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GE Scores $6.7Mn for 3D Printed Wind Blades (Ind. Report)
General Electric, LM Wind
Date: 2021-02-05
General Electric is reportings its GE Research, GE Renewable Energy, and LM Wind Power units were recently selected by the US DOE to research the design and manufacture of 3-D printed wind turbine blades.

The GE units will partner with the Oakridge National Lab (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) on the 25-month, $6.7 million project to develop and demonstrate an integrated additive manufacturing process for novel high-performance blade designs for large rotors.

The project will deliver a full-size blade tip ready to be structurally tested, as well as three blade tips that will be installed on a wind turbine. (Source: General Electric, PR, OE, 5 Feb., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind,  Wind Blade,  GE Renewable Energy,  


Arcadia Touts Community Solar, Renewable Energy Prog. (Ind. Report)
Arcadia
Date: 2021-02-05
Arcadia, a monthly subscription service that connects renters and homeowners across the US to wind and solar energy through their utility accounts, today announced a new partnership with Mass.-based Biogen, a pioneer in neuroscience, that will offer all US-based Biogen employees access to 100 pct community solar renewable energy in their homes.

Arcadia's renewable energy offering is a key component of the employee engagement goals for this initiative, through which Biogen became the first Fortune 500 company committing to become fossil fuel free across its operations by 2040.

For Biogen employees participating in the company's Renewable Electricity Opt-in Program, Biogen will cover the cost premium of purchasing 100 pct renewable electricity. US-based employees have the option to participate in the Arcadia subscription program, while those in the US and international locations that have already signed up to a 100 pct renewable electricity contract with their home energy supplier can receive a fixed annual reimbursement of $200. For employees that cannot enroll in renewable electricity programs due to regulatory restrictions, who do not pay their electricity, or that want an alternative to the fixed annual reimbursement, Biogen will purchase and retire 11 MWh of renewable energy credits, an amount equal to the average household usage.

Founded in 2014, Arcadia integrates with 125 utilities in all 50 states, manages 4.5 terawatt-hours of residential energy demand, and is the largest manager of residential community solar subscribers in the US. (Source: Arcadia, PR, 5 Feb., 2021) Contact, Arcadia, Alexa Minerva, Senior Director of Partnerships, Brennan Johnson, 401-556-0662, brennan.johnson@arcadia.com, www.arcadia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arcadia,  Solar,  Community Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Cornell Releases Digital Global Wind Atlas (Ind. Report)
Cornell University
Date: 2021-02-05
In the Empire State, wind energy scientists at Cornell University have released A Global Assessment of Extreme Wind Speeds For Wind Energy Applications, a new global wind atlas -- a digital compendium filled with documented extreme wind speeds for all parts of the world -- to help engineers select turbines in any given region and accelerate the development of sustainable energy. This wind atlas is the first publicly available, uniform and geospatially explicit (datasets tied to locations) description of extreme wind speeds, according to the research.

"Cost-efficient expansion of the wind-energy industry is enabled by access to this newly released digital atlas of the extreme wind conditions under which wind turbines will operate at locations around the world," said Sara C. Pryor, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, who authored the paper with Rebecca J. Barthelmie, professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Both are faculty fellows at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability.

Knowing extreme wind speeds is key to turbine design for cost effectiveness, proper turbine selection and structural integrity on any given site, said the researchers. Before, in many locations, extreme wind-load estimates on projects were uncertain due to limited on-site measurements.

The paper notes that by the end of 2019, total global wind turbine installed capacity was more than 651 GW), thanks to 60 GW of recently built capacity -- of which nearly 90 pct was placed onshore. Thus, wind is now generating over 1,700 TWh of electricity per year or about 7.5 pct of the global electricity supply. The U.S. carries 17 pct of the world's current wind energy installed capacity, while Europe stands at 31 pct and China 36 pct. with more than 90 countries hosting wind energy operations.

Find report details HERE. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, (607) 255-7535, Fax -- (607) 255-6714, www.atkinson.cornell.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Cornell University,  


Dane County, Madison Wisc. Win Energy Efficiency Funds (Funding)
Madison Wisconsin
Date: 2021-02-03
In the Badger State, Dane County, the City of Madison and local nonprofit Slipstream are reporting receipt of nearly $1 million in grant funding from the US DOE Building Technologies Proving Ground -- Public Sector Field Validation Funding Opportunity for energy efficiency upgrades to the City-County municipal building.

The upgrades will include triple-paned windows , LED lighting, HVAC systems and others. The project is expected to cost about $1.5 million, with Dane County and the City of Madison allocating $500,000 in matching funds. (Source: City of Madison, Dane County Wisc., 1 Feb., 2021) Contact: Dane County Wisc., Joe Parisi, www.countyofdane.com US DOE Building Technologies Proving Ground -- Public Sector Field Validation Funding Opportunity , www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/events/building-technologies-proving-ground-public-sector-field-validation-applicant

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Magnora, RWE Partner on Floating Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
Magnora, RWE
Date: 2021-02-03
Oslo-headquartered renewable energy company Magnora ASA is reporting an agreement with global offshore energy technology and service company RWE to establish a joint floating wind company called Magnora Floating Wind.

The new company has begun operations and started work on the application for the ScotWind round in Scotland, UK. The company will also participate in the first offshore wind application round in Norway, which will open in 2021, as well as consider entering new markets. Magnora previously announced acquisitions of: Swedish offshore wind developer Kustvind AB; Sweden-based solar developer Evolar AB; and VINDR AS, the wind power development company focusing on small and medium scaled wind development projects. (Source: Magnora ASA, PR, Website, 29 Jan., 2021) Contact: Magnora ASA, Erik Sneve, CEO, es@magnoraasa.com, www.magnoraasa.com; RWE, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Magnora,  RWE,  Floating Wind,  


UL Grants First Wind Turbine Lifetime Extension Cert. (Ind. Report)
Underwriters Laboratory , ERG
Date: 2021-02-03
Northbrook, Illinois-headquartered Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is reporting renewable energy specialist ERG is the first entity to receive a certificate for UL 4143, the Standard for Wind Turbine Generator Life Time Extension, for an ERG wind farm in Italy.

