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NYC Wind Energy Hub Proposed (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2021-04-09
In the Big Apple, mayoral candidate Eric Adams has unveiled an ambitious new plan that aims to build wind turbines and their manufacturing plants at ports throughout New York City.

According to the candidate, the plants would design, produce and ship the turbines through Arthur Kill, Port Richmond in Staten Island, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Red Hook Container Terminal.

Adams noted his plan includes job-training programs and will create well paying, eco-friendly employment and aid the city in reaching its goal of using 70 pct renewable energy by 2030 and a zero-emission power sector by 2040. (Source: NY Post, Various Media, Apr., 2021)

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LCRI Cutting Rural Oregonians' Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
Lake County Resources Initiative
Date: 2021-04-07
In Oregon, the Lake County Resources Initiative (LCRE) is reporting a two-year partnership with not-for-profit Spark Northwest to provide energy efficiency and renewable energy development assistance (REDA) program support to rural Oregonians.

REDA is a service process that increases rural energy productivity and independence. It can help small businesses and farming operations implement solar photovoltaics, solar heating, energy efficiency, micro hydro, wind energy and methane digesters and other energy efficiency systems and initiatives to lower energy expenses.

LCRI connects producers and small business owners to funding opportunities and project assistance for energy saving projects. LCRI can also provide technical guidance and grant assistance as well as direct people toward Energy Trust trade ally energy saving project contractors statewide. (Source: LCRI, Contact: LCRI, Nick Johnson, Dir., 541-947-5461, www.lcri.org; Oregon Renewable Energy Development Assistance, www.oregon.gov/energy/Incentives/Pages/Renewable-Energy-Grants.aspx; Spark Northwest, 206.267.2212, www.sparknorthwest.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Orsted, NOAA to Share Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Data (Ind. Report)
Orsted, NOAA
Date: 2021-04-07
In Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a first-of-its-kind agreement with Orsted Wind Power North America LLC, under which NOAA will have access to physicial and biological data from Orsted-leased waters (subject to U.S. jurisdiction). This agreement paves the way for future data-sharing agreements with other developers, as the wind energy industry grows. NOAA will be able to look at air and water quality and emissions, meteorology, coastal currents and waves, hydrographic mapping, and physical oceanography.

Orsted is behind the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project as well as the Skipjack Wind Farm, one of two planned for the waters off Ocean City. The company plans to install nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the U.S. between now and 2026. (Source: NOAA, PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted Offshore North America, David Hardy, CEO,, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96, alban@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; NOAA, Ben Friedman, Acting Administrator, www.noaa.gov

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Orsted, NOAA to Share Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Data (Ind. Report)
Orsted, NOAA
Date: 2021-04-06
In Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a first-of-its-kind agreement with Orsted Wind Power North America LLC, under which NOAA will have access to physicial and biological data from Orsted-leased waters (subject to U.S. jurisdiction). This agreement paves the way for future data-sharing agreements with other developers, as the wind energy industry grows. NOAA will be able to look at air and water quality and emissions, meteorology, coastal currents and waves, hydrographic mapping, and physical oceanography.

Orsted is behind the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project as well as the Skipjack Wind Farm, one of two planned for the waters off Ocean City. The company plans to install nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the U.S. between now and 2026. (Source: NOAA, PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted Offshore North America, David Hardy, CEO NOAA, Ben Friedman, Acting Administrator, www.noaa.gov

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Scout Energy Slows Horse Haven Wind Project Permitting (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2021-03-31
Further to our 19 May, 2020 coverage, Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy is reported to have withdrawn it's request for expedited processing of its application for site certification through Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) for its Horse Heaven Wind Farm project in Benton, County, Washington.

The slowdown is intended to allow further community input and comments on the proposed 1150 MW facility that would combine wind energy, solar energy and battery energy storage in the same location near the "Tri-Cities" of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland.

The project is expected to incorporate as many as 212 GE wind turbines at a total cost of $850 million and generate sufficient energy for approximately 140,000 homes when fully operational in 2022, as previously reported. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, Website, KEPR 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Dave Kobus, Project Manager, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

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Nat. Offshore Wind R&D Consort. Projects Announced (Ind. Report)
National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
Date: 2021-03-31
The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, which was established with funding from U.S. DOE, has selected 15 new projects to receive a total of $8 million for offshore wind support structure innovation, U.S.-based supply chain development, electrical systems innovation, and solutions for impacts on wildlife and radar.

