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MHI Installs CO2 Capture Unit at Nippon Plant (Int'l Report)
Kansai Electric Power ,Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Date: 2017-12-20
In Tokyo, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) reports the installation of a 283 metric tpd carbon dioxide (CO2) capture unit at Nippon Ekitan Corporation's Mizushima Plant in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. CO2 captured by the unit will be fed to Nippon Ekitan's new liquefied carbonic acid gas production facility.

MHI licensed its CO2 capture technology to Mitsubishi Chemical Engineering Corporation, which handles engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the new liquefied carbonic acid gas production facilities. MHI oversaw the basic design of the CO2 capture unit and supplied its core components.

MHI's CO2 capture technology, which utilizes the KM CDR Process, uses an advanced absorption solvent (KS-1) jointly developed with Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. The carbon capture technology has been adopted at 12 plants worldwide, capturing CO2 from the flue gas of boilers fired by coal or natural gas. (Source: MHI, PR, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: MHI, +81-(0)3-6716-2168, www.mhi-global.com; Kansai Electric Power, www.kepco.co.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Capture,  Kansai Electric Power ,  


CCTI says Clean Coal Test Project Set for Wyoming ((Ind. Report)
Clean Coal Technologies
Date: 2017-12-20
New York City-headquartered Clean Coal Technologies Inc. (CCTI) reports it is constructing a clean-coal burning test facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and will move the unit to the Powder River Basin area of northeastern Wyoming in late January, 2018. According to CCTI, the unit is 'the world's first commercially viable and scalable coal dehydration technology" designed to upgrade the Btu content of lower-ranking coal "through the extraction of volatile material in liquid form," thus producing a "cleaner burning, dry coal." The unit is expected to process about 30 tpd of coal when fully operational in late 2019. CCTI is presently seeking the necessary Wyoming regulatory approvals.

According to the CCTI website: "CCTI's process is designed to reduce moisture in coal and still leave it stable and safe, while also increasing its energy output above that of untreated coal. Dried coal can self-combust when it reabsorbs moisture; solving that problem has been key to making the technology commercially viable. CCTI says its refined product is safe and produces fewer emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2), when burned." (Source: Clean Coal Technologies, Power, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: Clean Coal Technologies Inc., Robin Eves, CEO, www.cleancoaltechnologiesinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


Chattanooga Energy Efficiency Effort Awarded $300,000 (Funding)
Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund
Date: 2017-12-20
In Tennessee, the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF) reports it is investing $1.5 million to support energy efficiency projects and initiatives in six Southeastern Tennessee communities. Th City of Chattanooga will receive $300,000 to implement energy efficiency projects in city neighborhoods through 2019.

The grant funds will help streamline existing and new energy efficiency programs and work to educate neighborhoods with high energy consumption rates on basic energy efficiency and related construction skills needed to perform simple residential energy efficiency upgrades.

Chattanooga utility EPB has also announced it plans to extend its Home Energy Upgrade (HEU) pilot as well as undertake a feasibility study for Green and Healthy Homes, a health outcomes based funding mechanism. The utility will also expand its energy efficiency outreach and supporting workforce development and education initiatives which are also being funded by the same grant. (Source: SSCF, Chattanoogan, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund, www.southeastsdn.org; EPB, https://epb.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Siemens Gov. Tech. Helping US Army Save Energy in Germany (Int'l)
Siemens Government Technologies
Date: 2017-12-20
Siemens Government Technologies Inc. and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have sealed a $9.4 million ESPC contract to install, maintain and operate various energy conservation and efficiency measures at the U.S. Army's Installation Management Command (IMCOM) headquarters in Weisbaden, Germany.

The measures include installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, heating distribution plant improvements, numerous solar PV power arrays, and upgrades on lighting to enable new, light-emitting diode (LED) technology.

The Siemens ESPC energy efficiency contract will be financed in Euros by DZ Bank and United Financial of Illinois. ESPCs provide an alternative financial mechanism which allows federal agencies to reduce their energy intensity and costs by accelerating investment in energy conservation measures at no additional capital cost. This project, combined with U.S. Army ESPC projects already in Germany, is expected to deliver over $46 million in savings. (Source: Siemens Government Technologies, GovCon Wire, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., Barbara Humpton, Pres., CEO, (703) 483-2000, www.siemensgovt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ESPC ,  


Biomass Pellet Maker Pinnacle Floating TSX IPO (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Holdings
Date: 2017-12-20
Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. has filed a preliminary prospectus for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) and a secondary offering of common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) by certain existing shareholders, including entities affiliated with ONCAP, the middle-market private equity platform of Onex Corporation.

The offering is being co-led by CIBC Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets, together with BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc., as joint bookrunners, and National Bank Financial Inc., GMP Securities L.P., Raymond James Ltd. and HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., as underwriters.

The company, which produces industrial wood pellets used by global utilities and large-scale power generators, operates six wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal, and is developing new production facilities in Entwistle, Alberta and Smithers, B.C.. Pinnacle has entered into long-term take-or-pay contracts with utilities in the UK, Europe and Asia that represent 100 pct of its production capacity through 2021 and nearly 80 pct of production capacity through 2026. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Holdings, Private Capital Journal, 18 Dec., 2017) (Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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


SolAero Announces Johns Hopkins Solar Wing Project (Ind. Report)
SolAero Technologies
Date: 2017-12-20
Albuquerque, New Mexico-based solar cells and composite structural products specialist SolAero Technologies Corp.reports it has received a contract from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to develop an integrated solar wing for the AeroVironment Puma Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

The solar wing fabricated with SolAero's advanced, high efficiency solar cells integrated onto a composite structure is a direct form, fit, function and mass equivalent to the standard, non-solar wing currently available on the Puma. Flight testing and field validation will be performed in early 2018. SolAero and its subsidiary Alliance Spacesystems (Alliance) developed the prototype solar wing, achieving mass parity with the standard, non-solar Puma wing under a joint Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with APL and a DoD customer. (Source: SolAero Technologies, PR, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: SolAero Technologies, Maddie Smith, Marketing, (505) 559-2685, www.solaerotech.com; Johns Hopkins/APL, www.jhuapl.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolAero Technologies ,  Solar,  


Korean Overseas Green Energy Project Set for May, 2018 Completion (Int'l)
Samsung C&T
Date: 2017-12-20
Seoul, Korea-headquartered Samsung C&T reports its 100 MW North Kent Wind One in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada, is slated for completion in May, 2018. It is the 10th and last sub-project of the Canada Ontario Project.

