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Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation Launched (Ind. Report)
PNNL,International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation
Date: 2018-03-07
In January, nearly 300 energy storage leaders from around the world gathered at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in Dalian, China, in to forge the International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI). The organization aims to connect the international research community with industry to address long-term challenges for developing and deploying energy storage technologies for the power grid. The ICESI attendees represented the United States, China, Spain, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Korea.

ICESI has formed committees to address specific challenges around energy storage assessment, lithium-ion batteries, redox flow batteries, long-term research and emerging technologies, and other energy storage related issues. The coalition will also assess specific markets and technologies, as well as produce annual reports summarizing their progress. (Source: PNNL, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation, PNNL, Susan Bauer, PNNL, (509) 372-6083, icesi.csp.escience.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL,  Energy Storage,  


HECO RFP Seeks 300MW of Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2018-03-07
In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) reports it is seeking 300MW of wind and solar projects -- with or without storage capacity -- in a new RFP with unique power purchase agreements.

Three of the four utilities that comprise HECO participated in the RFP, representing service areas on O'ahu, Maui and the big island. These seek 220 MW, 60 MW and 20 MW, respectively. The RFP also calls out a goal adding solar through 2022 in order to take advantage of the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). (Source: HECO, PV Mag, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Renewwable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Hawai'i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Report -- Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-07
In Honolulu, the Hawai'i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission has released its Hawai'i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report warning of the dire consequences of climate change.

According to the report, "Rapid warming of the atmosphere and oceans, caused by two centuries of unabated carbon emissions, is causing increasing rates of sea level rise, unprecedented in human history, that threatens natural environments and development on low-lying coasts. Sea level rise is an inevitable outcome of global warming that will continue through many centuries even if human-generated global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were stopped today. However, much of what happens with future sea level rise will depend on our ability, or inability, to implement aggressive global carbon emissions reduction programs envisioned through the 2016 Paris Climate Accord."

Download the full Hawai'i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report HERE. (Source: MauiTime Weekly, 5 Mar., 2018)Contact: Hawai'i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, www.climateadaptation.hawaii.gov

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


Enerkem, AkzoNobel Backing Rotterdam Waste Recycling Plant (Int'l)
Enerkem, AkzoNobel
Date: 2018-03-07
Following on our Feb. 21st coverage, a consortium that includes Montreal-based Enerkem has announced an initial €9 million of funding for a proposed waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam. A further €200 million commitment is expected later in the year pending financial approval from the project's lead financial advisor.

If constructed, the plant will convert up to 360,000 tpy of mixed waste into 220,000 tpy (270 million litres) of eco-methanol, a colourless alcohol similar to ethanol. It would also keep approximately 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere.

The consortium members include Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam, The project, which will use Enerkem's proprietary technology, is also supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Province of Zuid-Holland and the regional developement authority InnovationQuarter. (Source: Enerkem, Akzo Nobel, Biobased News, Various Media, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Enerkem,  AkzoNobel,  


Alberta Expands Hospitality Ind. Energy Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-03-07
On the Canadian Prairies, Alberta Environment Minister Hon. Shannon Phillips reports the government will increase the Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program maximum hospitality industry energy efficiency rebate from $60,000 to $100,000. The program is also adding 23 new eligible products used specifically by the hospitality industry, Rebates for lighting, water-heating and HVAC products have also been expanded and the application process simplified.

During the first eight months of the program, more than 1,200 participants received a total of $3.5 million in rebates for an average of $2,600 per project. These projects represent over $11 million that's been invested in upgrading facilities across the province and that investment will save 40,000 gigajoules of energy each year," according to the Ministry's release. (Source: Alberta Environment Minister , Global News, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office

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


ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics Bullish on Algae Biofuel (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics
Date: 2018-03-07
ExxonMobil and La Jolla,California-based Synthetic Genomics report they are collaborating to produce up to 10,000 bpd of algae biofuel every day by 2025. The pair have been collaborating to create oil from algae since 2009.

