Infinity will develop utility-scale and distributed solar energy and wind power projects in Egypt and Africa. Egypt's 2035 Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy targets 20 pct of the electricity mix coming from renewables by 2022 and 42 pct by 2035.
Infinity Energy completed the development and construction of Egypt's first large-scale solar power plant in February 2018, followed by another three plants in Benban Solar Park, which is considered the largest solar park in the world to date. Infinity Energy now operates its six solar plants with a total capacity of 235MW.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently committed an investment in Infinity Energy of up to S$60 million in the form of capital increase in the company to finance the development, construction and operation of renewable energy projects and associated ancillary business including electricity distribution and electric vehicle charging stations in Egypt and across Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries. (Source: Masdar, Infinity Energy, Arabian News, 16 Jan., 2020) Contact: Infinity Solar, Nayer Fouad, CEO,+20 2 25054345,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.infinitysolar.com; Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, email@example.com, www.masdar.ca.ae
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The investment is in line with AfDB's efforts to alleviate financing constraints in the renewable energy sector and will contribute to production of 178,5 MW of renewable power for commercial and residential use.
Metier is a well-established fund manager with a track record of deploying more than US$550 million in African countries, including solar, wind and hydro power projects in Southern and East Africa. Metier has been a key player in South African solar power, a maturing technology that offers significant benefits in terms of storage and dispatchability to the grid, unlike traditional photovoltaic options.
In other African renewable energy news , the AfDB has approved a $8.91 million grant drawn from the EU Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support Ruzizi IV, 287 MW Hydropower Project, to be situated on the Ruzizi River between Rwanda and Congo.
The Ruzizi III, with a projected 147 MW output is under development with Bank support.
(Source: African Dev. Bank, Chronicle, 14 Jan., 2020)
Contact: AfDB, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en
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The loan funding will support the construction and installation of a biomethane and electricity generating plant at Cocal's Narandiba municipality unit in Sao Paulo state. The facility will use sugarcane straw, filter cake and other sugar and ethanol wastes to to produce 33 million cubic mpy of biogas. (Source: BNDES, Renewables, 12 Jan., 2019)
(Contact: Cocal Energia, 18 3361-8888, www.cocal.com.br; BNDES, +55 21 2052-7447 / 3747-7447, www.bndes.gov.br
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TerraForm has stakes in 2,392MW of wind and 1,674MW of solar PV facilities in the US, Europe, Canada, Chile and Uruguay.
The deal is board, regulatory and other approvals. (Source: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, WindPower, 13 Jan., 2020)
Contact: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, Gordon Hicks, CEO, (905) 943-4100, www.brookfieldgis.com;
TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.terraform.com
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The Fuerstkogel Wind Farm was constructed by BayWa's subsidiary ECOwind utilizing 5 Vestas V126 turbines producing about 45 GWh of power per year.
(Source: BayWa r.e., Renewables, 14 Jan., 2020)Contact: BayWa r.e., Hakan Wallin, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com
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EDF currently operates two wind farms in Wales with a maintenance amd operations base in Aberystwyth.
Subject to upcoming public consultations, the company
will apply for a link to the National Grid submit the full application for regulatory approvals and permitting before the end of 2020. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, reve, 11 Jan., 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com
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"That further work means continued technology innovation. We have to keep finding and inventing solutions to the myriad of individual problems posed by the dual challenge. These different efforts -- both within and outside of our own research labs -- are all essential to moving us forward. They include the important renewables work being done with wind, solar and geothermal by so many around the world; they also include research focused on carbon capture technology and biofuels -- and everything in between. On ExxonMobil’s end, we are proud of our portfolio of innovative emission-lowering projects that have led to more than 10,000 patents in the last decade. Since 2000, we've spent $16.5 billion on this kind of R&D.
