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Centrica and the European Regional Development Fund are to invest some £19 million in a smart grid and energy storage units project in Cornwall.

Centrica said this was a pioneering trial aimed at creating “a local energy market in Cornwall, which will see the development of a virtual marketplace and the installation of new technology into over 150 homes and businesses.”

Italy's gas grid operator Snam and api Group have signed a letter of intent to develop methane service stations across Italy, as part of a wider set of initiatives to promote sustainable mobility.

GE Power Services is to provide plant equipment upgrades at two Uniper UK's CCGT power plants in the UK.

Imports of electricity from foreign grids rose 40% year on year in October in France, grid operator Rte reported.
That was amid falling nuclear production, which was down 16% year on year at 29,017 GWh. Hydro generation also fell by 21% at 3,096 GWh, further weighing on the system.

France's Engie has reached an agreement with Norway's Statoil on the renegotiation of its long-term gas supply contract.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is to provide a new Eur400 million financing package for small-scale energy and resource efficiency projects in Turkey.

The EU Commission has presented a new package of energy measures to 2030. The set of measures, presented November 30 and labeled “Clean Energy for All Europeans”, envisages the EU would commit to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030.

A new capacity market scheme is set to come in operation in France on January 1 2017 which will be open to foreign players' participation, the French energy regulator Commission de regulation de l’energie (CRE) and the ministry for Climate and Energy announced.

Fuel manufacturer Valero Energy has submitted plans to the Planning Inspectorate Wales for a proposed £100 million investment to build a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) cogeneration unit at its Pembroke Refinery in South Wales.

Mississippi Power has announced it has generated electricity in the second gasifier at the Kemper County energy facility by synthesis gas, or syngas, from lignite. Last month, the company announced electricity had been generated in the first of the facility’s two gasifiers.

NRG Energy Services has signed an agreement to provide third-party operations and maintenance services at two power power plants owned by Texas-based Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, the company said.

Enel's subsidiary Enel Brasil has presented the best financial offer for the acquisition of approximately 94.8% of the share capital of Celg Distribuição, an energy distribution company that operates in the Brazilian state of Goiás, Enel said.

Dresser-Rand has supplied a Guascor gas engine for use in an advanced gasification bioenergy plant at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, NY, facility.

General Electric is to collaborate with software company Power Costs to connect plant assets and operational generation data from GE's Digital Power Plant solutions with PCI's energy planning and trading tools.

Siemens is to supply seven SGT-800 industrial gas turbines and two Industrial Trent 60 gas turbines to Argentina.

The SGT-800 turbines were ordered by the independent Argentine energy producer Albanesi, while the aeroderivative Industrial Trent 60 machines were ordered by the international energy group SoEnergy.

News in Brief

BGB to pay £4.5 mil for failing to deliver meters to large electricity consumers

Dec 7 – British Gas Business (BGB) has agreed to pay £4.5 million to fund energy-saving audits, advice and energy efficiency measures for business through the Carbon Trust, after not delivering some advanced meters for business by April 2014.

The payment was agreed with Ofgem after the regulator investigated BGB’s rollout of advanced meters for businesses between 2009 and 2014.

BGB installed around 42,000 meters at relevant premises but some customers, including some large electricity consumers, did not receive the meters by the April 2014 deadline, the company said.

Sardinia to invest Eur3.9 mil in smart grids

Dec 6 - The regional council of Sardinia, Italy has approved investments of Eur3.9 million in energy innovation and technological development projects such as smart grids.

“Accumulation systems play a strategic role in the implementation of our energy timetable as they allow for both stabilization of the regional electricity system, and the creation of micro smart grids powered by renewable sources” commented the regional councilor for Industry, Maria Grazia Piras.

“Thus we are progressing towards the integration of production and accumulation, through the use of primarily the already installed resources to produce electricity and by maximizing the self-consumption of power by the municipalities of Sardinia" she said.

Groundbreaking held at 1,588 Greensville County power station

Dec 5 - US energy producer Dominion Virginia Power has held the groundbreaking ceremony on its new 1,588 MW gas-fired Greensville County power station, which is set to become the largest gas-fired combined-cycle plant in North America, media reported.

Construction of the $1.3 billion plant started in June 2016. 

Vattenfall to go ahead with Danish near shore wind farms

Dec 2 - The Danish Parliament (Folketing) has overwhelmingly approved the Danish Near Shore (DNS) wind farms project.

Vattenfall therefore can now proceed with its plans to develop the 350 MW project off Denmark's west coast, Vattenfall said.

On September 12, the Danish authorities had announced that Vattenfall had won the tender to develop and build wind farms on two sites off the west coast of Jutland. The winning bid was 0.05 EUR (0.63 SEK) per kWh.

Vattenfall sells two German waste to energy power plants

Dec 1 - Vattenfall is selling two German waste to energy power plants, Lauta and Rudersdorf, to STEAG.

STEAG already has a 25.1% ownership in the Lauta power plant, while the Ruderstorf plant is fully owned by Vattenfall. Both plants have a waste incineration capacity of 475,000 tonnes per year.

"Vattenfall is taking a further step in its strategic redirection, focusing in Germany on the expansion of wind power, heat in Berlin and Hamburg, on distribution networks and on local energy services", commented Tuomo Hatakka, senior vice president for Vattenfall's business area heat.

The transaction is expected to be completed during the first half of next year.

