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Vestas Scores 224-MW, US Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Vestas
Date: 2019-03-06
Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of a 224 MW order for V110-2.0 MW turbines. The order includes supply and commissioning as well as a ten-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Deliveries are expected to begin in Q3 of 2019 for commissioning in Q4 2019. The project and customer have not been disclosed at the customer's request.

Vestas designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines across the globe with 101 GW of wind turbines in 80 countries. (Source: Vestas, PR, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  


EnBW Plans Solar Business, PPA Expansion (Int'l Report)
EnBW
Date: 2019-03-04
Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered developer-utility EnBW is reporting a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for a subsidy-free solar park to be commissioned by the end of 2020 east of Rostock with developer and operator Energiekontor. The utility also announced plans to build a 175 MW solar park in Weesow-Willmersdorf, Germany. The two projects are in keeping with the company's plans to expand its energy trading and solar power business sectors. The utility presently operates 100 MW of solar power and has 800 MW in the pipeline.

Unlike its larger rivals RWE and E.ON, which have embarked on major corporate restructuring, EnBW has decided against a drastic upheaval, instead focusing on renewables and power and gas grids. (Source: EnBW, Reuters, Economic Times, 3 Mar., 2019)Contact: EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG , Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com

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


Iberdrola Commissions Canary Islands Chimiche II Wind Farm (Int'l)
Iberdrola
Date: 2019-03-04
Iberdrola is reporting the commissioning and startup of the €20 million-plus Chimiche II wind farm on the island of Tenerife. The Chimiche II wind farm incorporates seven Siemens Gamesa wind turbines of 80 meters high capable of producing 18.4 megawatts of power, supplying adequate electric power to roughly 15,000 homes.

The Canarian energy mix has grown from 8 pct to 20 pct in three years. (Source: Iberdrola, reve, s Mar., 2019)Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business, www.iberdrolarenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  


Northland, Taipower Ink Taiwan Offshore Wind PPA (Int'l Report)
Northland Power ,Taiwan Power
Date: 2019-03-01
Toronto-headquartered Northland Power Inc is reporting a 20-year PPA with Taiwan state-owned electric utility Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) for the 300-MW Hai Long 2A wind project off Taiwan, the first of three schemes totaling 1,044 MW.

Under the PPA, Northland and its Singapore-based project partner Yushan Energy Co Ltd will sell the wind farm's output at a tariff of TWD 6.2795 ( $0.204) per kWh in the first 10 years and slightly less for the remaining period.

The Hai Long 2A scheme is the first of the three Hai Long projects securing a PPA. Contracts with Taipower for the Hai Long 2B and Hai Long 3, are slated for finalization later this year. (Source: Northland Power, Renewables, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Northland Power Inc., (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com; Taiwan Power, www.taipower.com.tw/en; Yushan Energy, www.yushanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northland Power ,  Wind,  


Spanish Power Snares Swedish Wind Farms Totaling 5 Mw (Int'l, M&A)
Renewable Energy Systems,Spanish Power
Date: 2019-03-01
In the UK, Hertfordshire-headquartered Renewable Energy System Ltd is reporting the sale of two wind projects totaling 51 MW in Sweden to Madrid-based developer Spanish Power SL for an undisclosed sum.

Both projects, the 33-MW Sandtjaernberget and the 18-MW Aengersjoekoelen project, were developed by RES, the parent company of NV Nordisk Vindkraft AB, and have received the necessary environmental permit to begin construction. Together, the two farm's 16 wind turbines will generate sufficient power for approximately 30,000 households. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems, SeeNews, Various Media, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Spanish Power SL, +34 915 31 39 07; Renewable Energy Systems, +44 (0)1923 299 200, www.res-group.com

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


Alinta, Vestas Partner Western Australian Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Alinta Energy,Yandin Wind Farm
Date: 2019-03-01
Vestas is reporting receipt of a 214 MW wind turbine order from Australian utility Alinta Energy for the V150-4.2 MW turbine equipped Yandin Wind Farm. When fully operational, the project will be Western Australia's largest renewable energy power plant providing sufficient energy for 200,000 homes.

Under the terms of the contract, Vestas will also construct the project through an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement as well as operate the facility under a 25-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement.

The Yandin project, which is expected to come online in Q3, 2020, is Alinta's first wind energy project and its largest investment in renewable energy to date. (Source: Vestas Wind Systems , Asia Pacific, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Peter Cowling, Head of Vestas Australia and New Zealand, www.vestas.com; Alinta Energy, Ken Woolley, Executive Director of Merchant Energy, www.alintaenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alinta Energy,  Yandin Wind Farm,  Wind,  Australia Wind ,  


125 MW Ohio Wind Farm Wins Siting Approval (Reg & Leg)
Ohio Power Siting Board.
Date: 2019-03-01
Meeting in Columbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board reports its approval of EDP Renewables' Paulding Wind Farm IV LLC planned 37 turbines at its Timber Road IV Wind Farm near Payne, in Paulding County, on the Ohio-Indiana state line.

Construction of the 125 MW project is expected to get underway in Q2 for commissioning and startup in Q4 of this year. The project is expected to generate sufficient power for 125,000 homes. (Source: Ohio Power Siting Board, Kallanish, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ohio Power Siting Board. (866) 270-6772, www.opsb.ohio.gov; EDP Renewables North America, www.edprnorthamerica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  EDP Renewables,  


"The Donald" on the Hook for Offshore Wind Challenge (Int'l.)
Trump
Date: 2019-03-01
In the Highland's, a Scottish court has ruled Donald Trump -- aka "the Donald" -- and his Aberdeenshire golf resort must pay the Scottish government's legal costs following a court battle over an 11-turbine, North Sea offshore wind power project developed by Vattenfall.

The ruling at the Court of Session stemmed from the case going to the UK Supreme Court in December 2015. The wind farm generated its first power in July last year. The sum involved has not been disclosed.