Electric power generated by the project will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) under the terms of a 20-year PPA. (Source: Samsung C&T America, Business Korea, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: Samsung C&T American Inc., (201) 229-4000, www.samsungcntamerica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung C&T,  Wind,  


250MW Egyptian Wind Farm Closes on Financing (Int'l Report)
Orascom Construction
Date: 2017-12-20
Cairo-headquartered Orascom Construction reports that Egypt's planned Suez-facing 250MW wind farm has reached financial close, according to a statement by one of the facility's developers. Orascom is leading the consortium that is developing and constructing the wind farm on a build, own and operate model. The project has a signed 20-year PPA with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, the state-owned power distributor.

In addition to Egypt's Orascom Construction, which holds a 20 pct stake in the wind project, the consortium includes Japan's Toyota Tsusho Corporation/Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation, and France's Engie. Project financing is from Japan Bank for International Cooporation (JBIC), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Societe Generale. (Source: Orascom Construction, National, 18 Dec., 2017)Contact: Orascom Construction, www.orascom.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


WGL Energy Constructing Susquehanna Univ. Solar Array (Ind. Report)
WGL Energy ,Susquehanna University
Date: 2017-12-20
In Pennsylvania, Susquehanna University reports it has contracted with Vienna, Virginia-based WGL Energy to develop a 3.9 MW DC (3 AC MW) ground-mounted solar array that will supply 30 pct of the university's electric power needs. Construction on the 12,000-panel, 14-acre on-campus project is underway and expected to come online by summer of 2018. WGL Energy Systems, which has more than 200 MW of distributed generation projects installed or under contract across 20 states and the District of Columbia, will own and operate the facility under a 25-year PPA. (Source: Susquehanna Univ., 16 Dec., 2017) Contact: WGL Energy, (888) 884-9439, www.wglenergy.com; Susquehanna University, www.susqu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Alliance BioEnergy Updates CTS Commercialization Efforts (Ind. Report)
Alliance BioEnergy, Ek Laboratories,Phoenix Biomaterials Thomaston
Date: 2017-12-20
West Palm Beach, Florida-headquartered publicly traded Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc reports its wholly owned subsidiary Ek Laboratories has received a six-figure payment from Duluth, Georgia-based startup Phoenix Biomaterials Thomaston, LLC (Phoenix) upon their completion of due diligence of the dry-mechanical CTS process for feedstock evaluation and preliminary engineering reports related to construction of a CTS plant.

Phoenix intends to enter into a sub-license agreement with the Company once they finalize the logistics of their initial site based on the reports purchased from the Company. Phoenix intends to build a plant capable of processing 1,000 tpd of agricultural waste to be located in the southeastern U.S.

The CTS process is a patented, dry mechanical process that converts cellulose material into sugars and other products in a matter of minutes with no liquid acids, no applied heat, pressure or hazardous materials of any kind. The CTS process when used in the production of ethanol is clean, less expensive to build and operate than traditional ethanol plants or other cellulose ethanol technologies and is environmentally friendly. (Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy, Inc., Daniel de Liege, President and CEO, (888) 607-3555x1106, daniel@alliancebioe.com, www.alliancebioe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy,  Ek Laboratories,  ,  


Oslo Opening Norwegian Floating Offshore Wind Sites (Int'l)
Norway Minister of Petroleum and Energy
Date: 2017-12-18
In Oslo, the Norwegian The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has announced it will open one to two offshore areas for the development of floating wind power demonstration projects. The move is in keeping with the country's just launched wind power strategy. The move is intended to help the Norwegian wind and related industries "seize the opportunities associated with the development of offshore wind." The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) has identified five suitable offshore wind areas for development. (Source: Offshore Wind Biz, Dec., 2017) Contact: Norway Minister of Petroleum and Energy, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/oed/id750

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


SoCalGas Establishing, Funding Advanced Energy Community (Ind. Report)
SoCalGas,University of California-Irvine
Date: 2017-12-18
In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it is partnering with the University of California-Irvine's Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an Advanced Energy Community in an under-served neighborhood in Huntington Beach.

The community will be planned as a replicable model that optimizes a variety of energy options, including solar, wind and renewable natural gas. It will also consider the capability of storing wind- and solar-generated energy with power-to-gas technology.

SoCalGas is providing $150,000 in co-funding for the Huntington Beach project, which was proposed in response to a California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) solicitation. The EPIC program funds clean energy research and demonstration and deployment projects that support the state' energy policy goals and promote greater electricity reliability, lower costs and increased safety. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, 13 Dec., 2017)SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com; University of California-Irvine, https://uci.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of California-Irvine,  SoCalGas,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


SERIS Launches Screen-Printed MonoPoly Silicon Solar Cell Technology (New Prod & Tech)
Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore
Date: 2017-12-18
In Singapore, the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) reports achieving a new cell efficiency milestone in the development of its low-cost screen-printed bifacial monoPoly silicon solar cell technology with an average cell efficiency of 21.5 pct in pilot-scale production using commercially available large-area Cz-Si wafers.

