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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,  


HECO Offers Solar Energy Storage Battery Bonus (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2021-07-21
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports it is accepting applications for its new Battery Bonus program that pays cash incentives for residential and commercial customers on Oahu to add battery energy storage to an existing or new rooftop solar system.

The program is capped by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) at a total 50 MW supplied from storage among all participants. Incentive payments are:

  • $850 per kW for those accepted for the first 15MW. (For example, 5kW would yield a $4,250 payment.) Hawaiian Electric will confirm by checking battery data that the system is meeting its committed performance in the program for the customer to receive the full amount of incentive.

  • $750 per kW for those accepted for the next 15MW.

  • $500 per kW for those accepted for the last 20MW.

    Homeowners and businesses with an existing solar system enrolled in a customer energy program (such as Net Energy Metering, Customer Grid Supply or others) will continue to receive full benefits from these programs. Up to 5 kW of new panels may be added under existing programs. There is no limit on the size of an individual customer's battery. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com; www.hawaiianelectric.com/batterybonus

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HCO.Energy Storage,  Rooftop Solar,  Hawaiian Electric,  Solar+Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  


  • Cubico Nails Greek Onshore Wind Farm Acquisitions (M&A, Int'l.)
    Cubico,Enora
    Date: 2021-07-21
    London-headquartered Cubico Sustainable Investments Holdings Ltd. (Cubico) is reporting completion of its acquisition of Aoliki Panachaikou, the owner of two operational onshore wind farms totaling 48.5 MW in Greece, from Enora. Enora and its sister company Enteka Services will continue to manage the sites, ensuring a smooth transition of ownership.

    Cubico now owns almost 100MW of operational assets in Greece and recently announced the commencement of a 12MW extension to one its sites. The company, which is jointly owned by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and PSP Investments, is actively looking to grow its portfolio in Greece through solar PV and onshore wind opportunities.. (Source: Cubico, PR, ReNews, 21 July, 2021) Contact: Cubico , David Swindin , +44 20 3805 3900, www.cubicoinvest.com; Enora/Enteka, www.enteka.gr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cubico,  Wind,  Enora,  Enteka,  


    Nicor's Illinois RNG Pilot Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Nicor Gas
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Naperville, Illinois-headquartered Nicor Gas is reporting it Renewable Gas Interconnection Pilot has been approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), paving the way for new renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities to be interconnected.

    With the project, Nicor Gas hopes to determine how RNG could be efficiently integrated into its natural gas distribution system at large and fill out its offerings with cleaner, reliable fuel.

    The project will be promoted with an investment cap of $16 million, setting a tariff for the distribution system to interconnect renewable fuel production systems, theoretically allowing Nicor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its distribution system and create economic benefits for the region, including $78 million in total economic output over a project's 20-year lifespan -- the amount predicted for a single RNG project -- according to the release. (Source: Nicor Gas, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Nicor Gas, John Hudson III, Pres., CEO, www.nicorgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nicor Gas,  RNG,  


    Ameresco Nails Arvada Energy Conservation Project (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In Colorado, the City of Arvada (pop. 118,000) reports completion of an energy conservation and renewable energy project financed by a $4.5 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC).

    The city selected Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco to implement various energy savings measures and infrastructure improvements at 15 city facilities. The work included upgrades building envelopes, lighting and plumbing systems, HVAC systems at the City Hall and Center for Performing Arts, as well as the installation of Solar arrays at five city facilities.

    Through the upgrades, the City is expected to realize a 6 pct reduction in annual energy consumption, an 11 pct reduction in electrical demand and a 21 pct reduction in total utility costs. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Website, 19 July, 2021) Contact: City of Arvada, Kim Vagher, Facilities Mgr., (720) 898-7000, www. arvada.org; Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


    75F Total 'Series A' Funding Tops $28Mn (Funding, Ind. Report)
    75F
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Minneapolis-based IoT-based building management system specialist 75F reports it has raised $5 million from Siemens AG, bringing the total 'Series A' funding to $28 million.

    Next47, a global venture capital firm backed by Siemens, led the investment on behalf of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, according to the release. Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures is among the company's investors.

    75F designs and manufactures IoT-based Building Management System that leverages IoT, cloud computing and machine learning for data-driven, proactive building intelligence and controls for efficient HVAC and lighting optimization. (Source: 75F, PR, July, 2021) Contact: 75F, Deepinder Singh, CEO, www.75f.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 75F,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


    TotalEnergies, Veolia Partner on Microalgae-based Biofuel (Int'l.)
    TotalEnergies, Veolia
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Paris-headquartered oil and gas conglomerate TotalEnergies reports it is partnering with French energy services Veolia to develop biofuel solutions using microalgae.

    The project will take place over the next four years, with a test platform to be set up at the La Mede biorefinery investigating the most effective means of growing microalgae. As the plant absorbs CO2 while it grows, it could prove a low-carbon fuel alternative.

    TotalEnergies will bring its knowledge of biofuel production and expertise in carbon capture to the project while Veolia brings its history in water management which will be useful in developing the water-based microalgae. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, July, 2021)Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  TotalEnergies,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


    New Wyoming Solar Research Facility Planned (Ind. Report)
    9H Research Foundation,Creative Energies
    Date: 2021-07-16
    In Wyoming, 9H Research Foundation reports installation of its planned solar array and research center in Albany County, part of the foundation's partnership with University of Wyoming's College of Engineering and Applied Science, will get underway outside of Laramie in fall 2021.

    The installation will initially be a 0.5 MW solar system, which would make it the third largest in Wyoming, according to the release. The solar array will eventually be expanded to a total of 3 MW.

    Creative Energies is designing and installing the array as well as making a $10,000 in-kind donation to the solar project which will serve as a state-of-the-art innovation hub to propel research, fund student scholarships and projects, and provide live data to help solar developers make equipment decisions for utility-scale solar installations, according to the release. (Source: Creative Energies, 9H Research Foundation, PR, 15 July, 2021) Contact: 9H Foundation , Gene Humphrey, CEO www.9henergy.com; Creative Energies , Scott Kane, 866.332.3410, info@CEsolar.com, www.cesolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 9H Research Foundation,  Solar,  Creative Energies,  


    EQT Acquiring Waste-to-Energy Specialist Covanta for $5.3Bn (M&A)
    Covanta, EQT Group
    Date: 2021-07-16
    Morristown, New Jersey-headquartered Covanta Holding Corporation reports it is to be taken private by Sweden-based investment firm EQT at a total of $5.3 billion including debt.

    The deal, to be completed by EQT Infrastructure Fund V, is expected to aid Covanta's expansion, including outside of the United States, according to separate statements.

