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RedT Energy, Centrica Complete UK Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
RedT Energy,Centrica
Date: 2017-11-13
In the UK, RedT Energy is reporting its flagship UK 1MWh energy storage project, in partnership with Centrica Plc is now fully operational and connected to the UK grid. Located at a farm and holiday retreat in North Cornwall, the machines will be used as a flexible platform to utilize significantly more of its renewable solar onsite generation, the company said.

"This remains one of the only commercial energy storage projects of its kind in the UK as a fully flexible energy storage platform," according to RedT CEO Scott McGregor. (Source: RedT Energy, Stock Market Wire, 13 Nov., 2017) Contact: RedT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO, +44 (0) 207 061 6233,; Centrica Plc,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Centrica,  RedT Energy,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

Methanex, Painted Pony Energy Ink Feedstock Deal (Ind. Report)
Methanex,Painted Pony Energy
Date: 2017-11-13
Vancouver-headquartered methanol producer Methanex reports it has inked a 14-year agreement with Calgary-based gas producer Painted Pony Energy for the majority of the natural gas required for Methanex's 600,000 mt methanol plant in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The agreement is slated to begin in 2018 and features a competitive fixed price for gas. Contracted quantities will be lower in the contract's early years to allow for Methanex's pre-existing natural gas forward purchase contracts, and will increase to roughly 50,000 MMBtu/d -- approximately 80 pct -90 pct -- of the plant's gas requirements from 2023, according to a Metrhanex statement. (Source: Methanex, SP Global, 9 Nov., 2017) Contact: Methanex, John Floren, Pres., CEO, (604) 661 2600,; Painted Pony Energy, (403) 475-0440,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanex,  Methanol,  

Advanced Chemical Technologies Plans Sarnia Methanol Demo (Ind. Report)
Advanced Chemical Technologies
Date: 2017-11-13
Advanced Chemical Technologies reports it plans to construct a $150 million commercial scale green methanol demonstration facility at Transalta's Bluewater Energy Park in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario by late 2020. To that end, the company has partnered with Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) to conduct a feasibility study and identify any commercial barriers to the project.

ACT's proprietary process will use industrial CO2 emissions, natural gas, water, and electricity to produce methanol which can be used as a fuel and in products like plastics and adhesives. (Source: Advanced Chemicals Technologies, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Blackburn, Nov., 2017) Contact: Advanced Chemical Technologies Inc., Doug Beynon, Pres., (405) 843-2585,; Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, (226) 778-0020, /

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Biochemical,  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada ,  

Energy Efficiency Impacts Mortgage Default Rate (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-10
Impact of Energy Factors on Default Risk in Commercial Mortgages, a recent study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the University of California, Berkeley ( UC Berkeley) has found that energy efficient buildings are less likely to default on their mortgages than their more energy-intensive peers.The report also found that commercial buildings with higher energy consumption or higher energy costs had a higher default rate than more energy-efficient buildings. The study also noted that the higher a building's Energy Star score the lower the likelihood that the building would default on its mortgage.

While a building's energy expense is typically up to 30 pct of its operating cost, energy intensity and cost have not historically been included in the building appraisal or pro forma. As a result, mortgage underwriters have not generally included this information in the underwriting process. With building energy data and benchmarking data becoming more and more available -- 25 of the largest U.S. cities and California presently require energy disclosure -- it will be easier for appraisers and underwriters to include these data in their evaluation process. If energy efficiency can be correlated to mortgage default rates, it could have a significant impact on energy disclosure and possibly even mortgage interest rates.

Download the full Impact of Energy Factors on Default Risk in Commercial Mortgages report HERE. (Source: LBL, UC-Berkeley, Oct., 2017) (Contact: City Energy Project ,

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

Biodico Touts Community Design Technology (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-11-10
Ventura, California-based renewable energy company Biodico is touting its internet-based Master Community Design technology that enables farms and communities in California's Central Valley identify on-site renewable sources of clean energy and then create a plan to convert those resources into electricity and liquid biofuels.

Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm (ZNEF) is partially funded by the California Energy Commission and is the world's first fully sustainable liquid biofuel facility to help address energy needs and climate goals in California's Central Valley.

Privately held Biodico builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and renewable energy facilities; conducts R&D with the U.S. Navy; and collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to patent and commercialize proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next-generation biofuels. (Source: Biodico, Inc., PR, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Biodico, Trey Teall, VP Operations, (805) 683-8103,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodico,  

Canadian Clean Fuel Standard Behind Schedule (Reg & Leg)
Clean Energy Canada
Date: 2017-11-10
In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government's plan to have national Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) regulations to help reduce vehicle emissions in place by mid-2018 is in doubt, according to Vancouver-based Clean Energy Canada. The CFS was supposed to start with consultations in the spring and then follow up with the framework this fall. The discussion paper came in February followed by discussion groups and consultations with other governments and industry, but Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will no longer commit to unveiling the framework before Christmas.

