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ExxonMobil Expands Methane Emissions Reduction Program
ExxonMobil
Date: 2017-10-06
Fort Worth-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil has announced an enhanced program to reduce methane emissions from its production and midstream facilities nation wide. across the United States.

The program prioritizes actions at sites operated by subsidiary XTO Energy and includes efforts to develop and deploy new, more efficient technologies to detect and reduce facility emissions. The program includes a commitment to phase out high-bleed pneumatic devices over three years, extensive personnel training, research, and facility design improvements for new operations.

XTO's efforts include research conducted with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and third-party equipment manufacturers to develop efficient, state-of-the-art equipment to detect, quantify and reduce emissions at production sites. These research efforts build on an extensive portfolio of more than two dozen existing methane research projects and pilots already under way.

ExxonMobil recently participated in methane emissions studies conducted by the University of Texas and Environmental Defense Fund and is active in ongoing methane research, including participation in a methane measurement reconciliation study with the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in supporting research currently underway at Harvard, the University of Texas Energy Initiative, and Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative. (Source: ExxonMobil, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Climate Change,  Methane,  


J. Craig Venter-led Team Granted $10.7 Mn to Optimize Metabolic Networks Enabling Next-Gen. Biofuels (Funding, R&D)
J. Craig Venter Institute
Date: 2017-10-06
In La Jolla, California, the not-for-profit J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is reporting receipt of a 5-year, $10.7 million grant from the US DOE Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Genomic Science Program to optimize metabolic networks in model photosynthetic microalgae, called diatoms. The aim is to substantially increase oil, or lipid production, enabling next-generation biofuels and other bioproducts.

Building on prior synthetic biology and diatom research, methodologies will be developed and optimized for introducing and transplanting new biological functions into diatoms, which are a globally abundant class of algae. Initial modeling exercises will guide targeted genetic manipulations, associated systems biology experiments, and result in iterative network and genome-scale cellular modeling.

Based on the photosynthetic efficiency and growth potential of microalgae, it is estimated that annual oil production of greater than 30,000 liters, or about 200 barrels of microalgal oil per hectare of land may be achievable in mass culture of oil-rich algae. This is 100-fold greater than that of soybeans, a major feedstock currently used for biodiesel. (Source: J. Craig Venter Institute, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: J. Craig Venter Institute, Andrew Allen, Ph.D. , (858) 200-1800, www.JCVI.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News AlgaeVenter Institute,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  


Brockton, Mass, Scores LED Street Lighting Grant (Funding)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2017-10-06
In the Bay State, the city of Brockton reports is receiving $283,000 of an overall $4.3 million in recently announced state grant funding for energy efficient LED street lighting. The state's Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program is being offered to an additional 40 Massachusetts town and cities.

Since its 2016 launch, the Department of Energy Resources Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program has provided $11.4 million to Massachusetts communities for new street lighting. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Brockton Enterprise, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources-0

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lighting,  LED Light,  LED Street Light,  


ACEEE Releases 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2017-10-06
The recently released eleventh edition of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) State Energy Efficiency Scorecard benchmarks state progress on efficiency policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting growth. States are ranked by: utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state initiatives, and appliance standards.

Holding the top spots in the 2017 scorecard are Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Oregon in that order. The most-improved states are Idaho, Florida, and Virginia. The Scorecard shows that energy efficiency is a key resource in these states and others, with utilities spending approximately $7.6 billion in 2016 for efficiency programs nationwide and saving 25.4 million MWh of electricity.

Download the report. HERE (Source: ACEEE, 27 Sept., 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Vietnam Aims to Increase Forest Carbon Storage (Int'l)
VietNam,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2017-10-06
VietNamNet Bridge reports the Vietnamese government is launching a project aimed at cutting emissions from deforestation and increasing forest CO2 absorption. The project will be implemented in the six provinces where forest coverage accounts for 57 pct or 2.9 million hectares, of the country's total forest area.

The global Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and World Bank have committed to pay Viet Nam $60 million for the absorption of 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 from 2018 to 2024.

This project is the first regional-level project implemented by the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programme in Viet Nam. Cities discharge 70 pct of Vietnam's CO2. (Source: Vietnam Bridge Vietnam Net, Others, Oct., 2017)

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


ENERGY STAR Cuts Could Threaten Canadian Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
ENERGY Star
Date: 2017-10-06
According to Natural Resources Canada (NRC), the Trump Administration's plan to slash the DOE ENERGY STAR program budget by 40 pct could cripple the program and put at risk up to one-third of the emissions reductions Canada hopes to achieve from its national climate change action plan. Indeed, NRC is skeptical that Canada could continue with the ENERGY STAR if the Americans withdraw.

President Trump's spring budget proposal has threatened to eliminate the entire $50 million funding for ENERGY STAR but House of Representatives passed its budget bill, which proposes to cut the ENERGY STAR budget by 40 pct.

Canada joined ENERGY STAR in 2001, and expects to spend spend approximately $10.5 million to run its side of the program this year. The ENERGY STAR program is the basis for almost all of the energy-efficiency programs run by Canadian provincial energy efficiency and climate change programs aimed at cutting nearly 30 million tonnes of carbon-equivalent emissions over the next 13 years . (Source: ENERGY STAR, Canadian Press, Various Media, 1 Oct., 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Eficiency,  


Green Charge Developing Bay State's Largest Energy Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
Green Charge
Date: 2017-10-06
ENGIE subsidiary Green Charge Networks reports it will develop and operate a 3 MW battery energy storage system at the 5.76-MW Mt. Tom Solar array adjacent to the former Mt. Tom Power Station in Massachusetts.

