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Southern Power 136-MW WA Wind Farm Online (Ind. Report)
Southern Power, Puget Sound Energy
Date: 2020-12-04
In Atlanta, Southern Company's subsidiary energy wholesaler Southern Power reports its 38-turbine, 136-MW Skookumchuck Wind project in Lewis and Thurston counties, Washington, is now online. The electric power and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold to Puget Sound Energy under a 20-year PPA.

Southern Power is the majority owner with TransAlta Corporation holding a minority ownership position in the Skookumchuck Wind Facility which was developed and constructed by Renewable Energy Systems.

Southern Power's wind portfolio includes more than 2,115-MW of wind generation -- part of the company's 4,510-MW renewable fleet of 41 wind and solar facilities operating or under construction. (Source: Southern Power, PR, Power Eng., 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: Southern Power, Bill Grantham, Pres.,(404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com; RES Group,www.res-group.com; PSE, David Mills, Snr. VP, CSO, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy,  Renewable Energy Systems,  Southern Company,  Southern Power,  Renewable Energy Systems ,  Wind,  


Orsted, MITAGS Develop Offshore Wind Training Prog. (Ind. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2020-12-04
Offshore wind farm developer Orsted reports it is working with the Maryland Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) to create a virtual reality training program that simulates the experience of piloting through a commercial-scale offshore wind farm.

The MITAGS partnership is Orsted's latest step to forge ties with local stakeholders and to expand offshore wind related training in the Chesapeake region.

MITAGS recently received $300,000 in grant funding from the state to create the Global Wind Organization Basic Safety Training platform. Development of the full course is expected to be completed soon and offered in 2021. (Source: Orsted, Baltimore Business Journal, Dec., 2020) Contact: MITAGS, 410-859-5700, www.mitags.org; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, 857-284-1430 -- US Boston Office, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


Bombora, TechnipFMC Partner on Floating Foundations (Ind. Report)
Bombora Wave Energy,TechnipFMC
Date: 2020-12-04
UK-based wave energy converter developer Bombora Wave Energy and Netherlands-headquartered energy services provider TechnipFMC report they are partnering to work on an Integrated Semi-Submersible Platform with Innovative Renewable Energy (InSPIRE) floating offshore wind platform pairing ocean wave energy with offshore wind. The two companies will develop a floating offshore wind foundation incorporating Bombora's mWave technology that combines wave energy and wind power on a shared platform.

For the project, a Phase 1 Demonstrator will develop a 12MW platform -- combined mWave (4MW) and wind turbine (8MW) on a shared floating platform. The commercial Phase 2 envisions 18MW combined mWave (6MW) and wind turbine (12MW) on a shared floating platform. (Source: Bombora Wave Energy, OE, 3 Dec., 2020) Contact: TechnipFMC, +31 (0)79 3293 600, tpbenelux@technipfmc.com, www.technipfmc.com; Bombora Wave Energy, +44 1646 233140, www.bomborawave.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bombora Wave Energy,  Float Foundation,  Offshore Wind,  TechnipFMC ,  


RWE, DEME to Install "Collared" Offshore Wind Foundation (Int'l.)
RWE Renewables
Date: 2020-12-02
RWE Renewables reports it has contracted with DEME Offshore for the transport and installation of a new steel "collared monopole" foundation technology at its 342-MW Kaskasi offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

The "collared monopile" design is based on an RWE patent and will provide additional support for lateral loading, increase bearing capacity and improve the structural integrity of the entire foundation.

The Kaskasi offshore wind farm, which will incorporate 38, 9-MW wind turbines mounted on monopile foundations, is expected to begin construction in Q3, 2021, and will generate sufficient energy for more than 400,000 homes when fully operational in 2022. (Source: RWE Renewables, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: RWE Renewables , Sven Utermohlen, COO Wind Offshore Global, www.group.rwe/en; DEME Offshore, www.deme-group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE Renewables,  Offshore Wind,  Japan Offshore Wind,  


Borssele 1&2 Offshore Wind Farm Commissioned (Int'l. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2020-11-30
Copenhagen-headquartered global renewable energy player Orsted reports it has commissioned the 752-MW Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm -- the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands and the second largest operating offshore wind farm in the world. Borssele 1 & 2 generates sufficient green electricity to power one million Dutch households.

In 1991 Orsted constructed the world's first offshore wind farm in Denmark and has since constructed and is operating more than 25 offshore wind farms incorporating 1,500 turbines across Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. (Source: Orsted, PR, reve, 27 Nov., 2020) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO & Pres., +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


Vestas Turbines Selected for 3.6-MW for Greek Wind Park (Int'l.)
Vestas,Makrynoros,Wind
Date: 2020-11-30
Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for 12 V136-3.45 MW wind turbines delivered in 3.6 MW operating mode from Mytilineos Holdings S.A. for the Makrynoros Wind Park in Central Greece. The contract includes supply and installation as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement.

Turbine deliveries are slated to begin in 24, 2021 for construction completion and commissioning in June, 2022.

Mytilineos S.A. is a Greece-based industrial conglomerate active in the EPC, metals and energy sectors. of metallurgy, energy and EPC. (Source: Vestas, PR, Makrynoros Holdings, Website, GreenTech, 27 Nov., 2020) Contact: Makrynoros Holdings S.A.,www.mytilineos.gr; Contact: Vestas, MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  


England's Tallest Onshore Wind Turbine Gets the Nod (Int'l.)
Ambition Community Energy
Date: 2020-11-30
In the UK, Bristol City Council reports it has approved a planning application by Ambition Community Energy (ACE) for what is reportedly the 150-metre tall -- reportedly the world's largest -- onshore wind turbine to be erected in Avonmouth, near Bristol.

When fully operational, the 4.2 MW turbine will generate sufficient power for roughly 4,000 homes and save more than 2 tpy of CO2 emissions.

