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ALLETE's North Dakota Glen Ulin Wind Facility Online (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-12-11
Minnesota-based Allete Inc. subsidiary Allete Clean Energy is reporting its 106-MW Glen Ullin Energy Center west of Bismarck, North Dakota is now online and producing wind power for Xcel Energy customers in the Upper Midwest. The 43-turbine wind facility produces sufficient electric power for about 55,600 homes.

ALLETE Clean Energy also developed the 107.5-mw Thunder Spirit wind farm near Hettinger and sold it to Montana-Dakota Utilities in 2015. ALLETE Clean Energy expanded Thunder Spirit to about 155 MW and sold the expansion to MDU in 2018. The company is also working on the 80-mw South Peak wind site in Montana with plans to bring it online near the end of the year to sell power to NorthWestern Energy. The company's approximately 300-megawatt Diamond Spring wind project in Oklahoma has broken ground and will sell wind power to Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield Foods. (Contact: ALLETE, Business North, 10 Dec., 2019) Contact: ALLETE, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952,,

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250.5-MW Triple H Wind Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-07-19
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is reporting conditional approval of a construction permit for the 250.54 MW Triple H Wind project southwest of Highmore in Hyde County. The 92-turbine, 27,247.5-acre project must adhere to 41 conditions dealing with: wind blade shadow flicker; sound levels; post-construction land restoration; potential impacts to whooping cranes; ice throw and others. The PUC also required an escrow account specifically designated for the future decommissioning of the project.

Triple H has inked PPAs with Walmart and a confidential institutional buyer. The $300 million project is expected to be complete in 2020. (Source: South Dakota PUC, WindPower, 18 July, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201,

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Walmart Increases Wind, Solar Power Purchases (Ind. Report)
Walmart,EDP Renewables,SunPower
Date: 2018-10-31
Arkansas-headquartered retail juggernaut Walmart is reporting an agreement to purchase 233 MW of utility-scale wind power from Houston-headquartered EDP Renewables North America. The PPA is in keeping with the retail giant's goal of sourcing 100 pct of its global energy needs from renewables.

The Walmart-EDP agreement includes three EDP Renewables developed, owned and operated wind farms in the states of Illinois and Indiana. The deal didn't specify how the electricity will be distributed or whether the power will go directly toward local Walmart or other facilities. Walmart also recently announced an agreement with San Jose, California-based SunPower for the installation of both rooftop and ground-mounted solar systems at 19 Walmart stores and two distribution centers in Illinois, all of which are expected to begin construction early in the new year. (Source: Walmart, Triple Pundit, 30 Oct., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy,; EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713)265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00,; SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Walmart,  EDP Renewables,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

Walmart Urging Chinese Suppliers to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-30
US retail juggernaut Walmart Inc is reporting the launch of a program aimed at helping its Chinese suppliers cut their GHG emissions by 50 million tpy by the end of the next decade. The program would begin with around 100 major Chinese suppliers and provide tools to measure emissions and set targets.

More than 800 Chinese factories are enrolled in a Walmart a 2014 energy efficiency programme that is reportedly saving $40 million a year in energy costs, according to Walmart. The company aims to eventually expand the programme to its entire China supply chain.

China, the world's biggest producer of greenhouse gas, aims to cut its energy intensity by 15 pct over the 2016-2020 period.

Walmart is aiming to slash 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from its global value chain by the end of 2030, equivalent to taking 211 million vehicles off roads for a year. (Source: Walmart, NASDAQ, 29 Mar., 2018)Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy,

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PSO, Walmart Agree on Oklahoma Wind Catcher Project (Ind. Report)
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Date: 2018-03-16
American Electric Power (AEP) subsidiary Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) reports it has reached an agreement with Walmart Inc. on the $4.5-billion Wind Catcher project which includes the acquisition of a 2,000-MW wind farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle from Invenergy. The wind farm and a power line to the Tulsa area are currently under construction. PSO's share of the investment is $1.36 billion.

