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EVOLVE Project Uncovers 70GW of Viable Ocean Energy in GB, Ireland and Portugal

Renewable Energy Magazine - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 12:57
Official results from the pan-European EVOLVE project involving world-leading academics, research institutions and technology developers have been released providing a firm evidence base supporting the acceleration of ocean energy in Europe's future energy system.

Orange Raises $2.5M to Tackle EV Charging at Apartments

Renewable Energy Magazine - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 12:57
Orange announced the close of its $2.5M pre-seed round to scale affordable electric vehicle charging for apartment communities by leveraging lower-powered charging solutions. Founded by former Tesla engineers and backed by prominent electric vehicle investors, Orange endeavors to create an affordable charging network from the ground up that provides site owners with a compelling return on investment while maintaining equitable costs bringing EV charging to more disadvantaged communities.

Duke Energy Begins Operation of Idaho’s Largest Solar Plant

Renewable Energy Magazine - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 12:57
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy has placed into commercial operation the 120-megawatt (MW) Jackpot Solar project in Twin Falls County, Idaho. This is the organization’s first utility-scale renewable energy project in the state and is the largest solar facility in operation in Idaho.

New plan for smart electric vehicle (EV) charging could save consumers up to £1000 a year

Renewable Energy Magazine - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 12:57
UK electric vehicle consumers are set to benefit from lower energy bills and cheaper motoring thanks to a plan introduced by the government to unlock the potential of smart electric vehicle charging. The Electric Vehicle Smart Charging Action Plan sets out steps being taken to seize on the significant potential of smart charging.

Spain-Ingeteam signs a supply agreement for almost 500 MW of photovoltaics in Spain with Matrix Renewables

Renewable Energy Magazine - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 12:57
Ingeteam has announced that it has signed an agreement with Matrix Renewables, the global renewable energy platform backed by TPG Rise, under which the two companies have agreed to supply 500 MW to equip seven photovoltaic plants during 2023.

GE Plans Nacelle, Blade Manufacturing Facilities

North American Windpower - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 11:46

GE has submitted a plan to construct two new manufacturing facilities in New York if it wins a sufficient volume of orders from customers in the state’s ongoing solicitation for up to 4.6 GW of offshore wind.

To support localized content and New York’s vision to become the nation’s offshore wind manufacturing hub, GE proposed building the factories with Carver Companies at their Port of Coeymans site. These factories are designed to advance New York as the foundation of a clean energy economy while supporting the local community through durable jobs and positive economic impact.

Should GE receive sufficient order volume, LM Wind Power, a GE subsidiary, is ready to build a facility to manufacture offshore wind turbine blades. GE Vernova, GE’s portfolio of energy businesses, proposed building a facility to build nacelles, which house the generating components of a wind turbine.

“As a leading manufacturer and innovator in developing renewable energy technology, GE is ideally positioned to help New York secure its vision of becoming a leading manufacturing hub for offshore wind technology,” says Scott Strazik, CEO of GE Vernova, GE’s portfolio of energy businesses. “Our proposal leverages GE’s unique and unparalleled expertise, resources, and track-record – including a 130-year legacy of manufacturing in New York – to make this vision a reality in a durable and sustainable way.”

GE’s proposal includes specific commitments to hire and train new employees from economically disadvantaged communities. For example, the company will launch an outreach program called Pathways to Wind to provide historically under-served communities exposure, education, and training in the emerging offshore wind industry. In support of that program, GE has engaged 24 educational institutions, including Office of Workforce Development and Community Education at SUNY Schenectady County Community College and SEAT [Social Enterprise and Training] Center, and signed 15 Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with New York entities that will enable the company to enhance diversity and inclusion in its efforts to staff the facilities.

