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Siemens Gamesa Nails €200Mn Senvion Assets Acquisition (M&A)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-05-04
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting the final acquisition of all shares in Ria Blades, S.A., the business entity which owns and operates the onshore wind turbine blade production plant in Vagos, Portugal, as well as other additional assets required to operate the facility.

The total acquisition purchase price for Senvion's selected assets, including the manufacturing facility in Vagos, the Onshore European Services assets and IP came in at €200 million -- subject to closing accounts confirmatory adjustments. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Smart Energy, May, 2020) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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


SINN Touts Floating Solar, wind, Wave Energy Platform (Ind. Report)
SINN Power
Date: 2020-05-04
Gauling, Bavaria-based wave energy specialist SINN Power GmbH is touting its patented floating modular solar power wave generation platform in Iraklio, Greece.

SINN Power develops, constructs and sells innovative wave energy systems, high-tech generators, power electronic components and energy storage for wave energy systems and other renewable energy systems. The SINN Power floating structure is aimed at harsh maritime environments with limited access to renewable energy. (Source: SINN Power GmbH, Utilities, May, 2020) Contact: SINN Power GmbH, Dr-Ing. Philipp Sinn (CEO), +49 89 92566192, www.sinnpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SINN Power ,  Floating Solar,  Solar,  


AGL Energy's Coopers Gap Installs Last Turbine (Int'l. Report)
AGL Energy
Date: 2020-05-01
In the Land Down Under, AGL Energy is reporting the last of 123 GE wind turbines has been installed at the 453-MW Coopers Gap project in Queensland.

The Cooper's Gap project, which generated its first power last June, is the second greenfield project of AGL's Powering Australia Renewables Fund (PARF), which was co-created with QIC -- an investment company owned by the Queensland government. Coopers Gap will generate sufficient power for roughly 264,000 average Australian homes.

AGL Energy is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies providing electricity, gas, solar and renewable energy services to Australian homes and businesses. (Source: AGL Energy, ReNew Economy, 30 April, 2020)Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831, gwest@agl.com.au, www.agl.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News AGL Energy,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


42MW Swedish Wind Farm Comes Online (Int'l. Report)
OX2
Date: 2020-05-01
The Marguerite European Infrastructure Fund is reporting its 42MW onshore wind farm in Brannliden, Skelleftea municipality, Sweden, is now fully operational. The facility was constructed by Sweden's OX2 under a 2018, EPC contract and will now be responsible for the technical and commercial management of the wind farm.agreement.

The Vesta's V136 4.2MW turbine equipped wind farm is expected to generate approximately 160 GWh per year. (Source: Marguerite Fund, WindTech, 30 April, 2020) Contact: OX2, +46 8 559 310 00, info@ox2.com, www.ox2.com; Marguerite Fund, +33 1 53859500, www.marguerite.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  OX2,  


Orsted's Borssele Offshore Delivers First Wind Power (Int'l.)
Borssele
Date: 2020-05-01
Orsted reports the Borssele 1 & 2 -- the Netherlands largest wind farm -- has delivered its first wind power to the Dutch grid. Borssele 1 & 2, located 22 kilometres off the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland, will incorporate 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines making it the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands when completed. (Source: Orsted, Borssele reve, 29 April, 2020) Contact: Orsted, Flemming Thomsen, Senior Programme Director, Borssele 1 & 2, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Borssele,  Offshore Wind,  Orsted,  


Enel Green Power's 21MW Spanish Wind Project Underway (Int'l Report)
Enerl Green Power,Endesa
Date: 2020-05-01
Enel Green Power Espana reports construction is underway on €20 million, 21MW wind project in Teruel and Zaragoza provinces, Spain. The facility is expected to enter operation before the end of the year.

