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Tenaska Closes $302Mn Financing for Missouri Wind Farm (Funding)
Tenaska,Mortenson
Date: 2019-04-24
Further to our Feb. 19, 2018 coverage, Kallanish Energy is reporting Omaha-headquartered independent power producer Tenaska has closed on approximately $302 million in commercial financing for Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, a 242-MW wind project under construction in Nodaway County Missouri.

Vestas is supplying 111 wind turbines and will provide maintenance services for the project. Mortenson is providing engineering, procurement and construction (Epc) services for the project which is expected to come online before the year end. The project will deliver power under a 25-year PPA with Associated Electric Cooperative, a 910,000-member cooperative based in Springfield, Missouri. (Source: Tanaska, Kallanish Energy, 23 April, 2019) Contact: Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com; Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energy Group, www.mortenson.com/wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tenaska,  Wind,  Mortenson,  


US Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2019 (Report Available)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-04-24
The recently released US Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2019 report from Dublin-headquartered Research and Markets offers comprehensive information on the renewable energy policies of the US and its individual states. The report provides an overview of the regulatory framework, plans, programs and incentives initiated by the US and individual states to promote renewable energy sources. It also delivers information regarding the financial incentives, renewable energy auctions, net-metering, renewable targets, and other plans implemented by the fifty states.

Key topics include: federal initiatives for both solar and wind power; federal initiatives for biopower and biofuels; and common state-level incentives.

Download details and report information HERE. (Source: Research & Markets, April, 2019) Contact: Research & Markets, Laura Wood, (917) 300-0470, press@researchandmarkets.com, www.researchandmarkets.com

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Where's Trump's Former EPA Head Scott Pruitt? (Ind. Report)
Coal,EPA
Date: 2019-04-24
Denver-headquartered Hallador Energy Company, a subsidiary of RailPoint Solutions LLC and Sunrise Coal, reports it has hired former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt to lobby against plans by two electric utilities -- Vectren and NIPSCO -- to shutter aging coal-fired power generation facilities in Indiana by 2030.

Hallador and Pruitt are urging the Indiana republican controlled legislature to include language in the budget bill that would prohibit the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from considering Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the commission's decisions about rates and other issues that could impact the future of coal-generated electricity in the state.

Hallador claims Obama clean air regulations are the reason coal costs more than wind, solar and natural gas. They also claim that once President Trump and current EPA head and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler are finished gutting the Obama clean air regulations, the price of coal will drop. According to U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) US coal consumption has plummeted to its lowest levels in nearly 40 years and more coal-fired power plants closed in the first two years of the Trump administration than during President Obama's entire first term.

As readers may recall, Pruitt resigned from the EPA in July 2018 after an 18-month tenure best remembered for the seemingly mass handout of Renewable Fuel Standard "hardship" waivers to refineries, spending and ethical scandals. As previously noted, "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. (Source: Hallador Energy Company, The Environmental Working Group, 23 April, 20190 Contact: Hallador Energy Company, (303) 839-5504, www.halladorenergy.com

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Hoboken Steps Up to the Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-04-24
In the Garden State, the city of Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has signed an executive order adopting Hoboken's Climate Action Plan committing the city to "achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

The plan, establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city overall. Progress will be evaluated through benchmarks every five years. The plan's features include:

  • Purchasing 100 pct renewable electricity for municipal facilities (went into effect April, 2019);

  • Installing energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings, resulting in cost savings of over $100,000 per year;

  • Introducing an affordable renewable energy purchasing program for homeowners to utilize wind and/or solar electricity;

  • Implementing electric vehicle charging stations across the City (Hoboken recently was awarded funding through the State for up to 14 EV charging stations);

  • Creating Hoboken's own community solar program, allowing low-moderate income residents to utilize solar energy from other parts of the State even if they can not install solar panels on their homes;

  • Replacing street and traffic lights with LED energy efficient lighting;

  • The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals" of the Paris Climate Accord.

    "The city's Climate Action Plan, which its two-pronged emphasis on adaptation and mitigation, puts Hoboken at the forefront of what cities can do to combat climate change," Doyle said. "Our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with an aggressive window through becoming a net zero city and achieving carbon neutrality is the progressive path forward toward achieving that goal." (Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000, www.hobokennj.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Engie's Jumbo Hill Wind Project Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Engie North America
    Date: 2019-04-22
    According to a tax incentive document published by the Texas Comptroller's office, Houston-based Engie North America Inc. reports construction is underway on the $170 million Jumbo Hill Wind Project in Andrews County, Texas,

    The 57-turbine project is expected to be completed and online in spring 2020 and will sell power and renewable credits to an unnamed corporate buyer. (Source: Engie North America, Houston Business Journal, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Engie North America, Luis Felipe Birolini, VP Bus. Dev., (713) 636-0000, information@na.engie.com, www.engie-na.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie North America ,  Wind,  


    Green Mountain Energy Adds Solar at Texas Parks (Ind. Report)
    Green Mountain Energy
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Green Mountain Energy and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) have announced the completion of solar installations totaling more than 67 KW producing over 95,000 kWh pf power at three state parks across Texas as part of their ongoing sustainability partnership.

    Previously, Green Mountain Energy provided a 21 KW rooftop solar array at TPWD's Sea Center Texas, a marine aquarium, fish hatchery and nature center. Additionally, the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club made a $40,000 donation to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to help purchase and install a 11.2 KW solar array on the park's welcome center.

    According to the company's website, "Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation's longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission: to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 63 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions." (Source: Green Mountain Energy, April, 2019) Contact: Green Mountain Energy, www.greenmountainenergy.com; TPWD, www.tpwd.texas.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Energy,  Solar,  


    Mass. DPU OK's Offshore Wind Energy Contracts (Reg. & Leg.)
    Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
    Date: 2019-04-22
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is reporting approval of long-term contracts for 800 MW of offshore wind between Vineyard Wind and the Commonwealth's Electric Distribution Companies. Under the contracts, Vineyard Wind also committed in these contracts to contribute $15 million to a fund that will invest in projects to promote the use of battery storage in low-income communities and support the the state's goal of further developing energy storage systems.

