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Indian Oil to Use Refinery Waste Gas for Ethanol Prod. (Int'l)
Indian Oil Corp
Date: 2018-06-06
Following up on our April 2nd coverage, the New Delhi-based state-owned Indian Oil Corporation reports it plans to utilize off-gases (waste gas) from its various refineries for the production of ethanol. The first such plant -- a 33,000 lpy capacity unit at the Panipat refinery in Haryana -- is expected to be operational in Q1, 2020.

According to a statement, the unit's ethanol production will have approximately 30 pct lower well-to-wheel carbon footprints per mega joules of energy produced as compared to gasoline production and conventional 2G ethanol production processes respectively.

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has approved a partial grant for the project. (Source: Indian Oil Corp., Outlook, 5 June, 2018)Contact: Indian Oil Corp.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Indian Oil Corp,  

Kittson Soybean Growers Promoting Minn. Biodiesel (Ind. Report)
Kittson County Soybean Growers
Date: 2018-06-04
In Minnesota, the Kittson County Soybean Growers Association is teaming up this summer in northwestern Minnesota by partnering with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) to promote biodiesel. The highlight of the biodiesel promotion is the opportunity to host the long-awaited biodiesel truck built by the DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery Channel's "Diesel Brothers" program.

Minnesota moved to using a 20 pct blend of biodiesel in May this year until Sept. 30 when the blend will go back to 5 pct during the winter months.

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is the elected board of soybean producers from Minnesota who direct investments of the state's checkoff dollars in programs designed to increase profitability to Minnesota soybean farmers. (Source: Kittson County Soybean Growers Association , Kittson County Enterprise, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Minn. Soybean Growers Assoc.,; Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  

Cyprus Consumers Assoc. Opposes Food Crop Biofuel Prod. (Int'l)
CyprusConsumers Association
Date: 2018-06-04
In Cyprus, the Consumers Association has come out in opposition to the production of biofuels from agricultural products such as potatoes, kolokassi -- a root vegetable aka Taro -- and other products due to water usage issues.

In an open letter sent to the House Energy Committee, the association noted water shortage concerns on the Mediterranean island and recommended feedstocks requiring leas water should be found for the production of biofuels, such as bushes and trees. The association also claimed that using potatoes or kolokassi for biofuel production would dramatically drive up the prices for all fuels, as well as water, food and other products commodities. (Source: Cyprus Consumers Association, Cyprus Mail, 3 June, 2018)Contact: Cyprus Consumers Association,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

Irish GHG Levels Rise with Dairy Ind. Expansion (Int'l Report)
Ireland EPA
Date: 2018-06-04
In Dublin, Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reporting that the country's total GHG emissions will increase from current levels to 2020, despite an EU target to cut emissions by 20 pct on 2005 levels from the non-Emissions Trading Scheme (non-ETS) sector -- agriculture, transport, residential, commercial, non-energy intensive industry and waste.

According to the latest projections, Ireland will only achieve a 1 pct reduction in emissions despite a targeted 30 pct reduction of emissions compared to 2005, with binding annual limits over the 2021-2030 period. These latest projections indicate that Ireland will exceed the allowable carbon budget implied by those limits by between 47--52Mt over the period, even assuming the allowed-for flexibilities are fully used.

The latest EPA projections show that increasing fossil fuel consumption and an expanding dairy and agriculture sector are leading to increased emissions. In particular:

  • Energy industry emissions -- electric power generation -- are projected to grow strongly from 2020 to 2025 as a result of an expansion of co-firing of peat and biomass;
  • Transport emissions are projected to increase from current levels by 17-18 pct by 2020 and by 17-20 pct by 2030. A decline in emissions is projected from 2025 to 2030, resulting from an acceleration in the number of electric vehicles on Irish roads;
  • Agriculture emissions are projected to increase by between 3-4 pct by 2020 and 6-7 pct by 2030 on current levels based on an expansion of animal numbers, particularly for the dairy herd. (Source: Ireland EPA, May, 2018) Contact: Ireland EPA, Dr. Eimear Cotter, Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, +44 053 916 0600,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  

  • Envision Solar Delivers Solar Charger to Calif. Prison (Ind. Report)
    Envision Solar
    Date: 2018-06-04
    San Diego-headquartered Envision Solar International, Inc., is reporting delivery of its EV ARC™ product to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

    EV ARC products are ideally suited for prisons or secure locations because they require no onsite construction thus cutting security risks and associated costs when compared to typical grid-tied EV chargers. The California-manufactured EV ARC fits inside a parking space and generates enough clean solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day. The system includes the company's EnvisionTrak™ sun tracking system which allows for more than 25 pct more power production than a fixed array, and EV ARC™ energy storage system. (Source: Envision Solar, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Envision Solar Int'l. Inc., Desmond Wheatley, CEO, (858) 700-4583,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Solar,  Solar,  

    Notable Quote
    Date: 2018-06-04
    "Pruitt needs to understand that his actions to continue to grant (RFS "hardship") waivers, now retroactively, to oil refineries is undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard -- a program that Administrator Pruitt told Congress he was committed to upholding." -- Sen. Joni Ernst, (Iowa-R)

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Contact: Senator Joni Ernst, (2020 724-3264,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Pruitt,  

    Fishermen Getting Third Crack at NJ Offshore Wind (Ind. Report)
    Fishermen’s Energy
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In the Garden State, thanks to Gov. Phil Murphy's (D) recent signing of NJ bill S-1217, Fishermen's Energy is going to get a third chance to convince the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to approve its twice previously rejected 24-MW pilot offshore wind project about three miles from Atlantic City.

