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Ford Kills Ontario Cap-and-Trade Funded Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-07-05
Following up on our June 22nd coverage, the Canadian Press is reporting newly elected populist Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Progressive Conservative) has revoked the province's carbon pricing cap-and-trade program that was instigated by the former Liberal government of Catherine Wynne. With the goose that layed the golden eggs dead,Ford's administration will begin winding down all green programs funded through the province's cap-and-trade system this week.

In his most recent announcement, Ford noted the province will nonetheless honour existing contracts, orders and projects -- such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits -- funded by cap-and-trade. Some existing Ontario energy efficiency rebates were being phased out before Ford officially took office last week. The premier says the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the cap-and-trade program will be paid for using tax base revenue.

As previously reported, Ford claimed eliminating the provincial cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on campaign promises Ontario the electorate doesn't realistically expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Various Media, Canada Press, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Energy Efficiency Program,  

EOWDC Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online (Int'l. Report)
European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
Date: 2018-07-03
Following up on our May 3th coverage, Vattenfall is reporting the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) -- Europe's largest offshore wind turbine test site -- has delivered its first power to the grid from the first of 11 turbines off the coast of Scotland.

When fully commissioned and online later this summer, the project will generate 93.2MW of capacity and will showcase the world's largest offshore wind turbine -- a 8.8MW model from MHI.

LC Energy report readers will no doubt remember now president Donald Trump's war with the EOWDC project in opposition to which he claimed "offshore wind will destroy Scotland" because "it would spoil the view" from his Aberdeen Bay golf resort that was then under construction. Trump took legal action to kill the EOWDC project but lost, partially on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: Vattenfall, European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, BusinessGreen, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Vattenfall European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Adam Ezzamel, Project Dir., +44 (0) 1224 522104,; Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre,  Offshore Wind,  EOWDC,  

EDF Unloads 49 pct Stake in UK Wind Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2018-07-03
In the UK, EDF Renewables is reporting the £701 million sale of a 49 pct stake in a 550MW portfolio of onshore and offshore wind farms to Fund manager Dalmore Capital and Pensions Infrastructure Platform. With this transaction, Dalmore now owns a minority stake in 23 onshore projects in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as in the 62.1MW Teesside site off England's north-east coast.

EDF Renewables retains a 51 pct share in the 24-project portfolio and will continue to operate and maintain the sites. EDF currently operates more than 786MW of UK wind farms, and has more than 1GW of consented projects. (Source: EDF, WindPower, Others, 2 July, 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables, Raphael Declercq, Exec. VP Strategy; Bruno Bensasson, VP Renewable Energies; Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525,,; Dalmore Capital and Pensions Infrastructure,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables ,  Wind,  

Sooner State Retains Wind Energy Tax Credit (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-07-03
In Norman, the Oklahoma Senate has rejected legislation to end a state tax credit to various renewable energy providers, but primarily the wind energy industry. The tax credit, which is slated to be phased out over the next 10 years, costs state taxpayers approximately $70 million per year.

Under the current 20-year old law, electricity-generating companies earn credits of a fraction of a cent per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated with renewable technologies including wind, hydropower, solar, and geothermal energy sources. The 10 year phase-out of the tax credit began on July 1, 2017. No projects brought on line after that date are eligible for the credit. (Source: Heartland Institute, PR, 2 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Subsidies,  Wind Energy Incentive,  

WEC Takes Stake in Bishop Hill III Wind Energy Centre (M&A)
WEC Energy Group,WPPI
Date: 2018-07-03
Milwaukee-headquartered utility holding company WEC Energy Group reports it will acquire an 80 pct stake in the Bishop Hill III Wind Energy Center in Henry County, Illinois, for $148 million. The transaction is subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval.

The Bishop Hill project, which was developed by Invenergy, incorporates 53 General Electric turbines totaling 132MW capacity and has a 22-year, 100 pct power purchase agreement in place with not-for-profit WPPI Energy.

WPPI Energy provides electric power to 51 member utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. (Source: WEC,, PowerTech, 2 July, 2018) WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-2345,; WPPI Energy, Pat Connors, Snr, VP Power Supply, (608) 834-4500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Wind,  WPPI,  

Siemens Gamesa Wins 150-MW Indian Wind Project Contract (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,ReNew Power
Date: 2018-06-29
Reporting from New Delhi, renewable energy solutions provider Siemens Gamesa reported in a statement it has secured a turnkey wind energy contract from India's largest renewable energy independent power producer, ReNew Power Ventures, for construction of 150 MW wind farm in the Kutch district of Gujarat State.

