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Rotterdam Waste-to-Methanol Plant Agreement Confirmed (Int'l)
Enerkem,AkzoNobel,Air Liquide
Date: 2018-02-19
Montreal, Quebec-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 mtpy of waste materials. The new plant should also generate CO2 emission savings of around 300,000 mtpy.

An Initial €9 million ($11 million) investment is expected to cover the set-up of a joint venture, engineering and the completion of permitting processes. 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, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com

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


Honeywell's Aviation Biofuel Powers 13,000km Flight (Ind. Report)
Honeywell UOP.
Date: 2018-02-19
Global technology company, Honeywell tests first trans-Pacific flight using a new biofuel made from Carinata seeds, a non-edible mustard seed. The company says that the 15-hour 13,000km journey marked the debut of Honeywell UOP Green Jet fuel.

According to Honeywell, the new fuel can replace as much as half of the petroleum jet fuel used in flight, without changing the aircraft technology and still meet emission standards established by the ASTM, resulting in a potential 65 to 85 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard petroleum jet fuel. The Carinata oil engineered by Quebec-based Agrisoma is intended for industrial use in the production of bio and jet fuels. When pressed, this seeds yield half their weight in oils that is then refined into jet fuel by AltAir, at the world's first commercial-scale renewable jet fuel plant in Paramount, California. (Source: Honeywell, AutoCar news, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, Pres.,CEO, www.uop.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920, bryan@altairfuels.com, www.altairfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carinata,  Honeywell UOP,  Aviation Biofuel,  Agrisoma,  AltAir,  


API Opposes Small Refinery RFS Exemptions (Ind. Report)
American Petroleum Institute
Date: 2018-02-19
In a letter to the US EPA, the American Petroleum Institute (API) -- an oil industry lobby group -- has come out against a campaign by small refineries to avoid their obligations under the US Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) biofuel blending requirements. The EPA is empowered to issue the requested exemptions based on "severe economic harm" as claimed by the governors of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Texas. The governors have been pressing the EPA for a nationwide waiver to the biofuel mandate.

"The ongoing issues with the RFS program are structural in nature, apply to all regulated parties, and need to be addressed on a nationwide basis, according to the API. API recommends that EPA deny the state waivers and should not approve any small refinery exemptions. "The RFS needs comprehensive reform," API says. (Source: API, Platts, SPGlobal, Various Media, Contact: API, Frank Macchiarola, Dir., (202) 682-8114, www.api.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Petroleum Institute,  EPA,  RFS,  Biofuel Blend ,  


US Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Break Extended (Reg & Leg)
Ryan
Date: 2018-02-16
In Dallas, business tax specialist Ryan is reporting the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which Congress passed on February 9, 2018, contained a number of tax extenders, including a one-year retroactive extension of the Energy Efficient Commercial Building deduction. The retroactive extension makes all 2017 qualifying transactions now eligible for this previously expired deduction.

Commercial buildings that were constructed or renovated to include energy-efficient equipment -- lighting or HVAC systems -- are now eligible for an accelerated tax deduction up to $1.80 per square foot under the extended Energy Policy Act of 2005. This deduction may also be available to the primary designers of government buildings subject to certain conditions. (Source: Ryan, PR, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ryan, Allea Newbold , Principal, (813) 228-7100, allea.newbold@ryan.com, http://www.ryan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies -- IPEEC Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation
Date: 2018-02-16
The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has released its 2017 Annual Report, detailing the achievements of its six country-led task groups and nine work streams under the IPEEC Leading Programme. The report highlights progress made by IPEEC members and task groups in the design, acceleration and implementation of cross-sector energy efficiency policies and programs on an international scale.

The Buildings Energy Efficiency Task Group published its 6th report on key regulatory policies used to improve existing buildings. The Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group (EEFTG) developed a toolkit providing voluntary options for policy makers, private financial institutions and development banks to scale up investments in energy efficiency.

Download the Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies report HERE. (Source: IPEEC, IISD, Feb., 2017) Contact: IPEEC, www.ipeec.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation,  Energy Efficiency,  


MidAmerican Energy Completes Iowa Wind Farms Totaling 338 MW (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-02-16
In the Hawkeye State, MidAmerican Energy is reporting completion of the the 170 MW Beaver Creek wind farm in Boone and Greene counties and the 168 MW Prairie wind farm in Mahaska County and that both projects had begun generating electricity. Together, the two Iowa farms generate sufficient energy for more than 140,000 Iowa homes.

Both projects are part of the Wind XI commitment that the company announced back in April of 2016, which would see MidAmerican Energy invest $3.6 billion to construct 2 GW worth of new wind power in Iowa. (Source: MidAmerican, CleanTechnica, Others, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Wind,  


EU Adds 16 GW Wind Energy Capacity in 2017 (Int'l Report)
WindEurope
Date: 2018-02-16
WindEurope is reporting that 15.7 GW of new wind energy capacity were added in the European Union in 2017 -- onshore capacity increased by 12.5 GW and offshore grew by 3.1 GW, and new wind farm installations were 20 pct higher than in 2016. In terms of new investments in future wind farms, projects totaling 11.5 GW reached final investment decision. The value of these investments was €22.3 billion ($27.53 billion), 19 pct down on 2016 due to cost reductions in the wind industry's supply chain and increased competition.

