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U.S. Renewable Fuel Use Tops Coal (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2020-05-29
In Washington, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. consumption of renewable energy surpassed coal in 2019 for the first time since woody biomass was the top fuel source more than 130 years ago, According to EIA data, electricity generated by renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydro exceeded coal-fired power in the U.S. for a record 40 straight days

U.S. coal consumption, primarily for electric power generation, fell 15 pct in 2019 to the lowest level since 1964, while the use of energy from sources like wind and solar notched slightly higher, according to the EIA .

Total renewable energy consumption in the U.S. grew for the fourth year to a record-high 11.5 quadrillion Btu in 2019. Since 2015, the growth in U.S. renewable energy is almost entirely attributable to the use of wind and solar in the electric power sector. In 2019, electricity generation from wind surpassed hydro for the first time and is now the most-used source of renewable energy for electricity generation in the United States on an annual basis. (Source: BIC, US EIA, May, 2020)

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Juwi Inks Aussie Wind-Solar-Storage Hybrid Plant (Int'l. Report)
Juwi Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-05-29
In the Land Down Under, Juwi Renewable Energy Pty Ltd , the Brisbane-based unit of German renewables developer Juwi AG reports it has contracted with Contract Power for the construction of a hybrid wind and solar power plant in the town of Esperance in Western Australia.

The project, which is expected to be completed early in 2022, will combine a 4-MW solar farm with two 4.5-MW wind turbines, a lithium ion battery system and gas generators. (Source: Juwi Renewable Energy Australia, Website, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Juwi Renewable Energy, Cameron Garnsworthy, Managing Director, +61 7 3107 0908,

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

Japan's 122-MW Tsugaru Wind Farm Online (Int'l. Report))
Sumitomo Electric
Date: 2020-05-29
In Japan, Osaka-headquartered Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd is reporting construction of the ¥50 billion ($463.8 million), 121.6-MW Tsugaru wind project in Aomori Prefecture has been completed and the facility is now online.

Sumitomo together with its group companies Nissan Electric Co and Sumitomo Densetsu Co. designed and constructed the facility for Tokyo-based Kajima Corp. The facility is the largest onshore wind park in Japan, according to a Sumitomo Electric statement. (Source: Sumitomo Electric, PR, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Sumitomo Electric, www.; Kajima Corp.,

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Enel Green Power Connects N. American Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2020-05-29
Enel, through its US renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, has begun operating a 50 MW expansion of the High Lonesome wind farm in Upton and Crockett Counties, in Texas, increasing the largest operational wind project in the Group's global renewable portfolio to 500 MW. The company also connected to the grid its 105 MW Riverview and 29.4 MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind farms in Alberta, Canada.

Enel Green Power North America has begun operating a 50 MW expansion to the High Lonesome wind farm in Texas, increasing the project's total capacity to 500 MW.

The 105 MW Riverview and 29.4 MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind farms in Alberta, Canada are connected and delivering energy to the power grid.

The High Lonesome expansion brings the project's overall investment to $720 million dollars, while the total investment for both Canadian projects amounts to over $210 million (Cdn).

Enel Green Power North America is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America, with a presence in 19 US states and one Canadian province. The company operates 70 plants with a managed capacity of about 5.8 GW powered by renewable wind, hydropower, geothermal and solar energy. (Source: Enel, Enel Green Power North America, PR , 21 May, 2020) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Georgios Papadimitriou, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,

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SWEPCO's Oklahoma Wind Farm Purchases Win Approval (Ind Report)
Alliance for Affordable Energy,SWEOCO
Date: 2020-05-29
The Alliance for Affordable Energy is reporting the Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved Southwestern Electric Power Company's (SWEPCO) purchase o f three new wind facilities in Oklahoma totaling 1,485 MW in nameplate capacity. The facilities will be co-owned with another AEP subsidiary, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and serve customers in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.

