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UK Community Solar Farm Launches £4Mn Bond (Int'l)
Burnham and Weston Energy
Date: 2018-07-09
In the UK, Somerset-based Burnham and Weston Energy, the owner and operator of a 9.3MW community solar farm at Wick Farm, between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea, reports it is raising £4 million in investment funds through a bond issue.

The investment, launched on Triodos Bank's, crowd funding platform will allow the company to return around £3 million in surplus profits to the local community over the remaining 23-year lifespan of the project which has been operating for nearly two years and generates enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 2,000 homes, and over £1 million per year in revenue.

The bonds will be used to repay the remainder of an £11 million short-term loan facility from specialist community energy loan fund Leapfrog Finance. Over £7 million has already been refinanced through a long-term loan from Triodos Bank. (Source: COOP News, 6 July, 2018) Contact: Burnham & Weston Energy, +44 01326 567 161

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  

Notable Quotes on Pruitt's Exit
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-07-09
"We don't see how we can do much worse than we had with Mr. Pruitt. He had been waging war against the RFS and really waging war against the farmers and rural Americans that had helped Donald Trump win the presidency, and so it isn't surprising to us that this resignation happened. I guess we're a little surprised it didn’t happen sooner." -- Geoff Cooper, Senior VP, Renewable Fuels Association

"He had completely undermined the ethanol industry. He was handing out waivers like candy. The last number I saw was 2.25 billion gallons of ethanol had been waived from the RFS. President Trump continues to talk about giving E15 full-year access, and these refiner waivers are just unacceptable." -- Lisa Richardson, Exec. Dir., South Dakota Corn Growers Association

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

Australia's CEFC Invests $35Mn in Smart Meters (Int'l Report)
Clean Energy Finance Corp.,Landis+Gyr
Date: 2018-07-09
The Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEFC), an Australian government owned "green bank", reports it has invested $35 million in debt funding into smart meter technology provider intelliHUB -- a joint venture between Pacific Equity Partners and the Swiss-based global smart meter company LandisGyr.

The CEFC investment is part of a debt finance package to support intelliHUB's growth plans. The CEFC was established to facilitate increased flows of finance into the clean energy sector.

According to CEFC grid solutions and storage lead Simon Brooker, there are approximately 9 million metering points in the national electricity market and by accelerating their conversion to smarter technologies, consumers will benefit from more meaningful information relating to their energy consumption. (Source: CEFC, CIO, Twitter, 4 July, 2018) Contact: CEFC, Ian Learmonth, CEO,; Landis+Gyr, Mike Cooper, General Manager of Distributed Generation and Energy Storage ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Finance Corp ,  Smart Meter,  LandisGyr,  

Million Light Bulb Challenge Program Launched (Ind. Report)
UC Berekely
Date: 2018-07-09
In the Golden State, the University of California Berkeley, in collaboration with the California Community College system, the California State University system and the California Department of General Services, has launched the new Million Light Bulb Challenge community buy program as part of the school's Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Under the initiative, UC students, staff, faculty and alumni can purchase energy efficient LED light bulbs at nearly half the price of online competitors. (Source: UC Berkeley, 6 July, 2018) Contact: UC Berkeley,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficiient Light,  

Fundy Tidal Energy Project Wins Community Support (Ind. Report)
Big Moon Power
Date: 2018-07-09
On Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides, Halifax-headquartered Big Moon Power Canada, the company behind a new Kinetic Keel tidal power technology that's foregone the use of turbines reports it has received Scott's Bay community approval for the provincial Department of Energy's announced two "marine renewable energy" permits to begin testing a small 100-kilowatt prototype and a second to increase the system's size to a maximum of 5 megawatts.

The company's Kinetic Keel concept harnesses energy with a two-part system comprised of a land-based shed houses a drum and high modulus rope -- a material seven times stronger than steel -- attached to an underwater keel that ebbs and flows with the tidal current. The rope loosens and contracts during high and low tides, meaning the two-way energy production is constantly producing energy without impacting the ocean environment.

The company has a PPA in place with Nova Scotia Power, will foot the bill for the new three-phase system, meaning residents will see no change in their power costs. (Source: Bib Moon Power, Kings County Register, 5 July, 2018) Contact: Big Moon Power LLC, Jamie MacLean,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  

GreenTrees Touts Reforestation Carbon Credit Issuance (Ind. Report)
GreenTrees,American Carbon Registry
Date: 2018-07-09
In the Old Dominion State, GreenTrees® is reporting completion of its latest verification for 1,273,866 metric tons on the American Carbon Registry (ACR) -- the organization's second consecutive issuance of over one million tons.

ACR has had fifteen issuances over a million forestry tons for both compliance and voluntary markets. This includes IFM, Avoided Conversion and Afforestation/Reforestation project types. Of the fifteen issuances, GreenTrees has two of them. Only three of the fifteen issuances are from afforestation/reforestation projects, with the remaining one from an international project.

The GreenTrees River System approach is setting the standard for how reforestation can achieve scale and impact and does it with small and medium-sized landowners. Reforestation provides a continuous loop of scaled impact while bending the climate curve.

