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French Boutique Banker Hits Carbon Reduction Target (Int'l)
Mirova,Natexis Banque Populaire
Date: 2018-05-04
Natixis-owned SRI investment specialist Mirova reports it has reached its target of cutting carbon emissions to below 2 degree C across its consolidated equities portfolios and cut its carbon footprint from 3.5 degrees C to 1.7 degrees C two years on from agreeing to meet the target under the Montreal Carbon Pledge and Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition initiatives. The company said it is now within touching distance of its aim to reduce its overall carbon footprint across all asset classes to below 2 degrees C.

The French firm claims it achieved the target in equities by looking down the value chain at renewable energies and energy efficiency, as well as in listed mid-sized companies not represented in the index.

Natixis is a Paris-based corporate and investment bank created in November 2006 from the merger of the asset management and investment banking operations of Natexis Banque Populaire and IXIS. (Source: Mirova, CityWire, 3 May, 2018) Contact: Natexis Banque Populaire,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

Biofuel Integrated into Toronto Airport Fuel Hydrants (Ind. Report)
Air Canada
Date: 2018-05-04
Air Canada reports it joined other civil aviation organizations and companies, in a biofuel blend demonstration project at Toronto's Lester B Pearson International Airport. The April 22nd demonstration was intended to show that delivering biofuel at airports via existing supply infrastructure is feasible beyond 2020.

Air Canada claims that it saved 160 tonnes of carbon emissions on 22 domestic flights, after introducing 230,000 litres of sustainable biofuel blended within the airport fuel supply system. The biofuel used was a blend of standard fuel with hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA). (Source: HIS Janes's Airport Review, May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  

ADB Delivering on Emissions, Climate Change Commitments (Int'l)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2018-05-04
The Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank (ADB) is meeting its goal to increase development finance to the Asia and Pacific region and achieving its development and operational targets, especially in climate change, according to the ADB's recently released 2017 Development Effectiveness Review (DEfR). The DEFR measures how well ADB is executing its corporate strategy and meeting its strategic priorities across 85 results indicators.

The 2017 DEfR found that the share of ADB operations supporting climate change mitigation and/or adaptation rose to 49 pct in 2015 -- 2017, exceeding the 45 pct 2020 target. Climate change finance, including external sources mobilized by ADB, reached a record $5.16 billion in 2017. This puts ADB in a good position to achieve its $6 billion annual climate financing target by 2020. (Source: Asian Development Bank, 3 May 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank ,  Climate Change,  

CoolSys Energy Optimization Snares Axiom Energy Solutions (M&A)
CoolSys Energy Optimization
Date: 2018-05-04
Brea, California-headquartered CoolSys Energy Optimization is reporting the acquisition of Savannah, Georgia-based Axiom Energy Solutions, a manufacturer and supplier of energy efficient equipment and technology solutions for companies across a range of industries including supermarkets, non-food retail, hospitality, healthcare and education and others. (Source: CoolSys Energy Optimization, Energy Manager, May, 2018) Contact: CoolSys Energy Optimization, (888) 574-3845,,; Axiom Energy Solutions, (912) 373-7950,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CoolSys Energy Optimization news,  

Lebanon Tendering 300 MW Solar-plus-Storage Projects (Int'l)
Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation
Date: 2018-05-02
In Beirut, the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) is reporting the issuance of an expression of interest (EoI) tender for the construction of three 100 MW solar plants incorporating large-scale battery systems across three different sites in Lebanon.

According to the tender, "In each project, the minimum power capacity of one given Solar PV farm is 70 MW and the maximum power capacity is 100 MW with minimum 70 MW Battery Energy Storage capacity."

Deadline to submit the EoI is July 12, 2018. Selected bidders will be responsible for design, development, financing, construction and operation of the facilities, which will sell power to local power utility EdL under a long-term PPA. (Source: Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, PV Mag., April, 2018) Contact: Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, +961 (0)1 565 108-101,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  

Vattenfall Offering 1-MW Corporate PPAs in the UK (Int'l)
Date: 2018-05-02
Swedish renewable energy specialist Vattenfall reports it will offer British businesses Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for as little as 1 MW direct from its 165 MW South Kyle Wind Farm.

Vattenfall is behind the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) overlooking U.S. President Donald Trumps golf resort off the coast of North East Scotland. (Source: Vattenfall, PR, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall ,  EOWDC,  Offshore Wind,  PPAs,  

altE Offering Portable Solar Power Generators (Ind. Report)
altE Store
Date: 2018-05-02
Boxborough, Massachusetts-based altE Store reports it is now manufacturing a proprietary line of portable solar powered generators in response to increasing demand for portable and semi-portable solar power equipment.

