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Bolivia Investing in Sugar-Based Ethanol Expansion (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-12
In a recent announcement, Bolivian, President Evo Morales indicated the Bolivian government and several sugar and fuel industry players would invest $1.6 billion by the year 2025 to increase ethanol made from sugarcane by 25 pct over existing levels.

Morales said that the project would increase the cultivation of sugarcane by 18,000 hectares (44,479 acres) to a total of 155,000 hectares by 2025 -- sufficient acreage to produce 8.2 million lpy of ethanol and 6.6 million liters of E85 ethanol blend within a period of seven years, President Morales noted. (Source: Latin American Herald Tribune, 10 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  

Jamaican EECP Initiatives Deliver Energy Efficiency Savings (Int'l)
Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
Date: 2018-03-12
The Jamaican Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, reports various initiatives implemented by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) under the his agency's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) have to date realized $135 million in energy costs savings for government facilities -- public health, administrative, educational buildings, and facilitate training in best practices for energy efficiency and conservation.

The program's recent energy efficiency initiatives include; coating glass windows/doors to reduce the amount of heat entering buildings; improving cooling systems with maximum efficiency air-conditioning units; and installing cool-roofing systems. Over 40 government facilities have been upgraded to date. The EECP initiative is funded by international partners.(Source: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service, 8 Mar., 2018)Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jamaica Energy Efficiency,  Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica ,  

Idaho, Boise Differ Over Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-12
In Idaho, the city of Boise (pop. 223,150) reports it has adopted the newest international standards for energy conservation in new homes. However, a bill advancing in the state legislature would prohibit Boise and other local jurisdictions from setting new or adopting standards higher than those legislated by the state.

The city's new building code requires more energy-efficient windows, more LED or fluorescent lights, and better insulation in home attics, walls or windows than the state requires. The logic of the city's initiative allows individual communities to align their design codes and criteria with their geography, wind conditions, climate and other relevant considerations rather than be bound by a statewide one-size-fits-all code that may or may need be ideal for its individual circumstances. (Source: Idaho Statesman, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Boise,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Code,  

Carleton Taps Ontario Energy Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-12
In Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University reports its efforts to improve on campus energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas pollution is being supported by $7 million from the provincial government as part of Ontario's Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofit Program which is investing more $214 million in grants and up to $300 million in interest-free loans to retrofit college and university facilities in 2017-18.

The program fits within Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from Ontario's cap on pollution and carbon market system.

The funding will help reduce the university's carbon footprint by covering the cost of modernizing lighting, roofing and insulation, as well as other retrofits, upgrades and construction projects. (Source: Carlton Newsroom, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: Carleton University, (613) 520-2600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carlton University,  Energy Efficiency,  

2G Energy Commissions Kroger Waste Biogas System (Ind. Report)
2G Energy
Date: 2018-03-12
2G Energy Inc., the North American subsidiary of the Germany-headed manufacturer of gas-fired combined and heat and power plants (CHP) is reporting commissioning of a 600 kW CHP facility at grocery giant Kroger company's K.B. Specialty Foods outlet in Greensburg, Indiana.

K.B. Specialty Foods in Greensburg has been a Zero Waste Facility since 2014, having diverted over 90 pct of its annual waste from going to landfill and processing it into bigas for energy production. (Source: 2G Energy, Bioenergy Int'l, Other, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: 2G Energy, Paul Glenister, Pres., CEO, (904) 679-3217 - Florida Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News 2G Energy,  anaerobic digester (AD),  

Gore Touts Ontario's "Superior" Cap-and-Trade System (Ind. Report)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-03-12
In his recent Toronto meetings with Liberal Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, former U.S. democratic presidential hopeful, VP and climate change fight pioneer Al Gore praised the province's recently mandated cap-and-trade system as "superior" to a carbon tax in fighting climate change. According to Gore, cap-and-trade lets government work directly with emitters to cut carbon emissions over time.

Ontario's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system is aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. To date, the system has contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Canadaian Press, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Ontario Carbon Tax,  Cap-and-Trade,  

JinkoSolar Downsizing Planned Jacksonville Operation (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-12
Following up on our February 5th coverage, Shanghai-headquartered PV giant JinkoSolar reports it plans cut its originally anticipated manufacturing staff at its planned $50.5 million Jacksonville, Florida PV plant by 75. The plant was expected to come online before the end of 2019, according to company filing.

