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CDCR to Construct Calif. Detention Center Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Forefront Power,Sunworks
Date: 2020-11-04
In San Luis Obispo, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports it will construct a new 2-MW ground mount solar array at California Men's Colony (CMC) as part of its ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint. CDCR has installed solar arrays and wind turbines at 17 institutions and expects to complete the CMC solar project next summer when it will generate approximately 25 pct of the institution's annual electric power requirements.

The system will be constructed by a third-party developer, Forefront Power, LLC. and their contractor Sunworks, Inc. and will be operated and maintained at the developer's expense with CDCR purchasing the solar array's power output at discounted rates under a 20-year ppa. (Source: CDCR, PR, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: CDCR, Kathleen Allison, www.cdcr.ca.gov/green; ForeFront Power LLC, 855-204-5083, www.forefrontpower.com; Sunworks, Chuck Cargile, CEO, (866) 600-6800, www.sunworksusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Forefront Power,  Sunworks,  


Md, Va, N.Carolina Ink Offshore Wind Agreement (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2020-11-02
The office of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is reporting Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina have inked the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources, a memorandum of understanding to work together to promote the area as a hub for offshore wind energy, streamline the development of regional offshore wind resources, increase regulatory certainty, encourage manufacturing of component parts, reduce wind project costs through supply chain development and share information and best practices.

According to the U.S. DOE, the Atlantic Coast offshore wind project pipeline is estimated to support up to 86,000 jobs, $57 billion in investments and provide up to $25 billion in economic output by 2030. Moreover, along the coasts of the signatories' states, the net technical energy potential is roughly 900,000 GWh per year and the net technical resource capacity is approximately 245 GW.

The wind project pipeline totals more than 27 GW in the Atlantic Coast, and the DOE projects that the nation has the potential to develop 86 GW of offshore wind projects by 2050.

Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources details HERE. (Source: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, PR, AP, Chapelboro.com, 31 Oct., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


PowerChina Investing in Ukrainian Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
PowerChina
Date: 2020-11-02
The Ukrainian company WindFarm and the Chinese company PowerChina Construction -- developer of the 22.5 GW Three Gorges hydroelectric dam on China's Yangtze River -- are reporting a joint implementation agreement for the construction of a $1 billion, 800 MW wind farm in the Manhush and Nikolske districts of the Ukraine.

PowerChina, which specializes in the design and construction of energy and transport facilities, is investing in the project.

WindFarm has a 1.3 GW portfolio of wind power plants of which more than 400 MW are now online. (Source: Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA), Ukraine Open for Business News, 1 Nov., 2020) Contact: Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA), www.uwea.com.ua; PowerChina Construction, en.powerchina.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  PowerChina,  


Alliant Energy Touts Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2020-11-02
Madison, Wisconsin-based utility Alliant Energy is touting its "Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa" plan to to increase the use of renewable resources, battery energy storage, build out the state's connected energy network and discontinue coal-fired power generation in Lansing by the end of 2022 while transitioning their Burlington Generating Station to natural gas in 2021.

A key part of the Clean Energy Blueprint, which aligns with changing consumer preferences for more renewable energy, includes adding up to 400 MW of solar by 2023. When the 400 MW of solar is combined with the nearly 1,300 MW of owned-and-operated wind and the power generated by the company's existing solar farms in Dubuque, Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids, as well as other renewable sources, nearly 50 pct of Alliant Energy's Iowa generation portfolio will be from renewables.

As we previously reported, Alliant Energy's 9,500 solar panel equipped Marshalltown Solar Garden and battery energy storage pilot facility at its Marshalltown Generating Station is now online. The 2.55-MW AC solar system generates sufficient power for nearly 400 homes and the system's 548kWh battery can be fully charged within two hours.

Alliant has three solar + battery sites in Iowa, each of which is being used to pilot different combinations of solar power and energy storage technology. Alliant constructed its first solar system at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has two solar gardens in Dubuque which have been generating clean energy since 2017. (Source: Alliant Energy, PR, Nov. 2020) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Terry Kouba, President , www.alliantenergy.com

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


Wind Energy and Economic Recovery in Europe (Report Attached)
Wind Europe, EU Green Deal
Date: 2020-11-02
Wind energy is an important asset for the European economy. The sector contributes €37 billion to the EU's GDP and employs 300,000 people.

