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TotalEnergies, Technip Energies Ink LNG Agreement (Int'l. Report)
TotalEnergies, Technip Energies
Date: 2021-07-23
In Paris, TotalEnergies and Technip Energies are reporting a Technical Cooperation Agreement to jointly develop low-carbon solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and offshore facilities. The partners will explore new concepts and technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint of existing facilities and greenfield projects in LNG production, cryogeny, the production and use of hydrogen for power generation, and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).

TotalEnergies, the world's second largest privately owned LNG player, also produces biofuels, natural gas, green gases, renewables and electricity.

Technip Energies is a leading Engineering & Technology company with leadership positions in LNG, green and blue hydrogen, sustainable chemistry and CO2 management, according to the company website. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com; Technip Energie, Phil Lindsay, Vice-President Investor Relations, +44 203 429 3929, investor.relations@technipenergies.com, www.technipenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  TotalEnergies,  Technip Energies,  LNG,  


Pinergy Snares Irish Solar+Storage Firm Solar Electric (Int'l.)
Pinergy, Solar Electric
Date: 2021-07-19
Irish renewable energy supplier Pinergy is reporting the acquisition of Solar Electric, an Irish designer and installer of solar renewables and energy storage systems, for an undisclosed sum. According to Pinergy, which delivered revenue of around €45 million in 2020, the acquisition of Solar Electric would help customers make better use of energy from either the grid or via solar generation.

Solar Electric was established in 2012 and is based in Killanne, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. It reported revenues of around €4 million in 2019 and is projecting close to €10 million over the next three years, according to a company release. (Source: Pinergy, PR, Indendant ie, 18 July, 2021) Contact: Pinergy, Enda Gunnell, CEO, www.pinergy.ie; Solar Electric, Tom Foley, +44 0 53 925 6804, info@solarelectric.ie, www.solarelectric.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinergy,  Solar,  CS Energy,  


Wartsila Supplying 100MW of Energy Storage for UK Projects (Int'l.)
Wartsila, Pivot Power
Date: 2021-07-19
Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it will supply 100MW / 200MWh of energy storage systems to Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, for its next two projects in the West Midlands, England, to support the roll-out of Pivot Power's innovative Energy Superhub model. Wartsila will install batteries at two sites in the city of Coventry and the borough of Sandwell, on the outskirts of Birmingham.. Construction is due to commence at Sandwell in Q4 2021 and at Coventry in Q1 2022.

Wartsila is also delivering 50 MW of energy storage for Pivot Power's Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) and 50MW in Kemsley, Kent. The ESO project will include the world's largest lithium-ion and vanadium-flow hybrid grid-scale energy storage system, in partnership with Invinity Energy Systems. The hybrid battery is supporting the development of a high-powered EV charging network delivering power to key locations across the city, and will share a connection to the high-voltage electricity transmission network.(Source: Wartsila. Website PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Wartsila Energy, Mirja-Maija Santala, Marketing, +358 400 793 827, mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com/energy; Pivot Power, www.pivot-power.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery energy Storage,  Wartsila,  Pivot Power,  Energy Storage,  


Energy Storage Notable Quote
Energy Storage
Date: 2021-07-16
"Energy storage technology holds great promise in the fight against climate change. Strengthening current technology and advancing next-generation energy storage will allow us to integrate more renewables, such as wind and solar, which in turn will help to reduce emissions." -- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R,Maine) July, 2021

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  


Glasgow Firm to Install UK's Tallest Onshore Wind Turbines (Int'l.)

Date: 2021-07-14
Glasgow-headquartered RJ MacLeod reports it has won a contract for the extension of a South Lanarkshire wind farm that will incorporate the UK's first 200-metre-tall onshore turbines. The company will supply the supporting components and auxiliary systems to 15 additional turbines being installed at Kype Muir by Durban, UK-based Banks Renewables Ltd. The extension is expected to come online by the end of 2022.

Banks Renewables Ltd. currently operates 10 wind facilities in the UK. (Source: Banks Renewables, PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Banks Renewables, Gordon Thomson, +44 0 191 378 6100, www.banksgroup.co.uk/renewables

More Low-Carbon Energy News Onshore Wind Turbine,  


EQT Acquiring Cypress Creek Renewables (M&A, Ind. Report)
Cypress Creek Renewables
Date: 2021-07-07
Stockholm-headquartered EQT reports its EQT Infrastructure V fund has agreed to acquire Cypress Creek Renewables from certain funds managed by HPS Investment Partners, LLC and Temasek.

The transaction is subject to customary conditions and approvals and is expected to close in the second half of 2021.

Cypress Creek develops, owns, and operates projects across 25 states, with 1.6GW in operating assets and a proven track record, having commercialized 11GW since inception in 2014. (Source: EQT Infrastructure, PR, 4 July, 2021) Contact: EQT Infrastructure, www.eqtgroup.com; Cypress Creek Renewable, Sarah Slusser, CEO, (310) 581-6299, info@ccrenew.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cypress Creek Renewables,  


Pertamina Sinking $12Bn in New Renewables (Int'l. Report)
Pertamina
Date: 2021-07-07
Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina says it needs to invest $12 billion to meet its target of generating 10GW of electricity from new and renewable energy sources by 2026. The transition to renewable energy is a key element in the government's plan to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by 29 per cent by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.

Pertamina's 10GW target is comprised of gas-to-power, renewable energy -- including geothermal -- and other new initiatives, such as an electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem and hydrogen pilot projects.

The gas-to-power business segment is projected to contribute 6GW to the 10GW target. Existing gas-to-power projects include the 1.8GW gas and geothermal power plant Java 1 in West Java. The renewable energy business is expected to contribute 3GW. Solar power, biogas-fuelled power plants, smart grids and other new and renewable energy power plants are projected to contribute 1.9GW while the EV ecosystem, as well as green and blue hydrogen, are expected to produce 1GW by 2026. (Source: Pertamina, PR, Jakarta Post, 4 July, 2021)Contact: Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.petramina.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pertamina,  Renewable Energy,  


Wartsila Thermal Balancing for OPPD to Increase Renewables (Ind. Report)
Wartsila,Omaha Public Power District
Date: 2021-07-07
Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it will supply equipment for a 156 MW multi-fuel engine power plant to the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) utility as part of the utility's "Power with Purpose" project aimed at adding 400 to 600 MW of utility-scale solar generation along with additional dispatchable balancing power. The equipment will be delivered to OPPD's new Standing Bear Lake Station plant located in Douglas County, Nebraska, in the second half of 2022 for expected startup in May, 2023.

