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HZ Windpower Touts New Giant Offshore Wind Turbine (Int'l. Report)
HZ Windpower,
Date: 2019-11-08
In China, the science and technology bureau of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality is reporting the development of a 10-MW offshore wind turbine with a 210-meter rotor diameter. The new H210-10MW turbine could generate about 40 million kWh of electricity per year, according to the release.

The new wind turbine, which was developed by CSIC Haizhuang Wind Power (HZ Windpower) a subsidiary of the Beijing-based state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, will be installed at wind farms in the coastal provinces of Fujian and Guangdong.

HZ Wind was established in 2004 and has $1.1 billion in assets and more than 1,000 employees globally. The company has three business segments includes wind farm investment, turbine supply and O&M engineering service globally. The company owns an operating wind farm in Iowa (US), HZ Wind USA, Inc. based in Iowa, and an R&D center in Denmark, according to its website. (Source: HZ Windpower, Xinhua, Nov., 2019) Contact: HZ Windpower, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/csic-haizhuang-wind-power, www.hzwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  China Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


UK Export Finance Supports Taiwan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l.)
UK Export Finance
Date: 2019-11-06
London-based UK Export Finance, the UK's export credit agency, reports it is issuing a £230 million finance guarantee to support construction of the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm in the Taiwan Strait.

The Formosa 2 project, which is led by Macquarie's Green Investment Group and Swancor Renewable Energy, will incorporate 47 new wind turbines and generate 376 mw of green energy.

As a result of UKEF's support for this project, UK companies will be involved in the construction of the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm, helping to unlock the export potential of this growing sector of the UK economy. The Taiwanese government is aiming to generate 20 pct of its power from renewable sources by 2025. (Source: UK Export Finance, Business Leader, Nov., 2019) Contact: UK Export Finance, Louis Taylor, CEO, https://twitter.com/UKEF, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Export Finance,  Taiwan Wind,  Formosa 2,  


World's Largest Floating Wind Turbine Expected on Line This Year (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Windplus,ABS,Principle Power
Date: 2019-11-06
Windplus, a consortium of utilities EDP, ENGIE and Repsol along with clean energy firm Principle Power, is touting the development of an 8.4MW floating offshore wind turbine to be deployed in Viana do Castello, Portugal. The turbine is expected to come online before the year end.

The wind turbine has been developed by ABS Group and is the first of three ABS-classed, SEMI Submersible Type units that will make up for a total of 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power. (Source: Principle Power, Smart Energy, 5 Nov., 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; ABS, Christopher J. Wiernicki, CEO, www.abs-group.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Principle Power,  ABS Group,  Windplus,  Repsol,  Windfloat Atlantic,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Shell Acquiring Floating Offshore Wind Developer Eolfi (M&A, Int'l)
Eolfi,Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2019-11-06
Paris-headquartered French floating offshore wind and solar energy developer Eolfi reports it is being acquired by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.

EOLFI has a global presence and covers all stages of the value chain including project development, financing, construction and operation, according to the company website. (Source: Eolfi Website, Nov., 2019) Contact: Eolfi, +33 1 40 07 95 00, www.eolfi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Eolfi,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Mayflower Set to Begin Mass. Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Mayflower Wind Energy
Date: 2019-11-04
In the Bay State, Boston-based Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, a joint venture of Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC (EDPR), reports it will supply 804 MW of offshore wind -- sufficient power for approximately 500,000 Massachusetts homes -- from its Mayflower Wind project 20 miles south of Nantucket.

The project is expected to come online in 2025 and to eliminate 1.7 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions -- the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

Shell New Energies and EDPR reportedly have over 18,000 U.S. employees between them, a supply chain of more than 5,000 U.S. companies, $400 billion in market capitalization, experience operating 6,300 mw of onshore wind in the U.S. and ongoing development and construction of 2,700 mw of offshore wind projects in France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Scotland that are anticipated to be operational between now and 2023. (Source: Mayflower Wind, Composites World, 1 Nov, 2019) Contact: Mayflower Wind, John Hartnett, Pres., 508-589-3557, info@mayflowerwind.com, www.mayflowerwind.com; Shell New Energies US, www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/new-energies.html; EDPR Offshore North America, www.edpr.com

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


SGRE Confirms 376 MW Taiwan Offshore Wind Turbine Order (Int'l.)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2019-11-01
Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa (SGRE) reports receipt of an order from Macquarie's Green Investment Group and Swancor Renewable Energy for 47 units of its SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines to be installed at the 376 MW Formosa 2 offshore wind farm project off the coast of Miaoli county, in Taiwan.

