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Grand Rapids Garners Gold for Green Initiatives (Ind. Report)
City of Grand Rapids
Date: 2018-10-10
The City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, reports receipt of the Michigan Green Communities Network Challenge's Gold Certification for its environmental sustainability initiatives. Highlights from Grand Rapids' application include:
  • Implementation of a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program to support community energy efficiency and renewable energy projects;
  • Establishment of a community sustainability team to coordinate sustainability initiatives;
  • Adoption of a community sustainability plan, a community forestry plan and urban tree canopy goal;
  • Adoption of a policy or ordinance that encourages green infrastructure and a non-motorized transportation plan;
  • Achieving green building certification for a local government building.

    The Michigan Green Communities Network is a partnership of the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Counties and Michigan Townships Association. (Source: City of Grand Rapids, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Grand Rapids, 616.456.3000,,; Michigan Green Communities Network,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Grand Rapids,  Energy Efficiency Green Energy,  

  • Zilkha Completes $59Mn Biomass Pellet Plant Refinancing (Ind. Report)
    Zilkha Biomass
    Date: 2018-10-10
    Houston-headquartered Zilkha Biomass Fuels I LLC is reporting the completion of a $59.8 M refinancing of the Zilkha Biomass Selma LLC pellet mill operation located in Selma, Alabama. The funds are earmarked for the recommissioning and production of Zilkha Black™ Pellets -- a proprietary water-resistant biomass pellet that is transportable, can be stored like coal and used as a direct substitute for coal in power plant operations and production of renewable energy.

    The Selma mill, which is expected to begin commercial production in the first quarter of 2019, will produce 60,000 MT in the first year of operation, 200,000 MT in the second year, and 240,000 million tpy thereafter. New capital will be used for new CAPEX projects and to provide working capital for the mill to build inventory for sale into the primary markets worldwide (Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean). In addition, Zilkha Biomass Fuels I LLC, the parent company of the Selma mill, is seeking operators worldwide to utilize the patented Zilkha Black™ Pellet technology (Source: Zilkha Biomass Fuels, PR, Houston Business Journal, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: Zilkha Biomass Fuels 1, Larry Price, (832) 712-0093,; Jack Holmes, CEO, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zilkha Biomass,  Woody Biomass Pellet,  

    Garden State Lauded for Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind. Report)
    American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2018-10-10
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has recognized New Jersey -- the Garden State -- as the most improved state on its 2018 annual energy efficiency score card.

    New Jersey's climb from 23rd to 18th place for overall energy efficiency was based largely on Gov. Phil Murphy's commitment to pursue a goal of 21 pct renewable energy by 2020, 35 pct by 2025, 50 pct by 2030 and 100 pct renewable energy by the year 2050. (Source: ACEEE, 8 Oct., 2018)Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Uttra Pradesh Approves Six Biofuel Projects (Int'l Report)
    Uttra Pradesh
    Date: 2018-10-08
    These projects include a mega biofuel plant by SunLight Fuels spanning 90 acres in Sitapur, and costing Rs 15.5 In India, the office of Uttra Pradesh Cheif Minister Yogi Adityanath reports it has approved the development of six private biofuel investment proposals totaling nearly Rs 17 billion ($226 million +-) in thr districts of Sitapur, Hapur, Meerut, Bareilly and Muzaffarnagar.

    These projects include a mega ethanol plant to be developed by SunLight Fuels using sugarcane bagasse as a feedstock. The plant is expected to use about 500 tpd of bagasse to produce 1,75,000 litres of drop in fuel.

    The five other projects entail investment of more than Rs 200 million each and are proposed to utilize farm waste, press mud (sugarcane byproduct) and other agro waste to produce biofuel, bio CNG and bio fertiliser. Each of these units is expected to produce roughly 5,000 kg of bio CNG a day.

    Interestingly, the green energy sector investment proposals worth Rs 728 billion were almost 10 times compared to the conventional energy sector, which managed only 76 billion. Uttra Pradesh state reportedly has the potential of producing 28,000 MW of green energy, including solar, wind, small hydro power, and bioenergy (bio mass, bagasse cogeneration, waste to energy). (Source: PTI, Business Standard, Various Others,4 Oct., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Uttra Pradesh,  Biofuels,  Ethanol,  

    SaskPower Touts Power Generation Partner Program (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-08
    On the Canadian prairies, the Regina-headquartered government-owned utility SaskPower is reporting the launch of its new Power Generation Partner Program that will enable customers to develop power generation projects to sell electricity to the utility to provide additional sources of power and help reduce the province's emissions. The program will also offer industrial and resource sectors another way to reduce their environmental footprint as well as help SaskPower achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030 by adding up to 105 megawatts of renewable and carbon-neutral electrical generation.

    The 2-year program will accept up to 10 MW of renewable generation and 25 MW of carbon neutral non-renewable generation from program participants. (Source: SaskPower, PR, 6 Oct., 2018)Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  Carbon Emissions,  

    National Grid Continues Energy Efficiency Leadership (Ind. Report)
    National Grid,ACEEE
    Date: 2018-10-08
    In its recently released 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated National Grid's service area in Mass., Rhode Island, and New York among the top ten in energy efficiency.

