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Greek Floating Offshore Wind Farm Plan Announced (Int'l.)
Ocean Winds, Terna Energy
Date: 2021-03-05
Madrid-headquartered Ocean Winds, a 50/50 joint venture between EDP Renewables and Engie, reports inking a collaboration agreement with Athens-headquartered headquartered renewable energy developer Terna Energy SA to co-develop a roughly 1.5-GW floating offshore wind project in Greece.

The two parties have joined forces to identify the most suitable areas for the offshore wind project. Ocean Winds aims to become one of the top five global offshore wind developers and operators, according to the release. (Source: ENGIE, EDP, Smart Energy, 23 July, 2020) (Source: Terna Energy, Ocean Winds, Splashe247, 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, www.engie.com/en; EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; Ocean Winds, Spyros Martinis, CEO, www.oceanwind.co; Terna Energy, +30 210 6968000, Fax +30 210 6968098-99, info@terna-energy.com, www.terna-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Winds,  Terna Energy,  FLoating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Enel, Saras Touts Sarinian green Hydrogen Project (Int'l Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2021-02-19
Italian energy giant Enel reports its renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power has inked a Memorandum of Intent (moI) with energy generation technologies firm Saras for the development of a green hydrogen project in Sardinia.

The plan calls for a 20MW electrolyser powered by renewable energy produced onsite to produce green hydrogen to be used as a raw material in the Saras refinery in the province of Cagliari.

The development is in line with Enel's effort to transition to low-carbon energy technologies. (Source: Enel, PR, Smart Energy, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enel Green Power, Salvatore Bernabei, CEO , Saras, Dario Scaffardi, CEO, +39 070 90911, Fax: +39 070 900209, www.saras.it/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Green Hydrogen,  


The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
Electriq Power
Date: 2021-02-19
Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;
  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;
  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);
  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity—AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);
  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;
  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today’s dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Powe,  Battery,  Energy Storager,  


  • Cambridgeshire 50MW Battery Storage Plant Underway (Int'l.)
    SNS plc
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the UK, Glasgow-headquartered smart energy infrastructure company, SMS plc reports construction is underway on a 50MW grid-scale battery storage development in Burwell, Cambridgeshire. Work on a second 49 MW site in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, will get underway later this month. The two projects are the first in an initial 270MW pipeline that SMS seeks to build over the next two years.

    SMS, which finances, installs, and manages low-carbon energy assets across the grid, will deliver the projects from initial construction through to ongoing operation, trading, maintenance, and asset management for the expected 40-year lifespan of the batteries.

    The UK currently has over 1GW of storage in operation and an expanding pipeline of projects across the country. (Source: SMS, Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: SMS, Tim Mortlock, COO, +44 0 141 249 3880, www.sms-plc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    VGS Focuses on Smart Energy, Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Vermont Gas
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In South Burlington, Vermont Gas Service (VGS) has filed its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) reaffirming its commitment to climate change action, a decarbonized thermal energy future and an affordable pathway to Net Zero by 2050.

    The filing represents a shift from prior planning models. While the Company will continue to add customers within its existing footprint, this plan considers decreasing natural gas loads and strategies under which VGS can promote such further reductions through efficiency and weatherizations, as well as meeting the needs of customers through expanded energy services.

    VGS serves over 54,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties and plays an important role in Vermont's clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels, offering renewable natural gas service, and delivering award-winning energy efficiency programs. VGS is leading the country in the development of local renewable energy generation and has targeted a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and full elimination by 2050. (Source: Vermont Gas, PR, 18 Jan, 2021) Contact: Vermont Gas, Neale Lunderville, CEO, Beth Parent, Brand Manager, (802) 865-1460 / (802) 578-2776, bparent@vermontgas.com, www.vgsvt.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vermont Gas,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Energy,  


    Santee Cooper Touts "Smart" Energy Program (Ind. Report)
    Santee Cooper
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In Berkeley County, South Carolina state-owned public utility Santee Cooper reports the launch of EmpowerSC -- an initiative to help customers take advantage of the latest "smart energy" technology trends and innovations to better manage power consumption by providing insight, expertise, resources and rebates, that put money back in their pockets.

    EmpowerSC includes four main focuses targeting specific areas of energy savings: EmpowerHome -- Offers rebates on equipment such as HVAC and water heating systems, ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances and smart thermostats. Some of the new rebates are also available for multi-family housing. Low-interest loans for home improvements and home energy audits, or House Calls, are also available.

    EmpowerBusiness -- Resources are available to help South Carolina businesses make the best choices when it comes to powering their organizations. EmpowerBusiness also provides rebates for qualifying equipment purchased, which can lead to substantial savings.

    EmpowerSolar -- Solar Home and Solar Business can help customers add solar panels to their property and pay part of the cost with rebates and credits. For those who aren't able or don't wish to put panels on their roof, Solar Share allows them to purchase a share of locally produced "community" solar power for as little as $10 per month.

    EmpowerAuto -- With the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road, EmpowerAuto provides information to help customers understand, choose and thrive with electric vehicles. Santee Cooper is offering up to $500 in rebates for a qualified, level 2 residential charging station. (Source: Santee Cooper, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: EmpowerSC, www.EmpowerSC.com; Santee Cooper, Mike Poston, Chief Customer Officer, www.santeecooper.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Santee Cooper ,  Energy Management,  Smart Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    UK Port of Tyne Fine Tunes Decarbonization Strategy (Int'l.)
    Port of Tyne
    Date: 2021-01-08
    In the UK, the deep-water Port of Tyne in the north-east of England reports completion of a detailed modelling exercise and long-term analysis of its electric power network as part of its decarbonisation and clean energy strategy.

