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Empire State Announces Large-Scale Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-16
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is reporting approval of 26 large-scale renewable energy projects totaling $1.4 billion -- reportedly the single-largest commitment to renewable energy by any US state.

The 26 statewide projects are the awarded winners of the Governor's Clean Energy Standard mandate and include 22 solar farms, a hydroelectric project, three wind farms worth 339.78 MW, 272 MW, and 121.8 MW respectively, the latter of which will include 6.2 MW of energy storage capacity. Together, the projects are projected to generate sufficient electric power for more than 430,000 homes. (Source: Office of NY Governor, CleanTechnica, Others, 13 Mar., 2018)Contact: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Renewable Energy,  NY Renewable Energy,  


Is Small Turbine Maker Gaia Gone With the Wind? (Int'l)
Gaia-Wind
Date: 2018-03-16
In the UK, Glasgow-headquartered small wind turbine maker Gaia-Wind has entered provisional liquidation, citing the UK government's failure to plan future small-scale renewables support and export market conditions.

In addition to the UK, Gaia-Wind turbines are operating Tonga, Japan, Australia, the US, the Caribbean, Sweden, Denmark and Italy. (Source: Gaia-Wind, Various Media, Renewables Now, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gaia-Wind, +44 (0) 845 871 4242, www.gaia-wind.com

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


Ice Energy Launches Free HVAC, Energy Storage Program (Ind. Report)
Ice Energy
Date: 2018-03-16
Costa Mesa,California-based distributed thermal energy storage solutions for utilities specialist Ice Energy is reporting the launch of the Keep Your Cool free HVAC replacement and energy storage program, available to qualified businesses in Orange County, California.

Under the program, Orange County businesses are eligible to receive free, fully installed HVAC and thermal energy storage systems, using Ice Energy's proprietary Ice Bear® solution.

The Ice Bear provides a unique solution to the problem of peak load management by connecting to one or more standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units and serving as a thermal battery. Ice Bear systems freeze standard tap water at night when demand for power is low and capacity is abundant. The stored ice is then used during the peak period of the day to provide uninterrupted cooling, using a fraction of the energy required to operate a traditional HVAC system and reducing air conditioning bills by up to 40 pct.

Ice Energy thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, and for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. (Source: Ice Energy, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ice Energy Keep Your Cool , Tony Huffman, (800) 808-9539, thuffman@ice-energy.com, www.keepyourcool.com; Ice Energy, mike Hopkins, Pres, www.ice-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


BLUE PILOT to Cut Offshore Wind Const. Costs (New Prod & Tech)
The Carbon Trust
Date: 2018-03-16
The Carbon Trust is reporting the launch of BLUE PILOT, a large-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing costs and underwater noise during construction of offshore wind farms as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA). The BLUE PILOT project will deploy The BLUE Hammer, a new type of pile driver developed by Fistuca BV., a Dutch technology company founded as a spin-off from Eindhoven University of Technology.

It is anticipated that the project will enable potential lifetime savings of €33 -- €40 million for a 720MW offshore wind farm.

OWA partners E.ON, EnBW, Orsted, Statoil and Vattenfall, alongside additional industry partners Fistuca, Van Oord, Shell and Sif are contributing €3.2 million in project funding, while the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has granted public subsidies of over €2.5 million.

In the BLUE PILOT project the hammer will be tested offshore at a location in Dutch waters. Sif will provide the monopile, and Van Oord will support the installation logistics. The other industry partners will provide funding and strategic advice into the project to ensure its relevance to future commercial projects. (Source: Carbon Trust, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Offshore Wind Accelorator, www.carbontrust.com/offshore-wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News The Carbon Trust,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Convenience Stores Cut Emissions with Carbon Offsets (Ind. Report)
Tri Star Energy
Date: 2018-03-16
In Tennessee, fleet fuel services provider Tri Star Energy, the owner of Twice Daily convenience stores, reports it is partnering with GreenPrint, the Arbor Day Foundation, and GROW Enrichment, to offer THRIVE.

The THRIVE program, which is set to launch in April, will reduce consumers' tailpipe emissions on all grades of fuel through certified carbon investment projects such as tree plantings, renewable energy development and others. In addition to the carbon offsets, the THRIVE program will plant 25,000 trees in Middle Tennessee with the Arbor Day Foundation. The program has also partnered with Nashville-based GROW Enrichment, a non-profit organization focused on community development through urban agriculture and nature conservation education. (Source: Tri Star Energy, Convenience Store Decisions, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Tri Star Energy, Steve Hostetter, CEO, www.tristartn.com; GreenPrint, (404) 207-1947, info@GreenPrintCorp.com, www.greenprintcorp.com; Arbor Day Foundation, www.arborday.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  GreenPrint,  Transportation Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  Arbor Day,  


NBB Calling for Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-03-16
Further to our December 22nd, 2017 coverage, in a letter to legislators, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 of its member organizations is calling on Congress to extend the biodiesel tax credit.

"The uncertainty created by the lapse of the tax credit is curtailing investments in new plants and capital projects to maintain, improve and expand existing plants. We believe that if the tax credit is extended through at least 2018, the biodiesel industry would experience substantial growth in the near term, which would create significant new employment opportunities.

