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Apex Clean Energy Snares 442.5 MW of Va. Solar Projects (M&A)
Apex Clean Energy ,SolUnesco
Date: 2019-01-07
In the Old Dominion State, Charlottesville-based wind and solar energy specialist Apex Clean Energy reports acquisition of 442.5 MW of solar projects across Virginia from Reston, Virginia-based renewable energy developer SolUnesco. With the acquisition, Apex's nationwide portfolio of advanced solar projects tops 3 GW, approximately 700 MW of that situated in the Commonwealth.

The SolUnesco transaction includes the 150 MW Carvers Creek, 150 MW Moody Creek, 130 MW Red Brick, and 12.5 MW Rivanna projects located across the Commonwealth. Together, the projects will generate sufficient electricity to power approximately 72,000 homes and would contribute over $11 million in state and local tax revenue, according to Apex. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, PR, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: SolUnesco, Francis Hodsoll, CEO, (703) 672-5097, www.solunesco.com; 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,  SolUnesco,  


Enel Green Power Activates 620 MW of US Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2019-01-04
Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) reports its 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Nebraska and the approximate 300-MW Diamond Vista wind farm in Kansas are now generating power.

The two facilities, which together cost about $830 million, have a combined capacity of about 2,600 GWh per year, have long-term PPAs -- the Rattlesnake Creek wind farm will sell its power to Facebook and Diamond Vista will supply power to software major Adobe Systems Inc. Diamond Vista also has three separate PPAs, the first two of which are for 100 MW each with global manufacturing company Kohler Co and City Utilities of Springfield. The third is for 84 MW with the Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma.

Enel owns all of the "Class A" interests and manages and operates the wind farms. With these two wind farms, the total renewable capacity added by Enel Green Power around the world this year reaches 2.6 GW, of which over 830 MW in North America. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Jan., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  Enel,  Wind,  


Aussie Tesla Battery Installation Delivers $40Mn Savings (Int'l)
Neoen
Date: 2019-01-04
In the Land Down Under, wind energy developer Neoen is reporting its recently installed Tesla Battery energy storage system at Hornsdale Power Reserve has delivered approximately $40 million in savings over the past year. According to Neoen, the operator of an adjacent wind farm, the battery installation is the largest lithium-ion battery energy storage system in the world.

The Tesla Powerpack system cost $66 million to build, which is a small number in comparison to the amount of funds saved over a mere 12 months. The Tesla system also eliminated the need for a 35 MW local Frequency Control Ancillary Service (FCAS); decreased the South Australian regulation FCAS price by 75 pct; and helped connect South Australia to the National Electricity Market. (Source: Neoen, Jan., 2019) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Tesla,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Horns Rev 3 Offshore Wind Begins Power Production (Int'l)
Horns Rev 3
Date: 2019-01-04
Further to our October 25, 2017 coverage, Vattenfall is reporting the 49-turbine, 406.7MW Horns Rev 3 wind farm off the Danish Jutland Peninsula in the Danish North Sea has begun power production and anticipates full power production in the first half of the year. Horns Rev 3 is expected to increase annual Danish electricity generation from wind energy by about 12 pct.. The 8.3-MW turbines are being supplied by MHI Vestas and shipped from Esbjerg. (Source: Horns Rev 3, Offshore Wind, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vattenfall , Gunnar Groebler, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Horns Rev 3,  Offshore Wind,  


Kigali Amendment Addresses Ozone Deleting HFC GHG (Int'l Report)
Montreal Protocol
Date: 2019-01-04
With the recently announced Kigali Amendment hammered out in Niarobi, the world has taken an important step on the road to drastically reduce the production and consumption of powerful greenhouse gasses known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)-- an extremely potent greenhouse gas -- and limit global warming. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer came into force on 1st January 2019.

If fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4 degrees C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer. The amendment will substantively contribute to the goals of the COP15, Paris Climate Agreement.

The parties to the amendment have put in place practical arrangements for its implementation, including agreements on technologies for the destruction of HFCs and new data reporting requirements and tools. The amendment comes with provisions for capacity-building for developing countries, institutional strengthening and the development of national strategies to reduce HFCs and replace them with alternatives. Phasing down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment may also open a window to redesign refrigeration equipment that is more energy efficient, further increasing the climate gains.

Implementation of new targets set out in the amendment will be done in three phases, with a group of developed countries starting HFCs phase-down from 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024 and with a few countries freezing consumption in 2028.

Evidence presented in the latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion finds that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 pct per decade since 2000. At projected rates, Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.

The UN Environment Ozone Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Secretariat facilitates and supports the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders in implementing actions to protect and heal the ozone layer and contribute to climate change mitigation.

Download the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 Executive Summary HERE. (Source: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization , UN Environment, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, https://ozone.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP15,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  Montreal Protocol,  HFCs,  Ozone Depletion,  Climate Change,  


Solar, Wind Energy Could Replace Coal in Texas, says Tri Global (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Tri Global,Sunfinity
Date: 2019-01-04
In the Lone Stare State, Dallas-headquartered Tri Global issued the following statement: A new study from Rice University on the growing role of wind and solar electricity in powering Texas has been attracting widespread attention. John B. Billingsley, CEO for two of the state's premier renewable power developers, says that the study underscores the critical importance of renewable energy in the state.

"The study points out that wind and solar electricity provided about 18 pct of Texas' power in 2017, but that thoughtful planning to optimize natural patterns of renewable energy output could further help those resources 'punch above their weight' as coal-fired power plants are retired. In fact, Texas, because of its size and climate, is uniquely positioned to replace coal power with electricity from a complementary mix of West Texas and Gulf Coast wind along with solar power from around the state.

