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EIA Details Energy Efficiency Incentives Results (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-06-22
According to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey (EIA-861) of electric power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency, U.S. electric utilities reported spending $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, for an average of $24 per customer.

Most reported spending supported residential and commercial energy efficiency: 43 pct of spending targeted residential customers, 49 pct targeted commercial customers, and the remaining 8 pct targeted industrial customers. Average reported spending per customer varied by state, from $0 in Alaska to $128 in Massachusetts. High-spending states and low-spending states tend to be concentrated in particular regions. By U.S. census region, average utility spending ranged from $11 per customer in the South to $47 per customer in the Northeast. Spending also was higher in certain states with high electricity prices, such as Hawaii, or in certain states with climates that require more energy for heating and cooling, such as Illinois and Arizona.

Incremental savings as a result of energy efficiency spending for reporting year 2016 totaled 27.5 billion kWh or 0.7 pct of nationwide retail electricity sales. Projected lifecycle savings were much greater, at 354 billion kWh over the lifetime of the efficiency measures used, because some measures that affect heating, cooling, and water heating equipment can provide benefits for several years. Like spending, most savings occurred in the residential and commercial sectors.

Annual incremental savings also varied by state, from near 0 pct of electricity retail sales in Kansas and Alaska to 3 pct of retail sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Average electricity savings by U.S. census region was the highest at 1.2 pct in the Northeast, and the lowest at less than 0.4 pct in the south. (Source: EIA, Today in Energy, 20 June, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


Will EPA Waived RFS Biofuels Volumes be Reallocated? (Ind. Report)
EPA,RFS
Date: 2018-06-22
Reuters is reporting the U.S. EPA will propose reallocating Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations waived under its "hardship" exemption program to other refiners. The move would significantly increase the regulatory costs of those refineries that do not qualify for, or have not received, a waiver.

As previously reported, "hardship" waivers were intended for small refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and thos that suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: WSAU, Reuters, 20 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  EPA,  Hardship waiver,  Hardship Exemption,  


CTC Upgrading AF Lighting Equip. Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
US Air Force Research Laboratory (ARL) Advanced Power Technology Office
Date: 2018-06-22
The US Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office (ARL) reports it has awarded a $983,790 contract to Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) for energy efficiency lighting.

Currently, the Air Force uses deployable light carts that provide ground-level flightline illumination, task lighting for aircraft maintenance and troubleshooting, as well as perimeter lighting to secure deployed and contingency locations. CTC will modernize the existing light cart with upgraded technologies and control strategies for improved energy efficiency and reduced reduced maintenance and energy costs. The new Advanced Flightline Power and Light System developed by CTC will incorporate energy-efficient lighting, energy storage and various modes of operation. (Source: Air Force Technology, 21 June, 2018) Contact: US Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office, http://afrl.dodlive.mil/tag/advanced-power-technology-office; CTC, Edward J Sheehan Jr., CEO, Pres., (800) 282-4392, www.ctc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Concurrent Technologie,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Lights ,  ,  


Chevron Launches $100Mn Future Energy Fund (Ind. Report)
Chevron Technology Ventures
Date: 2018-06-22
Chevron Technology Ventures LLC, the venture capital arm of San Ramon, California-headquartered oil giant Chevron Corp. is reporting the launch of the Future Energy Fund with an initial commitment of $100 million.

The new fund will focus on technologies that will increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, such as improving grid management, developing renewables and alternative fuels. Details were not available. (Source: Chevron, Houston Business Journal, June, 2018) Contact: Chevron Technology Ventures, Barbara Burger, Pres., (925) 842-1000, www.chevron.com/technology/technology-ventures

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Renewable Energy,  Alternative Fuels,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ontario Renewables, Green Renovation Rebates Chopped (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-22
Hard on the heels of the election of Ontario's new Conservative Premier Doug Ford's announcement to scrap the province's 2017 vintage carbon tax -- cap-and-trade program, a post on the GreenOn.ca website announced the closing of several renewable energy and residential and commercial energy efficiency rebate programs. Existing rebate program commitments will be honoured.

The rebate program was funded through proceeds from the province's cap-and-trade program through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund. Ontario has earned approximately $3 billion in a series of cap-and-trade auctions since the system was introduced by the Liberals last year. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, Bell Media, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Green Ontario Fund, www.GreenOn.ca

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


Governors' Partnership on Carbon Capture Growing (Ind. Report)
Governors' Partnership on Carbon Capture
Date: 2018-06-22
Wyoming Public Media is reporting Montana and Wyoming Governors Steve Bullock and Matt Mead have joined the Governors' Partnership on Carbon Capture. Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Utah are also participating.

The Partnership aims to create a unified voice on policies related to the topic at both state and federal level. One of the first projects from the group will be getting carbon capture technology on the ground. To that end, the partnership will work to:

  • Elevate carbon capture, storage and its use as a national priority for American energy independence, job creation, environmental stewardship and global technology leadership;
  • Encourage congressional and presidential action to expand the portfolio of federal policies to put carbon capture on an equal footing with other low- and zero-emission energy technologies;
  • Foster carbon capture and CO2 pipeline infrastructure deployment in states and regions by identifying state policies and programs to complement federal policies;
  • Forge public-private partnerships to support critical projects and overcome barriers to developing, financing and implementing them. The partnership has invited 17 states to join the initiative. The coalition will be staffed by another working group of officials from 15 states also focused on carbon capture. (Source: Wyoming Public Media, 21 June, 2018)


  • CPUC OKs Regional Energy Network Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    California Public Utilities Commission
    Date: 2018-06-20
    In Sacramento, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) reports it has approved an Energy Efficiency Business Plan submitted by the Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) allowing local governments greater flexibility over program design to meet local needs and bring ratepayer dollars directly to their region. The plans outline proposed energy efficiency programming and budgets that will be implemented across the state through 2025.

