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Ingeteam Touting New Wind Power Converters (New Prod & Tech)
Ingeteam
Date: 2020-05-22
Milwaukee-based Ingeteam, a global technology Group specialized in electric power conversion, has launched its new-generation wind power converters developed for high power DFIG application. Ingeteam's DFIG converter series offer cost-optimized products for each market and application. The wind converters are extremely grid-friendly, and include FRT, SCR and SSR features, enabling them to be deployed anywhere in the world. To this day, DFIG converters remain the most proven, efficient and cost competitive drive train topology for onshore applications.

The new DFIG converters can be modulated to bring customized solutions that will effectively minimize wind turbine LCoE.

Download DFIG converter details HERE. (Source: Ingeteam. PR, reve, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Ingeteam Inc., (855) 821-7190, usa@ingeteam.com, www.ingeteam.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ingeteam news,  Wind news,  Wind Energy news,  


GE Supplying Turbines for Fina Enerji Turkish Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
General Electric,Fina Enerji
Date: 2020-05-20
GE Renewable Energy reports it will supply Fina Enerji with 52 of its 3 MW platform onshore wind turbines totaling 193 MW -- sufficient to power roughly 195,000 Turkish homes -- for four wind farms in Turkey. The 156 blades will be manufactured at GE’s LM Wind Power factory in Bergama, Izmir, Turkey. The sale includes a 15-years service agreement.

To date, GE has an installed base of 1.2 GW of wind energy in Turkey and has built 500 wind turbines in the country, including the 350 MW of onshore wind energy projects that Fina Enerji and GE Renewable Energy have built together. (Source: GE, PR reve, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Fina Enerji, www.finaenerji.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy news,  Wind Turbine news,  


Inox Wind, Continuum Power Ink Wind Power Agreement (Int'l Report)
Inox Wind,Continuum Power
Date: 2020-05-13
India-headquartered Inox Wind is reporting a definitive agreement with Continuum Power Trading (TN) Pvt Ltd, part of Continuum Wind Energy group, to supply, erect and commission 250 MW of wind power projects in Gujarat, India.

The project will be executed on a "plug-and-play" basis and includes includes long-term operations and maintenance services. (Source: Inox Wind, PR reve, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, -startlink]investors.iwl@inoxwind.com[endlink],
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SWEPCO Adding 819-MW of Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
Southwestern Electric Power
Date: 2020-05-13
Shreveport, Louisiana-based Southwestern Electric Power Co.(SWEPCO) is reporting the Arkansas Public Service Commission has approved its plan to add 810 MW of wind energy through the purchase of three wind facilities in north central Oklahoma (the North Central Energy Facilities) along with its sister company Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO).

SWEPCO would own 810 MW or 54.5 pct of the 1,485-MW projects with an investment of $1.01 billion. PSO would add 675 MW of wind energy, or 45.5 pct of the 1,485-MW projects, which are expected to be completed in 2020 and 2021. (Source: SWEPCO, Facebook, 11 May, 2020) Contact: SWEPCO, Malcolm Smoak, Pres., CEO, www.swepco.com; Public Service Company of Oklahoma, 888-216-3523, www.psoklahoma.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Service Company of Oklahoma ,  Southwestern Electric Power,  Wind,  


EU Member State Alliance Seeks Solid Renewables Policy (Int'l.)
WindEurope
Date: 2020-05-11
WindEurope is reporting government ministers from Lithuania, Poland, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Estonia, Austria and Luxemburg are calling for the European Commission (EC) to establish an industrial policy recognizing wind energy as an EU strategic priority and to expand renewables and related supply chains through out the 27-member trading bloc.

The letter also calls for renewable industry representatives to be included in the planned Industrial Forum, a high-level advisory body bringing together Member States, European institutions and industry stakeholders that is slated to be established in September. The Ministers are also requesting more financial support for renewables from InvestEU and the Connecting Europe Facility as well as a more flexible approach to State Aid. (Source: WindEurope, PR, reve, 9 May, 2020) Contact: Wind Europe, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1811, +32 2 213 1890 - fax, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy Funding,  EU Renewable Energy,  


Notable WindEurope Quote on EU Renewables Legislation
WindEurope
Date: 2020-05-11
"The EU Commission was absolutely right to emphasize that the transition to climate neutrality is irreversible. That will require Europe to install more than twice as much new wind energy each year as it managed in 2019. The (EU) Climate Law impact assessment should outline a credible path for the delivery of these volumes.

"Beating climate change is about driving renewables-based electrification in road transport, buildings and most of industry. And scaling up renewable hydrogen in hard to abate sectors. Clearly opting for a 100 pct renewables scenario would avoid stranded investments down the road. A 100 pct renewables scenario must be the start of our conversation on how we deliver climate neutrality cost effectively." -- Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Advisoer, WindEurope. Contact: WindEurope, Pierre Tardieu, +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope news,  Renewable Energy news,  Renewable Energy Funding news,  EU Renewable Energy news,  


Dominion Quadruples Clean Energy Generation Targets (Ind Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2020-05-11
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting it will quadruple its renewable energy generation targets as part of a newly-announced 15-year plan. The plan also calls for the addition of roughly 24,000MW of renewable energy and storage capacityand the installation of 5,000MW of offshore wind energy as well as 16,000MW of solar capacity and 2,700MW of solar energy storage by 2035/ (Source: Dominion Energy, Future Net Zero, May, 2020) Contact: Future Net Zero, www.futurenetzero.com: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

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


GM Aiming for 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2023 (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy,GM
Date: 2020-04-29
In the Motor City, GM reports it is adding 500 MW of solar to its energy mix and plans to have all of its southeast Michigan operations powered by renewables by 2023, thanks to DTE's MiGreenPower program allows residential and commercial customers to get energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar.