" Tri Global Energy has been developing West Texas wind projects for 10 years and has become the number one developer of wind farms in the state. (Texas also leads the nation in production of wind power.) Tri Global CEO Billingsly also launched Sunfinity Renewable Energy nearly three years ago. Sunfinity is developing residential, commercial and utility scale solar energy in several states, including Texas.

"The rise of clean energy appears to be everywhere across Texas," said Billingsley. 'The state is speeding ahead to develop renewable energy and reaching new milestones all the time. But we've only begun to scratch the surface in terms of truly harnessing our clean, renewable resources. Texans will be the real winners, realizing both the environmental and economic benefits of renewables. The next several years will see amazing strides forward." (Source: Tri Global Energy, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Sunfinity, www.sunfinityre.com; Tri Global Energy, John B. Billingsley, CEO, 972.290.0825, inquiries@triglobalenergy.com, www.triglobalenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tri Global,  Renewable Energy,  Sunfinity,  Wind,  Solar,  


EDPR Unloads 499MW Stakes in N. Am. Wind Projects (M&A)
Axium Infrastructure,EDPR
Date: 2019-01-04
Houston-headquartered EDPR Renewables North America reports the sale of 80 pct stakes in three wind farms totaling 499MW to Axium Infrastructure for $860 million.

The sale includes the: 200MW Meadow Lake 6 facility in Indiana and;and the 100MW Nation Rise project due online in Q4 of this year in Canada. EPDR completed the sale of 75 pct of Nation Rise with the other 5 pct to be sold when the project starts operations. (Source: EDPR Renewables, renews.biz, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, (514) 954-3781, asroy@axiuminfra.com, www.axiuminfra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Axium Infrastructure,  EDPR,  Wind,  


New Jersey BPU OK's Offshore Wind Funding Mechanism (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2019-01-02
In Trenton, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) reports it has green-lighted the adoption of a funding mechanism for the state's offshore wind programme, which targets 3.5 GW by 2030. The Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificate (OREC) funding scheme defines the process by which all offshore wind projects will be financed and how revenues will flow back to ratepayers, according to a NJBPU press release.

The NJBPU also announced the rejection of the up to 25-MW Nautilus pilot offshore wind project in New Jersey waters on the grounds that the project's "unsubstantiated benefits" would be a burden to ratepayers. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Renewables, Dec., 2018)Contact: NJ BPU, www.bpu.state.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ,  


Alberta's Renewable Electricity Program Success Lauded (Ind. Report)
CanWEA,Alberta Electric System Operator
Date: 2019-01-02
In Calgary, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is applauding the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and the Government of Alberta for its continuing success in attracting some of the lowest prices ever seen for wind energy generation in Canada, as revealed today with the announcement of contracts for Rounds Two and Three of the Alberta Renewable Electricity Program (REP). The AESO will secure power from five new wind energy projects representing 763 MW of capacity at an average weighted price of $39 per MWh.

Since 2016, the AESO has awarded contracts to projects that will nearly double the province's installed wind energy capacity, and result in a 10 pct increase to Canada's installed wind energy capacity, which currently sits at just under 13,000 MW.

The companies behind the projects announced today have each signed a 20-year Indexed Renewable Energy Credit (Source: CANWEA, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Canadian Wind Energy Association, Robert Hornung, President, (613) 915-4857, www.canwea,ca; Alberta Electric System Operator, www.aeso.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News CanWEA,  Wind,  


HECO Increases Hawaii-wide Solar Energy Access (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2019-01-02
Reporting from Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) -- Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light -- notes that in 10 years since the creation of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, the companies have reduced fossil fuel use by 26 pct, or 48 million fewer gpy of imported oil for electric power generation.

HECO also reports nearly 3,000 new private rooftop solar systems came online in 2018 for a total of about 77,000 systems -- one of every three single-family homes on Oahu has rooftop solar, the highest percentage in the U.S.

In 2018, the HECO companies also laid the foundation for the largest surge in renewable energy in Hawaii history with solar-plus-storage projects and a major wind project that together, pending regulatory approval, will add 325 MW of clean electric generation across the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Hawaii. Two solar-plus-storage projects on Maui and two on Hawaii Island will be the largest grid-scale solar facilities on those islands and are in addition to nearly 200 MW of new renewable generation planned or presently under construction.

Many Hawaii residents hope to join the 77,000-plus customers using private rooftop solar and the HECO continue working to make that choice available to more families. New programs launched in 2018 made it possible for customers to: receive credit on electric bills for electricity sent to the grid only during peak demand hours; get credit for sending electricity to the grid while allowing utilities to limit it, if necessary, for grid stability; and for present net metering customers to add capacity and energy storage if new equipment does not send electricity to the grid.

To integrate existing and new customer-sited and grid-scale renewable energy, HECO is modernizing the electric grid for the 21st century. In 2018, the utilities received approval to start a $205-million, strategic, grid modernization plan, developed with the greatest stakeholder input ever. HECO also launched the Community-Based Renewable Energy solar program allowing customers on all islands who cannot take advantage of private rooftop solar. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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


EDF, Shell Investing in New Jersey Offshore Wind (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables,Shell
Date: 2019-01-02
EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US LLC (Shell) are reporting their 50/50 joint venture, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC to co-develop approximately 2,500 MW of offshore wind energy in New Jersey waters. The lease area comprises 183,353 acres about eight miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

The deal is subject to regulatory approvals. Construction is subject to positive final investment decision. If approved and constructed, the project could come online in the mid 2020s.