The latest project will support parent company Endesa's goal of 10.2GW of installed renewable capacity by 2022. The company manages over 7176MW of renewable capacity in Spain, mainly hydropower, with the rest comprising wind (2036MW), solar (339MW), mini-hydro (79MW) and other renewable energy sources (14MW). (Source: Enel, PR, 30 April, 2020) Contact: Endesa, Jose Bogas, CEO , Enel Green Power Espana , www.enelgreenpower.com › country-spain

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Renewable Energy Wind,  Endesa,  


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

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

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

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


Vestas Claims 67MW Vietnamese Wind Turbines Order (Int'l Report)
Vestas
Date: 2020-04-29
Vestas reports it will supply, transport, install and commission a total of 16 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines delivered in different power ratings for two wind farm developments in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.

The order includes a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, designed to maximise energy production for both sites which are slated for ommissioning in Q3 of 2021. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve,25 April, 2020) Contact: Vestas Asia Pacific, Clive Turton, Pres., +45 96 75 25 75, www.vestas.com

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


Goldwind Wins Two Greek Wind Farm Turbine Orders (Int'l Report)
Goldwind,Vensys Energy AG
Date: 2020-04-29
Goldwind and its subsidiary Vensys Energy AG is reporting receipt of orders for two wind power projects both located in Viotia, Central Greece.

Respectively, Goldwind will provide these two wind farms with GW 121-2.625MW and GW 140-3.0MW wind turbines based on Goldwind's 2.5S- and 3S-platforms. Both projects are expected to come online by the end of this year. (Source: Goldwind, PR, reve, 26 April, 2020) Contact: Goldwind, www.goldwindglobal.com; Vensys Energy AG, Philipp Wieltschnig, Business Development, +49 6821 9517- 0 , p.wieltschnig@vensys.de, www.vensys.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind,  Vensys Energy,  Wind,  


New Window Solar Cell from Monash Univ. (New Prod & Tech)
Monash University
Date: 2020-04-27
Monash University engineers in Melbourne, Australia are touting a newly developed next-gen perovskite solar cells (PSCs) semi-transparent solar cell that offers a viable level of efficiency.

Two square metres (around 22 square feet) of the new solar cells would generate about as much electricity as a standard solar panel, according to the latest study -- roughly 140 watts per meter, if tinted to the same degree as current glazed commercial windows.

The semi-transparent cells have a conversion efficiency of 17 pct while still transmitting more than 10 pct of the incoming light. The new cells replace a key solar cell component (Spiro-OMeTAD) with a specially developed polymer, based on an organic semiconductor, which increases overall stability. (Source: Monash University, Science Alert, 22 April, 2020) Contact: Monash University, Jacek Jasieniak, +61 3 9905 9584, Jacek.Jasieniak@monash.edu, www.research.monash.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Cell,  Solar Window,  


Michigan's Largest Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2020-04-27
DTE Energy is reporting its new 168-MW, 68 turbine Polaris Wind Park in Gratiot County is now operational and generating sufficient power for more than 64,000 homes. The facility is the largest operating wind park in Michigan and the first of four new wind parks DTE will commission in 2020.

Including Polaris, DTE has more than 1,300 MW of renewables online and plans to add another 800 MW by the end of 2022. DTE's renewable energy portfolio includes 15 wind parks and 31 solar arrays, all located in Michigan. (Source: DTE, 25 April, 2020) Contact: DTE, www.dtecleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Wind,  


DOE Announces $25Mn for Grid Management Systems (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2020-04-27
The U.S. DOE has announced $25 million in funding for 10 projects as part of the Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management(PERFORM) program. These projects will work to develop innovative management systems that represent the relative delivery risk of each asset, like wind farms or power plants, and balance the collective risk of all assets across the grid.

PERFORM teams will design risk scores that communicate the delivery risk of an asset's offer, such as the reliability of electricity from a solar plant due to the weather on a given day. They will also develop grid management systems that internally capture uncertainty and evaluate the system risk to meet or exceed a set baseline. This risk-driven paradigm will enable grid operators to better maintain a supply-demand balance and system reliability, even with the intermittency of renewables. In turn, they can optimally manage the system and assess the true value of essential reliability services in real time, allowing for a more diverse energy mix.