GM, which previously signed up to 300 MWh of wind energy from DTE facilities, is now adding 500 MWh from two new solar generating parks that DTE will be installing.

GM previously announced a goal to source all of the electricity used by its U.S. facilities from renewables by 2030 and globally by 2040. (Source: GM, DTE, 20 April, 2020) Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  DTE Energy,  


Ingeteam Intros Next-Gen Wind Power Converter (New Prod & Tech)
Ingeteam,
Date: 2020-04-24
Ingeteam, a global electric power conversion technology specialist, is reporting the launch of its new-generation of wind power converters developed for high power DFIG 6-8 MW applications.

The wind converters are extremely grid-friendly, and include FRT, SCR and SSR features, enabling them to be deployed worldwide. The new DFIG converters can be modulated to bring customized solutions that will effectively minimize wind turbine LCoE. (Source: Ingeteam, PR, reve, 21 April,2020) Contact: Ingeteam, +44 (0)141 582 1218, info@ingeteam.com, www.ingeteam.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ingeteam,  Wind,  Wind Energy,  


Indian 1,200 MW Renewable Energy Projects Tender Expected (Int'l)
Solar Energy Corporation of India
Date: 2020-04-22
On the Sub-Continent, the New Delhi-Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a second call for tenders for setting up of 1,200 MW of interstate transmission system (ISTS) connected renewable projects with guaranteed peak power supply. The detailed tender document is expected to be uploaded on SECI's website shortly.

In this tender, a project is expected to have two components -- a solar photovoltaic (SPV) system or a wind energy system or a hybrid system of both technologies, Projects selected under this RfS were eligible for two-part tariffs: Peak Tariff and Off-Peak Tariff. (Source: SECI, Energy Infra Post, 19 April, 2020) Contact: Solar Energy Corporation of India, +91 011 7198 9200, corporate@seci.co[.in, www.seci.co.in

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Siemens Gamesa Scores Swedish Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2020-04-20
Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it will supply 13 units of its SG 5.8-155 totaling 85.8 MW for the RES Rodene project near Alingsas, Sweden.

The 13 OptimaFlex technology equipped wind turbines are slated for installation in 2021 and will be covered by a 15-year full-service agreement. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com

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Orix Acquires IL&FS' Wind Energy Business (M&A, Int'l. Report)
Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services
Date: 2020-04-20
Following up on our 20th May, 2019 coverage, Mumbai-based Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) is reporting the sale of its IL&FS Wind Power Services Ltd (IWPSL) wind energy business to its Japanese partner Orix Corporation for roughly $790,000.

IWPSL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IL&FS Energy Development Company Ltd, provides supervisory and management support services to seven firms -- Lalpur Wind Energy Pvt. Ltd, Etesian Urja Ltd, Khandke Wind Energy Pvt. Ltd, Retadi Wind Power Ltd, Wind Urja India Pvt. Ltd, Tadas Wind Energy Pvt. Ltd and Kaze Energy Ltd. -- that own and operate wind power generating assets. Orix holds a 49 pct stake in each of seven operating wind energy units of IL&FS. (Source: IL&SF, April, 2020) Contact: IL&SF, +9122 2653 3333 / 3232, +9122 2653 3038 - fax, info@ilfsindia.com, www.ilfsindia.com; Orix Corp., www.orix.co.jp/grp

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Wind Hawkeye State's Major Electric Power Source (Ind. Report)
Kansas, Wind,AWEA
Date: 2020-04-20
According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 41 pct of the Hawkeye State's electricity -- sufficient energy for roughly 2 million Kansas homes -- is derived from wind power.

Kansas has reported the nation's largest increase in wind energy production over the past five years totaling $11.4 billion in private investment, according to AWEA. (Source: AWEA, Topeka Capitol Journal, 17 April, 2020) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kirnan, CEO, www.awea.org

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Wood Asset Solutions Wins $100Mn in US Wind EPC Contracts (Int'l)
Wood Asset Solutions
Date: 2020-04-17
In the UK, Aberdeen-headquartered global engineering firm Wood Asset Solutions Plc is reporting approximately $100 million worth of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts from the US onshore wind market. The combined projects will see up to 100 turbines installed.

American Electric Power (AEP) Renewables' wind farm development in south-central Kansas, and Black Hills Energy Corriedale Wind Energy Project in Cheyenne, Wyoming are among the contracted projects. Wood will also work on four new wind farms in Morrow and Umatilla Counties in Oregon for Orchard Windfarms.

Wood provides performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial. (Source: Wood, Energy Voice, 14 April, 2020) Contact: Wood Asset Solutions Plc, www.woodplc.com; Wood Asset Solutions Americas, Stephanie Cox, CEO, www.woodplc.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/57215/ASA-Deep-dive-04_12_18.pdf

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ENGIE Claims French Wind, Solar Tender Wins (Int'l. Report)
ENGIE
Date: 2020-04-15
ENGIE reports it has been awarded two tenders for solar and wind energy generation projects by the French Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive transition.