The Canadian CFS would require fuel producers to reduce the carbon intensity of their products and require the blending of ethanol, biodiesel and/or renewable diesel with petroleum-based fuels. The CFS The standard aims to cut 30 million tonnes of annual greenhouse gas emissions total by 2030, which is more than one-third of the emissions cuts predicted from the entire Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

A CFS could add 5 cents to the price of a litre of gasoline in addition to the 11.6 cents a litre a $50 a tonne carbon price is expected to add. (Source: Clean Energy Canada, CleanTech Canada, Canadian Manufacturing, Others, Nov., 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Canada, Jeremy Moorhouse, Snr. Policy Analyst, (604) 947-2200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CFS,  Clean Energy Canada,  Canada Clean Fuel Standard,  

Kapiti Biodiesel Co-op Launched in New Zealand (Int'l Report)
Kapiti Biodiesel Co-op
Date: 2017-11-10
In Kapiti, New Zealand, the recently launched Kapiti Biodiesel Co-op reports it is accessing a crowd-funding campaign to equip its small-scale biodiesel production facility. The plant will use locally sourced used cooking oil to produce biodiesel with BioPro190 technology

The co-op members will provide the initial equity capital but are looking to raise additional money via crowdfunding to acquire a mini-tanker to transport the fuel and other equipment. The co-op's first biodiesel production is expected to be delivered in January, 2018. (Source: Kapiti Biodiesel Coop. PR, Co-op News, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: Kapiti Biodiesel Co-op,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  

Holloman AFB Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Holloman USF
Date: 2017-11-10
El Paso Electric (EPE) and the Holloman USF base in New Mexico report construction is underway on a new 5 MW solar facility that will serve the Holloman Air Force Base. The solar plant will be an EPE owned dedicated energy resource for Holloman and is the first renewable energy project that EPE will build to serve a military installation.

With the addition of this solar facility, EPE will increase its utility-scale renewable energy solar resources to a total of 115 MWs. The Holloman solar facility is expected to be operational in Q3, 2018. The 56,000 thin-film module solar facility will generate enough clean energy to power more than 1,700 homes annually. (Source: El Paso Electric, USAF, Alamagordo News, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: El Paso Electric, Mary Kipp, Pres., CEO, Richard Turner, VP Corporate Development, (800) 592-1634,; Holloman AFB,

More Low-Carbon Energy News El Paso Electric,  Solar,  

Building Energy SpA Breaks Ground on Md. Solar Park (Ind. Report)
Building Energy SpA
Date: 2017-11-10
Building Energy SpA reports the ground breaking for the 18-MW, 50,000 panel Annapolis Solar Park on an 80-acre closed landfill in Annapolis, Md. Opon completion, the project will be the largest solar project exclusively installed on a closed landfill in the U.S., according to the U.S. EPA.

The project, which will be owned and operated by Building Energy, is expected to be completed and online in the spring of 2018. The project has signed PPAs with the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and Anne Arundel County Board of Education. (Source: Building Energy, Waste360, Various Others, Nov. 8, 2017) Contact: Building Energy, Fabrizio Zago, CEO ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

Germany Offsetting COP23 Carbon Footprint with CERs (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-10
Reporting from Bonn, Fiji's Ambassador to the European Union and COP23 Climate Ambassador Deo Saran says the German government will calculate the carbon footprint of COP23 and offset emissions with the purchase of certified emissions reduction credits (CERs) from the Clean Development Mechanism projects (CDM), with a preference for CERs registered in Small Island Developing States, including Fiji.

Fiji, which is the presiding President of the COP23 conference now underway in Bonn to 17 Nov., says COP 23 brings a sense of urgency as several Pacific islands are threatened by rising sea level and could soon disappear underwater. (Source: Fiji Times, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: COP23 President Fifi,

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

40-Turbine Wind Farm Proposed for Broome County NY (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-10
In Broome Couty, New York, the Binghamton is reporting that Calpine is proposing a to construct a 40-turbine near the Pennsylvania border east of Binghamton. The Bluestone Wind project would generate 124 MW which is sufficient for approximately 20,000 homes. (Source: Binghamton Press, SF Gate, AP, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: Calpine Corp., Thad Hill, CEO, (713) 830-2000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Calpine,  Wind,  

Mandatory State Policies Best for Curbing Power Plant Emissions, says Emory Study (Ind. Report)
Emory University
Date: 2017-11-10
According to a study from Emory University, US state policies aimed at mitigating power plant emissions vary widely in effectiveness, state policies with mandatory compliance have seen the largest reductions in power plant emissions. Accordingly, the study recommends that individual states adopt a policy under which power plants are required to register and report greenhouse gas emissions.

