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NorthWestern Energy Snares Montana Two Dot Wind Farm (M&A)
NJR Clean Energy Ventures
Date: 2018-06-06
Wall, New Jersey-headquartered New Jersey Resources (NJR) subsidiary Clean Energy Ventures (CEV) reports completion of the previously announced $18.5 million sale of its 9.7-MW wind farm in Two Dot, Montana, to NorthWestern Energy.

Since 2009, CEV has invested approximately $241 million in onshore wind and nearly $590 million in solar projects, and plans to invest $500 million in solar projects over the next four years, according to the company.

CEV has over 6,700 residential solar lease customers and 32 commercial installations totaling 192.7 MW of installed capacity, in New Jesey, according to the company. (Source: NJR Clean Energy Ventures, PR, Windpower, June, 2018) Contact: NJR Clean Energy Ventures , Stephen Westhoven, COO www.njrcleanenergyventures.com; NorthWestern Energy, www.northwesternenergy.com; NJR, Christopher Savastano, MD Business Dev., (732) 938-1004, csavastano@njresources.com, www.njresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NJR Clean Energy Ventures ,  NorthWestern Energy,  


Fishermen Getting Third Crack at NJ Offshore Wind (Ind. Report)
Fishermen’s Energy
Date: 2018-06-04
In the Garden State, thanks to Gov. Phil Murphy's (D) recent signing of NJ bill S-1217, Fishermen's Energy is going to get a third chance to convince the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to approve its twice previously rejected 24-MW pilot offshore wind project about three miles from Atlantic City.

S-1217 requires the BPU to accept an application from Fishermen's and review it within 90 days. The company's two previous proposals were rejected by the BPU as being too expensive for the state's ratepayers, who will pay for the electricity from the wind turbines.

Since the Fishermen's project was last before the BPU, the company reached a preliminary agreement earlier this spring to be acquired by EDF Renewable Energy, a global developer of clean-energy projects. EDF has developed 400 MW of offshore wind capacity in Europe. Orsted, U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind are planning to develop an offshore wind project in a joint venture with the Public Service Enterprise Group about 16 miles from Cape May. The BPU is currently working on developing a funding mechanism to have ratepayers subsidize offshore wind along the coast. (Source: Fishermen's Energy, NJSpotlight, Various Others, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Fishermen's Energy, http://www.offshorewindhub.org/tags/fishermens-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fishermen’s Energy ,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  


MidAmerican Energy Sets 100 pct Renewable Goal with Wind XII Project (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-06-04
In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy co. reports it has proposed an investment of $922 million in its 591-MW Wind XII project, formally filed with the Iowa Utilities Board May 30. If approved, the project is expected to be completed in late 2020.

When combined with MidAmerican Energy's other projects, the Wind XII project will allow the company to provide renewable energy each year that is equal to 100 pct of the energy consumed by the homes and businesses in MidAmerican Energy's Iowa service area. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Composites World, Others, June, 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Wind,  


Engie Opening Brazilian Green Energy R&D Facility (Int'l Report)
Engie
Date: 2018-06-01
French energy group Engie reports its Rio de Janeiro- based Engie Brasil will establish a research centre in Brazil to act as the company's regional hub for innovations in wind, solar, biogas and hydrogen projects as well as new technologies for Smart Cities. Engie Brsil has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and the Santa Catarina government.

The new Engie Lab Brasil, which is expected to open before the year end, will be similar to the company's research facility in Chile.

ENGIE is Brazil's largest private-sector electricity producer, operating 10,290 MW in installed capacity from 32 plants nationwide, equivalent to 6 pct of the country's capacity. Ninety percent of the Group's Brazilian installed capacity comes from clean, renewable sources with low greenhouse gas emissions, a position that is being reinforced with the construction of new wind farms in the Brazilian Northeast. ENGIE is currently building one of Brazil's biggest hydro plants, the Jirau hydropower plant (3,750 MW) under commissioning on the Madeira river, in the state of Rondonia. (Source: Engie Brasil Website, Various Media, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Engie Brasil, Mauricio Bahr, CEO, +55 21 397 45400, www.engie.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie,  Renewable Energy,  


Enefit Green Snares Nelja Energia for €289Mn (Int'l, M&A)
Eesti Energia,Nelja Energia
Date: 2018-06-01
In Estonia, Eesti Energia's renewable energy arm Enefit Green reports the inking of a €289 million agreement for the purchase of a 100 pct stake in Nelja Energia. Enefit Green will also assume €204 million of Nelja Energia debt. The deal is subjectto regulatory approvals.

