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New Rules Endanger Calif. PACE (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Ygrene Energy Fund
Date: 2018-07-16
In the Golden State, Sonoma County, the first county in the nation to offer property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing to encourage homeowners to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, is reportedly now in jeopardy of the program collapsing collapsing under the weight of new state regulations, according to the Ygrene Energy Fund.

The new regulations being pushed by the state Department of Business Oversight, place overwhelming burdens on contractors, who are already licensed and regulated by the state, and PACE administrators, who are simply under contract to provide program services to local governments. The effect of the regulations, current and prospective, is to make the process of obtaining approval for financing more difficult for homeowners.

The new regulations are reportedly being pushed by a triad of bankers, credit unions and real estate interests interested in preserving their market share and keeping new competitors, like PACE, out of the low interest rate residential energy related loan marketplace.

While PACE administrators have supported recent legislation that delivers greater consumer protection and oversight of PACE as compared to other forms of financing, there is a calculated push by non-PACE lenders to shape legislation that denies access to PACE financing for many homeowners.

Residential PACE programs have been approved in more than 50 California counties and has been expanded to support other public policy initiatives, including water conversation and seismic retrofits. (Source: Ygrene, July, 2018) Contact: Ygrene Energy Fund, , Rocco Fabiano, Pres., CEO, (866) 634-1358,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ygrene,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

TEP Warns AZ Clean-Energy Policy Doable but Costly (Ind. Report)
Tucson Electric Power,Arizona Corporation Commission
Date: 2018-07-16
In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP) is warning that although the state "energy modernization" plan requiring utilities to generate 80 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2050 is doable, it could raise costs for the company and its ratepayers by more than $800 million through 2030, and cause the eventual closure of TEP-owned power generation stations. The higher costs would mainly include an additional $673 million in investments in energy-storage systems and about $53 million for new biomass energy projects.

The Arizona Corporation Commission plan aims to encourage the development of renewable generating plants with energy storage. It would also count energy from Arizona Public Service's Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station as clean energy.

TEP says it generally backs the objectives of energy modernization plans and favors coordinated, integrated resource energy policies overseen by elected officials. The utility also notes it is already pursuing clean energy goals that exceed existing state requirements. The utility has 21 megawatts of battery energy storage currently operating, and has contracted for 30 MW of four-hour battery storage as part of a 100 MW solar farm slated to reach commercial operation in late 2020. TEP says it is also considering purchasing or contracting for up to 200 MW of the proposed Big Chino Valley pumped-storage hydro project north of Prescott, which is expected to be online in 2025. (Source: TEP,, 15 July, 2018) Contact: TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, Dir. Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, (520) 571-4000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Corporation Commission,  Tucson Electric Power,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  

Osaka U. Claims CO2 Consuming Biofuel Cell Utilizing Microalgae (Int'l)
Osaka City University
Date: 2018-07-16
In Japan, researchers at Osaka City University are reporting development of a new biofuel cell system with the functions of a solar cell and the ability of CO2 conversion. Utilizing the photosynthesis function of spirulina, a biomass of dark-green unicellular microalgae, the solar-light driven biofuel cell generates electricity by consuming CO2 in water as source material and produces formic acid as a byproduct while generating electricity.

The researchers focused on the effective oxygen-evolution photosynthetic function activity spirulina shows in water. Using a device containing CO2-saturated buffer solution with two electrodes coupled with each other therein, an electrode on which a photosynthetic membrane derived from spirulina is immobilized and another electrode on which formic-acid dehydrogenase is immobilized, they found a certain amount of electric current (measuring 55 microamperes) flowing through the circuit when visible-light is applied to the photosynthetic-membrane immobilized electrode. The researchers also found that formic acid was produced above the formic-acid-dehydrogenase immobilized electrode by reduction of CO2. They also confirmed the evolution of oxygen and reduction of hydrogen carbonate ions derived from CO2.

Thus, this biofuel cell introduced a new technology to create bioenergy that not only consumes CO2 but also produces formic acid which has potential potential as a hydrogen-energy storage medium, a synthetic material for organic chemicals, and a solvent for inorganic-organic chemical compounds. (Source: Osaka City University, Japan for Sustainability, 15 July, 2018) Contact: Osaka City University, Research Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, Prof. Yutaka Amao,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Microalgae,  Biofuel,  CO2,  

Con Edison's South Dakota Wind Farm Near Completion (Ind. Report)
Con Edison
Date: 2018-07-16
Con Edison is reported to nearing completion of a 9-turbine wind farm in Brule County, near the community of Kimball, South Dakota. Wanzek Construction was the project contractor.

When fully operational, the $10 million project is expected to generate sufficient power for power about 2,250 homes. (Source: Con Edison, Daily Republic, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Con Edison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, Project Development Director Corey Juhl, (914) 286-7094,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Con Edison,  

Global Clean Energy Investment Data Released (Ind. Report)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (
Date: 2018-07-13
According to figures released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) on Monday, global investment in clean energy declined by 1 pct on the year but rose 8 pct year-on-year in the second quarter to $76.7 billion.

The decrease reflects a 19 pct drop in solar investment to $71.6 billion, due to the lower capital costs per MW and a slowdown in China. Apart from shrinking solar investments, BNEF projects that China's decision will lead to overcapacity in solar manufacturing and steeper price falls.