Construction is slated to get underway in 2020. The park is situated close to the site of the first commercial offshore wind power plant in Taiwan, Formosa 1, which consists of a total of 22 SGRE offshore wind turbines with Phase 1 and Phase 2 combined. (Source: SiemensGamesa, reve, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, Offshore Head of Technology, www.siemensgamesa.com

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


Kvaerner Claims Hywind Tampen Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l. Report)
Kvaerner,Equinor
Date: 2019-11-01
Oslo, Norway-based offshore engineering and construct firm Kvaerner reports it has contracted with Equinor to deliver 11 floating concrete hulls for offshore wind power turbines for Equinor's Hywind Tampen project off the coast of Norway -- the world's largest floating offshore wind farm.

The NOK 1.5 billion ($164,964,000 - US) contract includes full project management, engineering, assembly site management, mooring system installation, units tow-to-field and installation of the floating wind turbine units. (Source: Kvaener, PR, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: Kvaener, Karl-Petter Loken, Pres., Torbjørn Andersen, IR & Communications, +47 928 85 542, torbjorn.andersen@kvaerner.com, www.kvaerner.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

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


BOEM Announces South Carolina Offshore Wind Plans (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Energy Management
Date: 2019-10-28
The Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM) reports it is in the planning stage to lease wind energy areas along the South Carolina coast to develop offshore wind energy.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), only 6 pct of the Palmetto State's energy comes from renewable sources, but none of that is wind which is now cheaper than gas, coal, and nuclear energy. The International Energy Agency reports lower costs of offshore wind could totally eliminate the need for using fossil fuels.

BOEM plans to establish wind energy areas off the sc coast this year. More information on offshore wind leasing is HERE. (Source: BOEM, PR, 26 Oct., 2019) Contact: BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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


German Utility EnBW Eyes N.Y. Bight Offshore Wind (Int'l. Report)
EnBW,Orsted, Equinor,Eversource Energy
Date: 2019-10-28
The EnBW Group, a German utility company and offshore wind developer, reports it is looking to bid on the next round of wind energy leases in the New York Bight.

The company also reports the finalization of contracts with Equinor Wind US for its 816-MW Empire Wind project near the New York Harbor approaches, and the Sunrise Wind 880 MW project that Orsted and Eversource Energy plan for a federal lease east of Long Island.

EnBW has offices in Boston and Jersey City, N.J., with an eye to future lease offerings. (Source: EnBW, Workboat, 23 Oct., 2019)Contact: EnBW, Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource Energy,  EnBW,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Equinor,  


US DOE Granting $28Mn In Funding For Wind R&D (Funding, R&D)
US DOE
Date: 2019-10-28
In Washington, the US DOE reports it will allocate $28 million in funding to to 13 projects aimed at wind energy cost reductions, with a focus on offshore, distributed and onshore utility-scale wind.

Of the total, as much as $10 million will go to two offshore wind technology demonstration projects -- Lake Erie Energy Development Corp (LEEDCo) will deploy innovative sensing technologies for tracking bird activity near wind turbines, while the University of Maine will develop a floating substructure design for a 10 MW -- 12 MW wind turbine and install it at a project off Maine.

Roughly $7 million will support the testing of innovative offshore wind technologies at national-level testing facilities, with the funding to be shared by six projects including Clemson University which is aiming to improve offshore wind turbine nacelle testing. In another project, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre in Boston is seeking to upgrade its testing facility to make possible the structural testing of wind turbine blades with lengths of between 85 metres and 120 metres.

Other recipients include Oregon State University of Corvallis for tests on the combined effects of wind and waves on floating offshore wind turbines. Four of the 13 selected projects will receive a total of $6 million to support rural utilities by developing technologies that integrate wind with other distributed energy resources. (Source: US DOE, 23 Oct., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Wind,  


IEA Projects Offshore Wind Growth to $1Tn Bus. (Int'l Report)
IEA
Date: 2019-10-28
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting steep cost reductions and improved technology could make offshore wind central to the world's green energy power supply. Offshore wind could also be crucial to limiting temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius this century, and the avoidance of five to seven billion tonnes of CO2 emissions from the power sector globally.

Offshore wind presently accounts for only 0.3 percent of global electricity generation, according to the IEA. Based on current and proposed policies, capacity is set to increase 15-fold over the next two decades, turning wind power into a $1 trillion business, according to the IEA.

