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Denmark, US Ink Offshore Wind Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-11-01
In Washington, Danish Energy and Climate Minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt recently met with US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to formalize a new wind energy cooperation agreement between the two countries. The co-operation will initially revolve around the exchange of experience and knowledge regarding U.S. elopement and expansion of its offshore wind potential.

In 2015, 42 pct of Denmark's total electric power demand was met by wind energy. The country has an overall wind energy capacity of 1.3 GW. The US DOE estimates that 35 pct of US electric power will be generated by wind energy by 2050, with 20 pct of the total from offshore wind energy at an investment cost of approximately $400 billion. (Source: CPH Post Online, Various Media, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Denmark Energy and Climate Minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt,

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

Basic Energy Acquring SE Asian Solar Projects (Int'l. M&A)
Basic Energy Corp
Date: 2017-11-01
In the Philippines, Basic Energy Corp. reports it is acquiring equity interests in four renewable energy projects in Southeastern Asia. Of the four projects, two are located in Japan, one in Thailand and another in Myanmar, total approx. 260 MW generating capacity.

The company behind all four projects is mainly Vintage Engineering PCL (VTE), which is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

Basic Energy is doing due diligence on two wholly owned VTE subsidiaries -- Vintage EPC Co. Ltd. and Vintage International Construction Co. -- as well as their engineering, procurement and construction contract on the $270 million, 220-MW solar power plant project in Minbu, Myanmar. Basic Energy also expects to conclude due diligence on a 14-MW solar power plant in Japan. For this, the company planned to secure a 10-pct equity in the Hong Kong-based project proponent Solmax Power Ltd. Basic Energy is also looking at a 10-pct equity investment in a 25-MW biomass power plant project in Japan, where VHJ is a major shareholder. Basic Energy is also considering a 49-pct equity investment in VTE subsidiary VO Net Biodiesel Asia Co. Limited, which operates a 1.2-MW solar power plant in Kalisin, Thailand. (Source: Basic Energy Corp., Business Inquirer, 28 Oct., 2017) Contact: Basic Energy Corp., +63 (02) 817 8596 98 , +63 02 817 0191,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Basic Energy Corp.,  Biodiesel,  

Atmospheric CO2 Levels Hit 800,000 Year High (Ind. Report)
World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2017-11-01
The Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered World Meteorological Organization (WMO)is reporting that atmospheric concentrations of the long lasting greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2), and the shorter-lived by far more potent methane have persisted at levels above 400 parts per million for the first time in recorded history and its highest level in 800,000 years.

In addition to the ignition of fossil fuels, an extremely powerful El Nino event -- a natural phenomenon that is exacerbated by man-made climate change -- is contributing to the high greenhouse gas levels. El Nino restricts the ability of plants to absorb CO2 whenever it causes extensive droughts. Normally, much of this excess carbon would be absorbed by the oceans -- the planet's major carbon sink.

Measurements taken in 51 different countries revealed that 2016's increased CO2 levels was 50 pct higher than the average of the past 10 years. "The rate of increase of atmospheric CO2 over the past 70 years is nearly 100 times larger than that at the end of the last ice age," the report claims. (Source: World Meteorological Organization, BBC News, Various Others, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: World Meteorological Organization,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ,  CO2,  Methane,  GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Global Warming,  

Clariant Announces Romanian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Plans (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-01
Swiss specialty chemical developer Clariant reports it will invest in a new commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its Sunliquid® technology.

The new 50,000 tpy plant will be constructed in southwestern Romania. technology at commercial scale thus supporting Clariant's Sunliquid® licensing business strategy. To further focus on the commercialization of bio-ethanol, licenses and enzymes, the company has established a new Business Line Biofuels & Derivatives, as part of the Business Area Catalysis. The new plant is expected to break ground in 2018 for startup and production in 2020when it will process approximately 250.000 tpy of locally sourced wheat straw and other cereal straw into fuel.

Clariant's Sunliquid® technology offers a completely integrated process using already established process technology. In order to achieve a strong commercial performance, feedstock production is integrated into the technology, alongside process specific enzymes and simultaneous C5 and C6 fermentation. (Source: Clariant, NewsWire, Nasdaq, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Head of Start-up Business Biofuels & Derivatives, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

MidAmerican Energy Reports Wind XI Project Progress (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-11-01
In the Hawkeye State, Des Headquartered MidAmerican Energy Company reports construction is underway on the North English wind farm, with completion scheduled for December 2018. The wind farm will share an operations and maintenance building in Montezuma with the Prairie wind farm, currently under construction in neighboring Mahaska County. The company also plans to construct a third new wind farm in Poweshiek County, Iowa.

The North English wind farm, which is part of MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI project, will incorporate as many as 170 new wind turbines with a combined capacity of 340 MW. Construction of other Wind XI projects is expected to get underway in 2018 and 2019 at as yet unidentified sites.