    Covanta is the world's leading waste-to-energy provider with more than 40 facilities in North America, Europe and the UK processing roughly 21 million tpy of waste from municipalities and businesses into renewable electricity to power over one million homes, according to the company. (Source: Covanta, Website PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Covanta, EQT Group, www.eqtgroup.com; Covanta, 862-345-5000, www.covanta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Covanta,  Waste-to-Energy,  


    British Columbia Enables RNG, Hydrogen Investment (Ind. Report)
    Province of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-16
    In Victoria, the Canadian Province of British Columbia is reporting amendments to its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation (GGRR) to encourage and increase the production and use of renewable nature gas (RNG) as well as green and waste hydrogen while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    The amendments support the Province's upcoming hydrogen strategy, which will include ambitious goals to increase the production and use of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen to help achieve climate targets under CleanBC.

    The GGRR allows utilities like FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) and Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. to make time-limited investments, within spending and volumetric caps, to stimulate the domestic market for renewable gases and reduce GHG emissions. It also allows utilities to increase the amount of RNG, green and waste hydrogen, and other renewable energy they can acquire and make available to their customers by:

  • increasing the amount of renewable gas utilities can acquire and supply from 5 to 15 pct of their total annual supply of natural gas;

  • broadening the methods by which utilities can obtain hydrogen, RNG and other renewable gases to include producing it or upgrading it themselves for injection into the pipeline, paying a third party to produce it or upgrade it for pipeline injection, or purchasing hydrogen, synthesis gas or lignin to displace the use of natural gas at customers' facilities;

  • allowing the current price cap of $30 per gigajoule that utilities can pay to acquire any of these fuels to increase with inflation; and

  • enabling utilities to acquire and supply green and waste hydrogen, synthesis gas and lignin.

    The changes to the GGRR will help to achieve CleanBC objectives, which commit to a 15 pct renewable gas content in the natural gas system by 2030.

    Download the B.C. Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, HERE. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, PR, July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Province of British Columbia news,  RNG news,  Hydrogen news,  GHG news,  


  • DOE Addresses Homes, Bldgs. Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    DOE Better Building Initiative
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In Washington, the Secretary of Energy has announced sweeping actions to power more American homes and buildings with cleaner, smarter, and more affordable energy services that sharply reduce the buildings sector's energy consumption and contributions to the climate crisis.

    Residential and commercial buildings account for more than one-third of the climate-altering carbon pollution America releases each year, use about 40 pct of the nation's energy and waste more than $100 billion annually due to energy inefficiency, according to the DOE. To address energy waste and inefficiency the DOE Better Building Initiative "whole-building" solution calls for the following:

  • Investing in Buildings' Workforce of the Future -- New investments of up to $30 million for the American workforce will expand DOE's support for organizations -- including unions, trade associations, and educational institutions -- that train and support career pathways for a diverse, qualified, and well-paid workforce that enables high-performance buildings.

  • Advancing Efficiency in Heating and Cooling Systems -- A new national initiative focused on clean and efficient heating and cooling systems in buildings called the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3) will advance the research, development, and deployment of clean heating and cooling systems like heat pumps, advanced water heaters, low-to-no global warming potential refrigerants, and smarter HVAC diagnostic tools.

  • Driving Adoption of Smart Building Technologies -- A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings will chart a path to triple the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of U.S. buildings within the decade -- worth $100 to $200 billion in energy cost savings -- by implementing 14 practical recommendations that accelerate the ability of buildings to both reduce and change the timing of energy use through smart building operations sensitive to broader grid dynamics.

  • Collaborating with Industry to Decarbonize Buildings -- The Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot, a project of the Better Buildings Initiative, will work with commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to set commitments and share pathways to low and no carbon emission buildings.

  • Opening Up Windows for Collaboration -- The Partnership for Advanced Window Solutions (PAWS) will accelerate the national availability and adoption of advanced and highly efficient windows and window attachments that improve comfort and reduce building energy use.

    Started in 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment upgrades and products and sharing successful best practices. Better Buildings partners represent more than 30 of the country's Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, and 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, 8 national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments. (Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, June, 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, 202-586-9127, buildings@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Better Building Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Altus Power, CBRE Announce Business Combination (Ind. Report)
    Altus Power
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Greenwich, Ct.-headquartered Altus Power, Inc. and Dallas-based CBRE Acquisition Holdings, Inc. -- the world's largest commercial real estate firm -- have announced an agreement for a business combination that would result in Altus Power becoming a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol AMPS.

    Altus Power offers locally-sited solar generation, energy storage, and EV-charging stations across the U.S. and has since 2009 constructed or acquired more than 200 distributed generation solar facilities totaling more than 265 MW from Vermont to Hawaii and expects to end 2021 with a solar asset portfolio of more than 400MW.

    Altus Power is currently wholly-owned by its management team and Blackstone Credit, and delivers savings and sustainability benefits to its rapidly growing pool of commercial, public sector, and community solar customers, according to the release. (Source: Altus Power Inc., Website PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Altus Power Inc., Gregg Felton, Co-CEO ,(203) 698 0090, Fax: (203) 661 2797, Gregg.felton@altuspower.com, www.altuspower.com; CBRE Acquisition Holdings, www.cbreacquisitionholdings.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Altus Power,  Solar,  


    BC Allows Increased Hydrogen, RNG Production (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In Victoria, the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation reports it has amended the province's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation (GGR) to allow utilities to increase the production and use of renewable natural gas (RNG), as well as green and waste hydrogen in the province. Under the amendment, utilities can:
  • Increase the amount of renewable natural gas utilities can acquire and supply from 5 pct to 15 pct of their total annual supply of natural gas;

  • Broaden the methods by which utilities can obtain hydrogen, RNG, and other renewable gases to include producing it or upgrading it themselves for injection into the pipeline, or paying a third party to do so, or purchasing hydrogen, synthesis gas, or lignin to displace the use of natural gas at customers' facilities;

  • Allow the current price cap of $30 per gigajoule that utilities can pay to acquire any of these fuels to increase with inflation and enabling utilities to acquire and supply green and waste hydrogen, synthesis gas, and lignin.

    The changes to the GGRR will help the province meet its CleanBC objectives and to increase the use of renewable natural gas in its system by 2030. (Source: BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation, PR, July, 2021) Contact: BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation, 604-660-2421, www2.gov.bc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  


  • DOE BTO Awards $8.6Mn to Accelerate Bldg. Tech. (Funding)
    DOE BTO
    Date: 2021-07-12
    According to the U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO), U.S. homes and commercial built environment consume a staggering 40 pct of the country's total energy. To help decarbonize the built environment BTO has awarded $8.6 million to accelerate the commercialization of 20 research projects through a recent laboratory cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) call.

