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DTEK, Vestas Planning Major Ukrainian Wind (Int'l. Report)
DTEK, Vestas
Date: 2021-03-05
In Kyiv, Ukraine's energy giant and leading coal-fired power generator DTEK and Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas are reporting plans to construct a 564-MW wind farm in the Tylihul estuary in Mykolaiv Oblast, 460 kilometers south of Kyiv. The €325 million, 21-turbine project is expected to come online in 2022.

Ukraine is aiming to produce 25 pct of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. (Source: DTEK, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: DTEK Renewables, Maris Kunitskis, CEO, www.dtek.com/en; Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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


Vestas Claims 126 MW EnVentus Order in Ukraine (Int'l. Report)
Vestas
Date: 2021-03-01
Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced it has signed the first EnVentus wind turbine order in the Eastern Europe region for the 126 MW DTEK Tiligulska project in Ukraine, which is being developed by DTEK Renewables.

The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of 21 V162-6.0 MW wind turbines, alongside a long-term 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, enabling optimal power production throughout the project lifetime. The project is expected to be completed and fully commissioned in Q2, 2022. (Source: Vestas, PR, Website, Renewable Energy Mag., 1 Mar., 2021) Contact: Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  


DTE Meridian Wind Park Construction Set for April (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2021-02-12
Jackson-based DTE Energy, Michigan's largest utility, reports its 70-turbine Meridian Wind Park project spread over three townships -- Mount Haley and Porter in Midland County and Jonesfield in Saginaw County -- is slated to get underway in April, this year.

The project wass approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission in July, 2020. (Source: DTE, Midland Daily News. 10 Feb., 2021)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Wind ,  


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,  


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,  


DTE Energy Adding 420MW of Solar Power by 2022 (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2020-09-04
In the Motor City, DTE Energy is reporting the upgrading of its MIGreenPower voluntary renewable energy plan to bring an additional 420 MW of solar energy online by 2022. Per the updated plan, the new solar assets will source clean energy purchases from corporate, municipal and industrial customers participating in the company's MIGreenPower program.

If approved by the the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) DTE would increase its solar generation capacity by nearly ten times by 2022 when its wind and solar energy portfolio would generate sufficient energy to power 900,000 homes as well as offset approximately 4.7 million tons of CO2e.

DTE's energy generation portfolio presently has 15 wind parks and 31 solar farms capable of producing enough clean energy to power more than 500,000 homes. with plans to add three additional wind parks to its portfolio by the end of 2020. (Source: DTE, Zacks, 2 Sept., 2020)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

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


DNV GL Implementation Contractor of the Year for 2020 (Ind. Report)
DNV GL,Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association
Date: 2020-06-08
In Detroit, the not-for-profit Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA) has named DNV GL as the Implementation Contractor of the Year for 2020 for the the fourth year in a row.

DNV GL has served as the primary energy efficiency program implementer for both DTE and Consumers since 2009. During that time, DNV GL has completed more than 115,000 energy efficiency projects throughout the state of Michigan and distributed more than $532 million in incentive payments for these projects. These efforts have resulted in an energy savings of more than 30 million Mcf of natural gas, 10,000+ GWh of electricity, and $700 million in avoided energy costs for Consumers Energy's and DTE Energy's customers.

MEECA is a nonprofit trade association that promotes and supports the contractors, utilities, manufacturers, and program implementers that provide energy efficiency products and services across Michigan.(Source: DNV GL, PR, 29 May, 2020) Contact: DNV GL, Nick Brod, Senior VP Program Design and Implementation, www.dnvgl.com; Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association, 517-896-2960, www.meeca.info

More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association,  Energy Eficiency,  DNV GL,  


Toledo Solar Panel Production Underway (Ind. Report)
Toledo Solar
Date: 2020-05-22
In the Buckeye State, Toledo Solar Inc is reporting it has begun solar panel production at it's plant in Perrysburg, Ohio.

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, Toledo Blade, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Toledo Solar, 567-202-4145 , info@Toledo-Solar.com, www.toledosolar-inc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Toledo Solar news,  Solar Panel news,  


U.S. Gain Announces Dairy-Based RNG Offtake Deal (Ind. Report)
DTE Biomass Energy, U.S. Gain
Date: 2020-05-13
Appleton, Wisconsin-based renewable natural gas (RNG) major is reporting an offtake agreement with DTE Biomass Energy for RNG produced by two anaerobic digestors at Statz Brothers Farms located in Marshall, WI.

