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Offshore Wind Tower Construction Propsed for Albany (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-11-18
Further to our July 24 report, Norway-based Equinor is reportedly seeking to develop a 2.5 GW offshore wind farm south of Long Island and would build a wind tower manufacturing plant in the Port of Albany, New York as part of the deal.

The manufacturing facility in Albany would be jointly developed by Equinor, Weldon of Denmark and Marmen of Canada. The manufactured tower components would be floated down the Hudson River and out into the construction site in the Atlantic Ocean. The Port of Albany proposal is contingent on NYSERDA selecting the Equinor bid -- the company's first in the U.S. (Source: Equinor, Daily Gazette, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Equinor,; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090,; Port of Albany, 518-463-8763,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  NYSERDA,  

TRIG Takes Stake in East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l)
Renewables Infrastructure Group
Date: 2020-11-13
The Guernsey-based Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) reports it has taken a 14.3 pct indirect equity interest in the £2.5 billion East Anglia One offshore wind farm from Green Investment Group (GIG), which held a 50 pct interest through its initial investment.

The 714-MW East Anglia One wind farm, located around 25 miles off the Suffolk coast, incorporates 102 Siemens Gamesa turbines that generate sufficient energy for 630,000 homes.

GIG, which is owned by the Australian investment bank Macquarie, developed the project as part of a joint venture with Scottish Power Renewables. (Source: The Renewables Infrastructure Group, Energy Voice, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: The Renewables Infrastructure Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewables Infrastructure Group news,  Offshore Wind news,  

ABB Joins Offshore Wind Maintenance Project (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-11-13
ABB reports its "Octopus" optimisation software has been selected as a technology partner for the EU ATLANTIS Project exploring the use of remote inspection and maintenance techniques for offshore wind farms.

The remotely operated Octopus software will enable improved efficiencies by cutting an inspection vessel's operational costs and transfer times to and from offshore wind farms.

ATLANTIS promotes the use of robotics in offshore wind farms to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) by eliminating or marginalising the use of supporting vessels for inspection and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. In the ATLANTIS project, a pioneer pilot infrastructure for demonstrating key enabling robotic technologies for inspection and maintenance of offshore wind farms is established in the Atlantic Ocean, on the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal, according to its website. (Source: ABB, ATLANTIS Project, Cordis Europa, Nov., 2020) Contact: ABB,; ATLANTIS Project,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Offshore Wind,  

Red Rock Power Announces Inch Cape Wind JV (Int'l. Report)
Red Rock Powe,ESBr
Date: 2020-11-11
Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power Limited is reporting a 50:50 joint venture with ESB, the leading Irish energy group, for Inch Cape Offshore Limited and its offshore wind farm development The 72-turbine Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm will be one of Scotland's largest single sources of renewable energy projects and power up to 1 million homes when connected into the national grid at Cockenzie in East Lothian.

The project recently received approval to increase its capacity to up to one gigawatt having already secured both onshore and offshore consents in 2019. (Source: Red Rock Power Lyd, Website Press Release, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Red Rock Power, Guy Madgwick, CEO, +44 (0) 131 557 7101,; Inch Cape Wind, +44 (0) 131 557 7101,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Inch Cape Wind,  Red Rock Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  ESB,  

Ocean Winds North America Launched (Ind. Report)
Ocean Winds North America
Date: 2020-11-11
EDP Renewables and ENGIE are reporting the formation of Madrid-headquartered Ocean Winds (OW) and its U.S. arm OW North America with 5.5 GW of committed offshore assets starting with a total of 1.5 GW under construction and 4.0 GW under development. By the mid 2020's the company aims to have 5 to 7 GW of projects in operation or under construction and 5 to 10 GW under advanced development.

OW North America holds a 50 pct ownership stake in Mayflower Wind. and is a partner in the Redwood Coast Windfloat Atlantic -- a fully operational floating offshore wind farm in Portugal. OW will fill EDPR's role in the Redwood Coast public-private consortium committed to developing an offshore wind project utilizing floating platform technology off the coast of Humboldt County in Northern California. (Source: EDP Renewables , ENGIE, Windpower Engineering Dev., 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: EDP Renewables,' Ocean Winds, Spyros Martinis, CEO,;Mayflower Wind, John Hartnett, Pres., 508-589-3557,,; ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, +33 (0) 1 44 22 66 29,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Mayflower Wind,  Ocean Winds North America ,  Offshore Wind,  EDP Renewables,  ENGIE,  

Gulf of Mexico Offshore Wind Initiative Announced (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-11-11
In Baton Rouge, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is calling for the US DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to establish a task force that will coordinate commercial leasing proposals for wind energy in federal waters off Louisiana's coast thus creating a business path for the development of wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico.

A single 600-MW wind farm in the Gulf would produce an estimated 4,400 jobs and $445 million in economic output during the construction phase, based upon modeling the by U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Operations would contribute 150 new permanent jobs, along with an estimated $14 million in annual spending. By 2035, industry forecasts suggest U.S. offshore wind energy capacity could grow to 22 gigawatts through $70 billion of new capital investment in manufacturing and port infrastructure, as well as 45,000 new direct jobs, according to the Governor's release.

