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Invenergy Developing Two Western Iowa Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-29
Chicago-based wind energy developer Invenergy reports it is developing an 85 turbine wind farm in Sac County and an 85 turbine project in Ida County, Iowa. Both wind farms are designed to generate at least 200 MW of power -- sufficinet power for approximately 90,000 homes.

This would be Invenergy's second wind farm in Ida County. The Sac and Ida projects could be up and running by the end of 2019 or early 2020. Invenergy also has plans to develop a project in Iowa County in eastern Iowa. The clean energy company operates about 1,500 megawatts of wind energy in Iowa. (Source: Innvenergy, Iowa Public Radio, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  

Iowa Gov. Defends Energy Efficiency Program Cuts (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-08-29
In the Hawkeye State, Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) is defending a bill she signed that will scale back energy efficiency programs in her state by as much as two-thirds.

Under the new legislation, the contribution individual ratepayers make to energy efficiency will be capped at 2 pct of the ratepayer's electric or gas bill. Also, customers can now opt out of the program altogether. As a result, about $100 million a month will go directly back to utility customers instead of awarded to applicants for home energy audits, home retrofits, and energy efficient appliances and other programs. Under the new law, $120 million will still be available for energy efficiency projects each year. (Source: Iowa Public Radio, Aug., 2018).

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Energy Efficiency,  

China Growing Battery Energy Storage Capacity (Int'l. Report)
China Energy Storage Alliance
Date: 2018-08-29
According to the China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA), China had an operational battery-storage capacity of 389 megawatts (MW) at the beginning of 2018, Only 8 months later, China had added another 340 MW of additional capacity.

The battery-storage capacity is for storing excess electricity on the grid. Its main use is to smooth out the intermittent production of electricity from renewable energy sources of which China is a world leader.

CNESA also notes China currently has 30 GW of pumped hydro storage capacity, about 40 times that of battery storage. (Source: China Energy Storage Alliance , Quarts, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: China Energy Storage Alliance,

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

Trump's New Affordable Clean Energy Rule Fast Facts (Reg. & Leg.)
Clean Power Plan
Date: 2018-08-29
On August 21, 2018, the U.S. EPA proposed the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule which would establish emission guidelines for states to develop plans to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

The ACE rule would replace the 2015 (Obama administration) Clean Power Plan (CPP) which EPA has proposed to repeal because it "exceeded EPA's authority." The CPP was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and has never gone into effect.

The ACE rule has several components: a determination of the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for GHG emissions from coal-fired power plants, a list of "candidate technologies" states can use when developing their plans, a new preliminary applicability test for determining whether a physical or operational change made to a power plant may be a "major modification" triggering New Source Review, and new implementation regulations for emission guidelines under Clean Air Act section 111(d). The EPA notes that with CO2 emissions steadily declining:

  • EPA projects that, compared to a no CPP scenario, the ACE rule will reduce CO2 emissions in 2025 by between 13 and 30 million short tons, resulting in $1.6 billion in monetized domestic climate benefits;
  • EPA estimates that the ACE rule could reduce 2030 CO2 emissions by an amount equivalent to the annual emissions of up to 5 million cars. The rule could also reduce co-pollutant emissions by up to 2 pct.;
  • These illustrative scenarios suggest that when states have fully implemented the ACE rule, U.S. power sector CO2 emissions could be around 34 pct below 2005 levels;
  • CO2 emissions in the power sector have steadily declined in recent years due to a range of factors including market forces, technology improvements, regulatory and policy changes. As a result, the industry has increased the use of natural gas and renewable energy sources;
  • These trends have resulted in CO2 emission reductions even as the U.S. has sustained economic growth and job gains across the economy without the (Obama) Clean Power Plan ever going into effect;
  • The (Trump) ACE rule will continue this trend;
  • The power sector emitted roughly 1.9 billion tons of CO2 in 2017, compared to 2.7 billion tons in 2005 -- a 28 pct decrease.
  • Approximately 600 coal-fired electric generating units at 300 facilities could be covered by the ACE rule.

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. leads the world in reducing CO2 emissions with U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions falling by 14 pct between 2005 to 2017, with coal-related CO2 emissions down 39 pct over that period. During that time, global energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 21 pct.

    More information and additional fact sheets along with copies of the proposed rule and accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis are available HERE, (Source: US EPA, EIA, 27 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump.Carbon Emissions,  Clean Power Plan ,  

  • Notable Quote
    Progressive Policy Institute
    Date: 2018-08-29
    " (Republican Senator John) McCain's advocacy of carbon pricing played a key role in getting mainstream Republican economists, at least, to admit it was the most efficient climate policy. Unfortunately, the rabid anti-tax ideology of Grover Norquist has won out, leading most in the GOP to deny the climate problem rather admit that taxing carbon is the best solution." -- Paul Bledsoe, Energy Fellow and Strategic Adviser, Progressive Policy Institute, commenting on recently deceased Arizona Senator John McCain's position on carbon taxes and climate change.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Climeworks Raises $31Mn for CO2 Capture Technology (Int'l, Funding)
    Climeworks AG
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Zurich-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist Climeworks AG reports it has raised CHF30.5 million ($31.266 million) in equity funding, from existing and new private investors as well as Zurich Cantonal Bank. The financing round brings the Swiss company another step closer to achieving its vision of capturing one per cent of global CO2 emissions by 2025.

    Funds will be used to further industrialize Climeworks' modular and scalable direct air capture (DAC) technology, reduce costs significantly and prepare for mass production. Since 2017, the company has built nine direct air capture plants for three different market segments in 6 countries.

    In May 2017, Climeworks launched the world's first commercial DAC plant in Hinwil, Switzerland. In November Climeworks opened the world's first DAC plant in combination with underground sequestration of CO2 in Iceland. (Source: Climeworks AG, Equity Wire,28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Climeworks AG, Jan Wurzbacher and Christoph Gebald, co-founder and co-CEO, +41 44 533 2999,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climeworks AG,  

    $4.7Bn Not Enough, Iowa Corn Growers Tell Trump (Ind. Report)
    USDA,Iowa Corn Growers
    Date: 2018-08-29
    The USDA has announced details of a $4.7 billion trade mitigation and aid package for farmers facing possible loses due to the Trump administration's tariffs and trade uncertainty. The aid package will provide some short-term relief, but as Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, "it will not make farmers whole."