    The analysis is intended to help port management understand both current and future energy requirements in line with Tyne's roadmap to net-zero emissions -- carbon neutrality by 2030 and an all-electric port by 2040.

    In reaching its goal, the Port of Tyne recently invested in a fleet of electric vehicles, LED lighting and smart energy monitoring meters in every building and asset, and is presently evaluating the potential for installing solar panels on warehouse buildings. Port of Tyne has also launched Tyne Clean Energy Park as a strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector.

    Port of Tyne is one of the UK's largest Trust Ports and is entirely self-financing with no government support. (Source: Port of Tyne, SmartCitiesWorldNews, 5 Jan., 2021) Contact: Port of Tyne Authority, Matt Beeton, CEO , +44 191 257 1373, www.portoftyne.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Port of Tyne,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Ecolohas Building Smart, Green Homes in Taiwan (Int'l. Report)
    Ecolohas Energy Technology
    Date: 2021-01-04
    Taiwan-headquartered energy efficiency solutions specialist Ecolohas Energy Technology reports it is delivering smart energy storage systems, smart microgrid systems, and distributed microgrid energy storage systems that allow homes to generate their own power, cut energy costs and decrease carbon emissions.

    The smart microgrid system consists of three main elements: renewable energy power generation system, independent small-scale energy storage system, and centralized large-scale energy storage system. Moreover, the system integrates battery and energy management systems providing better quality and improvement on efficiency.

    The "social enterprise" company combines solar power, home energy storage, and concentrated energy storage technologies to build a microgrid system to substitute utility power. The company also introduced its residential Wolf ZE hybrid energy storage system to the Japanese market and has developed various energy storage systems for different applications. (Source: Ecolohas Energy Technology, PR Saur News , 2 Jan., 2021) Contact: Ecolohas Energy Technology, Kevin Yang, Pres., www.ecolohas.com.tw

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Clallam PUD Designated APPA Smart Energy Provider (Ind. Report)
    American Public Power Association
    Date: 2020-11-18
    In Washington State, the Clallam County PUD is reporting receipt of Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for demonstrating commitment to, and proficiency in, energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost, quality, safe and reliable electric service.

    The SEP designation, which lasts for two years recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in : smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives, and customer experience.

    The APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations for not-for-profit, community-owned utilities in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. More than 85 public power utilities nationwide presently hold the SEP designation. (Source: Clallam County PUD. PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Clallam County PUD , Doug Nass, GM, 509-663-8121, www.chellampud.net; American Public Power Association, www.publicpower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Public Power Association,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Willdan to Implement SDG&E Efficiency Programme (Ind. Report)
    Willdan,SDG&E
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In the Golden State, US utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has selected Anaheim-headquartered Willdan for the design and implementation of a $42 million Small Commercial Energy Efficiency Programme that provides energy efficiency and demand response to small businesses with peak demand of less than 20KW.

    The programme includes technical assistance, direct installation and new financing vehicles tailored for very small customers.

    The programme includes a do-it-yourself installation option, the use of a new online platform to streamline programme delivery, and partnership with community-based organisations to assist hard-to-reach customers and customers located in disadvantaged communities.

    This is Willdan's first award through the California Investor-Owned Utilities' new, multi-stage competitive bidding process which aims to outsource 60 pct of their energy efficiency programmes to third-party implementers by the end of 2022. Willdan has provided energy efficiency and resource procurement programmes in Southern California since 2008. (Source: SDG&E, PR, Smart Energy, 27 Oct, 2020) Contact: Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, CEO, Stacy McLaughlin , CFO, 714-940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com; San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan,  SDG&E,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Bldg. Energy Efficiency Campaign Drives $95Mn Savings (Ind. Report)
    US DOE,
    Date: 2020-10-23
    One hundred and four U.S. companies, schools, governments, and institutions are taking their building energy savings to a new level with the 4-year US DOE Smart Energy Analytics Campaign funded through the Building Technologies Office (BETO) and facilitated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to expand the use of energy management and information systems (EMIS) in commercial buildings.

    The Campaign helped drive approximately 4 trillion BTUs of annual energy savings -- enough to power more than 44,000 U.S. households for a year -- reducing the campaign participants' collective energy bills by $95 million a year. The research also enabled Berkeley Lab to create the world's largest collection of data on building energy analytics -- the first real-world, large-scale body of evidence of EMIS' value to commercial buildings. Nationwide, if buildings throughout the commercial sector adopted EMIS best practices, the resulting savings in annual energy costs could total $4 billion.

    The campaign, a public-private partnership with businesses and public-sector organizations, has supported cutting-edge analytics technology use in over 6,500 buildings totaling 567 million sq-ft of floor space. It allowed Berkeley Lab experts to offer technical assistance and provide industry partners with frequent opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction, including exchanging best practices.

    Researchers found that average installation and software costs ranged from two to eight cents per square foot, depending on the type of EMIS system. The median participant saved approximately $3 million in annual energy costs across their portfolio and re-couped associated costs over a two-year period.