"The progress we are making in the lab toward engineering highly efficient algae strains that convert sunlight and CO2 into renewable high energy density biofuel is exciting and warrants continued research about how our technology will scale. Our (California) outdoor algal facility creates a perfect stepping stone from our labs to the greenhouse and to the outdoors to lay the foundation for a large scale commercial deployment of our technology in the future," Synthetic Genomics CEO Oliver Fetzer notes. (Source: ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, innovators, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: ExxonMobil, http://corporate.exxonmobil.com; Synthetic Genomica, Oliver Fetzer, CEO, (858) 754-2900, www.syntheticgenomics.com

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


CHAR Technologies Snares ALTECH Group (M&A)
ALTECH Group,CHAR Technologies
Date: 2018-03-07
Mississauga, Ontario-based CHAR Technologies Ltd. is reporting acquisition of the ALTECH Group in an effort to expand the offering of its SulfaCHAR and CleanFyre.

SulfaCHAR removes hydrogen sulfide from renewable natural gas -- biogas from anaerobic digesters and landfill gas -- as well as other contaminants from industrial air emissions. CleanFyre® is a bio-coal product that is a cost effective substitute with similar energy potential to coal as a fossil fuel. The major advantage of bio-coal is that it is Greenhouse Gas (GHG) neutral. Companies replacing coal with CleanFyre will be eligible to earn GHG Credits in the fight for Climate Change.

The ALTECH Group provides environmental engineering solutions to industry in North America in the areas of air pollution control, industrial energy efficiency, and process water recycling. (Source: CHAR Technologies, HazMat, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: ALTECH Group, Alex Keen, akeen@altech-group.com, www.altech-group.com; CHAR Technologies, Andrew White, andrew.white@chartechnologies.com, www.chartechnologies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-coal,  ALTECH Group,  CHAR Technologies,  Biogas,  


Low-Carbon Innovation Funding Offered in Ontario (Funding)
Green Ontario Fund
Date: 2018-03-07
At Queens Park in Toronto, the government of Ontario has pledged up to $300 million in seed funding to advance low-carbon technologies and/or implement strategies to make greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction more economically viable. Ontario-based companies and organizations will have until May 7, 2018 to submit their concepts to the newly announced GreenON Challenge.

According to the Green Ontario Fund, this funding opens up a broad range of possibilities and initiatives that support the "transformative adoption of low-carbon technologies and processes in buildings or the production of goods."

Proposed low-carbon innovation projects seeking funding must be in Ontario and be completed within four years. They will not be eligible for any other funds derived from the provincial cap-and-trade program. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, REMI Network, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Green Ontario Fund, Parminder Sandhu, interim CEO, (888) 728-8444, www.greenon.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-carbon,  Green Ontario Fund,  


Aemetis Touts Cellulosic Ethanol Demo Success (Ind. Report)
Aemetis,LanzaTech
Date: 2018-03-07
Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the completion and and operated of an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan.

In partnership with its key technology providers InEnTec and LanzaTech, Aemetis optimized the integration of an advanced arc furnace and gas fermentation technologies to convert waste biomass into low carbon, renewable cellulosic ethanol and fish meal. The unit was built at the InEnTec Technology Center in Richland, Washington and demonstrated the fully integrated system, including biomass handling, gasification, gas clean up, waste treatment and distillation systems. With a 20-year feedstock supply agreement and a 55-year lease already signed, the 12 million gpy Riverbank plant is expected to begin operations in 2019.

For the demonstration unit, Aemetis used waste orchard wood and nut shells from almond and walnut trees as feedstock, gasified the biomass using a high temperature plasma gasification system to produce syngas, cooled and cleaned the syngas, and supplied the syngas to a patented gas fermentation bioreactor to produce an ethanol "broth" which was distilled to produce commercial grade ethanol.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Newswire, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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


Vertimass Wins New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Sustainable Chemicals Challenge (Ind. Report)
Vertimass, NCGA
Date: 2018-03-07
The National Corn Growers Association named Irvine, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC as one of six awardees of the Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Making Sustainable Chemicals Competition.

Vertimass believes their technology of converting sustainable ethanol into fungible gasoline, diesel, jet fuel blend stocks and the chemical building blocks benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) can substantially increase corn demand in the US. This innovative technology eliminates the ethanol blend wall that currently limits ethanol use and allows for further expansion of renewable fuels and chemicals while maintaining a low greenhouse gas footprint.

