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PV Crystalox Selling German Silicon Wafer Operations (Int'l)
PV Crystalox Solar
Date: 2018-03-16
Oxfordshire, UK-based multicrystalline silicon wafer PV Crystalox Solar Plc reports it is seeking a purchaser for its German wafer production operations due to unfavorable "market conditions." To that end, the company will consult with the workers council in Germany on restructuring the business, which would involve "significant" job losses.

Crystalox shuttered its UK manufacturing operations last year although its wafer shipment volumes increased 28 pct year-on-year to 146 MW while revenues dropped 53.5 pct to €26.4 million.(Source: University of Salford Press Office, PV Crystalox Solar, RenewablesNow, 15 Mar., 2018)Contact: PV Crystalox Solar, Iain Dorrity, CEO, +44 (0)1235 437160, www.pvcrystalox.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV Crystalox Solar,  Solar,  


Otary Opts for Siemens Gamesa Turbines for Offshore Project (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,Otary
Date: 2018-03-14
Belgian wind energy developer Otary reports it plans to use Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy turbines, including a possible long-term service and maintenance agreement, for its upcoming Mermaid and Seastar offshore wind farms. The Port of Ostend in Belgium will be the offshore hub for construction of the projects.

(Source: Otary, Offshore Wind, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Otary, +32 59 40 10 00, www.otary.be; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com; Mermaid THV chief executive Mathias Verkast

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


GE Installs First of 66 Merkur Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy ,Merkur Offshore
Date: 2018-03-14
GE Renewable Energy is reporting the installation of its first of 66 Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine at the 396MW Merkur Offshore Windfarm in the German North Sea.

The turbine was pre-assembled and shipped from Merkur's logistics hub in Eemshaven, Netherlands. The project's remaining 65 nacelles, blades and tower pieces will also be assembled and shipped from Eemshaven.

Upon completion, the Merkur project will be among the largest offshore windfarms in Germany with a generation capacity of 1,750MWh annually -- sufficient power for approximately 500,000 homes. GE will also provide operations and maintenance services at the site for a period of ten years. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Power, Mar., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy ,  Wind,  Merkur Offshore ,  


Juneau Considering Cost Cutting Energy Upgrades (Ind. Report)
Juneau Alaska,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-03-14
In Alaska, the Juneau Utility Commission reports it is in discussions with Wisconsin-based WPPI Energy concerning potential energy-efficiency upgrades at city and utility structures. WPPI Energy, which recently completed a brief survey of major city owned systems and facilities electric consumption, has identified pumps and machinery operated by the Juneau Water/Wastewater plant as accounting for 70 pct of all utility usage.

Total electric consumption for water pumping in 2013 was 131,648 Kwh, at a cost of $10,477, compared to 117,300 Kwh at $15,622 last year. The utility-wide totals came to 852,332 Kwh at $65,216 in 2013, compared to 787,307 Kwh at $75,888 in 2017. Source: Juneau Utility Commission, Daily Citizen, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: WPPI Energy, (608) 834-4500, https://wppienergy.org; Juneau Utility Commission, (920) 386-4808, www.juneauutility.com

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


Vestas Scores 72MW Stena Renewables Turbine Order (Int'l)
Vestas,Stena Renewable
Date: 2018-03-14
Vestas is reporting receipt of a 72MW wind turbine order from Goteborg, Sweden-based energy specialist Stena Renewable AB. The orderis for 16 V136-3.45 MW turbines with 3.6 MW power optimised mode specifically increased to 3.8 MW for its Kronoberget wind power project, and 3 V136-3.45 MW turbines in 3.6 MW Power optimized mode for the Fjallberget wind projects in southern Sweden.

The order includes supply, installation and commissioning as well as a 25-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Turbine delivery is slated to get underway in 2Q of 2019 for commissioning in Q3, 2019. (Source: Vestas, WindTech, Various Media, 12 Mar., 2018) Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Stena Renewable, +031-85 53 90, www.stenarenewable.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stena Renewable,  Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


UK Group Calls for Energy Efficiency Enforcement (Ind. Report)
Aldgate Group
Date: 2018-03-14
In the UK, a report from The Aldersgate Group is calling on Government to: stiffen and rigorously enforce commercial energy efficiency regulations such as Esos and MEES; raise commercial building standards; set clear policy goals to help unlock private sector finance; set and meet de-carbonisation targets; look at structural challenges in financing clean infrastructure; and create tax breaks for energy efficiency investment by businesses. The report also calls on government to lead by example and mandate greater energy efficiency across all publicly owned building stock.

Aldergate Group members, including Aviva, BT, Cemex, Ikea, Kingfisher, M&S, Nestle, Sky and Tesco, published recommendations to improve non-domestic energy efficiency.