    The Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) -- Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties -- is a group of local governments designated as program administrators for energy efficiency programs and can receive ratepayer funding directly from the CPUC rather than through Investor-Owned Utilities. Specific programming anticipated to be offered in the Tri-County Region includes: workforce education and training programs; codes and standards compliance programs; and residential (including multi-family) energy efficiency programs.

    The CPUC directed 3C-REN to put special emphasis on customers without easy access to program information or who generally do not participate in energy efficiency programs. (Source: Santa Barbara County, Public News, 12 June 2018) Contact: California PUC, www.cpuc.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Public Utilities Commission ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Waterloo U. Wins Zero-Carbon Green Building Award (Ind. Report)
    Canada GReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-20
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)reports reports Cora Group's "evolv1" project at the University of Waterloo in Ontario has been awarded the the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Award. The Cora Group project is a commercial multi-tenant office building now under construction.

    A project fact sheet notes the building's sustainability elements included: a ventilation system that meets a defined threshold for thermal energy demand intensity; onsite renewable energy systems that provide a minimum of 5 pct of building energy consumption; maximized day-lighting opportunities; the building is oriented to minimize heat gain, using sustainable materials and high-performance building systems; and green roofs on 50 pct of the roofs throughout the campus. The facility achieved LEED Gold certification. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, DCN News services, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    Portugal Joins 206-Member Under2 Climate Coalition (Ind. Report)
    Under2 Coalition
    Date: 2018-06-20
    The Under2 Coalition is reporting Portugal has became the latest national government to endorse the Under2 Coalition, the global network led by state and regional governments committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change.

    With the addition of Portugal, the Under2 Coalition now includes 206 governments across six continents and 43 countries that collectively represent more than 1.3 billion people and $30 trillion GDP -- nearly 40 pct of the global economy. Under2 Coalition members commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 80-95 pct below 1990 levels or to less than two annual metric tons per capita by 2050.

    The Coalition was founded in 2015 by California and the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg to galvanize climate action from sub-national governments in the build up to the COP21 climate summit when the historic Paris Agreement was reached. (Source: Under 2 Coalition, Climate Group, Website, June, 2018) Contact: Under2 Coalition, Tim Ash-Vie, Director of the Under2 Coalition Secretariat at The Climate Group,www.under2coalition.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Under2 Coalition,  Climate Change,  


    NextEra, AT&T Ink 300MW Wind Power PPA (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2018-06-20
    NextEra Energy Inc's subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources is reporting a renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with AT&T Inc. As per the agreement, the partnership will acquire 300 MW of wind energy from two new wind farms in Wilbarger and Hardeman Counties, TX.

    In February, the partnership struck a similar PPA worth 520 MW from two wind farms located in Texas and Oklahoma. Cumulatively, these two consecutive PPAs will deliver 820 MW of wind power, which will supply electricity to more than 372,000 homes per year. (Source: NextEra, Open PR, 15 June, 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  ATT,  Wind,  


    Scatec, Equinor Ink 117MW Argentinian Solar Agreement (Int'l)
    Martifer Renewables
    Date: 2018-06-20
    In Norway, Oslo-headquartered Scatec Solar reports it has in a 50/50 JV with Equinor inked an agreement with the Lisbon, Portugal-based company Martifer Renewables for the acquisition of the 117 MW PV project Guanizuil IIA located in the Province of San Juan in the northwest of Argentina.

    The project is expected to produce about 308,000 MWh of electricity per year and has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CAMMESA.

    Construction is expected later in 2018 for commercial operation by the end of 2019.

    Argentina is targeting 20 pct of its power generation to be from renewable sources by 2025, and estimates that 10 GW of additional renewable capacity is needed.

    Scatec Solar will on a 50/50 joint venture basis together with Equinor build, own and operate the power plant at an estimated cost of $95 million.

    Scatec Solar is an integrated independent solar power producer that develops, builds, owns, operates and maintains solar power plants and has an installation track record of 1,000 MW. The company holds 322 MW of solar power plants in the Czech Republic, South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras and Jordan and has 1,092 MW under construction. With an established global presence and a significant project pipeline, the company is targeting a capacity of 3.5 GW in operation and under construction by end of 2021. (Source: Scatec Solar, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Scatec Solar, Raymond Carlsen, CEO +47 976 99 144, www.scatecsolar.com; Martifer Renewables, http://martifer.com/pt/grupo/institucional/areas-de-negocio/martifer-renewables; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Martifer,  Equinor,  Scatec Solar,  Solar,  


    Velocys Secures Funding for UK Waste-to-Jet Fuel Project (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2018-06-20
    UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has secured £4.9 million of funding for the next development phase of the waste-to-sustainable jet fuel project the company is developing in the UK. As part of the funding package a grant of £434,000 has been secured from the Department for Transport (DfT) under the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).

    The project is being developed with support from oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and British Airways. The team is developing the engineering and business case for the construction of a first plant in the UK that will convert hundreds of thousands of tpy of post-recycled waste into clean-burning, sustainable fuels to be used by British Airways.

    The fuel is expected to deliver over 70 pct greenhouse gas reduction and 90 pct reduction in particulate matter emissions compared with conventional jet fuel. The project partners expect to reach a final investment decision in the first half of 2020. (Source: Velocys, PR, Business Leader, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Fotowatio Seeking Purchasers for Indian Solar Project (M&A, Int'l)
    Fotowatio Renewable Ventures
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Madrid-headquartered large-scale solar power plant developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) is reportedly in discussions to sell its 100-MW power project in the Ananthapuramu Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh, India, in a deal worth Rs 500-600 crore. Possible investors reportedly include Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), green infra JV between PE fund Everstone Group, and UK-based Lightsource, BP's Eversource Capital and others.

