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Vestas Wins 159 MW Senegal Wind Turbine EPC Contract (Int'l.)
Date: 2018-09-05
Danish wind turbine giant Vestas is reporting receipt of a 159-MW engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) wind turbine order from Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye for Senegal's first utility-scale wind farm. Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye is majority-owned by Lekela, a renewable energy company that has developed 1.3 GW of wind and solar projects across Africa, and partly owned by French developer Sarreole.

The order includes the supply, transport, installation and commissioning of 46 V126-3.45 MW turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 service, operations and maintenance agreement.

EKF Denmark's Export Credit is backing the project with a €140 million export loan. Turbine delivery is expected between Q2 and Q3 of 2019. Project completion and commissioning is expected between Q3 2019 and Q1 2020. (Source: Vestas, NA Windpower, 4 Sept., 2018)Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,; Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  

Fintel Energija to Construct Two Russian Wind Farms (Int'l)
Fintel Energija
Date: 2018-09-05
Fintel Energija, a Serbian subsidiary of Italian Fintel Energia Group, reports it has established Fintel Russian Ventures, a company in Russia for the development of two wind energy projects.

Fintel Russian Ventures will build and operate two wind farms of 25.2 MW and 273 MW, located in the regions of Ulyanovsk and Saratov, respectively. The company will invest €32 million ($37.1 million) in the six-turbine Ulyanovsk wind farm which is is expected to be online in 2020. The Saratov wind farm will incorporate 65 turbines. (Source: Fintel Energija Release, Renewables, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Fintel Energija, +381 11 322 3884,

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Iowa Ranked 1st in U.S. Ethanol Production (Ind. Report Attached)
Date: 2018-09-05
A new analysis from the Iowa Legislative Services Agency reports the Hawkeye State's industrial sector is using more energy than any other sector in our economy, According to the agency's report, Iowa ranks 24th in the nation in total energy production; 1st in Ethanol production, 2nd in Biodiesel, and 3rd in Wind power production; and ranks 5th in per capita energy consumption.

Download the Iowa Legislative Services Agency report HERE. (Source: Iowa Legislative Services Agency,, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Iowa Legislative Services Agency,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

Japan May Loosen Wind Power Regulatory Process (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-08-31
In Tokyo, the Japan Times is reporting the Japanese Environment Ministry plans to mandate that only large-scale wind power plants of 10,000 kilowatts or more be required to undergo environmental impact assessments.

The deregulation and loosening of r restrictions on wind power plant developement and construction is seen as an effort to encourage and speed the introduction of the renewable energy and reduce the time and financial burden on plant construction resulting from the regulatory process.

According to the Japan Wind Power Association , the environmental assessment requirement has been a major hurdle to the widespread introduction of wind power as the procedure takes four to five years and incurs significant additional costs. The government wants the country to have the capacity to produce 10 million kilowatts of wind power by fiscal 2030 -- up from the present 3.39 million kilowatts. (Source: Japan Times, Others, 30 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Japan Wind,  

Ocean Renewable Power Seeking Tidal Power Investors (Ind. Report)
Ocean Renewable Power
Date: 2018-08-31
In Maine, Portland-based alternative energy startup Ocean Renewable Power Co. reports it is seeking a tide of investment capital to advance its unique RivGen -- in stream -- and TidGen -- tidal -- marine power turbines.

The company is seeking $12 million in private investment in addition to a recent $6 million infusion. An initial funding round will be followed by a push for another $18 million earmarked for production startup, commercialization and marketing.

In 2017, marine energy reportedly attracted only $200 million in investments worldwide; solar energy drew $161 billion and wind attracted $107 billion, according to Bloomberg's 2018 New Energy Finance investment report. (Source: Ocean Renewable Power, Portland Press Herald, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ocean Renewable Power, Chris Sauer, CEO, 207.772.7707,

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Iranian 61.4 MW Wind Farm Commissioned (Int'l Report)
Iran Wind
Date: 2018-08-29
The Iranian Energy Ministry is reporting the opening of a 61.4-MW wind farm in town of Tarom in Qazvin province.

The €86 million wind farm incorporates eighteen 3.4-MW wind turbines and was developed by the private sector with support from the National Development Fund of Iran and the Cooperative Development Bank. When fully operational, the wind farm will help prevent 110,000 metric tpy of greenhouse gases, which is equivalent to planting 100 thousand hectares of and preventing the pollution of 22,000 vehicles. (Source: Iranian Energy Ministry, REVE, 27 Aug., 2018) Iranian Energy Ministry,

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Vestas, ECN Wind Partnering on Netherlands Wind Test Site (Int'l)
Vestas,ECN Wind Energy Facilities
Date: 2018-08-29
Danish wind turbine giant Vestas reports it is partnering with ECN Wind Energy Facilities B.V. on the 30- MW Wieringermeer wind test site project in the Netherlands.

The project is an extension of the Wieringermeer test site, which will have a total capacity of 17 wind turbines: eight spots for serially-produced turbines and nine for prototypes of large wind turbine manufacturers.

