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Thermion Snares 171MW Mexican Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
Date: 2018-03-28
Mexican independent renewable energy power producer and supplier to corporate customers Thermion is reporting acquisition of the 171MW Los Molinos wind project from Mexican power developer Comexhidro for an undisclosed price.

The self-supply wind project, which will be built in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, is the company's third wind acquisition and increases the company's capacity in Mexico to 348MW. In late 2017, Thermion acquired a self-supply 117MW wind and a self-supply 48MW solar project. The company expects to break ground on the three power plants between Q4 of this year and Q1 of 2019. (Source: Thermion, EBR, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Thermion Energy, Michael Bax, CEO,,; Comexhidro,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermion,  Wind,  Comexhidro,  

Cdn. Pension Fund Acquiring Texas Renewables Developer (M&A)
Leeward Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-28
In Toronto, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund, through its infrastructure arm OMERS Infrastructure Management, reports it will acquire Dallas, Texas-based Leeward Renewable Energy and its 1.7GW installed wind capacity in the US, from affiliates of ArcLight Capital Partners. Financial details have not been disclosed.

Leeward Renewable is an owner, operator and developer of wind projects with 19 operating wind projects across nine states.

The acquisition, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed in the Q3, 2018. (Source: Leeward Renewable, EBR, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: Leeward Renewable LLC, Greg Wolf, CEO, (214) 515-1100,; Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Leeward Renewable Energy ,  Wind,  

USGBC Expands LEED Certification with LEED v4.1 4.1 (Ind. Report)
U.S. Green Building Council
Date: 2018-03-28
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has unveiled LEED v4.1, the next step for the LEED rating system, which starts with the existing buildings market.

The LEED v4.1 rating system is simplified, the scorecard and requirements are streamlined and new methodologies for tracking and rating building performance are integrated directly into the rating system, providing a clear framework for achieving LEED certification, not just for entire buildings, but also for spaces within buildings.

With LEED v4.1 O+M, an initial certification will be awarded to projects based on the implementation of sustainable operational strategies and performance score achievement in LEED Online. (Source: USGBC, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Perfomance,  U.S. Green Building Council,  

Chinese US Ethanol Imports Up Ahead of Possible Tariff (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-28
Bloomberg is reporting China's purchases of ethanol from the US totaled 189,035 cubic meters in February, the highest since May 2016, according to Chinese customs data. Purchases had slumped in 2017 after China imposed a 30 pct tariff on imports from the US.

Chinese companies have ordered more than 600,000 tons of ethanol from the US for blending into gasoline in the first half of the year, according to the China Alcoholic Drinks Association, which oversees the fuel ethanol industry. China is expanding its ethanol mandate nationwide by 2020. (Source: China Alcoholic Drinks Association, Bloomberg, 26 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Ethanol,  

Shell, ITM Power Open Buckinghamshire UK H2 Fuel Station (Int'l)
Shell, ITM Power
Date: 2018-03-28
In the UK, Shell and Sheffield-based ITM Power plc are reporting the opening of the UK's first hydrogen (H2) refueling station at Shell Beaconsfied Services in Buckinghamshire. The station also offers petrol and diesel. The H2 is generated on-site using ITM's PEM electrolyser sytem.

The Beaconsfield H2 station is the fifth H2 site in the UK to be supplied by ITM Power and will be the first to be opened as part of the H2ME project. The initiative has been partially funded by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the UK Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

ITM's PEM electrolyser acts as a rapid, sub-second response, demand side load that can be controlled by power companies for grid balancing and managing intermittent power input. The hydrogen produced is stored and dispensed as a fuel to any form of hydrogen vehicle, or injected into the gas grid for power-to-gas energy storage. (Source: ITM Power, GasWorld, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: ITM Power, Dr. Graham Cooley, CEO , +44 114 244 5111,

More Low-Carbon Energy News H2,  Hydrogen,  Shell,  ITM Power,  

UK Construction Ind. Calls for Zero-Carbon Buildings by 2030 (Int'l)
UK Green Building Council
Date: 2018-03-28
In the UK, over 50 business leaders have called on the government to set much stricter energy efficiency targets to help reduce carbon emissions and drive investment in the construction industry.

According to the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), there is wide consensus on the role the built environment plays in the UK's carbon emissions and the UKGBC is looking to Government to provide policy certainty in order to drive investment and innovation.

Download the building industry group letter HERE. (Source: Europe Carbon Reduction, UK GBC, Climate Action Program, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: UKGBC, Julie Hirigoyen , CEO, +44 (0) 20 7550 0625,,

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

Concordia Funded for Arctic Renewables R&D (R&D, Funding)
Concordia University
Date: 2018-03-28
In Montreal, a Concordia University research team reports it has been awarded $1.2 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The funding will support development of a new facility focused on examining sustainable power.

The new facility will be equipped with solar panels, hydrogen fuel cells, and wind turbines, the performance of which will be tracked and further developed by the research team. Researchers will analyze the efficiency of these energy sources as well as their impact and safety in Arctic regions where reliable heat and electric power id crucially important. (Source: Concordia, PR, Hydrogen Fuel News, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Concordia University, (514) 848-2424,; Canada Foundation for Innovation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Concordia University,  

Nat Gas, Carbon Tax Credited with Cutting UK CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
University of Sheffield
Date: 2018-03-28
A new study from the UK's University of Sheffield finds Britain's emissions dropped by 6 pct in 2016 due largely to a meaningful carbon tax and switching from coal to natural gas for power production. The report notes that Britain is on track to become the first major economy to transition away from coal after centuries of production and consumption.

