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Rockland Scores 4th DOER Building Energy Efficiency Grant (Funding)
Mass DOER
Date: 2018-08-13
In the Bay State, the Town of Rockland (pop. 17,800) is projecting the town's energy costs will fall $27,831 per year with the upcoming retrofitting of energy efficient LED lighting at several town buildings this year.

The town recently received $210,531 in grant funding from the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Program -- its fourth DOER grant award since 2013. Rockland was also awarded $75,521 in energy reduction incentives by National Grid.

The Mass. DOER Communities program incentivizes cities and towns to adopt energy efficiency policies. In 2017 the program committed $65 million in grant funding to 15 cities and towns last year.

Technical assistance for the program is being provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the LED lighting is being installed by Real Term Energy a firm with headquarters in Annapolis and Montreal, Canada. (Source: The Enterprise, Mass. DOER, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Town of Rockland, Marcia Birmingham, Interim Town Administrator, www.rockland-ma.gov; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/doer

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


BPCL's Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Project Gets the Nod (Int'l Report)
Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd
Date: 2018-08-13
In Mumbai, the Indian state-run Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) reports the country's Environment Assessment Committee (EAC) has issues a conditional approval for a new, 100 kl per day second generation ethanol plant in Odisha at an expected cost of Rs 747.46 crore (1 croew = 10 million).

The project, which will use lignocelluloses biomassis as a feedstock, is in line with the government's national bio-fuel policy, which mandates 5 pct blending of ethanol with petrol. (Source: Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd, PTI, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Bharat Petroleum Corp, www.bharatpetroleum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Bharat Petroleum ,  


Cape Town Cuts Emissions by Cutting Power Consumption (Int'l)
C40 Cities
Date: 2018-08-13
In Johannesburg, South Africa, Cape Town Mayor, Patricia De Lille is reporting Cape Town cut its energy-related carbon emissions by 4.1 pct between 2012 and 2015 primarily by reducing energy consumption.

"This achievement is a testament to the City's efforts to be a leader among a network of global cities (the C40 Cities initiative) that is increasingly taking action to reduce their CO2 emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change," the Mayor claimed. She said, as a member of the C40 Cities, Cape Town is committed to meeting the goals set in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Cape Town is aiming for 37 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2040 or a 13 pct reduction by 2022, as set out by the City's Energy2040 goal. (Source: City of Cape Town, News Channel Africa, 12 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Carbon Emisions,  Climate Change,  


Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
C40 Cities
Date: 2018-08-13
According to Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities, a study funded by C40, an international coalition of cities seeking to fight climate change and promote better environmental policy, has found the carbon footprint of big cities was larger than previously estimated, when all the products and services a city uses are included.

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

The report points to strategies that can be used to cut consumption emissions, including smarter purchasing, buying local, and reducing waste. Food policy can make a big difference. Cities can also focus more on retrofitting older building to conserve power. Download the Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities report HERE. (Source: C40, Curbed, 2018) Contact: C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


Trina Providing 496,000 PV Modules for Spanish Project (Int'l)
Trina Solar
Date: 2018-08-13
Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited reports it will provide 167MW of PV modules to the largest solar PV project in Europe.

ACS Group and its subsidiary Cobra are constructing the 500 MW power station in Mula, Murcia province , Spain, according to a company statement. Panel are slated for Q3/Q4-2018 and Q1-2019 deliveries. The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2019, it said.

Trina Solar will supply 496,000 units of its TSM-PE14H multicrystalline modules with power outputs between 335 and 340W. The half-cell design yields higher efficiency and its new cell string layout reduces energy losses caused by inter-row shading. In addition, the 1,500V certified modules are ideal for large-scale installations since BOS costs are reduced by connecting more modules in a string, the company statement added. (Source: Trina Solar, Trade Arabia News, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: Trina Solar Ltd., Investor Relations, +86 519-8517-6878, ir@trinasolar.com, www.trinasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trina Solar,  Solar,  


Hanwha Investing to Cement Solar Industry Leadership (Int'l)
Hanwha Group
Date: 2018-08-13
Seoul, South Korea-headquartered Hanwha Group reports it plans to invest 22 trillion won ($19 billion) over the next five years in solar energy and new growth sectors. According to the company, about 4.4 trillion won will be invested each year, an approximate 37 pct increase from an average of 3.2 trillion won over the past three years.

By sector, the company will focus its investment in the solar energy sector, to cement its flagship company Hanwha Q Cells' position as a leading total solar power solution provider with the world's largest cell production capacity. (Source: Hanwha Group, The Investor, Korea Herald, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com/en/about_hanwha.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha ,  Solar,  


European Energy Unloading 39-MW Italian Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
European Energy A/S
Date: 2018-08-13
Copenhagen-based wind and solar developer European Energy A/S is reporting it will sell a 39-MW wind farm project in the Basilicata region of Italy to an unidentified local investor for an undisclosed price. Closing is expected in Q1, 2019.

The project, which is reportedly the largest such plant currently under construction in the country, is slated for completion and commissioning in September, 2018. The wind farm will incorporate 13 units of Siemens' SWT-3.0-113 MW turbines. (Source: Siemens AG., Renewables Now, Aug,2018) Contact: Siemens AG, www.siemens.com; European Energy A/S , Jens-Peter Zink, Chairman, +45 2047 8220, jpz@europeanenergy.dk, www.europeanenergy.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy A/S,  Wind,  


Xcel's $200Mn Foxtail Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-08-13
Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting groundbreaking on its 75-turbine, 150-MW Foxtail Wind project southwest of Fargo, North Dakota.

