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Greenbelt Resources to Assist in Chinese Bioethanol Effort (Int'l)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2018-05-09
Paso Robles, California-based waste-to-bioethanol specialist Greenbelt Resources Corporation, is reporting CEO Darren Eng will visit China this month to assist in enhancing the domestic production capacity up to the over 4 billion gallons of ethanol required to meet a Chinese Government mandate.

In 2017, Greenbelt commissioned a commercial system in New South Wales, Australia that converts wheat processing waste into ethanol, and it received Ecolabel certification from the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726x101,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Ethanol,  

Vancouver, Toronto Green Building Leaders, says CBRE (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-09
a recent study by CBRE reveals According to CBRE's inaugural International Green Building Adoption Index, the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto lead the way in terms of office real estate and green building certification. In 10 markets across Australia, Canada and Europe, 18.6 pct of space is now certified "green" as opposed to 6.4 pct in 2007.

Vancouver (51.6%) and Toronto (51%) are the pacesetters, followed by Sydney (46.5%) and Melbourne (28.8%). London sits bottom of the list of 10, with just 8.7 pct of its office space classed as green.

Download the CBRE International Green Building Adoption Index HERE. (Source: CBRE, Global Construction,, 8 May, 2018)Construction Global Weekly Contact: CBRE, David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515,

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

Seagate Properties Taps CleanFund's C-PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-09
In the Golden State, Sausalito-headquartered CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc., a nationwide direct provider of commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, is reporting funding to San Rafael, California-based property developer Seagate Properties Ltd. for building upgrades to two projects in Marin County, California.

Seagate Properties utilized CleanFund's 30-year C-PACE financing to install a 49.6 kW solar PV array and other improvements related to the building's heating and cooling systems. Seagate also recently CleanFund's C-PACE financing to install a 76 kW solar PV array in a second Sausalito, California office building.

PACE was introduced in California in 2008 as a form of voluntary parcel tax assessment financing to fund qualifying improvements that reduce energy and water usage, and that provide seismic and other resiliency benefits to the built environment. C-PACE financing, which has been adopted in 33 states and the District of Columbia, allows property owners to repay qualified investments for building upgrades and new construction as a line item on their ordinary property tax bills. (Source: CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc., PR, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Seagate Properties,; CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Greg Saunders, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  CleanFund,  

Energy Source Touts 280,000,000 kWh of Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Energy Source
Date: 2018-05-09
Providence, R.I.-based Revolution Lighting Technologies subsidiary and energy efficiency specialist Energy Source, reports it has saved more than more than 6,000 businesses and governmental agencies over 280 million kWh of energy through the installation of energy efficient LED lighting solutions over the past decade. The energy reduction equates to more than $33 million in energy savings and is equivalent to removing 230,000 tons of Co2 from the environment.

Energy Source is an authorized vendor for utility programs like Eversource, National Grid, and Mass Save, and is currently affiliated with eight programs within Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York. Energy Source provides comprehensive energy efficiency solutions, including lighting retrofit, lighting controls, and energy management solutions. (Source: Energy Source, PR, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Energy Source, Mike Lemoi, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Source,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  

Notable Quote -- USGC Comments on RFS, RINs Reallocation
Date: 2018-05-09
"We appreciate the Trump Administration's strong support of the Renewable Fuel Standard, but the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is concerned any move that would relate RINs to exporting ethanol could be severely detrimental to the competitiveness of ethanol exports and would harm the U.S. grains industry.

"We believe RINs for exported ethanol could be perceived as an export subsidy, against our World Trade Organization obligations. They could put a target on our back globally. We are already seeing the impact of trade policy barriers on ethanol exports and we would like to have the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) look at the implications of export credits for RINs." -- Tom Sleight, US Grains Council, Pres., CEO , 9 May, 2018 Contact: USGC, (202) 789-0789,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  US Grains Council,  Biofuel,  RINs,  Ethanol,  

Bentley Univ. Arena Awarded LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-09
In the Bay State, Bently University reports its new, multipurpose Bentley Arena has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

The 76,000 ft2 Bentley Arena's sustainable features include: a 504 kilowatt rooftop solar array; technology that captures heat generated from the rink's ice-making equipment to heat water throughout the building; high-efficiency LED lighting with smart, motion-detecting controls; ice-making and air conditioning systems that use zero CFC-based refrigerants; high-efficiency plumbing fixtures; 50 pct of wood used in the building is sourced from certified sustainable forests;and used locally sourced and/or recycled building materials. (Source: Bentley University, Celebrity Access, May, 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; Bentley University,

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

Andeavor Claims Major 2016-17 RFS Obligations Savings (Ind. Report)
Andeavor,Philadelphia Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-05-09
Following on our coverage of Philadelphia Energy Solutions bankruptcy, the company's owner, Andeavor, one of the largest U.S. refining companies has reported saving approximately $100 million over the past two years primarily due to a reduction in the RINs obligation for the 2016 and 2017 compliance periods for some of the company's inland refineries.

The Andeavor announcement late on Monday came after Reuters reported last month that the EPA granted the company a "financial hardship waiver" that freed its smallest refining facilities from the regulation. Andeavor recorded net profits of $1.4 billion in 2017.

