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EAIF, Akuo Finance West African Solar Plant (Int'l Funding)
Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, Akuo Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) and French green IPP, Akuo Energy are reporting the signing of financing for the 50-MW Akuo Kita Solar power plant in southern Mali. When completed, the €78 million ($96.8 nillion) plant will be the largest solar plant in West Africa. (Source: EAIF, Business Chief, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund,; Akuo Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Akuo Energy,  

CalPoly 4.5-MW Solar Park Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
RP Construction Services,REC Solar ,California Polytechnic State University
Date: 2018-02-02
Monterrey, California-based RP Construction Services Inc (RPCS) and REC Solar report construction is underway on a 4.5 MW, 16,000 photovoltaic (PV) panel, solar park at California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) in San Luis Obispo. The facility incorporates single-axis trackers from Array Technologies.

When fully operational, the plant is expected to generate over 11 million kWh of electricity per year and supply as much as 25 pct of the university's total demand. (Source: RP Construction Services, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: RPCS,; REC Solar, REC Solar,; California Polytechnic State University,; Array Technologies, Ron Coria, CEO, (505) 881-7567,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  REC Solar ,  Array Technologies,  

EPA Extends PES Refinery's Biofuel Compliance Date (Ind. Report)
Philadelphia Energy Solutions, EPA
Date: 2018-02-02
Following up on our 24 January coverage, Reuters is reporting the US EPA has agreed to extend the deadline for Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) to comply with its biofuel credit obligation to May 1, according to a bankruptcy filing.

As previously reported, PES' plan to exit it Chapter 11 bankruptcy is dependent upon its shedding existing biofuel "point-of-obligation" biofuel blending costs under the US DOE Renewable Fuels Standard. The company claims its 2016-17 biofuels obligation totaled $185 million, and the cost of RINs in 2017 alone was $218 million, according to Reuters. (Source: PES, Reuters, Various Media, Feb., 2018) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Point-of-Obligation,  RINs,  Ethanol,  Ethanol BlendPhiladelphia Energy Solutions,  RFS,  Point of Obligation,  EPA,  

Pellet Producer Pinnacle Pinpoints $150Mn IPO Price (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Holdings
Date: 2018-02-02
Further to our Dec. 20, 2017 report, Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. has filed its final prospectus in connection with its proposed IPO and secondary offering. The company previously planned to issue shares between $13-15 per share for gross proceeds of $150 million.

Pinnacle is the world's third largest producer of wood pellets for utility-scale electric power generation. The company operates six industrial wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal, and has new production facilities under development in Entwistle, Alberta and Smithers, B.C., Canada.

The closing of the offering is expected to occur on February 6, 2018, (Source: Pinnacle, CPC Journal, 30 Jan., 2018)Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., (604) 270-9613,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Holdings,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  

EDF RE Minnesota Red Pine Wind Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
San Diego-headquartered power producer EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE)reports its 100-turbine, 200 MW Red Pine Wind Project is now fully operational and delivering electricity. The project is EDF RE's 11th wind farm in the Badger State, and generates sufficient electric power for approximately 92,000 average homes. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, Tristan Gimbert, CEO, Sandia Briner, Media, (858) 521-3525,,

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

LLNL Funded Biofuel-Producing Algae R&D (Funding, R&D)
General Automation Lab Technologies,Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Date: 2018-02-02
The US DOE reports it has awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a three-year, $1.5 million grant to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae through the alteration of their microbiomes. LLNL will collaborate with San Francisco-based startup General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) whose novel technology will help the researchers to better understand how algae grow and function in different microbial conditions. This is essential to being able to increase algal production for alternative fuels.

The project is being funded by Funded by the DOE Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). BETO works with industry, academia and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in algal biofuels technologies. (Source: US DOE, LLNL. Feb., 2018) Contact: LLNL, Xavier Mayali, (925) 423-3892,; Ty Samo, (925) 423-5837,,; BETO,; US DOE EERE,; General Automation Lab Technologies, (917) 332-7230,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  DOE BETO,  General Automation Lab Technologies,  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  Biofuel ,  

VVWRA Scores $92,600 Energy Efficiency Design Rebate (Ind. Report)
Southern California Edison
Date: 2018-02-02
In the Golden State, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) is reporting receipt of a $92,676 rebate from Southern California Edison for incorporating energy efficiency into the design of two sub-regional water recycling facilities in Apple Valley and Hesperia.

