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Newfoundland Set to Auction First Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
Newfoundland
Date: 2018-03-21
Following up on our Nov. 1, 2017 coverage, the province of Newfoundland-Labrador's first 50,000 carbon credits will soon be on the auction block. Local environmental firm Sharp Management quantified, verified and acquired certification for the credits through partnerships with the towns of Stephenville and Appleton-Glenwood to design and implement engineered wetlands to treat sewage waste water.

"These carbon credits represent a significant step towards giving municipalities a green solution to their wastewater needs that is truly self-sustainable," Sharp Management said.(Source: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, The Telegram, 19 Mar, 2018) Contact: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, (709) 729-3570, prenier@gov.nl.ca, www.gov.nl.ca/premier

More Low-Carbon Energy News Newfoundland,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Credit,  


Delek Sells Alt Air Renewable Fuels Facility (M&A, Ind. Report)
Delek US Holdings, AltAir Paramount
Date: 2018-03-21
Franklin, Tennessee-headquartered Delek US Holdings, Inc. reports the sale of AltAir Paramount, LLC and Delek’s Paramount, California refining and pipeline assets to an affiliate of Boston based World Energy, LLC. The sale, which is expected to yield approximately $72.0 million after adjustments, includes all of Delek's membership interests in AltAir Paramount, LLC which operates a 3,000 bpd renewable diesel/ renewable jet fuel facility, Delek's idled Paramount refinery, and associated pipelines and storage tanks.

Vandewater Capital Holdings, the lead investor and controlling shareholder of AltAir Fuels from its inception in 2013 until Delek acquired a controlling stake in October of 2015, brought AltAir from concept to a leading refinery of renewable fuels .

World Energy, one of the largest and longest serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America, operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston, TX, Natchez, MS, Rome, GA, Harrisburg, PA, and now Paramount, CA. The company also operates distribution hubs nationwide. (Source: Delek, PR, 19 Mar., 2018) Contact: Delek US Holdings, Keith Johnson VP Investor Relations, (615) 435-1366, www.delekus.com; AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Delek Holdings,  Renewable Fuels,  AltAir,  


Greenbelt Resources, Biofuels and Energy LLC Ink LOI (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources,Biofuels and Energy, LLC
Date: 2018-03-21
In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation reports it has inked a Letter of Intent (LOI) with New Mexico-based Biofuels and Energy, LLC (B&E). B&E plans to utilize Greenbelt's proprietary ECOsystem model, which uses a patented membrane dehydration technology to convert agricultural waste into various biobased products such as bioethanol and high protein animal feed.

The first series of B&E projects will be located in Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Greenbelt Resources' small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels (bio-ethanol), animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng., CEO, (888) 995- 4726 x101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  


UPM Biofuels Touts Wood-Based Bioplastic Coating (New Prod & Tech)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2018-03-21
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM Biofuels reports its Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha that can be processed into renewable resins for the production of bioplastics, e.g. for the packaging industry, according to a company press release.

The release adds that Norwegian packaging manufacturer Elopak, which supplies 15 billion cartons per year worldwide, has joined forces with UPM Biofuels and Dow to offer 100 pct recyclable and responsibly sourced 100 pct wood-based cartons. (Source: UPM Biofuels,Lesprom, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels,  Bioplastic,  


Aemetis Completes Advanced Biodiesel Pre-Treatment Unit (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-03-21
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has completed construction of an advanced biodiesel pre-treatment unit in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, to process the low-cost feedstocks to be provided to the 50-million gpy plant under a BP Singapore Pte Limited (BPS) supply agreement into low carbon high-quality distilled biodiesel.

The new pre-treatment unit allows the use of high Free Fatty Acid waste feedstocks while meeting the biodiesel quality standards set by international fuel standards.

The advanced biodiesel pre-treatment unit was built to supply biodiesel to the EU and US under the three-year supply agreement signed with BPS in May of 2017. The Aemetis plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, is the first and only India biofuels producer approved under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for delivery of biodiesel into California. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., MENAFN, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  


Energy Optimizers Saves Fort Recovery Schools $30,000 (Ind. Report)
Energy Optimizers
Date: 2018-03-21
Tipp City, Ohio-headquartered Energy Optimizers, USA, is reporting the conclusion of an aggressive energy savings project that is expected to save Fort Recovery Local Schools in Fort Recovery , Ohio, more than $30,000 a year in utility costs, as well receive over $17,000 in energy efficiency rebates from Dayton Light & Power.

In completing the project, Energy Optimizers retrofitted the district's interior lighting with LED systems, replaced boilers and boiler controls with state-of-the-art energy efficient equipment, made energy-saving enhancements to the district's kitchens and transportation garage.

The work was partially funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's House Bill 264 program. Energy Optimizers also funded a district Energy Education and Awareness Program promoting and implementing numerous energy savings and sustainability programs throughout the district.

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, wind and solar energy projects, HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. (Source: Energy Optimizers USA, PR, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Energy Opttimizers USA, Greg Smith, Pres., (973) 877-1919, http://energyoptusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Optimizers,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


Italian Energy Giant Targets 1GW of Renewables by 2021 (Int'l Report)
Eni
Date: 2018-03-21
In Rome, energy giant Eni reports it plans to install 1GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2021, rising to 5GW by 2025. To that end, the company plans to invest €1.2 billion between 2018 and 2021 to meet its new targets, with at least a further €600 million invested on wider decarbonization plans, it added.

The company operates oil and gas projects in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia, but highlighted the need for renewables growth in its 2018-2021 strategy. The company previously identified a 463 MW pipeline of solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) as part of its 2017-2020 plan, but none of these projects have yet been completed. Eni had signed a framework deal with GE in 2016 to develop renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, but to-date has no wind power projects installed. (Source: Eni, PR, Various Media, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Eni, www.eni.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables,  


Siemens Gamesa Supplying French Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-21
Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports receipt of orders for 39 onshore wind turbines totaling 104 MW for installation at five wind farms being developed in the regions of Hauts de France, Grand Est, Burgundy and in Western France.

