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Lallemand Biofuels Lands Lactic Solutions (Ind. Report, M&A)
Lallemand Biofuels,Lactic Solutions
Date: 2017-10-27
In Montreal, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, a business unit of Lallemand Inc., is reporting the acquisition of Lactic Solutions LLC., the developer of genetically modified lactic acid bacteria products for the biofuels industry. Lactic's products will create value for fuel ethanol producers through higher ethanol production yields and reduced consumption of antibiotics.(Source: Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits , 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Lallemand, Jim Steele, CEO, Angus Ballard, Pres. of Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits,; Lactic Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lactic Solutions,  Lallemand Biofuels,  

Greenbelt Testing Wine Waste as Biofuel Feedstocks (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2017-10-27
In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation reports it will work with Santa Maria, California-headquartered Central Coast Wine Services (CCWS) to test various wine making wastes for potential use as feedstock for Greenbelt's "Paso Robles ECOsystem" (PRECO) waste-to-energy project. The project will convert local wastes into bioethanol and other products.

Other waste derived-feedstocks tested or being tested include pomegranate husks, mandarin oranges, pistachio hulls, bagels, brewery wastes, sweet potatoes, sugar beets, and a variety of waste sugar and/or alcohol containing beverages. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corporation, PR, Markets Insider, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO,; Central Coast Wine Services, (805) 318-6500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources ,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Biofuel,  Bioproducts,  

EU Parliament Seeks End of Palm Oil Biofuels (Int'l Report)
European Commission
Date: 2017-10-27
Meeting in Brussels, the EU Parliament's environment committee has voted to amend its renewable energy legislation to exclude food crop-based biofuels from EU renewables support by 2030, and from bioliquid transportation fuel produced from palm oil in particular by 2021. The original November 2016 EC proposal called for a gradual phase-out of food-based biofuels from the 7 pct in 2021 to 3.8 pct in 2030.

Complete legislation governing EU biofuels and bioenergy from 2020-2030 be agreed upon by all EU member states. (Source: EC, EU Eurostat, Argus, Others, Oct., 2017) Contact: European Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  European Commission,  

UNFCCC Reports COP 23 Climate-Neutrality Measures (Ind. Report)
UNFCCC,Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd
Date: 2017-10-27
The UNFCCC has released details of its plans to ensure that the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) is "sustainable to the greatest possible extent."

To attain its goal, COP 23 climate-neutral program will focus on energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy, offsetting unavoidable emissions, and other measures. In a further effort to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport, the UNFCCC is partnering with Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL), aiming to promote the use of biofuels as lower-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. EERL's Climate Ethanol Alliance of bioethanol producers aims to speed up the low-carbon transition of the transport sector through the promotion of climate action. (Source: UNFCCC, PR, IISD, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd,; UNFCCC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  UNFCCC,  Ethanol Europe Renewables LtdCarbon Emissions,  

Recurrent Ads 71 MW-AC Solar in North Carolina (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar,Recurrent Energy
Date: 2017-10-27
Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent Energy reports the commissioning of the IS-42 PV project near Fayetteville, North Carolina. The 71 MW-AC single-axis mounted solar project, which is one of the largest solar projects east of the Mississippi, holds a long-term PPA to sell power to Duke Energy Progress. This is Recurrent's first completed project in North Carolina. (Source: Recurrent Energy, PV Mag, Others, 23 Oct. 2017)Contact: Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500,; Canadian Solar, (519) 837-1881,; Duke Energy Progress,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Canadian Solar,  Recurrent Energy,  

PepsiCo HQ Awarded USGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-27
Dallas-headquartered engineering and construction firm C1S Group reports it has begun energy efficiency related LEED standard renovation to multinational snack food and beverage giant PepsiCo's Purchase, New York, headquarters. Scheduled work includes electrical and mechanical systems, flooring, carpeting, lighting, ceiling, HVAC systems, among other renovations to meet US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification standards that are expected to save PepsiCo $215,000 per year in energy costs. Before the work began, the facility had an Energy Star score of 89.

Project highlights include:

  • 85 pct of construction waste was recycled during renovation;
  • total greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 1,230 tpy of per year;
  • an alternative transportation program was implemented, eliminating 34 pct of total commuting trips through vanpools, employee use of public transportation and fuel-efficient vehicles;
  • high efficiency indoor water fixtures were installed throughout the facility reducing consumption by 41 pct. (Source: C1S Group, Construction & Demolition Recycling, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: C1S Group, (972) 386-7005,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  LEED Platinum,  

  • Clemson to Test Vesta's Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
    Date: 2017-10-27
    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind reports it has inked an agreement with Clemson University in South Carolina to test a 9.5 MW offshore wind turbine at the University's state-of-the-art 15 MW test bench. Clemson's test bench is the world's largest and one of the most advanced wind energy testing facilities. Development of the test bench was supported by a $47 million Energy Department investment as well as about $60 million in outside funding. (Source: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Clean Technica, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: MHI Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,; Clemson Wind Test Bench,