According to Vertimass, "This innovative technology will be fully applicable to conversion of ethanol from cellulosic biomass such as agricultural residues and dedicated energy crops and sugars into BTEX and hydrocarbon fuels as it is to corn ethanol." (Source: Vertimass LLC, PR, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vertimass, Charles Wyman, CEO, John Hannon, COO, (949) 417-4307, www.vertimass.com; : NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NCGA,  Vertimass,  Corn,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


Connecticut Considers Biogas Mandate Legislation (Reg & Leg)
RNG
Date: 2018-03-07
In Hartford, the Connecticut legislature is studying a bill that if passed into law would require gas companies to ensure at least 5 pct of their products or services be from landfill methane -- renewable natural gas (RNG) -- by 2033.

The legislation would create an RNG renewable portfolio standard, establish a procurement process, and direct the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to establish quality standards for RNG, as well as require electric distribution companies to acquire electricity from a biomass facility.

Connecticut reportedly has potential capacity for 41 MW of electricity from RNG that could displace 540,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: Various Media, UtilityDive, 6 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  RNG,  Landfill Methane,  Landfill Gas,  


BioNB Touts Bioscience, Biotech Sector Growth (Ind. Report)
BioNB
Date: 2018-03-05
In its just released annual report, Fredericton, New Brusnwick-based biotechnology advocacy group BioNB is reporting healthy growth in the province bio technology and bioenergy sector and its impact on the province economy.

According to the report, more than 100 New Brunswick-based companies ranging from startups to established firms have participated in international accelerator programs and won international pitch competitions and are presently active in the province's biotech-bioenergy sector. Some of the ventures have raised millions of dollars in private investment. (Source: BioNB, PR, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: BioNB, Meaghan Seagrave, Exec. Dir., (506) 444-2444, info@bionb.org, www.bionb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioNB,  Bioscience,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  


Ingeteam Wins Zuma Energia Wind Control Center Contract (Int'l)
Ingeteam,Zuma Energia
Date: 2018-03-05
Electrical conversion and turbine control equipment specialist Ingeteam reports it has contracted with Mexican renewable energy developer Zuma EnergĂ­a to provide a state-of-the-art control center for its operational wind farm in Oaxaca, PE Ingenio.

The platform, to be located in Mexico City, will collect real time wind farm operation data to help Zuma better manage and optimize the operation and maintenance of its wind turbines, substations, electricity market and the variations of meteorological conditions. All key condition parameters, such as temperatures, vibrations, operating conditions and alarms are monitored and stored in Big Data" databases. (Source: Ingeteam Wind Energy, PR, 26 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ingeteam Wind Energy, Jorge Acedo, R&D Director of Control Systems, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791, (414) 934-4100 -- Wisconsin Office, www.ingeteam.com; Zuma Energia, www.zumaenergia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ingeteam,  Zuma Energia,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


Renewables as Important as Nat. Gas in Cutting Emissions (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy,BNEF
Date: 2018-03-05
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance's (BNEF) Sustainable Energy For America report for 2018 and the Environmental Defense Fund, the impact renewables have had on power sector emissions, which fell 10 pct from 2007 to 2013, have played a larger role in reducing power sector emissions in 2017 than switching to natural gas. Those emissions dropped a hefty 4.2 pct in 2017.

Power generation now follows the transportation sector as the country's largest GHG emitter. In all, total US emissions are lower than they have been since 1991. According to the BNEF figures, between 2007 and 2013, renewables decreased total CO2 emissions by 2.3 to 3.3 pct -- about the same as the 2.5 to 3.6 pct that shifting from coal to natural gas contributed.

Access the Sustainable Energy in America factbook HERE. (Source: BCSE, CleanTechnica, Other Media, 1 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  BNEF,  Renewable,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


Green Climate Fund Supports Zamibian Climate Efforts (Int'l)
Green Climate Fund
Date: 2018-03-05
The South Korean-based Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports it has approved $84.5 million to support two Zambian projects in the energy and agriculture sectors, state media reported. Of the total, $52.2 million will go to the Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) while $32.3 million will be earmarked for an agriculture development project. The share reserved for agriculture will strengthen the capacity of farmers to plan for climate risks that threaten to derail development gains, promote climate resilient agricultural production and diversification practices to improve food security and income generation, improve access to markets, and foster the commercialization of climate-resilient agricultural commodities, and mitigate the effects of climate change on the energy sector.

