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Nordex Touts New 5MW Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
Nordex
Date: 2019-03-27
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex SE is reporting the launch of a new 5MW turbine, the third model in its Delta4000 platform.

The N149/5.X can achieve a power output of 5.5MW while operating at a low sound power level, or in higher power modes where sound restrictions are not in place. The new turbine incorporates the same rotor blade, doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) and exterior nacelle dimensions as in the N149/4.0-4.5, the first model announced in the Delta4000 platform, according to Nordex. (Source: Nordex, Windpower Monthly, Mar., 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 Turbine,  


EDF to Develop 500MW Chinese Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
EDF Group,China Energy Investment Corporation
Date: 2019-03-27
French energy giant EDF Group and Chinese utility China Energy Investment Corporation (CEI) are reporting an agreement under which EDF will develop two offshore wind projects totaling 500MW -- Dongtai 4 and 5 -- off the coast of Jiangsu province. The projects are expected to be commissioned in phases by 2021 and will be the EDF's first offshore projects in China.

EDF Group subsidiary EDF Renouvelables has 5.3GW of offshore wind either in operation or in development, and maintains 500MW of this capacity, according to EDF. (Source: EDF Group. Various Media, renews.com, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: EDF Group, Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO, www.edf.fr; China Energy Investment Corporation, www.ceic.com/gjnyjtwwEn/index.shtml

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


LEEDCo's Offshore Wind Passes Army Engineers Muster (Ind Report)
LEEDCo
Date: 2019-03-27
In Cleveland, LEEDCo's long delayed 6-turbine, 21-MW Icebreaker Wind Inc. offshore wind energy project proposed for Lake Erie reports it has received the US Army Corps of Engineers approval for construction. The Army Corps of Engineers administers and enforces provisions of the Rivers and Harbors Act and the Clean Water Act.

The $126 million Icebreaker project previously received approvals and permits from over a dozen local, state and federal agencies that have responsibility for environmental protection, but still requires the go-ahead from the US state of Ohio. If approved, construction could start in 2021, according to LEEDCo. (Source: LEEDCo. WCBE FM,, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEEDCo,  Offshore Wind,  


2018 Global Carbon Emissions Hit Record High, says IEA (Int'l)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2019-03-27
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 2018's extreme weather, increasing demand for energy and increased coal consumption combined to push global carbon emissions to a record high. Carbon emissions jumped 1.7 pct in 2018 to a record 33.1 billion tonnes, with coal making up one third of the total increase, despite energy generation from wind and solar farms growing at a double-digit pace. Most of the electricity generated by coal came from new power plants in Asia, according to the IEA's Global Energy and C02 Status Report.

Coal use rose 0.7 pct in 2018 with higher demand for coal coming from Asian countries, including China and India. The pace of growth slowed down from the 4.5 per cent rise in coal use in 2017, although it still remains the largest source of electricity. Coal use accounted for 10 billion tonnes of carbon emissions in 2018, with China, India and the US accounting for 85 pct of the net increase in emissions. The 560-million-tonne increase in carbon emissions in 2018 was equivalent to total emissions from international aviation.

In 2018, US GHG emissions increased by 3.1 pct, China's emissions climbed 2.5 pct and India's carbon emissions increased by 4.5 pct. The IEA notes that 2018's global energy consumption increased by 2.3 pct with fossil fuels accounting for 70 pct of the increase. (Source: IEA, Mar., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  International Energy Agency,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Universal mCloud, Britwind Offer Wind Turbines Upgrades (Int'l)
mCloud Corp,Ecotricity
Date: 2019-03-27
Vancouver-headquartered Universal mCloud Corp. a provider of asset management solutions combining IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, reports the inking of a wind turbine upgrade MoU with Ecotricity affiliate Britwind Ltd.

Britwind is a full-service company in the small and medium-size wind segment with proven excellence in wind energy production, operations, and maintenance. In collaboration with Britwind partner Norwin Energy, Britwind has designed an upgrade to a fleet of over 1,000 Endurance E-series turbines, for which Ecotricity acquired IP rights in 2017 and addresses structural risks present in the installed fleet.

Under their agreement, mCloud and Britwind will offer Britwind customers a subscription-based end-to-end turbine upgrade solution that includes mCloud's AI and analytics to enhance the operation of their wind turbines. (Source: Universal-mCloud Corp, PR, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Universal-mCloud, www.mcloudcorp.com; Britwind, +44 (0) 1453 790 210, www.britwind.co.uk; Ecotricity, Dale Vance, Founder, +44 (0) 145 375 6111, www.ecotricity.co.uk /visitor.php?keyword=mCloud Corp" target=_blank>mCloud Corp,  Wind,  Britwind,  Wind Turbine,  Ecotricity,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News mCloud Corp,  Wind,  Britwind,  Wind Turbine,  Ecotricity,  


Cybersecurity Institute Scores $70Mn for Energy Efficient Manufacturing (Funding)
Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Date: 2019-03-27
The U.S. DOE reports the availability of as much as $70 million for the Los Angeles-based Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute to develop technologies that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, innovation and energy efficiency. The Institute will focus on early-stage research for advancing cybersecurity in energy efficient manufacturing.

According to a report from the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the manufacturing and industrial sector consumes about 25 pct of the Nation's energy. DOE estimates that the adoption of automated controls and sensors provide the potential for up to 15 pct improved energy efficiency in manufacturing,

Cybersecurity threats in the energy sector negatively impact the manufacturing and deployment of energy technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines. Integration across the supply chain network and an increased use of automation applied in energy efficient manufacturing processes can make industrial infrastructures vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

While the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office will fund the Institute, it will be co-managed by DOE's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. (Source: US DOE, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, www.energy.gov/eere/amo/advanced-manufacturing-office; Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, John Dyck, CEO, (888) 720-8096, info@cesmii.org, www.cesmii.org


Panasonic Belgium, Japan Plants Reach Zero Carbon Status (Int'l)
Panasonic
Date: 2019-03-25
Panasonic Group reported last week that two of its factories -- Panasonic Energy Belgium (PECBE) and Panasonic Eco Technology Center (PETEC) in Japan, simultaneously reached zero-carbon production status in February, 2019. The company is aiming for carbon-neutrality across all of its of its production facities worldwide by 2050.