Siemens Gamesa will provide the infrastructure needed to install and operate the facility including supply, erection and commissioning of 75 units of SG 2.0-114 MW wind turbines. ReNew Power is independent renewable energy producer with over 5,800 MW of operational and under-construction clean energy assets. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, ETEnergy World, 26 June, 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,; ReNew Power Ventures, +91 124 489 6670/80,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  ReNew Power,  

R6.6Bn S.African Wind Farms Construction Underway (Int'l)
Concor Infrastructure
Date: 2018-06-29
In South Africa, construction is reported to be well underway on two large-scale wind farms in the Northern and Western Cape. The projects are being constructed by Concor Infrastructure in a consortium with Conco on behalf of global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power.

The 140 MW Kangnas wind farm is situated 52 km east of Springbok in the Northern Cape while the 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm is about 80 km northeast of Ceres in the Western Cape. The wind farms are expected to come online in 2020. (Source: IMIESA, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Concor Infrastructure, Eric Wisse, Managing Dir.,; Mainstream Renewable Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Mainstream Renewable Power.,  

Siemens Gamesa's Adwen Slashing Work Force by Half (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-06-29
German offshore wind turbine manufacturer Adwen, a unit of Siemens Gamesa, reports it will initiate internal restructuring that includes the elimination of 260 employees. As part of the restructuring, the company will now focus on servicing existing Adwen turbines and be functionally integrated into Siemens Gamesa. (Source: Adwen, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Adwen, Hans-Rolf Huppert, Managing Director and CFO,; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  Adwen,  Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  

Vestas, Maersk Partner to Cut Turbine Installation Costs (Int'l)
Vestas,Maersk Supply Service
Date: 2018-06-29
Danish wind turbine giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Maersk Supply Service are reporting a partnership aimed at developing technologies and solutions to lower the logistics and installation costs of offshore wind turbines.

The partnership will initially develop a "Vertical Installer" crane for both onshore and offshore wind turbine installations. The project has been awarded €6.3 million ($7.3 million) 6.3m) for the next three years from a programme of the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. (Source: Vestas, Maersk Supply Service, Renewables, 28 June, 2018)Contact: Maersk Supply; Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

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

Vestas Inks 14-MW German Wind Farm Repowering Deal (Int'l Report)
Vestas,Rakower Buergerwindpark
Date: 2018-06-27
Vestas Wind Systems reports it has contracted with Rakower Buergerwindpark GmbH & Co KG to repower and more than double to capacity of a community wind park in Rakow, Germany. Vests will replace four of the existing V66-1.65 MW turbines with four V117-3.45 MW machines totalling 14 MW. (Source: Vestas, Rakower Buergerwindpark, Renewables, 25 June, 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  

State-run CEZ Acquires French Wind Assets (M&A, Int'l Report)
CEZ Group
Date: 2018-06-27
AFP is reporting Prague-headquartered Czech state-run power group CEZ purchased nine wind farm projects under construction in France from German developer ABO Wind in June 2017. Assuming all nine farms are completed and commissioned, CEZ's installed wind capacity in France will rise to 100 MW within five years.

In 2017 the company generated 62,887 terawatt-hours of power, of which 4,677 TWh were from renewable sources. CEZ is Europe's eighth largest power group with assets in Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey. (Source: CEZ, ETEnergy World, 26 June, 2018) Contact: CEZ Group,

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

S. Korea Plans Additional 12GW Wind Power by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Korean Energy Ministry
Date: 2018-06-27
In Seoul, the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy reports the country will add 12 gigawatt of new wind power capacity by 2030. The new energy road map aims to acquire 48.7 GW of new clean energy sources, with 12 GW of them coming from wind power plants.

Initially, the government plans to establish 500 MW-class wind turbines in coastal areas and explore ways to converge them with shipping, ship building and other marine-based industries. It also aims to create large-scale floating wind farms. (Source: Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, The Investor, 28 June, 2018)Contact: Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy,

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

Orsted Unloading Danish Power Distribution, Residential Customer Businesses (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-27
Danish offshore wind major Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- reports it plans to divest its power distribution and residential businesses in favour of increased emphisise on "green" energy and offshore wind opportunities in existing and new markets. The company invests DKK 15-20 billion per, 85 pct of which is dedicated to offshore wind.

Proceeds from the potential divestment will be included in the company's overall capital planning where the priorities are to maintain the company's BBB+/Baa1 rating, maintain the current dividend policy and complete value-creating investments in renewables. Excess capital will be returned to the shareholders. (Source: Orsted, PR, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Orsted, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  Offshore Wind,  

Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) and Bill Gates Working on Energy Storage Deal
Date: 2018-06-26
GOOGL – A molten-salt project could be spun out of Gates’ energy fund. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is considering spinning out an energy storage product which the company has been working on, and big name investors are said to be interested. Reports indicate that Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures may be calling dibs. CNBC has the details on Google’s potential spinoff. Google parent company Alphabet is in discussions to spin out a molten-salt energy storage project in a transaction with Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund devoted to energy research, MIT Technology Review reported. It is unclear if a deal has been finalized or how much money may be involved. Google’s project is code-named Project Malta, and it’s being led by Nobel Prize winner Robert Laughlin. The goal of the project is to store thermal energy which has been converted from solar and wind electricity into massive tanks of molten salt. The theory behind the plans suggests this would be a cheaper and more efficient technique for longer-term storage of renewable energy. In addition to Gates, the fund includes investors such as Jeff Bezos and Jack Ma. Alphabet Inc Class A shares rose $0.72 (+0.06%) in premarket trading Tuesday. Year-to-date, GOOGL has gained 8.15%, versus a 2.42% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period. GOOGL currently has a POWR Rating of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #2 of 51 stocks in the Internet category. Jun 26, 2018 | 7:19am | By Staff Alphabet

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alphabet news,  

Holyrood Awards £2Mn for Offshore Wind Innovation (Int'l)
ORE Catapult
Date: 2018-06-25
At Holyrood, the Scottish Governmenthas confirmed £2 million in funding to support the offshore wind energy sector and to reduce development costs. The £2 million in funding has been granted to Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and the Energy Skills Partnership. The funding is intended to support innovation across the sector to reduce long-term costs, improve health and safety standards, and to widen educational opportunities within the industry.

ORE Catapult almost immediately announced that the £445,000 it received will be used to back a larger £1.3 million program of technology innovation projects to advance Scotland's offshore wind sector. The new £1.3 million program is also supported by a further £150,000 from industry partners including Fergusons Marine Engineering, CWind and WOOD, and match-funding from ORE Catapult.

ORE Catapult's new £1.3 million program will focus on: next-generation crew transfer and service vessels; a technology accelerator program; investigating alternative communication and remote supervisory systems; and establishing a business excellence program aimed at enabling the Scottish supply chain to access offshore wind commercial opportunities. (Source: ORE Catapult, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 22 June, 2018) Contact: ORE Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Tony Quinn, Dir. Operations, +44 160 359 555,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  Offshore,  Offshore Wind Scotland Wind,  

UK Leading in Global Offshore Wind Energy Race (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-06-25
According to the UK renewable energy trade group RenewableUK, the British offshore wind energy industry is expected to see its total investment between 2017 and 2021 and reach £18.9 billion, accounting for for 30 pct of the country's electric power needs.

The UK has the largest offshore wind energy market in the world , with 35.2GW of capacity in operation, development and planning, says RenewableUK. Germany follows with 23.4GW, Taiwan is next with 8.3GW, followed by China with 7.7GW.

The global offshore wind energy capacity, both operational and upcoming, currently stands at 104GW -- a 10 pct increase over 2017, according to RenewableUK. (Source: RenewablesUK, Compelo, June, 2018) Contact: RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RenewableUK,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

Mongolia Increasing Renewables Capacity by 120 MW (Int'l Report)
Mongolia Ministry of Energy
Date: 2018-06-25
Four renewable energy power plants totaling 120 MW is slated to be put into operation in Mongolia's southeast province of Dornogovi within this year, the provincial governor's office reports. The new plants include wind farms totaling 55 MW to be commissioned in late 2018 nearby Sainshand city.

Landlocked Mongolia, which enjoys over 250 days of sunshine a year, nearly doubled its renewable energy capacity to 155 MW in 2017, according to the Ministry of Energy. Even so, Mongolia sources under 5 pct of its power from renewable energy, including solar and wind. The government aims to make renewable energy use account for 20 pct by 2020 and 30 pct by 2030. According to Mongolia's Ministry of Energy, the country has a potential wind capacity of 1,100 GW. (Source: Xinhua, Mongolia Ministry of Energy, 23 June, 2018) Contact: Mongolia Ministry of Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

Boralex Completes Kallista Energy Cash Acquisition (M&A Report)
Boralex , Kallista Energy
Date: 2018-06-22
Montreal-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc. reports it has completed its €129 million ($149.5 million) cash acquisition of the Paris headquartered wind power firm Kallista Energy Investment SAS from Ardian Infrastructure.

Kallista Energy's portfolio includes 163 MW of wind farms in operation, 10 MW under construction, a 158-MW project in the pipeline. The acquisition will increase EDF's French installed wind capacity to 799 MW. (Source: Boralex, Renewables, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, Patrick Decostre, VP-GM Boralex Europe, (514) 985-1353,; Kallista Energy, 01 58 22 21 85,

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

Americans for Carbon Dividends Carbon Tax Advocacy Group Launched (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax, Exelon, First Solar, AWEA
Date: 2018-06-22
The newly launched bipartisan Americans for Carbon Dividends, which follows on an unsuccessful attempt last year from Republicans George Shultz and James Baker to push a price on carbon, would place a $40 per ton tax on CO2 that would increase over time. Some money would be returned to the public through a carbon dividend of approximately $2,000 per year for a family of four.

