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Woods Hole Seaweed Farming for Biofuel Pilot Funded (Funding)
Woods Hole Ocean Institute,Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
Date: 2017-10-23
In the Bay State, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution report they have been awarded $5.7 million over three years in grant funding from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels production. The researchers will establish a pilot farm in Nantucket Sound this fall to grow sugar kelp.

Although using seaweed as a biofuel feedstock is considered feasible, challenge is developing a large enough biomass and feed stock at a viable price. (Source: Woods Hole, CapeCod.com, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Woods Hole Ocean Institute, Scott Lindell, Erin Fischell, (508) 540-9900, www.whrc.org; US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woods Hole,  Seaweed,  Biofuel,  


EEG Online Tool Helps Hotels Reduce Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Group
Date: 2017-10-23
Lebanon-headquartered Energy Efficiency Group (EEG) reports the launch of its Hotel Energy and Sustainability Portal (HEP), an online portal which will help hospitality groups streamline their utilities analytics and align all energy and sustainability management initiatives for enhanced carbon footprint reductions.

HEP has been developed as a direct result of EEG's two decades of extensive experience working with the hospitality industry internationally, helping them reduce their utility expenses and ecological footprint. This unique SaaS (software as a service), accessible from any browser on any device, offers : A Configurable Dashboard ; Advanced Utilities Analytics Module; Reports and Alerts; Knowledgebase/Technical Library; Projects Management Module ; and An internal Forum - driving inter communication between all users on energy and utilities optimisation topics The HEP includes complex tariff structures for every utility, endless submetering possibilities, ease of data upload through connectable sheets, a strong analytics engine to cope with Big Data and a 360° utilities management programme lifecycle.

EEG boasts a portfolio in the global hospitality industry includes more than 250 properties in 23 countries. EEG covers the whole lifecycle of an energy efficiency program from the energy audit to the project Implementation and the measurement verification. (Source: EEG, Hospitality Net, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: EEG, Ronald Diab, Managing Director , www.eegroup.info, www.heportal.net

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


Majority of EU Biodiesel Feedstock from Imported Crops (Int'l)
European Union,European Commission
Date: 2017-10-23
According to a recent analysis of European Commission data by NGO Transport and Environment, almost 55 pct of EU biodiesel is made with imported primarily palm oil feedstock. Biofuels currently comprise 4.9 pct of EU transport fuel, with biodiesel accounting for 81 pct of this figure, one-third of which is made from imported palm oil.

A new study commissioned by environmental NGOs found that the production of first generation biofuels has driven up food and animal feed prices by 4 pct in Europe, contrary to the EC's own data which found the impact of ethanol "negligible." The EU's 2009 Renewable Energy Directive caps the share of crop-based (first generation) biofuels, including both bioethanol and biodiesel, in transport fuel at 7 pct. (Source: European Commission, EURACTIV.com, 18 Oct., 2017)

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


ICAO 2050 Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Nixed (Int'l Report)
ICAO
Date: 2017-10-23
Last week, 25 countries convened by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rejected the 2050 Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuels that included volume-based targets for biofuels proposed by the ICAO Secretariat.

The ICAO Secretariat's proposal intended to see 128 million tpy of biofuels use in plane engines by 2040, rising to 285 million tpy -- half of all aviation fuel -- by 2050. By comparison, some 82 million tons of biofuels are currently used annually in transport worldwide. The Secretariat's proposal would have led to an major expansion in biofuel production and would have accelerated the expansion of industrial palm oil. Although Airlines would like to see increased use of biofuel , such an expansion would lead to hundreds of millions of hectares of land being deforested or shifted from food to biofuel production. (Source: RenewableEnergyStocks.com, Various Other Media, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: ICAO, www.icao.int


Energy Efficiency, Management Program Participation Rates Growing (Ind. Report)
Association for Energy Services Professionals
Date: 2017-10-23
According to findings from Trends In Energy and Demand Management, a new, wide-ranging energy industry survey conducted by the Association for Energy Services Professionals in partnership with Essense Partners, utility-driven energy management programs are growing, although participation rates are still somewhat low. The first part of the report focused on energy management programs was released today with coverage of energy efficiency jobs, distributed energy resources (DER) and the Internet of Things, slated for release before the year ened.

The study found that only 31 pct of the consumers surveyed had participated in a utility-run energy management program. However, over the last two years, 32 percent of energy efficiency professionals reported that program participation rates had grown from three to 10 pct, and 21 pct reported that participation rates had grown by more than 10 pct. Those trends are expected to continue over the next two years. In the survey, program sizes ranged from 140 participants to 50,000, with an average of 11,000. Participation rates ranged from one percent to 80 percent, with an average of 17 percent.

The survey found a disparity between the utility perspective of what is important to consumers, and what consumers say is important to them. Only 18 percent of those polled on the utility side said that energy efficiency was "very important" to consumers, but 58 percent of the consumers said that energy efficiency was "very important." Among the top factors generating growth in programs, according to consumers: Improved value and incentives (61 pct) ; Improved communications between consumers and utilities (46 pct) ; Improved digital interfaces, tools and energy data (36 pct) ; and Redesign with consumer friendliness in mind (29 pct). One surprising trend is that older consumers are more likely to participate in programs. (Source: Association of Energy Services Professionals, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: AESP, Suzanne Jones, COO, www.aesp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Management news,  


First Floating Wind Farm Now Online Off Scotland (Int'l Report)
Statoil ,Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy
Date: 2017-10-23
Statoil and its partner Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. are reporting construction of the 30MW "Hywind" pilot project, the world's first floating deep-ocean wind farm off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. WHen fully opereational, the facility will generate sufficient power for about 20,000 households.