Carbon emissions reductions at the two plants were achieved by installing onsite wind turbines, switching to 100 pct procured renewable energy, using carbon offsets that comply with Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) and switching its boilers to energy-saving models. (Source: Panasonic, edie.met, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: Panasonic Energy Belgium, +32 13 61 05 11, www.panasonic-batteries.com/en/about-panasonic-energy-belgium

More Low-Carbon Energy News Panasonic,  Zero-Carbon,  


Innergex Unloading Icelandic Energy Firm HS Orka for $305Mn (M&A)
Innergex,Macquarie Infrastructure
Date: 2019-03-25
Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports it will sell its wholly-owned Magma Energy Sweden A.B. subsidiary which holds a 53.9 pct equity stake in HS Orka, to a Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets managed European infrastructure fund, for $304.8 million subject to customary closing adjustments

.HS Orka holds two operating geothermal facilities (Reykjjanes and Svartsengi) totaling 174 MW, the 10 MW Bruarvirkjun run-of-river hydro project which is under construction, a number of prospective renewable power projects, as well as a 30 pct equity interest in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and Resort in Iceland. The fully funded transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.

Net proceeds from the sale will be used to reimburse the $228 million one-year credit facility contracted in October 2018 at the time of the acquisition of the remaining interest in the Cartier wind farms and operating entities, to deleverage corporate facilities and for general corporate purposes. (Source: Innergex, PR. 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: Innergex, (450) 926-2550, www.innergex.com, info@innergex.com; Macquarie Infrastructure, www.macquarie.com/mgl/com/mic-inc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Hydro,  Run-of-River,  Innergex,  Macquarie Infrastructure,  


ABP Strikes UK Wind Energy Supply Dear (Int'l Report)
ABP Food Group
Date: 2019-03-25
In Ireland, ABP Food Group reports has inked an agreement with London-based Natural Capital Partners to power all of ABP's Irish sites with 100 pct wind energy souced from from nearby windfarms.

The agreement will enable ABP to reach its carbon-reduction goals two years ahead of schedule. ABP will have recorded carbon emissions reductions of around 350,000 tonnes across its operations against a 2008 baseline. (Source: ABP Food Group, edie.,et, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: ABP Food Group, +353 1 685 0200, www.abpfoodgroup.com; Natural Capital Partners, +44 (0)20 7833 6000, solutions@naturalcapitalpartners.com, www.naturalcapitalpartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Climate Change,  


Badger State Gov. Proposes Carbon-Free Energy by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz
Date: 2019-03-25
In Minnesota, the office of Gov. Tim Walz (D) is reporting a series of low-carbon, clean energy proposals under which the state would source all of its electric power from carbon-free sources by 2050.The governor claims his proposal differs from other state's proposals in that it calls for partnering with utilities that have set goals for reducing their carbon emissions to zero. Under the governor's plan, each utility would have the flexibility to choose how and at what pace it meets the carbon-free power generation standard.

The proposal is intended to build on the success of Minnesota's 2007 Next Generation Energy Act requiring Minnesota utilities to source a minimum 25 pct of their electricity from renewables by 2025. The state largely achieved that goal in 2017 thanks to the growth of wind and solar power.

Even so, the Gopher State still draws the majority of it electricity from coal-fired plants, many of which are being retired and replaced with wind, solar and natural gas which produces less carbon dioxide. (Source: Office of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, infosurhoy, 22 Mar., 2019)Contact: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, https://mn.gov/governor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


New Mexico Gov. Inks Energy Transition Act (Reg & Leg)
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Date: 2019-03-25
Last Friday in Albuquerque, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on Friday inked what is being called "landmark legislation" that will mandate more solar panels and wind turbines to meet the state's new renewable energy goals.

The measure requires investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives to source at least half of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030, jumping to 80 percent by 2040, rising tp 100 pct carbon-free energy by 2045. Electric co-ops would get a small break and have until 2050 to meet the 100 pct renewables goal.

According to New Mexico State energy secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst, the initiative is among the world's highest renewable energy quotas.(Source: Las Cruces Sun News AP, 23 Mar., 2019) Contact: Office of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, www.governor.state.nm.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  New Mexico Renewable Energy,  


SaltX Salt Energy Storage Pilot Tests in Berlin (Int'l Report)
SaltX Technology
Date: 2019-03-22
Following up on our November 2, 2017 coverage, Hagersten, Sweden-headquartered SaltX Technology reports its large-scale salt energy storage pilot at Vattenfall's Reuter C facility in Berlin is now underway.

The project is based on SaltX's patented "EnerStore" large-scale energy storage technology that stores surplus solar and wind generated electricity as heat in dried salt. With SaltX's nano-coated salt technology, salt can be charged and discharged thousands of times without losing any of its characteristics. (Source: SaltX Technology, Industry Europe, 20 Mar., 2019) Contact: SaltX Technology Harald Bauer, CEO, +46 (0)708 108 034, harald.bauer@saltxtechnology.com, www.saltxtechnology.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SaltX Technology,  Energy Storage,  


RWE AG Touts Major Renewables Expansion (Int'l Report)
RWE Renewables
Date: 2019-03-22
German energy giant RWE Renewables reports it plans to invest around €1.5 billion every year to add as much 3GW per year of new installed capacity worldwide to bring its portfolio up to 9GW capacity.