The rebate check was afforded by Southern California Edison Savings by Design Program, which provides incentives to SCE customers who engage early in the design process and incorporate energy efficiency recommendations into their projects. The subregional plants included high-efficiency blowers, pumps, variable frequency drives and dissolved oxygen controls to maximize energy savings of 460,667 kwh at the Apple Valley facility and 531,961 kwh savings at the Hesperia plant. The authority began working with SCE on energy efficient designs in 2010, equaling an annual energy savings of approximately $430,000, according to officials. (Source: VVWRA, Southern California Edison, Daily Press, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: VVWRA, Logan Olds, GM, (442) 249-0258,; Southern California Edison,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  

Iowa Could Eliminate Energy Efficiency Audits, Rebates (Reg & Leg)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
In Des Moines, Hawkeye State lawmakers are considering legislation that would put an end to all utility in-home efficiency audits and rebates. A second and related bill would maintain the energy audits but eliminate the in-home audits but keep the rebates.

MidAmerican Energy has come out in favor of the proposed rollbacks which, it claims, would save the average consumers about $67 annually.(Source: Various Media, KCCI, 30 Jan., 2018)Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

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

$200Mn Earmarked for Uzbekistan Industrial Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2018-02-02
The World Bank is reporting that industrial enterprises in Uzbekistan will be able to improve energy efficiency and productivity, thanks to the just approved Energy Efficiency Facility for Industrial Enterprises Project - Phase 3. The Project will be financed by a $200 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

Uzbekistan's energy intensity is one of the highest in the world and its industrial sector, which is largely dependent on inefficient and obsolete technology, accounts for about 40 pct of the country's total energy consumption.

The Uzbekistan government aims to reduce the country's energy intensity by about 50 pct by 2030 and, to that end, has initiated modernization investment programs that target key energy-consuming sectors. (Source: World Bank, AKIPRESS.COM, 31 Jan., 2018)Contact: World Bank IFC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  

Duke Renews Poultry-Waste Biomass Power Contract (Ind. Report)
Craven County Wood Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility Duke Energy reports the signing of a 10-year, 360,000 megawatt-hour per year power-purchase agreement (PPA) with New Bern-based Craven County Wood Energy. Under the terms of the PPA, 90,000 megawatt-hours of the total 360,000 megawatt-hour contract will be generated with poultry liter and waste. The PPA will help Duke meet state requirements that a small part of the power its utilities sell in the state come from renewable sources, with a specific amount set aside for power from poultry waste.

Over the years, Craven County has modified the 25-year old, 50-MW biomass power plant to use increasing amounts of poultry waste and is presently upgrading the plant use the animal waste for up to 30 pct of its power. The credits, which are used to satisfy the state's renewable energy requirements, will go to both Duke Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas. (Source: Duke Energy, Charlotte Biz, Feb., 2018) Contact: Craven County Wood Energy, Bob VanEllis,GM, (252) 633-9525,; Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Duke Energy Progress,  Poultry Litter,  Poultry Waste,  

Georgia Makes USGBC LEED Top 10 List (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-02
U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) recently released annual list of Top 10 States for LEED certifications has, for the first time since 2014, listed Georgia among the top 10. The list, which is complied on a per-capita basis, includes all projects certified as LEED in 2017.

According to the USGBC, Georgia was the only southern state to make the list. It also noted that LEED-certified buildings have 34 pct lower CO2 emissions and consume 25 pct less energy. (Source: USGBC, Curbed Atlanta, 1 Feb., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

German Political Partners-of-Convenience Rework Climate Change Targets (Int'l Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-02-02
Meeting in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have reportedly agreed with Social Democrat (SPD) would-be partners-of-convenience on climate policy and emissions reduction targets for 2030.

To that end, the parties have dropped the previous government's target of cutting CO2 emissions by 40 pct by 2020 from 1990 levels, and adopted a legally binding 2030 goal to cut emissions by 55 pct via savings in transport, agriculture, energy and buildings supported by tax incentives or subsidies, according to Reuters.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  German Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

Portland Switch to LEDs Expected to Save $1M Annually (Ind. Report)
TEN Connected Solutions,Portland Maine
Date: 2018-02-02
The city of Portland, Maine, reports it has begun replacing all of its street lights with new, energy-efficient LED light fixtures. The projectwas made possible by the city's recent $497,000 acquisition of the streetlights from Central Maine Power Co.. When fully operational, the switch to LEDs is projected to save the city approximately $1 million annually.

Portland is the first city in Maine to do so under state law enacted in 2013 that allows municipalities to purchase utility-owned street lighting equipment and to replace it with energy efficient LED lighting. The LED replacement work will be completed by Pittsburgh-based TEN Connected Solutions .(Source: city of Portland, Maine Biz, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Portland, Jon Jennings, City Mgr., Troy Moon, Sustainability Coordinator, (207) 874-8685,; TEN Connected Solutions, (855) 429-1010,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Street Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

Petrobras Joining Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (Int'l)
Petrobras,Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-01-31
In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro-headquartered Petrobras to is reporting it is joining the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a CEO-led group of oil and gas companies that intends to lead the industry's response to climate change and reduce greenhouse emissions. OGCI existing members include BP, CNPC, Eni, Pemex, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil and Total.