SWEPCO has committed to acquiring up to 200 MW of solar, located within its Louisiana territory within the next three years. (Source: Alliance for Affordable Energy, KATC News, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Alliance for Affordable Energy, 504-208-9761,; SWEPCO,

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Lake Erie Wind Pilot Approved with Major Limitations (Ind. Report)
Lake Erie Energy Development Corp
Date: 2020-05-27
The Ohio Power Siting Board last week approved non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) pilot six-turbine Lake Erie offshore wind project with 33 -- including one that the turbines could not turn at night between March 1 and November 1, to limit risk to birds and bats. The developer claims the limits may kill the demonstration project which , as previously reported, received $40 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE.

The Icebreaker pilot project has been approved by U.S. DOE, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which last year signed off on an environmental assessment that found no significant environmental impact from the project. The project is also supported by the Ohio Environmental Council and Sierra Club. (Source: LEEDCo,, 23 May, 2020) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

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Inox Wind Sells Sri Pavan Energy (Int'l. Report, M&A)
Inox Wind
Date: 2020-05-27
Indian wind turbine maker Inox Wind Ltd is reporting the sale of a 51 pct stake in its wind power generation business Sri Pavan Energy Pvt Ltd to Telangana-based Sri KPR Infra & Projects Ltd. With the sale, Sri Pavan Energy will no longer be a subsidiary of Inox Wind. (Source: Inox Wind, Renewables, 26 May, 2020) Sri Pavan Energy,; Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001,,

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Finnish Developer Planning 1.3 GW of New Wind Power (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-05-27
Finnish state-owned land developer Metsahallitus is reporting plans to develop 1.3 GW of new onshore wind power, 400 MW of which is presently under construction, on state lands by 2030. The push for additional wind energy is part of the country's drive towards carbon neutrality by 2035.

To date Metsahallitus , which is responsible for the management of one third of Finland's surface area , has developed 650 MW of onshore wind power on Finnish state lands. (Source: Metsahallitus, Website, Montel, 25 May, 2020) Contact: Metsahallitus

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Capital Dynamics Acquires 23MW Irish Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
Capital Dynamics
Date: 2020-05-27
Global asset manager Capital Dynamics' European Clean Energy Infrastructure business is reporting acquisition of the 23.1-MW subsidy-free Castlegore Wind Farm project in Northern Ireland from ABO Wind NI for an undisclosed sum.

The project is expected to commence construction later this year and will be supported by a long-term power purchase agreement once operational.

With this acquisition, Capital Dynamics manages 7.3GW of gross power generation across more than 100 projects in the US and Europe. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, IP&E, 26 May, 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics European Clean Energy Infrastructure, Simon Eaves, Dir., +44 20 7297 0200 -- London Office,

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Lake Erie Wind Pilot Approved with Major Limitations (Ind. Report)
Lake Erie Energy Development Corp
Date: 2020-05-27
In Columbbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board last week approved non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) pilot six-turbine Lake Erie offshore wind project with 33 restrictive conditions, including one that the turbines could not turn at night between March 1 and November 1, to limit risk to birds and bats. The developer claims the limits may kill the demonstration project which , as previously reported, received $40 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE.

The Icebreaker pilot project was previously approved by U.S. DOE, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which last year signed off on a 180-page environmental assessment, that found no significant environmental impact from the project which is supported by the Ohio Environmental Council and Sierra Club (Source: LEEDCo,, 23 May, 2020) Contact:

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Aussie Climate Change Road Map Introduced (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-05-22
Australia's conservative government on Thursday released a fresh technology roadmap to tackle climate change, targeting the use of natural gas, hydrogen, batteries and carbon capture, while avoiding the contentious issue of setting a carbon price.

The latest proposal, which the government aims to turn into formal policy by September, is based on driving down energy storage costs to back up wind and solar power, electrifying industrial processes and scaling up hydrogen production. . Green groups, mining, energy and other big corporations oppose the plan for its continued reliance on fossil fuels, like gas and coal, and are calling for the imposition of a carbon tax to drive green investment.