OPPD aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Wartsila, Website PR, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Wartsila Energy, Mirja-Maija Santala, Marketing, +358 400 793 827, mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com/energy; Omaha Public Power District, www.oppd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Omaha Public Power Distric,  Solar,  Renewable Energyt ,  


Old King Cole's UK Dethroning Advanced to Oct. 2024 (Int'l.)
U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2021-07-07
In London, the U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it has advanced the deadline to phase out coal from the UK's energy system by one year to 1 October 2024. From that date forward the UK will no longer use coal to generate electricity, a year earlier than planned.

The move is in accord with government commitments to transition away from fossil fuels and decarbonise the power sector in order to eliminate contributions to climate change by 2050. The UK is similarly calling on all nations to accelerate the phase out of coal power.

The UK has made huge progress in reducing the use of coal across the power sector, with coal accounting for only 1.8 pct of the UK's electricity mix in 2020, compared with 40 pct almost a decade ago. In 2020, the UK went 5,000 hours without coal-fired electricity and earlier this year broke a new wind power record, with just over a third of the country's energy coming from wind. The rise in the use of renewables has helped drive down the cost of green energy, with coal power now being more expensive in most countries. (Source: U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Website PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  


Maine PUC Selects Solar, Wind Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
Maine Public Utilities Commission ,Central Maine Power
Date: 2021-07-02
In Augusta, the Maine Public Utilities Commission is reporting the selection of bids for six new solar projects and an existing wind farm project as part of its mandated shift toward clean energy.

The solar projects will contribute 100 pct of their output to supply Central Maine Power (CMP) and Bangor-based Versant Power customers and the existing wind project will contribute 50 pct of its output under long-term PPAs.

For the wind project, the PUC selected Helix Maine Wind Development LLC in Franklin County, and solar projects from Glenvale LLC, Walden Renewables, Swift Current and C2 Energy Capital LLC.

In 2019, Maine mandated amount of renewable energy in its energy mix to 80 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050, in keeping with the state's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.

Download the full list of winning projects HERE. (Source: Maine Public Utilities Commission, Website PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, (207) 287-3831, (207) 287-1039 -- fax, www.maine.gov/mpuc; Central Maine Power, www.cmpco.com; Versant Power, www.versantpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Central Maine Power,  Maine Public Utilities Commission ,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


BayWa, Gresham House Optimise Wiltshire Solar Park (Int'l.)
BayWa r.e., Gresham House
Date: 2021-06-21
German renewables specialist BayWa r.e. GmbH is is reporting Provisional Acceptance for the re-powering of the Lake Farm solar park in Wiltshire, UK -- the second repowering deal finalised between BayWa r.e. and its client, Gresham House, in only two months.

Gresham House is a specialist alternative asset manager dedicated to sustainable investments across a range of strategies, including renewable energy and battery storage.

The Lake Farm site is a 6.88 hectare, 4.984 MWp ground mounted solar park commissioned in 2011. (Source: BayWa r.e., Website PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Gresham House, www.greshamhouse.com/funds; BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Solar,  Gresham House ,  


CS Energy Solar+Storage Project Lauded (Ind. Report)
CS Energy
Date: 2021-06-21
Edison, New Jersey-based renewables and solar energy specialist CS Energy is reporting its 4.5 MW solar plus 3.8 MWh energy storage project installation in Amesbury, Massachusetts, is a finalist for the 2021 smarter E AWARD's Outstanding Project category.

The smarter E AWARD receives global submissions which are independently judged on economic benefits, pioneering character, uniqueness, proof of innovation and benefits for the environment and society. The Kearsarge Amesbury LLC project is the only U.S project to be named a finalist.

CS Energy has constructed over 175 MW across 36 landfill projects. The Kearsarge Amesbury LLC project, which came in under budget and four weeks ahead of schedule, is generating sufficient power for about 400 households per year and will generate $3.6 million over 20 years in new tax and lease revenues, and major energy savings for the city. (Source: CS Energy, PR, Website, 15 June, 2021) Contact: CS Energy, 732 860 4660, www.csenergy.com; Kearsarge Amesbury LLC, www.kearsargeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CS Energy,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


1.2GW South Korean Offshore Wind Project Planned (Int'l. Report)
Ocean Winds
Date: 2021-06-18
In Seoul, the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy is reporting the Spanish renewable energy firm Ocean Winds -- a joint venture of EDP Renewables (EDPR) and Engie -- plans to invest $100 million in the construction of a 1.2GW offshore wind farm in Incheon, which borders the capital city Seoul.

Construction and other details have not been released. (Source: Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, www.english.motie.go.kr/www/main.do; Ocean Wind, communications@oceanwinds.com, www.oceanwinds.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Ocean Winds,  EDP Renewables,  Engie,  


Biofuels 17 pct of US 2020 Renewables Consumption (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2021-06-18
According to recent EIA data, consumption of renewable energy in the U.S. grew for the fifth consecutive year in 2020, reaching a record 11.6 quadrillion Btu -- 12 pct of total U.S. energy -- while fossil fuel and nuclear power consumption declined.

EIA data shows that biofuels, including fuel ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels, accounted for approximately 17 percent of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020, despite an 11 percent drop in biofuel consumption caused by market factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wood and waste energy, wood pellets, and biomass waste from landfills accounted for about 22 pct of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2019. (Source: U.S. EIA, Monthly Energy Review, 16 June, 2021) Contact: IS EIA, www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=48396, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  US EIA,  


PSE Launches Clean Energy Implementation Plan (Ind. Report)
Puget Sound Energy
Date: 2021-06-14
Washington State's largest utility Puget Sound Energy reports it has convened an Equity Advisory Group that will advise on its Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) as mandated by the 2019 Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act.

