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Damn the Tariffs, Full Speed Ahead, says JinkoSolar (Ind. Report)
JinkoSolar
Date: 2018-03-26
Following up on our 12 March coverage, Chinese solar specialist JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. reports it is proceeding with its plan to assemble solar panels at a plant in Jacksonville, Fla., regardless of whether it is exempt from new tariffs on imported solar cells. According to Jinko CEO Kangping Chen, "The enactment of … tariffs for [crystalline silicon] solar cells and modules left a lot of details to iron out, but it won't disrupt our plan to invest in a production facility in the U.S." The plant is expected to begin shipping panel before the year end.

As previously reported, JinkoSolar plans to spend $50.5 million on a facility with 1,500 MW of panel production capacity. A majority of the panel components initially would be imported from China through the Port of Jacksonville. (Source: JinkoSolar, IEEFA, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792, pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  


NYC Touts Small Bldg Energy Efficiency, Emissions Program (Ind. Report)
Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio
Date: 2018-03-26
In the Big Apple, the Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio is touting the $6.6 million, three-year Community Retrofit NYC program. The 2016 program was created and funded by New York City to provide engineering, financial and construction management and energy-related advisory services to small- and mid-sized buildings -- from five to 50 units -- in 12 financially challenged districts to make older and often poorly maintained buildings more efficient and to help simplify the energy and water efficiency retrofit process. To date, Retrofit NYC has worked with 384 buildings

The program is one of several launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Sustainability and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as part of the mayor's commitment to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

As buildings account for 40 pct of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the US could avoid 80,000 tons of GHG emissions by remodeling one out of every 100 homes, according to U.S. Green Council (USGBC). (Source: Community Retrofit NYC, NextCity, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Community Retrofiy NYC, www1.nyc.gov/site/communityretrofitnyc/index.page; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio,  


PET Recycling Team Cuts Carbon Emissions by 10 pct (Int'l Report)
PET Recycling
Date: 2018-03-26
Wollersdorf, Austria-based PET Recycling Team Gmbh reports it has obtained a measurement of the environmental impact of recycled bio-plastic PET (rPET) bottles and food containers. The calculated value was a CO2 equivalent of 0.45 kg for every kilogram of material produced.

The plant produces approximately 31,000 tpy of rPET and generates a volume of emissions that would take a forest the size of 6,231 football fields to absorb -- the same amount of CO2 emissions the company says it is saving each year compared to the production of new PET material. The GHG emissions for recycled material from Wollersdorf are only a tenth as high as a new material, also known as virgin PET, has a CO2 equivalent of 2.15 kg per kilogram.(Source: PET Recycling Team Gmbh, PR, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: PET Recycling Team Gmbh, Gunther Lehner, CEO, +43 2622 433330, www.petrecyclingteam.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  PET Plastic,  Bioplastic,  


ViZn Energy Announces Shutdown, Seeking Investors (Ind. Report)
ViZn Energy Systems
Date: 2018-03-26
AUstin, Texas-headquartered flow battery technology and energy storage specialist ViZn Energy Systems -- fka Zinc Air -- reports it has "temporarily" laid off all of its 70 employees and ceased operations at its Columbia Falls, Montana facility while it seek major investors.

ViZn's zinc-based redox flow batteries are designed to collect and store energy from renewable sources. In 2016, the firm unveiled the GS200, a grid-scale energy storage system, which was said to be the largest flow battery in North America and Europe. (Source: ViZn, Flathead Beacon, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: ViZn Steve Bonner, CEO, Paul Siblerud, VP Marketing, (406) 755-9462, (512) 275-6019 -- Austin Office, www.ViZnEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Flow Battery,  ViZn Energy Systems,  Battery,  Energfy STorage,  


CyberFuels Completes of GSA Application (Ind. Report)
CyberFuels
Date: 2018-03-26
EncounterCare Solutions, Inc., a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida[based wholly owned subsidiary CyberFuels, reports it has completed the registration process for government contracts from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). DLA supplies bulk alternative fuels, petroleum products, related services, federal government agencies with vehicle fleets. CyberFuels custom blended high performance gasoline and alcohol blended fuels do not require vehicle retrofits.

The CyberFuels lines of products include sour Dynamo™ Diesel Cetane Booster which is independent lab certified to reduce Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) by 20 pct and overall emissions by 21 pct and has been shown to deliver an average Cetane rating over 52 when added to regular diesel fuel at fill up. Dynamo™ Diesel Cetane Booster also improves engine performance, power, and increases MPG along with improving cold flow, increasing lubricity and cleaning fuel injectors. (Source: Encountercare Solutions, PR, NASDAQ, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: CyberFuels, Ronald Mills, Pres., (866) 771-3580, www.cyberfuelsinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Blend,  


Duke Touts Planned $36Bn Renewables Investment (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-03-26
In its new Climate Report, North Carolina-based Duke Energy reports it plans to invest $36 billion to expand its renewables and natural gas power generation and to modernize the electric grid as part of its efforts to cut emissions, mitigate risks from climate change, and plan for a low-carbon future.

As part of these efforts, Duke plans to invest $25 billion between 2017 and 2026 to modernize the electric grid and $11 billion to expand wind and solar power and natural gas power generation. Duke expects more than 80 pc tof its generation mix to come from zero and lower CO2-emitting sources by 2030. The company also expects to cut the share of coal in its generation capacity by half, to 16 pct by 2030 and be free of coal for power generation by 2050. Duke aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Duke, Oil Price, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


CAISO OKs PG&E's Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas and Electric, California Independent System Operator
Date: 2018-03-26
San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has given the nod to its Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (OCEI) plan to provide a clean alternative to a decades-old fossil-fuel power plant in Oakland. OCEI will provide a green and innovative option that uses local clean-energy resources, including energy storage, energy efficiency and electric-system upgrades, to ensure transmission grid reliability in Oakland when the current 40-year old power plant is retired. PG&E will seek proposals and expressions of interest this spring.