Supporters of the policy include Exelon Corp., First Solar and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and the former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, say it's a climate policy that makes economic sense. Exelon has reportedly contributed $1 million to the initiative and AWEA is offering financial support, according to Americans for Carbon Dividends. (Source: Americans for Carbon Dividends, GTM, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Americans for Carbon Dividends ,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Exelon,  First Solar,  AWEA,  

Global Offshore Wind Portfolio at 105 GW, says RenewableUK (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-22
According to the UK renewable energy trade group RenewalUK, the global portfolio of offshore wind projects in operation, under construction or in development currently stands at 104.8 GW -- up 10 pct since June, 2017's 95 GW. The UK remains the largest offshore wind market with a portfolio of 35.2 GW, followed by Germany with 23.4 GW, Taiwan with 8.3 GW, China 7.7 GW and the US with 7.5 GW. The top five countries account for nearly 80 pct of the global market, according to RenewableUK. (Source: RenewableUK, Renewables Now, 21 June, 2018) Contact: RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, Jennifer Webber, External Affairs, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300,,

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

AEP's $4.5Bn Wind Project Wins Another Approval (Ind. Report)
AEP Corp,Invenergy
Date: 2018-06-22
In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based utility American Electric Power (AEP) is reporting its proposed $4.5 billion Wind Catcher Energy Connection project has landed required approvals from Louisiana and Arkansas -- two of the four states it will ultimately serve. Texas and Oklahoma have not yet approved the proposed 2,000-MW wind farm to be constructed in Texas and in Cimaroon County on the Oklahoma panhandle.

The project would be developed by Chicago-based Invenergy LLC and will incorporate about 800 wind turbines supplied by GE Renewable Energy. Invenergy would sell the farm upon completion, expected in in 2020. AEP's Southwestern Electric Power Co. will own 70 pct of the project and Public Service Company of Oklahoma will hold the remaining 30 pct. Southwestern Electric Power Co. says the project will save customers $4 billion over its 25-year life, compared to what it would cost to buy the power on the open market, noting no fuel costs, tax credit benefits and cost-efficient delivery thanks to the dedicated power line. It serves 231,000 customers in Louisiana. AEP serves 5.4 million customers in 11 states. It has 33,000 megawatts of energy generation capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of solar energy as well as 224,000 miles of distribution lines. (Source: AEP, Columbus Business First, 20 June, 2018)Contact: AEP, (614) 716-1000, Southwestern Electric Power,; Invenergy, Invenergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400,

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

EDF Renewables, PGGM Ink US Wind, Solar Projects Deal (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2018-06-22
In the Golden State, San Diego-based independent power producer EDF Renewables reports it has sealed a Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) that will see Dutch cooperative pension fund manager PGGM Infrastructure Fund acquire 50 pct ownership in: Red Pine Wind, Rock Falls Wind, Switch Station 1 Solar and Switch Station 2 Solar with a total capacity of 588 MW. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent. EDF Renewables will remain involved in the projects as a co-owner providing management services and provider of operations and maintenance services.

EDF Renewables is one of North America's largest renewable energy developers with with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. (Source: EDF Renewables, BusinessWire, 21 June, 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables, Raphael Declercq, Exec. VP Strategy, Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525,,; PGGM, +31 (0)30 277 1500,

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

NEC Commissions Europe's Largest Energy Storage System (Int'l)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-06-22
Boston-based smart energy storage solutions specialist NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) is reporting the completion and commissioning of a 48 MW, 50 MWh energy storage system in Jardelund, Germany, for EnspireME -- joint venture between Netherlands headquartered Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation.

Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation will investigate connecting the storage system battery to local wind farms, providing further value for wind farm owners by storing excess electricity generated during periods of curtailment.

NEC provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services which included its GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution and its AEROS® proprietary energy storage controls software. The system, Europe's largest, incorporates approximately 10,000 lithium-ion battery modules that are enough to store power for about 5,300 German households for 24 hours. (Source: NEC Corp, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Corp.,; Eneco Group,; NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508), 497-7261,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  

NextEra, AT&T Ink 300MW Wind Power PPA (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2018-06-20
NextEra Energy Inc's subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources is reporting a renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with AT&T Inc. As per the agreement, the partnership will acquire 300 MW of wind energy from two new wind farms in Wilbarger and Hardeman Counties, TX.

In February, the partnership struck a similar PPA worth 520 MW from two wind farms located in Texas and Oklahoma. Cumulatively, these two consecutive PPAs will deliver 820 MW of wind power, which will supply electricity to more than 372,000 homes per year. (Source: NextEra, Open PR, 15 June, 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources,

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

Hexicon's Korean Floating Wind Partnership Expanded (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-20
In Stockholm, Swedish engineering company Hexicon AB notes it it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for mutual cooperation with Busan Techno Park and Renewable Energy Center in Busan, South Korea , for the development of floating offshore wind technology for the Korean market. To that end, the Swedish company has received grant funding from the Korean Business and Energy Agency to investigate how multi-turbine platforms can be adapted to local conditions.

