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Purdue FLORE Researchers Investigating Alternative Fuels (R&D)
Purdue University
Date: 2018-09-07
Researchers at Purdue University's Fuel Laboratory of Renewable Energy (FLORE) in West Lafayette, Indiana, report they are one of three laboratory's in the US testing the composition of diesel and aviation fuels in an effort to create cost efficient fuels.

According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which regulates the development of fuels, testing guidelines it can take up to 5 years' development to approve a fuel. The tests consume thousands of gallons of fuel and cost nearly $30 million, a cost that FLORE hopes to reduce. (Source: Purdue, wlfi.com, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Purdue University, FLORE, Gozdem Kilaz, Dir., (765) 494-7486, gkilaz@purdue.edu, www.purdue.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Purdue University,  Biofuel,  Clean Fuel,  


Vivergo Announces UK Wheat-to-Biofuel Plant Closure (Int'l)
Vivergo Fuels
Date: 2018-09-07
Further to our April 13th coverage, Vivergo Fuels reports it plans to permanently shutter its £350 million, locally sourced wheat-to-ethanol biofuel plant at Saltend , UK, at the end of September.

The company is blaming government "inaction over the future of renewable fuels" as well as high wheat feedstock prices, low bioethanol prices and slow market uptake on biofuels for the impending closure.

In a December 2017 statement, the company noted: "If the (UK) government does not increase the blend level to 9.75 pct and actively support the introduction of E10, the industry will be left in an unsustainable situation with excess capacity and there are likely to be casualties." (Source: Vivergo, Hull Live, 6 Sept., 2018) )Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuels,  


Neste Takes Controling Stake in IH Demeter (Int'l, M&A)
Neste
Date: 2018-09-07
Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj reports its acquisition of a controlling 51 pct of the shares in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, has received all necessary regulatory approvals and has been completed. Demeter will remain as a co-owner of the company to be known as Neste Demeter B.V. (Source: Neste, Various Media, Biodiesel Mag., Sept., 2018) Contact: IH Demeter, www.demeter.nl; Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  IH Demeter,  


United States Renewable Fuel Market 2018 -- Details Outlook and Analysis Till 2025 -- (Ind. Report Available)
Market Reports
Date: 2018-09-05
The recently released United States Renewable Fuel Market Research Report from Market Reports examines the United States Renewable Fuel Market status and future market patterns.

The report coverage includes; emerging trends by segments regional Markets; significant changes in Market dynamics & Market overview; market breakdown up to the second or third level; market shares approaches of key players in United States Renewable Fuel Market; current predictable size of United States Renewable Fuel Market from the perspective of both value volumes; and an estimation of recent industry developments and related industry information and statistics.

A Sample of United States Renewable Fuel Market Report is available HERE. (Source: Market Reports, Aug., 2018) Contact: Market Reports, US +1 424 253 0807 UK +44 (020) 3289 7501, www.marketreportsworld.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Red River BioRefinery Construction Underway in ND (Ind. Report)
BioMass Solution
Date: 2018-09-05
Following on our August 22nd coverage, Middleton, Wisconsin-headquartered BioMass Solution LLC is reporting construction of the Red River BioRefinery located in Grand Forks, North Dakota is underway. When fully operational early in 2020, the facility will convert more than 500,000 tpy of agricultural waste and by-products in to advanced Biofuels.

BioMass Solution's mission is to acquire, develop, operate and manage renewable energy facilities in North America that are focused on bringing value to handling large volumes of organic waste. The company focuses on organic solid and waste water to produce next generation biofuels and other organic based products while generating strong financial returns. (Source: BioMass Solutions LLC, Green Car Congress, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: BioMass Solutions, Jacek Chmielewski, 847-208-4171, Jacek.chmielewski@biomasssolution.com, www.biomasssolution.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioMass Solution ,  RedRiver Biorefinery,  


Nordex Scores 99 MW Argentinian Wind Project Order (Int'l Report)
Nordex,AES Argentina Generacion
Date: 2018-09-05
German wind turbines maker Nordex Group is reporting receipt of an order for 30 units of its AW132/3300 turbines from AES Argentina Generacion S.A., a subsidiary of the energy provider AES Corp. A 20-year service agreement is included in the contract.

The 99 MW wind farm is located in the Province of Buenos Aires near Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Nordex will manufacture the 120-meter concrete towers and the wind turbines in Argentina. (Source: Nordex, Sept., 2018) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com; AES Argentina Generacion, +54 336 448-7100, rrii@aes.com, www.aesargentina.com.ar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  


Statkraft Enables Wind Operations After Subsidies Expiration (Int'l)
Statkraft
Date: 2018-09-05
Oslo-headquartered Norwegian wind industry major Statkraft reports it and six community wind farms have agree on PPAs with German industrial companies for 31 wind turbines. This will allow these wind farms in Germany to continue operating in the long term after the end of EEG funding.

EEG funding for around 6,000 German wind turbines will expire on 1 January 2021. This corresponds to a total installed capacity of approximately 4,500 mw -- sufficient power for around 2.1 million households.

According to current data, around 14,000 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of around 17,000 mw will no longer receive EEG subsidies in the period 2021 to 2026. This corresponds to more than one third of the onshore wind power currently installed in Germany. and, since wind farms are no longer eligible for EEG subsidies after 20 years, wind farm operators must submit a stability assessment and find alternative sales channels for the electricity. (Source: Statkraft, PR, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Stakraft, +47 24 06 70 00, www.statkraft.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Wind,  


Sargasso Seaweed Biogas Production Explored in Yucatan (R&D)
Center for Cientific Research of Yucatan
Date: 2018-09-05
Mexican researchers from the Center for Cientific Research of Yucatan (CICY) are reporting the development of a method to produce biogas (methane) from sargasso seaweed, a brown macroalgae, that commonly and increasingly washes up on the beaches of Yucatan and the Mexican Caribbean.