The completed project, which will generate sufficient energy for 80,000 homes, is part of Xcel's planned 70-pct, 1,850-mw expansion of its wind portfolio.

The project is expected to come in at about $200 million with West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction as construction contractor. (Source: Xcel Energy, WDAY, 10 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  Foxtail Wind,  


India Aims to Triple Ethanol Production by 2022 (Int'l Report)
India Ethanol
Date: 2018-08-13
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week announced his country will triple its ethanol production over the next four years. The Prime Minister also blamed his predecessor's government for not encouraging the production and adoption of ethanol, saying his government has planned 12 biofuel refineries in the country at an investment of Rs. 10,000 crore (1 crore = 10 million).

The Prime Minister claimed "previous governments did not take the ethanol programme seriously" but his government will increase ethanol production fro the present 141 crore litres per year to 450 crore litres of ethanol in the next four years. The government also plans to achieve 10 pct ethanol blending in petrol by 2022 and is aiming to double it to 20 pct. The government also plans to establish 12 modern refineries for generating advanced biofuel.

Like a true politician, the Prime Minister was quick to note that all previous government plans to advance ethanol had "fallen through." (Source: The Hindu, Various Media, 11 August, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Ethanol,  


Hawkeye State Secretary of Agriculture Comments on Proposed RFS Changes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-08-13
In Iowa City, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, has submitted the following comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) levels for conventional, advanced and cellulosic biofuels for 2019 and biodiesel for 2020, to the U.S. EPA

"A strong RFS that follows the law is critically important to ensuring market access for ethanol and biodiesel and to giving consumers additional choices at the pump. I will reiterate to acting Administrator Wheeler when he visits Iowa next week the need to support the RFS, allow year-round sale of E15 and end the small-refinery waivers that have cut ethanol demand by 1.5 billion gallons over the past two years."

Iowa has the capacity to produce 4.4 billion gpy of ethanol, including 55 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol and 400 million gpy of biodiesel, all from approximately 1 billion bushels of corn. The biofuels industry contributes about $5 billion to the state's DGP. (Source: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, CBC OnLIne, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, www.iowaagriculture.gov/MichaelNaig.asp

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


WELTEC Snares 2.2-MW Biogas Plant in North Germany (Int'l M&A)
WELTEC BIOPOWER
Date: 2018-08-13
Vechta, Germany-based Nordmethan GmbH, a company of the WELTEC BIOPOWER Group, has taken over an insolvent biogas plant in Sudergellersen, Lower Saxony. The German specialist for the development and operation of biomethane and biogas plants will fully modernize the technical and operational overall concept of the 2.2-MW plant. The project development work is currently under way.

The original plant had been set up in 2009 and expanded in 2014. The operator's concept was based on the digestion of horse manure and sale of the digestate as fertilizer pellets. However, as the concept turned out to be technically difficult and economically unfeasible, the plant went bankrupt. Following the takeover by the WELTEC Group, the substrate input is now being adjusted, and the plant technology is being modernised.

Henceforth, the two digesters with a capacity of 3,000 M2 each, will be largely fed with locally sourced horse manure and other raw materials. The generated biogas will be used to run two cogeneration power plants with an electrical output of 1.1 MW each. Nordmethan will supply the power to the public power grid. Part of the exhaust heat from the cogeneration is to be used for drying the digestate.

Among other upgrades, WELTEC will modernize the two cogeneration power plants and the solid matter input systems, and install two digestate dryers and storage units. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, PR, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Jens Albartus, Director, +49 4441 99978 0, +49 4441 99978 8, info@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  


Little Crested Butte ID's Major Greenhouse Gas Emitter (Ind. Report)
GHG
Date: 2018-08-10
In Colorado, in an effort to address carbon emissions climate change, the town of Crested Bute (pop. 1,600) has compiled a baseline inventory of the community's greenhouse gas emissions . The inventory is intended to identify emission sources and make the community more sustainable in terms of energy use. Addressing ways to reduce emissions generated from electrical use in Crested Butte buildings appears to be a starting point.

The town's inventory ,was complied by Dr. Abel Chavez, director of the Community Solutions Incubation and Innovation (CS21) Lab of Western State Colorado University, compiled the inventory and associated report. The report noted that Crested Butte's footprint is "pretty average and in line with most of the United States in terms of metric tons of carbon dioxide produced."

The town emits an estimated 51,000 metric tpy CO2, 48 pct of which is from electric power consumption. (Source: Town of Crested Butte, Crested Butte News, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Town of Crested Butte, Jessie Earley, Building Dept, (970) 349-5338, www.crestedbutte-co.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Greenhouse Gas,  GHG,  


Washington State Votes on Carbon in November (Ind. Report)
Washington State Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-10
In Olympia, with the certification of Initiative 1631 Voters in Washington state will decide on the November ballot whether to charge industrial emitters a carbon on their emissions. If passed into law, the proposed fee would start at $15 per metric ton of fossil-fuel emissions and increase annually by $2 per ton. Revenues from the tax would be invested in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment. (Source: TDN, AP, Various Media, 4 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Washington State Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  


Georgia Power Seeking Major Increase in Solar Capacity (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2018-08-10
In Atlanta, Georgia Power reports is is seeking to increase its renewable energy portfolio in the state by adding 100 MW of solar power. To that end, the utility is calling for proposals from solar facilities interested in selling solar power to Georgia Power customers at a fixed price for a period of five to 35 years.