Investment in wind projects in the first half of 2018 improved by 33 pct to $57.2 billion, driven by large project financings in various markets, including the US, Taiwan, India, the Netherlands and Norway, according to BNEF.

Smaller clean energy sectors -- biomass and waste, small hydro, geothermal and biofuels -- attracted between $700 million and $1.2 billion of investments, except biofuels which dropped in terms of investment. (Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Renewables Now, 10 July, 2018)

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

Solargise Considers Canadian Solar Panel Plant (Ind. Report)
Solargise Canada
Date: 2018-07-13
UK-based Solargise Ltd subsidiary Solargise Canada Increports it is considering a $2.3 billion (Cdn) ($1.7 billion US) investment to start production of new generation plastic-free photovoltaic (PV) panels in Quebec or Ontario. The company says $878 million in financing for the possible move is in place.

Solargise said the selected site for the project requires access to 550 MW of power and be located close to a railway and a port and research universities. If the identified location is in Quebec, Solargise will move its research facilities from Europe to Montreal, it said.

The UK parent company is primarily active in developing gigawatt-scale solar plants in India. (Source: Solargise Canada, Renewables Now, July, 2018) Contact: Solargise Canada,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solargise Canada,  Solar,  

Mayors Call for EU Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
EU Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-07-13
The mayors of Paris, London, Milan, Barcelona and other Major European cities on July 9 jointly issued the following call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement:

"We urge the European Commission (EC) to set the 1.5 degree C and net-zero emissions goals of the Paris Agreement as objectives of this strategy to be achieved by 2050. To reach that goal, emissions in Europe must peak by 2020 and decrease until reaching carbon neutrality by mid-century."

The group of ten European mayors are part of a wider coalition of 9,000 cities worldwide, that have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030 and to design adaptation strategies to address the possibly devastating impacts of climate change. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, 9 July, 2018)

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

ISO Developing Methanol Marine Fuel Standard (Ind. Report)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2018-07-13
The Washington-based Methanol Institute (MI) reports the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will develop a standard for methyl/ethyl alcohol as a marine fuel and a standard for methyl/ethyl alcohol fuel couplings. By burning methonal as a fuel shipowners meet the 2020 sulphur cap, and potentially future CO2 emission regulations.

The standard is to be developed for methanol as a marine fuel as owners look to a variety of alternatives to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 2020 0.5 pct sulphur cap. ISO is expected to develop the standard as soon as possible. There are currently eight methanol powered vessels in operation worldwide. (Source: International Maritime Organization, SeaTrade Maritime, 12 July, 2018) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,; International Organization for Standardization,; Methanol Institute, (703)248-3636,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Organization for Standardization,  ,  Methanol,  International Maritime Organization,  

London Launches Small Business Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
Date: 2018-07-13
In the UK, London Mayor , Sadiq Khan, has announced the £500 million Energy Efficiency Fund (MEEF) to help small businesses and public sector organizations invest in low carbon measures such as battery storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, small-scale renewable energy generation, upgrade existing infrastructure, reduce businesses costs, energy use, and cut carbon emissions.

The MEEF will offer a flexible, wide range of funding options on a per-project basis through a consortium of funders including Lloyds Bank, NatWest, Santander UK, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and Triodos Bank. Amber Infrastructure Group will manage MEEF, and is now accepting applications.

The MEEF is part of the Mayor's campaign to slash London's emissions by 60 pct below 1990 levels by 2025 before reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Starting in October 2018, the City of London will source 100 pct of its power needs from renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on local buildings, investing in larger solar and wind projects, and purchasing clean energy from grid. The city has already initiated low-carbon projects to reduce CO2 emissions by over 35,000 tons. (Source: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Ecopreneurist, Carolyn Fortuna, 12 July, 2018) Contact: London Mayor , Sadiq Khan,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

UrbanVolt Raises €55Mn for International Expansion (Int'l)
Date: 2018-07-13
Dublin-headquartered Irish company UrbanVolt reports it has inked a €55 million funding deal with UK investment firm Low Carbon. UrbanVolt upgrades commercial buildings to LED lighting for no upfront capital cost, enabling companies to save 75 pct on their lighting costs while reducing their carbon emissions. A proportion of the energy saving is then paid to UrbanVolt as a service charge for the first five years, during which time UrbanVolt also maintains the lights.

Some 45 multi-national companies, including major conglomerates Pfizer, Zimmer Biomet, Cargotec and Pipelife, have signed as Urbanvolt LaaS clients to date. The new funds will be used to support international expansion. The company recently opened new offices in Chicago and Florida and is planning an office in California. (Source: UrbanVolt, Independat IE, 12 July, 2018) Contact: UrbanVolt , Kevin Maughan, CEO, +353 1 699 3340,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UrbanVolt,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  

Global Algae Biofuel Market Could Hit $9.88Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report)
Zion Market Research
Date: 2018-07-13
The recently released Algae Biofuel Market Report from Zion Market Research has found that the algae biofuel market was valued at approximately $4.7 billion in 2017 and is expected to generate revenue of around $9.88 billion by the end of 2024. The report attributes algae biofuel market growth to an increasing worldwide demand foir fuel, growth in the transportation industry, fossil fuel market volatility and an emphasis on reducing fuel emissions.

