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Congress Stymies Trump's EPA Budget Cut Proposals (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-03-23
On Wednesday in Washington, a proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September generally maintains, and in many instances increases, funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels. The legislation pushes back on many of Trump's proposed spending cuts, including for environmental and clean energy programs.

At the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the bill rejects Trump's proposed 31 pct cut in the agency's budget and maintains funding at 2017 levels -- $8.1 billion for fiscal year 2018 -- while maintaining full funding for the EPA's state and regional grants.

The bill also instructs the EPA to treat wood burning as a carbon-neutral and renewable electricity source, something the federal government has not done since 2010. Critics of biomass believe the rider would circumvent science and encourage the burning of biomass for electricity.

The DOE Office of Science, which covers much of the basic research done at DOE laboratories, would see its funding increase 16 pct to a record $6.26 billion. The bill also calls for $59 million increase to $727 million for the Office of Fossil Energy. (Source: Think Progress, Various Media, 22 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  Biomass,  Renewable Energy,  

Eguana Launches New Energy Storage Products (Ind. Report)
Eguana Technologies
Date: 2018-03-23
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based high performance residential and commercial energy storage systems manufacturer Eguana Technologies Inc. is reporting the launch of two new product lines for the residential and small commercial energy storage markets.

The Evolve residential and Elevate C&I product lines are equipped with deep, advanced integration between Eguana's power controls and LG Chem's lithium-ion batteries. With energy management and dispatch controls from industry leading suppliers, product performance is optimized for demand charge reduction and solar self consumption under the new TOU rates and RYU programs. The systems can also be aggregated to deliver advanced grid services. (Source: Eguana Technologies Inc., PR, Globe Newswire, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Eguana Technologies Inc., Justin Holland, CEO, (416) 728-7635,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eguana Technologies,  Energy Storage,  

Cutting Carbon Emissions Sooner Could Save 153 Mn Lives (Int'l)
Duke University
Date: 2018-03-23
In Durham, North Carolina, a new NASA-funded Duke University-led study contends that many as 153 million premature deaths linked to air pollution could be avoided worldwide this century if governments speed up their timetable for reducing fossil fuel emissions and agree to reduce carbon emissions and limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C in the near future rather than postponing the biggest emissions cuts, as some governments have proposed.

According to the study, premature deaths would drop in cities on every inhabited continent with the greatest gains in saved lives occurring in Asia and Africa. Kolkata and Delhi, India, lead the list of cities benefitting from accelerated emissions cuts with up to 4.4 million projected saved lives and up to 4 million projected saved lives, respectively. Thirteen other Asian or African cities could each avoid more than 1 million premature deaths and around 80 additional cities could each avoid at least 100,000 deaths.

The new projections underscore the shortcomings of taking the lowest-cost approach to emissions reductions, which permits emissions of carbon dioxide and associated air pollutants to remain higher in the short-term in hopes they can be offset by negative emissions in the far distant future, said Drew Shindell, Nicholas Professor of Earth Sciences at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.

"The lowest-cost approach only looks at how much it will cost to transform the energy sector. It ignores the human cost of more than 150 million lost lives, or the fact that slashing emissions in the near term will reduce long-term climate risk and avoid the need to rely on future carbon dioxide removal. That's a very risky strategy, like buying something on credit and assuming you'll someday have a big enough income to pay it all back," Shindell said. (Source: Duke University, 19 Mar., 2018) Contact: Duke University, Tim Lucas, (919) 613-8084,; Drew Shindell , (919) 681-8467,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Duke University,  

Congress Counters Trump's EPA Budget Proposals (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-03-23
US EPA Date: 2018-03-23 On Wednesday in Washington, a proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September generally maintains, and in many instances increases, funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels. The legislation pushes back on many of Trump's proposed spending cuts, including for environmental and low-carbon energy programs designed to fight climate change.

At the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the bill rejects Trump's proposed 31 pct cut in the agency's budget and maintains funding at 2017 levels -- $8.1 billion for fiscal year 2018 -- while maintaining full funding for the EPA's state and regional grants.

The DOE Office of Science, which covers much of the basic research done at DOE laboratories, would see its funding increase 16 pct to a record $6.26 billion. The bill also calls for $59 million increase to $727 million for the Office of Fossil Energy. (Source: Think Progress, Various Media, 22 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA news,  Trump news,  Climate Change news,  

Congress Counters Trump's DOE Budget Cut Proposals (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-03-23
On Wednesday in Washington, a proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September generally maintains, and in many instances increases, funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels. The legislation pushes back on many of Trump's proposed spending cuts, including for environmental and clean energy programs.

At the Department of Energy (DOE), the agency gets $34.5 billion, an increase of nearly $4 billion over the FY 2017 enacted level. With funding increases for research efforts and energy efficiency programs that the Trump administration has tried to cut.

The bill funds the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at $2.32 billion, $290 million more than FY 2017. Trump had proposed cutting the EERE's to a meager $636 million.

It also funds Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at $353 million, more than $47 million over the F 2017 budget. The Donald was calling for the agency's termination.

The DOE Office of Science, which covers much of the basic research done at DOE laboratories, would see its funding increase 16 pct to a record $6.26 billion. The bill also calls for $59 million increase to $727 million for the Office of Fossil Energy. (Source: Think Progress, Various Media, 22 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,  DOE ARPA-E,  

Greenbelt, Biofuels & Energy Tout SLV Biopro Project (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2018-03-23
Paso Robles, California-headquartered Greenbelt Resources Corporation, an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, in collaboration with Biofuels & Energy, LLC (B&E), is touting the San Luis Valley Bioproducts Project (SLV Biopro). The project will feature Greenbelt's waste-to-energy interconnected system (ECOsystem) designed to produce up to 500,000 gpy of bioethanol from potato processing waste and other suitable feedstocks available in the San Luis Valley area of Colorado.

