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Idaho Cedar Creek Wind, Solar Project OKd for Completion (Ind Report)
rPlus Energies
Date: 2019-12-16
Salt Lake City-based rPlus Energy reports receipt of Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission approval to complete the last phase of its Cedar Creek Wind Project east of Goshen, Idaho.

The commission approved Conditional Use Permits for the installation of 19 commercial-scale wind turbines and up to 40 PV panels -- including support structures and electrical transmission equipment -- for the adjoining Cedar Creek Solar Project. (Source: rPlus Energies, Bingham County Chronicle, 14 Dec., 2019) Contact: rPlus Energies, www.rplusenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Copenhagen Planning $30Bn Offshore Wind Island (Int'l Report)
Denmark Wind
Date: 2019-12-13
In Copenhagen, the Denmark Energy Ministry reports the government is proceeding with plans to construct an artificial island, or series of islands, tying together power from offshore wind farms of up to 10 GW of capacity. The exact location of the project has not yet been identified.

The project is projected to come in at between $29.5 and $44.2 billion, the majority of which is expected to be raised from private investors, according to the Ministry which notes the project is crucial to meeting Denmark's recently enacted legally binding climate act. (Source: Denmark Energy Ministry, ET, India Times, 12 Dec., 2019) Contact: Denmark Energy Ministry, +45 33926700, 33 11 47 43 - fac., ens@ens.dk, www.ens.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


U.S. Onshore Wind Capacity Exceeds 100 GW, says EIA (Ind. Report)
US EIA, Wind
Date: 2019-12-13
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, cumulative U.S. installed onshore wind capacity exceeded 100 GW on a nameplate capacity basis as of the end of September 2019. More than half of that amount has been installed since the beginning of 2012.

The inventory notes that as of Q3, 2019, 41 states had at least one installed wind turbine. Texas had the most capacity installed, at 26.9 GW, followed by Iowa at 8.9 GW, Oklahoma at 8.1 GW, and Kansas at 6.2 GW.

The agency projects another 14.3 GW of wind capacity will come online in 2020, bringing U.S. capacity to 122 GW. (Source: US EIA, Dec., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  


GE Supplying Turbines for Sweden's Blabergsliden Wind Farm (Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-12-13
GE Renewable Energy reports its selection to supply 26 of its Cypress platform onshore wind turbines, including a 25-year service contract, to the 143 MW Blabergsliden wind farm in Sweden.

The 143-MW project construction is expected to commence almost immediately for commissioning and operation by the end of 2021. When fully operational the project is expected to generate sufficient power for over 135,000 homes and save more than 13,000 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, 12 Dec., 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Peter Wells, CEO , Onshore Wind Europe,

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


ALLETE's North Dakota Glen Ulin Wind Facility Online (Ind. Report)
ALLETE
Date: 2019-12-11
Minnesota-based Allete Inc. subsidiary Allete Clean Energy is reporting its 106-MW Glen Ullin Energy Center west of Bismarck, North Dakota is now online and producing wind power for Xcel Energy customers in the Upper Midwest. The 43-turbine wind facility produces sufficient electric power for about 55,600 homes.

ALLETE Clean Energy also developed the 107.5-mw Thunder Spirit wind farm near Hettinger and sold it to Montana-Dakota Utilities in 2015. ALLETE Clean Energy expanded Thunder Spirit to about 155 MW and sold the expansion to MDU in 2018. The company is also working on the 80-mw South Peak wind site in Montana with plans to bring it online near the end of the year to sell power to NorthWestern Energy. The company's approximately 300-megawatt Diamond Spring wind project in Oklahoma has broken ground and will sell wind power to Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield Foods. (Contact: ALLETE, Business North, 10 Dec., 2019) Contact: ALLETE, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952, vmeyer@allete.com, www.allete.com

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TRIG Taking Stake in Merkur Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l., M&A)
The Renewables Infrastructure Group
Date: 2019-12-11
The UK-based Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) and Dutch pension investor APG report they will acquire the Merkur offshore windfarm -- 36 pct will be acquired by TRIG and the remaining 64 pct by APG. Financial details of the deal have not been divulged by either company.

Located in the German North Sea, the 396MW, 66-turbine Merkur offshore wind farm came on line in June 2019. The deal is expected to close early in 2020. (Source: TRIG, Power Technology, 10 Dec., 2019)Contact: Renewables Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News The Renewables Infrastructure Group,  Offshore Wind,  Merkur,  


Wyoming PSC OKs Corriedale Wind Project Expansion (Ind. Report)
Black Hills Power
Date: 2019-12-11
Meeting in Cheyenne, the Wyoming Public Service Commission reports approval of Black Hills Power and its subsidiary, Cheyenne Light's application for an additional 5 turbines to 21 turbines for the planned Corriedale Wind Energy Project which was initially approved in July, this year.

The $78.6 million wind farm is expected to open in October, 2020. (Source: Wyoming Public Service Commission , Powell Tribune, 10 Dec., 2019) Contact: Black Hills Power, 888-890-5554, www.blackhillsenergy.com

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Tilt Renewables Selling 270-MW Aussie Wind Farm (Int'l., M&A)
Tilt Renewables
Date: 2019-12-09
New Zealand-headquartered Tilt Renewables Ltd reports it is selling its major asset, the 270-MW Snowtown 2 wind farm in South Australia for $732 million (US) to a company wholly-owned by funds managed by Palisade Investment Partners Ltd. The deal includes all shares in Snowtown 2 Wind Farm Holdings Pty Ltd for $472 million and an existing project finance facility with $611 million of outstanding debt.