    The 2021 BTO Laboratory CRADA Call leveraged the expertise of the DOE national laboratories by funding collaborative projects that involve one or more national laboratories and non-lab partners. The awards will fund projects across six areas of interest.

    "We cannot meet clean energy goals without addressing building technology. This investment will accelerate the commercialization of U.S. building technologies and create new, clean energy jobs for Americans in construction, skilled trades, and engineering professions," according to Erika Gupta, Acting Manager of the BTO Emerging Technologies Program.

    Download details HERE. (Source: US DOE BTO, PR, 9 July, 2021) Contact: DOE EERE, BTO Emerging Technologies Program, Erika Gupta, Acting Manager www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy


    LG Innotek Reports Efficiency Upgrades, Emissions Cuts (Int’l.)
    LG Group,Carbon Disclosure Project
    Date: 2021-07-12
    Seoul, South Korea-based materials and components manufacturer and an affiliate of the LG Group, LG Innotek reports it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 11 pct in 2020 from 2019 levels. The total reduction amount is about 45,000 tons (tCO2eq, carbon dioxide equivalent) -- equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas absorbed by 3.9 million trees in one year. The emission cutbacks were announced in the company's 2020-2021 LG Innotek Sustainability Report.

    In achieving the cutback, LG Innotek proactively performed green management activities with the goal of 'zero environmental impact including introducing renewable energy and expanding the application of high-efficiency production facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LG Innotek also cut its consumption of water resources by 7 pct from the previous year through expanding investment in recycling and water management facilities, according to the report. LG Innotek has an A- rating from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on climate change for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020 and on water security for four consecutive years between 2017 and 2020. (Source: LG Innoteck, PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: LG Innotech, www.lginnotek.com; Carbon Disclosure Project

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Group news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Disclosure Project news,  


    Holden Maine Adding 3rd Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Holden Maine Solar,SEIA
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In the Pine Tree State, the Town of Holden (pop. 3,090 +-) planning board reports it has given the nod for the town's third solar array. The 27-acre, 4.5-MW installation will be developed by Downeast Solar LLC and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.

    Holden's two other solar arrays generate a total of 7 MW of power which, when added to the new array, will generate 11.5 MW -- sufficient power for all Holden homes and businesses.

    According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Maine presently has roughly 246 MW of solar capacity , two-thirds of which has been installed since 2019. SEIA ranks Maine 21st in the nation for expected growth in solar over the next five years. (Source: Town of Holden, Bangor Daily News, 7 July, 2021) Contact: Town of Holden , Benjamin Breadmore, Town Manager , www.holdenmaine.com; SEIA, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SEIA,  


    US DOE Funding Clean Hydrogen Tech R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-07-09
    The US DOE reports it is providing $52.5 million in R&D funding through its new Hydrogen Energy Earthshot Initiative for 31 clean hydrogen technology projects to help bring about the decarbonisation of the electricity sector by 2035. The selected projects are expected to deliver technological progress and support the Initiative's aim to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80 pct to $1 per kg in one decade.

    Of the total funding, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is providing $36 million for 19 projects and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) is adding $16.5 million for 12 projects.

    Download DOE Hydrogen Energy Earthshot details HERE. ( Source: US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  DOE EERE,  


    Leeward Closes Financing for Aragonne Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
    Leeward Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Dallas-headquartered Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC reports it has closed on $262 million construction financing and secured tax equity commitments for the repowering of Leeward’s 90 MW Aragonne Wind project (Aragonne Repower) and the construction of the new 145 MW Aragonne Mesa Wind project. Construction of the Aragonne Repower and Aragonne Mesa projects in Guadalupe County, New Mexico, are underway and expected to be completed by this December.

    Under a previously announced 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Arizona Public Service Company (APS), the GE wind turbine equipped projects will provide a combined 200 MW of wind power to APS.

    Leeward Renewable Energy owns and operates a portfolio of 21 renewable energy facilities across nine states totaling approximately 2,000 MW of generating capacity. Leeward is actively developing new wind, solar, and energy storage projects in energy markets across the U.S., with 17 GW under development spanning over 100 projects. Leeward is a portfolio company of OMERS Infrastructure, an investment arm of OMERS, one of Canada's largest defined benefit pension plans. (Source: Leeward Renewable Energy, Website PR, July, 2021) Contact: Leeward Renewable Energy, 214.515.1100, www.leewardenergy.com

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


    Veolia, TotalEnergies Partner on Microalgae for Biofuels (Ind. Report)
    Veolia, TotalEnergies
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Paris, TotalEnergies is reporting it is partnering with UK-based Veolia on a four-year research effort at TotalEnergies La Mede biorefinery to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using CO2 for the production of biofuel.

    Through photosynthesis, microalgae use sunlight and CO2 from the atmosphere or from industrial processes to grow. When mature, they can be transformed into next-generation biofuels with low carbon intensity. As part of the project, a test platform will be set up to compare different innovative systems for growing microalgae and identify the most efficient microalgae. . (Source: TotalEnergies, PR, Website, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  TotalEnergies,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


    Nordex Group Q2 Firm Orders Total 1,534MW (Int'l. Report)
    Nordex
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Hamburg-based wind energy giant Nordex Group is reporting receipt of a total 1,534.1 MW in firm orders in Q2, 2021.

    From April to June 2021, customers ordered a total of 297 wind turbines for projects in nine countries. Europe accounted for about 54 pct of the order intake, and Latin America about 46 pct. The strongest individual markets in Europe were Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, with regard to Latin America two high-volume orders came from Brazil.

    With 170 turbines and a total output of 969 MW, more than 63 pct of the firm new orders are accounted for by the latest N163/5.X turbine model of the Delta4000 series alone. For major projects in Brazil and Finland with a total of 958 MW. (Source: Nordex, PR, 6 July, 2021)Contact: Nordex Group, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 (0)40 / 300 30 X 1116, www.nordex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  


    Energiekontor Commissions Hanstedt-Wriedel Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Energiekontor AG
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Bremen, Germany headquartered wind and solar energy developer Energiekontor AG is reporting the commissioning and grid connection of its Hanstedt-Wriedel wind farm the district of Uelzen, Lower Saxony.

    The wind farm incorporates of six General Electric GE 5.3 - 158 turbines totaling 31.8 MW and is expected to generate sufficient power for 30,000 average German households.

