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PwC UK Outlines Carbon Footprint Reduction Goals (nt'l Report)
PwC
Date: 2018-02-14
Professional services and auditing giant PwC UK reports it plans to cut its carbon footprint by 40 pct by 2022 by utilizing 100 pct renewable energy, further reducing its travel, and further reducing its energy consumption.

PwC UK achieved and exceeded its 2007 sustainability goal of reducing carbon emissions by 25 pct by increased building efficiencies, holding carbon emissions from travel flat and cutting its energy consumption by half. (Source: PwC, PR, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: PwC UK, www.pwc.co.u

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


Carbon-Capture Tax Extensions Included in Trump Budget (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Capture
Date: 2018-02-14
In Washington, the office of U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reports the bipartisan FUTURE Act, S. 1535, bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Capito to bolster carbon-capture system development while reducing carbon emissions has been incorporated Trump administration's budget as signed by the president on Feb. 9.

The Furthering Carbon Capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground storage, and Reduced Emissions Act (FUTURE Act, S. 1535) expands the federal tax credit for per-ton carbon dioxide disposal in a secure geologic storage unit, according to the legislation text of Capito's original bill.

Under the bill, the credit applies to carbon oxide storage, encompassing any of three carbon oxides: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbon suboxide. Expanding the credit enables wider CCUS adoption by power generators not currently eligible for the 45Q tax credit and offers certainty for companies that need to use the credit for securing private funding for carbon-capture projects, such as those using certain carbon oxides for improved oil recovery and for converting carbon into usable manufactured products including fuel, carbon fiber and plastic, and others. (Source: Office of U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Rippon Advance, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-shelley

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  Carbon Tax,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


Transport UK's Worst GHG Polluiton Emitter (Int'l Report)
Carbon Emissions,CO2
Date: 2018-02-12
The Irish Independent is reporting that, based on the latest data, the majority of UK's greenhouse gas emissions now come from transport. The figures suggest gasoline and diesel fueled transport now accounts for 26 pct of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions while 25 are from power generation sources.

Since 1990, UK greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 41 pct while carbon dioxide -- the main greenhouse gas -- is down 36 pct, emissions from energy generation are down 57 pct from that point, transportation emissions are only down 2 pct from 1990 levels, making transportation the worst performing sector.

To address the issue, the Government has announced plans to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 as part of efforts to tackle climate change and air pollution. (Source: The Independent, 6 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  


EP Cuts CO2 Emissions, Funds Low-Carbon Innovation (Int'l)
European Parliament
Date: 2018-02-12
In Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) reports iy has passed legislation to strengthen European Union's curbs on industrial CO2 emissions so as to begin delivering on Paris climate accord pledges. The new law, already informally agreed with EU ministers, will accelerate the withdrawal of emission allowances available on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Carbon Market which covers around 40 pct of EU greenhouse gas emissions. The new law provides for:
  • an increase in the yearly reduction of emission allowances to be placed on the market by 2.2 pct from 2021, up from the 1.74 pct planned at present -- this factor will also be kept under review with a view to increasing it further by 2024 at the earliest;
  • a doubling of the EU ETS Market Stability Reserve's capacity to mop up excess emission allowances on the market -- when triggered, it would absorb up to 24 pct of excess allowances in each auctioning year, for the first four years, thus increasing their price and adding to the incentive to reduce emissions.

    The EP also approved two funds to help foster innovation and spur the transition to a low-carbon economy. A modernization fund will help to upgrade energy systems in lower-income EU member states. MEPs tightened up the financing rules so that the fund is not used for coal-fired projects, except for district heating in the poorest member states. An innovation fund will provide financial support for renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and low-carbon innovation projects.

    The law also aims to prevent "carbon leakage" , i.e. the risk that companies might relocate their production outside Europe due to emission reduction policies. The sectors at the highest risk will receive their EU ETS allowances for free. Less exposed sectors will receive 30 pct for free. (Source: European Parliament, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, Baptiste Chatain. +32 228 40992, baptiste.chatain@europarl.europa.eu, eurooparl.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament,  Carbon Emissions,  EU ETS,  


  • Solar Developer Renewable Properties Secures $12.5Mn (Funding)
    Renewable Properties
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In the Golden State, San Francisco-based Renewable Properties is reporting closing of a new $12.5 million capital commitment from New Energy Capital Partners to develop, finance, and operate large-scale solar energy projects for utilities, local governments and commercial entities. The funds will be used for operating expenses, acquisitions and development related activities including securing land, interconnection applications and studies, permitting, environmental studies and reviews.

    Renewable Properties plans to bring approximately 75 MW DC of solar capacity online in 2018, and is actively hiring in all functions across the solar development value chain. (Source: Renewable Properties, PR, Digital Journal, Feb., 2019) Contact: Renewable Properties, Aaron Halimi, Pres., (310) 430-1091, www.renewprop.com; New Energy Capital, Patrick Fox, Managing Partner , www.newenergycapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Properties,  New Energy Capital Partners ,  


    Bhutan REDD+ Project to Fight Climate Change Scores $4.8Mn (Int'l)
    World Bank,REDD+
    Date: 2018-02-12
    The World Bank reports it has granted $4.8 million to support Bhutan's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strengthening the country's forests under the Bhutan REDD+ Readiness Project.

    The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and Conservation, Sustainable Management of Forest and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+) is a mitigation mechanism to combat climate change. The international programme operates under the principles of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and enhancing carbon sequestration through improved forest protection and management.

    The REDD+ Readiness programme was established in Bhutan in 2010. In 2013, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility of the World Bank approved the REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and the project was implemented from 2015 with $3.8 million in World Bank grant funding. In the three years, the project completed the National Forest Inventory, established heritage forests, land use and land cover mapping 2016, revised forest and nature conservation rules and regulations of 2017, build capacity for forest management, and institutionalized national forest monitoring system and forest reference emission level including the forest resource information management system. (Source: Kuensel, World Bank, 12 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REDD+,  World Bank,  Reforestation,  Deforestation,  Climate Change,  


    Getting to Zero Status Update and List of Zero Energy Projects for 2018 -- New Buildings Institute Report (Ind. Report)
    New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2018-02-12
    The New Buildings Institute reports the release of its Getting to Zero Status Update and List of Zero Energy Projects for 2018 -- a compilation of almost 500 certified, verified and emerging zero energy (ZE) projects in the U.S. and Canada.