Ambition Community Energy (ACE) is a not-for-profit community interest company established by the resident-driven charity Ambition Lawrence Weston. (Source: Ambition Community Energy, PR, BusinessLive, 27 Nov., 2020)Contact: Ambition Community Energy, www.ambitionlw.org/community-energy


New Nevada Energy Solar Projects Get the Nod (Ind. Report)
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada,NV Energy
Date: 2020-11-27
In Carson City, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) reports approval of a portion of NV Energy's integrated resource plan (IRP) amendment and three new large-scale solar plus energy storage projects totaling 478 MW of new solar PV generation and 338 MW of energy storage expected to come online by the end of 2023. The new projects include:
  • Dry Lake Solar Project -- 150 MW solar photovoltaic project with a 100 MW, four-hour battery storage system. The project will be located in Clark County, NV, 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas in a designated Solar Energy Zone on land leased from the Bureau of Land Management. It is being developed by NV Energy and will become its second and largest company-owned renewable project.

  • Boulder Solar III -- 128 MW solar array that includes a 58 MW, four-hour battery storage system. The project will be built in Clark County, NV in the Eldorado Valley south of Boulder City. It is being developed by 174 PowerGlobal and KOMIPO America Inc., who have vast experience developing over 550 megawatts of utility-scale solar generation plants in the Eldorado Valley. 174 PowerGlobal's solar energy and battery storage project pipelines in North America exceeds 10 gigawatts, including 2 gigawatts contracted and another 1.5 gigawatts in operation.

  • Chuckwalla Solar Project -- 200 MW (AC) solar PV array coupled with a 180 MW four-hour battery storage system. The project, which will be located 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas, is being developed by EDF Renewables North America.

    These new projects bring NV Energy's current portfolio to 56 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, and biomass projects both in service and under development, including 2,669 MW of new solar generation and 1,028 MW of battery energy storage. (Source: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada Contact: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, (775) 684-6101, www.puc.nv.gov: NV Energy, Doug Cannon,CEO, Pres., www,nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Solar,  


  • BHE Canada, SGRE Ink Rattlesanke Ridge Wind Turbine Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    BHE Canada,Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2020-11-27
    Following up on our Nov. 1st coverage, Calgary, Alberta-based BHE Canada reports the signing of a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) to provide 26, 5.0 MW wind turbines for the proposed Rattlesnake Ridge Wind Power Project in southeast Alberta.

    The Rattlesnake Ridge Wind Power Project is being privately financed by BHE Canada through a combination of equity and debt and requires no government subsidies or tax incentives to support its operation.

    The project is expected to provide approximately 150 jobs at peak construction during the approximately 18-month schedule. Construction activities are ongoing, with almost $12 million already invested in local Alberta contractors and suppliers. Total investment in the County of Forty Mile is expected to be approximately $56 million.

    BHE Canada has signed a long-term PPA with a large Canadian corporate partner for approximately two-thirds of the energy output from the Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project. BHE Canada continues to negotiate with potential partners for the remaining one-third. The more than $200 million project is scheduled to be in service in early 2022. (Source: BHE Canada, Pr, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: BHE Canada, William Christensen, VP Corporate Development, Scott Schreiner, Media, 403.880.0275 mediarelations@bhe-canada.ca, www.bhe-canada.ca; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  BHE Canada,  Rattlesnake Ridge,  Wind,  


    Vestas Claims German 25 MW Wind Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas
    Date: 2020-11-27
    Wind turbine giant Vests reports receipt of an order for the supply and installation of six V136-4.2 MW turbines on 149metre towers in combination with a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement from Windpark Hopsten GmbH & Co. KG for their citizen wind park Hopsten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

    When fully operational, the project will incorporate and will generate roughly 90 pct of the municipalities of Hopsten's power requirements. Deliveries and commissioning are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2022. (Source: Vestas, PR, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, Communications , +49 40 46778 5153, chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Windpark Hopsten GmbH & Co. , +49 54 58 93 12-0, info@siering-hopsten.de, www. siering-hopsten.com/infrastruktur/windpark

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


    SWGT Closes on £12Mn UK Battery Storage Project (Int'l.)
    Still Waters Green Technology
    Date: 2020-11-27
    In the UK, London-headquartered independent battery energy storage system (BESS) asset manager Still Waters Green Technology (SWGT) has announced the £12 million non-recourse Phase One Financial Close with Santander (Bank) UK, of a 30MW utility-scale, subsidy-free BESS asset in Swindon.

    It is the first project finance funding structure that has adopted a multi debt tranche approach to the tiered risk profile of the BESS revenue model.

    This project supports the growth of renewable energy sources by providing up to 65GWh of annual import and export capacity to the National Grid during its Phase One development -- critical to meeting the UK's carbon emission reduction target and Net-Zero ambition. (Source: Still Waters Green Technology, PR, Website, Business Leader, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: Still Waters Green Technology, Olivia He, CEO, +44 (0) 207 519 6865, info@swgt.co.uk, www.swgt.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  


    NY Fourth in 2019 US Renewable Power Generation (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2020-11-25
    According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, in 2019 the Empire State followed only California, Taxas and Washington states in total renewable power generations.

    In 2019, New York State generated 39.4 million MWh of renewable electricity for 30 pct of the state's total electric power generation. Hydroelectricity generated 31 million MWh (78 pct) of the state's power followed wind with 4.5 million MWh (11 pct) and solar solar energy at 2.4 million MWh of electricity.

    Download the EPA report details HERE. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly, Nov., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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


    Orsted Touting Planned Korean Offshore Wind Potential (Int'l.)
    Orsted
    Date: 2020-11-25
    At the Orsted 2020 Offshore Wind Industry Promotion Forum held in Seoul, Copenhagen-headquartered global energy player Orsted touted its 1.6-gigawatt offshore wind farm project to be built in the waters off Incheon. According to Orsted, the "Incheon offshore wind project will offer massive opportunities for local suppliers and support Korea's Green New Deal initiative, which aims to roll out 12 GW of offshore wind power capacity by 2030."