    Vineyard Wind's bid was selected for contract negotiation in May 2018 based on criteria established under a Request for Proposals (RFP) previously subject to public comment and submitted to the DPU for review and approval on July 31, 2018. Evaluation of the bids determined that Vineyard Wind would provide the greatest overall value to Bay State customers. The DPU's order approves the selection and finds that the contracts are cost-effective and in the public interest. (Source: Mass DPU, DEI, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, (617) 305-3500, www.mass.gov/dte

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities,  Offshore Wind,  


    130-MW Upper Peninsula Wind Project Nixed (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Citing planning delays, UK-headquartered global renewable energy developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has canceled plans for a major wind project in Michigan's pristine Upper Peninsula wilderness area.

    The 130-MW project called for 49 turbines spread over thousands of acres near the McCormick Wilderness area of the Ottawa National Forest.

    RES is "the world's largest independent renewable energy company with over 16 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe. RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution," according to its website. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems, Energy News, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Renewable Energy Systems, Sean Stocker, Project Mgr., +44 (0)1923 299 200, www.res-group.com

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


    Double-Headed Floating Wind Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    EnerOcean
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In Spain, Malaga-headquartered EnerOcean S.L. is touting its W2Power floating turbine, a 1:6 scale prototype of which which is slated for sea-testing beginning next month. The prototype, generating just 200kW of power, is expected to pave the way for massive future turbines generating 10-12MW each.

    According to developer EnerOcean, "The W2Power solution offers greater power generation without the need to increase the use of steel in the construction of the platform, thus becoming the lowest cost floating solution for the generation of wind energy in deep waters." Depending upon the prototype's success, EnerOcean S.L. foresees a 300-MW marine offshore wind farm by 2025. (Source: EnerOcean S.L., Olive Press, April, 2019) Contact: EnerOcean S.L., www.enerocean.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerOcean ,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  


    Net-Zero Energy Apt Community Opens in Schenectady (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA,New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting completion of the first phase of the 248-unit Solara Apartments complex in Schenectady County. The multifamily project is built to net-zero construction standards and will benefit tenants with energy-efficient technologies and affordable, predictable living costs and services that include:
  • networked smart building controls;

  • solar carports to cover residents’ vehicles and charge them too (free of charge):

  • solar thermal panels that use the sun's energy to heat water for the domestic hot water system;

  • solar shades on the windows and larger windows on the southern facing sides of the buildings to capture more solar energy;

  • smart home technologies such as keyless entry, control of locks, lights and other compatible devices;

  • premium GE EnergyStar appliances, all LED lighting, EPA Indoor Air Plus certification which requires use of low/no VOC materials and finishes, continuous fresh-air ventilation with smart controls that regulate humidity and monitor carbon dioxide and VOC levels.

    According to a New Buildings Institute report, New York State leads the Northeast in net-zero buildings, with 27 documented ongoing and completed net-zero building projects and a total of 132 net-zero, high-performance and passive house building projects.

    To facilitate the construction of similar projects, NYSERDA will provide $15 million through the next round of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process to expand the state's Net-Zero Energy for Economic Development program. (Source: NYSERDA, Multi Housing News, 19 April, 2019)Contact: New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News et Zero,  NYSERDA,  Net-Zero Energy Building,  


  • ADB committed highest-ever USD 3 billion in sovereign loans to India in 2018
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2019-04-19
    Private sector operations reached USD 3.14 billion, a 37 per cent increase from 2017, which is 14.5 per cent of ADB's overall commitment. PTI| In Manila, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB} newly released annual report, it committed $3.88 billion in sovereign loans, including sovereign loans and co-financing during the year ended December 2018, to India in 2018,

    The report notes that the demand for ADB assistance continued to grow in 2018. New commitments included $21.6 billion in loans, grants and investments from ADB's own resources, exceeding the target of $19.71 billion and up 10 pct from 2017. The Manila-headquartered ADB committed several projects in India, including in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Odisha. The report also noted that in India, ADB provided a USD 100-million loan to Ostro Kutch Wind, a renewable energy company owned by investment funds under the management of Actis Capital, for constructing and operating a 250-megawatt wind power project in Gujarat. Among others, it also provided USD 30 million in equity and USD 20 million in debt security to Annapurna Finance, a microfinance company. In March 2018, ADB signed a cooperation arrangement with the International Solar Alliance, headquartered in India, to promote solar energy deployment across Asia and the Pacific, particularly in South Asia. The alliance's major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000 gigawatt of solar generation capacity and investment of over USD 1 trillion into solar energy by 2030. (Source: ADB, Economic Times, 16 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank news,  

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    AWEA Supports Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Development Act (Reg & Leg, Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    AWEA
    Date: 2019-04-17
    The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has come out in support of the Energy Storage Tax Incentive (tax credit) and Development Act which was introduced by Senators Heinrich (D-NM) and Gardner (R-CO). The bill currently has 10 cosponsors representing a diverse collection of states.

    "We strongly support and thank Senators Heinrich and Gardner for introducing the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Development Act and committing to modernizing the U.S. energy supply. Americans want their homes and businesses to be powered by clean energy. Spurring investment in our country's energy storage technologies, along with transmission, will advance clean energy, create new jobs and help bring America's power supply into the 21st century," said Tom Kiernan, CEO, AWEA.

    However, current law only allows energy storage to qualify for an ITC (tax credit) when paired with a solar project under certain circumstances. The flexibility and market efficiencies resulting from accelerated energy storage investment would spur new wind farm development and job creation, according to AWEA. (Source: AWEA, reve, 13 April, 2019) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, www.awea.org

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


    UK ORE Catapult Hub to Develop Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l)
    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In the UK, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is reporting a new Powertrain Research Hub (PTRH) in cooperation with Sheffield University is set to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines.