Download the Aldgate Group energy efficiency recommendations HERE. (Source: Aldergate Group, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aldergate Group, +44 (0) 20 7841 8966, info@aldersgategroup.org.uk, www.alghergategroup.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Growthpoint Announces $94Mn Green Bonds Issuance (Int'l)
GrowthPoint
Date: 2018-03-14
In the Land Down Under, Victoria-headquartered Growthpoint Properties is reporting a $94 million Green Bonds issuance that will be used to fund green buildings and green initiatives to help address climate change in South Africa. The Green Bonds form part of Growthpoint's R20 billion Domestic Medium Term Note (DMTN) Programme and are listed on the JSE market.

Among the investors in the new Growthpoint Green Bonds is the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCB Fund), an initiative of KfW Development Bank and the German Government backed by additional investors. It aims to promote the development of African capital markets by acting as an anchor investor in primary bond issuance. It has invested around $70 million since inception in 13 countries.

Growthpoint is a leader in green building and climate change mitigation. Over 86 of its properties are green-certified buildings. The proceeds of the bonds will be used exclusively to finance or refinance Growthpoint's new and existing sustainable green properties and projects that reduce environmental impact.(Source: GrowthPoint, eProperet News, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: GrowthPoint, www.growthpoint.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds,  Climate Change,  


JA Solar Announces Merger Plan Approval (Int'l, M&A)
JA Solar
Date: 2018-03-14
Beijing-headquartered solar products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports the Company's shareholders have approved the previously announced merger among the Company, JASO Holdings Limited ( Holdco), JASO Parent Limited, an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands (Parent), and JASO Acquisition Limited, an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands and a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent, together with Holdco and Parent.

The Merger, the Plan of Merger, and the transactions contemplated thereby, were approved by over 90 pct of the ordinary shares voted.general meeting. (Source: JA Solar Holdings, PR, 12 Mar., 2018) (Contact: JA Solar Holdings, www.jasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Solar,  


France Commits €700Mn to International Solar Alliance (Int'l)
International Solar Alliance
Date: 2018-03-14
On Sunday in New Delhi, French President Emmanuel Macron committed €700 million to International Solar Alliance (ISA), an inter-governmental organization that aims to mobilize $1 trillion in funds for future solar generation, storage and technology across the world.

The 121-nation treaty-based organization was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. (Source: International Solar Alliance, Economic Times India, Reuters, 11 Mar., 2018) Contact: International Solar Alliance, www.intsolaralliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Solar Alliance,  Solar,  


Encavis Snares Solarcentury's 43.9-MW Dutch Solar Project (M&A)
Encavis AG, Solarcentury
Date: 2018-03-14
German solar and wind park operator Encavis AG -- formerly Capital Stage -- is reporting the acquisition of a 43.9-MW construction-ready solar park in the Netherlands province of North Brabant, from London-based UK solar developer Solarcentury.

The total investment, including debt financing, comes in at about about €44 million, according to Encavis. Solarcentury will hold a 20 pct stake in the project and will be responsible for the commercial and technical management of the park. (Source: Encavis AG, Renewables, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Encavis AG, Dierk Paskert, CEO, www.encavis.com; Solarcentury, +44 (0) 20 7549 1000, www.solarcentury.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Encavis AG,  Solarcentury,  Solar,  


Canadian Solar Announces New O&M Business Unit (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2018-03-14
Guelph, Ontario-headquartered solar module manufacturer Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has established a global business unit that will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for utility-scale solar power plants. The new unit is a result of the need to operate and maintain its own solar power plants in Ontario, Canada, which have been sold off to third-party asset owners.

Canadian Solar has more than 700 MW under operation and 1.2 GW contracted worldwide, according to its website. (Source: Canadian Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 12 Mar., 2018) Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, (519) 954-2057, www.canadiansolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Solar,  


Active Energy, Cobant Confirm Coal Slurry, Woody Biomass JV (Int'l)
Active Energy Group,Cobant
Date: 2018-03-14
UK-based Active Energy Group PLC reports it is partnering with Polish group Cobant on a new "Super Fuel" combining CoalSwitch and reclaimed coal from slurry dumps in Upper Silesia.

The JV project will assess the best ratio for a combination of reclaimed coal and Active Energy's wood-derived CoalSwitch biomass alternative. Sales initially would be in Poland but eventually roll-out across the European Union and central Europe both for power stations and domestics users. (Source: Active Energy Group, Proactive Investors, 13 Mar., 2018 Contact: Cobant, Pawel Woszczyk, CEO, www.cobant.pl; Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy Group,  Biomass,  Cobant,  


Ireland Joins Powering Past Coal Alliance (Int'l. Report)
Powering Past Coal
Date: 2018-03-14
In Dublin, Ireland's Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten reports his country will join the "Powering Past Coal" international alliance committed to ending the use of coal for power generation.cIreland was the 27th country to join the international alliance.

