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$100Mn ADB Loan Supports Vietnamese MSW-to-Energy Projects (Int'l)
MSW,Asian Development Bank
Date: 2018-02-07
In Vietnam, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it will loan $100 million to China Everbright International Limited (CEIL) to support the construction and operation of a series of municipal solid waste-to-energy (WTE) plants to be constructed in primary and secondary cities in the Mekong Delta. The WTE plants will supply electricity to the local electricity grid.

From 2004 to 2015, waste generation in Vietnam increased by about 78.2 pct from 15.6 million tpy to about 27.8 million tpy. To date, only one plant, supported by technical assistance funds and grants, has been built with a capacity to treat 75 tpd of industrial waste and a power generation capacity of 1.93 MW. (Source: Asian Dev. Bank, OpenGov, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank ,  MSW,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Waste-to-Energy,  


XTO Energy Comments on Methane Reduction Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
XTO Energy, ExxonMobil
Date: 2018-02-07
"In November, 2017, ExxonMobil signed onto a commitment with several companies aimed at reducing methane emissions within the natural gas industry. That agreement built off earlier efforts announced in 2017 to enhance ExxonMobil's voluntary methane-reduction activities.

"As I wrote at the time about this multi-partner pact, advocating for sound policies and regulations is key to helping drive improvements. That's because even though the companies that signed the agreement are fairly large -- BP, Shell, Eni, Statoil, Total, etc. in addition to ExxonMobil) -- methane emissions constitute a very small fraction of the overall natural gas picture. The correct mix of policies and regulations could help the entire industry raise the bar.

"So what would a framework for jurisdictionally appropriate regulatory action with regard to methane look like? Ultimately, ExxonMobil thinks it should include: new wells should follow "green completion" procedures; rules should promote Leak Detection and Repair programs; basic data should be reported to regulatory bodies for consolidation and to underpin a regulatory effort that both encourages and keeps up with continuous technological innovation." (Source: XTO Energy Blog, ExxonMobil, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: XTO Energy, Sara Ortwein, Pres., www.xtoenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News XTO Energy,  Methane,  GHG,  ExxonMobil,  


UPM Considers New Finnish Woody Biomass Biofuel Plant (Int'l)
UPM
Date: 2018-02-07
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered pulp and paper maker UPM reports it is considering construction of a new renewable fuel -- biofuel plant in Kotka, southern Finland. The proposed plant would produce approximately 500,000 tpy of advanced biofuels for the transport sector. Details of possible construction and plant startup dates have not been annoinced.

In 2017, UPM began evaluating the potential of building a smaller biorefinery in Germany to convert woody biomass into materials that can be used in textiles, bottles, composites and plastics. (Source: UPM, Various Media, Reuters, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  Biofuel,  UPM Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


States Break Ethanol Blend Record in 2016 (Ind. Report)
RFS
Date: 2018-02-07
According to the Washington-based Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), 30 U.S. states and the District of Columbia had an average gasoline-ethanol blend rate of 10.02 pct in 2016, based on the latest ethanol consumption figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In 2015, 25 states had an average blend rate greater than 10 pct and the national average ethanol content was 9.91 pct.

The states with the highest average ethanol content in 2016 were Minnesota and Iowa. In Minnesota, the ethanol blending rate was 12.4 pct. About one out of eight gas stations in the state offer E85. Iowa's average ethanol content in 2016 was 11.4 pct, according to EIA data. States pushing past the 10 pct blending average for the first time in 2016 were Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Texas. The lowest blending rate among the states was 9.43 pct , with blending averages of 10 pct and lower primarily in the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. (Source: RFA, EIA, CSP News, Feb., 2018)Contact: U.S. EIA, www.eia.gov; RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  EIA,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  RFS,  


Quinbrook to Repower Calif. Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners,Scout CLean Energy,Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm
Date: 2018-02-07
Houston-headquartered Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners reports its Quinbrook Low Carbon Power Fund has been awarded a new long term lease to repower the 33-year old Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm, in Pacheco State Park in central California. The project rights were won and the lease was secured by Boulder, Colorado-based wind energy developer Scout Clean Energy .

The lease awards Scout the exclusive right to build, own and operate a new wind farm project at the Gonzaga site, a major investment project that is projected to increase the wind farm's production capacity from 16.5 MW to an expected 65-80 MW. (Source: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, PR, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Quinbrook Infrastructure Projects, Shawn Cumberland, Senior Managing Director, (713 )580-8022, www.quinbrook.com; Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners,  Wind,  Gonzaga Ridge,  Wind,  Wind Repowere ,  


GE Supplying 144 Turbines for ENGIE Brazilian Wind Projects (Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy,ENGIE Brazil
Date: 2018-02-07
GE Renewable Energy reports it will supply 144 of its 2.5-116 turbines for the ENGIE owned Umburanas Wind Farm Complex in upstate Bahia, Brazil. GE Renewable Energy will also provide 10 years of Operations and Maintenance at the Umburanas Wind Farm. This 360MW wind installment will add to the 326.7MW under commissioning by GE Renewable Energy at the neighboring Campo Largo I wind farm, also owned by ENGIE.

The Campo Largo 1 site is currently under construction and will begin commercial operations in January 2019 when it will generate sufficient electric power for up to 600,000 inhabitants. The newly announced 360MW Umburanas project has also begun construction, and the first turbines are set to be delivered in 2018. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, WebWire, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: ENGIE Brazil, Eduardo Sattamini, Pres., +55 21 2505 1100, www.engie.com.br/en; GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com, www.linkedin.com/in/vikas-anand-716a943

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  ENGIE Brazil,  


E.ON Sells Partial Stake in 228-MW Texas Wind Farm (M&A)
E.ON SE,E.on Climate & Renewables
Date: 2018-02-07
German utility E.ON SE is reporting the December, 2017 sale of an unspecified stake in its 228-MW Bruenning's Breeze wind farm in Willacy County, Texas to a unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co and an unnamed investor. Financial details were not revealed.

