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Former Birmingham Dept. Store Scores LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-30
In downtown Birmingham, Alaabama, the $70 million renovation of the Pizitz Building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED certification for energy efficiency. The former 1920s department store Pizitz Building was empty for nearly three decades before the 251,210-square-foot building was transformed into 143 apartments, a food hall and retail space.

The redevelopment implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The redevelopment included the repurposing of a parking deck; low-flow water fixtures, creating an open-air atrium to allow for sunlight, recycling 17 pct of building materials, diversion of 65 pct of construction waste from a landfill, and various other energy effic iency features and upgrades. (Source: USGBC, Alabama NewsCenter , 29 April, 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

EPA Waivers Lower Ethanol Production, says RFA (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-04-30
The US EPA has granted Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)waivers to dozens of refineries over the last couple of years. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) analyzed the EPA's own compliance data and found that the exemptions lowered volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 million gallons over that time period. The volume lost over the last two years is ten times greater than the collective losses from 2013-2015, according to the RFA. The EPA reportedly has not disclosed the number of waivers it has granted and how much blending volume those exemptions effectively erased.

According to the RFA, "The EPA data strongly implies that small refiner exemptions have effectively lowered the 2017 required volume of renewable fuels by 1.1 billion gallons, or six percent." (Source: US EPA, NAFB, Others, 28 April, 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFA,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  

U.S. Scored Record Ethanol Exports in 2017 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-30
The U.S. exported nearly 1.4 billion gallons of fuel ethanol in 2017, surpassing the previous record of 1.2 billion gallons set in 2011, and making it a net exporter of ethanol for the eighth straight year. The U.S. has seen continued growth in fuel ethanol exports over the past eight years, as increases in both corn production and ethanol production capacity have outpaced domestic fuel ethanol consumption. U.S. fuel ethanol was exported to 35 countries in 2017.

US Fuel ethanol exports to Brazil hit 450 million gallons in 2017 and accounted for nearly one-third of all U.S. fuel ethanol exports. Canada remained the second-leading destination of U.S. fuel ethanol at nearly 330 million gallons in 2017, followed by China as the third-largest importer of U.S. fuel ethanol in 2016. (Source: EPA,Various Media, MAREX, 28 April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  USDA,  US Ethanol Export,  

Prison Efficiency Upgrades Expected to Release Savings (Ind. Report)
Entegrity Energy Partners
Date: 2018-04-30
Little Rock-based Entegrity Energy Partners LLC is reporting completion of $26.5 million in contracts with the Arkansas Department of Correction ($17 million) and the Department of Community Correction ($9.5 million) under the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program. Under the contract, Entegrity Energy Partners committed to save the state at least $26.5 million in energy costs over 20 years.

The Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program allows state agencies to treat utility savings as revenue that can be used to pay off capital improvement bonds as long as qualified energy efficiency firms, as certified by the Arkansas Energy Office in the Department of Environmental Quality, are contracted for the work.

Under the contracts for the Department of Community Correction prison at Brickeys, Entegrity will build and install a composting facility to turn food wastes food into fertilizer for prison farms, transition more than 17,000 light fixtures to high-efficiency LED lights and add approximately 2 acres of solar panels to provide reliable on-site energy to supplement purchased power.

The Correction Department predicts 20 pct reduction in baseline energy consumption and a 40 pct drop in baseline water consumption at the contracted facilities. (Source: Entegrity Energy Partners, Arkansas Non-Profit News Network, 28 April, 2018) Contact: Entegrity Energy Partners, Rob Guthrie, Bus. Dev., (800) 700-1414,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Entegrity Energy Partners,  Energy Efficiency,  

Renewable Energy Subsidies Declined in 2016, says EIA (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2018-04-30
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that federal subsidies for renewable energy -- including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity -- fell to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56 pct fall from FY 2013. Renewable subsidies in FY 2016 were about half the amount for FY 2010 and FY 2013, about $15 billion, as support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lessened.

EIA defines subsidies as funds that a government expends or revenue it foregoes to encourage or support certain activities. EIA's report includes direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research and development (R&D), and credit subsidies to recipients of federal loan guarantees.

Tax expenditures provided 80 percent of FY 2016 subsidies for renewables. More than half (51 percent) of the $5.6 billion in renewable tax expenditures went to biofuels which accounted for 77 pct of tax expenditures in FY 2010, but only 31 pct in FY 2013. (Source: US EIA, Grand Island Independent, 28 April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy Incentive,  

Publications Resumption Schedule -- Please Note
publications schedule
Date: 2018-04-27
Following our brief 15th Year Anniversary break,


We're looking forward to our next 15 years! Thank you.

Solar, Wind, Energy Storage Could Meet 80 pct of US Energy Needs, says Study (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-13
According to a new study from the University of California Irvine, the California Institute of Technology, and the Carnegie Institute of Science, up to 80 pct of U.S. electric power needs could reliably be met with solar and wind energy if significant investments are made in new transmission lines and large scale battery storage.

The research team estimated the cost of new transmission lines required could be hundreds of billions of dollars, while storing electricity with the cost of today's batteries would likely cost more than a trillion dollars, although the prices of solar and other renewable energy as well as energy storage are expected to continue to fall.

The study notes that meeting 100 pct of U.S. electric power demand with solar and wind alone would be impractical as it would require the ability to store several weeks' worth of electricity. (Source: UC-Irvine, Energy & Environmental Science, Design News, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, Ken Caldeira, (650) 704-7212,,; UC-Irvine, Assoc. Prof. Steven Davis, Professor of Earth System Science and study co-author,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UC-Irvine,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  

Germany Contributes €14 Mn to Ukrainian Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-04-13
In Bonn, the German government reports it will supply a further €10 million for various projects of the Energy Efficiency Fund of Ukraine, plus € 4 million for training energy auditors and employees of the fund, the Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities.

