Canadian Government adds $28.6M for renewable energy
The official dedication of the Caribou Wind Park in New Brunswick took place today, July 28, 2010, in which Member of Parliament for Miramichi, Tilly O'Neill-Gordon, proclaimed an additional $28.6 million investment will go into the project over course of the next ten years. The investment will be made via the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program.
"The Government of Canada's support for the Caribou Wind Park is another example of our action to increase the supply of clean, renewable energy to Canadians," commented Ms. O'Neill-Gordon. "This project is an innovative example of a clean energy technology that is helping to create high-quality jobs and a sustainable energy source for New Brunswick's future."
The Caribou Wind Park is comprised of 33 wind turbines with a total generating capacity of 99 megawatts, equating to two percent of the electricity generation capacity on the province. The wind park, operated by GDF SUEZ North America is the Company’s first power-generation project in the province.
"Now in our third wind-facility partnership with ecoENERGY, it is clear that industry and government working together is not only valuable but necessary for the success of building new energy projects, especially those in the renewables sector," stated Paul Cavicchi, Executive Vice-President of Business Development for GDF SUEZ Energy North America. "We are pleased to have invested in the Maritimes through goods and services and hundreds of jobs, and we look forward to a long-term commitment in the region."
The $1.5 billion ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program offers an incentive of one cent per kilowatt-hour in an effort to increase Canada’s renewable electricity capacity by over 4,000 megawatts, which is enough to power one million homes. Canada’s Economic Action Plan will add another $2.4 billion for supporting the development and deployment of cleaner energy technologies, in addition to the Clean Energy Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund.
Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace
Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.
Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.
“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”
Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:
Distributed energy resource integration and control
Electric vehicle charging
Demand response and smart-home management
Intelligent asset management
Advanced distribution system management
The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.
Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.
“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”
There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes.
Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed
Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan.
The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.
Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid.
Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".