    The project was awarded a 100 MW PPA by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) under the National Solar Mission programme in 2016. The project is FRV's first in India. (Source: Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, Economic Times, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Fotowatio Renewables, +34 91 702 64 12, +34 91 319 12 90, info@frv.com, www.frv.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fotowatio Renewable Ventures,  


    Active Energy Refocuses on CoalSwitch (Int'l Report)
    Active Energy Group
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Further to our March 14, 2018 coverage, following a year of restructuring UK-headquartered Active Energy Group PLC reports it has exited the low margin, high-risk Ukrainian wood fibre operations and will focus on its coal replacement biomass fuel, CoalSwitch, and its engineered soils derivative, PeatSwitch targeted for the US, Canadian and European market.

    Inline with to restructuring and corporate strategy, CEO Richard Spinks will step down and focus his efforts on the development of CoalSwitch business opportunities in Poland and the forestry management activities in North America. (Source: Active Energy Group PLC, Proactive Investors, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy Group,  CoalSwitch,  


    Buena Vista Biomass Power Auction Sale Set for July (M&A)
    Buena Vista Biomass Power
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Maas Companies of Rochester, Minnesota reports it will sell the Buena Vista Biomass Power Plant via auction. The assets will be sold via a sealed bid auction with a deadline for offers set for Thursday, July 19, 2018.

    The Ione, California plant has 18 megawatts of base-load electric generating capacity and is capable of powering 16,000 homes, according to the auction website, www.powerplantauction.com. (Source: Maas Companies, IONE Calif., PR Web, 15 June, 2018) Contact: Maas Companies, (507) 285-1444, www.powerplantauction.com; Buena Vista Biomass, www.calbiomass.org/facilities/buena-vista-biomass-power

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Buena Vista ,  Biomass,  


    Beijing Adds 25 pct Import Duty on US Ethanol (Int'l Report)
    China,Ethanol
    Date: 2018-06-20
    It is being widely reported that as Trump's trade war between the world's two largest economies escalates, Beijing has announced it will slap another 25 pct import duty on a range of US products, including ethanol. (Source: Various Media, 18 June 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  China Ethanol,  


    EU Compromises on Paris Climate Agreement Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Paris Climate Agreement,Energy Efficiency Directive ,European Environmental Bureau
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Meeting in Brussels, the European Union reports it has agreed to increase its 2030 energy efficiency target and a set of binding measures defined in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) by 32.5 pct by 2030. Energy efficiency stakeholders from across industry and civil society had been calling for a binding 40 pct energy efficiency target which would reflect the most cost-effective energy savings potential in the path to meeting the Paris Climate Agreement.

    As part of the compromise the Directive continues the annual energy savings obligation set by Article 7 of the EED, requiring Member States to establish policies that deliver new action and delivering new savings for households, the service sector and small businesses. (Source: EU, European Environmental Bureau , 19 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Directive, EEB, Anton Lazarus, +32 2 289 13 09, anton.lazarus@eeb.org, www.eeb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Energy Efficiency Directive,  European Environmental Bureau,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Aemetis Riverbank Biorefinery Touted World's #1 Waste-to-Value Project (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports that the publication Biofuels Digest has awarded the Aemetis cellulosic ethanol facility under development at the Riverbank site in California as the "#1 Waste-to-Value Project in the world." The Aemetis facility earned its #1 project ranking as a result of its low cost contracted inputs, high value outputs, proven process technology and a planned $125 million USDA guaranteed loan. The facility was ranked above high profile and funded advanced biofuels projects including those developed by Fulcrum, Red Rock, Clariant, Poet and Enerkem.

    Biofuels Digest noted that the Aemetis Riverbank project combines the best technology from leading technology providers LanzaTech and InEnTec with the local availability of waste orchard wood and other feedstock that can be used to produce Aemetis' high value cellulosic ethanol and valuable byproducts.

    Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California's Central Valley, near Modesto. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility in India producing distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for the Indian, US and European markets. The company also operates an R&D laboratory, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  BiochemicalAemetis,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Butamax Isobutanol Registered as Drop-In Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Butamax, US EPA
    Date: 2018-06-20
    The US EPA last week reported its approval of Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC registration for bio-isobutanol as a fuel additive at the rate of 16 pct or less as a "drop-in" fuel.

    Butamax is a a 50/50 JV between BP and DuPont. Bio-isobutanol is made from renewable resources like corn, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is eligible for credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme, according to the EPA. (Source: Butamax, EPA, Renewables Now, 18 June, 2018) Contact: Butamax, Jan Koninckx, CEO, (302) 695-3216, www.butamax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  isobutanol,  Butamax,  Biofuel,  Drop-In Fuel,  


    IWVWD Energy Efficient Upgrades to Save $9.3Mn (Ind. Report)
    Indian Wells Valley Water District
    Date: 2018-06-20
    In Ridgecrest, California, the Indian Wells Valley Water District (IWVWD) is reporting the completion and startup of a comprehensive solar and energy efficiency project expected to cut electric power consumption by as much as 63 pct for an expected savings of $9.38 million. The work was completed by ENGIE Services U.S.. IWVWD serves approximately 30,000 residential and commercial customers across 37 square miles.

    IWVWD's energy program includes the installation of a total of 2.08 MW of ground-mounted solar PV projects across five water well sites and a solar carport system at the District Office which has also been refitted with LED lighting and high efficiency HVAC units.

