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Mayo Clinic Hits Energy Savings Goal Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Mayo Clinic
Date: 2018-02-23
In Rochester, Minnesota, the world renowned Mayo Clinic is reporting as of October, 2017, it has reached an surpassed it 2011 goal of reducing energy consumption by 20 pct by 2020. The clinic estimates it has invested over $1.5 million in upgrades from which it has realized approximately $26 million in energy costs since 2011 -- $7.8 million per year in avoided energy costs -- and received almost $890,000 in rebates.

Energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades to the Mayo campus' 50 buildings included: reprogramming energy control systems; adjusting the heating and cooling in public areas; lab exhaust fan controls to eliminate wasted usage; motor drive replacements and upgrades; upgrading traditional to LED lighting; upgraded insulation; HVAC duct resealing; employee energy use and conservation education; and a planned energy tracking and management system at a future date.

The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group of more than 4,500 physicians and scientists and 58,400 administrative and allied health staff. (Source: Mayo Clinic, Post Bulletin, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Mayo Clinic, Amanda Holloway, Sustainability Project Leader , Brett Gorden, Utility Operations, Energy Management, and Infrastructure Systems Engineering,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

ENERGY STAR Wars -- Trump Attacks Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-23
In Washington, Pres. Donald Trump's (The Donald's) budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2019 is calling for the elimination of $42 million in funding for the well known and popular DOE ENERGY STAR program. The voluntary program sets efficiency benchmarks for appliances, electronics, building materials, lighting and other products, and lets companies use the ENERGY STAR label on products that meet the specifications.

Under The Donald's budget proposal, the EPA would administer and manage the energy efficiency certification program which would be funded through fees charged to the appliance manufacturers and other companies that use it, thus shifting the programs costs away from the taxpayer's purse.

"By administering the ENERGY STAR program through the collection of user fees, EPA would continue to provide a trusted resource for consumers and businesses seeking the most energy and cost efficient products as well as help protect the environment," according to the DOE.

As expected, manufacturers, retailers, utilities, environmentalists and others that benefit from the program are lining up against Trump's newest plan. The program's backers are also concerned that Trump's plan would erode the program's credibility for objective certifications. The Donald previous proposed to abolish the ENERGY STAR program altogether. (Source: The Hill, Various Other Media, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR,

Editor's Note: Keeping Wednesday, 21st February's coverage -- US Dept. of Energy Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards -- in mind, there is little reason to believe The Donald, Pruitt or the DOE have much interest in energy efficient appliances or energy efficiency in general. Here's Wednesday's coverage again:

DOE Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the Trump administration to end its hold on rules that would strengthen appliance energy efficiency standards.

At issue in the energy efficiency case were four standards -- proposed by the Obama administration in late 2016 -- that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 99 million tons over 30 years and save consumers billions of dollars on their energy utility bills over that time period.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled the DOE had "breached" its duty under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to publish the four energy efficiency standards in the Federal Register. The judge ordered the DOE to publish the standards within 28 days of the ruling. A DOE report notes that energy efficiency policies will save consumers $545 billion, but "The Donald" doesn't seem to care.

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Trump,  

Consumers Energy Announces 80 pct Carbon Emissions Reduction, Zero Coal by 2040 Goals (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-02-23
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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  

Ameresco's Scottish Colleges Energy Efficiency Projects Completed (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-23
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting completion of $3.7-million energy savings projects at four colleges in Scotland. The project is the first large, multi-site energy performance contract delivered through the Scotland government Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework. It's also the first higher education contract in Scotland for Ameresco's UK operation.

Installations and improvements included LED lighting and controls, a combined heat and power system, controls optimization, variable speed drives and CO2 sensing, natural gas conversion, smart occupancy controls, low flow-taps and showers, building envelope improvements, and transformer tap downs.

Each college -- Edinburgh College, Borders College, Newbattle Abbey College and West Lothian College -- is expected to save nearly $370,000 each year and to cut its carbon emissions by an average of 24 pct. (Source: Ameresco, WBJournal, 22 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  

Heineken Surpasses 2020 CO2-Reduction Targets (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-02-23
German beer brewer Heineken confirms it has surpassed its 2020 target for CO2 emissions in production three years ahead of schedule. The company has achieved a CO2 level of 6.1 kg CO2 e/hl, down from 6.5 kg CO2 e/hl in 2016 -- a 41 pct decline in CO2 emissions since 2008, according to a company statement.

Emissions decreased in absolute terms as well, the company said. While production volumes were 57 pct higher in 2017 than in 2008, emissions were 7 pct lower, the company claims. (Source: Heineken, European Supermarket Mag, 22 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

Univ. of Florida Boasts 74 On-Campus LEED Buildings (Ind. Report)
University of Florida,USGBC
Date: 2018-02-23
In Gainesville, the University of Florida is reporting the addition of its 75th US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED-certified building with an addition of the Career Resource Center and Weil Hall.

Seventy-three buildings on campus meet LEED standards, having been designed to save energy, use less water, generate less waste and be more cost-effective, according to the school website. The University campus has three platinum, 27 gold, 12 silver, 14 certified and 18 registered LEED buildings, as of April 2014. (Source: University of Florida, ProudGreenBuilding, 22 Feb., 2018)Contact: University of Florida, Dustin Stephany, Sustainability Director,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Florida,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

Siemens Gamesa Supplying Turbines for Bosnian Wind Project (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,FL Wind
Date: 2018-02-23
Siemens Gamesa reports it supply, install and maintain 34 wind turbines for Bosnia Herzegovina-headquartered independent power producer FL Wind. The FL Wind deal is the company's second Bosnian project and its tenth project in the Western Balkans region. The agreement includes delivery and installation of the turbines at the Jelovaca wind farm in northern Bosnia Herzegovina.

