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German wind auction reaches 1GW for first time since 2017

Wind Power Monthly - 4 hours 26 min ago
Developer appetite drove higher capacity awards, according to German wind energy association BWE, but problems persist
Categories: Wind Power

GE Renewable Energy and LafargeHolcim agree to develop circular wind industry

Renewable Energy News - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 14:37

GE Renewable Energy and LafargeHolcim have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore circular economy solutions using materials from decommissioned wind turbines.

The companies are exploring new ways of recycling wind blades, as well as how wind turbine blades can be turned into sustainable construction materials to build new wind farms.

This research builds on LafargeHolcim’s work, under its Geocycle brand, to recover energy from GE’s decommissioned turbine blades after they have been removed from the turbine and shredded. Geocycle offers co-processing solutions for wind blades in Germany and will evaluate the possibility of extending this solution to other parts of Europe.

“This is a truly exciting next step in our journey to introduce new circular lifecycle improvements for the wind industry,” said Jérôme Pécresse, chief executive officer of GE Renewable Energy. “We are delighted to work with LafargeHolcim on these critical projects, which will help to improve the sustainability of wind power now and well into the future.”

This next phase of collaboration between these two companies follows the 2020 announcement to co-develop wind turbine towers at record heights using concrete three-dimensional printing together with COBOD, the Danish 3D printing start-up.

 “With sustainability at the core of our strategy, accelerating renewable energy and the circular economy are top priorities for our business. I’m very excited about this collaboration with GE Renewable Energy because it meets both goals at once,” said Edelio Bermejo, head of LafargeHolcim’s Global Innovation Center.

This announcement is the next step in both partners’ focus on circular solutions. The European Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan, one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal, and nearly 10 GW of ageing turbines in Europe are expected to be repowered or decommissioned by 2025, according to GE.

US renewable energy giant refuses to pay hackers ransom

Wind Power Monthly - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 13:17
Invenergy was reportedly hacked by a Russian-linked ransomware cartel over the weekend, but will not be giving in to their demands
Categories: Wind Power

DOE provides NYPA, EPRI $200,000 to research long-duration storage

Renewable Energy News - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 12:43

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced this week that it will launch a project with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to explore the use of crushed rock thermal energy storage to provide reliable and effective energy storage in a market with significant renewable energy resources. The project will be led by EPRI and funded by a $200,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant. It will investigate the feasibility of a thermal energy storage (TES) technology developed by Brenmiller Energy, an Israeli developer and manufacturer of thermal energy storage systems. If determined to be feasible, the investigation team will pilot the technology and evaluate its ability to provide effective and economical energy storage at NYPA’s Eugene W. Zeltmann Power Project in Astoria.

In addition to the DOE’s funding, the project participants will contribute another $50,000.

“Investing in research and development to improve energy storage is critical at this moment in time,” said Neva Espinoza, EPRI vice president of Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources. “Innovations in energy storage will contribute to a grid that is both reliable and resilient. This is essential to reaching a cleaner energy future, and we look forward to working with NYPA on this feasibility study.”

“Integrating energy storage is key if we want to make the most of the increasing use of renewable energy resources such as solar and wind,” said Alan Ettlinger, NYPA’s senior director of Research, Technology Development and Innovation. “This collaboration with EPRI could potentially perfect an environmentally friendly solution that would provide large-scale, longer-duration energy storage that would ultimately help renewable energy compete with fossil fuels.”

This new storage technology holds potential to help transition New York State from fossil fuels to at least 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030, which is part of the state’s Vision2030 strategic plan. Part of NYPA’s Vision 2030 strategy includes investigating in potential low- to zero-carbon technologies at several of its facilities to transition from fossil fuel and stabilize the grid as it integrates cleaner energy sources.

Brenmiller, has patented a high-temperature crushed-rock TES system, which is being tested in three generations of demonstration units at separate sites globally. As with other energy storage technologies, the system stores excess energy, in this case thermal energy, so it can be used later during peak demand periods.