With the award of 165MW, ENGIE ranked first in the solar tender. Of the 235MW of new wind energy capacity to be installed, over 70MW will be installed by ENGIE at Nouvelle Aquitaine, PACA, Grand Est, Normandy and Hauts de France.

Worldwide, ENGIE had 26.9GW of renewable installed capacity at the end of 2019 and plans to add 3GW of renewables per year between 2019 and 2021. (Source: ENGIE, PR, Smart Energy, 14 April, 2020) Contact: ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, www.engie.com/en

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Suzlon Scores Debt Reduction Restructuring Success (Int'l Report)
Suzlon Energy
Date: 2020-04-13
Hyderabad, India-based debt-burdened Indian wind energy specialist Suzlon Energy is reporting a consortium led by the State Bank of India (SBI) has approved the restructuring of Rs 14,000 crore ($1,835 billion) of the company's debt. Details of the debt restructuring have not been released.

Suzlon Energy previously raised $547 million through foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs). Suzlon converted bonds worth $375 million to equity in December 2018, but defaulted on payments against the balance of $172 million worth of bonds. (Source: Suzlon Energy, Various Trade Media, April, 2020)Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com

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547 Energy Inks PPA for Turkish 153MW Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
547 Energy,Enora
Date: 2020-04-10
Houston-headquartered 547 Energy LLC affiliate 547 Energy International European Holdings is reporting a 20-year PPA from the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) for a 153MW wind energy project implemented in partnership with renewable energy operator Enora -- a subsidiary of Greek renewables energy developer Enteka. The project is located in the regional units of Imathia and Kozani.

547 Energy invests in and partners with innovative companies and development platforms around the globe that focus on cleantech, renewable power, energy efficiency, grid resilience or the digitalization of the energy sector, according to the company website. (Source: 547 Energy LLC, PR, Power Tech. 7 April, 2020) Contact: 547 Energy LLC, Gabriel Alonso, CEO, 713.452.2000, 713.452.2001 - fax, info@547energy.com, www.547energy.com; Enteka, www.enteka.gr

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Financing and Investment Trends - The European wind industry in 2019 -- Wind Europe Report Attached (Int'l Report)
WindEurope
Date: 2020-04-08
According to WindEurope's just released annual Financing and Investment Trends, Europe saw €19 billion of new wind farm investments confirmed in 2019, and a further €33 billion invested in the refinancing of wind farms, the acquisitions of wind farm projects and other transactions.

Most of the investments in new wind farms were in onshore wind -- €13 billion -- over 10 GW of new projects. The report expects 80 pct of all wind capacity additions over the next five years to be onshore. The EU Commission expects it to be 50 pct by 2050.

The report also takes a closer look at the diverse investors involved in wind energy financing. Banks play an increasing role extending over €20 billion of non-recourse debt in 2019. Non-recourse debt accounts for 49 pct of all investment in new onshore wind projects and 77 pct in new offshore wind farms.

The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan, the investment pillar of the European Green Deal, aims to mobilize at least €1 trillion in additional private and public capital for renewable energy projects in the next decade.

Download the Wind Europe Financing and Investment Trends - The European wind industry in 2019 repot HERE. (Source: Wind Europe, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Wind Europe, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890 info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Wind,  


BOP Reports Belgian Offshore Wind Energy Record (Int'l Report)
Belgian Offshore Platform
Date: 2020-04-06
The Brussles-based Belgian Offshore Platform (BOP) reports the country's six North Sea offshore wind facilities generated a record 803 GWh of electricity in March. In February, offshore wind energy supplied 9 pct of Belgium's total electricity demand -- a 50 pct increase over the annual average in 2019.

BOP recorded an average monthly production of 639GWh among six offshore wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea. (Source: Belgian Offshore Platform, Energy Live, 5 April, 2020) Contact: Belgian Offshore Platform, Annemie Vermeylen, Sec. Gen., +32 471 61 03 19 www.belgianoffshoreplatform.be

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Siemens Gamesa Turbines Going to Vietnam (Int'l. Ind. Report)
Hoa Thang Energy,Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-04-01
Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it will supply 25 units of its 4.5-145 turbines with a 10 year service agreement for Hoa Thang Energy's 113 MW 1.2 wind farm in Vietnam.

Hoa Thang Energy Joint Stock Company is a special-purpose vehicle of Vietnam's construction group Trading Construction Works Organization. The project is expected to come online in 2021 and will generate sufficient energy for roughly 240,000 Veitnam households.

The Vietnamese government estimates the country's total power generating capacity will reach 125-130 GW by 2030, up from 46 GW in 2018. The government also aims for renewable energy to account for 15-20 pct of its total energy output by 2030 and has established a target of developing 6 GW of wind power capacity by 2030. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, ME Construction News, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact: Hoa Thang Energy, +84-988682389; Siemens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com

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Iberdrola Preps for Floating Wind Energy Demos (Int'l. Report)
Iberdrola
Date: 2020-04-01
In Norway, Madrid-based wind energy major Iberdrola, in partnership with France's EDF and Germany's DNV-GL and others, is reporting plans to test two semi-submersible concrete floating wind power demonstration projects.