Access WindEurope's Wind in Power 2017 Report HERE. (Source: WindEurope, CNBC, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: WindEurope, +32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Wind,  


AEP Plans 80 pct Slash in CO2 Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
American Electric Power
Date: 2018-02-16
Columbus, Ohio-headquartered utility giant American Electric Power (AEP) has announced it will pursue a strategy to reduce its CO2 emissions by 60 pct from 2000 levels by 2030, and 80 pct from 2000 levels by 2050. To meet its goal, AEP plans to increase its investments in renewable generation and advanced technologies and increase its use of natural gas for power generation. It will also invest heavily in transmission and distribution systems to enhance efficiency as well as in expanded demand response and energy efficiency programs.

According to Nicholas K. Akins, AEP Chairman, President and CEO, "The strategy doesn't mean AEP will become a purely clean energy company. We believe in an 'all of the above' strategy, which includes investments in energy efficiency, renewables, natural gas, nuclear, hydro-electric and pumped storage and coal." AEP notes it has "factored future carbon regulations into the company's evaluation of generation resource options for many years and will continue to do so."

Since 2000, AEP has slashed CO2 emissions by 44 pct. Only 47 pct of AEP's generation fleet is coal-fired, compared to 70 pct in 2005 while renewable capacity is up from 4 pct in 2005 to 13 pct today. (Source: AEP, Feb., 2016)Contact: AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  Carbon Emissions,  


EC Commits €98.2Mn to Mobilize Low-Carbon Economy (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2018-02-16
Meeting in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports it will invest €98.2 million to support Europe's transition to a low-carbon, circular economy under the new LIFE funding programme for the Environment and Climate Action.

The investment, which covers 10 projects in Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Spain and Sweden, will mobilize investments leading to an additional €2 billion, as Member States can make use of other EU funding sources.

The 10 projects have a total budget of €182.2 million, of which €29.4 million is earmarked for 2 projects specific to climate change adaptation. (Source: European Commission, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy https://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Low-Carbon Economy,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


Conn. Legislators Rethink Energy Efficiency Fund Cuts (Reg & Leg)
Conn.
Date: 2018-02-16
In Hartford, Connecticut legislators are apparently having second thoughts about their recent widely supported last-minute decision to reallocate $175 million from the state's energy audits, weatherization and energy efficiency programs to shore-up the state's depleted general fund.

Upon reflection, those same legislators under public and industry pressure are now decrying the move as a "hidden tax" on utility customers who are still paying surcharges on their utility bills to unknowingly fund the depleted programs. The legislators are now seeking to reverse their action and restore the now grossly underfunded energy efficiency programs. (Source: Connecticut NPR, Hartford Courant, Others, 13 Feb., 2018)

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


JFK Terminal T4 Lands LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-02-16
In the Big Apple, Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. The LEED gold certification recognizes T4 as one of the top performers in the world in energy management, water efficiency, air quality, waste management and green cleaning.

Through operations and maintenance improvements, the terminal has seen a 30 pct increase in performance compared to other airport terminals and uses 34 pct less water than comparable buildings.

Since opening in 2001, T4 has grown from serving 6 million passengers per year to more than 21 million travelers. (Source: USGBC, Energy Manager, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Can DOE ARPA-E Survive The Donald's Budget Cuts? (Ind. Report)
ARPA-E
Date: 2018-02-16
An addendum to President Trump's proposed budget submitted a $1.5 billion increase to the DOE budget -- $1.2 billion of which is earmarked for research into the country's "energy future." Unfortunately, only $120 million of that "energy future" funding is earmarked for research into sustainable transportation, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies while the absurdity of clean coal will receive $200 million in funding.

While the administration's 2018 proposal ensures the DOE's overall budget remains unchanged, it would cut the $305 million required to keep the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) afloat.

Since its founding in 2009, ARPA-E has provided funding for projects that develop solar cells, wind turbines, biofuels, energy storage, carbon capture and other crucial technologies and projects. (Source: Various Media, Futurism, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ARPA-E,  Trump Budget,  Renewable Energy,  


Ogdensburg Considering Energy Efficient Street lighting (Ind. Report)
SmartWatt,NORESCO
Date: 2018-02-16
In the Empire State, the city of Ogdensbug reports it is inking a $25,000 agreement with Phoenix-headquartered energy infrastructure solutions provider NORESCO LLC to conduct a study to determine the cost and a strategy for replacing nearly 1,000 standard street lamps with high efficiency LED lights. The project would also involve "buying out" National Grid and taking over maintenance of the street lighting system.

The overall project is expected to cost the city approximately $1.2 million financed with the savings from the switch to LEDs.

The city is also working with Saratoga-based energy optimization specialist SmartWatt to identify and upgrade inefficiencies municipal buildings. (Source: City of Ogdensburg, Watertown Daily Times, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: City of Ogdensburg, Scott A. Thornhill, Public Works Director, (315) 393-3540, www.ogdensburg.org; Noresco, Michael Beccaria, Snr. VP, (480) 308-0331, www.noresco.com; SmartWatt, (518)406-5079, www.smartwatt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NORESCO,  SmartWatt,  LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


Cen$ible Energy Offers New Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Yampa Valley Electric Association
Date: 2018-02-16
In Steamboat Springs,Colorado, the community-funded Cen$ible Energy program is offering residential energy assessments and rebates for LED lights, programmable thermostats, air sealing after an energy audit, Energy Star-rated appliances and a new $75 rebate for hard-wired heat tape timers.