SERIS' proprietary monoPoly cell technology, applicable on both p-type and n-type silicon wafers, features homogenous junctions and standard fire-thorough screen-printed metal contacts with grids on both sides,

SERIS expects to achieve monoPoly cell efficiencies of above 23 pct through implementation of advanced grid designs, material improvements and fine-tuning of processes at our industry partners' production lines. (Source: Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), , 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: SERIS, Prof. Armin Aberle, CEO, +65 601 1356, sertanmk@nus.edu.sg, www.nus,edu.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Cell,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


JA Solar Sets Mono PERC Solar Module World Record (Int'l)
JA Solar,TUV SUD
Date: 2017-12-18
Chinese solar developer JA reports TUV SUD has confirmed it has achieved 326.67 watt (W) power output on a 60-cell module made using mono-si PERC cells. The power output measurement builds upon the incremental increases in power yield possible using PERC. The average power output using mono PERC is around 300 W for a 60-cell module. (Source: JA Solar, Solar Quotes, Various Others 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: JA Solar, www.jasolar.com; TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Sola,  TUV SUD,  


Fulcrum Bioenergy Performance Insurance Provided by New Energy Risk (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2017-12-18
Menlo Park, Calif., Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Menlo Park, California-headquartered renewable energy insurance specialist New Energy Risk reports it has insured Pleasonton, California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels Plant. The project, currently under construction outside of Reno, Nevada will process 175,000 tpy of municipal solid waste into more than 10 million gallons of low-carbon synthetic crude oil for conversion into transportation fuel, beginning in early 2020.

New Energy Risk, an affiliate of global insurance giant XL Catlin, provided performance insurance to support the project's financing. The insurance complemented Fulcrum's patented technology, industry-leading development team and process, as well as feedstock and off-take strategies, in order to increase project attractiveness to investors. Fulcrum's existing investors include US Renewables Group, Rustic Canyon Partners, United Airlines, Waste Management, BP, and Cathay Pacific. (Source: XL Catlin, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: New Energy Risk, Tom Dickson, CEO, www.newenergyrisk.com; XLCaitlin, www.xlcatlin.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum Bioenergy,  


Green Award "Platinum" Launched for Emissions-Free Shipping (Int'l)
Green Award
Date: 2017-12-18
Green Award, a certification scheme for inland and sea-going ships, has introduced a new Platinum label for ships operating emission-free -- CO2, SOx, NOx and PM. The emissions are avoided for extended periods by use of electrical propulsion powered by batteries or fuel cells. The Green Award certifies ships that demonstrate better than legally required performance in terms of quality, safety and environmental practices.

The first inland navigation vessel with zero emissions is expected to be certified in 2018. Platinum label comes in addition to the existing Bronze, Silver and Gold certification levels within the Green Award programme.

The Green Award Foundation is a neutral, independent foundation, established 1994 on the initiative of the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport. Since 1 January 2000 Green Award is completely independent. (Source: Green Award Foundation, Dry Bulk, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Green Award Foundation, +31 10 21 70 200 info@greenaward.org, http://www.greenaward.org/greenaward/26-foundation.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shipping Emissions,  Maritime Emussuioons,  


Climate Group Briefing Touts Energy Efficiency Innovation Lab (Ind. Report)
The Climate Group,Grantham Institute
Date: 2017-12-18
Innovation Labs are the second phase of The Climate Group's Energy Transition Platform, a project which connects 11 highly industrialized, carbon-intensive states and regions seeking to transition to a clean energy future.

The Energy Transition Platform enables these governments to share experiences and successful initiatives, and helps them overcome barriers and adopt innovative clean energy policies. Innovation Labs accelerate this work by facilitating workshops, group calls and best practice case studies. The London School of Economics Grantham Institute -- Climate Change and the Environment is the knowledge partner for the Innovation Labs, providing research tailored to each government.

This policy briefing outlines some of the key learnings from the Energy Efficiency Innovation Lab, as well as recommendations for state and regional governments seeking to enhance energy efficiency in the built environment as part of their clean energy transitions. Government partners of the Energy Efficiency Innovation Lab are Alberta (Canada), the Basque Country (Spain), California (US), Lombardy (Italy), North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), Silesia (Poland) and Wales (UK).

Download the policy briefing : HERE. (Source: Climate Group, Website, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: The Climate Group,www.the climategroup.com; Grantham Institute, www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute

More Low-Carbon Energy News Grantham Institute ,  Climate Group,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


Vestas, Northvolt Partner on Wind Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Vestas,Northvolt
Date: 2017-12-18
Vestas and battery manufacturer Northvolt are reporting a seven-year collaboration on the development of a lithium-ion battery platform for Vestas power plants.

Vestas will initially invest €10 million towards joint R&D and product development, as well as the establishment of Northvolt's demonstration line and research facility which will be used to test and qualify products and processes. (Source: Vestas, WindTECH, Others, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, CEO, www.northvolt.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Northvolt,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  


Caribbean's Largest Solar Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
Eight Rivers Energy
Date: 2017-12-18
Following up on our May 13, 2016 coverage, construction is reported to be well underway on a 37-MW PV plant in Paradise Park, Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica.

The PV plant, which is being developed by Eight Rivers Energy Co Ltd (EREC) at an expected cost of $60 million, will be the largest in the Caribbean when fully commissioned in Dec, 2018. The plant is also expected to save Jamaica approximately $250 million in oil purchases over it expected 20-year service life.(Source: Eight Rivers Energy, Renewables Now, Others, 14 Dec., 2017)Contact: Eight Rivers Energy, https://8rivers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eight Rivers Energy,  Solar,  ,  


EU, MEPs Agree on Forest Sector 2030 Carbon Emission Target (Int'l)
EU,CO2,Carbon Dioxide
Date: 2017-12-18
In Brussels, EU member states report they have come to a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament (EP) on the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) regulation agreeing to set a "zero target" for emissions from this sector. The agreement provides EU-wide accounting rules for LULUCF activities for the 2021-2030 period.