The new investment and hiring figures represents only 1/8 the total investment and 1/4 the employment originally planned. With the cutbacks, there will now be only one building rather than the originally planned two. (Source: Jinko Solar, pvMag., Others, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Solar,  

European Investment Bank Confirms Solar Commitment (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2018-03-12
Ahead of the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi, European Investment Bank (EIB) reported it provided €1.05 billion of new financing for solar energy projects around the world in 2017. The bank also confirmed strengthened engagement to support significant expansion of solar energy in developing and emerging economies.

The EIB notes it is committed to increasing support for climate related investment, including renewable energy, in developing and emerging economies to represent 35 pct of overall financing activity.

New EIB financing for solar investment in 2017 included backing for new projects in India, Mexico and Peru, as well as 13 EU countries. Since 2002 the EIB has financed more than €6.35 billion of new solar energy investment. (Source: EIB, PR, 9 Mar., 2018) (Source: EIB,

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

Sawnee EMC Announces New "Virtual Solar" Program (Ind. Report)
Sawnee EMC
Date: 2018-03-12
Cummings, Georgia-headquartered Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sw-awnee EMC) is touting its new "Virtual Solar" energy program for residential and small commercial customers. The program enabales Sawnee EMC members to purchase the output of up to 20 "utility scale solar panels" at somewhere between $15.50 to $45 per month, depending on the amount of output desired and seasonal pricing differences. (Source: Sawnee EMC, PR, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: Sawnee EMC, Blake House, VP Member Services, (770) 887-2363,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sawnee EMC,  Solar,  Community Solar,  

Consumers Energy Wind Farms Powering GM Plants (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-03-12
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports that GM's Flint Metal Center and Flint Engine Operations are now fully powered by wind energy from Cross Winds Energy Park II, a new $90 million wind farm in Tuscola County. Both facilities will use about 110,000 total megawatt hours a year, according to the release.

The agreement was free of cost for GM which will use transferable renewable energy credits (RINs) to measure emission reduction at its manufacturing sites. Consumers handled direct investment and resourcing. GM plans to run one-fifth of its global facilities on renewable energy by the end of 2018 and all 350 operations by 2050. Consumer's Energy aims to produce more than 40 pct of its energy through renewable sources and energy storage by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, Crains Detroit Business, Mar., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Garrick Rochow, VP Operations, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Solar ,  

Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-12
According to Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities, a study funded by C40, an international coalition of cities seeking to fight climate change and promote better environmental policy, has found the carbon footprint of big cities was larger than previously estimated, when all the products and services a city uses are included.

The report notes the difference between "consumer" cities such as New York and Paris, which have shrunken industrial sectors and lower local emissions, and "producer cities" in high manufacturing regions such as southeast Asia, which generate a lot of local pollution creating goods used elsewhere. This new calculus also showcases the value of local purchasing and food production.

The report points to strategies that can be used to cut consumption emissions, including smarter purchasing, buying local, and reducing waste. Food policy can make a big difference. Cities can also focus more on retrofitting older building to conserve power.

Download the Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities report HERE. (Source: C40, Curbed, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40,  Carbon Emissions,  

Notable Quote
Jerry Brown,C40
Date: 2018-03-12
"Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. Contact: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841,; C40 Group,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown news,  C40 news,  

Notable Quote
Jerry Brown,C40
Date: 2018-03-12
"Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841,; C40 Group,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  C40,  

Aemetis' Riverbank Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Progressing (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-12
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports its Buffalo, New York-headquartered engineering firm ATSI has completed front-end loading (FEL) engineering work for its 12 million gpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Riverbank, CA. The integrated gas fermentation facility at the Riverbank plant combines LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology with InEnTec's arc furnace gasification technology.

Aemetis is presently working with vendors and contractors to coordinate the construction of the initial 12 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol in California, in addition to each subsequent phased build out. (Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939,,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Ethanol,  LanzaTech,  

Pacific Ethanol, Aigas USA Ink CO2 Sales Agreement (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol,Air Liquide
Date: 2018-03-09
In the Golden State, Sacrament-based low-carbon renewable fuels and high-quality alcohol products producer Pacific Ethanol, Inc. reports it has inked an agreement with Air Liquide's Airgas USA to sell CO2 from the Pacific Ethanol Stockton plant.

Airgas plans to construct a liquid CO2 production plant adjacent to Pacific Ethanol's Stockton facility. The plant is expeced to be operational by the end of 2018, according to Pacific Ethanol. (Source: Pacific Ethanol Inc, PR 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790,,; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807,; Airgas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Liquide,  Pacific Ethanol,  CO2,  Carbon,  

So Sayeth Secretary Perry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Rick Perry
Date: 2018-03-09
"As we progress to a zero emission goal, we can still reduce emissions without draining the growth of our developing nations. Let us unleash innovation, let us invest in emission-free resources like nuclear and hydro [power] while at the same time making fossil fuels cleaner.