The OGIC's billion-dollar investment arm -- OGCI Climate Investments -- supports the development, deployment and scale-up of low emissions technology. Taken together, oil and gas production by OGCI member companies represents more than a quarter of the world’s oil and gas production.

Petrobras, headquartered in Brazil, is a publicly-held company active in exploration and production, refining, marketing, transportation, petrochemicals, oil product distribution, natural gas, electricity, chemical-gas and biofuel segments. It has a presence in 19 countries and employees around 70,000 people. (Source: Petrobras, MarEx, Others, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO,,; Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Petrobras,  Oil and Gas Climate Initiative ,  

Notable Quote from The Donald
Donald Trump
Date: 2018-01-31
"There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be 'climate change,' it used to be 'global warming.' That wasn't working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Jan., 2018

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Trump,  Climate Change,  

PNE Wind Commissions 43-MW Lower Saxony Wind Farm (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-31
In Germany, Cuxhaven-headquartered wind farm developer PNE Wind AG is reporting the commissioning of the 43.2-MW Kuehrstedt/Alfstedt wind farm in Lower Saxony. The Kuehrstedt/Alfstedt wind farm uses 5 Siemens turbines of 3.2 MW each, and 8 3.4-MW Senvion machines.

PNE Wind owns and operates wind parks totaling 69 MW. (Source: PNE Wind, Others, RenewablesNow, 30 Jan, 2018) Contact: PNE WIND AG, Marcus Lesser, CEO, Scott McCollister, Inv. Relations, +49 (0) 47 21 - 7 18 - 454,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PNE Wind AG ,  Wind,  

Austrian Algae Biomass Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-31
Grambach, Austria-headquartered plant engineering specialist BDI-BioEnergy International AG reports its new subsidiary, BDI-BioLife GmbH has commenced construction of an industrial plant that will use a photobioreactor system to produce algae biomass in the Hartberg Ecopark, Styria, Austria.

The algae project is the company's first move into the food, pharma, and cosmetics industries. BDI-BioEnergy is focused on the production of biodiesel from a range of raw materials, including animal fats, cooking oil, and vegetable oil, using its Multi-Feedstock' process. (Source: BDI-BioEnergy, Labiotech, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: BDI-BioEnergy International, +43 316 400 9100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BDI-BioEnergy,  Algae,  Biodiesel,  

AltAir Biojet Fuel Producer Awarded RSB Certification (Ind. Report)
AltAir Fuels,Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
Date: 2018-01-31
Seattle-based AltAir Fuels reports its 40 MMgy biojet fuel production facility in Paramount, California, has been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) to produce biojet fuel, renewable diesel and naphtha. AltAir Fuels has been a member of the RSB since 2014.

According to Geneva-headquartered RSB, the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) of 27 airlines endorses AltAir's fuels. SAFUG members have pledged to achieve RSB or equivalent certification. The Natural Resources Defense Council has also issued a recent report encouraging airlines to purchase certified-sustainable biofuels and recommended the RSB framework.

Since January 2016, AltAir has been the only refiner to continually produce biojet for commercial use. (Source: AltAir, Biodiesel, Others, 30 Jan., 2018 Contact: AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920,; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir., +41 22 534 90 50,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AltAir Fuels,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofue,  Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials l,  

Garden State Returning to the RGGI Fold (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
RGGI,New Jersey Clean Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
Further to our Jan. 24th coverage, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D)has reportedly signed an executive order to put his back in the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The order reverses former Republican Governor Chris Christie's withdrawal of the Garden State from the well established and innovative program.

The nine RGGI states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The program has been credited with raising close to $3 billion for member state clean-energy and energy efficiency programs over the past decade, as well as with cutting RGGI state carbon emissions by 30 pct. (Source: New Jersey Clean Energy, RGGI, EDF, Observer, Others, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  New Jersey RGGI,  

UAE SCA Proposing Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme (Int'l)
UAE Securities and Commodities Authority
Date: 2018-01-31
In Abu Dhabi, the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) reports it is considering launching the region's first-of-its-kind emissions trading scheme specifically targeting carbon dioxide.

The initiative is part of a roadmap being deliberated by the SCA to ensure sustainable financial markets complying with world standards and to help the country meet its carbon reductions obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. (Source: UAE Securities and Commodities Authority, Emirates News Agency, Trade Arabia, Others, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: UAE Securities and Commodities Authority ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Kyoto Protocol,  

Climate Change and the Insurance Industry: Taking Action as Risk Managers and Investors -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-31
In Switzerland, the Geneva Association, the leading international insurance think tank for strategically important insurance and risk management issues, has released the attached Climate Change and the Insurance Industry: Taking Action as Risk Managers and Investors report.

The Geneva Association identifies fundamental trends and strategic issues where insurance plays a substantial role and serves as a catalyst for progress in the understanding of risk and insurance matters.

