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TenneT Increases German Offshore Wind Capacity (Int'l Report)
TenneT
Date: 2020-01-15
TenneT, the German arm of the Dutch transmission network group of the same name, reports it has increased the offshore wind energy connection capacity from twelve operating North Sea offshore wind grid connection systems to 7,132 MW.

TenneT's wind energy transmission from the North Sea reached 20.21 TWh in 2019, exceeding the previous year's value (16.75 TWh) by 20.7 pct. Measured against Germany's total wind output (122.07 TWh, offshore and onshore counted together), the North Sea wind power yield achieved a healthy share of 16.6 percent in 2019.

The previous maximum infeed performance of North Sea offshore wind farms reached 6,077 MW on 5 December 2019. The capacity expansion for North Sea offshore wind farms was at 6,436 MW on 31 December 2019. The wind turbines in the Baltic Sea (not within the TenneT grid area) generated 3.95 TWh in 2019, which means Germany's total offshore yield amounted to 24.16 TWh. (Source: TenneT, Offshore Engineering, 13 Jan., 2020)Contact: TenneT, Tim Meyerjurgens, Managing Director, +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org

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


Liberty's Kansas, Missouri Wind Farms Work Underway (Ind Report)
Liberty Utilities
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Show Me State, Liberty Utilities is reporting work is well underway on its North Fork Ridge Wind Farm north of Joplin and the King's Point Wind Farm near Golden City, which is expected to begin in February. Both wind farms will incorporate 69 wind turbines generating a total of about 300-MW, according to the Joplin Globe.

In Kansas, construction began in September on the Liberty Utilities-Empire District's 130-turbine, 300-Mw Neosho Ridge Wind Farm north of Parsons. (Source: Liberty Utilities, SF Chronicle, Joplin Globe, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: Liberty Utilities, www.libertyutilities.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Liberty Utilities news,  Wind news,  


AfDB Commits $20Mn for Sub-Saharan Renewables Projects (Int'l.)
African Development Bank
Date: 2020-01-15
The Ivory Coast-headquartered African Development Bank (AfDB) reports it has approved a $20 million investment in the Metier Sustainable Capital International Fund II in support of renewable energy and resource efficient infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The investment is in line with AfDB's efforts to alleviate financing constraints in the renewable energy sector and will contribute to production of 178,5 MW of renewable power for commercial and residential use.

Metier is a well-established fund manager with a track record of deploying more than US$550 million in African countries, including solar, wind and hydro power projects in Southern and East Africa. Metier has been a key player in South African solar power, a maturing technology that offers significant benefits in terms of storage and dispatchability to the grid, unlike traditional photovoltaic options.

In other African renewable energy news , the AfDB has approved a $8.91 million grant drawn from the EU Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support Ruzizi IV, 287 MW Hydropower Project, to be situated on the Ruzizi River between Rwanda and Congo. The Ruzizi III, with a projected 147 MW output is under development with Bank support. (Source: African Dev. Bank, Chronicle, 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: AfDB, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News African Development Bank,  Africa Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition Launched (Int'l Report)
Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
Date: 2020-01-15
An international Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition has been formed to advance sustainable deployment of ocean-based renewable energy -- offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power -- and at the same time mitigate the impacts of climate change while meeting roughly 10 pct of the annual greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2050 to keep global temperatures under 1.5 degreeC above pre-industrial levels, according to a report released by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Most of this climate change mitigation potential is expected to come from offshore wind.

The Action Coalition includes MHI Vestas, Orsted, Equinor, CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, Shell, Mainstream Renewable Power, Siemens Gamesa, TenneT and The UK Crown Estate.

Download the The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change -- Five Opportunities for Action Report HERE. (Source: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, Various Media, Maritime Executive, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, www.oceanpanle.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Energy,  


Brookfield Bids for TerraForm Power (Ind. Report, M&A)
Brookfield Renewables,TerraForm
Date: 2020-01-15
Markham, Ontario-headquartered Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions is reporting a takeover bid for all outstanding shares of clean energy developer TerraForm Power, of which it and its affiliates presently own 62 pct.

TerraForm has stakes in 2,392MW of wind and 1,674MW of solar PV facilities in the US, Europe, Canada, Chile and Uruguay.

The deal is board, regulatory and other approvals. (Source: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, WindPower, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, Gordon Hicks, CEO, (905) 943-4100, www.brookfieldgis.com; TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, information@terraform.com, www.terraform.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewables,  TerraForm,  


BayWa Sells 17.25-MW Fuerstkogel Wind Farm (Int'l. M&A)
BayWa r.e
Date: 2020-01-15
German renewable energy specialist Baywa re GmbH is reporting the sale of the 17.25-MW Fuerstkogel Wind Farm in the Austrian Alps to German insurance company insurance company advised by Encavis Asset Management AG, part of Encavis AG.

The Fuerstkogel Wind Farm was constructed by BayWa's subsidiary ECOwind utilizing 5 Vestas V126 turbines producing about 45 GWh of power per year. (Source: BayWa r.e., Renewables, 14 Jan., 2020)Contact: BayWa r.e., Hakan Wallin, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa,  Wind,  


Minn. Energy Efficiency Disclosure Ordinance in Force (Ind. Report)
Minneapolis
Date: 2020-01-15
The city of Minneapolis is reporting a city ordinance requiring one- and two-family homeowners to collect energy consumption and efficiency data before listing their homes for sale came into force Jan. 15, 2020.

Homeowners can comply with the ordinance by having a Truth In Sale of Housing (TISH) inspector collect the data during the mandatory pre-listing evaluation or by getting an energy audit from Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy's Home Energy Squad program.

In either case, an inspection evaluates a home's windows, heating system and attic and wall insulation and compiles the data into an "energy score" of the home's energy efficiency. The inspector will also prepare a report detailing the improvements a homeowner or homebuyer could -- but is not required to -- make, how much those improvements typically cost and how much could be saved annually by making them.

