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Argentina Doubling Biodiesel Export Tax (Int'l Report)
Biodiesel
Date: 2018-05-30
In Buenos Aires, Argentinian government reports it will raise its present 8 pct export tax on biodiesel to 15 pct, effective July 1, this year.

Argentina, one of the world's top biodiesel fuel producers with 1.65 million tons of biodiesel exports in 2017, has been hit by retaliatory tariffs in recent years including the U.S. International Trade Commission anti-dumping duties of 60.44 pct to 276.65 pct.

The Argentine CIARA-CEC exporters trade association reports it expects the European Union to stop importing biodiesel by imposing new tariffs in September or October. The Chamber sees exports falling to around 700,000 tons this year. (Source: CIARA-CEC, Merco Press, 29 May, 2018) Contact: CIARA-CEC, www.ciara.com.ar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Argentina Biodiesel,  


China World Renewable Energy Employment Leader (Int'l Report)
IRENA
Date: 2018-05-30
According to the Renewable Energy & Jobs Report report from the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), renewable energy employment worldwide is concentrated in China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan. China accounts for more than 40 pct of all renewable energy jobs -- 83 pct in solar heating and cooling and 66 pct in the solar photovoltaics sector, but less in wind power. Both wind power and solar heating and cooling declined as the pace of new capacity additions slowed.

Large hydropower employment job markets were led by China, India and Brazil, followed by the Russian Federation, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Viet Nam, according to IRENA. (Source: IRENA, brand-e, Others, 29 May, 2018) Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Renewable Energy,  


Rampion Offshore Wind Farm Nearing Commissioning (Int'l)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2018-05-30
In the UK, the BBC is reporting the £1 billion, Rampion offshore wind farm off Brighton is expected to come online within months. When fully operational, the 116-turbine project will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 350,000 homes.

The Rampion project is the first offshore wind project on the south coast and is two-thirds the size of the 175-turbine London Array, the biggest offshore wind farm in the world. Rampion is a JV between E.ON, which developed the project, Canadian energy company Enbridge and a consortium of US, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and Macquarie Capital. (Source: E.ON, BBC, 29 May, 2018)Contact: E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com; Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rampion,  Offshore Wind,  


Namibia Notes Renewables, Climate Change Mitigation Program (Int'l)
Namibia
Date: 2018-05-30
In the city of Windhoek, the Government of Namibia is reporting the launch of a N$670 million ($54 +- million) sustainable utilization resources and energy financing programme to promote renewable energy investments. The programme is receiving financial support from and concessional loans from the French Development Agency. Approximately N$218 million in FDA funding has been disbursed to the country's commercial banks.

Namibia, one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change, is committed to the implementation of the COP Paris Agreement on climate change and has committed to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and targets in various sectors such as energy, waste, agriculture and forestry. (Source: Namibian, 29 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


Navigant Touts Tendril, Oracle Top Home Energy Management Software Providers (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research,Oracle,Tendril
Date: 2018-05-30
A new Leaderboard Report from Boulder, Colorado-headquartered Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 14 home energy management (HEM) software companies, with Oracle and Tendril ranked as the leading companies. Four of the companies ranked in this Leaderboard Report are smaller startups offering energy monitoring services at a smaller scale.

According to the report, rapid growth in smart home technology has bolstered the digitization of homes and the market for the smart devices within them.

This report examines the strategy and execution of 14 companies that offer software-based HEM solutions. These players are rated on: vision; go-to-market strategy; partners; technology; geographic reach; sales & marketing; product performance; product portfolio & integrations; pricing; and staying power.

Vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked to provide industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies' relative strengths and weaknesses in the global HEM market. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, lindsay.funicello.paul@navigant.com, www.navigant.com, www.navigantresearch.com; Tendril, Adrian Tuck, CEO, 720-921-2322, www.tendrilinc.com

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


WA Carbon Tax Addresses Environmental Justice (Reg & Leg)
Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Date: 2018-05-30
In Washington State, "communities of color" are reported to be organizing support for Initiative 1631, a state carbon tax that would charge $15 per ton on carbon emissions starting in 2020.

Front and Centered, an organization that represents communities of color fighting climate change, notes the disproportionate effects, such as higher asthma rates for children of color, in these communities. According to Front and Centered, "(Initiative) 1631 represents an opportunity to put the cost burden back onto the polluters and holds the largest corporate polluters accountable, because our communities, you know, we've been paying our fair share. And now it's time to make it more equitable, in that sense."

Thirty-five pct of the fee would be earmarked for communities of color. Fifteen-percent of the carbon tax collected would address the oversized energy burden for low-income households, 10 pct would go to Native American tribes affected by climate change, and a $50-million reserve from the fee would assist displaced fossil-fuel workers. Opponents of the measure say companies could pass the cost of the fee onto Washingtonians. Initiative 1631 is supported by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. (Source: Washington Public News Service, 29 May, 2018)

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


Dutch Gov. Appealing 2015 GHG Reduction Ruling (Int'l Report)
Netherlands, GHG
Date: 2018-05-30
At the Hague, the Dutch government reports it has appealed a 2015 court ruling which ordered it to slash greenhouse gases by 40 pct over 1990 levels by 2020. The 2015 ruling came as a result of environmental rights group Urgenda's effort to force a national reduction of emissions blamed for global warming.

The Dutch government's appeal of the 2015 court ruling, challenges the "extent of judges' control over the future policies of the state". A ruling in the case is expected in the coming months.

