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USAID, MNRE Announce New Clean Energy Partnership (Ind. Report)
US Agency for International Development
Date: 2020-07-27
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) have announced a collaborative partnership between the SAID-supported South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE) and MNRE's national technical institutions.

The SAGE partnership will provide a formal platform for collaboration on clean energy development and provide advanced technical knowledge on clean energy development from the US DOE National Laboratories to MNRE's National Institute of Wind Energy, National Institute of Biomass Energy, and others.

The SAGE consortium includes USAID, the US Department of Energy and three of the Department of Energy's National Laboratories -- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (Source: USAID, EconimicTimes India, July, 2020) Contact: USAID, www.usaid.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Agency for International Development ,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Bioenergy,  


ENGIE, EDP Launch Ocean Winds (Ind. Report)
ENGIE, EDP
Date: 2020-07-27
Global energy companies ENGIE and EDP have announced the launch of a new offshore wind energy company, Ocean Winds as the exclusive investment vehicle of ENGIE and EDP within the global offshore wind market.

Ocean Winds (OW) is equally controlled by both companies and aims to become one of the top five offshore global operators by combining the industrial and development capacity of both parent companies. (Source: ENGIE, EDP. Smart Energy, 23 July, 2020) Contact: ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, www.engie.com/en; EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  EDP,  Offshore Wind ,  


BayWa, Elicio, Ideol Partner on ScotWind Bid (Int'l. Report)
BayWa, Elicio, Ideol
Date: 2020-07-24
German renewables specialist BayWa r.e. GmbH is reporting it will join the consortium formed by Paris-headquartered Ideol and Belgian offshore wind developer and operator Elicio, to prepare a joint bid for the Crown Estate Scotland's recently launched ScotWind tender call. The ScotWind leasing projects could potentially surpass £8.0 billion ($10.2 billion).

Crown Estate Scotland is the government agency the manages Scotland's seabed. (Source: Crown Estate Scotland, Riviera, 23 July, 2020) Contact: ScotWind, Crown Estate Scotland, www.crownestatescotland.com; BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com; Elicio NV, +32 59 56 97 00, +32 59 56 97 01-fax., info@elicio.be, www.elicio.be/en; Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa,  Elicio,  Ideol ,  Offshore Wind,  


NY Launches 2.5-GW Offshore Wind Solicitation (Ind. Report)
New York State
Date: 2020-07-24
In the Empire State, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have launched the largest combined clean energy solicitation ever issued in the US, seeking up to 4.0 GW of capacity, including the state's second offshore wind solicitation for up to 2.4 GW of projects.

The solicitation includes a multi-port strategy and requirement for offshore wind generators to partner with any of the 11 pre-qualified New York ports to stage, construct, manufacture key components or co-ordinate operations and maintenance activity. The solicitation has the potential to bring New York State halfway toward its goal of 9.0 GW of offshore wind by 2035.

Funding for port investment will include $400 million in public and private funding. NYSERDA will accept offshore wind bids between 400 MW and up to 2,500 MW. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NYSERDA, Riviera, 23 July, 2020) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov; NYSERDA , Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Offshore Wind,  Andrew Cuomo,  


Offshore Wind Project Pipeline Up 30 pct (Int'l Report)
RenewableUK
Date: 2020-07-24
In the UK, according to RenewableUK's Offshore Wind Project Intelligence report the global pipeline of offshore wind energy projects which are operational, under construction, consented or being planned has grown from 122 GW to 159 GW -- 30 pct -- in the last 12 months

The UK leads the market with a pipeline of 38.9 GW -- a quarter of the global total. China has moved up from fourth to second place with 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's total of 16.5 GW has remained almost unchanged over the last 12 months, adding just 68 MW. Taiwan's project pipeline grew by 28 pct from 8.9 GW to 11.4 GW, according to the report.

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. (Source: RenewableUK, July, 2020) Contact: RenewableUK, Dr Nina Skorupska, CEO, +44 (0)20 7901 3000, +44 (0)20 7901 3001 - fax, , info@RenewableUK.com, www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  RenewableUK,  


SGRE Scores Chilean 170MW Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-07-24
Spanish wind turbine giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports receipt of contracts to supply and maintain 34 of its SG 5.0-145 totaling 170 MW wind turbines across two projects in Chile.

Twelve turbines are slated for the Cabo Leones III project 110MW extension, which forms part of the 600MW Cabo Leones cluster located in Chile's Atacama Desert, and 12 turbines totaling 60MW will be added to the 115MW Cabo Leones 1 wind project at Comuna de Freirina in the north of the country. Turbine delivery is slated by December, this year. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy ,  Wind Turbie,  


Aker Solutions Offloading Carbon-Capture Business (Int'l Report)
CCS,Norcem,Aker Solutions
Date: 2020-07-22
Aker Solutions reports it is launching a series of structural and strategic changes to transform the company and enhance shareholder value by spinning off the wind and carbon capture businesses to shareholders and merging Aker Solutions ASA with Kvaerner ASA to create an optimized supplier company.

Aker Solutions intends to spin off its wind development business as well as the carbon capture technology business to Aker Solutions' shareholders in two separate companies. Oslo-based Kvaerner and Aker Solutions have entered into a merger plan, whereby the two entities will join forces to create Aker Solutions ASA, Combined 2019 revenues for the companies were about NOK 38 billion ($4.1 billion US) with an EBITDA of NOK 2.7 billion.

Aker Solutions intends to separate its CCUS business in a separate entity, Aker Carbon Capture followed by a private placement in the company, guaranteed by Aker ASA, to secure sufficient funding for the next phase of the development. The shares in the CCUS Company are expected to start trading on Merkur Market during August 2020. (Source: Aker Solutions, PR, Chemical Engineering, 20 July, 2020) Contact: Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; Kvaerner, www.kvaerner.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Norcem,  Aker Solutions,  


Enel's 1st North Am. Solar + Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2020-07-22
Enel Green Power is reporting construction is underway on the Lily solar + storage project, the company's first North American hybrid project that integrates a renewable energy plant with utility-scale battery storage.

