Free Flow Power Acquires Remaining Interest in 10 Ohio Hydroelectric Development Projects

Free Flow Power (FFP) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the remaining assets of Clean River Power, LLC that it had not previously owned. Clean River Power is a run of the river hydroelectric project developer based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Free Flow Power’s acquisition includes 10 subsidiary LLCs which hold preliminary permits for conventional hydroelectric projects in southeastern Ohio; nine of the projects are located on the Muskingum River and one is on the Scioto River. The projects have a total nameplate capacity of approximately 40 MW and anticipated power production capacity of approximately 250,000 megawatt hours annually. Alan Skelly, Michael Skelly, Sr., and Tim Jones of Clean River Power have joined FFP’s, New Hydro – Project Development, management team.

Alan Skelly has 26 years of experience in private utility law and development, including as past Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Clean River Power. Michael Skelly, Sr. has 32 years experience in law, utility and energy project development including as past Treasurer of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Tim Jones has more than 20 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant with an international full-service accounting firm and as Chief Financial Officer / Controller of various construction and development companies.

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Small Wind Turbine Manufacturer Gaia-Wind Welcomes First Minister’s Drive For World’s First Floating Wind Farm

Domestic wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind supports the Scottish Government’s backing of floating wind farms that will help bring the commercial viability and benefits of wind turbines to an even bigger audience.

Following discussions between First Minister Alex Salmond and Norwegian energy giant Statoil, Scotland could soon become home to the world’s first floating wind farm.

In a bid to encourage Statoil to use Scottish waters to test and develop the commercial viability of their deep water Hywind floating turbines, the First Minister has suggested locations off the coast of Aberdeenshire or the Isle of Lewis.

Scottish waters as a whole are thought to offer a quarter of Europe’s entire offshore renewable potential.

Should the project go ahead, it is estimated that offshore wind power could create around 20,000 jobs, £30 billion in investment as well as a much needed move towards energy security; a point domestic wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind feels is long overdue, as a spokesperson explains:

“With the finite nature of fossil fuels becoming an increasingly pressing matter, we need to act now to create a world that can function just as easily from renewable energy as it does oil.

“The forward thinking nature of the Scottish Government shows the wheels are in motion to do so.

“One of the biggest incentives of large scale renewable energy – such as plans for a floating wind farm – is the idea that Scotland could secure and harness its own energy resources meaning the need to rely on power from other countries could become redundant. The idea of Scotland producing power independently is a very attractive prospect indeed.”

With the Scottish Government backing wind energy all the way, it’s hoped that the increasing prominence of large scale wind farms will also enlighten home owners and small businesses to the benefits of wind turbines on a domestic level.

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ENER-G Pumps Up Sustainable Heating And Cooling Operation

ENER-G has launched a new ENER-G Sustainable Technologies division – specialising in the design, installation and maintenance of heat pumps.

Through its exclusive partnership with four leading manufacturers, the company is providing one of the widest selections of ground source, gas absorption, air source and water loop heat pump technologies in the UK.

The new division expands ENER-G’s existing ground source heat pump operation into a building services focused business that can provide total heat pump solutions for all types of heating and cooling applications utilising heat pumps ranging from 1kW to 1000kW capacity.

ENER-G Sustainable Technologies has relocated its Nottinghamshire base from Ollerton into larger premises in Mansfield, which will accommodate its anticipated year-on-year growth.

Managing Director, Paul Burley said: “Our in-house expertise and resources means we can see the whole job through from initial feasibility through to project handover. We operate our own drilling rigs and offer complete in-house services from specialist design, through to complete project management, installation and maintenance of heat pump technologies. We also have the ability to supply bespoke manufactured heat pumps in a variety of sizes to accommodate complex customer briefs, particularly where space is restricted.”

The introduction of the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in April 2011 is expected to stimulate further demand in the sector, providing significant subsidy payments of up to 7.5 pence per kWh for 15 to 23 years that will dramatically reduce the payback period on ground source and air source heat pump technology.

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npower Backs Wear Your Shirt To Work Day

npower in Worcester is taking part in a nationwide ‘Wear Your Shirt to Work’ day to mark 100 days to go until the official decision by FIFA of who will host the World Cup in 2018.

npower is an official supporter of the England 2018 FIFA World Cup Bid, and will be urging all of its 12,000 staff to get behind the campaign. Wear Your Shirt to Work day also coincides with a tour of some of the potential host cities by a delegation from football governing body, FIFA.

Wear Your Shirt to Work day is an initiative driven by the England 2018 Bid team and involves employees doing just as it suggests; wearing the shirt of their chosen football team to work. As well as encouraging England football fans to back the bid and raising awareness of the bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the initiative is also designed to show the passion many in England have for football during the crucial FIFA visit.

Emma Collins, sponsorship manager at npower, commented:”As official supporters of the Bid, we are more than happy to support this campaign by the England 2018 Bid team. Wear Your Shirt to Work day is a great way to engage our entire workforce in supporting the Bid and to raise awareness of npower’s involvement in it.

“We will be encouraging everyone to take part and wear their football shirts with pride to show FIFA that England not only has the facilities to host the World Cup, but the passion too.”

England 2018 Chief Executive Andy Anson said: “It’s great that npower is joining our Wear Your Shirt to Work campaign. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of our Bid, have some fun, and to also mark an important milestone; 100 days until FIFA makes its decision about which country will welcome the World Cup in eight years time.”

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npower Announces Competition For New Customers

npower has released details of a competition for all new customers signing up to its Football Saver tariff online via The competition gives entrants the chance to win one of two prizes; A Football League Club Experience day or a signed ball and shirt for a club of the winner’s choice.

The competition is set to run from 5 to 19 August 2010 with customers who sign up to the new Football Saver tariff placed into a draw for a chance to win one of the prizes on offer. The tariff also offers customers a discount of 7%, a lower rate than the standard variable gas and electricity tariff, until 30 September 2011 and a £45 voucher to spend at any official Football League club shop.

This deal ties in with the sponsorship of the Football Leagues – from the Championship to League 2 – which will go under the name npower Football League for the 2010/11 season. Coupled with this is the Football League Fan Club that allows npower customers the chance to win tickets to Football League matches as well as other exclusive offers, all made public through the quarterly football e-mail updates.

The Big Ticket Giveaway will see a pair of tickets for every single npower Football League match up for grabs this season and fan club members will also have the opportunity to win club player and manager appearances.

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