"Moving into 2020, we need to stay focused on several key themes related to solving the dual challenge: scale, speed, collaboration and training the next generation of scientists, engineers and other problem solvers. Scale is everything in our efforts. Reducing carbon emissions to fight climate change as we simultaneously deliver more and more energy to a growing world is a big job. And it's not just one job. As I said earlier this year, 'Not only are the sizes we are talking about so big they are sometimes unfathomable, but we must deploy solutions globally AND across countless end uses. It's not one equation with one unknown, but multiple equations with multiple unknowns.'
"As we work to solve for these multiple unknowns, we are pursuing projects big and small. What they share in common is the strict requirement that they must lead to a scalable solution. Energy is gigantic, from the infrastructure that supports it to the markets that drive its supply and demand. Any solution we find in the lab, however brilliant, must be ready to immediately scale.
"And it needs to happen quickly. As we know, scientific discovery is an ongoing endeavor -- you can't put a deadline on invention. But we can accelerate innovation. First, we can follow the example of parallel processing from computer science. In our labs, we don't wait for the basic science to be definitively 'concluded' (if it even can be). We start the engineering while we're still doing the science and iterate between the two. That requires collaboration between different types of researchers and innovators – between our corporate lab and government and academic labs, for example -- and that's the other way we speed up scalable solutions: with partnerships. Partnerships are a force multiplier. They are absolutely key when it comes to solving the dual challenge. When I look back on the past year, I am proud of the scope and variety of partnerships we undertook as a company. To name just a few:
(Source: ExxonMobil, PR, , 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil,
Dr. Vijay Swarup, VP Research and Development , www.linkedin.com › dr-vijay-swarup-120a95159, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
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(Source: ExxonMobil, PR, , 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil,
Dr. Vijay Swarup, VP Research and Development , www.linkedin.com › dr-vijay-swarup-120a95159, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
The 2016-vintage, 64-turbine wind farm has an overall capacity of 147 megawatts and was constructed by Apex Clean Energy. OMPA, which supplies power to 42 Oklahoma communities, sources 26 pct of its overall power from renewables.
(Source: Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, Edmond Sun, Contact: Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, 405-340-5047, www.ompa.com
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According to the agency, 3,537 MW of solar power, 243 MW of wind power, 637 MW of biomass, 73 MW of biogas and 15 MW of mini hydropower facilities were installed in 2019.
With these installation, Ukraine's total green energy capacity now stands at 6.8 GW, according to the agency's report. (Source: State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, UNKRINFORM, Jan., 2020) Contact: State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, www.saee.gov.ua
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The €290 million ($325 million) facility incorporates solar panels from Chinese manufacturers Suntech, Longi and GCL-SI.
The project was financed through the European Investment Bank (EIB)and the Spanish state-owned Instituto de Credito Oficial.
(Source: Iberdrola, Various Media, GTM, 3 Jan., 2019)
Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business, www.iberdrolarenewables.com
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Brazilian Wind Power is controlled by Neoenergia, owned by Madrid-based renewable energy giant Iberdrola.
(Source: BNDES,PR, reve, 3 Jan., 2019)
Contact: National Bank for Economic and Social, Development, +55 21 2052-7447 / 3747-7447, www.bndes.gov.br; Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business, www.iberdrolarenewables.com
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The portfolio will sell a portion of the renewable energy credits generated to an investment grade off taker through a 20-year fixed price contract and will sell the remaining portion of energy and Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) attributes generated to two utilities through fixed price 20-year contracts.
(Source: Greenbacker Renewables, Energy Global, 7 Jan., 2020) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, 888-292-3178 www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com;Hecate Energy LLC, Chris Bullinger, CEO, Solutions@HecateEnergy.com, www.hecateenergy.com
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The project's output will be sold into the ERCOT market and Duke Energy Renewables has entered into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production. The 200-MW Mesteño wind facility will generate sufficient power for about 60,000 average homes.
Duke Energy Renewables, a non-regulated unit of Duke Energy, operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of 3,000 MW. Duke Renewables also operates energy storage and microgrid projects. (Source: Duke Energy News Center, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres., www.duke-energy.com/renewable
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Although the customer-owned utility generates most of its power from coal-fired plants, power from renewables jumped from 4 pct in 2010 to nearly 32 pct in 2018. OPPD is also planning to convert some of its coal facilities to natural gas to help it reach it net-zero carbon goal.