In Europe, offshore wind will soon beat new natural gas-fired capacity on cost and be on a par with solar PV and onshore wind. The UK today has the biggest capacity for wind power, but China is likely to have the largest offshore wind fleet by 2025. The industry is also growing in markets such as the United States, Taiwan and Japan. (Source: IEA, Reuters , Oct., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA,  Offshore Wind,  


PGE Seeking Sale of Stake in Baltic Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna
Date: 2019-10-25
Polish state-owned utility Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA (PGE) reports it is in discussions with Orsted for the sale of a 50 pct stake in two Baltic Sea offshore wind farm projects totaling 2.5GW -- the 1GW Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica 3, which is being developed for start-up in 2026, and 1.5GW Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica 2, slated to be brought online in 2030. (Source: PWEA, Recharge, 22 Oct., 2019)Contact: Polska Grupa Energetyczna, www.gkpge.pl/Oferta; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


Floating Wind Farm Planned for Ulsan, Korea (Int'l Report)
EDPR, Aker Solutions
Date: 2019-10-21
A consortium of WindPower Korea, EDP Renewables and the engineering firm Aker Solutions are reporting plans to develop an initial 500MW floating wind farm off the coast of Ulsan Metropolitan City in South Korea. Principle Power will supply its proven WindFloat® foundation technology for the project.

The South Korean Government is calling for 13 GW of offshore wind to be installed by 2030 and set a target of at least 30 pct renewable energy by 2040.

The Ulsan area is considered well-suited for commercializing floating wind, due to the combination of industry-leading shipyards, maritime expertise and port facilities in the region. (Source: WindPower Korea, EDPR Renewables, Aker Solutions, reve, 189 Oct., 2019) Contact: WindPower Korea, +82-2-584-5326, kwsuh@windpowerkorea.com, www.windpowerkorea.com; Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; EDP Renewables, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Aker Solutions,  EDPR,  


BOEM Approves Dominion Energy's Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Date: 2019-10-16
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for the design, fabrication and installation of its previously reported 2,600-MW offshore wind project in US federal waters 27 miles off the Virginian coast.

With these approvals, construction is expected to get underway in mid 2020. Orsted will construct the project which will incorporate SiemensGamesa 6-MW turbines. (Source: Dominion Energy, BOEM, renews, 15 Oct., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Thomas Brostrom, US Offshore Wind CEO, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Dominion Energy Virginia Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

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


Rutgers Awarded $1.3Mn for Offshore Wind Turbine Research (Funding)
Rutgers University
Date: 2019-10-11
In the Garden State, New Brunswick-based Rutgers University reports Professor Onur Bilgen, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was recently awarded a U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), $1,356,872 grant for wind turbine research.

The ARPA-E's Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and Afloat with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS) program focuses on three areas critical to the successful development of radically new floating offshore wind turbines (FOWT) -- new designs, new computer tools, and experiments that collect data to validate the FOWT designs and computer tools.

Bilgen and his team plans to use their software to design a FOWT that generates more electricity while using fewer materials to manufacture and reducing turbine maintenance and operational costs. (Source: Rutgers University, PR, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Rutgers University, Professor Onur Bilgen, 848-445-5869, o.bilgen@rutgers.edu, www.mae.rutgers.edu

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


MHI Vestas to Power French Floating Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
MHI Vestas
Date: 2019-10-09
Wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind reports it has signed a preferred supplier agreement to supply turbines for the €230 million ($252.6 million), 28.5-MW Groix & Belle-Ile pilot floating wind project off the French coast.

MHI Vestas will provide three of its V164-9.5MW machines that will be used instead of the initially planned 6-MW General Electric turbines.

Project participants include CGN Europe Energy, la Banque des Territoires and French renewables firm Eolfi. (Source: MHI Vestas, Renewables, Oct., 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Floating Wind,  


Coalition Calls for 10 GW of Calif. Offshore Wind Power (Ind Report)
Equinor,Aker Solutions,NREL
Date: 2019-10-07
A new Offshore Wind California coalition of renewable energy companies is calling for the Golden State to commit to a goal of at least 10 GW of primarily floating offshore wind power in California waters by 2040.

The group that counts Equinor and offshore engineering company Aker Solutions among its members notes that U.S. East Coast states have about 22 GW worth of offshore wind commitments and are projected to see an estimated $70 billion in related supply chain spending by 2030.

The US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates California's potential for offshore wind at about 112 GW, including about 8.4 GW in three Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) designated study areas. NREL also notes that floating wind platforms are a basic requirement for most of the state's offshore waters, which are too deep to support monopile or multi-leg jackets. (Source: NREL, Maritime Executive, Oct., 2019) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov; Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Floating Offshore Wind,  BOEM,  NREL,  Equinor,  Aker Solutions,  Offshore Wind,  


Mainstream, ENI Partnering for UK Offshore Wind Sites Bids (Int'l)
Mainstream Renewable Power
Date: 2019-10-07
Global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power reports it is partnering with Rome-based oil and gas giant Eni in preparation for the latest auction of leases for offshore wind-power sites in the UK.