Along with transport, agriculture, buildings and waste -- which are not covered by the EU's Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) -- the LULUCF sector is required to contribute a 30 pct emissions cut by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, as part of the EU-wide commitment to cut overall emissions by 40 pct by 2030.

The 2000-2009 period has been set as the reference point for comparing carbon emissions, after MEPs had arbitrarily set this to 2009-2012 under pressure from Sweden, Finnland and other countries with large forestry sectors.

The lack of linkage between the European accounting from LULUCF and other continents' methods of forest management means that under the current proposal for the post 2020 Renewable Energy Directive, the EU counts burning biomass (pellets and wood) as renewable energy but does not take into account the net increase in emission if this wood is imported. (Source: EURACTV, 14 Dec., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  EU,  Carbon Sink,  Forest Carbon,  CO2,  Deforestation,  Reforestaion,  


Climate Benefits of Wind, Solar Outweigh Costs of Hidden Emissions (Ind. Report)
Yale
Date: 2017-12-18
A new study co-authored by Yale University Professor Edgar Hertwich finds that complete de-carbonization of the global power sector using wind and solar technologies would "induce only modest indirect greenhouse gas emissions and therefore not impede the transformation towards a climate-friendly power system."

Even low-carbon energy technologies like solar cells and wind power plants have associated greenhouse gas emissions, but those impacts pale in comparison with the emissions prevented by the displacement of fossil fuel sources, the study finds.

The study calculates the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions for a range of power sector technologies, and integrates energy, economic, and climate models to estimate the most cost-optimal strategies to combat climate change. The study finding refutes an argument made by some critics that even low-carbon sources of energy have "hidden" GHG emissions that would negate their climate benefits.

Access the study HERE.(Source: Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale News, Dec., 2017) Contact: Yale University, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Kevin Dennehy kevin.dennehy@yale.edu; www.yale.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


U.S. Domestic Airline Fuel Efficiency Ranking 2015 -- 2016 White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
Biofuel,ICCT
Date: 2017-12-18
According to the attached International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) report, aircraft and air travel presently account for about 2.5 pct of global CO2 emissions with U.S. aircraft alone accounting for almost one-third of the global total, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FFA also projects that aviation activity will increase 2 pct to 3 pct annually through 2037. Recognizing the importance of aviation emissions, the U.S. government set an aspirational goal of capping CO2 emissions from U.S. commercial carriers at 2005 levels from 2020 with aviation biofuels and fuel efficiency playing a crucial role in meeting those goals.

Access the ICCT U.S. Domestic Airline Fuel Eefficiency Rankink, 2015--2016 White Paper HERE. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Dec., 2017) Contact: The International Council on Clean Transportation, communications@theicct.org, www.theicct.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News FAA,  Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  ICCT,  


Up in the Air -- How Airplane Carbon Pollution Jeopardizes Global Climate Goals -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Council on Clean Transportation
Date: 2017-12-18
A new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) finds that the aviation industry could cut fuel use and carbon pollution by more than 25 pct by investing in newer, more efficient planes and adopting greater passenger density.

According to the report, aviation presently accounts for about 2.5 pct of global greenhouse gas pollution, and emissions are rising steeply.

Access Up in the Air -- How Airplane Carbon Pollution Jeopardizes Global Climate Goals HERE (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 14 Dec., 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Vera Pardee, (858) 717-1448, vpardee@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon International Council on Clean Transportation,  Emissions,  Airline Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  


EnviTec's Hebei China Biomethane Plant Now Online (Int'l)
EnviTec Biogas
Date: 2017-12-18
Lohne, Germany-headquartered biomethane specialist EnviTec Biogas AG is reporting completion its first biogas plant with gas upgrading to biomethane in Hebei Province, northern China. It is the third completed biogas project in the country for the company and a fourth project is now underway.

The plant incorporates six digesters using cattle slurry, corn stover and corn silage to produce 13.5 million Nm3 per year of raw biomethane to be used used as compressed natural gas (CNG) for transportation fuel. (Source: EnviTec, Others, Bioenergy Int'l, 16 Dec., 2017) Contact: EnviTec Biogas AG, +49 (0) 44 42 / 8016 - 8100, info@envitec-biogas.com, www.envitec-biogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnviTec Biogas ,  Biogas,  Methane,  


Livonia Scores NYSERDA Clean Energy Community Status (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2017-12-18
In the Empire State, the village of Livonia -- pop.7,800 -- reports it has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). To achieve Clean Energy Community status, Livonia instituted:
  • building energy consumption earmarking to track and report the energy use of the community's municipal buildings;
  • installed an electric vehicle charging station in the village's municipal parking lot;
  • instituted a building and energy code training, best practices, compliance and enforcement program; and
  • adopted the New York State Unified Solar Permit to streamline the approval process for local solar projects.

    With the designation, Livonia is now eligible to apply for up to $50,000 in state grant funding which it will use for the conversion of tradition street lighting to energy efficienct LED models. (Source: NYSERDA, Various Media, ec., 2017) Contact: NYSERDA. Clean Energy Communities, www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec; Livonia, www.livoniany.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  Energy Benchmarking,  


  • Tendril Touting Energy Efficiency, Management Platform (Ind. Report)
    Tendril
    Date: 2017-12-18
    Boulder, Colorado-based energy management specialist Tendril is touting its Orchestrated Energy platform which it says calculates a home's thermal mass, predicts consumer behavior and integrates with connected devices to create an energy dispatch schedule that reduces utility HVAC load by 85 pct during demand response events while also delivering an additional 14 pct of HVAC energy efficiency savings.

