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EC Seeks Heavy-Truck Carbon Emissions Cuts (Int'l Report)
European Commission
Date: 2018-05-14
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) will reportedly vote this week on a plan to cut heavy-duty trucks' carbon dioxide emissions by 15 pct by 2025 and 30 pct by 2030. The proposals will offer incentives to encourage truckmakers to manufacture zero-emission vehicles but will not include mandatory production targets. The goals can be reassessed in 2022 in light of progress and technological developments. The European Parliament and national governments will need to approve the new rules, which are in line with an EC proposal for passenger vehicles made in November.

If the heave-duty truck proposals are approved it will be the first time the EU has set binding limits for heavy-duty vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions. Europe approved CO2 limits for passenger vehicles in 2009 and light commercial vehicles in 2011, which came into force in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Trucks comprise about 5 pct of the vehicles on EU roads but generate nearly 25 pct of emissions, making them an important target of the 28-member trading bloc's carbon reduction efforts. (Source: Financial Times, 12 May, 2018) The EU committed in the Paris climate accord to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. (Source: EC, Financial Post, Various Media, May, 2018)

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


GE Exceeds 40 GW North American Wind Capacity (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-05-14
GE Renewable Energy reports it would not only add 470 MW worth of new capacity in Iowa with the construction of the English Farms and Upland Prairie wind farms, but that the company had now installed over 40 GW worth of wind capacity in North America. The Upland Prairie wind farm is expected to be commissioned in late 2018 and early 2019, while the English Farms site is expected to be commissioned in early 2019.

The new two new wind farms will incorporate a mixture of GE's proven 2 MW platform of wind turbines -- including the 2.3-116, the 2.5-116 and GE's newly introduced 2.5-127 turbines. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, May, 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

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


Buildings Could Account for 20 pct of NZ's Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
New Zealand Green Building Council
Date: 2018-05-14
A report from the sustainability consultants thinkstep for the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) notes that buildings could be the source of 20 pct of New Zealand's carbon pollution, which contributes "significantly" to climate change.

According to the report, previous estimates, including a recent report by the Productivity Commission, suggested that buildings were responsible for roughly 5 pct of emissions or less. The new report, however, found buildings could amount to 20 pct of New Zealand's carbon footprint when considering their lifetime "embodied" emissions.

The thinkstep report arrived at the larger figure for the climate emissions of buildings than previous studies using a methodology that allocated emissions to a sector at the point of consumption, rather than production, and because it considers the entire life cycle of buildings, including the extraction of raw materials, material production, the electricity and energy use of the building, and the treatment of construction waste. (Source: New Zealand Green Building Council, NZ Herald, 14 May, 2018) Contact: thinkstep, New Zealand Green Building Council, +64 9 379 3996, www.nzgbc.org.nz; thinkstep, Jeff Vickers, +49 711 34 18 17 0, www.thinkstep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Zealand Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Carbon Emissions,  


Enova Completes Mall of the Emirates Solar Installation (Int'l)
Enova
Date: 2018-05-14
In Dubai, UAE commercial developer Majid Al Futtaim is reporting the commissioning of phase one of the Mall of the Emirates' solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The facility incorporates 7,291 pv panels fitted to 1,068 carports and has a generation capacity of 3 GWh. Renewable energy and project manager Enova by Veolia oversaw the installation.

The project is part of Majid Al Futtaim's Shopping Malls business unit plan to install solar PV to power three of its shopping malls by 2018. The objective is to source a minimum of 7.5 pct of energy use on site via renewable energy at all new developments and a minimum of 5 pct in existing buildings. (Source: ME Construction News, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Enova by Veolia, Anne Le Guennec, CEO, +971 (0) 420 38111, www.enova-me.com; Majid Al Futtaim, www.majidalfuttaim.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enova,  Solar,  PV,  


Residential Energy Efficiency Technologies Market $124.2Bn 2022, says Report (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-05-14
According to a recently released ResearchMoz report, global markets for residential energy efficiency technologies increased from $89.4 billion in 2016 to an estimated $96.8 billion in 2017. Markets will advance to $124.2 billion by 2022, for an overall compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1 pct.. Differential growth rates in the building envelope and lighting category will combine to drive markets from $62.4 billion in 2017 to $72.2 billion in 2022, for a CAGR of 3.0 pct.

Individual technologies considered in the report include: energy-efficient HVAC, Tankless Water Heaters, Heat PumpWater Heaters, LED lighting, Weather Barriers and Efficient Insulation, Low Emissivity Windows andWindow Barriers, Efficient Thermostats, and Smart Home Automation. Market breakdowns are also presented by global regions and select countries: the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Rest of Europe, China, Japan,India, and Rest of Asia.

The report Includes: 50 data tables and 59 additional tables; an overview of energy-efficient technologies for global residential markets; analyses of market trends, with data from 2016, estimates for 2017, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2022; information on residential buildings, including single-family dwellings, duplexes and multifamily complexes; ;details concerning various available residential energy-efficiency technologies and projects; an overview of industry activity within the residential energy-efficiency technologies market; and profiles of major players in the industry.

Report sample and details are HERE. (Source: ResearchMoz, May, 2018) Contact: ResearchMoz, Nachiket Ghumare, (866) 997-4948, sales@researchmoz.us, www.researchmoz.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Landfill Energy Expert to Lead Fortistar RNG Development Strategy (Ind. Report)
Fortistar, LLC
Date: 2018-05-14
In the Empire State, White Plains-based Fortistar, LLC, a sustainability-focused private company helping to facilitate the transition to a zero-carbon economy, is reporting David Unger, former Director of Renewable Energy at Waste Management, has joined Fortistar as the Senior VP responsible for developing renewable natural gas (RNG) projects.

RNG is carbon-neutral and chemically identical to geological natural gas, and can be used as a transportation fuel in natural gas vehicles and trucks.