The system, which could be the largest utility-scale energy storage system in the Bay State when completed in April 2018, will deliver energy to Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E). The system will be used to optimize intermittent solar energy and reduce utility capacity costs for HG&E while reducing stress on the grid. HG&E was awarded a $475,000 MA Department of Energy Resources Grant to contract with, schedule, measure, and analyze the energy storage system. (Source: Green Charge, Power Engineering, Others, October, 2017)Contact: Green Charge Networks, (800) 426-5010, info@greencharge.net, www.greencharge.net; Holyoke Gas & Electric, (413) 536-9400, www.hged.com; ENGIE, www.engie.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Charge,  ENGIE,  Energy Storage,  


Tropical Forests Becoming Carbon Sources, Not Sinks (Ind. Report)
NASA JPL
Date: 2017-10-04
A recent NASA study that combined ground and satellite measurements has concluded that tropical forests seem to be a net source of heat-trapping carbon emissions, rather than a carbon sink.

The study bolsters a growing consensus that tropical forests are drying out or being cleared, burned and logged so fast that they now emit more carbon than they sequester. Whereas earlier estimates based on measurements of atmospheric carbon flows suggested that tropical forests might be carbon neutral or even a net sink, more-recent studies -- including ones based on data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite -- agree broadly with this recent paper, according to David Schimel, an ecologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Schimel suspects that human activities such as starting fires and natural factors including droughts have severly hindered tropical forests' carbon storage capability.

The study estimates that the world's tropical forests release approximately 425 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to roughly 5 pct of the globe's annual fossil-fuel emissions and about five times more than estimated in 2011. (Source: NASA JPL, Nature, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: NASA JPL, David Schimel, (818) 354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA JPL,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sink,  


Oil Giants Ink Norwegian Carbon Storage Agreement (Int'l Report)
Shell, Statoil,Total
Date: 2017-10-04
Energy Voice is reporting oil industry giants Norske Shell, Statoil and Total have formed a partnership to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage CCS)in Norway. In June, Gassnova awarded Statoil the contract for the first phase of the project. Norske Shell and Total E&P Norge are now entering as equal partners while Statoil will lead the project which will store CO2 captured from onshore industrial facilities in Eastern Norway.

The first phase of this CO2 project could reach a capacity of approximately 1.5 million tpy. The project will be designed to accommodate additional CO2 volumes as required at future dates.(Source: Various Media, Energy Voice, 2 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Statoil,  Total,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  


WKN Unloads 25 MW Swedish Wind Farm Projec (Ind. Report, M&A)
WKN
Date: 2017-10-04
Husum, Germany-headquartered turn-key wind energy developer WKN AG is reporting the sale of its seven-turbine, 25.2-MW Laxaskogen Sweden project to an un-named German private investor. Financials details have not been released. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned in Q1 of 2019.

WKN AG is one of the leading developers of turn-key energy projects in Europe and the United States. The comany's activities range from location evaluation and development to planning and financing, to the turn-key construction, operation and administration of energy farms. (Source: WKN AG Website, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: WKN AG, Roland Stanze, CEO, +49 (0) 4841 8944-100
, www.wkn-ag.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WKN,  Wind,  


ADM, RCC Tout $208Mn Illinois CCS Project (Ind. Report)
Richland Community College
Date: 2017-10-04
In the Land of Lincoln, Richland Community College (RCC) and U.S. agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) based in Decatur are touting the startup of the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project. The project will store captured CO2 in Mount Simon Sandstone formations that stretch underground through Illinois, Indiana and parts of Kentucky, but area the researchers survey is about a mile wide and a mile deep surrounding the injection site.

The U.S. DOE is footing 68 pct of the cost of the $208 million project with the remaining $66 million split among other participating agencies. The federal money came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which was intended to help the economy recover following the 2008 recession. The DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory manages the project which was developed by scientists at the University of Illinois. (Source: ADM, Herald & Review, Others, Oct., 2017) Contact: ADM, Alison Taylor, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Juan Luciano, CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage,  Archer Daniels Midland,  


Novato Calif. Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project Opens (Ind. Report)
MCE,Waste Management
Date: 2017-10-04
San Rafael California-based community energy utility MCE Clean Energy and Houston-headquartered Waste Management Inc. are reporting the opening a 3.9 MW landfill gas-to-energy facility at the Houston, Texas based waste and recycling firm's Redwood Landfill site in Novato, California.

The $14.5 million plant is expected to eliminate 8,900 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions and generate sufficient base load electric power for over 5000 households. The project is MCE's third renewable energy project in Novato. (Source: MCE, Waste Management Inc., 3 Oct, 2017) Contact: Waste Management, Paul Pabor, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 632-3674, www.wm.com: MCE Clean Energy, www.mcecleanenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  MCE ,  Waste Management,  Methane,  


NEC, Dale Power Partner on UK Distributed Energy Storage (Int'l)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2017-10-04
Westborough, Massachusetts-headquartered NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) reports the appointment of Dale Power Solutions as its first Qualified DSS® Partner and product re-seller, distributor and independant contractor in the UK.