"The noise of uncertainty is detrimental to the future of the industry. We've seen biodiesel and renewable diesel production grow from 25 million gallons before the tax credit to nearly 3 billion gallons. Imagine how much farther we could be as an industry if this federal policy mechanism hadn't lapsed so many times," the letter said. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  


Smartcool, Total Energy Concepts Merger Announced (M&A)
Smartcool,Total Energy Concepts
Date: 2018-03-16
Vancouver-headquartered Smartcool Systems Inc. reports it is acquiring Minnesota-based Total Energy Concepts (TEC) which will be merged into a wholly owned Nevada division of the Smartcool group of companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Smartcool will acquire 100 pct of TEC in return for $150,000 in cash, $850,000 payable in Smartcool common shares priced at the closing market price on the date before the transaction, and 5,000,000 non-transferable share purchase warrants.

Smartcool products allow air conditioners, refrigeration equipment and heat pumps to function more efficiently by reducing the energy consumption of their compressors by as much as 40 pct and deliver a RoI in as little as 12 months, according to the company release.

TEC partners with schools and government agencies to reduce the energy footprint of their buildings. Offering energy project financing, public entities are able to reduce energy costs without capital expenditures. (Source: Smartcool, PR, Streetwise Reports, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: TEC, Damian Smith, CEO, (218) 844-5848, www.totalenergyconcepts.com; SmartCool, James Martin, Bus. Dev, , (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net, www.smartcooleco3.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Total Energy Concepts ,  Smartcool,  


Smithers Wood Pellet Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Pellet,West Fraser Timber
Date: 2018-03-16
Prince George, British Columbia-based woody biomass pellet maker Pinnacle Renewable Energy reports it has begun conversion of an existing particle board plant to a wood pellet production facility under the Smithers Pellet Limited Partnership in Smithers, B.C.. The 125,000 metric tpy plant will be 30-pct owned by West Fraser Timber Co. with Pinnacle holding the remaining 70 pct.

Production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018. Both fibre supply and customer off-take agreements are in place under long-term agreements, the company reports.

Pinnacle presently operates six industrial wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal in B.C., and has a new production plant under construction in Entwistle, Alta. (Source: Pinnacle Pellet, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: West Fraser Timber, www.westfraser.com; Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, www.pinnaclepellet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Pellet,  Wood Pellet,  


ecobee Touts Alexa Voice-Activated SWITCH+ (New Prod. & Tech)
ecobee
Date: 2018-03-16
In Toronto, ecobee, Inc., developer of the world's first smart Wi-Fi thermostat, is reporting the launch of its smart light switch, the ecobee Switch+ with built-in far-field voice technology and the Amazon Alexa Voice Service.

The ecobee Switch+ will sell for $99 in the U.S. and $119 (CAD) in Canada and is available for online pre-order and in stores March 26, 2018. Like all ecobee products, ecobee Switch+ will integrate with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, the Google Assistant, SmartThings and IFTTT.

The company says it expects the new ecobee Switch+ to propel the smart home industry into a whole home voice future. (Source: ecobee Inc., PR, Contact: ecobee Inc., Stuart Lombard, Pres., CEO, (647) 428-2220, www.ecobee.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ecobee,  Smart Building,  


DOE Funds Real-Time Carbon Sequestration Monitoring (R&D, Funding)
Penn State,Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Date: 2018-03-16
Researchers from Penn State, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), and the University of Texas at Austin are partnering on a new 4-year, $2.5-million, US DOE-funded project to better understand what happens to CO2 during underground sequestration.

At high underground pressures, CO2 will fill up pore space in rocks or dissolve into saltwater, but researchers still do not have a clear picture of where the CO2 migrates in a reservoir and whether it has a chance to leak out of the reservoir or injection well.

To address this, LBL scientist Tom Daley, and project collaborators, developed real-time monitoring equipment that is installed during the construction of an injection well. The equipment emits an energy pulse that vibrates the material it passes through. By analyzing the vibration that echoes back to the monitoring device, researchers can create a relatively clear picture of the CO2 held in the reservoir.

Using the seismic data collected during injection, the researchers will continually refine the picture of what's happening underground as the carbon dioxide spreads and then increases in concentration in different rock features.

In addition to analyzing data from the new monitoring equipment, the team will conduct a small-scale laboratory experiment to validate their tools at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The majority of this work will be processed on supercomputers managed by the Penn State Institute for CyberScience. (Source: Penn State University, PR, AAAS, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tom Daley, (510)486-7316, tmdaley@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  Carbon Sequestration,  CO2,  CCS,  


Notre Dame Facilities Win USGBC LEED Gold Status (Ind. Report)
University of Notre Dame,USGBC
Date: 2018-03-16
In South Bend, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame reports its newly constructed Flaherty Hall and Dunne Hall residences have been awarded USGBC LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency. The two new buildings each consume 28 pct less energy for heating and cooling, than similar buildings.

The buildings incorporate high-efficiency faucets, showerheads and toilets, and consume about 45 - 50 pct less water than a similar new building. Both buildings sourced more than one-third of the building materials locally and used materials with more than 20 pct of recycled content. All materials, such as paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, flooring systems and agrifiber products were certified as low-emitting.

Since 2011, the University of Notre Dame has earned eight LEED gold certifications, three LEED silver certifications and multiple other LEED certifications. (Source: University of Notre Dame, ProudGreenBuilding, USGBC, Mar., 2018) Contact: University of Notre Dame, www.nd.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Boundary Dam Surpasses 2Mn tonnes of Captured CO2 (Ind. Report)
SaskPower
Date: 2018-03-16
On the Canadian Prairies, Saskatchewan Power (SaskPower) reports the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at its coal-fired Boundary Dam Power Station has now captured more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from entering the atmosphere.