The study analyzed 17 policies adopted by various states relating to climate and energy. States that adopted a mandatory policy for power plants to register and report greenhouse gas emissions showed the largest reductions, at an average of 2.6 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year.

The second most significant policy involved public benefit funds allotted for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. That policy was associated with a reduction of 1.5 million tons of CO2 emissions from power plants.

The study is unclear on whether one of these single policies was the actual driver of the reduction in emissions, or an indicator that a state takes climate change mitigation seriously and is attacking the issue on many fronts, the report authors claim. For instance, three states -- New York, Connecticut and Oregon -- have each adopted both of the top two most effective policies, along with at least eight others. Georgia, on the other hand, has adopted only one state policy to curb power plant emissions -- calling for voluntary reporting of emissions. Emissions are on the rise in Georgia, along with several other states that had adopted a voluntary reporting policy, the analysis showed. (Source: Emory Health Sciences, PR, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Emory Health Sciences, Carol Clark, (404) 727-0501,,

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

NRG Energy Seeks Hawaiian Solar Farm Financing (Ind. Report)
NRG Energy
Date: 2017-11-10
Houston-headquartered NRG Energy Inc. is reportedly looking for $350 million to finance three solar farm projects in Hawaii. NRG Energy acquired the solar farm projects from bankrupt SunEdison and plans to begin construction on all three projects is 2018, subject to financing.

The company is also seeking to raise approximately $4 billion from the sale of some of its other renewables assets in a move to cut costs and reduce debt. (Source: NRG, Pacific Business News, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: Hawaiian Electric NRG Energy, Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO, (609) 524-4500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRG Energy,  Solar,  

ExxonMobil Partnerships Focus on Lowering Energy Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report, R&D)
ExxonMobil partners with Singapore universities to focus on energy innovation, lower-emissions technologies
Date: 2017-11-10
Oil giant ExxonMobil reports it is partnering with Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore on the 2019 opening of the proposed Singapore Energy Center.

The Center will focus on new technologies that could improve energy production, enhance energy efficiency and other efforts to mitigate the risk of climate change. ExxonMobil will support the center's wide range of early-stage research projects while the company's researchers and scientists collaborate with students and faculty at the two universities, as well as other industry contributors, once the center opens in early 2019.

In previous similar ExxonMobil initiatives, in 2014 the company became a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative with a five-year, $25-million commitment to support faculty and student research efforts. In 2016, ExxonMobil announced a $15 million investment as a leading member of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute exploring transformational energy innovations. ExxonMobil is also a founding member of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University, supported by a $100-million commitment announced in 2002. GCEP is focused on developing fundamental, game-changing scientific breakthroughs that could lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions and a less carbon-intensive global energy system. (Source: ExxonMobil, World Oil, 7 Nov., 2017)

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

Brown Calls for EU, California, Cap-and-Trade Links (Ind. Report)
Carbon Markets
Date: 2017-11-10
Speaking to gathering EU parliamentarians this week in Brussels, California Governer Jerry Brown said "Climate change is a threat to all of humanity, to all species, and it can only be solved by a global cooperative effort that must be far greater than it is today." To that end, Brown recommended that his state link its signature cap-and-trade climate-change program to its European counterpart. Such a link could make it less expensive for businesses to cut emissions, Brown said.

"We're not there yet, and I can't tell you exactly what all the technical hurdles are, (but) the goal ultimately is to have a large, worldwide carbon trading system -- with California, in some way, linking with the European Union an immediate goal," the governor added. (Source: Capital Public Radio, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown ,  Cap-and-Trade,  California Carbon Market,  

EU Calls for 30 pct Vehicle CO2 Reduction by 2030 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-11-10
On Wednesday, the 28-member European Commission (EC)announced proposals for stricter carbon dioxide (CO2) limits for cars and vans to cover the period from 2021 up until 2030, the current key target year in the battle against climate change. The EC also wants new vehicle to emit 15 pct less CO2 by 2025 with the 30-pct rate kicking in five years later.

Automakers that miss the desired targets would, under the proposed legislation, be subject to penalties as high as €95 ($110) per gram of CO2 above the prescribed limit. The proposal requires approval by the 28 EU members states and the European Parliament before becoming law. The auto industry has warned the 30 pct might be "overly challenging." (Source: EC, Various Media, Deutsche Welle, 8 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  COs,  

ICS Forecasting Carbon-Free Shipping after 2050 (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2017-11-10
In Bonn, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced its vision for a carbon-free fleet in the second half of the century and proposed that International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states adopt a "suitably ambitious goal" for a reduction in carbon emissions, based on an "agreed percentage."