The two companies currently have several projects focused on frequency response and transmission charge management applications either under development or construction in the UK. The projects utilize NEC's DSS® scalable energy storage platform designed for commercial and industrial (C&I) sites.

Dale Power Solutions is one of the UK's leading and largest providers of secure power services and solutions energy storage units. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com; Dale Power, Chris Grimes, +44 7931349296, christopher.grimes@dalepowersolutions.com, www.dalepowersolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


Funding Available for Community Renewable Energy Projects (Funding)
Rocky Mountain Power,Blue Sky
Date: 2017-10-04
In Salt Lake City, Rocky Mountain Power reports its Blue Sky program is now accepting funding applications for renewable energy projects.

The Blue Sky program, funded by more than 44,000 Blue Sky customers, helps cover the cost of installing solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy systems for non-residential, community-serving organizations.

Since 2006, the Blue Sky program has added 128 renewable energy projects across Utah, Wyoming and Idaho and supported more than 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. This year the program expects to have close to $2 million available for new renewable energy projects. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Blue Sky Program, Keven Hoopiiaina, Renewable Energy program manager, www.rockymountainpower.net/env/bsre/bscpf.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Renewable Energy,  Community Solar,  Community Energy Projects,  


sonnen Pledges Solar Power Microgrids to Puerto Rico (Int'l)
sonnen Inc.,Pura Energia
Date: 2017-10-04
German energy storage specialist sonnen Inc., the global leader in installed and working residential energy storage systems since 2010 and creator of the "sonnenCommunity," is reporting its Puerto Rico Energy Security Initiative (PRESI) will help bring energy security to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.

sonnen Inc., which has had functional energy storage units in Puerto Rico since early 2016, will supply a microgrid and solar array as well as a team of engineers and technicians to help lead the microgrid campaign from system design through final installation. The entire operation is contingent upon establishing a stronger line of communication with Pura Energia, a Puerto Rican solar installer. (Source: sonnen, Inc., PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP, www.sonnen-batterie.com; Pura Energia, (787) 245-8660, www.puraenergiapr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News sonnen Inc.,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


DONG Values UK Post-Brexit Wind Industry at £7Bn (Int'l)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-10-04
Copenhagen-headquartered energy giant DONG Energy, soon to be known as ORSTED, is projecting that the export value of wind energy could be as much as £7 billion to the UK economy after Brexit. According to Benj Sykes, head of programme asset management at DONG Energy, the UK and the wind industry must seize the export opportunities presented by Brexit.

DONG is currently building the first phase of the Hornsea project, which has a capacity for 1.2 GW and was guaranteed a price of £140 per MWh. (Source: DONG Energy, Oct., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy , Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, Benj Sykes, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Wind,  


CSU Funded for Better Algae Biofuels R&D (Funding, R&D)
Colorado State University
Date: 2017-10-04
Colorado State University scientists are reporting receipt of as much as $3.5 million over three years in US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) funding for Rewiring Algal Carbon Energetics for Renewables aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. The overall project goal set by the Department of Energy is to double the yield of biofuel precursors from algae to about 3,700 gallons per acre per year.

Strategies to be used by the team to meet this goal include increasing algal cultivation productivity, optimizing biomass composition, and extracting and separating different types of algal lipids to reduce the cost of upgrading them to renewable diesel.The study will be led by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

The researchers will use an algae species called Desmodesmus armatus, and will focus on fundamental processes of efficiently channeling carbon dioxide into useful fuel intermediates. The project will work to ferment carbohydrates in the algal cells into chemicals of interest, including ethanol, as well as a fuel precursor called 2,3 butanediol.

Other partners on the project will work on the algae-to-bioproduct life cycle, including modification of growing pond conditions, and separating algal solids from water to remove lipids.

The multidisciplinary team includes CSU's Ken Reardon, professor of chemical and biological engineering; Graham Peers, associate professor of biology; and Jason Quinn, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; along with partners at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, Arizona State University, Utah State University, and representatives from industry. San Diego-based Sapphire Energy is a project partner and has pioneered the use of D. armatus for biofuels. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon, kenneth.reardon@colostate.edu, www.colostate.edu; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado State University,  Sapphire Energy,  Algae,  Algal Biofuel,  BETO,  


€16Mn Woody Biomass Heat Plant Slated for Lithuania (Int'l)
Axis Industries Group
Date: 2017-10-04
BaltCap, a leading private equity and venture capital investor in the Baltic countries , reports that its BaltCap Infrastructure Fund (BInF) and Axis Technologies, a subsidiary of Lithuania-headed Axis Industries Group, have inked a EPC contract for a 48 MW woody biomass plant near Gariūnai in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The €16 million biomass heat plant is expected to supply nearly 10 pct of the Vilnius heat demand when completed and fully operational by the beginning of 2019. (Source: BaltCap, Various Media, Bioenergy Int'l, 2 Oct. 2017)Contact: BaltCap, www.baltcap.com; Axis Industries Group, +370 5 239 4804, www.axioma.eu/en/group-of-companies <

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Heat,  Biomass,  


Danforth Scores $16Mn to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy (Funding)
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center,
Date: 2017-10-04
In the Show Me State, the St. Louis-based independent plant science institute Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is reporting receipt of a 5-year, $16 million grant from the U.S. DOE for continued research using green foxtail (Setaria viridis) grass.