The company seeking proposals that provide the best value to customers, with winning facilities beginning their contracts in November. The plans are part of the company's Renewable Energy Development Initiative which aims to increase its solar energy generation from 970 mw of solar capacity by 1,600 mw by 2021. (Source: Georgia Power, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AP, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: Georgia Power, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Solar,  


AIST, Mazda, Saudi Aramco Partner to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
Mazda, Saudi Aramco
Date: 2018-08-10
Autocar Pro News is reporting Tokyo-based Mazda Motor Corp. is partnering on a research project with Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

The joint effort is intended to develop a low carbon fuel, improve internal combustion engine (ICE) efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions as assessed from a "well to wheel" basis. Within this project, Saudi Aramco will develop a fuel based on a refinery process that results in lower carbon dioxide emissions. Mazda and AIST will research and develop a high-efficiency engine that will run on this fuel. . The entire scope of research will be tested and optimized at AIST headquarters in Tokyo. The joint work is expected to be completed in fiscal 2020. (Source: Autocar Pro News Desk , 08 Aug 2018) Contact: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, www.aist.go.jp; Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com; Mazda, www.mazda.ca/en/about/contact-us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mazda,  Saudi Aramco,  Carbon Emissions,  


Squamish Adopts Step Code for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-08-10
In British Columbia, Canada, the District of Squamish recently passed an update to building requirements using the 2017 B.C. Step Code -- a recent addition to the province's building code.

The Step Code gradually increases build energy efficiency standards with different types of buildings subject to progressively stringent energy-retention rules over the next three years.

The code first requires homes to be tested for how well they retain energy. Steps two through five require homes to be more efficient. Step five is "net-zero ready," so the buildings can be converted to "net-zero" in the future. Homes designed to meet these "energy passive" standards use up to 90 pct less energy than a typical home. They do this by creating a tightly-sealed building envelope which uses the sunlight that comes in through the windows, and distributes the warm air through a ventilation system. (Source: Squamish Chief, Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


UK University Touting Concrete Energy Storage (New Prod & Tech)
Lancaster University
Date: 2018-08-10
Scientists at Lancaster University are touting a new type of concrete that is infused with potassium ions, which allow it to store electricity for long periods of time. When energy production levels drop, the concrete would kick in and power a house using the reserve of stored energy.

Batteries work by transferring charged particles (ions) from one side to the other -- storing energy in a chemical medium that can later be released. The Lancaster researchers found that charged ionscan also flow through a crystalline structure -- like concrete -- accumulating on one side. This physically 'traps' the energy and does not require the use of chemicals, making the potassium-infused concrete technically a capacitor, not a battery.

According to the technology developer Prof. Mohamed Saafi, capacitors hold less energy by volume than batteries, but there is far more volume available if the new form of concrete was to be widely used as a building material.

The technology is still small-scale and requires more research before it can become commercially viable. The university has a ten-year plan to bring the special concrete to mass-market where it could be used in buildings and other structures that could then be taken off the grid. that could be removed from the grid. (Source: Composite Structures. Daily Mail, Lancaster University, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Lancaster University, Engineering Prof. Mohamed Saafi, www.lancaster.ac.uk

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


113-MW Aussie Wind Farm Begins Power Production (Int'l Report)
Infigen Energy,General Electric
Date: 2018-08-10
In the Land Down Under, Infigen Energy reports it has generated its first power from its 113.2-MW Bodangora Wind Farm Near the city of Wellington, in New South Wales and delivered the electricity to the national wholesale market. The company is expecting additional turbines to be installed and commissioned machines to be commissioned within the next few weeks.

The Bodangora project will incorporate 33 General Electric 3.43-MW turbines totaling approximately 361 GWh per year. The project also has a long-term maintenance and service contract with GE.

The project is being built by GE and Australian builder Civil & Allied Technical Construction (CATCON). When fully operational, the wind farm will generate sufficient power for as many as 49,000 households each year. (Source: Infigen Energy, Renewables, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Infigen, Richie Farrell, GM, Strategy & Corporate Affairs, +61 2 8031 9900, Rosalie Duff , Investor Relations, +61 2 8031 9901, rosalie.duff@infigenenergy.com, www.infigenenergy.com; GE, www.ge.com/contact/general

More Low-Carbon Energy News Infigen Energy ,  General Electric,  Wind Turbine,  


Orsted Snares Onshore Wind Developer Lincoln Clean Energy (M&A)
Orsted,Lincoln Clean Energy
Date: 2018-08-10
Danish wind energy giant Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting the acquisition of onshore US wind developer Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) for $80 million.

LCE operates 513 MW of onshore wind power production in the US and has another 300 MW under construction and more than 1.5 GW in the pipeline for completion by 2022, Orsted said in a statement on Thursday. (Source: Orsted, reve, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com; Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452, info@lincolnclean.com, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Lincoln Clean Energy,  Wind,  


EIA Reports Continued US Solar, Wind Growth (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-08-10
According to the just released Energy Information Administration (EIA) Short Term Energy Outlook, (STEO), although solar generates less electricity than wind power, it is growing faster,

The EIA projects solar generation will go from 211,000 MWh per day in 2017 to 260,000 MWh/d in 2018, a 23 pct increase, and to 290,000 MWh/d in 2019, another 12 pct increase. The latest STEO also cuts the amount of utility-scale solar capacity that the EIA expects to come online in 2019 to 6.3 GW -- a 45 pct drop from the 11.4 GW forecast in last month's STEO.