SLV Biopro aims to be the first independently owned, local-scale bioethanol solution in Colorado. The resulting bioethanol will be sold for both fuel and industrial uses, including by Colorado's cannabis processing industry as a "green" extraction solvent.

Biofuels & Energy, LLC is a project development company dedicated to the utilization of proven emerging technologies capable of transforming industrial, municipal and agricultural waste streams into energy products. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp. PR, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: B&E, SLV Biopro Project, Richard Mason, (575) 224-9064; Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726 x 101,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Biofuel,  

Zero Waste, Enerkem Considering Rochester Waste-to-Fuel Project (Ind. Report)
Enerkem,Zero Waste Solutions
Date: 2018-03-21
Concord, Califorina-based Zero Waste Solutions' trash processing facility in Rochester could be among the first in the country to produce a renewable alternative to gasoline. If all goes as planned. Zero Waste will partner with Canadian waste treatment company Enerkem to convert waste into small briquettes called EcoTac, which burn similarly to, but cleaner than, coal. Enerkem currently has facilities that produce cellulosic ethanol in Canada, the Netherlands, and Minnesota.

To pursue the project in Rochester, Enerkem would need an approximate 10 acre site at or near the Zero Waste municipal solid waste facility. Rochester city planning, environmental and other regulatory approvals are needed for the project to proceed. (Source: Zero Waste Solutions, Sippican Week, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Zero Waste Solutions, Mike Camara, CEO, (925) 270-3339,,; Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Waste-to-Energy,  

Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan
Date: 2018-03-21
The attached Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was created after former Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order in May 2017 to assess and to develop and action plan to address the impact of climate change on the Old Dominion State.

The plan includes cutting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plant by 30 pct, and establishing a carbon trading market to work with similar markets to those now in place in the Northeastern United States.

According to the report, 420,000 families and some military bases located along the Virginia coast could be impacted by rising storm surges and flooding, and projected that if the worst case scenario came to pass, $92 billion would be spent to cover reconstruction costs.

Download Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan details HERE. (Source: CourthouseNews, 19 Mar., 2018) Va. DEQ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan,  

Omani Researchers Convert Wastepaper into Biofuel (New Prod & Tech)
Sultan Qaboos University
Date: 2018-03-21
In Oman, municipal solid wastes (MSW) consisting primarily of wood, waste paper, food materials, plastics, metals and glass are being investigated by Dr Sivakumar Nallusamy, assistant professor at the Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, as an ideal cellulosic-organic waste as a substrate for bacterial fermentation for the growth of microorganisms used for the production of biodiesel, bioethanol, bioplastics and other valuable products.

The project, which is receiving grant funding from the Research Council, is converting pre-treated waste papers and other municipal solid wastes into fermentable sugars by enzymatic hydrolysis. The sugars were successfully converted into bioplastic, bioethanol and biodiesel using appropriate microorganisms. (Source: Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat Daily, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, Dr. Sivakumar Nallusamy, +968 2414 2229,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Cellulosic,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Bioehanol,  Biodiesel,  

Astronergy Inaugurates 15.5-MW Dutch Solar Farm (Int'l. Report)
Astronergy,Chint Group
Date: 2018-03-21
China's Chint Group subsidiary Astronergy is reporting the commissioning of its 15.5-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in the municipality of Veendam, Groningen Netherlands. The plant, which incorporates 57,288 panels, generates sufficient electric power for 5,900 homes and offsest over 240,000 tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Chint is planning another PV plant in the Netherlands with 15.2 MW of capacity in Noord-Holland province, as part of a larger goal of developing 500 MW of solar in the next 2 to 3 years, according to a release. (Source: Astronergy, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: Astronergy, (415) 802-7399 -- US Office,,; Chint Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Astronergy,  Solar,  

Wartsila Delivers World's Largest Solar Hybrid Power Plant (Int'l)
Wartsila,Total Eren
Date: 2018-03-21
Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it has delivered a 15MWp solar PV hybrid power plant -- the world's largest -- in north-eastern Burkina Faso. Wartsila was selected for the project by the Luxemboiurg-based independent global renewable energy power producer Total Eren SA and African Energy Management Platform (AEMP).

By hybridizing an existing 57 MW diesel power plant with the new solar PV plant and related hybrid plant controls, the new solar hybrid plant configuration maximizes the utilization of renewable energy, dramatically cuts fuel consumption and cuts the plant's CO2 emissions by as much as 18,500 tpy. (Source: Wartsila, PR, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Wartsila Energy Solutions, Javier Cavada, Pres.,; Total Eren, +33 (0),,; African Energy Management Platform,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Total Eren,  Wartsila Energy Solutions,  Solar,  

AZ Senate Moves to Unplug Renewable Energy Standard (Reg & Leg)
Arizona,Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-21
In Phoenix, the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission (Public Utilities Commission) reports it has approved HB 2005 giving utilities a way to avoid sourcing half their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. HB 2005, the "Clean Energy for Healthy Arizonans" measure, if approved by the Republican-controlled senate and the state's voters, would sharply boost existing commission rules requiring 15 pct of all power come from renewable sources by 2025.