The CEIP 13 members generally represent community-based organizations will help PSE develop a 4-year roadmap outlining clean electricity targets, actions and programs and ways to equitably distribute benefits and reduce burdens that stem from electric planning decisions.PSE is aiming to equitably and sustainably reach beyond net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

Download PSE, CEIP details HERE. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Puget Sound Energy , Mary Kipp. Pres., CEO, 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,  


IRENA, Morocco Partnering to Advance Green-Hydrogen (Int'l.)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2021-06-14
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports it will work the Morocco Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment (MEME) to strengthen joint collaboration to advance knowledge in renewable energy and advance the national green hydrogen economy in line with Morocco's aim to become a major green hydrogen producer and exporter.

Under the agreement, IRENA and the MEME Morocco will work together to develop technology and market outlook studies, craft public-private models of cooperation in the hydrogen space, explore the development of new hydrogen value chains and lay the groundwork for the trading of green hydrogen at a national and regional level. The two parties will also conduct joint analyses to explore the socio-economic benefits of renewables, emphasising the development of new value chains, job creation at the national level and lessons learned to the broader region.

At the end of 2020, the Kingdom of Morocco had a total installed renewable energy capacity of almost 3.5 GW, according to IRENA. (Source: IRENA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: IRENA, +971 241 79000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency,  Green Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  


500MWh Liquid Air Storage Project Planned for Chile (Int'l.)
Highview Power
Date: 2021-06-11
In Chile, Highview Enlasa, an equal Energia Latina SA Enlasa (LAES) and Highview Power joint venture, is reporting plans to develop and construct a 50MW / 500MWh long-duration liquid air energy storage project in the city of Diego de Almagro, Chile.

The roughly $150 million project, which would incorporate Highview Power's CRYOBattery technology, is currently undergoing pre-feasibility engineering work ahead of environmental assessments later this summer. Construction expected to begin in the second half of 2023.

Chile is aiming for 60 pct renewable energy by 2035 and 100 pct renewables by 2050, as well as phasing out coal-fired power generation. (Source: Highview Power, Website PR, 10 June, 2021) Contact: Highview Power, 571-438- 9550 US Office, +44 (0) 203 350 1000 UK Office, info@highviewpower.com, www.highviewpower.com; Energia Latina SA Enlasa, +56 2 2963 2900 , www.enlasa.cl/en/home.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power news,  Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  Liquid Air Energy Storage news,  Energy Storage news,  


BHE Renewables Nails 54-MW Iowa Wind Acquisition (M&A)
BHE Renewables
Date: 2021-06-07
In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary BHE Renewables LLC is reporting completion of its acquisition of the 54-MW Independence wind energy project near Ryan, Iowa, from RPM Access LLC for an undisclosed price.

The project incorporates 20 wind turbines -- 18 GE 2.8-MW wind turbines and 2 GE 2.3--MW wind turbines -- and is expected to be completed and online in Q4, this year. The project will serve Central Iowa Power Cooperative under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Since 2012, BHE Renewables has invested extensively in solar, wind, geothermal and hydro projects. As a long-term owner of assets, the company's wind projects include the 300-megawatt Jumbo Road project near Hereford, Texas; 168-megawatt Pinyon Pines I and 132-megawatt Pinyon Pines II projects, located near Tehachapi, California; 81-megawatt Bishop Hill II project in Henry County, Illinois; 400-megawatt Grande Prairie project in Holt County, Nebraska; 72-megawatt Marshall project in Marshall County, Kansas; 212-megawatt Walnut Ridge project in Bureau County, Illinois; and the 300-megawatt Santa Rita wind project in Reagan and Irion counties in west-central Texas, according to the release. (Source: BHE Renewables, Website, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: BHE Renewables LLC, Alicia Knapp, Pres, CEO, 515-281-2437, info@bherenewables.com , www.bherenewables.com; RPM Access, www.rpmaccess.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BHE Renewables news,  RPM Access news,  Wind news,  


wpd Commissions 36-MW French Wind Farm (Int’l. Report)
wpd
Date: 2021-06-04
Bremen,Germany headquartered renewables developer wpd AG is reporting the commissioning of its 35.6-MW Auzay wind farm in the Pays de la Loire region of northwestern France.

The facility incorporates 9, E-138 EP3 turbines from Enercon and is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 34,200 homes while offsetting 8,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: wdp AG, PR, June, 2021) Contact: wpd AG, www.wpd.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News wpd,  Wind,  


NRCAN Offers $964Mn Smart Renewables, Electrification Pathways Program Grant Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
Natural Resource Canada
Date: 2021-06-04
In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) reports the launch of the 4-year Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREP), four-year programme that will provide up to $964 million ($799 million US) in grant funding for smart renewable energy and grid modernisation projects including: on- and offshore wind, solar, geothermal, concentrated solar, grid modernization, tidal and wave energy, energy storage and other established and emerging clean energy technologies.

The applicants in the established renewables category need to have a minimum net installed capacity of 4 MW if a generating project, or 500 kW if an Indigenous-owned scheme, and must be commercially viable in Canada.

Emerging technologies to be considered will have been successfully deployed at the utility scale in other countries but still not commercially viable in Canada. Heating and storage projects need to have capacities of not less than 40 terajoules (TJ) and 1 MW, respectively. The minimum sizes for generating and Indigenous-owned projects in this category are the same as in established renewables. Demonstration projects, renewable fuel production projects and non-organic waste-to-power projects will not be considered eligible.

The maximum funding in all categories is $50 million and there is also a limit to the percentage of total cost that can be supported, which is 10 pct for established renewables, 30 pct for emerging technologies and 50 pct for grid modernisation. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/green-infrastructure-programs/smart-renewables-and-electrification-pathways-program/23566

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resource Canada news,  Renewable Energy news,  


BayWa r.e. Snares Renewables Developer Enerpole (M&A, Int'l.)
BayWa r.e.
Date: 2021-06-02
German renewables specialist BayWa r.e. GmbH reports it is acquiring Carcassonne-headquartered French wind and solar energy developer Enerpole. The company has a portfolio of 600-MW projects including 300 MW of solar and 300 MW of wind capacity.