The move means a nationwide ban on the use of smoky coal by 2025, including at the 900-MW ESB Moneypoint generation station, the nation's largest power station. . The ESB has been reducing coal consumption since 2012 but has yet to announce an alternative energy source. ESB Moneypoint is Ireland's only remaining coal-fired powered station using approximately 2 million tpy of imported Coal. (Source: Irish Times, Mar., 2018) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, www.beyond-coal.eu; Powering Past Coal Alliance, www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/canada-international-action/coal-phase-out/alliance-declaration.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powering Past Coal,  Coal,  


Saskatchewan Still Rejecting Ottawa's Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canadan Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-03-14
In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government reports it has rejected the Province of Saskatchewan's requested exemption from the Liberal Gov. of Justin Trudeau's carbon pricing plan.

Saskatchewan's Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy doesn't include an explicit carbon tax and lowers the threshold of what is considered a "heavy emitter" from 50,000 tpy of emissions to 25,000 tpy. The provincial plan also calls for carbon offsets to be purchased by heavy emitters as well as a best performance credit for companies demonstrating low emissions or investments in reducing their emissions. The provincial government is refusing to accept the Canadian federal government's planned imposition of a carbon tax. (Source: Saskatchewan Environment Minister, Regina Leader-Post, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saskatchewan Environment Minister, Hon. Dustin Duncan, (306) 787-0393, https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government-structure/cabinet/honourable-dustin-duncan

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  


Landfill Cutting Organics to Reduce Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Date: 2018-03-14
In Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) reports receipt of $6 million in grant funding from the federal gas tax fund for the Alberni Valley Consolidated Strategic Landfill Diversion Program.

The program will cut the volume of organic waste entering the landfill and thus reduce landfill gas -- methane -- emissions from the facility. The project is expected to cost $7,425,472. (Source: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, PR, Alberni Valley News, Mar., 2018)Contact: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, www.acrd.bc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Metrhane,  


Notable Quote -- Renewable Fuel Standard and Corn Ethanol
Ethanol
Date: 2018-03-14
"The (Renewable Fuels Standard) law hasn't worked out as we intended. We've now had more than a decade of experience with it (corn ethanol) and it had the best of intentions. But it has turned out to be a well-intended flop.

"It actually doesn't cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, it expands them. It's had a significant impact on over-planting in fragile areas of the corn belt. It has had significant impacts on small engines. And it's also had a significant impact on feed prices -- and there is a lot of evidence it has increased the cost of food." -- Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) NOQ Report, 12 Mar., 2018 Contact: Rep. Peter Welch, (888) -605-7270, https://welch.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Corn Ethanol,  


Oregon Lawmakers Considering Ethanol Mandate Reforms (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-03-14
In Salem, Oregon legislators are considering The GREENER Fuels Act, a bill to reform the biofuels mandate and gradually reduce the amount of biofuels such as corn ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

It would also stop more land from being converted into biofuel sources and invest over $10 billion to restore lost fish and wildlife habitat over the next decade. Nationally, more than 7 million acres have been plowed to make way for biofuel feed stock crops such as corn and soy since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)standard came into force in 2007.

According to National Wildlife Federation Pres. Collin O'Mara, the legislation could correct a mistake Congress made 10 years ago. The bill would eliminate a loophole that allows older biofuel plants to bypass climate pollution standards, and would incentivize truly renewable biofuels, such as those derived from farm waste and plant cellulose.

Download the GREENER Fuels Act. HERE. (Source: Public News Service Oregon, 12 Mar., 2019)

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


Pruitt Looks to Limit RFS RINs Speculation (Reg & Leg)
Scott Pruitt
Date: 2018-03-14
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is considering limiting what he sees as speculative trade of ethanol Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) in an effort to keep prices down. .

"There's some things on the trading platform I think should happen no matter what. There seems to be a hoarding of RINs which inflates the price of RINs. Some have talked about limiting the participants who buy and sell, so you can get away from some of the speculation that's taking place," Pruitt told the Houston Chronicle.

Reforming the RINs program has been a top request of refiners and their allies in recent months, particularly after a major Philadelphia refiner declared bankruptcy in January, blaming RIN costs.

Pruitt also told the Houston Chronicle he supports letting fuel stations sell higher ethanol blends in the summer than they are currently allowed to, but only if such a change can withstand legal challenges. (Source: US EPA, Houston Chronicle, The Hill, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  RINs,  RFS,  Scott Pruitt,  


Battelle-Led MRCSP Touts CCSU Demo Project Success (Ind. Report)
Battelle,Core Energy LLC
Date: 2018-03-14
In Columbus, Ohio, a Battelle-led team known as Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) reports it has successfully stored 1,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of its large-scale demonstration project. The MRCSP demo is one of eight such DOE projects helping to develop and deploy carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology.

