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Denver Apartment Complex Awarded LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
LEED Gold
Date: 2018-04-06
Denver-based KTGY Architecture + Planning is reporting that Vita, a LEED Gold-designed 55+ mixed-use residential rental apartment community in the Denver Metro area is nearing completion. The sustainable 159-unit apartment community developed by Denver-based Zocalo Community Development in Downtown Littleton, Colorado.

The Vita apartment complex incorporates: a photovoltaic solar array to generate power that is given back to the energy grid; water conserving sink faucets, showerheads, and dual-flush toilets, which use 34 percent less water; low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, adhesives, sealants and carpets with no added urea-formaldehyde; low-E, high STC (sound transmission class) windows to reduce noise pollution and heat gain; high-efficiency LED lighting, and others. (Source: Multifamily Biz, 5 April, 2018)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


Obama-Era Methane Waste Rule on Hold in Wyoming (Reg & Leg)
BLM
Date: 2018-04-06
In the Cowboy State, the Casper Star-Tribune reports federal Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled Wednesday that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Obama administration regulations curbing the flaring of excess methane gas from wells, as well as more labor-intensive checks for accidental leaks, make "little sense" because those requirements will soon disappear under the Trump EPA. Although the court didn't comment on the Obama era methane regulations, the judge claimed his decision "will provide certainty and stability" while BLM completes its rule making process. The Environmental Defense Fund, which favors methane rules, vowed to appeal. (Source: Wyoming Public Media, Casper Star Tribune, 5 April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Waste,  Methane,  Obama Methane Rule,  


SoftBank Supports $930Mn Indian Solar Initiative (Int'l Funding)
SoftBank,GCL System Integration Technology
Date: 2018-04-06
SoftBank Group Corp reports it will launch a $930 million Indian joint solar PV energy venture with Chinese firm GCL System Integration Technology Co Ltd as part of its India solar investment roadmap.

GCL will provide technology and SoftBank will assist in land acquisition and regulatory approvals for the 4 GW project. SoftBank will hold 60 pct of the venture's shares and GCL will own 40 per cent, according to a Shenzhen stock exchange filing.

Funding for the project will come from SoftBank's Vision Fund with over $93 billion, making it the world's largest private equity fund. (Source: Softbank, Business Standard, 2 April, 2018) Contact: GCL System Integration Technology, en.gcl-power.com/site/integrated; SoftBank Group, www.softbank.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News SoftBank,  Solar,  GCL System Integration Technology,  


Maine Biomass Plant $1.2Mn Subsidy Approved (Ind. Report)
Maine Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2018-04-06
On Wednesday, the Maine Public Utilities Commission approve a $1.2 million taxpayer subsidy to Stored Solar LLC's biomass power plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro. The PUC followed staff recommendations which found last month that Stored Solar LLC missed several contract obligations regarding feedstock supply and plant capital investments. (Source: Maine Public Utilities Commission, MPR, 2 April, 2018) Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, www.maine.gov/mpuc; Stored Solar LLC, Bill Harrington, (219) 712-4764, contact@thestoredsolar.com, www.thestoredsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stored Solar LLC,  Biomass,  


Consumers Offers Energy Efficiency Products, Training (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-04-06
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the availability of free energy efficient products and training programs in the Kalamazoo area. Under Consumers' Home Energy Analysis program, a Consumers Energy energy technician inspect a homes heating and cooling system looking at the furnace, air conditioner unit, water heater, ducting and insulation then offers recommendations on features than can be improved for greater energy efficiency and energy cost savings. The technician also provides free products -- LED lighting, low-flow water conserving shower heads, water heater insulation, and others -- to immediately improve efficiency. (Source: Consumers Energy, WWMT, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

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


Genex Touting Australian Pumped Hydro/Solar/Wind Project (Int'l)
Genex Power
Date: 2018-04-06
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based Genex Power is exploring the option of building a new 150 MW wind farm alongside its Kidston pumped hydro and solar project in North Queensland, If constructed, the $1 billion Kidston renewable hub will be the first pumped hydro/solar/wind project in the world. The $300 million 250-MW pumped hydro project has been likened to a giant battery which will have a 1500 MWh storage capacity.

Genex will conduct a feasibility study on the new wind farm proposal -- which is expected to come in at $300 million -- while it is targeting financial close for the second solar project and pumped hydro by the end of the year. The $115 million 50 MW wind farm is presently operating under-pinned by a 20 year Queensland government PPA.

Genex has received almost $8.9 million from the federal government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency for the first 50 megawatt solar project at Kidston and a further $9 million towards the pumped hydro and second solar stage of the project. The company has also applied to funding from the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. (Source: Genex Power, Financial Review, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Genex Power Lid., www.genexpower.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Genex Power,  Soilar,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro Energy STorage ,  


Brookfield Renewables Confirms 137MW Irish Wind Farms Sale (M&A)
Brookfield Renewables,Greencoat Capital
Date: 2018-04-06
Brookfield Renewable Partners is reporting the sale of 137 MW of wind farms in Munster last year to Dublin-headquartered Greencoat Capital for an undisclosed sum. The wind farm sale included the Knockacummer facility in Co Cork, which has 100MW of generation capacity, and the 37.6MW Killhills wind farm in Co Tipperary. The two wind farms were part of the Bord Gáis Energy portfolio.

