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Cape Town Launches Landfill Gas Projects (Int'l Report)
City of Cape Town
Date: 2018-03-05
In South Africa, the City of Cape Town Department of Solid Waste Management is reporting the launch of two landfill gas extraction systems at the Coastal Park and Bellville South landfills, with planned similar system under development at the Vissershok South landfill. The projects were developed as carbon-offsetting Clean Development Mechanisms that will generate carbon credits.

The captured gas will be largely used as a fuel for electric power generation for small-scale power projects requiring about 1 MW of electricity -- sufficient to power an energy-intensive operation such as a wastewater treatment facility. (Source: Capetown Department of Solid Waste Management, Creamer Media, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Capetown Department of Solid Waste Management,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  

$41.6Tn Needed to Hold Global Warming Under 2 degrees C, says Report (Ind. Report)
Global Warming
Date: 2018-03-05
According to a report in the Lancet Planetary Health Journal, between $22.1 trillion and $41.6 trillion would be required between 2020 and 2050 for the world to hold average global warming under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees c). The report adds the estimated cost of measures to limit Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions can be more than offset by reductions in deaths and disease from air pollution, which would cost between $22.1 trillion and 41.6 trillion between 2020 and 2050 for the world to hold average global warming under 2 degrees C.

A lower aspirational limit of 1.5 degree C would cost between $39.7 trillion and $56.1 trillion, but air pollution deaths could be reduced by 21-27 pct to about 100 million between 2020 and 2050 under the 2 degree C scenario, and by 28-32 pct to about 90 million at 1.5 degree C, according to the report.

The world's nations agreed on the 2 degree C limit in Paris in 2015, and committed to voluntary GHG emissions reduction targets that even if met, place the world on a 3 degree C trajectory, scientists say. (Source: ZeeBusiness, AFP, Lancet Planetary Health Journal, 3 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

CA Vehicle Emissions Test Center Touted (Ind. Report)
California Department of General Services
Date: 2018-03-05
In Sacramento, the California Department of General Services (DGS) reports it has awarded the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) new Southern California Consolidation vehicle emissions testing and research facility to the design-build team of Hensel Phelps, ZGF, and Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

The $368 million, 19-acre project in Riverside near the University of California, Riverside campus, will be one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world. It will also be the world's largest true zero net energy facilities and is being built to US Green Building Council LEED Platinum specifications.

The facility will include test cells for analysis of heavy-duty vehicles, an advanced chemistry laboratory, workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems, education areas, a media center, flexible conference areas, and a large public auditorium. The facility and campus will be designed and built to reach the highest possible levels of measured sustainability, with the intention to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council and will also meet the state's CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency. (Source: California Department of General Services, Automotive Testing Technology, March 1, 2018) Contact: California Department of General Services, (916) 376-5000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Vehicle Emissions,  California Air Resources Board,  

SolarWindow Tech Touts 34 pct Power Increase (New Prod & Tech)
SolarWindow Technologies
Date: 2018-03-05
Burtonsville, Maryland-based SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. is reporting a breakthrough new company performance record for power efficiency with a 34 pct increase in performance over previous generations of its transparent electricity-generating glass.

Targeting the estimated 5.6 million U.S. commercial buildings which consume almost $150 billion in electricity annually, the company estimates its transparent electricity-generating windows could cut energy costs by half and that the market for SolarWindow™ glass products for tall towers and skyscrapers represents a $100 billion opportunity.

Additionally, SolarWindow entered into a Process Integration and Production Agreement with Triview Glass Industries, a glass fabricator based in Los Angeles. Initially working to establish manufacturing processes and a production line through this agreement, SolarWindow and Triview plan to fabricate specific SolarWindow™ electricity-generating glass products at commercial scale.

SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. creates transparent electricity-generating liquid coatings that convert passive windows and other materials into electricity generators under natural, artificial, low, shaded, and even reflected light conditions. (Source: SolarWindow Technologies, PR, Markets Insider, 3 Mar., 2018) Contact: SolarWindow Technologies, John Conklin, Pres., CEO, Briana Erickson, (800) 213-0689,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarWindow Technologies,  Solar,  

Sunbird's Sierra Leone Ethanol Plant Now Online (Int'l Report)
Sunbird Bioenergy
Date: 2018-03-05
Following up on our November 27, 2017 coverage,UK-based Sunbird Bioenergy is reporting tghe commissioning and startup of its ethanol plant in Kontobi in the the Bombali District of Sierra Leone. The plant also generates 14 MW of electric power from burning "elephant grass" biomass bagasse. The Elephant grass is used as a supplement to the plant's sugarcane ethanol feedstock.

In addition to ethanol production, the plant sells 11.5 MW of their power to the national power grid. Sunbird started providing power to the national power grid system.

