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ENGIE Constructing 100-MW Belgium Solar Farm (Int'l Report)
Engie,Solar
Date: 2018-08-08
Belgian investment agency and project developer Limburgse Investeringsmaatschappij (LRM) reports construction on the 100 MW Kristal Solar Park in the Netherlands province of Limburgis is slated to get underway in October. According to LRM, the project will be constructed by ENGIE Fabricom, an engineering unit of French energy group, ENGIE and is expected to be completed at approximately one-third the estimated cost. When fully operational, the solar facility will be Belgium's largest solar plant, and the first large-scale solar park built in the country since 2013. (Source: ENGIE, PV Mag., 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: Engie SA, Isabelle Kocher, CEO, www.engie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  Solar,  


Minnesota Solar+Storage Project Underway (Ind Report)
Connexus
Date: 2018-08-08
Ramsey, Minnesota-headquartered Connexus Energy reports construction is underway on two solar-plus-storage projects that it says will be first large-scale battery projects in Minnesota and the largest storage installations for an electric cooperative in the U.S.

The projects, totaling 10 MW of AC solar and 15 MW/30 MWh of energy storage, are estimated to cost $31 million and save $4 million annually through peak load reduction.

The storage units, which are being developed by NextEra Energy, will supply energy to 7,000 area homes. The solar plants will be built by French energy firm Engie. Connexus has a 25-year agreement with Engie and a 25-year storage commitment with NextEra.

Connexus Energy is the Badger State's largest electric cooperative providing electricity and related products to more than 130,000 member residents and businesses in portions of Anoka, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne, and Washington counties. (Source: Connexus, Star Tribune, Utility Dive, 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: Connexus Energy, (763) 323-2600, www.connexusenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Connexus ,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Italian Banks to Drive Green Buildings, Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Foundation for Sustainable Development,
Date: 2018-08-06
According to a recent S&P Global Ratings report Will The Momentum Build For Green Finance In Italy?, "green" bank loans are likely to rise as Italy's small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) seek financing for their green projects and greater lending for green buildings and energy efficiency.

At least 42 pct of Italian businesses are "green-oriented", according to a November 2017 report by Italy's Foundation for Sustainable Development. Core green businesses make up 27 pct of Italian companies, and go green businesses make up 14.5 pct of the total.

Italy aims to reduce emissions by at least 80 pct from its 1990 levels by 2030 in keeping with the EU's long-term Paris agreement target, the S&P report said. Major Italian banks financed over €27 billion ($31.3 billion) of renewable energy capacity between 2007 and 2014. Italian Banks are also exploring the financing of green building and energy efficiency that would enable the country to reduce the carbon intensity of its building stock which, on average, is among the oldest in Europe. (Source: Foundation for Sustainable Development, Xinhua, 3 Aug., 2018) Contact: Foundation for Sustainable Development, www.fsd.org

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


Global Bioenergy Market Analysis Report 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Bioenergy,Biofuels
Date: 2018-08-06
The recently released Global Bioenergy Market Analysis Report 2018 provides market and technology analysis, and strategic forecasts for bioenergy, defining the market by product type, end-use sector, and geography. The report provides historical bioenergy data from 2013 to 2018 alongside current market estimates and five-year forecasts to 2023.

The report considers: developments relating to the bioenergy products; technology advancements; profiles leading market players and suppliers. It also examines global bioenergy market drivers, restraints, challenges, emerging markets, pricing structure, and the latest trends and industrial policies.

Report detail and sample are available HERE. (Source: Market Biz, Business Tactics, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Market Biz, (857) 239-0696, imquiry@market.biz, market.biz/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  


Suzlon Eyes FY21 Indian Wind Capacity (Int'l Report)
Suzlon
Date: 2018-08-06
In Hyderabad, Indian wind turbine giant Suzlon Group reports is looking to capture about 30 pct of the 20,000 MW of wind capacity likely to be commissioned by financial year 2020-21. India's domestic wind market is on a growth trajectory with 7,500 MW of capacity already auctioned, 10,000 MW of bids in the pipeline, and another 3,000 MW soon to be auctioned, according to Suzlon CFO, Kirti Vagadia.

group chief financial officer, Suzlon. The company presently hols a 20 pct share in the 7,500 MW wind capacity already auctioned, although FY2019 may not see huge commissioning volumes, the company said. On 4 August, Suzlon reported a net loss in the June quarter, compared with a net profit in corresponding quarter last fiscal year. The company's order book currently stands at 1,134 MW, it says. (Source: Suzlon, Times of India, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon,  Wind,  


RFA Seeks Court Action to Set RFS Back on Track (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association ,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-08-06
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reports it is taking legal action to challenge the EPA's abuse in issuing small refiner "hardship" waivers from the RFS. According to RFA Executive VP Geoff Cooper, the excessive number of waivers have cut into the demand biofuel and that the surplus of RINS has led to lower costs for refiners who then do not blend as much ethanol as they could and should. Court action is expected to get underway within the next few months.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: RFS, WNAX Radio, 2 Aug., 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS Waivers,  Renewable Fuels Association,  Renewable Fuel Standard ,  


DEWA Tests Solar Energy Storage in Dubai (Int'l Report)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2018-08-06
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting the launch of a pilot project to install and test a 1.2MW/7.2MWh sodium sulphur battery energy storage system (NaS BESS), at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The storage pilot project will be connected to the DEWA grid. connect the storage systems to its grid. The project, in cooperation with Amplex Emirates, supports DEWA's efforts to promote energy efficiency, clean-energy production and energy storage technologies. (Source: DEWA, TradeArabia News Service, Aug., 2018) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.aesaid Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  


UK Starbucks West London Store Wins LEED Certification (Int'l)
LEED Certification
Date: 2018-08-06
Last week in West London, UK, coffee retail giant Starbucks is reporting its newly-opened drive-thru outlet at Willow Tree Lane Retail Park in Yeading, has achieved LEED certification.