The Boundary Dam CCS project is one of the initiatives the Crown corporation is pursuing to meet the province's power needs. CCS is part of SaskPower's long-term strategy to meet environmental regulations and reduce the company's carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct from 2005 levels, by 2030.

The facility, which opened 8 month behind schedule in October 2014, was designed to cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tpy. The delays cost SaskPower approximately $80 million in "construction deficiencies" and non-performance penalties. (Source: Saskpower, Estevan Mercury, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Saskpower,  Boundry Dam,  CCS,  


Startup Scores $27Mn to Cut Bldg. Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Carbon Lighthouse
Date: 2018-03-16
San Francisco-based energy efficiency specialist Carbon Lighthouse reports it has raised $27 million from GRC SinoGreen Fund, JCI Ventures, SV Tech Ventures and others. The new funds will be used for marketing, software development and other corporate purposes.

Carbon Lighthouse's software analyzes data collected from sensors to find ways to make commercial, industrial and education buildings use energy more efficiently. The company is paid through the client's energy savings which it guarantees. (Source: Carbon Lighthouse, Bloomberg, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Carbon Lighthouse, Brenden Millstein, CEO, (866) 573-7755, www.carbonlighthouse.com

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


Agrisoma Biosciences Raises $12Mn (Ind. Report, Funding)
Agrisoma Biosciences,Desjardins Capital
Date: 2018-03-16
Gatineau, Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., an agricultural technology company that sells Carinata seeds used to produce biojet fuel, ir reporting the closing of a $12 (Cdn) million investment round. In addition to new investor Desjardins Capital, investors included Cycle Capital Management, BDC Capital and Lune Rouge.

Agrisoma's Carinata is the world's first non-food crop that produces oil uniquely suited for biofuel production. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Contact: Desjardins Capital, http://desjardins-capital.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Biodiesel ,  Carinata,  


Cellulosics Beat Corn Ethanol for Climate Impact, says Study (R&D)
Colorado State University
Date: 2018-03-16
A new study from Colorado State University is breathing new life into the concept of biofuels produced from native switchgrass as a better feedstock than corn and other cereal and oilseed crops for biofuel production.

The researchers used modelling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate footprint ranging from -11 to 10 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule -- the standard way of measuring greenhouse gas emissions. By way of comparison, the impact of using gasoline results in 94 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule. According to John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, "What we saw with switchgrass is that you're actually storing carbon in the soil ... you're building up organic matter and sequestering carbon." "They (switchgrass) don't require a lot of fertilizer or irrigation. Farmers don't have to plow up the field every year to plant new crops, and they're good for a decade or longer," Field added.

The study was published online Feb. 19 in Nature Energy. (Source: Colorado State University, Manitoba Co-operator, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604, www.ecology.colostate.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Swithgrass,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


Vsolar Shifts from Solar to Sorghum Biomass Power (Int'l)
Vsolar,KRU Energy Asia
Date: 2018-03-16
In Malyasia, Vsolar Group Bhd reports it is withdrawing from the solar industry and refocusing on biomass-biogas energy generation. The move is due in part to "shorter paybacks" and quicker returns on investment, according to a company release.

Accordingly, the company has terminated its joint venture with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for the development of a 30MW solar plant and has inked an investment and shareholders' agreement with KRU Energy Asia Pte Ltd, Rangkaian Iltizam Sdn Bhd and Kenneth Lee Wai Tong for the development of a 10MW sorghum biomass/biogas energy generation plant.

The biomass-biogas project will be implemented in two stages, the first being the physical assets including the equipment to process sorghum. KRU Energy is the intellectual property holder of a planting technology for the sorghum crop. (Source: Vsolar, Sun Daily, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vsolar, Ann Ling, IR, +603 7805 7877, ir@vsolar.com.my, www.vsolar.com.my; KRU Energy Asia, www.sgpbusiness.com/company/Kru-Energy-Asia-Pte-Ltd

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum,  Biomass,  Biogas,  Bioenergy,  


Gore Street Capital Touting First Energy Storage Fund (Int'l)
Gore Street Capital
Date: 2018-03-16
In the UK, London-headquartered private-equity firm Gore Street Capital reports it plans to offer the world's first energy storage fund listed on the London Stock Exchange. The fund will invest primarily in large-scale batteries.

To that end, the company is seeking to raise £100 million ($139 million) from an IPO later this month. The listing has already attracted commitments from NEC Corp.'s NEC Energy Solutions and Japanese engineering consultancy Nippon Koei Co. Ltd. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Bloomberg, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage ,  


PV Crystalox Selling German Silicon Wafer Operations (Int'l)
PV Crystalox Solar
Date: 2018-03-16
Oxfordshire, UK-based multicrystalline silicon wafer PV Crystalox Solar Plc reports it is seeking a purchaser for its German wafer production operations due to unfavorable "market conditions." To that end, the company will consult with the workers council in Germany on restructuring the business, which would involve "significant" job losses.