Active in France since 2005, BayWa r.e. has installed and commissioned 315 MW of wind and solar farms, and is responsible for the technical and commercial management of almost 600 MW. BayWa r.e. now has a project pipeline of 2.2 GW under development in France (1 GW wind and 1.2 GW solar) and is working on the development of technological solutions such as Floating-PV and Agri-PV in France. Worldwide, BayWa r.e. has installed over 4 GW of renewable energy capacity and manages over 10 GW of renewable energy assets. Its projects portfolio amounts to 13.7 GW under development. (Source: BayWa r.e., Website PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: Enerpole, +33 4 68 25 72 80, www.enerpole.fr; BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Enerpole,  Renewable Energy,  


Magnora Increases Stake in Perovskite Specialist Evolar (Int'l, M&A)
Evolar, Magnore
Date: 2021-06-02
Swedish perovskite solar specialist Evolar AB is reporting Oslo-headquartered Norwegian renewables investor Magnora ASA has increased its investment in the company to a 40.7 pct stake .

Evolar which owns R&D prototype equipment to scale and test solar cells, is a spin-out from Uppsala University's thin film solar cell research cluster in Sweden. (Source: Evolar, Website PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: Evolar AB, Mats Ljunggren, CEO, www.evolarab.se; Magnora ASA, www. magnoraasa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Evolar news,  Magnora news,  Solar Cell news,  Perovskite news,  


LightsourceBP Announces €900Mn INSUN Investment (Int'l)
Lightsource BP
Date: 2021-06-02
In London, renewables group LightsourceBP reports it will invest €900 million ($1.1 billion) in solar energy specialist INSUN Power to fund the development of utility-scale solar projects totaling 1.35 GW in Moura, Castelo Branco, Mogadouro, Chamusca and Viseu, Portugal. The five projects are currently in the early development stage.

Lightsource BP's present project development pipeline in Portugal and Spain totals 3.5GW capacity. (Source: LightsourceBP, PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: INSUN, www.insun-power.co.id; Lightsource BP, www.lightsourcebp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource BP,  Solar,  INSUN,  


Duke Energy 22.6-MW N.C. Solar Park Underway (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2021-05-28
Duke Energy Corp reports construction is underway on the 22.6-MW solar park in Cabarrus County North Carolina.

The solar park, which will incorporate 77,000 Jinko Solar bifacial modules on single-axis trackers, will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions -- a new commercial brand of the utility.

The project is being constructed by California-based construction group Swinerton and is expected to be commissioned and operational by the end of the year when it will generate sufficient energy for roughly 5,000 homes. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 27 May, 2021) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Jinko Solar,  Solar,  


LBNL Compares Standalone Battery, Renewables+Storage (Ind. Report)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Date: 2021-05-26
A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) finds standalone battery energy storage can potentially offer better value to the US electricity system than pairing batteries directly with solar or wind generation, but the pros and cons of each approach vary greatly from location to location and project to project. This is largely because siting the resources separately means the optimum location where batteries in particular offer most value to the electricity network can be chosen.

The report notes adding four hours of battery storage sized at half the nameplate capacity of a renewable power plant adds, on average, $10 per MWh of electricity market value across the service territories of the country's seven main independent ISOs. On the other hand, independently siting renewable power and battery storage can enable each to be located at the grid node where it offers most locational value, adding an estimated $12.5 per MWh of value.

In California, where 89 pct of large-scale solar waiting in network operator CAISO's interconnection queues is hybridised with storage. One of the factors is that interconnection to the grid is an expensive process which can take a lot of time, while available interconnection capacity is limited. Connecting generation and storage to the grid at the same point can therefore significantly lower the cost of a battery project. Another factor is that there is currently an investment tax credit (ITC) in the US which offers a reduction on the tax burden for building renewable energy projects and for batteries if paired with renewable energy. That can be worth as much as $10 per MWh.

The study notes that while the value of storage and renewables can go up if separate locations are chosen, the increase in value could be outweighed by the increase in costs. Different states also have different policies which could favor one or the other choice. The report also notes both separate and hybrid projects can be of benefit to the electricity system, the relative benefits vary from market to market and through a variety of other factors.

T here is a growing appetite for hybrid resources from renewable developers, the study notes. In the West of the US, around 70 pct to 90 pct of proposed new solar plants at the end of 2020 would be paired with energy storage, with a national average of about 34 pct of solar and 6 pct of wind project proposals including co-located batteries. (Source: LBNL. Website PR, May, 2021) Contact: LBNL, Laurel Kellner, Media, 510-590-8034, LKellner@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  Battery,  Energy Stroeage,  Renewables+Storage ,  


EDP's Reloj del Sol Wind Farm Begins Operation (Ind. Report)
EDP Renewables
Date: 2021-05-24
EDP Renewables is reporting its subsidiary EDP Renewables North America's 209 MW Reloj del Sol wind farm in Zapata County, Texas, is now online. The Reloj del Sol facility along with the company's four other operating wind farms in the state, brings EDPR's operating renewable energy capacity in Texas to 909 MW -- sufficient power for approximately 236,000 average Texas homes each year.

In other news, EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) has initiated the upgrading of 73 wind turbines at the Blue Canyon II Wind Farm in Oklahoma.

The repowering will upgrade 73 of the wind farm's 84 turbines from V80 1.8 MW machines to V110 2 MW machines, increasing the nameplate generating capacity of the wind farm from 151.2 MW to 164 MW. The repowering, which is expected to increase power production by roughly 30 pct, is slated to get underway in June and be completed by the year end. (Source: EDP Renewables North America, Website, PR, 20 May, 2021) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, www.edpr.com/north-america

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  EDP Renewables,  


Highview Power Touting Spanish CRYOBattery™ Projects (Int'l)
Highview Power
Date: 2021-05-24
London, UK-based energy storage specialist Highview Power reports it is developing up to 2 GWh of long duration, liquid air energy storage projects across Spain at an estimated investment of around $1 billion.

Alongside development partners and a consortium of investors, which include engineering firm TSK and the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT), Highview Power is planning to develop up to seven CRYOBattery™ projects ranging from 50 MW/300 MWh in Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla y Leon, and the Canary Islands.