    In particular, Orsted noted its $7.2 billion, 100-140 turbine project 70 kilometers off the coast of Incheon will generate sufficient electric power for 1.3 million households annually and curb 4 million metric tpy of carbon -- equivalent to the amount of carbon emitted by 1.9 million cars, according to the company. The Incheon offshore win project is expected to begin commercial operation in 2026. (Source: Orsted, Korea Herald, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


    SSE, Equinor Ink Dogger Bank Offshore Wind PPAs (Int'l. Report)
    SSE,Equinor
    Date: 2020-11-25
    SSE Renewables and Equinor are reporting 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the first two phases of the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm they are developing off the coast of Britain. The Dogger Bank project is being constructed in three consecutive 1.2GW phases with first power generation expected in 2023.

    Separate PPA's totaling 2.4 gigawatts of capacity for power from Dogger Bank A and B have been reached with Orsted, Shell Energy Europe Ltd, Danske Commodities and SSE's energy supply business, according to a joint SSE and Equinor statement. Financial details of the PPAs were not disclosed, according to the release. (Source: SSE Renewables, Equinor, Economic Times, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: SSE Reewables, Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Project Dir., www.ssepd.co.uk, www.sse.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SSE,  Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  Dogger Bank,  


    IATA Launches New Exchange for Offsets Trading (Ind. Report)
    International Air Transport Association
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Geneva, Switzerland-based International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports the launch of the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE) the first centralized, real-time marketplace integrated with the IATA Clearing House (ICH) for the settlement of funds on trades in carbon offsets. ACE will be a key tool helping airlines efficiently manage these important transactions

    ACE, which was developed in conjunction with commodities trader Xpansiv CBL Holding, enables airlines and other aviation stakeholders, enable aviation industry players to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing credits in certified forestry projects, clean wind energy operations, protection of eco-systems and remote community-based, and other projects to cut emissions. The platform will be a key tool for airlines in fulfilling their obligations under CORSIA which was agreed by governments through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2016. (Source: IATA, Mirage, 25 Nov., 2020) Contact: IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, CEO, Director General, www.iata.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Air Transport Association,  Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Offset ,  


    Bezos Earth Fund Announces First Major Recipients (Funding Report)
    Bezos Earth Fund
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos has announced the first 16 recipients who together will receive a total of $791 million fro Bazo's $10 billion Earth Fund. The recipients are listed in order of funding:
  • Environmental Defense Fund -- $100 million grant will support work that includes completion and launch of MethaneSAT, a satellite that will not only locate and measure sources of methane pollution around the world, but also provide public access to data that ensures accountability and drives deep reductions of this pollutant. www.edf.org

  • The Natural Resources Defense Council -- $100 million to advance climate solutions and legislation at the state level, move the needle on policies and programs focused on reducing oil and gas production, protect and restore ecosystems that store carbon (like forests and wetlands), and accelerate sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices. www.nrdc.org

  • The Nature Conservancy -- $100 million to protect the Emerald Edge forest in the U.S. and Canada. www.nature.org

  • The World Resources Institute -- $100 million will be doled out over 5 years and will be used to develop a satellite-based monitoring system to advance natural climate solutions around the world. www.wri.org.

  • The World Wildlife Fund -- $100 million to help protect and restore mangroves, which store carbon and protect coastal communities from the ravages of climate-accelerated weather events www.worldwildlife.org.

  • ClimateWorks Foundation -- $50 million will be used to drive climate action in the transportation and industrial sectors.www.climateworks.org

  • The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice -- $43 million over three years to expand grant-making to organizations led by Black, Brown, and Indigenous women and other frontline leaders. www.hivedund.org

  • The Solutions Project -- $43 million over the next three years to accelerate the transition to 100 pct clean energy and equitable access to healthy air, water, and land. www.thesolutionsproject.org

  • The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund -- $43 million over 3 years to support grassroots organizing to build power and increase participation in our democratic processes. www.theequityfund.org

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies -- $30 million to advance efforts to increase the ability of crop plants, such as corn and soybeans, to capture and store atmospheric carbon via their roots in the soil. www.salk.edu

  • The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) -- $15 million over teo years to advocate for updates to the U.S. electrical grid that will speed the amount of wind, solar, and energy storage used in key states. www.ucsusa.org

  • Rocky Mountain Institute -- $10 million, $8 million of which will go to its carbon-free buildings campaign, which seeks to make all U.S. buildings carbon-free by 2040 by advocating for all-electric new construction and retrofitting existing homes and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. www.rmi.org

  • Dream Corps Green For All -- $10 million to continue its work creating a green economy that prioritized low-income communities and people of color.www.thedreamcorp.org.

    Eden Reforestation Projects -- $5 million to plant trees and alleviate extreme poverty in three countries.www.edenprojects.org. (Source: Bezos Earth Fund, Release, 16 Nov., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bezos Earth Fund,  Climate Change,  


  • AES Corporation, sPower Merge Announced (Ind. Report, M&A)
    sPower,AES Corporation
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Salt Lake City-headquartered Independent power producer sPower reports it will merge with Arlington, Virginia-based AES Corporation to create a platform with a combined 12-GW renewables development pipeline.

    sPower's other owner -- Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) -- has agreed to the transaction which will see AES take a 75 pct stake in the combined business with AIMCo holding the remaining 25 pct.

    sPower owns and operates wind, solar and energy storage plants with a combined capacity of close to 2 GW. The platform that will be formed by the merger will manage the 2.5 GW of operating assets and the existing 2.6 GW contracted backlog, according to sPower. The transaction is expected to close within months. (Source: AES, PR 18 Oct., 2020) Contact: AES, Andres Gluski, Pres.,CEO, www.aes.com; sPower, Ryan Creamer, CEO, Naomi Keller, VP Marketing, (801) 679-3514, nkeller@sPower.com, www.sPower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AES Corporation,  sPower,  Renewable Energy,  


    Greencoat Taking Stake in Humber Gateway Offshore Wind (Int'l. M&A)
    RWE,Greencoat
    Date: 2020-11-23
    In the UK, renewable energy major RWE AG reports an agreement to sell a 49 pct stake in the 219-MW Humber Gateway offshore wind farm to Dublin-based Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc for £648 million, subject to RWE Supervisory Board approval. Closing is expected before the year end.