The study highlights the scale and speed of emissions reduction in Britain as a result of fuel switching from coal to natural gas through effective carbon pricing. The switch analyzed in the study was made possible by incentivizing gas over coal through effective carbon pricing. A carbon price of £18 per tonne in 2016 was needed to incentivize the fuel switch.

The research found that if spare capacity already existed, then switching from coal to gas will be a quick win method of reducing emissions as it does not require several years to build the generation to impact reductions in emissions, unlike other options such as renewable and nuclear energy. The necessity for spare capacity is one of the factors that the potential for other countries adopting this tactic was contingent upon. Other factors for success outside Britain include the security of supply chains, price, and also political interest.

The study also notes that Russia and the US could potentially convert 40-50 pct of their coal generation to natural gas but China and India could only displace 6-12 pct due to the relative size of their natural gas generation. A high level assessment of the scale of decarbonisation if other countries were able to switch with existing generation assets was found to be in the region of one Gigatonne of CO2 per annum, which is equal to 3 pct of global emissions.

A major benefit of switching from coal to gas is that the electrical system has decarbonised faster in the short term. Although, one risk of switching fuels is that natural gas may stay on the system for longer than necessary to be compatible with longer term decarbonising targets. (Source: University of Sheffield, PR, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: University of Sheffield, Dr Grant Wilson, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Energy, +44 (0) 114 222 7608,,; Dr Iain Staffell, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, +44 0 7940 329303,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Sheffield,  Carbon Emissions,  UK Carbon Emissions,  

Anellotech Scores Additional $6Mn Suntory Investment (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech, is reporting two weeks of continuous operation of its seven-story tall TCat-8 pilot plant in Silsbee, Texas, producing primarily benzene, toluene, and xylenes (aromatics) from loblolly pine feedstock. The company also reports receipt of an additional $6 million investment from Suntory Holdings Limited, which was part of a previously announced $15 million package. To date, Suntorys has invested more than $30 million in Anellotech.

The Anellotech Bio-TCat Process's cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals are "drop in" replacements for their identical petroleum-derived counterparts, and can be used in manufacturing plastics renewable transportation fuels.

The alliance with Suntory, one of Anellotech's principal strategic investment partners, began in 2012 with the goal of enabling the development and commercialization of cost-competitive 100 pct bio-based plastics for use in beverage bottles. Suntory currently uses 30 pct plant-derived materials for its Mineral Water Suntory Tennensui brands and is pursuing the development of a 100 pct bio-based PET bottle through this alliance, as part of its commitment to sustainable business practices. (Source: Anellotech Inc., PR, 28 Mar., 2018) Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suntory news,  Anellotech news,  Biochemical news,  Bioplastic news,  Renewable Fuel news,  PET Plastic news,  

POWERSTATION 247 Solar Energy Storage Installed in Fla. (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
San Jose, California-based POWERSTATION 247™, the only U.S. manufactured all-in-one residential, behind-the-meter (BTM) energy storage company, is reporting the installation of three POWERSTATION 247 storage systems at CompuTech City's new HQ in Longwood, Fla. The new installation provides up to 52 kWh of solar energy storage to CompuTech City's new 10,000 sq. ft. headquarters.

POWERSTATION 247's patent-pending, plug-and-play energy storage system is designed in Germany and manufactured in the U.S. It is the most powerful behind-the-meter energy storage system currently available and is the only storage system that interfaces with renewables and backup generators for residential and future commercial customers. (Source: PowerStation, PR, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: PowerStation 247, Katherine Potter, (408) 398-6611,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POWERSTATION 247,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

EDF Commits to Global Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
French energy giant EDF reports it will invest €8 billion in energy storage between 2018 and 2035and will develop an additional 10GW of energy storage projects globally by 2035, on top of the 5GW already operated by the company.

Planned new facilities that will be delivered over the next 12 month include at least three battery storage facilities and an extension to battery/solar initiatives in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The company also plans to increase its research and development capabilities for energy storage, doubling investment to €70 million for the 2018-2020 period. (Source: EDF, renews, 27 Mar., 2018) (Source: EDF, Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, Tristan Gimbert, CEO, Sandia Briner, Media, (858) 521-3525,,

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

Date: 2018-03-28
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More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  European Commission,  Carbon Emissions,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  European Commission,  Carbon Emissions,  

2017 EU Carbon Emissions Rise Slightly (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
According to a poll of six market analysts by S&P Global Platts, carbon emissions from power plants and factories covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose 0.5 pct to 1,757.3 million mt in 2017 -- the first time since 2011 after industrial production slumped in the wake of the financial crisis of 2009-10.

The increase was attributed to increased industrial output across the 28-nation EU trading bloc. The European Commission will publish preliminary data on verified emissions for 2017 on April 3. The data will be used to establish compliance levels for more than 12,000 installations participating in the EU ETS. (Source: Platts, S&P Global, Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  EU,  Carbon Emissions,  

Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Transport Forum
Date: 2018-03-28
Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 , the International Transport Forum (ITF) identifies In the recently releasedfour potential decarbonization pathways for shipping that, it says, would result in a CO2 emission reduction of between 82 pct and 95 pct of the currently projected 2035 level. Remaining CO2 emissions would be between 44 and 156 million tonnes in 2035, according to the report.