    Of the ZE verified projects, 70 pct are LEED-certified or registered with LEED, with most reaching either platinum- or gold-certification levels. The report notes that 36 pct of the ZE Emerging projects -- those either not yet verified as ZE or recently occupied -- are LEED-certified or registered with LEED.

    The significant overlap between ZE buildings and LEED-certified buildings in the NBI list illustrates how LEED specifically promotes features that can help projects reach zero energy goals. Virtually all of the LEED Energy and Atmosphere credits support the advanced energy performance necessary for zero energy.

    Access the NBI 2018 Getting to Zero Status Update and List of Zero Energy Projects HERE. (Source: New Building Institute, ProudGreenBuilding, USGBC, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: NBI, www.newbuildings.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  


    CEFC Commits $250Mn to Energy Efficient Community Housing (Funding)
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In the Land Down Under, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) reports it will invest $250 million on a new , 1,000 home energy efficient community housing program in Sydney.

    The new homes will be built to an average 7 star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) rating. A higher rating means less energy goes to heating, cooling and powering appliances. The Australian government requires all new homes to have at least a 6 star NatHERS rating. However, a 7 star rating should translate into a 25 per cent cut in energy use compared with the average home.

    According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, Australian households are responsible for about 20 pct of greenhouse gas emissions. The average household generates more tham 7 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Energy Matters, 9 Feb., 2018) Contact: CEFC, info@cefc.com.au, www.cefc.com.au

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


    $81Mn Energy Efficiency Funding Available in Alberta (Funding)
    Alberta
    Date: 2018-02-12
    in Edmonton, the Province of Alberta and federal governments have announced the availability of $81 million in new funding over 4 years to help Alberta farmers, ranchers and food processors improve energy efficiency, save on energy costs and reduce emissions. Of the total, the province is providing $61 million primarily from the provincial carbon tax revenue, and the feds are contributing $14 million.

    The funds are available to producers who want to install solar panels, convert their irrigation to low-pressure systems or add things like natural gas monitors and LED lights to improve energy efficiency.

    To date, more than 300 applications are reported to be awaiting approval. Approximately $42 million is earmarked for the Farm Energy and Agri-processing program, which is designed to encourage energy management for farms and small processors. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, Western Producer, 8 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Energy Efficiency,  Alberta Carbon Tax,  Energy Efficiency,  


    MOCA Awarded $79,000 for Modern Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
    Date: 2018-02-12
    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Custom Performance Program (CPP) has awarded the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) $79,078 in rebates for the installation of energy efficient controls and upgrades to its HVAC system.

    The upgrades, which are expected to cut the museum's energy consumption by an estimated 527,187 kWh per year, include the installation of high-efficiency supply and return-fan motors, variable frequency drives and new reconfigured heating and cooling coils, digital data controls and a new energy management system, along with replacing existing evaporative pad humidifiers with a high pressure fog system on their air handling units that service galleries and art storage. The museum is also replacing more than 350 halogen lamps in its galleries with energy saving LEDs. The project is estimated to save over 123,000 kWh per year and earn the museum an additional $9,800 in incentives through LADWP's Commercial Lighting Incentive Program . (Source: LADWP, 8 February, 2018) Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com/cpp; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, www.moca.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,  Energfy Efficiency,  


    AT&T Confirms 520MW Renewables Power Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles.
    Date: 2018-02-12
    AT&T reports it will purchase 520 MW of wind power through 2 agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources LLC -- 220 MW of power will come from the Minco V Wind Farm in Caddo County, Oklahoma and 300 MW will come from a wind farm in Webb and Duval Counties, Texas. Together, the projects are expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 250,000 homes a year.

    AT&T is also signing on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles which represent large customers' renewable energy needs and helps them stream-line solutions for buying cost-effective renewable energy. The group is led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is made up of large energy buyers working to spur progress on renewable energy and fulfill their increased demand for it. AT&T is also a member of the Business Renewables Center, an initiative that, along with the Buyers’ Principles, forms part of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.

    Since 2010, AT&T has implemented over 65,000 energy efficiency projects resulting in annualized savings of $427 million. (Source: AT&T, PR, Telecompetitor, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, Mike O'Sullivan, Snr. VP Development, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, www.buyersprinciples.org; Business Renewables Center, www.businessrenewables.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  AT&T,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    World Bank Funds Ghana Climate Change Mitigation Project (Int'l)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-02-12
    The World Bank (WB) Climate Investment Fund is reporting the launch of Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Local Communities, a 5-year, $5.5 million project to mitigate the impact of climate change in 52 forest fringe communities in Ghana. The project is being implemented by the Solidarid West Africa, a partner of the WB, which seeks to fight forest loss and half unsustainable land use practices in the drive against climate change and associated impact.

    The first component of the project focuses on the dissemination of knowledge to increase communities understanding of the linkages between climate change and their current land use practices. The second component focuses on the provision of demand driven sub-grants to communities and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) to put into practice knowledge acquired by the beneficiaries for climate change mitigations.

    The WB and its partners are implementing similar community projects in Mexico, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Peru, Brazil, Laos and Congo. (Source: GNA, World Bank, 9 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Change,  


    Ontario Investing in Social Housing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-02-12
    At Queens Park, the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Chris Ballard, and Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing have launched the GreenON Social Housing program. The new program will help improve the energy efficiency of social housing apartment buildings with fewer than 100 units across the province. Improvements will include upgrades to energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, windows, lighting and insulation, as well as enhance the long-term sustainability of buildings.