According to a Statoil statement, existing fixed turbines were only best for water depths of 20 to 50 meters. The new floating design is suitable for water depths of 100 meters or more where average wind speeds are often around 10 meters per second. (Source: Statoil, Inquirer, 22 Oct., 2017) Contact: Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy, www.masdar.ae; Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, Leif Delp, Hywind Project Dir., +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

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


Center for Low-Cost Biofuels, Biochemicals Funded (R&D Funding)

Date: 2017-10-23
Northwestern-led center receives $12 million grant from US Department of Energy Northwestern Engineering will lead a new center dedicated to accelerating the production of sustainable, low-cost bio-fuels and chemicals. Called Northwestern University is reporting the multi-institutional Clostridia Foundry for Biosystems Design is being awarded a five-year, $12 million grant from the US Department of Energy. The center's researchers from Northwestern, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and waste-gas-to-fuel clean-energy specialist LanzaTech, will focus on clostridia, a bacterium that metabolizes carbon to produce fuel.

The center's work will identify the enzymes and computationally predict biosynthetic pathways within clostridia that are necessary to produce biofuels, develop a technology platform for accelerating testing and pinpoint which iterations produce the highest yields, then demonstrate a Biosystems design approach to engineer clostridia for improved production of next-generation biofuels and bioproducts. (Source: Northwestern University Center for Synthetic Biology, Oct., 2017) Contact: Northwestern Center for Synthetic Biology, syntheticbiology.northwestern.edu; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; ORNL Center for Bioenergy Innovation, (865) 576-8141, www.ornl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biochemical,  LanzaTech,  ORNL,  ,  


CEMEX Wins SCE Energy Efficiency Award (Ind. Report)
CEMEX,SCE,ENERGY STAR
Date: 2017-10-23
CEMEX reports it received the Southern California Edison (SCE) 2017 Energy Efficiency Award Friday for its commitment to conserving energy and land stewardship at its Victorville Cement Plant. which has served the California High Desert community for more than 100 years.

In May, the CEMEX Victorville Cement Plant was one of four CEMEX cement plants to achieve U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Certification for 2017. Other CEMEX operations in Southern California have recently been recognized for their commitment to energy conservation. Terminals located in La Mirada and San Diego, Calif., also achieved the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry for reducing their energy consumption by more than 10 percent. (Source: CEMEX, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: CEMEX USA Ignacio Madridejos, Pres., Matt Wild, VP Logistics, Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799, www.cemexusa.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  SCE,  CEMEX,  


Aemetis Expanding Cellulosic Ethanol Capacity in Cal. (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2017-10-20
Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports its subsidiary Aemetis Advanced Products in Keyes, California has inked a 55 year lease at a former US Army munitions facility located in Riverbank, California which is near the existing Aemetis biofuels plant in Keyes, California.

The lease provides for the construction of a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery using patented and proprietary process technologies developed by Aemetis, Lanzatech, and InEnTec to convert waste orchard wood and nutshells which are presently burned,into low carbon cellulosic ethanol. Aemetis plans to produce more than 10 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol annually to help meet cellulosic ethanol production requirements under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and the increasing demand for low carbon biofuels under California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The current market price of cellulosic ethanol sold in California is estimated to be more than $4.50 per gallon, approximately $3.00 per gallon more than conventional ethanol.

The existing Aemetis biorefinery in Keyes, California produces more than 60 million gpy of ethanol. The company plans to construct multiple phases of cellulosic ethanol production and add more than 40 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol capacity at its Riverbank, CA site. (Source: : Aemetis, Inc. , BayStreet.ca, Oct. 18, 2017) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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


Novomer to Open New Innovation Center in Rochester (Ind. Report)
Novomer
Date: 2017-10-20
Boston-headquartered sustainable chemicals specialist Novomer Inc. is reporting plans to open the Novomer Innovation Center in Rochester, N.Y. to meet the growing demands of the company's bio-based chemicals business. The new facility will house technology research, product development activities, and a COEth™ Process demonstration unit. All equipment, production assets, and employees will be transferred from the existing product development and pilot operations location to the new 26,000 sq ft facility.

Novomer Inc. is commercializing a family of high-performance, cost-effective, environmentally responsible polymers and chemicals based on proprietary catalyst technology. Novomer's synthetic chemistry technology allows bio-based feedstocks such as ethanol to be combined with carbon monoxide to produce chemicals and performance materials for various industrial applications. (Source: Novomer, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Novomer, Jim Mahoney, CEO, (781) 419-9860, www.novomer.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novomer,  Biochemical,  


Mahindra Wins First Indian Solar-plus-Storage Contract (Int'l)
Mahindra,Bridge to India
Date: 2017-10-20
According to consultancy firm Bridge to India reports India's state-run coal mining and power firm NLC India has auctioned a 20MW solar PV project to be combined with 28MWh of energy storage capacity in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Mahindra Susten . The $46 million (US) contract includes EPC and O&M services for 25 years.

