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World's Solar, Wind Generated Power Stands at 10 pct (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-08-17
According to London, UK-headquartered independent climate and "coal to clean energy" think tank EMBER's recently released Global Electricity Review 2020, power generation from wind turbines and solar panels generated 10 pct of the world's electricity in the first half of this year as coal-powered generation declined to the lowest half-year level since at least 1990.

During the same period, coal-fired generation dropped by 8.3 pct but still accounted for 33 pct of global production -- too high to meet global climate change targets of keeping global temperatures from increasing by more than 2.7 F which, the report claims, needs coal power generation to fall by 13 pct per year for a decade, according to the report.

The EMBER -- fka "Sandbag" -- report collected data from 48 countries which make up 83 pct of global electricity production. Download the Global Electricity Review 2020 report HERE. (Source: Ember, Aug., 2020) Contact: Ember, (+44) 020 8144 8663,

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

Vietnam-Thai Wind Project Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
Vietnam Wind
Date: 2020-08-17
In Vietnam, a joint venture between the Truong Thanh Vietnam Group and the Thai-based Sermsang Power Corporation Public Company Limited is reporting construction of the V1-2 joint wind power project is underway in Vietnam's Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.

The 12-turbine project is expected to generate 162.97 million kWh per year of electricity and come in at roughly $96 million (US). (Source: Sermsang Power Corporation, PR, reve, 14 Aug., 2020) Contact: Sermsang Power Corporation PLC.; Truong Thanh Vietnam Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  Wind,  

MASDAR, EDF Partner on U.S. Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
Masdar,EDF Renewables
Date: 2020-08-17
MASDAR is reporting its second strategic investment in the U.S. in a deal with EDF Renewables North America that will see it acquire a 50 pct stake in a 1.6-GW portfolio of three utility-scale wind farms totaling 815 MW and five photovoltaic (PV) solar projects totaling 689 MW including 75 MW of lithium-ion battery energy storage. All of the portfolio projects are under construction and expected to come online before the year end.

The portfolio includes the 243 MW Coyote wind project in Scurry County, Texas; the 273 MW Las Majadas wind project in Willacy County, Texas; and the 300 MW Milligan 1 wind project in Saline County, Nebraska. In Riverside County, California, the Desert Harvest 1 and Desert Harvest 2 PV projects total 213 MW of solar and 35 MW / 140 MWh of battery storage. Also in Riverside County are the 173 MW Maverick 1 and 136 MW Maverick 4 solar PV projects. These four projects are also under construction and slated for commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2020. The final project in the portfolio is Big Beau, a 166 MW solar PV and 40 MW/160 MWh battery energy storage projectin Kern County and will reach commercial operation in 2021. (Source: MASDAR, EDF, Construction Business News, 16 Aug., 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Tristan Grimbert, Pres., CEO,; MASDAR, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mardar,  EDF Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  

Vestas Claims V150-4.2 MW German Wind Project Order (Int’l.)
Date: 2020-08-17
Vestas is reporting receipt of its second and final order for the 34 MW Dreieck Spreeau wind project in Brandenburg, eastern Germany.

The final order includes supply, installation and commissioning of eight V150-4.2 MW turbines as well as a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement and a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution to optimize energy output.

Deliveries are expected to begin in Q4, 2021, for commissioning in Q1 the following year. (Source: Vestas, PR, Renewable Energy, 17 Aug., 2020)

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

SIGECO Issues Wind, Solar & Solar + Storage RfP (Ind. Report)
Vectren,CenterPoint Energy
Date: 2020-08-14
Vectren's CenterPoint Energy reports Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Co (SIGECO) is issuing an RfP for 700 to 1,000 MW of solar and solar + storage as well as 300 MW of wind resources to replace 730 MW of coal-fired generation slated to be scuttled in 2024.

The last date for submission of proposals in response to the RfP is September 23, 2020, and the initial review will begin on the same date. The shortlisted candidates will be revealed on November 5, 2020. Only resources capable of firm deliverability to MISO Local Resource Zone 6 will be considered.

RFP details are HERE. (Source: Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Co./, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Co., Vectren,; Center Point Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CenterPoint Energy,  Vectren,  Wind,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  

Gulf of Suez Wind Farm Confirms $50Mn EBRD Loan (Int'l. Report)
Red Sea Wind Energy
Date: 2020-08-14
In Cairo, Red Sea Wind Energy S.A.E. is confirming a $50 million (US) loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the construction, commissioning, and operation of the proposed 500 MW Gulf of Suez II wind farm in Gulf of Suez, Egypt. The 173 wind turbine project is expected to break ground in Q4, this year.