Wind energy has been resilient in the COVID-19 crisis. Europe's existing wind farms continued to operate, delivering electricity where it was needed. The industry continued installing new capacity, connecting 5 GW to the grid in the first semester of 2020. It also kept building new turbines in its factories. And it invested €14 billion in new projects ready to go ahead. Wind energy therefore can play a significant role in a green economic recovery.

But wind creates additional benefits beyond jobs and value to the economy. It directly benefits communities living near wind farms. It pays €5 billion in taxes across Europe every year and often make direct payments to communities, offer benefits-in-kind, and in many cases communities participate partially in the ownership of the local wind farm.

The EU Green Deal envisages a major expansion of wind energy over the next 30 years, taking it from 15 pct of Europe's electricity today to around half by 2050. By delivering on this, the EU can significantly boost the contribution of its globally competitive wind industry to the economy, and benefit communities across the continent.

Download Wind Europe's Wind Energy and Economic Recovery in Europe HERE. Contact: Wind Europe, +32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  WindEurope,  


Renewables on the Rise 2020 Tracks Renewable Energy Dev. (Ind. Report Attached)
PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center
Date: 2020-10-30
In the Keystone State, the not-for-profit Philadelphia-based PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center has released its Renewables on the Rise 2020 study that documents and compares the growth of solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicle technologies in each state, as well as nationally, over the past decade.

According to the study, in 2019, the U.S. produced 30 times more solar power and more than triple the amount of wind energy than in 2010. Utility-scale battery energy storage increased 20-fold since 2010 and energy consumption per person declined thanks to improvements in energy efficiency, and more than one million electric vehicles were sold in the U.S.

Download the Renewables on the Rise 2020 study HERE. (Source: PennEnvironment Policy & Research Center, Website PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: PennEnvironment Policy & Research Center, David Masur, Exec. Dir, Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Associate, (215) 732-5897, (215) 732-4599 -- fax, www.pennenvironmentcenter.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Orsted Snares Nebraska Haystack Wind Project (M&A, Ind. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2020-10-30
Copenhagen-headquartered global energy player Orsted is reporting acquisition of the 298MW Haystack Wind project adjacent to the company's 230MW Plum Creek wind farm in Wayne County, Nebraska. US, with a capacity of 298MW.

With the latest acquisition, the company continues to expand its footprint in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). (Source: Orsted, PR, PowerTech, 29 Oct., 2020) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  


European Energy to Build 300MW Nordic Solar Farm (Int'l. Report)
European Energy
Date: 2020-10-30
Soborg, Denmark-based large-scale wind and solar energy developer European Energy A/S reports it will construct a 300 MW solar power farm in the southern Denmark the municipality of Aabenraa. The $159 million project is expected to break ground early in 2021 for operation before the year end when it will generate sufficient energy for roughly 75,000 households, according to the release.

European Energy has installed 1.5 gigawatts of wind and solar capacity in 11 countries, according to its website.

Installed solar capacity in Denmark stands at about 5 GW, up from 3 GW a year ago, and could reach 16 GW in 2025, according to Danish transmission grid operator Energinet.dk. (Source: European Energy, PR, Balkan Green Energy, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: European Energy A/S, +45 88 70 82 16, www.europeanenergy.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy,  Solar ,  


Vestas Takes Control of MHI Vestas Offshore Business (M&A, Int'l.)
Vestas, MHI Vestas
Date: 2020-10-30
Danish wind turbine manufacturing giant Vestas reports its buy-out of Mitsubishi Heavy Industrys' (MHI) 50 pct stake in the MHI Vestas offshore turbine joint venture.

As part of the acquisition, MHI will take a 2.5 pct stake in Vestas and will be awarded a seat on the board in return. The all-stock deal is valued at around €709 million ($832 million). (Source: Vestas, PR, 29 Oct., 2020) Contact: Vestas, MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; MHI , www.mhi.com/mitsubishi-heavy-industries-ltd-global-website

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


New Solar Panel Design Ups Efficiency 125 pct (New Prod & Tech)
University of York
Date: 2020-10-28
In the UK, a study led by researchers from the University of York in partnership with NOVA University of Lisbon reports designing solar panels in checkerboard lines improves diffraction to increase light absorption by 125 pct and lead to the production of thinner, lighter and more flexible solar panels.

