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Greencoat Taking Stake in RWE Texas Wind Projects (M&A)
Greencoat, RWE
Date: 2021-01-20
RWE Renewables reports it will sell a 24 pct stake in 4 onshore wind farms totaling 861 MW in coastal Texas to UK-based renewable energy manager Greencoat for roughly $160 million.

Three of the four projects are in operation and one under construction. RWE will continue to operate all four wind farms. The transaction is expected to close in Q1, this year. (Source: RWE Renewables, PR, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, +353 (1) 70 26737 -- Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 -- London, www.greencoat-capital.com; RWE Renewables , Sven Utermohlen, COO Wind Offshore Global, www.group.rwe/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat,  RWE,  Wind,  


Equinor Contracted for NY Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Equinor
Date: 2021-01-18
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) state will contract with Equinor Wind for the $8.9 billion development of two new offshore wind farms totaling 2,490 MW more than 20 miles off the shore of Long Island

Under the award, Equinor and incoming strategic partner BP will provide generation capacity of 1,260 MW renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind 2, and another 1,230 MW of power from Beacon Wind 1 -- adding to the existing commitment to provide New York with 816 MW of renewable power from Empire Wind 1 -- totaling 3.3 GW of power to the state.

As part of the award by NYSERDA, the companies will partner with the state to transform the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) and the Port of Albany into large-scale offshore wind working industrial facilities that position New York to become an offshore wind industry hub. (Source: NYDERDA, Equinor, Renewable Energy Mag., 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


Nordex Reports 1,331 Wind Turbine Orders in 2020 (Int'l Report)
Nordex
Date: 2021-01-18
Hamburg-based wind energy giant Nordex Group reports receipt of orders for 491 wind turbine systems totaling 2,261MW in Q4, 2020 bringing the total of number of turbines ordered for the year to 1,331 turbines with an output of 6,020 MW.

The 2020 orders were distributed across 16 countries, 59 pct of orders (by MW) came from the European region with Germany, Norway, the UK, Finland and France being the largest markets. In North America, the U.S. accounted for 20 pct of orders. Projects in Brazil, Chile and Colombia resulted in 21 pct of the order volume coming from Latin America.

According to Nordex, the Group installed more than 30 GW of wind power capacity in over 40 markets and generated sales of around €3.3 billion in 2019. Nordex operates factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the USA, India and Mexico. The product portfolio is focused on onshore turbines. (Source: Nordex Group, PR, 16 Jan., 2021) Contact: Nordex Group, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 (0)40 / 300 30 X 1116, www.nordex.com

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


Novatus, Southwest Generation Merge into Onward Energy (M&A)
Novatus Energy, ONward Energy ,Southwest Generation
Date: 2021-01-15
NYC-based independent power producer Novatus Energy and Denver-headquartered Southwest Generation are reporting the merger of the two companies to create Onward Energy. Onward Energy will continue under common ownership by institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Onward Energy owns 43 wind, solar, and natural gas generating projects totaling 4 GW across 16 states. With offices in New York City, Denver, and Charlotte, Onward Energy will continue to provide services under Novatus Energy's and Southwest Generation's existing power purchase agreements with their respective counter parties. (Source: Onward Energy, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Southwest Generation, John Foster, CEO, (303) 623-7300, info@southwestgen.com, www.southwestgen.com; Onward Energy, (631) 552-5900, information@onwardenergy.com, www.onwardenergy.com; Novatus Energy, 631-552-5906, www.novatusenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novatus Energy,  Renewable Energy ,  


African Solar Producer Daystar Power Raises $38Mn (Int'l. Report)
Daystar Power
Date: 2021-01-15
Lagos, Nigeria-based hybrid solar power specialist Daystar Power is reporting a Series B investment of $38 million led by the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) backed by the European Union under the African Renewable Energy Scale-Up facility (ARE Scale-Up) and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Including a Series A funding round, the company has received equity investments totaling $48 million.

Daystar Power will use the funding to grow its off-grid power service operations in its key markets of Nigeria and Ghana, and is on track to expand its installed capacity to over 100 MW. (Source: Daystar Power, Website PR, 12 Jan., 20210 Contact: Daystar Power, www.daystar-power.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Daystar Power,  Solar,  


GE to Repower Leeward's New Mexico Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Leeward Renewable Energy,GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-01-15
Dallas-headquartered Leeward Renewable Energy LLC reports it has contracted GE Renewable Energy to repower its 90MW Aragonne Wind Project in Guadalupe County, New Mexico. GE will also power the 145MW Aragonne Mesa new greenfield wind project, making a total of 235MW of contracted capacity works.

Under the contract, GE will offer 86 of its 2.x-127 and 2.3-116 wind turbine generators to Leeward and will replace the Aragonne project's existing units with new turbines designed to increase performance and reliability. Both projects are expected to be completed later this year. (Source: Leeward Renewable Energy, PR, Power Technology, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy Onshore Americas, Tim White, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; Leeward Renewable Energy, Jason Allen, CEO, John Wycherley, VP Bus. Dev., 214.515.1100, www.leewardenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Leeward Renewable Energy,  Wind,  GE Renewable Energy ,  


Notable Quote from the National Biodiesel Board
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2021-01-15
"Biodiesel is 'ready to go' and adoptable. The reliability and dense energy storage capacity of liquid fuel simply cannot be replaced for many vital sectors. Diesel fuel powers the heavy-duty trucks, trains, vessels, and aircraft essential to our economy. Diesel also powers agriculture and construction equipment vital to providing human necessities. Diesel powers most equipment needed for public safety such as ambulances, firetrucks, the military, snow removal, and emergency backup for electrical generation.

"While we expect that numerous strategies can reduce the total volume of liquid fuel consumed for transportation, we will need liquid fuel for certain purposes for at least several decades." -- Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP of Federal Affairs , Nov, 2020. Contact: NBB, Paul Winters, Pres., Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board news,  Biodiesel news,  


JV to Develop 12 U.S. Solar+Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
TOTAL, 174 Power Global
Date: 2021-01-15
TOTAL and wholly-owned Hanwha Group affiliate 174 Power Global, based in Irvine California, are reporting an agreement to form a 50/50 JV to develop 12 utility-scale solar and energy storage projects of 1.6GW cumulative capacity in the US.

