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Mass. Offshore Wind Lease Auction Details Expected (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-11
In Washington, the The US Department of Interior (DOI) reports it plans to lease two additional areas offshore Massachusetts totaling 390,000 acres for offshore wind energy development.

The proposed sale notice (PSN) is expected to be published in the Federal Register today, 11 April 2018 and will include the proposed lease provisions and conditions, auction details as well as the criteria for evaluating competing bids and award procedures. The PSN will also be issued to affirm the continued interest from developers who are already been qualified for commercial wind development off Massachusetts, as well as to gather qualification materials from potential bidders who have been qualified for a wind lease sale in the Bay State. (Source: BOEM, Various Media, EBR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  BOEM,  

Important Notice -- Publications Schedule -- Important Notice

Date: 2018-04-11
In celebration of our 15th year of publishing, we're taking a break!

We will not be publishing Monday, 16th, April through Friday, 27th April. Our regular publication schedule will resume Monday, 30th April.

We apologize for any inconvenience and disruption in service. Thank You.

Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization with ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-11
In a release, San Jose, California-based biofuel specialist Byogy Renewables reports it welcomes last week's ASTM Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval.

This jet fuel specification is a direct nexus between the global ethanol industry and the aviation sector, connecting two mature industries that could never be linked in the past. Now ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.

The new ASTM specification allows jet fuel, produced from ethanol under the ATJ process, to be sold commercially on a global basis.

The aviation sector is now subject to global de-carbonization compliance regulations beginning in 2020 under the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Given such great demand, and now with the ATJ specification in place, a full supply chain exists to effectively scale up and drive production costs down while carbon reduction policies are advanced. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., PR, April, 2018) Contact: Byogy, Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704,; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Byogy,  Bifuel,  ASTM,  Aviation Biofuel,  

GE Renewable Energy Confirms First Jordanian Wind Project (Int'l)
General Electric Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-04-11
GE Renewable Energy is reporting it will supply its latest generation of 3.6-137 wind turbines to Mass Energy Group Holding, a subsidiary of Mass Global, for installation at the 100 MW Mass Wind project in the Jordan. When fully operational by the end of 2019, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for 150,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 233,800 metric tpy. The project is both GE Renewable Energy's and Mass Global's first project in Jordan.

The project supports the Kingdom of Jordan's commitment to meeting its Vision 2025 renewable energy targets to increase the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix to 11 pct and drive domestic energy production to 39 pct. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, SmarterAnalyst, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Mass Energy Group Holding,; GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business,

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric Renewable Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

Carbon Sequestration Market Outlook 2022 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Carbon Sequestration
Date: 2018-04-11
Global Carbon Sequestration Market -- Industry Size, Share, Trends, Analysis and Forecasts 2022, a new reports from Market Reports predicts the projected growth rate of Carbon Sequestration technologies and the current and projected landscape of the Carbon Sequestration technologies market.

The Carbon Sequestration report provides and overview of the carbon sequestration industry including growth analysis and historical and futuristic cost, revenue, demand and supply data, and a description of the value chain and its distributor analysis.

The report covers the Carbon Sequestration Market by regions, companies, type (natural, man-made disasters, application and others. It also investigates new project feasibility thorough SWOT and investment analysis of imminent Carbon Sequestration Market opportunities.

Sample and additional information is HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports, satPR, April, 2018) Contact: Absolute Reports,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  

Schneider Electric Enhances Albea's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2018-04-11
French energy efficiency and management specialist Schneider Electric reports it is partnering with with Albea SA for an integrated energy efficiency and carbon management programme at Albea's personal care packaging facilities by 2020.

Under the new three-year partnership, Schneider Electric will focus on optimizing utility contracts and rates in addition to standardizing risk management. The new partnership builds on earlier energy efficiency-focused efforts, which helped Albea meet its 15 pct energy consumption reduction goal. Schneider Electric also previously helped Albea to improve CDP reporting, which resulted in improving company ratings from C to B. (Source: Schneider Electric, Power Tech., 10 April, 2018) Contact: Albea SA,; Schneider Electric,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  

MIT, NREL Study Carbon Tax Effectiveness Scenarios (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Date: 2018-04-11
According to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a carbon tax on the use of fossil fuels coupled with returning the generated tax revenue to the public in one form or another, can be an effective way to curb GHG emissions and, depending on the mechanism chosen, could be fair and not hurt low-income households.

In reaching their conclusion, the researchers considered carbon taxes at $25 and $50 per ton of carbon emissions produced and two rates of increase -- 1 pct or 5 pct per year -- as well as three different approaches to dispensing the revenue: an equal rebate to every household; a tax break for individuals; or a corporate tax break.

The study showed that even the lowest taxation rates could lead to reductions sufficient to meet the U.S. near-term commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. However, the most efficient way of achieving those reductions, in terms of overall impact on the economy, is to use the revenue to reduce taxes on corporate profits or investment income. Rebating equal payments across the board was found to be the least efficient and individual tax breaks came in somewhere in between on both criteria. The researchers suggest a combination of tax breaks to corporations and rebates to the low-income families most affected by the tax could virtually eliminate the regressive aspects of the tax at very little cost in overall efficiency as well as be politically acceptable.

Their analysis indicates that starting with a $50 per ton carbon tax and increasing it by 5 pct per year would lead to a 63 pct reduction in total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PR, AAAS, 5 April, 2018) Contact: MIT, Sloan School of Management, John Reilly,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  Carbon Emissions,  

Portugal Boasts 100 pct Renewable Energy in March (Int'l Report)
Portugal,Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-04-11
APREN, the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association, is reporting Portugal's renewable energy production last month exceeded Mainland Portugal's power consumption of 4,647 GWh. The renewable electricity production accounted for 103.6 pct of the electricity consumption, a value unmatched in the last 40 years.

