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Orsted, NOAA to Share Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Data (Ind. Report)
Orsted, NOAA
Date: 2021-04-07
In Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a first-of-its-kind agreement with Orsted Wind Power North America LLC, under which NOAA will have access to physicial and biological data from Orsted-leased waters (subject to U.S. jurisdiction). This agreement paves the way for future data-sharing agreements with other developers, as the wind energy industry grows. NOAA will be able to look at air and water quality and emissions, meteorology, coastal currents and waves, hydrographic mapping, and physical oceanography.

Orsted is behind the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project as well as the Skipjack Wind Farm, one of two planned for the waters off Ocean City. The company plans to install nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the U.S. between now and 2026. (Source: NOAA, PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted Offshore North America, David Hardy, CEO,, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96, alban@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; NOAA, Ben Friedman, Acting Administrator, www.noaa.gov

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


Clearway Repowering Pinnacle Wind Farm Turbines (Ind. Report)
Clearway Energy
Date: 2021-04-07
San Francisco-based Clearway Energy Group reports upgrades to the 2012-vintage Pinnacle Wind Farm in Keyser, West Virginia are underway and expected to be completed before the year end.

According to the release, the company secured $128 million in financing for the repowering work that will sequentially replace the 23 existing turbines with newer, more efficient units.

Clearway Energy Group is one of the largest developers and operators of clean energy in the United States with over 4.7 GW of wind, solar, and energy storage in operation, including assets owned through affiliate company Clearway Energy, Inc., according to the company website. (Source: Clearway Energy Group, PR, Cumberland Times-News, Contact: Clearway Energy Group, www.clearwayenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  CLearway Energy,  


Orsted, NOAA to Share Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Data (Ind. Report)
Orsted, NOAA
Date: 2021-04-06
In Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a first-of-its-kind agreement with Orsted Wind Power North America LLC, under which NOAA will have access to physicial and biological data from Orsted-leased waters (subject to U.S. jurisdiction). This agreement paves the way for future data-sharing agreements with other developers, as the wind energy industry grows. NOAA will be able to look at air and water quality and emissions, meteorology, coastal currents and waves, hydrographic mapping, and physical oceanography.

Orsted is behind the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project as well as the Skipjack Wind Farm, one of two planned for the waters off Ocean City. The company plans to install nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the U.S. between now and 2026. (Source: NOAA, PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted Offshore North America, David Hardy, CEO NOAA, Ben Friedman, Acting Administrator, www.noaa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted news,  NOAA news,  Offshore Wind news,  


ITC Windsor First LEED Zero Carbon Certified Hotel (Int'l.)
USGBC
Date: 2021-04-05
India's "responsible luxury" hotel chain ITC Hotels reports its ITC Windsor Hotel in Bengaluru is the first hotel in the world to achieve LEED Zero Carbon certification from the US Green Building Council. ITC Hotels also notes its has more USGBC Platinum Certified Properties than any other hotel chain in the world.(Source: ITC Hotels, USGBC, PR, 1 April, 2021) Contact: ITC Windsor Hotel, www.itchotels.com/in/en/itcwindsor-bengaluru; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification.Energ Efficiency,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification.Energ Efficiency,  


500-MW Uzbekistan Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
Masdar
Date: 2021-04-05
UAE-based renewable energy developer Masdar -- the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company -- is reporting an agreement with the Government of Uzbekistan to extend the capacity of its originally contracted Zarafshan wind farm project from 500-MW to up to 1.5 GW.

In 2020, Masdar contracted with the Government of Uzbekistan to develop, construct, and operate the 500-MW Zarafshan wind farm project, its second utility-scale clean energy project in the country, and the largest wind farm in Central Asia. When fully operational in 2024, the project is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 500,000 homes and displace 1.1 million tpy of CO2. (Source: Masdar, PR, Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing, 4 Apr., 2021)Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333, www.masdar.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar,  Wind,  


Opdenergy to Develop AEP Energy W.Va. Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Opdenergy, AEP Energy
Date: 2021-04-02
Madrid-based renewable energy developer Opdenergy is reporting a 12-year agreement with Columbus, Ohio-headquartered AEP Energy, a unit of American Electric Power (AEP), for the construction and operation of a 153,000 MWh per year solar energy plant in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Once operational, the plant will generate more than 153,000 megawatt hours per year of clean energy. The plant's power output will be used to supply AEP Energy customers through the AEP Integrated Renewable Energy solution.

Opdenergy is an Independent Power Producer with extensive experience in the development, financing, construction, and operation of wind and solar energy assets. (Source: Opdenergy, Website PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: AEP, Opdenergy, +34 914 559 996, www.opdenergy.com/en; AEP Energy, Ben Buckworth, beduckworth@aepes.com, www aepes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Opdenergy,  Solar,  AEP Energy,  


Pacifico Renewables Adds 15.5 MW to Wind Portfolio (Int'l., M&A)
Pacifico Renewables
Date: 2021-03-31
Gruenwald, Germany-based independent energy producer Pacifico Renewables Yield AG is reporting acquisition of a 15.5 MW, 5-turbine onshore wind farm near Reudelsterz in Rhineland-Palatinate from New Energies Systems AG.