Crystalox shuttered its UK manufacturing operations last year although its wafer shipment volumes increased 28 pct year-on-year to 146 MW while revenues dropped 53.5 pct to €26.4 million.(Source: University of Salford Press Office, PV Crystalox Solar, RenewablesNow, 15 Mar., 2018)Contact: PV Crystalox Solar, Iain Dorrity, CEO, +44 (0)1235 437160, www.pvcrystalox.com

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


Otary Opts for Siemens Gamesa Turbines for Offshore Project (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,Otary
Date: 2018-03-14
Belgian wind energy developer Otary reports it plans to use Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy turbines, including a possible long-term service and maintenance agreement, for its upcoming Mermaid and Seastar offshore wind farms. The Port of Ostend in Belgium will be the offshore hub for construction of the projects.

(Source: Otary, Offshore Wind, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Otary, +32 59 40 10 00, www.otary.be; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com; Mermaid THV chief executive Mathias Verkast

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


GE Installs First of 66 Merkur Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy ,Merkur Offshore
Date: 2018-03-14
GE Renewable Energy is reporting the installation of its first of 66 Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine at the 396MW Merkur Offshore Windfarm in the German North Sea.

The turbine was pre-assembled and shipped from Merkur's logistics hub in Eemshaven, Netherlands. The project's remaining 65 nacelles, blades and tower pieces will also be assembled and shipped from Eemshaven.

Upon completion, the Merkur project will be among the largest offshore windfarms in Germany with a generation capacity of 1,750MWh annually -- sufficient power for approximately 500,000 homes. GE will also provide operations and maintenance services at the site for a period of ten years. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Power, Mar., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy ,  Wind,  Merkur Offshore ,  


Juneau Considering Cost Cutting Energy Upgrades (Ind. Report)
Juneau Alaska,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-03-14
In Alaska, the Juneau Utility Commission reports it is in discussions with Wisconsin-based WPPI Energy concerning potential energy-efficiency upgrades at city and utility structures. WPPI Energy, which recently completed a brief survey of major city owned systems and facilities electric consumption, has identified pumps and machinery operated by the Juneau Water/Wastewater plant as accounting for 70 pct of all utility usage.

Total electric consumption for water pumping in 2013 was 131,648 Kwh, at a cost of $10,477, compared to 117,300 Kwh at $15,622 last year. The utility-wide totals came to 852,332 Kwh at $65,216 in 2013, compared to 787,307 Kwh at $75,888 in 2017. Source: Juneau Utility Commission, Daily Citizen, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: WPPI Energy, (608) 834-4500, https://wppienergy.org; Juneau Utility Commission, (920) 386-4808, www.juneauutility.com

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


Vestas Scores 72MW Stena Renewables Turbine Order (Int'l)
Vestas,Stena Renewable
Date: 2018-03-14
Vestas is reporting receipt of a 72MW wind turbine order from Goteborg, Sweden-based energy specialist Stena Renewable AB. The orderis for 16 V136-3.45 MW turbines with 3.6 MW power optimised mode specifically increased to 3.8 MW for its Kronoberget wind power project, and 3 V136-3.45 MW turbines in 3.6 MW Power optimized mode for the Fjallberget wind projects in southern Sweden.

The order includes supply, installation and commissioning as well as a 25-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. Turbine delivery is slated to get underway in 2Q of 2019 for commissioning in Q3, 2019. (Source: Vestas, WindTech, Various Media, 12 Mar., 2018) Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Stena Renewable, +031-85 53 90, www.stenarenewable.se

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


UK Group Calls for Energy Efficiency Enforcement (Ind. Report)
Aldgate Group
Date: 2018-03-14
In the UK, a report from The Aldersgate Group is calling on Government to: stiffen and rigorously enforce commercial energy efficiency regulations such as Esos and MEES; raise commercial building standards; set clear policy goals to help unlock private sector finance; set and meet de-carbonisation targets; look at structural challenges in financing clean infrastructure; and create tax breaks for energy efficiency investment by businesses. The report also calls on government to lead by example and mandate greater energy efficiency across all publicly owned building stock.

Aldergate Group members, including Aviva, BT, Cemex, Ikea, Kingfisher, M&S, Nestle, Sky and Tesco, published recommendations to improve non-domestic energy efficiency.

Download the Aldgate Group energy efficiency recommendations HERE. (Source: Aldergate Group, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aldergate Group, +44 (0) 20 7841 8966, info@aldersgategroup.org.uk, www.alghergategroup.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Growthpoint Announces $94Mn Green Bonds Issuance (Int'l)
GrowthPoint
Date: 2018-03-14
In the Land Down Under, Victoria-headquartered Growthpoint Properties is reporting a $94 million Green Bonds issuance that will be used to fund green buildings and green initiatives to help address climate change in South Africa. The Green Bonds form part of Growthpoint's R20 billion Domestic Medium Term Note (DMTN) Programme and are listed on the JSE market.

Among the investors in the new Growthpoint Green Bonds is the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCB Fund), an initiative of KfW Development Bank and the German Government backed by additional investors. It aims to promote the development of African capital markets by acting as an anchor investor in primary bond issuance. It has invested around $70 million since inception in 13 countries.

Growthpoint is a leader in green building and climate change mitigation. Over 86 of its properties are green-certified buildings. The proceeds of the bonds will be used exclusively to finance or refinance Growthpoint's new and existing sustainable green properties and projects that reduce environmental impact.(Source: GrowthPoint, eProperet News, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: GrowthPoint, www.growthpoint.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds,  Climate Change,  


JA Solar Announces Merger Plan Approval (Int'l, M&A)
JA Solar
Date: 2018-03-14
Beijing-headquartered solar products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports the Company's shareholders have approved the previously announced merger among the Company, JASO Holdings Limited ( Holdco), JASO Parent Limited, an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands (Parent), and JASO Acquisition Limited, an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands and a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent, together with Holdco and Parent.