The project aims to help cut the levelized cost of floating wind energy to roughly €40-60 MWh by 2030. The development falls under the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme and could qualify for roughly €25 million in grant funding from the EC Innovation and Networks Executive Agency. Fabrication of the test platform could start in Q2, 2021 for installation in Q1, 2022. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, reve, 30 Mr.,2020)Contact: Iberdrola, Jonathan Cole, Global Managing Director Offshore Wind, www.iberdrolarenewables.com

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Northland Power Acquires BC Offshore Wind Project (M&A, Ind Report)
Northland Power ,NaiKun Wind Energy Group
Date: 2020-04-01
Following up on our 23rd August, 2019 report, Toronto-headquartered renewable energy developer Northland Power reports it has agreed to acquire NaiKun Wind Energy Group's offshore wind development project in the Hecate Strait off the coast of British Columbia. The transaction will occur by way of NaiKun selling Northland a 100 pct interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, NaiKun Wind Development Inc.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory and other approvals, is expected to close in mid-2020. (Source: NaiKun Wind Energy Group, Website, 30 Mar.,2020) Contact: NaiKun Wind Energy Group, 604 639-846, www.naikun.ca; Northland Power Inc., David Povall, Exec. VP, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northland Power ,  NaiKun Wind Energy Group,  Offshore Wind,  


Military Veterans Major Ethanol Industry Employees (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association,
Date: 2020-03-30
2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, a new study from the National Association of State Energy Offices and Energy Futures Initiative has found the U.S. ethanol industry employs a significantly more military veterans than any other segment of the energy industry -- roughly one in five ethanol industry employees is a veteran.

Per 100 workers, the ethanol industry employs more than twice as many veterans as the petroleum, natural gas, nuclear, coal, and wind energy sectors. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, 24 Mar.,2020) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels Association,  ,  


Turks Trumpet 2019 National Wind Power Capacity (Int'l. Report)
Turkish Wind Energy Association
Date: 2020-03-30
According to the Turkish Wind Energy Association (TUREB), Turkey's total wind power capacity now stands at 8,056 MW, including 687 MW installed in 2019, and now generates sufficient electric power for roughly 8 million Turkish homes.

According to TUREB, over 75 pct of the country's wind farms are located in the Aegean and Marmara regions and 12.3 pct are in the Mediterranean region. Turkey currently operates 198 wind energy power plants with an additional 25 wind farms under construction. Turkey's Energy and Natural Sources Ministry estimates the country's wind energy potential 48,000 MW. (Source: TUREB, PR, reve, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact: TUREB,+90 312 474 0274, info@tureb.com.tr, www.tureb.com.tr/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Turkish Wind Energy Association,  


Foresight, Belltown Power Partnering on UK Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
Foresight Group,Belltown Power
Date: 2020-03-27
In the UK, London-headquartered investment manager Foresight Group LLP and Bristol-based Belltown Power are reporting a joint venture aimed at developing over 300MW of wind energy projects mainly in Scotland and Wales.

Infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight has £4 billion of energy infrastructure assets under management and renewables assets totaling 2.2GW. Belltown, which has a total pipeline of 2-3GW in various stages of development, including 335MW under construction currently entering construction, has delivered over 200MW of wind, solar PV and hydro projects to date, according to the company. (Source: Foresight Group, renews, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Belltown Power UK, Paul Hewitt, CEO, +44 117 303 5217, www.belltownpower.com; Foresight Group, +44 (0) 20 3667 8100, www.foresightgroup.eu www.foresight-group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Foresight Group,  Belltown Power,  Wind,  


Notable Quote on EU Climate, Renewables Legislation
WindEurope ,EU,European Comission
Date: 2020-03-25
"The EU Commission was absolutely right to emphasize that the transition to climate neutrality is irreversible. That will require Europe to install more than twice as much new wind energy each year as it managed in 2019. The (EU) Climate Law impact assessment should outline a credible path for the delivery of these volumes.

"Beating climate change is about driving renewables-based electrification in road transport, buildings and most of industry. And scaling up renewable hydrogen in hard to abate sectors. Clearly opting for a 100 pct renewables scenario would avoid stranded investments down the road. A 100 pct renewables scenario must be the start of our conversation on how we deliver climate neutrality cost effectively." -- Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Advisoer, WindEurope. Contact: WindEurope, Pierre Tardieu, +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  EU,  European Comission ,  


US Expected to Add 50GW of Green Energy by 2023 (Ind. Report)
Sun Day Campaign,FERC
Date: 2020-03-20
According to Takoma Park, Maryland-based Sun Day Campaign, renewables will soon cover 25 pct of the US total electricity capacity in the US with nearly 50GW coming online within three years, based on figures published by federal energy watchdog FERC.

FERC data found that by the end of 2022, wind energy will account for 26.4GW, solar 19.973GW and natural gas 21.09GW of the nation's total electric power capacity. The FERC statistics show that net installed capacity for coal, nuclear and oil will shrivel over the next three years, with respective drops of 18,857MW, 3,391MW and 3,085MW forecast. (Source: Sun Day Campaign, FERC, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: FERC, 202-502-6088, www.ferc.gov; Sun Day Campaign, Ken Bossong, Exec. Dir.,301-270-4291, www.sun-day-campaign.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sun Day Campaign,  FERC,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


Evergy, Textron Aviation Ink Wind PPA in Kansas (Ind. Report)
Textron,Evergy
Date: 2020-03-16
Wichita, Kansas-based Textron Aviation Inc. is reporting a 20-year wind energy PPA with Kansas City, Missouri-headquartered Evergy, Inc. to meet nearly all of its electric power needs at its Wichita and Independence, Kansas, facilities.

