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BNEF Energy Storage Forecast, 2017-2030 Report Highlights Global Storage Market Growth (Ind. Report)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Date: 2017-11-22
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) recently released Energy Storage Forecast, 2017-2030 report, the global energy storage market will double six times between 2016 and 2030, rising to a total of 125 gigawatts/305 GWh.

Report author and energy storage analyst Yayoi Sekine, BNEF says "With so much investment going into battery technology, falling costs, and with significant addition of wind and solar capacity in all markets, energy storage will play a crucial part in the energy transformation." The report also notes that $103 billion will be invested between 2017 and 2030 spread roughly equally across the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. Eight countries will lead the market, with 70% of capacity to be installed in the U.S., China, Japan, India, Germany, U.K., Australia and South Korea. (Source: BNEF, Windpower Eng., Nov., 2017) Contact: BNEF,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  

Univ. of Rhode Island Listed Among Greenest Colleges (Ind. Report)
Green Building
Date: 2017-11-22
The Princeton Review's Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition has again named the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Kingston among the "greenest" colleges in the U.S. for the eighth year in a row.

The guide noted URI's President's Council on Sustainability, 11 LEED certified campus buildings, sustainability-focused degree availability and low-carbon clean transportation alternatives among the reasons for its inclusion on the list. The report also notes URI reduced campus greenhouse gas emissions by 30 pct over 11 years, despite an increase in campus population and building space.

The Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition profiles colleges with exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. The profiles in the guide give college applicants information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and stats. (Source: University of Rhode Island, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Rhode Island,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building news,  

Apex Rocky Forge Wind Project Delayed (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-11-22
Virginia-based renewable energy developer Apex Clean Energy reports its has not yet set a construction start date for its long delayed Rocky Forge Wind Farm in Botetourt Count, Virgina

In July, Apex told the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors that it hoped to begin construction by mid-November but was prohibited from starting construction before that date due to bat activity in the area. Apex also has not yet named purchaser for the project's power and is still looking for the right partner to commercialize the wind farm. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, WDBJ, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595,

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

EDP Renewables Completes $167Mn Wisc. Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables,Dairyland Power Cooperative
Date: 2017-11-22
Wisconsin Public Radio is reporting that EDP Renewables has finished construction on the $167 million Quilt Block Wind Farm in Lafayette County, southwestern Wisconsin. The project, which will generate sufficient energy for approximately 25,000 homes, has a 20-year PPA with Dairyland Power Cooperative. (Source: EDP Renewables, Wisc. State Farmer, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: EDP Renewables,; Dairyland Power Cooperative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Wind,  

Plants Release More CO2 Than Predicted, says Study (Ind. Report)
University of Minnesota
Date: 2017-11-22
A recent study from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul has found that carbon released by plant respiration may be around 30 pct higher than previously predicted and that as the mean global temperature increases, respiration will also increase significantly. Such increases may lower the future ability of global vegetation to offset carbon dioxide emissions caused by burning of fossil fuels since "plants both capture CO2 and then release it by respiration. Changes to either of these processes in response to climate change have profound implications for how much CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels ecosystems soak up," the report says.

The new findings are based on the comprehensive GlobResp database, which is comprised of more than 10,000 measurements of carbon dioxide plant respiration from plant species around the globe. Merging this data with existing computer models of global land carbon cycling shows plant respiration has been a potentially underestimated source of CO2 release. (Source: University of Minnesota, PTI, Indian Express, Nature Communications, 19 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources, Peter Reich, (612) 624-4270,,

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

Powering Past Coal Alliance Launches in Bonn (Int'l Report)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-22
Last week at COP23 in Bonn, the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which was launched at COP23, with the support of 27 worldwide and regional governments agreed to phase out existing coal plants and placed a moratorium on "new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage."

The Alliance is open to businesses and aims to have 50 members within the next 12 months. It also plans to spearhead efforts to move the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries beyond coal by 2030 -- and all nations by 2050.

The formation of the Alliance follows the launch earlier this month of the Europe Beyond Coal initiative, backed by 28 countries and European civil society groups united in their commitment to abandon coal energy. (Source: Innovators, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23,  Coal,  Powering Past Coal Alliance,  

Powering Past Coal Alliance Declaration (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-22
"In 2015, the world gathered in Paris and committed to taking action to spur clean growth and avoid catastrophic climate change. Today, coal-fired power plants produce almost 40 pct of global electricity, making carbon pollution from coal a leading contributor to climate change.

The health effects of air pollution from burning coal, including respiratory diseases and premature deaths, impose massive costs in both human and economic terms. A recent analysis found that more than 800 000 people around the world die each year from the pollution generated by burning coal.

As a result, phasing out traditional coal power is one of the most important steps governments can take to tackle climate change and meet our commitment to keep global temperature increase well below 2 degrees C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. To meet the Paris Agreement, the analysis shows that coal phase-out is needed by no later than 2030, in countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Union, and by no later than 2050, in the rest of the world.

The cost of generating electricity from wind and solar power has plummeted: clean power is the low-cost option in a growing number of jurisdictions worldwide. Global investments in new renewable power now significantly surpass investments in new coal-fired electricity, and clean growth represents an opportunity worth trillions of dollars.

Countries moving toward low-carbon, climate-resilient economies are already seeing environmental, economic, and human-health benefits. Our coalition wants to help accelerate that transition.

