May 17, 2020

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2011 Kicks Off in Europeri

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European Union Sustainable Energy Week 2011 starts this weekend
Written By: John Shimkus Launched in 2005, Sustainable Energy Week is a program put in place by the European Union to spread awareness on alternative e...

Written By: John Shimkus

Launched in 2005, Sustainable Energy Week is a program put in place by the European Union to spread awareness on alternative energy issues throughout Europe. Though the week’s official dates are April 11 to 15, the weekends prior and after are also accepted for activities and events. EU member countries will participate by holding various events to promote sustainable energy in the 2011 edition of Sustainable Energy week.

The Sustainable Energy Week web portal features an interactive map that directs you to each member country’s Sustainable Energy Week events.

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The EU hopes that member countries will take advantage of Sustainable Energy Week and highlights the following reasons to participate:

1. Raise the profile and improve the image of your organization, town, city or region.

2. Be part of a European campaign.

3. Turn your town, city or region into a frontrunner of Europe’s energy revolution.

4. Attract media attention and make headlines.

5. Energize your local communities and get their endorsement.

6. Help local companies expand into fast-growing green energy markets.

7. Innovate and set a new direction for your town, city or region.

8. Make it easier to attract investment into your sustainable energy projects.

9. Get additional visibility and support for your event from the EU

So far, for the 2011 Sustainable Energy Week, there are hundreds of events planned across Europe, with Spain, Italy and Sweden leading the pack in planned events.

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Jul 22, 2021

Octopus Renewables buys Eclipse Power

Dominic Ellis
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The deal, completed with funds managed by Octopus, furthers Octopus’ involvement in the electricity distribution sector

Octopus Renewables has strengthened its electricity distribution profile by fully acquiring Eclipse Power for an undisclosed sum.

The deal, which was completed with funds managed by Octopus, furthers Octopus’ involvement in the electricity distribution sector, having worked with Eclipse since 2018. It will allow Eclipse to continue the expansion of its team, while also investing in its systems, technology, and pipeline, with the ambition of making it one of UK’s leading IDNOs.

Eclipse has secured a portfolio of more than 10,000 connections across residential, industrial, commercial, battery storage and electric vehicle charging customers. Given the focus on electrification of heat, transport and industry in the UK, Eclipse is expected to play an important role in facilitating the UK’s energy transition.

Octopus Renewables is the largest investor of utility scale solar power in Europe, as well as a leading investor in onshore wind and biomass, managing a global portfolio valued at more than £3.5 billion. Institutional investor Nest partnered with the company in March.

Peter Dias, Investment Director, Octopus Renewables, said: “Having worked with Eclipse since 2018 and seeing their exciting growth, we’re thrilled to be able to make this acquisition and support the team to maintain this momentum.

“The acquisition of Eclipse is part of our strategy to identify and back great management teams that are supporting the energy transition. With ongoing support and investment, our investee businesses will have access to the expertise, business networks and financing to be able to scale faster and help contribute towards the UK’s net-zero goals.

“High-quality management of the distribution networks is going to be critical for the UK, and we are very pleased to be directly supporting the decarbonisation of heat, transport, and industry through this acquisition of Eclipse.”

Gary Gay, Managing Director, Eclipse, added Octopus shares a clear understanding of the important role that electricity distribution networks will play in the UK’s drive towards net-zero, and importance of a customer-focussed approach for building future smart distribution networks.

“With that, we are excited to now be part of the Octopus Group, with this investment helping us to reach the next stage of our growth journey and contribute to a greener, more efficient electricity network in the UK.”

Global renewables updates

ReNew Power recently won a 200MW/ac Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) solar generation project in an auction conducted by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company. ReNew Power expects to sign a 25-Year Power Purchase Agreement with the utility by the third fiscal quarter of 2022 to supply clean energy to Maharashtra at a tariff of Rs 2.43/ kWh (~US$0.033).

Natel Energy, a supplier of sustainable hydropower solutions, has announced a $20M funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and supported by Chevron Technology Ventures.
The company will use the funding to deploy its Restoration Hydro Turbine (RHT), which enables cost-effective production of distributed reliable renewable energy.

Duke Energy Florida plans to invest an estimated $1 billion in 10 new solar power plants across Florida, including the construction of four new sites, which will begin in early 2022 and will take approximately 9 to 12 months to complete. Construction of all 10 sites is projected to be finished by late 2024.

LG Electronics has made public its commitment to transition completely to renewable energy by 2050 as a key component of its sustainability strategy. 

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