The report notes that the US and Canada dominated the market in 2017 with more than 30 pct of the global algae biofuel market. The study projects the Asia Pacific region will experience major growth in the market during the forecast period due to technological advancements and materials availability.

The report referenced policies such as the European Commission's Renewable Energy Directive, which would require that at least 10 pct of transportation fuels come from renewable sources by 2020. (Source: Zion Market Research , July, 2018) Contact: Zion Market Research, +49-322 210 92714, USA/Canada (855) 465-4651,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  

ABB Announces Hornsea 2 Connection Contract (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-07-13
Further to our 31 Jan. coverage, Zurich-headquartered Swiss power and automation giant ABB reports receipt of more than $150 million (€128 million) in orders from Denmark's Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- to help integrate the Danish energy group's 1.4-GW Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm to the UK grid.

ABB's scope on Hornsea Project Two, which is set to become the world's largest offshore wind farm, includes the engineering, supply, project management and commissioning of the digital control and protection systems for the onshore substation and the two offshore platform substations. The Hornsea Project Two power flow will be protected and controlled by the largest Static Compensation (STATCOM) system ever built in the offshore wind space and the ABB Ability MACH control, protection and monitoring system is the brain of the STATCOM, according to an ABB release. (Source: ABB, Renewables, 12 July, 2018) Contact: ABB,; Orsted, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  ABB,  Offshore Wind,  Hornsea,  

Vidaris Snares Synergen Consulting Int'l. (M&A, Ind. Report)
Vidaris, Synergen Consulting
Date: 2018-07-13
In the Empire State, NYC-based Vidaris, Inc. affiliate, IBA Holdings, LLC, (Vidaris) is reporting the acquisition of Housto, Texas headquartered Synergen Consulting International, LLC (Synergen).

Vidaris is a A/E/C consultancy for building envelope, energy efficiency, specialty engineering, code compliance and construction administration. Synergen consults in forensic and risk analysis, claims and litigation consulting, and international arbitration. (Source: Vidaris, PR, Markets Insider, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Vidaris, Marc Weissbach, CEO, Michelle Maxwell, (212) 689.5389 Ext. 168,,; Synergen Consulting International, Bryan Byrd, Pres., (800) 701-4248,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vidaris,  Synergen ,  Energy Efficiency,  

Notable Quotes and Duly Noted
Date: 2018-07-13
"When it comes to climate change, if you're the atmosphere, there's only one thing you care about, and it's reducing emissions." -- Wayne Balta, IBM VP Corporate Environmental Affairs

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

Renewable Energy Institute Releases Restructuring of Japan's Bioenergy Strategy (Int'l)
Renewable Energy Institute
Date: 2018-07-13
In Japan, the Tokyo-headquartered public interest Renewable Energy Institute is reporting the release of its Restructuring of Japan's Bio-energy Strategy. The report examines the bioenergy industry in Japan and its potential contribution to a low-carbon economy -- decarbonized society.

The report recommends: establishing a bioenergy heating Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme; new coal-fired power plants be co-combusted with biomass; biomass fuels be sourced from domestic forest resources and preventing wood resources from deteriorating, and utilizing waste such as rice husk/paddy straw and unused wood products, such as bamboo in the agricultural sector. (Source: Japan Renewable Energy Institute, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Japan Renewable Energy Institue,

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

Vestas Wins Serbian, Australian Wind Turbine Contracts (Int'l)
Date: 2018-07-13
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports receipt of two new turbine supply orders including a 112MW turnkey contract for 31 V126-3.6MW turbines to Palisade Investment Partners' Granville Harbour project in Tasmania, south Australia. The contract includes civil and electrical work and a 25 year service agreement, beginning in Q4, 2019.

Vestas has also been awarded a 69MW deal to supply 20 V126-3.45MW wind turbines to the Kosava 1 project in Serbia, which is expected to be online in early 2019. The Serbian contract includes a 12 year service agreement. (Source: Vestas, Various Media, Windpower Monthly, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  

Enefit Green Seeking Nelja Energia Purchase Approval (Int'l., M&A)
Eesti Energia,Enefit Green, Nelja Energia
Date: 2018-07-13
Further to our June 1st coverage, Enefit Green, the green energy subsidiary of the Estonian state-owned energy group Eesti Energia, reports it has applied to Lithuania's Competition Council for permission to acquire 100 pct of renewable energy company Nelja Energia, for €289 million plus liabilities totaling €204 million. Nelja Energia is owned by Norway's Vardar and other investors.

Enefit Green owns four wind farms totaling 111 megawatts, three cogeneration plants in Estonia and Latvia, one hydroelectric power plant and one solar power plant.The company produces energy from wind, biomass, water, mixed municipal waste and solar.

Nelja Energia owns 17 wind farms in Estonia and Lithuania with a total capacity of 287 megawatts, and holds a minority ownership in two biogas stations in Estonia. Nelja Energia produced 804 GWh of renewable energy in 2017. (Source: Enefit Green, BNS, 11 Jyly, 2018) Contact: Eesti Energia,; Nelja Energia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eesti Energia,  Enefit Green ,  Nelja Energia,  Renewable Energy,  

EPA Plan to Force Refiners to Blend More Biofuels Nixed (Ind. Report)
EPA, Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-07-13
Reuters is reporting the US EPA as abandoned plans that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate for volumes likely to be exempted under the agency's small refinery hardship waiver program, according to newly released EPA documents.

