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ViZn CMI Energy Partner on Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
ViZn Energy Systems
Date: 2017-12-15
Austin, Texas-based utility-scale energy storage specialist ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn) reports it is partnering with CMI Energy on energy storage projects. The initial project features a 400 kilowatt, 3-hour, zinc redox flow battery system that will be integrated with 2 MWp of rooftop solar PV and installed at the CMI HQ in Seraing, Belgium.

The CMI Energy and ViZn Energy partners will focus on: renewables integration, waste water treatment, mining, oil and gas, chemical, and other commercial and industrial energy storage use projects.

ViZn is currently delivering systems in the U.S., Canada, Central America, Europe, and India. ViZn Energy’s flow batteries are uniquely capable of performing both rapid, high-power discharges and slower, long-duration releases at lower power, according to the company. (Source: ViZn Energy, PR, Various Media, Dec., 2017) Contact: ViZn Energy, Van Dell, CEO , www.ViZnEnergy.com; CMI Energy, Jean-Michel Gheeraerdts, Pres., Energy, www.cmigroupe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ViZn Energy Systems ,  Redox Flow Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Aquila Capital Snares Portuguese Solar PV Projects (Int'l Report)
Aquila Capital
Date: 2017-12-15
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered Aquila Capital reports the acquisition of a portfolio of four ready-to-build solar park projects in Portugal. The projects are located in central and southern Portugal and will have an installed capacity of over 170 MWp. Construction of the projects is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

According to Aquila, conditions at the project sites and the low cost of PV power systems motivated the transaction. Aquila also reports it has inked a power purchase agreement with a local third party for the power produced by the solar parks.

In total, Aquila Capital manages a renewable energy portfolio with a transaction volume of more than €3 billion in ten countries. (Source: Aquila Capital, FTSE, 14 Dec., 2017)Contact: Aquila Capital, +49 40 87 5050-100, +49 40 87 5050-129 info@aquila-capital.de, www.aquila-capital.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Aquila Capital,  


SunPower Touts Solar Shingle Efficiency (New Prod & Tech)
SunPower,Cogenra
Date: 2017-12-15
San Jose, California-based solar cell manufacturer SunPower reports it has achieved a 15 pct efficiency increase in its P Series solar panels which utilize cheaper, lower efficiency solar cells and make up for the efficiency loss through their shingling design.

For a $9 additional cost from adding solar cells, the P Series solar panels can be structured like shingles, maximizing direct sunlight exposure and raising efficiency. Many of the P Series solar panel features were created by Cogenra Solar, the Freemont California solar panel producer acquired by SunPower in 2015. (Source: SunPower, Electrk, inhabitat, 14 Dec., 2017) Contact: SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP, www.sunpower.com; Cogenra Solar, (510) 771-7835, service@cogenra.com, www.cogenra.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SunPower,  Cogenra,  


EIA Releases 2017-18 Woody Biomass Heating Forecasts (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2017-12-15
In its December, 2017 edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects wood biomass will be used to generate 117,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, falling to 114,000 MWh per day in 2018. Generation from waste biomass is expected to increase, from 57,000 MWh per day this year, to 60,000 MWh per day in 2018.

The electric power sector is projected to consume 0.274 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass, this year, the industrial sector is expected to consume 0.18 quad of waste biomass and the residential sector -- approximately 2.3 milliuon homes -- is expected to consume 0.385 quad of wood biomass in 2017, increasing to 0.413 quad in 2018. (Source: EIA, Dec., 2017) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  US EIA,  


Statkraft, Sodra Building Forest Waste Biofuels Demo (Int'l)
Statkraft,Sodra
Date: 2017-12-15
In Norway, Oslo-headquartered Statkraft reports Silva Green Fuel AS, a company owned by Statkraft (51 pct) and Sodra (49 pct) -- Sweden's largest forest owners association -- will construct a second generation biofuels from forestry waste woody biomass demonstration plant in the Norwegian municipality of Hurum.

The demo facility, which is expected to come in at approximately NOK 500 million ($60.3 million) will use Danish-Canadian company Steeper Energy technology. Construction is slated to get underway in February 2018 for completion in 2019.

Sodra and Statkraft formed the joint venture company Silva Green Fuel AS in 2015 to establish future commercial production of advanced biofuel based on forest raw materials. The capacity of a full-scale production line will be between 100 and 150 million lpy of biofuel. (Source: Statkraft AS, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Statkraft, +47 91370572, www.statkraft.com; Sodra, Christen Grønvold-Hansen, Project Director , +46 (0)70 646 33 37, www.sodra.com/en; Steeper Energy, http://steeperenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Sodra,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


$3.9Mn Funding for Bacteria Biofuels Production R&D (R&D Funding)
Washington University
Date: 2017-12-13
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis report receipt of $3.9 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels from non-food plants or microbes. The grant supports research in five Washington University labs as well as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The researchers are studying Rhodococcus opacus, a bacteria originally discovered growing on toxic compounds outside a chemical plant. These bacteria thrive on these toxic compounds, using them as a source of food for the production of biofuels that not compete with the food supply.The researchers will engineer microbes to make biofuels from lignin, millions of tons of which are generated yearly from paper making and lignocellulose-based biofuel industries. Currently, the value of lignin is restricted to its application as a fuel for on-site boiler operations. (Source: Washington University St. Louis, PR, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: Washington University St. Louis, Diane Duke Williams, Associate Director for Media Relations, (314) 286-0111, williamsdia@wustl.edu, www.wustl.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  Bacteria,  Ethanol,  Biofuel R&D,  