Andeavor's EPA hardship exemptions freed the company's refineries in North Dakota, Utah and New Mexico from having to blend biofuels or purchase RINs for the 2016 compliance period. The company did not explicitly credit small refinery exemptions for the savings, according to the Reuters report. (Source: Andeavor, Reuters, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000,; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, [endlink][endlink]

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor,  RFS,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  

SGRE Refurbishing Vestas Offshore Wind Gearboxes (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-05-09
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it will refurbish the gearboxes of the 60, Vestas V80-2.0MW turbines at the 120MW, 2008 vintage, Princess Amalia offshore wind park in the Netherlands.

SGRE will initially supply up to four ZF-EH804 gearboxes fully equipped with auxiliaries. The work will be completed in one of SGRE's five manufacturing sites in Spain. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, WPM, Others, May, 2018) Contact: SGRE Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO,; Vestas, +45 9730 0000,; Princess Amelia Wind Park,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Vestas,  

Voyageur Minerals, Summit Nanotech to Develop Nanotech Lithium Extraction Technology with Carbon Capture Technology (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-05-09
Calgary, Alberta-based Voyageur Minerals Ltd reports it has inked a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) with Summit Nanotech Corporation (SNC) to develop proprietary processing technology for the production of high-purity lithium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, potassium carbonate, calcium carbonate and sodium carbonate from mineral brine waters. The technology is envisioned as an innovative carbon capture technology allowing VM to potentially capture atmospheric CO2.

The two firms are in talks to work with the University of Calgary Engineering Faculty to develop the process. To that end, SNC has applied for $2,000,000 in grant funding through the Alberta Innovate research grant program.

The LOI proposes the that VM will fund the project by supporting the requirements of the research grant. Following bench-scale testing, VM will fund the construction of a pilot plant and will retain worldwide rights to the mineral extraction license. SNC will retain a net profit royalty on all minerals produced utilizing the technology. (Source: Voyager Minerals, NewsWire, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Summit Nanotech Corp.,Amanda Hall, CEO, : Voyageur Minerals Ltd., John Rucci, CEO, (403) 383-8588,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  

KCP&L, Kansas City Partner to Meet Clean Energy Goals (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-07
In the Show Me State, Kansas City and its utility Kansas City Power & Light are working in concert to encourage the city and its metropolitan area of approximately 2.3 million residents to reduce energy consumption and and increase its use of renewable power. To that end, the city's clean energy goals include:
  • Powering 100 pct of city operations with renewable energy within three years;
  • Achieving Energy Star certification for 90 pct of municipal buildings of over 25,000 square feet within five years;
  • Developing residential energy efficiency and community solar programs for city employees;
  • Developing an electric-vehicle purchasing plan and procurement collaborative for fleets of public and tax-exempt entities.

    Additionally, previously this year the utility filed a green tariff and a rate case including a community solar proposal that would allow the utility to acquire wind energy for city operations. The community solar proposal would add at least 3 cents per kilowatt hour for residential customers to the cost of electricity from solar. (Source: KCP&L, Kansas City, Energy News, May, 2018) Contact: KCP&L, Kim Winslow, Dir. of Energy Solutions,; Kansas City, Dennis Murphey, Environmental Officer, (816)513-1313,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News KCP&L,  Renewable Energy,  

  • NEXTracker Selected for IA Solar-Storage Installations (Ind. Report)
    Ideal Energy ,NEXTracker
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Freemont, California-headquartered NEXTracker™ , a Flex company, is reporting Iowa-based Ideal Energy will in corporate NEXTracker NX Flow™ integrated solar-plus-storage system in a 1.1 MW power plant at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, IA. Upon completion, the installation will be among the largest solar-plus-storage power plants in the state.

    NX Flow's energy storage system integrates an advanced vanadium flow battery (VFB), solar tracker, inverter, and software technologies. The battery, which is DC-coupled with the photovoltaic array, charges directly off the array, enabling the battery to store "clipped" energy up to its capacity limit.

    For the MUM project, Ideal Energy will also install NEXTracker's smart solar tracker with independently monitored and controlled rows, high-slope tolerance and rapid assembly features. (Source: Ideal Energy, NEXTracker, PR, benzinga, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NEXTracker,, Twitter @NEXTracker; Ideal Energy:

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ideal Energy,  NEXTracker,  

    DEWA 300MW CSP Tender Planned for Early 2019 (Int'l. Report)
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In the UAE, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is planning to launch a 300MW tender for a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with storage in Q1, 2019. The project will to be located at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park where the phased development is targeting 5GW of capacity by 2030.

    A consortium led by Abu Dhabi's Masdar and France's EDF Group are expected to complete for the 2020 third phase of the project and have reportedly arranged $650 million in financing to that end. (Source: DEWA, The National, 3 May, 2018) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971-4-601-9999,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  CSP Solar,  Solar ,  

    EDF Acquires Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
    EDF Renewables UK, Mainstream Renewable Power
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power is reporting the sale of its 450-MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, located off the east coast of Scotland, to French electric utility EDF Group via EDF Renewables UK. The £1.8 billion ($2.44 billion) transaction followed a competitive bidding process.

    The Neart na Gaoithe project is expected to generate sufficient electricity for around 375,000 homes and has an existing 15-year Contract for Difference with the UK Government and grid connection agreements already in place. A Contract for Difference is defined by the UK Government as "a private law contract between a low carbon electricity generator and a low carbon energy provider -- a power purchase agreement (PPA) -- designed to support the development of renewable energy projects.