ITF has proposed three key recommendations: the setting of a clear, ambitious emissions-reduction target to drive decarbonization of maritime transport; supporting the realization of emissions-reduction targets with a comprehensive set of policy measure; and providing smart financial incentives to advance the decarbonization of maritime shipping.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: International Transport Forum, Bunkerspot, Mar., 2018) Contact: International Transport Forum,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Transport Forum,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

Ottawa Launches $500Mn Low Carbon Economy Challenge (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon.Catherine McKenna, has launched the Low Carbon Economy Challenge. The will consider projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, under two streams:
  • Champions: Valued at over $450 million, the champions stream is open to applicants of any size. Eligible applicants include all provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities and organizations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Partnerships: Valued at $50 million, the partnerships stream is limited to Indigenous communities and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and small municipalities. The partnerships stream will help ensure a broad range of Canadians are able to participate in the challenge.

    Successful projects will be selected based primarily on their ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the growth of clean energy. The funding is available until 2021-22.

    Download details HERE. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada , Mar., 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767,

  • FDB Offers Fijian Renewable Energy Funding (Int'l)
    Fiji Development Bank,
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Fiji's only financial development institution, the Fiji Development Bank , is promoting its Sustainable Energy Financing Facility aimed at scaling up renewable energy investments in the 2,000 +- square kilometer Pacific Island nation of 900,000 residents.

    Financing is available for hydro, solar, coconut oil biofuel, energy efficiency equipment, wind, biomass, biogas, wave, tidal, and feasible geothermal systems. This facility also accommodates working capital for the purpose of providing consultancy, design, supply, installation and maintenance or repair services to encourage sustainable investments that address the impacts of climate change.

    FDB is accredited as a National Direct Access Entity with the Green Climate Fund. (Source: Fiji Development Bank, Fiji Times, 24 Mar., 2018) Contact: Fiji Development Bank,

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

    Enzyme Enables First-time Microbial Production of Aromatic Biofuel (R&D, New Prod & Tech)
    Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tpy..

    A major focus of research at JBEI, and in the broader community of biofuel researchers, is the production of industrially and commercially relevant fuels and chemicals from renewable resources, such as lignocellulosic biomass, rather than from petroleum. The enzyme discovered in this study will enable the first-time microbial production of bio-based toluene, and in fact, the first microbial production of any aromatic hydrocarbon biofuel.

    The enzyme discovery resulted from the intensive study of two very different microbial communities that produced toluene. One community contained microbes from lake sediment, and the other from sewage sludge. Since microbes in the environment are a reservoir of enzymes that catalyze an extraordinarily diverse set of chemical reactions, it's not unusual for scientists working in biotechnology to source enzymes from nature.

    The toluene-synthesizing enzyme discovered in this study, phenylacetate decarboxylase, belongs to a family of enzymes known as glycyl radical enzymes (GREs). The radical nature of GREs allows them to catalyze chemically challenging reactions, such as anaerobic decarboxylation of phenylacetate to generate toluene.

    In fact, metagenome analyses revealed that these microbial communities each contained more than 300,000 genes - the equivalent of more than 50 bacterial genomes. Another challenge was that the anaerobic microbial communities and many of their enzymes were sensitive to oxygen, forcing the scientists to manipulate cultures and enzymes under strictly anaerobic conditions.

    The discovery process combined protein purification techniques used by biochemists for decades, such as fast protein liquid chromatography, with modern metagenomic, metaproteomic, and associated bioinformatic analyses, some of which were carried out in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. An important component of the discovery process was to validate the researchers' predictions of the toluene biosynthesis enzyme with experiments using highly controlled assays involving purified proteins.

    The researchers believe that their study results have implications for fundamental and applied science. From a biochemical perspective, the study expands the known catalytic range of GREs, and from a biotechnological perspective, it will enable first-time biochemical synthesis of an aromatic fuel hydrocarbon from renewable resources. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute,; LBNL, Harry Beller, Snr. Scientist, JBEI scientific lead, (510) 486-7321,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JBEI,  LBNL,  Enzyme,  Biofuel ,  

    Damn the Tariffs, Full Speed Ahead, says JinkoSolar (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Following up on our 12 March coverage, Chinese solar specialist JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. reports it is proceeding with its plan to assemble solar panels at a plant in Jacksonville, Fla., regardless of whether it is exempt from new tariffs on imported solar cells. According to Jinko CEO Kangping Chen, "The enactment of … tariffs for [crystalline silicon] solar cells and modules left a lot of details to iron out, but it won't disrupt our plan to invest in a production facility in the U.S." The plant is expected to begin shipping panel before the year end.

