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California Carbon Permit Auction Nets $862Mn (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-11-29
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Control Board (CARB) reports the state's recent auction of permits/allowances via its cap-and-trade program added a record $862 million the the Golden State's coffers. By law, the revenue will be used for low income housing projects, transit, electric car rebates, high speed rail, and similar low-carbon projects.

The state set a minimum price per permit of $13.57 and the final auction price was $15.06. All available permits were purchased. The cap-and-trade program is set to run through 2030. California aims to slash GHG emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030. (Source: California ARB, MML News, Various Others, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Credits,  


RSA Global Completes First Dubai Rooftop Solar Project (Int'l)
RSA Global
Date: 2017-11-29
Multinational logistics firm RSA Global reports the launch and implementation of its first solar rooftop project atop its facility in Dubai Logistics City, Dubai South. The installation, which was developed and completed by Dubai-based joint venture SirajPower, will generate 1.1 MW and provide an alternative source of electricity for the next 15 years and generate 90 pct of the energy required for the facility.

SirajPower, which delivered the project under a fully financed leasing scheme, is a 2016 joint venture between Akuo Energy of France and Corys Environment of Dubai. (Source: RSA Global, Construction Week OnLine, 26 Nov., 2017) Contact: RSA Global, Abhishek Shah, CEO, /www.rsagroup.com; SirajPower, +962 580 569 406, www.sirajpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


Noble Unloading South Bend Indiana Ethanol Producer (M&A)
Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol
Date: 2017-11-29
Hong Kong-headquartered international commodities trader Noble Group reports it is selling "all of the issued and outstanding capital stock" of its Indiana-based ethanol producer Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol operation (NASBE) to Michigan-headquartered Zeeland Farm Services Inc. for $12.5 million.

The sale net proceeds are expected to be used for debt reduction puposes. (Source: Noble Group, Strait Times, Others, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office, www.thisisnoble.com; Zeeland Farm Services, (800) 748-0595, receptionist@zfsinc.com, www.zfsinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Noble Group,  Ethanol,  Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol,  


ePURE Comments on EU-EP Climate Change, Biofuels Policy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
ePURE
Date: 2017-11-29
"One thing should be clear to everyone: the European Union (EU) needs to do something to improve its efforts in the fight against climate change -- and quickly. That's because just as often as a new position on EU biofuels policy gets staked out, another reminder arises that Europe is falling behind in its commitments to de-carbonizing transport.

"The latest news comes from the European Environment Agency, which reported this month that GHG emissions have risen for the third year in a row in the EU. Everyone from European Commission VP, Maros Sefcovic, to environmental lobby groups, is warning that we need to do more.

"By proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.

"Yet, at the same time, they are proposing policies that would achieve less. The EC wants to reduce all crop-based biofuels -- even the ones like renewable European ethanol that deliver high GHG savings with low risk of adverse impact to almost nothing by 2030. And by proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.

The European Parliament's various committees have been weighing in with their opinions over the last couple of months. The environment committee, the lead panel on the biofuels file, wants to go even further than the Commission, and phase out crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030.

"The transport committee could not find agreement on the environment committee language and ended up rejecting its own draft opinion on the legislation. This week the industry, research and energy committee and lead on the entire Renewable Energy Directive, will vote. Even traditional political groups are divided on the issue.

"The swirl of differing opinions means the RP may not have a clear line on this important issue going into plenary vote in January (2018). But it is not too late for MEPs to find common ground and move closer to what EU Member States want and have articulated coherently in their draft position: build on the success of the existing framework, leave in place the 7 percent cap on crop-based biofuels, and promote advanced biofuels and renewable electricity in addition to, not at the expense of, existing solutions." (Source: ePure, Politico, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Biofuel,  EU,  


Ethtec's Aussie Cellulosic Biofuel Demo Scores Funding (Int'l)
Ethanol Technologies ,ARENA
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Land Down Under, Queensland-based Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec) reports receipt of $11.9 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for its advanced biofuel production technology at its $30 million scalable pilot plant in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales. The ARENA funding is being matched by Jiangsu Jintongling Fluid Machinery Technology Company Limited (JTL). Ethtec has invested over $18.6 million in the project to date.

Ethtec is developing advanced biofuel production technology for the commercial-scale production of ethanol and other high-value fermentation products from crop stubbles, cotton gin trash, timber residues and sugar cane bagasse, and other lignocellulosic materials. Ethtec has partnered with Apace Research Limited, the University of Newcastle's Institute for Energy and Resources and School of Environmental and Life Sciences as well as with Muswellbrook Shire Council to complete the project. (Source: Ethanol Technologies, Prime Mover, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ethanol Technologies, Dr. Russell Reeves, Chief Scientist and Managing Director, +61 423 770 264, +61 2 49 923 033, russell.reeves@ethtec.com.au, www.ethtec.com.au; ARENA, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Ethanol Technologies ,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  ARENA,  


Hainan Airlines Touts Beijing-Chicago Biofuel Flight (Int'l)
Hainan Airlines,China Green Carbon Foundation
Date: 2017-11-29
China's Hainan Airlines is touting the success of its first transoceanic passenger flight using biofuels -- Flight HU497 from Beijing to Chicago.