Hexicon previously announced plans to transfer its floating wind platform technology to a new joint venture with Coens in South Korea, where it wants to offer serial production of locally-made units. (.Source: Hexicon AB, Renewables Now, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Hexicon AB, +46 (0) 8 525 064 00,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hexicon,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  

City Of London Plans 100 pct Renewable Energy Power (Int'l)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-06-18
In the UK, the City of London Corporation is reporting that as of October, 2018, the square mile that comprises the city will source 100 pct of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources.

According to the announcement, the City of London will install solar panels on City-owned buildings as well as invest in off-site solar and wind farms and other renewable energy projects. (Source: City of London Corporation, CleanTechnica, 15 June, 2018) Contact: City of London Corporation Catherine McGuiness, Policy and Resources +44 0 20 7606 3030,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

Rotterdam Testing Offshore Renewable EnergyPod (Int'l. Report)
Port of Rotterdam ,Amphibious Energy
Date: 2018-06-18
In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam reports it plans to test an EnergyPod, a container to generate, store and convert solar and wind power at its offshore and Maasvlakte 2 facilities. The aim is to generate sufficient power for offshore oil and gas platforms.

Rotterdam-based Amphibious Energy, a private company that provides transportable renewable energy to offshore and onshore off-grid locations, is developing an onshore version in addition to the offshore version of the EnergyPod for platforms at sea. (Source: Port of Rotterdam, Port Technology, 14 June, 2018)Contact: Port of Rotterdam,; Amphibious Energy, George Nadorp, Managing Director, +31 (0)10 798 44 06,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy StoragemWind,  Solar,  Offshore Wind,  Green Energy,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  

Fortum-Rusnano Wins Russian Wind Tenders (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-06-18
Finnish utility Fortum Oyj reports it has won the right to build 110 MW of solar PV parks in Russia in the country's latest clean energy tender. The PV parks are slated for commissioning in the 2021-2022.

Meanwhile, Fortum Oyi's equal JV with Moscow-based Russian nanotechnology company Rusnano plans to add 823 MW of wind power capacity in the years between 2019 and 2023.

Investment decisions related to both projects will be made on a "case-by-case basis", Fortum said, reiterating its previously announced plans for an equity commitment of up to RUB 15 billion ($240 million) to back Russian projects secured in 2017 and 2018. Last summer, the Fortum-Rusnano JV was awarded the right to install 1,000 MW of wind parks in Russia by 2022. About 50 MW of that capacity is reportedly under construction.

The Finnish company's goal is to have a gigawatt-scale solar and wind portfolio. Currently it owns 362 MW of PV and wind assets, 70 MW of which are in Russia. (Source: Fortum Oy1, Various Media, 16 June, 2018) Contact: Rusnano,; Fortum Oyi,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Wind,  Russia Wind,  Rusnan,  

Mass. Legislating 100 pct Renewables by 2047 (Reg. & Leg.)
Massachussets ,Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-06-18
In Boston, the Bay State senate is reporting the passage of legislation enabling Massachusetts to run on 100-pct renewable energy by 2047 by tripling the state's 1 pct per year renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 3 pct per year.

The Senate bill also removes caps on non-governmental solar net metering and sets new 2030 and 2040 emission targets under the Global Warming Solutions Act. The act creates the framework for a revenue-neutral, market-based carbon fee; sets a 2,000-MW energy storage target, and opens the door to large renewable energy procurements in the offshore wind sector. The legislation needs the state's House of Representatives approval. (Source: Various Media, pvbuzz, 17 June, 2018)

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

Siemens Ammonia Energy Storage Pilot Nears Opening (Int'l)
Siemens Amonia Energy
Date: 2018-06-18
The German industrial firm Siemens reports it is opening is opening a &1.5 million pilot project in Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK, employing ammonia as a new form of energy storage to manage the variable output of wind and solar power.

The proof-of-concept facility will turn electricity, water and air into ammonia without releasing carbon emissions. The ammonia will be stored and later either burned to generate electricity, sold as a fuel for vehicles or for industrial purposes, such as refrigeration.