    Massachusetts came in first for the eighth year in a row, with R.I. ranked third, and N.Y. moving from seventh in 2017 to sixth this year. R.I. and Mass. were also touted as the top states with utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. (Source: National Grid, PR, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: National Grid, Louis Rizzo, Energy Programs Operations,; ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Denver Task Force Fine-Tunes Green Roof Ordinance (Ind. Report)
    Denver Green Roof
    Date: 2018-10-08
    Following up on our November 8, 2017 coverage, the citizen-led ballot measure Denver Green Roof Initiative mandating the implementation "green roofs" on existing buildings and new construction is under review.

    The November ordinance assembled provisions from existing legislation in other cities while ignoring Denver's different climate, lack of rain, extreme sun, the city's building code and other Denver specific issues. To address these issues, the city created a Green Roof Review Task Force charged with proposing an amended ordinance that would clarify and improve the mechanics of the original initiative while still obtaining its intended environmental benefits.

    Under the existing ordinance, owners of existing buildings are disincentivized from replacing roofs in need of repair due to limited compliance pathways and the costs associated with those few options.

    To address and corrects these and other related green roof issues, the task force has presented a proposal that exceeds the environmental benefits possible under the existing ordinance and allows for multiple cost-efficient compliance alternatives not available under the present ordinance. The proposal provides an opportunity to creatively combine green space, solar, energy efficiency and certification methods to suit the needs of individual projects. (Source: City of Denver, Colorado Real Estate Journal, October 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  Denver Green Roof,  

    Oman Announces Solar and Wind Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-08
    In Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is reporting plans for a second, utility-scale solar power plant in line with the Sultanate's planned diversification of fuel resources for power generation.

    The announced solar PV based Independent Power Project (IPP) will be due for commercial launch in 2022 alongside Oman's first commercial-scale solar -- Ibri II Solar project.

    According to OPWP sever-year plan, the third solar IPP and two wind-based IPPs will commence competitive process and procurement process respectively towards the end of 2019. Commercial operation for both to be expected in 2023.

    OPWP's renewable energy development plan includes solar, wind and waste-to-energy projects and the acquisition of more than 2600 MW of renewable energy IPPs by 2025. (Source: Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, ME Construction News, Oct., 2018) Contact: Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, +968 24 508400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oman,  Solar,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    Pattern's New Mexico Wind Projects Win Approval (Ind. Report)
    Pattern Energy
    Date: 2018-10-08
    San Francisco-based Pattern Energy is reporting that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has unanimously approved the location control permit for Pattern's 950-turbine, 2,200 MW Corona Wind Projects.

    Construction and commissioning of the Corona project in Lincoln County, New Mexico, is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. (Source: Pattern Energy, PR, Clean Technica, Oct., 2018)Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  

    Apex Updates Lake Ontario, NY Area Wind Farm Plans (Ind. Report)
    Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-10-08
    Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy has reported it plans to erect more than 40 wind turbines in Niagara and Orleans counties along an 12 mile strip near the shore of Lake Ontario.

    If and when completed, the project is expected to generate sufficient electric power for more than 50,000 homes. The project is projected to be completed and operational in 2022. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Rochester, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy ,  

    Nordex Touts Neoen N149 Wind Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-08
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered Nordex Group is reporting receipt of an order from project developer Neoen, for the installation of the 81 MW Hedet Wind Farm project in western Finland.

    The project will incorporate 18 turbines from the new N149/4.0-4.5 series installed on a turnkey basis and will include a 15-year Premium Service agreement. The first turbine is slated to be installed in mid-2019 and the project completed and grid connected by the year end. Neoen is France's a leading independent renewable energy producer with a current capacity of almost 2 GW in operation or under construction, and a further 1 GW of projects formally awarded and secured. The company is active in France, Australia, El Salvador, Zambia, Jamaica, Portugal, Mexico, Mozambique, Finland and Argentina and has assets in more than 15 countries.

    Nordex has installed more than 23 GW of wind energy capacity in over 25 markets and in 2017 generated revenues of €3.1 billion, according to the company. (Source: Nordex SE, PR, DGAP, Oct., 2018) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141,,; Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Nordex,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    Envision Wins Indian Wind Turbine Supply Contracts (Int'l Report)
    Envision Wind Power Technologies
    Date: 2018-10-08
    Shanghai-headquartered Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Envision Wind Power Technologies reports it has secured wind turbine orders, including maintenance contracts, from two Indian wind energy companies. The company also reports it will soon introduce a 4.5-MW turbine for onshore installation.