If passed, HB 2005 would be incorporated into the State Constitution which empowers the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission to set utility rates and determine the appropriate mix of energy sources. Using that authority the commission set the goal of 15 pct from renewable sources by 2025. This initiative would amend the constitution to boost that to 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, Payson Roundup, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-4251,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard,  Renewable Energy Arizona,  Renewables,  

Swindon Power Storage Project Underway in UK (Int'l Report)
Energy Storage
Date: 2018-03-21
In the UK, the Borough of Swindon is hosting one of the country's largest power storage projects as part of the government's £246 million battery energy storage funding scheme.

The Swindon 50MWh power project, the largest allowed by local authorities, is designed to have a 30-year lifespan which will offer a long-term land rental income and deliver balancing services for National Grid, according to a report in the Telegraph. (Source: The Telegraph, PEI, 15 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  

McDonald's Touts Science-Based CO2 Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-21
The fast food juggernaut McDonald's reports the launch of various global "climate science-based" greenhouse gas emissions cutting targets and pledged to reduce emissions from its restaurants and offices around the world by 36 pct by 2030, using 2015 as a baseline year -- a goal approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative. The burger maker also committed to a 31 pct cut in emissions intensity across its entire global supply chain over the same period. Altogether, it said its SBT pledges will save 150 million metric tonnes of CO2 by 2030.

Under the SBT initiative, companies publicly commit to a detailed emissions reduction goal which is then independently verified as being in line with the trajectory suggested by scientists to give the world a reasonable chance of keeping temperature increases below 2 degree C above pre-industrial levels. (Source: MacDonalds, businessgreen, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Science Based Targets initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  SBT,  Science Based Targets,  

East Mesa Public Safety Complex nets LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-21
In New Mexico, Las Cruces-based WDG Architects and the City of Las Cruces are reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED energy efficiency certification for the new East Mesa Public Safety Complex on Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

The East Mesa Public Safety Complex LEED certification strategies and solutions included: sustainable site development; water savings; energy efficient materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and others (Source: WDG Architects, Sun News, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: WDG,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

Manitoba Introduces Carbon-Tax Legislation (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-03-21
Last week on the Canadian prairies, Manitoba's Sustainable Development Minister, the Hon. Rochelle Squires, tabled the PC government's Climate and Green Plan Implementation Act -- a $25 per tonne carbon tax expected to raise approximately $248 million per year.

The province intends to use part of the windfall to create a $102-million conservation trust to protect natural areas, and invest $40 million on a "green fund" intended to mitigate the effects of climate change. The legislation also requires the province to set greenhouse gas pollution limits for large industrial emitters as part of a scheme similar to a cap and trade system.

The government has promised to return all proceeds of the carbon tax to Manitobans within four years through income tax relief, small business tax reductions and cutting the provincial sales tax. . (Source: Manitoba Sustainable Development Minister, CBC Manitoba, 15 Mar., 2018)Contact: Manitoba Sustainable Development Ministry,

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

Keene Exceeds GHG EMissions Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-21
In New Hampshire, the city of Keene (pop. 23,400) reports its 2004 vintage Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions generated by municipal operations by 20 pct from 1995 levels, and emissions generated community-wide by 10 pct from 1995 levels, is ahead of schedule.

The city says it decreased its municipal emissions by 25 pct from 5,899 tons in 1995 to 4,423 tons in 2015, while community-wide emissions decreased by only 2.8 pct from 284,511 tons in 1995 to 276,512 tons in 2015.

Nearly half (46 pct) of the city and the community's greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the transportation sector followed by the residential sector at 28 pct and the commercial and industrial sector at 23 pct.

The emissions decrease can be partially credited to the city decreasing its use of fuel oil, including switching the heating operations of buildings from fuel oil to propane, installing energy efficient lighting, a switch to biodiesel and other low-carbon fuels, the installation of a solar PV system on the roof of City Hall, hydroelectric turbines at the water treatment plant, geothermal heating, and upgraded HVAC systems. (Source: City of Keene, Keene Sentinal, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Keene, Mari Brunner, Planner, 352-5474,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

Newfoundland Set to Auction First Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-21
Following up on our Nov. 1, 2017 coverage, the province of Newfoundland-Labrador's first 50,000 carbon credits will soon be on the auction block. Local environmental firm Sharp Management quantified, verified and acquired certification for the credits through partnerships with the towns of Stephenville and Appleton-Glenwood to design and implement engineered wetlands to treat sewage waste water.

"These carbon credits represent a significant step towards giving municipalities a green solution to their wastewater needs that is truly self-sustainable," Sharp Management said.(Source: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, The Telegram, 19 Mar, 2018) Contact: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, (709) 729-3570,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Newfoundland,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Credit,  

Delek Sells Alt Air Renewable Fuels Facility (M&A, Ind. Report)
Delek US Holdings, AltAir Paramount
Date: 2018-03-21
Franklin, Tennessee-headquartered Delek US Holdings, Inc. reports the sale of AltAir Paramount, LLC and Delek’s Paramount, California refining and pipeline assets to an affiliate of Boston based World Energy, LLC. The sale, which is expected to yield approximately $72.0 million after adjustments, includes all of Delek's membership interests in AltAir Paramount, LLC which operates a 3,000 bpd renewable diesel/ renewable jet fuel facility, Delek's idled Paramount refinery, and associated pipelines and storage tanks.

Vandewater Capital Holdings, the lead investor and controlling shareholder of AltAir Fuels from its inception in 2013 until Delek acquired a controlling stake in October of 2015, brought AltAir from concept to a leading refinery of renewable fuels .