The Bruenning's Breeze facility is powered by 76 Acciona AW-125 3.0 MW turbines that generate sufficient power for approximately 75,000 households. The deal enabled E.on Climate & Renewables to secure tax equity financing for the wind park in exchange for a partial interest in the facility, E.on said on Monday. It did not provide further details about the transaction, which was completed in December 2017. (Source: E.ON Climate & Renewables, E.ON, Renewables Now, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: E.ON Climate & Renewables, (312) 923-9463, www.eoncrna.com

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


EU Offshore Wind Capacity Grows 25 pct in 2017 (Int'l Report)
WindEurope
Date: 2018-02-07
According to WindEurope, installed offshore wind capacity in Europe grew 25 pct in 2017 to 15.8GW, an increase of 3.1GW on 2016, with the addition of 13 new offshore wind farms -- 1.7 GW in the UK and 1.3GW in German waters.

There are now more than 4000 offshore wind turbines operating across 11 countries in Europe. A further 11 offshore wind farms are under construction, which will add another 2.9GW of installed capacity. WindEurope adds that the current project pipeline should lead to 25GW installed by 2020, although offshore wind in Europe remains "heavily concentrated" in a small number of countries -- 98 pct in the UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium. (Source: WindEurope, renews, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: WindEurope, +32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  WindEurope,  


OPES Solutions Touts Ultra-Light Solar Module (New Prod & Tech)
OPES Solutions,Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics
Date: 2018-02-07
OPES Solutions, a supplier of off-grid solar modules for grid independent power supply, and the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP are touting a new O-Lite Plus ultra-light solar module which, due to the possibility of producing curved modules and their 60 grams per watt weight are particularly suitable for weight-sensitive applications.

The module concept was developed together with the Fraunhofer CSP in Halle. The institute also provided advice on material selection and is responsible for product and durability testing. (Source: OPES Solutions, PR, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: OPES Solutions, (985) 845-4477, sales@opessg.com, www.opes-solutions.com; Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics, www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/business-areas/photovoltaics/silicon-photovoltaics.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News OPES Solutions,  Solar,  Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics,  


ECRA Launches Cement Carbon Capture Demo (Int'l Report)
European Cement Research Academy
Date: 2018-02-07
In Dusseldorf,Germany, the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) reports it has begun an industrial-scale demonstration project of technology that aims at optimizing the cement kiln for carbon capture. The project will take place at two cement plants, one in Austria and one in Italy.

The project, which is part o fECRA's long-term carbon capture research project, will test the carbon capture potential of oxyfuel kilns. Oxyfual technology aims to increase the CO2 concentration of the exhaust gas stream, aiding its capture.

The two plants involved in the trial are HeidelbergCement's Colleferro plant in Italy and LafargeHolcim's Retznei plant in Austria. The cost of the project is estimated to be around €80 million of which the cement industry has committed €25 million. Additional funding will be sought from European or national research schemes. (Source: European Cement Research Academy, World Cement, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: European Cement Research Academy, +49 211 2398380, www.ecraonline.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Cement,  


Notable Quotes on Clean Coal
Sierra Club
Date: 2018-02-07
"The phrase 'clean coal' is a made-up branding slogan. It is not real. Nothing can make a coal plant clean." -- Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club.

"Right now, clean energy jobs already overwhelm dirty fuels in nearly every state across America, and that growth is only going to continue as clean energy keeps getting more affordable and accessible by the day." -- Michael Brune, Exec Dir., Sierra Club Contact: Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org/michael-brune

More Low-Carbon Energy News CLean Coal,  Coal,  Sierra Club,  


MagnaGas JV to Acquire German Biodiesel Maker InfiniteFuels (M&A)
MagnaGas,InfiniteFuels
Date: 2018-02-07
Tampa, Florida-headquartered MagneGas Corporation reports it intends to form an Ireland-based Joint Venture holding company for the acquisition of of Infinite Fuels, GmbH, an emerging biofuels producer based in northern Germany.

Initially, MagneGas will hold a 40 pct stake in the joint venture, with the possibility of increasing its equity stake to 70 pct with the balance held by the current principals of Infinite Fuels. Following formation of the joint venture, the new entity will assume 100 pct ownership of Infinite Fuels.

The joint venture will operate in two renewable energy segments. First, Infinite Fuels will launch its biodiesel operations at an existing facility based in northern Germany, currently operating through a public-private partnership. The purpose of this project will be to pilot a government-backed initiative to convert bio-waste to energy. The second initiative will be to launch the first MagneGas2® production facility in Europe. Operations under the new joint venture are expected to launch prior to March 31, 2018. (Source: MagnaGas, StreetInsider, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: MagnGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448, www.magnegas.com; Infinite Fuels GmbH, www.innoenergy.com/venture/infinite-fuels-gmbh

More Low-Carbon Energy News MagnaGas,  InfiniteFuels,  


Enerkem Raises $280Mn for Expansion (Ind. Report, Funding)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-02-07
Montreal-based biofuels and renewable chemicals from wastes specialist Enerkem Inc. reports it has raised an investment of $280 million which will be used for new facilities.

As previously reported, Enerkem's first commercial plant in Edmonton began producing ethanol in September, 2017 The new investment funds will support construction of a second facility in Varennes, Quebec. Construction is slated to get underway this Spring for completion in 18 to 24 months. Enerkem is also developing a project in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Enerkem's process turns solid waste into methanol.(Source: Enerkem, Montreal Gazette, 6 Feb., 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Methanol,  Ethanol,  


TN School District OKs $2Mn Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
TVA
Date: 2018-02-07
In the Volunteer State, Maury County Public Schools reports it will borrow $2 million to fund the second phase of the Tennessee school district's energy efficiency and conservation program.