Vestas will provide eight serially-produced V126-3.45 MW turbines delivered in a 3.8-MW Power Optimized Mode which ECN Wind Energy Facilities could use for testing on behalf of third parties. Such tests could include operational strategies to optimize output and grid integration. The project includes VestasOnline Business SCADA solution for monitoring the turbines, reducing turbine downtime and improving the project's business case. The contract includes design and construction of foundations as well as supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreement. Turbine delivery is slated for Q1, 2019. (Source: Vestas, Windpower, 27 Aug., 2018)Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,; ECN Wind Energy,; ECN Wind Energy Facilities,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ECN Wind Energy .Vestas,  Wind,  

Invenergy Developing Two Western Iowa Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-29
Chicago-based wind energy developer Invenergy reports it is developing an 85 turbine wind farm in Sac County and an 85 turbine project in Ida County, Iowa. Both wind farms are designed to generate at least 200 MW of power -- sufficinet power for approximately 90,000 homes.

This would be Invenergy's second wind farm in Ida County. The Sac and Ida projects could be up and running by the end of 2019 or early 2020. Invenergy also has plans to develop a project in Iowa County in eastern Iowa. The clean energy company operates about 1,500 megawatts of wind energy in Iowa. (Source: Innvenergy, Iowa Public Radio, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400,

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NorthWestern Energy's Montana Wind Project Becalmed (Ind. Report)
NorthWestern Energy
Date: 2018-08-29
Souix Falls, South Dakota-headquartered wind energy developer NorthWestern Energy reports its proposed 320-MW, Beaver Creek wind energy and battery energy storage project in south-central Montana is on hold due to an impasse in negotiations over rates with NorthWestern Energy.

The Beaver Creek project would include four, 80-megawatt wind farms north of Columbus. Developers say it would create 350 jobs during construction as well as $4 million a year in property taxes to Sweet Grass and Stillwater counties. But Beaver Creek owners claim NorthWestern Energy is not negotiating in good faith over the rates it would pay for that power. The developer is now asking the Montana Public Service Commission to settle the issue. (Source: NorthWestern Energy, 8KPAX News, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: NorthWestern Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NorthWestern Energy,  Wind,  

DOE Releases 2017 Wind Market Reports (Ind. Reports Attached)
Date: 2018-08-27
The U.S. DOE's recently released three wind energy market reports for 2017 note that as wind installations continue across the country and offshore wind projects move beyond the planning process, technology costs and wind energy prices continue to fall. The reports cover land-based utility scale, distributed, and offshore wind. Highlights from 2017 reports prepared by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory include:
  • The U.S. wind industry installed 7,017 MW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity to nearly 89 GW:
  • In total, 41 states operated utility-scale wind projects. Texas leads the nation with over 22 GW of wind capacity, while Oklahoma, Iowa, California, and Kansas have more than 5,000 MW;
  • Another 13 states have more than 1,000 MW;
  • In 2017, wind energy contributed 6.3 pct of the nation's electricity supply, more than 10 pct of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30 pct in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota;
  • Larger turbines with longer blades are enhancing wind plant performance. Wind projects built in the past few years have seen capacity factors increase by 79 pct compared to projects installed from 1998 to 2001;
  • The average installed cost of wind projects in 2017 was $1,611 per KW, down 33 pct from the peak in 2009 -- 2010:
  • The U.S. wind industry supported more than 105,000 jobs and saw $11 billion invested in new wind plants in 2017.

    A separate 2017 Distributed Wind Market Report, prepared by DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, highlights the following:

  • In total, U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 1,076 MW. This capacity comes from roughly 81,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam;
  • In 2017, Iowa, Ohio, and California led the nation in new distributed wind capacity installed as a result of large-scale turbines installed by commercial and industrial facilities and electricity distribution utilities;
  • 35 pct of distributed wind projects installed in 2017 were residential , and 25 pct were agricultural installations;
  • U.S. manufacturers of small wind turbines and their supply chain vendors are located in 27 states;
  • Between 2015 and 2017, U.S.-based small wind turbine manufacturers accounted for $226 million or more in export sales.

    A third report, the 2017 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Update, prepared by the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, found the following:

  • The U.S. offshore wind industry recently took a leap forward as commercial-scale projects were competitively selected in Massachusetts (800 MW), Rhode Island (400 MW), and Connecticut (200 MW);
  • New York, New Jersey, and Maryland also have offshore wind projects in the development pipeline;
  • The U.S. offshore wind project pipeline has reached a total of 25,464 MW of capacity across 13 states, including the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016;
  • In Europe -- where most offshore wind development has occurred to date -- recent offshore wind project auctions have continued the trend of developers committing to lower electricity prices for projects that will be operating in the 2020s;
  • New offshore wind turbines are being developed with 10 -- 12 mw of capacity (compared to an average capacity of 2.3 MW for land-based turbines and 5.3 MW for offshore wind turbines installed in 2017). As a result, demand is increasing for specialized ships that will be able to install these very large turbines in U.S. waters;
  • About 60 pct of the U.S. offshore wind resource lies in deep waters. Developing a project in deep waters requires wind turbines on floating foundations;
  • In the U.S., floating offshore wind projects have been proposed off the coasts of Maine, California, and Hawaii.

    Report details are HERE. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, Aug., 2018) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office.

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

  • CBRE Toasts Chicago Offices as Nation's Greenest (Ind. Report)
    CBRE Group
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Chicago is the national leader in energy efficient office buildings for the second year in a row. The Windy City gained a nearly six point spread over second-place San Francisco, marking the largest spread ever recorded in the Index, according to the 2018 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University.