The system operator has a Reliability Must Run contract with the existing plant's owner, Dynegy, to purchase power during peak periods. The Oakland Clean Energy Initiative is expected to come into service by mid-2022. (Source: PG&E, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: PG&E, Roy Kuga, VP Grid Integration and Innovation, Media Relations, (415) 973-5930, www.pge.com; California Independent System Operator, (916) 351-4400, www.caiso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Independent System Operator,  Pacific Gas and Electric ,  


Statoil Annual Sustainability Report 2017 -- Report Attached (Int'l)
Statoil
Date: 2018-03-26
In its recently released Statoil Annual Sustainability Report 2017, Oslo-headquartered oil and gas producer Statoil offers an overview of its ambitious sustainability agenda and performance. Sustainability is embedded in the company's strategy, and the company is taking actions to develop the business to support the UN sustainability goals and the Paris agreement, according to the report.

In 2017, Statoil launched a new climate roadmap outlining aims to reduce the carbon intensity of its upstream oil and gas portfolio to 8 kg CO2/boe by 2030, achieve annual CO2 emission reductions of 3 million tonnes by 2030 and build an industrial position in profitable new energy of up to 15-20 pct of capex by 2030. The company will also invest around 25 pct of research funds into new energy solutions and energy efficiency by 2020.

Statoil reduced its CO2 intensity from oil and gas production by 10 pct year-on-year, from 10kg CO2 per boe to 9kg CO2 per boe. In 2017 the company achieved CO2 reductions of 356 000 tonnes.

Download the Statoil Annual Sustainability Report 2017 HERE. (Source: Statoil, Mar., 2018) Contact: Statoil, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


DOE Quits Arkansas Wind Power-Line Project (Ind. Report)
Clean Line Energy Partners
Date: 2018-03-26
In Little Rock, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the US DOE has withdrawn support for a $2.5 billion Arkansas power-line agreement with Clean Line Energy Partners.

The 705-mile power line would link wind farms in the Oklahoma Panhandle to customers in Tennessee. In December, Clean Line sold the Oklahoma portion of the project to NextEra Energy Resources, which indicated it plans to proceed with the project. (Source: US DOE, Times Record, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: Clean Line Energy Partners, www.cleanlineenergy.com; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  NextEra Energy Resources,  


Coillte Selling Irish Wind Farm Stakes for €125Mn (Int'l, M&A)
Coillte,Bord na Mona
Date: 2018-03-26
Coillte, a commercial forestry firm in Ireland, reports it will sell its stake in four wind farms it developed in association with Bord na Mona, ESB, and SSE for nearly euro;125 million. The wind farms are located in Co Galway, Cloosh Valley, Raheenleagh, Castlepook, and Co Wicklow in Co Cork.

Coillte is expected to invest the earnings in its forestry business and make co-investments in the new wind projects. (Source: Coillte, ALGOSONLINE, 24 Mar., 2018) Contact: Coillte, Fergal Leamy, CEO, +353 (0) 1-4751444, www.coillte.ie; Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coillte,  Wind,  Bord na Mona,  


ABO Lauds Algae Agriculture Act of 2018 (Reg & Leg)
Algae Biomass Organization
Date: 2018-03-26
In Washington, the algae industry trade association Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is lauding the introduction of the Algae Agriculture Act of 2018, a bill that would give algae cultivators and harvesters many of the same advantages as other traditional crops in United States agricultural policy.

The bill is expected to support the development of algae as a crop for biofuel production, food supplements and other uses, as well as a tool for the entire agriculture industry that can use algae-based technologies and products to improve operations.

The Algae Agriculture Act of 2018 establishes a number of provisions to promote the expansion of algae farming including: new support for algae R&D in agriculture; support for carbon utilization projects in rural communities and Crop disaster assistance for algae cultivation.

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a 501 c(6) non-profit whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. (Source: ABO, GlobeNewswire, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: ABO, Matt Carr, Exec. Dir., Barb Scheevel, Admin., (877) 531-5512, bscheevel@algaebiomass.org, www.algaebiomass.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biomass Organization,  Algae ,  


MIT, Aramco to Collaborate on CCS, Renewables R&D (Ind. Report)
Aramco ,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Date: 2018-03-26
Aramco Services Company (ASC), the US-based North American arm of Saudi Aramco, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are reporting a new five-year, $25 million collaboration targeting sustainable and renewable energy, energy storage, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and related R&D. The collaboration aims to develop new solutions to address global energy and climate challenges and to build on ASC's existing engagement with MITEI and its Low-Carbon Energy Centres.

ASC supports a wide range of activities from facilitating the safe and reliable delivery of energy to customers around the world to pushing for breakthroughs in research and innovation, according to the release. (Source: Aramco, Trade Arabia, The National, 25 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com; MIT Sustainability office, sustainableMIT@mit.edu, www.mit,edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Aramco,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology ,  CCS,  Climate Change,  


USGC Seeks to Expand Ethanol Exports to India (Ind. Report)
US Grains Council
Date: 2018-03-26
The US Grains Council (USGC) representing US ethanol producers reports it is interested in supplying ethanol for India's 10 pct (E-10) ethanol-blending programme, which suffers from an inadequate supply of domestically produced ethanol. India's sugar producers produce enough ethanol to meet only 4 pct of the country's ethanol blend mandate.