The project aims to identify new genes and pathways that contribute to photosynthesis and enhanced water use efficiency. The researchers will then deploy these genes using tools of the emerging field of synthetic biology to accelerate development of elite energy sorghum varieties for production under marginal environments.

This project aims to deliver stress-tolerant sorghum lines, addressing DOE's mission in the generation of renewable energy resources. The development of a low input, environmentally safe and highly productive sorghum germplasm will help in the production of biofuel and establish an environmentally friendly lignocellulosic energy economy. Sorghum is a member of the grass family is among the most efficient crops in conversion of solar energy and use of water, making it an ideal crop to target for improvement. (Source: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Melanie Bernds, (314) 587-1647, mbernds@danforthcenter.org, www.danforthcenter.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Danforth Plant Science Center,  Sorghum,  Cellulosic,  


John Laing Takes Majority Stake in 149-MW Texas Wind Farm (M&A)
John Laing Group,Akuo Energy
Date: 2017-10-04
UK-based John Laing Group plc reports it is investing $85 million for a majority stake in Akuo Energy, the French renewable power producer controlling the 149-MW Rocksprings wind project in Val Verde County, Texas. The acquisition is John Laing's third renewable energy investment in the US.

The Rocksprings project will incorporate 53 General Electric (GE) 2.3-MW wind turbines plus 16, 1.72-MW turbines. The facility will sell its output to two investment grade corporate off-takers. (Source: John Laing Group, Renewables, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200, enquiries@laing.com, www.laing.com; Akuo Energy, +1 31 22 83 34 00, contact@akuoenergy.com, www.akuoenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Akuo Energy,  John Laing Group,  Wind,  


Installed Energy Storage for Microgrids Revenue Tops $22Bn by 2026, says Navigant Report (Ind. Report)
Navigant
Date: 2017-10-04
Energy Storage for Microgrids, a new report from Boulder Colorado-based Navigant Research examines the global market for energy storage for microgrids (ESMG) and provides an analysis of trends and market dynamics, with forecasts for capacity and revenue that extend through 2026.

The report says interest in energy storage-enabled microgrids is growing alongside an increase in solar PV and wind deployments. Although not required for microgrids to operate, energy storage systems have emerged as an increasingly valuable component of distributed energy networks because of their ability to effectively integrate renewable generation. According to the report, a cumulative 14,850.7 MW of new ESMG capacity is expected to be installed, generating approximately $22.3 billion in revenue throughout the next 10 years,

The report identifies the key market drivers and barriers within the global ESMG market and analyzes specific trends and market dynamics for individual world regions. The report also examines the major technology issues related to ESSs for microgrids.

An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download HERE. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, lindsay.funicello.paul@navigant.com, www.navigantresearch.com, www.navigant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant,  Energy Storage,  Microgrid,  


RedT Energy Supplying First Aussie Hybrid Energy Storage System (Int'l, Ind. Report)
redT Energy
Date: 2017-10-04
In the UK, London-headquartered energy storage specialist redT Energy reports the sale of a vanadium/lithium hybrid energy storage system to be deployed at Monash University's new Biomedical Learning & Teaching building in Melbourne, Australia.

The system consists of 900 KW an hour of redT flow machines coupled with a 120 KW C1-rated lithium battery. Along with on-site solar PV assets, the system is expected to reduce the university's energy costs and create potential new revenue streams in the form of contracted and merchant grid services. The sale is the first hybrid energy storage system in Australia. (Source: redT Energy, Alliance News, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: redT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO, +44 (0) 207 061 6233, www.redtenergy.com

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


Faraday Battery Institute Battery Research Center Launched (Int'l)
Imperial College London,Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2017-10-04
In the UK, the Office of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, reports the foundation of the Faraday Battery Institute, a new independent, national, battery technology and energy storage research institute at Imperial College London.

The Institute -- a consortium of Oxford University, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Warwick, University of Cambridge, University of Southampton and Newcastle University -- will be led by University of Oxford, which includes Imperial College London. Initial funding of £65 million will be provided by the Sec. of State Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and is part of government's £246 million investment in battery technology. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre will also contribute. (Source: Imperial College London, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Imperial College London, Dr Nic Hylton, Research Development Manager, n.hylton@imperial.ac.uk; Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/secretary-of-state-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Livestock Methane's Climate Impact Underestimated (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-04
A new study suggests that researchers may have underestimated the impact of methane emissions from livestock on climate change. Considering changes in the way livestock is kept and used, researchers found that previous estimates that served as basis for the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, were underestimated by 11 as much as 11 pct. The study, which has been published in the journal Carbon Balance and Management, also showed that methane was responsible for about 16 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2006.

Methane is reported to be 85 times more potent than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat and impacting climate change.

Download the full study HERE. (Source: Springer Open, Nature, TechTimes, Others, 30 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Livestock Methane,  Methane,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate CHange,  


EIB Funding Oxford PV's German Perovskite Pilot Plant (Int'l)
Oxford Photovoltaics,European Investment Bank
Date: 2017-10-04
UK perovskite technology developer Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd reports it expects to receive $17.6 million financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its pilot site in Brandenburg, Germany. The project will convert an existing PV thin-film module factory into a "first-of-a-kind" plant for the production of tandem silicon-perovskite PV cells.