These projects will be developed in areas ideally suited for the company's long duration energy storage technology and will be able to support the grid where fossil-fuel power plants have been shut down.

Highview Power's cryogenic energy storage technology is cost effective, scalable, clean and has a long lifespan, according to the release.

The Spanish government aims to establish a capacity market in the country to support the growing amounts of renewables on the grid. Once enacted, this new regulation will enable the country to meet the goals established through its national energy storage strategy, which call for 20 GW of storage capacity in 2030, the release notes. (Source: Highview Power, Website PR, Contact: Highview Power , Javier Cavada , Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, 571 438 9550 -- US Office, info@highviewpower.com, www.highviewpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


J-Power Takes Stake in Aussie Renewables Developer (Int'l.)
J-Power, Genex Power
Date: 2021-05-21
In Tokyo, Electric Power Development Co. Ltd (J-Power) reports its subsidiary JPGA Partners has taken a 10 pct stake in Australian renewables and pumped hydro developer Genex Power. Genex has three Australian solar assets in Australia ranging from feasibility to operational.

J-Power is hoping to further expand renewable power generation and pumped hydro projects energy storage projects with Genex across Australia. (Source: J-Power, PR, May, 2021) Contact: J-Power, +03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english; Genex Power, www.genexpower.com.au

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Net Zero by 2050 -- A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector (IEA Report Attached)
IEA
Date: 2021-05-19
"The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. But the pledges by governments to date -- even if fully achieved -- fall well short of what is required to bring global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050 and give the world an even chance of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degree C.

"This report is the world's first comprehensive study of how to transition to a net zero energy system by 2050 while ensuring stable and affordable energy supplies, providing universal energy access and enabling robust economic growth. It sets out a cost-effective and economically productive pathway, resulting in a clean, dynamic and resilient energy economy dominated by renewables like solar and wind instead of fossil fuels. The report also examines key uncertainties, such as the roles of bioenergy, carbon capture and behavioural changes in reaching net zero."

Download the IEA Net Zero by 2050 -- A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector report HERE. (Source: IEA, PR, May, 2021) Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

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Ibereolica Makes Second Poland Wind Investment (Int'l. Report)
Iberdrolica
Date: 2021-05-19
In Poland, Gdansk-based DK Farma Wiatrowa, part of Madrid-headquartered Spanish renewable energy group Ibereolica Renewables, reports it will construct a €22 million ($32.5 million) wind farm in Debnica Kaszubska, Pomorskie province, northern Poland. The project will incorporate six turbines totalling 20.7 MW and generate sufficient power for roughly 15,000 households.

The project is Ibereolica's second investment in Poland and follows construction start-up of a 145 MW wind farm with 42 turbines in Zachodniopomorskie province in north-western Poland.

According to WindEurope, in 2020 Poland was the 9th largest wind energy market in Europe with a 9 pct share of the country's energy mix. (Source: Ibereolica, PR, The First News, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Ibereolica, Renewables, comunicacion@grupoibereolica.com, www.grupoibereolica.com

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Ampyx Power Airborne Wind Energy Tests Set for Ireland (Int'l.)
Ampyx Power
Date: 2021-05-19
RWE, a global renewable energy deeloper, reports it will establish its first test center in County Mayo, Ireland, to investigate the potential of innovative airborne wind energy technologies in partnership with The Hague-headquartered Ampyx Power. Construction of the testing site infrastructure is expected to begin later this year.

Ampyx Power's device to be tested has a 12-metre (40 feet) wingspan and is tethered to a ground mounted generator that produces electricity. Current Airborne Wind Energy Systems demonstrators have power output capacities between 100 and 200 kW, according to the release.

RWE's test centre is supported by the Interreg North-West Europe funding programme. The company has been active in Ireland since 2016. (Source: RWE PR, Website, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Ampyx Power, Fabrizio Nastri, CEO, +31 70 4020168, info@ampyxpower.com, www.ampyxpower.com; RWE Renewables, Katja Wunschel, COO Wind Onshore & Photovoltaic Europe & Asia-Pacific, www.group.rwe.com

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Greenlane Claims $9.8Mn Landfill Gas-to-RNG Contract (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables
Date: 2021-05-19
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a contract valued at approximately $9.8 million (US$8.1 million) to supply equipment for a new renewable natural gas (RNG) project in the midwest United States. This project will utilize Greenlane's pressure swing adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading system. Engineering work will begin immediately with a notice to proceed from the customer on equipment supply expected in Q3, this year.

Greenlane Renewables is a global provider of biogas upgrading systems that are helping decarbonize natural gas. Our systems produce clean, low-carbon and carbon-negative renewable natural gas from organic waste sources including landfills, wastewater treatment plants, dairy farms, and food waste, suitable for either injection into the natural gas grid or for direct use as vehicle fuel. Greenlane is the only biogas upgrading company offering the three main technologies: waterwash, pressure swing adsorption, and membrane separation. With over 30 years industry experience, patented proprietary technology, and over 125 biogas upgrading systems sold into 19 countries worldwide, according to the release. (Source: Greenlane Renewables Inc., PR, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, President & CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com, www.greenlanerenewables.com

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Renewables, Hydrogen High on Calif. Budget Revisions (Ind. Report)
California Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-17
In Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) just tabled revision to the California budget included $912 million to accelerate progress on climate change mitigation through the energy sector. Newsom's 2021-2022 May Revision to the Governor's Budget was published late last week.

The proposed funding includes: $110 million to accelerate production of green hydrogen; an additional $20 million to foster the offshore wind sector; and a $35 million General Fund to support the state's policy goals like achieving 100 pct renewable electricity for retail customers by 2045.

The budget also calls for; $350 million for pre-commercial long-duration storage projects; a $250 million industrial energy efficiency General Fund; a $125 million food production facility fund to reduce energy use; and $3.2 billion to support zero emissions vehicles. (Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom , Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Snr. Climate Advisor, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax., www.gov.ca.gov

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CleanBay Renewables, Climate Action Reserve Refining Emissions Accounting Framework (Ind. Report)
CleanBay Renewables, Climate Action Reserve
Date: 2021-05-14
Annapolis, Maryland-based enviro-tech company CleanBay Renewables Inc. reports it is working with the Los Angeles-headquartered carbon offset registry Climate Action Reserve (CAR) to establish a nitrous oxide (N2O) avoidance framework and a protocol for carbon credit accounting associated with fuel and fertilizer derived from poultry manure.

