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California Cap-and Trade Cash Keeps Coming In (Ind. Report)
California Air Resource Board,CARB,Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-05-25
In the Golden State, the Air Resources Board (CARB) reports California's cap-and-trade climate change program generated almost $700 million for the state in the last quarter when all of the current-year pollution credits sold through the program.

Before a deal last July between Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers to extend the program, it was set to expire in 2020, and businesses were hesitantly buying the program's credits -- the August 2016 cap-and-trade auction generated just $8.4 million. Following that auction, the state has sold out of every current-year credit offered and generated nearly $3 billion for the state over four quarterly auctions, compared to less than a billion dollars over the previous year. (Source: CARB, Capital Public Radio, 24 May, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Jerry Brown,  California Air Resources Board,  


World Bank Supporting Indian Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2018-05-25
The World Bank reports it has approved $300 million of funding to help scale up India's national energy efficiency programme. The Energy Efficiency Services India (EESI) organization will use the money to drive the deployment of energy saving measures in both the residential and public sectors and enhance access to commercial financing.

EESI aims to improve energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and help the country hit its goal of reducing carbon intensity by up to 35 pct by 2030 from 2005 levels The money will be used to create sustainable markets for LED lights and energy efficient ceiling fans, facilitate investments in public street lighting and develop sustainable business models for emerging markets such as efficient air conditioning and agricultural water pumping units. (Source: World Bank, Energy Live, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services Limited,  India Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  World Bank,  


Fairbanks Cuts Zayo Data Centers Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Fairbanks EnergyServices
Date: 2018-05-25
Hingham, Mass.-headquartered design/build energy conservation specialist Fairbanks Energy Services reports it has helped the Zayo Group reduce energy consumption and increase data center capacity with custom solutions at its zColo data centers in Atlanta, New York and Dallas.

At the three data centers Fairbanks Energy installed building management systems(BMS) integrating all of the power and cooling systems, heat exchangers, automated valves and new pumps, dynamic airflow management, optimized hot aisle/cold aisle design with physical best practices to ensure air was being delivered to the racks with minimal mixing of hot and cold air streams. Temperature sensors were also installed, enabling the monitoring of the environment and control of CRAC units in real-time as the data center load and environmental conditions change.

The energy efficiency impact includes 4.4 million annual kWh of savings . The data centers also reclaimed over 45 pct of stranded mechanical capacity and now has the ability to scale to over 150 watts per square feet while being N+1 compliant. (Source: Fairbanks Energy, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Shannon Shea, (781)658-3266 x1006, shannon.shea@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com; Zayo Group, Jenny Gerson, Senior Director of Sustainability and Strategy, (800) 830-3305, www.zayo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Data Center Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Fairbanks Energy Services,  


Siemens Enlighted Acquisition Drives Bldg. Energy Efficiency (M&A)
Siemens Building Technologies, Enlighted Inc
Date: 2018-05-25
Siemens Building Technologies Division reports it is acquiring Sunnyvale, California-based Enlighted Inc., a leading provider of advanced digital sensory systems for smart IoT (Internet of Things) systems in buildings.

Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. Closing is expected in Q3 of 2018. Enlighted will be managed as an independent legal entity and wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens Industry, Inc.

Enlighted's IoT platform for commercial real estate consists of multi-function sensors, distributed computing, its own network, and software applications that enables reduced energy use, improved space utilization, better environmental management and greater asset utilization. These sensors can be installed in every light fixture with the ability to collect data 65 times per second to detect environmental and occupancy changes and react to lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) needs in real-time.

The Enlighted platform can cut lighting costs of a building up to 85 pct when combined with advanced LED fixtures and, when combined with Siemens solutions, can optimize the energy efficiency of HVAC systems. (Source: Siemens AG, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Enlighted Inc., (650) 964-1094, www.enlightedinc.com; Siemens Building Technologies, www.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Building Technologies,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Growth Energy Comments on EPA, USDA RFS Meeting (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2018-05-25
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement before Thursday's meeting between the US EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss President Trump's plan to preserve U.S. biofuel production:

"We're pleased the USDA is taking up the president's call to action and pressing for an immediate E15 fix, before the start of the summer driving season. As Secretary (Sonny) Perdue has noted, a flood of illegitimate waivers from the EPA has resulted in 'demand destruction' for U.S. farmers at a time when rural communities can least afford it. Even petroleum giants like Marathon are now expecting 'small refinery' handouts.

"Regulators should, instead, focus on the president's plan to reallocate lost biofuel gallons that were siphoned away by EPA waivers. President Trump promised to protect statutory targets under the Renewwable Fuel Standard (RFS), and we support Secretary Perdue's efforts to ensure the EPA upholds that commitment to rural families.

"There is no reason to delay action or attach unrelated gimmicks designed to benefit a few refinery owners. EPA Administrator (Scott) Pruitt should stand by his word in 2017, when he vowed not to pursue an export scheme that would cannibalize demand for U.S. biofuels, destroy farm income, and spark retaliatory tariffs against the entire fuel and farm supply chain." (Source: Grwoth Energy, SCD, 24 May, 2018)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuel,  


Energy Efficiency Sector Employment on the Rise (Ind. Report)
National Association of State Energy Officials
Date: 2018-05-25
In 2017, 2.25 million Americans were employed in the design, manufacture, and installation of EPA ENERGY STAR certifies energy efficient products and service, according to the recently released U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER).

The report, which was produced by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), examined employment in the energy efficiency, electric power generation, fuels production, and motor vehicles sectors.