Since entering the Balkans wind energy market in 2010, Siemens Gamesa has supplied 116 wind turbines totaling more than 285 MW in Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia Herzegovina for the (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Renewable Energy, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  

Vestas Claims 50-MW, American-Made Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-23
Wind turbine giant Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from an unidentified purchaser for 50 MW of its American-manufactured V136-3.45 MW turbines, delivered in 3.6-MW Power Optimized Mode. Delivery is slated to to begin in Q3, 2018, for commissioning planned for Q4. fourth quarter.

The order includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a multi-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, Vestas' full-scope service package maximizing uptime and energy production. The project and customer are undisclosed at the customer’s request. (Source: Vestas, Windpower Engineering, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, President U.S. and Canada, +45 9730 0000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

EIB Touts Energy Efficiency Funding Initiative (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2018-02-21
In Brussels, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is reporting Board approval for the creation of the Smart Finance for Smart Buildings Initiative. The initiative will invest in residential buildings to improve energy efficiency using EU grants as a guarantee to incentivize energy efficiency investments of €10 billion from public and private sources.

The funding is expected to help establish a small business renovations market worth up to €120 billion, support up to 220,000 jobs, and help lift 3.2 million European families out of energy poverty by taking some of the risk out of energy efficiency investments in the buildings sector and offering assistance with project development for households unable to finance and execute residential energy efficiency projects. (Source: Eurostat, European Commission, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat,; European Investment Bank,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  EIB,  Energy Efficiency,  

Univ. of Toronto Awarded $26Mn Green Project Funding (Funding)
University of Toronto
Date: 2018-02-21
In Ontario, Canada's largest university, the University of Toronto reports plans to leverage $26.7 million in new provincial innovation funding to launch "green" projects across its three campuses as part of a program to reduce current and future greenhouse gas emissions. The new funding will be combined with $15.3 million previously earmarked for energy efficiency initiatives. The university aims to cut carbon emissions by nearly 12,000 tonnes by the year 2021.

The money, which includes access to $44 million in interest free loans, comes from the proceeds of the province's cap-and-trade program, an integral part of Ontario's climate change action plan that calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050. To date, the university's downtown Toronto campus has reduced reduce its carbon footprint by 50,000 tonnes over the past decade despite while adding 25 new buildings and increasing the student population by 50 pct. (Source: University of Toronto Newqs, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: University of Toronto,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  GHGs,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  

West Virginia Extends CCS Tax Credits Beyond Coal (Red & Leg)

Date: 2018-02-21
In West Virginia, a recently passed and signed Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 includes the Furthering Carbon Capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground Storage, and Reduced Emissions (FUTURE) Act which extends and expands the Section 45Q carbon sequestration tax credits for the first time to industries and companies other than the coal-fired power plants the original 2008 45Q tax credits originally benefited.

Now the tax credits are available to any industrial facility at which carbon capture equipment is installed and which captures at least 500,000 metric tpy of CO2. There are currently only a handful of projects that have been built to take advantage of 45Q and only 17 large scale CO2 capture projects worldwide. This expansion can help the next wave of investments in CO2 capture projects. (Source: WV News, 18 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

CDP Reports Emissions Cuts Saved Companies $14Bn in 2017 (Int'l)
Date: 2018-02-21
According to the environmental disclosure platform CDP's Closing the Gap: Scaling up Sustainable Supply Chain Practices report, major global companies significantly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their supply chains and saved approximately $14 billion as a result of emission reduction activities in 2017. The report is based on climate, water and deforestation-related data collected from over 4,800 companies, and points to increased awareness of climate change-related risks and opportunities down the supply chain.

According to the findings, carbon emissions in supply chains are four times greater than those of a company's direct operations. Of those responding to CDP, over 75 pct of suppliers identified some climate change risks to their business, and more than 50 pct said they have integrated climate change into their business strategies. The number of companies that address emissions in their supply chains doubled within a year, with emission reductions totaling 551 million metric tonnes of CO2.

The report also compares the efforts of suppliers in eight major economies to mitigate environmental risk. It finds that 80 pct of companies in France are likely to have climate change integrated into their businesses. Japanese companies have the highest rates of disclosure, and are the most likely to set emissions reduction targets. Of the organizations on the Supplier Engagement leader board, 33 pct are from the US, followed by 15 pct from the UK. (Source: CDP, PR, UNFCCC, Feb., 2018) Contact: CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  

EDF says Methane Emissions Must be Slashed for Future of Climate Industry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2018-02-21
According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2017 World Energy Outlook evaluating the role of natural gas in a low-carbon economy, globally, the oil and gas industry could reduce up to 75 pct of its current methane emissions. Methane, the main constituent in natural gas, is also a powerful climate pollutant that has increasingly alarmed scientists. IEA says the environmental credentials of natural gas are at risk absent action by the industry to radically reduce oil and gas methane emissions. Methane emissions from human activities account for about 25 pct of the warming our planet is experiencing today, according to the IEA.