During the 12-hour flight, Hainan Airlines invited passengers to participate in informative interactive activities designed to promote a "green travel-carbon offset" public interest project the airline jointly launched with the China Green Carbon Foundation. (Source: Hainan Airlines, Travel Daily News Asia, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Hainan Airlines , www.hainanairlines.com; China Green Carbon Foundation, www.thjj.org/en

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


$53Mn Estonian Woody-Biomass Bio-Coal Plant Announced (Int'l)
Baltania OU,Momentum Capital
Date: 2017-11-29
Amsterdam-headquartered private equity investment firm Momentum Capital reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Baltania OU, a torrefied bio-coal pellet producer, will commission an industrial-scale torrefaction bio-coal plant in Vagari, Estonia.

The approximate $53 million project would be overseen by the Estonian Ministry of Environment and partially funded by Momentum Capital and other venture capitalists and financial institutions. The European Union will provide a production-output based grant of about $30 million.

The bio-coal plant, which will utilize torrefaction technology developed by Netherlands-based Clean Electricity Generation, is expected to produce approximately 160,000 tpy of torrefied bio-coal pellets from Estonian sourced woody biomass. (Source: Clean Energy Generation, Momentum Capital, Mining.com, Nov., 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Generation, +31 (0) 20 560 08 07, info@cegeneration.com, http://cegeneration.com; Momentum Capital, www. momentumcapital.nl; Baltania OU, Mika Hassinen, CEO, +31 6 1261 6414, mika.hassinen@baltania.ee, www.baltania.ee

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Bio-coal,  Wood Pellet,  


Goldwind's White Rock Solar Farm Installs First Panels (Int'l)
Goldwind Energy
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Land Down Under, Goldwind Energy reports the first of 72,000 panels have now been installed at its solar-wind hybrid renewable energy facility adjacent its White Rock Wind Farm, 20 km west of Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia.

According to the company the project is well underway. Construction of civil works on boundary fencing, access and internal roads has been completed while significant structural work on frames and piling installation is progressing, the company says.

A total of 72,000 solar panels will be installed over the coming months. When fully operational, the facility will generate sufficient electric power 7,200 homes. the solar farm will have the capacity to generate electricity to supply the equivalent of approximately 7,200 average NSW homes.

White Rock Solar is Goldwind's second wind-solar hybrid project following the 10MW Gullen Solar project, also in New South Wales. (Source: Goldwind Energy, Nov., 2017) Contact: Goldwind Energy, +61 (2) 9008 1715, info@goldwindaustralia.com, www.goldwindaustralia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


Missourian Delivers Solar Power to Ravaged Puerto Rico (Ind. Report)
Solar
Date: 2017-11-29
P.J. Wilson, the former director of Renew Missouri, is touting the launch of Solar for Puerto Rico. The project aims to provide solar generated electricity to about 55,000 homes that may not be reconnected to the electric grid for at least a year, as a result of recent hurricane damage.

With the help of local residents, Wilson is distributing solar panels, batteries and Bluetooth speakers to poor and rural communities and hopes to develop a solar-powered microgrid as a localized backup power system. Solar for Puerto Rico is funded through a mix of crowdfunding efforts and organizations including The Solar Foundation, which is connected to the Clinton Foundation. (Source: St.Louis Public Radio, 26 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


ADB Grants $45Mn for 20MW Afghanistan Solar Project (Int'l., Funding)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2017-11-29
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it has approved a $44.76 million grant to support the development of a 20MW solar PV project in Kabul, Afghanistan. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate approximately 43GWh of electricity per year.

According to the ADB release, Afghanistan is reliant on imported energy from neighbouring countries to meet its domestic demand, despite only 32 pct of the population having access to grid-connected electricity. The site and substation will be constructed to accommodate an additional 10-20MW of solar as needed. (Source: ADB, PV Mag., 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  Solar,  


Ambitious City Promises Launched in Philippines (Int'l)
International Climate Initiative
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) are touting the launch of Ambitious City Promises (ACP), a 3-year south-east Asian regional project that supports cities in Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam develop and launch climate action initiatives through an active and inclusive stakeholder engagement strategy.

ACP helps member cities implement greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions strategies that take into account the cities' development pressures and local context while emphasizing the importance of citizen engagement and working with relevant national ministries.

ACP is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative program. (Source: International Climate Initiative, ICLEI, PR, Rappler, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact: International Climate Initiative, www.international-climate-initiative.com/en; Ambitious City Promises, www.iclei.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  International Climate Initiative,  


BVI Seeks Climate Change Mitigation Support (Ind. Report)
Clinton Foundation
Date: 2017-11-29
Following a recent climate change meeting with the Clinton Foundation in New York, British Virgin Islands (BVI) Minister of Finance and Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith said he highlighted the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund and the BVI's "Urgent need to build climate resilience, particularly along our coasts where there has been great erosion." The Premier also touted the BVI's 2015 Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund as an "exemplary mechanism for receiving funds to build climate resilience."

Premier Smith met with the Clinton Foundation at a high-level pledging conference at the UN in New York last week. Attending nations offered more than $2 billion in pledges and loans to countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. (Source: BVI News, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Clinton Foundation, www.clintonfoundation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  


"Seeing REDD: Why The European Union Needs to Embrace Forest Carbon Finance" -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
REDD,Forest Carbon
Date: 2017-11-29
"A new report on forest finance has found that conserving and restoring tropical forests could deliver up to 30 pct of the carbon savings necessary to keep the average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C -- but as the report shows, only about 1 pct of international development funding for climate mitigation is directed towards this.

"Worse, finance for sustainable forestry and agriculture aligned with climate goals -- approximately $20 billion since 2010 -- is dwarfed by the $777 billion pumped into the sectors that drive deforestation.