The acquisition is expected to increase Enefit Green's renewable energy production capacity from the existing 0.4 terawatt hour to more than one terawatt hour.

Enefit Green intends to make additional investments in Nelja Energia for expanding renewable energy production in the Baltic Sea region. Enefit Green currently owns four wind farms with a total capacity of 111MW, three cogeneration plants in Estonia and Latvia, one hydroelectric power plant, and one solar power plant. (Source: Enefit Green, Power Tech, 31 May, 2018)Contact: Eesti Energia, www.energia.ee; Nelja Energia, www.4energia.ee

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


The Donald's Offshore Nemesis Installs Final wind Turbine (Int'l)
European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
Date: 2018-05-30
Vattenfall is reporting the installation of the last of 11 wind turbines at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in the North Sea, off the coast of Aberdeen Bay, Scotland. The installation used a gigantic suction bucket jacket foundation.

The EOWDC is scheduled to generate its first power in the summer, producing the equivalent of more than 70 pct of Aberdeen's domestic electricity demand and displace 134,128 tpy CO2.

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 he thought 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 on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: EOWDC, Vattenfall, 29 May 2018) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc

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


Vestas, Deakin Univ. Cooperating on Carbon Fiber Wind Turbine Blade Performance (Int'l Report)
Deakin University,Vestas
Date: 2018-05-30
In the Land Down Under, Deakin University in Victoria reports it will work with wind energy giant Vestas to improve the compressive strength of carbon fibre composite materials for use in wind turbine blades. Carbon fibre composites are one of the main drivers behind the increased efficiency of turbine blades which account for for more 40 pct of global turbine blade production.

According to Vestas, "With carbon fibre composite innovations, we can increase the performance of turbine blades. Stronger carbon fibre will allow us to reduce the required amount of carbon fibre used in the blade, so the blade will be lighter and cheaper. This makes renewable energy cleaner and more affordable, and supports the development of Australia's growing wind energy sector." (Source: Architecture & Design, May, 2018) Contact: Deakin University, www.deakin.edu.au; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

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


Enel Seeking Ruble Financing for Russian Wind Projects (Int'l)
Enel
Date: 2018-05-30
In St. Petersburg, the Russian news agency Tass is reporting Italian energy developer Enel is seeking financing from several Russian banks for the construction of wind farms with an aggregate installed capacity of 291 MW to be constructed in the Murmansk and Rostov regions. Details of the financing requirements were not revealed but the projects are reportedly expected to come in at the €405 million range. (Source: TASS, May, 2018) Contact: Enel Green Power, https://corporate.enel.it

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel,  Wind,  


China World Renewable Energy Employment Leader (Int'l Report)
IRENA
Date: 2018-05-30
According to the Renewable Energy & Jobs Report report from the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), renewable energy employment worldwide is concentrated in China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan. China accounts for more than 40 pct of all renewable energy jobs -- 83 pct in solar heating and cooling and 66 pct in the solar photovoltaics sector, but less in wind power. Both wind power and solar heating and cooling declined as the pace of new capacity additions slowed.

Large hydropower employment job markets were led by China, India and Brazil, followed by the Russian Federation, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Viet Nam, according to IRENA. (Source: IRENA, brand-e, Others, 29 May, 2018) Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Renewable Energy,  


Rampion Offshore Wind Farm Nearing Commissioning (Int'l)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2018-05-30
In the UK, the BBC is reporting the £1 billion, Rampion offshore wind farm off Brighton is expected to come online within months. When fully operational, the 116-turbine project will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 350,000 homes.

The Rampion project is the first offshore wind project on the south coast and is two-thirds the size of the 175-turbine London Array, the biggest offshore wind farm in the world. Rampion is a JV between E.ON, which developed the project, Canadian energy company Enbridge and a consortium of US, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and Macquarie Capital. (Source: E.ON, BBC, 29 May, 2018)Contact: E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com; Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rampion,  Offshore Wind,  


Namibia Notes Renewables, Climate Change Mitigation Program (Int'l)
Namibia
Date: 2018-05-30
In the city of Windhoek, the Government of Namibia is reporting the launch of a N$670 million ($54 +- million) sustainable utilization resources and energy financing programme to promote renewable energy investments. The programme is receiving financial support from and concessional loans from the French Development Agency. Approximately N$218 million in FDA funding has been disbursed to the country's commercial banks.