The IEA says that while some oil and gas companies are beginning to tackle methane in earnest, others downplay or deny the problem while others question the oil and gas industry's role in a low-carbon future.(Source: Environmental Defense Fund) ) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres.; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news,  EDF news,  Climate Change news,  

RES to Build Ont. Light-Rail Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
RESolve Energy Storage System
Date: 2018-02-21
Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc, the Canadian unit of UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES), reports it has contracted with the province of Ontario and Toronto Hydro to design and construct a battery energy storage facility backup power system for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line Mount Dennis Station which is currently under construction.

The energy storage facility will help reduce the Crosstown's overall emissions and operating costs and will provide emergency power to the line in the event of a power interruption. The LRT line will comprise 25 stations and stops linking 54 bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit lines and the UP Express, beginning in 2021. (Source: RESolve Energy Storage System, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: RESolve Energy ZStorage Syste,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RESolve Energy Storage System,  Energy Storage,  

Schneider Supports Ryerson Smart Building Analytics Lab (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric Canada,Ryerson University
Date: 2018-02-21
Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric Canada reports it is donation $1 million "in kind" to Ryerson University's planned new Smart Building Analytics Living Lab -- the first of its kind in Canada.

The new lab will be used to demonstrate savings in energy consumption and in capital and operating expenses for buildings of all sizes. As Canada seeks to achieve increasingly ambitious energy- and carbon-reduction goals in alignment with the COP21 outcomes, the laboratory will assist with increasing knowledge and experience in key areas including: improved understanding of emerging HVAC systems; optimization and performance improvement of existing HVAC systems; new data analytics algorithms, predictive models, and machine learning approaches to support building performance improvement in real-time, considering both human effects as well as environmental conditions.

The Smart Building Analytics Living Lab will be used as a direct connection into the real world of building management systems and energy management. From the facility, the Ryerson team will connect to building control systems using Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Building software platform including access control, lighting control, security, energy and HVAC systems. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric,; Ryerson University, (416) 979-5000,

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

Nordex Scores Greek Wind Farm Contracts (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-02-21
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine maker Nordex reports it has won a contract from Hellenic Capital Partners (HCP) to install 16 N117/2400 and N100/2500 series wind turbines at two Greek wind farms with a combined capacity of close to 40 MW. Under the contract, Nordex will also service the machines over a 15-year period and for this purpose will establish a service station in the vicinity of the wind farms.

Both of the wind farms are expected to come online by the end of 2018. (Source: Nordex, Various Media, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  

Enviva Closes on South Carolina Wood Pellet Plant Purchase (M&A)
Date: 2018-02-21
Bethesda, Maryland-based wood pellets supplier Enviva Holdings LP reports it has closed on the purchase of a wood pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina, from Portuguese pulp and paper maker The Navigator Company SA. The purchase was executed through Enviva JV Development Company LLC, a recently formed joint venture with The John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

Eviva plans to increase the plant's production to 600,000 tpy by 2019 and install equipment for controlling emission levels. Presently, Enviva has wood pellet manufacturing bases at seven locations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. Another factory is also underway in North Carolina's Richmond county. Together, the plants will be able to produce over 4 million tpy of pellets, according to a company release. (Source: Enviva, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: The Navigator Company SA,; Enviva, John Keppler, CEO, (301) 657-5560,

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

Los Angeles Curbs Building Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Reg & Leg)
Los Angeles
Date: 2018-02-21
On February 6, the Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution targeting drastic cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from commercial and residential buildings -- the latest step by the nation's second-largest city to shrink the environmental footprint of its built environment.

The measure gives the city's Building and Safety Department and the Department of Water and Power (DWP) 90 days to recommend methods for reducing reliance on natural gas and shifting toward electricity from clean sources for heating, water heating, and cooking. The move also requires DWP to set ambitious goals for building electrification in 2028 and 2038.

The targets are in line with L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti's sustainability plan which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60 pct before 2035. Currently, the L.A. region burns more fossil fuels in its buildings than in its power plants. (Source: City of Los Angeles, Architectural Record, 6 Feb., 2018)

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

Rotterdam Waste-to-Methanol Plant Plans Confirmed (Int'l)
Enerkem,AkzoNobel,Air Liquide
Date: 2018-02-21
Montreal-based Enerkem reports it has joined AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Air Liquide, and the Port of Rotterdam in an agreement for initial investments for an advanced waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam. When fully operational, the plant is expected to have two production lines producing as much as 220,000 mt of "green" methanol from 360,000 mt of waste materials. The new plant should also generate CO2 emission savings of around 300,000 mt.

An Initial €9 million ($11 million) investment is expected to cover the set-up of a joint venture, engineering and permitting. The completed plant is expected to come in at approximately €200 million. (Source: Enerkem, Platts, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251,,; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833,; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  AkzoNobel,  Air Liquide,  Methanol,  

PA. Oil, Gas Methane Emissions Higher than Reported (Ind. Report)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,EDF
Date: 2018-02-21
According to a new study conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Keystone State's oil and gas operations emit more than 520,000 tpy of methane from leaky, outdated and malfunctioning equipment. The study also found emissions of volatile organic compounds, which contribute to smog and respiratory diseases like asthma, are nine times higher than reported to the state by the oil and gas industry. "Oil and gas methane emissions could be as high as five times what industry reports through the state methane and greenhouse gas reporting inventories," The report claims.