The coffee shop's built-in sustainability features include: a living green roof packed with plants; a zone-controlled heat pump and energy-efficient LED lighting; heavy insulation for energy conservation; EV charging stations; and others. Additionally, all waste material generated through the construction of the store was diverted from landfill and sent for recycling. (Source: Starbucks, edie.net, Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


Seagrass Could Mitigate Ocean Acidification Effects of Climate Change, say Carnegie Scientists (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-08-06
In Stanford, California, Carnegie Institution for Science researchers David Koweek and Ken Caldeira are reporting seagrass meadows can play a limited, localized function in relieving sea acidification in aquatic ecosystems. The researcher found the carbon dioxide can be absorbed into the sea where chemical reactions together with the seawater create carbonic acid, which can be corrosive to marine life, especially shellfish which build their own shells and exoskeletons from calcium carbonate.

Seagrasses provide an important source of shelter and food for marine creatures, help combat erosion of the sediments which form the ocean bed, also filter bacterial pathogens in the water. In addition they consume carbon dioxide as a portion of the day photosynthetic activity.

The researchers found that carbon dioxide uptake by seagrass meadows can impede the pH of the sea water into their immediate environment and help fight the effects of acidification and climate change at the brief term. (Source: Carnegie Institution for Science, Green Optimistic, Blog, eurekalert, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, David Koweek, Ken Caldeira, (650) 427-0488, dkoweek@carnegiescience.edu, https://carnegiescience.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sea Grass,  Climate Change,  


Aussie's Largest Solar Project Passes Planning Approval (Int'l)
Renew Estate
Date: 2018-08-06
In the Land Down Under, energy developers Renew Estate reports the 300 MW Rodds Bay solar project in Queensland is expected to break ground later this year for commissioning and startup in early 2020.

Australia is starting to capitalize on its plentiful solar resources; in 2017, a record 3.5 million solar panels were installed across the country, a 41 pct increase on the previous year. Its total solar capacity now sits at around 7,800 MW, placing it in the top 10 for global installations. (Source: Climate Action, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Wirol, https://wirsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Australia Solar,  


Proposed CAFE Standards Positive for Ethanol, says ACE CEO (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2018-08-06
In response to the US EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced proposed amendments to the current fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2021-2026, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings says that while the proposals are less stringent they are also exploring the role higher octane fuel could provide a pathway for higher blends of ethanol as they maintain fuel economy in smaller engines and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Jennings noted that the premium high octane fuel on the market now is petroleum which is costlier than ethanol. He says ethanol has several advantages and is also a high octane fuel.

According to Jennings, the EPA's proposal to flatline the standards will lead to increased gasoline use and tailpipe pollution, but not if the final rule paves the way for E25-E30 high octane fuel in future engines. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, WNAX Radio, 3 Aug., 2018)Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  CAFE Standard,  American Coalition for Ethanol,  


Saskatchewan Strikes Back Against Fed. Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-06
"It is our position that the (Canadian) federal government has no constitutional authority to second guess provincial decisions with respect to matters within provincial jurisdiction, yet that is exactly what the federal government is attempting to do by imposing a carbon tax only in certain provinces, like Saskatchewan, based on their evaluation of provincial climate change and carbon pricing policies." said Saskatchewan's new Premier Scott Moe in a statement. The province will "strongly consider" intervening in Ontario's legal challenge to the federal Liberal government of Premier Justin Trudeau's carbon tax imposition plan, Moe added. To that end, the government of Saskatchewan has launched their appeal in opposition of the federal carbon tax. (Source: Office of Saskatchewan Premier the Hon. Scott Moe, Click Lancashire, Independent News, 5 Aug., 2018)Contact: Office of Premier the Hon. Scott Moe, www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government.../honourable-scott-moe

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  


Cdn. National Carbon Tax Projections Revealed (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-06
As we reported in June, a report on Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's carbon tax prepared by University of Calgary economics professor Jennifer Winter found the impact of Trudeau's carbon tax on a typical Canadian household:
  • At $50 per ton, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia households will be hit with more than $1,000 of carbon tax per year to comply with the $50-per-tonne carbon tax Ottawa has mandated for 2022. Nova Scotia ($1,120) and Alberta ($1,111) will have the highest bills, followed by Saskatchewan ($1,032), New Brunswick ($963), Newfoundland ($859) and Prince Edward Island ($788). The average household in Ontario will pay $707 a year to comply with the carbon tax once its fully implemented.
  • At $100 a tonne, households in Alberta will be slammed $2,223, Saskatchewan will be hit with $2,065 and in Nova Scotia, $2,240. At $100 a tonne, the average price for households in all provinces will be well in excess of $1,000 per year. (Source: University of Calgary, Fraser Inst., Financial Post, 27 June, 2018) Contact: University of Calgary, Prof. Jennifer Winter, https://econ.ucalgary.ca/profiles/jennifer-winter

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax news,  


  • U.S. 2017 Coal Consumption Hits Historic Low (Ind. Report)
    Coal, US EIA
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In its Friday daily brief, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that the U.S. power sector consumed 661 million short tons of coal last in 2017, the lowest level since 1983 and the fourth straight year for a decline, the brief stated. The report noted "Electric power sector coal consumption in 2017 was 36 pct lower than in 2008, when U.S. coal production reached its highest level." the report read.