The altE portable solar powered generators are designed to function independently from the power grid and can produce up to 350 watt hours of power per day. The self-contained units include three 30 watt solar panels and a 55 amp hour solar battery to power one DC outlet, two USB ports and two AC outlets. When fully charged the units will power a string of LED light for six hours, multiple cell phones or tablets, a laptop for 24 hours or an internet router 24/7. (Source: altE Store, PR, 1 May, 2018) Contact: altE Store, Sascha Deri, CEO , (877) 878-4060,

More Low-Carbon Energy News altE Store,  Solar,  

Alta Devices Launches New Generation Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech)
Alta Devices
Date: 2018-05-02
Sunnyvale, California-headquartered Alta Devices, a Hanergy Company, the world-record holder for single junction solar cell efficiency, is reporting the launch of its fourth-generation solar cell technology (Gen4) which weighs less than the previous generation technology (Gen3) and offers an improved power-to-weight ratio of 160 pct.

Alta's solar technology easily integrates into the surface of the aircraft or vehicle without upsetting aerodynamics, and provides a weight reduction of 40 pct or a power-to-weight improvement of 160 pct over the earlier Gen3 version. Alta Devices Gen4 solar cells can be used to power everything; UAVs, automobiles, sensors and others. (Source: Alta Devices, PR, AP, 1 May, 2018) Contact: Alta Devices, Jian Ding, CEO, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alta Devices ,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  

ADM, DuPont Announce Biobased FDME Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
ADM, DuPont
Date: 2018-05-02
DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) are reporting the collaborative opening of the world's first biobased furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) pilot production facility in Decatur, Illinois. FDME technology, which starts with fructose from corn, is a more efficient and simple process than traditional conversion approaches and results in higher yields, lower energy usage and lower capital expenditures.

DuPont's proprietary Bio-PDO*trade; (1,3-propanediol). PTF is a 100 pct renewable polymer that, in bottling applications, can be used to create plastic bottles that are lighter-weight, more sustainable and better performing. (Source: ADM, DuPont, PR, World Grains, 1 May, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences,; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont,  Archer Daniels Midland,  DuPont ,  FDME,  Bioplastic,  Biochemical,  

POET Tops ADM in Global Fuel Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-02
In Chicago, Reuters is reporting that privately held, Emmetsburg, Iowa-based ethanol producer POET DSM has surpassed industry pioneer and global grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland to become the world's largest ethanol producer.

While POET's annual biofuel capacity has grown to 1.9 billion gpy, and will reach 2 billion by 2019, ADM has cut its market exposure and biofuel production to about 1.6 billion gpy, according to company data. The U.S. ethanol industry has total production capacity of more than 16 billion gpy, according to Reuters. (Source: Reuters, Country Guide, 1 May, 2018) Contact: Archer Daniels Midland, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100,; POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  POET,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

Hawkeye Senate Passes Efficiency Incentives Limits (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-05-02
In Des Moines, the Republican-dominated Hawkeye State Senate has ratified a plan that will limit energy efficiency programs run by Iowa utilities, reducing annual charges on gas and electric bills in the state by an estimated $100 million. Even with the cutback, the state's utilities are expected to distribute approximately $150 million worth of rebates and energy efficiency incentives, according to Senator Michael Breitbach.

Supporters say the energy efficiency programs utility companies run in Iowa will be more closely scrutinized, while critics predict utility rates will rise as efforts to reduce energy use are reduced. The bill is awaiting the signature of Gov. Kim Reynolds (R). (Source: Radio Iowa, Various Media, 1 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  

Elmira Joining NY Clean Energy Communities Program (Ind. Report)
NY Clean Energy Community
Date: 2018-05-02
In the Empire State, the Town of Elmira board has unanimously pass two resolutions that would see the community join the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Community program.

Under the program, municipalities or towns can implement ten impact items to promote energy efficiency or renewable energy. Recently, the town of Elmira passed resolutions on solar energy permitting and on building energy benchmarking. The town is also considering the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and the conversion of city street lighting to LED.

Building a more sustainable New York starts with building more sustainable communities. Local governments affect energy choices in their communities, from government operations to homes, businesses, and community institutions. Local governments in New York State can use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects, according to the program website. (Source: Town of Elmira, WENY, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA,; Clean Energy Communities Program,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Benchmarking,  LED,  Energy Efficiency,  

UK CAER Expanding Carbon Capture R&D (Ind. Report)
University of Kentucky
Date: 2018-05-02
In Lexington, the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) reports it will receive over $940,000 from the US DOE's Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to advance its carbon dioxide capture R&D. The Phase 1 funding is for a three-phase project as part of the U.S. DOE Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilot program. The new funding will allow UK CAER to advance its research by nearly 10 times and bring the technology closer to commercialization.

UK CAER's current 0.7 mw small pilot CO2 capture facility that operates at Kentucky Utilities' E.W. Brown Generating Station in Burgin, Kentucky, has led to scientific and engineering breakthroughs in the field, according to the CAER. The post-combustion system features modular equipment and free-standing columns with built-in advanced controls to continually minimize the CO2 capture energy penalty while responding to a dynamic external demand. The new system will combine several facets to simultaneously address capital cost, energy consumption, load change and environmental impact.