Namibia, one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change, is committed to the implementation of the COP Paris Agreement on climate change and has committed to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and targets in various sectors such as energy, waste, agriculture and forestry. (Source: Namibian, 29 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


SGL Carbon Touts "Strategic Realignment" (Ind. Report)
SGL Carbon
Date: 2018-05-30
The SGL Group - The Carbon Company is reporting a return to its original SGL Carbon moniker as its new company name.

SGL Carbon is a technology-based company and a leader in the development and production of carbon-based solutions. Its high-quality materials and products made from specialty graphite and composites are used in the automotive, aerospace, solar and wind energy, semiconductor and LEDs, as well as in the production of lithium-ion batteries and other energy storage systems sectors.

In 2017, SGL Carbon generated sales of around €860 million. The company operates 34 locations in Europe, North America, and Asia. (Source: SGL, Inside Composites, 29 May, 2018) Contact: SGL Carbon, Dr Jurgen Kohler, CEO, www.sglcarbon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SGL Carbon,  


Minrav, Nextcom Planning Golan Heights Wind JV (Int'l Report)
Minrav Holdings Ltd., Nextcom Ltd.
Date: 2018-05-28
In Israel, Minrav Holdings Ltd. and Nextcom Ltd. are reporting plans to construct a wind farm in the Golan Heights. The 50-50 joint venture will incorporate 30 3.2-MW wind turbines totally 96 MA capacity. The JV has also signed a 20-year operations and maintenance contract for the project which, when commissioned in spring, 2020, will the country's largest wind farm with generation capacity sufficient for a medium-size city. (Source: Minrav, Globes, 27 May, 2018)Contact: Minrav Holdings, www.minrav.co.il/en; Nextcom, +972 73 2320 0200, www.nextcomgroup.com/en/home

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


UK Wind Farms Surpass Nuclear Power Plant Production (Int'l)
UK Wind
Date: 2018-05-28
In the UK, London's Imperial College London recently reported that that wind power produced more electricity in Britain than nuclear energy during January to March 2018. The news was given in the 7th Electric Insights Report. These reports are produced each quarter by Dr. Iain Staffell of the Center for Environmental Policy.

The latest analysis found that 18.8 pct of the UK's wind power over the first quarter of 2018 came from wind farms which supplied 47.3 pct of the demand in the country. The wind peaked at more than 14 GW of electricity and gave more power than nuclear. (Source: Electric Insights Report, Wonderful Engineering, 27 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Wind,  


Canada Joining International Renewable Energy Agency (Int;l)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2018-05-28
Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Kim Rudd, reports Canada has begun the application process for membership in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy accounts for two-thirds of Canada's power generation and approximately 20 pct of its total final energy supply. Renewable power generation in Canada increased from 78 GW in 2009 to 99 GW in 2017. In addition to plentiful hydro resources, Canada also has significant wind, biomass, solar, marine and geothermal energy potential.

Currently, 181 countries and the European Union are engaged in IRENA's work. (Source: International Renewable Energy Agency, Bioenergy International, Other Media 26 May, 2018)Contact: IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, Timothy Hurst, Chief of Communications, +971 2 417 9000 , thurst@irena.org, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency ,  


R.I., Mass. Partnering on New Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Deepwater Wind,Vineyard Wind
Date: 2018-05-25
A massive new wind farm will soon be off the coasts of Rhode island and Massachusetts after both states announced a clean energy partnership.

Though it's a single project, Massachusetts will use New Bedford-headquartered Vineyard Wind to produce power for the Bay State, while Rhode Island will work with Providence-based Deepwater Wind -- the operator the Block Island wind farm. This project, however, will be about 10 times larger. Deepwater Wind will now negotiate with National Grid, before submitting the final plan to state and federal regulators. (Source: WLNE, ABC News, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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


TuuliWatti Touts Finland's First Non-Subsidised Wind Farm (Int'l)
TuuliWatti
Date: 2018-05-25
Helsinki-headquartered wind energy producer TuuliWatti Ltd. reports it is building a five-turbine wind power park in the municipality of Ii on the Bay of Bothnia. The Viinamaki wind farm will utilize Vestas 4.2 MW turbines that are expected push production costs below €30 per MWh. According to the developer, the project will not require public subsidies or funding.

