Renewable Energy World Just another Your SUPER-powered WP Engine Multisite Install site Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:52:22 +0000 en-app hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Renewables acceleration expected under new app administration /2020/11/20/renewables-acceleration-expected-under-new-us-administration/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:51:53 +0000 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/?p=308150 We are anticipating a fast pace of change from an energy perspective post-election with the Biden/Harris administration having pledged to re-join the Paris climate agreement and calling for net zero by 2050. Renewable energy was a pillar of the election campaign, not only from an environmental stance, but also as a job creation vehicle. It’s...

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We are anticipating a fast pace of change from an energy perspective post-election with the Biden/Harris administration having pledged to re-join the Paris climate agreement and calling for net zero by 2050.

Renewable energy was a pillar of the election campaign, not only from an environmental stance, but also as a job creation vehicle. It’s expected this will encourage project approvals, job creation and training support and new funds to help with infrastructure needs. All eyes will now be on the global wind original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as MHI Vestas, Bladt and Siemens Gamesa to follow through with investments in new locations and manufacturing operations.

There are many companies in the app, particularly in the northeast, that are ready to support the offshore wind industry, but they need projects to fully develop.  As project lead times will be more clearly defined, these companies will partner with international suppliers to build the support the industry requires. More clearly defined time frames will also allow for both regional and state training programs to be developed so workers are available when needed and suppliers can scale as the industry grows.

The renewable industry has huge potential for the app and the power purchase agreements (PPAs) in place are a leading indicator of this potential. Previous consent delays gave the OEMs pause as they desperately want to see steel in the water. We now expect to see more rapid project approvals which will lead to construction to enable those large-scale projects and a more predictable pipeline of developments.

Confidence that there will be a robust offshore wind industry and that projects will be approved will drive local supply chains and stimulate greater investment. It will encourage industry clusters to form around projects and existing assets. Importantly, it will give the global offshore wind tier one suppliers the confidence that establishing app operations makes long term economic sense.

A renewable energy strategy driven by the White House will unlock significant investment in the mid-Atlantic region and you only have to look at the New Jersey Windport development as an example of the ambitious state-led impetus for renewable energy. The state is looking at various funding options for a proposed $300 million to $500 million port infrastructure development. Increased support from the White House would be likely to move discussions with OEMs forward from concept to reality.

And it won’t only be larger states that benefit. All major undeveloped (or underdeveloped) locations should see serious discussions regarding investments. The current plan calls for more than 30GW by 2035 and when looking at how current planned and expected power purchase agreements will roll out, in 2025 and beyond there will be over 300 turbines per year installed which will require multiple locations along the entire Atlantic coast.

Whilst the new administration will cause some decision-making headaches for traditional hydrocarbon players, as an industry we also must look to the opportunity. Both oil and gas majors and the supply chain have recently been altering their business narratives. The Biden-Harris administration is likely to bring an acceleration of already-commenced activities to reduce or offset emissions. Of course, some of the global majors are already investing in offshore wind and the supply chain is rising to the challenges of the energy transition, so we are poised for the growth in opportunities within the app.

COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, next November would provide the perfect opportunity for the new administration to actively demonstrate its climate commitments on the world stage and we can expect renewed confidence in co-operation with other global leaders on climate policies.

About the Author

Jeff Tingley is a senior consultant at Xodus and an experienced Rhode Island business specialist. Xodus has operations in Houston and launched in Boston earlier this year to bring its extensive offshore wind expertise to the appA.

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SCE to buy energy capacity from Sunrun’s 5-MW VPP to boost resilience /2020/11/20/sce-to-buy-energy-capacity-from-sunruns-5-mw-vpp-to-boost-resilience/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/?p=308120 Sunrun announced that it has contracted with Southern California Edison (SCE) in a deal that it says will increase grid resilience and lower power costs. SCE will send signals to Sunrun during high-demand events such as extreme heat waves when the energy grid is strained. In response, Sunrun will dispatch energy from thousands of its...

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Sunrun announced that it has contracted with Southern California Edison (SCE) in a deal that it says will increase grid resilience and lower power costs. SCE will send signals to Sunrun during high-demand events such as extreme heat waves when the energy grid is strained. In response, Sunrun will dispatch energy from thousands of its Brightbox solar-powered battery systems installed in the SCE territory, providing five megawatts (MW) of energy capacity to help support the overall energy system.

The same solar-powered home batteries will also provide reliable backup power to these households if the power goes out.