    Coal accounts for about 30 pct of total energy used globally and about 40 pct of total electric power generation, the report said. (Source: US EIA, Inforsurhoy, 5 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  US EIA,  


    Indian Renewable Energy Investments Nearing $20Bn (Int'l)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-08-06
    According to recent date from the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Investment 2018 report, investments in India's renewable energy sector surpassed investment in fossil fuel-based power production in 2017.

    At alsmost $20 billion, 2017's investment in Indian renewables accounted for over a third of investments in the power sector thanks to nearly double the money being poured into solar and wind projects. By comparison, in 2017 all investments in power projects based on coal, gas, and oil as fuel reached totaled just $16 billion altogether.

    This increase in renenwables is largely accredited to to the recently decreasing prices of wind and solar power and the rising price of coal. (Source: International Energy Agency, Oilprice, Aug., 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  India Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Notable Quote and Duly Noted
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-08-06
    "I am all for putting a public eye, pressure to those companies (oil and gas) for being much more responsible energy companies and reducing carbon and methane emissions, but we don't have this same attention for the 200 gigawatts of sub-critical coal-fired power plants under construction in Asia, which will emit carbon emissions at least three to four times higher than all this oil production together. There is a need for understanding numbers when it comes to the climate change debate." -- Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency Exec. Director, June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency news,  


    Dominion Seeks Experimental Offshore Wind Turbine Approval (Ind. Report, New Prod & Tech)
    Dominion Energy,
    Date: 2018-08-06
    Reporting from Norfolk in the Old Dominion State, Dominion Energy Virginia reports it has submitted a proposal to the State Corporation Commission to construct two wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, at the state's expense. Dominion is working with the Danish wind industry giant Orstad -- fka DONG Energy -- on the project.

    The experimental turbines will provide data that could pave the way for a vast wind farm at a future date.

    The project will test new designs to anchor the turbines in seabed conditions found off the Virginia coast and to withstand hurricane-force winds.

    The Commission previously rejects the project as too risky and expensive. (Source: Dominion Energy Virginia, Bacon's Rebellion, Blog, 4 Aug., 2018)Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, https://twitter.com/dominionenergy, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy,  Dominion Energy,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  


    Taiwan Solar Mega Merger Touted (Int'l Report, M&A)
    Neo Solar Power
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In Taiwan, Neo Solar Power Corp. , Gintech Energy Corp. and Solartech Energy Corp. are reporting the largest-ever solar energy deal in Taiwan and the resulting creation of the $630 million United Renewable Energy Co. (UREC).

    The merge is expected to be be completed on Oct. 1, 2018. When fully operational, UREC is expected to generate about NT$50 billion in sales in the first year and post NT$90-NT$100 billion in annual revenue within five years, according to Neo Solar. (Source: Neo Solar PowerFocus Taiwan, 4 Aug., 2018) Contact: Neo Solar Power, +886-6-700-6588, Fax: +886-6-384-1111, www.nsp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neo Solar Power,  


    Wolf Joins Alberta Carbon Trunk Line CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Enhance Energy
    Date: 2018-08-06
    Calgary, Alberta-based Enhance Energy reports Wolf Midstream has agreed to partner to construct the 240-kilometre Alberta Carbon Trunk Line. The pipeline will collect CO2 from the Redwater Fertilizer Facility and the new Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton and transport it to an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project near Lacombe.

    Under the deal, Wolf will construct, own, and operate the CO2 capture and pipeline transportation assets. Enhance will continue to be the owner and operator of the EOR project and carbon sequestration. Initially, Wolf will provide midstream services only to Enhance, with other suppliers and users of CO2 having future access to its capture, compression, and transportation services.

    Initial CO2 flow rates on the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line are expected to start at 800 tpd in the fourth quarter of 2019, increasing to 4,400 tpd by the end of 2019.

    Pipeline construction is slated to get underway within 60 days. Up to $305 million in construction funding will come from Wolf's investor, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The project also has $223 million in funding from the Province of Alberta and $63 million in funding from the federal government.

    The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) is the world's largest carbon capture and storage project. Pioneered in Alberta, Canada by Enhance Energy Inc., the ACTL is the first large-scale Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and storage project to actively work towards reducing environmental impacts while enriching the local economy. (Source: Enhance Energy, PR, Markets Insider, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Enhance Energy Inc., (403) 984-0202, (403) 984-0226, info@enhanceenergy.com,www.enhanceenergy.com; Wolf Midstream, (403) 781-8181, www.wolfmidstream.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Enhanced Oil Recovery,  Enhance Energy,  Wolf Midstream,  CO2,  


    Yokohama Touts Isoprene from Biomass Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
    Yokohama Rubber
    Date: 2018-08-06
    Tokyo-headquartered tire manufacturer Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., working with RIKEN and Zeon Corporation, reports it has developed a technology for efficiently producing isoprene from biomass.