(Source: OPPD, Net News, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: OPPD, Tim Burke, Pres., CEO, Mary Fisher, VP Energy Production , Russ Barker, Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, (877) 536-4131, www.oppd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News OPPD, Net-Zero Carbon, Omaha Public Power District,
The utility claims the effort saved 1.6 billion kilowatt hours of energy since Jan. 1, 2014, the equivalent of powering 191,530 homes for one year.
Business customers saved money in the past six years by completing 20,000 energy efficiency projects, which earned them a collective $161 million in rebates and incentives, according to PSEG Long Island. The installed energy conservation measures are expected to save 633 million kWh in annual energy savings.
(Source: PSEG, PR, Long Island Bus. News, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: PSEG Long Island, , Michael Voltz, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables, www.psegliny.com
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The WindFloat Atlantic project was partially funded with a €60 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB.)(Source: Windplus, WindFloat Atlantic, gtm, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, email@example.com, www.windplus.de; EIB, www.eib.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables, Repsol, EIB, Windfloat Atlantic, Floating Wind, Offshore Wind,
Out of last year's total power production of 515.6 TWh, solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric generation together produced 237.4 TWh.
In 2019, wind power, both onshare and offshore, produced 127.2 TWh for a 24.6 pct share of the total mix.
Solar produced 46.5 TWh, biomass producers generated 44.4 TWh while hydropower generated 19.2 TWh of power, according to data from the Fraunhofer organisation of applied science.
(Source: Successful Farming, Reuters,3 Jan., 2019)
Contact: Fraunhofer, +49 36601 93010, www.fraunhofer.de/en.html
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The facility is expected to process 1,600 standard cubic feet per minute of landfill gas to produce approximately 97 pct pure biomethane, or approximately 380,000 gigajoules (GJ) per year renewable natural gas (RNG) for direct injection into the local gas distribution network owned and operated by SoCalGas. In addition, the residual off-gas, a byproduct of the biogas upgrading process, will be blended with natural gas to generate power for on-site facilities and processes. (Source: Greenlane Renewables Inc. PR, 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenlanebiogas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG, Renewable Natural Gas, Greenlane Renewables, Biogas, Methane, SoCalGas,
Each renewable resource set record high generation outputs sometime during 2018. Wind power generated 30.2 million MWh in April, a new monthly high, while a combination of utility-scale solar photovoltaics and solar thermal made history in June with 7.8 million MWh, the EIA report shows. (Source: US EIA, Power Eng., Jan., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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EDP Renewables North America commissioned its first two solar parks in California in January 2015, subsequently adding three solar parks in South Carolina to its operational portfolio.
Houston-headquartered ConnectGen develops renewable energy and energy storage projects across North America. The company is backed by Quantum Energy Partners, a provider of private equity capital to the global energy industry.
(Source: EDP Renewables, First Solar, Printed Electronics, 30 Dec., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, email@example.com, www.firstsolar.com; ConnectGEN LLC, (346) 998-2020, www.connectgenllc.com
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Highview Power's CRYOBattery™ proprietary liquid air energy storage system relies on low-risk, proven technology, generates zero emissions, has zero water impact and can be delivered at a cost of approximately half of the current cost of traditional lithium-ion batteries. When paired with renewables, the systems are equivalent in performance to fossil fuel powered thermal and nuclear baseload power. (Source: Encore Renewable Energy, Highview Power, PR, 18 Dec., 2019)
Contact: Highview Power Storage, Inc., Javier Cavada, CEO , Salvatore Minopoli, VP, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Encore Renewable Energy, Chad Farrel, CEO, www.encorerenewableenergy.com
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Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) oil refiners are required to blend some 15 billion gpy of corn-based ethanol into their gasoline, but small facilities can be exempted if compliance would hurt them financially.
