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Grundfos Dubai Facility Lauded with LEED Platinum (Int'l Report)
LEED Platinum
Date: 2020-04-06
Denmark-headquartered pump manufacturer Grundfos is reporting its 4456 sq-meter Grundfos Gulf Distribution (GGD) regional headquarters in Dubai has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification for Operations and Maintenance.

The multi-purpose HQ building hosts a factory, service centre and an office which serves the region with sustainable water solutions. The building also serves as a training centre where hundreds of engineers, consultants and customers receive hands-on training and interact with the most advanced cloud-based water solutions in the region.

Including the Grundfos building, there are 12 LEED Platinum certifications for Operations & Maintenance in the UAE. (Source: Grundfos, Middle East Design, 5 April, 2020) Contact: Grundfor, +45 87501400 - HQ,; Grundfos Gulf Distribution, +971-4-8815166,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Platinum,  Energy Efficiency,  

Collegians Polled on Climate Change Crisis (Report Attached)
Vassar College
Date: 2020-04-06
In Poughkeepsie, New York, a recent survey of students at the liberal arts college found respondents were "very concerned" about the climate crisis and generally wanted Vassar to do more to address it. The survey also found Vassar students generally see "political action and public policy as central to addressing the climate crisis."

On a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, 70 pct of respondents rated their concern about the climate crisis as a 5, and only 9 pct rated their concern as a 3 or less.

Download Vassar Students on Climate Change Report details HERE. (Source: Vassar College, Vassar Insider, April, 2020) Contact: Vassar College,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Nauticor, Novatek Partnering on Baltic LNG Bunkering (Int'l Report)
Novatek Green Energy
Date: 2020-04-06
Hamburg, Germany-based Nauticor GmbH & Co. KG and Krakow, Poland-based LNG producer Novatek Green Energy are reporting their planned cooperation to develop a marine LNG bunkering market supply infrastructure in the Baltic Sea area.

Both firms are presently active in the North European LNG market. (Source: Nauticor, LNG Ind., 6 April, 2020) Contact: Nauticor, Gregoire Hartig, Bus. Dev Mgr, +49.40.468959-0 Fax: +49.40.468959-103,, Novatek Green Energy, +48 12 390 76 95,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ALternative Fuel,  LNG,  Marine Fuel,  Marine Bunkering ,  

EU Biofuel Groups Concerned Over Possible Biofuel Blending Cutbacks (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
European Biodiesel Board
Date: 2020-04-06
The European Biodiesel Board, ePURE and several other European biofuel trade organizations have penned the following outlining their concerns that some EU countries were considering "derogations" to their blending operations:

"If implemented, such derogations would exacerbate the negative effects already experienced by our sectors. The resulting reduction in demand would cause the shutdown of biofuel plants. It would also jeopardize the supply of products needed to produce hand sanitiser products, impact the proper function of the EU internal market for fuels and reduce the supply of animal feed. In addition, European renewable energy and climate commitments would be jeopardized."

"The production of the European biofuels value chain is (already) severely affected by the strong drop in fuel consumption and the corresponding reduction for the demand for our products, accentuated by the drop in fuel prices. (Source: European Biodiesel Board, ePure, Various Trade Media, April, 2020) Contact: European Biodiesel Board, ; ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. General, +32 2 657 6679,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blending,  European Biodiesel Board,  ePure,  Biodiesel,  

Bldg Energy Audits Deliver Modest Results (Ind. Report)
NYU Marron Institute
Date: 2020-04-03
A recent report from the NYU Marron Institute has found New York City's pioneering Local Law 87 requiring buildings to monitor their energy use with detailed audits, has delivered only modest reductions in residential and office building energy use -- -2.5 pct for multifamily residential buildings and -4.9 pct for office buildings -- an insufficient incentive to invest in energy efficiency at the scale needed to meet citywide carbon-reduction goals.

The report noted "In the context of a comprehensive, data-driven energy policy, audit requirements can be used to target 'deep' retrofits, while automated or virtual audits could replace the existing need for traditional audit mandates."

More than 20 cities, including Austin, Chicago, and San Francisco, have adopted policies to increase data and transparency on energy use, seeking to encourage market interventions to reduce energy consumption and carbon pollution.

The New York University Marron Institute study was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. (Source: NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management, Press Release, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management, Constantine E. Kontokosta , Study Researcher, Robert Polner , Media, (212) 998-2337,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  Building Energy Audit,  Energy Benchmark,  

Starwood Energy Investing in Carbon Capture Project (Ind. Report)
Starwood Energy
Date: 2020-04-03
Private equity investment firm Starwood Energy Group Global, Inc. reports it has finalized agreements with OGCI Climate Investments (OGCI CI) to co-invest in the initial development of a large-scale carbon capture (CC) facility to be integrated with a natural gas power plant.