World Energy, one of the largest and longest serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America, operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston, TX, Natchez, MS, Rome, GA, Harrisburg, PA, and now Paramount, CA. The company also operates distribution hubs nationwide. (Source: Delek, PR, 19 Mar., 2018) Contact: Delek US Holdings, Keith Johnson VP Investor Relations, (615) 435-1366,; AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Delek Holdings,  Renewable Fuels,  AltAir,  

Greenbelt Resources, Biofuels and Energy LLC Ink LOI (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources,Biofuels and Energy, LLC
Date: 2018-03-21
In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation reports it has inked a Letter of Intent (LOI) with New Mexico-based Biofuels and Energy, LLC (B&E). B&E plans to utilize Greenbelt's proprietary ECOsystem model, which uses a patented membrane dehydration technology to convert agricultural waste into various biobased products such as bioethanol and high protein animal feed.

The first series of B&E projects will be located in Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Greenbelt Resources' small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels (bio-ethanol), animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng., CEO, (888) 995- 4726 x101,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  

UPM Biofuels Touts Wood-Based Bioplastic Coating (New Prod & Tech)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2018-03-21
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM Biofuels reports its Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha that can be processed into renewable resins for the production of bioplastics, e.g. for the packaging industry, according to a company press release.

The release adds that Norwegian packaging manufacturer Elopak, which supplies 15 billion cartons per year worldwide, has joined forces with UPM Biofuels and Dow to offer 100 pct recyclable and responsibly sourced 100 pct wood-based cartons. (Source: UPM Biofuels,Lesprom, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels,  Bioplastic,  

Aemetis Completes Advanced Biodiesel Pre-Treatment Unit (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-21
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has completed construction of an advanced biodiesel pre-treatment unit in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, to process the low-cost feedstocks to be provided to the 50-million gpy plant under a BP Singapore Pte Limited (BPS) supply agreement into low carbon high-quality distilled biodiesel.

The new pre-treatment unit allows the use of high Free Fatty Acid waste feedstocks while meeting the biodiesel quality standards set by international fuel standards.

The advanced biodiesel pre-treatment unit was built to supply biodiesel to the EU and US under the three-year supply agreement signed with BPS in May of 2017. The Aemetis plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, is the first and only India biofuels producer approved under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for delivery of biodiesel into California. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., MENAFN, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  

Energy Optimizers Saves Fort Recovery Schools $30,000 (Ind. Report)
Energy Optimizers
Date: 2018-03-21
Tipp City, Ohio-headquartered Energy Optimizers, USA, is reporting the conclusion of an aggressive energy savings project that is expected to save Fort Recovery Local Schools in Fort Recovery , Ohio, more than $30,000 a year in utility costs, as well receive over $17,000 in energy efficiency rebates from Dayton Light & Power.

In completing the project, Energy Optimizers retrofitted the district's interior lighting with LED systems, replaced boilers and boiler controls with state-of-the-art energy efficient equipment, made energy-saving enhancements to the district's kitchens and transportation garage.

The work was partially funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's House Bill 264 program. Energy Optimizers also funded a district Energy Education and Awareness Program promoting and implementing numerous energy savings and sustainability programs throughout the district.

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, wind and solar energy projects, HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. (Source: Energy Optimizers USA, PR, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Energy Opttimizers USA, Greg Smith, Pres., (973) 877-1919,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Optimizers,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  

Italian Energy Giant Targets 1GW of Renewables by 2021 (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-03-21
In Rome, energy giant Eni reports it plans to install 1GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2021, rising to 5GW by 2025. To that end, the company plans to invest €1.2 billion between 2018 and 2021 to meet its new targets, with at least a further €600 million invested on wider decarbonization plans, it added.

The company operates oil and gas projects in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia, but highlighted the need for renewables growth in its 2018-2021 strategy. The company previously identified a 463 MW pipeline of solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) as part of its 2017-2020 plan, but none of these projects have yet been completed. Eni had signed a framework deal with GE in 2016 to develop renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, but to-date has no wind power projects installed. (Source: Eni, PR, Various Media, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Eni,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables,  

Siemens Gamesa Supplying French Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-21
Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports receipt of orders for 39 onshore wind turbines totaling 104 MW for installation at five wind farms being developed in the regions of Hauts de France, Grand Est, Burgundy and in Western France.

Siemens Gamesa will supply, transport, install and maintain 11 of its SWT-3.2-113 turbines (35.2 MW) for Innovent's Eplessier project in Hauts de France. The company will deliver another 11 SWT-3.2-113 turbines for the ENGIE Green's Les Monts projects in the Grand Est region. Siemens Gamesa will also supply eight SG 2.1-114 turbines with a 16 year service agreement for a 16 MW project in Burgundy and four G97-2.0 MW turbines with a 15-year service contract for an 8 MW project in Western France. The company will also supply another five G97-2.0 MW turbines to an undisclosed customer for a 10 MW wind farm located in Western France. (Source: SiemensGamesa, PR, Various Media, Penn Energy, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Wind Turbine ,  

Gas Natural Fonosa's 40-MW Spanish Wind Farm Underway (Int'l)
Gas Natural Fenosa
Date: 2018-03-21
The renewables arm of Barcelona-based Spanish utility Gas Natural Fenosa reports work is underway on the 40-MW Merengue Wind Park in the city of Plasencia, within the autonomous community of Extremadura. The project, which is estimated at almost €40 million ($49.4 million), will incorporate 15 wind turbines and generate around 155 GWh per year, enough to meet the annual demand of 44,000 homes and offset 120,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

The company presently has 1,147 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in Spain. (Source: Gas Natural Fenosa, Renewables Now, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gas Natural Fenosa,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Natural Fenosa,  Wind,  

Aalborg CSP Solar System Facility Launched in Denmark (Int'l)
Aalborg CSP
Date: 2018-03-21
Denmark-based Aalborg CSP reports the opening of a €45 million ($55.2 million) solar renewable heat and power facility in the town of Brønderslev, Denmark. The facility is the first combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the world to integrate concentrated solar power and a biomass boiler while also using Organic Rankine Cycle to turn the energy into district heating and electricity.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aalborg CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  

Viper Networks Snares Global Services International (M&A)
Viper Networks,Global Services International
Date: 2018-03-21
Troy, Michigan-based energy efficient LED lighting products and integrated systems specialist Viper Networks, Inc. reports it is acquiring 100 pct of Chicago-headquartered Global Services International, Inc. for an initial stock payment of 500 million restricted Viper Networks common shares and $10 million to be paid over the period of the current multiple GSI projects, which is estimated to be within 3 years.

