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Energy Sense Finance Touting PV Value (New Prod & Tech)
SunShot, Sandia
Date: 2018-08-01
Sandia National Labs is reporting the PV Value® tool is now being developed and maintained by Tampa, Florida-headquartered Energy Sense Finance, LLC, with funding provided by the DOE SunShot Small Business Innovative Research program.

The tool is still free, though improved with a design to support multiple web browsers and mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones.

The PV Value® proof-of-concept spreadsheet tool was developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Energy Sense Finance to help determine the value of a new or existing photovoltaic (PV) system installed on residential and commercial properties. It is designed to be used by real estate appraisers, mortgage underwriters, credit analysts, real property assessors, insurance claims adjusters and PV industry sales staff. For appraisers, the inputs specific to PV in the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum can be used as inputs to PV Value®. (Source: Sandia National Lab, Energy Sense Finance, July, 2018) Contact: PV Value,,; Energy Sense Finance, LLC ,; Sandia National Lab, (505) 205–3598,; SunShot Initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Solar,  SunShot,  Sandia National Lab,  SunShot ,  

India Establishes First Energy Efficiency Index (Int'l Report)
Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-08-01
In New Delhi, as part of its strategy for fulfilling its climate change commitments, the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has released the country's first state energy efficiency preparedness index. The index is intended to help track the progress in managing the country's energy footprint, encourage competition between states and help in programme implementation.

The energy efficiency index is based on 63 indicators in sectors such as buildings, industry, municipalities, transport, agriculture and electricity distribution companies (discoms). These indicators are based on metrics such as policy and regulation, financing mechanisms, institutional capacity, adoption of energy efficiency measures and energy savings achieved.

According to BEE, energy efficiency could help India save 500 billion units of energy and avoid the need for 100 gigawatts (GW) of power capacity within 2030. This translates to a potential reduction of 557 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission. India's energy efficiency market is estimated at $23 billion with a vast potential to grow. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, PTI, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Ecobee Touts Peak Relief Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-01
Toronto, Ontario-headquartered Ecobee is reporting the launch of a Peak Relief pilot program that automatically cuts down on heating and cooling when electric power rates are at their highest. It uses your comfort preferences, home energy efficiency and the weather forecast to ramp up the heat or AC right before peak times which, according to Ecobee, will save an additional 10 pct on your bills.

The pilot is currently limited to certain users in Arizona, California and the Canadian province of Ontario, and then only for people who both have electric heating/cooling and hour-by-hour utility billing. (Source: Ecobee, CNET, July, 2018) Contact: Ecobee Inc., Stuart Lombard, Pres., CEO, (647) 428-2220,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecobee,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Thermostat,  

CEFC Trumpets Aussie Renewable Energy Investments (Int'l Report)
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Date: 2018-08-01
In the Land Down Under, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has confirmed that during the 2017-18 financial year, it provided $1.1 billion towards renewable energy projects, including 10 large-scale solar projects.

In FY18, CEFC set a new record in investment commitments, 53 pct of which went into renewable energy. In the 12 months to 30 June 2018, the Australian government's green bank invested in 10 large-scale solar projects and four wind farms, to deliver an additional 1,100MW in clean energy across Australia. This included $94 million for the Kennedy Energy Park, Australia's first fully integrated hybrid project that will combine 43.2 MW in wind capacity, 15 MW of solar PV, and 2 MWh of battery storage, as well as projects delivering low-cost energy to large industrial and commercial energy users through innovative power purchase agreements.

Overall, the CEFC made commitments of $2.3 billion, with 39 direct investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport and waste-related projects -- $939 million in energy efficiency, $100 million in transport and $127 million in waste-related projects. Since its founding in 2013, CEFC has financially underpinned 2,400 MW of renewable energy projects, including more than 20 large-scale solar farms and 10 wind farms Australia-wide. (Source: CEFC, July 30, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy Finance Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Renewable Energy,  

Energy Efficiency Services India Project Wins I4F Funding (Int'l)
Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund
Date: 2018-08-01
The Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F) is reporting grant funding to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (India), an energy service company of the Indian government.

Under the grant, the company will work on increasing the water and energy efficiency in villages in India through the creation and application of water and electricity management systems and IoT monitoring devices. (Source: Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund, Times of Israel, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund,; Energy Efficiency Services Limited (India),

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

UK Killing Mandatory CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-08-01
The U.S. law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP is reporting the upcoming demise of the UK government's 2010 vintage mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme.

The CRC is a mandatory carbon emissions trading scheme that applies to large UK business and public organizations. The CRC was aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions from large non-intensive energy users that, over the course of a year, used more than 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of certain electricity and had at least one half-hourly meter settled on the half-hourly electricity market. Under the CRC, participant organization were required to: collate information and report on its energy supplies; purchase and surrender allowances equal to the CO2 emissions it generated; advise the Environment Agency on changes that could affect that organisation's registration; and maintaine a record of its energy consumption and supplies.

The CRC scheme was widely criticized for adding an administrative burden to non-energy intensive companies such as large offices and hotels. The Climate Change Levy (CCL) will be increased from April 2019 to compensate and to "cover the cost of CRC abolition in a fiscally-neutral reform." (Source: Latham & Watkins LLP, Blog, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Latham & Watkins LLP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Energy Efficiency,  Energy Eficiency,  

EIB Funds Spanish Woody Biomass Plant (Int'l Report, Funding)
Greenalia SA
Date: 2018-08-01
The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it has granted a €50 million ($58.5 million) loan to a subsidiary of Coruna-headquartered Greenalia S.A. to finance a new biomass-fired power plant will generate approximately 324 GWh of electricity per year from locally sourced woody biomass and forest wastes.