The selections announced today include:

  • Four projects to develop innovative support structures (including foundations and moorings) for very large fixed-bottom and floating offshore wind turbines to achieve economies of scale;

  • Three projects that propose innovative solutions to supply chain and installation challenges including spiral welded towers, a self-positioning blade installation tool, and unmanned aerial devices for inspections;

  • Five projects to support innovations in grid interconnection and transmission;

  • Three technology development projects to mitigate use conflicts, including wildlife monitoring and radar interference. The 15 new projects bring the Consortium’s total funding portfolio to $28 million for 40 projects. This announcement supports a goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of U.S. offshore wind by 2030.

    DOE established the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium in 2018 to address research priorities for offshore wind as defined in the National Offshore Wind Strategy, which was developed jointly by DOE and the DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

    The Consortium is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with DOE and NYSERDA each providing $20.5 million to fund high-impact research projects that lower the costs of U.S. offshore wind.

    Download details HERE (Source: US DOE, Wind Energy Technology Office, National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, www.nationaloffshorewind.org; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium,  Offshore Wind,  


  • EWE, AWS Joint Venture to Manage, Operate Wind Projects (Int'l.)
    EWE,Alterric
    Date: 2021-03-29
    In Germany, Aloys Wobben Stiftung (AWS) and EWE AG are reporting the launch of Alterric, their joint-venture onshore wind energy project management and operation service provider. The announcement follows December 2020 antitrust approvals and shareholders and investment agreements which came into force on 26th March, 2021 when the new company commenced its operations.

    AWS -- sole shareholder of the Aurich-based wind energy converter manufacturer ENERCON -- and EWE AG each hold 50 pct of the shares in Alterric.

    The shareholders have brought the existing wind farms and onshore projects belonging to ENERCON and EWE into their joint venture Alterric which has more than 2,300 MW of installed power in its portfolio and a project pipeline of more than 9,400 MW. Alterric aims to invest roughly €4 billion to expand its portfolio to up to 5 GW by 2030.

    Alterric is the largest onshore green electricity producer in Germany, according to the company website. (Source: Alterric, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Alterric, www.alterric.com; Aloys Wobben Stiftung, www.aloys-wobben-stiftung.de; EWE, www.ewe.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  EWE AG news,  


    Invenergy Nails Okla. Wind Farm Construction Financing (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    More Invenergy, a privately held global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, reports it has completed construction financing for the 999 MW Traverse Wind Energy Center in Custer, Blaine, and Kingfisher Counties, Oklahoma.

    Traverse is the largest of three wind energy projects being developed by Invenergy as part of the 1,485 MW North Central Wind Energy Facilities. The other two projects -- the 287 MW Maverick Wind Energy Center in Major, Garfield and Kingfisher Counties and the 199 MW Sundance Wind Energy Center in Woods and Major Counties -- both achieved financial close in December 2020.

    All three projects are currently under construction. American Electric Power (AEP) will assume ownership of the three wind farms upon the start of commercial operations to serve customers of subsidiaries Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO). Sundance is expected to begin commercial operations this spring, Maverick later this year and Traverse in early 2022. (Source: Invenergy, Website, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: Invenergy LLC, Meghan Schultz, VP Finance and Capital Markets, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  


    Offshore Wind Proposal Floated in Oregon (Reg. & Leg.)
    Oregon
    Date: 2021-03-22
    In Salem, the Oregon House of Representatives is considering bill HR 3375, legislation calling for establishment of a task force and strategic plan on floating offshore wind and targeting development of 3 GW of floating wind energy in federal waters off the Oregon coast by 2030.

    According to a 2019 National Renewable Energy Laboratory study -- Oregon Offshore Wind Site Feasibility and Cost Study -- floating wind off Oregon was a “promising’ potential source of clean energy for the state” because 97 pct of the 62 GW of available technical offshore wind energy resource in Oregon is in water depths greater than 60 meters. (Source: Oregon Representative David Brock Smith (R) , riviera, 19 Mar., 2021) Contact: Oregon State Representative David Brock Smith, www.oregonlegislature.gov/smithd

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


    Vestas Claims 56MW Polish Wind Farm Order (Int'l. Report)
    Energix,Vestas
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Danish wind energy giant Vestas reports receipt of 56 MW order for the Banie lV wind project in Pomerania, Poland from Energix, the project majority owner.