According to the report, energy efficiency employment was projected to have a growth rate of 9 pct through 2018, the highest of the four sectors studied. Construction employers expect energy efficiency job growth of 11 pct by the end of 2018, while manufacturing will grow 9.9 pct. In all, the energy efficiency sector added 67,000 net jobs in 2017. Construction firms in the energy efficiency sector saw an increase in the number of workers who spend at least half of their time on energy efficiency-related work, rising from approximately 797,500 in 2015 to nearly 1.024 million in 2017. Energy efficiency professional services, such as architects or product designers, added 63,000 jobs. Manufacturing jobs producing ENERGY STAR-certified building materials and other products rose by 9 pct, or roughly 27,000 jobs. (Source: National Association of State Energy Officials, USGNN, 24 May, 2018) Contact: National Association of State Energy Officials, www.naseo.org[endlink[; ENERGY STAR, [strartlink]www.energystar.gov

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


Notable Quote
Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Date: 2018-05-23



Fundy's "Blue Carbon" Sequestration Capacity Explored (Ind. Report)
Blue Carbon,Environment and Climate Change Canada
Date: 2018-05-23
In Atlantic Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada's recent study of the Bay of Fundy coastal ecosystem and its "blue carbon" has estimated the area's carbon sequestration capacity to hold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of carbon-offsetting costs. "Blue carbon" is a term coined by scientists to describe carbon dioxide stored in coastal plants and soil.

On land, forests capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Forests release their carbon every few hundred years, due to fire, tree mortality or human harvesting. By comparison, coastal marshes maintain their carbon for thousands of years. Coastal ecosystems do the same -- but they're much better at it, according to McGill University "Blue Carbon" authority Assoc. Prof. Gail Chmurain. Coastal ecosystems can hold three to five times more carbon than the equivalent area of forest, according to a federal government report.

The financial value of blue carbon comes from its potential for carbon emission credits which the Canadian federal government is introducing. According to government documents, "carbon stored in tidal salt marshes in the Bay of Fundy could have an estimated value of $202 million." That would equal $1 billion in 2022. In terms of Canada's national carbon emissions strategy, blue carbon could be used as an offset to meet international targets and coastal communities could protect or rehabilitate wetlands to generate carbon credits. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, CBC, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.htm; McGill University, Assoc. Prof. Gail Chmurain, (514) 926-6854, gail.chmura@mcgill.ca, www.mcgill.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  


Energieknotor Claims UK's First Subsidy-Free Wind Farm (Int'l)
Energieknotor
Date: 2018-05-23
Bremen, Germany-based Energieknotor reports it has reached financial close and is prepared to break ground on the Withernwick Extension wind project in Yorkshire, north-east England. According to the company, the project is the first onshore wind farm to manage without subsidies, thanks to a significant power purchase agreement (PPA) with a "global company in the consumer goods industry."

The 8.2 MW project, which will incorporate four turbines in near proximity to an existing 9-turbine Enerkiekontor wind far, is expected to come online in the first half of 2019. (Source: Energieknotor, UN Environment, Others, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Energieknotor, Peter Szabo, CEO, +49 421 3304-0, +49 421 3304-444- fax, info@energiekontor.de, www.energiekontor.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energieknotor,  Wind,  


Global CO2 Emissions Pricing Schemes Worth $82Bn, says World Bank Report (Int'l. Report)
World Bank
Date: 2018-05-23
In a just released report, the World Bank pegs the value of global schemes to put a price on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and designed to reduce greenhouse gases blamed for global warming at $82 billion, as compared to $52 billion in 2017. The report estimates that 25 emission trading schemes and 26 carbon taxes initiatives worldwide cover 11 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, or 20 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions.

"Looking ahead, this trend is set to continue, as indicated by some of the jurisdictions which are planning carbon price increases," the World Bank report says. "This includes emerging carbon pricing initiatives, which are launching at relatively low price levels, with the intention of scaling up over time," the report added.

Governments raised around $33 billion in carbon pricing revenues in 2017, compared with $22 billion the previous year, the report said. (Source: World Bank, Economic Times India, 22 May, 2018) Contact: World Bank, John Roome, (202) 473-3373, http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/people/j/john-roome

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  CO2,  GHG,  World Bank,  


SCA, St1 Partnering on Gothenburg Biofuels Project (Int'l)
SCA,St1
Date: 2018-05-23
In a joint release, Swedish forest products company SCA and Helsinki-headquartered St1 Biofuels report they are partnering on a SEK500 million, 100,000 tpy biofuel plant at St1's existing refinery site in Gothenburg, Sweden. The plant is expected to begin production in 2012, subject to corporate board and regulatory approvals.

The new biofuel plant will process tall oil and rely on feedstock supplied by SCA's kraft pulp mills in Ostrand, Obbola and Munksund. Capacity expansion at SCA's pulp mill in Ostrand will reportedly double tall oil production at the site. (Source: SCA, St1, EUWID, 22 May, 2018) Contact: SCA, Ulf Larsson, President and CEO, +46 60 19 46 46, www.sca.com; St1, Patrick Pitkanen, Advanced Fuels Director, +358 105 574 734, patrick.pitkanen@st1.fi, www.st1.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  St1,  Tall Oil,  


Blue Pillar Joins NYSERDA Energy Mgm't Program (Ind. Report)
Blue Pillar, NYSERDA
Date: 2018-05-23
Frederick, Maryland-based Blue Pillar, the leading Internet of Things (IoT) provider to connect Energy Things®, reports it has been accepted as a Qualified Vendor for Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.

NYSERDA's RTEM Program prequalifies vendors who can help commercial customers analyze energy usage data and provide, enable, and/or implement actionable items on the basis of the data. Blue Pillar's Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform provides real-time energy data that helps keep major C&I energy systems within NYSERDA's operating region online with greater resiliency and energy efficiency.