In addition to the Lily solar + storage project, the firm also announced plans to install approximately 1 GW of battery storage capacity across its new and existing U.S. wind and solar projects over the next two years. (Source: Enel Green Power, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Enel Green Power, Antonio Cammisecra, CEO, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Solar,  ,  Battery Energy Storage,  Solar Storage,  


Notable Quote on UK Woody Biomass, Renewables Disconnect
Woody Biomass
Date: 2020-07-22
"The views of the public are clear: Burning wood for electricity is both unpopular and destructive. It's time for the (UK) government to end the wasteful subsidies for this polluting industry -- especially when people don't even consider it to be renewable energy. In this respect, our data shows a striking disconnect between government policy and public opinion." -- Sasha Stashwick, NRDC

A new online YouGov poll has found only 23 pct of Britons think electricity generated by burning forest woody biomass should be classified as "renewable energy". Additionally, 55 pct also disagreed with the Government's continued subsidies for this dirty source of energy as part of the UK's renewable energy strategy. Currently, the government gives more than £2 million per day in subsidies to power stations that burn biomass.

While wind energy has 80 pct public backing and solar has 82 pct, only 3 pct say the Government should help companies that burn wood sourced from forests overseas, the poll found. Nearly all UK biomass is imported.(Source: NRDC, Southern Environmental Law Center, 22 July, 2020)Contact: SELC, David Carr, General Counsel , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org; NRDC, www.nrdc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC,  Woody Biomass,  UK Woody Biomass,  Wind,  Solar,  


Doosan Ramping Up S.Korean Offshore Wind Effort (Int'l. Report)
Doosan Heavy Industries
Date: 2020-07-20
Changwon, South Korea-based Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd is reporting plans to boost its annual sales from its offshore wind farm business to over 1 trillion won ($830 billion US) by 2025, more than the 660 billion won the company generated since 2010.

Doosan's plan is in line with the South Korean government's recently released Green New Deal seeking to drastically transform the country's fossil fuel-reliant economy into a low-carbon, environmentally friendly green economy. To that end, Seoul plans to spend 73.4 trillion won for the initiative, including 14 trillion won on new offshore wind farms with a combined generation capacity of 2.4 gigawatts.

Doosan Heavy has reportedly developed technologies and equipment specifically fit for South Korea's lighter winds and to date has invested 180 billion won in the wind farm business and plans to expand its investment in related R&D and production facilities. (Source: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction , Yonhap, 16 July, 2020) Contact: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Ltd., www.doosanheavy.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Doosan Heavy Industries,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Brazilian Wind Energy Capacity Tops 14.71 GW (Int'l. Report)
Brazilian Association of Wind Energy
Date: 2020-07-20
The Brazilian Association of Wind Energy (Abeeolica) is reporting Brazil's installed wind energy capacity stands at 14.71 GW, with 583 wind farms and more than 7 thousand wind turbines in 12 states. The wind generation produced from January to November was enough to supply 23 million homes in one month.

In addition to the 14.71 GW of installed capacity, another 4.33 GW are already contracted and/or under construction, bringing the country's total wind energy capacity to at least 19.04 GW by 2024, according to the release. (Source: Brazilian Association of Wind Energy, PR, reve, 19 July, 2020) Contact: Brazilian Association of Wind Energy, www.BrasilBrazilCearaeolicawind energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Brazil Wind,  


EDP Renewables Announces €2Bn Viesgo Acquisition (M&A, Int’l)
EDP Renewables
Date: 2020-07-20
In Portugal, Lisbon-headquartered utility EDP reports it will acquire Spanish electricity company Viesgo from Macquarie funds in a deal worth more than €2 billion, including debt. The deal is expected to close before the year end.

Under the agreement, EDP will acquire a 75.1 pct interest in Viesgo, including the interest currently owned by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4. Macquarie Super Core Infrastructure Fund will retain the remaining 24.9 pct.

EDP, through its majority owned subsidiary EDP Renovaveis (EDPR) will acquire Viesgo's renewable energy portfolio that includes 24 wind farms and two mini hydro power plants located throughout Spain and Portugal with more than 500MW of installed net capacity.

EDPR designs, develops, manages and operates wind and solar power plants that generate electricity from renewable energy sources. (Source: EDP, EDP Renewables, Global Legal Chronicle, 18 July, 2020) Contact: EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  M&A,  


SMUD Aiming for Carbon Neutrality by 2040 (Ind. Report)
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Date: 2020-07-20
In the Golden State, the publicly-owned utility Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) reports its 2018, 1,755,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reflected a 50 pct reduction of 1990 levels -- equal to the removal of 377,000 vehicles from the state's highways.

In 2018, the utility adopted a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, five years ahead of California's goal. The plan included a $7 billion investment over 20 years in nearly 2,900 MW of new carbon-free resources, including 1,500 MW of utility-scale solar, 670 MW of wind and 560 MW of utility-scale energy storage. (Source: SMUD, Utility Dive, 20 July, 2020) Contact: SMUD, 888-742-7683, www.smud.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sacramento Municipal Utility District,  GHG Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


Innergex Snares 138MW Idaho Wind Portfolio (M&A, Ind. Report)
Innergex,Wind,Terna Energy
Date: 2020-07-17
Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. is reporting the acquisition of all Class B shares of Athens, Greece-based renewable energy developer Terna Energy's portfolio of six operating wind farms in Elmore County , Idaho. Together, the sites have a total installed capacity of 138MW, with 23MW per site.