The Minneapolis Climate Action Plan calls for 75 pct of houses to undergo energy retrofits by 2025, and notes the city offers no financing for energy efficiency improvements. (Source: City of Minneapolis, Southwest Journal, 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: www.minneapolismn.gov/ccs/ccs_tish; Home Energy Squad, www.homeenergysquad.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  


NEC Providing 100MW of Grid Energy Storage in Ireland (Int'l.)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Bay State, Westborough-based energy storage specialist NEC Energy Solutions, Inc. reports it will provide 100MW of energy storage in Northern Ireland for the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund (GSF) and project developer Low Carbon.

The 100MW of energy storage is comprised of two 50MW projects now under construction in County Tyrone and County Armagh. The two projects are the largest projects to date in Northern Ireland and are expected to derive revenue from the new Irish "Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System" (DS3) program to enable Ireland to meet its target of 75 pct non-synchronous and renewable (i.e. wind and solar) electricity across the all-island network. Both 50MW projects will be completed and commissioned in Q1 2021. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: NEC, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

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


EDF Renewables Revises Welsh Wind Farm Proposal (Int'l Report)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2020-01-13
EDF Renewables reports the submission of its revised application for the proposed 5-MW, 22-turbine Garn Fach wind farm to be constructed east of Llanidloes in mid-Wales. The proposal replaces a previous unsuccessful application, involving 29 turbines producing 2.3 MW each.

EDF currently operates two wind farms in Wales with a maintenance amd operations base in Aberystwyth. Subject to upcoming public consultations, the company will apply for a link to the National Grid submit the full application for regulatory approvals and permitting before the end of 2020. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, reve, 11 Jan., 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind,  


Brazilians Investigate Floating Wind Platform Dynamics (Int'l. R&D)
Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo
Date: 2020-01-13
In Brazil, the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo (EPUSP) reports it is leading research seeking to reduce the structural weight in new designs of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs). The research is being funded by the US Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global).

According to the EPUSP release, the design of FOWTs can be a complicated task as variables such as the responses to waves, current and wind loads, the static and dynamic stabilities, and the structural behaviour of the mooring lines should be considered. The researchers will use modeling to understand how to better design and manage complex structures in the dynamic ocean environment, according to the release. (Source: Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo, Energy Global, Jan., 2020) Contact: Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo, Professor Alexandre Simos, 11 2648-6094, www.tpn.usp.br

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


ACWA Inks 240MW Azerbaijan Wind Farm Agreement (Int'l. Report)
ACWA Power
Date: 2020-01-13
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power is reporting an agreement with the Azerbaijan Ministry of Energy to develop, construct and operate a 240 MW wind power project on a 20-year Build Own Operate (BOO) basis.

The project is intended to boost the overall economic landscape in the Republic of Azerbaijan and lower the country's power generation costs. (Source: ACWA Power, Power Eng., 10 Jan., 2020) Contact: ACWA Power, Paddy Padmanathan, CEO, +966 11 2835555, +966 11 2835500 - fax., twitter.com/acwapower, www.acwapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA Power ,  Wind,  


ExxonMobil -- Climate Change, the Work Ahead Opinions & Asides)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-01-13
"As we wrap up 2019, it's useful to take stock of the past year and keep looking ahead to the future and what we need to do to accomplish our energy goals. We need to do a lot. We are at a crucial inflection point with climate change, as is all too clear from the regular stream of updates in our news feeds every day. ExxonMobil’s annual Energy Outlook, which came out recently, discusses how the world is still offtrack to meet certain climate goals without a lot of additional effort.

"That further work means continued technology innovation. We have to keep finding and inventing solutions to the myriad of individual problems posed by the dual challenge. These different efforts -- both within and outside of our own research labs -- are all essential to moving us forward. They include the important renewables work being done with wind, solar and geothermal by so many around the world; they also include research focused on carbon capture technology and biofuels -- and everything in between. On ExxonMobil’s end, we are proud of our portfolio of innovative emission-lowering projects that have led to more than 10,000 patents in the last decade. Since 2000, we've spent $16.5 billion on this kind of R&D.

"Moving into 2020, we need to stay focused on several key themes related to solving the dual challenge: scale, speed, collaboration and training the next generation of scientists, engineers and other problem solvers. Scale is everything in our efforts. Reducing carbon emissions to fight climate change as we simultaneously deliver more and more energy to a growing world is a big job. And it's not just one job. As I said earlier this year, 'Not only are the sizes we are talking about so big they are sometimes unfathomable, but we must deploy solutions globally AND across countless end uses. It's not one equation with one unknown, but multiple equations with multiple unknowns.'

"As we work to solve for these multiple unknowns, we are pursuing projects big and small. What they share in common is the strict requirement that they must lead to a scalable solution. Energy is gigantic, from the infrastructure that supports it to the markets that drive its supply and demand. Any solution we find in the lab, however brilliant, must be ready to immediately scale.

"And it needs to happen quickly. As we know, scientific discovery is an ongoing endeavor -- you can't put a deadline on invention. But we can accelerate innovation. First, we can follow the example of parallel processing from computer science. In our labs, we don't wait for the basic science to be definitively 'concluded' (if it even can be). We start the engineering while we're still doing the science and iterate between the two. That requires collaboration between different types of researchers and innovators – between our corporate lab and government and academic labs, for example -- and that's the other way we speed up scalable solutions: with partnerships. Partnerships are a force multiplier. They are absolutely key when it comes to solving the dual challenge. When I look back on the past year, I am proud of the scope and variety of partnerships we undertook as a company. To name just a few:

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (and other DOE-funded labs) -- in a 10-year, $100 million collaboration to bring advanced energy technologies to market at scale, focused on reducing carbon emissions.

  • IBM -- to collaborate on quantum computing that could help make energy exploration and extraction enormously efficient.

  • MIT Energy Initiative -- to extend our existing relationship supporting this project, which is committed to discovering new emission-reducing technology.

    Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) locations in Madras and Bombay -- to continue our research with scientists and students working on the ground in India to address the energy needs and challenges on the subcontinent, including studying life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in India's power sector.

  • Clariant and Genomatica -- to convert residue left over from farming into biofuel that can power trucks, ships and more. Clariant has expert processes to extract sugars from agricultural leftovers like wheat straw, while Genomatica turns sugars into biofuels.

  • Global Thermostat -- to evaluate the scalability of their innovative carbon capture technology, which removes CO2 from the atmosphere and industrial sources.

  • Microsoft -- to digitally transform 1 million acres of unconventional oil and gas fields in the Permian Basin, making it the largest-ever oil and gas acreage to use cloud technology, and also making it more efficient. Energy efficiency is an often overlooked area when we think about the dual challenge.

    (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, , 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil, Dr. Vijay Swarup, VP Research and Development , www.linkedin.com › dr-vijay-swarup-120a95159, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  ExxonMobil,  Vijay Swarup ,  


  • Orsted's Borssele Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
    Orsted
    Date: 2020-01-13
    Orsted is reporting the installation of first monopile foundations at the 752MW Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm off the coast of Zeeland province -- Orstad's first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

    Borssele 1 & 2, the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, is expected to come onlin by the end of 2020 when it will supply sufficient energy for roughly 1 million Dutch households. Borssele 1 & 2 will incorporate 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines. (Source: Orsted, PR, reve, 12 Jan., 2020) Contact: Orsted, Anders Nordstrom, VP Hydrogen, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Borssele,  


    Rail Tie Wyoming Wind Seeks WAPA Interconnection (Ind Report)
    ConnectGen Albany County ,WAPA
    Date: 2020-01-13
    The Lakewood, Colorado-based Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) reports its considering ConnectGen Albany County LLC's proposed 151-turbine, 504-MWW Rail Tie Wind Project in the town of Tie Siding, Wyoming.

    WAPA is evaluating ConnectGen's interconnection request to connect the Rail Tie Wind Project to WAPA's existing Ault-Craig 345-kilovolt line in Albany County, Wyoming.

    Because this project involves an action by the federal government, WAPA will prepare an environmental impact statement for the interconnection request and proposed wind project in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

    In addition to the turbines, the proposed project would include access roads, collection lines, substations, control buildings, meteorological towers and other related infrastructure. If WAPA decides to approve the interconnection request after the environmental process is complete, WAPA would construct, own, operate and maintain a connection with the existing transmission line and a switch yard to control power flow onto the existing line. (Source: WAPA, PR, North Forty News, 11 Jan., 2020) Contact: WAPA, 720-962-7000, RailTieWind@wapa.gov, www.wapa.gov; ConnectGEN LLC, (346) 998-2020, www.connectgenllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  WAPA,  ConnectGen ,  


    Excelsior Snares 109-MW Nebraska Wind Portfolio (M&A Report)
    Excelsior Energy Capital,Invenergy
    Date: 2020-01-10
    Excelsior, Minnesota-based independent renewable energy investor Excelsior Energy Capital reports its North American Renewable Energy Fund has closed on the acquisition of 90.1pct of Invenergy's sponsor equity interests in the combined 109-MW Prairie Breeze II and Prairie Breeze III wind farms in Antelope and Boone counties, Nebraska.

    Invenergy will remain a part-owner of the sponsor equity interests in the projects and Invenergy Services will continue to provide O&M and asset management services through a long-term contract. Both projects have 25-year power purchase agreements with Lincoln Electric Systems and the City of Grand Island. (Source: Excelsior Energy Capital, Jan., 2019) Contact: Excelsior Energy Capital , Ryan Fegley, Partner , info@excelsiorcapital.com, www.excelsiorcapital.com; Invenergy, Meghan Schultz, Snr VP, Finance & Capital Markets, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Excelsior Energy Capital,  Invenergy,  


    Beijing Reportedly Ending Renewable Energy Support (Int'l Report)
    China Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-01-10
    Shanghai Securities News is reporting Beijing is considering scaling back or even abolishing subsidies to the offshore wind power sector in 2022. Beijing would, however, still encourage regional-level governments to subsidize construction of local offshore wind farms. In 2019, the central government cancelled subsidies for the solar power industry.

    The cut backs are being viewed as a sign of the government's intention to completely eliminate financial support to renewable energy firms as their technology becomes more commercially competitive. (Source: Shanghai Securities News, CX Tech, 9 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Renewable Energy,  China Wind,  China Solar,  


    OMPA Adding 40-MW of Wind to Power Mix (Ind. Report)
    Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority,Oklahoma City
    Date: 2020-01-10
    In the Sooner State, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is reporting the addition of 40 more megawatts of wind energy to its resource portfolio. The new wind generation is the product of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Grant Plains Wind Farm in Grant County, Oklahoma.

    The 2016-vintage, 64-turbine wind farm has an overall capacity of 147 megawatts and was constructed by Apex Clean Energy. OMPA, which supplies power to 42 Oklahoma communities, sources 26 pct of its overall power from renewables. (Source: Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, Edmond Sun, Contact: Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, 405-340-5047, www.ompa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority,  Wind,  


    Chicago Skyscraper Rises to USGBC Platinum Energy Efficiency Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-01-10
    Following up on our November 9, 2018 coverage, in the Windy City, Equity Office, the U.S. office arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group, reports its 1974-vintage, 110-story Willis Tower -- fka the Sears Tower -- has became the largest building in the U.S. to reach the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency. The building received a $500 million energy efficiency and sustainability upgrade in 2018.