    The Neart na Gaoithe project is expected to be commissioned in 2023. (Source: EDF Renewables, Clean Technica, 4 May, 2018) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, +353 (0) 1 290 2000,; EDF Energies Nouvelles,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mainstream Renewable Power,  EDF Group,  Offshore Wind,  Wind ,  Offshore Wind,  Wind ,  

    SB Energy Investing in 300MW Korean Solar Farm (Int'l)
    SB Energy Corp
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Tokyo-based SB Energy Corp., the renewable energy arm of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Daemyung GN consortium to invest in a 300-MW solar farm to be built in Yeongdeok County, North Gyeongsang Province, Korea. The total amount of SoftBank funding has not been revealed.

    Korean solar energy specialist Daemyung GN, together with Intromedic, LS Industrial Systems and Korea East-West Power plan to invest approximately $925 million to construct the 300-MW solar power station. (Source: SoftBank, Maeil Business News Korea, 6 May, 2018) Contact; SoftBank, SBEnergy, SoftBank Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SB Energy Corp,  SoftBank,  Solar,  

    Columbia River Pumped Energy Storage Project Planned (Ind. Report)
    National Grid,Rye Development
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In Washington State, the Herald-Republic reports that developers -- Rye Development and National Grid -- are pursuing efforts to build a pumped water energy storage project along the Columbia River to store excess power generated by wind turbines. The project would be located in Goldendale near the John Day Dam.

    In March, FERC issued a preliminary permit to the two developers for a feasibility study of the project which would be developed in collaboration with the Klickitat PUD. (Source: Herald-Republic, SF Gate, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Klickitat PUD, (509)493-2255,; Rye Development LLC, (617) 804-1326,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Energy Storage,  National Grid,  

    Statoil Ramping Up Drive to Cut its Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
    Statoil,International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Statoil, Norway's largest company, reports it is stress-testing its portfolio of oil and gas assets against global energy scenarios set out by the International Energy Agency (IEA) at shareholders' request in 2015.

    The IEA's Sustainable Development Scenario, which analyses the likely impact of energy policies by 2040, is aligned with the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement goals to keep global warming from exceeding 2 degrees C..

    Statoil has also announced plans to reduce emissions from some of its new fields to 3kg of CO2 per barrel of oil equivalents (boe), which is less than 20 pct of the global average. The company's carbon intensity at its offshore fields stood at 9kg per boe in 2017, compared to a global average of 17kg per boe.

    In 2017, Statoil launched a new climate roadmap outlining aims to reduce the carbon intensity of its upstream oil and gas portfolio to 8 kg CO2/boe by 2030, achieve annual CO2 emission reductions of 3 million tonnes by 2030 and build an industrial position in profitable new energy of up to 15-20 pct of capex by 2030. The company will also invest around 25 pct of research funds into new energy solutions and energy efficiency by 2020.

    Statoil reduced its CO2 intensity from oil and gas production by 10 pct year-on-year, from 10kg CO2 per boe to 9kg CO2 per boe. In 2017 the company achieved CO2 reductions of 356 000 tonnes.

    Download Statoil's 2017 Sustainability report HERE. (Source: Statoil, Reuters, May, 2018) Contact: Statoil,; International Energy Agency,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Footprint,  International Energy Agency,  

    Iowa Study Examines Switchgrass as Biofuel Feedstock (R&D)
    Iowa State University
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Where can Switchgrass Production be More Profitable than Corn and Soybean? An Integrated Subfield Assessment in Iowa, USA, a newly published research study by Iowa State University (ISU) examines converting underperforming areas in Iowa crop fields to switchgrass, which could provide an economic benefit from a future bioenergy crop market.

    The study, which examines how to grow dedicated bioenergy crops without converting land already under perennial cover, identifies areas within fields suitable for conversion from corn/soybean to switchgrass as indicated by publicly available agronomic, management and economic information.

    Under the assumptions that land is fully owned by farmers, and switchgrass sells for $55 per short ton, the study showed that 4.3 pct of the corn/soybean area in Iowa could break even when converted to switchgrass yielding up to 4 tons per acre. In some counties, converting corn/soybean areas to switchgrass could add up to millions of dollars in total annualized producer benefits. With a future bioenergy crop market for switchgrass, the researchers conclude their approach could be used beyond Iowa and could be applied to other intensively farmed regions globally with similar data availability.

    The study is available HERE. (Source: Iowa State University, High Plains AG Journal, May, 2018) Contact: Iowa State University, Alejandro Plastina, assistant Professor of Economics,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Switchgrass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Iowa State University,  

    Methane GHG "Feedback Loop" Discovered in Freshwater Lakes (R&D)
    Cambridge University
    Date: 2018-05-07
    A new Cambridge University study of chemical reactions that occur when organic matter decomposes in freshwater reports that the debris from trees suppresses production of the greenhouse gas methane while debris from plants found in reed beds actually promotes methane. The report notes that the constantly evolving lakes of the northern hemisphere -- already a major source of methane -- could almost double their emissions in the next fifty years.

    The report findings suggest the discovery of yet another “feedback loop” in which environmental disruption and climate change trigger the release of ever more greenhouse gas that further warms the planet, similar to the concerns over the methane released by fast-melting arctic permafrost. The report also finds up to 77 pct of the methane emissions from an individual lake are the result of the organic matter shed primarily by plants that grow in or near the water. This matter gets buried in the sediment found toward the edge of lakes, where it is consumed by communities of microbes. Methane gets generated as a byproduct, which then bubbles up to the surface.