The plan would have boosted the renewable fuel blending obligation from 10.88 pct to 11.76 pct to offset volumes lost under the waiver program, which has been expanded sharply under Scott Pruitt's tenure at the EPA.

The idea was apparently aimed at assuaging the U.S. corn lobby which has accused Trump's EPA of undermining the demand for biofuels like corn-based ethanol through the waiver program, but was scrapped amid intense protest from the refining industry, according to the Reuters report.

The "hardship" exemptions representing some 2.25 million gallons worth of biofuel were granted for 2017 and 2016, including waivers covering 1.46 million compliance credits (RINS). The EPA projected some 8.18 billion gallons of gasoline and 5.44 billion gallons of diesel produced by small refiners would be exempt from the requirements in 2019, according to the EPA.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: EPA, Manitoba Co-oporator, Various Media, Reuters, 12 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  RFS,  Pruitt,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  

Hamburg Sud Meeting Emissions Reduction Targets (Int'l Report)
Hamburg Sud
Date: 2018-07-13
German maritime shipping giant Hamburg Sud is reporting a 40 pct reduction in fleet CO2 emissions in 2017 compared to the baseline year of 2009. The company notes that its original target was to reduce its fleet CO2 emissions by 45 pct by 2020. For the period from 2016 to 2017, Hamburg Sud reported a reduction of 2.3 pct for CO2 emission, 3.7 pct for nitrogen oxides, 4 pct for particulate matter and 8 pct for sulfur dioxide. (Source: Hamburg Sud, BunkerSpot, July, 2018) Contact: Hamburg Sud, +49 40 37050,,

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

Zilkha Biomass Unplugs Planned Arkansas Pellet Mill (Ind. Report)
Zilkha Biomass
Date: 2018-07-13
In Arkansas, the Monticello Economic Development Commission reports that Houston-headquartered Zilkha Biomass has canceled its proposed pellet mill on an 80 acre site the Commission purchased from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2014. With Zilka's cancellation, the Commission, which purchased the site specifically for Zilka, will take ownership of the land in exchange for their work and expense in the project.

Zilkha Biomass Energy produces the Zilkha Black pellet, a proprietary water-resistant biomass pellet that is transportable and can be stored like coal. (Source: Zilkha Biofuels, Monticello Live, 9 July, 2018)Contact: Monticello Economic Development Commission,; Zilkha Biomass, Jack Holmes, CEO, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961,

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

Envision Energy, Bow Power Tout Wind Energy Partnership (Int'l)
Envision Energy,Bow Power
Date: 2018-07-13
Shanghai-headquartered Envision Energy is reporting a strategic partnership with Bow Power to evaluate, develop, and operate utility-scale wind farm projects in Latin America, beginning with a 90-mw project in the Peninsula of Yucatan, Mexico.

The Envision -- Bow Power joint venture in Energia Renovable de la Peninsula, is being developed by Envision's local partner ViveEnergia, and has PPAs with Mexico`s utility company CFE.

Envision owns the world's largest Energy IoT platform, EnOS™, currently managing more than 100GW of energy assets globally. It is also the second largest wind turbine manufacturer in China and the sixth largest in the world.

Bow Power, a joint venture from Spanish conglomerate ACS and Global Infrastructure Partners, invested in and managed seven assets with a total value higher than €1,200 million , including different technologies in several geographies, during its first year of operations. (Source: Envision Energy, PR, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Bow Power,; Envision (,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Energy,  Wind,  

Enel X Providing Energy Storage for Ontario Food Co. (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-13
Enel Group advanced energy services division Enel X, through its Canadian subsidiary EnerNOC, Ltd., reports it has contracted with Ontario food company Amhil North America to deploy a 2.34 MW/4.7 MWh lithium-ion energy storage system at Amhil's facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

As per the contract, Enel X will purchase, install and operate the battery energy storage system on behalf of Amhil North America, and share the savings which are expected to be created by Enel X DEN.OS optimization software that will analyze Amhil's energy consumption and implement a control strategy. Enel X will also provide demand management services and enroll the energy storage system in IESO's demand response programme. The storage system, which is expected to save Amhil 20 pct in energy costs, is slated for installation before the year end. (Source: Enel X, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Enel X, +39 06 83051,,; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Enel Group,  EnerNOC,  

Northeast 80X50 Pathway to Slash Emissions Unveiled (Ind. Report)
National Grid,Siemens Power Technology International
Date: 2018-07-13
National Grid, a major electric and natural gas provider serving more than 20 million people in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in collaboration with Siemens Power Technology International has unveiled its Northeast 80×50 Pathway plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 pct below 1990 levels by 2050.

The National Grid plan calls for accelerating decarbonization of the electric sector; electrifying light-duty transportation; and overhauling heating methods through enhanced efficiency, electrification and oil-to-gas conversion, as necessary shifts to reach an interim 40 pct reduction by 2030.

Zero-carbon electricity currently accounts for more than half of the Northeast's power generation with about 25 pct coming from large-scale hydropower and other renewables.