GreenTrees® is the largest reforestation program in North America with more than 120,000 acres of trees planted with its 500 landowner partners, producing over 1,000,000 tons annually on The American Carbon Registry. (Source: GreenTrees, CSRWire, 6 July, 2018) Contact: GreenTrees, Chandler Van Voorhis, (540)253-2504,,; American Carbon Registry,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Refdorestation,  Climate Change,  American Carbon Registry ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Credits,  

ADM, Cargill Launch Egyptian Soybean JV SoyVen™ (Ind. Report)
ADM, Cargill
Date: 2018-07-09
Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Cargill are reporting the launch of their SoyVen™ 50-50 joint venture to provide soybean meal and oil for customers in Egypt.

SoyVen owns and operates the National Vegetable Oil Company soy crush facility in Borg Al-Arab, along with related commercial and functional activities, including a separate Switzerland-based entity supplying soybeans to the Egypt crush plant. The plant's crush capacity has been doubled to 6,000 metric tpd to meet increasing Egyptian demand for soybean meal and soy oil.

SoyVen will have offices and operations in Cairo and Borg Al-Arab in Egypt, as well as offices in Rolle, Switzerland. (Source: Cargill Website, 6 July, 2018) Contact: Cargill,; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean,  Soy Oil,  Archer Daniels Midland,  ,  Cargill,  

St. Louis Adopts Energy Efficient Building Codes (Ind. Report)
St. Louis
Date: 2018-07-09
In the Show Me State, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen reports it has approved several new home energy efficiency building codes which come into force in August.

The codes require the city to adopt a number of national and international standards for energy use and energy efficiency standards including the amount of building insulation, requirements for energy efficient windows and programmable thermostats. The new requirements will replace the 2009 International Building Codes followed by the city, but will not apply to construction already using the old codes. (Source: St. Louis Board of Aldermen, St. Louis Public Radio, 6 June, 2018) Contact: St. Louis Board of Aldermen,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Codes,  

Iberdrola Scores 16-MW Greek Wind Farm Project (Int'l Report)
Iberdrola SA
Date: 2018-07-09
In a press release, Spanish renewable energy specialist Iberdrola SA reports it has been awarded the 16-MW, Pyrgari wind farm project to be constructed about 70 miles from Athens, Greece.

The project, which is expected to come online between 2020 and 2021, will incorporate Vestas' 4-MW turbines. Iberdrola has 17 wind farms and four solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the country. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, Renewables Now, 6 July, 2018) Contact: Iberdola SA, Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000 -- US Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola SA ,  Wind,  

Sinovel Fined for AMSC Wind Farm Technology Theft (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-09
In Madison, Wisconsin, a federal judge has fined Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group $1.5 million and placed the company on a one-year probation for its 2013 conspiracy, theft of trade secrets and wire fraud from Ayer, Massachusetts-based technology company American Superconductor (AMSC).

The court found that Sinovel had contracted to purchase AMSC software regulating the flow of electricity from turbines to the electrical grid for more than $800 million. Sinoval wanted to use the software to retrofit existing turbines in China to comply with grid requirements and make new turbines more efficient. Sinovel stopped paying for the software in March 2011 and was discovered to have pirated unauthorized versions of the software. (Source: AMSC, Worchester Telegram, AP, 7 July, 2018) Contact: AMEC, Jason Fredette, Director of Investor & Media Relations, (508) 621-4177,,; Sinovel Wind Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Superconductor,  AMSC,  Sinovel ,  Wind,  Renewable Energy Software,  

Bluestem's 6.9-MW Neb. Wind Farm Nears Commissioning (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-09
In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-based Bluestem Energy Solutions reports it is nearing completion of its 6.9-MW wind energy installation in Fairmont, Fillmore County.

When commissioned and fully operational in 3Q, 2018, the 3, 2.3-MW General Electric turbines will deliver power onto the Perennial Public Power District distribution system under the terms of a 25-year PPA.

The distribution-connected generation project is the central feature of the public-private partnership between Perennial and Bluestem, which is expected to drive economic development well beyond the construction phase, according to Bluestem. (Source: Bluestem, York News Times, 7 July, 2018) Contact: Bluestem, Adam Herink, VP, (402) 933-8291,,; Perennial Public Power District, (402) 362-3355,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bluestem,  Wind,  

Wood Chip Welfare: No More Biomass Subsidies (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Woody Biomass
Date: 2018-07-09
"After benefiting for years from subsidies supplied by New Hampshire ratepayers, three of the state's six biomass plants are closing, at least for now, saying they can't keep running without even higher subsidies.

"The plants, and Democratic opportunists, are blaming Gov. Chris Sununu, who vetoed a bill that would have mandated New Hampshire electric utilities buy power from the plants at above-market prices. That extra expense would be carried over into New Hampshire electric bills.

"Burning wood to produce electricity is simply not economically viable, at least not in the summer when natural gas is a much cheaper fuel source to turn electric turbines.

"When demand spikes in the winter, the price of natural gas goes up, and wood-fired plants can better compete. Instead of acknowledging the challenges of the market, biomass backers want the state to shield these plants from the laws of supply and demand.

"Policy makers have gradually separated power generation from distribution. This should lead to greater competition, but these same policy makers keep getting in the way.

"Businesses should not be subsidized by ratepayers paying artificially high electric rates. The Legislature should sustain Sununu's veto and oppose expansion of wood chip welfare." (Source: Editorial, New Hampshire Union Leader, 3 July, 2018)

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

UBC Researchers Touting Biogenic Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2018-07-09
Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) are reporting the development of a bacteria-powered -- biogenic -- solar cell that worked equally well in dim and bright sun light. The researchers generated a current density of 0.686 milliamps per sq cm, compared to 0.362 achieved by others in this field.