Altogether, the $3.6 billion Wind XI project will consist of up to 1,000 wind turbines with 2,000 MW capacity when complete in December 2019. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Toledo Chronicle, 30 Oct., 2017)Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  

BMW Commissions Used Battery Energy Storage Farm Leipzig (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-01
The BMW Group is reporting the commissioning of its "second-life" BMW 13 Battery Storage Farm Leipzig. The facility will incorporate as many as 700 high-capacity, used battery packs from BMW i3s electric vehicles. The facility is presently using about 500 500 BMW i3 battery packs due to availability since the The BMW 13 EV was launched 4 years ago. (Source: BMW BLOG, Various Media, 30 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  

Vattenfall Investing $233Mn in Dutch Wind Farm Refit (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-01
Swedish wind energy giant Vattenfall reports it will invest more than €200 million ($233m) in the re-powering and expansion of the 295 MW Wieringermeer wind farm 60 km north of Amsterdam.

According to Vattenfall, older and inefficient turbines will be replaced with new technology and six new turbines will be added, bringing the central wind farm's capacity to 180 MW, by 2019. Vattenfall has also acquired the adjacent 115 MW Wieringermeer extension.

The company's Dutch subsidiary Nuon will carry out the work and will operate the revamped plant. ECN will still own 17 of the turbines after the modernization and one turbine will be made available to supply power to local residents, Vattenfall said. (Source: Vattenfall, PEI, 30 Oct., 2017)Contact: Vattenfall , Gunnar Groebler, +46 8 739 5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Wind,  Nuon,  

Akuo Completes 150-MW Texas Wind Farm Construction (Ind. Report)
Akuo Energy
Date: 2017-11-01
French renewable power producer Akuo Energy reports construction has been completed on the 150-MW Rocksprings wind farm in Val Verde County, Texas. The wind farm incorporates 53, 2.3-MW wind turbines and 16 units of 1.72-MW machines supplied by General Electric. GE Energy Financial Services provided tax equity and UK-based investor John Laing Group plc injected $85 million cash equity.

The wind park has two separate power purchase agreements (PPAs) in place -- An international firm will buy 100 MW of the generated electricity for 15 years, while US retail giant Walmart Stores Inc (will purchase the other 50 MW under a 12-year deal. (Source: Akuo Energy, Renewables Now, Others, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Akuo Energy, +33 1 47 66 09 90,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Akuo Energy,  Wind,  

World's First Floating Offshore Wind Farm Begins Operations (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-01
Norwegian state-owned Statoil in partnership with Masdar, reports the inauguration of the world’'s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland, 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The 30-MW pilot Hywind Scotland will generate sufficient electric power for about 20,000 U.K. households.

The project utilizes 5 Siemens turbines measuring 584 feet high and 505 feet in diameter. The facility's onshore operations and maintenance base is in Peterhead, while the operations center is in Great Yarmouth. Batwind, a 1-MW lithium battery storage system for offshore wind energywill be installed to mitigate intermittency and optimize output. (Source: Statoil, Commercial Property Exec., 30 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Masdar,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  

Beijing Prepares for COP23 Climate Change Leadership (Int'l)
COP23,Climate Change
Date: 2017-11-01
Despite Washington's previous role in combating climate change, then Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, China appears to be positioning itself to take a lead role at next week's COP23 climate talks in Bonn, according to the Financial Post. It is widely agreed that Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, had an obvious negative impact on the international community's confidence in the U.S.' commitment to fight climate change and its leadership, a role which Beijing is ready to exploit.

At the up coming COP23 meet in Bonn, China is expected to unveil a planned national carbon trading scheme launch in 2018. The Chinese plan, which is expected to be modeled after the European Union's carbon marketplace, still has "problems" that need to be fixed before the "very complex" scheme can be launched nationwide, according to Chinese climate policy makers in Beijing. (Source: Xinhua, Financial Times, 31 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  COP23,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

NBI Unveils Multifamily Energy Guide -- Attached (Ind. Report)
New Buildings Institute
Date: 2017-11-01
According to a new report from the New Buildings Institute (NBI), multifamily buildings offer a largely untapped opportunity for improving energy efficiency but the sector is hard to penetrate due to complexities in market structure and split incentives.

In an effort to overcome these barriers, NBI has developed a new construction standard that delivers savings of 15 pct to 25 pct irregardless of the project being subject to the residential or commercial versions of energy code.

Access the NBI Multifamily Guide HERE. (Source: New Buildings Institute, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: New Buildings Institute,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Energi Mine Platform Rewards Energy Conservation (Ind. Report)
Energi Mine
Date: 2017-11-01
In the UK, Manchester-headquartered Energi Mine is reporting the launch of its blockchain-based platform that aims to decentralize the near $2 trillion global energy market by incentivising energy conservation.

According to Energi Mine, the current electricity market approach encourages energy companies to sell as much energy as they can at the highest price possible. The newly launched platform encourages reduced energy consumption by issuing ETK tokens to reward energy efficient behaviour, such as taking public transportation, energy-efficient appliances and other initiatives. The ETK tokens can be redeemed on the Energi Mine platform to pay for energy bills, electric vehicle recharging, exchanged for fiat currency or traded directly with transport authorities. With Energi Mine's platform, excess energy from a consumer can be sold to a different consumer at transparent market prices, rather than sold to a power supplier at a rate determined by the power supplier. (Source: Energi Mine, CoinJournal, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Energi Mine, +44 (0) 61791 0640,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energi Mine ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Management,  

Prior Lake Lauded for Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Prior Lake
Date: 2017-11-01
In Minnesota, the city of Prior Lake reports it has been awarded the Wisconsin Center for Sustainable Building Research and the Departments of Administration and Commerce Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) Best of B3 Benchmarking Award for projects designed to track energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency.