Oxford PV acquired the Brandenburg facility in late 2016. (Source: Oxford PV, Contact: Oxford PV, Renewables, 2 Oct., 2017) www.oxfordpv.com; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oxford Photovoltaics,  PV,  European Investment Bank,  


Tampa Electric Adding 600MW of PV Solar Energy (Ind. Report)
Tampa Electric
Date: 2017-10-04
Tampa Electric reports it has sealed a deal with Florida's Office of Public Counsel, the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Industrial Power User's Group, a consortium of hospitals, and the federal government for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants across West Central Florida. The utilitry expects to invest approximately $850 million to install 6 million panels at 10 new projects over the next four years. The new projects are expected to produce sufficient electric power for more than 100,000 homes.

The first 2 projects are expected to be completed by September 2018. The second phase will feature 4 projects and is due to complete by January 2019, while two other phases are expected to be complete by January 2020 and 2021. (Source: Tampa Electric, Contact: Tampa Electric, Gordon Gillette, CEO, www.tampaelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tampa Electric,  Solar,  Solar PV,  


Agrisoma Confirms Carinata Jet Biofuel Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Agrisoma Biosciences
Date: 2017-10-04
Gatineauu, Qubec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. reports it is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville to advance the supply of bio jet fuel in the U.S.

Agrisoma, in collaboration with working with a network of 40 academic researchers from seven Universities associated with UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, aims to maximize production of the tiny Carinata oil seed for jet biofuel production. The research project will operate under the oversight of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the Florida-based Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC). The USDA is providing $15M in grant funding from the USDA to support the research initiative. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; SPARC, www.sparc-cap.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Carinata,  


GEVO to Supply Jet Biofuel to Virgin Australia (Ind. Report)
GEVO,Virgin
Date: 2017-10-04
Englewood, Colorado-headquartered isobutanol producer GEVO Inc. reports it will supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to the Virgin Australia Airlines in Brisbane, Australia, beginning this month.

The ATJ fuel will be blended into traditional jet fuel and supplied to flights departing Brisbane Airport, including Virgin Australia flights. Gevo will supply the ATJ from its hydrocarbon plant based in Silsbee, Texas. The ATJ is derived from isobutanol produced at its commercial isobutanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota. (Source: GEVO, Virgin Australia, NASDAQ, 3 Oct. 2017) Contact: Virgin Australia, John Borghetti, CEO, +61 7 3295 3000, www.virginaustralia.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Virgin Airline,  Jet Biofuel,  Isobutanol,  


MagneGas Seeks Advanced Biofuels Grant for Multi-Fuel Gasification System (Ind. Report)
MagnaGas
Date: 2017-10-02
Tampa, Florida-headquartered MagneGas Corporation, a clean technology company in the renewable resources and environmental solutions industries, reports it is applying for an innovative grant to produce a multi-fuel gasification system which is small, efficient and cost effective.

The grant is supported by the Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Institute of Food & Agriculture and is led by the USDA, which recently awarded MagneGas its first grant. The grant will be used to support the development of a new type of gasification system which follows the principles of clean coal technology, by transforming low efficiency fuels such as coal or wood, and gasifying it into a syngas.

MagneGas Corporation owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas fuels that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. (Source: MagnaGas, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448, www.magnegas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MagnaGas,  


AB 262 Makes Materials Carbon Footprint Major Factor in California Construction Projects (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-10-02
In the Golden State, legislators are considering Assembly Bill 262 -- the Buy Clean Act -- requiring all state departments and the Universities in the state system to purchase steel and other infrastructure building materials from low-carbon producers. Currently, pricing is the deciding factor and the manufacturer's carbon footprint hold little sway in the state's purchasing process.

If passed into law, contractors bidding on state projects would be required to submit Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) proving that steel, glass, rebar and cement to be used in a project are at or below the average carbon footprints. Businesses in the state are already required to meet the most stringent climate regulations in the nation and are thus well-poised to meet AB 262's requirements. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Capital & Maine, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Air Resources Board, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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Former Sec. of State Baker Calls for Fed. Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-10-02
Last Thursday at the Global Energy Transitions Summit in Houston, former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III caled for a carbon tax as the most efficient way of reducing emissions and fighting climate change.

According to Baker, a carbon tax proposal represents a good faith effort to move beyond debate over current climate policies and fighting climate change using a carbon tax and tariffs would be more effective than emissions regulations.

"I don't think we ought to let our national debate on this issue wait until somehow 'the moment is right.' Such a perfect moment may never arrive if we spend too much time debating the exact role that mankind may play in climate change and not enough time seeking solutions," Baker said. (Source: Source: Xinhua, Various Other Media, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Rice University Baker Institute, www.bakerinstitute.org

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DONG Energy Changing Focus and Name to Orsted (Int'l Report)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-10-02
Danish energy giant DONG Energy reports it is changing its name to Orsted and refocusing it business on "green" renewable energy. The company is also divesting its upstream oil and gas business, the company and halting all use of coal.

"Our focus going forward will be on green growth based on our existing business platforms in offshore wind, biomass, green customer solutions and advanced waste-to-energy solutions" , CEO Henrik Poulsen said in a release.

