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Alkol Biotech, BioFoorever Ink Biomass Supply LOI (Int'l Report)
Alkol Biotech,Bio Refinery Development
Date: 2018-01-08
London-headquartered Alkol Biotech and Bio Refinery Development report the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) to supply to 500,000 dry tonnes of non-woody "cold weather" EUeergyCane lignocellulosic biomass for the next 10 years to Bio Refinery Development (BioForever) for what, if built, would be the Continent's largest biorefinery.

BioForever is a consortium of 14 European companies that intends to demonstrate the feasibility of various value chains from ligno-cellulosic feedstocks to chemical building blocks and fuels. (Source: Alkol Biotech, Biofuels Int'l., 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alkol Biotech Ltd, +44 20 3475 8387,; Bio Refinery Development,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Cellulosic,  ligno-cellulosic ,  

Finland Surrenders Control of Neste (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-01-08
Helsinki, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Oil reports reports its principal and controlling shareholder, the Government of Finland, on Thursday effectively gave up control of oil refiner by donating some of its shares valued at €30 million (approx $60 million) to a charitable foundation. The donation reduced the state's Neste holding to 49.7 pct from 50.1 pct, according to a government statement.

Neste presently produces biofuels in Singapore and Rotterdam with a total production capacity of 2.6 million tonnes, and operates two conventional refineries in Finland. (Source: Neste, Reuters, Various Media, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, nbsp; 

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  

Energy Storage, Renewables Integration Mkt. to top $23Bn (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research,E.ON North America
Date: 2018-01-08
According to Navigant Research, the total annual revenue for Energy Storage for Renewables Integration is expected to surpass $23 billion (€19.1 billion ) by 2026. The projected growth for utility-scale and behing-the-metre (BTM) applications is being fueled by the falling prices in solar, wind and energy storage, according to Navigant research analyst Adam Wilson.

Overall, energy storage systems (ESSs) are facilitating the integration of renewable energy sources without affecting grid reliability. Navigant Research noted that customers in the utility-scale and BTM markets are now offered greater flexibility in installing photovoltaic (PV) plants in combination with ESSs thanks to the expansion of solar power and the lower ESSs prices. (Source: E.ON North America, Navigant Research, Jan., 2018) Contact: E.ON North America, Mark Frigo, VP Energy Storage, Mark Frigo, (503) 481-8622,,; Navigant Research,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research,  E.ON North America ,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  

Ukraine Energy Efficiency Fund Scores €50Ml Support (Int'l)
EU,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-01-08
The Ukranian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities is reporting the EU has committed €50 million to support aa new Ukraine Energy Efficiency Fund, beginning this year. The EU will also provide technical assistance for the launch of the fund.

The EU support opens access to non-repayable donor assistance to finance energy efficiency activities carried out by condominiums, according to the rules of the Energy Efficiency Fund. In addition,

Ukraine's state budget foresees nearly UAH 2 billion ($70.808 million -- 1 UHA = $o.28 US) to finance the fund in 2018, including UAH 400 million to be used for "warm loans" and UAH 1.6 billion for large-scale energy modernization projects.

(Source: EU, Ukrinform, 7 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficency,  

NEC Commissions 50 MW of UK Grid Energy Storage Facilities (Ind. Report)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-01-08
Mass.-headquartered NEC Energy Solutions is reporting the completion and commissioning the commissioning of 50 MW of energy storage projects in the UK with VLC Energy, a joint venture between Low Carbon, a renewable energy investment company, and VPI Immingham, owner of one of the largest CHP plants in Europe and part of the Vitol Group.

The 50MW portfolio includes a 40 MW facility in Glassenbury in Kent and a 10 MW installation in Cleator in Cumbria, represents the largest portfolio of utility-scale battery energy storage systems connected to the UK grid. The Cleator and Glassenbury sites secured two contracts with National Grid in August 2016 for battery energy storage systems to provide Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) to the UK system operator. NEC ES provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. EFR service directly to National Grid. Energy storage operation for EFR will be handled by an automated operating mode designed specifically for the UK frequency response service, and is part of the AEROS® controls system, NEC's proprietary energy storage control software.

NEC Energy Solutions' megawatt-scale energy storage and control systems provide greater stability to the grid while maximizing renewable generation, while in telecom, datacenter, and other industrial applications, its high performance lithium-ion battery systems provide better value than traditional lead-acid batteries, according the the company. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261,,; Low Carbon,; VPI Immingham,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  

UK Coal-Fired Power Obituary Written (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-01-08
In London, the Office of Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May (Con.) reports her government will implement limits on the amount of CO2 that coal-fired power plants in the UK can emit from October 1, 2025, after which an emissions intensity limit of 450g of CO2 per kWh hour will apply. The limit will be applied to units that burn any solid fossil fuel, but not to those that convert fully to other fuels. All power stations that have not invested in technology to cut their emissions will have to cease operation.