    S-1217 requires the BPU to accept an application from Fishermen's and review it within 90 days. The company's two previous proposals were rejected by the BPU as being too expensive for the state's ratepayers, who will pay for the electricity from the wind turbines.

    Since the Fishermen's project was last before the BPU, the company reached a preliminary agreement earlier this spring to be acquired by EDF Renewable Energy, a global developer of clean-energy projects. EDF has developed 400 MW of offshore wind capacity in Europe. Orsted, U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind are planning to develop an offshore wind project in a joint venture with the Public Service Enterprise Group about 16 miles from Cape May. The BPU is currently working on developing a funding mechanism to have ratepayers subsidize offshore wind along the coast. (Source: Fishermen's Energy, NJSpotlight, Various Others, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Fishermen's Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fishermen’s Energy ,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  

    Green Leasing Gains Momentum in Office Sector (Ind. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2018-06-04
    According to the Miamai-brased law firm Greenberg Traurig, green leasing is making a big comeback and landlords who invest in green upgrades and environmentally friendly practices will be one step ahead of other landlords in attracting new tenants.

    In Denver, younger workers are gravitating towards employers who provide a healthier work environment and lifestyle beyond just offering competitive compensation and employers are scrambling to respond and landlord likewise, are moving forward with green upgrades and environmentally friendly practices, according to Greenberg Traurig.

    Denver's young workforce values proximity to public transportation, first-rate bicycle facilities, on-site gym facilities, vehicle charging stations and prime parking spaces for fuel-efficient vehicles. They also want a location that is convenient to their lifestyle, so that they can ride-share to work and walk out of their office and be only a few steps away from restaurants, bars, shopping and other modern amenities, Greenberg Traurig adds. (Source: Greenberg Traurig, Denver Business Journal, 4 June, 2018) Contact: Greenberg Traurig,

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

    KEPPEL Pledges 28.8 pct Emissions Cut by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Singapore, KEPPEL Corp reports it has set a new long-term target of cutting its carbon emissions intensity by 28.8 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030 in its global operations.

    The new goal is atop the company's previous 2014 goal of hitting a 16 pct improvement in carbon emissions from 2020 business-as-usual levels, according to the company's latest sustainability report. It is also in line with Singapore's national target of cutting carbon emissions by 36 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

    KEPPEL's total direct emissions from the use of fuels and waste-to-energy plants fell to 1.07 million tonnes of CO2 from 1.21 million t-CO2 in 2016. The decrease is being credited to a combination of green initiatives such as the replacement of diesel generators at its shipyards with electricity or renewable energy, increased energy efficiency and reduced overall yard activities,

    KEPPLE Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) is a global leader in offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion, and specialized shipbuilding. It integrates and harnesses the experience and expertise of 20 yards and offices worldwide to be near customers and markets. (Source: KEPPLE, Singapore Bus. Times, 31 May, 2018) Contact: KEPPEL Corp., +65 6270 6666, +65 6413 6391 - fax.,,

    MidAmerican Energy Sets 100 pct Renewable Goal with Wind XII Project (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy co. reports it has proposed an investment of $922 million in its 591-MW Wind XII project, formally filed with the Iowa Utilities Board May 30. If approved, the project is expected to be completed in late 2020.

    When combined with MidAmerican Energy's other projects, the Wind XII project will allow the company to provide renewable energy each year that is equal to 100 pct of the energy consumed by the homes and businesses in MidAmerican Energy's Iowa service area. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Composites World, Others, June, 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Wind,  

    Wyoming Univ. CCS Project Wins CarbonSAFE Funding (Funding, R&D)
    Basiin Electric, University of Wyoming,
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Laramie, the University of Wyoming (UW) is reporting receipt of $9.77 million in US DOE funding for a two-year, $12.25 million project to determine the feasibility of establishing a commercial-scale geological storage complex for carbon dioxide (CO2) in Wyoming.In addition to the $9.77 million federal grant, cost-sharing contributions from the partners will total about $2.47 million.

    For the project, UW, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), and other partners aim to demonstrate that over 50 million metric tons of CO2 could be stored underground near Basin Electric's 385-mw Dry Fork Station near Gillette.

    The grant for the project comes from the DOE's Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative, which seeks to help mitigate CO2 emissions from consumption of fossil fuels. (Source: University of Wyoming, 25 May, 2018) Contact: University of Wyoming, Carbon Management Institute , Scott Quillinan, Project Manager, (307) 766-1121,; Basin Electric Power, Paul Sukut, CEO, Matt Greek, Snr. VP Technology R&D, (701) 223-0441,; DOE Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise , DOE CarbonSAFE details,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Basin Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  CarbonSAFE,  CCS,  Basin Electric,  

    Emirates GBC Launches Regional Energy Benchmarking Program (Int'l)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) is touting its Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Benchmarking Project for schools. The "first-of-its-kind" in the MENA region BEA project assesses the energy and water performance of existing buildings against similar buildings within the same typology. The project aims to establish the first industry energy and water benchmark for schools in the UAE.

    The BEA project is a global initiative led by World Resources Institute (WRI) under the UN program Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), which aims to double the global rate of building energy efficiency by 2030. Dubai is the first and only city in the Middle East committed to the BEA, and EmiratesGBC is serving as the BEA City Liaison in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) to measure energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai across hotels, schools and malls.(Source: Emirates Green Building Council, ME Construction News, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  

    Dubai Marina Tower Awarded LEED Gold Certification (Int'l)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Dubai, the Landmark Group reports it office tower in Dubai Marina has scored US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification in the new construction type category.