Global Services International is currently working on several public/private partnership LED Lighting Systems and Control Sensors projects throughout the State of Illinois. The Company’s estimated value of the collective projects total approximately $100 million annually.

Global Services International is a recently established Energy Efficiency Solution Company utilizing state-of-the-art Solid-State LED Lighting Systems and Control Sensors, along with machine-to- machine infrastructure that promotes energy conservation while reducing energy consumption costs. (Source: Viper Networks, PR, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Viper Networks, Farid Shouekani, CEO,; Global Services International,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Viper Networks,  Global Services International,  

RFA says Second Gen. Biofuels Need Stable Tax Policy (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-03-19
"While the U.S. grain-based ethanol industry has matured into an efficient and highly competitive fuel supplier, the second-generation sector is much younger, and has struggled to overcome immense financial and commercial obstacles. However, in recent years, with the help of federal tax incentives, the U.S. second-generation sector has finally been able to actually produce second-generation biofuels at a commercial scale level." -- Edward Hubbard, RFA General Counsel, calling on a US House Subcommittee to extend Second-Generation Production Tax Credit and Accelerated Depreciation rules at least until the end of 2018, to help encourage industry investment and drive the next wave of commercial scale production.subcommittee.

Hubbard also requested Congress provide a multi-year extension and expansion of the Alternative Vehicle Refueling Property Credit, which provides a tax credit equal to 30 pct -- up to $30,000 -- of the cost of any qualified alternative fuel vehicle refueling device. The tax credit currently is limited to single-use, dedicated pumps, but should be expanded to take into account the increased use of blender-style pumps. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: RFA, Edward Hubbard, RFA General Counsel, (202) 289-3835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Tax Credit,  

Aemetis Validates Cellulosic Demo Plant Yields (Ind. Report)
Aemetis Inc
Date: 2018-03-19
Following up on our 12 March coverage, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports Leidos Engineering has validated Aemetis' subsidiary, Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes Inc. ethanol and protein yields produced from the operation of its integrated demonstration unit (IDU) at InEnTec's Technology Center in Richland, Washington.

Aemetis continuously operated its gas fermentation process for over 120 days, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan. The IDU proved out a yield of 77 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass.

Using adjusted engineering models and subsequent results from the IDU, Leidos engineers expect the yield from the IDU to translate to commercial yields of approximately 96 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass at Aemetis' planned 12 million gpy commercial facility in Riverbank, California. (Source: Aemetis Inc., 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Cellulosic,  

Ethanol RINs Cap Would Cut Biodiesel Market, says NBB (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-03-19
According to a new analysis by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services (WAEES), capping the price of conventional biofuels' Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) would lead to: a reduction of up to 300 million gpy in biomass-based diesel volumes -- in part, because these volumes would no longer be utilized for compliance with the conventional biofuels requirements; $185 million more in feed costs for livestock producers, likely leading to an increase in food costs for consumers; and $.16 less per bushel for soybeans.

Biomass-based diesel and cellulosic biofuels (advanced biofuels) can qualify for RINs for their advanced biofuel category, as well as conventional biofuels (which has a lower threshold of greenhouse gas emissions reductions). The interconnected nature of the program and how RINs can qualify for multiple categories is one reason that capping one type of RINs impacts other fuels. (Source: Kentucky Soybean Board , Dennis Clark, Marshall County Daily, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Kentucky Soybean Board,; National Biodiesel Board, (800) 841-5849,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  RINs,  Ethanol,  

Velocys Announces ENVIA Biorefinery RINs Verified (Ind. Report)
Velocys,ENVIA Energy
Date: 2018-03-19
The UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys PLC reports the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) produced at ENVIA Energy's Oklahoma City plant have been verified by Weaver, an independent third party auditor, under the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) approved by the US EPA.

The third-part verification represents a commercial validation of Velocys' technology and supports the Company's strategy to build a biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi.

ENVIA Energy has inked a fixed-price RIN purchase and sale agreement with TransMontaigne Product Services, LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of NGL Energy Partners).

Only 400,000 D7 RINs have ever been generated within the US. ENVIA is expected to generate around 100,000 D7 RINs per month under the approved pathway.

By way of contrast, Velocys' future Mississippi biorefinery is being designed to generate over 20 million gallons of fuel and is expected to generate over 30 million D3/D7 RINs per year. (Source: Velocys, PR, DigitalJournal, 15 Mar., 2016) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office,,; ENVIVA Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  RINs,  ENVIA Energy,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2018-03-19
"It's a very big boost for the domestic biofuels industry and we (Trump) intend to continue to protect the growers in America and the processors of biofuels." -- U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking to a Senate panel on Trump's soyoil-based biodiesel and palm oil tariffs to protect US biofuel producers. Contact: U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross,

BP Technology Outlook 2018 Foresees Wind as Cheapest Future Electricity -- BP Report Attached (Ind. Report)
BP Global
Date: 2018-03-19
A technology outlook for 2018 finds renewable energy may already be competitive with fossil fuels. In its BP Technology Outlook 2018, UK energy superpower BP finds that although coal is currently the largest source of global energy generation, renewable energy will soon be king. According to the report, the cost of onshore wind power has dropped 23 percent and solar has dropped dropped 73 pct since 2010 making both competitive with fossil fuels.