Siemens Gamesa will supply, transport, install and maintain 11 of its SWT-3.2-113 turbines (35.2 MW) for Innovent's Eplessier project in Hauts de France. The company will deliver another 11 SWT-3.2-113 turbines for the ENGIE Green's Les Monts projects in the Grand Est region. Siemens Gamesa will also supply eight SG 2.1-114 turbines with a 16 year service agreement for a 16 MW project in Burgundy and four G97-2.0 MW turbines with a 15-year service contract for an 8 MW project in Western France. The company will also supply another five G97-2.0 MW turbines to an undisclosed customer for a 10 MW wind farm located in Western France. (Source: SiemensGamesa, PR, Various Media, Penn Energy, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

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


Gas Natural Fonosa's 40-MW Spanish Wind Farm Underway (Int'l)
Gas Natural Fenosa
Date: 2018-03-21
The renewables arm of Barcelona-based Spanish utility Gas Natural Fenosa reports work is underway on the 40-MW Merengue Wind Park in the city of Plasencia, within the autonomous community of Extremadura. The project, which is estimated at almost €40 million ($49.4 million), will incorporate 15 wind turbines and generate around 155 GWh per year, enough to meet the annual demand of 44,000 homes and offset 120,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

The company presently has 1,147 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in Spain. (Source: Gas Natural Fenosa, Renewables Now, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gas Natural Fenosa, www.gasnaturalfenosa.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Natural Fenosa,  Wind,  


Aalborg CSP Solar System Facility Launched in Denmark (Int'l)
Aalborg CSP
Date: 2018-03-21
Denmark-based Aalborg CSP reports the opening of a €45 million ($55.2 million) solar renewable heat and power facility in the town of Brønderslev, Denmark. The facility is the first combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the world to integrate concentrated solar power and a biomass boiler while also using Organic Rankine Cycle to turn the energy into district heating and electricity.

info@aalborgcsp.com, www.aalborgcsp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aalborg CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  


Viper Networks Snares Global Services International (M&A)
Viper Networks,Global Services International
Date: 2018-03-21
Troy, Michigan-based energy efficient LED lighting products and integrated systems specialist Viper Networks, Inc. reports it is acquiring 100 pct of Chicago-headquartered Global Services International, Inc. for an initial stock payment of 500 million restricted Viper Networks common shares and $10 million to be paid over the period of the current multiple GSI projects, which is estimated to be within 3 years.

Global Services International is currently working on several public/private partnership LED Lighting Systems and Control Sensors projects throughout the State of Illinois. The Company’s estimated value of the collective projects total approximately $100 million annually.

Global Services International is a recently established Energy Efficiency Solution Company utilizing state-of-the-art Solid-State LED Lighting Systems and Control Sensors, along with machine-to- machine infrastructure that promotes energy conservation while reducing energy consumption costs. (Source: Viper Networks, PR, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Viper Networks, Farid Shouekani, CEO, www.ViperNetworks.com; Global Services International, www.GSI-Networks.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Viper Networks,  Global Services International,  


RFA says Second Gen. Biofuels Need Stable Tax Policy (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-03-19
"While the U.S. grain-based ethanol industry has matured into an efficient and highly competitive fuel supplier, the second-generation sector is much younger, and has struggled to overcome immense financial and commercial obstacles. However, in recent years, with the help of federal tax incentives, the U.S. second-generation sector has finally been able to actually produce second-generation biofuels at a commercial scale level." -- Edward Hubbard, RFA General Counsel, calling on a US House Subcommittee to extend Second-Generation Production Tax Credit and Accelerated Depreciation rules at least until the end of 2018, to help encourage industry investment and drive the next wave of commercial scale production.subcommittee.

Hubbard also requested Congress provide a multi-year extension and expansion of the Alternative Vehicle Refueling Property Credit, which provides a tax credit equal to 30 pct -- up to $30,000 -- of the cost of any qualified alternative fuel vehicle refueling device. The tax credit currently is limited to single-use, dedicated pumps, but should be expanded to take into account the increased use of blender-style pumps. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: RFA, Edward Hubbard, RFA General Counsel, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Tax Credit,  


Aemetis Validates Cellulosic Demo Plant Yields (Ind. Report)
Aemetis Inc
Date: 2018-03-19
Following up on our 12 March coverage, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports Leidos Engineering has validated Aemetis' subsidiary, Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes Inc. ethanol and protein yields produced from the operation of its integrated demonstration unit (IDU) at InEnTec's Technology Center in Richland, Washington.

Aemetis continuously operated its gas fermentation process for over 120 days, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan. The IDU proved out a yield of 77 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass.

Using adjusted engineering models and subsequent results from the IDU, Leidos engineers expect the yield from the IDU to translate to commercial yields of approximately 96 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass at Aemetis' planned 12 million gpy commercial facility in Riverbank, California. (Source: Aemetis Inc., 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Cellulosic,  


Ethanol RINs Cap Would Cut Biodiesel Market, says NBB (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-03-19
According to a new analysis by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services (WAEES), capping the price of conventional biofuels' Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) would lead to: a reduction of up to 300 million gpy in biomass-based diesel volumes -- in part, because these volumes would no longer be utilized for compliance with the conventional biofuels requirements; $185 million more in feed costs for livestock producers, likely leading to an increase in food costs for consumers; and $.16 less per bushel for soybeans.

