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Transportation Sector Leads in US Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-01-12
According to the latest U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) statistics, transport is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. The data shows that, up to 2017, 1.9 billion tonnes of carbon emissions were emitted from the transport sector, while 1.8 billion tonnes came from electric power generation. In total, transport now accounts for 25 pct of all emissions.

The increase can be partly attributed to lower fuel prices in the US, but also to a decline in the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity. Renewable energy also plays a much stronger role in the country's energy mix. The statistics also show that almost half of all new large-scale energy capacity in 2017 came from renewables. (Source: US EIA, Others, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  


"If You Love the Taste of a Lobster Stew, Served by a Window with a Cape Cod View" -- APCC Opposes Repeal of Clean Power Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Date: 2018-01-12
Citing concerns about increased severity and frequency of coastal storms, sea level rise, coastal erosion and other existing and future adverse impacts from climate change to the Cape Cod region, the not-for-profit environmental group Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) submitted a letter to U.S. EPA kingpin Scott Pruitt opposing the agency's proposed plan to repeal the Obama era Clean Power Plan requiring significant reductions in electrical power plant CO2 emissions. Repeal of the Clean Power Plan would lift those restrictions and allow for continued and potentially increased use of coal to fire the nation's power plants.

Highlights of APCC communication include: " Climate change has emerged as the greatest environmental threat facing our (Cape Cod) region's natural resources, economy and human population. Cape Cod communities are already experiencing worsening impacts from sea level rise, coastal erosion and an increase in frequency and severity of coastal storms associated with a changing climate.

"Electrical power plants fired by fossil fuels are responsible for 31 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. -- the single largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the nation. Any effort to effectively reduce the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change must include a substantial reduction in power plant emissions levels. The Clean Power Plan would achieve that objective.

"Issuance of the Clean Power Plan by the EPA in 2015, with its requirement for significant reductions in CO2 pollution emissions from power plants, has been the most important step to date taken by the U.S. to address climate change. Implementation of the CPP would set our nation on the right track toward mitigating climate change and its impacts, and it would secure the U.S.'s position as a responsible global partner in the effort to control CO2 emissions.

"The EPA has a legal requirement under the Clean Air Act -- requirement that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court -- to regulate CO2 as a pollutant that endangers human health. Repeal of the CPP would be in direct conflict with the EPA's charge to protect the nation's environment and the health of its citizens, a responsibility entrusted to the agency since its establishment in 1970." (Source: Association to Preserve Cape Cod, CapeCodToday, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Andrew Gottlieb, Exec. Dir., (508) 619-3185, www.apcc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  EPA,  Clean Power Plan,  Pruitt,  


Maryland Joins U.S. Climate Alliance (Ind. Report)
U.S. Climate Alliance
Date: 2018-01-12
Maryland has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a mult-state group of state and local leaders supporting the Paris Climate Accord. The move is in an apparent disagreement with U.S. President Trump pulling out of the agreement.

Fourteen other states, Puerto Rico and the District have joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, committing to uphold the emissions-reduction targets of the Paris climate accord, which the United States signed on to under former president Barack Obama.

Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act requires the state to cut its emissions by 40 pct by 2030, using 2006 levels as a baseline. (Source: WP, 10 Jan., 2018)Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Meridian Awarded $3Mn for Lignin Conversion Tech R&D (Funding)
Meridian Waste Solutions,USDA
Date: 2018-01-12
Atlanta-based Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, is reporting receipt of $3 million in grant funding from the USDA to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Meridian's subsidiary, Attis Innovations, Inc. -- the combination of recent transactions with American Science and Technology Corp. and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites LLC.

The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office has consequently identified the need for technologies to be developed for the efficient use of lignin as a key target for accelerating the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy.

To address this challenge, a team comprising Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee's Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Natural Resource Research Institute, Long Trail Sustainability, and Attis' research and development unit, American Science and Technology Corporation, presented the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a pathway based on Attis' technology to allow biorefineries to compete with petroleum. That pathway relies on Attis' patented and patent-pending AST-Organosolv process to fractionate biomass into cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, followed by the conversion of cellulose and hemicellulose into biofuel (butanol), and the conversion of lignin into acrylonitrile-butadiene-lignin (ABL Resin) using technology developed and patented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and licensed to Attis. (Source: Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., PR, Accesswire, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878, Attis, www.MWSinc.com; Attis, www.attisinnovations.com, www.amsnt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Innovations,  lignin Meridian Waste Solutions,  MSW,  Municipal Solid Wastes,  USDA,  


Aussie Solar Thermal Power Station Wins Crucial Approval (Int'l)
SolarReserve
Date: 2018-01-12
In the Land Down Under, Adelaide-based SolarReserve reports its 150MW Aurora Solar Energy Project has received regulatory "Development Approval". The project is slated for construction about 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta. The "Development Approval" approval process considers a project's environmental, community, social impacts.

The first of its kind in Australia, the Aurora Solar Energy Project will incorporate SolarReserve's solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage capacity of 1,100 megawatt-hours. As part of the project, SolarReserve will establish a research partnership with South Australian universities to advance solar thermal research and education in South Australia. (Source: SolarReserve, PR, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Mary Grikas, (310) 315-2274 mary.grikas@solarreserve.com, www.solarreserve.com

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


Covanta Extends Central Pa. Waste-to-Energy Contract (Ind. Report)
Covanta
Date: 2018-01-12
In the Keystone State, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority reports it has extended its contract with Morristown, New Jersey-based waste-to-energy power specialist Covanta to operate the Authority's waste-to-energy facilities in Dauphin and Lancaster counties. The deal wa extended to 2032. deal extending until 2032.