USGC presently exports 50 million lpy of ethanol to India, which is used for industrial applications. A significant percentage of India's ethanol refining capacity is frequently idled due to feed stock and other shortfalls, according to the Federation of Indian Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) which estimates 3.13 billion lpy are required to meet the E-10 mandate. However, as of end-December 2017, Indian sugar and ethanol producers have entered into an agreement for only 1.4 billion litres of ethanol, leaving a huge gap. (Source: US Grains Council, Hindu Business Line, 25 Mar., 2018) Contact: US Grains Council, Kurt Shultz, (202) 789-0789, https://grains.org, Federation of Indian Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, +91 44 4284 9613, /www.ficci-hes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Grains Council,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  India Ethanol,  


Brit Researchers Tout Diesel NOx Emissions R&D (Int'l., R&D)
Loughborough University
Date: 2018-03-26
Researchers at the U.K.'s Loughborough University are reporting development of "ammonia creation and conversion technology" (ACCT), a simple, cost effective way to all but eliminate NOx emissions from diesel fuel

The ACCT system converts the universally available urea-based after-treatment AdBlue into a special ammonia-rich 'ACCT fluid' under accurately controlled conditions in a chamber mounted in the exhaust system. Just as with the current selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, the new process uses freed ammonia to tear the components of NOx apart leaving only nitrogen and water. The ACCT fluid works effectively at high levels of efficiency in low-exhaust temperature conditions that severely challenge current systems.

Initial tests on a Skoda taxi equipped with ACCT show as much as 98 pct of exhaust-borne NOx emissions are captured -- significantly more efficient than the 60 pct offered by current methods. And that 98 per cent figure was achieved even before researchers had the opportunity to fine-tune the ACCT system for optimum performance. (Source: Loughborough University, CTV News, Mar 15, 2018) Contact: Loughborough University, +44 20 3818 0777, www.lborolondon.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  NOx ,  Diesel,  


Ensus Boosts CropEnergies' Bioethanol Production, Revenues (Int'l)
CropEnergies,Ensus
Date: 2018-03-26
German wheat bioethanol producer CropEnergies AG reports its Ensus Ltd facility at Wilton, near Redcar, UK, reported strengthening income during its last financial year, as manufacturing, helped by a flagship North-East plant, pushed revenues up 10 pct in the 12-month period to February 28, to £771 million.

With revenues expected at between £734 million and £787 million, the company is anticipating a pre- interest, tax, depreciation and amortization earning of between £61 million and £96 million and an operating result between £26 million and £61m for the financial year 2018/2019, according to the company. The company says it expects ethanol prices to come in lower over the next 12 months but grow steadily in the long term. (Source: CropEnergies, Ensus, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ensus Ltd., Joachim Lutz, CEO, +44 (0) 1642 794040, www.ensus.co.uk; CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies,  Ensus,  Ethanol,  Wheat Ethanol,  


EIB, Piraeus Bank Ink €100Mn Energy Efficiency Loan Agreement (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2018-03-26
In Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Piraeus Bank in Athens are reporting the conclusion of a €100 million loan agreement under the Private Finance for Energy Efficiency initiative, a pilot scheme currently being rolled out across Europe intended to increase the availability of debt financing to eligible energy efficiency investment. Piraeus Bank will use the €100 million EIB loan for the financing of new investment improving energy efficiency upgrades in existing buildings, outdoor lighting and water pumping stations across Greece.

The risk protection will cover 80 pct of Piraeus Bank's potential losses under these loans up to a maximum agreed amount. Piraeus Bank will also benefit from the technical and financial expertise of the EIB during the start of the operation for assistance in the identification and appraisal of energy efficiency investments and capacity building support.

The new cooperation with Piraeus Bank in Greece represents the eighth partnership with a European bank to support energy efficiency investments under the Private Finance for Energy Efficiency financial instrument. The European Investment Bank engagement is supported by the European Commission, under the LIFE programme. In 2017, the European Investment Bank provided more than €4.1 billion for new energy efficiency investment worldwide. (Source: European Investment Bank/Luxembourg, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Piraeus Bank, www.piraeusbank.gr/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank ,  Energy Efficiency,  


MHIEC to Construct ¥29.8Bn Japanese MSW-to-Energy Plant (Int'l)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Date: 2018-03-23
Tokyo-headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. is reporting receipt of an order from Kawasaki City (Kanagawa Prefecture) to construct a municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration plant in Kawasaki's Takatsu District. The existing facility will be rebuilt as a stoker type incinerator(1) with a total waste treatment capacity of 600tpd.

The order is a joint venture project with Taisei Corporation, and is valued at ¥29.8 billion Completion is slated for September, 2023. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Asia One, Mar., 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Joseph Hood, PR Manager, +81-(0)3-6716-2168, mhi-pr@mhi.co.jp, www.mhi.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ,  Waste-to-Energy,  


BIRD Energy Seeks Renewables, Energy Efficiency Proposals (Int'l)
BIRD Energy
Date: 2018-03-23
Tel Aviv-headquartered BIRD Energy has announced its tenth funding cycle for US-Israel joint project proposals with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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

BIRD Energy was established following an agreement between the US Department of Energy/EERE and the Israel Ministry of Energy and Water Resources to promote and support joint research and collaborations in the field of Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency. BIRD Energy is administered by the BIRD Foundation, which has been promoting cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technology sectors since 1977. (Source: BIRD Energy, PR, Globes, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485, www.birdf.com

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


Suzlon Touts India's Longest Wind Blade (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Suzlon
Date: 2018-03-23
In Hyderabad, Indian wind turbine giant Suzlon Group reports it has designed and manufactured India's longest wind turbine blade at its Padubidri rotor blade unit.

