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BayWa r.e. Snares High Constellation Wind Farm in UK (Int'l., M&A)
BayWa r.e. ,Blue Energy
Date: 2021-02-19
BayWa r.e. increases its onshore wind pipeline in the UK with the acquisition of High Constellation Wind Farm in Scotland from Simply Blue Energy. The proposed ten turbine wind farm is located on the Kintyre peninsula, roughly 20km South of Tarbert and 30km North of Campbeltown, in Scotland. Once installed, it will have a capacity of approximately 50 MW. Blue Energy will continue to support BayWa r.e. in the development process and ensure an effective handover of the project. (Source: BayWa r.e., Website PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e., BayWa r.e. UK Limited Christine McGregor, Head of Commercial,; Simply Blue Energy, Simon Foy, +44 808 284 9441,,

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Vestas Cutting Colorado Plant Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-02-19
Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S is reporting plans to slash its manufacturing capacity across three of the company's four factories in Colorado. The move is in response to "lower near-term market demand."

Vestas envisages the consolidation of blade production to the Windsor Blades factory and the repurposing of the Brighton Blades facility into a North American headquarters for the Global Tooling business, the company explained. About 280 employees will be laid off when blade production ends at the Brighton Blades factory and a further 170 will be affected at the Pueblo Towers and Brighton Nacelles sites. (Source: Vestas, PR, Website, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00,,

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UK Gov. Urged to Reverse Green Homes Grant Claw-Back (Int'l.)
Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
Date: 2021-02-19
In the UK, the not-for-profit Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) is calling for the government to reconsider clawing back £1 billion from the Green Homes Grant program. With Less than 5 pct of the original budget has been spent, the government is saying that unspent money would not be carried over into the next financial year.

REA counters that such a move would negatively impact businesses and consumers in the short-term as well as undermine confidence in future energy conservation and efficiency initiatives. The association believes long-term strategies around heat decarbonisation are also 'imperative', otherwise a policy gap will quickly emerge with the non-domestic RHI coming to an end and put the government's net-zero ambitions in 'serious jeopardy', according to the REA release.

The REA promotes renewable energy and clean technology industries -- biomass, biogas, waste-to-energy, energy storage, wind, solar, renewable transportation fuels and others -- to grow a sustainable industry and decarbonise society as part of a circular economy. (Source: Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, Dr. Nina Skorupska, CBE, CEO,

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Convalt Energy Plans Watertown, NY Solar Panel Plant (Ind. Report)
Convalt Energy
Date: 2021-02-17
In the Empire State, the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency (JCIDA) is reporting New York City-based Convalt Energy plans to construct a solar panel manufacturing facility in the agency's proposed business park in the town of Hounsfield.

The company plans to invest $650 million in the venture over 10 years. In year one, Convalt plans to build a 20,000-square-feet facility which would be expanded to roughly 500,000 square feet by the fifth year. The company hopes to break ground in Q4 this year, or early 2022.

Convalt Energy is developing renewable projects in the western and central African countries of Chad, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, a 300-mw solar renewable project in Myanmar, and owns a waste-to-renewable-energy plant in India. The company also runs wind and hydro power plants in other countries, according to its website. (Source: Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Convalt Energy , Hari Achuthan, CEO, 212.683.0400 ,,; Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency,

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HECO's Renewable Energy Portfolio Beats State Mandate (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric, HECO
Date: 2021-02-17
Driven by higher solar energy and wind production and lower consumer demand, Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric (HECO) achieved a 34.5 pct consolidated renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 2020.

The 34.5 pct is the consolidated RPS for Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui County, up from 28.4 pct in 2019. Hawaiian Electric exceeded the state requirement to reach 30 pct by 2020 and has more than tripled the amount of renewable energy on its electric grids in 10 years, up from just under 10 pct in 2010. Even if electricity use had been the same as in 2019, Hawaiian Electric would have still reached a renewable portfolio standard of 32 pct.

HECO's 2020 RPS highlights include:

  • Maui County reached 50.8 pct RPS, hitting the 50 pct mark for the first time. With a mix of solar, wind and biofuels, Maui County's RPS represents a nearly 25 pct increase from 40.8 pct RPS in 2019.