Together, the facilities process approximately 700,000 tpy of municipal solid waste to generate about 23 megawatts of renewable energy for the state Capitol complex. (Source: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Central Penn Business, Covanta, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, (719) 293-5569, www.lcswma.org; Covanta, Stephen Diaz, VP, (862) 345-5000, info@covantaenergy.com, www.covantaenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Covanta,  MSW,  Waste-to-Energy,  


Greensmith GEM Technology to Support Azores' Microgrid (Int'l)
Greensmith Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
Energy Business Review is reporting that Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila-owned energy storage integrator Greensmith Energy will supply an energy management system for the Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant microgrid power facility on the Azores Islands, Portugal.

The Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant will combine solar and wind generation, together with energy storage using lithium-ion batteries supplied by Leclanche.

GEMS embodies intelligent energy applications that focus on monitoring and operating energy storage power plants and hybrid power plants formed by energy storage, thermal generation, wind and solar.

When fully operational, the system will enable 1 MW of solar and 4.5 MW of wind power to be supplied to the local electricity grid, reducing the islands' reliance on imported fossil fuels and significantly reducing GHG emissions. (Source: Greensmith Energy, Energy Business Review, 8 Jan., 2018)Contact: Wartsila, Risto Paldanius, Dir. Energy Storage, +358 40 584 2767 risto.paldanius@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com; Greensmith Energy, John Jung, President and CEO, Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950, msass@greensmithenergy.com, www.greensmithenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greensmith Energy,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  


PSE Awards Solar Grants To Community Groups (Ind. Report)
Puget Sound Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
In Washington State, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reports it giving five organizations in its service area free renewable "green" energy.

Specifically, PSE is donating $350,000 to install solar panels at Northwest Harvest in Kent, Community Action of Skagit County, Island Senior Resources, Salvation Army Bremerton and the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center. All five projects will be installed by June. According to PSE, the grants will allow each organization to meet at least 10 pct of their load with solar energy. These organizations will receive not only energy savings, but also eight years of renewable energy production incentive payments from the state. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, Jan., 2018) Contact: Puget Sound Energy, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy ,  Solar,  


SynSel Energy Mich. Biofuel Project Nears Construction (Ind. Report)
SynSel Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
Following up on our July 17, 2017 coverage, the ONTONAGON County Economic Development Corp. (OEDC) in Michigan is reporting construction of a planned $300 million advanced biofuels plant at the site of the closed paper mill is expected to get underway shortly.

The project developer, Elmhurst, Illinois-headquartered SynSel Energy, has reportedly closed on funding with a U.S.-based financier and Lost Bowl Development, according the the EDC. (Source: OEDC, Daily Globe, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: OEDC, Pat Tucker, (906) 884-4185, www.ontonagoncounty.org/county-information/economic-development-corporation; SynSel Energy, Tim Tawoda , CEO, )630) 516-1287, info@synsel.com, www.synselenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SynSel Energy,  Biofuel,  


Baywa Commissions 41MW French Solar Park (Int'l Report)
BayWa
Date: 2018-01-12
German renewable energy specialist Baywa re reports the commissioning of a 41 MW solar park near Bordeaux, in southwestern France. The project will generate sufficient power for approximately 20,000 homes.The company is expecting to execute a 20-year PPA for the project's power within the month. Other details have not been released.

The solar park is comprised of four plants utilizing modules from various suppliers, including polycrystalline solar modules from REC, Trina Solar, JA Solar, Astronergy and Talesun, as well as string inverters from Huawei. (Source: BayWa re Solar Projects GmbH, PR, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: BayWa re Solar Projects GmbH., Jam Attari, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa re,  Solar,  REC,  Trina Solar,  JA Solar,  Astronergy and Talesun,  ,  


Fluence Touts SunFlex Solar Storage Platform (New Prod & Tech)
Fluence Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
Fluence Energy, an energy storage company owned by Siemens and The AES Corporation, is touting its SunFlex Energy Storage technology platform that it says enables solar facilities to sell up to 50 pct more clean energy per site, eliminates daylight solar variability and thus creates an on-demand solar resource.

The new platform allows developers to add more solar panels without the cost of changing their interconnection, improves plant stability by smoothing and limiting the ramping of solar output, and in many areas, simplifies the interconnection process for combined solar and storage facilities.

To date, Fluence has deployed or been awarded 56 projects with a total capacity of 485 MW in 15 countries. (Source: Fluence Energy, PR, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Fluence Energy, Stephen Coughlin, Pres., CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fluence Energy,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Ohio EPA Offers Alt Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grants (Ind. Report)
Ohio EPA
Date: 2018-01-12
In Columbus, the Ohio EPA reports the availability of of grant funding to assist owners of diesel- or gasoline-powered class 7 and 8 vehicles (weighing at least 26,000 pounds) to convert or replace engines to use compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG), or liquid petroleum gas (LPG), such as propane or butane). These cleaner fuels and technologies help improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions such as nitrogen oxide and fine particulates. Grants also may be used for bi-fueled or dual-fueled vehicles that can run on both an alternative fuel and gasoline or diesel fuel.

The program is supported with $5 million allocated by the Ohio General Assembly from the Alternative Fuel Transportation Fund of the Ohio Developmental Services Agency. The limit on the total grant award to applicants seeking to replace or convert multiple vehicles is $400,000.

Download grant information HERE. (Source: Ohio EPA,PR, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ohio EPA, http://epa.ohio.gov/oee/EnvironmentalEducation.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,  CNG,  LNG,  Propane,  Butane,  


Sammons Snares 163MW Apex Clean Energy Project in Texas (M&A)
Sammons Renewable Energy,Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
Dallas, Texas, Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the Lone Star State, Dallas-based Sammons Renewable Energy (SRE) is reporting its acquisition of the Midway Wind, LLC project from Apex Clean Energy.