The 63 meter (SB 63) rotor blade was developed for Suzlon's new S128 wind turbine family with a rotor diameter of 128 metres. The blade, which was engineered with a carbon girder allowing a thinner aerodynamic profile and higher lift with less drag, offers 33 pct greater sweep area (12,860 m2) for an expected 32 pct more energy generation compared to the company's S111 model, according to a Suzlon release. (Source: Suzlon,PR, MoneyControl, 21 Mar., 2018)Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  


GMP Touts Home Battery Energy Storage Program (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2018-03-23
Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is reporting the launch of a new program to reduce customer power costs during high energy use times.

Under the program, GMP will share access with customers' home or business battery storage systems through the internet rather than purchasing surplus power. In return, GMP will issue credits to customers based on the amount of energy transferred from the customer's battery to the grid. The monthly credit starts at $14.50.

The agreement between GMP and the customer will yield a monthly bill credit based on assumed value for each kW of storage capacity contractually available to GMP for a minimum duration of 3 hours at the full capacity rating. The minimum offer amount must be 2kW or greater with the maximum aggregate offer being 10kW for an individual meter.

Download program details HERE. (Source: Green Mountain Power, Vermont Business, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392, jeff.monder@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  Green Mountain Power,  


ADM Suspending German Biodiesel Plant Production (Int'l)
Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2018-03-23
Reuters is reporting Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is curtailing biodiesel production at its 275,000 tpy Mainz, Germany, plant due to a flood of cheap biodiesel imports into the European Union. The shutdown is expected to extend to Q3 of 2018.

It is widely thought that imports from Argentina and an expected surge of Indonesian palm oil biodiesel could threaten the EU's biodiesel output. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, Reuters, 22 Mar, 2018) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, media@adm.com, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Archer Daniels Midland,  Biodiesel,  


Honeywell's GoDirect® Software Helps IAG Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
International Airlines Group,Honeywell
Date: 2018-03-23
Honeywell Aerospace reports that its GoDirect® Connected Aircraft flight data analytics platform, flight efficiency software is being deployed by the UK-headquartered International Airlines Group (IAG) across its fleet of more than 500 aircraft. The data analytics platform uses flight analysis tools to benchmark energy, enhance efficiency, cut fuel costs, and reduce aircraft carbon emissions.

Honeywell's GoDirect Flight Efficiency software integrates with existing systems to produce more than 100 analysis reports that improve flight-planning capabilities and empower pilots with unprecedented levels of information and insight. (Source: Honeywell, EMEA, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Honeywell Aerospace, David Shilliday, VP Airlines,www.honeywell.com; International Airlines Group, +44 (0) 20 8564 2800, www.iairgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell Aerospace,  Carbon Emission,  


Energy Storage Specialist Bloom Energy IPO Rumored (Ind. Report)
Bloom Energy
Date: 2018-03-23
According to the Wall Street Journal citing unnamed sources, Sunnyvale, California-based energy storage specialist and "Bloom Box" manufacturer Bloom Energy may be planning an IPO as early as this coming May.

The company, which reportedly lost approximately $100 million in 2017, reportedly raised close to $1.1 billion as of 2013 from major investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, New Enterprise Associates, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse Group, Morgan Stanley, GSV Capital, Madrone Capital and others, The company has also received support from the California Self-Generation Incentive Mandate (SGIP) program and raised raised $50 million from the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, and $130 million from other unidentified sources. (Source: BloomEnergy, GreenTech, WSJ, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Bloom Energy, Peter Gross, VP, (408) 543-1547, www.bloomenergy.com

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


Neoen Closes on 194 MW Aussie Wind-Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
Neoen
Date: 2018-03-23
Following up on our Jan. 10 coverage, French renewable energy company Neoen is reporting financial closure on the $350,000,000 (AUS) Bulgana Green Power Hub project combining 194 MW of wind and 20MW/34MWh of energy storage in Victoria, Australia.

The project, which will incorporate Siemens Gamesa Rwind turbines and Tesla batteries for an expected annual power output 740 GWh, will sell power to an area greenhouse operation and to the grid under a Support Agreement with the State Government of Victoria.

The project supports the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) under which the state aims to reach a 40 pct renewables share by 2025. (Source: Neoen, Renewables Now, Others, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com/en; Hornesdale Power Reserve, www. hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Tesla,  Siemens Gamesa,  


Indonesia Wins Palm Oil Biodiesel Anti-Dumping Duty Dispute (Int'l)
Indonesian Ministry of Trade
Date: 2018-03-23
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade reported on Wednesday his country, one of the world's largest exporters of palm oil-based biodiesel, has won an appeal against the European Union in a dispute over the bloc's anti-dumping duty on biodiesel.

The European Court of Justice, the EU's highest court, ruled that the EU trading bloc must do away with anti-dumping duties of between 8.8 pct to 23.3 pct on imports of Indonesian biodiesel products, effective 16 March, 2018. The EU court ruling reinforces a decision made by the World Trade Organization (WTO) earlier this year, which said the EU needed to bring its measures into conformity with WTO agreements.