Aurora's greatest competitive advantage has been its ability to utilize a cloud-based and/or local network approach to connecting any Distributed Energy Resource (DER) or legacy asset that generates, stores, consumes, switches or measures electricity. These devices include energy storage, solar panels, building automation systems, and others. (Source: Blue Pillar Inc., PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Blue Pillar, Tom Willie, CEO, (317) 723-6136, www.bluepillar.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Blue Pillar,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


BioSolar Touts Energy Storage Commercialization Plan (Ind Report)
Biosolar
Date: 2018-05-23
Santa Clarita, California-headquartered energy storage technology and materials specialist BioSolar has outlined its commercialization plan that includes the development of its prototype and joining with the right development partners to help scale its lithium-ion battery technology.

The company is developing a breakthrough technology to increase the storage capacity, lower the cost and extend the life of lithium-ion batteries. With the goal of creating the company's next generation super battery technology, BioSolar is currently investigating high capacity anode materials recognizing the fact that the overall battery capacity is determined by combination of both cathode and anode.(Source: BioSolar, PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: BioSolar, Dr. David Lee, CEO, Tom Becker, IR, (877) 904-3733, ir@biosolar.com, www.biosolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioSolar,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion,  


UK PM Pledges to Slash New Bldg. Energy Consumption by 2030 (Int'l)
Clean Growth Grand Challenge
Date: 2018-05-23
In London, UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Monday to halve energy usage from new buildings by 2030, The PM also noted the importance of boosting scientific research and challenged the construction sector to drive innovation and higher standards in order to meet both house building and energy efficiency targets over the next decade.

According to the Prime Minister, by cutting the energy use of new commercial and residential buildings, the UK could reduce energy bills for occupants by as much as 50 pct. The PM noted that the government would also aim to halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings. The government's Clean Growth Grand Challenge is calling for a minimum 50 pct reduction in all new building energy consumption by 2030. (Source: Impact4All, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Clean Growth Grand Challenge, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-strategy-the-grand-challenges/industrial-strategy-the-grand-challenges


Azure Power's Solar Portfolio Exceeds 2 Gigawatt (Int'l)
Azure Power
Date: 2018-05-23
New Delhi-based independent Indian solar power producer Azure Power is reporting winning four 50 MW solar projects totaling 200 MWs in the state of Maharashtra. The solar power project was auctioned by Maharashtra State Power Generation Co. Ltd. (Mahagenco), the second highest generation company in India, which is owned by the Government of Maharashtra. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned in 2019.

With the addition of these these 200 MWs, Azure Power's total portfolio now exceeds 2 GW. (Source: Azure Power, PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Azure Power Global, +91 11 4940 9800, www.azurepower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Azure Power,  Solar,  


GE Onshore Wind Turbines in N.Am Power the Equivalent of 11,000,000 U.S. Homes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
GE,General Electric
Date: 2018-05-23
"Iowa may conjure up images of sweeping cornfields dotted with farms, but this Midwestern state has been at the forefront of wind energy technology since 1983, when it became the first state to enact a renewable-energy mandate, requiring local investor-owned utilities to use wind or solar sources for power generation. In 2017, Iowa generated 37 percent of its electricity from wind, the largest share nationwide.

"GE Renewable Energy will now add to the state's remarkable base of renewables by helping local utility Alliant Energy erect 190 turbines at two new sites -- Upland Prairie in the state's northwest corner and English Farms further southeast -- to contribute additional 470 megawatts to Iowa's renewables capacity, enough power to supply the equivalent of 180,000 American homes.

"Those two new projects will also propel GE Renewable Energy to break a record of its own: The business unit's onshore wind capacity in North America now exceeds 40 gigawatts. Its 25,000-plus turbines now have the capacity to power the equivalent of 11 million U.S. homes.

"Worldwide, the stats are even more impressive. GE Renewable Energy has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe -- enough to theoretically supply all of Indonesia.

"Since entering wind energy 15 years ago, GE Renewable Energy has provided turbines for some of the largest sites in the U.S, including the 845 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon and the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas. The company also supplied five 6 MW turbines for America's first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island.

"GE's own contributions speak to a larger truth: Wind is blowing up. In the last decade, U.S. wind capacity has tripled to 54,000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of nearly 90,000 MW housed in 41 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. Wind power is now the largest source of renewable generating capacity in the U.S., according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)." (Source: General Electric, May 21, 2018) Contact: GE, www.ge.com/contact/general

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Wind,  General Electric,  Wind,  


"Revolutionary" Biomass Biofuel Developed in Sweden (Int'l)
Umea University
Date: 2018-05-23
In Sweden, Umea University chemistry Prof. Jyri-Pekka Mikkola is touting the development of a fuel based entirely on biomass with the same properties as fossil fuels. The new fuel is a made by combining water and ethanol in a catalyst resulting in a fuel with a higher octane than petrol or diesel.

According to Prof. Mikkola, "If we consider how ethanol is made, it's simply sugar, and that is the most common form of biomass these days. You can use food waste, agricultural waste, old newspapers -- almost anything which contains sugars that can be fermented into ethanol, and that's how we get what's needed."

The fermentation process results in the fuel equivalent of gasoline or diesel, as well as flammable gas. The new fuel can be used in any engine because it is like an exact copy of a fossil fuel, without itself containing a single fossil-fuel molecule, says Mikkola.