In related news, the Dutch government has announced it intended to close two of its oldest coal-fire plants by 2025. Three remaining coal plants will also be closed no later then by 2030. The Netherlands is committed to cut its CO2 emissions by 49 pct by 2030. (Source: Various Media, Space Daily, 28 May, 2018)

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


Alfa Laval Wins $7.9Mn Bangladesh Heat Recovery System Order (Int'l)
Alfa Laval
Date: 2018-05-30
Lund, Sweden-headquartered heat transfer and fluid handling specialist Alfa Laval is reporting receipt of a SEK70 million ($7.9 million) supply order for waste heat recovery systems for a power plant in Bangladesh. Delivery is scheduled for 2018.

The order includes Alfa Laval exhaust gas heat recovery units to be installed in a greenfield power plant where they will recover waste heat to be used for electric power generation. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Alfa Laval, Peter Leifland, Pres. Marine Division, +46-46-36-72-31, www.alfalaval.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval ,  Energy Efficiency,  


Nordzucker Cites Market Conditions for Ethanol Production Cut (Int'l)
Nordzucker
Date: 2018-05-30
In Germany, Braunschweig-based sugar beet grower and ethanol producer Nordzucker reports it cut its sugar-based ethanol production by 27 pct March 2017/February 2018.

The company blamed the reduction on higher sugar prices during the first half of its fiscal year and "considerable volatility" in the fuel market. (Source: Nordzucker, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Nordzucker Ethanol, Boris Kuster, Bioethanol Manager, +49 39209 45-132, www.nordzucker.com/en/business/bioethanol/production.html, www.nordzucker.de/en/home.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordzucker,  Sugar Beet,  Ethanol,  


Siemens, Northvolt Building European Li-ion Battery Plant (Int'l)
Northvolt,Siemens
Date: 2018-05-30
German industrial manufacturing giant Siemens reports it is partnering with Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB to construct Europe's largest lithium ion battery plant in Northern Sweden. Siemens will invest €10 million in the 32GWh capacity project and help develop digital software to automate production at the site. (Source: Siemens, Business Green, 29 May, 2018)Contact: NorthVolt AB, Peter Carlsson, CEO, www.northvolt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Li-Ion,  NorthVolt,  Siemens,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion,  


Aviation Sustainable Alternative Fuel Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
International Business Aviation Council,
Date: 2018-05-30
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and other aviation industry organization are reporting the joint launch of the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) initiative.

The initiative aims to reduce business aviation's carbon-environmental footprint where it starts, as opposed to using offsets or other market-based measures. The initiative also addresses the need for for education, as industry players such as operators and fuel providers are not necessarily content with standardization body ASTM's green light and still fear fuel tank and engine damage and warranty issues potentially caused by aviation biofuel usage. The initiative centers on a guide to the use of SAJF.

The promoters of the initiative are planning a full-scale demonstration at Los Angeles Van Nuys and Paris Le Bourget airports where all aircraft would receive a blend of conventional and sustainable fuel.

Download the US DOE SAJF details and the full SAJF Value Proposition HERE. (Source: International Business Aviation Council, the National Air Transportation Association, Aviation Week, May 29, 2018) Contact: International Business Aviation Council, www.ibac.org/Business/Aviation; National Air Transportation Association, (202) 774-1535, nata.aero

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


SGL Carbon Touts "Strategic Realignment" (Ind. Report)
SGL Carbon
Date: 2018-05-30
The SGL Group - The Carbon Company is reporting a return to its original SGL Carbon moniker as its new company name.

SGL Carbon is a technology-based company and a leader in the development and production of carbon-based solutions. Its high-quality materials and products made from specialty graphite and composites are used in the automotive, aerospace, solar and wind energy, semiconductor and LEDs, as well as in the production of lithium-ion batteries and other energy storage systems sectors.

In 2017, SGL Carbon generated sales of around €860 million. The company operates 34 locations in Europe, North America, and Asia. (Source: SGL, Inside Composites, 29 May, 2018) Contact: SGL Carbon, Dr Jurgen Kohler, CEO, www.sglcarbon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SGL Carbon,  


Sprout Sports DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Status (Ind. Report)
DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner
Date: 2018-05-30
Pueblo, Colorado-headquartered mini-home manufacturer Sprout Tiny Homes Inc. reports it has become a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner and one that of its models is already certified as a Zero Energy Ready Home.

The Zero Energy Ready home is a high performance home so energy efficient, all or most annual energy consumption can be offset with renewable energy. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are third-party verified and at least 40 pct -- 50 pct more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low- to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built.(Source: Sprout Tiny Homes, PR, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Sprout Tiny Homes Inc. , Rod Stambaugh, (719) 247-6195, www.sprouttinyhomes.com Zero Energy Ready Home, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-home

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Zero Energy,  DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner ,  


BIC Approves Benefuel's Sarnia Biodiesel Project (Ind. Report)
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,Benefuel
Date: 2018-05-30
Following up on our April 4 coverage, the not-for-profit NGO Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) Center for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI) initiative program is reporting approval of a COMM SCI project with Benefuel. The company utilizes its patented ENSEL catalyst technology to produce a low-carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, with high yields.

Benefuel's catalytic process ENSEL combines esterification of free fatty acids (FFA) and transesterification of triglycerides into a single process step—a long-standing technology goal of the biodiesel and oleochemical industries. Solving these challenge significantly expands feedstock options, simplifies the refining process and enables a cost structure competitive with petroleum products.

