Renewables were fastest growing energy source in 2017, finds IEA

Global energy demand rose by 2.1% in 2017, more than twice the previous year’s rate, boosted by strong global economic growth, with oil, gas and coal meeting most of the increase in demand for energy, and renewables seeing impressive gains. Overall, renewables had the highest growth rate of any fuel last year. These findings are

New Mexico regulators approve Xcel wind expansion

New Mexico regulators have approved a historic expansion of wind-power generation in Xcel Energy’s New Mexico and Texas service areas, a move Xcel says will return significant savings to regional customers over the next several decades. In a 5-0 vote today, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved a plan to add 1,230 MW of

Pattern Energy completes its first wind project in Japan

Pattern Energy Group Inc. announced the completion of its 33-MW Ohorayama Wind-power facility, which is located in Japan’s Kochi Prefecture. “Ohorayama Wind is our first wind project in Japan to complete construction and it was on schedule and under budget,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy.” Located in Kochi Prefecture, on the island of

Siemens Gamesa fully implements its “roll-on, roll-off” offshore logistics concept

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has now fully implemented its offshore logistics concept announced in late 2015. Sea transportation and roll-on, roll-off (Ro/Ro) offloading are key in Siemens’ offshore concept. Compared to the former set-up, including road transportation and crane loading, SGRE says it has significantly increases safety while saving approximately 20% in logistics costs. The

Vineyard Wind collaborates with UMass Dartmouth on offshore wind assessments

Vineyard Wind (VW) announced that it has entered into a collaborative agreement with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) to plan and conduct pre- and post-construction assessments of fisheries and associated ecological conditions. The assessment, which will further public understanding of offshore wind development impacts, would be used to

NJR Clean Energy Ventures sells Montana wind farm

NJR Clean Energy Ventures (CEV), the non-regulated clean energy subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, announced the sale of its 9.7-MW wind farm in Two Dot, Montana to NorthWestern Energy (NWE) for $18.5 million. CEV entered into a purchase and sale agreement with the natural gas and electricity investor-owned utility, and submitted a joint filing for

Enel signs new PPAs with Facebook & Adobe

Enel, through its U.S. renewable company Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), has signed new power purchase agreements with Facebook and Adobe for the sale of the energy produced by the 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm. The deal with Facebook expands upon the previous agreement for the purchase of Rattlesnake Creek’s output, increasing the

Bay State Wind partners with Massachusetts energy storage company

Bay State Wind, has entered into a Letter of Intent to work collaboratively with Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions to develop an energy storage solution for its 800-MW wind, with 55 MW – 110 MWh energy storage project. The Bay State Wind project will represent the world’s largest wind-paired energy storage system for commercial-scale energy, which will be located

Xcel Energy unveils Colorado Energy Plan

Xcel Energy filed a stipulation with a broad coalition of 14 diverse groups, asking the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve a process that could lead to $2.5 billion in clean energy investments in rural Colorado if there is no additional cost to the company’s electricity customers. In order to accommodate cleaner energy generating

BASF and Bullfrog Power partner to deliver renewable energy to the grid

BASF and Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, have formed a new environmental partnership that will see BASF choose green electricity for its Canadian corporate headquarters, as well its production facilities in Windsor, Cornwall and Etobicoke (ON), Blackie and Nisku (AB), Saint Leonard (QC), and Saskatoon (SK). BASF’s renewable energy commitment will reduce its CO2 emissions footprint by