Researchers from the CICY Renewable Energy Unit collected sargassum, removed the sand and salt, dehydrated it to put it in contact with the fungus Trametes hirsuta, a local microorganism isolated from rotting wood and capable of degrading lignin in these algae.

During the process the fungus breaks down the walls of structures of the macroalgae to leave cellulose and unicellulose which will later pass to a reactor, in which, with the help of climatic conditions and an inoculum (bacterial consortium) will convert the sargasso into methane gas. (Source: CICY, Notimex, September 3, 2018) Contact: Center for Cientific Research of Yucatan, Raul Tapia Tussel, Researcher, Dr. Manuel Martinez Estevez, Director, +999 942 83 30, Ext.353, docencia@cicy.mx, www.cicy.mx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Algae,  Methane,  


Learning to Use the Land so it Produces Fewer Greenhouse Gases (Ind. Report Attached)
Global Environment Facility
Date: 2018-09-05

"Agriculture and forestry are a major source of greenhouse gases, contributing 20 -- 24 pct of all emissions. Livestock, fertilizers and burning biomass all produce greenhouse gases such as methane, nitrous oxide or carbon dioxide, or a combination of these and other gases. Deforestation and forest degradation are also major sources. However, agriculture and forestry can also act as carbon sinks -- plants take up carbon dioxide as they grow and store carbon in the soils. Land use is therefore part of the solution," according to the report.

The 2016-2019 project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UN Environment was designed to help land management projects to evaluate their 'carbon benefits'. These can accrue in different land-use scenarios and ecosystems across the globe.

Download Learning to Use the Land so it Produces Fewer Greenhouse Gases report details HERE. (Source: UN Environment, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: UN Environment, www.unenvironment.org; GEF, www.thegef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sink,  Greenhouse Gas,  GHGs,  Global Environment Facility ,  


Toyota NZ Pledges Continued Drop in Carbon Emissions (Int'l)

Date: 2018-09-05
Palmerston North-headquartered Toyota New Zealand reports it is pushing towards a zero-carbon future.

According to the company's NZ CEO Alistair Davis, Toyota has a long-term plan by 2050 to reduce emissions from its fleet and activities worldwide by 90 pct. Davis also noted that:

  • The high proportion of renewable electricity in New Zealand means the conversion of the national fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles will play a crucial role in meeting the commitment of the transport and motor industry to reducing CO2 emissions;
  • One way to encourage suppliers and consumers to move toward lower-emission vehicles would be a "feebate" scheme that charges high emission vehicles and rewards low emissions. This could be complemented by a maximum age for imported vehicles, as the older the vehicle, the more emissions it typically produces;
  • However, road taxing will be necessary for the future to compensate for the fall in fuel tax revenue to maintain and build new roads for the growing population;
  • New Zealand also needs to encourage a greater scrappage rate of old vehicles which produce more emissions, as the rate has dropped with their greater reliability. (Source: Toyota, NZ Autocar, Sept., 2018) Contact: Toyota New Zealand, Alistair Davis, CEO, +64 800 869 682, www.toyota.co.nz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


  • India's RINL Lauded for Energy Conservation, Efficiency (Int'l)
    Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited
    Date: 2018-09-05
    In India, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) in Andhra Pradesh, reports receipt of Confederation of Indian Industry-Godrej Green Business Centre award for energy efficiency. The award recognizes efforts to reduce energy consumption, energy conservation, waste recycling and various innovative projects implemented during the 2017-18 fiscal year. (Source: Visakhapatnam Steel, The Hindu, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Visakhapatnam Steel, www.vizagsteel.com Confederation of Indian Industry-Godrej Green Business Centre, www.greenbusinesscentre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Conservation,  


    Zambian RfP Seeks 100 MW of Solar Energy (Int'l Report)
    Zambia ,African Development Bank
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Via the tender, selected developers will be awarded 25-year PPAs for the sale of power to local utility, ZESCO. In Lusaka, the Zambian Ministry of Energy and the GET FiT Zambia Secretariat have issued a Request for Proposal (RfS) for the deployment of 100 MW of solar PV capacity The RfP follows the Request for Qualification phase, which was concluded in June and saw the shortlisting of 10 developers including Enel Green Power, Engie, EDF, and others. Selected developers will be granted a 25-year PPA by the local utility ZESCO.

    The tender is being held under the framework of the Zambian REFiT Strategy, an initiative developed with the support of German development bank, KFW. The REFiT program aims to initially tender up to 100 MW of PV and envisages the deployment of 200 MW small- and medium-scale renewable energy projects, up to a maximum size of 20 MW. Eligible renewables include solar PV, hydro, geothermal, biomass, waste energy and wind power. The Department of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the African Development Bank has issued an expression of interest to arrange debt financing for the five 20 MW IPP solar projects. The Zambian government is aiming to deploy 500 MW of solar PV over the next few years. (Source: Zambia Ministry of Energy, PV Mag, September 3, 2018) Contact: Zambia Ministry of Energy, www.mewd,gov.zm; African Development Bank, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  African Development Bank,  


    NOAH, Mass Save Partner to Streamline Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Mass Saves
    Date: 2018-09-05
    In the Bay State, the East Boston Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) organization reports it is partnering with the state's Mass Save program to streamline home energy audits, free energy-saving products and rebates and incentives to lower consumer energy bills. According to NOAH, the Mass Save program has been "under utilized" and in need of simplification.