    As previously reported, the building scored LEED Gold in 2018. In moving up to Platinum, building efficiency was improved via upgrades to heating and cooling systems, hot water generators, lighting, plumbing and an ongoing major overhaul of the elevator systems which make more than 46,000 trips daily and serve about 5.8 million people every year. (Source: USGBC, Star Tribune, 19 Dec., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Willis Tower,  Energy Efficiency,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Platinum,  


    €3.7Bn Invested in Ukrainian Renewables in 2019 (Int'l. Report)
    State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
    Date: 2020-01-10
    Reporting from Kiev, the Ukrainian State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine is claiming €3.7 billion was invested in record high 4,500 MW of renewable energy capacities in Ukraine in 2019.

    According to the agency, 3,537 MW of solar power, 243 MW of wind power, 637 MW of biomass, 73 MW of biogas and 15 MW of mini hydropower facilities were installed in 2019. With these installation, Ukraine's total green energy capacity now stands at 6.8 GW, according to the agency's report. (Source: State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, UNKRINFORM, Jan., 2020) Contact: State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, www.saee.gov.ua

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Canada's Largest Solar Project Set for Groundbreaking (ind. Report)
    Greengate Power
    Date: 2020-01-08
    On the oil-soaked Canadian prairies, Calgary-headquartered Greengate Power Corporation reports it will soon break ground on what it claims will be Canada's largest operating solar project -- the $500 million Travers Solar project with a total generating capacity of 400 MW. The project will incorporate approximately 2.5 million PV modules across 4,700 acres in Vulcan County, Alberta.

    Construction is slated to begin sometime during the first half of 2020, with full commercial operations targeted for 2021.

    Since 2007, Greengate has developed close to 600 MW of operating -- or near-operating -- wind energy projects in Alberta and Ontario, and is currently pursuing the development of close to 1,000 MW of new solar and wind energy projects. (Source: Greengate, Good News Network, 3 Jan., 2020) Contact: Greengate Power Corp., Dan Balaban, Pres., CEO, Dan Phaure, VP Bus. Dev., (403) 930-1300, www.greengatepower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greengate Power,  Solar,  


    BNDES Financing Brazilian Wind Power Project (Int'l Report)
    Iberdrola, BNDES,Brazilian Wind Power
    Date: 2020-01-08
    In Rio de Jan1ero, the Brazilian National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) reports approval of a 1.3 billion reais loan to Brazilian Wind Power to finance construction of 12 wind farms in Paraíba state totaling 1.6 billion reais ($395,765,440 US). The wind farms will have a total installed capacity of 370.8 MW when fully operational in 2022.

    Brazilian Wind Power is controlled by Neoenergia, owned by Madrid-based renewable energy giant Iberdrola. (Source: BNDES,PR, reve, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: National Bank for Economic and Social, Development, +55 21 2052-7447 / 3747-7447, www.bndes.gov.br; Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business, www.iberdrolarenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  Brazil Wind,  


    Liberty's Kansas, Missouri Wind Farms Work Underway (Ind Report)
    Liberty Utilities
    Date: 2020-01-08
    Liberty Utilities reports work is underway on a 600-MW wind project in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.

    In Missouri, the North Fork Ridge Wind Farm north of Joplin has begun construction and work on the King's Point Wind Farm near Golden City is expected to begin in February. Both wind farms will incorporate 69 wind turbines generating a total of about 300-MW, according to the Joplin Globe.

    On the Kansas side, construction began in September on the Liberty Utilities-Empire District's 130-turbine, 300-Mw Neosho Ridge Wind Farm north of Parsons. (Source: Liberty Utilities, SF Chronicle, Joplin Globe, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: Liberty Utilities, www.libertyutilities.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Liberty Utilities,  Wind,  


    Duke's Mesteno Windpower Project in Texas Now On Line (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Renewables
    Date: 2020-01-08
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, reports its 200-MW) Mesteno Windpower project in Starr County, Texas began commercial operation on Dec. 31, 2019. It is Duke Energy's fourth wind generation facility in Starr County and its eleventh in Texas.

    The project's output will be sold into the ERCOT market and Duke Energy Renewables has entered into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production. The 200-MW Mesteño wind facility will generate sufficient power for about 60,000 average homes.

    Duke Energy Renewables, a non-regulated unit of Duke Energy, operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of 3,000 MW. Duke Renewables also operates energy storage and microgrid projects. (Source: Duke Energy News Center, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres., www.duke-energy.com/renewable

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Wind,  


    N. America's Largest Certified Passive House Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Bright Power
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Energy and water management services specialist Bright Power along with its partner Omni New York, LLC, is reporting its Park Avenue Green low-income residential project in NYC has been recognized as the largest passive house standard building in North America. The building was designed by Curtis + Ginsberg Architects. The voluntary Passivhaus standard entails:
  • Annual heating and cooling needs of now more than 15 kWh/m2 (4,755 BTU/sq ft; 5.017 MJ/sq ft) -- or, alternately, a peak heat load of 10 W/m2 (1.2 hp/1000 sq ft);

  • Energy needs of no more than 60 kWh/m2 (19,020 BTU/sq ft; 20.07 MJ/sq ft) per year;

  • Near-complete air-tightness -- leaking under 0.05 cubic feet per minute -- less than 0.6 times the house volume per hour at 50 Pascals;

  • Passive solar design (primary windows facing towards winter sun, compacts house design, etc.);

  • Insulation and/or super-insulation;

  • exterior wall color choices made based on specific climate;

  • Possible low-volume heat recovery ventilation systems;

  • Windows with very high R-values -- triple-pane, glazed, etc.

  • Eliminated thermal bridges, possible passive natural ventilation, possible mechanical heat recovery ventilation systems and insulated ventilation ducts, and many others.

