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WindShark Wind Turbine Paired with Commercial Generator (Ind. Report)
MITU Resources,Windshark Turbine
Date: 2018-02-28
Republic of Columbia-based MITU Resources Inc., a publicly traded wind energy technology company, provided the following update regarding the current development and commercialization of Headwind Technologies' licensed WindShark self-starting vertical axis wind turbines.

The WindShark's proprietary vertical axis windmill incorporates three curved helical blades to capture airflow from any wind speed or direction while the generator component of the WindShark turbine converts that rotational energy into electricity.

The WindShark development team recently completed initial testing on a third-party manufactured generator that was shown to have a very low start-up resistance and started producing power at relatively low RPM.

WindShark vertical axis wind turbines are ideally suited for populated and low-wind environments as a stand-alone solution or in conjunction with other renewable or traditional power sources. (Source: MITU Resources Inc, PR, NASDAQ, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: Headwind Technologies Windshark, www.headwindtechnologies.ca/store/p1/Wind_Shark.html; MITU Resources

More Low-Carbon Energy News Windshark,  Vertical Axis Wind Turbine,  Wind,  


Senvion Supplying 44 Turbines for 101.2MW Indian Project (Int'l)
Senvion, ReNew Power
Date: 2018-02-28
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Senvion reports it has secured a contract from Indian clean energy firm ReNew Power to deliver 44 Senvion 2.3M120 turbines for the 101.2MW Bhuwad Wind project in Gujarat, India. Senvion will also offer comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) services for a period of ten years.

When fully operational the project is expected to deliver sufficient power for approximately 100,000 Indian homes. Under the deal, The project is expected to be commissioned within the next 12 months. (Source: Senvion, Power Technology, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; ReNew Power, https://renewpower.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  


Ag Groups Admonish The Donald to Leave RFS As Is (Ind. Report)
RFS
Date: 2018-02-28
A coalition of farm groups sent President Trump -- aka The Donald -- a letter on Monday asking him to leave the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as is.

"Rural America supported President Trump last year, now we need the President to support rural America. Supporting policy changes that undermine the RFS will hurt farmers, renewable fuel plant workers, and rural America. Mismanagement of a single refinery should not be used as an excuse for undoing ten-years of sound policy," said National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Kevin Skunes in a statement.

The NCGA, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Wheat Growers Association, National Sorghum Growers Association and National Farmers Union all signed the letter which was also sent to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

The letter notes that while some refiners, including the one that filed bankruptcy, say Renewable Identification Number's (RINs) cause financial hardship, last year the EPA investigated the issue and found they were "not causing economic harm to refiners." (Source: NCGA, AGPRO, 26 Feb., 2018) Contact: NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Trump,  National Corn Growers Association,  RINS,  


IATA Committed to Sustainable Aviation Biofuels (Ind. Report)
IATA
Date: 2018-02-28
In a statement, airline industry group The International Air Transport Association (IATA) rays it foresees over one billion passengers having taken flights powered by a biofuel blend -- aka sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) -- by 2025. Biofuels are a key to IATA's goal of cutting the airline industry's net carbon emissions by 50 pct compared to 2005 by 2050.

According to IATA, SAF powered flights could reduce the life-cycle carbon emissions of that flight by up to 80 pct. The aviation industry has also vowed to use non-food, sustainable biofuel feedstocks. To that end, the IATA sees government incentives, grants, loan guarantees, support for SAF demonstration plants and supply chain R&D for the production of aviation biofuels as a key to getting the aviation biofuels industry off the ground. (Source: IATA, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: IATA, +41 22 770 2967, www.iata.org

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


EC Approves EU ETS 2021-2030 Rule Changes (Int'l Report)
EU ETS, European Council
Date: 2018-02-28
In Brussels, the European Council (EC) reports it has formally approved the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the period 2021 to 2030. The reform is a significant step towards the EU reaching its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030, as agreed under the EU's 2030 climate and energy framework, and fulfilling its commitments under the Paris Agreement. The reform includes the following:
  • The cap on the total volume of emissions will be reduced annually by 2.2 pct (linear reduction factor) and the number of allowances to be placed in the market stability reserve will be doubled temporarily until the end of 2023 (feeding rate);

  • A new mechanism to limit the validity of allowances in the market stability reserve above a certain level will become operational in 2023;

  • The revised ETS directive also contains a number of new provisions to protect industry against the risk of carbon leakage and the risk of application of a cross-sectoral correction factor;

  • The share of allowances to be auctioned will be 57 pct, with a conditional lowering of the auction share by 3 pct if the cross-sectoral correction factor is applied;

  • Revised free allocation rules will enable better alignment with the actual production levels of companies, and the benchmark values used to determine free allocation will be updated. The sectors at highest risk of relocating their production outside the EU will receive full free allocation. The free allocation rate for sectors less exposed to carbon leakage will amount to 30 pct. A gradual phase-out of that free allocation for the less exposed sectors will start after 2026, with the exception of the district heating sector.

    The new entrants' reserve will initially contain unused allowances from the current 2013-2020 period and 200 million allowances from the market stability reserve. Up to 200 million allowances will be returned to the market stability reserve if not used during the period 2021-2030.

    The EU ETS sets a cap on how much CO2 heavy industry and power stations can emit. The total volume of allowed emissions is distributed to companies as permits which can be traded. ETS is a cornerstone of the EU's policy to combat climate change and its key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. The EU ETS limits emissions from more than 11.000 heavy energy-using installations and airlines operating between the 28 EU member countries and covers around 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, emissions from sectors covered by the system will be 21 pct lower than in 2005. (Source: European Council, 27 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Council,  Carbon Emissions,  EU ETS,  


  • UK Carbon Emissions Rise as Diesel Vehicle Sales Dive (Int'l)
    Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
    Date: 2018-02-28
    In the UK, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports the Government's "anti-diesel agenda" led to a 17.1 pct decline in new diesel vehicle sales in 2017 and a slight increase in CO2 emissions, the first rise since 2000.