Projections outlined in the BP technology report find the cost of wind power in particular declines as wind turbines get taller, rotor blades get longer and control systems become more efficient. New advances for pioneering technologies like wind-capturing kites and bladeless turbines could facilitate more advances in efficiency.

BP estimates the average cost for both onshore and offshore wind developments could decline by 19 pct every time cumulative output doubles. For renewables in general, the International Energy Agency estimates electricity generation will increase by more than 30 pct by 2022.

Download the BP Technology Outlook 2018 report HERE. (Source: BP Global, 15 Mar., 2018)

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Recurrent Energy Completes Solar Projects Sale to KEPCO (M&A)
Canadian Solar ,Korea Electric Power Corporation
Date: 2018-03-19
Canadian Solar Inc. subsidiary Recurrent Energy reports it has completed the sale of its interests in three solar PV projects totaling 235 MWac/309 MWp to the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), a South Korean electric utility giant.

KEPCO's acquisitions, which include the Astoria (100 MWac/131 MWp), Astoria 2 (75 MWac/100 MWp) and the Barren Ridge project (60 MWac/78 MWp) in Southern California, all came online in 2016 and have signed long-tern PPAs in place. The acquisitions are KEPCO's largest US solar investments to date. (Source: Canadian Solar, Zacks, NAZDAQ, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: KEPCO,; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO,; Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Recurrent Energy,  Canadian Solar ,  Solar,  Korea Electric Power Corporation ,  

BASF to power Canadian HQ, Plants with Bullfrog Renewables (Ind. Report)
BASF,Bullfrog Power
Date: 2018-03-19
The Canadian operations of German chemicals giant BASF will use 100 pct renewable power at its headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, and its manufacturing facilities in Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan under a deal with Toronto, Ontario-based wind and hydropower producer Bullfrog Power, according to a Bullfrog release.

With the switch to renewables, BASF expects to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 1,520 tpy. Source: Bullfrog Power, Mar., 2018) Contact: BASF Canada, Marcelo Lu, Pres.,; Bullfrog Power: Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239,;

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Philippines Developer Touts Forest Carbon-Emission Offsetting Initiative (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-03-19
In the Philippines, real estate giant Ayala Land Inc. and Center for Conservation Innovations Inc. report they are conducting carbon emission-offsetting forest preservation and reforestation program entitled Carbon Neutral by 2022. The program is aimed at maximizing the carbon storage potential of a 133-hectare forest in Alaminos, Laguna, to help abate the impacts of climate change.

In January, 2018, the company set aside 450 hectares of land to develop carbon-guzzling forests in line with its other low-carbon targets, including increased reliance on renewable energy, green building practices and increased energy efficiency. Ayala Land Inc. generates produces about 68,000 tpy of CO2, according to the company. tons of carbon dioxide a year.

The Center for Conservation Innovations Inc. will study five sites in different parts of the Philippines to determine a baseline carbon stock in the carbon-forest sites, three of which are within or adjacent to existing Alaya Land development projects. (Source: Alaya Land Inc., Business Mirror, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Center for Conservation Innovations,; Ayala Land Inc., Anna Maria Gonzales, Sustainability Manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsetting,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Enissions,  

China's Pearl River Delta CCUS Potential Studied (Int'l)
Edinburgh University,CCUS
Date: 2018-03-19
Scientists from Edinburgh University reports they are partnering with Chinese colleagues on the possible development of large-scale Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization (CCSU) opportunities in rocks underneath the Pearl River Basin, one of China's largest rivers and most polluted regions.

The joint effort, which aims to develop the river basin's suitability as a site for carbon storage, is focused on three depleted oil fields in the Huizhou area, and could provide decades of secure CO2 storage offshore for projects such as the Haifeng full-chain offshore CCSU project at a coal-fired power station.

The joint research is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, EPSRC and NERC in partnership with Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), which includes British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University and the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde.

China is the world's largest emitter of CO2 due to its ongoing dependence on coal as a source of energy. Carbon capture and storage could play a crucial role in reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions and helping it meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement. (Source: Edinburgh University, The National, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Edinburgh University,; British Geological Survey,; Scottish Funding Council,

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Canadian Cities Participate in Smart Energy Communities Pilot Project (Ind. Report)
QUEST, The other communities selected for the project were Calgary, Inuvik, London, Yellowknife and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Date: 2018-03-19
Environmental not-for-profit groups QUEST Canada and Pollution Probe reports the city of Grande Prairie, Alberta is one of six Canadian municipalities selected for a pilot project designed to help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become "Smart Energy Communities." The other Canadian communities selected for the project were Calgary, Inuvik, London, Yellowknife and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Grande Prairie, which emitted 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2015, has a set greenhouse gas emissions target of 6 pct below 2015 levels by 2035. The pilot will wrap up in September, 2019.

QUEST Canada is a non-profit organization that conducts research, engagement, and advocacy to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada by working with government, utilities, the energy industry, the real-estate sector, economic regulators, and the product and professional service sector. (Source: QUEST, Daily Herald Tribune, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: QUEST Canada, Ericka Wicks, Dir. of Projects and Advisory Services Pollution Probe,; Pollution Probe,

More Low-Carbon Energy News QUEST,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  The other communities selected for the project were Calgary,  Inuvik,  London,  Yellowknife and Bridgewater,  Nova Scotia. ,  

Ithaca Issues Green Building Energy Efficiency Policy (Ind. Report)
Green Building
Date: 2018-03-19
In the Empire State, the City and Town of Ithaca reports it has issued the second draft of its Ithaca Green Building Policy report. The report provides policy recommendations for energy efficiency requirements and related incentives to substantially reduce carbon emissions in all new buildings while emphasizing affordability.