The wind portfolio is covered under a full scope service maintenance agreement and has PPAs with Idaho Power Company for a remaining period of nearly 12.5 years. (Source: Innergex, PowerTech, 16 July, 2020) Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy , Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, Jean Trudel, (450) 926-2550, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com; Terna Energy, +30 210 6968000, F: +30 210 6968098-99, info@terna-energy.com, www.terna-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex,  Terna Energy,  Wind,  


Tata to Develop Mumbai Hybrid Renewables Project (Int'l.)
Tata Power
Date: 2020-07-17
India's largest integrated power company, Tata Power, reports it will develop a 225 MW hybrid renewable power project to supply electricity to its Mumbai distribution unit. The plant is expected to generate about 700 million units per year of energy and offset roughly 700 million Kg of CO2. Commissioning is expected within 18 months.

Tata Power has an installed and managed capacity of 12,742 MW including renewable capacity of 3,782 MW, 2,637 MW of which is operational and 1,145 MW is under implementation including 225 MW completed. India is aiming for 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022 -- 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power. (Source: Tata Power, PR, Xinhua 16 July, 2020)Contact: Tata Power, www.tatapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Power,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


Natural Gas Utilities Support Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
American Gas Association
Date: 2020-07-17
Natural gas utilities invested $1.47 billion -- $3.8 million per day -- in energy efficiency programs in 2018, according to a new report by the American Gas Association (AGA).

According to the report, natural gas utilities funded 132 natural gas efficiency programs in the U.S. and Canada in 2018 for a total investment of $1.47 billion -- an 8 pct jump from 2016 and a 20 pct increase from 2012. This includes programs to install tighter-fitting windows and doors, better insulation, and purchase more efficient natural gas appliances. One-quarter of their budget was spent on low-income efficiency programs, assisting over 214,581 participants in 2018. Further, more than 66,000 commercial customers and 72,000 industrial program customers were enrolled in natural gas efficiency programs that year.

Download AGA Natural Gas Efficiency Programs details HERE. (Source: American Gas Association , Website, 13 July, 2020) Contact: American Gas Association, Karen Harbert, CEO, 202-824-7000, www.aga.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Gas Association news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Octopus Renewables Fund Acquires UK Wind Farms (M&A, Int'l.)
Octopus Renewables,Infinergy
Date: 2020-07-15
In the UK, a fund managed by London-based Octopus Group's specialist clean energy arm is reporting the acquisition of two onshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 16.8MW, marking the first deployment from the £185 million ($231.1 million) Renewable Energy Income Partnership (REIP) III fund.

The South Lanarkshire wind farm was acquired from Muirhall Energy, WWS Renewables and a private investor and the Northamptonshire wind farm was acquired from Muirhall Energy, WWS Renewables and Infinergy. (Source: Octopus Renewables, IPE, 13 July 2020)Contact: Octopus Renewables, Peter Dias, www.octopusrenewables.com; Muirhall Energy, +44 1501 785088, www.muirhallenergy.co.uk; Infinergy, www.infinergy.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Octopus Renewables,  Wind,  Infinergy,  


IEA Foresees Massive Offshore Wind Growth (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2020-07-15
A recent study from the Swiss-based International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that if offshore wind farms were constructed across all useable sites which are no further than 37 miles off the coast, and where coastal waters are no deeper than 60 metres, they could generate 36,000 terawatt hours of renewable electricity a year and easily meet the current global demand for electricity of 23,000 terawatt hours.

The study predicts offshore wind generation will grow 15-fold to emerge as a $1 trillion industry in the next 20 years and will prove to be the next great energy revolution.

"Offshore wind currently provides just 0.3 pct of global power generation, but its potential is vast," according to IEA executive director, Fatih Birol. (Source IEA, July, 2020) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Offshore Wind,  Wind ,  


PacifiCorp Issues 2020 All-Source Request for Proposals (Ind. Report)
Pacificorp
Date: 2020-07-15
Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary PacifiCorp reports receipt of regulatory approval for its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to conduct an all-source RFP in 2020 (2020AS RFP). The 2019 IRP preferred portfolio includes 1,823 MW of new proxy solar resources co-located with 595 MW of new proxy battery energy storage system (BESS) capacity and 1,920 MW of new proxy wind resources by the end of 2023. Note, these figures for solar and wind exclude resource capacity to meet assumed customer preference targets that were included in the 2019 IRP preferred portfolio.

PacifiCorp is seeking proposals for competitively priced resources capable of interconnecting with or delivering to PacifiCorp's transmission system in its east or west balancing authority areas (PACE and PACW, respectively). The 2020AS RFP will consider both build-transfer and power purchase agreement bids that can achieve commercial operation by December 31, 2024. In addition, PacifiCorp will accept bids from long-lead time pumped storage hydro resources requiring longer lead time to develop and construct that places the project completion beyond December 31, 2024. The company will not be submitting any self-build (benchmark) resources in the 2020AS RFP.

PacifiCorp Transmission has replaced its existing "serial queue" interconnection study process with a "first-ready, first-served, cluster" interconnection study approach as approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 12, 2020 and set forth in its Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT). The 2020AS RFP conforms to PacifiCorp Transmission interconnection queue reform including its transition interconnection cluster study process and schedule. As such, potential bidders should review and clearly understand PacifiCorp Transmission's interconnection queue reform process, specifically the transition cluster study process, eligibility criteria, and timeline which plays an important role in the 2020AS RFP. (Source: PacifiCorp, Website, July, 2020) Contact: PacifiCorp, www.pacificorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PacifiCorp news,  Renewable Energy news,  Wind news,  Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  


KEPCO Takes Stake in Aviator Wind Farm Project in TX (M&A)
KEPCO
Date: 2020-07-15
Osaka, Japan-headquartered Kansai Electric Power Co.(KEPCO) Inc. is reporting its subsidiary KPIC USA, LLC has acquired a 48.5 pct stake in Aviator Wind Holdings, LLC owned by funds managed by NYC-based Ares Management Corporation's Infrastructure and Power strategy.