    Profitability is a huge concern for Iowa's corn farmers now facing the fifth consecutive year of declining farm incomes while facing high levels of uncertainty due to ongoing trade disputes and disruptions in the ethanol markets.

    The Iowa Corn Farmers Association's message to the Trump administration was clear -- "Corn farmers prefer to have market access to compete in a global marketplace, not rely on government assistance, for their livelihoods. Remove unnecessary trade barriers and restore our access to international markets." (Source: Iowa Corn Growers Association, PR, 27 Aug., 2018)Contact: Iowa Corn Growers Association, (515) 225-9242,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn,  USDA,  Corn Ethanol,  

    NorthWestern Energy's Montana Wind Project Becalmed (Ind. Report)
    NorthWestern Energy
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Souix Falls, South Dakota-headquartered wind energy developer NorthWestern Energy reports its proposed 320-MW, Beaver Creek wind energy and battery energy storage project in south-central Montana is on hold due to an impasse in negotiations over rates with NorthWestern Energy.

    The Beaver Creek project would include four, 80-megawatt wind farms north of Columbus. Developers say it would create 350 jobs during construction as well as $4 million a year in property taxes to Sweet Grass and Stillwater counties. But Beaver Creek owners claim NorthWestern Energy is not negotiating in good faith over the rates it would pay for that power. The developer is now asking the Montana Public Service Commission to settle the issue. (Source: NorthWestern Energy, 8KPAX News, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: NorthWestern Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NorthWestern Energy,  Wind,  

    Philippine Think Tank Opposes Biofuel Act Roll Back (Int'l)
    Philippine Department of Energy
    Date: 2018-08-29
    In the Philippines, the Center for Alcohol Development and Research think tank is warning that the possible suspension of the country's Biofuels Act will imperil the Philippine PHP 30-billion ($562,700.000) bioethanol industry and drive away foreign investment.

    The Philippines bioethanol industry consists of 11 bioethanol companies, each of which invested between PHP 3 billion and PHP 5 billion for a distillery with the capacity of 100,000 lpd, depending on the technology used.

    According to the Department of Energy, "The Biofuels Act is not about lowering the prices of gasoline. It is about the diversification of the sugar industry which empowers the marginalized farmers, sugarcane farmers, it is about rural development. It is about putting the people, making the people go to agriculture, developing our farms, providing a livelihood in rural areas rather than them moving away to Metro Manila."

    The Department of Energy previously called on the country's oil companies to roll out lower priced "Euro 2" diesel fuel in their retail stations to help mitigate the impact of rising inflation to consumers. (Source: Philippine Department of Energy, Center for Alcohol Development and Research, Manila Standard, 27 Aug., 2018)Contact: Philippine Department of Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  Philippines Ethanol,  

    UC Santa Barbara Lauded for Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    UC Santa Barbara
    Date: 2018-08-29
    The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index has tagged the University of California Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) as a top performer in three categories of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index. The annual index ranks the nation's most sustainable colleges and universities, as measured by AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

    Highlighting innovative and high-impact sustainability initiatives from STARS-rated institutions -- UCSB holds a STARS Gold rating for sustainability impact areas related to academics, engagement, operations and administration.

    In existing buildings and new construction, UCSB is committed to the US Green Building Council's LEED green building rating system with more than 278,000 square feet currently certified as either LEED Platinum or Gold. UCSB also has an indoor air quality policy, a green cleaning policy and is ranked fifth, earning 69 pct, compared to an average of just 16.9 pct for institutions of comparable size in sustainable investments.

    AASHE's STARS is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance. With nearly 800 participating institutions, it is the most thoroughly vetted and extensively tested system of its kind. (Source: UC Santa Barbara, Sept., 2018) Contact: UC Santa Barbara, Shelly Leachman, (805) 893-8726,,; AASHE, Meghan Fay Zahniser , Sustainable Campus Exec. Dir.,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Sustainability,  Energy Eficiency,  

    Aripack Offering NEOs Anaerobic Biogas Additive Option (Ind. Report)
    NEO Plastics
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Brooklyn New York-based packaging supplier Aripack reports it is partnering with 2017 plastics start-up NEO Plastics, also of Brooklyn, to offer a new option toward a zero-waste sustainability strategy that addresses the growing accumulation of plastics in landfills.

    NEO's organic plastics packaging additive converts waste in landfills to useful biogas and meets ASTM standards. NEO Plastics launched in late 2017. (Source: Aripack, Plastics Today, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: Aripack NEO Plastics, (646) 542-1499,; Aripack, (718) 398-4850,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  

    Ryze Renewables, Phillips 66 Renewable Diesel Plants Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ryze Renewables, Phillips 66
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Ryze Renewables, a producer of renewable fuels from non-edible renewable and waste feedstocks, reports construction is underway for two renewable diesel production facilities in Nevada. Once operational, these plants will manufacture high-cetane renewable diesel "drop in" fuel from agricultural oils and animal fats, using a patented hydrogenation technology that is more efficient than current conversion processes.

    When completed, the two facilities are expected to produce a combined 11,000 bpd of renewable diesel for Western U.S. and Canadian markets. Phillips 66 will supply both plants with feedstock and deliver the product.

    The first plant in Reno is expected to come online in mid-2019, while the second facility in Las Vegas will become operational early in 2020. (Source: Ryze Renewables, PR, AP, NewsOK, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ryze Renewables, Christopher Dancy, 949-812-7065,,; Phillips 66, Joe Gannon,,, Twitter @Phillips66Co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ryze Renewables,  Renewable Diesel,  Renewable Fuel ,  

    Cowichan Energy Plans Biofuel Stations Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Cowichan Energy Alternatives
    Date: 2018-08-29
    In British Columbia, biofuels producer and distributor Cowichan Energy Alternatives (CEA) is planning to grow its biofuels retail network in the Cowichan Valley with additional biofuels stations.