The program includes interior lighting upgrades to LED at 16 schools and climate automation system for a more cost-effective use of energy. The program will also qualify the school district for over $75,000 in rebates from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The program will save the school district $15,000 per year, a total of $180,000 on its utility bills over the next 12 years. The upgrades at the 16 approved schools are slated to be completed by the end of the year. (Source: Maury County Public Schools, Daily Herald, 4 Feb., 2018)Contact: Maury County Public Schools, www.mauryk12.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


ESB Touts Potential €150 Mn in UK Energy Savings (Int'l)
Smart Energy Services
Date: 2018-02-07
In the UK, Shropshire-headquartered Smart Energy Services, a business line in ESB, reports it will fund €15 million in energy management and efficiency projects in 2018 to help deliver guaranteed savings of up to 60 pct for large businesses. The company also projects it will deliver €150 million in savings on energy costs for over 300 large businesses in Ireland and the UK by 2020, in response to growing demand. The company provides consultancy, capital funding, energy management services and implementation of energy projects for businesses that use large volumes of energy.

Since 2016, Smart Energy Services has partnered with 200 Irish and UK companies to help deliver more than €55 million in energy savings. (Source: ESB, Irish Examiner, 5 Feb., 2018)Contact: Smart Energy Services, +44 0 1743 871099, info@smart-energy-services.co.uk, www.smart-energy-services.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Energy Services,  Energy Efficiency,  


Broomfield, Xcel Energy Issue Business Energy Challenge (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-02-07
In Colorado, the city of Broomfield reports it has joined with Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy Program aimed at developing and adopting an Energy Efficiency and Engagement Plan for the city's businesses.

The initiative is in line with the City and County of Broomfield's goal of achieving 365 energy-related actions from Broomfield businesses by the end of 2018. An energy-related action can be any number of energy saving activities, such as installing programmable thermostats, on-site solar, an energy audit or participating in an Excel efficiency and or renewable energy program.

Participating businesses, which are encouraged to implement at least one efficiency or renewable energy activity, will gain recognition from the City and County of Broomfield, Broomfield Chamber and Xcel Energy. (Source: Xcel Energy, City of Broomfield, Feb., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy Partners in Energy, www.xcelenergy.com/PartnersinEnergy; Invest Broomfield, Mike Van Den Bosch, Senior Economic Development Specialist, www.investbroomfield.com/BEST

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


Honolulu, Hawaii Energy Retrofit City Rental Properties (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Energy
Date: 2018-02-07
In the Aloha State, the City and County of Honolulu together with Hawaii Energy, the state's ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program, are reporting the launch of an energy efficiency retrofit of 11 city-owned rental properties in Downtown Honolulu. The upgrades will include low-flow plumbing fixtures and LED energy efficient lighting that is expected to save residents up to $160 a year.

The upgrades, which are at no cost to renters, are part of Hawaii Energy's Energy Smart 4 Homes program, a free energy savings program for multifamily properties. The project is expected to save the city $120,000 annually. According to Hawaii Energy, its program delivered 141 million kWh first-year savings from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, and 1.76 billion kWh in lifetime energy savings. (Source: City of Honolulu, Hawaii Electric, Pacific Business News, 5 Feb., 2018))Contact: Hawaii Energy, Brian Kealoha, Exec. Dir, (808) 537-5577, hawaiienergy@leidos.com, www.hawaiienergy.com

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


Vestas to acquire energy analytics company Utopus Insights
Utopus Insights,Vestas
Date: 2018-02-06
Danish wind energy company Vestas has agreed to acquire New York-based Utopus Insights, an energy analytics company, for $100m. Currently, Utopus Insights offers five software tools to renewable energy producers and plans to develop new products based on its store of over 30 issued patents related to energy innovation. The acquisition will take place on a debt and cash-free basis and it is expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approvals. Vestas stated that it is planning to offer digital solutions for greater predictability, increased renewable energy production, efficient operations and better integration with energy grids. Vestas’ Group president and CEO Anders Runevad said: “Vestas’ strategic objective is to accelerate the transition towards a fully decarbonised energy sector in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible – both for our customers and for our planet. Following the completion of the transaction, Utopus Insights will continue as a stand-alone company under Vestas Service, including separate branding. The two companies will also sign development agreements that support advanced predictive and prescriptive analytics products. Recently, Vestas received an order in Thailand to supply 13 of its V136-3.45MW turbines with hub height of 162m from Winchai. These turbines are considered to be the tallest wind turbine towers in Asia. (Source: Vestas, CTBR, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Anders Runevad, Group Pres., CEO, Utopus Insights, (914) 257-7254, www.utopusinsights.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas news,  Utopus Insights news,  Wind news,  Energy Analytics news,  


Summit Agricultural Doubling Brazilian Corn Ethanol Facility (Int'l)
Summit Agricultural Group,FS Bioenergia
Date: 2018-02-05
Alden, Iowa-headquartered Summit Agricultural Group reports it plans to invest $100 million in the FS Bioenergia corn ethanol plant in Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso, Brazil from 60 million gpy to 140 million gpy by Q1, 2019. With the expansion, the plant will process an estimated 50 million bpy of corn and produce more than 14,000 tpy of corn oil and 400,000 tpy of distillers dried grains (DDG) for livestock feed.

FS Bioenergia is a collaboration between Mato Grosso agribusiness and Summit Agricultural Group which began construction on the corn-based ethanol facility in early 2016, with initial production phase beginning in mid-2017.