In addition to any climate measures that IMO may adopt, unrelated regulatory initiatives are likely to lead to emissions reductions in the near term due to "significant increases in marine fuels and the switch by the entire world fleet to low sulphur fuels." "This should greatly incentivize, to the extent this is possible, the further reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by ships.," the ICS says. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping , MarExec,, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,; International Chamber of Shipping, International Chamber of Shipping,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping,  IMO ,  

Diamond Green Diesel Considers Production Increase (Ind. Report)
Darling Ingredients,Valero
Date: 2017-11-10
Following on our 22nd April, 2016 coverage, Diamond Green Diesel -- a joint venture between Darling Ingredients Inc and San Antonio-headquartered petroleum and ethanol producer Valero Energy -- report plans to initiate an engineering and construction cost analysis of growing production at the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, Louisiana to 550 million gpy.

The facility's renewable diesel production capacity is currently being increased from 160 million gpy to 275 million gpy, as of Q2, 2018. If completed, the new capacity would be available early in 2021.

Darling Ingredients recovers and converts used cooking oil and commercial bakery residuals into valuable feed and fuel ingredients. (Source: Darling Ingedients, PR, MarketInsider, 7 Nov., 2017). Contact: Darling Ingredients, (972) 717-0300,; Valero Energy, (800) 324-8464,; Diamond Green Diesel,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Darling Ingredients,  Valero,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Diesel,  Green Diesel,  

Gainesville Finally Seals $754Mn Biomass Plant Deal for (M&A)
Gainesville Renewable Energy Center
Date: 2017-11-10
Further to our 12 April, 2017 report, the city of Gainesville reports it officially closed on and taken ownership of the Gainesville Renewable (biomass) Energy Center (GREC). With the acquisition, the city expects to cut electric power costs and save $768 million over the next 30 years.

Although Goldman Sachs pegged the facility's value at $450 million, the deal closed at $754 million to accommodate a binding 30-year contract that called for the city to pay GREC about $70 million per year over the next 26 years -- $1.9 billion -- even if the city did not use the facility's available energy. (Source:, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, Jim Gordon, Pres., (386) 315-8010,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  MSW,  Gainesville Renewable Energy Center,  

SEFA Support S.African Woody Biomass-to-Power Project (Int'l)
Biomass,Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa
Date: 2017-11-10
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved US$990,000 funding to support Thala Health Care Management Services planned 10-MW agriculture, forestry and timber waste biomass-to-power plant to be located 200 km south of Durban, South Africa.

The project is expected to have a significant "demonstration effect" with regards to bioEnergy and showcase Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) as an anchor for renewable energy power generation as well as have a significant impact on the region's economy.

SEFA is a US$95-million multi-donor facility funded by the governments of Denmark, the UK, the United States and Italy, and is hosted by the Renewable Energy Department of the AfDB. (Source: African Development Bank Group, PR, 9 Nov., 2017) Contact: African Development Bank,; Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass-to-Power,  

NV Energy Seeks Three Nev. Solar Project Approvals (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2017-11-10
NV Energy reports it has filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to approve three new long-term solar power purchase agreements totaling 100 megawatts. The three new solar renewable energy projects, if approved, will be built in Nevada.

The 50-MW Turquoise Nevada solar project, to be constructed in the Reno Technology Park will benefit from a 25-year PPA and is expected to be operational by the end of 2020. The Turquoise Nevada solar project is a venture of Estuary Capital Advisors and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas. NV Energy has submitted a separate request with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to utilize the NV GreenEnergy Rider program to help a major customer offset 100 percent of its next phase of growth with solar energy.

If approved, the new solar energy projects will be operational on or before September 1, 2020. (Source: NV Energy, Various Media, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: NV Energy , Pat Egan, VP Renewable Energy and Smart Infrastructure,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Soplar,  ,  

Energy Savings Trust Collaborating on Canadian Building Energy Performance Labeling Program (Ind. Report)
Natural Resources Canada,Energy Savings Trust
Date: 2017-11-10
In the UK, the Energy Saving Trust reports it is collaborating with Natural Resources Canada (NRC) to introduce building energy labeling schemes in Canada.

In the UK and Europe, buildings that are sold or rented is required to present an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that details the building's energy consumption, efficiency and related information to potential purchasers or renters. UK and European homes with higher EPC ratings have been shown to command a higher rental of sale value.

In the UK and Europe, the EPC has been a mandatory part of the buying, selling and renting process since 2008. In December 2016, the PanCanadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change -- Canada's country-wide climate change plan -- federal, provincial, and territorial governments agreed to work together on a program similar to the UK's. The Canadian program would require building energy use labels as early as 2019. (Source: NRC, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,; Energy Savings Trust,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Natural Resources Canada,  

Energize Des Moines Launches Energy Savings Program (Ind. Report)
Energize Des Moines
Date: 2017-11-10
In the Hawkeye State, the city of Des Moines' Energize Des Moines is launching a voluntary energy efficiency and management program targeting occupied commercial, multifamily, hospitality, industrial and institutional buildings in an effort to cut building energy consumption by 10 pct or more by 2020.