The first phase of the NYPA project will be a feasibility study on the integration of the crushed-rock thermal energy storage into a range of fossil generation assets, which is expected to be complete in early 2022. A project plan will then be developed for a second phase to  evaluate real world operating conditions and demonstrate the technology’s ability to provide effective and economical energy storage at a natural gas combined cycle plant.

The plan will evaluate the cost and performance of Brenmiller’s TES technology, to support commercial-scale deployment by 2030. United E&C, an engineering and construction firm, is supporting the project through a techno-economic study.

NYPA is also partnering with Brenmiller on a separate project to develop and demonstrate a TES-based combined heat and power (CHP) system at Purchase College (State University of New York) in Harrison, NY, to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That unit is expected to be operational later in the summer of 2021.

10 things bus fleets need in order to electrify (part 2 of 2)

Renewable Energy News - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 11:40

by Alison Wiley

The electric bus world is growing rapidly, with more purchase orders being placed for them weekly, massive federal funding for them being proposed, and Lion’s announcement of going public and building a huge e-bus manufacturing plant in Illinois with capacity to produce 20,000 electric school buses per year.

If you are working to keep up in this complex field, and also to learn to be an anti-racist ally, so am I. If only one of those describes you, I hope you keep reading regardless! Bus passengers are disproportionately people of color. They get the sickest from diesel exhaust while having the least access to health care. As a white person, I’ve learned I tend to center myself and my privileges unconsciously. I can do better. Other white leaders in this field have expressed similar determination. Some of you have been following my personal anti-racism project that last week reached a joyful result; if you’d like to know about that, just reply to this email.

I am Alison Wiley here in Oregon, writing this newsletter (archives here) primarily for bus fleets, though people from government, nonprofits, consulting firms and the clean tech industry read it as well. Why do I do this? I love buses, the people who ride and operate them, and our shared climate. And because e-buses improve the health of all the above. Most bus fleets are new to electric, and my aim is to support those fleets in moving forward.

My last article named the first five things that I suggest bus fleets need in order to start electrifying. Completing that list:

6.) Solid education/exposure to electric buses and charging infrastructure. I estimate that less than 7% of the United States’ 13,500 school districts and a slightly larger percentage of the nation’s public transit agencies have received solid education at this point (public transit started electrifying about seven years earlier than pupil transportation). Glancing exposure to e-buses at conferences is what most bus fleets have available to them so far. Working to address this need, the Electric Bus Learning Project* I lead here in Oregon with Neil Baunsgard just partnered with Lion Electric on a week-long series of hands-on Ride and Drive events (see photo below).

Oregon’s first ever Electric School Bus Tour last week reached ten school districts and about 150 people in rural, urban and suburban areas, including a Public Utility Commissioner. Malinda Sandhu, left, Director of Business Development for Lion Electric, is describing the Lion Type C electric bus to staff at Redmond School District.

Oregon’s first ever Electric School Bus Tour last week reached ten school districts and about 150 people in rural, urban and suburban areas, including a Public Utility Commissioner. Malinda Sandhu, left, Director of Business Development for Lion Electric, is describing the Lion Type C electric bus to staff at Redmond School District.

7.) A relationship with your bus fleet’s utility. When you get your first electric bus, your fleet’s electric utility suddenly becomes a fuel source. But a year ahead of your e-bus’s arrival you should know if you have enough amps to fuel it. Funding applications will pose that question. Start chatting with your utility today if you haven’t already. Have them visit your bus yard. They love advance notice of changes (who doesn’t? see Inclusiveness below). Have a designated person build your fleet’s relationship with your utility. Charging infrastructure is the hardest part of electrifying, and the easiest part to avoid since the buses, even with their novel electric drivetrains, feel more familiar than charging units that will be about the size and shape of refrigerators in your bus yard. Why are you still reading this and not talking with the Electrification Planner from your utility?! 