The study concludes that without additional regulatory action by the state, more than 5,000,000 million tons of methane pollution could be emitted in Pennsylvania by 2025. The Pennsylvania DEP is presently finalizing methane reduction requirements for new, unconventional facilities which are expected to reduce emissions by about 3 pct. If the state regulations included existing unconventional sources, emissions would be 25 pct lower, according to the report. (Source: EDF, Public News Service, Allegheny Front, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,; EDF, Andrew Williams, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  ,  Methane,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  

US Dept. of Energy Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-02-21
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the Trump administration to end its hold on rules that would strengthen appliance energy efficiency standards.

At issue in the energy efficiency case were four standards -- proposed by the Obama administration in late 2016 -- that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 99 million tons over 30 years and save consumers billions of dollars on their energy utility bills over that time period.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled the DOE had "breached" its duty under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to publish the four energy efficiency standards in the Federal Register. The judge ordered the DOE to publish the standards within 28 days of the ruling. A DOE report notes that energy efficiency policies will save consumers $545 billion, but "The Donald" doesn't seem to care. (Source: DRDC, Think Progress, Others, 16 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Appliance Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Standard,  

London Considering Energy Efficient Lighting Strategy (Int'l)
City of London
Date: 2018-02-21
In the UK, the City of London Corp is considering proposals to improve energy efficiency, boost LED use, and tackle light pollution in the city's "Square Mile." The local authority's yet to be adopted lighting strategy includes plans for remotely operated lighting to both improve the look of historic buildings at night, as well as reduce energy consumption and curb light pollution. The strategy will also consider the role lighting has on crime prevention, reinforcing road safety, and light pollution, the latter of which studies have shown can disrupt ecosystems and reduce biodiversity and other considerations. (Source: City of London, BusinessGreen, 19 Feb., 2018)

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

Cuomo Announces Smart Street Lighting NY Program (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-21
Empire State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is touting Smart Street Lighting NY, a new statewide program to replace more 500,000 street lights throughout the state with energy-saving LED technology by 2025. According to the Governor's release, the program could cut energy consumption across the state by 482 gWh annually and save the state's taxpayers $87 million a year. It would also drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of light and safety of communities across the state.

The program directly supports the governor's goal to reduce climate emissions 40 pct by 2030, based on 1990 levels.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will lead the initiative in cooperation with the Department of Public Service, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Department of Environmental Conservation and other state agencies. The NYPA will provide upfront financing for the project, as well as finance the purchase of street lighting systems from a municipality's utility if needed.

Details of the BuildSmart NY program are HERE. (Source: NYPA, Urban CNY News, Feb., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,; NYPA, Gil Quiniones, CEO, (914) 681-8186,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  energy Efficieny,  Energy Efficienct Lighting,  LED Light,  NYPA,  

Kitsault Touts Waste-to-Energy "Green Solution" (Ind. Report)
Kitsault Energy
Date: 2018-02-21
Canada-based Kitsault Energy (KE) is touting its patented process to convert pulp and paper plant wastes, food, municipal solid and various other bio-wastes into power.

KE's proprietary process produces high-energy, water-repellent solid biofuel which burns with no residual ash and is ideal for replacing coal in the steel and cement industries. The company claims its patented process is a "green solution" for landfills and holding ponds, which transform the energy of decaying bio-waste into viable coal alternatives. (Source: Kitsault Energy, Power Technology, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Kitsault Energy, Krishnan Suthanthiran, CEO, Pres.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Fuel,  Biofuel,  Waste-to-Energy,  

Massive Floating Solar Farm Planned for Netherlands (Int'l)
Floating Solar
Date: 2018-02-21
In the Netherlands, a $1.48 million floating solar farm off the coast of the Netherlands is being promoted by a nine-member consortium headed up by Oceans of Energy, a Netherlands company that creates floating offshore systems. The project, which aims to have 2,500 square meters of solar panels in place by 2021, is being backed by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy's Netherlands Enterprise Agency over the next three years.

The consortia includes energy sector companies: Oceans of Energy, TNO, TAQA, TKI Urban Energy, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and ECN. Utrecht University will conduct sustainability research, while the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands will carry out independent research for the Dutch government.(Source: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy,; Oceans of Energy, Allaard van Hoeken , CEO, +31-(0)850090631,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Floating Solar,  

Japanese Solar Feed-in-Tariffs Being Lowered (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-02-21
Global energy information resource Enerdata is reporting that Japanese Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) for non-residential solar power plants of 10 kW or less will be lowered by 14 pct, from JPY21/kWh in 2017 to JPY18/kWh (US$17c/kWh). The reduction will apply to facilities that are certified in and after April 2018 for a 20-year period.

Feed-in tariffs for residential PV systems (below 10 kW) were set in 2017 for the 2017-2019 period and will remain unchanged, at JPY 26/kWh (US$24c/kWh) for 2018 and JPY24/kWh (US$22c/kWh) in 2019 in regions where output control equipment is not required to be installed; they are set at JPY28/kWh (US$26c/kWh) for 2018 and JPY 26/kWh (US$24c/kWh) for 2019 in regions where the installation of output control equipment is required. Larger solar plants - 2 MW or higher - were shifted to the bidding system in 2017. Source: Enerdata, AsianPower, 19 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Feed-in Tariff,  

Greencoat Renewables Snares 9.2-MW Irish Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
Greencoat Renewables
Date: 2018-02-21
Dublin-headquartered Greencoat Renewables Plc reports it has taken possession of the 9.2-MW Lisdowney wind farm in Leinster province, Ireland, which it purchased last July for €22.5 million, subject to an adjustment mechanism.