The technology roadmap is designed to help Australia meet its Paris Climate Accord commitment to cut carbon emissions by between 26 pct and 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

Although Australia is one of the world's biggest carbon emitters per capita Angus Taylor, the Minister of Energy and Emissions recently said it is not Australian government policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hindustan Times, Reuters, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister,

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

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

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

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Notable Quote -- Offshore Wind
Offshore Wind
Date: 2020-05-22
"The reality today is that offshore wind is being built several places around the world without subsidies and that is of course also the future we are looking into" -- Dan Jorgensen, Denmark Climate and Energy Minister , 20 May, 2020

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Southern Power Snares 56MW West Virginia Wind Farm (M&A, Ind. Report))
Southern Power
Date: 2020-05-22
Southern Power is reporting acquisition of a majority interest in Chicago-headquartered Invenergy LLC's 56MW Beech Ridge 2 wind farm in Greenbrier County , West Virginia for an undisclosed price. The 20 turbine project came online on 1 May, this year. (Source: Southern Power, renews, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Southern Power, Mark Lantrip, CEO, Invenergy LLC,

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Tenaska's 242-MW Missouri Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-05-22
Omaha, Nebraska-based Tenaska reports its 242-MW Clear Creek Energy Center wind farm in Northwest Missouri, is now in operation The facility incorporates 111 Vestas turbines across approximately 31,000 acres.

The $300 million wind farm produces renewable energy under a 25-year PPA with Associated Electric Cooperative, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Missouri, that provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives. The wind farm is owned by Tenaska Clear Creek Wind, which is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska and Bright Canyon Energy. Construction of the wind farm began in spring 2019. Vestas, a global wind turbine manufacturer, supplied the wind turbines and is providing maintenance services for the project. Mortenson was the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. (Source: Tenaska, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO,(402) 691-9700,,

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Avangrid's N.M. Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Avangrid Renewables
Date: 2020-05-20
Avangrid Renewables is reporting construction is underway on its 306-MW, 11 turbine La Joya Wind farm in Torrance County, central New Mexico is underway. The facility , which is expected to come on line this year, will deliver power to Public Service Co. of New Mexico. (Source: Avangrid Renewables, Kallanich 18 May, 2020) Contact: Avangrid Renewables,

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

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

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Tenaska's 242-MW Missouri Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-05-20
Omaha, Nebraska-based Tenaska reports its 242-MW Clear Creek Energy Center wind farm in Northwest Missouri, is now in operation The facility incorporates 111 Vestas turbines across approximately 31,000 acres.

The $300 million wind farm produces renewable energy under a 25-year PPA with Associated Electric Cooperative, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Missouri, that provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives. The wind farm is owned by Tenaska Clear Creek Wind, which is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska and Bright Canyon Energy. Construction of the wind farm began in spring 2019. Vestas, a global wind turbine manufacturer, supplied the wind turbines and is providing maintenance services for the project. Mortenson was the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. (Source: Tenaska, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO Mortenson

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Vestas Wins 46 MW E-Connection Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-05-19
Danish wind turbine specialist Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from Bunnik, Netherlands- headquartered wind power project developer E-Connection for 11 turbines totaling 46 MW for the first phase of the Oosterscheldekering Wind Optimization project that consists of the four waterfront wind parks -- Binnenhaven, Roggeplaat-West, Noordland Buiten and Vluchthaven -- in the province of Zeeland where high wind conditions are common.

The project is a mix of new and replacement turbines including nine V136-4.2 MW turbines and two V117-4.2 MW turbines with site-specific towers, combined with a 15-year Active Output Management (AOM 4000) service contract. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve, 13 May, 2020) Contact: E-Connection, +31 (0) 30 659 8000, +31 (0) 30 659 8001 - fax, info@e-connection.n',; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,,

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100 MW Ontario Nation Rise Wind Farm Back on Track (Ind. Report)
EDP Renewables
Date: 2020-05-19
EDP Renewables (EDPR) Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDPR, reports the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) has granted EDPR's judicial review application and reinstated the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the 100-MW, 29-turbine Nation Rise Wind Farm in the Municipality of North Stormont, Ontario.