The project will use commercially available CO2 capture technology and is expected to capture 90 pct of the CO2 emissions from an existing power facility. The captured CO2 will then be used in enhanced oil recovery and permanently sequestered in an existing oil field. The project, which will be jointly developed by Starwood and Elysian Ventures, LLC, is expected to break ground in early 2021. (Source: Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC, PR, 2 April, 2020) Contact: Starwood Energy Group, Himanshu Saxena, CEO, +44 (0)207 413 3448,; Elysian Ventures, Bret Logue, Principal & Co-Founder, (212) 913-9890, ; OGCI Climate Investments, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  

EPA Considering RFS Blending Compliance Delay (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2020-04-03
Reuters is reporting US EPA chief Andrew Wheeler is considering delaying the deadline for oil refineries to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending regulation past March 31 to help the industry cope with fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the pandemic's onset, the oil industry has asked for broad regulatory relief to help it survive sharply reduced global demand for fuel and to lower related costs. (Source: US EPA, Reuters, 27 Mar., 2020) Contact: US EPA, Andrew Wheeler, Administrator,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  Andrew Wheeler,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  

Agave Biofuel Potential Studied in Australia (Int'l. Report, R&D)
University of Sydney
Date: 2020-04-03
Researchers from the University of Sydney, University of Adelaide and the UK's University of Exeter have analyzed the potential to produce bioethanol from the agave plant -- a high-sugar succulent commonly grown in Mexico and used for tequila. Agave is now being grown as a biofuel source in the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland, Australia, by agribusiness company MSF Sugar.

The study noted bioethanol yield of 7,414 litres a hectare each year is achievable with five-year-old agave plants. The study also found that sugarcane yields 9,900 litres per hectare each year. However, agave beats sugarcane on a number of measures, including fresh water eutrophication, marine ecotoxicity and water consumption. The project also found agave uses 69 pct less water than sugarcane and 46 pct less water than corn for the same yield. The economic analysis suggests that a first generation of bioethanol production from agave is currently not commercially viable without government support, given the recent collapse in the world oil price.

The study concluded bioethanol derived from agave is superior to that from corn and sugarcane in terms of water consumption and quality, greenhouse gas emissions, as well as ethanol output.. (Source: Spirits Business, April, 2020) Contact: MSF Sugar,; University of Exeter, Dr Xiaoyu Yan, +44 01326 259485,; University of Sydney, Daniel Tan,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agave news,  Biofuel news,  Bioethanol news,  

U.S. Ethanol Production Drops to 6 Year Low (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2020-04-03
A just released report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) notes that U.S. ethanol production dropped 16 pct to an average of 840,000 bpd, the lowest level since September 2013, for the week ending March 27.

Additional reductions are expected in upcoming weeks as several plants are switching a portion of their production to sanitizers and/or slowing or idling production due primarily to the falling demand for fuel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the EIA report says. (Source: US EIA, 1 April, 2020) Contact: Energy Information Administration,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  EIA,  

Capital Power Completes Buckthorn Wind Acquisition (M&A)
Capital Power Corporation
Date: 2020-04-03
On the Canadian prairies, Edmonton, Alberta-based Capital Power Corporation reports it has completed its acquisition of the 100.5-MW Buckthorn Wind Farm south of Dallas, Texas, for between $60 million to $69 million pending the realization of future market performance. The acquisition of Buckthorn Wind was previously announced on March 16, 2020 and was 100 pct debt financed.

Capital Power develops, acquires, owns, and operates power generation facilities and presents owns 28 facilities across North America with 630 MW capacity in advanced development in Alberta. (Source: Capital Power, PR, NewsWire, 1 April, 2020) Contact: Capital Power, Randy Mah, Inv. Relations, 780-392-5305,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capital Power,  Buckthorn Wind,  Wind,  

Notable Quotes on Transportation Emissions
International Union of Railways.
Date: 2020-04-03
"If we want to reduce the consequences of global warming, which are now quite inevitable, we have to act fast and act now.

"If we continue to cherish a transport model based on individual vehicles that consume both non-renewable resources and contribute to global warming, it will be quite difficult to curb the rise in temperatures on our planet.

"Transport, in its broadest terms, is responsible for 24 pct of energy related greenhouse gas emissions but rail today is four-times less carbon emitting than the other modes and has a really important part to play." -- Francois Davenne, Director General, International Union of Railways. Contact: International Union of Railways,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  

BayWa's Amadeus Wind Wins Tax Equity Commitment (Ind. Report)
BayWa, Amadeus Wind Project
Date: 2020-04-03
Carlsbad, California-based BayWa r.e. Wind LLC reports it has secured a tax equity commitment from a consortium led by GE Energy Financial Services for the 250-MW Amadeus Wind Project which is under construction in Lubbock. Texas. The Project also has a hedge agreement with Morgan Stanley and a construction loan with Commerzbank.

When fully operational in Q4 this year, the facility is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 75,000 homes. (Source: BayWa r.e. Wind, Kallanish Energy, 2 April, 2020) Contact: BayWa r.e., Florian Zerhusen, CEO, Frank Jessel, Global Dir. Solar, (850) 450-6800 -- San Diego office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amadeus Wind Project,  BayWa,  

DOE Offering $22Mn for Carbon Capture R&D (R&D Funding)
US DOE, US DOE Office of Science
Date: 2020-04-03
The US Department of Energy (DOE) reports it will provide up to $22 million for carbon capture (CC) research. The funding will come from the DOE's Office of Science ($12 million) and the DOE's Office of Fossil Energy will supply $10 million.