A home energy audit is free for Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) customers and Atmos Energy natural gas customers. Homeowners with only one of those utilities pay half price, or $150, for an audit. A small business energy assessment ia also available at a $500 fee for businesses of up to 10,000 square feet within the YVEA territory. Businesses above that size would pay additional charges.

Atmos Energy customers can receive up to $100 in on-site quick fixes installed by the energy auditor, such as a hot water heater wrap or programmable thermostas. Cen$ible Energy is funded by YVEA, the city of Steamboat Springs and Alpine Bank. (Source: Yampa Valley Electric Association, Craig Press, Feb., 2018) Contact: Cen$ible Energy, www.cen$ibleenergy.org; Energy Smart Colorado, www. energysmartcolorado.com; Yampa Valley Electric Association, www.yvea.com; Atmos Energy, www.atmosenergy.com

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


Ontario's 4th Green Bond Sale Raises $1bn (Cdn) (Ind. Report)
Province of Ontario
Date: 2018-02-16
Reporting from Queens Park, the Canadian province of Ontario notes it $1 billion (Cdn)($801 million US) in its fourth green bond sale. To date, the province's 4 green bonds have raised a total of $3.05 billion (Cdn).

Green bond proceed are use to support initiatives and projects that will cut the province's carbon footprint and fight climate change. (Source: Province of Ontario, Various Media, Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Carbon Emissions,  


Equis Energy Confirms 127-MW Aussie Solar Farm Funding (Int'l)
Equis Energy
Date: 2018-02-16
Singapore-based Equis Energy reports it has closed on funding for its $200-million, 127-MW Tailem Bend solar project in South Australia. The project, which is slated to get underway this month, will eventually include a battery storage facility of up to 100 MWh.

Upon completion early in 2019, the installation will generate sufficient power for 41,600 homes per year, saving more than 102,000 tpy of carbon dioxide, according to Equis Energy.

Equis Energy owns 11,135 MW of renewable energy assets in Australia, Japan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. (Source: Equis Energy, Renewables Now, Others, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: Equis Energy, David Russell, CEO, +65 6220 0040, www.equisfg.com

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


NUI Galway Launches SEAFUEL Renewable Fuel Project (Int'l)
NUI Galway
Date: 2018-02-16
The National University of Ireland-Galway (NUI Galway) reports the launch of its SEAFUEl project to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen as a transportation fuel. The €3.5 million, 3-yuear project will be piloted in the Canary Islands, Madeira in Portugal and the Aran Islands.

SEAFUEL will focus on paving the way for common renewable energy policies to promote clean and sustainable transport systems especially in isolated areas such as islands which face the challenge of the high cost of electricity and fuel and their dependency on mainland infrastructures. (Source: NUI Galway, Galway Bay FM News, 15 Feb., 2018 Contact: NUI Galway, +353 91 524 411, www.nuigalway.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News NUI Galway,  Alternative Fuel,  


CCSL Awarded £900,000 for Carbon Capture R&D (R&D, Int'l)
Carbon Clean Solutions
Date: 2018-02-16
A consortium led by Reading, UK-based carbon capture tech specialist Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) reports it has been awarded £900,000 in grant funding from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The grant will be applied to further research into lowering the cost of carbon capture technology. The ultimate aim is to develop a solution that is affordable on a large scale.

The grant funding will enable CCSL to build a large-scale carbon capture testing facility at the University of Sheffield, which will be the world's first integrated plant of its kind.

CCSL launched the world's first fully commercial carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) plant in India in 2016. The privately financed project captures CO2 at $30 per tonne. With this latest grant, it is hoped that the technology can be further refined to capture CO2 at $20 per tonne. (Source: Carbon Clean Solutions, Oil & Gas Tech., 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: Carbon Clean Solutions, +44 (0) 203865 06 39, (872) 206-0197 - Chicago Office, info@carboncleansolutions,com, www.carboncleansolutions.com; UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Clean Solutions,  


FutureMetrics, Prodesa Partner on Pellet Mill Projects (Ind. Report)
FutureMetrics, Prodesa
Date: 2018-02-16
Zaragosa, Spain-based pellet plant designer and builder Prodesa, and Bethel, Maine-based wood pellet consultancy FutureMetrics have inked a partnership agreement that will see FutureMetrics operations expert, John Swaan, will lead a team that trains the operators of new Prodesa pellet plants throughout the startup and commissioning phases of the project.