Prof. Mikkola argues that the petroleum industry's current practice of adding ethanol to petrol is foolish and politically motivated. "First of all, automobile catalytic converters aren't able to handle [ethanol] because they were designed for pure petrol. The ethanol by-products get converted into carcinogenic materials, and on top of that ethanol's specific energy content is half that of petrol. So it's better to make petrol out of the ethanol and drive on pure petrol," he says. (Source: Umea University, Svenska Yle, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Umea University, Prof. Jyri-Pekka Mikkola, +46 90 786 52 84 , +46 70 620 03 71, jyri-pekka.mikkola@umu.se, www.chemistry.umu.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Biomass ,  


Marathon Petroleum Requests EPA , RFS Biofuel Waiver (Ind. Report)
Marathon Petroleum
Date: 2018-05-23
Reuters is reporting that Findlay, Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum last year asked the EPA for a hardship waiver exempting one of its refineries from U.S. Biofuels RFS legislation. The Reuters report did not identify the individual facility, or the portion of a facility, the waiver would cover or if the waiver was granted.

Marathon's smallest refinery is a 93,000 bpd facility in Canton, Ohio. As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Reuters, Seeking Alpha, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Marathon Petroleum, Corporate, (419)421-3070, (419) 425-7040, www.marathonpetroleum.com

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


Virginia Adopts School Renewables Feed-in Tariffs (Reg & Leg)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2018-05-23
In the Old Dominion State, legislation tabled by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) in the 2018 session directs Dominion Energy to permit schools that generate more energy from on-site wind- or solar-powered sources to sell the power back to the utility. Currently, the excess power goes back to the electrical grid, but school systems are not reimbursed.

Under the legislation, the funds could either be taken by a school system in cash, or applied to offset some of the cost of operating other facilities.

The legislation, which was supported by several school systems and by Dominion Energy, passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate unopposed. The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Northam in March, gives the state Corporation Commission until Dec. 1 to set up the guidelines for administering the the pilot program. It is slated to run for six years (Source: InsideNova, Various Media, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CE, Power Delivery Group, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy ,  Feed-in Tariff,  FITs,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Colwich, Kansas Ethanol Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Element LLC,The Andersons,ICM Holdings
Date: 2018-05-23
Following up on our March 9 coverage, Element LLC, a collaboration between ICM Holdings and The Andersons, Inc. reports construction is underway on a new $175 million corn ethanol plant in Colwich, Kansas.

The plant, which will produce corn oil, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, DDGs for livestock feed is slated to open next spring. (Source: Wichita Eagle, AP, ICM, Others, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Elements LLC, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com; The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, www.andersonsethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Element LLC,  The Andersons,  ICM Holdings,  


NZR Offers Energy Mgm't Software via Open Telekom Cloud (Int'l)
Nordwestdeutsche Zaehlerrevision
Date: 2018-05-23
German energy management specialist Nordwestdeutsche Zaehlerrevision (NZR) reports it is now operating its CountVision software on the Open Telekom Cloud, enabling corporate customers to read energy and consumption meters via the internet and thus identify potential energy waste and savings. Energy suppliers can also use the service to monitor their networks for leaks.

The software can be accessed from the Open Telekom Cloud without NZR's proprietary software, thus reducing IT and other costs. (Source: NZR, Deutsche Telekom, telecompaper News, 22 May, 2018) Contact: NRZ, info@nzr.de, www.nzr.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  


E.On, Google Touting Sunroof Platform for UK Households (Int'l)
E.ON,Google,Sunroof
Date: 2018-05-23
E.On and Google are reporting a partnership to bring their Sunroof platform to British households in the coming weeks. The Sunroof platform uses Google Earth and Google Maps, 3D models and machine learning to provide an accurate estimate of a home's individual solar potential.

As in Germany, E.On will be the first energy company in Britain to offer its customers a digital assessment of the PV potential of their homes.

Ultimately, Sunroof "translates" the determined amount of light into energy and the potential cost savings. Based on this data, customers in Germany can request a complete package consisting of a photovoltaic module and the E.ON SolarCloud, optionally with Aura battery storage. E.On also provides a "sunshine guarantee" to ensure that the solar system achieves the calculated yields, with lower values met with financial compensation by the company.

The two firms are also preparing a market launch in Italy, while the one-year programme in Germany will now be extended until the end of the year. Google launched Sunroof in the United States in 2015. The platform is currently covering approximately 60 million buildings. According to Google, around 79 pct of the roofs covered by the application were suitable for the installation of a solar power generator, while in the south of the country, their percentage reached 90 pct. (Source: E.ON, Google, PR, Impact4All, 22 May, 2018) Contact: E.ON, www.eon-solar.de;

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  Google,  Sunroof,  


Gore Street Raises £30.6Mn for Energy Storage M&As (Int'l)
Gore Street Capital
Date: 2018-05-23
Following up on our May 4th coverage, London-based UK investment firm Gore Street Capital reports it raised £30.6 million via an energy storage fund share issue for the acquisition of battery energy storage projects. The 100 million share offering was priced at £1 per share.

The fund's initial 18MW portfolio will include three lithium-ion battery projects sites worth approximately £11.2m. The seed portfolio will include the operational 6MW Boulby plant in North Yorkshire and a 49 pct share of the online 4MW Cenin facility in Wales and the pre-construction 10MW Lower Road development in Essex. (Source: Gore Street, renews, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gore Street Capital,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Ideol, STX Partner on Floating Offshore Wind Substations (Ind. Report)
STX Europe Offshore Energy,Ideol
Date: 2018-05-23
La Ciotat, France-based Ideol and STX Europe Offshore Energy report they are joining forces to develop a floating substation that will be compatible with both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms.

Based on Ideol's shallow-draft Damping Pool concept and designed to operate in the world's most extreme environments, the universal floating substation will remain flexible to client demands and/or specific certification requirements and accommodate both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms starting at depths of 30 meters.