The additions would make RWE the world's third-largest renewables company and the second-biggest player in offshore wind energy. The company's efforts will be concentrated on onshore and offshore wind as well as on photovoltaics and energy storage (Source: RWE Renewables, RENews, Others, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: RWE AG, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Renewable Energy,  


Nordex Efficient New Turbine Production Underway (Int'l Report)
Nordex
Date: 2019-03-22
Hamburg-headquartered German wind turbine giant Nordex Group reports it has begun production in Rostock, Germany, of the latest model in the Delta4000 range -- the N149/4.0-4.5 wind turbine. The N149/4.0-4.5 yields up to 28 pct more energy compared to the N131/3600 turbine, making it the company's highest yielding onshore turbine for low- to medium-wind regions. The Delta4000 series also includes the N133/4.8, which is suitable for strong-wind sites, according to the company website.

"The first N149/4.0-4.5 turbines being manufactured in Europe in continuous flow production are now leaving the production line in , for orders already in excess of 700 MW," the company said in a press release.

To date, Nordex has installed more than 25 gigawatts of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets. (Source: Nordex Group, PR, AA, 19 Mar., 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Patxi Landa, CSO +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, www.nordex-online.com

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


€31Mn Irish Sea Floating Wind Turbine Trial Announced (Int'l)
European Marine Energy Centre
Date: 2019-03-22
In Scotland, the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) reports it will lead the €31 million AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) project to test a full-scale floating wind turbine installed at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) facility off the west coast of Ireland. AMETS is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The floating turbine to be tested was developed by Italian energy firm Saipem and is expected to begin operating by 2022.

The four-year project is being funded by the European Commission's Interreg North West Europe programme to boost innovation in North-West Europe. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, The Engineer, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020, www.emec.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Marine Energy Centre ,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Alpine Tundra CO2 Emissions Exacerbate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
University of Colorado
Date: 2019-03-22
According to recently released research from University of Colorado Boulder, alpine tundra in Colorado's Front Range emits more CO2 than it captures annually, potentially creating a feedback loop that could increase climate warming and lead to even more CO2 emissions in the future. The report notes a similar phenomenon exists in the Arctic, where research in recent decades has shown that melting permafrost is unearthing long-frozen tundra soil and releasing CO2 reserves that had been buried for centuries.

The study showed that barren, wind-scoured tundra landscapes above 11,000 feet emitted more CO2 than they captured each year, and that a fraction of that CO2 was relatively old during the winter, the first such finding of its kind in temperate latitudes.

The report also notes that while the alpine tundra's net CO2 contributions are small compared to a forest's sequestration capability, the newly-documented effect may act as something of a counterweight, hampering atmospheric CO2 reductions from mountain ecosystems in general. (Source: University of Colorado at Boulder , PHYS.ORG, Mar., 21, 2019) Contact: University of Colorado at Boulder, John Knowles, Department of Geography, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), (303)492-2631, (303) 492-7501-fax, john.knowles@colorado.edu, www.colorado.edu/geography

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Airstream Opts for 100 pct Renewable Energy Credits (Ind. Report)
Airstream
Date: 2019-03-22
Jackson Center, Ohio-headquartered travel trailer manufacturer and icon Airstream Inc. reports its corporate office and manufacturing center in is now 100 pct powered by renewable energy credits (RECs). In addition, Airstream's new 750,000-square-foot facility that is opening in the next 12 months will also carry the same commitment. Airstream is subsidiary of Elkhart, Ind.-based RV manufacturer Thor Industries.

Airstream is participating in Jackson Center Municipal Power's "EcoSmart Choice" program that allows participants to purchase RECs from wind, hydroelectric or landfill gas projects offered through American Municipal Power Inc. By using RECs to power its facilities in 2018, the company was able to offset 4,220 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the company said. (Source: Airstream, NA WindPower, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Jackson Center Municipal Power, (937) 596-6314, www.jacksoncenter.com/departments/electric-department; Airstream, Bob Wheeler, CEO, (877) 596-6111, www.airstream.com/company

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airstream,  Renewable Energy Credits,  CERs ,  


Highview Power, TSK JV on Cryogenic Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Highview Power, TSK
Date: 2019-03-20
London, UK-headquartered long-duration energy storage specialist Highview Power and Spain's TSK, a global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, are reporting a JV agreement to co-develop gigawatt-hour scale, long-duration energy storage systems using Highview Power's proprietary cryogenic energy storage solution.

The new joint-venture company, named Highview TSK, will develop multiple projects in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa. An initial number of projects have been identified for several GWh of clean energy storage to be developed from 2019 through 2022.

TSK has constructed over 20 GW of generation projects across 35 countries in both fossil fuel fired energy generation and renewable projects such as solar, wind, and biomass, including more than 10 energy storage projects.

Highview Power's proprietary technology uses liquid air as the storage medium and can deliver anywhere from 20 MW/80 MWh to more than 200 MW/1.2 GWh of energy has a lifespan of 30 to 40 years. (Source:: Highview Power, PR BusinessWire, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, www.highviewpower.com; Grupo TSK, +1 512 215 4452, www.grupotsk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power,  TSK,  Energy Storage,  


Study Finds Wind Turbines Preferable Neighbors (Ind. Report)
University of Delaware
Date: 2019-03-20
A new University of Delaware (UD) study examined the attitudes of people who live in close proximity to wind power projects to see if they prefer those projects to energy alternatives, such as a central power plant -- fueled by either coal, natural gas or uranium -- or a commercial scale solar installation.