Powering Past Coal brings together a diverse range of governments, businesses, and organizations, which are united in taking action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power. We commit to achieving that phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, while providing appropriate support for workers and communities. More specifically,

  • Government partners commit to phasing out existing traditional coal power and placing a moratorium on any new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage, within our jurisdictions.
  • Business and other non-government partners commit to powering their operations without coal.
  • All partners commit to supporting clean power through their policies (whether public or corporate, as appropriate) and investments and restricting financing for traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage.

    To support these goals, the partners in Powering Past Coal will work together to share real-world examples and best practices to support the phase-out of coal, including through climate financing, and adopt practical initiatives that support this transition, including developing clean-energy plans and targets.

    Alliance partners include: Alberta (Canada), Angola, Austria, Belgium, British Columbia (Canada), Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Ontario (Canada), Oregon, Portugal, Quebec (Canada), Switzerland, UK, City of Vancouver, Washington State." (Source: Powering Past Coal Alliance, Nov., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23,  Coal,  Powering Past Coal Alliance,  

  • Australian Univ. Investigating Ethanol-from-Crop Waste (Int'l)
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In the Land Down Under, the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources in NSW reports a new fuel technology to convert harvested crops and other plant biomass waste -- wheat straw, cotton stubble, sugar cane bagasse and woody biomass -- into biofuel and green chemical products using a "strong acid" to convert feedstock into a sugar solution that is fermented into ethanol and other products. The process is being supported with $11.9 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

    The University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec) are collaborating to build a demonstration facility at Muswellbrook.

    The process can reportedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a range of plant-based waste and could work in medium to large-scale facilities. Research on the project will be carried out in phases over the next three to five years and will be tested at a demonstration facility based in Muswellbrook. This new facility will be able to process two dry tpd of plant biomass. (Source: Univ. of Newcastle, Farm Online, North Queensland Register, 21 Nov., 2017)21 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources Prof. Peter Lewis, +61 2 4033 9000,; ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  ARENA,  Ethanol,  Australian Renewable Energy Agency ,  

    Green Investment Group Closes UK Bioenergy Asset Sale (Int'l, M&A)
    Green Investment Group (GIG), previously the Green Investment Bank
    Date: 2017-11-22
    Following on our August 23rd coverage, the Green Investment Group (GIG), previously the Green Investment Bank (GIB), is reporting the sale of its shares across 70MW of bioenergy assets in the UK to Alton, Illinois-based Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG).

    The sale included GIG's 25 pct share of the Hoddesdon waste energy facility in Hertfordshire. Expected to be completed in 2018, the plant is designed to use advanced anaerobic digestion technology to convert food and green waste into biogas. (Source: Energy Live News, Nov., 2017)Contact: Green Investment Group, Ray Stillwell, Pres., (618) 301-0500,,; Bioenergy Infrastructure Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Investment Group ,  Green Investment Bank,  anaerobic digestion,  Biogas,  

    GoodPlanet, Total Tout Indian Biodigester Project (Int'l Report)
    GoodPlanet Foundation,Total
    Date: 2017-11-22
    French energy giant Total reports it has joined with Paris-headquartered NGO GoodPlanet Foundation for a project to deploy 8,400 biodiegesters in Adilabad, Telangana State, India, to improve the lives of 45,000 people and contribute to tackling climate change.

    This voluntary carbon neutrality initiative is eligible for certified carbon credits and will avoid the emission of 50,000 tpy of carbon dioxide equivalent a year for ten years -- equivalent to all emissions generated by plane travel by Total employees. The project is slated to get underway this month with the first biodigesters expected to be operational in 2018. (Source: GoodPlanet Foundation, Total, Bioenergy Int'l, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: GoodPlanet Foundation, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodigester,  GoodPlanet Foundation,  Total,  Biogas,  

    Europabio Seeks EU Bioeconomy Strategy Revisions (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Brussels, the European Association for Bioindustries (Europabio) reports it has called for revisions in the European Bioeconomy Strategy to help tackle climate change and boosting Europe's resource efficiency, competitiveness and long-term economic growth.

    The February 2012, Europe Bioeconomy Strategy addresses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into vital products and bio-energy.

    EuropaBio is calling for a revised EU Bioeconomy Strategy to address: Biomass: Circular bioeconomy should be an integral part of EU-level frameworks and policies; Investment: Increase funding and improve coherence of financing mechanisms for the circular bioeconomy; Investment: Secure the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) 2.0; Markets: Incentives for bio-based products in strategic sectors; Markets: Promote bio-based products' visibility to stimulate market demand.

    The industrial biotechnology industry in Europe is predicted to contribute between €57.5 billion and €99.5 billion and more than one million jobs to the EU economy by 2030, according to EuropaBio. (Source: EuropaBio, Bioenergy Insights, Nov., 2017) Contact: European Association for Bioindustries, Joanna Dupont Inglis, Dir. for Industrial Biotech and Cross-Sector Strategy, Nathalie Moll, Sec. Gen., +32 2 735 0313,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EuropaBio,  

    ABB Montreal Campus Wins CaGBC LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    ABB,Canadian Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Montreal, ABB reports that the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) has certified its Campus Montreal with the LEED Silver accreditation.