The closures of unabated coal would yield guaranteed reductions of 15 million tonnes of CO2 as well as significantly reduce sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, according to the rel4ease. (Source: Office of UK Prime Minister, Mining Journal, Sunday Times, 6 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office of the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May,

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

EPA Under the Gun on Obama Climate Rule Changes (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-01-08
It is being widely reported that the Trump administration EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is under the gun to repeal and replace the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan before the year end.

Obama's rule aimed to cut carbon levels 32 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. Under Trump, the EPA is expected to do little more than consider coal plant efficiency upgrades which would do little to curb emissions.

(Source: Politico, Twitter, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: EPA Scott Pruitt,;

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

Notable Quote from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
Date: 2018-01-08
"The citizens just don't trust that EPA is honest with these (CO2 emissions) numbers. Let's get real, objective data, not just do modeling. Let's vigorously publish and peer-review science. Let's do honest cost-benefit work. We need to restore the trust." -- Scott Pruitt, Feb., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA news,  Scott Pruitt news,  

Canadian Railroads on Track to Meet Emissions Goals (Ind. Report)
Railway Association of Canada
Date: 2018-01-08
According to the Railway Association of Canada's (RAC) just released Locomotive Emissions Monitoring (LEM) Program report, Canadian railroads are on track to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets set by the rail industry and the federal government. The report notes that railway-generated GHG emissions have not increased significantly relative to traffic growth due in part to locomotives and innovative technologies that improve fuel efficiency and cut emissions.

Since 1990, Canada's freight railroads have decreased their GHG emissions intensity -- the rail sector's carbon footprint relative to its traffic -- by 41.7 pct. despite a 76.8 pct increase in rail traffic over the same period. (Source: Railway Association of Canada, Progressive Railroading, Jan., 2018) Contact: Railway Association of Canada, Gerald Gauthier , Acting Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

NASA Study says Antarctic Ozone Hole Recovering (Ind. Report)
NASAGoddard Space Flight Center
Date: 2018-01-08
A new study conducted by NASA reports the first direct evidence that an international effort to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has led to the recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole. The study used satellite observations to demonstrate the decline in atmospheric chlorine that resulted from the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, enacted in 1989, led to "about 20 pct less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than there was in 2005 -- the first year that measurements of chlorine and ozone during the Antarctic winter were made."

While CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances were phased out by the mid-1990s, the study notes that the Antarctic ozone hole -- first discovered in 1985 -- "is healing slowly" because the man-made substances that caused the hole in the first place "have 50 - 100 year lifetimes." Accordingly, researchers believe that it could be several decades before the ozone hole is eliminated altogether. (Source: NASA Goddard, Common Dreams, Jan., 2018) Contact: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Montreal Protocol,  NASA,  Ozone,  GHG,  Climate Change,  

Windy City Set for $160Mn LED Street-Light Upgrade (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-08
Chicago reports it is set to become one of the largest cities in the world to switch 85 pct of its street lights and street lighting infrastructure to energy and cost saving LEDs over the next four years. The plan will see 270,000 high pressure sodium lights switched to significantly more energy efficient and longer lasting LED lights at an estimated to cost $160 million. The project is expected to begin delivering a return on investment within 2 years. The roll out will also include a smart grid that indicates when a light is not working, so that residents no longer have to report faults. (Source: City of Chicago, BusinessGreen, 8 Jan., 2018)

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

November US Ethanol, Biodiesel DDG Exports Drop from 2016 Levels (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-08
The USDA reported on Friday that U.S. exports of ethanol totaled 107.2 million gallons in November, 2017, down 17 pct from 2016 levels. Brazil was the top destination in November, accounting for 26 pct of exports, followed by Canada and India. U.S. ethanol exports were up 13 pct in the first 11 months of 2017 from a year ago.

U.S. biodiesel exports totaled 5,411.7 metric tons in November, down 73 pct from a year ago, with Canada the top destination taking 53 pct of the total, followed by Peru and the Netherlands.

U.S. exports of distillers grains (DDGHs) totaled 875,302 metric tons in November, down 11 pct from a year ago. Mexico was the top export destination accounting for 16 pct of the total followed by Vietnam. (Source: USDA, Various Media,DTN, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Ethanol Exports,  DDGs,  Ethanol,  

NIFA Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (Ind. Report)
USDA,NIFA,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
Date: 2018-01-08
In the nation's Capital, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) reports it has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program which is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office. The funding comes from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) which addresses challenges in food and agricultural sciences through research, extension, and education.

Through IBO, the grant will fund research totaling $2,994,429 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The project proposes to develop and commercialize solvent fractionated lignins to polymeric products for their potential market in building and construction sectors. The proposed research is intended to develop integrated pathways for the extraction of value-added polymeric products from lignin waste/under-valued stream from biorefinery.

