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Oregon's Oldest Large Wind Farm Slated for Refit (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2019-05-17
NextEra Energy Resources' 43-turbine Stateline Wind Farm, one of the state's oldest, could soon be getting an upgrade, subject to regulatory approval. The upgrade is expected to take up to 4 months to complete.

The Stateline Wind Farm would be the first wind-energy operation under Oregon's Energy Facility Siting Council jurisdiction to be re-powered. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Northwest Public Broadcasting, May 15, 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Wind,  


LEEDCo Making Progress in Battle of Lake Erie Wind (Ind. Report)
Erie Energy Development Corporation
Date: 2019-05-17
The week in Clevelad, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) reported it has reached an agreement with the Ohio Power Siting Board, laying the foundation to build its long-delayed 6-turbine Icebreaker Wind energy project approximately 8 – 10 miles off of Cleveland. The project would include an 11.8-mile long submerged electric line to transmit power to Cleveland Public Power's onshore Lake Road substation. Under the agreement, LEEDCo will not begin construction until it has a signed Interconnection Service Agreement with PJM Interconnection, LLC, to link its wind 3.45-MW turbines into the regional transmission system. LEEDCo must now get approval for a permit from the Siting Board to move forward with construction, which could begin as early as 2021.

The project has already earned approvals from 13 local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a host of environmental and other requirements. Several environmental groups including Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council are supporting Icebreaker Wind.

In August 2009, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) was created by the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force (GLEDTF), and developed and launched by NorTech Energy Enterprise, the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties (Ohio). LEEDCo was founded as a private, nonprofit regional corporation to initially erect wind turbines in Lake Erie, and eventually to help stimulate an entire offshore freshwater wind industry in the Great Lakes.

LEEDCo is a regional economic development public-private partnership that has brought together important project stakeholders from the City of Cleveland, the Port Authority, and coastal counties, according to the company website. (Source: LEEDCo, wkyc3, 15 May, 2019)Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Erie Energy Development Corporation ,  LEEDCo,  Offshore Wind,  


Dominion Energy Supports Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy,CEO Climate Dialogue
Date: 2019-05-17
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy, which relies heavily on nuclear power and is rapidly expanding its solar portfolio, reports it is joining the CEO Climate Dialogue, a coalition of corporations and environmental groups in support of a carbon tax and other measures designed to reduce CO2 emissions.

CEO Climate Dialogue is aiming for economy-wide carbon emission reductions of 80 pct or more by 2050, with aggressive near- and mid-term emission reductions commensurate with that goal.

The group also "aims to build bipartisan support for climate policies that will increase regulatory and business certainty, reduce climate risk, and spur investment and innovation needed to meet science-based emissions reduction targets." BP, Shell, BG&E, DTE Energy, Exelon and other energy majors are among the group's membership. (Source: Dominion Energy, Bacon's Rebellion, Blog, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Thomas F. Farrell, CEO, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com; CEO Climate Dialogue, http://business.edf.org/blog/tag/ceo-climate-dialogue

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Carbon Tax,  CEO Climate Dialogue,  


IEA Pushing for Offshore Wind Energy (Int'l Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2019-05-15
At a recent high-level workshop on offshore wind energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) noted technological improvements for offshore wind are improving performance and lowering the costs of the electricity it produces, and thus drawing interest from global markets. IEA added that tapping the potential of offshore wind alongside other low-carbon technologies will be critical to achieving global sustainable development goals.

The workshop covered the current status of and regional policy plans for the development of offshore wind, along with the key opportunities for accelerating deployment and the main challenges constraining growth. It took place in support of the first in-depth look at offshore wind in the World Energy Outlook (WEO), the IEA's flagship publication. (Source: International Energy Agency, OE Digital, 13 May, 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  


India's ReNew Power Claims LEED Gold Certification (Int'l Report)
USGBC,ReNew Power
Date: 2019-05-15
In the Sub-Continent, independent power producer ReNew Power Ltd. reports receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for energy efficiency and sustainable construction at the company's ReNew Hub corporate office in New Delhi.

The ReNew Hub corporate office energy efficiency features include: CFC free refrigerants in the HVAC system; water efficient plumbing features that have cut water consumption by half; waste segregation measures; the use of eco-friendly cleaning materials; and other features.

ReNew Power Limited develops, builds, owns and operates utility scale wind and solar energy projects as well as distributed solar energy projects that generate energy for commercial and industrial customers. (Source: ReNew Power, PR, May, 2019) Contact: ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.renewpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  ReNew Power Ltd,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ameren Missouri to Acquire 300 Missouri MW Wind Project (M&A)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2019-05-15
In the Show Me State, Ameren Missouri is reporting it will purchase a planned 300 MW wind generation facility to be located in Atchison County, Missouri, from Enel subsidiary Tradewind Energy.When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for as many as 90,000 homes. The deal is subject to regulatory approval. (Source: Ameren, Hydrogen Fuel News, 14 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  


Nordex Wins US Delta4000 Wind Turbines Order (Ind. Report)
Nordex
Date: 2019-05-15
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine giant The Nordex Group reports receipt of an order for 74 wind turbines from the N149/4.0-4.5 Delta4000 series, for installation at a proposed 350-MW Oklahoma wind farm. The turbines are slated for delivery and installation in the spring of 2020.

The order includes supply and delivery of the wind turbines with an operation range between 4.0 and 4.8 MW. A Premium Service Agreement with a term of 5 years will also be included. (Source: Nordex, PR, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


100 MW Ball Hill Wind Farm Wins NYPSC Approval (Ind. Report)
Ball Hill Wind Energy,Renewable Energy Systems
Date: 2019-05-13
The New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) reports it has issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the construction and operation of Ball Hill Wind Energy, LLC in the towns of Hanover and Villenova, in Chautauqua County. The project is being developed by Renewable Energy Systems (RES).