    Tendril initially rolled out the platform in 15 states, including the territories of AEP's Indiana Michigan where it initially cut overall energy consumption by as much as 20 pct. (Source: Tendril, Utility Dive, Dec., 2017) Contact: Tendril Inc., Adrian Tuck, CEO, (720) 921-2100,info@tendrilinc.com, www.tendrilinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tendril,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


    World Bank Supports Marshall Islands Renewables, Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    World Bank
    Date: 2017-12-18
    In the Pacific, the Republic of the Marshall Islands reports the World Bank has approved $34 million in grant funding for the Marshall Islands Sustainable Energy Development Project.

    The new project will assist in the design, supply, installation, and provide operational support for solar power generation, battery energy storage, and grid management equipment in the capital Majuro, as well the replacement of existing generators to ensure lower emissions and improve operational and energy efficiency in Majuro and Ebeye.

    The project will also provide technical and operational training and workshops and other assistance to reduce energy consumption by improving the efficiency for both the use and supply of electricity from the country's two public sector utilities. The project will also promote energy efficiency through public information campaigns. (Source: Voxy.com.nz, World Bank, 18 Dec., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  World Bank news,  Renewable Energy news,  


    Health Network Wins $1Mn DP&L Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
    Dayton Power and Light,AES Corp
    Date: 2017-12-18
    In the Buckeye State, Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of AES Corporation, reports it has awarded the Kettering Health Network -- the Kettering Medical Center, Grandview Medical Center, Greene Memorial Hospital, Soin Medical Center, Southview Medical Center and Sycamore Medical Center -- a total of $1 million in energy efficiency rebates. Specific programs, rebates and energy savings include:
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning -- 5,508,872 kWh per year, $600,000 rebates;
  • Lighting -- 3,114,558 kWh per year, $300,000 rebates;
  • New construction, compressors, motors and other programs to achieve the higher energy efficiencies -- 1,117,227 kWh per year, $100,000 rebates.

    As a result of these energy efficiency projects, Kettering Health Network is expected to save approximately 10 million kWh annually which accumulates to a yearly cost savings of $591,486. (Source: Dayton Power and Light, PR, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Dayton Power and Light, Mary Ann Kabel, (937) 224-5940, energyefficiency@dplinc.com ; ; Kettrering Health, www.ketteringhealth.org; AES Corp., www.aes.com; AES Corporation, www.aes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dayton Power and Light,  AES Corp,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


  • NB Power Considering Biomass Fuel for Belledune Plant (Ind. Report)
    NB POwer
    Date: 2017-12-18
    In Atlantic Canada, the province of New Brunswick's power utility NB Power repors it will eliminate coal from its power mix by 2030 and, to that end, is looking into biomass, natural gas and hydrogen as alternative fuels for its Belledune Generating Station on the Bay of Chaleur.

    According to NB Power, it generates power at 12 hydro, coal, oil and diesel-powered stations which together have an installed net capacity of 2,853 MW. This includes 1,439 MW of thermal, 889 MW of hydro and 525 MW of combustion turbine capacity. The Belledune facility is a baseload unit with 467 MW of capacity. Construction on the facility began in 1991. (Source: NB Power, Various Media, Dec., 2017) Contact: NB Power, Marc Belliveau, Communications, (506) 458-4203, www.nbpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NB Power,  Biomass,  


    California's 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-12-18
    The California Air Resources Board's 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan charts a path to shrinking California's statewide emissions from 440.4 million metric tpy in 2015 to 260 million metric tpy by 2030.

    To meet the 40 pct below 1990 levels emissions target, half of the state's electricity must come from renewable energy, and emissions of methane and other short-lived climate pollutants must be slashed by 50 pct. Buildings must be twice as energy efficient, and the state must be well on its way toward electrification of its transportation sector. Measures in the plan also aim to move the state toward its ultimate goal of a low-to-zero carbon economy economy by 2050.

    Download the California 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan HERE. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Dec., 2017)Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Climate Change,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gases,  


    Feds Fund Canadian Biomethane Feasibility Studies (Ind. Report)
    City of Lethbridge
    Date: 2017-12-18
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities reports the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is funding landfill gas initiatives in 72 communities Canada-wide. The encourages study of emerging technologies to harvest and store sources of renewable energy to reduce corporate emissions.

    In Alberta, the city of Lethbridge will receive $101,200 for a Landfill Gas Collection System feasibility and landfill gas utilization assessment. Depending upon the study outcome, the city could qualify for federal grants and funding for landfill gas methane capture and utilization systems and infrastructure to capture and produce electricity. The Lethbridge study is expected to get underway in Jan. 2018. (Source: Lethbridge News Now, 17 Dec., 2017) Contact: Canada Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, https://fcm.ca target=_blank>Landfill Gas,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  


    Celtic Renewables Plans Pot-Ale and Draff Biofuel Demo (Int'l)
    Celtic Renewables
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Edinburgh, Scotland-based biofuel start-up Celtic Renewables, a spinout of Edinburgh Napier University, Celtic Renewables Ltd.reports it has secured planning permission for a 500,000 lpy commercial demonstrator biobutanol plant in Grangemouth. The company has also established a new PLC -- Celtic Renewables Grangemouth PLC -- specifically for the project and has launched a funding campaign seeking to raise £5.25 million ($7.25 million) through an ISA eligible investment with Abundance Investment.