The Nation Rise Wind Farm was under construction when the Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, revoked the project's REA last Dec effectively halting the wind project. (Source: EDP Renewables, 13 May, 2020) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00,

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Eni, CDP Equity Waste-to-Fuel JV EU Approved (Int'l. Report)
Eni SpA ,CDP Equity
Date: 2020-05-19
The European Commission (EC) reports it has given to nod to Rome-headquartered oil and gas company Eni SpA and domestic investment fund CDP Equity SpA for the formation of CircularIT, a waste-to-energy joint venture that would construct municipal waste-water reuse and biofuel plants.

Under the terms, CDP Equity will own 51 pct of the new entity, and Eni Rewind, a subsidiary of the energy company, will hold the remaining 49 pct. (Source: EC, CDP Equity, May, 20200 Contact: CDP Equity,; Eni SpA,

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Scout Clean Energy 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2020-05-19
Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy reports it will apply for a conditional use permit from Benton County, Washington for its 600-MW Horse Heaven Wind Farm project south of Kennewick later this year.

The project is expected to incorporate as many as 212 GE wind turbines at a total cost of $850 million and generate sufficient energy for approximately 140,000 homes when fully operational in 2022.

Horse Heaven Wind Farm is subject to regulatory review under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, Facebook, Tri Cities Journal of Business, May, 2020)Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566,,

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Siemens Gamesa Expanding Taiwan Wind Turbine Facility (Int'l.)
iemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-05-19
Further to our 15 Nov. 2019 report, Madrid-based wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (SGRE) is reporting plans to expand its production capacity in Taiwan to deliver turbines for the Hai Long 2 wind farm with which it has a preferred supplier agreement.

The Hai Long offshore wind farm project is being developed by Toronto-based Northland Power Inc and Singapore's Yushan Energy Pte . SGRE is to supply wind turbines for the latter's 300 MW wind farm off the coast of Changhua County. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Taipei Times, 16 May, 2020) Contact: Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen,; Northland Power Inc., (416) 962-6262,; Yushan Energy,

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ADB Supports Thailand Wind, Battery Energy Storage Project (Int’l.)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2020-05-19
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is reporting an agreement to lend Lom Ligor Company Limited, a subsidiary of Thailand-headquartered renewable energy development company BCPG Public Company Limited (BCPG), $7.2 million for the construction of the Southern Thailand Wind Power and a 1.88 MWh Battery Energy Storage Project to be added to an existing 10MW wind turbine power plant. (Source: ADB, Energy Storage News, 18 May, 2020)Contact: Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, Pres. +63 2 632 4444,

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Iron Mountain GHG Emissions Cuts Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Iron Mountain
Date: 2020-05-15
Boston-based information management and storage specialist Iron Mountain Inc. reports it has cut its GHG emissions by 52 pct surpassing its original science-based target of 25 pct reduction by 2025.

The company is also on track to meeting its RE100 commitment of sourcing 77 pct of global electricity supply from wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources. The company also recently launched the Green Power Pass program to certify that 100 pct of the energy customers use at Iron Mountain's data centers comes from renewable sources and help businesses achieve their own emissions goals. (Source: Iron Mountain, Env. Energy Leader, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Iron Mountain Incorporated, (800) 899-4755,

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Scottish Power Repowering Hagshaw Hill Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
Scottish Power
Date: 2020-05-15
UK energy giant Scottish Power has announced plans to upgrade Scotland's first commercial wind development, the 1990's vintage, 26 turbine Hagshaw Hill Wind Farm near Douglas in South Lanarkshire. The Existing 26 turbines will be replaced with 14 new more efficient machines to bring the facility's capacity to 165MW at a cost of roughly £150 million, according to the release.