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

    Wanzek Contracts for Xcel's Foxtail Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In North Dakota, West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction has been hired by Xcel Energy to build the utility's $270 million Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota. Wanzek will also build the the Freeborn Energy Project in southern Minnesota and Iowa. The cost of the North Dakota project is $270 million. Work is scheduled to begin next spring with completion scheduled for 2019. (Source: Wanzek, PR, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Wanzek Construction, (701) 893-3623,; Xcel Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel,  Wind,  

    Global Infrastructure Partners Snares Equis Energy (M&A)
    Equis Energy ,Global Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2017-10-27
    US-based investment firm Global Infrastructure Partners reports the purchase of Singapore-based independent power producer Equis Energy and its renewables portfolio for $5 billion. Equis Energy's portfolio included over 180 renewable energy projects totaling 11 GW capacity either in operation, under construction or development across Australia, Japan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, according to the company.

    The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018. (Source: Global Infrastructure Partners, Windpower, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Global Infrastructure Partners,; Equis Energy, David Russell, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equis Energy ,  Global Infrastructure Partners ,  

    Univ. of Calif. Lauded for Sustainability Initiatives (Ind. Report)
    Excellence in Green Power Use Award
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In the Golden State, the University of California's Daily Calofirnian reports the school has been awarded the EPA's Excellence in Green Power Use Award for its efforts to reduce emissions and consistently generate sustainable energy.

    The award, presented in conjunction with the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, recognizes partners that both exceed the minimum benchmark requirements for green power usage and "demonstrate a distinct market impact through innovation, communications, and stakeholder engagement." Other award winners include Google and Microsoft.

    The UC had previously entered into long-term purchase agreements for power from two solar farms in California's Central Valley, the largest solar purchase ever made by a university system in the country. There are currently five solar locations on campus, Additionally, some buildings on campus use the US Green Building Council LEED, to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. The campus is also on track to become carbon-neutral by 2025 (Source: EPA, Daily Californian, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: EPA Excellence in Green Power Use Award,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

    ComEd, CLEAResult Tout LED Light Incentives Success (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-27
    Austin,Texas-headquartered CLEAResult, a leader in designing and implementing technology-enabled energy efficiency programs for utilities, reports it has provided incentives for nearly 100 million energy-efficient lightbulbs, through a partnership with Illinois' largest electric utility, ComEd, as part of the utility's residential lighting discount offering.

    The offering provides instant in-store discounts at participating retail stores on select ENERGY STAR certified LEDs and trim kits. The 2008 vintage program has to date achieved energy savings of more than 3.3 billion kWh which is enough energy to power more than 265,000 homes for one year.

    CLEAResult partnered with ComEd to provide education and training to consumers and participating retailers, conducting more than 320,000 consumer events and 2,700 in-store training events to promote ENERGY STAR® certified lighting products. October 26, 2017 09:00 ET | Source: CLEAResult, 26 Oct., 2017) Contact: CLEAResult, George Malek, Director of Energy Efficiency Services, (512) 327-9200,; ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  CLEAResult,  ComEd,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

    Housing Authority Energy Efficiency Program Confirms $902,000 Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Housing Authority of Lawrence County
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In western Pennsylvania, the Housing Authority of Lawrence County is reporting its 2016 guaranteed energy efficiency and water savings project has delivered over $900,000 in energy costs savings.

    The project includes new energy efficient lighting, extensive water conservation measures, high efficient boilers and furnaces, ENERGY STAR appliances and energy efficient windows. The residential upgrades delivered $902,463 in energy and water savings last year, even though most had been installed and operational less than a full year.

    This project was a partnership between The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence and the residents of the upgraded housing units. The Efficiency Network, Inc., a Pittsburgh-area high technology energy efficiency and sustainability services provider completed most of the work. (Source: New Caste News, 24 Oct., 2017) , executive director of the Contact: Housing Authority of Lawrence County, Gene DiGennaro, Exec. Dir., (724) 656-5100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Pa. Gov. Seeking RFS Waiver to Protect Refiners (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-10-27
    Writing from the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (Dem) has asked President Trump for a waiver to the RFS saying on the grounds that high RIN prices and market volatility may lead to closure of the state's merchant refiners.

    "As you are aware, obligated parties such as oil refiners are required to submit RIN credits to the EPA to demonstrate compliance with the RFS. However, the merchant refiners of the Northeast are not able to acquire enough RIN credits to meet their RFS obligations because they have limited blending capacity. Therefore, they must purchase RINs on the secondary market, where prices have increased significantly,," Wolf's letter read.

    Wolf's letter asked for a waiver "until or unless the market prices deflate. Absent this waiver, the Northeast and specifically Pennsylvania will experience significant economic impacts."

    The Clean Air Act allows a waiver if the EPA administrator determines the implementation of RFS requirements would severely harm the economy of a state, a region or the country as a whole. (Source: Feedstuffs, Various Media, Progressive Farmer, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  RFS,  

    Revelstoke Considering Woody Biomass-to-Fuel Study (Ind. Report)
    Woody Biomass
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In 2014, the City of Revelstoke, British Columbia, released an RFP for wood waste-to-energy energy power production and is now considering a report based on Canadian Biomass Energy Research data .