In 2015, emissions from power generation were approximately 50 pct below 1990 levels. Overall emissions for the Northeast in 2015 fell 16 pct below 1990 levels. Achieving the 2030 target economically implies significant reduction in the reliance on the most expensive and polluting heating fuels: fuel oil, propane and kerosene. It means that a rapid transition from these fuels to heat electrification is needed, according to the National Grid release. (Source: National Grid, Commercial Property Exec., July, 2018) Contact: National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres.,; Siemens Power Technology International,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Power Technology International,  National Grid,  

California 2020 Emissions Target Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
California Air Resource Board
Date: 2018-07-13
In Sacramento, the California Air Resource Board (CARB) reports the Golden State's 2016 greenhouse gas emissions of 429.4 million metric tons were lower than 1990's 431 million metric tons, despite a larger population and booming economy. Specifically:
  • California's carbon pollution dropped 13 percent statewide since a 2004 peak; meanwhile the economy grew 26 pct;

  • California's per capita emissions continue to be among the lowest in the country. They fell 23 pct from a peak of 14 metric tons per person (roughly equal to driving 34,000 miles) in 2001 to 10.8 metric tons per person in 2016 (roughly equal to driving 26,000 miles). That is approximately half as much as the national average;

  • California's carbon pollution dropped 3 pct between 2015 and 2016 -- roughly equal to taking 2.4 million cars off the road or saving 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel;

  • The "carbon intensity" of California's economy -- the amount of carbon pollution emitted per $1 million of gross state product -- fell 38 pct since the 2001 peak and is now one-half the national average;

  • California now produces twice as many goods and services for the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the rest of the nation.

    According to CARB, the emissions reductions are the result of a mixture of state-level measures that include mandating that a certain fraction of electricity come from renewable resources, regulating vehicle emissions, and a carbon pricing and trading program shared with Quebec.

    The state's 2020 carbon target is mandated by a 2006 law, but since then California has passed an even stricter law requiring emissions to be 40 pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030. Per capita emissions of around 10.8 metric tons per person are about half the U.S. national average. Overall 2016 greenhouse gas emissions for the U.S. in 2016 were around 6.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, and represented about 15 pct of global emissions in 2014. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Green Car Congress, July, 2018) Contact: California Air Resources Board,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resource Board,  CARB,  Carbon Emissions,  

  • Notable Quote and Duly Noted
    Date: 2018-07-13
    "With Scott Pruitt's resignation, we hope we will now see an EPA that's willing to uphold President Trump's commitments to rural America and finally deliver the win-win he's been looking for with year-round sales of E15.

    " It's time to turn the page on the disastrous demand destruction practices of Scott Pruitt and start a new chapter." -- Kyle Gilley, POET Snr. VP External Affairs , Communications

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET news,  Pruitt news,  E15 news,  

    Kontrol Energy, Canyon Eng. Ink Reseller Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Kontrol Energy, Canyon Engineering Solutions
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Energy analytics software specialist Kontrol Energy Corp. is confirming a value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with New York State-based energy efficiency service and solutions provider Canyon Engineering Solutions.

    Through its real-time energy monitoring and smart algorithms, the Kontrol energy analytics technology provides deep energy savings through optimization, improves energy asset performance and can extend energy asset useful life.

    Kontrol Energy Corp. provides market-based energy solutions designed to reduce overall energy costs and a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. (Source: Kontrol Energy, PR, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Kontrol Energy, Paul Ghezzi, CEO ,; Canyon Engineering Inc | LinkedIn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canyon Engineering ,  Kontrol Energy,  Energy Efficiency ,  

    NWT Touts Planned Carbon Pricing Proposal (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Territories
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In Yellowknife, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), a signatory to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, is touting its planned approach to implementing carbon pricing in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Some of the key components of the NWT approach to carbon pricing include:
  • Introducing a NWT carbon tax on fuels effective July 1, 2019 based on $20/tonne of GHG emissions. This would increase annually to $50/tonne;

  • Excluding aviation fuel from carbon pricing;

  • Rebating 100 pct of the carbon tax for heating fuel for most residents, businesses, and government;

  • Enhancing benefit programs to offset the impact of carbon pricing on NWT families through benefits that will be delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency on behalf of the GNWT;

  • Rebating the NWT Power Corporation for carbon tax payments related to fuel needed to produce electricity, in order to ensure electricity rates do not increase;

  • Establishing rebate program for large GHG emitters to partly offset the impact of carbon pricing and to incent investments to reduce GHG emissions;

  • Investing in GNWT initiatives that reduce emissions and address climate change as identified in the 2030 Energy Plan and NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework.

    The results of the federal-territorial analysis of the impact on carbon pricing in the NWT and the results of the public engagement on carbon pricing completed by the GNWT can be found HERE. (Source: Government of the Northwest Territories, Todd Sasaki, Senior Communications Officer, (867) 767-9151 ext. 14032,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Pricing,  

  • Notable Quote and Worth Noting
    National Grid
    Date: 2018-07-12
    "For National Grid, climate change isn't a political question, but scientific fact, and we believe that innovation and a diverse set of stakeholders at the table will enable us to reach the clean energy future that we all want." -- Dean Seavers, US Pres. National Grid

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  National Grid news,  

    Wichita Approves Cargill Biodiesel Expansion Bonds (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Following up on our December 8m 2017 report, in Kansas, the Wichita Eagle reports the Wichita city council has given the nod to more than $38 million in industrial revenue bonds to help pay for Cargill's new $87 million, 42,000 sq-ft biodiesel plant in Wichita.