The COMM SCI project ams to support a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for a 20 million gpy biodiesel plant to be located in Sarnia, Ontario. (Source: BIC, Benefuel, Green Car Congress, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir., www.bincanada.ca; Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, rtripp@benefuel.net, www.benefuel.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,  Benefuel,  


Capital Power Takes Equity Stake in C2CNT (M&A, Ind. Report)
Capital Power,C2CNT
Date: 2018-05-30
Edmonton, Alberta-based power producer Capital Power is reporting acquisition of an equity interest in C2CNT, a company that has developed and is now applying at scale an innovative technology that captures and transforms CO2 into carbon nanotubes for various industrial applications.

The C2CNT technology, which was developed by a team of scientists led by Professor Stuart Licht at George Washington University, uses electrolysis with a current generated by electrodes to separate the carbon from the oxygen, repurposes the carbon into a strong, useable carbon fiber (nanotube), and oxygen that is available for other uses. Dr. Licht and his team are among five finalists competing in the natural gas track of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition. (Source: Capital Power Corporation , PR, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Capital Power Corp, Brian Vaasjo, CEO, Michael Sheehan, Communications, (780) 392-5222, MSheehan@capitalpower.com, www.capitalpower.com; C2CNT, Stuart Licht, (571) 553-8215, SL@C2CNT.com, www.C2CNT.com; Carbon XPrize, www.carbon.xprize.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Nanotube,  Carbon Fiber,  Capital Power,  Carbon XPrize,  


DOE Awarding $30Mn for CCS Feasibility Projects (Ind. Report)
Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise
Date: 2018-05-30
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy reports it is splitting $29.6 million between three newly selected R&D projects to determine the feasibility of commercial-scale carbon storage complexes as part of the second phase of the cost-shared Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) program.

The selected projects are intended to promote sustainable efforts among fossil resources and cut down on the cost of advanced fossil energy technologies -- permanent geologic storage for carbon dioxide to coincide with the predicted use of transformative carbon capture technologies beginning around 2025.

This marks the second phase of an effort which has already seen approximately $15.4 million distributed among 13 projects. The latest round will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and include projects run by the Battelle Memorial Institute, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the University of Wyoming. (Source: US DOE, Energy Insider, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise, www.researchfunding.duke.edu/carbon-storage-assurance-facility-enterprise-carbonsafe-storage-complex-facility; DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage,  DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  


UMaine Orono Investigating Woody Biomass Proposal (Ind. Report)
University of Maine Orono
Date: 2018-05-28
In the Pine Tree State, the University of Maine in Orono is considering a proposal from Honeywell International to provide "green" heat and electricity from an on-campus Renewable Energy Center.. The center would be fueled by locally sourced woody biomass and solar energy.

The proposed energy system conversion to woody biomass is being driven in part by the university's goal of virtually eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Honeywell says its project will achieve 85 pct of that goal. The university presently spends roughly $10 million a year on electricity and heat, an amount the could be slashed to $4.3 million with the new power plant and solar array, Honeywell estimates.

The on campus 6-MW central heating and power plant would burn approximately 70,000 tpy of wood chips from sustainably harvested local timber. The CHP plant would use natural gas and oil or liquid biofuels as backups for its boilers, as well as the 40MW solar array. A similar but smaller biomass facility at the University of Maine at Farmington campus burns 4,000 tpy of locally harvested hardwood chips, and replaced nearly 400,000 gallons of oil. (Source: Univ. of Maine Orono, Honeywell International,, Portland Press Herald, 22 May, 2018) Contact: University of Maine Orono, https://umaine.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell,  Biomass Power,  


Carleton Univ. Touts Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Carleton Univ
Date: 2018-05-28
In Ottawa, Ontaio, Carleton University is reporting release of a new energy master plan, part of a strategy for reducing current energy consumption and ensuring energy conservation levels are maintained as the campus evolves. The school's 2018-2021 Energy Master Plan goals include:
  • building a co-generation energy plant; developing a program to increase efficiency by optimizing equipment;
  • completing light-emitting diode (LED) lighting replacement;
  • increasing research opportunities;
  • introducing a green engagement fund to support smaller programs with the intent to educate or engage the campus community on an element of sustainability;
  • exploring private-sector partnerships to take early advantage of emerging technologies; and
  • expanding access to energy data, including more energy display screens at key locations.

    The first phase of implementing building energy retrofits has been completed and they have provided energy and water savings, as well wider environmental benefits. Carleton has achieved a 2,693,298 kWh reduction in annual electricity use, a 25,247 m3 (891,589 cf) reduction in annual water use and a 19,076 m3 (673,662 cf) reduction in annual natural gas use. (Source: Carlton University, Construction, PR, 28 May, 2018) Contact: Carlton University, Darryl Boyce, Assist. VP Planning & Facilities Management, (613) 520-2600, www.carleton.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carleton University,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Scottish Climate Change Legislation Aims 90 pct Emission Reduction by 2050 (Int'l, Reg. & Leg.)
    Carbon Emissions, Climate Change
    Date: 2018-05-28
    At Holyrood, recently tabled Government of Scotland draft climate change legislation is targeting a 90 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, a goal which the UK Committee on Climate Change notes is "at the limit of feasibility", especially with the aim of achieving 100 pct reduction, or "net-zero" emissions soon as possible after that date.