TuuliWatti The firm, which is co-owned by energy company St1 and retail giant S Group, now has 131 turbines, producing about a quarter of Finland's wind-powered electricity. The company claims it has invested more than €650 million euros in wind power in less than a decade, and is planning to expand operations into other Nordic countries. (Source: TuuliWatti, Yle, 23 May, 2018) Contact: TuuliWatti Ltd., www.tuuliwatti.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News TuuliWatti,  Wind,  


Bord na Mona Announces €160Mn Irish Wind Farm (Int'l)
Bord na Mona,EIB
Date: 2018-05-25
In Dublin, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona reports it will construct 29 turbines at the new 86-MW Oweninny Wind Farm Project in Mayo.

The project secured funding from four banks: the European Investment Bank (EIB); MUFG Bank, BNP Paribas and AIB. will finance the wind farm with long-term debt. The EIB is in for half of the project's expected total cost of €160 million. It is the EIB's largest ever investment in renewable energy generation in Ireland and the largest financing in the country to date under the EIB Investment Plan for Europe. (Source: Bord na Mona, Irish Farmers Journal, May, 2018) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie; Investment Plan for Europe, www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/investment-plan

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Bord na Mona,  EIB,  


Shell Invests in Bavarian Solar Battery Specialist Sonnen (Int'l)
Sonnen, Shell
Date: 2018-05-25
Anglo-Dutch petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it has taken a stake in the Bavarian solar battery maker Sonnen by participating in a new €60 million ($70 million) financing round. Other investors included GE and Chinese wind power group Envision.

Sonnen provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels in Germany, Europe's biggest solar market, in the areas of charging infrastructure and battery storage. (Source: Shell, Handelsblatt Global, 24 May, 2018) Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP, www.sonnen-batterie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Shell,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Facebook Inks 294MW Wind PPA in Norway (Int'l Ind. Report)
Facebook
Date: 2018-05-25
Social mega-media player Facebook reports the signing of a 15-year PPA for the entire output of the 294MW, Bjerkreim cluster of three Norwegian wind farms due to come online in late 2019.

The €400 million ($469 million) Bjerkreim cluster will supply 1,000 GWh of electricity per year, enough to help offset the power used by Facebook's Nordic data centers in Odense, Denmark, and Lulea, Sweden.

The Bjerkreim cluster incorporates 70, 4.2-MW Siemens wind turbines and is operated by Luxcara of Germany. Swedish utility Vattenfall will integrate the output into the Nordic grid, provide balancing services, and supply Facebook. The Bjerkreim deal is Facebook's largest single purchase of renewable energy and is Norway's largest wind project to date. (Source: Facebook, DataCenter Dynamics, 24 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Facebook,  Wind,  


Renewables Subsidies Drop as Renewable Energy Grows (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-05-25
According to the EIA' Direct Federal Financial Interventions and Subsidies in Energy in Fiscal Year 2016 Report, federal subsidies for renewable energy -- including renewable generation of electricity -- dropped to $6.7 billion in FY 2016, a 56 pct decline from FY 2013. renewable subsidies in FY 2010 and FY 2013 were approximately $15 billion, more than double FY 2016 levels, as support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lessened. Despite the decline, renewable energy continued to receive a large share of total federal energy subsidies, accounting for 46 pct of the FY 2016 total.

In the report, the EIA defines subsidies as funds a government expends, or revenue it foregoes, to encourage or support certain activities. EIA's report includes the following financial activities: direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research and development (R&D), and credit subsidies to recipients of federal loan guarantees.

Tax expenditures provided 80 pct of FY 2016 renewables subsidies. Renewable electricity-related tax expenditures provided nearly 70 pct of FY 2013 renewable electricity subsidies, falling to about half that share in FY 2016. Most of this amount went to commercial wind and solar installations from the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provided an inflation-adjusted tax credit worth 2.4 cents per kilowatthour (kWh) in 2016, while the ITC provided a deduction equal to 30 pct of facility installation costs. EIA estimates the PTC and ITC credits taken in FY 2016 at $1.4 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively.