The study, which used a publicly-available Lawrence Berkeley National Lab study dataset assess the opinions of individuals who live within 8 kilometers of a wind turbine to gain insight into their energy preferences, found respondents strongly preferred their local wind power project to any of the alternatives being located at a similar distance, regardless of the political, geographic or economic characteristics of the state in which those respondents lived. Overall, the study showed that approximately 90 pct of respondents prefer their local wind project to a central power plant sited at a similar distance regardless of fuel. Furthermore, of the approximate two-thirds who have a preference, the local wind power project was preferred over a commercial-scale solar installation by approximately three to one. The results of the study were published Monday, March 18 in the journal Nature Energy. (Source: University of Delaware, Nature Energy, Tech Xplore, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: University of Delaware, (302) 831-2792, www.udel.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


Dairyland Power, Badger State Solar Ink 149 MW PPA (Ind. Report)
Dairyland Power Cooperative,Ranger Power
Date: 2019-03-20
In the Badger State, La Crosse-based electric utility Dairyland Power Cooperative is reporting it will purchase all the energy produced at the proposed Badger State Solar Project in Jefferson County. The solar farm, developed by Brooklyn, New York-based Ranger Power, would generate 149 MW of electricity - sufficient power for roughly 20,000 homes each year.

Although the project is awaiting regulatory approvals, a 2020 construction start date and 2022 operation startup date are planned.

Dairyland's solar portfolio, which currently consists of 18 solar sites that provide 25 MW total, by almost seven-fold. Dairyland has about 1,350 MW of owned and contracted capacity from coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, solar, and landfill gas.

According to Dairyland's 2017 annual report, 69 pct of its energy came from fossil fuels, while renewables made up 22 pct of their energy portfolio. The report notes that in 2027 23 pct of it power would come from wind, solar and other renewables. (Source: Dairyland Power, laCrosse Tribune, 18, Mar., 2019) Contact: Dairyland Power, Barbara Nick, Pres., CEO, (608) 788-4000, www.dairylandpower.com; Ranger Power, info@rangerpower.com, www.rangerpower.com; Badger State Solar, www.rangerpower.com/badger-state-solar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Badger State Solar ,  Dairyland Power,  Solar,  Ranger Power,  


Vattenfall Snares Amsterdam Energy Software Specialist (M&A, Int'l)
Vattenfall, Senfal
Date: 2019-03-20
Wind energy giant Vattenfall is reporting acquisition of Amsterdam-based energy software specialist Senfal, a developer of an intelligent trading platform that can increase returns from renewable energy generation plants.

Senfals software enables wind farm operators to optimize their assets through autonomous buying and selling on short term energy markets. The software can be used with solar and energy storage facilities, as well as wind, to "unlock value from flexibility", according to Senfal. Through its services, Senfal is able to substantially reduce the energy bill for large industrials as well as increase power trading profits for wind and solar farms and battery owners. (Source: Vattenfall, RE Biz News, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Senfal, +31 (0) 85 303 7414, info@senfal.com, www.senfal.com/en; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Renewable Energy Software,  


Senvion Installs France's Tallest Wind Turbine (Int'l Report)
Senvion,BayWa
Date: 2019-03-20
Hamburg-based German on and offshore wind turbine manufacturer Senvion is reporting the installation of the tallest wind turbine in France for BayWa r.e. GmbH.

With a tip height of 200 meters, the Senvion 3.0M122 wind turbines are currently being installed in the 18 MW Les Landes wind farm in the French department of Haute Vienne. (Source: Senvion, PR, Mar, 2019) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa,  Senvion,  Wind Turbine,  


Delaware U. Hosts First Offshore Wind Training Program (Ind. Report)
University of Delaware
Date: 2019-03-18
Following up on our February 8th coverage, the University of Delaware in Newark is reporting completion of the first session of its recently launched Offshore Wind Skills Academy under the direction of Prof. Willett Kempton of UD's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. According to Kempton, "What we're doing is more like training for managers, planners, executives. So it"s a broader view of the entire industry."

Currently only the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island is operational in the U.S. but other projects, including Seepwater Wind's, 120-MW Skipjack Wind Farm off the coast of Fenwick Island, Delaware, is expected to come online in 2022.

The University of Delaware Offshore Wind Skills Academy will be held roughly every six month and will cover a variety of relevant topics. (Source: University of Delaware, Mar., 2019) Contact: University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, Willett Kempton, John Madsen, (302) 831-2792, www.udel.edu/faculty-staff/experts/willett-kempton, www.udel.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Deepwater Wind,  University of Delaware ,  Offshore Wind,  


Enel Acquires 650 MW of US Renewable Enenergy Assets (M&A)
Enel SpA,Enel Green Power North America,GE Capital
Date: 2019-03-18
Italian utility Enel SpA is reporting its Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) unit is acquiring 650 MW of US renewable energy assets from GE Capital's Energy Financial Services for $256 million (&euro226. million), for an enterprise value equal to around $900 million. The acquisition includes geothermal, wind and solar power facilities in Kansas, Utah, North Dakota, Vermont and Nevada. (Source: Enel SpA, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; GE Capital, www.gecapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel SpA,  Enel Green Power North America,  GE Capital,  


Oxford PV Raises £31Mn for Solar Cell Commercialization (Int'l)
Oxford PV
Date: 2019-03-18
UK perovskite solar firm Oxford PV reports it has raised £31 million ($41 million) following the first close of its Series D funding round. The new funds are earmarked for advancing the company's perovskite based solar cell technology into the commercial phase.

Investors included Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Tech Co Ltd., Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor ASA and the venture capital arm of Legal & General Group Plc. The company has raised mare than £76 million over the last five years, including €15 million ($17 million) in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB). (Source: Oxford PV, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oxford PV, +44 1865 951 500, info@oxfordpv.com, www.oxfordpv.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oxford PV,  Solar,  EIB,  perovskite solar cell,  


Scottish Power Plans £6Bn Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l)
ScottishPower
Date: 2019-03-18
In the UK, gas and electric power supplier ScottishPower reports it will "actively pursue” future offshore wind projects in England and invest £6 billion in the countries offshore wind supply chain.