PSO expects Wind Catcher to save its customers around $2 billion over its 25-year lifetime. (Source: Walmart, Renewables, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy, (800) 925-6278,; Public Service Company of Oklahoma, (888) 216-3523,; Invenergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400,

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1.5Mn LED Fixtures Installed in Walmart Global Fleet (Ind. Report)
Walmart,General Electric
Date: 2018-01-17
American discount retail juggernaut Walmart is reporting that as a result of its extensive LED lighting program with Current, powered by GE, it has over the past decade installed over 1.5 million energy efficient LED fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in ten countries. According to Walmart, the LED initiative has reduced lighting energy consumption and cut power costs by more than $100 million.

Walmart is also moving aggressively to complete LED and controls retrofits in 100 percent of its distribution centers in the U.S., along with a new initiative to replace all other forms of overhead lighting with LED.

A first-of-its-kind startup, GE Current blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. (Source: Walmart, PR , 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy,; GE Current, Karen O.Neil, (857) 265-9133,,

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Akuo Completes 150-MW Texas Wind Farm Construction (Ind. Report)
Akuo Energy
Date: 2017-11-01
French renewable power producer Akuo Energy reports construction has been completed on the 150-MW Rocksprings wind farm in Val Verde County, Texas. The wind farm incorporates 53, 2.3-MW wind turbines and 16 units of 1.72-MW machines supplied by General Electric. GE Energy Financial Services provided tax equity and UK-based investor John Laing Group plc injected $85 million cash equity.

The wind park has two separate power purchase agreements (PPAs) in place -- An international firm will buy 100 MW of the generated electricity for 15 years, while US retail giant Walmart Stores Inc (will purchase the other 50 MW under a 12-year deal. (Source: Akuo Energy, Renewables Now, Others, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Akuo Energy, +33 1 47 66 09 90,,

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Walmart Expects 1 Billion Tonne CO2 Emissions Cut (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-01
Arkansas-headquartered retail giant Walmart reports the launch of Project Gigaton, a new sustainability platform that will eliminate over 1 billion metric tons (gigaton) of greenhouse gases from the Walmart supply chain by 2030 -- the equivalent of removing 211 million cars from the road for an entire year. By way of comparison, in 2014 entire plant's total carbon emissions was 9.75 gigatons.

Project Gigaton focuses on limiting Scope 3 carbon emissions which are a consequence of normal business operations, but over which the company has no direct control. In order to cut down on these carbon emissions Walmart has launched an online portal where their suppliers can navigate to better manage their waste, energy use, product design, packaging, deforestation, and more. The project is also intended to make Walmart's processes and operations more transparent. (Source: Walmart, Good360, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Walmart, Kathleen McLaughlin, VP,

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U.S. Carbon Tax Worth $2.1Tn, says Dem. Senators (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax,US Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-08-07
Following on our July 31st coverage, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz (D) of Hawaii say they do not yet have Republican support for a new bill to tax carbon emissions, and have asked a conservative group to help them find the support.

According to Sens. Whitehouse and Schatz, the bill would raise $2.1 trillion in federal revenue over 10 years by requiring companies to pay $49 per ton of carbon emissions next year, a figure that would increase annually.

BP, Royal Dutch Shell, PepsiCo, Walmart and other major corporation have come out in suppoprt of a carbon tax and their support could prove to be the game-changer in garnering Republican support.

In 2016, candidate Trump and a majority of the House opposed the same tax on the grounds that it "would be harmful to American families and businesses, and would not be in the best interest of the United States."

The carbon tax would cut CO2 emissions 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2025. (Source: Gephardt Daily, Various Sources, UPI, July 28, 2017) Contact: U.S, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (Dem.-RI), (401) 453-5294,

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KPN Joins SBTi Project to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-04-10
Netherlands-headquartered telecom provider KPN International reports it has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), an initiative to help international companies develop science-based methods to contribute to the reduction in CO2 emissions.

KPN operates as a 'climate-neutral' company using renewable energy sources and offsetting its use of fossil fuels. It also works on ways to reduce energy in its operations, encourage employees to use public transport, and recycle or sell old network equipment and buildings. In addition, the Dutch operator works on reducing emissions from use of its products and services by customers; these are targeted to fall by 20 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2040, compared to 2014 levels.

The SBTi initiative counts over 40 members, including companies such as Eneco, Walmart, Sony and Nestle, and more than 180 have said they will work on setting SBTi targets. (Source: KPN, elecompaper, 6 April, 2017) Contact: Science Based Targets initiative ,,' KPN, +31 10 428 9571,

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