Statz Brothers Farms have been generating renewable electricity since 2009 and as their power purchase agreement neared expiration, the farm was seeking new opportunities to utilize the onsite digesters. "In the past, renewable electricity produced at dairy farms was in high demand by power companies that were willing to pay a premium for it. Today, that's not the case as other renewable electricity sources have emerged. Luckily, demand for RNG as an alternative vehicle fuel has been on the rise for the past several years, presenting farmers an opportunity to continue profitable use of digesters. As a leading RNG developer, we're working with farms and energy developers to produce fuel for the transportation market. In some cases, we'll invest capital to develop the project, but in others we'll offtake gas produced and link to the most lucrative markets for credit generation," said U.S. Gain RNG Director of Business Development, Hardy Sawall.

U.S. Gain is actively involved in developing fueling infrastructure for fleets and operates alternative fuel stations on the U.S. West Coast. (Source: US Gain, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: US Gain, Hardy Sawall, Dir. Business Dev., www.usgain.com; DTE Biomass Energy, (313) 235-5555, www.dtepowerandindustrial.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  U.S. Gain,  DTE Biomass,  RNG,  


U.S. Gain Brings More Dairy-Based RNG to CA (Ind. Report)
US Gain
Date: 2020-05-06
Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain, a leader in renewable natural gas (RNG) development and distribution, is reporting an offtake agreement with DTE Biomass Energy for RNG produced at Statz Brothers Farms located in Marshall, WI. Purchased RNG will be taken to the California transportation market where "there's a significant demand for dairy-based RNG."

Two digestors located at Statz Brothers Farms have been making renewable electricity since 2009 and as their power purchase agreement neared expiration, the farm was seeking new opportunities to utilize the onsite digesters.

"In the past, renewable electricity produced at dairy farms was in high demand by power companies that were willing to pay a premium for it. Today, that's not the case as other renewable electricity sources have emerged. Luckily, demand for RNG as an alternative vehicle fuel has been on the rise for the past several years, presenting farmers an opportunity to continue profitable use of digesters. As a leading RNG developer, we're working with farms and energy developers to produce fuel for the transportation market. In some cases, we'll invest capital to develop the project, but in others we'll offtake gas produced and link to the most lucrative markets for credit generation," said U.S. Gain RNG Director of Business Development, Hardy Sawall.

Along with supplying RNG, U.S. Gain is actively involved in developing fueling infrastructure for fleets to utilize and operates a number of alternative fuel stations on the West Coast. (Source: US Gain, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: US Gain, Hardy Sawall, Dir. Business Dev., www.usgain.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Gain news,  RNG news,  Alternative Fuel news,  


42MW Swedish Wind Farm Comes Online (Int'l. Report)
OX2
Date: 2020-05-01
The Marguerite European Infrastructure Fund is reporting its 42MW onshore wind farm in Brannliden, Skelleftea municipality, Sweden, is now fully operational. The facility was constructed by Sweden's OX2 under a 2018, EPC contract and will now be responsible for the technical and commercial management of the wind farm.agreement.

The Vesta's V136 4.2MW turbine equipped wind farm is expected to generate approximately 160 GWh per year. (Source: Marguerite Fund, WindTech, 30 April, 2020) Contact: OX2, +46 8 559 310 00, info@ox2.com, www.ox2.com; Marguerite Fund, +33 1 53859500, www.marguerite.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  OX2,  


GM Aiming for 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2023 (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy,GM
Date: 2020-04-29
In the Motor City, GM reports it is adding 500 MW of solar to its energy mix and plans to have all of its southeast Michigan operations powered by renewables by 2023, thanks to DTE's MiGreenPower program allows residential and commercial customers to get energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar.

GM, which previously signed up to 300 MWh of wind energy from DTE facilities, is now adding 500 MWh from two new solar generating parks that DTE will be installing.

GM previously announced a goal to source all of the electricity used by its U.S. facilities from renewables by 2030 and globally by 2040. (Source: GM, DTE, 20 April, 2020) Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

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


Michigan's Largest Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2020-04-27
DTE Energy is reporting its new 168-MW, 68 turbine Polaris Wind Park in Gratiot County is now operational and generating sufficient power for more than 64,000 homes. The facility is the largest operating wind park in Michigan and the first of four new wind parks DTE will commission in 2020.

