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RES Sells Norwegian Wind Project to Macquarie Green Invest. (M&A)
RES Nordic,Macquarie Green Investment Group.
Date: 2020-04-03
Global independent renewable energy company RES is reporting the sale of its 79.8MW Buheii wind farm project in southern Norway to Edinburgh-based Macquarie Green Investment Group. Financial details have not been divulged by both companies.

Under the agreement, RES will provide construction management and asset management services for the project which will incorporate 19 Vestas V150 turbines. (Source: RES, Power Technology, 2 April, 2020) Contact: RES Nordics, Matilda Afzelius, CEO, www.res-group.com/en/countries/nordics; Macquarie Green Investment Group, +44 0330 123 2167, www.greeninvestmentgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RES Group,  Wind,  Macquarie Green Investment Group.,  


Nordex Installs First Heibloem Wind Turbines (Int'l. Report)
Nordex,Cooperatie Zuidenwind
Date: 2020-04-03
Wind OEM Nordex is reporting installation of the first two of its N149/4.0-4.5MW, 149-metre rotor turbines at the Heibloem Wind Farm in Limburg province, Netherlands.

The Heibloem project is being developed by German-Spanish developer Cooperatie Zuidenwind. (Source: Nordex, PR, April, 2020) Contact: Cooperatie Zuidenwind, +31 6 3309 9553, www.zuidenwind.org; Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  


NYC Upgrades Energy Efficiency, Conservation Codes (Ind Report)
New York City, Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-04-03
In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio is reporting passage of a new and updated 2020 Energy Conservation Code aimed at improving energy efficiency for new and existing buildings as part of New York City's Green New Deal.

The 2020 Energy Conservation Code was modeled after the 2020 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code, requires new and existing buildings meet the following, effective 12 May:

  • Improve the building thermal envelope by requiring better performing walls and windows;

  • Minimize and control air leakage by sealing and testing the building envelope;

  • Balconies and parapets must be continuously insulated;

  • Meet minimum energy efficiency requirements for heating and cooling systems;

  • More efficient interior lighting and additional lighting controls;

  • Perform commissioning on more HVAC alteration projects;

  • Efficiency measures on new elevators and commercial kitchen equipment;

  • Create the infrastructure for the future installation of electric vehicle chargers in one- and two-family homes;

  • Require whole building metering for new buildings greater than 25,000 square fee;

  • Allow source energy as a metric, instead of energy cost, for buildings choosing to comply with energy modeling;

  • Additional thermal envelope performance requirements for buildings choosing to comply with energy modeling. (Source: Office of Mayor Bill de Basio, NY Law School, City Land, 2 April, 2020) Contact: Office of Mayor Bill de Basio, Mark Chambers, Director of Sustainability, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Bill de Blasio ,  


  • Boralex Claims French Wind, Solar Tender Wins (Ind. Report)
    Boralex
    Date: 2020-04-03
    Quebec, Canada-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc. is reporting two of its solar projects -- the 15.4-MW Peyrolles en Provence in Bouches-duRhone department and the 12.5-MW La Cle des Champs in Haute-Loire -- have been selected in France' s latest tender call for ground-mounted solar plants.

    The company's 25.2-MW Mont de Bezard II and 17.3-MW Extension Seuil de Bapaume wind projects in Marne and Pas-de-Calais were also selected for onshore wind schemes.

    Boralex presently has more than 1,000 MW of French wind and solar projects at various stages of development, and 978 MW of operational wind, solar and thermal power capacity in France. (Source: Boralex, PR,Renewables, April, 2020) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Decostre, VP and GM Europe, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

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


    Global Ozone Efforts Help Mitigate Southern Jet Stream Climate Damage, NOAA Study Finds (Int'l. Report)
    Montreal Protocol,NOAA
    Date: 2020-04-01
    A recently released study from NOAA Chemical Science Department has found international cooperation in ozone-depleting chemicals helps to normalize the southern jet framework after decades of social instability. Scientists say the results show that governments have the ability to recover a damaged climate system if they act quickly and harmoniously to resolve the issue.

    The southern jet stream is a strong wind that forms the southern hemisphere, especially in summer and weather patterns. By 2000, it had returned to its natural course. It moved south in Antarctica to the latitude of every decade, affecting the paths of storms and rains in South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia.