“The need for a more resilient grid and backup power could not be more apparent in California at this moment in history,” said Lynn Jurich, Sunrun’s Chief Executive Officer and co-founder. “Sunrun’s contract with SCE will provide affordable, clean, reliable energy solutions for California’s grid, as well as help individuals take control of their energy future.”

The Sunrun-SCE contract will participate in California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Resource Adequacy (RA) program, which ensures efficient and reliable operation of California’s grid. By bundling the power from these batteries together to create a “virtual power plant”, Sunrun will release stored solar energy to the grid when it’s needed most, lowering the overall cost of power and reducing strain on the energy system. At least 10% of the RA capacity will be provided from Brightbox systems installed on low-to-moderate income households, helping ensure everyone can benefit from clean, affordable, and reliable home energy.

Sunrun will soon begin reaching out to customers to participate in this program and will start installations at the end of 2020, with plans for all installations to be completed by August 2023. This new contract with SCE extends a decade with fixed pricing and provides Sunrun incremental recurring revenue from providing virtual power plant services to the grid.

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Energy Cast Podcast: Maximizing geothermal with hydrocarbon /2020/11/20/energy-cast-podcast-maximizing-geothermal-with-hydrocarbon/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/?p=308130 Energy Cast is a podcast featuring some of the top experts across all links in the energy industry chain, including renewables, generation and more! Jay Dauenhauer created the show and has been hosting Energy Cast for several years. Click here to listen to the full episode! The first time I ever heard of using oilfields...

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Energy Cast is a podcast featuring some of the top experts across all links in the energy industry chain, including renewables, generation and more! Jay Dauenhauer created the show and has been hosting Energy Cast for several years.

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The first time I ever heard of using oilfields to create geothermal energy was from former Texas State Rep. Warren Chisum, probably ten years ago.  When I was working on  my second geothermal episode I knew this was the direction I wanted to take.

I believe geothermal could be the perfect energy source.  It is abundant, renewable, and always available–a quality NO other renewable energy sources have.

However, I’ve always heard how difficult it is to implement.  Some places are too deep for water to be recovered as steam.  I’ve also heard the equipment is finicky.

Geothermal from oilfields has a few advantages.  First, the well is already drilled and that would lower upfront costs.  Second, horizontal wells, and particularly multiple wells drilled on the same pad would create enormous amounts of heat.

 and his team developed the first-ever commercial oilfield geothermal facility in North Dakota.  They used a binary cycle system, and were lucky because the naturally occurring water in these oilfield formations was relatively fresh.

 meaning hydrocarbons were produced at the same time geothermal energy was being produced.  That was not true in this case but Dr. Gosnold says it is possible.

I have long said that oilfield operators could do more to maximize efficiency.  Rather than haul generators carrying Saudi-pumped oil to produce domestic oil, they could be generating power locally.

Dr. Gosnold and I also spoke about the need to marry upstream oilfield operations with electric utilities to make these projects happen.  Hopefully now that this technology is proven, we will see more of these partnerships. (This podcast originally aired in July 2018).


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The organizations that will benefit from Bezos’ $791M and what will they do with the money /2020/11/20/the-organizations-that-will-benefit-from-bezos-791m-and-what-will-they-do-with-the-money/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 07:04:00 +0000 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/?p=308129 In an Instagram statement on Monday, November 16, Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos announced the first recipients of his $10B Earth Fund. In the statement, he named the 16 organizations who together will receive $791M to continue their work fighting for climate justice. His statement is below. “I’ve spent the past several months learning...

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In on Monday, November 16, Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos announced the first recipients of his $10B Earth Fund. In the statement, he named the 16 organizations who together will receive $791M to continue their work fighting for climate justice. His statement is below.

“I’ve spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale. Today, I’m pleased to announce the first Bezos Earth Fund recipients—16 organizations working on innovative, ambitious, and needle-moving solutions. This $791 million in donations is just the beginning of my $10 billion commitment to fund scientists, activists, NGOs, and others. We can all protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now.”

The recipients are listed in order of funding, with the big hitters first.

The $100M winners

Environmental Defense Fund’s $100M grant will support work that includes completion and launch of MethaneSAT, a satellite that will not only locate and measure sources of methane pollution around the world, but also provide public access to data that ensures accountability and drives deep reductions of this pollutant. The grant will also be used to build confidence in carbon credits by improving scientific understanding of the storage and removal of carbon using nature-based processes in forests, agricultural soils, and oceans, said EDF.