Prodesa has designed and constructed pellet mills in Europe, the U.S., and Asia. (Source: FutureMetrics, , Canadian Biomass, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: FutureMetrics, John Swan, (207) 824-6702, (207) 357-8708, WilliamStrauss@FutureMetrics.com, www.FutureMetrics.com; Prodesa North America (770) 559-5736, prodesa.na@prodesa.net, Prodesa.net

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


Eco-Energy Opens NC Ethanol Unit Distribution Facility (Ind. Report)
Eco-Energy
Date: 2018-02-16
Following up on our November 6, 2015 report, biofuel supply chain company, Eco-Energy Distribution Services, reports operations are underway at an ethanol unit train distribution facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The facility, which connects to Kinder Morgan Southeast Terminals LLC's Charlotte 3 Terminal, is is equipped to receive 96 tank cars via the CSX railway, has ethanol distribution capability via pipeline connection and/or tank truck delivery to all area gasoline blending locations. This new facility in is Eco-Energy's ninth ethanol distribution terminal to open since 2012. (Source: Eco-Energy, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Eco-Energy Distribution Services, Joshua Bailey, CEO, Chad Conn, VP, (615) 786-0401, www.eco-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol.,  Eco-Energy,  


E.ON's Texas Stella Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
E.ON
Date: 2018-02-16
E.ON reports its 201-MW Stella Windfarm in Kenedy County, Texas, is underway and slated to be operation by the end of the year. The facility, the company's 23rd wind farm in North America, incorporate 67, 3.0-MW Nrdex wind turbine turbines that will generate sufficient power for 60,000 households. (Source: E.ON, Commercial Property Exec., 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: E.ON North America, Silvia Ortin, CEO, www.eon.com/en/about-us/business-units/eon-climate-and-renewables-gmbh.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  Wind,  


OECD Urges Increased Carbon Tax to Fight Climate Change (Int'l)
OECD
Date: 2018-02-16
In its new Taxing Energy Use 2018 report, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) calls for governments to start taxing CO2 emissions more aggressively, and warns that current taxation levels are not enough to fight climate change effectively.

The OECD study concluded that there was little change in energy taxation levels between 2012 and 2015, and that only 0.3 pct of emissions are taxed at a level that is equitable to the cost to the environment. The report also notes that coal taxes are few and far between, even though coal accounts for nearly 50 pct of carbon emissions in the 42 countries studied in the report. In only five countries does coal taxation exceed €5 per ton of CO2.

Carbon pricing is emerging as one of the main tools used by governments to limit emissions. China started to roll out its own carbon market this year and it will be the world's biggest by the time it is fully operational An update to the EU's own Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) was given the seal of approval by the European Parliament last week and the price of carbon has continued to climb ever since a draft deal was agreed in November. (Source: OECD, EURACTIV, 15 Feb., 2018) (Contact: OCED, www.oecd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News OECD,  Carbon Tax,  


Orsted, Oxford Ink Offshore Wind Foundation R&D Agreement (Int'l)
Orsted, University of Oxford
Date: 2018-02-16
Danish renewable energy giant Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- reports it and the UK's Oxford University have sealed a five-year research agreement to optimize the design of foundation structures used for offshore wind turbines. Orsted is also working with Durham University, also in the UK, on other offshore wind research pand envelopment projects.

The research agreement between Orsted and Oxford will focus on cyclic loading -- the repeated loading that occurs from the action of both wind and waves on the structure and operation of the turbine. (Source: Orsted, CNBC, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Orsted Wind Power, Christina Aabo, Dir. R&D, +45 99 55 11 11, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


Diacarbon Energy Selling Shuttered Merritt, BC Pellet Mill (M&A)
Diacarbon Energy
Date: 2018-02-16
In Burnaby, British Columbia, biocoal, biochar and wood pellet maker Diacarbon Energy Inc. reports it will not be restarting its fire damaged torrefied wood pellet plant in Merritt.

The shuttered plant, which was damaged by fire in fall 2016, is up for sale and the plant's technology development program is being moved to Vancouver or the USA. Diacarbon acquired the pellet plant in 2014.(Source: Diacarbon Energy, Canadian Biomass, 14 Feb., 2018)Contact: Diacarbon Energy Inc. (604) 291-0001, info@diacarbon.com, www.diacarbon.com

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


energy33 Develops Argentinean Sugarcane Bagasse Power Project (Int'l)
energy33
Date: 2018-02-16
Miami-headquartered energy33 reports it will develop a 19 MW biomass power project in Argentina for Genneia, the largest renewable energy generation company in Argentina. The energy will be sold to CAMMESA, the off-taker and system operator in Argentina, under the terms of a 20-year PPA.

Genneia will invest $49 million to build the 19 MW biomass power plant. Argentinean sugarcane ethanol producer Ingenio La Florida will supply the sugarcane bagasse biomass fuel and lease the land to Genneia. The project is expected to be operational in 2020.

energy33 specializes in the development of energy projects in Latin America using co-generation, biomass, associated gas and other forms of clean power generation and offers consulting services in the energy sector with its world class technical expertise. (Source: energy33, PR, Digital Journal, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: energy33, to Jose Benitez, Exec. VP, (954) 397-4084, www.energy33.com; Ingenio La Florida, http://balcanes.com.ar/ingenio-y-destileria-la-florida

More Low-Carbon Energy News energy33,  Biomass,  Ethanol,  


USAF Demonstrating Hydrogen Alternate Fuel (Ind. Report)
US Air Force
Date: 2018-02-16
In the Aloha State, the US Air Force is demonstrating the use of hydrogen as an alternate fuel source at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

The project, which is part of a cooperative agreement between the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT), supports the Air Force's goal of increasing its renewable energy usage and aligns with the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), launched originally in 2008. HCEI seeks to achieve the nation's first 100 pct renewable portfolio standards by 2045 and to reduce petroleum use in Hawaii's transportation sector. (Source: US Air Force, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies Stan Osserman, Dir., www.htdc.org; Air Force Research Laboratory, https://teamafrl.afciviliancareers.com; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrh/installations/jb_pearl_harbor_hickam.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  