    Although diesel cars produce more of the toxic gas nitrogen oxide (NOx) than their petrol counterparts, they emit less CO2 and are often more fuel efficient. The growing popularity of fuel-hungry SUVs has also contributed to the increase in carbon emissions, as they produce about a quarter more CO2 than the smallest vehicles, according to the BBC. (Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, The Week, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, www.smmt.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    Philips Lighting Aiming for Carbon Neutrality by 2020 (Int'l)
    Philips Lighting
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Global lighting industry specialist Philips Lighting it cut its carbon footprint by 20 pct to 325 kilotonnes CO2 and increased its use of electricity from renewable sources from 67 pct to 80 pct in 2017.

    The company aims to source 100 pct of its electric power from renewable source, generate 80 pct of its revenues from sustainable products, systems and services and achieve carbon neutrality by 2020. (Source: Philips Lighting, LED Inside, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Philips Lighting, Nicola Kimm, Head of Sustainability, Matt Marcus, (551) 227-6790, matt.marcus@philips.com, www.philips.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Philips Lighting,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Neutral ,  


    NZ Emissions Rise While Forestry Carbon Sink Shrinks (Int'l)
    Statistics New Zealand
    Date: 2018-02-28
    In Auckland, Statistics New Zealand is reporting the country's carbon emissions grew slower than growth in the economy while native fores tareas shrank slightly over the same period. According to Stats NZ, that spells difficulty for New Zealand in meeting its Paris climate change accord obligations by 2030, given that plantation forests are currently the country's main fallback for offsetting rising national emissions.

    According to Stats NZ, Greenhouse gas emissions measures between 1990 and 2015, the latest year for which figures are available, show emissions increased from 61 million tpy to 76 million tpy.

    Stats NZ accounts show both a dramatic rise in the total carbon sequestration occurring in maturing plantation forests and a dramatic drop in new planting from a peak at the start of the period of around 100,000 hectares a year to well under 20,000 hectares annually since 2005. That's in spite of the recognition that plantation forest carbon 'sinks' are one New Zealand's best options to meet its climate change commitments. To remedy the situation, the government is ramping up a "billion trees" planting programme over the next decade. (Source: Stats NZ, SHARECHAT.co.nz, 29 Feb., 2018)Contact: Statistics New Zealand, www.stats.govt.nz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NZ Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sink,  Reforestation,  


    Europlasma, Arcelor Mittal Cutting Steel's Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
    Europlasma,Arcelor Mittal
    Date: 2018-02-28
    In France, Bordeaux-based Europlasma is reporting its participation in the Reducing Gas Injection Project, led by world's largest steel maker Arcelor Mittal. Europlasma designs and develops innovative plasma solutions for renewable energy production and hazardous waste recovery.

    This project aims to validate at a pre-industrial scale, then to deploy at industrial scale, a plasma solution that will slash CO2 emissions by reusing carbon from process gases while reducing CO2 production by 90 to 180 kg per ton of steel and cutting steel blast furnace fossil fuel consumption by reforming and recovering process gases. Based on current European steel production, this plasma solution would prevent the release of 10 to 20 million tpy of CO2. (Source: Europlasma, PR Newswire, Contact: Europlasma, +33 (0)5 56 49 70 00, contactbourse@europlasma.com, www.europlasma.com; ArcelorMittal, Paul Weigh paul.weigh@arcelormittal.com, www.arcelormittal.com

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


    Chinese Shougang LanzaTech JV to Produce Ethanol from CO2 (Int'l)
    LanzaTech,Shougang Group
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Chinese steel and iron producer Shougang Group is reporting the upcoming March opening of a facility that can convert industrial waste gas to sustainable biofuels in the city of Caofeidian.

    The facility will utilize equipment from the joint venture company Shougang LanzaTech to convert industrial waste gas to liquid ethanol with a purity of 99.5 pct and compressed natural gas.

    The facility, which is the world's first commercial project of its kind, uses the technology developed by the U.S. biotech company LanzaTech, and is expected to produce 46,000 tpy of ethanol fuel, 76.5 million tpy of animal feed and 3.3 million cubic meters of compressed natural gas per year. (Source: Shougang Group, China.org.cn, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Shougang Group, shougang.com.cn/en; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  Carbon Emissions,  


    84 Mn LPY Ethanol Plant Proposed in Nigeria (Int'l)
    Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
    Date: 2018-02-28
    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Kogi State Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a fuel-ethanol plant that will produce 84 million litres of biofuel annually.

    The project would be an integrated feedstock plantation and process plants complex and include a cane mill and a raw and refined sugar plant of 126,000 tonnes annually. The Bagasse co-generation plant would generate 64 megawatts of power, and include a 2,000 tpy carbon dioxide recovery and bottling plant as well as approximately produce 63,000 tpy of livestock feed from locally grown sugarcane and/or cassava. (Source: NAN Leadership Ng., , 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: NNPC Group, Dr Maikanti Baru, Managing Dir., www.nnpcgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  Bio-Ethanol news,  Biofuel news,  Casava news,  


    Platte River Seeks Solar, Energy Storage Proposals (Ind. Report)
    Platte River
    Date: 2018-02-28
    In Fort Collins, Colorado, nonprofit utility Platte River Power Authority has issued a request for proposals (RfP) for at least 20MW of solar PV systems and up to 5MWh of battery energy storage for its power mix in Colorado. The projects must connect to Platte River's transmission systems, such as the substation for its 280MW coal-fired power plant known as the Rawhide Energy station. The deadline for proposals is 30 March.

    Presently, 30 pct of Platte River's power is sourced from wind, solar and other carbon-free energy sources. In January, the utility entered into a 150MW wind PPA that will raise that percentage to 48 pct. Platte River is also considering long-term PPAs for solar projects that are expected to come online between June 2019 and the end of 2021. (Source: Platte River, Energy Storage, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Platte River Power Authority, Jason Frisbie, CEO, (970) 220-4000, www.prpa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Platte River,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    PSC Expands New York's Energy Storage Resources (Ind. Report)
    New York Public Service Commission
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Furthher to our December 8, 2017 report, the New York PSC last week approved two measures aimed at growing energy storage resources in the Empire State and helping to meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 1,500 MW energy storage target by 2025.