Indonesia also plans to challenge anti-subsidy duties in the United States in a US court and at the WTO. (Source: Indonesian Ministry of Trade, Jakarta Globe, 21 Mar., 2018) Contact: Indonesian Ministry of Trade, www.kemendag.go.id/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesia Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  


POET Supports SD Ag Foundation $4Mn Challenge (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Agricultural Foundation
Date: 2018-03-23
In Pierre, the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation reports its acceptance of a five-year, matching-funds challenge from Gov. Dennis Daugaard to raise $4 million in support of the state's agriculture industry. Funds raised by the SD Ag Foundation will be matched by an additional $1 million in funds from the State of South Dakota and South Dakota Community Foundation.

In support of the SD Ag Foundation, Souix Falls-headquartered POET committed $250,000 towards the 1-to-4 matching fund challenge. (Source: South Dakota Agricultural Foundation, POET, Dakota Radio Group News & Farm, 21 Mar., 2018)Contact: South Dakota Agricultural Foundation, https://sdcommunityfoundation.org; POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  POET,  Ethanol,  


Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017 -- IEA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2018-03-23
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017 the global energy demand rose by 2.1 pct in 2017, more than twice the 2016 rate.

More than 70 pct of global energy demand growth was met by oil, natural gas and coal, while renewables accounted for almost all of the rest. Improvements in energy efficiency slowed down last year. As a result of these trends, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased by 1.4 pct in 2017, after three years of remaining flat. While most major economies saw a rise in CO2 emissions, the US, the UK, Mexico and Japan experienced declines. The biggest drop in emissions came from the United States, driven by higher renewable energy deployment.

Download the IEA Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017 HERE. (Source: IEA, 22 Mar., 2018] Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


Microsoft Announces Major Virginia Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
Microsoft
Date: 2018-03-23
In the Old Dominion State, IT giant Microsoft is touting its Pleinmont solar power purchase deal as "the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever in the United States." Microsoft will purchase over 60 pct of the planned 750,000 panel, 500 MW Pleinmont project in Spotsylvania County -- the largest solar project in Virginia. (Source: Microsoft, Blue Virginia, 22 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Microsoft,  


World's Carbon Emissions on the Rise, says IEA (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2018-03-23
In Paris, a recently released report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes that global energy related CO2 emissions rose in 2017 for the first time in three years. The report attributes the rise to a 2.1 pct increase in the demand for energy pushed by strong economic growth.

According to the report, approximately 70 pct of those additional energy needs were met by fossil fuels -- oil, gas and coal -- pushing global energy-related CO2 emissions up by 1.4 pct after three years of remaining flat. The remaining needs for energy were met by renewables, the report notes.

"The significant growth in global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2017 tells us that current efforts to combat climate change are far from sufficient," IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement.

The 29-nation IEA provides analysis on global energy markets and advocates policies enhancing the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy. (Source: International Energy Agency, Channel News Asia, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Climate Change,  


Committed Sea-level Rise Under the Paris Agreement and the Legacy of Delayed Mitigation Action -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-03-23
"Sea-level rise is a major consequence of climate change that will continue long after emissions of greenhouse gases have stopped. The 2015 Paris Agreement aims at reducing climate-related risks by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero and limiting global-mean temperature increase.

"Most previous studies examining sea-level rise under different climate change scenarios only looked forward to 2100. Although a few extended farther into the future, none had yet to consider the implications of meeting the aims of the Paris Agreement. The goal of the study was to fill this gap and assess the legacy of the Paris Agreement on sea level rise beyond the 21st century," according to report author Alexander Nauels.

Access the Committed Sea-level Rise Under the Paris Agreement and the Legacy of Delayed Mitigation Action report HERE. (Source: Nature Communications, Glacier Hub, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Glacier Hub, www.glacierhub.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Sea Level,  Climate Change,  


Fortum Purchasing Wind for Nordic Markets (Int'l Report)
Fortum
Date: 2018-03-23
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered utility Fortum Oyj reports it has entered into a multi-year PPA for 100 pct of Finnish financial services group Taaleri's 312 MW annual wind power production in Finland. Taaleri's wind output was about 1.5 pct of the country's annual power production in 2017.

Fortum will sell the acquired wind power from Taaleri's 13 windfarms to Nordic electricity markets through the Nord Pool electricity exchange. This new agreement comes into force 1 April.

Taaleri's parent company Taaleri Plc is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki's main market. The group consists of three business units -- wealth management, financing, and energy. (Source: Fortum, Power Technology, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Taaleri Energia, www.taaleri.com; Fortum Oyj, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511, vesa.koivisto@fortum.com, www.fortum.com

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Alta Energy Completes Office Zero-Energy Retrofit (Ind. Report)
Alta Energy
Date: 2018-03-23
San Mateo, California-based sustainable energy advisory and procurement services provider Alta Energy is reporting completion of energy efficiency upgrades at Great America, a six-story a 654,000 sqaure-foot, Class A office tower in Santa Clara, California.

Energy efficiency upgrades and advanced energy technologies included LED lighting and advanced lighting controls, a 2.4MWh solar power system, electric vehicle charging stations, and a plan to replace the property's HVAC system with a high-efficiency unit, all of which contribute to the facility's Emerging Zero Energy status. It is the first building owned by an institutional commercial real estate investor to be included in the New Buildings Institute's registry of emerging and verified Zero Energy retrofit buildings.

Santa Clara's municipal electric utility, Silicon Valley Power, provided an incentive for the solar power system as well as rebates for some of the energy upgrades. (Source: Alta Energy, Inc., PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: Alta Energy, Sam Lee, CEO, Marc Roper, Media, (650) 489-1302, mroper@altraenergy.com, www.altraenergy.com; PGIM Real Estate, www.pgimrealestate.com; New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute,  Alta Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


HomeWorks Expands Energy Efficiency Services to NY (Ind. Report)
HomeWorks Energy
Date: 2018-03-23
HomeWorks Energy, one of the largest providers of home energy efficiency services in the Northeastern U.S., reports it is expanding into Westchester County, New York.