The 12 projects -- located Texas, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming and Virginia -- will be transferred from 174 Power's development pipeline. The first project began production in 2020, and the remainder will come on stream between 2022 and 2024. (Source: TOTAL, 174 Power Global, Joint PR, 14 Jan., 2021) Contact: 174 Power Global, Henry Yun, CEO, 949-748-5970, marketing@174powerglobal.com, www.174powerglobal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News 174 Power Global,  TOTAL,  Energy Storage,  Sola+Storage,  


Enercon Commissions Swedish Onshore Wind Turbines (Int'l. Report)
Enercon
Date: 2021-01-13
Bremen, Germany-based Enercon Gmbh reports it has installed, commissioned and handed over the first 25 E-138 EP3 turbines of the 250MW northern section of the second phase at the 4GW Markbygden onshore wind complex in north-east Sweden. The whole three-stage cluster will incorporate around 1,100 turbines totaling 4GW.

To date, 47 of the project's second phase's planned 63 turbines have been installed. Enercon holds a 15 pct stake in the project and is also involved in the first phase of the Markbygden complex and the southern section of phase two. (Source: Enercon GmbH, Website News, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Enercon GmbH, +49 421 / 24415100, Fax: +49 421 / 2441539 sales.international@enercon.de, www.enercon.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon,  ENERCON,  Wind Turbine,  Obshore Wind,  


Encavis AM Acquires 53 MW German Wind farm Portfolio (M&A, Int'l.)
ENCAVIS
Date: 2021-01-13
Neubiberg, Germany-headquartered ENCAVIS AG subsidiary Encavis Asset Management AG (Encavis AM) is reporting acquisition of a German wind farm portfolio totaling 53 MW for the Luxembourg-based special fund Encavis Infrastructure II (EIF II).

The four wind facilities in Northrhine-Westfalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, together generate sufficient electric power for 41,000 households annually and save 51,000 tpy of CO2. The wind farms were developed and realised by the renewable energy company BayWa r.e. (Source: Encavis, Website PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Encavis, Dr. Dierk Paskert, CEO, +49 40 3785 620, +49 40 3785 62 129 -- fax, info@encavis.com, www.encavis.com; BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENCAVIS,  Wind,  BayWa r.e.,  


Renewables to Generate Most U.S. Electricity in 2021 (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2021-01-13
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. electric power generators, developers and power plant owners are planning for 39.7 GW of new electric power generating capacity to begin commercial operation in 2021. Of the total, solar will account for 39 pct, followed by wind at 31 pct, natural gas at 16 pct and battery at 11 pct and nuclear about 3 pct of the new capacity.

Solar PV -- Developers and plant owners expect the addition of utility-scale solar capacity to set a new record by adding 15.4 GW of capacity to the grid in 2021. This new capacity will surpass 2020's nearly 12 GW increase, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and scheduled additions for the last two months of 2020 (5.7 GW). More than half of the new utility-scale solar PV capacity is planned for four states -- Texas (28 pct), Nevada (9 pct), California (9 pct), and North Carolina (7 pct) and an additional 4.1 GW of small-scale solar PV capacity to enter service by the end of 2021.

Wind -- Another 12.2 GW of wind capacity is scheduled to come online in 2021. Last year, 21 GW of wind came online, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and planned additions in November and December (14.9 GW). Texas and Oklahoma account for more than half of the 2021 wind capacity additions. The largest wind project coming online in 2021 will be the 999-MW Traverse wind farm in Oklahoma. The 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project off the coast of Virginia Beach, is also scheduled to start commercial operation in early 2021.

Natural gas -- For 2021, planned natural gas capacity additions are reported at 6.6 GW. Combined-cycle generators account for 3.9 GW, and combustion-turbine generators account for 2.6 GW. More than 70 pct of these planned additions are in Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Battery storage -- EIA expects the capacity of utility-scale battery storage to more than quadruple; 4.3 GW of battery power capacity additions are slated to come online by the end of 2021. The rapid growth of renewables is a major driver in the expansion of battery capacity because battery storage systems are increasingly paired with renewables. The world's largest solar-powered battery (409 MW) is under construction at Manatee Solar Energy Center in Florida; the battery is scheduled to be operational by late 2021. (Source: US EIA, 11 Jan., 2021)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration,  Renewable Energy,  


TruStar Energy Touting Major RNG Growth (Ind. Report)
Fortistar, TruStar Energy
Date: 2021-01-13
In the Empire State, White Plains-based RNG/CNG fuel supplier TruStar Energy, a Fortistar portfolio company, reports in 2020 it grew its nationwide natural gas fueling station network to 380, inked long term RNG fuel supply contracts totaling 175 million GGE and is set to deliver more than 30 million GGE of renewable natural gas (RNG) in 2021.

In December, the company's parent, Fortistar, in tandem with the TruStar Energy's distribution efforts, announced the fifth of 12 new RNG projects, together requiring nearly $500 million of new capital investment. These new projects will produce over 100 million GGE per year of RNG, reducing annual U.S. transportation emissions by 2 million metric tons of CO2 -- the equivalent of taking approximately 434,782 passenger cars off the road, according to the release. (Source: TruStar Energy, PR, Website, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: TruStar Energy, Scott Edelbach, COO, www.trustarenergy.com; Forttistar, Mark Comora, CEO, (914) 421-4937, MComora@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Fortistar,  TruStar Energy,  


TOTAL Snares French RNG Specialist Fonroche Biogaz (Int'l, M&A)
Fonroche Biogaz,TOTAL
Date: 2021-01-13
Paris-headquartered energy major TOTAL is reporting acquisition of Roquefort, France-based anaerobic digestion specialist Fonroche Biogaz.

With almost 500 GWh of installed capacity, which doubled between 2019 and 2020, Fonroche Biogaz is the French renewable natural gas (RNG) market leader with more than 10 pct market share and a portfolio of seven units in operation and a pipeline of four "imminent" projects.