Notable Quote
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2017-12-13
"The North American Climate Summit sends a timely message to leaders around the world that cities are taking strong, swift and measurable action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, ensure their communities are more resilient and transition their local economies to benefit from a low-carbon world. Cities and local governments have a critical role to play in stepping up ambition on climate change, and it is very encouraging to see so many coming to the table." -- Christiana Figueres , Vice Chair, Global Covenant of Mayors

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Christiana Figueres news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Mayors Endorse Chicago Climate Charter (Ind. Report)
Mayors Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-12-13
Absent leadership from the Trump administration, more than 50 mayors from U.S. Canadian and American cities and townships participating in last weeks North American Climate Summit in Chicago signed the Chicago Climate Charter agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to meet goals comparable to those of the Paris climate accord, in each of their respective cities.

The Chicago Climate Charter outlines concrete plans for meeting carbon emission reduction targets by the year 2025.

Download the Chicago Climate Charter HERE. (Source: Futurism, Various Others, 10 Dec., 2017)

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


Canadian Financial Powerhouses Financing Coal as Feds Threaten Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Friends of the Earth Canada
Date: 2017-12-13
In a just released report, Friends of the Earth Canada and Germany's coal-tracking environmental NGO Urgewald note that six Canadian financial powerhouses -- Sun Life, Power Corporation, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, Royal Bank of Canada, Manulife Financial and even the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board -- have together pledged $2.9 billion towards building new coal plants overseas. According to Urgewald, there are 1,600 new plants in development in 62 nations, more than a dozen of which presently do not have coal plants.

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a Canadian Crown corporation established by way of the 1997 Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act. CPPIB is charged with operating and managing the Canada Pension Plan portfolio at arms length from the federal government which, under the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has seized the environmental moral high ground on "dirty coal" and climate change.

We can't help but wonder if the Feds and the CPP -- their agency -- are singing from the same carbon emissions-climate change hymnal? (Source: Friends of the Earth Canada, Ugerwald, Canadian Press, Dec., 2017) Contact: Urgewald, https://urgewald.org; Friends of the Earth Canada, (613) 241-0085, www.foecanada.org

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


UMass. Business Center Awarded LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
UGBC, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Date: 2017-12-13
In the Bay State, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell's Pulichino Tong Business Center reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification. The Pulichino Tong Business Center is the university's second LEED Gold building after the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC).

Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, the four-story, 54,800-square-foot Pulichino Tong building incorporates lighting occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting, "chilled beams" for heating and cooling, a solar wall to preheat the intake air, recycling materials and other energy efficient features. (Source: USGBC, UMass, ProudGreenBuilding, Others, 11 Dec., 2017)Contact: USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; University of Massachusetts-Lowell, www.uml.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


EA Technology Pledges Carbon Neutrality (Int'l Report)
EA Technology
Date: 2017-12-13
In the UK, Capenhurst, Chester-headquartered energy networks specialist EA Technology is touting its new Carbon Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality. Under the plan, EA Technology will slash its transportation, heating and lighting emissions by adopting solar energy, low-carbon heating systems, EV charging points and energy efficient technologies such as LED lighting to boost energy efficiency and self-sufficiency that will save thousands of pounds a year in energy costs. The company did not set a specific date for reaching carbon neutrality.

According to EA Technology CEO Robert Davies, "Our Carbon Action Plan will give us a modern, integrated, low carbon footprint and we expect to see our emissions reduce year on year with immediate effect as well as delivering the company financial savings." (Source: EA Technology, PR, Various Media, BusinessGreen, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: EA Technology , Robert Davis, CEO, +44 (0) 151 339 4181, www.eatechnology.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutrality,  Carbon Neutral,  


Aussie GHG Emissions Reach Record Highs (Int'l Report)
NDEVR Environmental
Date: 2017-12-13
In the Land Down Under, Australia's emissions over the past year were the highest on record, when relatively unreliable emissions from land use are excluded and despite a rise in wind energy power generation and a drop in fossil fuel power generation emissions, according to the carbon consultancy NDEVR Environmental.

On the other hand, emissions from transport were at record levels, with jumps in the use of diesel and aviation fuel. Emissions in all other sectors either remained stable or increased slightly, according to NDEVR Environmental. (Source: NDEVR Environmental, Guardian, 10 Dec., 2017) Contact: NDEVR Environmental, +61 3 9865 1400, Fax. +61 3 9865 1499, environment@ndevr.com.au, www.ndevr.com.au


Dubai Certified by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (Int'l)
C40 Cities,Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Date: 2017-12-13
In Dubai, the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence reports Dubai has joined the not-for-profit C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a global network of 75 major cities committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change by sharing knowledge and best practices.

In 2013, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy established the Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021, in cooperation with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, Dubai Carbon, and started an inventory of Dubai's GHG from 2011. In 2016, Dubai reduced 23.08 tons of carbon emissions per capita, compared to 18.37 tons per capita in 2011. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Emirates News, Dec., 2017) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, www.dubaisce.gov.ae/en; C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Aera Energy, Glasspoint Solar Partner on CA Solar Project (Ind. Report)
GlassPoint Solar,Aera Energy
Date: 2017-12-13
Freemont, California-headquartered GlassPoint Solar reports it is partnering with Bakersfield, California-based oil and gas industry player Aera Energy to construct a thermal enhanced oil recovery solar energy project at the Belridge oilfield in California. The project will be the first of its kind in the world to use solar steam and solar electricity to power oilfield operations. efficiently reducing the field's carbon emissions.