The two facilities would produce components for the next generation of GE’s Haliade-X offshore wind turbine. An earlier version of the Haliade-X was the first 12+ MW turbine in the industry and the only one to have full type certification to operate at 14.7 MW. That model of the Haliade-X has been operating for three years and has been selected by several customers, including for the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm. That project will be the largest in the world when completed. Others that have selected the earlier model include the 800 MW Vineyard Wind Project that will be the first large-scale offshore wind project in the United States, and the 1100 MW Ocean Wind 1 project. The next generation model of the Haliade-X builds off the proven platform of its predecessor but contains some design changes and upgrades.

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Community Offshore Wind Submits Tender for N.Y. Offshore Wind

North American Windpower - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 11:23

Community Offshore Wind, a joint venture between RWE Renewables and National Grid, have submitted a proposal to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to provide New York State with clean energy from 1.3 GW of offshore wind capacity to power nearly 500,000 homes. The bid submission was in response to the state’s third competitive offshore wind solicitation, adding to their current portfolio of five offshore wind projects. NYSERDA is expected to announce the winning clean energy suppliers in early spring 2023.

The joint venture’s proposal include collaborating with General Electric (GE) to deliver an opportunity to localize both blade and nacelle facilities; bringing steel fabrication and processing to Orange County; investing in a Staten Island port facility for staging and assembly of wind turbines; and developing a $100 million package of economic development and workforce programs. It also includes supporting parents who are working in and training for offshore wind careers with $10 million in childcare services, in partnership with United Way of New York State. They will invest in a just energy transition at National Grid’s E.F. Barrett Clean Energy Center on Long Island, including energy storage and an opportunity to support the community by retraining existing, local workers for clean energy jobs. All of these components are contingent on NYSERDA’s final selections.

“This is a proud day for Community Offshore Wind as we submit an offshore wind proposal that has the potential to deliver affordable, clean energy to New Yorkers for generations to come,” says Will Hazelip, president of National Grid Ventures (NGV), U.S. Northeast. “National Grid has strong New York roots and a dedication to helping the state reach its clean energy goals, while providing significant economic benefits and jobs. Our proposal has been carefully crafted by a team with decades of experience delivering energy safely, reliably and efficiently to millions of New Yorkers. Community Offshore Wind knows New York and we believe we are submitting the most competitive bid.”

“Community Offshore Wind aims to reestablish New York as an energy manufacturing hub that shifts the supply chain from global to local, while prioritizing disadvantaged communities, local content, and union labor,” comments Sam Eaton, CEO of RWE Offshore Holdings. “The investments included in our proposal enable New Yorkers to step into the benefits promised in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and embrace an equitable clean energy future. As a leading offshore wind developer globally, RWE is proud to partner with National Grid and play a key role in New York’s just transition.”

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Invenergy, energyRe Joint Venture Enters Bid for N.Y. Offshore Wind Solicitation

North American Windpower - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 09:50

Leading Light Wind, an American-led offshore wind development in the New York Bight, has submitted its bid for an offshore wind power contract to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Leading Light Wind is a partnership between Invenergy and energyRe. New York’s third competitive offshore wind solicitation includes a nation-leading $500 million investment in offshore wind ports, manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure. Leading Light Wind proposes delivering up to 2,100 MW of clean energy to the state.

“Leading Light Wind is charting a course for New York’s clean energy future, one that is led by American innovation,” says Michael Polsky, founder and CEO at Invenergy. “As the only American-led offshore wind project in the New York Bight, Leading Light Wind has an unmatched commitment to advancing a domestic offshore wind industry that secures American competitiveness in the global market, delivers a just energy transition, and builds new opportunities for New Yorkers.”

“Leading Light Wind is ready to bring our decades of expertise and experience to the fight for a resilient future,” comments Miguel Prado, CEO of energyRe. “Offshore wind is critical to reaching New York’s bold climate and clean energy goals and can accelerate a family-sustaining green economy across the state. Leading Light Wind is uniquely positioned to realize New York’s domestic leadership in offshore wind—and deliver on the promise of cleaner air and a healthier future for our communities.”