For the Office of Science funding, DOE National Laboratories are invited to submit proposals for breakthrough research in materials and chemical sciences. The Office of Fossil Energy funding opportunity focuses on both the applied development of new materials and the field testing of CC prototypes. (Source: US DOE, GasWorld, 2 April, 2020) Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg,; US DOE Office of Science, Dr.Chris Fall, Dir.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Office of Fossil Energy,  DOE Office of Science ,  

RES Sells Norwegian Wind Project to Macquarie Green Invest. (M&A)
RES Nordic,Macquarie Green Investment Group.
Date: 2020-04-03
Global independent renewable energy company RES is reporting the sale of its 79.8MW Buheii wind farm project in southern Norway to Edinburgh-based Macquarie Green Investment Group. Financial details have not been divulged by both companies.

Under the agreement, RES will provide construction management and asset management services for the project which will incorporate 19 Vestas V150 turbines. (Source: RES, Power Technology, 2 April, 2020) Contact: RES Nordics, Matilda Afzelius, CEO,; Macquarie Green Investment Group, +44 0330 123 2167,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RES Group,  Wind,  Macquarie Green Investment Group.,  

Nordex Installs First Heibloem Wind Turbines (Int'l. Report)
Nordex,Cooperatie Zuidenwind
Date: 2020-04-03
Wind OEM Nordex is reporting installation of the first two of its N149/4.0-4.5MW, 149-metre rotor turbines at the Heibloem Wind Farm in Limburg province, Netherlands.

The Heibloem project is being developed by German-Spanish developer Cooperatie Zuidenwind. (Source: Nordex, PR, April, 2020) Contact: Cooperatie Zuidenwind, +31 6 3309 9553,; Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  

NYC Upgrades Energy Efficiency, Conservation Codes (Ind Report)
New York City, Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-04-03
In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio is reporting passage of a new and updated 2020 Energy Conservation Code aimed at improving energy efficiency for new and existing buildings as part of New York City's Green New Deal.

The 2020 Energy Conservation Code was modeled after the 2020 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code, requires new and existing buildings meet the following, effective 12 May:

  • Improve the building thermal envelope by requiring better performing walls and windows;

  • Minimize and control air leakage by sealing and testing the building envelope;

  • Balconies and parapets must be continuously insulated;

  • Meet minimum energy efficiency requirements for heating and cooling systems;

  • More efficient interior lighting and additional lighting controls;

  • Perform commissioning on more HVAC alteration projects;

  • Efficiency measures on new elevators and commercial kitchen equipment;

  • Create the infrastructure for the future installation of electric vehicle chargers in one- and two-family homes;

  • Require whole building metering for new buildings greater than 25,000 square fee;

  • Allow source energy as a metric, instead of energy cost, for buildings choosing to comply with energy modeling;

  • Additional thermal envelope performance requirements for buildings choosing to comply with energy modeling. (Source: Office of Mayor Bill de Basio, NY Law School, City Land, 2 April, 2020) Contact: Office of Mayor Bill de Basio, Mark Chambers, Director of Sustainability,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Bill de Blasio ,  

  • JLEN Invests £11Mn in Scottish AD plant (Int'l. Report)
    JLEN Environmental Assets
    Date: 2020-04-03
    In the UK, environmental infrastructure investment fund JLEN Environmental Assets Group Ltd is reporting an £11 million ($13.7 million) equity investment in the 5 MW of thermal and 0.25 MW of power generation capacity Peacehill Farm anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Fife, Scotland. The Peacehill Farm plant, which is accredited under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) schemes, produces biomethane for the national gas grid.

    With this investment, JLEN's portfolio stands at 302.9 MW. (Source: JLEN Environmental Assets, Contact: JLEN Environmental Assets Group, +44 (0)20 3100

    More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  Biomethane,  Methane,  

    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Report (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
    Date: 2020-04-03
    In Victoria, British Columbia, the Pacific Institute for Climate (PIC) Solutions (PIC) reports the release of its Annual Report 2019 highlighting the organization's climate change solutions and innovative research.

    PICS' collaborative research approach is based on active engagement between solutions seekers, researchers and PICS to create timely, relevant research that can be actively implemented by users. This approach aims to contribute to climate solutions by bringing together the necessary knowledge, expertise, skills, and networks to solve pressing problems and realize opportunities. The four PICS universities include UVic, SFU, UBC and UNBC.

    Download the PICS report HERE. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, April, 2020) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, 250-853-3595, 250-853-3597 - fax,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Canadian Carbon Tax Bumped Up to $30 per tonne (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2020-04-03
    On Wednesday, 1 April, the Canadian federal carbon tax was increased from $20 per tonne to $30 per tonne, despite legal challenges from the provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the severe economic downturn and skyrocketing unemployment due to COVID-19.