    The study, funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council, is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: Cambridge Univ., Eurasia Review , 6 May, 2018) Contact: Cambridge Univ., Dr. Andrew Tanentzap Department of Plant Sciences. +44 1223 333900,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Cambridge University,  

    COTA Awarded $400,000 Alternative Fuels Grant (Grant Funding)
    Central Ohio Transit Authority
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In the Buckeye State, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Columbus is reporting receipt of $400,000 in alternative fuels vehicle conversion grant funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The funds will be used for components of 18 buses powered by compressed natural gas CNG that COTA will order in 2018 for delivery in early 2019.

    In 2013, COTA committed to phasing diesel-powered vehicles out of its fleet with the goal to completely transition to CNG by 2025. Today, 150 of COTA's 321 buses are powered by CNG. COTA has saved approximately $10 million in fuel costs by transitioning to CNG since 2013.

    Ohio EPA is offering one-time funding to help municipalities, schools and businesses convert diesel-powered heavy-duty fleet vehicles to cleaner burning alternative fuels. The program is supported by $5 million from the Alternative Fuel Transportation Fund of the Ohio Development Services Agency. To date, the grants have provided more than $2.8 million to replace 141 vehicles with vehicles that run on CNG, LNG or liquid petroleum gas, such as propane or butane. (Source: Central Ohio Transit Authority, Green Car Congress, 7 May, 2018)Contact: Central Ohio Transit Authority, (614) 228-1776,; Ohio Development Services Agency, (800) 848-1300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ohio Development Services Agency,  Alternative Fuel,  CNG,  

    Arkansas Reports Declining Air Pollution Levels (Ind. Report)
    Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
    Date: 2018-05-07
    The level of regulated air pollutants in Arkansas continued to decline throughout 2016, the latest year for which data are available, according to a report from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The 2017 State of the Air report assessed ground-level ozone concentrations and concentrations of other pollutants regulated by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards program.

    The report notes declines from 2005 to 2016 where the state has monitors in ground-level ozone, particulate matter 2.5 and 10, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and lead. Arkansas is one of only 12 states that meets all federal air quality standards, although it was not meeting ozone standards a few years ago.

    Download the Arkansas State of Air Report HERE. (Source: Arkansas OnLine, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Arkansas DAQ, Tricia Treece, (508) 682-0744,; National Ambient Air Quality Standards,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Ambient Air Quality Standards,  

    Norway Creating Zero-Emission Fjords Zones (Int'. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In Oslo, the Norwegian government is confirming plans to create the first zero-emissions zone on water. To that end, the country's parliament has accepted a resolution that would see emissions banned in the world heritage fjords not later than 2026.

    Norwegian fjords with world heritage designation include the west Norwegian Geirangerfjord and the Nea eroyfjord. (Source: IMO,, 6 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

    DOE Offering $78Mn for Biofuels, Bioenergy Crop R&D (R&D Funding)

    Date: 2018-05-07
    In Washington, the US Department of Energy has announced the availability of up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development.

    Qualifying projects include those that develop highly efficient conversion processes for improving the affordability of fuels and products from biomass and waste streams. Funding is also being offered for research and development related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food dedicated energy crops -- including algae, energy crops and various waste streams that can be efficiently and effectively converted into affordable biofuels, biopower and bioproducts. (Source: US DOE, Energy Live, May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  Biofuel R&D,  

    DowDuPont Nevada Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Remains Unsold (M&A)
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Following on our 6 Nov., 2017 coverage, Midlands, Mich.-headquartered chemicals giant DowDuPont reports it is still seeking a purchaser for its shuttered 30 million gpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada. The asking price is $225 million.

    The plant, which never went into full production and was shutdown in Nov, 2017, is being maintained by a skeleton crew. Although several potential purchasers have been identified, no offers for the plant have been received, according to DowDuPont. (Source: DowDuPont, Ames Tribune, 6 May, 2018) Contact: DowDuPont, Jan Konickx, Biofuels Global Business Director,, DowDuPont,Dow Chemical,; DuPont Industrial Biosciences, William F. Feehery, Pres.,; DowDuPont, (800) 422-8193,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DowDuPont,  Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  

    German Financial Service Giant Abandoning Coal by 2040 (Int'l)
    German Allianz AG
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Munich, Germany-headquartered asset management and financial service giant Allianz AG reports it will no longer offer its insurance services to, or invest its capital in, the coal industry. The company plans to complete its exit from coal completely by 2040.

    The move is reportedly in response to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and a transition away from high carbon energy generation technologies and to limit the effects of man-made climate change to a 2 degree C increase in average global temperatures. (Source: German Allianz AG, MENAFN, 6 May, 2018) Contact: German Allianz AG, +49 89 38000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News German Allianz AG,  Coak,  

    Rockland Sells Flywheel Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Rockland Power Partners,Beacon Power
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In Houston, Bracewell LLP is reporting the sale of Rockland Power Partners LP's Flywheel Energy Storage Business to Convergent Spindle and RGA

    In the first transaction, Rockland Power Partners sold two 20 MW flywheel energy storage projects -- the Stephentown project located in Stephentown, New York and the Hazle project located in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, to affiliates of Convergent Energy and Power, LP. The fully operating projects serve the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and PJM Interconnection grids.