The solution aims at being market-ready for France's upcoming floating commercial tenders, accoring to a statement. (Source: Ideol, STX, Windpower Eng., May, 2018) Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en STX Solutions Europe, www.offshore-technology.com/contractors/design-engineering, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/stx-europe-offshore-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News STX Europe Offshore Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Offshore Energy,  Ideol,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  


Michigan Utilities Set 50 pct - 2030 Clean Energy Goal (Ind Report)
DTE, Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-05-23
Building on an agreement with Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan -- a grassroots ballot campaign to protect Michigan's air and water by increasing the state's use of renewable energy -- DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are reporting an acceleration of clean energy plans and setting a 50 pct Clean Energy Goal to be reached by 2030.

In keeping with the agreement, Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan has mothballed plans to submit more than 350,000 signatures they collected in support of a clean energy initiative that would have called for an increase to the state's renewable portfolio standard. DTE and Consumers Energy intend to achieve their 50 pct by 2030 green goal through increased energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. Michigan legislation requires utilities to source 15 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2021. (Source: Healthy Michigan, DTE, Energy Insider, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan, www.cleanenergyhealthymichigan.com; DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  Consumers Energy,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Conti Solar Breaks Ground on Cleveland Area PV Array (Ind. Report)
Conti Solar,IGS Solar
Date: 2018-05-23
Edison, New Jersey-headquartered engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Conti Solar reports construction is underway on a 4-MW, 17 acre landfill solar park in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), Ohio. The project is slated for completion this summer.

The completed solar project will be owned and operated by IGS Solar. Cleveland Public Power will purchase all of the plant's generated electricity which is expected to exceed 5 million kWh, according to the release. (Source: Conti Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 22 May, 2018) Contact: IGS Solar, Hugh Scott, www.igssolarpower.com; Conti Solar, (732) 860-4660, www.contisolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Landfill Solar,  Conti Solar,  Solar,  IGS Solar,  


NY to Scupper Last Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2020 (Ind. Report)
Andrew Cuomo,
Date: 2018-05-23
In Albany, an announcement from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (Dem) has tagged coal as "a relec of the past" and proposed strict new carbon dioxide standards that spell the doom of the Empire State' two remaining coal-fired power plants.

The initiative part of Governor Cuomo's target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 40 pct by 2030. The state also aims to source 50 pct of its power from renewable energy by 2030. It also follows through on a pledge he made in 2016 to restrict coal use across the state.

The new rulings limit all coal plants to producing no more than 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour of electricity generated. The regulations remain open to consultation for the next two months and three public hearings on the matter. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Various Media, 23 May, 2018) Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Coal,  Climate Change,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


ETW Biomethane Plant Under Construction in France (Int'l)
ETW Energietechnik
Date: 2018-05-23
Last month, German energy plant constructor ETW Energietechnik reported the installation of its first biogas processing plant in Scherwiller, France. The compact ETW SmarCycle® PSA biogas treatment system has a processing capacity of 230 - 385 standard cubic metres of biogas per hour, and was specially developed for the French market. Plant manufacturer Rytec from Baden-Baden is responsible for the entire project development and the installed fermentation line.

According to the release, eEnergy experts assume that by 2030 France will be able to meet one-third of its gas requirements with biomethane. An essential prerequisite for the implementation, however, is the application of efficient and practice-proven processing technologies.

ETW and its French partner GASEO, have integrated ETW SmartCycle technology into a compact, flexible and energy-efficient container concept that reduces space requirements, assembly times and without losses in biomethane quality. The "smart" process control reacts automatically even to large volume flow fluctuations and changing raw gas qualities with loss in yield or quality of the biomethane produced. (Source: ETW Energietechnik PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Dr. Oliver Jende, Sales Management +49 2841 9990 203, +49 173 418 6052 jende@etw-energie.de, www.etw-energie.de

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


Georgia Makes Attis' Biomass Biorefinery Shortlist (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2018-05-23
Milton, Ga.-based Attis Industries Inc. reports it has approved lead sites for acquisition and construction of a nation-wide network of advanced new biorefineries that would convert biomass into renewable alternatives for petroleum-derived fuels, plastics, and other products.

The company recently narrowed its list of potential sites down to a few locations in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota, after evaluating offerings from various state governments and proposals of targeted land owners, site developers, contractors, feedstock suppliers, and supply chain partners. Attis is planning to select at least two sites in 2018. (Source: Attis Industries, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisinnovations.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


UK Investing £21.5Mn in CCS and CCUS Technology (Int'l Report)
UK Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-05-23
In London, the UK Energy and Clean Growth minister, Claire Perry, has announced the government will invest £21.5m in expanding capabilities and reducing costs of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilization (CCUS) technology, both of which have been a government priority since COP21 in 2015. The country views CCS and CCUS as part of its wider efforts to reduce environmental COs and fight climate change.

The funding will be targeted towards innovations which could reduce the cost of CCUS technology and make the process more commercially viable at scale. There are currently 22 plants in operation, working to capture industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

The government will issue a call for CCUS innovation projects lasting up to 28 months and worth £15 million in grants. Projects will be able to apply for grants of up to £5 million each. An additional £6.5 million has been committed to the Accelerating Carbon Technologies research programme, on which the UK partners with nine other European countries to innovate in the carbon emissions sector. (Source: UK Ministry of Energy & Clean Growth, Government Europa, 23 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Windpark Linda Wins German Wind Farm Project (Int’l Report)
Windpark Linda
Date: 2018-05-21
Vortx Energy's Windpark Linda GmbH reports it has won a 21.6MW onshore wind farm project in Germany. Construction is expected to get underway within weeks for completion no later than mid 2019.