    The first of the two orders is for 197.5 MW from the Actis-backed Sprng Energy, and the second is from ReNew Power for 35 MW. Both Sprng and ReNew will use Envision's turbines for their upcoming projects in Gujarat. To help fulfill Indian orders, Envision has invested around $20 million establish manufacturing-assembly facilities at Chakan, in Pune. (Source: Hindu Business Line, 7 Oct., 2018) Contact: Envision Wind Power Technologies,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Wind Turbine,  

    BPCL Announces Second-Gen. Ethanol Plant in Odisha (Int'l)
    Bharat Petroleum Corporation
    Date: 2018-10-08
    India's state-run oil company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) is touting its second generation (2G) ethanol biorefinery at Odisha's Bargarh district. Commissioning and production startup of the Rs 10 billion, 30 million lpy rice straw-to-ethanol plant is expected no later than December 2020.

    About 12 such refineries are proposed in different states to meet India's National Biofuel Policy 2018 target of 20 pct ethanol blending to petrol by the year 2030. Presently, ethanol blending in Petrol is between 3 and 4 pct. (Source: Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Business Standard, 7 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bharat Petroleum Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bharat Petroleum Corporation,  Ethanol,  India Biofuel,  India Ethanol,  

    Schneider Electric Supports Nigerian Micro-Grids (Int'l)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-10-08
    Schneider Electric has said it is committed to developing micro grids in Nigeria as part of efforts to increase access to electricity across the country. In Nigeria, Schneider Electric's Head of Marketing and Business Development, Ifeanyi Odoh, reports Schneider Electric has been providing energy management solutions to key markets across West Africa with fully half of Nigeria's transmission and distribution substations using Schneider Electric's s solutions to deliver safe and reliable power to homes and businesses.

    In a presentation, Odoh noted that solar energy is a major business of Schneider Electric and that the company's EcoStruxure solutions are leveraging the Internet of Things in order to ensure efficiency and profitability of solar energy and is working with qualified regional partners to that end. (Source: Schneider Electric, Punch, 7 Oct., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Micro Grid,  Solar,  

    EP Votes to Cut Vehicle CO2 Emissions 40 pct (Int'l Report)
    European Commission
    Date: 2018-10-08
    Meeting in Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) reports it has voted to cut new vehicle carbon emissions by 40 pct from 2021 levels by 2030. Even so, a substantial number of parliamentarians were proposing a much higher, 70 pct reduction by 2030.

    The EP will now need to work with ministers from all European member states, as well as the European Commission, to see its target passed into legislation. According to Deutsche Welle, the parliament decided on this tough target as the transport sector was the only one in the EU which continues to increase its greenhouse gas emissions, according to the publication Deutsche Welle.

    In 2017, the European Commission (EC) proposed cutting new vehicle emissions by 30 pct by 2030. (Source: EP, Car Advice, Oct., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, Baptiste Chatain. +32 228 40992,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament,  Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Michigan-Penn State Partner on Algae Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
    University of Michigan
    Date: 2018-10-08
    In Ann Arbor, University of Michigan researchers report they will partner with colleagues at Penn State University to evaluate how best to grow algae, transform it into a diesel fuel and maximize its performance during the combustion process. The effort is being funded with a $2 million grant from the US DOE.

    According to University of Michigan Biology professor Bradley Cardinale, researchers are "one of the first teams in the world to go all the way from designing sustainable biofuel feedstocks in outdoor ponds, to refining fuel." Algae-based biofuels are seen as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional diesel fuels, which produce high levels of greenhouse gases when they burn. (Source: Univ. of Michigan, AP, witf, 7 Oct., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, University of Michigan, Biology Prof. Bradley Cardinale, (734) 764-9689,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Michigan,  Algae Biofuels,  Algae,  

    "Zero Chance" of Limiting Global Warming Without Carbon Capture, says PwC (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Capture,PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Date: 2018-10-08
    According to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, there was "almost zero chance" of limiting global warming to below 2 degree C without carbon capture and storage (CCS). The report also noted that the gap between the current decarbonization rate and that needed to limit global warming to 2 degree C was widening and none of the G20 countries achieved the 6.4 pct rate required to limit warming to 2 degree C this year.

    At current decarbonization levels, the global carbon budget for 2 degree C would run out in 2036.

    Each year the global economy failed to decarbonize at the required rate, the 2 degree C goal would become more difficult to achieve. The gap between current decarbonization and that needed to limit global warming to 2 degree C was 6.4 pct a year, the PwC report added.

    London, UK-headquartered PricewaterhouseCoopers is a multinational professional services network of firms in 158 countries and 743 locations. (Source: PwC, The Australian, Graham Lloyd, Environment Editor, 7 Oct., 2018) Contact: PricewaterhouseCoopers,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PricewaterhouseCoopers,  Climate Change,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  

    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Date: 2018-10-08
    "Modern bioenergy will lead the global expansion of renewable energy up to 2023. Modern bioenergy is the overlooked giant of the renewable energy field. Its share in the world's total renewables consumption is about 50 pct today, in other words as much as hydro, wind, solar and all other renewables combined." -- Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., International Energy Agency (IEA) Contact: IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fatih Birol,  IEA,  Bioenergy,  

    EU Will Miss Aviation Emissions Target, Report Warns (Int'l)
    Transport & Environment
    Date: 2018-10-08
    According to a report prepared for Brussels-based European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E), the EU will miss its 2030 aviation emissions target by almost 100 million tonnes if it adopts the new, air transport industry backed Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

    T&E claims CORSIA would allow airlines to offset emissions growth, rather than necessarily reduce it, and offered only "cheap and ineffective" remedies for emissions, which contribute towards climate change. It also noted that CORSIA would save airlines more than €3bn a year compared with expanding an existing scheme.