    Regulators approved a plan for Consolidated Edison Co. to significantly expand the use of battery storage systems in its service territory by simplifying the process for private owners. The PSC also allowed larger storage projects to participate in the state's clean-energy program. The decision raises the maximum rated capacity for projects from 2 MW to 5 MW. The new rules crafted a more straightforward process to allow private energy storage systems to export electricity to ConEd's distribution system. (Source: New York Public Service Commission, Various Media, Utility Dive, 26 Feb., 2018)Contact: New York Public Service Commission, www.dps.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Public Service Commission,  Energy Storage,  


    Mass. School Earns $193,000 Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
    Unitil Corp
    Date: 2018-02-28
    In the Bay State, Unitil Corporation reports it has awarded a $193,000 energy efficiency rebate to North Middlesex Regional High School. The new 180,000 square-foot-building incorporates LED lighting, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, energy recovery ventilation and increased roof insulation, which qualified it for the rebate.

    Over the anticipated lifespan of the energy efficiency upgrades, the school is expected to save 549,600 therms of natural gas and over 6 million kWh of electricity -- approximately $1.6 million -- over a 13-year period. (Source: Unitil Corp., Lowell Sun, 25 Feb., 2018) Contact: Unitil Corp., www.unitil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Unitil Corp.,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


    NJ Comfort Partners, Egg Harbor Partner on Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    NJ Comfort Partners, Green Life Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-02-28
    In the Garden State, the city of Egg Harbor's SustainableEHC "green team" reeports it is partnering with the NJ Comfort Partners program and Green Life Energy Solutions to save residents on the cost of home energy.

    The NJ Comfort Partners program, which is funded through New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and Clean Energy program, provides eligible homeowners with energy efficient lightbulbs, low-flow showerheads, energy efficient refrigerators and thermostats, insulation upgrades, duct sealing and repair, heating and cooling equipment and comprehensive personalized energy education and counseling.

    The energy audit and efficiency measures are provided free of charge by Certified Building Performance Institute contractors. Green Life Energy Solutions of Egg Harbor Township is the local provider and scheduler of the service.

    NJ Comfort Partners has assisted 108,000 low- middle-income households since the program started in 2001. The program is available until June 30 or while funds last. (Source: City of Egg Harbor, SustainableEHC, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: SustainableEHC, www.sustainableehc.org; NJ Comfort Partners, www.njcleanenergy.com; Green Life Energy Solutions, (609) 407-6900, www.greenlifeisgood.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    SunPower Completes Redstone Solar, Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    SunPower,Redstone Arsenal
    Date: 2018-02-28
    SunPower Corp. is reporting the commissioning and startup of a 10-MW solar photovoltaic and 1-MW energy storage system at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.

    The solar array and storage project was designed, built and will be operated and maintained by SunPower, with financing provided by Birmingham-headquartered Regions Bank.

    This project is a collaboration between the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, Redstone Arsenal, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and SunPower, and features a SunPower Oasis® Power Plant system. The fully integrated, modular solar power block is engineered and built for compatibility with a future micro-grid, and is paired with storage to reduce peak power-related demand charges for Redstone Arsenal.

    The Army is purchasing 100 percent of the electricity generated by the project through a 27-year PPA at rates competitive with traditional energy sources. (Source: SunPower, February, 2018) Contact: SunPower, https://us.sunpower.com; Redstone Arsenal, www.garrison.redstone.army.mil

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Redstone,  Solar,  


    Advance Energy Storage -- Laying Platform for Efficient Electricity Delivery And Management -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-02-28
    According to the just released Advance Energy Storage -- Laying Platform for Efficient Electricity Delivery And Management report from Energias Market Research Pvt. Ltd., the global advance energy storage market is expected to grow from $8.8 billion in 2017 to $17.6 billion in 2024 -- a CAGR of 9.1 pct from 2018 to 2024.

    Factors propelling the growth of market include electric energy storage for energy arbitrage and increasing investment in modernizing the grid for robust and resilient electricity delivery system.

    The report segments the Advance Energy Storage market by technology : mechanical; electrochemical; -- electrical; chemical; biological and others. The report also segments the Advance Energy Storage market by application. The report notes the key players in Advance Energy Storages Market are Alevo, AES, GE, Altair, LG Chem, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd, General Electric Company, and Tesla, Inc., Hitachi,Ltd., Calmac, ABB Ltd. are among others. It also notes that North America represents largest region for the growth of Advance Energy Storages market.

    Global Advance Energy Storage Market Outlook, Trend and Opportunity Analysis, Competitive Insights, Actionable Segmentation & Forecast 2024 details are HERE. Source: Energias Market Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Energias Market Research, Manas Nagi , Bus. Dev., (716) 239-4915, info@energiasmarketresearch.com, www.energiasmarketresearch.com

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


    Energesco Completes Major Md. Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Energesco Solutions
    Date: 2018-02-26
    In the Old Dominion State, Alexandria-based energy conservation specialist Energesco Solutions LLC is reporting completion of five exterior LED light upgrade projects on behalf of real estate developer Federal Captitol Partners (FCP) for their apartment portfolio in St. Charles, Marytland. These exterior LED light upgrades are additional to apartment level LED lighting and water conservation measures implemented by Energesco on behalf of FCP during 2017 at over 2,100 multifamily units in St. Charles, including the installation of approximately 29,000 LED lamps, 2,200 high efficiency showerheads and 3,700 low flow aerators. The five recently completed exterior LED light upgrades are projected to reduce FCP's annual electricity expense by over $25,000.