    The fifth annual U.S. Green Building Adoption Index by CBRE and Maastricht University analyzed green certified office space across America's 30 largest metros, and found the highest in the index's history at 41 pct of market totals. "Green" office buildings hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, USGBC LEED certification or both. According to the report, 11.5 pct of all buildings surveyed are ENERGY STAR labeled, while 5.0 pct of buildings are LEED certified, both at all-time highs for the five-year study.

    According to the report, 69.8 pct of the office buildings in Chicago are market certified green and 265 buildings are green. San Francisco claimed the second spot with 64 pct of all space green certified, and Atlanta maintained the third spot with more than 58 pct. Los Angeles and Minneapolis claimed fourth and fifth place respectively.

    In 2019, the city plans to implement the Chicago Energy Rating System, to make energy use information for large buildings easily accessible while encouraging additional energy savings. If all buildings with ENERGY STAR scores below 90 were to improve their scores by only 10 points to earn one additional star in the new Rating, buildings would see savings of over $70 million per year. In April 2017, the Mayor announced that by 2025 all Chicago public buildings will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. That transition means that eight percent of the city-wide electricity load or 1.8 billion KWh will come from clean and renewable sources. This follows the 2013 commitment that the City made to eliminating coal from its electricity supply. (Source: City of Chicago, PR, Prairies State Wire, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Chicago Mayor's Press Office, 312.744.3334,; CBRE, David Pogue, VP Global Client Care, CBRE U.S. Green Building Adoption Index,,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC LEED,  CBRE Group,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Chile's Punta Sierra Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Punta Sierra,China State Power Investment Corporation
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Santiago, Pacific Hydro is reporting its 32 turbine, $140 million Punta Sierra wind farm in Chile is now online.

    The 82 MW facility is the Pacific Hydro's first wind farm in Chile and the first wind farm financed by China State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) in the South American country.

    Punta Sierra wind farm incorporates 32 Goldwind turbines of 2.55 MW and will offset 100,000 tpy of CO2 while supplying sufficient energy for approximately 130,000 homes per year. (Source: Pacific Hydro, Santiago Times, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pacific Hydro,; China State Power Investment Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Hydro,  Wind,  Punta Sierra,  

    Xcel Undeterred in Carbon Emissions Goals (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Further to our June 8th coverage, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy notes it remains committed to its carbon emissions goals and creating clean energy for its customers despite the Trump administration's reversal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan coal pollution rules.

    The new EPA Affordable Clean Energy Rule proposal would give states leeway on whether to limit emissions and by how much and allow older power plants to operate longer.

    Xcel has coal plant operations in Becker, Minn. It has three units working and one united scheduled to be retired in 2023 and another in 2026.

    Since 2005 Xcel has reduced carbon emissions 33 pct in the Upper Midwest -- a level that is ahead of the former U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement. Xcel projects a 50 pct reduction in emissions by 2022. The company's current Upper Midwest energy mix is 58 pct carbon free -- 29 pct nuclear, 18 pct wind, 10 pct other renewables and 1 percent solar. The remaining mix is 30 pct coal and 12 pct natural gas. the company notes. By 2022, Xcel projects the Upper Midwest numbers to be 76 pct carbon free. (Source: Xcel Energy, 24 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP Policy and Federal Affairs,

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

    Ameresco Completes Stewart Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting the completion of an energy efficiency project serving the municipal government buildings of Stewart County, Tennessee.

    Under the $515,960 Energy Services Agreement, Ameresco guaranteed an annual energy savings to the County through 2028. Funding for the project was complemented with a $250,000 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant and over $20,000 in utility rebates and rate savings. Energy efficiency improvements included high efficiency LED lighting and lighting controls, new windows and doors, HVAC and boiler control upgrades at the Courthouse, County Library, Courthouse Annex, Administrative Building, and three EMS Facilities which provide ambulatory services. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ameresco (508) 661-2288,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  

    XCEL Announces Texas Wind Farm Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
    XCEL Energy
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting the ceremonial ground breaking of the Hale Wind Farm in Hale County, near Petersburg, Texas.

    The project will incorporate 239 wind turbines spread over 60,000 acres and will generate 478 mw of power. The project, which is expected to be complete by June, 2019, will generate sufficient power for 168,000 homes. (Source: XCEL, Plainsview Herald, 17 Aug., 2018)Contact: Xcel Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News XCEL Energy,  Wind,  

    innogy Unloads 41 pct Stake in Triton Knoll Offshore Wind (M&A)
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Essen, Germany-based energy company innogy reports it has sold a 41 pct stake in the 860 mw Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Lincolnshire in the UK to two Japanese electric utilities, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power.

    The project will incorporate 90, MHI Vestas' V164-9.5 MW wind turbines and is expected to come online in 2021/22. When fully operational, Triton Knoll will generate sufficient electric power for 800,000 UK households. (Source: innogy, Nikkei Asian Review, 16 Aug., 2018)Contact: J Power, +81 3 3546 2211,; Kansai Electric Power Co., +81.6.6441.8821,; innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News innogy renewables,  innogy,  Offshore Wind,  

    Ratch Powers-Up at Queensland's Largest Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    Ratch Australia
    Date: 2018-08-22
    In the Land Down Under, Ratch Australia is reporting Queensland's largest wind farm to date, the $380 million, 180MW Mount Emerald facility near Mareebra, is powering up the first of its 44 Vestas turbines in a staged testing and commissioning process.