In terms of resources, hydro and wind accounted, for 55 pct and 42 pct of the monthly production respectively. The total March production of renewables also avoided the emission of 1.8 million tons of CO2, which translated in savings of €21 million in the acquisition of emission allowances. (Source: Portugal Renewable Energy Assoc., Market Business News, 7 April, 2018) Contact: APREN,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

DTEK, China's CMEC Planning Massive Ukrainian Solar Project (Int'l)
DTEK,China Machinery Engineering Corp
Date: 2018-04-11
Kiev-based power producer DTEK and China Machinery Engineering Corp (CMEC) are reporting their joint agreement to construct a 200-MW, €230 million ($282 million) solar power station in the central Ukrainian region of Dnipropetrovsk.

The project will be financed with a combination of DTEK funds and a loan from CMEC. Detials were not immediately announced.

DTEK is Ukraine's largest energy group with assets in coal mining, electricity generation and distribution, alternative energy and gas production. The company plans to increase its renewable capacity to 1,000 MW in 2019.

CMEC, part of the China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach) group of companies, specializes in construction of power projects in generation, transmission, and distribution. (Source: DTEK, Reuters, 6 April, 2018) Contact: DTEK,; China Machinery Engineering Corp,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTEK,  Solar,  China Machinery Engineering Corp,  

S. African Solar Thermal Power Storage Project Underway (Int'l)
Date: 2018-04-11
In South Africa, the Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, a consortium led by SolarReserve and International Company for Power and Water (ACWA), reports the 100-MW Redstone Solar Thermal Power Project in Postmasburg, Northern Cape Province, is underway. The project has a 20-year PPA with the South African public utility Eskom.

The Redstone project will incorporate SolarReserve's proprietary ThermaVault technology which integrates molten salt energy storage technology as well as heliostat collector field controls and tracking system.

In addition to the Redstone project, SolarReserve developed 246 MW of solar capacity already installed and operating in South Africa, 650 MW bid into expedited round 4.5 of the REIPPPP and a pipeline of over 2,000 MW. (Source: Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, SolarReserve, Power Engineering, 6 April, 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Tom Georgis, Senior VP of Development, (310) 315-2200,; ACWA, +27 11 722 4100,; Eskom.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom,  Solar Energy Storage,  Molten Salt Energy Storage,  Eskom,  SolarReserve,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index Released (Ind. Report)
Carnegie Mellon University
Date: 2018-04-11
In the Steel City, Carnegie Mellon University is reporting the release of the 2018 Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index. The Index tracks the environmental performance of US power producers and compares current emissions to more than two decades of historical data collected nationwide. This release marks the one-year anniversary of the Index, developed as a new metric to track power sector carbon emissions performance trends.

The latest data revealed that US power plant emissions averaged 967 lb. CO2 per MWh in 2017, which was down 3.1 pct from the prior year and down 26.8 pct from the annual value of 1,321 lb CO2 per MWh in 2005 The result of 2016 was initially reported as 1,001 lb/MWhr, but was later revised downward to 998 lb/MWhr.

The Index includes U.S. regional information and trends on fuel types, usage, and emissions, as well as emissions data from other North and South American countries. (Source: Carnegie Mellon University, April, 2018) Contact: Carnegie Mellon University, Ines Azevedo, Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; Climate and Energy Decision Making Center, (412) 268-6657,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carnegie Mellon University,  Carbon Emissions,  

Oracle Saves Utilities Customers $2Bn in Energy Cost (Ind. Report)
Oracle Utilities,National Grid
Date: 2018-04-11
Oracle Utilities is reporting its Opower Energy Efficiency programs have generated a total of $2 billion in utility bill savings for customers over the past decade.

Launched in 2008, Opower Energy Efficiency programs have been implemented at more than 100 electric and gas utilities globally motivating customers to save more than 17 TWh of energy through multi-channel, personalized communications.

National Grid's program started as a small implementation of Opower Home Energy Reports (HERs) in New York, and is today a multi-state engagement that touches 2.6 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2017 alone, National Grid customers received over 24 million personalized reports and 143,000 high bill alerts. In addition to driving savings, National Grid's HER reports have also improved customer awareness of, and interest in National Grid energy efficiency programs.

Over the past several years, National Grid has augmented their energy efficiency program with several other Opower solutions including Digital Self Service Energy Management web tools and segmented campaigns to improve participation in programs such as income assistance. National Grid also deployed an innovative Oracle Utilities Opower Peak Management program called Peak Time Rewards that encourages customers to reduce peak electric load and overall electric and gas consumption with reward points. (Source: Oracle Utilities, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Oracle Utilities, Oracle Industry Connect, Rodger Smith, Snr. VP,;; National Grid, John Isberg, VP Customer Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oracle Utilities,  National Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  

Glasgow Office Building Lauded for Green Credentials (Int'l)
Green Building
Date: 2018-04-11
In Scotland, the Green Organization is reporting an eight-story mixed-use building on the Queen Street site of the former Bank of Scotland Building in Glasgow has been recognized with a Scottish Green Apple Environment Silver award.