Project collaborators include LG&E and Kentucky Utilities, Carbon Clean Solutions, University of Texas at Austin, Membrane Technology Research, Electric Power Research Institute, Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute, Koch Modular Process Systems, Worley Parsons and Smith Management Group. (Source: University of Kentucky, PR, May, 2018) Contact: University of Kentucky CAER, Kunlei Liu, principal investigator , (859) 257-0200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Kentucky,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  

B-20 Biodiesel Mandate Implemented in Minnesota (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-05-02
Effective May 1, Minnesota legislation originally passed in 2008, requires a 20 pct biodiesel (B-20) blend in a majority of diesel fuel sold in the state.

The cleaner burning biodesel is expected to displace an estimated 130 million gallons of petroleum diesel and eliminate 132 tpy of particulate pollution and prevent over 960,000 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: KARP/FM, 1 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  

$23Mn Available for Marine Energy Technologies (Funding)
Date: 2018-05-02
The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is reporting the availability of up to $23 million in funding for innovative technologies to reduce capital costs and shorten deployment timelines of marine energy devices. The funding will support research and evaluation of next-generation wave and tidal/current systems; support early-stage design of power take off (PTO) and controls integration; and allow for more efficient consideration of any potential environmental impacts from marine renewable energy development.

Qualifying research will address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents, while surviving in corrosive ocean environments that are intensified by high costs and lengthy permitting processes. The funding opportunity includes three topic areas: Early Stage Device Design Research; Controls and PTO Design Integration and Testing; and Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process. (Source: US DOE, 30 April, 2018) Contact: US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technology Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Water Energy,  Marine Energy,  Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  Run-of-River,  

EDF Investing in Global Energy Storage Tech R&D (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-05-02
French state-backed utility company EDF SA reports it plans to invest as much as $10 billion in the global energy storage sector by 2035, and is investing around $720 million per year in battery, energy management systems and related utility-scale technologies research and development.

EDF, which has interests in nuclear, renewables, gas as well as coal, noted it plans to develop or acquire more than 10 gigawatts of energy storage capacity by 2035. The company is also looking to grow its renewables business from its present 28 GW to 50 GW by 2030, with increasing emphasis on wind, solar storage and district heating. (Source: EDF, The National, 1 May, 2018) Contact: EDF SA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  

DTE Green Bonds to Support Low-Carbon Projects (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2018-05-02
Jackson-based DTE Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is reporting its inaugural offering of $525 million in green bonds to finance low-carbon, clean energy projects. DTE is the nation's fifth investment-grade energy company -- and the first company in Michigan -- to sell green bonds.

With a maturity of 30 years at an annual fixed coupon of 4.05 pct, DTE green bonds will be used to help fund the development and construction of solar arrays and wind farms, including the transmission infrastructure to support renewable energy facilities as well as strengthen energy efficiency programs to help Michigan residents and businesses save energy and reduce bills.

DTE Energy's portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. (Source: DTE Energy, PR, 1 May, 2018) Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  DTE Energy,  Low-Carbon Energy,  

California Extending Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-05-02
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it is preparing to extend the state's 2011-vintage low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program through 2030, with additional emissions cuts aimed at ultimately reducing the carbon intensity of fuels sold in the Golden State by 20 pct.

The LCFS sets an average carbon content for fuels that declines annually. To stay below that standard, companies need to either change the balance of fuels they sell or buy credits to offset high-emitting fuels.

In addition to ratcheting down the compliance curve -- which currently ends in 2020 at 10 percent below a 2010 baseline -- CARB is looking at new sources of fuels to generate credits, including alternative jet fuel, and is planning to add a new methodology to encourage companies to deploy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS.) The agency is planning to approve the amendments this fall. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Climate Wire, Others, April 30, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  CARB,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  CCS,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  

Providence Touts RePowerPVD Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
City of Providence
Date: 2018-05-02
Rhode Island's largest city, Providence, has unveiled RePowerPVD, a voluntary energy savings program aimed at helping the city meet its climate goals through energy efficiency. The energy benchmarking program challenges the owners of large buildings to commit to a 20 pct cut in energy consumption by 2025 measured against a 2015 baseline. Commercial buildings are the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions to the city and will help property owners save energy, reduce costs and improve their marketability.

The program will provide building energy benchmarks and help owners track changes in building energy use. Ten city-owned buildings are enrolled in the program. (Source: City of Providance, AP, Bristol Herald, 30 April, 2018) Contact: City of Providence,

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

New York ISO Floats Carbon Tax Proposal (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-02
In Rensselaer, the New York Independent Systems Operator (ISO) has released a carbon tax "straw proposal" aimed at getting wholesale energy markets to reflect the state's aggressive decarbonization goals. The proposal would subject all suppliers inside the market to carbon charges, while rules would be developed to ensure imports and exports compete fairly.

New York is targeting an 80 pct reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, and has been considering placing a price on the emissions associated with electricity generation.

A draft of the NYISO proposal is HERE. (Source: New York Independent Systems Operator, UtilityDive, 1 May, 2018) Contact: New York Independent Systems Operator, (518) 356-6000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYISO,  Carbon Tax,  

Kuwait Biofuel Project Production Slated for July (Int'l)
Kuwaiti Oil Ministry
Date: 2018-05-02
In Kuwait City, Kuwaiti Oil Ministry is touting the projected startup of the government's controversial and behind schedule $10.25 billion biofuel project which is expected to come online in July, 2018.

