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GCL Planning 60 GW Solar Panel Plant Expansion (Int'l. Report)
GCL System Integration Technology
Date: 2020-03-30
Chinese solar panel manufacturer GCL System Integration Technology Co. is reporting plans to invest 18 billion yuan ($2.54 billion) to construct a 60 gigawatt per year solar-panel manufacturing plant -- sufficient capacity to meet fully one-half of global demand, in eastern Hefei province.

The timing of the planned 4-phase expansion had not been announced. The world's present largest solar panel maker JinkoSolar has 16 gigawatts of capacity. (Source: GCL Systems, PR, Bloomberg, 28 Mar., 2020) Contact: GCL Solar, +86 512 6983 2999, +86 512 6983 2777-- fax,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GCL System,  Solar,  Solar Panel,  

Ancala Partners Snares 82MW Cypriot Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l Report)
Ancala Partners,Platina Energy Partners
Date: 2020-03-30
London-headquartered Ancala Partners LLC, an independent infrastructure investment manager focused on UK and European mid market infrastructure opportunities, is reporting acquisition of the Orites wind farm, the largest operating wind farm in Cyprus, from Platina Energy Partners LLC, a London-based private equities firm.

The Orites wind farm incorporates 41 Vestas V90-2MW wind turbines and produces roughy 5 pct of the island nation's electricity generation capacity. The facility has a long term PPA with the government-backed Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) and a fixed rate tariff with the Cypriot government until 2031. (Source: Ancala Pertners, DLA Piper, Global Legal Chronicle, 24 Mar.,2020) Contact: Platina Energy Partners, +44 20 7042 9600 -- London,,; Ancala Partners, +44 208 059 0320,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ancala Partners,  Wind,  Cyprus Wind,  

Battery Storage Paves Way to Renewables Future (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-03-30
A recent analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports battery energy storage systems are emerging as one of the key solutions to effectively integrate high shares of solar and wind renewables into power grids worldwide.

The IRENA analysis notes that when paired with renewable generators, batteries help provide reliable and cheaper electricity in isolated grids and to off-grid communities. The analysis also notes utility-scale battery storage systems are being deployed primarily in Australia, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, the United States and other European countries. Globally, energy storage deployment in emerging markets is expected to increase by over 40 pct each year until 2025. The report adds that although utility-scale stationary batteries currently dominate global energy storage, small-scale battery storage is expected to significantly increase by 2030.

Read IRENA's full Innovation landscape briefs on Utility-scale batteries and Behind-the-Meter batteries. HERE. (Source: IRENA, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact: IRENA,

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

ORNL Touting New Sustainable, Low Cost Fuel Tech (New Prod & Tech)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Date: 2020-03-30
The US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), working with Vertimass LLC, a licensee of the technology, reports development of Consolidated Dehydration and Oligomerization (CADO), a new technology to turn ethanol into competitively priced sustainable fuels.

The single step CADO process is capable of converting vapor of wet ethanol into hydrocarbon blendstocks competitively priced at $2/gigajoule that can be blended with gasoline, diesel, or jet fuels to diminish emissions of greenhouse gases.

The conversion procedure of fuel uses zeolite, a kind of catalyst, to create actual loner chains of hydrocarbons from ethanol (alcohol). The process substitutes the traditional multi-step processes and uses less energy. (Source: ORNL, PR, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Daily Facts & Trends, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact: US DOE Office of Science,; ORNL Center for Bioenergy Innovation, Brian Davison, Chief Science Officer, 865-576-7658,; Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oak Ridge National Laboratory,  Alternative Fuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  

Chinese Indonesian Palm Oil Imports Slashed (Int'l. Report)
Palm Oil Producers Association
Date: 2020-03-30
In Jakarta, the Palm Oil Producers Association (GAPKI) is reporting Indonesian palm oil exports to China fell from 3.72 million tons in December 2019 to 2.39 million tons in January this year -- a staggering 35.6 pct drop.

In 2019, China imported a total 6 million tons of palm oil from Indonesia, representing 16.5 pct of Indonesia's overall palm oil exports during the year.

Outside of CPO, palm oil kernel (PKO) and palm oil-based biodiesel exports also declined while palm oil oleochemicals exports rose by 22.9 pct, according to GAPKI data. Despite the export slowdown, domestic palm oil consumption increased slightly to 1.47 million tons in January from 1.45 million tons in December 2019, in line with the government's mandatory upping of the biodiesel blend rate to B30 in Jan this year -- rising to B50 by the year end. (Source: Palm Oil Producers Association, Jakarta Post, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: Palm Oil Producers Association,; Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association, +62 2129380882,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association ,  Biodiesel,  B30,  B40,  B50,  Palm Oil,  

Russia Announces New Emissions Targets (Int'l. Report)
Russian Ministry of Economic Development
Date: 2020-03-30
In Moscow, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development has, after extended procrastination and posturing, released a draft plan under which Russia, the world's fifth largest GHG emitter, would cut greenhouse gas emissions by one-third of 1990 levels by 2030.