UL 4143 is a process of assessing lifetime extension for a wind farm through onsite inspection of turbines and blades focused on structural integrity, and an analytical evaluation of the site conditions to determine the remaining useful life for each structural component.

The evaluation is done using UL's aerolastic models with inputs from the plant such as building permits, maintenance and inspection records, SCADA data, power curtailment, type certificates, and others to determine the remaining useful life (RUL) of the plant and the conditions under which it can be achieved.

With a total installed capacity of 1.9 GW, ERG is one Europe's largest onshore wind energy operators with fleet of wind turbines in Italy, France and Germany that are reaching 20 years of operation, the typical design life of a wind turbine.

UL recently surpassed 20 GW assessed around the world for over 9000 turbines, 160 wind turbine models from 27 manufacturers. (Source: UL, PR, 2 Feb., 2021) Contact: UL, Michael Brower, VP Renewables, 847.664.8425, www.UL.com; UL Lifetime Extension services, www.ul.com/renewables; ERG, www.erg.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News UL,  ERG,  Wind,  


GE Expanding French Haliade-X Nacelle Assembly Plant (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-02-03
Wind turbine giant GE Renewable Energy reports it is expanding its wind turbine nacelle factory in Montoir-de-Bretagne in France to accommodate the assembly of nacelles for the Haliade-X offshore wind turbines.

The company introduced the 12 MW Haliade-X turbine in March 2018, followed by a 13 MW and a 14 MW version which is being supplied to the Dogger Bank offshore wind project in the UK. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, Website, Feb., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy ,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  Dogger Bank,  


Black Dog Biogas to Supply Vesta's Plant with Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
Black Dog Biogas, Vestas
Date: 2021-02-03
In the UK, Black Dog Biogas and its manager Earth Capital, the owner and operator of an anaerobic digestion plant near Newport on the Isle of Wight, reports it will supply renewable electricity to Vestas' neighboring wind blade manufacturing facility.

Black Dog Biogas generates electricity through anaerobic digestion and uses the biogas as a fuel in two combined-heat-and-power units to generate renewable heat and electricity. The Black Dog facility generates sufficient power to supply around 80 pct Vestas' needs, as well as around 1,200 homes on the Isle of Wight.

Earth Capital is invested in the project through its Nobel Sustainability Fund®, a multi-phase, multi-geography fund, which invests across the sustainable and impact private markets, accelerating companies for growth, expansion, and subsequent acquisition. (Source: Earth Capital, Black Dog Biogas, Website PR, 1 Feb., 2021)Contact: Black Dog Biogas, Earth Capital, www.earthcapital.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Dog Biogas ,  Vestas,  Biogas,  


Statkraft, Aker Cooperating on Norwegian Offshore Wind (Int'l.)
Statkraft, Aker
Date: 2021-02-01
Oslo-headquartered Norwegian state-owned energy giant Statkraft AS reports the inking of an agreement with Aker Offshore Wind and Aker Horizons to explore Norwegian commercial-scale "bottom-fixed" offshore wind energy opportunities -- including the Sorlige Nordsjo II (SN2) project.

To that end, the companies will establish 50/50 Aker Offshore Wind and Statkraft joint submission of an acreage application and further development activities.

Aker Offshore Wind is focused on deep water assets. Aker Horizons invests in and develops companies within renewable energy sectors and other technologies that make material contributions to reducing emissions or promote sustainable living. (Source: Statkraft, PR, Website, 27 Jan., 2021) Contact: Statkraft, Lars Magnus Gunther, +47 912 41 636, larsmagnus.gunther@statkraft.com, www.statkraft.com; Aker Offshore Wind, www.akeroffshorewind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Aker Offshore Wind,  ,  Offshore Wind,  


Enel Green Power Touts Renewables Capacity Growth (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2021-02-01
Enel Green Power (EGP) reports it constructed 3,106 MW of renewable capacity worldwide in 2020, beating its 2019 record of 3,029 MW. The new renewable capacity includes around 46 facilities, mainly wind (2,284 MW) and solar (803 MW). EGP also refurbished and repowered about 1.2 GW of plants in operation (250 MW wind, 847 MW hydro and 73 -- roughly 508 MW in Europe, 879 MW in Latin America, 1,386 MW in North America, mainly in the United States; and 333 MW in Africa, Asia and Oceania. The new capacity is expected to generate around 11.3 TWh per year, while avoiding 6.86 million tpy of CO2 emisssions.

EGP presently has around 49 GW capacity across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower and aims to generate 145 GW of renewable power by 2030 and to fully decarbonize its generation mix by 2050. (Source: EGP, PR, 30 Jan., 2021) Contact: EGP, Salvatore Bernabei, CEO, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Enel Group. Renewable Energy,  


Northland Takes 49 pct Stake in Baltic Power Offshore Wind (M&A)
Northland Power ,PKN ORLEN
Date: 2021-01-29
Toronto-based Northland Power Inc. is reporting an agreement with Poland-based PKN ORLEN S.A. to acquire a 49 pct interest -- subject to regulatory approvals -- in the 1,200 MW Baltic Power offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea. Northland expects to invest approximately $100 million in the project.

PKN ORLEN is the largest company in Central and Eastern Europe and is publicly listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The Company is part of the ORLEN Group, which has operations in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Canada. PKN ORLEN is a major player on the Polish energy market, with generation capacity of 3.2 GWe.

The Northland -- PKN ORLEN partnership will co-develop the Baltic Power opportunity that is expected to secure a 25-year Contract for Difference (CfD) offtake agreement. Construction is slated to start in 2023 with commercial operations expected in 2026. (Source: Northland Power, PR, 29 Jan., 2021) Contact: Northland Power, Mike Crawley, CEO, Inc., David Povall, Exec. VP, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com; PKN ORLEN, www.orlen.pl



More Low-Carbon Energy News Northland Power,  Offshore Wind ,  PKN ORLEN,  


Wartsila Supplying Energy Storage System in Scotland (Int'l.)
Wartsilia,Scottish and Southern Electric
Date: 2021-01-27
Wartsila Energy reports it is supplying its GridSolv Max advanced energy storage system to Scottish and Southern Electricity plc (SSE) Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' (SSEN) Lerwick Power Station in the Shetland Islands.