    Although the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is concluding, its work will continue through DOE's Better Buildings program with ongoing support from the team of experts at Berkeley Lab. The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is one of several successful Better Buildings Alliance technology drives, led by DOE's national laboratories, that aim to accelerate adoption of efficient building technologies by providing technical assistance, resources, and guidance on best practices. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, PR, Website, Oct., 2020) Contact: LBNL, Building Technology & Urban Systems Division, Jessica Granderson, Research Deputy, Better Buildings Campaign, HERE; BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  BETO,  Energy Efficiency,  


    MingYang Touts 6.25MW Onshore Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
    MingYang
    Date: 2020-10-16
    Chinese wind turbine manufacturer MingYang Smart Energy is reporting the launch of its new MySE6.25-173 onshore wind turbine with a power rating of 6.25MW and rotor diameter of 173 metres -- the company's largest and most powerful onshore turbine to date.

    The turbine uses MingYang's hydrive-drive technology, meaning it uses a compact integrated medium-speed drive-train with a permanent-magnet generator and is well suited to high-wind applications. (Source: MingYang, Website PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: MingYang, www.myse.com.cn/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MingYang,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    Thames Valley Zero-Carbon Management Platform Online (Int'l.)
    Smarter Grid Solutions,Stantec
    Date: 2020-08-31
    Glasgow-based energy software specialist Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) reports the Thames Valley Live Lab has gone live. The project brings engineering consultancy Stantec, SGS and six local authorities together to implement their required moves towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    In 2019, the cloud-based project partnership was awarded £4.5 million as part of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) SMART Places Live Labs Programme -- two-year £22.9 million project funded by the Department for Transport and supported by project partners SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business, EY, Kier, O2, Ringway, and WSP.

    Local authorities are working on 8 projects across England to introduce digital innovation across SMART mobility, transport, highways maintenance, data, energy and communications.

    The Live Labs system is based on SGS's ANM Strata fleet distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) to create the Smart Energy Operations Platform (SEOP). (Source: Smarter Grid Solutions, Energy, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: Smarter Grid Solutions, Graham Ault, executive director, www.smartergridsolutions.com; Stantec, www.stantec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stantec,  Smarter Grid Solutions,  Energy Management,  Smart Grid,  


    €850Mn Earmarked for Greek Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
    Greece
    Date: 2020-08-12
    In Athens, the Greek Energy Ministry reports it is preparing a €850 million program to support energy efficiency in the private buildings sector.

    The program aims to introduce energy saving measures and energy efficiency upgrade subsidies of as much as 85 pct -- to a maximum of €50,000 -- to 60,000 Greek households per year until 2030.

    The program would cover: insulation improvements, solar system installations, energy storage, smart energy management systems, smart lighting with remote control, HVAC upgrades and other energy saving measures. The program is expected to launch this fall. (Source: Balkan Green Energy News, 11 Aug., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    ENGIE, EDP Launch Ocean Winds (Ind. Report)
    ENGIE, EDP
    Date: 2020-07-27
    Global energy companies ENGIE and EDP have announced the launch of a new offshore wind energy company, Ocean Winds as the exclusive investment vehicle of ENGIE and EDP within the global offshore wind market.

    Ocean Winds (OW) is equally controlled by both companies and aims to become one of the top five offshore global operators by combining the industrial and development capacity of both parent companies. (Source: ENGIE, EDP. Smart Energy, 23 July, 2020) Contact: ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, www.engie.com/en; EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

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


    ExxonMobil Touts Carbon Capture Material (New Prod. & Tech.)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2020-07-27
    Scientists from ExxonMobil, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered a new material that could capture more than 90 pct of CO2 emissions from natural gas-fired power plants, using low-temperature steam, requiring less energy for the overall carbon capture process.

    Laboratory tests indicate the patent-pending materials -- tetraamine-functionalised metal organic frameworks -- capture CO2 emissions up to six times more effectively than conventional amine-based carbon capture technology.

    By manipulating the structure of the metal organic framework material, the team of scientists and students demonstrated the ability to condense a surface area the size of a football field, into just one gram of mass -- about the same as a paperclip -- that acts as a sponge for carbon emissions, according to the release.

    "Through collaborations with strong academic institutions and national labs like UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, we are developing a portfolio of lower-emissions energy solutions. This provides yet another example of one of the many new materials ExxonMobil is researching to reduce CO2 in the production of energy," according to the release. (Source: ExxonMobil, Smart Energy, 26 July, 2020)Contact: ExxonMobil www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


    Vodafone Committed to 100 pct Green, Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Vodafone
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In the UK, Berkshire-based telecommunications firm Vodafone Group Plc reports it remains committed to improving the energy efficiency of its base station sites and in its data and switching centres, which together account for 95 pct of the company's total global energy consumption. During 2020, Vodafone invested €77 million in energy efficiency and renewable projects, which led to annual energy savings of 186GWh. In 2019, the company achieving a 38.5 pct reduction in the total amount of GHG emissions per petabyte (PB) of mobile data carried.

    Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives are focused on sourcing and implementing more efficient network equipment, reducing energy demand by installing lower-energy power and cooling technologies, and cutting energy use by decommissioning and replacing legacy equipment. Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives include:

  • Smart energy meters that enable businesses, municipal authorities and households to monitor, manage and reduce their energy use. Worldwide, Vodafone has over 12 million smart meter connections using its IoT technology, saving an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e.