    The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of 16 V126-3.45MW wind turbines with an operational mode of 3.5MW combined with a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Delivery of the turbines and commissioning are both expected to begin in Q1, 2022. (Source: Vestas, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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


    GWEC Comments on China's Wind Power Growth (Int'l. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2021-03-19
    According to the Belgium-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), in 2020 China broke the world record for most wind power capacity installed in a single year with 52 GW of new capacity -- doubling the country's annual installations compared to the previous year.

    "The incredible and rapid growth of wind power in the region has been led by China, which now has more wind power capacity than Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America combined. We were expecting an installation rush in China last year due to the phase out of the onshore wind Feed-in-Tariff by the end of 2020, but the Chinese wind market exceeded our original forecasts by over 73 percent," the GWEC noted. "Top-down policies requiring wind and solar be integrated into the power grid, rather than subsidy support, would probably drive the greater transition to renewables", the GWEC added.

    According to China's National Bureau of Statistics , the share of clean energy consumption in China has risen from 19.1 pct in 2016 to 24.3 pct in 2020. (Source: GWEC, PR, Xinhua, Mar., 2021) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www,gwec.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council ,  


    Nordex Claims 33MW French Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)
    Nordex, RWE Renewables
    Date: 2021-03-12
    Hamburg-based wind energy giant Nordex Group is reporting receipt of an order from RWE Renewables France for 10 units of its N117/300 wind turbines, including service contracts, for two wind farms in northern France.

    Nordex will supply six N117/3000 turbines on tubular steel towers with hub heights of 76 metres for the 18MW onshore wind farm Les Hauts Bouleaux in the Oise Department. Four N117/3600 turbines with hub height of 91 metres will go to the 15MW Martinpuich wind farm in the Pas-de-Calais Department. Both projects are expected to be commissioned early next year. (Source: Nordex, RWE Website, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: RWE Renewables France, www.fr.rwe.com; Nordex Group, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 (0)40 / 300 30 X 1116, www.nordex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  RWE Renewables,  


    China Completes 3GW Offshore Wind Installations in 2020 (Int'l.)
    China Offshore Wind, Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2021-02-26
    According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), China installed 3GW of offshore wind in 2020, half of all new capacity built globally last year. "China's record-breaking growth is expected to continue in 2021, driven by an offshore wind installation rush to meet China's feed-in-tariff deadline by the end of this year," the GWEC noted.

    Globally, the UK remains the top producer of offshore wind capacity, with China in the second spot followed by Germany. The offshore wind industry installed slightly more than 6 GW of new capacity globally in 2020, bringing the total global offshore wind capacity to 35GW. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, 25 Feb., 2021) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www,gwec.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Global Wind Energy Council,  


    Vestas Invests in Wooden Wind Tower Specialist (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas, Modvion
    Date: 2021-02-22
    Wind energy giant Vestas' newly created venture capital arm Vestas Ventures has reportedly taken a minority shareholding in Goteborg, Sweden-based wooden wind tower technology start-up Modvion.

    When compared directly with the value chain of a conventional steel tower, Modvion laminated wood constructed towers are lighter in weight and are expected to reduce carbon emissions by 80 pct. Vestas is aiming to integrate LVL towers into its design and manufacturing processes. (Source: Modvion, Website PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Modvion , Otto Lundman, CEO, +46 (0) 702720624, otto@modvion.com,www.modvion.com; Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Modvion,  Wind Tower,  


    Bosnian Wind Farm Construction Slated for Aug. (Int'l. Report)
    Suzlon Wind Energy
    Date: 2021-02-22
    In Sarajevo, the Bosnian government is reporting Suzlon Wind Energy BH, a unit of Danish company Suzlon Wind Energy, is now slated to break ground on the 5-turbine, €30 million ($36.4 million), 25 MW Ivan Sedlo wind farm this coming Aug.

    Suzlon was initially expected to begin construction on the project in 2019. (Source: Suzlon, See News, 22 Feb., 2022) Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon ,  Wind,  


    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, www.alletecleanenergy.com

    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, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  


    Wartsila Supplying Energy Storage for Mexican Wind Farm (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    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, www.eurus-energy.com; Eurus Energy America, Eurus Energy America, Nick Henriksen, VP, 858-638-7115, 858-638-7125 -- fax; info@eurusenergy.com, www.eurusenergy.com; Wartsila, www.wartsila.com

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


    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, www.cleanpower.org

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


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