EDF Renewables presently has 2,800 MW of offshore wind in development or operation in Europe -- Belgium, France, Germany and the UK. (Source: EDF, Shell, Citizens Tribune, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: Shell New Energies, Dorine Bosman, VP, Shell Wind Development, www.shell.com/newenergies; EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-renewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  EDF Renewables,  


Boralex Snares French Wind Developer Ecotera (Int'l., M&A)
Boralex, Ecotera
Date: 2019-01-02
Qubec-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc is confirming its acquisition of Lillew, France-based onshore wind project developer Ecotera Development along with a 100-MW portfolio of eight wind projects under various stages of development in France.

Ecotera has developed more than 350 MW of wind power projects in the past few years. (Source: Boralex, Pr 26 Dec., 2018) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Decostre, VP and GM Europe, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com; Ecotera, +33 3 20 37 60 31, www.ecotera-developpement.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Ecotera,  Wind,  


NV Energy 1 GW Solar, Energy Storage Approved (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-01-02
In Reno, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is reporting approval of NV Energy's planned addition of more than 1 GW of solar power to its portfolio for a doubling of its overall renewable energy capacity by 2023.

The plan foresees PPAs for 1,001 MW of solar PV parks coupled with a total of 100 MW of battery storage facilities at a cost of $2 billion, or more, by the end of 2021.

The proposed projects projects -- Battle Mountain Solar Project, Dodge Flat Solar Center, Fish Springs Ranch, Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Ranch, Copper Mountain Solar 5, and the Techren Solar 5 project -- will expand NV Energy's renewables portfolio to around 3,000 MW. NV Energy's portfolio presently 50 solar, geothermal, hydropower, wind, biomass, and supported rooftop solar projects. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, 31 Dec., 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy ,  Solar,  


Vestas Claims 18-MW Taiwanese Wind Turbines Order (Int'l Report)
Vesatas,Star Energy Corporation
Date: 2019-01-02
Danish wind turbine giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports receipt of an 18 MW wind turbine order from Taiwanese local engineering procurement and construction provider Star Energy Corporation. The order includes the supply and supervision of installation of 5 V105-3.45 MW wind turbines delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimised Mode. A 5-year service agreement AOM 4000 including a Vestas Online® Business SCADA solution is included in the deal.

The turbines are slated for installation at two wind energy projects in Changhua along the west coast of Taiwan. (Source: Vestas, reve, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Clive Turton, Pres. Vestas Asia Pacific, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Star Energy Corporation, www.starenergy.com.tw/eng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Star Energy Corporation,  


NextEra Energy Finalizes Gulf Power Acquisition (M&A)
NextEra Energy,NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2019-01-02
In the Sunshine State, Juno Beach based NextEra Energy, Inc., owner of Florida Power & Light Company is reporting completion of its previously announced acquisition of Gulf Power Company from Southern Company .Gulf Power Company serves approximately 450,000 customers throughout northwest Florida.

NextEra Energy also owns a competitive energy business, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery energy storage. (Source: NextEra Energy, PR, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy, www.NextEraEnergy.com; Florida Power & Light, www.FPL.com; Gulf Power, www.GulfPower.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy news,  Florida Power & Light news,  Wind news,  Solar news,  Renewable Energy news,  NextEra Energy Resources news,  Gulf Power Company news,  


New Jersey BPU Sinks 25-MW Offshore Wind Demo (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2018-12-21
Reporting from Trenton, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has rejected the application for the up to 25-MW Nautilus pilot offshore wind project in state waters on the grounds that it was too expensive, the project's benefits were "unsubstantiated" and didn't meet conditions for economic and environmental benefits under the state's Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA).

The project, which is being developed by Nautilus Offshore Wind LLC, a partnership between EDF Renewables North America and Atlantic City-based Fishermen's Energy LLC, planned the installation of three MHI Vestas V164-8.3 MW wind turbines about 2.8 miles off the coastline of Atlantic City. The project was planned to come online in 2020. (Source: New Jersey BPU, 18 Dec, 2018) Contact: NJ BPU, www.bpu.state.nj.us; Nautilus Offshore Wind, www.nautiluswind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nautilus Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ,  Offshore Wind,  


Allianz Acquiring Portugal's Largest Solar Project (M&A, Int'l)
Allianz Capital Partners
Date: 2018-12-21
Allianz Capital Partners on behalf of Allianz insurance companies (Allianz) has signed the acquisition of the 218.8-megawatt (MW) Solara project about 150 mile south-east of Lisbon, Portugal.

At 218.8 MW capacity, Solara can generate sufficient electric power for about 100,000 average Portuguese households per year. Project construction is underway for a planned Summer 2019 commissioning.

Allianz hold 9 solar parks and 83 wind farm located in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden and the United States. (Source: Allianz, Energy Ind. Review, 20 Dec., 2018) Contact: Allianz Capital Partners, Peter Torstensson Snr. VP, + 46 46 36 72 31, (212) 938-0630 - NYC Office, www.allianzcapitalpartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Black Hills Energy Planning $57Mn Wyoming Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Black Hills Energy
Date: 2018-12-19
Rapid City, South Dakota-based Black Hills Energy reports it is seeking South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approval for a Renewable Ready Service Tariff to offer renewable energy resources to large commercial and industrial customers and government agencies.

The proposal would give large scale customers the option of purchasing renewable energy resources through a subscription program to fulfill up to 100 percent of their electricity needs for periods ranging from 5 to 25 years.