    The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN agency that developed CORSIA, said the scheme was one part of "ICAO's basket of measures designed to reduce carbon emissions from international aviation" and that improvements in aircraft technology, operations and sustainable aviation fuels would "achieve the international aviation sector's global goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020."

    Beginning in 2019, CORSIA will require airlines to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions to establish a baseline, before a pilot phase from 2021 to 2023 for volunteer states. From 2027, most of ICAO's 191 member states will have to participate. The EU is aiming to cut GHG emissions by 40 pct from 1990 by 2030. (Source: Transport & Environment, Financial Times, Oct., 2018) Contact: Transport & Environment,; CORSIA,; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Aviation Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    UBC Studying Green Building Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-08
    In Vancouver, the University of British Columbia Board of Governors reports it is considering a Green Building Action Plan (GBAP) designed to help campus buildings save energy, cut energy related costs and reduce their carbon footprints.

    The plan aims to reduce water use by 16 pct by 2025, make institutional buildings net-positive in terms of "contributions to human and natural systems" by 2030, and require all buildings -- new and existing -- to be zero-waste by 2020. Accordingly, existing buildings will undergo air tightness testing to prevent heat-loss and improvements in use of utilities. These and other upgrades including, but not limited to LED lighting in existing buildings will ensure that older buildings meet plan standards. (Source: University of British Columbia, PR, 7 Oct., 2018) Contact: University of British Columbia, John Madden, Director of Sustainability and Engineering , (604) 822-2211,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Synergy Offloads Aussie Wind Farms for $34Mn (Int'l, M&A)
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In the Land Down Under, state-owned power provider Synergy Wind Pty reports it is offloading its wholly owned 21MW Albany and 14MW Grasmere wind farms for $34.2 million in a move to spin off its renewable energy assets into a private investment vehicle.

    Under a deal dated last November, the assets are being sold to Bright Energy Investments, which will be majority owned by the Dutch Infrastructure Fund and industry superannuation fund Cbus. Synergy will retain a 19.9 pct stake in the fund, which will house the development rights for a number of other major green power projects, and will also retain operation of the wind farms. (Source: Synergy, West Australian, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Synergy Wind, +61 3 9537 1936',; Bright Energy Investments, More Low-Carbon Energy News
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    Synergy,  Wind,  

    S. Korea Fostering Energy Technologies, Efficiency (Int'l)
    South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In Sejong City, the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy reports it will unveil a set of comprehensive plans to raise the nation's energy efficiency and foster innovative technologies in the renewable sector. The initiative is intended to raise the use of renewable energy, reduce reliance on traditional energy sources such as coal and nuclear power, and to expand investment in innovative energy technologies.

    The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy identified energy storage systems for intermittent energy sources, such as solar and wind power, as well as electric vehicles and advanced power grid systems, as the fastest-growing sectors in the renewable field. (Source: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Yonlap, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy,

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

    Notable Quote Duly Noted

    Date: 2018-10-05
    "It (carbon tax) works, and it will work in this case. Companies whose names you would recognize have signed up for a revenue-neutral carbon tax. More companies see it as better than the regulatory hand." -- George P. Schultz, Oct., 2018

    George Pratt Shultz is an American economist, elder statesman, and businessman who served in various positions under three different Republican presidents. Shultz noted broad support for the tax and referenced his work with the corporate sector, including major oil companies.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Willdan to Acquire Lime Energy for $120Mn (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Wildan,Lime Energy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    Anaheim, California-headquartered energy efficiency specialist Willdan Group Inc. and Newark, NJ-based Lime Energy Co. are reporting a merger agreement under which Wildan will acquire all outstanding shares of Lime Energy for a total of $120 million, subject to customary holdbacks and adjustments. The deal is expected to close before the year end.

    Lime Energy designs and implements direct install energy efficiency programs for utilities that target energy savings for commercial customers. Lime Energy's programs help these businesses use less energy through the upgrade of existing equipment and installation of new, more energy efficient equipment. (Source: Wildan, Street Insider, 4 Oct., 2018)Contact: Lime Energy, Adam Procell, President & CEO , Christopher Maresca, Media, (201) 416-2575,, Wildan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, Pres., CEO, Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (720) 940-6300,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wildan,  Lime Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    168-MW Scottish Wind Farm Awaits Government OK (Int'l Report)
    SIMEC Energy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In the UK, London-headquartered SIMEC Energy has reportedly submitted a formal application to the Scottish Government's Energy Consents Unit to construct a £158 million wind farm at Glenshero, north-west of Laggan.

