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Video Interview: Renovatio’s Francisco Sanclemente Explains Colombia’s 1st Private Renewable Energy Auction

video interview: renovatio’s francisco sanclemente explains colombia’s 1st private renewable energy auction

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Last month, Grupo Renovatio launched the first private renewable energy auction in Colombia, perhaps the first in Latin America. Friday, December 4, the definitive terms and conditions will be published, and negotiations will continue through the end of the year. The potential implications of this auction, especially if it is able to become a standard purchase vehicle in the future, are hard to overstate. It enables renewable energy developers to more easily and inexpensively finance their projects, and it provides a stable, creditworthy purchaser for renewable energy at predictable pricing while increasing the consumption and viability of renewable energy in Colombia.Finance Colombia executive editor Loren Moss was able to sit down with Grupo Renovatio general manager Francisco Sanclemente in Bogotá to understand the renewable energy auction and what it means for the industry, and for all Colombians.Finance Colombia: Francisco, first, congratulations not only on your auction but I understand that you have a newborn at home and so because of that, I’ll keep my mask on during the interview. I really appreciate your time here today in Bogota coming into the office just for us at Finance Colombia. You’re the head of Renovatio. If you could first …

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Ohio bill would ban new large solar and wind projects for up to three years

ohio bill would ban new large solar and wind projects for up to three years

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Jimmy Emerson / Flickr / Creative CommonsThe Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

The bill’s sponsors voted last year to gut state clean energy standards while subsidizing nuclear and coal bailouts.

An Ohio bill introduced last month would halt most large solar or wind energy development for up to three years — an echo of previous policies that stunted the state’s renewable growth for much of the last decade.

The legislation does not appear to have broad support, but it is concerning to critics nonetheless because it reflects some lawmakers’ ongoing hostility to renewable energy, despite its growing economic importance.

“It’s a relentless attack on the inevitability of where the energy market is today and where it’s going,” said Rep. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, who opposes the bill. “It’s a bury-our-heads-in-the-sand mentality that is just so, so locked in with the status quo, while the rest of the world and country are moving on.”

House Bill 786 would prevent regulators from certifying any new solar or wind facility designed to produce more than 50 megawatts of electricity, as well as smaller “economically significant” wind farms with a capacity of 5 MW or more.  The ban would end after three years or further legislation from …

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PSE’s Green Direct governmental and commercial customers begin receiving renewable energy from the Skookumchuck Wind Facility

pse’s green direct governmental and commercial customers begin receiving renewable energy from the skookumchuck wind facility

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Puget Sound Energy is excited to announce its Green Direct customers are now receiving renewable energy from the largest western Washington wind project, Skookumchuck Wind Facility.
The Green Direct program is a ground-breaking initiative designed to provide PSE corporate and governmental customers the ability to purchase 100 percent of their energy from a dedicated, local, renewable energy resource, while providing them with a stable, cost efficient solution. By adding more renewables to PSE’s portfolio, Green Direct also furthers PSE’s deep decarbonization goals and move toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045, as called for in Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act.
“Our customers have been asking for clean energy, and we have taken those requests to heart and created programs like Green Direct,” said PSE President and CEO Mary Kipp. “I’m proud that we were able to work in partnership with our customers to structure an industry-leading renewable energy program that meets their needs.”
The project, owned by Southern Power, will produce enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of nearly 30,000 Washington homes. It is located on Weyerhaeuser timber land, located in Lewis and Thurston Counties. It is the first large wind project located in …

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The bottlenecks to growing renewable energy in Cayman

the bottlenecks to growing renewable energy in cayman

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The goals to introduce renewables into Cayman’s energy mix are lofty but progress is slow.In 2019, CUC generated just under 700 gigawatts of energy, but only about 2.6% of that came from renewable sources.Because of the lower energy usage this year, due to the lockdown and the halt to tourism, the share of renewable energy has increased slightly to 3%.This is still a far cry from the 240 megawatt capacity of renewable energy projected for the year 2037 by Cayman’s Integrated Resource Plan. This plan, drafted in 2017 by Caribbean Utilities Company and approved by the regulator OfReg, aims to meet both the islands’ energy needs and the climate goals of the National Energy Policy, which called for 70% of Cayman’s energy to come from renewables within 20 years.The Carribbean Transitional Energy Conference, hosted virtually on 19 Nov. by the Cayman Renewable Energy Association, provided another reminder why growing the share of renewables is taking time.The electricity provider CUC, regulator OfReg, the government and industry association CREA are locked into a circular argument of sometimes competing interests and objectives.OfReg seeks to ensure competition in the market, low energy prices, choice and consumer protection.CUC calls for large-scale solar projects and has …

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Vail Resorts Will be 93% Powered by Renewable Energy by 2023

vail resorts will be 93% powered by renewable energy by 2023

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Vail Resorts has committed to reach a net zero operating footprint by 2030. Through its operations, Vail Resorts is prioritizing efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Detailed in the third-annual report, this year’s milestones include:

Achieving the company’s 50% waste diversion subgoal, nearly a year ahead of schedule, by reducing landfill waste and increasing composting and recycling
Setting a course to be 100% powered by renewable electricity by 2030, in large part due to two major renewable energy projects. In addition to the Plum Creek Wind project announced in July 2020, the company just announced its participation in the Elektron Solar project, which will provide renewable energy for 100% of Park City Mountain’s electric usage. These initiatives will enable Vail Resorts to be 93% powered by renewable electricity across its resorts by 2023.