    Focusing on offshore wind turbine powertrains, the new hub is aiming to improve the operation, reliability and performance of offshore wind turbines.

    Sheffield University has been named as the academic partner for the hub, which is part of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE) -- launched by the UK government in 2013 as part of a network of catapults in high growth industries. The University will contribute £1.7 million or more to the project over five years. Industry will be able to access to the University of Sheffield's testing facilities in addition to ORE Catapult's 1, 3 and 15 MW powertrain test facilities at its National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth. (Source: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Business Leader, 16 April, 2019) Contact: University of Sheffiel, www.sheffield.ac.uk; Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400, https://ore.catapult.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult,  


    Terna Energy Acquiring 200-MW Texas Wind Farm (Ind Report, M&A)
    Terna Energy SA
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Athens, Greece-headquartered Terna Energy SA reports it will acquire an as yet unidentified 200-MW wind farm in the Lone Star State for $310 million (EUR 275m). The acquisition will bring company's US portfolio up to 493 MW, including a 138-MW wind farm in Elmore County, Idaho and a 155-MW wind park in Scurry County, Texas. The company is also constructing 158-MW wind farm in Texas that will increase its worldwide wind power capacity to 1,232 MW.

    Terna Energy is a vertically organized Renewable Energy Sources company undertaking the Development, Construction, Financing, and Operation of renewable energy projects (wind, hydro, solar, biomass, waste management). The company operates, is constructing or has full licensing RES installations in Europe and America. (Source: Terna Energy, Renewables, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Terna Energy, +30 210 6968300, +30 210 6968096 - fax, info@terna-energy.com, www.terna-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Terna Energy,  Wind ,  


    CalPortland Cement Plant Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Portland Cement Assoc.
    Date: 2019-04-17
    The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is reporting the CalPortland Mojave Cement Plant in Mojave, California has been awarded the 2019 Energy and Environment Award for Energy Efficiency. The award was in recognition of the company's implementation of significant energy efficiency measures and energy consumption reduction initiatives. In 2018, 22 pct of the plant's electric power was sourced from onsite wind energy generation.

    Additionally, CalPortland's energy management program has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program for 15 years in a row CalPortland, (626) 852-6200, www.calportland.com; Portland Cement Assoc., www.cement.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  


    Canada Invests in Forest Climate Change Adaptation (Ind Report)
    NRC
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Climate change needs to be tackled head on in order to build a better future for Canadians. This is why the government is investing in critical adaptation research, while creating good jobs and growing the economy.

    Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $300,000 to University of New Brunswick (UNB) for a climate change adaptation project focused on the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes, such as drought and wind, in Atlantic Canada's forests. Findings from this analysis will help those in the forest sector and communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, News Release, April, 2019) Contact: NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRC,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    Alt. Energy Border Wall Proposed (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The following appeared in the recent issue of Epoch Times: "Border wall debates have raged between political parties and the media in the United States for years. Many Americans are divided over the issue of the U.S.-Mexico border. Yet the heated controversy has generated some innovative solutions from the scientific community. Could science really hold the key to bringing the two sides together (three, including Mexico) while at the same time providing clean sources of energy for all?

    "There are at least two dozen scientists from universities across the United States who think so, but wait until you hear the solution they've dreamt up. Imagine a 2,000-mile-long alternative energy industrial park, 62 miles wide, from sea to shining sea along the U.S. southern border.

    "The potential envisioned for everything from the economy to fresh water solutions to an abundance of clean energy and, yes, border security present an opportunity worth considering. 'Given that most of the southern border lies in arid or semi-arid regions having high solar irradiation and wind, an energy park along the border is both feasible and desirable,' reads a statement by the Future Energy, Water, Industry and Education Park (FEWIEP), the name of the proposed mega project.

    "Solar installations at various points across Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and south of the border would accompany wind turbines stationed near both coasts. 'Areas of strong winds exist in the Gulf and Baja California regions, which are ideal for wind farms,' the report explains.

    "Energy produced via wind turbines can be used to power water desalinization plants to provide valuable fresh water to drought-affected areas that have been living beyond their means in terms of ground water use.

    "They estimate that 'wind power in the Gulf Coast and Baja California to operate reverse osmosis plants may provide 2.3 million acre-feet of water per year -- enough to satisfy the water needs for all of Texas' manufacturing, mining, livestock, and other power needs.' Which could literally cause the desert to bloom, potentially.

    "Reduced tax zone incentives across the 62-mile strip could bring in massive amounts of business from solar energy innovators like Tesla and others. This subsidy cost could be recouped through selling energy or through taxes. An incentivized project of this size could greatly enhance and accelerate the local economy, and create a huge number of jobs on both sides of the border. More high-paying salaries are also likely to mean increased average quality of life for locals.

    "In terms of security, the heavily protected area would serve a dual purpose. The proposed energy infrastructure can be incorporated into and be an integral part of a border security installation, such as a wall or a fence, states the report. 'This technological buffer can in turn also help to protect the energy infrastructure and prevent illegal immigration across the border.'

    "At the same time, as parties on both sides of the aisle are starting to see eye to eye on border security, a project like this could tether the far extremes of the Green New Deal with staunch nationalists on the right. It could be just the kind of unifier to seal the deal for all parties, left and right, north and south." (Source: Epoch Times, April, 2019)

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


    Netherlands, Vietnam Discussing Offshore Wind Cooperation (Int'l)
    Ba Ria-Vung Tau
    Date: 2019-04-15
    A high level delegation from the Netherlands is reportedly interested in a cooperative agreement with Vietnam's southeastern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to develop offshore wind energy and related services.