Constructed in 2015, the building features a concave facade of curtain wall glazing; a green roof consisting of a Sedum planting system which is designed as a wildlife habitat; a complete wet and dry waste recycling system; and other energy efficient features. The building is being recognized as one of Scotland's greenest and most sustainable office buildings. (Source: Project Scotland, April, 2018) Contact: The Green Organization, +44 01933 665591,

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

Ecovia Renewables Raises $1Mn in Seed Financing (Ind. Report)
Ecovia Renewables
Date: 2018-04-11
Ann Arbor, Michegan-based biotechnology firm Ecovia Renewables, Inc. reports it has raised an initial $1 million in seed funding which will be used for near-term R&D, product development, and bioprocess scale-up activities.

Investors include Seppic Inc. with which Ecovia signed a multi-year joint-development agreement. Under the deal, the two parties will co-develop a suite of biobased and biodegradable polymers for topical applications in the health and beauty markets. Similarly, Seppic will have exclusive marketing rights to products made using Ecovia' proprietary fermentation platform, Ecovia Renewables is focused on the research and development of high-performing biobased chemicals and fuels. (Source: Ecovi Renewables, PR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Ecovia,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecovia Renewables,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  

Green Roof Performance Tool Launched (Ind. Report)
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Date: 2018-04-11
Over the past five years Green Roofs for Healthy Cities -- and more recently the Green Infrastructure Foundation -- have been working to establish a set of performance criteria and metrics that apply to green roofs and walls -- the Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT).

LAPT is a 110-credit system that covers the wide range of potential performance benefits and ties into and builds upon existing rating systems such as LEED and SITES. The program aims to improve the performance of living architecture systems by ensuring that they meet minimum standards, and act as a guide for future policy making, project design, installation, and maintenance.

LAPT is designed to provide the following benefits:

  • Design, installation, maintenance professionals and building owners/developers can use it to maximize potential benefits, identify synergies, ensure long-lasting living architecture projects by strengthening maintenance practices, improve branding and marketing, and integrate living architecture projects into buildings;
  • Policy makers can adopt the LAPT (in whole or part) to inform regulatory or incentive programs, outsource expertise and compliance and ensure living architecture policies are effective by maximizing public benefits;
  • Product manufacturers can develop new products, innovate, or market existing high-performing products to help maximize benefits and achieve LAPT credits. (Source: Green Infrastructure Foundation , Living Architecture Monitor, April, 201) Contact: Green Infrastructure Foundation,; Green Roofs for Healthy Cities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Infrastructure Foundation,  

  • German Biodiesel Producer Blames Dumping for Cutback (Int'l)
    Natural Energy West
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Hamburg, Germanby-headquartered biodiesel and glycerin producer Natural Energy West GmbH reports it is temporarily cutting biodiesel output by 50 pct due to European Union biodiesel imports from government subsidized Argentinian and Indonesian producers.

    Natural Energy West GmbH, which is jointly owned by German cooperative AGRAVIS, agribusiness Bunge, France's Diester International and German oilseeds crusher C. Thywissen. The company produces about 240,000 tpy of biodiesel at its plant in Marl. Production at the Marl plant will continue as necessary to meet existing contracts, according to a statement. (Source: Natural Energy West, Reuters, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Natural Energy West, Detlef Volz, CEO, +49-2365-4986-554,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Energy West,  Biodiesel,  

    CO2 Solutions Successful in NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Montreal-headquartered CO2 Solutions Inc. reports two of its entries -- Carbicrete of Montreal and CERT of Toronto -- have passed round 2 of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE and have been accepted among the ten round 3 finalists. These entries combined CO2 Solutions' carbon capture technology with the respective partner's CO2 utilization technology. CO2 Solutions and these named partners will equally share the sum of $500,000 US in prize money awarded to each of the winning entries for a total of $500,000 US for the Corporation.

    It is expected that round 3 results will be known in March 2020. The criterion for round 3 is to successfully demonstrate the capture and utilization of CO2 at a minimal capacity of 2 tonnes-CO2 per day, which is a milestone that CO2 Solutions already surpassed in its Valleyfield pilot in 2015. . CO2 Solutions has built an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low-energy aqueous solvents. (Source: CO2 Solutions, 9 April, 2018)Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,; Carbon XPrize,; Carbicrete, Chris Stern, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  XPrize,  

    Sunrun Calls for "Consumer-Centered" Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In San Francisco, Sunrun Inc., the nation's largest dedicated residential solar, storage and energy services company, has published the attached report detailing recommendations to improve and maximize the public benefits of the United States' energy system by

    According to the report, the United States suffers from the highest amount of power outages in the developed world. The 100 year-old electricity grid, designed for centralized electricity generation, requires investment of up to two trillion dollars. Under the old model, consumers will be forced to pay for these upgrades through higher energy bills. The U.S.' existing, aging energy infrastructure is also vulnerable to increasingly common extreme weather events and at greater risk of failure.

    The report adds, technology and innovation have opened up a new generation of energy resources that reduce the need for spending on unnecessary, outdated and polluting infrastructure. Clean power can be generated where it is used -- solar power on roofs and batteries in garages. The cost of home batteries declined 84 pct over the last decade and costs are expected to cut in half again over the next decade. More local power from solar and batteries on homes and businesses will improve reliability for Americans during increasingly frequent extreme weather events, and make the energy system more resilient for everyone.

    Download the Sunrun Affordable, Clean, Reliable Energy: A Better System Created by the People, For the People report HERE. (Source: SunRun Inc., PR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunrun,  Renewable Energy,  

    Municipalities Join NYSERDA Clean Communities Program (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In the Empire State, the community councils of Hanover and Silver Creek are reporting participation in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities Program . The program aims to incentivize municipalities to adopt various efficiency "impact actions." Municipalities that complete four of the 10 available impact actions will receive a $5,000 grant and be eligible for future NYSERDA grants.