    Cargill currently operates a soybean processing plant, a grain elevator and truck and rail bulk loadout operation at the site of the new 60 million gpy biodiesel plant which is expected to be operational early in 2019. (Source: Wichita Eagle, AP, Bradenton Herald, 10 July, 2018)Contact: Cargill, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cargill,  Biodiesel,  

    €4.4Mn Funding for Irish Biomass, Bioenergy Industries (Int'l)
    Science Foundation Ireland
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Wilton Place, Ireland-headquartered Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) reports it has secured an additional €4.4 million under the Sustainable Energy and Fuel Efficiency (SEFE) SFI Spokes programme to develop the country's biomass and bioenergy industries.

    The four-year SEFE research programme leverages the scientific expertise of 10 of Ireland's top academics in bioenergy research across four universities as well as national and international companies.

    The work will address some of the drawbacks associated with Ireland's reliance on imported biofuels and intermittent renewables by improving the efficiency and reducing the carbon intensity of power generation and transport from combustion. It will also do so by boosting the supply of renewable heat, which makes up 41 pct of Ireland's energy consumption, as well as meeting sustainable waste management challenges.(Source: Science Foundation Ireland, Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Silicon Republic, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Prof Jerry D. Murphy, Dir., +353 (0) 21 486 4300,; Science Foundation Ireland, + 353 (0)1 607 3200, + 353 (0 )1 607 3201,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioenergy,  

    Global Bio-Based Chemicals Sales Market Report 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Global Bio-Based Chemicals Sales Market Report 2018, a new research report from Brooklyn, New York-based QyreseachReports examines the factors that have amplified demand within the global market, market trends and dynamics, as well as Global Bio-Based Chemicals market manufacturers and players including: Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings; BASF; PTT Global; Purac; Mitsui & Co.; Abengoa Bioenergia, S.A; BioAmber Inc., Braskem; Cargill; CORBION Meredian Inc, ; Metabolix Inc.; Methanex Corporation; Myriant Technologies; NatureWorks; Novozymes ASS; and Royal DSM.

    Download report samples HERE. Browse a complete report HERE. (Source: QyresearchReports, SBWire, 7 July, 2018) Contact: QyresearchReports, (518) 621-2074,,

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    Trees vs Grass for Carbon Sink Supremacy (R&D, Ind. Report)
    UC Davis
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Researchers from the University of California, Davis have found that grasslands and rangelands are better carbon sinks than forests in present-day California. Years of warming temperatures, fire suppression, and drought have increased wildfire risks and turned the state's forests into carbon producers more than carbon consumers, according to the research.

    Trees store much of their carbon within their leave and woody biomass, while grass stores most of its carbon underground. This means that when a tree catches fire, it releases its stores of carbon back into the atmosphere. But when a fire burns through grasslands, the carbon fixed underground tends to stay in the roots and soil.

    The study suggests that grasslands and range lands should be given opportunities in California's cap-and-trade market, which was designed to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Their findings could also influence other carbon offset efforts around the world, especially those in semi-arid environments. This study states that, from a cap-and-trade and carbon-offset perspective, conserving grasslands and promoting rangeland practices that lead to reliable rates of carbon sequestration may help meet California's emission-reduction goals. (Source: UC Davis,, July, 2018) Contact: UC Davis, John Muir Institute of the Environment , Benjamin Houlton, Dir., (530) 752-7627,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  Carbon Sink,  Climate Change,  Carbon Storage,  

    New Cost Cutting Biomass Torrefaction Process Touted (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Waste from olive oil production is treated at a pilot plant in Spain that uses a unique torrefaction process developed through the EU-funded SteamBio project to improve the combustion properties, lighten the weight and thus reduce transportation costs for biomass and produce green chemicals as a byproduct. Researchers from the Stuttgart, Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) with ten project partners from four European countries are touting the development of the new SteamBio torrefaction process.

    The process was initially developed to make wood chips, which are heavy to transport, challenging to store and susceptible to rot, more suitable for transportation and storage. A pilot torrefaction chamber working with olive oil production wastes, various woods and vineyard prunings has been established in Spain. (Source: Fraunhofer IGB Website, Olive Oil Times, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Fraunhofer IGB, Fraunhofer IGB, Antoine Dalibard, Group Manager Heat and Sorption Systems

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

    KEPCO, PGCIL Seeking Indian Renewables Opportunities (Int'l)
    KEPCO,Korea Power Electric Corp
    Date: 2018-07-11
    In Seoul, the state-run Korea Power Electric Corp. (KEPCO) reports it has inked a memorandum of cooperation with the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) for renewable energy projects in India. The two firms agreed to collaborate for development of renewable energy technologies, including energy storage systems (ESS), smart grids and electric vehicle charging systems, to explore ways to jointly participate India's growing energy market.