The Natural Resources Defense Council received $100M to advance climate solutions and legislation at the state level, move the needle on policies and programs focused on reducing oil and gas production, protect and restore ecosystems that store carbon (like forests and wetlands), and accelerate sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices, it said.

The funding will also expand and support NRDC’s network of local, regional and national partners that are working on the ground throughout the U.S. to strengthen equity and justice at the heart of climate advocacy. Additionally, a portion of the grant will go directly to the NRDC Action Fund to support its work to build the political will for climate policies.

Another $100M recipient is The Nature Conservancy who said it plans to use the money to protect the Emerald Edge forest in the United States and Canada.

The World Resources Institute is another $100M recipient. The money will be doled out over 5 years and will be used to develop a satellite-based monitoring system to advance natural climate solutions around the world. The system will monitor carbon emissions and capture potentially harmful changes to the world’s forests, grasslands, wetlands, farms, and other critical areas. The grant will also be used to spur the electrification of U.S. school buses by 2030—over 450,000 vehicles—bringing cleaner air and fewer carbon emissions to communities across the country.

The World Wildlife Fund also received $100M to help protect and restore mangroves, which store carbon and protect coastal communities from the ravages of climate-accelerated weather events. It also will enable WWF to develop new markets for seaweed as an alternative to fossil fuel-based products and to protect forests and other ecosystems from destruction in some of the most important landscapes in the world, it said. WWF added that the grand will allow it to leverage another $850M.

The $15-50M winners

ClimateWorks Foundation received $50M and will use the gift to drive climate action in the transportation and industrial sectors.

The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice received $43M over three years to help expand grantmaking to organizations led by Black, Brown, and Indigenous women and other frontline leaders.

The Solutions Project received $43M over the next three years. The group said this is its largest grant to date and it will use the funds to further its mission to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy and equitable access to healthy air, water, and land. The Solutions Project champions and invests in a climate justice movement that centers women and power-building organizations led by Black, Indigenous, Immigrant, and other people of color.

The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund received $43M over 3 years and said the grant will “enable us to expand our support of community-based organizations, more than doubling the number of states we are working in across the country. In turn, our grants will support grassroots organizing to build power and increase participation in our democratic processes within communities of color, advocate for clean-energy policy solutions that reflect the priorities of these communities, and advance racial, economic, and environmental justice.”

Salk Institute for Biological Studies received $30M to advance efforts to increase the ability of crop plants, such as corn and soybeans, to capture and store atmospheric carbon via their roots in the soil. The Bezos grant announcement comes to the institute for the same project.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) received a two-year $15M grant to advocate for updates to the U.S. electrical grid that will speed the amount of wind, solar, and energy storage used in key states. The grant will also support UCS efforts to accelerate the electrification of commercial trucking, a major source of dangerous air pollution to communities along high-traffic corridors nationwide, it said.

The U10s ($10M and Under)

Rocky Mountain Institute, which is receiving $10M said $8M will go to its carbon-free buildings campaign, which seeks to make all U.S. buildings carbon-free by 2040 by advocating for all-electric new construction and retrofitting existing homes and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. The remaining $2M will allow RMI and its partners to kickstart efforts via the Mission Possible Partnership, which seeks to decarbonize the energy-intensive industrial sector (aviation, shipping, heavy road transport, aluminum, steel, chemical and cement) over the next 10 years.

Dream Corps Green For All will use its $10M grant to continue its work creating a green economy that prioritized low-income communities and people of color.

Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden) has received $5M to plant trees and alleviate extreme poverty in three countries.


Information on two other recipients — Energy Foundation and NDN Collective — was not available at press time. Doing the math, however, shows that combined they received $42M.

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Hydroelectric plants have fastest start-up time of U.S. electric generators /2020/11/19/hydroelectric-plants-have-fastest-start-up-time-of-u-s-electric-generators/ Thu, 19 Nov 2020 17:49:06 +0000 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/?p=308126 Most hydroelectric turbines in the U.S. can go from cold start to full operations in less than 10 minutes, which is a faster start-up time than any other U.S. electric generators, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. EIA said about 25% of U.S. power plants can start up — going from being shut down...