    The first and major resolution passed by both Hanover and Silver Creek involves establishing building energy benchmarking using the EPA's internet-based Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track and assess the relative energy consumption and performance of community owned buildings of 1,000 square feet or larger. The aim is to identify energy consumption and cost cutting opportunities.

    Other approved resolutions include the New York State Unified Solar Permit program; energy and building code upgrades, training and enforcement; and electric vehicle charging stations. (Source: NYSERDA, Observer, 2 April, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,; Clean Energy Communities Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Cement Tech Roadmap Cuts CO2 24 pct by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency, Cement Sustainability Initiative
    Date: 2018-04-09
    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Cement Sustainability Initiative's (CSI) Low-Carbon Transition in the Cement Industry, combination of technology and policy solutions could provide a pathway to reducing direct CO2 emissions from the cement industry by 24 pct below current levels by 2050. The cement sector is the third-largest industrial energy consumer in the world, responsible for 7 pct of industrial energy use and the second largest industrial emitter of CO2, with about 7 pct of global emissions.

    Despite increasing efficiencies, direct carbon emissions from the cement industry are expected to rise by 4 pct globally by 2050 under the IEA Reference Technology Scenario (RTS), a base case scenario that takes into account existing energy and climate commitments under the Paris Agreement.

    The roadmap, which explores a possible transition pathway based on least-cost technology analysis for the cement industry to reduce its direct CO2 emissions, suggests emissions savings can be achieved by taking into account the overall life cycle of cement, concrete and the built environment. This can include optimizing the use of concrete in construction by maximizing design life of buildings and infrastructures, encouraging reuse and recycling, reducing waste and benefiting from concrete’s properties to minimize energy needs for heating and cooling of buildings.

    Download Low-Carbon Transition in the Cement Industry details HERE. (Source: International Energy Agency, April, 2018) Contact: International Energy Agency ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Cement Sustainability Initiative ,  

    Fotowatio Wins 55MW Armenian Solar Park Contract (Int'l)
    Fotowatio Renewable
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In Yerevan, the Armenia government is reporting Madrid-headquartered global wind and solar energy developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures' (FRV) FSL Solar SL unit has been selected to construct a 55-MW solar park near the village of Masrik, Gegharkunik province, in Armenia. FSL Solar SL won the tender after offering to sell power to the local grid at a price of $0.0419 per kWh -- lower than the $0.0495 per kWh, at which electricity from hydropower plants is sold in the country.

    The 55-MW solar park is expected to come in at approximately $50 million. Construction is slated to get underway later this year for completion in 2020. (Source: Fotowatio Renewable, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Fotowatio Renewables, +34 91 702 64 12,; Armenian Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fotowatio Renewable,  Solar,  

    NV Energy Surpasses Renewable Energy Standards (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Following up on our Nov. 10, 2017 coverage, NV Energy reports it has surpassed Nevada's renewable energy requirements for the eighth consecutive year. In 2017, NV Energy had a 24 pct clean energy portfolio that included solar, wind, geothermal and credits from renewable projects. Under law, NV Energy meet a 20 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

    A recently introduced ballot contemplates increasing the RPS gradually over several years -- 26 pct by 2022; 34 pct by 2024; 42 pct by 2027; and 50 pct by 2030. NV Energy has not publicly taken a position on the ballot measure, but the utility did announce plans in January to double its renewable energy delivery by 2023. In the same announcement, the utility said its long-term goal is to move toward 100 percent renewable power. (Source: NV Energy, PR, Nevada Independent, April, 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Portfolio Standard ,  

    LBNL says PACE Financing Driving Solar Growth (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2018-04-09
    A recently released Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) study covering the years 2010-2015, when residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs such as Renovate America's HERO financing were expanding rapidly across California, has found that early, regional PACE programs significantly increased the deployment of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

    Since it's 2011 launch, HERO has financed the deployment of over 183 MW of residential solar capacity across over 30,000 homes.

    The full LBNL study is available HERE. (Source: Renovate America, PR, NBNL, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Renovate America, Roy Guthrie, CEO, Greg Frost, (619) 568-6747,,; NBNL, Jeffrey Deason, Sean Murphy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ,  Solar,  

    Scatec Solar Confirms 258 MW South African Solar Deal (Int'l)
    Scatec Solar
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered Scatec Solar ASA (SSO) and partners report they expect to close financing and begin construction of three South African solar projects totaling 258 MW at an approximate cost of ZAR 4.76 billion (1 ZAR = $0.083). A consortium of commercial banks and DFIs with Standard Bank in the lead are providing non-recourse project financing for 77 pct of the total project cost.

    Scatec Solar will build, own, operate and maintain the solar power plants with a 42 pct shareholding. KLP Norfund Investments will hold 18 pct, the surrounding Community of Upington 5 pct and a South African investor will hold the remaining 35 pct of the equity.

    Construction is expected to get underway in Q3 third of 2018 with grid connection towards the end of 2019. The plants are,projected to generate 650 GWh and avoid about 550,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Scatac Solar, PR, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Scatac Solar, Raymond Carlsen, CEO, +47 454 11 280,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scatec Solar ,  Solar,  South Africa Solar,  

    Chinese Battery Maker CATL's $2Bn IPO Approved (Int'l)
    Contemporary Amperex Technology
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Xinhua is reporting China's Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has given the nod to battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd's (CATL) 13.1 billion yuan ($1.97 billion) IPO.