The name change is expected to formally approved and adopted at a corporate shareholders general meeting on Oct. 30th. (Source: DONG Energy, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

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DFW Leads Texas in LEED Residential Construction (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-10-02
In the Lone Star State, the residential sector has the second most LEED-certified single and multifamily residences in the country, with more than half of the state's 6,945 LEED-certified residential construction properties in Arington and Dallas- ort Worth (DFW). Currently, there is about 1.3 million residential square feet of green construction in the U.S. By 2018, LEED-certified construction is projected to contribute nearly $30 million to the US GDP -- a number that is likely to grow as the USGBC certifies more than 2.2 million new square feet of LEED space daily. (Source: USGBC, Dallas Innovates, 27 Sept., 2017)Contact: USGBC, Nick Brousse, USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


BC Conservatives Launch Anti-Carbon Tax Website (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-02
In westrn Canada, the British Columbia Conservative Party is reporting the launch of its www.ScraptheCarbonTax.com, website and petition dedicated to fighting the BC Liberal party's 2008 imposed Carbon Tax.

The BC Conservatives have steadfastly rejected the Carbon Tax as a punitive tax on the poor and middle class. Following a threat by the federal Liberal Party to impose a national carbon tax, other western Conservative parties have followed suit in a strong rejection of the tax, including the Saskatchewan Party and the United Conservative Party of Alberta, the BC Conservatives say. The website and petition are the latest tools in the ongoing BC Conservative advance against the Carbon Tax. (Source: BC Conservative Party,28 Sept., 2017) Contact: BC Conservative Party, Scott Anderson, Communications (250) 434-2550, www.bcconservative.ca, www.ScraptheCarbonTax.com

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Vattenfall, SaltX Pilot to Use Salt for Energy Storage (Int'l)
Vattenfall,SaltX Technology
Date: 2017-10-02
Vattenfall reports it has inked a letter of intent (LoI) with Hagersten, Sweden-headquartered SaltX Technology to carry out a pilot project that will use salt to store energy at a Vattenfall CHP facility in Berlin.

The project will be based on SaltX's "EnerStore" large-scale energy storage technology that stores surplus solar and wind generated electricity as heat in dried salt. The pilot is expected to be ready late in 2018 and to undergo testing by 2019.

"By adding water to the dry salt (calcium oxide) the salt turns into calcium hydroxide. The water starts a chemical process, which generates heat and degrees C. If you add hot steam instead of water to the salt, the steam temperature will rise up to 500 degrees C," according to SaltX. (Source: Vattenfall, power-technology.com, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; SaltX Technology, Eric Jacobson, Bus. Dev., Marketing, +46 73-643 16 94, eric.jacobson@saltxtechnology.com, www.saltxtechnology.com

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Samsung Supplying Battary Cells for Massive Aussie Energy-Storage Facility (Int'l Report)
Tesla,Samsung SDI
Date: 2017-10-02
In Palo Alto, California, Tesla reports it has selected Samsung SDI, rather than its EV battery supplier Panasonic, to supply battery cells for massive Australian energy-storage facility which Tesla CEO Elon Musk vowed to build within 100 days, "on time or its free" after regional power outages. Tesla is importing the Samsung cells to the U.S. for final assembly before sending them to Australia.

The South Australia state government has placed an order with Tesla for one the world's largest battery systems, capable of storing 100,000kW -- sufficient power for approximately 30,000 homes. (Source: Tesla, Nikkei, 30 Sept., 2017) Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; Samsung SDI, www.samsungsdi.com

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Cornell Reports Bioreactor Algal Biofuel Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
Boyce Thompson Institute
Date: 2017-10-02
Cornell University's Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Texas A&M University researchers are reporting "algal droplet bioreactors on a chip", a new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain.

In the new technology, a single algal cell is captured in a droplet of water encapsulated by oil then millions of algal droplets squeeze onto a chip about the size of a quarter. Each droplet is a "micro-bioreactor", a highly controlled environment in which algal cells can grow and replicate for several days, forming a genetically homogenous colony that goes through its typical biological reactions, including the production of lipids.

The researchers first validated the chip system with algae known to grow faster or slower, or produce more or less lipid. They then screened 200,000 chemically mutated cells, identifying six mutants with both faster growth and higher lipid content. The screening, done on-chip, uses fluorescence detection of chlorophyll, representing total cell mass, and BODIPY, a fluorescent molecule that binds to lipids. All mutants with potential for improved growth or lipid production were recovered and verified off-chip.

The tools for improving throughput are already in development, including larger chips that can screen millions of droplets in one experiment.

With the discovery and development of much more efficient algal strains, commercial-scale production of biofuel from algae may finally be a realistic promise. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Plant Direct, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cornell Univ., George Lowery, (607) 255-2171, gpl5@cornell.edu, www.cornell.edu; Texas A&M, Arum Han , (979) 845-9686; Boyce Thompson Institute, (607) 254-1234, https://btiscience.org

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Solar-Tectic Touts Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology New Prod & Tech)
Solar-Tectic LLC
Date: 2017-10-02
In the Empire State, Briarcliff Manor-headquartered thin-film solar specialist Solar-Tectic LLC is reporting thatits patent application for a method of making III-V thin-film tandem solar cells has been allowed by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent, the first ever for a thin III-V layer on crystalline silicon thin-film, covers group III-V elements such as Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), and Indium Gallium Phosphide (InGaP) for the top layer, as well as all inorganic materials, including silicon, germanium, etc., for the bottom layer. Solar-Tectic's patented technology uses common industrial manufacturing processes and no wafer which saves material and energy costs. A glass substrate instead of wafer also allows for a bifacial cell design for increased efficiency. (Source: Solar-Tectic LLC, PR, Novus Light, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solar-Tectic LLC, Ashok Chaudhari, CEO, www.solartecticllc.com