NIFA has invested in a range of projects to expand the regional biofuel and bioproduct industries and foster the scientific corps and workforce that support the bioeconomy. One recent example is a five-year investment to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) which has advanced research into biofuels and biochemicals, fostered the Northwest regional biofuel industry and helped educate tomorrow’s workforce on renewable energy. (Source: USDA, NIFA, PR, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA, NIFA,; NARA, Washington State University, (509) 335-5581,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,  USDA,  NIFA,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  

Ohio Power Sector Leads in Cutting Carbon Output (Ind. Report)
FirstEnergy Corp,US EIA
Date: 2018-01-08
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) website is reporting that Ohio's electric power sector, the state's main source of carbon pollution, cut its carbon pollution from a peak of 132.6 million metric tons in 2005 to 82.6 million metric tons in 2015, while its western neighbor, Indiana trimmed its annual carbon output by 34.9 million metric tons over the same 10-year period.

Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. played a major role in the reduction. While it has continued to operate its two nuclear plants that don't emit any meaningful carbon, the company closed several coal-fired power plants in Ohio and boosted its use of renewable energy.

The decline is attributed to the advent of cheap shale gas which has caused new natural gas power plants to come online in Ohio and nearby states that sell their power into Ohio on a shared electric power grid. That's all while companies like FirstEnergy have shuttered coal plants that can't compete economically with natural gas-fired plants.

In 2005, approximately 88 pct of Ohio's electric power was coal generated. Today it is closer to 50 pct, according the the EIA. Over 60 generation units at about 20 coal-fired plants have been closed down in Ohio since 2010. (Source: US EIA, Crain's Cleveland Business, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA,; First Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Carbon Emissions,  FirstEnergy Corp,  

Siemens Gamesa Negotiating 700 MW Brazilian Wind Deals (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-01-08
In Sao Paulo, Brazil, it is being widely reported that Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA is negotiating to supply about 700 MW of wind turbines for Brazilian power projects to be developed by Voltalia SA, EDP Renovaveis SA, Enel Green Power SpA, and Neoenergia, SA, all of which won government-organized power auctions in December. Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports the orders totaling 1,450 MW could be valued at as much $620 million.

Brazil aims to increase its installed clean-energy capacity by 19 gigawatts by 2026. Siemens-Gamesa presently has 2.7 GW of turbines installed in Brazil and 83 gigawatts installed globally. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Bloomberg, Others, Jan 07 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  

Consumers Energy Cross Winds Phase II Now Online (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-01-08
Following up on our July 10, 2017 coverage, Consumers Energy is reporting the $90 million, 44 MW, Cross Winds Energy Park II in Columbia Township, Michigan is now online. The 19 turbine wind park is art of a total investment of $345 million comprised of 81 wind turbines in total -- including the first phase of Cross Winds -- and can generate as much as 155 MW of renewable energy which is sufficient for about 60,000 residents.

Phase I of the Cross Winds Wind farm began operations in 2014. Phase III, the final phase of the park is expected to be fully operational in 2020. (Source: Consumers Energy, County Press, 7 Jan., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Dennis Dobbs, VP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cross Energy Park,  Consumers Energy,  Wind,  

EPA Assessing Grain Sorghum as Advanced Biofuel (Ind. Report)
National Sorghum Producers
Date: 2018-01-05
The National Sorghum Producer reports the US EPA has assessed the lifecycle of greenhouse gas emissions in grain sorghum refinement and found that once transformed into a biofuel the grain released approximately half the amount of greenhouse gases as compared to baseline petroleum fuels. The EPA finding helps qualify grain sorghum as an advanced biofuels under the metrics set by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The document published by the EPA states that depending upon the evaluation conducted by EPA of the lifecycle, the biodiesel and heating oil manufactured from distilling of sorghum oil through a process called transesterification, and the jet fuel, renewable diesel, and heating oil produced from distilling sorghum oil through a process called hydrotreating, to bring down greenhouse gas emissions by half. (Source: National Sorghum Producers, CMFE News, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, John Duff, Bus. Gir., (806) 749-3475,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Sorghum Producers,  Sorghum,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  GHGs,  RFS,  

Disa Aquires 21-MW Canary Islands Wind Project (Int'l, M&A)
Grupo DISA
Date: 2018-01-05
Grupo DISA, a distributor of energy products in the Canary Islands, is reporting the purchase of the 21-MW Icor wind project in Arico, Tenerife, from Gamesa. DISA presently has 20 MW of operating photovoltaic (PV) installations.

DISA is the leading company in the distribution of petroleum products (such as petrol, diesel and butane and propane gases) in the Canary Islands, the fifth largest operator of service stations in Spain and the biggest independent operator. It is the largest group in the Canary Islands in terms of turnover -- €2.4 billion, according to the company website. (Source: Grupo DISA, Renewables, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Grupo DISA, +52 55 52 33 9177,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

Alberta Carbon Tax Jumps $10 (Ind. Report)
Alberta Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-01-05
On the Canadian Prairies, oil soaked Alberta's carbon tax has increased from $20-Cdn per tonne of CO2 emissions to $30-Cdn, effective January 1, 2018. Alberta's carbon levy entered into force on January 1, 2017, at an initial rate of $20-Cdn per tonne of CO2 emissions. A $10 increase scheduled for January 1, 2018, has now entered into effect.

