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EDF Renewables, PGGM Ink Wind, Solar Projects Agreement (M&A)
EDF Renewables North America
Date: 2018-08-03
In San Diego, EDF Renewables North America reports it has inked two Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) by which PGGM Infrastructure Fund, a pension fund, will acquire a 50 pct ownership stake in the Glacier's Edge Wind and Valentine Solar totaling 332 megawatts (MW). Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent.

This transaction follows on an earlier agreement between the two companies concerning three projects for 588 MW. Total capacity of the 5 project portfolio is 920 MW.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewable, Nate McMurry, Director for Divestiture and Portfolio Strategy, Bruno Bensasson, VP Renewable Energies; Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525,,; PGGM, Erik van de Brake,

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Pattern's NM Wind Farm Set for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-03
San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group reports construction on the Duran Mesa Wind Project near Corona, New Mexico is slated to break ground in 2019. The will deliver wind energy start delivering electricity to California providers in 2020.

Pattern Energy Group presently operates one wind farm in eastern New Mexico with a second wind farm under construction. (Source: Pattern Energy, Aug., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

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CEFC Trumpets Aussie Renewable Energy Investments (Int'l Report)
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Date: 2018-08-01
In the Land Down Under, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has confirmed that during the 2017-18 financial year, it provided $1.1 billion towards renewable energy projects, including 10 large-scale solar projects.

In FY18, CEFC set a new record in investment commitments, 53 pct of which went into renewable energy. In the 12 months to 30 June 2018, the Australian government's green bank invested in 10 large-scale solar projects and four wind farms, to deliver an additional 1,100MW in clean energy across Australia. This included $94 million for the Kennedy Energy Park, Australia's first fully integrated hybrid project that will combine 43.2 MW in wind capacity, 15 MW of solar PV, and 2 MWh of battery storage, as well as projects delivering low-cost energy to large industrial and commercial energy users through innovative power purchase agreements.

Overall, the CEFC made commitments of $2.3 billion, with 39 direct investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport and waste-related projects -- $939 million in energy efficiency, $100 million in transport and $127 million in waste-related projects. Since its founding in 2013, CEFC has financially underpinned 2,400 MW of renewable energy projects, including more than 20 large-scale solar farms and 10 wind farms Australia-wide. (Source: CEFC, July 30, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy Finance Corporation,

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LEEDCo Icebreaker Offshore Wind Wins Another Approval (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-08-01
In Cleveland, the long delayed 6-turbine Icebreaker Wind Inc. offshore wind energy project proposed for Lake Erie reports it has received a Section 401 water quality certificate of approval from the Ohio EPA which administers and enforces the federal Clean Water Act. The Permit certifies that a project will not impair water quality within the state. Inc,

The Icebreaker project -- to be located eight miles off of the coast of downtown Cleveland -- must earn approvals and/or permits from 14 local, state and federal agencies. As we reported July 5, the project earned conditional approval from the staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board. (Source: LEEDCo,, Offshore Wind, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

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Senvion, PROKON Ink German Wind Turbine Deal (Int'l. Report)
Senvion, PROKON
Date: 2018-08-01
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SA confirms it has inked a supply and installation deal with German wind developer PROKON for 4.2 MW 140 prototype wind turbines for a 14-MW wind park. The contract is in keeping with a previously signed agreement of two year ago.

Separately, Senvion has deliver, install and commission contracts for 27 turbines for seven additional wind parks in Germany for PROKON. (Source: Senvion, Various Media, July, 2018) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,; Prokon, Heiko Wuttke, CEO, Stephen Prenaar, (Canadian Office),,

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AEP Abandons $4.5Bn Wind Catcher Project Plan (Ind. Report)
American Electric Power
Date: 2018-07-30
Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP) reports it is pulling the plug on its planned 2,000-MW Wind Catcher wind farm, which would have spanned two counties in the Oklahoma panhandle and delivered power to customers in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The move came a day after the Texas PUC denied approval of the project, which had already won approval from regulators in Arkansas and Louisiana. A decision was pending before an Oklahoma regulatory panel.

The completed project would have included the construction of 800 wind turbines and a 360-mile transmission line from the wind farm to Tulsa, where the company said the existing electric grid would deliver power from the farm to customers. (Source: American Electric Power, Arkansas OnLine, Various Media, 27 July, 2018) Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, AEP Pres., (614) 716-1000,

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100 pct Renewables in 2045 Would Cost Calif. $350Bn in Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-07-30
Next Big Future is reporting that if California reaches the 80 pct mark for renewable energy sourced power, the massive amounts of surplus generation during the summer months would need 9.6 million MWh of energy storage at an expected cost of more than $350 billion.