    To qualify for LEED certification, the ABB campus incorporate natural light throughout, features open concept flexible working spaces, green garden certified furniture, ergonomic and height adjustable work stations, eleven green walls, increased recycling capabilities including shared compost and garbage bins, low water consumption toilets, efficient heating and cooling including the re-circulation of over 2 MW of heat generated through testing activities, and energy efficient LED motion detection lighting in most of the structure. The building exterior incorporates three green roofs and a white roof (to reduce the absorption of heat), EV charging stations, bike racks for employees and visitors and a preferred parking program for carpooling and hybrid vehicles. (Source; ABB Canada, Nov., 2017) Contact: ABB Canada, Nathalie Pilon, President ,; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  ABB,  

    Malaysia Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Malaysia,Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian government Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment reports it will cut the country's carbon emissions by as much as 45 pct by 2030 -- based on 2005 emission levels. It has also pledged to preserve remaining primary forests on at least half of Malaysia's land area so that these forests can continue to serve as effective carbon sinks. The Ministry has also proposed the introduction of environmental education into schools from preschool onward, a greater emphasis on renewable energy, and a transition to low carbon emission transportation. (Source: Malaysia Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Clean Malaysia, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: Clean Malaysia,; Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, +603 8000 8000,,

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

    Enerkem Scores $3.5Mn for Edmonton Cellulosic Biofuel Plant (Funding)
    Enerkem,Western Innovation Initiative
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Edmonton, Alberta, Enerkem Alberta Biofuels reports its is getting $3.5 million in Canadian federal funding through the Western Innovation Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that converts municipal waste into fuel. This commercial-scale facility can process 100,000 metric tpy of solid waste -- textiles, non-recyclable plastics, soiled food containers and others -- to produce over 40 million lpy of fuel-grade, cellulosic ethanol.

    The plant, the first of its kind to convert non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into liquid biofuels and chemicals, will contribute to the city of Edmonton's goal of diverting up to 90 pct of household waste from landfill.(Source: Enerkem, Plant, 20 Nov., 2017)Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284 X 251,,; Western Innovation Initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Innovation Initiative,  Enerkem,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Biofuel,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  

    Los Angeles Joins CAPE Energy-Saving Portal (Ind. Report)
    Tech Mahindra
    Date: 2017-11-20
    The City of Los Angeles reports it has teamed with USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC Marshall School of Business, and Mumbai, India-headquartered Tech Mahindra on a digital community action platform for engagement (CAPE) initiative to achieve smart buildings and more sustainable and energy-efficient cities.

    The CAPE digital platform uses advanced data analytics -- including satellite imagery and government energy consumption data -- to help jump-start cost effective community-led energy projects and to create a marketplace where citizens, community action groups, local authorities and energy suppliers can view and select from an array of alternative energy options available in their designated area.

    Using data supplied by the City of Los Angeles, platform users will be able to identify their neighborhood on a satellite map and discover which alternative energy solutions are available and the potential cost-savings they will receive should they make a switch. Platform participants would then be able to use online forums to recruit their neighbors to create user pools large enough to attract proposals from alternative energy suppliers. (Source: Tech Mahindra, Smart Cities World, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Tech Mahindra,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    ARPA-E Recognizes Scanalytics' Smart Building Tech (Ind. Report)
    Scanalytics, DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Milwaukee-headquartered smart building technologies specialist Scanalytics Inc. is reporting receipt of a competitive award from the US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) program. The program aims to improve the efficiency of businesses across the United States, as heating, ventilation and cooling consumes over one-third of the energy used by commercial and residential buildings.

    The award will be used to develop next- generation floor sensing technology with spatial resolution, durability, and accuracy to reduce energy use in commercial buildings.

    Scanalytics transforms locations into smart environments through occupancy recognition. When buildings don't have access to precise occupancy and behavior data, they waste energy. Scanalytics aims to develop a new class of advanced floor-sensing technology that has the ability to algorithmically broadcast collected data to issue setbacks to heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems, which will contribute significantly to improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. (Source: Scanalytics Inc., PR, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Scanalytics, Joe Scanlin, CEO, (608) 215-2426,,; US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy,   Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Better Data Management Needed for Building Industry to Meet Climate Goals (Int'l. Reports)
    Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
    Date: 2017-11-20
    According to Global Trends in Data Capture and Management in Real Estate and Construction, a new report presented as part of the COP 23 Building Action Symposium, the real estate and construction sector must develop a more systematic and coherent approach to data management if it is to make a meaningful contribution to meeting global climate targets.

    The report, which draws on the views and insights of building sector leaders, aims to identify key actions that could help achieve low-carbon, energy-efficient buildings and foster a construction sector that will represent a tangible contribution to implementing the Paris Climate Agreement.

    The reports says better whole life-cycle data capture, management and reporting will enable government decision-makers to develop more effective sustainability policies and incentive schemes, kickstart innovation and enable industry players to develop holistic strategies targeted at reducing carbon emissions.

    In the EU, buildings account for 40 pct of EU energy use. It is estimated that the EU needs to invest around €100 billion annually in building renovations to meet its energy and climate goals. The EU has increased the amount of public funds available for energy efficiency, but the European Commission has indicated that there is a need to boost private energy investments. (Source: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, Property EU, Nov., 2017) Contact: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction,

    BGC, Edmonton Partnering on EnerGuide Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Built Green Canada
    Date: 2017-11-20
    On the Canadian prairies, the City of Edmonton and Built Green Canada (BGC) report they are joining forces to offer a $200 rebate for BUILT GREEN® builders through the City's residential Spot the Difference program.

    The Spot the Difference program aims to reduce home energy consumption and raise awareness of greenhouse gas emissions. New and existing homes can sign up to receive an energy rating using the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS), through Natural Resources Canada. The rating and other home details are then added to the Edmonton EnerGuide for Homes Map -- a platform that features the EnerGuide label of select homes in Edmonton, the year the home was built, and other details to help homeowners make informed decisions about a purchase.

    Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national non-profit organization, headquartered in Edmonton that offers third-party sustainable building programs to the residential building sector. Since its inception, over 29,500 homes have been certified. Including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 32,775, represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. (Source: Built Green Canada, PR 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Robyn Webb, (780) 442-0259,,; Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson , (855) 485-0920,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Built Green Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

    ULI Bldg. Performance Report Released -- Attached (Ind. Report)
    Urban Land Institute
    Date: 2017-11-20
    A just released report from the member-driven not-for-profit Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that leading commercial real estate owners have demonstrated significant energy reductions since 2009. The report tracked and analyzed 8,684 properties owned or managed by Greenprint members located across 28 countries. These properties account for over 1.9 billion square feet of building area, according to the report. Since 2009, energy consumed by members' properties dropped by 13.9 pct. Between 2015 and 2016, members demonstrated a 3.4 pct reduction in energy consumption.

    As governments continue to recognize the impending risks of climate change, they are taking action by raising or setting new targets for building performance through energy efficiency legislation and strengthening building energy codes.

    Download the Urban Land Institute's report HERE. (Source: Urban Land Institute, Nov., 2017) Contact: Urban Land Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Urban Land Institute,  

    College Lauded for Bldg. Energy Retro-Commissioning (Ind. Report)
    Cerritos College
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In the Golden State, Cerritos College in Norwalk reports receipt of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors 2017 Energy and Sustainability Award for its Science Building retro-commissioning project.

    The retro-commissioning project, which is expected to cut the building's energy costs by $25,000 annually, included installation of reliable control sequences on air handlers at a cost of $577,000. The state's Proposition 39 funds, $46,000 came from Investor Owned Utility rebates, and $181,000 came from district funds. The project is estimated to save 62,000 kilowatt hours and 6,900 therms resulting in energy cost savings of $25,000 annually.(Source: Cerritos College Website, Nov., 2017) Contact: Cerritos College, (562) 860-2451,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    US biodiesel Production, Imports UP in October (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-20
    According to recently released US EPA data, US biodiesel production and imports reached 227.5 million gallons in October, up 12.11 million gallons from September.

    The EPA data also indicated an increase in D4 RINs generation in October compared with September. More than 349 million biodiesel RINs were generated last month, up 18.6 million RINs from September and up by more than 6 million RINs from the same month in 2016.

    Historically, the US has obtained a large portion of its biodiesel and D4 RINs from imported product. But recent anti-dumping duties levied against Argentina and Indonesia have stemmed the flow of biodiesel from those countries. Through October, imported RINs generation accounted for 19 pct of the total number of D4s. Last year that figure was over 21 pct. (Source: US EPA, UKR, Nov. 17, 2017).

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  Biodiesel,  

    Date Pits Considered as Biodiesel Feedstock (Int'l)
    UAE University
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In the UAE, research scientists at UAE University in Al Ain, the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi and Heriot-Watt University Dubai have been looking at oil extracted from widely available Khalas date pits as a possible biodiesel feedstock.

    In their recently published study -- Biodiesel Production from Oils Extracted from Date Pits -- the researchers extracted date pits from the popular Khalas date variety, cleaned them, then sun dried them for two days before grinding and sieving them. A solvent extracted the oil, with the yield relative to the weight of the pits reaching up to 11.7 pct. This is of a quality similar to vegetable oils used to create biodiesel, and it can be converted into biodiesel with an efficiency of about 90 pct, according to the study.

    Date pits contain smaller quantities of oil than some oil crops -- oilseed rape, for example, may have an oil content of more than 40 pct. (Source: NTI, UAE University, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: UAE University, Dr Sulaiman Al Zuhair,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Feedstock,  

    Qantas Touting LA - Melbourne Carinata Biofuel Flight (Ind. Report)
    Qantas,Agrisoma,Altair Fuels
    Date: 2017-11-20
    The Australian airline Qantas reports it will operate the world's first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia -- Los Angeles to Melbourne -- early next year, in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels. The flight will be powered by Brassica Carinata (carinata), a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed oil.

    As previously reported, Qantas signed a landmark partnership with Agrisoma Biosciences , the Canadian based agricultural-technology company that developed carinata as a drop-in fuel. (Source: Qantas, RusTourism News, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO,,; Qantas,; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma,  Carinata,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Carinata,  Altair Fuels ,  

    Date: 2017-11-20
    There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to rise to the challenge. Twelve-year-old Timoci Naulusala from Fiji, a nation disappearing under rising seas, was delivering a testimonial to ministers and heads of state with crisp English and irresistible charm. Suddenly, describing the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston last year, his words became measured, his voice hushed. "My home, my school -- my source of food, water, money -- was totally destroyed," he said. "My life was in chaos. I asked myself: Why is this happening? What am I going to do?" The answer to Timoci's first question has become frightening clear: climate change. But Timoci's second question remains open: What is he, and by extension the world, going to do? At first, the answer seemed straight-forward: humans must stop loading the atmosphere with the greenhouse gases that drive global warming. The successful repair of the ozone hole suggested a way forward: an international treaty. But it took a quarter of a century to get one, in 2015, and even then it is woefully inadequate: voluntary national pledges to curb carbon pollution would still allow the global thermometer to go up 3 C, a recipe for human misery on a vast scale. Since Paris, the UN climate talks -- known to participants as "COPs", or Conferences of the Parties -- have focused on working out an operational handbook for the treaty, which goes into effect in 2020. But as the years tick by, the byzantine bureaucracy -- where hundreds of diplomats can argue for days over whether a text will say "should" or "shall" -- has struggled to keep pace with "the real world". A veteran EU climate diplomat, meanwhile, bemoaned the lack of dynamism in talks. "I've never seen a COP with so little adrenaline," he told AFP. The UN climate process risks falling out of step in two key ways, experts suggest. One is in relation to the unforgiving conclusions of science, which show that the window of opportunity for avoiding climate cataclysm is rapidly narrowing to a slit.This year's climate talks kicked off with negotiators learning that CO2 emissions -- after remaining stable for three years, raising hopes that they had peaked -- will rise by two percent in 2017, a development one scientist called "a giant step backwards for humankind". Negotiations were also reeling from US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the Paris Agreement. The UN's 12-day negotiations came to an end yesterday with an agreement to hold a stocktake in 2018 of national efforts to cut fossil fuel emissions. (Source: Afp, Daily Star, 19 Sept., 2017)