The city of approx. 25,000 residents tracks energy use in seven buildings totaling 160,000 square feet. The city is also 8 pct lower on energy-use intensity than the benchmark, for a 19 pct decrease from 2016. (Source: City of Prior Lake, Prior Lake American, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Prior Lake,

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

Biorefining Potential for Scotland -- Report Attached (Int'l)
Zero Waste Scotland
Date: 2017-11-01
In Edinburgh, the Scottish government backed Zero Waste Scotland organization has released its Biorefining Potential for Scotland report which encourages making better use of bio-based waste for fuels and energy production and the crucial role bio-wastes can play in a modern circular economy.

According to the report, Scotland produces 27 million tpy of bio-based materials including everything from coffee grounds, forestry waste, macro algae, brewery wastes and others.

Download the full Biorefining Potential for Scotland Report HERE. (Source: Zero Waste Scotland, Sept., 2017) Contact: Zero Waste Scotland, Lain Gulland, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-waste,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  

"Gutter Oil" Biodiesel Available to Shanghai Motorists (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-01
In Shanghai, Sinopec gas stations are now offering biodiesel rpoduced for "gutter oil" -- restaurant grease trap and used cooking oil -- at 5.72 yuan ($0.86 U.S.) per liter compared with 6.02 yuan for standard diesel.

Shanghai recovers an average 150 tpd of gutter oil. The cost to recover gutter oil is about 3,600 yuan per tonne ($542 U.S.) while the processing cost is 2,000 yuan per tonne. (Source: Sinopec, Xinhua, 31 Oct., 2017)Contact: Sinopec,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sinopec,  China Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  Gutter Oil,  

Infomart Data Center Wins USGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Infomart Data Center
Date: 2017-11-01
Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, reports its Portland, Oregon data center has achieved U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum® certification, the highest rating offered by the USGBC. The facility is the first data center in the state to win LEED certification.

Infomart Portland achieved LEED Platinum certification for implementing 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 facility uses Direct Access rights to source hydro-electric power from the Bonneville Power Administration and has cut its CO2 emissions by 96 pct when compared to the national utility average. Infomart Portland claims a 99 pct efficient Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 in full economization mode, 100 pct aisle containment, and natural cooling methods to run the facility at least 70 pct of the year. (Source: Infomat Data Centers, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Informat Data Centers,; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

Newfoundland-Labrador Plans 2018 Carbon Tax Launch (Ind. Report)
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball
Date: 2017-11-01
In St.John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball (Liberal) reports his government will unveil a "made-in-Newfoundland and Labrador" carbon pricing plan that he expects the federal government in Ottawa to accept.

Under Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's mandate, a federal carbon tax will apply to provinces that do not have a provincial carbon pollution pricing system in place by 2018. Individual provinces can choose either a direct-pricing system or a cap-and-trade system. Under a direct-pricing system, the carbon price would be mandated to start at a minimum of $10 per tonne in 2018 and rise by $10 per year to $50 per tonne in 2022. Under a cap-and-trade system, provinces would need to have a 2030 emissions reduction target equal to or greater than the fed's 30 pct reduction target.

As previously reported, the Manitoba government last week released its "Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan" which calls for a starting price of $25 per tonne in 2018 -- half the 2022 amount mandated by the federal government. The Manitoba tax would remain stable through to 2022. (Source: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, The Telegram, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, (709) 729-3570,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  

Asia Development Cap. Cancels Biomass Fuel Firm Acquisition (M&A)
Asia Development Capital
Date: 2017-11-01
In Tokyo, Asia Development Capital Co Ltd , formerly known as Asia Alliance Holdings Co., Ltd., reports it is canceling its previously reported acquisition of a stake in Tokyo-based biomass fuel firm via unit NIL. NIL will set up a 97 pct owned biomass fuel JV in Tokyo capitalized at ¥80 million.

Asia Development Capital Co. Ltd. principally invests in in corporate revitalization businesses and real estate in Japan, China and other Asian countries. (Source; Asia Development Capital, Reuters, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Asia Development Capital, +81 355616040, Fax +81 354475374,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  

Battelle Completes AEP CCS Project in West Va. (Ind. Report)
Battelle, AEP
Date: 2017-11-01
In the Buckeye State, the Columbus-based Battelle Memorial Institute -- a private nonprofit applied science and technology development company -- is reporting the conclusion of one of the first tests for geologic storage of carbon dioxide at a commercial, coal-fired power plant at the American Electric Power (AEP) Mountaineer Plant in New Haven, West Virginia.