In May, 2013, "The Donald" commented on his dust-up and lawsuit with Scottish officials over the offensive offshore wind farm. The Donald ranted that the project would "spoil the view" from his new Trump International Golf Links and 450 room luxury resort hotel, both of which Trump said he'd dump if the highland regulators didn't kill the offshore wind farm.

With his usual bravado, Trump spouted: "These windmills are as tall as Trump Tower. That's like a massive skyscraper coming out of Aberdeen Bay. Who would spend hundreds of millions of dollars building a hotel when you're looking into a turbine? These are industrial turbines. They make noise. They create shadows."

"We're suing a country. We're doing very well and I think I'm doing a great service because people in Scotland and many other places didn't know how to fight these things." "It's not going to be an easy battle, but we'll win." Trump trumpeted. (Source: BBC News, Various Others, 28 Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Offshore Wind,  


PNE AG Completes First Swedish Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
PNE AG
Date: 2019-03-01
Cuxhaven, Germany-based developer PNE AG reports completion and sale of the Laxaskogen wind energy project in the South of Sweden to the German private investor Wirtgen Invest Energy GmbH.

The 7-turbine Laxaskogen project's total installed capacity is 25.2 megawatts. (Source: PNE AG, DGAP-Media , 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: PNE AG, Markus Lesser, CEO , Tel: +49 (0) 40 87933 114, Fax: +49 (0) 4721 718 373, www.pne-ag.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


CropEnergies' Rebooting Teesside Bioethanol Plant (Int'l Report)
CropEnergies AG
Date: 2019-03-01
In the UK, German ethanol producer CropEnergies AG reports it will reopen its wheat ethanol production facility at Wilton, Teeside at reduced capacity this month. The facility uses UK produced wheat feedstock to produce ethanol.

Previously, the plant was mothballed in 2011, two years after opening, due to US competition and dwindling demand. Production restarted in October 2012 but paused again in April 2013 because of rising energy costs and a poor harvest. CropEnergies AG acquired the facility in July 2013, rebooted production the following October, stopped production in early 2015 and restarted again in 2016. (Source: CropEnergies AG, Farmers Weekly, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies,  Wheat Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


SoCalGas Seeks to Offer Renewable Natural Gas (Reg & Leg)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2019-03-01
In the Golden State, Los Angeles-headquartered Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seeking to offer "carbon-neutral" renewable natural gas (RNG) in Central and Southern California.

Under the SoCalGas proposal, millions of Californians would have the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources. The program is expected to create increased demand for renewable natural gas, which should help increase supply and lower its cost over time, similar to what has happened with renewable electricity created from wind and solar power, according to SoCalGas.

A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Biogas,  Methane Renewable Natural Gas,  


Google Seeks Wind-Powered Data Center Tax Breaks (Ind Report)
Google
Date: 2019-02-27
Minnesota Public Radio reports Google has asked Sherburne County and the city of Becker, Minnesota, for a tax break on a proposed $600 million wind powered data center property in central Minnesota. The tax break would save the company up to $15 million.

Xcel Energy, would dedicate two new wind farms to power the facility on land next to the Sherburne County Generating Station, a large, coal-fired plant where the Minneapolis-based utility plans to retire most of its generators. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is reviewing the agreements between Google and Xcel Energy. (Source: Economic Times, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Google,  Xcel Energy,  Wind,  


PacifiCorp Re-Powering Foote Creek Rim 1 Wind Farm (Ind Report)
PacifiCorp
Date: 2019-02-27
PacifiCorp is reporting the upcoming re-powering of 1998-1999 vintage 68 turbine Rocky Mountain Power Foote Creek Rim 1 wind farm near Arlington with 12 new 2-4 MW turbines. According to conditional use permit documents, work on the estimated $51.7 million project is slated for an April startup for completion within 18 months.

Another influential factor involves the wind production tax incentive. Per this initiative, if PacifiCorp fails to get construction underway prior to 2020, they will not qualify for 2.4 cents per kWh provided by the incentive. (Source: PacifiCorp, Wyoming News Exchange, 25 Feb., 2019)Contact: PacifiCorp, www.pacificorp.com; Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  PacifiCorp,  Rocky Mountain Power,  


E.U. Supports French Floating Wind Demo Projects (Int'l Report)

Date: 2019-02-27
The European Commission (EC) reports it will provide investment and operating aid to four French floating wind demonstration projects: the Groix Belle Ile project will be located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the other three projects (Golf du Lion, Eolmed and Provence Grand Large) will be located in the Mediterranean Sea. Each will consist of three or four turbines and have a total installed capacity of 24MW.

The demonstration wind farms will receive both .

Earlier this year, the U.S. DOE announced up to $28 million in funding for a new floating offshore wind turbines via the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS).

Navigant Research anticipates that over 69GW of new offshore wind capacity will be installed between 2018 and 2027, exceeding 100GW of operating capacity by 2030. (Source: EC, MarEx, 25 Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Floating Wind,  


Total Offshore Wind Capacity Grew 20 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2019-02-27
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports the worldwide wind industry installed 51.3 GW of new capacity in 2018 -- 3.6 pct less than the previous year.

The GWEC's country-by-country breakdown shows China installed the most offshore capacity in a year for the first time, adding 1.8 GW. The United Kingdom came in second with 1.3 GW, while Germany came in third with 969 MW.

Top onshore markets in 2018 were: China with 21,200 MW followed by the USA -- 7,588 MW, Germany -- 2,402 MW; India -- 2,191 MW; Brazil -- 1,939 MW; France -- 1,563 MW; Mexico -- 929 MW; Sweden -- 717 MW; the United Kingdom -- 589 MW; and Canada -- 566 MW.