Biomass-based diesel and cellulosic biofuels (advanced biofuels) can qualify for RINs for their advanced biofuel category, as well as conventional biofuels (which has a lower threshold of greenhouse gas emissions reductions). The interconnected nature of the program and how RINs can qualify for multiple categories is one reason that capping one type of RINs impacts other fuels. (Source: Kentucky Soybean Board , Dennis Clark, Marshall County Daily, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Kentucky Soybean Board, www.kysoy.org; National Biodiesel Board, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  RINs,  Ethanol,  


Velocys Announces ENVIA Biorefinery RINs Verified (Ind. Report)
Velocys,ENVIA Energy
Date: 2018-03-19
The UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys PLC reports the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) produced at ENVIA Energy's Oklahoma City plant have been verified by Weaver, an independent third party auditor, under the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) approved by the US EPA.

The third-part verification represents a commercial validation of Velocys' technology and supports the Company's strategy to build a biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi.

ENVIA Energy has inked a fixed-price RIN purchase and sale agreement with TransMontaigne Product Services, LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of NGL Energy Partners).

Only 400,000 D7 RINs have ever been generated within the US. ENVIA is expected to generate around 100,000 D7 RINs per month under the approved pathway.

By way of contrast, Velocys' future Mississippi biorefinery is being designed to generate over 20 million gallons of fuel and is expected to generate over 30 million D3/D7 RINs per year. (Source: Velocys, PR, DigitalJournal, 15 Mar., 2016) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; ENVIVA Energy, www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  RINs,  ENVIA Energy,  


Notable Quote

Date: 2018-03-19
"It's a very big boost for the domestic biofuels industry and we (Trump) intend to continue to protect the growers in America and the processors of biofuels." -- U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking to a Senate panel on Trump's soyoil-based biodiesel and palm oil tariffs to protect US biofuel producers. Contact: U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, www.commerce.gov/directory/wilburross


BP Technology Outlook 2018 Foresees Wind as Cheapest Future Electricity -- BP Report Attached (Ind. Report)
BP Global
Date: 2018-03-19
A technology outlook for 2018 finds renewable energy may already be competitive with fossil fuels. In its BP Technology Outlook 2018, UK energy superpower BP finds that although coal is currently the largest source of global energy generation, renewable energy will soon be king. According to the report, the cost of onshore wind power has dropped 23 percent and solar has dropped dropped 73 pct since 2010 making both competitive with fossil fuels.

Projections outlined in the BP technology report find the cost of wind power in particular declines as wind turbines get taller, rotor blades get longer and control systems become more efficient. New advances for pioneering technologies like wind-capturing kites and bladeless turbines could facilitate more advances in efficiency.

BP estimates the average cost for both onshore and offshore wind developments could decline by 19 pct every time cumulative output doubles. For renewables in general, the International Energy Agency estimates electricity generation will increase by more than 30 pct by 2022.

Download the BP Technology Outlook 2018 report HERE. (Source: BP Global, 15 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP Global,  Renewable Energy,  


Recurrent Energy Completes Solar Projects Sale to KEPCO (M&A)
Canadian Solar ,Korea Electric Power Corporation
Date: 2018-03-19
Canadian Solar Inc. subsidiary Recurrent Energy reports it has completed the sale of its interests in three solar PV projects totaling 235 MWac/309 MWp to the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), a South Korean electric utility giant.

KEPCO's acquisitions, which include the Astoria (100 MWac/131 MWp), Astoria 2 (75 MWac/100 MWp) and the Barren Ridge project (60 MWac/78 MWp) in Southern California, all came online in 2016 and have signed long-tern PPAs in place. The acquisitions are KEPCO's largest US solar investments to date. (Source: Canadian Solar, Zacks, NAZDAQ, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr/eng; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500, http://recurrentenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Recurrent Energy,  Canadian Solar ,  Solar,  Korea Electric Power Corporation ,  


BASF to power Canadian HQ, Plants with Bullfrog Renewables (Ind. Report)
BASF,Bullfrog Power
Date: 2018-03-19
The Canadian operations of German chemicals giant BASF will use 100 pct renewable power at its headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, and its manufacturing facilities in Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan under a deal with Toronto, Ontario-based wind and hydropower producer Bullfrog Power, according to a Bullfrog release.

With the switch to renewables, BASF expects to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 1,520 tpy. Source: Bullfrog Power, Mar., 2018) Contact: BASF Canada, Marcelo Lu, Pres., www.basf.com/ca; Bullfrog Power: Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239, jon.mckay@bullfrogpower.com; www.bullfrogpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog Power,  BASF,  Renewable Energy,  


Philippines Developer Touts Forest Carbon-Emission Offsetting Initiative (Int'l Report)
www.ayalaland.com.ph
Date: 2018-03-19
In the Philippines, real estate giant Ayala Land Inc. and Center for Conservation Innovations Inc. report they are conducting carbon emission-offsetting forest preservation and reforestation program entitled Carbon Neutral by 2022. The program is aimed at maximizing the carbon storage potential of a 133-hectare forest in Alaminos, Laguna, to help abate the impacts of climate change.

In January, 2018, the company set aside 450 hectares of land to develop carbon-guzzling forests in line with its other low-carbon targets, including increased reliance on renewable energy, green building practices and increased energy efficiency. Ayala Land Inc. generates produces about 68,000 tpy of CO2, according to the company. tons of carbon dioxide a year.

The Center for Conservation Innovations Inc. will study five sites in different parts of the Philippines to determine a baseline carbon stock in the carbon-forest sites, three of which are within or adjacent to existing Alaya Land development projects. (Source: Alaya Land Inc., Business Mirror, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Center for Conservation Innovations, www.conservation-innovations.org; Ayala Land Inc., Anna Maria Gonzales, Sustainability Manager, www.ayalaland.com.ph

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsetting,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Enissions,  


China's Pearl River Delta CCUS Potential Studied (Int'l)
Edinburgh University,CCUS
Date: 2018-03-19
Scientists from Edinburgh University reports they are partnering with Chinese colleagues on the possible development of large-scale Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization (CCSU) opportunities in rocks underneath the Pearl River Basin, one of China's largest rivers and most polluted regions.