The 90-turbine Snowtown 2 wind park came online in 2014 and has a long-term off-take contract for 100 pct of the generated electricity and renewable energy certificates that ends in 2035. The deal is expected to be finalized before the year end. (Source: Tilt Renewables, PR, Renewables Now, 5 Dec., 2019)Contact: Tilt Renewables, 0800 532 749, info@tiltrenewables.com, www.tiltrenewables.com

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Maui Electric Seeking Renewable Energy Bids (Ind. Report)
Maui Electric,HECO
Date: 2019-12-09
In the Aloha State, the Public Utilities Commission reports it has approved Maui Electric's planned RFP for Molokai to be supplied with 78 pct renewable sources and Lanai 55 to 61 pct by 2023 under a procurement process started by Maui Electric Co. The projects would come online in 2023.

Estimated targets of the new renewable generation for Molokai are the equivalent of approximately 4 MW of solar or 3.6 MW of small wind, specified as turbines 100 kilowatts or less, and paired with energy storage. On Lanai, the company is seeking renewable energy generation equivalent up to 9.5 MW of solar paired with energy storage on land owned by Pulama Lanai.

The procurement efforts for Molokai and Lanai are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) largest-ever renewable energy push for Maui County, Oahu and Hawaii Island.

Proposals are due by Jan. 31 with final awards announced March 31 for Lanai and July 14, 2020 for Molokai. (Source: Maui News, Maui Electric, HECO, PR,5 Dec. 2019) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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Packard Foundation Warns Put a Brake on Bioenergy by 2050 to Avoid Negative Climate Impacts (Ind. Report)
Packard Foundation
Date: 2019-12-09
According to the newly released Global Change Biology study from the Los Altos, California-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the burgeoning bioenergy sector must peak and decline in the next 30 years to alleviate extreme pressure on land. The study researchers assert that projections envisioning the use of biomass from crops, trees or grasses for fuel through 2100 overlook the technology's high carbon footprint and excessive land use.

An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released last year found that many scenarios capable of reducing the threat of climate change relied heavily on bioenergy, predicting that energy from biomass could make up 26 pct of primary energy in 2050 -- up from 10 pct in 2020 -- and predicting that solar and wind combined would likely only account for 22 pct. Those scenarios often relied on significant use of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), which involves growing trees across a large area of land to produce wood pellets burned for energy, then capturing and sequestering the carbon emissions. In its analysis, though, the IPCC found significant challenges associated with a high reliance on bioenergy, noting in particular that the vast areas of land required to produce biomass for energy would compete with food production and other human needs.

The Global Change Biology assessment examine a flurry of recent reports that suggest even more problems with large-scale bioenergy projects reliant on large tracts of land, and also show that more cost-effective alternatives will be available in the coming decades. Pulling from these recent studies, the authors establish three reasons why large-scale bioenergy must and can peak and decline in the next 30 years:

  • Large-scale bioenergy emits carbon. Carbon emissions from bioenergy can be greater in the near-term than emissions from the fossil fuels it is replacing, undermining the assumption that bioenergy is always a relatively low-emission and low-cost form of energy. Burning wood pellets, for example, creates a "double climate problem." Manufacturing and shipping wood pellets entails substantial emissions of fossil CO2, and it can take decades or centuries for harvested areas to return to pre-harvest carbon stocks.

  • Large-scale bioenergy puts a squeeze on land. Land is already a scarce resource, and it will become even scarcer with time due to an increase in the human population and a rise in the appreciation of the conservation value of natural and mostly-natural ecosystems--even if agricultural yields continue to increase. Because land is so limited, we should use it as efficiently as possible for energy production. In contrast to land-intensive bioenergy, the amount of electricity that can be produced from a hectare of land using photovoltaics is at least 50-100 times that from biomass.

  • Large-scale bioenergy is inferior to other solutions. And, by mid-century, land-intensive bioenergy will face fierce competition from superior technologies such as wind and solar energy, the development of efficient storage and other flexibility solutions, and the advent of more effective carbon removal technologies such as direct air capture with carbon storage.

    The assessment comes at a time when the bioenergy industry is ramping up worldwide, with the EU in the lead. Bioenergy currently accounts for 10 pct of the world's energy, and 50 pct of our renewable energy. In the EU, bioenergy accounts for two-thirds of all renewable energy (nearly half from wood). Two-thirds of the EU's "20 pct Renewable Energy by 2020" target depends on bioenergy. And the bloc is also about to greenlight the conversion of five large coal plants to bioenergy plants that burn imported wood pellets from overseas forests.

    Land-intensive electrical power projects in particular are picking up steam as governments and industry leaders seek to transform disused coal factories into new profit centers. Between 2006 and 2015, the production of wood pellets for biomass energy use quadrupled to 26 million tons. Worldwide, demand for globally traded wood pellets destined for use in phased-out coal plants or new dedicated bioenergy plants is expected to rise 250 pct by 2027.

    The study lays out a bioenergy trajectory that policymakers can use to encourage sustainable bioenergy while also opening the door for new technologies to replace land-intensive bioenergy in the very near future. These recommendations include improved accounting of the actual carbon emissions associated with the use of biomass, favoring biomass from waste, residues or land management practices that enhance carbon storage, and providing incentives for energy storage, direct air capture technologies, and low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. Above all, the authors argue that bioenergy projects should be avoided if they involve natural forests, such as converting natural forests to bioenergy plantations, or use land best suited for food crops. And the authors caution that claims that bioenergy projects are a zero-carbon form of energy should be met with skepticism.