The wind farm, which went into production in November 2016, incorporates four Enercon GmbH E82 turbines. The wind farm benefits from a contract through 2031 under Ireland's renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) scheme.

Owned by European renewables investment manager Greencoat Capital LLP, Greencoat Renewables had a 173-MW portfolio of wind farms as of December 2017. (Source: Greencoat Capital, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Capital, Bertrand Gautier, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.comGreencoat Renewables

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables,  Wind,  

Minn. Biomass Plant Closure "Slighly Positive" says Economic Impact Study (Ind. Report)
Benson Energy
Date: 2018-02-21
Following up on our July 1t, 2017 coverage, A recently published study from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has revealed the economic impact of Xcel Energy's closing of the 50-MW, waste-wood and poultry litter-fired Fibrominn Benson Energy biomass power plant in the state.

According to a DEED required economic impact study, the closure would have a "slightly positive net economic impact statewide" despite having a negative local effect. The closure is being widely opposed on the grounds that it would adversely affect the environment and state economy, and violate guaranteed state contractual obligations. The Minnesota Timber Association and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association are among the petitioners opposing the closure.

Download the Economic Impact of Closure: Benson Power Biomass Facility HERE. (Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Swift County Monitor, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development,; Fibrominn Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fibrominn,  Benson Power,  Biomass,  

China Expanding Bioethanol Production, Consumption (Int'l)
Chinese State Administration of Grain
Date: 2018-02-21
In Beijing, the Chinese State Administration of Grain (SAG) is reporting China will expand production and consumption of bioethanol fuel this year as the country seeks more channels to use corn and grain stockpiles. The surplus is the result of years of support for corn farmers.

To help make use of the excess stock, China last year announced a plan for nationwide use of bioethanol gasoline by 2020. Outlining the work priorities for 2018, the SAG said it will accelerate the use of grain stockpiles and reform grain storage mechanisms to make them more market-oriented, according to the State Administration of Grain. (Source: Chinese State Administration of Grain, Xinhua, 17 Feb., 2018) Contact: Chinese State Administration of Grain,

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

IGL, Mahindra Partner on Indian Crop Stubble Fuels Project (Int'l)
Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-02-21
The Times of India is reporting New Delhi-headquartered Indian automobile natural gas fuel supplier Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) and Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions (MWESL) , a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, are partnering to design and develop biofuels from crop stubble production in Delhi and other Indian centers.

In related developments, public sector power generation company National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) began using crop stubble biomass pellets to fuel its Dadri power plant with the aim of giving farmers a profitable alternative to burning crop residue and opening up a new market for rural entrepreneurship. (Source: Rural Marketing, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions,; Indraprastha Gas Ltd.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mahindra,  ,  Biomass Pellet,  

Ohio Extends Alternative Fuels Conversion Grants (Funding)
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Date: 2018-02-21
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency reports it is extending extending the application date to March 20, 2018, for heavy-duty diesel- or gasoline-powered bus and truck owners to apply for grants to convert engines to CNG, LNG or LPG fuels. The grants can also be used for dual-fueled vehicles that run both on alternative fuel and gasoline or diesel fuel. Qualifying vehicles must be registered in Ohio for operation on public highways and be used in business.

According to the state EPA, cleaner fuels help improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions such as nitrogen oxide and fine particulates. (Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The News Herald, WRAL, 19 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency,

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EU Needs €62Bn Annually to Double Renewables by 2030, says Irena (Int'l Report)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2018-02-21
According to a new report from the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the EU is currently working towards targets to lower emissions by 15 pct by 2030, bringing it closer to a 40 pct emissions target, when compared with benchmarks in 1990. To that end, the EU will require investment of around €62 billion ($76.5 billion) per year to achieve 34 pct renewables in its power mix by 2030, according to the report.

The 28-member EU, which currently sources around 17 pct of its power from renewables, is likely to consume around 50 pct renewables by 2030, compared to less than 30 pct in 2015. In terms of end-use sectors, renewables would account for 42 pct of energy in buildings, 36 pct in industry as well as 17 per cent in transport, the report adds. (Source: EU, IRENA, The National, 20 Feb., 2018))Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union,  ,  Renewable Energy,  International Renewable Energy Agency,  

Siemens Gamesa Completes First Rentel Offshore Nacelle (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa, Otary
Date: 2018-02-19
In Cuxhaven, Germany, Siemens Gamesa reports the completion of the first nacelle for Otary's 309-MW Rentel NVoffshore wind farm. The nacelle and all turbine components will be shipped for pre-assembly ahead of installation at the project site off the coast of Belgium.

The wind farm will incorporate 42 Siemens Gamesa turbines and is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. (Siemens Gamesa, PR, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Otary, +32 59 40 10 00,; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,

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EU Announces €98.2Mn Energy Efficiency Funding (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2018-02-19
In Brussels, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are reporting a €98.2 million investment package under the new Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE) funding program. The investment will cover 10 projects in eight Member States to address environmental quality and building efficiency issues. The move appears to be in response to Eurostat's announcment that the trading block is lagging in its energy efficiency goals.