The program , which is focused on buildings of 25,000 square-feet or more, will gather and utilize data with the US DOE's Energy Star Portfolio Manager software and enroll the building with the city by Dec. 31.

The program is sponsored by the City of Des Moines; the Greater Des Moines Partnership; MidAmerican Energy; the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects, central Iowa section; Urban Land Institute Iowa; the U.S. Green Building Council, Iowa chapter; the Iowa Economic Development Authority energy office; and the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency. (Source: City of Des Moines, Business Record, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Des Moines, City Manager, (515) 283-4141,; Greater Des Moines Partnership, (515) 286-4950,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Ameren's Energy Efficiency Program Saves Kraft Heinz $1.1Mn (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2017-11-10
St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri, the Show Me State's largest utility reports that by identifying energy efficiency opportunities and possible upgrades, its BizSavers Program helped Kraft Heinz food processors realize over $1 million in incentives and save more than 15 million kilowatt-hours annually -- the equivalent of energy consumed by 1,216 homes -- at its Kirksville plant. Efficiencies were gained by installing LED lighting and motor controls, and optimizing compressed air systems, according to a press release.

The Ameren program offers cash incentives and technical assistance to businesses for improving their energy efficiency. The moves at Kraft Heinz will save (Source: Ameren, Kirksville Daily Express, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Rich Wright, Manager Energy Efficiency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri ,  Energy Efficiency,  

NRG Deploys 2-MW Li-Ion Energy Storage System in TX (Ind. Report)
NRG Energy,Toshiba
Date: 2017-11-10
NRG Energy is reporting the deployment of a 2-MW, lithium-ion battery storage system for the ERCOT grid in West Texas. The system was installed near NRG's and NRG Yield's Elbow Creek Wind Farm in Howard County, Texas.

The Elbow Creek installation is expected to demonstrate the environmental and commercial commercial viability of combining energy storage with renewable generation as well as correct short-term grid imbalances with high-speed frequency regulation services and move blocks of generation as needed. (Source: NRG Energy, Toshiba, Power Engineering, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: NRG Energy Inc., (609) 524-4500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRG Energy,  Energy Storage,  Toshiba,  Lithium-ion Battery,  

Date: 2017-11-09

LafargeHolcim, Heliatek Launching Solar Energy-Generating Concrete Building Facade (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-11-08
Global building materials supplier LafargeHolcim and Dresden, Germany-headquartered Heliatek GmbH are touting a photovoltaic energy-generating concrete building facade material that can generate twice the electric power of rooftop solar installations.

The cladding combines Heliatek's flexible and ultra-light HeliaFilm solar film with LafargeHolcim's prefabricated Ductal panels to create an integrated solar energy-generation system.

Heliatek offers a range of ultra-light (1 kg/sqm), thin, solar films with CO2 life cycle impact close to five times less than traditional crystalline photovoltaics. (Source: LafargeHochim, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: LafargeHockim,; Heliatek, +49 351 21303430,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LafargeHolcim,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  

Denver Voters Pondering "Green" Roof Initiative (Ind. Report)
Green Roof
Date: 2017-11-08
In Colorado, Denver voters are considering the Denver Green Roofs Initiative -- Initiated Ordinance 300 -- that if passes would require all buildings greater than 25,000 square feet dedicate a portion of their rooftop to green space or a combination of green space and solar panels. Buildings between 25,000 and 49,999 square foot would have to set aside 20 pct of the rooftop while buildings 50,000 to 99,999 square feet would have to set aside 30 percent and so on up to 60 percent for buildings 200,000 square feet and larger.

The owners of existing buildings could get a waiver and pay a fee in lieu of installing a green roof at the time of roof replacement if their building was not engineered to withstand the additional weight of a green roof. (Source: Builder, Various Media, Denverite, 6 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  Solar. Energy Efficiency,  

Max Bogl Completes World's Tallest Wind Turbine (Int'l)
Max Bogl Wind AG
Date: 2017-11-08
Sengenthal,Germany-based Max Bogl Wind AG reports it has completed construction of the world's tallest wind turbine with power production capacity sufficient for 1,000 homes.

The 178m (584ft) tall turbine is mounted on a 246.5 meter (809 foot) tower measured from the tips of the extended upward blades. For every added meter in height, the annual energy output is upped by 0.5-1 pct due to lower turbulence and stronger, more consistent winds. The tower is equipped with a pumped-storage that can provide up to 16 MW in power. (Source: Max Bogl Wind AG, Electrek, Others, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: Max Bogl Wind AG, +49 9181 909-0

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Energy Storage,  Hydro Energy Storage,  

South Africa Confirms 50,000 Tonne CCS Project (Int'l Report)
South Africa
Date: 2017-11-08
The South African Department of Energy and South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage reports South Africa plans to sequester initial 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide at a depth ranging from 800 meters to 2 kilometers beneath the earth surface -- depending upon rock formation suitability -- at KwaZulu-Natal near the Mozambique border. The project is expected to get underway in 2019.