According to Siemens, ammonia has an advantage other over emerging storage technologies, such as liquid air and flow batteries, because it is repurposing existing technology and hardware. Approximately 170 million tpy of ammonia are produced worldwide, the majority of which is used for fertilizer. The Harwell facility is slated to open 26 June opens on 26 June, and was funded with £500,000 by Siemens and £1 million from Innovate UK. (Source: Siemens, Guardian, June, 2018) Contact: Siemens -- Ammonia Energy,, Dr Ian Wilkinson, Programme Manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Siemens,  

Deepwind Wins Connecticut Offshore Wind Bid (Ind. Report)
Connecticut DEEP,Deep Water Wind
Date: 2018-06-15
In Hartford, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reports it has accepted a bid from Providence, RI-based Deepwater Wind, one of three companies bidding for the construction of an offshore wind project. (Source: Connecticut DEEP, WTNH, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Connecticut DEEP, Mary Sotos, Deputy Commissioner, (800) 424-3000, deep.webmaster@ct,today,; Deepwater Wind, Chris Van Beek, (401)868-4228, (401) 228-8004 - fax,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Connecticut DEEP,  Deep Water Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

Vestas Wins Longroad Energy 212 MW Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Longroad Energy ,Vsetas
Date: 2018-06-15
Vestas is reporting receipt of an order an order from Longroad Energy Partners LLC for 212 MW of its V136-3.45 MW turbines for the Rio Bravo wind project in Texas. The order includes supply and commissioning as well as a 20-year service and management agreement. Delivery is slated to begin in Q1, 2019.

When fully operational, the Rio Bravo wind project will have a total capacity of be 238 MW. Longroad Energy acquired the Rio Bravo wind project from Vesta's development unit Steelhead Americas. Turbine delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2019. (Source: Vestas-American Wind Technology, PR, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, President United States and Canada,; Longroad Energy, CEO Paul Gaynor,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Vestas,  

Race Bank Offshore Wind Officially Off to the Races (Int'l)
Orsted,Race Bank
Date: 2018-06-15
In the UK, Danish renewable energy specialist Orsted is reporting the offical opening of the 91 turbine Race Bank offshore wind farm off the North Norfolk coast. With a capacity of 573 MW, can power more than 500,000 homes, according to Orsted.

Orsted owns 50 pct of the Race Bank project, the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 holds 25 pct, while the Sumitomo Corporation owns 12.5 pct. Funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management hold the remaining 12.5 pct. (Source: Orsted, CNBC, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Orsted Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11,

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Freshman Premier Scraping Ontario Cap-and-Trade to Lower Gasoline, Beer Prices (Ind.Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-06-15
At Queens Park, Ontario's freshman Conservative premier Doug Ford reports he will give notice of the province's withdrawal from the linked carbon pricing market with Quebec and California and issue clear rules for an "orderly wind down" of the system. The newly elected premier will also instruct his equally wet-behind the ears attorney general to challenge the Liberal federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rules requiring provinces to establish a carbon tax or have a tax imposed on them by the feds.

According to Ford, eliminating the cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on a campaign promise that the electorate doesn't expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important to him than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Various Media, Canada Press, 15 June, 2018)

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European Union Sets 32 pct by 2030 Renewables Target (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-15
Meeting in Brussels, the 28-member European Union's Parliament (EP), Council (EC) and Commission are reporting agreement on a "binding" target of 32 pct renewable energy by 2030. The new figure, up from the previous 27 pct target but short of the 35 pct objective backed by the EP and several renewable energy trade bodies.

According to the 450-member industry group WindEurope, "Member States will be allowed to have technology-specific auctions and will have to provide at least five years visibility on public support, including the timing, volumes and budget for auctions," WindEurope said. (Source: EC, WindEurope, WindPower, 14 June, 2018) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, +32 2 213 1811, +32 2 213 1890 - fax,,

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Heavy User Battery Energy Storage Scheme Launched in UK (Int'l)
Thrive Renewables,Aura Power
Date: 2018-06-15
In the UK, Bristol-based Thrive Renewables and Aura Power are reporting a (JV) energy storage business offering for medium and large-scale corporate energy users. The offering includes free battery installation and operation in exchange for a share of energy savings revenues.

The offer is targeting businesses spending £500,000 or more per year on electricity with steady rate of consumption and spare import capacity.

Thrive brings its 104MW portfolio of wind, hydro and solar assets to the collaboration, while Aura offers its experience developing utility-scale batteries.

The partners estimate that companies with a mid-range 2 MW battery could save more than £1 million over a 15-year contract. (Source: Thrive Renewables, PowerTech, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Aura Power, Simon Coulson,; Thrive Renewables Plc, Matthew Clayton, Managing Dir., +44 0 117 428 1850,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thrive Renewables,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

Windlab's 300-MW Tasmanian Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-13
In the Land Down Under, renewable energy developer Windlab Ltd is reporting receipt of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) certification for the construction of the up-to-300-MW Miombo Hewani Wind Farm in central Tanzania.

The Miombo Hewani project will be constructed in phases -- the first phase will be around 100 MW and include up to 34 turbines and will increase Tanzania's grid capacity by over 5 pct. (Source: Windlab Ltd, RenewablesNow, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Windlab Ltd., Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292,

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IPWI Acquires Bankrupt Small Wind Turbine Maker Gaia (Int'l, M&A)
Gaia Wind Ltd,International Power and Water Investments
Date: 2018-06-13
In the UAE, Dubai-based investment firm International Power and Water Investments (IPWI) reports that Gaia Wind (Green Energy Solutions) Limited, a firm recently incorporated in Scotland, has acquired the intellectual property rights and assets of bankrupt, Glasgow, Scotland-based small turbine specialist Gaia Wind.