    In order to simplify the Mass Save program process and encourage greater East Boston neighborhood participation, NOAH has teamed up with Mass Save, the City of Boston and Boston ABCD to launch a pilot program to increase participation.

    The Mass Save program, which is open to homeowners and renters, includes a no-cost energy audit and report that makes it easy to improve a home's energy efficiency. Mass Save will also install energy-saving products such as ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs; advanced power strips; low-flow showerheads; faucet aerators; and programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats, all at no cost to home owners and renters. Program participants may also qualify for additional offers, rebates, and incentives for insulation, energy eficient HVAC and others based on the Home Energy Assessment report and household income levels. (Source: East Boston Times Free Press, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Mass Save, www.masssave.com; NOAH, (617) 567-5882, www.noahcdc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass Save,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Misericordia Awarded UGI Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
    UGI Utilities
    Date: 2018-09-05
    In Dallas, Penna., Misericordia University is reporting receipt of $17,838.60 through the Custom Program provision of the utility UGI's Electric Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Program. The UGI rebate was in recognition of the school's installation of high efficiency LED lighting upgrades and lighting controls. The lighting upgrades are expected to save Misericordia nearly 150,000 kilowatts of electric usage annually and shave more than $10,000 off the school's annual electric bill.

    The UGI EE&C program, which is designed to achieve lower energy usage and lower overall costs for customers, includes residential customer rebates for fuel switching from electric to natural gas for heating, water heating and clothes drying and a recycling program for inefficient appliances. Commercial customers are eligible for rebates for combined heat and power projects, as well as custom projects such a lighting retrofits.

    Reading, Penna.-based UGI Utilities is a natural gas and electric utility serving 700,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. (Source: Misericordia University, UGI, PR, 4 Sept., 2918) Contact: UGI, www.ugi.com; Misericordia University, (570) 674-6400, www.misericordia.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UGI Utilities ,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


    Vestas Wins 159 MW Senegal Wind Turbine EPC Contract (Int'l.)
    Vestas
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Danish wind turbine giant Vestas is reporting receipt of a 159-MW engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) wind turbine order from Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye for Senegal's first utility-scale wind farm. Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye is majority-owned by Lekela, a renewable energy company that has developed 1.3 GW of wind and solar projects across Africa, and partly owned by French developer Sarreole.

    The order includes the supply, transport, installation and commissioning of 46 V126-3.45 MW turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 service, operations and maintenance agreement.

    EKF Denmark's Export Credit is backing the project with a €140 million export loan. Turbine delivery is expected between Q2 and Q3 of 2019. Project completion and commissioning is expected between Q3 2019 and Q1 2020. (Source: Vestas, NA Windpower, 4 Sept., 2018)Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye, http://lekela.com/about-us/senegal-taiba-ndiaye

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  


    Columbia Shuswap Regional District Lauded for Carbon Neutrality Initiatives (Ind. Report)
    BC Municipalities Green Communities Committee.
    Date: 2018-09-05
    In British Columbia, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is reporting receipt of the highest level Achievement of Carbon Neutrality from the Provincial Union of BC Municipalities Green Communities Committee. The Level 4 award comes after the CSRD successfully met the goal of corporate carbon neutrality for the 2017 reporting year.

    The CSRD began tracking and reporting its carbon emissions in 2010. In 2007-2008, CSRD became a signatory to the BC Climate Action Charter, along with 182 other local governments. The CSRD has also been recognized numerous times for its commitment to achieving the goals of the Climate Action Charter and for its nationally recognized Salmon Arm Landfill Gas Capture Project. Additionally, the CSRD has been working on improving fleet management and incorporating carbon neutral initiatives into its planning exercises. (Source: Revelstoke Review, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: BC Municipalities Green Communities Committee, www.toolkit.bc.ca/green-communities-committee-working-group-membership; CSRD, www.csrd.bc.ca; BC Climate Action Charter, www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/local-governments

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Footprintn Neutral,  


    Sun Life, Intact Hosting Global Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Forum (Ind. Report)
    Sun Life Financial
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Toronto-headquartered Intact Financial Corporation, Canada's largest provider of property and casualty insurance, and Sun Life Financial, also based in Toronto, report they will co-host a global forum on climate-resilient critical infrastructure to be held in Toronto on Sept. 18. This forum is organized by The Geneva Association, an insurance industry think tank.

    Participants at the forum, called Pathways to Climate-Resilient Decarbonized Critical Infrastructure in the 21st Century, will examine critical infrastructure, prioritizing climate change mitigation and adaptation, challenges and opportunities for scaling up private investments in climate-resilience, and the insurance industry's role as underwriters, risk managers and investors.

    Invited guests include government officials and political leaders, chief investment officers and chief risk officers from the global re/insurance and financial sectors, as well as senior officials of international development banks and the United Nations. (Source: Intact Financial Corporation, Insurance & Investment Journal, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sun Life Financial, www.sunlife.ca; Intact Financial Corporation, www.intactfc.com; The Geneva Association, www.genevaassociation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Fintel Energija to Construct Two Russian Wind Farms (Int'l)
    Fintel Energija
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Fintel Energija, a Serbian subsidiary of Italian Fintel Energia Group, reports it has established Fintel Russian Ventures, a company in Russia for the development of two wind energy projects.