If successful, the pilot project would be repeated on a larger scale in the seabed somewhere between Durban and Richards Bay. The commercial-scale facility would enable ESKOM, the country's dominant utility, and other large industrial operations to continue burning coal and other fossil fuels for decades. (Source: South Africa Department of Energy and South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage.Business Day, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Department of Energy and South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  CCS,  

Date: 2017-11-08

Scotland 'On Target' For 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2020 (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-08
A leading climate change academic has announced that Speaking at the Citizen's Assembly event in Dublin, of the According to University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences Professor Andy Kerrs, Scotland is likely to meet its target of creating 100 pct of its power from renewable sources by 2020. The country has increased the percentage of energy created by renewables sixfold over the last 15 years and has reached its own emissions targets fives years ahead of time,

Scotland has exceeded the target of 500 MW from locally-owned, locally-sourced renewables by 2020, and has accordingly revised the goal upwards to 1,000 MW (one gigawatt) produced.

Scotland is also aiming for a 42 pct reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 levels by 2020. (Source: University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences, Irish Times, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences, +44 131 651 7068,

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

Beijing Jingneng Acquires 100MW Aussie Wind Project (Int'l, M&A)
Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy
Date: 2017-11-08
Chinese-owned Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy Australia (BJCE Australia) is reporting completion of its acquisition of Newtricity's proposed 100MW, 31-turbine Biala Wind Farm in the Southern Tablelands region of NSW, Australia.

BJCE, which became active in Australia in 2014, says it plans to have a 1GW portfolio here by the end of 2020. The company plans to begin construction of the wind farm in mid 2018, for completion and commissioning in Q2 of 2019. (Source: BJCE, Renew Economy, Others, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  China Wind,  

EDP Renovaveis Announces Two Portuguese Wind Projects (Int'l)
EDP Renovaveis
Date: 2017-11-08
Portuguese renewable energy company EDP Renovaveis reports it will construct two new wind farms totaling 50 MW capacity in 2018. The two Portuguese projects, which have received regulatory approvals, are expected to come in at a total cost of €60 million, according to the company chairman Joao Manso Neto.

One of the two projects will be erected in Maunça near Leiria, and the other will be sited in Vigia , near Viseu. (Source: EDP Renovaveis, Portugal News Online, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: EDP Renovaveis,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renovaveis,  Wind,  

Acciona Touting Latin American Renewables Growth (Int'l Report)
Acciona Energia
Date: 2017-11-08
Spain's Acciona Energia is reporting the commissioning and startup of its 246MW, 776,000 module El Romero solar plant in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The facility is connected to the Chilean Central Interconnected System grid and supplies electric power to Google under a PPA until 2030.

Acciona, which presently owns a total 897MW of wind and photovoltaic power capacity in Chile, Mexico and Costa Rica, plans to construction of a further 700MW that will come online in 2018 and 2019. Other projects are under development for completion in 2020, according to the company. (Source: Acciona Energia, RENews, 4 Nov., 2017) , Contact: ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energia,  Solar,  

Yokkaichi Solar Power Station Construction Underway (Int'l)
Renova Inc
Date: 2017-11-08
PV specialist Renova Inc reports the groundbreaking on the 21.6-MW, Yokkaichi Solar Power Station plant in Mie prefecture, Japan. The plant, which is slated to come online in March, 2019, is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 6,750 area households.

Renova presently has 161.8 MW of renewable energy capacity in operation. (Source: Rnova Inc., Renewables Now, Various Media, Nov., 2017) Contact: Renova,

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Notable Quotes
Date: 2017-11-08
"The biggest mistake we can make at this moment is to pretend that (U.S. President) Trump is the norm. We must not normalize him. We must not accommodate him. It can unravel international trust in the Paris Agreement. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has already said that he is not in favour of leaving the Paris Agreement. Even if the US stays on board, they can do a lot to undermine trust in the agreement. This is the biggest danger. Paris really lives based on faith people have in its delivery." -- Sabrina Schulz, E3G Berlin Office Head Contact: E3G Think Tank, Berlin, +49 (0) 30 2887 3405,,