The EIB financing, together with another €50 million ($58.5 million) loan from various financial institutions, will be provided via a Project Finance arrangement for the construction and operation of this new 50 MW facility.

The EIB is the European Union's bank. We are the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. We work closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy.

The EIB is the world's largest multilateral borrower and lender providing finance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives. Although more than 90 pct of EIB activity is in Europe, the EIB is a major investor worldwide. (Source: EIB, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Greenalia SA, +34 902 905 910,,; EIB,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EIB,  Greenalia SA,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  

National Biodiesel Board Challenging 2018 RFS (Reg & Leg)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-08-01
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) reports it filed an opening brief July 27 in its lawsuit objecting to U.S. EPA's methodology for establishing the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). Specifically, the NBB claims: the EPA must account for all small refinery exemptions in the annual percentage standard; the EPA acted arbitrarily when it set the 2018 advanced biofuel volume below what it found to be “reasonably attainable"; and the agency set the 2019 biomass-based diesel volume based on impermissible considerations.

The NBB brief is the first the courts will consider in arguing that EPA must account for all small refinery "hardship" exemptions -- including retroactively granted exemptions -- when it sets the annual RFS volumes and renewable volume obligations (RVOs).

The NBB brief claims the "EPA unlawfully failed to account for all small-refinery exemptions it awards, violating its duty to promulgate percentage standards that 'ensure' all aggregate volumes are met. Unaccounted for small-refinery exemptions reduce aggregate volumes, and EPA's approach creates a new, de facto waiver authority contrary to Congress's design. Despite knowing those consequences, EPA declines to adjust percentage standards to account for that shortfall, either before it is likely to happen or after it actually does."

The EPA has disclosed that it recently retroactively granted 48 small refinery hardship exemptions, reducing the 2016 and 2017 RVOs by a combined 2.25 billion RINs. In the brief, NBB notes that the exemptions reduced the 2016 RVOs by 4.3 pct and the 2017 RVOs by 7.5 pct.

Separately, NBB estimates the 2016 and 2017 exemptions reduced demand for biodiesel by more than 300 million gallons, potentially putting hundreds of new jobs at risk.

The NBB argues that EPA violated its duty to ensure that the annual volumes it sets are met and that the use of its cellulosic waiver authority to reduce the 2018 advanced biofuel RVO below the volume the agency determined would be reasonably attainable. The "EPA's view that it has unlimited discretion to do whatever it wants to the advanced-biofuel volume via the cellulosic waiver provision is not supported by this Court's precedents and would, if correct, render the provision unconstitutionally broad," the NBB brief states. the NBB brief also argues that EPA set the 2019 biomass-based diesel volume based on factors that are not mentioned in the RFS statute, while disregarding factors that are in the statute. "EPA set the 2019 BBD volume nearly identically to how it set the 2018 volume, which NBB is challenging in a separate proceeding. But the result here is even worse for the industry," NBB says in the brief. (Source: National Biodiesel Board , PR, 30 July, 2018) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board ,  RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  

Duke Solar Rebate Program Flooded with Applications (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-08-01
In Charlotte, Duke Energy North Carolina reports that since it 9 July launch, its solar rebate program has received over 1,500 applications for the incentivized chance to install solar systems at home or work.

The company intends to invest $62 million in the program over 5 years on a first-come, first-serve basis. Approximately 16 MW of new solar capacity has been granted rebates, and the company aims to add up to 20 MW of new capacity each year of the program. (Source: Duke Energy Carolinas, PR, DEI, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, David Fountain, North Carolina Pres., Chris Fallon, VP Renewables,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Renewable Energy Rebate,  

Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Carbon Capture and Storage ,CCS
Date: 2018-08-01
The recently released Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers report provides detailed information on the driving factors and challenges that will define the upcoming development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market. The report examines existing opportunities in small markets for investors thorough an analysis of the competitive landscape and product offerings of key players including: Babcock & Wilcox, ENGIE, GE Power, The Linde Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Air Products and Chemicals, Aker Solutions, Amec Foster Wheeler, Chevron, Fluor, Hitachi, Net Power, Schlumberger, Shell, Siemens, Statoil, and Sulzer.

According to the report, the CCS market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.18 pct. up to 2021.

View report details HERE. Request a report Sample PDF HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports, July, 2018) Contact: Absolute Reports,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Sequestration,  

21 Climate Kids to Get Their Day in Court (Reg & Leg)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-08-01
Following up on our 18 July coverage -- Trump Seeks Court Protection from 21 Kid's Climate Lawsuit -- the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Juliana v. United States, a landmark climate case should go to trial.

The case revolves around a suit filed against the U.S. federal government during the Obama administration by a group of young people who claimed that a world where climate disaster isn't rampant is guaranteed by the constitution.

Specifically, the plaintiffs want a consumption-based inventory of U.S. carbon emissions, an enforceable plan to stop climate change, and a complete end to the Energy Policy Act and the idea of "clean coal."