Sunbird Bioenergy is a developer and operator of sustainable bioenergy projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.The company's value-added agriculture projects contribute to Government themes of employment generation, rural development and import substitution, according to the company website. (Source: Sunbird Bioenergy, Awka, 2 Mar., 2018] Contact: Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, Richard Bennett, CEO, +44 (0) 1603 59 2190,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Sunbird Bioenergy,  Biomass,  

PSU Leading Global Building Energy Transformation Effort (Ind. Report)
UN, Penn State University
Date: 2018-03-05
In University Park, Penn State University (PSU) reports it has been selected by the United Nations to lead an effort to develop a global energy efficiency standard framework for both new building constructions and building retrofits. Penn State will help provide research and education to support those standards through an interdisciplinary approach.

According to the Penn State project leader Tom Ricard, the building sector is about one-third of the global economy and involves everyone from building code officers to mortgage finance bankers and electricians and carpenters to architects and engineers. Buildings account for about 40 pct of humanity's carbon footprint, he said. "We have technologies today to drive those carbon emissions to near zero and create net zero energy buildings with fairly cost-effective technologies, but there's a number of barriers to that. Those include the way buildings are built and financed; the way people involved in the building sector traditionally interact and the kind of contractual relationships they have; and the technologies are new and haven't been proven in all parts of the world," Richard added.

The big question, according to James Freihaut, the technical director of Penn State at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia and a professor architectural engineering, is how do you get a serially fragmented industry -- where each entity is trying to maximize its own individual profit while minimizing its performance risk relative to the building -- to behave like a virtually, vertically integrated industry that can actually deliver known, measured system performance in a building?

One is that the cost differential isn't that great anymore, Richard said, and the second is that these buildings are high-performance, not just with respect to energy, but to human performance, including health and worker satisfaction and performance. (Source: Penn State, Center Daily Times, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Penn State Univ., Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Tom Richard, Dir., (814) 865-3722,; Institutes of Energy and the Environment, (814) 863-0291,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Garbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Building Energy Efficiency,  

Hawaii Energy, Honolulu Partner on Multi-Unit Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Energy
Date: 2018-03-05
In the Aloha State, Hawaii Energy reports it is partnering with the city of Honolulu in the Energy Smart 4 Homes program aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of thousands of rental units in Downtown Honolulu.

The effort will see Hawaii Energy professionals install energy-efficient technologies directly into units at no cost to building owners or their tenants. Under the program, eleven city-owned multifamily property buildings will be retrofitted with:

  • high-efficiency shower heads that cut water consumption and reduce electric water heating demand by up to 30 pct:
  • efficiency faucet aerators in the kitchen and bathroom that can decrease hot water use and electric water heating costs:
  • installation of ENERGY STAR-certified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) which use approximately 78 pct less energy and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs;
  • and use of energy-saving Smart Power Strip can help manage energy consumption and can eliminate phantom electrical loads.

    With the upgrades, residents are expected to save as much as $160 per year while taxpayers save $120,000 annually.

    The program is funded through the Public Benefits Fund, which supports initiatives that help consumers become more energy-efficient. The Fund is collected through a small surcharge that every electric utility customer in Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties pay through their bill. (Source: Hawaii Energy, Smart Cities Connect, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Public Benefits Fund,; Energy Smart 4 Homes,; Hawaii Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaii Energy,  Hawaii Energy,  

  • Xcel, Winona Partner on Business Energy Improvement (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In Minnesota, the city of Winona and Xcel Energy report they are working with Minnesota's Clean Energy Resource Teams to reach 100 downtown businesses with information on ways to cut energy consumption and save on energy costs. The door-to-door campaign aims to share information on the energy efficiency options such as rebates and incentives available to the city's businesses.

    As part of the effort, businesses can sign up for free energy audits available through the Chamber of Commerce Energy Smart program later in March. The audits provide detailed recommendations for saving energy and money, and connect business owners to utility program and rebate options to meet their needs.

    The information campaign is part of a continuing partnership with Xcel to encourage the use of renewable energy, cut energy consumption and to reduce the community's energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 15 pct over the next decade. Since starting their plan, the city of Winona and Xcel have concentrated on residential energy use and implemented programs to improve the efficiency of qualifying households. (Source: Xcel Energy, Wininoa Daily News, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, Partners in Energy,

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

    Brazil Ups Biodiesel Blend Rate to 10 pct (Int'l. Report)
    Brazil Biodiese
    Date: 2018-03-05
    A In Brazilia, the Brazilian National Council for Energy Policies (CNPE) reports it has approved an increase in the nation's bidiesel-to-petroleum fuel blend rate from 8 pct to 10 pct. To fill the 10 pct quote, the country expects to use an additional 1 billion litres of domestic biodiesel in 2018. The government estimates that national consumption would hit 5.3 billion litres in 2018. (Source: Brazil National Council for Energy Policies, Renewables Now, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Brazil National Council for Energy Policies,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  

    MI Airport Lands $151,631 Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is being recognized for its energy efficiency and has been awarded $151,631 in rebates under the company's energy efficiency program.