" For many developing countries, forest conservation represents the main contribution they can make to the global climate effort. While all tropical forest countries have committed to reduce forest emissions as part of their national climate plans, many have pledged further reductions on the condition that they receive international support. And more than 50 developing countries have been running programmes to prepare the ground for REDD+, including establishing social and environmental safeguards and forest monitoring systems that will enable them to access payments for verified carbon savings."

Download the Progress on the New York Declaration on Forests report HERE. (Source: Climate Focus, New York Declaration on Forest Assessment Partners, Climate and Land Use Alliance, Ecosystem Marketplace, Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News REDD,  Deforestation,  Carbon Sink,  Forest Carbon,  


New UK Windfarm Operator Launched in Edinburgh (Int'l. Report)
Ventient Energy
Date: 2017-11-29
The UK's newest wind energy player, Ventient Energy Ltd., is reporting its official launch in Edinburgh.

Ventient is the UK's third largest onshore wind energy generator and the country's largest non-utility owner of onshore wind with 34 windfarms incorporating 507 turbines totaling 690MW of installed capacity. Approximately two-thirds of Ventient Energy's power is generated in Scotland. (Source: Ventient Energy, Energy Voice, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ventient Energy, Scott Mackenzie, CEO , +44 131 243 1380, www.ventientenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  UK Wind,  Onshore Wind,  


Siemens Gamesa Scores Thai Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa,Energy Absolute
Date: 2017-11-29
Siemens Gamesa is reporting receipt of and order for 103 of its 2.5 MW wind turbines for installation at the Hanuman wind complex, which is currently under construction in Chaiyaphum province in northeastern Thailand.

The turbines are planned to be delivered in May 2018 and commissioned towards the end of the year. Siemens Gamesa will also operate and maintain the windfarm which is being developed by Bangkok-based Energy Absolute. (Source: PEI, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Energy Absolute, www.energyabsolute.co.th; Siemens Gamesa, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Absolute,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


2017 China Carbon Pricing Survey Findings Released (Int'l)
China Carbon Market
Date: 2017-11-29
According to the independent China Carbon Forum's 2017 China Carbon Pricing Survey, 38 pct of respondents believe emission trading is at least moderately affecting investment decisions in China, even as the nation is still running regional pilot programs. The survey suggests the percentage will continue to rise through to 2025, when 75 pct of those surveyed would likely say emission trading will at least affect their investment decisions.

The survey was launched as China prepares to upgrade its current pilot carbon trading programs in seven regions to a national one within the year with prices expected to rise from about 38 yuan ($5.74) per ton of carbon dioxide emitted in 2017, to 74 yuan per ton in 2020 and 108 yuan per ton in 2025, the survey showed. Most survey respondents expect the ETS will be fully functional around 2020.

Download the survey HERE. (Source: China Carbon Forum, China Global Times, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: Chine Carbon Forum, www.chinacarbon,info

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  


Ameresco, DEA El Paso Ink Energy Efficiency, Solar ESPC (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2017-11-29
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered reneweable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for energy efficiency upgrades and construction of a 2.47 MW solar energy system at the El Paso Intelligence Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The Energy Saving Performance Contract (ESPC) was awarded to Ameresco under the ESPC ENABLE program -- a streamlined process for small federal agency projects to leverage third-party financed energy technologies in six months or less.

Ameresco will finance, build, own and operate the solar system for a period of 20 years and will also upgrade more than 1,400 inefficient interior and exterior lighting fixtures to high-efficiency LEDs. The entire ESPC is expected to save the DEA more than $9.2 million in energy costs over 20 years. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso, www.dea.gov/divisions/elp/elp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco ,  Energy Efficiency,  Solar,  LED Light,  


USGBC Incorporates Perkins+Will RELi Standard (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2017-11-29
The U.S. Green Building Council reports it has adopted the RELi national construction resilience standard developed by the Minneapolis office of the Perkins + Will architecture firm, an incorporate it into its LEED certification program.

Perkins + Will senior associate and architect Doug Pierce developed the standard as the principal investigator for the Washington, D.C.-based Capital Markets Partnership, which promotes the incorporation of green building practices into the standard real estate underwriting processes.

Like the USGBC's LEED program, RELi is a point-based system in which buildings gain recognition and certification through hazard preparedness, disaster recovery, crisis communications, energy efficiency and other practices. Buildings seeking RELi certification must fulfill LEED prerequisites regarding sustainability practices. (Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Finance & Commerce, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Perkins + Will's Resilience Research Lab, http://research.perkinswill.com/labs/resilience; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Medford Mass. Lauded for Cutting Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Bay State, the city of Medford , a member of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities program, reports it has been recognized for cutting municipal energy consumption by 20 pct since 2009.

The Green Communities Designation and Grant program is intended to help Bay State towns and cities reduce municipal energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. DOER Green Communities receive grant funding for energy efficiency initiatives and projects and are eligible for additional similar grants. The city of Medford received $235,935 in 2017 from Green Communities grants.

Medford is also part of the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge and a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors, a UN effort to support the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: City of Medford Website, Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Medford, Alicia Hunt, Director Office of Energy and the Environment, (781) 393-2137, ahunt@medford-ma.gov, www.medford-ma.gov; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources ,  Energy Efficiency,  


EU, Switzerland Linking Emissions Trading Systems (Int'l)
EU ETS
Date: 2017-11-29
Tax News is reporting the European Union (EU) and Switzerland have inked an agreement to link their emissions trading systems (ETSs) allowing EU ETS participants to use allowances from the Swiss system for compliance, and vice versa.