As previously reported, President Donald Trump has been trying to kill the case but the court ruled against the President saying: "The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice. The breadth of respondents' claims is striking, however, and the justiciability of those claims presents substantial grounds for difference of opinion. The District Court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions." The lawsuit was originally launched in 2015 against then-President Barack Obama who, like the Donald, hoped it would simply fade away. (Source: Various Media, Earther, 30 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate change,  Trump,  

LEEDCo Icebreaker Offshore Wind Wins Another Approval (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-08-01
In Cleveland, the long delayed 6-turbine Icebreaker Wind Inc. offshore wind energy project proposed for Lake Erie reports it has received a Section 401 water quality certificate of approval from the Ohio EPA which administers and enforces the federal Clean Water Act. The Permit certifies that a project will not impair water quality within the state. Inc,

The Icebreaker project -- to be located eight miles off of the coast of downtown Cleveland -- must earn approvals and/or permits from 14 local, state and federal agencies. As we reported July 5, the project earned conditional approval from the staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board. (Source: LEEDCo,, Offshore Wind, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Icebreaker,  Offshore Wind,  LEEDCo,  

Enviro Fuelcubes® Maker Planning $8.9Mn Expansion (Ind. Report)
Materials Lifecycle Management Co
Date: 2018-08-01
In the Sunshine State, Hillsborough County Commissioners are expected to vote today on a tax rebate for Tampa-based Materials Lifecycle Management Co. which is planning to invest as much as $9 million its Plant City manufacturing facility.

Materials Lifecycle Management Co. is seeking incentives under the state's Qualified Target Industry program, which would provide rebates totaling half of the property taxes on its expansion. The total rebate is equal to $225,000 in tax refunds, $180,000 of which would come from the state. A local match from Hillsborough County is required to leverage state funds. In order to receive the tax rebates, the company pledges to create 45 new higher-wage jobs that are at least 115 percent of Hillsborough County's private sector average wage.

MLMC is a rapidly expanding materials management company, with patented and proprietary materials optimization and alternative fuels technology. Cost-effective and cleaner burning than traditional fossil fuels, MLMC's Enviro Fuelcubes® (EFCs) are an EPA designated "Legitimate Fuel" capable of fully or partially replacing coal and other fossil fuels as the primary fuel used in energy intensive industrial processes such as cement and power production, among others. (Source: Materials Lifecycle Management Co., Tampa Bay Business Journal, 31 July, 2018) Contact: Materials Lifecycle Management Co,,

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

Dutch Climate Agreement Envisages Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (int'l)

Date: 2018-08-01
On 10 July 2018, a proposal for the key elements of the Climate Agreement went to the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate. The proposal outlines how the Netherlands plans to meet the requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement through a 49 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels by 2030 or exceed the target and achieve a 55 pct reduction by 2030.

In June 2017, the various Dutch political parties broadly agreed on a Climate Act that sets out the objectives for CO2 emission reduction and renewable energy: 49 pct CO2 emission reduction from 1990 levels by 2030, and a 95 pct reduction by 2050 as well as achieving 100 pct CO2 neutral energy in 2050.

Due to the expected high cost of implementing the Climate Agreement, the agreement will aim to provide a common platform for financiers and developers of sustainability initiatives.

The Climate Agreement proposal will be assessed by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Statistics Netherlands before the year enc. If passed, the Netherlands will be the seventh country in the world with a climate act. (Source: CMS Netherlands, July 2018)

Senvion, PROKON Ink German Wind Turbine Deal (Int'l. Report)
Senvion, PROKON
Date: 2018-08-01
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SA confirms it has inked a supply and installation deal with German wind developer PROKON for 4.2 MW 140 prototype wind turbines for a 14-MW wind park. The contract is in keeping with a previously signed agreement of two year ago.

Separately, Senvion has deliver, install and commission contracts for 27 turbines for seven additional wind parks in Germany for PROKON. (Source: Senvion, Various Media, July, 2018) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,; Prokon, Heiko Wuttke, CEO, Stephen Prenaar, (Canadian Office),,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  PROKON,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

Lancaster Mass. Scores Green Communities Grant (Ind. Report)
Green Communities
Date: 2018-07-30
In the Bay State, the town of Lancaster last week was one of many Massachusetts communities to receive a share of $15 million in Green Communities competitive grants under the state's DOER Green Communities Act. The town received $235,644 for energy conservation measures at the fire and police stations, library and vehicle fleet.

Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities' clean energy goals. This seventh annual round of DOER Green Communities competitive grants is awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality. (Source: Mass. DOER, Lancaster Telegram, 28 July, 2018) Contact: Mass. DOER Green Communities, Communities

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Communities ,  

Forest Stump Harvesting for Bioenergy Examined (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-30
Currently the growth in demand for biomass is driven primarily by the conversion of the energy system away from fossil energy sources in favor of renewable sources in line with the Paris climate agreement. An anticipated future bio-based economy will depend on large quantities of biomass also for other products such as chemicals and textiles. In forests managed to deliver pulpwood and sawtimber to the traditional forest industry only the stem wood is harvested leaving a substantial proportion of the tree biomass in the forest with roughly 20 pct of the tree biomass in branches and another 20 pct in stumps. This is the reason why some forest rich countries with managed forests also target stumps as a potential biomass source.

Stump harvesting means an intensification of forest management in comparison with stem-only harvesting. Before large-scale extraction of stumps from managed forests can be recommended the environmental impact and sustainability of such a practice -- including the climate change mitigation potential, impacts on long-term forest growth, impacts on soils and surrounding waters, and impacts on biodiversity -- must be considered, according to the report. (Source: Advanced Science News, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Gustaf Egnell, 28 July, 2018) Contact: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Gustaf Egnell, +46-90-786 8455, +46-70-342 7586,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  

CHEESEHEAD 19 Examining Wisc. Plants-Climate Change Impact (R&D)
University of Wisconsin Madison
Date: 2018-07-30
In Northern Wisconsin, the Chequamegon Heterogeneous Ecosystem Energy-balance Study Enabled by a High-density Extensive Array of Detectors 2019 -- CHEESEHEAD 19 -- will erect an army of towers in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to better understand how plants and trees contribute to weather patterns on a local scale.

The project, which scored $1.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, is being led by University of Wisconsin Madison professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences Ankur Desai. An additional $1.5 million will fund instrumentation required for the study.