    Landmark Tower, which was designed and constructed as a high-performance building, is now among 16 buildings in Dubai who have received Gold LEED Certification under LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C): New Construction, Ver 3.

    The tower's energy efficiency feature include: an overall carbon footprint savings of approximately 1,332 metric tpy -- typical buildings power consumption ranges between 160 Kwh/sqm to 200 Kwh/sqm compared to Landmarks consumption of 113 Kwh/sqm/year; water consumption is 40 pct lower than International Plumbing Council standards; double layered clinical grade MERV 13 filters improve air quality as they remove bacteria, allergens and odour used to maintain the Tower's indoor air quality; automated lighting controlling systems with daylight harvesting and intelligent elevators with energy regenerative motors; toilets with dual flush system and water taps with sensors are also used in the building to avoid water wastage; automated BMS (building management system) throughout the day, and others.

    There are 15 LEED Platinum and 86 LEED Gold projects in the UAE under various LEED rating systems. (Source: Landmark Group, USGBC, Various Mewdia, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Landmark Group, +971-45174000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    IATA Calls for EC to Back Alt, Fuels Incentives (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-06-04
    Further to our 28 February, 2018 coverage, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for the European Council (EC) and Commission (EU) to back incentives for production of aviation alternative-biofuels as part of an imminent renewable energy directive.

    The directive includes specific incentives for EU member countries developing their use in aviation which essentially give it twice as much credit against national targets as alternative fuels in other sectors. The directive, which followed European Commission proposals, now awaits the European Council agreement.

    The IATA notes that since the first biofuels flight in 2008 there have been more than 100,000 commercial flights using some blend of alternative fuel. (Source: IATA, Flight Global, 3 June, 2018)Contact: IATA, Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment, +41 22 770 2967,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IATA,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Bifuel,  

    EU-EC Proposes 60 pct Climate Project Funding Increase (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Brussels, the European Union (EU) European Commission (EC) is proposing an almost 60 pct increase in funding for environment and climate action projects between 2021 and 2027.

    To date, the EC has financed more than 4,500 projects and contributed €5.9 billion (£5 billion) climate change and environmental protection projects.

    The EC aims to increase its focus on clean energy, nature and biodiversity as well as continue support for the circular economy and climate change mitigation.

    For the next EU budget between 2021 and 2027, the Commission is proposing €1.95 billion of support under its LIFE program.

    According to Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, "A stronger LIFE programme will play an important role in expanding investments in climate action and clean energy across Europe. By continuing to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, LIFE will also continue to help the EU deliver on its climate goals and commitments under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals." (Source: EC, Various Media, EnergyLive News, June, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Climate Change,  

    JPMorgan Chase Adds to First Solar Holdings (Ind. Report)
    First Solar,
    Date: 2018-06-04
    According to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its holdings in shares of First Solar, Inc. by 22.2 pct in the first quarter. The additional 242,099 shares bring JPMorgan Chase' First Solar holdings to 1,330,889 shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. held 1.27 pct of First Solar worth $94,467,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

    First Solar, Inc provides photovoltaic solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. (Source: JPMorgan Chase, Ledger Gazette, 3 June, 2018) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  ,  

    US Methanol Stalls West Virginia Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
    US Methanol
    Date: 2018-06-04
    US Methanol is reporting that the company's facility in Institute, West Virginia which began construction in Sept, 2017, is now expected to go into production in late 2019 -- more than a year later than first announced in September, 2017).

    The facility, which is being relocated from from Brazil, will convert natural gas to methanol as feedstock for the chemical industry in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. (Source: US Methanol, Bradenton Herald, Various Media, AP, 3 June, 2018) Contact: US Methanol, Frank Bakker, CEO, (681) 205-8511,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Methanol ,  Methanol,  

    China Slashes Solar Subsidies (Int'l Ind. Report)
    National Development and Reform Commission
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Beijing, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Finance and the National Energy Administration sre reporting a cut in the national feed-in-tariff by 0.05 yuan ($0.008) per kWh and a similar reduction in subsidies for power generated by distributed PV projects. The move is intended to slowdown PV related production and overheating in the pv sector.

    An article on the public WeChat account of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association said Friday that while the sector's growth momentum might not be sustained, PV power will remain a key force in the nation's energy revolution and will still receive State support. The association said the fact that PV installations can generate power at a lower cost than other power sources in many countries is the Chinese PV industry's greatest strength.

    According to a report by the Xinhua News Agency, China is taking the lead in PV development globally, with an internationally competitive and complete industrial chain. The central government is aiming for 27 pct of total power generation to come from renewable energy sources by the end of 2020, according to the 2016-20 plan for renewable energy. (Source: China National Development and Reform Commission,, Global Times, 3 June, 2018) Contact: National Development and Reform Commission,

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

    PSEG Plans Major Energy Efficiency, Storage Investments (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-04
    Newark, New Jersey-headquartered Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) has released a plan to invest $14 billion to $17 billion over the next five years.

    The program, if approved, would include a significant increase in the utility's energy efficiency investments and provide an opportunity for annual growth of 8 pct to 10 pct in PSE&G's rate base. The proposal includes:

  • $2.5 billion for energy efficiency to reduce bills and lower energy use, which will decrease air pollution, including emissions that accelerate climate change;
  • $300 million for building a "smart" electric vehicle infrastructure; and
  • $100 million for utility-scale energy storage systems that will enable greater development of renewable resources and enhance resiliency.

    PSEG estimates that the energy efficiency program will over the six-year life of the program, reduce CO2 emissions by 24 million tons and reduce energy use by 40 million MWh of electricity and 675 million therms of natural gas.