The Aviator project, which will incorporate 191 wind turbines totaling 525MW, is located northwest of Houston in central Texas. When fully operation next month, Aviator will be the largest single-phase wind project in ERCOT and the largest single-phase, single-site wind project in the U.S. Aviator is KEPCO's first U.S. renewable energy and onshore wind farm project. Worldwide, KEPCO's net generation assets total approximately 2,861 MW. (Source: Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., PR, Website, 10 July, 2020) Contact: KEPCO, www.kepco.com.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News KEPCO news,  Wind news,  Wind M&A news,  


Skipjack Wind Farm Interconnection Facility On Hold (Ind. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2020-07-13
Orsted reports it is dropping a previously agreed upon interconnect facility for the Skipjack offshore Wind Farm at Delaware's Fenwick Island State Park on the grounds that a large potion of it is in undisturbed wetlands and would accordingly run contrary to its commitment to sustainably.

In 2019 the company inked a non-binding MOU with DNREC to construct the Skipjack Wind Farm's interconnection facility within the park. The company reportedly now looking for an alternative site.

The 20-mw Skipjack Wind Farm is under development 19 miles off the Maryland-Delaware coast and will generate sufficient power for 35,000 homes when fully online. (Source: Orsted, WGMD Delmara, 11 July, 2020) Contact: Skipjack Wind Farm, www.skipjackwindfarm.com; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


Dominion Offshore Wind Project Installs First Turbines (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2020-07-13
Richmond-based Dominion Energy reports the installation of two 12-mw turbines at the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project off the coast of Virginia Beach. The turbines, which will now undergo acceptance testing, are expected to be fully operational latter this summer when they will generate sufficient energy for 3,000 Virginia homes. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, July, 2020)Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Virginia,  Dominion Energy,   Offshore Wind,  


Siemens Gamesa to Manufacture 3.4 MW Wind Turbine in India (Int'l.)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2020-07-13
Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports is will begin manufacturing a 3.4 MW wind turbine at its Tamil Nadu, India early next year. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Energy Infra Post, 10 July, 2020) Contact: Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, www.siemensgamesa.com

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


Finnish Wind Turbine Subsidies Expected to Rise (Int'l. Report)
Finland Energy Authority
Date: 2020-07-13
In Helsinki, Finland's Energy Authority is estimating renewable energy subsidies, which are slated to be eliminated over the next ten years, will increase by nearly a third this year, partly due to windy conditions and low electricity prices.

The Energy Authority estimates that renewable energy feed-in tariffs will jump to a record €335 million this year -- €100 million more than 2019. More than 95 pct of the €335 million of that goes to wind power, with the remaining amounts supporting biogas and wood-based fuels. In 2019 the corresponding figure was slightly more than €228 million.

The Finland Energy Authority is a licensing and regulatory agency tasked with enforcing Finnish and European energy and climate policies. (Source: Finland Energy Authority, Yle, 10 July, 2020) Contact: Finland Energy Authority, +358 29 5050000, www.energiavirasto.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Finland Wind,  Wind Subsidies,  


DC Affordable Community Scores USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2020-07-13
In Washington, DC, City View, a three-story, 58-unit affordable community in the Anacostia neighborhood has received U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification.

The $12 million project's LEED qualifying sustainable features include: a rooftop solar panel array. Energy Star rated windows; individual energy efficient HVAC and hot water heater units; low-consumption plumbing fixtures and appliances; and others. (Source: USGBC, Multi Housing News, 13 July, 2020) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  


Pomerleau Targets Passive House Standard for UT Dorm (Ind. Report)
University of Toronto
Date: 2020-07-13
In Ontario, the University of Toronto (UT) has announced that Pomerleau Construction has been awarded a design-bridge-build contract for the construction of a new 265,000 sq-ft residence hall to be built to ultra energy efficient Passive House standards in Toronto's Scarborough community. Pomerleau will construct and own the building which is expected to break ground this summer.

Unlike a program like LEED, which features a checklist with parameters such as proximity to transit, Passive House focuses on energy efficiency. For the U of T project, attention will be paid to minimizing the potential for thermal bridging and selecting the best materials for high performance, stuffing the exterior cladding with extra insulation, installing triple-glazed windows and ensuring the clips used to fasten the cladding are as efficient as possible. (Source: University of Toronto, Daily Commercial News, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Pomerleau Construction, www.pomerleau.ca; University of Toronto, www.utoronto.ca; Passive House, International Passive House Association www.passivehouse-international.org, www.passivehousecanada.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Passive House,  Energy Efficiency,  


SWACO Landfill Site to Host Columbus Solar Park (Ind. Report)
BQ Energy Development
Date: 2020-07-10
In the Buckeye State, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) reports it has contracted with Columbus Solar Park LLC to lease the approximately 173-acre closed landfill site in Franklin County for a solar array installation. Columbus Solar Park is an affiliate of Wappingers Falls, New York-based BQ Energy Development LLC which specializes in wind and solar projects on former landfills and other brownfield sites.

Columbus Solar Park will operate the facility and sell the electricity to local entities . SWACO will receive an escalating rental payment based on the megawatt capacity of the farm. The lease runs approximately 25 years, with a mutual option to extend. (Source: SWACO, PR, ThisWeek Community News, 8 July, 2020) Contact: SWACO, Ty Marsh, EXEC. Dir, 614-871-5100 info@swaco.org, www.swaco.org: BQ Energy Development, www.bqenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BQ Energy Development news,  Solar news,  


CFM, Ampyr Partner on 138 MW Indian Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
Ampyr Energy
Date: 2020-07-10
Climate Fund Managers (CFM), the manager of the Climate Investor One (CI1) financing facility, reports it is partnering with Singapore-headquartered Ampyr Energy for the development, construction and ownership of the 138 MW Balenahalli onshore wind farm project in Karnataka State, India. The project is expected to generate sufficient power for more than 145,000 persons and avoid roughly 130,000 tpy of GHG emissions.