Located on the Texas Gulf Coast in San Patricio County, the Midway Wind project will incorporate 47 Siemens Gamesa G132 turbines for a total project capacity of 162.9MW. The project is expected to be commissioned and operational in Dec, 2018. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Sammons Renewable Energy invests in and develops renewable energy projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The company identifies solar, wind and hydro related development opportunities over a minimum threshold of $40 million in value. Sammons Renewable Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sammons Infrastructure, a Sammons Enterprises, Inc. company. (Source: Sammons Enterprises Inc., PR, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: Sammons Enterprises, Christine Anderson, (214) 210-5064, canderson@sammonscorp.com; Apex Clean Energy, www.apexcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sammons Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Apex Clean Energy,  


Invenergy Closes on Nebraska Wind Center Financing (Funding)
Invenergy
Date: 2018-01-12
Chicago-headquartered Invenergy, a privately-held North American renewable energy company, reports it has completed construction financing with Santander Global Corporate Banking for its 202.5-MW, 81-turbine Upstream Wind Energy Center in Antelope County, Nebraska.

Construction is currently underway for an expected commissioning and startup in Q4, of this year. (Source: Invenergy, Windpower Const., 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  


Neb. Businesses Offered Efficient Lighting Incentives (Ind. Report)
Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska
Date: 2018-01-12
The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) reports that businesses connected to municipal utilities in Carlisle and Indianola are eligible to receive cash incentives for installing high efficiency lighting. The MEAN LED lighting program, which includes incentives paid directly to commercial customers to help cover the cost of lighting upgrades and replacements includes: indoor high/low bay lighting; LED EXIT signs; linear replacement or retrofit lighting; fluorescent freezer or refrigerator case lighting; incandescent replacement (150 watts or less), and customized requests.

The program is for all long-term MEAN participants with a maximum of $2,500 per customer or owner. (Source: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, PR, Des Moines Reg., , 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, nmppenergy.org/mean/LED-lighting-program, www.nmppenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light news,  Energy Efficiency Incentive news,  


Mercuria Completes South Bend Ethanol Facility Acquisition (M&A)
Mercuria Investments ,Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol
Date: 2018-01-12
Japan-headquartered Mercuria Investments US Inc. reports it has completed its acquisition of Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol LLC,. and renamed the facility South Bend Ethanol LLC. Mercuria notes it plans to invest up to $30 million to improve efficiency and reliability at the facility, as well as expand production capacity from its present 65 million gallons gpy to 100 million gpy. Terms of the acquisition have not been fully divulged. (Source: Mercuria , InsideIndiana, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office, www.thisisnoble.com; Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol, (574) 703-3760, www.southbendethanol.com; Mercuria Investments, www.mercuria.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercuria Investments ,  Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


Orient Green Power sells biomass units; sees the wind turning
Orient Green Power
Date: 2018-01-11
Orient Green Power Co, the renewable arm of the Shriram Group, said it has sold much of it biomass power generation business to a unit of its promoter and that its wind power business is benefiting from higher offtake by the Tamil Nadu power distribution company. The company had around 96 megawatts (MW) of biomass power generation capacity, out of which 30 MW was already sold, and another 68 MW is being sold to entities owned by its promoter Shriram Group. “Divestment of the Biomass business has been substantially completed with the transfer of 8 biomass units on December 31, 2017. Sale of the remaining units, which is in progress, is expected to be concluded over the next 2 quarters following which OGPL will emerge as a pure wind energy company,” said. OGPL will receive a consideration of Rs 80 crores, while Rs 193 crores of debt will be taken over by the buyer. The company plans to move to a wind-only player. It has 425 mega watts of wind power capacity, out of which 308 MW is located in Tamil Nadu. (Source: Orient Green Power, UltraNews, Jan., 2018) Contact: Orient Green Power, UltraNews, S. Venkatachalam, MD, www.orientgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orient Green Power news,  Biomass news,  


Most Chinese Regions Meet 2016 Low-Carbon Targets (Int'l Report)
China National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2018-01-10
In Shanghai, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is reporting that 27 of the country's 31 regions met their greenhouse gas reduction targets aimed at accelerating the development of non-fossil fuel energy and combating global warming in 2016.

China, the world's largest GHG emitter, pledged to slash carbon dioxide produced per unit of GDP growth by 18 pct over 2016-2020 and to cap total energy consumption at 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by the end of the decade.

The remote western regions of Tibet and Qinghai, the rural southwestern region of Guangxi and the northeast rust-belt province of Liaoning all their targets, according to a China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) release. (Source: Indian Express, Reuters, NASDAQ, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  China National Development and Reform Commission ,  


FP&L Launches Four New Solar Power Plants (Ind. Report)
Florida Power & Light
Date: 2018-01-10
In the Sunshine State, Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light Company, the nation's third largest electric utility, is the opening of four new solar power plants comprised of more than 1 million solar panels. The solar plant openings include: FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, in Alachua and Putnam counties; FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County ; FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County; and the Wildflower Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County.

The utility will also complete the following additional solar plants this March: Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County; Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River ; Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County; and the FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center in St. Lucie County . At 74.5 MW each, these solar plants -- which incorporate approximately 2.6 million solar panels -- total nearly 600 MW of new capacity. Statewide, FPL has installed over 3.5 million new solar panels in less than two years. By 2023, FPL expects to grow this to more than 10 million solar panels. (Source: FP&L, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: FP&L, www.fpl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light,  Solar,  


Thomas Concrete Adopts CarbonCure Technology (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure
Date: 2018-01-10
In the Peach State, Atlanta-headquartered Thomas Concrete Inc. reports it will install Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure's retrofit technology into an additional 16 ready mix concrete plants in early 2018. Thomas Concrete previously installed CarbonCure's technology in six locations in the Greater Atlanta Area. Thomas Concrete is CarbonCure's leading partner producing concrete made with carbon dioxide (CO2).