Solar-grade silicon -- used to create solar cells -- is energy intensive to produce, so creating slimmer cells and changing the surface design would make them cheaper and more environmentally friendly, the study notes. The study suggests the design principle could impact not only the solar cell or LED sector but also applications such as acoustic noise shields, wind break panels, anti-skid surfaces, biosensing applications and atomic cooling. (Source: University of York, The Week, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: University of York, Dr Christian Schuster, Department of Physics, +44 (0) 1904 320 000, www.york.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of York ,  Solar Cell,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


Nordex Wins 240MW Texas Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Nordex
Date: 2020-10-28
Nordex is reporting receipt of an order a turbine order for a 240MW wind farm in Texas, its first US agreement for the Delta4000 series. The manufacturer will supply 50 units of its N155/4.X turbines, operating with a rated power of 4.8MW. The N155/4.X, part of the Delta4000 series, is "especially suited" to regions with lower turbulence and medium wind speeds and sites not subject to strict sound regulatory requirements.

The turbines will be installed in 2021 at the undisclosed wind project for an unnamed client. (Source: Nordex, PR, 27 Oct., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex news,  Wind Turbine news,  


Envision Commissions 40 MW French Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
Envision Energy
Date: 2020-10-28
In Paris, Envision's French subsidiary, Velocita Energies is reporting commissioning of the 40 MW Entre Tille et Venelle wind farm in France. The facility incorporates 16 EN131-2.5MW turbines to generate 107 GWh per year of power to meet the annual energy needs of 50,000 people.

The 16 EN131-2.5MW turbines installed at Entre Tille et Venelle each have a 2.5-mw capacity and 131-meter rotor diameters designed and adapted for the region's wind conditions. (Source: Envision Energy, PR, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: Envision Energy, www.envision-group.com; Velocita Energies, www.velocitaenergies.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Energy,  Wind,  


Scout Completes 130MW Indiana Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2020-10-28
Colorado-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy reports it has closed on construction and tax equity funding for its 130MW Bitter Ridge wind farm in Jay County, Indiana.

The wind farm, which incorporates GE 2.82MW wind turbines, has a 15-year PPA with Constellation, an Exelon company. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, renews.biz, 27 Oct., 2020))Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy ,  Wind,  


Orsted's US Offshore Wind Projects Delayed (Ind. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2020-10-28
Danish renewable energy developer Orsted reports it is waiting for permitting "clarity" from the US DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) environmental impact study of offshore wind projects on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Orsted now foresees clarity on the permitting timelines being pushed to late 2020 or even into 2021. "Even assuming the permitting process starts moving within the first quarter next year, it appears highly likely that the Revolution Wind, Ocean Wind, Skipjack and Sunrise Wind projects will be delayed beyond the previously expected 2023 and 2024 construction years," the company said. (Source: Orsted, PR, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Orsted, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


EDF Scuttles Planned 65 MW Wisconsin Wind Project (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2020-10-28
EDF Renewables, the developer of a controversial wind farm near the Town of Jeferson, Green County, Wisconsin, has reportedly scrapped plans for the 24-turbine project.

If constructed, the 65 MW wind farm, one of only a handful under of development in Wisconsin, would have been the sixth-largest in the state. (Source: EDF Renewables, AP, Wisc. News, 27 Oct., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables news,  Wind news,  Wisconsin Wind news,  


$50Bn Aussie Green Hydrogen Hub Project Advancing (Int'l. Report)
Asian Renewable Energy Hub
Date: 2020-10-26
In the Land Down Under, the 26 GW, $50 billion Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), the world's largest new energy generator that will establish Australia as a major global producer and exporter of green energy in the form of hydrogen, is reported to have been granted Major Project Status from the Federal Government.

Major Project Status recognizes the strategic significance of a project for Australia. In this case, AREH dovetails with the Government's Technology Investment Roadmap, which highlights hydrogen as a priority technology for development. Major Project Status support will streamline necessary approvals for construction to break ground in 2026.