  • Smart cities networked intelligently to improve the efficiency of energy-intensive services such as public transport, public road networks and street lighting. For example, in the city of Guadalajara, Spain, 13,500 LED lights were connected to a central management system, reducing street lighting energy consumption by 68 pct.

    (Source: Vodafone Group Plc, IoT Business News, July, 2020) Contact: Vodafone Group Plc., www.vodafone.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vodafone news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


  • Energy Efficiency Factored into UK Mortgage Affordability (Int'l.)
    Monmouthshire Building Society
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In the UK, Newport-based Monmouthshire Building Society is touting the VALUER Project, a collection of industry partners led by Monmouthshire Building Society, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Rightmove and zero carbon homebuilder and sustainable energy service provider Sero.

    The VALUER Project aims to launch the first mortgages and additional borrowing in the UK that recognizes home energy efficiency in their mortgage affordability calculations. The scheme's new green mortgages and additional borrowing products will be available to new build low energy homes using solar panels, energy storage and smart energy systems as well as existing homes looking to make retrofit energy improvements.

    Under the scheme, new home purchasers will be offered pilot mortgage products that include assessments of energy efficiency and other new considerations. (Source: Monmouthshire Building Society, 30 June, 2020) Contact: Monmouthshire Building Society, www.monbs.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


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

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

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

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

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


    Siemens Gamesa Nails €200Mn Senvion Assets Acquisition (M&A)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-05-04
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting the final acquisition of all shares in Ria Blades, S.A., the business entity which owns and operates the onshore wind turbine blade production plant in Vagos, Portugal, as well as other additional assets required to operate the facility.

    The total acquisition purchase price for Senvion's selected assets, including the manufacturing facility in Vagos, the Onshore European Services assets and IP came in at €200 million -- subject to closing accounts confirmatory adjustments. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Smart Energy, May, 2020) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ming Yang,  Floating Wind,  


    ENGIE Claims French Wind, Solar Tender Wins (Int'l. Report)
    ENGIE
    Date: 2020-04-15
    ENGIE reports it has been awarded two tenders for solar and wind energy generation projects by the French Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive transition.

    With the award of 165MW, ENGIE ranked first in the solar tender. Of the 235MW of new wind energy capacity to be installed, over 70MW will be installed by ENGIE at Nouvelle Aquitaine, PACA, Grand Est, Normandy and Hauts de France.

    Worldwide, ENGIE had 26.9GW of renewable installed capacity at the end of 2019 and plans to add 3GW of renewables per year between 2019 and 2021. (Source: ENGIE, PR, Smart Energy, 14 April, 2020) Contact: ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, www.engie.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  Wind,  Solar,  


    BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® Recognized (Ind. Report)
    Baltimore Gas and Electric,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-04-15
    0 Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) reports its BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® has been recognized by the DOE ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award.

    The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® features a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficiency programs to help customers reduce energy demand and usage in support of EmPOWER Maryland which is funded by a charge on customers' energy bill.

    BGE customers are expected to save more than $5.3 billion as a result of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® and have reduced their electricity use by 4.6 billion kilowatt hours since 2008. (Source: BGE, M2 Communications, MarketScreener, 14 April, 2020) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; BGE, Laurie Duhan, Energy Efficiency Manager,www.BGESmartEnergy.com; EmPOWER Maryland, www.bgesmartenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Baltimore Gas and Electric,  BGE,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Stony Brook Univ. Energy Management Platform Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Smart Energy Decisions
    Date: 2020-03-18
    In the Empire State, Stony Brook University Office of Energy Management reports receipt of a 2020 Innovation Award from Smart Energy Decisions. The award was in recognition of the Office of Energy Management's in-house data analytics platform.

    The platform pools data from 400 sensor points and utilises a visual heat map to assist visual analysis to detect electric power consumption and HVAC anomalies around the campus and deal with them efficiently. The Stoney Brook IoT programme has been in place since 2018. (Source: Stoney Brook University, CSO Mag., 17 Mar., 2020) Contact: Stoney Brook University, Tom Lanzilotta, Campus Sustainability and Energy Manager,www.stonybrook.edu; Smart Energy Decisions, www.smartenergydecisions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Smart Energy Decisions,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Santa Ana Lauded for Cutting Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    SBT Alliance,New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2020-03-13
    In the Golden State, the Smarter Building Technologies Alliance (SBT) Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award for driving greater energy efficiency through smarter IoT-enabled technologies has been awarded to the city of Santa Ana for an energy retrofit and retro-commissioning project estimated to curb energy consumption for the city's HVAC by 88 pct. The project was funded by the California Energy Commission and was also part of the NBI "Leading in LA" initiative.

    The Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award recognizes outstanding work in support of the dramatic transformation taking place in today's electric power markets. (Source: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc., PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc., Kevin Martin, 800-832-2943 Ext. 704, kmartin@sbt-alliance.com, www.sbt-allaince.com; New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SBT Alliance,  New Buildings Institute,  


    NYPA-Israeli Clean Energy Tech Competition Announced (Ind Report)
    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York's public utility on new clean energy technologies. NYPA is collaborating with the Israel Smart Energy Association on the project aimed at attracting Israeli companies that will advance power grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

    The competition will focus on research areas centered around meeting digital utility challenges such as electric vehicle charging, distributed energy solutions, grid modernization, energy storage, microgrids, cybersecurity, blockchain and energy trading, buildings/campus energy management, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and use of drones/autonomous robots in power systems.