    Beginning in 2013, Energesco completed exterior LED light upgrades at nine additional FCP apartment properties in St. Charles that have delivered over $95,000 in annual energy costs and earned more than $400,000 in energy rebates. (Source: Energesco Solutions LLC, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Energesco Solutions, William Bennett, CEO, (703) 261-7781, www.energescosolutions.com; FCP, www.fcpdc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energesco Solutions,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ft. Collins Granted $100K for Low-income Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    City of Fort Collins,Bloomberg Philanthropies
    Date: 2018-02-26
    In Colorado, the city of Fort Collins (164,200 pop.) reports that as many as 47,000 low-income residents could ultimately benefit from more energy-efficient homes thanks to a $100,000 grant awarded to the city by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

    The city was one of 35 cities selected in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, which provides selected cities with grant and technical assistance to encourage efficiency renovations in low-income homes. Fort Collins' pitch is to help finance those renovations for single- and multi-family rental properties via public-private partnerships. The fourth Mayors Challenge is the first new component of the American Cities Initiative, a $200 million effort to empower U.S. cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward. The city expects the program to generate $75.8 million in private-sector investments in the next decade. (Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Coloradoan, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg Philanthropies, www.bloomberg.org; U.S. Mayors Challenge, www.bloomberg.org/program/government-innovation/mayors-challenge

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Mayors Challenge,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Iowa Utilities Want Energy Efficiency "Societal Cost Test" Changes (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2018-02-26
    Midwest Energy News is reporting Hawkeye State utilities and others are lobbying the Iowa Senate to scrap the "societal cost test" model for evaluating utility energy-efficiency programs. Instead, the utilities are calling for a new evaluation measure that considers costs and benefits to both customers and utilities that participate in state rebate or energy conservation programs. (Source: Midwest Energy News, Business Record, 21 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Energy Efficiency Programs,  


    Enertrag, Enel Tout German Wind Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
    Enel Green Power,Enertragis
    Date: 2018-02-26
    Italy's Enel Green Power (EGP) reports it is partnering with German wind developer Enertrag to construct a 22MW battery energy storage project at Cremzow, Brandenburg, Germany. The €17 million project, which will provide grid stabilization services through primary frequency regulation will incorporate Swiss manufactured lithium-ion batteries from Leclanche, the EPC contractor for the two-phase scheme.

    The first 2MW section of the Cremzow plant is expected to be operational in April, with the remaining 20MW due online by year-end. The facility, which will be integrated with Enertrag wind farms and use surplus energy to charge the battery, will be owned by a special purpose vehicle in which Enel Green Power Germany has a 90 pct stake and Enertrag the remaining 10 pct. (Source: Enel Green Power, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Antonio Cammisecra, CEO, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; Enertrag, +49 39854 6459-0, www.entertag.com; Leclanche, www.leclanche.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Leclanche,  Battery Energy Storage,  Enertrag,  Enel Green Power,  Energy Storage,  


    DOE Invests $17.6 Mn in Technologies Capable of Reducing CO2 Capture Cost (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-02-26
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE reports it has selected six projects to receive $17.6 million in federal funding under the Office of Fossil Energy's Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement.

    This FOA will address the cost and operational challenges associated with current CO2 capture technologies that are commercially available for industry, providing for additional development to these technologies at coal-fired power plants. Some of the challenges that will be addressed include a need to improve the reliability and operational flexibility; reduce high capital costs; and reduce the high-energy penalty associated with operating existing technology.

    The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the selected projects, which will concentrate on transformational technologies focused on: developing transformational materials and processes for CO2 capture that will enable step-change reductions in the capital and energy cost; and enabling technologies that facilitate improved performance of transformational CO2 capture processes to reduce capital cost and energy penalties, and improve operational reliability and flexibility. Funding recipients include:

    Development and Bench-Scale Testing of a Novel Biphasic Solvent-Enabled Absorption Process for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture University of Illinois -- DOE: $2,999,941; Non-DOE: $750,052; Total: $3,749,993;

    Bench-Scale Development of a Transformational Graphene Oxide-Based Membrane Process for Post-Combustion CO2 Capture -- Institute of Gas Technology dba Gas Technology Institute (GTI) -- $2,914,074; Non-DOE: $728,738; Total: $3,642,812;

    Development of Self-Assembly Isoporous Supports Enabling Transformational Membrane Performance for Cost-Effective Carbon Capture -- Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR) (Newark, CA) DOE: $2,907,219; Non-DOE: $726,805; Total: $3,634,024;

    Mixed-Salt-Based Transformational Solvent Technology for CO2 Capture -- SRI International -- ; DOE: $2,999,922; Non-DOE: $782,817; Total: $3,782,739

    A Process with Decoupling Absorber Kinetics and Solvent Regeneration Through Membrane Dewatering and In-Column Heat Transfer – University of Kentucky Research Foundation -- DOE: $2,998,293; Non-DOE: $750,642; Total: $3,748,935;

    Flue Gas Aerosol Pre-Treatment Technologies to Minimize Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Solvent Losses -- Linde, LLC -- DOE: $2,787,742; Non-DOE: $696,936; Total: $3,484,678. (Source: US DSOE, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory , www.netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  US DOE,  


    Consumers Energy Announces 80 pct Carbon Emissions Reduction, Zero Coal by 2040 Goals (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-02-26
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy and CMS Energy are reporting plans to slash carbon emissions by 80 pct and completely abandon coal to generate electricity by 2040. The company also foresees more than 40 pct of of its energy needs being supplied from renewables and energy storage by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewables,  


    Oil Majors Commit to Low-Carbon Energy (Ind. Report)
    British Petroleum,Royal Dutch Shell,Low-Carbon Energy
    Date: 2018-02-26
    UK-headquartered petroleum giant British Petroleum plc (BP) has announced it is investing $500 million a year in a push for low-carbon energy. The oil company says it sees "significant commercial potential" in solar power and is becoming more active in trading carbon credits. It also plans to set targets for emissions from operations, according to Bloomberg.

    As previously reported, Royal Dutch Shell plc recently announced it would spend as much as $1 billion a year on renbewable through its New Energies division. According to the report, Shell sees opportunities in hydrogen fuel-cells, liquefied natural gas, and next-generation biofuels for air travel, shipping and heavy freight. (Source: BP, CS News, Bloomberg, Various Media, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News British Petroleum,  Royal Dutch Shell,  


    Renewables Play Major Role in Ireland's €22Bn Low-Carbon Economy Plan (Int'l Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-02-26
    In Dublin, the Irish Government reports it will spend €22 billion over the next four years under its new National Development Plan to supports Ireland's burgeoning transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy. The new plan includes support for energy efficiency, agriculture, transport, climate adaptation and renewable energy.