    The new process utilizes an artificial pathway and highly active enzymes to create cells which have excellent isoprene-synthesizing capability. The new technology is used to make cells which have the capability to generate isoprene from a biomass (sugar) that serves as the starting material. The in-vivo generated isoprene is then polymerized to achieve synthesis of polyisoprene rubber. The research project effectively leveraged the cell design and plant science technologies of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) to develop this new technology.

    The technology can be used for butadiene-based synthetic rubber and other diene rubbers, according to a Yokohama release. (Source: Yokohama Rubber Co., Tires & Parts, Aug., 2018) Contact: Yokohama Rubber , www.y-yokohama.com/global

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Sugar Biomass,  


    2018 Ethanol Exports Set to Break 2017 Record (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2018-08-06
    According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), U.S. ethanol exports through June stood at 927.7 million gallons (mg), up 33 pct from the first half of 2017 and on pace to exceed last year's record of 1.38 billion gallons (bg). According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), robust export markets are more important now than ever before, as actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are undermining domestic ethanol demand.

    At the halfway point for 2018, Brazil was the leading market for U.S. ethanol exports, receiving 345.9 mg -- about 37 pct of total shipments. Exports to Brazil in the first half of 2018 were up 28 pct over the same period in 2017. Canada came in as the second-largest export market, with 159.5 mg of U.S. ethanol in the first six months of the year -- up 8 pct from the same period a year ago. Other top markets for the first half of 2018 were India at 70.1 mg, China at 52.9 mg, South Korea at44.5 mg, followed by the Philippines for 43.7 mg. RFA provides monthly export updates on its E-blog (including a summary of the June data released today) and annual statistical summaries for exports of both ethanol and distillers grains. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, SE AGNet, August 3, 2018) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels Association,  Biofuel,  Ethanol ,  


    NJ Climate Initiative calls for Lower Transportation Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance
    Date: 2018-08-06
    On July 24th, RPA and the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance -- facilitated by the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Rutgers Bloustein School) -- hosted more than 150 New Jersey region business, civic, community and governmental leaders focused on strategies for reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector.

    Transportation accounts for around half of all carbon emissions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, yet these emissions are not regulated like those from our power plants, which are managed as part of RGGI. The meeting called for the regulation of greenhouse gases from all economic sectors, including transportation.

    Ideas the emerged from the meeting included: a "cap-and-invest" approach that puts a price on transportation emissions and invests revenue back into communities and transportation infrastructure; congestion pricing for zones for different classes of vehicles; and greening school bus fleets, among others, all of which will be reported to the relevant government agencies and executives for consideration. (Source: Regional Plan Association, New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, 3 Aug., 2018) Contact: RPA, Robert Freudenberg, Energy & Environmental Program Mgr, (212) 253-2727, http://lab.rpa.org; New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, http://njadapt.rutgers.edu; New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, njadapt.rutgers.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance,  


    Marquis Considering Bluffs Illinois Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    Marquis Energy
    Date: 2018-08-06
    Hennepin, Illinois-based Marquis Energy LLC has reportedly been exploring the possibility of constructing an ethanol plant in Bluffs, Scott County, Illinois, but has as yet not completed the necessary permitting. If constructed, the plants could go into production in 2020.

    Marquis Energy, which began producing 100 million gpy in 2008, was the largest dry-mill ethanol facility in the United States by 2015, according to the company's website. The company presently produces approximately 1 million gpd of fuel-grade ethanol. In addition to the Hennepin site, Marquis Energy has a facility in Necedah, Wisconsin. (Source: Marquis Energy , Journal-Courier, 3 Aug., 2018) Contact: Marquis Energy, Mark Marquis, CEO, Bart Pieper, Bus. Dev., (815) 825-7300, www.marquisenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marquis Energy,  Ethanol,  Dry Mill Ethanol,  


    Aussie Waste-to-Fuel Facility Announced (Int'l Report)
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In the Land Down Under, waste companies Cleanaway and ResourceCA are reporting plans for a new facility in the city of Sydney that will convert around 250,000 tpy of non-recyclable garbage into fuel which will be used for cement manufacturing and for export to Asian markets.

    The facility , which will be co-owned by waste companies Cleanaway and ResourceCo, was supported by $30 million in funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. A portion of the $30 million will be used for a second plant at a location yet to be identified. The NSW government provided $5 million in funding. The plant will process dry waste such as plastic, dirty paper and cardboard, and non-recyclable wood into small solid material -- processed engineered fuel (PEF) -- that can be burnt for power. Over the lifetime of the facility, it is forecast to reduce carbon emissions by about 4 million tonnes. (Source: CEFC, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 July, 2018) Contact: CEFC , Ian Learmonth, CEO, www.cefc.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Fuel,  Clean Energy Finance Corporation,  


    Alliant Energy Plans 80 pct Emissions Cut by 2050 (Ind Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered Alliant Energy's just released its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) reports the utility aims to cut carbon emissions 80 pct and eliminate all existing coal from its energy mix by 2050. The company also plans to invest over $2 billion on new renewables and double its wind sites from six to 12. With a combination of new construction and additional purchase agreements, the company's energy portfolio will have more than 2,700 MW of wind power by 2021. Renewables will be over 30 pct of Alliant Energy's energy mix by 2030.