    The airport received the rebates for six projects totaling 2,140,991 kilowatt hours in annual savings -- sufficient electricity to power nearly 300 Michigan homes for a year. Consumers Energy has helped Michigan customers save more than $1.5 billion through energy efficiency projects since 2009, according to the utility. (Source: Consumers Energy, Mar., 2018) Contact: Gerald Ford Airport,; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO,

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

    ALLETE Unloading Thunder Spirit Wind Phase 2 (Ind. Report, M&A)
    ALLETE Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    Duluth, Minnesota-based ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc. reports it will sell the 48-MW phase two of the Thunder Spirit wind farm near Hettinger, North Dakota to Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) for approximately $85 million. The deal, which has been approved by the ND PSC, is expected to close before the year end.

    The 107-MW first phase of Thunder Spirit incorporates 43 turbines and generates sufficient power for approximately 30,000 homes.

    ALLETE Clean Energy owns and operates approximately 535 MW of wind energy generation at facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania. The company was established in 2011 to acquire and develop capital projects to create energy solutions by way of wind, solar, biomass, hydro, natural gas, shale resources, clean coal technology and other emerging technologies. (Source: ALLETE Clean Energy, PR, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Allete Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., , Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ALLETE Clean Energy,  Wind,  

    Orsted Launches $33m Biomass Plant Optimization Project (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In Denmark, Orsted A/S -- fka DONG Energy -- reports work is underway on its $33 million (€26.7 million) project aimed at optimizing a biomass-based co-generation plant in Denmark.

    The plan is to build a flue gas condensation facility at the 88-MW Herning Power Station in order to exploit the residual heat in the flue and reduce the consumption of wood chips and wood pellets by about 20 pct. The project is expected to be completed during the fall of 2019. (Source: Orsted, Various Media, 3 Mar, 2018) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 11 11,

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

    Engie NA Acquiring Solar Specialist SoCore Energy (M&A)
    Engie North America, ,SoCore Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    France's Engie SA subsidiary Engie North America reports it has inked a deal to acquire US commercial, industrial and distributed solar specialist SoCore Energy.

    The transaction will add 150 MW of operating or shovel-ready solar assets along with 170 MW of projects in late-stage development to Engie NA's portfolio. (Source: Engie North America, , Various Media, Renewables Now, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Engir North America, Frank Demaille, Pres., CEO, (713) 636-0000,,; SoCore Energy, (877) 762-6731,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie North America,  SoCore Energy,  Solar,  

    Notable Quote
    Date: 2018-03-05
    I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil or coal run out before we tackle that._ -- Thomas Edison, 1931

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  

    Yingli Announces Multi-crystalline 12 Busbars Panel (New Prod & Tech)
    Yingli Green Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In China, Baoding-based Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Ltd. reports the commercial production and general availability of its new multi-crystalline 12 busbars panel.

    The new product cuts the use of silver paste during construction and improvs the conversion efficiency of PV cells. The multi-busbar design can also decrease the risk of the cell micro-cracks and fingers broken, bringing the products a higher durability. In addition, the products adopted advanced glass featuring a unique anti-reflective coating that directs more light on the PV cells, resulting in a higher energy yield, according to the company. (Source: Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., PR, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Yingli, Eric Pan, IR, +86 312 8929787 ,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Yingli Green Energy,  Solar,  Solar Panel Efficiency,  

    Microsoft, Sunseap Seal Rooftop Solar PPA (Int'l Report)
    Microsoft,Sunseap Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    IT giant Microsoft reports it has inked a a 20-year PPA with Singapore's largest clean energy solutions provider Sunseap Energy all of the renewable energy output from a 60 MW solar installation spread across hundreds of Singapore rooftops. The deal is Microsoft's first in Asia. (Source: Microsoft, CNBC, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Microsoft Corporate Offices,; Sunseap Energy, +65 6816 1000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Sunseap Energy,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

    Whirlwind starts construction of 10-MW wind farm in Scotland

    Date: 2018-03-03
    The Senvion MM92 turbine model. Source: Senvion February 23 (Renewables Now) - Whirlwind Renewables this week said it has started construction of the 10-MW Achlachan wind farm near Mybster, Caithness in Scotland. The project, which will use five Senvion MM92 turbines, is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year, the Yorkshire-based wind energy company added. The wind farm secured planning consent from the Highland Council in October 2013 and also obtained a contract for difference (CfD) in the UK's first CfD round. It is expected to generate enough power for almost 8,500 homes. The Herald reported today that work on the wind farm is starting after Whirlwind has secured funding from Clydesdale Bank, including a GBP-12.75-million (USD 17.8m/EUR 14.5m) term loan and GBP 8 million in ancillary facilities. (Source: Whirlwind Renewables, Renewables Now, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: MITU Resources Inc., Simeon Leonardo Reyes Francisco, CEO,,

    Siemens Gamesa Increases Wind Presence in Balkans (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2018-03-02
    Siemens Gamesa reports it will supply and install 18 of its of its G97-2.0 MW turbines at the Jelovaca wind farm in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The order came from independent power producer F.L. Wind and includes delivery, installation and a five-year maintenance agreement. It is the company's 10th project in the Western Balkans. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FL Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  

    RI Convention Center Authority To Invest In Renewable Energy
    Green Development LLC
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In Providence, the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority reports has inked a vertical net metering PPA with Green Development, LLC for 8.3 million kWh of wind energy per year at a discounted rate.