Previous efforts to create biogenic solar cells have focused on extracting the natural dye that bacteria use for photosynthesis, which is a costly and complex process that involves toxic solvents. UBC researchers left the dye in the bacteria, coated the bacteria with a mineral that could act as a semiconductor and applied the mixture to a glass surface. They genetically engineered E. coli to produce large amounts of lycopene, a dye effective at harvesting light for energy conversion, according to UBC. (Source: UBC, Renewables, July, 2018) Contact: UBC, , Prof. Vikramaditya Yadav, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, (604) 822-323,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

Va. County Schools Advance Energy Savings Project (Ind Report)
Warren County Public Schools District
Date: 2018-07-09
In the Old Dominion State, the Warren County Public Schools District reports it is proceeding with a $30 million energy efficiency and energy savings project that will include energy-efficient lighting, geothermal heating and cooling systems and solar panels at several of its schools this summer.

The upgrades are part of the school district's 15 month Guaranteed Energy Savings Project. With its solar panels, geothermal system and other energy-saving practices, the school district expects to be energy independent and anticipates selling about $80,000 worth of energy per year back to the Tennessee Valley Authority, in addition to saving a minimum of $850,000 a year in energy costs. (Source: Warren County Public Schools District, Bowling Green Daily News, 7 July, 2018) Contact: Warren County Public Schools District,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

GGF Supports Bosnian Energy Efficiency Microfinance (Int'l, Funding)
Green for Growth Fund
Date: 2018-07-09
The Green for Growth Fund (GGF), a Luxembourg-based lender to projects deemed beneficial to the environment, reports it and Partner MCF recently disbursed two loans to nonprofit microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina -- €5 million ($5.8 million) to Partner Microcredit Foundation (MCF) and €1 million ($1.2 million) to Mi-Bospo.

The MFIs will "on-lend" funds to households and microenterprises for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and equipment. GGF expects the loans to generate total annual energy savings of 44,700 megawatt-hours and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 13,800 metric tpy.

Created in 1997 by the US-based nonprofit Mercy Corps, Partner MCF provides microloans primarily to the agricultural sector for rural enterprises, home improvements, solar energy collectors and other energy saving purchases.Partner MCF had $69 million in assets, a gross loan portfolio of $60 million and 44,000 active borrowers as of 2016, according to the nonprofit Microfinance Information Exchange. (Source: GGF, MicroCapital, 8 July, 2018) Contact: GGF,; Partner MCF,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green for Growth Fund,  

Middle Eastern Gulf States Commit to Climate Charter (Int'l Report)
Climate Charter, Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-07-09
In the Middle East, four Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, are among the six major oil-producing countries to sign a climate charter designed to promote green investment and drive low-carbon economic growth.

The sovereign wealth funds of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Norway and New Zealand, which together are valued at $3 trillion or more, have established a joint framework designed to encourage companies they invest in to address climate challenges and incorporate environmental policies into their future business plans while creating new investment opportunities and helping finance the shift toward clean energy sources. The development builds on discussions during a climate summit in Paris last year, when world leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised to channel more resources toward tackling climate change.

Regional funds have been boosting their investments in the renewables sector as solar projects, in particular, gather pace across the Middle East, according to the Arab News. (Source: Arab News, Various Media, Zawya, July, 2018)

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

Pruitt's Resignation Letter Revealed (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
EPA,Scott Pruitt
Date: 2018-07-09
"Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration.

" Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.

That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.

"My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.

Your Faithful Friend, Scott Pruitt" (Source: Various Media, 6 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scott Pruitt,  EPA,  

New ENERGY STAR Metrics to be Announce in August (Ind. Report)
Energy Star
Date: 2018-07-09
The US DOE reports the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager metrics are being updated this summer. All existing ENERGY STAR scores will change on Aug. 27, when building scores will be adjusted for the 2019 round of ENERGY STAR. (Source: US DOE ENERGY STAR, Colorado Real Estate Journal, 8 July, 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR,,

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

NZ's Z Energy Investing in Permanent Forest Carbon Sinks (Int'l)
Z Energy
Date: 2018-07-09
In New Zealand, Auckland-based fuel wholesaler Z Energy Ltd. reports it has invested $1.5 million in permanent local forestry projects to voluntarily offset the emissions from their operations.

Z Energy partnered with long-standing carbon consultants Permanent Forests NZ Ltd (PFNZ) for this offsetting initiative. PFNZ specialise in aggregating, marketing and selling New Zealand forest carbon credits on behalf of owners of forests registered under the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative.

The Z Energy investment is reported to be New Zealand's largest voluntary purchase of units from permanent forest sinks to date. Z Energy's operational carbon emissions, including those from corporate travel, retail electricity, coastal emissions, and hauliers come to about 58,000 tonnes tpy of CO2-e (carbon dioxide equivalent) at an average cost of about $25 per tonne -- about $1.5 million per year. In addition to the offset programme, Z Energy remains focused on reducing the carbon intensity of its biodiesel and other business.(Source: Z Energy, Voxy, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Z Energy, Gerri Ward, Sustainability Manager, David Binnie, GM,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Z Energy,  Carbon Sink,  Carbon Credits,  Climate Change,  

Little RI Takes On the Oil Giants over Climate Change (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-07-09
The office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin reports the nation's smallest state is suing the country's oils giants in the first-of-its-kind suit over direct harms to the state from man-made climate change.