    Interested companies may apply and submit their proposals to the NYPA/Israel Smart Energy Challenge online. The deadline for submissions is April 20. A pre-bid conference for parties interested in applying to the Challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at: Ha-Umanim Street 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Register on Eventbrite or meetup.

    Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal climate and clean energy initiative puts the Empire State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 pct growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

    The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 pct of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities. (Source: New York State Governor's Office, PR, Google News, 6 Mar., 2020)Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; Israel Smart Energy Association, www.isea.org.il; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  New York Power Authority,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Ameren Investing $7.6Bn in Renewables, Smart Grid Tech (Ind. Report)
    Ameren,Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2020-03-02
    St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri reports that under its Smart Energy Plan it will its will invest $7.6 billion over five-years in wind and solar energy, energy storage and smart meters to serve its customers, primarily in Missouri. The plan includes;
  • More than 2,000 infrastructure improvement projects across the state totaling $5.3 billion in capital investments over the next five years, including approximately $1 billion in electric investments in 2019.

  • Major renewable energy projects to continue the transition to a cleaner energy future for customers, including $1 billion for wind energy in 2020. This also includes modernizing the energy grid to allow Ameren Missouri to add more solar energy and battery storage on the system to cost-effectively boost reliability, particularly in rural areas.

  • New smart grid sensors, switches and self-healing equipment to rapidly detect and isolate outages- reducing the number of outages and speeding power restoration when service interruptions occur.

  • A stronger, more secure energy delivery backbone including installing 12,000 new utility poles for storm hardening, many fortified with composite materials to better withstand severe weather.

  • More than 400 miles of new underground cable and equipment to create a more efficient and reliable underground energy delivery system that better serves customers.

  • Over 70 new or upgraded substations to increase energy service reliability and serve more customers through a streamlined network that is more cost-effective and efficient.

  • Addition of 800,000 smart electric meters through 2023 to give customers more insight and control of their energy options and costs.

    Details of Ameren's Smart Energy Plan are HERE. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Ameren Corporation, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, www.ameren.com, Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, Twitter at @AmerenMissouri, Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  


  • UK Energy Sector Carbon Emissions in Rapid Decline (Int'l. Report)
    Imperial College London
    Date: 2020-02-19
    A recently released report from Imperial College of London has found that levels of carbon emissions generated from power consumption in the UK fell by almost two-thirds in the last decade -- the fastest rate of decarbonisation in the world.

    The research, conducted in partnership with research and insights company, Drax Insights, notes that emissions from power consumption dropped by a massive 14 pct in 2019, driven by the falling use of fossil fuels and increases in renewables which was eight-times higher in 2019 than in 2010 - with the combined capacity of wind, solar, biomass and hydro having grown six-fold over the since 2010, from 5.2GW to 38.5GW. An 8 pct drop in energy demand was also a factor.

    In the last decade power sector emissions fell from 161 million tonnes in 2010 to 54 million metric tonnes in 2019. (Source: Imperial College London, Smart Energy, 17 Feb., 2020) Contact: Imperial College London, www.imperial.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  UK Carbon Emissions,  


    European Energy, RWE Ink Green Energy Offtake Deal (Int'l. Report)
    RWE,European Energy A/S
    Date: 2020-02-17
    Soborg, Denmark-based large-scale wind and solar energy developer European Energy A/S reports it and RWE Renewables have inked a 7 year of ftake agreement under which, beginning 1 Jan., 2024, it will deliver three TWh of green energy to RWE in Denmark.

    Three TWh of green power over seven years is sufficient energy for 115,000 homes and equivalent to the full annual production of 35 modern wind turbines or the annual output of a 400 MW solar plant for the period, according to RWE. (Source: European Energy A/S, Smart Energy Int'l., 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: RWE Renewables, www.rwe.com; European Energy A/S, Knud Erik Andersen, CEO, +45 88 70 82 16www.europeanenergy.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy,  RWE,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy Renewables ,  Wind,  


    Bay State Governor Commits to Net-Zero GHGs by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In this week's 2020 State of the Commonwealth address, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) committed the Bay State to transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    In his address, the Governor reported "the state is leading the way in transitioning to clean, renewable energy" and noted a 50 pct drop in emissions from the power industry over the last decade under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Baker added the state's investments in renewable energy would meet 30 pct of the state's electric power needs and at the same time eliminate 5.7 million metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Smart Energy, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  Climate Change,  CO2,  Charlie Baker,  


    DOE Changes Update Efficiency Standards Process (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-01-24
    The Trump administration DOE's recently announced changes to the Process Rule reverse benefits achieved owing to the adoption of previous and current climate-friendly energy efficiency regulations are being widely questioned.

    The changes add new and lengthy steps to the procedure used in updating existing or developing new energy efficiency standards include:

  • A minimum savings threshold that will make new standards for many products illegal, even if the standards have zero cost.

  • Increased deference to industry developed test procedures, which may emphasize reducing manufacturer costs rather than efficiency ratings that give consumers accurate information.

  • Increased deference to standards established by ASHRAE for commercial products, a professional society in which manufacturers have a strong voice, rather than those developed by DOE.

  • A pre-rulemaking process that can lead to a decision to not conduct a rulemaking.

  • The requirement that DOE re-start the standards rulemaking process whenever more products are included within the scope of regulation, once again forcing a choice between including products that logically should be part of a rule, or more delay.

  • A mandate that makes the process rule legally binding in all instances, which will create endless litigation further tying up future standards.