Under the plan Russian emissions are projected to rise to the equivalent of 2.08 billion tons of carbon dioxide by 2030 - 67 pct of the 3.11 billion tons recorded in 1990.

By 2050, the draft plan projects emissions would fall to 1.99 billion tons -- 64 pct of 1990 levels -- and Russia would not become carbon neutral until much later than its original 2050 target.

Details of the draft plan are expected to be included in Russia's updated Paris Climate Agreement climate action plan to be submitted to the UN later this year. The Kremlin previously pledged a 25 pct cut in emissions. (Source: Russian Ministry of Economic Development, Bellona, Mar., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Russia Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

Energy Efficiency Scotched in Scotland (Int'l. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-03-30
The Scottish Government has announced that they have taken the decision not to introduce the Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, which had been due to come into force on 1 April 2020. (Source: propert118, 29 Mar.,2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Scotland Energy Efficiency news,  

Worldwide Cellulose Fuel Ethanol Market Report 2019-2025 (Ind. Report Available)
Market Research Hub
Date: 2020-03-30
Market Research Hub reports the availability of its recently released Worldwide Cellulose Fuel Ethanol Market Report 2019-2025.

The report identifies and examines key Cellulose Fuel Ethanol regional markets and key players along with distribution channels, local networks, innovative launches, industrial penetration, production methods, and revenue generation, as well as strategies, mergers & acquisitions and releated developments.

Access report details HERE (Source: Market Research Hub, Mar., 2020) Contact: Market Research Hub, Nachiket Ghumare, 518-621-2074, 866-997-4948,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

COVID-19 Lockdown Drops EU GHG Emissions 24 pct (Int'l. Report)
Independent Commodity Intelligence Services
Date: 2020-03-30
According to global commodities markets and data specialist Independent Commodity Intelligence Services ICIS) , European greenhouse gases (GHGs) as regulated under the EU Emissions Trading System (EUETS) will likely drop 24.4 pct in 2020 because of the widespread COVID-19 pandemic lock-downs.

Access the ICIS Early Impact Assessment HERE (Source: ICIS, Mar., 2020) Contact: ICIS, Anie Begum, Brand & Communications Manager +44 20 7911 3126,, (888) 525-3255 -- General Inquiries,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  GHGs,  EUETS,  

MinnKota Power Touting Project Tundra CCS Project (Ind. Report)
Minnkota Power
Date: 2020-03-30
Further to our 14th Jan., 2019 coverage, Grand Forks, Minnesota-based Minnkota Power Cooperative reports its planned Project Tundra CCS project is expected to capture 90 pct of carbon emissions from a single unit of the 455-MW lignite coal-fired 1970s-era Milton R. Young Station power plant in the city of Center. The project calls for carbon to be pumped into an underground geologic storage area on land underneath the lignite mine that supplies coal to the plant.

The planned project has received $30 million in federal and $15 million funding from the North Dakota Lignite Research Fund. The University of North Dakota is collaborating with Minnkota on developing the system with ALLETE Clean Energy and ALLETE subsidiary BNI Energy assisting with the development. (Source: Minnkota Power,Ap., 2020) Contact: Minnkota Power, Stacey Dahl, External Affairs, 701-795-4000,; Project Tundra,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnkota Power ,  CCS,  Allete,  

Family Forest Carbon Markets Program Launched (Ind. Report)
American Forest Foundation
Date: 2020-03-30
The American Forest Foundation (AFF), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is touting its introduced the Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP). The program addresses barriers that deter family forest owners from participating in carbon markets while providing companies an opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Family Forest Carbon Program offers a practice-based approach, where landowners are given incentive payments to implement science-based sustainable forest practices guaranteed to produce additional carbon sequestration. This unique, practice-based methodology takes into account the constraints of small forest ownership, yet is more credible and scalable, to allow small landowners to contribute at a landscape level. The program also provides a range of co-benefits that address biodiversity, forest health, water quality, ecosystem resilience and related issues.

Download Family Forest Carbon Program details HERE . (Source: American Forest Foundation, Sustainable Brands, Mar. Apr., 2020) Contact: Family Forest Carbon Program, Tom Martin, President & CEO, 202-765-3472,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Forest Foundation,  Carbon Credits,  ,  

Triconti Windkraft Inks Philippines Wind Service Contracts (Int'l.)
Triconti Windkraft Group
Date: 2020-03-30
The Philippines Dept.of Energy (DOE) reports the awarding of offshore wind power service contracts to the Triconti Windkraft Group of Cos., a partnership between Filipino-Swiss-German companies.

The contracts cover two projects located in Aparri Bay, Northern Philippines and Guimaras Strait, Central Philippines and have a combined potential output of over 1.2 GW.

The Triconti Windkraft Group also has 500 MW of onshore wind projects at various stages of development, for a total portfolio of 1.7GW. The first of the project is slated to come online by 2022. (Source: Triconti, PR, Business Mirror, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: Triconti Windkraft Group, Lila Rosenberger,+632 8801.2985,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Philippine Wind,  

Turks Trumpet 2019 National Wind Power Capacity (Int'l. Report)
Turkish Wind Energy Association
Date: 2020-03-30
According to the Turkish Wind Energy Association (TUREB), Turkey's total wind power capacity now stands at 8,056 MW, including 687 MW installed in 2019, and now generates sufficient electric power for roughly 8 million Turkish homes.