As previously reported, TOTAL plans to produce 4-6 TWh of biomethane annually. (Source: TOTAL, Contact: Fonroche Group, Yann Maus, Pres., +33 ( 0) 5 59 71 65 52, www.fonrochegroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  RNG,  TOTAL,  anaerobic digestion,  


Nordex Scores 188 MW Turbine Order for Finland Project (Int'l.)
Nordex, wdp
Date: 2021-01-11
Hamburg-based wind energy giant Nordex Group reports receipt of an order from Bremen, Germany-based wdp Europe GmbH for 33 units of its Delta4000 series N163/5.X turbines, and a 15 year service contract, for the 188 MW "Karhunnevankangas" project in Finland.

The turbines will be supplied in a project-specific operating mode of 5.7 MW, resulting in a total output for the wind farm of 188 MW. For the first time the Nordex Group will be installing the turbines on tubular steel towers with a hub height of 159 metres. Turbine installation and completion of the wind farm in the north of Ostrobothnia in western Finland is scheduled for 2022. (Source: Nordex, PR, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Zander, +49 (0)40 / 300 30 X 1116, fzander@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com; wdp Europe GmbH, Christian Schnibbe Head of Marketing & PR, +49 (421) 16866-10, +49 (421) 16866-10 -- fax, c.schnibbe@wpd.de, info@wdp.de, www.wpd.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  wpd,  


Capstone Acquires 29-MW Ontario Wind Portfolio (M&A)
Capstone Infrastructure, wpd Europe
Date: 2021-01-11
Toront0-headquartered independent energy producer Capstone Infrastructure Corp. is reporting acquisition of four Ontario wind farms totaling 29-MW Ontario from Bremen, Germany-based wwpd Europe GmbH for an undisclosed price.

The four wind farms -- Springwood, Whittington, Napier and Sumac Ridge -- incorporate Senvion MM92 turbines and have long-term PPAs with an average of 14 years remaining of the contract term.

Capstone owns and operates hydro, wend,solar, biomass, and natural gas power plants totaling roughly 570 MW power generation capacity Canada-wide, according to its website. (Source: Capstone Infrastructure Corp., PR, Website, 11 Jan., 2020) Contact: Capstone Infrastructure Corp., David Eva, CEO, 416-649-1300, Fax: 416-649-1335, info@capstoneinfra.com, www.capstoneinfra.com; wdp Europe GmbH, +49 (421) 16866-10, F +49 (421) 16866-66, info@wdp.de, www.wpd.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Infrastructure,  Wind,  wpd ,  


Solar Carports Slated for New Mexico Gov. Buildings (Ind. Report)
New Mexico General Services
Date: 2021-01-08
In Santa Fe, the New Mexico General Services Department's $32 million State Buildings Green Energy Project -- an initiative to cut the energy consumption of 30 buildings in Santa Fe and reduce the state government's carbon footprint -- is reporting construction is expected to get underway before the month end on 4 carport solar arrays on government buildings at a total cost of $9.7 million.

The Green Energy Project includes installation of rooftop solar arrays on 16 buildings, the installation of window film, water conservation measures, and upgrades to HVAC systems and controls, lighting, and transformers.

Upon completion, the project is expected to slash electric power bills for the buildings by 50 pct and save the state more than $1 million per year. (Source: New Mexico General Services Department, Pr., Jan. 2021) Contact: New Mexico General Services Department, 505-827-2000, www.generalservices.state.nm.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


Voltalia's Fr. Guiana Woody Biomass Plant Begins Operation (Int'l.)
Voltalia
Date: 2021-01-06
The Paris-headquartered international renewable energy company Voltalia is reporting its Cacao forestry wood waste/woody biomass plant in Roura, French Guiana has begun operation. The €75 million plant has an installed capacity of 5.1 MW and 550 kW/250 Kwh storage capacity and is expected to prevent 28,500 tpy of CO2-equivalent emissions.

The company operates three solar, two biomass, and one hydroelectric, as well as battery storage units with a total installed capacity of 30 MW renewable energy facilities in French Guiana. (Source: Voltalia, PR, Website, Bioenergy Insights, 5 Jan., 2020) Contact: Voltalia, Sebastien Clerc, CEO, +33 (0)1 81 70 37 00, www.voltalia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltalia,  Woody Biomass,  


Adani Green Energy receives LOA for 600 MW wind-solar hybrid
Adani Green Energy,Solar Energy Corporation of India
Date: 2021-01-04
Gujarat, India-based Adani Green Energy Limited reports its wholly owned subsidiary Adani Renewable Energy Holding Eight Ltd, has received a 25-year LOA for a 600 MW Wind-Solar Hybrid project from New Delhi-headquartered Solar Energy Corporation of India. The project is expected to be commissioned within 18 months of the signing PPA.

With this project, Adani Green's total renewable energy project capacity stands at 14,795 MW -- 2,950 MW operational and 11,845 MW under implementation, according to the company. (Source: Adani Green Energy, PR, 2 Jan., 2021) Contact: Solar Energy Corporation of India, corporate@seci.co.in, www.seci.co.in; Adani Green Energy, +91-79-2656 5555, info@adani.com, www.adanigreenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Adani Green Energy,  Solar,  


270 MW Morroccan Wind Project Approved (Int'l. Report)
Nareva Holding, Enel Green Power
Date: 2021-01-04
Moroccan energy company Nareva Holding and Italian renewable energy specialist Enel Green Power, along with the Moroccan Electricity and Drinking Water utility (ONEE) and the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), are reporting regulatory approval of a planned 270MW, $314 million wind farm near the Atlantic port city of Essaouira.

Morocco plans to bring its total wind capacity to 850 MW by 2023. (Source: Nareva Holding, PR Jan., 2021) Contact: Nareva Holding, www.linkedin.com/company/nareva-holding; Enel Green Power Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, www.masen.ma

More Low-Carbon Energy News Morrocco,  Wind,  Enel Green Power,  


ENERCON Touts Turkish Wind Energy Business (Int'l Report)
ENERCON
Date: 2020-12-30
Magdeburg, Germany-based ENERCON GmbH reports that with Goktekin Energy's Metafor wind project in Bingol, it has installed almost 1,000 wind turbines in Turkey since 1998.