The 8 MW/6 MWh system will facilitate the integration of wind turbine-generated electricity into the grid, providing further stability to the entire energy system. The project is being delivered under a full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract that provides modular storage for the core hardware assets of the system, including a 10-year service agreement, which includes maintenance for the software and hardware system components, as well as remote support and management.

Wartsilia's GridSolv Max is a standardised solution that provides flexible and modular storage for the core hardware assets within our energy storage systems. The innovative architecture simplifies installation and integration across any energy storage application or deployment size, according to the Wartsilia website. (Source: Wartsilia Energy, Website, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Wartsilia Energy, Bent Iversen, Senior Bus. Dev., +358 10 709 0000, Fax +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com/energy/explore-solutions/energy-storage; Scottish and Southern Electric, www.ssen.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsilia Energy Storage,  Scottish and Southern Electric,  


Clearway W.Va. Wind Farm Contractors Selected (Ind. Report)
Clearway Energy,Bechtel
Date: 2021-01-27
Bechtel is reporting San Francisco-based Clearway Energy Group selected Bechtel-Reed & Reed Joint Venture to engineer, procure and construct its Black Rock wind farm in Grant and Mineral Counties, West Virginia.

The project will incorporate 23 Siemens-Gamesa SG 5.0-145 wind turbines on 107.5-meter tall towers and generate sufficient green energy for 34,000 homes while saving 298,500 metric tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Bechtel, PR, 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: Bechtel, Whitney Winn, 703.826.6439, wnwinn@bechtol.com, www.bechtel.com; Reed & Reed, 207.443.9747, www.reed-reed.com; Clearway Energy Group, Chris Fox, VP, 415-627-1600, www.clearwayenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clearway Energy ,  Wind,  


Leeward to Acquire 10 GW U.S. Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report, M&A)
Leeward Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-01-27
Dallas-headquartered Leeward Renewable Energy LLC is reporting plans to acquire a utility-scale solar platform for about $261 million. Leeward, which is owned by the province of Ontario, Canada pension fund OMERS said it would acquire about 10 gigawatts of projects being developed by Tempe, Arizona-headquartered First Solar. Many of the projects are slated for California and other parts of the U.S., with construction expected to begin within two years.

Leeward operates about 2 GW of wind power generation in the U.S. The First Solar deal is expected to bring the company's operating capacity to 5 GW of renewable energy by 2025. (Source: Leeward Renewable Energy, PR, 22 Jan., 2021) Contact: Leeward Renewable Energy, Jason Allen, CEO, John Wycherley, VP Bus. Dev., 214.515.1100, www.leewardenergy.com

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


Shell, Simply Blue Energy Partner on Floating Wind Project (Int'l.)
Shell New Energies,Simply Blue Energy
Date: 2021-01-27
Irish renewable energy developer Simply Blue Energy reports Shell New Energies has signed an agreement to acquire a 51 pct share of their Simply Blue Energy Kinsale venture, which was set up to develop the Emerald Project, a floating wind farm in the Irish Celtic Sea.

The Joint Venture will be operated by Simply Blue Energy supported by Shell floating wind experts, with the project office based in the Cork City Docklands rejuvenation area.

The project is in the early stages and aims to exploit the vast floating wind potential in the Irish part of the Celtic Sea. 300MW of installed capacity is planned initially, with the potential to scale-up to a total installed capacity of 1GW. This is equivalent to powering 800,000 Irish homes. (Source: Simply Blue Energy, PR, Website, 27 Jan., 2021) Contact: Simply Blue Energy, Sam Roch-Perks, CEO, www.simplyblueenergies.com; Shell, www.shell.com/newenergies

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell New Energies,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Simply Blue Energy ,  


Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Enviva Biomass
Date: 2021-01-25
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • The aftermath of COVID-19 will push economies into a renewable future -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how societies, businesses, and governments view the world. As various industries saw a decline in the demand for products and/or services throughout the pandemic, the energy industry witnessed the opposite. Energy production and distribution remained essential regardless of the pandemic.

    Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come. For this reason, we don't foresee a job loss, rather a job transfer -- or perhaps a job boom - in renewables in 2021. For those currently working in fossil fuels, this shift will present a great opportunity to transition skills as the energy sector continues to evolve into a clean energy future.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • BECCS on the short rise -- Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States and exports pellets primarily to power plants in the UK, Europe and Japan that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by up to 85 pct. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: Enviva Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP., www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv news,  Woody Biomass Wood Pellet news,  CCS news,  Renewable Fuel news,  


  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer, ENVIVA Holdings LP:

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation.

  • In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement -- sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase.

    ENVIVA is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports primarily to previously coal-fired power plants in the U.K., Europe and Japan. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP. ENVIVA Biomass, Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Renewable Fuel,  CCS,  


  • Siemens Gamesa Claims 14-Turbine Finnish Order (Int'l. Report)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In Madrid, Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa is reporting a deal to supply 14 units of its SG 5.8-155 model wind turbine totaling 81 MW to long-term customer Suomen Hyotytuuli Oy for its Alajoki-Peuralinna site in central Finland.

    The turbines will be optimized to meet the site requirements and equipped with a low temperature package to allow them to perform in any condition. Commissioning of the wind farm is slated for 2022. (Source: Siemesn Gamesa, PR, 23 Jan., 2021) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Roberto Sabalza, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com; Suomen Hyotytuuli Oy, www.hyotytuuli.fi

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


    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by ENVIVA Holdings, LP, the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer:
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) -- is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

  • COVID 19 Pandemic aftermath -- Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels and energy will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIV Holdings owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports pellets primarily to formerly coal-fired power plants in the U.K, Europe and Japan. ENVIVA makes pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENVIVA,  Renewable Energy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


  • CIP Plans Scotland Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports it is seeking input from Scottish government Ministers for the proposed Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm to be constructed 6 km off the coast of Dounreay, Caithness.