The Albertan levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted. The rate is based on the amount of carbon pollution released by the fuel when it is combusted.

The Government said that revenue from the levy will continue to be invested in the province, through green infrastructure, energy efficiency, renewable energy, bioenergy, and innovation. The Government estimates that 60 pct of households will receive a full or partial carbon levy rebate in 2018. (Source:(Source: Alberta Environment Minister, Various Media, CBC News, 10 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax,  

SunEdison Clears Chapter 11 Protection (Ind. Report)
SunEdison,Brookfield Asset Management
Date: 2018-01-05
Further to our March, 2017th coverage, bankrupt US renewable energy developer SunEdison Inc. reports it has emerged from Chapter 11 as a privately-held company following its reorganization that included the sale of its interest in yieldcos TerraForm Power Inc and TerraForm Global Inc. to Toronto-headquartered Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (Source: SunEdison, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: SunEdison,; Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Asset Management,  SunEdison,  Renewable Energy,  

EDPR Secures $507Mn for 7 Renewable Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
EDP Renewables North America
Date: 2018-01-05
Houston-headquartered EDP Renewables North America reports it has closed on $507 million financing with Bank of New York Mellon for 4 wind farms and 3 solar plants totaling 423 MW capacity.

All of the 7 projects, which are located in Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Ohio respectively, have long-term PPAs in place. (Source: EDP Renewables North America, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, (713)265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables North America,  Renewable Energy,  

Siemens Gamesa Scores 23-Turbine Italian Order (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-01-05
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it will supply 23 turbines totaling 59MW to two new Italian wind farm projects being developed by Danish developer European Energy.

The projects will incorporate 10 G97-2MW model units and 13 SWT-3.0-113 turbines that will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018. Siemens Gamesa will also supply ten units of its G97-2.0MW model for a project northwest of Potenza, with delivery slated for Q3, 2019. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, WindPower, 2 Jan., 2018)Contact: European Energy,; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy,  Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

Egypt Planning Middle East's Largest Wind Farm (Int'l)

Date: 2018-01-05
In an effort to boost renewable energy in Egypt and establish Egypt as a leading player in environmental development, the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy reports it plants to construct the Middle East's largest wind farm in the Suez Bay.

The project will be funded by various several international entities, with the EU providing a €30 million grant in the first phase, out of its total dedicated fund of €115 million. The German Development Bank will loan the project €72 million loan and the French Development Agency will be provid a €50 million loan. (Source: Al-Ahram Arabic, Egypt Independent, 2 Jan., 2018)

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

Pattern Finances Nigig Power Ontario Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Pattern Development,Nigig Power
Date: 2018-01-05
Pattern Development reports it has provided $1 billion (Cdn) ($794.67 million) for the construction of the 300MW Henvey Inlet windpower project in Ontario, Canada. The project is a joint venture (JV) between Pattern Development and Nigig Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Henvey Inlet First Nation.

The Henvey Inlet facility, which will incorporate 87 units of Vestas 3.45MW wind turbines, has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Completion and commissioning is expected in the first half of 2019. (Source: Pattern, PR, Power Tech., 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Development,  Wind,  

Edmonton NHL Arena Scores Canadian LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2018-01-05
On the Canadian Prairies, the city of Edmonton's Rogers Place arena reports it has recently became the first National Hockey League (NHL) facility in Canada to achieve Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) LEED Silver certification. The Rogers Place and its adjacent facilities were designed and constructed to meet LEED Silver energy efficiency certification including developmental density, community connectivity, and alternative transportation. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, ProudGreenBuilding, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184,,

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

NYC 10 Hudson Yards Awarded LEED Platinum Status (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-05
In the Big Apple, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history, Oxford Properties Group's 18 million-square-foot, 52-story, 10 Hudson Yards project in Manhattan, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council's highest rating for sustainable buildings -- Platinum Certification.

The $20 billion mixed-use property sustainability and energy efficiency features include: 1.2 MW of gas-fired micro turbines that generate power and hot and chilled water twice as efficiently as traditional systems; storm water retention tank that harvests rainwater for irrigating the property’s terrace landscaping; 100 pct raised flooring for improved temperature control and cleaner air; an operation and energy control center that coordinates building performance, and other features. (Source: USGBC, Commercial Property Exec., 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: 10 Hudson Yards, Related Hudson Yards LLC, L. Jay Cross, Pres., 212-801-1000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Platinum,  

Phoenix Joins DC with LEED Cities Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-05
In August, 2017, the nations Capital became the first city to receive US Green Building Council LEED for Cities platinum certification. Washington was joined by Phoenix, Arizona in December.

The one year-old LEED for Cities program tracks changes in how a city is performing across 14 metrics including energy use, waste management, water, transport and even quality of life. It uses an online platform allowing cities to analyse and compare their progress, focusing on outcomes rather than pledges.