Fortistar is an opportunity-oriented, private investment and energy asset management firm focused on lower carbon energy operations, financing and development. Fortistar owns and operates lower carbon energy generating companies in the US and Canada that support the transition to a low carbon economy. These companies include cogeneration facilities; waste-heat recovery power plants; compressed natural gas fueling stations; landfill power plants; projects that reduce carbon in industrial facilities, and biomass facilities. Our portfolio of associated companies includes Generational Power, TruStar Energy, Primary Energy, Fortistar Methane Group, Fortistar Biomass Group, Carbonfree Chemicals, accoreding to Fortistar. (Source: Fortistar, PR, Citzens Tribune, 14 May, 2018) Contact: Fortistar, Mark Comora, Pres., (914) 421-4900, info@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortistar,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


Power Ledger Partners in Aussie Smart City Initiative (Int'l)
Power Ledger
Date: 2018-05-14
In the Land Down Under, peer-to-peer renewable energy marketplace provider Power Ledger is inviting the residents of Fremantle, Western Australia to become part of the RENeW Nexus Smart Cities and Suburbs Project to aggregate both renewable energy production and rainwater collections of individual households into a wider smart city infrastructure.

The RENeW Nexus initative is supported by Power Ledger, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Synergy, Landcorp, Western Power, the City of Fremantle, and the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Program participants will receive a WiFi metering device to remotely track data of both production and consumption of energy and water. The collated data will be analyzed to find the best way to achieve an interconnected infrastructure of future smart cities that are able to utilize distributed renewable energy and alternative water systems. (Source: Power Ledger, PR, ICOExaminer, May, 2018) Contact: Power Ledger, +61 8 9322 6659, www.powerledger.io; City of Freemantle, www./mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/renew-nexus

More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Ledger,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Cities,  


RENEW Wisconsin Incentive Program Funded Through 2022 (Funding)
RENEW Wisconsin
Date: 2018-05-14
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin reports it plans to allocate approximately $5.5 million in incentives per year for 2019 through 2022 to RENEW Wisconsin's Focus on Energy renewable energy programs. This level of funding is expected incentivize approximately 2,000 homes and perhaps 600 or more businesses and nonprofits over the next four years.

Focus on Energy delivers incentives and education to help utility customers cut energy consumption and save money through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and projects.

Specifically, the commission recommendations included:

  • Allocated approximately $5.5 million per year for renewable energy incentives for 2019-2022.
  • Established that four sub-markets will be served: residential, small business, mid-sized business, and larger business projects. The mid-sized business program will be new for 2019. Nonprofits and local governments fall into the "business" categories as well;
  • Allows flexibility to meet market demand in these four sub-markets;
  • The residential and small business programs will continue to be first-come, first-serve programs. The mid-sized business and large business programs will start out being run through a request-for-proposal process;
  • A study being conducted on the renewable energy programs may inform improvements to the program when it is completed;
  • Opportunities to support rural and agricultural communities using $5 million in unspent funds will be explored, with a staff memorandum on possible options to be developed by July 1. (Source: RENEW Wisconsin, Milwaukee Independent, 13 May, 2018) Contact: RENEW Wisconsin, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RENEW Wisconsin,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • China's Renewable Power Generation Rising (Int'l Report)
    China National Development and Reform Commission
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In Beijing, China's National Bureau of Statistics is reporting China's major power plants generated 528.34 billion kWh of power in March, up 2.1 pct year on year.

    Electricity generated by wind and solar farms in March saw strong year-on-year growth of 30.6 pct and 27.9 pct, generating 30.57 billion kWh and 7.8 billion kWh, respectively. China has been promoting renewable energy such as wind and solar power in recent years to cope with pollution and boost growth quality.

    Overall, China's power generation rose 10 pct year on year in the first quarter of 2018. China's total electricity consumption was 532.5 billion kWh in March, up 3.6 pct from a year earlier, according to the National Development and Reform Commission. (Source: China National Development and Reform Commission, Xinhua, 13 May, 2018) )Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

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


    DEWA, GBCI Ink Dubai Green Building, Energy Efficiency MoU (Int'l)
    Green Business Certification Inc
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Washington, DC-headquartered Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an independent organization that recognizes excellence in green business industry performance and practice in 160 countries.

    Under the MoU, the two organizations will collaborate on building energy efficiency and related issues using the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum certification standards and programs.

    The MoU supports DEWA's efforts to achieve the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce electricity and water use by 30 pct by 2030, and the Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16 pct by 2021. (Source: DEWA, Dubai Government Media Office, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbci.org; Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Green Business Certification Inc.,  DEWA,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    BP Report Outlines Emissions Cutting Efforts (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2018-05-14
    London-based petroleum fuels and energy giant BP notes it hopes to attain zero net growth in operational emissions and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.5 million tons by 2025.

    BP, which runs the BP Whiting Refinery on the Lake Michigan shoreline, also seeks to target a methane intensity of 0.2 pct going forward. To that end, BP recently installed flare gas recovery systems to reduce flaring at its refineries to zero by 2030. The company also wants to cut methane emissions and improve energy efficiency, which would account for 40 pct of emissions reductions BP strives toward. BP is also investing in 20 different carbon-neutral products, natural gas, biofuels, wind, solar, a more lightweight concrete and startups working toward lower-carbon energy. According to its recently released Advancing the Energy Transition Report BP aims to provide lower-emissions gasoline, develop lower-carbon fuels and expand its lower-carbon business in which it is investing $500 million per year.

    Download the BP Advancing the Energy Transition Report HERE. (Source: BP, NWI,May, 2018) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Carbon Emissions.Methane,  


    Partners Developing Carbon-Free Aluminium Smelting (Ind. Report)
    Apple, RioTinto,Alcoa
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In Canada, IT giant Apple Inc. reports it is partnering with aluminium producers Alcoa Corp. and Rio Tinto Group to develop a new aluminum-making process that eliminates greenhouse gas emissions.

    The partnership, which will receive initial funding of $188 million (Cdn) ($US147 million), will be based in Montreal and have a research facility in Quebec's Saguenay region. Apple will invest $10 million in the project while Alcoa and Rio-Tino will invest $43 million between them. The Governments of Canada and the Province of Quebec will add an additional $94 million.

