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Renewable Energy Focus News - 5 Mar 2015

Editor's Choice

Solar Society marks new milestone This year marks the 60th anniversary of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). Prof. William A. Beckman, the society’s longest member, explains the significance of the milestone. More

Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings to merge The transaction creates a combination of geographically complementary businesses and opens up opportunities for Iberdrola and UIL to jointly develop new projects and operations. More

DECC releases results of UK’s first Auction for Contracts for Difference Reviews of programme’s implementation are mixed, despite clear evidence of early success. More


Sustainable waste-to-energy facilityapproved for construction in Tennessee
Lebanon, Tennessee, project will deploy what PHG Energy is calling the ‘world’s largest’ downdraft gasifier. ... More

NEW BLOG: New energy, old problems: How to keep contract disputes from derailing your energy infrastructure project

The massive shift in energy production presents phenomenal opportunities for utilities, developers and investors alike.
However, with opportunity comes risk, and big projects such as developing energy infrastructure require the creation of comprehensive strategies developed with experienced legal counsel during contract negotiations, project execution and dispute resolution to mitigate that risk. Todd Conley explains.

Energy efficiency

USDA announces funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects
'REAP' Program Reduces Energy Costs for Ag Producers and Small Businesses, Boosts Economy, Reduces Dependence on Foreign Oil... More

IREC releases report on state of distributed electricity
New study focuses on the changing roles of consumers, utilities and regulators within the regulatory compact. ... More

Iowa Economic Development

Energy infrastructure

Ecosse Subsea land largest seabed clearance contract on Caithness-Moray transmission link
When completed, the Caithness-Moray cable will be capable of carrying 1.2GW of renewable energy generated in the North of Scotland to the main UK electricity transmission network.... More

European Commission proposes dramatic energy market reforms
Long-term goal is to secure, sustainable, competitive, affordable energy for all of Europe’s citizens while transitioning to a low-carbon, climate-friendly economy. ... More

Energy storage including Fuel cells

Nedstack wins Chinese order for world’s first 2 MW PEM fuel cell power plant
The Dutch fuel cell technology company Nedstack has signed the final contract to deliver what will be the world’s first 2 MW PEM fuel cell power plant, which will be installed at a chemical plant in China.... More

International workshop on renewable energy in Norway and hydrogen export
The International Workshop on Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Export – being held in Trondheim, Norway on 24 March 2015 – will focus on global perspectives and Norwegian opportunities for various stakeholders to engage in the transition from a fossil-based to a more sustainable energy economy.... More

International Renewable Energy Storage conference alongside Energy Storage Europe expo and Power-to-Gas conference
The 9th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference is taking place 9–11 March 2015 in Germany, for the first time at the Messe Düsseldorf trade fair. IRES 2015 is concurrent with the Energy Storage Europe Conference & Expo, and the 4th Conference Power-to-Gas, while a related trade show will feature more than 100 exhibitors.... More


Hawkins secures pair of geothermal power projects in Indonesia
Facilities entail the Lumut Balai and Karaha geothermal power stations, owned by state-owned Pertamina Geothermal Energy,... More

Other marine energy and hydropower

SgurrEnergy selected to design and install a 100kW hydroelectric scheme in Mulanje.
When complete, the new hydroelectric plant will provide a much-needed boost (and energy security) to flood-ravaged Malawi community... More

Alstom to supply hydropower turbine generators to Uganda’s largest electricity plant
Karuma electricity plant is the largest hydropower project in Uganda with a capacity of 600MW.... More

US Energy Department announces hydroelectric production incentive program .
$3.6 funding opportunity supports developers who have already added electrical generating capacity to these existing facilities.... More

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Photovoltaics (PV)

ET Solar builds a 9.1 MWp solar farm for Hilperton PV in the UK
New “Marsh” solar farm created to meet the electricity requirements of approximately 3,000 households in Wiltshire.... More

IBC Solar honours its 2015 “Premium Partners"
Annual awards programme recognizes IBC Solar partner companies for outstanding achievements in the cooperation with the German system -- or for becoming a new Premium Partner in 2014. ... More

LDA Design achieves 400MW of consented solar farms
Milestone for LDA Design equates to 115,000 UK homes powered by clean renewable energy.... More

US Energy Department launches 'Virtual Hackathon' solar ideas competition .
Aim is to encourage the development of prototype solutions and products that address barriers to greater solar energy deployment. ... More