    The Convention Center Authority will purchase power generated by a new wind turbine under construction in Johnston, Rhode Island. It is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

    Since spring 2017, Rhode Island has more than doubled the amount of renewable energy in the state. Earlier this month, Governor Gina Raimondo announced that the Office of Energy Resources will collaborate with the state's utilities to procure another 400 MW of renewable energy by the end of this summer. (Source: Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, RI NPR, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, (401) 458-6000,; Green Development, LLC, Al Bucknam, CEO, (401) 295-4998,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rhode Island,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

    LONGi mono PERC Solar Cells Hit Record Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    LONGi Solar
    Date: 2018-03-02
    Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGI Green Energy Technology, reports its P-type monocrystalline passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) solar cells have reached a record 23.6 pct conversion efficiency. The results were certified by China's National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Product Quality (CPVT).

    Last December, LONGi also reported a record bifaciality reading of 82.15 pct for its Hi-MO2 mono PERC bifacial module. The company also reports it aims to triple monocrystalline ingot and wafer capacity to 45GW in 2020. (Source: lONGi Solar, PV Tech, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: LONGi Solar, Dr. Li Hua, VP R&D, +862 981 566863,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LONGi Solar,  Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  Solar Module,  

    Lightsource BP, Mid Kansas Ink 20 MW Solar Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Lightsource BP, Mid-Kansas Electric Co.
    Date: 2018-03-02
    UK-headquartered Lightsource BP reports it has signed a 25-year power purchase and asset acquisition agreement with Sunflower Electric Power Corp. affiliate Mid-Kansas Electric Co. Inc. for a 20 MW solar project in Stanton County, Kansas. The solar facility will be built, owned and operated by Lightsource BP. Mid-Kansas will be purchasing all of the solar energy from the project, and Lightsource BP will provide the capital for project financing and construction which is slated to get underway in early 2019. When completed, the project will be the largest solar facility in Kansas, according to Mid-Kansas. (Source: Lightsource BP, Solar Ind., Various Media, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Lightsource BP, Katherine Ryzhaya, CCO, +44 0 333 200 0755,,; Mid-Kansas Electric Co., Steve Epperson,; Sunflower Electric Power Corp., (785) 628-2208,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource BP ,  Solar,  Mid-Kansas Electric Co.,  

    DuPont Launches Solamet Metallization Pastes (New Prod & Tech_
    DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
    Date: 2018-03-02
    DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions reports the introduction of its Solamet PV21A metallization pastes portfolio with proprietary design that delivers better contact performance and high aspect ratios.

    Solamet PV21A metallization paste enables excellent fine line printability that can drive cell efficiency enhancement and maintain high throughput in mass production. The optimal balance of good adhesion and low laydown leads to low cost of ownership for cell manufacturers, according to a DuPont release. The Solamet PV21A product family is designed to fulfill all mainstream cell technology, and includes product series for advanced printing such as double printing, dual print and mesh cross free screen printing. (Source: DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions,  PV,  Solar,  

    Zytech Providing Canary Island PV Plant Solar Panels (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-03-02
    Zaragoza, Spain-based solar panel manufacturer Zytech reports it is delivering solar panels for the Parque Technologico de Gran Canaria photovoltaic power plant on Gran Canaria Island, construction of which is underway. Acciona is installing 465KW or 1770 270W solar panels which are expected to save 930 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    Zytech's solar panel production capacity is 300 MW per year. Zytech Group also manufactures LEDs through the subsidiary Zytech LEDS Co. and small wind turbines through its subsidiary Zytech Aerodyne company. Contact: Zytech Solar, +34 976 141819,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zytech,  Solar,  

    Cap-and-Trade Auction Results Released (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-03-02
    The Ontario Ministry of the Environment reports the first joint Ontario, Quebec, California cap-and-trade program auction held February 21, 2018, sold 98,215,920 current (2016 and 2018 vintage) greenhouse gas emission allowances at $18.44(Cdn) and 8,576,000 future (2021 vintage) allowances at $18.34(Cdn). The auction generated an estimated $471 million to the Province of Ontario which will be invested in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the province's Climate Change Action Plan.

    The auction was administered by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the Quebec Ministere du Developpement durable de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques and the California Air Resources Board, using services contracted by the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) Inc., with oversight from an independent market monitor to ensure the integrity of the process.