In 2018, Scottish Power became the first major UK energy company to generate all of its energy from wind power. (Source: Scottish Power, BBC, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072,

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Equinor, SSE Name Tyne as Dogger Bank Wind Onshore Base (Int'l.)
Equinor,SSE Renewables,Dogger Bank
Date: 2020-05-15
Reporting from Oslo, Equinor and SSE Renewables, the companies behind the world's largest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank, have announced plans to build a new on-shore Office, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Base at the deep water Port of Tyne in the northeast of England.

Dogger Bank Construction began in January 2020. When fully operational it is projected to generate sufficient power for more than 4.5 million UK homes. The Dogger Bank Wind Farm is estimated to trigger a total capital investment of approximately £9 billion between 2020 and 2026. (Source: Equinor, World Oil, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Satre, Pres., CEO,; SSE Plc,; Port of Tyne,

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Goldwind Sells Stake In Panamanian Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
Goldwind AmericasAES Corp
Date: 2020-05-15
Goldwind Americas is reporting the sale the sale of its 55-MW Penonome I Wind Project to AES Panama S.R.L. a subsidiary of the AES Corporation and the country's largest power generator.

AES Panama S.R.L -- jointly owned by The AES Corporation and the Republic of Panama -- owns an aggregate of 554 MW of electric generation capacity through its various operating facilities. AES Panama has developed a portfolio of sustainable infrastructure solutions and helped to reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 16 tons since 1998 (Source: Goldwind Americas, PR, 13 May, 2020) Contact: AES Panama,; AES Corp.,; Goildwind Americas, Lauren La Marche, Marketing,,

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Liberty Completes First Wind Turbine of 600-MW Project (Ind Report)
Liberty Utilities
Date: 2020-05-13
Following up on our 15 Jan report, in the Show Me State, Joplin-based Liberty Utilities is reporting the first of more than 270 wind turbines slated for its $1.2 billion, 600-MW wind project in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas has been completed. The project includes two wind farms, North Fork and King's Point, in Southwest Missouri, each of which incorporates 69 turbines that combined are projected to generate a total of 300 megawatts.

Work is also underway on the utility's Neosho Ridge Wind Farm in Neosho County, Kansas, north of Parsons, where 139 more turbines will generate another 300MW of electricity.

When the project is completed, Liberty will generate over half of its electricity from its wind farm, or through purchasing agreements with two wind farms in Kansas. (Source: Liberty Utilities, Joplin Globe, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Liberty Utilities, Tim Wilson, VP, 855-872-3242,

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Ameresco, N.H. Ink Energy Conservation ESPC Contract (Ind. Report)
Ameresco, New Hampshire
Date: 2020-05-13
In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. Ameresco reports it and the State of New Hampshire have entered into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for energy conservation measures at 21 state facilities in New Hampshire's Seacoast Region.

By utilizing an Energy Savings Performance Contract, the State will save energy without incurring any up-front costs and pay for the energy improvements with the realized energy savings, estimated to be over $4 million over the 20-year contract term.

Specific energy conservation measures include: lighting system improvements, new energy management systems, demand-controlled ventilation, chiller replacement, new windows, high-efficiency pumps, infiltration reductions, pipe insulation, new transformers, three solar PV arrays and automatic temperature controls, all of which is expected to be complete in March 2021. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Renewables 11 May, 2020) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, Exec.VP, (508) 661-2288,

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

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

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

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Siemens Announces Wind Sector Merger Plans (M&A, Int'l. Report)
Siemens, Flender
Date: 2020-05-13
German industrial major Siemens AG is reporting plans to merge its wind power generation unit with its Bocholt, Germany-based mechanical drive systems subsidiary Flender. The merger would "complete the company's electrical and mechanical portfolio, making it an important tier-one supplier to the wind power industry" and create a "one-stop-shop" for Siemens' wind power customers, according to the company.

Flender, which Siemens acquired 2005, produces mechanical drive systems for wind turbines and other power generation sectors, including mining, and oil and gas. It also supplies gearboxes under the Winergy brand.