The carbon capture and storage (CCS) research project, which began in 2002, was supported by the United States DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Based on the positive findings from the exploratory well drilling and seismic survey, AEP decided in 2007 to proceed with a 20 MW pilot test facility, with on-site CO2 capture, compression, transport, and injection. Battelle was then hired by AEP to continue providing geologic CCS expertise followed by a post-injection monitoring and site closeout phase ending in 2017.

It was the first CCS project at a working coal-fired power plant, it was funded primarily by private sources and helped establish the technical viability of CCS to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, and to store carbon dioxide in geologic layers with limited prior data.

The project demonstrated the full life-cycle, from inception, characterization well-drilling to find suitable storage zones, reservoir analysis, integration with pilot-scale system for a CO2 supply, injection, storage assessment, monitoring and final close-out in 2017. (Source: Battelle, PR. 28 Oct., 2017) Contact: Battelle, Katy Delaney, (614) 424-7208,,; AEP, Matt Usher, Director of New Technology Development & Policy Support, (800) 672-2231,; Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CO2,  Battelle,  AEP,  

Mexican Oil Giant Commits to CO2 Emissions Cuts by 2021 (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-01
In Mexico City, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the state-owned oil company reports it intends to cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 25 pct by 2021, according to a company release.

PEMEX' 2017-2021 Business Plan includes curbs on greenhouse gases, increasing water recycling by 60 pct to save water at its refineries, and promoting an ecological corridor in the oil rich Gulf state of Veracruz, the company said.

Pemex had a total asset worth of $415.75 billion, and was the world's second largest non-publicly listed company by total market value in 2006 and Latin America's second largest enterprise by annual revenue as of 2009, surpassed only by the Brazilian National Oil Company, Petrobras. With the value of its publicly listed shares totaling $202 billion in 2010, representing approximately one quarter of the company's total net worth. The company has a total revenue of $117.5 billion in revenue in 2014. (Source: PEMEX, PR, CEO, Xinhua, 29 Oct., 2017) Contact: PEMEX, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, CEO,

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

Danish Coal to Woody Biomass Power Conversion Underway (Int'l)
DONG Energy,Orsted
Date: 2017-11-01
Orsted , formerly known as DONG Energy, reports the $190 million conversion of the coal-fired Avedore Power Station in Denmark to burn wood biomass pellets as fuel is underway. Work includes construction of a biomass-fired plant in new buildings, conveyors and wood chip-pellet storage facilities.

The new unit will be connected to the existing district heating and process steam networks and the electricity grid. The conversion project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. The company plans to phase out all of its coal powered operations by 2023, it said. (Source: DONG Energy, CTBR, Nov., 2017)Contact: DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, Thomas Dalsgaard, Bioenergy & Thermal Power VP, +45 99 55 11 11,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  DONG Energy,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

EDF says Methane Emissions Must be Slashed for Future of Climate Industry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Environmental Defense Fund,International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-10-30
According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2017 World Energy Outlook evaluating the role of natural gas in a low-carbon economy, globally, the oil and gas industry could reduce up to 75 pct of its current methane emissions. Methane, the main constituent in natural gas, is also a powerful climate pollutant that has increasingly alarmed scientists. IEA says the environmental credentials of natural gas are at risk absent action by the industry to radically reduce oil and gas methane emissions. Methane emissions from human activities account for about 25 pct of the warming our planet is experiencing today, according to the IEA.

The IEA says that while some oil and gas companies are beginning to tackle methane in earnest, others downplay or deny the problem while others question the oil and gas industry's role in a low-carbon future.(Source: Environmental Defense Fund, PR, Facebook, Oct. 26, 2017) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres.; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  International Energy Agency,  Methane,  Methane Emissions,  ,  

BioResouce Dev. Inks Nebraska Landfill Gas Deal (Ind. Report)
Black Hills Energy,BioResource Development
Date: 2017-10-30
In Nebraska, Omaha-headquartered BioResource Development LLC reports it has inked a deal under which it will be harvesting landfill methane gases emitted by the 160-acre Sarpy County Landfill northwest of Springfield. The company will clean the gases and pump the resulting renewable natural gas into Black Hills Energy's pipeline distribution network. The methane is presently being flared off.

BioResource Development is installing new wells in addition to those already installed by the county, to which it will apply a vacuum that allows for the direct collection of waste gases. Those gases will then be processed to strip out moisture, carbon dioxide and other ambient gases like nitrogen and oxygen. That leaves methane, the primary hydrocarbon that's piped through natural gas pipelines and into homes and businesses. According to the EPA, there are currently 634 landfill gas projects in the U.S. (Source: BioResource Development LLC, Omaha World Herald, 27 Oct., 2017) Black Hills Energy,; BioResource Development LLC, Greg MacLean, Pres., (402) 682-3680,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Energy,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  BioResource Development,  

Mortenson Awarded Xcel Wind Farm Contracts (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Mortenson Construction
Date: 2017-10-30
Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting the appointment of Mortenson Construction to construct two new wind farms in southwest Minnesota, as part of the utility's larger $2 billion 1,500-mw investment in new wind generation.