Top offshore markets in 2018: China -- 1,800 MW; United Kingdom -- 1,312 MW; Germany -- 969 MW; Belgium -- 309 MW; and Denmark with 61 MW. The GWEC predicts offshore wind installations in the United States will reach 1 GW by around 2022. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net

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


WindEurope Reports on EU Wind Energy Growth, Capacity (Int'l)
WindEurope
Date: 2019-02-25
In its annual report, WindEurope notes that in 2018 16.7 GW of wind projects reached a final investment decision -- 12.5 GW onshore and 4.2 GW offshore -- 45 pct more than in 2017. Funding for the new wind energy investments rose to €26.7 billion (£23.2 billion), 20 pct more than a year earlier. h report also notes the cost of generating electricity from wind power fell to €1.59 million per MW in 2018 from €1.93 million in 2017.

However, the report distinguishes between finance for future projects over the next few years and farms actually installed, saying the amount of capacity newly installed last year fell. According to WindEurope's CEO Giles Dickson, "Last year was the worst year for new wind energy installations since 2011 ... 12 EU countries didn't install a single wind turbine last year."

In 2018, the 28 EU member nations plus Switzerland, Norway and Turkey, added 11.7 GW for 32 pct less than in 2017.

In total, 189.2 GW of wind power capacity is now installed in Europe,accounting for 18.4 pct of the EU's total installed power generation capacity. (Source: WindEurope, euronews, Reuters, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Wind,  


Apex Pulls Lake Ontario Island Wind Application (Reg & Leg)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2019-02-25
In the Old Dominion State, Charlottesville-based wind and solar energy specialist Apex Clean Energy reports it has withdrawn its certificate of environmental compatibility application for the 30-turbine, 110 MW Lake Ontario, Galloo Island Wind project.

The project was broadly opposed over environmental and bird life concerns. A previous proposal for the site was also abandoned due to environmentalist opposition. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Oswego County News, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Dahvi Wilson, VP Public Affairs, Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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


NRDC Calls Coal vs. Renewables Political Divide Fake News (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
NRDC
Date: 2019-02-25
The following is from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): "New polls show that all Americans -- Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike -- want to close the book on our dirtiest fossil fuel. From a political standpoint, defending coal consumption is harder than ever. Coal is far and away the dirtiest fossil fuel there is in terms of carbon emissions and regular old air pollution (and its messy mining practices certainly aren’t helping its reputation). And when you factor in health care costs, environmental costs, and costs to local communities in the form of reduced tourism and property values, coal is also a real loser economically speaking -- especially in relation to natural gas and renewables like wind and solar.

"Still, lawmakers from coal-producing states and members of the current presidential administration have long attempted to justify their defense of coal on the grounds that it's more than a fossil fuel -- it's a way of life. This has been a reasonably effective tactic, up to a point. If you're trying to neutralize the arguments of those who want to see coal phased out of the U.S. energy diet, the best way to do so is to play the culture card: Point to all the people who rely on the coal industry for a regular paycheck and appeal to their sense of history and heritage.

"But this last line of defense -- 'Renewables may be all the rage in San Francisco or Seattle or wherever, but where I come from, the people still love coal and always will' -- may not be effective for much longer.

Two recently released reports show how public sentiment regarding coal and renewables has shifted dramatically in recent years. One of them looks at attitudes at the national level; the other explores them in the historically coal-friendly state of Ohio. Both spell trouble for the future of an industry that's already, by nearly all accounts, on its last legs.

"The University of Michigan's National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) is a biannual survey of public opinion surrounding issues of climate and energy policy, providing perhaps the best snapshot we could ever hope for in regard to how Americans stand on subjects like coal, renewables, climate science, geoengineering, a carbon tax, and a host of other climate-related topics. Late last year, to commemorate its 10th anniversary of publication, NSEE released a trove of reports that illustrate just how much public opinion has changed on these matters over the past decade.

"One of them in particular should strike fear into the hearts of the coal industry's dead-enders and spark joy in the hearts of the rest of us. It shows that between 2016 and 2017, the number of Americans who strongly support a coal phaseout increased 11 percentage points, from 18 pct to 29 pct. In that same one-year period, the number of Americans who oppose a phaseout fell by the same amount. Remarkably, in states with active coal mines, strong support for a phaseout rose even more: by 13 points. Just as remarkably, this trend seemed to cut across political lines, rising among Democrats, independents, and Republicans. Among the last group, strong support for a phaseout actually increased by 5 percentage points, whereas the number of Republicans who strongly oppose it fell by 14 points.

"Another NSEE report provides a perfect complement. As more Americans announce their willingness to say goodbye to coal, they're also saying hello to the opportunity presented by renewables. This report reveals that 88 pct of Americans are in favor of increasing the use of solar energy in their state, and 82 pct feel the same about wind energy. Here, too, there's real bipartisan buy-in, with 79 pct of Republicans getting behind solar and 72 pct getting behind wind. What's more, the numbers show that a sizable majority of Republican, Democratic, and independent respondents support requiring and/or subsidizing renewable energy production at the state level. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans surveyed -- 64 pct -- said they like the idea of a state renewable energy requirement; even more amazingly, 65 pct of them said they have no problem with boosting the nascent renewables sector through subsidies.

"But an even more eye-opening poll is making news too. An organization with a somewhat eyebrow-raising name, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, released the results of a survey last week suggesting that support for renewables is no longer a politically exploitable issue. In a survey of 400 Ohioans who self-identify as conservative, two-thirds of respondents said they believe their state needs to diversify its energy portfolio by having at least half of its energy come from renewable sources. Nearly the same percentage of respondents said they were more likely to support a politician who voted for or otherwise expressed support for renewable energy or energy efficiency legislation. "Ohio, just as a reminder, ranks 11th in coal production among U.S. states, and its coal industry supports about 33,000 jobs. It also ranks fourth among states in coal consumption.