BOEM studies estimate the Gulf of Mexico could produce as much as 10 pct of U.S. wind energy. (Source: Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards, KATC News, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards Harry Vorhoff, Dir., Governor's Office of Coastal Activities. (225) 342-7015, (866)366-1121,; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BOEM,  Offshore Wind,  

UK Port of Tyne Touts Renewable Energy Hub (Int'l. Report)
Port of Tyne
Date: 2020-11-09
In the UK, the Port of Tyne is touting the launch of the Tyne Clean Energy Park as versatile strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector supporting the Government's goal to power every UK home with offshore wind electricity.

As previously reported, the Port was selected as Equinor's flagship operations and maintenance base for what will become the world's largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank.

The River Tyne presently hostso an existing offshore cluster, including South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders Projects, Shepherd Offshore and TechnipFMC, all of which contributeto a well-established offshore energy supply chain. The Port of Tyne is one of only two deep sea ports in the North-East UK. (Source: Port of Tyne, Northern Echo, Nov., 2020) Contact: Port of Tyne Authority, Matt Beeton, CEO , +44 191 257 1373,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

Iberdrola Plans €75Bn Renewable Energy Transition (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-11-06
In Madried, Spanish energy giant Iberdrola AA chairman Ignacio Galan has announced the company will invest €75 billion over the next five years to double its renewable energy capacity and help it capitalize on the global move away from fossil fuels.

According to Galan, Iberdrola's renewables capacity will rise from 32 GW in 2019 to 60 GW in 2025 -- 26 GW of onshore wind, 16 GW of solar and 14 GW of hydro, with the remainder being offshore wind. (Source: Iberdrola Website News, 5 Nov., 2020)Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Renewable Energy,  

Md, Va, N.Carolina Ink Offshore Wind Agreement (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2020-11-02
The office of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is reporting Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina have inked the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources, a memorandum of understanding to work together to promote the area as a hub for offshore wind energy, streamline the development of regional offshore wind resources, increase regulatory certainty, encourage manufacturing of component parts, reduce wind project costs through supply chain development and share information and best practices.

According to the U.S. DOE, the Atlantic Coast offshore wind project pipeline is estimated to support up to 86,000 jobs, $57 billion in investments and provide up to $25 billion in economic output by 2030. Moreover, along the coasts of the signatories' states, the net technical energy potential is roughly 900,000 GWh per year and the net technical resource capacity is approximately 245 GW.

The wind project pipeline totals more than 27 GW in the Atlantic Coast, and the DOE projects that the nation has the potential to develop 86 GW of offshore wind projects by 2050.

Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources details HERE. (Source: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, PR, AP,, 31 Oct., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  

Vestas Takes Control of MHI Vestas Offshore Business (M&A, Int'l.)
Vestas, MHI Vestas
Date: 2020-10-30
Danish wind turbine manufacturing giant Vestas reports its buy-out of Mitsubishi Heavy Industrys' (MHI) 50 pct stake in the MHI Vestas offshore turbine joint venture.

As part of the acquisition, MHI will take a 2.5 pct stake in Vestas and will be awarded a seat on the board in return. The all-stock deal is valued at around €709 million ($832 million). (Source: Vestas, PR, 29 Oct., 2020) Contact: Vestas, MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00,,; MHI ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI,  Vestas,  MHI Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  

Orsted's US Offshore Wind Projects Delayed (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-10-28
Danish renewable energy developer Orsted reports it is waiting for permitting "clarity" from the US DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) environmental impact study of offshore wind projects on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Orsted now foresees clarity on the permitting timelines being pushed to late 2020 or even into 2021. "Even assuming the permitting process starts moving within the first quarter next year, it appears highly likely that the Revolution Wind, Ocean Wind, Skipjack and Sunrise Wind projects will be delayed beyond the previously expected 2023 and 2024 construction years," the company said. (Source: Orsted, PR, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Orsted,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  

GE Touting 13MW Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-10-26
GE Renewable Energy reports a working version of its 13MW Haliade-X prototype set a record for a single day of electric power generation at 228MWh -- sufficient power for roughly 45 Australian homes for an entire year.

The 13MW Haliade-X is GE's largest turbine ever, standing 248 metres tall with 107 metre long blades, offering almost double the generation capacity of most wind turbines currently deployed around the world.

130 units of the 13MW turbine is expected to be deployed at the UK's Dogger Bank Wind Farm starting in 2023. GE notes it has secured 4.8GW worth of orders for the Haliade-X turbine model from U.S. and UK wind projects. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website, Reneweconomy, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: GE Renewable Energy,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Turbine,  Dogger Bank,  Offshore Wind,  

Samsung, DNV to Develop Offshore Wind Stabilizers (Ind. Report)
Samsung Heavy Industries, DNV GL
Date: 2020-10-26
South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co reports it and DNV GL, a Norwegian ship quality assurance company, will work together to develop remotely controlled "floaters" to stabilize offshore wind turbines.