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Reliable Controls Dealer Scores Green Building Award (Ind. Report)
Reliable Controls,Taiwan Intelligent Building Association
Date: 2017-10-02
Victoria, BC-based Reliable Controls® reports that Authorized Dealer, Lucon Automation Co Ltd., has been recognized by the Taiwan Intelligent Building Association (TIBA) for its Excellent Intelligent Green Building System. The award is intended to encourage innovative development of building projects and systems with the advancement of information and communication technologies.

The objectives of the Association is to promote the exchange of intelligent green building technology and knowledge among Asian countries, to demonstrate the cutting edge intelligent green building technology developed in the Asia Pacific region, and to provide a safe, healthy, convenient, comfortable, energy-saving, and sustainable living environment for people in Asia and worldwide. (Source: Reliable Controls, PR, AutomatedBuildings.com, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Reliable Controls, www.reliablecontrols.com; Taiwan Intelligent Building Association, http://apigba.org

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Aggregate Industries, BASF Partner on Concrete Environmental Product Declarations (Ind. Report)
Aggregate Industries ,BASF Construction Chemicals
Date: 2017-10-02
Chicago-headquartered cement manufacturer Aggregate Industries (AI) reports it has partnered with BASF Construction Chemicals to create a suite of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to provide clients with detailed information on the environmental impact of their ready-mixed concrete, and to encourage the implementation of sustainable solutions. -- core issues within the construction industry.

Aggregate Industries have launched EPDs on their Agilia, Watertight and Diamondcrete ready-mixed concrete products.

The EPDs are based on life-cycle assessment (LCA) calculations using BASF's Life Cycle Analyzer tool to quantify the environmental impact of specialist and conventional concretes and compare the eco-efficiency of different concrete mixes.

The Life Cycle Analyzer allows concrete producers and specifiers to demonstrate compliance with European Standard BS EN 15804:2012 and to calculate indicators such as global warming potential (CO2), renewable energy consumption, acidification potential, and the cost impact of different concrete mix designs. (Source: Aggregate Industries, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Aggregate Industries, (773) 372-1000, www.aggregate.com; BASF +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com/en/products-and-industries/construction.html

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TEP Bid to Control Residential Power Seeks Approval (Ind. Report)
Tucson Electric Power
Date: 2017-10-02
The Arizona elcetric utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reported to be seeking regulatory approval for a pilot program in which customers with "smart" internet-connected thermostats would allow the utility to remotely control a customer's air conditioner or adjust the thermostat to help the utility control the load on its power grid.

If the pilot program is approved, an initial 650 participating customers would receive an annual $40 incentive payment as well as save an undertermined amount of money on a time-of-use rate plan. TEP is also offering a $35 rebate on the purchase of a Nest thermostat which it will evaluate against other smart thermostats to determine those that qualify for the program.

Additionally, TEP proposes to use some participating customers' homes and water heaters to store energy. The utility also would explore "feeder-level" -- neighborhood-level -- power storage in some areas to help reduce peak demand. (Source: TEP, Tucson Daily Star, 30 Sept., 2017) Contact: Tucson Electric Power, David G. Hutchens, CEO, Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

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West Virginia Woody Biomass-to-Fuels Project Set for Early 2018 Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
PPD of WV One
Date: 2017-10-02
Orion Strategies, a Charleston communications firm representing PPD of WV One, a newly-formed limited liability company, reports PPD will construct a $73 million synthetic fuel-from-woody biomass waste plant in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

The plant will produce 7.2 million gpy of synthetic diesel fuel and 7.s tpy of biochar utilizing a clean energy system that produces an inexpensive hydrogen gas stream on demand from biomass and waste sources. The plant will utilize primarily locally sourced wood industry and forestry wastes as its principal feedstock. The company is looking to acquire a series of revenue bonds totaling close to $80 million to help finance the construction and equipping of the plant. Construction is scheduled to get underway early in 2018, according to Orion Strategies. (Source: Orion Strategies, PPD of WV One, Woodworking Network, September 29, 2017 ) Contact: Orion Strategies, (304) 982-6050, www.orion-strategies.com

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DOE Announces $22Mn Marine Biomass Production Funding (Funding)
DOE ARPA-E
Date: 2017-10-02
On September 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 18 projects from the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program will receive $22 million in funding through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The MARINER projects aim to develop tools to address the technological challenges of efficiently and cost-effectively growing and harvesting macroalgae -- seaweed -- for use as a feedstock for biofuels and other bioproducts.

The cross-disciplinary MARINER projects focus on transformative, systems-level improvements and engineering, including advanced research in farm design and autonomous operation, which draw on fields such as cultivation and harvesting systems, advanced components, computer modeling, aquatic monitoring, and advanced breeding and genetics tools.