According to a recent study, meeting 80 pct of US electric power demand with wind and solar would require either a nationwide high-speed transmission system, which can balance renewable generation over hundreds of miles, or 12 hours of electricity storage for the whole system. At current prices, a battery storage system for 12 hours for the USA would cost more than $2.5 trillion. (Source: Next Big Future, 28, 2018)

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DTE Considering Southern Michigan Wind Project (Ind. Report(
DTE Energy
Date: 2018-07-25
Detroit-headquartered utility DTE Energy is report to be planning the installation of 50 to 70 wind turbines in Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan, and to that end has made a presentation to Branch County commissioners in Coldwater. A DTE spokesperson says the project is still in the "development stage." (Source: DTE, Daily Reporter, AP, 23 July, 2018) Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir.,

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GE, LM Wind Power Aquiring WMC Blade Test Facility (M&A, Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy,LM Wind Power
Date: 2018-07-25
In the Netherlands, GE Renewable Energy and LM Wind Power are reporting plans to acquire and build on the WMC wind turbine blade test facility in Wieringerwerf.

The facility will provide rotor hub testing for new GE turbines while continuing to offer blade and other testing, digital tools, research and similar services.

The acquisition is slated to close within weeks, subject to certain conditions. LM Wind Power was acquired by GE in April 2017. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, Renewable Energy, 23 July, 2018) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00,; WMC,; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  LM Wind Power,  Wind.Wind Blage,  

Siemens Gamesa Scores 235-MW Swedish Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-07-25
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)is reporting receipt of an order from the Green Investment Group (GIG) for 56 units of its SWT-DD-130, 4.2 MW wind turbines for the 235-MW Overturingen wind park in central Sweden. The order includes delivery, installation, and long-term service.

Turbine installation is slated for 2019 with full commissioning the same year. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Windpower, Others, 23 July, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,; Green Investment Group, Ray Stillwell, Pres., (618) 301-0500,,

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$3.4Bn Beatrice Offshore Wind Generates First Power (Int'l)
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm
Date: 2018-07-25
Further to our 18th July coverage, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, Scotland's largest offshore wind farm, reports it has begun generating and delivering power to the National Grid.

The £2.6 billion ($3.41 billion) Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited is a joint venture partnership between SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Limited. When fully commissioned in the spring of 2019, the facility will incorporate 84 turbines and generate sufficient power for 450,000 homes. (Source: Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, CNBC, Others, 23 July, 2018) Contact: Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited,

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PacifiCorp $3Bn Energy Vision 2020 Wins Approvals (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-25
Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary PacifiCorp Energy is reporting receipt of the final two state approvals for its previously announced $3 billion Energy Vision 2020 initiative.

The initiative calls for construction of three new wind farms in Wyoming totaling 1,150 MW, the addition of a new 140-mile high-voltage transmission line in the same state, and the repowering of 900 MW of existing wind parks in Wyoming and Washington States.

Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp has received favourable orders for the plan from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission and the Utah Public Service Commission. Wyoming issued its conditional Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity in April. Oregon and Washington have come out in support of the plan, which is still pending acquisition of remaining rights of way,permitting and execution of final contracts. Construction and commissioning, as well as the repowering work, slated for 2019. The new wind farms and the transmission line are expected to be completed in 2020. The initiative will increase the amount of owned and contracted wind capacity on PacifiCorp's system by over 60 pct, according to the company. (Source: PacifiCorp Energy, July, 2018) Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations,

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Drake University Awarded Two Green Globes Rating (Ind. Report)
Drake University,Green Building Initiative
Date: 2018-07-25
In Des Moines, Drake University reports it has earned a rating of Two Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative for the construction of its newest academic buildings, the Science Connector Building and Collier-Scripps Hall. The project is the second in Iowa to earn the Two Green Globes rating, and the first on the Drake campus.

Administered by the Green Building Initiative (GBI), Green Globes is a nationally recognized green rating assessment and certification tool that ensures projects meet high standards in environmental, water, and energy efficiency.

The Science Connector Building and Collier-Scripps Hall received a Two Green Globes Rating for sustainable features including:

  • white roof and concrete to promote indoor cooling;
  • energy-efficient windows to reduce electricity use and draw daylight indoors;
  • drought-tolerant plantings to lower water consumption;
  • greater than required insulation in the roof and walls to decrease heating and cooling demands;
  • energy efficient LED lighting fixtures inside and outside the buildings;
  • occupancy sensors that power down light fixtures when an area is not in use;
  • low flow water fixtures to reduce water usage, and others. (Source: Drake University, PR, 18 July, 2018) Contact: Green Building Initiative, (503) 274-0448,,; Drake University,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Green Globe,  Green Building Initiative ,  

  • Empire's Wind Power Acquisition Plan Wins Approval (Ind. Report)
    Missouri Public Safety Commission,Liberty Utilities
    Date: 2018-07-23
    In the Show Me State, the Missouri Public Safety Commission reports it has approved Joplin-based Empire District Electric Company's planned acquisition of 600 MW of additional wind generation assets using federal tax incentives along with a tax equity partner. If implemented, the plan is projected to create customer savings of about $169 million during the next 20 years and $295 million through 30 years.