    The GHG emission reduction will be achieved by the replacement of a carbon anode -- which is normally burnt during the smelting process -- with an "advanced conductive material" that releases oxygen rather than carbon dioxide. The technology is still in development but expected to be available in 2024.

    (Source: Apple, Financial Post, Others, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Rio Tinto Canada, www.riotinto.com/canada; Alcoa, www.alcoa.com; Apple, www.apple.com/ca/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  GHG Emissions,  Apple,  Alcoa,  RioTinto ,  


    2017 Global Biodiesel Industry Research Report -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-05-14
    The Market Desk 2017 Global Biodiesel Industry Research Report presents key information on the market status of biodiesel manufacturers and is a valuable Biodiesel industry resource.

    The report details the biodiesel industry by type -- Rapeseed Oil Based Feedstock, Soybean Oil Based Feedstock, Waste and Residues Based Feedstock -- and by application -- Industrial Fuels, Transportation Fuels, and Chemical Industry. Similarly, within the report, the Biodiesel market is analyzed for rate, value and gross. those three factors are analyzed for sorts, companies, and regions. In continuation of this statistics, sale rate is for numerous kinds, applications and area is likewise included.

    The report also details biodiesel industry key companies including product details, potential, rate, value, gross consumption, and sales. Biodiesel market investors and vendors evaluation are given along with details on material and equipment providers.

    Report details are HERE. A PDF report sample is available HERE. {Source: Market Desk, Expert Consulting, 14 May, 2018) Contact: Market Desk, www.marketdesk.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    Doosan Confirms SK E&S Energy Storage Contract (Int'l Report)
    Doosan Heavy Industries, SK E&S
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction is confirming receipt of orders for energy storage projects including a supply deal with deal from clean energy and solution provider SK E&S.

    Doosan did not release contract details but noted it will supply a 70 mWh capacity ESS for set-up in September. SK E&S will maintain and operate the facility.

    Globally, the energy storage market is projected to hit $3.9 billion in 2019 and surge to $8.2 billion in 2024. (Source: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, Yonlap, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, www.doosanheavy.com/en; SK E&S, +82-2-2121-3114, www.skens.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SK E&S,  Doosan Heavy Industries,  Energy Storage,  


    SCS Engineers Provide Alaska Landfill Gas Management (Ind. Report)
    SCS Engineers
    Date: 2018-05-14
    Long Beach, California-headquartered CS Engineers and SCS Field Services report receipt of a contract from the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, (MOA) Solid Waste Services Department. SCS will provide landfill gas management support services at the Anchorage regional landfill, as well as three closed municipal landfill sites.

    Under the contract, SCS will monitor buildings and perimeter probes, landfill gas analysis, regulatory monitoring, reporting and report support, landfill gas collection and field support and coordination with regulatory agencies. (Source: SCS Engineers, Waste360, 14 May,2018) Contact: SCS Engineers, (562) 427-0805, service@scsengineers.com, www.scsengineers.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SCS Engineers,  Landfill Gas,  


    First Solar Confirms Aussie Solar Farm Financial Closure (Int'l)
    First Solar
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In the Land Down Under, First Solar reports it has closed in financing for the 87MW Beryl Solar Farm in New South Wales. Beryl is one of the largest solar projects in the state to reach financial close.

    Steven Jackson, First Solar's VP of Asia Pacific, said the Beryl project will be one of the first to use the company's new Series 6 thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules. (This means), the Beryl Solar Farm will maximize the energy produced from the site and deliver a lower levelized cost of electricity, Jackson added.

    With a nameplate capacity of up to 445W and 18 pct efficiency, First Solar Series 6 modules are the highest power PV module available for large-scale solar projects.

    The Beryl project will also use single axis tracking technology and Ingeteam inverters. (Source: First Solar, May, 2018)Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  


    Global Bioenergies Consortium Isobutene Demo Funded (Int'l, Funding)
    Global Bioenergies,SkyNRG,Neste
    Date: 2018-05-14
    Evry, France-based Global Bioenergies and an 11 member industrial consortium including Sekab, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol and SkyNRG are reporting receipt of EU funding to demonstrate the production of isobutene from softwood residue derivatives for use in gasoline and jetfuel. The 3-year, €19.7 million project received EU grant funding totaling €13.9 million, €5.7 million of which went to project coordinator Global Bioenergies

    With an estimated forestry residues potential of about 145 million tpy, the European Union has the potential to support the deployment of hundreds of such biorefineries.

    Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide, and the only one in Europe, that is developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The Company initially focused on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and other applications, according to the company. (Source: Global Bioenergies, PR GlobeNewswire, 14 May, 2018) Contact: Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt, CEO, +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50, www.global-bioenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Bioenergies,  Neste,  Isobutene,  SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


    Billionth Gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel Sold (Ind. Report)
    Neste Renewable Diesel
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Neste U.S., Inc. is reporting the sale of its 1 billionth gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel sold in North America, effectively helping reduce more than 7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of removing 1.6 million passenger vehicles from the road for one year, according to Neste.

    Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon diesel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials, such as waste animal and fish fat, vegetable oils and used cooking oil. It emits up to 80 percent less carbon when compared to petroleum diesel. Unlike biodiesel, Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a drop-in fuel that requires no blending and is compatible with all diesel engines. (Source: Neste US Inc., PR, May, 2018) Contact: Neste US Inc., Jeremy Baines, VP Sales, www.neste.com/en/corporate-info

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste US,  Renewable Diesel,  


    £47Mn Available for Energy Demand, Storage Solutions (Int'l)
    Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
    Date: 2018-05-11
    At Whitehall, the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund has announced a £41.5 million funding competition for energy supply, storage and demand solutions for local energy systems. The funding will support the design and practical demonstration of new business models that could facilitate and link together energy supply, demand and energy storage solutions.

    The investment is divided into two parts, with up to £40 million being made available to fund three smart energy system demonstrator projects, while up to £1.5 million is allocated to financing studies into smarter and more innovative approaches to local energy.