Other project bidders included Adani, Sterling & Wilson, Ujaas, Exide, Hero and BHEL. India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is also currently debating how and whether to introduce a mandate for solar and wind projects above a certain size to be coupled with energy storage. (Source: Mahindra, Energy Storage, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: Mahindra Susten, www.mahindrasusten.com; NLC India, www.nlcindia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mahindra,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


EPA's Pruitt Folds on Ethanol Quota Changes (Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2017-10-20
According to Bloomberg, the White House has yielded to political pressure and instructed EPA head Scott Pruitt to back away from two changes regarding ethanol quotas -- a possible reduction in biodiesel requirements and a proposal to allow exported renewable fuel to count toward domestic quotas.

reportedly said "The administration essentially had no choice but to relent because Iowa senators were threatening to hold nominees hostage until they got their way," Stephen Brown, Head of federal affairs for petroleum refining company Andeaver, reportedly said. According to Iowa senator Chuck Grassley (R), was a matter of the president keeping his campaign promise. (Source: Bloomberg, Various Media, AXIOS, 19 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA ,  Scott Pruitt,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  Ethanol,  


Bay State Tops ACEEE Energy Efficiency List (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2017-10-20
For the seventh consecutive year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has touted Massachusetts as the most energy-efficient state in the United States. The success of Massachusetts in energy-efficient transportation policies and utility-sector programs helped it stay at the top of the rankings.

The state is in the midst of its 2016-2018 Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan, which establishes strong objectives for energy savings. Goals of 2.94 pct and 1.24 pct energy demand reductions in electricity and gas sales, respectively, are expected to save the state almost $8 billion in energy costs.

The report is available HERE. (Source: ACEEE, Oct., 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Nebraska Corn Growers Offer Ethanol Flex Fuel Pump Grants (Funding)
Nebraska Corn Board
Date: 2017-10-20
In the Hawkeye State, the Nebraska Corn Board reports it is offering gasoline filling stations up to $50,000 in cash incentives to install E15 - E85 flex fuel pumps. The goal is to increase the availability of ethanol blend furls and to help retailers.

The grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are often based on geography as the program aims for an even distribution of E15 – E85 flex fuel pumps across the state. (Source: Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Radio Network , 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Nebraska Corn Board, Roger Berry, Market Development, (402) 471-2676, www.nebraskacorn.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Corn Board,  Flex Fuel,  E15,  E85,  Ethanol Blend,  Corn Ethanol,  


Gold Standard Launches Online Carbon Credit Shop (Int'l)
Gold Standard
Date: 2017-10-20
Following on our July 14the coverage, Geneva, Switzerland-based Gold Standard, an organization established by WWF and other NGOs to catalyze action on climate change, reports the opening of an online carbon credits "shop" where individuals, small businesses and organizations can purchase carbon credit to offset their emissions.

The carbon credits offered come from a range of projects in Cambodia, China, Sudan, Ethiopia, Laos, Panama and Rwanda, with plans to add additional projects within the coming months.

With more than 80 NGO supporters, Gold Standard sets the best practice benchmark for climate and development projects. As well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, every project it certifies must contribute to at least three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: Gold Standard, Sustainable Brands, October 18, 2017) Contact: Gold Standard, Marion Verles, CEO, +41 22 788 7080, www.goldstandard.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gold Standard,  Climate Change,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credit,  


AEP OnSite Partners Commissions NY State Solar Array (Ind. Report)
AEP OnSite Partners,NYSERDA
Date: 2017-10-20
In the Empire State, AEP OnSite Partners, owner of a new solar array with 7,752 ground-mounted PV panels at the Madison County landfill, reports it will sell 100 pct of the facility's power production to the county under the terms of a 25-year PPA. The solar power is expected to run both the county office building and the county jail, saving more than $3 million over the 25 years, according to a press release.

The project was funded through a $974,616 award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) NY-Sun Competitive PV program. Madison County is not invested in the project. (Source: AEP OnSite Partners, Observer-Dispatch Oct 19, 2017] Contact: Madison County Buyea Landfill, https://wastebits.com; AEP OnSite Partners, http://aep.com/about/majorbusinesses/aepenergypartners; NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  AEP OnSite Partners,  NYSERDA,  


Orange Renewable Commissions 140 MW of Indian Solar Projects (Int'l)
Orange Renewable
Date: 2017-10-20
Indian wind and solar energy developer Orange Renewable ie reporting commissioning of 140 MW of solar parks in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The capacity, which the company says is sufficient for approximately 175,000 homes, includes the 40-MW Charankar plant in Gujarat and the 100-MW Dhule PV complex in Maharashtra.

The projects were developed under the viability gap funding (VGF) model through which the government provides financial support to make projects commercially viable and compensates the developer for the power produced at market rates.