When fully operational the project is expected to generate approximately 50GWh of power -- equal to nearly 39kt of avoided CO2 emission annually. (Source: Vortx Energy, Power Technology, Others, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Vortex Energy Windpark Linda, vortex-energy-group.com/en/next-milestone-reached-at-wind-farm-linda

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Stora Enso Touts DuraSense Bio-Plastic (New Prod. & Tech.)
Stora Enso
Date: 2018-05-21
Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso is touting DuraSense, a new bio-based alternative to plastic. According to the company, its new DuraSense material -- which is made of wood fibres, polymers and additives -- will help meet market demand for greener plastics.

Stora Enso's bio-composites, which can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials, can be used to make a wide range of goods, from car parts to kitchen utensils and bottle caps. In 2018, Stora Enso invested €12 in bio-based material production, and claims it will be able to produce 15,000 tpy of DuraSense material at its Hylte Mill in Sweden. (Source: Stora Enso, Business Green, May, 2018) Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso,  Bio-plastic,  Bio-chemical,  


Ameren Missouri Planning Missouri's Largest Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2018-05-21
St. Louis-headquartered Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation , reports that it has inked an agreement to acquire a 400-MW wind farm to be constructed by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, LLC in Adair and Schuyler counties Missouri.

The wind farm, the Show Me State's largest, will incorporate 175 American-made wind turbines that will generate sufficient electric power for an estimated 120,000 homes. Groundbreaking is expected in summer 2019 for commissioning and power production in 2020.

The transaction is subject to various conditions and regulatory approvals and an acceptable Midcontinent Independent System Operator transmission interconnection agreement.

Ameren Missouri expects to add 100 MW of solar-generated energy over the next 10 years, 50 MW of which is targeted to come online by 2025. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Ajay Arora, VP Power Operations and Energy Management, www.Ameren.com/Missouri

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  


UK Climate Campaigners Call for "Rigged" Clean Energy Investments (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-05-21
In London, the Financial Times is reporting UK Members of Parliament "are warning of a 'dramatic and worrying collapse' of clean energy investments in Great Britain in the last three years." The paper notes that While the UK's share of low-carbon energy roughly doubled in the last decade, the government's annual investment in clean energy dropped 10 pct in 2016 and an additional 50 percent in 2017" leaving some MP's concerned that the drop is threatening the country's ability to meet its climate change targets.

According to the Financial Times article, unless government rigs the market in favor of clean energy investments it cannot meet its legally binding climate change targets.

But, as the Guardian recently noted, to boost clean energy's market share government must also penalize or ban fossil fuel investments. Such penalties can come in many forms, not only the obvious ones like carbon taxes and cap-and-trade, but also interminable environmental reviews and permitting delays.

The UK Department for Business, Investment and Industrial Strategy recently published a proposal to weaken the grip of "under-performing local planning authorities that repeatedly fail to determine oil and gas applications within statutory time frames." The Department seeks to expedite environmental reviews of onshore hydraulic fracturing projects.

Thanks in part to offshore natural gas production, which is now declining, the UK has "had competitively-priced energy since 1990 whilst reducing carbon emissions across the economy by 49 pct." (Source: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy Competative Enterprize Institute, 20 May, 2018)Contact: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Tax,  


London Mayor Planning Zero-Emission Zones by 2020 (Int'l)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan
Date: 2018-05-21
In the UK, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is reportedly calling for the introduction of zero-emission zones in some parts of the capital from 2020 as part of a long-term vision of a carbon neutral city by 2050. In his Environment Strategy, the mayor calls for the city to adopt clean air policies, electric vehicle, an increase in London's current solar capacity to 1GW by 2030 and 2GW by 2050.

The strategy includes a proposal on carbon budgets, aimed at reducing London's greenhouse gas emissions -- a 40 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels in 2018-2022, which is in line with with the Paris climate agreement to limit global climate change to 1.5 degrees. In addition, the mayor will fund thousands more trees and improvements to community green spaces. Since assuming the mayor's chair, Khan has directly funded the planting of over 70,000 trees and committed £4 million to support additional plantings. (Source: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Fleet News, Iran Financial Tribune, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  


DEFRA OKs £2Mn for UK Peatland Restoration (Int'l Funding)
DEFRA
Date: 2018-05-21
In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) reports it has approved a £2 million funding application from a partnership of regional organizations for funding the restoration of 1,680 hectares of peatland on Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and Exmoor.

According to the restoration project leader Morag Angus, of South West Water, "The peatlands of South West England are very important for water quality, carbon storage, biodiversity, cultural history, recreation and farming but they are the most vulnerable in the UK to the impacts of climate change, due to their southerly position. For this reason, they need to be prioritized nationally and restored for the benefit of all and future generations."

Peatlands store vast amounts of carbon in their soils -- about 60-times the amount of carbon that is released annually from fossil fuel burning. One-third of all the soil carbon in the world is in peatland ecosystems even though they cover only 3 pct of the terrestrial land surface, according to a 2015 joint study from Chapman University in California, University of Oregon and Purdue University . (Source: DEFRA, Cornish Times, 20 May, 2018)Contact: DEFRA, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEFRA,  Peatland,  Carbon Storage,  


Sumitomo Mitsui Losing Interest in Coal Power Lending (Int'l)
Sumitomo Mitsui
Date: 2018-05-21
In Tokyo, Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group has signaled it may rethink its financing of high-carbon, coal-fired power projects. In a statement, bank president Takeshi Kunibe said "Coal-fired power generation is relatively low cost and has a big impact on climate change, so we are considering to make our financing policy stricter."

Japanese firms have lagged efforts across global finance to align their businesses with climate change goals. Sumitomo Mitsui and its two main domestic rivals remain among the world's biggest funders of coal power projects, according to transparency advocacy group BankTrack. Other financial institutions cutting funding in the coal power sector include HSBC Holdings, Societe Generale and Deutsche Bank. (Source: Sumitomo Mitsui, Australia Financial Review, Others, 16 May, 2018) Contact: Sumitomo Mitsui, www.smbc.co.jp/global

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sumitomo Mitsui,  Coal,  Coal-Fired Power,  


Xcel Expanding Wind Capacity in New Mexico, Texas (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-05-21
Minnesota-headquartered Xcel Energy reports it has received Texas PUC approval to expand its wind energy capacity by 1,230 MW in Texas and New Mexico. New Mexico regulators approved the plan in March.

