9 October 2016 11:47 AM GMT

Hydro-Québec has announced it will provide a total of CA$100,000 over a 2-year period to research spearheaded by the MIT climate change think tank, Ouranos, located in Montréal, and the business school HEC Montréal, also in Montreal. The agreement provides for the development and implementation of a vital modeling tool that will be available for climate change researchers. The tool focuses on Québec and New England and will seek to identify opportunities for optimal expansion of renewable energy sources in the two regions, including expanded trade in electricity.

September 16th 2016
General Motors Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050

General Motors plans to generate or source all electrical power for its 350 operations in 59 countries with 100 percent renewable energy — such as wind, sun, and landfill gas — by 2050. “Establishing a 100 percent renewable energy goal helps us better serve society by reducing environmental impact,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This pursuit of renewable energy benefits our customers and communities through cleaner air while strengthening our business through lower and more stable energy costs.”

September 12th 2016
US and German Companies Combine To Deliver 350MW in US Solar Projects

BayWa r.e., a wholly owned subsidiary of global conglomerate BayWa AG, and Geenex Solar LLC, a leading North Carolina-based developer, have joined forces to develop an initial portfolio of projects in North Carolina and Virginia totaling 350 MW. The First project has started construction and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. The parties plan to begin constructing the next projects over the coming months with energy deliveries from the portfolio expected in 2017 and 2018. The projects range in size from 20 to 100 MW and are in different stages of development. BayWa r.e. will provide turn-key engineering, procurement, construction, financing and O&M, while Geenex will utilize its local expertise to drive development activities.

September 7th 2016
IEnova Agrees Acquisition Of Mexico’s Largest Wind Farm For $852m

IEnova has announced that it has agreed to the purchase of 100% of the equity interests in the “Ventika” wind generation facility. It is a 252 MW wind generation facility powered by 84 turbines, making it the largest wind farm in Mexico and one of the largest wind farms in Latin America. The facility is comprised of two adjacent wind farms located in the General Bravo municipality in the state of Nuevo Leon and was jointly developed by Fisterra Energy and Cemex, a global building materials company with presence in more than 50 countries. In December 2015, construction was completed and commercial operations commenced in April 2016.

August 29th 2016
Enerkem Pioneering Conversion Of Municipal Solid Waste Into Biofuels

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada, became the first ISCC certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol. It announced that it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada.

 
August 26th 2016
Electricity Generation From Renewables Hits All Time High In The US.

Continuing to defy projections; wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources have set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first half of 2016. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA); net U.S. electrical generation from non-hydro utility-scale renewables (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 17.0% compared to the first half of 2015. The output from conventional hydropower also rose by 11.8%. Combined, generation from all utility-scale renewable sources increased by 14.5%.

August 22nd 2016
German Patience Wins 350MW Order In Largest Energy Tender In Chile’s History

Seven years after making its first move in Chile, German firm wpd has taken part in the largest energy tender for the supply of electricity in Chile’s history and distanced its competitors in the market. As the Energy Ministry officially announced on Wednesday evening, three projects with wpd’s participation have been accepted. In the process, wpd has secured so-called “Power Purchase Agreements” (PPA) for 786.8 GWh per year with a term of 20 years from 2021.

August 18th 2016
Mainstream Wins 986MW, $1.65bn Wind Projects in Chile’s Largest Energy Tender

Global wind and solar energy company Mainstream Renewable Power was today awarded contracts by the National Energy Commission of Chile to build and operate seven utility-scale wind energy plants with a total investment value of USD $1.65bn. The projects are scheduled to begin supplying low-cost, clean energy into the grid from January 2021. Mainstream led the largest and most competitive energy tender in Chilean history with this award of 986MW. The Tender was 7 times oversubscribed – 84 companies submitted 85,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of bids for just over 12,000 GWh of available power.

August 12th 2016
Electricity Generation From Biomass In The US Grows By 15%

Over the past five years, U.S. electricity generation from biomass across all sectors grew from 56 terawatt-hours (TWh) in 2010 to 64 TWh in 2015. Much of this growth occurred in southern states such as Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. In 2015, electricity generation from biomass across all sectors accounted for 11.3% of renewable electricity generation and 1.6% of total electricity generation in the United States. Nearly half of the electricity generated from biomass in 2015 was at industrial facilities outside of the electric power sector, such as pulp and paper mills. Within the electric power sector, biomass accounted for 6.3% of renewable electricity and 0.8% of total U.S. electricity generation.

August 12th 2016
First Solar Wins 160MW Of PV Module Contracts For Turkish Power Projects

First Solar, Inc. has announced that it has won 160MW Of PV module contracts power projects in Turkey. Zorlu Enerji, a subsidiary of Zorlu Holding, has contracted First Solar to supply 100MWDC of its high-performance Series 4 thin-film modules, for projects expected to be constructed and commissioned in 2017. In addition, Basariarge Enerji A.S. – a joint venture between Basari Yatirimlar, a Turkish infrastructure company, and the Basari Group – has placed orders for 60MWDC of modules that will power its own projects, as well as PV power plants that it will provide EPC services for. The first modules will be delivered in late 2016.

August 11th 2016
Vestas Wins 278MW Wind Turbines Order From E.ON, USA

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order from E.ON for 139 V110-2.0 MW wind turbines. The order includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a multi-year service agreement. “We are excited to be working with Vestas on this turbine purchase as E. ON expands its U.S. portfolio,” said Patrick Woodson, Chairman of E.ON North America. Nacelles, blades, and towers will be produced at Vestas’ Colorado factories with delivery expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017 and commissioning planned for the fourth quarter of 2017.

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