    The Packard Foundation through 2020, will have awarded nearly $1 billion in grants to reduce carbon emissions, one of the its greatest program commitments in its 55-year history. (Source: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Dec., 2019) Contact: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Walt Reid, Director Conservation and Science Program, Report Author, 650-948-7658, www.packard.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  CO2,  CCS,  Biofuels,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • ExxonMobil Contributes $1Mn to Promote Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    EXXON, Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2019-12-09
    The Americans for Carbon Dividends (ACD) political action group is reporting Houston-headquartered oil industry giant ExxonMobil Corp. has made a $1 million donation to ADC's lobbying campaign to promote a U.S. tax on CO2 emissions, a central factor in global warming. The contribution came less than a month after the oil giant agreed to contribute $100 million to oil companies' efforts to develop technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The ADC aims to spend $5 million on an initial lobbying campaign to win support for the tax, said , senior vice president at the group. PAC is looking to build legislative support for its carbon tax. It proposes an initial $40 a ton tax on carbon dioxide that would increase over time, with the money raised to be returned to consumers. The PAC has raised $1 million each from Exelon Corp, First Solar Inc and the American Wind Energy Association and expects to reach its goal of a $5 million in coming months. (Source: Exxon, Denton Daily, Reuters, 8 Dec., 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, Greg Bertelsen, www.clcouncil.org; Americans for Carbon Dividends, www.afcd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Exxon,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Hydro-Quebec Decrbonization Effort Supports Clean Hydrogen (Ind Report)
    Hydro-Quebec
    Date: 2019-12-09
    Hydro-Quebec operates some 60 hydroelectric generating stations, making it one of the largest hydroelectricity producers in the world. Decarbonizing the economy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the company's priorities.

    Hydro-Quebec's Strategic Plan 2020-2024 identifies various applications for clean hydrogen, including renewable natural gas (RNG), carbon-neutral synthetic hydrocarbon fuels, and others Overall, GHG emissions from Quebec hydropower (run-of-river generating stations and generating stations with reservoirs) are similar to those from wind, five times lower than those from photovoltaic solar, 50 times lower than those from natural gas-fired plants and 70 times lower than those from coal-fired plants. (Source: HydroQuebec, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2019) Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005, www.hydroquebec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro-Quebec,  Hydrogen,  Clean Hydrogen,  RNG,  Wthanol,  


    Mich. Renewable Energy Installations Up 57 pct 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Public Service Commission
    Date: 2019-12-09
    According to the Michigan Public Service Commission's annual report, participation in the state's legacy net metering program has grown every year since 2006. The 2018 Distributed Generation and Legacy Net Metering Programs Report found that the number of projects grew to 5,379 installations in 2018 from 3,427 in 2017. The number of customers participating in the program increased to 5,219 in 2018 -- up 59 pct from 3,277 in 2017. The total number of installations exceeds the number of customers because some participants have multiple installations.

    By the end of 2018, the total capacity of the installations was approximately 43,481 kilowatts (kW), an increase of 13,910 kW -- a 47 pct increase year over year. Even so, legacy net metering projects remain a small portion of Michigan's total retail electricity sales at .0048 pct. The legacy net metering program allows customers to generate their own electricity, mainly through solar and wind projects, to reduce their energy needs or electric bills. Michigan law allows utilities to limit participation in the program at 1 pct of their five-year average peak electricity sales, with half of this amount allocated to residential-sized systems, and the other half for larger projects. (Source: Michigan Public Service Commission, MITech News, Dec., 2019) Contact: Michigan Public Service Commission, 800-292-9555, 517-284-8100, www.michigan.gov/mpsc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Net Meter,  


    NV Energy Adding Major Solar, Storage Capacity (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In Las Vegas, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUC) reports approval of NV Energy's Integrated Resource Plan to bring three projects totaling an additional 1,190 MW of new solar renewable energy projects to the state -- sufficient power for 230,000 homes -- and an additional 590 megawatts of energy storage capacity. The three new projects include:
  • Arrow Canyon Solar Project -- 200 mw solar photovoltaic project with a 75 mw -- 5 hour battery storage system being developed by EDF Renewables North America.

  • Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center -- 300 mw solar array that includes a 135 mw-4 hour Li-Ion battery energy storage system being developed by 8minute Solar Energy.

  • Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project -- 690 mw solar PV array coupled with a 380 mw AC battery storage system in Clark County being developed by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners in collaboration with Arevia Power.

    The projects, which are expected to be online prior to January 1, 2024, will double NV Energy's renewable energy resources portfolio to include 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects both in service and under development. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Corporate Communications,, 775-834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  


  • Nexans Inks Offshore Wind Cabling Projects Agreement (Ind Report)
    Nexans
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Paris-based cabling specialist Nexans is reporting a framework agreement with Eversource, New England's premier transmission builder, and offshore wind energy developer Orsted. Under the agreement Nexans will provide up to 1,000 km of subsea high voltage export cables for Orsted's offshore wind farms in North America. The first delivery is expected by 2022 and the agreement extends until 2027.

    Nexans notes it is also investing in a North American high-voltage, sub-sea cable manufacturing facility in the U.S. as well as a 10,000-ton capacity cable-laying vessel to service the offshore wind market. (Source: Nexans, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Nexans, Inv. Relations, Aurelia Baudey-Vignaud, +33.(0)1.78.15.03.94, aurelia.baudeyvignaud@nexans.com, www.nexans.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nexans,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Eversource,  


    Notable Quote from ScottishPower CEO
    COP25,ScottishPower
    Date: 2019-12-06
    "Every green megawatt of electricity will be crucial if we stand any chance of hitting 'net zero' in 2050, so innovation from energy companies is more important than ever.