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Most hydroelectric turbines in the U.S. can go from cold start to full operations in less than 10 minutes, which is a faster start-up time than any other U.S. electric generators, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

about 25% of U.S. power plants can start up — going from being shut down to fully operating — within one hour, based on data collected in its annual survey of electric generators. The time it takes a power plant to reach full operations can affect the reliability and operations of the electric grid. Some power plants, especially those powered by coal and nuclear fuel, require more than half a day to reach full operations.

Generator startup time differs because of the differences in the complexity of electricity generating processes, especially when starting again after all processes have been stopped (cold shut down). A generator’s startup time is different from a generator’s ramp rate, which reflects how quickly that generator can modify its power output once it’s operating.

After hydroelectric turbines, combustion turbines (which use a combusted fuel-air mixture to spin a turbine) are also relatively fast to start up.

Steam turbines often require more time as the steam needs to reach certain temperature, pressure and moisture content thresholds before it can be directed to a turbine that can spin the electricity generator. Nuclear power plants use steam turbines, but these plants have additional time-intensive processes that involve managing their nuclear fuel. Almost all nuclear power plants require more than 12 hours to reach full operations. Power plants that require more than 12 hours to start up are increasingly rare. Only 4% of the generating capacity that came online from 2010 to 2019 requires more than half a day to reach full load.

Natural gas combined-cycle systems, which involve both a steam turbine and a combustion turbine, account for more capacity than any other generating technology in the U.S. Most of those systems can reach full operations in one hour to 12 hours, although some can start up within an hour.

The percentage of the generator fleet that does not respond to this question in EIA’s survey has doubled — from 6% in 2013, when EIA first collected this data, to 12% in 2019 — as a result of the number of utility-scale solar and wind power plants added in recent years. This question is not relevant for these types of plants.

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Ameresco completes 5.3-MW solar array for San Joaquin County /2020/11/19/ameresco-completes-5-3-mw-solar-array-for-san-joaquin-county/ Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/?p=308118 Ameresco, Inc. announced that it has completed construction on a 5.3-megawatt (MW) dc ground-mount solar energy system at San Joaquin County’s Foothill Landfill. This is Ameresco’s second renewable energy project with the County and will help reduce their utility costs through California’s Renewable Energy Self-Generation Bill Credit Transfer (RES-BCT) program. San Joaquin County partnered with Ameresco to...

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Ameresco, Inc. announced that it has completed construction on a 5.3-megawatt (MW) dc ground-mount solar energy system at San Joaquin County’s Foothill Landfill. This is Ameresco’s second renewable energy project with the County and will help reduce their utility costs through California’s Renewable Energy Self-Generation Bill Credit Transfer (RES-BCT) program.

San Joaquin County partnered with Ameresco to develop, own and operate a ground-mount solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the Foothill Landfill in Linden, California. Funded by a power purchase agreement (PPA), Ameresco installed 13,770 solar modules rated at 385W-DC each, as well as 29 solar inverters rated at 125kW-AC each. Under a separate agreement with San Joaquin County, Ameresco constructed a 4.3-MW landfill gas to energy plant at the same landfill in 2014.

According to Ameresco, the system will generate approximately 10,473,000 kWh of electricity in year one, equating to a reduction of 7,405 tons of CO2 emissions. In addition to the electrical savings, the County will also receive a $500,000 upfront lease payment for the use of the land, infusing revenue into the County from day one.

San Joaquin County Supervisor, Chuck Winn, commented, “The County recognized that the Foothill Landfill site in Linden had a large amount of undeveloped land. Thanks to a previous project implemented at the site in partnership with Ameresco, we knew there was a similar opportunity to do something productive with the site. When Ameresco approached us about the potential use of the undeveloped land for solar arrays, it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”

Construction of the San Joaquin County solar project was recently completed.

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Online electricity marketplace WattBuy secures $3.25M /2020/11/19/online-electricity-marketplace-wattbuy-secures-3-25m/ Thu, 19 Nov 2020 10:03:00 +0000 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/?p=308115 WattBuy, an online electricity marketplace that allows consumers to browse and select electricity plans in their area, today announced it has raised $3.25 million in Series A funding led by Evergy Ventures. Additional investors include Updater, Avesta Fund, Yoav Lurie, John Sherman, and Bill Gatreaux. Existing investors also participating in this round include Fort Ventures,...

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WattBuy, an online electricity marketplace that allows consumers to browse and select electricity plans in their area, today announced it has raised $3.25 million in Series A funding led by Evergy Ventures. Additional investors include Updater, Avesta Fund, Yoav Lurie, John Sherman, and Bill Gatreaux. Existing investors also participating in this round include Fort Ventures, Techstars Ventures and Powerhouse Ventures.  