Using CarbonCure technology, Thomas Concrete recycles waste CO2 into concrete to increase its environmental, material, and economic performance. Converting CO2 permanently into a solid mineral within the concrete improves concretes compressive strength and reduces its carbon footprint. (Source: CarbonCure, Thomas Concrete Inc. , 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Thomas Concrete Inc., www.thomasconcrete.com; CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  Concrete ,  


Notable Quotes on Climate Change from Team Trump
Climate Change
Date: 2018-01-10
"Claims of catastrophic consequences in global warming are not reflective of the majority of the opinions even among IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) scientists." -- US VP Mike Pence

"The increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are having an effect. Our ability to predict that effect is very limited." -- US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson

"I would not agree that [carbon dioxide] is a primary driver to the global warming that we see." -- US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

When asked whether carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change: "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in." (Climate change is) "one contrived phony mess." -- US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

"We don't know definitively, in my opinion, what is causing climate change." -- US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

"An invisible, harmless trace gas in the Earth's atmosphere, CO2 is a plant food." -- Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump Nominee to lead the Council on Environmental Quality

"I'm still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I'm somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It's not something that's so hard and fast. I do know this: Other countries are eating our lunch." -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussing climate change.

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


Pasadena Plans 83 pct Cut in Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Pasadena
Date: 2018-01-10
In the Golden State, the city of Pasadena is touting its new 2018 Climate Action Plan loosely outlining 27 broad measures, many of which offer rebates and incentives. The state mandated $100,000 plan admonishes Pasedeneans to:
  • Drive less to help reduce fossil fuel related emissions;
  • Plant shade trees to help save energy, clean the air, and help to sequester GHG emissions. Tree planting qualifies for a per-tree planted rebate under the PWP's Shade Trees Rebate program;
  • Purchase an electric vehicle (EV) to help reduce fossil-fuel related emissions. The PWP offers incentives and rebates for EV purchases;
  • Switch to energy efficient home appliances. PWP rebates available for dishwashers, washers, toilets, and refrigerators;
  • Switch to LED Energy Efficient lighting to energy use for lighting by up to 75 pct;
  • Home energy efficiency upgrades -- PWP offers programs and rebates available for income-qualified customers to help lower bill payments and provide free or low-cost upgrades for water and energy home appliances;
  • Track energy and water usage -- Compare energy and water use with similarly sized homes to see how you can make your home more efficient;
  • Recycle inefficient refrigerators with PWP rebate program.

    From 2009 to 2013, Pasadena cut GHG emissions by 9 pct from 2.05 million metric tons of CO2 to 1.9 million. Most of the reduction was the result of decreased gasoline consumption and use of more efficient electric appliances. Even so, the city's GHG emissions rose by 64 pct.

    Access the City of Pasadena/Draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 7 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Pasadena, ww5.cityofpasadena.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


  • Vidaris Affiliate Snares C2G International (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Vidaris Inc.,C2G International
    Date: 2018-01-10
    NEW YORK, Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vidaris affiliate, IBA Holdings, LLC, announced today that it has acquired C2G International (C2G).

    Vidaris, Inc. is a leading energy efficiency, building envelope and engineering specialist. C2G specializes in corporate and government construction-related litigation and dispute resolution, construction advisory and related services. C2G currently operates throughout the United States and internationally, with primary offices in Southern California and Atlanta.

    (Source: Vidaris, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vidaris, Marc Weissbach, CEO, Michelle Maxwell, (212) 689-5389X168, mmaxwell@vidaris.com, www.vidaris.com; C2G, www.c2gi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vidaris,  Energy Efficiency,  C2G International ,  


    TAMKO Touts Energy Rated Asphalt Shingles (New Prod & Tech)
    TAMKO,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Joplin, Missouri-headquartered roofing products manufacturer TAMKO Building Products, Inc. reports it has combined the reflectivity of 'cool' roofing with the affordability of asphalt shingles for optimum cost and energy efficiency.

    TAMKO's Elite Glass-Seal® 3-Tab asphalt shingles are ENERGY STAR® qualified for their ability to reflect a portion of the sun's rays, potentially lowering the amount of energy needed to cool a home. The products are also rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC).

    . According to ENERGY STAR, the roof products they certify reflect more of the sun's rays and lower roof surface temperature by up to 50 degrees F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building and help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and may reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 pct.

    The Cool Roof Rating Council is a non-profit educational organization that implements and communicates accurate radiative energy performance rating systems for roof surfaces, supports research, and serves as an educational resource for information on roofing. (Source: TAMKO Building Products, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: TAMKO, Ron Cook, (800) 641-4691 ext. 2245, www.tamko.com; Cool Roof Rating Council, www.coolroofs.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    Biological Solution to Carbon Capture, Recycling (New Prod & Tech)
    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered that E. coli, normally harmless gut bacteria, could hold the key to an efficient method of capturing and storing or recycling CO2 to slow down and even reverse global warming. The research has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

    Working with local industry partners Sasol UK and Ingenza Ltd, the University researchers developed a process that enables the E. coli bacterium to act as a very efficient carbon capture device. When the bacteria containing the FHL enzyme are placed under pressurized CO2 and hydrogen gas mixtures -- up to 10 atmospheres of pressure -- a 100 pct conversion of the CO2 to formic acid is observed. The reaction happens over a few hours and at ambient temperatures. The "microbial cell factory" could be used to mop up CO2 from many types of industry.

    Not only capturing CO2 but storing or recycling it is a major issue. There are millions of tonnes of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere every year. For the UK alone, the net emission of C02 in 2015 was 404 million tonnes. There is a significant question of where can we put it all even if we capture it, with current suggestions including pumping it underground in to empty oil and gas fields, according to the researchers release. (Source: University of Dundee, Public PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Dundee, Professor Frank Sargent, www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/people/frank-sargent; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, www.bbsrc.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Recycling,  


    German Political Coalition Stalling 2020 Climate Target (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-01-10
    In Berlin, Reuters is reporting that Germany's would-be coalition partners -- Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and the centre-left Social Democrats -- will drop plans to lower CO2 emissions by 40 pct from 1990 levels by 2020. The parties are, however, standing by a planned 55 pct cut in emissions by 2030.