8.) Local support for electric buses. This could be grassroots support, as from Chispa or a passionate middle-school science student like Holly Thorpe in Florida, who convinced her district to get its first e-bus. Or local support could come from leaders, i.e., mayor, county commissioner, District Superintendent or Chief Financial Officer. Funding agencies usually expect letters of support. If the bus fleet’s Transportation Director or General Manager or Fleet Manager does not yet want to get their first electric bus, that is a major barrier. Find out their objections and what they need to feel supported. They are correct that electrifying is a disruption to their existing operations, and that it will make their jobs harder. It may also make their jobs more interesting and rewarding. Which leads to the following.

Wayne, a bus mechanic, looking under the hood last Friday at Klamath County School District in Southern Oregon. The buy-in of mechanics, who often have to drive routes due to driver shortages, is crucial to electric buses succeeding. Wayne learned to run propane buses six years ago and now expresses openness to the idea of the fleet’s first electric bus.

9.) Inclusiveness. Change is hard. The people impacted by the changes that e-buses bring need to be included from the beginning. I’m thinking, for example, of bus drivers and mechanics, many of whom checked out the e-bus on our tour last week. Some were skeptical at first, then more positive after driving it. “It’s so quiet!” Note that driver skill extends your e-bus’s range, and lack of skill (like a heavy brake-foot that blocks regenerative braking) shaves miles off the bus’s range, leading to loss of promised savings on fuel. Skill level is connected to motivation. Being included increases motivation, which then improves skill.

10.) Funding. I put this last because funding is crucial, but not sufficient for success. You could land your funding for your pilot project and then have it fail for lack of planning and education, as happened in Massachusetts in 2016 (I’m told the bus is running now, but still, it was an early black eye). Utilities and Volkswagen mitigation funds are the prime funding sources for electric school buses.

In Oregon, Volkswagen funds are opening up for electric school buses June 30, closing date for applications August 31. My Electric Bus Learning Project will offer at least one training to prepare bus fleets to apply. Background: electric school buses cost 3x or more their diesel equivalents, and electric public transit buses about 50% more. Fuel and maintenance savings may mean that total cost of ownership compensates for the higher purchase price. The more you drive your e-bus, the more savings you generate from it.

I know I said ten things, but I lied.

11.) Fleet transition plan to scale up beyond the onesie-twosie nature of pilots. We’ve got to think big, as the World Resources Institute is helping us do with its initiative (more on this in future newsletters). Some bus fleets, such as Corvallis Transit System, develop transition plans even before receiving their first electric bus. They hired Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) to do this. CTE is also part of my Electric Bus Learning Project team.

Finally, this list is incomplete! You surely know things I don’t. Feel free to reply and tell me what else bus fleets need in order to electrify.

The typical range of an electric school bus currently is 148-155 miles (I say currently because batteries and range improve yearly). Since Oregon has many hundreds of miles between cities, the awesome Tillman, pictured above, drove this Lion C on a flatbed truck between the stops on our Electric School Bus Tour last week.

*The Electric Bus Learning Project receives funding from the Oregon Clean Fuels Program and Pacific Power.

About the Author:

I’m Alison Wiley here in Portland Oregon, on an advocacy mission of electric school buses, equity and inclusion. I’ve been in the transportation field since 2006, specializing in electric buses since 2016. I’m a writer, relationship-builder and advocate, creating the newsletters on this website as a public service. Why?

  • I’m worried as hell about climate change, which hurts black, indigenous and people of color the worst, as do diesel emissions
  • I’m a person of faith who was raised to do the right thing
  • My agenda is to hasten the transition from diesel-fueled buses to electricity-fueled buses, in teamwork with many others

Find me running the forested hills of Mt Tabor, practicing hospitality with my husband Thor Hinckley and serving on the leadership team of EcoFaith Recovery, which blends faith with activism. Visit my website to find how to contact me.