    Previous research has proven that this is mainly due to ozone layer deficiency due to synthetic chemical compounds such as ozone damaging CFCs, and HCFCs, which are found in refrigerators, aerosols and other industrial processes were phased out in 1987. The study found that the Montreal Protocol has halted the southern route of the jet stream since the year 2000 and it may begin to change as the ozone layer starts to close. Dept. 2019 satellite imagery revealed that the annual peak of the ozone hole was 16.4 million square kilometres, the smallest since 1982.

    Ozone restoration is not sufficient to normalize the Southern Hemisphere climate, as other industrial emissions, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are harmful to the environment. There is a battle between increasing CO2 and ozone recovery. That is why we see a decline. Previous studies have reported that ozone holes have a chimney effect that emits some heat from the atmosphere, which means the Antarctic is warmer than the North. (Source: NOAA Chemical Science Dept. tenreports, 28 Mar., 2020) Contact: NOAA Chemical Sciences, Antara Banerjee, Study Author, 303-497-6455, antara.banerjee@noaa.gov, www.esrl.noaa.gov/csd

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Montreal Protocol,  Ozone Depletion,  Climate Change,  NOAA,  


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

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

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

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


    BIRD Energy Announces Renewables, Energy Efficiency Funding (Int'l.)
    BIRD Foundation, BIRD Energy
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Reporting from Tel Aviv, BIRD Energy has announced its next funding cycle for US-Israel joint project proposals with a focus on Renewable Energy and Efficiency and Natural Gas Technologies.

    Proposal must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution - one from the U.S. and one from Israel. The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization.

    Examples of research and development topics within the scope of this call are: Solar and Wind Power, Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas and other associated technologies, Smart Grid, Storage, Water-Energy Nexus, Advanced Manufacturing or any other Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency technology. This year the topic of AI for Energy Management has also been added to the scope. The conditional grant per project is up to 50 pct of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, and up to a maximum of $1 million per project.

    BIRD Energy was established following an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israel Ministry of Energy to promote and support joint research and collaborations in the field of Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency. BIRD Energy is administered by the BIRD Foundation, which has been promoting cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technology sectors since 1977. (Source: The BIRD Foundation, PR, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development and BIRD Energy, +972-3-698-8310, limorn@birdf.com; Maya Vardi Shoshani, Director, Business Development, West Coast, -650-752-6485, mayav@birdf.com, www.birdf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  BIRD Foundation,  BIRD Energy,  


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

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

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


    Consortium Reports Scandinavian eMethanol Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Liquid Wind,Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe,
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Goteborg, Sweden-based Liquid Wind, Axpo, COWI, London-based Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe, Nel Hydrogen and Siemens are reporting joining forces in a "power-to-fuel" project to convert CO2 emissions into cost-effective carbon neutral fuel.

    The stakeholders will combine their expertise and technology to capture waste carbon dioxide (CCU) and combine this with hydrogen, made from renewable electricity and water, to produce renewable methanol (eMethanol.

    Six individual 45,000 tpy facilities are planned across Scandinavia by 2030 with the first project in Sweden expected to be in production by 2023. The consortium aims to standardize the eMethanol facility and blueprint a 'digital twin for efficient replication than can be scaled and licensed internationally. The project is supported by a €1.7 million investment from EIT InnoEnergy. (Source: Liquid Wind, Manifold Times, 31 Mar., 2020) Contact: Liquid Wind, Claes Fredriksson, Founder & CEO, info@liquidwind.se,www.liquidwind.se; Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd., Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3755 1600, ccs@kekstcnc.com, www.carboncleansolutions.com; Haldor Topsoe, Morten Schaldemose, , EVP, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Low Carbon Fuel,  Marine Fuel,  Methanol,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Clean Solutions,  Haldor Topsoe,  


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

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

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


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

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

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


    Ancala Partners Snares 82MW Cypriot Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l Report)
    Ancala Partners,Platina Energy Partners
    Date: 2020-03-30
    London-headquartered Ancala Partners LLC, an independent infrastructure investment manager focused on UK and European mid market infrastructure opportunities, is reporting acquisition of the Orites wind farm, the largest operating wind farm in Cyprus, from Platina Energy Partners LLC, a London-based private equities firm.