    Greencoat invest in operating UK wind farms and other renewable projects. The transaction continues the successful relationship between RWE and Greencoat. The company is already a strong partner in other RWE UK projects, namely in the offshore wind farm Rhyl Flats as well as in the onshore wind farms Little Cheyne Court, Lindhurst and Middlemoor, according to a release. (Source: RWE, PR, reve, 23 Nov., 2020) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 -- Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 -- London, www.greencoat-capital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Greencoat,  Offshore Wind,  


    45 MW Jordanian Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l.)
    Alcazar Energy, Hecate Energy
    Date: 2020-11-23
    In Jordan , Vestas was contracted to construct the project which included the installation of 13 V136-3.45 MW wind turbines and O&M services near the village of Al Shobak, Ma'an Governorate, Jordan. The wind farm is jointly financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the Europe Arab Bank.

    With this project, Alcazar Energy now has seven operational wind and solar assets across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey region. Chicago-headquartered Hecate Energy is a renewables and storage developer focused on North America and other selected markets. (Source: Alcazar Energy, PR, reve, 23 Nov., 2020) Contact: Alcazar Energy, Daniel Calderon, CEO, +971 (0) 4 55 87 805, info@alcazarenergy.com, www.alcazarenergy.com; Hecate Energy LLC, Chris Bullinger, CEO, Solutions@HecateEnergy.com, www.hecateenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Alcazar Energy,  Hecate Energy,  


    Leeward Completes Sweetwater 3 Wind Farm Repowering (Ind. Report)
    Leeward Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-11-23
    In the Lone Star State, Dallas-based Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC is reporting repowering of its Nolan County, Texas, Sweetwater 3 wind farm to increase the facility's capacity from 135 MW to roughly 146 MW. GE Renewable Energy supplied turbines for the repowering as well construction services and ongoing operations and maintenance services for the project.

    The Sweetwater 3 repower replaced and enhanced major existing components of 90 legacy GE Renewable Energy wind turbines resulting in increased capacity, reliability and performance, and reduced operating cost. Sweetwater 3 will continue providing energy to its offtake partner, San Antonio-based CPS Energy, under its long-term PPA, according to the release.

    Leeward Renewable Energy owns and operates a portfolio of 21 wind farms across nine states, with 20 in operation and one under construction, totaling approximately 2,000 megawatts of generating capacity. (Source : Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC, PR, Contact: Leeward Renewable Energy, 214.515.1100, www.leewardenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Leeward Renewable Energy,  Wind,  GE Renewable Energy,  


    UK Home Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme Extended (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-11-20
    In the UK, the Green Homes Grant energy efficiency upgrade scheme, which was originally launched in September 2020 for an initial six months, has been extended for an additional 12 months.

    The scheme, which was originally allocated £1 billion, grants homeowners up to £ 5,000 to fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home energy efficieny improvement such as insulation, double glazed windows, heat pumps and others. (Source: The Construction Index, Nov., 2020)UK Home Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme Extended (Int’l. Report) In the UK, the Green Homes Grant energy efficiency upgrade scheme, which was originally launched in September 2020 for an initial six months, has been extended for an additional 12 months.

    The scheme, which was originally allocated £1 billion, grants homeowners up to £ 5,000 to fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home energy efficieny improvement such as insulation, double glazed windows, heat pumps and others. (Source: UK Green Homes Grants, The Construction Index, Nov., 2020) Contact: UK Green Homes Grants, www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  UK Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Eddiciency Grant news,  


    Trudeau Tables New Cdn. Net-Zero Emissions Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    Canada Climate Change
    Date: 2020-11-20
    In Ottawa, the Government of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau (Lib) Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has tabled new "legally binding" legislation -- bill C-12 -- that would force current and future federal governments to set binding climate targets although the bill fails to specify penalties for non compliance. If passed into law, federal governments would be required to set five-year interim emissions reduction targets over the next 30 years to ensure progress toward reaching "net-zero" by 2050.

    The legislation calls for the creation of an outside 15-member advisory board composed of climate experts, scientists and Indigenous representatives, among others to advice the minister on setting targets and the best "sectoral strategies" that are "deemed effective" for achieving net-zero. The legislation also requires the minister to a plan in Parliament outlining how Ottawa will meet those targets as well as annual reports on the bill's progress.

    Canada's carbon reduction target, set by the former Conservative government in May 2015, is to reduce emissions by 30 pct compared to 2005 levels by 2030. Current policies -- including the carbon tax, banning coal power plants and regulating methane emissions in the oil and gas industry -- will only get Canada about two-thirds of the way to its goal.

    While the government describes this legislation as "legally binding," there would be no tangible penalty applied if the country fails to drive down emissions as promised. In short, bill C-12 appears to be little more than political window dressing.

    As previously reported in Nov, 2019, Prime Minister Trudeau committed Canada to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and to reduce CO2 levels by 30 pct by 2030. In December 2018, Climate Change Canada projected Canada's total emissions by 2030 are only on track to be 19 pct -- not 30 pct -- below 2005 levels. (Source: Environment Canada, Various Media, CBC News, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca › environment-climate-change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment Canada,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Climate Change,  Trudeau,  


    Boralex Takes Control of 3 Quebec Wind Farms (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Boralex
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Montreal-headquartered Boralex Inc. is reporting an agreement to acquire the full 49 pct equity stake held by the Province of Quebec Pension Fund -- Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) -- in 3 wind farms totaling 296 MW in Quebec, already 51 pct owned by Boralex.

    The 3 wind farms, located in the Avignon RCM in Gaspesie and the Appalaches RCM in eastern Quebec, are equipped with Enercon turbines and have long-term PPAs with Hydro-Quebec Distribution, expiring between 2032 and 2033 with a weighted average remaining contract duration of nearly 12.5 years.

    As part of the acquisition, Boralex will pay $121.5 million cash to CDPQ on closing, which may be supplemented by a conditional consideration of up to $4 million subject to the settlement of certain future conditions that need to be met. The closing is expected to take place at the end of November 2020, subject to standard closing conditions. With this transaction, Boralex's installed capacity will be 2,212 MW. (Source: Boralex Inc., Website, PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres., CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com; CDPQ, 514 847-5493, www.cdpq.com

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


    Portland General Electric Sets 2040 Net-Zero GHG Goal (Ind. Report)
    Portland General Electric
    Date: 2020-11-20
    In Oregon, Portland General Electric (PGE) has announced a new climate change action plan aimed at achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) across its operations by 2040. The plan initially focuses on lowering the GHG associated with power supplies to clients by 80 pct by 2030 as compared to 2010 levels.