US plans 7GW offshore wind lease sale in New York Bight

Wind Power Monthly - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 10:12
US government considers sale of eight sites in shallow waters between Long Island, New York and New Jersey
Categories: Wind Power

Oil major BP targets Norwegian offshore wind

Wind Power Monthly - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 09:18
Trio of BP, Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind sets sights on bottom-fixed offshore wind in Sørlige Nordsjø II region
Categories: Wind Power

Japan picks winner for first floating offshore wind tender

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 14:21
A consortium of six companies led by Toda Corporation was the only bidder for the 16.8MW project off Goto City, Nagasaki
Categories: Wind Power

ABB and SMC partner on 80-MW energy storage project in Philippines

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 13:47

SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMC), a major supplier of power to the national grid in the Philippines, has partnered with ABB to install battery energy storage systems (BESS) as part of its BESS Project.

In countries such as the Philippines, several challenges negatively impact grid performance, such as the length of power lines required to connect the diverse archipelago, as well as intermittent energy supply from wind and solar, which needs storage to act as a frequency regulator. The BESS solution, the largest of its kind in the region according to ABB, is designed to avoid large frequency deviations, which can result in costly equipment damage and disruptive power system failure.

Not only will the system increase grid reliability, it will also support the Philippines’ ambitious plans to decarbonize energy generation, ensuring that 54% of its energy mix comes from renewables by 2040.

“Battery energy storage systems are transforming the market, driving wider adoption of renewable energy solutions, and helping to improve grid performance across the globe,” said Alessandro Palin, president of ABB’s Distribution Solutions Division. “In support of ABB’s 2030 sustainability commitments, pioneering solutions like the one in the Philippines will ensure that grids are more stable and will satisfy the reliability challenges associated with moving to a stronger mix of renewables.”

The contract with ABB, won in 2019, will support two 20-MW sites and a further 40-MW site, to be commissioned in 2021. The remaining sites will be commissioned in 2022.

One system will support the local grid on Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the archipelago, as well as the island of Visayas. Both these fast-developing regions will benefit from BESS as part of the government’s “Build, build, build” program that aims to establish a “golden age of infrastructure” to boost industry and tourism.

The Philippines project uses ABB’s proprietary software platform ABB Ability Zenon to act as the intuitive interface to the BESS, allowing users to make real-time decisions based on grid parameters to ensure performance stability.

The scalable and modular building block design includes an integrated combination of energy storage modules and power distribution equipment, that can be increased or reduced in capacity to suit specific site location requirements.

The BESS includes the provision of battery enclosures, ABB EcoFlex eHouse, UniGear ZS1 medium-voltage switchgear, integrated skid units, transformers and inverters in one single skid, with a connection to the grid.

RWE launches construction for 1.4GW Sofia offshore wind farm

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 12:18
Enabling works have started at the site of the 100-turbine wind farm’s converter system in Teesside, north-east England
Categories: Wind Power

Charging forward with the EV revolution in the US

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 12:00

By Robert MacDonald, Smarter Grid Solutions

As individual states across the U.S. work towards increasingly ambitious net zero emissions targets, the logistics of how these targets can be achieved and where investment should be made is at the forefront of decision-makers’ minds. To date, considerable efforts have been made to look at solutions that implement more renewables and clean energy into a modern and sustainable electricity system – and electric vehicles (EVs) have an important role to play.

EV adoption has been accelerating in the United States – by 2030 an estimated 18.7 million EVs will be on U.S. roads, up from 2 million in 2020. An increasing portion of EVs will be composed of full battery electric vehicles (BEVs), leading to significant increases in electricity consumption – estimated to grow from 6 to 53 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year by 2030. At the same time, EV charging infrastructure remains limited, with an estimated 9.6 million EV charging stations needed to meet the growing demand.

The slow rollout of EV charging infrastructure can be attributed to a combination of investment certainty, finance and incentives but also physical system limits around today’s grid infrastructure and a lack of interoperable technologies to understand and manage charging. Today’s electrical grid has limited capacity to supply significant new EV charging demand without requiring extensive equipment upgrades, such as power transformers and circuits. 