    The Orites wind farm incorporates 41 Vestas V90-2MW wind turbines and produces roughy 5 pct of the island nation's electricity generation capacity. The facility has a long term PPA with the government-backed Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) and a fixed rate tariff with the Cypriot government until 2031. (Source: Ancala Pertners, DLA Piper, Global Legal Chronicle, 24 Mar.,2020) Contact: Platina Energy Partners, +44 20 7042 9600 -- London, enquiries@platinapartners.com, www.platinapartners.com; Ancala Partners, +44 208 059 0320, contact@ancala.com, www.ancala.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ancala Partners,  Wind,  Cyprus Wind,  


    Battery Storage Paves Way to Renewables Future (Int'l. Report)
    IRENA
    Date: 2020-03-30
    A recent analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports battery energy storage systems are emerging as one of the key solutions to effectively integrate high shares of solar and wind renewables into power grids worldwide.

    The IRENA analysis notes that when paired with renewable generators, batteries help provide reliable and cheaper electricity in isolated grids and to off-grid communities. The analysis also notes utility-scale battery storage systems are being deployed primarily in Australia, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, the United States and other European countries. Globally, energy storage deployment in emerging markets is expected to increase by over 40 pct each year until 2025. The report adds that although utility-scale stationary batteries currently dominate global energy storage, small-scale battery storage is expected to significantly increase by 2030.

    Read IRENA's full Innovation landscape briefs on Utility-scale batteries and Behind-the-Meter batteries. HERE. (Source: IRENA, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    Triconti Windkraft Inks Philippines Wind Service Contracts (Int'l.)
    Triconti Windkraft Group
    Date: 2020-03-30
    The Philippines Dept.of Energy (DOE) reports the awarding of offshore wind power service contracts to the Triconti Windkraft Group of Cos., a partnership between Filipino-Swiss-German companies.

    The contracts cover two projects located in Aparri Bay, Northern Philippines and Guimaras Strait, Central Philippines and have a combined potential output of over 1.2 GW.

    The Triconti Windkraft Group also has 500 MW of onshore wind projects at various stages of development, for a total portfolio of 1.7GW. The first of the project is slated to come online by 2022. (Source: Triconti, PR, Business Mirror, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: Triconti Windkraft Group, Lila Rosenberger,+632 8801.2985, admin@triconti.ph, www.triconti.ph

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Philippine Wind,  


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

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

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


    alberta Install CFXD Wind Turbines

    Date: 2020-03-29
    Fred.Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has been awarded a contract to transport and install wind turbines selected for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farms (CFXD) in Taiwan. The contract for the transportation and installation of MHI Vestas Offshore V174-9.5MW wind turbines has been awarded by CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering in Taiwan. The work for the Changfang and Xidao (CFXD) offshore wind farms awarded by CSBC-DEME will be divided into two phases across 2022 and 2023. The CFXD offshore wind farms are located 11-25km west of Taiwan. When finished, they will have a capacity of 600MW with a total of 62 V174-9,5MW turbines. Completion is expected in 2023. (Source: Fred.Olsen, PR, reve, 23 Mar., 2020)


    NSW Announces 17.7GW Green Energy Drive (Int'l. Report)
    NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In the Land Down Under, the state government of New South Wales (NSW) reports it will deploy 17.7GW of solar, wind and storage over the next decade, to replace fossil fuel fired power generators and hit net-zero emissions by 2050.

    According to the NSW's Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 comprehensive roadmap, three previously identified rural renewables zones could spur AU$23 billion ($14.1 billion) of private sector investment.

    The NSW state government and Australian federal governments have committed to invest almost AU$2 billion ($1.21 billion) in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the next ten years, according to the Ministry release. (Source: NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment, PV Tech, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Keen, Minister, www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/ministers/minister-for-energy-and-environment

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia,  NSW,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


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

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

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


    TOTAL Takes Stake in UK Floating Offshore Wind sector Project (M&A)
    TOTAL,Blue Energy
    Date: 2020-03-27
    French oil and gas major Total is reporting acquisition of an 80 pct stake in Simply Blue Energy's planned 96MW Erebus floating offshore wind to be built off the coast of Wales in the Celtic Sea.