Over the course of two years, beginning in 2019, the research team will collect measurements in an approximate area of just under 4 square miles. The National Center for Atmospheric Research will deploy 17 additional flux towers, allowing scientists to capture data from a range of locations within the study site. (Source: UW Madison, Wisconsin Gazette, 28 July, 2018) Contact: University of Wisconsin, Nelson Institute, Wisconsin Center for Research, www,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  University of Wisconsin Madison,  

Velocys Planning £6Mn Share Offering (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-07-30
UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it is seeking to raise £6 million ($7.9 million) gross in a share placement. The proceeds will be earmarked for the company's waste-to-renewable jet fuel project in the US, as well as for support for the ENVIA project and for on-boarding strategic investors for the Natchez, Mississippi biorefinery project, which will use woody biomass as feedstock.

The placing is to happen in two tranches of 30 million shares each. Cannacord Genuity Group, Numis Securities Ltd, Peat & Co and Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Ltd arranged the placing, which is not being underwritten. (Source: Velocys, Renewables, 26 July, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Jet Fuel,  Aviation Fuel,  Woody Biomass,  

Semtech LoRa Tech. Increases Energy Efficiency in India (Int'l)
Date: 2018-07-30
Camarillo, California-headquartered Semtech Corporation reports that Hanbit Automation, an Indian provider of end-to-end automation solutions in gas, water and electricity metering, has incorporated Semtech's LoRa® technology into its sensors and smart metering solutions helping large providers and consumers achieve increased energy efficiency.

Hanbit's LoRa-based solutions allow real-time consumption, status and diagnostic data from water systems, which transfers to a central database for billing and analysis. With LoRa Technology's long range and low power capabilities, Hanbit's smart metering solutions decrease maintenance frequency and offer quick deployment.

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications, and industrial end-markets. The LoRa-based products are available throughout India. (Source: Semtech Corp., IoT Business News, 26 July, 2018) Contact: Hanbit Automation, Phani Varanasi, CEO, +91 98663 05554,; Semtech Corp.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Semtech Corp.,  ,  Energy Efficiency,  

Meyer Burger Supplying SE Asian Heterojunction Module Plant (Int'l)
Meyer Burger
Date: 2018-07-30
Swiss PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger reports receipt of an order for its "SmartWire Connection Technology" (SWCT) from an international solar module manufacturer in Southeast Asia for use with heterojunction (HJ) solar cells. Delivery and installation of the 200MW solar module production line is slated towards the end of 2018 for commissioning and ramp-up in the first half of 2019.

Meyer Burger's SWCT technology has previously been adopted by 3Sun in Italy, Hevel in Russia and Ecosolifer in Hungary as a low-temperature interconnect solution, which is required for HJ cells because of the use of a-Si TCO layers on the front and backside of the cell. The technology has also been adopted by REC Group in Singapore. (Source: Meyer Burger, PR, PV Tech, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Meyer Burger, +41 33 221 28 00,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger,  Solar,  

Portland Clean Energy Fund Goes to Voters in Nov. (Ind. Report)
Portland Clean Energy Fund
Date: 2018-07-30
In Oregon, the Portland City Auditor Elections Division has confirmed the Portland Clean Energy Fund initiative will appear on the November 2018 city ballot. With the initiative, Portland voters could decide to fund $30 million per year in clean energy projects including housing energy efficiency upgrades, solar power and green infrastructure.

The broadly endorsed Portland Clean Energy Fund would be funded by a 1 pct business license surcharge that would only apply to mega-retailers with more than $1 billion per year in nation-wide gross revenue. (Source: Portland Clean Energy Fund, 28 July, 2018) Contact: Portland Clean Energy Fund, (503)-238-0442 X 307,,

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

Skenna Bioenergy Launching BC Wood Pellet Plant (Ind. Report)
Skeena BioEnergy
Date: 2018-07-30
In Terrance, British Columbia, privately owned and funded Skeena BioEnergy reports construction is underway on a new $20 million woody biomass pellet plant next to Skeena Sawmills in Britsh Columbia. Construction, which started in June, is expected to be completed by December 2018 for commissioning in January 2019.

The Skeena BioEnergy plant design is based on using 100 pct of the Skeena Sawmills waste -- planer shavings, sawdust, hog fuel and bark -- as feedstock to produce approximately 75,000 tonnes of pellets a year.

Skeena Sawmills and Skeena BioEnergy are owned by Roc Holdings, which was launched in 2012. Skeena Sawmills was purchased from West Fraser Timber the same year and began operation under its new private ownership in 2013. (Source: Skeena Bioenergy, Various Media, Canadian Biomass, July 27, 2018) Contact: Skeena BioEnergy, Roger Keery, VP,

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

Tundra Carbon Absorption, Release Gap Widening (Ind. Report)
NOAA Barrow Observatory
Date: 2018-07-30
Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Barrow Observatory in Alaska have reported a steady increase in atmospheric carbon and a similarly steady increase in temperature, with seasonal variations over the last 40 years. In the four decades of atmospheric monitoring, carbon levels in the atmosphere have increased by 80 ppm, with 400 ppm reached in 2012.

The last time there was such a large increase in atmospheric carbon, the rise of 80 ppm occurred much more gradually, over a period of 5,000 or 6,000 years, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Barrow Observatory.

(Source: NOAA Barrow Observatory, Arctic Today, 27 July, 2018) Contact: NOAA Barrow Observatory, Bryan Thomas,

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

AEP Abandons $4.5Bn Wind Catcher Project Plan (Ind. Report)
American Electric Power
Date: 2018-07-30
Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP) reports it is pulling the plug on its planned 2,000-MW Wind Catcher wind farm, which would have spanned two counties in the Oklahoma panhandle and delivered power to customers in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The move came a day after the Texas PUC denied approval of the project, which had already won approval from regulators in Arkansas and Louisiana. A decision was pending before an Oklahoma regulatory panel.