The October proposal was intended to placate corn growers and compensate the biofuel industry for the administration's expanded use of refinery exemptions, but which the industry has largely panned as insufficient, according to Reuters. The EPA's October plan would raise the biofuels volumes that some refineries must blend in 2020 based on DOE recommendations for volumes that should be exempted.
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 19 Dec., 2019)
For details see our Oct. 21 report as follows -- Proposed Volumes for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021. The Trump administration EPA has issued the attached supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking seeking additional comment on the recently proposed rule to establish the cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes for 2020 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
The notice does not change the proposed volumes for 2020 and 2021. Instead, it proposes and seeks comment on adjustments to the way that annual renewable fuel percentages are calculated. Annual renewable fuel percentage standards are used to calculate the number of gallons each obligated party is required to blend into their fuel or to otherwise obtain renewable identification numbers (RINs) to demonstrate compliance.
Specifically, the agency is seeking comment on projecting the volume of gasoline and diesel that will be exempt in 2020 due to small refinery exemptions based on a three-year average of the relief recommended by the BOE, including where DOE had recommended partial exemptions. The agency intends to grant partial exemptions in appropriate circumstances when adjudicating 2020 exemption petitions. The agency proposes to use this value to adjust the way it calculates renewable fuel percentages. The proposed adjustments would help ensure that the industry blends the final volumes of renewable fuel into the nation's fuel supply and that, in practice, the required volumes are not effectively reduced by future hardship exemptions for small refineries. Consistent with the statute, the supplemental notice seeks to balance the goal of the RFS of maximizing the use of renewables while following the law and sound process to provide relief to small refineries that demonstrate the need.
Download the Renewable Fuel Standard Program -- Proposed Volumes for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021 HERE. Contact: EPA Renewable Fuel Standard, 800-385-6164, www.epa.gov/fuels-registration-reporting-and-compliance-help/forms/fuels-program-helpdesk
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, "Hardship" Waiver, Ethanol.Ethanol Blend, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Red Trail Energy,
The approval withdrawal was based on the wind farm's possible irreversible harm to endangered bat populations in the area. EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. is the owner and operator of the project. (Source: Electrical Business, 13 Dec., 2019) Contact: Nation Rise Wind Farm, 416.479.9736, email@example.com, www.nationrisewindfarm.com; EDP Renewables Canada, www.edpr.com › edpr-canada; Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, www.ontario.ca › page › ministry-environment-conservation-parks
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1. The development of biobased products will vary widely by region on a worldwide basis, and national policy will continue to be a driver of emerging industries,
2. Conversion of waste streams to value added products is a trend that will continue,
3. The US will continue to be a leader in the use of biofuels, on a percentage basis,
4. The relatively recent communication of the environmental impact of spent plastic has caused a public awareness that now pushes the development of sustainable replacements,
5. The use and value of lignin will emerge this decade.
For additional detail, please request full text from firstname.lastname@example.org at the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium.
Since 2006 , BDC has become a highly respected 501(c)(3) organization and has worked to bring together like-minded companies to share ideas and partner to deploy bio-processes that can be economic in the long run without government subsidy, by investigating new processes, being a resource, brokering partnerships, and holding two forums a year for its members, where leading edge information from various bio-companies is shared and tours are made of bio-facilities. BDC recognizes the need for low cost feedstock, cost effective measures such as integration of processes, high value products, and good management to achieve the economics needed for success. (Source: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, PR, 9 Dec., 2019) Contact: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium , Eric Horn, Exec. Dir., email@example.com, www.biorenewabledc.org
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Located in the German North Sea, the 396MW, 66-turbine Merkur offshore wind farm came on line in June 2019.
The deal is expected to close early in 2020. (Source: TRIG, Power Technology, 10 Dec., 2019)Contact: Renewables Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com
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The 90-turbine Snowtown 2 wind park came online in 2014 and has a long-term off-take contract for 100 pct of the generated electricity and renewable energy certificates that ends in 2035.