    Qualifying projects should: should: reduce costs and cut emissions while delivering economic benefits; create smart links between energy supply and demand; optimize energy across a range of supplies, infrastructure and demands; develop models and processes for designing, financing, building and operating smart local energy systems; and generate private investment.

    The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to aid the UK's transition away from fossil fuels to greener and more sustainable forms of energy. (Source: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Government Europa, 10 May, 2018)Contact: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, www.ukri.org/innovation/industrial-strategy-challenge-fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Demand,  


    UK Retailer Attributes CO2 Cuts to Renewables, Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Tesco
    Date: 2018-05-11
    UK-headquartered grocery and retail giant Tesco is reporting a 13 pct drop in carbon emissions in 2017, thanks to an increased reliance on renewable energy and investments in energy efficiency. The company achieved a reduction in net carbon intensity per square foot of retail and distribution floor space of 6 pct year on year, according to a company report.

    Tesco's net carbon footprint was 3.42 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) in 2017/18 versus 3.89 million CO2e the prior year.

    The company has set targets in line with the Paris Agreement to reduce CO2 emission 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct by 2050 versus 2015/16 levels. It also plans to source 65 pct of it electric power requirement from renewables by 2020 and 100 pct by 2030. (Source: Tesco, Energyst, Various Media, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Tesco, www.tescoplc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Tesco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Borkum Riffgrund 2 Offshore Installs First Turbine (Int'l)
    Borkum Riffgrund
    Date: 2018-05-11
    Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting the first of 56 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW turbines has been erected at the 450-MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind project by Norway-based offshore wind services company Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS. in German waters. Borkum Riffgrund 2, which is owned by Danish offshore wind developer Orsted A/S -- fka DONG Energy -- and a fund managed by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), is expected to be commissioned and operational in 2019. (Source: Orsted, Renewables, Others, Various Media, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 11 11, info@orsted.dk, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  DONG Energy,  Borkum Riffgrund ,  Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  


    TNC, XL Catlin Collaborate on Blue Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
    TNC, XL Catlin
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The Nature Conservancy (TNC)and insurance/reinsurance firm XL Catlin in Bermuda are touting a project to develop Blue Carbon Resilience Credits that will value the combined carbon sequestration and resilience benefits provided by coastal wetland ecosystems.

    With XL Catlin's support, TNC will develop a system of credits assigning a market value to the resilience services provided by these historically under valueded cosystems. The hope behind this initiative is that, for the first time, insurance firms and other businesses will be able to offset their carbon footprint while simultaneously better underdstanding the contribution they are making to reducing coastal hazards in the world's most vulnerable coastal areas.

    Coastal wetlands -- salt marshes, seagrass meadows and mangroves -- sequester billions of tonnes of "blue carbon" from the atmosphere at concentrations up to five times greater than terrestrial forests. As an increasing number of companies are purchasing carbon credits to offset their footprints, this credit will enable a valuation of the carbon sequestration and coastal resilience benefits that wetlands provide both businesses and communities.

    Unlike other climate mitigation solutions coastal wetlands not only sequester carbon, they also protect coastlines by absorbing incoming wave energy and providing storm protection. Additionally, a recent study found that wetlands prevented $625 million in direct flood damages from Hurricane Sandy in the United States. As such, coastal wetlands provide both carbon sequestration and resilience services- a powerful combination in a world of changing climate.

    TNC will explore different options to value the resilience services provided by coastal wetlands and to develop a credit product to support ongoing wetland conservation. One of these options could include a numeric ranking system assigning a dollar value to wetlands based on factors such as their potential for storm impact reduction, location relative to vulnerable communities, local economic activities and assets, and potential benefits from habitat restoration. The figures generated by the rankings, combined with the carbon storage capacity of a given wetland, would generate Blue Carbon Resilience Credits. These credits would then offer organizations the capacity to manage their carbon footprints whilst acting as the funding mechanism for wetland conservation, increasing coastal resilience for communities. (Source: The Nature Conservancy, 10 May, 2018) Contact: The Nature Conservancy, Maria Damanki, Global Managing Director for the Ocean, www.nature.org: XL Catlin, Paul Jardine, CEO, www.xlcatlin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  


    Grassroots Green Homes Lowers Energy Efficiency Costs (Ind. Report)
    Grassroots Green Home
    Date: 2018-05-11
    According to a 2016 report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, low-income Pittsburghers spend 9.5 pct of their paychecks on energy costs. The national average is 3.5 pct. To help homeowners improve on energy efficiency, the Grassroots Green Homes program, which helps people make their houses more energy efficient, is launching in the Pittsburgh suburb of Homewood this weekend.

    Grassroots Green Homes program is grant-funded and free for participants, eliminating financial barriers to decreasing one's carbon footprint. This is the second round of the program, according to Alison Steele of Conservation Consultants Inc., which runs the program. In 2016, Grassroots Green Homes began in Oakland and Uptown, working with more than 300 homeowners and saw a 15 pct reduction on average daily home usage. Homewood's program will follow the same pattern as the first iteration. Each month, Grassroots Green Homes will provide a tool and a tip to the 300 enrollees. A second program within Grassroots Green Homes called Home Boost will financially support 20 households in receiving contract work to their homes. Under the program, contractors will perform weatherization work such as sealing drafts and adding insulation, as well as check for radon levels and lead paint. Ultimately, this will decrease energy bills for the participants. The Homewood program runs through next April. (Source: Grassroots Green Home, Pittsburgh NPR, 10 May, 2018)Contact: Grassroots Green Home, www.facebook.com/GrassrootsGreenHomes

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    EC Stiffening Transportation Emission Testing Protocols (Int'l)
    EC
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The European Commission reports that the 28 EU member states have agreed to and rubber stamped a proposed World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) to strengthen auto and van emissions testing. WLTP will replace the mandatory 2017 New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for all new cars from September 2018.

    The Commission says it has agreed to further tighten Real Driving Emissions (RDE) legislation by introducing independent control of emissions of vehicles during their lifetime. The Commission also proposes that from 2021 all new cars and vans must have "standardized and accessible fuel and energy consumption monitoring on board of the vehicle".