    The CEA currently processes approximately 500,000 lpy of biofuel from locally sourced used cooking oil The organization hopes to set up a second bio-fuel station at a cost of approximately $100,000 and to that end has applied to North Cowichan's Climate Action & Energy Plan for $30,000 in grant funding. The municipality is supplying $20,000 in funding.

    The CEA was founded in 2008 as a non-profit organization focused on providing energy and greenhouse gas emissions inventories and planning services, renewable energy feasibility studies and implementation, and leading community carbon offsetting initiatives through the Community Carbon Marketplace. (Source: Cowichan Energy Alternatives, Lake Cowichan Gazette, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Cowichan Energy Alternatives, (250) 597-1491,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  

    Energy Efficiency Saves Berkeley Schools $3.1Mn (Ind. Report)
    CMTA Energy Solutions,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Martinsburg, West Virginia, CMTA Energy Solutions reports electric power usage consumption at county schools has fallen by approximately 37 pct. It also notes that four more county schools are expected to score between the 98th and 100th percentile in the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR® program as a result of energy-efficiency performance contracted work at Berkeley County (W.Va.) Schools.

    Two years into an energy-savings performance contract, the schools have saved $3.1 million in utility expenses, and more renovations aimed at reducing building operating costs are planned, according to CMTA Energy Solutions. Eight other county school buildings are in the progress of receiving ENEGY STAR certification as a result of a $28 million energy-management project in which the school system embarked in May 2016 with the Kentucky-based firm, officials said.

    The work to date has included the installation of seven geothermal heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, replacement of boilers and chillers, installation of more than 23,000 LED lighting fixtures in 35 buildings, thermal "envelope" improvements, computer power management, and district-wide, web-accessible HVAC controls. (Source: CMTA Energy Solutions, Herald Mail, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: CMTA Energy Solutions, 502-326-3085,; ENERGY STAR,,

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

    Bay State Towns Score Green Community Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding, Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources reports it has awarded $250,000 in additional Green Community energy efficiency and energy improvement grant funding to six towns in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area.

    Among the six recipient communities, Orange and Royalston are new to the program this year, and will be eligible to apply for these competitive grants when the initial grants are exhausted. The town of Warwick was awarded $225,807 and is expected to collaborate with Northfield, which was awarded $244,929. The funds will be applied to school HVAC system improvements, upgrades to motors and drives, weatherization projects and other energy efficiency projects that are expected to reduce the regional school district's energy costs by $80,000 a year. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Athol Daily News, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Constellation's Ocean City 10-MW Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Constellation,Exelon,Delmarva Power
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In the Garden State, Ocean City reports it has partnered with Constellation, an Exelon company, to construct a 10-MW solar energy project incorporating more than 30,000 PV panels covering 113 acres.

    Ocean City will draw 3.5 MW of power from the completed while Eastman Chemical Company will acquire the remaining 6.5 megawatts. Eastman will use its portion to help power a manufacturing facility in Chestertown, Maryland. Delmarva Power will distribute the solar project's energy. In the first year, the solar energy system is expected to produce more than 5.6 million KWh of electricity for Ocean City and save taxpayers about $120,000 per year, according to Constellation's press release. Construction on the project is expected to be complete by the end of this year, with the solar panels up and running by early 2019. (Source: Constellation, Salisbury Daily Times, Delmarva Now, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact:Constellation, David Snyder, (410) 470-9700,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Delmarva,  Constellation,  Solar,  Exelon,  

    AFBF Comments on Biofuels Volumes, Small Refinery Hardship Waivers (Opinions, editorials & Asides)
    American Farm Bureau Federation
    Date: 2018-08-27
    "Though pleased with EPA's proposal to increase renewable fuel volumes, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) warned that the agency's excessive use of small refinery "hardship" waivers diminishes the likelihood that volume targets will be met.

    "EPA's excessive use (of small refinery waivers) will undermine the goals that were set by Congress to create a more robust renewable fuels industry and greater energy independence. EPA's actions could result in an estimated 1.5 billion gallons of lost demand for renewable fuels," the AFBF said.

    "EPA's proposed renewable fuels volume standards for 2019 would maintain the statutory requirement for conventional renewable fuel at 15 billion gallons, increase cellulosic fuels to 381 million gallons and bump up total advanced biofuels to 4.88 billion gallons. It would also increase the biomass-based diesel volume to 2.43 billion gallons for 2020.

    "The AFBF touted the Renewable Fuel Standard's many successes, including the growth it spurred within the agriculture sector as corn and soybean farmers expanded their crop production to meet growing demand for corn- and soybean-based biofuels.

    "Beyond the boost to the agricultural economy, the RFS2 is intended to spur investment in cleaner, domestic fuels; give consumers more choices at the pump; lower gas prices; and boost the country's energy security. But EPA has allowed dozens of oil refineries off the hook from their legal obligations to blend renewable fuels with gasoline and diesel fuel, which is jeopardizing this progress, according to Farm Bureau.

    "Given the accomplishments of the RFS program to date, EPA's excessive and unreasonable use of the small refinery waiver dampens the prospects for reduced emissions and increased energy security," the organization cautioned.

    "AFBF also addressed the RIN market as it relates to the current RFS2 program, noting that RINS are functioning properly and providing incentives for refiners to offer higher blends of ethanol in the market at prices that are increasingly competitive with conventional gasoline. A RIN is a serial number assigned to a batch of biofuel for the purpose of tracking its production, use and trading.