HomeWorks Energy, the leading partner of the Mass Save® program, conducts thorough home energy assessments and manages retrofits to improve in-home energy efficiency, including the installation of LED lighting, smart thermostats, upgraded insulation, window treatments and more. HomeWorks Energy makes energy efficiency simple for homeowners by connecting them to available financing and government incentive options and offers streamlined paperwork and logistics processing to remove traditional barriers to adoption.

In January alone, HomeWorks Energy's upgrades prevented more than 50,000 metric tons of CO2 from being released into the environment. The company's efforts will support New York State's ambitious energy initiatives, including a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emission from 1990 levels, and a 600-trillion Btu increase in statewide energy efficiency. (Source: HomeWorks Energy, PR, AltEnergy, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: HomeWorks Energy, Max Veggeberg, CEO, www.homeworksenergy.com

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Congress Stymies Trump's EPA Budget Cut Proposals (Reg & Leg)
US EPA
Date: 2018-03-23
On Wednesday in Washington, a proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September generally maintains, and in many instances increases, funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels. The legislation pushes back on many of Trump's proposed spending cuts, including for environmental and clean energy programs.

At the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the bill rejects Trump's proposed 31 pct cut in the agency's budget and maintains funding at 2017 levels -- $8.1 billion for fiscal year 2018 -- while maintaining full funding for the EPA's state and regional grants.

The bill also instructs the EPA to treat wood burning as a carbon-neutral and renewable electricity source, something the federal government has not done since 2010. Critics of biomass believe the rider would circumvent science and encourage the burning of biomass for electricity.

The DOE Office of Science, which covers much of the basic research done at DOE laboratories, would see its funding increase 16 pct to a record $6.26 billion. The bill also calls for $59 million increase to $727 million for the Office of Fossil Energy. (Source: Think Progress, Various Media, 22 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  Biomass,  Renewable Energy,  


Eguana Launches New Energy Storage Products (Ind. Report)
Eguana Technologies
Date: 2018-03-23
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based high performance residential and commercial energy storage systems manufacturer Eguana Technologies Inc. is reporting the launch of two new product lines for the residential and small commercial energy storage markets.

The Evolve residential and Elevate C&I product lines are equipped with deep, advanced integration between Eguana's power controls and LG Chem's lithium-ion batteries. With energy management and dispatch controls from industry leading suppliers, product performance is optimized for demand charge reduction and solar self consumption under the new TOU rates and RYU programs. The systems can also be aggregated to deliver advanced grid services. (Source: Eguana Technologies Inc., PR, Globe Newswire, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Eguana Technologies Inc., Justin Holland, CEO, (416) 728-7635, Justin.Holland@EguanaTech.com, www.EguanaTech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eguana Technologies,  Energy Storage,  


Cutting Carbon Emissions Sooner Could Save 153 Mn Lives (Int'l)
Duke University
Date: 2018-03-23
In Durham, North Carolina, a new NASA-funded Duke University-led study contends that many as 153 million premature deaths linked to air pollution could be avoided worldwide this century if governments speed up their timetable for reducing fossil fuel emissions and agree to reduce carbon emissions and limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C in the near future rather than postponing the biggest emissions cuts, as some governments have proposed.

According to the study, premature deaths would drop in cities on every inhabited continent with the greatest gains in saved lives occurring in Asia and Africa. Kolkata and Delhi, India, lead the list of cities benefitting from accelerated emissions cuts with up to 4.4 million projected saved lives and up to 4 million projected saved lives, respectively. Thirteen other Asian or African cities could each avoid more than 1 million premature deaths and around 80 additional cities could each avoid at least 100,000 deaths.

The new projections underscore the shortcomings of taking the lowest-cost approach to emissions reductions, which permits emissions of carbon dioxide and associated air pollutants to remain higher in the short-term in hopes they can be offset by negative emissions in the far distant future, said Drew Shindell, Nicholas Professor of Earth Sciences at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.

"The lowest-cost approach only looks at how much it will cost to transform the energy sector. It ignores the human cost of more than 150 million lost lives, or the fact that slashing emissions in the near term will reduce long-term climate risk and avoid the need to rely on future carbon dioxide removal. That's a very risky strategy, like buying something on credit and assuming you'll someday have a big enough income to pay it all back," Shindell said. (Source: Duke University, 19 Mar., 2018) Contact: Duke University, Tim Lucas, (919) 613-8084, tdlucas@duke.edu; Drew Shindell , (919) 681-8467, drew.shindell@duke.edu, www.duke.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Duke University,  


Congress Counters Trump's EPA Budget Proposals (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2018-03-23
US EPA Date: 2018-03-23 On Wednesday in Washington, a proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September generally maintains, and in many instances increases, funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels. The legislation pushes back on many of Trump's proposed spending cuts, including for environmental and low-carbon energy programs designed to fight climate change.

At the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the bill rejects Trump's proposed 31 pct cut in the agency's budget and maintains funding at 2017 levels -- $8.1 billion for fiscal year 2018 -- while maintaining full funding for the EPA's state and regional grants.

