The New York Governor has agreed to expand NY-Sun's initiative throughout the state with around $1bn in incentives for new solar power projects and the UK Government has awarded eight renewable energy projects totalling 4.5GW. wraps-up the key headlines from April 2014.

New York commits $1bn for new solar power projects


The New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has agreed to expand NY-Sun’s initiative throughout the state with around $1bn (€723m) in incentives for new solar power projects.

The NY-Sun programme provides long-term funding that will increase existing businesses and attract new investments to New York from international solar companies for greater economic growth of the state.

Presently, New York has more than 400 solar companies operating across the state from Long Island to Buffalo.

UK approves eight major renewable energy projects, supporting 8,500 jobs

Renewable energy

The UK Government has awarded eight renewable energy projects totalling 4.5GW.

The government has sanctioned five offshore wind farms and three biomass projects.

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Projects include offshore wind farms, coal to biomass conversions and a dedicated biomass plant with combined heat and power.

Siem Offshore wins contract for Nordsee One wind farm


Siem Offshore Contractors has secured a contract to supply and install an inner array grid cable system at the Nordsee One offshore wind farm being developed by RWE Innogy.

Located in the North Sea, the wind farm will be equipped with 54 6.15MW turbines and will be inter-connected by an inner array grid of 33kV medium voltage submarine composite cables with a total length of up to 72km.

Additionally, Siem Offshore will also provide associated materials and services including submarine composite cables and related accessories, plus post-installation termination, trenching and testing services.

Calpine to sell six CCPPs totalling 3,498MW to LS Power for $1.57bn

Calpine will sell six combined-cycle power plants (CCPP) totalling 3,498MW to LS Power for $1.57bn in cash, subject to working capital and other adjustments.

With the sale of the plants located in the south-east region of the US, Calpine will use existing federal and state net operating losses to offset the projected taxable gains.

The plants comprise the 1,134MW Oneta Energy Center located in Coweta, Oklahoma; the 501MW Carville Energy Center in St Gabriel, Louisiana; the 795MW Decatur Energy Center in Decatur, Alabama; the 237MW Hog Bayou Energy Center in Mobile, Alabama; the 255MW Santa Rosa Energy Center in Pace, Florida; and the 606MW Columbia Energy Center in Calhoun County, South Carolina.

CEZ scraps Temelin nuclear power plant expansion tender


Czech-based utility CEZ has scrapped the procurement process to construct two new reactors at the Temelin nuclear power plant.

This decision was made due to the Czech Government’s refusal to provide price guarantees for the project, which is valued at around $15bn (€10.8bn).

CEZ’s procurement process was scrapped in accordance with Public Procurement Act for the Temelin nuclear power plant expansion.

Alstom to supply two gas turbines to Kelar combined-cycle power plant in Chile

Alstom has won contracts worth more than €100m for the Kelar combined-cycle power plant in Chile.

Under the contract, the company will supply two GT13E2 gas turbines and long-term services for the power plant.

Samsung Engineering will implement the project on an engineering, procurement and construction basis (EPC). The units are expected to be commissioned at the end of 2016.

Siemens and KOSPO complete construction of Andong CCPP in South Korea

Power plant

Siemens and Korea Southern Power (KOSPO) have completed the construction of the Andong combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea.

Construction work on the 417MW plant has been completed within a period of 24 months.

Equipped with H-class technology, the new plant is claimed to be the second power plant in Asia with efficiency of more than 60%.

Fukushima plant operator Tepco sued for $1bn by US sailors ‘exposed to radiation’

US Sailors

The US sailors who were involved in a humanitarian mission during the 2011 tsunami in Japan have sued Tokyo Electric Power for $1bn, accusing it of misleading them about the radiation levels at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

As many as 79 sailors are alleging that the company misinformed them about the levels of radiation to which they would be exposed during the operation.

A lawsuit has been filed by the sailors in a federal court in San Diego, US, in which it is claimed that the exposure to radiation has led to several cases of cancer and a child born with defects, reported the Associated Press citing Orange County Register newspaper.