    Since its founding, Energiekontor AG has invested more than €1.8 billion in 128 wind farms and 12 solar parks with more than 1 gigawatt total output. The company has offices in The company also has offices in England (Leeds), Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow), Portugal (Lisbon), USA (Houston/Texas and Rapid City/South Dakota) and France (Toulouse, Rouen). (Source: Energiekontor AG, PR, Yahoo Finance, 30 June, 2021) Contact: Energiekontor, Peter Azabo, CEO, Peter Alex, IR, +49 421 3304-126, Peter.Alex@energiekontor.com, www.energiekontor.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energiekontor,  Wind,  German Wind,  


    SanteeCooper Announces New Solar Power Contracts (Ind. Report)
    SanteCooper,Silicon Ranch
    Date: 2021-07-02
    South Carolina's largest utility, SanteeCooper reports it has contracted for its share of 425 MW of new utility-scale solar power that will be added to the utility system in 2023, through several projects to be built across a wide swath of South Carolina. Central Electric Power Cooperative, SanteeCooper's largest customer, has finalized contracts with the same developers for the remaining share.

    SanteeCooper has executed purchase power agreements (PPAs) for approximately 27.5 pct of the output of projects to be developed by Silicon Ranch, Birdseye Renewable Energy, Ecoplexus, and Johnson Development Associates, as follows:

  • Nashville-based Silicon Ranch, one of the nation's largest independent solar power producers, will build, own, and operate two projects totaling 200 MW in Georgetown County. The Lambert I and Lambert II projects are expected to be operational in Q4, 2023.

  • Birdseye Renewable Energy a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, Inc., is developing a 75-MW solar farm in Aiken County which is expected to be operational in Q4, 2023.

  • Ecoplexus will build a 75-MW solar project in Williamsburg County. The project is named Hemingway and is expected to be operational in Q2,2023. Ecoplexus is a U.S. headquartered international, solar, wind and energy storage developer, owner, and operator with operations in seven countries and over 70 renewable energy facilities worldwide and closed financing transactions in excess of $1 billion.

  • Spartanburg, South Carolina-based Johnson Development Associates (JDA) will develop a 75-MW solar farm near Summerville, in Dorchester County which is expected to be operational in Q4, 2023.

    Although SanteeCooper and Central Electric Power Cooperative have contracted separately for their respective load share of each project, SanteeCooper will manage the projects as part of its combined power system.

    This group of solar projects represents the first of three phases SanteeCooper is planning as it transforms its generating portfolio to a leaner, greener mix. Other phases, of another approximately 500 MW each, are scheduled for later in the 2020s and early 2030s, according to the release. (Source: SanteeCooper, PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: SanteeCooper, Mark Bonsall, CEO, www.santeecooper.com; Johnson Development Associates, www.johnsondevelopment.net; Birdseye Renewable Energy, www.birdseyeenergy.com; Central Electric Power Cooperative, www.cepci.org; Ecoplexus, www.ecoplexus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SanteCooper,  Silicon Ranch,  Birdseye Renewable,  Solar,  


  • Eurus Completes S.Korean Samsu Wind Project (Int'l. Report))
    Eurus Energy
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Tokyo-headquartered Eurus Energy Group is reporting Samsu Wind Power in Gangwon-do, South Korea has begun commercial operations. Eurus constructed the five, 4.5-MW turbine project with Daehan Green Energy Co., Ltd. and Korea South-East Power Co., Ltd.,

    Eurus Energy Group operates three other wind farms in South Korea, and with the Samsu Wind Power's commercial operation, totals 177MW capapcity. Combined with solar power generation, the total sum of Eurus Energy Group's capacity in South Korea now stands at 181MW.

    South Korea is aiming to generate 20 pct of its electricity with renewable energy by 2030. (Source: Eurus Energy Group, Website PR, 1 July, 2021) Contact: Eurus Energy Holdings, +81-3-5404-5300 / FAX: +81-3-5404-5301, info@eurusenergy.com, www.eurus-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurus Energy,  Wind,  South Korea,  


    Nordex Claims 70-Turbine Brazilian Order (Int'l. Report)
    Nordex
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex SE is reporting receipt of an order for 70 units of its N163/5.X Delta4000 turbines totaling 399 MW for a wind farm located in Brazil's north-east state of Piaui. The contract includes a 5 year service agreement. Turbine delivery and installation work is slated to get underway early in 2023.

    Nordex has installed more than 33 GW of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets and in 2020 generated revenues of €4.6 billion. The company operates factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States, India and Mexico and is focused on onshore turbines in the 4 to 5.X MW class. (Source: Nordex, PR, Website, 25 June, 2021) Contact: Nordex, www.nordex-online.com

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


    Capstone Green Claims Aussie Microturbine Orders (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Green Energy
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Van Nuys, California-headquartered Capstone Green Energy Corporation -- fka Capstone Turbine Corporation -- a global leader in carbon reduction and on-site resilient green energy solutions, reports it will supply, through its Australian distributor, Optimal Group, two C600S microturbine systems and one C800S microturbine system in support of several oil and gas projects in Australia.

    All three systems are expected to be delivered between June to December this year and installed at multiple locations and will use high-pressure natural gas. The dual-mode turbines will be operating in a standalone configuration, supplying all of the site's electrical demand.

    Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, Capstone offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems, comprehensive Factory Protection Plan (FPP) service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs, as well as aftermarket parts. Energy Conversion Products are driven by the Company's microturbine energy systems offering scalable solutions in addition to a broad range of customer-tailored solutions, including hybrid energy systems and larger frame industrial turbines. The Energy Storage Products business line designs and installs microgrid storage systems creating customized solutions using a combination of battery technologies and monitoring software. Through Hydrogen Energy Solutions, Capstone Green Energy offers a variety of hydrogen products, including the Company's microturbine energy systems.

    To date in 2021, Capstone has shipped more than 10,000 units to 83 countries and saved customers an estimated $217 million in annual energy costs and approximately 397,000 tons of carbon. Total savings over the last three years are estimated at 1,115,100 tons of carbon and $698 million in annual energy savings. (Source: Capstone Green Energy, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Capstone Green Energy Corp., Darren Jamison, CEO, www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com

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    Azelio, MMR Energy Storage Collaboration Announced (Ind. Report)
    Azelio,MMR Constructors
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Stirling Engine and solar energy specialist Azelio is reporting a MoU with Baton Rouge, La.-headquartered MMR Group (MMR) for the development of projects combining Azelio's TES.POD® energy storage system with solar PV. The collaboration aims at an installed capacity of 250 MWh of Azelio's TES.POD by 2027, starting with a small scale installation in 2022.