The deal is expected to be finalized before the year end. (Source: Tilt Renewables, PR, Renewables Now, 5 Dec., 2019)Contact: Tilt Renewables, 0800 532 749, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tiltrenewables.com
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BP acquired a 43 pct stake equity share in Lightsource in 2017 for $200 million over three years, and the company was then relabelled Lightsource BP. (Source: BP, Renewables, 9 Dec., 2019) Contact: Lightsource BP, Carl Jackson, Director Utility-scale Solar Initiatives, +44 0 333 200 0755, www.lightsourcebp.com
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In the short term, energy-related CO2 emissions are influenced by the weather, fuel prices and disruptions in electricity generation. In the long term, CO2 emissions are influenced by public policy, reduced costs and improved efficiencies of new technology, demand-side efficiency gains and economic trends, according to the report.
A major factor in recent reductions in the carbon intensity of electric generation in the U.S. is the reduced generation of electricity using coal while increasingly using natural gas. Natural gas emits less CO2 for the same amount of electricity generated, and non-carbon generation (including renewables), which do not emit the gas.
Between 2005 and 2018, EIA has calculated that cumulative U.S. C02 emissions reductions attributable specifically to shifts from coal to natural gas and to non-carbon generation totaled 4,621 million metric tons (MMmt). Of this total, 2,823 MMmt resulted from decreased use of coal and increased use of natural gas; 1,799 MMmt resulted from decreased use of coal and increased use of non-carbon generation sources.
Between 2005 and 2017, total U.S. electricity generation increased by almost 4 pct while related C02 emissions fell by 27 pct. During the same period, fossil fuel electricity generation declined by roughly 9 pct, and non-carbon electricity generation increased by 35 pct.
Download the U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2018 Report HERE. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, 14 Nov., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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The projects, which are expected to be online prior to January 1, 2024, will double NV Energy's renewable energy resources portfolio to include 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects both in service and under development. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO,
Kristen Saibini, Corporate Communications,, 775-834-3891, email@example.com,
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"This means squeezing the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project that we consider. In the UK and Ireland the perfect blend of clean power from onshore renewables should include a mixture of clean energy technologies.
"The costs for building wind, solar and batteries have reduced considerably in recent years, and they complement each other very well. They perform best at different times of the day and at different times of the year." -- Keith Anderson, ScottishPower, Speaking at COP25 in Madrid.Contact: ScottishPower, Keith Anderson, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com
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"Some may debate how this happened, but that doesn't change the need to address it. Although our collective use of fossil fuels for energy has enabled remarkable economic development, the use of fossil fuels has also resulted in substantial emissions of carbon dioxide, and the cost of these emissions has not been reflected in the price of energy. As a matter of policy, this should change.
"IBM is no newcomer to the realm of climate change. In 2017, we reaffirmed our support for the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming to below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. Our commitment to the Paris Agreement builds on a long history of leadership in this space. In 1992 IBM helped the U.S. EPA launch the ENERGY STAR program. In 1994 we began to voluntarily disclose carbon dioxide emissions associated with IBM's consumption of energy and have done so annually now for 26 years. And in 2015, IBM was one of the first signatories to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate our support for the Paris Agreement.
"Performance is a key measure of commitment. IBM has reduced the carbon dioxide emissions associated with our consumption of energy by 32 pct since 2005. We are on track to achieve our goal of a 40 pct reduction by 2025, a rate consistent with what scientists say is needed to limit warming to between 1.5 and 2.0 degrees C. Energy conservation has been -- and remains -- a key ingredient for this. IBM continues to rigorously conserve energy equal to at least 3 pct of its annual consumption, something we have done for decades. Reducing consumption, when possible, is preferable to purchasing offsets.
"Responsible companies should also make transparent commitments regarding their consumption of renewable energy. Today, 38 pct of the global electricity IBM consumes comes from renewable sources, and we aim to increase this to 55 pct by 2025. Importantly, IBM does not rely upon the purchase of unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset its consumption of electricity from fossil fuels and thereby claim the company is a certain 'percent renewable.' Transparency matters in the transition away from carbon-based fuels, which is why our reporting about the use of renewables reflects our actual physical and matched consumption of renewable electricity.