    Now, three years later, the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation (RCFC), Downie Timber, Louisiana Pacific and other area forest tenure holders , want to "screen the market" and move ahead with the proposed project. Many of their tenures have an abundance of low margin or unprofitable hemlock which, due to a high degree of rot, is considered a strong candidate for wood-to-fuel Bioenergy, according to the study.

    Revelstoke currently spends $12-million or more per year on imported fossil fuels. A woody biomass plant is seen as a way to retain that money in the local economy and enhance the area's forest sector's economic performance. (Source: City of Revelstoke, BC Local News, 20 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Revelstoke, (250) 837-3637 -- Finance,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  

    Velocys Planning Natchez Mississippi Biorefinery (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys PLC reports Velocys reports it has taken an option on a 100-acre site in Natchez, Mississippi where it plans to construct a biorefinery that will process woody biomass into high specification renewable diesel and aviation jet fuel for the US market, its primary focus.

    According to the company, it has been offered $2 million in county tax incentives, $15 million in state tax breaks as well as smaller incentives. (Source: Velocys, Natchez Democrat, AP, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  

    Stion Closing MIssissippi Thin-Film Solar Plant (Ind. Report)
    Mississippi Development Authority
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The Mississippi Development Authority reports it is considering its options regarding the planned closing of thin film solar maker Stion Corporations plant in Hattiesburg plant, and the $74.8 million the company owes the state.

    The San Jose, California company notified the Mississippi Department of Employment Security earler this week that it plans to shutter its plant Dec. 13, and that it is seeking a purchaser who will run it. Sale proceeds would go to creditors, a possible alternative to a bankruptcy filing.

    Stion raised more than $200 million from private investors, including Khosla Ventures, which holds a controlling interest in the company. Stion blames its closure on unfair foreign competition, and says that if President Donald Trump imposes anti-dumping tariffs on foreign solar panel makers, it might be able to sell the Hattiesburg plant. (Source: Stion, SacBee, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: Mississippi Development Authority Stion Corp. (601) 545-7515,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mississippi Development Authority,  Solar,  Stion,  

    The Global Rush for Aviation Biofuel -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Oakland Institute
    Date: 2017-10-25
    According to an Oakland Institute report, aviation industry profits are increasingly threatened by erratic fossil fuel prices and consumer concerns with the role of aviation in climate change. Unfortunately, emerging evidence suggests that as airlines rush to biofuel to address these concerns, they do so at the expense of people and the environment.

    Access the report HERE. (Source: Oakland Institute, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Oakland Institute, (510) 474-5251,,

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

    CCS Research Field Station Opens in Alberta (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Management Canada Research Institute
    Date: 2017-10-25
    On the Canadian prairies, the University of Calgary is reporting the opening of the Containment and Monitoring Institute's carbon capture and storage (CCS) Field Research Station in Newell County, southern Alberta.

    The research station -- a partnership between Carbon Management Canada Research Institute and the University of Calgary -- offers a unique site to develop and demonstrate technologies to detect and monitor C02 and other fluids stored in underground reservoirs. It also aligns with the university's commitment to a low-carbon future and its emergence as a leader in carbon capture and storage research.

    The 200-hectare CaMI field research station provides the step between modelling work that can be done on a bench scale and a full-scale field pilot. At the site, small amounts of CO2 will be injected into a reservoir 300 metres underground, where the CO2 remains a gas. The injection well at the site is surrounded by two observation wells and four water-monitoring wells to allow researchers to test a variety of technologies.

    The CaMI field research station received funding from the federal Western Economic Diversification Program and is currently funded by the University of Calgary's Canada First Excellence Research Fund via the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources and Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes. CaMI also offers a subscription-based access to monitoring research outcomes from the field research station. Current joint industry partners include Statoil, Shell Global Solutions, RITE Japan, and Cenovus Energy. (Source: University of Calgary, PR, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes, (403) 210-9784,,; University of Calgary,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  CO2 news,  

    SimPath Touts Possible Biofuel Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Knoxville, Tennessee-headquartered startup SimPath reports it has licensed a pioneering cloning system developed by the US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). NREL's system generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bio-engineer fuels economically and efficiently. SimPath will develop the cloning system further to improve ORNL's method into a multi-gene DNA assembly kit that includes a software package for customers using synthetic biology techniques.

    ORNL developed the cloning system to aid studies of drought-resistant plants that rely on a water-saving form of photosynthesis, a system that has already brought about a 50 pct increase in production.

    ORNL and SimPath will continue to partner on the cloning tool, using feedback from SimPath's customers to enhance the system and fine-tune characteristics such as shelf-life, which determines the viability of live products. (Source: SimPath, ORNL, Bio-based World News, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: SimPath, Robert Moseley, Pres., info@,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  ORNL,  

    Norwegians Reconsidering CO2 CCS Projects Commitments (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The Oslo-based Norwegian newspaper VG Forsiden reports that following the government's slashing of climate change related state aid in its 2018 budget, Norwegian companies working with carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) say they need to seriously cut their projects CCS projets and related budgets. The government's 2018 budget earmarks 20 million kroner ($2.5 million) to enlarge wide-ranging facilities for carbon dioxide purification in Norwegian industry.