Nearly all renewable energy direct expenditures for FY 2010, FY 2013, and FY 2016 resulted from provisions of ARRA -- a broad-based set of programs designed to expedite economic recovery, including energy infrastructure. Under ARRA, DOE has invested more than $31 billion since 2009. Much of this funding supported renewable energy projects, but by FY 2016, most provisions of ARRA energy programs had expired. Direct expenditures for renewable energy decreased 90 pct, from nearly $9 billion in FY 2013 to about $1 billion in FY 2016.

Although R&D expenditures are small compared with tax expenditures and direct expenditures, R&D provides the foundation for many energy technology advancements and cost reductions. Federal R&D expenditures for renewable energy were estimated at about $850 million for FY 2010 and FY 2013, but they dropped to about $450 million in FY 2016. Another $296 million in federal loan guarantees was distributed to recipients in FY 2010, but in both FY 2013 and FY 2016, federal loan guarantee subsidies were zero. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, May, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  US EIA,  


Energieknotor Claims UK's First Subsidy-Free Wind Farm (Int'l)
Energieknotor
Date: 2018-05-23
Bremen, Germany-based Energieknotor reports it has reached financial close and is prepared to break ground on the Withernwick Extension wind project in Yorkshire, north-east England. According to the company, the project is the first onshore wind farm to manage without subsidies, thanks to a significant power purchase agreement (PPA) with a "global company in the consumer goods industry."

The 8.2 MW project, which will incorporate four turbines in near proximity to an existing 9-turbine Enerkiekontor wind far, is expected to come online in the first half of 2019. (Source: Energieknotor, UN Environment, Others, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Energieknotor, Peter Szabo, CEO, +49 421 3304-0, +49 421 3304-444- fax, info@energiekontor.de, www.energiekontor.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energieknotor,  Wind,  


GE Onshore Wind Turbines in N.Am Power the Equivalent of 11,000,000 U.S. Homes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
GE,General Electric
Date: 2018-05-23
"Iowa may conjure up images of sweeping cornfields dotted with farms, but this Midwestern state has been at the forefront of wind energy technology since 1983, when it became the first state to enact a renewable-energy mandate, requiring local investor-owned utilities to use wind or solar sources for power generation. In 2017, Iowa generated 37 percent of its electricity from wind, the largest share nationwide.

"GE Renewable Energy will now add to the state's remarkable base of renewables by helping local utility Alliant Energy erect 190 turbines at two new sites -- Upland Prairie in the state's northwest corner and English Farms further southeast -- to contribute additional 470 megawatts to Iowa's renewables capacity, enough power to supply the equivalent of 180,000 American homes.

"Those two new projects will also propel GE Renewable Energy to break a record of its own: The business unit's onshore wind capacity in North America now exceeds 40 gigawatts. Its 25,000-plus turbines now have the capacity to power the equivalent of 11 million U.S. homes.

"Worldwide, the stats are even more impressive. GE Renewable Energy has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe -- enough to theoretically supply all of Indonesia.

"Since entering wind energy 15 years ago, GE Renewable Energy has provided turbines for some of the largest sites in the U.S, including the 845 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon and the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas. The company also supplied five 6 MW turbines for America's first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island.

"GE's own contributions speak to a larger truth: Wind is blowing up. In the last decade, U.S. wind capacity has tripled to 54,000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of nearly 90,000 MW housed in 41 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. Wind power is now the largest source of renewable generating capacity in the U.S., according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)." (Source: General Electric, May 21, 2018) Contact: GE, www.ge.com/contact/general

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Wind,  General Electric,  Wind,  


Virginia Adopts School Renewables Feed-in Tariffs (Reg & Leg)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2018-05-23
In the Old Dominion State, legislation tabled by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) in the 2018 session directs Dominion Energy to permit schools that generate more energy from on-site wind- or solar-powered sources to sell the power back to the utility. Currently, the excess power goes back to the electrical grid, but school systems are not reimbursed.

Under the legislation, the funds could either be taken by a school system in cash, or applied to offset some of the cost of operating other facilities.