When fully operational, the "Blazing Star 1" and "Blazing Star 2" wind farms will incorportae 200 wind turbines to generate a combined power capacity of 400 MW. (Source: Xcel Energy, Finance & Commerce, October 24, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy,; Mortenson Construction,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  Mortenson Construction,  

Statoil Touting Long Island EMPIRE WIND Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-30
Statoil reports it has tagged its offshore wind farm site 14-30 miles southeast of Long Island as EMPIRE WIND. When fully operational, the 1-GW site could generate sufficient electric power for as many as one million area homes.

According to Statoil, it invested $42.5 million to obtain the lease for the EMPIRE WIND site which will be constructed by private investors at an approximate cost of $3 billion. The offshore wind project is still in the early planning stage with site assessment and characterization studies and surveys expected to get underway in spring 2018. The research and permitting phase is expected to last four-to-five years. Early estimates suggest that first power could be generated by the mid-2020s. (Source: Statoil, Maritime Exec., 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, +47 51 99 00 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Offshore Wind,  

Hawaiian PUC Approves Solar Power Feed-In Programs (Ind. Report)
Hawaii PUC
Date: 2017-10-30
In the Aloha State, the PUC reports it has approved two new rooftop solar programs that will allow customers to once again feed power to the grid and receive credits. The programs allow the sale of rooftop solar power to Hawaiian Electric Cos. -- including Maui Electric -- grids during peak nighttime periods only and during daytime hours with a system that allows the utilities, to control the flow of PV power to the grid.

One of the difficulties utilities have had with past PV systems is that solar power flows at varying rates based on the sun into the grid unchecked, forcing the utility to curtail or increase generation of power to balance the system. Previously , residential PV systems owners could only set up battery storage systems while still receiving power from the utility. This new PUC ruling allows existing Net Metering customers to add "nonexport" systems, such as batteries, while retaining their favorable status and authorized activation of new "advanced inverter" functions in PV and storage systems that support the grid during grid disturbances. (Source: Hawaii PUC, Maui News, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Hawaii PUC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaii PUC,  Solar,  Solar Feed-in Tariff,  

B.C. Appoints Climate Change Advisory Council (Ind. Report)
British Columbia
Date: 2017-10-30
In Victoria, the British Columbia Environment Ministry reports the appointed of a team of environmental and industry advisers to help the government set and meet legislated pollution reduction targets and introduce climate legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct below 2007 levels over the next 13 years. The legislation will also include targets to cut building emissions by 50 pct and 30 pct from industry and transportation.

The province is set to increase its carbon tax by $5 per tonne next April, raising the tax to $35 per tonne. (Source: British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Variuos Media, Canadian Press, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: British Columbia Ministry of Environment, (250) 387-6121,

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

Vestas Snares First US V136-3.45 MW Turbines Order (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-30
Wind turbine giant Vestas is reporting receipt of a firm and unconditional U.S. order for 47 of its V136-3.45 MW turbines including both the 2 and 4-MW platforms which are well-suited for low and mid-velocity wind conditions.

The order includes turbine supply and commissioning as well as a multi-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement, Vestas' full-scope service package maximizing uptime and energy production.

Initial deliveries are slated to begin in Q3 of 2018, for commissioning in Q4. The project details and customer name have not been disclosed. (Source: Vestas, Windpower, Others, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, Pres. Sales and Service U.S. and Canada, +45 97 30 00 00,

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

Washington Skookumchuck Wind Project Advances (Ind. Report)
Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project LLC
Date: 2017-10-30
In Washington State, Lewis County Commissioners are reporting the designation of Thurston County as the lead SEPA agency for Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project's proposed 51-turbine, 176-MW wind project near Skookumchuck Lake.

The proposed project includes a 5-acre operations and maintenance yard, various access roads, and a 15-mile electrical transmission line to transport electricity to the existing Puget Sound Energy Tono sub-station would be located in Lewis County. Of the 51 turbines, eight would be located within Thurston County.

Construction is expected to begin before the year end for commissioning and operations prior to Dec. 31, 2018. (Source: Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project , Chronicle, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project LLC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

Vermont Tightens Wind Turbine Noise Standards (Ind. Reports)

Date: 2017-10-30
In Montpelier, Vermont Public Radio reports the Vermont Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules has approved a proposal for stricter noise limits for wind turbines. The ruling will keep nighttime sound levels to under than 30 decibels when measured inside a home.

Public health advocates say the new rule is not strict enough, while business and clean energy supporters say the limits will hinder future wind development. The Public Utility Commission, which tabled the proposal, say the 30 decibel standard will protect public health and will not completely rule out utility-scale wind energy. (Source: Vermont Public Radio, WRAL, 27 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

Minneapolis Recognizes Energy Efficient Com. Bldg.s (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-30
In Minneapolis, the Building Energy Challenge Awards notes that the city's commercial-industrial sector contributed almost half of the total citywide greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 with building energy use as the main source. An analysis released earlier this year of the energy use of 417 public and commercial buildings in Minneapolis revealed that those buildings have the combined potential to save $27 million in energy costs per year and avoid more than 120,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by increasing their energy efficiency to reduce consumption by 15 pct.