The completed project would have included the construction of 800 wind turbines and a 360-mile transmission line from the wind farm to Tulsa, where the company said the existing electric grid would deliver power from the farm to customers. (Source: American Electric Power, Arkansas OnLine, Various Media, 27 July, 2018) Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, AEP Pres., (614) 716-1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  Wind,  Wind Catcher,  

Dem. House Hopeful Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Carbon Tax, Renewable Energy Economy (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-07-30
Freshman democratic-socialist and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commented last Thursday that she wants a "carbon tax and trillions in government spending to transform the U.S. economy."

"I sat down with a Nobel Prize economist last week, I can't believe I can say that, it's really weird, but one of the things that we saw is if people pay their fair share if corporations and the ultra-wealthy ... For example, as Warren Buffett likes to say if he pays as much as his secretary paid, 15 percent tax rate, if corporations paid, if we reverse the tax bill, raised our corporate tax rate to 28 percent -- if we do those two things and also close some of those loopholes, that's $2 trillion right there," nominee Ocasio-Cortez added.

"One of the wide estimates is that it's going to take $3 trillion to $4 trillion to transition us to 100 percent renewable economy," the 28-year-old concluded.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is championing Ocasio-Cortez as "the future of our party." Its no wonder that politics is so addictive. (Source: Various Media, Beitbart, 27 July, 2018) Contact: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,;

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

Virginia DEQ Green Lights Henrico County Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Date: 2018-07-30
In the Old Dominion State, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a permit for Richmond-based Urban Grid Solar Inc. to construct and operate the new Briel Farm Solar, LLC in Eastern Henrico County near Interstate 295. The 20 MW project will generate sufficient power for 5,000 or more homes.

Urban Grid's Briel Farm project is expected to offset the generation approximately 64,739,173 pounds of CO2, 43,978 pounds of nitrogen oxides and 51,091 pounds of sulfur dioxide.

This solar facility represents one of seven permits issued in 2018. During the past five years. DEQ has permitted 750 MW of renewable energy since 2015. Based upon the current number of notices received by the department for additional solar projects, Virginia's total projected capacity for renewable energy is more than 3,400 MW. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Henrico Citizen, 29 July, 2018) Contact: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, (804) 698-4000,; Urban Grid Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Department of Environmental Quality,  

Air Liquide Touts Mississippi Biogas Plant (Ind. Report)
Air Liquide
Date: 2018-07-30
Air Liquide is reporting the opening of the first large-scale biomethane production facility in the United States at the the Northeast Mississippi Solid Waste Management Authority-owned Northeast Mississippi Landfill in Walnut. The landfill receives about 350,000 tons of waste per year and is operated by national solid waste company Waste Connections Inc.

The facility uses Air Liquide's gas separation membrane technology to purify the landfill methane and converts it to renewable natural gas which is fed into the Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipeline, reintroducing the gas back into the energy grid. (Source: Air Liquide, Daily Journal, 27 July, 2018)Contact: Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Liquide,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  

100 pct Renewables in 2045 Would Cost Calif. $350Bn in Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-07-30
Next Big Future is reporting that if California reaches the 80 pct mark for renewable energy sourced power, the massive amounts of surplus generation during the summer months would need 9.6 million MWh of energy storage at an expected cost of more than $350 billion.

According to a recent study, meeting 80 pct of US electric power demand with wind and solar would require either a nationwide high-speed transmission system, which can balance renewable generation over hundreds of miles, or 12 hours of electricity storage for the whole system. At current prices, a battery storage system for 12 hours for the USA would cost more than $2.5 trillion. (Source: Next Big Future, 28, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  California Renewable Energy,  

BRAG, BIO Call for Bio-based Chemicals, Products Namimg Guidance from EPA (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-30
The Washington, DC-based Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group® (BRAG) and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) have reportedly requested that EPA develop naming guidance for biobased substances that would level the playing field for biobased chemicals and help customers select chemicals derived from a variety of renewable sources.

BRAG and BIO recently-issued a white paper -- Proposal for a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Representation and Equivalency Determinations for Renewable and Sustainable Bio-based Chemicals -- outlines the regulatory challenges and market impedance facing the biobased industry related to current naming conventions.

TSCA, the U.S. law that regulates both existing and new industrial chemicals introduced for commercial purposes, is interpreted and applied by the U.S. EPA in ways that often make it difficult for new bio-based chemicals and, more importantly, their derivatives to enter the market easily if at all. The pre-market review process often results in many bio-based chemicals being subjected to restrictions beyond those applied to chemically identical substances with a petroleum source or those derived from traditional seed and vegetable oils that are already on the market.

BRAG and BIO requested EPA naming guidance for bio-based substances and production sources because current resources are scant, scattered, and dated. Creating comprehensive source- and process-agnostic naming guidance for these chemicals and adopting a constituent-based naming system would level the playing field for biobased chemicals and allow customers more freedom in selecting a greener chemical that is derived from a variety of renewable sources. (Source: BRAG, PR, 27 July, 2018) Contact: BRAG, Kathleen Roberts, Executive Director, (202) 833-6581,,; Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Bret Erikson, VP, Paul Winters, (202) 962-9237,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BRAG,  Biotechnology Innovation Organization,  Biochemical,  

ITB, IIASA Ink Bioenergy-Carbon Storage MoU (Int'l Report)
Institut Teknologi Bandung, Austrian research institute International Institute
Date: 2018-07-30
In Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate with the Austrian research institute International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) on bioenergy combined with Carbon Capture Storage (BECCS).