Download the Climate Change and the Insurance Industry: Taking Action as Risk Managers and Investors report HERE. (Source: Genava Association, Insurance Journal, Jan., 2018) Contact: Geneva Association, +41 44 200 49 00,,

World Largest Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
Orsted,DONG Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
Danish offshore wind developer Orsted -- formerly known as DONG Energy -- reports construction is underway on the 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm 120 kilometers off the coast of Yorkshire, England. As previously reported, the first of the projects 174 monopiles have been installed by offshore marine engineering company GeoSea.

When complete in 2020, the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm will amount to 1.2 GW (gigawatts) and will generate sufficient power for the equivalent of 1 million UK homes. (Source: Orsted, CleanTechnica, Others, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: ORSTED, DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG,  ORSTED,  Offshore,  Hornse,  DONG Energya Wind,  

Ormat Snares US Geothermal for $110Mn (M&A, Ind. Report)
US Geothermal,Ormat Technologies
Date: 2018-01-31
Reno, Nevada-based geothermal energy specialist Ormat Technologies, Inc reports, subject to regulatory approvals, it will acquire Boise, Idaho-headquartered US Geothermal for $109.9 million in cash.

US Geothermal operates 45 MW of geothermal facilities in Oregon, Nevada and Idaho totaling 38 MW.(Source: Ormat, Renewables, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ormat, Isaac Angel, CEO, Smadar Lavi, Investor Relations, (775) 376-2030,,; US Geothermal, (208) 424-1027,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Ormat Technologies,  US Geothermal,  

Canadian Solar Takes Control of Aussie Solar Portfolio (M&A)
Canadian Solar,Photon Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
Canadian Solar Inc reports it will take a controlling 51 pct stake in each of five utility-scale solar projects totaling 1,140-MWp in New South Wales, Australia, from Netherlands-based developer Photon Energy NV.

The 5 solar projects include a 316-MWp PV park in Gunning, solely owned by Photon Energy, and four projects that Photon developed in partnership with Polpo Investment -- 178 MW in Mumbil, 165 MWp in Gunnedah, 286 MWp in Suntop and 196 MWp in Maryvale.

Financial details of the transaction have not been released. (Source: Photon Energy, Canadian Solar, Others, Jan 28, 2018) Contact: Photon Energy Australia,; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Photon Energy,  Solar Australia Solar,  

South Bend Ethanol Plant Upgrades, Expansion Planned (Ind. Report)
Mercuria Investments US Inc
Date: 2018-01-31
Following on our January 12 coverage, Japan-based Mercuria Investments US Inc. reports it will expand ethanol production at its recently acquired South Bend Ethanol LLC. -- formerly known as Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol LLC.

Mercuria purchased the 102 M Mgy. plant from a subsidiary of Noble Group Ltd. in December, 2017, for $18.1 million. The plant currently operates at a capacity of approximately 65 MMgy. The company plans to spend up to $30 million to improve efficiency and reliability and to expand production capacity to approximately 100 MMgy, according to a release. (Source: Mercuria, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office,; Mercuria Investments,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercuria Investments US Inc,  

Conestoga Energy Partners Joins U.S. Grains Council (Ind. Report)
Conestoga Energy,U.S. Grains Council
Date: 2018-01-31
The U.S. Grains Council reports Liberal, Kansas-based Conestoga Energy Partners LLC is its newest member. Established in 2006, Liberal, Kansas-based Conestoga Energy operates three ethanol plants with a total capacity of 205 million gpy as well as distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS). Conestoga Energy Partners oversees all aspects of the marketing, sales, delivery and billing of co-products produced at their three plants. (Source: USGC, Jan., 2018) Contact: Conestoga Energy Partners, (620) 626-2048,; USGC, (202) 289-0789,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Conestoga Energy,  Ethanol,  DDGs,  

Agrisoma Powers First US-Australia Biofuel Flight (Ind. Report)
Agrisoma Biosciences
Date: 2018-01-31
Following on our Nov. 20, 2017 coverage, Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. reports its Carinata oilseed biojet fuel powered the world's first biofuel dedicated transpacific flight by Qantas Airways between Australia and the United States on Sunday, 28 Jan.

Agrisoma's Carinata-based biojet fuel replaced 10 pct of the petroleum jet fuel required for the 15-hour flight. The Carinata seed is grown in Australia and processed using existing agricultural infrastructure then the extracted oil is refined by companies such as Altair Fuels in Paramount, California. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO,,; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Car,  

Continental Energy's Refinery Permitted in Indonesia (Int'l)
Continental Energy Corp
Date: 2018-01-31
Vancouver-based Continental Energy Corp. reports its recently establish Indonesian subsidiary, PT Kilang Kattim Continental, has been granted an Indonesian license permit to build, own, and operate an oil and biodiesel refinery at the KIPI Maloy port in East Kalimantan Province, Indonesia.