    When fully online, the wind farm will deliver around 530,000MWh hours of relectric power -- sufficient power for about 75,000 north Queensland homes over a 20-year period, according to a company statement.

    RATCH-Australia is an independent power producer in Australia and owns an increasing portfolio of power generation assets, generating more than 815 MW as of Apr 2014. These consist of ownership, or an interest in gas power stations and wind farms around Australia. RATCH-Australia is an unlisted public company incorporated in Australia and owned by the major Thai power generation company, Ratchaburi Electricity Generation Holding PCL (RATCH). (Source: Ratch Australia, RENew Economy, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ratch Australia, Anthony Yeates, Business Dev., 02 8913 9400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Australia Wind,  

    PNDD Touts Wind Energy Oversight Resolution Program (Ind. Report)
    North Dakota Department of Agriculture
    Date: 2018-08-22
    In Bismark, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA)is reporting the launch of a new wind energy restoration and reclamation oversight program to help landowners resolve concerns related to wind energy development.

    The program will allow a landowner or tenant who is dissatisfied by the response of a wind energy company related to reclamation of their property to work with a Department of Agriculture ombudsman. The ombudsman can then evaluate the site, contact the wind company and work to resolve the issues in a timely manner.

    The program, which was developed in cooperation with the North Dakota Public Service Commission, which regulates wind farms, aims to provide educational outreach to help landowners before they sign agreements with wind companies. (Source: North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Bismark Tribune, 21 Aug., 2018 Contact: North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Doug Goehring, Commissioner, (701) 328-2231,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    German Lely Aicon Wind Turbines Now Offered in US (Ind. Report)
    Lely Wind Turbine
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Leer, Germany-based Lely Aircon BV is reporting the North American availability of its wind turbines through Acterra Group, headquartered in Marion, Iowa.

    Acterra will sell, install and service Lely Aircon's three turbine models, including the Lely Aircon 30, which has earned praised in Europe for its low noise, ease of maintenance and high energy yields, says Lely. (Source: Lely Aircon BV,, NA Wind Power, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: Lely Aircon, Andreas Aschoff, GM, +49 491 454100,; Acterra, Tad Cooper, Pres., 319.377.6357,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    Infigen Wind Project Installing 25MW Tesla Battery (Int'l)
    Infigen Energy,Tesla
    Date: 2018-08-20
    In the Land Down Under, Infigen Energy reports its 278.5MW Lake Bonney wind facility will install a 25MW Tesla grid-scale battery energy storage system in South Australia. According to Infigen Energy, the energy storage capacity will play a crucial role in stabilizing the surrounding region's grid with its flexibility services.

    Infigen has secured project funding agreements with the South Australian government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) worth around $38 (AUS) million. South Australia is home to the world's largest battery -- a 100MW system at the Hornsdale wind farm. (Source: Infigen Energy, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Infigen, Energy, Ross Rolfe, CEO, +61 2 8031 9901,,; Tesla Power Pack,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Infigen Energy,  Tesla PowerPack,  ,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  

    MHI Developing World's Largest Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
    Date: 2018-08-20
    Tokyo-headquartered conglomerate Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) reports it is working what could be the on the world's largest offshore wind turbine at 10,000kW output, for installation as early as 2020. MHI expects to market the giant turbines to the European wind market.

    MHI plans to develop a 10,000kW turbine through MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy and Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, which is the world's second largest offshore wind turbine maker. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and U.S.-headquartered General Electric are also reportedly planning to introduce over-10,000kW turbines after 2020. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NIKKEI, 17 Aug., 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Heavy Ind., +81.3.6716.3111,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,  Wind Turbine,  

    PA, Philadelphia Adopt New Building Energy Codes (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-08-20
    Effective October 1, the Keystone State is adopting a new energy conservation code through an update of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC). The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be the new building efficiency standard statewide except in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, which is adopting the newer 2018 IECC standard.

    These energy efficiency upgrades are expected to deliver a better then 26 pct increase in building energy efficiency over the current standard.

    Under the 2015 IECC as adopted by the state are requirements for automatic daylight-responsive controls for windows and skylights; a new automatic lighting shut off provision requiring the use of occupancy sensors in 12 building space types including classrooms, conference rooms, lunch rooms, private offices, and restrooms; and exterior lighting control provisions that now require building façade and landscape lighting to be controlled independently of all other site and parking lighting.

    The more stringent 2018 IECC in Philadelphia includes: occupancy sensor control of lighting in open plan office areas with control zones limited to 600 square feet; occupancy sensor shut-off time delay decreased to 20 minutes from the 30 minutes under the prior code; and use of Luminaire Level Lighting Control technologies as an alternate lighting control compliance option. (Source: LeGrand, EC&M, 17 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Clobotics Raises $11Mn for Wind Energy AI (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-17
    Seattle and Shanghai-based Clobotics, a global provider in intelligent computer vision solutions for the wind power and retail industries, is reporting the closing of an additional $11 million in funding in a continuation of its Series A round of financing. Venture capital raised in this round now totals $21 million. The new funding will be used for business expansion, product development and to grow its team of experts in computer vision, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

    Specific to the wind industry, Clobotics Smart Wind combines autonomous drone hardware with built-in computer vision, artificial intelligence, and data analytics software for automated turbine inspections. Using Clobotics Smart Wind solution, autonomous drones take high-resolution photos to identify damaged or weakened components as small as one millimeter by three millimeters. Clobotics has filed more than 30 patents to-date. (Source: Clobotics, PR, Venture Beat., 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Clobotics,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    Pattern Energy Takes Control of Mont Sainte-Marguerite Quebec Wind Farm (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Pattern Energy
    Date: 2018-08-17
    San Francisco-based wind energy developer Pattern Energy Group Inc. is reporting the $40 million acquisition of a 51 pct controlling stake in the 147-MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind farm in Quebec, Canada. The remaining 49 pct stake in the facility was bought by the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). The partners acquired the respective stakes from Pattern Energy Group LP, also known as Pattern Development 1.0, through a previous agreement.