    Fintel Russian Ventures will build and operate two wind farms of 25.2 MW and 273 MW, located in the regions of Ulyanovsk and Saratov, respectively. The company will invest €32 million ($37.1 million) in the six-turbine Ulyanovsk wind farm which is is expected to be online in 2020. The Saratov wind farm will incorporate 65 turbines. (Source: Fintel Energija Release, Renewables, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Fintel Energija, +381 11 322 3884, www.fintelenergija.rs

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fintel Energija,  Wind,  


    Iowa Ranked 1st in U.S. Ethanol Production (Ind. Report Attached)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2018-09-05
    A new analysis from the Iowa Legislative Services Agency reports the Hawkeye State's industrial sector is using more energy than any other sector in our economy, According to the agency's report, Iowa ranks 24th in the nation in total energy production; 1st in Ethanol production, 2nd in Biodiesel, and 3rd in Wind power production; and ranks 5th in per capita energy consumption.

    Download the Iowa Legislative Services Agency report HERE. (Source: Iowa Legislative Services Agency, WeAreIowa.com, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Iowa Legislative Services Agency, webmaster@legis.iowa.gov, www.legis.iowa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    NNPC, Chinese Consortium Ink Biofuels Production Agreement (Int'l)
    Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Reporting from Abuja, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced plans to construct over 10 biofuels refineries in the country as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China. According to the NNPC , the planned 10 biofuel plants are in line with Nigeria's nationally determined contributions to the Paris climate change agreement, part of which requires the blending of 10 pct by volume of fuel-ethanol in gasoline and 20 pct by volume of biodiesel in automotive diesel for use in the transportation sector.

    The NNPC biofuels programme is focused on cassava, sugarcane-fuel ethanol production and palm oil for biodiesel production. (Source: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, PR, The Nation, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, www.nnpcgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


    CREG, Xi'an Xinhuan to Develop China Energy Storage Business (Int'l)
    China Recycling Energy Corp
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Xian, China-based China Recycling Energy Corp. (CREG) reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Shanghai TCH Energy Technology Co., Ltd.will acquire a 20 pct stake in Xinhuan Energy Co.through the issuance of new shares. The two companies have agreed to a joint effort to develop energy storage business in China, which is being encourage by the Chinese government.

    Xinhuan provides the standard module energy storage system of MW-level "reserving, storing, supplying". The system includes power station management system (BMS), energy management system (EMS), GW core PACK integration system, intelligent "cloud" operation management system and other core energy storage technologies. Meanwhile, a series of advanced system solutions, such as power generation side concentrated energy storage power supply solutions, smart micro grid and industrial and commercial power supply, are introduced and used in this system. The system module can be used independently or combined into large megawatt energy storage systems. (Source: China Recycling Energy Corporation, PR, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: China Recycling Energy Corp., Adeline Gu, +86 29 8765 1098, sunny@creg-cn.com, www.creg-cn.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    KOGAS Investing in Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Expansion (Int'l)
    Korea Gas Corporation
    Date: 2018-09-05
    In Seoul, South Korea's state-run Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) reports it will invest 1 trillion won ($896 million) on "eco-friendly" infrastructure under the government's initiative to increase energy sourcing from clean and renewable fuels.

    The spending will go to expanding LNG bunkering facilities in Korea as the market is expected to grow from 310,000 tpy in 2022 to 1.36 million tpy in 2030 under stricter environment regulations.

    The company also plans to initiate an LNG-powered trucks program in cooperation with Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle as well as increase LNG refueling facilities for vessels and vehicles. (Source: KOGAS, PR, Pulse, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: KOGAS, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/korea-gas-corporationh

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  LNG,  Korea Gas Corporation,  LNG,  


    Singapore Adopts New Building Energy Rating Code (Int'l)
    Singapore Building and Construction Authority
    Date: 2018-09-05
    The Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has launched Green Mark for Super Low Energy, a new voluntary energy rating system that aims to make buildings at least 60 pct more energy efficient than the current 2005 vintage building codes.

    The Super Low Energy rating targets new and existing commercial and retail offices, industrial buildings as well as schools, and hopes to get industry players to push boundaries on energy efficiency. Under the Green Mark for Super Low Energy code, buildings cannot use more than 100 kwh per square meter per year.

    The BCA is aiming to achieve up to 80 pct energy efficiency over 2005 levels. To date, more than more than 10 organizations, including the Defense Science and Technology Agency and the Singapore Management University have committed to adopt the new rating code. (Source: Singapore Building and Construction Authority, TodayOnLine, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Singapore Building and Construction Authority, Hugh Lim, CEO, www.bca.gov.sg

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


    Japan May Loosen Wind Power Regulatory Process (Int'l Report)
    Japan
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In Tokyo, the Japan Times is reporting the Japanese Environment Ministry plans to mandate that only large-scale wind power plants of 10,000 kilowatts or more be required to undergo environmental impact assessments.

    The deregulation and loosening of r restrictions on wind power plant developement and construction is seen as an effort to encourage and speed the introduction of the renewable energy and reduce the time and financial burden on plant construction resulting from the regulatory process.

    According to the Japan Wind Power Association , the environmental assessment requirement has been a major hurdle to the widespread introduction of wind power as the procedure takes four to five years and incurs significant additional costs. The government wants the country to have the capacity to produce 10 million kilowatts of wind power by fiscal 2030 -- up from the present 3.39 million kilowatts. (Source: Japan Times, Others, 30 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Japan Wind,  


    Biotechnika Tech Slated for North Dakota Biorefinery (Ind. Report)
    Biotechnika
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Lodz, Poland-headquartered Biotechnika is reporting an $80 million deal under which it will supply it proprietary technology for the production of high-protein animal fodder and bio-gas from ethanol production waste to a new-build bio-refinery in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.

    Using Biotechnika's technology, after purification, bio-gas is usable in regular gas systems. The technology conformed with the demands of the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme promoting renewable fuels. The bio-refinery is expected to be online early in 2020.