    According to a Commission statement, "the proposed acquisition of 600 MW of additional wind generation assets is aligned with the Commission's public policy of the commission and this state." Empire is a subsidiary of Liberty Utilities. (Source: Cedar County Republican, 22 July, 2018) Contact: Missouri Public Safety Commission,; Liberty Utilities,; Empire District Electric, (417) 625-5100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Liberty Utilities,  Empire District Electric ,  

    HECO Community Solar Applications Off and Running (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Companies
    Date: 2018-07-23
    Further to our July 5th coverage, Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is reporting the uptake of the first phase of its recently launched community solar initiative has received a total of 12 project proposals from subscriber organizations planning to construct and operate community solar facilities. The 12 proposals include: four applications for capacity on Oahu; four for Maui Island; three for Hawaii Island; and one for Molokai. Proposed projects vary from 200 kilowatts to 3 megawatts.

    An indication of strong interest among developers is that proposed projects already exceed the 5 MW capacity for Oahu and 1 MW capacity for Hawaii Island. Capacity remains available on Maui, Molokai and Lanai but additional applications are encouraged for all islands. As previously reported, community solar capacity for the first phase of the program was set by the Public Utilities Commission. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR, 20 July, 2018)Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

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

    "Wind Drought" Blamed for Lower the Expected SSE Renewables Generation (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-07-23
    UK energy giant SSE plc is reporting both offshore and inland wind farms experienced a 15 pct lower output than originally anticipated and a corresponding £80 million ($104 million) reduction in first fiscal quarter profits, due to an extended heat wave, a "wind drought' and the intermittent nature of wind power generation. Perth, Scotland-headquartered SSE also noted that hydropower generation was 20 pct lower than projected. Additionally, the UK's national grid noted a 30 pct drop in wind generation in recent weeks.

    According to RenewableUK, new applications for onshore wind farms dropped by 94 pct since new rules were introduced in 2015. On the other hand, the UK offshore wind energy industry is expected to see total investment between 2017 and 2021 hit £18.9 billion (about $24.6 billion). (Source: Oil Price, Renewable UK, SSE, Iran Financial Tribune, 22 July, 2018) Contact: SSE Plc,; RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  SSE,  RenewableUK,  

    Consumers Energy Planning Zero Coal Use by 2040 (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-07-23
    Following up on our May 23rd coverage, Consumers Energy, one of Michigan's largest energy companies, reports it is awaiting Michigan Public Service Commission approval to switch all of its coal-fired power production to renewable by 2040,as outlined in the utility's mandatory state Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). As outlined in the IRP, the utility also intends to reduce carbon emissions by 80 pct by replacing coal with up to 5,000 MW of solar energy throughout the 2020s, along with wind and battery storage.

    Consumers' proposed closing of two aging coal-fired units at the Karn-Weadock Generating Complex near Bay City in Hampton Township in 2023. Three remaining coal-fired units at the Campbell Generating Complex near Holland will remain in operation operate until the end of their design lives -- 2031 for Campbell 1 and 2 and 2040 for Campbell 3. The company projected the change would increase renewable energy usage from 11 pct today to 37 pct by 2037 and 43 pct by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, Grand Rapids Business Journal, 22 July, 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Pope, President and CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal-Fired Power,  

    IRENA Calls for Global Offshore Wind Standardization (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-07-20
    In Abu Dhabi, the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) just published Nurturing Offshore Wind Markets: Good practices for International Standardisation report concludes that "offshore wind energy stands on the cusp of rapid and widespread growth." The report, which is based on the findings of numerous interviews with industry experts, associations, literature, research and discussions with stakeholders in IRENA member countries, notes that globalization and trading of the technology require market confidence in the technology and internationally harmonized specifications, standards and quality control measures. are 'key instruments.'