    According to the environmental foundation Bellona, Norwegian industries -- Norcem, Yara and the Oslo municipal waste incineration plant -- currently need around 400 million kroner ($49.9 million) from the government -- more than the assigned budget, and are reconsidering their commitment to capture of carbon dioxide and CCS related projects. (Source: VG Forsiden, MENAFN, 21 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Norcem,  Yara,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  

    Mexican Carbon Market Set for 2018 Launch (Int'l Report)
    Minister of the Environment
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In 2018, the Mexican government plans to join the growing number of governments around the world with formal carbon cap-and-trade markets that incentivize polluters to reduce emissions.

    The Mexican Deputy Minister of the Environment, Rodolfo Lacy , says those heavy polluters can purchase the right to emit more carbon. Sellers will be companies that succeed at emitting less than their permit, or those that do projects like tree plantings that reduce carbon pollution.

    The government intends to integrate the Mexican carbon market with the California and Quebec market within five years. (Source: Mexico Minister of the Environment, Yale Climate Connections, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: Mexico Minister of the Environment,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Cap-and-Trade,  

    N.Korea Exploring Algae Biofuel to Skirt Int'l Sanctions (Int'l)
    North Korea, 38 North
    Date: 2017-10-25
    According Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies' North Korea-focused 38north,org website, Pyongyang is developing algae biomass as "a strategic resource" for both food and fuel production, as well as a way around increasingly tight economic sanctions. The country's researchers have reportedly been exploring aquaculture systems since the early 2000s.

    Using available data from nine North Korean facilities, 38 North estimates the country presently could produce 2,851 tpy of algae biomass containing approximately 1,425.5 tons of nutritional mass convertible to the equivalent of 4,075.6 barrels of oil. (Source: CNBC Asia-Pacific, 38 North 20 Oct., 2017) Contact: 38 North,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,   Algal,   Algae Biofuel,  

    Grant Helps Sheetz Expand Biofuel Blends Offerings (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In the Keystone State, the Altoona-based gas bar and convenience store operator Sheetz is reporting receipt of $7 million in grant funding from the USDA Farm Service Agency to support the installation of pumps that dispense between 15 pct (E-15) to 85 pct (E-85) ethanol gasoline blends.

    Sheetz, which has operations across southwestern Pennsylvania, added 340 biofuel-capable fuel pumps at 77 locations in 2015. (Source: Sheetz, Pittsbugh Business Times, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: USDA Farm Service Agency,; Sheetz, (814) 946-3611,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  

    ICM Announces s FS Bioenergia Corn Ethanol Startup (Ind. Report)
    ICM,FS Bioenergia
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Colwich, Kansas-headquartered grain ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. is reporting the commissioning and startup of FS Bioenergia, a JV between U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group and Fiagril Ltda of Brazil. The project is Brazil's first standalone dry-mill corn ethanol plant.

    The ICM-designed ethanol plant is located in the middle of Mato Grosso, Brazil's Corn Belt, near the city of Lucas de Rio Verde. The plant's ethanol production is destined the country's growing domestic ethanol markets.

    ICM's scope of work included two patent-pending corn-to-ethanol processes to increase ethanol and oil yields, technologies, engineering, proprietary equipment, and services. Technologies comprised the Selective Milling Technology and Fiber Separation Technology. Services included on-site representation throughout the build and installation process. (Source: ICM Inc., 23 Oct.,, 2017) Contact: ICM, Dave VanderGriend, CEO, Issam Stouky, Global Business Development, (316) 796-0900,; FS Bioenergia, +55 65 3548 1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM,  FS Bioenergia,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

    Simon Fraser Touts Woody Biomass District Energy Utility (Ind. Report)
    Simon Fraser University
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In Surrey, British Columbia, Simon Fraser University reports set to start construction on a new biomass plant that will power the university and adjacent urban community while drastically reducing emissions. SFU, along with SFU Community Trust, which oversees the development of UniverCity, has partnered with Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc. to develop a $33 million neighbourhood energy utility project called the Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility.

    The new energy utility will use woody biomass including forestry waste, recycled urban and construction wood waste . When fully operational, the plant is expected to cut the university's greenhouse gas emissions from all sources in the region by 69 pct. The district energy utility project has been approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission and is slated for construction in 2018, according to a SFU release. (Source: The Peak, Simon Fraser University, 23 October, 2017) Contact: Simon Fraser University,; CORIX Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass news,  Biomass news,  

    New Certifications Reflect PV Ind. Specializations (Ind. Report)
    North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The Clifton, New Jersey-based North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is reporting three new specialty certifications for the solar industry.