The joint effort, which aims to develop the river basin's suitability as a site for carbon storage, is focused on three depleted oil fields in the Huizhou area, and could provide decades of secure CO2 storage offshore for projects such as the Haifeng full-chain offshore CCSU project at a coal-fired power station.

The joint research is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, EPSRC and NERC in partnership with Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), which includes British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University and the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde.

China is the world's largest emitter of CO2 due to its ongoing dependence on coal as a source of energy. Carbon capture and storage could play a crucial role in reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions and helping it meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement. (Source: Edinburgh University, The National, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Edinburgh University, www.ed.ac.uk; British Geological Survey, www.bgs.ac.uk; Scottish Funding Council, www.sfc.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCus,  CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  


Canadian Cities Participate in Smart Energy Communities Pilot Project (Ind. Report)
QUEST, The other communities selected for the project were Calgary, Inuvik, London, Yellowknife and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Date: 2018-03-19
Environmental not-for-profit groups QUEST Canada and Pollution Probe reports the city of Grande Prairie, Alberta is one of six Canadian municipalities selected for a pilot project designed to help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become "Smart Energy Communities." The other Canadian communities selected for the project were Calgary, Inuvik, London, Yellowknife and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Grande Prairie, which emitted 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2015, has a set greenhouse gas emissions target of 6 pct below 2015 levels by 2035. The pilot will wrap up in September, 2019.

QUEST Canada is a non-profit organization that conducts research, engagement, and advocacy to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada by working with government, utilities, the energy industry, the real-estate sector, economic regulators, and the product and professional service sector. (Source: QUEST, Daily Herald Tribune, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: QUEST Canada, Ericka Wicks, Dir. of Projects and Advisory Services Pollution Probe, www.questcanada.org; Pollution Probe, www.pollutionprobe.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News QUEST,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  The other communities selected for the project were Calgary,  Inuvik,  London,  Yellowknife and Bridgewater,  Nova Scotia. ,  


Ithaca Issues Green Building Energy Efficiency Policy (Ind. Report)
Green Building
Date: 2018-03-19
In the Empire State, the City and Town of Ithaca reports it has issued the second draft of its Ithaca Green Building Policy report. The report provides policy recommendations for energy efficiency requirements and related incentives to substantially reduce carbon emissions in all new buildings while emphasizing affordability.

The proposed policy would require all new buildings to be constructed to standards that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 pct to 50 pct compared to New York state code standards. The policy would ramp down over time to require all new buildings be designed to a net-zero energy standard within the next 12 years.

The proposed policy would have two compliance paths available to all property owners: a point system where the builder chooses from a menu of over 20 features to achieve six points equaling a 40 pct to 50 pct reduction in greenhouse gases; a second path of compliance allows the use of US Green Building Council LEED and similar rating systems to show a 40 pct to 50 pct reduction in greenhouse gases.

The Green Building Policy second draft report prepared by consultants STREAM Collaborative, Randall + West, and Taitem Engineering is posted at www.ithacagreenbuilding.com. (Source: City of Ithaca, Ithaca Journal, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Ithaca, ngoldsmith@cityofithaca.org, www.cityofthaca,org

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


NovaSol Energy Unveils $20Mn Barstow, Fla. Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
NovaSol Energy
Date: 2018-03-19
In the Sunshine State, NovaSol Energy is reporting the the unveiling of a new $20 million solar farm in the city of Bartow. The facility, which incorporates over 28,000 high efficiency 72 cell solar panels and string inverters, is expected to generate approximately 5 to 6 pct of the city's annual energy requirements, ranking the city in the top ten largest municipal solar facilities in the state of Florida and number one in terms of solar watts installed per utility customer. NovaSol and the city have inked a fixed-rate , 25-year PPA. with NovaSol Energy, protecting the city from future price increases. (Source: NovaSol Energy, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: NovaSol Energy, Haseeb Qadri, Pres., CEO, www.novasolenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Natcore Streamlines Ultra-High-Efficiency, Silverless Solar Cell Production (Ind. Report)
Natcore Technology
Date: 2018-03-19
Rochester, New York-headquartered Natcore Technology Inc. reports it has streamlined the fabrication of its revolutionary Natcore Foil Cell™ to allow for even lower-cost production costs. The use of laser processing to create Natcore's innovative, all-back-contact cell structure has been eliminated and replaced by a carrier selective contact process. This is combined with a foil metallization that can be cheaply made with high-speed roll-processing methods. These advances have enabled:
  • The elimination of high-cost silver. Natcore's Foil Cell replaces silver, and its high material costs and complicated production processes, with aluminum foils. At approximately 1/300th the cost of silver, aluminum allows for more metal to be used to maintain conductivity, while also enabling high-speed, high-volume materials handling and processing.

  • The potential for ultra-high efficiencies in an affordable production cell. The silicon heterojunction (SHJ) structure of Natcore's Foil Cell is the same basic structure used to achieve world-record silicon cell efficiencies of over 26 pct by major manufacturers in experimental solar cells. But Natcore's innovative use of pre-fabricated foils to produce this structure will allow, for the first time, the low-cost mass manufacturing of these ultra-high efficiency, all-back-contact solar cells.