The Climate Action Reserve will initially focus on quantifying the emission reductions from the conversion of agricultural byproducts, like poultry manure, into controlled-release fertilizers and establish mechanisms to calculate the displacement of fossil transportation fuels through the use of agriculture-derived renewable natural gas (RNG). The end goal is to develop a science-based framework applicable across the entire agricultural sector, enabling science-based carbon credit accounting for agricultural N2O emission reductions.

CleanBay is developing a portfolio of bioconversion facilities across the U.S., each of which will recycle more than 150,000 tpy of chicken litter to generate over 750,000 MMBtus of sustainable renewable natural gas (RNG), 125,000 tpy of organic fertilizer, and an estimated 500,000 tpy of CO2 equivalent emission abatement that will be available for purchase in carbon markets. (Source: CleanBay Renewables Inc., PR, 12 May, 2021) Contact: CleanBay Renewables Inc., 410-514-6488, info@cleanbayrenewables.com, www.cleanbayrenewables.com; Climate Action Reserve, (213) 891-1444, fax: (213) 623-6716, reserve@climateactionreserve.org, www.climateactionreserve.org

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Vineyard Wind's 800-MW Offshore Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind, BOEM
Date: 2021-05-14
Vineyard Wind reports receipt of the U.S. DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) Record of Decision (ROD) -- the federal review process for the 800-MW, 160,000-acre offshore wind project 15 miles off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

The project, which will incorporate as many as 84 GE Haliade-X wind turbines, will be the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in the country, according to Vineyard Wind -- a joint venture between AVANGRID subsidiary Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

In response to comments and direct engagement with neighboring communities, environmental organizations and advocates, fisheries organizations, as well as governmental and tribal entities, the project has committed to: invest millions of dollars to develop and deploy innovative technologies and undertake scientific research to further safeguard marine mammals; to provide millions to compensate fishermen for potential loss of revenue and gear, as well as to enhance their ability to fish in and around the lease area; and use an Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ALDS) to ensure nighttime lights will only operate a few hours a year when aircraft are present.

Vineyard Wind expects the project will reach financial close in the second half of this year and begin delivering energy to Massachusetts in 2023. (Source: Vineyard Wind, PR, T&D World, 11 May, 2021)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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ERG Targeting Major Renewables Growth by 2025 (Int'l. Report)
ERG
Date: 2021-05-14
Genoa-headquartered Italian renewable energy developer and operator ERG is reporting plans to increase its wind and solar portfolio by at least 1.5GW over the next five years through the re-powering of existing wind farms, greenfield development and co-development of new capacity and growth through mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The company is also considering green hydrogen and energy storage opportunities.

To that end, the company earmarked €2.1 billion ($2.549 US) for the five year period to 2025, €1.9 billion of which is targeted for renewable -- €1.4 billion for 1GW in new wind farms and roughly €500 million for 500MW of new solar capacity. ERG presently has 3,115MW of total capacity, with wind at 1,967MW and solar at 141MW. (Source: ERG, PR, May, 2021) Contact: ERG, www.erg.eu

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Renewables Battery Energy Storage Slated for Dominica (Int'l)
Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund
Date: 2021-05-10
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) funded UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) reports the signing of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to construct a 5-mw/2.5 mWh battery energy storage system worth $50 million in Dominica. The battery-only project, in part financed by the Dominican government, is the first of its type under the CREF programme and complements existing and ongoing renewable energy generation projects in Dominica, enabling an increased share of renewable energy deployment without adverse impact to the grid.

Under the UAE-CREF initiative, clean energy projects in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were inaugurated in March 2019. UAE-CREF intends to deploy renewable energy projects in 16 Caribbean countries in three cycles to reduce energy costs, increase energy access, and enhance climate resilience. (Source: Masdar, PR, Utilities, May, 2021) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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Ameresco Completes First European Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2021-05-10
Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco reports completion and start-up of its wind turbine project in Municipality of Kefalonia, Greece .

The €9.8 million ($12.041million) project, Ameresco's first international wind project completed on continental Europe, was secured as part of a design, build, operate and maintain contract (DBOM) contract awarded to Ameresco in 2019 by PPC Renewables SA (PPCR), a wholly owned subsidiary of Public Power Corporation SA, Greece's largest power generation company. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Framingham Source, 8 May, 2021) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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UK Targets 40GW of Offshore Wind by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
UK Wind
Date: 2021-05-07
As previously reported, in October 2020, the UK government announced plans to increase offshore wind capacity from 30GW to 40GW by 2030 as part of a larger plan aimed at reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, in keeping with the Paris Climate Agreement.

According to Oxford-based independent energy market analytics company Aurora Energy Research, reaching 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 will require a clear government strategy, an investment of at least £50 billion ($69.34 billion) and a methodical approach for grid development and advanced infrastructure for integrating the electricity generated by offshore wind farms into the electricity grid. An investment of £160 million ($221.91 million) will also be need to upgrade the country's ports and factories to boost turbine production. (Source: Aurora Energy Research, Various Media, Power Technology, May, 2021) Contact: Aurora, Martin Anderson, Head of Renewables, +44 (0) 1865 952 700, contact@auroraer.com, www.auroraer.com

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Opportunities and Limits of CO2 Recycling in a Circular Carbon Economy: Techno-economics, Critical Infrastructure Needs, and Policy Priorities (Report Attached)
Columbia Universitys Center on Global Policy
Date: 2021-05-07
The attached report, part of the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Policy, examines 19 CO2 recycling pathways to understand the opportunities, technical and economic limits of CO2 recycling products gaining market entry and reaching global scale.