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

US-Israel fund to invest $4.8 million in 5 clean energy projects

Date: 2017-11-08
A program funded by the US Department of Energy and Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority will finance five joint Israel-US clean energy projects for a total of $4.8 million. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy BIRD Energy is part of the BIRD Foundation, was established in 2009 and matches US and Israeli researchers in technology related work and offers funding to selected projects. The projects that have been selected to receive funding are: Brenmiller Energy Ltd. (Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel) and Power Authority of the State of New York (White Plains, New York), which will develop a high temperature, storage-based Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system; CelDezyner Ltd. (Rehovot, Israel) and AdvanceBio LLC. (Milford, Ohio), which are developing a process for the production of ethanol from lignocellulosic feedstocks (energy crops and agricultural residues); QDM Ltd. (Rehovot, Israel) and ALD NanoSolutions Inc. (Broomfield, Colorado), which are developing third generation High Power Transmission Cables (HTS) cables; SoftWheel Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Detroit Bikes (Detroit, Michigan), which will develop an energy- efficient, low-maintenance, high-performance bicycle; and TerraGenic Ltd. (Kadima, Israel) and Triton Systems, Inc. (Chelmsford, Massachusetts), which will develop a safe hydrogen transport and storage system. The BIRD Energy program was set up in 2009 and has since invested $30 million in 37 joint projects undertaken by Israeli entrepreneurs with a US partner. The foundation has approved close to 950 projects over its 40-year history. (Source: Bird Energy, PR, 5 Nov., 2017)

HSBC Commits $100Bn to Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-08
In London, banking giant HSBC reports it has earmarked $100 billion for financing low-carbon technology and sustainable development by 2025. The commitment is part of the bank's package of measures to strengthen its commitment to tackling climate change and other "green" goals. The bank will also reduce support for coal-fired power generation and increase disclosure of "climate risks" in its lending book under new policies announced on Monday.

The just announced $100 billion will support projects that contribute to reducing carbon emissions or meeting the UN's sustainable development goals, which cover a range of social and environmental challenges.

The bank also announced all electricity used by HSBC would be sourced from renewable sources by 2030, through direct investments in green power projects or through power purchase agreements to help finance their development. The bank will also adoptrecommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. (Source: HSBC, Financial Times, Others, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: HSBC,

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UN Entities Achieve Climate Neutrality (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-08
According to the UN's Greening the Blue report the UN emitted 1.90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2eq) in 2016 -- an average of 7.18 tCO2eq per capita. The UN headquarter offices in New York, various field offices and warehouses, accounted for 46 pct of the total, air travel accounted for 42 pct and other travel made up the balance.

The organization offset 37 pct of its total reported emissions through the purchase of carbon credits. and is is on track to 100 pct climate-neutrality by 2020, according to the Greening the Blue According to the report 39 of the UN's 69 agencies achieved climate neutrality in 2016 The climate-neutral UN entities include UN Environment (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN Postal Union (UPU), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and others.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: UN, Greening the Blue, IISD, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Greening the Blue,

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

WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2017-11-08
"We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping 50 degrees C in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa. This is part of a long-term warming trend," -- UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

Download the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017 HERE. (Source: WMO, Nov., 2017) Contact: World Meteorological Organisation, +41 (0) 22 73 0811,

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Alberta Waste-to-Biofuel Plant US EPA RFS Approved (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-08
Further to our Sept. 18th coverage, Montreal-headquartered waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer Enerkem Inc. reports it has received US EPA approval approval to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, Alberta facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Enerkem's Edmonton facility is the first ever municipal waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant to receive approval to sell in the United States. Under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuels are to be blended in the conventional transportation fuel pool by 2022. Enerkem is now registered for D3 Renewable identification numbers (RINs) credits. Previously this year, the Edmonton biofuel facility was expanded to produce 13 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol following the commissioning of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit. The Edmonton plant was funded by private sources, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), Alberta Innovates and Alberta Energy. (Source: Enerkem Inc., 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251,,; Sustainable Development Technology Canada,; Alberta Innovates, (780) 427-1956,,

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Costa Rica, KLM Partnering on Aviation Biofuels Flights (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-08
In San Jose, the government of Costa Rica and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are reporting a Letter of Intent to cooperate on the use of aviation biofuels. To that end KLM has begun new twice-weekly direct flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Costa Rica's San Jose (SJO) airport using bio-based jet fuel.

KLM will share its knowledge and expertise with the Costa Rican government in close cooperation with its partner SkyNRG. KLM operated its first flight using biofuel in 2009 became the world's first airline to operate a commercial flight using sustainable biofuel. According to the airline, by using biofuels it can reduce its CO2 emissions by as much as 80 pct compared to fossil fuels. (Source: KLM, Nov., 2017) Contact: KLM Corporate Office,; SkyNRG, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505.,

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Good News from Syria -- at Last! (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2017-11-08
Yesterday in at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Syria, the last remaining non signatory to the Paris Climate Accord, announced it would now join the agreement.

The Syrian announcement leaves the US "alone in the desert" as the world's only country -- large or small, rich or poor -- not signed on to the landmark climate deal after "The Donald" Trump announced the U.S. economy "couldn't afford the economic impact" of the deal.