    "In addition, the organization emphasized that the petroleum industry's unwillingness to offer higher blends of biofuels should not be taken as evidence that the RFS2 is unworkable. Rather, it is evidence that they are unwilling to adapt to policies enunciated by Congress. But making space in the market for alternative fuels that contribute to energy independence, environmental improvement, and economic development is exactly the point of RFS2." (Source: American Farm Bureau Federation, FBNews, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: American Farm Bureau Federation, Sarah Brown Dirkes, Exec. Director, Industry Relations, (202) 406-3684,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  EPA,  

    DOE Releases 2017 Wind Market Reports (Ind. Reports Attached)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-08-27
    The U.S. DOE's recently released three wind energy market reports for 2017 note that as wind installations continue across the country and offshore wind projects move beyond the planning process, technology costs and wind energy prices continue to fall. The reports cover land-based utility scale, distributed, and offshore wind. Highlights from 2017 reports prepared by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory include:
  • The U.S. wind industry installed 7,017 MW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity to nearly 89 GW:
  • In total, 41 states operated utility-scale wind projects. Texas leads the nation with over 22 GW of wind capacity, while Oklahoma, Iowa, California, and Kansas have more than 5,000 MW;
  • Another 13 states have more than 1,000 MW;
  • In 2017, wind energy contributed 6.3 pct of the nation's electricity supply, more than 10 pct of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30 pct in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota;
  • Larger turbines with longer blades are enhancing wind plant performance. Wind projects built in the past few years have seen capacity factors increase by 79 pct compared to projects installed from 1998 to 2001;
  • The average installed cost of wind projects in 2017 was $1,611 per KW, down 33 pct from the peak in 2009 -- 2010:
  • The U.S. wind industry supported more than 105,000 jobs and saw $11 billion invested in new wind plants in 2017.

    A separate 2017 Distributed Wind Market Report, prepared by DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, highlights the following:

  • In total, U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 1,076 MW. This capacity comes from roughly 81,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam;
  • In 2017, Iowa, Ohio, and California led the nation in new distributed wind capacity installed as a result of large-scale turbines installed by commercial and industrial facilities and electricity distribution utilities;
  • 35 pct of distributed wind projects installed in 2017 were residential , and 25 pct were agricultural installations;
  • U.S. manufacturers of small wind turbines and their supply chain vendors are located in 27 states;
  • Between 2015 and 2017, U.S.-based small wind turbine manufacturers accounted for $226 million or more in export sales.

    A third report, the 2017 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Update, prepared by the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, found the following:

  • The U.S. offshore wind industry recently took a leap forward as commercial-scale projects were competitively selected in Massachusetts (800 MW), Rhode Island (400 MW), and Connecticut (200 MW);
  • New York, New Jersey, and Maryland also have offshore wind projects in the development pipeline;
  • The U.S. offshore wind project pipeline has reached a total of 25,464 MW of capacity across 13 states, including the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016;
  • In Europe -- where most offshore wind development has occurred to date -- recent offshore wind project auctions have continued the trend of developers committing to lower electricity prices for projects that will be operating in the 2020s;
  • New offshore wind turbines are being developed with 10 -- 12 mw of capacity (compared to an average capacity of 2.3 MW for land-based turbines and 5.3 MW for offshore wind turbines installed in 2017). As a result, demand is increasing for specialized ships that will be able to install these very large turbines in U.S. waters;
  • About 60 pct of the U.S. offshore wind resource lies in deep waters. Developing a project in deep waters requires wind turbines on floating foundations;
  • In the U.S., floating offshore wind projects have been proposed off the coasts of Maine, California, and Hawaii.

    Report details are HERE. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, Aug., 2018) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office,  

  • Woodstock NY Sees Energy Saving with LEDs (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In New York State, the Woodstock Town Board reports it is considering upgrading its out dated mercury vapor street lighting to LEDs through an energy efficiency program from the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

    The town presently leases its streetlights from Central Hudson. Out of 129 streetlights, Central Hudson has already converted 26 to longer lasting and more energy efficient LEDs, which are expected to save the town approximately $24,000 in energy costs per year.Pat Courtney Strong of the Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium. Total materials and labor will cost the town $89,610.53, according to NYPA estimates. (Source: hv1, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: NYPA Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium, (845) 331-2238,; Town Of Woodstock NY,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Street Light,  NYPA,  

    CBRE Toasts Chicago Offices as Nation's Greenest (Ind. Report)
    CBRE Group
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Chicago is the national leader in energy efficient office buildings for the second year in a row. The Windy City gained a nearly six point spread over second-place San Francisco, marking the largest spread ever recorded in the Index, according to the 2018 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University.

    The fifth annual U.S. Green Building Adoption Index by CBRE and Maastricht University analyzed green certified office space across America's 30 largest metros, and found the highest in the index's history at 41 pct of market totals. "Green" office buildings hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, USGBC LEED certification or both. According to the report, 11.5 pct of all buildings surveyed are ENERGY STAR labeled, while 5.0 pct of buildings are LEED certified, both at all-time highs for the five-year study.

    According to the report, 69.8 pct of the office buildings in Chicago are market certified green and 265 buildings are green. San Francisco claimed the second spot with 64 pct of all space green certified, and Atlanta maintained the third spot with more than 58 pct. Los Angeles and Minneapolis claimed fourth and fifth place respectively.

    In 2019, the city plans to implement the Chicago Energy Rating System, to make energy use information for large buildings easily accessible while encouraging additional energy savings. If all buildings with ENERGY STAR scores below 90 were to improve their scores by only 10 points to earn one additional star in the new Rating, buildings would see savings of over $70 million per year. In April 2017, the Mayor announced that by 2025 all Chicago public buildings will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. That transition means that eight percent of the city-wide electricity load or 1.8 billion KWh will come from clean and renewable sources. This follows the 2013 commitment that the City made to eliminating coal from its electricity supply. (Source: City of Chicago, PR, Prairies State Wire, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Chicago Mayor's Press Office, 312.744.3334,; CBRE, David Pogue, VP Global Client Care, CBRE U.S. Green Building Adoption Index,,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    JA Solar Supplies PERC Modules for Aramex Solar Project (Int'l)
    JA Solar,IMG Solar,
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Beijing, solar products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports it has delivered 3.2MW of mono passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) modules for a solar project in Dubai Logistics City, e regional transportation hub.

    The project, which is reportedly the largest single-rooftop solar project in the MENA region, is constructed on a turnkey basis by Jordan's IMG Solar and is expected to generate 5,000,000 kWh of electricity per year. (Source: JA Solar, ME Construction News, 26 Aug., 2018) Contact: JA Solar Holdings,;IMG Solar IMG Solar,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Solar,  

    Trump Tower Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Slammed -- Climate Works for All Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In its latest report, the not-for-profit ALIGNNY organization contends that large buildings owned by Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner's family, are some of the biggest polluters and emitters of greenhouse gases in the city. ALIGNNY says New York City can and must take bold steps to fight climate change by requiring energy efficiency improvements at Trump's and Kushner's buildings, as well as other large buildings that are contributing to the crisis.