    The Indian renewable energy sector attracted more than $42 billion in investments over the past four years for clean technologies, including solar, wind and biomass as well as smart grids and ESS, according to Indian government data. PGCIL is an Indian state-owned electric utilities company that transmits about half of the total power generated in the nation on its transmission network. (Source: KEPCO, Yonhap, Korea BizWire, 10 July, 2018) Contact: PGCIL,; KEPCO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea Power Electric,  KEPCO,  Renewable Energy,  

    Eolus Selling 30-MW Norwegian Wind Farm for €40.7Mn (M&A, (Int'l)
    Eolus Vind
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Hassleholm, Sweden based Eolus Vind AB reports it has inked an agreement with EWZ Holdings for the sale of the 30-MW, 7-turbine Stigafjellet Wind Farm project in Bjerkreim south of Stavanger, Norway, for €40.7 million.

    Eolus will provide technical, operational and administrative services as well as construct the wind farm. EWZ Holdings will provide construction financing. The wind farm is expected be commissioned in late 2020. (Source: Eolus Vind AB, PR, 10 July, 2018) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus Vind,  Wind,  

    Macau Airport Lands Significant Carbon Emissions Cuts (Int'l)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme
    Date: 2018-07-11
    The Macau International Airport (MIA) reports it has cut its 2017 carbon emissions by 28.7 pct from its 2012 emissions levels.

    As a participant in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme MIA devised a five-year Carbon Management Plan for better energy efficiency, fuel efficiency and waste management, setting a 20 pct reduction target for aircraft movement emissions in 2018 from 2012 levels.

    The airport landed higher than expected emissions reductions by replacing conventional lighting units with LED lighting, replacing its vehicle fleet with environmentally friendly vehicles, upgrading its baggage handling system, installing "green" walls, performing energy audits to track and reduce electricity consumption and the recycling of food waste. (Source: Macau International Airport, Macau News Agency, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Macau International Airport,; Airport Carbon Accreditation, +44 845 868 2708,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Accreditation ,  

    UK BEIS Sets 43 pct Public Sector Emissions Reduction Target (Int'l)
    UK Carbon Emissions,
    Date: 2018-07-11
    In London, the UK Department of Business and Energy Strategy (BEIS) reports the government will increase its public sector greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 43 pct by 2019 to 2020 based on 2009 to 2010 levels.

    The new emissions reduction targets are expected to result in savings of £340 million ($452 million), and will be implemented parallel to guidance on targets for the wider public and higher education sectors., according to a statement. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Strategy, CleanTechnica, 9 July, 2018) Contact: UK Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark,; BEIS,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  UK Carbon Emissions,  UK Business and Energy Strategy,  

    EU "Green Growth Group" Seeks Stronger Climate Action (Int'l)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2018-07-11
    The "Green Growth Group", a coalition of 14 EU member states reports it has called upon the European Commission (EC) to update the EU's pledge at United Nation's next annual climate meeting this coming December, and to ensure that the new mid-century strategy contains both a pathway to reduce emissions towards net-zero by 2050, and a pathway to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees C.

    The net-zero emissions goal is supported by the recently agreed upon energy union governance regulation, calling for Europe to achieve carbon neutrality "as early as possible." (Source: European Commission, EURACTIV, 9 July, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  EU,  European Commission,  

    Biomass Eclipsed by Solar as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Agency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

    EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

    Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Solar,  US Energy Information Agency,  

    Branson Reports Efficiency, Sustainability Savings (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    In the Show Me State, the city of Branson -- pop. 14,600 +- -- reports its energy efficiency and sustainability efforts have saved the city more than $2.6 million in energy costs. The saving were primarly the result of energy conservation measures that cut the city's convention center annual energy bill by $113,049.00 and the implementation of energy service contract sustainability and energy efficiency recommendations.

    Energy efficiency updates and changes included :installation of more energy-efficient lighting; better energy management; moving to paperless billing; increased composting and recycling; and more then 30 other initiatives. (Source: City of Branson, Branson News, 11 July, 2018) Contact: City of Branson, Mona Menezes, Environmental Specialist, (417) 337-8522,

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

    Australia Claims Residential Energy Storage Leadership (Int'l)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to a paper co-authored by the Australian Federal Government's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, Australia had nearly 21,000 residential storage batteries installed in 2017 -- triple the 2016 installations. "We are now not only the world leader in the use of rooftop solar (1.8 million installations) but also the world leader in the installation of residential battery storage by power capacity," according to Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg. (Source: Energy Matters, July 10, 2018) Contact: Australia Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg,

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

    Battery Consult Rethinking South African Zebra Battery (Int'l)
    Battery Consult,CSIR
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Bern, Switzerland-based energy storage startup Battery Consult AG reports it is finalizing a prototype for a new stationary storage solution, based on the Zebra Battery invented at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria.

    Battery Consults Salt Battery incorporates table salt as a key ingredient and the other materials, such as nickel (nickel chloride and sodium are self-generated during charge), are also readily available and linked to established battery recycling networks.

    The company claims the battery can be locally produced economically in production runs of around 3000 units per year, equivalent to 20 MWh of capacity. The company's first 7 kWh prototype -- SB-7 -- is close to completion. A single battery is expected to have a ten year life span assuming one daily charge and discharge. The initial market for the battery is expected to be Europe (Source: Battery Consult AG, Creamer Media Report, July, 2018) Contact: Battery Consult AG, Dr Cord-Henrich Dustmann, Managing Dir., +41 33 9721300,,; CSIR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Consult,  Energy Strage,  Salt Battery,  Zebra Battery,  CSIR,  

    Farmland Trust Joins Carbon Sequestration Initiative (Ind Report)
    American Farmland Trust
    Date: 2018-07-11
    The Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) reports it is joining other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a Learning Lab for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia, and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester it in the soil across diverse systems such as farms, rangelands, forests, and wetlands. The lab wiil also help states develop strategies related to policy development and funding projects.