    The demo plant will produce Biobutanol from draff -- the sugar-rich kernels of barley which are soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process necessary for whisky production -- and pot ale, the copper-containing yeasty liquid that is left over following distillation. Construction of the demo plant is expected to get under early in 2018. (Source: Celtic Renewables, PR, Renewable Energy, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Celtic Renewables, Martin Tangney, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 141 548 4417, www.celtic-renewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Celtic Renewables ,  Biofuel,  ,  


    GE Scores 90 Turbine Thai Wind Project Order (Int'l)
    GE Wind, GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-12-15
    GE Renewable Energy reports it has contracted to supply 90 of tits 3.0-137 model turbines with 156.5-metre hybrid towers for installation across three 90MW clusters in Wind Energy Holding's 270MW wind farm in Theparak,Thailand.

    The wind farm will be built in three 90MW phases, and is slated to commence commercial operations in 2018. Theparak is owned by Thai corporation KPN Group's subsidiary Wind Energy Holding. Thailand has 40 pct renewable energy by 2036 target. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Smarter Analyst, Others, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

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


    Willdan Funded to Research Bundle-Based Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    Willdan,California Energy Commission
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Anaheim, California-headquartered energy efficiency and technical services specialist Willdan Group Inc. reports it has received California Energy Commission (CEC) grant funding to demonstrate emerging energy efficiency technologies through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). These technologies will be demonstrated at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) headquarters facility in Diamond Bar, California for the purposes of testing for scalability in the larger California commercial market.

    The Bundle-Based Energy Efficiency Technology Solutions for California (BEETS) is a 42 month project that upon completion will improve energy efficiency at the SCAQMD facility by over 20 pct. The project has $4 million in CEC EPIC funding and $2.3 million in matching funding, for a total project budget of $6.3 million, along with several subcontractor donations of time and equipment.

    As part of the BEETS project, Willdan developed three bundles of pre-commercial technologies for the following spaces: laboratory and critical environments, office and exterior spaces, and chilled water plants. Technologies will include chillers using a new refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer; LED fixtures with integrated, advanced controls; an advanced building management system; direct current lighting systems; advanced ventilation and laboratory fume hood exhaust systems; wirelessly integrated plug load controls; and a platform capable of demand response. (Source: Willdan PR, 15 Dec., 2017)Contact: Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, Pres., CEO, Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (720) 940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan,  California Energy Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Neste Selects Singapore for New Biofuel Plant (Int'l Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it has selected Singapore as the site for its planned new biofuel plant and will make a final investment decision by the end of 2018. Technical and design work is underway.

    If the project proceeds, production would begin by 2022 and would extend capacity in the Singapore refinery by 1 million tonnes, Neste says. The additional capacity would be used for production of diesel, aviation fuel and raw materials for biochemical uses, all of them biofuels which can be made from feedstocks such as waste and animal fats.

    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, Jakarta Post, 13 Dec., 2017)Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Cdn.Clean Fuel Standard Design Framework Released (Ind. Report)
    Advanced Biofuels Canada,Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Following on our November, 2016 coverage, Environment and Climate Change Canada has released the design framework for the national Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). Key elements of the framework include:
  • The CFS objective is 30 megatonnes of GHG reductions annually by 2030;
  • The current federal Renewable Fuels Standard levels will be maintained, with replacement by the CFS over the longer term;
  • Separate carbon intensity reduction requirements will be established for liquid, gaseous and solid fuels;
  • With transportation fuels comprising 80 pct of liquid fuels, the effective partitioning of fuel types will ensure GHG reductions occur in the transportation sector. Some sub-fuel type grouping may be considered;.
  • Gaseous fuels may see a volumetric requirement or a hybrid approach;
  • Credit exchanges and other flexibilities to enable cross-sector compliance will be considered.

    Advanced Biofuels Canada and other advocates have called on Ottawa to develop a Clean Fuels Strategy to ensure the success of the CFS. This multi-year initiative would support domestic production and distribution of low carbon fuels to allow the economic benefits of clean fuels to be realized by all Canadians. It would also address the effectiveness of complementary measures that, if well designed, will drive growth across the low carbon economy. Carbon pricing and fuel taxation are two areas where legacy policies and emerging rules can inadvertently discourage the production and use of clean fuels in Canada, according to the release.

    Download the Canada Clean Fuel Standards regulatory framework HERE. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, (604) 947-0040, www.advancedbiofuels.ca; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel,  Biofuel,  Advanced Biofuels Canada,  


  • $250Mn Texas Rattlesnake Wind Farm Underway (Ind. Report)
    Goldwind,Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In the Lone Star State, the first eight of a total 64 wind turbines in the Rattlesnake Wind Project -- a partnership between Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and China's Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd -- are under construction at Melvin, Texas. The Rattlesnake Wind Project, which will utilize Goldwind 2.5 MW permanent-magnet, direct drive turbines, is RES's 18th wind project in Texas and its largest. When fully operational, the wind farm will have capacity of 160 MW of electricity which will be interconnected to Lower Colorado River Authority's 345kV system located approximately 15 miles north of the wind farm. The total project cost is projected at $250 million. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems, Various Media, live, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Systems +44 0 1923 299200, www.res-group.com; Goldwind Global, www.goldwindglobal.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy Systems,  Goldwind,  Ratlesnake Wind,  


    Flying Cow Awaiting Minn. Wind Farm PUC Approval (Ind. Report)
    RES America
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Bloomfield, Colorado-headquartered renewables and energy storage specialist Renewable Energy Systems America (RES) and its wholly-owned project subsidiary Flying Cow LLC reports it has applied to the Minnesota PUC for approval to erect 37 turbines over 22,888 acres southwest of Canby, Minn., and near the South Dakota border. Subject to PUC approvals, the company plans to erect the turbines in 2019 for commissioning and startup begin generating electricity by the year's end. The project calls for erecting a mix of 3.45-megawatt and 4.2-megawatt turbines. RES is currently negotiating a power purchase agreement with an unnamed utility. (Source: RES America, Forum News, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, andrew.fowler@res-americas.com, www.res-americas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RES America ,  Wind,  


    Bidders Selected for Four Alberta Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
    Alberta
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In Calgary, the Government of Alberta reports that due to the enthusiastic response to an auction to pick renewable energy projects it has raised it goal of 400 mw to 600 megawatts of new generation. Three companies will spend about $1 billion to build four wind power projects capable of generating enough power for 255,000 homes. The projects are to open in 2019.