Greencoat is backed by AIB and the Irish Strategic Investment Fund. Brookfield Renewables holds 76 wind facilities totaling 3,529MW of installed capacity in North America, Europe, Brazil and Asia. valued at $8.6bn at the end of 2017. (Source: Brookfield Renewable, independent.ie, 3 April, 2018) Contact: Brookfield Renewable Partners, (888) 327-2722, enquiries@brookfieldrenewable.com, https://renewableops.brookfield.com; Greencoat Capital, Bertrand Gautier, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewables,  Greencoat Capital,  Wind,  


San Antonio Rises in Shining Cities Solar Rankings (Ind. Report)
Environment America
Date: 2018-04-06
According to the 2017 Shining Cities report from Environment America, San Antonio , Texas, is now No. 6 in the U.S. for installed solar power, leapfrogging over larger cities in the Midwest and East Coast. The Alamo City -- which was in eighth place last year -- now has 161 MW of DC solar power installed. The growth is a 37.6 pct increase over the 117 MW of solar that San Antonio had installed by the end of 2016. (Source: Environment America, San Antonio Express News, 4 April, 2018) Contact: Environment America, Andrea McGimsey, (202) 461-2455, https://environmentamerica.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment America,  Solar,  


ITM Power Mass. P2G Feasibility Study Funded (Ind. Report, Funding)
ITM Power,Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre
Date: 2018-04-06
London-headquartered energy storage specialist ITM Power reports it has been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre (MassCEC) to undertake a multi-MW Power-to-Gas (P2G) feasibility study for the Massachusetts region.

The study will assess the potential for P2G energy storage and hydrogen (H2) fuel for the Massachusetts region in collaboration with Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E), a local gas and electricity utility. It will also determine the technical and economic feasibility for P2G and H2 fuel derived from renewable energy sources. The project is slated to get underway in Q2 2018 and has a duration of 12 months.

In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) adopted a 200 MWh energy storage target for electric distribution companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by 1st January 1 2020. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, ITM Power, GasWorld, 5 April. 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources; ITM Power, +44 (0) 114 244 5111, Geoff Budd, NA Office, (604) 620-8525, www.itm-power.com; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315, www.masscec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  ITM Power,  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center ,  


A Blast from the Past (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Shell Oil
Date: 2018-04-06
"Man-made carbon dioxide, released into and accumulated in the atmosphere, is believed to warm the earth through the so-called greenhouse effect. The gas acts like the transparent walls of a greenhouse and traps the heat in the atmosphere that would normally be radiated back into space. Mainly due to fossil fuel burning and deforestation, the atmospheric CO2 concentration has increased some 15 percent in the present century to a level of about 340 ppm. If this trend continues, the concentration will be doubled by the third quarter of the next century. The most sophisticated geophysical computer models predict that such a doubling could increase the global mean temperature by 1.3 to 3.3 degrees C. The release of other trace gases, notably chloroflurocarbons, methane, ozone and nitrous oxide have the same effect, may amplfy the warming by predicted factors ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 degrees C..

"Mathematical models of the earth's climate indicate that if this warming occurs then it could create significant changes in sea level, ocean currents, precipitation patterns, regional temperatures and weather. These changes could be larger than any that have occurred over the last 12,000 years. Such relatively fast and dramatic change would impact on the human environment, future living standards and food supplies, and could have major social, economic and political consequences." -- Shell Oil "Confidential" Internal Report, 1988 (Source: Shell, De Correspondent, E&E News, April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  CO2,  Shell Oil,  


RFA Demands EPA Answers on Refinery RFS Waivers (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuels Association,RFS
Date: 2018-04-06
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reports it has submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)requests to both the U.S. EPA and the DOE seeking more information and transparency regarding the recent issuance of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance exemptions to dozens of oil refineries. The FOIA request follows a January letter to EPA in which RFA asked for data and documents regarding small refiner exemptions and called for more openness and transparency in the Agency's process to consider exemption requests. EPA never responded to the January letter.

"Several media reports over the past week have confirmed the fears we voiced in January about EPA's expansive and abusive administration of the small refiner exemption provision," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. 'One article even quoted a refining executive as saying EPA is 'handing out those exemptions is like trick or treat candy.' EPA's unbelievable issuance of secret compliance bailouts to refining giants like Andeavor goes far beyond the pale and stomps all over President Trump's commitment to protect the RFS and support America's family farmers, whom he called 'the backbone of our nation.' Combined with the free pass EPA handed out this week to Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) and the Agency's refusal to enforce the 2016 RFS requirements as remanded by the courts, these subversive actions are literally destroying demand for both ethanol and corn.

"EPA's secretive actions are having real impacts on the marketplace. Every new revelation about EPA's latest handout or kickback to refiners serves as yet another gut punch to markets that are already reeling from the impacts of new Chinese tariffs. Make no mistake, EPA's underhanded refinery waivers are negatively affecting the welfare of our nation's ethanol producers and the very livelihood of America's family farms. At the very least, they deserve some answers about EPA's cloak-and-dagger decision-making process on small refiner exemption petitions." (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 5 April, 2018) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


Surrey Launches City Waste-to-Biofuel Project (Ind. Report)
Surrey
Date: 2018-04-06
In British Columbia, the city of Surrey reports the launch of a program that will process discarded food scraps and garden waste "biomatter" into renewable fuel at its recently opened $68 million, Surrey Biofuel Facility.