Under the agreement, Evergy will provide 55 MW of energy from the 300 MW Soldier Creek Wind Farm now under construction near Manhattan, Nemaha County,. The wind farm is expected to come online before the year end.

Textron Aviation's electric power consumption is roughly equal to the power used by 22,500 homes. (Source: Textron Aviation, PR, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: Textron Aviation, Brad White, Snr. VP, (316) 517-6000, www.txtav.com Contact: Textron, (401) 421-2800, www.textron.com; Evergy Ventures, Terry Bassham, Pres., info@evergyventures.com, www.evergyventures.com

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Iberdrola Snares French Offshore Wind Farm Developer (Int'l., M&A)
Iberdrola
Date: 2020-03-13
Madrid-based wind energy major Iberdrola reports it has taken 100 pct ownership of Ailes Marines -- developer and operator the €2.4 billion Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm project in France. Iberdrola, which previously held 70 pct of the consortium's capital, acquired the remaining 30 pct from Avel Vor, after receiving the French Ministry of the Economy approval.

The 62-turbine project, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2021, will have an installed capacity of 496MW sufficient for roughly 835,000 household, when fully operational in 2023. (Source: Iberdrola, The Corner, 11 Mar., 2020) Contact: Iberdrola, Jonathan Cole, Global Managing Director for Offshore Wind, www.iberdrolarenewables.com Ailes Marines, www.eolienoffshoresaintbrieuc.com/en/ailes-marines/ailes-marines-sas

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Offshore Wind,  


Alphabet Abandons Makani Kite Wind Power Project (Ind. Report)
Alphabet,Makani Power
Date: 2020-03-09
Internet giant Google's Alphabet Inc reports it's ending its association with Makani Power's project that aimed to use giant kites to generate wind energy.

Makani is developing energy kites that use a wing tethered to a ground station to efficiently harness energy from the wind, generating electricity at utility-scale. As the kite flies autonomously in loops, rotors on the wing spin as the wind moves through them, generating electricity that is sent down the tether to the grid, according to the company website.

In a statement Google Alphabet noted "While it's tempting to say that all climate-related ideas deserve investment, remaining clear-eyed and directing resources to the opportunities where we think we can have the greatest impact isn't just good business -- it's essential when it comes to a problem as urgent as the climate crisis." (Source: Makani Power, Brinkwire, 7 Mar., 2020) Contact: Google Alphabet, www.abc.xyz; Makani Power, info@makanipower.com, www.makanipower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alphabet,  Makani,  Wind,  Wind Kite,  


Siemens Gamesa Turbines for Orsted Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,Borkum Riffgrund
Date: 2020-03-09
Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it's selection as "preferred supplier" for the the 900MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 development -- Germany's largest offshore wind project to-date -- and the 242MW Gode Wind 3 -- and will deliver over 1GW of its SG11.0-200DD offshore wind turbines including a 5-year service and maintenance contract for two projects being developed by Orsted in the German North Sea.

The award hinges on Orsted taking a final investment decision on the developments, which are subject German regulatory approvals.

The turbines are slated for installation on Gode Wind 3 in early 2023 and on Borkum Riffgrund 3 in 2024, with commissioning on the two projects to being completed in 2024 and 2025, respectively (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Utilities, 7 Mar., 2020) Contact: Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, Offshore Head of Technology, www.siemensgamesa.com; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Siemens Gamesa,  Offshore Wind,  Borkum Riffgrund ,  


GreenFront Launches Renewables Sector Investment Banking, Advisory Platform (Ind. Report)
GreenFront Energy Partners
Date: 2020-03-06
Richmond, Virginia-based GreenFront Energy Partners reports the launch of its investment banking and advisory platform focused on the growing renewable and alternative energy sectors.

With over 2,000 contacts ESG serves both the corporations that commit to using more renewable energy, as well as the project developers and sponsors who make solar and wind energy a reality.

GreenFront Energy Partners is an investment banking and advisor focused on the new energy economy. The global energy landscape is undergoing its most significant transformation in over a century and our founding partners believe we all have a role to play. Our role at GreenFront is to bring together the financial, intellectual, entrepreneurial, and natural resources to meaningfully decarbonize our energy sector, according to the company website. (Source: GreenFront Energy Partners, Mar.,2020) Contact: GreenFront Energy Partners, info@greenfrontenergy.com or call our office at (804) 905-8467. www.greenfrontenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenFront Energy Partners,  


Hungary Planning Major Solar Power Investments (Int'l Report)
Hungary
Date: 2020-03-04
In the capital city of Budapest, the Hungarian Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy is reporting plans to meet European Union climate change targets with a two-phase planned €55 billion investment in solar energy 2030, and up to €152 billion by 2050.