    Over the next 3 years, the province is investing $25 million to improve energy efficiency in social housing apartment buildings with less than 100 units, as well as $2 billion dollars in affordable and sustainable housing province-wide. (Source: Province of Ontario, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, PR, February 9, 2018 ) Contact: GreenON, www.GreenON.ca


    Collaborative Tech.Touts New Biomass Fuel Catalyst (Ind. Report)
    Collaborative Technologies
    Date: 2018-02-12
    Henderson, Nevada-headquartered Collaborative Technologies i reporting the availability of its proprietary biomass fuel catalyst (BFC) specifically developed for use with wood chips, bamboo and palm kernel shells. The product can be used as replacement fuel at power stations as a clean alternative to coal to reduce emissions. BFC offers technical solutions.

    The use of Collaborative Technologies BFC in conjunction with fuels improves burning efficiency and reduces particulate matter and NOx emissions and improves combustion thus cutting maintenance costs, according to the company. (Source: Collaborative Technologies LLC, PR, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Collaborative Technologies, (866) 337-0365, info@collaborativetechnologies.us, www.collaborativetechnologies.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    Great Green Fleet Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Program Sinks (Ind. Report)
    USDA,US Navy
    Date: 2018-02-12
    As reported in the Federal on Register on 1 Feb., the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI) program due to its falling on the Navy's priority list and limited available funds.

    The BPI program was launched by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Navy (Navy) in 2013 to provide incentive funds to companies refining biofuel in the United States from certain domestically grown feedstocks converted to drop-in biofuel for delivery to the Navy under the then "Great Green Fleet" initiative.

    As we reported on Dec. 21, 2016, In 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus launched the Navy's "Great Green Fleet" of ships. In its 2012 demonstration, the Green Fleet used biofuels that cost $27 per gallon, compared to about $3.50 per gallon for conventional fuels. The Navy eventually scaled back its ambitions and the Green Fleet's 2016 Mediterranean voyage used a blend that was 95 pct conventional fuel to 5 pct biofuels at a cost of $14.60 per gallon compared to the $1.60 per gallon price of conventional fuels. (Source: Federal Record, 1 Feb., Nat. Law Review, Various Media, Bergeson & Campbell, Feb. 2018) Contact: USDA, Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive Program, www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/energy-programs/farm-to-fleet/index

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Green Fleet,  US Navy,  Drop-in Biofuel,  USDA,  


    Gates Backing Carbon-Neutral A2F Fuel Project (New Prod & Tech)
    Greyrock,Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2018-02-12
    Following up on our October 7, 2016 coverage, A new carbon-neutral fuel project that extracts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and converts it into a new transportation fuel is being touted by its developers Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, Sacramento-based Carbon Engineering, and Harvard physicist David Keith, is being developed and tested in Squamich, BC.

    The project, which is being funded by Bill Gates, involves the capture of air and technology involving water electrolysis and fuels synthesis to make a liquid, carbon-neutral synthetic fuel.

    Carbon Engineering's prototype plant will extract 1 tpd of pure CO2 for a year. The company is working with Greyrock Energy and directly synthesizing CO2 and hydrogen split from water with clean electricity, and a mixture of petrol and diesel, to create a process called Air-to-Fuels (A2F). (Source: Carbon Engineering, GreenerIdeal, 10 Feb., 2018) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Geoff Holmes, Dir. Business Dev., gholmes@carbonengineering.com, www.CarbonEngineering.com; Greyrock Energy, Robert Schuetzle, CEO, Charles Nelson, VP Sales & Marketing, cnelson@greyrock.com, www.greyrock.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News A2F,  Carbon Neutral Fuel,  Greyrock,  Bill Gates,  Carbon Engineering,  


    REGI Comments on Federal Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit for 2017 Reinstatement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In Ames, Iowa, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) president Randy Howard released the following statement with regards to Federal Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit for 2017 Reinstatement:

    "We are pleased that Congress recognized the importance of biomass-based diesel and its place in the value chain and passed a retroactive extension of the biodiesel mixture excise tax credit for 2017. This credit will allow needed infrastructure investments to grow the production and distribution of these valuable renewable products. However, we are disappointed that despite strong bi-partisan support, Congress did not complete the job and continue the biodiesel tax credit into the future. Though frustrated with the partial outcome, we would like to thank all of our supporters and champions; a large group of members worked tirelessly on our behalf and we appreciate their efforts. Specifically, we would like to thank Sen. Grassley, Sen. Cantwell and their allies for their unwavering support for our industry.

    "We are pleased our supporters in Congress continue to recognize the value the biodiesel tax credit brings, like lower RIN costs, continued economic development, jobs, support of our nation’s farmers and a cleaner environment. We will continue to work alongside our elected officials and the administration on a long-term extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. Doing so is not only smart energy policy, it's smart tax policy." (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc.,PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, (703) 822-1972, Scott Hedderich Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, (515) 710-6248, Scott.hedderich@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  ,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  


    Rise Expected in 2018 Energy-Related CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions will increase by 1.8 pct this year then remain stable in 2019. The agency also noted that US energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 14 pct from 2005 to 2017 due in part to a 39 pct decline in coal-related emissions and an 11 pct fall in petroleum related emissions. Natural gas-related emissions, however, increased by 24 pct over that period.

    EIA estimates that global energy-related CO2 emissions rose 21 pct between 2005 and 2017 at an annual growth rate of 1.6 percent. The rate is projected to slow to 1 pct in 2018 and remain essentially flat in 2019. (Source: US EIA, Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Conn. Lawmakers Renew Carbon Tax Proposal (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In Hartford, a group of Connecticut lawmakers are reintroducing a proposed $15 per ton state carbon tax again introducing a carbon tax levied on emissions from coal, oil, natural gas, propane, or any other petroleum products. It would also be levied on electricity generators that use fossil fuels. In 2017, the bill died in committee after a public hearing.