Details and sampling of PERFORM projects HERE. (Source: US EPA, April, 2020) Contact: US DOE ARPA, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Energy Management,  Smart Grid,  


N.J. Plans Wind Innovation, New Development Institute (Ind Report)
New Jersey Wind Council
Date: 2020-04-27
In the Garden State, the New Jersey Wind Council established by Governor Phil Murphy reports plans to create a Wind Innovation and New Development Institute (WIND) to serve as a center for education, research, innovation, and workforce training related to the development of offshore wind in New Jersey and the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. To that end the WIND institute will:

  • Establish a wind turbine technician occupation in New Jersey -- Wind turbine technicians are critical for industry growth and are in demand across the country. For each project, an individual original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requires dozens of wind turbine technicians to support installation and provide efficient turbine maintenance throughout the lifetime of the wind farm. New Jersey will need to train qualified wind turbine technicians to achieve Murphy's goal of producing 7,500 MW by 2035.

  • Expand the pipeline of trade workers with the skills and qualifications required for offshore wind;

  • Introduce a Global Wind Organization (GWO) Safety Certification program -- Working in the offshore wind industry requires workers on turbines, including wind turbine technicians, to complete the GWO's safety training. New Jersey currently does not provide GWO training.

    As previously reported, Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind is contributing $200,000 to clean energy research and educational outreach activities at New Jersey's Montclair State University's Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center (CESAC). The company will also aid in the advancement of energy research initiatives, the development of educational events and stakeholder engagement activities.

    The Wind Council report is HERE. (Source: New Jersey Wind Council, Maritime Exec., 25 April, 2020) Contact: New Jersey Wind Council, www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200422a.shtml

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey BPU,  New Jersey Wind Council,  Wind,  


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

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

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


    ACORE, WSA Partnering to Advance Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Wind Solar Alliance,ACORE
    Date: 2020-04-24
    The Wind Solar Alliance (WSA) reports its key educational efforts and programmes for the wholesale power and transmission market will be conducted by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). The key programs, including WSA's grid campaign and jobs tour, will be integrated into ACORE's existing strategy this spring in effort to accelerate the transition to renewable energy.

    According to the WSA, "accelerating the deployment of low-cost wind and solar energy has never been more critical and joining forces with ACORE will allow the WSA to expand its shared goals of outreach and education on the benefits of renewable energy and the policy changes needed to grow the clean energy sector at the pace that American businesses and consumers are demanding." (Source: ACOR, Wind Solar Alliance, Website, April, 2020) Contact: Wind Solar Alliance, Kevin O'Rourke, Exec. Dir., 202-383-2513, info@windsolaralliance.org, www.windsolaralliance.org; American Council on Renewable Energy , Greg Wetstone, www.acore.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Solar Alliance ,  ACORE,  Renewable Energy,  


    USFS Announces Woody Biomass Energy Funding (Funding Report)
    U.S. Forest Service
    Date: 2020-04-24
    The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) reports it has awarded a total of $7.62 million in matching fund grants to 35 projects as part of the agency's Wood Innovations Grant Program. Eight of those projects focus on renewable energy, while the remaining 27 focus on expanding markets for wood products.

    The Wood Innovations Grant program advances innovations in wood energy and products that create jobs, revitalize local economies and support sustainable forest land management. Selected projects include:

  • Hoonah Indian Association: Hoonah, Alaska; Hoonah biomass design based on 2017 feasibility study;

  • Maine Energy Systems LLC: Bethel, Maine; Demonstration project for increasing whole house pellet heating clusters;

  • Red Lodge Mountain: Red Lodge, Montana; Red Lodge Mountain waste to warmth energy project;

  • Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District: Valentine, Nebraska; Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District headquarters heating project;

  • City of Prineville: Prineville, Oregon; Prineville renewable energy project engineering and design study;

  • Blue Mountain Lumber Products LLC: Pendleton, Oregon; Expanding forest biomass pellet manufacturing capacity;

  • Smokehouse Products LLC: Hood River, Oregon; Installation of wood chip dryer and processing equipment using renewable energy and heat provided by Wind River biomass utility;

  • Next Generation Wood Inc.: Hiwassee, Virginia; Market assessment for the expansion of biochar use and sales;

  • Long Falls Paperboard LLC: Brattleboro, Vermont; Long Falls Paperboard biomass combined-heat-and-power conversion project—flue gas condensation alternative to achieve maximum efficiency.