The proposed policy would require all new buildings to be constructed to standards that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 pct to 50 pct compared to New York state code standards. The policy would ramp down over time to require all new buildings be designed to a net-zero energy standard within the next 12 years.

The proposed policy would have two compliance paths available to all property owners: a point system where the builder chooses from a menu of over 20 features to achieve six points equaling a 40 pct to 50 pct reduction in greenhouse gases; a second path of compliance allows the use of US Green Building Council LEED and similar rating systems to show a 40 pct to 50 pct reduction in greenhouse gases.

The Green Building Policy second draft report prepared by consultants STREAM Collaborative, Randall + West, and Taitem Engineering is posted at (Source: City of Ithaca, Ithaca Journal, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Ithaca,, www.cityofthaca,org

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NovaSol Energy Unveils $20Mn Barstow, Fla. Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
NovaSol Energy
Date: 2018-03-19
In the Sunshine State, NovaSol Energy is reporting the the unveiling of a new $20 million solar farm in the city of Bartow. The facility, which incorporates over 28,000 high efficiency 72 cell solar panels and string inverters, is expected to generate approximately 5 to 6 pct of the city's annual energy requirements, ranking the city in the top ten largest municipal solar facilities in the state of Florida and number one in terms of solar watts installed per utility customer. NovaSol and the city have inked a fixed-rate , 25-year PPA. with NovaSol Energy, protecting the city from future price increases. (Source: NovaSol Energy, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: NovaSol Energy, Haseeb Qadri, Pres., CEO,

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Natcore Streamlines Ultra-High-Efficiency, Silverless Solar Cell Production (Ind. Report)
Natcore Technology
Date: 2018-03-19
Rochester, New York-headquartered Natcore Technology Inc. reports it has streamlined the fabrication of its revolutionary Natcore Foil Cell™ to allow for even lower-cost production costs. The use of laser processing to create Natcore's innovative, all-back-contact cell structure has been eliminated and replaced by a carrier selective contact process. This is combined with a foil metallization that can be cheaply made with high-speed roll-processing methods. These advances have enabled:
  • The elimination of high-cost silver. Natcore's Foil Cell replaces silver, and its high material costs and complicated production processes, with aluminum foils. At approximately 1/300th the cost of silver, aluminum allows for more metal to be used to maintain conductivity, while also enabling high-speed, high-volume materials handling and processing.

  • The potential for ultra-high efficiencies in an affordable production cell. The silicon heterojunction (SHJ) structure of Natcore's Foil Cell is the same basic structure used to achieve world-record silicon cell efficiencies of over 26 pct by major manufacturers in experimental solar cells. But Natcore's innovative use of pre-fabricated foils to produce this structure will allow, for the first time, the low-cost mass manufacturing of these ultra-high efficiency, all-back-contact solar cells.

    Natcore is targeting over 25 pct real-world efficiency for its eventual production solar cells, roughly a 25 pct performance improvement over many high-end commercial cells being installed today. Natcore has begun an accelerated development program to produce a prototype with the new process, as well as include production cost and efficiency modeling by independent authorities. Natcore plans to pursue partnerships with leaders in the industry to commercialize its technology. The production of this prototype will be a key part of this process. (Source: NatCore, PR 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: NatcoreChuck Provini (585) 286-9180,,

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  • Aussie Marine Heatwave Triggered Massive CO2 Release (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-03-19
    In the Land Down Under, a recently completed and released study from Edith Cowan University and a team of international researchers reports a severe heatwave off north-western Western Australia hammered the world's largest region of seagrass -- a major carbon sink -- causing the release of as much as 9,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Two months of temperatures 2 - 4 degrees above average in the summer of 2010-11 resulted in the loss of about 1000 square-kilometres of seagrass -- aka a "blue carbon sink" -- in Shark Bay by 2014, or about a fifth of its extent, according to the paper which was published last week in Nature Climate Change. Shark Bay accounts for about 2.4 pct of the world's total seagrass area.

    One hectare of seagrass, along with mangroves, has 30 - 50 times the potential of Amazonian forest in terms of [carbon] mitigation, according to study researcher and lead author Oscar Sorrano. It also has the potential to release huge amounts of carbon-dioxide back to the atmosphere -- potentially increasing the likelihood of further heatwaves by fuelling global warming.

    The researchers - ranging from Australia, Spain, Malaysia, the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - estimated the loss from the heatwave event released as much as 9 million tonnes of CO2, or the equivalent annual emissions of 800,000 homes or 1,600,000 cars. The estimates were based on modelling releases based in-situ studies from 50 sites. (Source: Edith Cowan University, Nature Climate Change, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Edith Cowan University, Oscar Serrano, Researcher, Paper Lead Author, +61 8 6304 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Seagrass,  Blue Carbon,  Carbon Sink,  CO2,  

    Hawkeye State Energy Efficiency Bill Advancing (Reg & Leg)
    Iowa Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-03-19
    In Des Moines, Iowa State legislators are reportedly advancing legislation that would cap some energy efficiency programs and alter the Iowa Utilities Board oversight of investor-owned utilities. If passed into law, Senate File 2311 would restore a 2 pct cap on energy efficiency programs for electricity and 1.5 pct for natural gas utilities, allow customers to opt out of the programs and require utilities to show on customers' monthly bills how much they are paying to help finance rebates and other incentives for consumer purchases of energy-efficient appliances, furnaces or home insulation.