    Ireland has some of the strongest wind speeds in Europe, and the government is looking to continue to harness this natural resource within its renewable energy plans. By 2030, the plan states that coal and peat-fired plants will "no longer have a role in electricity generation in Ireland" with wind power continuing to dominate the energy mix in the future. The also sees a role for a mix of wave, solar, bioenergy and hydrogen. In a related move to secure energy supplies in the country, a new subsea electricity connector is being proposed with France. This €1 billion project will help provide 700MW of low-carbon electricity to the country from the mid-2020s onwards. (Source: Gov. of Ireland, UN Climate Action, 23 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ireland,  Renewable Energy,  Low-Carbon Economy,  


    Mitsubishi, ICM Tout ZEBREX Marketing Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi Chemical,ICM Inc
    Date: 2018-02-26
    Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Colwich, Kansas-headquartered grain ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. are reporting a strategic marketing collaboration to provide ZEBREX to the fuel ethanol industry in the U.S.. ZEBREX will improve production capacity and reduce energy costs through the use of proven state-of-the-art zeolite membrane dehydration technology. MCC and ICM including Matheson Tri-Gas Inc., who has been MCC's ZEBREX marketing partner in the U.S., will collaborate to market, engineer and provide turnkey solutions for ZEBREX within the U.S.

    ZEBREX is specifically designed for ease of use, energy efficiency, and has a smaller carbon footprint than traditional pressure swing adsorption or organic membranes, according to Mitsubishi Chemicals. . Multiple ethanol production facilities have reportedly expressed interest in ZEBREX since the announced collaboration. (Source: Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: ICM, Dave VanderGriend, CEO, Issam Stouky, Global Business Development, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com; Mitsubishi Chemical, www.m-chemical.co.jp; ZEBREX, www.m-chemical.co.jp/en/products/departments/mcc/aquachem/product/1201038_8078.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM Inc,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Mitsubishi Chemical,  


    First Solar Building US SE Largest Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    First Solar,Georgia Power
    Date: 2018-02-26
    Tempe, Arizona-based cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film PV module maker First Solar Inc reports it will develope and construct of a 200MWac PV solar power plant in Twiggs County, GA. First Solar was awarded the installation as part of a 525MWac RFP for Georgia Power's Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI).

    The project is being developed under a PPA with Georgia Power for the electricity and renewable attributes generated by the facility. Construction is expected to get underway in November 2018 for commissioning in late 2019. The project will incorporate more than 500,000 First Solar modules and generate more than 450GWh of electricity annually, making it When fully operational, the facility will likely be the largest stand-alone PV solar plant in the southeastern USA.(Source: First Solar, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com,www.firstsolar.com; Georgia Power, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Georgia Power,  


    Sunpin Solar Wins Western Mass. 20-Year FIT Contract (Ind. Report)
    Sunpin Solar,Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target
    Date: 2018-02-26
    Irvine, California-headquartered solar energy developer Sunpin Solar reports receipt of a 20-year feed-in-tariff (FIT) incentive contract issued by the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target(SMART) program for its Blanford, Mass. solar project from Western Massachusetts Electric (WMECO). Upon completion and fully operational, the 5MW ac Blandford project is expected to be one of the largest that the SMART program has selected to date as well as the largest solar project in WMECO territory.

    In total, Sunpin has over 100MW of solar installations under development in Massachusetts. Sunpin will submit these projects in the next round of Massachusetts' SMART incentives when they become available. Additionally, Sunpin is currently building a 96MW solar project in Southern California, which is expected to be in commercial operation by May 2018. The company, which is focused on project development and project engineering, procurement and construction management, currently has more than 600 MW under its development pipeline.

    SMART, a long-term sustainable solar incentive program sponsored by Eversource, National Grid and Unitil, will encourage the development of solar PV technology throughout the Bay State by supporting 1,600 MW of new solar generating capacity. The new capacity awards have begun with 17 projects totaling 53.273 MW of solar PV. (Source: Sunpin Solar, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Sunpin, Tom Li, Pres., (424) 465-9767, info@sunpinsolar.us; www.sunpinsolar.us; Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target, www.mass.gov/solar-massachusetts-renewable-target-smart

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar FIT,  Solar Feed-inTariff,  


    Henvey Inlet Wind Project Underway in Ontario (Ind. Report)
    Pattern Energy,Nigig Power
    Date: 2018-02-26
    Following up on our January 5th coverage, Pattern Energy Group, an affiliate of Pattern Development, in partnership with Nigig Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Henvey Inlet First Nation, are reporting the establishment of Henvey Inlet Wind (HIW) , a new company to undertake the Henvey Inlet Wind Energy Centre windfarm being developed in Ontario, Canada.

    Constraction of the C$1bn ($794..67 million ) 300MW windfarm began in 2017. Commissioning and startup is expected in 2Q, 2019. The windfarm will incorporate 87, V136-3.45 MW Vesta wind turbines and generate sufficient power for 100,000 Ontario homes. (Source: Pattern Energy Group, Power Technology, Feb., 2018) Contact: Nigig Power, Henvey Inlet Wind, www.henveyinletwind.com; Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  


    Minn. Clean Energy Resource Team Grants Issued (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Resource Team
    Date: 2018-02-26
    Following up on our October 20, 217 coverage, Minnesota's Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERT) have announced 39 renewables and energy efficiency-related seed grant awards to organizations across Minnesota. Each region was awarded approximately $20,000. Funded project included solar energy, LED lighting, energy efficiency and audit equipment, and others.

    Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) is a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects including energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices for homes, businesses, and Minnesota institutions. (Source: MN Certs, Pineandlakes Echo Journal, Oct., 2017) Contact: MN Certs, Lissa Pawlisch, Director, (612) 624-2293, www.mncerts.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Resource Team,  Energy Efficiency,  


    US Increases Argentinian Biodiesel Import Duties (Reg & Leg)
    U.S. Commerce Department
    Date: 2018-02-26
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Commerce reports it is levying additional import duties on Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel imports adding anti-dumping duties of 60.44 pct to 276.65 pct to existing duties on the fuels. The increase is subject to a second ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission on April 6 on whether U.S. biodiesel producers were injured by dumped imports from the two countries. But the independent panel has already found in the subsidy cases that the imports caused such injuries.

