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.

June 20th 2017
EDF, Canadian Solar Join Forces For One Of The Largest Solar Projects In LATAM

EDF Energies Nouvelles has acquired an 80% interest in the Pirapora II PV project (115 MWp) from Canadian Solar Inc., which is retaining a 20% stake and manufacturing the PV panels locally. It marks the latest step by EDF in Brazil’s renewable energy sector. With this addition, it now has 489 MW under construction, consisting of 183 MW (wind) and 306 MWp (solar). The project is located close to Pirapora I (191 MWp), also jointly owned by both companies. With a total installed capacity of over 300 MWp, the energy generated by both projects will cover the annual electricity consumption of 323,000 Brazilian homes.

June 23rd 2017
Wind Power Can Provide Energy On Coldest Days: Met Office, Imperial College

A new study by climate scientists has advanced the understanding of the potential for wind power to provide energy during the coldest spells of winter weather. The team, which involved scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre, Imperial College London and the University of Reading, compared wind power availability with electricity demand in winter and they found an interesting result. The team found that during the highest 5% of energy demand days, one-third produce more wind power than the winter average. “The very coldest days are associated with a mix of different weather patterns, some of which produce high winds in parts of the UK.

June 23rd 2017
Indian Firm Wins 1.8GW Sweihan Order; The Largest Solar PV Project In The World

Indian company Sterling and Wilson has won the contract for the world’s largest single location solar PV project. The Sweihan project in Abu Dhabi is for turnkey EPC as well as O&M; and is jointly developed by Japanese investment firm Marubeni, Chinese solar company Jinko Solar, and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). It will deliver a capacity of 1177 MWp, surpassing the current largest 850 MWp single location plant in China. In March 2017, Marubeni and Jinko had signed a 25-year PPA with ADWEA on a tariff of $0.0242/kWh, making Sweihan also the plant with the lowest electricity price so far.

May 21st 2017
Russia: Abundance Of Renewables Can Fuel Growth; Quadruple Clean Energy By 2030

Russia can increase the share of renewables in its energy mix from roughly 3 percent today to more than 11 percent by 2030, according to new findings by IRENA. The growth in renewable energy use would represent nearly a fourfold increase in the share of renewables between 2014 and 2030. To implement the study’s recommendations, an annual investment of approximately USD 15 billion per year between 2015 and 2050 is required, but IRENA shows that the benefits can exceed costs when externalities related to human health and climate change are considered. According to current estimates Russia has the largest wind potential in the world.