The legislation, which was supported by several school systems and by Dominion Energy, passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate unopposed. The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Northam in March, gives the state Corporation Commission until Dec. 1 to set up the guidelines for administering the the pilot program. It is slated to run for six years (Source: InsideNova, Various Media, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CE, Power Delivery Group, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy ,  Feed-in Tariff,  FITs,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Ideol, STX Partner on Floating Offshore Wind Substations (Ind. Report)
STX Europe Offshore Energy,Ideol
Date: 2018-05-23
La Ciotat, France-based Ideol and STX Europe Offshore Energy report they are joining forces to develop a floating substation that will be compatible with both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms.

Based on Ideol's shallow-draft Damping Pool concept and designed to operate in the world's most extreme environments, the universal floating substation will remain flexible to client demands and/or specific certification requirements and accommodate both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms starting at depths of 30 meters.

The solution aims at being market-ready for France's upcoming floating commercial tenders, accoring to a statement. (Source: Ideol, STX, Windpower Eng., May, 2018) Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en STX Solutions Europe, www.offshore-technology.com/contractors/design-engineering, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/stx-europe-offshore-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News STX Europe Offshore Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Offshore Energy,  Ideol,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  


Windpark Linda Wins German Wind Farm Project (Int’l Report)
Windpark Linda
Date: 2018-05-21
Vortx Energy's Windpark Linda GmbH reports it has won a 21.6MW onshore wind farm project in Germany. Construction is expected to get underway within weeks for completion no later than mid 2019.

When fully operational the project is expected to generate approximately 50GWh of power -- equal to nearly 39kt of avoided CO2 emission annually. (Source: Vortx Energy, Power Technology, Others, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Vortex Energy Windpark Linda, vortex-energy-group.com/en/next-milestone-reached-at-wind-farm-linda

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Ameren Missouri Planning Missouri's Largest Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2018-05-21
St. Louis-headquartered Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation , reports that it has inked an agreement to acquire a 400-MW wind farm to be constructed by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, LLC in Adair and Schuyler counties Missouri.

The wind farm, the Show Me State's largest, will incorporate 175 American-made wind turbines that will generate sufficient electric power for an estimated 120,000 homes. Groundbreaking is expected in summer 2019 for commissioning and power production in 2020.

The transaction is subject to various conditions and regulatory approvals and an acceptable Midcontinent Independent System Operator transmission interconnection agreement.

Ameren Missouri expects to add 100 MW of solar-generated energy over the next 10 years, 50 MW of which is targeted to come online by 2025. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Ajay Arora, VP Power Operations and Energy Management, www.Ameren.com/Missouri

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  


Xcel Expanding Wind Capacity in New Mexico, Texas (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-05-21
Minnesota-headquartered Xcel Energy reports it has received Texas PUC approval to expand its wind energy capacity by 1,230 MW in Texas and New Mexico. New Mexico regulators approved the plan in March.

Xcel Energy's proposal consists of two new wind farms, which will generate most of the new power, but also includes a 30-year PPA with NextEra Energy Resources through which the company will acquire energy from other wind facilities in Texas.

The two new farms are estimated to cost $1.6 billion to construct and are anticipated to save Texas and New Mexico customers $2.8 billion over a 30-year period. The two new facilities, which are expected to come online in 2023, will generate sufficient electric power for more than 360,000 homes annually.

(Source: Xcel, Commercial Property Executive, May, 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  


Statkraft Passes on €1.5Bn Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Plan (Int'l)
Statkraft
Date: 2018-05-21
In Norway, Oslo-headquartered state-owned energy major Statkraft confirms it passed on an opportunity to invest in the a &ewuro;1.5 billion, "Spirit of Ireland" pumped hydro energy storage scheme in the west of Ireland in 2013.

The pumped hydro-power storage scheme involved using excess -- off-peak wind power -- to pump seawater into a reservoir in a flooded coastal valley. The water could then be released during peak times to drive large turbines in order to generate electricity.