The new co-operation agreement will allow Mainstream to comply with new rules for the fresh UK round of auctions under which bidders must have balance sheets worth at least £600 million ($740 million +-) over the past three years. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, Sunday Times, 6 Oct., 2019)Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, +353 (0) 1 290 2000, www.mainstreamrp.com; ENI, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax., www.eni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mainstream Renewable Power,  Eni,  Offhosre Wind,  


Siemens Gamesa 8MW Wind Turbine DNV GL Certified (Ind Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,DNV GL
Date: 2019-10-04
DNV GL reports it has certified Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine to be in full compliance with the international wind turbine standard IECRE OD-501 and allows for immediate market implementation.

The SG 8.0-167 DD turbine provides an increase in annual energy production of 20 pct compared to the previously certified turbine variant, the SWT-7.0-154, and is suitable for both 50 Hertz and 60 Hertz grid operation, according to Siemens Gamesa. The turbine will be installed in offshore wind parks worldwide including the 1,400MW Hornsea Two project in the UK and the 900MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2 project in Taiwan, according to Diemens Gamesa. (Source: DNV GL, offshoreWIND, Oct., 2019) Contact: DNV GL, Kim Mork, Exex. VP, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com; Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, Offshore Head of Technology, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  DNV GL,  


Equinor Offloads 25 pct Stake in German Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l)
Equinor, RWE Renewables
Date: 2019-10-04
In Oslo, Equinor is reporting it will sell a 25 pct stake in the Arkona Offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea to funds advised by Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners for roughly €500 million ($547.85 million). Equinor will retain a 25 pct stake.

The 385MW Arkona Offhore wind farm is operated by RWE Renewables, which holds a 50 pct stake in the wind farm. (Source: Equinor, Reuters, 3 Oct., 2019)Contact: Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com; RWE Renewables, ww.rwe.com

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


Dominion Planning 220-Turbine Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2019-10-02
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy reports it will seek regulatory approval for a 2,600-MW, 220-turbine offshore wind project to be constructed in leased federal waters 27 miles off Virginia Beach.

If approved and constructed, the approximately $7.8 billion project would generate sufficient power for 650,000 homes when fully operational in 2026. according to the release. (Source: Dominion Energy, Daily Commercial News, AP, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark Mitchell, VP Generation Construction, www.dominionenergy.com

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


GE Haliade-Xs Selected for Mammoth UK Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-10-02
GE Renewable Energy reports receipt of a preferred supplier agreement to deliver as many as 300 of its Haliade-X turbines for the giant 3.6 GW Dogger Bank complex of three, 1.2GW wind farms being constructed off the UK by a developer consortium made up of Equinor and SSE.

The Dogger Bank order, which hinges on a final investment decision expected before the end of next year, would kick-off a £9 billion ($11 billion) capital investment by the developers. Once fully operational, Dogger Bank will supply sufficient power for more than 4.5 million homes -- 5 pct of the UK's estimated electric power generation. Construction is set to get underway early next year for power production in 2023. (Source: GE, Recharge Wind, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, John Lavelle, CEO Offshore Wind, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

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


Shell, EDP JV Pitch Connecticut Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Shell, EDP,Mayflower Wind
Date: 2019-10-02
Mayflower Wind, a 50/50 Shell New Energies US and Portugal-based EDPR Offshore North America JV, reports the submission of bids to Connecticut regulators to develop and construct an offshore wind farm in leased waters roughly 20 miles south of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

One proposal is for a 408-mw wind project and the other is a 804-mw wind farm. Both would have an expected 20-year life span. Both Netherlands-based Shell and Portugal-based EDP have North American renewable operations based in Houston. (Source: Mayflower Wind, EDP, Shell, Chronicle, 1 Oct., 2019)Contact: Mayflower Wind, www.mayflowerwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Mayflower Wind,  Shell,  EDP,  


Dominion Energy Acquires VA. Solar Projects (M&A, Ind Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Old Dominion State, Richmand-based Dominion Energy, Inc. subsidiary Dominion Generation, Inc. is reporting acquisition of two solar generating projects from Savion LLC, a subsidiary of Macquarie's Green Investment Group.

The 15-MW Myrtle Solar project in the City of Suffolk is expected to come online in Q2, 2020. The 80-MW Greensville Solar facility in Greensville County is expected to come online in late 2020.