    VA. Regulators Approve Carbon Cap-and-Trade Plan (Reg & Leg)
    Virginia,Virginia Department of Environmental Quality,
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In Richmond, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regulators are reporting preliminary approval of a carbon cap-and-trade program that if passed into law would cover about 33 predominantly Dominion Energy-owned and operated electric power generating plants across the Old Dominion State. When finally approved and enacted, Virginia would be the first southern state to adopt such a program.

    The plan is now subject to public comment and possible changes. The board will have to vote again on a final version. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Ledger Enquirer, 16 Nov., 2017) Contact: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, (804) 698-4000,

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

    Univ. Wisc Study Links Ethanol, Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    University of Wisconsin Madison
    Date: 2017-11-20
    According to new University of Wisconsin research presented at the recent America's Grasslands Conference in Fort Worth, the federal corn ethanol mandate is contributing to climate change. The research found that since the Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) ethanol mandate's 2007 enactment, over 7 million acres of habitat have been set aside to plant corn and soy, leading to the release of emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of 20 million new automobiles.

    The report examined the location and carbon stored in habitat lost to cropland between 2008 and 2012 and found that 115 million metric tons of global carbon was released into the atmosphere, or nearly 29 million mtpy -- equivalent to six coal-burning power plants.

    Download the US Cropland Expansion Released 115 Million Tons of Carbon (2008 - 2012) report HERE. (Source: Univ. of Wisconsin, Freemont News Messenager, 17 Nov.2017) Contact: University of Wisconsin Madison, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Holly Gibbs, (608) 265-0572,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Global Warming,  Climate Change,  

    RFS Ethanol Blend Waiver Sought for NJ Refinery (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, legislators in the Garden State are asking the US EPA to waive Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)rules governing blending of ethanol into gasoline, a requirement they say threatens the financial viability and future of the 100 year-old Paulsboro, New Jersey refinery. Refiners unable to comply with the blending rule can comply by purchasing credits (RINs) instead, an expensive proposition, the lawmakers said.

    "The cost of compliance to this regulation puts at risk these energy-sector jobs in our region. In addition, these high costs also contribute to the cost of gasoline for residents and consumers," the legislators claim. The legislators note the EPA has legal authority under the Clean Air Act to waive the renewable obligations “should they present a harm to a state or regional economy." (Source: NJ Spotlight, Various Media, 17 Nov., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  Ethanol Blend,  RINs,  Ethanol,  

    China Welcomes Bonn COP 23 Climate Meeting Results (Int'l)
    COP23,Climate Change
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Reflecting on the just concluded cop23 meeting, China's special representative on climate change affairs, Xie Zhenhua, said that the dialogue on climate change, "while still not 100 percent satisfactory," did succeed in reflecting the concerns of all sides in a balanced manner. Xie Zhenhua added that he hoped developed countries would uphold their Paris Agreement obligations in dealing with climate change.

    "We hope that all sides adhere to the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities, and their respective capabilities, and consider the actual conditions of each country while pushing negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement," Xie said. He said he also hoped that all sides would speed up ratification of the Doha Amendment that establishes the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and that developed countries would continue to uphold their obligation to provide funds, technology and capacity-building to developing countries. (Source: Global Times, Xinhua, 19 Nov., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23,  Climate Change,  

    Vivergo Cites Market Conditions, Legislative Uncertainty for UK Ethanol Constraints (Int'l Report)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2017-11-20
    "We reluctantly welcomed the Government's Renewable Transport Fuel obligation proposals in September, but have remained extremely concerned that there is no roll-out framework for E10 in the UK, the absence of which could have serious consequences for the long-term future of the UK bioethanol industry.

    "Over the past six weeks we have seen bioethanol prices fall significantly impacting Vivergo profit margins further. Whilst there have been some supply increases this year, the bioethanol market in Europe, and in particular the UK, remains constrained by the Government's inaction. As a result of these market conditions and legislative uncertainty, we have taken the decision to bring forward and extend our annual plant maintenance work to lessen the impact on the plants profitability. In the meantime, we will continue to work with all stakeholders and the Government to support the legislative process and the future roll-out of E10."

    Vivergo's £350 million plant near Hull, Yorkshire, is one of Europe's biggest bioethanol producers and the UK's largest single source supplier of distiller dried grains (DDGs) animal feed. (Source: Vivergo Fuels, Website, 10 Nov., 2017) Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuels ,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  DDGs,  

    AVANGRID Supports CT Zero-Emission Vehicle Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Orange, Connecticut-headquartered Avangrid, Inc., a diversified U.S. energy company, reports it has granted $2 million to ensure the continuance of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program. The program offers direct financial rebate incentives up to $5,000 for state residents who purchase or lease a new zero-emission vehicle. Since its May 2015 launch, CHEAPR has issued nearly $4.6 million in rebates.