    IWVWD financed the project through the Renewable Energy Self-Generation Bill Credit Transfer Program (RES-BCT), which allows local government entities with eligible renewable generating facilities to send energy to the grid and receive generation credits for other benefiting accounts within the District. (Source: Indian Wells Valley Water District, ENGIE Services U.S., June 15, 2018) Contact: ENGIE, Ashu Jain, Senior Business Leader, www.engie-na.com, https://engieservices.us; Indian Wells Valley Water District:www.iwvwd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    MD Banks' Climate Finance Climbs to $35.2bn in 2017 (Int'l Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-06-20
    According to the recent joint report on climate finance, climate financing by the world's six largest Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) rose to $35.2 billion in 2017 -- a 28 pct jump over 2016. $27.9 billion of the 2017 total was earmarked for climate mitigation projects that aim to reduce emissions and slow down global warming in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

    Of the total, $7.4 billion financing for emerging and developing nations was invested in climate adaptation projects that help economies deal with the effects of climate change -- unusual levels of rain, worsening droughts and extreme weather events.

    Of the 2017 total, 81 pct was provided as loans and other financial instruments such as policy-based lending, grants, guarantees, equity and lines of credit. Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia and the Pacific were the three major developing regions receiving the funds. The report contains a breakdown of climate finance by country.

    Multilateral banks began publishing their climate investment in developing countries and emerging economies jointly in 2011, and in 2015 MDBs and the International Development Finance Club agreed joint principles for tracking climate adaptation and mitigation finance. (Source: World Bank, New Telegram, 19 June, 2018) Contact: World Bank, John Roome, (202) 473-3373, www.worldbank.org/en/about/people/j/john-roome

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Finance,  


    DOE Announces $40Mn for Bio-Based Research (R&D, Funding)
    Office of Biological and Environmental Research
    Date: 2018-06-20
    In Washington, the US DOE has announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources.

    Over the past decade, DOE-supported scientists have identified and modified a wide range of microbial organisms to be "production workhorses" transforming microbes into effective platforms for the generation of fuels and other precursor chemicals from renewable plant feedstocks.

    Organisms under study range from yeast and fungi to cyanobacteria and rare thermophilic microbes that thrive at extremely high temperatures. Products to be produced include biofuels, alcohols and other valuable precursor chemicals with multiple possible downstream applications. In addition to the projects focused on specific microorganisms, approximately one third of the projects are focused on developing and improving the essential imaging tools for this work of characterizing and modifying organisms on a microscopic scale.

    Projects were chosen by competitive peer review under two separate DOE Funding Opportunity Announcements, one for Systems Biology of Bioenergy-Relevant Microbes and another for Bioimaging Research for Bioenergy, both sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research within the Department's Office of Science. Total funding is $40 million for projects lasting three years in duration. (Source: US DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research, 15 June, 2018) Contact: US DOE Office of Biological and Environmental, Research, https://science.energy.gov/ber

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Biofuel R&D,  Biochemical,  


    DOE Offers $21Mn to Advance Solar Desalination Tech (R&D, Funding)
    DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-06-20
    The U.S. DOE is announcing the availability of $21 million for new projects focused on reducing the cost of solar-thermal desalination and helping the technology reach new markets, including areas that are not connected to the electric grid.

    Desalination treats seawater, brackish water, and contaminated water for use in municipal and industrial water supplies, or to serve other reclamation needs.

    Today's desalination operations need to be grid-connected, limiting their applications to areas with electricity access.

    Four markets that are particularly attractive for solar desalination technologies include: municipal water production, agriculture, industrial processes, and the purification of water produced from energy development, including oil and gas extraction.

    The projects are anticipated to last up to three years and will be awarded as cooperative agreements, which requires between 20 to 50 pct cost share. In total, the projects represent a public-private investment of nearly $30 million. (Source: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, June, 2018) Contact: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,  Solar Thermal,  


    Hexicon's Korean Floating Wind Partnership Expanded (Int'l)
    Hexicon
    Date: 2018-06-20
    In Stockholm, Swedish engineering company Hexicon AB notes it it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for mutual cooperation with Busan Techno Park and Renewable Energy Center in Busan, South Korea , for the development of floating offshore wind technology for the Korean market. To that end, the Swedish company has received grant funding from the Korean Business and Energy Agency to investigate how multi-turbine platforms can be adapted to local conditions.

    Hexicon previously announced plans to transfer its floating wind platform technology to a new joint venture with Coens in South Korea, where it wants to offer serial production of locally-made units. (.Source: Hexicon AB, Renewables Now, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Hexicon AB, +46 (0) 8 525 064 00, info@hexicon.eu, www.hexicon.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hexicon,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  


    CLEAResult Consulting Confirms Upcoming Buyout (M&A Report)
    CLEAResult
    Date: 2018-06-20
    In the Lone Star State, Austin-based commercial energy efficiency and conservation services provider CLEAResult Consulting Inc. reports it is being acquired by being acquired by TPG Growth and The Rise Fund, an investment fund managed by TPG Capital, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is expected to close later this year pending regulatory and other closing conditions.

    TPG is taking over ownership from General Atlantic, a Connecticut-based private equity firm that purchased a majority stake in CLEAResult in 2013. s in 70 cities in the U.S. and Canada. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, Austin Business Journal, 19 June, 2018) Contact: CLEAResult Consulting, Aziz Virani, CEO, (888) 812-6146, www.clearesult.com

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


    City Of London Plans 100 pct Renewable Energy Power (Int'l)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In the UK, the City of London Corporation is reporting that as of October, 2018, the square mile that comprises the city will source 100 pct of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources.