    As previously reported, the tax will raise $10 per tonne each year until 2022. (Source: Various Media, 604NOW, April, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

    Boralex Claims French Wind, Solar Tender Wins (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-04-03
    Quebec, Canada-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc. is reporting two of its solar projects -- the 15.4-MW Peyrolles en Provence in Bouches-duRhone department and the 12.5-MW La Cle des Champs in Haute-Loire -- have been selected in France' s latest tender call for ground-mounted solar plants.

    The company's 25.2-MW Mont de Bezard II and 17.3-MW Extension Seuil de Bapaume wind projects in Marne and Pas-de-Calais were also selected for onshore wind schemes.

    Boralex presently has more than 1,000 MW of French wind and solar projects at various stages of development, and 978 MW of operational wind, solar and thermal power capacity in France. (Source: Boralex, PR,Renewables, April, 2020) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Decostre, VP and GM Europe, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Wind,  Solar,  

    Gasoline-Ethanol Consumption Down 25 pct (Ind. Report)
    Ethanol Blend, E10
    Date: 2020-04-03
    BrownfieldAg News and the U.S. EIA is reporting gasoline consumption in the U.S. has dropped by 25 pct and "some energy companies are considering taking ethanol out of the E10 gas blend to be more competitive at current price levels." However, it is expected that "the gasoline that we use through the remainder of 2020 will all contain 10 pct ethanol." .(Source: BrownfieldAg News, RFF TV, 2 April, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  Ethanol Blend,  

    Kontrol Energy Enhances Existing Software Platform (Ind. Report)
    Kontrol Energy
    Date: 2020-04-03
    Toronto, Ontario-headquartered energy efficiency through IoT, Cloud and software as a service (SaaS) technology specialist Kontrol Energy Corp. is touting its SmartSite® software platform -- a building energy software technology designed to assist in the operation and management of complex heating, ventilation and cooling systems for large multi-residential, commercial, and mission critical buildings.

    Kontrol SmartSite® SaaS platform is highly scalable and currently operates in more than 20 million square feet of real estate, according to a company release. (Source: Kontrol Energy Corp., PR, April, 2020) Contact: Kontrol Energy Corp., Paul Ghezzi, CEO, 905.766.0400,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kontrol Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Citigroup Assisting GEVO with Financing (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Citigroup Global Markets
    Date: 2020-04-03
    Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol producer GEVO Inc reports it has engaged Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. to assist in exploring financing for its operations.

    Gevo is looking for financing to expand its production capabilities to supply its renewable jet fuel and isooctane pursuant to Gevo's "take or pay" contracts with Delta Air Lines, Inc. and HCS Group GmbH.. (Source: GEVO, PR, 2 April, 2020)Contact: Citigroup Global Markets Inc.,; GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  Jet Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  

    Gravitricity Energy Storage Scores Innovat UK Funding (Int'l Funding)
    Gravitricity, Innovate UK
    Date: 2020-04-03
    In the UK, Edinburgh-based energy storage start-up Gravitricity is reporting receipt of £300,000 from Innovate UK's Energy Catalyst programme to explore the possible use of its energy storage technology in South African gold mines.

    Gravitricity's innovative energy battery works by raising multiple heavy weights -- totaling up to 12,000 tonnes -- in a deep shaft and releasing them when energy is required. The system can store energy at half the lifetime cost of lithium-ion batteries, according to the company. (Source: Gravitricity, UKTN, 3 April, 2020) Contact: Gravitricity, Charlie Blair, +44 131 554 6966,,; Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Innovate UK,  

    Dublin PACE Financed Efficiency Upgrades Completed (Ind Report)
    Date: 2020-04-03
    McLean, Virginia-based Gladstone Commercial Corporation is reporting completion of a second improvement financing via the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program for a 78,000 square foot office property in Dublin, Ohio.

    The combined financing covered 100 pct of the costs to replace or upgrade the 5-story building's: cooling tower, boiler and HVAC equipment, elevator modernization, energy efficient interior and exterior lighting, a robust energy management system, and other improvements that together are reduce the property's utility costs 39 pct and eliminate more than 400 metric tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Gladstone Commercial Corporation, PR, April, 2020) Contact: Gladstone Commercial Corporation, Bob Cutlip , Pres., (703) 287-5878,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Global Ozone Efforts Help Mitigate Southern Jet Stream Climate Damage, NOAA Study Finds (Int'l. Report)
    Montreal Protocol,NOAA
    Date: 2020-04-01
    A recently released study from NOAA Chemical Science Department has found international cooperation in ozone-depleting chemicals helps to normalize the southern jet framework after decades of social instability. Scientists say the results show that governments have the ability to recover a damaged climate system if they act quickly and harmoniously to resolve the issue.

    The southern jet stream is a strong wind that forms the southern hemisphere, especially in summer and weather patterns. By 2000, it had returned to its natural course. It moved south in Antarctica to the latitude of every decade, affecting the paths of storms and rains in South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia.