    "This means squeezing the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project that we consider. In the UK and Ireland the perfect blend of clean power from onshore renewables should include a mixture of clean energy technologies.

    "The costs for building wind, solar and batteries have reduced considerably in recent years, and they complement each other very well. They perform best at different times of the day and at different times of the year." -- Keith Anderson, ScottishPower, Speaking at COP25 in Madrid.Contact: ScottishPower, Keith Anderson, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  ScottishPower,  CO25,  


    Consumers Energy Cross Winds Phase III Project Online (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports commercial operations have begun at Phase III of its 231-MW Cross Winds Energy Park in Michigan's Tuscola County. The $150 million, 76-MW Phase III facility incorporates 33 GE turbines.

    The Cross Winds Energy Park complex consists of three wind farms with a total of 114 turbines is expected to generate sufficient energy for 90,000 homes. Consumers Energy aims to cover 90 pct of its customers electric power needs with clean, renewable energy by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, Renewables, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Wind,  


    ScottishPower Plans Solar and Battery Installations at UK Wind Parks (Int'l. Report)
    Iberdrola,ScottishPower
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In the UK, Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower is reporting plans to install solar panels and batteries next to its wind turbines nationwide.

    Applications for the solar and battry installations have been submitted for existing wind farms in Cornwall, Lancashire and Cambridgeshire in England with projects in Scotland and Ireland to follow. The company is also developing 1,000 MW of new onshore wind projects which will also be solar panel and battery equipped.

    ScottishPower is the first integrated energy company in the UK to solely generate 100 pct renewable energy, according to the company. (Source: ScottishPower, Scotland Herald, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  ScottishPower,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Solar,  


    Orsted, Covestro Ink Major Offshore Wind Energy PPA (Int'l.)
    Covestro,Orsted
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Leverkusen, Germany-based high-performance polymer materials specialist Covestro reports the inking of a 10-year indexed fixed-price agreement with offshore wind developer Orsted to offtake from Orsted's planned 900-MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm which is expected to be fully commissioned in 2025, subject to Orsted's final investment decision. (Source: Covestro, Orsted, PR, reve 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Covestro, Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO, +49 2151 4856000, www.covestro.com; Orsted Offshore, Martin Neubert, Exec. VP, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


    Orsted Plans "Green Hydrogen" Alt Fuel Pilot Investment (Int'l.)
    Orsted
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In Copenhagen, Danish renewable energy giant ORSTED reports it will to invest in pilot projects that will use wind power and other renewable energy sources to produce hydrogen as an alternative fuel.

    Orsted plans to invest $30 billion in green energy up to 2025 in efforts to be become a major renewable energy firm, leading a shift away from fossil fuels, according to the company. (Source: Orsted, Reuters, Dec., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


    Amazon Announces New Renewable Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
    Amazon
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Online shopping juggernaut Amazon is reporting three new renewable energy projects in the US and Spain that support its Climate Pledge to reach 80 pct renewable energy by 2024, 100 pct renewable energy target by 2030 and net-zero carbon by 2040.

    Amazon's newest renewable energy project in Europe will be the company's first large-scale solar project generating 149 MW near Sevilla. The company's newest renewable energy solar projects in the US will be located in Lee County, Illinois and in Northern Virginia. Together, they total 180 MW and are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually. Once complete, the three new renewable energy solar projects will provide an estimated 329 MW of additional renewable capacity.

    To date, Amazon has launched over 70 renewable energy projects providing more than 1,900 MW and over more than 5.3 million MWh of renewable energy annually. These projects include 21 utility-scale wind and solar farms and more than 50 solar rooftops installed on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe. (Source: Amazon, PR, BusinessWire, Dec., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    Enel Magdalena II Solar Plant Now Online in Mexico (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Enel renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM) reports its $165 million, 220 MW Magdalena II solar facility in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala is now oiline.

    With this project, EGPM has exceeded 2,300 MW of managed capacity, of which 977 MW are wind power, 1,308 MW from solar and 53 MW from hydro. The company is also completing 593 MW of wind projects, including Amistad II and Amistad III, of around 100 MW each, and Amistad IV, of around 149 MW, all located in the state of Coahuila, as well of the 244 MW Dolores plant, located in the state of Nuevo Leon. Magdalena II incorporates 550,000 bifacial modules generating approximately 640 GWh per year, and avoiding about 350,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: Enel, Enel Green Power Mexico, PR, reve, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power Mexico, +52 55 5083 0310, www.enelgreenpower.com › country-mexico

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  


    Eolus, Aquila Complete 163MW Swedish Wind Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Eolus,Vattenfall
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Hassleholm, Sweden-headquartered wind energy developer Eolus Vind AB is reporting completion and sale of its 163MW Kraktorpet wind farm in the municipality of Sundsvall, Sweden, to Hamburg, Germany-based Aquila Capital for a purchase price of €173.5 million ($192.5 million),

    The wind farm, which incorporates 43 Vestas V136 3.8MW turbines, was constructed by Eolus and financed by Aquila.