According to the Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), output of offshore floating wind farms is estimated to globally rise from 11 mw in 2019 to 2,000 mw in 2030. (Source: Samsung Heavy Ind., PR, reve, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council,; Samsung Heavy industries,; DNV GL,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung Heavy,  DNV,  Offshore Wind,  

DEME Joins European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (Int'l. Report)
DEME Group
Date: 2020-10-21
Zwijndrecgt, Belgium-based offshore wind farm developer DEME Group reports it has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, supporting the EU's hydrogen strategy and to help Europe become carbon-neutral by 2050.

Last November, DEME inked a cooperation agreement with six other industry players in Belgium for the transport of green hydrogen, and this year, also entered into partnerships to develop industrial scale green hydrogen plants in Belgium, Oman and the Netherlands.

Launched in July 2020, the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance includes more than 200 industry, national and local public authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders aiming to initiate an investment agenda and support the scaling up of the hydrogen value chain across Europe. (Source: DEME Group, Offshore, Oct., 2020) Contact: DEME Group, Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO, European Clean Hydrogen Alliance,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEME Group,  Green Hydrogen,  Carbon Neutral,  

Van Oord Takes Stake in Estonian Offshore Wind Developer (Int'l.)
Van Oord
Date: 2020-10-21
In the Netherlands, Rotterdam-headquartered marine and offshore services contractor Van Oord reports it has become a shareholder in Saare Wind Energy OU, developer of the 100-turbine Saaremaa offshore wind farm south-west of the Estonian Island Saaremaa.

Development of the Saaremaa wind farm started in 2015 and received Estonian environmental and regulatory approvals in May, this year. (Source: Van Oord, PR, reve, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: Van Oord,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Van Oord,  Saare Wind Energy ,  Offshore Wind,  

Belgium Reinforcing Climate, Clean Energy Commitments (Int'l.)
Belgium Wind
Date: 2020-10-19
In Brussels, the incoming governement of Prime Minister Alexander de Croo has announced it support for the European Commission's (EC)proposed emission reduction target of at least 55 pct for 2030 and has hinted at increasing the country's emissions reduction and and clean energy ambitions.

The new Government's draft coalition backs the EC's proposed goal for a higher 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target, reconfirms a gradual nuclear phase-out by 2025, envisages more renewable energy and adapting the 2030 National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP).

Belgium presently has 2.3 GW of onshore wind capacity and 1.6 GW of offshore wind capacity which it foresees expanding to 4,600 GWh up from 1,500 GWh by 2030. It also aims to double the country's North Sea offshore wind capacity to 4 GW in the next decade. (Source: Wind Europe, Oct., 2020) Contact: Wind Europe, +32-2-213-18-67,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Europe,  Belgium Wind,  

DNV GL Partner in Offshore Wind Coordination Project (Int'l.)
DNV GL,National Grid ESO
Date: 2020-10-19
DNV GL, the world's largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has been appointed by National Grid ESO as a lead partner in the Offshore Wind Coordination project in Great Britain.

The project will analyze a coordinated approach for offshore grid development and shape the future national strategy of Great Britain's offshore grid through feeding into the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (UKBESS) Offshore transmission network review. The UK regulator OFGEM is also participating in the project.

The project will review and recommend ways to improve how offshore wind farms are connected to the onshore transmission network. To that end, DNV GL will assess: technology availability (HVDC equipment); analyze technical and regulatory barriers and solutions; study implications on power system security and stability; develop offshore and onshore grid designs and; conduct societal cost-benefit analysis of the offshore grid.

As offshore infrastructure is anticipated to be shared among multiple projects, it is projected that a harmonized development approach will result in optimal utilization of infrastructure, higher integration of offshore wind energy, reduction of carbon emissions and consumer bills, and provision of operational benefits to the onshore grid. Offshore wind continues to be a key electricity source for the UK government and supports its commitment for the country to be net zero by 2050. (Source: DNV GL. National Grid ESO, Oct., 2020) Contact: DNV GL,; National Grid ESO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News OFGEM,  DNV GL,  Offshore Wind,  National Grid ESO ,  

Magnetic's Magnetic Offshore Wind Turbine Scores £300K (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-10-19
UK-based Magnomatics Ltd. is reporting receipt of over £300,000 ($390,000) in grant funding as part of a £5 million UK Government grant program to develop and supply innovative power electronics, machines and drives. The funding will be used for the Winder project, which will "derisk" technology required for the manufacture of large generators for offshore wind to the UK.