    Following a three-month scrutiny period in the European Parliament and Council, the Commission will adopt the proposals, which would go into force January 1, 2019. (Source: EC, Auto Manufacturer Online, Others, 10 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  


    DOE Awards $3M for Advanced Biofuels, Bioenergy R&D (Funding)
    Biomass Research and Development Initiative
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) reports it's Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) will award up to $3 million in grant funding to the University of Tennessee and Northwestern University for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products.

    The University of Tennessee (UT). UT will be developing an integrated biorefinery design that combines the production of liquid fuels and renewable chemicals to verify production of affordable cellulosic ethanol.

    Northwestern University will develop a rapid synthesis of next-generation biofuels and bioproducts from lignocellulosic biomass. The project will employ several strategies to reduce the timeframe of discovering biosynthetic pathways to optimize fuel and chemical production, including bottom-up engineering principles, computational models, and cell-free framework systems.

    Both projects aim to lower biofuel production costs and develop diverse, cost-effective cellulosic biomass technologies for use in the production of biofuels and biobased products. (Source: US DOE, Green Car Congress, 10 May, 2018) Contact: DOE Biomass Research and Development Initiative , https://biomassboard.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Cellulosic Biomass,  


    Golden State Moves Closer to Mandatory Home Solar (Reg & Leg)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2018-05-11
    Further to our April 4th coverage, the California Energy Commission (CEC) on Wednesday, May 9 voted unanimously to adopt new energy building standards requiring solar panels for virtually all new homes, apartment buildings and condos built in the state, starting in 2020.

    Solar is presently included on just 15 to 20 pct of new single-family homes but is, with this legislation, expected to jump to more than 20,000 newly built solar homes in 2020, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

    The proposed solar energy standards are subject to California Building Standards Commission approval, which is anticipated in 2019 for implementation in 2020. (Source: California Energy Commission, Times-Standard, 9 May, 2018)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    BP Wind Adopts Onyx InSight Predictive Analytics (Ind. Report)
    Onyx InSight, BP Wind Energy
    Date: 2018-05-11
    Predictive analytics specialist Onyx InSight reports the roll-out of its advanced monitoring digital platform for major US wind power producer, BP Wind Energy (BP). Ten BP wind farms totaling 585 wind turbines in the US have incorporated the Onyx InSight Fleet Monitor platform as part of a data-driven, engineering-based approach to predictive maintenance.

    Onyx InSight Fleet Monitor™ brings together data streams from multiple drivetrain technologies and turns them into valuable insight, enabling project owners to detect developing failures months before action is required, predicting the useful life of components and enabling decisions about where and when to send out inspection and repair teams, according to the company. (Source: Onyx InSight, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Onyx InSight, Ashley Crowther, Group VP, +44 (0)115 951 8800, (303) 351-5418, info@onyxinsight.com, www.onyxinsight.com; BP Wind, www.bp.com/en_us/bp-us/what-we-do/wind.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Onyx InSight,  BP Wind Energy ,  Wind,  


    NFU Comments on White House Renewable Fuel Standard Meeting (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2018-05-11
    In Washington, following Wednesday's White House meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and future of the biofuel industry, the National Farmers Union (NFU) issued the following comments:

    "While there are certainly positives coming out of this meeting, there are several major potential pitfalls that will need to be mitigated as the administration sets out to implement these policies.

    "(The) Farmers Union supports the administration's promises to make E-15 available for year-round use, yet it is absolutely essential we move our transportation fuel market into higher blends of ethanol like E-30. We also appreciate that a cap will not be put on RIN prices, as this would disincentivise the blending of homegrown, renewable fuels in our transportation fuel sector.

    "However, this agreement contains no offset for the dozens of hardship waivers that the administration has handed out to oil refiners. These have waived up to 1.6 billion gallons in RFS volume requirements, effectively destroying demand for the surplus of corn that is keeping farm prices low for farmers. The agreement also includes a particularly detrimental plan to assign RIN credits to biofuel exports, which would both devastate domestic demand for biofuels and likely provoke our trading partners into retaliation.

    "We urge the (Trump) administration to immediately begin implementing a plan that expands use of higher blends of ethanol, as our nation's family farmers need to be rid of burdensome stocks to start earning a decent price from the market. The administration must also avoid any plan that includes RIN credits for biofuel exports and pursue actions that restore the demand for biofuels that was lost as a result of hardship waiver handouts."

    The meeting concluded with an agreement to allow year-round use of E15 gasoline, a limit on RFS 'hardship waivers' being handed out to refiners, and the possibility that RIN credits could be applied to exports of renewable fuel. No cap on RIN prices, nor any offset for the hardship waivers that were handed out to large refiners were included in the agreement. (Source: National Farmers Union, The Pig Site, 10 May, 2018) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, https://nfu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard ,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  E-15,  National Farmers Union,  


    GE Renewable Energy Announces Chilean Wind Power Project (Int'l)
    GE Renewable Energy,Arroyo Energy
    Date: 2018-05-11
    GE Renewable Energy has announced its first wind energy deal in Chile. The project, with Arroyo Energy Compania de Energias Renovables Limitada, will see GE supply six 3.6 megawatt (MW) turbines. Each will have 137-meter rotors, amounting to 21.8 MW in total, and will be installed at sites in souther Chile.

    "GE believes in Chile's energy sector as a motor for development and we are determined to use our state-of-the-art wind technology to harness the vast wind potential in the country," Vikas Anand, general manager for GE's Onshore Wind Business in the Americas, said in a statement Wednesday.

    The Chilean government aims to have 60 pct or more of the county's electricity generated by renewable sources by 2035 , rising to 70 pct by 2050. The government also plans to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 pct compared to 2007 levels by 2030. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CNBC News, Others, 10 May, 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com; Arroyo Energy, www.arroyoenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arroyo Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    Acciona Energy Storage Project Wins DNV GL Certification (Int'l)
    DNV GL ,Acciona
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The German certification body DNV reports it has certified a Acciona Energia prototype grid-scale energy storage project that will be linked to a 1.7MW battery system linked to the Barasoain wind farm in northern Spain. The wind farm deploys five AW116/300 turbines and has been operational since 2013, the company said.