    Germany is widely expected to miss its 2020 emissions target due in part to a booming economy and increased immigration. (Source: swissinfo.ch, 8 Jan., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    Neoen Inks Aussie Wind, Energy Storage Deal (Int'l Report)
    Neoen
    Date: 2018-01-10
    French renewable energy company Neoen reports it has inked an agreement with government of Victoria State in Australia for an integrated wind farm and battery storage facility at the the Bulgana Green Power Hub (BGPH).

    The project includes construction of a 204.4MW wind farm with Siemens-Gamesa wind turbines and a 20MW/34MWh lithium-ion battery provided by Tesla in Stawell, Victoria region.

    Neoen is active internationally in the biomass, solar, wind and energy storage sectors. (Source: Neoen, BrinkWire, EcoGeneration, 8th January, 2018) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Wind,  Energy STorage,  


    Partners Group Snares Shell's Dutch Offshore Wind Farm Stake (M&A)
    Shell,Partners Group Holding AG
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Swiss investor Partners Group Holding AG (PGHN.S) reports it has acquired a 45 pct stake in 700 MW, Blauwwind II offshore wind project in the Netherlands, from Shell, Mitsubishi and Netherlands-based Eneco Group. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

    Shell notes it will continue investing in major offshore wind projects by arranging the highest-risk financing phase then disposing of some or all of its stake once funding has been arranged and sufficient PPAs in place for the energy produced. (Source: Shell, Reuters, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Partners Group Holding AG, www.partnersgroup.com; Eneco Group, www.enecogroup.com; Shell US, (713 )241-6161, www.shell.us

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    Yam Pro, Shapoorji Pallonji to Build Ghana Wave-Energy Project (Int'l)
    Yam Pro Energy,Shapoorji Pallonji Group
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Kfar Saba, Israel-based Yam Pro Energy and India's Shapoorji Pallonji Group report they are partnering to construct a commercial-scale wave-power station in Ghana.

    The $180 million wave energy station near the capital city of Accra, will generate up to 150 MW and serve as many as 10,000 households. The project will be completed in stages over the course of three years, with an initial phase beginning at 10 MW.

    Yam Pro's technology utilizes wave energy to turn hydraulic pressure into electricity. The energy is transferred onshore using biodegradable hydraulic fluid. (Source: YamPro Energy, PR, Isreal21c, Jan., 2018) Contact: YamPro Energy, Zeev Peretz, Laser Rothshtein, 972-73-791-3604, http://yamproenergy.com; Shapoorji Pallonji Group, www.shapoorjipallonji.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Yam Pro Energy,  Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  


    SeaTwirl Awarded Energy Storage Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    SeaTwirl
    Date: 2018-01-10
    SeaTwirl AB, the Swedish developer of a floating vertical axis wind turbine with folding blades, is reporting receipt of a U.S. patent for kenetic energy storage that uses flywheel technology to optimize the rotational speed of a wind turbine.

    The solution works by moving mass to or from the center of rotation by which the output power can be maintained with less wind and thus be optimized to reduce fluctuations on the electric grid.(Source: SeaTwirl, offshoreWIND.biz, Jan., 2018) Contact: SeaTwirl, Gabriel Strängberg, CEO, https://seatwirl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Flywheel,  Floating Wind,  SeaTwirl ,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    EU OK's GE, Mirova Spanish Wind Farms Acquisition (Int'l, M&A)
    Mirova-Eurofideme
    Date: 2018-01-10
    The European Commission (EC) reports it has approved France's Mirova-Eurofideme 3 venture capital fund and US conglomerate General Electric's acquisition and joint control of Idesamgar SL and Idesamgar SL 1, which will encompass nine wind farm projects in Spain.

    Mirova-Eurofideme 3 invests in renewable energies, sustainable equities and green bonds for institutional players. General Electric is a global company active in the investment market in the energy sector, and in the production and maintenance of hydroelectric, wind and solar power generators.

    In approving the acquisition, the EC concluded that the proposed concentration did not raise competition concerns because of its limited impact on the market. (Source: Mirova-Eurofideme, GE, New Europe Online, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Mirova-Eurofideme, www.mirova.com; GE Europe, Yves Rannous, CEO, GE Renewable Energy , +32 2 235 6855, www.ge.com/europe

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  GE Renewables,  


    Indian Task Force to Study Coal-to-Methanol Feasibility (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-01-10
    In New Delhi, the Indian government reports it has established a 15-member task force to study the feasibility of producing methanol from coal and using coal gas as a replacement of natural gas in steel production.

    The task force, which is charged with examining the feasibility of transporting methanol to India and converting it into olefins, parafins and other chemicals, is expected ro submit areport within 60 days.

    The task force is under the joint chairmanship of the federal ministries of Coal and Steel. Coal India Chairman Gopal Singh, BHEL CMD Atul Sobti, SAIL Chairman P K Singh, JSW Steel Chairman and Managing Director Sajjan Jindal, Essar Steel Chairman Shashi Ruia and NMDC CMD Baijendra Kumar, and others are members of the task force.

    (Source: PTI, Hellenic Shipping News, 9 Jan., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Coal,  


    TerniEnergia Closes on Energy Efficiency Projects Sales (Intl, M&A)
    TerniEnergia,Italeaf,Genera SpA
    Date: 2018-01-10
    TerniEnergia, part of the Italeaf Group, reports it has finalized the sale of two Italian energy efficiency projects to Genera SpA, a 51 pct subsidiary of Genera Group Holdings B. V. and 49 pct owned by the IKAV Investments fund, an active investor in the energy efficiency sector.

    The two energy efficiency project include: an LED lighting system of about 3,800 new high performance lighting points that is expected to save more than 1.1 GWh/year on behalf of a cement factory in Sicily. The sale price was €480,000. The second project, an historic building energy efficiency renovation, includes new insulation, windows replacement, installation of an air conditioning system, a new LED lighting system, an access control system and Building Management System (BMS0, sold for &eur;1.7 million.