    Avangrid's funding is part of a broader commitment to fight climate change , upport energy efficiency, renewable generation, energy storage, alternative transportation and other clean technologies in Connecticut. (Source: Avangrid Networks, PR Fairfiels HamletHub, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Avangrid, Anthony Marone, Pres., CEO,, CHEAPR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid,  Transportation Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  

    NYC's Stuyvesant Town Plans Major Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In the Big Apple, the massive 1947 vintage Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town housing developments owned by Blackstone Group, reportedly will install 3.8 megawatts of solar panels -- sufficient power for 1,000 apartments a year.

    Installation of the more than 9,700 panels is slated to begin in December for completion in mid 2018. The project, which is expected to come in at approximately $10 million, will supply about 6 pct of Stuyvesant Town's and Peter Cooper Village's energy. (Source: FOX5NT, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Stuy Town Property Services, Rick Hayduk, CEO, GM,‎

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    Solar Frontier Halts PV Production in Japan (Int'l Report))
    Solar Frontier
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Japanese thin-film PV manufacturer Solar Frontier reports it has ceased operations at its 150 MW Tohoku plant in northeastern Japan and plans to shut down production at its flagship 900 MW Kunitomi plant in late December. The Kunitomi plant will be converted into a multifunction plant by consolidating production that is currently taking place in the Tohoku and Miyazaki plants at the Kunitomi plant, the company says. The restructuring of production is intended to further strengthen cost competitiveness, according to the compay's parent, Show Shell Sekiyu.

    The company says although the shift away from feed-in tariffs in Japan is contributing to the "gradual decline" in the demand for solar, demand remains "relatively stable" in the country’s residential and non-residential PV segments. (Source: Solar Frontier, PV Mag., Others, 17 November, 2017) Contact: Solar Frontier,

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    Westar Touts New C&I Customers Wind Offering (Ind. Report)
    Westar Energy
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Energy Dive is reporting Westar Energy and Kansas Gas and Electric Co. have proposed a new renewable energy product aimed commercial and industrial customers that will provide wind capacity cheaper that the utilities' current offerings.

    The proposed Direct Renewable Participation Service (DRPS) tariff would allow large customers to purchase wind capacity from a new, local wind generation source either owned by the utility or secured under a PPA. Customers would need average monthly peak demands of at least 500 kW to sign onto the tariff. (Source: Westar, Energy Dive, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: Westar Energy, Greg Greenwood, VP Strategy, (800) 401-5666,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Westar Energy,  Wind,  

    Fondulac Twp, Trajectory Energy Ink Solar Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Trajectory Energy
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In East Peoria, Illinois, Fondulac Township voters have approved a 7,000 solar panel installation and property lease agreement with Chicago-based Trajectory Energy. The company will lease the property from the township at an annual rate of $461,000 for 25 years.

    Trajectory Energy is planning a dozen more solar panel projects in central Illinois and is presently negotiating several leases. Small to mid-sized solar operations were approved by the state Legislature last December. Electricity generated by the panels would be fed to the Ameren Illinois energy grid. Trajectory intends to install the solar panels in 2018 and begin adding solar energy to the Ameren Illinois power grid in 2019. (Source: Trajectory Energy, Journal Star, 17 Nov., 2017)Contact: Trajectory Energy,,

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    Major Sugar-Cane Ethanol Project Planed in Nigeria (Int'l. Report)
    Nigerian National Petroluem Company
    Date: 2017-11-20
    The Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, has concluded plans to invest in the production of ethanol from sugar cane in Kebbi State. The project will involve private investors and the Kebbi State Government, which is expected to provide the land and 30 pct equity in the project which is expected to get underway in about 18 months. (Source: NNPC,, 19 Nov., 2017) Contact: Nigerian National Petroleum Company,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nigerian National Petroluem Company,  Ethanol,  

    Whirlpool Adds Wind Power at Marion, Ohio Plant (Ind. Report)
    One Energy Enterprises ,Whirlpool
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Benton Harbor, Michigan-headquartered appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation reports it plans to install three wind turbines to power its manufacturing facility in Greenville, Ohio. Beginning construction in early 2018, the turbines will be the same as those developed for Whirlpool's manufacturing plants in Findlay, Marion, and Ottawa, Ohio, and will be developed in coordination with Findley, Ohio-headquartered One Energy Enterprises.

    The new Greenville turbines will generate more than 12 million kWh of electric power annually and offset about 70 pct of the plant's electricity consumption while eliminating the equivalent of 9,000 tpy of CO2. This is equivalent to generating enough clean energy to power more than 900 average American homes.

    Similar to Whirlpool's previous wind turbine projects, the 3 Greenville turbines will be built and financed by One Energy Enterprises as part of its Wind for Industry projects. (Source: Whirlpool, 15 Nov., 2017) Contact: One Energy Enterprises LLC, (877) 298-5853,, Whirlpool Corp., (292) 923-5000,

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    MACH Energy Finds Strong Support for ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Oakland, California-headquartered energy and water management software and services specialist MACH Energy has published the results of its research paper ENERGY STAR: An Analysis Of Economic Benefits To The Built Environment on the role of the EPA's ENERGY STAR program in building management and commercial real estate. MACH found strong support for ENERGY STAR, with industry groups and leaders making unequivocal statements touting its benefits, and the detrimental effects on entire industries and workers should the program be eliminated.