The EIA reports that wind generation averaged 697,000 MWh per day in 2017 and forecasts that it will rise by 7 pct to 746,000 MWh/d in 2018 and by another 5 pct in 2019 to 782,000 MWh/d. (Source: US EIA, Utility Dive , Various Media, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  EIA,  Wind,  Solar,  


Velocys' Natchez Biorefinery Site FONSI Approved (Ind. Report)
Velocys
Date: 2018-08-10
UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc Velocys plc reports the USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) ruling on the environmental assessment report for Velocys' planned Bayou Fuels biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi. With the FONSI process completed, Velocys will now focus on securing the requisite state-level permits to construct and operate the biorefinery.

The 100-acre Natchez biorefinery will use Velocys' technology to produce low-carbon transportation fuels from the wood wastes of lumbering operations and tree plantations. The plant is expected to convert locally-sourced woody biomass waste into enough renewable fuel to meet the annual demands of running around 40,000 diesel and gasoline trucks. (Source: Velocys Plc, PR, 7 Aug., 2018)Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


Nigerian Research Centre Seeks Biomass Plant Bidders (Int'l)
Nigeria,Biomass,Bioenergy
Date: 2018-08-10
The National Centre for Energy and Environment invites bidders to tender for the development of power generation using biomass waste plant. Details and bidder qualification requirements are available from the Energy Commission of Nigeria, National Centre for Energy and Environment. Bids are due Friday, 31 August 2018.

The Centre is charged with organizing and conducting environmental and bioenergy R&D programs, promoting sustainable,renewable energy source, and acting as a platform and aggressive medium for promoting cutting-edge research and development, pioneering new renewable energy technology that reduce the nation's dependency on fossil fuel. (Source: Energy Commission of Nigeria, National Centre for Energy and Environment , ESI Africa, August 8, 2018) Contact: National Center for Energy and Environment, Prof. S. M Ogbonmwan, Director, info@ncee.org.ng, www.ncee.org.ng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


Syngenta Ready to Expand in Bangladesh (Int'l Report)
Syngenta
Date: 2018-08-10
Basel, Switzerland-headquartered agrochemical specialist Syngenta International reports it is seeking investment opportunities, partnerships and knowledge sharing opportunities with suitable partners worldwide, including Bangladesh where it holds a 60 pct stake in Syngenta Bangladesh Limited. The state-run Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation holds the remaining 40 pct.

Syngenta's patented Enogen corn has enzymes genetically engineered into the kernels. Ethanol plants normally purchase enzymes to help turn corn starch into sugar as part of the fermenting process. Enogen is classified as an "identity preserved crop" and must either go to the ethanol plants that contract for it or be used as livestock feed. The product is presently being used or tested in over 30 ethanol plants nationwide, including Tharaldson Energy at Casselton, N.D., and Midwest AgEnergy Group plants at Spiritwood, N.D., and Underwood, N.D.

Syngenta International, which was acquired by China's state-run enterprise ChemChina in 2017, operates research and development facilities in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina and in Beijing. (Source: Syngenta, New Age Business, United News of Bangladesh, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Syngenta, Eric Fyrwald, CEO, +41 61 323 11 11, www.syngenta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngenta,  Biouel Feedstock,  Enogen,  


Cal. Pledges "Green" Financing in Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
Green Bond, Climate Change
Date: 2018-08-10
In Sacramento, California Treasurer John Chiang reports his office has signed on to the Green Bond Pledge committing the Golden State to fight climate change through a strategy using green financing. The Green Bond Pledge is a declaration with broad and far-reaching impact, under which states and cities nationwide are being urged to commit to a strategy that will finance infrastructure and capital projects that meet the challenges of climate change with "green bonds," or green financing.

Green Bond pledge adherents agree that climate change poses an existential threat and that the rapid growth of a green bonds market will not only meet the unique challenges the world faces, but will do so while making communities more economically competitive, prosperous, and productive.

Green bonds may be sold by governments, as well as by private entities, to finance projects that have positive environmental or climate attributes. The projects can range from clean transportation to renewable energy.

The green bond market started in 2007 with bonds issued by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank. By 2017, both California and New York had issued more than $4 billion in bonds to finance such things as clean water projects, green schools, mass transit, land preservation, and green housing. The state is now looking to build on that start and help grow a much more robust market for green bond financing.

Download a copy of the Green Bonds Pledge and other details HERE. (Source: California Treasurers Office, Lake County News, Aug., 2018) Contact: California Treasurers Office, (916) 653-2995, www.treasurer.ca.gov

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


Global Thermal Storage Market Hits $5.7Bn by 2022 (Ind. Report)
Thermal Energy Storage
Date: 2018-08-10
Zion Market Research's recently released Global Thermal Storage Market Set for Rapid Growth, to Reach $5.7Bn by 2022 research report highlights trends and requirements of the industry related to products and services, capacity and technology. It also highlights the uneven structure of the Global Thermal Storage Market. The report also delivers a concise estimation and detailed explanation of the key factors affecting the Global Thermal Storage Market.

The report includes prominent players, dealers, and the sellers in the Global Thermal Storage Market, along with individual growth rate, capacity, market share, price, consumption, production, cost, capacity use rate, price, export, gross margin and other pertinant information.

Report details are HERE. Request Free Sample Report HERE. Review report detail HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, Energy News, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: Zion Market Research, (855) 465-4651, zionmarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  


USDA Offers Biorefinery, Biochemical Loan Guarantees (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2018-08-10
The USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program.