    The proposed project would be developed by Midlothia-based Highland Wind Ltd. and would incorporate 6-10 turbines of 10-16 MW mounted on foundation that could support either 1 or 2 turbines, and up to 25km of 66 kV dynamic array cables and up to 10-20km, 110 kV export cabling.

    Financial close on the project is expected in 2024 with turbine installation and commissioning in 2026. (Source: CIP, Highland Wind Limited 4C Offshore, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact:Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Highland Wind Ltd.,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Offshore Wind ,  


    Cordelio Sells 49 pct Stake in Ontario Renewable Power Portfolio (M&A)
    Cordelio Power,Axium Infrastructure
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Toronto, Ontario-based Cordelio Power and Axium Infrastructure are reporting Axium's purchase of a 49 pct interest in Cordelio's 396 MW "Denfield" Ontario renewable energy portfolio of four wind projects and two solar projects in southwestern Ontario. Cordelio will continue to manage the Denfield assets.

    Cordelio, which is wholly owned by CPP Investments, manages over 1,000 MW of renewable generation assets across North America, including 396 MW of wind and solar projects in Ontario plus a 656 MW (net) wind and solar portfolio stake owned by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The company's growth pipeline includes 2,500 MW of wind, solar and storage projects in the western and midwestern US.

    Axium Infrastructure had $5.6 billion (Cdn) in assets under management as of September 30, 2020, as well as approximately $1.7 billion in co-investments. (Source: Cordelio Power, Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Axium Infrastructure Inc., Anne-Sophie Roy, Senior VP Inv. Relations, 514-954-3781, asroy@axiuminfra.com, www.axiuminfra.com; Cordelio Power, 647-515-3337, 647-352-9533, info@cordeliopower.com, www.cordeliopower.com

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    Orsted Proceeding with Danish Renewable Hydrogen Project (Int'l.)
    Orsted
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Following up on our 30 Dec., 2019 coverage, Fredericia, Denmark-based Orsted is reporting its final investment decision on the H2RES renewable hydrogen demonstration project at Avedore Holme in Copenhagen.

    The project, the company's first renewable hydrogen project, will use offshore wind energy to produce renewable hydrogen. The H2RES project will investigate how to best combine an electrolyser with the fluctuating power supply from offshore wind, using Orsted's two 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines at Avedore Holme.

    The 2 MW facility, which is expected to produce up to around 1,000 kg of renewable hydrogen transportation fuel daily, is slated to begin operation in late 2021. (Source: Orsted, PR, Offshore, 20 Jan., 2021)(Source: Orsted, Offshore Wind, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Anders Nordstrom, VP Hydrogen, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    UK Home, Office Energy Efficiency Standards Unveiled (Int'l.)
    UK Housing Minister
    Date: 2021-01-22
    In the UK, Housing Minister Chris Pincher this week announced that all new homes must be "more energy efficiency and zero-carbon ready" by 2025.

    Specifically, new homes are expected to produce 75-80 pct lower carbon emissions compared to current builds. An additional requirement is for new homes to have a reduced carbon footprint of 31 pct by 2021 compared to current levels.

    Additionally, all existing homes and home extensions will be subject to new energy efficiency standards focused on energy consumption, such as windows, lighting and HVAC systems. A consultation on higher energy performance targets for non-domestic buildings, was also announced. (Source: UK Housing Minister, edie, 21 Jan., 2021)


    $432Mn Vietnam Wind Project Construction Underway (Int'l. Wind)
    Vietnam Wind Energy
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In Vietnam, WTO Construction Trading JSC reports construction of its $432 million wind power project in the southern province of Ca Mau is now underway.

    The project includes four wind power plants incorporating 83 wind turbines with a capacity of 4.5 MW each. The project, which is slated for completion in Q4 this year, has a PPA in place with Vietnam Electricity utility. (Source: WTO Construction Trading, PR, reve, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: WTO Construction Trading www.wto.com.vn

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    Greencoat Taking Stake in RWE Texas Wind Projects (M&A)
    Greencoat, RWE
    Date: 2021-01-20
    RWE Renewables reports it will sell a 24 pct stake in 4 onshore wind farms totaling 861 MW in coastal Texas to UK-based renewable energy manager Greencoat for roughly $160 million.

    Three of the four projects are in operation and one under construction. RWE will continue to operate all four wind farms. The transaction is expected to close in Q1, this year. (Source: RWE Renewables, PR, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, +353 (1) 70 26737 -- Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 -- London, www.greencoat-capital.com; RWE Renewables , Sven Utermohlen, COO Wind Offshore Global, www.group.rwe/en

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    TRIG Buys Into Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm (Offshore Wind, M&A)
    The Renewables Infrastructure Group,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In London, The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) is reporting acquisition of a 17.5 pct stake in Beatrice offshore wind farm from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). Located off the coast of Scotland, the 87-turbine, 588MW offshore wind farm was developed by SSE and came online in 2018.) (Source: The Renewables Infrastructure Group, PR, Splash, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact:Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; The Renewables Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com

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    World's 4th Largest Economy Using More Renewables Than Coal (Int'l.)
    Agora Energiewende
    Date: 2021-01-20
    German think tank Agora Energiewende reports for the first time in history, a combination of wind, solar, and other renewables overtook Germany's coal, oil, and gas as a fuel source during 2020.

    A combination of the pandemic, lower demand for electricity, mild weather, cheaper natural gas, and various economic and market factors led to the historic numbers on the data sheets of Western Europe's biggest consumer of fossil fuels and the world's fourth-largest economy -- $3.69 trillion GDP. According to Agora Energiewende, wind power alone supplied more of the nation's energy thaned 40 pct of the nation’s baseline, a greater share than black coal. (Source: Agora Energiewende, Jan., 2021) www.agora-energiewende.de

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    Bord na Mona Ending Peat Biomass Business, Going Green (Int'l.)
    Bord na Mona
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Dublin, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona reports it has permanently ended all peat harvesting on its lands as part of its "brown to green" strategy and transition to renewable energy.