In the intervening decade since the project got underway Battelle began the third phase of injection in 2013 and, in conjunction with Traverse City, Michigan-based Core Energy LLC, is monitoring, verifying and accounting for the CO2 being used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the depleted oil fields of Michigan's Northern Reef Trend.

The MRCSP comprises a 10-state region that generates almost 25 pct of all electricity generated in the country -- more than half of that by burning coal. The MRCSP is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships in the U.S. established by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: Battelle, PR, Bus.Wire, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Core Energy LLC, www.coreenergyholdings.com; Battelle, Neeraj Gupta, Principal Investigator for the MRCSP, T.R. Massey, (614) 424-5544, masseytr@battelle.org, www.battelle.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership,  Battelle,  Core Energy ,  


energyOrbit Expanding WECC Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation,Energy Orbit
Date: 2018-03-14
In the Badger State, Madison-headquartered not-for-profit Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) reports it has secured energyOrbit and its cloud software to scale the operational management of their energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) programs.

WECC will leverage the new energyOrbit Marketplace portal to enhance customer engagement and increase participation in energy efficiency programs. The energyOrbit Marketplace provides home and business owners with a simple and intuitive online experience when looking for energy efficiency rebates and incentives.

Presently, 5 of the 15 largest investor-owned utilities in North America, and other public utilities, cooperatives and third-party implementers, use energyOrbit to manage $1.6 billion in energy efficiency incentive dollars. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: WECC, Mary Woolsey Schlaefer, President and CEO, (800) 969-9322, weccinfo@weccusa.org, www.weccusa.org; Energy Orbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , (866)628-8744 www.energy-orbit.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation,  Energy Orbit,  Energy Efficiency,  


Honeywell, UNEP Ink Clean Energy, Climate Change MoU (Ind. Report)
Honeywell, UN Environment
Date: 2018-03-14
Honeywell is reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to support energy efficiency, access to affordable and clean energy, and urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

To that end, the two entities have agreed to support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 and 13, and to focus on experience-sharing and programs to build capacity and enhance the contribution of the private sector in protecting the environment. (Source: Honeywell, ACHRnews, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com; UN Environment Program, Erik Solheim, Exec. Dir., +254 20 7621 234, executiveoffice@unep.org, www.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell,  UN Environment,  Climate Change,  


Baker Tilly Provides PACE Financing for Madison Hotel (Ind. Report)
Property Assessed Clean Energy
Date: 2018-03-14
Baker Tilly Capital, LLC, a U.S. boutique investment bank, reports it recently sourced a $1.5 million Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan and $5.1 million in Historic Tax Credits (HTC) to help convert a vacant warehouse into a new hotel in Madison, Wisconsin, the first closed deal for the PACE Wisconsin program.

PACE financing provides long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and other qualifying improvements made to a property.

The hotel will feature new historic replica windows, energy efficient aluminum window wall glazing systems and other insulation measures, high efficiency HVAC and lighting systems. (Source: Baker Tilly Capital, RE Journal, 12 Mar., 2018)Contact: Baker Tilly Capital, (312) 729-8000, www.bakertilly.com; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  Energy Efficiency ,  


Constellation Set for NYCHA Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
Constellation, New York City Housing Authority
Date: 2018-03-14
Constellation, an Exelon company, reports it is set to begin construction this month on $110 million in energy efficiency improvements spanning 340 buildings and more than 28,000 residences for the New York Housing Authority.

Energy conservation measures implemented via the two energy performance contracts (EPCs) are expected to save the Authority an estimated $8.4 million in the first year with continued savings through the 18-year performance period. The work will take place throughout NYCHA properties in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

The EPCs align with the NextGeneration NYCHA Sustainability Agenda, which commits to reducing energy consumption by 20 pct by 2026. Energy conservation measures to be implemented include exterior and interior LED lighting, building automation heating controls and water conservation. The project is slated to be completed in December 2019. (Source: Constellation, PR, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: NYCHA, www.nyc.gov/nycha; Constellation, David Snyder, (410) 470-9700, david.snyder@constellation.com, www.constellation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYCHA,  New York City Housing Authority ,  Constellation,  Energyu Efficiency,  


South Korean ETS Carbon Permit Rules Changed (Int'l Report)
South Korean Ministry of Environment
Date: 2018-03-14
In Seoul, the South Korean Ministry of Environment has mandated that beginning in 2019, South Korean companies will be required to purchase 3 pct of carbon permits assigned by the central government to each company at a monthly auction at the Korea Exchange during the second phase of the nation's emissions trading scheme (2018-20), also known as the South Korean ETS.