The funding package could mobilize an additional €2 billion in funding as Member States also make use of other EU funding sources.

In related news, Eurostat announced that Europe's 2016 primary energy consumption was 4 pct above the EU's 2020 target to reduce energy consumption by 20 pct below business as usual projections by 2020. Final energy consumption exceeded the target by 2 pct. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR, IISD, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat,

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OECD Report Urges More Effective Energy Taxes to Address Climate Change -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-19
In its report Taxing Energy Use 2018 the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds that current energy taxes are insufficient to effectively address climate change.

The report analyzes the coverage and magnitude of 2015 energy use taxes, and assesses changed between 2012 and 2015. Data is based on the OECD's Taxing Energy Use database, which compares taxes on energy use in 42 OECD and G20 economies, representing 80 pct of global energy use and associated CO2 emissions.

The publication finds that, outside the road transport sector, 81 pct of emissions were untaxed, noting there was almost no change in emissions tax rates between 2012-2015. Overall, tax rates fell short of the €30 low-end estimate of climate cost per tCO2 for 97 pct of emissions. Though not addressed in this publication, the report notes that emissions trading systems had minimal impact on this broader trend.

Emissions from coal-fired energy generation, which were responsible for nearly half of the carbon emissions associated with energy use in the 42 countries studied, remained untaxed in almost every country. In contrast, taxes on oil products were relatively high, exceeding €100 per tCO2. The share of road sector fuel emissions taxed above climate costs increased from 46 pct to 50 pct between 2012-2015, driven by fuel tax reforms in China, India and Mexico. Road transport fuel tax rates remained nonetheless below levels required to cover even non-climate external costs, according to the study. Additionally, in all but two countries, taxes on diesel for road use were lower than taxes on gasoline, despite diesel's known effects on air quality.

The report concludes that, aside from increases in transport fuel taxes that occurred in some low to middle income economies, no structural change to taxation patterns on energy use materialized between 2012-2015. It recommends that, if public compensation for higher energy costs is deemed necessary, targeted transfers should be provided rather than lower tax rates or exemptions to maintain the environmental integrity of market-based instruments

Download the Taxing Energy Use 2018 Report HERE. (Source: OECD, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,

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In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Wilderness Society
Date: 2018-02-19
In a new report, US Interior Department notes that 42 pct of all coal mined in the US in 2015 came from public lands, as did 22 pct of all crude oil and 15 pct of all natural gas. Now, a new report from The Wilderness Society shows that fossil fuel exploration on public lands generates roughly 20 pct of all US greenhouse gas emissions, and that activity shows no signs of abating.

The report -- In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands -- incorporates data from the Wilderness Society's new Federal Lands Emissions Accountability Tool (FLETT)developed in cooperation with Quadruple Bottom Line Solutions (4BL), a communications agency.

The report finds that emissions associated with federal lands energy development need to be reduced from 1.52 billion tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year to between 1.16 billion and 1.13 billion tons CO2e per year by 2025 to be in-line with economy-wide reductions needed to meet that goal."

Download the In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands report HERE. (Source: Wilderness Society, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, EcoBusiness, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Wilderness Society,

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Carbon Cap-and-Trade Alternative Under Study in Oregon (Reg & Leg)
Cap-and-Trade,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-02-19
In the state capitol of Salem, House Bill 4109 calling for sequestering carbon as a possible alternative to cap-and-trade as a way to control carbon emission is being studies by the state House Agriculture Committee.

Timber companies and several lawmakers are advocating a carbon-related bill that would require the State Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Forestry to evaluate using natural ecosystems to absorb and sequester carbon while promoting economic development, as well as using tax incentives for companies to reduce carbon emissions.

Supporters of HB 4109 suggest it would encourage discussions about thinning overstocked federal lands and present opportunity to direct harvested timber toward novel products such as cross-laminated timber which is used for larger-scale buildings. (Source: Capital Bureau, Daily Astorian, Various Others, 13 Feb., 2018)

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Ellex Helps Establish Danish Biofuel Exchange (Int'l)
Date: 2018-02-19
The Lithuanian law firm Ellex Valiunas reports it has consulted the Lithuanian Energy Exchange operator BALTPOOL on launching the BiomassPool Aps biofuel exchange in Denmark with Kenneth Lykkedal, a Danish energy entrepreneur.

According to BALTPOOL, Denmark consumes approximately 4 million tpy of woody biomass wood-chips and 1.5 million tpy of straw. Baltpool also notes that the Baltic States are among the key biomass suppliers in the Danish market, and Lithuanian companies are therefore expected to become active participants of the Danish biomass exchange. BALTPOOL also notes that the Danish biomass market is expected to grow by an additional 50 pct in the near future.

BALTPOOL is the operator of the Lithuanian Energy Exchange entitled to organize trade of solid biofuel products. The company also acts as the administrator of public service obligations (PSO) funds and is engaged in the collection, payment and administration of PSO funds. (Source: BALTPOOL, CEE Legal Matters, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ellex Valiunas, +370 52681888, contact@ellex.lti,; BALTPOOL, +370 5 239 3157,,

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San Jose Touts New Climate, Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
San Jose California
Date: 2018-02-19
In the Golden State, the city of San Jose is reporting the launch of the San Jose Clean Energy Plan aimed at 100 pct emission-free electricity available to all San Jose Clean Energy users by 2021.