The Belridge Solar project will consist of an 850MW solar thermal facility, producing 12 million barrels of steam per year, and a 26.5MW photovoltaic facility that will generate electricity. The facility is projected to save more than 376,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: GlassPoint Solar, Muscat Daily 9 Dec., 2017) Contact: Aera Energy, Christina Sistrunk, CEO, (661) 665-5000, www.aeraenergy.com; GlassPoint Solar, Ben Bierman, CEO, (415) 778-2800, info@glasspoint.com, www.glasspoint.com:

More Low-Carbon Energy News GlassPoint Solar,  Solar,  


GE Aviation Testing 100 pct GEVO ATJ Fuel (Ind. Report)
GEVO,GE Aviation,FAA
Date: 2017-12-13
Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. reports that GE Aviation has begun jet engine combustor component testing with 100 pct GEVO renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). The testing is part of the FAA Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise Program, the agency's principal environmental effort to accelerate the development of new aircraft, engine technologies and sustainable alternative jet fuels.

This round of testing is specifically designed to enable the greater displacement of petroleum-based jet fuel by bio-based hydrocarbon fuels with similar performance characteristics to commonly used petroleum-based fuels, albeit with reductions in particulate matter and other air quality related emissions. Accoding to GEVO, its ATJ has the potential to improve performance by providing greater energy density which translates into better mileage.

Evandale, Ohio-based GE Aviation is a part of General Electric Company, and is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. (Source: GEVO, PR, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: GE Aviation, www.geaviation.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News FAA,  GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  Isobutanol,  GE Aviation,  


Stagecoach East Trials Scania Biogas-Powered Bus (Int'l Report)
Stagecoach East
Date: 2017-12-13
In the UK, one of the country s largest public transit agencies, Stagecoach East, reports it is trialing a Enviro 400 Scania double-decker bus powered with biogas fuel.

The Scania model -- which was specifically developed for the UK bus market -- complements Stagecoach East's environmental goals by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 84 pct compared to an average automobile which emits 120g of CO2 per km while the equivalent journey using a biogas bus only emits around 2.4g per km.

Stagecoach East has invested £4.7million in a fleet of 22 Scania "greener" Park & Ride buses. (Source: Stagecoast East, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: Stagecoach East, Andy Campbell, Managing Director, www.stagecoachbus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  


Jamaican Ethanol Plant Idled in Favor of Imports (Ind. Report)
Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
Date: 2017-12-13
In Kingston, a Jamaican Auditor General Department performance audit reports the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica's wholly owned ethanol producing subsidiary Petrojam Ethanol Limited (PEL) has generated questionable returns on its $800 million investment.

In 2005, PEL and a Brazilian company established a partnership to provide ethanol production feedstock for a newly constructed 40-million gpy plant in Kingston. In 2013, the plant operators claimed the high ethanol feedstock prices rendered ethanol production unprofitable and ethanol importation profitable. Accordingly, PEL virtually shuttered production and became a net importer. The plant's five storage tanks are presently being used to store approximately 4,000 barrels of contaminated ethanol which the company is trying to dispose of. The company now plans to resume production in 2018. (Source: Jamaica Aufitor Generals Office, The Gleaner, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: Petrojam Ethanol Limited, https://petrojamethanol.com; Jamaica Auditor General Office, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis, +876 926 5846, auditorgeneral.gov.jm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica ,  Ethanol,  


U.S. Solar Output Jumps 47 pct in 2017, say EIA (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Agency
Date: 2017-12-13
According to the US EIA's latest monthly report, US PV output grew grew 47 pct during the first three quarters of 2017, over the same period in 2016. The report notes that every state increased its output from solar energy production with California leading the pack with its 24,877,000 MWh,. Of those top 10 states, Georgia had the highest year-to-year percentage growth, increasing 186 pct from 2016 to 2017, followed by Texas with 165 pct and Utah with 123 pct.

In market segment terms, utility scale growth was twice as high, increasing 58 pct from 2016 to 2017 while the residential sector increased by 32 pct year-over-year. (Source: DOE EIA Electric Power Monthly, Dec. 2017) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Information Agency,  


$4.2M Grant to Advance Efficient Energy Systems (Ind. Report)
University of Illinois-Chicago
Date: 2017-12-13
The University of Illinois-Chicago Energy Resources Center is reporting receipt of $4.2 million in U.S. DOE grant funding to advance combined heat and power (CHP) technologies and manage one of eight DOE regional centers to promote CHP systems in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Over the next five years, the research team will work with Midwestern universities, hospital industrial facilities and others to analyze and identify potential CHP systems markets, conduct outreach to promote the benefits of the technology and provide technical assistance to organizations interested in CHP systems for their facilities. The grant will also be used to help make local power grids more resilient to the potential damage caused by natural disasters. (Source: University of Illinois , Energy Resource Center, WTTW, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: University of Illinois-Chicago Energy Resources Center, Cliff Haefke, Dir., (312) 996-4490, www.erc.uic.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  CHP,  


Double-Glazing for Solar Panel Efficiency (New Prod & Tech)
University of Warwick
Date: 2017-12-13
Two UK physicists from the University of Warwick, Coventry are touting a new design of double-glazed solar panels similar to a double-glazed window -- two glass layers and the space between them is filled with an inert gas.