    Download a summary report of the results HERE. (Source: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Chris Ballard, Minister, Anna Milner, (416) 314-6736,; WEstern Climate Initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Woody Biomass Pellet Plant Slated for East Yorkshire UK (Int'l)
    Y Pellets ,ARC Applied Sciences
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In the UK, Y Pellets reports it will utilize ARC Applied Sciences' patented process to produce wood pellets from locally sourced woody biomass at its new £10 million plant in East Yorkshire. The new plant's production will be marketed to the domestic UK market under the name "Y Pellets." The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2019. (Source: Y Pellets, PR 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Y Pellets, Neil Holland, Director of ARC Applied Sciences and Managing Director, +44 0 1405 840095,; ARC Applied Sciences,

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

    Notable Quote
    Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
    Date: 2018-03-02
    "Ontario is now part of the largest carbon market in North America. That's good news for businesses and consumers. In a linked market, companies have more choice and lower cost options for reducing their greenhouse gas pollution, and that means lower costs for consumers. All of the proceeds raised from the carbon market are being invested into Ontario's economy through green initiatives that fight climate change and help make life better for Ontario residents." -- Hon. Chris Ballard Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change , Anna Milner, (416) 314-6736,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Market,  Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change,  

    Ontario Developing Carbon Offset Protocols (Ind. Report)
    Ontario,Carbon Offsets
    Date: 2018-03-02
    At Queens Park, the government of Ontario reports it is developing 13 proposed carbon offset protocols in cooperation with the province of Quebec and will work with the province's Environmental Commissioner (ECO) to address its concerns linked to several of the proposed offset methodologies.

    ECO has recommended scrapping at least three of the protocols including additionality, permanence, mitigation potential and leakage. The ECO also recommended that forest management, afforestation and reforestation projects be ineligible to generate carbon offsets for use in the province's carbon market.

    Ontario and Quebec -- two of the three WCI member jurisdictions -- are jointly developing the 13 protocols, with California-based Climate Action Reserve tasked with authoring them. (Source: Province of Ontario, Carbon Pulse, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ontario Environmental Commissioner,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario,  Carbon Offsets,  

    ICAP 2018 Emissions Trading Worldwide Status Report (Report Attached)
    Date: 2018-03-02
    According to the recently released report ICAP Status Report 2018, China has overtaken the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) as the world's largest carbon market, covering more than three gigatons of CO2e.

    Since 2005, the share of global emissions capped by an ETS has tripled to almost 15 pct covering more than seven gigatons of carbon dioxide. Major ETS reforms have lifted carbon prices in the EU, California, New Zealand and the US Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and ensure these systems drive decarbonization post 2020.

    The report also notes efforts to price carbon are progressing in Latin America and subnationals in North America and Mexico will start piloting a mandatory ETS later this year.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: ICAP, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: ICAP, Jean-Yves Benoit, Dir. Carbon Market,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAP,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Market,  

    Garden State Knocking on RGGI's Gate (Ind. Report)
    RGGI, New Jersey RGGI
    Date: 2018-03-02
    After a lot of posturing and promises, New Jersey's newly elected governor Phil Murphy (D) is knocking on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative's (RGGI) door officially seeking readmission to the successful 9-state cap-and-trade group his predecessor Chris Christie (R) scorned in 2011.

    For New Jersey to rejoin the group all of the member states -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- must be in agreement. (Source: RGGI, Various Media, 26 Feb., 2018)Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  

    Pattern Snares 206Mw of Japanese Renewables Projects (M&A)
    Pattern Energy,Green Power Investments
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In San Francisco, independent power company Pattern Energy Group Inc is reporting the acquisition of 206 megawatts worth of Japanese renewable energy projects and has moved to acquire controlling interest of Japanese renewable energy developer Green Power Investments (GPI).

    The portfolio consists of two operating solar projects, the 29 MW Futtsu Solar project near Tokyo and the 10 MW Kanagi Solar project located in the Shimane prefecture. The portfolio also includes the 12 MW Otsuki Wind project located in the Kochi prefecture, and the 33 MW Ohorayama Wind project located on the island of Shikoku, and the 122 MW Tsugaru Wind project located in the Aomori prefecture, both of whicf are under construction.

    The cash purchase price for the 122 MW Tsugaru Wind project is approximately $194 million, while the cash purchase price for the remaining 84 MW portfolio is approximately $131.5 million. In addition to the portfolio acquisitions, Pattern Energy also committed to funding the acquisition of a controlling interest in GPI. (Pattern Development 2.0), worth an estimated $27 million. (Source: Pattern Energy Group Inc., PR, 26 Feb., 2018) Contact: Green Power Investments,; Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Power Investments ,  Pattern Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  

    Notable Quote
    Date: 2018-03-02
    "President Trump stands with corn and biofuels -- and he stands for the RFS. I stand with him, and I stand with you. I have not, I will not support any policies that diminish RFS and our producers.