To achieve its goal, the city od 1.025 million residents plans to cut travel-related carbon emissions by 1,000,000 tpy by 2030 by expanding ride sharing, public transit options and the use of electric vehicles. The plan would also reduce per capita residential water consumption by 30 pct and increase solar power production to 1 gigawatt by 2030.

The plan is expected to cost around $264 billion between now and 2050. (Source: City of San Jose, Bay Area News Group, 15 Feb., 2018) (Source: City of San Jose, Kerrie Romanow, Environmental Services,

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"More Biofuels Vital to Energy Outlook" - Growth Energy (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy
Date: 2018-02-19
According to Chris Bliley, Growth Energy VP for regulatory affairs, the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) just released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels. The report predicts an 18 pct increase in miles traveled by U.S. motorists in traditional light-duty vehicles -- an increase from 2.8 trillion miles in 2017 to 3.3 trillion miles in 2050.

"Blending more homegrown, cost-efficient biofuels into the fuel supply is the ready-made solution to lowering prices at the pump while also dramatically reducing emissions.

"Federal experts agree that ethanol slashes emissions by 43 pct over the full energy life-cycle-from farm to engine but that the level of carbon savings is rising with each passing year, thanks to innovations in biofuel production and precision agriculture. We must reduce emissions in the transportation sector and that means deploying higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85 as well as mid-level ethanol blends like E30 alongside advanced and cellulosic biofuels. A strong Renewable Fuel Standard is vital to that effort, and we urge the Environmental Protection Agency to reject calls from a few fossil fuel advocates who want to hold back the rapid growth of ethanol production in rural America," Bliley says.

(Source: Growth Energy, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000,

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Refocuses (Ind. Report)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date: 2018-02-19
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reports it has embarked on a new mission develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and products currently derived from petroleum.

GLBRC originally focused on corn stover ethanol production and developing perennial plants like switchgrass and miscanthus as biofuel feedstocks. Now, GLBRC goal is centered on designing advanced biofuels, such as isobutanol. These "drop-in" fuels could be used to replace gasoline without engine modification. By engineering bioenergy crops to enhance their environmental and economic value, and conducting research to generate multiple products from plant biomass, these advancements could optimize the bioenergy field-to-product pipeline.

GLBRC scientists and engineers are also improving the yield and processing traits of dedicated bioenergy crops for cultivation on marginal, or non-agricultural, land. With smart management, these crops have the potential to benefit the ecosystem, help mitigate climate change, and provide farmers with an additional source of revenue.

GLBRC is focused on enabling a new and different biorefinery, one that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Realizing this goal will mean increasing the efficiency of biomass conversion and generating a mix of specialty biofuels and environmentally-friendly bioproducts, from as much of a plant's biomass as possible. One such discovery, breaks down lignin's six-carbon rings -- the "aromatics" -- into individual components. Traditionally sourced from petroleum, aromatics are used in a wide variety of products, including plastic soda bottles, Kevlar, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, and are essential components of jet fuel. (Source: University of Wisconsin Madison, GLBRC, PR, 18 Feb., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444,

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Aviation Biofuel Emissions, Contrail Studied (Int'l Report)
Max Planck Institute ,NASA,German Aerospace Center
Date: 2018-02-19
A joint project between the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) and the US National Aeronatics and Space Administration (NASA) is aiming to determine the effects alternative aviation fuels have on the formation of contrails and whether aircraft emissions are reduced by using biofuels.

In their joint effort, the scientists performed eight test flights at varying altitudes to compare traditional aviation fuels against biofuels. In each test, a DLR Airbus A320 was fueled with a different blend of kerosene and Camelina-based biofuel. NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory followed a few kilometres behind an measured the pollutants in the Airbus' exhaust plume. Among the instruments on the flying laboratory were the ERc Instrument for Chemical composition of Aerosols (ERICA), from the Max Planck Institute and JGU Mainz.

NASA and DLR have been researching whether aviation biofuels are more eco-friendly for some time. According to a statement from the University of Mainz, previous studies have shown that 50 pct and 70 pct less soot particles form from a 50 pct biofuel mixture with 50 pct normal kerosene. "At altitudes of eight kilometres, soot particles and water vapour form ice crystals at -50 degrees C, which can be seen in the sky as contrails. Among other things, the ice crystals prevent heat from escaping the atmosphere into space, meaning that every contrail creates its own small greenhouse effect." (Source: German Aerospace Center, NASA, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: NASA,; Max Planck Institute,; German Aerospace Center,

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UNDEERC CO2 Emissions Project Scores $6Mn Funding (Funding)
University of North Dakota
Date: 2018-02-19
In Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) is reporting receipt of $6 million in US DOE funding for Project Tundra, an ongoing EERC initiative to develop technology to reduce coal-fired power plant carbon dioxide emissions and to retrofit the Milton R. Young Station, near Center, N.D. with a carbon capture system.

The $6 million grant would also cover a feasibility study to determine if the carbon capture technology is commercially viable for use at other facilities. The carbon capture effort comes alongside other research at the EERC intended to make coal and natural gas-fired power plants more efficient using Allam Cycle technology.