Under the program, food scraps and garden waste collected from residential green bins will be fermented to produce natural gas that will be used to fuel city vehicles.

The 160,000 square feet plant is capable of producing 120,000 gigajoules of renewable natural gas annually which, according to the facility website, is enough to power 8,500 cars for a year. In addition, the program will prevent 50,000 tpy of greenhouse gases from being pumped into the atmosphere, according to a CBC report. (Source: City of Surrey, The Runners, CBC, April, 2018) Contact: City of Surrey, (604) 591-4011, citymanager@surrey.ca, www.surrey.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Notable Quote
RFS
Date: 2018-04-06
"If refineries are being allowed to retroactively get out of the renewable volume obligations the EPA assigned them in November, that fundamentally undermines the Renewable Fuel Standard. There are legitimate questions being raised about whether EPA is following the law with these exemptions." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa) Contact: Senator Chuck Grassley, (202) 224-3744, www.grassley.senate.gov/contact

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Chuck Grassley,  


GEVO Reports Rising Sales, Reduced Losses (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2018-04-04
Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. last week reported a net loss of $24.6 million for 2017, down from a $37.2 million loss in 2016. Ethanol and related products sales accounted for $26.3 million of total revenues of $27.54 million. The company reportedly produced 15.6 million gallons of ethanol, 47,000 tonnes of animal feed, and 1,050 tonnes of corn oil in 2017. (Source: GEVO, Renewables, 3 April, 2018)Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isonutanol,  Ethanol,  


200Mw Connecticut Offshore Wind Farm Announced (Ind. Report)
Orsted,Eversource,Bay State Wind
Date: 2018-04-04
Global offshore wind leader Orsted -- fka DONG -- and New England's largest energy provider Eversource are touting plans to construct the 200 MW Constitution Wind project approximately 65 miles off the coast of New London, Connecticut.

The Constitution Wind proposal was made by Bay State Wind, the JV created between Ørsted and Eversource to build the 800 MW Bay State Wind offshore wind farm. According to the proposal, the Constitution Wind project would:

  • deliver $80 million in savings per year in lower winter power costs;
  • commit $4 million to support the state's cornerstone programs for low-income families
  • 1nvest $600,000 in scholarships for energy-focused educational programs;
  • commit $500,000 to local environmental partnerships;
  • provide $2 million to a newly created Connecticut Economic Development Fund to spur growth in the local economy;
  • generate $16.1 million in state, local and federal taxes that will support local government functions over the operational lifespan; and
  • make $93 million in direct value-add to the Connecticut economy. (Source: Orsted, Eversource, CleanTechnica, 3 April, 2018)Contact: Orsted Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.orsted.com; Eversource, www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Eversource,  Offshore Wind,  


  • NYU Science Bldg, Recognized for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    American Council of Engineering Companies
    Date: 2018-04-04
    The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) reports it has recognized the NYC architectural firm of Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JBB) for its role in the design of the 365,000 sqare-foot New York University Langone Health Science Building in Manhattan.

    The building's energy efficiency features include: external facade sunshades to reduce solar load and glare; an innovative beam cooling system to reduce air change rates to almost half that of conventional technologies; rooftop stormwater capturing and reuse for flushing and irrigation systems; advanced meteringfor optimal utility usage; high-efficiency energy recovery devices in the central air handling equipment and other upgrades to lower energy consumption and costs.(Source: American Council of Engineering Companies, NYREJ, April, 2018)Contact: American Council of Engineering Companies, (202) 347-7474, acec@acec.org, www.acec.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Intelligent Building Solutions Make Hospital Facilities More Efficient, Productive, and Sustainable -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Navigant Research
    Date: 2018-04-04
    A new report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research examines the pressures healthcare organizations face, and how the adoption of intelligent building solutions can increase efficiencies and patient satisfaction.

    The study looks at the pressures healthcare organizations face and the subsequent adoption of intelligent building solutions that increase energy efficiency and patient satisfaction by integrating building and clinical systems. Recommendations are provided on how to communicate the advantages of intelligent building solutions and how best to benefit from these solutions.

    An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download HERE . (Source: Navigant Research, April, 2018) Contact: Navigant Research Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, lindsay.funicello.paul@navigant.com, www.navigant.com, www.navigantresearch.com

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


    1,000MW Aussie Wind Farm Wins NSW Regulatory Approval (Int'l)
    Epuron
    Date: 2018-04-04
    In the Land Down Under, the New South Wales state government reports it has issued approval for the proposed 1,000 MW , 267-turbine Liverpool Range wind farm which, upon commissioning would be the biggest wind farm in Australia.

    The wind project, which is being developed Sydney-based wind and solar energy developer Epuron, could break ground within a year.

    (Source: Epuron, REneweconomy, 3 April, 2018) Contact: Epuron, Martin Poole, +61 2 8456 7400, info@epuron.com.au, www.epuron.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Epuron,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


    China Joins World Green Building Council (Int'l. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-04-04
    In Beijing, China's Green Building Council (CGBC) reports it is partnering with the World Green Building Council (WGBC) in a major boost to international efforts to curb the environmental impact of the building and construction sectors.

    China is reportedly the world's largest building construction market with up to two billion square-metres of building space per year. The country is expected to account for nearly half of new global construction over the coming decade. China is one of 90 countries to include its building sector in its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the international Paris Agreement, with commitments covering energy efficiency, construction waste and low carbon urbanization. China also aims to increase the share of new green buildings in urban areas by 50 pct by 2020.