In 2013, Minneapolis adopted its Commercial Building Benchmarking and Transparency ordinance requiring large buildings to track and disclose their energy consumption. All buildings subject to the benchmarking ordinance may participate in the Building Energy Challenge and are eligible for milestone awards. Buildings can qualify as challenge leaders by publicly committing to a 15 percent greenhouse gas reduction. The Building Energy Challenge aligns with the city's Clean Energy Partnership in support of the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan. (Source: Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership,, Oct 27, 2017 Contact: Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership,

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

"ReEnergize Reno" Energy Efficiency Program Launched (Ind. Report)
DOE Better Buildings Challenge
Date: 2017-10-30
The City of Reno is reporting the launch of "ReEnergize Reno" aimed at improving commercial, industrial and multifamily building energy efficiency across the city by 20 pct by 2025. ReEnergize Reno is part of the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge, which is designed to decrease energy and water waste in large buildings across the nation to reduce climate pollution. At least 45 other cities nationwide are participating in the Better Buildings Challenge.

ReEnergize Reno offers programs, technical assistance, education and resources and financial incentives like the Green Building Tax Incentive Program from the Nevada Governor's Office Of Energy which notes that 124 LEED certified buildings in the state are receiving energy efficiency tax abatments from the program. There are also 131 ENERGY STAR certified buildings with more than 19 million square feet in Nevada, 21 of which are located in the Reno-Sparks area. (Source: Northern Nevada Business Weekly, 27 Oct., 2017)Contact: US DOE Better Buildings Challenge,

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Net-Zero Energy R&D Building Opens in Jamaica (Ind. Report)
University of the West Indies
Date: 2017-10-30
In Jamaica, University of the West Indies (UWI) is reporting the opening of the Jamaica's and the Caribbean region's first net zero energy building in Kingston, Jamica.

The 2,300-square-foot structure is designed as a model to encourage construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings throughout the region. The building will host the Centre for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy (CARRE) to promote energy efficiency, solar, wind and biomass energy R&D. The building is expected to save approximately 50,000 kilowatts of energy, which translates to a reduction of 34.5 metric tpy of CO2.

The net zero energy building project was implemented by the UWI Institute of Sustainable Development with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and technical assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Information Service, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of the West Indies, +876 927 1660,

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Renovate America's HERO Program Expands in California (Ind. Report)
Renovate America,PACE
Date: 2017-10-30
According to Renovate America, an additional 15,000 homes across California now have access to HERO energy-efficient financing which is now available to homeowners in unincorporated areas of Tulare, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Amador and Glenn Counties and in the cities of Santa Rosa, Cupertino, Marysville and Shasta Lake.

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing platform HERO empowers property owners to make residential energy, efficiency and water conservation improvements and pay for them over time through an additional, voluntary line item on their property taxes. Renovate America administers the PACE HERO program. (Source: Renovate America, Remodeling, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: Renovate America, Blair McNeill, VP Market Dev.,

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Manitoba Releases Provincial Carbon Tax Scheme (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-10-30
On the Canadian prairies, the Manitoba government reports the release of its "Made in Manitoba" plan to fight climate change, saying the federal government's target for a carbon price would "impose an intolerable financial burden on Manitoba families and businesses." The Manitoba plan sets a carbon price of $25 per tonne -- half the federal government's target of $50 per tonne by 2022.

The federal government of Justin Truseau (Lib) has demanded that provinces establish a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne next year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. Manitoba claims its $25 per ton tax is fairer, will remain consistent, and "will achieve more than twice as many emissions reductions as the federal carbon tax." Cumulative emissions are projected to drop by more than one megatonne over the next five years under the Manitoba plan -- 80,000 tonnes more than with the federal carbon tax, according to the Manitoba plan. (Source: Gov. of Manitoba, CBC, 27 Oct., 2017)

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DONG Commits to 100 pct Danish Woody-Biomass by 2023 (Int'l)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-10-30
In Denmark, DONG Energy reports its 1951 vintage coal-burning Skaerbaek Power Station Skaerbaek Power Station has been given a new and greener life, which will benefit residents in the Danish Triangle Region and contribute to the country’s green transformation.

The Skaerbaek Power Station was converted from coal burning to burn gas in 1997 and has now been converted to using locally-sourced wood waste from sustainable forestry. The switch from gas to woody biomass chips is expected to cut the facility’s carbon emissions by about 250,000 tpy.

The company plans to switch all of its power generation facilities from coal to woody biomass by 2023. (Source: DONG Energy, 27 Oct., 2017) Executive Vice President and CEO of Bioenergy & Thermal Power, Thomas Dalsgaard.

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World Bank
Date: 2017-10-30

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Report Launched (Ind. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2017-10-30
In London, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a voluntary, CEO-led initiative comprised of ten oil and gas companies that pool expert knowledge and collaborate on action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has announced the release of its third Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Report and its first three investments to advance its commitments to spur the growth of low carbon technologies.