According to the PSC's order granting the certificate, 100 MW Ball Hill Wind is expected to be operational by the end of 2020 and have a 20 year life span. The PSC approval included decommissioning security be provided to the towns in the form of a letter of credit. (Source: NYPSC, The Observer, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Ball Hill Wind Energy, (860) 661-3818, www.ballhillwind.com; Renewable Energy Systems (RES), www.res-group.com

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


Mich. State Univ. Touts Transparent Solar Panel (New Prod. & Tech.)
Michigan State University
Date: 2019-05-13
Researchers at Michigan State University are reporting development of a transparent luminescent solar concentrator effectively creates a viable solution. It can be placed over a window to harvest solar energy without affecting the overall transmittance of light.

The research team achieved it by using organic molecules capable of absorbing light wavelengths. These transparent panels primarily focus on infrared and UV light, All of the captured light is transported to the contour of the panel where it will be converted to electricity.

Determining the commercial viability of these transparent cells will take up some time. If deemed commercially viable, this technology can easily offset most of the energy use of large buildings. For households and store owners, it can help them cut down on regular electricity bills as well. There are a lot of potential consequences to this research, albeit nothing has been set in stone at this time. (Source:Michigan State University, NULLTX, 12 May,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Solar Cell news,  Solar Panel news,  


Vineyard Wind Offshore Transmission Approved (Reg. & Leg.)
Vineyard Wind,Avangrid Renewables
Date: 2019-05-13
Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, reports the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) has granted it permits for the construction and operation of Vineyard Wind's transmission facilities to deliver the 800MW of offshore wind energy to the regional power grid.

The Vineyard Wind Connector project will consist of sub-sea and sub-surface electrical transmission lines and a new substation that will connect the Vineyard Wind turbine array to the Massachusetts electric grid. Construction is scheduled to begin this year and is expected to be operational by 2021. (Source: Vineyard Wind, May, 2019) Contact: Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO ,(508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vineyard Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  


NIPSCO Seeks Rate Hike to Replace Coal with Renewables (Ind Report)
Northern Indiana Public Service
Date: 2019-05-10
The Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) has filed a plan with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to remove coal from its electric power mix by 2028 and replace it primarily with electricity generated by solar power. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) is considering a plan filed by Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) to remove coal from its electric power mix by 2028 and replace it primarily with electricity generated by solar power.

NIPSCO claims its recently completed analysis found its plan would save its 460,000 Indiana ratepayers and the state money over the long term.

In its Integrated Resource Plan, NIPSCO proposes closing its Wheatfield coal plant by 2023 and its coal unit in Michigan City by 2028. With the closures, the percentage of electric power generated by coal would decrease from 65 pct today to 15 pct in 2023 and zero by 2028.

NIPSCO proposes replacing the 1,800 MW of electric power generated by the two coal plants with a mixture of 1,500 mw of solar with battery backup, 150 mw of wind, 125 mw of reduced demand through efficiency and demand-side management programs, and 50 mw of electricity purchased from other utilities. Although NIPSCO says its electric power shift will save ratepayers more than $4 billion in the long run, it has asked IURC to approve a 12 pct rate hike to pay for decommissioning its existing power plants and building the renewable capacity to replace it. (Source: NIPSCO, Heartland Inst., May, 2019) Contact: NIPSCO, www.nipsco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Coal,  Renewable Energy,  


First Cdn. Transparent PV Glass Solar Window Installed (Ind. Report)
Belnor Engineering
Date: 2019-05-10
Mississauga, Ontario-based Belnor Engineering is reporting the installation of Canada's first transparent photovoltaic solar window at the Centre for Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship (CITE Facility) at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario.

In an effort to bolster their sustainability initiatives, the institution decided to be the first to incorporate Onyx Solar amorphous silicon (a-Si) technology into CITE's building envelope. Also known as a curtain-wall, this large window of 20 pct transparency incorporates 18 photovoltaic glass panels totaling 510 square-feet. The installation's peak power amounts to 1.3 KW

The $85-million project was designed by Perkins + Will Architects Canada and financially supported by the federal and provincial governments. (Source: Belnor Engineering Inc., PR, 9 May, 2019) Contact: Belnor Engineering Inc., Supriya Verma (PR Director), (905) 264-6372, info@belnor.com, www.belnor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV Solar,  


Keppel O&M Inks $560Mn Offshore Wind Farm Deal (Int'l. Report)
Keppel Corp
Date: 2019-05-10
Keppel Corp., a global offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion specialist, and Norwegian energy services provider Aibel report they will design and build converter stations for offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, is looking at about $560 million in its share of the contract with European grid operator TenneT Offshore. The project is Keppel Offshore & Marine's "first major project in the renewable energy sector since 2010", when the Keppel unit entered the offshore wind market and built an electrical transformer and maintenance platform for a German offshore wind farm.

The partners, along with subcontractor ASEA Brown Boveri, will also carry out the installation and start-up operations for the converter stations, which are slated to be finished by 2024. (Source: KEPPLE, Singapore Business Times, Strait Times, 9 May, 2019) Contact: KEPPEL Corp., Chris Ong, CEO, +65 6270 6666, +65 6413 6391 - fax., keppelgroup@kepcorp.com, www.kepcorp.com; Aibel, https://aibel.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Keppel,  Offshore Wind,  


Robt.Bosch Aims for 2020 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
Bosch
Date: 2019-05-10
Stuttgart-based German automotive supply giant Robert Bosch LLC reports it plans to become fully carbon neutral by 2020.