    As previously reported, JinkoSolar plans to spend $50.5 million on a facility with 1,500 MW of panel production capacity. A majority of the panel components initially would be imported from China through the Port of Jacksonville. (Source: JinkoSolar, IEEFA, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  

    NYC Touts Small Bldg Energy Efficiency, Emissions Program (Ind. Report)
    Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio
    Date: 2018-03-26
    In the Big Apple, the Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio is touting the $6.6 million, three-year Community Retrofit NYC program. The 2016 program was created and funded by New York City to provide engineering, financial and construction management and energy-related advisory services to small- and mid-sized buildings -- from five to 50 units -- in 12 financially challenged districts to make older and often poorly maintained buildings more efficient and to help simplify the energy and water efficiency retrofit process. To date, Retrofit NYC has worked with 384 buildings

    The program is one of several launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Sustainability and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as part of the mayor's commitment to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

    As buildings account for 40 pct of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the US could avoid 80,000 tons of GHG emissions by remodeling one out of every 100 homes, according to U.S. Green Council (USGBC). (Source: Community Retrofit NYC, NextCity, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Community Retrofiy NYC,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio,  

    PET Recycling Team Cuts Carbon Emissions by 10 pct (Int'l Report)
    PET Recycling
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Wollersdorf, Austria-based PET Recycling Team Gmbh reports it has obtained a measurement of the environmental impact of recycled bio-plastic PET (rPET) bottles and food containers. The calculated value was a CO2 equivalent of 0.45 kg for every kilogram of material produced.

    The plant produces approximately 31,000 tpy of rPET and generates a volume of emissions that would take a forest the size of 6,231 football fields to absorb -- the same amount of CO2 emissions the company says it is saving each year compared to the production of new PET material. The GHG emissions for recycled material from Wollersdorf are only a tenth as high as a new material, also known as virgin PET, has a CO2 equivalent of 2.15 kg per kilogram.(Source: PET Recycling Team Gmbh, PR, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: PET Recycling Team Gmbh, Gunther Lehner, CEO, +43 2622 433330,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  PET Plastic,  Bioplastic,  

    ViZn Energy Announces Shutdown, Seeking Investors (Ind. Report)
    ViZn Energy Systems
    Date: 2018-03-26
    AUstin, Texas-headquartered flow battery technology and energy storage specialist ViZn Energy Systems -- fka Zinc Air -- reports it has "temporarily" laid off all of its 70 employees and ceased operations at its Columbia Falls, Montana facility while it seek major investors.

    ViZn's zinc-based redox flow batteries are designed to collect and store energy from renewable sources. In 2016, the firm unveiled the GS200, a grid-scale energy storage system, which was said to be the largest flow battery in North America and Europe. (Source: ViZn, Flathead Beacon, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: ViZn Steve Bonner, CEO, Paul Siblerud, VP Marketing, (406) 755-9462, (512) 275-6019 -- Austin Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Flow Battery,  ViZn Energy Systems,  Battery,  Energfy STorage,  

    CyberFuels Completes of GSA Application (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-03-26
    EncounterCare Solutions, Inc., a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida[based wholly owned subsidiary CyberFuels, reports it has completed the registration process for government contracts from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). DLA supplies bulk alternative fuels, petroleum products, related services, federal government agencies with vehicle fleets. CyberFuels custom blended high performance gasoline and alcohol blended fuels do not require vehicle retrofits.

    The CyberFuels lines of products include sour Dynamo™ Diesel Cetane Booster which is independent lab certified to reduce Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) by 20 pct and overall emissions by 21 pct and has been shown to deliver an average Cetane rating over 52 when added to regular diesel fuel at fill up. Dynamo™ Diesel Cetane Booster also improves engine performance, power, and increases MPG along with improving cold flow, increasing lubricity and cleaning fuel injectors. (Source: Encountercare Solutions, PR, NASDAQ, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: CyberFuels, Ronald Mills, Pres., (866) 771-3580,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Blend,  

    Duke Touts Planned $36Bn Renewables Investment (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2018-03-26
    In its new Climate Report, North Carolina-based Duke Energy reports it plans to invest $36 billion to expand its renewables and natural gas power generation and to modernize the electric grid as part of its efforts to cut emissions, mitigate risks from climate change, and plan for a low-carbon future.

    As part of these efforts, Duke plans to invest $25 billion between 2017 and 2026 to modernize the electric grid and $11 billion to expand wind and solar power and natural gas power generation. Duke expects more than 80 pc tof its generation mix to come from zero and lower CO2-emitting sources by 2030. The company also expects to cut the share of coal in its generation capacity by half, to 16 pct by 2030 and be free of coal for power generation by 2050. Duke aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Duke, Oil Price, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources,,

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

    CAISO OKs PG&E's Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Gas and Electric, California Independent System Operator
    Date: 2018-03-26
    San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has given the nod to its Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (OCEI) plan to provide a clean alternative to a decades-old fossil-fuel power plant in Oakland. OCEI will provide a green and innovative option that uses local clean-energy resources, including energy storage, energy efficiency and electric-system upgrades, to ensure transmission grid reliability in Oakland when the current 40-year old power plant is retired. PG&E will seek proposals and expressions of interest this spring.

    The system operator has a Reliability Must Run contract with the existing plant's owner, Dynegy, to purchase power during peak periods. The Oakland Clean Energy Initiative is expected to come into service by mid-2022. (Source: PG&E, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: PG&E, Roy Kuga, VP Grid Integration and Innovation, Media Relations, (415) 973-5930,; California Independent System Operator, (916) 351-4400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Independent System Operator,  Pacific Gas and Electric ,  

    Statoil Annual Sustainability Report 2017 -- Report Attached (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-03-26
    In its recently released Statoil Annual Sustainability Report 2017, Oslo-headquartered oil and gas producer Statoil offers an overview of its ambitious sustainability agenda and performance. Sustainability is embedded in the company's strategy, and the company is taking actions to develop the business to support the UN sustainability goals and the Paris agreement, according to the report.