The EU's ETS operates in 31 EU countries -- plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway -- and covers approximately 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions and works on a cap-and-trade principle. The Swiss ETS is also based on the cap-and-trade principle. The agreement will enter into force at the start of the year following ratification by both parties. (Source: Tax News, Others, 27 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Markets,  Carbon Emissions Trade,  


AHAM Wants DOE to Run ENERGY STAR Program (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2017-11-27
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) reports it has petitioned the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power to transfer administration of the ENERGY STAR program for home appliances from the EPA back to the Department of Energy (DOE)-- the original administrator of the 1992 vintage ENERGY STAR program.

In 2009 the program was transferred to the EPA, a move that AHAM says created complications -- including the verification of testing requirements and EPA specifications on energy regulations that differ or depart from the DOE's for the same products -- that ultimately undermine the program's efficiency.

The House of Representatives is currently reviewing the ENERGY STAR Reform Act which would permanently transfer administration of the program from the EPA to the DOE, among other changes aimed at strengthening the program. (Source: AHAM, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: AHAM, Joseph McGuire, CEO, Pres., www.aham.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


Sprint Runs Energy Efficiency with Yardi Proliphix (Ind. Report)
Yardi Proliphix
Date: 2017-11-27
Santa Barbara, California-headquartered building energy management systems specialist YARDI reports that Sprint's installation of its Yardi® Proliphix building energy management system helped the communications giant optimize lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems with cloud-based remote management software. The Yardi system continuously monitors temperatures, thermostat settings and potential equipment malfunctions.

Sprint initially implemented Yardi Proliphix in 2012 to reduce energy costs in its retail locations by 15 pct with an anticipated 18-month return on investment.

Sprint's new Yardi Proliphix implementations will cost Sprint less than a conventional standard programmable thermostat. Because Yardi Proliphix can function as a lighting control system, Sprint will not need to install a second system. (Source: Yardi, Business Wire, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: Yardi, Matt Eggers, vice president of Yardi Energy. www.yardi.com

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


Portugal Killing Coal-Fired Power by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-27
In Lisbon, the Portuguese Environment minister Joao Matos said last week the government will close the 1,100-MW Sines and the 577 MW Pego coal-fired power plants, as well as reform the domestic carbon tax and remove tax exemptions for coal-fired generation beginning in 2018. The country will also close its two remaining coal-fired power plants before 2030.

The initiative is intended to encourage electric power producers to move away from coal in favor of solar PV and other renewable energy sources. The country is aiming at carbon neutrality by 2050.

Under the Powering Past Coal Alliance, of which Portugal is a member, countries commit to taking action such as setting coal phase-out targets and ending further investments in coal-fired electricity domestically and abroad. (Source: Portuguese Environment Minister, Kallanish Energy, Others, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: Powering Past Coal Alliance, www.e3g.org/library/powering-past-coal-at-cop23; Portuguese Environment Minister, www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/ministerios/mamb.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powering Past Coal,   Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate NeutralCoal,  


Weatherize Roanoke Energy Efficiency Program Lauded (Ind. Report)
Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
Date: 2017-11-27
In the Old Dominion State, the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) reports it has recognized Weatherize Roanoke - Market Rate Program and its private partner Better Building Works for an outstanding Residential Energy Efficiency Program.

In 2016, the Weatherize Roanoke program undertook free energy efficiency assessments for 101 Roanoke homes and provided residents with energy efficiency recommendations provided by Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified auditors. The homeowners also received a package of products to improve efficiency such as hot water heater covers, LED light bulbs, and light insulation, as well as other products to save homeowner's money and energy, resulting in instant savings for participants.

The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is a 501c3 organization that provides a platform for stakeholder engagement while assessing and supporting programs, innovation, best practices, and policies that advance energy efficiency in Virginia. (Source: City of Roanoke, Roanoke Environmental News, Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Roanoke, Nell Boyle, Sustainability & Outreach, (540) 853-5430, nell.boyle@roanokeva.gov, www.roanokeva.gov; Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, www.vaeec.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Council,  


Hawaii U, HECO Collaborate on "Green Tariff" Initiative (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2017-11-27
In the Aloha State, the University of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are reporting a non-binding MoU to collaborate on an innovative energy initiative to help the university achieve its net-zero energy goal and bring more cost-effective, renewable energy resources online.

Subject to Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission approval, the initiative aims to develop a "green tariff" for projects that would increase renewable energy generation, improve grid capacity for renewables and lower energy costs for the university. If approved and successful, the new green tariff would be made available to other similar institutions in the future.

A joint university-utility working group will develop a model tariff, eligibility requirements, cost structure and other details. The working group will also evaluate sites for possible renewable energy development, concentrating first on utility-scale projects that would offset energy use at the Manoa campus. The group will also consider currently available energy storage technologies such as combined solar-photovoltaic systems with energy storage. (Source: University of Hawaii News Community, HECO, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com; University of Hawaii, www.hawaii.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Hawaiian Electric Companies,  


Vancouver, FortisBC Partner to Tackle Climate Change (Ind. Report)
FortisBC,City of Vancouver
Date: 2017-11-27
In British Columbia, FortisBC reports it has inked a MoU with the City of Vancouver to join forces on climate action projects to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The MOU, highlights a range of activities over the next five years designed to reduce GHG emissions, including: boosting Renewable Natural Gas supply and use as a clean transportation fuel in Vancouver; improving air quality and reducing GHGs in transportation; developing a deep energy retrofit pilot project for commercial buildings; increasing investment in Low Carbon Energy Systems; increasing access to energy efficiency and conservation rebates for new buildings; and improving safety and efficiency of gas furnace retrofit installations.