Whereas existing solar panels use vacuum as the filler between two layers, the new design uses an inert gas as the filler, acting as an additional insulation.

How does the double-glazed solar panel work? When the sunlight strikes it, electrons are ejected from the photocathode, which is the inner layer applied with a special coating that releases electrons during a radiation. These free electrons then transcend through the inert gas (argon) and are collected by the transparent outer layer that conducts electricity. (Source: University of Warwick, CleanTechnica, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: University of Warwick, Dr. Gavin Bell,Dr. Yorck Ramachers, +44 (0)24 7652 3523, https://warwick.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Panel,  Solar Panel Eficiency,  


PARC Secures CalSEED Energy Storage Awards (Funding, R&D)
PARC,California Clean Energy Fund
Date: 2017-12-13
Palo Alto, California-based PARC, a Xerox company, is reporting receipt of two grant awards from the California Energy Commission's California Clean Energy Fund (CalSEED) program to develop a desalination battery for simultaneous desalination and electrical load-shifting, and a membrane-based electro-chemical CO2 removal system for HVAC energy savings.

The desalination battery combines the ability to desalinate highly saline waters with the ability to store electrical energy. The battery produces desalinated water during discharge without the need for high pressure or expensive maintenance; reduced pretreatment requirements; and the ability to realize high water recovery ratios and enables high renewables penetration on the grid.

PARC is developing the Membrane-based Electrochemical CO2 Removal System as a retrofit to existing HVAC systems. The PARC system reduces the need for thermal and humidity conditioning of building air by removing CO2 directly without increasing energy consumption.

PARC is also working on a variety of initiatives ranging from energy storage and efficiency to renewable energy, and others. (Source: PARC, PR, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: PARC, Jessy Rivest, Energy Materials & Systems Hardware Systems Laboratory , (650) 812-4000, www.parc.com; California Clean Energy Fund, (415) 957-0167, www.calcef.org; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Energy Storage,  California Clean Energy Fund,  


PG&E Lauded as Nation's Greenest Energy Provider (Ind. Report)
PG&E
Date: 2017-12-13
PG&E reports its clean energy and sustainability initiatives have been recognized by the 2017 Newsweek Green Rankings, which named the company the greenest energy provider in the nation based on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, green revenues, linking executive pay to sustainability, board-level committee oversight of sustainability and third-party audited environmental metrics.

PG&E's commitment to sustainability include: delivering power that's among the cleanest in the nation, with nearly 70 pct coming from greenhouse-gas free resources; a shareholder-funded Better Together Resilient Communities grant program that will invest $2 million over five years to support climate resilience planning efforts; and helping customers save $258 million on their energy bills through energy efficiency, and others. (Source: PB&E, PR, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: PG&E Corporation, (415) 973-5930, www.pgecorp.com/sustainability, www.pge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Energy,  Renewable Energy,  PG&E,  Energy Efficiency,  


Vietnam Fuel Stations Switching to E5 Ethanol Blend (Int'l)
PetroVietnam Oil Corp
Date: 2017-12-13
In Hanoi, Veitnam's largest oil and fuel retailer PetroVietnam Oil Corp (PV Oil) reports it will replace RON 92 fuel at all of its fuel stations with E5 -- 95 pct of RON 92 and 5 pct ethanol -- by Dec. 15, according to the state-owned company's website.

Vietnam has been pushing for the E5 blend as ethanol can be produced from cassava. Several factories have been set up specifically to process cassava into ethanol. The switch to the E5 mixer to fueling stations nationwide is expected by Jan. 1, 2018. (Source: PetroVietnam Oil Corp., Business Record, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: PetroVietnam Oil Corp., www.pvoil.com.vn

More Low-Carbon Energy News E5,  Cass Ethanol.Vietnam Ethanol,  PetroVietnam Oil ava ,  


India to Announce Gasoline-Methanol Blend Rate (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-12-13
Autocar India reports the Indian government has announced it will soon allow the blending of methanol and gasoline to reduce retail fuel costs and curb pollution. Although an exact blend percentage rate has not yet been determined, 15 pct is being anticipated.

Gasoline supplied in India is already blended with ethanol and methanol-blended automotive fuel (petrol and diesel) in various blended percentages ranging from 3 to 85 pct is already in use in a few markets. (Source: Autocar India, 11 Dec., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Methanol Blend,  Biofuel,  


Sunseap, Linyang Partner for Singapore Solar Projects (Int'l)
Sunseap, Linyang Energy
Date: 2017-12-13
Chinese clean energy firm Linyang Energy reports it has inked a MoU with Singapore-based solar developer Sunseap to work on distributed solar, floating solar, module supply and energy efficiency projects in Singapore.

Together the firms aim to install 100MW of distributed solar PV by the end of 2018 and 500MW by 2021. They will also collaborate on efficiency management using LEDs and green energy trading projects in Singapore as well as providing decentralized energy in industrial parks, according to a Linyang release.

The MoU covers: six areas requiring an investment of more than $500 by 2020. energy efficiency in buildings; rooftop and floating solar plants; 300MW of n-type double-glass modules; LED light and energy-saving services; partnering on Singaporean power trading; and working on virtual power stations, energy management hosting and micro-grids. The two companies expect to invest a total of $500 million by 2020. (Source: Linyang Energy, Various Media, PV Mag, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: Linyang Energy, www.linyang.com/en; Sunseap, +65 68 16 1000, www.sunseap.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunseap,  Linyang Energy,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


Ketchum Hotel Scores LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-12-13
The 99-room Limelight Hotel in downtown Ketchum, Idaho, reports it has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency and sustainability.