    Funds from the IPO will be used for expansion and general corporate purposes, according to the company's website.

    Ningde-based CATL is a supplier to domestic carmakers like SAIC Motor Corp Ltd and Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd and has agreements with international automakers like BMW and Volkswagen. (Source: CATL, DealStreetAsia, Xinhua, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Contemporary Amperex Technology,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy STorage,  

    Reinvestment Fund Launches New Clean Energy Fund (Ind. Report)
    Reinvestment Fund
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Philadelphia-headquartered Reinvestment Fund is touting a new Clean Energy Fund that will offer loans of up to $3 million with terms out to 15 years. The Fund will make capital available to finance energy efficiency retrofit projects backed by Energy Savings Agreements and Power Purchase Agreement (PPAs) as well as supporting portfolios of smaller clean energy projects.

    Since 1995, Reinvestment Fund has invested over $115 million in projects ranging from solar installations to energy-efficient retrofits that have helped create or conserve the equivalent of 8 million MWh of electricity, cut CO2 emissions by 10.25 billion pounds, sulfur dioxide emissions by 89 million pounds and nitrogen oxide emissions by 24 million. These projects have provided environmental benefits by reducing . The clean energy lending has supported energy upgrades for 3.5 million square feet of facilities. (Source: Reinvestment Fund, April, 2018) Contact: Reinvestment Fund, Don Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO, (215) 574-5800,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Reinvestment Fund,  Energy Efficiency,  

    ND Farmers Union Vents Against Refinery RFS Waivers (Ind. Report)
    North Dakota Farmers Union
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In Bismark, the North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) is pulling its punches when it comes to the EPA's recent granting of Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) exemptions to PES Solutions and Andeavor oil refineries.

    According to NDFU president Mark Watne, the EPA move is unfortunate, considering the low commodity prices and overall decline in farm income. "Farmers are told to get prices from the marketplace, yet our government is creating a market atmosphere that reduces demand and causes prices to drop. "When farmers need this administration (Trump) the most, we are getting broken promises." (Source: North Dakota Farmers Union, Bismark Tribune, 4 April, 2018) Contact: NDFU, Mark Watne, Pres., (701) 252-2341,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Andeavor.PES,  

    Univ. of Singapore Explores Greener Biofuel Production (R&D)
    University of Singapore
    Date: 2018-04-09
    On April 6, National University of Singapore (NUS) announced that its team of engineers has recently discovered a greener and cheaper technique for biofuel production, using a natural bacterium isolated from mushroom crop residue.

    Among various types of biofuels, biobutanol offers a great promise as petrol substitute because of its high energy density and superior properties. Biobutanol can directly replace gasoline in car engines without any modification. However, commercial production of biobutanol has been hampered by the lack of potent microbes capable of converting cellulosic biomass into biofuels. The current technique is costly and also requires complicated chemical pre-treatment. The novel technique developed by the NUS team could potentially be a game-changing technology for cost effective and sustainable biofuel production.

    The NUS team discovered that a naturally-occurring bacterium Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum (TG57) isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of converting cellulose to biobutanol directly. The team then went on to culture the strain to examine its properties. The microorganisms in the mushroom farming waste are left to evolve naturally for more than two years to obtain the unique TG57 strain.

    The research team plans optimize the performance of the TG57 strain and further engineer it to enhance biobutanol ratio and yield using molecular genetic tools.

    The team published the findings of the study in the scientific journal Science Advances on 23 March 2018. HERE. (Source: National University of Singapore, Sciences Advances, April, 2018) Contact: University of Singapore, Associate Professor He Jianzhong, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Singapore,  Biofuelk,  

    FPL Wins Palm Beach County Solar Farm Site Approval (Reg & Leg)
    Florida Power & Light
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Following up on our March 7th coverage, in the Sunshine State, Juno Beach-based utility Florida Power & Light Co. reports it has received Palm Beach County site approval for a 3,800 acre solar power farm to serve about 15,000 homes.

    FPL also recently announced plans to build four solar plants in Columbia, Miami-Dade, St. Lucie and Volusia counties. In March, the utility opened new solar plants in Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Hendry counties, bringing the total number of FPL's solar plants to 14. (Source: FP&L, PR, Sun Sentinel, 7 April, 2018) Contact: FP&L,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light ,  Solar,  

    60 pct of New Power Capacity from Renewables in 2017 (Int'l)
    UN Environment Program
    Date: 2018-04-09
    According to the UN Environment Program (UNEP), China was by far the world's largest investor in renewable energy in 2017, accounting for nearly half of the new infrastructure commissioned.

    The UNEP reports that renewables, excluding large hydro, made up 60 pct of net power capacity growth in 2017 and supplied a record 12 percent share of global electricity generation. The report also shows that solar power accounted for more than a third of all electricity generated from energy sources that came online in 2017. Even so, the UNEP report notes that fossil fuels still dominate existing capacity , with solar, wind, biomass and other renewables generating just 12.1 pct of world electricity in 2017, up from 5.2 pct a decade earlier. (Source: UN Environment Program, April, 2018) Contact: UNEP, Erik Solheim,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Environment Program,  Solar,  ,  

    Portuguese Renewables Exceeded Power Demand in March, 2018 ((Int'l)
    Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN).
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Last month on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal's transmission system operator, Redes Energeticas Nacionais (REN), reported the country's renewable power production amounted to 4,812 GWh, accounting for 103.6 pct of consumption, which totaled 4,647 GWh. These amounts exclude electricity production and consumption for the islands of the Azores and Madeira. (Source: Redes Energeticas Nacionais, April, 2018) Contact: Redes Energeticas Nacionais,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

    IRFA Warns Against RFS "War on Rural America" (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2018-04-09
    On Friday, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) , a trade group representing the Hawkeye State's 43 ethanol and 12 biodiesel refineries, called upon Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst to warn Trump that limiting biofuel production would be a "complete abdication of his repeated promises to protect the renewable fuel standard and would be viewed as a declaration of war on rural America."

