The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) announced the recipients of the 2015 CanWEA Awards at the October 7th banquet closing its 31st Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto. “Canada is now the world’s seventh largest wind energy market and is consistently in the top 10 for new investment on an annual basis. Our industry’s rapid growth would not be possible without the visionary leaders and dedicated supporters who have worked hard to the benefit of us all,” said CanWEA president Robert Hornung. “Honouring their contributions is one of the highlights of our annual gathering.” Click here for the list of winners.
Mortenson Construction has begun construction on the Grande Prairie Wind Project located in Holt County, Nebraska. Owned by BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, the 400 MW project will be the largest wind energy project in the state’s history. Mortenson’s scope of work will include the erection of 200 Vestas V110 turbines and the engineering, procurement and construction of foundations, access roads, underground collection systems, two substations and a transmission line.
Pick My Solar has been chosen as a semifinalist in the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s “One in a Million” pitch competition for startup entrepreneurs. Pick My Solar is the online marketplace for the solar industry, connecting solar customers with solar companies through a competitive bidding platform. The company is among 15 startups from nine states ranging from Oregon to Florida. The semifinalists will travel to the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City during Global Entrepreneurship Week for the chance to become one of five finalists who will compete in a livestreamed event on Nov. 18, 2015.
ABS Group has issued its certification of the design basis for Ocean Resource Ltd’s innovative Sea Breeze Gravity ”float-out-and-sink” offshore wind turbine foundation system. ABS Group issued its certification in accordance with the relevant standards, including IEC 61400 and the ABS Guide for Bottom-founded Offshore Wind Turbine Installations published by ABS Group’s parent organization, American Bureau of Shipping.
GE’s Power Conversion business has been chosen by Pacifico Energy to provide its Brillance solar skid solutions for its mega-solar project in Furukawa. By partnering with some of the country’s largest projects, GE is at the forefront of helping Japan realize its solar energy production targets. GE’s involvement in the 56.9-megawatt direct current (DC) Furukawa mega-solar project, closely following the recently awarded Hosoe solar project, demonstrates GE’s commitment to continue to grow the sector.
A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) aims to assist countries in their transition to renewable energy-based power systems. The Age of Renewable Power, released today on the sidelines of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum in Tokyo, identifies 20 measures that can be taken to support the development of national roadmaps to integrate variable renewables. It also highlights lessons learned by countries already pursuing a power system transformation.
According to UNICA ethanol production reached 1.99 billion liters in the second half of September – 799.48 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 1.19 billion liters of hydrated ethanol – with a growth of 27.45% compared to same period in 2014. In the period from the beginning of the season until the end of the month, the production volume totaled 20.19 billion liters, with 12.70 billion liters of hydrated ethanol and 7.49 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol.
Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, together with partners at Clean Edge and the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies have released The Colorado Clean Tech Landscape report. The report highlights Colorado’s leadership across the cleantech landscape and points to significant opportunities for advancement.
SolarCity and Temecula Valley Unified School District are together installing a six megawatt solar and energy storage project across 19 schools and the district’s administrative office. The project, which includes energy storage systems at five sites, required no upfront investment and is expected to save the district more than $520,000 within the first year of operation alone, and $35 million over 25 years by providing affordable power at a discount to utility rates.
Farmland Partners Inc. has announced that two of its farms in North Carolina will be home to a portion of the 208 MW Amazon Wind Farm US East that Iberdrola Renewables is building and will own and operate. The wind farm will deliver power to the electrical grid that supplies both current and future Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) Cloud data centers. The company will lease the 28 acres to Iberdrola Renewables for approximately $2,600 per acre over a 25-year lease term.
SkyPower has announced its plans to build 500 MW of utility-scale solar energy over the next five years in Panama, representing an investment of US $1 billion. In addition to building 500 MW of solar projects in Panama, SkyPower will also construct a US $50 million world-class solar and environmental research centre in Panama dedicated to the advancement of solar PV innovation as well as advanced research and innovation in environmental sciences.
Blymyer Engineers has announced the company has been chosen by Swinterton Builders as the engineering firm of record on the Springbok 2 Solar Farm in California. The full three phase project involves developing a 350 MW AC PV solar generating facility covering approximately 2000 acres of formerly underdeveloped grazing and ag lands over multiple project sites in an unincorporated portion of eastern Kern county.