The planned 24,000 bpd refinery is intended to produce B30 biodiesel, LPG, naphtha, marine fuel oil, and residual fuel oil for local markets. (Source: Continental Energy Corp., Stockhouse, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Continental Energy Corp., Byron Tsokas, VP, (403) 629-8840,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  LPG,  Diesel,  Continental Energy Corp,  

USAF Awards $49Mn IDIQ Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
Concurrent Technologies,SwRI,USAF
Date: 2018-01-31
The US Defense Department is reporting that Concurrent Technologies Corp., Southwest Research Institute and University of Dayton Research Institute have won a shared $49 million, seven-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to develop tools for the U.S. Air Force to accelerate its adoption of alternative energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.

CTC, SwRI and UDRI will perform work at their respective facilities in Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio through January 2025. The Air Force Research Laboratory received four offers for the contract through a competitive acquisition process and will obligate $3.2 million in fiscal 2017 research and development funds at the time of award. (Source: Concurrent Technologies, GovCon Wire, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Concurrent Technologies Corp., (800) 282-4392,; University of Dayton Research Institute,; SwRI, (210) 684-5111,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SwRI,  Energy Efficiency,  Concurrent Technologies,  Enerfgy Efficiency,  

Ohio Energy Efficiency Program Funded by Duke Energy Dispute Settlement ((Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
In the Buckeye State, is reporting that an initial $500,000 from Duke Energy's $80 million settlement of an over-billing dispute has been earmarked for energy-efficiency programs for Duke Energy customers in its Southern Ohio service area.

The program offers homeowners and landlords interest-free loans for insulation, smart thermostats and other residential improvements. The loans would be repaid over three to five years with the savings from the upgrades. Specifically, the program is made possible through a grant awarded to local energy analytics firm EmpowerSaves and housing nonprofit Cincinnati Development Fund by the Duke Class Benefit Fund. Officials hope to lend out the $500,000 to roughly 200 to 250 homeowners or landlords to each make upwards of $3,500 worth of energy improvements which are expected to deliver saving in the range of 25 pct off a homeowner's annual utility bills. The program, available to Ohio residents in the Duke Energy service area.(Source:, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: EmpowerSaves,

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

CLEAResult Acquiring Ecova's Utility Division (M&A)
CLEAResult,ENGIE Insight
Date: 2018-01-31
Austin, Texas-headquartered CLEAResult, the largest energy efficiency programs and services for utilities provider in North America, reports it has agreed to acquire the Utility Division of Ecova (aka ENGIE Insight). The acquisition will expand CLEAResult's ability to help its utility clients enhance customer experience and deliver greater energy efficiency savings to their residential, commercial and industrial customers. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2018

The acquisition will broaden CLEAResult's retail-based and midstream demand side management programs and network of relationships across home improvement retailers, global lighting, smart thermostat and other efficient product manufacturers. CLEAResult plans to leverage the combined offerings to continue to transform retail-based and midstream demand side management programs through key innovations such as digital instant rebates and digital marketplace applied to leading-edge smart-thermostat, low income and renewables programs. ENGIE Insight's Utility Division will be rebranded CLEAResult. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: ENGIE Insight Services, Mark Henderson, Chief Utility Officer,; CLEAResult, Aziz Virani, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEAResult,  ENGIE Insight,  ECOVA,  Energy Efficiency,  

Pearl Home Energy Certification Closes Funding Round (Funding)
Pearl Certification
Date: 2018-01-31
In the Old Dominion State, Vienna-based Pearl Certification reports it has closed on the final $225,000 of its $1.75 million Series Seed 2 raise. The round includes Charlottesville, VA-based investors with interest and expertise in cleantech, and New York City based investors focused on firms with high growth potential. Several of the investors also participated in Pearl's 2016 Series Seed 1 round.

Pearl is an ENERGY STAR partner, a National Association of Realtors NAR REach Technology Accelerator company, and has a licensing agreement with the Appraisal Institute to populate the Institute's Green and Energy Efficient Addendum. The company is presently completing residential energy efficiency certifications in in California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington DC, and Wisconsin. (Source: Pearl Home Certification, PR, Contact: Pearl Home Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557-5543,; Appraisal Institute,; NAR REach Technology Accelerator,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY Star,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Certification,  

Canadian National Rail Added to CDP Supplier A List (Ind. Report)
CN,CDP,Canadian National Rail
Date: 2018-01-31
Montreal-headquartered Canadian National Rail (CN) reports it has been identified as "a global leader for its actions and strategies to manage environmental issues" and has accordingly been added to the the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform CDP Supplier A List. One hundred companies appear on the A List, which has been produced at the request of 99 CDP supply chain purchasing member organizations with a combined annual spend of more than $3 trillion. More than 4,800 companies submitted annual supply chain disclosures to CDP in 2017 for independent assessment against its scoring methodology.

CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to help manage their environmental impacts. (Source: CDP, CN, Railway Age, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: CDP, (212) 378 2086,,; Canadian National Rail, (514) 399-4821,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Carbon Emissions,  Canadian National Rail,  

Solarplicity Unloads 133 MW of Solar Assets (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-01-31
Solarplicity Service Ltd, one of the UK's leading renewable energy providers, is reporting the sale of a UK-wide portfolio of 22 ground-based and 6 roof-top solar assets totaling 133MW. All of the projects are eligible for subsidy payments under the Renewable Obligation Certificates Feed-in-Tariff Schemes. Solarplicity will continue to operate and maintain the portfolio over the long term.

In other Solarplicity news, the company recently announced a £160 million investment programme backed by Holland's MAAS Capital that will provide 800,000 social housing households with solar panels, resulting in £192 million per year in energy savings. (Source: Solarplicity, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: Solarplicity, David Elbource, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solarplicity,  Solar,  

Siemens Gamesa Cites Declining Demand for Plant Layoffs (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA reports it is laying off over 200 employees at its wind blade turbine plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. The company cited a steady decline in demand for the blades as the reason for the layoffs. The Fort Madison layoffs represent just one part of the multinational's wind energy giant's overall plan to slash 6,000 jobs worldwide -- approximately 20 pct of its total workforce. (Source: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy , WQAD 8, Others, 24 Jan., 2018)Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,

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Golden Renewable Energy Raises Growth Capital from Fortistar
Golden Renewable Energy,Fortistar
Date: 2018-01-30
YONKERS, N.Y.--(Business Wire)--Golden Renewable Energy, LLC (“GRE”), a market leading provider of waste plastic to energy technology, today announced that it has raised growth capital from Fortistar Capital, LLC (“Fortistar”), which invests in sustainability-focused and innovative energy sources that are helping to facilitate U.S. decarbonization efforts, to transition the United States to a zero-carbon economy Renewable Fuel Production Units (RFP), and in developing projects that incorporate its proprietary technology to provide environmentally sound solutions for the disposing of waste plastic.

GRE’s modular and saleable Renewable Fuel Production (RFP) Unit is a continuous feed system that uses pyrolysis to convert residential, commercial and industrial waste plastics into GRE Renewable Diesel, which is comparable to ASTMD 396. Modular and conveniently compact in size, GRE’s RFP Units and their proprietary, patented process allow the pyrolysis conversion to take place efficiently, economically and in an environmentally responsible way. (Source: Golden Renewable Energy, PR, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: GRE, Nicholas T. Canosa, Pres., CEO, Fortistar,

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Mass. Sets New Solar Development Incentive (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2018-01-29
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) reports it has released, and Boston-based solar management and renewables software specialist Ampion has reviewed, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) procurement establishing incentive prices for new solar development in the Bay State.

Under SMART, solar projects are assigned a value based subscriber class, location,storage compatibility and other variables. A portion of that value is determined by the contract of the project, whether it be the net metering, alternative on-bill crediting, qualifying facility, or behind-the-meter contract. Any remaining value is issued to the developer.

Three investor-owned utilities are currently working with the Department of Public Utilities to finalize tariffs for the SMART program which is expected to come into force this June. (Source: Ampion, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources , SolarPower, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: MDOER,; Ampion, Nate Owen, CEO, (800) 277-3631,

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NRCAN Investing $182Mn in Building Energy Efficiency (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-01-29
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is confirming $182-million in available funding to increase residential energy efficiency and address climate change. The funding, which is part of the Green Infrastructure Fund, will support: research, development and demonstration of solutions supporting the adoption of high-efficiency building codes; a program to help industry find and test cost-effective, technical solutions for high-performance buildings; the development of new energy standards for new and existing homes and buildings; and the expansion of energy-labeling programs to provide Canadians with better information on energy use empowering them to make smart choices on energy use.

Of the total investment, $48.4 million will fund research, development and demonstration of energy-efficient buildings which contribute approximately 17 pct of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.

NRCN is seeking innovative partners as the Government of Canada develops and puts in place new building codes to improve energy efficiency in Canada. Proposals are now being accepted for research, development and demonstration projects HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,; Generation Energy,; Green Infrastructure Fund,

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Praj, Indian Oil Partnering on New Indian Bio-Ethanol Plants (Int'l)
PRaj Industries,Indian Oil Corp.
Date: 2018-01-29
In India, Mumbai-headquartered Praj Industries Ltd. reports it will partner Indian Oil Corporation for the construction of multiple 100,000 lpd ethanol plants in India. Under the terms of their agreement, Praj will provide plant machinery and help IOCL in operating and maintaining the facilities. Few detail have been released.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd is India's largest commercial enterprise. The IndianOil Group of companies owns and operates 10 of India's 20 refineries and supplies more than 47.5 million households through a network of 4990 Indian distributors. (Source: Praj Industries, Coherent News, 29 Jan., 2016)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000,,; Indian Oil Corporation,

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Aussie Energy Storage Tender Attracts 19 Expressions of Interest (Int'l)

Date: 2018-01-29
In the Land Down Under, 19 companies have reportedly responded with proposals to a 25 MW -- 45 MW battery energy storage system request for expressions of interest (EoI) in Northern Australia.