    Detractors claim changes in the proposed legislation would scale back or eliminate measures that have lowered energy costs and usage, lessened the need for new power plants and have attracted industries to the state. Current energy efficiency programs make the state more attractive and competitive to businesses, according to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. (Source: Hawkeye Community College, Courier, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Senate File 2311

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  

    Transparency Sought in Mass. Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council
    Date: 2018-03-19
    In the Bay State, the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Green Justice Coalition, and 30 allied organizations report they've issued a joint letter to the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) calling for state energy efficiency programs to broaden their reach and operate with more transparency and accountability.

    The letter is in response to a recent Applied Economics Clinic report prepared for CLF that demonstrates inequities in the reach of these programs, and how little information is shared about who is being served. CLF plans to hold the utilities accountable for serving all of their customers when the draft of the upcoming statewide energy efficiency plan is released in April.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: Conservation Law Foundation, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council,; Conservation Law Foundation,

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    MD Green Bank Expedites Renewables, Efficiency Loans (Ind. Report)
    Montgomery County Green Bank
    Date: 2018-03-19
    In Toskville, Maryland, the Montgomery County Green Bank, in partnership with Revere Bank and Ascentium Capital LLC, reports the availability of its Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (CLEER). The CLEER program aims to bridge the financing gap for energy efficiency, solar PV, and energy storage projects in office, retail, light industrial and multifamily rental properties that are not currently covered by existing programs.

    Under the CLEER program, Montgomery County Green Bank lists eligible contractors, businesses use these contractors to define energy savings scopes of work and Revere Bank and Ascentium Capital provide loans to businesses to finance the eligible scopes of work. The borrowing businesses are considered approved based on credit with loan terms set to match the expected energy savings. Montgomery County Green Bank also provides overall program oversight to ensure the success of the program and track progress towards greenhouse gas reduction goals.

    The CLEER program works in a complementary manner with the Pepco program and builds on its offerings. The CLEER program is primarily funded by proceeds from the merger of Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings Inc. Montgomery County's support for the merger has resulted in over $41 million to the County to create programs benefiting Pepco customers.

    Montgomery County Green Bank is a publicly-chartered nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating affordable clean energy and energy efficiency investment in Montgomery County, MD. It is also the nation's first county-level green bank. In support of the County's goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Montgomery County Green Bank partners with the private sector to build a more inclusively prosperous, resilient, sustainable, and healthy community by providing affordable financing options for projects that private investors may not currently be able or willing to finance alone. (Source: Montgomery County Green Bank, PR, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Montgomery County Green Bank, Tom Deyo, CEO,

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    EPA, PES Compromise on Renewable Fuel Credits (Ind. Report)
    Philadelphia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Further to our 2nd February coverage, Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC caught a break in its Delaware bankruptcy proceedings Monday when it reached an agreement with the federal government to reduce its liability for buying Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) credits as required by the EPA Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). In its January bankruptcy filing, PES said compliance with the RFS program was the "primary driver" behind its decision to seek Chapter 11 protection.

    Under the new agreement, the South Philadelphia-based refiner will retire 138 million RINs before April 1, when it plans to emerge from bankruptcy, and another 64.6 million of the credits after that date.

    Although the price of RINs has been as high as $1.45, it has dropped to about $0.35 its lowest in a year. PES claimed has been paying $75-85 million a year for RINs since 2014, and the cost is now the second-biggest after crude oil. (Source: State Impact Pennsylvania, Law360, Various Media, 13 Mar., 2018)Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  

    First Solar Selected for 50Mw Indiana Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Vectren Energy,First Solar
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In the Hoosier State, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana reports it has selected First Solar, Inc. to construct a 50-mw solar array included in Vectren's long-term electric generation transition plan.

    The 150,00 panel, single-axis tracking solar array, which is slated to be fully operational in the fall of 2020, will generate sufficient power for more than 11,000 households per year.

    The project is subject to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approval, which is expected in the first half 2019. (Source: Vectren Corp., PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vectren, Carl Chapman, Pres., CEO, (812) 491-5105,; First Solar,; Orion Renewable Energy Group

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    Pattern Closes Funding on Stillwater MT Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Pattern Energy Group
    Date: 2018-03-16
    Pattern Energy Group 2 LP, a.k.a. Pattern Development, reports it has closed the needed construction financing letter of credit for the 79.75-MW Stillwater wind project in Stillwater County, Montana. The project will incorporate 31 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines to generate sufficient power for more than 23,000 Montana homes annually.

    Construction work is underway and the wind park is expected to go online this September. The facility has a 25-year PPA in place, and has been added to Pattern Energy Group's list of identified Right of First Offer (iROFO) projects. (Source: Pattern Energy Group, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland , CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  

    PSO, Walmart Agree on Oklahoma Wind Catcher Project (Ind. Report)
    Public Service Company of Oklahoma
    Date: 2018-03-16
    American Electric Power (AEP) subsidiary Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) reports it has reached an agreement with Walmart Inc. on the $4.5-billion Wind Catcher project which includes the acquisition of a 2,000-MW wind farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle from Invenergy. The wind farm and a power line to the Tulsa area are currently under construction. PSO's share of the investment is $1.36 billion.

    PSO expects Wind Catcher to save its customers around $2 billion over its 25-year lifetime. (Source: Walmart, Renewables, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy, (800) 925-6278,; Public Service Company of Oklahoma, (888) 216-3523,; Invenergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400,

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