The AREH will harness the world-class wind and solar resources of Western Australia's East Pilbara region, dedicating up to 23 GW of capacity for production of green hydrogen and green ammonia and providing up to 3 GW of energy production to local Pilbara users such as mining and mineral processing operations. (Source: AREH, Website, Oct., 2020) Contact: AREH, Brendan Hammond, Project Dir., info@asianrehub.com, www.asianrehub.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Asian Renewable Energy Hub,  Green Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  


GE Touting 13MW Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-10-26
GE Renewable Energy reports a working version of its 13MW Haliade-X prototype set a record for a single day of electric power generation at 228MWh -- sufficient power for roughly 45 Australian homes for an entire year.

The 13MW Haliade-X is GE's largest turbine ever, standing 248 metres tall with 107 metre long blades, offering almost double the generation capacity of most wind turbines currently deployed around the world.

130 units of the 13MW turbine is expected to be deployed at the UK's Dogger Bank Wind Farm starting in 2023. GE notes it has secured 4.8GW worth of orders for the Haliade-X turbine model from U.S. and UK wind projects. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website, Reneweconomy, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/contact-us, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com

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


Iranian Renewable Power Capacity Rapidly Rising (Int'l. Report)
Iran
Date: 2020-10-26
In Tehran, the Iranian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (SATBA) is reporting 28 new renewable power plants -- 44 pct solar and 34 pct wind -- will come online across Iran by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2021).

Currently, 54 companies are constructing renewable power plants totaling 229.39 MW generating 493,500 MWh of electricity per year and while reducing 318,000 tpy od CO2.

Iran is aiming for a 5,000 MW increase in renewable capacity to meet growing domestic demand and expand its presence in the regional electricity market by 2025. (Source: SATBA, Tehran Times, 25 Oct., 2020) Contact: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization, +98 (21) 880 85006-9, www.satba.gov.ir

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


Samsung, DNV to Develop Offshore Wind Stabilizers (Ind. Report)
Samsung Heavy Industries, DNV GL
Date: 2020-10-26
South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co reports it and DNV GL, a Norwegian ship quality assurance company, will work together to develop remotely controlled "floaters" to stabilize offshore wind turbines.

According to the Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), output of offshore floating wind farms is estimated to globally rise from 11 mw in 2019 to 2,000 mw in 2030. (Source: Samsung Heavy Ind., PR, reve, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net; Samsung Heavy industries, www.samsungshi.com; DNV GL, www.dnvgl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung Heavy,  DNV,  Offshore Wind,  


Enel's Azure Sky Solar + Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2020-10-23
Enel Green Power North America reports construction of the 284 MW1 Azure Sky solar + storage project in Haskell County, Texas, is underway. The project is the company's second hybrid project in North America that integrates a renewable energy plant with utility-scale battery storage.

The Azure Sky solar + storage project's nearly 700,000 PV bifacial panels are paired with an 81 MW battery and is expected to be operational by summer 2021.

Enel Green Power North America is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America, with a presence in 19 US states and one Canadian province. The company operates 70 plants with a managed capacity of about 5.8 GW powered by wind, hydropower, geothermal and solar energy. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Steel Guru, 22 Oct., 2020) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Georgios Papadimitriou, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  Energy Storage,  


Bearkat II Texas Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2020-10-23
Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports commercial operations are underway at the 162.2MW Bearkat II wind farm in Glasscock County, Texas. The project was jointly developed with Dallas-based Tri Global Energy LLC,

Bearkat II incorporates 47 units of Vestas V126-3.45MW turbines and to generate sufficient power for 56,000 average households per year. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, PR, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; Tri Global Energy, Don Uber, SVP Inv. Relations, 972-707-3040, 972.290.0825, duber@triglobalenergy.com, www.triglobalenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Tri Global Eenergy ,  


Microsoft Comments on Climate Change -- Notable Quotes
Microsoft
Date: 2020-10-23
"We are getting extremely impatient, frankly, for policy action on climate change. We support a carbon fee because we believe it's a policy mechanism that works and accords with economic principles." -- Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft, 3 May, 2019

"It's important that what we build leaves a positive legacy, that we don't build it on the back of fossil fuels, but rather, we build it on the back of the next generation of energy technology of wind and hydro and solar." -- Brian Janous, Microsoft Lead Energy Manager, 19 July, 2019, Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information

More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Climate Change,  


DEME Joins European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (Int'l. Report)
DEME Group
Date: 2020-10-21
Zwijndrecgt, Belgium-based offshore wind farm developer DEME Group reports it has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, supporting the EU's hydrogen strategy and to help Europe become carbon-neutral by 2050.