"For too long, it's been too easy for lawmakers and administration officials to claim that by kowtowing to the coal industry's wishes, they were simply doing right by voters. It's getting harder. The gap between the interests of average Americans and the interests of coal-company executives is getting wider every day. And solar and wind are wedging their way in. (Source: NRDC, 22 Feb., 2019) Contact: NRDC, Jeff Turrentine www.nrdc.org

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


TOTAL Touts Joint Bid for French Offshore Wind Asset (Int'l, M&A)
Total, Elicio,Orsted
Date: 2019-02-22
Paris-headquartered French energy major TOTAL reports it is partnering with Denmark's Orsted and renewable energy producer Elicio in a joint bid for the 600MW capacity Dunkirk offshore wind project in France.

TOTAL's previous renewable energy ventures include its $1.3 billion acquisition of SunPower and purchase of a 23 pct stake in solar and wind energy producer Total Eren.

TOTAL notes it plans to invest between $1.5 and $2 billion $2bn per in low-carbon electricity with a target of about 10 GW of installed capacity by 2022. (Source: TOTAL, Reuters, Business Day, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: TOTAL, Philippe Sauquet, www.total.com/en; Elicio, +32 59 56 97 00, +32 59 56 97 01 - fax.,info@elicio.be, https://elicio.be/en; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


Argentinian Aluminium Co. Touts Wind Park Startup (Int'l Report)
Aluar Aluminio Argentino
Date: 2019-02-22
In Buenos Aires, Argentinian aluminium producer Aluar Aluminio Argentino SAIC is reporting commissioning of the 50.4-MW Parque Eolico Aluar wind park in Chubut province.

The facility incorporates 14 Vestas wind turbines that will generate sufficient electric power for more than 70,000 homes. A second phase of the same project is currently under construction with 17 wind turbines totaling 61 MW. The third stage will add 14 wind turbines totaling 53 MW. (Source: Aluar Aluminio Argentino, PR, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Aluar Aluminio Argentino,+5411.47258000, www.aluar.com.ar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


DTE, Ford Partner on Detroit Wind Energy Project (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2019-02-22
In the Motor City, Ford Motor Co. reports it has committed to 100 pct renewable energy to power its Dearborn Truck Plant and several other buildings in metro Detroit. To that end, DTE Energy Co.'s MIGreenPower program will supply approoximately 500,000 mWh of wind power, enough to power about 225,000 homes, to Ford.

Ford is the first industrial company to take advantage of the DTE MIGreenPower program under which customers pay a premium to support renewable energy capacity. Michigan's 2016 energy law mandated utilities to create a green pricing program for customers.

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: DTE Energy, Crain's Detroit, Feb., 2019) Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Ford,  Wind,  


National Grid's Revolution Wind PPA Awaits Approval (Reg & Leg)
National Grid,Orsted,Deepwater Wind
Date: 2019-02-22
National Grid, an electricity, natural gas and clean energy delivery company serving New York, Mass. and Rhode Island, reports it is awaiting regulatory approval of a 20-year PPA for energy from the new, 400-MW Revolution Wind offshore wind farm.

Originally developed by Providence-based Deepwater Wind, Revolution Wind was acquired by Orsted in a $510 million deal last autumn. The 50-turbine project, which is sited between Block Island, R.I. and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., is slated to get underway in 2020 for startup in 2023 when it will generate sufficient power for more than 270,000 Rhode Island homes annually. (Source: National Grid, Commercial Property Executive, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, Thomas Brostrom, North American Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Deepwater Wind,  Orsted,  National Grid,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


Calif. Prison Clinic Wins USGBC LEED Gold Cert. (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-02-22
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 that allow more natural light into the building to reduce electrical lighting needs and energy costs;

  • efficient water fixtures that cut indoor water use by 27 pct;

  • recycling or reusing 94 pct of construction waste, nearly eliminating use of landfills;

  • use of adhesives, coatings and paint with low levels of smog-forming organic compounds;

  • increased ventilation and high-efficiency filters to increase the flow of fresh air;

  • upgrading all systems beyond standards required by building codes to maximize efficiency of the systems.

    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, 21 Feb, 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 USGBC,  LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Spain adds new 392 MW of wind power capacity in 2018

    Date: 2019-02-22
    February 21 (Renewables Now) - Spain increased its wind power capacity by 392 MW, or 1.69% on the year, to a total of 23,484 MW in 2018, according to data provided by the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) on Wednesday. The Canary Islands led the last year’s growth by installing 190 MW of new capacity, followed by Aragon with 90 MW, Galicia with 68 MW, Andalusia with 30 MW, Castile-La Mancha with 10.37 MW and Catalonia with 2.35 MW. Castile and Leon takes the first spot among all reagions in Spain with an installed capacity of 5,595 MW and 244 wind parks in operation. Castile-La Mancha and Galicia rank second and third with 3,817 MW and 3,422 MW, respectively. The Community of Madrid, Spain’s North African enclaves Ceuta and Melilla, the Balearic Islands and Extremadura are at the bottom of the ranking. Last week, Extremadura switched on its first wind farm, the 40-MW Merengue park built by Naturgy Energy Group SA (BME:NTGY). Spain has 23,308 wind turbines spinning across 1,123 wind parks distributed over 807 municipalities. Wind power generated 48,902 GWh in 2018, a 2.9% year-on-year increase, covering 19% of demand, the AEE said, citing data by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE). The association expects more than 3,000 MW on new capacity to be connected over the course of 2019, based on the ecological transition ministry’s data on approved facilities.