    Natcore is targeting over 25 pct real-world efficiency for its eventual production solar cells, roughly a 25 pct performance improvement over many high-end commercial cells being installed today. Natcore has begun an accelerated development program to produce a prototype with the new process, as well as include production cost and efficiency modeling by independent authorities. Natcore plans to pursue partnerships with leaders in the industry to commercialize its technology. The production of this prototype will be a key part of this process. (Source: NatCore, PR 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: NatcoreChuck Provini (585) 286-9180, Info@NatcoreSolar.com, www.natcoresolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natcore Technology,  Solar,  


  • Aussie Marine Heatwave Triggered Massive CO2 Release (Int'l)
    Seagrass
    Date: 2018-03-19
    In the Land Down Under, a recently completed and released study from Edith Cowan University and a team of international researchers reports a severe heatwave off north-western Western Australia hammered the world's largest region of seagrass -- a major carbon sink -- causing the release of as much as 9,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Two months of temperatures 2 - 4 degrees above average in the summer of 2010-11 resulted in the loss of about 1000 square-kilometres of seagrass -- aka a "blue carbon sink" -- in Shark Bay by 2014, or about a fifth of its extent, according to the paper which was published last week in Nature Climate Change. Shark Bay accounts for about 2.4 pct of the world's total seagrass area.

    One hectare of seagrass, along with mangroves, has 30 - 50 times the potential of Amazonian forest in terms of [carbon] mitigation, according to study researcher and lead author Oscar Sorrano. It also has the potential to release huge amounts of carbon-dioxide back to the atmosphere -- potentially increasing the likelihood of further heatwaves by fuelling global warming.

    The researchers - ranging from Australia, Spain, Malaysia, the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - estimated the loss from the heatwave event released as much as 9 million tonnes of CO2, or the equivalent annual emissions of 800,000 homes or 1,600,000 cars. The estimates were based on modelling releases based in-situ studies from 50 sites. (Source: Edith Cowan University, Nature Climate Change, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Edith Cowan University, Oscar Serrano, Researcher, Paper Lead Author, +61 8 6304 0000, www.ecu.edu.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Seagrass,  Blue Carbon,  Carbon Sink,  CO2,  


    Hawkeye State Energy Efficiency Bill Advancing (Reg & Leg)
    Iowa Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-03-19
    In Des Moines, Iowa State legislators are reportedly advancing legislation that would cap some energy efficiency programs and alter the Iowa Utilities Board oversight of investor-owned utilities. If passed into law, Senate File 2311 would restore a 2 pct cap on energy efficiency programs for electricity and 1.5 pct for natural gas utilities, allow customers to opt out of the programs and require utilities to show on customers' monthly bills how much they are paying to help finance rebates and other incentives for consumer purchases of energy-efficient appliances, furnaces or home insulation.

    Detractors claim changes in the proposed legislation would scale back or eliminate measures that have lowered energy costs and usage, lessened the need for new power plants and have attracted industries to the state. Current energy efficiency programs make the state more attractive and competitive to businesses, according to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. (Source: Hawkeye Community College, Courier, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Senate File 2311 www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=sf2311

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


    Transparency Sought in Mass. Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council
    Date: 2018-03-19
    In the Bay State, the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Green Justice Coalition, and 30 allied organizations report they've issued a joint letter to the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) calling for state energy efficiency programs to broaden their reach and operate with more transparency and accountability.

    The letter is in response to a recent Applied Economics Clinic report prepared for CLF that demonstrates inequities in the reach of these programs, and how little information is shared about who is being served. CLF plans to hold the utilities accountable for serving all of their customers when the draft of the upcoming statewide energy efficiency plan is released in April.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: Conservation Law Foundation, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, www.ma-eeac.org; Conservation Law Foundation, www.clf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Conservation Law Foundation,  Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council,  


    MD Green Bank Expedites Renewables, Efficiency Loans (Ind. Report)
    Montgomery County Green Bank
    Date: 2018-03-19
    In Toskville, Maryland, the Montgomery County Green Bank, in partnership with Revere Bank and Ascentium Capital LLC, reports the availability of its Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (CLEER). The CLEER program aims to bridge the financing gap for energy efficiency, solar PV, and energy storage projects in office, retail, light industrial and multifamily rental properties that are not currently covered by existing programs.

    Under the CLEER program, Montgomery County Green Bank lists eligible contractors, businesses use these contractors to define energy savings scopes of work and Revere Bank and Ascentium Capital provide loans to businesses to finance the eligible scopes of work. The borrowing businesses are considered approved based on credit with loan terms set to match the expected energy savings. Montgomery County Green Bank also provides overall program oversight to ensure the success of the program and track progress towards greenhouse gas reduction goals.

    The CLEER program works in a complementary manner with the Pepco program and builds on its offerings. The CLEER program is primarily funded by proceeds from the merger of Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings Inc. Montgomery County's support for the merger has resulted in over $41 million to the County to create programs benefiting Pepco customers.

    Montgomery County Green Bank is a publicly-chartered nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating affordable clean energy and energy efficiency investment in Montgomery County, MD. It is also the nation's first county-level green bank. In support of the County's goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Montgomery County Green Bank partners with the private sector to build a more inclusively prosperous, resilient, sustainable, and healthy community by providing affordable financing options for projects that private investors may not currently be able or willing to finance alone. (Source: Montgomery County Green Bank, PR, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Montgomery County Green Bank, Tom Deyo, CEO, www.mcgreenbank.org

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


    EPA, PES Compromise on Renewable Fuel Credits (Ind. Report)
    Philadelphia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Further to our 2nd February coverage, Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC caught a break in its Delaware bankruptcy proceedings Monday when it reached an agreement with the federal government to reduce its liability for buying Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) credits as required by the EPA Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). In its January bankruptcy filing, PES said compliance with the RFS program was the "primary driver" behind its decision to seek Chapter 11 protection.

    Under the new agreement, the South Philadelphia-based refiner will retire 138 million RINs before April 1, when it plans to emerge from bankruptcy, and another 64.6 million of the credits after that date.

    Although the price of RINs has been as high as $1.45, it has dropped to about $0.35 its lowest in a year. PES claimed has been paying $75-85 million a year for RINs since 2014, and the cost is now the second-biggest after crude oil. (Source: State Impact Pennsylvania, Law360, Various Media, 13 Mar., 2018)Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  


    First Solar Selected for 50Mw Indiana Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Vectren Energy,First Solar
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In the Hoosier State, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana reports it has selected First Solar, Inc. to construct a 50-mw solar array included in Vectren's long-term electric generation transition plan.