    The Erebus project is intended as a demonstration project for a potential fleet of floating offshore wind farms in the area. Simply Blue Energy and Total's partnership is the new Joint Venture, Blue Gem Wind. (Source: Total, RenewEconomy, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Blue Gem Wind, wind@simplyblueenergy.com, simplyblueenergy.com/erebus

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Floating Wind,  Wind,  Blue Energy,  


    Greencoat Snares French Wind Portfolio for €30Mn (M&A, Int'l)
    Greencoat Renewables, John Laing
    Date: 2020-03-25
    Dublin-based Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc is reporting the €30.3 million ($32.7 million) acquisition of a portfolio of three wind farms from UK infrastructure giant John Laing Group Plc.

    The assets, which come with 16-year long term fixed rate project finance and have an overall net enterprise value of €95 million, include the 20.0MW Passilly wind farm in the Burgundy region, the 21.6MW Sommette wind farm in the Picardy region and the 10.3MW St Martin wind farm in Saint-Martin-l'Ars. With this acquisition Greencoat's total installed capacity increases to 528.1 MW.

    As previously reported Mar.6th John Laing is quitting the standalone solar and wind markets, citing "industry-wide issues" and renewable energy write-downs and falling power prices.

    The company, which claims to have invested approximately £850 million ($1.088 billion) in clean energy projects throughout the 2010s, intends to divest its solar and wind portfolio over the next two years. The company will, however, consider global opportunities that include "technologies that enable high penetration of renewables", transportation electrification and other decarbonisation and energy efficiency ventures. (Source: Greencoat Renewables, PR, IP&E, 23 Mar., 2020)Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London, www.greencoat-capital.com; John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200, enquiries@laing.com, www.laing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables ,  Wind,  John Laing,  


    Nordex Claims 400 MW Norwegian Wind Project Contract (Int'l Report)
    Nordex,Eolus Vind
    Date: 2020-03-25
    Nordex is reporting receipt of an order to supply and install 72 N149/5.X wind turbines totaling 400 MW with 105 meter steel towers, at the Oyfjellet wind farm for Eolus Vind, AB, a German investor. The deal includes a 20-year full "Premium" maintenance agreement.

    The Oyfjellet project in Norway has a PPA with Alcoa Norway and is expected to be completed in late 2021. (Source: Nordex, PR, reve, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02 www.eolusvind.com; Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  Eolus Vind,  


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

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

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


    Aquila Snares Remaining Svindbaek Wind Farm Turbines (M&A)
    Aquila European Renewables Income Fund
    Date: 2020-03-25
    In the UK, Aquila European Renewables Income Fund plc reports completion of its €13.2 million ($14.2 million) purchase of the 9.6-MW Svindbaek II onshore wind farm, a three-turbine portion of the larger Svindbaek complex in Denmark. Aquila now owns all of the project's ten turbines. (Source: Aquila European Renewables Income Fund, Renewables, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: Aquila European Renewables Income Fund, www.aquila-european-renewables-income-fund.com; European Energy A/S , +45 88 70 82 16, www.europeanenergy.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy A/S,  Wind ,  


    Fred.Olsen to Install Taiwan Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l. Report)
    Fred.Olsen
    Date: 2020-03-25
    Fred.Olsen Windcarrier's jack-up vessel Brave Tern has been awarded a contract by Taiwan's CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering to transport and install 62 units of MHI Vestas Offshore V174-9.5MW wind turbines totaling 600 MW for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farms (CFXD) in Taiwan.

    The contract will be divided into two phases across 2022 and 2023. Completion is slated for 2023, according to the Fred.Olsen release.(Source: Fred.Olsen, PR, reve, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: Fred.Olsen Renewables, Martin Degen, Commercial Manager, David Brunt, CEO, +44 20 7963 8904, www.fredolsenrenewables.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fred.Olsen,  Offshore Wind,  


    NY Announces 21 Commercial-Scale Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2020-03-23
    In the Empire State, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are reporting the awarding of 21 large-scale solar, wind and energy storage projects across upstate New York.

    According to a release from the governor's office, the 21 projects will spur more than $2.5 billion in direct, private investments toward their development, construction and operation and create more than 2,000 short-term and long-term jobs. Several of the projects are expected to break ground as soon as late 2020, and all projects are expected to be operational by 2024.