New Delhi-based Orange Renewable develops, builds and operates wind and solar power facilities in India with assets in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu states. Earlier this week, the company said it has secured a 200-MW wind project in Tamil Nadu in India’s second tender for 1,000 MW of wind power generation that attracted record low bids of just INR 2.64 (USD 0.041/EUR 0.035) per kWh. (Source: Orange Renewable Power, +91 11 3050 1110, www.orangerenewable.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  India Renewable Energy,  


Maritime Shipping Emissions below 2008 Levels (Int'l. Report)
IMO,ICCT,International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2017-10-20
A recent study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has found that total CO2 emissions from maritime shipping are still way below 2008 levels due in part to the industry's overall increase fuel efficiency. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) welcomed the ICCT findings that maritime shipping emissions appear to have stabilized.

Maritime shipping accounted for 932 million tons of emissions out of 36 billion tons on a global basis. According to ICS, the data supports its objective of holding the sector's total emissions below 2008 levels. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Casualties, 18 Oct., 2017)Contact: International Council on Clean Transportation, (202) 534-1600, www.theicct.org; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, www.ics-shipping.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping ,  ICS,  ICCT,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


Ameren Missouri Touts Major Renewables Investment (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2017-10-20
In its recently filed Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the Show-Me state's largest utility, Ameren Missouri outlined its plans to invest in at least 700 MW of wind generation by 2020 and 100 MW of solar projects in the next decade -- the utility's largest renewable energy investment to date.

Presently, coal accounts for almost 70 pct of Ameren's power generation while solar and wind make up less than 1 pct of the supply. The company owns no wind projects and only purchases enough wind to power roughly 25,000 homes. The new commitment would raise winds share of the company's power generation to 10 pct. (Source: Ameren Missouri, NRDC, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.AmerenMissouri.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy,  Ameren Missouri,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


EBRD Ups Egyptian, Serbian Wind, Solar Investments (Int'l)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2017-10-20
In London, the UK-headquartered European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it is financing more than 1 GW of new renewables capacity in 2017. To date, the Bank has invested more than €4 billion directly in renewable energy, supporting projects in over 20 countries and funding more than 6.5 GW of capacity.

In this new announcement, the EBRD is financing 16 new solar power plants totaling 750 MW in Egypt including the 1.8 GW Benban solar site -- the largest solar installation on the African continent. The EBRD has also financed two recently completed Serbian wind projects totaling 300 MW.

EBRD investments over the last decade have focused increasingly on sustainable energy in support of climate finance. The EBRD is well on the way to meeting commitments made in the run up to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement of dedicating 40 pct of its total annual investments to green finance by 2020, the Bank says. (Source: EBRD, New Europe Online/KG, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: EBRD, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  EBRD,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Fiji Issues Green Bond for Climate Mitigation (int'l Report)
Green Bonds
Date: 2017-10-20
In Suva, the government of Fiji reports it has issued a sovereign $50 million green bond to fund climate change mitigation efforts and to achieve 100 pct renewable energy and reduce its CO2 emissions in the energy sector by 30 pct by 2030. The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the Australian government through a Capital Markets Development Project helped Fiji with the issuance.

The World Bank issued the first green bond in 2008. The island nation of Fiji the first developing country to issue a green bond. The Fiji bonds issued between 1 November 2017 – May 2018, will mature between 1 November 2022 and 1 November 2030, with interest rates of 4 pct and 6.3 pct. (Source: Matangi, Tonga Online, Radio New Zealand, 18 Oct., 2017)Contact: Fiji Government Online Portal, www.fiji.gov.fj

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Renewable Energy,  World Bank,  


Energy Insecurity Boosts Biofuels Market -- Technavio Report Available (Ind. Report)
Technavio
Date: 2017-10-20
In London, market research specialist Technavio's latest report on the global biofuels market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

The report research on third-generation biofuel, algae fuel, is a key trend in the global biofuels market which is expected to witness steady growth during the forecast period. According to the report, technological advances and government reforms have helped biofuels gain traction as an alternate fuel.

The top emerging market trends driving the global biofuels market according to Technavio research analysts include: research on third-generation biofuel-- Algae fuel; increased investments in biofuels; the need to comply with environmental regulations; and the prevalent volatility in the price of oil, all of which have influenced a surge in investments in the biofuels market.

Technavio's sample reports are free of charge and contain multiple sections of the report including the market size and forecast, drivers, challenges, trends, and more. (Source: Technavio, Oct., 2018) Contact: Technavio Research, Jesse Maida, Media & Marketing, (844) 364-1100 – US, +44 203 893 3200 – UK, www.technavio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Market,  Technavio,  


Ameren Missouri Commits to Major Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2017-10-20
Ameren Missouri, the Show-me state's largest utility is now among the first utilities in the country to announce an ambitious carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction goal of cutting its CO2 emissions by 80 pct by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. To that end, Ameren is retiring half of its coal capacity by 2050. The average age of Ameren's coal fleet is nearly 50 years, with the newest plant being 40 years old.

Other utilities that have committed to major emissions cuts include Xcel Energy, DTE Energy, Duke Energy and others. (Source: Ameren, NRDC, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.AmerenMissouri.com

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


MN CERTs Offers Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-10-20
In Minnesota, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) reports the availability of community clean energy and energy efficiency projects statewide. Since itis founding, CERTS has awarded more than $1 million to over 270 community clean energy and energy efficiency projects. CERTS project funding is provided through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.

Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) is a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects including energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices for homes, businesses, and Minnesota institutions. (Source: MN Certs, Pineandlakes Echo Journal, Oct., 2017) Contact: MN Certs, Lissa Pawlisch, Director, (612) 624-2293, www.mncerts.org

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


Tetra Tech Wins USAID Central Asian Clean Energy Contract (Int'l)
Tetra Tech,ASAID
Date: 2017-10-20
Pasadena, California-based Tetra Tech reports has been awarded a $24 million "indefinite delivery indefinite quantity" contract by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to help the governments of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy across the region.

Under the four-year contract Tetra Tech will provide technical services, including conducting pilot studies for the scaling up of renewable energy projects, developing innovative approaches to increase the integration of sustainable energy grid connections, and developing regulations to promote increased investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

The USAID initiative aims to support the transition to low emission, climate resilient economies and boost each nations' ability to meet, track and develop more ambitious commitments to greenhouse gas emissions reductions. (Source: TetraTech, PR, USAID, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: TetraTech, Dan Batrack, CEO, (626) 351-4664, info@tetratech.com, www.tetratech.com; USAID, www.usaid.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tetra Tech,  Clean Energy,  USAID,  Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  


LED Streetlights Could Save West Haven $388,000 (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-20
The city of West Haven, Connecticut reports the New Haven-headquartered utility United Illuminating will begin converting the city's 4,388 high-pressure sodium streetlights to newer LED, or light-emitting diode, early next year. The conversion is expected to save the city almost $390,000 per year in street lighting cost, according to a city release.

The move to replace streetlights citywide follows the conversion in late 2015 of interior and exterior lights to LED at various other city facilities. (Source: City of West Haven, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of West Haven, www.cityofwesthaven.com; United Illuminating, Roddy Diotalevi, www.uinet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Streetlight,  Energy Efficient Light,  LEDs,  


Portland Upgrades to WiFi Controlled LED Lighting (Ind. Report)
Portland Maine
Date: 2017-10-20
The city of Portland, Maine's largest city, reports that its efforts cut energy consumption and costs and to become a "smart" city will include the installation of energy efficient LED lighting -- and wifi -- in street lights throughout the city and neighboring islands.

The $8.5 million project, which is expected to save $10 million in energy oosts over 10 years, will be financed through a $4 million, 10-year loan by Bank of America Public Capital Group, among other financing facilities. (Source: City of Portland, Press Herald, Energy Mgr, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Portland, www.portlandmaine.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Street Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  LEDs D,  


LED Lighting Major Factor in NW Region Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
Date: 2017-10-20
In its annual survey of the region's public and investor-owned utilities, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council found that the region's utilities spent $475 million on efficiency improvements in 2016, 64 pct of it by investor-owned utilities.

Most of the region's energy savings, 44 pct, was in residences; 33 pct was in commercial buildings; and 20 pct in industrial buildings. Agricultural efficiency improvements contributed 3 percent to the total, and there were smaller amounts in low-income housing and utility system efficiency improvements. Of the total residential and commercial savings, 65 pct, came from improved lighting efficiency, predominantly LEDs.

The 2016 total included 222 average megawatts in savings through utility efficiency programs and 53 average megawatts in savings through programs and projects of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), which works to bring energy-savings technologies, energy-efficient lights and appliances to the marketplace.

Savings from investor-owned utilities and the Energy Trust of Oregon accounted for half of the region's energy savings. Publicly owned utilities contributed 25 pct of the total, and NEEA contributed 19 pct. (Source: Northwest Power and Conservation Council, KZTV, 17 Oct., 2017] Contact: Northwest Power and Conservation Council, www.nwcouncil.org; Energy Trust of Oregon, (503)493-8888, www.energytrust.org/upgrades/financing‎

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  ,  


Arizon Univ Funded for Biofuels, Bioproducts R&D (Funding, R&D)
University of Arizona, Institute for Energy Solutions
Date: 2017-10-20
In Tuscon, the University of Arizona Institute for Energy Solutions reports receipt of up to $15 million over 5 years in grant funding from the USADA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the U.S. Southwest.

The center will research guayule and guar, perennial desert shrubs that produce natural rubber and organic resins, as potential feedstocks for developing biofuel and high-value bioproducts such as rubber, polysaccharide and resin. Bridgestone Americas, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, New Mexico State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Servic are partnering in the research project. (Source: University of Arizona Research, Discovery and Innovation, Oct. 16, 2017) Contact: University of Arizona, Institute for Energy Solutions, Kimberly Ogden, Dir., (520) 621-2211, https://energy.arizona.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Arizona,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Bioproducts,  Biochemical,  


Canadian Solar Selling Interests in Aussie Solar Farms (M&A)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2017-10-20
Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc reports it has agreed to sell interests in three Australian solar farms with an aggregate 117 MWp to Foresight Solar Fund Limited ("FSFL"). The portfolio includes Longreach Solar Farm (17 MWp), Oakey 1 Solar Farm (30 MWp) and Oakey 2 Solar Farm (70 MWp) with FSFL acquiring 49 pct interests in each of Longreach and Oakey 1, and a 100 pct interest in Oakey 2. The Oakey 1 and Longreach facilities have 20-year PPAs with the Queensland Government and are under construction with connection to the grid expected in March and September 2018 respectively.