    Generally Passivehaus standard buildings annual energy needs can be reduced by can cut energy consumption by 60 pct or more as compared to conventional design. Average construction costs for a building based on Passivhaus standards runs roughly 10 pct higher than conventional construction costs in the U.S. (Source: Bright Power, Passivhaus Inst., CleanTechnica, 1 Jan., 2019)Contact: Bright Power Inc., Andrea Mancino, Dir. New Construction, 212.803.5868, 415.914.7171, www.brightpower.com; Passive House Institute US, (312) 561-4588, info@phius.org, www.phius.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bright Power,  Passive House Institute,  


  • First WindFloat Atlantic Turbine Now Producing Power (Int'l Report)
    WindFloat Atlantic ,Windplus
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Following up on our November 6, 2019 coverage, Windplus, a consortium of utilities EDP Renewables, ENGIE and Spanish oil major Repsol is reporting the first of three 8.4-mw MHI Vestas turbines of the WindFloat Atlantic project, the world's largest floating wind turbine, is now generating power off the coast of Portugal.

    The WindFloat Atlantic project was partially funded with a €60 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB.)(Source: Windplus, WindFloat Atlantic, gtm, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de; EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Repsol,  EIB,  Windfloat Atlantic,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    ACCIONA's 145-MW Texas Wind Farm Now Online (INd. Report)
    Acciona
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Madrid-headquartered engineering group ACCIONA Energia reports its ninth US wind project, the $200 million, 145-mw Palmas Altas Wind Farm in Cameron County, Texas has begun commercial operation.

    The project, which incorporates 46 Nordex wind turbines mounted on 287-foot steel towers, is expected to generate 524 GWh per year of electricity which will be sold in the ERCOT-South Texas wholesale market. This capacity is enough to power 43,000 U.S. households (Source: ACCIONA Energia, PR, Commercial Property Executive, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Acciona Energia, www.acciona-energia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Wind,  


    Renewables 46 pct of Germany's 2019 Energy Mix (Int'l. Report)
    Fraunhofer
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Reuters is reporting renewable energy accounted for 46 pct of Germany's power in 2019 -- up roughly 5 pct from the previous year. Germany, which is Europe's biggest economy, is aiming for renewables to provide 65 pct of its power mix by 2030. The country also plans to completely abandon nuclear power by 2022 and is planning an exit from coal.

    Out of last year's total power production of 515.6 TWh, solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric generation together produced 237.4 TWh. In 2019, wind power, both onshare and offshore, produced 127.2 TWh for a 24.6 pct share of the total mix. Solar produced 46.5 TWh, biomass producers generated 44.4 TWh while hydropower generated 19.2 TWh of power, according to data from the Fraunhofer organisation of applied science. (Source: Successful Farming, Reuters,3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Fraunhofer, +49 36601 93010, www.fraunhofer.de/en.html

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    Enel Announces US Wind, Solar Project Startups (Ind Report)
    Enel Green Power North America
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Enel Green Power (EGP) reports it has begun operations at two renewable energy plants in the United States. The projects include the first 252 MW phase of the 497-MW Roadrunner solar project in Upton County, Texas, and the 66 MW Whitney Hill wind power project developed by Swift Current Energy in Logan County, Illinois.

    This announcement follows the recent start of operations of 450 MW of EGP's High Lonesome wind farm in Texas bringing the company's total new renewable capacity added in the US in 2019 to nearly 800 MW with another 1 GW currently under construction across six renewable energy projects. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, PR, reve,3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Georgios Papadimitriou, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  Wind,  


    Franklin County Promotes Bldg. Energy Efficiency Program (Ind Report)
    Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority
    Date: 2020-01-03
    In the Bay State, the Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority is touting its Housing Rehabilitation Program. The program is designed to provide income-eligible homeowners with interest-free, deferred payment loans to correct health and safety code deficiencies and to improve home energy efficiency. The program is partially through Community Development Block Grants. Eligibility is based on household annual gross income and occupancy.

    Eligible home improvements include: electrical and plumbing upgrades, structural repairs, accessibility modifications, septic repairs or replacement, heating and hot water system repairs or replacement, replacing windows, roof repairs or replacement, wells, lead paint abatement, insulation and weatherization and other energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Town of Hawley, Greenfield Recorder, 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority, 413-863-9781, www.fcrhra.org

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    Denmark Records New Wind Energy Generation Record (Int'l. Report)
    Denmanrk
    Date: 2020-01-03
    Danish grid operator Energinet is reporting Denmark sourced close to half its electricity consumption from wind power in 2019, a new record for the Nordic country and an important step in realizing one of the world's most ambitious climate targets.

    Wind accounted for 47 pct of Denmark's power usage last year, up from 41 pct in 2018 and beating a previous record of 43 pct in 2017. (Source: Energinet, Yani Safak, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Energinet, www.energinet.dk; Danish Ministry of Energy and Climate,Finn Mortensen, Exec. Dir., +45 2249 6511, fim@stateofgreen.com, www.stateofgreen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Denmark Wind,  


    Vestas Touts 750 MW in 2019 Year End Orders (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas
    Date: 2020-01-03
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of year-end orders totaling more than 750 MW from projects in the U.S., Russia, Mexico and Vietnam.

    In the US, orders were received for 12 units of V110-2.0MW wind turbines and another 57 units of its V120-2.2MW wind turbines for an undisclosed customer, plus a second order for a 162 MW project that will incorporate V110-2.0MW wind turbines and V136-4.2MW wind turbines.

    In Europe, the company previously announced another 252 MW request for its 1,800 MW agreement in Russia with the Fortum / Rusnano consortium.

    In Italy, Vestas also announced an agreement to supply 37 MW in V110-2.0MW and V136-4.2MW wind turbines to two wind farm projects.

    In China, Vestas won an order for 25 of its V110-2.2MW wind turbines for an undisclosed customer, as well as a second order for 23 units of its V120-2.2MW turbines.

    In Vietnam, Vestas scored its third order for the 50 MW Cong ty Co Phan Dau Tu Dien Gio Hoa Binh 1 wind project. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve, 1 Jan., 2020) Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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


    Enel Launches High Lonesome Wind Farm in Texas (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power North America
    Date: 2020-01-03
    Enel Green Power North America is reporting operations are underway at its 450-MW High Lonesome wind farm in Upton and Crockett counties, Texas.