Including Polaris, DTE has more than 1,300 MW of renewables online and plans to add another 800 MW by the end of 2022. DTE's renewable energy portfolio includes 15 wind parks and 31 solar arrays, all located in Michigan. (Source: DTE, 25 April, 2020) Contact: DTE, www.dtecleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Wind,  


ACEEE 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2020-02-24
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) just released 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the 52 largest U.S. electric utilities have dramatically increased their overall energy savings as they adopt innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities leading the way are National Grid Massachusetts and Eversource Massachusetts, which tied for first place for the second time, followed by San Diego Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric, in that order. Rounding out the top 10 are the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), DTE in Michigan, Portland General Electric, and Eversource CT in that order.

The scorecard notes that, as a group, the utilities boosted their annual energy savings by 20 pct since 2015, saving almost 20 TWh of electricity in 2018 from programs administered that year -- enough to power 1.8 million homes.

The report highlights the ways in which the utility landscape has transformed since 2015, the baseline for the 2017 scorecard. New technologies are emerging -- states, utilities, and other stakeholders are increasingly focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the important role of energy efficiency with more than 900 different efficiency programs in 2018, about 300 more than in 2015. Additionally, 32 utilities piloted new programs that involve smart thermostats, online marketplaces for energy-saving products, commercial energy efficiency financing, and integration of efficiency with other DERs such as demand response and storage.

While overall energy savings increased, this upward trend was not universal, and seven utilities saw their energy savings decrease by more than 20 pct since 2015.

The scorecard also found that, while there is increased focus on changing utility business models nationally, utilities are generally slow to change these models and are often reluctant to give customers access to energy usage data.

The scorecard, which received no utility funding, increases the availability of utility-sector energy efficiency data to enable benchmarking and help utilities strengthen their programs. ACEEE focuses on the 52 largest electric utilities by retail sales volume, including all 51 utilities from its 2017 Scorecard, plus Tampa Electric.

Download the 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard at www.aceee.org/utility-scorecard. (Source: ACEEE, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Cycleenergy Acquires Innogy Biomass Pellet Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Cycleenergy,Innogy
Date: 2020-01-29
Essen, Germany-based energy company Innogy is reporting the sale of its subsidiary NRW Pellets GmbH biomass pellet production plant in Erndtebruck, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, to Austria-based Cycleenergy Holding GmbH for an undisclosed price, effective 27 Jan., 2020.

With this acquisition, Cycleenergy's portfolio includes three biomass plants and two pellet factories in Austria. (Source: Innogy, PR, Renewables, 28 Jan., 2020) Contact: Cycleenergy Holding GmbH, www.cycleenergy.com; Innogy, NRW Pellets, www.nrwpellets.nl

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  Biomass Pellet,  Innogy,  


Apex Clean Energy's Mich. Wind Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy, DTE
Date: 2019-10-02
In Michigan, the Isabella County Planning Commission reports approval of Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy's site plan for 82 of a planned 136 turbine turbine wind farm slated for construction in Nottawa and Gilmore townships.

Site preparation is underway for an expected construction startup and completion in 2020. Apex Clean Energy epectd to sell the entire farm to DTE Energy. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Morning Sun, 1 Oct., 2019)Contact: Apex Clean Energy, 434-220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy,  DTE,  Wind,  DTE,  


DTE Energy Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Motor City, DTE Energy reports it is committing to achieve net carbon neutrality by the year 2050. To that end, the Detroit utility plans to work on carbon capture and sequestration CCS), energy storage storage technologies, and even "advanced modular nuclear" technology, according to DTE COO Trevor Lauer. (Source: DTE, Michigan NPR, 26 Sept., 2019)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Carbon Neutral ,  


RedT, Avalon Battery Corp. Planning Merger (Ind. Report)
Avalon Battery, RedT
Date: 2019-07-26
London, UK-based energy storage specialist RedT Energy is reporting its proposed merger with Fremont, California-based Avalon Battery Corp will create the world's largest flow storage company. The two firms, which specialize in vanadium redox flow storage, have signed a non-binding MoU, with any deal subject to shareholder approval.

