    The workshop covered the current status of and regional policy plans for the development of offshore wind, along with the key opportunities for accelerating deployment and the main challenges constraining growth. It took place in support of the first in-depth look at offshore wind in the World Energy Outlook (WEO), the IEA's flagship publication. (Source: International Energy Agency, OE Digital, 13 May, 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    Vineyard Wind Offshore Transmission Approved (Reg. & Leg.)
    Vineyard Wind,Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2019-05-13
    Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, reports the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) has granted it permits for the construction and operation of Vineyard Wind's transmission facilities to deliver the 800MW of offshore wind energy to the regional power grid.

    The Vineyard Wind Connector project will consist of sub-sea and sub-surface electrical transmission lines and a new substation that will connect the Vineyard Wind turbine array to the Massachusetts electric grid. Construction is scheduled to begin this year and is expected to be operational by 2021. (Source: Vineyard Wind, May, 2019) Contact: Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO ,(508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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    Keppel O&M Inks $560Mn Offshore Wind Farm Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Keppel Corp
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Keppel Corp., a global offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion specialist, and Norwegian energy services provider Aibel report they will design and build converter stations for offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

    Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, is looking at about $560 million in its share of the contract with European grid operator TenneT Offshore. The project is Keppel Offshore & Marine's "first major project in the renewable energy sector since 2010", when the Keppel unit entered the offshore wind market and built an electrical transformer and maintenance platform for a German offshore wind farm.

    The partners, along with subcontractor ASEA Brown Boveri, will also carry out the installation and start-up operations for the converter stations, which are slated to be finished by 2024. (Source: KEPPLE, Singapore Business Times, Strait Times, 9 May, 2019) Contact: KEPPEL Corp., Chris Ong, CEO, +65 6270 6666, +65 6413 6391 - fax., keppelgroup@kepcorp.com, www.kepcorp.com; Aibel, https://aibel.com/en

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    Equinor Exploring Korean Offshore Wind Opportunities (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor,Korea East-West Power
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Norwegian energy giant Equinor has partnered with Korea National Oil Corporation, Korea East-West Power Company and Ulsan City to explore floating offshore wind opportunities.

    To that end, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with Ulsan City, a major South Korean maritime shipping center, and an amendment made to include Korea East-West Power Company in a previously executed MoU with Korea National Oil Corporation. (Source: Equinor, PR, Smart Energy, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation, www.knoc.co.kr; Korea East-West Power, www.ewp.co.kr/eng; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

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    Orsted Proceeding with Tiawan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
    Orsted
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted reports it has taken the final investment decision (FID) on the Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farm in Taiwan and has inked a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Taipower.

    Changhua 1 and 2a will be located 35-50 kilometers off the coast of Changhua County and will have a capacity of approx. 900MW, enough to supply around 1 million Taiwanese households with green power. The offshore wind farm will be constructed in 2021 and 2022.

    Orsted is the co-owner of Taiwan's first commercial-scale offshore wind project, the 128MW Formosa 1 offshore wind farm, which is currently under construction for commissioning by end of 2019. The company operates more than 1,100 offshore wind turbines. Orsted has installed approx. 5.6GW of offshore wind capacity with a further 4.3GW under construction including Changhua 1 and 2a. The company is aiming for a total of 15GW offshore wind capacity world-wide by 2025. (Source: Orsted, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

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    Offshore Wind Developers to Invest $4.5M in RI (Ind. Report)
    University of Rhode Island
    Date: 2019-04-29
    Following up on our Jan. 15th coverage, Orsted and Eversource, the co-owners of the proposed 50-turbine, 400-MW Revolution Wind farm planned for the waters south of Martha's Vineyard, report they are investing $4.5 million in Rhode Island to advance the offshore wind industry -- subject to licenses being accepted.