For the expansion, FS Bioenergia will use process technologies from Colwich, Kansas-headquartered grain ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, CTBR, 31 Jan., 2018)Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, (515) 854-9820, www.summitag.com; ICM, Dave VanderGriend, CEO, Issam Stouky, Global Business Development, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com; FS Bioenergia, +55 65 3548 1500, www.fsbioenergia.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Agricultural Group,  Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  FS Bioenergia,  


Univ. of Illinois Launches Bioenergy, Bioproducts Innovation Center (Ind. Report)
University of Illinois
Date: 2018-02-05
In Urbana, the University of Illinois is reporting the inauguration of the new Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a $115 million, US DOE-funded research center. CABBI is a collaboration between Illinois' Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and 17 partner institutions.

CABBI researchers will focus on: feedstock development, conversion of plants into fuel and the economic and environmental costs of turning plants into fuel. "CABBI seeks to harness the latest technologies in genomic biology, synthetic biology, and crop sciences to create breakthrough discoveries for sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts," according to IGB Director Gene Robinson. (Source: The Daily Illini, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Gene Robinson, Dir., (217) 284-2999, www.igb.illinois.edu; CABBI, Evan DeLucia, cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, https://cabbi.bio

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


LA Neighborhood Wins $35Mn to help Fight Climate Change (Funding)
California Strategic Growth Council
Date: 2018-02-05
In the Golden State, the California Strategic Growth Council, funded by California's Cap-and-Trade Program, reports the awarding of $35 million to the Los Angeles community of Watts to help fight climate change. The funds will be used for new green spaces, plans to improve home energy efficiency and renewable energy use, and other projects that achieve major environmental, health, & economic benefits for the community, according to a statement.

The grant awards ispart of the first year of the Transformative Climate Communities Program administered by the Strategic Growth Council, in coordination with the California Department of Conservation and other state agencies and departments. (Source: California Strategic Growth Council, City News Service, January 29, 2018) Contact: California Strategic Growth Council, sgc.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Strategic Growth Council,  Climate Change,  


EnviTec's Fifth Chinese Biogas Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
EnviTec,Shanxi Shenmu New Energy
Date: 2018-02-05
Lohne, Germany-headquartered biomethane specialist EnviTec Biogas AG reports work is underway on a new biogas facility in Shanxi, 500 kilometers southwest of Beijing. The 1,570Nm3 biogas plant, which will be operated by Shanxi Shenmu New Energy, a subsidiary of Shanxi Coal & Chemical Industry Group, is expected to be completed and commissioned at the end of 2018.

Each of the facilities six digesters will have a volume of 5,250 cubic metres. As well as two walking floors, four biogas Kreis-Dissolver units are used to process the input materials, including maize, silage, turkey manure and dairy slurry. Once commissioning at the facility has been completed, the biogas produced will be compressed to bio CNG and sold locally from the plant premises in China. (Source: EnviTec Biogas, China Daily, February, 2018)Contact: EnviTec Biogas AG, +49 (0) 44 42 / 8016 - 8100, info@envitec-biogas.com, www.envitec-biogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnviTec,  Biogas,  


BP Verenium's La. Biofuels Plant Under the Hammer (Ind. Report)
BP Verenium Biofuels
Date: 2018-02-05
Chicago-headquartered Aaron Equipment Co., in conjunction with Reich Brothers and Phoenix Equipment Corp., is reporting its recently acquired former BP Verenium Biofuels plant, including more than 40 acres of real estate and equipment in Jennings, Louisiana, is being offered for sale. The facility will initially be offered as a complete plant and then in individual pieces is not sold as a unit.

The 1.4 MMgy demonstration-scale facility opened in 2008 and was acquired by BP Biofuels North America in mid-2010. The facility was initially designed to validate cellulosic ethanol technology.

Sale details are available HERE. (Source: Aaron Equipment Co., Jan., 2018) Contact: Aaron Equipment Co., (630) 350-2200, www.aaronequipment.com; BP, www.bp.com; Verenium Biofuels, www.verenium.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verenium,  Biofuels,  


Thoughts from EPA Admin. Scott Pruitt (Notable Quotes)
EPA Scott Pruitt
Date: 2018-02-05
"Congress has put into play mandates that a certain percentage of our fuel has ethanol ... producing about 15 billion gallons of ethanol and exporting about 1 billion to 1 billion and a half [gallons]. So, we're doing very well in the ethanol sector and we're exporting that as well.

"We need to get some accountability in the RIN market. There is a lot of speculation that goes on with respect to RINs, there are enforcement issues, fraud that occurs ... there is a lot to be done to get accountability and reform in the RIN market.

"Whether or not the EPA can take action to allow sales of E15 year-round. In the past, the EPA has said they could not issue a Reid Vapor Pressure, or the tool used to measure the evaporative emissions of fuel, for E15 for the summer months. Meaning, the fuel couldn't be sold during that time." -- US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt commenting on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) associated costs and their impact on a recent Philadelphia refinery bankruptcy.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scott Pruitt,  RFS,  RINs,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Active Energy CoalSwitch Utah Plant Set to Open (Ind. Report)
Active Energy
Date: 2018-02-05
Following up on our Jan. 5th coverage, UK-based orestry management company Active Energy Group PLC and its subsidiary Advanced Biomass Solutions reports its first commercial CoalSwitch plant in Utah, US, will open this week.