    AFT is working in partnership with the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative.

    The AFT's Farmers Combating Climate Change program aims to : protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions; improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and build support among the farm community and advance policies and environmentally sound farming practices to help keep farmers on the land. (Source: American Farmland Trust, AgDaily, 9 July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    SaskPower's Boundary Dam CCS Coming to an End (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Furher to our March 16th coverage, on the Canadian prairies, Regina-headquartered Crown-owned utility SaskPower is reporting no further retrofits will be made to the carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at the coal-fired Boundary Dam power plant near Estevan. The CCS units, which received $1.5 billion in start-up funding, are reaching their federally mandated 2024 phase out and no longer receive Canadian federal funding.

    The facility, which opened 8 month behind schedule in October 2014, was designed to cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tpy but removed only 400,000 tonnes to date in 2015. The delays cost SaskPower approximately $80 million in "construction deficiencies" and non-performance penalties. Saskatchewan has committed to a 40 pct carbon emissions reduction in electrical power generation. (Source: SaskPower, CJME, Canadian Press, July, 2018) Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121,

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    MidAmerican Energy Efficiency Plan Cuts Customer Fees (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy Co. reports it has filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of a five-year energy efficiency program that meets new spending caps by utilities on those programs enacted by the Iowa Legislature earlier this year.

    If approved, the Iowa Energy Efficiency Plan 2019-2023 will deliver nearly $84 million in reduced energy efficiency program fees for MidAmerican Energy's Iowa customers. Residential customers with gas and electric service would see an average savings of $81 per year, while commercial customers would average $172 in savings. The average industrial customer would save more than $12,000 annually, according to a company release.

    MidAmerican Energy's proposal includes 14 energy efficiency programs including: online home energy assessments; incentives to replace older heating and air conditioning equipment with new high-efficiency models; appliance recycling; rebates to purchase smart thermostats; and others. The existing Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs will be eliminated. (Source: MidAmerican, Business Record, 9 July, 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 Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Brookhaven Extends Redeem™ RNG Fleet Fuel Contract (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Newport Beach, California-headquartered Clean Energy Fuels Corp. reports that Brookhaven, NY, a municipality that previously abandoned diesel for Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG) has extended Clean Energy's contract for another five years. Brookhaven is Clean Energy's first customer in New York to move to Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG), the cleanest fueling option available, with an expected volume of 550,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) annually to power 80 new refuse and recycling trucks.

    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. builds and operates compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicle fuel stations nationwide. The company's Redeem RNG fuel is the cleanest transportation fuel commercially available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70 pct, according to the company. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, BusinessWire, 10 July, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, (949) 437-1397,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels ,  RNG,  Alternative Fuel,  

    Soltage Completes Three School Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Jersey City, New Jersey headquartered Soltage, a nationwide renewable-energy provider, is reporting completion of three solar projects totaling 3.2 MW for the Grossmont Union High School District, California.

    Together, the three systems will produce nearly 5 million kWh of energy per year and save the school district over $20 million in electricity costs over the 25 years of the PPA.

    The projects were funded by Soltage as part of a recent investment into their capital vehicle raised with Basalt Infrastructure. (Source: Soltage, PR, Solar Power, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Soltage, Jesse Grossman, CEO, (201) 432-1786 Fax: (201) 432-1010

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soltage,  Solar,  

    Solar Outshines Biomass as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Agency
    Date: 2018-07-11
    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

    EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

    Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Biomass news,  US Energy Information Agency news,  

    TPI Expanding Mexican Wind Blade Production Capacity (Ind. Report)
    TPI Composites
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Wind turbine blade manufacturer TPI Composites reports will add two additional production lines at its Matamoros, Mexico plant after long-term customer Vestas exercised an option under the two companies' supply agreement. With the additional lines, the plant will have six production lines.

    The plant produces blades for Vestas's V136 turbine model. Production is set to begin at the site in Q3 2018. (Source: TPI Composites, Windpower Monthly, Others, 10 July, 2018) Contact: TPI Composites, Steve Lockard, Pres. & CEO, (480) 305-8910,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TPI Composites,  Vestas,  Wind Turbine Blade,  

    Jan De Nul, Parkwind to Install World's Largest Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l Report)
    Jan De Nul Group
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group signs an EPCI contract for constructing Northwester 2, the seventh wind farm off the Belgian coast, entering for the third time into a partnership with wind farm developer Parkwind, a branch of Colruyt.

    The Northwester 2 wind farm is located 48 kilometres off the coast and will have the largest and most powerful wind turbines currently available on the market -- the V164-9.5MW, with a rotor diameter of 164 metres.

    Jan De Nul will design, construct and install 23 foundations, as well transport and install the cables wind turbines Work is slated to get underwau in June 2019 for commissioning and operations in 2020. When fully operational, the project will generate sufficient green electricity for 220,000 households. (Source: Jan De Nul Group, Gas & Oil Tech., 10 July, 2018) Contact: Jan De Nul Group, Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables , +352 39 89 11,  +352 39 96 43 – fax,,

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