    The storage system, which incorporates two Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries with capacity of 1MW and 0.7MW connected to a 3MW Nordex AW116/300 turbine, Barasoain features is managed by control software developed in-house by Acciona. (Source: Acciona, reNews, 10 May, 2018) Contact: DNV GL, Lim Monk, VP Renewables, +49 40 361 490, www.dnvgl.com; ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL ,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Acciona,  


    APL Confirms 2017 Maritime CO2 Emissions Reductions (Ind. Report)
    APL
    Date: 2018-05-11
    Singapore-headquartered international container shipping and ocean freight provider American President Line (APL) reports it cut its carbon dioxide emissions per transported container per kilometer in 2017 by more than half, compared to its base level in 2009. The cut is eighth consecutive year of improved environmental performance for APL.

    The 50.7 pct reduction of APL's 2017 CO2 emission data was verified by Lloyd's Register according to the CCWG verification protocol and principles, according to an APL release. This was an almost 3 percentage point improvement from the 48 pct reduction compared to 2016.APL now plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions per teu transported by 30 pct between 2015 and 2025. (Source: APL, Seatrade Maritime News, May, 2018) Contact: APL, www.apl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News APL,  Maritime Emissions,  


    Abengoa Lands $650Mn Dubai CSP Project Contract (Int'l)
    Shanghai Electric Group,Abengoa SA
    Date: 2018-05-11
    Abengoa SA reports it has been selected to partner with Shanghai Electric Group Co Ltd for a $650 million (€549 million) concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Dubai.

    The project is part of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA) four-phase Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power complex. The 100-MW project will incorporate a 100-MW central tower and three 200-MW facilities of parabolic trough CSP technology provided by Agengoa. Shanghai Electric is acting as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. (Source: Shanghai Electric Group, Renewables, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Shanghai Electric Group, www.shanghai-electric.com; Abengoa SA, www.abengoa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shanghai Electric Group,  Abengoa SA ,  CSP,  


    Rika Biofuels Commits to Punjab Paddy Straw Biogas Projects (Int'l
    Rika Biofuels
    Date: 2018-05-11
    In Chandigarh, India, the Punjab Punjab Bureau of Industrial Promotion (PBIP) and Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) are reporting the Signing of a MoU with UK-based Rika Biofuels Development Ltd UK for the establishment of bio-gas and bio-CNG plants in the state. The planned facilities will utilize an abundant supply of local "rice paddy straw" with a patented straw extruding technology and anerobic digestion.

    Rika plans to build in excess of 10 bio-CNG plants at a total cost of $100-150 million. Each plant will use approximately 100 metric tpd of paddy straw. The first plant is expected to come online in 2019.

    Rika Biofuels is a specialist anaerobic digestion project developer, specializing in processing problem feed stocks, including high volume manures and agricultural wastes such as crop straws. (Source: Punjab Energy Development Agency, Rika Biofuels, Times of India, May, 2018) Contact: Rika Biofuels, Gregory Krupnikovs, Director, info@rikabiofuels.com, www.bioextruder.co.uk; Punjab Energy Development Agency, +91 172 266 3382, peda.gov.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rika Biofuels ,  Biogas,  anerobic digestion,  


    Notable Quote -- Costa Rica to Become World's First Decarbonised Society

    Date: 2018-05-11
    "Decarbonisation is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be one of the first countries in the world to accomplish it, if not the first.

    "We have the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies." -- Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, 9 May, 2018

    Costa Rica presently generates more than 99 per cent of its electricity using renewable energy sources (Source: The Indendent, 10 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Low-Carbon Energy news,  


    REGI Ralston Biodiesel Plant Expansion Completed (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2018-05-11
    In the Hawkeye State, Ames-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) is reporting the completion of its $32 million expansion and upgrade project at its 2002 vintage, Ralston, Iowa, biodiesel plant. The plant's production capacity has been increased from 12 to 30 MMgy. The plant's logistics and storage capabilities were also improved.

    REG broke ground on the project in November 2016 with an initial $24 million commitment. As the project developed, the company invested another $8 million for additional improvements. (Source: REGI, Biodiesel, Others, May, 2018)Contact: REG, (515) 239-8104, www.regi.com/ultracleandiesel, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  


    Trump Dumps NASA Carbon Monitoring System (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Monitoring System,NASA
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The Trump Administration has pulled the plug on the NASA administered Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) which tracked the flow of Earth's carbon -- an important aspect of the climate change fight. The Trump Administration's decision to end the CMS is inline with previous policy on climate change.

    Since 2010, the CMS has used its paltry $10 million per year budget to focus on forests and the carbon that they contain. One such project, in collaboration with NASA and the US Forestry Service, created an aircraft-based laser imaging device to quantify forest carbon stocks. The CMS also supported other countries in their efforts to preserve and study their forest stocks, particularly in tropical locations. (Source: ScienceAlert, Inhabitat, 10 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Monitoring System,  NASA,  Carbon Emissions,  Trump,  


    Kenya Promoting Energy Efficiency, Green Building Construction (Int'l)
    Kenya Building Research Centre
    Date: 2018-05-11
    Speaking in Nairobi, Charles Kagura, the Chief Research Officer at the state-owned Kenya Building Research Centre (KBRC) said conventional buildings are a major source of greenhouse emissions in Kenya and construction of green buildings in order to promote environmental sustainability must be encouraged.

    To that end, KBRC is currently undertaking research on new materials, technologies and processes to ensure that the building sector does not contribute to climate change. The agency is also partnering with academic institutions to develop and roll out environmentally friendly building material and techniques to the construction sector.

    Kagura added that a key challenge facing the country's building sector was the environmental sustainability. "If no major innovations are introduced, the construction industry will, over a long-term impact negatively on the environment through pollution -- research on building materials and construction technologies is still under-tapped in Kenya." (Source: Kenya Building Research Centre, The Independent, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Kenya Building Research Centre, Charles Kagura, Chief Research Officer, +254 2027 27740, www.facebook.com/Kbrce

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


    Fiberight Updates Maine Waste-to-Biofuel Plant Opening (Ind Report)
    Fiberight
    Date: 2018-05-11
    Following on our August 30, 2017 coverage, Maryland-based waste-to-biofuels specialist Fiberight is reporting the recycling portion of waste-to-biofuel facility in Hampden, Maine could be operational by September. The completed facility is now expected to go into service by December of this year. The facility was originally aiming at an April startup date.