According to Active Energy, CoalSwitch utilises low value waste-wood, pulp mill and saw mill by-products, chemically-treated timber wastes, palm oil residues and a variety of other biomass feedstock to produce a high-calorific, high bulk-density, advanced cellulose based fuel biomass pellet that behaves just like coal, only cleaner. of clean biomass. (Source: Active Energy , Feb., 2018)Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  CoalSwitch,  Woody Biomass,  Pellet,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  CoalSwitch,  Woody Biomass,  Pellet,  


Woody Biomass Center Slated for Shuttered Old Town Maine Pulp & Paper Mill (Ind. Report)
OTM Holdings LLC
Date: 2018-02-05
In the Pine Tree State, OTM Holdings LLC, a joint venture by a Maine-based group is reporting the purchase of the long troubled Old Town Pulp and Paper mill complex. Terms of the acquisition have not been released.

OTM plans to redevelop the shuttered mill into a wood-fiber-based complex comprised of multiple tenants, including the University of Maine's Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Technology (FBRI), which presently occupies 40,000 square feet.

Last May, FBRI conducted a 100-hour demonstration of its continuous processing of 1 tpd of woody biomass into bio chemicals that can be used for biofuels, biochemicals and other advanced materials.

OTM's redevelopment foresees a fully integrated fiber-based campus capitalizing on the mill's energy platform and the region's plentiful woody biomass fiber supply. According to the OTM release, "This redevelopment is the beginning of what many see as the newest market for Maine's wood fiber, which transforms the cellulose-based, non-edible fiber and wood waste into clean and affordable high-value fuels, chemicals and milled and engineered wood products." (Source: FBRI, MaineBiz, Feb., 2018) Contact: University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Technology, https://forestbioproducts.umaine.edu

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


Alaska 4th-Highest Per-Capita US GHG Emitter (Ind. Report)
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Date: 2018-02-05
In Juneau, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reports Alaska has the fourth-highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the country, following West Virginia, North Dakota and Wyoming.

The DEC also says Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions in the state have decreased by 8 pct since 1990, and that Alaska is 40th out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., for total greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2014, Alaskans contributed roughly 35 million metric tons of carbon and carbon equivalent. Thirty-nine states had higher overall greenhouse gas emissions, with Texas being the highest at almost 650 million metric tons and D.C. the lowest with just a few metric tons. Each of the states which came in higher in per-capita emissions has a population below 2 million and comparably large amounts of industry. Industry -- 54 pct -- percent) and transportation -- 35 pct -- are Alaska's largest greenhouse gas emitters by sector. (Source: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Juneau (Alaska) Empire, AP, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, (907) 465-5066, http://dec.alaska.gov

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


55MW Pacifico Energy Solar Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
Pacifico Energy ,Chubu Electric Power
Date: 2018-02-05
Tokyo-based Pacifico Energy reports construction is underway on the 55 MW (DC) Minami Mega Solar Power Plant in Gujo City, Gifu, Japan in July 2019. The project, which is expected to be completed and commissioned within 17-months, will generate roughly 55 million kWh electricity annually and reduce approximately 30,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. will purchase all electricity generated by the plant.

Toyo Engineering Corporation will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. Pacifico Energy previously construction and is operating two solar power plants in Okayama and one solar power plant in Osaki City, Miyagi. (Source: Pacifico Energy, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Pacifico Energy, 03-4540-7830(Main), info@pacificoenergy.jp; http://www.pacificoenergy.jp/en/; Chubu Electric, www.chuden.co.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacifico Energy ,  Solar,  Chubu Electric Power,  


Tesla Solar Products Coming to Retailer Home Depots (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Home Depot
Date: 2018-02-05
Beginning this July, this year, 800 of retailing giant Home Depot's more than 2,200 stores will feature Tesla solar panels, rooftop solar systems, and Powerwall storage batteries. Tesla will set up and staff the in store displays. Tesla's rooftop solar system sells for roughly $10,000 to $25,000,and the Powerwall energy storage battery gors for approximately, according to the company's website. $7,000. (Source: Tesla, CleanTechnica, 1 Feb., 2018) Contact: Tesla Powerwall, www.teslamotors.com; Tesla Solar, www.tesla.com/en_CA/solarroof



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WB IFC, Canada Partner on Sub-Saharan Renewable Energy (Int'l)
World Bank IFC
Date: 2018-02-05
The World Bank Group IFC (WB IFC)and the government of Canada are reporting the launch of the Canada-IFC Renewable Energy Program for Africa, a financial partnership intended to utilize public funding to generate private sector investments in renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Canada is contributing $122 million to be used by WB IFC to "catalyze" private sector investment in renewable energy by offering concessional financing mixed with WD IFC's own account resources to mitigate a variety of risks that can deter private investment in renewable energy. The Canadian contribution is inline with its commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement and the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative. (Source: World Bank IFC, Various Media, PV Tech, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org

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JLM Phazr Energy Storage Deployed California-Wide (Ind. Report)
JLM Energy
Date: 2018-02-05
Rocklin, California-headquartered employee-owned energy technology specialist JLM Energy is reporting the deployment of more than 2,000 Phazr MicroStorage units and is managing residential time-of-use charges for customers in all three major utility territories from San Diego to the Oregon border.

Phazr is a distributed energy storage platform that pairs a single solar panel with a battery pack in a one-on-one ratio and charges directly from the the solar panel so it completely qualifies for the Federal Investment Tax Credit.

Phazr uses JLM Energy's patent-pending Symmetric DC Regulation that enables a solar panel to charge a battery and send power into the home simultaneously. Because Phazr only charges from solar, it qualifies for the 30 pct federal investment tax credit. Phazr works for residential and commercial applications and can be purchased through JLM's authorized dealer network. (Source: JLM Energy, Feb., 2018) Contact: JLM Energy, Ellen Howe, (703) 835-5550, ellen.howe@jlmei.com, www.jlmei.com

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Younicos, TerraForm Ink Wind Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
Younicos, TerraForm Power
Date: 2018-02-05
In Berlin, smart energy and grid solutions based on battery energy storage specialist Younicos reports the signing of an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm in Hawaii. The batteries will be primarily used to provide ramping services to smooth out wind variability. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018.