    To that end, PGE will shut down coal-fired power capacity , more renewables, such as wind, solar and battery storage switch more than 60 pct of its vehicle fleet to electric vehicles by 2030.

    PGE noted that reaching the 2040 goal will require policy, regulatory and technology advancements that support the thorough elimination of GHG from power supply. (Source: Portland General Electric, PR, Website, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: PGE, Maria Pope, CEO, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric ,  PGE,  Net-Zero Emissions,  GHG,  


    Envision Commissions 50MW Argentine Wind Park (Int'l. Report)
    Envision Energy
    Date: 2020-11-18
    Shanghai-headquartered Envision Energy is reporting the commissioning of the 50-MW Vientos Del Secano wind farm in the Buenos Aires Province of Argentina -- the company's second wind farm in Argentina after the 10-MW Garcia del Río wind farm in the Bahia Blanca district.

    The Vientos Del Secano project incorporates 20 Envision EN110 2.5 MW wind turbines generating approximately 217 GWh of electricity. The Vientos Del Secano project was funded by Envision with a guarantee from the World Bank and is fully compliant with the World Bank Group environmental and social guidelines. (Source: Envision, PR, Website, 18 Nov., 2020) Contact: Envision, www.envision-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Energy,  Wind,  


    Offshore Wind Tower Construction Propsed for Albany (Ind. Report)
    Equinor,NYSERDA
    Date: 2020-11-18
    Further to our July 24 report, Norway-based Equinor is reportedly seeking to develop a 2.5 GW offshore wind farm south of Long Island and would build a wind tower manufacturing plant in the Port of Albany, New York as part of the deal.

    The manufacturing facility in Albany would be jointly developed by Equinor, Weldon of Denmark and Marmen of Canada. The manufactured tower components would be floated down the Hudson River and out into the construction site in the Atlantic Ocean. The Port of Albany proposal is contingent on NYSERDA selecting the Equinor bid -- the company's first in the U.S. (Source: Equinor, Daily Gazette, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Port of Albany, 518-463-8763, www.portofalbany.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  NYSERDA,  


    Greenbacker Acquires Planned South Dakota solar Project (M&A)
    Greenbacker Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-11-18
    Greenbacker Renewable Energy has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, purchased a to-be-constructed 80-MW solar project from Houston-headquartered Broad Reach Power. The project, Fall River Solar, is located in Fall River County, South Dakota and has a 20-year PPA in place with the investment-grade utility Black Hills Power. Greenbacker will oversee the construction which is expected to reach commercial operation in Q4 2022.

    With this acquisition, Greenbacker will own roughly 753.5 MW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 529.8 MW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 192.6MW of wind facilities, 19.1 MW of battery storage and 12.0MW of biomass facilities, according to the company. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy , PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO, generalinquiries@greenbackercapital.com, www.greenbackercapital.com; Broad Reach Power, Steve Vavrik, CEO, www.broadreachpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Broad Reach Power,  


    Toledo Solar Scores $1.7Mn for CdTe Tech. Development (Funding)
    Toledo Solar
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Buckeye State, Toledo Solar Inc. reports receipt of $1.7 million in grant funding from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop semitransparent cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaics, a solar-cell material that could be suitable for use in windows, building facades, and rooftop solar modules a new solar-cell technology believed to be suitable for integration into building construction.

    The company will work with the University of Toledo's Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization Center, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), and Project Vision Dynamics Inc. "to complete development of attractive, low-cost, high-efficiency solar window units and solar building facades through manufacturing innovations in CdTe module technology," according to the release. Prof. Michael J. Heben, the managing director of UT's Wright Center for Photovoltaics noted "Previously proposed options for incorporating photovoltaic power into building structures ave not made sense from a manufacturing point of view -- Toledo Solar's approach is entirely novel, and entirely doable, so the University of Toledo is very excited to be part of this effort."

    Toledo Solar is the only U.S. manufacturer of CdTe thin film PV for both residential and commercial rooftop markets, according to the company website. (Source: Toledo Solar,PR, Toledo Blabe, 14 Nov., 2020) Contact: Toledo Solar, 567-202-4145, info@Toledo-Solar.com, www.toledosolar-inc.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toledo Solar,  Solar,  


    Aussie Steelmaker Commits $20Mn to Renewable Energy (Intl. Report)
    BlueScope Steel
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based Australian steelmaker BlueScope Steel reports it plans to invest $20 million to help deliver renewable energy infrastructure in keeping with the New South Wales State Government's recently announced $32 billion, 20-year strategy to transition away from coal-fired power to hydro, wind and solar.

    Most of Australia's renewable energy infrastructure is manufactured offshore and imported. Under its plan, BlueScope "will invest directly in our own plant, but also partner with innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new technology solutions in key industries like renewables, infrastructure, defense, manufacturing and sustainable buildings. An immediate focus will be supporting the manufacture of wind tower, solar farm, pumped hydro, electricity transmission facilities," according to the BlueScope release. (Source: BlueScope Steel, ABC News Australia, 15 Nov., 2020) Contact: BlueScope Steel, www.bluescope.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Australia Renewable Energy news,  


    TRIG Takes Stake in East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l)
    Renewables Infrastructure Group
    Date: 2020-11-13
    The Guernsey-based Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) reports it has taken a 14.3 pct indirect equity interest in the £2.5 billion East Anglia One offshore wind farm from Green Investment Group (GIG), which held a 50 pct interest through its initial investment.

    The 714-MW East Anglia One wind farm, located around 25 miles off the Suffolk coast, incorporates 102 Siemens Gamesa turbines that generate sufficient energy for 630,000 homes.