    Announcing the targets, Holyrood's climate change secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, Scotland will cut emissions by two-thirds without resorting to carbon offsetting to achieve our goal. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, Guardian International, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Scotland Climate Change Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, www.gov.scot/Topics/Environment/climatechange

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


    SunCommon, Hudson Solar Announce Merger (Ind Report, M&A)
    SunCommon,Hudson Solar
    Date: 2018-05-28
    Waterbury-based SunCommon, Vermont's largest solar company, is reporting a merger with the Empire State-based Hudson Solar, completed on Tuesday in Rhinebeck, New York. Details have not been released.

    The expansion marks SunCommon's second New York State solar initiative following its joining with Ontario, New York-based Sustainable Energy Developments, based in a rebranded venture known as SunCommon NY, in 2017. (Source: SunCommon, Vermont diggers, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Sun Common, Duane Peterson, Founder and Co-President, (802) 882-8181, www.suncommon.com; Hudson Solar, (866) 452-7652, www.hudsonsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SunCommon,  


    Duly Noted
    Advanced Biofuels Business Council
    Date: 2018-05-28
    According to Advanced Biofuels Business Council Exec. Director Brooke Coleman, "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is going against the President's commitment to rural America. If the EPA head keeps granting hardship waivers to the many refiners who have requested them, then the President's commitment to year-round use of E15 will be rendered useless. It's ridiculous for the EPA administrator to claim he's following the intent of the RFS and the President's commitment to it while at the same time granting those waivers."

    Coleman says the RFS renewable fuel obligation rule for 2019 is expected out soon but if the waivers keep getting granted, then the numbers called for in that rule don't mean anything because refiners aren't held accountable to them. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, May, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Brooke Coleman, Exec. Dir., www.advancedbiofuels.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Business Council ,  EPA,  Pruitt,  RFS,  


    Tongwei, LONGI Ink Polysilicon Module Supply Agreement (Int'l)
    Tongwei,Longi Green Energy Technology
    Date: 2018-05-28
    China's Tongwei Solar and LONGI Green Energy Technology have inked a new polysilicon supply deal under which Tongwei will sell sell 4,000 metric tons (MT) of polysilicon to monocrystalline PV module to LONGIthis year, followed by 21,000MT next year and 30,000 in 2020, for a total of 55,000 metric tons through the end of 2020., according to a regulatory filing.

    In February, LONGI'S announced its intent to triple its wafer production capacity to 45 GW by 2020. To that end, in April, the company inked a $787 million, 39,600MT polysilicon supply agreement with Daqo New Energy, alongside plans to invest $216.7 million in the construction of a 228 MW PV installation in China's Ningxia Hui region. (Source: Longi, PV Mag, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Tongwei Solar, www.tw-solar.com/en; LONGI Solar, LONGI Green Energy, en.longi-solar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tongwei,  Longi Green Energy Technology,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  


    Schneider Promoting GenNext Buildings' Platform (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-05-28
    Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric is touting the next generation of EcoStruxure Building, the industry' first open innovation platform of buildings. A part of Schneider's EcoStruxure Architecture, the product is the company's IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled, plug and play, open, interoperable, architecture and platform.

    EcoStruxure Building's open, end-to-end IP architecture enables quick, connectivity of IoT devices and provides for edge control and collaboration between building systems and third-party systems and devices.

    For developers, systems integrators and members of Schneider Electric's EcoXpert partner program, EcoStruxure Building enables up to 30 pct faster deployment through: Smart Connector framework for creating new system and app functionality; Enterprise Central allows for 10x more scalability to easily execute site expansions; Mobile commissioning, engineering efficiencies, and development applications for speed, repeatability and consistency.

    Schneider Electric EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level, from Connected Products, Edge Control to Apps, Analytics & Services, said the statement from the company. It has been deployed in 480,000-plus installations, with the support of more than 20,000 system integrators, connecting over 1.5 million assets, according to Schneider Electric. (Source: Schneider Electric, TradeArabia News Service, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Management,  Building Energy management,  


    Minrav, Nextcom Planning Golan Heights Wind JV (Int'l Report)
    Minrav Holdings Ltd., Nextcom Ltd.
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In Israel, Minrav Holdings Ltd. and Nextcom Ltd. are reporting plans to construct a wind farm in the Golan Heights. The 50-50 joint venture will incorporate 30 3.2-MW wind turbines totally 96 MA capacity. The JV has also signed a 20-year operations and maintenance contract for the project which, when commissioned in spring, 2020, will the country's largest wind farm with generation capacity sufficient for a medium-size city. (Source: Minrav, Globes, 27 May, 2018)Contact: Minrav Holdings, www.minrav.co.il/en; Nextcom, +972 73 2320 0200, www.nextcomgroup.com/en/home

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


    UK Wind Farms Surpass Nuclear Power Plant Production (Int'l)
    UK Wind
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In the UK, London's Imperial College London recently reported that that wind power produced more electricity in Britain than nuclear energy during January to March 2018. The news was given in the 7th Electric Insights Report. These reports are produced each quarter by Dr. Iain Staffell of the Center for Environmental Policy.

    The latest analysis found that 18.8 pct of the UK's wind power over the first quarter of 2018 came from wind farms which supplied 47.3 pct of the demand in the country. The wind peaked at more than 14 GW of electricity and gave more power than nuclear. (Source: Electric Insights Report, Wonderful Engineering, 27 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Wind,  


    Novozymes Eying Chinese Enzymes Market Opportunities (Int'l)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2018-05-28
    The Chinese news agency Xinhua is reporting Danish industrial enzymes specialist Novozymes expects its products to play a major role in the world's third-largest ethanol market, China's ambitious goals for sustainability and development. Novozymes opened its first facility Chine 20 years ago in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area.