    PSEG expects to file its clean energy plan with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities later this year. (Source: PSEG, PR, 31 May, 2018)Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  PSEG,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • CEA, Meyer Burger Partner on Solar Module Record (Int'l Report)
    Meyer Burger Technology
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Swiss solar equipment maker Meyer Burger Technology AG in partnership with CEA INES are reporting a new 23.4 pct heterojunction 72 cell module performance record at 410 W. The record module was produced in Thun, Switzerland, on Meyer Burger's SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT) manufacturing PECVD and PVD equipment. (Source: Meyer Burger, CEA INES, PR, 27 May, 2018) Contact: CEA INES,; Meyer Burger, +41 33 221 28 00,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger Technology,  Solar ,  

    Energy-Efficiency Related Employment Rising (Ind. Report)
    Energy Futures Initiative
    Date: 2018-06-01
    According to the U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) produced by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), energy-efficiency related employment in the UUS topped 6.5 million in 2017 -- an increase of about 2 percent, or 133,000 jobs.

    The report notes that energy efficiency jobs in manufacturing, trade and professional services all increased and is projected to grow by 9 pct annually through this year. (Source: USEER, May, 2018) Contact: Energy Futures Initiative,; National Association of State Energy Officials,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Futures Initiative,  National Association of State Energy Officials,  

    Cadillac Fairview Touts Energy Smart Operations Success (Ind. Report)
    Cadillac Fairview
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Toronto-headquartered high-end commercial property owner and operator Cadillac Fairview (CF) reports it has deployed its Energy Smart Operations (ESO) program in 27 CF buildings across Canada.

    CF's data-driven ESO platform enables the organization to instill proactive measures for sustainability, achieve internal energy reduction targets as set by CF's pioneering Green at Work® sustainability program, extend equipment life, reduce both energy costs and tenant issues, and improve overall energy efficiency performance on building certifications.

    CF also reports its Yonge Corporate Centre and Simcoe Place buildings in Toronto, and Tour Deloitte in Montreal have been awarded Natural Resources Canada ENERGY STAR certification from for superior energy performance. CF is one the first organizations in Canada to receive LEED and ENERGY STAR certification.

    Valued at around $29 billion, CF's Canadian portfolio includes over 38 million square feet of leasable space at 67 properties. (Source: Cadillac Fairview Corp, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Cadillac Fairview, Karen Jalon, Senior Director, Sustainability and Energy Management, (416) 598-8246,; ENERGY STAR Canada,

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

    Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network UKBioChem10 Report (Ind. Report)
    Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network
    Date: 2018-06-01
    In the UK, the Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network (LBNet) has released its new UKBioChem10 report. LBNet, a government-funded body tasked with fostering cross-disciplinary communities in the industrial biotechnology sector, supports the biotechnology sector and promotes novel bio-based chemical research.

    The LBNet report identifies the top ten green alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals and urges the UK government to invest in specific plant-based chemicals to replace environmentally harmful plastics and petroleum products.

    The LBNet is one of 13 collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy set up by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC NIBB) to boost interaction between academia and industry, and promote the translation of that research into benefits for the UK.

    Download highlights from the UKBioChem10 report HERE. (Source: LBNet, May, 2018) Contact: LBNet,, Veronica Ongaro, +44 (0) 1904 328 761,,; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  Lignocellulosic,  

    Battery Intelligence Startup Voltaiq Raises $6.6Mn (Funding)
    Date: 2018-06-01
    In Brooklyn, New York, battery testing startup Voltaig is reporting it raised $6.6 million from a group of investors that include Anzu Partners, the venture arm of certification body Underwriters Laboratories, SJF Ventures and Bee Partners of San Francisco. Bee Partners was a return investor, having pumped $1.6 million into a $2 million seed funding round in 2016.

    The latest funding round will be used to support Voltaiq's growth in international markets, including further development of a software platform and hiring of new people.

    Previously the startup, which launched in 2012 as Subway Labs, had secured finance from a number of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program grants. These included a $150,000 Department of Energy Phase I SBIR package in 2013, a further $150,000 from the National Science Foundation in 2014 and another $1 million from the DOE that same year. (Source: Voltaig, GTM, May, 2018) Contact: Voltaiq, Tal Sholklapper, CEO, (646) 586-3062,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltaiq,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  

    100-MW Maine Solar Project Seeks Re-zoning (Ind. Report)
    Next Phase Energy Services LLC
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Casco, Maine-based energy development firm Next Phase Energy Services LLC reports it has applied to the Maine Land Use Planning Commission requesting a zoning change from "general" to "commercial use" for over 700 acres of blueberry fields in eastern Hancock County where it hopes to construct a 100-MW solar farm. Electricity transmission lines owned by power distribution company Emera run through the proposed solar development site.

    The solar farm is projected to come in at $120 million, if built. (Source: Next Phase Energy Services, Bangor Daily News, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Next Phase Energy Services, David Fowler, CEO, (207) 461-0666,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Hanwha Q Cells Planning Georgia Solar Module Plant (Ind. Report)
    Hanwha Q Cells
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Seoul-headquartered photovoltaic (PV) specialist Hanwha Q Cells Korea Corp is reporting plans to construct a 1.6 GW per year solar module manufacturing plant in Whitbefore the year end.