    China GBC has committed to introducing a "nearly net zero" standard for its Three Start rating system in 2018 as part of the World GBC's Advancing Net Zero project.

    China GBC is operated as part of the non-profit research organisation Chinese Society of Urban Studies. To date 523 million square-metres of buildings have been certified using its Three Star green building rating system, according to the organization. (Source: China Green Building Council, Business Green, April, 2018) Contact: World Green Building Council, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org; China GReen Buildings, http://chinagreenbuildings.blogspot.ca

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


    UK, Germany Funding €8.3 Mn Thai Green Cooling Projects (Int'l)
    Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand
    Date: 2018-04-04
    In Nonthaburi, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) reports receipt of €8.3 million in funding from the Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (RAC NAMA) project. RAC NAMA, which is financed by Germany and the UK and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), promotes energy efficient green cooling technologies that use natural refrigerants that are about 100-1,000 times more climate-friendly than widely used synthetic refrigerants.

    €3.1 million of the €8.3 Mn total will be used on production line conversions, testing equipment and training facilities and €5.2 million will be used for market awareness to encourage the use of green cooling products, according to EGAT. (Source: Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Amonia21, April, 2018) Contact: Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Nonthaburi 11130, Thailand. Tel. +66 2 436 1416.www.egat.co.th/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Refridgerant Gas,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Siemens Gamesa Wins 120 MW Taiwan Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa,Swancor Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Wind Turbine giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it has contracted with a consortium including Macquarie Capital, Orsted and lead developer Swancor Renewable Energy Co. for 20 SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines to be mounted onb monopile foundations for the Formosa 1 offshore wind project in the Taiwan Strait. The turbine supply agreement includes a 15-year full service agreement including the provision of spare parts and tools.

    The project, which will be the first project constructed as part of the official Taiwanese Grant Scheme, is expected to get underway in 2019. The contract is subject to a final investment decision and financial close, both of which are expected later this year.

    Siemens, Gamesa currently has Approximately 2,300 offshore wind turbines in operational globally with a combined capacity of more than 11 GW. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, PR, April, 2018) Contact: SGRE Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; Swancor Renewable Energy, www.swancor.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  ,  Offshore Wind,  Swancor Renewable Energy,  


    Cdn. Pension Plan Acquiring Ontario Wind, Solar Assets (M&A)
    NextEra Energy Partners
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Juno Beach, Florida-headqartered NextEra Energy Partners reports it is selling four wind and two solar farms in Ontario totaling 396MW of fully contracted wind and solar generation assets to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for $741 million (Cdn) ($582 million US).

    CPPIB will purchase the 59.9MW Bluewater wind farm , 22.9MW Conestogo wind farm; 149MW Jericho wind farm; 124.4MW Summerhaven wind farm; 20MW Moore solar project; and 20MW Sombra solar farm. The projects, which have an average contract life of approximately 16 years, will continue to be operated by the affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources under a long-term services agreement. Subject to regulatory approval, the deal is expected to close in 2Q of this year. (Source: NextEra Energy, EBR, 3 April, 2018) Contact: CPPIB , Bruce Hogg, Managing Director Rnewables , www.cppib.com; NextEra Energy Partners, www.investor.nexteraenergypartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Partners,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    NETL Offers Carbon Capture Simulation Software (New Prod & Tech)
    NETL,Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative
    Date: 2018-04-04
    The Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI), led by the Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is reporting release of the CCSI Toolset as open source software.

    The CCSI Toolset is the nation's only suite of computational tools and models designed to help maximize learning and reduce cost and risk during the scale-up process for carbon capture technologies. The toolset is critically important to perform much of the design and calculations, thus reducing the cost of both pilot projects and commercial facilities.

    The release makes the toolset code available for researchers in industry, government, and academia to freely use, modify, and customize in support of the development of carbon capture technologies and other related technologies. The toolset is hosted on GitHub.

    The CCSI Toolset capabilities include: rapid computational screening; accelerated design & evaluation and; risk management support

    Led by NETL, CCSI leverages the the US DOE's National Laboratories' core strengths in modeling and simulation -- bringing together the best capabilities at NETL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. CCSI has more than 50 industrial partners representing the power generation industry, equipment manufacturers, technology providers, engineering and construction firms, and software vendors. Academic participants include Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, West Virginia University, Boston University, and the University of Texas.

    This critical work is being extended by the Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact project, which is using the CCSI Toolset to support the scale up of second-generation capture technologies and the development of new transformational carbon capture systems through partnerships with technology developers. (Source: NETL, April, 2018) Contact: NETL, www.netl.doe.gov; Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative, www.acceleratecarboncapture.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NETL,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative,  


    St1 Touts Thai Cassava Waste Ethanol Plans (Int'l. Report)
    St1 Renewable Energy, Ubon Bio Ethanol
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Helsinki-headquartered St1 Biofuels is reporting completion of its Etanolix® cassava ethanol pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd's starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.

    The pilot, which will be operated for a year in various starch factories to test different environments, conditions, and seasonal changes, is essential to finalize the concept for a full-scale ethanol production plant using cassava pulp into an investment proposal. To that end, St1 has formed a Thai subsidiary, St1 Renewable Energy Thailand Ltd. to run the piloting and R&D of cassava pulp ethanol production process.