"Climate change is real, and that is why IBM supports a responsible plan to tax carbon emissions. It is also why IBM supports the Paris Agreement and is on track as a company to reduce emissions associated with our consumption of energy consistent with what scientists say is needed. And it is why we are making transparent our own use of renewable energy and aiming to increase that use substantially.
"The enormity of the challenge requires more than business as usual. Putting a price on carbon emissions requires a plan in which economies will keep growing, but in a way that addresses the risks of a changing climate. We believe the Climate Leadership Council plan is the best way to secure agreement for action, and IBM will work to build support for it with elected officials, corporate colleagues, and our fellow citizens." (Source: IBM-The Weather Company (an IBM company), 2 Dec., 2019)
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The Cross Winds Energy Park complex consists of three wind farms with a total of 114 turbines is expected to generate sufficient energy for 90,000 homes.
Consumers Energy aims to cover 90 pct of its customers electric power needs with clean, renewable energy by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, Renewables, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ConsumersEnergy.com
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Applications for the solar and battry installations have been submitted for existing wind farms in Cornwall, Lancashire and Cambridgeshire in England with projects in Scotland and Ireland to follow. The company is also developing 1,000 MW of new onshore wind projects which will also be solar panel and battery equipped.
ScottishPower is the first integrated energy company in the UK to solely generate 100 pct renewable energy, according to the company.
(Source: ScottishPower, Scotland Herald, 5 Dec., 2019)
Contact: ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com
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Wartsila's advanced GEMS technology will not only control the new energy storage system, but will also control a new 30MW solar plant currently under construction and continuously optimize energy production for the entire mine.
The hybrid system is created through a combination of renewables and an energy storage control system to form an environmentally sound and cost-efficient power source.
(Source: Wartsila, PR, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2019) Contact: Wartsila Energy Business, Christophe Demay
Senior Business Development Manager,
+33 6 7889 2182, email@example.com, www.wartsila.com
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The RESS invites renewable electricity projects to bid for capacity and receive a guaranteed price for the electricity they generate. The frequency of future RESS auctions, which is dependent on the renewable electricity project supply pipeline, is envisaged as a minimum of four auctions between 2020 and 2027 to deliver on the country's 2030 targets.
Every project developer will be obliged to contribute to a Community Benefit Fund at a rate of €2 per MWhr every year.
Ireland is aiming to source 70 pct of its electricity from renewables by 2030.
(Source: Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, PR 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, +353 1 678 2000 , www.dccae.gov.ie
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With its global footprint, reach and supply chain, the IBA has the capability to process virtually any organic waste including livestock, food and green waste, generating both renewable natural gas as well as compost and other organic fertilizers for projects anywhere in the world, according to the release. (Source: Greenlane, PR, Cdn. Biomass, Dec., 2019)
Contact: Integrated Biogas Alliance, www.ibabiogas.com; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO,
(604) 649-4459, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenlanerenewables.com
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Neart na Gaoithe will have a capacity of 450MW and is being developed by EDF Renewables, which closed project financing on 28th, November.
This is Saipem's first turnkey contract in the offshore wind sector.
(Source: Saipem, PR, Power Tech, Nov. 2019) Contact: Saipem , Francesco Racheli, Offshore COO, www.saipem.com;
EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com
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Buildings are the EU’s biggest CO2 emitter. Our homes, offices and buildings are the EU’s biggest CO2emitters, as well as its single largest energy user. Decreasing and decarbonising the energy consumption to heat, cool and use buildings is crucial for the transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 at the latest. Since most of the buildings that we will occupy in 2050 are already built, the main challenge is to renovate these 210 million existing buildings to make them less energy-hungry. At the current rate of renovation, it would take another century to achieve a decarbonised building stock, instead of the targeted30 years. Further inaction risks the EU missing its climate objectives by up to 400 million tonnes of CO21.Around 50 million people still live in energy poverty. Deep renovation of their homes would lower their energy bills and make their houses more comfortable and healthy. Well-insulated buildings moreover offer the flexibility to receive energy when it is available, thereby allowing the effective integration of renewables in the energy system during the entire year
.Integrating buildings in the EU ETS is complex and time-consuming. Urgent action on buildings is vital to overcome the climate and social crises facing Europe today. Integrating the building sector in the EU ETS is complex and likely to take at least several years. That is time we do not have, and which diverts attention from more effective short-term measures. The EU should instead prioritize a Green Deal for housing to unlock vast investments for building renovations, while creating local jobs and more energy-efficient and affordable housing.