    Novozymes said ethanol fuel is one of the major opportunities the company sees in China, which plans to push nationwide use of bioethanol-gasoline blends by 2020 to cut emissions and fossil fuel consumption.

    With a 48-pct market share in industrial enzymes, Novozymes provides biological solutions for producers of ethanol, bread, detergent and textiles in 130 countries. (Source: Xinhua, Novozymes, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Novozymes, Sara Dai, Asia Pacific Regional Pres., +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Enzymes,  Ethanol,  


    Canada Joining International Renewable Energy Agency (Int;l)
    International Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-05-28
    Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Kim Rudd, reports Canada has begun the application process for membership in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy accounts for two-thirds of Canada's power generation and approximately 20 pct of its total final energy supply. Renewable power generation in Canada increased from 78 GW in 2009 to 99 GW in 2017. In addition to plentiful hydro resources, Canada also has significant wind, biomass, solar, marine and geothermal energy potential.

    Currently, 181 countries and the European Union are engaged in IRENA's work. (Source: International Renewable Energy Agency, Bioenergy International, Other Media 26 May, 2018)Contact: IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, Timothy Hurst, Chief of Communications, +971 2 417 9000 , thurst@irena.org, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency ,  


    EC Proposes Sustainable Finance in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Global Witness,EC
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) announced last week an action plan on sustainable finance aimed at encouraging the EU financial sector to invest in a greener and cleaner low-carbon economy. The proposals are initially focused on environmental investments but social factors are expected to be included as the proposals progress.

    The NGO Global Witness, known for its campaign against "blood diamonds", is calling for robust regulations to curb the excesses of financial deregulation which have driven global deforestation and other abuses that contribute to climate change.

    The EC says it aims at becoming a global leader in fighting climate change and achieving the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions agreed at the COP21 Paris Climate accord meeting in December 2015. The impact of climate change already threatens financial stability and leads to major economic losses through floods, land erosion or droughts, the EC acknowledged. To achieve the EU's 2030 climate targets, approximately €180 billion per year of additional investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy would be needed. Mobilizing private capital to fund sustainable investment is essential, the EC added. (Source: EC, Brussels Times, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Global Witness, www.globalwitness.org; European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu

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


    DHYBRID, QOS Energy Partner to Monitor Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    DHYBRID, QOS Energy
    Date: 2018-05-28
    German PV hybrid, energy storage and smart-grid projects specialist DHYBRID is reporting its partnership with Nantes, France-based QOS Energy, the data intelligence cloud specialist, to monitor PV hybrid and energy storage plants. DHYBRID will benefit from the versatility of QOS Energy's monitoring software, which is unique in its ability to aggregate data from all types of energy sources onto one single analytics platform.

    DHYBRID designs, installs and operates commercial and utility-scale hybrid plants, offering cost-efficient energy solutions for remote islands and other off-grid sites that need independent, reliable and decentralized electricity. Through this partnership, the two companies will combine DHYBRID's in-house SCADA & control technology with QOS Energy's monitoring solution to successfully meet that challenge and ensure that each plant delivers energy as expected.

    QOS Energy's cloud-based monitoring and analytics platform acquires data from any type of plant, data acquisition system or database, a key advantage for the effective and centralised management of large and complex PV projects. With this capability, DHYBRID will be able to increase power production, optimise maintenance processes and lower the downtime of the plants it manages.

    The DHYBRID Universal Power Platform (UPP) is a modular energy management system (EMS) and smart-grid control solution that allows the client to get full transparency on the energy consumption and identify cost saving potential. Our DHYBRID UPP technology forms the basis for the future integration of different energy sources into one economic and sustainable hybrid power supply. (Source; Dhybrid, PR, 28 May, 2018) Contact: DHYBRID, www.DHYBRID.de; QOS Energy, +33 (0)2 51 89 46 00, hello@qosenergy.com, www.qosenergy.com]

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    Voltalia Inks 50MW Kenyan Solar Power Agreement (Int'l)
    Kenya Power,Voltalia
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In Nairobi, electricity distributor Kenya Power is reporting a 20-yaer power purchase agreement (PPA) with French renewable energy firm Voltalia for the construction of a 50-MW solar project located in Kopere, Nandi county. The French firm use the expertise of Martifer Solar, which it acquired in 2016, for both construction and operation of the plant. Voltalia will act as the engineering, procurement, construction operations, and plant maintenance services provider. (Source: Kenya Power, Daily Nation, 27 Mat, 2018) Contact: Kenya Power, www.kplc.co.ke; Martifer Solar, www.martifersolar.com; Voltalia Sebastien Clerc, CEO, www.voltalia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Martifer Solar,  


    Ontario NDP Candidate Calls for $150 Tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In the upcoming June 7 Ontario elections, Ottawa Centre New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Joel Harden isn't pulling his punches calling for a $150 per tonne carbon tax that will increase gas taxes by 35 cents a litre -- roughly $1.40 per gal. -- a $4,100 in new costs per year for a two-car family.

    The NDP platform says that if elected, the government would use 25 pct of cap-and-trade revenue to help low-income earners in northern and rural Ontarians adapt to a lower carbon lifestyle and $50 million to a home efficiency retrofit program.

    The Progressive Conservative (PC) party says if elected it would scrap the sittingt LIberal government's existing cap-and-trade program and oppose the federal mandated minimum price on carbon emissions. The province's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system has to date contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Edmonton Sun, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change

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


    GEF-SGP Funds Nigerian Climate Change Related Projects (Funding)
    Global Environmental Facilit
    Date: 2018-05-28
    The Washington, DC-headquartered Global Environmental Facility-Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) reports it has granted $4.9 million dollars to Nigeria for more than 40 climate change mitigation projects such as tree planting to regenerate forests, biodiversity, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants and other climate change related environmental projects in 25 states between 2009 and 2017.