Red Sea Wind Energy S.A.E is a joint venture company created this year by French energy giant ENGIE, and Japan-based Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation, along with Egypt's Orascom Construction which will oversee the construction, commissioning and operation of the wind farm. (Source: Red Sea Wind Energy, Construction Review, Aug., 2020) Contact: Red Sea Wind Energy S.A.E., +20 12 00 00 28 76,; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Egypt Wind,  EBRD,  

COVID-19 Stalled Cassadaga Wind Farm Back on Track (Ind. Report)
RWE Renewables
Date: 2020-08-14
In the Empire State, following a 14-day COVID-19 related shutdown, construction work has resumed on RWE Renewables' 125.5 MW Cassadaga Wind Farm in the towns of Arkwright, Charlotte and Cherry Creek, New York.

When fully operational, the 37 turbine facility will generate sufficient power for more than 51,000 homes. (Source: Post-Journal, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: RWE Renewables, www.americas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Wind,  

England's Green Homes Energy Efficiency Grants Soon Available (Int'l)
UK Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-08-14
In London, the UK government is touting its £2 billion ($2.6 billion) Green Homes Program through which homeowners in England can claim up to £5,000 worth of vouchers -- or £10,000 for the poorest households -- for energy-saving renovations. The program is expected to be available in England, but not the rest of the UK, this September.

Homes with existing insulation or low-carbon heating can apply for funding for "secondary measures" such as draught proofing, double or triple-glazing for windows, energy-efficient doors to replace those installed before 2002, and various heating controls. The vouchers will cover roughly two-thirds of the overall cost for most homeowners, but possibly the entire cost for the lowest-income households.

About half of England's homeowners are already planning to apply, while the real figure could end up being about three quarters, according to the release. (Source: UK Green Homes Program, Yahoo Finance UK, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: UK Green Homes Program,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  UK Energy Efficiency,  

Vestas Adds to Vietnam Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-08-14
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports it will supply an additional 50 MW of turbines for the second phase of the Hoa Binh 1 wind farm in Hoa Binh, a district of Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam. The contract includes a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement along with the supply and supervision of the installation of 13 V150 -- 4.2 MW turbines, ten of which will be delivered in 3.8 MW and three in 4.0 MW operating mode.

Download Hoa Binh1 project details HERE. (Source: Vestas, PR, 4COffshore, 12Aug., 2020)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,,

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

Vineyard Wind Agrees to $34.4 Mn Mitigation Payment (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2020-08-14
On Nantucket, Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind reports it has agreed to pay the town of Madaket $34.4 million over the next 45 years as financial mitigation for a proposed 84-turbine offshore wind farm 14 miles southwest of the town. Area preservationists, fishermen and environmentalists see the wind farm as "potentially environmentally and visually devastating."

Vineyard Wind has also agreed to move the first row of turbines back on its 250-square-mile, 800-MW project site, paint the turbines a non-reflective gray color and install an aircraft detection lighting system (ADLS) that only activates when planes are overhead to address the concerns. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Inquirer & Mirror, 12 Aug., 2020)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964,

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

Apex Offloading Texas White Mesa Wind Project (M&A, Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2020-08-14
Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy is reporting the sale of its White Mesa Wind project in Crockett County, Texas, to an unnamed purchaser. The deal includes several power purchase agreements that Apex negotiated with corporate customers, according to a release.

When fully operational in 2021 the 500 MW White Mesa project will reportedly be the third-largest single-phase, single-site wind farm in the United States. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Website, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: Apex Clean Energy,

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

JetBlue Airline Claims Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-08-14
Following up on our 1st Jan. coverage, U,S, air carrier JetBlue is reporting it is the first U.S. airline to achieve carbon neutrality for its domestic flights.

As previously reported, JetBlue committed to off-setting global warming by investing in sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) from Neste, better advancements in engineering and partnerships with Foundation, South Pole and EcoAct to help offset carbon dioxide emissions. To date, the airline has offset 2.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide with and hopes to offset 15-17 billion pounds each year -- equivalent to removing 1.5 million cars from the road.

JetBlue will also partner with various renewable resource companies and foundations that specialize in solar and wind energy, forestry conservation and Landfill Gas Capture projects. (Source: JetBlue, PR, Travel Pulse, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: JetBlue, David Barger, President, CEO, (718) 286-7900,; ; Neste, +358 10 458 4128,; CarbonFund,

More Low-Carbon Energy News JetBlue,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  CarbonFund ,  

RIIB Finances $1.3Mn LED Streetlight Project (Ind. Report)
Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
Date: 2020-08-14
In Providence, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB) reports it provided $1.3 million in financing to the city of Pawtucket for the conversion of approximately 6,000 streetlights to LED lights for an expected energy costs savings. In 2017 the city borrowed $3.9 million trough RIIB for energy efficiency improvements in municipal buildings.

Of the $1.3 million, $1 million is for streetlight conversions through the Efficient Building Fund (EBF), and $350,000 is a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan for a storm water mitigation project adjacent to the future Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station.