    The biofuels producers allege that EPA Administrator Pruitt has repeatedly and relentlessly sought ways to subvert Trump's RFS promises and to undermine, if not destroy, the RFS program. "His anti-RFS actions must be put to an end because today Scott Pruitt is essentially making a liar out of President Trump," the group said. (Source: IRFA, Spokesman-Review, Various Media, 6 April, 2018)Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pruitt,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

    Global Woody Biomass Boiler Market 2017 -- Report (Ind. Report)
    Woody Biomass
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Absolute Reports is offering Global Woody Biomass Boiler Market 2017, a comprehensive report delivering market research data that is relevant for new market entrants or established players. Key strategies of the companies operating in the market and their impact analysis, as well as a business overview, revenue share, and SWOT analysis of the leading players in the Woody Biomass Boiler market is included.

    Download report details and a PDF sample of the Woody Biomass Boiler Market 2017report HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass ,  

    Growth Opportunities for Bio-based Chemicals and Materials in Europe and North America -- Frost & Sullivan Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Frost & Sullivan
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Santa Clara, California-based Frost & Sullivan's latest analysis, Growth Opportunities for Bio-based Chemicals and Materials in Europe and North America forecasts the market to reach $25.90 billion by 2024, driven by government initiatives, proactive efforts from market participants to develop environmentally friendly products, and consumer preferences for adopting greener and safer products. The establishment of regulatory standards will be critical to ensure consistency and increase market transparency toward bio-degradability, recyclability, sustainability, and bio-based content of products.

    The analysis provides an assessment of disruptive trends, drivers and restraints, market share, unit shipment, revenue forecast, analysis by chemistry, competitive environment, and pricing trends for key bio-based segments such as paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, and plastics. To position products competitively in the marketplace the report suggests:

  • Implementing optimization strategies for sourcing raw material, streamlining production processes, and managing logistics and transportation of materials to address higher average price challenges;
  • Strengthening technological competence to obtain stronger expertise in formulation and production activities that will help develop investor and consumer confidence;
  • Bringing bio-based products on par with synthetic counterparts in terms of functionality, performance, price, and familiarity of production processes to accelerate adoption of bio-based materials; and Increasing scale of production to substantially reduce average prices of bio-based products, thereby boosting customer adoption rates.

    Further information and report details are HERE. (Source: Frost & Sullivan, PR, 6 April, 2018) Contact: Frost & Sullivan, Jaylon Brinkley, Corporate Communications, (210) 247-2481,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  Frost & Sullivan,  

  • ClimeCo Awarded Project Developer of the Year Honors (Ind. Report)
    Climate Action Reserve
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Philadelphia-based ClimeCo Corporation reports it has been selectd as Project Developer of the Year by the Climate Action Reserve, in recognition for the Most Registered Carbon Offset Projects in 2017. The Climate Action Reserve (CAR), North America's premier carbon offset registry, presented the 2017 Project Developer of the Year Award for the Most Registered Projects, to ClimeCo Corporation during CAR's Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) annual conference. Award recipients were recognized for leadership to advance climate solutions and strengthen carbon markets through the development of successful carbon offset projects and permanent emissions reductions.

    ClimeCo has registered more than 15 million carbon offsets across 172 reporting periods. The company's offset volume stems from reducing greenhouse gas emissions through several project types, to include N2O Abatement, Destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances, Agricultural Methane Capture, and Organic Waste Composting.

    ClimeCo is a developer, broker and advisor of both voluntary and compliance grade environmental commodity market products across numerous project types, with specialized expertise in California cap-and-trade, voluntary market advisory and transactional services, and project financing of internal CO2 abatement systems. (Source: ClimeCo, PR, 6 April, 2018) Contact: ClimeCo, Bill Flederbach, President & CEO (484) 415-0501,,; Climate Action Reserve,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClimeCo,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Action Reserve,  Carbon Offsets,  

    Energy Inspectors Named 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner (Ind. Report)
    Energy Inspectors Corporation
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Las Vegas-based Energy Inspectors Corporation, part of Ei Companies servicing the U.S. Construction Industry, reports it has been named a 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award winner for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The company, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1999, is being honored for its national work in residential construction energy efficiency. The company has certified the energy efficiency of tens of thousands of new homes for standards ranging from Federal, State and Municipal programs to programs sponsored by Utilities, USGBC LEED, Build It Green, and others. and private above code construction organizations such as LEED and (Source: Energy Inspectors Corp., PR, Scratch, 6 April, 2018) Contact: Energy Inspectors Corp., John Gillett, Pres., Kelsey Mullen, VP (760) 761-3695,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Cypress Creek Reports BEMC Solar-plus-Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Cyprus Creen,Lockheed Martin
    Date: 2018-04-09
    California-headquartered Cypress Creek Renewables reports the use of Lockheed Martin's GridStar Lithium energy storage solutions for 12 projects totaling $1.5 billion in communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC), primarily in North Carolina.