Scottish Power;s initiative is part of a wider UK Offshore Wind Sector Deal that will see as much as £250 million investment in "building a stronger UK supply chain." The deal will drive the transformation of offshore wind generation, making it an integral part of a low-cost, low-carbon, flexible grid system and boost the productivity and competitiveness of the UK supply chain.

Presently, ScottishPower is constructing a £2.5 billion offshore windfarm in the east of England, seeking approval for a second to begin construction in 2024 and a third in 2025. (Source: Scottish Power, Supply Chain, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News ScottishPower,  Offshore Wind,  


"Every Company Should Pay a Fee to Invest in Clean Energy" - Sir Richard Branson (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Richard Bransom,Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-18
"I believe there is an extremely simple way to whip climate change and I plan to set it out below.

"Many people working on this subject believe the world needs a carbon tax on dirty fuels -- coal and oil -- to solve the problem. However, the problem with a carbon tax is that it has so far been impossible to impose without governments falling. The Australian government tried to bring one in and they were kicked out -- the new government cancelled it. In November 2018, the state of Washington voted against a carbon tax for the second time in two years.

"Carbon taxes are of course well-intentioned. But others are skeptical that they will raise enough resources to tackle the problem, or if the money will actually even be spent on the issue. So aside from being unpopular with the companies, carbon taxes are also often unpopular with the public and unpopular with governments. There are really no winners -- except ultimately the globe and the environment.

"So I would like to propose the following: a Clean Energy Dividend. Every company in the world should accept a Clean Energy Dividend to be imposed on the fossil fuel they use and the carbon emissions they cause. The dividend could be the equivalent percentage that a carbon tax would have been, and based on cutting pollution at the rate the climate science shows is necessary. However, unlike a carbon tax, that money wouldn't disappear into government coffers, but would be used specifically to be invested in generating clean energy through wind farms and solar panels, as well as the development of more low carbon fuels and other breakthrough technologies. The companies, through those investments, can get that money back, plus dividends (it would be wise to have some independent governance to make absolutely certain that all companies comply with this remit.)

"The good news about this approach is that:

  • Clean energy will have literally billions poured into it over the next few years - enough money to switch the world from dirty to clean energy. This is important because what climate change initiatives are still lacking at the moment is major investment;
  • Companies investing this money should be happy because the investments they make should be secure ones;
  • Millions of new jobs will be created through a climate change revolution;
  • The public should be happy because although some fuel prices might increase in the short-term, the competition from clean fuel will rapidly drive prices of both dirty and clean fuel down very quickly and they will stay down forever:
  • Governments should be happy because the lower fuel prices will result in a great boost to the economy. Lower fuel prices are politically attractive and politicians will also be able to say that by implementing this, they have made a major move towards getting on top of climate change.

    "This is a win-win all-round. It's a win for companies, a win for the people who work in them, a win for the public, a win for creating new jobs, win for governments, and most importantly of all a win for our beautiful globe. Today I am just throwing this open to debate and would love feedback. We will work hard with The B Team, The Elders, The Rocky Mountain Institute and others to get something along these lines implemented as soon as possible." (Source: The Virgin Foundation, Mar., 2019) Contact: The Virgin Foundation, Sir Richard Branson, www.virgin.com

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  • London Homes Among the UK's Most Energy Efficient (Int'l Report)
    Energy Performance Certificates
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In the UK, a new report from door and window manufacturer Everest suggests that London homes are among the most energy efficient in the country. The report analyzed over 15 million Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to make its determination of the most, and the least energy efficient homes in England and Wales.

    In London and the other most energy efficient areas , annual energy bills averaged about £1,650 as opposed to the £3,228 average energy cost for homes nationwide.

    The report noted that the UK's housing stock is among the "oldest and coldest in Europe" and suggested the cost of heat leaking from properties is leading to a rise in fuel poverty. (Source: Everest, Various Media, Energy Live, Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance Certificates,  


    EDF Commissions 100-MW Minnesota Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    EDF Renewables,Southern Minnesota Municipal Power
    Date: 2019-03-15
    EDF Renewables North America reports the commissioning of its 39 Siemens Gamesa turbine, 100-MW Stoneray wind farm in Pipestone and Murray counties Minnesota. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for roughly 47,000 area homes.

    The facility will sell its output to Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) under a power-purchase agreement starting in 2020. (Source: EDF Renewables, Renewables, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com; Southern Minnesota Municipal Power, www.smmpa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind,  


    Power Tech Lists Top 10 Wind Capacity Countries (Ind Report)
    Wind
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Power-technology.com looks at the world's top 10 countries by installed wind capacity: China with installed capacity 221GW; US -- 96.4GW; Germany -- 59.3GW; India -- 35GW; Spain -- 23GW; United Kingdom -- 20.7GW; France -- 15.3GW; Brazil -- 14.5GW; Canada -- 12.8GW; and Italy -- 10.1GW. (Source: Power-technology.com, Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    GE 5.3MW Cyprus Wind Turbine Prototype Commissioned (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-03-15
    GE Renewable Energy reports the commissioning of its onshore 5.3MW Cypress wind turbine platform prototype in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. The Cypress wind turbine, which was first unveiled in September 2017, is the company's largest onshore wind turbine to date.