    In the second transaction, Rockland Power Partners sold all of the equity interests in Beacon Power, LLC, which operates a flywheel energy storage business and owns certain technology, intellectual property, patents and manufacturing equipment related thereto, to RGA Investments, LLC. Both transactions closed on April 27, 2018. (Source: Bracewell LLP, PR, 4 May, 2018) Contact: Rockland Power Partners, Rockland Capital, (281) 863-9000,; Beacon Power,; Convergent Energy and Power, (917) 508-0190,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Beacon Power,  Flywheel,  Energy Storage,  

    EU Increases Climate Change Budget to $383.2Bn (Int'l Report)
    European Union,European Commissiuon
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports that over the period of 2012 to 2027 it will spend fully 25 pct of its budget -- $383.2 billion -- on climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

    Under the 28 member trading bloc's current budget, $246.7 billion -- 20 pct of the budget -- is presently being spent out to 2020 on combating climate change through investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental protection, and other carbon reduction schemes. (Source: European Commission, EuroStat, EU Newsroom, 6 May, 2018)Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  EC,  European Commission,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  

    EuroStat Tallies EU Member Emissions Increases, Cuts (Int'l)
    European Union
    Date: 2018-05-07
    EuroStat, the European Union statistics office, is reporting that Portugal was responsible for the 5th biggest increase in CO2 emissions in 2017 from burning fossil fuels for energy compared with the year before 7.3 pct compared with the EU average increase of 1.8 pct.

    According to EuroStat, Malta had the largest increase at 12.8 pct followed by Estonia 11.3 pct, Bulgaria 8.3 pct, Spain at 7.4 pct and Portugal at 7.3 pct. The best performing countries in cutting CO2 emissions were Finland -5.9 pct, Denmark -5.8 pct, the UK at -3.2 pct, and Ireland at -2.9 pct. Portugal's CO2 emissions represent 1.5 pct of the EU total, where Germany is the largest contributor at 23 pct.. (Source: EuroStat, TPN/Lusa, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Eurostat,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EuroStat,  Carbon Emissions,  European Union,  

    Velocys Manufacturing Fischer-Tropsch Reactors for Red Rock Biofuels Project (Ind. Report)
    Velocys,Red Rock Biofuels
    Date: 2018-05-07
    UK-headquartered Velocys plc reports it has begun manufacturing the Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for Ft. Collins-based Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) biorefinery that will be located in Lakeview, Oregon, US. RRB has broken ground on the biorefinery which will produce low-carbon, renewable diesel and jet fuel. RRB is a subsidiary of IR1 Group LLC, which has 325 million gal. of installed biofuels capacity. The biorefinery in Lakeview will convert forestry residue into 15 million gpy of renewable transportation fuels, including diesel and jet fuel.

    Velocys' role will be as a licensor for its technology to the project. (Source: Velocys plc, Velocys plc Hydrocarbon Engineering, 7 May, 2018) Contact: Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766,,; Velocys plc David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Biofuel,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Red Rock Biofuels,  

    Energy Efficiency Limiting Legislation Inked in Iowa (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Following up on our 2 May report, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has approved and signed legislation that caps spending on energy efficiency programs and allows certain customers to cancel fees that support the programs. The legislation does not apply to rural electric cooperatives and 36 municipal utilities which serve approximately one-third of Iowa customers.

    The legislation, which contradicts the 2016 Iowa Energy Plan encouraging greater energy efficiency, caps spending on energy efficiency at 2 pct of annual sales for electricity utilities. It also limits utility expenditures on demand response programs at 2 pct of sales. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Energy News, Various Media, 7 May, 2018) Contact: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kim Reynolds,  Energy Efficiency Iowa,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  

    Argentine Banco Galicia Offers Energy Efficiency Funding (Int'l)
    Banco Galicia,International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Telam, the Argentin national news agency is reporting Argentine banking giant Banco Galicia is offering $100 million in financing for renewables, energy efficiency and sustainable construction projects. The loans are for up to seven years and fixed rates of between 6 pct and 8 pct.

    Funds for this green energy financing were raised through a recent Banco Galicia green bond issuance that was 100 pct subscribed to by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). (Source: Telam, Banco Galicia, Renewables, 7 May, 2018) Contact: Banco Galicia,; IFC World Bank, (202) 473-1000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Funding,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  International Finance Corporation,  

    First Aussie Hospital Scores GBCA 4 Star Efficiency Rating (Int'l)
    Green Building Council of Australia
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In the Land Down Under, the Royal Adelaide Hospital has become the first large-scale hospital complex in Australia to achieve a 4 Star Green Star -- Healthcare As Built rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

    According to the World Green Building Council (WGBC), incorporating green design in hospital infrastructure can deliver an 8.5 pct reduction in hospital stays, 15 pct faster recovery rates, a 22 pct reduction in the need for pain medication and an 11 pct reduction in secondary infections. Green Star buildings also deliver significant savings, producing 62 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions and using 66 pct less electricity than average Australian buildings.

    The Royal Adelaide Hospital incorporates abundant natural daylight, 3.8 hectares of landscaped environment with internal themed courtyards, sky gardens across the hospital's nine levels, and a 1.6 hectare green space footprint within the hospital. The facility also incorporates, high efficiency water fittings, a water capture and recycling system, onsite co-generation heating system and other energy conservation and efficiency features.(Source: Green Building Council of Australia, Climate Control News, May, 2018) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Management,  

    Waste-derived Biogas Market to See 10.6p ct Annual Growth Through 2022, says BBC Report (Ind. Report)
    BCC Research
    Date: 2018-05-04
    According to Waste-derived Biogas: Global Markets for Anaerobic Digestion Equipment, a report by Wellesley, Mass.-based BCC Research, global focus on renewable energies and increasing environmental regulations aimed at greenhouse gases are helping to drive the waste-derived biogas market to a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6 pct through 2022, when it could be worth as much as $10.1 billion, according to the report. The report notes:
  • Wastewater/sludge and industrial applications will lead the market in growth, with a CAGR through 2022 of 11.4 pct, although landfill gas, agriculture, and food and municipal wastes will lead by size, with a 2022 value of $5.8 billion.