The onshore wind park is expected to generate roughly 37 GWh of green electricity p.a. and reduce CO2 emissions by almost 30,000 tpy. The project increases Pacifico's portfolio capacity by 19 pct to 96.6 MW. The company is aiming to increase its portfolio to 400 MW by 2023, according to the release. (Source: Pacifico Renewables, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Pacifico Renewables, Christoph Strasser, Co-CEO, www.pacifico-reneables.com; New Energies Systems AG, +49 2651 4915520, www.nesag.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacifico Renewables ,  Wind,  


Scout Energy Slows Horse Haven Wind Project Permitting (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2021-03-31
Further to our 19 May, 2020 coverage, Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy is reported to have withdrawn it's request for expedited processing of its application for site certification through Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) for its Horse Heaven Wind Farm project in Benton, County, Washington.

The slowdown is intended to allow further community input and comments on the proposed 1150 MW facility that would combine wind energy, solar energy and battery energy storage in the same location near the "Tri-Cities" of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland.

The project is expected to incorporate as many as 212 GE wind turbines at a total cost of $850 million and generate sufficient energy for approximately 140,000 homes when fully operational in 2022, as previously reported. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, Website, KEPR 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Dave Kobus, Project Manager, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy ,  Wind,  


Nat. Offshore Wind R&D Consort. Projects Announced (Ind. Report)
National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
Date: 2021-03-31
The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, which was established with funding from U.S. DOE, has selected 15 new projects to receive a total of $8 million for offshore wind support structure innovation, U.S.-based supply chain development, electrical systems innovation, and solutions for impacts on wildlife and radar.

The selections announced today include:

  • Four projects to develop innovative support structures (including foundations and moorings) for very large fixed-bottom and floating offshore wind turbines to achieve economies of scale;

  • Three projects that propose innovative solutions to supply chain and installation challenges including spiral welded towers, a self-positioning blade installation tool, and unmanned aerial devices for inspections;

  • Five projects to support innovations in grid interconnection and transmission;

  • Three technology development projects to mitigate use conflicts, including wildlife monitoring and radar interference. The 15 new projects bring the Consortium’s total funding portfolio to $28 million for 40 projects. This announcement supports a goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of U.S. offshore wind by 2030.

    DOE established the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium in 2018 to address research priorities for offshore wind as defined in the National Offshore Wind Strategy, which was developed jointly by DOE and the DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

    The Consortium is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with DOE and NYSERDA each providing $20.5 million to fund high-impact research projects that lower the costs of U.S. offshore wind.

    Download details HERE (Source: US DOE, Wind Energy Technology Office, National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, www.nationaloffshorewind.org; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium,  Offshore Wind,  


  • Iberdrola Acquiring Polish Onshore Wind Farms (Int'l., M&A)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Madrid-headquartered Spanish utility Iberdrola reports it has inked an agreement to purchase three Polish onshore wind farms totaling 163 MW from Cyprus-based CEE Equity Partners -- the investment advisor for two China-CEE Funds with committed funds of over $1.2 billion.

    Two of the wind farms, totalling 112.5 MW, are operational with the remaining 50.4 MW project expected to break ground in the near future. (Source: Iberdrola, Website PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es; CEE Equity Partners, +48 22 564 5500, Fax: +48 22 564 5502 -- Warsaw Office, office@cee-equity.com, www.cee-equity.com

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


    Nexans Cabling Supplier on Empire Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Nexans
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Paris-based cabling specialist Nexans is reporting a preferred supplier agreement (PSA) with Equinor's Empire Offshore Wind LLC to connect Empire Wind offshore projects to the onshore grid. The turnkey projects cover the full design and manufacturing, as well as the laying and protection of over 300 km of export cables that will deliver renewable energy to over one million homes.

    Empire Wind is being developed by a 50/50 Equinor and BP partnership. Empire Wind is planned for an area of 80,000 acres of federal waters roughly 33 km south of Long Island, east of the Rockaways, New York.

    Nexans designs solutions and services along the entire value chain in three main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities and e¬mobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, subsea interconnections, land high voltage), and Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation, oil and gas, automation, and others), according to the company website. (Source: Nexans, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Nexans North America, www.nexans.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nexans,  Offshore Wind,  


    NIPSCO, EDP Announce Indiana Wind, Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
    NIPSCO, EDP Renewables
    Date: 2021-03-29
    EDP Renewables North America LLC and Northern Indiana Public Service Company, LLC (NIPSCO) are reporting a long-term PPA and a Build & Transfer Agreement (BTA) for two renewable energy projects in White County Indiana -- the 204 MW (MW) Indiana Crossroads II Wind Farm and the 200 MW Indiana Crossroads Solar Park in White County, which is anticipated to become operational in 2022. NIPSCO will enter into a joint venture once construction is complete.

    EDP Renewables is the largest wind farm operator in the state with 1,001 MW of operational capacity. The Indiana Crossroads II Wind Farm and Indiana Crossroads Solar Park add to 11 renewable energy projects previously announced as part of NIPSCO parent company NiSource's customer-centric "Your Energy, Your Future" initiative, which includes the generation transition plan at NIPSCO.

    NIPSCO plans to be coal-free by 2028. (Source: EDP Renewables, NIPSCO, PR, 27 Mar., 2021) Contact: NIPSCO, www.NIPSCO.com/future; EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  EDP Renewables,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energ,  


    Southern Power Snares 109-Turbine S. Dakota Wind Farm (M&A)
    Southern Power, Invenergy
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Atlanta-based energy wholesaler Southern Power is reporting the acquisition of its 14th and largest wind project to date -- the 300-MW Deuel Harvest Wind Farm in Deuel County, South Dakota -- from Invenergy. The 109-turbine Deuel Harvest facility was developed by Invenergy and came online Feb. 23, 2021.