    Biotechnika specializes in industrial biotechnology -- ethanol production, the construction of agricultural bio-gas refineries, sewage management, and food and bio waste processing. (Source: Biotechnika, PR, First News, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: Biotecnika, Tomasz Kapela, +48 608 409 440, www.biotechnika.net/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biotechnika ,  Biorefining,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Emirates GBC Urging Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (Int'l)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC) has called upon all businesses, entities, and cities in the region to formally endorse and sign the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.. The Commitments aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and motivate national and regional governments to regulations or planning policy to drive construction of new buildings operating at net zero carbon from 2030, and enable all existing buildings to operate at net zero carbon by 2050.

    These targets are set to meet the Paris Agreement ambition of below 2 degrees of global warming. This month, 19 global cities, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

    Emirates GBC recently established the Net Zero Centre of Excellence think tank and accelerator platforms to advance energy efficient net zero carbon buildings in the UAE. (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, PR, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: EmiratesGBC , Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman, engagement@emiratesgbc.org, www.emiratesgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Green Building Council,  


    $7Mn Awarded for Geological Carbon Storage R&D (Funding)
    Office of Fossil Energy,NETL
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Kallanish Energy is reporting the US DOE Office of Fossil Energy has awarded $7 million in grants to the University of Illinois and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks to advance the development and validation of geological CO2 storage technologies.

    The two projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The University of Illinois will focus on reservoirs and residual oil zones in the Illinois Basin in three states. The university received $3.4 million in federal funds and will provide $917,881 in matching funds.

    The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) will establish the Williston Basin CO2 Field Laboratory in the South Central Cut Bank oilfield in Montana. The NDEERC received $3.4 million in federal funds and will provide $873,926 in matching funds.

    Since 1997, DOE's Carbon Storage program portfolio includes industry cost-shared technology development projects, university research grants, collaborative work with other national laboratories, and research conducted in-house through the NETL Research & Innovation Center. The Carbon Storage program incorporates: Core Storage Research and Development; Storage Infrastructure; and Strategic Program Support to address significant technical challenges in order to meet program goals that support the scale-up and widespread deployment of CCS.

    Download details on the US DOE Carbon Storage Program HERE. (Source: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, Kallanish Energy, Others, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; University of Illinois, (217) 333-1000, https://illinois.edu; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov; UNDEERC, (701) 777-5000, www.undeerc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  Office of Fossil Energy ,  Carbon Storage,  NETL,  


    Labor Day Holidays Publishing Schedule -- Important Notice

    Date: 2018-08-31
    In recognition of the Canadian and U.S. Labor Day holidays, we will not be publishing on Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd. We will resume our regular publications schedule on Wednesday September 5th. Have a safe holiday


    USDA Comments on RFS "Hardship" Waivers (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2018-08-31
    The attached memorandum, the USDA comments on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refinery "hardship" waivers and the agency's ability to make different reductions in the total and advanced mandates when using the cellulosic waiver authority.

    In its proposed rule Renewable Fuel Standard Program Standards for 2019 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020, the EPA proposes the Renewable Fuel Volume Obligations (RVOs), the analytical support in setting those RVOs, the setting of the percent standards to achieve those RVOs and an assessment of the cost of implementation.

    The USDA stresses that it does not disagree with the appropriateness of the use of the cellulosic waiver authority in lowering the total and cellulosic standards, but disagrees with the newly stated constraints the EPA places on the agency when those waivers are applied. These comments also address the inconsistencies between the cost and the percent standard approaches, which have historically failed to achieve the RVO standard set in the analysis and rule making.

    Download RFS details HERE. (Source: USDA, Aug., 2018) ) Contact: USDA,www.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  RFS,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  "Hardship " Waiver,  


    Carleton Univ. Green Building Project Scores $350,000 (Funding)
    Carleton University Dept. of Engineering
    Date: 2018-08-31
    On Ottawa, the Carleton University Dept. of Engineering and Design is reporting receipt of $350,000 in grant funding from the Canadian Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

    The funding is earmarked for the university's Green Building Project to design more energy-efficient building plans by developing more effective ways to monitor energy consumption and quantify occupant behaviors in buildings. The National Research Council (NRC) is also partnering in the multi-discipline project. (Source: Carleton University, The Charlaton, 30 Aug, 2018) Contact: Carleton University Dept. of Engineering, (613) 520-5790, info_engdesign@carleton.ca, https://carleton.ca/engineering-design/

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


    UK Adds $73Mn to $500Mn S. African Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
    UK,Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In London, the UK Gov't of Prime Minister Thersa May reports it will contribute £56 million ($73 million) to a South African energy storage fund totaling $500 million aimed at securing renewable power in South Africa by developing battery technology to store energy.

    The UK contribution will come through the Clean Technology Fund, which provides funding for clean technology projects in developing countries with a focus on developing low-carbon solutions and eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.

    The UK is the largest contributor to the global fund, followed by the US and Japan. The storage project is being developed by the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the South African government. (Source: Various Media, Energy Digital, 30 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  Battery,  


    ABC Clarifies Statements on Proposed Canadian Clean Fuel Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Advanced Biofuels Canada
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Reporting from Vancouver, Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABC), Canada's national industry voice for the low carbon biofuels necessary for Canada to successfully implement a proposed federal government Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), offers the following commentary by President Ian Thomson:

  • An average driver under BC's low carbon fuel standard has paid $16/year less than they would have paid for gasoline alone since 2010 (Navius 2018);

  • Carbon pricing can be effective in reducing industrial emissions, but is largely ineffectual on transportation emissions due to market failures (lack of competition), design failures (in the carbon tax systems), and the broad absence of practical fuel alternatives;