    Acording to GE, the new platform advances the technology of its 2MW and 3MW fleets while also using architecture and innovations from the 4.8-158 wind turbine, that was launched in 2017. The Cypress platform will be offered in different ratings and varying hub heights. The Cypress platform features a two-piece blade design which allows the blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths while improving logistics to provide more siting options. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Compelo, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy,www.ge.com/renewableenergy

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


    ODOE Offers Small-Scale Renewable Energy Project Funding (Funding)
    Oregon Department of Energy
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In Salem, the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) reports the availability of grant funding of up to $250,000 per system for small-scale renewable energy projects. projects that generate power from renewable sources. The deadline for applications is on April 22, 2019. The agency is accepting applications for its Renewable Energy Development Grant program through 22 April, 2019. A total of $2.75 million is available.

    Qualified systems must produce electrical energy from a renewable resource such as biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas, or wave, tidal, or ocean thermal energy. Grants are capped at $250,000 per system and may not exceed 35 pct of the project cost. Details are available on ODOE's website. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Think Geoenergy, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oregon Department of Energy, (503) 378-4040, askenergy@oregon.gov, www.oregon.gov/ENERGY

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oregon Department of Energy,  


    DOE Funds Wind Energy Environmental Research Projects (Funding)
    US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office reports the allocation of $6.2 million for nine early-stage research projects expected to reduce environmental compliance costs and environmental impacts of offshore and onshore wind energy. With cost sharing, the projects are expected to total $9.5 million.

    According to DOE, the projects will develop technology solutions to environmental siting and operational challenges to reduce project permitting time and costs, increase the certainty of project development outcomes and provide more deployment options at reduced costs. Three projects by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), American Wind Wildlife Institute of Washington and Stantec Consulting Services of Topsham will receive $2.3 million to further the advancement of smart curtailment strategies to minimize energy loss from curtailment and wind farm environmental impacts to bats. $1.4 million will be awarded to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of Golden, General Electric Renewable Energy of Greenville and the Iowa State University of Ame for projects dedicated to advancing the commercial readiness of bat deterrent technologies to minimize the need for curtailment.

    The remaining $2.5 million will be allocated to SMRU Consulting of Friday Harbor, Oregon State University of Corvallis and Western EcoSystems Technology of Cheyenne to develop and validate pre- and post-construction monitoring and mitigation solutions for the offshore wind environment to ease regulatory barriers to deployment. (Source: US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, offshoreWIND .biz, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, Phone: (202) 586-5348, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Wind,  EPRI,  


    CIP Investing in 162-MW Texas Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Copenhagen-headquartered Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP)reports it will invest $80 million in the Bearkat II wind park will be built in Glasscock County, Texas.

    The project, which is being developed by Dallas-based TriGlobal Energy, will incorporate 47 Vestas V126-3.45 MW turbines, will sell its output to the ERCOT power market. Vestas will service the facility over a period of 30 years. The wind park qualifies for 100 pct of Production Tax Credits and is expected to come online in December, 2019, according to the CIP release. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Renewables Now, 3wMar., 2019) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; Tri Global Energy, John B. Billingsley, CEO, 972.290.0825, inquiries@triglobalenergy.com, www.triglobalenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TriGlobal,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Wind,  


    Siemens Investing in Greenko's Poovani India Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l)
    Siemens Financial Services ,Greenko Group
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Siemens Financial Services (SFS) reports it has inked an agreement to invest an unspecified amount for a 46 pct stake in Indian renewable energy company Greenko Group's 114-turbine, 200 MW Poovani wind power project in Tamil Nadu, Southern India.

    The Poovani wind project is part of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) Wind Power Tranche II. The project is expected to generate sufficient energy for roughly 155,000 homes per year when fully online. (Source: Siemens Financial Services , Power Tech., 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Siemens Financial Services, https://new.siemens.com/global/en/products/financing.htm; Greenko Group, Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO, +91 40 40301000, info@greenkogroup.com, www.greenkogroup.com; Solar Energy Corporation of India, www.seci.co.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Financial Services ,  Greenko Group,  


    Fred.Olsen Confirms Taiwanese Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
    Fred Olsen Windcarrier
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Fred.Olsen Renewables reports it has secured a contract from Siemens Gamesa to deploy one of its purpose-built jack-up installation Windcarrier vessels to transport and install 8MW, Siemens Gamesa wind turbines at the Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwanese waters, starting in the Spring of 2020.

    The 640MW Yunlin Offshore wind farm is located about 6km off the southwest coast of Taiwan and will be powered by 80 of Siemens Gamesa's 8.0-167 direct drive turbines. Turbine installation will be split into two phases which will be carried out next year and 2021. (Source: Fred Olsen Mar., 2019) Contact: Fred.Olsen Renewables, Martin Degen, Commercial Manager, David Brunt, CEO, +44 20 7963 8904, http://fredolsenrenewables.co.uk

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


    Halo Energy Shrouded Turbine Production Underway (Ind. Report)
    Halo Energy
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In the Bay State, Wellesley-headquartered small-scale wind turbine manufacturer Halo Energy LLC reports it has begun manufacturing its HALO-6.0 shrouded wind turbines for deliveries next quarter to an unnamed Alaskan telecommunications company.

    The 6-kW turbine will have a 3.7-metre (12-ft) shroud diameter and will be installed directly on telecommunications towers. The unit, which is constructed from fiberglass and galvanized steel and is designed to potentially integrate with solar and battery storage facilities, can generate twice as much energy as similar-sized conventional, open-bladed wind turbines, according to the company.