Each investor brings a track record in supporting companies that create solutions to decarbonize and democratize the energy value chain.

Naman Trivedi, CEO and co-founder of WattBuy said, “These funds enable us to expand our turnkey API offering within market leading real estate platforms like Updater as well as personal finance companies and energy services businesses. We’re enabling enterprises to launch their own renewable electricity marketplaces that can increase value to their existing customers.”

WattBuy’s Series A funding round follows the  of the first ever calculator to estimate the electricity cost and carbon footprint impact for nearly every home in the United States, according to the company. This calculator incorporates several open and proprietary data sources to build a machine learning model that takes location, building characteristics, and weather data as inputs, and returns an hourly electricity usage prediction. WattBuy will continue to improve this machine learning model with the funding from this round.

“WattBuy is providing an important service to consumers by helping them find the best electricity plan for them, including factors such as price and sustainability,” said Dennis Odell, vice president at Evergy Ventures. 

Over the past two decades, several state governments have deregulated their electricity markets, allowing residents to choose who provides their electricity. Today, over 140 million Americans in 14 states can use WattBuy to choose electricity providers and plans to find one that matches their preferences. On average, these residents could save $360 per year by selecting a less expensive electricity provider, says WattBuy.

Earlier this year, WattBuy  a -funded project in partnership with the  (NREL) to create the nation’s first complete, up-to-date database of electricity rates.

Since its founding in 2017, WattBuy has raised a total of $5 million in venture funding. The company closed its $1.5 million seed round in July 2019.

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UK unveils ‘green industrial revolution’ strategy /2020/11/18/uk-unveils-green-industrial-revolution-strategy/ Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:57:25 +0000 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/?p=308106 Boris Johnson’s ten-point plan includes action on offshore wind, CCS, hydrogen, heat pumps and electric vehicles, writes Kelvin Ross British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today unveiled his long-awaited ten-point action intended to kick-start a ‘green industrial revolution’ in the UK. The strategy is designed to boost jobs and ‘level-up’ the country in terms of driving...

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Boris Johnson’s ten-point plan includes action on offshore wind, CCS, hydrogen, heat pumps and electric vehicles, writes Kelvin Ross

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today unveiled his long-awaited ten-point action intended to kick-start a ‘green industrial revolution’ in the UK.

The strategy is designed to boost jobs and ‘level-up’ the country in terms of driving business and employment across all regions.

“Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales,” Johnson said today.

Highlights in the plan include moves to heat a whole town from hydrogen by the end of the decade, and banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030 – ten years earlier than previously planned.

The government also plans to pump millions of pounds of investment into carbon capture and storage and developing nuclear power, both large scale and, especially, small modular reactors.

Here are the ten action points in full:

Offshore wind: The UK – already the world leader in offshore wind – wants to produce enough offshore wind to power every home by 2030, which would mean quadrupling current capacity to 40GW in the next decade.

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This builds on a target unveiled last month for floating offshore wind in the North Sea to deliver 1GW of energy by 2030, which is over 15 times the current volumes worldwide.

UK unveils ‘green industrial revolution’ strategy

There is also a pledge to double the capacity of renewable energy in the next Contracts for Difference auction, which will open in late 2021;

Hydrogen: The government will work with industry to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for industry, transport, power and homes and invest £500 million to make this happen. Included in this is the creation of a pilot project that will ultimately see tens of thousands of homes using hydrogen for cooking and heating.

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Nuclear: With construction of Hinkley Point C well underway, the government sees small, modular advanced reactors as the future of UK nuclear, believing it could support 10,000 new jobs.

Carbon capture: Johnson wants to UK “revitalise the birthplaces of the first industrial revolution” and put the UK “at the global forefront of carbon capture, usage and storage technology, benefiting regions with industries that are particularly difficult to decarbonise”.

An extra £200 million of new funding has been found to create two carbon capture clusters by the mid-2020s, with another two set to be created by 2030. These clusters are likely to be in England’s northeast, northwest, Scotland and Wales.

Electric vehicles: The Prime Minister has announced £1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of chargepoints for EVs in homes, streets and motorways across England, plus £582 million in grants for those buying zero or ultra-low emission vehicles to make them cheaper to buy and incentivise more people to make the transition.

UK unveils ‘green industrial revolution’ strategy

The government says it will spend nearly £500 million in the next four years on the development and mass-scale production of EV batteries.