    TOTAL Plans Major Offshore Wind Energy Acquisition (Int'l, M&A)
    Elicio,TOTAL,Orsted
    Date: 2019-02-20
    The Paris-headquartered French oil giant TOTAL reports it has teamed up with Denmark's Orsted and the Belgian firm Elicio NV in a bid for a 600 MW farm in the English Channel, off the coast of Dunkirk. The acquisition, which would be the oil major's first major foray into wind power after past investments in solar, is in line with its "strategy to develop low-carbon electricity business in Europe," the company said. (Source: TOTAL, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: TOTAL, www.total.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Elicio NV, +32 59 56 97 00, +32 59 56 97 01-fax., info@elicio.be, www.elicio.be/en

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


    German Wind Tower Specialist Goes Broke (Int'l Report)
    Ambau
    Date: 2019-02-20
    Cuxhaven, Germany=based on- and offshore wind tower manufacturer Ambau reports it has applied to the Cuxhaven District Court to open insolvency proceedings. Ambau maintains plants at the port of Cuxhaven in Lower Saxony and Grafenhainichen in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt. The company shuttered its facility in Bremen in October, 2016.

    The company is reportedly still seeking investors to enable the continuance of business including a May, 2018 order for 50 onshore wind turbine towers from from Nordex. (Source: Ambau, Various Media, Windpower Monthly, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ambau, +49 4721 5912-400, sales@ambau.com, www.ambau.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ambau,  Wind,  Wind Tower,  


    AREAM Snares Windwaerts' 11.75-MW German Wind Park (M&A, Int'l)
    Windwaerts Energie GmbH
    Date: 2019-02-20
    Hanover, Germany-headquartered renewables developer Windwaerts Energie GmbH is reporting the sale of its 11.75-MW, Enercon turbine equipped Dueste II wind farm in Lower Saxony to a fund run by German asset manager AREAM GmbH. Dueste II is an extension to the Dueste wind farm previously acquired by AREAM.

    AREAM will manage the Dueste II facility while Windwaerts will be in charge of the technical management under a long-term contract. The five-turbine extension came online in mid-January 2019 and has a long-term PPA secured in one the Federal Network Agency's (BNetzA) regular renewable energy tenders. Dueste and Dueste II together can generate approximately 50 million kWh per year while offsetting 26,350 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Windwaerts Energie GmbH, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Windwaerts Energie GmbH, +49 511 1235730, www.windwaerts.de: AREAM, +49 211 3020 6040, www.aream-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind M&A,  


    Vineyard Wind Proposes 1,200MW NY Offshore Project (Ind. Report)
    Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2019-02-20
    US offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind is reporting a new "Liberty Wind", 1,200 MW offshore wind project proposal in response to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) solicitation of offshore wind project proposals.

    The new proposal includes project size options of 400 MW, 800 MW, and 1,200 MW -- with the 1,200 MW project described by the company as "the most cost-effective option for New York ratepayers and one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world."

    The proposed project would be sited 85 miles offshore from the nearest New York shoreline and be sub-sea connected to an existing Long Island substation. Vineyard Wind is collaborating with Wakefield, Massachusetts-based transmission developer Anbaric Development Partners.

    Vineyard Wind is an offshore wind development company 50 pct owned by funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and 50 pct owned by Avangrid Renewables, part of the IBERDROLA Group. (Source: CleanTechnica, 15 Feb., 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO ,(508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; Anbaric, Ed Krapels, CEO, (781) 683 0711, www.anbaric.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Vineyard Wind,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Asia-Pacific Installed 24.9 GW new Onshore Wind in 2018 (Int'l)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-02-20
    According to recent data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the total installed onshore wind power capacity in the Asia-Pacific region is now 256 GW. Leading countries in the region for onshore wind turbines installations in 2018 were China (21.2 GW) and India (2.2 GW). The surge for wind energy in Asia-Pacific is expected to continue with GWEC forecasting over 145 GW of new onshore wind farm capacity to be installed by 2023.

    According to the GWEC, the top three onshore wind farm markets in Asia-Pacific in 2018 were: China -- 21.2 GW (preliminary); India -- 2.2 GW, and Australia -- 0.549 GW.

    China installed the most onshore wind farm capacity during 2018 in Asia-Pacific and globally. GWEC expects China to remain the largest onshore wind turbines market in the future. However, other markets are developing and with auctions progressing in India, new onshore wind power capacity installations could exceed 5 GW annually in India. The GWEC's full Global Wind Report report is slated for release this coming April. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, reve, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net

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


    Vestas Commits to Aussie Wind Turbine Production (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2019-02-18
    In the Land Down Under, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting a partnership with Geelong-based Marand Precision Engineering for the production of wind turbine hubs and drive trains. Vests's commitment is aimed at helping its clients win round one of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target auction, where the state government intends to maximize local content and increase local investment and skills transfer.

    To that end, Vesta's will train Marand's Australian workers on its turbine production lines in Denmark before the Geelong plant begins production of Vesta's 4.2 MW turbines for the Dundonnell Wind Farm and Berrybank Wind Farm projects in Victoria.

    Eighty turbines are planned for Dundonnell and 43 machines for Berrybank. Vestas has committed to local assembly of 100 hubs and 50 drivetrains -- including bedplate, gearbox, driveshaft and generator. (Source: Vestas, ecogeneration, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Marand Precision Engineering, +61 3 8552 0600, www.marand.com.au; Vestas, Peter Cowling Clive, NZ and Australia Country Head, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

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    Mass. Wood Pellet Startup Wins $1Mn in Grant Funding (Funding)
    TTC Energy
    Date: 2019-02-18
    In the Bay State, Windsor-based wood pellet startup TTC Energy LLC is reporting receipt of $1 million in matching grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Renewable Thermal Infrastructure Grant Program in support of the startup's $2.5 million facility to refine raw wood chips into pellets that can be burned in specialized heating systems.