The hotel's LEED qualifying sustainable features and practices include: heat-rejecting technology to block solar gain and reduce air conditioning; extensive use of recycled materials throughout, including roof, carpeting and ceramic tiles as well as FSC-certified reclaimed wood; the use of environmentally safe cleaning supplies, and others. (Source: Limelight Hotel, Hotel Management, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: Limelight Hotel, Mark Vogele, project manager,www.limelighthotels.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


Set-Backs Stymie $2.6Bn in Ohio Wind Farm Development (Ind. Report)
APex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-12-13
The Green Springs Blade reports that Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy's plan to develop 5 wind farms across Ohio's Seneca and Sandusky counties at a total cost of $2.6 billion are being stymied by "set-back" rules designed to protect nearby property owners from wind turbine noise and vibration.

Current setback rules went into effect in 2014 when the Republican-led Legislature placed a two-year freeze on renewable-energy mandates for power companies. The freeze expired last year, but the set back legislation remains in place. An effort to ease the rules has stalled in the Legislature. (Source: Youngstown Vindicator, Vindy.mobi, 11 Dec.2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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


DOE Announces $18.5 Mn for Offshore Wind R&D (Funding)
DOE EERE
Date: 2017-12-13
In the nation's capital, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced $18.5 million in new Department of Energy (DOE) funding for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.

The consortium will be a cooperative private-public innovation hub addressing wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance, supply chain technology solutions, and related relevant offshore wind topics and technologies.

The DOE intends to select an administrator to coordinate the collaborative R&D activities conducted by the consortium. The consortium will include members of the offshore wind industry who will contribute funds to the consortium and use the research findings to further advance technologies. In addition to the initial $18.5 million funding, $2 million will be allocated to research at DOE's national laboratories to support consortium R&D activities. (Source: US DOE EERE, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: US DOE EERE, energy.gov/eere/wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  DOE EERE,  


Clearfleau Building UK Distillery AD Biogas Plant (Int'l)
Clearfleau
Date: 2017-12-13
Berkshire, UK-based on-site anaerobic digestion treatment specialists Clearfleau reports work is underway on a new facility for beverage company Inver House, Balmenach in rural Speyside, Scotland.

The new plant will be built at a 200-year-old distillery, which already has a biomass boiler installed. Upon completion, the new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility will treat approximately 130m3 of whisky co-products a day to produce 2,000m3 of biogas which will be fed to a combined heat and power (CHP) engine that will provide 200KW of electricity and 230KW of heat for use in the operation of the distillery.(Source: Clearfleau, PowerTechnology, Dec., 2017) Contact: Clearfleau Ltd., Craig Chapman, CEO, +44 (0) 844 477 6292, info@clearfleau.com, www.clearfleau.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


GridPoint Releases Energy Manager 3.0 (New Prod & Tech)
GridPoint
Date: 2017-12-13
Reston, Virginia-based smart buildings technology innovator GridPoint is reporting the release of its new mobile application, the GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile 3.0.

The GridPoint Energy Manager platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy costs, and proactively manage day-to-day operations. Energy Manager Mobile 3.0 utilizes three dimensions of data to create the most accurate picture of energy usage within a building: granular data at the equipment-level, real-time data, and historical data.

The 3.0 can be used as a diagnostic tool to triage site HVAC or other failures and to support users or small businesses with bill entry tools, savings dashboards, and a new HVAC Health feature.(Source: GridPoint, PR, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: Gridpoint, www.gridpoint.com/mobile

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


The Future of Cap-and-Trade Program in California -- Brattle Group Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
Brattle Group
Date: 2017-12-11
In a recently released discussion paper, The Brattle Group notes that over the long term, California's reaching it 80 pct decarbonization goals may require large increases in GHG prices in the absence of technological breakthroughs. Additionally, non-electric sectors, especially transportation, must play an increasingly important role in GHG emission reductions. The bulk of future reductions will likely be accomplished largely by complementary policies, but supplemented by price-driven reductions. The level of complementary policies and innovation in lower-cost, clean-energy technologies in the non-electric sector will have major impacts on future GHG prices, according to the paper.

The potential for high future GHG prices highlights the importance of further improving the economic competitiveness of clean-energy technologies, such as bulk energy storage, and promoting more widespread adoption of electric vehicles. According to the Brattle discussion paper, despite significant projected additions of renewable generation, the electric sector is not likely to achieve full decarbonization by 2050.

The Brattle discussion paper also notes that, given the current lack of federal support for a climate protection policy, similar approaches to GHG mitigation are being considered by other states and regions interested in pursuing policies for climate protection. For example, Quebec and Ontario have already joined California in the Western Climate Initiative's (WCI's) cap-and-trade program, and Oregon is considering an economy-wide cap-and-trade program and linkage to California as well.