Under the terms of the agreement, Younicos will replace existing lead-acid batteries with advanced Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries, which will be managed by Y.Q, Younicos's proprietary control software. Lithium-ion technology will provide a significantly higher usable energy capacity potential, increase the operational lifetime of the system and enable fully automated operation with no manual battery balancing or state-of-charge management needed. (Source : Younicos Energy, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, (512) 268-8191 -- Austin Texas Office, mail.us@younicos.com, www.younicos.com; TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, information@terraform.com, www.terraform.com

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NY State Offshore Wind Master Plan -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2018-02-05
In the Empire State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is touting the comprehensive New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, guide the responsible and cost-effective development of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power up to 1.2 million homes with clean energy.

To spur the development of renewable resources, Governor Cuomo announced the state will issue solicitations in 2018 and in 2019 for a combined total of at least 800 MW of offshore wind power, a critical component of the Governor's mandate to generate 50 pct of the state's electricity requirements from renewables by 2030.

Download the full report HERE. Source: NYSERDA, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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Suzlon Snares 96.60 MW Indian Wind power Project (Int'l Report)
Suzlon Energy,ReNew Power Ventures
Date: 2018-02-05
In Hyderabad, India, Suzlon Energy reports it has inked a share purchase agreement with ReNew Power Ventures subsidiary Shruti Power Projects for sale of its stake in Rajat Renewables and Kanak Renewables , "special purpose vehicle" (SPVs) subsidiaries of the company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Suzlon will supply 96.60 MW wind turbine generators comprising of 24 units of S97-120m and 22 units of S111- 90 m WTGs. The project is scheduled for completion in the state of Karnataka by March 2018. The company will execute the entire project on a turnkey basis, including O&M services. (Source: Suzlon Group, Capital Markets, Live News, 31 Jan., 2018)Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com; ReNew Power Ventures, +91 124 489 6670/80, info@renewpower.in, https://renewpower.in

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USGBC Releases Top 10 LEED Green Building List (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-02-05
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its 2017 annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED certification. The list ranks states in terms of certified square feet per resident and notes states making significant strides in sustainable design, construction and transformation at the building level.

LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for occupants and the community at large.

According to the 2017 list, the mid-Atlantic continues to show strong regional leadership, with both Maryland and Virginia returning to the list for the seventh year running. Also notable, Washington, D.C., which is not included in the official list of top states due to its status as a federal territory, tops the nation with 39.83 square feet of space per resident certified in 2017.

The 2017 Top 10 States for LEED full ranking is as follows: Mass., New York, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Georgia, California, Virginia, Colorado and Washington DC.

Collectively, 1,399 commercial and institutional projects achieved LEED certification within the Top 10 States in 2017, representing 314.7 million square feet of real estate. Nationwide, 2,647 commercial and institutional projects achieved LEED certification in 2017, representing 484.6 million square feet of real estate. More than 40,000 commercial and institutional projects representing more than 6.5 billion square feet of space have been LEED certified to date worldwide, with another 51,000 projects representing 13 billion square feet in the pipeline for certification. (Source: USGBC, Feb., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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JinkoSolar Planning $120Mn US Solar Cell Plant (Ind. Report)
JinkoSolar
Date: 2018-02-05
Shanghai-headquartered solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has inked a master solar module supply agreement with a U.S. company to provide around 1.75 gigawatts of high-efficiency solar modules over three years. To that end, the company will invest approximately $120 million to construct a new US facility to fulfill the agreement. JinkoSolar is also reportedly considering a new $400 million plus in Jacksonville, Florida. (Source: JinkoSolar, GreenTech, Various Media, 31 Jan., 2018)Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792, pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

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NTR Raises €66.5mn of New Debt for Wind Projects (Int'l)
NTR Wind
Date: 2018-02-05
Dublin-headquartered renewable energy developer and investor NTR Plc reports it has raises €66.5 million of debt from three separate facilities -- AIB, Norddeutsche Landesbank, and Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFG -- to refinance an existing wind farm and construction of new wind farms.

Specifically, The AIB money is being used to build Castlecraig, a 25-MW project in Co Tyrone. The Norddeutsche Landesbank money is being used for the construction of a wind farm at Rathnacally in Co Cork, both of which are expected to go into operation this year. The Mitsubishi funding is being used to refinance a 11.5-MW wind farm located in East Renfrewshire in Scotland.

NTR currently has assets in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England, according to the company websiite. (Source: NTR, Independent IE, Sunday Indo Business, 4 Feb., 2018) Contact: NTR Plc, +353 1 206 3700, info@ntrplc.com, www.ntrplc.com

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Alberta Funds Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Initiatives (Funding)
Rockies Institute,Alberta Environment Minister
Date: 2018-02-05
On the Canadian prairies, the Alberta Environment Ministry reports it has funded a $230,000, two-year climate change education partnership between the Kainai First Nation and the Canmore-based Rockies Institute. The grant is intended to boost climate change education, research and planning in the community and to better understand climate change and how it impacts Indigenous peoples within the Blackfoot confederacy.

According to the Alberta environment minister, the Rockies Institute will design and deliver an adaptation plan that includes research and recommendations to help the community adjust to a changing environment. (Source: Rockies Institute, CBC Calgary, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Rockies Institute, admin@rockiesinstitute.ca, www.rockiesinstitute.ca; Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office

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Appalachian State Offers Offsets for Future Forest Stewardship Workshop (Ind. Report)
Appalachian State University
Date: 2018-02-05
Researchers from Boone, North Carolina-based Appalachian State University faculty are reporting receipt of Clabough Foundation funding to develop the OFFSET -- Offsets for Future Forest Stewardship and Education Together -- Workshop for forest managers landowners in the High Country and Blue Ridge Mountains area.