    Connecticut is a RGGI member state along with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. New Jersey, a former RGGI member state is rejoing and Virginia is seeking entry. (Source; CT News Jumkie, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  RGGI,  


    Denmark Increases Wind Turbine R&D Support by €27Mn (Int'l)
    Danish Wind Industry Association
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In Copenhagen, the Danish Energy Ministry is reported to have agreed upon a €27 million package to fund wind energy turbine test beds outside of existing national test centers through 2018 1nd 2019.

    According to the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA), up to 35MW in prototype turbines can be installed in Denmark. The prototype wind turbines will help to maintain important Danish wind energy R&D activities.The new funding is subject to European Commission approval. (Source: Danish Wind Industry Association, Political Lore, 10 Feb., 2018) Contact: Danish Wind Industry Assoc., www.windpower.org/en; Danish Energy Ministry, https://stateofgreen.com/en/profiles/the-danish-ministry-of-climate-and-energy; Danish Energy Agency -- Energistyrelsen, https://ens.dk/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Danish Wind Industry Association,  


    Columbia, Missouri Exceeding Renewable Energy Goals (Ind. Report)
    Columbia Water & Light
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In the Show Me State, the city of Columbia's 2018 Renewable Energy Report notes the city of 120,600 residents now sources almost 16 pct of its energy from renewable sources, easily exceeding the city's 5 pct renewable energy goal throughout 2017. The draft report notes the city's renewable energy goal is pegged at 30 pct by the end of 2028. The report also noted a 91 pct increase in the capacity of customer-installed photovoltaic systems between 2016 and 2017. (Source: Columbia Water & Light, Columbia Daily Tribune, 9 Feb., 2018)Contact: Columbia Water & Light, Tad Johnsen, (573) 874-2489, www.como.gov/utilities/water-and-light

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Columbia Water & Light,  Renewable Energy,  


    Taiwan EPA OK's Orsted Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
    Orsted,DONG Energy
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In Taipei, the Taiwanese Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) reports it has approved Orsted's -- formerly DONG Energy -- proposed four offshore wind energy projects for construction off Changhua County in Taiwan.

    With the approval, construction of the first of the four projects could get underway as early as 2019. Upon completion, the four offshore wind farms could generate sufficient green electricity for approximately 2.8 million Taiwanese households. (Source: Orsted, Wind Power Engineering, Others, 9 Feb., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, CEO Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  DONG Energy,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    LONGi Solar Planning Indian Module Manufacturing Facility (Int'l)
    LONGi Green Energy Technology
    Date: 2018-02-12
    Chinese solar products manufacturer LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiary LONGi Solar reports it will expand its solar cell and module plant in Andhra Pradesh, India.

    LONGi will invest $309 million -- about $240 million in construction costs and roughly $68 million in working capital -- to double the Andhra Pradesh plants' capacity from 500MW to 1GW respectively. Construction completion and commissioning is expected by the end of August 2019, for full production in January 2020.

    The project is being operated by Lerri Solar Technology (India) Private Ltd, which is 40 pct owned by LONGi and 60 pct owned by LONGi Solar. (Source: LONGi Solar, PR, 7 Feb., 2018)Contact: LONGI Solar, LONGi Green Energy Technology, en.longi-solar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LONGi,  Solar,  LONGi Green Energy Technology,  


    Organic Power Installing GWE Raptor AD Plant in Puerto Rico (Int'l)
    Organic Power Ltd,Global Water Engineering
    Date: 2018-02-12
    County Cork, Ireland-based Organic Power Ltd. reports it is installing a Global Water Engineering (GWE) Raptor anaerobic digestion plant to convert Napier grass feedstock mixed with waste materials into biogas, which will be used for electric power production at its facility in Bega Baja, Puerto Rico.

    According to the company website, "Organic Power plans to commercially deliver clean, competitive, dispatchable electricity by undertaking large scale projects which include intermittent generation sources, energy storage and dedicated High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) grid infrastructure to access appropriate markets which may be in a different location to the energy resource." (Source: Organic Power Ltd., Biomass Mag, Feb., 2018) Contact: Organic Power Ltd., +353 (0) 28 51951 info@organicpower.ie, www.organicpower.ir; Global Water Engineering, (512) 697-1930 00 Austin, Texas office, www.globalwaterengineering.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  Organic Power Ltd.,  Biogas,  Waste-to-Energy,  Organic Power Ltd,  


    Meridian, Generex Seal Corn Ethanol Byproducts Deal (Ind. Report)
    Meridian Waste Solutions,Attis Innovations
    Date: 2018-02-12
    Further to our Jan. 12, coverage, Atlanta-based Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. reports it has inked a strategic partnership with Alpharette, Georgia-based Genarex LLC, to develop a range of agricultural waste based bioadditives for the plastics market.

    According to Meridian, the US corn ethanol industry produces about 50 million tpy of distillers dried grains(DDGs) which Genarex's technology converts into a polymerized material branded as Bylox. This material is claimed to have a high value as a functional filler in numerous plastic formulations.

    Attis Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., recovers lignin from the byproduct stream of biomass processing industries, such as pulp and paper and cellulosic ethanol. The recovered lignin is said to be unique in that it is a melt flowing biomaterial that is low cost and acts as a polymerized biofiller in applications such as plastics, adhesives and transportation fuels. .(Source: Meridian, WMW, 10 Feb., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878, www.amsnt.comwww.MWSinc.com; Attis, www.attisinnovations.com; Genarex LLC, (470) 253-1616, info@generex.com, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/genarex-inc, www.generex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Genarex,  Meridian Waste Solutions,  Bioplastic,  Ethanol,  Attis Innovations,  


    AEP Strategic Vision for a Clean Energy Future 2018 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    American Electric Power
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP) has released a report outlining the company's strategy for a clean energy future.

    The report outlines a business strategy that will lead to reductions in CO2 emissions from its power plants of 60 pct from 2000 levels by 2030 and 80 pct from 2000 levels by 2050 through increased investments in renewable energy and other initiatives.