    Azelio's TES technology stores energy as heat in a phase change material (PCM) made of an aluminium alloy heated to 600 degrees C, which is then converted to electricity using a Stirling engine. Azelio claims the technology can enable 13 hours' duration of electricity storage as well as provide heat on demand, is effective in hot or cold climates and has an expected system lifetime of 30 years, according to the release. Azilio's patent portfolio includes specific components critical to the performance of the company's Stirling engine as well as details in the design and functioning of the energy storage. In total, Azelio has 13 approved patents, 15 patent applications pending and is preparing patent applications for further innovation

    MMR Group is an instrumentation and electrical construction, maintenance, and technical services provider with a global footprint of projects completed in 36 countries.

    (Source: Azelio, Website, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46 709 40 3580, jonas.eklind@azelio.com , www.azelio.com; MMR Group,225-756-5090, www.mmrgrp.com

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    Delayed China Carbon Market Launch "Imminent" (Int'l. Report)
    China Carbon Market
    Date: 2021-06-30
    According to the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China's stalled national carbon market may start trading as soon as next month, but with more moderate standards than originally planned. Even so, the launch of what will be the world's largest carbon market is not expected to have an impact on the country's goal of hitting peak emissions before 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, analysts noted.

    The long-awaited national carbon market will put a price on carbon and set emission permits and quotas for energy-intensive industries, will initially cover more than 2,200 companies in China's power sector. When finally online, China's market will overtake the EU ETS to become the world's largest, covering 12 pct of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.

    The release noted, the biggest barrier for launching a national market lies in the establishment of a multi-dimensional and flexible trading mechanism "It is very difficult to set a unified cap on carbon emissions because CO2 emissions vary in different regions, as does demand for electricity. Some provinces' energy consumption tilts to hydropower, while others rely on coal and accordingly standards for carbon emissions set at the beginning might be relatively moderate and prudent to reduce the impact on the overall economy," according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.

    Although China's total energy consumption is expected to be controlled within 6 billion tons of standard coal equivalent by 2030, government anticipates "moderate" carbon emissions growth, and the country's energy consumption from 2020 to 2030 should peak at 800 million tons of standard coal equivalent. (Source: China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China National Development and Reform Commission, Global Times, 28 June, 2021) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, www.en.ndrc.gov.cn; China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, www.energyxmu.edu.cn

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    Rockefeller, Ikea Announce $1Bn Renewable Energy Fund (Ind. Report)
    Rockefeller Foundation
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Geneva, the IKEA Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced plans to launch a $1 billion fund to boost access to renewable energy in developing countries. The funding announcement was made during a series of virtual UN ministerial forums this week when 50 ministers outlined their plans to reduce emissions and ensure that all people have access to electricity and clean cooking fuels, as the world transitions away from fossil fuels, towards renewable energy.

    The commitment by the IKEA and Rockefeller Foundations is the largest single philanthropic commitment ever on this issue.

    Globally, nearly 760 million people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion continue to cook with traditional fuels like wood that not only contribute to carbon emissions but also causes 4 million deaths each year from indoor smoke.

    Rockfeller Foundation assets total roughly $4.1 billion with annual grants of roughly $175 million. In 2019 the Foundation provided $103.8 million for development, according to the OECD. in 2019.(Source: IKEA, Rockefeller Foundations, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Rockeffler Foundation, www.rockefellerfoundation.org; IKEA Foundation, www.ikeafoundation.org

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    Indian Oil Giant Commits $10Bn to Green Energy (Int'l. Report)
    Reliance Industries
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani, chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Mumbai-headquartered oil refiner Reliance Industries Ltd. reports Reliance will invest 750 billion rupees ($10.1 billion) over three years in a new push away from fossil fuels to green energy.

    Of the total, 600 billion rupees will be directed to four "giga factories" to manufacture solar modules, hydrogen, fuel cells and to build a battery grid to store electricity. An additional 150 billion rupees will be invested in value chain and other partnerships.

    Reliance Industries, which earns 60 pct of its $63 billion (2020) annual revenue from oil refining and petrochemicals, is a Fortune Global 500 company and India's most valuable company by market value. (Source: Reliance Industries Ltd, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Reliance Industries Ltd., Mukesh Ambani, CEO, www.ril.com

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    IMF Proposes International Carbon Price Floor (Ind. Report)
    International Monetary Fund
    Date: 2021-06-28
    According to the Washington, DC-based International Monetary Fund (IMF), CO2 and other greenhouse gases must fall by a minimum 25 - 50 pct over the next decade to achieve the goal of restricting global warming to below 2 degree C. The fastest and most practical way to achieve this is by creating an international carbon price -- carbon tax -- floor arrangement, the IMF adds.

    The IMF notes carbon pricing has a wide environmental and social aim of encouraging producers and companies to reduce their carbon footprint in a bid to combat climate change, which is linked to greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to IMF, 80 pct of global emissions are currently un-priced and the average price for global emissions is only $3 a tonne. "As a knock-on effect, some countries and regions with high or rising carbon prices are considering placing charges on the carbon content of imports from places without similar schemes," the IMF said. But the IMF notes that the "charges on carbon content are insufficient instruments (to fight climate change) as carbon embodied in trade flows is typically less than 10 pct of a countries' total emissions."

    According to the IMF, a minimum carbon price "is an efficient, concrete, and easily understood policy instrument. Simultaneous action among large emitters to scale up carbon pricing would deliver collective action against climate change while decisively addressing competitiveness concerns. The focus on a minimum carbon price parallels the current discussion on a minimum for the tax rate in international corporate taxation." (Source: IMF, Daily Maverick 168, 24 June, 2021) Contact: IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, Dir., www.imf.org

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    NeXtWind Buys German Wind Farms for Repowering (Int'l. Report)
    NeXtWind
    Date: 2021-06-25
    European green independent power producer NeXtWind is reporting investments totaling €42 million ($50 million) in three north German wind farms totaling 70MW. The projects across Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt comprise 34 turbines with an average age of 14 years.

    NeXtWind plans to rejuvenate the sites with new, more efficient technology, almost tripling the annual output to roughly 300 gigawatt-hours a year from just above 100GWh. The company is now working with its local partners to bring its first projects to fruition, with lifetime extension and repowering work across all three sites due for completion between 2024 and 2026.

    According to the company website, Nextwind has experience with technology development, prototyping, type certification, series manufacture, and field fleet support of a wide range of wind turbine technologies. Nextwind projects have included geared and direct drive, on-shore and off-shore, distributed and integrated drive-trains. (Source: NeXtWind, PR, renews, June, 2021) Contact: NeXtWind, Lars Meyer, CIO, sales@nextwindinc.com, www.nwxtwindinc.com

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    Greenbacker Acquires 57.5 MW Calif. Wind Farm Project (M&A)
    Greenbacker Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-06-25
    New York, New York-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC (GREC), an owner and operator of sustainable infrastructure and energy efficiency projects, reports its purchase -- through a subsidiary company -- of the Altamont Winds Project from funds managed by Castlelake, L.P.. The 57.5MW Altamont Winds Project in Alameda County is Greenbacker's second wind asset in California and raises company's total nationwide wind energy capacity to just over 300 MW.