Researchers, scientists and experts from both sides will develop and implement a joint research project which will be funded by a third party. There will also be joint scientific publications, research participation from academic staff in seminars and conferences, among other collaborations.

Developing BECCS is significant for Indonesia since it is considered as one of the world's forest centres. The aim of this will also contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions regionally and globally. (Source: Institut Teknologi Bandung, Open Gov Asia, 27 July, 2018) Contact: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Prof. Dr Pavel Kaba, CEO,; Institut Teknologi Bandung, +62-22-2580935,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  CCS,  

IDB Supports El Salvador Energy Efficiency Effort (Int'l Funding)
Inter-American Development Bank
Date: 2018-07-30
In San Salvador, the El Salvadoran government reports it will expand the availability of financing for energy efficiency projects to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a $20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Funds for the loan come from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and will be executed by Banco de Desarrollo de El Salvador (BANDESAL).

The program, which is reportedly the first line of credit exclusively dedicated to promoting energy efficiency investments, could support 494 SMEs. El Salvador is promoting energy efficiency and supporting renewable energy as a way of implementing a low-carbon economy, reducing the country's dependence on oil derivatives and lowering its greenhouse gas emissions. The IDB financing is for a 20-year term, with a 5.5-year grace period and a 0.75 fixed interest rate. (Source: IDB, PR, 26 July, 2018) Contact: IDB, Juan Pablo Bonilla, Climate Change and Sustainability Sector Manager, Therese Turner-Jones, GM Caribbean Country Department,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Inter-American Development Bank ,  Energy Efficiency,  

Bord Gais Offers Panoramic Power Energy-Saving Tech. (Int'l. Report)
Bord Gais Energy
Date: 2018-07-30
New research from Irish energy provider Bord Gais Energy reports that 47 pct of Irish businesses are satisfied with the energy efficiency of their business and 89 pct of businesses agree that the Government should introduce greater incentives for energy efficiency.

To help meet that need, Bord Gais Energy, through Centrica Business Solutions, will offer Irish businesses a range of innovative solutions to help businesses deliver improvements in operational performance, strengthen resilience, create opportunities for growth and reduce energy spend. Solutions on offer will include Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and an energy insight product called Panoramic Power that provides real-time visibility of energy usage to identify opportunities for energy efficiencies and cost savings. (Source: Bord Gais Energy, Irsh Business & Finance; 27 July, 2018) Contact: Bord Gais Energy Mark Prentice, Managing Director,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord Gais Energy,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  

Climate-Smart Farming in the Show Me State (Report Attached)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-07-30
According to a report from the nonprofit climate science group Climate Central, Show Me state farmers could help cut Missouri's contribution to climate change by planting more cover crops, using rotation grazing and tilling practices that store carbon from the atmosphere in the soil.

The report estimates that Missouri could save up to 6.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year -- more than twice the amount of emissions the city of Columbia emits in a year.

Agriculture represents the U.S.'s fifth largest contributor to climate change, according to the EPA. In 2016, the USDA gave $1.7 million to farmers to help plant more cover crops.

Download the full Climate-Smart Farming in the Show Me State report HERE. (Source: Climate Central, St.Louis Public Radio, 27 July, 2018) Contact: Climate Central,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

Finnair Customer Carbon Offsetting Scheduled for Take Off (Int'l)
Date: 2018-07-30
Reporting from Helsinki, Filand's national aircarrier Finnair reports it will launch a new green initiative, enabling customers to contribute to biofuel or carbon capture initiatives when purchasing a ticket. The optional scheme will launch in 2019, with passengers able to choose between making a contribution towards biofuel, which will be blended and used on a future flight, or donating a sum of their choice to support carbon captures.

Finnair notes its research showed that 94 pct of Finns wanted to reduce their air travel emissions, with 76 pct willing to make a contribution towards this as part of their air fare for environmental initiatives. On average, most Finnair passengers were prepared to pay between €5 and €20 additional for a one-way flight within Europe. (Source: Finnair, 27 July 2018) Contact: Finnair,

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LANL Researching Affordable Algae Biofuel Conversion (R&D)
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Date: 2018-07-30
At New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory's New Mexico Consortium lab, molecular biologist Amanda Barry and a team are reportedly working to determine whether one particular strain of algae can be produced at low cost and in short periods of time so that it could economically compete with fossil fuels.

The New Mexico Consortium's lab is a non-profit corporation formed by three New Mexico universities to facilitate research and increase cooperation between academia, industry and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the future, LANL will look for an industrial partner already growing algae outdoors.

Approximately 30 people at LANL are engaged in all sorts of biofuel research, which has been going on since 2009, according to Babetta Marrone, senior scientist and the lab's biofuels program manager. (Source: LLNL, Santa Fe New Mexican, 29 July, 2018) Contact: Los Alamos National Laboratory, (505) 667-5061,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Alamos National Laboratory,  LANL,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  

UK Opens Energy Performance Certificate for Buildings Call for Evidence (Int'l. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-07-30
In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy last week published its Call for Evidence: Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for Buildings .

The aim is to gather responses from sales and rental agents, in regards to the quality of EPCs and whether there is encouragement to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. The consultation also outlines suggestions for improvements. The Government would like to hear from building owners and occupiers in both domestic and non-domestic sectors, estate agents, and others involved in the sale or lease of buildings. They would also like to hear from EPC assessors, accreditation bodies, software providers, enforcement bodies, and anyone else who regularly uses EPCs.