    Eolus will provide asset management services for Kraktorpet and Vattenfall will buy and manage the output of the wind farm, as well as provide balancing services, under an agreement signed with Aquila in September. (Source: Eolus, renews, 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: Eolus Vind AB North America, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02, www.eolusvind.com; Aquila Capital, +49 40 87 5050-100, +49 40 87 5050-129 info@aquila-capital.de, www.aquila-capital.de/en; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, www.corporate.vattenfall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus,  Wind,  Vattenfall,  Aquila Capital,  


    Black Hills Commissions 60 MW Colorado Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Black Hills Corp
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Black Hills Corporation reports construction has been completed and commercial operations begun for its $71 million, 60-MW Busch Ranch II wind project in southern Colorado. The project was developed by Black Hills Corp.'s Black Hills Electric Generation, LLC, unit for the utility, Colorado Electric. All of the wind project's energy will be delivered to Colorado Electric through a 25-year PPA. (Source: Black Hills Corp., Various Media, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Black Hills Corp., www.blackhillscorp.com; Colorado Electric, 303-885-8135

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Corp.,  Wind,  


    IEA Announces Nebraska Thunderhead Wind Contract (Ind. Report)
    Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Indianapolis-headquartered Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA), through its IEA Constructors unit, reports receipt of a wind energy project award for construction of the Thunderhead Wind Project in Antelope and Wheeler counties, Nebraska.

    The project will utilize 108 GE wind turbines with 300 megawatts of capacity. The power will be delivered into the Nebraska electrical grid. Project work is underway for completion in September 2020.

    Chicago-based Invenergy developed the project. The company owns and operates large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities across North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. It has developed 150 projects with more than 24,000 megawatts of power capacity. (Source: IEA, PR, reve 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: IEA, JP Roehm, CEO, (800) 688-3775, Andrew Layman, (765) 828-2580, andre.layman@iea.net, www.iea.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives,  Wind ,  


    Liquid Filled Energy Efficient Window Tested (New Prod & Tech)
    Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
    Date: 2019-12-02
    The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sophia reports it is testing energy efficient window panes filled with a constant flow of 70 litres of distilled water and 30 litres of ethylene glycol, which serves as antifreeze.

    The window panes also act as an individual solar collectors using solar cells to absorb solar radiation and turn it into thermal energy to heat the building's interior. The advantage of using liquids instead of air inside the glass is that water is denser, so it absorbs infrared light in a broader range.

    The technology is being tested for an extended period at the InDeWag experimental building pavilion in Sofia. InDeWaG -- Industrial Development of Water Flow Glazing Systems -- Innovation action project is funded under Horizon 2020, a Public Private Partnership on "Buildings Design for New High Energy Performance Buildings." (Source: euronews, European Commission, 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: InDeWag, www.indewag.eu; Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Miglena Nikolaeva-Dimitrova, www.bas.bg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Saipem Claims Scottish Offshore Wind Foundation Contracts (Int'l)
    Saipem, EDF Renewables,,
    Date: 2019-12-02
    Milan, Italy-headquartered engineering firm Saipem is reporting receipt of two contracts totaling €750 million for engineering, procurement, construction and installation of steel foundation jackets for 54 8MW wind turbines at the £1.4 billion Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm to be constructed near the Firth of Forth on the east coast of Scotland.

    Neart na Gaoithe will have a capacity of 450MW and is being developed by EDF Renewables, which closed project financing on 28th, November. This is Saipem's first turnkey contract in the offshore wind sector. (Source: Saipem, PR, Power Tech, Nov. 2019) Contact: Saipem , Francesco Racheli, Offshore COO, www.saipem.com; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Offshore Wind,  EDF Renewables,  ,  


    TCL&P Seeking $1.8Mn for Energy Efficiency Grants (Ind. Report)
    Traverse City Light & Power
    Date: 2019-12-02
    In Michigan, Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) reports its Board of Directors has approved a resolution seeking a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Rural Development's Rural Energy Savings Program.

    If granted, the funds would support TCL&P's on-bill financing program allowing customers to borrow up to $30,000 at no interest for 10 years for renewable energy and energy efficiency installations and upgrades. The repayment, plus a $5 administration fee, would be secured through a lien on the property and added to the customer's monthly power billing.

    Qualifying borrowers could use the money for everything from insulation upgrades to new windows to renewable energy projects like rooftop solar, as previously reported.

    TCL&P executive director Tim Arends previously touted the idea as a way to help curb the utility's peak energy demand. The USDA gave tentative approval to the utility's application, as previously reported. (Source: Traverse City Light & Power, Traverse City Record Eagle, 1 Dec., 2019)Contact: Traverse City Light & Power, Tim Arends, 231-922-4940, www.tclp.org

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    Hibiki Wind Energy selects MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as Preferred Wind Turbines Supplier
    Hibikinada Offshore Wind Farm , MHI Vestas
    Date: 2019-11-29
    220 MW Hibikinada Offshore Wind Farm will be the first in Asia Pacific to feature MHI Vestas’ V174-9.5 MW wind turbines. MHI Vestas has confirmed that its flagship V174-9.5 MW was selected as the preferred wind turbine for the Hibikinada Offshore Wind Farm. Hibikinada is the first awarded, commercial-scale wind power project to be announced in Japan, the strongest signal to date that the Japanese offshore wind energy market is rapidly stirring to life. Once installed, the wind power project will feature the most powerful wind turbines operating in Japan. The landmark project will be developed by Hibiki Wind Energy, a consortium of five partners who have the ambition to build a new energy infrastructure in Japan to advance the country’s renewable energy transition. (Source: MHI Vestas, reve, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Hibikinada Offshore Wind Farm, www.4coffshore.com/windfarms/Japan/kitakyushu-port---hibikinada-japan-jp43.html