The Future of Cap-and-Trade Program in California: Will Low GHG Prices Last Forever?, discussion paper is available for download HERE (Source: The Brattle Group, PR, 5 Dec., 2017) Contact: The Brattle Group, (202 955-5050, (415) 217-1000, www.brattle.com

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Zero-Emissions Fossil-Fuel Demo Expected in 2018 (Ind. Report)
NET Power
Date: 2017-12-11
Following up on our 29 Sept. coverage, Durham, North Carolina-based Net Power reports its $150 million zero-emissions natural-gas pilot power plant in Houston, Texas is underway. The turbine technology used in NET Power's demo plant is based on the Allam cycle which exploits the unusual qualities of CO2 which, under high pressure and temperature, becomes a "super-critical fluid" that shares characteristics of a liquid and a solid. In its super-critical fluid form, CO2 has proven to be an efficient extractor of heat energy in a turbine. NET Power's turbine uses CO2, rather than a mixture of hot gases, to transfer heat, which is then converted into mechanical energy and, ultimately, electricity.

In collaboration with Toshiba, NET Power modified turbines to be compatible with the Allam cycle. Because of their highly efficient design, NET Power's turbines are one-tenth the size of normal turbines. After some final tests are conducted and minor problems are fixed, NET Power expects its plant to begin its operation in 2018. At full capacity, it will produce enough electricity to power 40,000 homes. Net Power aims to license its technology to third parties -- oil and gas companies, power utilities -- and expects the first commercial plant to start its turbines as early as 2021. Net Power was formed by a partnership of 8 Rivers Capital, Exelon and CB&I. (Source: NET Power, inhabitat, 5 Dec., 2017)Contact: Net Power, (919) 667-1800, www.netpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NET Power,  Carbon Emissions,  Zero Emission,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  


Ontario Proposing 10 pct Gasoline-Ethanol Blend Rate (Reg & Leg)
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
Date: 2017-12-11
At Queens Park, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change reports it will increase its ethanol-in-gasoline blending requirement from the present 5 pct to 10 pct by 2020, as well as provide incentives for renewable gasoline, biocrude and other low carbon fuels.

The increase is in keeping with the province's effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions from fuels.

The province's refineries are currently blending up to 7 -- 8 pct ethanol in their regular grade gasoline. (Source: Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Globe & Mail, Various Others , Dec.2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, (416) 325-4000, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change

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New Livelihoods Carbon Fund Launch Touted (Ind. Report)
Livelihood
Date: 2017-12-11
On 11 December 2017 in Paris, Credit Agricole, Danone, Firmenich, Hermes, Michelin, SAP, Schneider Electric & Voyageurs du Monde announced they are launch a new Livelihoods Carbon Fund. They will invite other companies and impact investors to join the momentum to reach the €100 million investment target as of 2018 avoiding the emissions of up to 25 million tons of CO2 over a 20-year span.

The new Livelihoods Carbon Fund will initially invest in ecosystem restoration, agroforestry and energy projects in 2018. Projects will be mainly implemented in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and will enable companies to voluntarily offset part of their CO2 emissions, in addition to their own efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their activities.

Livelihoods funds provide upfront financing to best-in-class project developers for the implementation of large scale projects over 10 to 20 years. Returns to the funds are results-based to guarantee that projects are delivering tangible social, environmental and economic results.

Livelihoods Funds are supported by: the French Development Agency (AFD), the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), the Ramsar Convention and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF). (Source: Livelihood Funds, Sustainable Brands, 5 Dec., 2017) Contact: Livelihoods, www.livelihoods.eu

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Notable Quote
Climate Change,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-12-11
"Obviously we're in an unusual time when the United States is now the only nation on earth that does not belong to the Paris agreement. And that's a difficult position to defend. But the good news is that the Paris agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own. It was going to be up to all of us." -- Former U.S. President Barak Obama, 5 Dec., 2017

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MD County Aims to End GHG Emissions by 2035 (Ind. Report)
GHG
Date: 2017-12-11
The Washington Post is reporting that the 100 pct Democratic Montgomery County Council in Maryland has declared a "Climate Emergency" and voted to approve a resolution to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2027 and 100 pct by 2035.

The county, which is reportedly one of the nation's first such jurisdictions to make such a commitment, is now looking at its possible option -- greener building codes, increased renewable energy, energy efficiency and others -- to achieve its goal. (Source: Montgomery County Council, Wash Post, 5 Dec., 2017) Contact: Montgomery County Council, (240) 777-7900, www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council

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NextEra Commissions Bluff Point Indiana Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources,AEP,Appalachian Power
Date: 2017-12-11
Following on our August 30th coverage, NextEra Energy Resources reports the commissioning of the Bluff Point Wind Energy Center in Jay County, Indiana.

The Bluff Point Wind Energy Center incorporates 57 General Electric wind turbines capable of generating almost 120 MW which is being purchased by American Electric Power. AEP will, in turn, service roughly 1 million customers of Appalachian Power in West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia with the energy generated from Bluff Point. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources, Connerville News Examiner, 8 Dec., 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Appalachian Power, www.appalachianpower.com; AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

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SiemensGamesa Announces Americas Consolidation (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-12-11
SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it has consolidated its North America and Latin America regions under the leadership of a new CEOs Jose Antonio Miranda and Darnell Walker of its onshore and service businesses, respectively.

Prior to his start with Gamesa, Miranda worked for ABB in numerous roles, including business unit director of medium voltage in Spain.