The DOE Office of Science, which covers much of the basic research done at DOE laboratories, would see its funding increase 16 pct to a record $6.26 billion. The bill also calls for $59 million increase to $727 million for the Office of Fossil Energy. (Source: Think Progress, Various Media, 22 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA news,  Trump news,  Climate Change news,  


Congress Counters Trump's DOE Budget Cut Proposals (Reg & Leg)
US DOE, DOE ARPA-E
Date: 2018-03-23
On Wednesday in Washington, a proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September generally maintains, and in many instances increases, funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels. The legislation pushes back on many of Trump's proposed spending cuts, including for environmental and clean energy programs.

At the Department of Energy (DOE), the agency gets $34.5 billion, an increase of nearly $4 billion over the FY 2017 enacted level. With funding increases for research efforts and energy efficiency programs that the Trump administration has tried to cut.

The bill funds the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at $2.32 billion, $290 million more than FY 2017. Trump had proposed cutting the EERE's to a meager $636 million.

It also funds Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at $353 million, more than $47 million over the F 2017 budget. The Donald was calling for the agency's termination.

The DOE Office of Science, which covers much of the basic research done at DOE laboratories, would see its funding increase 16 pct to a record $6.26 billion. The bill also calls for $59 million increase to $727 million for the Office of Fossil Energy. (Source: Think Progress, Various Media, 22 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,  DOE ARPA-E,  


Greenbelt, Biofuels & Energy Tout SLV Biopro Project (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2018-03-23
Paso Robles, California-headquartered Greenbelt Resources Corporation, an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, in collaboration with Biofuels & Energy, LLC (B&E), is touting the San Luis Valley Bioproducts Project (SLV Biopro). The project will feature Greenbelt's waste-to-energy interconnected system (ECOsystem) designed to produce up to 500,000 gpy of bioethanol from potato processing waste and other suitable feedstocks available in the San Luis Valley area of Colorado.

SLV Biopro aims to be the first independently owned, local-scale bioethanol solution in Colorado. The resulting bioethanol will be sold for both fuel and industrial uses, including by Colorado's cannabis processing industry as a "green" extraction solvent.

Biofuels & Energy, LLC is a project development company dedicated to the utilization of proven emerging technologies capable of transforming industrial, municipal and agricultural waste streams into energy products. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp. PR, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: B&E, SLV Biopro Project, Richard Mason, (575) 224-9064; Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726 x 101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

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Zero Waste, Enerkem Considering Rochester Waste-to-Fuel Project (Ind. Report)
Enerkem,Zero Waste Solutions
Date: 2018-03-21
Concord, Califorina-based Zero Waste Solutions' trash processing facility in Rochester could be among the first in the country to produce a renewable alternative to gasoline. If all goes as planned. Zero Waste will partner with Canadian waste treatment company Enerkem to convert waste into small briquettes called EcoTac, which burn similarly to, but cleaner than, coal. Enerkem currently has facilities that produce cellulosic ethanol in Canada, the Netherlands, and Minnesota.

To pursue the project in Rochester, Enerkem would need an approximate 10 acre site at or near the Zero Waste municipal solid waste facility. Rochester city planning, environmental and other regulatory approvals are needed for the project to proceed. (Source: Zero Waste Solutions, Sippican Week, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Zero Waste Solutions, Mike Camara, CEO, (925) 270-3339, info@zerowastesolutions.com, www.zerowastesolutions.com; Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Waste-to-Energy,  


Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan
Date: 2018-03-21
The attached Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was created after former Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order in May 2017 to assess and to develop and action plan to address the impact of climate change on the Old Dominion State.

The plan includes cutting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plant by 30 pct, and establishing a carbon trading market to work with similar markets to those now in place in the Northeastern United States.

According to the report, 420,000 families and some military bases located along the Virginia coast could be impacted by rising storm surges and flooding, and projected that if the worst case scenario came to pass, $92 billion would be spent to cover reconstruction costs.

Download Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan details HERE. (Source: CourthouseNews, 19 Mar., 2018) Va. DEQ, www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx

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Omani Researchers Convert Wastepaper into Biofuel (New Prod & Tech)
Sultan Qaboos University
Date: 2018-03-21
In Oman, municipal solid wastes (MSW) consisting primarily of wood, waste paper, food materials, plastics, metals and glass are being investigated by Dr Sivakumar Nallusamy, assistant professor at the Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, as an ideal cellulosic-organic waste as a substrate for bacterial fermentation for the growth of microorganisms used for the production of biodiesel, bioethanol, bioplastics and other valuable products.

The project, which is receiving grant funding from the Research Council, is converting pre-treated waste papers and other municipal solid wastes into fermentable sugars by enzymatic hydrolysis. The sugars were successfully converted into bioplastic, bioethanol and biodiesel using appropriate microorganisms. (Source: Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat Daily, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, Dr. Sivakumar Nallusamy, +968 2414 2229, www.squ.edu.om/science/Departments/Biology

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Cellulosic,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Bioehanol,  Biodiesel,  


Astronergy Inaugurates 15.5-MW Dutch Solar Farm (Int'l. Report)
Astronergy,Chint Group
Date: 2018-03-21
China's Chint Group subsidiary Astronergy is reporting the commissioning of its 15.5-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in the municipality of Veendam, Groningen Netherlands. The plant, which incorporates 57,288 panels, generates sufficient electric power for 5,900 homes and offsest over 240,000 tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Chint is planning another PV plant in the Netherlands with 15.2 MW of capacity in Noord-Holland province, as part of a larger goal of developing 500 MW of solar in the next 2 to 3 years, according to a release. (Source: Astronergy, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: Astronergy, (415) 802-7399 -- US Office, sales-usa@astronergy.com, www.astronergy.com; Chint Group, en.chint.com

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Wartsila Delivers World's Largest Solar Hybrid Power Plant (Int'l)
Wartsila,Total Eren
Date: 2018-03-21
Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it has delivered a 15MWp solar PV hybrid power plant -- the world's largest -- in north-eastern Burkina Faso. Wartsila was selected for the project by the Luxemboiurg-based independent global renewable energy power producer Total Eren SA and African Energy Management Platform (AEMP).

