15 February 2016 2016 01:37 AM GMT

H2O Power Surges With Acquisition of 31MW Hydroelectric Facilities In PJM Market

H2O Power LP has announced that as part of its ongoing growth strategy, it has acquired a 100% ownership interest in two run-of-river hydroelectric facilities located in Pennsylvania, Allegheny 8 (13.6 MW) and Allegheny 9 (17.9 MW).

The two projects comprise 31.5 MW of baseload nameplate capacity located on the Allegheny River in Armstrong and Indian Counties, Pennsylvania, within the Pennsylvania-Jersey-Maryland power market. The assets are interconnected into the New York Independent System Operator.

H2O acquired the Allegheny 8 & 9 facilities from the Public Sector Pension Investment Board , who had purchased them in May 2015 with the intent to sell them to H2O, its North American hydro platform. The terms of the transaction between H2O and PSP Investments were not disclosed.

“We are delighted with this acquisition, which represents H2O’s first foray into the U.S. market,” said Jim Gartshore, President of H2O. “The Allegheny 8 & 9 facilities are an excellent fit within H2O’s existing portfolio of hydroelectric generating assets. We look forward to leveraging our 24/7 control center and expertise in managing run-of-river hydroelectric facilities to optimize power generation.”

The Allegheny 8 & 9 facilities together generate approximately 200 GWh of clean electricity annually. The capacity and energy generated by the two facilities are sold to New York State Electric & Gas Corporation under a long-term power purchase agreement. In addition, the projects sell Renewable Energy Credits in Maryland as Class I qualified facilities.

H2O owns 10 hydroelectric generating stations housing 52 generators, representing 170 MW of capacity located in Canada and the U.S. H2O is majority-owned by PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers with over CAD$112 billion in assets under management as at September 30, 2015, and minority-owned by BluEarth Renewables Inc., a Canadian independent renewable power producer that builds, owns and operates wind, run-of-river hydroelectric and solar generation projects across North America.

January 10th 2018
US: Doubling Of Wind & Solar Capacity Possible By 2020 as Coal & Nuclear Drop

In the latest issue of its “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through November 30, 2017), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes that proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar could total 115,984 megawatts (MW) by December 2020 – effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115,520 MW.  The numbers were released as FERC prepares for a January 10 meeting to consider U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bailout of the coal and nuclear industries.

January 22nd 2018
EV, Renewables See CO2 Emissions Plateau By 2030, But Far From 2 Degree Pathway

Major shifts in the global energy landscape, particularly related to electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy sources, mean that MEI expects global CO₂emissions to plateau by 2030. However, increased global energy demand means emissions will remain at more than double the level required for a 2 degrees Celsius warming pathway. Ole Rolser, Associate Partner and Solution Leader at MEI, comments: “Despite the significant momentum around EVs and renewable energy sources taking an increasing share of the power market, to realise the 2 degrees pathway scenario, we’d have to see much broader, much more disruptive change than what we’re seeing now.”

January 19th 2018
Chinese Solar Surge Fuels Overall Global Growth In Clean Energy Investment

World clean energy investment totalled $333.5 billion last year, up 3% from 2016 and the second highest annual figure ever, taking cumulative investment since 2010 to $2.5 trillion. An extraordinary boom in photovoltaic installations made 2017 a record year for China’s investment in clean energy. This outpaced changes elsewhere, including jumps in investment in Australia and Mexico, and declines in Japan, the U.K. and Germany. The figures up 3% from a revised $324.6 billion in 2016, and only 7% short of the record figure of $360.3 billion, in 2015.

December 6th 2017
Renewables Provide 17.8% Of Total US Electricity. Solar Now 2.0% And Wind 6.0%

According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” report, U.S. electrical generation from renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar – inc. distributed solar, wind) rose by 14.69% during the first three-quarters of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Simultaneously, electrical generation by fossil fuels and nuclear power combined declined by 5.41%. Nuclear power and coal both dropped by 1.5%, natural gas (including “other” gas) was down by 10.7%, and oil (i.e., petroleum liquids and petroleum coke) plunged by 17.1%.



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