    Funded by the GEF, SGP is implemented by UN Development Programme on behalf of the GEF partnership and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services. (Source: GEF-SGP, The Eagle Online, News Agency of NIgeria, 27 May, 2018) Contact: GEF-SGP, Ibironke Olubamise, Nigerian GEF-SGP Coordinator, www.thegef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Environmental Facilit,  


    Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market Report -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Markets Report World,
    Date: 2018-05-28
    Markets Report World's Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market by Product Type, Top Manufacturer Capacity, Production, Price, Revenue and Market Share, Analysis & Forecast by 2021 is a detailed study of the global bio-based chemicals market dynamics including market growth trends, structure, driving factors, scope, opportunities, challenges, vendor landscape analysis and more.

    Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market by Top Vendors include: BASF; Cargill; Incorporated; DSM; INEOS; PTT Global Chemical Public Company. Other prominent vendors include: BioAmber; Braskem; DuPont; GFBiochemicals; LyondellBasell Industries; Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation; Novozymes; Prinova Group; Qingdao Langyatai (Group); Revolymer; Succinity; Yield10 Bioscience and others.

    Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals market report analyses the market potential for each geographical region based on the growth rate, macroeconomic parameters, consumer buying patterns, and market demand and supply scenarios.

    Report details and a sample PDF of report are HERE. Purchase Report HERE. (Source: Market Reports World, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Markets Report World, www.marketreportsworld.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


    Pinnacle Inks Long-Term Japanese Woody Biomass Pellet Deal (Int'l)
    Pinnacle
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. reports it has inked a long-term agreement to supply 75,000 tpy of industrial wood pellets to Hanwa Co Ltd for a biomass power plant in Japan. Deliveries under the take-or-pay off-take contract are slated to begin in early 2022.

    The contract is the company's fourth contract of 2018 with Japanese customers, Pinnacle noted. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Renewables, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Pionnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com; Hanwa Co. Ltd., www.hanwa.co.jp/en

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


    Exxon Mobil Commits to 15 pct Methane Emission Cut (Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Irving, Texas-headquartered petroleum and energy giant Exxon Mobil reports it is committing to new targets to reduce its worldwide methane emissions by 15 pct by 2020, compared to 2016 levels. The commitment includes reducing its natural gas flaring by 25 pct during the same timeframe.

    While much of the emission reductions will occur in Exxon Mobil's onshore shale operations in the U.S., the most dramatic declines will be in West Africa, the company claims.

    The energy sector -- including oil and coal -- is the largest source of U.S. methane emissions, which are a major contributor to the planet's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. DOE. (Source: ExxonMobil, Houston Chronicle, Others, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon Mobil ,  Methane,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  


    China Expects to Meet COP21 Pledge Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Speaking from Beijing, Xie Zhenhua, China's chief negotiator at the 2015 Paris climate agreement said the country could meet its pledge to cap carbon emissions ahead of its target of around 2030.

    In late 2015, Chine, the world's biggest emitter of climate-warming greenhouse gases, had already met several objectives it promised to fulfil by 2020, including cutting its carbon intensity by 40 pct to 45 percent three years early, Xie Zhenhua added.

    China launched the first phase of its nationwide carbon market last December after months of delays. It currently covers only the power sector but will be extended to other emitters at a later stage. (Source: New Stage, Various Media, Reuters, 27 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  China Carbon Market,  China Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    POET Expands S.D. DDG Pellet Production Plant (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Poet's investment in its Mitchell plant struck gold Wednesday. Ethanol producer POET is reporting ground breaking on approximately $5 million of upgrades and expansion of its distillers grains (DDG) pellet business in Mitchell, South Dakota. POET markets the DDG live stock feed product as "Dakota Gold ProPellets" DDG exports have grown from 1 million tons in 2006 to 11 million tons during a 12-month period in 2016-17, according to the U.S. Grains Council. (Source: POET, Daily Republic, 23 May, 2018) Contact: POET, Matt Reiners , VP Business Dev., (605) 996-1686, https://poet.com/mitchell

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Biomass Pellt,  DDGs,  


    Global Carbon Market Up 56 pct, says World Bank (Ind. Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-05-25
    According to a new World Bank report, the global value of carbon pricing schemes has jumped by 56 pct over 2016 to an estimated value of $82 billion. The increase follows the opening of new markets, including China, Chile, Colombia, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Ontario.

    The report notes there are currently 51 carbon pricing initiatives around the world, consisting of 25 emissions trading schemes and 26 carbon taxes. These initiatives cover 20 pct of all global greenhouse gas emissions. The World Bank estimates that receipts from carbon pricing now amount to $33 billion -- a 50 percent increase on the previous year. (Source: World Bank, Climate Action, Other 22 May, 2018) Contact: World Bank, Marcene Broadwater Global Head, Strategy and Business Development, (202) 473-1000, mbroadwater@ifc.org; John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change, www.ifc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Market,  


    Velocys' Miss. Biorefinery Seeks Partners, Investors (Ind. Report)
    Velocys
    Date: 2018-05-25
    The UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it is seeking one or more strategic investors for a woody biomass-to-fuel biorefinery project in Natchez, Mississippi, the final investment decision (FID) for which is now expected in the second half of 2019.