    The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility are being sold under two separate power purchase agreements -- a 25-year agreement with Great River Energy, expected to commence January 2023, and a 15-year agreement with Xcel Energy, expected to commence in October 2021. Southern Power will be the majority owner. Invenergy will retain a minority ownership position, and Invenergy Services will operate and maintain the facility.

    With the addition of Deuel Harvest, Southern Power's wind portfolio consists of more than 2,533 MW of wind generation. Southern Power's wind facilities are a part of the company's 4,928-MW renewable fleet, which consists of 43 solar and wind facilities operating or under construction. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or operate 54 facilities operating or under development in 14 states with more than 12,498 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. Southern Power is aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Southern Power, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Southern Power, www.southerncompany.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power news,  Invenergy news,  Wind news,  


    EWE, AWS Joint Venture to Manage, Operate Wind Projects (Int'l.)
    EWE,Alterric
    Date: 2021-03-29
    In Germany, Aloys Wobben Stiftung (AWS) and EWE AG are reporting the launch of Alterric, their joint-venture onshore wind energy project management and operation service provider. The announcement follows December 2020 antitrust approvals and shareholders and investment agreements which came into force on 26th March, 2021 when the new company commenced its operations.

    AWS -- sole shareholder of the Aurich-based wind energy converter manufacturer ENERCON -- and EWE AG each hold 50 pct of the shares in Alterric.

    The shareholders have brought the existing wind farms and onshore projects belonging to ENERCON and EWE into their joint venture Alterric which has more than 2,300 MW of installed power in its portfolio and a project pipeline of more than 9,400 MW. Alterric aims to invest roughly €4 billion to expand its portfolio to up to 5 GW by 2030.

    Alterric is the largest onshore green electricity producer in Germany, according to the company website. (Source: Alterric, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Alterric, www.alterric.com; Aloys Wobben Stiftung, www.aloys-wobben-stiftung.de; EWE, www.ewe.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  EWE AG news,  


    Bay State Governor Inks Climate Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    Mass. Climate Change
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The new law requires that greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 be at least 50 pct lower than 1990 emissions, and that 2040 emissions be at least 75 pct lower and that 2050 emissions be at least 85 pct below 1990 emissions. The remaining 15 pct will be achieved through carbon sequestration and carbon banking.

    The bill also requires the Department of Public Utilities to consider emissions reductions on an equal footing as its considerations of power generation reliability and affordability within 90 days, that the governor appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and that the administration establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Charlie Baker,  Climate Change,  MassSave,  


    U. Mich. Endowment Fund Refocusing on Renewables (Ind. Report)
    University of Michigan
    Date: 2021-03-29
    The University of Michigan Board of Regents has announced plans to achieve net-zero carbon footprint status for its $12.5 billion endowment by 2050.

    To that end, the Board of Regents plans to move away from fossil fuel holdings in favor of a $140 million investment in solar and wind developments and projects to limit carbon emissions and to hasten the transition to a low-carbon economy, according to a release. (Source: University of Michigan, PR, Mining Journal, 27 Mar., 2021) Contact: University of Michigan, Mark Schlissel, Pres, 734-764-1817, www.umich.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Mass. Climate Legislation Stresses Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Eficiency
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The legislation also calls for the governor to: appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards; adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances; and establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor; MassSave, (866) 527-7283, www.masssave.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  MassSave news,  Charlie Baker news,  


    Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study (NREL Study Attached)
    NREL
    Date: 2021-03-26
    A just released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study commissioned by the city of Los Angeles has concluded L.A. can achieve 98 pct clean energy within the next decade and 100 pct by 2035.

    To meet that goal, the NREL report recommends: building solar farms, wind turbines and batteries as fast as possible; install solar panels on rooftops, electric cars in garages and electric heat pumps in homes; and invest in energy efficiency and "demand response" programs that pay people to use electricity during off-peak periods.

    The study says "the benefits would be immense: not only helping to counteract the climate crisis, but also slashing deadly air pollution from cars, trucks, power plants and gas furnaces, much of it concentrated in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color."

    Download the LA100: The Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study HERE. (Source: NREL, Mar., 2021) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Renewable Energy Lab,  NREL,  Renewable Energy,  


    Invenergy Nails Okla. Wind Farm Construction Financing (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    More Invenergy, a privately held global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, reports it has completed construction financing for the 999 MW Traverse Wind Energy Center in Custer, Blaine, and Kingfisher Counties, Oklahoma.

    Traverse is the largest of three wind energy projects being developed by Invenergy as part of the 1,485 MW North Central Wind Energy Facilities. The other two projects -- the 287 MW Maverick Wind Energy Center in Major, Garfield and Kingfisher Counties and the 199 MW Sundance Wind Energy Center in Woods and Major Counties -- both achieved financial close in December 2020.

    All three projects are currently under construction. American Electric Power (AEP) will assume ownership of the three wind farms upon the start of commercial operations to serve customers of subsidiaries Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO). Sundance is expected to begin commercial operations this spring, Maverick later this year and Traverse in early 2022. (Source: Invenergy, Website, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: Invenergy LLC, Meghan Schultz, VP Finance and Capital Markets, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  


    French Offshore Wind Farm Wins EIB Credit (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2021-03-26
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports granting a €350 million line of credit to a consortium made up of EDF Renewables, Enbridge and wpd to co-finance construction of a planned €2 billion wind farm 10 km off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer, France.