    According to The Environmental Impact of Trump Tower -- No LEED, a report by the Urban Green Council, the average Energy Star scores for residential and office buildings in New York City are 60 and 75, respectively. In 2015, Trump Tower's last recorded year available on public record, the building received an Energy Star score of 48 out of 100, which means the tower is in the bottom half of its category for energy conservation. (Eleven of his 15 properties at the time fell below 50.) As president, Trump has asked Congress to eliminate $42 million in federal funding for the ENERGY STAR program, which is led by the EPA.

    According to a 2015 study by the Alliance for a Greater New York, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of other large residential buildings in New York City. In 2018, HuffPost also reported the tower's average energy use intensity is 208, while the average office building uses 186. Luxury properties in New York, which include the tower, make up 2 pct of buildings in the city but produce nearly 50 pct of its climate-altering emissions.

    Download ALIGNNY details, Climate Works for All Report HERE. (Source: ALIGNNY, MIC, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Align New York, (646) 676-4300,,; ENERGY STAR,,; Urban Green Council, (212) 514-9385,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Footprint,  Trump Tower,  ENERGY STAR,  

    0.01 pct of Korean Conglomerates Power from Renewables (Int'l)
    Korea Energy Management Corporation
    Date: 2018-08-27
    According to the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO), an affiliate of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, only 0.01 pct of the power consumed by South Korea's corporate giants is sourced from renewable energy.

    The 2017 figures show that the 2,950 companies that submitted their usage figures used 97,573 toe, which represents 42 pct of domestic energy consumption. Only 9,653 toe of this derived from new and renewable energy produced directly. This can be blamed on the fact that there are basically no related tax penalties or regulations, despite the fact that companies' energy consumption is directly proportional to the greenhouse gas emissions for which they are responsible under the country's cap-and-trade system.

    Under the cap-and-trade system regulations, companies are required to either produce 5 pct of their total power through renewable energy facilities or to make up the shortfall by buying renewable energy certificates (REC) from producers of renewable energy. The mandatory supply ratio goes up one percentage point each year and is set to reach 10 pct by 2023. (Source: Korea Energy Management Corporation, HANKYOREH, 26 Aug.,2018) Contact: Korea Energy Management Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Cap-and-Trade,  Korea Energy Management Corporation,  

    Indian Jatropha Biofuel Blend Flight Completed (Int'l. Report)
    Jet Biofuel
    Date: 2018-08-27
    India's first ever biofuel flight, operated by SpiceJet, completed its maiden trip toda. A 78-seater aircraft Bombardier Q400 aircraft, partially using biojet fuel, took off from Dehradun and landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

    The biofuel for the flight was developed and tested by Dehradun-based CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum. SpiceJet's biofuel is a mix of the oil extracted from the seeds of Jatropha plant and regular aviation turbine fuel, the airline said. (Source: SpiceJet, NDTV, DNA, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, +91 135 252 5722,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Jatropha biofuel,  

    RadiusPoint, Energy Professionals Partnering (Ind. Report)
    RadiusPoint,Energy Solutions Manager
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Orlando, Florida-headquartered telecom and utility expense management provider RadiusPoint and virtual energy manager Energy Professionals, are touting a mutually-beneficial relationship under RadiusPoint's Partner Program.

    In this strategic partnership, Energy Professionals will offer RadiusPoint clients: energy analysis based on business objectives and risks; energy efficiency and monitoring to help conserve energy; energy procurement; planning, implementing, and monitoring activities of utilities, and others.

    RadiusPoint will provide Energy Professionals client's the ability to track and store utility data to ensure on-time payments while comparing against activities for vacant cost recovery utilizing RadiusPoint's intelligent Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), ExpenseLogic™. (Source: RadiusPoint, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: RadiusPoint, Sharon Watkins, CEO; TSG Enterprises LLC (dba RadiusPoint), Savanna Chrostowski, 407-657-4169,,

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

    Sustane Technologies Plastics-to-Fuels Plant Wins Conditional Environmental Approval (Reg & Leg)
    Sustane Technologies
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Nova Scotia, Sustane Technologies Inc. reports receipt of a conditional environmental assessment approval to collect and process up to 50,000 tpy of municipal garbage into biomass pellets, diesel and kerosene at a plant at Kaisers Meadow near Chester.

    Those conditions of approval specify the types of raw material the company can bring in and process. The company must also develop and follow plans to monitor air quality, groundwater, noise levels and the effects of flaring and lighting on birds as well as create a map of species at risk in the project area. The company must also create a contingency plan for accidents. All of the conditions must be met before the company can apply for the industrial approval necessary for operations startup.

    When fully operational, the plant will produce both synthetic kerosene for onsite use, and about 9,000 lpd of synthetic diesel which will be sold. (Source: Sustane Technologies, CBC, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Sustane Technologies, Peter Vinall, CEO, (902) 200-1642,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustane Technologies,  

    Chile's Punta Sierra Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Punta Sierra,China State Power Investment Corporation
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In Santiago, Pacific Hydro is reporting its 32 turbine, $140 million Punta Sierra wind farm in Chile is now online.

    The 82 MW facility is the Pacific Hydro's first wind farm in Chile and the first wind farm financed by China State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) in the South American country.

    Punta Sierra wind farm incorporates 32 Goldwind turbines of 2.55 MW and will offset 100,000 tpy of CO2 while supplying sufficient energy for approximately 130,000 homes per year. (Source: Pacific Hydro, Santiago Times, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pacific Hydro,; China State Power Investment Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Hydro,  Wind,  Punta Sierra,  

    Notable Quote
    Date: 2018-08-27
    "The Trump administration wants to move forward implementing the RFS within the spirit and letter of the law. We want to provide more certainty for the renewable volume obligations. So far, this administration has been on time in setting the RVOs each year and that provides more certainty for producers and consumers. We will continue to do that." -- Andrew Wheeler, EPA Acting Administrator, 25 Aug., 2018

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

    New EPA Administrator Wheeler Touting Trump's "Affordable Clean Energy Rule" (Reg & Leg)
    Coal,Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Greg Pruitt's replacement at the EPA, Andrew Wheeler has been making the rounds in Kentucky coal country touting President Donald Trump's Affordable Clean Energy Rule, a new plan aimed at aiding the beleaguered coal industry.