Magnomatics' pseudo direct drive (PDD) combines a magnetic gear with a permanent magnet generator shown to reduce the levelized cost of energy from offshore wind when commercialized. (Source: Magnomatics Ltd., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Magnomatics Ltd., +44 114 241 2570,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Magnomatics,  Magnetic Wind Turbine,  

JERA Updates Zero CO2 Emissions Roadmap Plan (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-10-16
In Tokyo, Japan's largest power generation utility JERA Co. Inc. reports it will close all of its "inefficient" coal power plants by 2030, as part of a roadmap to reach zero CO2 emissions by 2050. To that end, JERA plans to: cut carbon emission intensity of its thermal power plants by 20 pct; develop renewable energy resources such as offshore wind; gradually increase the ratio of mixed combustion of fossil fuels, ammonia and hydrogen at its power plants; and improve efficiencies.

Eighty pct of Japan's electricity presently comes from thermal power generation, which accounts for 40 pct of the country's total carbon emissions. (Source: JERA, PR 15 Oct., 2020)Contact: JERA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News JERA,  Carbon Emissions,  

Dominion's VA Offshore Wind Turbines Installed (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy,Orsted
Date: 2020-10-16
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting the two-turbine, 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach has completed reliability testing and is ready to enter commercial service. Installation of the two pilot turbines was completed in June. Orsted served as the offshore engineering, procurement and construction lead for the pilot project.

The next significant regulatory step for CVOW is to submit the final documentation for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to complete its technical review, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The turbines will remain in operation during this review process. CVOW is the only project currently permitted under the BOEM process and will be the first fully operational wind power generation facility in U.S. federal waters with the capability to generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 Virginia homes.

Offshore wind generation is a major component of Dominion Energy's comprehensive clean energy strategy to meet standards mandated in the Virginia Clean Economy Act and to achieve the company's net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions commitment by 2050. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 15 Oct., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Joshua Bennett, VP Offshore Wind,

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

ENECO, Borealis Ink Belgian Offshore Wind PPA (Int'l Report)
Eneco, Borealis
Date: 2020-10-16
Austrian chemicals and fertilizers producer Borealis Group is reporting a l10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for more than 1,000 GWh of electricity from the 235-MW Mermaid offshore wind farm that is being installed in Belgian waters. Power deliveries are slated to begin in January 2021.

Part of the 487-MW SeaMade cluster, the Mermaid wind farm will incorporate 28 Siemens wind turbine and come online at the end of this year. The Dutch utility ENECO has exclusive rights to the Mermaid project's power production. (Source: Eneco, Renewables Now, 16 Oct., 2020) Contact: Eneco,; Borealis, +43 1 22 400 300,

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

Wind Energy and Economic Recovery in Europe (Int'l. Report)
Wind Europe
Date: 2020-10-16
"Wind energy is an important asset for the European economy. It has been resilient in the COVID crisis and therefore it can play a significant role in a green economic recovery. But wind creates additional benefits beyond jobs and value to the economy. It directly benefits communities living near wind farms.

"This report shows how the wind industry places people at the centre of such a green recovery. It also presents the state-of-play of the European wind industry and its global competitiveness. It demonstrates that the industrial footprint in Europe is ready to expand if there is a strong domestic market and an effective industrial policy. It also covers the socio-economic benefits of WindEurope's wind energy deployment scenarios to 2030 and shows how wind energy can co-exist with local natural protection and other economic sectors like fishing, agriculture, and aviation.

Among the report's findings: In 2019 wind energy represented 300,000 jobs in the EU -- 75 pct of these are in onshore wind and 25 pct in offshore wind. The European wind industry has an annual turnover of €60 billion, 65 pct of this adds value to the EU economy.

Access report details HERE. (Source: Wind Europe, Website PR, 16 Oct., 2020) Contact: Wind Europe, +32-2-213-18-67,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  Wind Europe news,  

NY Offshore Wind LIPA Grid Connection Approved (Ind. Report)
New York Department of Public Service
Date: 2020-10-14
In Albany, the New York Department of Public Service (DPS) and four other state agencies have signed a joint proposal on the siting of the transmission line that will connect 130 MW from a proposed offshore wind farm to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) grid. Final state approval of the transmission line is expected within the next five months. Construction of the wind farm is expected to start in 2021.

New York state is mandated to produce 70 pct of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and to achieve 100 pct carbon-free electricity within the next 20 years. (Source: New York Department of Public Service, Public News Service NY, Oct., 2020) Contact: New York Department of Public Service, 518-474-7080,; LIPA, (631) 755-6900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LIPA,  Offshore Wind,  New York Department of Public Service,  

TOTAL Takes Stake in Eolmed Floating Wind Project (M&A, Int'l.)
Date: 2020-10-09
Paris-headquartered energy giant TOTAL SE is reporting the acquisition of a 20 pct stake in the 4 Vestas turbine equipped Eolmed floating wind farm pilot project in the Mediterranean, near Port-La-Nouvelle (Occitan region), France.

TOTAL is focused on expanding renewable operations globally and aims to produce 35 GW of energy from renewable sources by 2025 from the present level of 7 GW. By 2050-end. The company expects 40 pct of its sales to be from its renewable power generation business for a projected cash flow of more than $1.5 billion per year by 2025. (Source: Total, NASDAQ, 8 Oct., 2020) Contact: Eolmed Wind, +33 4 68 27 63 79,, TOTAL,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  FLoating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Eolmed,  

UK £160Mn Wind Energy Investment Announced (Int'l. Report)
UK PM Boris Johnson
Date: 2020-10-07
In London, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a £160 million investment in wind power in a bid to fuel every home in the country with renewable energy within 10 years.