The Merger, the Plan of Merger, and the transactions contemplated thereby, were approved by over 90 pct of the ordinary shares voted.general meeting. (Source: JA Solar Holdings, PR, 12 Mar., 2018) (Contact: JA Solar Holdings, www.jasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Solar,  


France Commits €700Mn to International Solar Alliance (Int'l)
International Solar Alliance
Date: 2018-03-14
On Sunday in New Delhi, French President Emmanuel Macron committed €700 million to International Solar Alliance (ISA), an inter-governmental organization that aims to mobilize $1 trillion in funds for future solar generation, storage and technology across the world.

The 121-nation treaty-based organization was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. (Source: International Solar Alliance, Economic Times India, Reuters, 11 Mar., 2018) Contact: International Solar Alliance, www.intsolaralliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Solar Alliance,  Solar,  


Encavis Snares Solarcentury's 43.9-MW Dutch Solar Project (M&A)
Encavis AG, Solarcentury
Date: 2018-03-14
German solar and wind park operator Encavis AG -- formerly Capital Stage -- is reporting the acquisition of a 43.9-MW construction-ready solar park in the Netherlands province of North Brabant, from London-based UK solar developer Solarcentury.

The total investment, including debt financing, comes in at about about €44 million, according to Encavis. Solarcentury will hold a 20 pct stake in the project and will be responsible for the commercial and technical management of the park. (Source: Encavis AG, Renewables, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Encavis AG, Dierk Paskert, CEO, www.encavis.com; Solarcentury, +44 (0) 20 7549 1000, www.solarcentury.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Encavis AG,  Solarcentury,  Solar,  


Canadian Solar Announces New O&M Business Unit (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2018-03-14
Guelph, Ontario-headquartered solar module manufacturer Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has established a global business unit that will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for utility-scale solar power plants. The new unit is a result of the need to operate and maintain its own solar power plants in Ontario, Canada, which have been sold off to third-party asset owners.

Canadian Solar has more than 700 MW under operation and 1.2 GW contracted worldwide, according to its website. (Source: Canadian Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 12 Mar., 2018) Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, (519) 954-2057, www.canadiansolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Solar,  


Active Energy, Cobant Confirm Coal Slurry, Woody Biomass JV (Int'l)
Active Energy Group,Cobant
Date: 2018-03-14
UK-based Active Energy Group PLC reports it is partnering with Polish group Cobant on a new "Super Fuel" combining CoalSwitch and reclaimed coal from slurry dumps in Upper Silesia.

The JV project will assess the best ratio for a combination of reclaimed coal and Active Energy's wood-derived CoalSwitch biomass alternative. Sales initially would be in Poland but eventually roll-out across the European Union and central Europe both for power stations and domestics users. (Source: Active Energy Group, Proactive Investors, 13 Mar., 2018 Contact: Cobant, Pawel Woszczyk, CEO, www.cobant.pl; Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy Group,  Biomass,  Cobant,  


Ireland Joins Powering Past Coal Alliance (Int'l. Report)
Powering Past Coal
Date: 2018-03-14
In Dublin, Ireland's Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten reports his country will join the "Powering Past Coal" international alliance committed to ending the use of coal for power generation.cIreland was the 27th country to join the international alliance.

The move means a nationwide ban on the use of smoky coal by 2025, including at the 900-MW ESB Moneypoint generation station, the nation's largest power station. . The ESB has been reducing coal consumption since 2012 but has yet to announce an alternative energy source. ESB Moneypoint is Ireland's only remaining coal-fired powered station using approximately 2 million tpy of imported Coal. (Source: Irish Times, Mar., 2018) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, www.beyond-coal.eu; Powering Past Coal Alliance, www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/canada-international-action/coal-phase-out/alliance-declaration.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powering Past Coal,  Coal,  


Saskatchewan Still Rejecting Ottawa's Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canadan Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-03-14
In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government reports it has rejected the Province of Saskatchewan's requested exemption from the Liberal Gov. of Justin Trudeau's carbon pricing plan.

Saskatchewan's Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy doesn't include an explicit carbon tax and lowers the threshold of what is considered a "heavy emitter" from 50,000 tpy of emissions to 25,000 tpy. The provincial plan also calls for carbon offsets to be purchased by heavy emitters as well as a best performance credit for companies demonstrating low emissions or investments in reducing their emissions. The provincial government is refusing to accept the Canadian federal government's planned imposition of a carbon tax. (Source: Saskatchewan Environment Minister, Regina Leader-Post, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saskatchewan Environment Minister, Hon. Dustin Duncan, (306) 787-0393, https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government-structure/cabinet/honourable-dustin-duncan

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


Landfill Cutting Organics to Reduce Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Date: 2018-03-14
In Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) reports receipt of $6 million in grant funding from the federal gas tax fund for the Alberni Valley Consolidated Strategic Landfill Diversion Program.