The state alleges that 21 energy companies -- including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips -- knew about the impact fossil fuels were having on the environment but failed to mitigate that risk and the "manifest real-world harms of the companies' actions or failures to act."

The lawsuit specifically alleges the energy companies refuted scientific knowledge and actively pushed pseudo-scientific theories about climate change, and that for nearly a half century the oil companies knew that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate. It also claims the oil companies used public messaging to dissuade consumers from accepting the climate change consensus which, the state says, meant the public did not realize the harms fossil fuels were doing to the world and therefore did not see the need to reduce their climate impact. The suit also alleges that the actions have the companies have directly contributed to climate change which has in turn created sea level rise and a number of other issues that the state is now having to spend money dealing with. (Source: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Care2, July, 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, (401) 274-4400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Indian Transport Minister Bets on Alt. Fuels (Int'l Report)
Alternative Fuels
Date: 2018-07-09
In Mumbai, India's Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development, the Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari is touting ethanol, methanol, bio-compressed natural gas, dimethyl ether and electricity as alternatives to crude oil, 70 pct of which has to be imported.

"At present, ethanol is received from sugar mills and we mix 5 pct of it to petrol. This mix can be raised up to 22 pct but we do not produce ethanol in large quantity. Currently, we get about 4 pct ethanol after crushing one tonne of sugarcane," Gadkari said in an interview with PTI. Gadkari also noted that the government allows the use of B-heavy molasses for ethanol production and is promoting ethanol production from cotton straws, rice, bagasse, bamboo and municipal waste.

The minister's second choice for an alternative fuel is methanol, which can be obtained from coal. "We have coal fields and we can produce methanol in abundance. We can sell it at Rs 22 per litre. In China, methanol sells at Rs 13 per litre," he said. "While producing methanol, DME (dimethyl ether) gas is also obtained and this can be mixed with LPG and used as a cooking fuel. In the US, 20 pct DME is mixed with LPG. You have a methanol economy in China and Israel. Why not in India?", the minister added. (Source: PTI, News18, 8 July, 2018) Contact: Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel DME,  

Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries -- Report Attached (Int'l. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-07-05
Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries, a new report from the Imperial College Business School and SOAS University of London assess the relationship between climate vulnerability, sovereign credit profiles, and the cost of capital in developing countries.

According to the report, climate risks are multi-dimensional, covering a range of geophysical, social, and economic issues. The intensification of these risks and the degree to which they are accurately priced by financial markets are of increasing concern to global economic stability.

The report was commissioned by UN Environment and received financial support from the MAVA Foundation.

Download the Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries report HERE. (Source: UN Environment, Imperial College Business School and SOAS University of London, July, 2018) Contact: Imperial College Business School and SOAS University of London, +44 20 7589 5111,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

India Regulates Used Cooking Oil for Biodiesel Production (Int'l)
Date: 2018-07-05
In New Delhi, India's Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) has instituted regulations for monitoring the quality of used cooking oil used in biodiesel production.

Under the new regulations, all food business operators are required to monitor the quality of oil during frying using protocols for Total Polar Compounds (TPC) (TPC) which must be within a limit of 25 pct. The new regulation also addresses how used cooking oil is discarded oil is discarded.

Approximately 23 million tpy of cooking oil is consumed in India. There is potential to recover and use about 3 million tpy of this for production of bio-diesel. (Source: FSSAI, Down to Earth, July, 2018) Contact: India Food Safety and Standards Authority,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Cooking Oil,  Waste Oil,  

Delaware Dismisses RGGI Participation Lawsuit (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-07-05
Sitting in Dover, after four years the Delaware Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit -- Stevenson, et al. v. Delaware Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control, et al. -- that challenged Delaware's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade cooperative program among nine states.

The lawsuit was brought in December 2013 by David T. Stevenson, a climate change skeptic who heads the Delaware public policy group, Center for Energy Competitiveness at the Caesar Rodney Institute. Stevenson was a member of Trump's EPA transition team and is a long-time critic of Delaware energy policies. The suit was dismissed after more than four years of litigation, had failed to demonstrate that RGGI affected their electric bills.

RGGI member states include Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulled the Garden State out of the group. (Source: RGGI, Delaware Business Now, 3 July, 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

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

Aussie Landlords Urged to Adopt Energy Efficiency Measures (Int'l)
Better Renting
Date: 2018-07-05
In the Land Down Under, a study by the advocacy organization Better Renting notes that rental homes ranked 5 Star or below on the Australian Capital Territory Home Energy Ration (ACTHERS) result in renters of low energy efficiency homes are missing out on significant savings. There are an estimated 25,000 out of 45,320 rental properties in the ACT where EERs are lower than 5 Star.

For example, a three-bedroom dwelling with a zero energy efficiency rating (EER) costs renters around $2,800 per in extra energy costs. The average household energy cost burden is roughly $1,600 per year.

This research backs what tenant advocacy, environmental, and business organizations have long been calling for: all privately-rented housing in the ACT must have a minimum energy-efficiency rating of 5 Stars. This can be balanced by funding for landlords to make energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Better Renting, Your Mortgage, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Better Renting,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Nestle Launches 9-Turbine Scottish Wind Farm (Int'l)
Nestle.Community Windpower
Date: 2018-07-05
Vevey, Switzerland-headquartered food industry giant Nestle is reporting the launch of nine turbine wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The wind farm will generate 125GWh of energy annually sufficient power for fully half the company's factories, offices, and warehouse in the UK and Ireland or equivalent to powering 30,000 homes. The wind farm's production will be delivered to the national grid.