    The company's £759,000 ($1 million) revenue in 2017 came mainly from the lease of catalyst to and engineering support for Envia Energy's plant in Oklahoma City, which uses the Velocys Fischer-Tropsch (FT) system, and revenues from feasibility studies, predominantly for a UK waste-to-jet fuel project, accordinb to the company. (Source: Velocys, Renewables Now, Others, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Fuel,  Velocys,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


    Neste Acquiring IH Demeter BV to Guarantee Feedstock (M&A, Int'l)
    Neste Oyj
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Helsinki, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Oyj reports it will acquire sole control and a 51 pct stake in Dutch animal fats and proteins trader IH Demeter BV.

    The terms of the deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, were not divulged. The new entitiy will be tagged Neste Demeter BV.

    The investment supports Neste's strategy to establish a global waste and residue raw material platform to secure feedstock -- raw material availability to meet its production needs, according to a statement.

    IH Demeter operates 150 animal fat rendering facilities throughout Europe. (Source: Neste Oyi, PetrolPlaza, Various Media, 25 May, 2018)Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; IH Demeter, www.demeter.nl/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste ,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Fuel,  


    R.I., Mass. Partnering on New Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Deepwater Wind,Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2018-05-25
    A massive new wind farm will soon be off the coasts of Rhode island and Massachusetts after both states announced a clean energy partnership.

    Though it's a single project, Massachusetts will use New Bedford-headquartered Vineyard Wind to produce power for the Bay State, while Rhode Island will work with Providence-based Deepwater Wind -- the operator the Block Island wind farm. This project, however, will be about 10 times larger. Deepwater Wind will now negotiate with National Grid, before submitting the final plan to state and federal regulators. (Source: WLNE, ABC News, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Deepwater Wind,  Vineyard Wind,  


    C4COIN Raises $450,000 in Seed Funding (Ind. Report)
    C4Coin
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In the Big Apple, carbon negative blockchain technology developer C4Coin reports the closing of a $450,000 seed funding round led by Miles O'Brien. The funds will be used to grow the company's team and to advance foundational partnerships.

    Founded in 2017, C4Coin will reward eco-conscious activities that generate verifiable carbon offsets. Users creating these offsets will receive carbon credit tokens called CO2KNs. These tokens can be retired through an innovative consensus protocol to earn a traditional crypto-asset called C4Coin.

    The company plans to launch its blockchain in Q4 2018.

    The name C4Coin stems from the biological process of carbon fixation. Plants take CO2 and inorganic Carbon 4 and break them down into organic, useable carbon and oxygen. (Source: C4Coin, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: C4Coin, Harrison Perl, CEO, www.c4coin.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credits,  Carbon Trading,  


    Indonesia Mandates B-25 Biodiesel Blending from 2019 (Int'l)
    Palm Oil Biodiesel
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In Jakarta, Indonesian New and Renewable Energy Director Rida Mulyana is reporting Indonesia will mandate all tran (B-25) sportation fuel in the country contain 25 pct biodiesel, effective January 2019. to January 2020, after which a 30 pct (B-30) bio-content would be mandatory.

    Indonesia is the world's largest producer of palm oil, the raw ingredient for fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) which can be used to make biodiesel. The B-25 program is expected to increase Indonesia's FAME consumption to between 5.5 million and 6 million kilolitres (kl) in 2019 -- more than double the last year's consumption of FAME. The B25 mandate would require the additional production of 750,000 kl of FAME annually. The move is intended to support palm oil production. (Source: Indonesia New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation, Reuters, 24 May, 2018) Contact: New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation Indonesia, Rida Mulyana,Director General, http://indonesien.ahk.de/fileadmin/ahk_indonesien/Business_Delegations/Energy_Efficiency/Government_s_Policy_on_Energy_Efficiency_and_Renewable_Energy_in_Buildings.pdf; Indonesian Palm Oil Association , https://gapki.id

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FAME,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


    Netherlands Legislation Tabled to Nix Coal by 2030 (Int'l)
    Coal,Netherlands
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In Amsterdam, the Netherlands Ministery for Economy reports it has tabled legislation that would ban the use of coal in power stations by 2030. If passed into law, the legislation would require the 2024 phase-out of two two 1994 vintage plants owned by RWE and Vattenfall. Three remaining plants, which were commissioned in 2015 and 2016, would be scuttled close by the end of 2029, any compensation. (Source: Netherlands Minister for Economy, Reuters, May, 2018) Contact: Netherlands Minister for Economy, Eric Wiebes, https://www.government.nl/government/members-of-cabinet/eric-wiebes

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


    TuuliWatti Touts Finland's First Non-Subsidised Wind Farm (Int'l)
    TuuliWatti
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Helsinki-headquartered wind energy producer TuuliWatti Ltd. reports it is building a five-turbine wind power park in the municipality of Ii on the Bay of Bothnia. The Viinamaki wind farm will utilize Vestas 4.2 MW turbines that are expected push production costs below €30 per MWh. According to the developer, the project will not require public subsidies or funding.

    TuuliWatti The firm, which is co-owned by energy company St1 and retail giant S Group, now has 131 turbines, producing about a quarter of Finland's wind-powered electricity. The company claims it has invested more than €650 million euros in wind power in less than a decade, and is planning to expand operations into other Nordic countries. (Source: TuuliWatti, Yle, 23 May, 2018) Contact: TuuliWatti Ltd., www.tuuliwatti.fi

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TuuliWatti,  Wind,  


    Bord na Mona Announces €160Mn Irish Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Bord na Mona,EIB
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In Dublin, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona reports it will construct 29 turbines at the new 86-MW Oweninny Wind Farm Project in Mayo.