    The winning bids came from Edmonton-based Capital Power with a 201-MW project, Madrid-based EDP Renewables with a 248-MW project and Enel Green Power Canada, a division of a Rome-based global power company, with projects of 115 MW and 31 MW. The province will subsidize the plants if the power price falls below the bid price --if the price is higher, the difference will be paid to the province. (Source: CTV News, Canada Press, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Capital Power, www.capitalpower.com; Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; EDF Renewables, www.edf-er.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Alberta Wind,  Enel Green Power,  EDF Renewables,  


    Cummins Nat. Gas Engines 2018 Emissions Certified (Ind. Report)
    Cummins Westport
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Natural gas engine manufacturer Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) reports it has received U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification for its 2018 L9N and B6.7N natural gas engines. Both engines meet CARB optional Low NOx standards, as well as 2017 EPA GHG emission requirements.

    All CWI engines offer the choice of using compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). (Source: Cummins Westport, PR, NewsWire, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Cummins Inc., Rob Neitzke, President of Cummins Westport Jon Mills Director - External Communications, (317) 610-4244, jon.mills@cummins.com , www.cummins.com; Westport Fuel Systems Inc., Caroline Sawamoto, (604) 718-2046, invest@wfsinc.com, www.wfsinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Cummins Westport,  RNG,  LNG,  CNG,  Alternative Fuel,  


    DRAX Urania La. Wood Pellet Plant Back in Action (Ind. Report)
    BRAX Biomass
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Drax Biomass Inc. reports it has begun began wood pellet production at its newest facility, LaSalle BioEnergy in Urania, Louisiana. Drax purchased the plant for $35,4 million through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process back in April 2017. Louisiana Pellets was previously owned by bankrupted German Pellets.

    LaSalle BioEnergy is the company's third pellet plant, following Morehouse BioEnergy in Bastrop, Louisiana and Amite BioEnergy in Gloster, Mississippi. The wood pellet plant can produce approximately 450,000 metric tpy of wood pellets . (Source: DRAX Biomass, PR, IHB, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com

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


    Obama Methane Venting/Flaring Rule Rollback Stalled (Reg & Leg)
    BLM,Obama Methane Rule
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In Washington, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reports it is delaying implementation of the (Methane) Waste Prevention Rule to Jan. 17, 2019, and suspending rule provisions already in effect due to "concerns regarding the statutory authority, cost, complexity, feasibility and other implications" of the Obama-era 2016 Venting and Flaring Rule, according to a Kallanish report,

    The rule, which came into effect in January, covered drilling on federal and Native American lands, and was to be fully operational by Jan. 17, 2018. The rule forces energy companies to capture methane that's burnt off or "flared" at drilling sites on public lands during production because it pollutes the environment. An estimated $330 million a year in methane is wasted through leaks or intentional releases on federal lands, enough to power about 5 million homes a year. (Source: BLM, Kallanish Energy, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BLM,  Methane Rule,  Obama Methane Rule,  


    Apache Supports Operations Environmental Performance (Ind. Report)
    Apache Corp
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Houston-headquartered petroleum and natural gas giant Apache Corp. reports it has joined the Environmental Partnership, a collaboration among 25 oil and natural gas producers to support environmental performance enhancements in operations nationwide.

    The association will use expertise and knowledge within the industry to advance best practices, innovations and technologies that lower emissions. The voluntary plan comes into play January 1, 2018.

    By the means of the ONE Future Coalition, Apache has pledged to target 0.36 pct or less of methane released by 2025, and has already cut methane emissions by 12 pct from 2015 levels. The Environmental Partnership plan includes a program to retrofit, replace or remove high-bleed pneumatic controllers, a plan for manual liquids unloading targeting natural gas production sources and a leak detection and technology plan for production sources. (Source: Apache Corp., Financial Trends, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: ONE Future Coalition, www.onefuture.us; Apache Corp., www.apachecorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apache Corp,  ONE Future Coalition,  


    Global wind power market expected to reach $111.4bn by 2025
    GlobalData, Wind
    Date: 2017-12-15
    The global wind power market size increased from $24.3 billion in 2006 to $103.8 billion in 2016 at a CAGR of 15.6%. A major boost in investment is expected due to an increase in the capacity installations, led by countries such as China, the US, Germany and India, as well as emerging countries in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa (MEA) area, and the South and Central America (SCA) regions. During 2017–2025, the wind power market size is expected to increase from $104.6 billion to $111.4 billion as per GlobalData’s recent report on the global wind power market.

    Until 2016, global offshore wind accounted for less than 5% of annual capacity additions each year and was 3.1% in 2016. Higher turbine running times, high logistics costs, and a lack of skilled manpower combine to make offshore wind service more challenging. This scenario is expected to change during 2017–2025 with more offshore capacity expected to be added in the UK, Germany, the US and China. The share of offshore capacity additions is set to rise to 12.3 pct in 2020, and offshore installations are expected to contribute a share of 14.5% capacity additions during 2020–2025. By the end of 2025, 76 GW of offshore wind power is set to be operational and represents a 7.4% share of the cumulative wind power capacity in that year compared with the current 2.8% share, according to the report. (Source: Power Tech., Dec., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  GlobalData news,  


    Origin Energy Aims to Halve CO2 Emission by 2032 (Int'l)
    Origin Energy
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In the Land Down Under, Origin Energy reports it aims to slash its emissions in half by 2032, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, through the closure of its 2880 MW Eraring brown coal-fired power station, the country's largest, near Dora Creek, in NSW.