Siemens Tech Selected for Georgia Biomass Power Plants (Ind. Report)
MasTec Power,Siemens,Georgia Renewable Power
Date: 2018-02-16
MasTec Power Corp., as the EPC contractor for Georgia Renewable Power LLC, is reporting the selection of Siemens as the technology partner for two new biomass power plants, Georgia Renewable- Franklin LLC in Carnesville, Georgia, and Georgia Renewable - Madison LLC in Colbert, Georgia. Both plants will incorporate Siemens' SST-600 steam turbines, SGen-100A air-cooled generators and three-phase step-up transformer technologies. Siemens will also deliver a SPPA-T3000 Control System to maximize overall plant performance through data analytics and improve safety, efficiency and reliability.

Slated for operation in summer 2019, the Georgia Renewable Power projects will supply sufficient power to approximately 120,000 homes. (Source: Siemens, PR, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: MasTec Power Corp., Ben Gilbert, VP Bus. Dev., (305) 795-2469, www.mastec.com; Georgia Renewable Power, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  MasTec Power,  Georgia Renewable Power,  Siemens,  


Here’s What Trump’s New Budget Means for Renewable Energy

Date: 2018-02-15
As expected, the Trump administration's new budget slashes programs funding renewable energy research, allocating far more money to clean coal development. Cutting Costs The Trump administration’s latest budget proposal released on February 12, 2018 could have major consequences for the future of renewable energy in the U.S. If Congress approves the budget, it would cut the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s funding by more than half, and completely elimination of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. ARPA-E is a program that issues grants to energy startups from across the country. The program was nearly discontinued in 2017, but Congress awarded it an additional $15 million that ensured its survival for another year


JA Solar Ships Mono PERC Modules for Israeli Solar Project (Int'l)
JA Solar, BELECTRIC
Date: 2018-02-14
Chinese solar giant JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports the shipment of the shipment of Mono PERC modules to the 250MW Ashalim solar project in the Israeli Negev Desert.

The project is being developed by Electricite De France S.A. (EDF) and Israeli renewable energy company, Clal Sun Ltd. BELECTRIC, which is one of the world's largest installers of solar power plants and providers of EPC and O&M services, is building the project. Upon completion, the power station will be the largest of its kind in Israel and the 5th largest in the world. (Source: JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd., PR, 11 Feb., 2018) Contact: JA Solar, www.jasolar.com; Clal Sun Ltd., www.sunisrael.co.il; Electricite De France, www.edf.fr; BELECTRIC, www.belectric.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar ,  Solar,  EDF,  BELECTRIC,  


Old Dominion Co-ops Await Solar Program Approvals (Reg & Leg)
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Date: 2018-02-14
In Virginia, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative and two other Old Dominion Electric Cooperative members are reportedly seeking formal approval for a 3-year Community Solar Pilot Project to which the member cooperatives could subscribe.

Currently, a portion of all power supplied to them comes from solar. The new program will allow members to receive a dedicated, predetermined amount of solar power each month at a locked in price.

The pilot programs must be approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The cooperatives expect to receive approval of their Community Solar pilot programs later this spring, and to begin offering solar subscriptions this summer. (Source: Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, PR, Fredericksburg.com, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, (804) 747-0592, feedback@odec.com, www.odec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Old Dominion Electric Cooperative ,  


KHNP Inks South Korean Floating Solar MoU (Int'l Report)
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power
Date: 2018-02-14
In Seoul, South Korean-state-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding with Hwaseong Solar Energy to develop 100 MW floating solar power plant in Hwaseong, 70 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

The 220 billion won (US$202 million) project is part of KHNP's plan to invest 10 trillion won by 2030 to expand renewable energy sources, including solar and wind power. The government plans to increase the ratio of renewable energy from the current 7 pct to 20 pct by 2030, and increase renewable energy capacity of 63.8 GW. (Source: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power , Yonhap, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, www.khnp.co.kr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Floating Solar,  Korea Solar,  


Colorado's Hunter Solar Farm Wins Permit Approval (Reg & Leg)
Cypress Creek Renewables
Date: 2018-02-14
The Denver Post is reporting Colorado's Arapahoe County commissioners have approved a permit for the 333,000-panel, 75-MW Hunter Solar project south of Bennett. When fully operational, the $136 million Hunter Solar facility would be the state's second-largest solar farm after the 120-mw Comanche solar site near Pueblo. The Hunter project is being developed by California-based Cypress Creek Renewables. (Source: Cyprus Creek, Denver Post, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Cypress Creek Renewables, Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299, info@ccrenew.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com

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US 2017 Ethanol Exports Top 1.37 Billion Gallons (Ind. Report)
Ethanol,USDA
Date: 2018-02-14
According to USDA data, the United States exported a record 1.37 billion gallons of ethanol to more than 60 countries in 2017, up 17 pct from 2016. Brazil was the prime market for U.S. ethanol exports, receiving 446 million gallons, followed by Canada at 328 million gallons while India took 173 million gallons followed by the Philippines and South Korea, in that order.

