In an effort to attract more Canadian travelers, Plattsburgh International Airport will use federal subsidies to fly larger planes to Boston, according to a story in the Burlington Free Press. The upgrade presents competition to Burlington International Airport, which currently does not offer direct service to Boston. Colgan Air, Inc plans to fly 34-passenger turboprop planes between Plattsburgh and Boston up to three times daily. Currently, Plattsburgh’s service to Boston is through Cape Air, which covers the route using nine-passenger aircraft. $2.1 million yearly in subsidies provided by the Essential Air Service program will pay for the new service.In addition to Canadian customers, who currently represent about 85 percent of those flying out of Plattsburgh, the airport hopes to attract more Vermonters with the new service. Burlington has not offered direct flights to Boston since the beginning of 2008, when Big Sky Airlines, a subsidiary of Delta, cancelled the route.
Statkraft plans 1GW virtual power plant in U.K. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Global hydropower and European renewable energy giant Statkraft announced Tuesday plans to build what it is calling the United Kingdom’s first virtual power plant to integrate wind, solar, battery storage, and gas which will have over 1 GW of power.Statkraft explained on Tuesday that the new virtual power plant will monitor the operations of over 1GW worth of wind power, solar power, battery storage, and flexible gas engines and will compare it with the constantly updating Day Ahead, On-the-Day, and cashout price forecasts. This will allow for real-time optimisation of power trading in the British energy market.Statkraft is further planning to double the capacity of the virtual power plant by the middle of the year. The increased flexibility provided by the virtual power plant will help facilitate the integration of intermittent power generation – such as that from wind and solar power – into the British electricity system, and subsequently help expand the UK’s renewable energy capacity.“Our business model in the UK to producers of renewable power involves marketing renewable assets with maximum efficiency – for our partners, but also towards the power market,” explained Duncan Dale, Vice President Sales & New Products of Statkraft in the UK. “The idea is to match renewable power production with market demand within seconds. The increasing share of renewable energy in the UK will require a maximum of flexibility in the British power grid. By integrating batteries and engines into the virtual power plant and optimising their operations we can provide this flexibility reliably.”Statkraft is already involved in Europe’s largest virtual power plant, interconnecting more than 1,400 wind and solar installations with an installed capacity of approximately 12 GW.More: Statkraft plans 1GW solar, wind, storage “virtual power plant” in U.K.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Norwegian renewables giant Statkraft is to acquire UK-headquartered solar developer Solarcentury, taking on a 6GW global portfolio in doing so.The deal, struck at a purchase price of £117.7 million, will see Statkraft take on a pipeline of utility-scale solar projects in markets including Spain, Chile, Italy, Greece, France, the Netherlands and the UK.Statkraft has maintained a target of developing at least 8GW of wind and solar by 2025, and the company said the acquisition – which also marked the renewables giant’s “renewed commitment to solar power” – will also play a major role in reaching that target.The company also added that Solarcentury’s geographical footprint matched that of Statkraft’s existing development portfolio and market operations. Furthermore, Statkraft said the deal would make the company a leading developer within Europe’s solar market, with the potential to become world-leading.Under the terms of the deal, Statkraft is to acquire 100% of shares in Solarcentury Holdings and its subsidiaries, buying out existing shareholders including Scottish Equity Partners, VantagePoint Capital Partners, Zouk Capital and Grupo Ecos. The deal remains subject to regulatory and competition approvals but is expected to be completed by the end of the year.[Liam Stoker]More: Statkraft to acquire Solarcentury, adding 6GW to global solar portfolio Norway’s Statkraft buys Solarcentury and company’s 6GW project portfolio
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