Homes and public buildings: A target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028 I at the centre of a bid to make homes, schools and hospitals more sustainable and energy efficient;

Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries such as aviation and shipping to become greener through research projects;

Nature: Protecting and restoring our natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, whilst creating and retaining thousands of jobs.

Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.

Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future.

Johnson – who is currently self-isolating because of contact with a colleague who has coronavirus – said the action plan marks the beginning of the UK’s path to net zero as it prepares to host the international COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year.

“Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, I haven’t lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country. My Ten Point Plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050,” he said.


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Lithuanian wind power capacity about to get a substantial boost /2020/11/18/lithuanian-wind-power-capacity-about-to-get-a-substantial-boost/ Wed, 18 Nov 2020 07:40:00 +0000 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/?p=308100 GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has been selected by European Energy as the supplier for three windfarms in Lithuania, located about 80 kilometers North of the capital Vilnius. The three wind farms, with a total combined capacity of 121 MW will use 22 GE Cypress onshore wind turbine units, will add 23% of wind power...

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GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has been selected by European Energy as the supplier for three windfarms in Lithuania, located about 80 kilometers North of the capital Vilnius.

The three wind farms, with a total combined capacity of 121 MW will use 22 GE Cypress onshore wind turbine units, will add 23% of wind power capacity to the country’s current wind power production. The deal also includes a 25-year full-service contract.

European Energy will operate the Cypress turbines at 5.5 MW, with a rotor diameter of 158m and blades provided by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business. All turbines will be erected on a 151m tower. The installation of the wind turbines at the project site will take place in H2 2021.

According to the Lithuanian wind power association, Lvea, Lithuania has set the goal to produce 100 percent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2050. There are currently 23 wind parks operating in Lithuania with a combined capacity of 480 MW. Together with the individual wind turbines, there is a total of 534 MW of wind power installed today.

The Cypress onshore wind platform enables significant Annual Energy Production (AEP) improvements, increased efficiency in service ability, improved logistics and siting potential, and ultimately more value for customers, says GE. The two-piece blade design enables blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths, improving logistics to drive costs down and offer more siting options in locations that were previously inaccessible, according to GE.

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Southwest Georgia’s Hickory Park solar + storage project under construction /2020/11/18/southwest-georgias-hickory-park-solar-storage-project-under-construction/ Wed, 18 Nov 2020 07:38:00 +0000 http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/?p=308098 Yesterday, RWE Renewables announced that its Hickory Park Solar project, a 195.5-megawatt (MWac) facility coupled with a 40-MW 2-hour battery storage system, located in Mitchell County, Georgia, is under construction. RWE is operator/manager of the solar facility, selling the energy and renewable attributes from the facility to Georgia Power through its Renewable Energy Development Initiative program....

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Yesterday, RWE Renewables announced that its Hickory Park Solar project, a 195.5-megawatt (MWac) facility coupled with a 40-MW 2-hour battery storage system, located in Mitchell County, Georgia, is under construction. RWE is operator/manager of the solar facility, selling the energy and renewable attributes from the facility to Georgia Power through its Renewable Energy Development Initiative program. The project is expected to be online in late 2021.

The company announced in November 2019 that it had entered into a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power, an investor owned public utility that serves more than 2.6 million customers.

When complete, the Hickory Park solar power plant will interconnect more than 650,000 solar panels, which together will cover an area of about 1,800 acres. The integration of a state-of-the-art DC-coupled storage system will allow the project’s energy yield to be optimized and increase the predictability of injection into the Georgia Power grid.

“We are extremely pleased to have a project of this size in Georgia under construction,” said Silvia Ortin, COO Onshore Wind and Solar PV Americas.

“We are excited about this new economic boost for our community,” said Paige Gilchrist, Executive Director of the Mitchell County Development Authority. “RWE’s significant investment will generate new tax dollars for our community as well as bring in hundreds of construction workers who will be spending money here, therefore increasing our local sales tax. “

In addition to Hickory Park, RWE owns and operates West of the Pecos solar project, a 100-MW (ac) project located in Reeves County, Texas. Furthermore, RWE has significant experience in the U.S. onshore market with more than 4.2 GW (RWE’s pro rata share is about 3.6 GW) of onshore wind. In addition, RWE has, at the moment, almost 1 GW of onshore wind farms under construction in the U.S. The projects are located in Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio and New York State.

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