    The previous Process Rule, which was climate-friendly, would help in reducing carbon emissions and saved the average US household $500 per year. The Trump administration claims the revealed Process Rule will save consumers about $2 trillion by 2030.

    According to ACEEE Exec. Dir. Steven Nadel, "These attacks defy the common-sense, bipartisan support that energy efficiency has long enjoyed. They will cost consumers and businesses money, create market uncertainty for businesses due to likely legal challenges, add to harmful pollution, and undermine efforts to address the climate crisis." (Source: ACEEE, Various Media, Smart Energy Int'l., 23 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Equinor Announces Major GHG Reduction Goals (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Equinor
    Date: 2020-01-10
    Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor -- fka Statoil -- reports it aims reduce the absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its operated offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by 40 pct by 2030, increasing to 70 pct by 2040 and to near zero by 2050, using 2005 as a baseline.

    The GHG reduction goal will cover all of the company's Norwegian offshore fields and onshore plants, including both Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions of CO2 and methane, levels of which are very low at the Norwegian continental shelf.

    The reductions will be achieved through large scale industrial measures, including energy efficiency, digitalization and the launch of several electrification projects at key fields and plants, including the Troll and Oseberg offshore fields and the Hammerfest LNG plant, at an estimated cost NOK 50 billion ($5,630,500,000 US) or more. (Source: Equnior, Smart Energy Jan., 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Saetre, CEO, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Siemens, Saudi Energy Services Ink Energy Savings Deal (Int'l)
    Siemens, Tarshid
    Date: 2019-12-30
    In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian National Energy Services Company, Tarshid, and Siemens Saudi Arabia are reporting the signing of a smart energy, Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) that will help the National Information Center (NIC) cut annual energy consumption by 28 pct and accelerate holistic building performance and energy efficiency initiatives.

    Siemens notes it has expanded its investment in Saudi Arabia by transferring its know-how in energy efficiency, as well as its regional competency centers and global know-how to enable the Kingdom to reduce its dependency on oil and cut power consumption of its critical facilities, like the NIC. (Source: Siemens, Middle East Utilities, 29 Dec., 2019) Contact: Tarshid, (+966) 920012370, www.tarshid.com.sa; Siemens Middle East, www.new.siemens.com/mea/en.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Taunton Utility Wins APPA Recognition (Ind. Report)
    Taunton Municipal Light & Power,American Public Power Association
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In the Bay State, Taunton Municipal Light & Power (TMLP) utility has earned the Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives. TMLP joins 66 other public power utilities nationwide that received the inaugural SEP designation.

    The SEP designation, which lasts for two years recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience. This is the first year the association has offered the SEP designation. (Source: Taunton Daily Gazette, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: TMLP, Kenneth Goulart, GM, 508-824-5844, www.tmlp.com; American Public Power Association, www.publicpower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  American Public Power Association,  


    Snohomish PUD Lauded as Smart Energy Provider (Ind. Report)
    American Public Power Association
    Date: 2019-11-15
    Snohomish County PUD in Everett, Washington, reports it has been awarded the Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for demonstrating commitment and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost quality, safe and reliable electric service.

    The two-year SEP designation is awarded to public power utilities that demonstrate leadership in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and customer experience. Utilities are rated on a scale of 100 points. The PUD earned 84 points, scoring high on offering distributed generation programs like community solar, working to support environmental sustainability programs like Carbon Solutions and providing customers with robust conservation programs. (Source: American Public Power Association, Edmonds News, 13 Nov., 2019) Contact: American Public Power Association, www.publicpower.org; Snohomish County PUD , www.snopud.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Public Power Association ,  


    APPA Touts Tacoma Power for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    American Public Power Association,Tacoma Power
    Date: 2019-11-11
    In Washington State, Tacoma Power reports receipt of the Arlington, Virginia-based American Public Power Association's (APPA) Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation for its commitment to and proficiency in environmental initiatives and energy efficiency. The 2-year SEP designation recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience.

    This is the first year the APPA has offered the SEP designation. Tacoma Power joins more than 60 public power utilities nationwide that received the inaugural SEP designation. (Source: Taooma Public Utilities, Suburban Times, 9 Nov., 2019) Contact: Tacoma Power Utility, www.mytpu.org; American Public Power Association, 202-467-2900, www.publicpower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Public Power Association,  Tacoma Power,  


    Enel Building 280MW New Wind Capacity in S. Africa (Int'l.)
    Enel Green Power
    Date: 2019-11-08
    Enel Green Power RSA reports construction is underway on its 140 MW each, Karusa and Soetwater wind farms in Northern Cape province, South Adrica. The €200 million apiece projects are expectd to be completed and commissioned by the end of 2021.

    Enel is constructing 5 wind projects totaling roughly 700 MW in South Africa -- Karusa and Soetwatera, Nxuba and Oyster Bay in the Northern Cape, as well as Garob in the Eastern Cape -- all of which have 20-year PPAs with the South African energy utility Eskom, according to the Enel release. (Source: Enel Green Power, PR, Smart Energy, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Wind,  South Africa Wind,  


    NRDC Fighting DoE Lightbulb Standards Rollback (Reg. & Leg.)
    NRDC,Earthjustice
    Date: 2019-11-06
    The NYC-headquartered Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and others have filed suit against the US DoE for its rollback of established light bulb efficiency standards in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. According to the NRDC, the "DOE's latest rollback follows a pattern of repeatedly delaying, stalling, and weakening energy efficiency requirements."