Renewable Energy Group (REG) has announced that one of its subsidiaries has received approval from a Mississippi court to purchase certain equipment at the KiOR Columbus, LLC production facility. Under the approved asset purchase agreement, REG Synthetic Fuels, LLC paid $1.5 million, plus certain expenses related to equipment preparation, to acquire various physical assets at the Columbus, MS plant, including a 12-million gallon hydrotreating unit, distillation column and tankage.
DEINOVE has announced that Marie Bézenger has joined the Executive Committee as Director of Operations. She will manage the downstream development of the fermentation processes and their scale-up to foster their commercialization.
Alliant Energy is seeking to expand its renewable energy generation with solar power. Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility is issuing a request for proposals for new solar projects that could increase its system-wide solar generation by 50 percent. The request is to build solar projects between one and 10 megawatts within Alliant Energy’s Iowa service territory. The RFP seeks a variety of options and configurations for new solar generation in Iowa, and the company hopes that developers will bring innovation to their proposals.
SkyPower has signed a landmark agreement with the Republic of Djibouti for the development of 200 MW of world-class solar projects to be built in four phases in Djibouti over the next four years. The company also announced alongside Prime Minister Hasina, its plans to build 2 GW of utility-scale solar energy over the next five years in Bangladesh, representing an investment of US $4.3 billion.
The American Wind Energy Association is hosting the Wind Energy Finance and Investment Seminar in New York October 14-15, 2015. Some of the wind’s most prominent CEOS will share their triumphs and challenges including: Mike Garland, President and CEO, Pattern Energy Group LP, and AWEA Board Chair; Michael Skelly, Founder and President, Clean Line Energy Partners; Chris Brown, President, Vestas Americas; Jacob Susman, CEO, Own Energy and VP, Head of Origination, EDF RE and Doug Frederickson, Vice President, Blattner Energy.
The African continent could generate nearly a quarter of its energy needs through the use of indigenous, clean, renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Africa 2030 – a comprehensive roadmap for Africa’s energy transition – finds that a combination of modern renewable technology could realistically meet 22 per cent of Africa’s energy needs by 2030, a more than a four-fold increase from just five per cent in 2013. The report also finds that scaling up modern renewables in Africa is an affordable means to help meet fast-growing energy demand while increasing energy access, improving health and achieving sustainability goals.
Lignetics Inc. has announced the acquisition of the assets of GF Funding LLC (whose facility was formerly known as Geneva Wood Fuels), expanding its footprint into Maine and upper New England. Lignetics is the largest residential wood pellet manufacturing company in the U.S. which now has a production capacity of approximately 550,000 tons of wood pellets per year.
Platts, a leading global provider of energy and commodities information has begun publishing price assessments for a key ethanol byproduct increasingly used as animal feed in the U.S. and globally. The new references are for dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and reflect values for the Midwest, the nation’s key corn, wheat and grains producing region, and exportable values at the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Global Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) installed capacity will increase more than fourfold from 282.5 MW in 2014 to reach 1.3 GW by 2020, across the seven major markets of the US, China, South Africa, Australia, Portugal, Italy and Spain, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The report states that while China and the US are the largest CPV markets globally, South Africa is expected to make a significant impact on the global arena over the course of the forecast period.
India submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), marking a significant milestone in the effort to reach the first, country-led climate deal in Paris this December. India is committing to, among other things: increasing non-fossil fuels in its electrical mix to 40% installed capacity by 2030 with the help of transfer of technology and low cost international finance including from the Green Climate Fund; and adding 175GW of new renewable energy generation by 2022 (of which 100GW will be solar).
Nearly 30 leading companies and organizations in Michigan today announced the formation of Clean Fuels Michigan. The new 501(c)(6) organization aims to maintain Michigan’s position as a global leader in automotive manufacturing by advancing a clear vision, strategy, and advocacy centered on advanced powertrain technology and innovation. The overall goal is to promote investment, job growth and sustainable technologies in Michigan. Clean Fuel Michigan will advance clean fuel neutral policies, such as electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen fuel cell technology, advise policy makers, and help commercialization efforts.
Louisiana-based Keystone Engineering Inc. has been awarded the contract to design the meteorological mast tower foundation for US Wind Inc’sMaryland offshore wind lease area. The US Wind met mast will be the first structure installed as part of its planned commercial-scale wind farm capable of generating 500 MW of power in the 80,000 acre area 15 miles off the coast of Maryland. The wind farm is expected to provide energy to around 300,000 homes.