    The report also calls upon the global offshore wind energy development industry to actively engage in ongoing international standardisation processes for the technology and to foster cross-fertilisation between offshore wind and other industry sectors - particularly those using similar technology or operating in similar environments, such as onshore wind and offshore oil & gas. (Source: IRENA, Maritime Journal, 16 July, 2018) Contact: IRENA, Francisco Boshell, Analyst -- Markets and Standards for Renewable Energy Technologies, +91 2 417 9000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Offshore Wind,  

    Duke Dumps Planned 500 MW of Wind Power in Carolinas (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2018-07-20
    Kallanish Energy is reporting Duke Energy has abandoned plans to develop 500 megawatts of wind energy in North Carolina and South Carolina. The wind power would have been generated in the Midwest and moved to the Carolinas, but the costs were too high, officials said.

    Duke reportedly aims to have 8,000 MW of renewable energy under contract by 2020. Presently, Duke has 6,400 MW of renewable energy capacity, including 3,100 MW of installed wind power capacity. (Source: Duke Energy, Kallanish Energy July 19, 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Wind,  

    Deepwater Ramping Up for New Offshore Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
    Deepwater Wind
    Date: 2018-07-20
    Providence, Rhode Island-headquartered Deepwater Wind, the developer of the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., reports it's beginning the next, larger phase of development for a another wind farm to supply power to Rhode Island and Connecticut, a second wind farm for Long Island, New York, and a third for Maryland's Eastern Shore. The company has leased areas near Massachusetts and Maryland and plans to spend millions of dollars over the next year collecting data from the locations to apply for permits and design the wind farms.

    Deepwater Wind opened the first U.S. offshore wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, in 2016. (Source: Deepwater Wind, Hastings Tribune, AP, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000,

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    Namibia Scores GEF Climate Mitigation, Environmental Funds (Int'l)
    Global Environment Facility
    Date: 2018-07-20
    In the Namibian capital city of Windhoek, the Ministry of Environment is reporting receipt of NAD $186.5 million from the World Bank Global Environment Facility (GEF). Of the total NAD $186.5 million, NAD $13.44 million will be spent on climate change mitigation while NAD $84 million will be for biodiversity management and NAD $88.9 million towards combating land degradation, according to the Ministry statement. ($1,000,000 NAD = $74,017.26 US) (Source: Namibia Ministry of Environment, Nampa, 19 July, 2018) Contact: World Bank Global Environment Facility,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Environment FacilityClimate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  

    Peru Begins Operation At Its Biggest Wind Farm

    Date: 2018-07-20
    In Lima, the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM) is reporting the commissioning and startup of the 42 turbine, 132-MW Wayra I Park wind farm near Nazca. When fully operational, the wind farm will generate sufficient power for 482,000 families.

    The $165 million project was carried out in a public-private venture between MINEM and Enel Peru -- a multinational electric company based in Italy. (Source: MINEM, teleSUR, 19 July, 2018) Contact: MINEM, Francisco Ismodes, Minister, +511 4111100,,

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    Invenergy Developing Alliant 210-MW Iowa wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy,Alliant Energy
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Following up on our August 9, 2017 coverage, Alliant Energy Corp. reports Chicago-headquartered renewable energy developer Invenergy Wind LLC will conclude the development of the 210-MW Richland Wind Farm project in Sac County, Iowa, by early 2020. When commissioned and fully operational, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 80,000 average homes.

    The project is in keeping with Alliant's plan to add 1 GW of new wind capacity for its Iowa customers by the end of 2020. Richland is the fifth and final project in that plan which is expected to come in at approximately $1.8 billion. (Source: Invenergy, Renewables, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Alliant Energy,

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    LiDAR Launched for Orsted Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Global offshore wind developer Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting deployment of a AXYS FLiDAR (Floating LiDAR) WindSentinel systems specialized buoy designed to measure wind and wave conditions at its Ocean Wind project currently planned for about 10 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The New Jersey lease area could potentially incorporate more than 1,000 MW of offshore wind -- sufficient power for as many as 500,000 New Jersey homes.

    The AXYS FLiDAR WindSentinel floating LiDAR device operates autonomously and is powered by its own renewable energy system , is mounted on a moored buoy and measures wind speed and direction to help determine optimum turbine locations and positions. (Source: Orsted, PR, Windpower, 16 July, 2018) Contact: Orsted North America, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,; AXYS Technologies, P.S. Reilly, Pres., CEO,

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

    Oil Trader Vitol Establishes New Wind Power Fund (Int'l Report)
    Vitol Group
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Swiss independent oil trader Vitol Group reports it is launching a new &euro'200 million fund to invest in off- and on-shore wind farms in Europe. Investments will be made through the company's VLC Renewables arm, run by a joint venture together with Low Carbon Ltd. The company is planning to buy minority stakes in projects, working with developers and financial investors. (Source: Vitol, Bloomberg, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Vitol Group, Simon Hale, Investment Dir., +44 20 7973 4200 -- London Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vitol Group,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

    First Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Turbine Installed (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd is reporting the first of 84 Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 turbines has been installed at the 588-MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland. The facility is slated to come online be the end of 2019.