    The 150,00 panel, single-axis tracking solar array, which is slated to be fully operational in the fall of 2020, will generate sufficient power for more than 11,000 households per year.

    The project is subject to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approval, which is expected in the first half 2019. (Source: Vectren Corp., PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vectren, Carl Chapman, Pres., CEO, (812) 491-5105, www.vectren.com; First Solar, www.firstsolar.com; Orion Renewable Energy Group LLCwww.orionrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vectren Energy,  Solar,  First Solar,  


    Pattern Closes Funding on Stillwater MT Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Pattern Energy Group
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Pattern Energy Group 2 LP, a.k.a. Pattern Development, reports it has closed the needed construction financing letter of credit for the 79.75-MW Stillwater wind project in Stillwater County, Montana. The project will incorporate 31 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines to generate sufficient power for more than 23,000 Montana homes annually.

    Construction work is underway and the wind park is expected to go online this September. The facility has a 25-year PPA in place, and has been added to Pattern Energy Group's list of identified Right of First Offer (iROFO) projects. (Source: Pattern Energy Group, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland , CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  


    PSO, Walmart Agree on Oklahoma Wind Catcher Project (Ind. Report)
    Public Service Company of Oklahoma
    Date: 2018-03-16
    American Electric Power (AEP) subsidiary Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) reports it has reached an agreement with Walmart Inc. on the $4.5-billion Wind Catcher project which includes the acquisition of a 2,000-MW wind farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle from Invenergy. The wind farm and a power line to the Tulsa area are currently under construction. PSO's share of the investment is $1.36 billion.

    PSO expects Wind Catcher to save its customers around $2 billion over its 25-year lifetime. (Source: Walmart, Renewables, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy, (800) 925-6278, https://corporate.walmart.com/contact-us; Public Service Company of Oklahoma, (888) 216-3523, www.psoklahoma.com; Invenergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400, https://invenergyllc.com/what-we-do/wind

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Walmart,  Wind,  Public Service Company of Oklahoma,  Invenergy,  ,  


    Empire State Announces Large-Scale Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-03-16
    New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is reporting approval of 26 large-scale renewable energy projects totaling $1.4 billion -- reportedly the single-largest commitment to renewable energy by any US state.

    The 26 statewide projects are the awarded winners of the Governor's Clean Energy Standard mandate and include 22 solar farms, a hydroelectric project, three wind farms worth 339.78 MW, 272 MW, and 121.8 MW respectively, the latter of which will include 6.2 MW of energy storage capacity. Together, the projects are projected to generate sufficient electric power for more than 430,000 homes. (Source: Office of NY Governor, CleanTechnica, Others, 13 Mar., 2018)Contact: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Renewable Energy,  NY Renewable Energy,  


    Is Small Turbine Maker Gaia Gone With the Wind? (Int'l)
    Gaia-Wind
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In the UK, Glasgow-headquartered small wind turbine maker Gaia-Wind has entered provisional liquidation, citing the UK government's failure to plan future small-scale renewables support and export market conditions.

    In addition to the UK, Gaia-Wind turbines are operating Tonga, Japan, Australia, the US, the Caribbean, Sweden, Denmark and Italy. (Source: Gaia-Wind, Various Media, Renewables Now, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gaia-Wind, +44 (0) 845 871 4242, www.gaia-wind.com

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


    Ice Energy Launches Free HVAC, Energy Storage Program (Ind. Report)
    Ice Energy
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Costa Mesa,California-based distributed thermal energy storage solutions for utilities specialist Ice Energy is reporting the launch of the Keep Your Cool free HVAC replacement and energy storage program, available to qualified businesses in Orange County, California.

    Under the program, Orange County businesses are eligible to receive free, fully installed HVAC and thermal energy storage systems, using Ice Energy's proprietary Ice Bear® solution.

    The Ice Bear provides a unique solution to the problem of peak load management by connecting to one or more standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units and serving as a thermal battery. Ice Bear systems freeze standard tap water at night when demand for power is low and capacity is abundant. The stored ice is then used during the peak period of the day to provide uninterrupted cooling, using a fraction of the energy required to operate a traditional HVAC system and reducing air conditioning bills by up to 40 pct.

    Ice Energy thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, and for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. (Source: Ice Energy, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ice Energy Keep Your Cool , Tony Huffman, (800) 808-9539, thuffman@ice-energy.com, www.keepyourcool.com; Ice Energy, mike Hopkins, Pres, www.ice-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    BLUE PILOT to Cut Offshore Wind Const. Costs (New Prod & Tech)
    The Carbon Trust
    Date: 2018-03-16
    The Carbon Trust is reporting the launch of BLUE PILOT, a large-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing costs and underwater noise during construction of offshore wind farms as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA). The BLUE PILOT project will deploy The BLUE Hammer, a new type of pile driver developed by Fistuca BV., a Dutch technology company founded as a spin-off from Eindhoven University of Technology.

    It is anticipated that the project will enable potential lifetime savings of €33 -- €40 million for a 720MW offshore wind farm.

    OWA partners E.ON, EnBW, Orsted, Statoil and Vattenfall, alongside additional industry partners Fistuca, Van Oord, Shell and Sif are contributing €3.2 million in project funding, while the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has granted public subsidies of over €2.5 million.

    In the BLUE PILOT project the hammer will be tested offshore at a location in Dutch waters. Sif will provide the monopile, and Van Oord will support the installation logistics. The other industry partners will provide funding and strategic advice into the project to ensure its relevance to future commercial projects. (Source: Carbon Trust, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Offshore Wind Accelorator, www.carbontrust.com/offshore-wind

    More Low-Carbon Energy News The Carbon Trust,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Convenience Stores Cut Emissions with Carbon Offsets (Ind. Report)
    Tri Star Energy
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In Tennessee, fleet fuel services provider Tri Star Energy, the owner of Twice Daily convenience stores, reports it is partnering with GreenPrint, the Arbor Day Foundation, and GROW Enrichment, to offer THRIVE.