The permits were distributed to companies free during the first phase (2015-17). Companies eligible to join the auction are those with a bidding price equivalent to or higher than the minimum set by the environment minister each month. The list of industrial categories required to purchase permits will be announced this June. The permit cap for each category will be decided in September. These are the preliminary steps before Seoul's launch of the bidding system the following year. The ministry's latest carbon permit measures are part of the revised greenhouse gas emission trading scheme laws. (Source: South Korean Ministry of Environment Korea Times, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: South Korean Ministry of Environment, eng.me.go.kr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea ETS,  Korea Carbon Market,  Carbon Permit,  


WinnCompanies Completes DC Community Solar Project (Ind. Report)
WinnCompanies
Date: 2018-03-12
Boston-headquartered real estate and housing developer WinnCompanies is reporting completion of a 651-KW community roof-top solar project at its low-income Terrace Apartments complex in Washington, DC. The project was supported with $1.3 million in grant funding from the District's Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE's) Solar for All Program. Clean energy from the project will be fed into the DC utility grid through a net metering arrangement and the savings will be passed back to qualified low-income residents through credits reflected on their utility bills.

The Solar for All program seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households in Washington and reduce their energy bills by 50 pct by 2032. WinnCompanies has invested more than $50 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across its affordable housing portfolio over the past decade. (Source: WinnCompanies, Affordable Housing Finance, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: WinnCompanies, Gilbert Winn, CEO, Darien Crimmin, VP Energy and Sustainability, (617) 742-4500, info@winncompanies.com, www.winncompanies.com

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


NCGA Claims Negative Consequences of RFS Changes (Ind. Report)
RFS,National Corn Growers Associatiom
Date: 2018-03-12
Following up on our February 28th coverage, National Corn Growers Assn. (NCGA) president Kevin Skunes on March 1 commented as follows on the Trump White House meetings aimed at reaching a compromise to proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): "For corn farmers, the question for the ongoing White House discussions is simple -- what is the problem you are trying to solve? According to EPA, refiners don't have a problem. "EPA concluded in November that refiners are able to recover the cost of RINs through the prices they receive for refined products and that RIN values are not causing economic harm to refiners.

"For farmers, ethanol blending equals corn demand. Farmers care about RIN values, not because we want them to be high, but because we want the RIN market mechanism to work freely to incentivize (ethanol) blending. Increased blending will, in turn, lower RIN values, exactly the way the RFS is intended to work. Government manipulation of the RIN market, on the other hand, disrupts the incentive to blend."

An Iowa State study concluded that: a leading Renewable Fuel Standard reform proposal considered by policymakers would allow E15 sales throughout the year and implement a cap on D6 RIN prices between $0.10 to $0.20/RIN; while year-round sales of E15 would encourage retailers to sell the fuel, capping D6 RIN prices would reduce consumption of E15 and E85: a cap on D6 RIN prices between $0.10/gal to $0.20/gal would likely reduce the effective ethanol mandate from 15 billion gallons to about 14.3 billion gallons in 2018; and unless increased ethanol exports compensate for the reduced mandate, corn prices would decrease under the proposal's D6 RIN price cap. (Source: NCGA, Farm Equipment, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NCGA,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol Blends,  RFS,  


UK CO2 Emissions Dip to 1890's Levels (Int'l. Report)
UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2018-03-12
In its recently updated energy statistics, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) found that the U.K.'s CO2 emissions levels dropped by 2.6 pct last year due in part to an almost 52 pct decline in coal consumption. Oil and petroleum usage both increased slightly in 2017, but not enough to counteract the declines in CO2 linked to other fuels, according to a Carbon Brief analysis of the BEIS data.

The U.K. aims to cut its carbon emissions by 80 pct on 1990 levels by 2050. Presently, the country's carbon emissions sit at 1890's levels. (Source: UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Carbon Brief, CleanTechnica, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: BEIS, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department of Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


Vermont Towns Ink Climate, Renewables Resolutions (Ind. Report)
Vermont,Climate Change
Date: 2018-03-12
In Vermont, the Town of Bennington reports it and 35 other towns around the state have passed non-binding resolutions calling on the state governor and legislators in Montpelier to act on climate change.

The Bennington resolution calls on the state legislature and governor to "commit by act of legislation to the goal of meeting 90 pct of all energy needs within the state from renewable sources by 2050" and "ensure that the transition to renewable energy is fair and equitable for all residents."