    Environmental and technical studies, along with extensive public consultation for the 39-turbine, 168-MW project have been completed, the company reports. Renewable energy company RES has been named as the projects chosen developer. (Source: SIMEC Energy, National, Oct., 2018) Contact: SIMEC Energy, Jay Hambro, CEO, +44 (0) 203 205 8550,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SIMEC Energy,  Wind,  

    NC County Offers Green Building Permit Fee Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Guilford County
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In North Carolina, the Guilford County Planning Department is reporting the launch of program that provides homebuilders with money back on permit fees if they build energy efficient houses and homes with a reduced carbon footprint. The cities of Greensboro and High Point already have programs in place to encourage energy efficiency in newly built homes.

    The Guilford County Planning Department program will be based on the applicable minimum index levels necessary for US DOE ENERGY STAR qualifications at the time the project is complete. The rebate incentives for new construction will be capped at $500 and will apply to houses but not to commercial buildings.

    The program is intended to encourage and promote energy efficiency and green buildings to reduce a home's carbon footprint and to offset the cost of going green. The construction costs of an energy efficient home are expected to be about $5,500 more that a "standard built" home. (Source: Guilford County Planning Department, Guildford News, Oct., 2018) Contact: Guilford County Planning Director, Leslie Bell,

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

    Step Up Declaration Launched to Harness Technology, Reduce Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-05
    The Step Up Declaration, a cross-industry coalition of 21 companies representing $750 billion in market capitalization has been launched at the Sept. 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco. The coalition is dedicated to "harnessing the power of emerging technologies to reduce carbon emissions."

    Participating coalition companies commit to activate their supply chains, advocate for strengthened political and regulatory mechanisms, and work together to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across every sector of society. The coalition, which includes Akamai Technologies, Bloomberg, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard and 17 others, was formed in response to a challenge issued in May 2018 by former UNFCCC Exec. Sec. Christiana Figueres urging the technology sector to "step up" its actions on climate change. (Source: Step Up Declaration, Oct., 2018) Contact: Step Up Declaration,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Christiana Figueres,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Louisiana Dragging in Energy Efficiency, Savings (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In its annual report, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has ranked the Bayou State 46th in the nation for its energy efficiency programs and policies -- down two spots from 2017 and well behind efficiency leaders such as Massachusetts, California and Rhode Island.

    The ACEEE report looked at six categories to determine how well states were doing, including the types of policies and public benefit programs in place to encourage efficiency among utilities and everyday electricity users. It also looked at transportation policies, building codes and efficiency standards for household appliances.

    Louisiana scored only half a point out of a total of 20 points in the utility and public programs and policies category, but did slightly better when it came to energy efficiency policies for buildings, earning two out of eight possible points -- considerably lower than much of the nation. (Source: NOLA, The Times-Picayune, Oct., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, ;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Kansas Ethanol Producer Supports Healthcare Foundation (Ind. Report)
    Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuels
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In Phillipsburg, Kansas, Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuels reports it has partnered with the charitable Phillips County Healthcare Foundation (PCHF) to promote the health benefits of using ethanol blended fuel. For every gallon of E15, E20, E30 and E85 sold at USA Clean Fuels in Phillipsburg, three cent a gallon will be donated to the Phillips County Healthcare Foundation (PCHF).

    Prairie Horizon produces more 40 million gpy of ethanol and grinds 15 million bpy of grain to produce 127,000 tpy of high protein livestock feed (DDGs). (Source: Prairie Horizon, USA Clean Fuels, Hays Post, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuel, (785) 543-6719,; Phillips County Healthcare Foundation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Prairie Horizon USA Clean Fuels,  

    Statkraft Snares Element Power Irish, UK Ops, Pipeline (Int'l)
    Statkraft,Element Power
    Date: 2018-10-05
    Oslo-based Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS is reporting purchase of the Irish and UK onshore wind development operations of Element Power, including roughly 1,550 MW of projects.

    The purchase includes Element Power Ireland Ltd and three UK project companies presently developing about 1,300 MW of wind projects in Ireland and a further 250 MW in the UK.

    Statkraft owns and operates 11 wind farms in the UK and the Nordic countries with a total combined capacity approaching 1,000 MW, and expects to increase its overall portfolio to 6,000 MW by 2025. (Source: Statkraft AS, PR, Renewables, Oct., 2018) Contact: Stakraft, +47 24 06 70 00,; Element Power,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Wind,  Element Power,  

    Fulcrum Tech, Licenses Fischer Tropsch Technology (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Matthey, BP,Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    Oil giant BP and chemicals firm Johnson Matthey (JM) report they have inked an agreement with California based Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology to support Fulcrum's drive to convert municipal solid waste into biobased jet fuel at their new Sierra BioFuels Plant near Reno, Nevada.

    When fully operational early in 2020, the Sierra plant is expected to convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into roughly 11 million gpy of jet fuel.