Statkraft generate approximately €5 billion in annual revenue from hydro, wind, solar and gas power at 370 installations and is the Nordic region's second largest power firm. The project is as yet unfunded. (Source: Statkraft, Independent Ireland, 20 May, 2018)Contact: Statkraft, +47 91370572, www.statkraft.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Pumped Hydro,  Energy Storage,  


Bay State to Name Offshore Wind Providers This Week (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind
Date: 2018-05-21
The Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reports Wednesday, 23 May, is the deadline to announce which of three proposed offshore wind projects can move forward in Bay State waters -- Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind - are vying to produce some or all of the initial 800 MW.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency, said the creation of 1,600 MW of offshore wind power should create over 3,000 "job years" over the next ten years. (Source: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 1420 WBSM, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; Deepwater Wind, www.dnwind.com; Bay State Wind, www.baystatewind.com

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EDF Off-loading Half of its UK Wind Assets (Ind. Report, Int'l)
EDF Energy Renewables
Date: 2018-05-21
French energy giant giant EDF Energy Renewables reports it is in talks to sell a 49 pct stake in its portfolio of UK wind farms in a deal approaching £600 million. EDF owns 23 onshore wind farms and one offshore wind farm off the north-east coast of England that generate about 550MW of electricity.

Barclays is advising EDF on the sale which would be the largest in a series of EDF transactions intended to expand into other energy sectors. To that end, in November 2017, EDF sold an 80 pct stake in five of its onshore wind farms totaling 100 MW to Greencoat UK Wind. It continues to run the sites and provide maintenance and operational services. (Source: EDF, Financial Times, 20 May, 2018) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Matthieu Hue, CEO, www.edf-er.com

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Pattern Reports Mesa Canyon NM Wind Acquisition (M&A)
Pattern Energy Group
Date: 2018-05-21
San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group 2 is reporting the acquisition of 1GW Mesa Canyons wind farm and Western Spirit transmission line in New Mexico from Clean Line Energy Partners for an undisclosed amount. Both projects are at advanced stages of development and are expected to be operational in 2020, said Pattern Energy Group 2 -- aka Pattern Development.

Mesa Canyons will be located on 50,500 hectares of land in Lincoln County and connect to the 345kV AC Western Spirit line that will run for about 225km from the wind farm to Public Service Company of New Mexico's transmission system near Albuquerque. Pattern Development also plans to start work this summer on the 221MW Grady wind farm in New Mexico. The project is slated to enter commercial operations in spring 2019. (Source: Pattern Development, PR, renews, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

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ARENA Touts $7Mn Renewables, Grid Stability Initiative (Int'l)
ARENA
Date: 2018-05-18
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting the launch of a $7 million funding initiative designed to test and prove how renewable energy technologies can better provide grid stability and security services.

States like South Australia and Victoria have begun ramping up their renewable energy capacity, and grid managers are beginning to focus on integrating energy storage -- i.e. the mammoth Hornsdale Power Reserve, a 129 MWh Tesla lithium-ion energy storage facility in South Australia, which was turned on for the first time towards the end of 2017.

The new $7 million ($5.23 million US) in funding seeks to further develop new technologies that can provide grid stability and security services as well as support projects such as system strength provision, frequency control ancillary services (FCAS), fast frequency response (FFR), inertia provision and measurement, and other services that may enhance system security. The Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia was a beneficiary of funding from ARENA to trial frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) (as was the 168 MW Musselroe Wind Farm in Tasmania which is still underway) and is now registered for six of eight FCAS markets in Australia. The project will provide valuable insights into the cost-benefit of using pre-curtailment to provide FCAS services from a new technology source. (Source: ARENA, CleanTechnica, 16 May, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

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NextEra, SRP Complete Arizona Solar+Storage Plant (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources,Salt River Project
Date: 2018-05-18
Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project (SRP) are touting the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a 258,000 panel, 20-MW integrated PV solar plant equipped with a battery energy storage system. PCSEC, Arizona's largest utility-scale solar energy center paired with a battery storage system, will generate sufficient solar energy to power 5,000 homes and will store excess energy in a state-of-the-art 10-MW lithium-ion battery storage system.

SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the plant, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. SRP, which aims to meet 20 pct of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by 2020, is on schedule to meet that goal by utilizing solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power and energy-efficiency measures. SRP also aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions intensity by 33 pct by 2035, according to a company statement. (Source: nextEra Energy Resources, May, 2018) Contact: Pinal Central Solar Energy Center, www.pinalcentral.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Salt River Project, John Sullivan, Deputy GM, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

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Vestas, Vattenfall Partner on 353MW Swedish Wind Project (Int'l)
Vestas,Vattenfall
Date: 2018-05-18
Wind turbine specialist Vestas reports it is partnering with Swedish utility Vattenfall and Danish pension fund PKA to develop a new 353 MW wind energy project at the Blakliden and Fabodberget wind parks in central Sweden. The Blakliden wind park will have 50 turbines, while the Fabodberget site will deploy 34.