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    China leads the way as wind energy sees another year of stable growth
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-11-29
    The wind power energy industry installed 51.3 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity last year, a 3.6 percent fall when compared to 2017‘s growth, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said Tuesday. Despite this reduction, the international trade association said that the growth of the worldwide wind energy market had “been stable” since 2014, with more than 50 GW of new capacity installed each year. Total installed capacity stood at 591 GW at the end of 2018, which represents an increase of 9.6 percent compared to the end of 2017, the GWEC added. Installed capacity relates to how much energy can be produced at maximum output, not what is currently being generated. GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said that China had led “both onshore and offshore growth,” adding that “huge growth” was expected in Asia “through the coming decade and beyond.” Breaking the figures down, the onshore sector was responsible for 46.8 GW of new capacity in 2018, while the offshore wind market added 4.49 GW. In the onshore sector, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa were responsible for 10 percent of new installations last year. China led the way in offshore, installing 1.8 GW, while the U.K. and Germany installed 1.3 GW and 0.9 GW, respectively.

    another industry body, WindEurope, said that 12 countries in the EU had failed to install “a single wind turbine” last year. onshore wind fell by more than half in Germany last year and “collapsed in the U.K.,” stating that, in the EU, 2018 was “the worst year for new wind energy installations since 2011.” (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, reve, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact: WEC, Ben Blackwell, CEO

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    Greek Parliament Investing €2.6Mn in Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Greek Culture Ministry
    Date: 2019-11-27
    In Athens, the Greek Parliament, through the Culture Ministry, is calling for bids in the neighborhood of €2.8 million improve the energy efficiency of the 1843 vintage parliament building. Upgrades are expected to include: new pipes and air conditioning systems, replacement of a total of 191 windows and doors and the addition of an exterior insulating layer on the roof of the building.

    Upon completion, the upgraded Parliament building is expected to consume at least 30 pct less energy and emit 39 pct less CO2 on an annual basis. The Greek Culture Ministry will supervise the project. (Source: Greek Culture Ministry, TheMayor.eu, Nov., 2019) Contact: Greek Culture Ministry, www.culture.gr

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    Ideol, Taisei Partner on Floating Offshore Wind Foundations (Int'l)
    Ideol, Taisei Corp
    Date: 2019-11-27
    Paris-headquartered wind energy developer Ideol and Tokyo-based construction company Taisei Corp. are reporting a MoU for the joint development and promotion in Japan of concrete foundations for floating offshore wind using Ideol's patented Damping Pool technology.

    Under the MoU, the companies will also work to contribute to the acceleration as well as the growth of the domestic floating offshore wind market. (Source: Ideol, Taisei Corp, PR, Offshore, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ideol and Taisei Corp Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en; Taisei Corp., www.taisei.co.jp

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    Floating Wind Farm Planned for Ulsan, Korea (Int'l Report)
    WindPower Korea, EDP Renewables, Aker Solutions
    Date: 2019-11-27
    Following up on our 21st October coverage, EDP Renewables, a consortium founded by EDP and Aker Solutions reports it has joined WindPower Korea with investments in the development company Korea Floating Wind Power (KFWind). Principle Power, which had a role in originating the KFWind project portfolio, will supply its WindFloat foundation technology for the 500-MW project.

    As previously reported, KFWind inked a MoU with the City of Ulsan to cooperate on the development of floating wind projects and support the Ulsan region as a manufacturing hub for domestic and export offshore wind markets.

    South Korea is targeting 13 GW of offshore wind installed by 2030, and 30 pct or more renewable energy by 2040. (Source: WindPower Korea, EDP Renewables, Aker Solutions 25 Nov., 2019)Contact: WindPower Korea, +82-2-584-5326, kwsuh@windpowerkorea.com, www.windpowerkorea.com; Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; EDP Renewables, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

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    ScottishPower Planning Major Onshore Wind Initiative (Int'l.)
    ScotlandPower,Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-27
    In the UK, a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change -- the official policy advisory group for the UK government -- warns that any hope the UK has of meeting its carbon-neutral by 2050 goal will require construction of at least 1,000 MW of onshore wind capacity every year for the next three decades as well as a quadrupling of offshore wind farm construction -- an unlikely scenario since wind farm construction in the UK has plummeted 80 pct since 2015 due primarily to a lack of government support.

    Even so, Glasgow-based ScottishPower Renewables, an amalgam of the 6 largest utility companies in Scotland, reports it is planning a major expansion of onshore wind projects and has identified 100 potential onshore sites in Scotland, and a few in Ireland, according to a Guardian report. (Source: The Guardian, Committee on Climate Change, CleanTechnica, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk; ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

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    SGRE Touts New 11MW Direct Drive Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-11-27
    Madrid-headquartered wind turbine major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports the unveiling of a new 11MW version of its direct-drive offshore wind turbine with a 193-metre rotor.

    According to SGRE offshore wind CEO Andreas Nauen, "Digitalisation allows us to increase the capacity of our current largest 10MW machine to 11 MW, boosting its annual energy production, while keeping the levelized cost of energy down." (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Windpower, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com

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    Vestas Claims 118MW Finnish Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
    Vestas,EPV Energia
    Date: 2019-11-27
    Vassa, Finland-based wind turbine major Vesta reportys receipt of an order from energy company EPV Energia Oy for 21 units of its V150-5.6 MW turbines totaling 118 MW for the Paskoonharju II wind energy project in the municipality of Teuva, Finland.