Georgia Power has announced that the company has opened 11 new electric vehicle (EV) charging islands to the public. The new charging islands, located at Georgia Power properties across the state, mark the completion of the first phase of planned charging infrastructure being developed by the company which will include approximately 61 community charging islands for public use statewide by the end of 2016. Click here for a list of all their EV charging locations.
FirstEnergy Corp. has announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) to purchase both Ohio-compliant Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for its Ohio utilities – Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison. The purchases will help meet the Companies’ 2015 renewable energy targets established under Ohio’s alternative energy law. The following amounts are being sought: 6,800 SRECs and 233,000 RECs.
Fisker Automotive and Technology Group has announced a name change to Karma Automotive. The company also launched its new website, including a video that reveals its new logo at karmaautomotive.com.
Green Charge Networks has partnered with the County of Santa Cruz to install a state-of-the-art energy storage system at the County’s largest administrative building. This is the first energy storage installation in the County and largest installation at a County facility in Northern California.
Japan’s cumulative installed capacity will rise from 317.5 GW in 2014 to an estimated 389.8 GW by 2025, representing a moderate Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.9%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The report states that while thermal sources will contribute the majority of installed capacity, with an expected overall share of 54.7%, other renewable sources (excluding hydropower) will more than double by the end of the forecast period. Renewable installed capacity will increase from 37.8 GW in 2015 to 83.3 GW by 2025, rising at a CAGR of 8.2%, representing the largest growth in Japan’s energy sector.
Schneider Industries is holding an online auction for surplus equipment from Ecology Biofuels. Bidding is open now and ends at 10 am CDT on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Items include distillation tower, water treatment system, 10,000 gallon diesel storage tank and more. Click here for more information on the auction.
To celebrate the 20th annual National Solar Tour, October is National Solar Tour month at the American Solar Energy Society. In conjunction with Energy Awareness month, homeowners and businesses in neighborhoods across the country open their doors and show what they’ve done to slash utility bills and help cut pollution from electric generating plants. Click here to learn more and find a tour.
The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives has voted to remove the ethanol-blending mandate for gas sold in the state. In 2008, Pennsylvania set a requirement for sold petrol to be blended with a minimum of 10% ethanol whenever in-state ethanol production exceeded 350 million gallons. The bill will now be considered in the state Senate.
Energy companies from 26 countries have been selected as Finalists for the Platts Global Energy Awards, an annual program recognizing exemplary leadership, performance and innovation. The 2015 finalists, chosen from nearly 200 nominees from nearly three dozen nominating countries and representing 4 continents, were announced by program host Platts.
The current national offers of climate action submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) would reduce projected warming by approximately 1°C, according to a new analysis released from Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan. A Paris agreement based on these offers would put the world on track for a global temperature increase of 3.5°C (6.3°F), with a range of uncertainty from 2.1 to 4.7°C (3.7 to 8.4°F), down from the 4.5°C (8.1°F) of warming above pre-industrial levels if nations continue on the business-as-usual track.
Inventure Renewables, Inc. has announced construction of a commercial scale plant for Wilmar (China) Oleochemicals Co., Ltd. The commercial scale plant will be used to convert a waste vegetable oil byproduct into intermediate materials, which can be further processed into higher value food, feed and industrial products, including biodiesel.
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. will supply TSK Electrónica y Electricidad, S.A. (“TSK”) with 49.8MW of PV solar modules for the largest solar PV plant in Mexico. Located in the State of Durgango, the solar PV plant is the first PV solar plant in Mexico to be connected to the National Power System. Durango TAI is currently in the second stage of construction of phase one. The total five phases of 49.8 MW is expected to be completed this year.
NorthWestern Energy has completed its previously announced acquisition of the 80-megawatt Beethoven wind project located near Tripp, South Dakota from BayWa r.e. Wind LLC for $143 million.
Dominion Foundation has presented the University of Maryland with a $50,000 educational grant. The grant, part of Dominion’s Higher Educational Partnership, was one of 40 awarded to colleges and post-secondary schools to fund projects in energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.
Voya Financial has announced that it has joined the RE100, a global list of prominent companies that have pledged to source 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions and advance environmentally responsible business practices. Voya has purchased clean, emission-free wind energy credits equal to 100 percent of its electricity usage since 2007.