  • In North America, passive biogas production system growth will be led by Mexico, which anticipates a CAGR of 8.4 pct through 2022, though the US will lead the regional market by size, with a 2022 value of $65.9 million.

  • In Europe, growth will be led by Italy, which anticipates a CAGR of 8.8 pct through 2022, though by size the region will be dominated by France, which anticipates a 2022 value of $83.8 million.

    The report notes that although regulations are not the sole driver of the biogas industry, the report notes, they are a primary one. In Europe, which is home to the world's largest regional anaerobic digester market, the existence, stability and reliability of the legal and political framework is seen as the greatest influence on the market. Germany's rise to become a market leader came after the passage of major renewable energy legislation, and in the UK, the passage of a renewables obligation law provided the framework for a developing anaerobic digestion market.

    Major players in the market mentioned in this report include ADI Systems, AsiaBioGas, BDI-BioEnergy, CH Four, CleanWorld, DVO, Ebara, Gasum, Hitachi Zosen, Inova, Kruger, MWH Global, Niras, Organic Power, Premier Tech Aqua, Republic Services, Sansuy and Turning Earth, among others.

    Research details are available HERE. (Source: BCC Research, 1 May, 2018) Contact: BBC Research, (866) 285-7215,

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  • Iberdrola Wins Rights to Baltic Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Spanish renewable energy developer Iberdrola reports it has secured rights to build two offshore wind farms totaling 486 MW in the German part of the Baltic Sea.

    The projects -- the 476 MW Baltic Eagle and the Wikinger Sud offshore wind farms -- were awarded by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) to the Spanish energy company during Germany's second public tender for offshore wind energy.

    The €1.4 billion Wikinger offshore wind farm, which features 70, 5MW AD 5-135 Adwen turbines, will generate sufficient electric power for 350,000 homes. (Source: Iberdrola, EBR, May, 2018)Contact: Iberdrola Renewables,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

    Solar Installations Rising in Rhode Island (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-04
    A report by the Solar Energy Industries Association has found that solar energy installations in Rhode Island jumped from 23.4 MW in 2017 to 39.1 MW at the end of March, 2018.

    The increase is being credited in part to Gov. Gina Raimondo's Lead by Example Campaign, a 2015 executive order directing state agencies, municipalities and schools to initiate renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects. Under the program, over 900 new solar arrays have been installed atop a cluster of state agency buildings near the Statehouse. The three-building energy system was funded through proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the state Renewable Energy Fund which is financed through electric ratepayers.

    Other Lead by Example projects include solar arrays on the Office of Attorney General, Rhode Island College, and the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. The state seeks to attain 1,000 MW of renewable energy by 2020 through a combination of incentives and funding. (Source: eco'RI News, 3 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  RGGI,  

    MidAmerican Confirms New Iowa Wind Project Plans (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In the Hawkeye State, MidAmerican Energy reports it plans to construct two new wind farms called Arbor Hill and Orient, in Adair County. The Arbor Hill wind farm project will incorporate 125 Vestas wind turbines which will generate 550MW while the Orient wind farm project will feature 150 turbines.

    The two projects will be built by the company under its previously announced $3.6bn Wind XI project which includes nearly 1,000 wind turbines and an addition of up to 2GW of wind generation capacity in Iowa. The Wind XI project is slated for completion by next December. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Power Technology, 3 May, 2018) )Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  

    Biofuels Market Leading Manufacturers 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-05-04
    E Market Research is offering Biofuels Market Leading Manufacturers 2018 biofuels market report, an in-depth investigation on the competitive biofuels market.

    Key players included in the global Biofuels market report are: China Agri-Industries Holdings, COFCO Biochemical (AnHui), Raizen, ADM, Tianguan Group, Cargill, POET, Big River Resources, Vivergo, The Andersons, BP, Pacific Ethanol, Flint Hills Resources, Green Plains, CropEnergies, Valero, Abengoa Bioenergy and Jilin Fuel Ethanol

    The report analyzes the biofuels market by: type-- Biodiesel and Bioethanol; end users -- industrial fuels, transportation fuels and Chemical industry; regions; distributors; dealers; traders and manufacturers including contact information, production strategies, the scope of the Biofuels product, their capacity, worldwide productivity, and revenue generation.

    Details and a PDF sample copy of this study HERE (Source: E Market Research, May, 2018) Contact: E Market Research, (857) 239-0696,,

    ReneSola Unloads China DG Solar Stake for $31.5Mn (Int'l. M&A)
    ReneSola, China DG Solar
    Date: 2018-05-04
    ReneSola Ltd is reporting the sale of a 40.13 pct stake in its Zhejiang ReneSola Investment Limited subsidiary to an unnamed investor for approximately $31.5 million.