    The project will incorporate 64 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines totaling 450 MW and is expected to enter service in 2024. (Source: EIB, PR, NA Windpower, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  wpd,  Enbridge,  EDF Renewables,  Offshore wind,  


    MataSota-88 Climate Change Action Recommendations (Ind. Report)
    MataSota-88
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In the Sunshine State, the Sarasota-based not-for-profit public interest group ManaSota-88 has recommended the following in support of Manatee County's pending climate action -- climate change mitigation and coastal disaster plan:
  • Temporary moratorium on rebuilding after a storm -- The comprehensive plan should be amended to include a temporary moratorium on rebuilding not immediately needed for public health, safety, and welfare. Several coastal communities have adopted policies that authorize a moratorium of up to 60 days on the reconstruction of structures if at least 50 pct destroyed by storm, flood, wave, and wind damage. During the moratorium, the Board of County Commission can then consider purchasing damaged properties or pursuing other mitigation responses.

  • Redevelopment after a storm -- The County Commission should clearly indicate that any redevelopment after storm-damage will meet, at a minimum, the requirements of existing development codes and not negatively impact vegetation, beaches, or coastal dune systems.

  • Native vegetation -- The comprehensive plan should require any new development or redevelopment to plant or replant native vegetation.

  • Establish 50-year erosion rates -- The County should determine local beach erosion rates expected over 50 years. The comprehensive plan should also require the disclosure of specific hazardous conditions during property transfers.

  • Retreat from the Coast -- Retreat from the coast is the only viable long-term management option that will ensure the protection of the coastline.

    MataSota-88 notes that although the scientific evidence supporting climate change is overwhelming, there is a significant segment of the population that are either "ignorant of the facts or are learning disabled, unfortunately, many of the latter are some of our policymakers and business leaders." MataSota-88 calls for the Manatee County Commission to initiate a process that will address the challenges that global warming poses for Florida.

    ManaSota-88 believes it is of vital importance to focus attention on the need to develop policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its associated impacts of sea-level rise on coastal resources, according to the group's website. (Source: ManaSota 88, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: ManaSota 88, (941) 966-6256 , manasota88@comcast.net , www.manasota88.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  


  • NY State Deepwater Wind South Fork Cable Approved (Ind. Report)
    Deepwater Wind
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In the Empire State, to Public Service Commission has given approval to a 7.6 mile underground cable that would link Deepwater Wind South Fork's proposed 15-turbine, 130 MW wind farm 35 miles off the Montauk coast to an East Hampton power substation. The project, to be built in federal waters, still requires federal permits to proceed before coming online in 2023.

    In January, East Hampton Town approved an agreement allowing the developer to run the cable under a Wainscott beach and town roads in exchange for a $28.9 million community benefits package. (Source: NY Public Service Commission, 18 Mar., 2021)

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


    Pakistan Expects 860 MW in Renewables Projects in 2021 (Int'l)
    Pakistan Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In Islamabad, the Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) is reporting a total of 16 wind and solar power projects with a cumulative capacity of 860 MW are likely to be commissioned and come online before the end of the year.

    The AED, the sole representing agency of the Pakistan Federal Government, is charged with facilitating, promoting and encouraging renewable energy development in Pakistan and introducing alternative and aenewable energies at an accelerated rate and to ensure 5 pct of the country's total power generation capacity is generated by renewable energy technologies by 2030. (Source: Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, 051-9222360-61, support@aedb.org, www.aedb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Pakistan Renewable Energy,  


    GE Wins Second Vietnam Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-03-24
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting receipt of a contract to supply eight units if its 3.8-137 MW wind turbines, including a 10-year O&M agreement, to support construction of the 30-MW Thuan Nhien Phong (TNP) wind farm in Binh Thuan province, in the South-Central Coastal region of Vietnam.

    The project, which is being constructed by Construction Electricity Corporation (VNECO), will generate sufficient energy for roughly 45,000 Vietnamese households. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, reve, 23 Mar., 2021) Contact: Construction Electricity Corporation, www.devex.com/organizations/vneco-vietnam-join-stock-construction-electricity-corporation-52970; GE Renwable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com

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


    DNV Inks $17.7Mn Taipower Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Taipower, BNV
    Date: 2021-03-24
    Norwegian independent quality assurance specialist DNV GL is reporting a $17.7 million contract to be the "owner-engineer" for Taipei-headquartered state-owned Taiwan Power Company's (Taipower) Offshore Wind Project Phase II -- the largest offshore wind farm in Taiwan.

    The scope over the 31-turbine project life cycle includes design review, fabrication and construction assurance and commissioning. (Source: DNV, PR, reve, 23 Mar., 2021) Contact: Taiwan Power Company, www.taipower.com.tw; DNV GL, www.dnvgl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV,  Taipower,  Offshore Wind,  


    Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study (NREL Study Attached)
    NREL
    Date: 2021-03-24
    A just released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study commissioned by the city of Los Angeles has concluded L.A. can achieve 98 pct clean energy within the next decade and 100 pct by 2035.