The announcement earmarks next-generation wind turbines for Teeside, Humber, Scotland and Wales as part of the government's plan to raise the country's renewable energy output from 30 to 40 GWs and become a "world leader in clean power."

According to the UK Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) the UK needs approximately 7,500 offshore wind turbines to meet a carbon emissions target of net-zero by 2050. (Source: TheCCC, Energy Digital, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: The CCC, +44 (0) 75 8510 4950,,

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

Wind World's Third-Largest Renewable Energy Employer (Int'l.)
IRENA,Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2020-10-02
In Abu Dhabi, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is reporting wind energy was the third-largest renewable energy employer in 2019 -- accounting for 1.17 million jobs worldwide.

Almost 23,000 wind turbines were installed in 2019. The Chinese market has been (and remains) almost entirely supplied by domestic companies, which account for around 510,000 jobs or 44 pct of the global number. European countries where wind giants Vestas and Siemens Gamesa alone account for one-third of global turbine production dominate the rest of global production, with 127,000 jobs.

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) estimates that 344 GW of new offshore and offshore wind power capacity may be installed globally. New installations could potentially create an addition 2.4 million job-years, up from 395,000 job-years created in 2020 to 542,000 in 2024. (Source: IRENA, Sept., 2020) Contact: IRENA, +971 241 79000,,; Global Wind Energy Council,

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

AFL-CIO, EDI Release Low-Carbon Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
AFL-CIO,Energy Futures Initiative
Date: 2020-09-30
The Washington, DC-based-based Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week released Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future detailing their ten-point plan for a U.S. energy jobs recovery.

The report identifies the following priority areas for new job creation and the advancement of social equity in a "deeply decarbonized" economy:

  • a national action plan for deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology

  • an analysis of existing energy infrastructure analysis to identify key energy infrastructure needs

  • new policies for siting and permitting of new electricity transmission projects

  • nuclear energy initiatives, including safe and affordable preservation of the existing fleet and deployment of next-generation technologies

  • the development of technology and policy pathways for natural gas and development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transportation, power and industry

  • expanded finance mechanisms for energy efficiency

  • a comprehensive assessment of U.S. capacity to produce industrial metals, including rare earths, lithium, cobalt, copper and palladium, an analysis of the offshore wind supply chain

  • and a roadmap for implementing natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal at scale. (Source: Energy Futures Initiative, AFL-CIO, Investable Universe, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: AFL-CIO,; Energy Futures Initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AFL-CIO,  Energy Futures Initiative,  

  • AFL-CIO, EFI Release Low-Carbon Energy Futures Initiative (Int'l.)
    AFL-CIO, Energy Futures Initiative
    Date: 2020-09-30
    The Washington, DC-based Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week released Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future detailing their ten-point plan for a U.S. energy jobs recovery.

    The report identifies the following priority areas for new job creation and the advancement of social equity in a "deeply decarbonized" economy:

  • a national action plan for deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology

  • an analysis of existing energy infrastructure to identify key energy infrastructure needs

  • new policies for siting and permitting of new electricity transmission projects

  • nuclear energy initiatives, including safe and affordable preservation of the existing fleet and deployment of next-generation technologies

  • the development of technology and policy pathways for natural gas and development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transportation, power and industry

  • expanded finance mechanisms for energy efficiency

  • a comprehensive assessment of U.S. capacity to produce industrial metals, including rare earths, lithium, cobalt, copper and palladium, an analysis of the offshore wind supply chain

  • and a roadmap for implementing natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal at scale. (Source: Energy Futures Initiative, AFL-CIO, Investable Universe, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: AFL-CIO,; Energy Futures Initiative, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Futures Initiative,  Low-Carbon Energy,  Renewable Energy ,  

  • Neoenergi Considers Brazilian Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l.)
    Neoenergia ,Iberdrola
    Date: 2020-09-25
    Neoenergia (Iberdrola) reports it is investigating Brazilian offshore wind projects that would deploy wind turbines of more than 10 MW , particularly in Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro and Ceara reagins, each of which has 3,000 MW of development capacity, according to the release.

    Neoenergia is also studying possible investments in hybrid wind-solar plants and evaluating a possible project of this type in Paraíba where it is building the Chafariz Wind Complex, with 471.2 MW. (Source: Neoenergia, Website PR, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: Neoenergia, +55 (21) 3235 9833,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoenergia ,  Iberdrola,  Offshore Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Brazil Wind ,  

    Greenalia Developing Canary Island Floating Wind Project (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-09-25
    Coruna, Spain-headquartered wind energy developer Greenalia reports it has begun development activity on 200MW of floating offshore wind projects off the Spanish island of Gran Canaria.