The pathways studied consume renewable (low-carbon) electricity and use chemical feedstocks derived from electrochemical pathways powered by renewable energy. Across these CO2 recycling pathways, the authors evaluated current globally representative production costs, sensitivities to cost drivers, carbon abatement potential, critical infrastructure and feedstock needs, and the effect of subsidies. Based on this analysis, the paper concludes with targeted policy recommendations to support CO2 recycling innovation and deployment. Key findings of the analysis include :

  • CO2 recycling pathways could deliver deep emissions reductions. -- When supplied by low-carbon electricity and chemical feedstocks, CO2 recycling pathways have the combined potential to abate 6.8 gigatonnes of CO2 per year (GtCO2/yr) when displacing conventional production methods.

  • Some CO2 recycling pathways have reached market parity today, while the costs of remaining pathways are high. -- Electrochemical carbon monoxide (CO) production, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing, and the CarbonCure concrete process all have an estimated cost of production (ECOP) lower than the product selling price. These pathways have a combined carbon abatement potential of 1.6 GtCO2/yr. Most remaining pathways have an ECOP of 2.5 to 7.5 times greater than the product selling price. In particular locations and contexts, ECOP may be substantially lower, but these costs are representative of CO2 recycling at global scale.

  • Catalyst performance and input prices are the main cost drivers. -- The largest component of ECOP is electricity and chemical feedstock costs, and the main cost drivers are those who influence these two cost components. For electrochemical pathways, ECOP is most sensitive to catalyst product selectivity (the ability of the catalyst to avoid unwanted side reactions), catalyst energy efficiency, and electricity price. For thermochemical pathways, the largest cost drivers are product selectivity, chemical feedstock price, and the price of the electricity used to make the feedstocks.

  • CO2 recycling at the scale of current global markets would require enormous new capacity of critical infrastructure. -- Each pathway at global scale would consume thousands of tWh of electricity, 30--100 million metric tpy of hydrogen, and up to 2,000 Mt of CO2 annually. This would require trillions of dollars of infrastructure per pathway to generate and deliver these inputs, including a combined 8,400 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity and 8,000 GW of electrolyzer capacity across all pathways.

    Based on these findings, the authors recommend the following policy actions:

  • Ensure CO2 recycling pathways are fed by low-carbon inputs. -- Without low-carbon electricity and feedstocks, CO2 recycling could potentially be more carbon-intensive than conventional production.

  • Prioritize certain pathways strategically. -- CO2 recycling methane and ethane production are extremely uneconomic and should be deprioritized. All other pathways are more economically promising and could be the focus of a targeted innovation agenda to reduce costs. In addition, the following pathways that have an ECOP less than 5 times the selling price could be prioritized for early market growth: electrochemical CO production, green hydrogen, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing pathways, CO2 recycling urea production, and CO2 hydrogenation to light olefins, methanol, or jet fuel.

  • Target research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to catalyst innovation to bring down ECOP and reduce input demand. -- Policy makers can promote RD&D to improve the selectivity and energy efficiency of CO2 recycling catalysts. By decreasing a pathway's consumption of electricity and feedstocks, these innovations would both decrease ECOP and alleviate the sizable critical infrastructure needs.

  • Create demand pull for early market CO2 recycling products. -- Governments can use demand pull policies such as public procurement standards to bolster early markets for the most mature CO2 recycling pathways.

  • Promote build-out of critical infrastructure. -- To provide for the substantial infrastructure needs of CO2 recycling, policy makers can seek to remove barriers to and catalyze investment in building renewables installations, transmission lines, electrolyzers, and CO2 transport pipelines.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: Columbia University/ SIPA, Center for Global Energy Policy, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Columbia University, www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

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  • Mitsubishi, PSE Collaborating on Green Hydrogen (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi,Puget Sound Energy
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Lake Mary, Florida-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Americas and Washington State-based utility Puget Sound Energy (PSE) are reporting an agreement to collaborate on project development and technology solutions, such as green hydrogen production, to support the implementation of large-scale, carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage in PSE's service territory.

    One of the key areas of focus will be the development of green hydrogen production, storage and transportation facilities in addition to developing hydrogen gas turbine combined cycle facilities. This could see the implementation of Misubishi Power's Hydaptive package that optimises integration across renewables, energy storage and hydrogen-enabled gas turbine power plants.

    Mitsubishi Power and Magnum Development will also develop green hydrogen storage assets in PSE's territory under the terms on the agreement having previously introduced green hydrogen storage at grid scale in Delta, Utah. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Website PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, (407) 688-6100, www.power.mhi.com/regions/amer; Puget Sound Energy, Mary Kipp, Pres., CEO, www.pse.com

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    Peel Cubico Renewables JV to Develop UK Wind, Solar (Int'l.)
    Peel Cubico Renewables
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In the UK, London-headquartered Cubico Sustainable Investments reports it has partnered with natural resources and energy business Peel NRE to created a joint venture (JV), Peel Cubico Renewables to develop more than 500 MW of onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the UK over the next 5-10 years. All electricity generated by the wind and solar projects will either flow to the grid or directly to end-users.

    Cubico Sustainable Investments is a global renewable energy investor with more than 4GW of energy capacity across 12 countries in Europe, the Americas and Oceania. (Source: Cubico Sustainable Investments, PR, Website, Power Technology, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: Cubic Sustainable Investments, Matt Boss, www.cubicoinvest.com; Peel NRE, Rob Tate, Dir. Dev., www.peellandp.co.ok

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    Evergy Scuttling Coal, Transitioning to Renewables (Ind. Report)
    Evergy
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In a filing with the Missouri Public Service Commission, Kansas City-headquartered Evergy Inc.'s integrated resource plan reports the utility will retire its 487-MW coal-fired power plant in Lawrence by the end of 2023 and "nearly all" of its remaining coal generation by 2040 on its way to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.

    According to the release, within the next 10 years Evergy will retire nearly 1,200 MW of coal-based energy and add 3,200 MW of renewable generation including 700 MW of solar energy. (Source: Evergy, PR, Website, 1 May, 2021) Contact: Evergy, David Campbell, Pres., CEO, Terry Bassham, Pres., info@evergyventures.com, www.evergyventures.com

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    Talen Energy Unveils 1GW of Battery Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Talen Energy
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In the Lone Star State, The Woodlands-based Talen Energy Corporation -- one of North America's largest competitive power generation and infrastructure companies -- reports that as part of its strategic transformation to a renewable energy and digital infrastructure growth platform, the company is developing one gigawatt of stand-alone battery storage projects across its U.S. footprint.