    In 2007, Republican President George W. Bush signed bipartisan legislation to phase out inefficient incandescent and halogen light bulbs by 1 January 2020. The first tier of standards (phased in between 2012 and 2014) required light bulbs to use 25 to 30 pct less energy than old-style incandescent bulbs. The second tier was due to become effective in 2020, requiring everyday "general service" light bulbs to use about 65 pct less energy.

    The lawsuits contend the Trump administration's DoE acted illegally in reversing its 2-year-old rules expanding the types of bulbs required to become more energy efficient as of 1 January 2020, under a law passed by Congress in 2007.

    DOE announced this year that it was reversing that decision even though almost 64,000 comments were registered against the rollback, including 37 major electric utilities serving 55 million customers in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Five lighting companies, and their trade association support the DoE's rollback. (Source: NRDC, Smart Energy, Nov., 2019) Contact: NRDC, Kit Kennedy, Snr. Dir. Climate and Clean Energy Programme, 212.727.2700, nrdcinfo@nrdc.org, www.nrdc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC,  Earthjusice,  Light Bulb Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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,  


    $150Mn IFC Fund Supports Ukraine Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2019-11-01
    The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, reports it is providing up to $150 million (€134,36 million) to assist sustainable energy investments in Ukraine. The IFC financing initiative follows the launch of a new Ukraine wholesale energy market in July 2019 -- a necessary move to qualify for EU Commission assistance. The energy market launch led to higher electric power costs for Ukraine's large and reportedly inefficient and outdated industrial sector. (Source: IFC, Smart Energy, 31 Oct., 2019)Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, Georgina Baker, VP Europe, www.ifc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Energy Efficiency Key in Addressing Climate Emergency (Int'l.)
    Energy Savings Trust
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In the UK, London-headquartered Smart Energy GB has recently launched its Missing Piece Campaign highlighting energy efficiency as the missing element in the fight to mitigate against the effects of climate change. In particular, it notes that we will continue to be behind on the national target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 without a greater stress on using less.

    The Missing Piece Campaign draws on Energy Saving Trust and University of Salford research stats, not least the fact that if every household took energy efficiency measures now, we could achieve 11 pct of the UK's 2050 carbon target.

    UK home energy consumption represents over a quarter of nationwide total energy use and efficiency could result in a 26 pct reduction in natural gas imports by 2030, worth £2.7 billion.

    A key focus of the report is bringing all the UK's homes up to energy performance certificate (EPC) band C by 2035 through reasonable measures like installing insulation and more efficient heating systems. Should the government invest in programmes to support these measures, analysis suggests this would be money well spent, with a £3.20 return in GDP for every £1 invested. (Source: Energy Savings Trust GB, Blog, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Energy Savings Trust GB, +44 0 20 7222 0101, +44 0 20 7654 2444-fax, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk; Missing Piece Campaign, www.smartenergygb.org/en/missing-piece

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


    EDF US Subsidiaries Rebranded Dalkia Energy Solutions (Ind. Report)
    EDF Group, Dalkia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-10-25
    French multinational energy company EDF Group reports the re-branding of its US energy management businesses as part of efforts to strengthen its presence with commercial, industrial and institutional customers. The new brand -- Dalkia Energy Solutions -- is being launched via a subsidiary of EDF Group named Dalkia. Groom Energy Solutions and Aegis Energy Services, both US subsidiaries of EDF Group, will operate under the same banner.

    Dalkia Energy Solutions will offer HVAC, LED lighting, cogeneration, building energy management systems and remote control services to enable customers in the distribution, health, hotel, housing and logistics sectors to reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Dalkia Energy Solutions will also work with EDF Trading North America for wholesale and retail energy supply, EDF Renewables for large solar, wind power and energy storage installations. (Source: EDF, Dalkia, Smart Energy, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: Dalkia Energy Solutions, Sylvie Jehanno, CEO, +33 1 71 00 71 00, + 33 1 71 00 71 10 – fax, www.dalkia.fr; EDF Group, Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO, www.edf.fr

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    Cryogenic Battery Energy Storage System Planned for UK (Int'l.)
    Highview Power
    Date: 2019-10-23
    In the UK, London-based cryogenics specialist Highview Power is reporting plans to develop a 50MW/250MWh commercial cryogenic battery energy storage facility at a thermal power station in North England. The facility will be used by National Grid to provide market arbitrage, frequency management and stability, reserve and grid constraint management services.

    The project is said to be the UK's first, and the largest of its kind in Europe, according to Highview. (Source: Highview Power, Smart Energy, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javier Cavada, CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, www.highviewpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power,  Energy Storage,  


    Investors Double Renewables Investments by 2030, Survey Predicts (Ind. Report)
    Octopus Group
    Date: 2019-10-16
    A new Octopus Survey Group survey of approximately 100 investors representing an estimated $5.9 trillion in combined assets predicts a joint divestment of 15.6 pct in oil and gas portfolios, almost triple the rate of 5.7 pct predicted for 2020, representing a total of $920 billion out of fossil fuel investments by 2030.

    The Octopus Group survey indicates that renewable energy is set to benefit as institutional investors increase clean energy allocations to 5.2 pct by the end of 2020, and predict this figure more than double to 10.9% by 2029.