    To meet that goal, the NREL report recommends: building solar farms, wind turbines and batteries as fast as possible; install solar panels on rooftops, electric cars in garages and electric heat pumps in homes; and invest in energy efficiency and “demand response” programs that pay people to use electricity during off-peak periods when solar and wind power are plentiful.

    The benefits would be immense: not only helping to counteract the climate crisis, but also slashing deadly air pollution from cars, trucks, power plants and gas furnaces, much of it concentrated in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, the report notes.

    Download the LA100: The Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study HERE

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL news,  Renewable Energy news,  


    Offshore Wind Proposal Floated in Oregon (Reg. & Leg.)
    Oregon
    Date: 2021-03-22
    In Salem, the Oregon House of Representatives is considering bill HR 3375, legislation calling for establishment of a task force and strategic plan on floating offshore wind and targeting development of 3 GW of floating wind energy in federal waters off the Oregon coast by 2030.

    According to a 2019 National Renewable Energy Laboratory study -- Oregon Offshore Wind Site Feasibility and Cost Study -- floating wind off Oregon was a “promising’ potential source of clean energy for the state” because 97 pct of the 62 GW of available technical offshore wind energy resource in Oregon is in water depths greater than 60 meters. (Source: Oregon Representative David Brock Smith (R) , riviera, 19 Mar., 2021) Contact: Oregon State Representative David Brock Smith, www.oregonlegislature.gov/smithd

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


    Adani Green Acquires 50 MW SkyPower Solar Project (M&A, Int'l.)
    Adani Green Energy,SkyPower
    Date: 2021-03-22
    Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India-headquartered renewable energy developer Adani Green Energy Ltd. is reporting a share purchase agreement for a 100 pct stake in a special purpose vehicle (SPV) holding 50 MW operating solar project from Toronto-based SkyPower Global. The 2017-vintage project located in Telangana , India, has a long-term PPA with the Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana.

    The acquisition, which is subject to the customary approvals and conditions, helps AGEL raise its operating renewable capacity to 3,395 MW with a total renewable portfolio of 14,865 MW including under-construction and awarded projects.

    Adani Green Energy Ltd., which develops, builds, owns, operates and maintains utility-scale grid-connected solar and wind farm projects, reports it raised $1.35 billion from 12 top global banks in funding for its under-construction renewable asset portfolio that Adani aims to grow to 25 GW by 2025. (Source: Adani Green Energy Ltd., PR, Hindu Business, 20 Mar., 2021) Contact: Adani Green Energy Ltd. , Vneet Jaain, MD & CEO , Tel : +91 79 2656 5555 , Fax : +91 79 2555 6490, www.adanigreenenergy.com; SkyPower Global, (416) 979 4625, info@skypower.com, www.skypower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Adani Green Energy news,  Solar news,  SkyPower news,  


    Stoke-on-Trent Energy Efficiency Projects Funded (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-03-22
    In the UK, the city of Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been allocated funding from the government Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme for a series of energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects expected to cost the city roughly £4.3 million.

    According to a council report, work at various city facilities and building will include: replacement of gas boilers with low-carbon air source heat pumps: installation of photovoltaic panels on six council buildings; a new building energy management system (BEMS) for 30 buildings, replacing the existing system, upgrading windows, and other energy efficiency measures. The report notes the energy efficiency improvements are "in line with the city council's asset management strategy to reduce energy consumption across the corporate estate."

    When completed, the projects are expected to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by up to 1,659 tpy of CO2 and save an estimated £590,000 a year on energy costs. (Source: Stoke-on-Trent, PR, 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: Stoke-on-Trent City Council, www.stokesentinel.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  UK Energy Efficiency news,  


    Vestas Claims 56MW Polish Wind Farm Order (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas,Energix
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Vestas has secured a 56 MW order for the Banie lV project in Pomerania, Poland from Energix, the majority owner of the Polish wind farm.

    The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of 16 V126-3.45MW wind turbines with an operational mode of 3.5MW combined with a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Delivery of the turbines and commissioning are both expected to begin in Q1, 2022. (Source: Vestas, PR, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: Energix

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


    Haldor Topsoe, Aquamarine Plan German Green Ammonia Plant (Int'l.)
    Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Danish clean fuels provider Haldor Topsoe and private equity firm Aquamarine have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a green ammonia facility in northern Germany close to existing offshore wind farms.

    The facility is planned to include a 100 MW solid oxide electrolyzer cell (SOEC) electrolysis unit to produce green hydrogen to be converted into green ammonia for use as a green marine fuel or fertilizer. The plant is expected to be operational by 2024. (Source: Haldor Topsoe, PR, Splash247, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media, +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Green Amonia,  Alternative Fuel,  


    ACCIONA, Korea Zinc Partner on 923-MW Aussie Wind Farm (Int.l)
    ACCIONA
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Madrid-based ACCIONA and international metals group Korea Zinc Co. have reached an agreement to jointly develop the 923-MW MacIntyre Wind Farm in Queensland, Australia. Under the agreement Ark Energy, a subsidiary of Korea Zinc Co., will take a 30 pct stake in the project with ACCIONA retaining 70 pct. The project will incorporate 180 Nordex Delta 4000 turbines. ACCIONA will manage the project through its development, construction, operations and maintenance stages.