The GCF, part of the UNFCCC, assists developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. The GCF program in Zambia is managed by the National Designated Authority. (Source: Green Climate Fund, PR, Media Africa, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6000, www.greenclimate.fund; UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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


Namibia Needs $33Bn to Meet Climate Change Commitment (Int'l)
Development Bank of Southern Africa
Date: 2018-03-05
In the Namibia capital of Windhoek, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are reporting the country will need nearly $33 billion (US) for climate change adaptation and mitigation as per its Paris Climate Agreement Implementation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.

According to the Ministry, only 10 pct of the necessary funds can be sourced domestically. Fully 90pct of the needed funds will be raised from multilateral and bilateral sources in line with Article 4 of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) particularly the principle of common but differentiated responsibility. Namibia (pop. 2.587 million) has committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 89 pct by 2030. (Source: Namibia NewEra, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Development Bank of Southern Africa, www.dbsa.org; Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, +264 61 284 2333, www.met.gov.na; UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  UNFCCC,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


Jay, Maine Approves $5.87Mn Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-05
In Jay, Maine, Regional School Unit 73 reports it has approved a $5,874,764 energy efficiency upgrade program that would include the replacement of heating boilers, retrofit lighting systems, and roofing and building envelope improvements to help cut energy consumption and energy costs.

RSU 73 intends to utilize performance contracting that would guarantee annual energy savings of $110,532, as well as make use of one-time funding through Efficiency Maine. The E-Maine incentives would go toward offsetting the $3 million total project cost of the SMES improvements. State law sets a cap of $2.5 million for performance contracting. (Source: Maine Regional School Unit 73, Franklin County Daily Bulldog, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Maine Regional School Unit 73, (207) 847-6722, www.rsu73.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Cape Town Launches Landfill Gas Projects (Int'l Report)
City of Cape Town
Date: 2018-03-05
In South Africa, the City of Cape Town Department of Solid Waste Management is reporting the launch of two landfill gas extraction systems at the Coastal Park and Bellville South landfills, with planned similar system under development at the Vissershok South landfill. The projects were developed as carbon-offsetting Clean Development Mechanisms that will generate carbon credits.

The captured gas will be largely used as a fuel for electric power generation for small-scale power projects requiring about 1 MW of electricity -- sufficient to power an energy-intensive operation such as a wastewater treatment facility. (Source: Capetown Department of Solid Waste Management, Creamer Media, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Capetown Department of Solid Waste Management, www.capetown.gov.za/solidwaste

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  


$41.6Tn Needed to Hold Global Warming Under 2 degrees C, says Report (Ind. Report)
Global Warming
Date: 2018-03-05
According to a report in the Lancet Planetary Health Journal, between $22.1 trillion and $41.6 trillion would be required between 2020 and 2050 for the world to hold average global warming under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees c). The report adds the estimated cost of measures to limit Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions can be more than offset by reductions in deaths and disease from air pollution, which would cost between $22.1 trillion and 41.6 trillion between 2020 and 2050 for the world to hold average global warming under 2 degrees C.

A lower aspirational limit of 1.5 degree C would cost between $39.7 trillion and $56.1 trillion, but air pollution deaths could be reduced by 21-27 pct to about 100 million between 2020 and 2050 under the 2 degree C scenario, and by 28-32 pct to about 90 million at 1.5 degree C, according to the report.

The world's nations agreed on the 2 degree C limit in Paris in 2015, and committed to voluntary GHG emissions reduction targets that even if met, place the world on a 3 degree C trajectory, scientists say. (Source: ZeeBusiness, AFP, Lancet Planetary Health Journal, 3 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


CA Vehicle Emissions Test Center Touted (Ind. Report)
California Department of General Services
Date: 2018-03-05
In Sacramento, the California Department of General Services (DGS) reports it has awarded the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) new Southern California Consolidation vehicle emissions testing and research facility to the design-build team of Hensel Phelps, ZGF, and Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

The $368 million, 19-acre project in Riverside near the University of California, Riverside campus, will be one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world. It will also be the world's largest true zero net energy facilities and is being built to US Green Building Council LEED Platinum specifications.