    The fully commissioned, 46-turbine Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind farm, south of Quebec City operates under a 25-year PPA with Hydro-Quebec Distribution. (Source: Pattern Energy, Renewables 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  

    Invis Energy Closes on €130Mn Irish Wind Farm Financing (Int'l)
    Invis Energy
    Date: 2018-08-17
    London-based Asper Investment Management and the Craydel Group report they have closed on financing for a 43MW wind farm in Co Mayo, Ireland to be constructed by Invis Energy. The Mayo wind project will incorporate 18 wind turbines and is the seventh wind farm project financed by the Invis Energy partners.

    To date in 2018, Invis has raised over €130 million of project finance debt and remains on track to close two further financings on 140 MW of its wind energy generation capacity in Ireland.

    Established in 2011, Invis is owned by Asper Investment Management, previously a unit of Hg Capital, and Craydel. Asper is providing equity financing to the project, and raised a €75 million senior debt facility from NordLB. (Source: Asper, Invis Energy,, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invis Energy, +353 1669 463,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invis Energy ,  Wind,  Ireland Wind,  

    Omega Geracao Taking Stake in Brazil's Largest Solar Farm (Int'l)
    Omega Geraçao
    Date: 2018-08-17
    The Brazilian company Omega Geracao reports it is acquiring a 50 pct in the Pirapora solar complex in the state of Minas Gerais. EDF Renewables in Brazil will hold 30 pct and Canadian Solar 20 percent.

    Omega's 50 pct stake was valued at $283.6 million, subject to certain conditions and final financing disbursements.

    Pirapora is the largest pv solar site in operation in Brazil with an installed capacity of 321 MW. Pirapora will be Omega's first solar investment and, after completion of the transaction, solar energy will account for 25 pct of the Company's installed capacity, while wind and hydroelectric power will represent 62 pct and 13 pct, respectively. (Source: Omega Geracao, Renewable Energy, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Omega Geracao,; EDF Renewables – Brazil, + 55 21 3993 7650,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  EDF Renewables,  

    Traverse City Utility Sets 100 pct Renewables Goal (Ind. Report)
    Traverse City Light & Power
    Date: 2018-08-17
    In Michigan, the Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) is planning to have wind, solar and landfill gas power 40 pct of its of customers by 2025, increasing to 100 pct 2040. The goal is part of the utility's 2018 strategic plan covering topics ranging from maintaining good customer service to improving workflow efficiencies to keeping service reliability at more than 99.97 pct.

    The strategic plan exceeds the city's self-imposed challenge of powering all municipal operations with clean energy by 2020. The utility will also meet a new state renewable energy mandate to source 15 pct of its power from "clean and renewable" energy sources by 2021. (Source: TCL&P, Traverse City Record Eagle, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Traverse City Light & Power, Darren Dixson, Operations Manager,

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

    ENGIE Confirms Live Oak Wind Project Financing (Ind. Report)
    ENGIE North America
    Date: 2018-08-17
    ENGIE North America Inc. reports it has signed construction and tax equity financing as well as a power hedge for the Live Oak Wind Project near San Angelo, in west Texas.

    The 200 MW Live Oak project is part of the Infinity Renewables portfolio recently acquired by ENGIE North America. Live Oak is scheduled to be online by the end of 2018.

    ENGIE North America secured $147 million in construction financing and $155 million in tax equity financing for the project through Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with Rabobank providing a letter of credit. (Source: ENGIE North America, Online, AP, Aug., 2018) Contact: ENGIE North America, Matt Riley, Senior VP U.S. Wind Development ,

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

    Rome County Approves PACE Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Rome County, PACE
    Date: 2018-08-17
    In the Empire State, the Rome County Board of Legislators reports the passage of arange of energy efficiency measures, including the Energize NY Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) sustainable energy loan program.

    The PACE program covers energy efficient lighting, insulation and air sealing, heating and cooling systems, smart controls, energy storage and combined heat and power, as well as renewable energy installations such as solar photovoltaic, wind, biomass and geothermal.

    The PACE program allows eligible commercial, industrial, agricultural, non-profit and residential property owners to obtain (PACE) financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that is repaid through a charge on the property's tax bill. PACE financing is an alternative to traditional project financing and can fund up to 100 pct of the project costs with competitive, fixed interest rates for flexible terms of five to up to 20 years. (Source: Rome Sentinal, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Energize NY,; PACE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Aussie Flow Power Announces Windlab Energy Contract (Int'l)
    Flow Power,Windlab
    Date: 2018-08-15
    In the Land Down Under, business-focused electric power retailer Flow Power reports it has contracted to take 50 MW output from Windlab's proposed 104 MW Lakeland wind farm about 60kms south west of Cooktown in north Queensland.