"We support those renewables. Not only are they ultimate clean fuel, but they are inexhaustible by definition." -- US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, 7 Mar., 2018)

Secretary Perry will also be remembered for his response when asked whether CO2 is the main driver of climate change? "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in. (Climate change is) one contrived phony mess." -- US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rick Perry,  Renewable Energy Carbon Emissions,  

Nashville's First Community Solar Park Underway (Ind. Report)
Nashville Electric Service
Date: 2018-03-09
In Tennessee, Nashville Electric Service and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) are reporting groundbreaking on the 17,020-panel Music City Solar community solar project in Nashville. The 2-MW solar park is slated for completion and commissioning this spring. (Source: Nashville Electric Service, 7 Mar., 2018) Contact: Nashville Electric Service,; Music City Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  

Neste Project Slashes Palm Oil Mill Methane Emissions (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-09
According to a Helsinki-headquartered Neste release, Neste has long been exploring ways to reduce greenhouse gas emission from palm oil production.

In 2015, the company initiated a two-year study project to verify the methane emission reduction for a newly applied effluent treatment method. The project, which was conducted by Meo Carbon Solutions in Indonesian palm oil mills in collaboration with Dutch palm oil company KLK. The project used a belt filter press to remove organic matter such as degrading parts of the oil palm fruit in the mill effluent, the source of the methane emissions. The Neste-lead project verified 50 pct reduction in methane emissions at palm oil mills, as validated by Neste.

In Indonesia and Malaysia, approximately 70 pct of palm oil is produced without methane reduction methods. If all the producers in these countries were to adopt the studied new method, greenhouse gases would be reduced by approximately 4.5 million tpy, better than the 50 pct greenhouse gas emission reduction requirement defined in the Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) for all biofuels, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste Oyj, PR, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Neste, Annamari Enstrom, Senior Researcher, +358 10 458 7658, annamari.enstrom(@),

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Palm Oil,  Methane,  GHGs,  Methane Emissions,  

PGE Seeking Renewable Energy Bids (Ind. Report)
Portland General Electric
Date: 2018-03-09
In Oregon, Portland General Electric (PGE) reports it is looking to add 100 average megawatts of renewable energy that complies with the state's renewable portfolio standard requiring the utility to source 15 pct of its retail load with renewables, rising to 20 pct in 2020 and ultimately to 50 pct in 2040. Price will be the most important consideration as the bids are scored by an independent evaluator, the utility stressed.

The bids could include power purchase agreements (PPAs) or any of several ownership structures, including PPAs with purchase options or obligations, sales of existing assets, acquisition of project development assets and rights, joint ownership, and build-own-transfer agreements, the utility notes. PGE plans to submit a final draft RFP to the Oregon PUC by the end of next week, and a tentative schedule sees proposals due by June 15 and the process completed by year end. (Source: PGE, Portland Business Journal, 2 Mar., 2018)Contact: Portland General Electric, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

US Jan. 2018 Ethanol Exports Drop (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-09
According to recent USDA data, the US exported 88.3 million gallons of ethanol in January, 2018 -- 26 pct less than a year ago and down 49 pct month on month. 154.2 million liters of ethanol to went to Brazil and 71.9 million liters of ethanol was exported to Canada in January, 2018. China, a usual market for US ethanol, was notable for its absence from the exports list. (Source: USDA, Various Media, Platts, 7 Mar., 2018)Contact: USDA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Exports,  

SFI Reports Forest Conservation Grants, Collaborations (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Date: 2018-03-09
In Washington and Ottawa, the not-for-profit Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is reporting the awarding of five conservation grants that will advance an understanding of the benefits associated with well managed forests across the United States and Canada. These grants feature collaboration between SFI and a diverse range of partners and experts from 45 organizations to advance SFI's Conservation Impact Project.

SFI advances North American forest conservation through carefully targeted research, direct leadership of critical conservation initiatives and partnerships that contribute to soil productivity, carbon storage, and a better understanding of the benefits of working forests relative to climate change.

SFI participants have invested more than $1.6 billion in forest-research activities. In 2016 alone, SFI program participants engaged with over 500 organizations on 420 different conservation and research projects and invested $59 million in forest research. (Source: Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., PR, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (2020 596-3452, www.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Forestry Initiative ,  

SunPower Adds Hybrid Solar Energy Storage Offering (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-09
San Jose, California-based solar cell manufacturer SunPower is reporting the launch of a commercial hybrid solar and battery energy storage business under the Helix commercial solar brand. It will design, install and operate the battery systems with its own software controls to manage demand charges and optimize solar generation.