The facility will include test cells for analysis of heavy-duty vehicles, an advanced chemistry laboratory, workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems, education areas, a media center, flexible conference areas, and a large public auditorium. The facility and campus will be designed and built to reach the highest possible levels of measured sustainability, with the intention to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council and will also meet the state's CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency. (Source: California Department of General Services, Automotive Testing Technology, March 1, 2018) Contact: California Department of General Services, (916) 376-5000, www.dgs.ca.gov/dgs/home.aspx; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Vehicle Emissions,  California Air Resources Board,  


SolarWindow Tech Touts 34 pct Power Increase (New Prod & Tech)
SolarWindow Technologies
Date: 2018-03-05
Burtonsville, Maryland-based SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. is reporting a breakthrough new company performance record for power efficiency with a 34 pct increase in performance over previous generations of its transparent electricity-generating glass.

Targeting the estimated 5.6 million U.S. commercial buildings which consume almost $150 billion in electricity annually, the company estimates its transparent electricity-generating windows could cut energy costs by half and that the market for SolarWindow™ glass products for tall towers and skyscrapers represents a $100 billion opportunity.

Additionally, SolarWindow entered into a Process Integration and Production Agreement with Triview Glass Industries, a glass fabricator based in Los Angeles. Initially working to establish manufacturing processes and a production line through this agreement, SolarWindow and Triview plan to fabricate specific SolarWindow™ electricity-generating glass products at commercial scale.

SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. creates transparent electricity-generating liquid coatings that convert passive windows and other materials into electricity generators under natural, artificial, low, shaded, and even reflected light conditions. (Source: SolarWindow Technologies, PR, Markets Insider, 3 Mar., 2018) Contact: SolarWindow Technologies, John Conklin, Pres., CEO, Briana Erickson, (800) 213-0689, www.solarwindow.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarWindow Technologies,  Solar,  


Sunbird's Sierra Leone Ethanol Plant Now Online (Int'l Report)
Sunbird Bioenergy
Date: 2018-03-05
Following up on our November 27, 2017 coverage,UK-based Sunbird Bioenergy is reporting tghe commissioning and startup of its ethanol plant in Kontobi in the the Bombali District of Sierra Leone. The plant also generates 14 MW of electric power from burning "elephant grass" biomass bagasse. The Elephant grass is used as a supplement to the plant's sugarcane ethanol feedstock.

In addition to ethanol production, the plant sells 11.5 MW of their power to the national power grid. Sunbird started providing power to the national power grid system.

Sunbird Bioenergy is a developer and operator of sustainable bioenergy projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.The company's value-added agriculture projects contribute to Government themes of employment generation, rural development and import substitution, according to the company website. (Source: Sunbird Bioenergy, Awka, 2 Mar., 2018] Contact: Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, Richard Bennett, CEO, +44 (0) 1603 59 2190, info@sunbirdbioenergy.com, www.sunbirdbioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Sunbird Bioenergy,  Biomass,  


PSU Leading Global Building Energy Transformation Effort (Ind. Report)
UN, Penn State University
Date: 2018-03-05
In University Park, Penn State University (PSU) reports it has been selected by the United Nations to lead an effort to develop a global energy efficiency standard framework for both new building constructions and building retrofits. Penn State will help provide research and education to support those standards through an interdisciplinary approach.

According to the Penn State project leader Tom Ricard, the building sector is about one-third of the global economy and involves everyone from building code officers to mortgage finance bankers and electricians and carpenters to architects and engineers. Buildings account for about 40 pct of humanity's carbon footprint, he said. "We have technologies today to drive those carbon emissions to near zero and create net zero energy buildings with fairly cost-effective technologies, but there's a number of barriers to that. Those include the way buildings are built and financed; the way people involved in the building sector traditionally interact and the kind of contractual relationships they have; and the technologies are new and haven't been proven in all parts of the world," Richard added.

The big question, according to James Freihaut, the technical director of Penn State at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia and a professor architectural engineering, is how do you get a serially fragmented industry -- where each entity is trying to maximize its own individual profit while minimizing its performance risk relative to the building -- to behave like a virtually, vertically integrated industry that can actually deliver known, measured system performance in a building?