    ACCIONA has secured a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CleanCo, Queensland's newest public electricity company, for 400MW of the MacIntyre Wind Farm's power production. The project will also power Sun Metals Corporation, a Korea Zinc Co. subsidiary in Australia. helping the metals group meet its target of obtaining 1

    In addition to the MacIntyre Wind Farm, ACCIONA will build the 103-MW Karara Wind Farm, owned by CleanCo. Together, the MacIntyre and Karara complex will generate sufficient power for nearly 700,000 homes and avoid roughly 3 million tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: ACCIONA, Website PR, 16 March, 2021) Contact: ACCIONA, +39 91 663 2850, www.acciona.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACCIONA news,  Wind news,  Australia Wind news,  


    Vestas Claims 56MW Polish Wind Farm Order (Int'l. Report)
    Energix,Vestas
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Danish wind energy giant Vestas reports receipt of 56 MW order for the Banie lV wind project in Pomerania, Poland from Energix, the project majority owner.

    The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of 16 V126-3.45MW wind turbines with an operational mode of 3.5MW combined with a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Delivery of the turbines and commissioning are both expected to begin in Q1, 2022. (Source: Vestas, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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


    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends, Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-03-19
    The following has been submitted by the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer, ENVIVA Holdings LP:

    Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation.

    In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement -- sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

    Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase.

    ENVIVA is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports primarily to previously coal-fired power plants in the U.K., Europe and Japan. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP. ENVIVA Biomass, Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENVIVA,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Vattenfall, Air Liquide Ink Offshore Wind Farm PPA (Int'l. Report)
    Vattenfall, Air Liquide
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In Sweden, Stockholm-based Vattenfall reports the inking of a 15-year power purchase agreement with Air Liquide for 100GWh of power from its Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm beginning in 2023. Air Liquide will use the electricity to power its factories in the Netherlands.

    Hollandse Kust Zuid, the world's first subsidy free offshore wind farm, will be located between 18 and 36 kilometers off the Dutch coast. Construction is slated to get underway this year for completion in 2023, when the 140-turbine wind farm will generate more than 6 TWh of green electricity per year. (Source: Vattenfall, PR, Website, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Kryssare, +46 (0)76-769 56 07, magnus.kryssare@vattenfall.com, www.vattenfall.com; Air Liquide, Corporate Communications, +33 (0)1 40 62 58 49, media@airliquide.com, www.airliquide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Air Liquide,  Offshore Wind,  


    GWEC Comments on China's Wind Power Growth (Int'l. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2021-03-19
    According to the Belgium-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), in 2020 China broke the world record for most wind power capacity installed in a single year with 52 GW of new capacity -- doubling the country's annual installations compared to the previous year.

    "The incredible and rapid growth of wind power in the region has been led by China, which now has more wind power capacity than Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America combined. We were expecting an installation rush in China last year due to the phase out of the onshore wind Feed-in-Tariff by the end of 2020, but the Chinese wind market exceeded our original forecasts by over 73 percent," the GWEC noted. "Top-down policies requiring wind and solar be integrated into the power grid, rather than subsidy support, would probably drive the greater transition to renewables", the GWEC added.

    According to China's National Bureau of Statistics , the share of clean energy consumption in China has risen from 19.1 pct in 2016 to 24.3 pct in 2020. (Source: GWEC, PR, Xinhua, Mar., 2021) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www,gwec.net

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    Eni's Kazakhstan Solar Farm Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2021-03-17
    Milan-headquiartered Eni, through its local subsidiary Arm Wind LLP, has inaugurated construction work on a 50 MW photovoltaic plant in the South of Kazakhstan. The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Italy to Kazakhstan, Pasquale D'Avino, in addition to the local authorities. Located in the Region of Turkestan near the village of Shaulder, the power plant marks Eni's first large-scale investment in solar power in Kazakhstan.

    The 100 hectare facility will incorporate more than 100,000 panels and cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 1.2 million tons of CO2 equivalent over the plant’s lifetime. Kazakhstan is aiming to procure 50 pct of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.

    Eni launched its first renewables project in Kazakhstan in March 2020 through the commercial operation of the 48 MW Badamsha Wind Farm located in the Aktobe Region, with an annual power generation of about 195 GWh with an overall CO2 saving of 170,000 tons per year. The company is now executing the second phase of the project, with a 48 MW of additional capacity. (Source: Eni, PR, 10 Mar., 2021) Contact: Eni, +39.0252031875 , +80011223456, investor.relations@eni.com, www.eni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Solar,  


    Vertical Wind Turbines Slated for UK Arena Installation (Int'l.)
    Alpha 311
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In the UK, Alpha 311 reports its innovative vertical wind turbines are to be installed on the 20,000-seat O2 Arena in Greenwich making the arena the first in the world to trial the new turbine system. The Alpha 311 vertical turbine can turn with minimal wind due to its size, weight and unique shaftless design.

    While currently still being manufactured, 10 of the new turbines could produce up to an estimated 87,600 kWhs a year, which is equivalent to the annual total electricity used by 23 British homes. (Source: Alphha 311, Website PR, 13 Mar., 2021) Contact: Alpha 311, Barry Thompson, CEO, www.alpha-311.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Verticle Wind Turbine,  Alpha 311,  


    China's Xinjiang Region Upping Wind, Solar Power Generation (Int'l.)
    China Wind, Renewable Enery
    Date: 2021-03-17
    According to the Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is taking the lead in China's renewable energy push, with wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power capacity jumped 135 pct from 2015 levels to a record high of 35.83 GW -- more than some developed countries including the UK, Belgium, Netherlands or Japan.