To date, the U.S. commercial energy storage market has sustained around 50 projects per quarter, primarily in California where they rely on the Self-Generation Incentive Program. (Source: SunPower, GTM, Mar., 2018) Contact: SunPower, Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Energy Storage,  

RedT Scores £750,000 for Energy Storage R&D (R&D, Funding)
RedT,Faraday Challenge
Date: 2018-03-09
Further to our 26 July, 2017 coverage, in the UK, London-headquartered energy storage specialist RedT Energy is reporting receipt of £750,000 in Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy "Faraday Challenge" grant funding to further develop its flow energy storage technologies. The funds will will be used to accelerate battery stack development to increase performance and reduce costs; production automation; and further development of its technology's electrolyte.

The Faraday Challenge, along with other funding programs, commits almost £250 million to support energy storage and associated technologies in the UK. (Source: RedT Energy, Clean Energy News, Mar., 2018) Contact: RedT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO, +44 (0) 207 061 6233,; Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RedT ,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Faraday Challenge ,  

Cutting Building Carbon Emissions Cuts Operating Costs (Ind. Report)
Concordia University
Date: 2018-03-09
Researchers from Montreal's Concordia University report they've found a way to significantly reduce carbon emissions produced by residential and non-residential buildings while also cutting energy and operating costs. In 2014, Canadian homes and buildings contributed nearly 20 pct of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions.

To reduce overall energy consumption the researchers developed a way to optimize the integration of eight residential buildings with various characteristics, operating costs and technical constraints to arrive at an energy-efficient and cost-effective usage pattern. After running all possible variations, the team found that by prioritizing the reduction of carbon emissions, energy costs could be cut by 75 pct emissions cut by 59 pct. However, when they prioritized overall costs instead, it resulted in savings of just 38 pct, but carbon emissions were much higher.

The study noted "Renewable energy sources used in the optimal simulation create a net-zero energy usage by the network, removing the need to rely on traditional heating and cooling technologies with higher emissions, and draw less power from the grid."

This research aims to further lower both carbon emissions and overall costs by optimal integration and sizing of energy storage systems (both thermal and electrical) into the community. The researchers' findings were published in December by the journal Applied Energy. (Source: Concordia University, Applied Energy, domain-b, 3 Mar., 2018) Contact: Concordia Univ., Prof. Fariborz Haghighat, Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering , (514) 848-2424 ext. 3192,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics Tout Algae Biofuels R&D (R&D)
Synthetic Genomics ,ExxonMobil
Date: 2018-03-09
Following up on our June 21, 2017 coverage, Houston-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. are reporting an outdoor field study that will grow naturally occurring algae in several contained ponds in California. The research will enable the partners to better to understand fundamental engineering parameters including viscosity and flow, which cannot easily be replicated in a lab. The joint research program could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 bpd of algae biofuel by 2025.

In 2017, ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics announced breakthrough research published in Nature Biotechnology that resulted in a modified algae strain that more than doubled oil content without significantly inhibiting growth, a key challenge along the path to commercial scalability. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: Synthetic Genomics, Oliver Fetzer, CEO,; ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, (972) 444-1107,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algal Fuels,  Biofuel,  ExxonMobil,  Synthetic Genomics ,  

U.S.Carbon Capture and Storage Market Report 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-09 reports the availability of its new United States Carbon Capture and Storage Market Report 2018 report studying Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and India.

The study includes production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions from 2013 to 2018, and forecast to 2025. The report also identifies major players in the market and their market revenues including GE Energy, Siemens, Honeywell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shell Cansolv, Alstom Energy, Linde Engineering, ConocoPhillips Company, Statoil ASA, Dakota Gasification, Fluor Corporation, Hitachi, Halliburton, HTCO2 Systems, Carbon Clean Solutions, Summit Carbon Capture, Sasol Limited, Aker Clean Carbon AS, China HuaNeng Group.

Browse full table of contents and data tables HERE. Request a sample copy HERE; Purchase the report HERE. (Source:, satPRnews, Mar., 2018) Contact: MarketResearchNest, Jeet Jain, 240-284-8070, +44-20-3290-4151,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture and Storage,  CCS,  

Abengoa Closing on Atlantica Yield Sale to Algonquin (M&A)
Abengoa,Algonquin Power
Date: 2018-03-09
Spanish energy and infrastructure group Abengoa SA is reporting all conditions precedent for its sale of a 25 pct stake in Atlantica Yield to Oakville, Ontario-headquartered Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. have been satisfied or waived. The $607 million transaction is expected to be completed by the end of this week.