    Beatrice Offshore is a partnership between utility SSE with a 40 pct stake, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners with 35 pct and SDIC Power Holdings Co Ltd holding 25 pct. (Source: Beatrice Offshore Wind, Renewables, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Beatrice Offshore Wind

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Beatrice Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

    Solar Powering India's Q1 Renewable Energy Growth (Int'l Report)
    India Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-07-18
    According to India's Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India's total grid connected installed renewable power capacity stood at 71,325 MW (58,303 MW) as of June 30, 2018, The total capacity of wind power stood at 34,293 MW followed by solar power with a total capacity of 23,023 MW (both ground mounted and rooftop). The Biomass (including bagasse and non-bagasse cogeneration) had a total capacity of 9,378 MW. Small hydro and waste-to-power accounted for 4493 MW and 138 MW respectively.

    The MNRE has fixed a total capacity addition target of 15,602 MW for 2018-19 (14,550 MW) and solar is expected to be the highest contributor with about 11,000 MW (ground mounted 10,000 MW and rooftop 1,000 MW) of the new capacity, followed by wind (4,000 MW), biomass (350 MW) and small hydro (250 MW). (Source: Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Hindu Business Line, 16 July, 2018) Contact: India Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy,

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

    Mytrah Wins 100-Mw Maharashtra Wind Power Project (Int'l Report)
    Mytrah Energy
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Reporting from New Delhi, Independent power producer Mytrah Energy (India) confirms it has contracted to establish a 100-MW wind power project for the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. Six companies had participated in the reverse bidding collectively submitting quotes for a cumulative capacity of 821.8 Mw.

    Mytrah Energy has a portfolio of over 40 operational and under-development power projects across nine Indian states with an aggregate capacity of 2,000 Mw. (Source: Mytrah Energy, Economic Times, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Mytrah Energy, Ravi Kailas, CEO, +91 40 3376 0100,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mytrah Energy,  Wind,  

    EnBW Touts First Swedish Wind Farm Investment (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered developer-utility EnBW reports its first Swedish wind farm investment in the 11MW Rammarehemmet in the town of Tidaholm. The project will incorporate three 3.4MW Senvion turbines and is due to enter operation in the summer of 2019.

    Although the majority of EnBW's 938.45MW of operational wind capacity is in Germany, the developer also owns projects in Turkey (262.8MW) and has sites under construction in the US and France. The company also operates coal, gas, and nuclear plants, as well as solar and hydropower projects. (Source: EnBW, Windpower, 17 July, 2018)Contact: EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG , Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnBW,  Wind,  

    Xcel's 72-turbine SD Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy reports the South Dakota PUC has approved Excel's planned $380 million, 72-turbine wind farm in Grant and Codington counties in northeastern South Dakota. The Dakota Range project is expected to be finished and online in 2021.

    Xcel presently owns five wind farms producing about 850 megawatts in the Upper Midwest with a sixth project under construction in Colorado.

    The South Dakota project is one of eight new wind farms Xcel is developing in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. One of the projects, the 150-MW Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota, is already under construction. The other six planned are two 200-MW projects in Lincoln County in southwest Minnesota, a 100-MW farm in Pipestone County in southwest Minnesota, a 200-MW project in Freeborn County in southeast Minnesota and parts of Iowa, a 100-MW project in Morton and Mercer counties in south-central North Dakota and another Codington County project, this one at 600 megawatts, in northeast South Dakota. The seven are expected to be completed by the end of 2020. (Source: Twin Cities, Forum News, 14 July. 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  

    Con Edison's South Dakota Wind Farm Near Completion (Ind. Report)
    Con Edison
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Con Edison is reported to nearing completion of a 9-turbine wind farm in Brule County, near the community of Kimball, South Dakota. Wanzek Construction was the project contractor.

    When fully operational, the $10 million project is expected to generate sufficient power for power about 2,250 homes. (Source: Con Edison, Daily Republic, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Con Edison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, Project Development Director Corey Juhl, (914) 286-7094,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Con Edison,  

    Global Clean Energy Investment Data Released (Ind. Report)
    Bloomberg New Energy Finance (
    Date: 2018-07-13
    According to figures released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) on Monday, global investment in clean energy declined by 1 pct on the year but rose 8 pct year-on-year in the second quarter to $76.7 billion.

    The decrease reflects a 19 pct drop in solar investment to $71.6 billion, due to the lower capital costs per MW and a slowdown in China. Apart from shrinking solar investments, BNEF projects that China's decision will lead to overcapacity in solar manufacturing and steeper price falls.