The program provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial-scale biorefineries using eligible technology. It can also be used to help fund the development of biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial-scale processing and manufacturing equipment to convert renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale.

Download details and Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program HERE. (Source: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Aug., 2018) Contact: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/agencies/rural-business-cooperative-service

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Bioenergy,  


Wisconsin Renewable Natural Gas Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Methane,DTE
Date: 2018-08-10
In Kewaunee, Wisconsin, Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, in partnership with Detroit-based DTE Energy, is reporting ground breaking on the state's first rewewable natural gas (RNG) project.

The project will use underground anaerobic digesters to process daily cattle manure into methane gas that will then be converted into RNG transportation fuel.

According to DTE VP for Business Development Kevin Dobson, the process will reduce yearly greenhouse gas emissions significantly -- equivalent to removing 9,200 vehicles from the road and saving five million gallons of gasoline. The project is expected to be in operation early next year. (Source: Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, WBAY Action News 2, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, J.J Pagel, CEO, (920) 388-3333, www.pagelsponderosa.com; DTE Energy, Kevin Dobson, Business Dev., www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Natural Gas,  DTE,  anaerobic digestion,  Methane ,  


Attis Industries, DGIST Announce Renewable Fuel Research, Licensing Agreement (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2018-08-10
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc., a diversified innovation and technology holding company, is reporting the execution of a sponsored research and exclusive license agreement with South Korea's Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), to develop and commercialize processes that use sunlight to efficiently promote conversion of CO2 and water into hydrocarbon fuels.

The agreement build on the Company's and DGIST's prior work, Attis expects to collaborate with DGIST and provide the adjacent research and other resources needed to increase conversion efficiencies even further, while expanding process tolerances and capabilities. The Company's early-stage commercialization targets include commercially viable production of methane for direct use and conversion into methanol, synthesis gas for conversion into Fischer-Tropsch fuels, and ethane for conversion into polyethylene and ethanol. Each target has extreme significance to the Company's biorefinery goals, including its plans to consolidate existing renewable fuel production assets, such as first generation corn ethanol plants. (Source: Attis Industries, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Chris Kennedy, (678) 580-5661, ckennedy@attisind.com, www.attisind.com; Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Dae Im Kang, VP R&D, +82-53-785-7000, dikang@dgist.ac.kr, en.dgist.ac.kr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries ,  CO2,  Renewable Fuel,  


CCUS Taskforce Urges Carbon Capture Tech. Investments (Int'l)
Imperial College London
Date: 2018-08-10
Urgent investment is needed in carbon capture and storage to secure UK’s position as global leader in the field. In the UK, The Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce has published a report detailing the steps needed to develop CCUS in the UK and ensure its place as a leader in decarbonisation. The Delivering Clean Growth Report stresses the urgency with which Government must act if it intends to meet its goal of deploying CCUS cost-effectively and at scale during the 2030s. The report notes UK has the potential to secure its global leadership in CCUS but investment in projects must be made now to enable this to happen.

The report focuses on areas where the public and private sectors can work together, and sets out four key messages for Government:

  • The need to recognize the CCUS opportunity and the urgency of acting now in order to deliver CCUS at scale, at lowest cost;
  • CCUS can unlock value across the economy to enable low carbon industrial products;
  • Viable business models are needed to move the technology to a sustainable commercial footing;
  • The taskforce believes that CCUS can already be deployed at a competitive cost, as the project concepts being proposed are comparable on cost with other first of a kind low carbon technologies.

    The report emphasizes the importance of creating regional CCUS clusters where several facilities share infrastructure and knowledge in order to lower costs, unlock value for local economies, and foster technical innovation. (Source: Imperial College London, Aug., 2018) Contact: Imperial College London, +44 20 7589 5111, www.imperial.ac.uk; Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce, www.gov.uk/government/groups/ccus-cost-challenge-taskforce

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Capture,  


  • DOE Launches $2Bn Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-08-10
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a USD2 billion loan guarantee program aimed at developing energy resources, products or services on Native American and Alaskan Native lands. It is the first time the DOE loan guarantee program has been extended to projects carried out by Native American and Alaskan Natives on US tribal lands.

    As much as 90 pct of unpaid principal and interest on loans taken out by recognized Native American or Alaskan Native tribes to carry out projects may be guaranteed via the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program. Tribal borrowers need to invest equity in projects and all project debt needs to come from non-federal lenders, according to the DOE Loan Program Office (LPO), which administers the program.

    Tribal Energy loan guarantees may be awarded for fossil fuel, renewable energy or smart grid projects such as solar or wind power farms or battery-based energy storage projects.

    Download TRIBAL ENERGY LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM details HERE. (Source: US DOE, Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Loan,  Funding,  


    Alameda Utility Testing Flywheel Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Amber Kinetics,Alameda Municipal Power Partners
    Date: 2018-08-10
    In the Golden State, the city of Alameda's Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) reports it is partnering with flywheel energy storage specialist Amber Kinetics to test the benefits of renewable energy storage.