For the Metafor wind project, ENERCON is supplying 12 units of its E-138 EP3 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 49.7 megawatts. All of the wind turbines are expected to be delivered in 2021. (Source: ENERCON, PR, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: ENERCON Turkey, Salih Batur, Project Manager, Hans-Dieter Kettwig, CEO, +49 0 4941 9270, www.enercon.de/en; Goktekin Energy, +90 322 248 47 00, www.goktekinenerji.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERCON,  Wind,  Wind Tukey,  


National Grid Touts LED Streetlight Conversion Program (Ind. Report)
National Grid
Date: 2020-12-30
In the Empire State, National Grid is reporting the recent conversion of 2,300 roadway lights with the City of Lackawanna as part of its Streetlight Conversion Program. These new company-owned energy efficient LED streetlights will save on energy and maintenance costs to the City as well as improve visibility.

In total, the National Grid new LED Streetlight Conversion Program has saved upstate New York municipalities more than 18,000 MWh, or the equivalent of average energy consumed annually by approximately 1,660 U.S. homes. Additionally, National Grid has returned over $2 million in energy efficiency incentives to qualified municipalities that participated in the Streetlight Conversion program.

Since initially launching its LED Streetlight Conversion Program in 2017, National Grid has converted 40,000 traditional high-pressure sodium streetlight fixtures to LED.

Download the National Grid Streetlight Conversion Program details HERE. (Source: National Grid, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: National Grid, National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  LED Light,  LED Streetlight,  


Xcel's Wind Turbine Repowering Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2020-12-28
In the Badger State, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has announced approval of Xcel Energy's $750 million wind farm "repowering" of several existing wind farms totaling 651 MW.

The turbine upgrades are projected to deliver $160 million in savings through efficiency gains. (Source: Xcel Energy, Dec., 2020) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, www.mn.gov/puc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  


Energy Storage Startup Scores First Commercial Order (Int'l.)
Azelio
Date: 2020-12-28
Gothenburg, Sweden-based energy storage specialist Azelio reports it will see its long-duration Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology used at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Complex (MBR) in Dubai, UAE.

Azelio's TES technology stores energy as heat in a phase change material (PCM) made of an aluminium alloy heated to 600 degrees Celsius, which is then converted to electricity using a Stirling engine. Azelio claims the technology can enable 13 hours' duration of electricity storage as well as provide heat on demand, is effective in hot or cold climates and has an expected system lifetime of 30 years, according to the release.

Azilio's patent portfolio includes specific components critical to the performance of the company's Stirling engine as well as details in the design and functioning of the energy storage. In total, Azelio has 13 approved patents, 15 patent applications pending and is preparing patent applications for further innovations. (Source: Azelio, PR, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46 532 100 20, info@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio,  Energy Storage,  


Freddie Mac Green Program Cuts Multifamily Energy and Water Consumption (White Paper Attached)
Freddie Mac
Date: 2020-12-23
Properties participating in Freddie Mac Multifamily's Green Advantage® program save an average of more than 2.7 million gallons of water and 1.3 million kBtu of energy per year, according to a new white paper 2020 Analysis of Green Improvements in Workforce Housing. Created in 2016, the program, which includes the Green Up® and Green Up Plus® offerings, provides financing incentives for multifamily borrowers that agree to reduce energy and water consumption.

Since program inception through the third quarter of 2020, Freddie Mac Multifamily Green Up and Green Up Plus provided over $60 billion in financing through loans purchased on nearly 600,000 units. The financed properties are typically garden-style apartments that are, on average, 35 years old with 85 pct of units being affordable to households making 100 pct of area median income (AMI) or less. The White Paper's key findings include:

  • Tenants are saving, on average, $114 per year based on reported property data;

  • Properties have reported over 827 million gallons in actual cumulative water consumption savings, which is the equivalent of 1,250 Olympic-sized swimming pools and over 152 million kBtu in actual cumulative energy consumption savings or roughly enough energy to power 4,100 homes;

  • The reported actual annual overall cost savings totals over $11 million, which averages roughly $40,500 per loan per year and $133 per unit per year;

  • The projected average cost for improvements is $471 per unit with a total of $280 million of projected improvements as of the end of the third quarter of 2020;

  • The most commonly selected water-saving improvements continue to be the low-cost showerheads, kitchen aerators and bathroom aerators;

  • The most commonly selected energy-saving improvements were exterior and common area LED lighting, closely followed by unit interior LED lighting and then HVAC thermostats.

    Download the 2020 Analysis of Green Improvements in Workforce Housing White Paper HERE . (Source: Freddie Mac, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Freddie Mac, Mike Morosi (703) 918-5851, Michael_Morosi@FreddieMac.com, www.freddiemac.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Freddie Mac,  


  • Enviva Reports Biomass Traceability Pilot Results (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood bioenergy specialist Enviva Partners LP and blockchain firm GoChain are reporting the results of a pilot programme to enhance the traceability of sustainable biomass.

    The pilot programme leveraged GoChain's blockchain to identify a select group of suppliers from Enviva's U.S. wood sourcing regions to monitor forest tract locations, load weights, fibre commodity types, forest types and other related data.

    In total, more than 1,000 loads of woody biomass were delivered from the forest to the production facility and recorded 'on-chain' during the pilot. The results yielded considerable insights and the pilot has the potential to further increase the accuracy of Enviva's proprietary Track & Trace system, which provides publicly available data and tracks exactly where the low-value wood used in the production of Enviva biomass comes from.(Source: Enviva, PR, Bioenergy Insight, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; GoChain, www.gochain.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    ALLETE's Diamond Spring Wind Site Now Online (Ind. Report)
    ALLETE Clean Energy,ALLETE
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Duluth, Minnesota-based ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc. reports the start of commercial operations at its 303-MW Diamond Spring wind site in southern Oklahoma. Diamond Spring is ALLETE Clean Energy's largest wind site producing enough energy to power about 114,000 homes and increasing the company's total wind capacity to more than 1,000 MW.

