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, email@example.com, www.terna-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Winds, Terna Energy, FLoating Wind, Offshore Wind,
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
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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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.electriqpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Powe, Battery, Energy Storager,
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
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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, email@example.com, www.vgsvt.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vermont Gas, Energy Efficiency, Smart Energy,
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
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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,
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
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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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.willdan.com; San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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:
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
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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,
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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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, email@example.com, www.sbt-allaince.com; New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News SBT Alliance, New Buildings Institute,
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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ameren.com, Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, email@example.com, Twitter at @AmerenMissouri, Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.
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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
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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
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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
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The changes add new and lengthy steps to the procedure used in updating existing or developing new energy efficiency standards include:
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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nrdc.org
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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, email@example.com, www.windplus.de; ABS, Christopher J. Wiernicki, CEO, www.abs-group.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.neces.com
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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
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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
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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
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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
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