Power generated at the two sites, as well as the renewable energy credits, will go to telecommunications company T-Mobile USA, Inc., under long-term PPAs. {Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 28 Sept., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Aaron Ruby, (804) 771-3404, Aaron.F.Ruby@dominionenergy.com, Gary Courts, GM New Bus. Dev., www.DominionEnergy.com

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


EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2019-09-30
According to the recently released U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 report, despite renewable energy investment more than tripling globally during the current decade compared to the last 10-year period, most of the power delivered to the world's electric grids during the recent decade was from coal -- still the world's largest source of electricity, providing 38 pct of world electrical generation in 2018, about the same as 1997.

The world spent about $2.6 trillion on renewable energy projects during the decade, over three times the amount spent from 2000 to 2009. Solar PV investments totaled around $1.3 trillion, and onshore and offshore wind investment totaled around $1 trillion. Globally, solar energy capacity increased by 638 GW between 2009 and 2019, while coal-fired capacity increased by 529 GW, wind capacity increased 487 GW, and natural gas capacity increased 436 GW. In 2018, $41 billion was invested in coal worldwide.

China's spending on renewable electricity was the highest in the world at $758 billion from 2000 to the first half of 2019. The US was second with $356 billion, followed by Japan at $202 billion. The European nations spent around $698 billion on wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources, with Germany and the UK spending the most. It is expected that 330 GW of new wind power capacity will come online over the next five years, driven primarily by onshore wind power projects in the US and China. Investments in renewable power capacity in 2018, however, dropped 38 pct in China and by 6 pct in the US, while rising 45 pct in Europe.

The report predicts that electric power demand for coal will fall to 17 pct of total generation by 2050. Moody's Investors Service predicts coal will represent 11 pct of total U.S. power generation by 2030 -- down from 27 pct in 2018. The over 50 pct drop in coal demand from utilities by 2030 implies that coal demand would decline by about 7 pct per year on average over the next 10 years.

Download the US EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 report HERE. (Source: US EIA, Sept., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Renewable Energy,  US EIA,  


Orsted's Hornsea Offshore Wind Project Near Completion (Int'l.)
Orsted
Date: 2019-09-27
In the UK, Orsted is reporting the world's largest offshore wind farm roughly 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast of Britain is nearing completion.

The Hornsea One project incorporates 174 , 7-MW wind turbines and will generate sufficient electric power for 1 million or more homes when completed and online in 2020. (Source: Orstd, 24 Sept, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


ORSTED Invests in Offshore Wind Turbine Safety System (Int'l.)
Orsted,Pict Offshore
Date: 2019-09-25
Danish renewable energy giant ORSTED reports the acquisition of a 22.5 pct stake in Pict Offshore. Pict's "Get Up Safe" (GUS) system was developed by Ørsted and Fife-based height safety specialist Limpet Technology.

The GUS system safely lifts technicians between small vessels and offshore wind turbines. The system will be installed at a new site in Inverkeithing, Fife. (Source: Orsted, The National Scot, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Mark Porter, VP Offshore Operations, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Pict Offshore, Philip Taylor, +44 (0) 1383 431 891, info@pictoffshore.com, www.pictoffshore.com

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


UK Holding $25Bn Offshore Wind Farm Sites Auction (Int'l Report)
Crown Estate,Offshore Wind
Date: 2019-09-23
Further to our 30th August report, the Crown Estate in the UK is reported to have launched its first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in a decade, offering four new sites -- Dogger Bank Bidding Area, Eastern Regions Bidding Area, South East Bidding Area and Northern Wales and the Irish Sea Bidding Area -- with the combined potential of 7-8.5 GW -- sufficient power for more than six million UK homes. The first seabed rights could be awarded in early 2021, Crown Estate said.

The UK plans to generate one-third of its electricity from wind power by 2030 as part of efforts to reach its 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.

Crown Estate acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Crown Estate Scotland is expected to launch an offshore wind seabed licensing round for sites off the Scottish coast in October. (Source: Crown Estate, Aljazeera, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Crown Estate,  Offshore Wind,  UK Offshore Wind,  


Dominion Touting 220-Turbine NJ Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2019-09-23
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based utility holding company Dominion Energy is touting its proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project -- the first fully permitted wind project in US federal waters. Dominion has filed an interconnection request for its 2.6-GW, 220-turbine project with PJM, the grid operator for much of the East Coast and Midwest.