The state budget of Ukraine is providing the Energy Efficiency Fund with $61.5 million in funding in 2018. (Source: 112 UA, 12 April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energfy Efficiency,  

RE&P Launches Texas Energy Efficiency Utility of Rebate Initiative (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy and Power
Date: 2018-04-13
Nevada-headquartered lighting innovation specialist Renewable Energy and Power (RE&P) reports it is initiating approval as Project Sponsors in Texas PUC "standard offer" and market transformation programs available to Texas electrical utility customers.

As required by state legislation, Texas utilities contract with Project Sponsors -- independent, third-party service providers, responsible for implementation of residential and commercial energy efficiency measures. Project Sponsors receive incentive payments from the Transmission & Distribution Utilities (TDUs) for the measures that result in peak demand reductions and energy savings. Project Sponsors include energy service companies, contractors, retail electric providers, national or local companies that provide energy-related products, and product retailers who provide installation services.

The programs are funded through a systems benefits charge on transmission and distribution services and are administered by the utilities. Altogether, several hundred million dollars are available for energy efficient programs in Texas. (Source: Renewable Energy and Power, Inc., PR, Nasdaq, 11 April, 2018) Contact: Renewable Energy and Power, Inc., (702) 685-9524,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED light news,  Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Rebate news,  

DEEP Details New England Offshore Wind Proposals (Ind. Report)
Deepwater Wind,Baystate Wind
Date: 2018-04-13
A day after two offshore wind developers announced proposals for Connecticut, state regulators released details of three total projects submitted this week, including one from New Bedford, Mass.-based Vineyard Wind LLC.

Vineyard Wind will compete against proposals announced this week by Deepwater Wind and Baystate Wind, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said Wednesday. Vineyard Wind, joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, would inject 190 MW of power into Connecticut from a proposed windfarm 14 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

All three proposals are flexible depending on the results of similar bidding processes ongoing in Massachusetts.

Environmental groups and labor leaders have backed DEEP's request for offshore wind proposals, saying the region has the workforce and logistics to play a major role in a growing market in New England. But supporters of wind power say Connecticut is playing catch-up to Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Maryland — each seeking proposals from private developers for wind farms producing between 400 and 1,100 megawatts of power. (Source: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, The Day, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Deepwater Wind,  Baystate Wind,  

CDP Surveys Corporate Board Climate Change Policies (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-13
A Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) survey of 1,681 companies in 14 countries reports more company boards oversee climate change measures in the UK than in any other country. According to the survey, 97 pct of UK companies, the highest proportion among the 14 countries surveyed, disclose Scope 1 emissions, covering fuel combustion, vehicles and unintended gas release, and Scope 2 emissions, or purchased electricity, heat and steam. However, only 17 pct of financial companies were found to declare Scope 3 emissions and only 35 pct of companies will use carbon pricing from next year.

The survey also found that a majority of companies overall have board oversight of climate-related issues, only 10 pct provide financial incentives for directors to manage the risks and opportunities. The largest percentage of companies offering incentives was found in Germany. Companies in the UK, France and Germany lead in giving information across three of the four areas of governance, risk management, metrics and targets stated by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. In North America, the US had the lowest proportion using and preparing to use carbon pricing, 15 and 9 pct respectively, and, at 66 pct, the lowest percentage of companies with board oversight. Canada had the lowest percentage offering the incentives, at 2 pct, and the second lowest proportion providing low-carbon products or services enabling avoided emissions, at 54 pct.

CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. (Source: CDP, TriplePundit, 9 April, 2018) Contact: CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086,,

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

Green Building Initiative Launches Green Globes Pilot (Ind. Report)
Green Building Initiative
Date: 2018-04-13
In Portland, the Green Building Initiative (GBI) reports it will update its American National Standard, Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. Revisions to the Standard include:
  • The introduction of new sections and criteria including: Site and Building Resilience; Resource Conservation addresses minimized use of raw materials and encourages designing for deconstruction; Moisture Control Analysis as a method of limiting risk of building non-performance; Building Risk Assessment criteria, which spurs teams to review the site for hazards like weather, flooding, soil stability, and earthquake potential and put together emergency response plans.

  • Indoor Domestic Plumbing includes four paths to earn points including the new Path D for Major Renovations.

  • Three paths allow users to choose between three options for assessing projected energy performance.

  • Non-Modeled Energy Efficiency Impacts are assessed and Metering, Monitoring, and Measurement have been revamped to further incentivize sub-metering.

  • The use of a Resource Management Plan and verification of actual performance are encouraged, and there are incentives to incorporate renewable sources of energy.

  • Projects need to attain a minimum 20 pct score in each Assessment Area to receive certification, but consistent with Green Globes’ reputation for flexibility, users are free to choose the criteria within the assessment areas that are most relevant to their projects.

    Green Globes is a leading sustainability rating system for commercial and multi-family buildings. Recognized for its ease of use, inherent flexibility, and customization, Green Globes can be applied to virtually every building type and use. To ensure diversity among the building types and geographic locations participating in the pilot program, GBI offered subsidized involvement for a select number of participants. Current pilot projects include: Federal government warehouse in West Virginia; K-12 school in Florida; Mixed use property in New York; Federal government office in Texas; and Multifamily residential property in Georgia . The pilot is open to all new construction and major renovation projects.

    The GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building best practices. Founded in 2004, the organization is the sole provider of the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building assessment programs. (Source: Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Green Building Initiative, (503) 274-0448, ,

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

  • Vivergo Fuels Reboots UK Wheat-Ethanol Plant (Int'l Report)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2018-04-13
    Following up on our November 20, 2017 coverage, Vivergo Fuels has confirmed the reopening of its UK-grown wheat-to-ethanol plant in Hull, UK. The plant, which was shuttered in November due to "poor market conditions", has an annual production capacity of 420 million liters of ethanol and 500,000 mt of DDG high protein feed.