Export volumes to nine of the top 10 destinations saw increases over 2016 volumes, with Brazil, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates showing the largest gains. China finished just out of the top 10 in 2017, as exports fell nearly 90 pct due to the implementation of new tariffs. (Source: USDA, DTN, 13 Feb., 2018)Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov

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Corn Consumption for Ethanol up in December, 2017 -- USDA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2018-02-14
The USDA has released the February edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, announcing corn use for fuel alcohol production reached 487 million bushels in December, up 2 pct from November and up 3 pct when compared to December 2016. Corn consumed in December for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 90.2 pct and 9.8 pct, respectively.

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses reached 538 million bushels in December, up 2 pct from November and 2 pct from December 2016.

Access the full report HERE. (Source: USDA, Feb., 2018) Contact: USDA,www.usda.gov

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Vermont Co-op Ups Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Washington Electric Co-op
Date: 2018-02-14
In Vermont, East Montpelier-based Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) reports its Button Up program is increasing cash incentives for moderate- and low-income WEC members investing in energy-efficient weatherization, heating and EV and Hybrid Electric vehicle purchases.

The Button Up program grew out of Vermont's Renewable Energy Standard requiring electric utilities to support customers move off of fossil fuels to reach the state's goal of using 90 pct renewable energy in all areas by 2050. The cash incentive funds are from the Vermont Low-Income Trust for Energy (VLITE).

The Button Up program will grant $2,000 toward home weatherization, up to $1,000 toward cold climate heat pumps, $850 for heat pump water heaters, $1,450 for solar hot water heaters, and $3,000 for pellet boilers.

Washington Electric Co-op is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility founded in 1939. WEC delivers 100 pct renewable energy generated electric power to approximately 10,800 member-owners in 41 Vermont communities. (Source: Washington Electric Cooperative, PR 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Washington Electric Coop, Patty Richards, GM, (802) 223-5245, www.washingtonelectric.coop

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Trump's Draft Budget Rips Renewable Energy Funding (Reg & Leg)
DOE EERE,ENERGY Star
Date: 2018-02-14
"President Trump's draft budget released today proposes to slash funding for the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program by $1.3 billion, a 65 pct cut from the 2017 budget. Trump's budget serves as a starting point for congressional negotiations as well as a blueprint for the administration's priorities.

"Trump's steep cuts are a really ugly assault on clean energy. This is a counterproductive move that will threaten our climate, good jobs and economic progress, said Greer Ryan, renewable energy and research specialist at the Center for Biological Diversity. 'While the proposal is unlikely to make it through Congress, it's another clear signal that Trump will do anything to prop up dirty coal and nuclear power.'

"The EERE program, which includes programs to increase the generation of electricity from clean energy sources and improve the efficiency of homes, businesses and industries, has been widely successful. A third-party analysis found that $12 billion in funding yielded an estimated $230 billion in net economic benefit to the U.S.

"The administration also proposed to eliminate funding for the popular Energy Star program as part of cuts to the EPA. The budget proposes that the program's administrative costs be covered by user fees, which companies would have to pay to use the label."

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Greer Ryan, (812) 345-8571, gryan@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org

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DoI Replacing Obama-Era Methane Emissions Rule (Reg & Leg)
US Interior Department
Date: 2018-02-14
In Washington, the US Interior Department (DoI) reports it is replacing a 2016 Obama administration regulation with requirements similar to those in force prior to the Obama administration changed the regulation restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.

The DoI previously announced it was delaying the Obama-era rule until January 2019, arguing that it was overly burdensome to industry and the delay would allow federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) time to review the earlier rule while avoiding tens of millions of dollars in compliance costs to industry. Methane, although shorter-lived than CO2, is far more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. (Source: US Department of Interior, VOA, Others, AP, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: US Department of Interior, www.doi.gov; BLM, www.blm.gov

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Houston Advanced Research Center Wins LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Houston Advanced Research Center
Date: 2018-02-14
In the Lone Star State, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) reports it has been awarded LEED platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), pushing the center a step closer to becoming a Net Zero Energy Building.

The key sustainable elements that contributed to the LEED platinum rating include:

  • Water stewardship -- Rainfall runoff from the roof and parking lot of HARC is directed toward vegetated bioswales. The bioswales feature native and water smart plants and run adjacent to the preserved forest habitats. Natural and restored habitats facilitate landscape regeneration. Low-flow water fixtures in the building are calibrated to reduce potable water use.

  • Energy efficiency -- The facility features geothermal heat exchange, a high-performance building envelope and rain screen, appropriately sized mechanical and air distribution systems, and daylighting and rooftop solar photovoltaics.

  • Materials reduction -- Building design seeks to lessen the carbon footprint of the structural systems, as well as minimize layers of finished materials where possible; exposed structure and polished concrete floors are examples of strategies employed. Thirty-one pct of building materials were locally sourced and building finishes were low in volatile organic compound (VOC) content, and 88 pct of waste generated during construction was recycled.

    HARC is a nonprofit research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air and water issues. (Source: HARC, USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding,Daily Telescope, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Houston Advanced Research Center, Lisa Gonzalez, Pres., CEO, (281) 364-6000, www.harcresearch.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • Acuity Brands Snares Lucid Design Group (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Acuity Technology,Lucid
    Date: 2018-02-14
    Oakland, California-headquartered building performance analytics specialist Lucid Design Group reports it has been acquired by Woodbridge, Ontario-headquartered intelligent lighting, building automation systems and IoT solutions provider Acuity Brands, Inc.