    FT technology can operate at large and small scale to economically convert synthesis gas generated from municipal solid waste and other renewable biomass into long-chain hydrocarbons suitable for the production of diesel and jet fuels. (Source: Johnson Matthey, BP, WMW, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Johnson Matthey,; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Matthey,  BP,  Fulcrum BioEnergy,  

    Osaka Gas Building 5th Japanese Woody Biomass Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Osaka Gas
    Date: 2018-10-05
    Japan Today is reporting that Osaka Gas Co Ltd and its wholly owned subsidiary Gas and Power Co Ltd will construct a 75-MW woody biomass power plant in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

    The project, Osaka Gas group's fifth biomass power generation project, will burn primarily U.S. produced wood pellets as fuel. (Source : Osaka Gas Co., Japan Today, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Osaka Gas Co.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Osaka Gas ,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Power,  Wood Pellet,  

    Springfield Woody Biomass Plant Set for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
    Palmer Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    Springfield, Massachusetts-based Palmer Renewable Energy is planning a spring groundbreaking for its proposed 35-MW, $150 million woody biomass energy plant in East Springfield, according to an attorney representing the company.

    The project has reportedly received all necessary permits and approvals. (Source: Palmer Renewable Energy, MassLive, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Palmer Renewable Energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    Nautilus Solar Acquires 6.6 MW Community Solar Portfolio (M&A)
    Nautilus Solar Energy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    Summit, New Jersey-headquartered solar energy major Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC is reporting its acquisition of a 6.6 MW community solar development portfolio from co-developers Summit Ridge Energy, LLC and SynerGen Solar. The acquisition is comprised of four separate projects co-located on the same landfill in Prince George's County. The portfolio is expected to be completed by year-end and energized in early 2019.

    Nautilus will be responsible for the project management, long-term asset management and maintenance services for these projects that will be owned by an affiliate of Virgo Investment Group, which is also a minority shareholder of Nautilus Solar Energy. The energy generated by the projects will directly benefit qualified residential off-takers who are situated within Pepco Maryland's service territory. A limited number of residential subscriptions to the system are currently available through a partnership with Neighborhood Sun.

    Founded in 2006, Nautilus Solar Energy is a leading national solar acquisition, development and asset management company headquartered in Summit, N.J. Nautilus focuses on acquiring, developing, executing and managing distributed and utility-scale generation solar projects. In over 10 years, Nautilus has invested in hundreds of MWs of solar projects and provides asset management services to distributed, community solar and utility projects throughout North America. (Source: Nautilus Solar Energy LLC, PR, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC,; Summit Ridge Energy, Steve Raeder, CEO ,; SynerGen Solar, LLC,; Neighborhood Sun,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nautilus Solar Energy,  Solar,  

    National Grid Continues Energy Efficiency Leadership (Ind. Report)
    National Grid,American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard yesterday, and once again, National Grid's service area in three states -- Mass., R.I., and N.Y.-- all ranked among the top ten in energy efficiency.

    Massachusetts ranked number one for the eighth year in a row, with R.I. ranked third, and N.Y. moving from seventh in 2017 to sixth this year. Additionally, in their most recent rankings, ACEEE named R.I. and Mass. as top states with utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. (Source: National Grid, PR, 5 Oct., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  ACEEE,  

    Growth Energy Launches Website (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    Growth Energy is launching a new consumer-focused website for Unleaded 88 fuel: Unleaded 88 is the unified brand identify for E15 ethanol blended fuel and is approved by the EPA for cars model year 2001 and newer -- about nine out of 10 cars on the road today.

    (Source: Growth Energy, Convenience Store Decisions, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact:,; Growth Energy, Mike O'Brien, VP Market Dev., Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuel Blend,  

    SunPower Concludes SolarWorld Asset Acquisition (M&A)
    Date: 2018-10-05
    San Jose, California-headquartered SunPower Corp. reports the conclusion of its acquisition of assets of Hillsboro, Oregon-based solar panel maker SolarWorld Americas. Details of the transaction have not been revealed.

    SunPower plans to deploy P-Series -- Performance Series -- manufacturing equipment at the Hillsboro plant and expects to start product shipments no later than 1Q, 2019. Hillsboro plant upgrades could come in at as much as $15 million, according to a company statement. (Source: SunPower, Renewables, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: SolarWorld,; SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarWorld,  SunPower,  Solar,  

    Orsted Completes Lincoln Clean Energy Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Orsted,Linclon Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-10-05
    Following up on our 8th August coverage, Danish wind energy developer Orsted A/S -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting completion of its previously announced acquisition of Chicago-based US onshore wind developer Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) from I Squared Capital. LCE has more than 1.5 GW of development projects that are expected to be completed by 2022.