    The Vivergo plant is the UK's largest and Europe's second largest bioethanol producer and the country's largest single producer of DDGs animal feed.

    Vivergo Fuels is a joint venture between AB Sugar and DuPont, with ANB Sugar the majority shareholder. (Source: Virgo Fuels, Various Media, 11 April, 2018)Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800,

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

    Qatar SDC Developing Biocrude Technologies (R&D, Int'l Report)
    Sustainable Development Centre
    Date: 2018-04-13
    In Qatar, the Sustainable Development Centre (SDC) at Qatar University's College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) reports it is developing the techniques to produce bio-crude oil through its Qatar Biofuel Project aimed at finding a way to produce affordable and sustainable biofuels.

    "Production of biofuels can also be done efficiently under searing temperatures and without relying on Qatar's arable land," said SDC director and Qatar Biofuel Project manager Hareb al-Jabri. In a statement, he said the first phase of the project witnessed SDC’s research team producing biodiesel, bioethanol and bio-crude oil. These fuels should provide an additive source of energy, specifically for use by the airline industry.

    According to Al-Jabri, the project adds value to the country's oil and gas sector as it aims to support the vision of Qatar Airways to use environmentally-friendly fuel in the airline industry, reducing the negative environmental effects of conventional fuel. He added that the project will also contribute to carbon dioxide sequestration by recycling it to produce biofuels. (Source: SDC Qatar University, Gulf Times, April, 2018)Contact: SDC Qatar University,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biocrude,  SDC Qatar University,  

    Apple Claiming 100 pct Clean Energy Worldwide (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-13
    California tech giant Apple reports it has achieved a goal of "100 pct clean energy" for its retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries. Nine of Apple's manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

    According to an Apple statement, the company and its partners are building renewable energy projects around the world, including solar arrays and wind farms, as well as emerging technologies like biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems and energy storage technologies. The company added it has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity. It also has 15 more projects in construction. Once built, over 1.4 gigawatts of renewable energy generation will be spread across 11 countries. (Source: Apple, AFP, 10 April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple,  Renewable Energy,  

    Global Wind Power Capacity To Double By 2027, Claims MAKE Consulting

    Date: 2018-04-12
    MAKE Consulting has predicted that annual wind power capacity additions will average out at more than 65 gigawatts (GW) between 2018 and 2027, thanks in part to the increasing demand in offshore wind and the expanding contribution of emerging markets. MAKE Consulting, which is now a part of research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie, published new figures on Friday for the global wind market over the next 10 years. The research, which focused less on resulting capacity and more on regional trends, forecasts annual wind power capacity additions will average out at more than 65 GW from 2018 to 2027. Specifically, MAKE highlights “incentive expirations and markets adjusting to new auction mechanisms” as resulting in a more than 30% increase in annual capacity additions between 2017 and 2020. Further, and fortunately, a second increase in additions will take place between 2023 and 2027 due to the “realization of offshore ambitions and sustained momentum from emerging markets globally.” However, such success is reliant on the global wind energy industry’s ability to continue winning capacity awards at auction, and being able to deliver on time and within budget.

    MAKE predicts that the outlook in Europe will depend more and more on the success of the offshore wind energy sector, which it predicts will account for more than a quarter of new capacity added between 2018 and 2027. Specifically, offshore wind will expand to account for 50% of new capacity in Northern Europe, with the UK unsurprisingly accounting for the majority of this capacity, although Denmark will contribute in the near-term, and Sweden and Ireland will contribute in the long-term.

    Offshore wind will be less important in the rest of Europe, however, contributing only 10% in Western Europe over the next ten years, with France, Germany, and the Netherlands each expected to add more than 5 GW. As for onshore, Germany and France will dominate here. In Southern Europe, a total of 40 GW of new wind capacity is expected. Spain and Turkey will together add more than 13 GW worth of wind power capacity over the next ten years, and Italy will similarly contribute thanks to its new energy plan. Markets in Eastern Europe will contribute annual additions in excess of 1 GW from 2019. China’s wind industry will take a little time to get its motor running following the National Energy Administration’s warning mechanism, but as curtailment levels drop and wind power consumption increases, annual capacity levels will begin to rise. Specifically, MAKE predicts that annual capacity additions will exceed 3 GW between 2022 and 2027. Australia will see two good years of over 1 GW each in 2018 and 2019 before a considerable drop-off due to government apathy. India, on the other hand, will see annual growth through 2022. The forecast for wind in North America is much less impressive, however, after the US narrowly avoided “complete disaster through tax reform negotiations at the end of 2017” which resulted in modified timelines and pushing some capacity into the 2019-20 growth bubble. Annual capacity additions will drop off “considerably” post 2021, to the tune of nearly a threefold decrease in average annual capacity additions between 2022 and 2027 compared to the four years prior. Near-term growth in Latin America is heavily reliant upon a small number of countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. Sustained long-term growth is expected with the addition of new markets from 2020. Annual capacity additions are expected to triple in the Middle East and Africa in 2027 compared to 2018 as a result of contributions made by emerging markets. (Source: Make Consulting, CleanTechnica, Mar., 2018)

    Sodra to Increase Tall Oil Diesel Fuel Production (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Vaxjo, Sweden-based forest products and lumber producer Sodra reports it will invest SEK 250 million ($30 million) in a new line for tall diesel fuel production at SunPine's facility in Pitea, Sweden, and increase current production capacity by 50%. The new line is expected to be operational in 2020, according to a release.

    In recent years, Sodra has invested SEK 6 billion ($718 million) in its pulp mills to increase production, which has also led to higher volumes of tall oil for distillation.