    The contract is for up to 10 years, and will include the delivery of large scale renewable energy certificates. The price disclosed was not revealed. Flow Power specializes in offering corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) which deliver cheaper electricity supply -- using wind and solar as the bulk energy source and "firming" contracts for the balance. (Source: Flow Power, RENew Economy, 9 Aug., 2018)Contact: Flow Power, 1300 08 06 08,; Windlab Ltd., Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Flow Power,  Windlab,  

    Macquarie's GIG Snares Conergy's Solar, Energy Storage Assets (M&A)
    Macquarie Capital,Green Investment Group
    Date: 2018-08-15
    Macquarie Capital reports its Green Investment Group (GIG) has acquired a solar development portfolio from Conergy Asia & ME. The portfolio includes solar development assets in the Asia Pacific region, commercial, technical and energy storage capabilities, and an asset monitoring centre. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.

    Since 2010 the combined Macquarie and GIG businesses have invested or arranged over £15 billion in over 200 projects across 20 countries, and is currently developing a pipeline of over 7GW of renewable energy projects including the 128MW Formosa offshore wind farm in Taiwan, the 200MW Canadian Breaks onshore wind farm in Texas and a 235MW onshore wind farm in Vasternorrland, central Sweden. (Source: Macquarie Capital, The Asset, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Conergy, Alexander Lenz, CEO , Macquarie Capital, Daniel Wong, Global co-head of Infrastructure and Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Conergy,  Macquarie Capital,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    Siemens Gamesa Supplying Norwegian Wind Farm Turbines (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-08-15
    Spanish wind industry giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it will supply 51 units of its SWT-DD-142 onshore wind turbines, totaling 208 MW, plus a 25-year service agreement, to the Tonstad Wind Farm in the Norwegian municipalities of Sirdal and Flekkefjord. Upon commissioning, the wind farm will be one of the largest wind farms in Norway.

    The ENGIE developed Tonstad Wind Farm will will provide electricity to Hydro Energi, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro. In total, the project will generate over 0.6 terawatt-hours (TWh) of power annually. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 13 Aug., 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

    Japanese Utilities Buying into UK Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
    Electric Power Development,Kansai Electric Power
    Date: 2018-08-15
    Nikkei Asian Review is reporting Tokyo-based Electric Power Development -- aka J-Power -- and Osaka regional utility Kansai Electric Power will purchase a total 41 pct stake of Frankfurt, Germany-based wind farm developer RWE Innogy's 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the U.K. The estimated $900 million deal will give J-Power a 25 pct stake and Kansai Electric a roughly 16 pct share.

    Innogy plans to start up the 860-mw Triton Knoll offshore wind project -- one of the biggest of its kind in the world -- in the North Sea in 2021. The project will utilize up to 90 9.5MW turbines and sell its output to local utilities under a 15-year fixed-rate contract. Triton Knoll is due to go live in 2021 and is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 800,000 UK households. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: J Power, +81 3 3546 2211,; Kansai Electric Power Co., +81.6.6441.8821,; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122 2088,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy,  Kansai Electric Power,  J-Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

    Suction Bucket Offshore Wind Foundations Placed (Int'l Report)
    Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
    Date: 2018-08-13
    The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and GeoSea are reporting the installation of the first of the 20 suction bucket jackets at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 windfarm 54 kilometers off the coast of Lower Saxony, in the German North Sea. The foundations of all 20 wind turbines have been safely pumped into the seabed full commissioning of the wind farm is slated for early 2019.

    In the installation of the 56 wind turbines, 20 will use the suction bucket technology as foundation and 36 will be supported using monopiles. The three-legged foundations measure more than 50 meters in height and weighing 950 tons each. (Source: Framo, Engineering Live, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Thomas Langford, Director for Offshore Energy, +47 22 02 30 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Suction Bucket,  Offshore Wind,  

    European Energy Unloading 39-MW Italian Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    European Energy A/S
    Date: 2018-08-13
    Copenhagen-based wind and solar developer European Energy A/S is reporting it will sell a 39-MW wind farm project in the Basilicata region of Italy to an unidentified local investor for an undisclosed price. Closing is expected in Q1, 2019.

    The project, which is reportedly the largest such plant currently under construction in the country, is slated for completion and commissioning in September, 2018. The wind farm will incorporate 13 units of Siemens' SWT-3.0-113 MW turbines. (Source: Siemens AG., Renewables Now, Aug,2018) Contact: Siemens AG,; European Energy A/S , Jens-Peter Zink, Chairman, +45 2047 8220,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy A/S,  Wind,  

    Xcel's $200Mn Foxtail Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2018-08-13
    Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting groundbreaking on its 75-turbine, 150-MW Foxtail Wind project southwest of Fargo, North Dakota.

    The completed project, which will generate sufficient energy for 80,000 homes, is part of Xcel's planned 70-pct, 1,850-mw expansion of its wind portfolio.

    The project is expected to come in at about $200 million with West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction as construction contractor. (Source: Xcel Energy, WDAY, 10 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy,

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

    Squamish Adopts Step Code for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-10
    In British Columbia, Canada, the District of Squamish recently passed an update to building requirements using the 2017 B.C. Step Code -- a recent addition to the province's building code.