    Specifically, AEP plans to add 3,065 MW of solar generation and 5,295 MW of wind generation to the portfolio serving its regulated utility customers by 2030. AEP's largest planned renewable energy investment is the $4.5 billion, 2,000-mw Wind Catcher Energy Connection project in Oklahoma. If approved, Wind Catcher will be the largest contiguous wind farm in the U.S. and will deliver nearly 9 million MWh of low-cost wind energy annually to AEP customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Between 2018 and 2020, the company also plans to invest approximately $1.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage.

    AEP has factored future carbon regulations into the company's evaluation of generation resource options for many years and will continue to do so. The company already has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 44 pct since 2000.

    Download AEP's Strategic Vision for a Clean Energy Future 2018 HERE. (Source: American Electric Power, www.aep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  Carbon Emiossions,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


    AEP Clean Energy Strategy for Future Carbon Dioxide Reductions -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    American Electric Power
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Columbus, Ohio-headquartered utility giant American Electric Power (AEP) has released its Strategic Vision for a Clean Energy Future 2018 report outlining the company's strategy for a addressing climate change and a clean energy future. The strategy includes new carbon dioxide emission reduction goals , investments in renewable energy resources and advanced technologies to enhance the efficiency of the power grid.

    Between 2018 and 2020, the company plans to invest approximately $1.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage. AEP has factored future carbon regulations into its evaluation of generation resource options and has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 44 pct since 2000.

    Download AEP's Strategic Vision for a Clean Energy Future 2018 HERE. (Source: American Electric Power, Feb., 2018) Contact: AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


    Notable Quote -- Carbon Tax
    CalSTRS
    Date: 2018-02-09
    "We all know the capital markets work best when we have honest pricing signals. Currently carbon pollution, which is costing society hundreds of billions of dollars per year, is priced too low, or in some cases not at all. That's unacceptable." -- Jack Ehnes, CEO, California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: CalSTRS, (800) 228-5453, www.calstrs.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CalSTRS,  Carbon Tax,  


    USC Converts Methane into Useful Chemicals (New Prod & Tech)
    University of California
    Date: 2018-02-09
    University of California (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute scientists report a new, more efficient pathway for converting the potent GHG methane directly into basic chemicals for manufacturing plastics and other valuable chemicals. Methane is reportedly 86 times more potent and damaging as a GHG than CO2 over a 20-year horizon, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    USC researchers used a catalyst called H-SAPO-34 derived from a class of nanoporous crystals (zeolites) to convert methane directly to ethylene and propylene, or olefin. The USC method replaced traditionally difficult, expensive and inefficient processes that add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The majority of ethylene and propylene is produced from petroleum oil and shale liquid cracking, which consumes enormous amounts of energy. Contact time is the key for this effective and simple catalyst to produce usable fuel from methane.

    While similar in structure and name, methane is not directly interchangeable with methanol, although most methanol is synthetically produced from methane. The USC scientists have reduced the steps necessary to efficiently convert methane to olefins.

    The research was made possible with the support of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy. (Source: University of Southern California News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute (213) 740-5962, loker.usc.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHG,  


    Ohio State, Univ. of Toronto Join University Climate Change Coalition (Ind. Report)
    University Climate Change Coalition
    Date: 2018-02-09
    The Ohio State University in Columbus reports it has joined the newly launched University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), an alliance of 13 leading North American research universities that will create a collaborative model to help local communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

    As part of the coalition, and under a 2015 agreement with the province of Ontario, University of Toronto has also joined UC3 and has set a goal to reduce GHG emissions by 37 pct from 1990 levels by the year 2030. Despite a 26 pct growth in floor space and an 18 pct enrollment increase, U of T lowered its total greenhouse gas emissions by 32 pct from 2008 to 2016. The university is also developing programming to engage the Toronto area community in sustainability.

    In launching UC3, an initial group of universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico has committed to mobilize their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states. All UC3 members have pledged to reduce their institutional carbon footprints, with commitments ranging from making more climate-friendly investments to becoming operationally carbon neutral.

    Specific to Ohio State's carbon footprint is a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and another to reduce total campus building energy consumption by 25 pct by 2025. Since 2015, Ohio State cut its emissions by 4.8 pct.

    Immediate goals for each UC3 member includes convening a climate change forum in 2018 to bring together community and business leaders, elected officials and other local stakeholders. UC3 will operate in close partnership with Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network, a group of hundreds of colleges and universities that have committed to taking action on climate.

    In 2016, the UC3 coalition together performed about one-quarter of the environmental science research conducted by all U.S. institutions, according to data collected by the National Science Foundation. From 2012 to 2017, researchers at UC3 member institutions were responsible for 48,518 publications on climate science-related topics, including environmental science, agricultural and biological sciences, energy, engineering, earth and planetary sciences, and more. (Source: The Ohio State University, University of Toronto, PR, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: The Ohio State University, osu.edu/initiatives/sustainability; Second Nature, http://secondnature.org/UC3; UC3 Climate Leadership Network, http://secondnature.org/climate-leadership-network-map; University of Toronto, University Climate Change Coalition, Prof. John Robinson, (416) 946-8939, https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/profs/john-robinson

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University Climate Change Coalition,  


    Saskatchewan Biodiesel Producer Bites the Bullet (Ind. Report)
    Milligan BioFuels
    Date: 2018-02-09
    On the Canadian prairies, Foam Lake, Saskatchewan-based biodiesel producer Milligan BioFuels has been forced into receivership by its secured creditors, including ATB, a Calgary-based energy firm, where the chair of the Milligan board appears to be a principal, and several smaller equipment providers.

    A pioneer in Canadian biodiesel, Milligan was developed through local initiatives and technologies from the University of Saskatchewan and Agriculture Canada. The company produced more than 20 million lpy of biodiesel, using more than 50,000 tpy of canola. (Source: Western Producer, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: Milligan Biofuel, (306) 272-6284, https://milliganbiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Milligan BioFuels news,  Biodiesel news,  


    Aker Expands Into Floating Offshore Wind (Ind. Report)
    Aker Solutions,Principle Power
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Oslo-headquartered Aker Solutions reports it has invested in Emeryville, California-based floating wind power technology company Principle Power Inc., forming an alliance that brings Aker's extensive track record in developing offshore oil and gas fields, with particular capabilities in floating facilities, to the rapidly growing offshore wind sector.