    Tall oil is a by-product from the pulp and paper industry and forms the basis for the production of SunPine's renewable products in which raw tall diesel (RFD) is the chief product and which ultimately becomes green diesel. (Source: Sodra, 9 April, 2018) Sodra, Christen Gronvold-Hansen, Project Director , +46 (0)70 646 33 37,; SunPPine,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sodra,  Tall Oil,  Renewable Diesel,  

    Mass. Offshore Wind Lease Auction Details Expected (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In Washington, the The US Department of Interior (DOI) reports it plans to lease two additional areas offshore Massachusetts totaling 390,000 acres for offshore wind energy development.

    The proposed sale notice (PSN) is expected to be published in the Federal Register today, 11 April 2018 and will include the proposed lease provisions and conditions, auction details as well as the criteria for evaluating competing bids and award procedures. The PSN will also be issued to affirm the continued interest from developers who are already been qualified for commercial wind development off Massachusetts, as well as to gather qualification materials from potential bidders who have been qualified for a wind lease sale in the Bay State. (Source: BOEM, Various Media, EBR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  BOEM,  

    Important Notice -- Publications Schedule -- Important Notice

    Date: 2018-04-11
    In celebration of our 15th year of publishing, we're taking a break!

    We will not be publishing Monday, 16th, April through Friday, 27th April. Our regular publication schedule will resume Monday, 30th April.

    We apologize for any inconvenience and disruption in service. Thank You.

    Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization with ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In a release, San Jose, California-based biofuel specialist Byogy Renewables reports it welcomes last week's ASTM Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval.

    This jet fuel specification is a direct nexus between the global ethanol industry and the aviation sector, connecting two mature industries that could never be linked in the past. Now ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.

    The new ASTM specification allows jet fuel, produced from ethanol under the ATJ process, to be sold commercially on a global basis.

    The aviation sector is now subject to global de-carbonization compliance regulations beginning in 2020 under the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Given such great demand, and now with the ATJ specification in place, a full supply chain exists to effectively scale up and drive production costs down while carbon reduction policies are advanced. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., PR, April, 2018) Contact: Byogy, Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704,; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Byogy,  Bifuel,  ASTM,  Aviation Biofuel,  

    GE Renewable Energy Confirms First Jordanian Wind Project (Int'l)
    General Electric Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-04-11
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting it will supply its latest generation of 3.6-137 wind turbines to Mass Energy Group Holding, a subsidiary of Mass Global, for installation at the 100 MW Mass Wind project in the Jordan. When fully operational by the end of 2019, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for 150,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 233,800 metric tpy. The project is both GE Renewable Energy's and Mass Global's first project in Jordan.

    The project supports the Kingdom of Jordan's commitment to meeting its Vision 2025 renewable energy targets to increase the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix to 11 pct and drive domestic energy production to 39 pct. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, SmarterAnalyst, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Mass Energy Group Holding,; GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business,

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

    Carbon Sequestration Market Outlook 2022 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Sequestration
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Global Carbon Sequestration Market -- Industry Size, Share, Trends, Analysis and Forecasts 2022, a new reports from Market Reports predicts the projected growth rate of Carbon Sequestration technologies and the current and projected landscape of the Carbon Sequestration technologies market.

    The Carbon Sequestration report provides and overview of the carbon sequestration industry including growth analysis and historical and futuristic cost, revenue, demand and supply data, and a description of the value chain and its distributor analysis.

    The report covers the Carbon Sequestration Market by regions, companies, type (natural, man-made disasters, application and others. It also investigates new project feasibility thorough SWOT and investment analysis of imminent Carbon Sequestration Market opportunities.

    Sample and additional information is HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports, satPR, April, 2018) Contact: Absolute Reports,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  

    Schneider Electric Enhances Albea's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-04-11
    French energy efficiency and management specialist Schneider Electric reports it is partnering with with Albea SA for an integrated energy efficiency and carbon management programme at Albea's personal care packaging facilities by 2020.

    Under the new three-year partnership, Schneider Electric will focus on optimizing utility contracts and rates in addition to standardizing risk management. The new partnership builds on earlier energy efficiency-focused efforts, which helped Albea meet its 15 pct energy consumption reduction goal. Schneider Electric also previously helped Albea to improve CDP reporting, which resulted in improving company ratings from C to B. (Source: Schneider Electric, Power Tech., 10 April, 2018) Contact: Albea SA,; Schneider Electric,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  

    MIT, NREL Study Carbon Tax Effectiveness Scenarios (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
    Date: 2018-04-11
    According to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a carbon tax on the use of fossil fuels coupled with returning the generated tax revenue to the public in one form or another, can be an effective way to curb GHG emissions and, depending on the mechanism chosen, could be fair and not hurt low-income households.

    In reaching their conclusion, the researchers considered carbon taxes at $25 and $50 per ton of carbon emissions produced and two rates of increase -- 1 pct or 5 pct per year -- as well as three different approaches to dispensing the revenue: an equal rebate to every household; a tax break for individuals; or a corporate tax break.

    The study showed that even the lowest taxation rates could lead to reductions sufficient to meet the U.S. near-term commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. However, the most efficient way of achieving those reductions, in terms of overall impact on the economy, is to use the revenue to reduce taxes on corporate profits or investment income. Rebating equal payments across the board was found to be the least efficient and individual tax breaks came in somewhere in between on both criteria. The researchers suggest a combination of tax breaks to corporations and rebates to the low-income families most affected by the tax could virtually eliminate the regressive aspects of the tax at very little cost in overall efficiency as well as be politically acceptable.