According to the ministry, the facility is fully constructed, with preliminary production expected to begin this month. Commercial production is expected in July. The Ministry expects the project to generate an energy capacity of 800,000 bpy. (Source: Kuwaiti Oil Ministry, Kuwait News Agency, 1 May, 2018)Contact: Kuwaiti Oil Ministry,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

Mortenson Adds $140Mn in Illinois Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Mortenson,BHE Renewables
Date: 2018-05-02
Mortenson Construction is reporting the addition of three new Illinois wind farm projects totaling $140. The projects will contribute an additional 289 MW of electricity to the state by the end of 2018 and an additional 194 MWs in 2019.

The projects include the 212-MW Walnut Ridge Wind Project in Bureau and Whiteside Counties for BHE Renewables. The project includes engineering, site and road construction, foundations, interconnect stations and installation of 106 Vestas V110 turbines. Started in August 2017, the wind farm is slated for completion before the year end.

Work is also underway in Lee County at the 15-year-old Mendota Hills Wind Farm for Leeward Renewable Energy LLC. Mortenson is replacing 63 wind turbines with 29 more powerful SG 2.6-126 wind turbines. The repowering project, which will be completed in December 2018, will increase total capacity to 76 MW from roughly 50 MW. (Source: Mortonson Construction , Daily Herald, May, 2018) Contact: Leeward Renewable LLC, Greg Wolf, CEO, (214) 515-1100,; BHE Renewables,; Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energ Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mortenson,  Wind,  BHE Renewables,  Leeward Renewable Energy,  

Convergent Acquires Flywheel Energy Storage Projects (M&A)
Convergent Energy
Date: 2018-05-02
New York-headquartered energy storage specialist Convergent Energy + Power is reporting the acquisition of 40 MW of flywheel projects in Stephentown, NY and Hazle Township, PA. from Rockland Capital. Convergent will continue to operate the flywheels to meet evolving energy needs for PJM Interconnection and NYISO grid operators.

With this acquisition, Convergent Energy + Power is now the largest pure-play operator of energy storage in North America, according to the company release. (Source: Convergent Energy + Power, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Convergent Energy + Power, (917) 508-0190,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Flywheel,  Energy Storage,  Convergent Energy ,  

NB Env. Trust Fund Supports Climate Change Projects (Funding)
NB Environmental Trust Fund
Date: 2018-05-02
In Maritime Canada, the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF0, a New Brunswick provincial agency, reports it will invest more than $330,000 of a total $6.5 million in Southern New Brunswick's Tantramar Region in support of various environmental projects, including climate change adaptation.

Among the recipients, EOS Eco-Energy Inc. will receive $45,000 for the Tantramar Climate Change Week, the Tantramar Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative, and to address climate-related stress workshop series. Community Forests International has been granted $60,000 for its Climate Smart Forestry: Designing Adaptive Silviculture for the Acadian Forest project aimed at increasing carbon sequestration and adaptation to climate change. Additionally, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) will receive $40,000 for a project called Cultivating Climate Resilience in New Brunswick.. Nature NB has been granted $30,000 to undertake activities in Port Elgin and Bathurst that will demonstrate the integration of nature-based solutions into municipal climate change adaptation planning. (Source: NB Environmental Trust Fund, Sackville Tribune, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NB Environmental Trust Fund,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Adaptation,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change,  

Ontario Offers Solar Panel, Energy Storage Rebates (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-02
In Canada, the not-for-profit provincial Green Ontario Fund is touting its homeowners solar panels and energy storage rebates program.

The program provides homeowners $1.00 per watt for residential solar panels with a cap at 10kW (AC). The program adds $0.50 per watt, to make it $1.50 when they couple solar panels with an energy storage installation. Homeowners wishing to go completely off-grid get $3.00 per watt for a solar panel plus energy storage installation.

The program provides businesses $0.75 per watt for commercial solar panel installations with a cap at 500 kW (AC). Only existing detached homes, townhouses or semi-detached homes qualify to participate in this new solar rebate program which is expected to launch this summer.

Download solar rebates program details are HERE. The program is funded through proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market. (Source: Green Ontario, (888) 728-8444,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Rebates,  Energy Storage Rebate,  Solar Incnetive,  

Mercedes Abandons Residential Energy Storage Challenge (Int'l)
Mercedes-Benz Energy
Date: 2018-05-02
Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH reports it is surrendering its planned challenge to Tesla for the U.S. residential energy storage market on the grounds that the Mercedes energy storage product was too expensive for the market. Mercedes Benz had partnered with residential solar installer Vivint for the Mercedes-Benz Energy venture.

According to Mercedes, their energy storage batteries were "overengineered" as a vehicle battery pack and not a stationary home battery pack" and thus "proved too expensive to compete for the sedentary home energy storage role." Mercedes's proposed modular battery system offered between 2.5 kWh to 20 kWh in energy capacity priced between $,000 and as high as $13,000 after installation, compared to Tesla's 14 kWh Powerwall 2 priced at $7,500 installed.