    According to the announcement, the City of London will install solar panels on City-owned buildings as well as invest in off-site solar and wind farms and other renewable energy projects. (Source: City of London Corporation, CleanTechnica, 15 June, 2018) Contact: City of London Corporation Catherine McGuiness, Policy and Resources +44 0 20 7606 3030, www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Rotterdam Testing Offshore Renewable EnergyPod (Int'l. Report)
    Port of Rotterdam ,Amphibious Energy
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam reports it plans to test an EnergyPod, a container to generate, store and convert solar and wind power at its offshore and Maasvlakte 2 facilities. The aim is to generate sufficient power for offshore oil and gas platforms.

    Rotterdam-based Amphibious Energy, a private company that provides transportable renewable energy to offshore and onshore off-grid locations, is developing an onshore version in addition to the offshore version of the EnergyPod for platforms at sea. (Source: Port of Rotterdam, Port Technology, 14 June, 2018)Contact: Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en; Amphibious Energy, George Nadorp, Managing Director, +31 (0)10 798 44 06, info@amphibiousenery.com, www.amphibiousenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy StoragemWind,  Solar,  Offshore Wind,  Green Energy,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  


    Fortum-Rusnano Wins Russian Wind Tenders (Int'l Report)
    Fortum,Rusnano
    Date: 2018-06-18
    Finnish utility Fortum Oyj reports it has won the right to build 110 MW of solar PV parks in Russia in the country's latest clean energy tender. The PV parks are slated for commissioning in the 2021-2022.

    Meanwhile, Fortum Oyi's equal JV with Moscow-based Russian nanotechnology company Rusnano plans to add 823 MW of wind power capacity in the years between 2019 and 2023.

    Investment decisions related to both projects will be made on a "case-by-case basis", Fortum said, reiterating its previously announced plans for an equity commitment of up to RUB 15 billion ($240 million) to back Russian projects secured in 2017 and 2018. Last summer, the Fortum-Rusnano JV was awarded the right to install 1,000 MW of wind parks in Russia by 2022. About 50 MW of that capacity is reportedly under construction.

    The Finnish company's goal is to have a gigawatt-scale solar and wind portfolio. Currently it owns 362 MW of PV and wind assets, 70 MW of which are in Russia. (Source: Fortum Oy1, Various Media, 16 June, 2018) Contact: Rusnano, en.rusnano.com; Fortum Oyi, www3.fortum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Wind,  Russia Wind,  Rusnan,  


    EU Affirms Palm Oil, Palm Oil Biofuels Import Position (Int'l)
    EU Renewable Energy Directive
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In a written statement issued in Jakarta on Saturday, EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guerend stressed that based on the outcome of a June 14 meeting between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Union Council on the revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), the EU remains the most open market for Indonesian palm oil.

    The EU June 14 meeting agreed on a revised EU Renewable Energy Directive including a gradual reduction of certain biofuels calculated to meet ambitious renewable energy use target of 32 pct by 2030. According to the ambassador, there is no specific or explicit reference to palm oil in the RED II Text and no prohibition or restriction on palm oil imports or palm oil based biofuels. The relevant provisions in RED II are only aimed at regulating the extent to which certain biofuels can be calculated by EU member states to achieve their sustainable energy targets. (Source: EU, Neutral English, Various Media, 17 June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Renewable Energy Directive,  EU,  Palm Oil,  Palm Oil Biofuel,  Palm Oil Biodiesel ,  


    Mass. Legislating 100 pct Renewables by 2047 (Reg. & Leg.)
    Massachussets ,Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In Boston, the Bay State senate is reporting the passage of legislation enabling Massachusetts to run on 100-pct renewable energy by 2047 by tripling the state's 1 pct per year renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 3 pct per year.

    The Senate bill also removes caps on non-governmental solar net metering and sets new 2030 and 2040 emission targets under the Global Warming Solutions Act. The act creates the framework for a revenue-neutral, market-based carbon fee; sets a 2,000-MW energy storage target, and opens the door to large renewable energy procurements in the offshore wind sector. The legislation needs the state's House of Representatives approval. (Source: Various Media, pvbuzz, 17 June, 2018)

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


    Siemens Ammonia Energy Storage Pilot Nears Opening (Int'l)
    Siemens Amonia Energy
    Date: 2018-06-18
    The German industrial firm Siemens reports it is opening is opening a &1.5 million pilot project in Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK, employing ammonia as a new form of energy storage to manage the variable output of wind and solar power.

    The proof-of-concept facility will turn electricity, water and air into ammonia without releasing carbon emissions. The ammonia will be stored and later either burned to generate electricity, sold as a fuel for vehicles or for industrial purposes, such as refrigeration.

    According to Siemens, ammonia has an advantage other over emerging storage technologies, such as liquid air and flow batteries, because it is repurposing existing technology and hardware. Approximately 170 million tpy of ammonia are produced worldwide, the majority of which is used for fertilizer. The Harwell facility is slated to open 26 June opens on 26 June, and was funded with £500,000 by Siemens and £1 million from Innovate UK. (Source: Siemens, Guardian, June, 2018) Contact: Siemens -- Ammonia Energy, www.ammoniaenergy.org/tag/siemens, Dr Ian Wilkinson, Programme Manager, https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ian-wilkinson-5b035729

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Siemens,  


    BP Warns of Global Carbon Emissions Rise (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2018-06-18
    According to oil giant BP, emissions rose 1.6 pct in 2017 after flat-lining for the previous three years -- a reminder the world was not on track to reach the goals of the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement.