    NYSERDA payments under these awards will not begin until projects have obtained all the required permits and local approvals, and begin commercial operation. The projects are expected to generate more than 2.5 million MWh of renewable energy annually, enough to provide power to more than 350,000 homes.(Source: NNY 360, Watertown Daily Times, 21 Mar., 2020) Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, www.governor.ny.gov; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Cuomo,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


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

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

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


    Choshi Offshore Wind Farm JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Tokyo Electric Power,Orsted
    Date: 2020-03-20
    Kallanish Energy is reporting Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings and Orsted A/S have formed Choshi Offshore Wind Farm KK, a joint venture company to bid in the Choshi-city offshore wind promotion area in Japan.

    The joint venture is expected to bid for 1 GW of offshore wind in the Round 1 auction and possible future offshore wind project opportunities as they develop. (Source: Tokyo Electric, Orsted, Kallanish Energy, 19 Mar., 2020)Contact: Tokyo Electric Power, www7.tepco.co.jp; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tokyo Electric Power ,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


    100MW Libyan Solar Power Plant Construction Underway (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2020-03-20
    Construction of a 100MW solar photovoltaic power plant in the town of Kufra in south-eastern Libya is reportedly underway The project, which is contracted to an unnamed Chinese company, aligns with the General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energy's 2030 vision of exploiting alternative and clean energies, particularly solar and wind power.

    In 2013, the Libyan government launched the Renewable Energy Strategic 2013-2025 Plan, which aims to achieve 7 pct renewable energy contribution to the electric energy mix before end of 2020, increasing to 10 pct by 2025. (Source: General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energy, Construction Review, 19 Mar., 2020) Contact: General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energy information presently unavailable.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Libya,  Solar ,  


    UK OK's Europe's Largest Battery Energy Storage Project (Int'l. Report)
    Penso Power
    Date: 2020-03-20
    In the UK, London-based Energy storage developer Penso Power reports receipt of the necessary approvals for a 150MW battery energy storage installation near Swindon, south-west England, the largest project of its kind in Europe. The first 100MW phase of Minety project will enter operation later this year with the remaining 50MW going live in 2021.

    Penso Power has also inked an offtake agreement with Shell Energy Europe for the project's original 100MW. G2 Energy is the project's principal contractor. Sungrow is supplying the battery storage system which uses lithium ion cells from Samsung and CATL. (Source: Penso Power, renews, 19 Mar., 2020) Contact: Penso Power Ltd., Richard Thwaites, CEO, hello@pensopower.com, www.pensopower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Penso Power,  Energy Storage,  


    Harrisonburg Launches 50by25 Renewables Campaign (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-03-18
    In the Old Dominion State, the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia (pop. 50,000 +-) reports the launch of the "50by25" Campaign. More than 150 US cities presently participate in the initiate that calls for 50 pct renewable energy by 2025 rising to 100 pct renewable energy by 2030. The 50by25 Harrisonburg campaign calls for:
  • the Harrisonburg Electric Commission utility to provide 50 pct renewable energy, including solar and wind, to the electric grid by 2025 and 100 pct by 2030.

  • all city schools and municipal building to increase enertgy efficiency by 25 pcy by 2025;

  • the creation of weatherization and energy efficiency incentive to reduce energy costs for residential and commercial properties.

    Over 900 community members including individuals, businesses, and civic organizations presently support the campaign. (Source: City of Harrisonburg, Augusta Free Press, Mar., 2020) Contact: City of Harrisonburg, 540-432-7701, www.harrisonburgva.gov; 50by25 Harrisonburg, www.50by25Harrisonburg.org; Harrisonburg Electric Commission, 540-434-5361, www.harrisonburgelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 50X25,  Renewable Energy,  


  • ITOCHU Invests in Midwestern Renewables Power Plants (Ind. Report)
    ITOCHU
    Date: 2020-03-18
    Tokyo-based ITOCHU Corporation and Kansas-based Tyr Energy, Inc. are reporting an agreement to provide equity financing to Minnetota-based Aspenall Energies' Kimball Wind and South Fork Wind projects. The fully operational projects are located in Nebraska and Minnesota and have a combined nameplate capacity of 43 MW.

    The Projects consist of eighteen towers utilizing General Electric's 2 MW class onshore wind turbine platform. Commercial operation was achieved in December of 2016 for South Fork Wind and in June of 2018 for Kimball Wind. Together, the Projects produce enough electricity to power approximately 16,000 US households and have 20-year offtake agreements with Iowa-based Muscatine Power & Water and the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, respectively.