  • Existing provincial renewable and low carbon fuel regulations do not duplicate the CFS; to the contrary, compliance with them will do much of the work to ease the CFS requirement;

  • Provinces continue to assert their sovereignty over energy and climate regulation -- this refutes refiners' claims that the provinces should rescind their 'duplicative' regulations and be ruled by federal regulations (which they also oppose);

  • Provincial and federal fuel regulations have negligible actual overhead costs, in contrast to refiners' claims that the CFS will be costly to administer. Public filings by one large refiner with $4.5 billion of 2017 net earnings show its 2017 compliance and administrative costs associated with the BC low carbon fuel standard to be 0.009 pct of net earnings of $0.4 million;

  • Because imported liquid transportation fuels must also meet low-carbon content requirements, competitiveness issues for refiners relative to blending low carbon fuels into gasoline and diesel are addressed. This may not be the case for gaseous and solid fuels, or liquids used in petroleum refinery processes.

    Modelling by a number of CFS stakeholders shows that a minimum of two-thirds of the compliance for the 2030 CFS target can be met with liquid fuels. This significantly lowers the potential cost of compliance with the gaseous and solid fuels CFS components for Canada's industrial sector. In addition, there is considerable positive economic growth that will be realized by investments in clean fuel production and use.

    Transportation fuels make up 80 pct of the liquid fuels used in Canada, and their climate change emissions are rising. Many in the industrial sector see the rationale for Canada to largely follow the design of low carbon fuel standards successfully operating for almost a decade in British Columbia and in California.

    Download the Canadian clean fuel standards regulatory framework HERE. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 28 August, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, (604) 947-0040, info@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Canada Clean Fuel Standard,  Biofuel,  


  • USDA Offers Biorefinery, Biochemical Loan Guarantees (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2018-08-31
    The USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. The program provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial-scale biorefineries using eligible technology. It can also be used to help fund the development of biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial-scale processing and manufacturing equipment to convert renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale.

    Download Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program details HERE. (Source: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Aug., 2018) Contact: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/agencies/rural-business-cooperative-service

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  USDA,  


    Grassland Carbon Credits Fund Carbon Sinks (Ind. Report)
    Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In San Francisco, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is reporting the sale of the first listed grassland carbon credits that will allow the Southern Plains Land Trust to restore and preserve two Colorado ranches that sequester 8,000 metric tpy of soil.

    The EDF facilitated the development and sale of the credits with the help of a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA. Natural Capital Partners purchased the credits on behalf of its client Microsoft, which began a carbon neutrality program in 2012.

    Grassland carbon credits reward landowners for retaining soil carbon and avoiding the emissions associated with converting grasslands into croplands. Grassland projects also provide ecosystem benefits such as habitat for threatened species.

    The Climate Action Reserve's Grassland Project Protocol uses biogeochemical modeling and emissions factors to quantify carbon that would be released from the soil if the land were tilled. (Source: EDF, Aug., 2018) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, www.edf.org; Southern Plains Land Trust, https://southernplains.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund news,  Carbon Credit news,  Carbon Sink news,  


    New Solar Farm Slated for Orangeburg County, SC (Ind. Report)
    Southern Current
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Residential, commercial and utility-scale solar power developer Southern Current is reporting the launch of a new $28 million project in Orageburg, South Carolina. A project completion date has not yet been determined.

    Southern Current's integrated platform includes project development, engineering, construction, maintenance, finance and asset management, according to the company. (Source: Southern Current, WLTX19, 29 Aug., 2018) Contact: Southern Current, (843) 277-2090, https://southerncurrentllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    NY State School District Reports ESPC Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Siemens
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In the Empire State, the East Syracuse Minoa (ESM) Central School District is reporting the near completion of a seven school, 18-year energy efficiency-energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Siemens. To date, the ESPC energy efficiency upgrades have delivered approximately $598,000 in energy savings -- exceeding annual guaranteed savings by more than $4,000.

    Under the ESPC, Siemen's provided a district-wide energy management system with direct digital controls allowing for implementation of energy conservation strategies and room occupancy scheduling; HVAC and chilled water plant upgrades; LED lighting retrofits; new high efficiency, condensing gas-fired hot water boiler plants in four ESM buildings and other upgrades.

    ESPCs are part of Siemens' Total Energy Management approach to reducing energy costs and funding building energy efficiency improvements through energy savings (Source: Siemens USA, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Siemens, www.usa.siemens.com/k12. Siemens Building Technologies, w3.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies/us/en/Pages/buildingtechnologiesusa.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Energy Efficiency,  ESPC,  


    Moelven Confirms Norwegian Bioenergy, Pellet Plant Plans (Int'l)
    Moelven
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In a release, the Scandinavian industrial group Moelven reports it is constructing a new woody biomass pellet factory and bioenergy plant near the villages of Honefoss and Kroderen, Norway. The pellet plant will be integrated into the company's existing sawmill which will provide by-products for pellet production.

    The NOK 270 million ($32,376,000 US) project will receive NOK 66 million funding from Enova, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy. The new plant is expected to come online in 2020.

    Moelven is a Scandinavian industrial group that produces building materials and systems for the construction industry. (Source: Moelven, PR, IHB, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: Moelven, +47 62 34 70 00, post@moelven.com, www.moelven.com

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


    Univ. of Arkansas Awarded $800,000 for Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
    University of Arkansas
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas reports biological sciences assistant professor Ruben Michael Ceballos has been awarded $800,000 over four years in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research methods to improve the efficiency and environmental soundness in the production of biofuel,

    The research is intended to create a way to protect and enhance enzymes in the process to turn organic material into fuel. Ceballos will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the conversion process. (Source: University of Arkansas, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of Arkansas, Prof. Ruben Michael Ceballos, 479-575-5643, ceballos@uark.edu, https://ceballoslab.uark.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation,  University of Arkansas,  Biofuel,  


    Silfab Solar Acquiring Itek Energy PV Plant (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Itek Energy,Solar
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Reuters is reporting Ontario-headquartered PV module manufacturer Silfab Solar will invest $40 million to acquire and expand Itek Energy's existing output from 150 MW to 350 Mw in Bellingham, Washington.