    Developed in conjunction with the U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative, the new certifications are: PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, and PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist. Beginning January 3rd, 2018, the new specialty certification exams, along with NABCEP's PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification exam, will be offered via computer-based testing (CBT) at over 600 test sites in the U.S. and Canada.

    Achieving specialty certification demonstrates that PV professionals possess the advanced training, knowledge, and competencies required for their job while conveying that they have earned an externally validated and rigorously developed certification. (Source: NABCEP, PR, 22 Oct., 2017) Contact: NABCEP, Shawn O'Brien, Exec. Dir., (518) 631-2751,; SunShot Initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Solar,  SunShot Initiative,  

    Heraeus Largest PV Silver Paste Supplier in Taiwan (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    German PV silver paste producer and supplier Heraeus reports it has become the biggest PV silver pastes supplier in the Taiwan market. To better serve the market, the company established an applied engineering and R&D center in Taiwan and offers consulting services for clients to promote its PV products. Heraeus began producing PV silver pastes in Taiwan in 2015 and has to date shipped almost 100 tons. (Source: Heraeus, Economic Daily News, DIGITIMES, 23 October 2017) Contact: Heraeus Photovoltaics, Andreas Liebheit, Pres.,

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

    Meyer Burger Wins Italian 200 MW HJT Cell Lines Order (Int'l)
    Meyer Burger Technology
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Swiss solar machinery maker Meyer Burger Technology AG is touting a $45.7 million "strategic contract" for equipment to produce up to 200 MW of bifacial Heterojunction (HJT) solar cells for an un-named purchaser. Under the deal, two HJT cell lines will be delivered and installed beginning in mid 2018. The lines are expected to be in full production in 2019. The HJT equipment will replace the customer's existing thin-film technology which to has delivered more than 500 MW of installed PV capacity to date. Meyer Burger and the Italian solar manufacturer have also formed a joint development partnership to bring average HJT cell efficiencies beyond 23 pct. (Source: Meyer Burger, Oct., 2017) Contact: Meyer Burger, Peter Pauli, CEO, +41 33 221 2800,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger Technology,  Solar,  

    LONGi Scores PERC Solar Cell Efficiency Record (Ind. Report)
    LONGi Green Energy Technology
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Beijing-based monocrystalline products maker LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. reports that Fraunhofer ISE CalLab of Germany has certified a photovoltaic conversion world record efficiency of 22.71 pct on its monocrystalline PERC cell. The company plans to begin production of the 22.0 pct efficient PERC cell before the end of 2017. (Source: LONGi Solar, Oct., 2017) Contact: Longi Green Energy Technology, +8629.81566863,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LONGi Solar,  LONGi Green Energy Technology ,  

    Vattenfall's Horns Rev 3 Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Vattenfall reports construction work on the 406.7MW Horns Rev 3 wind farm off the Danish Jutland Peninsula in the Danish North Sea is underway. The offshore wind project will incorporate 49 MHI Vestas 8.3MW turbines mounted on monopile structures and will generate sufficient electric power for 425,000 Danish homes.

    Apart from Horns Rev 3, Vattenfall also plans to construct the Danish Kriegers Flak and Vesterhav South and North wind farms in the coming years. (Source: Vattenfall, CTBR, Various Others, 23 October, 2017 ) Contact: Vattenfall , Gunnar Groebler, +46 8 739 5000,; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Wind,  Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  

    DNV GL Unveils Online Battery Testing Tool (New Prod & Tech)
    DNV GL
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The certification body DNV GL is touting its new new BATTERY XT software tool that compiles life-cycle data and predicts battery degradation under different conditions and duty cycles, thus enabling operators to verify product warrantees and performance guarantees before they buy.

    Once tested, batteries can be sized to any duty cycle and developers can scale without waiting on data from suppliers. The BATTERY XT is "the world's only independently created database of Li-on battery performance to help the market deploy faster," according to a company release. (Source: DNV GL, Windpower, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: DNV GL , Davion Hill, Energy Storage Leader, +49 40 361 490,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  

    OFICEMEN Releases CO2 Emission Reduction Roadmap (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In Madrid, OFICEMEN, the Spanish cement association, has released its roadmap for reducing CO2 emissions to 2050.

    The document emphasizes the potential of new technologies, including carbon capture and storage (CCS), which it says could decrease the CO2 footprint of the Spanish cement industry by up to 80 pct in 2050. Using existing the technology the association estimates it could cut emissions by 35 pct from a 1990 baseline. (Source: OFICEMEN, Global Cement, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: OFICEMEN, +34 91 441 16 88,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement,  CCS,  CO2,  

    Airport Carbon Accreditation Participation Taking Off (Ind. Repot)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation
    Date: 2017-10-25
    ACI World reports that with 36 new applications to Airport Carbon Accreditation and more airports reaching a higher level of certification within the programme 201 airports are participating in Airport Carbon Accreditation: 27 in North America, 8 in Latin America; 118 in Europe; 10 in Afrca and 38 in Asia-pacific. From May 2016 to May 2017, accredited airports collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 202,184 tonnes of CO2.