    Access Wood Innovations Grant Program details HERE (Source: US Forest Service, PR, 16 April, 2020) Contact: US Forest Service, www.fs.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Forest Service,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


  • Allegheny College PA's First Carbon Neutral College (Ind. Report)
    Allegheny College
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the Keystone State, Allegheny College (enrollment 1850 +-) in Meadville reports it is the state's first college or university and only the eighth in the nation to achieve carbon neutrality.

    Allegheny College's Board of Trustees established a climate action plan in 2010 that in part aimed to become a carbon-neutral institution by 2020.To that end, the school increased its energy efficiency by nearly 20 pct through retrofitting existing infrastructure, making system and behavioral changes, and opting for sustainable construction and renovation. It also shifted from fossil fuel-based energy sources to alternative energy sources by installing geothermal heating and cooling systems in four buildings, generating 8,500 kilowatt-hours of solar energy annually and by only buying energy from wind-generated sources. It offset remaining emissions by investing in projects that Allegheny College faculty and students are involved in, including, for example, a methane-capture project at a dairy farm. (Source: Allegheny College Times News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Allegheny College, Kelly Boulton, Sustainability Director, www.allegheny.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon-Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Abengoa Wins Chilean Wind Transmission Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Abengoa,AES Gener
    Date: 2020-04-22
    Spanish engineering company Abengoa SA reports it has been selected by the Santiago, Chile-based power company AES Gener, part of AES Corporation Group, for the engineering and construction of the power transmission infrastructure and grid connections from the Mesamavida and Los Olmos wind farms presently under construction in southern Chile.

    Both wind farms are part of AES Gener's plan to increase the number of renewable energy facilities to contribute to the sustainable growth of the region. (Source: Abengoa, PR, 20 April, 2020) Contact: Abengoa, Inv. Relations, Gonzalo Zubiría, +34 954 93 71 11, ir@abengoa.com, www.abengoa.com; AES Gener, www.aesgener.cl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa,  Wind,  Chile Wind,  


    Dominion's Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project Nears Construction (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy is reporting turbine components and monopiles for its pilot Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project are en-route to North America.

    The project's foundations, consisting of the turbines' monopiles, transition pieces and anode cages were fabricated by EEW SPC. Installation of the two 6-megawatt Siemens Gamesa turbines 27 miles offshore, is expected to begin later this spring for commissioning and startup by the end of the year. At peak production, the pilot project will power 3,000 homes.

    Also this month, Dominion Energy is conducting ocean surveys to map the seabed of the 112,800-acre lease area where the company's 2,600-MW CVOW project will be built beginning in 2024. These surveys will support the development of the project's Construction and Operations Plan to be submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) later this year. (Source: Dominion Energy InsideNova, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell, VP Generation Construction, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Energy Corporation of India,  


    Chelan County PUD Ups Window Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Chelan County PUD
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In Wentachee, Washington State the Chelan County PUD says some of its energy-saving rebate amounts will almost double this year. Customers can cash in on rebates through use of energy efficient windows and insulation materials. Insulation rebate rates for walls, floors, and attics have doubled from .50 per square foot to $1.00. In addition, customers who use furnace, baseboard or wall heat in homes with single-pane windows can get $12 per square foot for upgrading to energy-efficient windows. The previous rebate was $6. The rebates are retroactive through January 1, 2020