The Climate Investor One (CI1) is the inaugural facility managed by CFM, focused on providing capital to renewable energy projects in developing countries. CI1 has a focus on Africa, South & Southeast Asia, and Latin America, and uses a whole-of-life financing approach intended to reduce implementation timelines.

AMPYR provides lower cost energy to large electricity users through renewable energy assets designed and developed specifically for its customers. The company develops, finances, owns and operates renewable energy projects with no capital outlay and no ongoing maintenance cost, according to its website. (Source: Climate Fund Managers, Ampyr Energy, Saur, 9 July, 2020) Contact: Ampyr Energy, info@ampyrenergy.com, www/ampryenergy.com; Climate Fund Managers, +31 (0)70 204 5205, info@climatefundmanagers.com. www.climatefundmanagers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Wind,  Wind,  


Vestas Announces Polish Wind Turbine Contracts (Int'l. Report)
Vestas
Date: 2020-07-10
Vestas is reporting receipt of a 166 MW order for two projects awarded at the Polish wind-solar-energy auction in December 2019. Vestas leadership has installed more than 2.1 GW accounting for a 36 pct market share in Poland.

The Debnica Kazubska and the Bialy Bor wind projects will comprise six and 42 V126-3.45 MW turbines respectively. The deal includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as 20-year service agreements. Deliveries and commissioning are expected to begin in Q3 2021. (Source: Vestas PR, Website, 8 July, 2020) Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, Communications Partner, Vestas Northern & Central Europe, +49 40 46778 5153, chbut@vestas.com, www.vewstas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  


Clean Energy Virginia Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)

Date: 2020-07-10
On Tuesday in Richmond, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) launched Clean Energy Virginia, a new initiative to drive investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency and help meet the Commonwealth's goals for clean energy production, which include powering 100 pct of the state's electricity from carbon-free sources.

The initiative follows the recent enactment of the Virginia Clean Economy Act and other signature solar, wind, and energy efficiency legislation. These clean energy policies require all carbon emitting sources of electricity to retire by 2045, while replacing them with new investments in solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, energy efficiency, and battery storage. (Source: Office of Gov. Ralph Northam, Shore Daily News, 9 July, 2020)Contact: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, www.governor.virginia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Governor Ralph Northam,  


DTU Increases Biomass Biofuel Production (New Prod. & Tech)
DTU
Date: 2020-07-10
In a recent Technical University of Denmark (DTU) synfuel research project, researchers succeeded in combining two known technologies -- thermal gasification of biomass and electrolysis that is utilized for the production of biofuel -- can produce more biofuel from the same amount of biomass, according to a DTU release.

An electrolysis cell (solid oxide electrolysis cell, SOEC) developed jointly by DTU and Haldor Topsoe is used for electrolysis. In an SOEC, electricity from e.g. wind turbines is used to split water into its two constituents -- oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen can be utilized in a thermal gasification process, where a biomass such as straw is broken down at high temperature. This creates synthesis gas -- a mixture of mainly hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. The gas mixture can be used in the production of methanol when the hydrogen produced by the electrolysis is added. Methanol can be used directly as fuel or catalytically upgraded to more familiar fuels used in ships and aircraft.

"In Synfuel, we have improved the two in technologies in several areas, and we've demonstrated that we can achieve higher utilization rates by combining the two technologies than when they run separately. We derive far more biofuel from the biomass resources and at the same time we can use surplus power from e.g. wind turbines to make fuel for heavy transport," says Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, Synfuel project manager and Head of Section at DTU Energy.

The Synfuel project was supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. Haldor Topsoe, Orsted, Energinet.dk, MIT, Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology, INSA Lyon, TU Berlin, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and others participated in the project. (Source: DTU, 10 July, 2020) Contact: DTU Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 77 57 25, pvhe@dtu.dk, www.dtu.dk

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Belgium Trails UK, Germany in European Offshore Wind Prod. (Int'l.)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2020-07-10
With the installation of Northwester 2, the country's largest off-shore wind farm in Flanders, Belgium has achieved 1,775 MW in installed capacity following the UK with 10,428 MW; Germany with 7.659 MW.

With its 1,775 MW production capacity, wind power on the Belgian North Sea provides sufficient electric power for 1.8 million homes. By the end of 2020, when SeaMade, the largest wind farm in Flanders' North Sea territory is fully operational, Belgium will reach an installed capacity of 2,262 MW and produce enough electricity to power 2.2 million homes. The first of SeaMade's 58 turbines was installed in June. (Source: Flanders Investment and Trade, July, 2020)

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ENERCON, Energie Burgenland Ink 212MW Turbine Deal (Int]l. Report)
ENERCON, Energie Burgenland
Date: 2020-07-08
Magdeburg, Germany-based ENERCON GmbH reports it has contracted to supply 51 ENERCON wind energy converters totaling 212 MW to Austrian utility Energie Burgenland -- Austria's largest wind energy producer -- for installation at seven wind farms planned for Burgenland.