    The partnership will help bring Principle Power's innovative WindFloat offshore wind floating foundations to a broader market. The WindFloat foundation allows wind turbines to be placed at offshore sites with some of the most abundant wind resources, irrespective of water depths. Installation, operation and maintenance of the WindFloat foundation lower the risks, costs and environmental impact compared with competing technology.

    Aker Solutions purchased an initial 5 pct stake in Principle Power and will increase this to 10 pct by the end of this year. It has the option to increase ownership further at a later stage. Financial details of the transaction have not been released. (Source: Aker Solutions, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Aker Solutions, Luis Araujo, CEO, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Solutions,  Offshore Wind,  Principle Power ,  


    Ann Arbor Commits to Renewables, Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
    City of Ann Arbor,Renewable Energy,Climate Change,DTE
    Date: 2018-02-09
    In Michigan, the city of Ann Arbor City Council reports it has unanimously adopted a resolution to power 100 pct of the city's municipal government operations with renewable energy sources by 2035 or sooner. Currently, an estimated 20-30 pct of the city's energy comes from renewable sources. The resolution is in keeping with the city's Climate Action Plan.

    The city expects to meet its goal through a combination of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and optimal business practices, the possible enrollment in the DTE's MIGreenPower program or building extensive solar infrastructure in Ann Arbor. The 100 pct renewable goal covers Scope 1 emissions (directly produced by city facilities and city vehicles) and Scope 2 emissions (electricity, steam, and heating and cooling that is purchased for city government use). Scope 3 emissions (indirect emissions from commuting or travel, goods, or waste) is not included. Direct purchase of carbon offset certificates is reported to be unlikely.

    In addition to this resolution, the city passed a resolution last August supporting a federal Carbon Fee and Dividend plan, such as the one proposed by Citizens Climate Lobby. (Source: Citizens Climate Lobby, WEMW 7 Feb. 2018) Contact: Citizens Climate Lobby, https://citizensclimatelobby.org; City of Ann Arbor, City Council, (734) 794-6161, www.a2gov.org; DTE MIGreenPower Program, http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-tou-MISCON_Presentation-MIGreenPower-Londo_602575_7.pdf


    Japanese Companies Develop New Biomass Pellet Fuels (Int'l)
    Idemitsu Kosan,Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering
    Date: 2018-02-09
    According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Japanese companies are developing biofuels that can be blended with coal and burned to cut power plant CO2 emissions.

    Oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan has developed a new type of pellet fuel made from compressed wood waste carbonized at a low temperature that can be mixed with at the rate of 30 pct and burned in coal-fired plants. The company plans to produce the pellets in Thailand and market them to Japanese power companies.

    In other related developments, Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. Ltd has developed equipment that can process biomass waste at Southeast Asian palm plantations into biofuel. It employs steel-rolling technology to squeeze impurities out of plant matter, creating a solid fuel that -- like Idemitsu's pellets -- can replace up to 30 pct of coal at a thermal power plant. The engineering company plans to begin selling the equipment to plantation operators in Indonesia and Malaysia in fiscal 2018. (Source: Idemitsu Kosan, Nikkei Asian Review, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Idemitsu Kosan, www.idemitsu.com; Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co Ltd., www.eng.nssmc.com/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Idemitsu Kosan,  Coal,  Biomass,  


    Advanced Biofuels "Not Yet Viable", Study Warns (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Research conducted by Ireland-based Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd. has found that less than 1 pct of projected capacity for advanced biofuel production worldwide has become reality, and warns policy makers against placing "too much hope in the fledgling technology."

    "Advanced biofuels are not yet viable, are not rising at all, and have accumulated losses of billions in failed projects," the research says, adding that the "myth of the advanced biofuel industry survives on a long-run campaign of misinformation by promoters of advanced biofuels technologies. Contrary to statements from promoters of advanced biofuels, in the European Union, advanced biofuels production capacity is not growing steadily and there are not several examples showcasing this development," the report adds.

    European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePIRE) Secretary General Emmanuel Desplechin has called for an analysis of the "real data" from the International Energy Agency (IEA) which says biofuels consumption in the transport sector must triple by 2030 in order for the world to keep global warming well below 2 degree C, the target in the Paris Agreement. "It stressed that two-thirds of that increase should come from advanced biofuels and notably from cellulosic ethanol, and also points out that first-generation biofuels also have an important contribution to make while the massive scale-up of advanced technology is underway," Desplechin concluded. (Source: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd., Euractiv, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd., administrator@eerl.com, www.eerl.com; (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd,  Advanced Biofuel,  Cellulosics,  Biofuel,  ePure,  


    Innergex Nails $1.1Bn Altere Power Acquisition (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Innergex Renewable Energy, Alterra Power
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Following up on our November 3, 2017 coverage, Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports the completion of the previously disclosed acquisition of all issued and outstanding common shares of Alterra for $1.1 billion, including the assumption of Alterra's debt.

    The acquisition of Alterrra adds 485 MW (gross 1,049 MW) of renewable energy assets, in operation and under construction, to Innergex's portfolio, bringing the Corporation's total capacity to 1,609 MW (gross 2,896 MW). By 2020, Innergex's net installed capacity is expected to reach over 2,000 MW from a well-diversified resource mix of hydro, wind, solar and geothermal projects in Canada, the U.S., France and Iceland. The acquisition also brings Innergex an extensive pipeline of prospective projects in preliminary stages or in progress, with an estimated net capacity of more than 5,000 MW.