According to TUREB, over 75 pct of the country's wind farms are located in the Aegean and Marmara regions and 12.3 pct are in the Mediterranean region. Turkey currently operates 198 wind energy power plants with an additional 25 wind farms under construction. Turkey's Energy and Natural Sources Ministry estimates the country's wind energy potential 48,000 MW. (Source: TUREB, PR, reve, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact: TUREB,+90 312 474 0274,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Turkish Wind Energy Association,  

Strada Successfully Tests Geothermal Technology
Strada Global
Date: 2020-03-29
In the Land Down Under, Strada Global, an innovative deep drilling company at the forefront of geothermal technology has successfully tested its first dual circulation water hammer, and the final part of their patented Fluid Hammer Operating System (FHOS) for the global geothermal industry. The proven technology revolutionizes traditional drilling techniques and makes large-scale geothermal applications possible and profitable, irrespective of resource depth and local geology. Strada’s patented technology can also be applied for critical infrastructure projects that require safe, fast and affordable drilling.

This important final testing results follow the approval of Strada’s patented FHOS system by the Lloyds Register, which found that the new technology could achieve depths of over 6,000 meters, and was capable of reducing drilling costs by up to 70 pct in comparison to existing technologies, due to quicker drilling, longer drill bit life and reduced mobilization costs. (Source: Strata, PR, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Strata, Ben Strange, CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Strada Global news,  Geothermal news,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Strada Global,  Geothermal,  

alberta Install CFXD Wind Turbines

Date: 2020-03-29
Fred.Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has been awarded a contract to transport and install wind turbines selected for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farms (CFXD) in Taiwan. The contract for the transportation and installation of MHI Vestas Offshore V174-9.5MW wind turbines has been awarded by CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering in Taiwan. The work for the Changfang and Xidao (CFXD) offshore wind farms awarded by CSBC-DEME will be divided into two phases across 2022 and 2023. The CFXD offshore wind farms are located 11-25km west of Taiwan. When finished, they will have a capacity of 600MW with a total of 62 V174-9,5MW turbines. Completion is expected in 2023. (Source: Fred.Olsen, PR, reve, 23 Mar., 2020)

Global Green Buildings Market 2020 Research (Report Offered)
Green Building
Date: 2020-03-27
Global Green Buildings Market 2020 Research , a new report from Adroit Market Research, provides competitive pipeline landscape of the global production, key industry players, market share, revenue rate, regions and key players defining the Green Building Market from 2020 through 2025.

The report provides historical information with future market forecasts and trends, revenue growth patterns market shares and demand and supply and other factors relevant to the Global Green Buildings market.

Find in-depth report information HERE. Report purchase information HERE (Source: Adroit Market Research, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Adroit Market Research, Ryan Johnson, 972-362- 8199,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  

NSW Announces 17.7GW Green Energy Drive (Int'l. Report)
NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment
Date: 2020-03-27
In the Land Down Under, the state government of New South Wales (NSW) reports it will deploy 17.7GW of solar, wind and storage over the next decade, to replace fossil fuel fired power generators and hit net-zero emissions by 2050.

According to the NSW's Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 comprehensive roadmap, three previously identified rural renewables zones could spur AU$23 billion ($14.1 billion) of private sector investment.

The NSW state government and Australian federal governments have committed to invest almost AU$2 billion ($1.21 billion) in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the next ten years, according to the Ministry release. (Source: NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment, PV Tech, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Keen, Minister,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia,  NSW,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

KeHE Switching to Clean Energy Fuels Redeem™ RNG (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Fuels
Date: 2020-03-27
Naperville, Illinois-based employee-owned KeHE Distributors, a leading natural & organic, fresh and specialty food distributor, reports it will begin fueling its vehicles in California with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.'s Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG) this year.

Redeem™ RNG has been proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70 pct versus diesel. Clean Energy's Zero Now initiative details are HERE. (Source: KeHE, PR, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: KeHE, Ari Goldsmith, VP Marketing,,; Clean Energy Fuels, Chad Lindholm, VP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels ,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  

Mitigating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry -- Model Regulatory Framework ( ExxonMobil Report Attached)
Date: 2020-03-27
This model framework discusses key sources and control measures for methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Some issues for authorities to consider when establishing regulatory approaches are also provided where relevant. While this model focuses on upstream operations, many of the mitigation measures could be applicable to emission sources in other segments of the natural gas value chain such as distribution and storage.

Download the ExxonMobil Mitigating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry -- Model Regulatory Framework HERE. (Source: ExxonMobil, April,2020) Contact: ExxonMobil,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Methane,  Methane Emissions,  

Foresight, Belltown Power Partnering on UK Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
Foresight Group,Belltown Power
Date: 2020-03-27
In the UK, London-headquartered investment manager Foresight Group LLP and Bristol-based Belltown Power are reporting a joint venture aimed at developing over 300MW of wind energy projects mainly in Scotland and Wales.

Infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight has £4 billion of energy infrastructure assets under management and renewables assets totaling 2.2GW. Belltown, which has a total pipeline of 2-3GW in various stages of development, including 335MW under construction currently entering construction, has delivered over 200MW of wind, solar PV and hydro projects to date, according to the company. (Source: Foresight Group, renews, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Belltown Power UK, Paul Hewitt, CEO, +44 117 303 5217,; Foresight Group, +44 (0) 20 3667 8100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Foresight Group,  Belltown Power,  Wind,  

Oman PV Power Plant Announces Financial Closure (Int'l. Report)
ACWA Power
Date: 2020-03-27
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power reports its partners GIC and AEPC have achieved financial closure for the 500 MW solar PV Independent Power Project (IPP) at Ibri in the Sultanate of Oman.

The $400 million, 500 MWac Ibri II solar project is an Independent Power Project (IPP) and Oman's largest utility-scale solar PV Independent Power Project to date. The project, to be developed on a 15-year BOO (build, own, operate) contract basis, and will generate sufficient power for 33,000 homes. (Source: ACWA Power, Const. Bus. News, 24 Mar.,2020) Contact: ACWA Power, Paddy Padmanathan, CEO, +966 11 2835555, +966 11 2835500 - fax.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA Power,  PV,  Oman PV,  Solar,  

Ethanol Ruled "Essential" During COVID-19 Pandemic (Ind Report)
Date: 2020-03-27
The U.S. Dept of Homeland Security has classified ethanol plant employees, farm workers and support service workers including those who field crops, commodity inspection, fuel ethanol facilities, storage facilities, retail fuel centers and workers in distribution systems that support those fuel centers as "essential" during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Homeland Security, UNICA, Various Media, Ethanol Producer, 24 Mar., 2020)Contact: US Dept. of Homeland Security, › contact-us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  

Maine Enacts Renewable Biomass, Chemicals Tax Credit (Ind. Report)
Maine Tax Credit
Date: 2020-03-27
In Augusta, Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) has signed into law legislation establishing an 8 cent per pound tax credit for chemicals produced from renewable biomass via a biological conversion, thermal conversion or combination of the two technologies. The resulting renewable chemical must be sold or used for the production of chemical products, polymers, plastics, or formulated products.

Eligible products must have at least 95 pct bio-based content and cannot be sold or used for the production of food, feed or fuel. Exceptions are allowed for cellulosic sugars used to produce aquaculture feed and food additives, supplements, vitamins, nutraceuticals or pharmaceuticals that do not provide caloric value and are not considered food or feed.

The tax credit comes into force Jan. 1, 2021. Download full copy of the bill H.P. 1213 - L.D. 1698 An Act To Create Jobs and Slow Climate Change by Promoting the Production of Natural Resources Bioproducts HERE. (Source: Office of Maine Governor Janet Mills, 18 Mar., 2020) Contact: Office of Maine Gov. Janet Mills, 207-287-3531,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Chemical,  Biomass,  

TOTAL Takes Stake in UK Floating Offshore Wind sector Project (M&A)
TOTAL,Blue Energy
Date: 2020-03-27
French oil and gas major Total is reporting acquisition of an 80 pct stake in Simply Blue Energy's planned 96MW Erebus floating offshore wind to be built off the coast of Wales in the Celtic Sea.

The Erebus project is intended as a demonstration project for a potential fleet of floating offshore wind farms in the area. Simply Blue Energy and Total's partnership is the new Joint Venture, Blue Gem Wind. (Source: Total, RenewEconomy, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Blue Gem Wind,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Floating Wind,  Wind,  Blue Energy,  

mPower Technology Series A Funding Totals $4.35Mn (Ind. Report)
mPower Technology
Date: 2020-03-27
Albuquerque, N.M.-based solar specialist mPower Technology reports it has closed an additional $1.85 million in Series A funding bring the total Series A round to $4.35 million. The funds have been earmarked for development, testing and sales of mPower's DragonSCALES™ (SemiConductor Active Layer Embedded Solar) solar cell technology. (Source: mPower Technology, PR, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: mPower Technology,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sola,  Solar Cell ,  

Grasshopper Acquiring 6.8MW ReneSola Cdn PV Portfolio (M&A)
Date: 2020-03-27
Solar project developer ReneSola reports it is selling a Canadian 6.8 MW portfolio of 15 solar projects totaling 6.8-MW to Grasshopper Energy. Financial and other transaction details have not been released.

The portfolio of 15 solar projects is currently under development and accredited under Canada's now discontinued feed-in tariff (FiT) programme. (Source: ReneSola, PR, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Grasshopper Energy, 866-310-1575,,; ReneSola Ltd, Josef Kastner, VP, Willy Lin, CFA, +86 (21) 6280-9180 x155,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ReneSola ,  Solar,  

KIT Atmospheric CO2-to-Carbon Black Pilot Underway (Int'l, R&D)
NOCEC,Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Date: 2020-03-27
In Germany, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is reporting the NECOC Technologies for Negative Greenhouse Gas Emissions Research Project is now under way.