The Efficient Buildings Fund provides below-market interest rate loans to municipalities, school districts and quasi-state entities to invest in clean energy projects. Since 2016, the Efficient Buildings Fund has reduced energy, maintenance and debt-service costs for municipalities by approximately $66 million through investments in onshore wind, solar, LED lighting and highly efficient heating and cooling improvements. These projects are estimated to reduce emissions equivalent to the annual carbon footprint of 3,400 American homes. Overall, the Bank's Efficient Buildings Fund has provided $33 million in loans to thirteen borrowers across the state. (Source: Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank , (401) 453-4430, www,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetlight news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

Egypt Scraps 200MW Solar Tender (Int'l. Report)
Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company
Date: 2020-08-12
In Cairo, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) reports the cancellation of its 200 MW tender to establish a solar photovoltaic power plant in the West Nile area due to the country achieving surplus electricity amid lower demand, and other projects already in progress.

By 2022, the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity aims to produce 20 pct of the country's energy from renewable sources by 2022 increasing to 42 pct by 2035. The total installed capacity of renewable energy will be 5.5GW -- 2.8GW from hydroelectric, 2.7GW from wind and solar plants, and 1.4GW from the Benban Solar Complex. (Source: Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, Energy Egypt Newsletter, ESI, 11 Aug., 2020) Contact: Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Egypt Solar,  

NovaWind's Marchenkovskaya Wind Farm Work Underway (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-08-12
Moscow-based NovaWind JSC reports construction is underway on its 120-MW Marchenkovskaya wind farm in Southern Russia's the Rostov region.

The facility will incorporate 48 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.5 MW each. The project cost is in the 16 billion rubles ($220.8 million) range. (Source: NovaWind, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 11 Aug., 2020) Contact: NovaWind, +7 (495) 286-52-00,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NovaWind,  Wind,  Sussia Wind,  

MHI Vestas Cuts Danish Plant Work Force Again (Int'l. Report)
MHI Vestas
Date: 2020-08-12
Citing delays in its offshore wind projects pipeline and a "pause in production capacity growth", MHI Vestas has announced it will cut 148 jobs from its factories in Denmark, beginning September 2020.

The present cuts are in addition to the previously reported elimination of 46 staff in January, this year. (Source: MHI Vestas, PR,, 11 Aug., 2020) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Wind,  

Pakistan Pushes Renewables As Coal-Fired Power Rises (Int'l.)
Pakistan Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-08-10
In Islamabad, the Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board has announced plans to boost the share of its electric power from from today's 4 pct to 20 pct by 2025 and up to 30 pct by 2030. The increase is expected to come primarily from wind and solar power along with increased hydro-power and geothermal, tidal, wave and biomass energy.

New investment in renewable energy is expected to come from private investors, with potential suppliers bidding in annual auctions and low-tariff proposals.

To the detriment of the planned push to renewables, One big potential roadblock to scaling renewables is the focus of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridoe (CPEC) project to construct new coal-fired power plants, seven of which are slated for completion in Pakistan by by 2024. (Source: Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, MENAFN, Gulf Times, Aug., 2020) Contact: Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, Aqeel Hussain Jafry, Director, Nadeem Babar, Energy Reform Task Force Leader,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pakistan Renewable Energy,  Coal,  Renewables,  

Offshore Wind Notable Quote from GWEC
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2020-08-10
"As the (offshore wind) market continues to grow, industry innovations such as floating offshore wind power, larger and more efficient turbines, as well as solutions Power-to-X will continue to open new doors and markets for the sector and place the marine industry in an increasingly important position to drive the global energy transition." -- Feng Zhao, Strategy Director, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Aug., 2020

The world market for offshore wind farm energy has jumped by 24 pct every year since 2013. 29.1 GW are generated in the world and the forecast is that in 2030 we will achieve 234 GW offshore wind turbines, according to the GWEC.

GWEC anticipates that by 2030 more than 205 GW of offshore wind power capacity will be added globally, including at least 6.2 GW of floating offshore wind turbines, according to the GWEC World Report. (Source: GWEC, PR, 9 Aug., 2020) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GWEC,  Offshore Wind,  

Ireland On Target to Meet 2020 Wind Energy Target (Int'l. Report)
Ireland Wind
Date: 2020-08-10
New data from the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) show that Ireland is on track to meet its 2020 wind energy target of sourcing 40 pct of the country's electricity from renewables.

Wind generated 28.5 pct of Ireland's electricity in April, May and June for a first half of this year total of 36.8 pct. (Source: IWEA, 9 Aug., 2020) Contact: IWEA, Dr. David Connolly , CEO, +353 45 899341,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Ireland Wind,  

Ingeteam Claims 50GW Installed Wind Energy Capacity (Ins. Report)
Date: 2020-08-10
Milwaukee-based Ingeteam, an international technology group specialized in electrical energy conversion, reports it has commissioned 50 GW of wind energy conversion equipment with wind turbines since 1995, thanks to strong sales of wind energy converters and wind control cabinets.

Ingeteam was the first manufacturer to launch DFIG converters on the market. 25 years later, this technology remains the gold standard in the industry, according to the company release. (Source: Ingeteam, PR, reve, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: Ingeteam Inc., (855) 821-7190,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ingeteam,  Wind,  

Pryor Mountain Wind Turbine Installations Underway (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-08-10
Mortenson Construction is reporting turbine erection work at PacifiCorp's 240 MW Pryor Mountain Wind Project near Bridger, Montana, is underway. The project will consist of four GE turbines and 110 Vestas turbines totaling 240 MW of clean, renewable energy.