    The grant money will be used to purchase equipment to process, handle and store dried wood chips, and two trucks able to pneumatically deliver the product. Pending approval from Windsor town officials, TTC Energy expects to be fully operational this fall. (Source: TTC Energy, Berkshire Eagle, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources

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


    Enel's 140 MW Eastern Cape Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
    Enel Group,Eskom
    Date: 2019-02-18
    Italian energy specialist Enel Group reports construction of its 140 MW Nxuba Wind Farm in the Amatole district of South Africa is underway.

    The project, which is being constructed by Enel's renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA, is expected to generate approximately 460 GWh per when it begins operation operation in September 2020. It will be supported by a 20-year PPA agreement with the South African energy utility Eskom, as part of the South African government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

    The $226 million Nxuba facility will be Enel's third wind farm in the Eastern Cape province. (Source: Enel Green Power, Construction Review, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power, Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; Eskom. www.eskom.co.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Group,  Wind,  Eskom,  


    Passive Energy Housing on the Shores of Lake Erie (Ind. Report)
    GMA Management Development Group
    Date: 2019-02-18
    GMA Management Development Group reports it is developing a $12 million, "passive" energy-efficient 36-unit housing project on Parade Street in Erie, Pennsylvania.

    The project incorporates "passive housing" standards for energy efficiency and features extra insulation, high-quality windows, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery for greater energy efficiency and minimum energy consumption. The aim is to maintain constant inside temperatures in

    The 5.9-acre property is being developed by PSC East LLC, an affiliate of GMA Management Development Group and Mstick Construction, and financed via housing tax credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, as well as $10 million in financing from Citizens Bank. (Source: City of Erie, GoErie.com, Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Erie, Chris Groner, Economic Dev. Director, (814) 870-1272, cgroner@erie.pa.us, www.erie.pa.us; GMA Management Development Group, (312) 690-4205, info@griggsandmitchell.com, www.gmaconstructiongroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Passive Housing,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Orsted, Eversource Announce Offshore Wind Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Orsted, Eversource
    Date: 2019-02-15
    Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted and New England energy company Eversource are reporting their 50-50 partnership for offshore wind assets in the U.S. Northeast.

    Eversource is paying roughly $225 million for a 50 pct interest in Orsted's Revolution Wind and South Fork Wind Farm projects, as well as the 257-square-mile tract off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island where the wind farms will be built. In addition to the ocean tract, the partnership will include Revolution Wind --700 MW -- roughly 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast, will deliver 400 MW of power to Rhode Island and 300 MW to Connecticut. Revolution Wind is expected to be commissioned in 2023.

    The partnership also includes the South Fork Wind Farm -- 130 MW -- 35 miles east of Long Island which will deliver power to households under a long-term PPA with the Long Island Power Authority. South Fork is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2022. (Source: Eversource, Orsted, Kallanish Energy, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, Thomas Brostrom, North American Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Eversource, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

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


    CIP Unloads Equity Stake in Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm (M&A)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2019-02-15
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), through the fund CI-II, is reporting the divestment of its 23,4 pct stake in the Veja Mate offshore wind farm alongside its co-shareholders Highland Group Holdings and Siemens Financial Services to a European consortium of investors composed of funds managed by Commerz Real, wpd invest, KGAL, and the Ingka Group.

    Siemens Financial Services will retain a 20 pct ownership in the project company and CI-II will remain a lender to Veja Mate which is located in the German North Sea. The 67, 6.0-MW Siemens turbines totaling 402 MW project is one of the largest offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

    CIP manages four funds totaling approximately €6.8 billion. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Feb., 2019) Contact: Copenhage Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

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


    Boston Univ. Plan Calls for Carbon Neutrality by 2040 (Ind Report)
    Boston University
    Date: 2019-02-15
    In the Bay State, Boston University -- 32,500 enrollment -- is touting its Dec., 2017 Climate Action Plan calling for the school to slash its greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon-neutral by 2040.

    The plan outlines strategies for the university to reach its sustainability goals, including cutting energy consumption, building energy efficient and weather-resilient infrastructure, and an increased focus on wind and solar renewable energy which, according to a BU release, could cut emissions from energy consumption by 31 pct by 2032.

    Download the Boston University Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: Boston University, The Daily Free Press, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Boston University, sustainability@bu.edu, www.bu.edu

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


    Renewables World's Main Power Source by 2040 (BP Report Attached)
    BP
    Date: 2019-02-15
    According to the UK-based energy giant BP, wind, solar, bioenergy and other renewables will account for roughly one-third of the world's electricity supplies by 2040, and as high as 50 pct in Europe and some other regions.

    The attached BP Report notes that while oil took almost 45 years to go from 1 pct of global energy to 10 pct, and gas took more than 50 years, renewables are expected to do so within 25 years. In the event of a faster switch to a low carbon economy, that period comes down to just 15 years, according to the report.

    Download the BP Energy Outlook 2019 HERE. (Source: BP, Feb., 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Bioenergy,  Renewable Energy,  BP,  


    Renewables Power Northwestern Chinase Province (Int'l Report)
    Qinghai Electric Power Company.
    Date: 2019-02-13
    China's State Grid Qinghai Electric Power Company reports clean energy is powering the economy of northwest China's Qinghai Province with a total installed power generating capacity of nearly 28 million kilowatts, or 86 pct of the province's energy consumption. The province's installed solar power capacity reached 9.6 million KW, wind power hit 2.7 million KW while hydropower capacity reached 11.9 million KW, according to the company release. Additionall, Qinghai province has two, 10 million kilowatts renewable power generating bases under construction. (Source: Qinghai Electric Power Company, China.org.cn, Xinhua, February 10, 2019) Contact: Qinghai Electric Power Company, en.chinapower.com.cn/tag/qinghai-electric-power

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


    Iberdrola Taps MHI Vestas for Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Iberdrola,MHI Vestas
    Date: 2019-02-13
    Reporting from Berlin, Iberdrola has announced the selection of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as preferred turbine supplier for its €2.5 billion, 476-MW, Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm off the island of Rügen in the German Baltic Sea.