In the NECOC research project, an integrated pilot plant is being constructed to test a new process for reducing the greenhouse gas CO2 in the atmosphere and to produce carbon black -- a high-quality, solid carbon with industrial applications.

Project partners include INERATEC GmbH, a spinoff of KIT, and Climeworks AG, a spinoff of ETH Zurich. The research project, scheduled for a duration of three years, is funded with a total of €1.5 million by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). (Source: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 25 Mar.,2020)Contact: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Professor Thomas Wetzel of the Institute of Thermal Process Engineering, Martin Heidelberger, +49 721 608-21169,,,; Climeworks AG, Jan Wurzbacher and Christoph Gebald, co-founder and co-CEO, +41 44 533 2999,; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  Climeworks,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Black,  NOCEC,  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology,  Carbon Black,  

WA Recognizes Forestry's Role in Climate Change Solution (Ind Report)
Washington State
Date: 2020-03-27
In Olympia, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has signed into law ESSHB 2528, legislation establishing a state policy recognizing and supporting the complete forest products sector -- landowners, mills, bioenergy, pulp and paper, harvesting and transportation infrastructure necessary to continue sustainable forestry, production and transportation of the state's wood products -- as an "essential part of the climate solution." The legislation comes into force 90 days after March 12th, when the session ended.

Washington State's private forests and wood products sector sequesters 12 pct of the state's carbon emissions, and working forests play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gases, according to the Washington Forest Protection Association. (Source: Washington Forest Protection Assoc., PR, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: Washington Forest Protection Association,; American Forest Resource Council,; Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gov. Jay Inslee,  Forestry,  Climate Change,  

Economy Could Lose $10Tn with Business-as-Usual Approach to Climate Change (Ind. Report)
World Wildlife Fund,University of Minnesota
Date: 2020-03-27
A recently released collaborative report from the University of Minnesota (UMN) and the World Wildlife Fund has found that the global economy stands to lose $10 trillion by 2050 if countries continue to operate under a "business as usual" approach to climate change. The report notes the U.S. will likely be the biggest loser.

Through a combination of applied economics and environmental mapping, the team uses satellite technology to analyze different landscapes and ecosystems around the world. Based on the geographical data, researchers can calculate the landscape's susceptibility to things like carbon storage or erosion and can predict how local economies will be affected by the damage done by climate change.

The study predicts that if countries begin to follow an alternative "global conservation" approach, the U.S economy could gain as much as $11 billion by 2050. (Source: University of Minnesota, World Wildlife Fund, Minnesota Today, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: WWF, Toby Roxburgh,; University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, Justin Johnson, Stephn Polasky, (612) 624-6973,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Wildlife Fund,  Climate Change,  University of Minnesota,  

Cielo, Renewable U Medicine Hat RF JV Progressing (Ind.Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2020-03-27
Vancouver, BC-based Cielo Waste Solutions Corp is reporting its joint-venture (JV) partner Renewable U Medicine Hat Inc. has secured an agreement in principle and secured funding for the purchase of an 80 acre site in Cypress County, Alberta for their joint renewable fuels (RF) production facility, subject to numerous conditions, before or on July 1, 2020.

The planned facility will convert 65,000 tpy of various feedstocks into 32.7 million lpy of renewable fuels that can be blended into conventional highway transportation, marine and aviation fuels. (Source: Cielo. PR Mar., 2020) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, Pres., CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions,  Biofuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Landfill Waste,  

Renewable Fuels Coalition Comments on Admin's Not Seeking SRE Ruling Re-hearing (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Americans for Clean Energy
Date: 2020-03-27
Further to our 20th Jan. coverage, a coalition of the Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Coalition for Ethanol and National Farmers Union released the following statement:

"We are pleased the Trump administration has decided not to side with oil refiners in seeking a re-hearing of this unambiguous and well-reasoned court decision in the Tenth Circuit. We trust this also means the administration does not plan to petition the Supreme Court for an appeal. Abiding by the court's ruling is the right thing to do at a time when our industries and rural America are already suffering from the effects of COVID-19, the Saudi-Russia oil price war and ongoing trade disputes.

"We look to the RFS as a source of demand stability and certainty, especially in these troubling times. Requesting a re-hearing would have only prolonged uncertainty in the marketplace and exacerbated the pain and frustration already being experienced in the Heartland.

"With this key milestone now behind us, we look forward to EPA applying the Tenth Circuit decision nationwide to all SRE (small refiner exemption) petitions, beginning with the 25 pending petitions for 2019 exemptions."