The program will cut the volume of organic waste entering the landfill and thus reduce landfill gas -- methane -- emissions from the facility. The project is expected to cost $7,425,472. (Source: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, PR, Alberni Valley News, Mar., 2018)Contact: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, www.acrd.bc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Metrhane,  


Notable Quote -- Renewable Fuel Standard and Corn Ethanol
Ethanol
Date: 2018-03-14
"The (Renewable Fuels Standard) law hasn't worked out as we intended. We've now had more than a decade of experience with it (corn ethanol) and it had the best of intentions. But it has turned out to be a well-intended flop.

"It actually doesn't cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, it expands them. It's had a significant impact on over-planting in fragile areas of the corn belt. It has had significant impacts on small engines. And it's also had a significant impact on feed prices -- and there is a lot of evidence it has increased the cost of food." -- Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) NOQ Report, 12 Mar., 2018 Contact: Rep. Peter Welch, (888) -605-7270, https://welch.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Corn Ethanol,  


Oregon Lawmakers Considering Ethanol Mandate Reforms (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-03-14
In Salem, Oregon legislators are considering The GREENER Fuels Act, a bill to reform the biofuels mandate and gradually reduce the amount of biofuels such as corn ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

It would also stop more land from being converted into biofuel sources and invest over $10 billion to restore lost fish and wildlife habitat over the next decade. Nationally, more than 7 million acres have been plowed to make way for biofuel feed stock crops such as corn and soy since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)standard came into force in 2007.

According to National Wildlife Federation Pres. Collin O'Mara, the legislation could correct a mistake Congress made 10 years ago. The bill would eliminate a loophole that allows older biofuel plants to bypass climate pollution standards, and would incentivize truly renewable biofuels, such as those derived from farm waste and plant cellulose.

Download the GREENER Fuels Act. HERE. (Source: Public News Service Oregon, 12 Mar., 2019)

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


Pruitt Looks to Limit RFS RINs Speculation (Reg & Leg)
Scott Pruitt
Date: 2018-03-14
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is considering limiting what he sees as speculative trade of ethanol Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) in an effort to keep prices down. .

"There's some things on the trading platform I think should happen no matter what. There seems to be a hoarding of RINs which inflates the price of RINs. Some have talked about limiting the participants who buy and sell, so you can get away from some of the speculation that's taking place," Pruitt told the Houston Chronicle.

Reforming the RINs program has been a top request of refiners and their allies in recent months, particularly after a major Philadelphia refiner declared bankruptcy in January, blaming RIN costs.

Pruitt also told the Houston Chronicle he supports letting fuel stations sell higher ethanol blends in the summer than they are currently allowed to, but only if such a change can withstand legal challenges. (Source: US EPA, Houston Chronicle, The Hill, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  RINs,  RFS,  Scott Pruitt,  


Battelle-Led MRCSP Touts CCSU Demo Project Success (Ind. Report)
Battelle,Core Energy LLC
Date: 2018-03-14
In Columbus, Ohio, a Battelle-led team known as Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) reports it has successfully stored 1,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of its large-scale demonstration project. The MRCSP demo is one of eight such DOE projects helping to develop and deploy carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology.

In the intervening decade since the project got underway Battelle began the third phase of injection in 2013 and, in conjunction with Traverse City, Michigan-based Core Energy LLC, is monitoring, verifying and accounting for the CO2 being used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the depleted oil fields of Michigan's Northern Reef Trend.

The MRCSP comprises a 10-state region that generates almost 25 pct of all electricity generated in the country -- more than half of that by burning coal. The MRCSP is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships in the U.S. established by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: Battelle, PR, Bus.Wire, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Core Energy LLC, www.coreenergyholdings.com; Battelle, Neeraj Gupta, Principal Investigator for the MRCSP, T.R. Massey, (614) 424-5544, masseytr@battelle.org, www.battelle.org

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energyOrbit Expanding WECC Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation,Energy Orbit
Date: 2018-03-14
In the Badger State, Madison-headquartered not-for-profit Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) reports it has secured energyOrbit and its cloud software to scale the operational management of their energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) programs.

WECC will leverage the new energyOrbit Marketplace portal to enhance customer engagement and increase participation in energy efficiency programs. The energyOrbit Marketplace provides home and business owners with a simple and intuitive online experience when looking for energy efficiency rebates and incentives.

Presently, 5 of the 15 largest investor-owned utilities in North America, and other public utilities, cooperatives and third-party implementers, use energyOrbit to manage $1.6 billion in energy efficiency incentive dollars. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: WECC, Mary Woolsey Schlaefer, President and CEO, (800) 969-9322, weccinfo@weccusa.org, www.weccusa.org; Energy Orbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , (866)628-8744 www.energy-orbit.com

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Honeywell, UNEP Ink Clean Energy, Climate Change MoU (Ind. Report)
Honeywell, UN Environment
Date: 2018-03-14
Honeywell is reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to support energy efficiency, access to affordable and clean energy, and urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

To that end, the two entities have agreed to support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 and 13, and to focus on experience-sharing and programs to build capacity and enhance the contribution of the private sector in protecting the environment. (Source: Honeywell, ACHRnews, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com; UN Environment Program, Erik Solheim, Exec. Dir., +254 20 7621 234, executiveoffice@unep.org, www.unep.org

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Baker Tilly Provides PACE Financing for Madison Hotel (Ind. Report)
Property Assessed Clean Energy
Date: 2018-03-14
Baker Tilly Capital, LLC, a U.S. boutique investment bank, reports it recently sourced a $1.5 million Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan and $5.1 million in Historic Tax Credits (HTC) to help convert a vacant warehouse into a new hotel in Madison, Wisconsin, the first closed deal for the PACE Wisconsin program.