    The Step Code gradually increases build energy efficiency standards with different types of buildings subject to progressively stringent energy-retention rules over the next three years.

    The code first requires homes to be tested for how well they retain energy. Steps two through five require homes to be more efficient. Step five is "net-zero ready," so the buildings can be converted to "net-zero" in the future. Homes designed to meet these "energy passive" standards use up to 90 pct less energy than a typical home. They do this by creating a tightly-sealed building envelope which uses the sunlight that comes in through the windows, and distributes the warm air through a ventilation system. (Source: Squamish Chief, Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    113-MW Aussie Wind Farm Begins Power Production (Int'l Report)
    Infigen Energy,General Electric
    Date: 2018-08-10
    In the Land Down Under, Infigen Energy reports it has generated its first power from its 113.2-MW Bodangora Wind Farm Near the city of Wellington, in New South Wales and delivered the electricity to the national wholesale market. The company is expecting additional turbines to be installed and commissioned machines to be commissioned within the next few weeks.

    The Bodangora project will incorporate 33 General Electric 3.43-MW turbines totaling approximately 361 GWh per year. The project also has a long-term maintenance and service contract with GE.

    The project is being built by GE and Australian builder Civil & Allied Technical Construction (CATCON). When fully operational, the wind farm will generate sufficient power for as many as 49,000 households each year. (Source: Infigen Energy, Renewables, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Infigen, Richie Farrell, GM, Strategy & Corporate Affairs, +61 2 8031 9900, Rosalie Duff , Investor Relations, +61 2 8031 9901,,; GE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Infigen Energy ,  General Electric,  Wind Turbine,  

    Orsted Snares Onshore Wind Developer Lincoln Clean Energy (M&A)
    Orsted,Lincoln Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-08-10
    Danish wind energy giant Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting the acquisition of onshore US wind developer Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) for $80 million.

    LCE operates 513 MW of onshore wind power production in the US and has another 300 MW under construction and more than 1.5 GW in the pipeline for completion by 2022, Orsted said in a statement on Thursday. (Source: Orsted, reve, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,; Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Lincoln Clean Energy,  Wind,  

    EIA Reports Continued US Solar, Wind Growth (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-08-10
    According to the just released Energy Information Administration (EIA) Short Term Energy Outlook, (STEO), although solar generates less electricity than wind power, it is growing faster,

    The EIA projects solar generation will go from 211,000 MWh per day in 2017 to 260,000 MWh/d in 2018, a 23 pct increase, and to 290,000 MWh/d in 2019, another 12 pct increase. The latest STEO also cuts the amount of utility-scale solar capacity that the EIA expects to come online in 2019 to 6.3 GW -- a 45 pct drop from the 11.4 GW forecast in last month's STEO.

    The EIA reports that wind generation averaged 697,000 MWh per day in 2017 and forecasts that it will rise by 7 pct to 746,000 MWh/d in 2018 and by another 5 pct in 2019 to 782,000 MWh/d. (Source: US EIA, Utility Dive , Various Media, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: US EIA,

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

    DOE Launches $2Bn Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-08-10
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a USD2 billion loan guarantee program aimed at developing energy resources, products or services on Native American and Alaskan Native lands. It is the first time the DOE loan guarantee program has been extended to projects carried out by Native American and Alaskan Natives on US tribal lands.

    As much as 90 pct of unpaid principal and interest on loans taken out by recognized Native American or Alaskan Native tribes to carry out projects may be guaranteed via the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program. Tribal borrowers need to invest equity in projects and all project debt needs to come from non-federal lenders, according to the DOE Loan Program Office (LPO), which administers the program.

    Tribal Energy loan guarantees may be awarded for fossil fuel, renewable energy or smart grid projects such as solar or wind power farms or battery-based energy storage projects.

    Download TRIBAL ENERGY LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM details HERE. (Source: US DOE, Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Loan,  Funding,  

    Pattern's Grady, NM Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind Report)
    Pattern Energy
    Date: 2018-08-08
    San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group is reporting construction is underway on a 221-mw wind farm in Grady, eastern New Mexico. Pattern Energy, an affiliate of Pattern Development, is helping construct the project which is expected to power around 90,000 homes each year when commissioned and fully operation in May, 2019. (Source: Pattern, KOB4, Eastern New Mexico News, AP, 4 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  

    Invenergy, Novartis Ink 100 MW Wind Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-08
    East Hanover, New Jersey-based Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is reporting a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement with Chicago-based Invenergy for 100 MW of wind power from Invenergy's 300-MW Santa Rita East wind farm project in Texas. The wind farm is slated to come on line in 2019.

    With the agreement, Novartis hopes to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 220,000 metric tpy -- more than 70 pct of the company's carbon footprint from purchased electricity in the US market. (Source: Novartis, Invenergy, Energy Manager, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  

    Suzlon Eyes FY21 Indian Wind Capacity (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In Hyderabad, Indian wind turbine giant Suzlon Group reports is looking to capture about 30 pct of the 20,000 MW of wind capacity likely to be commissioned by financial year 2020-21. India's domestic wind market is on a growth trajectory with 7,500 MW of capacity already auctioned, 10,000 MW of bids in the pipeline, and another 3,000 MW soon to be auctioned, according to Suzlon CFO, Kirti Vagadia.

    group chief financial officer, Suzlon. The company presently hols a 20 pct share in the 7,500 MW wind capacity already auctioned, although FY2019 may not see huge commissioning volumes, the company said. On 4 August, Suzlon reported a net loss in the June quarter, compared with a net profit in corresponding quarter last fiscal year. The company's order book currently stands at 1,134 MW, it says. (Source: Suzlon, Times of India, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000,,

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    Indian Renewable Energy Investments Nearing $20Bn (Int'l)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-08-06
    According to recent date from the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Investment 2018 report, investments in India's renewable energy sector surpassed investment in fossil fuel-based power production in 2017.