To support the increased investment in energy-efficient buildings and Low Carbon Energy Systems, the City of Vancouver will be making several changes to its Green Building policies including an alignment with the B.C. Energy Step Code, a new province-wide standard for energy efficient buildings. This enables FortisBC to provide incentives to make new buildings more energy efficient in the City. In addition, the changes will create opportunities for more projects like FortisBC's Marine Gateway low carbon energy system, which uses waste heat recovery to heat homes and hot water in an efficient, low carbon manner.

The MOU supports Vancouver's commitment to improving air quality and reducing GHG emissions in the region by 80 pct below 2007 levels before 2050. (Source: FortisBC, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: FortisBC, Roger Dall'Antonia, Exec. VP Technology, www.fortisbc.com; City of Vancouver, vancouver.ca/green-vancouver.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Vancouver,  FortisBC,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Pinhead Offsetting Galloping Goose Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Pinhead Climate Institute
Date: 2017-11-27
The Pinhead Climate Institute reports it has entered into a contract to make carbon offset payments in exchange for a conservation easement on 16,480-acres of range land held by the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust. In March, the not-for-profit Pinhead Climate Institute won a $50,000 grant from the the Telluride Foundation for its first project; the greening of the Galloping Goose -- a public transportation system carbon offset program.

The easement would prohibit the land from being converted into "tilled crop land" and thus each acre will sequester approximately half of a metric tpy of carbon for a 20-year period. In other words, it will keep that amount of carbon per acre in the ground, rather than release it into the atmosphere, according to Pinhead Institute Exec. Dir. Sarah Holbrooke. (Source: Pinhead Climate Institute, Tellerude Daily Planet, 26 Nov., 2017) Contact: Pinhead Climate Institute, Sarah Holbrooke, Exec. Dir., (970) 369-5190, sarak@http://www.pinheadinstitute.org, www.pinheadinstitute.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,  


Ontario Plans Grid Flexibility & Renewables Microgrids (Ind. Report)
Ontario
Date: 2017-11-27
In its recently issued 2017 Long Term Energy Plan the Province of Ontario reports it plans to focus on creating an innovative, lower-cost, more flexible electric system, opening the door to growth of renewable energy microgrids.

Since 2003, the province has invested $70 billion in its electricity system and has boosted energy efficiency, demand response and renewable energy.

The province is reforming its wholesale electricity markets to help spur innovation and competition. The reformed market will use competitive auctions to secure supply needs. Generators, demand response providers, importers and emerging new technologies could all vie to fill the need, with the most cost-effective resources winning out.

Download the full 217 Ontario Energy Plan HERE. (Source: Province of Ontario, MicroGrid Knowledge, 22 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Microgrid,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  


Poet Applauds EPA Point of Obligation Decision (Ind. Report)
Poet
Date: 2017-11-27
Commenting on the EPA's decision to maintain the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered Poet LLC CEO Jeff Broin said: "By maintaining the point of obligation for the RFS, the EPA is allowing the system to continue to work as designed. Under the RFS, infrastructure for biofuel-blended fuel is expanding, with opportunities for additional consumer-driven growth. The RFS works, evident from the numerous benefits it allows Americans to enjoy today: cleaner air, fewer carcinogens in gasoline, lower fuel costs and increased energy independence." (Source: Poet, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Poet LLC, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Poet,  Point of Obligation,  RFS,  Biofuel Blending,  


Iowa Applauds EPA Biofuels Blending Decision (Reg. & Leg.)
EPA
Date: 2017-11-27
The Des Moines Register reports the EPA's denial of Valero Energy and other refiner's call for changes to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules on who is responsible blending ethanol with gasoline is welcomed news in the Hawkeye State.

In its decision released Wednesday, EPA said "a change in the point of obligation would unnecessarily increase the complexity of the program and undermine the success of the RFS program."

Iowas Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) said "Keeping the point of obligation where it is now, with refiners and importers, has worked and makes sense. Moving the point of obligation from a handful of refiners to hundreds or thousands of small fuel retailers would undermine the integrity and viability of this successful program."

The EPA is slated to announce the volume requirements -- the amount of biofuels that must be blended with the nation's fuel supply -- by the end of the month. In July, EPA proposed volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel that are lower than 2017 requirements. (Source: EPA, The Des Moines Register, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley, https://twitter.com/ChuckGrassley

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  Biofuel Blend,  RFS EPA,  Point of Obligation,  


Irish Cement Cutting Fossil Fuels to Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
Irish Cement
Date: 2017-11-27
County Louth, Ireland-based Irish Cement reports it plans to increase the use of alternative solid recovered waste fuels at its Platin cement works and is seeking regulatory approval to increase the volume to 600,000 tpy.