    The Altamont Winds Project, which is in final stages of commissioning, has a long-term PPA with East Bay Community Energy, a community choice aggregator (CCA). CCA allow residents, businesses, and municipalities to procure power from an alternative supplier, while still using the transmission and distribution services of their local electric utility provider.

    With this acquisition, Greenbacker will own approximately 1.18 GW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 855.4 MW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 300.1 MW of wind facilities, 16.0 MW of battery storage, and 12.0 MW of biomass facilities. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO,(646) 720-9463, generalenquires@greenbackerreneable energy.com, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com

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    World Bank Ups Developing Country Climate Action Support (Int'l.)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Reporting from Washington, the World Bank Group has announced its new Climate Change Action Plan that aims to deliver record levels of climate finance to developing countries, reduce emissions, strengthen adaptation, and align financial flows with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Action Plan for 2021-25 broadens World Bank Group efforts from investing in "green" projects to helping countries fully integrate their climate and development goals. The Plan also comes as countries seek sustainable pathways out of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Key highlights of the Action Plan include:
  • Providing major increases in climate finance. The World Bank is already the largest multilateral provider of climate finance for developing countries. The Plan includes a commitment to increase delivery to an average of 35 pct of total World Bank Group financing for climate over the duration of the Plan. At least 50 pct of International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Developing (IBRD) climate finance will support adaptation.

  • Identifying and prioritizing opportunities for high-impact climate action to inform future World Bank Group climate engagements and investments. A new core diagnostic tool, the Country Climate and Development Report (CCDR), will help countries align climate action and development efforts and absorb new climate-related technologies as they emerge.

  • Boosting support to countries for implementing and updating their Nationally Determined Contributions and Long-Term Strategies pursuant to the Paris Agreement; and adjusting incentives by reducing subsidies for and increasing taxation of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Catalyzing and mobilizing private capital for climate action; stepped up efforts to develop carbon credit markets, green bonds and loan markets in countries; and support for global public goods in the poorest countries through IDA funds as well as other sources.

  • Prioritizing action in key systems -- energy, agriculture, food, water, land, cities. transport and manufacturing -- that must be transformed to address climate change, achieve a resilient and low-carbon future, and support the protection of natural capital and biodiversity. The Action Plan will place a strong emphasis on supporting a "just transition" out of coal.

  • Aligning all World Bank Group financing flows with the objectives of the Paris Agreement to support countries' climate commitments. The World Bank -- comprising of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA) -- will align all new operations starting July 1, 2023. For the World Bank Group's private sector development arms, IFC and MIGA, 85 percent of Board approved real sector operations will be aligned starting July 1, 2023, and 100 percent of these operations starting July 1, 2025, two fiscal years later.

    The new Action Plan builds on the World Bank Group's achievements under its first Climate Change Action Plan which delivered over $83 billion in climate finance over five years, including a record $21.4 billion in 2020.

    Download Climate Action Plan details HERE. (Source: World Bank, PR 25 June, 2021) Contact: World Bank, Ferzina Banaji, (202) 372-5885, fbanaji@worldbankgroup.org, www.worldbank.org/climate, www.twitter.com/worldbank

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  • ACCIONA'S First US Solar Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    ACCIONA
    Date: 2021-06-25
    ACCIONA reports construction is underway on the $260 million, 317MWp Fort Bend Solar Farm outside Houston, Texas -- the company's first photovoltaic plant in the United States.

    When operational in 2022, the facility will avoid more than 400,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to removing more than 95,000 vehicles from the road or equal to the carbon sequestered by almost 450,000 trees annually.

    ACCIONA also owns and operates three wind farms, totaling more than 400MW of capacity, in Texas. Nationwide, the company operates over 1GWW of wind energy well as the 64MW Nevada Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) facility and plans to add more than 1.2GW MW of solar photovoltaic energy in the U.S. by the end of 2023. (Source: ACCIONA, Website PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: ACCIONA, Joaquin Castillo, CEO-US, www.acciona.com

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    Clean Energy Fuels Unveils New Visual Identity (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp
    Date: 2021-06-23
    "The demand for low- and negative-carbon renewable fuel has increased as more companies look for solutions to address climate change. As the leading provider of renewable natural gas (RNG) for the transportation industry, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is now well-positioned to turn their customers' sustainability goals into reality.

    "At its annual shareholders meeting, Clean Energy introduced a new company logo, a cornerstone of an entirely new brand identity that aligns with its growing commitment to expand its renewable fuel solution. This includes investing in the development of RNG from dairies and other agricultural facilities both independently and with partners TotalEnergies and BP.

    "Currently, RNG represents 70 pct of the fuel sold at Clean Energy's nationwide network of stations, and the company is on a track to provide the fuel at all its stations by 2025, meeting one of its own sustainability goals." (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, Website PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew J. Littlefair, Pres., CEO, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

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    ACCIONA Connects Recycled Lithium-Ion Battery Project (Int'l.)
    ACCIONA
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Madrid-based ACCIONA reports it has connected Spain's first renewable energy storage plant using recycled batteries to the grid at the company's experimental 1.2MW photovoltaic park in Tudela, Navarre.

    The installation, which includes four "second-life" lithium-ion, electric vehicle batteries totaling 130kWh capacity, will store solar energy obtained from the plant to later inject it into the grid. The project concludes with a comparative analysis to verify the equal performance of recycled batteries against first use batteries.

    ACCIONA will operate the system from its Renewable Energy Control Center (CECOER) with its global energy management platform GEMS, which enables optimized management, real-time monitoring and analysis of parameters.

    The storage plant is part of the experimental facilities of Montes del Cierzo in Tudela and is the result of a joint project with startup BeePlanet within ACCIONA's open innovation program, I'mnovation. BeePlanet, together with ACCIONA, is part of the Government of Navarre-backed GERA project specializing in energy storage systems. (Source: ACCIONA, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: ACCIONA, Belen Linares, Director of Energy Innovation, +34 91 663 2850, www.acciona.com

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    Recurrent Energy Amps Up Battery Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Recurrent Energy,Canadian Solar
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Guelph, Ontario-based Recurrent Energy, LLC, a utility-scale solar and storage project developer and wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc.(CSI), reports it has expanded its U.S. energy storage footprint with several battery energy storage systems (BESS) contracted to be built in California in 2021 and 2022. These projects span retrofits as-a-service, solar plus storage PPAs, and stand-alone storage tolling agreements.