The plan is to raise £24 million in new funds for the merged larger firm from new and existing, as well as institutional investors. (Source: RedT, the energyst, 25 July, 2019) Contact: RedT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO, +44 (0) 207 061 6233, www.redtenergy.com; Avalon Battery, Larry Zulch, CEO, connect@avalonbattery.com, www.avalonbattery.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  RedT,  Flow Battery,  


Armstrong Fluid Tech Inks Net-Zero Bldg Commitment (Ind Report)
Armstrong Fluid Technology
Date: 2019-06-28
Toronto, Ontario-based international HVAC specialist Armstrong Fluid Technology reports it has signed on to the World Green Building Council Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment positioning energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization across global portfolios. Signatories to the Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment pledge to reach net-zero carbon operating emissions within their portfolios by 2030.

To meet this commitment, Armstrong will: implement energy efficiency measures to lower electricity and fossil fuel consumption; generate renewable energy on-site; and procure renewable generated electricity and carbon offsets.

The WGBC pledge calls for cities, states and regions to require all new buildings to operate at net-zero carbon from 2030, and all buildings, including existing buildings, operate at net-zero carbon by 2050. In addition to generating and obtaining renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand, the Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization. (Source: Armstrong Fluid Technology, PR, The News, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Armstrong Fluid Technology, Charles Armstrong, CEO, (416) 755-2291, info@armstrongfluidtechnology.com, www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com; World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero-status-report-2019

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  Energy Efficiency,  World Green Building Council,  


Dominion Energy Supports Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy,CEO Climate Dialogue
Date: 2019-05-17
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy, which relies heavily on nuclear power and is rapidly expanding its solar portfolio, reports it is joining the CEO Climate Dialogue, a coalition of corporations and environmental groups in support of a carbon tax and other measures designed to reduce CO2 emissions.

CEO Climate Dialogue is aiming for economy-wide carbon emission reductions of 80 pct or more by 2050, with aggressive near- and mid-term emission reductions commensurate with that goal.

The group also "aims to build bipartisan support for climate policies that will increase regulatory and business certainty, reduce climate risk, and spur investment and innovation needed to meet science-based emissions reduction targets." BP, Shell, BG&E, DTE Energy, Exelon and other energy majors are among the group's membership. (Source: Dominion Energy, Bacon's Rebellion, Blog, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Thomas F. Farrell, CEO, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com; CEO Climate Dialogue, http://business.edf.org/blog/tag/ceo-climate-dialogue

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Carbon Tax,  CEO Climate Dialogue,  


Sub-Sea CO2 Storage Leakage Studied (Ind. Report)
Carbon Storage
Date: 2019-05-15
Researchers at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel investigating the possibilities and limits of the sub-sea CO2 storage report it is possible to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions by separating CO2 from flue gases and storing the captured CO2 in geological formations. The researchers also note negative emissions can be achieved by coupling biogas production with CO2 separation and storage.

Assessments by the IPCC show that these approaches are essential parts of the technology mix needed to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees C.

In Europe the largest potential to store CO2 is located offshore in deep saline aquifers and other sub-seabed geological formations of the North Sea where over 10,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled. At many of these wells, methane gas from shallow biogenic deposits is leaking into the environment because the surrounding sediments were mechanically disturbed and weakened during the drilling process. The study notes that CO2 stored in the vicinity of these wells may leak and ultimately return into the atmosphere.

"We have performed a release experiment in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea to determine the footprint and consequences of such a leak", explains study lead author Dr. Lisa Vielstadte from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.

In the study, CO2 released at the seabed in 82 meters of water was tracked and traced using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with chemical and acoustic sensors and additional measurements on board of Research Vessel Celtic Explorer. The resulting data showed that CO2 gas bubbles were completely dissolved close to the seafloor and the pH value of ambient bottom waters was lowered from a background value of 8.0 to a more acidic value of 7.0 at the release site as a consequence of the dissolution process. This bottom water acidification has detrimental effects on organisms living at the seabed", However, strong bottom currents induced a rapid dispersion of the dissolved CO2 such that the area at the seabed where potentially harmful effects can occur is small.

Accordingly, the study tentatively concluded it is possible to store CO2 safely in sub-seabed formations if the storage site is located in an area with a small number of leaky wells, the report summarizes. (Source: Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel , PR, 14 May, 2019) Contact: GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Dr. Lisa Vielstadte, +49 431 600-0, Fax:+49 431 600-2805, www.geomar.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  


Mass. DPU OK's Offshore Wind Energy Contracts (Reg. & Leg.)
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Date: 2019-04-22
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is reporting approval of long-term contracts for 800 MW of offshore wind between Vineyard Wind and the Commonwealth's Electric Distribution Companies. Under the contracts, Vineyard Wind also committed in these contracts to contribute $15 million to a fund that will invest in projects to promote the use of battery storage in low-income communities and support the the state's goal of further developing energy storage systems.