Additionally, Black Hills Energy is seeking to construct a 40-MW wind-energy facility near Cheyenne, Wyoming. If approved, the $57 million Corriedale Wind Energy Project would come online in the fall of 2020. Black Hills Energy's utility and power-generation subsidiaries operate 89 megawatts of wind-generation facilities that serve utility customers in Colorado. Another 60-megawatt wind project in Colorado is expected to be in service by the end of 2019. (Source: Black Hills Energy, Rapid City Journal, 17 Dec., 2018)Contact: Black Hills Energy, www.blackhillsenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Energy,  Wind,  


Clenera, CIPCO Announce Major Iowa Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Central Iowa Power Cooperative,Clenera LLC
Date: 2018-12-19
Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) is reporting a partnership with Boise, Idaho-based solar energy specialist Clenera LLC to develop the Wapello Solar project which it claims will be the Hawkeye State's largest solar project.

Under the terms of their agreement, CIPCO will purchase 100 pct of the proposed 100 MW solar project's output for 25 years.

Clenera will develop and operate the Wapello Solar project and retain all associated renewable energy credits. The project is expected to come online in December, 2020. (Source: Central Iowa Power Cooperative, Solar Industry, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Central Iowa Power Cooperative, Bill Cherrier, CEO, Exec. VP, (319) 366-8011, www.cipco.net; Clenera LLC, Jason Ellsworth, CEO, 208-639-3232, lenera.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Central Iowa Power Cooperative,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Greengate's Stirling Wind Project Wins AESO Contract (Ind Report)
Greengate Power Corporation
Date: 2018-12-19
Calgary, Alberta-headquartered Greengate Power Corp. is reporting that its 113 MW Stirling Wind Project has been awarded a 20-year, guaranteed price Renewable Electricity Support Agreement (RESA) by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).

Stirling Wind, near the city of Lethbridge, is jointly-owned by Greengate, Potentia Renewables Inc. and Paul First Nation with Potentia owning a majority interest.

Privately-held Greengate has developed 480 MW of operating wind energy projects in Alberta and Ontario, Canada representing approximately $1 billion of investment. (Source: Greengate, PR, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Greengate Power Corp., Dan Balaban, Pres., CEO, Dan Phaure, VP Bus. Dev., (403) 930-1300,www.greengatepower.com; Alberta Electric System Operator, David Erikson, CEO, www.aeso.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greengate Power ,  Wind,  


Canmore Considers Energy Efficiency, PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-12-19
In Alberta, the town of Canmore (pop. 14,00 +-) town council reports it has approved a Climate Action Plan that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050. By 2030, the plan proposes that the community will reduce its GHG emissions by 30 per cent below 2015 levels and 80 pct below 2015 levels, which is aligned with Federal GHG emission targets.

In anticipation of the potential risks and opportunities presented by these changes, the Plan proposes retrofits to 80 pct of existing buildings to improve energy efficiency. Proposed improvements include the installation of weather stripping, extra insulation and high efficiency windows, energy efficient appliances and lighting, the adoption of electric or hybrid vehicles, as well as significantly cutting solid waste and moving forward with an organics collection system.

The city is also considering a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) bylaw allowing city residents to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes, or install solar PV systems, and finance these through their property tax payments. (Source: Town of Canmore, PR, Crag & Canyon, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Town of Canmore, Lori Rissling Wynn, Sustainability Coordinator and Development Planner , (403) 678-1500, https://canmore.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  PACE,  


Ecolab, Clearway Energy Ink 100-MW Wind VPPA (Ind. Report)
Ecolab, Clearway Energy Group
Date: 2018-12-19
St. Paul, Minnesota-based water, hygiene and energy services provider Ecolab Inc is reporting the signing of a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Clearway Energy Group for 100 MW of wind energy from Clearway's proposed 419-MW Mesquite Star wind project in Fisher County, Texas. Construction is expected to get underway in the first half of 2019, according to the announcement.

Clearway presently has 4.1 GW of renewable energy projects, including 2.8 GW of wind, 1.1 GW of utility solar and more than 300 MW of distributed and community solar. This includes assets owned through affiliate Clearway Energy Inc. (Source: Ecolab,PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Ecolab Inc., https://en-ca.ecolab.com; Clearway Energy Group. John Woody, VP Bus. Dev., info@clearwayenergy.com, www.clearwayenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clearway Energy Group,  Ecolab,  Wind ,  


Allete Refurbishing 83-Turbine Oregon Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Allete Inc
Date: 2018-12-19
Minnesota-based Allete Inc. subsidiary Allete Clean Energy reports it is refurbishing its 50-MW Condon Wind power facility in Oregon as part of a fleet-wide optimization strategy.

The refurbishing, which will include new equipment and system upgrades, is expected to extend the operating life of the wind park and better position it for extending its existing contract with the Bonneville Power Administration when it expires in late 2022. (Source: Allete Clean Energy, PR, Various Media, Renewables, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Allete Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952, vmeyer@allete.com, www.allete.com

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


Solar-plus-Storage Added to O'ahu Renewables Lineup (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2018-12-19
In Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) is reporting another solar-plus-storage project is now planned for O'ahu, joining three other grid-scale solar projects recently selected by HECO in a procurement effort to expand the Aloha State's renewable energy portfolio.

The 12.5-MW solar array will be in West O'ahu and include a 50-MWh storage system, details of which will be released at a leter date.

Hawaiian Electric is currently negotiating PPAs with developers of the solar projects to set the terms for them to sell electricity to the utility. The goal is to complete the agreements so the projects can take advantage of federal tax credits. Final terms will be announced when the agreements are submitted to the Public Utilities Commission for review.