    Previous research has proven that this is mainly due to ozone layer deficiency due to synthetic chemical compounds such as ozone damaging CFCs, and HCFCs, which are found in refrigerators, aerosols and other industrial processes were phased out in 1987. The study found that the Montreal Protocol has halted the southern route of the jet stream since the year 2000 and it may begin to change as the ozone layer starts to close. Dept. 2019 satellite imagery revealed that the annual peak of the ozone hole was 16.4 million square kilometres, the smallest since 1982.

    Ozone restoration is not sufficient to normalize the Southern Hemisphere climate, as other industrial emissions, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are harmful to the environment. There is a battle between increasing CO2 and ozone recovery. That is why we see a decline. Previous studies have reported that ozone holes have a chimney effect that emits some heat from the atmosphere, which means the Antarctic is warmer than the North. (Source: NOAA Chemical Science Dept. tenreports, 28 Mar., 2020) Contact: NOAA Chemical Sciences, Antara Banerjee, Study Author, 303-497-6455,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Montreal Protocol,  Ozone Depletion,  Climate Change,  NOAA,  

    Siemens Gamesa Turbines Going to Vietnam (Int'l. Ind. Report)
    Hoa Thang Energy,Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it will supply 25 units of its 4.5-145 turbines with a 10 year service agreement for Hoa Thang Energy's 113 MW 1.2 wind farm in Vietnam.

    Hoa Thang Energy Joint Stock Company is a special-purpose vehicle of Vietnam's construction group Trading Construction Works Organization. The project is expected to come online in 2021 and will generate sufficient energy for roughly 240,000 Veitnam households.

    The Vietnamese government estimates the country's total power generating capacity will reach 125-130 GW by 2030, up from 46 GW in 2018. The government also aims for renewable energy to account for 15-20 pct of its total energy output by 2030 and has established a target of developing 6 GW of wind power capacity by 2030. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, ME Construction News, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact: Hoa Thang Energy, +84-988682389; Siemens Gamesa,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind Vietnam Wind,  

    Navigant Projects Steadily Rising ESCO Revenues (Report Available)
    Navigant Research
    Date: 2020-04-01
    A new study from Navigant Research is projecting revenue generated by energy service companies (ESCO)to increase by 4.5 pct per year between 2020 and 2029. By diversifying project development efforts, developing new technology-agnostic capabilities and financing options outside energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs), energy service companies can generate up to $28.7 billion in revenue per annum, the report notes.

    The report notes that consumers are becoming more sophisticated; the need for cost-effective, customized, and comprehensive energy solutions to meet new energy efficiency standards is rising; and utilities are introducing new financial and business models to meet emerging customer needs, as drivers in the energy services market.

    Download the report details HERE. (Source: Navigant Research, Mar., 2020) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, 781.270.8456,, www,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research,  Energy Services,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Alaska Allowing Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Alaska, Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-04-01
    In the Last Frontier State, legislation that allows the creation and utilization of a property tax credit to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency has been unanimously passed by the Alaska State Senate and now awaits Gov. Mike Dunleavy's (R) signature into law.

    The legislation would allow businesses and homeowners to maximize money circulating in local economies but would not direct or mandate governments to offer initiate or manage energy efficiency programs. The legislation was endorsed by the Alaska Municipal League, Alaska State Home Building Association, Alaska Miners Association and others. (Source: AEResearch, Seattle Times, 30 Mar., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  

    Tata Power Touts 90 City Rooftop Solar Expansion (Int'l. Report)
    Tata Power
    Date: 2020-04-01
    In India, Mumbai-based Tata Power subsidiary Tata Power Solar reports it is now offering its rooftop solar installations and related services in 90 Indian cities.

    To date, the company has installed more than 375 MW of rooftop projects and 2.76 GW of utility-scale projects in 13 states. The company has also built utility-scale projects in 13 Indian states with a total capacity of around 2.76 GW. (Source: (Source: Tata Power, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Tata Power Solar,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Power,  Tata Renewables,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  Indai Solar,  

    BIRD Energy Announces Renewables, Energy Efficiency Funding (Int'l.)
    BIRD Foundation, BIRD Energy
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Reporting from Tel Aviv, BIRD Energy has announced its next funding cycle for US-Israel joint project proposals with a focus on Renewable Energy and Efficiency and Natural Gas Technologies.

    Proposal must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution - one from the U.S. and one from Israel. The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization.

    Examples of research and development topics within the scope of this call are: Solar and Wind Power, Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas and other associated technologies, Smart Grid, Storage, Water-Energy Nexus, Advanced Manufacturing or any other Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency technology. This year the topic of AI for Energy Management has also been added to the scope. The conditional grant per project is up to 50 pct of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, and up to a maximum of $1 million per project.

    BIRD Energy was established following an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israel Ministry of Energy to promote and support joint research and collaborations in the field of Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency. BIRD Energy is administered by the BIRD Foundation, which has been promoting cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technology sectors since 1977. (Source: The BIRD Foundation, PR, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development and BIRD Energy, +972-3-698-8310,; Maya Vardi Shoshani, Director, Business Development, West Coast, -650-752-6485,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  BIRD Foundation,  BIRD Energy,  

    Iberdrola Preps for Floating Wind Energy Demos (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-04-01
    In Norway, Madrid-based wind energy major Iberdrola, in partnership with France's EDF and Germany's DNV-GL and others, is reporting plans to test two semi-submersible concrete floating wind power demonstration projects.