    ALLETE Clean Energy owns, operates, has in advanced construction and has delivered build-transfer projects totaling more than 1,450 megawatts of nameplate wind capacity across seven states. (Source: ALLETE Inc, PR, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: ALLETE Inc., www.allete.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ALLETE Clean Energy news,  ALLETE news,  Wind news,  


    CVR Energy Advancing OK Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
    CVR Energy
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Sugarland, Texas-based CVR Energy Inc is reporting Board approval to advance work on a $110-million renewable diesel plant in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

    When commissioned and fully operational, the facility will produce almost 100 million gpy of renewable diesel and roughly 6 million gpy of renewable naphth and significantly lower the company's annual Renewable Identification Number (RIN) exposure under the Clean Air Act's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

    The use of RNG as a transportation fuel has reportedly increased 291 pct over the past 5 years, displacing close to 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). That is the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of driving 18.6 trillion miles in a typical passenger cat. It is the CO2 emissions equivalent of consuming 842 million gallons of gasoline. This equates to the total amount of fuel used by 63,171 transit buses every year, according to trade data(Source: CVR Energy, PR, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: CVR Energy Inc., David Lamp., CEO, (281) 207-3200, www.cvrenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  CVR Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Buildings-Related Carbon Emissions Hit Record High (Int'l.)
    UN Environment Programme
    Date: 2020-12-21
    A new UN Environment Programme, Energy and Climate Branch report finds emissions from the operation of buildings hit a highest-ever level in 2019. Including construction, the building sector now accounts for 38 pct of total global CO2 emissions.

    The 2020 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, from the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) found that while global building energy consumption remained steady year-on-year, energy-related CO2 emissions increased to 9.95 GtCO2 in 2019. This increase was due to a shift away from the direct use of coal, oil and traditional biomass towards electricity, which had a higher carbon content due to the high proportion of fossil fuels used in generation.

    When adding emissions from the building construction industry on top of operational emissions, the sector accounted for 38 pct of total global energy-related CO2 emissions., according to the report.

    To get on track to net-zero carbon building stock by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that direct building CO2 emissions need to fall by 50 pct and indirect building sector emissions by 60 pct by 2030. This equates to building sector emissions falling by around 6 pct per year until 2030, close to the 7 pct decrease in 2020 global energy sector CO2 emissions due to the pandemic. (Source: UN Environment Programme, Energy and Climate Branch, UNEP, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: UNEP, Sophie Loran , +33-601-377-917, Sophie.Loran@un.org, www.unep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  IEA,  UN Environment Programme,  


    Peatland Carbon Storage Restoration Declared "Vital" (Int'l.)
    Peat
    Date: 2020-12-21
    In the UK, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) analysis has revealed the scale of the challenge that the Northern Ireland Assembly and the other UK governments and agencies face to restore and maintain the country's peatlands, which play a pivotal role in combating climate change.

    Peatland covers approximately 12 pct of the land area of Northern Ireland, but 86 pct of peatlands have been damaged by pressures, including drainage, overgrazing, afforestation, burning and extraction in lowland areas.

    The RSPB's analysis shows peatlands avoid 1,992 tpy of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to 5 pct of total UK greenhouse gas emissions every year. According to Martin Harper, RSPB Director of Global Conservation, "Peatlands are an incredibly important habitat in the UK both for wildlife and for storing carbon. If our peatlands are not restored, they will emit twice as much carbon as would be captured by tree planting in the Committee on Climate Change's UK forestry targets for 2050."

    (Source: RSPS, Farm Week, 20 Dec., 2020) Contact: RSPB, www.community.rspb.org.uk

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    Princeton Adds Eight New Solar Arrays (Ind. Report)
    Princeton University
    Date: 2020-12-21
    In the Garden State, the Princeton University Office of Sustainability is reporting the addition of 8 new solar arrays across the campus to "more than triple the University's current solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity" from 5.5 to 19 pct of current electric energy use. The total number of panels will also increase by more than 27,000, and the total photovoltaic capacity will rise from 4.5 to 16.5 MW.

    The new solar projects will be designed, built, and owned by EDF Renewables for 15 years through a PPA. After this period, the University has the option to purchase the installations at fair market value and manage them independently for a predicted 10-15 additional years, according to the release. (Source: Princeton University, Office of Sustainability, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Princeton University, Office of Sustainability, 609.258.6141, sustain@princeton.edu, www.sustain.princeton.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Princeton University news,  Solar news,  


    Clean Energy Fuels, TOTAL to Develop Additional Carbon-Negative Fuel and Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels, TOTAL
    Date: 2020-12-21
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and its largest shareholder, TOTAL S.E., are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create a 50/50 joint venture to develop carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG) production facilities in the United States, as well as credit support to build additional downstream RNG fueling infrastructure.

    For ht project, Total will invest $50 million and Clean Energy $30 million for the proposed joint venture and TOTAL will be providing credit support of $65 million to support Clean Energy development in the RNG value chain, including $45 million for contracted RNG fueling infrastructure.

    The companies have already partnered to expand the use of RNG in the heavy-duty truck market with its Zero Now program, which allows fleets to purchase natural gas trucks for the same price as diesel trucks. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com; TOTAL, www.total.com

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    Hailey Idaho Releases GHG Study Results (Ind. Report)
    Hailey
    Date: 2020-12-18
    In Idaho, the Hailey City Resiliency Coordinator Rebecca Bundy has released results of the city's 2020 Greenhouse Gas Inventory conducted in partnership with Local Governments for Sustainability, an international organization of more than 1,750 local and regional governments.

    The study -- which began in January -- takes a holistic look at CO2 and methane emissions in the broader Ketchum, Sun Valley and Blaine County Idaho community. Using the most recent available data from utility companies, the study found residential and commercial emissions from natural gas and electricity made up 33 and 29 pct, respectively, of the total community greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation emissions from fossil fuels represented 30 pct, solid waste emissions, 5 pct and industrial emissions and natural gas leaks finished at 3 pct. The audit does not include data from Friedman Memorial Airport, which accounts for over 40 pct of the city's ground-level emissions.

    Additionally, the city of Hailey is considering a standalone agreement with Idaho Power that would see the utility regularly update the city on renewable energy projects and provide the city with aggregated data on energy use starting in 2022.