Including the latest project, there are now five major grid-scale projects announced for O'ahu in recent weeks, part of the largest infusion of renewable energy in state history. The projects -- four solar and one wind project -- are designed to generate 186 megawatts, displacing an estimated 800,000 barrels of oil annually. Previously announced projects on O'ahu include: Kunia Solar, 52 MW with 218 MWh storage; Mililani Solar, 39 MW with 156 MWh storage; Waipio Solar, 36 MW with 144 MWh storage; and Palehua Wind, 46.8 MW. Several other major renewable projects totaling 154 MW are under construction or awaiting permitting on O'ahu. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  


Sempra, ConEdison Completes Renewable Energy Assets Sale (M&A)
Sempra Energy,CopnEdison
Date: 2018-12-17
Further to our 24th Sept. coverage, Sempra Energy reports the closure of the sale of its U.S. operating solar assets, solar and battery storage development projects, and ownership interest in one wind facility to Consolidated Edison Inc. for approximately $1.6 billion in cash, subject to customary post-closing adjustments.

The transaction included Mesquite Solar 2 and 3 in Arizona, Copper Mountain Solar 1 and 4 in Nevada, Great Valley Solar in California, and solar and battery storage development projects. Additionally, Con Edison acquired Sempra Energy's interest in jointly owned facilities, including Mesquite Solar 1; Copper Mountain Solar 2 and 3; the Alpaugh, Corcoran and White River solar facilities in California; and the Broken Bow II wind facility in Nebraska. The sale represents approximately 980 MW AC of installed capacity.

Sempra Energy intends to use the sale proceeds for debt reduction and to expand its regulated Texas utility platform through Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC's pending acquisition of InfraREIT Inc. (Source: Sempra Energy, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com; Sempra Energy, Inv. Relations, (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  ConEdison,  


US Offshore Wind Auction Draws $405Mn in Bids (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-12-17
In Washington, the US Department of Interior (DoI) is reporting its recent offshore wind lease auction of about 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts has drawn a record $405 million in winning bids from Equinor Wind, Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind.

If fully developed, the three parcels near Martha's Vineyard and Block Island could generate about 4.1 gigawatts of energy -- sufficient power for as many as 1.5 million homes.

There are currently 15 active wind leases in federal waters that have generated more than $473 million in winning bids for nearly two million acres in federal waters, according to BOEM. (Source: US DoI,Workboat,Various Media, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Equinor Wind,(508) 717-8964, Vineyard Wind, www.equinor.com;www.vineyardwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Equinor Wind,  ,  Mayflower Wind Energy ,  Vineyard Wind,  


RENEW Wisc. Supports Nonprofit Organizations' Solar Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
RENEW Wisconsin
Date: 2018-12-17
In the Badger State, Madison-based RENEW Wisconsin is reporting 36 Wisconsin nonprofit organizations -- including churches and schools -- are inline to receive $445,000 in solar-power grants for projects aimed at promoting clean energy, increasing energy efficiency and cutting electric power costs. RENEW Wisconsin supports solar power, wind power, biogas, geothermal systems and electric vehicles.

The program is primarily funded by philanthropists Cal and Laurie Coulliard of Deerfield. In two earlier rounds of funding, RENEW Wisconsin issued more than $200,000 in grants, assisting 23 Wisconsin nonprofits invest in more than $1.67 million in solar projects that totaled 730 kilowatts of electricity. The grants fund up to 20 pct of a not-for-profit organization's solar installation costs. (Source: RENEW Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec., 2018)Contact: RENEW Wisconsin, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

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Company eyes far SW Indiana county for wind farm project
E.ON Climate & Renewables North America
Date: 2018-12-17
MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) — A Texas company is eyeing southwestern Indiana for a proposed 200-megawatt wind farm. E.ON Climate & Renewables North America wants to erect up to 81 wind turbines in Posey County in the state's far southwestern corner. Karsen Rumpf is the wind development manager for the Austin, Texas-based company. He says the project's scope and timetable depends on how many landowners are interested in leasing property for the turbines and the right-of-way for access roads to them.Construction of the wind farm could begin in 2020 , subject to Posey County planning authority approval. Karsen Rumpf is the wind development manager for the Austin, Texas-based company. He says the project's scope and timetable depends on how many landowners are interested in leasing property for the turbines and the right-of-way for access roads to them. Rumpf tells the Evansville Courier & Press it would take an estimated 47 to 81 wind turbines for the proposed farm to generate 200 megawatts of power. (Source: Evansville Courier Press, 16 Dec., 2018)

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Climate Activist Al Gore Overheard at COP24 (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,Global CCS Institute
Date: 2018-12-14
US environmental activist Al Gore railed against carbon capture technology this week while at the UN COP23 climate conference in Poland. When quizzed by media on the urgency on cutting carbon emissions and eliminating fossil fuels, the former Clinton Administration VP shot back:

"What does that mean? Not getting off fossil fuels but reducing emissions? You're not buying the CCS (carbon capture and storage) nonsense are you? Are you? If you see a separation between getting off fossil fuels as one thing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as another, then the only way to reconcile those two positions is to believe in the tooth fairy."

"The window for action is closing fast -- we need to do more and we need to do it now." Gore added.

Note: According to the Global CCS Institute, 18 large-scale CO2 trapping facilities are in operation with five in various stages of construction, and another 20 in various stages of development worldwide. (Source: Daily Caller, Global CCS Institute, Various Media, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Global CCS Institute, Brad Page, CEO, www.globalccsinstitute.com

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Senvion Claims European Wind Turbine Contracts (Int'l Report)
Senvion
Date: 2018-12-14
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SA reports it has inked four wind turbine supply contracts totaling more than 47 MW for projects in Belgium, France and Portugal.

In Belgium, Senvion concluded deals with EDF Luminus and Eoly for the Sint Gillis Waas and Rebaix wind farms, respectively. Four machines will be installed next summer including 3.4M104 and 3.4M114 models. Senvion will also provide maintenance for 20 years. Senvion will also supply four 3.4M114 turbines for the Aschere-le-Marche wind farm in France, which is being developed by ABO Wind and owned by CEZ Group. The deal includes a 15-year maintenance contract.