Mortenson's scope of work includes public road improvements, access roads to each turbine site, foundations, underground collection, substation, operations and maintenance building and met towers. When fully online, the project will generate sufficient energy for 76,000 Bridger area homes. (Source: Mortenson, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: PacifiCorp,; Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energy Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PacifiCorp,  Wind,  Mortenson,  

Adrian Inks City Energy Efficiency Upgrades Agreement (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2020-08-10
In Michigan, the Adrian City (pop, 20,200) Commission reports approval of a $13 million energy efficiency improvements purchase agreement with Johnson Controls.

The agreement includes replacement of the city's 119 downtown street lights with LED fixtures and new poles where needed. The new lighting is expected to save the city more than $14 million over 20 years as guaranteed by Johnson Controls. The agreement also includes numerous interior and exterior lighting upgrades, "enveloping" for selected city buildings, window insulation, new and/or upgraded HVAC systems, new water meters and others.

Johnson Controls will complete the work over 16 months. (Source: City of Adrian, Daily Telegram, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: City of Adrian, Greg Elliott, City Manager, (517) 263-2161 ,; Johnson Controls, (855) 324-3650,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  

UMaine Joins $147Mn Floating Offshore Wind Effort (Ind. Report)
University of Maine, Aqua Ventus
Date: 2020-08-07
The University of Maine (UMaine) reports it will collaborate with New England Aqua Ventus LLC, which includes Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp., and RWE Renewables , that are investing $100 million in a project aimed at showing the feasibility of a full-scale, floating wind turbine in deep water. The $100 million investment is in addition to $47 million in grants already awarded by the U.S. DOE.

Using a floating concrete hull designed to last 100 years the project will support a 10- to 12-MW wind turbine 2 miles south of Monhegan Island and 14 miles from the Maine coast. Three mooring lines will anchor the hull in 300 feet of water.

UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center will continue with design and engineering, research and development and post-construction monitoring. So far, the VolturnUS technology has been issued 43 patents and is being licensed by UMaine to New England Aqua Ventus for this project. Aqua Ventus will own and manage permitting, construction, assembly, deployment and ongoing operations. Following extensive permitting, deployment is expected by 2023. (Source: University of Maine, Kennebec Sentinel, 5 Aug., 2020) Contact: Maine Aqua Ventus, Meghan Collins, (207) 581-2117,; University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Dr. Habib Dagher, Exec. Dir., 207-581-2123,

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Maine,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Aqua Ventus ,  

Vestas to Service Siemens Turbines in Philippines (Int'l. Report)
Vestas,Vena Energy
Date: 2020-08-07
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting a 5-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement with Manila-based Vena Energy Philippines to service Vena Energy's 27 Gamesa G90-2.0 MW turbines from Siemens at Vena's 54-MW Pililla Wind Project in Philippines. The agreement is Vestas' first full scope multi-brand service deal in the Philippines.

Vestas currently services more than 8 GW of non-Vestas turbines, comprising a number of major wind turbine brands. (Source: Vestas, ScandAsia, 6 Aug., 2020) Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,,; Vena Energy, Samrinder Nehria, +63 2 8683 4444,

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

Aker Solutions Plans Offshore Wind, CC Units Spinoff (Int'l. Report)
Aker Solutions
Date: 2020-08-07
Norwegian offshore engineering and construction firms Aker Solutions ASA is reporting it will spin off and list its offshore wind and carbon capture (CC) divisions.

Aker Offshore Wind Holding AS and Aker Carbon Capture AS will secure funds for their future operations in private placements and list on the Oslo Stock Exchange's Merkur Market. In the offshore wind industry, Aker is involved in projects in California, South Korea and Norway, and has plans to bid in the upcoming ScotWind lease round. In addition, the company is closely monitoring markets like Japan, Vietnam, France and Italy.

Download Aker's offshore wind business details HERE. (Source: Aker Solutions, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Aker Solutions, Aker Offshore Wind, Astrid Onsum, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Solutions ,  CCS,  Offshore Wind,  

Iberdrola Takes Control of Infigen (Ind. Report, M&A)
Iberdrola, Infigen
Date: 2020-08-07
Iberdrola reports it has raised its stake to 52.75 pct and taken control of Sydney, NSW, Australia-based Infigen Energy.

Infigen's onshore wind generation facilities total 670 MW, 268 MW of conventional generation assets and backup energy storage, 246 MW of acquired third-party renewable generation capacity as well as a portfolio of projects at different stages of development for a total capacity greater than 1 gigawatt (GW). (Source: Iberdrola. PR, reve, Contact: Iberdrola,; InfigenEnergy, Ross Rolfe, CEO, +61 2 8031 9901,,

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

China Powering Global Offshore Wind Energy Growth (Int'l Report)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2020-08-07
According a new industry report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the world's offshore wind farm capacity could grow to 234GW by 2030 powered by a clean energy surge led by China where 2.4 GW of offshore wind power capacity came on stream in 2019.