    The THRIVE program, which is set to launch in April, will reduce consumers' tailpipe emissions on all grades of fuel through certified carbon investment projects such as tree plantings, renewable energy development and others. In addition to the carbon offsets, the THRIVE program will plant 25,000 trees in Middle Tennessee with the Arbor Day Foundation. The program has also partnered with Nashville-based GROW Enrichment, a non-profit organization focused on community development through urban agriculture and nature conservation education. (Source: Tri Star Energy, Convenience Store Decisions, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Tri Star Energy, Steve Hostetter, CEO, www.tristartn.com; GreenPrint, (404) 207-1947, info@GreenPrintCorp.com, www.greenprintcorp.com; Arbor Day Foundation, www.arborday.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  GreenPrint,  Transportation Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  Arbor Day,  


    NBB Calling for Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Further to our December 22nd, 2017 coverage, in a letter to legislators, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 of its member organizations is calling on Congress to extend the biodiesel tax credit.

    "The uncertainty created by the lapse of the tax credit is curtailing investments in new plants and capital projects to maintain, improve and expand existing plants. We believe that if the tax credit is extended through at least 2018, the biodiesel industry would experience substantial growth in the near term, which would create significant new employment opportunities.

    "The noise of uncertainty is detrimental to the future of the industry. We've seen biodiesel and renewable diesel production grow from 25 million gallons before the tax credit to nearly 3 billion gallons. Imagine how much farther we could be as an industry if this federal policy mechanism hadn't lapsed so many times," the letter said. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  


    Smartcool, Total Energy Concepts Merger Announced (M&A)
    Smartcool,Total Energy Concepts
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Vancouver-headquartered Smartcool Systems Inc. reports it is acquiring Minnesota-based Total Energy Concepts (TEC) which will be merged into a wholly owned Nevada division of the Smartcool group of companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Smartcool will acquire 100 pct of TEC in return for $150,000 in cash, $850,000 payable in Smartcool common shares priced at the closing market price on the date before the transaction, and 5,000,000 non-transferable share purchase warrants.

    Smartcool products allow air conditioners, refrigeration equipment and heat pumps to function more efficiently by reducing the energy consumption of their compressors by as much as 40 pct and deliver a RoI in as little as 12 months, according to the company release.

    TEC partners with schools and government agencies to reduce the energy footprint of their buildings. Offering energy project financing, public entities are able to reduce energy costs without capital expenditures. (Source: Smartcool, PR, Streetwise Reports, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: TEC, Damian Smith, CEO, (218) 844-5848, www.totalenergyconcepts.com; SmartCool, James Martin, Bus. Dev, , (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net, www.smartcooleco3.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Total Energy Concepts ,  Smartcool,  


    Smithers Wood Pellet Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Pellet,West Fraser Timber
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Prince George, British Columbia-based woody biomass pellet maker Pinnacle Renewable Energy reports it has begun conversion of an existing particle board plant to a wood pellet production facility under the Smithers Pellet Limited Partnership in Smithers, B.C.. The 125,000 metric tpy plant will be 30-pct owned by West Fraser Timber Co. with Pinnacle holding the remaining 70 pct.

    Production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018. Both fibre supply and customer off-take agreements are in place under long-term agreements, the company reports.

    Pinnacle presently operates six industrial wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal in B.C., and has a new production plant under construction in Entwistle, Alta. (Source: Pinnacle Pellet, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: West Fraser Timber, www.westfraser.com; Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, www.pinnaclepellet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Pellet,  Wood Pellet,  


    ecobee Touts Alexa Voice-Activated SWITCH+ (New Prod. & Tech)
    ecobee
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In Toronto, ecobee, Inc., developer of the world's first smart Wi-Fi thermostat, is reporting the launch of its smart light switch, the ecobee Switch+ with built-in far-field voice technology and the Amazon Alexa Voice Service.

    The ecobee Switch+ will sell for $99 in the U.S. and $119 (CAD) in Canada and is available for online pre-order and in stores March 26, 2018. Like all ecobee products, ecobee Switch+ will integrate with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, the Google Assistant, SmartThings and IFTTT.

    The company says it expects the new ecobee Switch+ to propel the smart home industry into a whole home voice future. (Source: ecobee Inc., PR, Contact: ecobee Inc., Stuart Lombard, Pres., CEO, (647) 428-2220, www.ecobee.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ecobee,  Smart Building,  


    DOE Funds Real-Time Carbon Sequestration Monitoring (R&D, Funding)
    Penn State,Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Researchers from Penn State, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), and the University of Texas at Austin are partnering on a new 4-year, $2.5-million, US DOE-funded project to better understand what happens to CO2 during underground sequestration.

    At high underground pressures, CO2 will fill up pore space in rocks or dissolve into saltwater, but researchers still do not have a clear picture of where the CO2 migrates in a reservoir and whether it has a chance to leak out of the reservoir or injection well.

    To address this, LBL scientist Tom Daley, and project collaborators, developed real-time monitoring equipment that is installed during the construction of an injection well. The equipment emits an energy pulse that vibrates the material it passes through. By analyzing the vibration that echoes back to the monitoring device, researchers can create a relatively clear picture of the CO2 held in the reservoir.

    Using the seismic data collected during injection, the researchers will continually refine the picture of what's happening underground as the carbon dioxide spreads and then increases in concentration in different rock features.