Last year, Abengoa and Algonquin agreed to form Abengoa-Algonquin Global Energy Solutions (AAGES), a joint venture for the development of clean energy and water infrastructure assets. Abengoa will have exclusive rights over the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) activities for AAGES projects. (Source: Abengoa SE, Renewables, Others, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: Abengoa-Algonquin Global Energy Solutions,; Abengoa,; Algonquin, Ian Robertson, CEO, (905) 465-4500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa SA,  Algonquin Power,  

Sky Solar Confirms 1.7-MW Chinese Rooftop PV Project (Int'l)
Sky Solar Holdings
Date: 2018-03-09
Hong Kong-headquartered independent power producer Sky Solar Holdings Ltd reports it will construct its first distributed generation solar plant in China under a 1.7-MW project in Suzhou city. The rooftop PV installation is targeted for completion and commissioning before the year end.

Sky Solar has inked a 25-year PPA for 85 pct of the project's power generation with subsidiaries of Chinese electronic equipment maker Shenzhen Kaifa Technology Co Ltd. (SHE:000021). The remaining 15 pct will be sold to the state-owned State Grid Corp of China. (Source: Sky Solar, Renewables Now, Other Media, 7 Mar., 2018)Contact: SKY Solar Holdings, +81 3 5235 3470,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Sky Solar Holdings,  Solar,  

GE Launches Reservoir Energy Storage Platform (New Prod & Tech)
General Electric,GE Global Research
Date: 2018-03-09
In Niskayuna, New York, the General Electric Global Research Center is reporting the launch of "The Reservoir" energy storage platform starting with a 1.2 MW/4 MWh unit as the building block of the modular system.

The platform is suitable both for decentralized grids and remote locations and can help customers integrate higher levels of renewable power, improve grid operations and can support more distributed generation. (Source: GE Global Research Center, Renewables, Mar., 2018) Contact: GE Global Research Center, Keith Longtin, (518) 387-7914,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Global Research Center,  General Electric,  Energy Storage,  

ICM, The Andersons JV Planning KS Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
The Andersons ,ICM
Date: 2018-03-09
The Andersons Inc and Kansas-headquartered grain ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. are reporting a joint venture project called Element LLC. The JV will construct and operate a 70 million gpy, dry mill ethanol plant adjacent to ICM's headquarters in Colwich.

Construction is expected to get underway early this year for start-up in spring of 2019. The facility will feature heat and power generation from waste wood, high protein distillers dried grains (DDGs), cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber and advanced corn oil production.

The project's ethanol output is expected to be marketed in California and other emerging low carbon markets. (Source: The Andersons, ICM, Mar., 2018) Contact: The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050,; ICM, (316) 796-0900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dry Mill Corn Ethanol,  The Andersons ,  ICM,  Ethanol,  

Pasadena Passes Revamped Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
City of Pasadena
Date: 2018-03-09
In the Golden State, the Pasadena City Council reports it has approved a draft proposal for the revamping of the city's 2015 Climate Action Plan (CAP) aimed at reducing local greenhouse gases (GHG) 59 pct from 2009 levels by 2035.

The new draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan builds upon and expands existing state programs and policies that address climate change and ultimately establishes a roadmap that enables the city to reach the State's goal of cutting GHG emissions 80 pct below 1990 levels by the year 2050.

The Pasadena CAP strategies include: sustainable transportation and land use; increased energy efficiency and reductions in energy consumption; energy performance standards for buildings; a transition to renewable and carbon-neutral energy; increased urban greening with more trees and park green spaces to absorb CO2, and reducing solid wastes ; reducing solid wastes and associated GHG emissions -- collection, transportation and landfilling of waste as well as the methane created when solid waste in landfills and combustion facilities is decomposed. The plan would use Pasadena's website to provide education and outreach related to zero waste, as well as information on ways to reduce, divert and recycle waste.

In 2009, Pasadena community-wide emissions were 2,044,921 metric tons of carbon dioxide.(Source: Pasadena Weekly, 8 Mar., 2018)Contact: City of Pasadena City Council,

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

France Flaunting Tidal Energy Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
Tidal Energy
Date: 2018-03-09
In Paris, the French Government of President Emmanuel Macron has announced it will launch a preliminary study into the feasibility of tidal energy from tidal zones in Brittany and Normandy, an area with some of the most powerful tides in the world. The world's first tidal power station generating approximately 500 GWh per year was constructed in Brittany in 1966.