Audi and Nissan have also announced plans to enter the residential energy storage market.(Source: Mercedes Benz, pvbuss, May, 2018) Contact: Tesla Power Pack,; Mercedes-Benz Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Home Energy Storage,  Tesla Battery,  Mercedes-Benz,  Energy Storage,  

Fleets Survey Ranks Biodiesel Top Alternative Fuel (Ind. Report)
Association for the Work Truck Industry
Date: 2018-05-02
According to the Association for the Work Truck Industry (NTEA) 2018 Fleet Purchasing Outlook survey of fleet vehicle providers, biodiesel is now the most popular alternative fuel option on the market, followed by E85.

The survey found that 75 pct of fleet respondents planning to acquire trucks in 2018 anticipate maintaining or increasing use of diesel engine powered trucks, and more fleets are planning to acquire or continue using biodiesel than any other alternative fuel option. The survey also found that Nearly 40 pct of respondents currently operate alternative-fueled trucks in their fleets. (Source: NTEA, NAFB, May, 2018) Contact: NTEA, (800)441.6832, (248) 489-8590 Fax,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Alternative Fuel,  

Sea-Tac, Partners Promoting Sustainable Aviation Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-02
In Washington State, the Port of Seattle is reporting that Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Horizon Airlines, Spirit Airlines and others will collaborate on a work plan for providing all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with access to sustainable aviation biofuel.

The partners will work to meet the specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals approved by the Port of Seattle Commission in December 2017 -- a minimum of 10 pct of sustainable jet fuel to be produced locally from sustainable sources within 10 years, increasing to 50 pct by 2050.

Airlines at Sea-Tac are projected to use about 700 million gpy of jet fuel. A 10 pct reduction would eliminate the equivalent of 682,500 metric tpy of airlines greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Seattle Tacoma Airport, PR, May 1, 2018) Contact: Seattle Tacoma Airport, (206) 787-5388,

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

ABFA Seeks Ruling on Pruitt's RFS Refinery Exemptions (Reg & Leg)
Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2018-05-02
Reuters is reporting the Washington, DC-based biofuels trade group Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC. to rule whether the Trump administration's U.S. EPA and its administrator Scott Pruitt violated the law in granting a growing number of small refineries exemptions under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), according to a court filing.

"ABFA members are concerned that Administrator Scott Pruitt is granting these exemptions in an arbitrary and capricious manner to undisclosed parties behind closed doors with no accountability for its decision-making process," Michael McAdams, the head of the trade group, said in a statement. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Association, Reuters, May, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association,  RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  Scott Pruitt,  

Aussie Battery Maker Redflow to Raise $18Mn (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-04-30
Brisbane, Australia-based energy storage flow battery specialist Redflow Ltd reports it plans to raise $18.1 million (AUS) in equity capital for the scaling up of battery production, cutting production costs and increasing sales both at home and internationally.

Redflow manufactures zinc-bromine flow batteries called ZBM2, for commercial, industrial, telecommunications and grid-scale energy storage, as well as ZCell batteries for residential applications. The company recently opened a factory in Thailand.

Redflow is now raising $7.5 million (AUS) through a placement to new investors and an additional $10.6 million (AUS) through a fully underwritten non-renounceable entitlement offer to all current shareholders. (Source: Redflow Ltd., Renewables, April, 2018) Contact: Redflow, Simon Hackett, CEO, +61 73376 0008,,,; Redflow ZCell,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Redflow,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Flow Battery,  Energy Storage,  

ACCIONA Announces 400 MW Chilean Wind, Solar Projects (Int'l)
Date: 2018-04-30
Spanish renewable energy company ACCIONA Energia reports it will build two new wind and two solar PV projects totaling 400 MW in Chile. made up of two solar farms and two wind farms. Construction, which is expected to come in at approximately $600 million, is is expected to get underway in 2019 for completion in within three years. (Source: ACCIONA, Renewables 24 April, 2018) Contact: ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60,

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

Meyer Burger Wins $16Mn Malaysian PERC Equipment Order (Int'l)
Meyer Burger
Date: 2018-04-30
Swiss solar equipment maker Meyer Burger Technology AG is reporting receipt of a €13.4 million ($16.3 million) repeat order from an unnamed customer for its MB PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) cell technology.

The order is for its MAiA 4.1 system for rear side coating of PERC solar cells, which will be used at a production plant in Malaysia. The Swiss firm also secured an order for its fully-integrated FABiA 4.1 platform from the same customer for a manufacturing facility in China. Deliveries of the equipment are slated to begin in Q3, 2018. (Source: Meyer Burger, Renewables, Various Media, 26 APril, 2018) Contact: Meyer Burger, +41 33 221 28 00,,

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

Empire State Launches 2nd Utility-Scale Renewables RfP (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-30
In Albany, the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last Thursday issued another request for proposals (RfP) for large-scale renewable energy projects in support of its goal of sourcing 50 pct of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

The solicitation, which is expected to attract as much as $1.5 billion in private investment, is for up to 20 projects that will add capacity capable of producing 1.5 million MWh per year of renewable electricity. The proposals could be paired with energy storage facilities, in line with a goal for the state to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025.