    Amber Kinetics' technology extends the duration and the efficiency of flywheel systems from minutes to four hours without degradation or wear and tear over time unlike lithium ion energy storage systems. The technology can also be recycled after its 30-year life. As a result, the Kinetic Energy Storage System (KESS) can be used for a variety of utility-scale applications. (Source: Alameda Municipal Power, T&D World, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Amber Kinetics, Ed Chiao, CEO. Bill Barnes, Managing Director, (510) 474-1000X708, bbarnes@amberkinetics.com, www.amberkinetics.com; Alameda Municipal Power, energymgt@alamedamp.com, www.alamedamp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amber Kinetics,  Energy Storage,  Flywheel,  


    Fairbanks Energy Services, RENEW Energy Raise Bakery's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks Energy Services,RENEW Energy Partners
    Date: 2018-08-10
    Hingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and conservation services provider Fairbanks Energy Services is reporting completion of extensive energy efficiency upgrades at the 280,000 square foot Signature Bread manufacturing facility, an independent, employee-owned commercial bakery in Chelsea, Mass.

    RENEW Energy Partners provided the turnkey project development, funding and services contract for the project.

    The project included 1,200 LED lighting fixtures and controls and a Building Management System (BMS) to control various operations within the facility and to maintain maximum efficiency.

    Under the RENEW efficiency-as-as-service turn-key model, RENEW funds, owns and operates the energy conservation measures and charges a service fee that is less than the savings generated. (Source: Fairbanks Energy Services, PR, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Peter Fairbanks, Pres., Shannon Shea, (781) 658-3266x1006, shannon.shea@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com; RENEW Energy Partners, Stephen Pritchard, Principal and Co-Founder, www.RenewEP.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RENEW Energy Partners,  Fairbanks Energy Services,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Stored Solar's Maine Woody Biomass Plants Idle (Ind. Report)
    Stored Solar
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Further to our April 6th coverage, in Maine, the Portland Press Herald is reporting that two Maine woody-biomass-fired power plants owned by Stored Solar LLC that between them have received $1.2 million in state subsidies has purchased only a small portion of the locally sourced forest industry and lumber mill waste wood fuel they'd agreed to purchase and are presently inactive. Both plants' have laid off workers and are slated to restart in the fall.

    According to the company, running the plants is uneconomical because of low wholesale electricity prices and values for renewable energy credits in New England. (Source: Stored Solar, Portland Press Herald, Electric Light & Power, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Stored Solar LLC, Bill Harrington, (219) 712-4764, contact@thestoredsolar.com, www.thestoredsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stored Solar,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


    Marquis Considering Bluffs Wisc. Ethanol Plant Location (Ind. Report)
    Marquis Energy
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Hennepin, Wisconsin-headquartered Marquis Energy LLC is reportedly planning construction of a corn ethanol plant in Bluffs, Scott County, Wisconsin. Subject to permitting, the plant could come into production in 2020.

    Founded in 2008, Marquis Energy began as a 100 million gpy ethanol facility and by 2015 was the largest dry-mill ethanol facility in the United States, according to the company's website. The company presently has a production capacity of about 1 million gpd of fuel-grade ethanol. Marquis Energy also has a facility in Necedah, Wisconsin. (Source: Marquis Energy , Journal-Courier, 3 Aug., 2018) Contact: Marquis Energy, Tom Marquis, VP, (815) 925-7300, inquiries@marquisenergy.co, www.marquisenergy.com

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


    Sigora Solar Expanding Into North Carolina (Ind. Report)
    Sigora Solar
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In the Old Dominion State, Sigora Solar, Virginia's largest homegrown solar panel provider, reports it is opening of a new facility in the Raleigh, North Carolina area .

    Charlottsville-based Sigora Solar offers energy efficiency services and "no money upfront" solar energy installations and service to both residential and commercial customers. (Source: Sigora Solar, PR, Augusta Free Press, Aug., 2018) Contact: Sigora Solar, Logan Landry, Pres., CEO, (540) 949-6553, www.sigorasolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sigora Solar,  Solar,  


    Quebec Carbon Market Auction Set for Oct. 3, 2018 (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-08-08
    In Quebec City, the government of Quebec's environment ministry is reporting the province will hold its second anticipated sale of carbon units by mutual agreement on Oct. 3, 2018.

    The Province of Quebec's regular Carbon Market Cap-and-Trade Auction Notices and Results are HERE. (Source: Province of Quebec, 6 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  Quebec ,  Quebec Carbon Tax,  


    Pattern's Grady, NM Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind Report)
    Pattern Energy
    Date: 2018-08-08
    San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group is reporting construction is underway on a 221-mw wind farm in Grady, eastern New Mexico. Pattern Energy, an affiliate of Pattern Development, is helping construct the project which is expected to power around 90,000 homes each year when commissioned and fully operation in May, 2019. (Source: Pattern, KOB4, Eastern New Mexico News, AP, 4 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  


    Invenergy Announces Edgecombe County N.C. Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Chicago-headquartered Invenergy, the largest independent, privately held renewable energy provider in North America reports it is developing a $100 million solar farm in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. The 600 acre Edgecombe Solar Farm is expected to break ground as early as 2019 and be completed in 2020.

    Invenergy develops, owns and operates clean energy facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Japan and Europe. (Source: Invenergy, Rocky Mount Telegram, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Solar,  


    Decatur Upgrading to LED Lighting for $2.5Mn Savings (Ind. Report)
    Decatur,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-08
    The city of Decatur, Illinois, reports it will contract with Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. for the retrofit of outdoor lighting with energy-efficient LED bulbs at various city facilities for a total cost of $2 million.

    Under the contract, Johnson Controls is guaranteeing $2.5 million in savings over the course of 20 years.