    "I am a farmer first, and a farm businessman next. I know the value of demand. The demand structure is vital to the economy today." -- Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture at the Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California, 27 Feb., 2018

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

    CARB OKs Targray's NOx Mitigating Biodiesel Additive (Ind. Report)
    Targray,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it has certified CATANOX, a NOx mitigating biodiesel additive developed by BQ-9000 biofuels marketer Targray to help meet the Golden State's latest Low Carbon Fuel Standard requirements. The additive was tested in accordance with the Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation and demonstrated NOx emissions equivalent to standard diesel, as well as particulate matter emission reductions of more than 20 pct when compared to the benchmark CARB diesel.

    Kirkland, Quebec-headquartered Targray, one of the largest biofuels marketers and distributors in California, is now the second company in the state to offer a CARB-certified NOx mitigation solution for biodiesel blenders. Beginning in March, Targray will offer its CATANOX additive as part of a fully blended, B20- ready turnkey solution at five fuel terminal locations in Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield and Los Angeles. (Source: Targay, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Targray, (514) 695-8095,; California Air Resources Board,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Targray,  Biodiesel,  California Air Resources Board,  

    Vectren Killing Coal-Fired Power Plants to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Vectren Corp
    Date: 2018-03-02
    According to Evansville, Indiana-based Vectren Corporation's recently released Smart Energy Future strategic plan, the company will cut its carbon emissions by at least 60 pct from 2005 levels to comply with EPA regulations.

    To that end, Vectron's 700-MW Brown plant will retire two, 245-MW coal-fired units as well as the 90-MW coal-fired Unit 2 at its F.B. Culley Generating Station in Warrick County. The compant will also end its co-ownership of the 150 MW Unit 4 at the Warrick Generating Station, near Newburgh, Indiana.

    The changes would leave Vectren with just one operating coal-fired unit, the 270-MW Unit 3 at the Culley plant, having previously shuttered the 46-MW coal-fired Unit 1 at Culley in 2006. (Source: Vectren Corp, Power, 25 Feb., 2018) Contact: Vectren Corp., (812) 491-4176, (937) 267-3176,

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    New Jersey SmartStart Buildings Program Receives its 50,000th Application (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2018-03-02
    The New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) reports the New Jersey Clean Energy Program's (NJCEP) NJ SmartStart Buildings Program has received its 50,000th application since its 2007 launch.

    The program provides support to help customers purchase energy-efficient equipment and is designed to improve the quality of energy performance, reduce demand on the electric power grid and cut consumption and costs. The SmartStart Program has paid or committed over $36 million in incentives for fiscal year 2018.

    Commercial, industrial, institutional, government and agricultural projects can take advantage of the SmartStart program to help obtain energy efficient equipment such as lighting and controls, heating and cooling, motors, refrigeration and food service equipment in both new construction and existing buildings. (Source: The New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities, DEI, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: NJBPU, (609) 777-3300,; NJ SmartStart Buildings Program,

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

    Legend Power Adds NYC Distribution Partners (Ind. Report)
    Legend Power Systems
    Date: 2018-03-02
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia-based voltage reduction and management technology specialist Legend Power Systems Inc.reports the signing of Greenwich Energy Solutions and Iconoclast Advisors as its fourth and fifth distribution partners in New York City.

    Distribution Partners work in tandem with the Company's local sales team to promote and sell Legend's Harmonizer systems in multiple market verticals including multi-unit residential, government, and property management. Areas of operation include the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Legend works independently and in concert with its distribution network to address buildings suffering from overvoltage. (Source: Legend Power Systems, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Legend Power Systems, Randy Buchamer, CEO., Pres., (778) 945-1501,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Legend Power Systems ,  

    Schneider Electric Adds EcoXpert Master Level Partners (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-03-02
    Energy management and automation provider Schneider Electric has announced the latest group of EcoXpert™ partners to achieve Master Level status in Building Management Systems (BMS) -- building optimization, sustainability and energy efficiency.

    The EcoXpert Partner Program is a worldwide network of Schneider Electric trained and certified partners who specialize in power management, building optimization and energy efficiency. Its 3,000 members hail from 40 countries and represent the world's leading system integrators, application providers and technology companies. including Critical Power, Building Management Systems, Lighting & Room Control and Data Connectivity.

    EcoXpert BMS Masters develop solutions using EcoStruxure Building, an open, collaborative Internet of Things (IoT) platform for smart buildings that delivers significantly enhanced value across the building ecosystem. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric EcoXpert Partner Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Building,  

    England's Home Energy Efficiency Funding Found Lacking (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In the UK, energy think tank e3g is reporting public investment in energy efficiency and home heating has been slashed by 58 pct since 2012. England has the second worst record on cold weather-related deaths out of 30 European countries.

    According to e3g, drop in investment happened when David Cameron's government ended all taxpayer-funded energy efficiency programmes in England and halved the UK-wide obligation on energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency improvements.