    Their analysis indicates that starting with a $50 per ton carbon tax and increasing it by 5 pct per year would lead to a 63 pct reduction in total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PR, AAAS, 5 April, 2018) Contact: MIT, Sloan School of Management, John Reilly,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Portugal Boasts 100 pct Renewable Energy in March (Int'l Report)
    Portugal,Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-04-11
    APREN, the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association, is reporting Portugal's renewable energy production last month exceeded Mainland Portugal's power consumption of 4,647 GWh. The renewable electricity production accounted for 103.6 pct of the electricity consumption, a value unmatched in the last 40 years.

    In terms of resources, hydro and wind accounted, for 55 pct and 42 pct of the monthly production respectively. The total March production of renewables also avoided the emission of 1.8 million tons of CO2, which translated in savings of €21 million in the acquisition of emission allowances. (Source: Portugal Renewable Energy Assoc., Market Business News, 7 April, 2018) Contact: APREN,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

    DTEK, China's CMEC Planning Massive Ukrainian Solar Project (Int'l)
    DTEK,China Machinery Engineering Corp
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Kiev-based power producer DTEK and China Machinery Engineering Corp (CMEC) are reporting their joint agreement to construct a 200-MW, €230 million ($282 million) solar power station in the central Ukrainian region of Dnipropetrovsk.

    The project will be financed with a combination of DTEK funds and a loan from CMEC. Detials were not immediately announced.

    DTEK is Ukraine's largest energy group with assets in coal mining, electricity generation and distribution, alternative energy and gas production. The company plans to increase its renewable capacity to 1,000 MW in 2019.

    CMEC, part of the China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach) group of companies, specializes in construction of power projects in generation, transmission, and distribution. (Source: DTEK, Reuters, 6 April, 2018) Contact: DTEK,; China Machinery Engineering Corp,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTEK,  Solar,  China Machinery Engineering Corp,  

    S. African Solar Thermal Power Storage Project Underway (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In South Africa, the Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, a consortium led by SolarReserve and International Company for Power and Water (ACWA), reports the 100-MW Redstone Solar Thermal Power Project in Postmasburg, Northern Cape Province, is underway. The project has a 20-year PPA with the South African public utility Eskom.

    The Redstone project will incorporate SolarReserve's proprietary ThermaVault technology which integrates molten salt energy storage technology as well as heliostat collector field controls and tracking system.

    In addition to the Redstone project, SolarReserve developed 246 MW of solar capacity already installed and operating in South Africa, 650 MW bid into expedited round 4.5 of the REIPPPP and a pipeline of over 2,000 MW. (Source: Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, SolarReserve, Power Engineering, 6 April, 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Tom Georgis, Senior VP of Development, (310) 315-2200,; ACWA, +27 11 722 4100,; Eskom.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom,  Solar Energy Storage,  Molten Salt Energy Storage,  Eskom,  SolarReserve,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index Released (Ind. Report)
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In the Steel City, Carnegie Mellon University is reporting the release of the 2018 Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index. The Index tracks the environmental performance of US power producers and compares current emissions to more than two decades of historical data collected nationwide. This release marks the one-year anniversary of the Index, developed as a new metric to track power sector carbon emissions performance trends.

    The latest data revealed that US power plant emissions averaged 967 lb. CO2 per MWh in 2017, which was down 3.1 pct from the prior year and down 26.8 pct from the annual value of 1,321 lb CO2 per MWh in 2005 The result of 2016 was initially reported as 1,001 lb/MWhr, but was later revised downward to 998 lb/MWhr.

    The Index includes U.S. regional information and trends on fuel types, usage, and emissions, as well as emissions data from other North and South American countries. (Source: Carnegie Mellon University, April, 2018) Contact: Carnegie Mellon University, Ines Azevedo, Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; Climate and Energy Decision Making Center, (412) 268-6657,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carnegie Mellon University,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Oracle Saves Utilities Customers $2Bn in Energy Cost (Ind. Report)
    Oracle Utilities,National Grid
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Oracle Utilities is reporting its Opower Energy Efficiency programs have generated a total of $2 billion in utility bill savings for customers over the past decade.

    Launched in 2008, Opower Energy Efficiency programs have been implemented at more than 100 electric and gas utilities globally motivating customers to save more than 17 TWh of energy through multi-channel, personalized communications.

    National Grid's program started as a small implementation of Opower Home Energy Reports (HERs) in New York, and is today a multi-state engagement that touches 2.6 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2017 alone, National Grid customers received over 24 million personalized reports and 143,000 high bill alerts. In addition to driving savings, National Grid's HER reports have also improved customer awareness of, and interest in National Grid energy efficiency programs.

    Over the past several years, National Grid has augmented their energy efficiency program with several other Opower solutions including Digital Self Service Energy Management web tools and segmented campaigns to improve participation in programs such as income assistance. National Grid also deployed an innovative Oracle Utilities Opower Peak Management program called Peak Time Rewards that encourages customers to reduce peak electric load and overall electric and gas consumption with reward points. (Source: Oracle Utilities, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Oracle Utilities, Oracle Industry Connect, Rodger Smith, Snr. VP,;; National Grid, John Isberg, VP Customer Solutions,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oracle Utilities,  National Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Glasgow Office Building Lauded for Green Credentials (Int'l)
    Green Building
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In Scotland, the Green Organization is reporting an eight-story mixed-use building on the Queen Street site of the former Bank of Scotland Building in Glasgow has been recognized with a Scottish Green Apple Environment Silver award.

    Constructed in 2015, the building features a concave facade of curtain wall glazing; a green roof consisting of a Sedum planting system which is designed as a wildlife habitat; a complete wet and dry waste recycling system; and other energy efficient features. The building is being recognized as one of Scotland's greenest and most sustainable office buildings. (Source: Project Scotland, April, 2018) Contact: The Green Organization, +44 01933 665591,

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

    Ecovia Renewables Raises $1Mn in Seed Financing (Ind. Report)
    Ecovia Renewables
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Ann Arbor, Michegan-based biotechnology firm Ecovia Renewables, Inc. reports it has raised an initial $1 million in seed funding which will be used for near-term R&D, product development, and bioprocess scale-up activities.