    The contract will include up to 52 units of the V174-9.5 MW offshore wind turbine, the newly released version of the 9 MW platform from MHI Vestas. Delivery and installation is expected in 2022 / 2023.

    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). (Source: Iberdrola, PR, reve, Others, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business, www.iberdrolarenewables.com; MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  MHI Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    AEP Plans Sempra Energy Renewables Operations Acquisition (M&A)
    American Electric Power,Sempra Renewables
    Date: 2019-02-13
    Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power Company Inc (AEP) reports it plans to acquire Sempra Renewables LLC renewables business and its 724-MW portfolio of wind and battery storage capacity for $1.06 billion, subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other approvals. The acquisition is based on $551 million cash, $343 million in project debt assumption, approximately $162 million in tax equity obligations plus closing and working capital adjustments.

    AEP will absorb all of Sempra's shareholding in seven operational wind farms and a battery storage facility in Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. A Q2 closing is expected. (Source: AEP, Renewables, 13 Feb., 2019)Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com; Sempra Energy, Inv. Relations, (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  AEP,  Sempra,  Wind,  Renewable Energy ,  


    Brown Univ. Aspiring to 100 pct Renewables by 2020 (Ind. Report)
    Brown University
    Date: 2019-02-11
    In Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University is reporting the inking of agreements with two developers for the development and implementation of sufficient wind and solar power to offset all of the Ivy League school's electric power requirements by the year 2020.

    The bulk of Brown's planned renewable energy will be supplied by a 50-MW solar array planned for a former gravel pit in North Kingstown. The project, proposed by Providence-based Energy Development Partners, in partnership with national energy provider Constellation, will be the largest solar project in the state.

    The solar project is expected to offset about 70 pct of the university's energy usage. The remainder will be offset under the terms of a 25-year PPA for an 8-MW portion of a large onshore wind farm presently being developed in Texas.

    Brown has also pledged to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2040 and, to that end, has taken steps to cut emissions by 75 pct below 2017-18 levels by 2025. (Source: Brown University, Providence Journal, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: Brown University, www.brown.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Statkraft Growing European Renewable Market Access (Int'l)
    Statkraft,Valeco
    Date: 2019-02-11
    Oslo-based Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS reports it is seeking to expand its European renewable energy activity through a series of new projects and power purchase agreements (PPAs), including a recently inked five-year wind energy PPAs and capacity certificates from three French wind energy projects being developed by the French developer Valeco Groupe and slated for commissioning in May and September 2019.

    Under the terms of their agreement, Valeco will operate the three wind projects in northern France from its HQ in Montpellier, with support from technicians based in Amiens. Statkraftnotes it is Europe's largest provider of market access for, mainly, renewables generation, amounting to 18.2GW. As previously reported, Statkraft exited the offshore wind industry and is now focused on expanding in onshore wind, solar and hydropower facities and activities. (Source: Statkraft, WindPower, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Stakraft, +47 24 06 70 00, Clement Perchat, Bus. Dev for France, www.statkraft.com; Valeco, +33 (0) 4 67 40 74 00, Fax: +33 (0) 4 67 40 74 05, contact@groupevaleco.com, www.groupevaleco.com

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    NDPSC Greenlight's NextEra 123-Turbine Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    North Dakota Public Service Commission,NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2019-02-11
    The North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) is reporting approval of NextEra Energy Resources' planned Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center northeast of Linton, ND. When constructed, the $415 million, 123 wind turbine project will generate nearly 300 MW of power.

    Great River Energy has inked a 25-year PPA for 100 pct of the project's approximately 300 MW capacity. The state presently boasts roughly 3,150 MW of wind energy capacity. (Source: North Dakota Public Service Commission, reve, 10 Feb., 2019) Contact: North Dakota Public Service Commission, www.psc.nd.gov; NextEra Energy Resources, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  NextEra Energy Resources ,  


    NPPD Sued Over Wind PPA Terminations (Reg. & Leg., Ind Report)
    Global Investment Partners
    Date: 2019-02-11
    Three wind farms in the Cornhusker State -- Laredo Ridge Wind LLC, Broken Bow Wind LLC and Crofton Bluffs Wind LLC -- are reported to have filed legal action against Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) for allegedly attempting to prematurely cancel existing 20-year PPAs 10 years ahead to their expiration date.

    The lawsuit seeks both a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop NPPD from terminating the agreements on the grounds that a "premature termination of the PPAs would effectively destroy each plaintiff's wind energy project as a going concern." The suit also claims the early PPA terminations would have a material effect on the wind farms because it would put them in default with their creditors, potentially triggering foreclosure actions.

    All three plaintiff wind farms are owned or partially owned New York-based Global Investment Partners. (Source: The Sioux City Journal, Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Investment Partners, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/sk-investment-partners; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  NPPD,  


    Fairview Park Granted $68,000 for Energy Efficieny Projects (Funding)
    Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council
    Date: 2019-02-11
    In the Buckeye State, the City of Fairview Park, near Cleveland, reports it has been awarded $68,400 in Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) grant funding for as yet to be determined energy efficiency and/or energy infrastructure projects in the community.

    Energy efficiency project being considered include LED street lighting, and facility window and door efficiency upgrades. The NOPEC grant is expected to be used in 2019. (Source: Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, Cleveland.com. 11 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Fairview Park, Shawn Leininger, Director of Public Service and Development,www.fairviewpark.org; Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, www.nopec.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    DoE to Fund $28Mn for Floating Offshore Wind R&D (Funding)
    DOE Wind
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Washington, the U.S.DOE reports it will provide $28 million in funding for a research program that aimed at developing new technologies for floating offshore wind turbines.

    The department is seeking proposals using control co-design methodologies, bringing together disciplines from across the realm of engineering, sciences and technology to work concurrently on designing lighter, more powerful floating turbines.