Xcel Energy's proposal consists of two new wind farms, which will generate most of the new power, but also includes a 30-year PPA with NextEra Energy Resources through which the company will acquire energy from other wind facilities in Texas.

The two new farms are estimated to cost $1.6 billion to construct and are anticipated to save Texas and New Mexico customers $2.8 billion over a 30-year period. The two new facilities, which are expected to come online in 2023, will generate sufficient electric power for more than 360,000 homes annually.

(Source: Xcel, Commercial Property Executive, May, 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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Statkraft Passes on €1.5Bn Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Plan (Int'l)
Statkraft
Date: 2018-05-21
In Norway, Oslo-headquartered state-owned energy major Statkraft confirms it passed on an opportunity to invest in the a &ewuro;1.5 billion, "Spirit of Ireland" pumped hydro energy storage scheme in the west of Ireland in 2013.

The pumped hydro-power storage scheme involved using excess -- off-peak wind power -- to pump seawater into a reservoir in a flooded coastal valley. The water could then be released during peak times to drive large turbines in order to generate electricity.

Statkraft generate approximately €5 billion in annual revenue from hydro, wind, solar and gas power at 370 installations and is the Nordic region's second largest power firm. The project is as yet unfunded. (Source: Statkraft, Independent Ireland, 20 May, 2018)Contact: Statkraft, +47 91370572, www.statkraft.com

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Bay State to Name Offshore Wind Providers This Week (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind
Date: 2018-05-21
The Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reports Wednesday, 23 May, is the deadline to announce which of three proposed offshore wind projects can move forward in Bay State waters -- Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind - are vying to produce some or all of the initial 800 MW.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency, said the creation of 1,600 MW of offshore wind power should create over 3,000 "job years" over the next ten years. (Source: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 1420 WBSM, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; Deepwater Wind, www.dnwind.com; Bay State Wind, www.baystatewind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Bay State Wind,  Deepwater Wind,  


EDF Off-loading Half of its UK Wind Assets (Ind. Report, Int'l)
EDF Energy Renewables
Date: 2018-05-21
French energy giant giant EDF Energy Renewables reports it is in talks to sell a 49 pct stake in its portfolio of UK wind farms in a deal approaching £600 million. EDF owns 23 onshore wind farms and one offshore wind farm off the north-east coast of England that generate about 550MW of electricity.

Barclays is advising EDF on the sale which would be the largest in a series of EDF transactions intended to expand into other energy sectors. To that end, in November 2017, EDF sold an 80 pct stake in five of its onshore wind farms totaling 100 MW to Greencoat UK Wind. It continues to run the sites and provide maintenance and operational services. (Source: EDF, Financial Times, 20 May, 2018) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Matthieu Hue, CEO, www.edf-er.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy Renewables,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


UAE, Saudis Lead MENA Renewable Energy Sector (Int'l Report)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
Date: 2018-05-21
According the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), an energy sector development bank, the UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading the Middle East and North Africa's (MENA) renewable energy market, where the demand for power is expected to increase by 6.4 pct annually until 2022.

APICORP notes that MENA's major energy-importing companies are working to improve renewable energy legislation and infrastructure, while most exporting countries have "done little to incorporate renewables."

According to APICORP large oil and gas reserves and cheap extraction costs mean that hydrocarbons continue to meet rising demand in countries like Kuwait and Algeria. Legislative factors such as "policy uncertainty" and the lack of an efficient and supportive regulatory framework, are also contributing factors to the slow uptake of renewable energy. Even so, the UAE and Dubai are "on track” with their renewable energy targets and the introduction of competitive bidding, feed in tariffs (FiTs), tax exemptions, and power-purchase agreements (PPAs) to encourage renewable energy projects.

The MENA countries typically include: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Ethiopia and Sudan are sometimes included. (Source: APICORP, Construction Week, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation, www.apicorp-arabia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables,  MENA,  


Alaskan Climate Com. Aims to Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind Report)
Alaska
Date: 2018-05-21
Alaskan Republican Governor Bill Walker's October, 2017 Administrative Order 289 creating the Climate Action for Alaska Commission to look into mitigating climate change in the Last Frontier State has released released a preliminary report ahead of schedule.

The report calls for a 30 pct reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Other recommendations include: mitigation of the state's carbon footprint; adaptation to a changing environment; climate change research; and responses to climate change related natural disasters. The commission also recommends the state move to 50 pct renewable electricity sources and increase its overall energy efficiency by 15 pct.

Download the Draft Plan HERE. (Source: Office of the Governor, KTVA, 19 May, 2018)Contact: Office of the Governor, https://gov.alaska.gov/contact

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


Shell Shareholders Call for Tougher Carbon Targets (Int'l)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2018-05-21
Last week at oil giant Royal Dutch Shell's AGM, the Dutch pension fund AEGON, the Church of England and a growing number of major pension fund and other Shell shareholders supported a resolution calling for the company to set tougher carbon targets that are in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolution was also highlighted by 60 large investors managing more $10.4 trillion (£7.72 trillion ) in assets, though they stopped short of publicly backing it.

