The UK government's Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has launched the sixth round of the offshore transmission owner regime, which uses competitive tendering to license offshore electricity transmission. The tender covers links to three offshore wind farms with an estimated total value of GBP2 billion (US$2.62 billion).
The project company for the Asian Renewable Energy Hub has announced that Macquarie Group has agreed to join the consortium developing the project and provide development capital. Macquarie's consortium partners for the over 11 GW project are Intercontinental Energy, Vestas and CWP Energy Asia.
Northwester 2, the project company for a 219 MW offshore wind farm to be located in the Belgian North Sea, has announced that the project has reached financial close. Northwester 2 is owned by Parkwind (70%) and Sumitomo Corporation (30%).
IPPToday #296: German government announces new tenders for over 8 GW solar and wind capacity by 2020
The government of Germany has passed a resolution to tender over 8 GW solar and wind capacity in the next two years.
Enel, acting through its renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power (EGP), has closed the sale of 80% of the share capital of eight special purpose vehicles (SPVs), which own a combined 1.8 GW renewable capacity in Mexico, to the Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and the investment vehicle of the pension fund CKD Infraestructura México (CKD IM), an investment vehicle of some of the largest pension funds in Mexico.
SSE has announced that it is exercising its pre-emption right to acquire Fluor's 50% share in Seagreen Wind Energy Limited, established to develop offshore wind projects in the Firth of Forth Zone in east-central Scotland.
Consolidated Edison, Inc. (more commonly known as Con Edison) has announced that one of its subsidiaries has agreed to acquire 981 MW AC of operating renewable energy generation projects from a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. The purchase price is US$1.54 billion (subject to closing adjustments, including working capital).
Ørsted has announced that it has signed an agreement to sell 50% of the 1,218 MW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Located off the coast of Yorkshire, north-east England, Hornsea 1 is currently in construction and will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when commissioned in 2020.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has unanimously approved opening a solicitation for 1,100 MW of offshore wind capacity. This is largest single-state solicitation of offshore wind in the USA to date.
Scottish energy company SSE has disclosed plans to expand the 25.2 MW Arklow Bank offshore wind farm, located off the coast of County Wicklow, eastern Ireland, to over 500 MW. SSE is proposing to invest between EUR1 and 2 billion (US$1.16 and 2.32 billion) in the project.
ENGIE has announced that it has entered into a partnership with STOA, a French infrastructure and power equity investor in developing countries, to build a wind platform in India, through a joint venture owned 50/50 by the two entities.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is providing a financing package of up to US$102 million to the renewable energy arm of the Turkish conglomerate Akfen Holding. The funds will be invested in building four new wind farms and nine solar PV plants with a combined capacity of 327 MW.
Google has announced that it has signed agreements to purchase renewable energy from three new wind farms in Finland totaling 190 MW. The wind farms are being developed by CPC, Neoen, and WPD.
IPPToday #282: Australian state awards long-term contracts for 928 MW capacity in first renewable energy auction
The Australian state of Victoria, located in the south-east of the country, has awarded Support Agreements to six renewable energy projects with 928 MW cumulative capacity in its first renewable energy auction.
Ørsted has announced that Walney Extension, the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, has been officially opened. The 659 MW project is 50% owned by Ørsted, with the remaining share owned by the Danish pension funds PKA (25%) and PFA (25%).
Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER) and ENGIE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development of power projects, particularly in large-scale commercial offshore wind projects.
Statkraft has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for six community wind farms in Germany with a total 31 wind turbines. This will allow these wind farms to continue operating after their funding provided by the Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG - Renewable Energy Sources Act) expires.
innogy SE has announced that the Triton Knoll offshore wind project, which involves the development of an 860 MW wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire, England, has achieved financial close. Total planned investment volume amounts to approximately GBP2 billion (US$2.59 billion).
Acciona has signed a contract to supply 100% renewable electricity to the two main facilities of LATAM Airlines Group, the biggest airline group in Latin America, from September this year.
IPPToday #274: Equinor to develop US$600 million floating offshore wind farm to power oil and gas platforms in the North Sea
Equinor has announced plans to power the Gullfaks and Snorre fields in the North Sea with an 88 MW floating offshore wind farm.