    E3g calculates that Wales spends twice as much as England on insulation per person, and Northern Ireland three times as much. Scotland has found public cash to promote warm homes by treating the work as an infrastructure project. (Source: e3g, BBC, 28 Feb., 2018)Contact: E3G Think Tank, +44 (0) 20 7593 2020,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News e3g,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  

    CaGBC Rates Top Green Building Trends for 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-03-02
    Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has released its list of the top five green building trends for 2018. "As members of the Canadian green building industry, we see a fundamental shift happening in the way the built environment is perceived as a means to achieve emissions reduction targets. Add to this the introduction of new groundbreaking policies and legislation from governments at all levels, and we are looking at one of the most promising years for our industry in over a decade," according to the CaGBC release."

    Details of the CaGBC report are HERE. (Source: CaGBC, 28 Feb., 2018)Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184,,

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

    Stanford Data Center Lauded for Saving Energy (Ind. Report)
    Stanford Research Computing Center
    Date: 2018-03-02
    According to the US DOE ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance, the Stanford Research Computing Center (SRCC) uses nearly 40 pct less energy per square foot than the national median, prevents more than 1,300 metric tpy of GHGs and outperforms all similar buildings nationwide.

    The EPA recognition certifies that buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 pct of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation and other key metrics. (Source: Stanford University Information Technologies, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Stanford Research Computing Center, Scott Prevost, Manager, (650) 721-4040,,; ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY Star,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Aussies Touting Queensland Agave Biofuel Project (Int'l Report)
    MSF Sugar
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In the Land Down Under, MSF Sugar has proposed a $60 million "world-first" biorefinery complex that will produce sugar, renewable baseload electricity and ethanol biofuels from locally-grown sugarcane fibre and potentially agave, a succulent plant that grows year-round on marginal land.

    Powered by an onsite bagasse and potentially agave fueled 24 MW Green Power Station, the MSF Sugar complex is expected to produce 110,000 tpy of raw sugar, green electricity for the grid and 55 million lpy of ethanol.

    The project is being supported by the Queensland State Government's Biofutures Acceleration Program and the Queensland Biofutures Commercialization Program. (Source: MSF Sugar, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: MSF Sugar, Mike Barry, CEO, +61 7 4043 3333,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioethanol,  Agave,  Biofuel,  Sugarcane Bagasse,  

    New England Wood Pellet Acquired by Lignetics (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Lignetics Inc,New England Wood Pellet
    Date: 2018-03-02
    Sandpoint, Idaho-headquartered Lignetics Inc., the largest residential hardwood wood pellet manufacturer in the US, is reporting the acquisition of Jaffrey, New Hampshire-based New England Wood Pellet LLC, which includes manufacturing plants in Jaffrey, New Hampshire; Schuyler, New York; Deposit, New York; and Youngsville, Pennsylvania.

    With this acquisition, Lignetics' production capacity jumps to approximately 1 million tpy from 13 plant locations in Maine, Oregon, Idaho, West Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, New York (and Pennsylvania. (Source: Lignetics Inc, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: New England Wood Pellet, (877) 981-9663,; Lignetics, Brett Jordan, CEO , (800) 544-3834,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignetics ,  Wood Pellet,  

    Grupo Piasa Commissions Mexican Sugarcane Biomass Plant (Int'l)
    Grupo Piasa
    Date: 2018-03-02
    Mexico's Grupo Piasa is reporting the commissioning of a $61 million, 50-MW biomass plant in Oaxaca state, Mexico. The sugarcane bagasse powered plant will supply electricity to the sugarcane mill and its partners. Surplus power will be sold to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

    Grupo Piasa is led by Arca Continental and other bottlers of the Mexican Coca-Cola Industry. (Source: Grupo Piasa, Renewables, 28 fEB., 2018) Contact: Grupo Piasa,

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    EC Approves €4.7Bn Support for Italian Biofuels (Int'l)
    European Commission
    Date: 2018-03-02
    The European Commission (C) reports it has approved Italy's planned €4.7 billion public support for the production and distribution of advanced biomethane and other second and third-generation biofuels for use as transportation fuels.

    Under the Italian scheme, which will run until 2022, producers of advanced biomethane and biofuels receive a premium to compensate for the higher biofuel production costs. Farmers will also be incentivized to produce biofuel and biomethane from manure and other residues and use them to power their agricultural machines and vehicles. (Source: EC, EU News, Mar. 1 3018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Biogas,  Methanne,  

    ABO Wind's Green Burn Wind Project Wins Approval (Int'l)
    ABO Wind AG
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Germany-based renewable energy firm ABO Wind AG reports it has secured the Scottish government's consent to construct its proposed 11-turbine 33-MW, Green Burn wind farm in the Perth and Kinross Council area.