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, acknowledged the resolution was instrumental in Shell's plan to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Follow This, The Guardian, 29 May, 2018)Contact: Follow This, https://follow-this.org; Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

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Sandia Scientists Convert Plant Lignin into Biochemicals (R&D)
Sandia National Laboratories
Date: 2018-05-21
In San Francisco, Sandia National Laboratories scientists are touting new technology based on bio-engineered bacteria that can make it economically feasible to produce chemicals from renewable plant sources -- lignin. Lignin is the component of plant cell walls that gives them strength. It is brimming with energy but getting to that energy is so costly and complex that the resulting biofuel can't compete economically with other forms of transportation energy. Once broken down, lignin can be converted into nylon, plastics, pharmaceuticals and other valuable products.

"For years, we have been researching cost-effective ways to break down lignin and convert it into valuable platform chemicals," Sandia bioengineer Seema Singh said. "We applied our understanding of natural lignin degraders to E. coli because that bacterium grows fast and can survive harsh industrial processes," she added in the work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America,. (Source: Sandia National Laboratories, IANS, Quint, 19 May, 2018) Contact: Sandia National Laboratories, Seema Singh, Bioengineering, (925) 294-4551, www.jbei.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Seema-Singh_CV_JBEI.pdf

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignin,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Renewable Fuel,  Sandia National Laboratories,  


EQUATE HQ Awarded Kuwait's 1st LEED Silver Certification (Int'l)
EQUATE,USGBC
Date: 2018-05-21
In Kuwait, the EQUATE Group, a global producer of petrochemicals and the world's second largest producer of Ethylene Glycol, reports it new headquarters has been awarded Kuwait's first LEED-Silver Building Design & Construction (BD+C) certification for its compliance with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED program.

EQUATE's 16,500 square-meter headquarters building conserves energy consumption by reducing water usage by 36 pct, utilizing solar energy to generate around 8 pct of the total building consumption, and achieving energy cost savings of 26 pct. (Source: Equate, PR, albawaba, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Equate, www.equate.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


EESL Touts India's Energy Efficient LED Lighting Program (Int'l)
EESL
Date: 2018-05-21
India'state-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is reporting the distribution of over 30 crore (1 crore = 10 million) light emitting diode (LED) bulbs across the country under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme launched by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in January 2015.

The program, which quickly grew into the largest LED distribution programme in the world, has led to energy savings of over 38,952 million kWh, annually, amounting to Rs 15,581 crore in energy savings, according to an EESL statement.

In its commitment to reduce carbon intensity by 33 to 35 pct between 2005 and 2030, India has recognized energy efficiency as a key mitigation strategy, with the UJALA scheme serving as the government's flagship programme for efficient domestic lighting. India's share in the global LED market has increased to 12 pct cent from 0.1 pct, with the penetration of LED in the domestic market rising to 10 per cent from 0.4 per cent, according to EESI. (Source: EESL, PTI, 19 May, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News EESL,  LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  


N.D. Ethanol Plants Testing Syngenta's Enogen Corn (Ind. Report)
Tharaldson Energy,Syngenta,AgEnergy Group
Date: 2018-05-21
AgWeek is reporting corn ethanol producers in North Dakota are at different stages of incorporating Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Syngenta's patented Enogen corn into their mix. Enogen corn has enzymes genetically engineered into the kernels. Ethanol plants normally purchase enzymes to help turn corn starch into sugar as part of the fermenting process.

Enogen is classified as an "identity preserved crop" and must either go to the ethanol plants that contract for it or be used as livestock feed.

The product is presently being used or tested in over 30 ethanol plants nationwide, including Tharaldson Energy at Casselton, N.D., and Midwest AgEnergy Group plants at Spiritwood, N.D., and Underwood, N.D. (Source: INFORUM, AgWeek, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Syngenta, Jack Bernens, Enogen Technology Leader, (202) 737-6520, www.syngenta.com; Enogen, (877) 436-0436, www.enogen.net; Tharaldson Energy, www.tharaldsonethanol.com; MidwestAgEnergy Group, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tharaldson Energy,  Syngenta,  Enogen,  Corn,  Ethanol Corn Ethanol,  AgEnergy Group ,  


DRAX Power Piloting Europe's First Biomass CCS Project (Int'l)
DRAX,C-Capture
Date: 2018-05-21
In the UK, DRAX Power reports it will pilot the first Bioenergy Carbon Capture Storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe at its biomass-fired power station in North Yorkshire. For the demonstration project, DRAX will partner with Leeds-based C-Capture and invest £ 400,000 in what could be the first of several pilot projects. C-Capture is a spin-out from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leeds, established through funding from IP Group.

BECCS is important to the climate change fight because the technology will remove the greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere at the same time as electricity is produced and not contribute to climate change. A 2016 report by the Energy Technology Institute (ETI) suggests that by the 2050s BECCS could deliver roughly 55 million tpy of net negative emissions in the UK -- almost half the nation's emissions target. (Source: DRAX Power, The Business Desk, 21 May, 2018) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; C-Capture, Chris Rayner, founder of C-Capture and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Leeds, www.c-capture.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Biomass,  CCS,  


Pattern Reports Mesa Canyon NM Wind Acquisition (M&A)
Pattern Energy Group
Date: 2018-05-21
San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group 2 is reporting the acquisition of 1GW Mesa Canyons wind farm and Western Spirit transmission line in New Mexico from Clean Line Energy Partners for an undisclosed amount. Both projects are at advanced stages of development and are expected to be operational in 2020, said Pattern Energy Group 2 -- aka Pattern Development.

Mesa Canyons will be located on 50,500 hectares of land in Lincoln County and connect to the 345kV AC Western Spirit line that will run for about 225km from the wind farm to Public Service Company of New Mexico's transmission system near Albuquerque. Pattern Development also plans to start work this summer on the 221MW Grady wind farm in New Mexico. The project is slated to enter commercial operations in spring 2019. (Source: Pattern Development, PR, renews, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

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