The supply agreement comprises the ENERCON E-101, E-103, E-115 EP3, E-126 EP3, E-138 EP3 E2 and E-147 EP5 E2 WEC types. Construction on the majority of the projects is slated to get underway this summer. (Source: ENERCON Website, 3 July, 2020) Contact: Energie Burgenland, www.energieburgenland.at; ENERCON, Hans-Dieter Kettwig, CEO, +49 0 4941 9270, www.enercon.de/en

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Simply Blue Plans Irish Floating Offshore Wind Project (Int'l.)
Simply Blue Energy,Principle Power
Date: 2020-07-08
In the UK, Simply Blue Energy reports it has submitted an application to the Irish Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage to carry out site investigations for a potential floating offshore wind project near the Kinsale gas field in the Celtic Sea off Ireland's south coast.

The Emerald project, which would use Principle Power's WindFloat floating foundations, is expected to have a total capacity of up to 1 GW.

The project is expected to get underway in summer 2021, starting with a 100 MW demonstration array and building to the overall capacity of 1 GW. (Source: Simply Blue Energy, offshorebiz, July, 2020) Contact: Simply Blue Energy, +44 808 284 9441, wind@simplyblueenergy.com, www.simplybueenergy.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com

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Gulf Energy Takes $631Mn Stake in Borkum Riffgrund (Int'l. M&A)
Borkum Riffgrund, Gulf Energy Developement
Date: 2020-07-08
In Bangkok, Gulf Energy Development Pcl -- Thailand's second largest power producer -- is reporting acquisition of a 50 pct stake in the 464.8-MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 Offshore Wind Farm (BKR2 Project) for roughly $631.10 million.

Gulf Energy Development PCL's portfolio consists of electricity, steam and chilled water generating projects and other related business, according to Wikipedia.(Source: Gulf Energy Development Pcl, July, 2020) Contact: Gulf Energy Development Pcl, +662-080-4499, Fax: +662-080-4455, contact@gulf.co.th, www.gulf.co.th/en

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Romania Investing €12.5Bn in Energy, Decarbonization (Int'l.)
Romania
Date: 2020-07-08
In Bucharest, the Romanian Government reports it plans invest an estimated €12.5 billion in the National Energy System for the period 2020-2025. (€1 = 4.84 RON). Among the sectors being funded:
  • Green energy -- onshore and offshore wind parks (2x300MW) RON 4.6bn; new hydropower production capacities RON 1.6 billion;

  • RON 15.69 billion for State controlled natural gas provider Romgaz's gas turbine power plants , development of offshore projects in the Black Sea, methanol plant in partnership with private companies.

  • RON 7.2 billion for restructuring and decarbonization plan 2020-2025;

  • Increased nuclear power production capacity with at least one unit by 2030 and extending the life of Unit 1 by 30 years;

  • RON 1.175 billion for a proposed Romgaz natural gas-to-methanol production unit. (Source: Gov. of Romania, Energy Review, 6 July, 2020) Contact: ROMGAZ, www.romgaz.ro

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  • Hawaiian Electric Renewables Projects Represent $3.5-$4Bn Investment (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Hawaiian Electric Company
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) is reporting its 29 grid-scale renewable energy projects planned or under construction on four islands represent between $3.5 billion and $4 billion in investment in the state's clean energy economy.

    The number of projects in progress -- 14 on Oahu, 8 on Hawaii Island and 7 in Maui County -- is unprecedented in Hawaii. All but three would be built, owned and operated by independent power producers who will sell their electricity to HECO.

    These projects, along with the continued expansion of private rooftop solar, have the potential to move HECO to a renewable portfolio standard of more than 60 pct by the end of 2025, up from about 28 pct today. That would include being nearly 90 pct renewable in Maui County and nearly 100 pct on Hawaii Island.

    A number of projects are expected to come online this year, though some are still awaiting final regulatory and governmental approvals. They include: Honua Ola, a 21.5-MW biomass plant on Hawaii Island formerly known as Hū Honua; Na Pua Makani, a 24-MW wind project on Oahu; and, Mauka FIT 1, a 3.5-MW solar project on Oahu. In addition, the 38-MW Puna Geothermal Venture on Hawaii Island is expected to return to service this year after completing repairs to damage caused by the 2018 volcanic eruption.

    In addition to reducing the Aloha State's dependence on imported fuels for power generation, these projects also create construction and technical jobs, draw upon goods and services from local businesses, provide lease payments to local landowners and government agencies and generate tax revenue. (Source: HECO, PR, 1 July, 2020) Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP Strategic Planning and Business Development, (808) 543-7780, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Company,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar Hawaii Renewable Energy,  


    Azerbaijan Upping Renewables Power Production (Int'l. Report)
    Azerbaijan
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In Baku, the Azerbaijan Director of the Energy Efficiency and Ecology Department of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Energy is reporting plans to almost double solar and wind energy production within the decade.

    The use of renewable energy sources was determined by the country's president as one of the priority spheres for the development of the energy sector -- implementation of pilot projects on the construction of a 240 MW wind farm and a 200 MW solar power plant in accordance with the agreements signed with Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power company and UAE's MASDAR company on January 9, 2020.

    Azerbaijan, which generates the majority of its power from hydropower, is aiming to raise its renewable energy production from 17 pct to 30 pct by 2030. (Source: Azerbaijani Ministry of Energy, MENAFN, Trend News, 4 July, 2020) Contact: Azerbaijani Ministry of Energy, www.minenergy.gov.az/en news,  Wind news,  

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    Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Pilot Completed (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy, Orsted
    Date: 2020-07-01
    The Richmond-based utility Dominion Energy and its partner Orsted are reporting the installation of the second of two Siemens Gamesa 6-MW wind turbines and thus the completion of the second offshore wind facility ever built in U.S. waters -- the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot located 30 miles off Virginia Beach. When fully operational the pilot installation will generate sufficient energy for roughly 3,000 homes.