Both Oakey 1 and Longreach have been funded to date by equity from Canadian Solar, grants from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) , and senior debt from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. (Source: Canadian Solar Inc., PR, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com; Foresight Group, www.foresightgroup.com

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NYC Greener, Greater Buildings Plan Cuts Emissions 14 pct (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2017-10-20
In the Big Apple, the mayor's Greener, Greater Buildings Plan has found that the energy consumption of 4,200 of Manhattan's largest buildings fell by 10 pct reduced carbon emissions by 14 pct and energy use by 10 pct between 2010 and 2015 and carbon emissions dropped by 14 pct during the same period.

In addition to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, in 2014 De Blasio launched the 80X50 Initiative that would remove 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the city by 2030. (Source: City of New York, Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bill de Blasio,  80X50,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


Maryland Offers $3.5Mn Animal Waste-to-Energy Funding (Funding)
Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program
Date: 2017-10-18
In Baltimore, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program reports issued a $3,500,000 funding opportunity for pilot projects that use animal waste to generate electric power. The funding is intended for on-farm projects 2 MW or less and community or regional scale projects of greater than 2 MW capacity.

Qualifying projects must use animal waste, through any proven process, to generate electricity, reduce the volume of animal waste, and address the use of the byproduct.

The AWE Grant Program is open to all businesses, government agencies, and non-profits in Maryland. Applications are due by February 28, 2018. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program, Bergeson & Campbell, Various Media, 13 Oct., 2017) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Animal Waste to Energy Grant Program, (410) 537-4000, energy.maryland.gov

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CDP Report Takes Chemical Giants to Task on CO2 Emissions (Intl)
CDP
Date: 2017-10-18
Despite making progress on climate risks, the chemical industry is failing to meet the goals outlined by the Paris Agreement, says a new report by CDP. Catalyst for Change analyses 22 of the largest global chemical companies -- including AkzoNobel, DuPont, BASF and Dow Chemical -- with a total market capitalization of $650 billion and responsible for a quarter of all emissions of the sector at 276 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions. According to the report, rapid process innovations will be required in order for chemical companies to have any chance of aligning with the below 2-degree goal set out by the Paris agreement.

The chemical sector is responsible for an eighth of global industrial CO2 emissions. Despite the industry's ability to innovate on low carbon, it will struggle to fully de-carbonize if it doesn't make rapid and significant changes to its own highly polluting processes, the CDP report claims. The CDP report notes that the sector is still providing climate change solutions on the product side and is profiting from the low carbon transition, with around 20 pct of revenues coming from these products. representing close to $83 billion in revenues.

Download an executive summary of the CDP Catalyst for Change report HERE. (Source: CDP. Sustainable Brands,, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: CDP, Paul Simpson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3818 3946, www.cdp.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Paris Climate Accord,  CDP,  


Higher EU ETS Carbon Price Expected in 2019 (Int'l)
EU ETS
Date: 2017-10-18
According to a just released Reuters report, analysts have raised their forecasts for 2019 European carbon prices in the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) on expectations that plans to reform the market will significantly curb oversupply.

Analysts expect EU Allowances (EUAs) to average €7.16 euros/tonne in 2018, and €9.92 per tonne in 2019, according to the survey of seven analysts by Reuters published on Wednesday. The forecasts were up 19 pct and 16 pct, respectively, on prices given in July, of €6.01 for 2018 and € 8.54 euros for 2019.

The European Union's ETS, a cap-and-trade permit system to regulate industry pollution, has suffered from an excess of allowances (EAUs) supply since the financial crisis. (Source: Times of India, Reuters, Others, 11 Oct., 2017)

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


Biofuels Cut Uruguayan C02 Emissions by 7 pct (Int'l)
ALUR
Date: 2017-10-18
In Montevideo, a Uruguayan government commissioned study by Uruguayan sugar bioethanol and biodiesel producer Alcoholes de Uruguay (ALUR) reports Uruguay has achieved a 7 pct pct annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through the increased use of biofuels in the transportation sector.

ALUR's research suggests the use of biodiesel as a substitute for oil based diesel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 70 pct and bioethanol reduces emissions by 66 pct.

According to the government statement, the results show that Uruguay is on target to meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitment of a 15 pct reduction in the consumption of petroleum-derived fuels in transport. (Source: ALUR, Biofuels Int'l, Various Media , Oct., 2017) Contact: Alcoholes de Uruguay, Dario Rodriguez, R&D, (598) 2309 02 42 / 46 int. 2000, www.alur.com.uy

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Biofuels,  Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  


Biodiesel Board Responds to EPA's Proposed RFS Cuts (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2017-10-18
"The EPA's proposal earlier this summer was inadequate, underestimating the power of domestic biodiesel production and ignoring the intent of the law. This additional request for comment is even more disappointing. It is critical that our members, champions in Congress and stakeholders again demonstrate to EPA the industry's proven success record and capacity for continued growth. There will be serious impacts to the tens of thousands of American biodiesel workers who were promised that this administration had their back.