    As part of its green strategy, Bord na Mona plans to have developed wind, solar and other assets capable of supplying around one-third of all Irish homes with renewable energy by 2030 and is seeking to raise €1.6 billion to fund a series of renewable energy projects in keeping with Ireland's objective to become carbon neutral by 2050.

    Bord na Mona also recently launched its Peatlands Restoration Plan, involving an investment of more than €115 million to convert Ireland's peatlands from fossil fuel sources to large-scale carbon capture sites. While peat harvesting is ceasing, the company will continue manufacturing peat briquettes until 2024. The Kilberry horticulture facility will also continue to operate as normal, supported by existing peat reserves, and the Edenderry Power Station will continue its transition to run exclusively on residual and sustainable biomass. (Source: Bord na Mona, PR, Website, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

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    Equinor Contracted for NY Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Equinor
    Date: 2021-01-18
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) state will contract with Equinor Wind for the $8.9 billion development of two new offshore wind farms totaling 2,490 MW more than 20 miles off the shore of Long Island

    Under the award, Equinor and incoming strategic partner BP will provide generation capacity of 1,260 MW renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind 2, and another 1,230 MW of power from Beacon Wind 1 -- adding to the existing commitment to provide New York with 816 MW of renewable power from Empire Wind 1 -- totaling 3.3 GW of power to the state.

    As part of the award by NYSERDA, the companies will partner with the state to transform the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) and the Port of Albany into large-scale offshore wind working industrial facilities that position New York to become an offshore wind industry hub. (Source: NYDERDA, Equinor, Renewable Energy Mag., 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Nordex Reports 1,331 Wind Turbine Orders in 2020 (Int'l Report)
    Nordex
    Date: 2021-01-18
    Hamburg-based wind energy giant Nordex Group reports receipt of orders for 491 wind turbine systems totaling 2,261MW in Q4, 2020 bringing the total of number of turbines ordered for the year to 1,331 turbines with an output of 6,020 MW.

    The 2020 orders were distributed across 16 countries, 59 pct of orders (by MW) came from the European region with Germany, Norway, the UK, Finland and France being the largest markets. In North America, the U.S. accounted for 20 pct of orders. Projects in Brazil, Chile and Colombia resulted in 21 pct of the order volume coming from Latin America.

    According to Nordex, the Group installed more than 30 GW of wind power capacity in over 40 markets and generated sales of around €3.3 billion in 2019. Nordex operates factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the USA, India and Mexico. The product portfolio is focused on onshore turbines. (Source: Nordex Group, PR, 16 Jan., 2021) Contact: Nordex Group, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 (0)40 / 300 30 X 1116, www.nordex.com

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    Ameren Missouri Acquires Second Wind Energy Facility (M&A)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In the Show Me State, Ameren Missouri is reporting the purchase of the 300-MW Atchison Renewable Energy Center in northwestern Missouri as part of its $1.1 billion investment in wind energy in the state. When fully operational later this year, the wind facility will generate sufficient energy for 90,000 customers.

    The Atchison center is Ameren Missouri's second wind energy facility purchase after the High Prairie Renewable Energy Center in Schuyler and Adair Counties in December. The facilities are expected to add a combined 700 MW of wind generation to the state. Ameren Missouri is aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, St. Louis Public Radio, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Ajay Arora, Renewable Energy Dev., Michael Moehn, Pres., Andrew Kirk, 314.554.4859, akirk@ameren.com, www.ameren.com

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    Repsol S A, Ibereolica Renovables Chilean Wind JV Underway (Int'l.)
    Repsol S A, Ibereolica Renovables
    Date: 2021-01-18
    Repsol and Grupo Ibereolica Renovables in Santiago, Chile, report their first joint wind farm in the Chilean province of Huasco is underway. The 189-MW Cabo Leones III wind farm is being developed in two phases.

    The first phase with 79 MW and 22 SG 132 wind turbines, entered into commercial operation in December 2020. It will produce 280 GWh of clean energy per year, thereby avoiding 94,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The second phase broke ground in July 2020 and is slated to enter into commercial operation in Q2, 2021.

    The Repsol and Grupo Ibereolica Renovables joint venture has a portfolio of assets in operation, construction, and advanced development of more than 1,600 MW, with commercial operation dates up until 2023, and the possibility of surpassing 2,600 MW by 2030.

    Repsol currently has nearly 3,000 MW of low-emissions generation capacity installed. It has six renewables projects under development in Spain and holds a stake in one of the world's largest semi-submersible floating wind farms, Windfloat Atlantic, off the coast of Portugal, which is now in operation.

    Grupo Ibereolica Renovables currently operates 12 wind farms with an installed capacity of 205 MW in Spain and 444 MW in Chile. Additionally, it has approximately 10 GW of wind and solar projects under development in Spain, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. (Source: Grupo Ibereolica Renovables, Repsol Joint PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Grupo Ibereolica Renovables, +56 2 333 35 40, www.grupoibereolica.es; Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

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    Novatus, Southwest Generation Merge into Onward Energy (M&A)
    Novatus Energy, ONward Energy ,Southwest Generation
    Date: 2021-01-15
    NYC-based independent power producer Novatus Energy and Denver-headquartered Southwest Generation are reporting the merger of the two companies to create Onward Energy. Onward Energy will continue under common ownership by institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

    Onward Energy owns 43 wind, solar, and natural gas generating projects totaling 4 GW across 16 states. With offices in New York City, Denver, and Charlotte, Onward Energy will continue to provide services under Novatus Energy's and Southwest Generation's existing power purchase agreements with their respective counter parties. (Source: Onward Energy, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Southwest Generation, John Foster, CEO, (303) 623-7300, info@southwestgen.com, www.southwestgen.com; Onward Energy, (631) 552-5900, information@onwardenergy.com, www.onwardenergy.com; Novatus Energy, 631-552-5906, www.novatusenergy.com

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    GE to Repower Leeward's New Mexico Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
    Leeward Renewable Energy,GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-01-15
    Dallas-headquartered Leeward Renewable Energy LLC reports it has contracted GE Renewable Energy to repower its 90MW Aragonne Wind Project in Guadalupe County, New Mexico. GE will also power the 145MW Aragonne Mesa new greenfield wind project, making a total of 235MW of contracted capacity works.