    These actions will enable Alliant Energy to exceed carbon reduction goals pledged originally by the U.S. under the voluntary Paris Accord. which calls for cutting carbon 32 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, Alliant Energy's plans enable a 40 percent reduction by that time. (Source: Alliant Energy Corporation, PR, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Alliant Energy Corp., www.alliantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    China to Exceed 210 GW Wind Power Target by 2020 (Int'l Report)
    China Wind,China National Energy Administration
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In Beijing, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) previously announced switch from a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme to a competitive auction mechanism aims to help the country surpass its targeted installation of more than 20 GW per year on average over the next 10 years.

    While certain onshore and offshore projects will still be eligible for the FiT, most projects starting in 2019 will need to win at auction. This is all part of the NEA's effort to ensure that wind energy reaches grid parity by 2020.

    China is expected to surpass its national cumulative wind power target of 210 GW and will install on average over 20 GW worth of new wind capacity each year. (Source: China National Energy Administration , CleanTechnica, 31 July, 2018) Contact: China National Energy Administration, en.ndrc.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  China Wind,  China National Energy Administration,  


    Arensis, Green Mark Ink Woody Biomass Energy Deal (Ind. Report)
    Arensis, Green Mark Energy
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Los Angeles-based Arensis, a leading biomass to energy system provider and license holder of Entrade Energiesysteme AG technology, and Green Mark Energy Co., Ltd (GME), a greentech project company and biomass fuels supplier, have inked an agreement for a 2MW energy project in Kumamoto, Japan.

    Through the joint project development, Arensis will deliver 40 Entrade E5 biomass to energy units to Japan, equaling $15 million and generating 16,000,000 kWh of electricity annually. The agreement is the company's largest global project to date.

    GME will be the supplier of wood pellets and wood chips to be used as feedstock for the energy systems, from which electric power will feed into the Japanese grid system under a Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme. (Source: Arensis, Website, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Arensis, Julien Uhlig, CEO, Laurie Peters, VP Strategic Communications, (818) 635 4101, l.peters@arensis.com, www.arensis.com

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


    France Reports Record Share of Renewables for Q2 2018 (Int'l)
    Rnewable Energy
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In a release, the French transmission system operator, Reseau de Transport d'Electricite (RTE) claimed that renewable energies reached 31 pct share of France's electricity mix in the second quarter of 2018. It also noted that solar, wind and bioenergies covered about 10 pct of national demand -- a level unreached since the 1960s.

    According to the release, the surge in renewables is the result of: significant hydropower generation, which covered around 20 pct of French electricity consumption during the period; an increasing share of wind, solar, and bio-energies which were able to account for over 10 pct of demand; and the fact that the second quarter of the year is traditionally characterized by lower demand than during the autumn and winter months.

    According to the latest statistics released by the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition (CSFD), the first quarter of this year has seen a strong growth in new PV installations, with 246 MW of new PV capacity added.

    The national state-owned utility, EDF, which is also the owner and operator of most of the country’s nuclear power assets, announced in December 2017 a plan to deploy 30 GW of solar plants in France by 2030. (Source: Reseau de Transport d'Electricite, PV Mag., July 30, 2018) Contact: RTE, www.rte-france.com/en/accueil

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


    First GREEN Bank Wins LEED Platinum for Sustainability (Ind Report)
    First GREEN Bank
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In the Sunshine State, Orlando-based First GREEN Bank is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED ID+C Retail v4 Platinum Certification for its downtown Orlando headquarters. The designation recognizes the highest level of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

    The USGBC LEED rating system is widely seen as the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance, and energy efficiency.

    The First GREEN Bank project implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in the areas of water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The team also focused on innovation in design and, the new component for LEEDv4, location and transportation. (Source: First GREEN Bank, PR 31 July, 2018) Contact: First GREEN Bank, www.firstgreenbank.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC LEED,  


    Andeavor N.D. Refinery Considers Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    Andeavor
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Andeavor, fka Tesoro, the owner of a small crude oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota is proposing to convert the facility to process vegetable oil, soybean oil and other renewable feedstocks instead of petroleum to produce renewable diesel.

    The renewable diesel would meet both the federal Renewable Fuels Standard and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and would be marketed in California.

    The proposal builds on a pilot project at the Dickinson Refinery, which has involved processing vegetable oil along with Bakken crude to produce a 5 pct renewable diesel blend. The new project, which would process 12,000 bpd of locally sourced renewable feedstocks, is expected to be complete in late 2020, subject to permitting approval. (Source: Andeavor, Bismark Tribune, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor ,  Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  


    EPA Report Notes Ethanol Environmental Damage (Ind. Report)
    Ethanol,Clean Air Task Force
    Date: 2018-08-03
    According to a recent, federally-mandated EPA assessment of the environmental impact of corn and soybean based ethanol production, ethanol is creating several ill effects on the enviroment and wildlife habitat.

    The EPA report documents millions of acres of wildlife habitat lost to ethanol crop production, increased nutrient pollution in waterways and air emissions and side effects worse than the gasoline the ethanol is replacing. According to Johnathan Lewis, senior counsel for climate policy with the Clean Air Task Force, ethanol from corn in particular is linked to increased emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) which contributes to and increases ozone formation.