    In 2017, Statoil launched a new climate roadmap outlining aims to reduce the carbon intensity of its upstream oil and gas portfolio to 8 kg CO2/boe by 2030, achieve annual CO2 emission reductions of 3 million tonnes by 2030 and build an industrial position in profitable new energy of up to 15-20 pct of capex by 2030. The company will also invest around 25 pct of research funds into new energy solutions and energy efficiency by 2020.

    Statoil reduced its CO2 intensity from oil and gas production by 10 pct year-on-year, from 10kg CO2 per boe to 9kg CO2 per boe. In 2017 the company achieved CO2 reductions of 356 000 tonnes.

    Download the Statoil Annual Sustainability Report 2017 HERE. (Source: Statoil, Mar., 2018) Contact: Statoil,

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

    DOE Quits Arkansas Wind Power-Line Project (Ind. Report)
    Clean Line Energy Partners
    Date: 2018-03-26
    In Little Rock, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the US DOE has withdrawn support for a $2.5 billion Arkansas power-line agreement with Clean Line Energy Partners.

    The 705-mile power line would link wind farms in the Oklahoma Panhandle to customers in Tennessee. In December, Clean Line sold the Oklahoma portion of the project to NextEra Energy Resources, which indicated it plans to proceed with the project. (Source: US DOE, Times Record, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: Clean Line Energy Partners,; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, (561) 691-7171,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  NextEra Energy Resources,  

    Coillte Selling Irish Wind Farm Stakes for €125Mn (Int'l, M&A)
    Coillte,Bord na Mona
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Coillte, a commercial forestry firm in Ireland, reports it will sell its stake in four wind farms it developed in association with Bord na Mona, ESB, and SSE for nearly euro;125 million. The wind farms are located in Co Galway, Cloosh Valley, Raheenleagh, Castlepook, and Co Wicklow in Co Cork.

    Coillte is expected to invest the earnings in its forestry business and make co-investments in the new wind projects. (Source: Coillte, ALGOSONLINE, 24 Mar., 2018) Contact: Coillte, Fergal Leamy, CEO, +353 (0) 1-4751444,; Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coillte,  Wind,  Bord na Mona,  

    ABO Lauds Algae Agriculture Act of 2018 (Reg & Leg)
    Algae Biomass Organization
    Date: 2018-03-26
    In Washington, the algae industry trade association Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is lauding the introduction of the Algae Agriculture Act of 2018, a bill that would give algae cultivators and harvesters many of the same advantages as other traditional crops in United States agricultural policy.

    The bill is expected to support the development of algae as a crop for biofuel production, food supplements and other uses, as well as a tool for the entire agriculture industry that can use algae-based technologies and products to improve operations.

    The Algae Agriculture Act of 2018 establishes a number of provisions to promote the expansion of algae farming including: new support for algae R&D in agriculture; support for carbon utilization projects in rural communities and Crop disaster assistance for algae cultivation.

    The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a 501 c(6) non-profit whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. (Source: ABO, GlobeNewswire, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: ABO, Matt Carr, Exec. Dir., Barb Scheevel, Admin., (877) 531-5512,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biomass Organization,  Algae ,  

    MIT, Aramco to Collaborate on CCS, Renewables R&D (Ind. Report)
    Aramco ,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Aramco Services Company (ASC), the US-based North American arm of Saudi Aramco, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are reporting a new five-year, $25 million collaboration targeting sustainable and renewable energy, energy storage, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and related R&D. The collaboration aims to develop new solutions to address global energy and climate challenges and to build on ASC's existing engagement with MITEI and its Low-Carbon Energy Centres.

    ASC supports a wide range of activities from facilitating the safe and reliable delivery of energy to customers around the world to pushing for breakthroughs in research and innovation, according to the release. (Source: Aramco, Trade Arabia, The National, 25 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115,,; MIT Sustainability office,,,edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Aramco,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology ,  CCS,  Climate Change,  

    USGC Seeks to Expand Ethanol Exports to India (Ind. Report)
    US Grains Council
    Date: 2018-03-26
    The US Grains Council (USGC) representing US ethanol producers reports it is interested in supplying ethanol for India's 10 pct (E-10) ethanol-blending programme, which suffers from an inadequate supply of domestically produced ethanol. India's sugar producers produce enough ethanol to meet only 4 pct of the country's ethanol blend mandate.

    USGC presently exports 50 million lpy of ethanol to India, which is used for industrial applications. A significant percentage of India's ethanol refining capacity is frequently idled due to feed stock and other shortfalls, according to the Federation of Indian Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) which estimates 3.13 billion lpy are required to meet the E-10 mandate. However, as of end-December 2017, Indian sugar and ethanol producers have entered into an agreement for only 1.4 billion litres of ethanol, leaving a huge gap. (Source: US Grains Council, Hindu Business Line, 25 Mar., 2018) Contact: US Grains Council, Kurt Shultz, (202) 789-0789,, Federation of Indian Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, +91 44 4284 9613, /

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Grains Council,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  India Ethanol,  

    Brit Researchers Tout Diesel NOx Emissions R&D (Int'l., R&D)
    Loughborough University
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Researchers at the U.K.'s Loughborough University are reporting development of "ammonia creation and conversion technology" (ACCT), a simple, cost effective way to all but eliminate NOx emissions from diesel fuel

    The ACCT system converts the universally available urea-based after-treatment AdBlue into a special ammonia-rich 'ACCT fluid' under accurately controlled conditions in a chamber mounted in the exhaust system. Just as with the current selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, the new process uses freed ammonia to tear the components of NOx apart leaving only nitrogen and water. The ACCT fluid works effectively at high levels of efficiency in low-exhaust temperature conditions that severely challenge current systems.