A deal has also been struck with Zurich utility EKZ for six 3.4M122 units for the Marvila 2 wind farm in Portugal for commissioning next autumn. (Source: Senvion, renews, 12 Dec., 2018)Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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Philadelphia Eagles Football Stadium Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-12-14
In the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Eagles football club is reporting its home stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, has scored US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

The stadium's energy efficiency and LEED qualifying feature include: operating 100 pct on clean energy, motion controlled LED lighting and HVAC, diverting 99 pct of waste from landfills, a comprehensive on-site anaerobic digestion composting program, the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, and phasing out plastics at concession stands. The facility also produces one-third of its annual power needs from its 11,108 solar panels and 14 wind turbines and sources its remaining remaining energy by purchasing credits from suppliers that use renewable energy. The stadium owners also created a 6.5-acre forest in Bensalem and planted 5,900 trees with help from the Conservation Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (Source: Lincoln Financial Field, Inquirer, philly.com, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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680 GW of New Wind Power by 2027, says Report (Ind. Report)
Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.
Date: 2018-12-14
More than 680 gigawatts (GW) of new wind power is expected to come online around the globe in the next decade, according to new research from the international energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Wood Mackenzie announced this week that it had upgraded its Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q4 2018 by 2 pct compared to only a quarter ago, with the majority of the expected growth to occur in the medium-term, boosting annual capacity additions from 2020 to 2023 by an average of 2.7 GW.

In the long term, Wood Mackenzie forecasts that more than 680 GW of new on- and offshore wind power will be brought online through 2027. (Source: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, CleanTechnica, Others, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, (617) 500- 4257 -- Boston Office, www.woodmac.com/research/products/power-and-renewables

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Storelectric Raises £1Mn for Compressed Air Energy Storage (Int'l)
Storelectric
Date: 2018-12-14
Lancashire, UK-based compressed air energy storage specialist Storelectric Ltd. is reporting receipt of £1 million in additional funding from green tech investors 350PPM alongside employees from a major US institution.

According to the company's website, Storelectric's Compressed Air Energy Storage enables a surplus of wind or solar power to be stored underground where the surplus energy is used to store air in salt caverns, a type of underground reservoir. (Source: Storelectric, UKTN, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Storelectric Ltd., Jeff Draper, CFO and co-founder, +44 0 7919 536551, jdraper@storelectric.com, www.storelectric.com; 350PPM, https://350.org

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UK Adds £100Mn to Sub-Saharan Renewable Platform (Int'l)
Renewable Energy Performance Platform
Date: 2018-12-12
From COP24 in Poland, the UK government reports it will provide £100 million of funding to the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) to support up to 40 new renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa including small-scale solar, wind, geothermal and biomass sources up to 2023.

The funding, which triples the overall funding for the REPP, could unlock an extra £156 million of private finance into renewable energy markets in Africa over the next five years, according to a release from UK Energy and Clean Growth minister Hon.Claire Perry.

The new investment adds to the £48 million previously committed to the REPP programme, which is already supporting 18 renewable energy projects in a range of countries from Tanzania to Burundi.

REPP is an innovative funding platform created by the European Investment Bank and the UNEP, and funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. REPP provides early-stage funding, advisory services, and results-based finance for the development and construction of small and medium-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, Hon. Claire Perry, Minister, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; Renewable Energy Performance Platform, www.africa-eu-renewables.org


200-MW Ohio Wind Farm Making Regulatory Progress (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2018-12-10
In Columbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reports it has scheduled the required public meeting in the north-central Ohio Village of Green Springs for Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy subsidiary Republic Wind LLC's proposed 200-MW wind farm on 15,000 acres in Seneca and Sandusky counties.

The $410 million Republic Wind facility is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 57,000 homes. (Source: Republic Wind, Kallanish Energy, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact; Ohio Power Siting Board, www.opsb.ohio.gov; Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com; Republic Wind Energy LLC, www.republicwindenergy.com

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Greencoat Acquiring 45.2 MW in Irish Wind Farms (Int'l, M&A)
Greencoat Renewables ,Blackrock
Date: 2018-12-10
Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc reports it will acquire 45.2 MW of wind farms in Ireland from BlackRock Real Assets, a fund managed by BlackRock Inc .for total of €88 million ($100.5 million). The acquisition includes the 36-MW Monaincha and 9.2-MW Garranereagh facilities. Greencoat will finance the purchase with funds from its €380-million revolving credit facility and expects the deal to be completed by the end of this month. (Source: Greencoat, PR, Renewables, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, www.greencoat-capital.com

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Long Island's Second Iargest Solar Array Online (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,PSEG,Invenergy
Date: 2018-12-10
Duke Energy subsidiary PSEG is reporting the official launch of the 150-acre, 24.9-MW Shoreham Solar Commons solar array in Shoreham, New York.

Shoreham Solar Commons was developed by Invenergy and sold to Duke in 2017. The project generates sufficient energy for 3,500 homes while costing ratepayers about $177 million during its 20-year contract with LIPA. The project has been producing power since July.

Duke Energy Renewables presently has wind and solar projects in 22 states amounting to about 3,000 MW. MW. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PSEG, NewsDay, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Jim Parmalee, Dir. Power Resources, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com/renewable; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Solar,  Duke Energy Renewables,  ,  PSEG,  


Iran Boasts Rapid Renewable Energy Sector Growth (Int'l)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-12-10
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Mohammad Sadeqzadeh, director of Iran's Renewable Energy and Electrical Energy Efficiency Organization, a subsidiary of the Energy Ministry, claimed both private Iranian citizens and the private sector have made significant investments in the renewable energy industry in recent years, despite "cruel" U.S. sanctions. The minister added that local investments have outstripped foreign investment in the renewable energy sector.