Last November, DEME inked a cooperation agreement with six other industry players in Belgium for the transport of green hydrogen, and this year, also entered into partnerships to develop industrial scale green hydrogen plants in Belgium, Oman and the Netherlands.

Launched in July 2020, the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance includes more than 200 industry, national and local public authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders aiming to initiate an investment agenda and support the scaling up of the hydrogen value chain across Europe. (Source: DEME Group, Offshore, Oct., 2020) Contact: DEME Group, Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO, European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, www.ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/policy/european-clean-hydrogen-alliance_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEME Group,  Green Hydrogen,  Carbon Neutral,  


Van Oord Takes Stake in Estonian Offshore Wind Developer (Int'l.)
Van Oord
Date: 2020-10-21
In the Netherlands, Rotterdam-headquartered marine and offshore services contractor Van Oord reports it has become a shareholder in Saare Wind Energy OU, developer of the 100-turbine Saaremaa offshore wind farm south-west of the Estonian Island Saaremaa.

Development of the Saaremaa wind farm started in 2015 and received Estonian environmental and regulatory approvals in May, this year. (Source: Van Oord, PR, reve, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: Van Oord, www.vanoord.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Van Oord,  Saare Wind Energy ,  Offshore Wind,  


GE Claims 327MW Indian Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l. Report)
GE Renewable Energy, SB Energy
Date: 2020-10-21
GE Renewable Energy reports receipt of a contract from New Delhi-headquartered SB Energy to supply, install and commission 121 sets of onshore wind turbines, for a 327MW wind farm in Madhya Pradesh, in Central India.

The project, which is expected to generate sufficient energy for 250,000 Indian households , is "one of the largest wind projects in India", according to GE. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, EnergyLive, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Onshore Wind business in South Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Gilan Sabatier, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; SB Energy, +91 11 4921 8000, www.sbenergy.co.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  India Wind,  SB Energy ,  


MET Group Acquires 42 MW Bulgarian Wind Park (Int'l., M&A)
MET Group,Enel Green Power
Date: 2020-10-21
Zug, Switzerland-based integrated energy company MET Group is reporting a share purchase agreement with Enel Green Power S.p.A. for a 100 pct stake in a 42-MW wind park near Kavarna in Bulgaria. The wind park -- the fifth-largest in Bulgaria -- consists of two sites with 14 Vestas-V90 -- 3MW turbines generating sufficient power for roughly 30,000 households. The deal is slated to close before the year end.

MET Group is an integrated European energy company with activities in natural gas, power, and oil markets. MET is present in 14 countries through subsidiaries, 26 national gas markets and 22 international trading hubs. In 2019, MET Group's consolidated sales revenue amounted to euro;11.7 billion. The company is 80 pct employee owned with 20 pct held by Keppel Corporation, according to the company website. (Source: MET Group, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: MET Group, +41 766 8989, +41 766 8988 -- fax, info.metholding@met.com, www.group.met.com; Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Wind,  


Netherlands Plans Woody Biomass Subsidies Phase Out (Int'l. Report)
Netherlands
Date: 2020-10-21
At the Hague, the Netherlands government is reportedly planning to phase out subsidies for woody biomass power stations, subject to the availability of affordable and environmentally suitable alternative fuel sources. To that end, the government has asked the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) for its recommendations.

Under the present subsidies program, 628 Netherland biomass installations will receive roughly €11.4bn in subsidies over the next few years.

The PBL previously noted the use of biomass may be unavoidable if the Netherlands is to meet the EU targets on energy neutrality, adding that without using biomass the Netherlands will have to increase solar and wind energy installations at a faster rate than presently underway.