    When fully operational in 2019, the plant will supply PERC modules to the US rooftop and ground-mounted solar markets. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells Korea Corp, Renewables Now, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Hanwha Q Cells Korea Corp,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells,  

    NextEra, Entergy Commission Stuttgartt, Ark. Solar Park (Ind Report)
    NextEra Energy, Entergy
    Date: 2018-06-01
    NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), and Entergy Arkansas are reporting this weeks inauguration of the 81-MW Stuttgart Solar Energy Center in Arkansas.

    The project, which incorporates more than 350,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 13,000 homes serviced by Entergy Arkansas. (Source: NextEra Energy, Renewables Now, Others, 30 May, 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy,; Entergy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Entergy,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

    Engie Opening Brazilian Green Energy R&D Facility (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-06-01
    French energy group Engie reports its Rio de Janeiro- based Engie Brasil will establish a research centre in Brazil to act as the company's regional hub for innovations in wind, solar, biogas and hydrogen projects as well as new technologies for Smart Cities. Engie Brsil has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and the Santa Catarina government.

    The new Engie Lab Brasil, which is expected to open before the year end, will be similar to the company's research facility in Chile.

    ENGIE is Brazil's largest private-sector electricity producer, operating 10,290 MW in installed capacity from 32 plants nationwide, equivalent to 6 pct of the country's capacity. Ninety percent of the Group's Brazilian installed capacity comes from clean, renewable sources with low greenhouse gas emissions, a position that is being reinforced with the construction of new wind farms in the Brazilian Northeast. ENGIE is currently building one of Brazil's biggest hydro plants, the Jirau hydropower plant (3,750 MW) under commissioning on the Madeira river, in the state of Rondonia. (Source: Engie Brasil Website, Various Media, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Engie Brasil, Mauricio Bahr, CEO, +55 21 397 45400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie,  Renewable Energy,  

    Ireland's Carbon Emissions Expected to Rise (Int'l Report)
    Ireland EPA,Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-06-01
    In Dublin, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency is projecting the country's total greenhouse gas emissions will increase up to 2020, driven by strong economic growth, increasing fossil fuel consumption under pinned by relatively low fuel prices, and an expanding agriculture sector.

    According to EPA projections, Ireland will only achieve a 1 pct reduction by 2020 compared to the 20 pct reduction target – and will struggle to meet 2030 targets on key sectors that are not part of the EU's emissions trading system which covers heavy industry. Contributing factors noted by the EPA include:

  • Energy industry emissions -- primarily from power generation -- are projected to grow strongly from 2020 to 2025 as a result of continuing use of coal and expansion of co-firing of peat and biomass;

  • Transportation emissions are projected to jump from current levels by 17 to 18 pct by 2020, and by 17 to 20 pct by 2030 including a growth in fuel consumption in diesel cars and freight up to 2025. A decline in emissions is projected from 2025 to 2030, resulting from an acceleration in the number of electric vehicles on Irish roads;

  • Agriculture emissions are projected to grow by between 3 to 4 pct by 2020, and 6 to 7 pct by 2030 on current levels based on an expansion of live stock numbers, particularly in dairying -- Ireland has committed to carbon neutrality in agriculture.

    In relation to 2030, Ireland's target calls for a 30 pct reduction of carbon emissions compared to 2005, with binding annual limits over the 2021 to 2030 period. The latest projections indicate Ireland "will exceed the allowable carbon budget implied by those limits by between 47 to 52 million tonnes of over the period, even assuming the allowed-for flexibilities are fully used."

    The Irish EPA Greenhouse Gas Emission Projections 2017 to 2035 report is available on the EPA website (Source: Ireland EPA, Irish Times, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Ireland EPA, Dr. Eimear Cotter, Director Office of Environmental Sustainability,

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

  • NET Power Fires CO2-Conscious Power System Demo (Ind. Report)
    NET Power
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Following up on our Dec. 11, 2017 coverage, Durham, North Carolina-based NET Power, LLC, a collaboration between Exelon Generation, McDermott, and 8 Rivers Capital, is reporting the first firing of its supercritical CO2 demonstration power plant and test facility in La Porte, Texas.

    The demo included the firing of the 50 MWth Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation commercial-scale combustor. Firing of the combustor involves the integrated operation of the full NET Power process. Following rigorous testing, the combustor will be integrated with the turbine and power will be generated.

    The plant is designed to demonstrate NET Power's Allam Cycle technology which uses a new turbine and combustor developed specifically for the process by Toshiba.

    Using CO₂ as a working fluid to drive a combustion turbine, the Allam Cycle eliminates virtually all emissions from natural gas power generation without expensive, efficiency-reducing carbon capture equipment. (Source: NET Power, McDermott, Gas World, 31 May, 2018) Contact: NET Power, Charlie Bowser, Pres. Contact: Net Power, (919) 667-1800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NET Power,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide ,  

    Western Australia Investing in Renewables Opportunities (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-06-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Government of Western Australia reports it is investing A$500,000 in the development of a Virtual Power Plant trial in Goldfields that will bring renewable energy, innovative technology, and network support to the region.

    A VPP is a distributed rooftop solar and battery system that collects energy, which can be described as being similar to that of a centralized power station. It can also link rooftop solar panels with energy storage devices and load control systems in a web-based network to create a single energy supply.

    . The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will work hand in hand with relevant agencies, such as the Public Utilities Office, Western Power, and Lands agencies. (Source: OpenGov Asia, 31 MAY, 2018) Contact: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Solar,  

    DOE Touts Carbon Capture, Utilization Storage Initiative (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-06-01
    At the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) meeting last week in Copenhagen, Denmark, the US DOE announced the launch of two new clean energy initiatives to boost green energy adoption -- the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) and the Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) initiatives.