    In March, the Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible (GREENER) Fuels Act to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was introduced to the US Senate and Congress. The GREENER Fuels Act sets out a clear goal of moving U.S. mandates away from a heavy reliance on food-based -- corn -- biofuels that have been linked to food price spikes and large-scale environmental contamination in the United States and around the world. (Source: EPA, Public News Service - NY, Aug., 2018) Contact: Clean Air Task Force, www.catf.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  EPA,  RFS,  Clean Air Task Force,  


    Rajasthan State Implements Indian Biofuel Policy (Int'l)
    India Biofuel
    Date: 2018-08-03
    On the subcontinent, the state of Rajasthan has become the first Indian state to implement the national policy on biofuels unveiled by the national Biofuel Authority in May this year.

    In accordance with the Biofuel National Policy:

  • the State Government will be putting emphasis on increasing production of oilseeds;
  • the State Government is promoting research in the fields of alternative fuels and energy resources;
  • the State has installed an 8 tpd biodiesel plant;
  • the State will promote and advertise biofuels to increase public consumption and awareness. of biofuels; encourage the establishment of a supply chain mechanism for biodiesel production from non-edible oilseeds -- used cooking oil and short gestation crops.

    In other Indian biofuel news, My Eco Energy (MEE) reports it will open more than 300 biofuel filling stations in the Indian state of Gujarat by 2019. The new MEE biofuel sites will offer Indizel, the only renewable fuel in India which complies with EN 590, BS-VI, and EURO 6 quality standards. Indizel can be used in all diesel engines without engine modification or blending limits, according to the company. (Source: India Today, Hindu Business Line, Petrol Plaza, 1 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


  • Greenworks Lending, Mayfly Partner on Clean Energy Bldg (Ind. Report)
    Greenworks Lending
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Greenworks Lending, a national leader in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, is reporting the closing with Mayfly Outdoors to support the construction of Mayfly's new 41,000 square-foot headquarters and manufacturing center in Montrose.

    The project is one of the first ground-up new construction projects in Colorado to come through the state's C-PACE Program, which allows developers to use C-PACE funds for up to 20 pct of their construction budgets for property elements that meet or exceed the state's energy- and water-efficiency standards. It is also the second C-PACE investment in manufacturing for the state, and the second Montrose County project.

    Greenworks provides C-PACE financing in 13 states and the District of Columbia and has funded several energy retrofits of commercial buildings in the greater Denver metro area. C-PACE funding is designed to help building owners access private-sector financing to upgrade or build anew with energy-efficiency, clean-energy and water-efficiency infrastructure.

    Greenworks Lending is a private capital provider dedicated to funding commercial property owner investment in renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects through state legislated C-PACE programs on a national level. Greenworks utilizes C-PACE financing so building owners can access long-term, lower-cost capital to make smart, cost-saving improvements to commercial buildings. (Source: Greenworks Lending, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Greenworks Lending, Adam Moskowitz, (203) 837-7816, amoskowitz@greenworkslending.com, www.greenworkslending.com; Mayfly Outdoors, www.mayflyoutdoors.com; C -PACE, www.copace.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenworks Lending,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    2017 3rd Warmest Year on Record, says NOAA Study (Ind. Report)
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Date: 2018-08-03
    According to the recently released 28th annual State of the Climate Report report only 2016 and 2015 were warmer than 2017.

    A wide array of environmental data, including global climate indicators and extreme weather events, were examined for the 300-page study spearheaded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society.

    Many climate scientists blame greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels for driving man-made climate change. Concentrations of CO2 reached 405 ppm in the atmosphere in 2017 -- up 2.2 ppm above 2016 levels. Global surface temperatures were 0.68 to 0.86 degrees F above the 1981 to 2010, depending on the dataset used, making 2017 the warmest non-El Nino year on record. The report also notes the number of tropical cyclones and Atlantic hurricanes rose slightly above an average 82 per year to 85 per year. Meanwhile, after reaching a peak in global drought area in 2016, scientists saw the drought area dip in 2017 before rising to above-average values later in the year. While Mexico and other countries experienced their warmest year on record, the U.S. only saw it's third-warmest year since records began in 1895.

    Download A Look at 2017 Takeaway Points from the State of the Climate Supplement HERE. (Source: NOAA, American Meteorological Society, Ang, 2018) Contact: American Meterological Society, ; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  NOAA,  Climate Change,  


    Hillsboro Ore. Tops DOE Better Build Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-08-03
    The city of Hillsboro, Oregon, -- pop. 100,000 -- reports it again leads every other city in the country in green power use.

    In 2017, the Hillsboro community purchased 1.73 billion kilowatt hours of green power -- electricity that comes from renewable resources like solar, wind and geothermal. The city also offset 35 pct of its power bill with renewable energy. All told, from the city government to the local industry to private residents, almost 65 pct of the electricity used in Hillsboro last year was green power. The city is aiming for 75 pct green power community-wide by 2035.