    Project funding will come primarily from the guaranteed annual savings of the city's energy bill and $175,000 in rebates from Ameren Illinois. (Source: City of Decatur, Herald & Review, Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Decatur, City Manager, Billy Tyus, (217) 424-2700, www.decaturil.gov; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    Arctic Carbon Cycle Speeding Up, NASA Study Finds (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-08-08
    A study from researchers at the NASA JPL in Pasadena, California has found that carbon in Alaska's North Slope spends about 13 pct less time locked in frozen soil than it did 40 years ago. According to the report, warming temperatures are exposing the arctic frozen soil carbon to microbial decomposition which is in turn releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at an increasing rate, possibly due to the region's rapid warming and climate change.

    The finding indicates that the carbon cycle in this region is speeding up and releasing carbon at a pace more associated with a North American boreal forest. As the temperature increases, the amount of time carbon stored in the Arctic soil also decreases. Consequently, the balance between these two dynamics will determine whether Arctic ecosystems will ultimately remove or add atmospheric carbon dioxide in the future climate," the latter being the study's most likely conclusion. (Source: NASA JPL, 14U News, 4 Aug., 2018) Contact: NASA JPL, Anthony Bloom, of NASA JPL, www.jpl.nasa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


    Global Fuel Ethanol Market Research 2018 (Ind. Report Available)
    Ethanol.Biofuel
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Market Research Explore's recently released Global Fuel Ethanol Market 2018 is focused on the following fuel ethanol industry issues and factors: prime impacting elements; importance of the global fuel ethanol market for the world economy; market changes; resource availability; probable future expenses; and ongoing industry R&D.

    The report is segmented by: key market players; fuel types; and vehicle applications.

    Sample Copy of Research Study HERE.

    Detailed research insights are HERE. (Source: Market Research Explore, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Market Research Explore, (312) 962-8104, sales@marketresearchexplore.com, www.marketresearchexplore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Fuel Ethanol,  


    D3Max Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association's Newest Member (Ind. Report)
    D3Max,
    Date: 2018-08-08
    The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association is reporting corn fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol technology provider, D3Max, has become MN Biofuels latest member. D3Max' technology converts the fiber and residual starch in wet cake (wet distillers grains) into cellulosic ethanol.

    Grand Forks, North Dakota-based D3Max' technology increases the amount of cellulosic ethanol produced from wet cake by as much as 10 pct in comparison to other methods. Overall, its technology increases an ethanol plant's production by 7 pct -- 2.9 gallons of ethanol per bushel to 3.1 gallons of ethanol per bushel -- with no increase in corn grind. (Source: Minnesota Bio-Fuels Assoc., Ethanol Producer Mag., 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: MN Biofuels, Tim Rudnicki, Exec. Dir., (612) 888-9138, www.mnbiofuels.org; D3Max, Mark Yancey, (303) 906-6234, www.d3maxllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News D3Max,  Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association,  Cellulosic,  


    Inventure, Wilmar, Desmet Ballestra Touts Chinese Plant Plans (Int'l)
    Inventure Renewables, Wilmar,Desmet Ballestra
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Inventure Renewables reports it has joined Asian agribusiness giant Wilmar International and Desmet Ballestra Group in an agreement to construct a new facility in Jiangsu province, China. Construction is slated to get underway in Q1, 2019.

    The new facility, which will bolt on to an existing Wilmar facility, will utilize Inventure's recently developed Soap Carbonate Technology to convert low-value processing residues into valuable, uncontaminated Free Fatty Acids. Inventure's Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology is presently being used by Wilmar to produce FAME for oleochemicals and biodiesel from a wide range of vegetable oil feedstocks.

    Wilmar's businesses include oil palm cultivation, oilseeds crushing, edible oils refining, sugar, specialty fats, oleochemicals and biodiesel manufacturing and grains processing. Wilmar has over 300 manufacturing plants and extensive distribution covering China, India, Indonesia and some 50 other countries.

    Desmet Ballestra Group is the world leader in developing, engineering and supplying technologies, processing plants and proprietary equipment for food & feed and chemicals businesses (including oleochemicals, biodiesel and detergents).

    Inventure helps agri-business, oleochemical and biofuel companies find novel ways to turn waste products and by-products into value-added materials to increase overall profitability. (Source: Inventure Renewables, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Inventure Renewables, Mark Tegan, CEO, (205) 764-1963, www.inventurechem.com; Wilmar International, Rahul Kale, Group Head of Oleochemicals and Biofuels, (65) 6216 0244, info@wilmar.com.sg, www.wilmar-international.com; Desmet Ballestra Group, www.desmetballestra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inventure Renewables,  Wilmar,  Desmet Ballestra,  


    Indonesia Imposing B20 to Limit Oil Imports (Int'l Report)
    Biodiesel,ndonesian Ministry of Industry
    Date: 2018-08-08
    Reporting from Jakarta, Reuters notes the Indonesian Government's Ministry of Industry will require all diesel fuel used in the country to contain 20 pct biodiesel (B20) -- primarily from palm oil -- starting next month. The move is intended to boost palm oil consumption, slash fuel imports, and narrow a current account gap. Indonesia presently imports approximately 400,000 bpd of crude oil.

    The government has said it will provide incentives to biodiesel producers, but has not provided details. Rules introduced in 2015 make B20 mandatory in subsidized biodiesel up to January 2020, after which B30 is scheduled to become mandatory.