One is that the cost differential isn't that great anymore, Richard said, and the second is that these buildings are high-performance, not just with respect to energy, but to human performance, including health and worker satisfaction and performance. (Source: Penn State, Center Daily Times, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Penn State Univ., Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Tom Richard, Dir., (814) 865-3722, tlr20@psu.edu; Institutes of Energy and the Environment, (814) 863-0291, www.iee.psu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Garbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


Hawaii Energy, Honolulu Partner on Multi-Unit Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Energy
Date: 2018-03-05
In the Aloha State, Hawaii Energy reports it is partnering with the city of Honolulu in the Energy Smart 4 Homes program aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of thousands of rental units in Downtown Honolulu.

The effort will see Hawaii Energy professionals install energy-efficient technologies directly into units at no cost to building owners or their tenants. Under the program, eleven city-owned multifamily property buildings will be retrofitted with:

  • high-efficiency shower heads that cut water consumption and reduce electric water heating demand by up to 30 pct:
  • efficiency faucet aerators in the kitchen and bathroom that can decrease hot water use and electric water heating costs:
  • installation of ENERGY STAR-certified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) which use approximately 78 pct less energy and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs;
  • and use of energy-saving Smart Power Strip can help manage energy consumption and can eliminate phantom electrical loads.

    With the upgrades, residents are expected to save as much as $160 per year while taxpayers save $120,000 annually.

    The program is funded through the Public Benefits Fund, which supports initiatives that help consumers become more energy-efficient. The Fund is collected through a small surcharge that every electric utility customer in Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties pay through their bill. (Source: Hawaii Energy, Smart Cities Connect, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Public Benefits Fund, www.c2es.org/document/public-benefit-funds; Energy Smart 4 Homes, https://hawaiienergy.com/for-homes/es4h; Hawaii Energy, www.hawaiienergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaii Energy,  Hawaii Energy,  


  • Xcel, Winona Partner on Business Energy Improvement (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In Minnesota, the city of Winona and Xcel Energy report they are working with Minnesota's Clean Energy Resource Teams to reach 100 downtown businesses with information on ways to cut energy consumption and save on energy costs. The door-to-door campaign aims to share information on the energy efficiency options such as rebates and incentives available to the city's businesses.

    As part of the effort, businesses can sign up for free energy audits available through the Chamber of Commerce Energy Smart program later in March. The audits provide detailed recommendations for saving energy and money, and connect business owners to utility program and rebate options to meet their needs.

    The information campaign is part of a continuing partnership with Xcel to encourage the use of renewable energy, cut energy consumption and to reduce the community's energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 15 pct over the next decade. Since starting their plan, the city of Winona and Xcel have concentrated on residential energy use and implemented programs to improve the efficiency of qualifying households. (Source: Xcel Energy, Wininoa Daily News, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, Partners in Energy, www.xcelenergy.com/PartnersinEnergy

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


    Brazil Ups Biodiesel Blend Rate to 10 pct (Int'l. Report)
    Brazil Biodiese
    Date: 2018-03-05
    A In Brazilia, the Brazilian National Council for Energy Policies (CNPE) reports it has approved an increase in the nation's bidiesel-to-petroleum fuel blend rate from 8 pct to 10 pct. To fill the 10 pct quote, the country expects to use an additional 1 billion litres of domestic biodiesel in 2018. The government estimates that national consumption would hit 5.3 billion litres in 2018. (Source: Brazil National Council for Energy Policies, Renewables Now, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Brazil National Council for Energy Policies, www.nipe.unicamp.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  


    MI Airport Lands $151,631 Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is being recognized for its energy efficiency and has been awarded $151,631 in rebates under the company's energy efficiency program.

    The airport received the rebates for six projects totaling 2,140,991 kilowatt hours in annual savings -- sufficient electricity to power nearly 300 Michigan homes for a year. Consumers Energy has helped Michigan customers save more than $1.5 billion through energy efficiency projects since 2009, according to the utility. (Source: Consumers Energy, Mar., 2018) Contact: Gerald Ford Airport, www.flyford.org; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

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


    ALLETE Unloading Thunder Spirit Wind Phase 2 (Ind. Report, M&A)
    ALLETE Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    Duluth, Minnesota-based ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc. reports it will sell the 48-MW phase two of the Thunder Spirit wind farm near Hettinger, North Dakota to Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) for approximately $85 million. The deal, which has been approved by the ND PSC, is expected to close before the year end.