  • Oahu recorded a 30.5 pct RPS, exceeding 30 pct for the first time and up 5 percentage points from 25.2 pct in 2019.

  • Hawaii Island hit 43.4 pct, compared to 34.7 pct in 2019.

  • Total electricity generated by renewable energy resources increased 13 pct over 2019.

    Some of the factors that drove the year-over-year increase include:

  • A full year of production from West Loch Solar and Clearway Energy grid-scale solar facilities;

  • Increased production from private rooftop solar, with nearly 6,000 new systems coming online in 2020. There are 87,848 systems and 3.7 million solar panels, including rooftop and grid-scale facilities, producing electricity on the five island grids;

  • Higher wind production and lower electricity use due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The next RPS milestone required by state law is to reach 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Scott Seu, Pres., CEO, Shannon Tangonan, 808.351.4978,

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  • Dominion Plans $72Bn Clean Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Dominion Energy reports it could invest up to $72 billion through 2035 to transition its primary power source from fossil fuels to emissions-free, clean fuel alternatives.

    The company expects to invest $32 billion through 2025 to clean up its emissions profile as follows: $17 billion for zero-carbon generation -- offshore wind, nuclear power life extensions , solar energy and energy storage; $6 billion on electricity transmission and distribution projects such as making its system more resilient to cyber and climate threats; $6 billion on customer growth and other related activities; $3 billion on natural gas distribution modernization and renewable natural gas systems. More than 80 pct of those investments will reduce emissions.

    Specifically, the company noted:

  • $17 billion for offshore wind projects, including an estimated $8 billion to build a 2.6 GW offshore wind project in Virginia that it hopes to complete by the end of 2026;

  • $20 billion on solar projects expanding the company's capacity from 2.2 GW to 13.4 GW by 2035;

  • $7 billion for energy storage projects;

  • $4 billion to extend the life of its zero-emission nuclear power plants;

  • $15 billion on electric grid transformation projects and $9 billion on natural gas distribution modernization projects and renewable natural gas.

    Roughly $72 billion by 2035 would increase the company's zero-carbon power sources from 45 pct in 2020 to 70 pct by 2035 while improving its zero- and low-carbon sources from 90 pct to 95 pct. Dominion is also investing in early-stage hydrogen projects. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Emil Avram, VP Bus. Dev.,

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

  • TECO 2030, Slattland Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
    TECO 2030 ASA,Slattland
    Date: 2021-02-15
    In Norway, Oslo headquartered-based TECO 2030 ASA reports it is partnering with the Rakkestad, Ostfold-based mechanical engineering group Slattland to explore possible cooperation within a range of emission-reducing projects, including hydrogen fuel cells, energy storage, offshore and onshore wind, hydrogen competence development and other opportunities.

    TECO 2030 is an innovative engineering and equipment development company aiming to significantly increase the use of renewable energy, specifically in the form of hydrogen fuel. cells, and reduce the environmental footprint of the shipping industry. TECO 2030 recently announced a partnership with Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Holland to develop zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell propulsion on all types of river vessels, such as push tugs, dredgers, passenger and cargo ships and low-profile coasters, according to the company website.

    Slattland operates in offshore and marine, hydrogen and wind power, carbon capture and energy sectors. (Source: TECO 2030, PR, Green Car Congress, 13 Feb., 2021) Contact: TECO 2030 ASA, +47 67 200 300 -- Oslo HQ, (305) 833 6510 -- Miami Office,; Slattland, 47 69 22 73 73,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Cell,  Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  CCS,  ,  

    ALLETE Selling 100 MW from Caddo Oklahoma Wind Site (Ind. Report)
    ALLETE Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-02-12
    ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc., is reporting PPAs with Oshkosh Corp. and Hormel Foods for a combined 100 MW from its 303 MW Caddo County, Oklahoma wind site which is under construction and slated for operation before the year end.