    The Netherlands delegation and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Vietnam Electricity group have begun discussion in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to that end. (Source: Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, reve, April 13, 2019 )Contact: Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, /www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/external_economy/regional_affairs/southeast_asia_pacific/vietnam.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Macquarie Fund Selling Wind Assets in Italy, France (M&A, Int'l)
    Macquarie
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In Milan, Reuters is reporting a Macquarie-run infrastructure fund managing the Milan-based Renvico S.r.l. wind farm portfolio in Italy and France is selling the Renvico portfolio which could be worth as much as €400 million ($450 million). Non-binding bids are reportedly expected by the end of May. Few etails have not been revealed. (Source: Macquarie, reve, April, 2019: Contact: Renvico S.r.l, +39 02 6787 6911 www.renvicoenergy.com; Macquarie Group, www.macquarie.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie,  Wind,  


    Wind Sets Southwest Power Pool Grid Record (Ind. Report)
    Southwest Power Pool
    Date: 2019-04-15
    On the U.S. Great Plains, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is reporting energy generated by wind supplied about 15.3 GW of 23.3 GW of needed power across its 546,000-square-mile service territory at 2:08 a.m. Wednesday -- about 65.7 pct.

    As of this week, there was 21.5 gigawatts of installed wind capacity within the SPP's territory. In 2009, just 3 GW of capacity was installed. Another 51.75 GW of wind capacity currently is being developed, as well as about 24.5 gigawatts of solar power and about 4.4 GWof battery storage.

    Oklahoma is among the states in the SPP's service area that contributed to increased wind-generated power capacity in 2018, commissioning new projects capable of generating 576 MW of electricity during the year. At the end of 2018, Oklahoma had 8,072 MW of wind power. (Source: Southwest Power Pool, The Oklahoman, April, 2019) Contact: Southwest Power Pool, www.spp.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Power Pool,  Wind,  


    Amazon Adding 229 MW Wind Power (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Amazon
    Date: 2019-04-12
    US online retailing juggernaut Amazon.com Inc is reporting plans to purchase the output of electric power output of three wind parks totaling more than 229 MW in Ireland - 91.2-MW, Sweden - 91-MW, and the US - 47-MW in keeping with its long-term goal of powering all Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure entirely with renewable energy.

    The three wind projects are expected to generate more than 670,000 MWh of electricity annually.

    These plants, combined with AWS's previous nine renewable energy projects, will produce over 2,700,000 MWh of power each year, according to the Amazon press release. (Source: Amazon, PR, April, 2019)

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


    Universal mCloud, TELUS Ink Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
    Universal mCloud Corp
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Vancouver, B.C. based asset management solutions specialist Universal mCloud Corp is reporting a six-year agreement with TELUS Corporate Real Estate to upgrade HVAC controls and deploy AssetCare at one of its office towers in Scarborough, Ontario.

    Universal mCloud will upgrade and replace 450 legacy thermostats at the building with Cypress Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats and Green Box Controllers connected via mesh network to the building's main control system. The upgrade is expected to cut energy costs related to heating and cooling by 25 pct and also reduce facility maintenance costs.

    Universal mCloud uses artificial intelligence and analytics to curb energy waste, maximize energy production and improve energy infrastructure primarily in the smart buildings, wind energy, power utilities and oil and gas. (Source: UniversalmCloud, Proactive Investors, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Universal mCloud, David Weinerth, Pres.,Smart Buildings, (604) 669-9973, www.mcloudcorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal mCloud,  Energy Efficiency,  


    GWEC Releases 2018 Global Wind Report (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-04-12
    The Brussels-headquartered Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has released its 14th annual report on the status of the global wind industry . The report provides a comprehensive overview of the global industry in more than 90 countries, 30 of which have more than 1,000 MW of installed wind i and 9 countries with more than 10,000.

    GWEC is a member-based and member-funded organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organisations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: GWEC, Website, April, 2019) Contact: GWEC, Ben Backwell, CEO, Deny Tenenblat, Director of Business Development, +32 477 19 05 87, info@gwec.net, www.gwec.net.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council ,  Wind,  


    Worldwide Wind Turbine Mapping Project Well Underway (Ind Report)
    IntelStor
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Cloud-based renewable energy market intelligence expert IntelStor is touting a unique wind-turbine mapping project which seeks to map the geo-locations of every wind turbine in the world. To date the project has completed the mapping of 107,902 out of 355,793 onshore and offshore wind turbines across in 38 countries. THE project is intended to "clean up" data that has been provided by governments and industry trade association and increase the precision in the data sets, according to Windpower Engineering & Development.

    By removing inaccuracies from data sets, this allows for greater accuracy in global market statistics. More specifically, the inaccuracies have been removed from data sets that include the U.S. Geological Survey and Federal Aviation Administration database in the U.S., WindStats data sets in the Netherlands, the Danish Energy Agency master data register, and INEGI in Portugal. (Source: IntelStor, Hydrogen Fuel News, 11 April, 2019) Contact: IntelStor, www.intelstor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    Acciona Supplying Renewable Energy to Unilever Spain (Int'l)
    Acciona Energia
    Date: 2019-04-12
    Spanish renewable energy firm Acciona Energia is reporting the renewal of its clean energy supply contract with Unilever in Spain. The company will supply around 18GWh of 100 pct certified renewable energy during 2019.

    (Source: Acciona, Power Tech. 11 April, 2019) Contact: ACCIONA Energia, www.acciona-energia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energia,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    Minn. Renewables Mandate Priced at $80Bn through 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Following up on our 25th March coverage of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz' pledge to make his state's electricity sources 50 pct reliant on renewable energy by 2030, a new study from the American Experiment think tank contends that the governor's mandate would cost Gopher State taxpayers an additional $80.2 billion through 2050 compared to 2016 projected costs.