The report also noted 75 pct of the world's offshore wind farms are in European waters but by the end of the decade China is expected to host more than a fifth of the world's offshore wind turbines, equating to 52GW.

The report notes the offshore wind industry could create 900,000 jobs globally over the next decade and that every 1GW of offshore wind helped to avoid 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere . (Source: GWEC, PR, reve, 6 Aug., 2020) Contact: GWEC, Ben Blackwell, CEO, Alyssa Pek, +32 490 56 81 39,,

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

Westkuste 100 Renewable Hydrogen Project Confirms Funding (Int'l.)
Green Hydrogen
Date: 2020-08-05
The ten partners of the WESTKUSTE 100 project are reporting confirmation of €30 million in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy for the first industrial-scale renewable hydrogen project in Germany within a "real-world laboratory" framework. The project has a total budget of €89 million.

With the grant approval, the Westkuste 100 project can now enter its first phase -- a newly founded "H2 Westkuste GmbH" joint venture consisting of EDF Germany, Orsted and the Heide refinery, to construct a 30-MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen from offshore wind energy and to provide information on the operation, maintenance, control and grid services of the plant. (Source: Orsted, PR, reve, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Executive VP and CEO, Orsted Offshore, +45 99 55 97 22,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  Orsted,  

Voltalia's Brazilian Wind Farm Work Underway (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-08-05
The Paris-headquartered international renewable energy electric company Voltalia is reporting work on its 59-MW is underway and expected to start commercial power generation in the first half of 2021.

The wind farm will incorporate Nordex, 3.46 MW turbines that will be assembled in Brazil. (Source: Voltalia, PR, reve, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: Voltalia, +33 1 81 70 37 00,,

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

Banpu Acquires Vietnam Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l.)
Banpu Public Co
Date: 2020-08-05
Banpu Public Co Ltd, a leading integrated energy solutions company in Asia-Pacific, is reporting it will acquire the 37.6-MW El Wind Mui Dinh Wind Farm in Vietnam for $66 million (US), subject to adjustments. Banpu notes it has secured a feed-in-tariff of $0.085/kWh for a period of 20 years in a power purchase agreement with Vietnam Electricity.

The El Wind Mui Dinh Wind Farm began commercial operation in April, 2019, with 16 Enercon 2.35-MW wind turbines. Banpu has a 20-year full-comprehensive maintenance services agreement with Enercon GmbH. (Source: Banpu Public Co Ltd., Nation Thailand, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: Banpu Public Co Ltd., Somruedee Chaimongkol, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  Enercon,  

CMS Energy Takes Majority Stake Texas Wind Farm (M&A, Ind. Report)
CMS Energy
Date: 2020-08-05
Jackson, Michigan-based CMS Energy utility reports it has taken a majority stake in Aviator Wind, a 525-mw wind energy project in Coke, County, Texas slated to begin operations this fall. Aviator Wind will be operated by CMS Enterprises, a subsidiary of CMS Energy that develops, owns and operates utility-scale renewable energy facilities, including wind and solar.

CMS Enterprises is focused on U.S.-based utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage projects it can develop, own and operate for large customers, including electric cooperatives and municipalities. Most recently, CMS Enterprises started operating Northwest Ohio Wind, a 105-megawatt project that generates clean energy committed to General Motors. With the Aviator Wind acquisition, CMS Enterprises now owns and operates 11 independent power plants and more than 1,800 MW of generation nationwide, according to the CMS website. (Source: CMS Energy, Website News Release, 30 July, 2020) Contact: CMS Energy,; CMS Enterprises,

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

BlackRock Considering Dutch Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-08-05
In the Netherlands, Financieele Dagblad (FD) is reporting BlackRock, the world's biggest asset manager , is considering investing in a €1 billion ($1.173 billion) wind farm off the Zeeland coast of the Netherlands. FD offered no details of BlackRock's possible investment.

BlackRockhas already invested $6 billion in sustainable energy projects. (Source: FD, DutchNews,nl, 4 Aug., 2020)Contact: BlackRock,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BlackRock,  Offshore Wind,  

Australia Hosts World's Largest BESS (Editorials & Asides)
Hornsdale Wind Farm
Date: 2020-08-03
The world's largest operating battery storage system (BESS) is the Hornsdale Power Reserve at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia. The installation, which was commissioned in late 2017, uses Tesla lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 150-megawatt/193.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: Hornsadel Power Reserve, Website, 2020) Contact: Hornsdale Power Reserve,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hornsdale Wind Farm news,  Wind news,  Energy Storage news,  

Biden Camaign Supports Renewables (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2020-08-03
The 2020 US Democratic presidential presumptive candidate Joe Biden's campaign has released his climate change and clean energy position with the following the following specifics:

Wind and solar energy will be increased dramatically through the installation of 500 million solar panels and 60,000 made-in-America wind turbines.