PACE financing provides long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and other qualifying improvements made to a property.

The hotel will feature new historic replica windows, energy efficient aluminum window wall glazing systems and other insulation measures, high efficiency HVAC and lighting systems. (Source: Baker Tilly Capital, RE Journal, 12 Mar., 2018)Contact: Baker Tilly Capital, (312) 729-8000, www.bakertilly.com; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  Energy Efficiency ,  


Constellation Set for NYCHA Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
Constellation, New York City Housing Authority
Date: 2018-03-14
Constellation, an Exelon company, reports it is set to begin construction this month on $110 million in energy efficiency improvements spanning 340 buildings and more than 28,000 residences for the New York Housing Authority.

Energy conservation measures implemented via the two energy performance contracts (EPCs) are expected to save the Authority an estimated $8.4 million in the first year with continued savings through the 18-year performance period. The work will take place throughout NYCHA properties in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

The EPCs align with the NextGeneration NYCHA Sustainability Agenda, which commits to reducing energy consumption by 20 pct by 2026. Energy conservation measures to be implemented include exterior and interior LED lighting, building automation heating controls and water conservation. The project is slated to be completed in December 2019. (Source: Constellation, PR, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: NYCHA, www.nyc.gov/nycha; Constellation, David Snyder, (410) 470-9700, david.snyder@constellation.com, www.constellation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYCHA,  New York City Housing Authority ,  Constellation,  Energyu Efficiency,  


South Korean ETS Carbon Permit Rules Changed (Int'l Report)
South Korean Ministry of Environment
Date: 2018-03-14
In Seoul, the South Korean Ministry of Environment has mandated that beginning in 2019, South Korean companies will be required to purchase 3 pct of carbon permits assigned by the central government to each company at a monthly auction at the Korea Exchange during the second phase of the nation's emissions trading scheme (2018-20), also known as the South Korean ETS.

The permits were distributed to companies free during the first phase (2015-17). Companies eligible to join the auction are those with a bidding price equivalent to or higher than the minimum set by the environment minister each month. The list of industrial categories required to purchase permits will be announced this June. The permit cap for each category will be decided in September. These are the preliminary steps before Seoul's launch of the bidding system the following year. The ministry's latest carbon permit measures are part of the revised greenhouse gas emission trading scheme laws. (Source: South Korean Ministry of Environment Korea Times, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: South Korean Ministry of Environment, eng.me.go.kr

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WinnCompanies Completes DC Community Solar Project (Ind. Report)
WinnCompanies
Date: 2018-03-12
Boston-headquartered real estate and housing developer WinnCompanies is reporting completion of a 651-KW community roof-top solar project at its low-income Terrace Apartments complex in Washington, DC. The project was supported with $1.3 million in grant funding from the District's Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE's) Solar for All Program. Clean energy from the project will be fed into the DC utility grid through a net metering arrangement and the savings will be passed back to qualified low-income residents through credits reflected on their utility bills.

The Solar for All program seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households in Washington and reduce their energy bills by 50 pct by 2032. WinnCompanies has invested more than $50 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across its affordable housing portfolio over the past decade. (Source: WinnCompanies, Affordable Housing Finance, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: WinnCompanies, Gilbert Winn, CEO, Darien Crimmin, VP Energy and Sustainability, (617) 742-4500, info@winncompanies.com, www.winncompanies.com

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NCGA Claims Negative Consequences of RFS Changes (Ind. Report)
RFS,National Corn Growers Associatiom
Date: 2018-03-12
Following up on our February 28th coverage, National Corn Growers Assn. (NCGA) president Kevin Skunes on March 1 commented as follows on the Trump White House meetings aimed at reaching a compromise to proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): "For corn farmers, the question for the ongoing White House discussions is simple -- what is the problem you are trying to solve? According to EPA, refiners don't have a problem. "EPA concluded in November that refiners are able to recover the cost of RINs through the prices they receive for refined products and that RIN values are not causing economic harm to refiners.

"For farmers, ethanol blending equals corn demand. Farmers care about RIN values, not because we want them to be high, but because we want the RIN market mechanism to work freely to incentivize (ethanol) blending. Increased blending will, in turn, lower RIN values, exactly the way the RFS is intended to work. Government manipulation of the RIN market, on the other hand, disrupts the incentive to blend."

An Iowa State study concluded that: a leading Renewable Fuel Standard reform proposal considered by policymakers would allow E15 sales throughout the year and implement a cap on D6 RIN prices between $0.10 to $0.20/RIN; while year-round sales of E15 would encourage retailers to sell the fuel, capping D6 RIN prices would reduce consumption of E15 and E85: a cap on D6 RIN prices between $0.10/gal to $0.20/gal would likely reduce the effective ethanol mandate from 15 billion gallons to about 14.3 billion gallons in 2018; and unless increased ethanol exports compensate for the reduced mandate, corn prices would decrease under the proposal's D6 RIN price cap. (Source: NCGA, Farm Equipment, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NCGA,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol Blends,  RFS,  


UK CO2 Emissions Dip to 1890's Levels (Int'l. Report)
UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2018-03-12
In its recently updated energy statistics, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) found that the U.K.'s CO2 emissions levels dropped by 2.6 pct last year due in part to an almost 52 pct decline in coal consumption. Oil and petroleum usage both increased slightly in 2017, but not enough to counteract the declines in CO2 linked to other fuels, according to a Carbon Brief analysis of the BEIS data.