In announcing the Syrian change of heart, the country's Deputy Minister of "The Syrian Arab Republic supports the implementation of Paris climate change accord, in order to achieve the desired global goals and to reflect the principles of justice and shared responsibility, but in accordance with the capabilities of each of the signatories." (Source: BBC, Various Media, 7 Nov., 2017)

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E-10 Ethanol Becoming French Fuel of Choice (Int'l. Report)
Bioethanol Collective
Date: 2017-11-08
In France, the Biofuel Collective is reporting that SP95-E10 ethanol blended gasoline is the largest selling transportation fuel in France. SP95-E10's rise is attributed to a variety of factors including: a tax break that made the crop-based fuel more attractive to drivers; significantly increased nationwide availability; French motorists' "distrust" of diesel after the VW emissions test cheating scandal and an increase in the legal biofuel blending level in transport fuel to 7.5 pct.

Sales of unleaded SP95-E10 accounted for 38.5 pct of France's total petrol sales in September compared with 36.8 pct for SP95 and 23.6 pct for the higher-quality SP98, according to a Bioethanol Collective statement. (Source: Bioethanol Collective, Reuters, Nov., 2017)Contact: Bioethanol Collective,

Aemetis Inks Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-08
Following on our Oct. 20th coverage, Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. reports its subsidiary Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes has inked a 20 year feedstock supply agreement to cellulosic ethanol production at a former US Army munitions facility in Riverbank, California, which is near the existing Aemetis biofuels plant in Keyes, California. Aemetis holds a 55-year lease on the Riverbank site where it plans to produce cellulosic ethanol.

Under the agreement, Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes will supply more than 1.6 million tpy of waste orchard wood and nutshells generated from approximately 1 million acres of almond, walnut, and pistachio orchards in California's Central Valley. Aemetis' price of the feedstock is approximately $20 per ton delivered for the first ten years.

. Aemetis' existing biorefinery in Keyes, California produces in excess of 60 million gpy of ethanol. The company plans to construct multiple phases of cellulosic ethanol production and add more than 40 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol capacity at the Riverbank, California site. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939,,

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POET DSM Claims Cellulosic Biofuels Commercialization Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-08
Emmetsburg, Iowa-based ethanol producer POET DSM reports the company has achieved a breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels that has been their biggest hurdle toward commercialization. According to POET DSM Spokesman Matt Merritt, the breakthrough was in pretreatment which is the first stage of cellulosic biofuel production. He says their next step is to get that licensed and out to other biofuel plants.

Merritt says by taking the cellulosic feedstock -- corn stover, cobs, leaves, husks -- and processing it so that enzymes and yeast can access the cellulosic sugars, it then ferments them into biofuel. The process benefits biofuel plants as well as farmers and the environment, according to Merritt. (Source: POET DSM, WNAX Radio, 6 Nov., 2017)Contact: POET LLC, Jeff Broin, CEO, Jeff Lautt, Pres., COO, (605) 965-2200,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET DSM,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  Corn stover,  

China's SDIC Announces Corn Ethanol Plant Plans (Int'l)
China State Development & Investment Corporation
Date: 2017-11-08
In Beijing, the China State Development and Investment Corporation (SDIC) reports the signing of a framework agreement for construction of a 3 billion yuan ($452 million), 4-5 million tpy ethanol plant in the city of Fujin, Heilongjiang province. The new facility will use 1.85 million tpy of corn as a feedstock. (Source: China State Development & Investment Corporation, Times of India, Reuters, Others, Nov., 2017) Contact: China State Development & Investment Corporation,

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Copersucar Foresees Increased Ethanol Production (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-08
Sao Paulo, Brazil-based based sugar and ethanol giant Copersucar reports it expects the country's center-south mills to increase ethanol production by as much as 1 billion lpy next season to take advantage of higher demand and prices for the biofuel, according to a Reuters report.

Copersucar trades sugar and ethanol on behalf of more than 20 associated companies in Brazil. It is also a partner of Cargill Inc in the Alvean joint venture, which controls about 25 pct of the global sugar trade. (Source: Copersucar, Reuters, Nov., 2017) Contact: Copersucar, +55 11 2618 8166,

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BREEAM USA Announces U.S. Market Availability (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-08
BREEAM USA -- Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method -- is touting the availability of the BREEAM standard for existing buildings to the U.S. market. BREEAM provides science-based sustainable certification and improvement for buildings not covered by existing programmes. The method enables property investors, owners, managers and occupants to drive sustainable improvements through operational efficiencies and effective building management.

The BREEAM In-Use standard is available to all commercial existing buildings of any size, age or condition.

BREEAM USA, a partnership between BRE Group and BuildingWise, a US-based LEED certification consultancy, has been used on over two million registered projects and over 550,000 certified buildings in 70 countries. (Source: BREEAM USA, Contact: BREEAM America, Barry Giles, CEO, Niall Trafford, COO,

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