    Trump's proposal aims to replace the Obama administration's signature effort to slow global warming by limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants. To that end, Trump's plan broadly increases each individual state's authority to decide how to regulate coal plants, the reasoning being that states that are heavily into coal and other fossil fuels will legislate favorably toward its fossil fuel industries.

    Even so, Wheeler claims carbon emissions would continue decreasing under Trump's plan, albeit, not as quickly as under Obama's plan which Trump claims was tantamount to a "war on Coal." The Trump administration has acknowledged that the increased emissions from aging coal plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the U.S. billions of dollars. (Source: Various Media, LEX 18, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: EPA, Andrew Wheeler, Administrator,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Clean Coal,  Clean Power Plan,  Trump,  

    Winchester Slashes Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Winchester City
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In the UK, the Winchester City Council reports it has slashed he city's carbon emissions by almost 10 pct during the year to April 2017 -- 22.5 pct below the baseline year of 2009/10. The council aims to cut city's carbon footprint by 20 pct by 2020/21, relative to 2015/16 levels. The population of Winchester ia 116,000 plus or minus. (Source: City of Winchester, Hampshire Chronicle, 25 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

    Xcel Undeterred in Carbon Emissions Goals (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Further to our June 8th coverage, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy notes it remains committed to its carbon emissions goals and creating clean energy for its customers despite the Trump administration's reversal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan coal pollution rules.

    The new EPA Affordable Clean Energy Rule proposal would give states leeway on whether to limit emissions and by how much and allow older power plants to operate longer.

    Xcel has coal plant operations in Becker, Minn. It has three units working and one united scheduled to be retired in 2023 and another in 2026.

    Since 2005 Xcel has reduced carbon emissions 33 pct in the Upper Midwest -- a level that is ahead of the former U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement. Xcel projects a 50 pct reduction in emissions by 2022. The company's current Upper Midwest energy mix is 58 pct carbon free -- 29 pct nuclear, 18 pct wind, 10 pct other renewables and 1 percent solar. The remaining mix is 30 pct coal and 12 pct natural gas. the company notes. By 2022, Xcel projects the Upper Midwest numbers to be 76 pct carbon free. (Source: Xcel Energy, 24 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP Policy and Federal Affairs,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  

    ARENA Funds Woody Biomass-to-Biofuels Feasibility Study (Int'l)
    ARENA,Boral Limited
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it will provide up to $500,000 in funding to Boral Timber, a subsidiary of Boral Limited, to investigate construction of a "second-generation" biofuels refinery at Herons Creek near Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

    Boral Timber's $1.2 million study will explore the technical and financial viability of establishing a biorefinery using innovative technology, which would see biofuels derived from waste sawmill residues from its Herons Creek sawmill. According to the company, the proposed $50 million plant could process up to 50,000 tpy of waste sawmill residue into transport-grade renewable diesel and bitumen. (Source: ARENA, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773,,; Boral Limited,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass-to-Fuel,  

    Forest City Realty Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Forest City Realty Trust
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In Cleveland -- "The Best Location in the Nation' -- Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. reports it has been recognized as a LEED Power Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council; Green Lease Leader by The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and The DOE's Better Buildings Alliance; ENERGY STAR Charter Tenant Space recognition by the U.S. DOE.

    Forest City and 10 other companies earned Gold landlord recognition as part of the Green Lease Leaders program, which recognizes innovative companies and real estate practitioners who manage high-performance buildings through energy efficiency and sustainability. The company also was one of nearly 50 organizations to be recognized as part of ENERGY STAR's Charter Tenant Space program, which was designed to strengthen landlord-tenant relationships and shared commitment to energy efficiency.

    Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $7.9 billion in consolidated assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of office, apartment and mixed-use real estate nationwide. (Source: Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., PR, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Forest City Realty Trust, David LaRue , CEO,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; ENERGY STAR,,

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

    EU Banning Halogen Bulbs, Pushing Switch to LEDs (Int'l Report)
    European Union
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In Brussels, the the European Union (EU) is all set to ban the sale and use of halogen light bulbs and encouraging the switch to more energy efficient LED lights, effective September 1, 2018.

    The ban is a part of the final stage of the EU energy rules directive (EC 244/2009) that has banns less efficient light sources, with the aim of improving energy efficiency and cutting the carbon footprint across the EU. The EU banned the traditional incandescent light bulbs in 2009.

    According to lighting industry giant Philips, consumers can expect savings of up to £112 a year from the switchover because LEDs last much longer than halogens and use far less power. (Source: Indian Express, Philips, Guardian, 23 Aug., 2018)

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

    NSW Accelerates Gov. Bldg. Rooftop Solar Program (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In the Land Down Under, the Government of New South Wales (NSW) state reports it will be accelerating the roll-out of solar panels and has set a target to achieve 25,000 MWh per year of rooftop solar on government buildings by 2021 , increasing to 55,000 MWh a year by 2024. Solar energy targets will be implemented through the Government Resource Efficiency Policy. (Source: NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, 02 9995 5347,, Funding for the projects is being made available from the NSW Government's Climate Change Fund.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  Australia Solar,  Solar,  PV,  

    Ameresco Completes Stewart Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting the completion of an energy efficiency project serving the municipal government buildings of Stewart County, Tennessee.

    Under the $515,960 Energy Services Agreement, Ameresco guaranteed an annual energy savings to the County through 2028. Funding for the project was complemented with a $250,000 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant and over $20,000 in utility rebates and rate savings. Energy efficiency improvements included high efficiency LED lighting and lighting controls, new windows and doors, HVAC and boiler control upgrades at the Courthouse, County Library, Courthouse Annex, Administrative Building, and three EMS Facilities which provide ambulatory services. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ameresco (508) 661-2288,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NZ Considering Compulsory Office Bldg. Energy Ratings (Int'l)
    New Zealand Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-08-24
    The 450 member New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) reports it is lobbying the Government for compulsory energy efficiency ratings for commercial buildings, similar an Australian mandate. In 2017, made it compulsory for commercial space of 1000 square metres and more for lease and sale to have an energy efficiency rating.