    Of the total $4.5 million, the University of Rhode Island will receive $3 million for research and education and the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. and the nation's labor department may use $1.5 million for industry related training programs. Building could begin in Rhode Island in 2020 with operations by 2023. (Source: Orsted, TKB TeckKnowBits, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Jeff Grybowski, Co-CEO, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, Thomas Brostrom, North American Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Eversource, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

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    GE's LM Wind Power Claims World's Largest Wind Blade (Ind. Report)
    LM Wind Power
    Date: 2019-04-24
    The set to be used for GE's upcoming 12MW offshore wind turbine LM Wind Power, the turbine maker owned by global engineering giant GE, is reporting production of a 107-metre wind turbine blade at its Cherbourg, France, plant.

    The blade is the largest ever made for a wind turbine, and will be used in the next generation of massive GE Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbines, according to a release. (Source: GE, LM Wind Power, Business Green, 23 April, 2019) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 Project Director, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

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    Mass. DPU OK's Offshore Wind Energy Contracts (Reg. & Leg.)
    Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
    Date: 2019-04-22
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is reporting approval of long-term contracts for 800 MW of offshore wind between Vineyard Wind and the Commonwealth's Electric Distribution Companies. Under the contracts, Vineyard Wind also committed in these contracts to contribute $15 million to a fund that will invest in projects to promote the use of battery storage in low-income communities and support the the state's goal of further developing energy storage systems.

    Vineyard Wind's bid was selected for contract negotiation in May 2018 based on criteria established under a Request for Proposals (RFP) previously subject to public comment and submitted to the DPU for review and approval on July 31, 2018. Evaluation of the bids determined that Vineyard Wind would provide the greatest overall value to Bay State customers. The DPU's order approves the selection and finds that the contracts are cost-effective and in the public interest. (Source: Mass DPU, DEI, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, (617) 305-3500, www.mass.gov/dte

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    130-MW Upper Peninsula Wind Project Nixed (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Citing planning delays, UK-headquartered global renewable energy developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has canceled plans for a major wind project in Michigan's pristine Upper Peninsula wilderness area.

    The 130-MW project called for 49 turbines spread over thousands of acres near the McCormick Wilderness area of the Ottawa National Forest.

    RES is "the world's largest independent renewable energy company with over 16 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe. RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution," according to its website. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems, Energy News, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Renewable Energy Systems, Sean Stocker, Project Mgr., +44 (0)1923 299 200, www.res-group.com

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    Double-Headed Floating Wind Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    EnerOcean
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In Spain, Malaga-headquartered EnerOcean S.L. is touting its W2Power floating turbine, a 1:6 scale prototype of which which is slated for sea-testing beginning next month. The prototype, generating just 200kW of power, is expected to pave the way for massive future turbines generating 10-12MW each.

    According to developer EnerOcean, "The W2Power solution offers greater power generation without the need to increase the use of steel in the construction of the platform, thus becoming the lowest cost floating solution for the generation of wind energy in deep waters." Depending upon the prototype's success, EnerOcean S.L. foresees a 300-MW marine offshore wind farm by 2025. (Source: EnerOcean S.L., Olive Press, April, 2019) Contact: EnerOcean S.L., www.enerocean.com

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    UK ORE Catapult Hub to Develop Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l)
    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In the UK, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is reporting a new Powertrain Research Hub (PTRH) in cooperation with Sheffield University is set to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines.

    Focusing on offshore wind turbine powertrains, the new hub is aiming to improve the operation, reliability and performance of offshore wind turbines.

    Sheffield University has been named as the academic partner for the hub, which is part of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE) -- launched by the UK government in 2013 as part of a network of catapults in high growth industries. The University will contribute £1.7 million or more to the project over five years. Industry will be able to access to the University of Sheffield's testing facilities in addition to ORE Catapult's 1, 3 and 15 MW powertrain test facilities at its National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth. (Source: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Business Leader, 16 April, 2019) Contact: University of Sheffiel, www.sheffield.ac.uk; Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400, https://ore.catapult.org.uk

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