Between 2006 and 2013, Washington DC cut carbon emissions by almost a third, to 11.9 tonnes per capita. Water consumption fell by more than 13 pct in the past five years, and the city now recycles about half of its waste -- more than double New York City's rate. (Source: USGBC, Various Media, The Hindu, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: USGBC LEED for Cities, (202) 552-1500,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  

NH Legislation Would Divert RGGI Funds (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-01-05
In Concorde, the New Hampshire legislature is considering HB 592 which would change the way money raised through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions is allocated. If passed, the bill would re-divert profits from New Hampshire's (RGGI) back to ratepayers is drawing opposition from environmentalists, who say it would undercut investment in clean energy programs in the state.

Under RGGI, New Hampshire and nine other states take part in a market-based program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, The emissions are capped but companies can purchase allowances at state-run auctions, the proceeds from which can be spent as states see fit. New Hampshire uses 15 to 20 pct of the money to fund energy-efficient and energy efficiency projects as determined by the Public Utilities Commission.

House Bill 592, which would direct all money raised at RGGI auctions directly back to ratepayers and end investments in local and municipal clean energy initiatives, is being opposed by the League of Conservation Voters on the grounds that RGGI is intended to reduce carbon emissions in power plants.

Participating RGGI states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. To date, the RGGI auctions have raised $2.7 billion that is earmarked for clean-energy and energy efficiency programs. (Source: Various Media, Concord Monitor, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  

Empire State Unveils $200Mn Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
Energy Storage
Date: 2018-01-05
Following up on our Dec. 8, 2017 coverage, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2018 State of the State address has re-committed the Empire State to invest $200 million from the New York Green Bank in energy-storage research and to deploy 1.5 GW of energy storage by 2025.

Cuomo claims the commitment to energy storage is the largest per-capita of any state. The investment follows passage of legislation in Albany in December that established an energy storage mandate that will be met by 2030. (Source: Office of Gov, Cuomo, Various Media, PV Mag, 3 Jan., 2018)Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  Gov. Cuomo,  

Livelihoods Mutual Fund Pays Carbon Credits, Not Cash (Ind. Report)
Livelihoods Carbon Fund
Date: 2018-01-05
In Paris, the Livelihoods Carbon Fund which was launched last December ahead of Paris Climate Summit, reports its aims to reach about an $118 million investment in ecosystem restoration, agroforestry and renewable energy projects this year in Africa, Asia and Latin America, which will avoid or sequester up to 25 million tons of CO2 over 20 years.

The fund ties global sustainable economic development to emissions reduction from Danone, SAP, Schneider Electric and five other corporations.

The Fund is unique in that it pays dividends out in carbon credits, not cash. Using the principle of additionality -- where an investment allows a new sustainability effort to exist -- companies can voluntarily offset their greenhouse gas emissions along with their own carbon-reduction efforts while providing resources to vulnerable communities around the world.

The carbon credits are certified by Gold Standard, established by the World Wildlife Foundation in 2003 to guarantee and benchmark the climate impact of a project and its contribution towards improving the daily lives of local communities and their economy. (Source: Livelihoods Carbon Fund, GreenBiz, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Livelihoods Carbon Fund, +33 1 44 35 26 15,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credits,  

Notable Quotes from Former Aussie PM Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott
Date: 2018-01-05
"The science of human-caused climate change is 'CRAP." -- Tony Abbott, Sept., 2009

"I am confident, based on the science we have, that mankind does make a difference to climate, almost certainly the impact of humans on the planet extends to climate." -- Tony Abbott, May 27, 2010

"There are respectable arguments for an ETS but the one Labor (the then governing party) has in mind could easily be expensive and futile. I am wary of a system which creates new vested interests - which an ETS will do. I suspect that a straight carbon tax or charge could be more transparent and easier to change if conditions change or our understanding of the science changes." -- Tony Abbott, ,July 10, 2009

"We do not believe in artificially imposing a carbon price on consumers. There will be no carbon price on consumers under a (my)Coalition government." Tony Abbott, July 19, 2010

"Now, we do have policy out there. We've had it out there since February. It basically goes -- it involves going to the market and buying abatements through soil carbon, through tree planting, through businesses that are prepared to change their processes to less emitting ones. It will reduce our emissions by five percent by 2020, so we will achieve our targets. Now, that's our commitment. It's doable. It's deliverable." -- Tony Abbott,16 August, 2010

"Yeah, look, I never said it (climate change) was a myth. I once used some colourful language describing the so-called settled science of climate change but look, climate change is real, humanity does make a contribution to it and we've got to take effective action against it. I mean, that's my position and that's always been my position but I've never been in favour of a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme." -- Tony Abbott, July, 2011

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Tony Abbott,  Australia Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  

Colorado School of Mines Funded for Algal Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
Colorado School of Mines
Date: 2018-01-05
The Colorado School of Mines in Golden reports assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering Nanette Boyle will receive $616,000 from the US DOE over the next five years for her part in a project to create a genome-scale metabolic model of the algae -- Chromochloris zofingiensis which will be used to produce renewable biofuel.