    New-energy electricity generation in Xinjiang reached 84.5 billion kWh and accounted for 24 pct of the total electricity produced in 2020, mostly attributed to solar power. It is equal to the energy consumption of 27 million tons of standard coal, which would have released 72.9 million tons of carbon dioxide.

    As previously reported, China aims to reach a carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: Xiamen University Center for Energy Economics Research, Xinhua News Agency, China Global Times, 14 Mar., 2021) Contact: Xiamen University, Center for Energy Economics Research, www.en.xmu.edu.cn

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


    GE Planning New UK Offshore Wind Blade Plant (Int'l. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In the UK, GE Renewable Energy is reporting it LM Wind Power unit plans to open and operate a new manufacturing plant in Teeside for the production of offshore wind turbine blades. Financing and construction details are reportedly in advanced stages of negotiation and the plant is expected to open and start production in 2023 .

    LM Wind Power plans to set up and operate this plant which will be dedicated to the production of its 107-meter- long offshore wind turbine blades, a key component of GE's Haliade-X, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in operation today. (Source GE Renewable Energy, PR, Utilities, 14 Mar., 2021)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com

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


    Battery Tech Noon Energy Raises $3Mn (Funding, Ind. Report)
    Noon Energy
    Date: 2021-03-17
    Noon Energy Inc., developer of a revolutionary ultra-low-cost battery technology for long-duration energy storage, reports it has closed a $3 million Seed stage investment led by Prime Impact Fund, At One Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and Xplorer Capital.

    The Noon battery stores energy in the ultra-low-cost elements carbon and oxygen -- storage media that cost well below $1 per kWh capacity, less than the cost of their containers. Noon's battery will provide long-duration stationary storage at a 10x lower storage cost than lithium-ion batteries, enabled by its earth-abundant materials and simple reaction chemistry. Sized at the 100+ hours storage capacity needed, it will make intermittent solar and wind power on-demand, 24/7 year-round, at a lower cost than fossil fuel generation and with zero emissions.

    Applicable to both grid-scale and smaller applications, Noon gives solar-plus-storage days to weeks of reliable storage capacity, increasing critical grid and site resilience. Additionally, its high energy density (double lithium-ion at full system level) will enable longer-range electric ships, trucks, and other vehicles, according to the company. (Source: Noon Energy, PR, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: Noon Energy, Chris Graves, Founder/CEO, hello@noon.energy, www.noon.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    Clean Power Alliance Adds New Solar, Wind Facilities (Ind. Report)
    Clean Power Alliance
    Date: 2021-03-12
    Clean Power Alliance (CPA), the nation's single largest provider of 100 pct renewable energy, is reporting two clean energy-producing "new build" projects totaling 340 MW -- sufficient power for 93,000 homes -- have been added to its portfolio and are now online: the 40-MW Rosamond Central Solar Project in Kern County, CA encompasses 2.3 million photovoltaic solar modules which generate 114,780 MWh/year; the 130-turbine, 300 MW White Hills Wind Farm in Mohave County, AZ, will generate 830,000 MWh/year.

    In 2021 alone, five additional projects under contract with CPA will come online: the Luna Storage Project, Sanborn Storage Project, High Desert Solar + Storage, Arlington Energy Center II, and the Johanna Energy Storage System in Santa Ana, CA, which will add 20 MWh of energy storage to the grid. (Source: Clean Power Alliance, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Clean Power Alliance, Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, 888-585-3788, www.cleanpowerallaince.org

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    Nordex Claims 33MW French Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)
    Nordex, RWE Renewables
    Date: 2021-03-12
    Hamburg-based wind energy giant Nordex Group is reporting receipt of an order from RWE Renewables France for 10 units of its N117/300 wind turbines, including service contracts, for two wind farms in northern France.

    Nordex will supply six N117/3000 turbines on tubular steel towers with hub heights of 76 metres for the 18MW onshore wind farm Les Hauts Bouleaux in the Oise Department. Four N117/3600 turbines with hub height of 91 metres will go to the 15MW Martinpuich wind farm in the Pas-de-Calais Department. Both projects are expected to be commissioned early next year. (Source: Nordex, RWE Website, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: RWE Renewables France, www.fr.rwe.com; Nordex Group, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 (0)40 / 300 30 X 1116, www.nordex.com

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    ANL Finds Major GHG Reductions for Fischer-Tropsch Electrofuel Production (Ind. Report, R&D)
    Argonne National Laboratory
    Date: 2021-03-10
    The Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) Systems Assessment Center reports its evaluation of the well-to-wheel (WTW) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of Fischer-Tropsch (FT) fuels produced via various electrolytic H2 pathways and CO2 sources -- found that using nuclear or solar/wind electricity, the stand-alone FT fuel production (Naphtha, jet, diesel) from various plant designs can reduce WTW GHG emissions by 90–108 pct relative to petroleum fuels.

    When integrating the FT fuel production process with corn ethanol production, the WTW GHG emissions of FT fuels are 57--65 pct lower compared to petroleum counterparts.