The company, which currently emits around 3.3 million metric tpy of C02, aims to achieve its goal by increasing energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewables in its energy supply mix to as much as 40 pct, accessing more green power and offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions. This includes financing climate protection projects such as wind power in the Caribbean or forest conservation in Africa to offset just under 40 pct of its energy consumption, according to the company release. The company expects its initiative to Icome in at a cost of €2 billion ($2.24 billion) but to deliver about €1 billion in energy efficiency savings. (Source: Robt. Bosch LLC, Various Media, Reuters, 8 May, 2019)

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


Valorem Orders Vestas Turbines for Finnish Projects (Int'l)
Vestas, Valorem
Date: 2019-05-08
Danish wind energy specialist Vestas reports receipt of a wind turbines order from French wind energy company Valoremhasfor the Saunamaa and Suolakangas wind projects in southern Finland. Vestas will supply and commission 17, V150-4.2 MW wind turbines including a 25-year full-scope service agreement.

The Saunamaa project will incorporate eight V150-4.2MW wind turbines and the Suolakangas project will utilize nine V150-4.2MW turbines. Vestas intends to begin deliveries in the second quarter of 2020, whilst commissioning is planned for the third quarter of 2020. The two wind parks will come in at approximately €80 million.

Valorem has entered a joint venture with UK-based fund management business Octopus Energy Investments (OEI) for the construction and operation of the projects. The French firm will hold a minority stake in the two farms. Valorem, through its subsidiaries Valrea, Valemo and its local partner Megatuuli, will manage the construction and operation of the wind farms. (Source: Vestas, Power Technology, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Valorem , Jean-Yves Grandidier , Pres.,+33 556 494 265, Fax +33 556 492 456, contact@valorem-energie.com, www.valorem-energie.com; Vestas, Andres Domínguez, +34 649294007 ANDMS@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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


Wind to Power Akamai Technologies Dallas Data Center (Ind. Report)
Akamai Technologies
Date: 2019-05-08
Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies is reporting completion and upcoming startup of the Seymour Hills Wind Farm, in which the company invested. When fully operational, Akamai's aggregate Texas area data centre operations will be powered by 8 MW of renewable wind energy generated by the Seymour Hills Wind Farm in northwestern Texas.

The wind farm is part of Akamai's commitment to source renewable energy for 50 pct of its global network operations by 2020.

The Seymour Hills project, which is included in ERCOT, incorporates 12 wind turbines to generate 30 MW of energy. (Source: Akamai Technologies, telecompaper, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Akamai Technologies, www.akamai.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Akamai Technologies,  Wind,  


Emerson, Vayu Alliance to Optimize Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
Emerson
Date: 2019-05-08
St. Louis-headquartered Emerson is reporting an alliance with Pittsburgh-based Vayu, a Ystrategies Corp. company, to provide automation technology solutions for wind farm energy optimization in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe. The three-year collaboration combines the advanced power applications and networking capabilities of Emerson's Ovation™ automation platform with Vayu's cloud-computing wind energy optimization technology. Using this approach, Vayu has identified more than $500 million in revenue opportunities from just a fraction of the approximately 450 wind farms in the U.S.

In traditional wind farms, each turbine is individually optimized. Each creates its own turbulence, or wake, which prevents downwind turbines from receiving full energy from the wind stream, significantly reducing wind energy production. Vayu estimates two-thirds of U.S. wind farms experience reduced capacity due to wind wake. Emerson and Vayu's solution leverages key data and machine learning to enable turbines to work cooperatively, adjusting the side-to-side movement of each turbine based on wind speed, wind direction and other parameters to extract the optimum energy from wind.

Emerson's Ovation compact controller will communicate data from each turbine's wind sensor to the Vayu system every 1-2 seconds thus enabling near-real-time data to accurately calculate the optimum setting for each turbine.

Ovation compact control technology can easily interface with any turbine controller, regardless of manufacturer, eliminating the significant time and expense associated with removing and replacing existing turbine controls. (Source: Emerson, PR, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Emerson, Bob Yeager, Pres. Power & Water, (314) 982-8608, www.emerson.com/en-us; Ystrategies Corp., www.ystrategies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emerson,  Wind,  


Virginia OKs $1Bn in Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Virginia State Corporation Commission,Appalachian Power
Date: 2019-05-06
Further to our 5th April report, meeting in Richmond, the Virginia State Corporation Commission is reported to have approved approximately $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs designed to reduce energy consumption and the need to produce and distribute additional electricity in the Old Dominion State.

The regulator approved 11 new Dominion Energy programs totaling $226 million as well as energy efficiency spending by Appalachian Power, the state's second largest electric utility. In their approval, the two companies are required to track and report the effectiveness of their programs in reducing energy consumption at a future date. (Source: Virginia State Corporation Commission, NBC29, AP, 4 May, 2019) Contact: Virginia State Corporation Commission, www.scc.virginia.gov; Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, (800)956-4237, contact@aep.com, www.appalachianpower.com; Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia State Corporation Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  Appalachian Power,  Dominion Energy,  


Wind Dominant S.African Power Source by 2050 (Int'l Report)
Eskom,South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Date: 2019-05-06
In Johannesburg, South Africa's largest utility Eskom and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) are saying wind energy offers the country's greatest potential for replacing fossil fuels for power generation in South Africa.