    TerniEnergia was established in September 2005 as part of Italeaf Group, is the first Italian smart energy company committed to worldwide integrated and sustainable energy solutions. TerniEnergia, also through its subsidiaries -- Softeco Sismat, Selesoft Consulting, Greenled Industry,GreenAsm, Wisave, Ant Energy -- is active in smart grid, renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed power generation and carbon emissions reduction projects.(Source: ITALEAF SpA, Website PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: ITALEAF, Filippo Calisti CFO , calisti@italeaf.com, www.italeaf.com; TerniEnergia, www.ternienergia.com; Genera SpA, +39 0744 742310 - 0744 1921760, , www.generaspa.it

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TerniEnergia,  LED Light,  Smart Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  


    DOE ENERGY STAR Program "Indispensable" (Ind. Report)
    EPA ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Although recently threatened by the Trump administration with massive funding cuts if not closure, the EPA's Energy Star program has been influential in advancing energy efficiency within the built environment.

    The program was previously expanded to include a building energy performance -- benchmarking -- rating system as a means to track such performances with its free online Portfolio Manager tool. Benchmarking is determined by comparing buildings nationwide comprised of the same primary use, and data comes from the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey.

    More than 450,000 commercial buildings are presently benchmarked with ENERGY STAR which helped Americans save $34 billion in energy costs in 2015, while costing only $57 million a year to run.

    A recent survey on ENERGY STAR found strong nonpartisan support from industry groups:

  • 78 pct of respondents would be concerned if Energy Star funding was reduced/removed;
  • 75 pct were unfamiliar with other benchmarking tools aside from the ENERGY STAR program;
  • 64 pct reported Portfolio Manager usage;
  • 61 pct were required to benchmark their facility/portfolio's consumption.
  • a reduction or loss of ENERGY STAR funding may result in detrimental consequences. (Source: Colorado Real Estate Journal, EPA, Property Management Quarterly, Jan., 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


  • SeaTwirl Awarded Energy Storage Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    SeaTwirl
    Date: 2018-01-10
    SeaTwirl Date: 2018-01-10 SeaTwirl AB, the Swedish developer of a floating vertical axis wind turbine with folding blades, is reporting receipt of a U.S. patent for kenetic energy storage that uses flywheel technology to optimizes the rotational speed of a wind turbine.

    The solution works by moving mass to or from the center of rotation by which the output power can be maintained with less wind and thus be optimized to reduce fluctuations on the electric grid.

    SeaTwirl launched and installed its 30kW SeaTwirl S1 prototype turbine at the Lysekil test site in 2015. The device had endured all weather conditions including heavy storms, and the company is now in the process of developing a full-scale unit -- SeaTwirl S2. (Source: SeaTwirl, Jan., 2018) Contact: SeaTwirl AB, Gabriel Strangberg, Managing Director, +46 70-480 55 29, www.seatwirl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SeaTwirl,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  


    IGP Methanol's Louisiana Gulf Coast Methanol Park Receives DEQ Air Permit (Reg & Leg)
    Haldor Topsøe,IGP Methanol
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Houston-headquartered IGP Methanol LLC reports reports receipt of a Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality title V Air Quality Permit for their Gulf Coast Methanol Park facility in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

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

    IGP is focused on methanol as a clean-burning drop-in fuel that can replace gasoline and diesel in transportation, and replace LPG, coal, wood, and kerosene in cooking fuel and industrial boilers.

    Haldor Tops0e is the technology provider for all 4 plants utilizing their proven autothermal reforming (ATR) technology as well as their state of art catalysts to provide the lowest CAPEX and OPEX for this facility. (Source: IGP Methanol LLC, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: IGP Methanol, Scott Benson, VP Marketing, (612) 417-5980, 188301@email4pr.com, www.igpmethanol.com; Haldor Topsoe, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IGP Methanol,  Methanol,  


    EU Considers Zero Palm Oil in Transport Fuels (Reg & Leg, Int'l)
    EU, ePURE
    Date: 2018-01-10
    EURACTIV is reporting that EU parliamentarians (MEPs) are considering a complete phase out of palm oil in transport fuels by 2021. The proposal, which has garnered support from the biggest political groups in the European Parliament, would be a victory for environmentalists who have long warned against the deforestation and other damage caused by palm oil.

    A 2016 EU-funded study found that biodiesel produced from palm oil was three times more polluting than traditional diesel. In 2017, MEPs voted on a resolution urging the European Commission to phase-out the use of vegetable oils in biofuels by 2020. They also called for a single certification scheme to guarantee only sustainably produced palm oil enters the EU market.

    According to the ethanol trade group ePURE Secretary General Emmanuel Desplechin."The (European) Parliament needs to send a clear message that not all biofuels are created equal. It is time for the European Parliament to put into law the resolution on palm oil it adopted last spring and stop promoting the use of palm oil and derivatives in biofuels. Crucially, ethanol is not responsible for any of the concerns associated with palm oil cultivation,"

    The proposed ban on palm oil still faces hurdles however, starting with a political agreement from the 28 EU member states, which will be required to finalise the adoption of the revised renewable energy directive.

    There are still concerns however that the EU's bioenergy policy might lead to deforestation -- especially when it comes to "solid biomass" that is sometimes burned to generate electricity. The EC's sustainability criteria for biomass includes imports of wood pellets from Canada and the US, which are produced from round trees and are shipped to Europe for burning in power plants. . (Source: EC, EURACTIV, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  ePURE,  


    And the Winner Is! ... EIA Lists Top 10 Biofuel Producing Countries (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Current world biofuel production is primarily ethanol from corn or sugarcane and biodiesel from soybeans.