    The PUD aims to make it more affordable to replace inefficient single-pane windows, especially where the heat source is not a heat pump, and to encourage energy efficiency upgrades and programs in its service district. (Source: Chelan PUD, Columbia Basin News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Chelan County PUD, Josh Mitchell, Resaidential Energy Advisor, 888-663-8121, www.chelanpud.org

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


    NASA Touts RETScreen Expert for Energy Savings (ind. Report)
    NASA
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In Washington, NASA is touting its Prediction of the Worldwide Energy Resources (POWER) project based at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and supported by NASA's Earth Science Division, as a resource tool for siting renewable energy technology and improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

    The program incorporates NASA satellite data into an desktop software program called RETScreen Expert. RETScreen , a clean energy management software program developed by the Canadian government in collaboration with several international partners, including NASA.

    Most of the environmental parameters -- like temperature, humidity, and winds -- included in the RETScreen project is developed by NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO). Based at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., its computer model and data assimilation techniques enhance NASA Earth observations from more than 20 NASA satellites and missions.

    However, the key data parameter, solar irradiance, provides a long-term record of daily averaged solar variability up to within about a week of real time. This solar variability replicates ground-based measurements very well and can be used to do things like monitor solar photovoltaic panel performance and place solar panels for optimal exposure to sunlight. Wind resources are also incorporated into the POWER models and have important uses for energy efficiency analysis, such as helping to better calculate heat losses from buildings. (Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, April, 2020) Contact: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Paul Stackhouse, project manager, (301) 286-2000, www.nasa.gov › goddard

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    $30Mn Assisted Living Project Partially PACE Funded (Ind. Report)
    Petros PACE Finance Trust
    Date: 2020-04-20
    In Indiana, Indianapolis-based Leo Brown Group, owner of the $30 million Traditions of Lebanon assisted living complex to be developed in Lebanon, is expected to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to cover $17 million of the project cost in semi-annual assessments of $230,000-$289,000 added to property taxes over 30 years.

    The $17 million, through Petros PACE Finance Trust, includes over $7.7 million in HVAC, energy efficient lighting and improvements and just under $7.9 million in interest.

    Traditions of Lebanon was originally expected to include a 142-unit assisted living complex, including 30 units for memory care and 13 homes for independent living but has been reduced in size. Documents obtained last week indicate the scope of the project changed. The 170,000-square-foot senior living community will now include 48 independent living homes, 64 assisted living units and 30 memory care units. Energy savings from the Brown project are anticipated from HVAC improvements, LED lighting, energy-efficient windows and doors and the “building envelope”. (Source: Dayton Daily News, 18 April, 2020) Contact: Petros PACE Finance Trust LLC, www.petros-pace.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orix,  Wind,  India Wind,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  AWEA,  Kansas Wind,  


    COVID-19 Causes N.D. Wind Blade Plant Shutdown (Ind. Report)
    General Electric,LM Wind Power
    Date: 2020-04-20
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting the temporary shutdown of its LM Wind Power turbine blade manufacturing facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota after 110 individuals associated with the facility tested positive for the rampaging COVID-19 virus.

    The GE factory, which makes rotor blades for wind turbines, will be closed for at least two weeks, and the governor has issued a stay-at-home order for all 900 workers regardless of their test results. The workers will be paid during the shutdown during which the plant will be disinfected, according to a release. (Source: RE Renewable Energy, 17 April, 2020) Contact: LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  Wind,  GE Renewable Energy,  LM Wind Power,  


    Bioenergy 10 pct of World Total Primary Energy Supply (Int'l. Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2020-04-20
    Modern bioenergy is an important source of renewable energy, its contribution to final energy demand across all sectors is five times higher than wind and solar PV combined, even when the traditional use of biomass is excluded . In recent years, bioenergy for electricity and transport biofuels has been growing quickly, mainly due to higher levels of policy support. However, the heating sector remains the largest source of bioenergy.