    MACH's survey of building professionals including property managers, asset managers, engineers and others found: 78 pct would be concerned if ENERGY STAR funding was reduced/removed; 75 pct are not familiar with building energy benchmarking tools aside from ENERGY STAR; 64 pct reported Portfolio Manager usage; 61 pct are required to benchmark their facility/portfolio's energy consumption.

    In the US, buildings account for 40 pct of total energy consumption. With increased sensitivity to energy costs as well as adoptions of building energy benchmarking regulations, ENERGY STAR is a more important tool than ever to help improve energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR certified products and buildings helped Americans save $34 billion in energy costs in 2015 alone, according to the EPA. MACH counts hundreds of commercial, REIT, hotel, and corporate building owners as customers, encompassing hundreds of millions of square feet. (Source: MACH Energy, 15 Nov., 2017) Contact: MACH Energy, Jon Moeller, CEO,; ENERGY STAR,

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

    Abengoa Building Fulcrum's NV MSW-to-Biofuels Plant (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum BioEnergy,Abengoa
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Abengoa reports Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. has given it the green light on construction of what will be the first municipal solid waste (MSW)-to-biofuels plant in the U.S. with gasification technology. The fuel is expected to be used in the aviation sector.

    Abengoa will complete the engineering, design, construction and commissioning of the 10 million gpy plant in Nevada. The engineering, procurement and construction works are expected to begin immediately and are expected to be completed within 24 months. (Source: Abengoa, PR, 8 Nov., 2017)Contact: Abengoa,; Fulcrum BioEnergy, Jeanne Benedetti, VP, Jim Macias, CEO, Pres., (925) 730-0150,,

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    Vermont Carbon Tax Gaining Traction (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Last week in Vermont, Burlington-headquartered plant-based products manufacturer Seventh Generation Inc. proposed a state carbon tax that it says would drive down the state's electric power costs by imposing what would initially amount to a $5 per ton tax on fossil fuels for transportation and heating. The tax would rise by $5 a ton a year until 2025 when it would top out at $40 a ton, which is about what the EPA estimated in 2015 as the long-term environmental costs from 1 ton of carbon-dioxide pollution. Over the period, the carbon tax on gas would increase to 32 cents.

    Vermont is a participant in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program that took effect in 2009. Through quarterly auctions, the RGGI program has priced carbon-dioxide pollution at between $2 and $7.50 per ton, but only for pollution from electricity. The costs of this carbon-pricing scheme are limited to electricity generated inside New England and its proceeds are invested in energy-efficiency efforts in the RGGI participating states -- Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. (Source: Seventh Generation Inc., , Vermont Digger, 12 Nov., 2017) Contact: Seventh Generation, Ashley Orgain, Outreach, (802) 658-3773,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vermont Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Price,  RGGI,  

    GCF, EBRD Launch $1.4Bn Climate Finance Programme (Int'l. Funding)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Green Climate Fund
    Date: 2017-11-17
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) are reporting the launch of the Sustainable Energy Financing Facilities programme to support climate investments in Africa, the Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe.

    GCF will contribute $378 million to the programme while the EBRD will provide a loan of $973 million along with a $34-million grant. GCF and EBRD will rely on local financial institutions to finance more than 20,000 scalable and replicable projects across industrial, commercial, residential, transport and agricultural sectors. The goal is to establish self-sustaining markets in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate resilience. (Source: EBRD, Renewables Now, Others, Nov., 2017) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000,; Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6010,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ,  Green Climate Fund,  

    Biozin Licenses IH2 Woody Biomass-to-Fuel Technology (Ind. Report)
    Biozin ,Gas Technology InstituteCriterion Catalyst Company
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Fareham, UK-based CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company (CRIUK) has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2* technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding AS (BZH). CRI is a global catalyst company wholly owned by Royal Dutch Shell. It operates research laboratories, development facilities, manufacturing plants and business units throughout the world. Biozin Holding is a cooperation between Norwegian saw mill company Bergene Holm and Swedish oil company Preem, which intends to realise full scale biofuel production sites in Norway. The production facility is set to be located adjacent to the Bergene Holm sawmill in southern Norway.

    The IH2 technology is a route to convert woody biomass and forest residues feedstock into renewable, low carbon transportation fuels. The process was invented by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, IL and scaled up by CRI Catalyst Company of Houston, Texas which holds exclusive worldwide licensing rights.

    Biozin intends to utilize residues from Bergene Holm's mill, and forestry residues from the region. The product will be refined by one of Preem's refineries in Sweden. (Source: Criterion Catalyst Company, Biofuels Int'l, 15 Nov., 2017) Contact: CRI Criterion Catalyst Company,; Gas Technology Institute,

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    Giant King Grass Promoter Offers Business Update (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Walnut, California-based VIASPACE Inc. is reporting receipt of $60,000 of organic revenue related to its business activities that are evolving in Hawaii, specifically for Giant King Grass Exclusivity Rights. Including Crop Engineering, Project Engineering and Exclusivity Rights, VIASPACE's current Hawaii contracts are scheduled and anticipated to yield an additional $600,000 of revenue over the next 9 months, according to the company.