Under its 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, France has committed to increasing its share of renewable energy consumption to 23 pct by 2020. Under the Energy Transition Law in 2015, France is committed to generating 40 pct of its energy from renewable sources and increasing the share of renewable energy consumption to 32 pct by 2030. However, as of 2016, France's percentage is holding at just 16 pct . The government has also earmarked €7 billion for the renewable energy sector from 2018 to 2022. (Source: Various Media, southEU summit, Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy,  Ocean Energy,  Wave Energy,  

Siemens Gamesa Repowering Mendota Hills Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Leeward Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-09
Dallas-headquartered Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC reports Siemens Gamesa will supply 29 of its SG 2.6-126 wind turbines to replace - repower the existing 63, 223-vintage y Gamesa turbines at Leeward's Mendota Hills Wind Farm in Lee County, Illinois. Upon completion, Mendota will utilize fewer turbines to generate more energy -- raising the wind farm's power production from roughly 50 MW to 76 MW.

The repowering project is expected to get underway this month for completion in December of 2018. Siemens Gamesa will continue to provide operations and maintenance services for the Mendota site. (Source: Leeward Renewable Energy, PR, Power, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: Leeward Renewable Energy , Greg Wolf, CEO. (214) 515-1100,; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy , Jose Antonio Miranda, , CEO, Onshore Americas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Leeward Renewable Energy ,  

Co-op Set to Commission Alaska's Largest Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
Golden Valley Electric Association
Date: 2018-03-09
In Fairbanks, Alaska, the Golden Valley Electric Association (GEVA) energy co-op is touting what will be the state's largest solar farm. The 3 acre project, which is slated for completion and commissioning in October, is in keeping with the co-op's push to increase its renewable energy power capacity.

GVEA presently generates its power through six plants in the Fairbanks area, including two oil plants in North Pole, two coal plants in Healy, one oil plant in Delta and one oil plant in Fairbanks. The co-op also operates a 12-turbine wind farm near Healy. (Source: GEVA, PR, Fairbanks Daily News Mikner, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: GEVA, John Burns, VP, (907) 452-1151,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Golden Valley Electric Association ,  Solar,  

LG&E Scrapping Residential Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Louisville Gas & Electric
Date: 2018-03-09
In Kentucky, Louisville Gas & Electric is reporting plans to end three residential energy efficiency upgrade incentive plans by the end of the year -- subject to PUC approval. Programs slated for elimination include: home energy audits program that offers customers up to $1,000 for making energy-saving improvements; home energy rebates program that offers customers $50 to $750 for purchasing energy efficient appliances, windows, window film and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; and an appliance recycling program that offers customers $50 per appliance for hauling away and recycling old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers.

LG&E claims the programs are no longer cost-effective and customers have until the end of the year to take advantage of them. Ending the programs would save LG&E customers between $1.84 and $2.19 per month on their electric bills, the utility claims. LG&E plans to offer $13.5 million worth of energy efficiency programs in 2019. (Source: LG&E, WFPL, 7 Mar., 2018) Contact: LG&E, Director of Customer Energy Efficiency, David Huff ,

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Bord na Mona Extinguishes U.S. Wood Pellet Plant Plans (Int'l)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2018-03-09
Following up on our Sept. 27, 2017 coverage, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona reports it has abandoned plans to construct a €60 million willow wood pellet plant in Georgia, USA.

The company originally planned to export the pellets to Ireland where they would be blended with locally sourced peat for electric power generation. The Georgia scheme was part of the company's plan to develop a biomass business to move away from peat production.

As previously reported, the Irish government was backing Bord na Mona's planned US pellet plant. (Source: Bord na Mona, Irish Times, 7 Mar., 2018) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000,

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WA State Rejigs Energy Efficiency Grants Program (Ind. Report)
Washington State Dept. of Commerce
Date: 2018-03-09
In Olympia, the Washington State Department of Commerce reports its Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants (EES) program, currently in the Local Government Division, will soon be joining the Energy Division.

EES program grants are awarded through a competitive process and must be used solely for energy and operational cost saving and solar installations.

The EES program grants state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and K-12 public school districts:

  • $3,675,000 each for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for grants to be awarded in competitive rounds for operational cost savings improvements;
  • $1,750,000 solely for grants that involve the purchase and installation of solar energy systems;
  • 1,400,000 solely for energy efficiency improvements for projects in state-owned facilities that repair or replace existing building systems: and
  • $500,000 for the resource conservation managers at the department of enterprise services to assist state agencies and school districts to improve energy and other resource efficiency in state-owned facilities. (Source: Washington State Dept. of Commerce, 7 Mar., 2018)Contact: Washington State Dept. of Commerce, (360) 725-4000,

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  • Vattenfall Planning Major Solar Investments (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-03-07
    Swedish- government-owned power company Vattenfall is reporting plans to to invest €100 million in large-scale solar energy generation over the next two years, primarily in areas where it can use existing infrastructure to reduce the overall cost of a project.