    Modern bioenergy does not include the traditional use of biomass in developing countries and emerging economies for cooking and heating, using inefficient open fires or simple cook stoves, which has impacts on human health and the environment. (Source: IEA, Website, April, 2020)Contact: IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  IEA,  


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    GE Wins Phuong Mai Wind Power JSC Turbine Contract (Int'l Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-04-17
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting a contract with Hanoi, Vietnam-based Phuong Mai Wind Power JSC, to provide 11 2.4MW-116 turbines and technical advisory service for the Phuong Mai 1 wind farm in Binh Dinh province. Phuong Mai Wind Power JSC is a Special Purpose Vehicle entity jointly invested by Truong Thanh Development and Construction Investment and Hanoi Construction - Industrial Investment

    The Phuong Mai 1 wind farm is expected to come online early in 2021. GE presently operates 128 MW in Vietnam and is one of the oldest and largest OEMs in the country.(Source: GE Renewable Energy, STL News, April, 2020) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/contact-us,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    MingYang Plans Typhoon-Resistant Floating Wind Turbine (Int'l Report)
    MingYang Smart Energy
    Date: 2020-04-15
    Chinese wind turbine manufacturer MingYang Smart Energy Group reports plans to invest roughly CNY 725 million ($102.5 million) to develop a 10 MW typhoon-resistant floating wind turbine at the company's business site in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province.

    The funding for the project will raised with a private placement of A shares. A portion of the share proceeds will be used to construct an offshore wind turbine manufacturing base in Shanwei city. (Source: Ming Yang, PR, April, 2020) Contact: MingYang Smart Energy Group, www.myse.com.cn/en/myzn/index.aspx

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    LM Wind Power's Little Rock Blade Plant Getting Axed (Ind. Report)
    LM Wind Power,GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-04-15
    GE Renewable Energy, parent company to LM Wind Power -- fka LM Glasfiber -- has announced LM Wind's blade manufacturing plant is Little Rock, Arkansas will cease production by the end of the month and be closed before the year end due to a decreasing demand for wind blades.

    The $150 million plant was opened in October 2008 and acquired by GE Renewables in April 2017. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, TB&P, 14 April, 2020) Contact: LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/contact-us, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  GE Renewable Energy,  


    Siemens Gamesa Scores German Offshore Wind Turbine Order (Int'l.)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-04-15
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports receipt of an order from Essen, Germany-based innogy SE to supply 38 units of its SG 8.0-167 DD Flex turbines with Siemens Gamesa Power Boost technology for the 342 MW Kaskasi offshore wind power plant in the German North Sea. A two-year service and maintenance contract is also included in the order.

    Turbine installation is slated to being in Q3, 2022. (Source : Siemens Gamesa, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 14 April, 2020) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com; innogy SE www.iam.innogy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News innogy SE,  Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  


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

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

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

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


    Ameresco Completing WHA Energy Efficiency Project (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-04-15
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc., is reporting work is underway on the second stage of work totaling $13.5 million with the Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) through its existing energy performance contract. This second-phase project extends the term of Ameresco's work on behalf of WHA and builds on energy conservation measures the company implemented in 2008, bringing the total project value to $23.6 million affecting 15 of the WHA's federal developments.

    Under the energy performance contract (EPC) this second phase includes interior and exterior lighting fixture upgrades, window replacement and improvements to three cogeneration units at other WHA developments. These improvements come at no upfront cost to WHA, which also receives incentives for efficiency improvements from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). (Source: Ameresco, Yahoo Finance, April, 2020) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


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

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

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    Va.Governor Inks Virginia Clean Economy Act (Reg. & Leg. Report)
    Governor Ralph Northam
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Following up on our 11th March coverage, in the Old Dominion State, the Office of Governor Ralph Northam (D) reports the Governor has signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act into law. The legislation covers energy efficiency promotions and puts a timeline standard stating that coal-fired plants are to close by 2024, and Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power will be 100 pct carbon-free by 2045 and 2050, respectively. Under the Act:
  • Energy companies will pay penalties for not meeting the Act’s objectives and the revenue from the penalties will go towards job training and programs in disadvantaged communities.;

  • There will be a reduction of energy burned for low-income users and all energy-efficient standards and pilot programs are to be “in the public interest.”