    Innergex develops, acquires, owns and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar photovoltaic farms and geothermal power generation plants in Canada, France, the US and Iceland. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, PR, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com; Alterra Power Corp., Jon Schintler, VP Project Finance, Peter Lekich, Corporate Communications, (604) 235.6719, info@alterrapower.ca, www.alterrapower.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex Renewable Energy,  Alterra Power,  


    Maui Electric Agrees to Moloka'i New Energy Partners Solar Power Purchase (Ind. Report)
    Maui Electric Company
    Date: 2018-02-09
    In the Aloha State, Maui Electric Company reports it has agreed to purchase electricity from Moloka'i New Energy Partners' proposed 2.7-megawatt solar and battery energy storage facility. The project is expected to be online before the end of 2019, subject to Public Utilities Commission approval.

    The facility would be the island of Moloka'i's first large-scale solar facility and would include a 3-mw battery energy storage system. It would be constructed on land owned by Moloka'i Ranch adjacent to Maui Electric's Pala'au Power Plant. (Source: Maui Electric Company, MauiNow, 6 Feb., 2018) Moloka'i New Energy Partners, Charles Magolske, https://molokai.solar

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maui Electric Company,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Acwa Power Wins Saudi Solar PV Project (Int'l Report)
    ACWA Power
    Date: 2018-02-09
    In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh-headquartered ACWA Power reports it has won the contract for the Skaka IPP PV solar project, the first utility scale renewable energy plant in Saudi Arabia. Located in Al Jouf, the $302 million facility is expected to generate 300 MW.

    The country is aiming to generate 9.5 GW of renewable energy by 2023.

    ACWA Power is a developer, investor, co-owner and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants currently with presence in 11 countries including in the Middle East and North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. (Source: ACWA Power, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: ACWA Power, www.acwapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA Power,  Solar,  


    GEVO Inks Texas Isobutanol Right to Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Muskat Corp
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc.reports it has inked an exclusive "right to sell" agreement with the Houston-Headquartered national fuel distributor Musket Corporation. Under the terms of the agreement,Musket sell GEVO's renewable isobutanol within a 300 mile radius of Houston, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma, Louisiana and much of south and east Texas.

    Houston is classified as a Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) market under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.(Source: GEVO, Various Media, 8 February, 2018) Contact: Musket Corp., JP Fjeld-Hansen, VP, www.musketcorp.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  Musket Corp,  


    Cyclone Power Seeks Thermal Storage System Patents (Ind. Report)
    Cyclone Power Technologies
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Pompano Beach, Florida-headquartered Cyclone Power Technologies reports it has filed for patents for the Cyclone Thermal Storage Unit and the Cyclone Thermal Medium. The Cyclone Thermal Storage Unit (TSU) propriety technology uses salt water to produce a water proof and mold proof cement system developed by Genesis. That can be built on site in areas that have no or limited access to fresh water. Our recently announced new subsidiary, Cyclone Thermal Storage Genesis LLC, has the exclusive rights to this method for the Thermal Storage Unit and the exclusive rights to produce the Thermal Storage Unit .

    The Cyclone Thermal Medium (CTM), also a proprietary technology, is a benign storage agent that does not solidify and can retain high temperatures. It will flow thru the Cyclone trough system and gather heat from the sun and move it to the Cyclone Thermal Storage Unit. The TSU can also be used to store energy from bio-mass and other heat sources to be used to heat water, heat homes, or produce electricity or a combination of all three. (Source: Cyclone Power Technologies, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Cyclone Power Technologies, (954) 943-8721, www.cyclonepower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cyclone Power Technologies,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    LSB Lobbies for 2021 EU Advanced Biofuels Mandate Start (Int'l)
    Sustainable Biofuels
    Date: 2018-02-09
    In a move to bolster advanced biofuels investor confidence, Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB), a coalition of 12 advanced biofuels producers and technology developers, is calling on EU institutions to set its new advanced biofuels blend mandate -- Annex IX part A of the Renewable Energy Directive -- to begin in 2021. The coalition is chaired by UPM Public Affairs director Marko Janhunen.

    According to a LSB statement, the European Commission and European Parliament are aligned with the request for the advanced biofuels mandate to come into effect in 2018. However, the European Council is proposing for the mandate to kick off in 2025. LSB argues that if the Council gets its way, there would be significant political insecurity for sector, jeopardizing the swift uptake of advanced biofuels in the EU. Conversely, a binding Annex IX part A based target would "set a strong framework for investments in sustainable, novel and innovative technologies and production facilities," according to the LSB statement. (Source: Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, Biofuels Int'l.,Others, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, www.sustainablebiofuelsleaders.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  Sustainable Biofuels ,  


    Acciona, Tuto Constructing 404MW Mexican Solar Project (Int'l)
    Acciona Energía,Tuto Energy
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Acciona Energia reports construction is underway on the 404MW Puerto Libertad photovoltaic solar project in Sonora, Mexico. The project is a 50-50 joint venture with the Mexican company Tuto Energy, a subsidiary of the group BioFields. The project is slated to be fully operational early in 2019.

    Of the project's total capacity, 229MW will be purchased by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Another 114MW comes under a PPA between the consortium that owns the project and the company Tuto Energy Trading. The power from this capacity will be sent to the installations of a major Mexican industrial group. Energy produced by the remaining 61MW will be sold on the wholesale electricity market.

    The facility will incorporate 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon panels mounted on horizontal tracker systems and will generate approximately 963GWh of power -- sufficient to cover the electricity demand of 583,000 Mexican homes. Acciona Energia will carry out the turnkey construction of the Mexico plant as the EPC provider. It will also has a 2-year operation and maintenance (O&M) contract. (Source: Acciona, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Tuto Energy, 52-55-55401540, www.biofields.com; Contact: Acciona Energia, Acciona Green Energy Developments, Miguel Angel Alonso, Dir., Mexico, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tuto Energy,  Acciona Energía,  Solar,  


    Historic Bldg Energy Efficiency Grants Offered in ME (Ind. Report)
    Maine Community Foundation
    Date: 2018-02-09
    The Maine Community Foundation's Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Fund reports the availability of up to $20,000 in grant funding for non-profit organization-owned historic building restoration and energy audits and efficiency upgrades. The program, which typically awards $250,000 per year, will expand in 2018 to award an additional $100,000 each year for energy efficiency projects.