“We are pleased to offer a unique and differentiated supply chain investment plan that will deliver economic benefits from Western New York to the Capital Region to New York City,” adds Joshua Weinstein, vice president and head of offshore development for Invenergy. “We’re creating next-generation jobs through an innovation and operations base at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard and marshaling port development at the Arthur Kill Terminal on Staten Island. In addition, we’re offering an energy storage solution to provide grid resilience and align our project with New York’s energy storage goals.”

Leading Light Wind signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) to ensure the project is built by New York union construction workers. The MOU covers all aspects of construction – from supply chain and port construction to offshore construction.

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Minnesota Bill Establishes 100 Percent Clean Energy Goal by 2040

Solar Industry Magazine - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 08:05

After more than seven hours of debate, the Minnesota House passed HF7, as amended, by a 70-60 vote along party lines.

The bill, if signed by the governor, would require utilities doing business in the state to use entirely carbon-free sources for electricity production by 2040. Sponsored by House Majority Leader Jamie Long, the bill would have Minnesota join 21 other states that have established a 100% clean energy standard or goal.

“Minnesota is one of the top states in the country in seeing change to our climate,” says Long. “Some have asked us what one state alone can do. Collectively, states can make a big difference. The bill before us today would put us on track to achieve the net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 that the world’s leading scientists are telling us are required. And it would unlock even bigger emission reductions in the transportation and industrial sectors.”

In addition to establishing the carbon-free standard by 2040, the bill would streamline the siting and routing process for solar energy generating systems, clarify in state law what qualifies as a renewable energy source, and specify under what circumstances the Public Utilities Commission can allow the modification or delay of new renewable, carbon-free or solar standards. Long said that this would provide some “off-ramps” if clean energy technologies prove too unreliable or expensive.

In addition to lifting the cap on the generating capacity of hydroelectric facilities in order for them to be called “carbon-free,” the bill would encourage giving preference for building new generating facilities in communities where fossil-fuel generating facilities have been or are scheduled to be retired. It would also require the state’s prevailing wage be paid to workers constructing or repowering large generating facilities.

In 2007, the state established its previous standard of 25% of the state’s energy being from renewable sources by 2025. It achieved that goal in 2017.

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Minnesota Bill Aimed at 100 Percent Carbon-Free Power Sources by 2040

North American Windpower - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 08:05

After more than seven hours of debate, the Minnesota House passed HF7, as amended, by a 70-60 vote along party lines. It would require utilities doing business in the state to use entirely carbon-free sources for electricity production by 2040.

Sponsored by House Majority Leader Jamie Long (DFL-Mpls), the bill would have Minnesota join 21 other states that have established a 100% clean energy standard or goal.

“Minnesota is one of the top states in the country in seeing change to our climate,” says Long. “Some have asked us what one state alone can do. Collectively, states can make a big difference. The bill before us today would put us on track to achieve the net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 that the world’s leading scientists are telling us are required. And it would unlock even bigger emission reductions in the transportation and industrial sectors.”

In addition to establishing the carbon-free standard by 2040, the bill would streamline the siting and routing process for solar energy generating systems, clarify in state law what qualifies as a renewable energy source, and specify under what circumstances the Public Utilities Commission can allow the modification or delay of new renewable, carbon-free or solar standards. Long said that this would provide some “off-ramps” if clean energy technologies prove too unreliable or expensive.

In addition to lifting the cap on the generating capacity of hydroelectric facilities in order for them to be called “carbon-free,” the bill would encourage giving preference for building new generating facilities in communities where fossil-fuel generating facilities have been or are scheduled to be retired. It would also require the state’s prevailing wage be paid to workers constructing or repowering large generating facilities.

In 2007, the state established its previous standard of 25% of the state’s energy being from renewable sources by 2025. It achieved that goal in 2017.

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As SMR developer X-energy moves to go public, merger partner Ares cautions investors about risks

Utility Dive - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 07:25

Investors were warned of small modular reactors’ limited operating experience and other challenges that could lead to higher-than-expected construction costs, maintenance requirements and operating expenses.