    Investment in wind projects in the first half of 2018 improved by 33 pct to $57.2 billion, driven by large project financings in various markets, including the US, Taiwan, India, the Netherlands and Norway, according to BNEF.

    Smaller clean energy sectors -- biomass and waste, small hydro, geothermal and biofuels -- attracted between $700 million and $1.2 billion of investments, except biofuels which dropped in terms of investment. (Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Renewables Now, 10 July, 2018)

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

    London Launches Small Business Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In the UK, London Mayor , Sadiq Khan, has announced the £500 million Energy Efficiency Fund (MEEF) to help small businesses and public sector organizations invest in low carbon measures such as battery storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, small-scale renewable energy generation, upgrade existing infrastructure, reduce businesses costs, energy use, and cut carbon emissions.

    The MEEF will offer a flexible, wide range of funding options on a per-project basis through a consortium of funders including Lloyds Bank, NatWest, Santander UK, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and Triodos Bank. Amber Infrastructure Group will manage MEEF, and is now accepting applications.

    The MEEF is part of the Mayor's campaign to slash London's emissions by 60 pct below 1990 levels by 2025 before reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Starting in October 2018, the City of London will source 100 pct of its power needs from renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on local buildings, investing in larger solar and wind projects, and purchasing clean energy from grid. The city has already initiated low-carbon projects to reduce CO2 emissions by over 35,000 tons. (Source: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Ecopreneurist, Carolyn Fortuna, 12 July, 2018) Contact: London Mayor , Sadiq Khan,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    ABB Announces Hornsea 2 Connection Contract (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Further to our 31 Jan. coverage, Zurich-headquartered Swiss power and automation giant ABB reports receipt of more than $150 million (€128 million) in orders from Denmark's Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- to help integrate the Danish energy group's 1.4-GW Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm to the UK grid.

    ABB's scope on Hornsea Project Two, which is set to become the world's largest offshore wind farm, includes the engineering, supply, project management and commissioning of the digital control and protection systems for the onshore substation and the two offshore platform substations. The Hornsea Project Two power flow will be protected and controlled by the largest Static Compensation (STATCOM) system ever built in the offshore wind space and the ABB Ability MACH control, protection and monitoring system is the brain of the STATCOM, according to an ABB release. (Source: ABB, Renewables, 12 July, 2018) Contact: ABB,; Orsted, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  ABB,  Offshore Wind,  Hornsea,  

    Vestas Wins Serbian, Australian Wind Turbine Contracts (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports receipt of two new turbine supply orders including a 112MW turnkey contract for 31 V126-3.6MW turbines to Palisade Investment Partners' Granville Harbour project in Tasmania, south Australia. The contract includes civil and electrical work and a 25 year service agreement, beginning in Q4, 2019.

    Vestas has also been awarded a 69MW deal to supply 20 V126-3.45MW wind turbines to the Kosava 1 project in Serbia, which is expected to be online in early 2019. The Serbian contract includes a 12 year service agreement. (Source: Vestas, Various Media, Windpower Monthly, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  

    Enefit Green Seeking Nelja Energia Purchase Approval (Int'l., M&A)
    Eesti Energia,Enefit Green, Nelja Energia
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Further to our June 1st coverage, Enefit Green, the green energy subsidiary of the Estonian state-owned energy group Eesti Energia, reports it has applied to Lithuania's Competition Council for permission to acquire 100 pct of renewable energy company Nelja Energia, for €289 million plus liabilities totaling €204 million. Nelja Energia is owned by Norway's Vardar and other investors.

    Enefit Green owns four wind farms totaling 111 megawatts, three cogeneration plants in Estonia and Latvia, one hydroelectric power plant and one solar power plant.The company produces energy from wind, biomass, water, mixed municipal waste and solar.

    Nelja Energia owns 17 wind farms in Estonia and Lithuania with a total capacity of 287 megawatts, and holds a minority ownership in two biogas stations in Estonia. Nelja Energia produced 804 GWh of renewable energy in 2017. (Source: Enefit Green, BNS, 11 Jyly, 2018) Contact: Eesti Energia,; Nelja Energia,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eesti Energia,  Enefit Green ,  Nelja Energia,  Renewable Energy,  

    Envision Energy, Bow Power Tout Wind Energy Partnership (Int'l)
    Envision Energy,Bow Power
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Shanghai-headquartered Envision Energy is reporting a strategic partnership with Bow Power to evaluate, develop, and operate utility-scale wind farm projects in Latin America, beginning with a 90-mw project in the Peninsula of Yucatan, Mexico.

    The Envision -- Bow Power joint venture in Energia Renovable de la Peninsula, is being developed by Envision's local partner ViveEnergia, and has PPAs with Mexico`s utility company CFE.