SGRE notes it has a strong presence in the Americas: a total installed base of over 26 GW, capable of powering nearly 8 million average households. Of the 26 GW installed, 17.5 GW is under service. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Various Media, 7 Dec., 2017) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

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The Dutch Wind Consortium: Successful Aggrgation of Corporate Renewables Buyers in Europe -- Case Study Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-12-11
The Dutch Wind Consortium -- AkzoNobel, DSM, Google, and Philips -- a partnership to jointly negotiate Netherlands power purchase agreements (PPAs), reports it executed its first PPA in October 2016, enabling the construction of the 102 MW Krammer Wind Park project. The consortium signed a second PPA in December 2016, which will lead to the construction of the 34 MW Bouwdokken Wind Park project.

The Consortium represents a potentially replaceable model for multiple renewables buyers to aggregate their electricity demand under a single PPA deal.

Download the attached case study, which offers insight into the planning and execution of this model, HERE. (Source: Rocky Mountain Institute, 7 Dec., 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Institute, www.rmi.org

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Senvion Reports New Markets Wind Turbine Installations (Int'l)
Senvion
Date: 2017-12-11
In Germany, Hamburg-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Senvion is reporting the installation of 33 Senvion 3.4M114 turbines at the 112 MW Egersund wind farm in Rogaland, Norway. The project with Norsk Vind Egersund AS will have a total rated output of 112 MW and generate sufficient energy for approximately 20,000 Norwegian households.

In Serbia, the 8MW Malibunar Wind Farm installed 4 Senvion MM100 turbines that will supply 7,200 Serbian households.

In the Republic of Ireland. the Teevurcher Wind Farm, northwest of Dublin, installed five MM82 wind turbines with a total output of 10 MW to power approximately 7,000 Irish homes per year. Serbia, Norway and Irelad are new markets for Senvion. (Source: Senvion, CBTR, 7 Dec., 2017) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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Ontario Save on Energy for Manufacturers Touted (Ind. Report)
Ontario Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-12-11
Ontario's Save on Energy programs, which are tailored to help Ontario manufacturers mitigate high energy costs, are provided through the province's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) fund energy audits, retrofits, and control electricity demand at peak usage times. Save on Energy program users have reduced the cost of energy efficiency investments and their energy costs , according to the Save On Energy website.

The Save on Energy program provides business owners a customized list of program incentives and audit funding for: demand response; high performance new construction; process and systems upgrades; retrofits; existing building commissioning and others. Save on Energy has helped manufacturers cut costs and improve the efficiency of industrial lighting, air compressors, manufacturing retrofits and others. (Source: Save on Energy, PLANT, 10 Dec., 2017) Contact: Ontario Save on Energy, https://saveonenergy.ca

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VertAx Wind, U.of Edinburgh Ink C-Gen Licensing Agreement (Int'l)
VertAx Wind
Date: 2017-12-11
In the UK, Guildford, Surrey based vertical axis wind energy specialist VertAx Wind Ltd reports it has sealed its first commercial licensing agreement for the C-Gen Permanent Magnet Generator developed at the University of Edinburgh. The agreement enables VertAx to build the technology into its multi-megawatt vertical axis wind turbine which are presently under development.

The scaleable C-Gen is an air-cored, lightweight, "no cogging" design was developed under the Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept Programme, and it has since been demonstrated at various scales up to 1 MW. The design is suitable for tidal, wind and wave energy applications. (Source: VertAx Wind Ltd., Windpower, Various Media, 8 Dec., 2017) Contact: VertAx Wind, +44 01252 702165, info@vertaxwind.com, www.veretaxwind.com

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Philippines BDO Issues $150Mn Green Bond (Ind. Report)
World Bank IFC
Date: 2017-12-11
The Philippines' largest lender BDO Unibank has raised $150 million from a pioneering offshore "green" bond issuance, boosting private sector funding for climate change mitigating initiatives. The funds will be used exclusively to finance climate-smart projects including renewable energy, green buildings, and energy-efficient equipment.

The green bond is seen to provide an alternative source of long-term green finance in the country and contribute to the Philippines' target of reducing carbon emissions by 70 pct by 2030 relative to its Business As Usual scenario. The financing deal is expected to help save 93,000 tpy of CO2 emissions per year by 2022, according tothe bank's website.

The World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC) is the sole investor in the bond. Since 2005, IFC has invested $18.3 billion in long-term financing from its own account, and mobilized another $11 billion through partnerships with investors for climate-related projects. Overall, IFC has issued $7.25 billion in green bonds in 12 currencies. (Source: BDO, Philippine Daily Inquirerer, 8 Dec., 2017)Contact: BDO, www.bdo.com.ph; World Bank International Finance Corp, https://finances.worldbank.org/ifc

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Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Scores LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-12-11
In Alabama, Chance Partners, developer of the Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown reports the hotel has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver Certification.

The 91 guest room hotel scored LEED Silver status through incorporation of a highly reflective TPO roof which reduces the hotel's heat island effect, installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout to cut water consumption by at least 35 pct compared to LEED baseline metrics. Additionally, the hotel's energy model design reduces energy costs over 28 pct compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline. The hotel's construction is composed of 35 pct recycled material and 44 pct regionally sourced materials and received credit for incorporating public transportation access with the hotel's location in downtown Tuscaloosa. (Source: Chance Partners, LLC, PR, 8 Dec., 20170 Contact: Chance Partners, www.Chance-Partners.com; USGBC,

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EKAE, Pearson Fuels Seal Renewable Diesel Mkt. Deal (Ind. Report)
East Kansas Agri-Energy, Pearson Fuels
Date: 2017-12-11
East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE) and San Diego-based Pearson Fuels, California's largest independently owned ethanol distributor, report they have inked an exclusive West Coast marketing agreement for the distribution of corn oil Renewable Diesel from EKAE's recently commissioned 50 million gpy plant in Garnett, Kansas.