    With four levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management -- Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality -- the Airport Carbon Accreditation program is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed and supported by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Commission (EC). (Source: Climate Neutral Now, Advance, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, +44 845 868 2708,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Neutral Now,  Airport Carbon Accreditation ,  

    BEIS Announces Energy Efficient Homes Strategy (Int'l Report)
    Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In London, the UK government's Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports the issuance of its Clean Growth Strategy to achieve a low carbon economy and future.

    The strategy emphasizes:

  • long term goals for greater residential energy efficiency;
  • continued support for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) policy;
  • improvd standards in new boiler installations;
  • a consultation in 2018 on how to make the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in the private rental sector more effective;
  • establishing a clear link between cold homes and ill health, which costs the NHS £760 million per year;
  • creating the 2032 Pathway, which could see millions more properties insulated, especially those in fuel poverty;
  • a commitment for a review of building regulations for energy efficiency, following the current review on regulations for both domestic and non-domestic buildings:
  • use smart meter data to promote energy efficiency;
  • reform of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to focus on long-term decarbonization, and others. (Source: Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK Landlord News, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

  • Alliance Bioenergy Seals Brokerage Deal (Ind. Report)
    Alliance BioEnergy ,Progressive Fuels Limited
    Date: 2017-10-25
    Partnership Will Bring Alliance BioEnergy Plus Products to the Global Cellulosic Ethanol, RINs and LCFS Market West Palm Beach, Florida-headquartered Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. , whose patented cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) conversion process will revolutionize the production of fuel, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural and industrial products, is reporting an exclusive 5-year brokerage agreement with Progressive Fuels, Ltd. (PFL), an independent interdealer broker in the wholesale physical biofuel, agriculture, CCA, Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) and Lower Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) markets.

    Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., which focuses on the renewable energy, biofuels, and new technologies sectors, holds the license to the patented technology CTS, a mechanical/chemical dry process for converting cellulose material into sugar for use in the biofuels industry. The company aims to retrofit existing and/or shuttered ethanol plants with the mechnocatalytic cellulosic conversion process, transforming them into carbon-neutral and waste-free production facilities. (Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., PR, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Progressive Fuels Ltd., Curtis Chandler, President,; )Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Progressive Fuels Limited,  Alliance BioEnergy ,  

    Singapore Consortia Wins S$17.8Mn for Energy Storage (Int'l)
    CW Group,Red Dot Power
    Date: 2017-10-25
    In Singapore, two Singapore-led consortia led by CW Group and Red Dot Power will receive about S$17.8 million in grants to build two utility-scale energy storage systems the two systems which use lithium-ion and vanadium redox flow technologies respectively.

    CW Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed CW Group Holdings Limited, will be working with Nanyang Technological University, while Red Dot Power is working with National University of Singapore, ST Kinetics' subsidiary Singapore Test Services, and German-American technology company Younicos. The test-bed is expected to be operational for three years at two substation locations.(Source: Business Times, Energy & Commodities, 23 Oct.,2017) Contact: CW Group,; Red Dot Power,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CW Group,  Red Dot Power,  

    CDB Supports Caribbean Energy Storage, Grid Modernisation (Int'l)
    Caribbean Development Bank
    Date: 2017-10-25
    The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) reports it has approved $350,000 in funding for energy storage and grid modernization in the Caribbean. The grant is intended to support stakeholders with design and planning of storage and grid solutions.

    The Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean (CSES-S) fund will provide technical assistance supporting up to six energy storage and/or grid modernisation proposals, from the Bank's Borrowing Member countries (BMCs). Since its founding in 2016, the CSES-S Fund has supported 15 technical assistance projects including 10 capacity-building projects, 4 development support projects and one regulatory support project. The Canadian Government provided $3.9 million in grant resources to the CDB to support Disaster Risk Management and Climate Project in Haiti as well as an Energy Efficiency and Solar PV Projects. (Source: Caribbean Development Bank, Energy Storage, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Caribbean Development Bank , Tessa Williams-Robertson, Renewable Energy ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  

    UK Utility Supports "Robust, Strong Carbon Price" (Int'l)
    SSE,Scottish and Southern Energy
    Date: 2017-10-23
    The UK utility major Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has come out in favour of a "robust and strong carbon price" as the best way to meet government goals to combat climate change without further regulation and with fewer state subsidies. SSE, the largest UK utility by market capitalization, has warned the government that energy companies need clarity in its approach to taxing carbon emissions if it expects utilities to invest in a new generation of gas-fired power stations.

    In 2013, Britain introduced a carbon price support mechanism under which power generators pay a levy of £23 per tonne of carbon emitted -- almost five times more than in the rest of the EU. These arrangements have prompted power generators to shut down many of their coal-fired power stations in the UK. (Source: SSE, Sandbag, Financial Times, 22 Oct., 2017) Contact: Scottish and Southern Energy,; Sandbag,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Carbon Tax,  Carbon,  Sandbag,  Climate Change,  

    Windlab Lands Kennedy Energy Park PPA (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Windlab,CS Energy,Eurus Energy
    Date: 2017-10-23
    Following up on our October 17, 2016 coverage, Australian renewable energy developer Windlab reports it has secured a 10-year agreement with the Queensland government-owned CS Energy, which will buy both the renewable energy and some of the large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) produced from phase 1 of the Kennedy Energy Park, the country’s first grid-connected large-scale hybrid project combining wind, solar and battery storage.