    While the plan has been welcomed by the palm oil industry and government, environmentalists have expressed concern that increased local palm oil consumption will hasten Indonesia's rapidly spreading deforestation. (Source: Indonesian Ministry of Industry, Jakarta Post, Reuters, Aug., 2018) Contact: Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, www.esdm.go.id/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesia Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


    Ontario Premier's New Emissions Targets Expected in a "Very Timely Basis and People Don't Have to Worry about That." (Notable Quote)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-08-08
    At Queens Park in Toronto, the freshman government of Conservative populist Premier Doug Ford has tabled legislation -- Bill 4 -- to kill the province's cap-and-trade program and repeal the previous Liberal government's climate change plan. The bill gives the new Ford administration sweeping power to set its own targets and create its own climate plan without debate in the legislature nor to be enshrined in law.

    The Ford administration's Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Act -- Bill 4 -- was introduced in late July and made good on one of the new Premier Doug Ford's key campaign promises to end the province's carbon price. Another of the premier's campaign promises was "$1 per can beer", which he has reportedly made good on in an uncanny imitation of the equally inexperienced U.S. freshman president "the Donald" Trump.

    Bill 4 requires Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips to to set emissions targets without specifying what they should be based on. The bill also calls for Phillips to come up with a climate change plan but doesn't set a deadline for the plan. The Minister is also required to prepare progress reports on the climate change plan on a "regular basis", again without specificity.

    It is unclear as to whether the targets will be in line with the internationally agreed Paris Climate Accord targets set in Paris or if and when further details might be revealed.

    But not to worry. Again aping Trump, Phillips said the government's climate change plan will come in a "very timely basis and people don't have to worry about that."

    "What, Me Worry?" -- Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine fame. (Source: Various Media, iPolitics, 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips, www.ola.org/en/members/all/rod-phillips

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Ontario Climate Change,  Doug Ford,  


    £3.5Mn Welsh Energy Storage Initiative Wins EU Support (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-08-08
    The University of South Wale reports European Union funding will help launch the £3.5 million Smart Energy Storage Solutions Hub (SESS) low-carbon technologies and energy-storage products, pilot project. The scheme, led by the University of South Wales (USW), will work with businesses to drive innovation and develop new products, technologies and processes for the commercial market.

    The hub, based at the university's state-of-the-art Centre for Automotive and Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE), will benefit from £2.3 million of EU funding to collaborate with businesses in sectors such as low carbon, energy and environment, advanced manufacturing and ICT. The remainder of the funding will come from the university and industrial partners involved in the project. (Source: University of South Wales, South Wales Argus, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of South Wales, +44 0 3455 76 01 01, www.southwales.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    Summit County Council OKs Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
    Summit County Council
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In the Buckeye State, the Summit County Council reports it has authorized the County Executive to accept $1,044,599 in grants from the federal government for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program to aid residents who are at 200 pct of the poverty level. The grant amount is sufficient for about 110 homes throughout the county, which includes the City of Akron.

    In addition, Council also approved acceptance of $226,394 federal grant for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program Enhancement use for household at 175 pct of the poverty level. The Council also authorized an agreement with Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy to provide $185,000 in energy-efficiency education and repair services. The money will be used for such things as replacing inefficient light bulbs and some appliances with energy-efficient models for qualified residents. (Source: Summit County Council, Akron Beacon-Journal, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Summit County Council, (330) 643-2725, https://council.summitoh.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Ukrainian Residential Energy Efficiency Fund Announced (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In a Facebook posting from Kiev, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has announced the soon to be launched State Energy Efficiency Fund. The Fund aims to support the comprehensive modernization of the country's residential sector including: energy efficiency initiatives; implement tools and support measures aimed at improving building energy efficiency; cut energy consumption; contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in order to implement the Paris Agreement; conduct communication activities related to raising the level of awareness of the population in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency; promote compliance with Ukraine's international obligations in the field of energy efficiency.

    The posting also notes the government's program "Warm loans" is delivering good results with over 19,000 loans worth over UAH 585 million ($21.7 million) issued. (Source: MENAFN, UKRAININFORM, 6 Aug., 2018)

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


    Abilene City Council Considering Energy Audit, Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-08-08
    In the Lone Star State, a resolution before the Abilene City Council is proposing that Schneider Electric be engaged to do an energy audit that would provide an in-depth analysis of selected city buildings and/or systems and present a detailed business case for projects guaranteed to cover the cost of investment. If approved by the council on Thursday, Schneider Electric would perform the audit for $138,600.

    In 2008, the city hired Schneider to provide energy efficiency upgrades to 34 facilities. The project focused primarily on building automation systems for HVAC and lighting system upgrades and mechanical system replacements.

    According to Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna, the city has "aging facility infrastructure that does not comply with the most current energy standards. We think there's an opportunity to upgrade those fixtures, HVAC units, whatever, to reduce the amount of energy they consume, and then have those improvements pay for themselves through that energy savings." Abilene's population is about 122,000. (Source: Abilene Reporter News, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Abilene, Robert Hanna, City Manager, (325) 676-6206, council@abilenetx.gov, www.abilenetx.gov

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


    Invenergy, Novartis Ink 100 MW Wind Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2018-08-08
    East Hanover, New Jersey-based Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is reporting a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement with Chicago-based Invenergy for 100 MW of wind power from Invenergy's 300-MW Santa Rita East wind farm project in Texas. The wind farm is slated to come on line in 2019.

    With the agreement, Novartis hopes to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 220,000 metric tpy -- more than 70 pct of the company's carbon footprint from purchased electricity in the US market. (Source: Novartis, Invenergy, Energy Manager, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  

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