New York State's first large-scale renewables solicitation chose 26 proposals totaling 1,383.09 MW and pledged to provide a $1.4 billion investment package to back the schemes. Twenty-two of the proposals are for utility-scale solar parks, with the rest being wind and hydro projects. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, April, 2018)Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  NYSERDA,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  

Nordex Touts New 4.8-MW Strong-Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-30
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine maker Nordex reports the unveiling of its new N133/4.8, 4.8-MW turbine for strong-wind sites. The N133/4.8 model series is expected to enter production in 2019.

The new turbine extends the company's Delta4000 series has combined the rotor blade from the N131 turbine with the hub and nacelle of the N149/4.0-4.5. With a rotor diameter increased to 133 metres (436.4 ft), the N133/4.8 provides an additional yield of up to 39 pct compared to the previous N100/3300 model, also optimized for strong-wind sites, according to the company announcement. (Source: Nordex, Renewables, April, 2018) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  

CarbonCure, Airgas Ink Strategic Collaboration (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure Technologies
Date: 2018-04-30
Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies Inc. is reporting a strategic commercial relationship with Airgas, an Air Liquide company, to collaborate and enhance the cement and concrete industry customer experience of adopting carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization technologies throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

CarbonCure's technology injects carbon dioxide (CO2) sourced from the refineries of industrial emitters into concrete, where the CO2 becomes mineralized, thereby enhancing the strength of the concrete, lowering production costs and making a meaningful contribution toward the global effort to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions.

CarbonCure is the world leader in a breakthrough market known as CO2 utilization, with nearly 100 installations of its technology across North America. The Global CO2 Initiative estimates that CO2 utilization in the concrete sector alone represents a $400 billion market opportunity.

Airgas offers concrete producers a complete value-added CO2 supply and service supported by its Gulf Coast distribution network. (Source: CarbonCUre Technol;ogies, PR, 27 April, 2018) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, (902) 442-4020,,; Airgas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Utilization,  CarbonCure Technologies,  Aigas,  Concrete,  Cement,  

Siemens Gamesa Claims 300 MW Indian Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa, Sembcorp Energy India
Date: 2018-04-30
Siemens Gamesa has announced receipt of its largest ever wind turbine order in India with the sealing of a 300 MW supply contract to independant power producer Sembcorp Energy India Limited for a wind farm in the state of Gujarat.

Siemens Gamesa will supply 143 of its SG 2.1-122 wind turbines to the project, and will maintain the facility for 10 years following completion which is expected in April of 2019.

Sembcorp Energy India Limited (SEIL) has 4.37 GW worth of power generation capacity across seven Indian states. Siemens Gamesa has more than 5,000 MW worth of installed wind capacity in India,( accoding to the company. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, April, 2018) Contact: Sembcorp Energy India, +65 6723 3113, +65) 6822 3254,; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sembcorp Energy India,  Siemens Gamesa,  India Wind,  Wind,  

EIB Commits €50 Mn to Spanish Wind Farms Totaling 300 MW (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2018-04-30
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced it would commit €50 million in loans to finance the Goya Project -- 9 wind power projects developed by the Spanish firm Forestalia Renovables in the Aragon region of Spain.

The Goya project, which is backed by shareholders Mirova, General Electric, Engie, and Forestalia, which is also active in PV and biomass projects. The Goya Project is the first wind power concession in Spain to be awarded without public subsidies or incentives. (Source: EIB, Forsetralia, April, 2018) Contact: Forestralia,; European Investment Bank,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Wind,  

WELTEC BIOPOWER Building Irish Anaerobic Digestion Plants (Int'l)
Date: 2018-04-30
Vechta, Germany-based biogas specialist WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it is constructing three, 500-kW anaerobic digestion plants in Northern Ireland. All three plants will shortly be completed and will go live in summer 2018. Two of them are being set up in County Antrim in north-east Northern Ireland. Another plant is being built in Benburb in County Tyrone. Thus, WELTEC will soon account for nine of a total of about 40 biogas plants in Northern Ireland.

More than 300 WELTEC plants are presently in operation in 25 countries on five continents with additional plants being built in Uruguay, France, Croatia and Greece. (Source: WELTECH BIOPOWER, PR, 25 April, 2018) Contact: WELTECH BIOPOWER, +49 4441 99978-0, +49 4441 99978-8,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  anaerobic digestion ,  

Hexicon JV to Manufacture Floating Wind Platforms in Korea (Int'l)
Hexicon AB
Date: 2018-04-30
Swedish engineering company Hexicon AB reports it will transfer its floating wind platform technology to a new South Korean JV with COENS Co Ltd, where it will offer serial production of locally-made units. COENS Co Ltd has working experience in oil and gas sector.

Hexicon's platform accommodates multiple wind turbines and offers competitive advantages in wind park formations resulting in lower costs per installed MW, according to a company statement. (Source: Hexicon AB, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Hexicon AB,

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EU Members Seeking Climate Change Target Increases (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-04-30
The Irish Times is reporting Ministers in charge of climate action in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and Luxembourg have called for a more ambitious strategy to counter global warming in response to "alarming scientific analysis" suggesting current measures will not deliver as hoped.