  • 5,200 megawatts of offshore wind generation to harvest energy for generating electricity is "in the public interest." Distributed generation facilities including solar power, will have 16,100 megawatts of solar and onshore wind generation as it is also considered "in the public interest."

  • Net metering will be used, which credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid making it easier for the growth of rooftop solar power in the Commonwealth.

  • The state will establish a carbon cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions from power plants in compliance with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: Office of Governor Ralph Northam, Website, WAVY.com. 12 April, 2020) Contact: Office of Governor Ralph Northam, 804-786-2211, www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office, www.governor.virginia.gov; RGGI, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Vestas Supplying Turbines for Japanese Offshore Project (Int'l.)
    Vestas
    Date: 2020-04-10
    Kallanish Energy is reporting Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas will supply and install 33 units of its V117-4.2 megawatt typhoon variant turbines for Japan's first utility-scale offshore wind farm, the 139-MW Akita Noshiro Offshore Wind Project in Akita prefecture.

    Turbine delivery is slated for late 2021 for installation in 2022. The project is being developed by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, a Vestas Wind Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries JV that is developing 359 MW of wind power in Japan. (Source: Vestas, Kallanich, 7 April, 2020)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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


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

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

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    Norwegian Offshore Floating Wind Project Gets the Nod (Int'l.)
    Offshore Wind, Equinor
    Date: 2020-04-10
    Maritime Executive is reporting the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Industry has approved plans for development and operation of the to $488 million Hywind Tampen offshore floating wind farm which will supply power to the Snorre and Gullfaks offshore oil platforms.

    The 88 MW Hywind Tampen wind farm, which is being developed by Equinor, will incorporate 11 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines mounted on floating concrete spar substructures with shared anchors supplied by Kvaerner. Hywind Tampen is slated for start-up at the end of 2022. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Industry, Maritime Exec., 8 April, 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Sætre, Pres., CEO, www.equinor.com

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


    Climate Software Developer ClimateView Raises $2.5Mn (Int'l.)
    ClimateView,
    Date: 2020-04-10
    ClimateView, a Swedish software development company working on monitoring and visualization tools for greenhouse gas emissions, reports it has raised $2.5 million in its latest round of financing.

    ClimateView's software gives cities a window into their emissions, emissions levels and other sustainability and resilience information enabling them to plan accordingly for how best to proceed with decarbonization efforts and climate change mitigation plans. ClimateView's software provides a central hub of all development, emissions, and projected urban planning data to accelerate the planning process.

    The company's premier project has been its work with the Swedish Climate Policy Council, which used the ClimateView software and suite of services to release a publicly available digital roadmap using the company's Panorama software. (Source: ClimateView, NewsDio, April, 2020) Contact: ClimateView, Tomer Shalit, CEO, tomer@ climateview.global, www.climateview.global

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  C;imate Software,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


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

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

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

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

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

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    innogy Confirms Taiwan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
    innogy
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Essen, Germany-based energy company innogy is reporting an agreement with Asia Cement Corporation to continue the development of the 448MW Chu Feng offshore wind project off the northwest coast of Taiwan, near Hsinchu City. The project is expected to participate in the Taiwan's next grid allocation round. (Source: innogy, Energy News, 7 April, 2020) Contact: innogy, Sven Utermöhlen, Snr. VP, www.innogy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News innogy,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Japan Wind,  


    Senvion Selling Indian Turbine Manufacturing Entity (M&A, Int'l.)
    Senvion
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Hamburg, Germany-based wind turbine manufacture Senvion GmbH reports it is selling 100 pct of Senvion India -- its fully operational wind turbine manufacturing entity in India -- to an undisclosed investor and terms, subject to regulatory approvals. The transaction is slated to close before June 2020 (Source: Senvion, April, 2020) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  


    Orsted Completes 338 MW Texas Wind (Ind. Report)
    Orsted, Blattner Energy
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Orsted is reporting completion of the 338-MW, 120 turbine Sage Draw wind farm in Garza and Lynn Counties, Texas. The pproject will generate sufficient power for approximately 120,000 local households.