    The latest duties come just two weeks after a budget deal in the U.S. Congress reinstated a $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit, which is expected to improve profitability for domestic producers. (Source: U.S. Commerce Department, MecoPress, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: U.S. Department of Commerce, www.commerce.gov Department

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Duties,  Commerce Department ,  


    Helen Oy Opens 92MW Helsinki Wood Pellet Power Plant (Int'l)
    Helen Oy
    Date: 2018-02-26
    In Helsinki, Finland-headquartered Helen Oy, formerly known as Helsingin Energia, is reporting the February 14th opening of Finland's largest wood pellet-fired power plant in suburban Helsinki. The facility, which is fueled with 21 tph of wood pellets, generates sufficient electric power for the equivalent of 25,000 one-bedroom apartments.

    In a release, the company announced it plans to build additional bioenergy plants in Helsinki as the phase-out of the use of coal for power production takes place. The company aims to aims to achieve carbon neutrality across its business by 2050. according to the release. (Source: Helen, Bioenergy Insight, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Helen Oy, Pekka Manninen, CEO, +358 09 617 8080, www.helen.fi/en

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


    Neste Renewable Diesel Cut 8.3 Mn Tons of CO2 in 2017 (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-02-26
    According to a Helsinki-headquartered Neste release, replacing fossil fuels with Neste's renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by 8.3 million metric tons or 8.3 billion KG in 2017 -- equivalent to removing 3 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year.

    The emission reduction is calculated by comparing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of the renewable fuels that Neste produces in a year to the life cycle emissions of the equivalent amount of conventional diesel. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is refined from waste and residue raw materials, such as meat processing wastes, used cooking oils, and residues from vegetable oil processing, Neste MY Renewable Diesel provides up to 80 pct reduction in carbon emissions as well as improving local air quality by reducing exhaust emissions, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon monoxide, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Neste Corporation, Jeremy Baines, VP sales, Neste US Inc., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuels,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Univ. Illinois Awarded $10.6Mn for Biodiesel Feedstock R&D (Funding)
    US DOE,University of Illinois
    Date: 2018-02-26
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports it has awarded $10.6 million over five-years in grant funding to the University of Illinois to transform two of the most productive crops in America into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel.

    The new research project Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) will engineer energycane, a bioenergy crop derived from sugarcane, and Miscanthus to produce the oil for the production of biodiesel and biojet fuel. Their work is guided by computer models, which project that these crops can achieve 20 pct oil content in the plant -- a dramatic increase from natural levels of less than a tenth of one percent.

    Previous work, funded by the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), achieved 8 pct oil accumulation, and now ROGUE will further increase oil production and target oil accumulation in the stem where it can be accessed more easily with ROGUE's patented extraction technologies.

    ROGUE will also improve the efficiency that these crops can turn the sun's energy into plant energy to fuel their biological oil production. Improving these crops' photosynthetic efficiency will ensure that the production of energy-dense oil will not lower yields or suppress plant defenses.

    ROGUE is a collaboration amongst researchers from Illinois as well as Brookhaven National Lab, University of Florida, and Mississippi State University, with support from the DOE Office of Science (Office of Biological and Environmental Research). (Source: US DOE, University of Illinois, Feb., 2018)Contact: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Stephen Long, ROGUE Director, (217) 244-2999, www.igb.illinois.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Feedstock,  US DOE,  Energycane,  Miscanthus ,  University of Illinois,  


    Climeworks Claims "Historic" First CCS Contracts (Int'l Report)
    Climeworks
    Date: 2018-02-23
    Zurich University spin-off carbon capture and storage (CCS) specialist Climeworks reports it has signed several "historic" contracts for its carbon capture system, which it claims marks the first time a company has been commissioned to permanently remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

    Climeworks unveiled the creation of a new market mechanism late last year, through which companies can offset their emissions by paying Climeworks to remove an equivalent amount of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere using its Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology. Unlike traditional offsetting schemes that essentially trade pollution rights, the Climeworks solution involves the direct removal of the same amount of emissions from the atmosphere as the customer is creating.

    Once captured, the CO2 is then stored underground in Iceland via the company's 'CarbFix' process. Climeworks opened its Icelandic pilot CCS facility in partnership with utility company Reykjavik Energy last October.

    Sited at an existing geothermal power plant, the system draws in ambient air, separates out the pure CO2 using a specially designed filter and pipes it more than 700 metres underground where it reacts with the basaltic bedrock to form solid minerals.

    Climeworks, which also opened a commercial carbon capture plant in Zurich last May, aims to filter 1 pct of global CO2 emissions by 2025. (Source: Climeworks, BusinessGreen, Feb., 2018) Contact: Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; Reykjavik Energy, Edda Sif Aradottir, CarbFix Project Leader , www.or.is/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climeworks,  Climate Charnge,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


    FirstEnergy Unloading W.Va Coal-Fired Power Plant (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy,PJM Interconnection
    Date: 2018-02-23
    Akron, Ohio-headquartered FirstEnergy reports it will sell or close its 1,300 MW coal-fired Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia next year. To that end, FirstEnergy subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply has advised PJM Interconnection it plans to "deactivate" the plant. The grid operator must review the potential reliability impacts of closing the plant.

    Another FirstEnergy subsidiary Mon Power in West Virginia, had proposed acquiring the plant but the deal was rejected by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and opposed by West Virginia regulators. (Source: FirstEnergy,Feb.21, 2018) Contact: FirstEnergy, Charles Jones, CEO, President www.firstenergy.com; PJM Interconnection, Andrew Ott, CEO, (866) 756-6397 - Media), www.pjm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FirstEnergy,  Coal,  PJM Interconnection,  


    Nova Scotia Advancing Cap-and-Trade Program (Ind. Report)
    Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In Halifax, the Nova Scotian Department of Environment has moved the province closer to it's mandated cap-and-trade system with thew release of which will come into force January, 2019, with the release of what it is calling the "quantification, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions regulations." The province's cap-and-trade system is slated to come into force in January, 2019.