    The acquisition will enable Lucid to accelerate the continued development of the BuildingOS platform to integrate all facets of building data and expand the applications built on the platform. Lucid will leverage Acuity Brands' extensive investments in building sensor networks, integration, and controls to extend the capabilities of the platform.

    Lucid's BuildingOS enables owners, operators, and occupants to find powerful insights in their building data to make buildings more efficient. Lucid's SaaS-based BuildingOS platform is deployed in over 500 organizations, 15,000 buildings and 1.5 billion square feet of commercial buildings to improve energy efficiency, reduce costs and help manage capital decisions. (Source: Lucid Design Group, PR, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Lucid Design Group, Will Coleman, CEO, (510) 356-2551, https://lucidconnects.com ; Acuity Technology Group, Laurent J. Vernerey, Pres., (905) 482-2720, acuitytech.ca

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    Three Offshore Wind Projects Slated for Taiwan (Int'l Report)
    Swancor Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-02-14
    Swancor Renewable Energy and Australia-based partner Macquarie Capital have signed with Germany-based energy developer Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG (EnBW) to jointly develop three offshore wind farms totaling 2,000 MW west of Changhua County, central Taiwan.

    Swancor and Macquarie are the principal shareholders of Formosa III, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for developing the three offshore wind farms, while EnBW will hold 37.5 pct. EnBW's investment requires approval from the EU and Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs.

    EnBW has previously completed 336MW of offshore wind projects and is developing others totaling 610MW with plans for another 900MW. (Source: Swancor Renewable Energy, Digitimes, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Macquarie, www.macquarie.com; Swancor Renewable Energy, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/swancor-renewable-energy-co-ltd; EnBW, Dirk Gusewell, Power Bus. Dir., www.enbw.com

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    New European Wind Energy Record Set -- Report Attached (Int'l)
    WindEurope
    Date: 2018-02-14
    According to the attached Wind in Power 2017 annual onshore and offshore wind statistics compiled by industry body, WindEurope, the Continent added 15.7 GW of new wind energy capacity in 2017, beating the previous 2015 record of 12.8GW. In total, wind provided 55 pct of all power capacity installations in 2017, according to the report.

    Access the Wind in Power 2017 report HERE. (Source: WindEurope, Innovators, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, +32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

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    Notable Quote
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2018-02-14
    "The bottom line is this: There is no reason for the ethanol industry or its champions in Washington to accept demand destruction as a necessary or legal path to the future to accommodate the failed business plans of a few independent refiners. The facts are on our side. The success of the RFS is on our side. And the president is on our side." -- Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen, 13 Feb., 2018 Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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    WestCAT Transitions Fleet to Neste Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-02-14
    In the Golden State, Neste is reporting the Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (WestCAT) has switched their entire fleet of 45 heavy duty buses from operating on petroleum diesel to using only Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ a low-carbon drop-in fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials.

    According to Neste, the renewable diesel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct and significantly reduces engine-out emissions, all while enhancing fleet performance.

    WestCAT, which operates a network of 14 fixed routes carrying more than 1.3 million passengers annually in the San Francisco Bay area, reports dramatically cleaner operation of their bus engines and reduced maintenance for the emissions equipment and internal engine components since the switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel™.

    Helsinki-headquartered Neste is the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues. (Source: Neste US Inc., 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, US VP Sales, (713) 407-4400, www.neste.com, www.nestemy.com; Western Contra Costa Transit Authority, Charles Anderson, GM, www.westcat.org

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    Renewable Dairy Fuels Indiana Biogas Facility Underway (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Dairy Fuels
    Date: 2018-02-14
    Following up on our October 6, 2017 coverage, Chicago-headquartered CNG and RNG producer and marketer AMP Americas' unit Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF) reports construction is underway on the "U.S.' biggest on-farm anaerobic-digester-to-vehicle-fuel operation" in Fair Oaks, Indiana. The project, which is slated for completion and startup this summer, is RDF's second biogas facility producing renewable natural gas (RNG) from dairy waste for transportation fuel.

    The project's three digesters will convert 950 tpd of dairy cattle waste into 100 pct RNG that will be injected into the NIPSCO pipeline. Each of the digesters is a Mixed Plug Flow digester designed and built by DVO Inc.

    Amp Americas received the first dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel pathway certified by California's Air Resources Board (CARB) and was also awarded a Carbon Intensity score of 254.94 gCO2e/MJ, the lowest ever issued by CARB, according to Amp Americas. (Source: AMP Americas, Renewable Dairy Fuels, NGT, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: AMP Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, (312) 300-6700, www.ampcng.com; Renewable Dairy Fuels, (219) 712-3511; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Connecticut Seeking Anaerobic Digestion Proposals (Ind. Report)
    Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
    Date: 2018-02-14
    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for certain Connecticut Class I renewable energy sources, including anaerobic digestion.

    Eligible anaerobic digestion projects must have a nameplate capacity of greater than 1 MW but less than 5 FW and may include paired and colocated energy storage. According to the RFP, Class I qualified clean energy resources smaller than 1 MW may not be aggregated.