    As previously reported, Dominion is planning a 2,600 MW follow-up wind farm adjacent to the pilot site project site with construction slated to get underway in 2024 (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    EU MEPs Call for Renewables, Energy Storage to Spur Decarbonization (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In Brussels, Members of the European Union Parliament (MEPs) Industry, Research and Energy Committee have outlined their strategy for renewable energy, 'green' hydrogen, and energy storage, all of which play a crucial role in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

    The Committee calls on the EC and member states to remove regulatory barriers that hamper the development of energy storage projects, such as double taxation or shortcomings in EU network codes. The Trans-European energy networks also need to be revised in order to improve eligibility criteria for those wishing to develop energy storage facilities.

    MEPs also highlight the potential of hydrogen produced from renewable sources ("green hydrogen" ) and call on the EC to continue supporting research into and development of a hydrogen economy. The EC should also assess if retrofitting gas infrastructure to transport hydrogen is possible, as the use of natural gas is only of a transitional nature.

    The committee also supports the EC's efforts to create European standards for batteries and to reduce dependence on their production outside of Europe. The EU's heavy dependence on importing raw materials from sources where extraction degrades the environment should be reduced through enhanced recycling schemes and by sourcing raw materials sustainably, possibly in the EU.

    Finally, MEPs propose ways to boost other storage options, such as mechanical and thermal storage, as well as the development of decentralized storage through home batteries, domestic heat storage, vehicle-to-grid technology and smart home energy systems. The EC estimates that the EU will need to be able to store six times more energy than today to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    According to lead MEP Claudia Gamon, "Energy storage will be essential for the transition to a decarbonized economy based on renewable energy sources. As electricity generated by wind or solar energy will not always be available in the quantities needed, we will need to store energy. Apart from storage technologies that we already know work well like pumped hydro storage, a number of technologies will play a crucial role in the future, such as new battery technologies, thermal storage or "green" hydrogen. These must be given market access to ensure a constant energy supply for European citizens." (Source: European Union News, European Commission PR, July, 2020)

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    EU MEPs Call for Energy Storage to Spur Decarbonization (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In Brussels, Members of the European Union Parliament (MEPs) Industry, Research and Energy Committee have outlined their strategy for renewable energy and energy storage and their role in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

    The Committee calls on the EC and EU's 27 member states to remove regulatory barriers that hamper the development of energy storage projects, such as double taxation or shortcomings in EU network codes. The Trans-European energy networks also need to be revised in order to improve eligibility criteria for those wishing to develop energy storage facilities. The MEPs also propose boosting mechanical thermal, and other other energy storage options as well as the development of decentralized storage through home batteries, domestic heat storage, vehicle-to-grid technology and smart home energy systems.

    The committee also supports efforts to create European battery standards and battery recycling initiates and reduce dependence on their production outside of Europe.

    Finally, the EC estimates the EU will need to be able to store six times more energy than today to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    According to lead MEP Claudia Gamon, "Energy storage will be essential for the transition to a decarbonised economy based on renewable energy sources. As electricity generated by wind or solar energy will not always be available in the quantities needed, we will need to store energy. Apart from storage technologies that we already know work well like pumped hydro storage, a number of technologies will play a crucial role in the future, such as new battery technologies, thermal storage or green hydrogen. These must be given market access to ensure a constant energy supply for European citizens." (Source: European Union News, European Commission PR, 30 June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  European Union,  European Commission,  Battery,  


    EU MEPs Recommend Renewalbes, Energy Storage to Spur Decarbonization (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In Brussels, Members of the European Union Parliament (MEPs) Industry, Research and Energy Committee have outlined their strategy for renewable energy and energy storage and their role in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

    The Committee calls on the EC and the EU 27 member states to remove regulatory barriers that hamper the development of energy storage projects, such as double taxation or shortcomings in EU network codes. The Trans-European energy networks also need to be revised in order to improve eligibility criteria for those wishing to develop energy storage facilities. The MEPs also propose ways to boost other storage options, such as mechanical and thermal storage, as well as the development of decentralised storage through home batteries, domestic heat storage, vehicle-to-grid technology and smart home energy systems. The committee also recommends European battery standards recycling initiates and reducing the EU's dependence on batteries produced outside of Europe. Finally, The EC estimates the EU will need to be able to store six times more energy than today to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    According to lead MEP Claudia Gamon, "Energy storage will be essential for the transition to a decarbonised economy based on renewable energy sources. As electricity generated by wind or solar energy will not always be available in the quantities needed, we will need to store energy. Apart from storage technologies that we already know work well like pumped hydro storage, a number of technologies will play a crucial role in the future, such as new battery technologies, thermal storage or green hydrogen. These must be given market access to ensure a constant energy supply." (Source: European Union News, European Commission PR, 30 June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  European Union,  European Commission,  


    TEP Touts Clean Energy Expansion Plan (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2020-06-29
    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reporting plans to provide more than 70 pct of its power from wind and solar resources as part of a cleaner energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions 80 pct by 2035.

    The 15-year 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for a dramatic expansion of wind and solar power resources, supported by efficient natural gas fired generators and energy storage systems the retirement of TEP's remaining coal-fired power plants over the next 12 years. Key IRP elements include:

  • 2,457 MW of new wind and solar power systems, including 457 MW that will be coming online over the next year.

  • 1,400 MW of new energy storage systems.

  • A proposal to ramp down and ultimately retire two units at the coal fired Springerville Generating Station in 2027 and 2032.

  • Eliminating the use of surface water for power generation and a 70 pc treduction in groundwater use.

  • Continued support for energy efficiency programs to reduce usage and peak power demands.

    TEP's CO2 emission reduction goal was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment with input from a diverse group of customers, community leaders, local government representatives and environmental advocates. The target represents TEP's fair share of worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement. TEP's plan would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 pct, according to the release.