    The CCUS initiative will seek to support and accelerate existing CCUS projects such as those undertaken by the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the IEA's Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, Mission Innovation, and the Global CCS Institute.

    The US, Saudi Arabia and Norway will lead the project, with international partners including Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.

    The technologies are predicted to play a key role in global decarbonization efforts, with nuclear set to make energy-intensive processes such as desalination, hydrogen production and energy storage carbon neutral. Following the Paris Agreement, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and IEA predicted that CCUS would be essential to limiting global warming to 2 degree C. (Source: US DOE, Power Tech, 31 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  

    Methanol Endorsed as Sustainable Marine Fuel (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-06-01
    The Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) research project is reporting that methanol offers immediate environmental benefits and a zero-carbon pathway and that there are no obstacles to the efficient use of methanol in converted diesel engines of small maritime ferries and coastal craft. The SUMMETH research switching to methanol would offer close to zero SOx and particulate matter emissions and significantly lower NOx emissions compared to conventional marine fuels or biodiesel.

    SUMMETH also concluded that there are no barriers to bunkering the ferries, since this is already carried out by truck and could easily be switched from diesel to methanol, enabling the ferry operator to immediately reduce particulate emissions and progressively reduce carbon emissions as renewable methanol becomes available.

    The SUMMETH research programme was conducted by SSPA, ScandiNAOS, Marine Benchmark, Lund University, the Swedish Transport Administration Road Ferries, Scania, SMTF and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland with the support from the MARTEC II network and co-funding by the Swedish Maritime Administration, Region Vastra Gotaland, Oiltanking and the Methanol Institute. (Source: SUMMETH, Bunkering, May, 2018) Contact: SUMMETH, +46 31 772 90 66,; Swedish Maritime Administration,; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Methanol,  Methanol,  Biofuel,  Maritime Fuel,  

    Ontario Greens Support Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Speaking in Ontario, Casey Laonde, the Canada Green Party candidate in the riding of Timiskaming-Cochrane said her party supports a cap-and-trade system where money collected under the system is re-distributed to taxpayers much in the same way that people now get a GST refund cheque.

    In the upcoming June 7 Ontario provincial election, the Progressive Conservative candidate, Doug Ford, is calling for the abolition of the sitting Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne's carbon cap-and-trade program which, according to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, generated an estimated $471 million for the province in the first joint Ontario, Quebec, California cap-and-trade program auction held February 21, 2018. The funds will be invested in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the province's Climate Change Action Plan. (Source: Green Party of Canada, MyWestNippisingNow, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Tax,  

    Enefit Green Snares Nelja Energia for €289Mn (Int'l, M&A)
    Eesti Energia,Nelja Energia
    Date: 2018-06-01
    In Estonia, Eesti Energia's renewable energy arm Enefit Green reports the inking of a €289 million agreement for the purchase of a 100 pct stake in Nelja Energia. Enefit Green will also assume €204 million of Nelja Energia debt. The deal is subjectto regulatory approvals.

    The acquisition is expected to increase Enefit Green's renewable energy production capacity from the existing 0.4 terawatt hour to more than one terawatt hour.

    Enefit Green intends to make additional investments in Nelja Energia for expanding renewable energy production in the Baltic Sea region. Enefit Green currently owns four wind farms with a total capacity of 111MW, three cogeneration plants in Estonia and Latvia, one hydroelectric power plant, and one solar power plant. (Source: Enefit Green, Power Tech, 31 May, 2018)Contact: Eesti Energia,; Nelja Energia,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

    EPA, Pruitt Challenged on RFS "Hardship Waivers" (Reg & Leg)
    RFA,National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Last Wednesday in Denver, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the National Corn Growers Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the National Farmers Union, brought suit in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals against the US EPA challenging several supposed "hardship waivers" the agency "secretly" issued to profitable refining companies.

    in their action, the plaintiffs claim the federal agency, led by the increasingly controversial Trump appointee Scot Pruitt, awarded the waivers to two refineries owned by HollyFrontier Corp. and the Wynnewood Refining Co., a subsidiary of Carl Icahn's CVR Refining, without publishing the actions in the Federal Register and that the refineries were profitable and did not qualify for the waivers.

    As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Various Media, NewsOK, 31 May, 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835,; National Corn Growers Association, Kevin Skunes, Pres., (202) 326-0644,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hardship Waiver,  National Corn Growers Association,  RFA,  EPA Scott Pruitt,  RFS,  

    Green Buildings Mandated in Ajman Emirate, UAE (Int'l. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2018-06-01
    In the UAE Emirate of Ajman -- pop. 240,000 -- all villas and other licenses for new buildings, maintenance or other changes that require permits ahead of their construction will be required to meet "Green Building" standards, the emirate's Municipality and Planning Department said on Thursday. Villas under construction or near completion that have already been issued permits prior to this decision are not obligated to conform to the decree.

    The Ajman Municipality and Planning Department "is keen on implementing sustainability standards in all of the emirate' vital sectors in order to establish building sustainability for the future of Ajman," said Ajman Municipality and Planning Department head Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid. (Source: Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Salam Al Amir, UAE National, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Ajman Municipality and Planning Department,

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

    CLEAResult Supports PG&E Energy Management Initiative (Ind. Report)
    CLEAResult,Pacific Gas and Electric
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Austin, Texas-headquartered CLEAResult, a leader in technology-enabled energy efficiency and demand side management programs for utilities and businesses, reports it will support Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program for customers in Northern and Central California that are food processing facilities.