According to the Ministerial Foreword for the consultation, EPCs are already giving people the information they need on the energy performance of buildings, allowing consumers to make informed purchase and rental decisions and providing building owners with recommendations for improving their properties. At the same time EPCs provide a wealth of data on the performance of the country's building stock, which is being used by researchers, government, and lenders to gain new insights into buildings and develop new products and services. EPC ratings could also underpin an evolving market in "green mortgages" and other green finance products, allowing people to benefit financially from better performing properties.

New rules regarding Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into effect recently. As of 1st April this year, it is now illegal to grant a new lease to new or existing tenants on a domestic or commercial property with an EPC rating below E. As of April 2020, this will apply to all tenancies. The consultation is now open for responses and is due to close at 11.45pm on 19th October 2018. (Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , Landlord News UK, July 30, 2018) Contact: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , Call for Evidence HERE.

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Biofuels and the Environment: The Second Triennial Report to Congress -- Reports Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-07-27
The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). Section 204 calls for the EPA to report to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

This second report updates the findings of the first Report to Congress, published in 2011, reflects the current scientific understanding of the Section 204 impacts using data gathered through May 2017. Data on U.S. land use and the scientific literature through April 2017 were also reviewed. Greenhouse gas emission reductions that result from replacing fossil fuels with biofuels, nor comparisons to estimated environmental impacts of other transportation fuels or energy sources, are not included in this report.

The 2011 report is available HERE.

Download Biofuels and the Environment: The Second Triennial Report to Congress HERE. (Source: EPA Science Inventory, July, 2018) Contact: EPASI, PRADNYA BHANDARI , (202) 564-0000,

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EPA Approves Sorghum Oil as Biodiesel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuel Standard ,National Sorghum Producers
Date: 2018-07-27
In Washington, the US EPA reports the issuance of a final notice determining biodiesel and heating oil produced from distillers sorghum oil via a transesterification process, and renewable diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) produced from distillers sorghum oil via a hydrotreating process, would meet the lifecycle GHG emissions reduction threshold of 50 pct required for advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

The analysis considered a scenario where distillers sorghum oil is recovered from distillers grains with solubles (DGS) at dry mill plants that produce biofuel from grain sorghum and where the remaining reduced-oil DGS co-product is used as animal feed. The distillers sorghum oil is then used as a feedstock for conversion into certain biofuels.

Additionally, the EPA is amending the RFS regulations by adding a new definition of "distillers sorghum oil" and replacing existing references to "non-food grade corn oil" with the newly defined term "distillers corn oil." (Source: EPA, National Sorghum Producers, Green Car Congress, 25 July, 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, (806) 749-3478,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Fuel Standard ,  

Tesla Deploys Microgrid Powerpacks in Samoa (Ind. Report)
Tesla Powerpack
Date: 2018-07-27
In 2016, Tesla deployed a 1.4 MW solar array and a 6 MWh energy storage system incorporating 60 Tesla Powerpacks on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa where Tesla back in 2016.

Now Tesla has deployed two more Powerpack projects at the Fiaga Power Station and the Faleolo International Airport on the main island for a total of 13.5 MWh of energy storage capacity. The project reportedly cost $8.8 million and was supported by development partners, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Government of Japan, Government of Australia, Government of New Zealand and the European Union. (Source: Tesla, electrk, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Tesla Power Pack,

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Fujitsu Commits to 100 pct Renewables, Joins RE100 (Int'l Report)
Fujitsu,Science Based Targets
Date: 2018-07-27
In Tokyo, Japanese IT giant Fujitsu reports it has committed to sourcing 100 pct of its needed electricity for all locations and facilities from renewable energy sources by 2050, and that it is the 140th company worldwide to join the RE100 initiative.

The global RE100 initiative aims to support and bring together companies making 100 pct renewable energy commitments formed by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP -- fka Carbon Disclosure Project.

Fujitsu's renewable move is in keeping with the company's medium- to long-term environmental effort to lower its CO2 emissions to zero by 2050. The company's carbon emissions target was approved by the Science Based Targets initiative last August. (Source: Fujitsu, CleanTechnica, 24 July, 2018) Contact: Fujitsu Ltd., Public Relations, +81 3 3215 5259,; Science Based Targets initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets,  Fujitsu,  Renewable Energy,  

Pruitt's Replacement Open to RFS Changes (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-27
This week in Washington, the Omaha World Herald is reporting former EPA top dog Greg Pruitt's replacement, Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler commented: "When everybody's complaining about a program (the Renewable Fuel Standard RFS) from every side, then we ought to take a look and figure out if there's a way to make the program better, and I'm certainly open to trying to make the program better." Wheeler also noted that "the EPA must ensure it's following both the letter and spirit of the law" and rejected changes to ethanol policy in "piecemeal fashion." (Source: Various Media, Omaha World Herald, 26 July, 2018)

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GGF, Crystal Partner to Expand Energy Efficiency Financing (Int'l}
Green for Growth Fund
Date: 2018-07-27
In Luxembourg, the Green for Growth Fund (GGF) reports it has provided a $1.5 million senior loan to Tbilisi[based JSC MFO Crystal to expand green energy lending in the European country of Georgia. Crystal primarily serves "microentrepreneurs", farmers and primarily rural clients with a focus on energy efficiency and green energy systems and projects.

The new GGF funding will boost Crystal's capacity to help households and farmers improve their carbon footprint and save energy. Crystal financed projects are expected to result in annual primary energy savings of over 2,600 MWh and reduce CO2 by approximately 910 metric tpy.