    BP notes that although renewable power generation grew by 17 pct in 2017, strong economic growth led to an above-average demand for energy, cut backs in energy efficiency and an increase in the demand for coal in China combined to drive up emissions, the company's annual statistical review of world energy found. According to BP, which has a limited presence in the power sector, the world's appetite for oil remained strong, as it grew 1.8 pct in 2017. (Source: BP, Guardian, June, 2018)

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


    Cannabis Weeded Out of Efficiency Maine Grant Funding (Funding)
    Efficiency Maine
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In the Pine Tree State, Efficiency Maine reports it is excluding the new but fast growing cannabis industry from its energy efficiencg grants program on the grounds that it is "too risky." The agency's logic is based on the fact that although the cannabis business is state licensed, it operates outside of federal law and could be forced to close before it can achieve the energy savings needed to justify Efficiency Maine's investment.

    Efficiency Maine has no idea how much energy the state's cannabis industry consumes but, fter meeting with some of the state's larger commercial growers, has concluded that greening Maine's big producers would be quite expensive. Nationally, cannabis growers consumed about 1 pct of the overall electrical output in 2016, which is enough to power 1.7 million houses, according to New Frontier, a national cannabis research firm. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission wants adult-use growers there to cap electricity use at 36 watts per square foot of grow space. (Source: Efficiency Maine, Portland Herald, June, 2018)Contact: Efficiency Maine, Michael Stoddard, Exec. Dir., (866) 376-2463, www.efficiencymaine.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Maine,  


    Scotland Invests £2Mn to Boost Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Energy Efficient Scotland
    Date: 2018-06-18
    At Holyrood, the Scottish Government reports its new Energy Efficient Scotland program is distributing over £2 million in energy efficiency funding to 15 councils to help Scottish households and businesses boost energy efficiency. The Scottish Government funding will also support local authorities to identify opportunities for efficiency improvements and heat decarbonization.

    The programme builds on existing legislation and programmes supporting the efficiency of homes, businesses and public buildings. (Source: Energy Efficient Scotland, Scotsman, 17 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficient Scotland, www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/05/1462/3

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


    Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation Partners for Zero Energy Waste (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In Minneapolis, the not-for-profit Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation reports it is partnering with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the state of Minnesota to further, and provide, sustainability consulting, project funding assistance, energy bench marking and more.

    Founded in 1994, the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation and its state-wide supporters as well as energy companies, work to provide businesses with energy rebates and grants for more energy-efficient materials. (Source: Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, Eco Press, 6 17, 2018) Contact: Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, Jill Curran, Exec. Dir., (651) 292-4662, www.mnwastewise.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation,  Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives, 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Consumer Energy Alliance,Competitive Enterprise Institute
    Date: 2018-06-18
    Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives, 2018, a new report by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) examines solar power incentive programs in 25 states. The report considers five categories of direct incentives: federal tax incentives, state tax credits, state rebates, utility programs (such as net metering), and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

    In eight states -- Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Arizona, New Hampshire, and Minnesota -- incentives exceed 100 pct of the costs of installing solar PV systems. Massachusetts leads the pack, with incentives equaling 218 pct of installation costs. Subsidies equal or exceed 77 pct of costs in all but five of the states surveyed in the report.

    "Residential solar PV systems receive, on average, between 104 pct and 140 pct of total system costs in incentives while utility-scale solar installations receive about 45 pct of total system costs in incentives," the CEA report notes.

    Download the Consumer Energy Alliance Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives, 2018 report HERE. (Source: Consumer Energy Alliance, Competitive Enterprise Institute, ScottMadden, Inc., June , 2018) Contact: Consumer Energy Alliance, (202) 331-1010 , info@cei.org, www.cei.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumer Energy Alliance,  Competitive Enterprise Institute,  Solar,  Solar Incentive,  


    India's Waaree Energies Triples Solar Panel Capacity (Int'l)
    Waaree Energies,
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In India, Mumbai-based Waaree Energies Ltd. reports it has tripled its solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing capacity with the addition of a new 1 GW gigawatt facility in Vapi. This is in addition to the existing 500 MW plant in Surat.

    plans to increase its network of 250 franchises across India to 1,000 or more by the year end. The company also has 200 MW of engineering, procurement and construction projects in the pipeline. The company also owns more than 200 MW of solar assets that it has been attempting to sell for over six months. (Source: Waaree Energies Ltd., PR, 17 June, 2018) Contact: Waaree Energies, Sunil Rathi, Dir. Sales and Marketing, 1 800-2121-321, waaree@waaree.com,www.enfsolar.com/directory/panel/3234/waaree-energies, www.waaree.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waaree Energies,  Solar,  PV,  


    Azelio Touts Low-Cost Solar Energy Storage (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Azelio
    Date: 2018-06-18
    Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Azelio -- fka Cleanergy -- is reporting the recent launch of a demo unit of its solar energy storage technology. Based on Stirling Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with multi-hour Thermal Energy Storage (TES), Azelio modular technology is suitable for small to very large installations with maintained low cost and high efficiency.

    Azelio's technology uses aluminum alloy as a storage media that does not need refilling to maintain its efficiency, as opposed to common storage technologies using salt or water.

    Initially, Azelio is targeting projects in 500 kW to 20 MW range and plans to construct a verification project in Moracco in partnership with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy. (Source: Azelio, TradeArabia , 17 June, 2018) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46-709-40-35-80 jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleanergy,  CSP,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    RenFuel Touting LIGNOL® Drop-In Biofuel (Ind. Report)
    RenFuel
    Date: 2018-06-18
    RenFuel AB, a producer of lignin oil (LIGNOL) from lignin in "black liquor" waste from the pulp industry, is touting LIGNOL® which can be mixed to any degree with fossil gasoline, diesel and kerosene aviation fuel thus providing tangible solutions to reduce CO2 emissions from fuels.