The project aims to provide an overview of forest projects that can offset CO2 GHG emissions and the mechanisms for participation in forest conservation, reforestation, improved forest management and other related programs.

The OFFSET Workshop will provide an overview and outline of specific carbon offset programs, voluntary and compliance carbon markets -- California cap-and-trade -- and the rules, regulations and guidelines for participation. Presenters will also outline different types of forest offset projects, describe the stages in the lifetime of a project, accepted carbon registries, carbon stock assessments, verification and current trends in the program. California's forest carbon offset program, baseline assessments of carbon stocks and an accounting methodology for forest offset activities that could occur in North Carolina, will also be covered. (Source: Appalachian Today, 29 Jan., 2018)Contact: Appalachian State University, http://earth.appstate.edu, http://rieee.appstate.edu


Philippine Senate OKs National Energy Efficiency Legislation (Int'l)
Philippine
Date: 2018-02-05
In Manila, the Philippine Senate has unanimously approved a third and final reading of Senate Bill (SB) 1532 -- the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act of 2018 -- creating a "comprehensive framework for energy efficiency and conservation to serve as an alternative approach to ensure a sustainable, stable and affordable power supply."

The bill lays the foundation for a comprehensive energy-efficiency and -conservation policy that would mandate the efficient and judicious use of energy resources, and promote the development and utilization of both new and alternative sources of energy-efficient technologies and systems. It also creates a National Energy Efficiency and Conservation database for relevant information about energy consumption, as well as the application of energy-efficient and renewable-energy technologies.

Additionally, the bill institutionalizes energy-efficiency and -conservation standards and strategies in local governance through the creation of a Local Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, and the inclusion of Guidelines on Energy Conserving Design on Buildings in the issuance of building permits.

The legislation also creates an Inter-Agency Energy Efficiency and Conservation Committee tasked to provide strategic directions in the implementation of the Government Energy Management Program, a program aiming to reduce monthly consumption of electricity and petroleum products by the government. (Source: Bus. Mirror, 5 Feb., 2018)

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GE, Arenko Partner on UK Grid Scale Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
General Electric ,Arenko Group
Date: 2018-02-05
General Electric Company and Arenko Group are reporting an alliance to build UK grid scale energy storage systems combining GE's battery technology, power electronics and advanced controls expertise with Arenko's leadership in operating batteries in the UK market and proprietary energy trading software platform.

Arenko has invested in a 41MW battery energy storage system supplied by GE. The project is one of the largest in the UK and globally with the ability to provide affordable, on-demand power to the equivalent of approximately 100,000 UK homes.

The project will be operated though Arenko's software to digitally deploy energy and access multiple services and system needs. The battery system's reliability and performance will be underpinned and protected by GE's long-term support. (Source: GE, Arenko Group, Smarter Anatyst, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Arenko Group, Rupert Newland, CEO, hello@arenko.group, +44 (0) 207 243 7101, https://arenko.group

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Env. Legislators Launch Carbon Costs Coalition (Ind. Report)
Carbon Costs Coalition,National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
Date: 2018-02-02
In Washington, DC, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators reports that lawmakers from nine states -- New York, New Hampshire, Maryland, Oregon and Washington -- have launched the Carbon Costs Coalition to collaborate accross state lines on strategies to reduce carbon emissions, promote renewable energy alternatives and combat carbon pollution.

The Coalition would supplement the carbon reduction goals of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multistate compact that seeks to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector, but would be independent of it. Unlike RGGI, each state in the Coalition would be creating its own independent legislation that would be less susceptible to political changes. (Source: National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Public News Service, Feb., 2019) Contact: National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Jeff Mauk, Exec. Dir., (202) 744-1006, www.ncel.net; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

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Maine Halts New Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Wind
Date: 2018-02-02
Last week in Augusta, Maine's Republican Governor Paul LePage issued a temporary stoppage on all new wind energy projects in Western and Coastal Maine. The moratorium will have a negative impact on the 14 proposed project in Maine but will exempt the preexisting Mars Hill wind farm in northern Maine. LePage reportedly sees wind turbines as a threat to his state's tourism industry, due to their size and appearance.

According to the Portland Press, wind power accounted for only 0.4 pct of Maine's electric power production in the summer of 2007, and jumped to nearly 25 pct by summer 2017. In 2016, Maine wind turbines generated three-fifths of all utility-scale wind power in New England, according to US Energy Information Administration data. (Source: University of Maine, Maine Campus, 29 Jan., 2018)Contact: Gov. Paul Page, www.maine.gov/governor

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Vt. Republican Gov. Nixes State Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott
Date: 2018-02-02
Meeting in Montpelier, Republican governor of Vermont Phil Scott's office reports the governor is rejecting a key state carbon tax recommendation from his own Climate Action Commission. The Governor has opposed a carbon tax clear -- both on the campaign trail and after his election -- on the grounds that Vermonters can't afford a tax on fossil fuels.

The governor did, however, agree on four fossil and clean fuel recommendations, including supporting advanced wood heat, boosting weatherization efforts, growing the climate economy, and electrifying the transportation system. (Source: Various Media, WCAX3, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, (802) 828-3333, (802) 828-3339 - fac., governor.vermont.gov

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Nestle Recognized as Climate Change Action Leader (Ind. Report)
Nestle, CDP
Date: 2018-02-02
Swiss food giant Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company, reports it has again been recognized by the London-headquartered CDP's -- formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project -- Global Supply Chain Report for 2017 as one of the 29 companies to receive top marks through the CDP's Supplier Engagement Rating.