    The amount of cassava waste generated by Thailand's largest starch production plants would enable the construction of units producing 10 - 30 million lpy of ethanol. The company plans to build as many as 20 Etanolix® plants in Thailand, to produce 400 million lpy of ethanol. (Source: St1, PR, April, 2018) Contact: St1 Renewable Energy, Patrick Pitkanen, Advanced Fuels Director, +358 105 574 734, patrick.pitkanen@st1.fi, www.st1.fi; Ubon Bio Ethanol, Anchisa Krisanarungkhun, Business Development, +662 273 8666, anchisa@ubonbioethanol.com, www.ubonbioethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News St1,  Renewable Energy,  Cassava,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Notable Quote
    US EPA
    Date: 2018-04-04
    "America's standards on clean cars are the country's biggest environmental success stories.

    "We should be racing toward a cleaner, healthier transportation future. Instead, the Trump administration is steering us onto a dead end road. We have solutions at hand to build the cars of tomorrow. Strong clean cars standards will move us forward" -- Fred Krupp, Pres Environmental Defense Fund, commenting on the Trump EPA's announced intention to cut US auto fuel efficiency standards and roll-back standards on greenhouse gas emissions introduced under the Obama administration. Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  Vehicle Emissions,  Clean Fuel,  Pruitt,  


    Indian Bamboo Bio-Ethanol JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Numaligarh Refinery , Chempolis
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Further to our 17 Feb., 2016 coverage, India's Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., a public sector crude oil refinery located at Morangi Golaghat district, Assam, reports it's previously announced $200 million bamboo bio-ethanol joint venture with Finland's Chempolis is advancing.

    The JV anticipates production of approximately 60 million lpy of bio-ethanol to meet the mandatory 10 pct ethanol-gasoline blending for northeastern India. More importantly, this is only a fraction of the potential market given the abundance of bamboo in the northeast. (Source: Numaligarh Refinery, The Week, 3 April, 2018) Web Desk April 03, 2018) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., www.nrl.co.in; Chempolis, Chempolis Limited, +358 10 38 76666, www.chempolis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chempolis,  Biofuel,  Bamboo,  Ethanol,  


    Whitehall Launches Warm Home Energy Efficiency Pkg (Int'l)
    Warm Home Discount
    Date: 2018-04-04
    In London, the UK Government has announced a new £6 billion Warm Home Discount package to drive innovation in energy efficiency, upgrade and install new residential heating systems and insulation, cut CO2 emissions, tackle fuel poverty and help reduce bills for thousands of families until at least 2028. The new change would allow 900,000 homes to have energy saving improvements. The scheme provides a £140 top up to energy bills of fuel poor homes.

    Under existing similar schemes, only 70 pct of beneficiaries are from low-income families -- income under £16,190 per year. The funding announcement is the latest step in the delivery of the government's Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to bring 2.5 million fuel poor homes up to an Energy Performance Certificate rating of C by 2030. (Source: Energy Live, April, 2018) Contact: UK Warm Home Discount Plan, www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Doosan Supplying Consumers Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Doosan GridTech,Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the selection of Doosan GridTech to supply a 1 MW battery energy storage system (BESS)for installation at the Colony Farm substation in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    The BESS will be controlled by Doosan's Intelligent Controller (DG-IC). Other system components include Samsung's lithium-ion batteries and Ingeteam's power conversion system. The DG-IC also complies with the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) specifications for software communications between components of a BESS as well as between the BESS and a utility's control room.

    Doosan previously worked with Austin Energy, Duke Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish Public Utility District. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 3 April, 2014)Contact: Doosan GridTech, (888) 452-7715, www.doosangridtech.com; Consumers Energy, Garrick Rochow, VP Operations, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Doosan GridTech ,  


    China Adds 15 pct Tariff on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l. Report)
    China Ethanol
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Following up on our March 30 coverage, on Monday, China added an additional 15 pct tariff on ethanol imports from the U.S. The previous duty was 30 pct. The tariffs, effective Monday, will eliminate cost savings from importing cheaper US ethanol versus domestic supply, according to a Reuters report.

    China's domestic ethanol production stands at about 2.5 million tpy. (Source: Khmer Times, Various Others, Reuters, 3 April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Tariff,  China Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    EU ETS Emissions Rise First Time in Seven Years (Int'l Report)
    EU ETS,EU
    Date: 2018-04-04
    The European Union Newsroom is reporting GHG emissions regulated by the trading block's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose for the first time in seven years in 2017 due in part to stronger industrial output, according to European Commission data. About 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gases is regulated by the EU ETS.

    The EU ETS is expected to contribute about 65 pct of the reductions necessary to meet the EU's target of cutting emissions by 20 pct from 1990 levels.

    UE ETS caps the emissions of around 12,000 power plants, factories, and airlines, forcing them to surrender one carbon permit for every tonne of CO2 emitted annually by the end of April of the following year. (Source: European Union Newsroom, Devdiscourse, 3 April, 2018) Contact: EU Newsroom, https://europa.eu/newsroom/home_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  EU ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


    EPA Issues RFS "Extraordinary Hardship Waivers" (Reg & Leg)
    Andeavor,RFS
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Following on the heels of the EPA's exempting bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) from compliance with U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard biofuels blending regulations, San Antonio-based Andeavor, one of the nation's largest oil refining companies, has reportedly been issued a similar "hardship waiver" for three of its 10 refineries. Andeavor -- fka Tesoro Corporation -- is reported to have earned net profits of about $1.5 billion in 2017, according to Reuters coverage.