    Orsted notes Blattner Energy, GE Renewable Energy, GE Energy Financial Services and BHE Renewables participated in the project. (Source: Orsted, PR, reve, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Orsted U.S., www.us.orsted.com/Wind-projects; Blattner Energy, (320) 356-7351, www.blattnerwind.com; BHE Renewables, www.bherenewables.com

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    CORVID-19 Sinks Vattenfall 700- MW Offshore Wind Tender Bid (Int'l)
    Vattenfall
    Date: 2020-04-06
    Swedish utility Vattenfall AB reports it is not participating in the 700-MW tender for the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind zone in Dutch waters because of the CORVID-19 pandemic.

    As previously reported, in March 2018, Vattenfall was awarded sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust Zuid zone then picked up sites III and IV in July 2019 with a combined capacity of 1.5 GW. (Source: Vattenfall, Renewables, April, 2020) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, www.corporate.vattenfall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


    Mitsubishi, Chubu JV Completes €4.1Bn Enco Acquisition (M&A)
    Mitsubishi Corp, Chubu Electric Power
    Date: 2020-04-06
    In Japan, Mitsubishi Corp and Chubu Electric Power Co Inc are reporting their Amsterdam-based joint venture Diamond Chubu Europe BV has completed the €4.1 billion ($4.4 billion) acquisition of Dutch energy company Eneco. Mitsubishi holds 80 pct of Diamond Chubu Europe BV with Chubu holding the remaining 20 pct.

    Rotterdam-headquartered Eneco invests in wind, solar and biomass plants as well as green district heating primarily in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and has an installed renewable energy capacity of around 1.2 GW. (Source: Mitsubishi Corp , PR, April, 2020) Contact: Eneco, www.eneco.com; Chubu Electric Power, www.chuden.co.jp › english; Mitsubishi Corp., www.mitsubishicorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi ,  Chubu Electric Power,  


    Capital Power Completes Buckthorn Wind Acquisition (M&A)
    Capital Power Corporation
    Date: 2020-04-03
    On the Canadian prairies, Edmonton, Alberta-based Capital Power Corporation reports it has completed its acquisition of the 100.5-MW Buckthorn Wind Farm south of Dallas, Texas, for between $60 million to $69 million pending the realization of future market performance. The acquisition of Buckthorn Wind was previously announced on March 16, 2020 and was 100 pct debt financed.

    Capital Power develops, acquires, owns, and operates power generation facilities and presents owns 28 facilities across North America with 630 MW capacity in advanced development in Alberta. (Source: Capital Power, PR, NewsWire, 1 April, 2020) Contact: Capital Power, Randy Mah, Inv. Relations, 780-392-5305, www.capitalpower.com

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    BayWa's Amadeus Wind Wins Tax Equity Commitment (Ind. Report)
    BayWa, Amadeus Wind Project
    Date: 2020-04-03
    Carlsbad, California-based BayWa r.e. Wind LLC reports it has secured a tax equity commitment from a consortium led by GE Energy Financial Services for the 250-MW Amadeus Wind Project which is under construction in Lubbock. Texas. The Project also has a hedge agreement with Morgan Stanley and a construction loan with Commerzbank.

    When fully operational in Q4 this year, the facility is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 75,000 homes. (Source: BayWa r.e. Wind, Kallanish Energy, 2 April, 2020) Contact: BayWa r.e., Florian Zerhusen, CEO, Frank Jessel, Global Dir. Solar, (850) 450-6800 -- San Diego office, info@baywa-re.us, www.baywa-re.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amadeus Wind Project,  BayWa,  

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