    With a pipeline of around 11 GWh of battery storage projects across the U.S., of which 2.3 GWh are in late-stage development, Recurrent Energy has been actively developing both PV solar plus energy storage and standalone storage projects since 2014. In collaboration with Recurrent Energy's project development team, Canadian Solar's majority-owned CSI solar subsidiary delivers competitive, highly bankable and fully-integrated battery storage solutions to support the recent acceleration in demand. Canadian Solar's global project development business -- Global Energy Group -- continues to expand and focus on energy storage, with a combined total pipeline of more than 5,328 MW / 16,875 MWh, according to the release. (Source: Recurrent Energy, PR, 22 June, 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc. , Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com

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    Lightsource bp Snares 703MW Spanish Solar Portfilio (M&A, Int'l.)
    Lightsource bp ,Grupo Jorge
    Date: 2021-06-21
    London-headquartered solar energy developer Lightsource bp is reporting acquisition three solar projects totaling 703MW in Aragon, Spain from Zaragosa-based Grupo Jorge. The projects include two in Zaragoza (292MW and 130MW) and the third (281MW) in the Huesca province, which Lightsource bp will bring to construction next year. This deal also builds on Lightsource bp's growing presence in Aragon specifically with around 1.1GW of projects at various stages of development or construction and in operation.

    This Spanish acquisition brings Lightsource bp's Spanish project development pipeline to over 3GW, which has been mainly established this year through co-development partnerships with RIC Energy and Iberia Solar. (Source: lightsource bp, Website PR, 18 June, 2021) Contact: LIghtsource bp, www.lightsourcebp.com/es; Grupo Jorge, +34 976 51 40 29, www.jorgesi.com

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    Scottish Hydro Invest. Snares Hydro+Storage Schemes (Int'l.)
    Scottish Hydro Investment
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In the Highlands, Scottish Hydro Investment is reporting acquisition from Guinness Asset Management of the Glen Buck and Munergie hydro+storage schemes totaling 3 MW and more than 10GWh per year of storage capacity following a period of upgrade works. The project will generate sufficient energy for more than 2,600 homes and displace roughly 2,500 tpy of carbon emissions.

    The deal is co-sponsored by existing bank client CRF Hydro Power and the large corporate group Turner & Co which, together, through the newly formed joint venture Foster Turner Hydro, are providing an undisclosed level of equity. The deal also develops Virgin Money's existing portfolio of sustainable lending and represents another step in its pledge to halve the carbon impact of its loan book by 2030.

    CRF Hydropower owns and operates 11 hydro schemes with a combined capacity in excess of 7.7MW. FosterTurner Hydro owns 100 pct of the share capital of Scottish Hydro Investments, which in turn own the equity of Hydro Energy Trading and Green Energy Trading, which own and operate the Munergie and Glenbuck hydro electric schemes. (Source: Scottish Hydro Investment, insider.co.uk, 21 June, 2021)

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    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

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    Nature Conservation Carbon Market Launched in Singapore (Int'l)
    Singapore
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Singapore last month launched Climate Impact X (CIX), a carbon trading marketplace based on nature conservancy projects and backed by its state investment firm, stock exchange , largest bank and the UK Standard Chartered Bank. The CIX initiative has two main platforms: a marketplace for nature-based projects, and an exchange where carbon credits can be freely traded in larger quantities.

    Demand for nature-based carbon credits, such as those from forest conservation and reforestation programs, or wetlands and grasslands restoration projects, has been growing in recent years. Verra, one of the main standard-setting bodies for voluntary carbon markets, reported that nature-based solutions represented 68 pct of its total issuances in Q1 of this year, compared with 38 pct in 2016.

    In 2019, the supply of nature-based projects fell but demand remained strong, resulting in a 30 pct price surge across voluntary markets. That same year, nature-based offsets were three times pricier, on average, than renewable energy ones, data from Ecosystem Marketplace showed. (Source: Ecosystem Marketplace ,Mongabay, 16 June, 2021) Contact: Ecosystem Marketplace, www.ecosystemmarketplace.com

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    LA Terminal Operator Transitions to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report
    Fenix Marine Services,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In the Golden State, San Pedro-based Fenix Marine Services, the Port of Los Angeles container terminal operator, reports it has transitioned its entire fleet of more than 300 pieces of container-handling equipment, as well as some support vehicles, from fossil-based diesel fuel to RD80 renewable diesel fuel blend. Fenix has secured a long-term commitment to supply its total fuel demand with renewable diesel.

    The Port of Los Angeles has also launched a 12-month, $82.5 million Shore-to-Store (S2S) project with public and private sector partners demonstrating zero-emission Class 8 trucks in a heavy-duty setting. The S2S project is one of 16 demonstrations underway at the port to accelerate near-zero and zero-emissions solutions for moving cargo.

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is supporting S2S with a matching grant of $41.1 million. Project partners, who include Toyota and Shell, are contributing the remaining $41.4 million in financial and in-kind support. Air Liquide is the main hydrogen fuel supplier. (Source: Port of Los Angeles, Fenix Marine Services, Splash247, 15 June,, 2021) Contact: Fenix Marine Services, Sean Pierce, President and CEO , 310-548-8700, www.fenixmarineservices.com; Port of Los Angeles, www.portof losangeles.org

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    Prime Capital Nordic Wind Fund Tops €342Mn (Int'l.)
    Prime Capital
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Australian mortgage lender Prime Capital reports its Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund (PGEIF) focused on late development stage Nordic wind energy assets has reached total commitments of €342 million.

    The fund is the first infrastructure equity fund that received a Second Party Opinion from Sustainalytics, a provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, ratings and analysis. Prime Capital "identifies and secures attractive opportunities at an early stage, optimizing all technical and commercial aspects of the projects, including financing and power purchase agreements," according to the company.

    According to Sustainalytics, the fund aligns with its principles for green and responsible investments and "creates significant positive impact" with respect to the EU's climate change mitigation target. (Source: Prime Capital, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact:Prime Capital, Mathias Bimberg, 1300 766 075, info@primecapital.com, www.primecapital.com, www. primecapital-ag.com/product/prime-green-energy-infrastructure-fund-s-a/?lang=en

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    Future Biogas Plans July £35Mn IPO (Int'l. Report)
    Future Biogas,Northern Lights
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In the UK, Guildford-based biogas project developer Future Biogas Ltd. reports it is preparing a £35 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange this July.