The coalition also noted that fully restoring the integrity of the RFS means immediate action to restore 500 million gallons of inappropriately waived 2016 blending requirements, as ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. District in 2017. (Source: Various Media, The Fence Post, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835,; American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381 ext. 3389,; National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600,; NCGA, (636) 733-9004, (636) 733-9005 -fax,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Americans for Clean Energy,  RFS "Hardship" ,  Waivers,  Renewable Fuels Associatio,  National Farmers Union,  National Corn Growers Association,  American Coalition for Ethanol,  

ARBNCO Contract Supports Energy Efficiency Platform (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-03-27
In the UK, Scottish building optimization specialist ARBNCO is reporting receipt of a £641,000 contract from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Energy Innovation Programme for Phase Two of the government innovation competition Boosting Access for SMEs to Energy Efficiency. The contract will allow ARBNCO to develop a prototype of its Digital Energy Efficiency Platform (DEEP) to simplify the process of engaging with energy efficiency by automatically optimizing a business's total energy consumption and premises energy performance.

The platform will use a range of data sources such as energy consumption and building energy performance, retrieved automatically or supplied by the SME, to generate a custom list of physical and behavioural energy efficiency recommendations together with costs, suppliers and finance options. Following completion in April 2021, the platform will be rolled out nationally. (Source: ARBNCO, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: ARBNCO, Andrew Stewart, R&D Manger,

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

NJ BPU Considering "Straw" Energy Efficiency Proposal (Ind Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2020-03-27
In the Garden State, a new "straw" proposal from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is calling for a new comprehensive program aimed at increasing energy efficiency programs and incentives across all sectors of the state’s energy customer base, but particularly focused on low income customers.

To that end, the proposal suggested: allowing utilities to recover program costs; recovery of lost revenues tied to efficiency programs and earning opportunities for efficiency investments through performance incentives, as tools to align the utility business model with increased energy efficiency; and penalizing the utility's return on equity if it failed to achieve performance standards. (Source: NJ BPU, NJ Spotlight, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities news,  

Strada Successfully Tests Geothermal Technology
Strada Globa
Date: 2020-03-26
In the Land Down Under, Strada Global, an innovative deep drilling company at the forefront of geothermal technology has successfully tested its first dual circulation water hammer, and the final part of their patented Fluid Hammer Operating System (FHOS) for the global geothermal industry. The proven technology revolutionizes traditional drilling techniques and makes large-scale geothermal applications possible and profitable, irrespective of resource depth and local geology. Strada’s patented technology can also be applied for critical infrastructure projects that require safe, fast and affordable drilling.

This important final testing results follow the approval of Strada’s patented FHOS system by the Lloyds Register, which found that the new technology could achieve depths of over 6,000 meters, and was capable of reducing drilling costs by up to 70 pct in comparison to existing technologies, due to quicker drilling, longer drill bit life and reduced mobilization costs. (Source: Strata, PR, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Strata, Ben Strange, CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Strada Global news,  Geothermal news,  

Ammonia Examined as Maritime Alternative Fuel (Ind. Report)
Samsung Heavy Industries,
Date: 2020-03-25
In an initiative aimed at reducing maritime shipping emissions and identifying an alternative to currently used heavy oil "bunkering" fuel, London-headquartered Lloyd's Register, Samsung Heavy Industries, MISC, and MAN Energy Solutions in January launched an ammonia-fueled tanker project to examine the use of ammonia as an alternative maritime fuel. Following a study with A.P. Moller-Maersk, Lloyd's Register has determined the best (marine) fuels for achieving zero net emissions are alcohol, biomethane and ammonia.

Lloyd's Register Group Limited is a technical and business services organization and a maritime classification society, wholly owned by the Lloyd's Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. The organisation dates to 1760, according to wikipedia. (Source: Lloyd's Register, Trade Only Today, Mar., 2020) Contact: Lloyd's Register,; A.P. Moller-Maersk Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Biomethane,  Ammonia,  International Maritime Organization,  Maritime Emissions,  Climate Change,  

ESCO's Revenues Projected Near $29Bn by 2029 (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2020-03-25
ESCO Global Market Analysis and Forecast, new report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research is projecting the global annual revenue for energy service companies (ESCOs) is expected to reach close to $29 billion by 2029.

According to the report, "ESCO offerings have gained recognition as a valuable way for public organizations to realize sustainability mandates while meeting operational, financial, and human capital goals. Though growth is expected to continue, it is expected to be challenging to capture due to pressure from competing energy services models and changing customer expectations." the report contends.

On the demand side, clients are becoming more sophisticated and are looking for cost-effective, customized, and comprehensive energy solutions to meet their needs beyond energy efficiency upgrades. On the supply side, energy suppliers and vendors are introducing a broader set of turnkey, portfolio-wide financial and business model options to meet emerging customer needs. According to the report, these trends require ESCOs to diversify project development efforts and develop new technology-agnostic capabilities and financing options outside of ESPC structures.

ESCO Global Market Analysis and Forecast report details are , HERE. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, 17 Mar.,2020) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul 781.270.8456,

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5,000th US E85 Station Opens in Iowa (Ind. Report)
Flex Fuel
Date: 2020-03-25
In the Hawkeye State, regional gas-bar and convenience store chain Caseys General Stores Inc reports its location in Ankeny, Iowa is the 5,000the Flex Fuel E85 retail station in the U.S.