The government's advisory body SER has also recommended that subsidies for biomass power be phased out. Despite the subsidy decision, the government said it "remains convinced that the use of biomass is necessary in the transition to a climate neutral and circular economy by 2030 and 2050." (Source: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, DutchNews.nl, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, www.pbl.nl

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass Subsidies,  


Methane Tech. Specialist Opens N.Amer. Subsidiary (Ind. Report)
Electrochaea
Date: 2020-10-21
Munich, Germany-headquartered renewable methane technology provider Electrochaea GmbH reports the opening of its U.S. subsidiary, Electrochaea Corporation, in Sacramento to develop commercial opportunities and partnerships in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Electrochaea offers a climate-friendly solution to store wind and solar generated electricity and recycle CO2 in the form of renewable methane -- a substitute for fossil fuels and major advancement in transitioning to a clean energy economy.

Over the past six years, Electrochaea developed renewable methane from the lab to industrial-scale pilot plants in Denmark and Switzerland, feeding the national gas grids. In 2019 the company opened a third pilot plant at the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, with support from SoCalGas. The company also has renewable methane projects under development in the U.S. (Source: Electrochaea Corporation , PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Electrochaea Corporation, Mich Hein, CEO, Beth Bray US Communications Director, (773) 241-4948, beth.bray@electrochaea.com, www.electrochaea.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Electrochaea,  Methane,  


Belgium Reinforcing Climate, Clean Energy Commitments (Int'l.)
Belgium Wind
Date: 2020-10-19
In Brussels, the incoming governement of Prime Minister Alexander de Croo has announced it support for the European Commission's (EC)proposed emission reduction target of at least 55 pct for 2030 and has hinted at increasing the country's emissions reduction and and clean energy ambitions.

The new Government's draft coalition backs the EC's proposed goal for a higher 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target, reconfirms a gradual nuclear phase-out by 2025, envisages more renewable energy and adapting the 2030 National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP).

Belgium presently has 2.3 GW of onshore wind capacity and 1.6 GW of offshore wind capacity which it foresees expanding to 4,600 GWh up from 1,500 GWh by 2030. It also aims to double the country's North Sea offshore wind capacity to 4 GW in the next decade. (Source: Wind Europe, Oct., 2020) Contact: Wind Europe, +32-2-213-18-67, christoph.zipf@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Europe,  Belgium Wind,  


Emera Provides Update on ESG Progress
Emera
Date: 2020-10-19
For more than 15 years, Emera’s strategy has been rooted in its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) commitments. This year’s sustainability report highlights Emera’s continued commitment to investing in cleaner and renewable energy, while focusing on increasing reliability and maintaining customer affordability. Some of the achievements highlighted in this year’s report include a 35 pct reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across Emera’s operations from 2005 levels and an increase in installed renewable capacity across Emera from 832 MW in 2018, to 1,107 MW.

Decarbonization is central to Emera’s strategy, work that started in its home province. Nova Scotia Power has delivered one of the fastest transitions to cleaner energy in Canada and has already achieved greenhouse gas reductions that exceed the targets set by Canada in the COP 21 Paris Agreement.

The utility boasts one of the highest integrations of wind energy in North America at 18 per cent of total generation. Emera also completed the $1.7 billion Maritime Link project, enabling clean hydro energy to flow between Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia in 2021. In Florida, Emera has increased its solar capacity at Tampa Electric from nearly zero just a few years ago, to approximately 600MW today, with another 650MW to be installed by 2023. Additionally, the $850 million Big Bend modernization project is underway to significantly reduce the use of coal at the facility by repowering one coal unit with natural gas and retiring a second coal unit. Of Emera’s $7.5 billion capital spending plan through to 2022, 60 per cent is committed to initiatives to make energy cleaner and more reliable.

Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with approximately $32 billion in assets and 2019 revenues of more than $6.1 billion. The company primarily invests in regulated electricity generation and electricity and gas transmission and distribution with a strategic focus on transformation from high carbon to low carbon energy sources.

Download the Emera Inc. sustainability report HERE (Source: Emera, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Emera, Scott Balfour, President and CEO, www.emera.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emera news,  Renewable Energy news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Monaco Adds Wind to Renewable Energy Mix (Int'l., M&A)
Monaco Energies Renouvelables
Date: 2020-10-19
The Principality of Monaco's Monaco Energies Renouvelables (MER) is reporting the purchase of three wind farms projects being developed in France by Weisbaden, Germany-headquartered ABO Wind AG.