    In addition to analyzing data from the new monitoring equipment, the team will conduct a small-scale laboratory experiment to validate their tools at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The majority of this work will be processed on supercomputers managed by the Penn State Institute for CyberScience. (Source: Penn State University, PR, AAAS, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tom Daley, (510)486-7316, tmdaley@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  Carbon Sequestration,  CO2,  CCS,  


    Notre Dame Facilities Win USGBC LEED Gold Status (Ind. Report)
    University of Notre Dame,USGBC
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In South Bend, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame reports its newly constructed Flaherty Hall and Dunne Hall residences have been awarded USGBC LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency. The two new buildings each consume 28 pct less energy for heating and cooling, than similar buildings.

    The buildings incorporate high-efficiency faucets, showerheads and toilets, and consume about 45 - 50 pct less water than a similar new building. Both buildings sourced more than one-third of the building materials locally and used materials with more than 20 pct of recycled content. All materials, such as paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, flooring systems and agrifiber products were certified as low-emitting.

    Since 2011, the University of Notre Dame has earned eight LEED gold certifications, three LEED silver certifications and multiple other LEED certifications. (Source: University of Notre Dame, ProudGreenBuilding, USGBC, Mar., 2018) Contact: University of Notre Dame, www.nd.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Boundary Dam Surpasses 2Mn tonnes of Captured CO2 (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower
    Date: 2018-03-16
    On the Canadian Prairies, Saskatchewan Power (SaskPower) reports the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at its coal-fired Boundary Dam Power Station has now captured more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from entering the atmosphere.

    The Boundary Dam CCS project is one of the initiatives the Crown corporation is pursuing to meet the province's power needs. CCS is part of SaskPower's long-term strategy to meet environmental regulations and reduce the company's carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct from 2005 levels, by 2030.

    The facility, which opened 8 month behind schedule in October 2014, was designed to cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tpy. The delays cost SaskPower approximately $80 million in "construction deficiencies" and non-performance penalties. (Source: Saskpower, Estevan Mercury, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Saskpower,  Boundry Dam,  CCS,  


    Startup Scores $27Mn to Cut Bldg. Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Lighthouse
    Date: 2018-03-16
    San Francisco-based energy efficiency specialist Carbon Lighthouse reports it has raised $27 million from GRC SinoGreen Fund, JCI Ventures, SV Tech Ventures and others. The new funds will be used for marketing, software development and other corporate purposes.

    Carbon Lighthouse's software analyzes data collected from sensors to find ways to make commercial, industrial and education buildings use energy more efficiently. The company is paid through the client's energy savings which it guarantees. (Source: Carbon Lighthouse, Bloomberg, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Carbon Lighthouse, Brenden Millstein, CEO, (866) 573-7755, www.carbonlighthouse.com

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


    Agrisoma Biosciences Raises $12Mn (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Agrisoma Biosciences,Desjardins Capital
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Gatineau, Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., an agricultural technology company that sells Carinata seeds used to produce biojet fuel, ir reporting the closing of a $12 (Cdn) million investment round. In addition to new investor Desjardins Capital, investors included Cycle Capital Management, BDC Capital and Lune Rouge.

    Agrisoma's Carinata is the world's first non-food crop that produces oil uniquely suited for biofuel production. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Contact: Desjardins Capital, http://desjardins-capital.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Biodiesel ,  Carinata,  


    Cellulosics Beat Corn Ethanol for Climate Impact, says Study (R&D)
    Colorado State University
    Date: 2018-03-16
    A new study from Colorado State University is breathing new life into the concept of biofuels produced from native switchgrass as a better feedstock than corn and other cereal and oilseed crops for biofuel production.

    The researchers used modelling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate footprint ranging from -11 to 10 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule -- the standard way of measuring greenhouse gas emissions. By way of comparison, the impact of using gasoline results in 94 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule. According to John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, "What we saw with switchgrass is that you're actually storing carbon in the soil ... you're building up organic matter and sequestering carbon." "They (switchgrass) don't require a lot of fertilizer or irrigation. Farmers don't have to plow up the field every year to plant new crops, and they're good for a decade or longer," Field added.

    The study was published online Feb. 19 in Nature Energy. (Source: Colorado State University, Manitoba Co-operator, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604, www.ecology.colostate.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Swithgrass,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


    Vsolar Shifts from Solar to Sorghum Biomass Power (Int'l)
    Vsolar,KRU Energy Asia
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In Malyasia, Vsolar Group Bhd reports it is withdrawing from the solar industry and refocusing on biomass-biogas energy generation. The move is due in part to "shorter paybacks" and quicker returns on investment, according to a company release.

    Accordingly, the company has terminated its joint venture with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for the development of a 30MW solar plant and has inked an investment and shareholders' agreement with KRU Energy Asia Pte Ltd, Rangkaian Iltizam Sdn Bhd and Kenneth Lee Wai Tong for the development of a 10MW sorghum biomass/biogas energy generation plant.

    The biomass-biogas project will be implemented in two stages, the first being the physical assets including the equipment to process sorghum. KRU Energy is the intellectual property holder of a planting technology for the sorghum crop. (Source: Vsolar, Sun Daily, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vsolar, Ann Ling, IR, +603 7805 7877, ir@vsolar.com.my, www.vsolar.com.my; KRU Energy Asia, www.sgpbusiness.com/company/Kru-Energy-Asia-Pte-Ltd

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum,  Biomass,  Biogas,  Bioenergy,  


    Gore Street Capital Touting First Energy Storage Fund (Int'l)
    Gore Street Capital
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In the UK, London-headquartered private-equity firm Gore Street Capital reports it plans to offer the world's first energy storage fund listed on the London Stock Exchange. The fund will invest primarily in large-scale batteries.

    To that end, the company is seeking to raise £100 million ($139 million) from an IPO later this month. The listing has already attracted commitments from NEC Corp.'s NEC Energy Solutions and Japanese engineering consultancy Nippon Koei Co. Ltd. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Bloomberg, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

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