    As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "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, www.andeavor.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  RINs,  Biofuel Blend,  Point of Obligation,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  RFS,  EPA,  


    BIC Approves Investment in Benefuel Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Benefuel,Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Sarnia, Ontario-based non-profit industry group Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) reports it has been advising on, and approved an investment in Benefuel's planned commercial-scale biodiesel plant in Sarnia, Ont. BIC provide critical strategic investment, advice and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies.

    Benefuel's patented ENSEL catalyst technology produces a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, that meets and exceeds the ASTM 6751 standard. The ENSEL process combines esterification and trans-esterification, into a single step. This allows Benefuel to use a broad range of low cost, low carbon feedstocks resulting, in a negative carbon intensity fuel. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, April 03, 2018) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir., www.bincanada.ca; Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, rtripp@benefuel.net, www.benefuel.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Benefuel,  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,  


    dynaCERT Touts Carbon Emissions Reduction Technology (Ind. Report)
    dynaCERT
    Date: 2018-04-04
    York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERT is touting it's HydraGEN™ Technology for diesel engines.

    HydraGEN™ Technology uses simple electrolysis to turn distilled water into H2 & O2 gases that are produced on demand. The gases are introduced into the diesel engine's air intake before the turbocharger, which then produces a homogeneous air mixture prior to combustion. Hydrogen gas mixes with diesel fuel in the engine's combustion chamber where it acts as a combustion enhancer, for a faster and more complete burn, as well as lower combustion temperature. The result is decreased NOx production and reduced carbon emissions overall. Validated through both On-Road and accredited 3rd party testing, HydraGEN™ Technology produced:

  • 6 pct to 19.2 pct reduction in fuel consumption;
  • 18 pct to 46.1 pct reduction in NOx emissions;
  • 25 pct to 48.1 pct reduction in CO emissions;
  • 6 pct to 28 pct reduction in CO2 emissions;
  • 30 pct to 50.1 pct reduction in THC emissions;
  • at least 65 pct reduction in particulate matter;
  • reduction of Diesel Emission Fuel (DEF) usage by 40 pct to 60 pct;
  • reduction of Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) replacement period by at least 33 pct; increased engine power and torque; and extended engine and oil life (lower maintenance costs).

    HydraGEN™ technology is designed for all types and sizes of diesel engines used in on-road vehicles, reefer trailers, off-road construction, mining and forestry equipment, power generation, marine vessels and railroad locomotives. (Source: dynaCERT, April, 2018) Contact: dynaCERT, (416) 766-9691, info@dynacert,com, www.dynacert.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Transporation Emissions,  NOx,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • DTE Plans Doubling Renewable Power by 2022 (Ind. Report)
    DTE Energy
    Date: 2018-04-02
    Jackson-based DTE Energy, Michigan's largest utility reports its latest plans to comply with Michigan's renewable energy portfolio standards include a doubling renewable energy production from 1,000 to 2,000 megawatts annually, primarily from wind power.

    DTE plans to bring two wind energy projects that are already in the works online by 2019, and build two more that will go online by 2022. The company also plans to invest in another 300 megawatts of wind energy capacity to serve businesses that want to participate in a voluntary green energy program. (Source: DTE, Michigan NPR, 30 Mar., 2018) Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Wind,  


    Equis Energy Commissions 135MW Indian Solar Project (Int'l.)
    Equis Energy, Solar Energy Corporation of India
    Date: 2018-04-02
    Singapore-headquartered renewable energy developer Equis Energy is reporting commissioning of a 135MW solar farm in Bagalkot District in the Indian state of Karnataka. The project, the company's largest, has a generation output of approximately 224,000MWh per year supplying power to the equivalent of around 200,000 homes.

    Equis has 897MW of solar and wind assets under operation, construction and advanced development in India, with 1,330MW of utility-scale solar and wind projects in development and expected to become operational within the next five years. (Source: Equis Energy, PVTech, 29 Mar., 2018) 29 March 2018) Contact: Equis Energy, +65 6950 0530, enquiries@equisenergy.com, www.equisenergy.com; Solar Energy Corporation of India, www.seci.gov.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equis Energy ,  Solar,  India Solar,  


    ASTM Approves GEVO Additional Route to STJ Fuel (Ind. Report)
    ASTM, GEVO
    Date: 2018-04-02
    Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. is reporting an ASTM International Sub-Committee last week voted in favor of revising specification Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons (D7566) to include ethanol in addition to isobutanol and to increase the approved blend levels from 30 pct to 50 pct alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) when blended with petro-based jet fuel. These revisions will now go to the full ASTM International for final approval which is expected later this year.

    GEVO's proprietary technology uses a combination of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering to focus primarily on the production of isobutanol, as well as related products from renewable feedstocks. The company aims to commercialize bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based products. The company produces isobutanol, ethanol and high-value animal feed at its fermentation plant in Luverne, MN. GEVO has also developed technology to produce hydrocarbon products from renewable alcohols. Gevo currently operates a biorefinery in Silsbee, TX, in collaboration with South Hampton Resources Inc., to produce renewable jet fuel, octane, and ingredients for plastics like polyester. (Source: GEVO, StreetInsider, 2 April, 2018) Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ASTM International,  GEVO,  Isobutanol,  alcohol-to-jet fuel,  


    NRCAN Launching Building Energy Star Certification (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resources Canada,NRCAN
    Date: 2018-04-02
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources (NRCAN) Hon. Jim Carr, reports Canada is launching an Energy Star certification for Canadian commercial and institutional buildings. The program is intended as a resource to help building owners and managers manage their energy consumption, increase energy efficiency and building energy performance, reduce costs and cut carbon emissions.