    The 107-MW first phase of Thunder Spirit incorporates 43 turbines and generates sufficient power for approximately 30,000 homes.

    ALLETE Clean Energy owns and operates approximately 535 MW of wind energy generation at facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania. The company was established in 2011 to acquire and develop capital projects to create energy solutions by way of wind, solar, biomass, hydro, natural gas, shale resources, clean coal technology and other emerging technologies. (Source: ALLETE Clean Energy, PR, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Allete Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., , Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952, vmeyer@allete.com, www.allete.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ALLETE Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    Orsted Launches $33m Biomass Plant Optimization Project (Int'l)
    Orsted
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In Denmark, Orsted A/S -- fka DONG Energy -- reports work is underway on its $33 million (€26.7 million) project aimed at optimizing a biomass-based co-generation plant in Denmark.

    The plan is to build a flue gas condensation facility at the 88-MW Herning Power Station in order to exploit the residual heat in the flue and reduce the consumption of wood chips and wood pellets by about 20 pct. The project is expected to be completed during the fall of 2019. (Source: Orsted, Various Media, 3 Mar, 2018) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 11 11, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass ,  


    Engie NA Acquiring Solar Specialist SoCore Energy (M&A)
    Engie North America, ,SoCore Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    France's Engie SA subsidiary Engie North America reports it has inked a deal to acquire US commercial, industrial and distributed solar specialist SoCore Energy.

    The transaction will add 150 MW of operating or shovel-ready solar assets along with 170 MW of projects in late-stage development to Engie NA's portfolio. (Source: Engie North America, , Various Media, Renewables Now, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Engir North America, Frank Demaille, Pres., CEO, (713) 636-0000, information@na.engie.com, www.engie-na.com; SoCore Energy, (877) 762-6731, www.socoreenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie North America,  SoCore Energy,  Solar,  


    Notable Quote
    Solar
    Date: 2018-03-05
    I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil or coal run out before we tackle that._ -- Thomas Edison, 1931

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  


    Yingli Announces Multi-crystalline 12 Busbars Panel (New Prod & Tech)
    Yingli Green Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In China, Baoding-based Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Ltd. reports the commercial production and general availability of its new multi-crystalline 12 busbars panel.

    The new product cuts the use of silver paste during construction and improvs the conversion efficiency of PV cells. The multi-busbar design can also decrease the risk of the cell micro-cracks and fingers broken, bringing the products a higher durability. In addition, the products adopted advanced glass featuring a unique anti-reflective coating that directs more light on the PV cells, resulting in a higher energy yield, according to the company. (Source: Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., PR, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Yingli, Eric Pan, IR, +86 312 8929787 , ir@yingli.com, www.yinglisolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Yingli Green Energy,  Solar,  Solar Panel Efficiency,  


    Microsoft, Sunseap Seal Rooftop Solar PPA (Int'l Report)
    Microsoft,Sunseap Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    IT giant Microsoft reports it has inked a a 20-year PPA with Singapore's largest clean energy solutions provider Sunseap Energy all of the renewable energy output from a 60 MW solar installation spread across hundreds of Singapore rooftops. The deal is Microsoft's first in Asia. (Source: Microsoft, CNBC, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information; Sunseap Energy, +65 6816 1000, www.sunseap.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Sunseap Energy,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    Whirlwind starts construction of 10-MW wind farm in Scotland

    Date: 2018-03-03
    The Senvion MM92 turbine model. Source: Senvion February 23 (Renewables Now) - Whirlwind Renewables this week said it has started construction of the 10-MW Achlachan wind farm near Mybster, Caithness in Scotland. The project, which will use five Senvion MM92 turbines, is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year, the Yorkshire-based wind energy company added. The wind farm secured planning consent from the Highland Council in October 2013 and also obtained a contract for difference (CfD) in the UK's first CfD round. It is expected to generate enough power for almost 8,500 homes. The Herald reported today that work on the wind farm is starting after Whirlwind has secured funding from Clydesdale Bank, including a GBP-12.75-million (USD 17.8m/EUR 14.5m) term loan and GBP 8 million in ancillary facilities. (Source: Whirlwind Renewables, Renewables Now, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: MITU Resources Inc., Simeon Leonardo Reyes Francisco, CEO, contact@mituresources.com, .www.mituresources.com


    Siemens Gamesa Increases Wind Presence in Balkans (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2018-03-02
    Siemens Gamesa reports it will supply and install 18 of its of its G97-2.0 MW turbines at the Jelovaca wind farm in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The order came from independent power producer F.L. Wind and includes delivery, installation and a five-year maintenance agreement. It is the company's 10th project in the Western Balkans. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FL Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


    RI Convention Center Authority To Invest In Renewable Energy
    Green Development LLC
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In Providence, the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority reports has inked a vertical net metering PPA with Green Development, LLC for 8.3 million kWh of wind energy per year at a discounted rate.