The fuel qualifies under both the biomass-based diesel and the "other advanced biofuels" category in meeting the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Pearson will wholesale the fuel to retailers, fuel distributors, and municipalities in both California and Oregon. The first several rail cars of Renewable Diesel have already started shipping to these West Coast markets. (Source: East Kansas Agri-Energy, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: EKAE, Bill Pracht, Pres., CEO, (785) 448-2888, www.ekaellc.com; Pearson Fuels, (619) 521-2411, www.pearsonfuels.com

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RIC Launches Ethanol Mandate Advertising Campaign (Ind. Report)
Renewable Industries Canada
Date: 2017-12-11
The Aylmer, Ontario-based trade organization Renewable Industries Canada (RIC) is reporting the launch of its The Facts Don't Lie advertising campaign to increase public awareness of the benefits of biofuels.

The campaign describes bifuels as "the fastest and easiest way" to reduce transportation sector greenhouse gases and calls for Canada's present 5 pct ethanol blend mandate raised to 10 pct (E10).

Renewable Industries Canada, founded in 1984 as the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, represents the leaders of Canada's bioeconomy -- producers of renewable fuels and value added products that reduce GHG emissions. RIC members provide renewable, clean-burning biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel -- fuels that help fight climate change and combat pollution and smog. At the same time, they produce value added products from renewable resources and continuously innovate to provide environmental and economic benefits. The organization aims to promote the use of value-added products made from renewable resources through consumer awareness and government liaison activities. (Source: Renewable Industries Canada, Dec., 2017) Contact: Renewable Industries Canada, (833) 446-3385, www.ricanada.org

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WV Energy Efficiency Program Economic Benefit Questioned (Ind. Report)
WV Energy Efficiency Program Likely to Survive PSC Challenge (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-12-11
In Charleston, Energy Efficiency West Virginia (EEWV) reports the American Electric Power (AEP) administered West Virginia energy efficiency program is expected to survive a challenge by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) which has questioned the program's cost effectiveness. AEP runs the program for consumers of Allegheny Energy and Wheeling Power. Energy Efficient West Virginia and AEP have indicated that they want to maintain and expand the program.

The program, which helps people reduce their power bills through better insulation, efficient lighting and similar energy efficient upgrades, is a good investment and a cost effective way to meet the customer's energy requirements, have a better and more robust electrical system, create jobs and promote economic development, according to EEWV. The utilities are also finding it cheaper to reduce demand than to build more generating capacity, which saves money, even for ratepayers who don't participate in these programs, EEWV added. The program is largely the result of proposals made by EEWV during PSC consideration of a 2009 rate increase. (Source: EEWV, Public News Service WV, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: AEP, Energy Efficiency West Virginia, www.appalachianpower.com; Public Service Commission of West Virginia, www.psc.state.wv.us

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Calif. to Consider Ban on Gas-Powered Cars by 2040 (Reg & Leg)
California
Date: 2017-12-11
In the environmental bellwether state, legislation that would ban gasiline-powered cars by 2040 is expected to be introduced in California's democrat dominated legislature in the upcoming January, 2018 session. If passed into law, the California Motor Vehicle Department would only register vehicles that did not produce carbon dioxide emissions. Based on currently available technology, that would mean only battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars would be permissible after 2040.

The UK, France, Germany, and others have taken similar steps and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has previously proposed banning internal-combustion engines. Governor Jerry Brown has also come out in support of the move. Transportation is currently the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. (Source: Futurism, CARB, Various Media, Dec., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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Landfill Gas Recovery System Proposed for Oberlin (Ind. Report)
Oberlin College
Date: 2017-12-11
In the Buckeye State, the Oberlin College Office of Environmental Sustainability is proposing a new landfill gas recovery system to heat dorms and other on campus facilities. The landfill gas system would replace the current gas-powered steam system and reduce the campus' carbon usage by 65 pct compared to a 2015 usage profile, according to data released by Ever-Green Energy. The measure could bring Oberlin 92 pct of the way toward reaching its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

Oberlin ranks sixth in the nation among four-year baccalaureate colleges for sustainability, according to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System -- an independent sustainability assessor that runs off of self-reported data. The school currently uses 100 percent renewable electricity. (Source: Oberlin College, Oberlin Review, 8 Dec., 2017) Contact: Oberlin College, Bridget Flynn, Sustainability Manager, (440) 775-8121, www.oberlin.edu; Ever-Green Energy, (651) 290-2812, info@ever-greenenergy.com, http://www.ever-greenenergy.com

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Enel Scores Golden State Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2017-12-11
Enel Green Power North America reports it has inked three capacity storage agreements (CSA) with US utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for a total capacity of 85MW/340MWh. Under the terms of the agreement Enel will develop the 50MW Kingston, 25MW Cascade, and 10MW Sierra stand-alone lithium-ion energy storage projects in California.

The facilities will be connected directly to the power grid and will charge the lithium-ion batteries during an abundance of renewable power generation. Energy stored in the batteries will be delivered back to the PG&E grid during times of peak electricity demand, increasing grid reliability while reducing congestion. The energy storage projects are expected to be operational by 2023, subject to regulatory approvals. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Power Tech., 6 Dec. 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

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