According to Brune Poirson, secretary of state to the French minister for ecological transition, said EU countries "must take more action and we must take it faster."

"Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, member states had agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. However, with the EU's current climate policy these goals would not be achieved," the ministers said in a joint statement. The group added member states "are still divided on climate policy -- especially on a carbon price floor setting a higher price on carbon, which would penalize activities contributing to global warming -- an overhaul of emissions trading schemes for heavy emitters of CO2, and how to exit from the use of coal and nuclear power. The carbon price does not send a strong enough signal, the price isn't high enough, the group statement added. (Source: Irish Times, Various Other, 28 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  

NY Funding to Help Farms Reduce Climate Change Impact (Funding)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-04-30
On Friday in Albany, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reported that the Empire State will spend $2.2 million on a program to help farms curb carbon emissions and prepare for climate change.

The program, now in its fourth year, is intended to support energy efficiency, water management and to help farms prepare for droughts or severe weather resulting from climate change.

Some of the fund recipient farms will use the funding for cover crops to prevent erosion and to absorb carbon or to capture methane from manure. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, AP, Others, April, 2018) Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo,;

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CEI Lauds Resolution Opposing Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Date: 2018-04-30
Last week in the nation's In the nation's capital, Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and David McKinley (R-WV) introduced H. Con. Res. 119, a resolution "expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy." According to the resolution, a carbon tax is a tax on the fuels that provide 81 percent of all U.S. energy, will increase the price of gasoline, electricity, natural gas, and home heating oil, will force consumers to pay more for necessities like food, gasoline, and electricity, will lead to less economic growth and more businesses and jobs moving overseas, will impose disproportionate burdens on industries in energy-intensive manufacturing regions, and will fall most heavily on the poor, the elderly, and other persons on fixed incomes. The resolution also spotlights the incompatibility between a carbon tax and the energy production boom that "undergirds" U.S. competitiveness.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis said the following about this resolution: "A carbon tax is like all other 'progressive' climate policies. All ratchet up over time until their politically-disfavored victims are financially depleted and politically marginalized. In short, a carbon tax is a form of economic warfare waged by government against otherwise perfectly lawful enterprises. That is not how business is done in a free society and this resolution from Reps. Scalise and McKinley gets it exactly right."

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. CEI's mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics. CEI make the uncompromising case for economic freedom because we believe it is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish, according to the group's website. (Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute, PR, 26 April, 2018) Contact: CEI, (202) 331-1010 ,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Competitive Enterprise Institute,  Carbon Tax,  

United States Algae Oil Market Report 2017 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-04-30

The just released United States Algae Oil Market Report 2017 from HTF Market Reports provides a complete assessment of the market and contains future trend, current growth factors, historical data, and statistically supported and industry validated market data.

The study is segmented by products type, application/end-users and provides estimates for United States Algae Oil Forecast till 2023, as well as a forward looking perspective on the various factors driving or restraining market growth. The study also provides a 5-year market forecast and a pin point analysis of changing competition dynamics.

The research covers the current and future market size of the United States Algae Oil market and its growth rates based on 5 year history data. It also identifies industry leaders, recent developments, strategies adopted by the market leaders to ensure growth, sustainability, financial overview and recent developments. Key companies include: Cellana, Algae Floating Systems, TerraVia Holdings, Henry Lamotte OILS, Algaecytes, Goerlich Pharma, Polaris, Archer Daniels Midland Company & Renewable Algal Energy (RAE).

Request Sample of United States Algae Oil Market Report 2017 and other details HERE (Source: HTF Market Intelligence Consulting Private Limited, April, 2018) Contact: HTF Market Intelligence, Craig Francis, PR, Marketing, (206) 317 1218,,,

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Canadian Wood Pellet Producers Optimistic (Ind. Report)
Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Date: 2018-04-30
According to the Canadian National Energy Board, Canadian wood pellet exports jumped by 46 pct in 2016 compared with a year earlier to reach 2.4 million tonnes, while companies have since continued to make investments to further boost production.

The increasing capacity in Canada will help meet demand from both power generation and heating segments that is expected to grow from about 30 million tonnes globally as of last year to 70 million tonnes by 2025. Japan and South Korea will account for much of the increased demand, along with growth from the Netherlands, the U.K. and Denmark as the EU has set a goal of having 35 per cent of power sourced from renewables, including carbon neutral-designated biomass. (Source: Canadian National Energy Board, Infosurhoy, Wood Pellet Association of Canada, April, 2018) Contact: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Gordon Murray, Exec. Dir., (250) 837-6125,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet Association of Canada,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Carbon Emissions,  

Bloomberg Confirms $4.5Mn Climate Commitments (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-04-30
Billionaire businessman, philanthropist and thrice Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has confirmed he and his Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation will meet a previously announced $4.5 million shortfall in funding to the UN caused by President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

According to Bloomberg, "The US pledged to work with the rest of the world to fight climate change under the Paris Agreement, and that includes providing our fair share of the funding to help countries reach their goals. Our foundation will uphold our promise to cover any cuts to UN climate funding by the (US) Federal government -- and the American people will uphold our end of the Paris Agreement, with or without Washington." (Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation, UN Environment. 23 April, 2018) Contact: Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Michael Bloomberg,  

"There is no Planet B" -- Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2018-04-30
"By polluting the oceans, not mitigating CO2 emissions, and destroying our biodiversity -- we are killing our planet. Let us face it. There is no planet B."