Paradoxically, existing grid infrastructure experiences overall low utilization rates, or load factor, from EV charging due to short-duration, high-demand usage patterns. For EV supply equipment (EVSE) developers, EV consumers, and utility customers the potential over-build and underutilization of grid assets can result in high costs that prevent or delay expansion of charging infrastructure.

Managed EV charging could address both these issues.

Three essential elements are needed to allow the rapid build-out of EV charging infrastructure:

  1. Connectivity to EV chargers: Today’s EV charging infrastructure has little or no connectivity for data collection and charge management. Public charging is dominated by charging network operators (CNO) that work on closed, private networks while workplace and home chargers are largely stand-alone installations, unconnected to any network. Operators of energy markets, transmission networks, and distribution networks will require pathways to communicate and manage EVSEs to maximize value for EV customers, providing availability and affordability, while maintaining safety and reliability.  There are a number of connectivity and control technologies that can be deployed effectively to meet this challenge.
  2. Real-Time Grid Awareness & Coordination: As EV charging increases, the existing grid infrastructure will become increasingly constrained. Grid operators will require enhanced visibility of grid power flows and awareness of EVSE activity to ensure system safety and reliability. At high penetration levels, EV charging demand will need to be managed in real-time against grid constraints; for instance, voltage levels or thermal overload.
  3. Smart Charging Methods: New, intelligent methods of EV charging can provide broad benefits to consumers. Consumers with flexible charging needs can lower charging costs by taking advantage of times with low energy demand or excess energy production; for example, by charging at nighttime or when solar or wind power production is high. At the same time, the rollout of EV charging infrastructure can be accelerated if charging can be managed and coordinated alongside grid operations, allowing for faster interconnection and permitting. The technical and commercial solutions required are now only starting to be trialed and implemented.

Meeting the Challenge

Distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) software can help accelerate the build-out of EV charging infrastructure, by enabling managed charging solutions.

A DERMS platform acts as the central coordinating entity that manages, automates, and optimizes EV charging across the grid. To start, DERMS enables end-to-end connectivity between the operator and the EVSEs by communicating with private charging network operators as well as disparate, stand-alone EVSE installations. Not only must DERMS have the flexibility to interface through various telecommunications pathways – such as broadband, cellular or private networks and proprietary or standard communications interfaces — they must also manage many different monitoring and control signals in order to aggregate EVSEs into potential demand reduction resources.

Once EVSEs are linked, DERMS can be used to implement a variety of intelligent charging programs across the entire connected fleet. These include basic programs such as scheduled charging (e.g. target charging from 12am to 6am), shared charging (e.g. demand shared across multiple charging stations), and coordinated charging (e.g. charging during periods of excess on-site solar production). But they also entail more sophisticated programs which employ elements of forecasting and optimization, such as real-time management against grid constraints or price signals.

A managed EV charging strategy using DERMS can bring significant benefits for grid infrastructure. DERMS can be integrated with operational systems such as Energy Management Systems (EMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS), and utility SCADA to obtain real-time grid telemetry, identify potential grid constraints, and take actions to manage EV charging levels. A properly implemented DERMS system should be able to monitor EV charging demand, calculate potential for demand reduction, and coordinate the reduction in line with the grid’s physical limits. 

At the same time, DERMS can also manage the complexities of coordinating and dispatching a large number of EVSE with different control points; this may involve requesting demand reduction of a fleet of EVSE from a charging network operator, directly controlling individual EVSEs, or a combination of the two. Grid operators at distribution and transmission levels with increased visibility and control of EV charging will allow for expanded grid hosting capacity for new charging stations, increased utilization of existing grid infrastructure, and minimized grid upgrade costs – all while maintaining system safety and reliability. This creates benefits for EVSE developers in more grid hosting capacity and quicker interconnections, at lower cost.