    The approximately 110-turbine facility will increase ALLETE Clean Energy's total operating, under construction and build-transfer wind energy projects to more than 1,450 MW of nameplate capacity, according to the ALLETE release. (Source: ALLETE, Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: ALLETE Clean Energy,

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

    Xcel Energy Reaches 10,000-MW Wind Power Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2021-02-12
    Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting it became one of the first energy providers in the U.S. to reach 10,000 MW of wind energy capacity the end of 2020. The milestone is powered by the company's 10 new wind projects in the Upper Midwest, Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico.

    The company estimates 31 pct or more of its nameplate energy capacity will come from wind by the end of this year. Xcel Energy is the first major U.S. power provider to commit to reducing carbon emissions by 80 pct from 2005 levels by 2030, rising to 100 pct carbon-free electricity by 2050. (Source: Xcel Energy, PR, Website, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: Xcel Energy Media Relations, (612) 215-5300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  

    Orsted Baltic Sea Offshore Wind JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2021-02-12
    Fredericia, Denmark-based Orsted and Warsaw, Poland-headquartred Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. (PGE) are reporting a 50/50 joint venture agreement for the development, construction and operation of two offshore wind projects totaling upto 2.5 GW in the Baltic Sea.

    To that end, Orsted will subscribe to 50 pct of new share capital in PGE's Elektrownia Wiatrowa 1-GW Baltica-3 sp. z o.o. and the 1.5-GW Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica-2 sp z o.o. offshore wind farm projects. The subscription price for the newly issued shares will amount to roughly $177.1 million. Both projects are eligible to be included in Poland's 2021 offshore wind allocation round where a total of 5.9 GW is expected to be awarded. Baltica 3 is the most advanced of the two projects and could become operational in 2026. (Source: Orsted, PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: Orsted, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96,,; Polska Grupa Energetyczna,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  

    DTE Meridian Wind Park Construction Set for April (Ind. Report)
    DTE Energy
    Date: 2021-02-12
    Jackson-based DTE Energy, Michigan's largest utility, reports its 70-turbine Meridian Wind Park project spread over three townships -- Mount Haley and Porter in Midland County and Jonesfield in Saginaw County -- is slated to get underway in April, this year.

    The project wass approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission in July, 2020. (Source: DTE, Midland Daily News. 10 Feb., 2021)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Wind ,  

    Windship Unveils Auxiliary Wind Power for Ships (New Prod & Tech)
    Windship Technology
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the UK, London-headquartered Windship Technology is touting its patented high performance triple-wing wind auxiliary power system for ships.

    The company also announced the launch of its emissions-free bulk carrier and tanker designs alongside an investment partnership with classification society DNV, which will assess Windship Technology's whole-ship design with a view to classifying emission reductions, safety and operability.

    Each Windship rig is a three-wing foil set of 36 to 48 metres in height, depending on the size of the ship. The Windship wind power system provides significant thrust, material fuel and emissions savings and exceeds the 80 pct CO2 reduction that will be required by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) by 2050, according to the company website. (Source: Windship Technology, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Windship Technology, Lars Carlsson, Director of Windship Technology, +44 (0) 1590 672000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Windship Technology ,  Wind,  

    Wartsila Supplying Energy Storage for Mexican Wind Farm (Int'l.)
    Date: 2021-02-10
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Corporation reports it has contracted to install a 10MW battery energy storage system at the Eolica Coromuel Wind Farm near the city of La Paz, Mexico. The 50MW wind energy project is under construction by San Diego-based by Eurus Energy America Corp. -- part of the Tokyo-headquartered Eurus Energy Group -- which operates wind and solar farms globally.

    Wartsilia will provide a grid-connected battery storage system and long-term servicing to the system including remote monitoring, performance guarantees and replacing and repairing components as needed. Wartsilia will use the Finland-headquartered energy storage system integrator's recently launched GridSolv Max containerised lithium-ion battery storage and run on the company's GEMS energy management software platform.