    The 50 pct renewable energy plan would increase electricity prices by 40 pct compared to November 2018 prices, 75 pct and 50 pct more than both nuclear energy scenarios, according to the American Experiment. Under the ACE rule change, electricity costs would be reduced by 3.8 pct. These costs translate to higher electric bills for Minnesota households, up to $375 every year, or a 32 pct increase compared to 2017, the study found. Building and maintaining an electric grid to accommodate the renewable energy push would cost each Minnesota household an average of $1,200 per year, relative to 2016 prices, the analysis found.

    According to a report by Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), the proposed 50 percent renewable energy plan also fails a cost-benefit analysis. It costs more to reduce one metric ton of carbon dioxide to provide reliable electricity using wind and solar, the analysis found. (Source: American Experiment, Minn. PUC, Minnesota WatchDog, 6 April, 2019) Contact: American Experiment, (612) 338-3605, info@americanexperiment.org, www.americanexperiment.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz,  Renewable Energy,  Minnesota Renewable Energy,  


    Amazon Announces New Data Center Wind Power Sources (Ind. Report)
    Amazon
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Internet retail giant Amazon's cloud computing platform Amazon Web Services (AWS) is reporting new three wind projects as part of its goal to power its entire web services infrastructure with renewable energy. The three new wind projects will power AWS data centres in Ireland, Sweden, and the US.

    AWS will purchase the output of a new 91.2MW project in Donegal, Ireland, expected to be online by the end of 2021. AWS will also purchase 91MW of power from a new wind farm in Bäckhammar, Sweden, to deliver energy by the end of 2020. Thirdly, a wind project in California, US, will provide up to 47MW of wind power to AWS by the end of 2020. The names of the projects or developers have not been disclosed. The combined capacity of over 229MW, is expected to generate more than 670GWh annually. (Source: Amazon, Windpower, Others, 9 April, 2019)

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


    Renewables Cut CO2 Emission Better than CCS (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy,CCS
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Chemistry World is reporting an international team of researchers has concluded that solar and wind power are more effective at cutting CO2 emissions than carbon capture and storage (CCS). In reaching their conclusion, the researchers considered the poor uptake of CCS technologies in fossil fuel power plants against their energy return on energy invested (EROEI), the researchers found that while CCS technologies could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they are insufficient to fulfill their planned role in reaching climate change targets by 2050.

    The research team found that while CCS has an EROEI of between 6.6 and 21.3, renewables have a potential EROEI of between 9 and 30+. The researcher team also found renewable energy was likely to be a more effective path to meeting climate change goals. (Source: Chemistry World, April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  CCS,  


    Turks Plan $11Bn in Energy Efficiency Investments (Int'l)
    Turkey,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Speaking at the 5th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue in Germany, Turkey's Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar announced his country's government plans to invest roughly $11 billion over the next five years in an effort to cut energy consumption by 14 pct and reduce 66 million tons of CO2 emissions.

    According to the Minister, Turkey's energy transition plan has two periods, the first of which was launched 17 years ago. At the end of the first transition period, Turkey was able to implement all relevant market reforms and the Turkish energy market attracted $60 billion in energy related investment, primarily in wind and solar energy production and technologies.

    Bayraktar noted that Turkey prioritizes its energy infrastructure, so it will make significant investments to make its grid more resilient and reliable in both the gas and power sectors at the transmission and distribution levels. (Source: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Anadolu Agency, April, 2019) Contact: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, https://enerji.gov.tr/en-US/Mainpage, https://enerji.gov.tr/en-US/Pages/Contact-Us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Moving to Renewables (Int'l)
    Norwegian Sovereign Wealth FundRenewable Energy
    Date: 2019-04-08
    In Oslo, the Norwegian government has reportedly gien the nod for the country's $1 trillion oil-rich Sovereign Wealth Fund fund, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, to start pumping as mush as $14 billion into wind, solar and other renewable energy power projects.

    In March, Norway's sovereign wealth fund noted it would dispose of its investments in 134 companies that explore for oil and gas, worth almost $8 billion. But it is retaining stakes in oil firms such as Shell and BP that have renewable energy divisions.The Norwegian fund is also selling off its stakes in more coal companies, having set a new limit for them of 20 million tons of reserves. The fund divested $6.5 billion of coal-related investments in 2015.

    The Norwegian move follows Saudi Arabian and other national funds founded on fossil fuels revenues as they ramp up their energy interest with renewables and other clean energy investments needed to combat climate change. (Source: Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, Grist, The Guardian, April, 2019) Contact: Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, www.nbim.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund,  Renewable Energy,  


    NiSource to Slash GHG Emissions 90 pct by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    NiSource
    Date: 2019-04-08
    NiSource, the Merrillville, Indiana-based parent company of NIPSCO is touting new emission reduction targets it says builds upon "the aggressive environmental targets the company announced in 2016.

    To that end, the company plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions from electric power generation by 90 pct by 2030, as compared to 2005, as it takes coal-fired plants offline in favor of greener, renewable energy sources.

    By 2030, NiSource aims to reduce nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions by 99 pct as compared to 2005 levels, and to retire all its coal-fired power plants by 2028 and to generate power with wind, solar and battery storage technology. (Souce: NiSource, PR,nwi.com, 7 April, 2019)Contact: NiSource, Joe Hamrock, Pres., CEO, www.nisource.com

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    Energy Storage ITC Bill Wins AWEA Endorsement (Ind. Report)
    AWEA
    Date: 2019-04-05
    In Washington, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has come out in support of Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced legislation, The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act, to create an investment tax credit (ITC) for energy storage systems.

    AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan said, "We applaud Representative Doyle for his effort to modernize the U.S. electricity supply with the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act. Like the power transmission lines that make up the grid, energy storage is a catalyst technology that makes the entire electricity supply more affordable and reliable. Expanding investment tax credit eligibility to all energy storage technologies would spark new clean energy infrastructure investment, grow American jobs, and help ensure our electricity supply is ready for future challenges."