    The report modeled the FT fuel synthesis process using Aspen Plus, which showed that 45 pct of the carbon in CO2 can be fixed in the FT fuel, with a fuel production energy efficiency of 58 pct. (Source: ANL. PR, Mar., 2021)Contact: ANL, 630-252-2000, www.anl.gov

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    600 MW Japanese Offshore Wind Project Awaiting Approvals (Int'l.)
    JERA
    Date: 2021-03-10
    In Tokyo, Japanese utility JERA Co., Inc. reports it has submitted its Primary Environmental Impact Consideration Document plans for its planned 63 turbine, 600 MW offshore wind farm off the city of Tsugaru in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, to the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry

    JERA notes it will continue to move the project forward under the guidance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry and other related authorities, while the project is undergoing public input and Ministry reviews. (Source: JERA, PR. Mar., 2021) Contact: JERA, www.jera.co.jp/english

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    Bureau Veritas Claims French Floating Wind Farm Certification Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Bureau Veritas,Qairos Energies
    Date: 2021-03-10
    International inspection and classification company Bureau Veritas (BV) reports receipt of a project certification contract for EolMed, a floating offshore wind farm pilot project in France. The project is being developed by Qairos Energies along with Total, Ideol, and Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

    Located in the Mediterranean Sea Aude region, EolMed is one of four floating pilot farms under development in France. It will incorporate three Vestas V164-10 MW wind turbines totaling 30MW installed on floating foundations anchored at an average depth of 60 meters.

    Bureau Veritas will provide technical expertise and assessment of the floating foundations, their mooring system and the dynamic sections of the inter-array cables. (Source: Bureau Veritas, PR, 9 Mar., 2021) Contact: Bureau Veritas, Bruno Ferreyra, Exec. VP., Delphine Doungouss, Media, +33 (0)1 55 24 70 95, delphine.doungouss@bureauveritas.com, www.bureauveritas.com; Qairos Energies, www.qairos-energies.com

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    Greenalia to Develop 45 MW Spanish Wind Farm (Int'l.)
    Greenalia
    Date: 2021-03-10
    Greenalia reports it will develop the planned 10-turbine, 45 MW Pena Ombra Wind Farm in the towns of Curtis, Guitiriz and Sobrado dos Monxes Spain.

    The €34 million wind farm will produce 146,178 MWh/year and prevent the emission equivalent to 12,571 tpy of petrol. (Source: Greenalia, Website PR, 9 Mar., 2021) Contact: Greenalia, www.greenalia.es

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    NDP Launches Climate Plan for Ontario (Ind. Report)
    New Democratic Party
    Date: 2021-03-08
    In Toronto, the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) is touting its Ontario Climate. Jobs. Justice. A Green New Democratic Deal and its commitment to make Ontario net-zero by 2050 and creating as many as one million total jobs throughout the life of the deal. The NDP Plan calls for:
  • A mandate for all newly built public, residential and commercial buildings to be net-zero emissions by 2030, alongside a world-leading building energy efficiency retrofit program;

  • Ontario's first zero-emissions vehicle strategy, ramping up electric vehicle sales to hit a 100 pct target by 2035, requiring all new home construction to include electric vehicle charging capacity and giving $600 for installation of residential electric vehicle charging stations at existing homes;

  • Electrifying all municipal transit fleets and systems by 2040;

  • A new, more fair emissions cap-and-trade program;

  • Establishing Ontario's first Youth Climate Corps and planting one billion trees by 2030;

  • Restoring the powers of the provincial Environment Commissioner.

    The NDP plan stands in stark contrast to Conservative Premier Doug Ford's "anti-environment crusade that has gutted conservation authorities, paid hundreds of millions of dollars to tear down wind farm projects and cancelled Ontario's cap-and-trade program." (Source: New Democratic Party, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: New Democratic Party of Canada, www.ndp.ca

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


  • 9H, Wyoming University Partner on Solar Energy Research (R&D)
    9H Research Foundation
    Date: 2021-03-08
    In Wyoming, the Laramie-based 9H Research Foundation reports it will donate possibly millions of dollars to the University of Wyoming (UW) in the form of clean energy installations and in-kind support services for construction of a philanthropic student research facility and the creation of a world-class clean energy engineering curriculum at UW.

    First Solar, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer, made a $300,000 in-kind donation to the project with more than 2,000 advanced thin film solar photovoltaic modules totaling nearly 1 megawatt of capacity. Other funders include Creative Energies Solar, Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, Alt E Wind & Solar, RiskThinking.AI, and Black Bean Capital Partners.

    To drive innovation and provide students with hands-on research experience, 9H Foundation is hiring additional student interns and funding $15,000 worth of projects for seven student groups to design and build solar and energy storage projects out of the new research facility. (Source: 9H Research Foundation, Gillette News Record, 7 Mar., 2021) Contact: 9H Energy, 9H Research Foundation Gene Humphrey, Co-Founder, info@9henergy.com, www.9henergy.com; University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science, 307-766-4253, enginfo@uwyo.edu, www.uwyo.edu; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  9H Research Foundation,  Solar,  


    ORE Catapult Robotics Test Facility Funded (Int'l. Funding)
    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
    Date: 2021-03-08
    In the UK, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE) is reporting receipt of £3 million in government grant funding to help create the UK's first robotic test facility designed for use with offshore -- wind, wave and tidal -- renewable energy systems.

    According to ORE, the test facility will help develop, test, and evaluate technologies related to drones and robotic systems for monitoring and maintaining offshore energy installations. The Northumberland facility will also cover coastal onshore systems and help companies and universities develop renewable energy systems and projects. (Source: ORE Catapult, PR, electropages, 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400, www.ore.catapult.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult,  

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