    To kick-start the initiative, the government has launched a "Who Will Be the First?” challenge that recognizes the first to be certified under the program . (Source: Natural Resource Canada, Business Chief, Mar., 2018) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Star,  Energy Efficiency,  NRCAN,  


    Kankakee County Illinois Solar Farm Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    Fields of Opportunity & Ornamental Land Structures
    Date: 2018-04-02
    In Illinois, China-based Fields of Opportunity & Ornamental Land Structures Company reports construction of a proposed $4.01-billion, 777-acre solar farm in Momence and St. Anne townships, Kankakee County, could be underway this spring. The company has solar- and wind-based farms in China, Germany and Switzerland, as well as pending developments in Russia and Iceland.

    The farm could incorporate as many as 123, 6-foot-by-3-foot panels per acre and upwards of upward of 95,500 panels. (Source: Fields of Opportunity & Ornamental Land Structures, Daily Journal 30 Mar., 2019)Contact: Fields of Opportunity & Ornamental Land Structures, Contact information not presently available.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    The Donald's North Sea Nemesis Wind Farm Underway (Int'l)
    Vattenfall,European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
    Date: 2018-04-02
    The Scottish Sun is reporting work is well underway on an 11-turbine, £300 million offshore wind farm next to Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf course, despite the Donald's unending tweets and protests.

    Before losing a judgment in the Supreme Court in 2015, the Trump Organization insisted several of planning conditions associated with the project had yet to be fully satisfied and that it would be lodging formal objections with Marine Scotland, as well as pursuing additional remedies before the European courts if necessary.

    According to a Tump spokesperson, "We remind those who care about this coastline that the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) was promoted as an experimental test station, and after more than 10 years of floundering through the planning process, the technology behind the scheme is exceptionally outdated." (Source: Scottish Sun, 31 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  Trump,  European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre,  Trump,  


    Falson, Fred.Olsen Windcarrier Partner on US Offshore Wind (Int'l)
    Fred.Olsen, Falcon Global
    Date: 2018-04-02
    Seacor Marine Holdings subsidiary Falcon Global, and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier GmbH report they are partnering to operate offshore wind installation and feeder vessels for the US offshore wind market.

    The combination of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier's fleet of Wind Turbine Installation vessels and the Flacon Global fleet will create a marine spread capable of installing the largest turbines in the market. The Falcon Global vessels will form a feeder-solution of up to four vessels depending on installation parameters. Falcon Global vessels and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installed the five turbine Block Island project in 2016, the first offshore wind farm in the US. (Source: Falcon Global, Marine Link, 31 Mar., 2018) Contact: Falson Global, SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc., John Gellert, President and CEO, www.falconglobal.com; Fred.Olsen Windcarrier, Ketil Arvesen, VP, +49 173 284 4919, www.windcarrier.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Fred.Olsen,  


    Etihad Airways Cuts Carbon Emissions in 2017 (Int'l. Report)
    Etihad Aviation
    Date: 2018-04-02
    Abu Dhabi, UEA-based Etihad Airways is reporting the elimination of approximately 195,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2017, thanks to numerous improvements aimed at enhancing operational efficiencies, cutting fuel consumption, and flight plan adjustments. The 3.3 pct drop in emissions is tequivalent to 850 flights between Abu Dhabi and London.

    The 2017 flight plan adjustments across the network reduced approximately 900 hours of flying time, leading to a saving of 5,400 tonnes of fuel and eliminating approximately 17,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Last year, Etihad Airways also retired several older aircraft in favour of the fuel efficient Boeing 787. (Source: Etihad Aviation, PR, Zawya, 1 April, 2018) Contact: Etihad Aviation Group, Corporate Affairs, +971 50 818 9596, dutymediaofficer@etihad.ae, www.theetihadaviationgroup.com, www.etihad.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  CO2 Emissions,  


    Ricoh Earns Third ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-04-02
    Malvern, Penna.-headquartered Ricoh USA, Inc. reports for the third consecutive year, the U.S. EPA has awarded Ricoh with its ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. Ricoh also won the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to the program.

    Ricoh, an ENERGY STAR partner for imaging equipment since its inception, is being recognized for: technology services in support of ENERGY STAR; assisting ENERGY STAR product specification development; challenged all employees to take the ENERGY STAR pledge; external outreach -- customers and commitment to continued progress -- Ricoh has committed to reducing the total lifecycle CO2 emissions of the Ricoh Group from year-2000 levels by 30 pct by 2020 and by 87.5 pct by 2050.