    Measured in thousands of barrels per day (bpd), the winner is the USA at 940,000 bpd, followed by Brazil at 449,000; Germany 68,000; China 59,000; Argentina 52,000; France 50,000; Indonesia 38,000; Canada 36,000; Thailand 24,000, and Columbia at 17,000 bpd. (Source: US EIA, Jan, 2018)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Biofuel,  


    GB Energie, POWTEC Provide LED Solutions for Fed. Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    GB Energie, POWTEC
    Date: 2018-01-10
    In the nation's capital, GB Energie LED, a minority, woman-owned sustainable energy solutions specialist, reports it is partnering with Alaska-based IT solutions provider POWTEC Solutions LLC, to address federal, state, and local governments and tribal entity energy efficiency opportunities, including the replacement of existing lighting with Revolution Lighting Technologies high efficiency LED lighting solutions.

    The companies look to address lighting retrofit opportunities, installing Revolution Lighting's high performance LED solutions to reduce lighting energy use by more than 65 pct while increasing light output.

    Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. desigsn, manufactures, markets and sell LED lighting solutions to industrial, commercial and government markets in the United States, Canada, and internationally. (Source: GB Energie LED, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc., www.rvlti.com; GB Energie LED, Dr. Gloria B. Herndon, Pres., CEO, (301) 526-1749, https://gbgroupglobal.com; POWTEC Solutions, Felix McGowan, Business Development Manager, www.powtecsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Lighting,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CHS Selects Enogen Corn for Illinois Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    CHS Inc., Syngenta
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Syngenta reports it has inked an agreement with ethanol producer and supplier CHS Inc. to use Enogen corn enzyme technology at its 130-million gpy ethanol plant in Rochelle, Illinois. The Rochelle plant is an 81-acre, dry mill corn-based operation and was acquired by CHS in June 2014.

    Enogen corn enzyme technology is an in-seed innovation available exclusively from Syngenta and features the first biotech corn output trait designed specifically to enhance ethanol production. Using modern biotechnology to deliver best-in-class alpha amylase enzyme directly in the grain, Enogen corn eliminates the need to add liquid alpha amylase and can help an ethanol plant significantly reduce the viscosity of its corn mash, improving plant performance. And, numerous trials have shown that Enogen hybrids perform equal to or better than other high-performing corn hybrids. (Source: Syngenta, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Syngenta, Jack Bernens, Enogen Technology Leader, (202) 737-6520, www.syngenta.com; Enogen, (877) 436-0436, www.enogen.net; CHS Inc., Gary Anderson, CHS, Sr. VP North America Grain Marketing and Renewable Fuels, (651) 355-6000, www.chsinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CHS Inc.,  Syngenta,  Enogen,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


    Abel Energy Unloads Woody Biomass Assets in Scale-Back (Int'l)
    Abel Energy
    Date: 2018-01-10
    In the UK, Watton-based biomass and solar energy firm Abel Energy is reporting the £20 million sale of its service and maintenance operations to South Gloucestershire's Wood Energy Solutions and its biomass and biofuels business to Forest Fuels.

    According to Abel Energy, "the biomass industry has had quite a few reductions in the renewable heat incentive to the point where there is so little business available that we have decided to mothball biomass." The company expects the industry to pick up again if the government reinstates its incentives program which initially was "too good" and was quickly exhausted. (Source: Abel Energy, Eastern Daily Press, 8 Jan., 2018)Contact: Abel Energy, +44 1953 884486, www.abelenergy.co.uk; Forest Fuels, www.forestfuels.co.uk; Wood Energy Solutions, www.woodco-energy.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Biomass Incentives,  


    Avangrid's Deerfield Vermont Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Avangrid RenewablesSiemens Gamesa
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Avangrid Renewables reports commercial operations have begun at the 30MW Deerfield wind farm near the towns of Readsboro and Searsburg, Vermont. The project incoporates 15 Siemens Gamesa turbines. Avangrid will own and operate the wind farm and sell the wind farm's power output to Green Mountain Power under a 25-year PPA.

    Readsboro and Searsburg are expected to receive receive direct annual payments totaling $6.8 million over the life of the project, and the wind farm will generate an estimated $6m in tax payments to the state to support education funding. (Source: Avangrid Renewables renews, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, Dave Carroll, VP Projects, (503) 796-7000, www.avangrid.com; Siemens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables,  Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  ,  


    NYC Ferries Studying Alternative Fuels Options (Ind. Report)
    NYC
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In the Big Apple, the NYC Department of Transportation reports it will soon begin a 2-year study to assess the use of alternative , low-carbon fuels as opposed to standard petroleum diesel fuels on the Staten Island Ferry and others in the city's fleet.

    The study is in response a City Council bill Dec. 19 city council bill and is a step toward requiring city ferries to use more efficient, environmentally-friendly fuels. The study will consider the use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, hybrid electric and fuel-cell electric as well as the availability, storage, ferry compatibility, potential limitations and regulations relative the the use of alternative fuels. The city would convert the ferries to these energy sources if the study determines that using renewable fuels is feasible and practical. (Source: NYC Council, LIC Post, Various Media, Jan., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,  Biofuel,  


    Egenolf Wins Micro-CHP Energy Storage Grant (Funding)
    Egenolf Alternative Energy
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Smithers, BC-based Egenolf Alternative Energy, is reporting receipt of Canadian government Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council grant funding to develop a micro-CHP thermal energy storage system using the mineral zeolite as the storage medium. The company will work with the Clean Tech Department at the College of New Caledonia on the project. The amount was not disclosed.

    The company began developing a biomass gasification CHP system in 2008, resulting in an operational demonstration and pilot plant in 2014. The 20 kWe/123,000 Btu demonstration plant runs on propane and features a 2000-litre buffer tank, according to the company website. The firm offers two micro-CHP systems, a 9.75 kWe/17.5 kWth unit and a 12.5 kWe/21.5 kWth unit. The systems can run on diesel, biodiesel, vegetable oil, wood gas, hydrogen and waste oil, or a blend of diesel and waste oils, and are controlled by an Arduino-based open-source system.