    The planning permission for the project was granted following an earlier appeal against the rejection of the scheme which was thought would have an adverse effect on the nearby Cairngorms National Park. ABO Wind submitted its original planning application for the project in September 2015. (Source: ABO Wind AG, Renewables Now, Others, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: ABO Wind AG, +49 (0)611 267 65-0,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABO Wind ,  Wind,  Scotland Wind,  

    ezStorage Scores First Self-Storage Project LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Columbia, Maryland-headquartered ezStorage Corporation is reporting receipt of USGBC LEED Silver level certification for its Burtonsville self-storage location under USGBC's LEED v4 BD+C: Warehouse and Distribution Center rating system.

    The Burtonsville location, which was constructed from the ground up to meet LEED v4 requirements, is ezStorage's 3rd location to receive a LEED certification. (Source: USGBC, ezStorage Corp., PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: ezStorage, (443) 539-3000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Silver,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Bridgeport Biodiesel Seeks Chapter 11 Protection (Ind. Report)
    Bridgeport Biodiesel
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Bridgeport Biodiesel 2 LLC, a Connecticut firm that recycles used cooking oil, has reportedly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization declaring $32,000 in assets against $2.4 million in liabilities to the New York-based not-for-profit National Development Council's Grow America Fund. The Fund helped finance construction of the Bridgeport biodiesel refinery in the Bridgeport Eco-Industrial Park in 2014.

    Bridgeport Biodiesel, which had gross revenue of $750,000 in 2016 and $3.3 million in 2017, claims to be the largest cooking-oil-to-biodiesel-fuel company on the East Coast. It also has operations in California, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Bridgeport Biodiesel and its parent company, Sustainable Biodiesel Co., are affiliated with Tri-State Biodiesel in the Bronx. (Source: Bridgeport Biodiesel, Westport Online, 25 Feb., 2018) Contact: Bridgeport Biodiesel, (800) 571-7171,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ,  Biodiesel,  

    Vestas Tops Top Ten Wind Turbine OEMs List (Int'l Report)
    Siemens Gamesa, Goldwind, General Electric and Enercon,Vestas
    Date: 2018-02-28
    According to Baltimore-based business advisory firm FTI Consulting, Danish manufacturer Vestas was the world's largest wind turbine supplier in 2017, due to its wide geographic diversification strategy and strong performance in the US market.

    Vestas is followed by Siemens Gamesa, Goldwind, General Electric and Enercon, in that order. The rest of the wind OEMs in the top 10 are all Chinese-based manufacturers. (Source: FTI Consulting, ESI Africa, 26 Feb., 2018) Contact: FTI Consulting,; Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Vestas,  Siemens Gamesa,  Goldwind,  GE Wind,  Enercon,  

    ENGIE Snares Wind Developer Infinity Renewables (M&A)
    ENGIE North America,Infinity Renewables
    Date: 2018-02-28
    ENGIE North America Inc. is reporting the acquisition of Santa Barbara, California-based utility-scale wind projects developer Infinity Renewables. The acquisition includes more than 8 GW of projects in various stages of development.

    Infinity Renewables, along with its funding and development partner, MAP Renewable Energy, has developed and sold nearly a dozen projects totaling over 1.6 GW in commercial operation.

    ENGIE reports it will retain and work with the Infinity staff, including its principals, who formed Infinity Renewables in 2008. (Source: ENGIE North America Inc, PR, NA Wind, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: ENGIE North America Inc., Frank Demaille, Pres., CEO, (713) 636-0000,,; Infinity Renewables, Matt Riley, CEO , (805) 569-6180,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE North America,  Infinity Renewables ,  Wind,  

    John Laing Environmental Announces 200 Mn SZahre Offering (Int'l)
    John Laing Environmental Assets
    Date: 2018-02-28
    In the UK, the £386 million Guernsey-based closed-end investment firm John Laing Environmental Assets (JLEN) reports it plans to raise £30 million in the first round of a programme that could see it issue as many as 200 million shares over the next 12 months.

    The £30 million fund raise will be used to replenish the company's credit facility on which it has drawn down money to make investments in the biomass and anaerobic digestion sectors. (Source: John Laing Environmental Assets, Investment Rust Insider, 21 Feb., 2018)Contact: John Laing Environmental Assets,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News John Laing,  Biogas,  Biomass,  anaerobic digestion ,  

    CnGBC, GBCI Announce GBCI Canada Launch (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council,Green Business Certification Inc
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Further to our August 30, 2017 coverage, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) confirm they have joined forces and launched GBCI Canada to accelerate the green building market in Canada -- the second largest market for LEED in the world. GBCI Canada enables the Canadian "green" building and energy efficiency industry to leverage new opportunities to validate enhanced building performance and increase operational savings.

    GBCI Canada exclusively administers project certifications within the LEED green building rating systems, as well as the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) for land use, Parksmart for parking structures, TRUE Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits, and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.

    The new venture is expected to result in additional GBCI programs that will help the Canadian market realize the economic and environmental benefits associated with green building, according to CaGBC. (Source: REMI Network, CaGBC, PR 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184,; Green Business Certification Inc.,

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