In addition to Boyle's work, the team will collect data on a large scale to gain insight into genetic elements that control metabolic shifts responsible for lipid accumulation. This information will then be used to develop synthetic biology tools to enable fast and efficient engineering of the algae's cells. Boyle notes there are two main challenges in developing high-yielding algae strains. "First, our understanding of genetic regulation and cellular physiology lags behind other model organisms like E. coli and yeast." "Second, we don't have sophisticated genetic tools to introduce the desired changes."

The project, Systems analysis and engineering of biofuel production in Chromochloris zofingiensis, an emerging model green alga, is led the University of California, Berkeley,in cooperation with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, UCLA, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The grant is administered by the Genomic Science Program in the Energy Department's Office of Biological and Environmental Research. (Source: Colorado School of Mines, PR, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Colorado School of Mines, Mark Ramirez, Communications and Marketing, (303) 273-3088,, Prof. Nanette Boyle, (303) 273-3720, (303) 273-3730 - fax,,

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Dhaka Approves Bioethanol Production, 5 pct Blending (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-05
In Dhaka, The government of Bangladesh Energy and Mineral Resources Division reports it has approved the 5 pct blending of bioethanol and petroleum fuel. The initiative is intended to reduce the use of conventional fuel oil, cut carbon emission, and to mitigate environmental pollution .

In December, 2017, the Energy and Mineral Resources Division approved the establishment of bio-ethanol plants. The produced Bio-ethanol must be certified to have met required standards by the Department of Narcotics Control and supplied only to Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) nominated depots. (Source: Bangladesh Energy and Mineral Resources Division, Dhaka Tribune, 3 Jan., 2017) Energy and Mineral Resources Division,

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Former Aussie Prime Minister Still Opposes Carbon Tax (Int'l)
Australia Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-01-05
Australian parliamentarian and former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is perhaps best remembered for his politically incorrect comment "The science of human-caused climate change is CRAP", is reportedly "back on the warpath" in his crusade against low carbon energy and may well sink the current Labour Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's national energy guarantee policy. Abbott has declared he doesn't support plans for overseas carbon credits being made available to Australian businesses on the grounds that it is a carbon tax in sheep's clothing.

The national energy guarantee would involve energy retailers delivering a set level of ready-to-use power in each state to shore up reliability, while also being compelled to meet a lower emissions target. According to acting opposition leader Tanya Plibersek, major business and industry groups support reducing carbon pollution by trading in well-regulated markets.

Abbott was Australia's 28th Prime Minister serving from 18 Sept., 2013 to 15 Sept., 2015. (Source: DailyMail, Australia AP, Others, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Tony Abbott,

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Indonesia Extending Biodiesel Subsidy to non-Public Sector Obligation Sector (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-01-05
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry reports it will extend the B-20 biodiesel subsidy to the non-Public Service Obligation sector, starting in the period of May to October 2018. The PSO sector blends around 2.5 million-3 million kl of biodiesel/year. The addition of non-PSO demand could increase that to a maximum of 5 million-6 million kl/year.

In 2017, the allocated subsidies, which cover the price gap between the biodiesel price and the gasoil price, amounted to IDR 9.6 trillion ($712.3 million), down slightly from IDR 10.6 trillion in 2016.

(Source: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, S&P Global, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Rida Mulyana, Director General of Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy,

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China Touting World's Largest Carbon Market Plan (Int'l Report)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2018-01-05
China, one of the world's major carbon dioxide emitters, is unveiling the world's largest carbon market encompassing more than 1,700 companies in the power sector accounting for over 3 billion metric tons of emissions in total, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The market aims to do a cap-and-trade system where companies with larger emissions purchase allocations from companies who emit less. Any company that reaches 26,000 tons of carbon in a year-to-year basis is automatically included in the market. This threshold might be lowered in the future, according to the NDRC.

China aims to cap its emissions by 2030 and greatly reduce its dependence on fossil fuel with the goal of generating 20 pct of their energy from eind, solar and other low-carbon sources, according to the NDRC. (Source: National Development and Reform Commission, BNEF, GineersNow, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

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Active Energy CoalSwitch Plant Nears Commissioning (Ind. Report)
Active Energy
Date: 2018-01-05
Forestry management company Active Energy Group PLC and its subsidiary Advanced Biomass Solutions is reporting completion of initial testing of its 5 tph CoalSwitch biomass fuel plant in Utah. Commissioning is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

CoalSwitch is made from woody biomass including pulp and saw mill by-products such as bark, sawdust, thinnings, and wood which is over-age, under-quality, blow-down, beetle-kill, forest-fire damaged, or industrial waste. CoalSwitch can be burned by old, coal-fired generation facilities without the need for a retrofit. (Source: Active Energy, ProactiveInvestors, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500,

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Kontrol Acquiring Energy Analytic Specialist (M&A)
Kontrol Energy,The Target
Date: 2018-01-05
Vaughn, Ontario-based energy efficiency solutions and technology provider Kontrol Energy Corporation reports it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire energy analytics and management software specialist, The Target. The transaction will be structured as an asset purchase valued at $1 million, subject to closing adjustments.