    The project aims to help cut the levelized cost of floating wind energy to roughly €40-60 MWh by 2030. The development falls under the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme and could qualify for roughly €25 million in grant funding from the EC Innovation and Networks Executive Agency. Fabrication of the test platform could start in Q2, 2021 for installation in Q1, 2022. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, reve, 30 Mr.,2020)Contact: Iberdrola, Jonathan Cole, Global Managing Director Offshore Wind,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  

    Marquis's 350MMgy Ethanol Plant Open During COVID -19 (Ind. Report)
    Marquis Energy
    Date: 2020-04-01
    In a March 27 open letter to its customers, suppliers and community members Hennepin, Illinois-based Marquis Energy announced its 350 MMgy ethanol plant in Hennepin will remain in production despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. The facility is the largest dry mill ethanol plant in the world, according to the letter.

    Founded in 2008, Marquis Energy began as a 100 million gpy ethanol facility and by 2015 was the largest dry-mill ethanol facility in the United States, according to the company's website. The company presently has a production capacity of about 1 million gpd of fuel-grade ethanol. Marquis Energy also has a facility in Necedah, Wisconsin, according to its website. (Source: Marquis Energy, 27 Mar., 2020)Contact: Marquis Energy, Mark Marquis, CEO, Tom Marquis, VP, (815) 925-7300,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marquis Energy ,  Ethanol,  

    Corn for Fuel Ethanol Hits 469Mn Bushels in Jan. (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-04-01
    The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production Report for March, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production for January was down from the previous month, but up from January 2019.

    Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses in January was 519 million bushels. Total corn consumption was down 2 pct from December 2019, but up 5 pctfrom January 2019. Corn use for fuel alcohol was at 469 million bushels, down 2 pct from the previous month, but up 6 percent from the same month of 2019. Corn consumed in January 2020 for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 90 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

    Download the full Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production Report HERE. (Source: Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production Report, USDA, Mar., 2020) Contact: USDA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Corn,  Corn Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

    Barclays Bank Pledges Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Barclays Bank
    Date: 2020-04-01
    In the UK, the world's 20th largest bank by assets -- £1.140 trillion ($1,415,190,300,000 US) -- Barclays Bank reports it plans to meet its 2015 Paris Climate Accord agreement and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    To that end, the bank expects to reduce its lending to fossil fuel energy producers by 30 pct, and cut lending to utilities by 15 pct over the next five years. The bank also plans to focus its lending services on companies that are committed to the Paris agreement, increase green financing by £100 billion by 2030, and invest £175 million in environmental innovation initiatives over the next five years. (Source: Barclays Bank, Financial News, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: Barclays Bank,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Barclays Bank,  Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  

    HeidelbergCement Driving LEILAC CO2 Separation Project (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-04-01
    HeidelbergCement, the world's fourth largest cement maker, reports it is partnering with Australian calcination technology firm Calix and a European consortium to further develop Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement (LEILAC) technology and scale the technology up to industrial levels.

    The patented LEILAC process makes it possible to capture high-purity CO2 from cement production via a separate exhaust gas stream and to utilize the CO2 for other purposes. As part of LEILAC 1, a CO2 separation pilot plant with a capacity of 25,000 tpy was constructed at the HeidelbergCement plant in Lixhe, Belgium. The project has €16 million is support from the EU research funding programme Horizon 2020.

    HeidelbergCement has committed to reduce its own specific net CO2 emissions per tonne of cement by 30 pct, compared with 1990, by 2030. This target has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) and is in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, making HeidelbergCement the first cement company worldwide to have approved science-based CO2 reduction targets.

    The cement sector accounts for around 7 pct of global CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency (Source: Heidelberg Cement, Ag-Net, 31 Mat., 2020) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Calix,  HeidelbergCement,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  

    Consortium Reports Scandinavian eMethanol Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Liquid Wind,Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe,
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Goteborg, Sweden-based Liquid Wind, Axpo, COWI, London-based Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe, Nel Hydrogen and Siemens are reporting joining forces in a "power-to-fuel" project to convert CO2 emissions into cost-effective carbon neutral fuel.

    The stakeholders will combine their expertise and technology to capture waste carbon dioxide (CCU) and combine this with hydrogen, made from renewable electricity and water, to produce renewable methanol (eMethanol.