    Initial tests on a Skoda taxi equipped with ACCT show as much as 98 pct of exhaust-borne NOx emissions are captured -- significantly more efficient than the 60 pct offered by current methods. And that 98 per cent figure was achieved even before researchers had the opportunity to fine-tune the ACCT system for optimum performance. (Source: Loughborough University, CTV News, Mar 15, 2018) Contact: Loughborough University, +44 20 3818 0777,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  NOx ,  Diesel,  

    Ensus Boosts CropEnergies' Bioethanol Production, Revenues (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-03-26
    German wheat bioethanol producer CropEnergies AG reports its Ensus Ltd facility at Wilton, near Redcar, UK, reported strengthening income during its last financial year, as manufacturing, helped by a flagship North-East plant, pushed revenues up 10 pct in the 12-month period to February 28, to £771 million.

    With revenues expected at between £734 million and £787 million, the company is anticipating a pre- interest, tax, depreciation and amortization earning of between £61 million and £96 million and an operating result between £26 million and £61m for the financial year 2018/2019, according to the company. The company says it expects ethanol prices to come in lower over the next 12 months but grow steadily in the long term. (Source: CropEnergies, Ensus, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ensus Ltd., Joachim Lutz, CEO, +44 (0) 1642 794040,; CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies,  Ensus,  Ethanol,  Wheat Ethanol,  

    EIB, Piraeus Bank Ink €100Mn Energy Efficiency Loan Agreement (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2018-03-26
    In Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Piraeus Bank in Athens are reporting the conclusion of a €100 million loan agreement under the Private Finance for Energy Efficiency initiative, a pilot scheme currently being rolled out across Europe intended to increase the availability of debt financing to eligible energy efficiency investment. Piraeus Bank will use the €100 million EIB loan for the financing of new investment improving energy efficiency upgrades in existing buildings, outdoor lighting and water pumping stations across Greece.

    The risk protection will cover 80 pct of Piraeus Bank's potential losses under these loans up to a maximum agreed amount. Piraeus Bank will also benefit from the technical and financial expertise of the EIB during the start of the operation for assistance in the identification and appraisal of energy efficiency investments and capacity building support.

    The new cooperation with Piraeus Bank in Greece represents the eighth partnership with a European bank to support energy efficiency investments under the Private Finance for Energy Efficiency financial instrument. The European Investment Bank engagement is supported by the European Commission, under the LIFE programme. In 2017, the European Investment Bank provided more than €4.1 billion for new energy efficiency investment worldwide. (Source: European Investment Bank/Luxembourg, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: EIB,; Piraeus Bank,

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

    MHIEC to Construct ¥29.8Bn Japanese MSW-to-Energy Plant (Int'l)
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering
    Date: 2018-03-23
    Tokyo-headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. is reporting receipt of an order from Kawasaki City (Kanagawa Prefecture) to construct a municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration plant in Kawasaki's Takatsu District. The existing facility will be rebuilt as a stoker type incinerator(1) with a total waste treatment capacity of 600tpd.

    The order is a joint venture project with Taisei Corporation, and is valued at ¥29.8 billion Completion is slated for September, 2023. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Asia One, Mar., 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Joseph Hood, PR Manager, +81-(0)3-6716-2168,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ,  Waste-to-Energy,  

    BIRD Energy Seeks Renewables, Energy Efficiency Proposals (Int'l)
    BIRD Energy
    Date: 2018-03-23
    Tel Aviv-headquartered BIRD Energy has announced its tenth funding cycle for US-Israel joint project proposals with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    Project proposals must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution -- one from the US and one from Israel. The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization. The conditional grant per project is up to 50 pct of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, to a maximum of $1 million per project.

    BIRD Energy was established following an agreement between the US Department of Energy/EERE and the Israel Ministry of Energy and Water Resources to promote and support joint research and collaborations in the field of Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency. BIRD Energy is administered by the BIRD Foundation, which has been promoting cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technology sectors since 1977. (Source: BIRD Energy, PR, Globes, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BIRD Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Suzlon Touts India's Longest Wind Blade (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-03-23
    In Hyderabad, Indian wind turbine giant Suzlon Group reports it has designed and manufactured India's longest wind turbine blade at its Padubidri rotor blade unit.

    The 63 meter (SB 63) rotor blade was developed for Suzlon's new S128 wind turbine family with a rotor diameter of 128 metres. The blade, which was engineered with a carbon girder allowing a thinner aerodynamic profile and higher lift with less drag, offers 33 pct greater sweep area (12,860 m2) for an expected 32 pct more energy generation compared to the company's S111 model, according to a Suzlon release. (Source: Suzlon,PR, MoneyControl, 21 Mar., 2018)Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  

    GMP Touts Home Battery Energy Storage Program (Ind. Report)
    Green Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-03-23
    Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is reporting the launch of a new program to reduce customer power costs during high energy use times.

    Under the program, GMP will share access with customers' home or business battery storage systems through the internet rather than purchasing surplus power. In return, GMP will issue credits to customers based on the amount of energy transferred from the customer's battery to the grid. The monthly credit starts at $14.50.