Eni, Sonatrach to cooperate on gas, renewables, upstream

Nov 30 - Italy's Eni and Algeria's Sonatrach have agreed to strengthen their long-term cooperation in the upstream sector and on gas supply contracts, as well as extending the partnership to new segments of the energy sector.
 
The two companies also defined the terms for cooperation on promotion and development of renewable energy, following up on commitments expressed in September and closed an "important agreement on the research and development sector,"Eni said.

1495 MW Civaux nuclear plant offline in France

Nov 28 - The 1495 MW Civaux 1 nuclear power station is to be offline due to forced unavailability on November 28-29, French power grid operator RTE reported.

It said this was due to a “failure” in the system.

National Grid completes £7 mil power line project

Nov 29 - National Grid has completed a two-year project in the West Midlands and Derbyshire to refurbish an overhead power line and meet the country’s rising demand for power.

The £7 million maintenance scheme involved engineers working on a series of 40-year-old pylons along a 34 km stretch of overhead line from Bustleholme substation in Walsall to Drakelow substation in south Derbyshire, National Grid said.

Eni, GE sign agreement to develop energy projects

Nov 25 - Eni has signed an agreement with General Electric (GE) to develop renewable energy projects and hybrid solutions with a focus on energy efficiency. 

“Through this agreement, Eni and GE intend to jointly identify and develop large-scale power generation projects from renewable energy sources” Eni said.
 
The agreement covers a “wide range of innovative technologies, including onshore and offshore wind generation, solar power, hybrid gas-renewable projects, electrification of new and existing assets, waste-to-energy projects, the ‘green’ conversion of mature or decommissioned industrial assets and the deployment of technologies developed by Eni’s R&D department” it said.

Enel starts operations at new hydropower complex in Brazil

Nov 24 - Enel has inaugurated the new Apiacas hydro complex in Brazil.

The generating facility, located in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil’s Central-West Region, is composed of three plants with a total installed capacity of 102 MW that will be able to generate more than 490 GWh per year.

Enel invested approximately $287 million in the project.

A stand-alone 1.2 MW photovoltaic plant was installed to supply energy to the construction site, reducing emissions generated by construction works.

Canada aims to phase-out coal-fired electricity by 2030

Nov 23 - Canada aims to phase-out the use of coal for electricity generation by 2030.

The environment minister, Kathleen McKenna, said the goal is to make sure 90% of Canada’s electricity comes from sustainable sources by that time, up from 80% today, according to news reports.

The announcement is part of measures being implemented by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to tackle climate change. These would include a carbon tax, media reported.

EnBW to shut down 353 MW Karlsruhe gas-fired plant

Nov 22 - EnBW is to shut down its 353 MW gas-fired power plant in Karlsruhe, on the back of a persistently low current price level which means “conventional power plants in Germany are under strong economic pressure.”

The RDK 4S plant will be taken offline “as soon as legally possible” the company said.

The decision is subject to the approval of the EnBW supervisory board and the supervisory board of Stadtwerke Karlsruhe, which have a share of ownership of 25% in the plant.

Since 2014 EnBW has already announced the closure of six power plants in Marbach, Walheim and Heilbronn due to a lack of profitability, it said.

Gazprom's supplies to Austria up 31.5% in Jan-Nov 2016

Nov 21 - Gazprom's gas supplies to Austria have seen a steep increase in 2016, rising 31.5% year on year in the period January 1 to November 15 2016, reaching 5.1 billion cubic meters.

Over the period November 1-15 2016, the exports were up by y 118.9%, Gazprom said in a statement, following a meeting between the CEO of Gazprom Alexey Miller and the CEO of Austria's OMV, Rainer Seele.

OMV is Gazprom's main partner in Austria.

Mozambique adds 106 MW gas-fired capacity: Reuters Africa

Nov 18 - Mozambique started building a $180 million gas-fired power plant, Reuters Africa reported.

The newswire reported state-owned Electricity of Mozambique chairman Mateus Magala as saying the 106 MW plant would be mostly funded by the Japanese Agency for International Development, through a $167 million loan.

The plant is expected to be operational by August 2018.

Hollande urges US to respect “irreversible” Paris Agreement: AP

Nov 17 – The US must respect the “irreversible” Paris Agreement on climate change, French President Francois Hollande was quoted as saying by Associated Press.

"The agreement was historic," Hollande said. "But what we must say here is that this agreement is irreversible."

Speaking to a U.N. climate conference in Morocco, Hollande said France will lead a dialogue on the topic with President-elect Donald Trump "on behalf of the 100 countries that have ratified" the deal. He also praised U.S. President Barack Obama for his role in getting the landmark pact adopted in the French capital last year, AP reported.

"The United States, the most powerful economy in the world, the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, must respect the commitments that were made," he said. "It's not simply their duty, it's in their interest."

North Africa, Middle East renewables programme launched

Nov 16 - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) launched a joint programme today aimed at the development of private renewable energy markets in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

The SEMED Private Renewable Energy Framework (SPREF), a Eur227.5 million financing framework, was presented during the EU Energy Day at the COP22 international climate conference in Marrakesh.

The programme aims to reduce the region's dependence on imports of hydrocarbons. 

Wartsila to supply 57 MW plant to Sierra Leone

Nov 15 - Wartsila has been appointed EPC contractor for a 57 MW Smart Power Generation plant in Sierra Leone.

The plant is to be supplied to CECA SL Generation, a Sierra Leone company co-owned by CEC Africa Investments and TCQ Power, the company said.

The turn-key order includes six Wartsila 32 engines running on heavy fuel oil.