For the broader energy system, DERMS can be integrated to manage reduction in demand and utilize market pricing signals to coordinate optimal EV charging times. The benefits include supply/demand alignment, reduced resource requirements, and lower energy prices. As the system incorporates more renewable generation, DERMS can also incorporate weather forecasts that anticipate times of high renewables availability in coordination with EV charging needs, providing benefits of lower charging costs while maximizing the use of low carbon electricity.

A well-coordinated EV charging strategy ultimately benefits EV consumers through lower charging costs, accelerated deployment of EV charging stations, and increased environmental benefits enabled by DERMS technology.

Making EVs mainstream 

If governments are to achieve net zero targets, investment in EVs is critical. While progress has been made to encourage the uptake of EVs, more can still be done. 

To create a sustainable EV charging infrastructure, increasingly intelligent operational systems such as DERMS must be put in place that are flexible and adaptable to the needs of the fleet operators, grid operators and EV users. By implementing managed charging solutions, not only will EVSE operators be able to collect valuable data to inform future solutions, but by pairing this with renewables, they can create new flexible tariffs and implement a variety of new incentives. In turn, this will boost the market and make EVs and the necessary smart charging infrastructure a more attractive investment. 

About the Author Picture Copyright Chris Watt.

Robert MacDonald is the global lead for the Planning and Analysis practice at Smarter Grid Solutions.

Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park to use hydropower for operations

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 10:38

Work is under way at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska to tie into a hydropower network to provide renewable power to the headquarters complex.

More than 20 years in the making, this project – known as the intertie – will connect the park’s existing power system with the 800-kW Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project, which powers much of the southeast Alaska community of Gustavus. This effort is a public-private renewable energy partnership between the National Park Service and Alaska Power and Telephone. Sharing an interconnected grid will provide power reliability and redundancy for both the park and Gustavus.

The park is powered by diesel-fired generators located in a central powerhouse in Bartlett Cove. Access to clean, renewable power will eliminate the need to ship more than 38,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually through the sensitive marine environment of southeast Alaska. The project will also reduce the park’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 600 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activity are a primary driver of global climate change, which is significantly impacting park resources, including its glaciers.

The intertie project requires laying buried electrical line and fiber optic cable from the park’s “Depot” and recycling area about 8.5 miles to the Falls Creek plant following a route along existing roadways. Trenching outside the park will take place within the State of Alaska’s Department of Transportation right-of-way. The trench will typically be 18 to 24 inches wide and 4 feet deep and situated 6 to 10 feet from the road pavement edge.

This renewable energy partnership between the park and AP&T has its roots in a 1998 land exchange that made way for a run-of-river hydro system installed at Falls Creek, a stream flowing out of the Chilkat Range. Operating since 2009, the Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project eliminates the need to import an estimated 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually to Gustavus.

A 2013 feasibility study conducted by the NPS — followed by additional studies and stakeholder engagement, including with city officials and Gustavus community members — determined that integrating existing park electrical facilities with the community electrical grid would be positive for the park and community. In addition to the environmental benefits, the project will reduce infrastructure costs and is expected to result in lower power rates for the community.

The intertie will be owned, operated and maintained under a contract between the park and AP&T, which will also maintain the park’s generators to work along with existing AP&T generators in Gustavus for use as backup in case of drought or emergency. The fiber optic cable laid with the power cable will allow AP&T to monitor and control connections with the park. The construction contract and related maintenance agreement are being managed by the Denver Service Center, the central planning, design and construction management office for the NPS.

The intertie connection is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2021.

TransWest transmission line 'will open for service in 2025'

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 09:22
Construction for $3bn line to take power from 3GW wind cluster in Wyoming to California and beyond expected to start next year
Categories: Wind Power

National Grid Renewables announces operations at Bingham and Temperance solar plants

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 18:46

Two new Michigan solar projects are now operational and delivering up to 40 MW of carbon free power to the region.