The U.K. aims to cut its carbon emissions by 80 pct on 1990 levels by 2050. Presently, the country's carbon emissions sit at 1890's levels. (Source: UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Carbon Brief, CleanTechnica, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: BEIS, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department of Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


Vermont Towns Ink Climate, Renewables Resolutions (Ind. Report)
Vermont,Climate Change
Date: 2018-03-12
In Vermont, the Town of Bennington reports it and 35 other towns around the state have passed non-binding resolutions calling on the state governor and legislators in Montpelier to act on climate change.

The Bennington resolution calls on the state legislature and governor to "commit by act of legislation to the goal of meeting 90 pct of all energy needs within the state from renewable sources by 2050" and "ensure that the transition to renewable energy is fair and equitable for all residents."

350Vermont organizes, educates, and supports people in Vermont to work together for climate justice -- resisting fossil fuels, building momentum for alternatives, and transforming our communities toward justice and resilience, according to its website. (Source: 350Vermont, Bennington Banner, 11 Mar., 2018) Contact: 350 Vermont, (802) 444-0350, www.350vermont.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News 350 Vermont,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


The Case for More Energy Efficiency in New York -- NRDC Report Attached (Ind. Report)
NRDC
Date: 2018-03-12
More energy efficiency can help New Yorkers create new good clean energy jobs, enjoy better health, and save billions, according to the just released attached NRDC fact sheet.

The fact highlights the findings of several published studies that describe the many benefits of increased energy efficiency. "By adopting a bold and pioneering new energy efficiency initiative, Governor Cuomo can ensure New Yorkers enjoy all of them, which will improve the economy and clean our air," the fact sheet says.

Access the NRDC The Case for More Energy Efficiency in New York fact sheet HERE. (Source: NREDC, Mar., 2018) Contact; NRDC, www.nrdc.org

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RMIT Claims Proton-Battery Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
RMIT University
Date: 2018-03-12
In the Land Down Under, researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne claim they have developed an environmentally friendly working rechargeable "proton battery" with the potential to store more energy than currently-available lithium ion batteries.

With some modifications and scaling up, the proton battery technology could be used for medium-scale storage on electricity grids as well as powering electric vehicles, household storage of electricity from solar PV panels, and other applications.

The RMIT working prototype uses a carbon electrode as a hydrogen store, coupled with a reversible fuel cell to produce electricity. A major potential advantage of the proton battery is much higher energy efficiency than conventional hydrogen systems, making it comparable to lithium ion batteries.

RMIT's research on the proton battery has been partially funded by the Australian Defense Science and Technology Group and the US Office of Naval Research Global. (Source: RMIT University, PR, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: RMIT University, Professor John Andrews, +61 3 9925 2000, www.rmit.edu.au

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


St. Lucia Community Launches Climate Change Project (Int'l)
Malgretoute Community Action Trust
Date: 2018-03-12
On the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, the Malgretoute Community Action Trust in Micoud reports it has partnered with the Premium Cocoa Producers Association to launch the Climate Change and Resource Management Project.

The public-private project, aims to contribute to Climate-smart practices for flood and other climate change related mitigation and response planning and improved environmental management. (Source: St. Lucia Times, 10 Mar., 2018)

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


Praj Considering EU 2nd Gen Ethanol Plants (Int'l)
Praj Industries
Date: 2018-03-12
Praj Considering EU 2nd Gen Ethanol Plants (Int’l) Following on our 1o May, coverage, Pune, India-based Praj Industries reports it is in advanced stage of discussions with several unidentified potential partners to establish second generation ethanol plants in two counties of the European Union.

According to Praj, its techno-socio-economic model of 2nd gen ethanol technology is already progressing in India and can be replicated in the developed region like Europe.

Praj Industries opened India's first integrated bio-refinery for renewable fuels and chemicals from agri-residue including rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, cane trash, corn cobs and stover, and other feedstocks in May, 2017. The second-generation bio-refinery demonstration plant boasts a 2nd generation ethanol production capacity of 1 million lpy.

The Indian governments is calling for a 20 pct ethanol blend ratio in auto fuels. To meet that goal, 10 to 12 second generation ethanol projects with an average 100,000 lpy capacity are expected to be developed. (Source: Praj Industries, Economic Times of India, 11 Mar., 2018)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  


Kimberley Upgrades Bldg. Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Kimberly BC
Date: 2018-03-12
In British Columbia, the Kimberley City Council reports it has approved new changes to the city's existing Energy Efficient Building Incentive Program (EEBIP).

The current program provides an initial $500 discount on building permit fees to builders who conduct an energy evaluation of their house plans prior to construction, in order to identify and implement energy-efficient upgrades. An additional rebate is granted once a level of efficiency, within the BC Energy Step Code and EnerGuide Rating System, is achieved at the completion of construction. The building permit fees are returned to the builder based on an incremental scale of performance matching the BC Energy Step Code.

To date, 17 British Columbia communities have reportedly committed to implement Kimberley's standards following the step code model. (Source: City of Kimberly, BC Local News, 7 Mar., 2018) City of Kimberley, Troy Pollock, Planning Services, (250) 427-9664, TPollock@kimberley.ca, www.kimberley.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incnetive,  Building Energy Efficiency,  

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