    The project secured funding from four banks: the European Investment Bank (EIB); MUFG Bank, BNP Paribas and AIB. will finance the wind farm with long-term debt. The EIB is in for half of the project's expected total cost of €160 million. It is the EIB's largest ever investment in renewable energy generation in Ireland and the largest financing in the country to date under the EIB Investment Plan for Europe. (Source: Bord na Mona, Irish Farmers Journal, May, 2018) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie; Investment Plan for Europe, www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/investment-plan

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Bord na Mona,  EIB,  


    Shell Invests in Bavarian Solar Battery Specialist Sonnen (Int'l)
    Sonnen, Shell
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Anglo-Dutch petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it has taken a stake in the Bavarian solar battery maker Sonnen by participating in a new €60 million ($70 million) financing round. Other investors included GE and Chinese wind power group Envision.

    Sonnen provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels in Germany, Europe's biggest solar market, in the areas of charging infrastructure and battery storage. (Source: Shell, Handelsblatt Global, 24 May, 2018) Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP, www.sonnen-batterie.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Shell,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Aussie Partners Purchasing Origin's Smart Meters Unit (M&A)
    Landis+Gyr,Origin Energy
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In the Land Down Under, a partnership of Sydney-based Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) and global meters giant Landis+Gyr reports it will will $267 million for Origin Energy's Acumen smart meters unit. The move is intended to create a leading business in this key piece of infrastructure for the shift to clean, decentralised energy.

    The joint venture, to be known as intelliHUB, will be the country's leading smart meter operator, with long-term cash flows and substantial growth options underpinned by a long-term agreement to deploy and manage digital smart meters for Origin's 4.2 million electricity customers.

    Smart meters are becoming crucial as the electricity grid shifts to more decentralised energy resources such as solar panels, batteries and smart appliances. (Source: Landis+Gyr, Australian Financial Review, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Landis+Gyr, Adrian Clark, CEO Australia and NZ, www.landisgyr.com; Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, www.originenergy.com.au; Pacific Equity Partners, www.pep.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Origin Energy,  Landis&Gyr,  Smart Meter,  


    Facebook Inks 294MW Wind PPA in Norway (Int'l Ind. Report)
    Facebook
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Social mega-media player Facebook reports the signing of a 15-year PPA for the entire output of the 294MW, Bjerkreim cluster of three Norwegian wind farms due to come online in late 2019.

    The €400 million ($469 million) Bjerkreim cluster will supply 1,000 GWh of electricity per year, enough to help offset the power used by Facebook's Nordic data centers in Odense, Denmark, and Lulea, Sweden.

    The Bjerkreim cluster incorporates 70, 4.2-MW Siemens wind turbines and is operated by Luxcara of Germany. Swedish utility Vattenfall will integrate the output into the Nordic grid, provide balancing services, and supply Facebook. The Bjerkreim deal is Facebook's largest single purchase of renewable energy and is Norway's largest wind project to date. (Source: Facebook, DataCenter Dynamics, 24 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Facebook,  Wind,  


    Renewables Subsidies Drop as Renewable Energy Grows (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-05-25
    According to the EIA' Direct Federal Financial Interventions and Subsidies in Energy in Fiscal Year 2016 Report, federal subsidies for renewable energy -- including renewable generation of electricity -- dropped to $6.7 billion in FY 2016, a 56 pct decline from FY 2013. renewable subsidies in FY 2010 and FY 2013 were approximately $15 billion, more than double FY 2016 levels, as support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lessened. Despite the decline, renewable energy continued to receive a large share of total federal energy subsidies, accounting for 46 pct of the FY 2016 total.

    In the report, the EIA defines subsidies as funds a government expends, or revenue it foregoes, to encourage or support certain activities. EIA's report includes the following financial activities: direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research and development (R&D), and credit subsidies to recipients of federal loan guarantees.

    Tax expenditures provided 80 pct of FY 2016 renewables subsidies. Renewable electricity-related tax expenditures provided nearly 70 pct of FY 2013 renewable electricity subsidies, falling to about half that share in FY 2016. Most of this amount went to commercial wind and solar installations from the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provided an inflation-adjusted tax credit worth 2.4 cents per kilowatthour (kWh) in 2016, while the ITC provided a deduction equal to 30 pct of facility installation costs. EIA estimates the PTC and ITC credits taken in FY 2016 at $1.4 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively.

    Nearly all renewable energy direct expenditures for FY 2010, FY 2013, and FY 2016 resulted from provisions of ARRA -- a broad-based set of programs designed to expedite economic recovery, including energy infrastructure. Under ARRA, DOE has invested more than $31 billion since 2009. Much of this funding supported renewable energy projects, but by FY 2016, most provisions of ARRA energy programs had expired. Direct expenditures for renewable energy decreased 90 pct, from nearly $9 billion in FY 2013 to about $1 billion in FY 2016.

    Although R&D expenditures are small compared with tax expenditures and direct expenditures, R&D provides the foundation for many energy technology advancements and cost reductions. Federal R&D expenditures for renewable energy were estimated at about $850 million for FY 2010 and FY 2013, but they dropped to about $450 million in FY 2016. Another $296 million in federal loan guarantees was distributed to recipients in FY 2010, but in both FY 2013 and FY 2016, federal loan guarantee subsidies were zero. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, May, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  US EIA,  

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