    Anaerobic digestion facilities must be designed to accept a minimum of 400,000 tpy of food and/or farm waste generated in Connecticut, which is to be processed separately from any biosolids or organic materials separated from mixed municipal solid waste (MSW). Food and farm waste may include source-separated food waste, fats, oils and grease (FOG), yard waste and animal manure.

    A full copy of the RFP can be downloaded HERE. A bidder conference is scheduled for Feb. 20. Proposals must be submitted by April 2, with the selection of bidders scheduled for June. (Source: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Feb., 2018) Contact: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, (860) 424-3001, www.ct.gov/deep

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    BP Seeking $500Mn in Low-Carbon investments (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2018-02-14
    Oil and gas giant British Petroleum (BP) reports it plans to invest $500 million (£358.5 million) in low carbon businesses each year as it looks to further embrace the transition to a low carbon economy and low-carbon energy. To that end, the company is seeking acquisitions in low carbon power and storage to complement its existing alternative energy division. Areas of interest include: advanced mobility; bio and low carbon products; carbon management; power and storage, and digital. (Source: BP, Clean Energy, Others, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

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    Invenergy Refinancing 110.4-MW Michigan Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2018-02-14
    Chicago-headquartered renewable energy developer Invenergy Wind LLC reports it has secured debt from existing and new lenders -- Natixis, Norddeutsche Landesbank, Zions Bancorporation, and Siemens Financial Services -- to refinance the 110.4-MW Gratiot County wind farm in Michigan.

    The Gratiot County wind farm near the village of Breckenridge, is powered by 69 General Electric turbines of 1.6 MW each. The facility has been onlione since 2012, selling its output to utility DTE Energy under a 20-year PPA through 2032. (Source: Invenergy Wind LLC, Renewables Now, Others, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Invenergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400, https://invenergyllc.com/what-we-do/wind

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    Low-Income Energy Efficiency -- A Pathway to Clean, Affordable Energy for All -- EDF Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2018-02-14
    Low-Income Energy Efficiency -- A Pathway to Clean, Affordable Energy for All, a new Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) report outlines the benefits of low-income energy efficiency programs and concrete steps that states can take toward energy efficiency.

    According to the report, about 30 pct of U.S. households have incomes at or below twice the federal poverty level. Those households use roughly 30 pct of all residential electricity, but only six percent of U.S. energy efficiency spending is geared toward them. Maximizing the potential from low-income energy efficiency could save more than $7.4 billion worth of electricity every year and cut carbon pollution by 48 million tpy -- the equivalent of taking 9 million cars off the road.

    EDF partnered on the report with the Applied Public Policy Research Institute for Study and Evaluation (APPRISE).

    Download the EDF report HERE. (Source: EDF, 13 Feb., 2018)Contact: EDF, www.edf.org; Applied Public Policy Research Institute for Study and Evaluation, www.appriseinc.org;

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    Sylvatex, Valicor Tout Blendstock Development Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Sylvatex,Valicor
    Date: 2018-02-14
    Green nano-chemistry company Sylvatex and Dexter, Michigan-headquartered Valicor are reporting a new joint development agreement (JDA)for the development, construction and commercialization of Sylvatex's MicroX technology to convert distillers corn oil (DCO) and other plant-based oil feedstocks into the company's proprietary renewable blendstock.

    Sylvatex creates renewable nanoscale emulsion systems that can be used in fuels and other specialty chemical applications. Valicor specializes in the recovery and repurposing of byproducts from a range of production facilities including corn oil extraction for ethanol production. (Source: Sylvatex, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Sylvatex, Virginia Klausmeier, CEO, (415) 667-3835, http://sylvatex.com; Valicor, (734) 659-0244, info@valicor.com, www.valicor.com

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    New Carbon Neutral Mortgage Offsets Home Ownership Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Credit Capital ,Residential Home Funding Corp. of America
    Date: 2018-02-14
    NYC-headquartered Carbon Credit Capital (CCC) and Residential Home Funding Corp. of America (RHF) report the offering of a new "Carbon Neutral Mortgage" where the fees borrowers typically pay to banks and underwriters upon closing their loans are instead put towards carbon offset projects to fully mitigate the projected carbon footprint of owning and operating the home, for the life of the loan.

    CCC and RHF put together a package of carbon credits for borrowers equal to the estimated amount of carbon emitted by a similarly sized house over the course of one year, and subsequently, the life of the loan. Calculations are based on square footage and state energy data. The Carbon Neutral Mortgage is currently available in New Jersey, and is expected to expand to more states later this year.

    When borrowers close a Carbon Neutral Mortgage, they receive acknowledgement, personalized certification and have a specified number of carbon offsets removed from circulation in the global carbon markets and “retired” in their name — meaning that they, and only they, can ever get credit for reducing those emissions.

    The carbon credits included in each package are vetted by Gold Standard, Voluntary Carbon Standard and the Clean Development Mechanism. Each RHF Carbon Neutral Mortgage amounts to an estimated 100 - 350 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Through the new partnership, CCC and RHF expect to deliver tens of thousands of tons of CO2 emission reductions every year. (Source: Carbon Credit Capital, Sustainable Brands, 13 Feb., 2018)Contact: Carbon Credit Capital, (212) 925-5697, info@carboncreditcapital.com, www.carboncreditcapital.com; Residential Home Funding Corp. of America, (888) 763-3500, www.rhfunding.com

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