    Eraring, which supplies 25 pct of NSW's total power, has had a historical emissions intensity of 0.92 tonnes of CO2e perMWh. Brown coal-fired power stations typically have emission intensity levels of between 1.2 and 1.3 tonnes of CO2e per MWh.

    Origin's announcement follows on the National Australia Bank's announced intention to drop thermal coal from its investment portfolio. (Source: Origin Energy, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Dec., 2017) (Contact: Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, www.originenergy.com.au

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    Santa Monica College PhysEd Center Wins USGBC Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In the Golden State, Santa Monica College reports its new Core Performance Center physical education facility has scored US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Platinum certification in the New Construction category.

    The new 63,500-square foot, three-story Core Performance Center, which features a fitness center, modern dance studios, classrooms, athletic locker rooms, offices and a climbing wall, was awarded the highest points on the USGBC scorecard "for innovation and regional priority." It also won top scores in energy and atmosphere, indoor environmental quality and water efficiency, which is provided by a closed-loop, central cooling plant.

    The CPC is the college's first LEED Platinum-rated building, with two others -- the Information Technology Building and the Humanities and Social Services Building (HSS) -- holding LEED Silver status. (Source: Santa Monica Lookout, 12 Oct., 2017) Contact: Santa Monica College, www.surfsantamonica.com; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  


    Petrochemical CO2 Capture Initiative Planned in Iran (Int'l)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In Iran, the world's 8th largest CO2 emitter at 552 million tomes in 2015, Razi Petrochemical Company reports it plans to install equipment to capture and reuse CO2 emissions in petrochemical plants in the southern port city of Mahshahr, Khuzestan Province.

    "The environment-friendly project at Razi is aimed at reducing the discharge of gases that can otherwise be used to feed petrochemicals. We have plans to purchase and install a compressor similar to that of Razi, which is specifically designed to capture carbon dioxide emissions," according the company. Razi is one of the oldest petrochemical complexes in Iran, which is majority-owned by a consortium of Turkish companies.

    According to the Iranian Department of Environment, plans are in place to equip all petrochemical plants in Iran with online pollution control systems. Over 1,800 large-scale industrial units, including petrochemical plants, are in line to be equipped with the system. (Source: Razi Petrochemical Company, Iran Financial Review, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: Razi Petrochemical Company, www.razip.com/en/home

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    CEC Supports California Energy Efficiency Initiatives (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CRC) reports it has created a new advisory group that will consist of members representing disadvantaged communities who will provide advice on proposed clean energy, energy efficiency and pollution reduction programs.

    The CEC also approved a nearly $2 million low-interest loan to the City of Clovis to convert interior and exterior lighting at city buildings to energy efficient LED lights that are expected to save the city more than $125,000 per year in electric utility costs. Funds for the projects came from the Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act program, which provides low- and no- interest loans and technical support for energy efficiency projects.

    Additionally, the CEC approved the adoption of building energy efficiency standards for the City of Davis that require single-family homes to be 30 pct more energy efficient than state standards. It also requires multi-family homes to be 25 pct more energy efficient than the state standards. The city will require a combination of efficiency measures and installation of solar panels.

    With these actions, the CEC has approved 14 local ordinances that provide greater energy savings than the current state building energy efficiency standards. (Source: California Energy Commission, PR, 13 Dec., 2017)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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    Wa. State Airport Lauded for Energy Efficiency, Savings (Ind. Report)
    DOE Better Buildings Challenge
    Date: 2017-12-15
    The U.S. DOE reports it has recognized King County International Airport for energy-efficiency upgrades and commitment to cut energy use by at least 20 pct in 10 years.

    To meet its energy reduction goals, the airport upgraded mechanical systems and added advanced LED lighting and lighting controls controls throughout the terminal. The airport also installed exterior LED lighting that to date has delivered a 63 pct energy savings.

    The airport is a Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partner. The Challenge has more then 345 member organizations from diverse sectors nationwide who have shared energy performance results for nearly 38,000 properties. On average, the partners are saving more than 2 pct per year and are on track to meet their energy savings goals of 20 pct over the next 10 years. (Source: US DOE, Energy Manager, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: US DOE Better Buildings Challenge, https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/challenge

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    ASHRAE Launches Building Energy Quotient Portal (New Prod & Tech)
    ASHRAE
    Date: 2017-12-15
    ASHRAE is reporting the launch of its Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ) Portal. The Building EQ program is intended to promote more energy efficient buildings and give owners actionable recommendations to improve a building's energy use and identify opportunities to lower building operating costs .

    Two different evaluations -- In Operation and As Designed -- can be used independently to compare a candidate building to similar buildings in the same climate zone or together for an assessment of a building's design potential compared to actual operation. The portal delivers the following:

  • Building EQ Performance Score rates the building's performance and is shown on the screen at all times for all projects;

  • User Input Report documents the data entered into the Building EQ Portal for a specific project and is available for all submissions;

  • Building EQ Label Report displays the Building EQ Performance Score and is available for approved submissions;

  • Building EQ Disclosure Report presents key energy use information for compliance with disclosure ordinances and will be available for a fee for approved submissions;

  • Audit Report Spreadsheets will be automatically populated with the information gathered during the In Operation assessment for use in a final audit report and will be available for a fee for approved submission.

    Access the Building EQ Portal HERE (Source: ASHREA, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: ASHREA, www.ashrea.org

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