    Under the contract, GE will offer 86 of its 2.x-127 and 2.3-116 wind turbine generators to Leeward and will replace the Aragonne project's existing units with new turbines designed to increase performance and reliability. Both projects are expected to be completed later this year. (Source: Leeward Renewable Energy, PR, Power Technology, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy Onshore Americas, Tim White, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; Leeward Renewable Energy, Jason Allen, CEO, John Wycherley, VP Bus. Dev., 214.515.1100, www.leewardenergy.com

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    Minnesota Power Killing Coal Power, Adding Renewables (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Power
    Date: 2021-01-15
    Duluth-based utility Minnesota Power -- an Allete company -- reports it will retire the 335-MW coal-fired Unit 3 at its Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset by 2030 and convert the power plant's 468-MW Unit 4 to be coal-free by 2035.

    The utility will also add 400 MW of wind and solar power to its energy mix by 2035 . The company reached 50 pct renewables in December, 2020, and now plans to increase that to 70 pct by 2030, 80 pct carbon-free by 2035 and 100 pct carbon-free by 2050. (Source: Minnesota Power, PR, Website, Jan., 2021) Contact: Minnesota Power, www.mnpower.com

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    Enercon Commissions Swedish Onshore Wind Turbines (Int'l. Report)
    Enercon
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Bremen, Germany-based Enercon Gmbh reports it has installed, commissioned and handed over the first 25 E-138 EP3 turbines of the 250MW northern section of the second phase at the 4GW Markbygden onshore wind complex in north-east Sweden. The whole three-stage cluster will incorporate around 1,100 turbines totaling 4GW.

    To date, 47 of the project's second phase's planned 63 turbines have been installed. Enercon holds a 15 pct stake in the project and is also involved in the first phase of the Markbygden complex and the southern section of phase two. (Source: Enercon GmbH, Website News, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Enercon GmbH, +49 421 / 24415100, Fax: +49 421 / 2441539 sales.international@enercon.de, www.enercon.de

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    Encavis AM Acquires 53 MW German Wind farm Portfolio (M&A, Int'l.)
    ENCAVIS
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Neubiberg, Germany-headquartered ENCAVIS AG subsidiary Encavis Asset Management AG (Encavis AM) is reporting acquisition of a German wind farm portfolio totaling 53 MW for the Luxembourg-based special fund Encavis Infrastructure II (EIF II).

    The four wind facilities in Northrhine-Westfalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, together generate sufficient electric power for 41,000 households annually and save 51,000 tpy of CO2. The wind farms were developed and realised by the renewable energy company BayWa r.e. (Source: Encavis, Website PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Encavis, Dr. Dierk Paskert, CEO, +49 40 3785 620, +49 40 3785 62 129 -- fax, info@encavis.com, www.encavis.com; BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com

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    Renewables to Generate Most U.S. Electricity in 2021 (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2021-01-13
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. electric power generators, developers and power plant owners are planning for 39.7 GW of new electric power generating capacity to begin commercial operation in 2021. Of the total, solar will account for 39 pct, followed by wind at 31 pct, natural gas at 16 pct and battery at 11 pct and nuclear about 3 pct of the new capacity.

    Solar PV -- Developers and plant owners expect the addition of utility-scale solar capacity to set a new record by adding 15.4 GW of capacity to the grid in 2021. This new capacity will surpass 2020's nearly 12 GW increase, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and scheduled additions for the last two months of 2020 (5.7 GW). More than half of the new utility-scale solar PV capacity is planned for four states -- Texas (28 pct), Nevada (9 pct), California (9 pct), and North Carolina (7 pct) and an additional 4.1 GW of small-scale solar PV capacity to enter service by the end of 2021.

    Wind -- Another 12.2 GW of wind capacity is scheduled to come online in 2021. Last year, 21 GW of wind came online, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and planned additions in November and December (14.9 GW). Texas and Oklahoma account for more than half of the 2021 wind capacity additions. The largest wind project coming online in 2021 will be the 999-MW Traverse wind farm in Oklahoma. The 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project off the coast of Virginia Beach, is also scheduled to start commercial operation in early 2021.

    Natural gas -- For 2021, planned natural gas capacity additions are reported at 6.6 GW. Combined-cycle generators account for 3.9 GW, and combustion-turbine generators account for 2.6 GW. More than 70 pct of these planned additions are in Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

    Battery storage -- EIA expects the capacity of utility-scale battery storage to more than quadruple; 4.3 GW of battery power capacity additions are slated to come online by the end of 2021. The rapid growth of renewables is a major driver in the expansion of battery capacity because battery storage systems are increasingly paired with renewables. The world's largest solar-powered battery (409 MW) is under construction at Manatee Solar Energy Center in Florida; the battery is scheduled to be operational by late 2021. (Source: US EIA, 11 Jan., 2021)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    Offshore Hydrogen Production Project Funded (Funding, Int'l. Report)
    Orsted, ITM Power,
    Date: 2021-01-13
    A consortium of London-headquartered ITM Power plc, Orsted A/S, Siemens Gamesa and Cambridge, UK-based Element Energy is reporting receipt of €5 million in funding from the EC Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2-JU) for the OYSTER project to investigate the feasibility and potential of combining a single offshore wind turbine directly with an electrolyzer and transporting renewable hydrogen to shore. The consortium will develop and test a megawatt-scale fully marinized electrolyzer in a shoreside pilot trial coordinated by Element Energy.

    The OYSTER project aims to produce hydrogen from offshore wind at a cost that is competitive with natural gas (with a realistic carbon tax), thus unlocking bulk markets for green hydrogen making a meaningful impact on CO2 emissions, and facilitating the transition to a fully renewable energy system in Europe. The project is expected to run from 2021 through 2024 and is a key first step on the path to developing a commercial offshore hydrogen production industry and will demonstrate innovative solutions with significant potential in Europe and beyond.