    In 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, buildings and plants helped Americans save over $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, while achieving broad emissions reductions. (Source: Ricoh, Energy Star, PR, 2 April, 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; Ricoh USA, John Greco, (973) 882-2023, john.greco@ricoh-usa.com, www.ricoh-usa.com

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


    JV Confirms Rotterdam Waste-to-Fuel Project (Int'l., Report)

    Date: 2018-04-02
    A consortium of companies including Paris-based Air LIquide, Amsterdam's AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, and Enerkem Inc. of Montreal, Canada, and the Port of Rotterdam are confirming a development agreement covering initial investments in a non-recyclable advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    An initial €9-million investment will cover engineering, the setup up of a dedicated joint venture (JV) and completing the permitting process. The €200 facility will convert up to 360,000 tpy of waste into 220,000 tons of methanol using Enerkem's bubbling fluidized-bed gasification technology, and will convert non-recyclable mixed waste, including plastics, into syngas for the production of methanol. a (Source: Enerkem, Others, Chemical Engineering, 1 April, 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Air Liquide,  AkzoNobel,  Syngas,  Port of Rotterdam,  ,  


    Indian Oil Co. Building Waste-to-Ethanol Capacity (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Oil Corp
    Date: 2018-04-02
    In New Delhi, India's biggest oil firm, Indian Oil Corp. reports it plans to invest about Rs 1.43 lakh crore (approx. $22 billion) to nearly double its oil refining capacity to 150 million tpy as part of a larger initiative to axpand into petrochemicals and alternative fuels.

    IOC, which owns and operates 11 of the country's 23 refineries, is establishing a new ethanol from refinery off-gases production unit at its Panipat refinery, as well as an agricultural waste-to-ethanol facility. India is targeting blending of up to 10 pct (E10) ethanol with petrol to cut reliance on imports to meet oil needs. (Source: Indian Oil Corp PTI, Money Control, 31 Mar., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., www.iocl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corp,  


    Notable Quote
    Catherine McKenna, Canada Environment and Climate Change Minister
    Date: 2018-04-02
    "I have no time for folks who are like, you know, 'We shouldn’t take action.' I don't have time for politicians that play cynical games about climate action." -- The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Environment and Climate Change Minister, Mar., 2018. Contact: Catherine McKenna, Canada Environment and Climate Change Minister, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Catherine McKenna,   Canada Environment and Climate Change Minister,  


    Indian Ag Waste-to-Ethanol Demo Touts Success (Int'l, Report)
    DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences
    Date: 2018-04-02
    In Mumbai, Indian scientists under the leadership of Prof. Arvind Lali from the DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences are touting the successful operation of the country's first agricultural waste-to-ethanol demonstration facility in the town of Kashipur in Uttarakhand.

    The plant processes as much as 10 tpd of agricultural waste in a single day using a pre-treatment phase that converted the waste into a form that was more digestible by microbial enzymes which can be reused for over 50 cycles. (Source: DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, The Hindu, 1 April, 2018)Contact: DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, Prof. Arvind Lali, +91 22 2414 5616, www.dbt-ceb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  AgWaste-toEthanol,  


    EBRD Lending €5.1Mn for Bosnian Energy Efficiency Measures (Int'l)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2018-04-02
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has reportedly a €5.1 million loan to Sarjavo-based microfinance organization MKF Partner to support residential energy efficiency measures.

    The loan has been made through the EBRD's €85 million Green Economy Financing Facility for the Western Balkans, according to an MKF Partner statement. The funds will be lent to individuals, residents' associations, suppliers of green energy and others to finance thermal insulation of buildings, replacement of windows and doors, purchase of pellet and biomass boilers, solar collectors, heat pumps, economical lighting and other energy efficiency measures.

    MKF Partner is an active lender to micro and small enterprises in Bosnia.

    The EBRD has invested over €2.1 billion in more than 150 projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina to date. (Source: European Parliament, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 2 April, 2018) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; MKF Partner, www.partner.ba

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  Energy Eficiency,  


    ASU, Phoenix Partner in Bloomberg Climate Change Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Mayors Challenge
    Date: 2018-04-02
    In Arizona, the State Press is reporting Arizona State University and the city of Phoenix are partnering in the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Mayors Challenge, a national competition to find solutions to climate change and other common issues. As part of the competition, Arizona State University id developing the "HeatReady" program to enable local governments to analyze and prepare for climate change and related intense heat.

    Phoenix was chosen among 34 other cities to compete in the innovation competition, and was awarded $100,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies to continue developing its program. In October, one city will be awarded $5 million and four others $1 million as part of the competition. (Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Mayors Challenge, ASU, State Press, KTAR.com, 31 Mar., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Mayors Challenge, http://mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org/competition-impact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Pheonix,  Climate Change,  Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Mayors Challenge,  


    Dandelion Geothermal Increases Funding to $6.5Mn (Funding)
    Dandelion Geothermal
    Date: 2018-04-02
    In the Empire State, residential geothermal startup Dandelion Geothermal reports it raised another $4.5 million to bring total funding to $6.5 million.

    Dandelion markets geothermal heating and cooling to displace electric and fossil fuel-based systems, including propane and fuel oil common in the northeast. The company has around 70 contracts signed, and dozens of those systems have already been installed, according to the company. (Source: Dandelion Geothermal, Axios, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Dandelion Geothermal, info@dandelionenergy.com, https://dandelionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


    Vermont's Green Lantern Group Plans First Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Green Lantern Group
    Date: 2018-04-02
    Waterbury, Vermont-based Green Lantern Group reports it plans to construct a 1-acre, 150 kilowatt solar array in the town of Castleton, Vermont. The planned solar array , which could save the town of Castleton approximately $5,400 per year in energy costs, hopes to be fully permitted by July. (Source: Green Lantern Group, Rutland Herald, 1 April, 2018) Contact: Green Lantern Group, (802) 244-1658, plans@greenlanterngroup.net, www.greenlanterngroup.net www.greenlanterndevelopment.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

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