    LIGNOL can be refined in conventional refineries to produce renewable gasoline and diesel, and can be distributed in existing distribution channels as a drop-in fuel for all types of current combustion engines.

    The finished LIGNOL oil product has a greenhouse gas reduction of about 90 pct compared to equivalent fossil oil. Sockholm-headquartered RenFuel is a 2012 Uppsala University spin-out with 15 patent "families" and patents in over 40 countries. (Source: RenFuel AB, PR, Government Europa, June, 2018) Contact: RenFuel AB, +46 70 680 94 30, info@renfuel.se, www.renfuel.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RenFuel.Lignin,  Biofuel,  Drop-in Biofuel,  


    Global Biomass Pellet Market -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Biomass
    Date: 2018-06-18
    The Global Biomass Pellet Market research report from QY investigates both historical data and current advancements in the market to provide map a reasonable trajectory of the biomass pellet market for an unbiased overview of the biomass pellet market.

    The report includes market trends, essential variables, difficulties, opportunities, and future market development and prospects. The report also tracks the emerging applications, innovative technologies, and mergers & acquisitions.

    According to the report, key players include: German Pellets, Enviva, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group, Pacific BioEnergy Corporation, Vyborgskaya Cellulose, Rentech, Graanul Invest Group, RWE Innogy, Lignetics, E-pellet, Drax Biomass, General Biofuels, BlueFire Renewables, Pfeifer Group. Geographis areas covered include: Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Middle-East & Africa and North America.

    Pellet biofuels are made from a wide variety of compressed organic matter -- biomass including industrial waste and co-products, food waste, agricultural residues, energy crops, and virgin lumber. The factors driving the growth of the market include low GHG emission from biomass, increased government initiatives for renewable technologies, need for constant energy supply and massive untapped biomass potential.

    Global Biomass Pellet Market report details are available HERE. (Source: QY Reports, Pr, June, 2018) Contact: QY Reports, +91-9764607607, sales@qyreports.com, www.qyreports.com

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


    Scholars Lauded for Sounding Climate Change Alarm (Int'l)
    Mopntreal Protocol
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In Taipei, Taiwan, the Tang Prize reports Dr. James E. Hansen, former Director of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Council of Pontifical Academy of Sciences are co-recipients of the 2018 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development for their pioneering work on climate change and its impact on the sustainability of the earth. Their works lay the scientific foundation for international actions as the Paris Climate Agreement and the new global development-Agenda 2030.

    In 1988, then Director of NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies, he famously announced in televised testimony before the US Congress that "global warming is here," as the observed temperature record exhibited an anomalous rise above the statistical noise of natural fluctuations. Dr. Hansen's testimony "was an important turning point in the history of global climate change."

    In 1975, Indian-born Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Victor C. Alderson Professor in Applied Ocean Sciences, UC San Diego, noted the significant greenhouse effects of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halocarbons, particularly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used as refridgerants and in manufacturing. This was a significant indication that showed how gases not only CO2 but such as CFCs that deplete the ozone layer could have ramifications for climate. This finding was also at the core of future negotiations for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer that followed in 1987. The Montreal Protocol benefits both the ozone layer and the climate system. Its effectiveness is much greater than the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol.

    The Tang Prize, founded in 2012 by Dr. Samuel Yin, chairman of Ruentex Group, seeks to be an inspiring force for people working in all corners of the world. (Source: Source: Tang Prize Foundation, PR, 17 June, 2018) Contact: Tang Prize Foundation, Scarlett Tu, thetangmedia@tang-prize.org, www.tang-prize.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  GHGs,  Montral Accord,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


    IPCC March Meeting Claims Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-18
    The forty-seventh session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Paris in March has become the first to achieve carbon neutrality. The Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered IPCC worked with the Climate Neutral Now initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to offset carbon emissions involved in participants' travel to the meeting and arising from the meeting itself.

    A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made to compensate for an emission made elsewhere. (Source: IPCC, Public Service News Australia, 17 June, 2018)Contact: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, www.ipcc.ch; Climate Neutral Now initiative, https://unfccc.int/climate-action/climate-neutral-now; UNFCCC, https://unfccc.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  UNFCCC,  


    Study Improves Stability of Algal Biofuel Systems (R&D)
    University of Michigan
    Date: 2018-06-18
    A diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a National Science Foundation funded outdoor study by University of Michigan researchers.

    For the study, scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds in the first large-scale, controlled experiment to test the widely held idea that biodiversity can improve the performance of algal biofuel systems in the field. Overall, the researchers found that diverse mixes of algal species (polycultures) performed more key functions at higher levels than any single species -- they were better at multitasking. The researchers also found that polycultures did not produce more algal mass (biomass) than the most productive single species, or monoculture.

    "The results are key for the design of sustainable biofuel systems because they show that while a monoculture may be the optimal choice for maximizing short-term algae production, polycultures offer a more stable crop over longer periods of time," said study lead author Casey Godwin, a postdoctoral research fellow at U-M's School for Environment and Sustainability.

    Algae-derived biocrude oil is being studied as a potential renewable-energy alternative to fossil fuels. Because they grow quickly and can be converted to bio-oil, algae have the potential to generate more fuel from less surface area than crops like corn. But the technical challenges involved in growing vast amounts of these microscopic aquatic plants in large outdoor culture ponds have slowed progress toward commercial-scale cultivation.

    In the study, research team found that while monocultures tended to be good at one or two jobs at a time, polycultures performed more of the jobs at higher levels than any of the monocultures. But at the same time, polycultures produced less biomass than the best-performing monoculture.