    In New Zealand's building energy ratings are voluntary while neighboring Australia has had a mandatory building energy ratings system since since 2009. A 2015 Australian report -- Commercial Building Disclosure -- estimated $44 million in energy savings and $168 million in energy rating system. (Source: New Zealand Green Building Council, Stuff, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: New Zealand Green Building Council, +64 9 379 3996,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Zealand Green Building Council ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-08-24
    "If we are intellectually honest with one another, we'll say, yeah, the observations show the planet is warming. The evidence of the models suggest that it's human-induced, or there's a strong human signal ... but we don't know everything there is to know about the nitrogen cycle, about all the carbon cycling, all this stuff. Carbon sequestration. We don't know."

    "Is there a tipping point for climate change? I don't know. The planet's incredibly resilient. So what do I feel about it? Well, my feeling is the planet ... you can kick it in the butt really, really hard, and it will come back." -- Former University of Oklahoma meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier -- President Trump's nominee to be the top White House science and technology adviser

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

    New Power CCS Testing Underway in Texas ((Ind. Report)
    Net Power
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Further to our June 1 coverage, Net Power LLC, a new 25-MW demonstration power plant combined-cycle natural gas plant in LaPorte, Texas, could reportedly change the economics of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). The plant is the world's only industrial-scale supercritical CO2-based power plant.

    The $140 million Net Power demo plant was developed without federal funding and is currently undergoing testing and validation. The plant is based the Allam Cycle, which uses a new, first-of-kind commercial-scale turbine and combustor developed by Toshiba specifically for the process. The Allam Cycle eliminates most emissions from natural gas power generation without scrubbers by using CO2 as a working fluid mixed with natural gas or syngas to drive a combustion turbine.

    Net Power LLC is a joint venture team that includes 8 Rivers Capital, which owns the patent for the Allam Cycle, McDermott International, and Exelon. New CCS projects like Net Power could benefit from an expanded CCS tax credit approved by Congress earlier this year. Companies that capture carbon can earn a tax credit of between $35 to $50 per ton, more than double a previous CCS credit and free of a cap on the credit, according to Energy News. (Source: NetPower LLC, Energy News Record, Aug., 2018) Contact: NET Power, Charlie Bowser, Pres., (919) 667-1800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Power,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  

    NYSERDA Releases Municipal Solar Development Toolkit (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-24
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has released the newest chapter of the New York Solar Guidebook with the Municipal Solar Procurement Toolkit.

    The Toolkit provides guidance and resources for communities seeking to develop solar projects on underutilized properties such as landfills and brownfields and supports recent revisions to the NY-Sun Megawatt Block Program which provides financial incentives for developing solar projects in those areas.

    The New York Solar Guidebook is designed to help municipalities and officials engage in informed decision making about the potential benefits, effects and impact on the community's character that renewable energy projects may bring. It contains tools, step-by-step instructions, and information about solar project permitting, inspection, property taxes, land leases and more. Aditionally, NYSERDA offers free technical assistance to help municipalities implement the policies and practices for becoming solar-ready communities.

    The Empire State presently has more than 1,300 MW of installed and operating solar capacity, or enough to power approximately 229,000 homes, and is rapidly adding more every day.

    Download the New York Solar guide book details HERE. (Source: NYSERDA, Aug., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  NYSERDA,  

    Vivint Solar Leases Now Available in Sunshine State (Ind. Report)
    Vivint Solar
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Utah-based residential solar specialist Vivint Solar, Inc. is reporting the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved its solar lease product proposal allowing Sunshine State homeowners to install Vivint solar panels for no money down and receive guaranteed solar production.

    Under a lease agreement, Vivint Solar designs and installs a residential solar energy system for no upfront cost and the homeowner-customer customer pays a fixed monthly amount that is usually less than their local utility fee. On average, Vivint Solar customers save up to 20 pct relative to their current utility rates. The lease includes allnecessary permitting, installation and maintenance. (Source: Vivint Solar, PR, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: Vivint Solar, Helen Langan, Communications, (385) 202-6577,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivint Solar,  Solar,  

    Sunnova Expanding Solar Lease, Loan Options in Illinois (Ind Report)
    Sunnova Energy
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Houston, Texas-headquartered residential solar and energy storage service provider Sunnova Energy reports it is expanding into the state of Illinois, starting with its 25-year solar lease options and quickly adding solar loan products. With the addition of Illinois, Sunnova now operates in 23 U.S. states and territories.

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Illinois currently only generates 0.7 pct of its electricity from solar. While he Illinois Power Agency aims to source 25 pct of the state's energy from renewables by 2025, the state is currently ranked 33rd among states in terms of solar growth. (Source: Sunnova Energy, CleanTechnica, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Sunnova Energy, (281) 985-9900,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunnova Energy,  Solar,  

    Geneva Airport Grounds Renewable Jet Fuel Project (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj reports that due to funding shortfalls Geneva Airport has decided not to proceed with its September, 2017 plan to replace 1 pct of the conventional jet fuel used for aircraft with renewable jet fuel in a pilot project with Neste.

    Neste also reports it will continue renewable jet fuel production as planned and volumes will increase year-on-year. With the company's planned additional 1 million ton renewable product capacity in Singapore, renewable jet fuel production is estimated to increase significantly by 2022.

    Under the umbrella of Neste Green Hub, Neste continues efforts linked to the reduction of CO2 emissions in aviation and to support the objectives set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for carbon-neutral growth in aviation from 2020.

    Neste Green Hub connects key stakeholders and creates a platform where airports, solutions providers, airlines, authorities, local community and passengers all unite and contribute to more sustainable traveling. Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel is an essential element in the Green Hub initiative. (Source: Neste, euronews, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  

    Hanwha Q Cells Eying Latin American Market Potential (Int'l)
    Hanwha Q Cells
    Date: 2018-08-24
    South Korean solar cell and module maker Hanwha Q Cells Co. reports it will showcase its products at the Intersolar South America 2018 trade show next week in Sao Paulo. The initiative is intended to to explore and gage opportunities in new markets.