    Download the TEP 2020 Integrated Resource Plan, HERE. (Source: TEP, PR, 26 June, 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

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  • Black Hills' Pueblo Wind Project Projects Major Savings (Ind. Report)
    Black Hills Energy
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In a 120-day report to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Cheyenne, Wyoming-headquartered Black Hills Energy forecasts its proposed 200-MW solar project to be constructed in Pueblo County under its Renewable Advantage Plan would generate $66 million in energy savings over 15 years for its customers. The project would also generate $178 million in direct and indirect economic benefits through state, local and federal taxes; 250 construction jobs; 51 pct renewable energy mix; and 71 pct reduction in carbon emission by 2024, according to a Black Hills release.

    The project, which represents the utility's preferred bid in a competitive solicitation for resources held earlier in the year, would break ground in 2021 for completion in 2023, if approved by the PUC. (Source: Black Hills Energy, Pueblo Chieftain, 27 June, 2020) Contact: Black Hills Energy, Vance Crocker, VP Southern Colorado, 888-890-5554, www.blackhillsenergy.com

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    Fecamp Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
    Eolien Maritime France
    Date: 2020-06-29
    Croydon UK-based global engineering firm Mott MacDonald is reporting construction on the 497 MW Fecamp offshore wind farm in the English channel 13 km northwest of the town of Fecamp, France is underway.

    The project will incorporate 71 Siemens Gamesa 154-7.0 MW direct drive wind turbines installed on gravity-based foundations. When fully operational in 2023, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient energy for as many as 770,000 people annually.

    Mott MacDonald, technical advisor on the project on behalf of prospective lenders, provided a due diligence review of the project, identifying technical risks and working with the developer to find suitable mitigations Eolien Maritime France (EMF) , a consortium of EDF Renouvelables France and Enbridge, along with wpd are the owners of the wind farm. (Source: Mott MacDonald, PR, reve, 28 June, 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Manon de Cassini-Herail, +33 (0)1 40 90 48 22, manon.decassini-herail@edf-re.fr, www.edf-renewables.com; Enbridge, Mandy Dinning, (888)992-0997, John Whelen, EVP, CDO, www.enbridge.com; wpd AG, Alison Aguile, a.aguile@wpd.fr, www.wpd.fr

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    TEP Plans 80 pct Carbon Emissions Cut by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reporting plans to provide more than 70 pct of its power from wind and solar resources as part of a cleaner energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions 80 pct by 2035. The utility's 15-year 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for a dramatic expansion of wind and solar power resources, increased energy storage systems and energy efficiency and the retirement of TEP's remaining two coal-fired power plants in 2027 and 2032. The changes are expected to avoid more than 50 million tons of CO2 emissions over the next 15 years.

    TEP's CO2 emission reduction goal was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment with input from a diverse group of customers, community leaders, local government representatives and environmental advocates. The target represents TEP's fair share of worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement. TEP's plan would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 pct, according to the release. (Source: TEP, PR, 26 June, 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

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    Scottish Floating Wind Project Secures £380Mn Loan (Int'l.)
    Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm
    Date: 2020-06-26
    Edinburgh-based wind energy equipment manufacturer Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm Limited reports it has secured £380 million ($472.8 million) through a 'Certified Climate Bond' deal for a floating wind project planned off the coast of Scotland.

    The 50 MW wind farm incorporates a 2-MW Vestas turbine and five 9.5 MW Vestas turbines and will be the world's largest floating wind project when completed. French corporate and investment bank Natixis will act as the coordinating firm behind the loan. (Source: Groupo Cobra, Energy Voice, 25 June, 2020) Contact: Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm Limited, Groupo Cobra, +34 91 456 95 00, Fax: +34 91 456 94 50, www.groupocobra.com

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    Southern Power Activates 200-MW Kansas Wind Asset (Ind. Report)
    Southern Company,Southern Power
    Date: 2020-06-26
    In Atlanta, Southern Company's SO subsidiary energy wholesaler Southern Power is reporting the activation of its 200-MW Reading Wind Facility in Osage and Lyon Counties, KS.

    The facility, which was developed by Renewable Energy Systems Ltd, is the 11th wind park in Southern Power's portfolio comprising 4,510 MW of renewable energy assets, more than 2,100 MW of which are wind farms. The Southern Company unit will oversee the operations and maintenance of the plant while Siemens Gamesa will supply annual maintenance services.

    This project is the first to-be-approved carbon offset project under the Verified Carbon Standard Program through an agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises RCL. The carbon offsets generated will be sold to Royal Caribbean under a 12-year power purchase contract. (Source: Southern Company, Southern Power, Zacks, 24 June, 2020) Contact: Southern Power, www.southernpowercompany.com; Renewable Energy Systems Ltd., www.res-group.com

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    Vestas Repowering 83 Zeewolde Wind Farm Turbines (Int'l Report)
    Vestas
    Date: 2020-06-26
    Vestas and Rabobank have signed the contracts for the repowering of 83 of the 200 turbines and financing for Windpark Zeewolde in the Nethlands. Turbine deliveries and work will begin in Q1, 2021 for completion in 2022.

    The Windpark Zeewolde is cooperatively owned by more than 200 local farmers, residents and entrepreneurs. (Source: Vestas, Onshore Wind, 25 June, 2020) Contact: Rabobank, www.rabobank.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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    Siemens Gamesa Turbines for UK's Sofia Offshore Wind Project (Int'l.
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting receipt of a conditional order for 100 units of its new SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines for installation at Innogy's 1.4 GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. A comprehensive service and maintenance contract is included in the conditional order.

    When fully operational, the project will generate sufficient power for more than 1.2 million British households. The final investment decision is expected to be made in Q1 of 2021. Installation is expected to begin in 2024 at the UK North Sea Dogger Bank location. (Source: Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru,Siemens Gamesa, 23 June, 2020) Contact: Innogy, Julian Garnsey, Project Dir., www.innogy.com; Seimens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com

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