    Orsted will set up a new business division, called Onshore Wind, and LCE will be its only activity. It will also change the names of its existing business units to reflect its decision to expand into onshore wind. (Source: Orsted, Oct, 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,; Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lincoln Clean Energy,  Orsted,  Wind,  

    UPM Proposed Biorefinery Env. Impact Assessment Favorable (Int;l)
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In Helsinki, renewable diesel producer UPM is reporting the Environmental Impact Assessment of its proposed Kotka Biorefinery has been completed and passed to the authorities for their final conclusions.

    The assesment found the UPM Kotka Biorefinery to be feasible and that it would have substantial positive impacts such as increasing utilization of wastes and residues as well as decreases in greenhouse gas emissions.

    When fully operational, the UPM Kotka Biorefinery would produce approximately 500,000 tpy of advanced biofuels from sustainable raw materials for use in road, marine and aviation transportation. (Source: UPM Kymmene Corporation, PR, 4 Oct., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels Development, Petri Kukkonen, VP, +358 40 592 7440,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  UPM,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  

    Norway Mandates Advanced Jet Biofuel from 2020 (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In Oslo, Reuters is reporting the Norwegian minority centre-right government Ministry of Climate and Environment has announced that the aviation industry will be required to mix 0.5 pct advanced biofuel -- excluding palm oil -- into its jet fuel beginning in 2020. (Source: Norway Ministry of Climate and Environment, Reuters, 4 Oct., 2018) Contact: Norway Ministry of Climate and Environment, +47 22 24 90 90,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Advanced Biofuel,  

    Fluor to Test New Carbon Capture Tech at Mongstad (Int'l Report)
    Fluor, Technology Center Mongstad
    Date: 2018-10-05
    In Norway, the Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) reports it has inked an agreement with Irving, Texas-headquartered engineering and construction company Fluor for use of the test facility in Nordhordland, Norway to test a newly developed chemical (solvent) to separate carbon dioxide from industrial flue gases.

    TCM is the world's largest test facility for carbon capture. Fluor, which has long history in developing solutions for capturing CO2, will use the Amine test plant at TCM from December 2018 through to May 2019. (Source: Technology Center Mongstad, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: Technology Center Mongstad, Bjorn-Erik Haugan, Business Dev, +47 56 34 52 20,;; Fluor, Satish Reddy, VP Process Technology , (949) 637-1255,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fluor,  Technology Center Mongstad,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  

    Manitoba Bails on Ottawa's Planned Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, the province of Manitoba's Progressive-Conservative Premier, the Hon. Brian Pallister, reports his government is abandoning plans to start charging a carbon tax levy in December and is joining other conservative leaders in opposition to the Liberal federal governments national carbon tax paln.

    In 2017, Pallister announced Manitoba would enact a $25-a-tonne carbon tax and keep it at that rate. The province's plan was not in tune with the federal government's call for a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne this year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. The feds warned that if the provinces failed to comply, a national plan would be imposed upon them. Pallister also left the door open to joining Saskatchewan and Ontario in legal action against the federal plan. (Source: Canada Press, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, (204)945-3714,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  

    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-05
    "I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

    The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's position on the Liberal governments national carbon tax.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

    Polk County Fla. Solar Coop Launched (Ind. Report)
    Solar United Neighbors
    Date: 2018-10-03
    In Bartow, Florida, local, state and national groups have officially launched the Polk County Solar Cooperative to enable participants to gain bulk discounts on the installation of residential solar-power systems.

    The newly created co-op will offer a three-month window for applications and will need at least 30 customers to qualify for discount rates and likely set a cap of 225 customers.

    Co-op members would likely pay about $10,000 -- including a buld discount -- for a solar system for a small house. Solar customers can also receive a 30 pct federal tax credit on qualified costs.

    Along with the League of Women Voters, the coop partners include: the Ancient Islands Sierra Club, Bok Tower Gardens, the Garden Club of Lakeland and Solar United Neighbors of Florida, along with Polk County and the cities of Bartow and Lake Wales.

    Florida - aka the Sunshine State -- is one of four states that forbid third-party sales of electricity and doesn't offer rebates to encourage installation of solar systems. (Source: The Ledger, Solar United Neighbors, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Solar United Neighbors,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  Solar Coop,  

    NT$16.5Bn Taiwan Offshore Wind Contract Awarded (Int'l)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Taipei, Taiwan-based Century Iron and Steel Industrial Co. reports it has inked a NT$16.5 billion (US$538 million) deal to supply the underwater infrastructure for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners' (CIP) two windmills located off the coast of Changhua County.

    The Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs plans to construct 10 offshore wind farms totaling 3,836 megawatts of capacity. In 2017, Taiwan had offshore wind capacity of 8,000kW but has raised its goal for installed capacity for offshore wind power by 2025 to 5.5GW from the previous target of 3GW. (Source: Century Iron and Steel Industrial, Focus Taiwan, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151,; Century Iron and Steel Industrial Co.,; Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners ,  Wind,  Taiwan Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

    Petrobras, Equinor Explore Brazil Offshore Wind Opportunity (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Petrobras reports it has inked has a MOU with Oslo, Norway-based Equinor -- fka Statoil -- to evaluate an offshore wind development in Brazil. The two companies have been researching other potential areas for cooperation including the development of renewable energy initiatives.