The project was dveloped with the help of Community Windpower, the renewable energy specialist based in the UK. As a member of the RE100 Initiative, Nestle aims to acquire 100 pct of its energy from renewable sources as quickly as possible. (Source: Nestle, Energy Digital, Various Others, Others, 4 July, 2018) Contact: Nestle,; RE100 Initiative,; Community Windpower, +44 19 28 734 544,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Windpower,  RE100 Initiative,  Nestle,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

JLM Energy Issues Layoffs, Seeks Additional Funding (Ind. Report)
JLM Energy
Date: 2018-07-05
Following up on out February 5th coverage, Rocklin, California-headquartered employee-owned energy storage technology specialist JLM Energy reports it has laid off its work force for financial reasons.

The self-funded startup pioneered a "microstorage" battery called "Phazr" that attaches to solar racking and sits underneath the solar module. The Phazr concept applied the distributed logic of microinverters to the energy storage sector, promising modularity and easier installation. Its DC-coupled architecture eliminates the cost of a storage inverter and reduces roundtrip efficiency losses.

The financially troubled company previously secured $25 million in project financing from North Sky Capital's Alliance Fund II. That fund enabled JLM to offer commercial storage customers guaranteed monthly bill savings with no down payment. (Source: JLM Energy, GTM, LinkedIn, 4 July, 2018)Contact: JLM Energy, (800) 475-3960,

More Low-Carbon Energy News JLM Energy,  

Saipem to Construct California Ethanol & Powers Plant (Ind Report)
California Ethanol & Power,Saipem
Date: 2018-07-05
Milan-based Italian IPC Saipem SpA reports it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and an exclusive agreement with Brawley, California-based California Ethanol & Power, LLC, to develop a low carbon emission plant for the production of ethanol fuels, electricity from renewable sources, biomethane and other secondary products derived from on site cultivated sugar cane.

The plant, which will be constructed California's Imperial County, is subject to financing. Saipem will design and construct the mechanical aspects of the project and related services, while the electrical part will be provided by General Electric. (Source: Saipem, Biofuels Digest, Others, 4 July, 2018)Contact: California Ethanol & Power, Ralph A. Dehrmann, COO, (760) 344-1004,; Saipem, +39 02 44234088,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  

Lake Erie Fresh Water Offshore Wind Park Site Approved (Reg & Leg)
Lake Erie Energy Development Co
Date: 2018-07-05
Following up on our August 2nd, 2017 coverage, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reports it has recommended a conditional approval for the long-delayed Lake Erie Energy Development Co, (LEEDCo) 20.7-MW demonstration-scale Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie.

The freshwater wind farm would incorporate six 3.45-MW turbines, 8 miles to 10 miles off the shore of Cleveland, and a 12-mile submerged transmission line connecting the the wind farm to Cleveland Public Power.

The LEEDCo project is now slated to get underway in the summer of 2020 and end a year later. Commissioning is scheduled for December 2021. (Source: LEEDCo Website, Renewables Now, LEEDCo, 4 July, 2018) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lake Erie Energy Development Co,  LEEDCo. Offshore Wind,  

Bucket Foundation Could Cut Offshore Wind Costs (New Prod & Tech)
Siemens Gamesa,Universal Foundation
Date: 2018-07-05
MarEx is reporting a consortium of Siemens Gamesa, Hamburg, Germany-based Universal Foundation, Aalborg University, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and has been awarded $4.4 million by the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme via the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate to develop an offshore wind foundation suction bucket concept that could cut installation costs as much as 40 pct.

The partnership aims to complete an offshore trial installation after having built and eight meter by eight meter prototype. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, MAREX, July, 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,; Universal Foundation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal Foundation,  Siemens Gamesa,  Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind Foundation,  

ADL Pegs Battery Market at $90Bn by 2025 (Ind. Report)
Arthur D. Little
Date: 2018-07-05
London-based accountancy and consulting firm Arthur D. Little's (ADL) just released Future of Batteries: Winner takes all? study notes the battery energy storage sector has seen existing and new players invest more than $13.7 billion over the last two years. The study predicts future trends that will meet growing demands in the electric vehicle (EV), renewable power solutions and consumer electronics sectors.

The report predicts the battery market will become a $90 billion-plus sector by 2025, and that new innovations, such as solid-state electrolyte lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, will replace existing battery technologies over the long-term.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: Arthur D. Little, PR, July, 2018) Contact: Arthur D. Little,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Arthur D. Little,  

NEFCO Commits €2.8Mn to Georgian Energy Efficiency (Int'l Funding)
Date: 2018-07-05
The Scandinavian Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) has reportedly pledged € 2.83 million to support public building energy efficiency and renewable-alternative energy programs in Georgia. The projects will also receive €1.87 million from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P).

The projects, which are planned for 2018-2020, will be implemented by the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia.(Source: NEFCO, Georgia Today, 5 July, 2018) Contact: Scandinavian Environment Finance Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

European Energy Storage Capacity Up 49 pct in 2017 (Int'l Report)
European Energy Storage Association
Date: 2018-07-05
Recently released statistics from the European Energy Storage Association and consultants Delta-ee shows a booming market for energy storage technologies in key European regions, fueled by the growth in renewable energy and falling renewables cost reductions.