    Silfab Solar is the North American manufacturing leader in the design & development of ultra-high-efficiency, premium quality 60- and 72-cell monocrystalline PV modules. Silfab leverages over 35 years of solar experience spanning the entire vertical PV value chain including wafers, ingots, R&D, engineering and product innovation. As the largest and most advanced manufacturer in North America, Silfab's fully automated facility produces superior reliability and performance with the lowest defect rate in the US, according to the company website. (Source: Silfab, Hastings Tribune, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Silfab, (905) 255-2501, www.silfab.ca; Itek Energy, (360) 647-9531, www.itekenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Silfab,  Solar,  PV,  Itek Energy,  


    Ocean Renewable Power Seeking Tidal Power Investors (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Renewable Power
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In Maine, Portland-based alternative energy startup Ocean Renewable Power Co. reports it is seeking a tide of investment capital to advance its unique RivGen -- in stream -- and TidGen -- tidal -- marine power turbines.

    The company is seeking $12 million in private investment in addition to a recent $6 million infusion. An initial funding round will be followed by a push for another $18 million earmarked for production startup, commercialization and marketing.

    In 2017, marine energy reportedly attracted only $200 million in investments worldwide; solar energy drew $161 billion and wind attracted $107 billion, according to Bloomberg's 2018 New Energy Finance investment report. (Source: Ocean Renewable Power, Portland Press Herald, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ocean Renewable Power, Chris Sauer, CEO, 207.772.7707, www.orpc.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Renewable Power,  Tidal Power,  Ocean Power ,  


    Peabody Energy Increases Clean Coal Consortium Support (Funding)
    Peabody Energy
    Date: 2018-08-31
    St. Louis-based coal giant Peabody Energy has reportedly donated an additional $1.5 million for a total of $6.5 million since 2008, to the Washington University Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU), of which Peabody is a founding member.

    The CCCU aims to make coal a safer and more affordable source of energy, with minimal impact on the environment. Donations fund new research projects, facilities, and outreach activities involving clean coal. The research projects are conducted by faculty from both Washington University and international partner universities. In total, the program has completed 24 research projects, 114 peer-reviewed papers and one book.

    The CCCU is a part of the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES), which was established in 2007 as a larger effort to coordinate research on energy, environment, and sustainability.

    According to Peabody Director of Corporate Communications Charlene Murdock, "Coal remains an essential part of the world' energy mix, and technologies are central to continuing to reduce the emissions profile." Murdock adds that "Peabody is dedicated to reducing emissions." (Source: Washington State University, Peabody Energy, Student Life, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: CCCU, Richard Axelbaum, Dir., cleancoal.wustl.edu; Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Travis Snyder (314) 342-4351, www.peabodyenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peabody Energy,  Clean Coal,  ,  


    FirstEnergy Scuttling Ohio, Penna. Coal Power Plants (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy Solutions
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In the Buckeye State, Akron-headquartered FirstEnergy Solutions reports it is shuttering its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as its remaining four coal plants by 2022. The three Ohio plants are on the Ohio River in Stratton. Its last Pennsylvania coal plant is in Shippingport. The closures are subject to PJM review.

    According to U.S. Energy Information Agency data, the closures will leave about two dozen coal-fired plants operational in Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Source: FirstEnergy Solutions, PR, The Virginian Pilot, AP, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: First Energy Solutions, Donald Moul, Pres., www.fes.com, www.firstenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Energy,  Coal,  Coal-Fired Power,  


    Co-op Promotes Reforestation to Offset CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Coop Carbone
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In Quebec, the Arbre-Evolution co-op reports it is partnering with Coop Carbone to develop carbon-offsetting projects. Coop Carbone works with enterprises to identify, develop and fund carbon-offsetting projects.

    Arbre-Evolution's pioneering approach to carbon offsetting focuses on the "social aspect of planting trees." Arbre-Evolution selects and supports projects from ideas put forward by businesses and community groups seeking to offset their carbon footprints through community tree planting and reforestation projects on publicly or collectively owned land.

    In addition to its partnership with Coop Carbone, Arbre-Evolution is working with the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada. The co-op's approach enables communities and companies to be part of the process rather than simply purchasing carbon credits. (Source: Coop News, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Arbre-Evolution, (514) 207-3686, (418) 607-0697, info@arbre-evolution.org, www.arbre-evolution.org; Coop Carbone, Jean Nolet, Pres., http://coopcarbone.coop

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coop Carbone,  Carbon Offsets,  Carbon Emissions,  Reforestation,  


    Resonant Energy Brings Solar Power to Nonprofits (Ind. Report)
    Resonant Energy
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Dorchester, Mass.-based community solar specialist Resonant Energy, where its platform brings together clients (usually nonprofit organizations like churches, universities) seeking solar access and financiers for those projects.

    Massachusetts has one of the best solar energy programs in the country and is most friendly to rooftop solar. And 2-year-old Resonant Energy puts that to best use. What started with a community project to solar power a church in Dorchester five years ago is now a company that's eight-member strong and looking onto a million dollar funding round next year.