    The study is considered a starting point for the community's plan to transition to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2035. (Source: City of Hailey, Idaho Mountain Express, 16 Dec., 2020) Contact: City of Hailey, Rebecca Bundy, 208-788-4221, www.haileycityhall.org; Idaho Power, Megan Ronk, Director of Business Innovation and Dev., Local Governments for Sustainability, www.iclei.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


    Green Pandemic Recovery Essential to Close Climate Action Gap (Report Attached)
    UNEP
    Date: 2020-12-18
    Each year, the UN Emissions Gap Report assesses the gap between anticipated emissions and levels consistent with the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming this century to well below 2 degrees C and pursuing 1.5 degrees C. The report finds that in 2019 total greenhouse gas emissions, including land-use change, reached a new high of 59.1 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent (GtCO2e). Global greenhouse gas emissions have grown 1.4 pct per year since 2010 on average, with a more rapid increase of 2.6 pct in 2019 due to a large increase in forest fires.

    A green pandemic recovery, however, can cut up to 25 pct off the emissions we would expect to see in 2030 based on policies in place before COVID-19. A green recovery would put emissions in 2030 at 44 GtCO2e, instead of the predicted 59 GtCO2e -- far outstripping emission reductions foreseen in unconditional NDCs, which leave the world on track for a 3.2 degrees C temperature rise. Such a green recovery would put emissions within the range that gives a 66 pct chance of holding temperatures to below 2 degrees C, but would still be insufficient to achieve the 1.5 degrees C goal.

    The report also notes that the growing number of countries committing to net-zero emissions goals by mid-century is a "significant and encouraging development" with 126 countries covering 51 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions adopting, announcing or were considering net-zero goals.

    Download the Green Pandemic Recovery Essential to Close Climate Action Gap report HERE. (Source: UNEP, Dec., 2020) Contact: UNEP, www.unep.org

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    Leeward's Mountain Breeze Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Leeward Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-12-18
    Dallas-headquartered Leeward Renewable Energy LLC reports its 62 GE turbine-equipped, 171MW Mountain Breeze wind farm in Weld County, Colorado. has closed on $162.9 million funding under its tax equity financing and has begun operation. Mountain Breeze sells its power output to Xcel Energy -- Colorado under a long-term PPA.

    Leeward Renewable Energy owns and operates a portfolio of 21 wind farms across nine states, with 20 in operation and one under construction, totaling more than 2,000 MW of installed capacity. The company is actively developing new wind, solar, and energy storage projects in energy markets across the U.S., according to the company website. (Source: Leeward Renewable Energy, Website PR, 16 Dec., 2020) Contact: Leeward Renewable Energy, Jason Allen, CEO, John Wycherley, VP Bus. Dev., 214.515.1100, www.leewardenergy.com

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    Major Solar Projects Slated for SW Indiana (Ind. Report)
    Capital Dynamics,Arevon
    Date: 2020-12-16
    Zug, Switzerland based asset management firm Capital Dynamics subsidiary Clean Energy Infrastructure reports it and Omaha-headquartered Tenaska are developing three major solar projects totaling nearly $430 million Knox, Gibson and Pike counties in SW Indiana. Scottsdale, Arizona-based Arevon Energy will serve as the "boots on the ground" for the work.

    The first project is the $128 million, 150-MW Ratts 1 Solar Project in Pike County near Petersburg will break ground next summer for completion in 2023. The $128 million, 150-MW Ratts 2 Solar Project in Vincennes is slated for early 2022 construction for completion in 2023. Developers are also planning a $170 million, 200-MW solar farm in Gibson County. Construction on the Elliott Solar Farm is expected to begin in early 2022 and be complete in 2023. (Source: Tenaska, Capital Dynamics Website, PR, Inside Indiana Business, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: Arevon Energy, 480-653-8450, www.arevonenergy.com; Capital Dynamics, Benoit Allehaut, +41 41 748 84 44, 212 798 3400 -- NYC Office, www.capdyn.com; Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO,(402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arevon,  Capital Dynamics,  Tenaska,  Solar,  


    CIBC Ranked Among Top Banks for Climate Change Action (Int'l.)
    CIBC, CDP
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In Toronto, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) reports receipt of a score of A- from the CDP (fka the Carbon Disclosure Project). Improving from a B rating in 2019, this score demonstrates CIBC's progress in environmental performance and reporting. The score also places CIBC among the highest ranking Canadian financial institutions and the top-tier of global banks. As part of CIBC's commitment to support environmental sustainability initiatives, the bank's actions include:
  • In 2020, increased its GHG emissions intensity target for operations to 20 pct over eight years (using 2018 as a baseline).

  • In 2020, issued a USD $500 million, five-year green bond to help finance new and existing green projects, assets, and businesses that mitigate the risks and effects of climate change. These include renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, natural resource conservation, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention and control.

  • In 2019, announced a target of mobilizing $150 billion in environmental and sustainable finance activities by 2027.

  • In 2019, issued the climate-related disclosure report Building a Sustainable Future aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

  • In 2019, set new targets to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable sources and become carbon neutral by 2024.

    Toronto-headquartered CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 10 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients and $768.545 billion (Cdn) in total assets. (Source: CIBC, PR, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: CIBC, www.cibc.com/en/about-cibc/corporate-responsibility/environment.html; CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Disclosure Project,  CIBC,  CDP,  Climate Change,  


  • Northern Lights CCS Project Gets the Nod (Int'l., Reg & Leg)
    Shell,Equinor,Northern Lights
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In Oslo, the Norwegian parliament has announced its approval of the final investment decision for the Northern Lights project enabling the shipping, reception and sequestration of CO2 beneath the Northern North Sea.

    Northern Lights project partners TOTAL, Equinor, and Shell are now establishing a Joint Venture company responsible for all project activities, including business development.

    The Northern Lights project includes the development and operation of CO2 transport and storage facilities and will be the first cross-border, open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure network to offer European industrial emitters CCS opportunity.

    The first phase of the project will be completed in 2024 with a capacity of up to 1.5 million tpy of CO2. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Northern Lights Project, Sverre Overaa, Director, sjov@equinor.com, Per Sandberg, Bus. Dev, prsa@equinor.com, www.northernlightsccs.com; TOTAL, www.total.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com; SHELL, www.shell.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Equinor,  Northern Lights,  CCS,  Shell,  


    I Squared Capital Selling Grupo T-Solar (Int'l. Report, M&A)
    I Squared Capital,Grupo T-Solar
    Date: 2020-12-16
    Global infrastructure investment manager I Squared Capital is reporting an agreement to sell Grupo T-Solar to Cubico Sustainable Investments Ltd, the renewable energy specialist jointly owned by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and PSP Investments, for a total enterprise value of €1.5 billion ($1.82 billion).