    Surveyed companies alone are due to invest $643 billion in renewables over the next decade, with 71 pct of these businesses affirming their belief that investment strategies could be used to make a "material difference" in the fight on climate change. (Source: Octopus Group, Smart Energy, 14 Oct., 2019) Contact: Octopus Group, Matt Setchell, Co-head of Octopus Renewables, www.octopusgroup.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Queensland Ministry Approves 94MW Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Australia
    Date: 2019-09-04
    In the Land Down Under, the State of Queensland Ministry for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning reports the agency has approved a $128 million, 64 MW wind farm in Queensland.

    The project, which will incorporate 16 new turbines and generate sufficient electric power for roughly 35,000 homes, is expected to break ground as early as March 2020. (Source: Queensland Ministry for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Smart Energy, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Queensland Ministry for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, Minister, www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Wind,  


    NEC Announces New England Energy Storage Projects (Ind Report)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-08-21
    Westborough, Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions reports it is partnering with New England municipalities to install six energy storage systems totaling more then 20MW in the communities of Madison, Ashburnham, Templeton, Wakefield, Middleton and Taunton.

    For the projects, NEC will supply its GSS Grid Storage and AEROS platforms to monitor and operate the energy storage plant in near real-time, a development which will help the utilities to improve demand response capabilities during peak periods. Three of the projects including Ashburnham, Templeton and Wakefield are partnering with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company as part of the company's peak load forecasting and remote dispatch programme.

    The projects are receiving funding from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) programme and the state Department of Energy Resources. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Smart Energy, 20 Aug., 2019)Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Utility-Scale Energy Storage,  NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  


    US Sen. Booker to Propose Climate Stewardship Act (Reg & Leg)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-16
    In Washington, US presidential wannabe Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is reportedly set to table the Climate Stewardship Act, climate change related legislation that would fund the planting of 4.1 billion trees by 2030 and 16 billion by 2050. Booker's proposed legislation is intended to address climate change, reduce carbon emissions and energy use, and create more than 200,000 forestry jobs in the first ten years.

    The Climate Stewardship Act will be presented in September.

    The new trees will cover up to 64 million acres and will capture more than 13 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide by the end of the century -- equivalent to more than two full years of the country's current greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately 400 million trees will be planted in urban areas to provide cooling effects on heatwaves and help urban residents to reduce their energy usage. The Act will also establish a Reforest America cost-share programme, the Urban Wood initiative, the Stewardship Corps and provide funding to the US Forest Service and the Department of Interior. (Source: Office of Sen. Cory BookerVarious Media, Smart Energy, 15 Aug., 2019)Contact: Office of Sen. Cory Booker, https://twitter.com/CoryBooker

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cliamate Change,  Afforestation,  Reforestation,  


    Georgia Power Launches Atlanta "Smart Neighbourhood" (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power,Pulte Group
    Date: 2019-08-07
    The utility Georgia Power is touting the launch of a new "Smart Neighbourhood" in Atlanta.

    Each of the new community's 46 townhouses is equipped with solar panels, batteries and energy efficiency components such as heat pump water heaters (HPWH) connected to a neighborhood microgrid. The microgrid-linked townhouse resources will be managed and optimized with a "grid-interactive control system" developed by the US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, supported by the national Buildings Technology Office.

    The "Smart Home" technology in each of the town houses was developed by Atlanta-based home builder Pulte Group Inc. in partnership with with Georgia Power. Thermostats, security systems, appliances and other features can be controlled via the Pulte controls suite and through phone app and voice activation. According to Pulte, the energy optimization platform can schedule the use of appliances in coordination with the solar and battery and thus lower energy costs. (Source: US DOE, Pulte Group, Energy Storage, 6 Aug., 2019)Contact: Pulte Group Inc., www.pultegroupinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Energy,  Smart Neighborhood,  


    Buildings Save Energy with BRESAER System (Ind. Report)
    Bresaer
    Date: 2019-08-05
    According to the Eu news agency Cordis, buildings account for around 40 pct of energy consumption and revamping existing building envelopes -- facades and roofs -- for maximum energy-efficiency, when combined with a smart energy management system, can significantly cut energy consumption and costs.

    One expert who has been working at the heart of this topic is Gonzalo Pinto Quijano, an architect specializing in sustainable buildings at Acciona. As part of the EU project BRESAER, he has helped design and test a pioneering lightweight structural mesh to boost the energy-performance building facades.

    The BRESAER building mesh system is modular and flexible, allowing it to adapt to different climatic conditions and architectural constraints. The lightweight structural mesh allows other components to be easily integrated into an energy efficient building facade .

    Download BRESAER system details HERE. (Source: UN Cordis, Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Cordis, www.cordis.europa.eu; BRESAER, www.bresaer,eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Bresaer,  


    Ameren Nixes 157 MW Missouri Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
    Ameren Missouri, EDF Renewables
    Date: 2019-08-02
    The Show Me State's largest utility, St. Louis-headquartered Ameren Missouri reports it and EDF Renewables have pulled the plug on a mutual 157 MW wind project in Atchison County, Missouri due to "unacceptably high" transmission infrastructure upgrade costs.

    Transmission infrastructure is an important component of grid modernization and as utilities incorporate more renewable energy sources on to the grid, having the equipment to transmit that power can be a challenge, according to Utility Dive. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, Utility Dive, 30 July, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com; Ameren Missouri Smart Energy Plan, Tara Oglesby, VP, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.ameren.com/missouri

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri ,  Wind,  EDF Renewables,  

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