Siemens is also proceeding with its planned transfer of its 67.1 pct majority stake in wind turbine OEM Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) to its gas and power unit to the new "Siemens Energy" unit, and spin it off in a public listing. (Source: Siemens AG, PR, WindPower, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Flender,; Siemens AG,

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French Floating Offshore Wind Project Finds Financing (Int'l. Funding)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2020-05-13
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved an undisclosed sum to finance the development of the 30 MW Golfe du Lion offshore floating wind project, 16 km off the coast of the Leucate-Le Barcares area in the Mediterranean Sea. .

The demonstration project will incorporate three V164 MHI Vestas 10 MW wind turbines supported by Principle Power's WindFloat semi-submersible floating foundations. The project, which is being developed by Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL), a consortium comprising Engie, EDP Renewables, and Caisse des Depots, is expected to be commissioned in 2022. The commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for 2022 (Source: EIB, offshore wind biz, 12 May, 2020) (Contact: Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion,; EIB,

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

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

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

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

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NYC Building Energy Conservation Code Updated (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2020-05-11
In the Empire State, the Big Apple is reporting the updating its New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) which will be current with the New York State 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code.

The State code is based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016. The 2020 NYCECC will become effective May 12, 2020, the same effective date as the state's energy code which aligns the code with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code-2020, as adopted by the New York City Council on March 29, 2020.

The 2020 New York City Energy Code includes energy efficiency requirements help to improve overall building envelope performance through installation of better performing and more energy efficient windows and other initiatives.

Access the 2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code HERE (Source: NYC City Council, Door & Window Market, 8 May, 2020)

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

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Date: 2020-05-08
Wind turbine after-sales market repair and parts distributor reports it is now offering its product range for purchase in a B2B online shop throughout Europe.

Associated with this are further service advantages, such as the display of the stock availability of all products, in order to guarantee the buyer planning security for necessary orders. Products offered include corrosion protection coating systems for on- and offshore wind turbines; adhesives and sealants; rotor blade repair materials; as well as hydraulic and electrotechnical products. Unavailable products can be ordered. counts 3M, Akzo Nobel, Sika, ABB, Vestas, Siemens and many more among its customers. (Source: Windsourcing, PR, Website, 4 May, 2020) Contact: Windsourcing, +49 (0) 40 - 9876 88 00+49;

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energyOrbit Energy Efficiency Report Reveals Savings (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-05-08
A new Energy Efficiency Impact Report from San Francisco-based cloud energy efficiency and Demand-Side Management specialist energyOrbit unveils the energy and cost savings for residents and businesses by aggregating data from its customers, including utility companies and other energy efficiency (EE) organizations.

The report notes that $3.7 billion in incentives were paid to businesses and households and benefited customers participating in energy rebate programs. Enterprises also contributed to a cleaner atmosphere, taking the equivalent of 3.6 million passenger cars off the road, while avoiding 16.7 million metric tons of COշ.

For its report, energyOrbit tallied data from investor-owned utilities, municipalities, cooperatives and third-party implementers in the U.S. and Canada since 2008. The numbers have been charted in two areas: Total Energy Savings and Incentive Payments. The report also highlights the following savings reference points: Annual electricity use of 2.8 million homes; 4.4 coal-fired plants not in use; 3,600 wind turbines running for a year; 22 million acres of U.S. forests planted in one year , and 54 percent of New York City electricity consumption per year.

As of 2019, energyOrbit has helped utilities and third-party implementers manage more than 24 TWh of electricity savings. Additionally, 11 GW of peak demand has been reduced by efficiency measures tracked by energyOrbit. Additionally, over $3.7 billion in incentives have been managed and prepared for payment. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: energyOrbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , 866-628-8744,

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First Solar, Geronimo Seal 415 MW Module Supply Deal (Ind Report)
First Solar,Geronimo Energy
Date: 2020-05-08
Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. is reporting a framework supply agreement with Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, a National Grid company, for 415 MW of its high-performance, eco-efficient Series 6 photovoltaic (PV) modules for delivery in 2022. 2022.