    Energy storage helps balance power supply and demand instantaneously by storing electricity from low-cost energy sources, like wind, and releasing that power during periods of high demand. (Source: AWEA, PR, 4 April, 2019) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, www.awea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AWEA,  Energy Storage,  


    HECO Targets 2022 to Acquire More Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Companies
    Date: 2019-04-05
    Following up on our 29 March coverage, in the Aloha State, with the planned closure of the coal-burning AES Hawaii power plant on Oahu and retirement of Maui's oldest oil-fired plant within the next five years, the Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) -- Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light -- is beginning phase two of an ambitious renewable resource procurement to continue the transition from fossil-fueled power generation to clean energy.

    The second phase will be open to all variable renewable and storage resources, including solar and wind generation, renewables plus storage, standalone storage and grid services. The plan builds on Hawaiian Electric's successful acquisition in 2018 of the state's largest, lowest-cost portfolio of renewable generation. Pending PUC approval, the first projects would come online by 2022.

    In the first phase of new renewables acquisition, the companies negotiated contracts for eight projects on three islands. Thus far, the commission has approved three on Oahu -- one on Maui Island and two on Hawaii Island that will add 247 MW of solar energy with almost 1 GWh of storage by the end of 2021.

    In addition to generation and storage, the companies are seeking independent service providers to enlist customers to provide grid services such as capacity to shift electricity use from high to low demand periods and fast frequency response to help the grids maintain power quality and reliability. (Source: HECO, PR, 3 April, 2019)Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  


    Boise Plans 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Boise Idaho,Idaho Power
    Date: 2019-04-05
    The city of Boise, Idaho, reports it has committed to 100 pct clean electricity use in all homes and businesses by 2035, making it one of more than 100 cities nationwide to do so.

    The city's plan encourages residential and business customers to participate in Idaho Power's various programs to curb electric power consumption. The utility's programs include rebates on energy-efficient products and summer discounts for customers who let the utility turn off their air conditioners temporarily on hot summer days. The plan also means more builders will be encouraged to meet the city’s green-building standards. Approximately half of Boise's energy use in buildings comes from natural gas, according to the city's energy plan.

    The city plan follows Idaho Power's recent announcement that it would push to operate its grid entirely on clean energy by 2045, a shift that would end its use of coal and natural gas. The utility has already cut its reliance on those carbon-burning fuels sharply as it has added solar and wind sources. (Source: City of Boise, Idaho Power, Idaho Statesman, April, 2019)Contact: Idaho Power, www.idahopower.com; City of Boise, www.cityofboise.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Fellow Republican Blasts Trump's Anti-Wind Tirade as "IDIOTIC" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Trump
    Date: 2019-04-05
    Speaking at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual spring dinner earlier this week, U.S. President "The Donald" Trump said with his ussual disregard for reality and facts:

    "If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 pct in value. And they say the noise causes cancer."

    "No, wind's not so good and you have no idea how expensive it is to make those things. They're all made in China and Germany, by the way, just in case you, we don't make them here, essentially." -- Pres. Donald Trump

    The Donald's comments were clearly and immediately described as "IDIOTIC" by his fellow Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassely (Iowa). Good on you, Grassely! Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov

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    Nordex Confirms Acciona Energy Australia Turbine Order (Int'l)
    Nordex,Acciona Energy Australia
    Date: 2019-04-03
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine giant The Nordex Group reports receipt of a contract from Acciona Energy Australia to supply and install 35 nits of its N149/4.0-4.5 "light wind" turbines for the Mortlake South Wind Farm project located in Victoria State in the south-east Australia.

    When fully operational- in mid 2020, the wind farm is expected generate sufficient energy for 115,000 homes. (Source: Nordex, PR, reve, 2 April, 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com; Acciona Energy Australia, +61 2 8117 0100, www.acciona.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Wind,  Nordex,  


    CDRC Clinic Certified USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-04-03
    In Sacramento, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports the new 28,100 square-foot Central Health Services building at California State Prison has earned US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification Gold certification for its energy-saving and environmental conservation features that will reduce energy costs by 46 pct. The medical clinic's sustainability features include: clerestory windows for maximum natural light and lower lighting costs; efficient water fixtures that cut indoor water use by 27 pct; recycling or reusing 94 pct of construction waste; low emission adhesives and paints; increased ventilation and high-efficiency filters and fans; and upgrading all systems beyond building code standard for maximum efficiency.

    The health facility is the 61st CDCR-owned facility to be LEED-certified and the 10th to be certified at the Gold level. In 2008, CDCR adopted an environmental sustainability program to reduce emissions and its carbon footprint, to conserve water and to generate energy from renewable sources. (Source: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PR, corrections.com, 2 April, 2019) Contact: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, www.cdcr.ca.gov; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    MHI Vestas Turbine Supplier for Floating Offshore Wind Park (Int'l)
    MHI Vestas
    Date: 2019-04-03
    MHI Vestas reports it will supply 5 units of its V164-9.5 MW wind turbine to the 50 MW Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Park just south of Aberdeen Bay in Scotland. The five 9.5 MW turbines will join an existing single Vestas V80-2.0 MW turbine which came on line in Nov., 2018. The 5 additional turbines are being installed on Windfloat semi-submersible foundations moored in water depths of 60 to 80 meters. MHI Vestas expects the turbines to be installed in the Spring of 2020.

    The wind park is being developed by the Madrid-headquartered developer and construction company Cobra Group, part of the ACS Group. (Source: MHI Vestas, CleanTechnica, 2 April, 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Cobra Group, +34 914 56 95 00, www.grupocobra.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Vitro Glass's Fresno Plant Wins DOE ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY Star
    Date: 2019-04-02
    Cheswick, Pennsylvania-based Vitro Architectural Glass reports its Fresno, California facility is the first float glass manufacturing plant in the U.S. to earn the U.S.EPA ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency.