350Vermont organizes, educates, and supports people in Vermont to work together for climate justice -- resisting fossil fuels, building momentum for alternatives, and transforming our communities toward justice and resilience, according to its website. (Source: 350Vermont, Bennington Banner, 11 Mar., 2018) Contact: 350 Vermont, (802) 444-0350, www.350vermont.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News 350 Vermont,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


The Case for More Energy Efficiency in New York -- NRDC Report Attached (Ind. Report)
NRDC
Date: 2018-03-12
More energy efficiency can help New Yorkers create new good clean energy jobs, enjoy better health, and save billions, according to the just released attached NRDC fact sheet.

The fact highlights the findings of several published studies that describe the many benefits of increased energy efficiency. "By adopting a bold and pioneering new energy efficiency initiative, Governor Cuomo can ensure New Yorkers enjoy all of them, which will improve the economy and clean our air," the fact sheet says.

Access the NRDC The Case for More Energy Efficiency in New York fact sheet HERE. (Source: NREDC, Mar., 2018) Contact; NRDC, www.nrdc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  NRDC,  


RMIT Claims Proton-Battery Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
RMIT University
Date: 2018-03-12
In the Land Down Under, researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne claim they have developed an environmentally friendly working rechargeable "proton battery" with the potential to store more energy than currently-available lithium ion batteries.

With some modifications and scaling up, the proton battery technology could be used for medium-scale storage on electricity grids as well as powering electric vehicles, household storage of electricity from solar PV panels, and other applications.

The RMIT working prototype uses a carbon electrode as a hydrogen store, coupled with a reversible fuel cell to produce electricity. A major potential advantage of the proton battery is much higher energy efficiency than conventional hydrogen systems, making it comparable to lithium ion batteries.

RMIT's research on the proton battery has been partially funded by the Australian Defense Science and Technology Group and the US Office of Naval Research Global. (Source: RMIT University, PR, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: RMIT University, Professor John Andrews, +61 3 9925 2000, www.rmit.edu.au

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


St. Lucia Community Launches Climate Change Project (Int'l)
Malgretoute Community Action Trust
Date: 2018-03-12
On the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, the Malgretoute Community Action Trust in Micoud reports it has partnered with the Premium Cocoa Producers Association to launch the Climate Change and Resource Management Project.

The public-private project, aims to contribute to Climate-smart practices for flood and other climate change related mitigation and response planning and improved environmental management. (Source: St. Lucia Times, 10 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Praj Considering EU 2nd Gen Ethanol Plants (Int'l)
Praj Industries
Date: 2018-03-12
Praj Considering EU 2nd Gen Ethanol Plants (Int’l) Following on our 1o May, coverage, Pune, India-based Praj Industries reports it is in advanced stage of discussions with several unidentified potential partners to establish second generation ethanol plants in two counties of the European Union.

According to Praj, its techno-socio-economic model of 2nd gen ethanol technology is already progressing in India and can be replicated in the developed region like Europe.

Praj Industries opened India's first integrated bio-refinery for renewable fuels and chemicals from agri-residue including rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, cane trash, corn cobs and stover, and other feedstocks in May, 2017. The second-generation bio-refinery demonstration plant boasts a 2nd generation ethanol production capacity of 1 million lpy.

The Indian governments is calling for a 20 pct ethanol blend ratio in auto fuels. To meet that goal, 10 to 12 second generation ethanol projects with an average 100,000 lpy capacity are expected to be developed. (Source: Praj Industries, Economic Times of India, 11 Mar., 2018)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net

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Kimberley Upgrades Bldg. Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Kimberly BC
Date: 2018-03-12
In British Columbia, the Kimberley City Council reports it has approved new changes to the city's existing Energy Efficient Building Incentive Program (EEBIP).

The current program provides an initial $500 discount on building permit fees to builders who conduct an energy evaluation of their house plans prior to construction, in order to identify and implement energy-efficient upgrades. An additional rebate is granted once a level of efficiency, within the BC Energy Step Code and EnerGuide Rating System, is achieved at the completion of construction. The building permit fees are returned to the builder based on an incremental scale of performance matching the BC Energy Step Code.

To date, 17 British Columbia communities have reportedly committed to implement Kimberley's standards following the step code model. (Source: City of Kimberly, BC Local News, 7 Mar., 2018) City of Kimberley, Troy Pollock, Planning Services, (250) 427-9664, TPollock@kimberley.ca, www.kimberley.ca

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Bolivia Investing in Sugar-Based Ethanol Expansion (Int'l)
Erthanol
Date: 2018-03-12
In a recent announcement, Bolivian, President Evo Morales indicated the Bolivian government and several sugar and fuel industry players would invest $1.6 billion by the year 2025 to increase ethanol made from sugarcane by 25 pct over existing levels.