    The IPO supports the company's plan to construct roughly 25 new power projects by 2028 and to grow an existing portfolio of 10 biogas plants operated on behalf of investment entities backed by Aviva and JLEN Environmental Assets Group.

    The growth strategy includes carbon-capture and storage (CCS) "bolt-on" projects which further boost the environmental credentials for the soon-to-be-listed share.

    Future Biogas is teamed up with the Northern Lights Project -- a venture by a number of oil and gas firms with a presence in the North Sea. Carbon captured by Future Biogas will be supplied to Northern Lights for permanent storage underground, beneath the North Sea. The Northern Lights venture partners include Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Equinor. Future Biogas will generate carbon offsets for its part in the venture, and it intends to sell them to corporate buyers. (Source: Future Biogas Ltd., PR, Investor, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Future Biogas Ltd., Philipp Lukas, CEO, +44 1483 375920, www.futurebiogas.com

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    Albany Hosts World's First Triple Net-Zero Building (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In the Empire State, The Seventy-Six, a new housing development in the state capitol city of Albany is expected to be the first triple net-zero project -- energy, water, waste -- of its kind.

    The $250 million project is being developed by NYC-based Garrison Architects and will provide 242 units across 450,000 square feet. The project has received a Buildings of Excellence award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and a portion of $13 million in funding set aside for low- or zero-carbon multi-family buildings. The buildings sustainability features include:

  • Modular construction;

  • All energy for heating, cooling, lighting, and appliances generated from the state of the art solar, wind, and water installations.

  • Total water consumption will be reduced to zero through modern water collection and filtering technologies, focused on re-use for toilets and irrigation, and zero landfill contribution. Waste will be recycled, composted, and incinerated onsite.

  • Fully integrated green spaces with abundant trees, grass, and ornamental gardens and aquaponics farming that hosts live fish with vegetable gardens and incorporates the Complex's water filtration system into the process.

  • Modern, durable interiors with natural materials, sunlight, and critical ventilation and oversized windows and balconies with planters and irrigation, rooftop garden (green roofs) and others. (Source: South End Development, PR, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: South End Development, The Seventy-Six, www.southenddevelopment.com/the-seventy-six

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  • Los Angeles Tops EPA ENERGY STAR Buildings List (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-06-16
    The U.S. EPA's 13th annual U.S. Top Cities list of cities with the largest number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings during the previous year has ranked Los Angeles, California at the top of the big cities category with a total of 587 ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

    The list ranked metropolitan areas in three categories -- the Top 25 Big Cities, Top Mid-Sized Cities and Top Small Cities.

    To earn an Energy Star certification, buildings must be independently verified to be more energy efficient than 75 pct of similar buildings nationwide. On average, Energy Star certified buildings use 35 pct less energy than typical buildings and are responsible for 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: EPA, Wheeling News Register, 16 June, 2021) (Contact: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov DOE Energy Star

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    Chart, TECO 2030 to Cooperate on Marine CCS Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Chart Industries, TECO 2030
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Atlanta-based Chart Industries, Inc., a provider of technology, equipment and services related to liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, biogas and CO2 Capture and other applications, is reporting a 3-year MoU with Lysaker, Norway-headquartered TECO 2030 to jointly develop technological solutions that will capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by ships and subsequently store it in liquid form.

    The agreement involves the joint development of onboard carbon capture solutions for ships using the Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ (CCC) technology developed by Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) which was acquired by Chart in December 2020. The SES patented technology, which utilizes Chart's expertise in cryogenic equipment and systems, will separate the CO2 from the ships' exhaust gases, resulting in a high purity liquid CO2 product that is stored onboard in cryogenic storage tanks to be either permanently stored in underground geological formations or be used in CO2 -- consuming industries.

    When fully developed, the carbon capture solution will be available as a key element in the TECO 2030 Future Funnel, an exhaust gas cleaning system for ships. TECO 2030 is also developing hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry. These will enable ships to switch from fossil fuels to green hydrogen produced by renewable energy and thereby emissions-free.

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce carbon intensity in international shipping by 40 pct by 2030, and to cut the total annual greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008. (Source: Chart Industries, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Chart Industries, Wade Suki, CFA, Inv. Rel., 832-524-7489, wade.suki@chartindustries.com, www.chartindustries.com; TECO 2030, Stian Aakre, CEO, +47 907 08 440, stian.aakre@teco2030.no, www.teco2030.no

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    Airbus Leads Sustainable Aviation Fuel Study (Int'l. Report)
    Airbus,TotalEnergies
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Netherlands-headquartered aircraft manufacturer Airbus SE, along with Safran, Dassault Aviation, Onera and Ministry of Transport, is reporting a joint in-flight study to determine the compatibility of un-blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with single-aisle aircraft and commercial aircraft engine and fuel systems, as well as with helicopter engines.

    The VOLCAN (VOL avec Carburants Alternatifs Nouveaux) project is the first time in-flight emissions will be measured using 100 pct SAF in a single-aisle aircraft.

    For the tests, Airbus is responsible for characterizing and analyzing the impact of 100 pct SAF on-ground and in-flight emissions using an A320neo test aircraft powered by a CFM LEAP-1A engine. Safran will focus on compatibility studies related to the fuel system and engine adaptation while Onera will support Airbus and Safran in analyzing the compatibility of the fuel with aircraft systems and will prepare, analyze and interpret test results to determine the impact of 100 pct SAF on emissions and contrail formation. Dassault Aviation will contribute to the material and equipment compatibility studies and verify 100 pct SAF bio-contamination susceptibility. The various SAFs used for the VOLCAN project will be provided by Paris-based TotalEnergies. (Source: Airbus, TradeArabia News , 12 June, 2021) Contact: Airbus, www.airbus.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

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    MPC Doubling Dominican Solar Plant Capacity (Int'l. Report)
    MPC Caribbean Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-06-14
    St. Michaels, Barbados-based MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd. reports it and its partners plan to double the power generating capacity at its newly acquired Monte Plata solar plant in the Dominican Republic from 34 MW to 74 MW by 2022. The expansion will be financed by Dutch and German development finance institutions FMO and DEG.

    MPC Caribbean partnered with Ansa McAL of Trinidad & Tobago and two other unnamed investors from Dominican Republic and Canada on the Monte Plata acquisition. The price paid to the seller of the plant, United Renewable Energy Company Limited of Taiwan, was also not disclosed.

    Monte Plata currently sells its 33.4 MW total capacity to the state-owned Dominican Corporation of State Electrical Companies under a 20-year PPA.

    MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Fund holds operational solar and wind assets in Jamaica, Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. (Source: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd., Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd., info@mpc-cleanenergy.com, www.mpc-cleanenergy.com

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    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

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