    According to a January Fiberight release, the company completed $70 million in project financing for the 180,000 ton-per-year Hampden facility, with $45 million coming from a tax-exempt bond issuance from the Finance Authority of Maine, underwritten by Jefferies LLC, and the remaining $25 million from private equity. (Source: Fiberight, MaineBiz, 9 May, 2018)Contact: Fiberight LLC, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, (408) 390-3275, info@fiberight.com, www.fiberight.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fiberight ,  Waste-to-Biofuel,  


    $34.5Mn Funding Offered for Building Technology R&D (Funding]
    DOE Building Technologies Office
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced up to $34.5 million in two funding opportunities -- the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2018 and Solid-state Lighting (SSL) Research.

    BENEFIT 2018 will fund up to $19.5 million for 15 to 25 cost-shared projects focused on early-stage R&D to enable the development of new technologies to improve energy efficiency, reduce the energy costs in buildings, and facilitate interaction with the electricity grid.

    Specifically, this BTO funding opportunity is interested in:

  • advanced separation technologies for building energy efficiency;
  • advanced building materials;
  • high-performance windows; novel approaches for cyber-physical systems in buildings;
  • integration research of advanced commercial energy efficiency packages; and
  • advancements in natural gas and other fuel-driven equipment.

    Seterately, SSL Research will fund up to $15 million for ten to 15 cost-shared projects to conduct early-stage R&D in SSL technology. The funding will accelerate development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the purpose of reducing lighting energy use. Under this funding opportunity, BTO is interested in four topic areas:

  • core technology research for LEDs, OLEDs, and cross-cutting lighting research;
  • proof-of-concept and prototype development for LEDs and OLEDs;
  • advanced fabrication R&D;
  • innovative lighting in a limited mock field application.

    Concept papers for BENEFIT 2018 are due June 8, with full applications due August 23. Applications for SSL are due June 18. (Source: US DOE EERE, Construction Specifier, May, 2018) Contact: US DOE BTO, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE Building Technologies Office,  


  • Tunisia Awards 70 MW Solar Tender Contracts (Int'l Report)
    Tunisia Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In Tunis, the Tunisian Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies reports it has awarded contracts for six 10 MW solar energy projects and four 1 MW, ground-mounted solar initiatives. 3

    All of the solar installations in various regions of the country will provide electricity to state-owned utility, Societe Tunisienne de l'electricite et du gaz (STEG) under long-term PPAs. (Source: Tunisia Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, PV Mag., 8 May, 2018)May 8, 2018) Contact: Tunisia Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, www.onm.nat.tn/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  ,  


    Poultry Blamed for Israel's High Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-05-09
    According to a study from German nutrition retailer nu3 GmbH, Israel has the world's largest carbon footprint per capita due to poultry consumption. The study analyzed data across 130 countries from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to assess which countries have the potential to significantly reduce their carbon footprint by switching their consumption habits to a plant-based diet and minimize damage to the environment. According to the study, Israel emits anually 67.14 kg of CO2 per person due to poultry consumption, more than any other country in the world. The Israeli average exceeds annual poultry consumption emissions of second-placed consumer Trinidad and Tobago (62.59 kg) and third-placed Hong Kong (58.93 kg).

    The study found that Israel is ranked 22nd globally in terms of potential carbon footprint reduction, with an average footprint of 192.77 kg per person annually for animal product consumption and 14.09 kg per person for non-animal products, including wheat, rice and nuts. Potential for reducing emissions is based on evaluating the amount of carbon dioxide a person in each country could reduce annually by replacing 1 kg of animal product with 1 kg of non-animal product. (Source: nu3 GmbH, Jerusalem Post, 8 May, 2018) Contact: nu3 GmbH, Robert Sunderhauf, CEO, +49 30 397 434 22, service@nu3.com, www.nu3.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Dioxide,  


    CSP Ups Dubai's Renewables to 4 pct of Installed Capacity (Int'l)
    Dubai,DEWA
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In DUBAI, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is reported to have inaugurated the 200 MW first stage of the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) is implementing the third phase using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model at Levelised Cost of Energy of 2.99 US cents per kWh using photovoltaic solar panels. The 3rd phase is being implemented in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Group. The second and third stages of this phase, which have a capacity of 300MW each, will be completed in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

    DEWA CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer noted that the plant is the first in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to use a single-axis solar tracking system, over 800,000 self-cleaning solar cells, and increases Dubai's renewable energy power production to 4 pct of total capacity. (Source: AETOSWire, Business Wire, 6 May, 2018) Contact: DEWA, Mosaad Abdelrahman, +971508057573, +97145151784, Mosaad.abdelrahman@dewa.gov.ae, www.dewa.gov.ae

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    China Considers Imported Palm Oil for Biodiesel Increases (Int'l)
    Palm Oil
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe is reporting the Chinese government has indicated it is open to increasing its import quota of Indonesian palm oil by at least 500,000 tpy,

    China currently consumes 5 million tpy of palm oil, Indonesia, the world's biggest palm oil producer, exported 3.73 million tons of palm oil to China last year, a leading destination after India and the European Union.

    Indonesian palm oil exports have come under pressure in Europe where lawmakers are considering a ban on the use of palm oil in biodiesel from 2021. (Source: Jakarta Globe Reuters, 8 May, 2018)

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    EC, EIB Guide Clarifies Energy Performance Contracts (Int'l)
    EC.European Investment Bank
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In Brussels, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are launching a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts.

    The new Guide follows the Eurostat Guidance note on the revised treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts, issued in September 2017, and explains its practical application, making use of technical assistance resources from the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH).