Vineyard Wind's bid was selected for contract negotiation in May 2018 based on criteria established under a Request for Proposals (RFP) previously subject to public comment and submitted to the DPU for review and approval on July 31, 2018. Evaluation of the bids determined that Vineyard Wind would provide the greatest overall value to Bay State customers. The DPU's order approves the selection and finds that the contracts are cost-effective and in the public interest. (Source: Mass DPU, DEI, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, (617) 305-3500, www.mass.gov/dte

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities,  Offshore Wind,  


GM Increases Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
General Motors
Date: 2019-03-08
In the Motor City, automaker General Motors (GM) reports it will purchase 300,000 MWh of renewable wind power from DTE Energy to run its Warren Tech Center as well as most of its world headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

In February, Ford Motor Company made a similar commitment to procure 500,000 MWh of locally sourced Michigan wind energy via DTE's MIGreen Power Program.

Among its clean energy efforts, GM is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance as well as an early signatory of RE100, which is a collaborative global initiative that brings together influential businesses that are committed to 100 pct renewable power and the delivery of renewable electricity.

DTE Energy, which has 13 wind parks in Michigan, plans to double its renewable energy capacity over the next five years, investing in another $2 billion by 2024. The utility also proposes to build at least 3,000 additional MW of solar and wind energy over the next 20 years. DTE currently produces about 1,000 MW of primarily wind renewable energy. (Source: GM, Crains Detroit Business, Hydrogen Fuel News, 4 Mar., 2019)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  DTE MIGreen,  General Motors,  Wind,  


DTE, Ford Partner on Detroit Wind Energy Project (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2019-02-22
In the Motor City, Ford Motor Co. reports it has committed to 100 pct renewable energy to power its Dearborn Truck Plant and several other buildings in metro Detroit. To that end, DTE Energy Co.'s MIGreenPower program will supply approoximately 500,000 mWh of wind power, enough to power about 225,000 homes, to Ford.

Ford is the first industrial company to take advantage of the DTE MIGreenPower program under which customers pay a premium to support renewable energy capacity. Michigan's 2016 energy law mandated utilities to create a green pricing program for customers.

DTE Energy, which has 13 wind parks in Michigan, plans to double its renewable energy capacity over the next five years, investing in another $2 billion by 2024. The utility also proposes to build at least 3,000 additional MW of solar and wind energy over the next 20 years. DTE currently produces about 1,000 MW of primarily wind renewable energy.(Source: DTE Energy, Crain's Detroit, Feb., 2019) Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Ford,  Wind,  


Notable Quote
DTE
Date: 2019-01-21
"With the demand for electricity declining due to increased energy efficiency, and given existing and planned investments in cleaner natural gas and renewables, DTE does not foresee a significant capacity need until 2030 after its Belle River (coal and natural gas) power plant retires."

"Assumptions about the future costs, viability, and reliability of increasing levels of renewables and energy efficiency are critical to determining the optimal resource portfolio to serve our (DTE) customers -- and these assumptions can change significantly over the course of just a few years." -- Irene Dimitry, DTE, Jan., 2019) (Source: DTE, Crain's Detroit Business, 20 Jan., 2019) )Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  Renewable Energy,  


DTE Adding Landfill Gas to Renewables Portfolio (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2018-11-19
In August, Detroit-headquartered utility DTE Energy reported the ground breaking on its first dairy Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project, which is expected to come online in 2019. in Wisconsin.

DTE is now seeking to expand its RNG capacity and assets as it plans to retire 6,400 MW of coal generation by 2040 while adding around 7,500 MW of renewable and gas generation during the same period. (Source: DTE, Energy Insider, 14 Nov., 2018)Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Landfill Gas,  


Carbon Tax Possible with Incoming Midterm Congress? (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-11-05
Canada's CBC Radio is reporting a U.S carbon tax is on the agenda of a bipipartisan, incoming House of Representatives caucus, despite President Donald Trump's claim that climate change was just a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese as a competitive economics edge.

"There's a consensus growing in the House of Representatives that could lead to a price on carbon emissions. I think we'll be able to have a bipartisan piece of legislation that puts a price on carbon," the House Climate Solutions Caucus co-chair Florida Democrat Ted Deutch, told CBC Radio. Deutch added he expects every option will be considered to move forward on fighting climate change.