    Vattenfall presently has a 5 MW solar farm in Wales and has finalized investment decisions for three solar projects in the Netherlands totaling 10.5 MW. The company is also planning investments in the Netherlands totaling 40 MW. (Source: Vattenfall, CleanTechnica, Various Media, 5 Mar., 2018)Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

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    FP&L Reveals Four New Solar Plant Locations (Ind. Report)
    Florida Power & Light
    Date: 2018-03-07
    Florida Power & Light Company (FP&L) has announced construction of four new solar power plants is expected to get underway this year for commissioning and production in mid-2019. The newly announced solar sites are: the FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County; FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, Miami-Dade; the FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center, Volusia, County; and the FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center, Columbia.

    Each of the new solar plants will generate 74.5 MW of power. Combined, FPL expects the plants to generate sufficient power for approximately 60,000 homes. (Source: FP&L, PR, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: FP&L,

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    Hawkeye Legislators Killing 15 pct Solar Tax Credit (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Solar
    Date: 2018-03-07
    In Des Moines, the Hawkeye State legislature last week voted to begin phasing-out the state's 15 pct solar tax credit beginning this July.

    The 15 pct credit, which is capped at $5 million per year, has provided a total of $21.6 million in incentives for nearly 4,000 projects since its founding in 2012. The tax credit is scheduled to start sunsetting next year, with smaller incentives in 2020 and 2021 and only commercial tax credits remaining after 2022. (Source: Various Media, Energy News, 5 Mar., 2018)

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    Minneapolis Community Solar Slated for Spring Startup (Ind. Report)
    Cooperative Energy Futures of Minneapolis
    Date: 2018-03-07
    In Minneapolis, the city's first community solar garden is reportedly slated to get underway this spring on a flat-roofed church along W. Broadway Avenue. The $500,000 Shiloh solar array will host 630 panels. The project, which is being developed by Cooperative Energy Futures of Minneapolis , is 40 pct financed by a local equity investor.

    The 2013, state-mandated Community Solar Garden program is administered by Xcel Energy. The program is aimed at residents, businesses and governments. (Source: Cooperative Energy Futures of Minneapolis, StarTribune, 4 Mar., 2018)Contact: Cooperative Energy Futures of Minneapolis, (612) 568-2479,

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    Green Street Snares NYC Solar Projects Portfolio (M&A)
    Green Street Power Partners
    Date: 2018-03-07
    Stamford, Connecticut-headquartered Green Street Power Partners (GSPP) is reporting the purchase of a portfolio of community solar projects in Con Edison's service zone, from SunPower.

    The portfolio includes a 918-kilowatt rooftop project in Maspeth, Queens. The project was originated by SunPower dealer Accord Power, which is providing EPC services. Construction, using SunPower Helix advanced technology, is expected to get underway April 1. 2018. The completed project will generate sufficient power for more than 150 NYC homes. (Source: Green Street Power Partners, PR, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Green Street Power Partners Scott Kerner, CEO,

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    Minturn CO Joins Xcel Energy Conservation Program (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2018-03-07
    In Colorado, the town of Minturn reports it has joined Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy in the development and adoption of an Energy Action Plan for saving energy and and pursuing renewable energy alternatives.

    The town aims to cut building-related greenhouse gas emissions 5 pct per year, and 80 pct by 2050; cut energy consumption 5 pct from 2016 energy baseline by June 2019; and engage 5 pct of Minturn households and businesses in a renewable energy program. (Source: Town of Minturn, Vail Daily, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Town of Minturn,; Xcel Energy, [stasrtlink][endlink]

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    Softtek Named NY Real Time Energy Management Retailer (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-03-07
    Mexican IT services provider Softtek reports it has been named a qualified Real Time Energy Management Program (RTEM) vendor for large residential and commercial customers by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

    NYSERDA's RTEM program offers cost-share incentives to support qualified RTEM projects throughout New York and also evaluates and qualifies vendors to ensure these projects are high-quality.