The statistics show that since 2015 the energy storage market has almost doubled each year, with a 49 pct rise in installed capacity in 2017.

The UK and Germany are noted as the two most important markets for energy storage, which is dominated by lithium-ion batteries. Italy is also emerging as a rapidly growing market" in the residential sector, according to the report. A further 45 pct growth rate is expected in 2018. (Source: European Energy Storage Association , Climate Action, 4 July, 2018) Contact: European Energy Storage Association,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  European Energy Storage Association ,  

Myenergy Scores Italian JRC Solar Contract (Int'l Report)
Myenergy Spa
Date: 2018-07-05
Milano-headquartered Myenergy SpA reports receipt of a €420,000 ($489,700) contract from the European Commission Science and Knowledge Service to design, build, test and service 8 solar systems at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Varese, northern Italy.

According to the Myenergy website, the company has constructed about 70 MW of turnkey photovoltaic (PV) plants as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, and designed more than 150 MW. (Source: Myenergy, Renewables Now, July, 2018) Contact: Myenergy SpA, +39 02. 3679 8760,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV ,  

Regulators Approve HECO Community Solar Plans (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-05
Reporting from Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are preparing to open the first phase of its Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) program next week for applications by qualified subscriber organizations wishing to build and operate a community solar facility.

As approved, the program will provide the benefits of solar energy to residential and commercial customers without access to privately-owned rooftop solar, including many renters and apartment dwellers.

HECO will begin accepting applications on July 11 only from any qualified company, organization, developer, or group to become a subscriber organization and propose a solar project. Once approved, residential and commercial electric customers will be able to join the subscriber organizations and participate in community solar on their island. Subscribers will receive a credit on their electric bill, based on the output of the project and their level of financial participation.

As first proposed by Hawaiian Electric in 2015, CBRE is envisioned to expand the state's renewable energy transformation, benefit individual customers and put more solar energy to work, reducing the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation.

The second phase of CBRE, expected in about two years, will include other renewable energy technologies beyond solar. Special provisions will be made to enroll low-to-moderate income subscribers, though subscriber organizations may enlist such customers in the first phase. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Information about eligibility and applications for subscriber organizations are at;; (808 )543-7253 from O'ahu; (808) 969-0358 from Hawai'i Island; (808) 871-8461 x 2445 from Maui; and (877)871-8461 x 2445 from Lāna'i and Moloka'i; HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  HECO,  

Cote d'Ivoire Planning Cocoa Waste Biomass Power Generation (Int'l)
Cote d'Ivoire
Date: 2018-07-05
In sub-Saharan Africa, Cote d'Ivoire -- the Ivory Coast -- the world's top cocoa producer, is reporting plans to build a 60 to 70 MW capacity waste cooa pod fired biomass power generation plant in the southern cocoa region of Divo. The country produces about two million tpy of cocoa.

The USTDA has committed $996,238 million to the project for feasibility studies. The project is part of the country's plan to develop 424 MW of biomass power generation capacity by 2030. (Source: The Independent, Cote d'Ivoire, 4 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  

Ford Kills Ontario Cap-and-Trade Funded Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-07-05
Following up on our June 22nd coverage, the Canadian Press is reporting newly elected populist Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Progressive Conservative) has revoked the province's carbon pricing cap-and-trade program that was instigated by the former Liberal government of Catherine Wynne. With the goose that layed the golden eggs dead,Ford's administration will begin winding down all green programs funded through the province's cap-and-trade system this week.

In his most recent announcement, Ford noted the province will nonetheless honour existing contracts, orders and projects -- such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits -- funded by cap-and-trade. Some existing Ontario energy efficiency rebates were being phased out before Ford officially took office last week. The premier says the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the cap-and-trade program will be paid for using tax base revenue.

As previously reported, Ford claimed eliminating the provincial cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on campaign promises Ontario the electorate doesn't realistically expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Various Media, Canada Press, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Energy Efficiency Program,  

Waste-Derived Biogas Market Expected to Hit $10.45 Bn by 2022, says Report (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-05
Waste-Derived Biogas -- Global Market Outlook (2016-2022), a new research report from HTF Market Intelligence notes the global waste-derived biogas market accounted for $5.79 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $10.45 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 8.8 pct. Market growth is driven by increased renewable energy generation, governmental regulations, increased fuel consumption and environmental concerns, according to the report.

The report notes agricultural waste in bio-gas segment is expected to be the dominant market. The Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate the market due to the availability of feedstock in rural areas. The report also notes the demand for the anaerobic digestion process for power generation is expected to increase in Africa in the next few years.

Key players in the waste-derived biogas market include AAT GmbH & Co., ADI Systems Inc., Anaergia INC., Bedminster International, Bekon Biogas Energy Inc., Biogas Technology Ltd., Biogen Greenfinch, Biotech Energy AG, Cargill Inc., DMK Ingerieria, S.L., Environmental Energy & Engineering Co., Environmental Products & Technology Corp., Krieg & Fischer Ingenieure GMBH, MWK Biogasanlagen Rosenheim GMBH and Siemens AG.