Vestas will provide 84 units of its V136-4.2 MW turbines and become a shareholder via a share purchase agreement for 40 pct of the project. PKA and Vattenfall each hold 30 pct of the projected €350 million ($412.34 million) project. Turbine delivery is expected to begin in early 2021 for commissioning before the year end. (Source: Vestas, WindEurope, Various Media, CNBC, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; PKA, www.pka.dk

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Siemens Gamesa Wins 74.8MW Japanese Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2018-05-16
Siemens Gamesa is reporting receipt of an order from Tokyu Land Corporation for 22 units of its SWT-3.4-108 wind turbines for two wind farms in Hokkaido, Japan. Delivery is slated for 2018-19. The first batch has already arrived in Hokkaido. Siemens Gamesa will handle operations and maintenance services for the projects under the terms of a 20 year contract.

Siemens Gamesa has installed 188 wind turbines in Japan since 1999, and is active China, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.(Source: Siemens Gamesa, Renewable Energy, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Alvaro Bilbao, CEO, Asia-Pacific Onshore Business, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; Tokyu Land Corporation, www.tokyu-land.co.jp/english

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Offshore Wind Pioneer WPD AG Planning $1Bn Sale (Int'l Report)
WPD AG
Date: 2018-05-16
In Germany, Bremen-based offshore wind energy developer WPD AG is reportedly seeking investors for an equity stake of at least $1 billion or potentially to purchase the company lock, stock and barrel.

Founded in 1996, WPD reportedly has 2,000 turbines in 18 countries. The company operates and manages wind power, biogas and solar energy plants and currently has 5.6 gigawatts of projects in early planning stages worldwide. (Source: WPD AG, Bloomberg, Others, 15 May, 2018) Contact: WPD AG, +49-421-168-6610, + 49-421-168-6666 – fax, www.wpd.de

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TUV SUD to Certify Nordex N133/4.8 Wind Turbine (Int'l Report)
TUV SUD ,Nordex
Date: 2018-05-16
Following on our April 30th coverage, TUV SUD reports it will examine, assess and certify the overall design and all key components of Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine maker Nordex's new N133/4.8 wind turbine.

The certification is aimed at confirming the quality of standard-conforming design a according to TUV SUD. Certification, market launch and serial production of the N133/4.8MW turbine is expected in 2019. The N133/4.8MW turbine is the most powerful machine in Nordex's portfolio. (Source: TUV SUD, Various Media, RE News, May, 2018) Contact: TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com; Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com

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Saertex Touts Wind Turbine Glass Fabric (New Prod & Tech)
Saertex
Date: 2018-05-16
Saertex GmbH is reporting development of a light-weight, high strength, unidirectional (UD) glass fibre reinforcement for use in the production of wind turbine rotor blades.

The products tensile strengths is up to 20 pct higher than conventional glass UD fabrics. In addition, the process of laying-up the fabric in the mould without wrinkles is reported to be significantly improved, thereby shortening the lay-up time and reducing costs, according to the company.

(Source: Saertex, NetComposites, May, 2018) Contact: Saertex Gmbh, Saerbeck (Germany) +49 25 74 902 0, (704) 464-5998 – US Office, (704) 464-5922, info.usa@saertex.com, info@saertex.com, www.saertex.com/en

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CPower Energy Wins East Anglia One Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
CPower Energy,ScottishPower Renewables
Date: 2018-05-16
In the UK, Colchester-based wind service and resources specialist CPower Energy reports it has secured a preferred supplier contract to supply commissioning engineers during the construction phase of Belfast-based ScottishPower Renewables' East Anglia One, one of the world's largest offshore wind farm projects.

As well as commissioning managers and engineers, CPower Energy is approved to supply engineers for the offshore and onshore substations, wind turbine generators, logistics and supervisory control and data acquisition for the project.

When fully operational in 2020, East Anglia One will supply sufficient power for as many as 600,000 British homes. CPower Energy personnel are expected to start construction work on the project in the next few weeks. (Source: CPower Energy, PR, Insider Media, May, 2018) Contact: CPower Energy, Peter Jorgensen, Managing Dir., +44 (0) 7920854394, info@cpower-energy.com, www.cpower-energy.com; ScottishPower Renewables, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

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