Hungary's combined energy and climate change plan targets a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 40 pct compared to 1990 levels, and a minimum 21 pct share of renewable energy sources in gross energy consumption by 2030. The country plans to increase its photovoltaic capacity, almost six times the current installed solar capacity to 6,000 GW while maintaining its wind energy capacity at 330 MW. (Source: Hungary Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy, Budapest Business Journal, 29 Feb., 2020) Contact: Hungary Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy, Peter Kaderjak, www.bruegel.org/author/peter-kaderjak

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India Needs $500-$700Bn to Meet Renewable Energy Targets (Int'l.)
Central Electricity Authority
Date: 2020-03-04
India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA), an arm of the power ministry, is reporting the country's renewable energy power generation stood at 10.325 billion units (BU) in January 2020, a 9.46 per cent increase from 9.433 BU generated in the same month in 2019.

The combined generation from solar, wind turbines, solar thermal, small hydro, biomass, bagasse, and other sources stood at 10.647 BU in December 2019, as against 9.083 BU of green energy generation for the same month in 2018, the data showed. Among renewable sources, wind power generated the highest amount of power followed by solar at 3,943 million units (MU) and 3,932 MU, respectively, in December 2019. For the corresponding month in 2018, solar generated more power than wind energy at 3,182.12 MU and 2789.24 MU, respectively.

According to the Australia-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, India's renewable energy sector needs between $500 billion and $700 billion by 2030 in new investments to meet its target of 450 GW of installed capacity. (Source: India Central Electricity Authority, PR reve, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: India Central Electricity Authority, www.cea.nic.in

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Ameren Investing $7.6Bn in Renewables, Smart Grid Tech (Ind. Report)
Ameren,Ameren Missouri
Date: 2020-03-02
St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri reports that under its Smart Energy Plan it will its will invest $7.6 billion over five-years in wind and solar energy, energy storage and smart meters to serve its customers, primarily in Missouri. The plan includes;
  • More than 2,000 infrastructure improvement projects across the state totaling $5.3 billion in capital investments over the next five years, including approximately $1 billion in electric investments in 2019.

  • Major renewable energy projects to continue the transition to a cleaner energy future for customers, including $1 billion for wind energy in 2020. This also includes modernizing the energy grid to allow Ameren Missouri to add more solar energy and battery storage on the system to cost-effectively boost reliability, particularly in rural areas.

  • New smart grid sensors, switches and self-healing equipment to rapidly detect and isolate outages- reducing the number of outages and speeding power restoration when service interruptions occur.

  • A stronger, more secure energy delivery backbone including installing 12,000 new utility poles for storm hardening, many fortified with composite materials to better withstand severe weather.

  • More than 400 miles of new underground cable and equipment to create a more efficient and reliable underground energy delivery system that better serves customers.

  • Over 70 new or upgraded substations to increase energy service reliability and serve more customers through a streamlined network that is more cost-effective and efficient.

  • Addition of 800,000 smart electric meters through 2023 to give customers more insight and control of their energy options and costs.

    Details of Ameren's Smart Energy Plan are HERE. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Ameren Corporation, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, www.ameren.com, Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, Twitter at @AmerenMissouri, Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

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  • Manchester Plans Stress Increased Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
    City of Manchester
    Date: 2020-03-02
    In the UK, the city of Manchester (pop. 2.8 million), in keeping with its pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2038, has issued a call to "collective action" on the climate crisis with proposals to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, primarily through increased energy efficiency.

    To that end, the city council wants to retrofit and upgrade the energy efficiency of as many of the 350 city-owned buildings, install solar and wind energy generation capacity on city owned sites and housing complexes, complete the ongoing replacements of the city's street lighting with energy efficient LED lighting, promote energy conservation, incentivize cleaner and more efficient transportation and other energy efficiency initiatives.

    Under the plan, the city council will work with and continue to fund the Manchester Climate Change Agency to establish community-wide climate change related engagement activities and to encourage businesses to improve their energy efficiency reduce their carbon footprint. (Source: City of Manchester, Manchester Evening News, Mar.,2020) Contact: Manchester Climate Change Agency, www.manchesterclimate.com

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    Manchester Plans to Halve GHG Emission by 2025 (Int'l. Report)
    City of Manchester
    Date: 2020-03-02
    In the UK, the city of Manchester (pop. 2.8 million), in keeping with its pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2038, has issued a call to "collective action" on the climate crisis with proposals to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

    To that end, the city council wants to retrofit as many of the 350 city-owned buildings with more efficient technology, install solar and wind energy generation capacity on city owned housing sites and complexes, and complete the ongoing replacements of the city's street lighting with low energy LED lighting. The city will also invest roughly £10 million to replace diesel power fleet vehicles with alternative fuel and electric vehicles. City staff will also be incentivized to use cleaner transportation and to conserve energy.

    The council also intends to plant 2,000 trees, hedge trees and four community orchards per year beginning this year. The city's existing tree coverage stores 124,330 tonnes of carbon, absorbs 4,980 tonnes and removes 84 tonnes of pollution, according to the city release.

    Under the plan, the city council will work with and continue to fund the Manchester Climate Change Agency to establish community-wide climate change related engagement activities and to encourage businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and sign up to the zero-carbon ambition. (Source: City of Manchester, Manchester Evening News, Mar.,2020) Contact: Manchester Climate Change Agency, www.manchesterclimate.com

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    Acciona Expanding Wind Capacity over Five Years (Int'l. Report)
    Acciona
    Date: 2020-03-02
    Madrid-headquartered engineering group ACCIONA Energia reports it will increase its wind energy capacity from the present 10.1 GW currently installed to 15 GW in the next five years, at a rate of 1 GW net per year.