    The agreement between GMP and the customer will yield a monthly bill credit based on assumed value for each kW of storage capacity contractually available to GMP for a minimum duration of 3 hours at the full capacity rating. The minimum offer amount must be 2kW or greater with the maximum aggregate offer being 10kW for an individual meter.

    Download program details HERE. (Source: Green Mountain Power, Vermont Business, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  Green Mountain Power,  

    ADM Suspending German Biodiesel Plant Production (Int'l)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2018-03-23
    Reuters is reporting Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is curtailing biodiesel production at its 275,000 tpy Mainz, Germany, plant due to a flood of cheap biodiesel imports into the European Union. The shutdown is expected to extend to Q3 of 2018.

    It is widely thought that imports from Argentina and an expected surge of Indonesian palm oil biodiesel could threaten the EU's biodiesel output. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, Reuters, 22 Mar, 2018) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Archer Daniels Midland,  Biodiesel,  

    Honeywell's GoDirect® Software Helps IAG Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    International Airlines Group,Honeywell
    Date: 2018-03-23
    Honeywell Aerospace reports that its GoDirect® Connected Aircraft flight data analytics platform, flight efficiency software is being deployed by the UK-headquartered International Airlines Group (IAG) across its fleet of more than 500 aircraft. The data analytics platform uses flight analysis tools to benchmark energy, enhance efficiency, cut fuel costs, and reduce aircraft carbon emissions.

    Honeywell's GoDirect Flight Efficiency software integrates with existing systems to produce more than 100 analysis reports that improve flight-planning capabilities and empower pilots with unprecedented levels of information and insight. (Source: Honeywell, EMEA, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Honeywell Aerospace, David Shilliday, VP Airlines,; International Airlines Group, +44 (0) 20 8564 2800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell Aerospace,  Carbon Emission,  

    Energy Storage Specialist Bloom Energy IPO Rumored (Ind. Report)
    Bloom Energy
    Date: 2018-03-23
    According to the Wall Street Journal citing unnamed sources, Sunnyvale, California-based energy storage specialist and "Bloom Box" manufacturer Bloom Energy may be planning an IPO as early as this coming May.

    The company, which reportedly lost approximately $100 million in 2017, reportedly raised close to $1.1 billion as of 2013 from major investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, New Enterprise Associates, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse Group, Morgan Stanley, GSV Capital, Madrone Capital and others, The company has also received support from the California Self-Generation Incentive Mandate (SGIP) program and raised raised $50 million from the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, and $130 million from other unidentified sources. (Source: BloomEnergy, GreenTech, WSJ, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Bloom Energy, Peter Gross, VP, (408) 543-1547,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bloom Energy,  Energy Storage,  

    Neoen Closes on 194 MW Aussie Wind-Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-03-23
    Following up on our Jan. 10 coverage, French renewable energy company Neoen is reporting financial closure on the $350,000,000 (AUS) Bulgana Green Power Hub project combining 194 MW of wind and 20MW/34MWh of energy storage in Victoria, Australia.

    The project, which will incorporate Siemens Gamesa Rwind turbines and Tesla batteries for an expected annual power output 740 GWh, will sell power to an area greenhouse operation and to the grid under a Support Agreement with the State Government of Victoria.

    The project supports the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) under which the state aims to reach a 40 pct renewables share by 2025. (Source: Neoen, Renewables Now, Others, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022,; Hornesdale Power Reserve, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Tesla,  Siemens Gamesa,  

    Indonesia Wins Palm Oil Biodiesel Anti-Dumping Duty Dispute (Int'l)
    Indonesian Ministry of Trade
    Date: 2018-03-23
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade reported on Wednesday his country, one of the world's largest exporters of palm oil-based biodiesel, has won an appeal against the European Union in a dispute over the bloc's anti-dumping duty on biodiesel.

    The European Court of Justice, the EU's highest court, ruled that the EU trading bloc must do away with anti-dumping duties of between 8.8 pct to 23.3 pct on imports of Indonesian biodiesel products, effective 16 March, 2018. The EU court ruling reinforces a decision made by the World Trade Organization (WTO) earlier this year, which said the EU needed to bring its measures into conformity with WTO agreements.

    Indonesia also plans to challenge anti-subsidy duties in the United States in a US court and at the WTO. (Source: Indonesian Ministry of Trade, Jakarta Globe, 21 Mar., 2018) Contact: Indonesian Ministry of Trade,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesia Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  

    POET Supports SD Ag Foundation $4Mn Challenge (Ind. Report)
    South Dakota Agricultural Foundation
    Date: 2018-03-23
    In Pierre, the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation reports its acceptance of a five-year, matching-funds challenge from Gov. Dennis Daugaard to raise $4 million in support of the state's agriculture industry. Funds raised by the SD Ag Foundation will be matched by an additional $1 million in funds from the State of South Dakota and South Dakota Community Foundation.

    In support of the SD Ag Foundation, Souix Falls-headquartered POET committed $250,000 towards the 1-to-4 matching fund challenge. (Source: South Dakota Agricultural Foundation, POET, Dakota Radio Group News & Farm, 21 Mar., 2018)Contact: South Dakota Agricultural Foundation,; POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  POET,  Ethanol,  

    Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017 -- IEA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-03-23
    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017 the global energy demand rose by 2.1 pct in 2017, more than twice the 2016 rate.