    The BEMC project includes development, construction, financing and commissioning, and is Cyprus Creek's first foray into solar-plus-storage. (Source: Cyprus Creek Renewables, Energy Storage, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Cypress Creek Renewables, Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299,,; Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, (910) 754-4391,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cyprus Creek,  Locheed Martin,  Energy Storage,  

    States Act Against EPA's Methane Standards Delays (Reg & Leg)
    EPA,Methane Leak
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Reuters is reporting 14 states have filed suit against the U.S. EPA for delaying or failing to expeditiously issue regulations for curbing emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from existing oil and gas operations as required under the Clean Air Act. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is accused of putting the interests of oil and gas companies ahead of the EPA's obligation to protect air quality, including the control of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is seeking a court order compelling the EPA to devise and issue the emissions standards in question.

    The legal challenge includes New York State, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Vermont and Iowa, as well as the District of Columbia and the city of Chicago. (Source: Guam Daily Post, Reuters, Others, 6 April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Emissions,  EPA,  Pruitt,  

    Apple Opposes Repeal of Obama Clean Power Plan (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In response to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's announced plan to cancel the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) , communications giant Apple issued the following "public comment" in opposition to the Trump administration's proposed rule changes:

    "Apple is committed to leaving the world better than we found it. Part of our commitment is to reduce our own impact on climate change by using renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency in our products and facilities. However, we believe that governments, as well as industry leaders, must take a lead role in the global battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. For a number of reasons, EPA should not repeal the Clean Power Plan."

    According to Apple, adopting the plan would help the US become a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Apple adds that its own efforts have shown that the CPP's targets are achievable without negatively impacting reliability or resiliency.

    In 2016, Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft filed a joint brief to the Supreme Court supporting the CPP and its goals. (Source: Apple, April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  

    Sun Pacific Touts New Non-Glass Solar PV Panel (New Prod & Tech)
    Sun Pacific Holding
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Manalapan, NJ-based Sun Pacific Holding Corp reports it has developed an innovative photovoltaic (PV) light weight, non-glass solar panel that can be utilized in residential rooftops, solar fields and commercial rooftops. The non-glass panels are made in America, weigh less than traditional glass panels and are less expensive to manufacture than traditional glass panels. According to Sun Pacific CEO Nicholas Campanella, the company plans to grow its renewable energy business by combining solar projects and manufacturing.”

    Zion Market Research reports the global Solar Panel Market accounted for $30.8 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $57.3 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 10.9 pct between 2017 and 2022. (Source: Sun Pacific Holding Co., PR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Sun Pacific Holding Corp., Nicholas B. Campanella, CEO, (888) 845-0242,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sun Pacific Holding news,  Solar news,  Solar Panel news,  

    Chinese Cement Maker Invests in CCU R&D (Ind. Report)
    Anhui Conch Cement
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Chinese cement producer Anhui Conch Cement Co. Ltd, is reporting a CNY50 million ($7,929,000 US) investment in Carbon Capture and Utilization research in 2017. Part of the investment will be used to construct a Carbon Capture and Purification demonstration project at the company's Baimashan cement plant. The demonstration project is due to go into operation in Q4, 2018. The project is part of China's commitment to reduce its carbon emissions under the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the company's 2017 Social Responsibility Report. (Source: Anhui Conch CementWorld Cement, April, 2018) Contact: Anhui Conch Cement,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCU news,  

    $8.5Mn Akron Energy Efficiency Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-04-06
    he Buckeye State, the Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA) reports work is underway on an $8.5 million project to improve the energy efficiency of the 23-story PNC Center in downtown Akron.

    The project, which includes new chiller, boiler replacements, upgrades to LED lighting and other energy-efficient upgrades, is being funded by bonds issued by the Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA) with state and local support. The bonds will be repaid over the next 18 years at an average rate of about $477,000 annually attached to the skyscraper's property tax bill. (Source: Development Finance Authority of Summit County Akron Beacon Journal, 5 April, 2018) Contact: the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, (330) 762-4776,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Mertiage Wins ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award (Ind. Report)
    Meritage Homes,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-04-06
    For the sixth consecutive year, Scottsdale, Arizona-based builder Meritage Homes reports it has received the US EPA's 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its leadership in protecting the environment by advancing energy efficiency in home building. The company has built more than 40,000 homes that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR requirements since 2010.

    In 2017 alone, Meritage Homes completed more than 7,500 ENERGY STAR certified homes estimated to save more than 68 million kilowatts of electricity, eliminate over 100 million pounds of CO2, and reduce homeowner utility bills by about $8 million annually. (Source: Meritage Homes, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Meritage Homes,; ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meritage Homes,  ENERGY STAR ,  

    Sauer WindCutters® Destined for Fogo Island, NL (Ind. Report)
    Sauer Energy,North Wind Power
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Oxnard, California-based small vertical axis wind turbine specialist Sauer Energy is reporting the forthcoming order for 300 of its WindCutter® vertical axis wind turbines from North Wind Power Inc.

    The turbines will be installed at the Fogo Island Producers Cooperative Seafood Processing Plant on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. (Source: Sauer Energy, Renewables Now, Others, April, 2018) Contact: NorthWind Power Inc., +63 2 815 9521,,; Sauer Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sauer Energy,  North Wind Power,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    Veolia Confirms Georgia, NC Biomass Power Deals (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Renewable Power,Veolia Energy
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Georgia Renewable Power LLC (GRP) reports the selection of Boston-based Veolia Energy Operating Services LLC to operate and maintain three biomass-to-energy facilities located in North Carolina and Georgia -- the 25-MW Lumberton facility in North Carolina and two 66-MW plants in Georgia slated to come into service by mid-2019.