    For the project, ITM Power is responsible for the development of the electrolyzer system and electrolyzer trials, while Orsted will lead the offshore deployment analysis and feasibility study of future physical offshore electrolyzer deployments, and support ITM Power in the design of the electrolyzer system for marinization and testing. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Element Energy are providing technical and project expertise. (Source: ITM, Orsted, PR, Chem Engineering, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: ITM Power, www.itm-power.com; Element Energy, www.element-energy.co.uk; EC Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, www.fch.europa.eu

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    GEVO Net-Zero 1 Project Slated for South Dakota (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Gevo
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol and ethanol producer GEVO Inc. is touting the concept of Net-Zero (carbon emissions) Projects for the production of energy dense liquid hydrocarbons using renewable energy and the company's proprietary technology.

    A Net-Zero Project aims to convert renewable energy such as photosynthetic, wind, renewable natural gas (RNG), biogas, from various sources into energy dense liquid hydrocarbons that achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the fuel's whole lifecycle -- from the way carbon is captured from the atmosphere, and processed to make liquid transportation fuel products.

    Net-Zero 1 to be constructed at Lake Preston, South Dakota is expected to have a capacity of 45 MMgy of hydrocarbons (for gasoline and jet fuel, based on current take-or-pay contracts) and to produce more than 350 million ppy per year of high protein feed products as well as produce sufficient renewable natural gas (RNG) to meet production process needs.

    Net-Zero 1 is projected to come in at roughly $700 million including the hydrocarbon production and related renewable energy infrastructure which includes anaerobic digestion to produce biogas to run the plant and generate electricity on-site. (Source; GEVO, PR, 11 Jan., 2021.

    In other GEVO news as of December 31, 2020, the company paid off the outstanding balance of $12.7 million in 12 pct convertible senior secured notes and reduced the group's general corporate secured debt balance to zero, according to a GEVO release.

    As reported on 8 Jan., GEVO Inc. has contracted with Koch Industries' Houston-headquartered subsidiary Koch Project Solutions, LLC to provide front-end engineering, design and project execution management services for the expansion projects that GEVO is in the process of financing with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. (Source: GEVO Inc., Jan, 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Consumers Energy 150-MW Mich. Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy, Enel Green Power America
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy utility, is reporting first electric power generation from its 150-MW wind farm in Gratiot County, Michigan. The 60-turbine facility is expected to generate sufficient power for 58,000 area homes.

    Consumers Energy acquired the $260 million project from Enel Green Power America in September 2019 and took responsibility for completing the construction process. Consumers Energy also owns the Lake Winds Energy Park in Mason County and the Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County, Michigan. (Source: Consumers Energy, Jan., 2021) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com; Enel Green Power America, www.enelgreenpower.com/countries/north-america

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    Nordex Scores 188 MW Turbine Order for Finland Project (Int'l.)
    Nordex, wdp
    Date: 2021-01-11
    Hamburg-based wind energy giant Nordex Group reports receipt of an order from Bremen, Germany-based wdp Europe GmbH for 33 units of its Delta4000 series N163/5.X turbines, and a 15 year service contract, for the 188 MW "Karhunnevankangas" project in Finland.

    The turbines will be supplied in a project-specific operating mode of 5.7 MW, resulting in a total output for the wind farm of 188 MW. For the first time the Nordex Group will be installing the turbines on tubular steel towers with a hub height of 159 metres. Turbine installation and completion of the wind farm in the north of Ostrobothnia in western Finland is scheduled for 2022. (Source: Nordex, PR, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Zander, +49 (0)40 / 300 30 X 1116, fzander@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com; wdp Europe GmbH, Christian Schnibbe Head of Marketing & PR, +49 (421) 16866-10, +49 (421) 16866-10 -- fax, c.schnibbe@wpd.de, info@wdp.de, www.wpd.de

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    UK PM Touts Green Ind. Revolution, Climate Change Plan (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2021-01-11
    In London, UK Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his 10-point plan for a "green"--low-carbon industrial revolution. The plan focus on the following industries and initiatives:
  • Offshore wind -- The government has already announced an ambition to have every home in the UK powered by offshore wind in an effort to cut the emissions from electricity.

  • Hydrogen -- The gov. plans to have 5GW -- sufficient power for roughly 1.5 million UK homes -- of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

  • Nuclear -- The plan calls for renewed support for small modular nuclear reactors that can be largely built in factories and other small applications.

  • Electric vehicles -- The plan calls for increased support for electric vehicles, recharging infrastructure and the previously announced ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.

  • Public transport, cycling and walking -- Calls for increased clean public transport options including electric, alternative fuel and hydrogen powered buses as well as encourages cycling and walking.

  • Jet zero and greener fuel transportation -- Calls for zero-emission alternative fuel and electric power long-haul mass transportation including passenger rail, electric airplanes and maritime ferries.

  • Energy efficiency -- The plan calls for a major effort to increase residential and public building energy efficiency.

  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) -- Focuses on "clusters" where groups of power stations, factories or industrial plants could be linked to CCUS infrastructure for greater efficiency and cost savings.

  • Nature and the ecosystem -- Seeks to end the loss of wild life habitats, increase funding for tree planting, peatland restoration and other programs to store carbon, protect habitat and curb flooding.

    10. Innovation and finance -- for the wholesale, economy-wide shift away from fossil fuels to a low-carbon energy clean future. (Source: Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, Jan., 2021) Contact:Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, www.email.number10.gov.uk


  • SunPower Shuttering Hillsboro, Oregon Plant (Ind. Report)
    SunPower
    Date: 2021-01-11
    SunPower reports it will cease production at its SunPower Manufacturing Oregon solar panel plant in Hillsboro, Oregon by March 2021 and complete the wind-down of the facility in early June. The company is looking into the possible sale of the plant, exploring a joint venture option or assessing potential partnerships.