Any clean energy infrastructure financed with federal support "through the tax code" should include robust wage and labor requirements.

Editor's Note: To ensure unbiased and equal coverage to all candidates , this publication will provide detailed coverage of the incumbent Republican Donald Trump's position on clean energy and climate change if and when his position paper is released.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

Aussie Wind Farm Hosts World's Largest BESS (Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2020-08-03
The world's largest operating battery storage system (BESS) is the Hornsdale Power Reserve at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia.

The installation, which was commissioned in late 2017, uses Tesla lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 150-megawatt/193.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: Hornsadel Power Reserve; Website, 2020) Contact: Hornsdale Power Reserve,

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

Chevron Planning Aussie Wind, Solar Projects (Int'l. Report)
Chevron, Algonquin
Date: 2020-08-03
US oil giant Chevron is reporting an agreement with Oakville, Ontario-headquartered Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. to construct 500 MW of wind and solar installations on Chevron-owned land and Chevron will purchase the power to help power its facilities in Western Australia, Argentina, Kazakhstan as well as in Texas and New Mexico in the US.

Algonquin, the parent company of Liberty Utilities and Liberty Power, has a portfolio of long-term contracted wind, solar and hydroelectric generating facilities totaling more than 2GW. (Source: Chevron, ReNew Economy, Aug., 2020) Contact: Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. , Arun Banskota, CEO, 905-465-4500,; Chevron,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Wind,  Solar,  Algonquin,  

Australia's Warradrage Wind Farm Turbines Installed (Int'l. Report)
Vestas, Bright Energy Investment
Date: 2020-08-03
In the Land Down Under, Vestas is reporting the last of 51, V123 wind turbines has been installed at the Warradarge wind farm north of Perth in Western Australia.

The Warradarge project is owned by Bright Energy Investments, a JV combining state-owned retailer Synergy, Dutch Infrastructure Fund and Australian super fund CBus. (Source: Vestas, LinkedIn, 2 Aug., 2020) Contact: Bright Energy Investments,

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China's Renewable Energy Capacity Rapidly Rising (Int'l. Report)
China National Energy Administration
Date: 2020-08-03
In Beijing, China's National Energy Administration is reporting the country saw a robust growth in renewable energy capacity in the first half of 2020.

The Photovoltaic (PV) power generation increased 20 pct year on year to 127.8 billion kWh, while wind power rose 10.9 pct over the same period to 237.9 billion kWh in 2020. During this period, new PV installations amounted to 11.52 million kilowatts and new wind power installations totaled 6.32 million kilowatts.

By the end of 2020, renewable energy is projected to supply 1.9 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity -- 27 pct of China's total power production. (Source: China National Energy Administration, Xinhua, 2 Aug., 2020) Contact: China National Energy Administration ,

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Latvia, Estonia Plan Gulf of Riga Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)

Date: 2020-08-03
In Riga, the Latvian and Estonian economics and energy ministries have announced plans to raise funding from the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to cover the costs of project research and site selection for a proposed joint venture wind farm project in the Gulf of Riga.

Although details have not been announced, the proposed project is projected to be in the 700-1,000 MW range and, if constructed, to come online by 2030. (Source: Baltic Times, 2 Aug., 2020)

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Nordex Delivers Turbines for UKA German Project (Int'l. Report)
Nordex, UKA
Date: 2020-07-31
Nordex reports the delivery of three N149/4.0-4.5 turbines for Meissen, Germany-based wind developer UKA Group's 13.5MW Leeskow 2 and 4 wind project in Lower Lusatia in Brandenburg.

The project is part of a 300MW, 2020 framework agreement covering different turbines from the Delta4000 series, in addition to the N149/4.0-4.5, in particular the 5MW turbines N149/5.X and N163/5.X. (Source: Nordex, PR, Website, renews, 30 July, 2020) Contact: UKA Group, +49 35 21 7 28 06-0, +49 35 21 7 28 06-410 -- fax, US Office (561) 264 – 8670,,; Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101,,

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World's Largest "Green" Hydrogen Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
Green Hydrogen
Date: 2020-07-31
The world's largest green hydrogen project has formally kicked off in Denmark. The project is being led by Copenhagen Airport; shipping giant A.P.Moller-Maersk; transport and logistics company DSV Panalpina; shipping and logistics firm DFDS; airline SAS and Danish energy company Orsted, the City of Copenhagen with technical and management support from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Denmark-based international engineering, environmental science and economics consultants COWI.

The project will establish a 1.3 GW electrolysis facility in the Greater Copenhagen area capable of generating hydrogen from water in a process that will be powered entirely with offshore wind power. The 'green' hydrogen generated by the project can be used as fuel for heavy road vehicles and/or converted into e-methanol for maritime shipping and e-kerosene for aviation fuel.