The new plan would allow the company to replace up to 85 pct of its fossil fuels with alternative fuels and thus significantly cut the plant's carbon emissions. More than 200 European cement plants presently use solid recovered fuel (SRF). (Source: Irish Cement, SemNet, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: Irish Cement, +353 41 987 6000, www.irishcement.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement,  Carbon Emissions,  


UPS to Fuel Logistics on More Biomethane (Ind. Report)
United Parcel Service,Big Ox Energy
Date: 2017-11-27
United Parcel Service (UPS) reports it has inked its largest agreement to date for biomethane --renewable natural gas (RNG) -- with Environmental Energy Capital LLC subsidiary Big Ox Energy for 10 million gpy equivalents through 2024. The RNG fuel supplied by Big Ox will be used at eight stations in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

UPS previously signed a five-year agreement with an AMP Americas unit for 1.5 million gpy equivalents of RNG from the Fair Oaks dairy farm in Indiana. UPS has a sustainability goal of fueling by 2025 40 pct of its ground transportation fleet from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel. UPS used 61 million gallons of natural gas in its ground fleet, which included 4.6 million gallons of RNG in 2016 and is now on track to use 14 million gallons of RNG in 2017.

Since 2009, UPS has invested over $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally. (Source: UPS, NGI, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: United Parcel Service, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/united-parcel-service-inc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


India Plans 2-GW Wind Tender (Int'l)
Solar Energy Corporation of India
Date: 2017-11-27
In New Delhi, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) last Thursday issued a tender for 2 GW of wind capacity to be carried out by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). India is in a process of transitioning from feed-in tariffs (FiTs) to auctions in the wind sector. The government's first 1-GW wind auction achieved a price of INR 3.46 (USD 0.053/EUR 0.045) per kWh and was followed by a second 1-GW tender, concluded in October, that resulted in a price of INR 2.64 per kWh.

Announcing approval for the bigger tender on Wednesday, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said that the competitive prices are encouraging distribution companies (discoms) to purchase wind power to meet their non-solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO). According to the ministry, projects of at least 50 MW and up to 400 MW will be awarded per bidder. The off-take contracts will be for 25 years. (Source: SECI, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: India MNRE, www.mnre.gov.in; Solar Energy Corporation of India, www.seci.gov.in

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


France Add 500 MW Wind Power Capacity in Q3 (Int'l)
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-11-27
Reuters is reporting that France added 500 mMW of new wind power capacity in Q3, taking new wind capacity since the start of the year to 1,019 MW, 23 pct higher compared with same period a year ago. The new additions raises France's installed wind capacity to 12.9 GW, and projects under various instances of review amount to nearly 12 GW.

Electricity production from French wind turbines was at 15.5 terrawatt-hour (TWh) in the first three quarters of 2017 - about 4.5 percent of electricity consumption in France.

France has a target of producing 23 pct of its total energy needs from renewable energy by 2020 under its commitment to the renewable energy directive. This figure breaks down to renewable energy providing 33 pct of energy used in the heating and cooling sector, 27 pct of the electricity sector and 10.5 pct of the transport sector's demand. By year end 2014 renewable energy provided France with 14.3 pct of its total energy requirements, a rise from 9.6 pct in 2005. France plans to increase installed wind capacity to 15 GW by the end of next year from 12.3 GW as of June, and double that capacity to 26 GW by 2023.

French solar power production dropped 6 pct to 7.2 TWh representing around 2 pct of consumption during the first three quarters of the year. (Source: France Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Reuters, Energy World, 25 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Wind,  


Traverse City Considers Renewable Energy Expansion (Ind. Report)
Traverse City Light & Power
Date: 2017-11-27
In Michigan, Traverse City reports it is considering offers from Heritage Sustainable Energy, which struck a 20-year deal with Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) earlier this year, to build a 1-MW solar array and sell the solar power produced to the city.

The agreement allowed for future expansion of the solar array -- a project Heritage is now ready to undertake with the installation of additional panels capable of producing up to 2.25 more MW of solar power in spring 2018. Under the terms of the agreement, TCL&P can purchase all of that power at an estimated cost of 9.95 cents per kWh.

The arrangement would allow the city to take advantage of federal renewable energy credits and bring the city nearly 43 pct closer to meeting its 2020 goal.

In addition to offering to sell more solar power to TCL&P, Heritage is also proposing selling more wind energy to the city-owned utility. TCL&P already purchases 10 MW of power produced by five wind turbines. Heritage is offering to add two more wind turbines to the mix to sell TCL&P an additional 5 MW, and could begin supplying the additional wind power in January, 2018. (Source: Traverse City Light & Power, Ticker, 25 Nov., 2017) Contact: Traverse City Light & Power, (231) 922-4431, www.tclp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Traverse City Light & Power,  Renewable Energy,  


Acciona Scores 52MW Mexican Wind Farm Contract (Ind. Report)
Acciona Energía
Date: 2017-11-27
Acciona Energia reports it has been selected to develop the 52.04MW El Cortijo wind farm in Mexico. The project, which will incorporate Nordex 3MW turbines, is located in the state of Tamaulipas and is expected to come online in the second half of 2018.

(Source: Acciona Energia, renews, Others, 24 Nov., 2017)Contact: Acciona Energia, ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, Miguel Angel Alonso, Dir., Mexico, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energía,  ACCIONA,  Wind,  Mexico Wind,  


World's Largest Battery Charges Up in Land Down Under (Int'l)
Tesla
Date: 2017-11-27
EV and battery powerhouse TESLA reports it has begun charging and testing its giant 100MW/129MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system in South Australia prior to operational startup before December 1st.