Northern Territory's state-owned power company Territory Generation announced the call for the Darwin - Katherine Alternative Energy Storage System Project earlier in January. It will be accepting proposals for different configurations with at least 30 minutes of storage in the third quarter of 2018.

The respondents include Tesla Inc., Alstom Grid Australia, Infigen Energy, Mitsui & Co Australia, Carnegie Clean Energy, Energy Made Clean and other Australian and foreign firms. (Source: ABC Australia, Various Media, Jan., 2018)

IGP Methanol's Louisiana Plant Gets Air Quality Nod (Ind. Report)
IOGP Methanol
Date: 2018-01-29
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered IGP Methanol LLC reports receipt of an air-quality permit for a $3.6 billion, four-unit methanol production facility in Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana.

The Methanol Park will incorporate four identical methanol Plants or "trains" each producing 1.8 million tpy of methanol from natural gas, making it the world's largest permitted methanol production facility. When fully operational, the Park will produce 7.2 million tpy of methanol. Production is slated to get underway in late 2020.

IGP is focused on methanol as a clean-burning drop-in transportation fuel that can replace gasoline and diesel and replace LPG, coal, wood, and kerosene in cooking fuel and industrial boilers. (Source: Industrial Info Resources, IGP Methanol, Auto Channel, 26 Jan., 2018)Contact: IGP Methanol, Scott Benson, VP Marketing, (612) 417-5980,,

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Newfoundland Forest Biomass Biofuel Project Dies on the Vine (Ind. Report)
Newgreen Technology
Date: 2018-01-29
In Newfoundland-Labrador, CBC is reporting Corner Brook, Newfoundland-based Newgreen Technology's proposed and long delayed $185-million biodiesel production plant that was planned for Botswood, Newfoundland, has likely breathed its last due to endless delays and bureaucratic crossed wires and bungling .

The project was intended to include a sawmill producing floor boards, a biofuel plant that creates clean diesel from the sawmill's waste and improvements to the shipping port in the town of Botswood. In February, 2017, Newgreen Technologies reached an agreement in principle with the province for access to 285,000 cubic metres of forest biomass on Crown lands, subject to the resubmission of a business plan with additional information, proof of the technology that was to be supplied by Tennessee-based Proton Power, proof of financing and work starting as soon as possible. The business plan was never updated and construction never began, so the forest biomass rights were forfeited due to the delay.

The biofuel was to be exported to European markets targeted at European markets. (Source: CBC, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: NewGreen Technology Inc., Jeff Penny, CEO, (813) 944-3185,; Proton Power, (865) 376-7002,,

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Corn Tops Sugarcane as Brazil's Top Ethanol Feedstock (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-29
According to a report from the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) Brazil's low season for sugar cane crushing is witnessing processing volumes reaching their lowest in a decade -- leaving corn as the country's top ethanol feedstock.

The weak crush volumes in the first half of January were reflected in both weak Centre South output of sugar, which dropped 92 pct year on year to 2,830 tonnes, and of ethanol, for which Unica reported volumes of 42.5 million litres, down 37 pct year on year. Of the 42.5 million litres in ethanol output reported, 33.55 million litres were produced from corn rather than sugar cane, as their feedstock.

UNICA is a sugarcane and ethanol fuel producers lobbying organization whose members are responsible for more than half of all ethanol produced in Brazil and 60 pct of overall sugar production.(Source: UNICA, AgriMoney, 24 Jan., 2019) Contact: UNICA,

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Vermont Utility Doubles CO2 Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2018-01-29
In Vermont, Green Mountain Power (GMP) reports it has set an ambitious goal for carbon reduction in 2018 and beyond. The utility aims to partner with customers to drive down costs and eliminate more than 8,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions by using clean energy for the next two decades. The emphasis on renewabl energy is expected to eliminate more than 160,000 metric tons of carbon emissions and combined with past reductions is the equivalent of removing nearly 3,000 cars from our roads each year for the next 20 years.

Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont. ( Source: Green Mountain Power , 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power , Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392,, (link sends e-mail)

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Honeywell UOP Chinese Coal-to-Chemicals Catalysts Production Plant Online (Int'l Report)
UOP Honeywell
Date: 2018-01-29
Des Plaines, Ill.-headquartered Honeywell UOP reports it has begun production of its proprietary catalysts used to convert coal into plastics at its facility in China. The company also inaugurated a new R&D and engineering center at the same facility.