    According to the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, U.S. offshore wind energy potential is estimated to be equivalent to 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but nearly 60 pct of that wind energy -- the equivalent of the entire U.S. annual electricity consumption -- blows across waters more than 200 feet deep, an area that cannot presently be economically accessed. (Source: DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Offshore Engineer, 6 Feb., 2019)Contact: DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.energy.gov/science-innovation/innovation/arpa-e

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    Europe's Offshore Wind Capacity Steadily Rising (Int'l Report)
    WindEurope
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In its annual report, the Brussels-based wind industry group WindEurope is reporting Europe's offshore wind capacity grew by 18 percent in 2018 with the installation of 2.6 GW of new offshore wind energy, raising total capacity to 18.5 GW. Of the total, Britain and Germany accounted for 85 pct of the new capacity, adding 1.3 GW and 969 MW respectively.

    The report notes that another six offshore wind farms are currently under construction and another 12 new offshore wind projects are at the final investment decision stage.

    WindEurope boasts 400-plus members including turbine manufacturers, component suppliers, wind energy developers and electric power producers and suppliers. (Source: WindEurope, Reuters, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

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


    Delaware Univ. Offers Professional Offshore Wind Training (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-02-08
    The University of Delaware, in partnership with the Energy and Climate Academy of Denmark, reports the launch of the Offshore Wind Skills Academy offering wind energy industry training to professionals from traditional energy industries, supply chain companies, regulators, the investment community and others.

    The new courses, which began last week, will provide instruction in the basics of wind power, offshore wind turbines, and the development of offshore wind projects.

    The cirriculum will focus on how wind power works, the logistics of building a wind power project, and the details of planning a wind power installation. There will also be information specific to the United States market including permitting, environmental assessments, and working with local suppliers. Technical information on contracts, feasibility studies, logistics and more will be taught by instructors from the Danish Energy and Climate Academy. Other courses under development will address topics including engineering, financing and construction planning. (Source: University of Delaware, Clean Technica, 6 Feb., 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; Energy and Climate Academy of Denmark, www.dbdh.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


    Australia to Meet Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Target (Int'l)
    Australian National University,Australia Emissions
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In the Land Down Under, a study from the Australian National University reports Australia is on track to meet its carbon emissions target under the Paris climate accord well before 2030. Under the Paris Climate accord, Australia committed to cut CO2 emissions by 26 to 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

    The study attributes the country's progress to the increasing growth in wind and solar power nationwide. The country is adopting renewable energy faster per capita than the rest of the world, the study said. The pipeline of new wind and solar systems is averaging about 6.3 GW a year, the study showed.

    The report notes that each extra gigawatt of renewables displaces about 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions from coal-fired power, implying that Australia's pipeline of renewables would cut emissions by about 12 million to 13 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. Assuming other sectors' emissions grow by 2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year, the net reduction would be about 10 million to 11 million tpy which would put Australia on track to meet its Paris target before 2030.

    The study, which was based on data from Australia's Clean Energy Regulator, found that for Australia to meet its target, emissions would have to fall to between 430 million and 442 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. However, as of the end of 2017, emissions had risen to 553.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to data from Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. (Source: Australian National University, SBS , Feb., 2019) Contact: Australian National University, Prof. Andrew Blakers, andrew.blakers@anu.edu.au, +61 2 612 55905, www.anu.edu.au; Australia National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, ageis.climatechange.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  GHG,  Australia GHG,  Climate Change,  


    Oil Soaked Alberta Funds 11 GHG Reduction Techs (Funding)
    Government of Alberta
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Edmonton, the Government of Alberta is reporting the granting of up to $70.2 million in funding for 11 projects developing technologies to reduce GHGs from industrial development.

    The funding, which comes from the province's carbon levy on industrial emitters, is being awarded through Emissions Reductions Alberta's 2018 Industrial Efficiency Challenge which was designed to implement leading technologies in oil and gas, chemicals and fertilizers, cement and concrete, forestry and agriculture, electric power generation and manufacturing.

    The following projects have received ERA funding commitments:

  • Energreen Solutions: Strathcona Works - Waste Heat to Power Project -- ERA funding: $10.0 million;

  • Lafarge Canada: Lower Carbon Fuels Project -- $10.0 million;

  • TAQA North: Crossfield Gas Plant Energy Efficiency and GHG Reduction Project -- $10.0 million;

  • TransCanada: Supercritical CO2 Waste Heat Recovery and Utilization Technology -- $8.0 million;

  • ENMAX Generation Portfolio Inc.: Crossfield Energy Centre Hybrid Fuel Project -- $7.284 million;

  • Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries: Kraft Pulp Mill Flue Gas Energy Recovery Project -- $6.0 million;

  • ConocoPhillips Canada: Field Pilot of Multilateral Well Technology to Reduce GHG Intensity of SAGD -- $6.0 million;

  • Imperial Oil: Kearl ConDex Flue Gas Heat and Water Recovery Project -- $6.0 million;
  • Athabasca Oil Corporation: Energy Intensity Reduction through Flow Control Devices and Non-Combustible Gas -- $4.336 million;

  • Suncor Energy: Digital Optimization using Advanced Process Control in an In Situ Facility -- $1.43 million;

  • Repsol Oil and Gas Canada: Demonstration of the Transition from Hydrocarbons to Inert Gas Technology for Gas Blanketing and Purge in the Gas Processing Industry -- $1.14 million.

    The 11 projects are anticipated to eliminate more than 5.3 million tonnes of CO2e by 2030 -- the equivalent of bringing more than 1,300 wind turbines online and significant reductions in operating costs are also expected. Funding will be distributed on a milestone-by-milestone basis, and the progress of each project is reported on until completion, according to a release. the province said. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, jwn, Feb., 2019)Contact: Gov. of Alberta, Emissions Reduction Alberta, www.eralberta.ca

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