    The battery projects, which range from 20 to approximately 300 MW across three states, are expected to be developed over the next three to five years. The projects will leverage the company's advantaged asset footprint and legacy transmission interconnection assets, including those within densely populated areas with high power demand. The battery storage installations will support grid resiliency as Talen's wholly-owned coal-fired facilities transition to run on lower carbon fuels, including natural gas and co-located renewables.

    Talen's first two planned battery storage development projects are 20-MW demonstration projects adjacent to its H.A. Wagner (Baltimore, Md.) and Camden, N.J. generation facilities. The H.A. Wagner generation facility is among the coal-fired facilities that Talen announced will cease burning coal by the end of 2025The Camden battery project is expected to serve as an added capacity resource adjacent to this natural gas generation facility. The company expects to begin construction on these demonstration projects in Q4 2021.

    Talen Energy owns and/or controls approximately 13,000 MW of generating capacity in wholesale U.S. power markets, principally in the Mid-Atlantic, Texas and Montana. (Source: Talen Energy, PR, 3 May, 2021) Contact: Talen Energy, Alex Hernandez, Pres., Olivia Sigo, Dir. Finance & Investor Relations, 281-203-5387 Olivia.Sigo@talenenergy.com, www.talenenergy.com

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    Tucson Electric Turning to Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power Co. reports it plans to "flip the switch" on its 100-MW Wilmot Solar Energy Center which was built and owned by NextEra Energy. The facility includes 30MW of linked battery storage.

    The utility's largest renewable energy resource, the 250MW Oso Grande Wind Project in New Mexico is also expected to come online soon. With both the Wilmot solar and Oso Grande wind projects online, TEP will have 628 MW of large-scale wind and solar resources.

    TEP aims to generate 70 pct of its power from renewables and cut its carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2035. The Arizona Corporation Commission is aiming for state-regulated utilities to source 100 pct of their energy from carbon-free sources by 2050. (Source: Tucson Electric Power, PR, 2 May, 2021) Contact: Tucson Electric Power, Susan Gray, Pres., CEO, Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

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    Octopus Acquires UK Biomass Plants for NEST-Backed Fund (Int'l.)
    Octopus Renewables,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Octopus Renewables has invested an undisclosed sum in two UK biomass plants -- one in Brigg, North Lincolnshire the other in Snetterton, East Anglia -- totaling 85.7MW from a joint venture by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and the contractor Burmeister & Wain, The acquisition was on behalf of and backed by UK workplace pension provider Nest.

    In March, Nest hired Octopus Renewables to help invest £250 million of UK defined-contribution pension capital in clean-energy infrastructure this year. Nest, which manages £16 billion of assets from the UK's auto-enrolment scheme is aiming to invest £1.4 billion in the European renewables sector by the end of the decade. (Source: Octopus Renewables, PR, IP&E, 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Nest, www.nestpensions.org.uk; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

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    Neste to Produce 500,000 tpy of SAF in Rotterdam (Int'l. Report)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, reports it will invest roughly €190 million to modify its existing renewables production capacity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to enable production of up to 500,000 tpy of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The refinery presently produces mainly Neste MY Renewable Diesel™.

    Neste expects the project to be completed in the second half of 2023. This extends Neste's growing footprint in the Netherlands and demonstrates the shared sustainability ambitions of Neste, the Dutch government, and the Port of Rotterdam in particular. Together with the company's ongoing Singapore refinery expansion, Neste will have the capacity to produce 1.5 million tons of sustainable aviation fuel annually by the end of 2023. Currently Neste's sustainable aviation fuel annual production capacity is 100,000 tons. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ in neat form and over the life cycle, reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 80 pct compared to fossil jet fuel. Neste's revenue in 2020 stood at €11.8 billion, with 94 pct of the company's comparable operating profit coming from renewable products, according to the release. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 29 April 2021) Contact: Neste, Thorsten Lange, Executive VP Renewable Aviation, Matti Lehmus, Executive VP Renewables Platform, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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    Duke Energy Florida Installs 2Mn Smart Meters (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2021-04-30
    US utility Duke Energy is reporting completion of the installation of roughly 2 million smart meters in the Sunshine State.

    The smart meter installations are part of Duke's digital transformation initiative and to improve customer services, revenue collection and grid management. Smart Meters will also provide real-time energy usage data to help consumers make smarter choices regarding electric power use and improving energy efficiency. (Source: Duke Energy, PR 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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    Scout Clean Energy Credit Facility to Back Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy is reporting receipt of a $50-million letter of credit facility. KeyBanc Capital Markets served as coordinating lead arranger, while Rabobank and Wells Fargo acted as joint lead arrangers to support expansion.

    Scout will use the facility primarily to provide letters of credit to support current and upcoming security requirements related to new project interconnections and power purchase agreements (PPAs) for its renewables pipeline.

    The company has over 4 GW of onshore wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage projects in its 13-state pipeline and 843 MW of onshore wind farms in operation. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, Website, 26 Apr., 2021)Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

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    RWE, Shell Partner on Offshore Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
    RWE, Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-04-28
    RWE AG oil group Royal Dutch Shell Plc, German natural gas grid operator Gascade Gastransport GmbH and Netherlands-based gas network company Gasunie are reporting a letter of intent intent to collaborate on the development of AquaDuctus, the first German offshore hydrogen pipeline.

    The project is is part of the AquaVentus venture, which envisages the installation of 10 GW of electrolysis capacity in the North Sea by 2035, the German energy group said today. The AquaVentus electrolysers will generate green hydrogen from offshore wind, with the island of Helgoland serving as the main hub. The green hydrogen will be transported to the continent via the AquaDuctus pipeline, which will be able to carry up to one million tonnes of hydrogen a year from 2035. The first step in the initiative will be the completion of a detailed feasibility study, according to the announcement. (Source: RWE, PR, Renewables, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: RWE, www.rwe.com; www.shell.com/newenergies; Gascade Gastransport GmbH, www.gascade.de/en; Gasunie, www.gasunie.nl/en

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