    The company plans to add 50 MW capacity to the High Lonesome facility bringing its total capacity to 500 MW. The construction of the expansion is currently underway with operations due to start in the first quarter of 2020. With the expansion, the facility is expected to come in at approximately $720 million. (Source: Enel Green Power North America , PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America , Antonio Cammisecra, CEO, (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  Wind,  


    Aqua Ventus Developing First US Floating Wind Farm (Ind Report)
    Maine Aqua Ventus.Central Maine Power Company
    Date: 2020-01-03
    Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reports the recent signing of a 20-year ppa with Maine Aqua Ventus which plans to construct two floating wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine using technology developed by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Subject to various regulatory and environmental approvals, the project could be completed in 2022.

    Aqua Ventus is presently working on a pilot project miles off of Monhegan Island, the first pilot project of floating wind technology in the Americas. It is one-eighth the scale of a planned six-megawatt turbine. (Source: Maine Aqua Ventus.Beacon, Maine News Service, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Central Maine Power Company, www.cmpco.com; Maine Aqua Ventus, Meghan Collins, (207) 581-2117 www.maineaquaventus.com; University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, 207-581-2123, www.composites.umaine.edu

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    Renewables Topped Coal in April 2019 US Power Mix (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2020-01-03
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting utility-scale hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal and biomass accounted for 23 pct of the U.S. energy mix, while coal was only 20 pct in April, 2019. The EIA report noted that although generation output from large coal, gas and nuclear plants is typically lower during April and other demand lull periods, renewable capacity has been growing and coal-fired power falling in recent years.

    Each renewable resource set record high generation outputs sometime during 2018. Wind power generated 30.2 million MWh in April, a new monthly high, while a combination of utility-scale solar photovoltaics and solar thermal made history in June with 7.8 million MWh, the EIA report shows. (Source: US EIA, Power Eng., Jan., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  US EIA,  Coal,  


    State ‘net energy’ proposal raises static among developers

    Date: 2019-12-31
    A proposal that would require new commercial construction projects in Massachusetts to use only renewable energy has opponents and proponents drawing a line in the sand. Supporters say the net zero net energy proposal is needed to address global warming more quickly. Opponents argue that there is not sufficient technology and capacity to increase electrification to meet the demand. Opponents also say the proposal would greatly diminish housing development during the state’s housing crisis and that electricity bills for tenants would skyrocket. “As housing costs continue to skyrocket, we need more housing. To add an additional cost to housing production is essentially a barrier ... We’ll see a slowdown in housing production,” said Tamara Small, CEO of Needham-based NAIOP, the state’s commercial real estate development association. NAIOP has about 1,700 members in Massachusetts. The proposal basically requires new commercial construction and significant commercial renovations to generate as much renewable energy as needed on-site. What can’t be generated on-site can be purchased off-site. Only energy from solar, wind and hydro would be allowed. The use of all fossil fuels, including natural gas, propane, oil, coal and wood pellets, would be banned. While the proposal is primarily for commercial construction, it would affect some housing as well. The exemptions are single-family houses, multifamily homes of three stories or less, and mobile and modular homes. The proposal was written by the American Institute of Architects and submitted to the International Code Council to be considered for codes being compiled for 2021. All 50 states adopt some version of ICC’s residential, commercial and other codes. The AIA’s Massachusetts Chapter in November also submitted the proposal to the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards for consideration for inclusion in the 10th edition of the state’s building code. Massachusetts in 2009 became the first state to adopt a “stretch code,” an enhancement to its base building energy code that provides for more energy-efficient construction. To be designated as a Green Community, municipalities have to comply with the stretch code. While the stretch code initially resulted in a 10% jump in energy efficiency, that has decreased after two subsequent editions of the code, in part because the base energy code has gotten more efficient. “Now about 80% of the 351 cities and towns have become designated as Green Communities. A good majority are saying we need to take the next step, which is net zero,” Nunnari said. This would be another tool in their quest toward mandating a higher level of energy efficiency, he added. The hope, he said, is if ICC agrees to include the proposal in its 2021 documents, all 50 states would have the opportunity to adopt the net zero regulation or amend it to their liking. California, he noted, has already imposed a net zero energy requirement for new residential and commercial buildings by 2030. Similar regulations are being considered by several other states and regions, he said. The proposal has the backing of several hundred organizations. (Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 28 Dec., 2019)


    Eni Launches Kazakhstan Wind Farm Demo Project (Int'l Report)
    Eni S.p.A.
    Date: 2019-12-30
    Italian energy giant Eni S.p.A. is reporting the opening of 48-MW pilot wind energy project in Kazahstan, the country's largest. The wind farm is expected to generate roughly 200 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 172,000 tpy when fully operational.

    Eni S.p.A. notes it intends to invest as much as $1.5 billion in world wide wind energy projects. (Source: Eni, reve, 28 Dec., 2019) Contact: Eni S.p.A., www.eni.com/en_IT/home.page

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni S.p.A.,  Wind,  Kazakhstan,  


    Credit Agricole CIB Offering Green Securities (Int'l Report)
    Credit Agricole,Daiwa Securities
    Date: 2019-12-30
    Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Credit Agricole CIB) and Daiwa Securities Group have jointly announced the issuance and sales of Green Securities. This is the first time that Credit Agricole CIB will issue index-linked structured uridashi as green bonds denominated in Japanese yens and distributed by Daiwa Securities Co Ltd to Japanese individuals and institutional investors.

    An amount equal or equivalent to the net proceeds of the Green Securities will be used to finance and/or refinance one or more of the new or existing loans and investments including renewable energy -- wind and solar projects, bioenergy, energy efficiency, waste and water management, building sustainability, clean transportation and other "green" projects.