    In addition, there are multiple related projects involving biomass green energy and animal feed that are under consideration as a result of these Hawaii-focused activities. These projects could further enhance the revenue stream attributable to our Hawaii-based business, the company release says. (Source: VIASPACE Inc., PR, 15 Nov., 2017) Contact: VIASPACE, Dr. Jan Vandersande, (800) 517-8050,

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    Notable Quotes from COP23
    Date: 2017-11-17

    ABM Helping Pennsylvania Schools Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    ABM Industries
    Date: 2017-11-17
    ABM Industries Incorporated reports it has begun a series of energy-saving initiatives for Connellsville Area School District buildings in Fayette County, PA, that are expected to save $26.4 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. The energy performance contracting program through ABM's Technical Solutions group is likely to be completed by October 2018.

    ABM's energy-efficient infrastructure upgrades include: rejuvenated HVAC systems and maintenance, lighting upgrades to efficient LED lighting systems, water conservation upgrades, new energy management systems and infrastructure facelifts.

    ABM's energy performance contracting program aims to replace or upgrade the aging infrastructure facilities without incurring upfront costs. This is primarily achieved through the reallocation of current and future owning and operating costs while maximizing energy efficiency and lowering overall annual costs. (Source: ABM, Zacks , 10 Nov., 2017) Contact: ABM Industries, ABM Technical Solutions,

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    Pacific Biodiesel, HECO Ink Biodiesel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Biodiesel ,Hawaiian Electric Company
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel Technologies reports it will supply 2-4 million gpy of biodiesel to Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) for the 50 MW Schofield Generating Station, 8 MW Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility, and other Oahu generation facilities. Subject to Hawaiian PUC approval, the supply agreement will come into force in 2018.

    Pacific Biodiesel presently supplies its 100-percent renewable biodiesel for Hawaiian Electric's Campbell Industrial Park generation station and the airport emergency facility. The Schofield plant will use a mixture of biodiesel and petroleum diesel. (Source: Pacific Biodiesel Tech., Renewable Energy Mag., Others, 15 Nov., 2017) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Ron Cox, VP Operations, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., Peter Rosegg, (808) 543-7780,,; Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, (808) 877-3114,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Biodiesel ,  Hawaiian Electric Company ,  

    Biofuels Policy Boosts Carbon Emissions, says Study (Ind. Report)
    University of Wisconsin Madison
    Date: 2017-11-17
    According to a University of Wisconsin Madison study, U.S. renewable fuel mandates are boosting carbon emissions as farmers turn wetland, forest and other carbon-rich areas into biofuel feedstock crop lands. The report says it could take 50 years for biofuels to reduce carbon emissions as they were designed to do, since any reduction stemming from blending them into petroleum products is offset by more carbon emissions from clearing new farmland.

    The report's lead author Seth Spawn said the study showed the mandate had "far-reaching impacts on the climate through its effects on the land and the carbon that is stores." The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) questioned the research and said previous similar studies "have been thoroughly debunked and disputed."

    Download the full UW Madison report HERE. (Source: 15 Nov., 2017) (Source: UW Madison. Wisc. Public Radio,National Wildlife Federation, PR, Reuters, 15 Nov ., 2017) Contact: University of Wisconsin, Seth Spawn,,

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    Notable Quote
    Date: 2017-11-17
    "Promoting coal at a climate summit (COP23) is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit."

    -- Former NYC Mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg commenting on Trump White House climate advisor George David Banks' promoting clean coal at COP23 conference in Bonn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Michael Bloomberg,  

    Romeo Power Tech Touts New Battery Pack Plant (Ind. Report)
    Romeo Power Technology
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Energy storage specialist Romeo Power Technology is reporting completion of its new fully-automated 113,000 square-foot lithium-ion battery pack manufacturing facility in Vernon near downtown Los Angeles. The new plant, which features the only R&D and testing lab on the West Coast, is expected to will Produce 4 GWh of Energy in 2018. (Source: Romeo Power Technology, PR. 13 Nov., 2017) Contact: Romeo Power Technology, Greg Spector, (415) 717-4666,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Romeo Power Technology,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  

    Nantuckett Installing 200 Tesla Battery Power Packs (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-17
    EV and energyu storage dynamo Tesla reports it is delivering 200 utility-scale Tesla Powerpacks capable of storing 48 MWh to Nantuckett Island. The installation will one of Tesla's largest energy storage projects to date.

    The Powerpack system will help stabilize the 48 square-mile island's power grid when energy demands are high in the summer months when the 10,000-person island grows to a population of more 50,000. (Source: Tesla, Curbed, Others, 13 Nov., 2017) Contact: Tesla Power Pack,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Tesla Power Pack,  Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  

    Western Iowa Energy Acquires Agron Bioenergy Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
    Agron Bioenergy,Western Iowa Energy
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Agron Bioenergy LLC reports it has closed on the sale of its biodiesel plant located in Watsonville, California, to Western Iowa Energy LLC. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    The assets include a biodiesel refinery designed to produce 15 MMgy and patents encompassing Agron's centrifuge system and distillation steps to eliminate water washing in the production of distilled B100 biodiesel that meets or exceeds ASTM D-6751 specifications. Western Iowa Energy is a BQ-9000-accredited biodiesel producer whose Wall Lake, Iowa, plant can produce 45 MMgy. (Source: Agron Bioenergy, Ocean Park Advisors, 15 Nov., 20170 Contact: Western Iowa Energy , Brad Wilson, Pres. GM, Agron Bioenergy, (831) 728-1300,; Western Iowa Energy LLC, (717) 664-2173,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Iowa Energy news,  Agron Bioenergy news,  Biodiesel news,  

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