    The contract includes the supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 30-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. The project will also feature a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution to lower turbine downtime and optimise the energy output. Turbine delivery is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2021 while commissioning is planned for Q3, 2021. (Source: Vestas, Various Media, Saur, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact: EPV Energia Oy, +358 10 505 5000 , www.epv.fi; Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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    Masdar Makes First N.Am Wind Energy Investment (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Masdar,General Electric
    Date: 2019-11-25
    In Abu Dhabi, Masdar -- the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company -- is confirming its first foray into the North American energy markets with the acquisition of interests in British developer John Laing Group's interest in wind farms in Texas and New Mexico.

    The 149 MW Rocksprings project in Texas incorporates 53 General Electric 2.3MW wind turbines and 16 1.72MW turbines. The Sterling project in New Mexico incorporates 13 General Electric 2.3MW tirbines.

    Financial details of the deal were not announced. (Source: Masdar, Stock Daily Dish, 24 Nov., 2019) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ca.ae

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    Equinor, ESB Pursuing Irish Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
    Equinor,ESB
    Date: 2019-11-25
    In Dublin, the Irish state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) reports it is partnering with Oslo, Norway-based energy company Equinor to identify suitable sites for and develop new offshore wind farms in Irish waters. The two firms will also investigate potential wind energy storage and other related technologies.

    Together, ESB and Equinor are specifically interested in large scale wind projects that could be in commercial operation by 2030. ESB notes its recent investment in the Galloper offshore wind farm in the UK in line with its Brighter Future Strategy. (Source: ESB, Equinor, Silicon Republic, Others, 21 Nov., 2019) Contact: ESB Generation and Trading, Jim Dollard, 00353 21 238 6555, esbnetworks@esb.ie,www.esb.ie ; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

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    Elecnor Contracts for 30-MW Mexican Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Elecnor SA
    Date: 2019-11-25
    Madrid-based construction and engineering firm Elecnor SA is reporting receipt of a €16 million ($17.8-million) turnkey contract from the Mexican state of Baja California to construct a 30-MW wind park in the community of San Matias.

    The project will incorporate eight 3.8-MW wind turbines and will be monitored and managed from within its electrical substation. The project is being financed through Spanish Banco Sabadell's wholly-owned subsidiary Sinia Renovables and its local unit Fuerza Eolica de San Matias.(Source: Elecnor SA, 22 Nov., 2019) Contact: Elecnor, +91 417 99 00, +91 597 14 40 - fax, elecnor@elecnor.com, www.elecnor.com

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    Mainstream Closes on $580Mn Chilean Renewables Financing (Int'l)
    Mainstream Renewable Power
    Date: 2019-11-25
    Global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power reports it has closed on $580 million for its wholly-owned Chilean subsidiary, Andes Renovables,for construction of the largest solar and wind generation plant in the whole of Latin America. A group of banks -- KfW IPEX-Bank, Societe Generale, SMBC, CaixaBank, Natixis, DNB, Banco Santander -- provided debt financing for the deal.

    The first phase of the project is going to see the construction of three wind power generation assets and one for solar energy. The second and third phases of the project's construction have not yet been announced. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, CryptoNewsZ, 23 Nov., 2019) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, CEO, +353 (0) 1 290 2000, +56 (2) 25923100 -- Santiago, Chile Office, info-Chile@mainstreamrp.com, www.mainstreamrp.com

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    Siemens Subsidiary Wins Jordanian 80MW Wnd Deal (Int'l Report)
    Jordan,Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-11-25
    Madrid-based Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), through its wind engineering subsidiary reports the signing of a 10-year power supply agreement with the Kingdom of Jordan's Al Samra Power Company to operate and maintain an 80 MW wind power plant in the Ma'an wind farm, a $148 million projects backed by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

    In 2018, Jordan integrated roughly 771 MW of wind and solar power capacity into its grid as part of its plan to increase its renewable capacity to 2.7 GW by 2021. The country of approximately 9.9 million residents imports roughly 95 pct of it energy. (Source: Petra News, N Business, 24 Nov., 2019) Contact: Al Samra Power Company, +962 6 550 6510, www.sepco.com.jo; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com

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    Strauss Wind Project Awaiting Planning Approval (Ind. Report)
    Santa Barbara County Planning Commission
    Date: 2019-11-22
    In the Golden State, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission reports it is considering a proposal from an affiliate of German renewable energy developer BayWa r.e. for the 30-turbine, 98 MW Strauss Wind Energy Project south of Lompoc.

    If approved and constructed, the project will generate sufficient electric power for roughly 45,000 homes and double the county's renewable energy power generation. (Source: Santa Barbara County Planning Commission Noozhawk, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: Santa Barbara Clean Coalition, Craig Lewis, Exec. Dir., craig@clean-coalition.org; Santa Barbara County Planning Commission, (805) 737-7775, www.countyofsb.org/plndev/hearings/cpc.sbc; BayWa r.e., Hakan Wallin, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

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    492-MW Maverick Creek Wnd Farm Underway in Texas (Ind. Report)
    Algonquin Power,Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-11-22
    Oakville, Ontario-headquartered Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp is reporting the groundbreaking for the 492-MW Maverick Creek wind project in Concho County, Texas. The $700 million, 127-turbine project is being developed with UK-based Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and will generate sufficient power for approximately 200,000 homes when fully online. (Source: Algonquin Power & Utilities, PR, Renewables 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: Algonquin Power & Utilities, 905-465-4500, 905-465-4514 - fax., www.algonquinpower.com: Renewable Energy Systems, +44 (0)1923 299 200, www.res-group.com

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    Ontario Taxpayers Dinged $231Mn for Promised "No Cost" Renewable Energy Project Cancellations (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Wind
    Date: 2019-11-22
    Following up on our 16 July, 2018 coverage -- Ford Killing 758 Ontario Renewable Energy Deals -- reporting from Queens Park, CBC notes that provincial documents show the government of freshman Ontario Premier Doug Ford (C) spent in excess of $230 million to cancel renewable energy projects in Ontario.