Morales said that the project would increase the cultivation of sugarcane by 18,000 hectares (44,479 acres) to a total of 155,000 hectares by 2025 -- sufficient acreage to produce 8.2 million lpy of ethanol and 6.6 million liters of E85 ethanol blend within a period of seven years, President Morales noted. (Source: Latin American Herald Tribune, 10 Mar., 2018)

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Jamaican EECP Initiatives Deliver Energy Efficiency Savings (Int'l)
Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
Date: 2018-03-12
The Jamaican Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, reports various initiatives implemented by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) under the his agency's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) have to date realized $135 million in energy costs savings for government facilities -- public health, administrative, educational buildings, and facilitate training in best practices for energy efficiency and conservation.

The program's recent energy efficiency initiatives include; coating glass windows/doors to reduce the amount of heat entering buildings; improving cooling systems with maximum efficiency air-conditioning units; and installing cool-roofing systems. Over 40 government facilities have been upgraded to date. The EECP initiative is funded by international partners.(Source: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service, 8 Mar., 2018)Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, www.pcj.com

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Idaho, Boise Differ Over Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-12
In Idaho, the city of Boise (pop. 223,150) reports it has adopted the newest international standards for energy conservation in new homes. However, a bill advancing in the state legislature would prohibit Boise and other local jurisdictions from setting new or adopting standards higher than those legislated by the state.

The city's new building code requires more energy-efficient windows, more LED or fluorescent lights, and better insulation in home attics, walls or windows than the state requires. The logic of the city's initiative allows individual communities to align their design codes and criteria with their geography, wind conditions, climate and other relevant considerations rather than be bound by a statewide one-size-fits-all code that may or may need be ideal for its individual circumstances. (Source: Idaho Statesman, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Boise, www.cityofboise.org

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Carleton Taps Ontario Energy Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-12
In Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University reports its efforts to improve on campus energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas pollution is being supported by $7 million from the provincial government as part of Ontario's Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofit Program which is investing more $214 million in grants and up to $300 million in interest-free loans to retrofit college and university facilities in 2017-18.

The program fits within Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from Ontario's cap on pollution and carbon market system.

The funding will help reduce the university's carbon footprint by covering the cost of modernizing lighting, roofing and insulation, as well as other retrofits, upgrades and construction projects. (Source: Carlton Newsroom, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: Carleton University, (613) 520-2600, www.carleton.ca

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2G Energy Commissions Kroger Waste Biogas System (Ind. Report)
2G Energy
Date: 2018-03-12
2G Energy Inc., the North American subsidiary of the Germany-headed manufacturer of gas-fired combined and heat and power plants (CHP) is reporting commissioning of a 600 kW CHP facility at grocery giant Kroger company's K.B. Specialty Foods outlet in Greensburg, Indiana.

K.B. Specialty Foods in Greensburg has been a Zero Waste Facility since 2014, having diverted over 90 pct of its annual waste from going to landfill and processing it into bigas for energy production. (Source: 2G Energy, Bioenergy Int'l, Other, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: 2G Energy, Paul Glenister, Pres., CEO, (904) 679-3217 - Florida Office, www.2g-energy.com

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Gore Touts Ontario's "Superior" Cap-and-Trade System (Ind. Report)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-03-12
In his recent Toronto meetings with Liberal Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, former U.S. democratic presidential hopeful, VP and climate change fight pioneer Al Gore praised the province's recently mandated cap-and-trade system as "superior" to a carbon tax in fighting climate change. According to Gore, cap-and-trade lets government work directly with emitters to cut carbon emissions over time.

Ontario's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system is aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. To date, the system has contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Canadaian Press, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change

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JinkoSolar Downsizing Planned Jacksonville Operation (Ind. Report)
JinkoSolar
Date: 2018-03-12
Following up on our February 5th coverage, Shanghai-headquartered PV giant JinkoSolar reports it plans cut its originally anticipated manufacturing staff at its planned $50.5 million Jacksonville, Florida PV plant by 75. The plant was expected to come online before the end of 2019, according to company filing.

The new investment and hiring figures represents only 1/8 the total investment and 1/4 the employment originally planned. With the cutbacks, there will now be only one building rather than the originally planned two. (Source: Jinko Solar, pvMag., Others, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792, pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

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European Investment Bank Confirms Solar Commitment (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2018-03-12
Ahead of the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi, European Investment Bank (EIB) reported it provided €1.05 billion of new financing for solar energy projects around the world in 2017. The bank also confirmed strengthened engagement to support significant expansion of solar energy in developing and emerging economies.

The EIB notes it is committed to increasing support for climate related investment, including renewable energy, in developing and emerging economies to represent 35 pct of overall financing activity.