Request a sample report HERE. View Detailed Table of Content HERE. (Source: HTF Market Intelligence, July4, 2018) Contact: HTF Market Intelligence, Craig Francis, PR, Marketing, (206) 317-1218,,

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Spark Power Jumps on Bullfrog Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp, Buufrog Power
Date: 2018-07-05
Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp. (CGAC), a special purpose acquisition corporation, reports Toronto-based independent electrical power services and solutions company Spark Power Corp has acquired Toronto-headquartered green energy provider Bullfrog Power. Spark Power, its subsidiaries, and Bullfrog will continue to operate under their respective brand names and Bullfrog's management team.

Bullfrog has put more than three million MWh of green electricity on the grid, injected more than six million GJ of green natural gas on the pipeline and put more than 700,000 litres of green fuel onto the Canadian fuel system. Bullfrog has also supported 140 or more community-based green energy projects Canada wide and has displaced more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the environment.

Spark Power serves more than 4,500 industrial, commercial, institutional, renewable and agricultural customers, as well as utility markets including municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals across North America. (Source: Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp, PR, CNW, 4 July, 2018) Contact: Spark Power, Andrew Clark, co-CEO,; Bullfrog Power, Ron Seftel, CEO, Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog Power,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  

Elite Octane Iowa Ethanol Plant Production Underway (Ind. Report)
Elite Octane
Date: 2018-07-05
Iowa-headquartered Elite Octane Inc. is reporting its new ethanol plant in Atlantic, Iowa, began crushing corn this week, and that dried distillers grains (DDGs) for livestock feed sales from the plant to area livestock feedlots have already weighed on the regional market.

According to the company website, the new plant's ethanol production capacity is over 120 million gpy, which could translate to around 380,000 tpy of DDgs. (Source: Elite Octane, Uk AgroConsult, July 04, 2018) Contact: Elite Octane, Nick Bowdish, Pres., CEO, (712) 254-9850,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DDG,  Elite Octane,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027 Predicts Reduced Demand for Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-05
Ethanol, other biofuels will see reduced demand in 10 years. Production of biofuel is expected to grow more slowly over the coming decade, according to the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027.

In the second-half of the 2000s, several policies gave a fillip to biofuel production, leading to a global increase in ethanol and biodiesel output. Hence, a growing share of global sugarcane and maize production was used for ethanol production and vegetable oil was used for biodiesel.

In the past 10 years, global production of ethanol grew by 64 billion litres -- a 3.9 pct growth per year. Over the next decade, an addition of 12 billion litres is projected -- a 0.7 pct growth per year.

For biodiesel, the past decade saw an increase of 29 bln litres -- an annual growth of 9.5 pct. However, only 5 bln litres is expected to be added over the outlook period -- a 0.4 pct annual growth.

Download the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027 report HERE. (Source: OECD-FAO,, July, 2018) Contact: OECD-FAO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  

Zambia Seeks Climate Change Mitigation Funding (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-07-05
In Lusaka, the Zambian Ministry of National Development Planning reports it intends to raise $400 million over the next three years to combat the effects of climate change in the country. The funds will be used to adopt and implement mitigation intervention strategies, proposals and projects to address the increasing frequency and intensity of climate induced hazards in the country.

To that end, the government has provided incentives to the private sector to establish renewable energy facilities, and has accessed more than $84 million in grants from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to finance renewable energy and agricultural projects. According to the Ministry, people in flood prone areas need to start growing crops such as rice that do well in flooded areas while people in drought stricken areas need to start growing drought resistant crops such as sorghum. (Source: Lusaka Times, July, 2018)

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

Ingenco Seeks Va. DEQ Permit for Landfill Gas Power (Ind. Report)
Ingenco Wholesale Power
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Ingenco Wholesale Power reports it is seeking a Virginia Title V air pollution permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for electric power generation at its solid waste landfill facility in Bristol, Virginia.

The facility uses methane and other landfill gases to help power 18 diesel engines which generate electricity that is sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The $4.5 million Ingenco facility was completed and commissioned at the end of 2015.

Ingenco operates 17 similar plants across Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. (Source: Ingenco Wholesale Power, Bristol Herald Courier, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Ingenco Wholesale Power, (804) 521-3500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Ingenco Wholesale Power,  

Winnipeg Univ. Demos Urban Biomass Pellet Heating (Ind. Report)
University of Winnipeg
Date: 2018-07-03
On the Canadian prairies, the University of Winnipeg (enrollment 9,360) in Manitoba reports it will convert its oil-fired heat and power production to woody biomass pellets this fall.

Last fall the city center university installed two 100-kilowatt biomass boilers as supplementary heating sources and as a demonstration project in a partnership with Manitoba Hydro's Bioenergy Optimization Program. The university's sustainability and GHG reduction strategy includes a goal of 5 pct of total campus energy usage coming from renewable sources by 2025.

The system is expected to use about 170 tpy of locally sourced pellets. (Source: University of Winnipeg, Manitoba-Cooperator, 26 May, 2018) Contact: University of Winnipeg,; Manitoba Hydro Bioenergy Optimization Program,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Pellet,  Manitoba Hydro,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  

Cargill Launches CO2 Challenge for Greener Shipping (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-03
Minneapolis-based agri-business giant Cargill is reporting the launch of its CO2 Challenge initiative to accelerate the development of emission cutting technologies across the shipping sector. Cargill will work with risk management and certification specialist DNV GL and start-up advisor Rainmaking to deliver the initiative.