    GIG, which is owned by the Australian investment bank Macquarie, developed the project as part of a joint venture with Scottish Power Renewables. (Source: The Renewables Infrastructure Group, Energy Voice, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: The Renewables Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewables Infrastructure Group news,  Offshore Wind news,  


    Goldwind Offloads Texas Rattlesnake Wind Project (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Goldwind Americas
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Goldwind Americas is reporting the sale of the 160MW Rattlesnake Wind project in McCulloch County, Texas, to an investment company advised by Exus Management Partners, an independent investment and asset management firm focused on the renewable energy sector.

    Under the terms of the deal, Goldwind Americas will continue to provide the project with long-term maintenance services.

    The Rattlesnake Wind Project, located in central Texas, utilizes of 64 Goldwind GW109/2500 Permanent Magnet Direct-Drive turbines. The project was purchased by Goldwind in 2016 and reached commercial operation in 2018. (Source: Goldwind Americas, PR, WindTech, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Goildwind Americas, Lauren La Marche, Marketing, llamarche@goldwindamericas.com, www.goldwindglobal.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind Americas ,  Wind,  


    SusWIND Aims for Sustainable Wind Blade Technology (Int'l.)
    the National Composites Centre
    Date: 2020-11-13
    In the UK, the National Composites Centre (NCC), in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and supported by The Crown Estate and RenewableUK, is reporting the launch of the SusWIND Initiative to explore sustainable processes, materials and technologies in the development of composite wind turbine blades.

    The SusWIND initiative is planned for delivery in the following three stages:

  • Wave one will stimulate the supply chain for wind blade recycling and how it leverages the broader supply chain for composites recycling demand with other sectors. Work will include landscape mapping, exploitation routes for upscaling viable technologies and demonstrating the effective use of recycled materials in value-add products for other applications.

  • Wave two will demonstrate options to reduce the environmental footprint of wind blade manufacture through the use of more sustainable and lower impact material feedstock, and through minimising or recycling waste streams.

  • Wave three will develop guidelines to improve wind blade design to minimize waste and increase recycling. (Source: NCC, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: SusWIND, www.nccuk.com/sustainable-composites/activities/suswind; NCC, Richard Oldfield, CEO, www.nccuk.com

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


  • ABB Joins Offshore Wind Maintenance Project (Int'l. Report)
    ABB
    Date: 2020-11-13
    ABB reports its "Octopus" optimisation software has been selected as a technology partner for the EU ATLANTIS Project exploring the use of remote inspection and maintenance techniques for offshore wind farms.

    The remotely operated Octopus software will enable improved efficiencies by cutting an inspection vessel's operational costs and transfer times to and from offshore wind farms.

    ATLANTIS promotes the use of robotics in offshore wind farms to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) by eliminating or marginalising the use of supporting vessels for inspection and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. In the ATLANTIS project, a pioneer pilot infrastructure for demonstrating key enabling robotic technologies for inspection and maintenance of offshore wind farms is established in the Atlantic Ocean, on the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal, according to its website. (Source: ABB, ATLANTIS Project, Cordis Europa, Nov., 2020) Contact: ABB, www.abb.com; ATLANTIS Project, www.atlantis-h2020.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Offshore Wind,  


    Property RiskFootprint Now Part of USGBC LEED Process (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, COastal Risk
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Geospatial modeling, data analytics, and risk assessment technology specialist Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) reports it is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a RiskFootprint™ for buildings, communities and cities that provides a climate risk analysis. The service will integrate with LEED's vulnerability to physical climate risks.

    Coastal Risk's automated assessments add to a project's due diligence and risk management. The RiskFootprint Dashboard and property-specific RiskFootprint Reports are an important part of a rigorous underwriting process and research-driven market analysis. The RiskFootprint Dashboard provides customers with a secure web portal, an interactive map of the US, and portfolio spreadsheet scoring for 14 columns of risk. This includes 6 current flood risks, 4 current, natural hazard risks (wind, tornado, earthquake and wildfire), and 4 future (2050) climate change impacts (tidal/sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme rainfall, and risk of drought). Contact: Coastal Risk Consulting, RiskFootprint, Albert Slap, Pres., www.riskfootprint.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    RiskFootprint Now Part of USGBC LEED Cert. Process (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, Coastal Risk
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Geospatial modeling, data analytics and risk assessment technology specialist Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) reports it is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a RiskFootprint™ climate risk analysis for buildings, communities and cities. The service will integrate with LEED, Arc and GBCI rating systems to help assess a project's vulnerability to physical climate risks.

    Coastal Risk's automated assessments add to a project's due diligence and risk management. The RiskFootprint Dashboard and property-specific RiskFootprint Reports are an important part of a rigorous underwriting process and research-driven market analysis.

    The RiskFootprint Dashboard provides customers with a secure web portal, an interactive map of the US, and portfolio spreadsheet scoring for 14 columns of risk. This includes 6 current flood risks, 4 current, natural hazard risks (wind, tornado, earthquake and wildfire), and 4 future (2050) climate change impacts (tidal/sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme rainfall, and risk of drought). (Source: COastal Risk Consulting, PR, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Coastal Risk Consulting, RiskFootprint, Albert Slap, Pres., www.riskfootprint.com; LEED,US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    Red Rock Power Announces Inch Cape Wind JV (Int'l. Report)
    Red Rock Powe,ESBr
    Date: 2020-11-11
    Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power Limited is reporting a 50:50 joint venture with ESB, the leading Irish energy group, for Inch Cape Offshore Limited and its offshore wind farm development The 72-turbine Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm will be one of Scotland's largest single sources of renewable energy projects and power up to 1 million homes when connected into the national grid at Cockenzie in East Lothian.

    The project recently received approval to increase its capacity to up to one gigawatt having already secured both onshore and offshore consents in 2019. (Source: Red Rock Power Lyd, Website Press Release, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Red Rock Power, Guy Madgwick, CEO, +44 (0) 131 557 7101, www.redrockpower.co.uk; Inch Cape Wind, +44 (0) 131 557 7101, www.inchcapewind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inch Cape Wind,  Red Rock Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  ESB,  


    Ocean Winds North America Launched (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Winds North America
    Date: 2020-11-11
    EDP Renewables and ENGIE are reporting the formation of Madrid-headquartered Ocean Winds (OW) and its U.S. arm OW North America with 5.5 GW of committed offshore assets starting with a total of 1.5 GW under construction and 4.0 GW under development. By the mid 2020's the company aims to have 5 to 7 GW of projects in operation or under construction and 5 to 10 GW under advanced development.