Ocean survey work is slated to get underway in 2020 and a construction and operations plan will be submitted in 2022. The project would be located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

There are now more than 26,000 MW of offshore wind capacity in various stages of development off the East Coast and in the Great Lakes, with additional potential off the East and West Coasts, according to the Click Lancashire article. (Source: Dominion Energy, Click Lancashire, 22 Sept., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell,VP Generation Construction, www.dominionenergy.com

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Orsted Selects N.J. Offshore Wind Components Site (Ind. Report)
Orsted,Ocean Wind LLC
Date: 2019-09-20
Danish wind energy developer Orsted reports its selection of the shuttered Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township New Jersey has been approved by the state Board of Public Utilities. Orsted plans to construct an onshore substation and components facility at the site to service its planned a 1,100-MW, $1.6 billion offshore wind facility 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

The 1,100-MW offshore wind project is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 500,000 area homes. Construction is slated to get underway in the early 2020s for commissioning and operation in 2024. public meeting last month in Atlantic City. (Source: Orsted, Press of Atlantic City, 17 Sept., 2019)Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Ocean Wind LLC, oceanwind.com

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Formosa I Offshore Wind Turbine Trials Underway (Int'l. Report)
Orsted,SiemensGamesa,Macquarie Capital
Date: 2019-09-16
Denmark-based offshore wind farm developer Orsted has reportedly begun trial runs of six offshore wind turbines at the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm off the west coast of central Taiwan. Orsted is the developer of Formosa 1 and holds a 35 pct stake in the offshore wind farm. Japan-based JERA holds 32.5 pct, Australia-based Macquarie Capital has 25 pct and Taiwan-based Swancor Renewable Energy holds 7.5 pct.

Formosa 1 has a total 128MW total capacity with two 4MW offshore wind turbines already installed in the first phase in October 2016 and another 20, 6MW turbines being installed in the second phase. Orsted has so far installed 10 of the project's 20 SiemensGamesa-manufactured offshore wind turbines.

Formosa I is expected to be fully operational by the year end. (Source: Orsted, DIGITIMES, Taipei, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Swancor Renewable Energy, +886 49 2255420, +886 49 2251534 - fax, swancor@swancor.com.tw, www.swancor.com.tw; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Macquarie Capital, www.macquarie.com

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East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm Now in Production (Int'l.)
Iberdrola
Date: 2019-09-16
Spanish wind developer Iberdrola reports its 102-turbine North Sea East Anglia One offshore wind farm off the coast of County Suffolk has been connected to the UK electricity grid and is slated to go into operation next year. Iberdrola's subsidiary, ScottishPower Renewables, which installed 25 turbines on the site this summer, will gradually connect them to the grid.

When fully operational in 2020, the £2.5 billion, 300 km2 project will be the worlds largest wind farm, with an installed capacity of 714 MW supplying energy to 630,000 British homes. (Source: Iberdrola, reve, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: East Anglia One, www.iberdrola.com/conocenos/lineas-negocio/proyectos-emblematicos/parque-eolico-marino-east-anglia-one, www,iberdrola.com

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Formosa I Phase II Offshore Wind Begins Power Production (Int'l.)
Formosa I, Orsted
Date: 2019-09-13
Orsted A/S is reporting the second phase of the 128-MW Formosa I offshore wind project in Taiwanese waters has begun generating power. When fully operational, Phase 2 will incorporate 20 Siemens Gamesa's 6-MW turbines, 10 of which been erected and six have begun producing power.

The 120-MW power plant off the coast of Miaoli County, Taiwan, is expected to become fully operational within the next two months and will generate sufficient power for an estimated 128,000 Taiwanese homes.

Formosa I investors include the renewables unit of Swancor Holding Co Ltd, Macquarie Group Ltd., Denmark’s Orsted and JERA Co. (Source: Orsted, Various Media, 11 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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Consortium Funds Offshore Wind Anchorage Study (R&D, Funding)
National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
Date: 2019-09-13
The new federally-funded U.S. National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium reports awarding its first contract to the U.S. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The $300,000 award will support NREL's work on the economic feasibility of shared mooring lines to cut deep-water floating wind farm costs by connecting adjacent turbine platforms and distributing load, resulting in fewer anchors and considerable savings.

The DOE-created consortium is funded with $20 million to conduct research and development to address technological barriers and lower the costs and risks of offshore wind in the United States. To that end, DOE and Department of the Interior (DOI) identified the following research areas to facilitate the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry: wind plant technology advancement; wind resource and physical site characterization, and; installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain technology solutions.

The Consortium is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA). (Source: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, ENR, 11 Sept., 2019)Contact: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, www.energy.gov › eere › national-offshore-wind-rd-consortium; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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EDF Renewables Snares German Wind Projects (M&A, Int'l Report)
EDF Renewables,Altus AG,
Date: 2019-09-13
EDF Renewables reports acquisition of a roughly 300 MW, 10 project pipeline of German wind projects from wind and solar energy developer Altus AG in Karlsruhe.