    The city is also switching to LED lighting and sensor technology and has cut its overall energy consumption by 26 pct since 2009, leading the country, at least among members of the DOE Better Build Challenge. (Source: City of Hillsboro, KATU2, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Hillsboro, Peter Brandom, Snr. Project Manager, www.hillsboro-oregon.gov; DOE Better Build Challenge, betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/challenge

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE Better Build Challenge,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Calif. Gov. Connects Wildfire Liability and Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In Sacramento, Golden State Gov. Jerry Brown offered a high-stakes assessment of fears that California's investor owned utilities might buckle under the weight of billions of dollars in climate change related wild fires-related payments.

    According to Brown, "There is concern that we could lose our utilities, and if we do that, our whole program, of trying to deal with renewable energy and mitigate climate change, would be adversely affected."

    The governor also offered a draft proposal to lawmakers last week that would loosen the strict liability that utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric Co. now bear following a series of massive wild fires in 2017. PG&E has already planned for payments of at least $2.5 billion for those fires, and has warned additional costs could raise the possibility of bankruptcy.

    Under Brown's proposal, courts would have to "balance the public benefit of the utility company's services to consumers with the harm caused to private property." And, although the proposal would increase fines and bar electric utilities from passing the costs to their customers, it could give relief to any company that complied with safety regulations. (Source: Office of Gov. Jerry Brown, LA Times, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.go

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Jerry Brown,  


    Notable Quote

    Date: 2018-08-03
    "Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in (climate change) thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. Contact: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov; C40 Group, contact@c40.com, www.c40cities.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Jerry Brown news,  


    Standard Solar's Gallup, NM Solar Farm Commissioned (Ind. Report)
    Standard Solar
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Rockville, Maryland-headquartered Standard Solar is reporting the completion and startup of a new 9.8-MW solar farm in Gallup, New Mexico. The facility incorporates nearly 29,000 panels in a single-axis tracker array and is expected to generate more than 20 million kWh of power annually.

    Standard Solar provided financing for and owns the Gallup solar farm which is spread out over 31 acres. (Source: Standard Solar, PR, PEI, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Standard Solar, (301) 944-1200, www.standardsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Standard Solar,  Solar,  


    EDF Renewables, PGGM Ink Wind, Solar Projects Agreement (M&A)
    EDF Renewables North America
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In San Diego, EDF Renewables North America reports it has inked two Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) by which PGGM Infrastructure Fund, a pension fund, will acquire a 50 pct ownership stake in the Glacier's Edge Wind and Valentine Solar totaling 332 megawatts (MW). Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent.

    This transaction follows on an earlier agreement between the two companies concerning three projects for 588 MW. Total capacity of the 5 project portfolio is 920 MW.

    EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewable, Nate McMurry, Director for Divestiture and Portfolio Strategy, Bruno Bensasson, VP Renewable Energies; Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525, Sandi.Briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com; PGGM, Erik van de Brake, www.pggm.nl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables ,  Renewable Energy,  


    Montauk Energy Announces California Manure-to-RNG JV (Ind. Report)
    Montauk Energy
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-headquartered Montauk Energy LLC reports it has inked an 80 -20 joint venture agreement under which it will extract and convert cow manure on a California dairy farm into natural gas. Under the JV agreement, Montauk will own and operate a manure digester and build, own and operate a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility for 20 years.

    Montauk which has been engaged in commercial-scale development of renewable energy facilities for more than 30 years, was spun off from South African black empowerment investment company Hosken Consolidated Investments in 2014 but remains listed on the JSE.

    The company extracts and converts methane gas from waste landfills across the US where it benefits from subsidies through the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. (Source: Montauk Energy LLC, Business Day, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Montauk Energy LLC, Marty Ryan, CEO, (412) 747-8700, www.montaukenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Montauk Energy,  Biogas,  Anearobic Digestion,  


    Pattern's NM Wind Farm Set for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
    Pattern
    Date: 2018-08-03
    San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group reports construction on the Duran Mesa Wind Project near Corona, New Mexico is slated to break ground in 2019. The will deliver wind energy start delivering electricity to California providers in 2020.

    Pattern Energy Group presently operates one wind farm in eastern New Mexico with a second wind farm under construction. (Source: Pattern Energy, 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,  


    Carbon Tax Included in Alaska Climate Action Plan Draft (Ind. Report)
    Alaska
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In Anchorage, Alaska Governor Bill Walker's Climate Action Leadership Team has been discussing a draft plan to tackle climate change, including a carbon tax to cover climate change mitigation and related initiatives and program costs.

    At least seven states have proposed carbon pricing legislation. Carbon pricing is basically this broad term for putting a price on CO2 emissions. It includes things like a carbon tax or a cap and trade program. Alaska's draft plan recommends the state should think about endorsing a national strategy to put a price on carbon while also taking steps to implement its own carbon tax. The most commonly talked about ways that could work is, as fuel comes out of the ground, oil and gas companies would pay a fee. And that cash would be used to help fund various energy efficiency projects and more studies to better understand the impacts of climate change.

    Download the Draft Climate Change Policy HERE (Source: KTOO Public Media, 1 Aug, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  


    Reneu Energy Expands Solar+Storage Consulting to Calif. (Ind. Report)
    Reneu Energy
    Date: 2018-08-03
    Jersey City, New Jersey-headquartered solar and energy storage specialist Reneu Energy is reporting the opening of new offices in San Diego and Los Angeles, California.