Geronimo Energy has more then 2.4 GW of wind and solar operational or under construction, and a multi-gigawatt development pipeline.

First Solar recently expanded its manufacturing capacity to meet the demand for Series 6 modules, starting production at its new module manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio, in October 2019, making First Solat the largest solar manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere. (Source: First Solar, May, 2020) Contact: Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000,,; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

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Iberdrola Acquiring Aalto Power for €100Mn (Int'l Report, M&A)
Iberdrola,Aalto Power SAS
Date: 2020-05-08
Spanish utility Iberdrola SA reports it has agreed to purchase Marseille-based wind power company Aalto Power SAS for €100.1 million ($108 million), subject to customary conditions and approvals.

Aalto Power owns and operates 118 MW of onshore wind farms in France and has 636 MW of projects development. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, Renewable Energy May, 2020) Contact: Iberdrola,; Aalto Power SAS, +33 9 66 81 48 73,

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Enbridge Offloading Partial Stake in Offshore Wind Projects (M&A)
Enbridge,Eolien Maritime France
Date: 2020-05-08
Markham. Ontario-headquartered Enbridge reports it selling 49 pct of its 50 pct stake in Eolien Maritime France (EMF), the developer of three offshore wind projects in France, to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments). With the sale, Enbridge will own a 25.5 pct equity interests in the 450-MW Saint-Nazaire facility; 21.7 pct in the 450-MW Courseulles-sur-Mer wind facility and 17.9 pct in the 500-MW Fecamp offshore wind projects, all in France. Completion of the anticipated 4Q, 2020 closing of $100 million (Cdn) transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. (Source: Enbridge, Various Media, Offshore Wind, 7 May, 2020)Contact: Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900,; Eolien Maritime France,

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15,000 MW Aussie Hybrid Wind-Solar Project Approved (Int'l.)
Asian Renewable Energy Hub
Date: 2020-05-06
In the Land Down Under, the proposed $22 billion-plus Asian Renewable Energy Hub wind and solar hybrid project in Western Australia, the largest proposed such hybrid project in the world, has been recommended for environmental approval.

The Hub will generate up to 15,000 MW of renewable energy, up to 3,000 MW of which will be dedicated to large energy users in the Pilbara region, which could include new and expanded mines and downstream mineral processing. The bulk of the power will enable large scale production of green hydrogen products for domestic and export markets, according to the Hub website.

From a 14,000-square kilometre initial land package, 6,500 square kilometres of land in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia were selected to accommodate up to 15,000 MW of wind turbines and solar photovoltaic panels. Outstanding wind and solar resource and large project scale will result in competitively priced renewable energy with a high capacity factor, according to the Hub website. (Source: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, Brisbane Times, 4 May, 2020) Contact: Asian Renewable Energy Hub,

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200-MW Hawkeye State Wind Farm Commissioned (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables, Alliant Energy
Date: 2020-05-06
EDF Renewables (EDFR) and Alliant Energy Corp are reporting the commissioning of the 200-MW Golden Plains wind farm in Winnebago and Kossuth counties Iowa. EDFR constructed the 82-GE turbine equipped wind farm in support of Alliant Energy's plan to have 1,299 MW of wind power capacity in operation in the Hawkeye State by end-2020. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, 4 May,2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Kate O'Hair, VP Dev. North Region,; Alliant Energy Corp.,

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UMass Prof. Funded for Wind Blade Damage R&D (Funding, R&D)
UMass Lowell
Date: 2020-05-06
In the Bay State, University of Massachusetts Lowell Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Murat Inalpolat is reporting receipt of $1.4 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE to develop technology to detect wind blade cracking and splitting damage using sound.

For the project, Inalpolat will mount wireless microphones inside blades, wireless speakers inside the turbine's cavity and another microphone near the turbine to monitor sound and identify damage from changes in audio frequencies, according to a UMass Lowell news release.

"There is no other technology in today's market that can monitor the condition and safety of turbine blades while they are operating. Our proposed system is low-cost, reliable, robust and it can be installed on both new and existing wind turbines," Inalpolat said in the news release. The turbines are being tested at the state Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, according to the release.