    As previously reported, SunPower completed the spin-off of Maxeon Solar Technologies last August. The spin-off encompassed international panel manufacturing and associated sales, which is now run by Maxeon. Following the split, SunPower is focused on solar and battery storage system sales and services for customers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as developing downstream energy services products like energy management software. (Source: SunPower, PR, GreenTech, 9 Jan., 2020) Contact: SunPower, Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com

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    Mitsui, Bombora Partner on Wind-Wave Energy Projects (Int'l.)
    Mitsui, Bombora
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In Japan, maritime merchant fleet operator Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Welsh marine energy developer Bombora are reporting an agreement to identify potential opportunities and applications for Bombora's mWave and wind energy projects in Japan the neighbouring area.

    Bombora is currently in the final assembly phase of its 1.5MW mWave Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project in Wales with installation scheduled for mid-2021. Looking beyond the test and validation this year, Bombora is forging ahead with technological and commercial advancements. InSPIRE, Bombora's partnership project with global EPC contractor, TechnipFMC, to integrate mWave and wind generation on one floating offshore platform has already commenced. The first phase of the InSPIRE project will realise the demonstration of a 12MW Integrated mWave and wind floating platform. Phase two makes the leap to an industry leading 18MW. Significant gains are made from integrating mWave and wind onto a single platform. It is possible to generate 50 pct more power from seabed lease areas and 50 pct more consistent power than just offshore wind. Most important of all is the ability to accelerate the cost reduction pathway for this emerging sector, delivering a 20 pct lower cost of energy than floating offshore wind alone.

    Japan aims to install 10GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 rising to between 30GW and 45GW by 2040 as part of the country's effort to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Bombora, Business News Pembrokeshire , 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Bombora, +44 1646 233140, www.bomborawave.com

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    Capstone Acquires 29-MW Ontario Wind Portfolio (M&A)
    Capstone Infrastructure, wpd Europe
    Date: 2021-01-11
    Toront0-headquartered independent energy producer Capstone Infrastructure Corp. is reporting acquisition of four Ontario wind farms totaling 29-MW Ontario from Bremen, Germany-based wwpd Europe GmbH for an undisclosed price.

    The four wind farms -- Springwood, Whittington, Napier and Sumac Ridge -- incorporate Senvion MM92 turbines and have long-term PPAs with an average of 14 years remaining of the contract term.

    Capstone owns and operates hydro, wend,solar, biomass, and natural gas power plants totaling roughly 570 MW power generation capacity Canada-wide, according to its website. (Source: Capstone Infrastructure Corp., PR, Website, 11 Jan., 2020) Contact: Capstone Infrastructure Corp., David Eva, CEO, 416-649-1300, Fax: 416-649-1335, info@capstoneinfra.com, www.capstoneinfra.com; wdp Europe GmbH, +49 (421) 16866-10, F +49 (421) 16866-66, info@wdp.de, www.wpd.de

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    Energy Efficiency Key in UK PM's Green Ind. Plan (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In London, UK Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his 10-point plan for a "green"--low-carbon industrial revolution. The PM's plan calls for "a major effort to increase residential and public building energy efficiency".

    The plan also calls for: a concerted development and deployment of: offshore wind; small-scale nuclear; electric vehicles and alternative fuels; increased use of public mass transit; hydrogen; carbon capture and storage (CCS) "clusters" where groups of power stations, factories or industrial plants could be linked to CCUS infrastructure for greater efficiency and cost savings; ecosystem funding for tree planting, peatland restoration and similar programs to store carbon; and a wholesale, economy-wide shift away from fossil fuels to a low-carbon energy clean future. (Source: Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, Jan., 2021) Contact:Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, www.email.number10.gov.uk

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    Sevan's SWACH Joins Floating Wind Tech Race (Int'l. Report)
    Sevan SPP
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Norwegian engineering firm Sevan SPP is touting its SWACH (small waterplane area cylindrical hull) floating offshore wind technology.

    The Sevan SWACH design is a cylindrical floating moonpool foundation for offshore wind. It is scalable up 14MW turbines and offers excellent motion characteristics in challenging and harsh conditions. It is also suitable for modularized fabrication and assembly, and the shallow draft enables the structure to be fully assembled onshore with a wet tow to final location, , according to the company (Source: Sevan, PR, renews, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Sevan SPP, +47 37 40 40 00, www.sevanssp.com

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    NTR Renewable Income Fund Snares French Wind Farm (Int'l. M&A)
    NTR,Eco Delta
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Dublin, Ireland-based Infrastructure fund manager NTR is reporting €90 million acquisition of the 22-turbine, Artigues et Ollieres wind farm in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region of France.

    The project was acquired from independent French developer Eco Delta by the €500 million NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II, which focuses on wind, solar and energy storage in Europe.

    The acquisition brings renewable energy assets under management by NTR through its two funds to 550 MW of wind and solar projects in Ireland, France, Sweden, Finland and the UK. (Source: NTR, PR, IPE, Jan., 2020) Contact: NTR, NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund, Manus O'Donnell, CIO, +353 1 206 3700, info@ntrplc.com, www.ntrplc.com; Eco Delta, www.ecodelta.fr/en

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    Peninsula Clean Energy Aims for 100 pct Renewables (Ind. Report)
    Peninsula Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Redwood City, California-based Peninsula Clean Energy, a Community Choice Aggregation agency and the official electricity provider for San Mateo County, reports it will procure 245MW of power from three California wind projects as part of its goal of providing 100 pct renewable, emission-free power by 2025.

    The three wind deals include a seven-year extension of an existing 150 MW wind project in Solano County with Avangrid Renewables. A second deal calls for additional eight years with Shell Energy North America (US) for half of the capacity and renewable energy generated by the existing 130MW wind project near Mojave. The final source will be half of the expected 60MW generated for 20 years from this project being repowered by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources near Bakersfield in Kern County.

    The repowering includes replacing 157 existing turbines with 11 new turbines for Peninsula Clean Energy's portion and expected to be operational by September 2021. The additional wind generation will supplement solar generation -- including supply from the newly commissioned 200MW Wright Solar and 100MW Mustang Two Whirlaway projects. (Source: Peninsula Clean Energy, PR, Website, 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: Peninsula Clean Energy, Jan Pepper, 866-966-0110, info@peninsulacleanenergy.com, www.peninsulacleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peninsula Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  

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