Two of the wind farms are in the Charente department, near Bordeaux, and the third one is in Brittany's Cote diArmor department. Each farm will have between two and four wind turbines generating a total 57 GWh -- sufficient to meet 10 pct of Monaco's energy consumption. The wind farms are expected to come online between December 2020 and June 2021.

Monaco currently has ten solar farms which when added to the new wind farm purchases will produce 75 MW of renewable energy -- 25 pct of the Principality's power consumption. (Source: Monaco Energies Renouvelables , PR, 18 Oct., 2020) Contact: Monaco Energies Renouvelables, +377) 92 05 05 00, smeg@smeg.mc, www.smeg.mc; ABO Wind, +49 611 267 65-515, kontakt@abo-wind.de, www.abo-wind.com

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


DNV GL Partner in Offshore Wind Coordination Project (Int'l.)
DNV GL,National Grid ESO
Date: 2020-10-19
DNV GL, the world's largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has been appointed by National Grid ESO as a lead partner in the Offshore Wind Coordination project in Great Britain.

The project will analyze a coordinated approach for offshore grid development and shape the future national strategy of Great Britain's offshore grid through feeding into the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (UKBESS) Offshore transmission network review. The UK regulator OFGEM is also participating in the project.

The project will review and recommend ways to improve how offshore wind farms are connected to the onshore transmission network. To that end, DNV GL will assess: technology availability (HVDC equipment); analyze technical and regulatory barriers and solutions; study implications on power system security and stability; develop offshore and onshore grid designs and; conduct societal cost-benefit analysis of the offshore grid.

As offshore infrastructure is anticipated to be shared among multiple projects, it is projected that a harmonized development approach will result in optimal utilization of infrastructure, higher integration of offshore wind energy, reduction of carbon emissions and consumer bills, and provision of operational benefits to the onshore grid. Offshore wind continues to be a key electricity source for the UK government and supports its commitment for the country to be net zero by 2050. (Source: DNV GL. National Grid ESO, Oct., 2020) Contact: DNV GL, www.dnvgl.com; National Grid ESO, www.natopnalgrideso.com

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Emera Inc. Provides ESG Progress Update (Ind. Report Attached)
Emera
Date: 2020-10-19
Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered energy services firm Emera Inc. is reporting an update of its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) sustainability report and the company's commitment to cleaner and renewable energy while increasing reliability and affordability.

To date this year the company reports a 35 pct reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across operations from 2005 levels and an increase in installed renewable energy capacity from 832 MW in 2018, to 1,107 MW. The report notes Emera's Nova Scotia Power unit delivered one of the fastest transitions to cleaner energy in Canada and has already achieved GHG reductions that exceed Canada's COP 21 Paris Climate Agreement commitments. Additionally, the utility boasts one of the highest integrations of wind energy in North America at 18 pct of total generation. In Florida, Emera has increased its solar capacity at Tampa Electric from nearly zero just a few years ago, to approximately 600MW today, with another 650MW slated for installation by 2023. Of Emera's $7.5 billion capital spending plan through to 2022, 60 pct is committed to cleaner energy initiatives.

Emera Inc., which had approximately $32 billion in assets and more than $6.1 billion in revenue in 2019, primarily invests in regulated electricity generation and electricity and gas transmission and distribution with a strategic focus on transformation from high-carbon to low-carbon energy sources.

Download the Emera Inc. sustainability report HERE. (Source: Emera, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Emera, Scott Balfour, President and CEO, www.emera.com

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Egypt Announces 2,000 MW Wind Power Project (Int'l. Report)
Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-10-19
In Cairo, the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy is reporting work is now underway on a new 2,000 MW wind power complex in the Red Sea governorate. When online, the project will raise the country's renewable energies capacity to 10,000 MWs, in line with its National Renewable Energy Strategy. The National Renewable Energy Strategy aims to produce 20 pct of total energies from renewable sources by 2022, with the possibility of it doubled by 2035.

The Ministry statement noted hydropower production amounted to about 15,038 gigawatt per hour , wind energy about 4,230 gigawatt per hour , solar cells connected to the power grid amounted to about 3,655 gigawatt/hour, and 15 gigawatt/hour was generated from biofuel projects during the last fiscal year 2019/2020. (Source: Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, www.energyegypt.net

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