    Grupo T-Solar has 274 MW of installed and regulated capacity in Spain and Italy with a 1.4-GW pipeline of solar photovoltaic projects.

    I Squared Capital is an independent global infrastructure investment manager focusing on energy, utilities, digital infrastructure, transport and social infrastructure in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm has $19.3 billion in assets under management and owns and operates a diverse portfolio of 26 companies. (Source: I Squared Capital, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: I Squared Capital, Andreas Moon, Managing Director, 786-693-5739, www.isquaredcapital.com; Grupo T-Solar, www.tsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grupo T-Solar,  Solar,  


    German Utility Plans 4 GW of Renewables Capacity by 2025 (Int'l.)
    Uniper
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Frankfurt, Germany-based utility UNIPER is reporting plans to develop 4 GW of solar and wind power projects beyond 2025, including its business in Russia where the company presently operates fossil-fuel based power stations.

    Across Germany, UNIPER owns and operates power plants totaling 10.5 GW. Most of UNIPER's thermal plants use hard coal or natural gas as fuel. UNIPER also owns more than 100 hydroelectric power and pumped energy storage plants in Germany. (Source: UNIPER, Dec., 2020) Contact: UNIPER, www.uniper.energy

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    Amazon Touts New Renewable Energy Project Backing (Ind. Report)
    Amazon, Climate Change
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Technology and online retailing giant Amazon.com Inc. reports it is backing 26 new wind and solar utility-scale projects totaling 3.4 GW capacity in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S., making it the world's largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy.

    Amazon previously announced it aims to power all of its operations with renewable energy sources by 2025, five years ahead of an earlier target, and to become carbon-neutral 15 years later. Including the new deals, Amazon has backed 127 wind and solar projects, with 6.5 gigawatts of capacity. (Source: Amazon, PR, 10 Dec., 2020) Contact: Amazon, amazon-pr@amazon.com, www.amazon.com/pr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Renewable Energy,  


    E.ON Touts Hungarian Solar Energy Storage System (Int'l.)
    E.ON
    Date: 2020-12-14
    In Budapest, the E.ON Hungaria Group reports development of a unique, innovative energy storage system at the European level in Zanka -- 145 km southwest of Budapest.

    The new E.ON Hungaria system makes connecting solar energy systems to the grid faster and cheaper and has dramatically increased total performance of the solar power plants connected to the grid over the last four years. (Source: E.ON, PR, Budapest Bus. Journal, 13 Dec., 2020) Contact: E.ON Hungaria, www.eon.hu, www.eon.com

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    ENGIE, Hannon Armstrong Partner on Solar+Storage (Ind. Report)
    ENGIE, Hannon Armstrong
    Date: 2020-12-11
    Houston-headquartered ENGIE North America reports it is partnering with Annapolis, Maryland-based Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in climate change solutions, to jointly invest in a Distributed Generation (DG) portfolio of community solar and solar-plus-storage assets totaling roughly 70 MW in Massachusetts, Illinois, Vermont, California, Texas, and Arizona.

    The agreement will allow ENGIE to rely on committed capital by Hannon Armstrong through December 31, 2021 to finance DG assets across the U.S. ENGIE will retain partial ownership and provide development, construction, operational, asset management, and administrative services. Hannon Armstrong will provide capital to ENGIE through a unique structure that will bring efficiency to a forward flow of projects, leveraging tax equity financing through an upper-tier arrangement with Morgan Stanley.

    ENGIE North America Inc. offers a range of capabilities in the United States and Canada to help customers decarbonize, decentralize and digitalize their operations. These include comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and expense; clean power generation; energy storage; and retail energy supply that includes renewable, demand response, and on-bill financing options. Nearly 100 pct of the company's power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable

    NYSE-listed Hannon Armstrong provides capital to leading companies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable infrastructure markets. (Source: ENGIE North America, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: ENGIE North America, Sandrine Deparis, (202) 855 3705, sandrine.deparis@engie.com, www.engie-na.com Hannon Armstrong, Chad Reed, IR, (410) 571 6189, Investors@hannonarmstrong.com, www.hannonarmstrong.com

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    Ameresco Completes Conn. Wastewater Plant Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-12-11
    In the Bay State, Framingham-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting completion energy efficiency upgrades to wastewater plants serving New Britain, Middletown, Berlin and Cromwell for the Mattabassett District in Cromwell, Conn.. The completed projects are expected to result in more than $1 million in energy savings over the course of 12 years.

    Ameresco's work included plant-wide integrated temperature controls, a modernized building lighting system, high efficiency HVAC units and low-voltage transformer replacements. The project guarantees an estimated 581,909 kWh in total energy savings. Construction was completed in November. (Source: Ameresco, Worcester Bus. Journal, Dec., 2020)Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    Apex Inks McDonald's Wind Power Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2020-12-09
    Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy is reporting a power purchase agreement with McDonald's Restaurants for 126 MW of energy from its Lincoln Land Wind project for a total 326 MW from two separate Apex projects. McDonald's previously committed to purchase 220 MW from an Apex project in Texas.

    Apex noted the Lincoln Land Wind Project is expected to begin commercial operations in late 2021 and is now fully contracted. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Dec., 2020)Contact: Apex Clean Energy, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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    Vestas Confirms 74 MW Ilmatar Energy Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas, Ilmatar Energy
    Date: 2020-12-09
    In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered wind energy developer Ilmatar Energy has placed an order with Vestas for six V150-4.2 MW wind turbines totaling 74 MW for the Voimamylly and Rasakangas wind projects in Southwest and Central Finland.

    The order includes supply, installation and commissioning, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution and a 30-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Deliveries for both projects are expected to begin in Q3, 2021 for commissioning in Q1, 2022.