    Envision owns the world's largest Energy IoT platform, EnOS™, currently managing more than 100GW of energy assets globally. It is also the second largest wind turbine manufacturer in China and the sixth largest in the world.

    Bow Power, a joint venture from Spanish conglomerate ACS and Global Infrastructure Partners, invested in and managed seven assets with a total value higher than €1,200 million , including different technologies in several geographies, during its first year of operations. (Source: Envision Energy, PR, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Bow Power,; Envision (,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Energy,  Wind,  

    KEPCO, PGCIL Seeking Indian Renewables Opportunities (Int'l)
    KEPCO,Korea Power Electric Corp
    Date: 2018-07-11
    In Seoul, the state-run Korea Power Electric Corp. (KEPCO) reports it has inked a memorandum of cooperation with the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) for renewable energy projects in India. The two firms agreed to collaborate for development of renewable energy technologies, including energy storage systems (ESS), smart grids and electric vehicle charging systems, to explore ways to jointly participate India's growing energy market.

    The Indian renewable energy sector attracted more than $42 billion in investments over the past four years for clean technologies, including solar, wind and biomass as well as smart grids and ESS, according to Indian government data. PGCIL is an Indian state-owned electric utilities company that transmits about half of the total power generated in the nation on its transmission network. (Source: KEPCO, Yonhap, Korea BizWire, 10 July, 2018) Contact: PGCIL,; KEPCO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea Power Electric,  KEPCO,  Renewable Energy,  

    Eolus Selling 30-MW Norwegian Wind Farm for €40.7Mn (M&A, (Int'l)
    Eolus Vind
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Hassleholm, Sweden based Eolus Vind AB reports it has inked an agreement with EWZ Holdings for the sale of the 30-MW, 7-turbine Stigafjellet Wind Farm project in Bjerkreim south of Stavanger, Norway, for €40.7 million.

    Eolus will provide technical, operational and administrative services as well as construct the wind farm. EWZ Holdings will provide construction financing. The wind farm is expected be commissioned in late 2020. (Source: Eolus Vind AB, PR, 10 July, 2018) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus Vind,  Wind,  

    Biomass Eclipsed by Solar as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Agency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

    EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

    Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Solar,  US Energy Information Agency,  

    Solar Outshines Biomass as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Agency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

    EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

    Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Biomass news,  US Energy Information Agency news,  

    TPI Expanding Mexican Wind Blade Production Capacity (Ind. Report)
    TPI Composites
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Wind turbine blade manufacturer TPI Composites reports will add two additional production lines at its Matamoros, Mexico plant after long-term customer Vestas exercised an option under the two companies' supply agreement. With the additional lines, the plant will have six production lines.

    The plant produces blades for Vestas's V136 turbine model. Production is set to begin at the site in Q3 2018. (Source: TPI Composites, Windpower Monthly, Others, 10 July, 2018) Contact: TPI Composites, Steve Lockard, Pres. & CEO, (480) 305-8910,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TPI Composites,  Vestas,  Wind Turbine Blade,  

    Jan De Nul, Parkwind to Install World's Largest Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l Report)
    Jan De Nul Group
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group signs an EPCI contract for constructing Northwester 2, the seventh wind farm off the Belgian coast, entering for the third time into a partnership with wind farm developer Parkwind, a branch of Colruyt.

    The Northwester 2 wind farm is located 48 kilometres off the coast and will have the largest and most powerful wind turbines currently available on the market -- the V164-9.5MW, with a rotor diameter of 164 metres.

    Jan De Nul will design, construct and install 23 foundations, as well transport and install the cables wind turbines Work is slated to get underwau in June 2019 for commissioning and operations in 2020. When fully operational, the project will generate sufficient green electricity for 220,000 households. (Source: Jan De Nul Group, Gas & Oil Tech., 10 July, 2018) Contact: Jan De Nul Group, Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables , +352 39 89 11,  +352 39 96 43 – fax,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  

    St. Louis Adopts Energy Efficient Building Codes (Ind. Report)
    St. Louis
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the Show Me State, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen reports it has approved several new home energy efficiency building codes which come into force in August.

    The codes require the city to adopt a number of national and international standards for energy use and energy efficiency standards including the amount of building insulation, requirements for energy efficient windows and programmable thermostats. The new requirements will replace the 2009 International Building Codes followed by the city, but will not apply to construction already using the old codes. (Source: St. Louis Board of Aldermen, St. Louis Public Radio, 6 June, 2018) Contact: St. Louis Board of Aldermen,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Codes,  

    Iberdrola Scores 16-MW Greek Wind Farm Project (Int'l Report)
    Iberdrola SA
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In a press release, Spanish renewable energy specialist Iberdrola SA reports it has been awarded the 16-MW, Pyrgari wind farm project to be constructed about 70 miles from Athens, Greece.