    Mexico is aiming to reach 30 pct renewables by 2021 and 35 by 2024. (Source: Wartsilia, PR, Energy Storage, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eurus Energy Holdings, +81-3-5404-5300 / FAX: +81-3-5404-5301,; Eurus Energy America, Eurus Energy America, Nick Henriksen, VP, 858-638-7115, 858-638-7125 -- fax;,; Wartsila,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Eurus Energy,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  

    Amazon-Shell HKN Offshore Wind Slated for 2023 Launch (Int'l.)
    Amazon, Shell, Eneco
    Date: 2021-02-10
    In the Netherlands, the Amazon-Shell HKN (Hollandse Kust Noord) Offshore Wind Project is targeting a 2023 launch. The project will comprise a floating solar park, short-term battery storage, optimally tuned turbines, and "green hydrogen" made by electrolysis as a further storage technique.

    The offshore wind farm will be operated by the Crosswind Consortium, a joint venture between energy companies Shell and Eneco, and have an overall capacity of 759MW, half of which is being purchased by Amazon to power its European operations .

    The project is the e-commerce giant's largest single-site renewables project to date. In December, Amazon announced it will invest in 26 wind and solar projects totaling 3.4GW of electricity production capacity. (Source: Amazon, PR, Energy 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eneco, Kees-Jan Rameau, Strategic Growth Officer,; Amazon,,; Shell,; Crosswind Consortium,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Shell,  Eneco,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    Suncor Restarts Carbon Emission Cutting Projects (Ind. Report)
    Suncor Energy
    Date: 2021-02-10
    Calgary, Alberta-based oilsands and refining giant Suncor Energy reports it has resumed construction of two carbon emission reducing projects paused last March as the COVID-19 pandemic erupted -- a $1.4-billion project to install two cogeneration units at its Oil Sands Base Plant and a new $300-million wind power plant in southern Alberta.

    Suncor reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $168 million on revenue of $6.6 billion, compared with a net loss of $2.34 billion on revenue of $9.6 billion in the same period of 2019, with both sets of numbers heavily influenced by asset writedowns. The company says the current loss includes a $142-million after tax transportation provision related to the recently cancelled Keystone XL oil export pipeline project, offset by a $539-million unrealized after-tax foreign exchange gain on U.S. dollar denominated debt. (Source: Suncor Energy, Canada Press, Feb., 2021) Contact: Suncor Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Suncor ,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Appalachian Power Touts "Largest of its Kind" Pumped Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian Power ,LS Power Development
    Date: 2021-02-10
    In the Old Dominion State, Duke Energy reports it will acquire 400 MW of energy storage from Roanoke-based Appalachian Power's Bath County Pumped Energy Storage Station in the Allegheny Mountains north of Roanoke.

    New York-headquartered LS Power Development holds a 24 pct interest in the Bath County Pumped Storage Station which is touted as the "largest of its kind in the world" capable of producing sufficient power for as many as 750,000 homes, according to Dominion Energy.

    The Virginia Clean Economy Act, a landmark law passed last year by the General Assembly, requires Appalachian and Dominion to invest in energy storage as well solar and wind in order to meet the state's 100 pct renewable power portfolio by mid-century. (Source: Appalachian Power, PR, Roanoke Times, Feb., 2021) Contact: Appalachian Power,; LS Power Development, (212) 615-3456,; Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Appalachian Power,  Pumped Energy Storage ,  

    Equinor Advancing Offshore Empire Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-02-10
    Further to our 18the Jan. coverage, in Oslo, the Norwegian government owned energy developer Equinor Equinor plans to advance the Empire Wind Farm One project off of Long Beach -- the "largest offshore wind program in the country" according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Construction on the Empire Wind Farm project is scheduled to begin in 2023.

    The company also reports approval in January for two additional projects in Long Island waters, including the Empire Wind Farm Two, for a combined project capacity of 2,000 MW.

    Equinor's 1,230 MW, Beason Point offshore wind farm roughly 50 miles off of Montauk Point, New York, was also approved. (Source: Equinor, PR, WSHU Public Radio, 9 Feb., 2021) Contact: Equinor,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  

    Wyoming Wind Capacity Doubled in 2020 (Ind. Report)
    American Clean Power Association
    Date: 2021-02-08
    According to a new quarterly report from the Washington, D.C.-based American Clean Power Association , the wind energy sector in the U.S. shattered records in 2020, up 16,913 MW of new wind power capacity was installed in the U.S. -- an 85 pct increase compared to 2019.