IPWI is also invested in 4 Navitas (Green Energy Solutions) Limited, which recently commercialized a 55-kW vertical axis wind generator. (Source: IPWI, Renewables, June 12, 2020) Contact: Gaia Wind, John Andringa, CEO, +44 (0) 845 871 4242,; International Power and Water Investments, +971 4 3590607/8,

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E.ON Constructing 100-MW Texas Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-13
German utility giant E.ON SE reports it plans to build a 100-MW solar farm in Reeves County, Texas after securing a 20-year PPA with South Korean energy company SK E&S Co Ltd for half of the project. The 350,000 module photovoltaic (PV) solar farm is expected to come online in 2020. E.ON has developed and built over 3,600 MW of solar, wind and battery storage facilities in the US, according to a company statement. (Source: E.ON SE, Renewables, 12 June, 2018) Contact: E.ON SE,

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Argentinian Wind Project Wins KfW IPEX-Bank Financing (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-13
In Frankfurt, Germany's KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH reports it has structured a $120.9-million non-recourse financing for power producer Genneiae's 101.4-MW Pomona wind project in Argentina. Deutsche Investitions - und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH is providing an additional $20.7 million in debt financing.

The Pomona wind project will incorporate 26 Nordex N131/3900 wind turbines. Nordex will also maintain the turbines over 10 years. (Source: KfW IPEX-Bank, Renewables, 12 June, 2018) Contact: KfW IPEX-Bank,; Genneia, +54 11 6090 3200,

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Vestas Wins N.Am. Turbine Contracts Totaling 404 MW (Ind. Report)
Vestas,Southern Power
Date: 2018-06-11
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of two wind turbine supply contracts totaling 406 MW. Both contracts are for 2019 delivery. and set to be delivered in 2019.

The first of the two wind supply contracts was awarded by EnerAB, a joint venture between The AES Corporation and Grupo BAL, for 85 units of Vestas' V136-3.45 MW wind turbines for the Mesa la Paz wind park set to be developed in the Llera municipality, Mexico. The contract includes a 15-year service agreement.

Vestas also secured an order for 30 of its V136-3.45 MW turbines totaling 100 MW from Southern Power for the Wildhorse Mountain wind project set to be developed in Oklahoma. The contract include a 20-year service agreement. (Source: Vestas, Various Media, CleanTecnica, , 8 June, 2018) Contact: EnerAB, Juan Ignacio Rubiolo, CEO,; Vestas, Chris Brown, Pres. Vestas Sale and Serivcein the United States and Canada, +45 9730 0000,; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000,

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ClearVue Solar Glass Slated for Aussie ECO Home Trial (Int'l)
ClearVue Technologies Ltd
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Land Down UNder, Perth-based ClearVue Technologies Ltd reports it has inked a MoU with sustainable builder Mirreco Holdings Pty Ltd to supply its solar glass technology and jointly develop carbon-negative residential and commercial housing solutions.

Initially, the agreement will cover small-scale housing units, or micro homes with a "trial" unit scheduled to be completed in the Q4 this year. Following the successful completion of the prototype, ClearVue and Mirreco will enter an exclusive partnership and supply deal.

In a separate press release, ClearVue, which last month completed its AUS $5 million (USD 3.8 million)IPO, said that its technology is undergoing Australian Standards (AS) certification testing that will verify the performance of its ClearVue window and curtain wall products. It expects the certification to be completed in the third quarter, allowing it to launch the products in September. (Source: CleabVue, PR, 7 June, 2018) Contact: ClearVue Tech.,

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WPD AG Taps Siemens Gamesa for Taiwan Offshore Wind (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,wpd
Date: 2018-06-11
In Germany, Bremen-based offshore wind energy developer WPD AG is reporting Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been selected as its preferred wind turbine supplier for its 640-MW Yunlin offshore wind power project in Taiwan.

The two firms have signed a LoI "for exclusive negotiations" for Siemens Gamesa's SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine. The contract would include a 15-year long-term turbine service agreement.

The Yunlin offshore wind power project is set to be developed around six kilometers offshore in the Taiwan Strait and will incorporate 80 Siemens Gamesas 8 MW wind turbines, with turbine installation set to begin in 2020. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, Others, 8 June, 2018) Contact: SGRE Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO,; WPD AG, +49-421-168-6610, + 49-421-168-6666 – fax,

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Serbia's First Large-Scale Wind Farm Financing Announced (Int'l)
Green for Growth Fund
Date: 2018-06-08
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Green for Growth Fund (GGF) reports it will provide €32 million for the 158 MW Cibuk windfarm, Serbia's first large-scale wind farm which will be constructed near Belgrade.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have already pledged to provide €215 million for the project, partially through a syndicated loan.