In total, the companies disclosing their data to CDP have been able to reduce their CO2 emissions by 434 million tonnes over the last year, which is more than France's annual global greenhouse gas emissions.

The CDP A List focuses on investors, companies and cities taking urgent action to build a sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact. To achieve this, CDP runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts, and has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. The CDP's network of investors and purchasers, representing over $100 trillion, along with policy makers around the globe, use CDP data and insights to make better-informed decisions. (Source: CDP, Nestle, Consumer Healthcare News, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Nestle, www.nestle.com; CDP,www.cdp.net

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Simplified Biowaste-to-Biofuels Conversion Touted (New Prod & Tech)
University of Calgary, Canadian Light Source
Date: 2018-02-02
On the Canadian prairies, Researchers at the University of Calgary are reporting a simple and clean way to produce biofuel from biowaste such as sewage.

According to a university release, currently biomass is converted into a biocrude oil with a two-step energy-intensive chemical and thermal process. The second stage is refining, where hydrogen is added under high pressure and heat, serving to remove contaminants such as sulphur, nitrogen and oxygen. The University of Calgary have process "simultaneously produces and upgrades bio-oil in one step and without the need for high pressures." The process uses methane instead of hydrogen for the purification process. The uses methane directly in the crude stage, then removes the hydrogen from the methane during the purification process, as hydrogen is still required for removing impurities in the crude oil.

Key to the breakthrough is a catalyst the researchers developed at Canadian Light Source, which reacted with the methane causing it to release hydrogen. The researchers then coated the catalyst, dubbed HZSM-5, with different materials to improve its ability to react with methane.

Initial tests with the new catalyst have apparently shown it is more efficient and lower cost method of producing biofuels from waste, which also leads to better quality, more stable biofuel with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. The research has been published in the journal Fuel. (Source: Canadian Light Source, FUEL, Biofuels Int'l, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: Canadian Light Source, Director, Dr. Dean Chapman, (306) 657-3535, Dean.Chapman@lightsource.ca, www.lightsource.ca; University of Calgary, Assoc. Prof. Hua Song, (403) 220-3792, (403) 284-4852- fac., sonh@ucalgary.ca, www.ucalgary.ca

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PPL Resets CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
PPL Corp
Date: 2018-02-02
Allentown, Penna.-headquartered PPL Corporation reports it aims to cut the company's carbon dioxide emissions 70 pct from 2010 levels by 2050. To that end, the company plans to replace its Kentucky coal-fired generation over time with a mix of renewables and natural gas, improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from substations and reducing vehicle fleet emissions.

To date, PPL has cut its CO2 emissions by nearly half, spinning off its competitive generation business, including nearly 4,000 MW of coal-fired generation, retiring approximately 900 MW of coal capacity in Kentucky, and replacing much of that retired Kentucky generation with a new, highly efficient natural gas, combined-cycle unit that emits approximately 60 pct less CO2 per MWh. Additionally, PPL's Kentucky subsidiaries have built the state's largest universal solar facility and completed the renovation and upgrade of the Ohio Falls hydroelectric facility. PPL's Kentucky subsidiaries are expected to retire the bulk of their coal-fired units by 2050. PPL's U.S. and U.K. business are primarily focused focused on delivering electricity rather than generating it. (Source: PPL Corp., PR, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: PPL Corp., www.pplweb.com, www.pplweb.com/sustainability

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Navy to Test Irish Wave Ocean Energy Technology (Ind. Report)
Ocean Energy,Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Date: 2018-02-02
In Ireland, County Cork-headquartered wave energy technology developer Ocean Energy reports it has sealed a €5.25 million deal with the US Navy to test its OE Bouy wave energy converter at the Navy's Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. The test unit will be built by Oregon-based marine-fabrication company Vigor, and deployed at a test site on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu this autumn.

The project is being partially funded by US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). (Source: Ocean Energy, newstalk.com, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ocean Energy, John McCarthy, CEO, +353 (0)21-4816780, info@oceanenergy.ie, www.oceanenergy.ie; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100, www.seai.ie; US DOE EERE, energy.gov/eere

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Calif. Climate Adaptation, Resiliency Strategies Updated -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
California Natural Resources Agency
Date: 2018-02-02
In Sacramento, the California Natural Resources Agency has released Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update, an updated report on state actions and strategies to adapt to a changing climate and protect communities, infrastructure, services, and the natural environment from climate change impacts.

As California continues to experience rising average temperatures, destructive fires, higher sea levels, and extreme precipitation events, the plan lays out 69 recommendations across 11 sectors and more than 1,000 ongoing actions and next steps developed by scientific and policy experts across 38 state agencies.

Download the Safeguarding California Plan. HERE. California climate change adaptation efforts can be found HERE. (Source: California Natural Resources Agency,, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: California Natural Resources Agency, John Laird, Secretary, (916) 653-5656, http://resources.ca.gov

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Russian Solar PV Specialist Hevel Ups Production (Int'l Report)
Renova Group,Hevel Group
Date: 2018-02-02
Russian PV developer and manufacturer Hevel Group reports it is ramping up its 160 MW cell and PV module production after the conversion of its thin-film Fab line into heterojunction technology. The Renova Group controlled company produced more than 323.000 solar modules (95,25 MW) during the second half of 2017.

The increased production is in line with the Russian government's goal to commission 1.7 GW of PV by 2024. Hevel's current pipeline exceeds 400 MW including 174 MW already commissioned by the end of 2017. (Source: Hevel Group, Various Media, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Hevel Group, www.hevelsolar.com/en Renova Group, +41 (43) 210 95 95, www.renova.ru

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