    "Our findings suggest there is a fundamental tradeoff 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 researchers. The team's findings are scheduled for publication June 18 in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy. (Source: University of Michigan, Public Release, 18 June, 2018) Contact: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Casey Godwin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (734) 764-6453, seas-info@umich.edu, seas.umich.edu

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


    AfDB Supports Kenyan Geothermal Power Project (Int'l, Funding)
    African Development Bank
    Date: 2018-06-15
    The Ivory Coast-headquartered African Development Bank (AfDB) Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Clean Technology Fund (CTF) is reporting approval of $49.5 million in loan funding -- a senior loan of $29.5 million and a concessional loan of $20 million -- to support Quantum Power East Africa GT Menengai Ltd. 35-MW geothermal project in Kenya.

    To support the project, the Government of Kenya is creating an enabling environment to enhance private sector investment through a competitive tender processes intended to lower the unit costs of geothermal power generation as well as lowering the cost of doing business in Kenya.

    The project is expected to save up to 95,100 tons of CO2 equivalent and supply sufficient energy to as many as 48,800 households per year at a low generation cost of seven cents/kWh. (Source: AfDB, CPI, 10 June, 2018) Contact: AfDB, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en

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    BASF Invests in LanzaTech (Int'l. Report)
    BASF,LanzaTech
    Date: 2018-06-15
    German chemicals giant BASF is confirming it has invested an undisclosed sum in Chicago-headquartered biotech LanzaTech.

    Lanzatech's gas fermentation technology uses special microbes to recycle residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. The company's product portfolio includes additional biochemicals besides ethanol, such as chemical specialties and intermediates, that can be used as raw materials in other chemical production processes. The technology is also said to be potentially suitable for treating and recycling waste streams in the chemical industry and for municipal waste disposal. (Source: BASF, WMW, 14 June, 2018) Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  


    Deepwind Wins Connecticut Offshore Wind Bid (Ind. Report)
    Connecticut DEEP,Deep Water Wind
    Date: 2018-06-15
    In Hartford, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reports it has accepted a bid from Providence, RI-based Deepwater Wind, one of three companies bidding for the construction of an offshore wind project. (Source: Connecticut DEEP, WTNH, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Connecticut DEEP, Mary Sotos, Deputy Commissioner, (800) 424-3000, deep.webmaster@ct,today, www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2690&q=322410&deepNav_GID=1511; Deepwater Wind, Chris Van Beek, (401)868-4228, (401) 228-8004 - fax, www.dwwind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Connecticut DEEP,  Deep Water Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    SBTi Approves IKEA's 80 pct Emissions Cutting Target (Ind. Report)
    Science-Based Targets Initiative
    Date: 2018-06-15
    One of the world's largest home furnishings retailer, the Ikea Group , reports it aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its 363 stores in 29 markets as well as its supply and value chains by 80 pct by 2030 against a 2016 baseline, as approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

    The new plan for 2030 additionally sets targets of slashing GHG emissions from customer and employee travel and customer deliveries in half, while achieving a minimum 15 pct reduction in absolute terms across the Group's value chain. In a statement, the company added that if the targets are met, they will represent a 70 pct reduced carbon footprint on the average product. (Source: IKEA, edie newsroom, 15 June, 2018) Contact: Ikea Group, Pia Heidenmark-Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.ikea.com; Science-Based Targets Initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IKEA,  Carbon Emissions,  Science-Based Targets Initiative,  


    Hanwha, Solare Datensysteme Collaborate on Energy Storage (Int'l)
    Solare Datensysteme,Hanwha Q Cells
    Date: 2018-06-15
    Solare Datensysteme GmbH and Hanwha Q Cells GmbH, the German subsidiary of solar cell giant Hanwha Q Cells Co., Ltd, are reporting a collaboration on the Q Cells brand energy storage solution Q.HOME+ ESS-G1.

    The Q Cells brand energy storage systems can be operated via the Solar-Log energy management system from Solare Datensysteme. Solar-Log provides energy storage customers with solar monitoring, feed-in management and smart energy solutions. Solar-Log™ compatible storage solution Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 is available in Europe in 3 sizes -- 3.6 kWh, 6 kWh or 8 kWh. (Source: Solaire Datasysteme Gmbh, PV Mag, June, 2018) Contact: Solaire Datasysteme Gmbh, https://www.solar-log.com; Hanwha Q Cells, www.hanwha-qcells.com More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells ,  Solar Cell,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells ,  Solar Cell,  Energy Storage,  


    PNNL, LanzaTech Delivering on Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (Ind. Report)
    PNNL.LanzTech,ASTM
    Date: 2018-06-15
    As previously reported, ASTM International has recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 -- the Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons -- to add ethanol as an approved feedstock for producing alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK), clearing the way for increased adoption of sustainable aviation fuels produced from a variety of feedstocks.

    Supporting this advancement is technology from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which developed a thermocatalytic process for converting ethanol into ATJ-SPK , and its industrial partner, LanzaTech and its proprietary gas-to-ethanol process. (Source: ASTM Green Car Congress, 12 June, 2018) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; PNNL www.pnnl.gov; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL,  LanzaTech,  ASTM,  Ethanol,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Energy Efficiency Stretches Rubber Maker's Savings (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-06-15
    In Salt Lake City, rubber manufacturer Weir Minerals reports it saved enough energy to power 160 average homes through Rocky Mountain Power's "Wattsmart" business energy efficiency incentives program. Weir noted it completed $332,597 in upgrades as recommended by Rocky Mountain Power, which paid Weir a $150,901 incentive for the the upgrade work.

    According to Weir, the upgrades have saved the company approximately $97,112 in energy savings and more than 1.4 million kilowatt hours. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Weir Minerals, Energy Insider, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  

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