    Petrobras has four wind farms in partnership, totaling 104 MW in installed capacity. The company also owns a 1.1 MW solar photovoltaic power research and development plant in Rio Grande do Norte where the operations of four types of technology are currently under evaluation.

    Equinor operates three wind farms along the coast of the U.K. and is involved in offshore wind projects in the U.K., Germany and the U.S.(Source: Petrobras, Maritime Exec., 2 Oct., 2018)Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO,,; Equinor,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Petrobras,  Wind,  Brasil Wind,  Equinor,  

    Vestas Touts 113 MW of European Wind Turbine Orders (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Danish wind turbine giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports it has secured contracts to supply 113 MW of wind turbines for projects in Germany, Finland and Sweden.Vestas will supply two units of its V150-4.2 MW turbines to NOTUS energy Plan GmbH & Co KG for installation at the Lubbenow II and Lubbenow III wind parks in Germany in #q, 2019. The contract includes a 20-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement and a VestasOnline Business SCADA monitoring system. Vestas has also secured a 59-MW, 14-unit contract in Finland from Germany-based Wpd AG and 42 MW total capacity turbine order from Swedish wind developer OX2. (Source: Vestas, Renewables, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    NATSO Alt. Fuels RFS RIN Management Service (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-10-03
    NATSO Inc., the Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered national association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, and the Alternative Fuels Council are reporting the launch of a new RIN Management Service designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels -- ethanol, biodiesel, renewable cng -- to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and manage their compliance and Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Under the RIN Management program, participants will:
  • consult with experts on the RFS and Low Carbon Fuel Standard compliance;

  • get help registering for EPA's RFS program as well as for the IRS Blenders License;

  • access sources for fuel supply options;

  • secure advice and assistance for state incentive programs;

  • monitor the status of impending IRS Blender's Tax Credits;

  • participants can access an exclusive software program that provides real-time RIN management, a system of record for all RIN transactions, as well as RIN account reconciliations. Through this software, blenders and marketers can reduce the staff time that it takes to comply with the RFS by as much as 75 pct;

  • knowledgeable Alternative Fuels Council staff will perform EPA-required quarterly reporting as well as end-of-year third-party CPA audits.

    The new RIN Management Service marks the second offering from the Alternative Fuels Council this year. The Alternative Fuels Council previously unveiled a Biodiesel Fuel Quality Plan designed to help those who blend, market, and distribute biodiesel blends ensure the final product meets a minimum standard of quality. A step-by-step guide to the blending process directs users through fuel quality management, including sampling procedures, protocols and proposed schedules, to help ensure that alternative fuel meets the required ASTM fuel quality standards. The Alternative Fuels Council also helps facilitate fuel testing and analysis for marketers at a substantially discounted price.

    The Alternative Fuels Council is a NATSO, Inc. subsidiary created to help NATSO members and the entire retail fuels industry understand alternative fuels markets, including available government incentives, to effectively incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings. (Source: NATSO, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, (703) 739-8578,,; Alternative Fuels Council, Jeff Hove,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NATSO,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  

  • Hanergy Unveils HanWall Solar Power Generation Product (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-10-03
    From Bejing, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited is reporting the global launch of its innovative "HanWall" BIPV product -- the world's first integrated solar powered wall solution.

    Hanway has filed more than 700 patent applications for HanWall which is certified under China's Compulsory Certification. The company guarantees no less than 85 pct output for 25 years. HanWall can resist a grade-12 typhoon and can adapt to temperatures from -40 degree Celsius to +85 degree Celsius, according to the company. (Source: Hanergy, PV Mag, Oct., 2018)Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanergy,  Solar,  PV,  

    Summary for Policymakers Report on Climate Target Up for Review (Int'l. Report)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-03
    An executive summary of the UN Summary for Policymakers report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C will be vetted by diplomats under the 195-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in South Korea this week.

    The report considers what it will take to prevent the Earth's average surface temperature from rising beyond 1.5C (2.7 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels.

    The report notes with "high confidence" that at current GHG emissions levels we will pass the 1.5C marker around 2040. The report adds that to have at least a 50-50 chance of a 1.5 C world, the global economy must, by 2050, become "carbon neutral" and CO2 emissions peak not later than 2020 then fall dramatically.

    The 22-page Summary also details the amount of CO2 we can dump into the atmosphere and still stay under the 1.5C threshold.

    The report also identifies scenarios on the best way to ramp up the fight against climate change: adoption of new technologies to radically reduce energy needs; major reductions in energy consumption habits; removing massive amounts of CO2 out of the air, either though large-scale reforestation, use of biofuels; and direct carbon capture. The report notes the share of primary energy coming from renewables would have to jump to at least 50 pct by mid-century, and the share of coal drop from about 28 to between 1 and 7 pct.

    Download the Sumary for Policymakers HERE. (Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, PhysOrg, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ,  Climate Change,  

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