The location presently sells E85 for roughly 30 pct less than regular Unleaded 87. The company operates 2,146 locations in 16 states.(Source: CaseysGeneral Stores Inc., 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: Caseys,

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FortisBC, Fraser-Fort George Ink BC Landfill Gas Deal (Ind. Report)
FortisBC,Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
Date: 2020-03-25
In British Columbia, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George board of directors is reporting approval of a planned expansion of the landfill gas collection system at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill. "This project will increase the overall collection efficiency of the existing current landfill gas system and assist in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill site," according to the release.

In 2019, the regional district inked a tentative agreement to sell landfill gas to FortisBC, which would be purified and injected into Fortis' natural gas network. Under that agreement, FortisBC would build and operate an approximately $8.5 million processing plant at the landfill and pay the regional district $75,000 to $145,000 per year for 75,000 to 125,000 gigagoules per year of gas when the plants is fully operational before the year end.

Diverting gas from the Foothills landfill into the FortisBC system would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3,500 to 5,700 tpy , according to the company. (Source: Regional District of Fraser-Fort George , Prince George Citizen, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: FortisBC, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev.,; Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, (250) 960-4400, (250) 563-7520 - fax,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  FortisBC,  Methane,  

New Jersey Claims Record Solar Energy Installations (Ind. Report)
New Jersey
Date: 2020-03-25
The New Jersey Clean Energy Program is reporting 447 MW of solar capacity was installed in 2019 and now generates 5 pct -- 3,190 MW -- of the Garden State's electric power needs. The state's previous record for solar installed capacity within a calendar year was in 2011, when 446.8 MW came online.

New Jersey's new Energy Master Plan calls for 17,000 MW of solar capacity by 2035 and that solar provide 34 pct of the state's energy mix within 30 years. The Clean Energy Program is a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs and services for New Jersey residents, business owners and local governments to help them save energy, money and the environment. (Source: NJ Clean Energy Program, NJ Spotlight, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: NJ Clean Energy Program, 866-657-6278,

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Greencoat Snares French Wind Portfolio for €30Mn (M&A, Int'l)
Greencoat Renewables, John Laing
Date: 2020-03-25
Dublin-based Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc is reporting the €30.3 million ($32.7 million) acquisition of a portfolio of three wind farms from UK infrastructure giant John Laing Group Plc.

The assets, which come with 16-year long term fixed rate project finance and have an overall net enterprise value of €95 million, include the 20.0MW Passilly wind farm in the Burgundy region, the 21.6MW Sommette wind farm in the Picardy region and the 10.3MW St Martin wind farm in Saint-Martin-l'Ars. With this acquisition Greencoat's total installed capacity increases to 528.1 MW.

As previously reported Mar.6th John Laing is quitting the standalone solar and wind markets, citing "industry-wide issues" and renewable energy write-downs and falling power prices.

The company, which claims to have invested approximately £850 million ($1.088 billion) in clean energy projects throughout the 2010s, intends to divest its solar and wind portfolio over the next two years. The company will, however, consider global opportunities that include "technologies that enable high penetration of renewables", transportation electrification and other decarbonisation and energy efficiency ventures. (Source: Greencoat Renewables, PR, IP&E, 23 Mar., 2020)Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London,; John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200,,

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Date: 2020-03-25

POET Temporarily Curtailing Corn Purchases (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-03-25
On Monday, Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET reported it is evaluating its production levels and temporarily suspended corn purchases at several of its locations due to weak biofuel demand.

Demand for motor fuels has fallen dramatically due to coronavirus pandemic "stay at home" and limited social interaction policies. (Source: POET, Reuters, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, Steve Hartig, General Manager, (630) 780-8171,,; POET, Jeff Broin, CEO., (605) 965-2200,

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Nordex Claims 400 MW Norwegian Wind Project Contract (Int'l Report)
Nordex,Eolus Vind
Date: 2020-03-25
Nordex is reporting receipt of an order to supply and install 72 N149/5.X wind turbines totaling 400 MW with 105 meter steel towers, at the Oyfjellet wind farm for Eolus Vind, AB, a German investor. The deal includes a 20-year full "Premium" maintenance agreement.

The Oyfjellet project in Norway has a PPA with Alcoa Norway and is expected to be completed in late 2021. (Source: Nordex, PR, reve, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02; Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101,,

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Notable Quote on EU Climate, Renewables Legislation
WindEurope ,EU,European Comission
Date: 2020-03-25
"The EU Commission was absolutely right to emphasize that the transition to climate neutrality is irreversible. That will require Europe to install more than twice as much new wind energy each year as it managed in 2019. The (EU) Climate Law impact assessment should outline a credible path for the delivery of these volumes.