The new catalyst production line, located in Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu Province, manufactures state-of-the-art catalysts used in Honeywell UOP's Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process technology, which converts methanol from coal and natural gas into the olefins that are used to make plastic resins and fibers. The heart of the MTO process is a proprietary catalyst that facilitates the conversion of methanol into olefins. (Source: Honeywell, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, Pres.,CEO,

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Carbon "Fee" Proposed for Athens Ohio (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-29
In the Buckeye State, the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) is proposing a 2-mill carbon "fee" -- about $2 per megawatt hour of energy consumption -- to Athens City Council. The proposal is intended to encourage cuts in energy consumption and related emissions and thus fight climate change. According to SOPEC, an average Athens home consumes about 800-900 kWh per month, so the average home in Athens would pay between $1.60 and $1.80 per month.

The proposal would allow homeowners to opt-out of the tax is they decide not to pay. Proceeds from the fee would be used to fund alternative energy power for schools and other public buildings in the city of Athens. Athens is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 10 pct. (Source: SOPEC, NewPolitical, 26 Jan., 2018) Contact: SOPEC, Eddie Smith, Exec. Dir., (740)677-2759,

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Middle Eastern Renewables Could Require $30Bn Plus, says GE (Int'l)
General Electric
Date: 2018-01-29
General Electric (GE) reports it is expanding its renewable energy footprint in the Middle East where it currently has 2GW turbine capacity. The company expects a capital investment of $30 billion to $40 billion to meet its 2035 Middle Eastern renewable energy -- primarily wind and solar energy -- targets.

The company currently has around 2GW of renewables turbine capacity in the Pakistan and Middle Eastern markets, a wind blade manufacturing facility in Turkey, an agreement to develop a conventional 120MW sub-station in Egypt, and is eyeing other opportunities in the ongoing round of renewables and is working with developers bidding for the Saudi renewable energy projets. (Source: GE, The National UAE, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: GE Europe, Yves Rannous, CEO, GE Renewable Energy , +32 2 235 6855,

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Notable Quotes on The Donald's Solar Tariff
Date: 2018-01-29
"We'll be making solar products now much more so in the United States. Our companies have been decimated, and those companies are going to be coming back strong ... A lot of workers ... a lot of jobs." -- President Donald Trump, Jan. 23, 2018

"I can say without hesitation that customers are embracing solar power because of its cost effectiveness and long-term price certainty. Tariffs would adversely impact the U.S. economy, burden domestic manufacturers and suppliers of other key components, raise prices for customers, and eliminate tens of thousands of jobs."-- Thomas H. Werner, CEO, SunPower, commenting on Trump's Solar Tariff

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Ontario Wind Farms Challenged over Noise Pollution (Ind. Report)
Ontario Wind
Date: 2018-01-29
Five proposed Ontario wind farms are facing a legal challenge from area residents allegations that the provincial government is allowing the companies behind the projects to defy safe noise limits.

The projects, which were approved by the province in 2016, are now going through a "technical review" as part of the final approval process by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. In 2016, the Ontario government also introduced new and more accurate standards for how companies model the noise impact of turbines before they're built. The lawsuit, however, alleges the proponents behind the five projects have been using old modelling standards.

If the projects were forced to adhere to the new standards, three quarters of the more than 200 proposed turbines in the province would be breaking the rules but if the developers use the new guidelines for modelling, those rule-breaking turbines "would have to be relocated or removed," according to legal council for the complainants. The lawsuit includes affidavits from noise pollution experts as well as from residents affected by the projects.

The five proposed projects include: Eastern Fields Wind Power Project, in the Municipality of The Nation; Nation Rise Wind Farm, in the Township of North Stormont; the Otter Creek Wind Farm, north of Wallaceburg in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent; Romney Wind Energy Centre, in Lakeshore, Ont; and the Strong Breeze Wind Power Project in the Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich. (Source: Various Media, CBC Ottawa, 28 Jan., 2018)

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No Takers for Massena's Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Massena Electric Department
Date: 2018-01-29
In New York State, the town of Massena (pop. 13,000+-) Electric Department is reporting very little response to their energy efficiency programs and incentives which include audits, makeover and other residential energy efficiency programs designed to help customers cut energy consumption and lower energy costs.

Among the programs offered, an energy audit for $50 and, if the customer makes the improvements identified, the customer will receive a rebate of $50 as well as reimbursement for some portion of the improvements. To date, no residential or commercial customers have requested the audit last month, despite advertisements promoting the program.

MED also looks for low-income households for a similar energy-efficiency program, but one in which the department foots the cost. Low-income households are identified through a list of those who take part in the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). He said MED expects to send more mailings to potential customers in the next week or two to try to generate more interest in the low-income program, which has also gained little to no traction. (Source: Town of Massena, Massena Electric Dept., Watertown Times, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: Massena Electric Department , (315) 764-0253,

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