The projects, which are at various stages of development, are expected to to be completed and commissioned over the next 5 years. Once fully permitted, the projects will participate to the onshore wind auctions organized by the German Federal Government in order to secure 20-year Power Purchase Agreements.

EDF Renewables presently operates more than 580 MW of wind projects in Germany through its subsidiaries, among which 400 MW offshore wind capacity as an operation and maintenance service provider. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, reve, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Altus AG, +49 721 6269060, www.altus-ag.de; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

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Partners Tout Offshore Wind Transmission Concept (Int'l. Report)
TenneT, EnBW,Orsted
Date: 2019-09-09
TenneT, EnBW and Orsted are reporting an alliance to implement a new concept for connecting offshore wind farms and converter platforms in the German North Sea -- Orsted's Borkum Riffgrund West 1 and Borkum Riffgrund 2 projects in Cluster 1 as well as the Northern Energy OWP West and EnBW He Dreiht wind farms in Cluster 7.

Traditionally, projects feature a transformer platform which is connected to the converter platform for the transmission of electricity ashore. The new concept would avoid the construction of offshore substations and eliminate the need for costly export cable. (Source: TenneT, PR, 4Coffshore, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: TenneT, Tim Meyerjurgens, Managing Director, +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org; EnBW, Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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Belgian North Sea Offshore Wind Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV
Date: 2019-09-09
Zwijndrecht, Belgium-based Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) is reporting the first three of 58 momopole offshore wind turbine foundations for the SeaMade offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea are being installed.

The SeaMade project combines the Seastar (252MW) and Mermaid (235MW) wind farms for a total of 58 turbines with a total capacity of 487 MW, making it the largest wind farm in Belgium and the Belgian North Sea. Each of the Project's two wind farms, Mermaid and Seastar, will have its own offshore substation. When fully operational in 2020, SeaMade is expected to generate sufficient electric power for for 500,000 households (Source: Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV, Port News, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: DEME Group, +54 11 3221 6740, info.diar@deme-group.com, www.deme-group.com

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Wind Turbine Installer Windhoist Group Sold (Int'l, M&A)
Windhoist
Date: 2019-09-09
Irvine, Scotland-based wind turbine installation business Windhoist Group is reported to have been sold to European fund manager Star Capital for an undisclosed price.

Windhoist, which has premises in Germany and subsidiaries in Morocco, Ireland, South Africa and Australia, has erected more than 6000 turbines across the world, with a capacity of more than 11GW. Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, Goldwind, Enercon and Nordex are among Winhoist's customers. Recent Windhoist projects include the construction of 84 offshore wind towers for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind project in the Moray Firth. (Source: Windhoist, insider.co.uk, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Winhoist, +44 1294 204860 info@ windhoist.co.uk, www.windhoist.co.uk; Star Capital, www.star-capital.com

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SiF Expanding Rotterdam Port Offshore Wind Facilities (Int'l.)
Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore
Date: 2019-09-04
In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has given the nod to offshore power firm Sif Holding nv planned lease of an additional 20 hectares -- including a 200 meter stretch of deep sea quay -- to deploy its offshore infrastructure. SiF presently leases 42 hectares of land at the port.

The new leased site's inaugural project will be the logistics handling of 94 wind turbine foundations to be delivered to the Rotterdam offshore wind sites Borssele 1 and 2, both of which are operated by offshore infrastructure group Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore (DEME), which has signed a major marshalling services contract with Sif to begin in October 2019. (Source: SiF, Government Europa, 3 Sep., 2019) Contact: SiF Holding, Offshore Foundations, Fred van Beers, CEO, +31 475 385 777, info@sif-group.com, www.sif-group.com/en; Rotterdam Port Authority, Allard Castelein, CEO, +31 (0) 10 - 252 10 10, www.portofrotterdam.com; Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore, www.deme-group.com

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Crown Estate ID's UK Offshore Wind Expansion Sites (Int'l.)
Crown Estate
Date: 2019-08-30
In London, The Crown Estate reports it has identified seven offshore wind sites that could expand operations without posing any threat to the environment. The expansion will add 2.85 GW to the UK's wind farm capacity, equating to an extra 10pc in the UK's offshore wind farm capacity.

The Crown Estate is made up of land and holdings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland that belong to the Queen. The collection is part of the sovereign's "public estate" so the monarch is not involved in day-to-day management of the land and has only limited control of its affairs. (Source: The Crown Estate, Telegraph, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

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Vineyard Wind proposes additional wind farms
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2019-08-30
In the Bay State, Vineyard Wind last week submitted proposals for additional commercial-scale offshore wind farms as part of the state's second call for clean-energy generation and transmission projects.