    The company notes it is in discussions with hybrid energy providers in Australia, Canada, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. (Source: Halo Energy, Mar., 2019) Contact: Halo Energy LLC, Vincent Loccisano, CEO, www.halo.energy.com

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


    Saudi Arabia Moves to Mitigate Carbon Emissions (Int'l Report)
    Saudi Arabia, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) reports the development of its first nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord aiming to avoid up to 130 million tpy of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 2030. The country's power and water sectors together account for more than 40 pct of the kingdom's greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to KAPSARC, a continuation of current policies is expected to increase power sector emissions in 2030 by 70 pct over 2015 levels. Rationalising costs of fuel inputs is critical to driving large CO2 emissions reductions and providing a net economic benefit to the Saudi Arabian economy. In its calculations, KAPSARC evaluates alternative scenarios in terms of their practical implications on Saudi Arabia's CO2 emissions, electric power production, fuel consumption, investments and cost-effectiveness, as well as on the kingdom's oil exports and revenues. The suggested policy approaches include:

  • A portfolio standard that requires up to 50 GW of solar, wind and nuclear technology deployment;
  • A clean energy standard that simulates a set of national policies that reduce the carbon intensity of electricity and water production;
  • A partial fuel price reform, where fuel prices are gradually raised to about half of international price levels by 2030; and
  • A full fuel price reform where fuel prices are raised to international levels.

    Under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, solar energy would account for 25 pct of the emirate's energy supply requirements, nuclear 7 pct, clean coal 7 pct and natural gas 61 pct by 2030, with an extended goal to increase solar to 75 pct by 2050. (Source: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Middle East Technical Review, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Adam Sieminski, Pres., +966 11 225 1064, info@kapsarc.org, www.kapsarc.org

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


  • Statkraft Planning UK Solar, Wind, Storage "Virtual Power Plant" (Ind. Report, Int'l.)
    Statkraft
    Date: 2019-03-11
    Oslo-based Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS reports it is planning a 1 GW "virtual" power plant to integrate wind, solar, battery storage, and gas in the UK.

    The proposed project will monitor the operations of over 1GW worth of wind power, solar power, battery storage, and flexible gas engines and compare it with the constantly updating day ahead, on-the-Day, and cashout price forecasts to allow the real-time optimization of power trading in the British energy market. The company is also planning to double the capacity of the virtual power plant by the middle of the year.

    The project is intended to almost instantaneously match renewable power production with market demand by integrating batteries and engines into the virtual power plant and optimizing their operations to provide reliable flexibility. (Source: Statkraft, Renew Economy, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: Statkrft, Duncan Dale, VP UK, +47 24 06 70 00, www.statkraft.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Experimental Ducted Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    Ducted Turbines International
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In the Empire State, Potsdam-based Ducted Turbines International (DTI) is reporting plans to produce the first commercially-viable "ducted" wind turbine.

    DTI's wind turbine has a 3-meter-diameter rotor, comprising an aluminum hub and three CFRP composite blades, with a surrounding 3.7-meter-diameter GFRP duct -- shroud -- that increases airflow through the turbine blades. The duct was manufactu Empire Fiberglass Products Inc., and Vistex Composites fabricated the CFRP blades with partial grant funding from the National Science Foundation .

    When Small Wind Certification Council certified and fully commercialized, the DTI turbine is expected to sell for around $24,000, with two units generating sufficient to power the a average home. (Source: Ducted Turbines International, Composites Manufacturing, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ducted Turbines International, Paul Pavone, Business Dev., paul.pavone@ductedturbinesinternational.com, www.ductedturbinesinternational.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  


    Mass. College Launches Offshore Wind Training Program (Ind Report)
    Bristol Community College
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In the Bay State, Fall River-based Bristol Community College (11,000 +- enrollment) reports it has inked an agreement with JDR Cable Systems to create and launch a comprehensive offshore wind industry workforce training program at the school's New Bedford campus.

    With the support of industry stakeholders such as JDR, the school plans to develop the National Offshore Wind Institute to host workforce development initiatives and accelerate the development of a national offshore wind industry. Bristol will also develop training courses associated with the offshore termination and testing of array cables. The college will also deliver technical and safety-training courses specifically to JDR's technicians, and promote the offshore wind industry by coordinating with the state network of MassHire Career Centers to recruit, screen, assess and refer possible technicians and school candidates. (Source: Bristol Community College, PR, Mar, 2019) Contact: Bristol Community College, www.bristolcc.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


    Xcel Report Confirms Renewables, CO2 Reduction Plans (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In its just released Building a Carbon-Free Future report, Excel Energy outlines its plan to achieving its ambitious carbon reduction goal consistent with the Paris climate agreement and its plan to deliver 100 pct carbon-free electricity by 2050.

    In 2018, Xcel Energy cut carbon emissions by 3 pct and has reduced carbon emissions by 38 pct from 2005 levels by adding new wind and solar to its energy portfolio while retiring coal plants and transitioning with cleaner natural gas. Last year, Xcel Energy opened its new 600-megawatt Rush Creek wind farm in Colorado, the company's largest wind farm. Further, it will retire more coal plants or change those operations to reduce emissions and support strategic electrification of certain end uses, such as transportation, as well as invest in technologies to upgrade its grid. (Source: Xcel Energy, Daily Energy Insider, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    NextEra Energy Announces 250-MW Oklahoma Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In Oklahoma, NextEra Energy reports it plans to have the new 250-MW Skeleton Creek wind farm in Garfield and Alfalfa counties operational before the year end. by the end of the year. The 90, GE turbine wind farm will generate between $50 million and $60 million in property taxes and give about $60 million in landowner payments during the first 30 years of the project.

    NextEra Energy presently operates two wind projects in Garfield County -- 247.4 MW Armadillo Flats wind project and the 98.1 MW Breckinridge Wind Energy Center. (Source: NextEra Energy, Enid News & Eagle, 9 Mar., 2019) Contact: NextEra, Elinore Beitler, a Project Mgr., info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

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    GM Increases Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    General Motors
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In the Motor City, automaker General Motors (GM) reports it will purchase 300,000 MWh of renewable wind power from DTE Energy to run its Warren Tech Center as well as most of its world headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

    In February, Ford Motor Company made a similar commitment to procure 500,000 MWh of locally sourced Michigan wind energy via DTE's MIGreen Power Program.