    SEM is a long-term, holistic approach to energy management that increases energy and cost savings for customers year-over-year through goal setting, progress tracking and reporting of results. This program design includes a whole-facility approach that uses Normalized Metered Energy Consumption (NMEC) and a baseline model to help identify and measure energy savings opportunities from all program activities at participating facilities.

    CLEAResult is North America's largest provider of energy efficiency programs and services tailored to an individual clients' needs. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: CLEAResult,; PG&E,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric,  CLEAResult,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

    Surrey BC Biofuel Facility Wins Innovation Award (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-01
    In British Columbia, the city of Surrey is reporting its recently opened $68-million Biofuel Facility in Port Kells has been lauded by the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA), a national, non-profit association open to all Chief Administrative Officers and City Managers, fot its commitment to environmentally sustainable governance, protecting the environment and to combating climate change.

    The Biofuel Facility is expected to divert more than 115,000 tpy of residential and commercial organic waste from the landfill and produce approximately 120,000 gigajoules of renewable natural gas (RNG) -- sufficient to fuel the city's entire waste collection and service vehicles fleet , as well as provide renewable fuel for Surrey's district energy system. It will also help reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 49,000 tpy.

    The facility was designed, financed and will be operated under a 25-year partnership agreement with a UK-based company, Renewi. The Canadian federal government contributed approximately $16.9 million to the project and Renewi covered the remaining cost of the $68 million project. (Source: Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, City of Surrey, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators,; Renewi,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Renewi,  

    EU's GHGs Dip While Transport Emission Rise (Int'l Report)
    European Environment Agency
    Date: 2018-06-01
    According to the European Environment Agency's (EEA) Annual European Union Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2016 total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) decreased by 0.4 pct in 2016. The slight drop is attributed to the use of less coal for electric power and heat despite an increase in transport emissions for the third consecutive year.

    From 1990 to 2016, the EU has reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 22.4 pct , surpassing its 20 pct reduction target by 2020. These figures include emissions from international aviation, which are covered by EU targets but not accounted in national totals under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    Emissions in the residential and commercial sector also increased because the winter of 2016 was slightly colder than the winter of 2015.

    EU greenhouse gas emissions have decreased since 1990 as a combined result of policies, economic factors and, on average, milder winters, the EEA analysis shows. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to energy efficiency improvements, an increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels -- more gas, less coal and oil. (Source: European Environment Agency, May, 2018) Contact: European Environment Agency,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Environment Agency,  EU Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    Queensland Gov. Backs Hydrogen Renewable Fuel R&D (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-06-01
    In the Land Down Under, the state of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is reporting her government has earmarked $750,000 in the upcoming State Budget to investigate producing and supplying hydrogen as an alternative energy sources.

    Hydrogen, which is widely considered a serious contender as a renewable fuel source, is made from natural gas via a process called steam reforming. However, significant focus is now on other methods to produce renewable hydrogen from solar power and renewable organic sources such as green waste. Hydrogen can be used as a fuel source or raw material in a variety of applications from industrial and chemical manufacturing to transportation fuels. (Source: Commercial Road Transport News, May, 2018) Contact: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, target=_blank>Renewable Fuel,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Renewable Fuel,  

    Attis Ind. Acquires Greenshift Clean Tech Licensing Business (M&A)
    Attis Industries,GreenShift
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. is reporting the May 25th completion of an $18 million series of transactions with Alpharetta, Georgia-based GreenShift Corporation and the consequent acquisition of an 80 pct stake in FLUX Carbon LLC, a new investment management JV company.

    FLUX Carbon manages an existing engineering and licensing business, and holds the rights to several proprietary, patented, and patent-pending technologies including methods to increase the efficiency and profitability of corn ethanol production facilities by intercepting and processing corn ethanol co-products into value-added renewable offsets for fossil fuel-derived products.

    About a third of the corn processed by dry mill ethanol plants is converted into ethanol. Another third is emitted to the atmosphere as a relatively pure stream of carbon dioxide. The final third is dried and sold asDDGs, a commercial animal feed, according to a release. (Source: Attis Industries, Inc., PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661,; GreenShift, 770.886.2734,; FLUX Carbon, 770-886-2734

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Oil,  Ethanol,  Attis Industries,  GreenShift ,  

    Notable Quotes
    Date: 2018-05-30
    "(The) EPA is trying to undermine the RFS program under the cover of night. And there's a reason it has been done in secret -- it's because EPA is acting in contravention of the statute and its own regulations, methodically destroying the demand for renewable fuel." -- RFA Pres. Bob Dineen discussing the EPA's recent granting of numerous RFS "hardship" waivers.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Contact: RFA, Bob Dineen, Pres., (202) 289-3835,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Bob Dineen,  RFA,  

    Ghana Climate Change Impact Mitigation Project Announced (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-05-30
    In Ghana, the Center for Climate Change and Gender Studies of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) reports it is implementing a 4-year project to mitigate the impact of climate change and improve on food productivity in 12 communities in the Sunyani West District. The project is funded under the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement in Sub-Saharan African Programme (CIRCLE), an initiative of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to develop the skills and research output of early career African researchers in the field of climate change and its local impact on development. (Source: University of Energy and Natural Resources, Modern Ghana, GNA, 28 May, 2018) Contact: University of Energy and Natural Resources,; UK Department for International Development,

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

    The Donald's Offshore Nemesis Installs Final wind Turbine (Int'l)
    European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
    Date: 2018-05-30
    Vattenfall is reporting the installation of the last of 11 wind turbines at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in the North Sea, off the coast of Aberdeen Bay, Scotland. The installation used a gigantic suction bucket jacket foundation.