The Target provides real-time operational monitoring and analytics with cloud-based solutions and detailed asset management analytics. The company's technology is currently installed in more than 120 buildings spanning over 12 million square-feet.

Kontrol Energy Corp. is a leader in energy efficiency solutions and technology. Through a disciplined mergers and acquisition strategy, combined with organic growth, Kontrol Energy Corp. provides market-based energy solutions to our customers designed to reduce their overall cost of energy while providing a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions., according to the company's website. (Source: Kontrol Energy Corp, PR, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Kontrol., Paul Ghezzi, CEO, (905) 766-0400,;

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Mid.West Cellulosic Ethanol Stalls, says (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-03 is reporting that while advanced biofuels are still thought of as the next generation of renewable fuels, corn-based ethanol still makes up most of the nation's fuel supply. In addition to cutting the carbon footprint for America's vehicles, bio-based ethanol was supposed to provide jobs to rural communities and give farmers new revenue sources, the article adds.

According to, "ten years of federal incentives were supposed to encourage investment in cellulosic technologies, but only three plants have been built in the Midwest since 2014.

Cellulosic ethanol is harder to manufacture than grain ethanol because it uses the inedible parts of plants, making it harder for machines to process. Cellulosic companies also faced challenges like finding a steady supply, fluctuating markets, and policy indecision. Of the three major plants in the Midwest, the one in Kansas went up for sale in 2016. DuPont announced in November that it's looking for a buyer to take over its plant in Nevada, Iowa. (Source:, KTIC, 29 Dec., 2017) Contact: Successful Farming/,

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EU Bioplastics Producers Seek Bioethanol Duty Reductions (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-03
The European Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) reports that EU-based bioplastics producers are becoming increasingly concerned about their ability to compete with players in the Americas due to the high duties they must pay for their ethanol feedstock and have urged the EU to forego existing import duties of 60-40 pct on bioethanol used exclusively for applications in chemical intermediates.

According to Brussels-headquartered BIC, Europe's bio-industries -- chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, paper, textile, biofuels and bioenergy -- employ approximately 3.3 million people and have annual turnover of € 674 billion. (Source: Bio-based Industries Consortium, Bioplastics, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Bio-based Industries Consortium,

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Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol Sale Finalized (M&A)
NOBLE Group, Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol
Date: 2018-01-03
Following on our 29 Nov., 2017 coverage, Singapore-based commodities trader NOBLE Group on Tuesday reported it had completed the sale of its US-based ethanol producer, Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol (Nasbe) to Mercuria Investments for a total of of $18.1 million, after adjustments. (Source: NOBLE Group, Business Times, Straits times, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office,; Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol, (574) 703-3760,

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LSIS Big Data Analysis Improves Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
LS Industrial Systems
Date: 2018-01-03
South Korea-based electric power systems provider LS Industrial Systems Co Ltd (LSIS) reports it has begun "commercializing" its smart energy system. The system optimizes the use of energy with artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and cuts electric power costs.

The company installed its high-capacity energy efficiency and energy storage system intelligent building system (IBS) along with photovoltaics (PV) and smart meters, lighting and heating occupancy detectors, electric blinds controlling natural light and light emitting diodes, which are controlled by BEMS in its R&D headquarters and realized a 70 pct cost savings, according to the company.

LSIS's energy efficiency system analyzes a building's overall electronics, energy consumption and variable energy spending patterns according to the use of renewable energy sources, weather and time. (Source: LS Industrial Systems , Korea Times, 28 Dec., 2017) Contact: LS Industrial Systems , (224) 352-2265 -- US Office,

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Univ. of Bristol Beer-to-Butanol Process Touted (New Prod & Tech)
University of Bristol
Date: 2018-01-03
In the UK, research chemists at the University of Bristol report they have developed a way to convert ethanol -- an active ingredient found widely in beers and other alcoholic drinks -- into butanol through petrochemical processes using a catalyst to speed up the chemical reaction -- a process similar to those used for refining gasoline. Butanol can be used as a non-corrosive "drop-in" fuel for gasoline engines with little or no engine modifications.

Although the University of Bristol process is currently able to produce a few hundred grams of butanol from beer, researchers predict the fuel can be used on an industrial scale within 5 years.

According to lead researcher Professor Duncan Wass, "Alcoholic drinks are an ideal model for industrial ethanol fermentation broths as ethanol for fuel is essentially made using a brewing process. If our technology works with alcoholic drinks -- especially with beer which is the best model -- then it shows it has the potential to be scaled up to make butanol as a petrol replacement on an industrial scale. However, the point is not for beer to become the main source of transport fuel, but rather for it to offer important lessons learned for the butanol technology to be further developed." (Source: University of Bristol, UN Climate Action, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Bristol, Professor Duncan Wass,

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IndianOil Touts Rice Straw Ethanol Production Plan (Int'l Report)
Indian Oil Corporation
Date: 2018-01-03
Indian Oil Corporation (IndianOil) reports it plans begin production of cellulosic ethanol at the rate of 100 kilo litre per day from locally sourced rice straw and other biomass feedstocks at the village of Baoli in Panipat district, Haryana, India.