"Beating climate change is about driving renewables-based electrification in road transport, buildings and most of industry. And scaling up renewable hydrogen in hard to abate sectors. Clearly opting for a 100 pct renewables scenario would avoid stranded investments down the road. A 100 pct renewables scenario must be the start of our conversation on how we deliver climate neutrality cost effectively." -- Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Advisoer, WindEurope. Contact: WindEurope, Pierre Tardieu, +32 2 213 1890,,

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UQ Study Bullish on CCS Hub Project (Int'l. Report)
University of Queensland
Date: 2020-03-25
In the Land Down Under, a study from the University of Queensland has found that deep emission cuts might be achieved by establishing a large-scale CCS 'Hub' scheme built around retrofitting existing modern, supercritical coal power plants in Queensland areas notionally identified for their storage potential in the deepest part of the Surat Basin.

Study leader Professor Andrew Garnett, a former Shell and Schlumberger executive, said the sooner that CCS was realized in the roughly 35-year lifespan of these power stations the greater the impact of the initiative. Garnett estimates three to four years might be required commercial feasibility and engineering activities followed by a sequential build-out over several years during which emissions could be cut by roughly 13 million tpy -- equivalent to taking 2.8 million cars off the road each year.

The 3-year $5.5 million project is funded by the Australian Government through the Carbon Capture and Storage Research Development and Demonstration (CCS RD&D) programme, by Coal 21 and The University of Queensland (Source: The University of Queensland Surat Deep Aquifer Appraisal Project, UQ News, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: UQ CCS Program, Professor Andrew Garnett , Director, + 61 (7) 3346 4101,,,

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Concrete Solutions to Lower GHG Emission, Air Pollution (Ind Report)
UC Davis
Date: 2020-03-25
According to a study from the University of California-Davis, concrete production contributes 8 pct of global greenhouse gases and caused $335 billion per year in damages while strategies to reduce the concrete sector's global GHG emissions could, under some scenarios, increase local air pollution and related health damages.

While CCS technologies could reduce GHG emissions from concrete production by as much as 28 pct , the study found it could actually increase human health impacts from air pollutants unless the technology itself is powered by clean energy.

Cement production is responsible for about 32 pct of the total climate damages and 18 pct of health damages of making concrete. That is followed by aggregate production, which is responsible for 34 pct of health damages and 4 pct in climate damages.

To reduce these impacts, the study suggests the following readily implementable methods to reduce climate damages: cleaner combusting kiln fuel; increase use of limestone filler or other low-impact mineral additions to partially replace cement; clean renewable energy; amine scrubbing and calcium looping which could reduce climate damage costs over 50 pct and 65 pct respectively. They are not yet readily implementable but may become so in the future.

While the effectiveness of strategies varies by region, the study says that overall, a mixture of the strategies could reduce climate and health damages by 85 pct and 19 pct respectively. (Source: UC Davis, Nature Climate Change, Daily Democrat, UC Davis, Mar., 2020) Contact: UC Davis, Assist. Prof.,Frances Moore, UCD Department of Environmental Science and Policy,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Concrete,  Cement,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  UC Davis,  

Notable Quote on Renewable Fuels Production
Date: 2020-03-25
"It looks to us like we're nearing 2 billion gallons of (renewable fuel) capacity on an annualized basis that was operating as recently as a month ago that we think by the end of this week will be offline." -- RFA President Geoff Cooper commenting on production cuts due to declined demand. Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835,

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Pittsburgh U Dorm Earns USGBC LEED Silver Cert. (Ind. Report)
University of Pittsburgh
Date: 2020-03-25
In the Keystone State, the University of Pittsburgh is reporting its $17-million, 170-bed Livingston Alexander House residence hall in Bradford has earned US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for green construction practices, water and energy efficiency, high-efficiency HVAC and thermal glass and insulation to reduce the building's energy consumption by 30 pct over standard construction.

The 3-story dormitory also utilizes renewable energy, organic compounds and furnishings made from recycled materials. (Source: University of Pittsburgh, PR, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: University of Pittsburgh, Rhett Kennedy, Dir. Auxiliary Services, 412-624-4141,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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Aquila Snares Remaining Svindbaek Wind Farm Turbines (M&A)
Aquila European Renewables Income Fund
Date: 2020-03-25
In the UK, Aquila European Renewables Income Fund plc reports completion of its €13.2 million ($14.2 million) purchase of the 9.6-MW Svindbaek II onshore wind farm, a three-turbine portion of the larger Svindbaek complex in Denmark. Aquila now owns all of the project's ten turbines. (Source: Aquila European Renewables Income Fund, Renewables, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: Aquila European Renewables Income Fund,; European Energy A/S , +45 88 70 82 16,

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Enviva Says Pellet Business Unimpaired by COVID-19 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-03-25
In a statement, Bethesda, Maryland-based wood pellet supplier Enviva Holdings Inc Enviva has announced production at its wood pellet manufacturing plants and pellet shipments have been unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company noted it is monitoring guidance from the Center for Disease Control and other agencies and taking appropriate measures to protect employees and business continuity.

Enviva Partners currently owns and operates seven wood pellet plants with a total production capacity of approximately 3.5 million mtpy. (Source: Enviva Holdings, Biomass Mag., 23 Mar.,2020) Contact: Enviva Holdings LP, Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, (301) 615-5560,,

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