When fully operational, the 100MW/129MWh battery will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage plant in the world. The installation is being constructed adjacent to Neoen's Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 24 Nov., 2017)Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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


Abu Dhabi Claims Solar Power Production Growth (Int'l)
Masdar
Date: 2017-11-27
The Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD) is reporting the production of solar electricity in the emirate reached 280,085 MW per hour, a growth of 6.1 percent compared to 2015. The growth is widely attributed to projects implemented by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar. Abu Dhabi's total electric power consumption increased by 54.5 pct between 2011 and 2016 to 66,811 GWh, the SCAD report added. (Source: Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD), ME Construction News, 23 Nov., 2017)Contact: Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD), +971 2 810 0000, www.scad.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar.Masdar,  Renewable Energy,  


Quebec-Calif. Carbon Allowance Auction Sold Out (Ind. Report)
Cap and Trade
Date: 2017-11-27
The recently released results of the November 14, 2017, California and Quebec joint auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances auction reports that all available current and future vintage allowances offered from both Quebec and California were sold.

As previously reported Ontario will link its cap-and-trade program with California and Quebec ,effective January 1, 2018, after which California, Quebec and Ontario will hold joint quarterly allowance auctions.

The most recent auction brought in around $862-million in revenue, setting record highs in consecutive quarters. The state set a minimum price per permit of $13.57 and the final auction price was $15.06. All available permits were purchased. The cap-and-trade program is set to run through 2030. The California Air Resources Control Board reports that carbon emissions dropped by nearly 5 pct in 2016 compared to 2015. California aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030.(Source: MML News, Various Other Media, Mondaq, 24 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Allowance Auction,  Cap-and-Trade,  


EPA Stymies RFS Point of Obligation Blending Change (Reg. & Leg.)
EPA, Valero
Date: 2017-11-27
Bloomberg is reporting that the Trump administration EPA has nixed a bid by Valero Energy Corp. and other refiners to alter the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) biofuel mandate on the grounds that it wouldn't "result in net overall benefits to the program." The Environmental Protection Agency denied petitions by Valero Energy Corp. and other refiners to alter the U.S. biofuel mandate because it does not believe the changes "would result in net overall benefits to the program," according to the agency's website.

The proposed changes were widely opposed by farm-state legislators and ethanol producers. The EPA's formal declaration satisfies EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's pledge to retain the current structure of the RFS requiring refiners and importers to blend biofuels into petroleum transportation fuels.

Refiners are reportedly affected unevenly by the current mandate -- those without sufficient infrastructure to blend in biofuels themselves must instead buy credits to comply while other companies that blend transportation fuels, but do not own refineries and therefore are not required to satisfy annual biofuel quotas, can sell those tradable credits. (Source: EPA, Industry Week, Bloomberg, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Valero Energy, (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  Valero,  Point of Obligation,  


Green Bonds Top $100 billion Benchmark (Ind. Report)
Climate Bonds Initiative
Date: 2017-11-27
Further to our May 1st coverage, the latest Climate Bonds Initiative analysis has shown that green bond issuances topped $101.4 billion on 16 November, 2017, when the China Development Bank issued a $1.5 billion green bond.

The Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) issued its inaugural climate bond of $2.1 billion this October, to be invested in renewable energy, low carbon transportation, energy efficiency and sustainable water management.

According to Climate Bonds Initiative, the top countries for 2017 are China, with more than $16 billion green bonds issued, France with $15 billion, and the US with approximately $14 billion in green bonds. (Source: Climate Bonds Initiative, UN Climate Action, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Climate Bonds Initiative, www.climatebonds.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Bonds Initiative,  Green Bonds,  


Burning Forest Waste for Energy Contentious in NSW (Int'l)
Woody Biomass
Date: 2017-11-27
In the Land Down Under, new research by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has analyzed timber production areas on the New South Wales State (NSW) north coast and found there were enough residues in the forests and sawmills to power more than 200,000 homes a year.

The National Parks Association disagreed on the grounds that evidence from Europe showed the adoption of biomass power was driving deforestation in Russia, Canada, the USA, Slovakia, Italy, Spain and Finland. "Given what we know, that biomass use overseas is driving deforestation, and the evidence that burning forests for power is driving climate change, this is reckless in the extreme," Dr Sweeney said.

On the other hand, a report from DPI research scientist Fabiano Ximenes finds that "Biomass from forestry residues has great potential for large-scale electricity generation, industrial heat, biofuels and valuable natural chemicals. So you're taking more sustainable biomass from the forest, reducing wastage, but also looking at areas for growth for the bioenergy industry in general. In doing so [you are] reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the state, but also quite importantly contributing to regional economic growth for the north coast as well."

Download the full DPI report HERE. (Source: NSW Department of Primary Industries, DPI Research, ABC North Coast, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: NSW Department of Primary Industries, Research, Fabiano Ximenes, www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Forest Waste,  Biomass-to-Energy,  


Sunbird Investing $10Mn Sierra Leone Biomass Feedstock (Int'l)
Sunbird Bioenergy
Date: 2017-11-27
In Sierra Leone, Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Limited (Sunbird Bioenergy group) reports it intends to spend $10 million to purchase dry elephant grass (biomass) as a supplement to the sugarcane bagasse which it ordinarily uses to produce energy at the Kingtom power station which uses approximately 200,000 tpy of biomass.