    The province's public accounts for 2018-19 show spending of $231 million on what the Ministry of Energy deceptively described only as "other transaction." Upon further investigation the unexplained "other transactions" were found to cover the cost of keeping the often colourful Premier's campaign promise to wind down wind energy and other renewable energy development in Ontario. (Source: CBC, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford https://twitter.com/gregrickford?lang=en; Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

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    Notable Quote from the Kremlin and Comrade Putin
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-22
    "When these ideas of reducing energy production to zero or relying only on solar or wind power are promoted, I think humanity could once again end up in caves, simply because it won't consume anything.

    "The technology is currently such that we simply won't be able to preserve civilization without hydrocarbons, nuclear energy or hydropower." -- Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, The Moscow Times, 20 Nov., 2019

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    Notable Quote -- Wind in the Garden State

    Date: 2019-11-22
    "(Wind) There is no other renewable energy resource that provides us with either the electric-generation or economic-growth potential of offshore wind.

    When we reach our goal of 7,500 megawatts, New Jersey's offshore wind infrastructure will generate electricity to power more than 3.2 million homes and meet fifty percent of our state's electric power need." -- NJ Governor Phil Murphy 19 Nov., 2019)

    "If the United States is going to compete and win in the 21st century's global clean energy marketplace, ramping up our nation's wind production is going to be absolutely critical. Offshore wind has an important role to play as an untapped, but potentially massive, emerging market in the U.S. that can drive billions of dollars in economic investment and create tens of thousands of American jobs." -- Gregory Wetstone, Pres. & CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy, CNBC, 19 Nov., 2019)

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    Rampion Plans Sussex UK Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l Report)
    Rampion
    Date: 2019-11-20
    In the UK, the BBC is reporting the £1.3 billion Rampion Offshore Wind Farm has applied to the Crown Estate, the royal company which owns the seabed, for permission to almost double the size of its facilities off the Sussex coast westwards towards Bognor.

    If the proposed expansion is approved and completed, the Rampion wind farm could stretch over 16 miles and generate generates enough electricity to power 350,000sufficient energy for as many as 700,000 homes.

    Rampion, which was developed E.ON, is two-thirds the size of the 175-turbine London Array, the largest offshore wind farm in the world. (Source: Rampion, The Argus, 18 Nov., 2019)Contact: E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com

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    GE Wins 350 MW Texas Wind Farm Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-11-20
    GE Renewable Energy reports it has been selected by Innergex Renewable Energy to supply 139 units of its 2.X-127 onshore wind turbines on 89-meter towers for Innergex's approximately 350 MW Foard City Wind project in Foard County, Texas. The order also includes a 20-year full-service agreement. The Foard City wind farm reached commercial operation on September 27, 2019. GE's 2 MW fleet operates at an industry-leading average of 98+ percent availability. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Various Media, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, CEO, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

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    RCAM Technologies Concrete Wind Foundation Project (Ind. Report)
    RCAM Technologies
    Date: 2019-11-20
    US start-up RCAM Technologies reports it has been selected by and received funding from the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium for contract negotiations as part of the consortium's second round of wind research and development projects. RCAM's award, which is one of two totaling $1.9 million, will go towards "proving the feasibility and advance the design" of the company's modular "3D Printing" concrete foundation.

    The two-year project scope includes the conceptual design, preliminary design, and feasibility assessment of the fixed-bottom, suction-bucket support structure and heavy-lift-vessel alternative for the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 15MW reference turbine.

    According to its website, RCAM Technologies was "founded to develop concrete additive manufacturing technologies initially for wind energy technologies -- RCAM's vision for wind energy is to develop land-based and offshore wind turbine towers and substructures up to 200-meter tall at half the cost of conventional tall tower technologies." (Source: RCAM Technologies, PR, 19 November, 2019) Contact: RCAM Technologies, Jason Cottrell, CEO, www.rcamtechnologies.com; National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/national-offshore-wind-rd-consortium

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    EU4Energy Assisting in Bldg. Energy Performance Cert. (Int'l)
    EU4Energy
    Date: 2019-11-20
    Reporting from Tbilisi, the EU Energy Community secretariat has announced consultations with Georgian stakeholders aimed at developing the skills and competencies needed to use a tool that calculates the energy performance of buildings.

    The tool, which was developed within EU4Energy Governance project, takes into account different climatic zones, automates the calculation of insulating efficiency values for windows and walls and considers the use of renewables when issuing certificates of energy performance. These certificates include the reason they were issued, the building category, primary energy (measured energy consumption for heating in recent years), the share of energy from renewables, the energy efficiency class (A to G) and proposed measures for improving energy performance.

    Previously this year, the EU4Energy Governance project developed national regulations on certifying the energy performance of buildings and a template of the energy performance certificate for Georgia. The assistance is part of EU4Energy support for the country in fulfilling its commitments under the Energy Community Treaty, following the draft Law on the Energy Performance of Buildings of Georgia developed with EU4Energy support in early 2018, the adoption of which is pending. (Source: EU4Energy, euneighbours.eu, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: EU4Energy, www.eu4energy.iea.org

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