The billion-dollar OGCI Climate Investments fund was established in 2016 to invest in technologies and business models with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

OGCI is partnering with United Nations Environment and the Environmental Defense Fund to provide financial and technical backing for the world's first global methane study to fill gaps in the identification and quantification of global methane emissions. OGCI is also working with Imperial College London on research provide a more accurate picture of total greenhouse gas emissions across the natural gas value chain and to identify emission "hot spots."

Download the full OGCI A Catalyst for Change report HERE. (Source: Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: OGCI, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO,

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Algoma Algal Biotech, MKU Ink Micro-Algae Biofuel MoU (Int'l)
Madurai Kamaraj University,Algoma Algal Biotechnology
Date: 2017-10-30
India's Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) reports the signing of a MoA with University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh research spin-out Algoma Algal Biotechnology LLC (Algoma) for a mutual transfer of knowledge and technology in the field of producing bio-fuel from micro-algae.

According to MKU, Toivo Kallas, a Distinguished Professor of Microbial Genetics and Biotechnology at UWO and the CEO of Agoma, whose research include photosynthetic energy conversion reactions and environmental responses of cyanobacteria and micro-algae, took interest in the research work led by P. Varalakshmi, an Assistant Professor with Department of Molecular Biology in MKU. Varalakshmi and her research team identified various micro-algae strains which have shown potential as feedstock for the production of biofuel.

Algoma is seeking a collaboration on the possibility of using genetic engineering and other techniques to improve the efficiency of energy conversion by the strains of micro-algae identified by MKU researchers and to advance commercialized production of bio-fuel from micro-algae. (Source: Madurai Kamaraj University, PR, 29 Oct., 2017) Contact: MKU, +91 452 245 8471,; Algoma Algal Biotechnology,

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Pismo Beach Expects Major Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-30
The City of Pismo Beach, California reports it is proceeding with an energy efficiency initiative which city officials say will save them hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in energy costs. The initiative includes the installation of 700 KW of solar panels on select city buildings, energy efficiency upgrades at all city facilities, air conditioning, heating, lighting, and changing the city's vehicle fleet to EVs and other energy efficient vehicles.

The project costs $5 million, with $4.2 million for the solar panels financed through federal government clean renewable energy bonds. The immediate electricity savings will be used to pay for the loan, and the city expects to be cash positive immediately. Over the 30-year life of the new project the city expects to save more than $5 million in energy costs. (Source: City of Pismo Beach, KSBY, 26 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Pismo Beach, Jim Lewis, City Manager, (805) 773-7007,,

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CARB Touts New UC Riverside Emissions Testing HQ (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-10-30
In the Golden State, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports the groundbreaking of its $419 million joint southern California headquarters and research and testing facility that will also be the board's Southern California headquarters at University of California Riverside.

The 380,000-square-foot "state-of-the-Art" facility will be certified LEED Platinum, as well as the nation's single largest net-zero energy structure, according to CARB. Construction is slated to get underway in February. (Source: UC Riverside, California ARB, UCR Today, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: UC Riverside, Richard Chang, (951) 827-5893,; CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

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Date: 2017-10-29
California Air Resources Board Breaks Ground on Facility at UCR UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for the California Air Resources Board’s test and research facility. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) broke ground Friday on a key $419 million research and testing facility that will also be the board’s Southern California headquarters.

The Air Resources Board played an instrumental role in uncovering the emissions defeat device installed by German car manufacturer Volkswagen on some of its vehicles, resulting in a worldwide scandal. The 380,000-square-foot square facility has been billed as state-of-the-art and will be certified LEED Platinum, considered the highest level of energy efficiency for building standards. The building will also be the nation’s single largest net-zero energy structure, according to CARB, which means it will produce as much energy as it uses. Solar panels on the rooftop and over the parking lot will supply at least 3.5 megawatts of electricity. Construction at the site is slated to begin in February. (Source: UC Riverside, California ARB, UCR Today, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: UC Riverside, Richard Chang, (951) 827-5893,

SEER, Biochar Now Announce Service Contract (Ind. Report)
SEER, Biochar Now
Date: 2017-10-27
Golden, Colorado-based renewable fuels and industrial waste stream management services provider Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER) is reporting a partnership with Biochar Now, (BCN) a leading engineer and manufacturer of high-quality biochar. As a part of this new partnership, REGS, a wholly owned subsidiary of SEER, has received exclusive rights to perform all fabrication, manufacturing and environmental/remediation services required by BCN on all its water and soil clean up, reclamation or enhancement projects.

As part of the partnership, SEER made a $300,000 loan to BCN. (Source: SEER, PR, 26 Oct., 2017) Contact: SEER, John Combs, CEO, Pres., (720) 460-3522,; Biochar Now, James Gaspard, CEO,

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Greensoil Increases Investment in SensorSuite (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-27
Toronto-headquartered building energy monitoring and saving solutions specialist SensorSuite, Inc. is reporting the closure of an unspecified investment from the Greensoil Building Innovation Fund. The funds will be used to expand and accelerate the deployment of its platform.