    The Guide explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. This will help Member States and other stakeholders to better understand the impact that the different features of these contracts have on the classification of the investment undertaken, on or off government balance sheet.

    A major priority is energy efficiency as a part of a low-carbon economy. Here, so-called Energy Performance Contracts, or EPCs for short, can help mobilise private investment and expertise in energy efficiency in public sector buildings. Energy Performance in buildings is part of the legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans" -- a key element for achieving a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy.

    The Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts is available HERE. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR 8 May, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Sara Soumillion, sara.soumillion@ec.europa.eu; EIB, Tim Smit , t.smit@eib.org, www.eib.org

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    Quincy City Council OK's LED Street Lighting (Ind. Report)
    City of Quincy
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In the Bay State, the Boston suburb of Quincy City Council reports it has approved the purchase and installation of 340 LED lamps to replace the city's current ornamental street lights.

    Installation is expected to get underway in June at a cost to the city of approximately $30,000. The city's cost for the bulbs from Crescent Electric is $3,245.98. Conte said that price represents a two-thirds savings through an energy efficiency program connected with Ameren. (Source: City of Quincy, Quincy Herald-Whig, 7 May, 2018) Contact: City of Quincy, Jeffrey Conte, Utilities Director, (617) 376-1000, www.quincyma.gov

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    CarVal Investors Acquires California, Vermont Solar Assets (M&A)
    CleanCapital, X-Elio
    Date: 2018-05-09
    CleanCapital is reporting the formation last month of a $250 million partnership with CarVal Investors and the acquisition of more than 14 MW of solar generating capacity in Vermont and California for an undisclosed amount from Madrid-based developer X-Elio.

    The Minneapolis-headquartered CleanCapital-Carval partnership plans to acquire $1 billion in solar assets and has to date invested nearly $100 million in projects in 10 states, representing 21.6 MW of electricity.

    CleanCapital acquires and bundles US solar farms, then finds qualified investors interested in its portfolios. 21.6 megawatts of electricity. (Source: CarVal Investors, mpactAlpha, 8 May, 2018) Contact: CarVal Investors, (952) 444-780, www.carvalinvestors.com; X-Elio, +34 911 77 0010, www.x-elio.com

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    Global Tourism's Carbon Footprint on the Rise (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Footprint
    Date: 2018-05-09
    According to a recently released report from the University of Sydney in Australia, global tourism contributes an estimated 8 pct of all greenhouse gas emissions. In reaching its conclusion, the report analysed the carbon footprint of the tourism sector across 189 countries, taking in its entire supply chain, such as hotels, events, and transportation.

    The report finds that tourism's carbon footprint is four times higher than previous estimates, making it a major contributor to overall greenhouse emissions. Global tourism emissions increased from 3.9 to 4.5 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) between 2009 and 2013. The majority of these emissions came from air travel, particularly domestic and business, which the researchers said could not be distinguished from tourism. (Source: UN Env., Climate Action, 8 May, 2018) Contact: University of Queensland, Dr Ya-Yen Sun, +61 7 344 32004, y.sun@business.uq.edu.au, www.business.uq.edu.au/staff/ya-yen-sun

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


    Air Products Snares Shell's Biomass Gasification Technology Licensing Business (Int'l, M&A)
    Air Products, Shell Global Solutions International
    Date: 2018-05-09
    Industrial gases specialist Air Products is reporting its acquisition of the Coal Gasification Technology licensing business from Shell Global Solutions International for undisclosed amount. The deal includes Shell's associated patent portfolios for coal and biomass gasification and sharing of patent rights for residue and biomass gasification.

    The acquisition expands Air Products' offerings in synthesis gas (syngas) to provide turn-key sale-of-gas gasification facilities for coal and biomass and refinery residues, Air Products noted.

    Shell's subsidiaries include Cansolv Technologies Inc., a leader in gas treating and sulphur dioxide (SO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery technologies. CANSOLV's patented technology uses an aqueous amine solution to achieve highly efficient, selective absorption of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from post combustion flue-gases. The technology is a highly flexible system and is adaptable to a wide variety of industrial applications, gas flow rates and SO2 concentrations, according to the company website. (Source: Air Products, EBR, May, 2018) Contact: Shell Global Solutions International, www.shell.com/business-customers/global-solutions.html; Air Products, Marie Folkes, Pres. Industrial Gases, www.airproducts.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cansolv,  Shell Global Solutions International,  Air Products,  


    Maui Utility-Scale Solar Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    Maui Electric Company
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In the Aloha State, Kenyon Energy is touting the South Maui Renewable Resources project, a 11.3-acre PV solar park located on Haleakala Ranch property near the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei.

    The project, Maui's first utility-scale solar project, will independently owned and operated by Kenyon Energy. The project, which was financed through Key Equipment Finance, will sell its power to Maui Electric.

    Maui County's 34 pct renewable energy portfolio exceeds the state's 30 pct renewable energy by 2020 target. (Source: Maui Electric Company, MauiNow, 7 May, 2018) Contact: Kenyon Energy, Clay Biddinger, CEO, (727) 216-4000, www.kenyonenergy.com; Maui Electric Company, (808) 871-9777, www.mauielectric.com; Maui Research & Technology Park, www.mauitechpark.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Maui Electric ,  ,  


    Global LED Retrofit Market to Hit $4,983.9Mn by 2026 (Ind. Report)
    Transparency Market Research
    Date: 2018-05-09
    According to Transparency Market Research's (TMR) LED retrofit Market -- Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018-2026 report, the global LED retrofit market was valued at $ 2,046.7 Mn in 2016 and is projected to register cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 9.25 pct from 2018 to 2026.

    The report suggests LED based solutions are gaining popularity in residential and commercial applications, which holds a significant share in the market. Furthermore, multiple US cities and states -- Seattle, Washington (35.5 pct) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (32.9 pct)-- have adopted LEDs. These and other initiatives are expected to have a positive impact on the global LED retrofit market.

    Request report details and a PDF Sample HERE. (Source: TMR, PR, Contact: Transparency Market Research, (866) 552-3453, sales@transparencymarketresearch.com, www.transparencymarketresearch.com

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