    Investors include Seppic Inc. with which Ecovia signed a multi-year joint-development agreement. Under the deal, the two parties will co-develop a suite of biobased and biodegradable polymers for topical applications in the health and beauty markets. Similarly, Seppic will have exclusive marketing rights to products made using Ecovia' proprietary fermentation platform, Ecovia Renewables is focused on the research and development of high-performing biobased chemicals and fuels. (Source: Ecovi Renewables, PR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Ecovia,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecovia Renewables,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  

    Green Roof Performance Tool Launched (Ind. Report)
    Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Over the past five years Green Roofs for Healthy Cities -- and more recently the Green Infrastructure Foundation -- have been working to establish a set of performance criteria and metrics that apply to green roofs and walls -- the Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT).

    LAPT is a 110-credit system that covers the wide range of potential performance benefits and ties into and builds upon existing rating systems such as LEED and SITES. The program aims to improve the performance of living architecture systems by ensuring that they meet minimum standards, and act as a guide for future policy making, project design, installation, and maintenance.

    LAPT is designed to provide the following benefits:

  • Design, installation, maintenance professionals and building owners/developers can use it to maximize potential benefits, identify synergies, ensure long-lasting living architecture projects by strengthening maintenance practices, improve branding and marketing, and integrate living architecture projects into buildings;
  • Policy makers can adopt the LAPT (in whole or part) to inform regulatory or incentive programs, outsource expertise and compliance and ensure living architecture policies are effective by maximizing public benefits;
  • Product manufacturers can develop new products, innovate, or market existing high-performing products to help maximize benefits and achieve LAPT credits. (Source: Green Infrastructure Foundation , Living Architecture Monitor, April, 201) Contact: Green Infrastructure Foundation,; Green Roofs for Healthy Cities,

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  • German Biodiesel Producer Blames Dumping for Cutback (Int'l)
    Natural Energy West
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Hamburg, Germanby-headquartered biodiesel and glycerin producer Natural Energy West GmbH reports it is temporarily cutting biodiesel output by 50 pct due to European Union biodiesel imports from government subsidized Argentinian and Indonesian producers.

    Natural Energy West GmbH, which is jointly owned by German cooperative AGRAVIS, agribusiness Bunge, France's Diester International and German oilseeds crusher C. Thywissen. The company produces about 240,000 tpy of biodiesel at its plant in Marl. Production at the Marl plant will continue as necessary to meet existing contracts, according to a statement. (Source: Natural Energy West, Reuters, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Natural Energy West, Detlef Volz, CEO, +49-2365-4986-554,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Energy West,  Biodiesel,  

    CO2 Solutions Successful in NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Montreal-headquartered CO2 Solutions Inc. reports two of its entries -- Carbicrete of Montreal and CERT of Toronto -- have passed round 2 of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE and have been accepted among the ten round 3 finalists. These entries combined CO2 Solutions' carbon capture technology with the respective partner's CO2 utilization technology. CO2 Solutions and these named partners will equally share the sum of $500,000 US in prize money awarded to each of the winning entries for a total of $500,000 US for the Corporation.

    It is expected that round 3 results will be known in March 2020. The criterion for round 3 is to successfully demonstrate the capture and utilization of CO2 at a minimal capacity of 2 tonnes-CO2 per day, which is a milestone that CO2 Solutions already surpassed in its Valleyfield pilot in 2015. . CO2 Solutions has built an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low-energy aqueous solvents. (Source: CO2 Solutions, 9 April, 2018)Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,; Carbon XPrize,; Carbicrete, Chris Stern, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  XPrize,  

    Sunrun Calls for "Consumer-Centered" Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In San Francisco, Sunrun Inc., the nation's largest dedicated residential solar, storage and energy services company, has published the attached report detailing recommendations to improve and maximize the public benefits of the United States' energy system by

    According to the report, the United States suffers from the highest amount of power outages in the developed world. The 100 year-old electricity grid, designed for centralized electricity generation, requires investment of up to two trillion dollars. Under the old model, consumers will be forced to pay for these upgrades through higher energy bills. The U.S.' existing, aging energy infrastructure is also vulnerable to increasingly common extreme weather events and at greater risk of failure.

    The report adds, technology and innovation have opened up a new generation of energy resources that reduce the need for spending on unnecessary, outdated and polluting infrastructure. Clean power can be generated where it is used -- solar power on roofs and batteries in garages. The cost of home batteries declined 84 pct over the last decade and costs are expected to cut in half again over the next decade. More local power from solar and batteries on homes and businesses will improve reliability for Americans during increasingly frequent extreme weather events, and make the energy system more resilient for everyone.

    Download the Sunrun Affordable, Clean, Reliable Energy: A Better System Created by the People, For the People report HERE. (Source: SunRun Inc., PR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunrun,  Renewable Energy,  

    Municipalities Join NYSERDA Clean Communities Program (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In the Empire State, the community councils of Hanover and Silver Creek are reporting participation in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities Program . The program aims to incentivize municipalities to adopt various efficiency "impact actions." Municipalities that complete four of the 10 available impact actions will receive a $5,000 grant and be eligible for future NYSERDA grants.

    The first and major resolution passed by both Hanover and Silver Creek involves establishing building energy benchmarking using the EPA's internet-based Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track and assess the relative energy consumption and performance of community owned buildings of 1,000 square feet or larger. The aim is to identify energy consumption and cost cutting opportunities.