The Iranian governments is seeking to have 5,000 MW of renewable energy on line by 2020, with more than 4,000 MW expected to come from wind power. The country presently has approximately 141 MW of installed wind power. (Source: Tasmin News Agency, 9 Dec., 2018)

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Boston Law Firm Touts Renewable Energy Practice (Ind. Report)
Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Date: 2018-12-07
In the Bay State, the Boston-based legal firm Sherin and Lodgen LLP is reporting the expansion of its Solar Energy practice and created a national Renewable Energy Practice Group to meet the needs of the accelerating renewable energy and energy storage industries. The he new group's services will include:
  • Purchase and sale of renewable energy projects at all stages of development/operation;

  • Securing easement and leasing rights in connection with solar and wind farm assemblages, collection systems, and transmission;

  • Structuring debt financing for solar project portfolios;

  • Engineering, procurement, and construction contracts with third party contractors for both solar and storage development;

  • Environmental issues related to the development of ground mounted facilities on landfills, brownfields, and Superfund sites;

  • Negotiating power purchase agreements with private, public, and municipal offtakers;

  • Negotiating ground, rooftop, and parking canopy leases for solar development;

  • Advice and consultation related to securing, documenting and preserving tax credits through federal and state incentive programs (includes Massachusetts SMART program) arising from renewable energy production;

  • Utility RFP bids for renewable energy;

  • Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreements (PILOT) with Massachusetts municipalities;

  • Environmental regulatory matters related to Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, Massachusetts Chapter 91 (tidelands)and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act and other marine mammal protection regulations impacting offshore wind development;

  • Negotiation of energy savings agreements for manufacturing entities. (Source: Sherin and Lodgen LLP, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Bethany A. Bartlett, Renewable Energy Group Chair, (617) 646-2000, www.sherin.com

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  • Suez Gulf Offshore Wind Bidders Win Extension (Int'l Report)
    Vestas, Siemens, and Senvion
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Wind turbine manufacturers Vestas, Siemens, and Senvion -- the qualifying firm for a Suez offshre wind project -- report they requested and been granted an extension date for bid submissions to January 2019, instead of this December. The date was originally determined by the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA).

    The €260 million project is being financed by the German development bank, KfW Group. (Source: ,MENAFN, Daily News Egypt, Dec., 2018) Contact: Egypt New and Renewable Energy Authority, +20 2 22725891, www.nrea.gov.eg; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; KfW Bank, www.kfw.de/KfW-Group

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Siemens,  Senvio,  KfW Bank,  Wind,  Egypt Wind,  


    EDF Redesigning Firth of Forth Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
    EDF Renewables UK
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Following up on our May 7th coverage, EDF Renewables UK reports it has obtained government approval for an improved design for the £1.8 billion NeartnaGaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm project in Scotland's Firth of Forth.

    The project, which originally included a maximum of 75 turbines, will now incorporate a maximum of 54 turbines generating a total 450 MW of power -- sufficient power for as many as 375,000 homes.

    EDF acquired the project from London-based Mainstream Renewable Power in May, 2018. The project is expected to come online by 2023. EDF Renewables UK presently Coperates more than 786MW of wind farms with battery storage and has over 2GW projects with consents and in development stages. (Source: EDF, Power Technology, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables UK, NnG project director Matthias Haag, +44 333 200 5105, www.edf-re.uk

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    MidAmerican Energy's Wind XII Project IUB Approval (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Utilities Board,MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Des Moines, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reports approval of MidAmerican Energy Company's proposed $922 million, 591 MW Wind XII wind farm in the Hawkeye State.

    When completed in 2012, the wind project will give the utility company more than 6,600 MW of renewable generation in Iowa -- sufficient renewable energy to meet 100 pct of its customers' annual energy needs. (Source: Iowa Utilities Board, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Iowa Utilities Board, https://iub.iowa.gov; MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

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    DOE Selects Pumped Storage Projects for Study (Ind. Report)
    US DOE, Energy STorage
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced selections for its Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance (NOTA) to perform techno-economic studies to evaluate the long-term value of two selected pumped-storage hydropower (PSH) projects. While PSH projects were initially built to balance the electricity system between period of high demand during the day and low demand at night, increases in variable renewable generation have changed how plants are operated and the value they provide to the grid. For example, instead of generating during the day and pumping at night, many plants now change operational modes multiple times per day and are relied on to provide quick ramping or frequency response.

    Determining the value of PSH under these changing grid conditions is a significant challenge that requires new modeling tools and analysis. These studies will provide PSH developers with improved capabilities to estimate the value of a proposed PSH project and compare financial revenue streams under current market structures relative to the economic value of PSH projects to the grid.

    The techno-economic studies for the two selected projects will be carried out by a Technical Assistance team comprising subject matter experts from the following DOE national laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

    The studies will support a larger multi-year research strategy to define the capabilities and estimate the value that hydropower and PSH resources contribute to electric grid resilience and reliability and how those contributions could be optimized for a rapidly evolving grid.

    The Technical Assistance team has developed draft guidance -- a step-by-step methodology that can be used by PSH developers, plant owners and operators, and other stakeholders to assess the economic value of existing or planned PSH projects. The methodology will be applied at the two sites below to evaluate and demonstrate the potential economic and financial value of the proposed projects. Through these studies, the team will test and refine the valuation guidance, after which the guidance and valuation tools will be made publicly available for use by the hydropower industry.

    GridAmerica Holdings' proposed Goldendale project would be located on the border of Oregon and Washington at the northern terminus of the Pacific AC and DC intertie transmission lines. This project, if constructed, could facilitate the storage and export of the growing amount of wind energy available in the Northwest to nearby states.