    Greenalia has filed project and environmental planning applications for the four 50MW projects -- Dunas, Mojo, Cardon and Guanche -- each of which are located off the south-east coast of Gran Canaria island. Each project will consist of four 12.5MW offshore wind turbines atop floating foundations anchored to the seabed. (Source: Greenalia, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Greenalia, +34 902 905 910,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Wind,  Greenalia,  

    INEOS, ENGIE Announce 84-MW Wind Energy PPA (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-09-23
    Specialty chemicals producer INEOS is reporting the largest ever wind energy PPA for heavy industry in Belgium. The 10-year agreement with energy producer ENGIE for the purchase of renewable electricity will avoid 1,150,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and give a significant boost to the further development of capital-intensive offshore wind market.

    Renewable energy will be supplied to INEOS from the Norther offshore wind farm in the North Sea beginning 1st January 2021. The long-term 84 MW commitment will initially be used by existing INEOS production sites and later by the chemicals complex Project ONE for the production of ethylene and propylene in Antwerp. (Source: INOES, PR, 22 September 2020) Contact: INEOS Propject ONE, Richard Longden +41 21 627 7063 or +41 7996 26123, John McNally, CEO ,; ENGIE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  INEOS,  Wind Energy.,  

    Dogger Bank Offshore Wind to Use 13MW GE Turbines (Int'l. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-09-23
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting its newly upgraded 13MW Haliade-X turbines would be used for the 3.6GW Dogger Bank offshore wind farm -- a 50:50 Equinor and SSE Renewables joint venture -- 130km off the UK Yorkshire Coast . The Dogger Bank project is being constructed in three consecutive 1.2GW phases with first power generation expected in 2023

    In Oct., 2019, GE Renewable Energy contracted to supply 12MW Haliade-X turbines, but now reports it will supply 190 units of its enhanced 13MW Haliade-X units. The Dogger Bank project will be the first installation of a 13MW turbine anywhere in the world. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, renew economy, 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, John Lavelle, Offshore Wind Tres., CEO,; SSE Reewables, Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Project Dir.,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SSE Renewable,  Dogger Bank,  Offshore Wind,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Turbine ,  

    SSE Orders Chinese Manufactured Wind Turbine Jackets (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-09-21
    Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Renewables is reporting the selection of a Chinese manufacturer over the local Scottish firm Burntisl and Fabrications' (BiFab) nearly idle yards to fabricate 84 of the 114 wind turbine jackets for its Seagreen offshore wind farm 17 miles from the Angus coast.

    When fully operational, the £3 billion project will Scotland's largest offshore wind farm . (Source: SSE, Press & Journal, 19 Sept., 2020)Contact: Scottish and Southern Energy,, SSE Renewables,

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    ODE Claims Polish Offshore Wind Farm Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2020-09-18
    International engineering and technical services provider ODE Engineering, part of the DORIS Group, reports it has contracted with Poland's Baltic Power for the initial technical design and building permit design for the Baltic Power's offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea.

    ODE will be support Baltic Power across multiple technical areas -- technical designs of the offshore site, turbine foundations, inter-array cables layout, energy production calculations, budget, project scheduling, supporting analysis and others.

    Contract work is slated to begin almost immediately for construct in 2024. (Source: ODE Engineering, PR, 4Coffshore, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: ODE Engineering, David Robertson, Head of Renewables, +44 20 8481 1190,; Baltic Power,

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    EnBW Growing Onshore Wind Energy Portfolio (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-09-18
    In Germany, Stuttgart-headquartered power producer EnBW reports it expects to increase its output in Germany by almost 90 MW in 2020 through the acquisition of existing wind turbines in Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg and the further development of its own projects.

    As previously reported, EnBW acquired 20 wind turbines with an output of 36 MW in Saxony-Anhalt and plans to replace the older wind turbines with more modern and powerful units. In addition, EnBW has recently acquired another wind farm with a capacity of 18 MW in Brandenburg. Furthermore, EnBW is developing its own projects in Germany in 2020 that have a total output of 33.5 MW and will be placed into operation by the end of the yearIn order to help push forward the expansion of wind power in Germany. EnBW has also joined with 50 partner organisations and companies to form the sector-wide initiative Windforfuture -- a wind energy support campaign by the German wind energy sector.

    Half of the EnBW generation portfolio will be comprised of renewable energies by the end of 2025. In the area of wind energy, the company offers planning, construction, operation, maintenance and servicing from one source. A current focus of its onshore business activities is also repowering. The goal is to be operating onshore and offshore wind power plants with a total output of 4,500 megawatts by 2025. (Source: EnBW, Website PR Contact: Windforfuture,; EnBW, Stefanie Klumpp, +49721 63-00,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnBW news,  Wind news,  Onshore Wind news,  

    CNOOC Offshore Wind Generates First Power (Int'l. Report)
    CNOOC Limited
    Date: 2020-09-16
    Hong Kong-headquartered CNOOC Limited is reporting its offshore wind power project Jiangsu Province is online and generating its first power.