    More than 70 pct of global energy demand growth was met by oil, natural gas and coal, while renewables accounted for almost all of the rest. Improvements in energy efficiency slowed down last year. As a result of these trends, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased by 1.4 pct in 2017, after three years of remaining flat. While most major economies saw a rise in CO2 emissions, the US, the UK, Mexico and Japan experienced declines. The biggest drop in emissions came from the United States, driven by higher renewable energy deployment.

    Download the IEA Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017 HERE. (Source: IEA, 22 Mar., 2018] Contact: IEA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Microsoft Announces Major Virginia Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-03-23
    In the Old Dominion State, IT giant Microsoft is touting its Pleinmont solar power purchase deal as "the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever in the United States." Microsoft will purchase over 60 pct of the planned 750,000 panel, 500 MW Pleinmont project in Spotsylvania County -- the largest solar project in Virginia. (Source: Microsoft, Blue Virginia, 22 Mar., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Microsoft,  

    World's Carbon Emissions on the Rise, says IEA (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-03-23
    In Paris, a recently released report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes that global energy related CO2 emissions rose in 2017 for the first time in three years. The report attributes the rise to a 2.1 pct increase in the demand for energy pushed by strong economic growth.

    According to the report, approximately 70 pct of those additional energy needs were met by fossil fuels -- oil, gas and coal -- pushing global energy-related CO2 emissions up by 1.4 pct after three years of remaining flat. The remaining needs for energy were met by renewables, the report notes.

    "The significant growth in global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2017 tells us that current efforts to combat climate change are far from sufficient," IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement.

    The 29-nation IEA provides analysis on global energy markets and advocates policies enhancing the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy. (Source: International Energy Agency, Channel News Asia, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Climate Change,  

    Committed Sea-level Rise Under the Paris Agreement and the Legacy of Delayed Mitigation Action -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-03-23
    "Sea-level rise is a major consequence of climate change that will continue long after emissions of greenhouse gases have stopped. The 2015 Paris Agreement aims at reducing climate-related risks by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero and limiting global-mean temperature increase.

    "Most previous studies examining sea-level rise under different climate change scenarios only looked forward to 2100. Although a few extended farther into the future, none had yet to consider the implications of meeting the aims of the Paris Agreement. The goal of the study was to fill this gap and assess the legacy of the Paris Agreement on sea level rise beyond the 21st century," according to report author Alexander Nauels.

    Access the Committed Sea-level Rise Under the Paris Agreement and the Legacy of Delayed Mitigation Action report HERE. (Source: Nature Communications, Glacier Hub, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Glacier Hub,

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

    Fortum Purchasing Wind for Nordic Markets (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-03-23
    In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered utility Fortum Oyj reports it has entered into a multi-year PPA for 100 pct of Finnish financial services group Taaleri's 312 MW annual wind power production in Finland. Taaleri's wind output was about 1.5 pct of the country's annual power production in 2017.

    Fortum will sell the acquired wind power from Taaleri's 13 windfarms to Nordic electricity markets through the Nord Pool electricity exchange. This new agreement comes into force 1 April.

    Taaleri's parent company Taaleri Plc is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki's main market. The group consists of three business units -- wealth management, financing, and energy. (Source: Fortum, Power Technology, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Taaleri Energia,; Fortum Oyj, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Wind,  

    Alta Energy Completes Office Zero-Energy Retrofit (Ind. Report)
    Alta Energy
    Date: 2018-03-23
    San Mateo, California-based sustainable energy advisory and procurement services provider Alta Energy is reporting completion of energy efficiency upgrades at Great America, a six-story a 654,000 sqaure-foot, Class A office tower in Santa Clara, California.

    Energy efficiency upgrades and advanced energy technologies included LED lighting and advanced lighting controls, a 2.4MWh solar power system, electric vehicle charging stations, and a plan to replace the property's HVAC system with a high-efficiency unit, all of which contribute to the facility's Emerging Zero Energy status. It is the first building owned by an institutional commercial real estate investor to be included in the New Buildings Institute's registry of emerging and verified Zero Energy retrofit buildings.

    Santa Clara's municipal electric utility, Silicon Valley Power, provided an incentive for the solar power system as well as rebates for some of the energy upgrades. (Source: Alta Energy, Inc., PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: Alta Energy, Sam Lee, CEO, Marc Roper, Media, (650) 489-1302,,; PGIM Real Estate,; New Buildings Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute,  Alta Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    HomeWorks Expands Energy Efficiency Services to NY (Ind. Report)
    HomeWorks Energy
    Date: 2018-03-23
    HomeWorks Energy, one of the largest providers of home energy efficiency services in the Northeastern U.S., reports it is expanding into Westchester County, New York.

    HomeWorks Energy, the leading partner of the Mass Save® program, conducts thorough home energy assessments and manages retrofits to improve in-home energy efficiency, including the installation of LED lighting, smart thermostats, upgraded insulation, window treatments and more. HomeWorks Energy makes energy efficiency simple for homeowners by connecting them to available financing and government incentive options and offers streamlined paperwork and logistics processing to remove traditional barriers to adoption.

    In January alone, HomeWorks Energy's upgrades prevented more than 50,000 metric tons of CO2 from being released into the environment. The company's efforts will support New York State's ambitious energy initiatives, including a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emission from 1990 levels, and a 600-trillion Btu increase in statewide energy efficiency. (Source: HomeWorks Energy, PR, AltEnergy, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: HomeWorks Energy, Max Veggeberg, CEO,

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

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