By hybridizing an existing 57 MW diesel power plant with the new solar PV plant and related hybrid plant controls, the new solar hybrid plant configuration maximizes the utilization of renewable energy, dramatically cuts fuel consumption and cuts the plant's CO2 emissions by as much as 18,500 tpy. (Source: Wartsila, PR, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Wartsila Energy Solutions, Javier Cavada, Pres., www.wartsila.com/energy; Total Eren, +33 (0)1.40.69.05.00, contact@eren-groupe.com, http://eren-groupe.com; African Energy Management Platform, www.aemp.co

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AZ Senate Moves to Unplug Renewable Energy Standard (Reg & Leg)
Arizona,Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-21
In Phoenix, the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission (Public Utilities Commission) reports it has approved HB 2005 giving utilities a way to avoid sourcing half their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. HB 2005, the "Clean Energy for Healthy Arizonans" measure, if approved by the Republican-controlled senate and the state's voters, would sharply boost existing commission rules requiring 15 pct of all power come from renewable sources by 2025.

If passed, HB 2005 would be incorporated into the State Constitution which empowers the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission to set utility rates and determine the appropriate mix of energy sources. Using that authority the commission set the goal of 15 pct from renewable sources by 2025. This initiative would amend the constitution to boost that to 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, Payson Roundup, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-4251, www.azcc.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard,  Renewable Energy Arizona,  Renewables,  


Swindon Power Storage Project Underway in UK (Int'l Report)
Energy Storage
Date: 2018-03-21
In the UK, the Borough of Swindon is hosting one of the country's largest power storage projects as part of the government's £246 million battery energy storage funding scheme.

The Swindon 50MWh power project, the largest allowed by local authorities, is designed to have a 30-year lifespan which will offer a long-term land rental income and deliver balancing services for National Grid, according to a report in the Telegraph. (Source: The Telegraph, PEI, 15 Mar., 2018)

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McDonald's Touts Science-Based CO2 Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
MacDonalds
Date: 2018-03-21
The fast food juggernaut McDonald's reports the launch of various global "climate science-based" greenhouse gas emissions cutting targets and pledged to reduce emissions from its restaurants and offices around the world by 36 pct by 2030, using 2015 as a baseline year -- a goal approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative. The burger maker also committed to a 31 pct cut in emissions intensity across its entire global supply chain over the same period. Altogether, it said its SBT pledges will save 150 million metric tonnes of CO2 by 2030.

Under the SBT initiative, companies publicly commit to a detailed emissions reduction goal which is then independently verified as being in line with the trajectory suggested by scientists to give the world a reasonable chance of keeping temperature increases below 2 degree C above pre-industrial levels. (Source: MacDonalds, businessgreen, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  SBT,  Science Based Targets,  


East Mesa Public Safety Complex nets LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-03-21
In New Mexico, Las Cruces-based WDG Architects and the City of Las Cruces are reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED energy efficiency certification for the new East Mesa Public Safety Complex on Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

The East Mesa Public Safety Complex LEED certification strategies and solutions included: sustainable site development; water savings; energy efficient materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and others (Source: WDG Architects, Sun News, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: WDG, http://wdg-architects.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


Manitoba Introduces Carbon-Tax Legislation (Reg & Leg)
Manitoba
Date: 2018-03-21
Last week on the Canadian prairies, Manitoba's Sustainable Development Minister, the Hon. Rochelle Squires, tabled the PC government's Climate and Green Plan Implementation Act -- a $25 per tonne carbon tax expected to raise approximately $248 million per year.

The province intends to use part of the windfall to create a $102-million conservation trust to protect natural areas, and invest $40 million on a "green fund" intended to mitigate the effects of climate change. The legislation also requires the province to set greenhouse gas pollution limits for large industrial emitters as part of a scheme similar to a cap and trade system.

The government has promised to return all proceeds of the carbon tax to Manitobans within four years through income tax relief, small business tax reductions and cutting the provincial sales tax. . (Source: Manitoba Sustainable Development Minister, CBC Manitoba, 15 Mar., 2018)Contact: Manitoba Sustainable Development Ministry, www.gov.mb.ca/sd/index.html

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Keene Exceeds GHG EMissions Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-21
In New Hampshire, the city of Keene (pop. 23,400) reports its 2004 vintage Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions generated by municipal operations by 20 pct from 1995 levels, and emissions generated community-wide by 10 pct from 1995 levels, is ahead of schedule.

The city says it decreased its municipal emissions by 25 pct from 5,899 tons in 1995 to 4,423 tons in 2015, while community-wide emissions decreased by only 2.8 pct from 284,511 tons in 1995 to 276,512 tons in 2015.

Nearly half (46 pct) of the city and the community's greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the transportation sector followed by the residential sector at 28 pct and the commercial and industrial sector at 23 pct.

The emissions decrease can be partially credited to the city decreasing its use of fuel oil, including switching the heating operations of buildings from fuel oil to propane, installing energy efficient lighting, a switch to biodiesel and other low-carbon fuels, the installation of a solar PV system on the roof of City Hall, hydroelectric turbines at the water treatment plant, geothermal heating, and upgraded HVAC systems. (Source: City of Keene, Keene Sentinal, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Keene, Mari Brunner, Planner, 352-5474, https://ci.keene.nh.us

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