Xcel plans to install Form Energy’s multiday storage at retired coal plant sites, eyes green hydrogen pilots

Utility Dive - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 07:00

The company is well-positioned to become a renewable energy exporter but needs longer-term storage solutions, officials said during a Thursday earnings call.

How one company is hoping to build a major lithium production site in Nevada

Utility Dive - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 06:14

With a $700 million loan commitment from the Department of Energy, Ioneer hopes to launch a site that could produce enough lithium to support 370,000 EVs annually.

How green building policy could evolve in 2023

Utility Dive - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 06:04

After reducing energy use in buildings, cutting embodied carbon is next on the green policy agenda for state and local leaders, potentially prompting a shift from concrete and steel to materials like timber or straw, experts say.

ISO-NE to begin dispatching growing fleet of ‘front-of-meter’ solar resources in boost to reliability

Utility Dive - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 06:00

The change set to take effect in December could also lower power prices in some areas, sending more accurate investment signals, according to the grid operator.

EVs are more popular than ever. They’re also extremely prone to cyberattacks.

Utility Dive - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 06:00

If action is not taken to uniformly protect electric vehicles and charging infrastructure from cyber threats, the mobile exoskeleton of the U.S. could be targeted.

Forrest plans multi-billion dollar battery business, hopes to land five big green energy deals

Renew Economy - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 19:11

Andrew Forrest says "world leading" WAE could turn into a multi-billion dollar battery technology business, expects to seal five big green energy deals this year.

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Energy Insiders Podcast: Do we have enough lithium?

Renew Economy - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 18:26

Lithium analyst Rodney Hooper on supply and demand for key battery metal. Plus: Solar has killed coal, but can it kill gas?

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Gas prices boost Origin’s profit, as “green” takeover bidder seeks partners

Renew Economy - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 17:32

Origin releases dramatically higher earnings guidance amid speculation over the commitment of suitors Brookfield and EIG.

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Bechtel Completes 140 MW Cutlass Solar Project in Texas

Solar Industry Magazine - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 16:45

Bechtel says it has completed the 140 MW DC Cutlass Solar project, located in Fort Bend, Texas, and added the outpout to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ Houston Zone.

“Bechtel is supporting America’s energy transition by providing development capital for critical projects like Cutlass, and by building our own specialty solar construction equipment fleet and developing and deploying a digital execution platform for our renewable customers,” says Kelley Brown, EPC Operations manager, North America Core Renewables, Bechtel Infrastructure. “We are committed to doing our part to help promote a decarbonized environment for future generations.”

Bechtel partnered with Advanced Power in the development of Cutlass Solar through Bechtel Enterprises, the company’s project development and financing arm.

“This is an important milestone in the long-standing partnership between Advanced Power and Bechtel,” states Matt Strangfeld, managing director at Bechtel Enterprises. “Bechtel is committed to efficiently creating new, high-quality clean energy projects through our integrated project development and construction approach.”

At the peak of construction, Bechtel parented with local contractors, and filled more than 300 jobs with workers from the area. Bechtel performed the engineering, procurement and construction, and provided full turnkey services including the procurement and delivery of nearly 345,000 solar panels – successfully navigating shipping and logistics constraints and the U.S. import requirements in record time. Together with Advanced Power, the owner of the project, Bechtel developed innovative contracting solutions to advance the project and minimize completion delays.

“We are proud to continue our role as global developer, manager, and owner of renewable and low-carbon energy infrastructure in partnership with Bechtel as our EPC,” comments John Coleman, Advanced Power’s director of construction. “Cutlass is the fourth clean power project successfully delivered together that is displacing CO2 emissions around the globe.”

Bechtel is currently working on over 2 GW of solar and wind power projects in various stages of development and construction throughout the United States. Applying its project development capabilities and EPC experience and expertise, Bechtel has capacity to participate in innovative clean energy and renewables projects from the development stage through commissioning and handover to ensure schedule certainty, local content, systems integration, and sustainability. Cutlass Solar is the fourth project Bechtel has delivered for Advanced Power.

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