New EIB financing for solar investment in 2017 included backing for new projects in India, Mexico and Peru, as well as 13 EU countries. Since 2002 the EIB has financed more than €6.35 billion of new solar energy investment. (Source: EIB, PR, 9 Mar., 2018) (Source: EIB, www.eib.org

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Sawnee EMC Announces New "Virtual Solar" Program (Ind. Report)
Sawnee EMC
Date: 2018-03-12
Cummings, Georgia-headquartered Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sw-awnee EMC) is touting its new "Virtual Solar" energy program for residential and small commercial customers. The program enabales Sawnee EMC members to purchase the output of up to 20 "utility scale solar panels" at somewhere between $15.50 to $45 per month, depending on the amount of output desired and seasonal pricing differences. (Source: Sawnee EMC, PR, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: Sawnee EMC, Blake House, VP Member Services, (770) 887-2363, customerservice@sawnee.com, www.sawnee.com/virtual-solar

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Consumers Energy Wind Farms Powering GM Plants (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-03-12
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports that GM's Flint Metal Center and Flint Engine Operations are now fully powered by wind energy from Cross Winds Energy Park II, a new $90 million wind farm in Tuscola County. Both facilities will use about 110,000 total megawatt hours a year, according to the release.

The agreement was free of cost for GM which will use transferable renewable energy credits (RINs) to measure emission reduction at its manufacturing sites. Consumers handled direct investment and resourcing. GM plans to run one-fifth of its global facilities on renewable energy by the end of 2018 and all 350 operations by 2050. Consumer's Energy aims to produce more than 40 pct of its energy through renewable sources and energy storage by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, Crains Detroit Business, Mar., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Garrick Rochow, VP Operations, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550,info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

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Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
C40
Date: 2018-03-12
According to Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities, a study funded by C40, an international coalition of cities seeking to fight climate change and promote better environmental policy, has found the carbon footprint of big cities was larger than previously estimated, when all the products and services a city uses are included.

The report notes the difference between "consumer" cities such as New York and Paris, which have shrunken industrial sectors and lower local emissions, and "producer cities" in high manufacturing regions such as southeast Asia, which generate a lot of local pollution creating goods used elsewhere. This new calculus also showcases the value of local purchasing and food production.

The report points to strategies that can be used to cut consumption emissions, including smarter purchasing, buying local, and reducing waste. Food policy can make a big difference. Cities can also focus more on retrofitting older building to conserve power.

Download the Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities report HERE. (Source: C40, Curbed, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

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Notable Quote
Jerry Brown,C40
Date: 2018-03-12
"Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. Contact: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov; C40 Group, contact@c40.com, www.c40cities.org

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Notable Quote
Jerry Brown,C40
Date: 2018-03-12
"Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov; C40 Group, contact@c40.com, www.c40cities.org

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Aemetis' Riverbank Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Progressing (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-03-12
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports its Buffalo, New York-headquartered engineering firm ATSI has completed front-end loading (FEL) engineering work for its 12 million gpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Riverbank, CA. The integrated gas fermentation facility at the Riverbank plant combines LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology with InEnTec's arc furnace gasification technology.

Aemetis is presently working with vendors and contractors to coordinate the construction of the initial 12 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol in California, in addition to each subsequent phased build out. (Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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Pacific Ethanol, Aigas USA Ink CO2 Sales Agreement (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol,Air Liquide
Date: 2018-03-09
In the Golden State, Sacrament-based low-carbon renewable fuels and high-quality alcohol products producer Pacific Ethanol, Inc. reports it has inked an agreement with Air Liquide's Airgas USA to sell CO2 from the Pacific Ethanol Stockton plant.

Airgas plans to construct a liquid CO2 production plant adjacent to Pacific Ethanol's Stockton facility. The plant is expeced to be operational by the end of 2018, according to Pacific Ethanol. (Source: Pacific Ethanol Inc, PR 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Airgas, www.airgas.com

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So Sayeth Secretary Perry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Rick Perry
Date: 2018-03-09
"As we progress to a zero emission goal, we can still reduce emissions without draining the growth of our developing nations. Let us unleash innovation, let us invest in emission-free resources like nuclear and hydro [power] while at the same time making fossil fuels cleaner.

"We support those renewables. Not only are they ultimate clean fuel, but they are inexhaustible by definition." -- US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, 7 Mar., 2018)

Secretary Perry will also be remembered for his response when asked whether CO2 is the main driver of climate change? "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in. (Climate change is) one contrived phony mess." -- US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry

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Nashville's First Community Solar Park Underway (Ind. Report)
Nashville Electric Service
Date: 2018-03-09
In Tennessee, Nashville Electric Service and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) are reporting groundbreaking on the 17,020-panel Music City Solar community solar project in Nashville. The 2-MW solar park is slated for completion and commissioning this spring. (Source: Nashville Electric Service, 7 Mar., 2018) Contact: Nashville Electric Service, www.nespower.com; Music City Solar, www.gosolarmusiccity.com

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