At full capacity, the new Danish facility could reportedly reduce carbon emissions from transport by 850,000 tonnes, charting the course for green agenda leading European countries to meet the 2050 net zero emissions target. The facility is expected to open in 2023 with a 10-MW electrolysis capacity. (Source: EU, , 30 July, 2020)

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Middle East's Largest Wind Project Construction Progresses (Int'l.)
EDF Renewables, MASDAR
Date: 2020-07-31
In Saudi Arabia, the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal utility-scale wind farm being developed by EDF Renewables in partnership with Masdar is reporting receipt of 20 Vestas turbines, towers, blades and nacelles to be assembled at the Dumat Al Jandal site 900 km north of Riyadh.

Vestas will supply a total 99 Vestas V150-4.2MW turbines and is responsible for the project's engineering, procurement and construction under an (EPC) contract.

Dumat Al Jandal will be Saudi Arabia's first wind farm and the largest in the Middle East when completed and commissioned in Q1, 2022 when it will generate sufficient power for as many as 70,000 Saudi households while displacing around 988,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: MASDAR, July, 2020) Contact: MASDAR, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333,; EDF Renewables,

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MHI, CIP Reporting Japan Offshore Wind JV (Int'l. Report)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2020-07-31
Tokyo-headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) are reporting a 50/50 a joint venture to develop offshore wind projects off the coast of Hokkaido, in Japan.

MHI has established a presence within offshore wind via the joint venture MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, which is expanding into the Asian Pacific.

CIP is a global fund management company within renewable infrastructure investments established in 2012, having seven funds with approximately €10bn under management, investing in offshore wind, onshore wind, power transmission, biomass, energy-from-waste and solar projects. CIP entered the Japanese renewable energy market in 2018. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, renews, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51,,; MHI ,; MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00,,

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Envision Commissions 90 MW Yucatan Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
Envision Group,Vive Energia
Date: 2020-07-31
Envision Group is reporting commissioning of the 90-MW, 300 GWh per year Peninsula Wind Farm project in Yucatan, Mexico. The project incorporates 36 Envision 2.5 MW onshore wind turbines and is Vive Energia's second and largest t project in Mexico.

The project is jointly owned and developed by Envision Energy, Mexican developer Vive Energia, and Spanish conglomerate ACS, and has two Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in place. (Source: Envision Group, PR 30 July, 2020) Contact: Envision Energy, Rafael Valdez Mingramm, Managing Director Latin America,; Vive Energia, +52 55 2167 3120,

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Biden Takes a Stand on Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2020-07-31
The 2020 US Democratic presidential presumptive candidate Joe Biden's campaign has released the following position on clean energy and climate change:

  • Democrats commit to eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035.

  • Wind and solar energy will be increased dramatically through the installation of 500 million solar panels and 60,000 made-in-America wind turbines.

  • Any clean energy infrastructure financed with federal support "through the tax code" should include robust wage and labor requirements.

  • Fossil fuel subsidies will be repealed.

  • California's primacy in Clean Air Act regulation of cars and trucks will be recognized and protected.

  • Oil and gas methane pollution will be reduced by the application of "robust" federal standards and targeted support for repairing and replacing aging distribution systems.

  • By 2030, all new buildings will achieve the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Within five years, the Democrats will "incentivize" tens of billions of dollars in private-sector investments to retrofit the energy efficiency of four million buildings.

  • The country's entire fleet of school buses will transition to zero-emission buses to reduce harmful air pollution within five years.

  • The US will rejoin the the Paris Climate Agreement. A new Executive Order should be issued on climate and environmental Justice. There will be a strong emphasis on building environmental justice governmental institutions and practices. An environmental justice fund will be created to make "historic investments" in low-income communities, and remediating Superfund and other contaminated sites will address other issues afflicting these communities. Democrats will employ screening and mapping tools to ensure racial and socio-economic equity in federal climate, energy and infrastructure programs.

  • Fossil fuel companies will be held accountable for cleaning up abandoned mine lands ,oil and gas wells and industrial facilities so they can be safely "repurposed," especially in the coal country.

  • Innovative technologies will be advanced that create cost-effective pathways for industries to decarbonize, including carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and "advanced nuclear" that eliminates risks associated with conventional nuclear technology.

  • America's natural carbon sinks on public lands will be increased by ensuring 30 percent of our lands and waters are conserved by 2030.

  • A new "climate test" will be applied to ensure that all major domestic and international infrastructure projects that require federal approval will avoid or minimize climate impacts, including impacts from export terminals.

  • The Federal Government should be reorganized by transforming the CEQ into a Council on Climate Change; establish a new office of Environmental Justice within the Department of Justice; create an Office of Climate Mobilization in the White House; establish a White House Council on frontline Environmental Justice where community and national leaders would inform the design and execution of climate change laws, policies and programs.

    Editor's Note: To ensure unbiased and equal coverage to all candidates , this publication will provide detailed coverage of the incumbent Republican Donald Trump's position on clean energy and climate change if and when his position paper is released.