"We must find a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy. Because what is the meaning of our life, really, if we work and live destroying the planet, one sacrifices things for the future of our children. What is the meaning of our life if our decision, our conscious decision, is to reduce the opportunities for our children and grandchildren."

The French President also said he hoped the US would "one day re-join the landmark Paris climate agreement." -- French President Emmanuel Macron addressing a joint session of the USA Congress last week in Washington. (Source: Various Media, UN Environment, 26 April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

Catalyst Turns Ammonia into Clean Transport Fuel (New Prod & Tech)
International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST) in Kumamoto University
Date: 2018-04-30
Researchers at the International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST) in Kumamoto University are reporting a promising technology that uses hydrogen (H2) as a renewable energy source. Although it is a primary candidate for clean secondary energy, large amounts of H2 can be converted into liquid form for easier storage and transportation. Among the possible forms of liquid H2, ammonia (NH3) is a promising carrier because it has high H2 density, is easily liquefied, and can be produced on a large-scale. NH3 is being seen as a carbon free combustible gas that can be widely used in thermal power generation and industrial furnaces as an alternative to gasoline and light oil.

IROAST researchers have developed a "catalytic combustion method" to add substances that promote or suppress chemical reactions during fuel combustion and suppresses the generation of NOx. (Source: Journal of Catalysis, 26 Mar., Brinkwire, 29 April, 2018) Contact: IROAST, Dr. Satoshi , +81-96-342-3979, szk-kiko[at],

Aussies Commit $500Mn to Save Great Barrier Reef (Int'l)
Climate Change,Great Barrier Reef Foundation
Date: 2018-04-30
In the Land Down Under, the Australian federal government is allotting $500 million -- the largest single environmental protection package in the nation's history -- to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change and other treats.

The government will partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in an agreement worth $444 million to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and The Department of the Environment and Energy will also receive $56 million in additional funding. $100 million will be used for reef restoration science and $40 million will be spent for monitoring the health of the reef system.

In a recently published study study, researchers revealed the extent of damage caused by global warming on the reef system. Investigations showed that two successive heat waves killed nearly half of the corals in the most pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef. (Source: Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Tech Times, 29 April, 2018) Contact: Great Barrier Reef Foundation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

ANB Systems Touting eTRACK Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
ANB Systems
Date: 2018-04-30
Sugar Land, Texas based energy software specialist ANB Systems, Inc. is touting its eTRACK energy efficiency programs that help energy customers save money and reduce pollution. To date, eTRACK, ANB's flagship product, has processed over $2 billion in energy efficiency incentives in the U.S.

eTRACK supports energy efficiency, renewable energy, and demand-side management programs of major utilities in the US. With over 665 programs managed and over 10.5 million energy efficiency measures captured in its workflow management platform, ANB Systems Inc. has made significant contribution towards energy efficiency goals that benefit the environment, according to a company statement.

ANB Systems, Inc. is a leading software provider for the energy build and customize state-of-the-art software solutions for demand-side management operations, renewable energy, and retail energy services. ANB Systems, Inc. empower their clients to become data-savvy and realize operational efficiencies through the implementation of data-tracking and reporting systems, according to a company statement. (Source: ANB Systems Inc., 29 April, 2018) Contact: ANB Systems Inc., S. Balakrishnan, CEO, Sarah Andrews (281) 494-0689,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ANB Systems,  Energy Software,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

CEFC Funds Zen Ecosystems Smart Thermostat Growth (Funding)
Zen Ecosystems,Clean Energy Finance
Date: 2018-04-30
A company that has developed a "smart thermostat" to allow businesses and homes to remotely control and reduce their energy consumption has received a In the Land Down Under, Zen Ecosystems -- which has developed intelligent energy management solutions that could save Australian businesses as much as 25 pct on their energy consumption -- reports receipt of $5 million (AUS) in equity funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation's (CEFC) innovation fund. The funds will be used to help the company expand their product roll-out in Australia and the US where they have already gained a foothold.

Zen Eco Systems' two main products are Zen Thermostat that allows homes to remotely control and reduce their energy consumption, and the Zen HQ, a low-cost cloud-based platform for smaller businesses trying to manage energy-intensive assets across single and multiple sites.

Zen Eco Systems is one of 10 companies working on a demand response trail with the Australian Energy Market Operator and Australian Renewable Energy Agency. As part of the project, Zen Ecosystems will deploy a network of connected, smart thermostats in commercial buildings and households in Victoria and South Australia. The network can then be controlled to reduce energy consumption when called upon by AEMO. (Source: Zen Ecosystems, Financial Review, 29 April, 2018) Contact: Zen Ecosystems, James McPhail, CEO,,; Clean Energy Finance,;

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