What is the EU ETS? The EUETS sets a cap on the total amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted by installations from the power, industry and aviation sectors. The cap is reduced over time so that emissions go down. Within the cap, companies receive or buy emission allowances which they can trade with each other, thereby creating a carbon price. The building sector is already covered by a cap on how much greenhouse gases can be emitted as part of the Effort Sharing Regulation; the EU’s other climate legislation targeting sectors not included in the EU ETS.
Carbon pricing does not deliver more affordable, energy-efficient homes. According to the International Energy Agency2, most of the energy efficiency potential is available at a negative cost. This means that these efficiency measures already pay for themselves, even in the absence of a carbon price. The reasons why these measures, such as energy renovation, are not taken are usually not economic in nature, but rather the result of market-barriers and -imperfections. In the case of the building sector, these barriers include split incentives between those making investments (i.e. home-owners) and those paying energy bills (i.e. tenants), the inability to come up with high upfront costs and a lack of information on renovation opportunities and financing options. Including the building sector in the EU ETS would do nothing to overcome these barriers to make buildings more energy-efficient. Even worse, the introduction of a carbon price for the heating and cooling of buildings could lead to higher energy bills for tenants or homeowners who are not able to, or cannot afford to, renovate their homes.
Governments should remain responsible for the built environment. Extending the EU ETS to buildings would mean that governments are no longer accountable for introducing measures to decarbonise the building stock under the Effort Sharing legislation. Under the Effort Sharing Regulation, each Member State has annual climate targets that it needs to meet. By integrating buildings in the EU ETS, the sector would be taken out of the Effort Sharing Regulation, putting the responsibility of climate action instead on heating fuel suppliers. The integration of the building sector in the EU ETS could lead to the dismantling or shying away from more effective EU and national energy efficiency legislation, under the pretext that this would undermine the functioning of the carbon market. This would be dangerous as the decarbonisation of the building stock requires dedicated policies beyond a carbon price. It is up to governments to put in place programmes to accelerate renovation, to introduce minimum energy performance standards for buildings and to prioritize measures to alleviate energy poverty. These actions will not happen through the EU ETS, but by policymakers taking ownership of the transition to a climate-neutral built environment.
Green Deal for housing should be a key priority for Europe. Without urgent and accelerated action to renovate up to 97% of the European building stock by 2050, it will be impossible to meet the EU’s climate objectives. Fortunately, buildings’ operational emissions can be cut by 100%, mostly by using already commercially available solutions such as insulation. Including the building sector in the EU ETS distracts from taking effective measures to overcome the main barriers hampering the renovation of the EU building stock and the alleviation of energy poverty. The EU instead needs to put in place an enabling framework to ensure that the worst energy performing buildings are phased out over time, to guarantee quality homes for people and clear a pathway to climate-neutrality. The European Green Deal presents a perfect opportunity to deliver on comfortable, affordable and energy-efficient housing. This Green Deal can help unlock 130 billion euro per year to fill the investment gap for energy-efficient buildings3. Over 2 million jobs in Europe could be created throughsuch investments in energy efficiency –in particular in the deep renovation of buildings4.
(Source:EURIMA - European Insulation Manufacturers Association, Nov., 2019) Contact: EURIMA, Femke de Jong, email@example.com
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As previously reported, KFWind inked a MoU with the City of Ulsan to cooperate on the development of floating wind projects and support the Ulsan region as a manufacturing hub for domestic and export offshore wind markets.