    Absaroka Energy's proposed Banner Mountain project in central Wyoming along the proposed route of the Energy Gateway West 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which would enable it to serve additional areas in the western and southwestern U.S.. Banner Mountain would be a closed-loop facility that would include three ternary units -- a PSH technology that enables rapid switching between generating and pumping modes -- for a total capacity of 400 MW.

    The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy supports research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen U.S. economic growth, energy security, and environmental quality. (Source: US DOE, Dec., 2018) Contact: EERE Water Power Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/water/articles/notice-opportunity-technical-assistance-techno-economic-studies-pumped-storage; OEERE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

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    Nordex Using Software AG for Wind Turbine Management (Ind. Report)
    Software AG
    Date: 2018-12-05
    Darmstadt, Germany-based Software AG reports wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group has selected its Cumulocity IoT platform to manage its onshore wind turbines. Nordex plans to connect and monitor its 6,800 existing wind turbines using Cumulocity IoT as a platform for digitizing its wind farms.

    Software AG's Cumulocity IoT is an open, independent, device agnostic platform supporting more than 150 pre-integrated devices and 300-plus industrial protocols. It is fully distributed and available across cloud, on-premises and edge. (Source: Nordex, PR, Windpower Dev., 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Software AG, Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO, www.softwaread.com; Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

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    Orsted Sets Ambitious Offshore Wind Target (Int'l. Report)
    Orsted
    Date: 2018-11-30
    Danish energy major Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting a new offshore wind target as part of a its updated strategic plan. By 2025, the Copenhagen headquartered company wants to increase its offshore wind capacity from 11GW to 15GW.

    Orsted's portfolio currently includes 11.9GW of offshore and onshore wind farms and biomass-fired combined heat and power plants that are either in production, under construction or have been given final investment decision (FID). It also has projects with a capacity of 4.7GW awaiting FID.

    From 2019-2025, the company expects total gross investments of approximately DKK 200 billion ($30 billion)75-85 pct of which will be in the offshore wind sector. (Source: Orsted, MarEx,Other, Dec., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    Pattern Offloads Stillwater Montana Wind Farm Interest (M&A)
    Pattern Energy
    Date: 2018-11-30
    San Francisco-headquartered Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development)is reporting the sale of its entire ownership in the 31-turbine, 79.75-MW Stillwater Wind Farm in Montana. The project was commissioned in October.

    Pattern Energy Group Inc notes it purchased 51 pct of the class B interests in the Stillwater facility for $23 million in cash. The acquired interest is equal to a 35-MW owned interest in the facility. The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) purchased the remaining 49 pct of class B interests. Pattern Energy will operate the wind farm. (Source: Pattern Energy, 25 Nov., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com; Public Sector Pension Investment Board, www.investpsp.com/en

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    NextEra, OSMPC Agree to Wind Farm Deadline Extension (Ind. Report)
    NextEra
    Date: 2018-11-30
    In the Sooner State, the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission (OSMPC) reports it has again granted a mitigation plan deadline extension for NextEra Energy's planned wind farm along a route of airspace the military uses for training west of Hinton.

    As part of the extension, NextEra may resume construction on turbines that have been approved by the FAA. OSMPC claims the wind farm violates a recent amendment to the Wind Energy Development Act requiring a determination by the federal government that planned wind turbine construction has no military impact, or the company must have an approved mitigation plan from the Defense Department before a wind farm is constructed or expanded. (Source: OSMPC, Enid News & Eagle, 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

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    Engie Ups KiWi Power Stake (Int'l Report, M&A)
    Engie SA, KiWi Power
    Date: 2018-11-30
    French electric utility Engie SA reports it has increased its ownership stake in UK distributed energy resource aggregator KiWi Power with the purchase of additional company shares from KiWi co-founders Yoav Zingher and Ziko Abram.

    London-based KiWi Power said on Monday that this latest share-purchase transaction marks the start of the next phase of growth for the UK firm. (Source: Engie, Renewables, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Engie SA, Isabelle Kocher, CEO, www.engie.com; KiWi Power, +44 (0)207-183-1030, +44 (0)845-805-6205, info@kiwipowered.com, www.kiwipowered.com

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    EU Renewable Energy Progress Adoption Slows (Ind. Report, Int'l)
    European Environment Agency
    Date: 2018-11-28
    In a just released report, the European Environment Agency (EEA) notes that the EU's progress towards increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing and putting its ability to meet its 2020 and 2030 targets at risk.

    According to the report, renewable energy, such as wind and solar, accounted for a 17.4 pct share of gross final energy consumption in the EU last year -- up from 17.0 pct in 2016. This indicates that the EU remains on track to reach its target of a renewables share of 20 pct by 2020, although at a slower rate of growth. Preliminary EEA data for 2017 showed 20 member states were on track to reach their individual targets on renewable energy by 2020, a drop from 2016 when 25 countries were on track.

    On energy efficiency, both primary and final energy consumption were above the trajectory needed to reach targets 2020. The continued growth in energy consumption, particularly in transport but also in other sectors, made achieving the 2020 target increasingly uncertain, the report said.

    Download the full report HERE (Source: European Environment Agency, Reuters, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu

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    Botetourt County Va. Wind Farm Project Seeking PPA (Ind. Report)
    Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-11-28
    In the Old Dominion State, Charlottesville-based Apex Clean Energy reports it is seeking a PPA for its planned 75-MW, Rocky Forge wind farm to be located in Botetourt County. All required local, state and federal permits have been issued. If and when constructed, the project will the state's first commercial wind farm. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Nov., 2018) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Charlie Johnson, Dev. Manager, (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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

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