The U.S. produced 16.49 tonnes of carbon emissions per capita, while Canada produced 15.12 tonnes in 2014, according to World Bank data. (Source: CBC Radio, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: Florida Congressman Ted Deutch, 202-225-3001, www.teddeutch.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  U.S. Carbon Tax,  


Trina Supplies Modules to Ukraine Solar Power Plant (Int'l)
Trina Solar
Date: 2018-10-17
Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited is reporting delivery of 123MW of PV modules to a 246 MW PV power project developed by DTEK, the largest private energy company in Ukraine. Upon completion, the project will the largest single PV power station in Europe, according to Trina.

The Ukraine currently relies on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, with renewable energy accounting for a very small proportion. The government of Ukraine initiated a national energy development strategy, aimed at increasing total installed capacity of renewable energy to 5GW by 2020. (Source: Trina Solar Limited, PR, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Trina Solar Ltd., Investor Relations, +86 519-8517-6878, ir@trinasolar.com, www.trinasolar.com

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RedT Announces £33Mn Funding for Flow Storage (Int'l)
RedT
Date: 2018-09-17
London, UK-based Energy storage specialist RedT is reporting receipt of a conditional commitment from an infrastructure fund for £33 million to finance some 60MWh of RedT's flow storage units. The funds will enable the company to build around 800 of its flow storage units, which would be used to provide grid services, in Germany and Austria. The company also reportedly plans to deploy grid scale flow storage in the UK, with at least one such project in 2019. (Source: RedT, Energyst, Others, 17 Sept., 2018) (Source: Contact: RedT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO, +44 (0) 207 061 6233, www.redtenergy.com

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RedT Confirms Anglian Water Energy Storage Sale (Int'l)
RedT
Date: 2018-08-22
In the UK, London-headquartered energy storage specialist RedT Energy is reporting the sale of a 300 kWh energy storage facility to Anglian Water, while forming a collaborative partnership with the utility to optimize energy storage across their sites.

The company said it had received an initial commercial order for four Gen 3 units, which would be installed at one of the company's water treatment sites in the UK. The units had a combined capacity of 60 kW of power and 300kWh of energy and would be coupled alongside approximately 500kWp of on-site solar. (Source: RedT, SMW, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: RedT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO, +44 (0) 207 061 6233, www.redtenergy.com

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Wisconsin Renewable Natural Gas Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Methane,DTE
Date: 2018-08-10
In Kewaunee, Wisconsin, Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, in partnership with Detroit-based DTE Energy, is reporting ground breaking on the state's first rewewable natural gas (RNG) project.

The project will use underground anaerobic digesters to process daily cattle manure into methane gas that will then be converted into RNG transportation fuel.

According to DTE VP for Business Development Kevin Dobson, the process will reduce yearly greenhouse gas emissions significantly -- equivalent to removing 9,200 vehicles from the road and saving five million gallons of gasoline. The project is expected to be in operation early next year. (Source: Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, WBAY Action News 2, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, J.J Pagel, CEO, (920) 388-3333, www.pagelsponderosa.com; DTE Energy, Kevin Dobson, Business Dev., www2.dteenergy.com

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DTE Considering Southern Michigan Wind Project (Ind. Report(
DTE Energy
Date: 2018-07-25
Detroit-headquartered utility DTE Energy is report to be planning the installation of 50 to 70 wind turbines in Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan, and to that end has made a presentation to Branch County commissioners in Coldwater. A DTE spokesperson says the project is still in the "development stage." (Source: DTE, Daily Reporter, AP, 23 July, 2018) Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com

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Michigan Utilities Set 50 pct - 2030 Clean Energy Goal (Ind Report)
DTE, Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-05-23
Building on an agreement with Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan -- a grassroots ballot campaign to protect Michigan's air and water by increasing the state's use of renewable energy -- DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are reporting an acceleration of clean energy plans and setting a 50 pct Clean Energy Goal to be reached by 2030.

In keeping with the agreement, Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan has mothballed plans to submit more than 350,000 signatures they collected in support of a clean energy initiative that would have called for an increase to the state's renewable portfolio standard. DTE and Consumers Energy intend to achieve their 50 pct by 2030 green goal through increased energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. Michigan legislation requires utilities to source 15 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2021. (Source: Healthy Michigan, DTE, Energy Insider, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan, www.cleanenergyhealthymichigan.com; DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

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