"What's most frustrating is it appears that EPA has not bothered to look at the facts we've put before them in our formal comments on the original proposal for the RFS -- facts that support higher volumes of biodiesel and other advanced biofuels. This is not the first year the biodiesel industry has been without the tax credit, or the first year there's been uncertainty in the biodiesel industry. But every year we have prevailed, providing volumes above and beyond the requirements," NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen said. (Source: National Biodiesel Board , October 16, 2017)Contact: NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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Cielo's Alberta Renewable Diesel Refinery Underway (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2017-10-18



Dominion Energy Va. Seeks 300 MW Solar, Wind Power (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy Virginia
Date: 2017-10-18
US utility Dominion Energy Virginia reports it has issued an RFP and is seeking bids for approximately 300 MW of solar and onshore wind generation. The company is soliciting bids for energy, capacity and environmental attributes including Renewable Energy Certificates for new solar and onshore wind facilities 10 to 150 MW (ac) in size. The facilities must be located in Virginia and be interconnected to Dominion Energy Virginia's transmission and/or distribution system.

The RFP outlines the proposal requirements and power and asset purchase agreement terms requiring commercial operations dates in 2019 or 2020. (Source: Dominion Energy Virginia, Twitter, Photon, Others, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, https://twitter.com/dominionenergy, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Chinese Wind Power Subsidies to End Within 5 years (Int'l)
New and Renewable Energy Bureau at the National Energy Bureau
Date: 2017-10-18
In Beijing, the New and Renewable Energy Bureau at the National Energy Bureau, is reporting the Chinese wind power industry will be independent from government subsidies in three to five years. The government believes wind power could be self-sufficient ahead of photovoltaic by 2020 or 2022.

Although the country's total wind power reached 154 million KW as of June 2017, nearly triple the figure from 2012, the usage rate is low and Many wind turbines are halted and idle due local power grid failures. Also, the price of wind and photovoltaic energy are still too high and still rely on subsidies to develop. (Source: China New and Renewable Energy Bureau National Energy Bureau, Asia Times, The DailyBrief , Oct., 2017) Contact: China New and Renewable Energy Bureau National Energy Bureau,en.ndrc.gov.cn

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Boralex, Infinergy JV to Develop UK Onshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
Boralex,Infinergy
Date: 2017-10-18
Montreal-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc. and UK-based Infinergy are reporting a 50-50 joint venture agreement to develop a 325 MW pipeline of onshore wind projects in Scotland. for a total estimated capacity of 325 MW.

The JV pipeline, which includes 10 wind projects ranging from 6 to 80 MW, would allow Boralex to acquire or resell the projects at future dates. The projects are at different stages of development, from early stage to being on the verge of full authorization.

The JV partners have committed to invest a total of £6.6 million($Cdn 10.9 million until the end of 2019 -- £5.5 million ($Cdn 9.1 million) from Boralex. Infinergy will act as the principal developer of the joint venture projects. (Source: Boralex Inc., PR, Oct., 2017) Contact: Infinergy Ltd., Esbjorn Wilmar, CEO, www.infinergy.co.uk; Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

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Aussie 28 Turbine Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
Global Power Generation Australia
Date: 2017-10-18
In the Land Down Under, construction is underway on the foundations for 28 turbines at the Crookwell 2 wind farm near Canberra. The $125 million project is expected to generate around 304,000-MWh of power per year -- sufficient power for 41,600 area homes.

The Crookwell 2 wind farm is being developed by Madrid-headquartered Global Power Generation Australia (formerly Union Fenosa Australia) and is supported by ACT large feed-in tariffs. The project is slated for completion and commissioning in September , 2018. (Source: Global Power Generation Australia, Riot Act, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: Global Power Generation Australia, www.globalpower-generation.com

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Badger State Ethanol Doubles Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Badger State Ethanol
Date: 2017-10-18
Monroe, Wisconsin-based Badger State Ethanol LLC reports it's recently completed expansion has increased its ethanol production from 40 million gpy to 90 million gpy. The dry-mill ethanol plant, which began production in 2002, also produces 128,000 tpy of distiller grains (DDGs) for livestock feed.

The company worked with engineering-firm Lucas E3, which installed a patent-pending secondary distillation system that reduces the amount of heat needed for production. (Source: Badger State Ethanol, Madison Journal, 13 Oct., 2017) Contact: Badger State Ethanol, Erik Huschitt, CEO & General Manager, (608) 329-3900, www.badgerstateethanol.com

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EPA Approves The Andersons Marathon Ethanol Efficient Producer Pathway (Reg & Leg)
The Andersons
Date: 2017-10-18
The U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for The Andersons Marathon Ethanol LLC, allowing the 110 million mgpy Greenville, Ohio facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.

To qualify for compliance with the RFS program, any new production above the grandfathered gallons must meet a 20 pct greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold when compared to the program's gasoline baseline. The efficient producer pathway petition process is designed to aid ethanol plants in gaining pathway approval for expanded production above those grandfathered volumes.

According to documents published by the EPA, The Andersons Marathon Ethanol plant achieves a greenhouse gas reduction of 22.5 percent when compared to baseline gasoline. A typical natural gas-fired dry mill ethanol plant that produces 100 percent dry distillers grains achieves a 16.8 percent GHG reduction when compared to the gasoline baseline. (Source: EPA, Ethanol Producer, Various Media, 13 Oct. 2017)Contact: The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, hostmaster@andersonsinc.com, www.andersonsinc.com

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WSU, NARA Touting Woody Biomass Renewable Jet Fuel (Ind. Report)
Washington State University,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,
Date: 2017-10-18
Following on our 16 Nov., 2016 coverage, a 32-member research team at Washington State University, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), are touting the production of biofuel from regionally sourced woody biomass lumber and mill wastes.