According to ARPA-E Acting Director Eric Rohlfing, "the United States has offshore resources capable of producing enough seaweed to handle as much as 10 pct of our demand for transportation fuel." The full list of the MARINER projects is available HERE.(Source: DOE ARPA-E, Nat. Law Review, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: DOE ARPA-E, ARPA-E@hq.doe.gov, arpa-e.energy.gov

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IPL Announces Hawkeye State Wind Farm Agreement (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy, Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-10-02
Following-up on our August 9th coverage, Cedar Rapids based Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy unit, reports it has finalized an agreement with Virginia-headquartered Apex Clean Energy to break ground on its planned 300-MW Upland Prairie Wind Farm in northwestern Iowa.

The project will incorporate 121 turbines and generate sufficient power for 130,000 homes. Interstate Power & Light provides electric power to approximately 490,000 retail customers and natural gas service to 220,000 retail customers. (Source: Interstate Power and Light Company, Alliant Energy Corporation, PR, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, , Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com; Alliant Interstate Power and Light, (319) 786-4411,www.alliantenergy.com

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PacifiCorp RFP Seeking 1,270 MW of Wind in Wyoming (Ind. Report)
PacifiCorp
Date: 2017-10-02
Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp Energy reports the issuance of an RFP seeking up to 1,270 MW of wind resources as well as a new 140-mile, 500-kV transmission line delivering power into the utility's Wyoming system, to be completed by the end of 2020.

To qualify, projects can be located in Wyoming, Oregon or Utah. The company will consider projects bid with power purchase agreements for up to 30 years, or "Build-Transfer" agreements where the bidder develops the project but ultimately transfers the project to PacifiCorp. Proposals for new or repowered wind resources must demonstrate that projects will qualify for the federal production tax credit, if applicable, and can be online by Dec. 31, 2020.

PacifiCorp reportedly aims to add another 859 MW of new wind capacity -- 85 MW in Wyoming and 774 MW in Idaho -- 1,000 MW or more of new solar capacity Between 2028 and 2036. (Source: PaifiCorp, UtilityDive, Various Other Media, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations, www.pacificorp.com

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Vestas Confirms 174-MW MidAmerican Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Vestas, MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-10-02
Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of another order from Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary MidAmerican Energy Company, for 100 units of its V110-2.0-MW wind turbine for MidAmerican's 2,000-MW Wind XI project spread across multiple sites in Iowa.

The supply order includes commissioning and a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement, along with previously purchased Production Tax Credit--qualifying components. The turbines will be manufactured at Vestas' Colorado factories for delivery beginning in Q2, 2018. (Source: Vestas, PR, Various Media, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

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US Residential Energy Storage Market Shifting, says GTM (Ind. Report)
GTM Research
Date: 2017-09-29
According to market analysis from GTM Research, grid-tied residential energy storage batteries in the US will this year for the first time overtake off-grid and grid-independent storage systems. GTM estimates that in 2016 the US installed more than 4,400 residential batteries, totaling 127 MWh, of which 86 pct were off-grid or grid-independent backup. Their share is expected to grow to 99 pct by 2022 as annual additions of off-grid and grid-independent systems will remain relatively flat, GTM Research projects.

While currently residential storage is concentrated in several markets such as Hawaii, California and states in the Northeast, which have suitable application and regulatory conditions, GTM Research expects the segment to grow, spurred by falling systems costs, utility rate design, and other factors. (Source: GTM Research, U.S. Residential Battery Storage Playbook 2017, Renewables Now, 27 Sept., 2017) Contact: GTM Research U.S. Residential Battery Storage Playbook 2017, www.greentechmedia.com/research/storage#gs.ozMrviA

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Magellan Midstream Offering E-15 in Iowa (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Magellan Midstream Partners
Date: 2017-09-29
Tulsa-headquartered Magellan Midstream Partners LLP, one of the country's largest pipeline companies, reports it is now offering pre-blended E-15 at most of its terminals nationwide and at its facilities in Bettendorf, Dubuque, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Garner, Iowa City, Mason City, Milford, Sioux City, Waterloo and Whiting, Iowa.

Magellan operates the longest pipeline system for refined products and L-P-Gs in the United States, extending about 9,700 miles from the Gulf Coast and covering Iowa and 14 other states across the central U.S. (Source: Magellan Midstream Partners, Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., Radio Iowa, 27 September 27, 2017) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Magellan Midstream Partners, (918) 574-7000, www.magellanlp.com

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Philly Takes 8th in Residential LEED Certifications (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-09-29
Real estate website ADOBO reports Philadelphia has been ranked 8th in the nation with 909 US Green Building Council LEED-certified residential projects. The average square footage of Philadelphia's green projects is 17,901 square feet, with 0.15 projects per 1,000 people. Washington, D.C., which has 2,675 LEED-certified residential projects is the national LEED project leader, according to the ADOBO report. (Source: USGBC, Curbed Philadelpia, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Xcel Energy Planning 300-MW South Dakota Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-09-29
Xcel Energy reports it plans to construct and own a 300-MW wind farm in South Dakota, the first publicly announced wind project to move forward under the phase-down of the production tax credit. The project, which brings the company's proposed wind farms to 13 representing 3,680 MW of capacity across seven states, puts Xcel on track to be the first US utility to exceed 10 GW of wind on its system. According to Xcel, he project is cheap enough to compete on cost with other fuel sources even without the full tax credit. (Source: Xcel Energy, Renewables, 27 Sept., 2017)

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