    The Fresno plant, which operates one of eight oxygen-fuel-powered (oxy-fuel) glass furnaces in the world, earned the certification by registering an energy performance score ranked in the 75th percentile or higher among other float glass manufacturing plants in the U.S. According to the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI), the benchmarking tool established by ENERGY STAR, the Fresno plant scored in the 100th percentile among its peers.

    Using a proprietary process developed and licensed by Vitro Glass and its legacy companies, the Fresno plant uses high-purity oxygen instead of air to combust raw materials such as sand and silica. This technology not only enables the plant to use less energy, it also dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional air-fired glass furnaces, according to Vitro Glass. (Source: Vitro Architectural Glass, Window & Door, 1 April., 2019) Contact: Vitro Architectural Glass, (412) 820.8500, www.vitroglazings.com/en-US/Glass.aspx; Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Vestas Wins 206 MW Quadran Brasil Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
    Quadran Brasil
    Date: 2019-04-01
    French multinational green power producer Quadran International reports its subsidiary Quadran Brasil, placed an order with Vestas for the supply and installation of 49 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines for its 206 MW Serrote wind park in the state of Ceara, Brasil.

    Turbine delivery is expected in 2020 for commissioning in 2021. The Brazilian utility CEMIG has inked a PPA for the wind farm's output. (Source: Vestas Wind Systems A/S , PR, 30 Mar., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Andres Domínguez, +34 649294007 ANDMS@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Quadran Brasil Armando Abreu, CEO, +55 85 3261-2017, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/quadranbrasil; Quadran International, contact@quadran.fr, www.quadran.fr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  


    Renewables Infrastructure Snares French Wind Farm for €30Mn (M&A)
    Renewables Infrastructure,Envision Energy
    Date: 2019-04-01
    In the UK, Isle of Guernsey-based Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd is reporting the €30 million acquisition of the 40-MW Tille et Venelle wind farm which is under construction in Burgundy, France. The purchase includes construction costs and net of project level debt financing.

    The wind farm, which expected to come online in Q1, 2020, will incorporate 16, Chinese built Envision Energy EN-131 turbines with a capacity of 2.5 megawatts each. (Source: Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd., Morningstar, 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: Renewable Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com; Envision Energy, www.envision-group.com/en/windturbines.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewables Infrastructure,  Wind,  Envision Energy,  Envision Wind Turbine ,  


    Xcel Energy Retiring Coal Plants by the Dozen (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Following up on our March 11 coverage, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy, a $30 billion utility reports it has shuttered a quarter of its coal power plants and will soon shut down another 25 pct of its coal fired power capacity as part of it plan to deliver zero-carbon electricity to its 3.6 million customers by 2050, making it the first large American power company to commit to that goal. goal.

    Xcel has already cut its emissions by 38 pct from 2005 levels and aims to further cut emission to 80 pct by 2030. To that end, Xcel is rapidly moving away from coal which in 2013 supplied 46 pct of the utility's power and expanding its renewable energy portfolio, which is expected to make up more than half its power by 2024. The company plans to build 12 new wind farms across seven states. Xcel aims to retire 23 coal units -- about half its capacity -- between 2005 and 2027. (Source: Xcel, WRAL, 29 Mar., 2019)Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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    EnBW Seeking Valeco Renewables Developer Acquisition (Int'l, M&A)
    EnBW,Valeco Group
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered developer-utility major Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) reports it has been selected as an exclusive bidder for Montpellier, France-based energy developer Valeco Group. Valeco's portfolio includes 276 MW of wind, 56 MW of solar capacity and a 1.7 GW pipeline of projects. (Source: EnBW, Various Media, 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: Valeco Group, +33 4 67 40 74 00, www.groupevaleco.com; EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG , Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com

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    EuroStat Notes EU's Renewable Energy Propects, Progress (Int'l)
    EU
    Date: 2019-04-01
    According to data from the European Union statistics service Eurostat, the 28-member trading bloc sourced 17.5 pct of its energy from renewables in 2017, keeping it on track for a target of 20 pct by 2020.

    Each member state has its own individual renewable energy goal ranging from 10 to 49 pct based on its situation and potential. While 11 countries in the bloc have already surpassed their targets, others are lagging behind, according to Eurostat.

    With the target for 2030 at 32 pct, Eurostat notes, "While the EU as a whole is on course to meet its 2020 targets, some member states will need to make additional efforts to meet their obligations."

    Specifically, the EU's renewable energy leaders are Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland and Denmark with more than half of the total energy consumed coming from renewables -- primarily hydropower, wind and biofuels.

    Luxembourg and the Netherlands are the EU countries with the lowest consumption of renewables, at 6.4 pct and 6.6 pct respectively. Despite its investment in offshore wind farms, the Netherlands is the furthest from reaching its targets.

    In 2017 France reached 16.3 pct of energy consumption from renewables, compared to its 23 pct target for 2020. Woody biomass and hydropower are the main sources of green energy in France which sources 70 pct of its electricity from nuclear. Even so, France has committed to closing 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 and shutting down four still-active coal power plants by 2022.

    Germany's renewable energy, which comes mainly from wind and solar power, reached just 15.5 pct in 2017, while its 2020 objective is set at 18 pct. Coal still accounts for 37 pct of Germany's electric power production and more than 30 pct of its heating. (Source: EuroStat, France 24, Mar., 2019) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

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    Vestas Claims Bearkat II 143 MW Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
    Vestas,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Vesta reports receipt of an order for 143 MW of V126-3.45 MW turbines for Copenhagen-headquartered Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) Bearkat II Wind project in Texas. Bearkat II is the second phase of the Bearkat project, following the successful 2017 commissioning of the Bearkat I project, which also featured V126-3.45 MW turbines.