National Grid Renewables announced work was completed at Bingham Solar and Temperance Solar, both part of the company’s MiSolar Portfolio. National Grid Renewables owns both projects, which will generate under power purchase agreements with utility Consumers Energy.

The developer kept the construction work as local as possible. Michigan-based contractor J. Ranck Electric handled engineering, procurement and construction duties, employing about 160 workers, most of which came from within 100 miles of each site.

“Our company has a long history in Michigan, and we are proud to support the state and local economies through the creation of new tax revenue and jobs that result from these projects,” stated David Reamer, Head of Development, US Onshore Renewables for National Grid Renewables. “Thank you to the residents of Clinton and Monroe Counties for welcoming us into your communities.”

Subcontractors included Michigan-based The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company, based out of Reed City.

“The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company was proud to help construct the MiSolar Portfolio,” stated Neil Wallerstrom, General Foreman, The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company. “Solar projects like the MiSolar Portfolio provide economic benefits for Michigan residents at the local and state level. Throughout the construction process of both project substations, we were able to hire Michigan residents and were pleased to support local hardware stores, hotels, and restaurants.”

Now operational, three full-time operations and maintenance staff work at the MiSolar project sites. During the first 20 years of operation, MiSolar is projected to further benefit the community through the creation of approximately $6 million in new tax revenue, based on current Michigan law.

Throughout that same time period, using the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator, the combined projects are estimated to offset carbon dioxide emissions by more than 50,000 metric tons annually.

South America’s largest wind farm goes live in Brazil

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 16:23
Enel Green Power Brasil Participações brings its 716MW Lagoa dos Ventos I and II wind farm in Piauí online
Categories: Wind Power

New UK database aims to speed up offshore wind site surveys

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 14:47
Database hopes to avoid duplication work on environmental permits while protecting flora and fauna in marine environment
Categories: Wind Power

Consumers Energy announces new EV program

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 14:28

Michigan-based Consumers Energy is accelerating the electric vehicle (EV) transformation with a new program to help businesses statewide transition to carbon-free EVs. The utility’s PowerMIFleet program will focus on Michigan businesses, offering expertise and $3 million in rebates for charging locations throughout the state.

“Michigan was the birthplace of the American auto industry. Now, we are the center of the industry’s clean energy revolution,” said Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, Consumers Energy’s vice president for customer experience. “With PowerMIFleet, we at Consumers Energy are taking our success with EVs to the next level, making it easier for other businesses to join us on this Clean Energy journey.”

Through PowerMIFleet, Consumers Energy will provide expertise and consultation services to Michigan businesses, governments and school systems that are looking to electrify their vehicle fleets and charge overnight through cost-saving use rates. Consumers Energy is launching PowerMIFleet to build on its existing EV program, PowerMIDrive, which makes EV cost savings simple by providing time of use rates for EV drivers, and more than 800 rebates for home, business and public charging stations in the last two years.

“Consumers Energy will connect Michigan businesses, local governments and school bus fleets with the planning resources, expert guidance and financial incentives to easily and cost-effectively transition to electric vehicles,” Youngdahl Snyder said.

Through all of Consumers Energy’s vehicle programs, Michigan’s largest energy provider plans to help power 200 fast charging locations, along with more than 2,000 chargers at homes and businesses, over the next three years in Michigan.

Those vehicles will be powered by an electric grid that is moving toward being carbon neutral. Consumers Energy’s Clean Energy Plan calls for eliminating coal, eliminating energy waste and adding more renewable energy sources.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.8 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

GE aims to use recycled turbine blades for new wind farms

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 13:51
Deals with LafargeHolcim and Neowa will explore options to use recycled wind turbine blades for construction materials
Categories: Wind Power

US offshore wind’s first movers’ lessons for future development

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:24
Developers of early US offshore wind farms hope their experiences can help others as the sector prepares to grow
Categories: Wind Power

New technologies can help connect more wind to grid

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:22
Grid-enhancing technologies make existing powerlines work smarter so they can carry more renewable capacity, saving time and money
Categories: Wind Power