    When fully operational and grid connected before the year end, the 300 MW project will incorporate 67 wind turbines and reduce CO2 emissions by 571,000 tpy compared with conventional coal-fired thermal power plants with the same generating capacity. (Source: CNOOC, Website PR, 15 Sept., 2020) Contact: CNOOC Ltd,

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    UK Floating Wind Turbine Assembly Platform Set for Testing (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-09-16
    In the UK, Fallmouth-based floating drydock developer Tugdock Ltd is reporting receipt of Maeine-i grant funding to research, construct and test a platform designed to aid in the building and launching of floating wind turbines at sea. The company has patented and produced a floating solution to lift structures for various uses.

    Marine-i, which is partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is designed to help the marine technology sector in Cornwall grow through harnessing the potential of research and innovation. (Source: Tugdock Ltd., PR, Website, Sept., 2020) Contact: Tugdock Ltd., Lucas Lowe-Houghton, Dir. Bus. Dev., +44 (0) 79327 02525,,

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    350-MW Taiwan Wind Project Set for Construction (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-09-11
    wpd AG reports the 350-MW Guanyin offshore wind project off the coast of Taiwan is set to start construction for planned commissioning in 2022.

    According to a release, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will supply 36 units of its V164 turbine to be mounted on towers from CS Wind Taiwan. Formosa Heavy Industry and CTCI Machinery are providing monopile foundation structures that will be set with HLV seaway Yudin by Seaway Heavilift and Fred Olsen Windcarrier will install the turbines. The submarine cables are intended to be laid by CSBC Deme Wind Engineering (CDWE) and GE Taiwan will build an onshore-substation after the submarine cables have landed on the mainland. (Source: wpd AG, PR, Energy Global, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: wpd AG, Alison Aguile,,

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    BP, Equinor Ink U.S. Offshore Wind Deal (Int'l. Report, M&A)
    BP, Equinor
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In the UK, London-headquartered oil industry major BP is reporting an agreement to purchase a 50 pct stake in two US projects -- Empire Wind and Beacon Wind -- from Norway's Equinor for $1.1 billion. Under the agreement, BP and Equinor will also jointly develop four assets located offshore New York and Massachusetts. The deal is expected to close in early 2021.

    BP plans to increase renewable power development from 2.5 GW in 2019 to roughly 50 GW by 2030 as part of its effort to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: BP, PR, Financial Times, Sept., 2020) Contact: Equinor,; BP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Equinor ,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  

    ENGIE Fabricom Claims UK Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l Report)
    ENGIE Fabricom
    Date: 2020-09-11
    Offshore wind engineering specialist ENGIE Fabricom is reporting a contract with a major offshore wind provider to analyze the current performance and suitability of its monopile foundations on over 50 wind turbines on a wind farm on the east coast of England.

    The work will include complete cathodic protection and pH monitoring of the internal water within each monopile and comprehensive external foundation inspections.(Source: ENGIE Fabricon, PR, Energy Global, Contact: ENGIE Fabricom, Richard Webster, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE Fabricom,  Offshore Wind,  

    UK Climate Assembly Rejects CCS (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-09-11
    The UK's Climate Assembly has released its recommended approaches to meeting the UK's legally binding target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

    Of the recommendations, 95 pct of climate assembly members backed the use of offshore wind technology to contribute towards the country's climate neutrality goal while 81 pct supported solar power and 78 pct onshore wind and 40 pct backed the use of bioenergy.

    22 pct favored the continued use of fossil fuels combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) which "only provides a short-term, expensive solution when better alternatives are available" according to 56 pct of the Climate Assembly members.

    This contrasts with UK government support for the technologies. In March it pledged £800 million for CCS development, while in July it announced a £100 million investment in direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) R&D.

    Download report details HERE. (Source: UK Climate Assembly, Argus, 10 Sept., 2020) Contact: UK Climate Assembly,

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    S.Korean National Oil Opting into Offshore Wind (Int'l. Report)
    Korea National Oil Corporation
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In Ulsan, the South Korean state-owned Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) is reporting plans to build floating offshore wind turbines and establish a carbon capture and storage (CCS) operation in an East Sea gas field slated to be shut down in June 2022.

    The KNOC initiative is in line with South Korean state -owned energy sector companies efforts to expand into new eco-friendly businesses. (Source: Korea National Oil Corporation, PR, Korea Bizwire, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation,

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    Iberdrola's Channel Offshore Wind Project Progressing (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Spanish utility Iberdrola SA is reporting progress in the development of Saint Brieuc, its first commercial-scale offshore wind project in Brittany.

    The €2.4 billion, 62-turbine project is expected to generate sufficient power for 835,000 people and avoid 100,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    An Eiffage Metal and Engie Solutions JV will be in charge of the engineering and construction of the project's substation foundation and topside that houses the transformers and electrical equipment. ENGIE Solutions will carry out final assembly work and commissioning tests.

    Fabrication work will be carried out by Eiffage in Belgium and Poland with a scheduled completion date early in 2022.