    ReneSola has over 187 MW of operational DG solar projects and an additional 28 MW under construction, according to the company. By the end of 2018, it intends to own 350 to 400 MW of DG projects in China. (Source: ReneSola Ltd., Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: ReneSola Ltd., China DG Solar,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ReneSola,  Solar,  China DG Solar,  

    REGI Launches REG Ultra Clean Diesel (New Pprod & Tech)
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc.(REGI) is touting REG Ultra Clean Diesel, its latest innovation in diesel fuel.

    Patent-pending, low-emissions REG Ultra Clean Diesel is made of a proprietary blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel and is California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved for year-round use throughout California under the Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. REG Ultra Clean Diesel reduces total hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions by 15 pct, particulate matter emissions by 40 pct, emits less nitrogen oxides (NOx) and offers even greater emissions reductions when compared to conventional diesel, according to the company. (Source: Renewable Energy Group Inc, 2 May, 2018) Contact: REG, (515) 239-8104,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc.,  REGI,  Clean Diesel,  

    California Sets Solar, Renewables Records (Ind. Report)
    California Independent System Operator
    Date: 2018-05-04
    The California Independent System Operator reported a new utility-scale solar power generation record on April 26 of 10,521 megawatts. It was the first time in the state’s history that utility-scale solar surpassed 10.5 gigawatts. Then two days later, on Saturday, April 29, that record was broken when 10,539 megawatts were generated at 1:40 PM.

    The Golden State also seta new record for the instantaneous portion of demand met by renewable energy on Saturday at 73 pct, just 15 minutes before the solar record, with solar and wind alone meeting 64 pct of demand, exclusive of an estimated 6.6 gigawatts of behind-the-meter solar available in the state.

    In 2017, California's renewable energy sources -- excluding large hydro plants -- represented 31 pct of Californias in-state electric power generation.(Source: California Independent System Operator Contact: California Independent System Operator,

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    Ethanol Giant POET Wins Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Achievement Award (Ind. Report)
    Biorenewable Deployment Consortium,POET
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In Omaha, Nebraska, the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored POET, a privately held corporation headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the world's largest producer of ethanol and other biorefined products, with the organization's Spring 2018 Achievement Award at its spring meeting in Omaha on May 1, 2018.

    POET is recognized for its leadership in remaining focused on reducing the reliance of the United States on foreign energy, to revitalizing global agriculture, and providing a cleaner, affordable alternative to fossil fuels.

    Since 2006, C has worked to bring together like minded companies to share ideas and partner to deploy bio-processes that can be economic in the long run without government subsidy. BDC holds two symposiums a year for its members, where leading edge information from various bio-companies is shared and tours are made of bio-facilities. BDC acts as a resource to members, working to broker partnerships that can lead to the deployment of commercial facilities. The organization recognizes the need for low cost feedstock, cost effective measures such as integration of processes, high value products, and good management to achieve the economics needed for success.

    POET, the world's largest biofuels producer, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 30-year-old company has a network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa (Source: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, Masood Akhtar, Pres.,(608) 332- 0189,,; POET. Matt Merritt, Public Relations, (605) 965-2225 / (605) 370-9959,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorenewable Deployment Consortium ,  POET,  Biofuel,  

    UK Ferry Trialing Green Biofuels' Green D+ Fuel (Int'l Report)
    Red Funnel
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In the UK, Southamptoon, UK-based ferry boat operator Red Funnel Group reports it is trialing Green Biofuels' Green D+ fuel on its ro-pax ferries which operate between Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

    Green D+ is a fossil-free, low-emission renewable diesel fuel made by adding a nanotechnology-patented performance additive to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). The HVO is produced from used cooking oil, plant oils such as palm and rapeseed oil, and others.

    Red Funnel will trial Green D+ biofuel and varying amounts of low-sulfur marine gas oil to power the ferries' main engines and onboard generators. The aim is to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Red Funnel, Cruise & Ferry, May, 2018) Contact: Red Funnel, Mark Slawsom, +44 0 2380 248500,; Green Biofuels Ireland, Magnus Hammick, COO,; Green D+,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Biofuels,  Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  

    Fraport Setting Fresh CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In Germany, Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt airport reports it is establishing new climate protection targets to cut CO2 emissions, not only for Germany's largest airfreight hub but also across the entire group.

    The goal is to slash CO2 emissions at Fraport's fully-consolidated group companies by half to about 125,000 tpy by 2030. The new target is based on the national reduction rates agreed to at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. (Source: Fraport AG, Cargo Airport and Environment News, 3 May, 2018) Contact: Fraport AG, +49 180 6 3724636,

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

    HECO Investing $148Mn in Solar-Battery Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric Co (HECO)reports it plans to invest approximately $148 million in new energy storage capacity in Oahu.

    The utility plans to construct, own and operate a 20-MW/80-MWh lithium-ion battery storage system at the site of the 20-MW West Loch solar park at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the construction of which was launched last month. The facility is expected to come online in February, 2020.

    In other HECO news, the company is also accepting proposals for new grid-scale renewable generation with a storage component -- 220 MW for Oahu, 60 MW for Maui and 20 MW for Hawaii Island. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, Renewables, May, 2018) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

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    Seajacks to Install Taiwanese Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l)
    Seajacks,Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Great Yarmouth, U.K.-based offshore installation contractor Seajacks UK Ltd. reports it has been awarded a contract from Siemens Gamesa to install its 6MW wind turbines during Phase 2 of the 120MW Formosa 1 Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan. The project is Seajacks' first renewables contract outside of Europe.