    The first phase of the Kennedy project -- a 50/50 JV with Eurus Energy Holdings and Windlab -- is a 60.5 MW hybrid renewable energy project comprises 43.5 MW of wind capacity, 15 MW of solar PV capacity and a 2 MW Lithium ion battery storage installation near Hughenden.

    Windlab recently completed a capital raising and stock market listing to help it fund the first stage of the Kennedy project, and other projects in its pipeline. (Source: Windlab, CleanTechnic, Renew Economy, Oct., 2017)Contact: CS Energy,; Windlab, Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292,; Eurus Energy Holdings,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurus Energy,  Energy Storage,  Wind,  Solar,  CS Energy,  Windlab,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    Voltus Touts $10Mn to Reinvigorate DR Innovation (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    San Francisco-based energy management specialist Voltus, Inc., a provider of cash-generating energy products, reports it has closed on a $10.1 million investment from Prelude Ventures and a family office represented by Energy Innovation.

    Voltus's suite of energy management products and services delivers cash to commercial, institutional, and industrial customers at no-cost and no-risk in a simple, single page agreement. Combined with Voltus's industry-leading energy expertise and best-in-class cloud-based technology platform, this investment is meant to solidify Voltus as the world's leading provider of demand response. (Source: Voltus Inc., 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: Voltus Inc., Veery Maxwell, Director of Energy Innovation, Gregg Dixon , (617) 283-9387,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltus,  Demand Response,  

    P2P Marketplace Sun Exchange Seed Round Raises $1.6Mnn (Ind. Report)
    Sun Exchange
    Date: 2017-10-23
    P2P solar equipment leasing marketplace Sun Exchange has raised $1.6 million in seed financing from a group including Network Society Ventures, Kalon Venture Partners, BoostVC, Techstars and Powerhouse.

    Sun Exchange leverages blockchain technology to allow people to buy solar cells in solar projects mostly in solar-rich but power-poor emerging markets. More investors get access to solar panel ownership while providing businesses and communities access to cheaper power. Investors can purchase single solar cells for less than $10. Sun Exchange has been in Africa since 2014 and has additional locations in California and Dubai. (Source: SunExchange, 20 Oct., 2017) Contact: Sun Exchange, Abraham Cambridge, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sun Exchange,  Solar,  Community Solar,  

    Massive Amazon Wind Farm Opens In West Texas
    Amazon Wind Farm Texas
    Date: 2017-10-23
    High Plains Public Radio is reporting that online retail giant Amazon's largest wind farm to date is up and running near Snyder, West Texas. The wind facility incorporates more than 100 turbines and will generate enough clean energy to power more than 330,000 homes.

    Amazon plans to meet its energy needs from the facility and sell the balance to the Texas grid. The new West Texas wind farm is Amazon's 18th wind farm with 35 more wind operations in the works. (Source: Amazon Wind Farm Texas, Engadget, High Plains Public Radio, 19 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Wind,  

    Canadian Methane Emissions Worse Than Feared (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    A just released study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology reports the Canadian oil and gas industry could be emitting methane -- a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 -- at rates 25 to 50 pct higher than official estimates. The research compared aerial survey measurements of fossil fuel infrastructure in Alberta to emissions reported by industry and other figures.

    Oil-soaked Alberta has set a goal of reducing methane emissions 45 pct by 2025 -- a target researchers say could be severely compromised by the study's findings. The methane gas currently being wasted would supply almost all the natural gas needs of Alberta, and is worth $530 million per year -- an economic cost for governments in the form of lost royalties and taxes, and for industry in terms of revenue, according to the syudy. (Source: Environmental Science & Technology, Other Media, Climate Nexus, 18 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta,  Carbon Emissions,  Methane,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  

    South Portland 3,000 Panel Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    City of South Portland
    Date: 2017-10-23
    The city of South Portland, Maine, reports it has powered up a new 3,000 panel solar farm, the largest solar farm in the Pine Tree State. The solar installation will be used for the city municipal and school buildings, and is currently expected to generate 12 pct of their total daily needs.

    The solar project is expected to save South Portland roughly $3-million over the course of its 40-year service life span. (Source: City of South Portland, WGME, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of South Portland,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Veolia Cuts Univesity'e Power Costs, Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    University of East Anglia
    Date: 2017-10-23
    French waste-to-energy group Veolia, through its subsidiary Veolia CHP UK, reports it has contracted with University of East Anglia (UEA) in England to help the school cut its carbon emissions.