Project Tundra is seen as instrumental to preserving North Dakota's energy sector, which includes a major base in lignite coal. (Source: UND EERC, Grand Forks Herald, 17 Feb., 2018) Contact: UNDEERC, (701) 777-5000,

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Tradewind Announces $89Mn S. Carolina Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Tradewind Energy
Date: 2018-02-19
Kansas-based renewable energy developer Tradewind Energy reports it will construct a 75-MW, $89 million solar farm on approximately 1,000 acres south of the town of Bowman, Orangeburg County, South Carolina.

The county granted fee-in-lieu of taxes incentives for the project and agreed to place the project in a joint industrial park with Dorchester County. The joint county industrial park is a mechanism designed to provide an industry with additional incentives. There is no physical park.

Construction on the site is expected to get underway by April of this year. To date, Tradewind has completed more than 3,000 MW of wind and solar power projects. (Source: Tradewind Energy, Times & Democrat, Feb., 2018) Contact: Tradewind Energy Inc., Justin McGeeney, (913) 888-9463,

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WorleyParsons Touts Kenyan 365 Wind Turbine Installation (Int'l)
Date: 2018-02-19
Sydney, Australia-headquartered engineering firm WorleyParsons is touting the completion of the remote Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, the largest in Africa and one of the largest in the world in terms of number of turbines erected in one phase -- 365 turbines erected in 362 days. The wind farm provides Kenyans with an additional 15 pct installed capacity. (Source: Worley Parsons, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Worley Parson, +61 8 9278 8111|, 61 8 9278 8110-fac.,

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Renewables Deliver 18 pct of Power on US Grid (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Date: 2018-02-19
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar farms, wind turbines and hydroelectric dams last year delivered 18 pct of U.S. electric power generation while nuclear accounted for 19.7 pct of the generation on the grid, according to US DOE statistics. Both renewables and nuclear were surpassed by coal and natural gas plants.

Investment in wind, solar and other renewable technologies totaled $333 billion in 2017, the second highest level on record, according to the Bloomberg report. (Source: Bloomberg, Midland Reporter, 15 Feb., 2018)

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Tenaska Inks 236 MW Missouri Wind Farm PPA (Ind. Report)
Tenaska,Associated Electric Cooperative
Date: 2018-02-19
Omaha-headquartered independent power producer Tenaska reports it has inked a 236 MW, 25-year PPA with Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. for a wind from Tenaska's Clear Creek Energy Center which is currently in advanced development near Maryville in Nodaway County, Missouri. The Clear Creek project will incorporate approximately 100 to 120, i2 MW-3 MW wind turbines. Construction of the $200 million to $300 million project is expected to begin in 2019 for commissioning in 2020.

Associated Electric, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Mo., provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives, including NW Electric Power Cooperative Inc. of Cameron, Mo., and 51 local cooperative systems in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma that serve 910,000 members. Associated's resource mix includes coal, natural gas, wind and hydropower. (Source: Tensaka, Various Media, NA Windpower, 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: Associated Electric Cooperative, David J. Tudor, CEO and GM,; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700,,

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Maryland Launches Energy-Storage Tax Credit Program (Ind. Report)
Maryland Energy Administration,
Date: 2018-02-19
The Maryland Energy Administration reports it is accepting applications for $750,000 in tax credits to support energy storage systems added to existing renewable energy systems. Of the total, $225,000 is reserved for residential solar customers and $525,000 is earmarked for commercial taxpayers.

The tax credits are intended to encourage the addition of storage systems to existing renewable energy systems. The program comes on the heels of the introduction of Senate Bill(SB 732) and House Bill (HB 1453) which are designed to designed to double the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50 pct and the solar carve-out to 14.5 pct by 2028, a move the state's solar industry says will increase solar investment by $11 billion. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration, PV Mag. 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, Mary Beth Tung, Dir., (410) 537-4000,

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ConEdison, Tesla Partner on Powerpack Installations (Ind. Report)
Tesla,ConEdison,Orange and Rockland
Date: 2018-02-19
In the Big Apple, New York's largest electric utility, Con Edison, reports it has partnered with Tesla to propose a series of Powerpack energy storage installations in collaboration with Orange and Rockland (O&R), a Con Edison subsidiary.

The Project will develop and test methods of mitigating barriers to energy storage implementation. The demonstration project batteries will consist of a 4MW/8MWh portfolio of aggregated batteries located at individual battery sites behind-the-meter of commercial and industrial customers and co-located with distribution-connected remote solar projects. The battery installations will be developed, designed, installed, operated and maintained by Tesla.

The $5.6 million project is expected to pay for itself quickly by creating over $700,000 in value per year in the New York ISO energy, capacity and ancillary services markets. (Source: Tesla, ConEdison, ElecTrek. 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: Orange and Rockland,; Tesla Power Pack,; ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094,

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Tesla, NS Power Partner on Centralized Powerpack Demo (Ind. Report)
Tesla Powerpack,Nova Scotia Power
Date: 2018-02-19
Reporting from Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced it is partnering to create "the Intelligent Feeder Project" with the installation of Tesla Powerpacks and Powerwalls to create an "intelligent grid".

The project combines a central grid-size Tesla Powerpack battery system at the utility's Elmsdale, substation with 10 previously deployed Tesla residential Powerwalls at homes in the community of Elmsdale, which is partially wind energy powered. (Source: Nova Scotia Power, ElectRek, 18 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Jill Searle, Project Manager,; Tesla Powerpack,

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