IndianOil Corporation Ltd is India's largest commercial enterprise. The IndianOil Group of companies owns and operates 10 of India's 20 refineries. Besides, the corporation supplies Indane Gas to over 47.5 million households through a network of 4990 Indian distributors.(Source: Indian Oil Corp., BW Online Bureau, , 28 Dec., 2017) Contact: Indian Oil Corporation,

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Iowa's 2017 Ethanol Production Tops 4.2Bn Gal. (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,
Date: 2018-01-03
In Des Moines, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is reporting that the Hawkeye State's 43 ethanol plants produced a record amount of the gasoline additive in 2017, narrowly topping the 2016 record. According to the Association, Iowa's ethanol plants produced 4.2 billion gallons of ethanol in 2017 ahead of the 4.1 billion gallons of ethanol produced in 2017. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Newton Daily News, 29 Dec., 2017) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249,,

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Lignocellulosic Bio-Ethanol Market Outlook and Opportunities in Grooming Regions; Edition 2017-2022 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-03
Lignocellulosic Bio-Ethanol Market Research Report provides an analysis of the principal global lignocellulosic bio-ethanol manufactures and geographic regions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure, development trends, competitive landscape analysis, key regions distributors analysis, production and market share, revenue, price and gross margin, supply, consumption, regional export and import values and other pertinent data.

A PDF report sample and details are available HERE. (Source: Market Reports World, PR, SATPRNEWS, 30 Dec., 2017) Contact: Market Reports World, (408) 520-9750, +44 (020) 3289 7501,

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Hanwha-Kalyon Turkish PV Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
Hanwha Q
Date: 2018-01-03
Following up on our March 22 coverage, Hanwha-Kalyon reports Construction is underway on Hanwha Q CELLS' 500MW photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility in Ankara, Turkey. The new facility is part of a Karapinar Renewable Energy Resource Area (YEKA) tender, which was awarded to Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji's joint venture (JV) Hanwha-Kalyonby the Government of Turkey last March.

The new facility will reportedly integrate ingot, wafer, cell and module processes, as well as feature Hanwha Q CELLS' Q.ANTUM high-efficiency solar cell technology. Hanwha-Kalyon will also establish on-site R&D centre in the region to carry out various projects in solar technology. Upon completion, the facility will produce modules to build the 1,000MW (AC) solarpower plant Konya-Karapinar (Source: Hanwha, Kalyon Energi, PowerTechnology, 2 Jan., 2017)Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS,; Hanwha Group,; Kalyon,

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Wello Penguin Wave Energy Slated for Bali (Int'l Report)
Wello Oy,Gapura Energi Utama
Date: 2018-01-03
Espoo, Finland-based wave energy developer Wello Oy reports it will deliver a 10MW Wello "Penguin" wave energy park in Bali for Gapura Energi Utama, an Indonesian infrastructure company. Wello's patented "Penguin" wave energy converter floats on the water surface and can work in harsh ocean conditions.

Upon completion, the facility is expected to be the largest in the world. Delivery and construction is slated for the end of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.

The cost of energy generated with the Wello Penguin is competitive compared to offshore wind energy, according to Wello. Wello's patented "Penguin" wave energy converter floats on the water surface and can work in harsh ocean conditions.(Source: Wello, Clean Energy 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: Wello Oy, Heikki Paakkinen, CEO, +358 9 888 4881,,

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TenneT Foresees Artificial Offshore Wind Hub Island on Distant North Sea Horizon (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-03
As originally reported in June, 2016, Dutch electricity network operator TenneT is envisioning construction of a North Sea artificial island to collect, distribute and transmit offshore wind energy from numerous North Sea wind turbines to the Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Norway, Germany and Denmark, according to the company website.

TenneT's proposed artificial island is intended to serve as a hub for wind farms and is expected to cut operating costs and allow the use of the far cheaper alternating current connections.

TenneT's idea, dubbed the North Sea Infrastructure, would ideally be of modular construction and be built sometime between 2030 and 2050, according to the website. (Source: TenneT, WindEurope, .Xinhua| , 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: TenneT, 011 +31 (0) 26 373 1112,

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EIB, Yes Bank Co-financing $400Mn Indian Renewables Projects (Int'l)
European Investment Bank,Yes Bank
Date: 2018-01-03
The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it is partnering with Yes Bank, a private Indian bank, to co-finance $400 million in commercial-scale solar and wind energy projects in the Indian states of Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan.

Yes Bank was the first bank in India to launch a green bond back in February 2015. The bank has raised at least $250 million through three green bond issues in collaboration with International Finance Corporation and FMO, the development bank of Netherlands. (Source: Yes Bank, EIB, CleanTechnica, 1 Jan., 2017) Contact: European Investment Bank,; YES Bank, Rana Kapoor, CEO,

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