The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other research institutes note they have "conclusively demonstrated that the option of new wind, solar PV and flexible generation capacity in South Africa delivers the least-cost electricity price trajectory in the years ahead to 2050 and beyond, as well as least water consumption, lowest carbon emissions and the most jobs. According to this scenario, wind would be the largest source of electricity by 2040. The DoE foresees 12 GW of wind by 2030, 38 GW by 2040 and 50 GW by 2050." (Souce: Eskom, MyBroadBand, 4 May, 2019)Contact: Eskom, Barry MacColl, GM Testing and Development, www.eskom.co.za; CSRI, www.csir.co.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom,  Wind,  South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ,  


Equinor Exploring Korean Offshore Wind Opportunities (Int'l. Report)
Equinor,Korea East-West Power
Date: 2019-05-06
Norwegian energy giant Equinor has partnered with Korea National Oil Corporation, Korea East-West Power Company and Ulsan City to explore floating offshore wind opportunities.

To that end, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with Ulsan City, a major South Korean maritime shipping center, and an amendment made to include Korea East-West Power Company in a previously executed MoU with Korea National Oil Corporation. (Source: Equinor, PR, Smart Energy, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation, www.knoc.co.kr; Korea East-West Power, www.ewp.co.kr/eng; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  


NM's First "Green" Bond Earmarked for Energy Efficiency (Funding)
New Mexico Finance Authority
Date: 2019-05-06
The New Mexico Finance Authority in Santa Fe reports it plans to issue its first "green" bonds as it borrows roughly $12 million to complete energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades on about 30 state agency buildings in Santa Fe.

The project includes: upgrades to and the addition of new solar panels; companion battery storage; electrical transformers; new doors and windows; and upgraded heating and cooling systems. The state legislature previously approved $20 million in direct state spending on the project which is intended to reduce energy costs and limit contributions to climate change. (Source: New Mexico Finance Authority, Durango Herald, AP, 3 May, 2019) Contact: New Mexico Finance Authority , www.nmfa.net

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


Yucatan's First Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Wind
Date: 2019-05-06
In Mexico, the Yucatan state government is reporting the commissioning and startup of its its first sustainable energy-generation park, in Dzilam de Bravo. Viva Energia was the developer.

The 270-GW, 28 Enervision turbine wind park came in at approximately $120 million and will provide 6 pct of the total energy consumed in Yucatan. (Source: Yucatan Expat Life, 4 May, 2019) Contact: Enervision, www.envision-group.com/en; Vive Energia, www.viveenergia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


World Bank Fund to Support Climate-Smart Mining (Ind. Report)
World Bank Group
Date: 2019-05-06
The World Bank is reporting the launch of the Climate-Smart Mining Facility fund to support the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals used in clean energy technologies, such as wind, solar power, batteries for energy storage and electric vehicles. The new Facility focuses on helping resource-rich developing countries benefit from the increasing demand for minerals and metals, while ensuring the mining sector is managed in a way that minimizes the environmental and climate footprint.

Facility partners include the German government and private sector companies, Rio Tinto and Anglo American. The Facility will also assist governments to build a robust policy, regulatory and legal framework that promotes climate-smart mining and creates an enabling environment for private capital. Facility projects may include:

  • Supporting the integration of renewable energy into mining operations, given that the mining sector accounts for up to 11 percent of global energy use and that mining operations in remote areas often rely on diesel or coal;
  • Supporting the strategic use of geological data for a better understanding of “strategic mineral” endowments;
  • Forest-smart mining -- preventing deforestation and supporting sustainable land-use practices; repurposing mine sites;
  • Recycling of minerals -- supporting developing countries to take a circular economy approach and reuse minerals in a way that respects the environment

    The World Bank is targeting a total investment of $50 million, to be deployed over a 5-year timeframe. The Facility will focus on activities around four core themes: climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; reducing material impacts and creating market opportunities, contributing to the decarbonization and reduction of material impacts along the supply chain of critical minerals needed for clean energy technologies. (Source: World Bank Group, Modern Diplomacy, May, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Smart,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • ALLETE Snares 303MW Apex Clean Energy Wind Project (M&A)
    ALLETE Clean Energy,Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-05-06
    ALLETE Clean Energy, a subsidiary of ALLETE, reports acquisition of the 303MW Diamond Spring wind project in Oklahoma from Charlottesville, Virginia-headquartered Apex Clean Energy.

    With the acquisition, ALLETE Clean Energy will now build, own, operate and sell the wind power generated from the wind farm to two Fortune 500 companies under 15-year power sales agreements.

    The purchase includes the two power sales agreements signed by Apex totaling up to 228MW and additional capacity to serve corporate and industrial markets.

    ALLETE plans to break ground on the wind farm this year and expects to bring the facility which will generate sufficient energy for 114,000 households online in 2020. ALLETE Clean Energy currently owns and operates nearly 556MW of nameplate capacity wind energy generation in four states. (Source: Allete Clean Energy, PR, May, 2019) Contact: ALLETE, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952, vmeyer@allete.com, www.allete.com; Apex Clean Energy , Mark Goodwin, CEO, (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ALLETE Clean Energy,  Apex Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    EBRD, Norway Supported Montenegro Wind Farm Going Strong (Int'l)
    EBRD
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), supported by Norway, provided financing for the Balkan country of Montenegro's Krnovo Wind Farm -- the country's first utility-scale wind farm. Today, the wind farm represents 8 pct of the total installed power capacity and contributes to 5 pct of total electricity production in Montenegro as well as more than 180,000 tpy of CO₂ avoided emissions and an annual electric power supply for more than 100,000 households.