    The company advises on corporate strategy and sources financing for solar projects and brokers Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC]) contracts and long-term power contracts. (Source: Reneu Energy, PR, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Reneu Energy, Benoy Thanjan, founder and CEO, (201) 743-9533, (619) 490-9473, www.reneuenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Reneu Energy,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Notable Quote Worth Noting

    Date: 2018-08-03
    "So President Trump, I know you really want to be an action hero, right? So take it from the Terminator, you're only supposed to go back in time to protect future generations. But your administration attempts to go back in time to rescue the coal industry, which is actually a threat to future generations."

    "For 48 years -- since one of my heroes, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, requested it -- California has had a waiver from the federal government to clean our own air. If the President (Trump) thinks he can win this fight, he's out of his mind." -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2003-211 California Governor (D) , commenting on Trump's proposed withdrawal of California's Clean Air Act pre-emption waiver. California and about a dozen states follow its rules account for about a third of all the passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. August 1, 2018


    Alaska Energy Audit Program Extended (Ind. Report)
    Alaska Energy Authority
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In Anchorage, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) reports it has extended the open application period for the USDA-funded Commercial Building Energy Audit program for commercially owned buildings located in rural Alaska i.e., outside of the Municipality of Anchorage. The new deadline is Sept. 30, 2018.

    According to the AEA, nonresidential buildings consume more than half the building energy use in Alaska, and the majority of these buildings are privately owned. The Commercial Building Energy Audit program is designed to pay up to 75 pct of the cost of an ASHRAE level 1+ energy audit performed on privately owned commercial buildings. The audit cost is set by the building size and ranges from $600 for buildings up to 3,000 square feet up to $2,100 for buildings over 20,000 square feet.

    The AEA reports that results of past similar programs indicate average energy savings of roughly 1/3 resulting from economic efficiency investments with average simple paybacks of just over six years. (Source: Alaska Energy Authority , The News, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact; Alaska Energy Efficiency Map, www.akenergyefficiencymap.org, Alaska Energy Authority, (888) 300-8534, www.akenergyauthority.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    ARENA Funds Aussie Renewable Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Funding)
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it is adding $1.5 million (Aus.) ($1.1 million) to fund the country's first green hydrogen innovation hub to trial the production, storage and use of renewable hydrogen to energize a commercial-scale microgrid at Jandakot, Western Australia.

    The facility will produce Green hydrogen from on-site solar using electrolysis, fueling a range of gas appliances and blending hydrogen into the natural gas pipeline. The $3.3 million ($2.5 million) development project will also evaluate the potential for renewable hydrogen to be exported at a larger scale.

    Japan is seen as a potential market for Australian renewable hydrogen. (Source: ARENA, MarEx, 31 July, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Australian Renewable Energy Agency,  


    FP&L says 300 MW Solar Power Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Florida Power & Light
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In the Sunshine State, Florida Power & Light Co (FLP) reports construction of four solar projects totaling almost 300 MW of solar power plants is underway. The four projects, each of 74.5 MW, include FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center in St. Lucie County, FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center in Miami-Dade County, FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center in Volusia County, and FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center in Columbia County. All of the projects are expected to come online early in 2019.

    presently FPL has over 935 MW of operational solar capacity, including 14 solar parks and several small solar systems. The company aims to have roughly 10 million PV panels in operation by 2022 (Source: Florida Power & Light, Renewables, 1 August., 2018) Contact: FP&L, www.fpl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light,  Solar,  


    DRAX Biopower Turbines Slated for £40Mn Upgrade (Int'l)
    DRAX,Siemens
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In the UK, DRAX Power is reporting Siemens will upgrade turbines on three biomass units at the DRAX generation facility in North Yorkshire, at a cost of £40 million. Work on the 3 year contract is slated to get underway in 2019.

    Drax, which upgraded three of its coal burning units to biomass with a fourth currently being converted, plans to repower the plant's two remaining coal units to natural gas and to develop up to 200MW of battery energy storage. (Source: DRAX Power, Siemens, RE, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Drax Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX Bio,  Biomass,  Siemens,  


    Fruitland Energy Efficiency Earns $206,000 (Ind. Report)
    Idaho Power
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In Idaho, the City of Fruitland reports it has cut its energy expenses with energy efficiency upgrades and new equipment at the city wastewater treatment plant. The energy efficiency effort also earned the city an Idaho Power energy efficiency incentive check for $206,836, according to an Idaho Power release.

    The upgraded and newly designed wastewater facility was built with energy efficiency in mind. Most notably, the plant's aerators were installed with energy-saving variable frequency drives (VFD) and dissolved-oxygen controls, sludge blowers and multiple process pumps with VFDs to optimize the plant. The upgrades save the City of Fruitland more than 1.5 million annual kWh -- sufficient energy for approximately 132 average homes for a year. (Source: Idaho Power, City of Fruitland, Argus Observer, 26 July, 2018) Contact: Idaho Power, www.idahopower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Idaho Power ,  


    Advanced Biofuels Canada Membership on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Advanced Biofuels Canada
    Date: 2018-08-01
    Vancouver-headquartered Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) is reporting a significant expansion of its membership with the recent addition of: Canada Clean Fuels, Canfor Pulp, EcoEngineers and Honeywell UOP, an international leader in process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.

    In May 2017, Ensyn Corporation, Iogen, LanzaTech, OPIS, Steeper Energy, and Targray joined ABFC. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, (604) 494-0040, info@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada ,  

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