    The EOWDC is scheduled to generate its first power in the summer, producing the equivalent of more than 70 pct of Aberdeen's domestic electricity demand and displace 134,128 tpy CO2.

    LC Energy report readers will no doubt remember now president Donald Trump's war with the EOWDC project in opposition to which he claimed "offshore wind will destroy Scotland" because he thought it would spoil the view from his Aberdeen Bay golf resort that was then under construction. Trump took legal action to kill the EOWDC project but lost on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: EOWDC, Vattenfall, 29 May 2018) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104,

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

    Vestas, Deakin Univ. Cooperating on Carbon Fiber Wind Turbine Blade Performance (Int'l Report)
    Deakin University,Vestas
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In the Land Down Under, Deakin University in Victoria reports it will work with wind energy giant Vestas to improve the compressive strength of carbon fibre composite materials for use in wind turbine blades. Carbon fibre composites are one of the main drivers behind the increased efficiency of turbine blades which account for for more 40 pct of global turbine blade production.

    According to Vestas, "With carbon fibre composite innovations, we can increase the performance of turbine blades. Stronger carbon fibre will allow us to reduce the required amount of carbon fibre used in the blade, so the blade will be lighter and cheaper. This makes renewable energy cleaner and more affordable, and supports the development of Australia's growing wind energy sector." (Source: Architecture & Design, May, 2018) Contact: Deakin University,; Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Blade,  Wind,  Vestas,  

    Enel Seeking Ruble Financing for Russian Wind Projects (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In St. Petersburg, the Russian news agency Tass is reporting Italian energy developer Enel is seeking financing from several Russian banks for the construction of wind farms with an aggregate installed capacity of 291 MW to be constructed in the Murmansk and Rostov regions. Details of the financing requirements were not revealed but the projects are reportedly expected to come in at the €405 million range. (Source: TASS, May, 2018) Contact: Enel Green Power,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel,  Wind,  

    DEWA Issues Tender for MBR Solar Park 5th Phase (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In the UAE, the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has issued a tender seeking IPP advisory services for Phase 5 of the MBR Solar Park, the largest solar project in the Middle East region. Specifically, the tender is seeking to assess how to reach the 5 GW target set for the project by 2030.

    The MBR Solar Park consists of two operational PV plants -- Phase 1 at 13 MW, and the 200 MW Phase II -- plus an 800 MW facility and a 200 MW CSP plant, both of which are under development. MW Phase III began in January 2017 with an expected completion scheduled for the end of this year. A 200 MW section of phase III came online in May and at the time, French project developer EDF said the following two 300 MW units would be commissioned in 2019 and 2020, according to PV Magazine. The 200 MW CSP section is due to be operational by 2021 and another 1 GW CSP section may be included in the final 5 GW solar park, according to DEWA. (Source: MiddleEast Utilities, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  CSP,  Solar,  

    GBCA Adds Biodiversity to Focus (Int'l Report)
    Green Building Council of Australia
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In the Land Down Under, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) wants the building sector to consider biodiversity and ecology the same way it does about climate change and energy. To that end, the council has released Building With Nature, a discussion paper that envisages GREEN STAR projects increasing the amount of green space in cities, improving biodiversity, ensuring connectivity of nature and promoting restoration.

    The The paper proposes changes to Green Star that would provide credits to projects for:

  • choosing sites within current urban boundaries or with limited initial ecological value;
  • protecting, enhancing or creating ecological value;
  • providing facilities and programs that encourage people to connect with nature;
  • creating habitats and ecosystem services on-site and across the landscape that increase city resilience;
  • engaging with state and local governments early to promote aligned responses that increase urban biodiversity;
  • using ecological offsets to further promote land or ecosystem restoration. GREEN STAR ratings would continue to be denied to projects that are built on areas for high ecological value or that impact on sites of national significance.

    The paper has identified five principles with which a new approach to biodiversity and ecology would be based:

  • protect ecological value, by encouraging development on land of limited value;
  • minimize ecological impact, by reducing the impact on on-site ecology and biodiversity during and after construction;
  • enhance ecological value and biodiversity, by improving the site as a first priority, and only then should off-site ecology be considered;
  • connect ecological networks, by linking or maintaining connections between native or built landscape corridors;
  • create and manage on-site and off-site natural spaces, by constructing new natural environments within the built environment and encouraging the maintenance of enhancements on-site and off-site.

    The GBCA expects new requirements to be adopted from 2020. (Source: GBCA, Fifth Estate, 29 May, 2018) Contact: GBCA, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia ,  

  • APAC Utility-Scale Energy Storage Collaboration Announced (Int'l)
    Lyon, JERA, Fluence
    Date: 2018-05-30
    Lyon, JERA and battery energy storage specialist Fluence are reporting a collaboration agreement to identify and pursue utility-scale battery storage development and investment opportunities in Asia Pacific (APAC) markets.

    The three companies will assess the potential for utilization of utility and industrial scale battery storage solutions in new projects and at existing renewable and thermal generation plants across their collective areas of operation. On those projects to which the companies commit, Lyon will act as project developer, JERA as investor and Fluence as the energy storage solution and service provider.

    Lyon is a leading independent developer of utility-scale battery storage and renewable generation projects. JERA is a joint venture between Japan's TEPCO Fuel & Power Incorporated and Chubu Electric Power Company. Fluence is a Siemens and AES company specialising in global energy storage technology solutions and services. (Source: Lyon, JERA, Fluence, Joint PR, Various Media, Renewable Energy, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Lyon Group, Lyon Group, + 612 8098 0213,; JERA,; Fluence, (883) 358-3623,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lyon,  JERA,  Fluence,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

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