In 2017, Cargill pledged to cut its CO2 per cargo-ton-mile by 15 pct by the end of 2020.The CO2 Challenge follows the latest round of talks at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on how to curb emissions from the global shipping sector. The IMO announced a new target to cut shipping emissions 50 per cent by 2050 backed by an interim strategy to curb emissions and introduce new reporting-based measures designed to drive investment in greener shipping technologies and techniques.

Businesses and entrepreneurs who have a product in need of commercial assessment, testing, investment, and scaling are being invited to apply to participate in the CO2 Challenge before September 17, 2018. (Source: Cargill, Business Green, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Cargill, Jan Dieleman, Pres. Ocean Transportation Business, (800) 227-4455,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO.Maritime Emissions,  Shipping EmissionsCargill ,  Maritime Emissions,  

EOWDC Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online (Int'l. Report)
European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
Date: 2018-07-03
Following up on our May 3th coverage, Vattenfall is reporting the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) -- Europe's largest offshore wind turbine test site -- has delivered its first power to the grid from the first of 11 turbines off the coast of Scotland.

When fully commissioned and online later this summer, the project will generate 93.2MW of capacity and will showcase the world's largest offshore wind turbine -- a 8.8MW model from MHI.

LC Energy report readers will no doubt remember now president Donald Trump's war with the EOWDC project in opposition to which he claimed "offshore wind will destroy Scotland" because "it would spoil the view" from his Aberdeen Bay golf resort that was then under construction. Trump took legal action to kill the EOWDC project but lost, partially on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: Vattenfall, European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, BusinessGreen, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Vattenfall European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Adam Ezzamel, Project Dir., +44 (0) 1224 522104,; Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre,  Offshore Wind,  EOWDC,  

Power2U Green Buildings Tech Service Launched (Int'l)
Date: 2018-07-03
EU-backed innovation engine InnoEnergy reports it has partnered with five Swedish energy companies -- Oresundskraft, Jamtkraft, Tekniska Verken, Umea Energi and Jonkoping Energi -- to launch Power2U, a new building energy technology venture backed by SEK60 million ($7.5 million) of joint investment. The venture is aimed at promoting the use of solar, building optimization and digitization services, and battery energy storage systems and technologies in buildings.

The service is targeted primarily at property owners and large energy users and aims to harness Internet of Things capabilities to better integrate new green energy technologies, boosting the stability, resilience and robustness of existing energy grids. (Source: Business Green, InnoEnergy, 2 July, 2018) Contact: InnoEnergy Scadinavia, Kenneth Johansson, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  InnoEnergy,  Energy Efficiency,  

EDF Unloads 49 pct Stake in UK Wind Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2018-07-03
In the UK, EDF Renewables is reporting the £701 million sale of a 49 pct stake in a 550MW portfolio of onshore and offshore wind farms to Fund manager Dalmore Capital and Pensions Infrastructure Platform. With this transaction, Dalmore now owns a minority stake in 23 onshore projects in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as in the 62.1MW Teesside site off England's north-east coast.

EDF Renewables retains a 51 pct share in the 24-project portfolio and will continue to operate and maintain the sites. EDF currently operates more than 786MW of UK wind farms, and has more than 1GW of consented projects. (Source: EDF, WindPower, Others, 2 July, 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables, Raphael Declercq, Exec. VP Strategy; Bruno Bensasson, VP Renewable Energies; Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525,,; Dalmore Capital and Pensions Infrastructure,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables ,  Wind,  

Biodiversity Key to Stable Algal Biofuel, says Study (R&D Report)
University of Michigan
Date: 2018-07-03
Researchers from the University of Michigan have confirmed that the key to improving the performance of algal biofuel systems is through biodiversity. In the first large-scale experiment to study the connection between biodiversity and algal biofuel stability, the researchers grew varying combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds and found that a diverse mix of algal species performed better than any single species. They also found that diversity does not necessarily result in more biomass or algal mass, and that monoculture produced larger biomass results in most cases.

After a 10-week study, the researchers compared the ability of the algae and the algal combinations to multitask and found that monoculture algae were able to perform very well in one or two tasks. However, the combined algae species were better at a range of tasks.

"Our findings suggest there is a fundamental trade-off when growing algal biofuel. You can grow single-species crops that produce large amounts of biomass but are unstable and produce less biocrude. Or, if you are willing to give up some yield, you can use mixtures of species to produce a biofuel system that is more stable through time, more resistant to pest species, and which yields more biocrude oil," according to the report. (Source: Univ. of Michigan, GinnersNow, 28 June, 2018) Contact: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Casey Godwin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (734) 764-6453,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Michigan,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  

GEVO Adopts DSM eBOOST Yeast for Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-03
Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO, Inc. reports it has adopted Netherlands-headquartered Royal DSM's new eBOOST yeast for enhanced ethanol production at its facility in Luverne, MN. eBOOST offers improved yields and enhanced profitability.

While we are continuing to aggregate demand for isobutanol, jet fuel, and isooctane with a view to building out large capacity for those products, ethanol production is the key to driving profitability in the near term. DSM full-scale application trials of eBOOST demonstrated that the solution increases ethanol yields up to 6 pct and reduces glycerol formation more effectively than other industry-standard yeast products, GEVO says. (Source: GEVO, Green Car Congress, 28 June 2018) Contact:GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,; Royal DSM,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Yeast,  Royal DSM,  Ethanol,  

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