    OW North America holds a 50 pct ownership stake in Mayflower Wind. and is a partner in the Redwood Coast Windfloat Atlantic -- a fully operational floating offshore wind farm in Portugal. OW will fill EDPR's role in the Redwood Coast public-private consortium committed to developing an offshore wind project utilizing floating platform technology off the coast of Humboldt County in Northern California. (Source: EDP Renewables , ENGIE, Windpower Engineering Dev., 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: EDP Renewables, www.edpr.com' Ocean Winds, Spyros Martinis, CEO, www.oceanwind.com;Mayflower Wind, John Hartnett, Pres., 508-589-3557, info@mayflowerwind.com, www.mayflowerwind.com; ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, +33 (0) 1 44 22 66 29, ir@engie.com, www.engie.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Mayflower Wind,  Ocean Winds North America ,  Offshore Wind,  EDP Renewables,  ENGIE,  


    Gulf of Mexico Offshore Wind Initiative Announced (Ind. Report)
    BOEM
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In Baton Rouge, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is calling for the US DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to establish a task force that will coordinate commercial leasing proposals for wind energy in federal waters off Louisiana's coast thus creating a business path for the development of wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico.

    A single 600-MW wind farm in the Gulf would produce an estimated 4,400 jobs and $445 million in economic output during the construction phase, based upon modeling the by U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Operations would contribute 150 new permanent jobs, along with an estimated $14 million in annual spending. By 2035, industry forecasts suggest U.S. offshore wind energy capacity could grow to 22 gigawatts through $70 billion of new capital investment in manufacturing and port infrastructure, as well as 45,000 new direct jobs, according to the Governor's release.

    BOEM studies estimate the Gulf of Mexico could produce as much as 10 pct of U.S. wind energy. (Source: Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards, KATC News, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards Harry Vorhoff, Dir., Governor's Office of Coastal Activities. (225) 342-7015, (866)366-1121, gov.louisiana.gov; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BOEM,  Offshore Wind,  


    NTU Touts Energy Efficient Liquid Window (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
    Nanyang Technological University
    Date: 2020-11-11
    Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a liquid window panel that can reduce buildings' energy consumption by up to 45 pct, is less expensive and 30 pct more energy-efficient than commercially available energy-efficient glass windows.

    According to the release, the researchers placed hydrogel-based liquid -- a combination of micro-hydrogel, water, and stabilizer -- between glass panels to develop the liquid window. The researchers explained that a hydrogen-based liquid could respond to a change in temperature as it becomes non-transparent when exposed to heat and blocks the sunlight, and returns to its clear state when cooled. Besides that, water's high heat capacity enables the liquid window to store a large amount of thermal energy instead of getting transferred through the glass and into buildings during the day times.

    As part of the experiment, the researchers conducted outdoor tests in Singapore's hot environment and the cold climate of Beijing, China. The smart liquid window registered a lower temperature (50 degree C) than a normal glass window (84 degrees C) during the hottest time of the day in Singapore. While the Beijing test revealed that the room equipped with the smart liquid window utilized 11 pct less energy to keep the same temperature than the room with a normal glass window. (Source: Nanyang Technological University, Website PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Nanyang Technological University, www.ntu.edu.sg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Window news,  Liquid Window news,  


    UK Port of Tyne Touts Renewable Energy Hub (Int'l. Report)
    Port of Tyne
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In the UK, the Port of Tyne is touting the launch of the Tyne Clean Energy Park as versatile strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector supporting the Government's goal to power every UK home with offshore wind electricity.

    As previously reported, the Port was selected as Equinor's flagship operations and maintenance base for what will become the world's largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank.

    The River Tyne presently hostso an existing offshore cluster, including South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders Projects, Shepherd Offshore and TechnipFMC, all of which contributeto a well-established offshore energy supply chain. The Port of Tyne is one of only two deep sea ports in the North-East UK. (Source: Port of Tyne, Northern Echo, Nov., 2020) Contact: Port of Tyne Authority, Matt Beeton, CEO , +44 191 257 1373, www.portoftyne.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Brookfield Selling Irish Wind Farms for $140Mn (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Brookfield Renewable Partners
    Date: 2020-11-09
    Montreal-headquartered Brookfield Renewable Partners report it will sell two Irish wind farm assets for $140 million to AAUK2 MUL HoldCo , a special purpose vehicle jointly owned by Mitsubishi and Arjun.

    The sale includes the 19MW Ballyhoura Wind farm in county Cork, and the 27.5MW Slievecallan wind farm in county Clare. Both wind parks were commissioned in 2018 by Brookfield. (Source: Brookfield Renewable Partners, Nov., 2020) Contact: Brookfield Renewable Partners, Connor Teskey, (888) 327-2722, enquiries@brookfieldrenewable.com, www.renewableops.brookfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewable Partners,  


    Wisc. Two Creeks Solar Park Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Wisconsin Public Service Corp.
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In Green Bay, Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPS) is reporting the state's first large-scale solar facility -- the Two Creeks Solar Park in Manitowoc County -- is now online.

    The 150-MW, 500,000-panel solar facility is jointly owned by WEC Energy Group and Madison Gas and Electric.

    WPS parent company-WEC Energy Group has committed to make its electric generation fleet net carbon neutral by 2050 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Wisconsin Public Service, EWC Energy Group, PR, 7 Nov., 2020) Contact: WEC Energy Group/Wind and Solar, Cody Craig, 414-221-2345, www.wecenergygroup.com; Wisconsin Public Service Corp., www.wisconsinpublicservice.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Madison Gas and Electric,  Solar,  


    Shinhan BNP Paribas Funds Commit to Korean Renewables (Int'l.)
    BNP Paribas
    Date: 2020-11-06
    South Korean asset management company Shinhan BNP Paribas Asset Management is reporting a $46 million commitment to ShinhanBNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 1, a new private fund targeting 17.325-MW wind turbines in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. The company also reports a second green finance fund -- Shinhan BNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 2 for photovoltaic power station on Jeju Island, South Korea. Shinhan BNP Paribas is also creating Shinhan BNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 3, a $178.2 million blind pool fund to finance wind power projects, fuel cells and biomass energy development projects.