    The just announced rules are needed to determine the figure that will serve as the cap on emissions and how the province will monitor compliance with the law. Those new regulations also set out which companies will need to report emissions, including: facilities generating at least 50,000 tpy of GHG emissions; per year. oil and gas suppliers that import or produce 200 litres of fuel or more for consumption in Nova Scotia; natural gas distributors whose fuel, when burned, produces 10,000 or more tpy of GHGs.

    The The province estimates there are about two dozen companies that will fall under the legislation. Companies will be expected to pay for this work themselves. Those costs, along with whatever they may have to pay for exceeding the as yet undetermined emission limits, which will then be passed along to consumers. (Source: NS Dept of Environment, CBC, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Mark Sidebottom, VP Power Generation and Delivery, www.nspower.ca; Nova Scotia Environment Department, Ian Rankin, Minister, Jason Hollett, Exec. Dir., Climate Change, https://novascotia.ca/nse

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Nova Scotia Power,  GHGs,  


    Energy Efficiency Upgrades Expected to Save Alabama School District $14.6Mn (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In Alabama, Blount County Schools’ partnership with Schneider Electric to improve energy efficiency at 20 district facilities is expected to generate $14.6 million in energy and operational savings that will be used to finance the projects, according to Schneider Electric.

    Plans include: installation of exterior and interior LED lighting and controls for classrooms; a district-wide VoIP telecommunications system to for improved communications; additional water-reduction technologies in multiple facilities; HVAC upgrades and modernization; sealing windows, doors, gaps, and cracks across all buildings; a new district-wide building automation system; boiler and roof upgrades and replacements in several buildings; and a district-wide building automation system. (Source: Schneider Electric, Various Media, Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us

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


    Neste Touts Neste MY Renewable Diesel for Cutting GHG EMissions (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-02-23
    According to Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuels specialist maker Neste, replacing fossil fuels with Neste's renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by a staggering 8.3 million metric tons or 8.3 billion kilograms in 2017 -- the equivalent to removing 3 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year.

    The amount of greenhouse gas emissions saved with Neste's renewable fuels, primarily Neste MY Renewable Diesel, increased by 1.6 million tons from 2016 thanks to increased production at Neste's renewable fuels refineries in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore.

    Refined from waste and residue raw materials, such as meat processing wastes, used cooking oils, and residues from vegetable oil processing, Neste MY Renewable Diesel provides up to 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Waste and residues account for the vast majority of Neste's renewable raw material usage. In addition to significantly reducing global climate emissions, replacing conventional diesel with Neste MY Renewable Diesel can improve local air quality by reducing local exhaust emissions, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon monoxide. (Source: Neste, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, US VP Sales, (713) 407-4400, www.neste.com, www.nestemy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Neste MY Renewable Diesel,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Hawaiian Legislators Mulling B10 Biofuels Blend (Reg & Leg)
    Biofuel Blend
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In January,In the Aloha State, the Hawaiin legislature is reported to be considering Senate Bill 2019 (SB2019), and several amendments to the original bill, requiring transportation fuel sold in the state to contain no less than 10 percent biofuel by volume.

    Originally, SB2019 called for a percentage of the biofuel used in the blending be produced in Hawaii and defined biofuel as ethanol and biodiesel. The bill includes stiff penalties for distributors or others that violate the blend requirement. Violators would be subject to a fine of $2 or more per gallon of nonconforming fuel up to a maximum of $1 million per infraction. The legislation is now awaiting state Senate approval. (Source: Biodiesel Mag, Various Media, 21 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


    Greenbelt's BioEthanol Test Facility Conversion to Commercial-Scale Near Completion (Ind. Report)
    Greenbelt
    Date: 2018-02-23
    Paso Robles, California-based Greenbelt Resources Corp reports the first phase of its California BioEthanol Project that will convert its Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery is well underway and expected tb be completed in Q2, this year.

    The biorefinery will produce approximately 1.37 million ppy of protein concentrate and 75,000 gpy of bioethanol. The total estimated investment for the California BioEthanol Project is $3.25 million. Additional capacity will be added in the project's secomd and third phases.

    Greenbelt Resources Corp. is an award-winning designer and supplier of sustainable energy production systems focused on delivering modular solutions that enable the localized processing of locally generated waste into locally consumed products. Greenbelt's small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels, animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, Daily Telescope, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726 x 101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt,  BioEthanol,  


    Watsonville, California Biodiesel Plant Reopens (Ind. Report)
    Agron Bioenergy,Western Iowa Energy
    Date: 2018-02-23
    Follwing up on our Novemebr 17, 2017 coverage, Agron Bioenergy is reporting the reopening of the former Northstar Biofuels biodiesel plant in Watsonville, California. Agron Bioenergy is owned by Wall Lake, Iowa-based Western Iowa Energy, LLC, which produces approximately 45 million gpy of biodiesel.

    The plant, which was opened by Northstar Biofuels in 2012 and shuttered in 2016, was acquired by Western Iowa Energy, LLC in 2017. The reopened plant is expected to produce an estimated 15 million gpy of biodiesel for the California market. (Source: Western Iowa Energy, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Western Iowa Energy , Brad Wilson, Pres. GM, Agron Bioenergy, (831) 728-1300, www.agronbioenergy.com; Western Iowa Energy LLC, (717) 664-2173, www.westerniowaenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Agron Bioenergy,  Biodiesel,  Western Iowa Energy,  


    Former INEOS Bio-Refinery Site becoming "Eco-District" (Ind. Report)
    Frankens Energy,INEOS
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In the Sunshine State, a consortium of investors and project developers led by Frankens Energy reports it plans to convert its recently acquired former INEOS New Planet BioEnergy LLC plant in Vero Beach, Indian River County, into one of Florida's largest integrated "eco-districts." The aim is to integrate a series of businesses, all focused on nurturing and supporting environmental sustainability, employment and education within the local community.