    Under the 10-year contract, Veolia installed two of its combined heat and power (CHP) on the school campus to provide lifetime monitoring and maintenance for the CHP. The new CHP units will enable the school to generate over 80 pct of its electric power needs onsite, reduce costs and cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 35 pct by 2020 against a 1990 baseline. (Source: Veolia,, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of East Anglia, +44 1603 456161,; Veolia,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  

    Colorado Climate Plan Ignores Coal Pollution (Ind. Report)
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Date: 2017-10-23
    According to the Tuscon-based Center for Biological Diversity, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper's recently released Colorado Climate Plan identifies financial subsidies to encourage methane capture or flaring, but fails to address or recommend limits on coal mine emissions or to control methane pollution from oil and gas operations.

    Specifically, Hickenloper's greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan ignores the state's major methane pollution producer -- the St. Louis-based Arch Coal-owned West Elk coal mine near Paonia, Colo. The mine spewed more methane into the air from 2011 through 2016 than any other man-made source and was the state's worst source of methane pollution, according to EPA data. In 2016 the West Elk Mine vented directly into the atmosphere. Mines can reduce methane pollution significantly by flaring the gas, putting it in a pipeline for household use or using it to generate power. But Arch Coal, which operates the mine on public land, has reportedly refused to implement these measures.

    Hickenlooper's administration has rejected recommendations from its own inspectors to require coal mines to file permits disclosing other pollutants emitted when methane is vented. In September the Trump administration proposed approval of an expansion of the West Elk Mine into 1,700 acres of wildlands in the Gunnison National Forest. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, (520) 623-5252,,; Arch Coal,; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arch Coal,  Hickenlooper,  Coal,  Methane Emissions,  Arch Coal,  

    EPA Sued for Missed Renewable Fuel Reporting Deadlines (Reg & Lag)
    EPA,Sierra Club
    Date: 2017-10-23
    In the nation's capital, the Sierra Club is taking the the US EPA to court claiming the agency is years overdue on its reporting obligations, and failure to address the growing prevalence of respiratory illness and environmental degradations the group says are being cause by corn and soy-based ethanol. According to the suit, the EPA violated the Clean Air Act by failing to update Congress on the environmental impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard program, and failed to study whether increased ethanol use is causing harm to the environment.

    According to the Sierra Club complaint, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is not submitting the required reports on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the Energy Independence and Security Act's Renewable Fuel Standard program and has failed to complete the required "anti-backsliding" study to determine whether vehicle and engine air pollutant emissions changes, resulting from the Program's renewable fuel volumes, adversely impact air quality". the complaint says.

    The Sierra Club says it sent a letter to Pruitt on February 23, informing him that he wasn't performing his duty in regard to the RFS program. The Sierra Club seeks a declaration that Pruitt and the EPA have violated federal law, and an order compelling them to file the overdue reports. (Source: Sierra Club, 20 Oct., 2017) Contact: Sierra Club, Devorah Ancel, Oakland, California Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  Scott Pruitt,  Sierra Club,  ,  

    Global Rush for Aviation Biofuel -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Oakland Institute
    Date: 2017-10-23
    According to the not-for-profit Oakland Institute think tank, the aviation industry has high hopes for biofuels which are being billed as the path to both profitability and sustainability. Unfortunately, emerging evidence suggests that as airlines rush to procure biofuel, they do so at the expense of people and the environment. Since commercial biofuel flights began in 2011, airlines have embraced feedstocks that are either not economically viable, environmentally dangerous, or both.

    The report finds the aviation industry's goal of significantly reducing emissions by 2050 will prove impossible without an unprecedented expansion in biofuel production. This expansion, however, will only exacerbate the global land grabbing trend, a phenomenon that has already threatened food security and land rights throughout the developing world.

    Access the report HERE. (Source: Oakland Institute, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Oakland Institute, (510) 474-5251,,

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

    Target Touts 100 pct Renewable Energy Target (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    American Big Bax retailer Target is touting a new climate policy and goals based on the Science-Based Targets initiative -- a commitment to source 100 pct renewable energy for all their domestic operations.

    Target's initiative is focused on: increasing adoption of renewable energy operations wide; driving energy and water efficiency; investing in innovations supporting the transition to a lower-carbon transportation system; considering climate impacts in raw materials sourcing, particularly the impacts of land use change, and designing plans to mitigate those impacts; and supporting communities most heavily impacted by climate change and building their resilience to climate change impacts like extreme weather events (Source: Target, CleanTechnica, Others, 19 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Carbon Enissions,  Climate Change,  

    EU Parliament Forestalls Int'l Flight Carbon Fees to 2021 (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-10-23
    Last Wednesday in Brussels, the European Parliament approved a plan to exempt commercial flights arriving in and/or departing from Europe from EU carbon emission controls until 2021.

    For the first time ICAO and the vast majority of its 191 member states recognize that aviation needs sustainable alternative fuels in the short term to effectively decarbonize the sector. There are numerous industry and state initiatives aiming at developing new technologies respecting sustainability criteria as well as enabling sensible business models. Therefore, beyond the questions of the targeted volume, ICAO role will be essential to frame those initiatives and exchange best practices around the world. (Source: ICAO, EURACTIV, Oct 16, 2017 ) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Carbon Emissions,  EU ETs,  

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