    In Montenegro, the renewables sector is still ina its infancy, and a lack of administrative capacity is considered the key bottleneck to further promotion of green energy.

    With the support of Norway, the EBRD has worked with Montenegrin authorities to design a more robust legal framework for supporting sustainable energy projects. This includes assistance with the level of feed-in-tariffs, drafting regulations for government support renewable energy, and the development of a bankable power purchase agreement for renewable energy projects. (Source: EBRD, The Financial, May, 2019)Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  Wind,  


    Kennecott Copper Opts for Renewables to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Rio Tinto
    Date: 2019-05-03
    London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto reports it will reduce the annual carbon footprint associated with its Kennecott Utah Copper operation by as much as 65 pct by purchasing renewable energy certificates and permanently shutting its coal power plant.

    Kennecott's electric power needs will now be paired with 1.5 million MWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) supplied by Rocky Mountain Power, primarily sourced from its Utah allocated portfolio including wind power from Wyoming. The RECs are Green-e Energy certified and meet the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

    The move to using renewable energy certificates at Kennecott is subject to regulatory approval by the Utah Public Service Commission. (Source: Rio Tinto, 2 May, 2019)Contact: Rio Tinto, www.riotinto.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Rio Tinto,  Renewable Energy,  


    Coalition Seeks Renewed Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2019-05-03
    The Alliance to Save Energy and a coalition of manufacturers, advocacy groups, and trade associations representing millions of American workers has called for Washington to modernize and extend expired energy efficiency tax incentives. If so enacted, the updated incentives that would sharply reduce US carbon emissions. create employment and cut millions of dollars in energy bills.

    The coalition, led by the Alliance to Save Energy, includes leading manufacturers of windows, air conditioners, insulation and other components alongside environmental and efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

    The proposed tax incentives call for broadly supported improvements to the expired 45L tax incentive for high-efficiency new home construction and the 25C tax incentive for homeowner efficiency improvements -- installing insulation, replacing windows, or purchasing high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. The improvements include strengthening the efficiency level that must be met to receive the incentives, while also increasing the dollar value of the incentives.

    The coalition also called for extending the 179D incentive for efficiency improvements in commercial buildings. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Eficiency,  


    NEIF Lauds Home Energy Efficiency Financing Plan (Ind. Report)
    National Energy Improvement Fund
    Date: 2019-05-03
    The Allentown, Pennsylvania-based National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC, (NEIF), a licensed lender and national expert in energy efficiency financing, is trumpeting the availability of its its new NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan.

    The plan helps qualifying homeowners finance home improvement and energy efficiency upgrades such as heating and cooling, windows, doors, siding and roofing, air sealing and insulation, electrical and plumbing, geothermal and whole home energy projects. All work must be completed by NEIF-approved contractors.

    The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is currently available in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with other states being added shortly. Separately, Maine homeowners can use Efficiency Maine financing, administered by NEIF.

    The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is simple interest, longer term, fixed rate installment financing from $2,500 to $25,000. There is no lien on the borrower's home, no fees to the borrower and no penalty for pre-payment. The interest rate and monthly payment are locked in for the full term of the loan, up to ten years. To date, $700 million in energy efficiency financing has been placed through the NEIF program. NEIF also provides financing for commercial energy improvements through its NEIF Commercial Energy Finance division and advance funding to contractors for rebates through its Rebate Bridge program. (Source: National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC, PR, 2 May, 2019) Contact: NEIF, Peter Krajsa, NEIF, Co-Chair and Founder, (484) 838-5460, www.neifund.org

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


    ERG Snares 25-MW Graiggmore Wind Project (Int'l. M&A)
    ERG UK, Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-05-03
    UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) is reporting the sale of its Craiggore Energy Ltd ., 10-turbine Craiggore wind farm project in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, to ERG UK Holding Ltd for a reported £ 37 million ($4 48.3 million. Construction on the 25-MW project is expected to get underway in Q4, 2019 for a 2021 commissioning and startup. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems, 2 May, 2019) Contact: ERG, www.erg.eu; Renewable Energy Systems

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems news,  ERG UK news,  Wind news,  


    Ending Woody Biomass Power Gen. Subsidies Urged in UK (Int'l)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and other environmental groups are calling for an end to the government's multi-billion pound subsidy programme for wood-fired electric power generation on the grounds that woody biomass does not fit the government's net-zero GHG by 2050 plan.

    Environmental groups, including to Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance, and the Southern Environmental Law Center, have noted that relying on woody biomass with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve climate targets is "misguided" and will prove overly expensive. Biomass power generation reached a record 35.6 TWh in 2018, up by 12 pct year-on-year, according to government statistics.

    The environmental organizations say the UK should rely on genuinely zero-emission renewables like wind, wave, and solar power, energy efficiency and conservation, and smart resources like energy storage, rather than woody biomass power generation. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Renewables,May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Committee on Climate Change ,  


    McLean County Ill. Wind Farms Underway (Ind. Report)
    EDP,Invenergy
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In Illinois, Bright Stalk Wind Farm and McLean County Wind Energy Center (MCWEC), separate developments near Lexington and Chenoa, are reportedly ramping up to full-scale construction, with Bright Stalk to start running first -- possibly this fall.