    At the end of 2019, Acciona had a portfolio of green power generation facilities of 10,117 MW installed -- 56 pct in Spain and 44 pct in international markets -- 13 GW of renewable energy between consolidated and semi-consolidated, 835 MW under construction., according the company release. (Source: Acciona, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Acciona SA, +34 91 663 28 50, +34 91 663 28 51 - fax, www.acciona.com

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    Mexico Expected to Add 1,200 MW of Wind Capacity in 2020 (Int'l.)
    Mexican Wind Energy Association
    Date: 2020-02-28
    According to the Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE), the wind Mexican wind power sector expects to invest roughly $1.3 billion in the development of 11 projects totaling roughly 1,200 MW of wind power in 2020.

    More than 1,279 MW were developed incorporated into the installed capacity, so a total of in 2019, bring the country's total wind capacity to 6,237 MW. (Source: Mexican Wind Energy Association, PR, reve, 25 Feb., 2020)

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    Billionaire Buffett Comments on BHE Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
    Berkshire Hathaway Energy
    Date: 2020-02-26
    In his recent annual shareholders letter, Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett -- aka the "Oracle of Omaha" -- noted Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) has been able to keep rates lower than its competitors in Iowa, partially because of its ability to generate electricity from wind:

    "Of course, wind is intermittent, and our blades in Iowa turn only part of the time. In certain periods, when the air is still, we look to our non-wind generating capacity to secure the electricity we need. At opposite times, we sell the excess power that wind provides us to other utilities, which supplants their need for a carbon resource -- coal, say, or natural gas.

    "I believe their (other utility) decisions to site plants in Iowa were in part based upon BHE's ability to deliver renewable, low-cost energy." (Source: Berkshire Hathaway, 22 Feb., 2020) Contact: Berkshire Hathaway Energy, www.berkshirehathaway.com

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    Jordan Among MENA Region Leading Wind Power Producers (Int'l.)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2020-02-26
    In its annual report, the Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) ranked third after Egypt and Morocco in the MENA -- Middle East and North Africa -- region in terms of wind energy production during the year 2019.

    Jordan's total wind energy production amounted to 190 MW of the MENA countries 262 MW total wind power production capacity.

    The report notes that the MENA countries of the installed a total of 894 MW of wind energy in 2019, down 7 pct compared to 2018, during which 962 MW was installed. Total installed wind farm capacity in the MENA region is now over 6 GW. In Jordan, there are currently five operational wind power plants.(Source: Global Wind Energy Council, PR, reve, 23 Feb., 2020) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net

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    20 pct of U.S. Electricity from Wind Will Have Limited Impacts on System Efficiency and Regional Climate (Cornell Report Attached)
    Cornell University
    Date: 2020-02-24
    According to new research from Cornell University, the U.S. could increase its present wind energy energy production from 7 pct to 20 pct within a decade "without requiring additional land, negative impacts on system-wide efficiency or local climates." The Cornell research, published Jan. 17 in Nature Scientific Reports, is funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Science and is based on an extensive series of high-resolution atmospheric simulations.

    Access the 20 pct of U.S. Electricity from Wind Will Have Limited Impacts on System Efficiency and Regional Climate report HERE. (Source: Cornell University Chronicle, 22 Feb., 2020) Contact: Cornell University, Prof. Sara C Pryor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences , 607-255-3376, sp2279@cornell.edu, www.cornell.edu

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    WEC Energy Increases Stake in 750-MW Wind Portfolio (M&A)
    WEC Energy Group
    Date: 2020-02-21
    The Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group reports it will invest $118 million to up its shareholding from 80 to 90 pct in a 750-MW portfolio of midwestern wind farms developed by Invenergy LLC.

    The investment, which will be eligible for 100 pct bonus depreciation and production tax credits, is subject to regulatory approval.

    The portfolio includes the 250-MW Blooming Grove wind farm in Illinois, the 300-MW Thunderhead Wind Energy Center and the 200-MW Upstream Wind Energy Center, both in Nebraska. All of the power plants have long-term PPAs wth affiliates of investment-grade multinational corporations. (Source: WEC Energy Group, Renewables, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: WEC Energy Group, Gale Klappa, (414) 221-7345, www.wecenergygroup.com; Invenergy, Meghan Schultz, Snr VP, Finance & Capital Markets, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

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    Fraunhofer Developing Mobil Wind Turbine Test Facility (Int'l.)
    Fraunhofer Institute
    Date: 2020-02-19
    In Bremerhaven, Germany, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) reports it is developing a Mobil-Grid-CoP facility to test the compatibility of very large offshore wind turbines with the grid and verify current and future grid system services and the electrical properties of wind turbines.

    The project is receiving €12.7 million ($13.8 million) support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. (Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy , Riviera Media, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: IWFS, Prof. Jan Wenske, +49 471 14290-100, www.iwes.fraunhofer.de/en.html

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    HECO On Track to Meet 2045 100 pct Renewables Target (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2020-02-17
    In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquarteed Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports its use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal energy production due to a volcanic eruption on the Big Island and significantly lower wind energy production.

    Electric power generation byrenewable resources increased by 156,064 MWh in 2019, a 6.7 pct increase from the previous year. The company achieved a 28.4 pct consolidated renewable portfolio standard in 2019, surpassing 27 pct in 2018.

