Apex clinches 66MW off-take deal with US Army

Apex Clean Energy, the Virginia-based developer, has finalised a deal that will see it selling 65.8MW of Texas wind and solar power to the US Army over nearly three decades for consumption at Fort Hood, the US military’s most populous installation in the world.

EGP on pole as Enel strikes $1bn China finance pact

Italian utility Enel said its Enel Green Power (EGP) renewables unit will be the biggest beneficiary of a $1bn finance and co-operation pact with China.

Crack it! Energy from a fossil fuel without carbon dioxide

The production of energy from natural gas without generating carbon dioxide emissions could fast become a reality, thanks to a novel technology. Researchers have been researching an innovative technique to extract hydrogen from methane in a clean and efficient way. After two years of intensive experiments the proof-of-principle has now been provided. With the experimental reactor running reliably and continuously, the future potential of this technology has become apparent.

NJ governor deals setback to Fishermen’s offshore pilot

Governor Chris Christie exercised a “pocket veto” to effectively kill Senate Bill 2711 which would have required the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to allow Fishermen’s Energy to re-apply for a public subsidy for its 24MW pilot offshore project.

GE reports 1.4GW of new wind orders in December

General Electric hauled in 1.4GW of orders for new wind turbines last month, including a previously unannounced deal to supply the 230MW Horse Creek project in Texas, capping a blockbuster year for GE’s wind team.

CIP taps SSE for further 10% of 588MW Beatrice offshore wind

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has boosted its stake in Scotland’s 588MW Beatrice offshore wind project after buying a further 10% from utility SSE.

German renewables lobby backs coal-exit consensus push

Germany’s renewable energy federation BEE said it is supporting a proposal by energy minister Sigmar Gabriel to convene a round table on an exit from coal and lignite in Europe’s largest economy.