SensorSuite develops real-time building intelligence cloud platforms for reducing operational risks and improving the efficiency of buildings. The company creates solutions using sensors, cloud analytics, building controls, and software interfaces to reduce energy costs and increase occupant comfort. (Source: SensorSuite, PR, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: SensorSuite, Robert Platek, CEO, (855) 773-6767,; Greensoil Investments, Jamie James, MD,,

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German Biogas Plants on the Rise (Int'l Report)
German Biogas Association
Date: 2017-10-27
According to the German Biogas Association, 205 new biogas plants were brought onto the German grid in 2016 preventing up to 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

For this year 2017, the Biogas Association is predicting a slight decrease in plant construction in Germany. Approximately 143 plants are expected, 130 of which are small manure plants. After subtracting the plants that were shut down, the association expects a net expansion of 137 new plants. In the existing plants, flexibility is increasing again, resulting in a predicted expansion in capacity of about 249 MW. Together with the new plants, this yields new installed capacity of 260 MW. (Source: German Biogas Association, GasWorld, Oct., 2017) Contact: German Biogas Association,

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CDP Touts Carbon "A List" -- List Attached (Ind. Report)
CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project
Date: 2017-10-27
CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.

Thousands of companies submit annual climate disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology. The Climate A List is released alongside the Water A List and Forests A List. This is the first year that CDP has announced company scores across all three areas simultaneously, reflecting a holistic approach to corporate sustainability.

The CDP A List focuses on investors, companies and cities taking urgent action to build a sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact. To achieve this, CDP runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts, and has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. The CDP's network of investors and purchasers, representing over $100 trillion, along with policy makers around the globe, use CDP data and insights to make better-informed decisions.

Access the CDP Climate A List HERE, (Source: CDP, Oct., 2017) Contact: CDP, USA and Canada Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086,,

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Australia's Kennedy Energy Park Funding Set (Int'l Report)
Tesla,Vestas, Windlab,Eurus Energy
Date: 2017-10-27
Following up on our Sept. 8th coverage, In the Land Down Under, energy storage and electric vehicle powerhouse Tesla and Vesta's $160 million combined solar, wind and energy storage Kennedy Energy Park is reported to have reached financial close and is set to begin construction.

Tesla will be providing the project's battery storage while system and Vestas will supply 12 turbines which will be connected to the national grid. The hybrid facility will consist of 43.2MW wind, 15MW solar and 4MWh of battery storage technology to generate sufficient electric power for over 35,000 35,000 average Australian homes when fully operational in 2018.

The project is owned by Kennedy Energy Park Holdings, a JV between Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation of Japan. (Source: Tesla, Vestas, Energy Live, Others, 23 Oct., 2017)Contact: Tesla,; Samsung SDI,; Vestas, +45 9730 0000,; Windlab Ltd., Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292,; Eurus Energy Holdings,

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Electrolux Added to CDP Climate Change A-List (Int'l Report)
Electrolux ,Dow Jones Sustainability World Index,CDP
Date: 2017-10-27
Stockholm-headquartered appliance manufacturer Electrolux reports it has been added to the CDP 2017 Climate A List in recognition of its efforts to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.

As part of its goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50 pct by 2020, is working to reduce its environmental footprint by shifting to renewables and optimizing the use of energy and other resources throughout its operations, as well as improving the energy efficiency of appliances.

Previously this year, Electrolux was for the eleventh consecutive year, named an Industry Leader of the Household Durables category in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. (Source: Electrolux, PR, Cision, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Electrolux, Henrik Sundstrom, Head of Sustainability Affairs , +46-8-657-65-07,; Dow Jones Sustainability World Index,; CDP,

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2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-27
According to the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, since 2005 annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have declined by 758 million metric tons -- the largest decline of any country over that time frame.

By way of comparison, the European Union's total decline amounted to 770 million tons while the UK reported a 170 million metric ton decline. At the same time, China's carbon dioxide emissions grew by 3 billion metric tons, and India's grew by 1 billion metric tons.

According to the World Bank, U.S. per capita carbon dioxide emissions rank 11th among all countries. So, we are not the largest per capita emitter, but we do emit 2.2 times as much on a per capita basis as China. But, China has 4.3 times as many people, and that matters from an overall emissions perspective. China's lower per capita carbon dioxide emissions are more than offset by its greater population, so China emits over 70 pct more CO2 per year than the U.S.

Access the BP Statistical Review of World Energy HERE. (Source: BP, Forbes, Other Media, 24 Oct., 2017)

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Alliance BioEnergy Expanding Cellulosic Fuel Dist. (Ind. Report)
Alliance BioEnergy
Date: 2017-10-27
Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. reorts it has inked a 5-year exclusive brokerage agreement with Progressive Fuels, Ltd. (PFL), an independent inter-dealer wholesale broker in the biofuel, agriculture, CCA, Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) and lower carbon fuel standards (LCFS) markets.

Alliance has a patented cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) conversion process for the production of biofuel, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and agricultural and industrial products.

The price of cellulosic fuels reached $4.33/gal. in California, in June 2017. Alliance can produce cellulosic ethanol for less than $1/gal., according to Alliance. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 26 Oct., 2017) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy, Inc., Daniel de Liege, President and CEO, (888) 607-3555x1106,,

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