    Shinhan BNP Paribas is a 65/35 joint venture of Shinhan Financial Group and BNP Paribas Asset Management. Paris-headquartered BNP Paribas S.A. is the world's 8th largest bank by total assets with operations in 72 countries. (Source: BNP Paribas, Korea Herald, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: BNP Paribas, www.group.bnpparibas/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BNP Paribas,  Korea Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Biomass,  


    Iberdrola's 63-MW Herrera Wind Complex Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Spanish energy giant Iberdrola SA reports its €70 million ($81.9 million) 63-MW Herrera wind farm complex in Castile and Leon, Spain is underway.

    The Herrera project will incorporate 14 Siemens Gamesa SG 4.5-145 turbines for three wind farms -- La Huesa, Valdesantos and Orbaneja -- and will generate sufficient power for 60,000 people and offset 50,000 tpy of CO2 when fully operational in 2021,

    Iberdrola operates more than 5,100 MW in Castile and Leon -- 1,500 MW-- and plans invest over € 1.3 billion to construct over 1,800 MW of wind and solar projects in the region, according to the company website. (Source: Iberdrola, Website, PR, Renewables, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

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    SN Power Acquiring Vietnam's Dam Nai Wind Power (Int'l., M&A)
    SN Power
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered SN Power AS reports it will acquire all shares in the 39.4 MW Dam Nai Wind Power Joint Stock Company in Vietnam from privately held, Singapore-based Mekong Wind Pte Ltd.

    Dam Nai Wind incorporates 15 Siemens wind turbines with a rated capacity of 2.625 MW generating 123 GWh of power per year. (Source: SN Energy, PR Website, Renewable Energy, Nov., 2020) Contact: SN Energy, + 47 66 71 70 00, info@snpower.com, www.snpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  


    AEP Seeks Wind, Solar Energy in Ohio and ERCOT (ind. Report)
    American Electric Power, ERCOT
    Date: 2020-11-06
    AEP Energy Partners (AEPEP), a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power Company (AEP) is seeking off-take proposals from new solar and new wind facilities located in Ohio and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

    In Ohio, AEP is seeking renewable energy purchase agreements of 10, 12 or 15 years for solar or wind facilities that begin operation between 2021 and 2023.

    For the ERCOT sited projects, the company is seeking renewable energy purchase agreements of 12 years or less for solar facilities that begin operation between 2021 and 2023.

    AEPEP will use the contracted off-take to support the company's growing loads in Ohio and Texas, including the recently passed City of Columbus Electric Service Aggregation Program.

    Complete details about the Requests for Proposals are available at http://aep.com/rfp or by calling Ben Duckworth at (614) 583-7453. (Source: AEP Energy Partners, Website PR, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: AEP, beduckworth@aepes.com, aepes.com, www.aep.com; ERCOT, www.ercot.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AEP,  Wind,  Solar,  ERCOT,  


    Iberdrola Plans €75Bn Renewable Energy Transition (Int'l. Report)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2020-11-06
    In Madried, Spanish energy giant Iberdrola AA chairman Ignacio Galan has announced the company will invest €75 billion over the next five years to double its renewable energy capacity and help it capitalize on the global move away from fossil fuels.

    According to Galan, Iberdrola's renewables capacity will rise from 32 GW in 2019 to 60 GW in 2025 -- 26 GW of onshore wind, 16 GW of solar and 14 GW of hydro, with the remainder being offshore wind. (Source: Iberdrola Website News, 5 Nov., 2020)Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Renewable Energy,  


    ENGIE UK to Deliver Energy Efficiency, Net-Zero Carbon Retrofit Pilot Programme (Int'l. Report)
    ENGIE UK
    Date: 2020-11-06
    London-headquartered ENGIE UK reports it has been appointed by Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) to use its recently launched whole house retrofit model "ENGIE Zero" to design, build and deliver a programme to transform existing properties across London into energy efficient, low maintenance, net-zero carbon homes.

    ENGIE Zero offers a one-stop-shop for local authorities, housing associations and registered providers to decentralise, digitalise, decarbonise and increase home energy efficiency. Energy efficiency measures will include an airtight wrap to the eight selected properties, as well as installing a pre-fabricated super-insulated facade and roof system with integrated solar PV panels to generate electricity at the point of use. New high-performance windows and doors, air source heat pumps will also introduce renewable heating and a real-time monitoring and maintenance programme.

    Planning approval has been granted and ENGIE will begin construction over the coming months, according to the release. (Source: ENGIE UK, PR, PBD Today, 6 Nov., 2020) Contact: ENGIE UK, James Cook, Divisional Director , +44 20 7320 8600, www.engie.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE news,  Net-Zero Carbon news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Siemens Gamesa Claims 34-Turbine Norwegian Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In Madrid, Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa is reporting a deal valued at €90 million to supply 34 units of its 5.0-145 turbines to Odal Vindkraftverk's wind project in the Norwegian municipality of Nord-Odal.

    Odal Vindkraftverk is 51 pct owned by Akershus Energi and 49 pct owned by the project develope r KLP . The project is expected to be completed during 2021. (Source: SiemensGamesa, PR, renews. 3 Nov., 2020)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com

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


    Boralex Commissions Blanches Fosses French Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Boralex
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Montreal-based Boralex Inc. is announcing the commercial commissioning of the 11 MW Blanches Fosses wind farm in the department of Aisne, France.

    The project will incorporate 5 units of Vestas' 2.2MW V110 wind turbines to generate sufficient power for approximately 5,500 homes.

    With this commissioning, Boralex's capacity in France is 1,004 MW and 2,066 MW worldwide. (Source: Boralex, PR, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: Boralex, Nicolas Wolff, VP, GM Boralex Europe, Patrick Lemaire, Pres., CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Wind,  

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