    Over the next four years, Iberdrola notes it plans to invest up to €4 billion in offshore wind over the next four years. The company presently has operating facilities in the Irish Sea, in German waters of the Baltic and in the North Sea. The company has an installed capacity of 32,695 MW and a renewable energy project pipeline exceeding 58,000 MW, according to the news release. (Source: Iberdrola, Website News Release, Spt., 2020) Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32,,

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    Korean National Oil Co. Planning East Sea CCS Project (Int'l.)
    Korea National Oil Corporation
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In Ulsan, the South Korean state-owned Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) is reporting plans to build floating offshore wind turbines and establish a carbon capture and storage (CCS) operation in an East Sea gas field slated to be shut down in June 2022.

    The KNOC initiative is in line with state -owned energy sector companies efforts to expand into new eco-friendly businesses. (Source: Korea National Oil Corporation, PR, Korea Bizwire, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea National Oil Corporation news,  

    Denmark's Largest Offshore Wind Foundations Completed (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-09-02
    Offshore wind developer Vattenfall is reporting all 72 foundations have now been installed at its 600-MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm site in the Danish Baltic Sea.

    Turbine installations are slated to start in early 2021, for commissioning and operation before the year end. When fully operational, Kriegers Flak will be Denmark's largest offshore wind facility and will generate sufficient energy for approximately 600,000 Danish households. (Source: Vattenfall, PR, OE, 1 Sept., 2020) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

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    Cloudberry Acquiring Sweden's Scandvind2 (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    Cloudberry Clean Energy,Scanvind2
    Date: 2020-09-02
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered renewable energy developer Cloudberry Clean Energy AS reports it has offered to acquire 100 pct of the shares in Oslo, Norway-based Scanvind2 AS, developer of the 16-turbine Rewind Vanern wind power project in Lake Vanern, Sweden's largest lake.

    Cloudberry notes it has completed operational, financial, and legal due diligence for the acquisition. The sale price is reported to be a combination of reversal of ScanVind2's existing sales credit to Cloudberry, an issuance of about 2.2 million Cloudberry shares at €1.2 and a cash payment not greater than €670,408. (Source: Cloudberry Clean Energy, Website PR, 1 Sept., 2020) Contact: Cloudberrry Clean Energy, Anders Lenborg, CEO, +47 48 89 56 92,,; Scanvind2 AS,

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    TOTAL Joins Korean Floating Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l. Report)
    TOTAL,Macquarie Green Investment Group
    Date: 2020-09-02
    Paris-headquartered French energy major TOTAL reports it is partnering with Macquarie Green Investment Group to develop five floating offshore wind farms off the eastern and southern coasts of South Korea. The first 500-mw project is expected to begin construction by the end of 2023.

    Total notes it holds a majority stake in a floating wind project off Wales and is increasing its renewable energy investments overall with the intent of holding stakes in at least 25 gigawatts of renewable generation capacity in 2025. (Source: TOTAL, BNN, Sept., 2020) Contact: TOTAL,; Macquarie Green Investment Group,

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    JERA Announces 520-MW Japanese Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-26
    Japanese utility JERA Co Inc, the country's largest power generation company, is reporting plans to construct the 65-turbine, 520-MW Ishikari Bay Offshore Wind Farm on Hokkaido island roughly 2 miles offshore from the cities of Ishikari and Otaru in Ishikari Bay.

    The project is expected to include energy storage capacity and is expected to take 36 months to complete. (Source: JERA, PR, Renewables, 25 Aug., 2020) Contact: JERA,

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    New England for Offshore Wind Coalition Set to Launch (Ind. Report)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2020-08-24
    New England for Offshore Wind, a regional coalition that supports the development of offshore wind power, reports it expects to announce its official launch this week. According to the group, which includes environmental advocacy organizations, educational institutions, justice and health organizations, and business alliances, offshore wind power is necessary to address growing energy demands as more power plants go off line in the coming years.

    The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is currently weighing concerns from commercial fishermen, environmentalists, coastal communities and other stakeholders before deciding where leases on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Maine might be allocated and where they wouldn't be allowed. The first offshore wind farm is still six to 10 years from operation, according to the New England for Offshore Wind release. (Source: New England for Offshore Wind, PR, reve, 22 Aug., 2020) Contact: New England for Offshore Wind,

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    Equinor, Iberdrola Plan Brazilian Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor, Iberdrola
    Date: 2020-08-24
    Equinor is reporting major offshore wind power developers have begun submitting plans for several gigawatts of new offshore wind farm projects in Brazil with Iberdrola's Brazilian subsidiary, Neoenergia, having three offshore wind projects in the licensing phase.

    Neoenergia's projects are considering 15-MW turbines totaling roughly 9 GW in waters off Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro and Ceara.

    Equinor reportedly plans to install 320 turbines totaling 4 GW about 20 km from the coast in Rio and Espírito Santoat. (Source: Equinor, PR,reve, 23 Aug., 2020) Contact: Equinor,; Iberdrola,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Iberdrola,  Offshore Wind,  

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