    Houston-based EDP Renewables North America (EDP) Bright Stalk is expected to cost $348 million and generate up to $2.6 million in local taxes annually. Invenergy's MCWEC project is expected to incorporate between 90 and 100 turbines totaling 250 MW at a cost of approx. $300 million. (Source: Invenergy, Pantagraph, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Invenergy, (309) 365-2777, mcleanwindoutreach@gmail.com, www.mcleancountywind.invenergyllc.com; Brightstalk Wind Farm, (800) 557-5183, updates.brightstalkwindfarm.com, brightstalk@edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  EDP,  Invergy,  


    German Q1 Onshore Wind Installations Becalmed (Int'l Report)
    FA Wind
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Fachagentur-Windenergie (FA Wind), the German onshore wind agency, is reporting onshore wind installations in Germany dropped 87 pct in Q1 of 2019. The agency reported only 41 turbines totaling 134MW went online -- 13 pct of the average first quarter performance for between 2016 and 2018 period.

    Thirteen Vestas turbines, 11 Enercon, seven Nordex, six Senvion, three ENO Energy and a single Siemens Gamesa model were spread across seven of the country's 16 states, with 13 turbines in the western state of Rhineland Palatinate alone. Eight turbines were part of repowering projects meaning net capacity growth was lower than 134MW.

    Out of 730 turbines that won an allocation in 2017, only 35 have been commissioned, five of them in the first three months of 2019. The permitting situation has slightly improved with 111 turbines (413MW) getting the green light in the first quarter, a third more capacity than the average of the same periods of 2017 and 2018. (Source: FA Wind, WindPower, 30 April, 2019) Contact: FA Wind, +49 30 64 494 60-60, www.fachagentur-windenergie.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FA Wind,  Onshore Wind.Wind,  Germany Wind,  


    Orsted Proceeding with Tiawan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
    Orsted
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted reports it has taken the final investment decision (FID) on the Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farm in Taiwan and has inked a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Taipower.

    Changhua 1 and 2a will be located 35-50 kilometers off the coast of Changhua County and will have a capacity of approx. 900MW, enough to supply around 1 million Taiwanese households with green power. The offshore wind farm will be constructed in 2021 and 2022.

    Orsted is the co-owner of Taiwan's first commercial-scale offshore wind project, the 128MW Formosa 1 offshore wind farm, which is currently under construction for commissioning by end of 2019. The company operates more than 1,100 offshore wind turbines. Orsted has installed approx. 5.6GW of offshore wind capacity with a further 4.3GW under construction including Changhua 1 and 2a. The company is aiming for a total of 15GW offshore wind capacity world-wide by 2025. (Source: Orsted, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

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


    ERM Offers Small Customer Renewables Deals (Int'l Report)
    ERM Power
    Date: 2019-05-01
    In the Land Down Under, business electric power retailer ERM Power reports it is inviting wind and solar farm developers to offer short-term electricity supply from their projects to support its launch of a new product the would offer renewable power purchase agreements (PPA) to smaller customers unwilling to lock into a 10- or 15-year contract or lacking the internal resources to negotiate their own deal.

    Under its new offering, ERM will match-up supply on offer from wind and solar power ventures in NSW and Victoria States with the demands of energy users looking to source a part of their supply from renewables. Customers would pay an agreed upon fixed price for renewable energy over three years, sourcing 5 pct -- 10 pct of their power from that source. The customer can choose their level of participation in increments of 5 pct. Additionally, ERM will aggregate multiple business customers to gain access to large PPAs, giving smaller commercial energy users access to the terms normally available only to larger customers. (Source: ERM Power, Aust. Financial Review. 29 April, 2019) Contact: ERM Power, David Guiver, Wholesale Markets, www.ermpower.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ERM Power,  Renewable Energy,  


    High Prairie Wind Farm Plans Advancing in Mo. (Ind. Report)
    Terra-Gen,Ameren Missouri,Wind
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Following up on our 21st May, 2018 coverage, the planned construction of the 175-turbine High Prairie Wind Farm Project in northeast Missouri's Adair and Schuyler counties are reportedly moving forward.

    Last May, Terra-Gen and Ameren Missouri announced plans to build the wind farm, which will be the largest facility of its kind in the state. Terra-Gen will develop, finance and construct the project which upon completion will be purchased by Ameren Missouri, subject to regulatory approvals. (Source: Ameren Missouri, KTVO, 29 April, 2019)Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Ajay Arora, VP Power Operations and Energy Management, www.Ameren.com/Missouri; Terra-Gen, www.terra-gen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Terra-Gen,  Wind,  


    April's US Green Energy Expected to Best Coal Production (Ind Report)
    Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis
    Date: 2019-05-01
    According to the Cleveland, Ohio-headquatered Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA), April is projected to see renewable energy produce 2.322 million megawatt-hours per day, while coal will produce 1.997 million megawatt-hours.

    Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal tweeted "For the first time in history, we now have enough solar and wind installed in the US to generate more electricity from renewables than from coal." (Source: Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, IFL Science, April, 2019) Contact: Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, Sandy Buchanan, Exec. Dir., 216-688-3457 www.ieefa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Coal,  Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis,  


    ABFA Acts Against Additional EPA "Hardship Waivers" (Reg. & Leg.)
    Advanced Biofuels Association
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Further to our 11 March coverage, on April 24th, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABA) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler from granting additional small refinery "hardship waivers" until the resolution of its pending lawsuit against EPA.

    "Since EPA began granting these additional exemptions behind closed doors, we have seen devastating market impacts and dropping prices for renewable identification numbers (RINs). We need to stop the bleeding and prevent EPA from ABFA's lawsuit against EPA challenges its methodology for granting these exemptions, arguing the agency more than doubled the number of exempted refineries by illegally changing its petition review process behind closed doors," said ABFA Pres. Michael McAdams.