    Egenolf Alternative Energy Inc. is divided in three business branches: www.bvsolar.ca, www.microcogen.ca, and www.biomassenergies.net. (Source: Egenolf Alternative Energy, PEI, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Egnolf Alternative Energy Inc., (250) 900-0156, egenolf.bc@gmail.com, www.biomassenergies.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  CHP,  


    Fayetteville Joins Shift to 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    City of Fayetteville
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In Arkasas, the City of Fayetteville (pop. 84,000 +-) reports it has committed to shifting to 100 pct renewable energy, making it the first city in the state and the 54th city in America to make the commitment. Other cities include Santa Barbara, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego and others.

    Fayetteville's climate and energy Action Plan aims to convert all government operations to clean energy by 2030 and achieve 100 pct community-wide renewable energy by 2050. The plan outlines strategies and ways the City can increase energy efficiency, transition to cleaner fuel sources, improve public health outcomes, build more resilient local businesses, and more. (Source: City of Fayetteville, Innovators, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: City of Fayetteville, www.fayetteville-ar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  100 pct Renewable Energy,  


    Scottish Household Carbon Footprint by Drops 25 pct (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In Edinburgh, not-for-profit WWF Scotland reports the carbon footprint of households in Scotland has fallen by one-quarter from 2009 levels when the country passed its Climate Change Act.

    In January 2017, the Scottish Government committed to securing fully half of all Scotland's energy from renewable sources by 2030 and to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, with an interim target of 77 pct by 2030. (Source: WWF Scotland, UN Environment Climate Action, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: WWF Scotland, +44 131 659 9100, www.wwf.org.uk/scotland

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


    Neo Solar Raises $167Mn for 100MW of Taiwanese Projects (Int'l)
    Neo Solar Power
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer Neo Solar Power (NSP), through its subsidiaries Si One and Da Li Energy, reports it has inked a $167 million financing agreement for the development of 100MW of solar capacity in Taiwan.

    The five-year facility with Fubon Bank, Shin Kong Bank, Bank SinoPac, and Chang Hwa Commercial Bank carries options for two five-year extensions.

    Neo Cathay Pacific, a joint venture between Neo Solar Power and Cathay Life Insurance, has, via its own subsidiary Si One Corp, secured $167 million (US) syndicated loan to develop 100 MW of solar projects in Taiwan. (Source: Neo Solar Power, Various Media, PV Mag., December 27, 2017) Contact: Neo Solar Power, +886-6-700-6588, Fax: +886-6-384-1111, www.nsp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neo Solar Power,  Solar,  


    Vestas Wins 184MW Avangrid Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
    Avangrid Renewables,Vestas
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Vestas wind turbine giant Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for 41 V136-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimized Mode for phase one of the 201 MW Montague wind project in Oregon, as well as 36 MW of 4 MW platform compatible turbine components that qualify for 80 pct of the Production Tax Credit.

    Vestas will supply the wind turbines as well as service the project under a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. (Source: Vestas, PR, Various Media, WindTECH, 2 Jan, 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, (503) 796-7000, www.avangridrenewables.us, [Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables,  Wind,  Vestas,  


    Univ. of Ill. Considers Campus Solar Farm Expansion (Ind. Report)
    University of Illinois,Phoenix Solar LLC
    Date: 2018-01-08
    The University of Illinois Champaign reports it is considering an expansion of its solar farm which has been idle since October due to on-site electrical system problems. The facility is slated to resume to resume operations soon.

    The University is considering expanding the 21-acre solar farm to help meet renewable-energy goals outlined in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP)underwhich the campus is expected to be "carbon neutral" by 2050.

    The university has a 10-year PPA with Phoenix Solar LLC, which built and operates the farm. In 2016, the university paid almost $1.4 million to Phoenix Solar for the farm, when it produced almost 7,300 MWh hours of electricity. The university hopes to eventually produce 25,000 MWh of solar power under iCAP. (Source: Univ. of Illinois, PR, AP, St.Louis Post Dispatch, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Illinois, Morgan Johnston, Assoc. Dir. of Sustainability, (217) 333-1000, www.illinois.edu; Phoenix Solar LLC, www.phoenixsolar-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Phoenix Solar,  University of Illinois,  Solar,  


    Meritage reNEWable Living Home Redefine Energy Use (Ind. Report)
    Meritage Homes,Duke Energy,EPRI
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Creating a net zero home that redefines how utilities work is amazing. That's exactly what Scottsdale, Arizona-headquartered Meritage Homes is touting its reNEWable Living Home, a 2018 BUILDER Concept project engineered and designed to use and cut energy consumption energy in a completely different way.

    Through innovation in water heating, an insulated slab, attic insulation, the HVAC and solid, panelized wall systems, the house uses a consistent amount of energy throughout the day.

    Meritage Homes also partnered with Duke Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to design a way to monitor the home and understand the energy use. According to EPRI, a home with the same square footage as the reNEWable Living Home would use 23,910 kWh annually. By using the DOE BeOpt software, the advances of the reNEWable Living Home reduce that by 30 pct to only 16,887 kWh per year.

    This 30 pct deduction was captured with 100 pct LED lighting, using a heat pump water heater, insulating the slab at an R10 value, using R30 closed cell spray foam insulation in the roof, installing a SEER 18, 9.3 HSPF HVAC system and using the HercuWAll ICF 4-inch solid panelized wall system. (Source: Meritage Homes, Builder, 4 Jan., 2018)Contact: Meritage Homes, www.meritagehomes.com; EPRI, www.epri.com; Duke Energy Carolinas, (704) 594-6200, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meritage Homes,  Energy Efficiency,  Net Zero,  Duke Energy,  EPRI,  

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