    The three-day event, which is expecting 240 corporate exhibitors, will mark the first time for the Korean company to take part in the trade fair in South America which is an optimal market for solar power generation given its abundant sunlight and long sunshine hours.

    Hanwha Q Cells plans to expand its presence in the local PV market from large power plants to residential and commercial use. (Source: Hanwha, Maeil Business News Korea, Aug., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells,  Solar,  

    Cielo Touts First Aldersyde Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
    Cielo Waste Solutions
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. is reporting the first production of raw distillate (renewable fuels) from its commercial refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta. The facility uses its patent-pending technology which converts garbage-derived feedstocks, including wood and agriculture waste, sorted municipal solid waste and other cellulous waste products into high grade renewable diesel.

    As previously reported, the Company will be following a staggered approach to adding biomass (garbage) by adding increasing amounts of feedstock until the optimal mix is achieved. Once sufficient raw distillate is produced, the next stage will be to remove the sulphur and to separate the distillate into naphtha, kerosene and diesel. The company anticipates its first sale will be in mid-fall of 2018.

    As Cielo progresses through the current commissioning stage, modifications to both design and construction intended to improve the processes continue to be made. Originally, the Company's plan for Phase I was to build a refinery targeting a nominal production rate of 356 lph. The company reports that continued improvements have increased targeted outputs to between 500 and 1,000 lph for Phase I. The completion of Phase I (i.e. the current commissioning stage) is expected to be completed by early fall of 2018, and construction costs for Phase I are expected to total between $4.5 million to $5.0 million. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., PR, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101,, Michael Yeung, CFA, VP, Business Development & Capital Markets, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 103,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions ,  Renewable Diesel,  

    CO2 Solutions Awarded $375,000 for Carbon Capture R&D (Funding)
    CO2 Solutions,Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In Quebec City, CO2 Solutions reports it has been awarded $375,000 in grant funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRC) for research and development of its carbon capture technology. CO2 Solutions aims to pursue research on its absorbing solution system, with the aim of reducing its cost and further improving the equipment performance which would be integrated in the carbon capture process.

    Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said: "Our government continues to invest in innovative research and we are proud to support this carbon capture technology, setting Canadian companies on the path to a clean industrial revolution, leading the transformation of our energy future and creating good jobs for the middle class." (Source: Natural Resources Canada, CO2 Solutions, 23 Aug., 2018)Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  Carbon Capture,  Natural Resources Canada,  

    India Plans Mandated Bldg. Energy Conservation Code (Int'l)
    Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In Kolkata, the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) reports it will introduce an energy efficiency and energy conservation building code for residential buildings to help reduce domestic consumption.

    The codes would include design instructions like what sort of bricks to use and how rooms should be planned. For the new residential code, the BEE energy conservation building code for commercial buildings and complexes will be "fine tuned" for residential applications.

    BEE notes it has been working with household equipment manufacturers including air-conditioner makers to bring down domestic and commercial power consumption. It hopes to achieve power savings of 40 GW by 2030 with the help of stricter conservation norms for ACs. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Economic Times India, Aug., 2018) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency,

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

    ACE Honors Domestic Ethanol Industry Contributors (Ind. Report)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Last week in Minneapolis, The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) recognized several ethanol industry advocates for their contributions to the ethanol industry.

    The orcanization's Merle Anderson Award is given to individuals who display unmatched dedication to ACE and the domestic ethanol industry. This year's award winner was Owen Jones, long time ACE Board Member representing Full Circle Ag of Britton, South Dakota. The ACE Grassroots Award went to Dale Tolifson representing the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company. Jetz Convenience Centers of Milwaukee won the Paul Dana Marketing Vision award and Ken Anderson of Brownfield Ag News scored the Media Excellence Award, (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, 22 August, 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  

    UK Engineering Firm NG Bailey Slashes Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    NG Bailey
    Date: 2018-08-24
    In the UK, West Yorkshire-headquartered independent engineering IT and facilities services group, NG Bailey Group Ltd reports it has reduced its customers' carbon emissions by nearly 120,000 tonnes over the past year. The CO2e saving of more than 118,000 tonnes -- equivalent to taking around 21,000 cars off the road for 12 months -- is 22 times the company's own carbon emissions over the same period.

    The carbon reduction programme is a data-driven approach to building operations and maintenance aimed at optimizing energy efficiencies for customers including CBRE and Landsec. Additionally, the group's offsite manufacturing capabilities are cutting site carbon emissions by up to 80 pct. NG Bailey's 2018 Responsibility Report notes that over the past five years the company has:

  • cut its overall net carbon footprint by 27 pct to 1.77 tCO2e per employee;
  • reduced its net office carbon footprint by 62 pct through greater energy efficiencies; lowered its travel footprint by 16 pct by embracing Skype technology, resulting in a reduction of more than 1.2 million miles;
  • generated more than 3.2m kWh of energy from biomass, and 1.2m kWh of solar power, providing almost 1,300 tonnes of carbon savings from renewable energies. (Source: NG Bailey, Facilities Management Journal, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: NG Bailey Group Ltd., +44 0 1943 601 933,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  

  • NEXT Energy Pitching Oregon Biofuel Plant Proposal (Ind. Report)
    NEXT Energy
    Date: 2018-08-24
    NEXT Energy is proposing a $1.1 billion, 37,500 bpd second generation advanced biofuel -- renewable diesel -- green jet fuel -- production facility for Port Westward , Columbia County, Oregon. If approved, the project would be the largest renewable fuel center in North America, according to NEXT Energy.

    As proposed, NEXT Energy would construct a new site on an 80 acre port-owned property and, when fully operational, employ about 210 Columbia County area workers at an average wage of $78,000. The company also claims it would not seek tax concessions from the county. The plant would produce "second generation advanced biofuel" made from renewable feedstock like vegetable oils, animal fats and used cooking oil. The feedstock and finished fuel product would be shipped in and out by barge, according to the project proposal. (Source: NEXT Energy, Columbia County Spotlight, 23 Aug., 2018)

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

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