    With this deal, Vestas has roughly 400 installed wind turbines in Finland totaling close to 1.3 GW to date and an additional 1 GW currently under construction. (Source: Vestas, Ilmatar Energy, PR, 7 Dec., 2020) Contact: Ilmatar Energy, Juha Sarsama, CEO, +358 20 742 4499, info@ilmatar.fi, www.ilmatar.fi; Vestas, +34 649 29 4007, www.vestas.com

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    Green Bonds Support Hungarian Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    GTC Real Estate Development Hungary
    Date: 2020-12-07
    Globe Trade Centre's Hungarian subsidiary, GTC Real Estate Development Hungary is reporting issuance of 792 senior unsecured 10-year term Green Bonds with a nominal value of approximately €140,000 and a total value of roughly €110 million. The bonds are to be amortised at 10 pct per annum starting from the seventh year.

    Bond proceeds are to be used to finance and refinance acquisitions and the construction or refurbishment of buildings to meet BREEAM , LEED and other recognized efficiency standards.

    GTC manages a real estate portfolio of 45 commercial buildings in Poland, Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade, Zagreb and Sofia and has a retail and office development pipeline of around 354,000 sqm, of which 66,000 sqm is currently under construction, according to the release. (Source: GTC Real Estate, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: GTC Real Estate Development Hungary, +48 22 16 60 700, www.gtc.hu

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    Global CCS Institute 2020 Global Status on CCS (Report Attached)
    Global CCS Institute
    Date: 2020-12-07
    The Melbourne, Australia-headquartered Global CCS Institute's recently released 2020 Global Status on CCS report notes the total capacity of carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities operating and under development grew by 33 pct world-wide over 2019. The report notes:
  • The CCS facility pipeline continued to grow three years in a row, with global capture and storage capacity nearly doubling within three years and increasing by one-third since 2019;

  • Almost 40 million tpy of CO2 are being captured from 26 commercial CCS facilities currently in operation;

  • Presently 65 commercial CCS facilities are in various stages of development globally;

  • The U.S. presently hosts the highest number of operational CCS facilities globally as well as 12 of the 17 new commercial CCS facilities added to the project pipeline in 2020;

  • The US has some of the most advanced supportive policies for CCS of any country in the world, including the enhanced 45Q tax credit and the California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard;

  • 2020 saw increased ambition and support for CCS in Europe as well. The Norwegian Government announced its green light for the Langskip project.

  • Funding for CCS infrastructure was earmarked in the UK's Spring Budget with the goal of developing several hub and clusters during the decade. Elsewhere in Europe, the first call of EU's €10 billion Innovation Fund for CCS projects, was launched in July, this year;

  • In Asia Pacific, regional collaboration between countries and businesses continued to gather pace in 2020 in order to advance technical understanding and develop regulatory frameworks, with notably Australia and Japan making progress in terms of domestic policies and CCS investments;

  • In a move that will reduce both cost and risks to government and industry, CCS hubs and clusters -- the shared use of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure among companies -- is predicted to support a boom in the adoption of CCS in the coming years;

  • The report echoes findings by the IPCC, which shows that CCS is vital to meet net-zero Paris climate targets.

    Download the Global Status of CCS 2020 report HERE. (Source: Global CCS Institute, Dec., 2020) Contact: Global CCS Institute, Guloren Turan, GM, Brad Page, CEO, +61 3 8620 7300, info@globalccsinstitute.com, www.globalccsinstitute.com

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  • Cypress Creek Offloads Community Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Cypress Creek Renewables
    Date: 2020-12-04
    Cypress Creek Renewables announced it has completed the sale of two Massachusetts community solar projects totaling 6.35 MW to CarVal Investors. The projects, which are located in Bristol and Franklin counties, are community solar projects that Cypress Creek developed under the state's Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program.

    The projects were originally developed by Clean Energy Collective then purchased by Cypress Creek which completed all late-stage development work. Construction is currently underway on both projects by EPC renewable energy contractor Signal Energy, with commercial operation slated for Spring 2021. Cypress Creek O&M Services will provide operations and maintenance for the projects. (Source: Cypress Creek Renewables, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Cypress Creek Renewable, Sarah Slusser, CEO, (310) 581-6299, info@ccrenew.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com; CarVal Investors, www.carvalinvestors.com; Signal Energy, www.signalenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Signal Energy ,  Cypress Creek Renewables ,  Community Solar,  Solar,  


    Iowa Renewable Fuels Grants Approved (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Dept. of Agriculture
    Date: 2020-12-04
    In Des Moines, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig reports 101 ethanol projects and 137 biodiesel projects at 167 fuel retail locations in the Hawkeye State have been awarded grant funding from the $7 million Renewable Fuels Retail Recovery program administered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

    The program offers relief funds to help gas stations, truck stops, co-ops, and other renewable fuels retailers recover from the business disruptions and lost demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the release.

    Iowa is home to 43 ethanol refineries totaling 4.5 billion gpy capacity and 11 biodiesel facilities totaling 400 million gpy capacity, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. (Source: Iowa Dept. of Agriculture, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Iowa Dept. of Agriculture, Mike Naig, www.iowaagriculture.gov/grants

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  Iowa Biofuel,  


    Azelio Scores Energy Storage Patents (Int'l. Report)
    Azelio
    Date: 2020-12-02
    Gothenburg, Sweden-based energy storage specialist Azelio has been granted four new patents relevant to to innovations to efficiently store energy and generate electricity from heat, which is central to being able to store renewable energy.

    Two of the patents relate to the design of the storage unit itself, while two concern the company's Stirling engine. The patents extend to the years 2040 and 2039, respectively. The company intends to extend the patent protection for the technologies in several geographies on the basis of these patents.

    The company's patent portfolio includes specific components critical to the performance of the company's Stirling engine as well as details in the design and functioning of the energy storage. In total, Azelio has 13 approved patents, 15 patent applications pending and is preparing patent applications for further innovations.

    Azelio's unique solution, the TES.POD®, stores energy in recycled aluminum at 600 degrees. The energy is converted on demand to electricity and to 55-65 degree heat via a Stirling engine. The system is very competitive with a total efficiency of up to 90 pct from electricity to outgoing energy. (Source: Azelio, Website PR, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46 532 100 20, info@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  

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