    Credit Agricole Group, sometimes called "la banque verte" due to its historical ties to farming, is the world's largest cooperative financial institution. It consists of a network of Credit Agricole local banks, the 39 Credit Agricole regional banks, and a central institute, the Credit Agricole S.A.. Credit Agricole supports environmentally engaged companies and projects which implement best practices in terms of energy transition and climate change strategies in line with the COP25 Paris Agreement. (Source: Daiwa Securities, Credit Agricole, PR, 23 Dec 2019) Contact: Daiwa Securities , www.daiwa-grp.jp › english; Credit Agricole, www.credit-agricole.fr

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    Orsted, Partners Offshore Wind H2RES Project Funded (Funding)
    Orsted
    Date: 2019-12-30
    In Copenhagen, Danish renewable energy giant Orsted and six industrial partners -- Everfuel Europe A/S, NEL Hydrogen A/S, GreenHydrogen A/S, DSV Panalpina A/S, Hydrogen Denmark, and Energinet Elsystemansvar A/S -- is reporting receipt of €4.6 million in EUDP funding for construction of a 2MW H2RES electrolysis plant with appurtenant hydrogen storage in Denmark.

    The H2RES project will use power directly from Orsted's two Siemens Gamesa 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines at the Avedore Power Station to produce renewable hydrogen for road transportation fuel. (Source: Orsted, Offshore Wind, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Anders Nordstrom, VP Hydrogen, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    New UK Gov. Confirms Offshore Wind Commitment (Int'l. Report)
    UK Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-12-30
    In London, the newly elected majority Conservative government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed its election manifesto pledge to "enable new floating turbines" and increase the country's new offshore wind capacity from 30GW to 40GW by 2030.

    The Johnson government's commitment to wind energy is part of its effort to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    The government also confirmed its planned £800 million investment in a carbon capture storage (CCS) cluster by the mid-2020s. A further £500 million will also be provided to help energy-intensive industries move to low-carbon techniques and a low-carbon economy. (Source: BBC, Various Media,Dec., 2019)

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    EDP Renewables, ConnectGEN Complete First Solar Acquisition (M&A)
    EDP Renewables,First Solar, ConnectGen
    Date: 2019-12-23
    Following up on our 13th November report, First Solar reports EDP Renewables and Houston-headquartered ConnectGEN LLC's acquisition of three First Solar projects totaling 278MW AC in the US has been completed . The projects include the 154MWAC Sun Streams 1 project in Maricopa County, AZ, the 20MWAC Windhub A project in Kern County, CA, and the 103MWAC Sunshine Valley project in Nye County, Nevada.

    EDP Renewables North America commissioned its first two solar parks in California in January 2015, subsequently adding three solar parks in South Carolina to its operational portfolio.

    Houston-headquartered ConnectGen develops renewable energy and energy storage projects across North America. The company is backed by Quantum Energy Partners, a provider of private equity capital to the global energy industry. (Source: EDP Renewables, First Solar, Printed Electronics, 30 Dec., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com; ConnectGEN LLC, (346) 998-2020, www.connectgenllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables ,  Solar,  First Solar,  ConnectGen ,  


    SkySpecs Raises $17Mn in Series C Round Funding (Funding Report)
    SkySpecs
    Date: 2019-12-23
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based wind industry operations and maintenance solutions provider SkySpecs reports it has closed a $17 million series C round. The round was led by McRock iNFund LP and other new investors including Equinor Energy Ventures, and Evergy Ventures, the non-regulated investment affiliate of Evergy, the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) and Westar Energy, Statkraft Ventures and others. To date, the company has raised $29 million.

    SkySpecs automates the operations and maintenance of wind energy assets through robotics, predictive analytics software, and industry expertise to enable better decision making and a higher degree of transparency into operational planning over the lifetime of a fleet. (Source: SkySpecs, PR, 20 Dec., 20919) Contact: SkySpecs, Theresa Trevor, Media, (734) 413-7346X777, theresa.trevor@skyspecs.com, www.skyspecs.com; Evergy Ventures, www.evergyventures.com; Equinor Energy Ventures, www.equinor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkySpecs,  Wind,  


    KEPCO Planning S. Korean Offshore Wind Project (Int'l Report)
    Korea Electric Power Corporation
    Date: 2019-12-23
    South Korea's largest electric utility, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) reports it will invest 11 trillion won (15 won = $1,00 US) to build an offshore wind power plant complex in Sinan County, South Jeolla Province, starting in 2020.

    The total project cost stands at around 48.5 trillion won and if constructed, the 8.2 GW project would be Korea's largest offshore wind farm. (Source: KEPKO, Dong-A Ilbo, 19 Dec., 2019) Contact: KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr

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    Windar Scores €500,000 for Wind LiDAR Project (Int'l Funding)
    Windar Photonics
    Date: 2019-12-23
    In Copenhagen, Danish LiDAR systems specialist Windar Photonics plc is reporting receipt of €500,000 in funding from the Danish Energy Technology Department. The company also received €1.4 million from the Technical University of Denmark and a "leading" European wind turbine manufacturer.

    Windar's technology helps detect wind and rain damage to operating wind turbines. (Source: Windar Photonics , Alliance News, Morningstar, 19 Dec., 2019) Contact: Contact: Windar, Jorgen Korsgaard Jensen, Interim CEO, +45 2055 5599, www.windarphotonics.com

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    Xcel Breaks Ground on 522-MW New Mexico Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-12-20
    Xcel Energy report work is underway on what Upon completion in late 2020, the $900 million, 522-MW Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, When fully operational, the will be the single largest wind energy plant in New Mexico.