    Six individual 45,000 tpy facilities are planned across Scandinavia by 2030 with the first project in Sweden expected to be in production by 2023. The consortium aims to standardize the eMethanol facility and blueprint a 'digital twin for efficient replication than can be scaled and licensed internationally. The project is supported by a €1.7 million investment from EIT InnoEnergy. (Source: Liquid Wind, Manifold Times, 31 Mar., 2020) Contact: Liquid Wind, Claes Fredriksson, Founder & CEO,,; Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd., Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3755 1600,,; Haldor Topsoe, Morten Schaldemose, , EVP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Low Carbon Fuel,  Marine Fuel,  Methanol,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Clean Solutions,  Haldor Topsoe,  

    Trina Solar Touting VertexPV Modules (New Prod & Tech.)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited is touting its Vertex PV modules with an energy conversion efficiencies up to 21 pct better than the market standard.

    The Vertex PV bifacial double-glass and back sheet module can achieve a power output in excess of 500W and reduce system costs by almost 8 pct and energy costs by roughly 4 pct, the company claims.(Source: Trina Solar, Mar., 2020) Contact: Trina Solar,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trina Solar,  Solar Modules,  Solar,  

    EPA 2020 ENERGY STAR® Winners Recognized (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-04-01
    The U.S. EPA and the DOE are honoring 191 ENERGY STAR partners -- including Fortune 500 companies, schools, retailers, manufacturers, home builders, and commercial building owners and operators -- that have demonstrated national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions.

    Recipients of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Awards come from 37 states and include: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Energize Connecticut -- statewide energy efficiency initiative in partnership with Eversource Energy and AVANGRID, HP, Palo Alto, CA, NY-based global financial service company MetLife, Faifax, Virginia-based home energy rating company Patuxent Environmental Group, and the electric utility Public Service Company of Oklahoma in Tulsa, and others.

    Since 1992, the ENERGY STAR program and its thousands of partners have helped save more than 4 trillion kWh of electricity and achieve over 3.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. In 2018 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid nearly $35 billion in energy costs. (Source: US EPA, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR®,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Mazda Invests in Algae Biofuels R&D (Int'l. Report, R&D)
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Further to our 2nd Nov., 2018 coverage, Japanese auto maker Mazda is reporting its "Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030" is continuing its participation in joint government and industry research aimed at adopting biofuels from microalgae. Mazda's interest in biofuels is part of its push to cut its CO2 emissions to 50 pct of 2010 levels by 2030 and 90 pct by 2050.

    Mazda's role in the R&D effort is to provide technical support to the research into genome editing by Hiroshima University and plant physiology by the Tokyo Institute of Technology. (Source: Mazda, ZigWheels, Mar., 2020) Contact: Mazda,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  Mazda,  

    Total Launching France's Largest Battery Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
    Total,TOTAL, Saft Battery, Lithium-Ion
    Date: 2020-04-01
    French energy giant Total is reporting the launch of 25 MWh lithium-ion battery-based energy storage project in Mardyck, in the Dunkirk port district. The installation, the largest in France, will support the stability of the French power grid when it comes on line later this year.

    The €15 million installation will incorporate Saft's Intensium Max 20 High Energy solution in 11 integrated 2.3 MWh containers designed and manufactured by Saft. (Source: TOTAL,PR, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: Total,; SAFT, +33 1 58 63 16 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Total,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  SAFT,  

    Trident, Vanguard Partner on VT AD, RNG Project (Ind Report)
    Trident Processes
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Sumas, Washington-based wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery specialist Trident Processes Inc reports it has been selected by Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables' as the nutrient recovery technology provider for a new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Goodrich Family Farm's dairy in Salisbury, Vermont.

    Construction is underway on the biogas system project which, when fully operation in Q3 of this year, will process 280 tpd of manure and organic waste into renewable natural gas (RNG). (Source: Trident Processes Inc., Bioenergy Insight, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: Trident Processes, Kerry Doyle, CEO, 800-799-3740,,; Vanguard Renewables, 781-232-7597,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  Trident Processes,  anaerobic digestion ,  

    AEG Acquires NC Woody Biomass Facility (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Active Energy Group
    Date: 2020-04-01
    UK-based Active Energy Group (AEG) is reporting acquisition of 100 pct control and ownership of the sawmill and log export activities at AEG's industrial site in Lumberton, North Carolina.

    The Lumberton sawmill generates low-value waste products which Active Energy will use as feedstock for the production of CoalSwitch product and other black pellet fuels.

    The CoalSwitch product is made from woody biomass including pulp and saw mill by-products such as bark, sawdust and thinning, and wood which is over-age, under-quality, blow-down, beetle-kill, forest-fire damaged, or industrial waste. CoalSwitch can be burned by old, coal-fired generation facilities without the need for a retrofit. (Source: Active Energy Group, Various Media, Apr. 2020) Contact: Active Energy, Michael Rowan, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Active Energy Group,  CoalSwitch,  Biomass,  Waste Biomass,  

    Inmarsat Joins Asian Shipping Decarbonization Initiative (Int'l.)
    Inmarsat, IMO
    Date: 2020-04-01
    UK-based Global satellite communications provider Inmarsat has taken the role of a founding member in Asia's first decarbonising shipping initiative. The Singapore-based initiative is part of the Trade and Transport Impact (TTI) programme from venture development firm Rainmaking to bring global startups together to look into meeting UN targets on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    Backed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the initiative expects to identify more than 1,000 projects offering models to tackle decarbonisation, with selected startups to be matched with maritime industry leaders willing to build collaborative pilot projects.