The wind farm is being developed by Vetroelektrane Balkana, owned by Tesla Wind, a joint venture between an Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy developer Masdar and Cibuk Wind Holding, a branch of the U.S.-based wind energy developer Continental Wind Partners.

The GE 57 turbine park will generate sufficient energy for approximately 113,000 households. (Source: Business Insider UK, Reuters, 5 June, 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank, Green for Growth Fund,; EIB,; Vetroelektrane Balkana,

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Arkansas Electric Coop, Wildhorse Wind Energy Ink PPA (Ind. Report)
Arkansas Electric Cooperative
Date: 2018-06-08
Little Rock-headquartered Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. reports the inking of a 20-year PPA with Wildhorse Wind Energy LLC for up to 100 mw of power produced by the Wildhorse Mountain Wind project in Pushmataha County, Okla.

The 100-mw project, about 100 miles southwest of Fort Smith, is expected to consist of 29 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas and Roaring Fork Wind, a co-development partnership between Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. and Vestas.

Wildhorse Mountain is expected to reach commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2019. Wildhorse Wind Energy is owned by Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Co. (Source: Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Arkansas OnLine, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., Duane Highley, CEO,; Wildhorse Wind Energy,

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Engie Acquiring Renewables Developer Langa Group (Int'l M&A)
Engie SA
Date: 2018-06-08
French electric utility Engie SA reports it is acquiring Brittany-based renewable energy producer Langa Group to meet its goal of developing 3 GW of wind and almost 2.2 GW of solar by 2021.

Langa is active in solar, wind, biogas and biomass projects and is involved in the entire value chain of its projects. Its portfolio of operating assets is expected to reach 215 MW of installed capacity by the end of the year, including 165 MW of solar power and 39 MW of wind energy. (Source: Engie SA, Renewables Now, 7 JUne, 2018) Contact: Langa Group, Gilles Lebreux, Founder, CEO,; Engie SA, Isabelle Kocher, CEO,

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Siemens Gamesa Opens Cuxhaven Nacelle Plant (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-06-08
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is reporting the opening of its $236 million offshore nacelle production facility in Cuxhaven, Germany.

Nacelles developed at the 5,000 square-meter site will be designated for assembly at offshore wind energy facilities. The plant is the first production facility for offshore wind turbine components in Germany. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PEI, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,

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Xcel Plan Closes Coal Plants, Slashes CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
Xcel Energy Colorado
Date: 2018-06-08
According to a Xcel Energy Colorado filing with the Colorado PUC, the utility's new power plan, which includes the closure of two coal-fired power plants, could save customers an estimated $215 million, cut carbon emissions by half and lift renewable energy sources to 55 pct of its electricity portfolio by 2026.

The plan would retire 660 mw of coal generation from the Commanche 1 and Commanche 2 plants in Pueblo and add 1,100 mw of new wind capacity, 750 mw of solar generation, and 380 mw of flexible gas sources. The plan reduces the utility's coal power production from 44 pct in 2017 to 24 pct by 2026. (Source: Xcel Energy Colorado, Denver Post, 6 June, 2018)Contact: Xcel Energy Colorado, David Eves, Pres.,; Colorado Public Utilities Commission, (303) 894-2000,

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Greenko Acquiring Orange Renewables Singapore (Int'l, M&A)
Greenko Energy Holdings
Date: 2018-06-06
Htderabad, India-based renewable energy company Greenko Energy Holdings reports it will acquire Orange Renewables Singapore for $922 million. With the purchase, Greenko will hold approximately 907 MW of operating or new completion wind and solar assets along with 500 MW or more of pipeline assets.

Greenko has also announced announced an equity fundraising of $447 million.

Greenko is one of India's leading Renewable Energy companies, replacing fossil fuels with integrated decarbonized energy and grid assets enabling sustainable and affordable energy, with a net installed capacity of 3.2 GW across 13 States in India, and over 2 GW in pipeline soon to be operational, according to the company website. (Source: Greenko Energy Holding, Renewables, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Greenko Energy Holdings, +91 40 40301000,,; Orange Renewables Singapore,

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Rocky Mountain Power Seeking Renewables Project Bids (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2018-06-06
Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports it is seeking bids for new solar, wind and geothermal projects in Utah as part of an effort to increase renewable power generation on the PacifiCorp system.

The company is seeking proposals for 308,000 MWh of power generation -- approximately 40 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 100 to 126 MW of wind or solar capacity -- sufficient power for about 34,000 typical Utah homes.

Customers sponsoring the request for proposal include Park City, Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Valley University, which are all working with Rocky Mountain Power to meet their clean air and sustainability goals through renewable energy. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Sun Advocate, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

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