    The Lumberton site uses both biomass and poultry litter for fuel and sells its output to Duke Energy under a long-term PPA. The Georgia plants in Carnesville and Colbert will be selling their generated electricity to Georgia Power. Each of them will use approximately 500,000 tpy of biomass and/or poultry litter.

    Veolia Energy Operating Services is a division within the North American business unit Veolia Environment SA. (Source: Georbia Power, Veolia, Renewables Now, 4 April, 2018) Contact: Georgia Renewable Power,; Veolia Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Renewable Power,  Veolia Energy,  Biomass,  

    Strata Solar Confirms 28-MW Washington State Project (Ind. Report)
    Strata Solar
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina-headquartered Strata Solar LLC reports it will commence construction of the 28-MW Adams-Neilson photovoltaic (PV) park in the town of Lind, Washington state next month.

    Upon completion, the 81,000 solar panel installation is expected to generate sufficient power for 4,000 average households per year. Commissioning of the plant is slated for mid-December, this year.(Source: Strata Solat, Renewables, April, 2018) Contact: Strata Solar, Markus Wilhelm, CEO, (919) 960-6015,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Strata Solar ,  Solar,  

    Brookfield Renewable,Bord Gais, Greencoat Capital
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Brookfield Earns €7m on Bord Gáis wind farm sales Brookfield Renewable Partners, the Canadian company that acquired Bord Gáis's wind farms for about €700m in 2014, made a $9m (€7.3m) profit selling 20pc of the assets last year, it has revealed. Brookfield sold 137 megawatts of wind farms in Munster last year to Greencoat Capital for an undisclosed sum. The farms were the Knockacummer facility in Co Cork, which has 100MW of generation capacity, and the 37.6MW Killhills wind farm in Co Tipperary. The assets were spun out by Greencoat Capital as a seed portfolio to Greencoat Renewables, which floated on the Irish Stock Exchange last year. Greencoat is backed by AIB and the Irish Strategic Investment Fund. The two wind farms were part of the Bord Gáis Energy portfolio sold by the State three years ago to meet targets set by the Troika. They were bought as part of a larger portfolio of wind assets and projects in development by Brookfield Renewable Partners in a €700m deal.

    Brookfield has a total of 76 wind facilities North America, Europe, Brazil, and Asia. The wind farms have a total of 3,529MW of installed capacity. Its total wind farm and solar farm assets were valued at $8.6bn at the end of 2017, which included property, plant and equipment of almost $6.9bn. (Source: Brookfield Renewable,, 3 April, 2018) Brookfield Renewable Greencoat Capital Bord Gais

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewable news,  Bord Gais news,  Wind news,  Greencoat Capital news,  

    IMO Wrestling with Maritime Shipping Emissions Accord (Int'l)
    International Maritime Organization
    Date: 2018-04-06
    In March, the International Transport Forum (ITF), an autonomous intergovernmental body within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD )reported that the international shipping industry could cut carbon emissions by between 82 pct and 90 pct by 2035 using currently available options such as clean-burning fuels like methanol, hydrogen and ammonia, implementing electric propulsion, hull design improvements and slower sailing speeds, all of which would cost the industry far in excess of an estimated $40 billion.

    The biggest concern to shipowners is that if the IMO fails to come up with a solid "voluntary" plan, the European Union will include shipping in its Emissions Trading Scheme, where a cap is set on permissible greenhouse gases and amounts that can be emitted.

    Shipping was excluded from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement with governments entrusting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to find a consensus on carbon, sulfur and other emissions and air pollutant reduction measures from ocean going vessels. According to the IMO, shipping contributed about 3.1 pct of total annual CO2 emissions in the period from 2007 to 2012. Vessel emissions are projected to jump between 50 pct and 250 pct by 2050 if no action is taken. (Source: IMO, Others, WSJ, April, 2018)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,; International Transport Forum,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Transport Forum,  International Maritime Organization ,  Maritime Emissions,  

    25 Refineries Exempted from RFS Obligations (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Following up on the widely reported US EPA's granting Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) "extreme hardship" waivers to the recently bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES Solutions) refinery, it is interesting to note that of the total 141 operating gasoline refineries in the US (EIA Jan. 2017 data) 25 have received "extreme hardship" waivers, including 3 smaller unites of one of the nation's largest oil refining companies Andeavor -- fka Tesoro Corporation -- which reportedly earned net profits of about $1.5 billion in 2017, according to Reuters coverage. So where's the "extreme hardship"?

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: WHTC Radio, Reuters, 3 April, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000,; Philadelphia Energy Solutions,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor,  RFS,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  Andeover,  

    BHP Quits World Coal Assoc. Over Climate Change Policies (Int'l)
    BHP Billiton
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Following-up on our Dec. 22, 2017 coverage, Australian global mining giant BHP Billiton is reporting its final decision to leave the World Coal Association (WCA) over differences on climate change. Although largely out of mining coal for power plants, BHP is the world's largest exporter of coal for steel-making.

    BHP came under pressure from Australian green groups last year to leave any industry associations with policies that fail to match the company's support of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. The company indicated it will continue to work with the Minerals Council of Australia in relation to its updated energy and climate policy position. (Source: BHP Billiton, Various Media, Business Day, 5 April, 2018) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333,,; World Coal Alliance,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BHP Billiton,  World Coal Association,  Coal,  

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