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  • UK's East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm Completed (Int'l. Report)
    Scottish Power Renewables
    Date: 2020-07-29
    In the UK, Iberdrola-owned Scottish Power Renewables is reporting completion of the £2.5 billion ($3.219 billion), 714 MW, East Anglia One offshore wind farm roughly 20 miles of the Suffolk coast.

    East Anglia One, with 102 turbines, is a joint venture between Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power Renewables and Edinburgh-based Green Investment Group (GIG), owned by the Australian investment bank Macquarie. When fully operational the facility will generate sufficient energy for 630,000 homes or more. (Source: Scottish Power Renewables, Website, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Green Investment Group, +44 (0) 330 123 2167,; Scottish Power Renewables, +44 0 141 614 0000,

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    WEC Energy Taking 85 pct Stake in S.D. Wind Farm (M&A, Ind. Report)
    WEC Energy,Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Milwaukee-headquartered WEC Energy Group reports it will pay $235 million for an 85 pct ownership interest in Tatanka Ridge Wind Farm, under construction in Deuel County, South Dakota.

    The Tatanka Ridge project is being developed by Avangrid Renewables, LLC, and will incorporate 56 wind turbines totaling 155 MW capacity. The project is expected to come online early in 2021 and has a long-term PPA for 100 pct of its energy output. WEC Energy Group investment is expected to be eligible for 100 pct bonus depreciation, The deal is subject to regulatory approvals.

    WEC Energy Group principal utilities include: We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Michigan Gas Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources and Upper Michigan Energy Resources. Another major subsidiary, We Power, designs, builds and owns electric generating plants. In addition, WEC Infrastructure LLC owns a growing fleet of renewable generation facilities in the U.S. Midwest. (Source: WEC Energy Group, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: WEC Energy Group, 414-221-2345,; Avangrid Renewables,

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    WindFloat Atlantic Operating at Full Capacity (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas Offshore ,Principle Power
    Date: 2020-07-29
    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is reporting installation of the third and last V164-8.4 MW wind turbine on Principle Power's semi-submersible WindFloat Atlantic test platform 20 km off the Portuguese coast. The V164-8.4 MW wind turbines are the largest commercially-operating wind turbines installed offshore on floating platforms anywhere in the world.

    WindFloat Atlantic is the first floating offshore wind farm in continental Europe, and will deliver an installed capacity of 25 MW -- sufficient power for 60,000 consumers in one year. The WindFloat Atlantic project was developed by the Windplus consortium, made up of EDP Renewables, Engie, Repsol and Principle Power. (Source: MHI Vestas, PR, reve, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180,; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,,

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    Stem, COPEC South American JV Announced (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Millbrae, California-based artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services specialist Stem Inc. and COPEC, a leading South American energy and mobility company, have announced a partnership to bring Stem's technology to Chile and Colombia.

    The agreement follows the $30 million investment made in August 2019 in Stem by WIND Ventures, COPEC'S corporate venture capital (CVC). WIND Ventures invests in entrepreneurs working to build tomorrow's energy, mobility, and retail companies, according to its website.

    Under this agreement, COPEC will leverage Stem's expertise in design, deployment, and project financing of energy storage projects. The companies will collaborate on expansion in the region, working with communities, regulators, utilities and commercial entities to incorporate Stem's Athena™ AI-enabled energy storage software solution in both Chile and Colombia. The Athena platform has accumulated more than 14.5 million runtime hours, and Stem has more than 1,000 operating projects and 790MWh enrolled in its network.

    Initial projects include an energy storage installation at a COPEC manufacturing facility located in Valparaiso Region, Chile, with several additional sites to be deployed in the coming months. Stem's Athena platform will aggregate this stored energy, helping to create the region's first virtual power plant. (Source: STEM, PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: STEM, John Carrington,; COPEC, WINDVentures,

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    Global Offshore Wind Project Pipeline Up 30 pct (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the UK, according RenewableUK's latest Offshore Wind Project Intelligence, the global pipeline of offshore wind energy projects which are operational, under construction, consented or being planned has grown by 30 pct in the last 12 months from 122 GW to 159 GW.

    The report notes the UK dominates the market with a pipeline of 38.9 GW -- a quarter of the global total. China has 19.3 GW -- an increase of 7.3 GW, up 60 pct. The US grew from 15.7 GW to 17.8 GW, an increase of 13 pct while Germany has 16.5 GW --almost the same over the last 12 months. Taiwan's project pipeline grew by 28 pct from 8.9 GW to 11.4 GW.

    The top five countries represent 65 pct of the total global pipeline, with 104 GW of capacity between them. Europe has 60 pct of the pipeline with 96 GW. In terms of operational capacity, the UK still leads the world with 9.7 GW, Germany is second at 7.5 GW, China third with 3.3 GW, Belgium fourth at 1.8 GW and Denmark fifth with 1.7GW, according to the report. (Source: RenewableUK, July, 2020) Contact: RenewableUK, Dr Nina Skorupska, CEO, +44 (0)20 7901 3000, +44 (0)20 7901 3001 -- fax, ,,

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