Conergy announces expansion of its UK rooftops offer
Prominent solar farm builder secures seasoned executives with real estate and energy management experience in a move to seize market share in the fast-developing rooftop segment. ... More

Nominations now open for Intersolar 2015 Awards
Annual awards program recognizes solar technology innovations.... More

PV America 2015 contra

Policy, investment and markets

US Department of Energy kicks off third round of 'Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team' funding
'START' renewable energy assistance efforts designed to help tribes advance clean energy projects. ... More

AVEVA, EMC Corporation collaborate on new project software solution
Goal is to deliver integrated solution for renewable energy capital projects and asset operations.... More

AES Corporation acquires Main Street Power
Proven experience in turnkey distributed generation solar projects combined with AES’ operating platforms aims to bring sustainable energy solutions to customers in key markets.... More

"The Future Cost of Wind Power" 2015 market research report unveiled
Informative wind power market research is primarily targeted for power utility strategists, energy analysts, research managers and the like. ... More

Inaugural Hybrid Energy Innovation 2015 Conference set for April 8-9 in New York City

Created to address the need for more comprehensive coverage of the growing field of hybrid energy, the Hybrid Energy Innovations conference will provide a broad perspective on hybrid energy and an ideal networking forum for practitioners in the field.

Solar electricity

AES Corporation acquires Main Street Power
Proven experience in turnkey distributed generation solar projects combined with AES’ operating platforms aims to bring sustainable energy solutions to customers in key markets.... More

ABB inverters selected for 70 MW solar project in South America
New solar park marks the second-largest of its kind in the region, ABB says. ... More

Solar heating and cooling

Exclusive Feature: Concentrated solar power innovators, Part I
REFocus contributor David Appleyard was recently invited by the Israeli Ministry of Economy to witness some of the country’s innovators in concentrating solar power. One such specialist is Rotem Industries Ltd., a high-tech complex providing an environment for scientific research and technology development.... More

Wave and tidal energy

Tocardo Tidal Turbines agrees to acquire Swantubines Intellectual Property
Transaction includes intellectual property, patents and technology as well as the trade name of Swanturbines.... More

Wind power

East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm secures 714MW contract
ScottishPower Renewables set to buy Vattenfall shareholding in project. ... More

RES Offshore signs 5-year O&M contract
Deal calls for RES to maintain the newly installed West of Duddon Sands met mast.... More

Siemens provides 157 wind turbines for three projects in South Africa.
Deal represents Africa's biggest order ever awarded for wind turbines, Siemens said. ... More

Vaisala and Puhuri Oy form partnership for better wind measurement
Vaisala selected to deliver the planning and wind resource evaluation services as part of the measurement campaign to help Puhuri better assess the performance potential of its proposed wind farms.... More

2015 WINDPOWER educational schedule released
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) invites WINDPOWER 2015 attendees to preview the educational sessions for this year's conference and convention. ... More


9th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2015), and Energy Storage Europe Expo
Dates: 09 March 2015 until 11 March 2015
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Website: http://www.ires2015.org

PV America
Dates: 09 March 2015 until 10 March 2015
Location: Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, Mass
Website: http://www.pvamericaexpo.com

EWEA Offshore 2015
Dates: 10 March 2015 until 12 March 2015
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Website: http://www.ewea.org/offshore2015/

11th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference, Partnering & Exhibition: Delivering Hydrogen & Fuel Cells to Market
Dates: 17 March 2015 (1 day event)
Location: NEC, Birmingham, UK
Website: http://www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk

International Workshop on Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Export – Global Perspectives & Norwegian Opportunities
Dates: 24 March 2015 (1 day event)
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Website: http://www.sintef.no/home/Events/sintef-materials-and-chemis...

Intercontinental Wind Power Congress
Dates: 31 March 2015 until 02 April 2015
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Website: http://iwpc2015.org/

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015 Conference
Dates: 08 April 2015 until 09 April 2015
Location: New York City
Website: http://www.hybridenergyinnovations.com/

8th Energy Storage World Forum
Dates: 27 April 2015 until 30 April 2015
Location: Rome, Italy
Website: http://www.energystorageforum.com

2015 Utility Solar Conference
Dates: 27 April 2015 until 29 April 2015
Location: San Diego, California
Website: http://www.solarelectricpower.org/experience-events/utility-...

2015 Electric Power Conference
Dates: 21 April 2015 until 23 April 2015
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Website: http://www.electricpowerexpo.com/program/?hq_e=el&hq_m=29907...

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