The Green for Growth Fund invests in measures designed to cut energy use and CO2 emissions and improve resource efficiency in 19 markets across Southeast Europe, the Caucasus, Ukraine, Moldova, the Middle East and North Africa. The fund provides financing to local partners that on-lend to enterprises and private households, and it invests directly, primarily through the contribution of senior debt, in renewable energy projects. (Source: GGF, The Financial, 23 July, 2018) Contact: Green for Growth Fund,; JSC MFO Crystal,

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Honolulu Airport to Install 4,260 Solar Panels (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-27
In the Aloha State, Hawaii's Department of Transportation (DOT) reports Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) will install 4,260 solar panels as part of the state's goal of generating 100 pct clean energy by 2045.

The solar panel installation is expected to get underway om the Terminal 1 parking garage early next month for completion by mid-November. The DOT plans to eventually install over 21,000 solar panels across all of the state's airports. (Source: Honolulu Airport, Point Guys, July, 2018)

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ARENA Funds Aussie Biosolids-to-Fuels Pilot (Funding, Int'l Report)
Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2018-07-27
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting $4 million in funding to Southern Oil Refining for its $11.8 million pilot project aimed at converting sewage biosolids into crude oil at its existing refinery near Gladstone, Queensland .

The project involves building a demonstration scale hydrothermal liquefaction reactor to produce the renewable crude oil from biosolids. The hydrothermal liquefaction will involve the treatment of the biosolids using a thermochemical conversion process to produce a biocrude oil that will be upgraded to renewable diesel and potentially renewable jet fuel.

ARENA previously funded Southern Oil Refining's first-of-its-kind biocrude and biofuel laboratory and testing facility built onsite at Gladstone as part of its advanced biofuel pilot plant. (Source: ARENA, PR, 25 July, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773,,; Southern Oil Refining, Tim Rose, +61 2 6925 8755,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Oil Refining,  Australian Renewable Energy Agency,  Biosolid,  Renewable Fuel,  

New ASHRAE President Focused on Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-27
Speaking in Houston, new ASHRAE -- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers -- president Sheila Hayter announced that the orgaization's theme "Building Our New Energy Future" will focus on the role of buildings in the evolution of smart grids and renewable energy. "ASHRAE will play a key role in accelerating the use of innovative technologies as we move toward greater energy efficiency and healthier buildings,” Hayter noted.

While serving ASHRAE president, Hayter will continue her role as a group manager with the DOE NREL in Golden, Colorado, as well as chair of ASHRAE's board of directors and executive committee. (Source: ASHRAE, PR, July, 2018) Contact: ASHRAE, (800) 527-4723,

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Red Rock Biofuels Lakeview Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Red Rock Biofuel
Date: 2018-07-27
Fort Collins, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels, a developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel bio-refineries, reports its new $320 million project has officially broken ground in Lakeview, Colorado. The plant will convert biomass waste products such as agriculture waste, pine needles and other biomass into jet fuel at the rate of 15 million gpy.

According to Red Rock, the primary clientele is expected to be Southwest Airlines and Federal Express, which recently signed contracts with Red Rock. Fuel deliveries are expected to begin before December, 2020.

Through a proprietary integration of existing technologies, RRB makes the long-commercialized Fischer-Tropsch process economic at the biomass scale, according to the compay's website. (Source: Red Rock Biofuels, Lake County Examiner, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Red Rock Biofuel, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Red Rock Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  

Indian National Policy on Biofuels Updated (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-07-27
In an effort to reduce its dependence on imported oil and gas, the Indian government's National Policy on Biofuels in May approved damaged farm produce and other starch-containing materials such as corn, cassava and sugarcane as a feedstock for ethanol production. The National Policy on Biofuels approval has reportedly been seen as a positive step to drive the biofuel sector forward and to boost farm earnings.

Indian biomass and biofuel industry insiders are reportedly predicting a sizeable increase in biomass pellets to emerge due to the policy intervention, along with the technology to produce the pellets at a low cost. Additionally, several new technological possibilities have emerged from conversion of crop stubble into biofuels.

To date, India's biofuels production has been hampered by the non-availability of domestic feedstocks.

Download India's National Policy on Biofuels HERE. (Source: India Climate Dialogue, 25 July, 2018) Contact: India Climate Dialogue, www.; National Policy on Biofuels,

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Biofuel,  Second Generation Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  

Vancouver Pursuing Green Roof Policy (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-07-27
In British Columbia, Canada, the City of Vancouver city council reports it has approved plans to develop a "green roof" policy that could require some new buildings to include rooftop grasses or gardens.

Green roofs can absorb rain and help reduce combined sewage overflows, absorb greenhouse gasses and help mitigate climate change, and clean the air of pollutants. Vancouver city staff will develop a green roof policy in consultation with industry and the community. (Source: City of Vancouver, Toronto Star, 27 July, 2018)

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UN FAO Warns of Climate Change Impact on Fisheries (Ind. Report)
UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Date: 2018-07-27
Just released research from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes that climate change is expected to significantly reduce fisheries globally by 2050, including in the Caribbean. The report also advises countries to build a more sustainable and resilient fisheries sector through climate adaptation and mitigation strategies that can protect marine species, as well as strengthen fisheries production, food security, revenues and fisheries governance.

The FAO report -- Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture: Synthesis of Current Knowledge, Adaptation and Mitigation Options -- warns that if countries do not increase their efforts to build climate resilience at multiple stakeholder levels, including among fisheries, the disruptions will worsen as climate change progresses over the next three decades.

At the national level, climate change adaptation activities within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement) are set out in countries' five-year Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The report found that within the Western Central Atlantic a total of 24 independent nations have submitted NDCs, of which 14 (mostly the Caribbean SIDS) specifically mention the fisheries sector, though primarily in the context of highlighting its vulnerability to climate change. (Source: UN FOA, Caribbean360, July 25, 2018) Contact: UN Food and Agriculture Organization,

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