    Other initiate participants include Cargill, DNV GL, Hafnia, Mitsubishi Corp's subsidiary MC Shipping, Vale, and Wilhelmsen.

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is targeting a 50 pct cut in shipping GHG emissions by 2050, and average carbon intensity (CO2 per tonne-mile) reductions of 40 pct by 2030 and 70 pct by 2050 compared to 2008 figures. (Source: Inmarsat, Seatrade, Mar., 2020) Contact: Inmarsat, +44 (0)20 7728 1000 -- London, +65 6499 5050 -- Singapore,,; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  IMO,  Shipping Emissions,  ,  

    Northland Power Acquires BC Offshore Wind Project (M&A, Ind Report)
    Northland Power ,NaiKun Wind Energy Group
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Following up on our 23rd August, 2019 report, Toronto-headquartered renewable energy developer Northland Power reports it has agreed to acquire NaiKun Wind Energy Group's offshore wind development project in the Hecate Strait off the coast of British Columbia. The transaction will occur by way of NaiKun selling Northland a 100 pct interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, NaiKun Wind Development Inc.

    The transaction, which is subject to regulatory and other approvals, is expected to close in mid-2020. (Source: NaiKun Wind Energy Group, Website, 30 Mar.,2020) Contact: NaiKun Wind Energy Group, 604 639-846,; Northland Power Inc., David Povall, Exec. VP, (416) 962-6262,

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    Energy Efficiency Included in BIRD Energy Funding (Int'l. Funding)
    BIRD Energy
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Reporting from Tel Aviv, BIRD Energy has announced its next funding cycle for US-Israel joint project proposals with a focus on energy management, smart grid and energy efficiency among other technologies.

    Proposal must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution - one from the U.S. and one from Israel. The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization. The conditional grant per project is up to 50 pct of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, and up to a maximum of $1 million per project.

    BIRD Energy was established following an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israel Ministry of Energy to promote and support joint research and collaborations in the field of Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency. BIRD Energy is administered by the BIRD Foundation, which has been promoting cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technology sectors since 1977. (Source: The BIRD Foundation, PR, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development and BIRD Energy, +972-3-698-8310,; Maya Vardi Shoshani, Director, Business Development, West Coast, -650-752-6485,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BIRD Energy news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Management news,  Smart Grid news,  

    London Social Housing Gets £3.6 Efficiency Boost (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-03-30
    In the UK, the Lord Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is reporting the launch of his Retrofit Accelerator for Homes Program, a £3.6 million energy efficiency upgrade program aimed at social housing across London.

    The program is intended to improve building heating systems, speed up the adoption of heat pumps and solar energy installations, and generally improve building energy efficiency as well as advise and guide local authorities and organizations on large-scale energy efficiency projects.

    The annual cost of residential energy in London is estimated at £3.5 billion per annum. (Source: City of London, Modern Building Services, 30 Mar., 2020)

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    West Virginia's Solar Holler Soldiers On (Ind. Report)
    Solar Holler
    Date: 2020-03-30
    In West Virginia, Huntington-headquartered Solar Holler, is reporting its complete solar energy program offering of energy analysis, financing, engineering and installation, completed more than 180 business, institutional and residential solar panel installations state-wide in 2019 on homes, businesses, community organizations and nonprofits. In total, Solar Holler's installations increased the state's total number of solar installations by 20 pct for an estimated $8 million in energy cost savings. (Source: Solar Holler, PR, Herald Dispatch, 289 Mar, 2020) Contact: Solar Holler, Dan Conant, (304) 362-9615,

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    Alfa Laval Announces St1 Biodiesel Plant Equipment Order (Int'l.)
    Alfa Laval, St1
    Date: 2020-03-30
    Lund, Sweden-headquartered Alfa Laval is confirming receipt of a SEK 60 million ($6,015,924) order from Nordic energy supplier St1 for a process line for St1's new biodiesel plant in Gothenburg. The equipment will remove impurities from fats that will be processed into biodiesel.

    Alfa Laval is a global supplier of products and solutions for heat transfer, separation and fluid handling through heat exchangers, separators, pumps and valves. The company's products are used in the manufacturing of ethanol, biodiesel and various other applications, according to the company website. (Source: Alfa Laval, Mar., 2020) Contact: St1, +46 771 369 369,, www.st1,eu; Alfa Laval, +46-46-36-72-31,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News St1,  Alfa Laval,  Biodiesel,  

    Military Veterans Major Ethanol Industry Employees (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association,
    Date: 2020-03-30
    2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, a new study from the National Association of State Energy Offices and Energy Futures Initiative has found the U.S. ethanol industry employs a significantly more military veterans than any other segment of the energy industry -- roughly one in five ethanol industry employees is a veteran.

    Per 100 workers, the ethanol industry employs more than twice as many veterans as the petroleum, natural gas, nuclear, coal, and wind energy sectors. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, 24 Mar.,2020) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835,

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