According to NARA Co-director Mike Wolcott, woody bioimass forestry and lumbering wastes can be used as feedstocks for commercial aviation biofuels. As previously reported, Alaska Airlines used the fuel on a flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C. last November. The project received approximated $40 million in funding support. (Source, Washington State University, Daily Evergreen, 16 Oct., 2017)Contact: Washington State University, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, Ralph Cavalieri, Project Director, (509) 335-5581, cavalieri@wsu.edu, www.nararenewables.org; www.wsu.edu

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Floatgen Floating Deep-Water Wind Foundation Set for Installation (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Floatgen,Ideol
Date: 2017-10-18
Paris-headquartered wind energy developer Ideol is reporting the inauguration Floatgen, a 2 MW offshore demonstration project to establish the technical reliability and economic feasibility of deep water floating wind turbines.

The demo project will incorporate a Vestas V80 2 Mw turbine and is intended to demonstrate the development potential of offshore deep-water wind projects that make better use of higher wind resources. The patented floating wind foundation is expected to be installed by the year end. (Source: Ideol, EBR, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en

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LevelTen Energy Touting Clean Energy "Mutual Funds" (Ind. Report)
LevelTen Energy
Date: 2017-10-18
On Monday, Seattle-based LevelTen Energy reported its first clean energy portfolio of 410 mw, which represents two wind and two solar projects in the region of PJM. According to the company, the clean power portfolio will be offered to small corporations as a "clean energy mutual fund" and already has "un-named" customers.

LevelTen Energy also announced that it has closed a series A $6.8 million funding round with new investors including Prelude Ventures, Techstars Venture Capital Fund, Founders' Coop, Wireframe Ventures, Element 8 Fund and Avista Development, a subsidiary of Avista Corp. (Source: LevelTen Energy, 16 Oct., 2017)Contact: LevelTen Energy, Bryce Smith, CEO, (800) 995-2152, www.leveltenenergy.com

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SolarStone, Winona Ink Solar Garden Contract (Ind. Report)
SolarStone Partners
Date: 2017-10-18
In Minnesota, the City of Winona Council reports it will contract with SolarStone Partners for the developement and construction of a community solar garden.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will get about 40 pct of its energy from the solar garden for the next 25 years at a price of 13 cents per kWh. That is around 2 million kilowatt hours of the city's annual approximate 5 million kilowatt hours used. The contract is expected to save $1.9 million in energy costs over its 25-year term. (Source: Winona Daily News, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Winona, www.cityofwinona.com; SolarStone Partners, Gordy Simanton, VP of Business Development (612)801-2000, gordy@solarstonepartners.com,

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The Clean Growth Strategy -- Leading the way to a Low Carbon Future -- U.K.'s Clean Energy Strategy Attached (Int'l Report)
Climate Change,Low-Carbon Energy
Date: 2017-10-18
In LOndon, the UK government's just-published Clean Energy Strategy which supposedly leads the way to the low-carbon future that the 2008 Climate Change Act calls for, is being widely criticized as the "same old, shop-worn green remedies -- smart meters, smart grids, EVs, hydrogen, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, etc. -- dressed up as new solutions at an estimated cost of £20 billion over the next few years.

Down load The Clean Growth Strategy -- Leading the way to a Low Carbon Future HERE. (Source: UK Gov., Seeking Alpha, Various Other Media, 16 Oct., 2017)

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


LSSU, Johnson Controls Ink Energy Efficiency Contrast (Ind. Report)
Lake Superior State University,Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-10-18
Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste.Marie, Michigan, reports it has inked a 20 year, $700,000 contract with Johnson Controls. Under the terms of the deal, the company will assess how the school is using energy and recommend energy management and efficiency improvements.

According to the school, theirs and other studies are typical at college campuses, especially colleges with older buildings with questionable energy efficiency. The contract and study will cost the university $700,000, but the school says the contract's expected energy efficiency recommendations, if completed, could deliver more than $10 million in savings. The study will begin immediately and likely take more than six months to complete. (Source: Lake Superior State University, October 16, 2017) Contact: Lake Superior State University, (906) 632-6841, www.lssu.edu; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

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SCE&G Offering Free Residential Energy Check-ups (Ind. Report)
South Carolina Electric & Gas
Date: 2017-10-18
Cayce, South Carolina-headquartered South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) reports it is offering residential customers a free Home Energy Check-up, valued at $250, to help improve the energy efficiency of their homes and manage their energy consumption.

A SCE&G Home Energy Check-up includes an inspection and evaluation of windows, doors, caulking, weather stripping, insulation levels, appliances, water heaters and HVAC systems. The walk-through process, which usually lasts an hour, allows for accurate assessment of the home's energy efficiency. The home owner receives a custom report of the inspection findings including: an energy consumption overview; specifics on using a thermostat efficiently; a home HVAC system overview; overview of the home's past energy usage; and detailed recommendations for energy efficiency and weatherization upgrades and improvements. (Source: SCE&G, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: SCE&G, Ginger Greenway, Energy Information Services Manager, (877),510-7234, www.sceg.com/homechekup

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