    "Administrator Wheeler has indicated his intention to move forward on decisions for as many as 39 additional exemptions this year. ABFA cannot stand by while EPA unilaterally and illegally undermines the integrity of the RFS program. These new exemptions provide a financial windfall to refineries at the expense of biofuel producers and distributors. EPA is punishing the parties who have worked to increase the amount of renewable fuel blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply as Congress intended by enacting the RFS first in 2005 and expanding it in 2007.

    "For the first time since the inception of the RFS, we are seeing reductions in U.S. renewable fuel blending, and EPA's actions are to blame. Until the court is able to rule on the merits of ABFA's pending lawsuit, the agency should be prevented from taking further action."

    "Hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Association, 30 April, 2019)Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News "Hardship Waiver",  Advanced Biofuels Association ,  


    Junction Solar Seeks 100-MW Solar Farm Permitting (Ind. Report)
    Junction Solar LLC
    Date: 2019-04-29
    In the Land of Lincoln, Junction Solar LLC is seeking permitting and regulatory approval from Lee County for construction of a 100-MW solar farm in Alto and Reynolds townships. If constructed, the 760-acre facility would generate sufficient power for as many as 20,000 homes.

    Junction Solar would be developed by Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, which also owns the 13,000 acre Green River Wind Farm in Lee and Whiteside counties. The proposal is slated for the County Zoning Board agenda later this week. If approved, the project could break ground as early as spring 2020 for completion with 6 months. (Source; Junction Solar LLC, saukvalley.com, 27 April, 2019) Contact: Junction Solar LLC, Geronimo Energy, Lee County, www.leecountyil.com; Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, info@geronimoenergy.com, www.geronimoenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geronimo Energy,  Junction Solar LLC,  Solar,  


    B.C. Ups Energy Efficiency, Emissions Cutting Incentives (Ind. Report)
    BC,Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-04-29
    In Victoria, the NDP government of British Columbia Premier John Horgan reports its Better Buildings program is increasing incentives and rebates to as much as $20,000 per project to help homeowners and businesses save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    The plan allows for $14,100 for a home and $220,000 for a commercial business to make the energy-saving changes. The program is aimed at encouraging the switch to high-efficiency heating equipment and improve building envelopes, which include walls, windows, roofs and foundations.

    The incentives aim to help replace fossil fuel heating systems with electric air-source heat pumps, improve insulation, encourage upgrades to high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and install more windows and doors that minimize heat loss. (Source: BC News, 26 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives ,  


    40,000 LEDs Slated for Chicago Smart Lighting Rollout (Ind. Report)
    Amerseco,Chicago Department of Transportation
    Date: 2019-04-29
    In the Windy City, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reporting the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP) will install new 40,000 new energy efficient LED lights in portions of the far South Side, Near West Side and North Side. Installations in the current phase will be continuing through to August, when the City expects to reach the halfway point of the four-year project. The mayor previously noted a switch to longer-lived, energy efficient LED lighting could save the city as much as $100 million over 10 years.

    The modernization is being implemented by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) in coordination with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) and the Department of Innovation and Technology. The contracted programme is being implemented by Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco. (Source: City of Chicago, Construction Index, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com; Chicago Department of Transportation, (312) 744-3600, www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdot.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Ameresco,  


    Offshore Wind Developers to Invest $4.5M in RI (Ind. Report)
    University of Rhode Island
    Date: 2019-04-29
    Following up on our Jan. 15th coverage, Orsted and Eversource, the co-owners of the proposed 50-turbine, 400-MW Revolution Wind farm planned for the waters south of Martha's Vineyard, report they are investing $4.5 million in Rhode Island to advance the offshore wind industry -- subject to licenses being accepted.

    Of the total $4.5 million, the University of Rhode Island will receive $3 million for research and education and the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. and the nation's labor department may use $1.5 million for industry related training programs. Building could begin in Rhode Island in 2020 with operations by 2023. (Source: Orsted, TKB TeckKnowBits, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Jeff Grybowski, Co-CEO, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, Thomas Brostrom, North American Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Eversource, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


    India to Install 54.7 GW Wind Capacity by 2022 (Int'l Report)
    Fitch Solutions Macro Research
    Date: 2019-04-29
    On the Sub-Continent, New Delhi-based Fitch Solutions Macro Research reports India is likely to install 54.7 GW of wind capacity by 2022 against the previously 60-GW target set by the government.

    India has targeted the installation of 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022, which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power. The agency also said it believes that concerns about the economic viability of low tariff projects from India's wind capacity auctions raise the risk that investor appetite will weaken and auctions will be postponed.

    According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in December 2018, the country seeks to tender a total 20 GW of wind capacity by March 2020, with two year implementation deadlines, in order to facilitate enough growth to meet the expansion targets. (Source: Fitch Solutions Macro Research, Deccan Chronicle, PTI, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Fitch Solutions Macro Research, www.fitchsolutions.com/macro/intelligence

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Wind,  Wind,  


    Siemens Gamesa Turbines Slated for EDF U.S. Projects (Ind. Report)
    EDF Renewables,Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-04-26
    EDF Renewables North America reports it has ordered turbines totaling 487 MW from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA for two wind projects in the US states of Texas and New Mexico.

    Forty-eight Siemens Gamesa SG 4.5-145 turbines will be delivered to the Coyote wind project in Scurry County, Texas. The project is slated for commissioning and startup in mid-summer, 2020.