    ITOCHU has an ownership interest in 15 power generation projects in the United States through its wholly owned subsidiary, Tyr Energy Inc. and offers O&M services through its wholly owned subsidiary, NAES Corporation. (Source: ITOCHU, 17 Mar., 2020) Contact: ITOCHU, www.itochu.co.jp; Tyre Energy, www.tyrenergy.com; Aspenall, www.aspenall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ITOCHU ,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Wind Powers Record UK Renewable Output (Int'l. Report)
    UK Wind
    Date: 2020-03-18
    In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)is reporting renewable electricity generation increased 16 pct year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019.

    The increase is partially due to the startup of HornSea One, the world's largest offshore wind project with 174 turbines. The rapid increase in capacity meant that renewable output overtook the share of generation from gas for the first time, setting a new record and providing a commercial basis for more investment.

    "Wind remains the principal source of renewable generation. For the first time offshore wind had a larger share of renewable generation than onshore wind with 25.1 pct and 23.7 pct respectively," according to a BEIS statement. (Source: UK BEIS, BreakBulk, 16 Mar., 2020)Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK BEIS,  Hornsea One,  Offshore Wind,  UK Wind,  


    Greenbacker Acquires Rights to 15.3-MW Maine Wind Project (M&A)
    Greenbacker Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-03-18
    Kansas City, Missouri-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co LLC is reports the purchase of the rights to the 15.3-MW RoxWind wind project in Maine . The RoxWind project, which is expected to come online in Q3, 2021, was developed by Palmer Management Corp Horseshoe Valley Wind, and Solaya Energy.

    With this project, Greenbacker's first wind asset in Maine, the company's portfolio has expanded to 543.1 MW, including to-be-constructed assets. Of these, wind accounts for 192.5 MW, while 338.6 MW are utility-scale and distributed solar plants. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Renewables, 17 Mar., 2020)) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, 888-292-3178 www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy ,  


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Evergy,  


    CPPIB Completes Pattern Energy Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Pattern Energy,Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
    Date: 2020-03-16
    Following up on our 6 Nov., 2019 coverage, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is reporting the completion of its previously reported $6.1 billion – including debt -- acquisition of Pattern Energy.

    Pattern Energy presently hold 28 renewable energy plants, predominantly wind farms totaling 4.4 GW in North America. The company also has solar plants and onshore wind operations in Japan as well as a 112-MW offshore wind project under development. (Source: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, PR, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, www.cppib.com; Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    EDF, China Energy Investments Partner on Offshore Wind (Int'l.)
    China Energy Investment Corporation
    Date: 2020-03-16
    Beijing-based China Energy Investment Corporation (China Energy) is reporting it will jointly develop a 502 MW offshore wind project in east China's Jiangsu province with French energy giant EDF Group.

    The project, which is expected to come in at 7.9 billion yuan ($1.13 billion), will generate 1,390 million kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to 441,900 tons of standard coal and will satisfy the annual electricity demand of almost 2 million people when commissioned in early 2021. The offshore wind power plant will be jointly financed, built and operated by China Energy with 62.5 pct and EDF Group holding the balance. (Source: China Energy Investments Corp., PR, reve, 14 Mar., 2020) Contact: China Energy Investment Corporation, www.ceic.com; EDF Group, Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO, www.edf.fr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Group,  China Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Orsted Selects Rhode Island Offshore Operations Hub (Ind. Report)
    Orsted,Offshore Wind,Deepwater Wind
    Date: 2020-03-16
    Boston-headquartered Orsted US Offshore Wind reports it is establishing an operations "hub" in Rhode Island. As previously reported, Orsted acquired Deepwater Wind of Rhode Island for $510 million in 2018.

    Additionally, as previously reported, Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind operates the Block Island Wind Farm and has been awarded over 2,900 MW of capacity through six projects. In June, 2019, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities selected Orsted to develop the Garden State's first offshore wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. (Source: Orsted, Newsday, 15 Mar., 2020) Contact: Orsted, Thomas Brostrom, Pres. Orsted North America, CEO Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.us.orsted.com/Wind-projects; Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com

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


    Ideol Claims FloatGen Floating Wind Pilot Progress (Int'l. Report)
    FloatGen
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Following up on our October 18, 2017 coverage, Paris-headquartered offshore wind developer Ideol reports its FloatGen floating wind pilot in the French Atlantic Ocean has outreached production levels reaching more than 920MWh of output for the month of February.