    Other approved resolutions include the New York State Unified Solar Permit program; energy and building code upgrades, training and enforcement; and electric vehicle charging stations. (Source: NYSERDA, Observer, 2 April, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,; Clean Energy Communities Program,

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

    Cement Tech Roadmap Cuts CO2 24 pct by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency, Cement Sustainability Initiative
    Date: 2018-04-09
    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Cement Sustainability Initiative's (CSI) Low-Carbon Transition in the Cement Industry, combination of technology and policy solutions could provide a pathway to reducing direct CO2 emissions from the cement industry by 24 pct below current levels by 2050. The cement sector is the third-largest industrial energy consumer in the world, responsible for 7 pct of industrial energy use and the second largest industrial emitter of CO2, with about 7 pct of global emissions.

    Despite increasing efficiencies, direct carbon emissions from the cement industry are expected to rise by 4 pct globally by 2050 under the IEA Reference Technology Scenario (RTS), a base case scenario that takes into account existing energy and climate commitments under the Paris Agreement.

    The roadmap, which explores a possible transition pathway based on least-cost technology analysis for the cement industry to reduce its direct CO2 emissions, suggests emissions savings can be achieved by taking into account the overall life cycle of cement, concrete and the built environment. This can include optimizing the use of concrete in construction by maximizing design life of buildings and infrastructures, encouraging reuse and recycling, reducing waste and benefiting from concrete’s properties to minimize energy needs for heating and cooling of buildings.

    Download Low-Carbon Transition in the Cement Industry details HERE. (Source: International Energy Agency, April, 2018) Contact: International Energy Agency ,

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    Fotowatio Wins 55MW Armenian Solar Park Contract (Int'l)
    Fotowatio Renewable
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In Yerevan, the Armenia government is reporting Madrid-headquartered global wind and solar energy developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures' (FRV) FSL Solar SL unit has been selected to construct a 55-MW solar park near the village of Masrik, Gegharkunik province, in Armenia. FSL Solar SL won the tender after offering to sell power to the local grid at a price of $0.0419 per kWh -- lower than the $0.0495 per kWh, at which electricity from hydropower plants is sold in the country.

    The 55-MW solar park is expected to come in at approximately $50 million. Construction is slated to get underway later this year for completion in 2020. (Source: Fotowatio Renewable, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Fotowatio Renewables, +34 91 702 64 12,; Armenian Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fotowatio Renewable,  Solar,  

    NV Energy Surpasses Renewable Energy Standards (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Following up on our Nov. 10, 2017 coverage, NV Energy reports it has surpassed Nevada's renewable energy requirements for the eighth consecutive year. In 2017, NV Energy had a 24 pct clean energy portfolio that included solar, wind, geothermal and credits from renewable projects. Under law, NV Energy meet a 20 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

    A recently introduced ballot contemplates increasing the RPS gradually over several years -- 26 pct by 2022; 34 pct by 2024; 42 pct by 2027; and 50 pct by 2030. NV Energy has not publicly taken a position on the ballot measure, but the utility did announce plans in January to double its renewable energy delivery by 2023. In the same announcement, the utility said its long-term goal is to move toward 100 percent renewable power. (Source: NV Energy, PR, Nevada Independent, April, 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Portfolio Standard ,  

    LBNL says PACE Financing Driving Solar Growth (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2018-04-09
    A recently released Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) study covering the years 2010-2015, when residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs such as Renovate America's HERO financing were expanding rapidly across California, has found that early, regional PACE programs significantly increased the deployment of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

    Since it's 2011 launch, HERO has financed the deployment of over 183 MW of residential solar capacity across over 30,000 homes.

    The full LBNL study is available HERE. (Source: Renovate America, PR, NBNL, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Renovate America, Roy Guthrie, CEO, Greg Frost, (619) 568-6747,,; NBNL, Jeffrey Deason, Sean Murphy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ,  Solar,  

    Scatec Solar Confirms 258 MW South African Solar Deal (Int'l)
    Scatec Solar
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered Scatec Solar ASA (SSO) and partners report they expect to close financing and begin construction of three South African solar projects totaling 258 MW at an approximate cost of ZAR 4.76 billion (1 ZAR = $0.083). A consortium of commercial banks and DFIs with Standard Bank in the lead are providing non-recourse project financing for 77 pct of the total project cost.

    Scatec Solar will build, own, operate and maintain the solar power plants with a 42 pct shareholding. KLP Norfund Investments will hold 18 pct, the surrounding Community of Upington 5 pct and a South African investor will hold the remaining 35 pct of the equity.

    Construction is expected to get underway in Q3 third of 2018 with grid connection towards the end of 2019. The plants are,projected to generate 650 GWh and avoid about 550,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Scatac Solar, PR, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Scatac Solar, Raymond Carlsen, CEO, +47 454 11 280,

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    Chinese Battery Maker CATL's $2Bn IPO Approved (Int'l)
    Contemporary Amperex Technology
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Xinhua is reporting China's Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has given the nod to battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd's (CATL) 13.1 billion yuan ($1.97 billion) IPO.

    Funds from the IPO will be used for expansion and general corporate purposes, according to the company's website.

    Ningde-based CATL is a supplier to domestic carmakers like SAIC Motor Corp Ltd and Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd and has agreements with international automakers like BMW and Volkswagen. (Source: CATL, DealStreetAsia, Xinhua, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Contemporary Amperex Technology,

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    Reinvestment Fund Launches New Clean Energy Fund (Ind. Report)
    Reinvestment Fund
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Philadelphia-headquartered Reinvestment Fund is touting a new Clean Energy Fund that will offer loans of up to $3 million with terms out to 15 years. The Fund will make capital available to finance energy efficiency retrofit projects backed by Energy Savings Agreements and Power Purchase Agreement (PPAs) as well as supporting portfolios of smaller clean energy projects.