    NY State has committed to a 23 pct reduction in energy consumption in buildings from 2012 levels, which is equal to more energy than 3.8 million average households use in six months. NYSERDA estimates that RTEM projects save more than 5 pct on a building's energy costs, as well as reduce maintenance costs, improve building occupant comfort and increase operational reliability. (Source: Softtek, Pr, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Softtek, Marcos Jimenez, CEO US and Canada, (917)475-1426,,; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

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    Honeywell Touts Amazon Voice-Ready Thermostat (New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2018-03-07
    Atlanta-based Honeywell is reporting the launch of its INNCOM e7 Thermostat (e7) that incorporates Amazon Alexa voice control. The e7 is based on a patent-pending Smart Wall Plate design that provides hotel staff with an easy and reliable back-up of the device configuration.

    The e7 automatically reduces energy costs and is compatible with most HVAC solutions and equipped for Honeywell's Connected Guest integration. The e7 helps reduce the total cost of ownership by minimizing room downtime and automatically capturing the thermostat configuration. Its wired or wireless flexibility enables simplified installation in new-build or retrofit properties. For maximum flexibility the e7 also provides standalone HVAC control and occupancy-based sensing that customarily requires a door switch monitor and motion sensor. (Source: Honeywell, Hospitality Net, Mar., 2018) Contact: Honeywell, Thurman Melson, VP, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies,

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    Laurel Mississippi Launches Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-03-07
    In Mississippi, the City of Laurel (pop. 18,760) is announcing an energy efficiency project aimed at renewing and enhancing the city's numerous historic buildings, cutting energy costs, and savong the city more than $1.2 million per year in energy costs.

    The program will upgrade all building thermostats, HVAC systems, install energy efficient LED lighting both indoor and out, and upgrade building "envelopes." The upgrades are expected to cut the city's utility costs by at least 20 pct and generate $2.85 million in capital savings. (Source: City of Laural, WDAM, AST Sunday, 4 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Laural,

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    Ancient Carbon Found in Canadian Arctic Waters (Ind. Report)
    Vrije University
    Date: 2018-03-07
    The Washington Post is reporting that research from Amsterdam's Vrije University and a U.K. University utilizing radiocarbon dating on the content of waters in Canada's Northwest Territories have found what they described as "abundant pre-industrial carbon." The research is an indicator that ancient carbon released by thawing permafrost could be aggravating climate change to an as yet un-dertermined degree.

    The researchers are aiming to establish a basic measurement of the amount of old carbon flowing into Northwest Territories waters, and whether the amounts of old carbon are within usual norms. The research was published in the February journal Environmental Research Letters. (Source: Brinkwire, Washington Post, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vrije University Amsterdam, Joshua Dean, +31 20 598 9898,

    Italian Insurer Dropping Coal, Cutting Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Generali Group
    Date: 2018-03-07
    In Italy, Trieste-based insurance giant Generali Group, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, reports it will gradually reduce its €2 billion assets in the coal industry and increase its investments in green sectors to €3.5 billion by 2020.

    As part of its new Climate Strategy, the company will also offer new green insurance products focused on renewable energy, sustainable transport and energy efficiency. The company has also committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 pct from 2013 levels by 2020. (Source: Generali Group, Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A., Climate Action, Others, 5 Mar., 2018)Contact: Generali Group,

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    NASA Warns of Arctic Permafrost Carbon Release (Ind. Report)
    NASA,NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Date: 2018-03-07
    A new study from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has found that Arctic permafrost -- formerly thought to be at least temporarily shielded from global warming by its extreme environment -- will thaw enough to become a permanent source of carbon to the atmosphere in this century, with the peak transition occurring in 40 to 60 years. According to the study, by the year 2300, total carbon emissions from this region will be 10 times higher than all human-produced fossil fuel emissions in 2016.

    The study, led by scientist Nicholas Parazoo, used data on soil temperatures in Alaska and Siberia from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, with a numerical model from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, that calculates changes in carbon emissions as plants grow and permafrost thaws in response to climate change. (Source: NASA, India Blooms News Service , 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Nicholas Parazoo, (818) 354-4321,

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    SDG&E Proposes Emergency Serv. Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    San Diego Gas & Electric
    Date: 2018-03-07
    In the Golden State, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) , a unit of Sempra, reports it seeks to add up to 166 megawatts of energy storage to support fire and police stations, emergency operation centers, and emergency evacuation sites an other rural public-sector facilities, subject to California PUC approvals. The projects would be implemented in phases over the next few years with all projects in operation by 2024.

    The utility's plan includes an Energy Storage Customer Program Pilot and incentives for nonprofit care facilities to purchase energy storage systems.

    The proposals are in response to California's Assembly Bill 2868 that was signed into law in 2016 and allows the company to add distributed energy storage, according to SDG&E. (Source: SDG&E, Mar., 2018)Contact: San Diego Gas & Electric,

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