    The state is aiming for a 100 pct renewable portfolio standard by 2045, is based on the amount of renewable energy used by customers as a percentage of total utility sales. To that end, the state must reach 30 pct by the end of 2020, 40 pct by the end of 2030, and 70 pct by the end of 2040 to stay on track, according to a HECO statement from Snr. VP Jim Alberts. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Co, PR, Honolulu Star, 14 Feb., 2020) (Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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    Saceem, Ventus Enerji Partnering for Columbian Wind Projects (Int'l)
    Ventus,Saceem,
    Date: 2020-02-14
    Montevideo-based Uruguayan construction company Saceem reports it is partnering with Turkish renewable energy developer Ventus Enerjj to form Consortium Saceem Ventus to bid on wind energy and solar projects in Columbia farms in the country of Colombia.

    Saceem brings scale and financial muscle to the alliance, while Ventus has been operating in Colombia since 2017. Both companies have been active in wind energy projects in Uruguay. Ventus is presently constructing five solar farms totaling over 60 MW in Colombia. (Source: Saceem, PR, reve 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Saceem, +598 2916 0208, www.saceem.com; Ventus Enerji, Francis Raquet, Bus. Dev., (312) 284 66 32, info@ventusenerji.com.tr, www.ventusenerji.com.tr

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    Formosa I Offshore Wind Deploys Renewable Strategy Software (Int'l)
    Formosa 1,Renewable Strategy
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In Taiwan, Formosa 1 reports its 128-MW commercial-scale offshore wind farm is incorporating computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) from Kent, UK-based Renewable Strategy Ltd. The RSL Manager will monitor, analyze and manage FOWI spare part assets.

    The Formosa 1 wind energy project, Taiwan's first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, is a joint venture project of Orsted, JERA, Macquarie's Green Investment Group and Swancor Holding. Renewable Strategy Limited (RSL) is an offshore wind and wind software solutions, training and advisory firm, with emphasis on systematic solutions, data integrity, asset integrity management and operations and maintenance insights. The company's wind farm management software is used by wind farm owners, operators and asset managers to harness wind farm data turning it into a strategic asset that enables users to monitor and supervise offshore activities across multiple wind farms whilst gathering inventory information and performance statistics. (Source: Renewable Strategy Ltd., PR reve, 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: Renewable Strategy Ltd., Natalie Dencker, Co-Founder, +44 20 3290 6335, www.renewablestrategy.com

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    CanWEA, CanSIA Announce July 1st Amalgamation (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Wind Energy Association,Canadian Solar Industries Association
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In November 2019, the members of both the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) voted to approve the amalgamation of the two organizations, effictive July 1, 2020.

    The new group's first Annual General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the inaugural Electricity Transformation Canada meeting this November in Toronto. (Source: CanWEA, CanSIA, Electrical Business, 9 Feb., 2020) Contact: Canadian Wind Energy Association, Robert Hornung, President, (613) 915-4857, www.canwea.ca; CanSIA, 866-522-6742, www.cansia.ca

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    Americas 2019 Wind Installations Hit 13.4GW (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2020-02-07
    The Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is reporting North, Central and South America and the Caribbean installed 13,427MW capacity of onshore wind power in 2019, an increase of 12 pct on the previous year which saw 11,892MW installed.

    In North America (Canada and USA), new capacity additions grew by nearly 18 pct compared to 2018. In Central and South America and the Caribbean, new capacity additions decreased by 5 pct compared to 2018. Overall, this means that the region has tripled its wind power installations since 2010, Other GWEC findings include:

  • Leading countries in the region for 2019 include: US (9,143W), Mexico (1,284MW), Argentina (931 MW), and Brazil (745MW)

  • The US installed its third largest volume of onshore wind in 2019 at 9GW, just behind its previous records of 10GW in 2009 and 13GW in 2012, reaching a total of over 105 GW.

  • The offshore market in the US is progressing, with first large-scale installations expected in 2022-2023 and more than 10GW expected to be built by 2026. Brazil is also looking to tap into the offshore market, and has the potential to deploy as much as 700GW of offshore wind, according to a roadmap for offshore wind released by the country’s Energy Research Office (EPE) in January 2020.

    The member-based GWEC represents over 1,500 wind energy sector companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. (Source: GWEC, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: GWEC,Ben Blackwell, CEO, Alyssa Pek, +32 490 56 81, 39alyssa.pek@gwec.net, www.gwec.net

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  • Cubico Acquires 50MW Spanish Concentrated Solar Plant (Int'l., M&A)
    Cubico
    Date: 2020-02-07
    The UK-based renewables investment firm Cubico Sustainable Investments is reporting the acquisition of the 50-MW Arenales Solar PS, S.L. in Seville from the Paneuropean Infrastructure Fund.

    The Arenales project came online in 2008 and is designed to generate 148 GWh of electricity annually through a solar field of parabolic trough collectors. The project was constructed by OHL Industrial.

    With this acquisition, Cubico holds eight assets totaling 279 MW in Spain and Portugal, including photovoltaic, solar thermal and wind energy technologies. (Source: Cubico Sustainable Investments, PR, reve, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Cubico Sustainable Investments , Ricardo Diaz, contact@cubicoinvest.com, +44 (0)20 3805 3900, www.cubicoinvest.com

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