    The order includes turbine supply and commissioning and a 30-year service agreement, which also includes balance of plant operations and maintenance. Deliveries are expected to begin in Q3 this year while commissioning is planned for fourth quarter of 2019. (Source: Vestas, reve, Others, 30 Mar., 2019) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; Vestas, Andres Domínguez, +34 649294007 ANDMS@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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    "The Donald" Talks Wind -- Notable Quotes
    Trump
    Date: 2019-03-29
    "You look at the fact that we would have been powered by wind which wouldn't have worked by the way because it only blows sometimes and lots of problems come about."

    "You can blow up a pipeline, you can blow up the windmills. You know, the windmills, [makes a shooting gun noise] That's the end of that one. If the birds don't kill it first. The birds could kill it first. They (windmills) kill so many birds. You look underneath some of those windmills, it's like a killing field, the birds. But uh, you know, that's what they were going to, they were going to windmills. And you know, don't worry about wind, when the wind doesn't blow, I said, 'What happens when the wind doesn't blow?’ Well, then we have a problem." -- U.S Pres. Donald Trump. (Source: Factbase, Factcheck.org)

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    Enel Green Power NA Acquires Tradewind Energy (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Enel Green Power North America,Tradewind Energy,Wind
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Italy's Enel S.p.a, through its U.S. renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America is reporting the purchase of Lenexa, Kansas-based renewable developer Tradewind Energy, Inc. 13 GW of wind, solar, and storage projects located throughout the U.S.

    Following the acquisition, Enel agreed to the sale of Savion, LLC, a 100 pct subsidiary of Tradewind that includes a development platform including 6 GW of solar and storage projects to Macquarie Group.( Source: Enel, Windpower, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Georgios Papadimitriou, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; Tradewind Energy Inc., Justin McGeeney, (913) 888-9463, www.tradewindenergy.com

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    Floating Wind Pilot Project Wins €4Mn Funding (Int'l, Funding)
    X1 Wind
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Barcelona-based X1 Wind reports it will lead a consortium of nine partners that will develop a floating wind projectb that has been granted €4 million by the EU Commission Horizon 2020 finance. The pilot will deploy a prototype of X1 Wind's PivotBuoy technology at a test site at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). The prototype is expected to be installed by 2020.

    The group aims to unlock cost competitive floating wind energy through the innovative structure, which it claims can reduce platform weight by as much as 80 pct and costs by 50 pct, according to the company. Ultimately, the consortium hopes to make floating wind more competitive and achieve prices of 50€/MWh in commercial scale wind farms. said: “In the last decade, a number of prototypes have successfully proven floating wind is technically feasible but costs need to be reduced by at least 50%. Technology disruption is required to achieve large-scale competitive floating offshore wind. “Together with a consortium of nine cutting edge research and development institutions and industry partners, we plan to demonstrate the advantages of our innovative PivotBuoy system.” (Source: X1 Wind, EnergyLive 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: X1 Wind, Alex Raventos, CEO, info@x1wind.com, www.x1wind.com

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    DOE Offering $28Mn for Wind Energy Research (Funding Report)
    US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $28.1 million in funding aimed at advancing wind energy nationwide across the land-based, offshore, and distributed wind sectors. Areas of interest under this funding opportunity include:
  • Using and Upgrading National-level Facilities for Offshore Wind R&D -- up to $7 million. Projects will conduct testing in support of innovative offshore wind research and development utilizing existing national-level testing facilities. A subtopic is included for projects that upgrade the capabilities of existing facilities to enable them to perform specific research activities.

  • Project Development for Offshore Wind Technology Demonstrations -- up to $10 million. This area of interest will fund supplemental project development activities to enable demonstration of innovative technologies and/or methodologies that reduce offshore wind energy risk and cost, at planned U.S. offshore wind plants that will be operational no later than 2025.

  • Tall Towers for U.S. Wind Power -- up to $5 million. Taller wind turbine towers can enable access to higher wind speeds, thereby increasing energy capture and reducing cost, but continued economies of scale are currently limited by transportation constraints. A project under this area of interest will validate manufacturing innovations and demonstrate cost-effective tall tower technology that can overcome the transportation constraints currently hindering U.S. wind turbine towers over 140 meters.

  • Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development (WIRED) -- up to $6.1 million. Projects will support rural electric utilities and communities through two subtopics:1. Development of distributed wind integrated with other distributed energy resource solutions 2. simplification of distributed energy project development through standardized solutions and technical assistance.

    Concept papers for this funding opportunity are due April 25 and full applications are due June 15. Details and application requirements can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIdb3bff091-3531-4356-b234-d079118ccce3.

    Additional information on the DOE's wind energy research can be found on the Wind Energy Technologies Office's website www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office. (Source: US DOE, Apr., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office,  


  • Wyoming Business Council Offers Energy Efficiency Grants (Funding)
    Wyoming Business Council
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Cheyenne, the Wyoming Business Council's State Energy Office reports the availability of competitive federal grant funding for Wyoming local governments, public schools and small businesses seeking to improve their buildings energy efficiency while reducing utility costs. The grant funding will be split between the following programs:
  • Comprehensive Retrofit Grant -- Available to towns, cities and counties for improvements and retrofits like installing insulation; adding weather sealing; purchase of Energy Star or solar powered appliances; upgrades of showers and faucets; or replacement of boilers, hot water heaters, HVAC systems, windows and doors.

  • Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) -- Available to towns, cities and counties to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.

  • Public School Energy Improvement Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) -- Available to K-12 public schools to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.

  • Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant -- Small businesses, nonprofits and local governments are all encouraged to apply to the Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant Program. The program funds up to 75 pct of the cost of an energy audit and some energy efficiency improvements. Grants are not to exceed $5,000 to entities pursuing an energy audit and retrofits that were identified in the audit.

    Additional information and grant applications HERE. or email (Source: Wyoming Business Council, Jackson Hole Radio, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Wyoming Business Council, Sherry Hughes, sherry.hughes@wyo.gov, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Chief Strategy Officer, (307) 777-6319, www.wyomingbusiness.org

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