    Resonant Energy also underwrites loans for institutions that are not credit-rated. Project financiers or investors on Resonant Energy's platform earn monthly payments from users, a 30 pct federal investment tax credit and depreciation, and state incentive payments over 10-20 years from the utility as governed by the Mass. Dept. of Energy Resources. In the last six months, the company has serviced close to 40 projects in Massachusetts and Long Island City New York. (Source: Resonant Energy, BostonInno, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: Resonant Energy, Isaac Baker, CEO, (617) 506 9248, www.resonant.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Resonant Energy,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Community Solr,  


    Canadian Solar, ET Energy Ink S. African Solar JV (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar ,BioTherm Energy
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has entered into a joint venture with ET Energy to provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services to two solar power projects totaling 132 mega-watt peak (MWp) in South Africa.

    The EPC projects, which are being developed for BioTherm Energy, the country's largest independent renewable energy developer, are expected to be grid-connected by the end of 2019 and early 2020, respectively. The projects will incorporate more than 400,000 Canadian Solar 1500V high voltage modules installed on single-axis solar tracking systems. (Source: Canadian Solar, Zacks, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: BioTherm Energy, www.biothermenergy.com; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Solar,  BioTherm Energy,  


    Mitsubishi Unit Acquires Boston Solar Specialist (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Diamond Generating Corp
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Mitsubishi's Diamond Generating Corp. unit is reporting a "substantial investments" for a controlling interest in commercial-scale solar projects firm Nexamp Inc and in Boston Energy Trading and Marketing LLC.

    Diamond has nearly 3,000 active municipal, commercial and community solar customers and forecasts a 400 pct by 2020 due to its substantial development pipeline of solar and storage assets and aggressive asset acquisition targets in key markets.

    Nexamp, Inc. operates as a solar contractor that designs, develops, builds, installs, owns, finances, and operates commercial-scale solar projects. (Source: Diamond Generating Corp., Renewables, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: Diamond Generating Corp, www.dgc-us.com; Nexamp Inc., (877) 707-0491, www.nexamp.com

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


    CBRE Ranks Chicago Tops in Green, Efficient Offices (Ind. Report)
    CBRE Group
    Date: 2018-08-29
    According to a recent study from commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group Inc, for the second year running, Chicago is the greenest U.S. city to work in with about 70 pct of its office space now LEED and/or ENERGY STAR certified for environmental efficiency -- a new study shows.

    up from about 66 pct in 2017. San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St. Paul followed in that order. (Source: CBRE Group Inc., Aug., 2018) Source: CBRE Group Inc., Aug., 2018) Contact: CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com

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


    Kazakhstan, China Ink Coal Methane Cooperation Agreement (Int'l)
    Methane
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Futher to our July 16th coverage, in Astana, Kazakhstan, Satbayev Kazakh National Research and Technical University and the ArcelorMittal Temirtau are reporting a trilateral cooperation agreement aiming to increase the production of coal methane in Kazakhstan.

    Under the agreement, the two parties will conduct joint research in the exploration and production of coal methane, the implementation of investment projects in processing and liquefying natural gas (LNG), gas compression, training of professional staff, undergraduates and doctoral students.

    Coal Technology & Engineering Group is a national Chinese corporation that holds a leading position in the Chinese coal industry. The corporation's aggregate revenue for 2017 amounted to more than $6 billion. According to the CCTEG data, the production of coal methane in China has now reached about 17 billion cubic mpy. (Source: Satbayev Kazakh National Research and Technical University, Astana Times, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Satbayev Kazakh National Research and Technical University, Chingiz Cherniyazdanov, Managing Director, +7 727 257 7116, kaznitu.kz/en; ArcelorMittal Temirtau, http://corporate.arcelormittal.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Coalbed Methane,  


    Iranian 61.4 MW Wind Farm Commissioned (Int'l Report)
    Iran Wind
    Date: 2018-08-29
    The Iranian Energy Ministry is reporting the opening of a 61.4-MW wind farm in town of Tarom in Qazvin province.

    The €86 million wind farm incorporates eighteen 3.4-MW wind turbines and was developed by the private sector with support from the National Development Fund of Iran and the Cooperative Development Bank. When fully operational, the wind farm will help prevent 110,000 metric tpy of greenhouse gases, which is equivalent to planting 100 thousand hectares of and preventing the pollution of 22,000 vehicles. (Source: Iranian Energy Ministry, REVE, 27 Aug., 2018) Iranian Energy Ministry, irandataportal.syr.edu/ministry-of-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Iran Wind,  


    Vestas, ECN Wind Partnering on Netherlands Wind Test Site (Int'l)
    Vestas,ECN Wind Energy Facilities
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Danish wind turbine giant Vestas reports it is partnering with ECN Wind Energy Facilities B.V. on the 30- MW Wieringermeer wind test site project in the Netherlands.

    The project is an extension of the Wieringermeer test site, which will have a total capacity of 17 wind turbines: eight spots for serially-produced turbines and nine for prototypes of large wind turbine manufacturers.

    Vestas will provide eight serially-produced V126-3.45 MW turbines delivered in a 3.8-MW Power Optimized Mode which ECN Wind Energy Facilities could use for testing on behalf of third parties. Such tests could include operational strategies to optimize output and grid integration. The project includes VestasOnline Business SCADA solution for monitoring the turbines, reducing turbine downtime and improving the project's business case. The contract includes design and construction of foundations as well as supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreement. Turbine delivery is slated for Q1, 2019. (Source: Vestas, Windpower, 27 Aug., 2018)Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; ECN Wind Energy, www.ecn.nl; ECN Wind Energy Facilities, www.ventolines.nl/en/projects/ecn-wind-energy-facilities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ECN Wind Energy .Vestas,  Wind,  

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