    The 10,000-tonne jack-up Seajacks Zaratan, will site all 20 SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines in the Taiwan Strait, with work set to start in the second quarter of 2019. Seajacks will be installing the turbines for the Macquarie Capital, Orsted and Swancor-owned project in around 30 meters of water, up to 6 km off the coast of Miaoli County in northwest Taiwan. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Seajacks, Marine Log, 2 May, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable EnergyOffshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO,; Seajacks UK Ltd., +44 1492 841400,

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    Gore Street Cuts Energy Storage Fund Listing Target (Int'l)
    Gore Street Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Following up on our March 16th coverage, London-headquartered private-equity firm Gore Street Capital plc reports it is lowering its expectations and now aims to raise £35 million ($47.7 million) for its Energy Storage Fund, considerable down from its original £75 million listing.

    The fund will invest primarily in UK utility-scale energy storage assets or North America and Western European energy storage projects. It will not invest in projects under development. Its seed portfolio of 18 MW includes three assets using batteries by NEC Energy Solutions Inc and Tesla. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Renewables, May, 2018) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290,

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    Mt. TRUMPMORE -- Will it Last or Melt? (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Finland-based Project TRUMPMORE, a non-profit organization, is proposing to raise €400,000 for the construction of TRUMPMORE, a Mount Rushmore-size ice monument to U.S, President Donald Trump.

    The project, which will be carried out by a world-leading team of Finnish and Mongolian ice sculptors, is expected to take four weeks to complete and an undetermined period to melt.

    Download project details HERE. (Source: Project TRUMPMORE, May, 2018) Contact: Project Trumpmore,

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    GloMEEP Pilot Project Addressing Maritime Emissions (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In Kingston, Jamaica reports it is among 10 countries that have been selected to participate in the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project which aims to support the implementation of energy-efficiency measures to reduce maritime shipping industry greenhouse gas emissions.

    GloMEEP member countries -- Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa -- will serve as lead pilot countries for implementing legal, policy and institutional reforms; undertake awareness-raising and capacity-building activities and establish public-private partnerships to support low-carbon shipping.

    Jamaica, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), is currently staging a three-day session to assist maritime administrations, port authorities and their personnel to better understand sources of emissions in ports, identify strategies and solutions and train participants in the use of two new guides -- Guide for a Port Emissions Status Assessment and Guide for the Development of a Port Emissions Reduction Strategy -- which are being developed under the GloMEEP project.

    GloMEEP is being undertaken through partnership involving the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (Source: Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership, Jamaica Information Service, 2 May, 2018) Contact: GloMEEP International Maritime Organization,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  IMO,  

    £54.5Mn Committed to Energy Efficient Scotland (Int'l, Funding)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In Glasgow, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced £54.5 million in funding to help address greenhouse gas emissions and residential energy efficiency. The funding is in support of the government's Route Map to an Energy Efficient Scotland which outlines action to ensure that by 2040, all homes are improved so they achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least Band C.

    Supported by £54.5 million funding, the Route Map confirms that landlords of privately rented homes will be required to achieve an Energy Performance Certificate rating of Band E from April 2020 at change of tenancy, and then Band D from 2022. All private rented properties will need to be EPC Band E by end March 2022 and Band D by end March 2025. The funding will also support local authorities to expand their existing energy efficiency and fuel poverty programmes. (Source: Scottish Construction Now, 2 May, 2018) Contact: First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon,,

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    Garden State Reorganizing Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In an effort to better deliver an array of energy efficiency programs and their benefits to customers in the generally under-served multiple-family dwellings sector, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities reports it is overhauling the various energy efficiency programs offered in the Garden State. The intent is to reduce energy consumption, better serve energy consumers and generally simplify and ease access to the wide range of energy efficiency programs financed by the state's Clean Energy program.

    Delivering energy savings, incentives and rebates paid by virtually all electric and gas customers on their monthly energy bills to low-income customers has been, and is a problem. The redesign effort aims to make the wide range of rebates and incentives more effective, accessible and effective by rolling many of them into a program for multi-family building developers and owners. Individual apartment owners would not be eligible, according to the current contours of the program which is expected to be rolled out on a transition basis in January, 2019. The bill would also require the state's electric utilities to reduce customer power consumption by 2 pct. Few details have been announced to date.(Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, NJ Spotlight, 3 May, 2018) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (609) 777-3300,

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    California Ready to Mandate New Home Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In Sacramento, the The California Energy Commission (CEC) is scheduled to vote Wednesday, May 9, on new energy standards mandating most new homes have solar panels starting in 2020. If approved as expected, the Golden state would be the nation’s first state to mandate solar energy.

    The proposed new rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective -- Requiring all new homes be "net-zero" meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year. Among the highlights:

  • The new solar mandate would apply to all houses, condos and apartment buildings up to three stories tall that obtain building permits after Jan. 1, 2020;

  • Exceptions or alternatives will be allowed when homes are shaded by trees or buildings or when the home's roofs are too small to accommodate solar panels;

  • Solar arrays can be smaller because homes won't have to achieve true net-zero status;

  • Builders installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall would qualify for "compliance credits" allowing them to further reduce the size of the solar system;

  • Provisions will encourage more electric use or even all-electric homes to reduce natural gas consumption.

    The mandate dates back to 2007 when the California Energy Commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient the "newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings." (Source: California Energy Commission, Orange County Register, 4 May, 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission

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