    The 2MW unit, based around a Vestas turbine and damping pool foundation also saw its highest-ever monthly capacity factor, 66.3 pct -- significantly better than the average bottom-fixed offshore machine, which averages around 50 pct, according to a company release. (Source: Ideol, Recharge, Mar., 2020)Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en

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


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Offshore Wind,  


    Neste Oyj Targets Carbon-Neutral Production by 2035 (Int'l Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered biofuels and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) producer Neste Oyi reports it is committed to reaching carbon neutral production by 2035. The commitment complements Neste's other strategic climate commitment of reducing customers' greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tpy by 2030. To that end, the company:

  • Continues to focus on energy efficiency to optimize the use of fuel gas, electricity, hydrogen and steam in its production. The improvements in the turnaround at Porvoo refinery in 2020 will decrease production emissions by more than 100 kt CO2eq annually;

  • Increases the use of renewable electricity at its production sites. As an example of this, Neste has already agreed to start using wind power in Finland;

  • Increases the weight of greenhouse gas emissions in the investment calculations and business case evaluation;

  • Explores new, less emitting production methods, for example utilizing biogas or electrolysis for hydrogen production;

  • Has started a project for GHG emission reductions at the Porvoo production site, focusing on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and identifies reliable compensation models for the remaining part which cannot be achieved by emission reductions.

    Neste is working on rolling out the detailed plan and timeline for implementing the initiatives aimed at carbon neutral production by 2035. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Neste Oyi, Salla Ahonen, VP Sustainability, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Chinese 2019 Wind, Solar Generation Tops 400 billion kwh (Int'l.)
    China National Energy Administration Solar
    Date: 2020-03-11
    According to the China National Energy Administration, in 2019 China's wind power generation capacity exceeded 400 billion kilowatt-hours (kwh) for the first time, reaching 405.7 billion kwh, almost quadruple the amount produced by the Three Gorges Hydropower Station in the same year.

    Meanwhile, China's photovoltaic power generation capacity reached 224.3 billion kwh, a year-on-year growth of 26.3 pct while China's PV products exports grew 29 pct to $20.78 billion for a year-on-year growth of 29 percent and the second highest in history. (Source: China National Energy Administration, News Ghana, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: China Photovoltaic Industry Association, +86 10 6820 0513, cpiacn@163.com, www.chinapv.org.cn; China National Energy Administration, http://english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  China Solar,  


    Virginia Legislates Clean Economy, Renewables Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    Virginia Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In the Old Dominion State, the recently passed Virginia Clean Economy Act will create a state Renewable Energy Portfolio program requiring 30 pct or more of Virginia's electricity comes from renewable energy sources by 2030. By 2050, the Act requires that 100 pct of the state's electricity will be zero-emissions.

    The Act includes measures to harness wind and solar power, expand home rooftop solar and reduce energy waste through mandatory efficiency standards. The act also sets a 5.2-gigawatt offshore wind power target, one of the largest state commitments to offshore wind to date and one with the potential to power up to 1.5 million Virginia homes. The Act also confirms the Old Dominion State's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-invest program, which to date has provided net benefits of over $4 billion to participating members, while helping them slash carbon emissions over 50 pct. (Source: PR, Mar., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Virginia Renewable Energy,  


    NASA Space-based Quantification of per capita CO2 Emissions from Cities (Study Attached)
    NASA
    Date: 2020-03-09
    "Urban areas are currently responsible for approximately 70 pct of the global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and rapid ongoing global urbanization is increasing the number and size of cities. Thus, understanding city-scale CO2 emissions and how they vary between cities with different urban densities is a critical task. While the relationship between CO2 emissions and population density has been explored widely in prior studies, their conclusions were sensitive to inconsistent definitions of urban boundaries and the reliance upon CO2 emission inventories that implicitly assumed population relationships.

    The attached Space-based Quantification of per capita CO2 Emissions from Cities report provides the first independent estimates of direct per capita CO2 emissions (E pc) from space-borne atmospheric CO2 measurements from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) for a total 20 cities across multiple continents. The analysis accounts for the influence of meteorology on the satellite observations with an atmospheric model. The resultant upwind source region sampled by the satellite serves as an objective urban extent for aggregating emissions and population densities.