In September, Vail Resorts and PepsiCo announced that, through a multi-year sustainability roadmap, the companies will focus on waste reduction, including reducing beverage and food packaging waste and replacing wax-lined paper cups with compostable PepsiCo products. Vail Resorts and PepsiCo have already begun this work at select resorts. At the end of the 2018/19 ski season, the companies shared that more than 250,000 wax-lined paper cups had been saved from …

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Renewable energy opportunity for EU-China development cooperation

renewable energy opportunity for eu-china development cooperation

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Cooperation in the renewable energy sector, such as hydropower, wind power and photovoltaic, between China and countries along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or third countries has significantly grown in recent years. A senior scientist suggests an EU-China partnership could benefit all involved.
“If we work together with Europe on this, we will be able to ensure that the installation of photovoltaic stations has a much lower, perhaps even positive, ecological impact,” He Jijiang He Jijiang, executive deputy director of the Institute of Energy Transition and Social Development at Tsinghua University, said in an interview with EURACTIV.
“For example, installing PV generation in Africa together would not only provide power but also jobs,” he added.
“There is already an example: we have investment in a photovoltaic power plant in Pakistan, which is as big as 300 million VAT,” He Jijiang said.
China has established 58 bilateral cooperation projects and participated in 33 multilateral cooperation projects with other countries.
This July, three Chinese electric power firms – FIEDMC, Henan Zhonghui Electric Power Engineering and Consulting Company and a subsidiary of  Power China – agreed to set up 700MW photovoltaic power project in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
However, he acknowledged that the investment and development of photovoltaic installations …

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Why The Navy Is Becoming A Powerful Force For Clean Energy

why the navy is becoming a powerful force for clean energy

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As the Navy looks to the future of its operations in the Pacific, it’s increasingly exploring renewable energy and other new technologies to get the job done. That gives it something in common with Hawaii.
For years the military has opened up space on island bases to local utility companies to develop energy generation projects, including solar and wind farms, that provide power to both civilian customers and the bases themselves. 
In October, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii began soliciting renewable and fossil fuel-based proposals from developers to plan, finance, construct, own, operate and maintain an energy generation system and storage system on about 160 acres of land at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Hawaiian Electric’s 20-megawatt West Loch solar project on U.S. Navy land near Pearl Harbor went into service in 2019 and is one of the state’s largest.Courtesy Hawaiian Electric
The military has long clashed with activists and state officials over the environmental impact of decades of live-fire training, construction projects, threats to marine wildlife and other issues. But all agree on the need to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
“It’s a very tangible example of where the state’s goals and the military’s …

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Letter: KidWind program combines clean energy, education

letter: kidwind program combines clean energy, education

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Oregon’s energy landscape is rapidly changing. Here among Columbia River communities, where most of Oregon’s wind farms are located, we’re fortunate to not just be a witness to our state’s incredible growth in clean energy, but a key participant.Importantly, this also means bringing renewable energy education into the minds of Oregon students. Through the support of the KidWind program, EDP Renewables (EDPR) believes this is a critical link to the success of clean energy in our state.The inaugural REpowering Schools Awards recently took place to recognize the growing value of renewable energy education. EDPR was proud to receive the Industry Champion Award for our support of the KidWind program. KidWind provides several unique workshops that show how wind and solar projects work to inspire our next generation.The awards also recognized the important relationship that takes place between local education and developers of renewable energy projects. Building support for KidWind in Boardman has meant working with educators like Rhonda Fox-Brennan, who twice has traveled across the country with her team of students to compete at the highest level at the National KidWind Challenge thanks, in part, to funding from EDPR.Our drive to provide …

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Japan’s growth strategy pushes renewable energy, eco-friendly tech

japan’s growth strategy pushes renewable energy, eco-friendly tech

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Japan will boost investment in technologies to tackle climate change such as renewable energy, hydrogen fuel and carbon recycling as part of its growth strategy, a government panel said Tuesday.
Offshore wind farms are “key to turning renewables into a primary energy source” for the resource-poor country, an action plan finalized by the panel said.
The plan calls for building the infrastructure for 30 gigawatts of capacity by 2040, equivalent to 30 large thermal power generators and up from the current 0.02 gigawatt that Japan produces on offshore wind farms on a trial basis.
The country has been criticized for its reliance on coal and is rushing to find alternatives, especially as restarting nuclear power plants remains difficult under stricter safety rules following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has focused on tackling climate change since taking office in September, pledging to achieve carbon neutrality, or net zero carbon dioxide emissions, by 2050.
The premier said the government will designate firms developing innovative technologies as participants in national projects, supporting them through fiscal measures and preferential tax treatment.
“We will swiftly consider concrete steps,” Suga said at a meeting of the panel, which consists of Cabinet ministers, private-sector leaders and academics tasked with formulating …

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