    The energy efficiency-related grants are the result of a successful pilot program called Grants to Green, a three-year effort of the Community Foundation, Maine Development Foundation, and Efficiency Maine. (Source: Maine Community Foundation, Lincoln News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maine Community Foundation, Maggie Drummond-Bahl, Snr. Program Manager, mbahl@mainecf.org, www.mainecf.org

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


    ION Energy Acquires Battery Management Firm Freemens (M&A)
    ION Energy, Freemens SAS
    Date: 2018-02-09
    US-headquartered high performance energy storage systems startup ION Energy is reporting its acquisition on Grenoble, France-based battery management company, Freemens SAS. ION will also invest in Freemens' battery management business and grow the portfolio of customers in India, US and other parts of the EU.

    Freemens designs, manufactures and licenses cutting edge, high precision and chemistry agnostic Battery Management Systems for Lithium-Ion batteries. All Freemens products come with a powerful software ecosystem that enables real time monitoring of batteries and active management via over the air updates, according to the company website. (Source: ION Energy, VCCircle, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Freemens SAS, www.freemens.fr; ION Energy, www.ionenergy.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion Battery,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Tampa Electric Touts LED Street Light Conversion Plan (Ind. Report)
    Tampa Electric
    Date: 2018-02-09
    In the Sunshine State, investor-owned Tampa Electric reports it will covert all 209,821 of its inefficient street lights to efficient LED fixtures. The LED conversion program is expected to cut peak demand by about 30 mw, annual energy use by about 128 gigawatt-hours, and reduce CO2 emissions by about 63,000 tpy

    (Source: Tampa Electric, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Tampa Electric, www.tampaelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Street Light news,  Tampa Electric news,  


    SUNY Offers Bldg. Energy Efficiency Training Program (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA,NYPA
    Date: 2018-02-09
    State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson and SUNY College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson are reporting receipt of a grant of more than $220,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop a training program for building operations and maintenance personnel who will use the New York Energy Manager (NYEM) facility operated by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to identify opportunities for energy efficiency at their facilities.

    NYEM is a digital energy data management system that collects energy use data from participating buildings across New York State, performs an analysis to identify hidden costs and inefficiencies in energy use trends and patterns, and provides guidance on how to be more efficient. The new training program could eventually be offered throughout the NY State university system.(Source: SUNY, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: NYPA NYEM, www.nypa.gov/services/digital-energy-services/ny-energy-manager; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYPA,  NYSERDA,  SUNY,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Enwave Energy Expands Toronto Thermal Energy System (Ind. Report)
    Enwave
    Date: 2018-02-09
    Enwave Energy Corporation reports they are joining forces to extend Enwave's existing Deep Lake Water Cooling and hot water distribution networks by building a new energy storage facility at The Well, a mixed-use residential, commercial and retail development in Toronto's downtown west.

    The thermal energy storage facility consists of two 6-million-litre tanks that will store temperature-controlled water fed by Enwave's existing Deep Lake Water Cooling system and a newly developed high-efficiency hot water network and serve over 20 million square feet of commercial, retail and residential space.

    Enwave Energy Corporation, together with its affiliates, is a fully integrated, sustainable energy services provider owned by Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners. With assets in Toronto, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Windsor, London, and Charlottetown, Enwave operates intelligent thermal energy systems that generate, store, distribute and share energy in its different forms across all of its communities. (Source: RioCan REIT, Enwave, PR, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: RioCan REIT, Ed Sonshine, CEO, www.riocan.com; Enwave Energy Corp., (416) 338-8906, www.enwave.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy,  


    Univ. of Md. Plans $21.5Mn Energy Conservation Effort (Ind. Report)
    University of Maryland
    Date: 2018-02-07
    Baltimore-based Constellation, reports it has contracted with the Maryland Clean Energy Center, to complete $21.5 million in energy conservation upgrades on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Upgrades include: energy efficient lighting, lab hood ventilation upgrades, new automated HVAC controls, building envelope improvements, transformer updates and chiller plant optimization. The project, which will impact eight campus buildings is scheduled to be completed by April 2019.

    The project is expected to save conserve over 6.4 million kWh of electricity and $1.7 million in utility costs in its first year. Over $18 million of tax-exempt financing has been secured for the project. University of Maryland aims to cut its total energy consumption 20 pct by 2020. (Source: University of Maryland, Maryland Clean Energy Center, Baltimore Bus. Journal, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maryland Clean Energy Center, (443) 949-8505, www.mdcleanenergy.org; Constellation, Kelly Biemer, (410) 470-9700, www.constellation.com; University of Maryland, www.umd.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Constellation,  Maryland Clean Energy Center,  


    Golden State GHG Emissions Falling, says EIA (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-02-07

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), from 1990 to 2015, California's electric power sector GHG emissions fell by 24 pct, commercial and residential sector emissions declined approximately 14 pct, and industrial emissions sank by 13 pct. Transportation-related emissions decreased from 2007 through 2013 but rose in 2014 and 2015. California's GHG emissions from agriculture and other uses are smaller in magnitude but have more than tripled since 1990.

    Overall, the state's total GHG emissions were 2 pct above 1990 levels as of 2015. Approximately 86 pct of the state's GHG emissions were related to energy consumption, according to the EIA. (Source: US EIA, Feb., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Carbon Emissions,  US EIA,  


    Novozymes Intros Yeast for Ethanol Producers (New Prod & Tech)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2018-02-07
    Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes reports the unveiling of its new yeast platform for starch-based ethanol production. designed to help ethanol producers ‘get more’ from their raw materials. The first product in the new yeast platform is Innova Drive, a new yeast strain designed to reduce fermentation time by up to two hours compared to current yeasts, according to Novozymes.

    Novozymes claims that during fermentation, Innova Drive produces a higher-performing glucoamylase enzyme. Apparently, this enzyme is twice as effective as glucoamylases produced by other yeast products when it comes to converting sugar into ethanol. (Source: Noovozymes, Feb., 2018) , Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Yeast,  Enzymes,  Biofuel,  

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