South Korea is targeting 13 GW of offshore wind installed by 2030, and 30 pct or more renewable energy by 2040. (Source:
WindPower Korea, EDP Renewables, Aker Solutions 25 Nov., 2019)Contact: WindPower Korea, +82-2-584-5326, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.windpowerkorea.com; Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, email@example.com, www.akersolutions.com; EDP Renewables, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com
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Even so, Glasgow-based ScottishPower Renewables, an amalgam of the 6 largest utility companies in Scotland, reports it is planning a major expansion of onshore wind projects and has identified 100 potential onshore sites in Scotland, and a few in Ireland, according to a Guardian report.
(Source: The Guardian, Committee on Climate Change, CleanTechnica, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk;
ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com
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The ISO's comments were in response to a letter from a group of New England senators upbraiding ISO for failing to support the region's renewable energy goals, and preserving the fossil fuel status-quo.
that the integration of renewable resources has always been one of the organization's goals when existing fossil fuel generators are retired.
Setting a system-wide price on carbon-emissions would be the most effective way to move that ahead, the ISO said. (Source: IOS New England, Maine Public Radio, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact:
ISO New England, Gordon Van Welie, CEO,
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The first phase of the project is going to see the construction of three wind power generation assets and one for solar energy. The second and third phases of the project's construction have not yet been announced. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, CryptoNewsZ, 23 Nov., 2019) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, CEO, +353 (0) 1 290 2000, +56 (2) 25923100 -- Santiago, Chile Office, info-Chile@mainstreamrp.com,
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EasyIO's product line includes IP-based and network-ready controllers, HMI products, peripherals, gateways, and modems. The company serves the facility management market, including office buildings, utilities, industrial facilities, hotels, healthcare facilities, retail stores, residences and educational facilities, according to the company website. (Source: Johnson Controls PR, Renewables, 22 Nov., 2019)
Contact: Johnson Controls, www.johnsoncontrols.com/building-automation-and-controls; EasyIO, www.easyio.com
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If the proposed expansion is approved and completed, the Rampion wind farm could stretch over 16 miles and generate generates enough electricity to power 350,000sufficient energy for as many as 700,000 homes.
Rampion, which was developed E.ON, is two-thirds the size of the 175-turbine London Array, the largest offshore wind farm in the world.
(Source: Rampion, The Argus, 18 Nov., 2019)Contact: E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com
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The plants, which will be owned and operated by units of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, are expected to become operational by June 2023.
(Source: Salt River Project, PR, Renewables 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: SRP, Mike Hummel, CEO, Scott Harelson, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com
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The tool, which was developed within EU4Energy Governance project, takes into account different climatic zones, automates the calculation of insulating efficiency values for windows and walls and considers the use of renewables when issuing certificates of energy performance. These certificates include the reason they were issued, the building category, primary energy (measured energy consumption for heating in recent years), the share of energy from renewables, the energy efficiency class (A to G) and proposed measures for improving energy performance.
Previously this year, the EU4Energy Governance project developed national regulations on certifying the energy performance of buildings and a template of the energy performance certificate for Georgia. The assistance is part of EU4Energy support for the country in fulfilling its commitments under the Energy Community Treaty, following the draft Law on the Energy Performance of Buildings of Georgia developed with EU4Energy support in early 2018, the adoption of which is pending.
(Source: EU4Energy, euneighbours.eu, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: EU4Energy, www.eu4energy.iea.org
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The project, a partnership between French utility Engie and EDP Renewables, will incorporate three V164-10.0 MW turbines mounted on WindFloat semi-submersible floating platforms from by Principle Power. (Source: MHI Vestas, Various Media, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vestas.com; EDP Renewables, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com
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Presently, AIIB's major
investments include $500 million in a Mumbai Urban Transport Project, $455 million in Andhra Pradesh Rural Roads Project and $450 million in AP Urban Water Supply Project. (Source: AIIB,
Press Trust of India, 17 Nov., 2019) Contact: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, www.aiib.org
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