    Since 1995, Reinvestment Fund has invested over $115 million in projects ranging from solar installations to energy-efficient retrofits that have helped create or conserve the equivalent of 8 million MWh of electricity, cut CO2 emissions by 10.25 billion pounds, sulfur dioxide emissions by 89 million pounds and nitrogen oxide emissions by 24 million. These projects have provided environmental benefits by reducing . The clean energy lending has supported energy upgrades for 3.5 million square feet of facilities. (Source: Reinvestment Fund, April, 2018) Contact: Reinvestment Fund, Don Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO, (215) 574-5800,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Reinvestment Fund,  Energy Efficiency,  

    ND Farmers Union Vents Against Refinery RFS Waivers (Ind. Report)
    North Dakota Farmers Union
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In Bismark, the North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) is pulling its punches when it comes to the EPA's recent granting of Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) exemptions to PES Solutions and Andeavor oil refineries.

    According to NDFU president Mark Watne, the EPA move is unfortunate, considering the low commodity prices and overall decline in farm income. "Farmers are told to get prices from the marketplace, yet our government is creating a market atmosphere that reduces demand and causes prices to drop. "When farmers need this administration (Trump) the most, we are getting broken promises." (Source: North Dakota Farmers Union, Bismark Tribune, 4 April, 2018) Contact: NDFU, Mark Watne, Pres., (701) 252-2341,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Andeavor.PES,  

    Univ. of Singapore Explores Greener Biofuel Production (R&D)
    University of Singapore
    Date: 2018-04-09
    On April 6, National University of Singapore (NUS) announced that its team of engineers has recently discovered a greener and cheaper technique for biofuel production, using a natural bacterium isolated from mushroom crop residue.

    Among various types of biofuels, biobutanol offers a great promise as petrol substitute because of its high energy density and superior properties. Biobutanol can directly replace gasoline in car engines without any modification. However, commercial production of biobutanol has been hampered by the lack of potent microbes capable of converting cellulosic biomass into biofuels. The current technique is costly and also requires complicated chemical pre-treatment. The novel technique developed by the NUS team could potentially be a game-changing technology for cost effective and sustainable biofuel production.

    The NUS team discovered that a naturally-occurring bacterium Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum (TG57) isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of converting cellulose to biobutanol directly. The team then went on to culture the strain to examine its properties. The microorganisms in the mushroom farming waste are left to evolve naturally for more than two years to obtain the unique TG57 strain.

    The research team plans optimize the performance of the TG57 strain and further engineer it to enhance biobutanol ratio and yield using molecular genetic tools.

    The team published the findings of the study in the scientific journal Science Advances on 23 March 2018. HERE. (Source: National University of Singapore, Sciences Advances, April, 2018) Contact: University of Singapore, Associate Professor He Jianzhong, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Singapore,  Biofuelk,  

    FPL Wins Palm Beach County Solar Farm Site Approval (Reg & Leg)
    Florida Power & Light
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Following up on our March 7th coverage, in the Sunshine State, Juno Beach-based utility Florida Power & Light Co. reports it has received Palm Beach County site approval for a 3,800 acre solar power farm to serve about 15,000 homes.

    FPL also recently announced plans to build four solar plants in Columbia, Miami-Dade, St. Lucie and Volusia counties. In March, the utility opened new solar plants in Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Hendry counties, bringing the total number of FPL's solar plants to 14. (Source: FP&L, PR, Sun Sentinel, 7 April, 2018) Contact: FP&L,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light ,  Solar,  

    60 pct of New Power Capacity from Renewables in 2017 (Int'l)
    UN Environment Program
    Date: 2018-04-09
    According to the UN Environment Program (UNEP), China was by far the world's largest investor in renewable energy in 2017, accounting for nearly half of the new infrastructure commissioned.

    The UNEP reports that renewables, excluding large hydro, made up 60 pct of net power capacity growth in 2017 and supplied a record 12 percent share of global electricity generation. The report also shows that solar power accounted for more than a third of all electricity generated from energy sources that came online in 2017. Even so, the UNEP report notes that fossil fuels still dominate existing capacity , with solar, wind, biomass and other renewables generating just 12.1 pct of world electricity in 2017, up from 5.2 pct a decade earlier. (Source: UN Environment Program, April, 2018) Contact: UNEP, Erik Solheim,

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    Portuguese Renewables Exceeded Power Demand in March, 2018 ((Int'l)
    Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN).
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Last month on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal's transmission system operator, Redes Energeticas Nacionais (REN), reported the country's renewable power production amounted to 4,812 GWh, accounting for 103.6 pct of consumption, which totaled 4,647 GWh. These amounts exclude electricity production and consumption for the islands of the Azores and Madeira. (Source: Redes Energeticas Nacionais, April, 2018) Contact: Redes Energeticas Nacionais,

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    IRFA Warns Against RFS "War on Rural America" (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2018-04-09
    On Friday, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) , a trade group representing the Hawkeye State's 43 ethanol and 12 biodiesel refineries, called upon Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst to warn Trump that limiting biofuel production would be a "complete abdication of his repeated promises to protect the renewable fuel standard and would be viewed as a declaration of war on rural America."

    The biofuels producers allege that EPA Administrator Pruitt has repeatedly and relentlessly sought ways to subvert Trump's RFS promises and to undermine, if not destroy, the RFS program. "His anti-RFS actions must be put to an end because today Scott Pruitt is essentially making a liar out of President Trump," the group said. (Source: IRFA, Spokesman-Review, Various Media, 6 April, 2018)Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pruitt,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

    Global Woody Biomass Boiler Market 2017 -- Report (Ind. Report)
    Woody Biomass
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Absolute Reports is offering Global Woody Biomass Boiler Market 2017, a comprehensive report delivering market research data that is relevant for new market entrants or established players. Key strategies of the companies operating in the market and their impact analysis, as well as a business overview, revenue share, and SWOT analysis of the leading players in the Woody Biomass Boiler market is included.

    Download report details and a PDF sample of the Woody Biomass Boiler Market 2017report HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports,

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