    At alsmost $20 billion, 2017's investment in Indian renewables accounted for over a third of investments in the power sector thanks to nearly double the money being poured into solar and wind projects. By comparison, in 2017 all investments in power projects based on coal, gas, and oil as fuel reached totaled just $16 billion altogether.

    This increase in renenwables is largely accredited to to the recently decreasing prices of wind and solar power and the rising price of coal. (Source: International Energy Agency, Oilprice, Aug., 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  India Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  

    Dominion Seeks Experimental Offshore Wind Turbine Approval (Ind. Report, New Prod & Tech)
    Dominion Energy,
    Date: 2018-08-06
    Reporting from Norfolk in the Old Dominion State, Dominion Energy Virginia reports it has submitted a proposal to the State Corporation Commission to construct two wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, at the state's expense. Dominion is working with the Danish wind industry giant Orstad -- fka DONG Energy -- on the project.

    The experimental turbines will provide data that could pave the way for a vast wind farm at a future date.

    The project will test new designs to anchor the turbines in seabed conditions found off the Virginia coast and to withstand hurricane-force winds.

    The Commission previously rejects the project as too risky and expensive. (Source: Dominion Energy Virginia, Bacon's Rebellion, Blog, 4 Aug., 2018)Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia,,

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    Alliant Energy Plans 80 pct Emissions Cut by 2050 (Ind Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered Alliant Energy's just released its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) reports the utility aims to cut carbon emissions 80 pct and eliminate all existing coal from its energy mix by 2050. The company also plans to invest over $2 billion on new renewables and double its wind sites from six to 12. With a combination of new construction and additional purchase agreements, the company's energy portfolio will have more than 2,700 MW of wind power by 2021. Renewables will be over 30 pct of Alliant Energy's energy mix by 2030.

    These actions will enable Alliant Energy to exceed carbon reduction goals pledged originally by the U.S. under the voluntary Paris Accord. which calls for cutting carbon 32 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, Alliant Energy's plans enable a 40 percent reduction by that time. (Source: Alliant Energy Corporation, PR, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Alliant Energy Corp.,

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

    China to Exceed 210 GW Wind Power Target by 2020 (Int'l Report)
    China Wind,China National Energy Administration
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In Beijing, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) previously announced switch from a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme to a competitive auction mechanism aims to help the country surpass its targeted installation of more than 20 GW per year on average over the next 10 years.

    While certain onshore and offshore projects will still be eligible for the FiT, most projects starting in 2019 will need to win at auction. This is all part of the NEA's effort to ensure that wind energy reaches grid parity by 2020.

    China is expected to surpass its national cumulative wind power target of 210 GW and will install on average over 20 GW worth of new wind capacity each year. (Source: China National Energy Administration , CleanTechnica, 31 July, 2018) Contact: China National Energy Administration,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  China Wind,  China National Energy Administration,  

    France Reports Record Share of Renewables for Q2 2018 (Int'l)
    Rnewable Energy
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In a release, the French transmission system operator, Reseau de Transport d'Electricite (RTE) claimed that renewable energies reached 31 pct share of France's electricity mix in the second quarter of 2018. It also noted that solar, wind and bioenergies covered about 10 pct of national demand -- a level unreached since the 1960s.

    According to the release, the surge in renewables is the result of: significant hydropower generation, which covered around 20 pct of French electricity consumption during the period; an increasing share of wind, solar, and bio-energies which were able to account for over 10 pct of demand; and the fact that the second quarter of the year is traditionally characterized by lower demand than during the autumn and winter months.

    According to the latest statistics released by the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition (CSFD), the first quarter of this year has seen a strong growth in new PV installations, with 246 MW of new PV capacity added.

    The national state-owned utility, EDF, which is also the owner and operator of most of the country’s nuclear power assets, announced in December 2017 a plan to deploy 30 GW of solar plants in France by 2030. (Source: Reseau de Transport d'Electricite, PV Mag., July 30, 2018) Contact: RTE,

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

    Hillsboro Ore. Tops DOE Better Build Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-03
    The city of Hillsboro, Oregon, -- pop. 100,000 -- reports it again leads every other city in the country in green power use.

    In 2017, the Hillsboro community purchased 1.73 billion kilowatt hours of green power -- electricity that comes from renewable resources like solar, wind and geothermal. The city also offset 35 pct of its power bill with renewable energy. All told, from the city government to the local industry to private residents, almost 65 pct of the electricity used in Hillsboro last year was green power. The city is aiming for 75 pct green power community-wide by 2035.

    The city is also switching to LED lighting and sensor technology and has cut its overall energy consumption by 26 pct since 2009, leading the country, at least among members of the DOE Better Build Challenge. (Source: City of Hillsboro, KATU2, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Hillsboro, Peter Brandom, Snr. Project Manager,; DOE Better Build Challenge,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE Better Build Challenge,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

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