Inalpolat's project is also supported by the National Science Foundation, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and UMass Lowell's WindSTAR research center. (Source: UMass Lowel, The Sun, 3 May, 2020) Contact: UMass Lowell, Murat Inalpolat, Assist. Prof. Mechanical Engineering,,

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Tunisian Concentrated Renewable Energy Capacity Hits 379 MW (Int'l.)
Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies
Date: 2020-05-06
In Tunis, the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, reports the North African country's concentrated renewable energy power generation hit 379 MWin 2019, against 115 MW in 2010. Of the total, 63.3 pct of renewable energy capacity was from wind, 20.4 pct was from photovoltaic solar and 16.3 pct was from hydropower. (Source: Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, African Manager, 3 May, 2020) Contact: Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, Mohamed Sdiri, +216 0 97333562,;

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Taiwan Offshore Wind Pin Piling Installations Underway (Int'l.)
Jan De Nul-Hitachi
Date: 2020-05-06
Jan De Nul-Hitachi, a consortium of Jan De Nul Group and Hitachi Ltd, is reporting the fabrication of 84 pin piles for Changhua Demonstration offshore wind project off the coast of Fangyuanin Central Western Taiwan, has been completed and installation is now underway.

80 of the piles were fabricated at a South Korean yard managed by the Scottish company Edgen Murray. Four other pin piles were manufactured in Taiwan. (Source: Jan De Nul-Hitachi, C4Offshore, 4 May, 2020)Contact: Changhua Demonstration,; Jan De Nul-Hitachi, +352 39 89 11,  +352 39 96 43 - fax,,

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Modvion Touts Laminated Wood Wind Turbine Tower (Int'l. Report)
Modvion,Swedish Wind Technology Centre
Date: 2020-05-06
Swedish design and engineering firm Modvion is reporting the erection of a pilot 30 meter-tall laminated wood wind turbine tower on a Swedish island near the city of Gothenburg. The pilot was constructed for the Swedish Wind Technology Centre.

According to Modvion, wooden wind towers are cheaper to construct and lighter than steel towers and can be transported in smaller modules allowing towers to be taller and wider, and can extend longer vertically and operate in places where wind speeds are higher.

Modvion's pilot tower received €50,000 from the EU Horizon 2020 innovation fund and was constructed at a glued laminated timber factory owned by project partner and industrial wood specialist Moelven. (Source: Modvion, BusinessGreen, 5 May, 2020) Contact: Modvion, Otto Lundman, CEO, +46(0)702720624,, +46(0); Swedish Wind Technology Centre,

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Dominion RFP Quadruples Renewables, Energy Storage (Ind Report)
Dominion Energy Virginia
Date: 2020-05-04
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy Virginia has issued its largest ever request for proposals (RFP) for up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar and onshore wind generation and up to 250 MW of energy storage in the Commonwealth.

Projected expansion of offshore wind, solar, and energy storage development amounts to approximately 24,000 new megawatts of renewable energy and storage capacity over the next 15 years. The long-term IRP includes:

  • More than 5,000 MW of offshore wind is planned by 2035, including the 2,600 MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project already announced by Dominion Energy. This offshore wind deployment -- the largest in North America -- has a 2026 target in-service date.

  • Dominion Energy's solar fleet, already the 4th largest among US utility holding companies, is projected to grow significantly as the Dominion Energy Virginia long-term IRP calls for the development and procurement of approximately 16,000 MW over the next fifteen years.

  • Energy storage capacity is projected to expand to approximately 2,700 MW meeting the most ambitious targets in the country set in the VCEA. This includes battery storage pilots already approved and scheduled to be online in Virginia next year.

    Also included in this year's filing is a significant increase in energy efficiency programs to meet the 5 pct energy sales reduction target by 2025 set by the VCEA.

    Bidders information is at (Source: Dominion Energy, 1 May, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations,

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