    The Indian River Eco-District is being developed at an enviable location, in that over $200 million of infrastructure capital was recently deployed at the site to build an industrial biofuels production plant, including on-site power generation equipment and a physical interconnection to Florida's electricity grid.

    Frankens Energy is an investor, owner and manager of a portfolio of renewable power generation assets, including the associated land and real estate, across the states of Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida.(Source: Frankens Energy, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Frankens Energy, David Frankens, info@frankensenergy.com, www.frankensenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Frankens Energy,  INEOS,  Bioenergy,  


    POET Lauds Portland Resolution Backing RFS (Ind. Report)
    POET Biorefining – Portland
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In the Hoosier State, POET Biorefining-Portland has applauded passage of a City of Portland resolution urging Indiana lawmakers to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS ensures that Indiana farmers and biofuel producers can continue to compete against fossil fuel companies that seek to monopolize consumer options at the fuel pump, POET says.

    POET Biorefining-Portland began operations September 18, 2007. The biorefinery processes approximately 25 million bpy of locally-grown corn to produce 68 million gpy of biofuels. (Source: POET, Hoosier Ag Today, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: POET Biorefining-Portland, Matt Tomano, General Manager,(260) 726-7154, http://poetbiorefining-portland.aghost.net/index.cfm

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


    Canadian Solar Manufacturers Act Against U.S. Tariffs (Reg & Leg)
    Solar
    Date: 2018-02-23
    The Toronto Star is reporting three Canadian solar panel manufacturers -- Ontario-based Silfab Solar Inc., Heliene Inc., and Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., along with U.S.-based distributor Canadian Solar (USA) Inc. -- have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the 30 pct tariff the Trump administration imposed on solar cell imports last month.

    The lawsuit, which was filed at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York on Wednesday, claims that an investigation last year by the International Trade Commission found Canadian products do not significantly hurt U.S. manufacturers nor account for much of the overall imports of solar cells into the U.S. and that the imposition of the tariffs is contrary to the NAFTa agreement. NAFTA.

    The legal action contends that the tariffs, which the U.S. administration says were imposed to put American companies and jobs first, will inflict immediate, severe, and irreversible injuries to the companies. The tariffs have also been challenged by the EU, China, South Korea, and Taiwan at the World Trade Organization. (Source: thestar.com, Various Media, Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Tariff,  Solar,  Trump,  


    Consumers Energy Aims for 40 pct Renewables by 2040 (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-02-23
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy, the state's largest energy provider, reports it will cut carbon emissions by 80 pct, abandon coal-fired power generation, and source at least 40 pct of its power from renewables by 2040. According to Consumers Energy's 2017 sustainability report, renewables currently make up just 10 pct of the utility's electric generation operating capacity.

    In 2016, Consumers Energy closed 7 of its 12 coal-fired generating plants -- more than any other investor-owned utility that year. Consumers Energy presently owns and operates two wind farms, operates two utility-scale solar projects at Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University, and uses energy from Sempra Renewables' 100-MW wind farm project in Huron County.

    Additionally. Consumers Energy has introduced energy efficiency programs that it claims has helped customers save over $1 billion since 2009. (Source: Consumers Energy, Energy Mgr., 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewables,  


    GreenON Funds Ontario Social Housing Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    GreenON Social Housing
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In Toronto, the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market, reports its new GreenON Social Housing Program will help upgrade energy efficiency in social housing apartment buildings with fewer than 100 units province-wide.

    Funded improvements will include upgrades to energy-efficient HVAC systems, windows, lighting and insulation. The renovations will also improve the living conditions for low-income tenants and the long-term sustainability of buildings, according to a release. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, DCN News Service, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: GreenON Fund, GreenON Social Housing, (888) 724-8444, www.greenon.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenON Social Housing,  


    Prolacta Bioscience HQ Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2018-02-23
    California-headquartered Prolacta Bioscience reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for its new, 40,338 sq. ft. headquarters in Duate.

    Prolacta's Duarte headquarters scored high marks in the LEED Energy & Atmosphere category. Lighting installed in the building uses 55.5 pct less energy than standard lighting solutions, and ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and equipment were incorporated into the building to improve efficiency. Prolacta also scored high points for water efficiency and overall water-use reduction. Additionally, 10.5 pct of building materials were manufactured using recycled materials, and 31.8 percent of materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the building site. The building also promotes improved air quality by reducing Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions in the materials used, and established a green cleaning policy that is used throughout the facility. (Source: Prolacta Bioscience, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Prolacta Bioscience, Scott Elster, CEO, (888) 776-5228, www.prolacta.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Gold,  LEED Certification,  


    Greencoat Snares 142 MW of Canadian Solar's UK Assets (Int'l, M&A)
    Greencoat,Canadian Solar
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In the UK, Dublin, Ireland-based renewable energy investor Greencoat Capital LLP is reporting its acquisition of 142 MW of UK solar assets from Canadian Solar Inc. Financial details were not disclosed.

    The portfolio includes 24 facilities across the UK, most of which are accredited under the Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) regime, getting between 1.2 and 1.4 ROCs per MWh, with seven accredited under the feed-in tariff (FiT) regime.

    With the acquisition, Greencoat Capital presently manages 470 MW of solar capacity in the UK. (Source: Greencoat Capital,Greencoat Capital, Renewables, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.com; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com

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


    UK Renewables Jump 27 psy in 2017 (Int'l Report)
    UK Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-02-23
    . February 22 (Renewables Now) - Electric Insights is reporting the UK's renewable power production jumped 27 pct in 2017 to 96 TWh. By way of illustration, the entire population of Britain used 91 TWh of electricity in 1958, 92 pct of which came from coal.

    In 2017, coal generated 7 pct of the country's electricity while fully 50 pct came from biomass, hydro, wind and solar, according to a joint report from low carbon sources, according to the Imperial College London and Drax Group Plc report. (Source: Imperial College London, Renewables Mow, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: DRAX, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; Imperial College London, Iain Staffell, +44 20 7589 5111, www.imperial.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London,  DraxRenewables,  Renewable Energy,  UK Renewable Energy,  

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