The proposals include a required 400 MW option and two options for development of an 800 MW project. The proposed "Vineyard Wind 2" project would be constructed in Vineyard Wind's lease area about 14 miles southwest of Nantucket. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Inquirer and Mirror, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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DOE Releases Annual Wind Market Reports (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2019-08-26
The U.S. DOE has released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, offshore, and distributed wind.

According to the report, the utility-scale Land-Based Wind Sector had another strong year with 7,588 MW installed during 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices. The U.S. distributed wind sector now stands at 1,127 MW from over 83,000 wind turbines across all 50 states. And the U.S. offshore wind industry has a pipeline of 25,824 MW in various stages of development. The report found:

  • The U.S. wind industry installed 7,588 MW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity to over 96 gigawatts (GW).

  • Wind industry employment is at an all-time high, supporting 114,000 jobs

  • In total, 41 states operated utility-scale wind projects -- Texas leads the nation with nearly 25 GW of wind capacity, while California, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma have more than 5 GW.

  • Wind energy provides 6.5 pct of the nation's electricity, more than 10 pct of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30 pct in Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

  • The trend of installing wind turbines that are larger and more powerful continued in 2018 and the price of wind energy being sold in long-term contracts is at an all-time low.

    The 2018 Distributed Wind Market report highlights include:

  • Distributed wind power is used at or near where it is generated, as opposed to wind power from wholesale generation, where power is sent to consumers via transmission lines and substations.

  • Employed by households, schools, farms, industrial facilities, and municipalities, distributed wind doesn't only refer to small-scale turbines; it includes any size turbine or array of turbines that generates power for local or on-site use.

  • U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 1,127 MW in 2018. This capacity comes from over 83,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

  • The trend of using larger wind turbines in distributed applications continued in 2018. The average capacity of large-scale turbines installed in distributed applications in 2018 was 2.1 MW -- almost double the capacity of turbines used in 2003.

  • Commercial and industrial distributed wind projects increased in 2018, representing 29 pct of total project capacity. Distributed wind for utility customers remained the most prevalent use, representing 47 pct of capacity in 2018.

  • Of small wind turbines (100 kilowatts or less) deployed in the U.S., turbines of less than 1 kW are contributing an increasingly larger percentage of both the total number of turbines (99 pct) and capacity (47 pct) of small wind projects.

    The 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report found:

  • The U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline grew to a potential generating capacity of 25,824 MW across 13 states, including the Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016.

  • Projects totaling 21,225 MW have exclusive site control -- a lease or other contract to develop the site. Most of these projects are on the Eastern seaboard, with one in the Great Lakes.

  • California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase.

  • The DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctions for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts brought in winning bids of $135 million indicating strong interest and confidence in the U.S. offshore wind market.

  • Offtake prices for the first commercial-scale U.S. offshore wind project -- Vineyard Wind off the coast of Massachusetts -- came in lower than expected at $65–$75 per MWh.

  • Technology trends toward larger turbines continued, with offshore turbines installed globally in 2018 averaging 5.5 MW, and turbines with capacities of 10- 12 MW coming to market in the next couple years. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office., 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

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  • NaiKun Wind Inks "Indicative" Offhhore Wind Agreement (Ind. Report)
    NaiKun Wind Energy Group
    Date: 2019-08-23
    In British Columbia, Vancouver-based NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. reports the inking of an "indicative offer" with an unnamed major offshore wind development company to develop wind resource in Hecate Strait, a few kilometers east of Haida Gwaii island, within the traditional territory of the Haida Nation. A definitive agreement is expected within the next few weeks, subject to shareholder, regulatory and TSX Venture Exchange approval.

    Under the terms of the agreement, the offshore wind developer will provide technical expertise, dedicated financial resources, and establish a framework for a long-term relationship. of the strongest and most consistent in the world. (Source: NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc., PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc., Mike O'Connor, President & CEO, 604-631-4483, moconnor@naikun.ca, www.naikun.ca

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    Connecticut Issues First Offshore Wind RFP (Ind. Report)
    Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
    Date: 2019-08-21
    In its first offshore wind-dedicated solicitation, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reports it has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) targeting up to 2,000 MW of offshore wind. The RFP requires detailed information on the bidder as well as an Environmental and Fisheries Mitigation Plan. Bids are due by noon on September 30.

    A previous DEEP RFP requiring less detailed information received more then 50 comments plus 100 additional comments and emails directed to the Commission on Environmental Standards. (Source: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 19 Aug., 2019) Contact: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection , www.ct.gov/deep/site/default.asp

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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