Sunbird plans to expand the Kingtom plant from 10 to 25 MW which will be supplied to the Sierra Leone national grid. The Kingtom project, which began in 2008, includes the Greenfield sugarcane plantation, an ethanol refinery and a biomass fuel power plant. (Source: Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, Nov., 2017) Contact: Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, Richard Bennett, CEO, +44 (0) 1603 59 2190, info@sunbirdbioenergy.com, www.sunbirdbioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunbird Bioenergy ,  Biomass,  Sugarcane Bagasse,  


U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday Publishing Schedule
Publishing Scedule
Date: 2017-11-24
In Celebration of the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday, LC Energy Reports will not be publishing today, Friday, 24 November. We well resume our regular schedule Monday, 27 November, 2017.

Thank you and have a safe holiday weekend.


Shell, bio-bean Testing Coffee Waste B20 in London (Int'l)
Shell, bio-bean,Argent Energy
Date: 2017-11-22
In the UK, oil giant Shell and bio-bean are reporting their collaboration on coffee waste-based biofuels that are beoing used in a test to power some of London's iconic double-deck buses.

bio-bean collects and dries waste coffee grounds and works with biodiesel producer Argent Energy to process oil from the waste coffee grounds into a B20 biofuel. If used as a pure-blend for the bio component and mixed with mineral diesel to form a B20, 6,000 litres of coffee oil could power the equivalent of one London bus for a year.

This Shell-bio-bean collaboration is part of Shell's energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs turning bright energy innovations into a positive impact for communities around the world. (Source: Shell, bio-bean, BusinessWire, Various Media, 19 Nov., 2017)Contact: bio-bean, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640, info@bio-bean.com, www.bio-bean.com; Argent Energy, +44 0 1698 863 000, info@argentenergy.com, www.argentenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  B20,  Biofuel,  bio-bean,  


Denver Approves Green Roof Legislation (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
Denver
Date: 2017-11-22
Following on our November 8th coverage, the city of Denver, Colorado, has approved the Green Roof Initiative requiring buildings of 25,000 square feet or more to devote a portion of their rooftops to vegetation beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. Denver is one of the first U.S. cities to require green roofs.

According to University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning Assist. Prof. Leila Tolderlund, "There really are a lot of pre-made modular green roof systems that meet EPA minimum requirements. Green roofs are more expensive to build than conventional roofs, but they tend to last four to five years longer than conventional flat roofs." (Source: Denverite, 21 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  


40 pct of Power from Renewables by 2040, say IEA (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-11-22
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy will comprise 40 pct of global power generation by 2040 as renewable energy's share of the worldwide power generation over the next 5 years grows faster than any other source.

The following are the top 13 renewable energy companies in the world, according to Thomson Reuters' inaugural Energy 100 list: Canadian Solar, Crop Energies, First Solar, GCL Poly, Guodian Technology and Environment Group, Green Plains, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, Inox Wind, Jiangsu Akcome Science & Technology Co., Motech Industries Inc., Pacific Ethanol, and Renewable Energy Group Inc (Source: IEA, Business Insider, 19 Nov., 2017) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  


Fernhill Advancing Hybrid Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Fernhill Corporation
Date: 2017-11-22
Fountain Hills, Arizona-based Fernhill Corporation and its subsidiaries reports it is preparing to apply for a US patent on its Hybrid Energy Storage System. The company is also planning to build a commercial prototype and is investigating possible scalable commercialization of the energy storage system and other products.

Fernhill Corporation is a holding company focused in the energy and technology sector. Incorporated in Nevada with operations in North America, Fernhill Corporation is focused on acquisitions and or partnerships in energy based sector businesses. (Source: Fernhill Corporation, PR, Markets Insider, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Fernhill Corp., Adam Kovacevic, CEO, (858) 381-5740,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


Summerside Solar Installation Exceeds Expectations (Ind. Report)
Samsung Renewable Energy Canada,ACOA,City of Summerside
Date: 2017-11-22
In Atlantic Canada, the City of Summerside, P.E.I., is reporting the power generation from a recently installed solar energy and storage system online at Credit Union Place has generate close to 13 MWh of electricity, offsetting 2.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, far in excess of projections.

The city partnered with Samsung Renewable Energy Canada and its electrical utility Maritime Electric on the $3 million project which Samsung sees using as a testing ground for operating solar energy storage at an industrial scale. The city of Summerside and the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA) each invested $1.5 million in the project while Samsung contributed in-kind support. (Source: City of Summerside, CBC, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Maritime Electric, www.maritimeelectric.com; Samsung Renewable Energy Canada, www.samsungrenewableenergy.ca; City of Summerside, https://summerside.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Samsung Renewable Energy Canada,  


CGE Energy Touts WIND-e20 Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
CGE Energy
Date: 2017-11-22
Brighton, Michigan-based CGE Energy is touting their patented flagship WIND-e20, a 105-foot vertical-axis wind turbine that can be installed, maintained and removed without a crane. The turbine is quiet, safe for birds, and its blades even collapse in storms -- all feats that help clear barriers for sustainable energy, according to the company.

CGE Energy says it makes it easy for businesses, local governments, and non-profits to receive the benefits of sustainable energy projects with no upfront cost. CGE selects the best facilities to partner with and turns their wasted energy into immediate and continuous savings by uniquely selling sustainability-as-a-service. CGE's proprietary Sustain business model delivers an exclusive combination of today's best energy efficiency and sustainable energy generation technologies, according to the company's release. (Source: CGE Energy, Nov., 2017) Contact: CGE Energy, Paul Schneider, (248) 445-1344, pschneider@cgeenergy.com, www.cgeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CGE Energy,  Wind,  Vertical Axis Wind,  

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