    The study suggests that E pc declines as population densities increase, albeit the decrease in E pc is partially limited by the positive correlation between E pc and per capita gross domestic product.

    Download the NASA Space-based Quantification of per capita CO2 Emissions from Cities study HERE. (Source: NASA, IOP, Environmental Research Letters, Open Access, Feb.,2020) Contact: NASA, www.nasa.gov/oco2; Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., 818-354-0307, janelee@jpl.nasa.gov, www.jpl.nasa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Carbon Emissions,  


    WA State Issues $6.5Mn in Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
    Washington State
    Date: 2020-03-09
    Reporting from Olympia, the Washington State Department of Commerce is reporting the issuance of $6.5 million in State Performance Improvement (SPI) grants for increased energy efficiency and better environmental performance in state-owned buildings. The funding will cover additional costs incurred by choosing more efficient options for existing project plans, such as higher efficiency heating systems or windows and thus save taxpayers money on operational and lifetime costs on state owned facilities.

    The SPI grants have been awarded to 16 state agencies and institutions with projects currently funded under the 2019 -- 21 Capital Budget, and that can be modified with more energy-efficient infrastructure. Projected lifetime savings of the infrastructure modifications to these projects is nearly $11 million, and the lifetime projected carbon saved would be about 120,429 tons.

    The SPI grant is part of the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Program (EE&S) Program and was developed in partnership with the State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) Office.

    Download SEEP program details HERE. (Source: Washington State Dept. of Commerce, 5 Mar., 2020) Contact: Washington State Dept. of Commerce, www.commerce.wa.gov

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


    NYPA-Israeli Clean Energy Tech Competition Announced (Ind Report)
    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York's public utility on new clean energy technologies. NYPA is collaborating with the Israel Smart Energy Association on the project aimed at attracting Israeli companies that will advance power grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

    The competition will focus on research areas centered around meeting digital utility challenges such as electric vehicle charging, distributed energy solutions, grid modernization, energy storage, microgrids, cybersecurity, blockchain and energy trading, buildings/campus energy management, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and use of drones/autonomous robots in power systems.

    Interested companies may apply and submit their proposals to the NYPA/Israel Smart Energy Challenge online. The deadline for submissions is April 20. A pre-bid conference for parties interested in applying to the Challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at: Ha-Umanim Street 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Register on Eventbrite or meetup.

    Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal climate and clean energy initiative puts the Empire State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 pct growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

    The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 pct of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities. (Source: New York State Governor's Office, PR, Google News, 6 Mar., 2020)Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; Israel Smart Energy Association, www.isea.org.il; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  New York Power Authority,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    John Laing Ditching Standalone Wind, Solar Business (Int'l. Report)
    John Laing
    Date: 2020-03-06
    UK infrastructure giant John Laing is quitting the standalone solar and wind markets, citing "industry-wide issues" and renewable energy write-downs and falling power prices.

    The company, which claims to have invested approximately £850 million ($1.088 billion) in clean energy projects throughout the 2010s, intends to divest its solar and wind portfolio over the next two years. The company will, however, consider global opportunities that include "technologies that enable high penetration of renewables", transportation electrification and other decarbonisation and energy efficiency ventures. (Source: John Laing, PR, PV Tech 4 Mar., 2020) Contact: John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200, enquiries@laing.com, www.laing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News John Laing,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenFront Energy Partners,  


    RWE's Peyton Creek, Texas Wind Farm Comes Online (Ind. Report)
    RWE Renewables
    Date: 2020-03-06
    RWE Renewables is reporting commercial operation is now underway at its 151 MW Peyton Creek wind farm in Matagorda County, Texas -- the company's 24th North American wind project.

    The Peyton Creek wind farm incorporates 48 Nordex 3.15MW turbines to generate sufficient power for 45,000 or more homes. Including the Peyton Creek wind farm, RWE's total installed US wind generating capacity reportedly now stands at 4,000 MW. (Source: RWE Renewables, PR, Power Tech. 4 Mar., 2020) Contact: RWE Renewables, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO, www.rwe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE Renewables ,  Wind,  

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