    In 2020, Wyoming installed 1,123 megawatts of wind power, nearly doubling its capacity and ranked second nationwide, after Texas, led by the state's largest utility, Rocky Mountain Power.

    Interestingly, the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council, the regulatory board charged with reviewing big wind project applications has not received a new proposal for a wind project since 2019. (Source: American Clean Power Association, KPVI, 6 Feb., 2021) Contact: American Clean Power Association, (202) 383-2500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wyoming Wind,  American Clean Power Association ,  

    €1bn Irish Sea Wind Farm Plan Advancing (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2021-02-08
    Oslo-headquartered Norwegian state-owned renewable energy giant Statkraft AS reports its planned €1 billion 500-MW,Irish Sea wind farm stretching from Skerries to Clogherhead north Dublin to Co Louth is in the site assessment and public engagement phase.

    The company aims to submit a planning application within the next 12 months for the 30-turbine project. (Source: Statkraft. PR,, 7 Feb., 2021) Contact: Statkraft Ireland, Kevin O'Donovan, Managing Dir., +353 21 242 7786,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Offshore Wind,  

    S. Korea Touts $43Bn Offshore Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In Seoul, the South Korean government is touting its planned $43 billion offshore wind farm odd Sinan -- said to be the world's largest offshore wind power complex.

    The project is in keeping with the government's effort to cut the country's reliance on nuclear power and imported coal and to grow its renewable energy sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Gov. of South Korea, Energy Infrapost, Feb., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Korea Wind,  

    Empire State Bldg. Going 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Empire State Building
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In the Big Apple, the Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) has confirmed a three-year contract with Green Mountain Energy to power its entire commercial real estate portfolio -- including the iconic 102-story Art Deco Empire State Building -- with renewable wind electricity.

    ESRT controls over 10.1 million square feet of real estate, all of which will be powered by renewable energy for the next three years. This switch will prevent about 450 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere -- roughly equivalent to every New York State household turning off all their lights for an entire month. (Source: Empire State Realty Trust, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Empire State Realty Trust,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Empire State Building,  Wind,  

    Canadian Power Acquires Okanagan Wind (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Canadian Power Holdings,CK Group
    Date: 2021-02-08
    Calgary-headquartered renewable energy investor and operator Canadian Power Holdings, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based CK Group, is reporting an agreement to purchase Okanagan Wind, which currently operates 10 wind turbines at Pennask Summit, located off the Okanagan Connector, and Sihish Creek, about 30 kilometres west of Summerland, British Columbia.

    The transaction is expected to close in mid-2021. (Source: Canadian Power, Kelowna Capital News, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: Canadian Power, Derek Goodmanson, CEO, (587) 353-8933, www;; Okanagan Wind,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Power Holdings,  ,  

    SGRE Preferred Turbine Bidder for East Anglia Hub (Int'l.)
    Iberdrola, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-02-05
    Madrid-headquartered Spanish energy giant Iberdrola SA through its UK subsidiary Scottish Power Renewables (SPR), has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) to supply and install offshore wind turbines for its £6.5 billion East Anglia Hub programme.

    The East Anglia Hub projects have the potential to deliver more than 7.5 pct of the UK's 40GW target for offshore wind generation by 2030 as set out in the Government's Ten Point Plan. To deliver on the Plan's ambitions, this year's Contracts for Difference auction will need to ensure sufficient deployment to put the UK on track to achieve this target.

    The initial 1,400 MW of power to be generated through the Hub projects via East Anglia THREE has secured planning consent. Planning applications for East Anglia ONE North (800 MW) and East Anglia TWO (900 MW) are currently under regulatory review and, if approved, would begin construction in 2023 for completion in 2026. (Source: Iberdrola, Website PR, 2 Feb., 2021) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Andreas Nauen, CEO,; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32,,; Scottish Power Renewables,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy ,  Offshore Wind,  Iberdrola,  

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