    The project, which is expected to come online between 2020 and 2021, will incorporate Vestas' 4-MW turbines. Iberdrola has 17 wind farms and four solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the country. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, Renewables Now, 6 July, 2018) Contact: Iberdola SA, Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000 -- US Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola SA ,  Wind,  

    Sinovel Fined for AMSC Wind Farm Technology Theft (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In Madison, Wisconsin, a federal judge has fined Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group $1.5 million and placed the company on a one-year probation for its 2013 conspiracy, theft of trade secrets and wire fraud from Ayer, Massachusetts-based technology company American Superconductor (AMSC).

    The court found that Sinovel had contracted to purchase AMSC software regulating the flow of electricity from turbines to the electrical grid for more than $800 million. Sinoval wanted to use the software to retrofit existing turbines in China to comply with grid requirements and make new turbines more efficient. Sinovel stopped paying for the software in March 2011 and was discovered to have pirated unauthorized versions of the software. (Source: AMSC, Worchester Telegram, AP, 7 July, 2018) Contact: AMEC, Jason Fredette, Director of Investor & Media Relations, (508) 621-4177,,; Sinovel Wind Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Superconductor,  AMSC,  Sinovel ,  Wind,  Renewable Energy Software,  

    Bluestem's 6.9-MW Neb. Wind Farm Nears Commissioning (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-based Bluestem Energy Solutions reports it is nearing completion of its 6.9-MW wind energy installation in Fairmont, Fillmore County.

    When commissioned and fully operational in 3Q, 2018, the 3, 2.3-MW General Electric turbines will deliver power onto the Perennial Public Power District distribution system under the terms of a 25-year PPA.

    The distribution-connected generation project is the central feature of the public-private partnership between Perennial and Bluestem, which is expected to drive economic development well beyond the construction phase, according to Bluestem. (Source: Bluestem, York News Times, 7 July, 2018) Contact: Bluestem, Adam Herink, VP, (402) 933-8291,,; Perennial Public Power District, (402) 362-3355,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bluestem,  Wind,  

    Nestle Launches 9-Turbine Scottish Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Nestle.Community Windpower
    Date: 2018-07-05
    Vevey, Switzerland-headquartered food industry giant Nestle is reporting the launch of nine turbine wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The wind farm will generate 125GWh of energy annually sufficient power for fully half the company's factories, offices, and warehouse in the UK and Ireland or equivalent to powering 30,000 homes. The wind farm's production will be delivered to the national grid.

    The project was dveloped with the help of Community Windpower, the renewable energy specialist based in the UK. As a member of the RE100 Initiative, Nestle aims to acquire 100 pct of its energy from renewable sources as quickly as possible. (Source: Nestle, Energy Digital, Various Others, Others, 4 July, 2018) Contact: Nestle,; RE100 Initiative,; Community Windpower, +44 19 28 734 544,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Windpower,  RE100 Initiative,  Nestle,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    Lake Erie Fresh Water Offshore Wind Park Site Approved (Reg & Leg)
    Lake Erie Energy Development Co
    Date: 2018-07-05
    Following up on our August 2nd, 2017 coverage, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reports it has recommended a conditional approval for the long-delayed Lake Erie Energy Development Co, (LEEDCo) 20.7-MW demonstration-scale Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie.

    The freshwater wind farm would incorporate six 3.45-MW turbines, 8 miles to 10 miles off the shore of Cleveland, and a 12-mile submerged transmission line connecting the the wind farm to Cleveland Public Power.

    The LEEDCo project is now slated to get underway in the summer of 2020 and end a year later. Commissioning is scheduled for December 2021. (Source: LEEDCo Website, Renewables Now, LEEDCo, 4 July, 2018) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lake Erie Energy Development Co,  LEEDCo. Offshore Wind,  

    Bucket Foundation Could Cut Offshore Wind Costs (New Prod & Tech)
    Siemens Gamesa,Universal Foundation
    Date: 2018-07-05
    MarEx is reporting a consortium of Siemens Gamesa, Hamburg, Germany-based Universal Foundation, Aalborg University, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and has been awarded $4.4 million by the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme via the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate to develop an offshore wind foundation suction bucket concept that could cut installation costs as much as 40 pct.

    The partnership aims to complete an offshore trial installation after having built and eight meter by eight meter prototype. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, MAREX, July, 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,; Universal Foundation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal Foundation,  Siemens Gamesa,  Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind Foundation,  

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