    Siemens Gamesa will also supply 48 SG 4.5-145 and 13 SWT-2.3-108 turbines for the 246-MW Oso Grande wind project in New Mexico, which is scheduled for startup before the end of 2020. (Source: EDF Renewables North America, Renewables, 25 April, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, www.siemensgamesa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind Turbines,  Siemens Gamesa,  


    MO. School Board OKs Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind Report)
    West Plains School Board of Education
    Date: 2019-04-26
    In the Show Me State, the West Plains School Board of Education is reporting approval of a $3.9 million energy efficiency upgrade contract with St. Louis based Control, Technologies, and Solutions (CTS) Group for various facilities to be completed before school resumes in August 2019. The upgrade are expected to deliver almost $46,000 in annual energy savings.

    The school district-wide energy efficiency improvements will remove water damage; 67,000 square feet of roofing repairs and replacements; installation of thermally-insulated tinted windows that will decrease energy infiltration and eliminate water and air leaks; and energy efficient LED lighting retrofits. (Source: West Plains School Board of Education, Ozark News, 25 April, 2019) Contact: West Plains School Board of Education, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Plains_R-7_School_District

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    Black & Veatch Claims Illinois Wind EPC Contract (Ind. Report)
    Black & Veatch
    Date: 2019-04-26
    Overland Park, Kansas-headquartered global engineering firm Black & Veatch reports it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for Capital Power's 150-MW Cardinal Point wind project in in McDonough and Warren Counties, Illinois.

    Contract details have not been announced. (Source: Black & Veatch, Renewables, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Black & Veatch, Dave Leligdon, Global Director Renewable Energy, 913-458-2000, www.bv.com

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    General Mills, Roaring Fork Wind Ink 15-year PPA (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Systems,Steelhead Americas
    Date: 2019-04-26
    Minneapolis, Minnesota-based food giant General Mills reports the inking of a 15-year power purchase agreement with Roaring Fork Wind, LLC in Maverick Creek, Concho County, Texas.

    Roaring Fork Wind, LLC is a joint venture partnership between Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Portland, Oregon-based Steelhead Americas LLC. General Mills' investment will finance the construction of the project. (Source: General Mills, European Supermarket, 30 April, 2019) Contact: General Mills, 800-248-7310, www.generalmills.com; Roaring Fork Wind, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/roaring-fork-energy-partners

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    Sempra Energy Completes U.S. Renewables Sector Exit (Ind Report)
    Sempra Energy
    Date: 2019-04-26
    Further to our Feb. 13th coverage, San Diego-based utility holding company Sempra Energy is reporting the completion of its exit from its U.S. renewables business with the sale of 7 wind farms totaling 724 MW and battery assets to Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power (AEP) for $1.05 billion. The transaction is the latest in a series of divestitures over the past year to raise $2.5 billion in proceeds.

    In December 2018, the company completed the sale of its solar assets and battery storage development projects, along with one wind farm, to a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison for $1.6 billion. In February, it executed the sale of its non-utility U.S. natural gas storage facilities to an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners for $328 million in cash, marking its exit from the non-utility natural gas storage sector. The company is currently working to sell its equity interest in its South American businesses including its 83.6 pct stake in Luz del Sur S.A.A. in Peru and 100 pct stake in Chilquinta Energia S.A. in Chile.

    The company said the move is consistent with a strategy to pay down debt and redeploy capital to support the growth of Sempra Energy in North America. (Source: Sempra Energy, Power Mag., 25 April, 2019) Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com; Sempra Energy, Jeff Martin, CEO (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

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


    Dominion Energy Reports Facebook Solar Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy ,Facebook
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy is reporting six new solar projects totaling 350 MW in its Virginia and North Carolina serive area will provide 100 pct clean renewable energy to serve Facebook.

    The six solar projects include: the 20 MW Montross Solar in Westmoreland County, Va. (completed) ; 20 MW Gloucester Solar in Gloucester, Va. (completed); 80 MW Grasshopper Solar in Mecklenburg, Va.; 75 MW Chestnut Solar in Halifax County, N.C.; 75 MW Pecan Solar in Northampton County, N.C. (completed); and the 80 MW Gutenberg Solar in Northampton County, N.C. Dominion Energy developed the Montross Solar project, and the other projects have been acquired or will be acquired from EDF Renewables Inc., BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC and Strata Solar.

    The solar projects are all expected to be fully operational by mid-2020. Dominion aims to have 3 GW of new solar and wind energy in operation or under development by 2022. Facebook aims to power it global operations with 100 pct renewable energy by the end of 2020.(Source: Dominion Energy, 22 April, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy ,  Solar,  Facebook,  


    O'Hare Air Traffic Control Tower Certified LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Windy City, the Chicago Aviation Commission reports O'Hare International Airport's South Air Traffic Control Tower has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency, making among the nation's first air traffic control towers to receive the designation.

    O'Hare has six LEED-certified buildings and over 521,000 square feet of green roofs, more than any other airport in the world. The combination of sustainable features has cut the O'Hare control towers energy consumption by 25 pct and water usage by 40 pct compared to a traditional control tower design, according to the Commission. (Source: City of Chicago, Chicago Aviation Commission, Connect Chicago, 23 April, 2019) Chicago Dept. of Aviation, www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/doa.html Commission; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certfication,  Energy Efficiency,  


    GE's LM Wind Power Claims World's Largest Wind Blade (Ind. Report)
    LM Wind Power
    Date: 2019-04-24
    The set to be used for GE's upcoming 12MW offshore wind turbine LM Wind Power, the turbine maker owned by global engineering giant GE, is reporting production of a 107-metre wind turbine blade at its Cherbourg, France, plant.

    The blade is the largest ever made for a wind turbine, and will be used in the next generation of massive GE Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbines, according to a release. (Source: GE, LM Wind Power, Business Green, 23 April, 2019) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 Project Director, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind Turbie,  Wind Blade,  

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