    Among its clean energy efforts, GM is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance as well as an early signatory of RE100, which is a collaborative global initiative that brings together influential businesses that are committed to 100 pct renewable power and the delivery of renewable electricity.

    DTE Energy, which has 13 wind parks in Michigan, plans to double its renewable energy capacity over the next five years, investing in another $2 billion by 2024. The utility also proposes to build at least 3,000 additional MW of solar and wind energy over the next 20 years. DTE currently produces about 1,000 MW of primarily wind renewable energy. (Source: GM, Crains Detroit Business, Hydrogen Fuel News, 4 Mar., 2019)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

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    Xcel Supports 100 pct Carbon-Free Power by 2045 Act (Ind Report)
    Southwestern Public Service,Xcel
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Xcel subsidiary utility Southwestern Public Service (SPS) Co. reports it supports a Senate Bill 489, known as the Energy Transition Act. The bill would require SPS and New Mexico's two other public utilities to source 50 pct of their local electricity sales from renewable resources by 2030, 80 pct by 2040 and 100 pct carbon-free generation in 2045.

    To meet that standard, SPS plans to add significantly more renewable generation to its Southwest grid over the next decade, including a 522-MW wind farm that is expected to come online in 2020. It's also building a 478 MW wind farm in West Texas, and will purchase 230 MW of wind energy from another facility owned by NextEra Energy. Taken together, the tree project will bump SPS' wind generation from 21 to 46 pct by 2022, making the utility's system 48 pct carbon-free that year.

    SPS parent firm Xcel, which serves about 3.6 million electric customers in eight states, previously announced plans to slash its carbon emissions to 80 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, and to achieve 100 pct carbon-free generation by 2050. (Source: Xcel Energy, Albuquerque, Journal, 6 Mar., 2019)Contact: Southwestern Public Service, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/southwestern-public-service; Xcel Energy, David Hudson, Pres.Southwest Region, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwestern Public Service ,  Xcel,  


    Offshore Wind Storage Breakthrough Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    University of Malta
    Date: 2019-03-08
    A trio of research scientists at the University of Malta are claiming an innovative offshore energy storage system dubbed FLASC -- Floating Liquid Pistol Accumulator Using Seawater Under Compression.

    The system has two pressure containers underwater that compress air. FLASC uses the compressed air for energy storage while maintaining a stable pressure. The technology then converts the renewable energy supply into output.

    The research team, which is supported by the University of Malta and the Malta Council for Science and Technology, is eyeing Northern European markets. (Source: University of Malta, Times of Malta, 7 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of Malta, +356 2340 2340, info@um.edu.mt, www.um.edu.mt; Malta Council for Science and Technology, +356 2360 2200, mcst.gov.mt

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


    Windpower Alliance Investigating Wind Blade Erosion (Ind. Report)
    Wind Blade
    Date: 2019-03-06
    An alliance of ten of the world's largest wund industry player -- DNV GL, Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power, Orsted, Senvion, Mankeweicz, Akzonobel, Aerox-CEU, Polytech, Hempel and PPG -- are reporting their collaboration to form Comprehensive Methodology for Blade Rain Erosion Analysis on protecting turbine blades from weather damage. The project will investigate the damage caused to leading edge wind turbine blades from the high-speed impacts of raindrops, identify and develop protection systems and recommended practices for designing a protection system against rain erosion which will be published by July 2020.

    The initiative aims to identify and define relevant material properties for a protection system; Develop a methodology to handle and derive design loads from rain data; and develop both a model to conduct raindrop impact analysis and a design methodology for leading edge protection systems. (Source: DNV GL, PEI, 5 Mar., 2019)Contact: DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

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    Heritage Wind Planning 147-MW Ontario Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Heritage Wind, Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-03-06
    Traverse City Mich.-based Heritage Energy-Heritage Wind is reported to be planning a wind farm in the Town of Barre. The project will incorporate 33, Nordex 149 wind turbines.

    Heritage Wind and experts brought in by Apex Clean Energy are presently considering environmental impacts, shadow flicker, engineering,sound data and other considerations that will impact project. Construction on the 147 Mw wind farm is expected to break ground this spring for completion and commercial operation in 2021. (Source: Heritage Wind, Daily News, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Heritage Wind, (231)935-3659, www.heritagewindenergy.com; Apex Clean Energy, Dahvi Wilson, VP Public Affairs, (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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


    Enel to Start Spanish Wind Farm Construction (Int'l Report)
    Enel Green Power Espana
    Date: 2019-03-06
    Enel Green Power Espana (EGP), the renewables unit of Spanish utility Endesa SA, reports it will begin construction of the 34.64-MW Primoral wind farm in Spain this July. The 10-turbine wind farm, which is located in the town of Villamayor de Gallego in the province of Zaragoza, is expected to reach the operation stage in 2020 and generate sufficient electric power for 27,281 households. (Source: Enel Green Power Espana March 4, 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power Espana, www.enelgreenpower.com/country-spain

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    First African Floating Wind Farm Launched in Capetown (Int'l)
    Marlenique Estate
    Date: 2019-03-06
    In South Africa, Marlenique Estate, a fruit farm outside of Franschhoek, reports the unveiling of Africa's first state-of-the-art floating solar PV system constructed by New South Energy.

    The facility is the first commercially-operated floating solar system on the African continent as well as the largest, at 60kWp.

    The first phase of the project also includes the installation of a land-based solar PV system on the farm, allowing the farm to run 90 pct of its cold storage, irrigation and wedding venue facilities off the grid. In the second phase, battery packs will be added to the current set up, removing the estate from the main power grid completely. (Source: Capetown ETC, Mar., 2019) Contact: New South Energy, David Masureik, www.newsouthernenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Wind,  

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