    The project will incorporate 240 Vestas turbines to generate sufficient power for 194,000 typical homes annually. (Source: Xcel Energy, NewsWest, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, David Hudson, Pres. New Mexico, Texas, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com

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    NJ BPU Solar Transition Incentive Program Now In Force (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2019-12-20
    On December 6, 2019, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) issued an order effective December 16, 2019, establishing a Solar Transition Incentive Program (TREC), the key provisions of the Order are as follows:
  • The TREC Program will be available to all solar projects that submitted complete SREC Registration (SRP) Applications after October 29, 2018 that have yet to commence operations but otherwise remain in good standing in the SRP pipeline at the time the BPU determines that 5.1 pct of all electricity sold in New Jersey comes from solar generation;

  • All TREC Program projects will generate a factored Transition Renewable Energy Certificate for each MWh of electricity generated;

  • TRECs will be generated for 15 years and will be purchased by a TREC Administrator who will allocate the TRECs amongst the load serving entities;

  • The Clean Energy Act of 2018 established a cap that prohibits the cost of Class 1 RECs (excluding the cost of offshore wind RECs), which includes the TREC, from amounting to more than 9 pct of the total electric sales during Energy Years 2020 and 2021, and amounting to more than 7 pct of total electric sales during subsequent energy years;

  • The TREC is valued at $65 for energy years 2021, 2022 and 2023, and $189 for each remaining energy year of the projects' 15 year TREC eligibility. The BPU will provide further guidance as to whether the TREC value will remain as set forth above or will be changed to a flat $152 for all 15 years of generation eligibility;

  • TRECs may be sold in the energy year (June 1 -- May 31) in which they are generated and the following energy year. If the TREC is not sold within the applicable window, they may be sold as Class 1 RECs.

    The order now provides some certainty to solar developers and will provide a transition program until the BPU establishes a new long-term incentive program. (Source: NJ BPU, Dec., 2019) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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  • Skyscraper Rises to Platinum Energy Efficiency Cert. (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-12-20
    In the Windy City, Equity Office, the U.S. office arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group, reports its 1974-vintage, 110-story Willis Tower -- fka the Sears Tower – has became the largest building in the U.S. to reach the US Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency.

    As previously reported , the building scored LEED Gold in 2018. In moving up to Platinum, building efficiency was improved via upgrades to heating and cooling systems, hot water generators, lighting, plumbing and an ongoing major overhaul of the elevator systems which make more than 46,000 trips daily and serve about 5.8 million people every year. (Source: USGBC, Star Tribune, 19 Dec., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Calpine's Broome County NY Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Ind Report)
    Calpine
    Date: 2019-12-18
    Following up on our November 11 th coverage, meeting in Albany, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment is reporting approval of Calpine Corporation's proposed, but vigorously opposed, 40-turbine 124-MW Bluestone Wind Farm in eastern Broome County.

    The approval came despite the town of Sanford's recently enacted zoning law that effectively banned the project. The project was also opposed by local residents and environmental groups including the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society on grounds ranging from aesthetics, health, noise and bird endangerment. that it posed an unacceptable risk to bald and golden eagles. (Source: News & Observer, 16 Dec., 2019)Contact: Calpine Corp., Thad Hill, CEO, (713) 830-2000, www.calpine.com

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    Gulf Pacific Power Takes 89 pct Stake in Wind Portfolio (M&A)
    Gulf Pacific Power
    Date: 2019-12-18
    Alabama-headquartered Harbert Management Corporation (HMC) reports Gulf Pacific Power, LLC (GPP) has acquired an 80 pct stake in Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGPNA) Renewable Energy Holdings' 812 MW portfolio of five operating wind projects in the U.S. and Canada.

    GPP formed Gulf Plains Wind, LLC to acquire the interest in REP from GE Energy Financial Services and from (EGPNA) which has retained a 20 pct stake in REP and will continue to operate the Portfolio. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    The Portfolio includes the 235 MW Chisholm View facility in Grant and Garfield Counties, Oklahoma; the 200 MW Prairie Rose facility in Rock and Pipestone Counties, Minnesota; the 200 MW Goodwell facility in Texas County, Oklahoma; the 150 MW Origin facility in Murray and Carter Counties, Oklahoma; and the 27 MW St. Lawrence facility in Newfoundland, Canada, all of which have term PPAs in place.

    Hogan Lovells acted as legal counsel and CohnReznick Capital acted as financial advisor to GPP on the transaction. (Source: Harbert Management Corporation, PR, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: HMC, (205) 987-5500, ir@harbert.net, www.harbert.net; Gulf Pacific Power, https://privatefunddata.com/private-funds/gulf-pacific-power-llc

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    Costa Rica Increasing Renewable Electricity Generation (Int'l.)
    Costa Rica
    Date: 2019-12-18
    In Costa Rica, the Costa Rica National Center for Energy Control (CENCE) reports the National Electric System (SEN) added more than 99 pct more renewable power generation from run-of-river water, wind, geothermal energy, biomass and solar energy in 2018.

    Since 2015, Costa Rica has exceeded 98 pct of electricity generation with clean resources. Presently, Costa Rica has 18 wind plants managed by public, private, municipal and cooperative companies as well as the third-largest geothermal park on the continent with 262 mw. (Source: National Center for Energy Control, PR, bnamericas, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Costa Rica National Center for Energy Control, www.energetskiportal.rs/en/tag/costa-ricas-national-centre-for-energy-control-cence

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Asia Surpassing European New Offshore Wind Additions (Int'l)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2019-12-18
    The global offshore wind industry is still very small with just 23 gigawatts worldwide -- 80 pct in Europe and 20 pct in Asia. Despite the majority of offshore wind units (18 gigawatts) being located in Europe currently, the Asia-Pacific region expects to add 37 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity through 2025 -- a faster growth rate than in Europe.

    Most of the Asian development is occurring in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. China added 1.8 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity and approved an additional 13.1 gigawatts in 2018. The Taiwanese government plans to have 5.7 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2025 and an additional 5 gigawatts by 2030.

    Currently, Europe has the most offshore wind capacity followed by Asia. But, going forward, Asia is expected to add offshore capacity at a faster rate than Europe, with China and Taiwan leading the development. (Source: Institute for Energy Research, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Institute for Energy Research, www.instituteforenergyresearch.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  

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