    The Convention Center Authority will purchase power generated by a new wind turbine under construction in Johnston, Rhode Island. It is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

    Since spring 2017, Rhode Island has more than doubled the amount of renewable energy in the state. Earlier this month, Governor Gina Raimondo announced that the Office of Energy Resources will collaborate with the state's utilities to procure another 400 MW of renewable energy by the end of this summer. (Source: Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, RI NPR, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, (401) 458-6000, www.riconvention.com; Green Development, LLC, Al Bucknam, CEO, (401) 295-4998, https://green-ri.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rhode Island,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    LONGi mono PERC Solar Cells Hit Record Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    LONGi Solar
    Date: 2018-03-02
    Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGI Green Energy Technology, reports its P-type monocrystalline passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) solar cells have reached a record 23.6 pct conversion efficiency. The results were certified by China's National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Product Quality (CPVT).

    Last December, LONGi also reported a record bifaciality reading of 82.15 pct for its Hi-MO2 mono PERC bifacial module. The company also reports it aims to triple monocrystalline ingot and wafer capacity to 45GW in 2020. (Source: lONGi Solar, PV Tech, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: LONGi Solar, Dr. Li Hua, VP R&D, +862 981 566863, www.longigroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LONGi Solar,  Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  Solar Module,  


    Lightsource BP, Mid Kansas Ink 20 MW Solar Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Lightsource BP, Mid-Kansas Electric Co.
    Date: 2018-03-02
    UK-headquartered Lightsource BP reports it has signed a 25-year power purchase and asset acquisition agreement with Sunflower Electric Power Corp. affiliate Mid-Kansas Electric Co. Inc. for a 20 MW solar project in Stanton County, Kansas. The solar facility will be built, owned and operated by Lightsource BP. Mid-Kansas will be purchasing all of the solar energy from the project, and Lightsource BP will provide the capital for project financing and construction which is slated to get underway in early 2019. When completed, the project will be the largest solar facility in Kansas, according to Mid-Kansas. (Source: Lightsource BP, Solar Ind., Various Media, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Lightsource BP, Katherine Ryzhaya, CCO, +44 0 333 200 0755, info@lightsourcebp.com, www.lightsourcebp.com/uk; Mid-Kansas Electric Co., Steve Epperson, www.midkansaselectric.net; Sunflower Electric Power Corp., (785) 628-2208, www.sunflower.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource BP ,  Solar,  Mid-Kansas Electric Co.,  


    DuPont Launches Solamet Metallization Pastes (New Prod & Tech_
    DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
    Date: 2018-03-02
    DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions reports the introduction of its Solamet PV21A metallization pastes portfolio with proprietary design that delivers better contact performance and high aspect ratios.

    Solamet PV21A metallization paste enables excellent fine line printability that can drive cell efficiency enhancement and maintain high throughput in mass production. The optimal balance of good adhesion and low laydown leads to low cost of ownership for cell manufacturers, according to a DuPont release. The Solamet PV21A product family is designed to fulfill all mainstream cell technology, and includes product series for advanced printing such as double printing, dual print and mesh cross free screen printing. (Source: DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, www.dupont.com/products-and-services/solar-photovoltaic-materials.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions,  PV,  Solar,  


    Zytech Providing Canary Island PV Plant Solar Panels (Int'l)
    Zytech
    Date: 2018-03-02
    Zaragoza, Spain-based solar panel manufacturer Zytech reports it is delivering solar panels for the Parque Technologico de Gran Canaria photovoltaic power plant on Gran Canaria Island, construction of which is underway. Acciona is installing 465KW or 1770 270W solar panels which are expected to save 930 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    Zytech's solar panel production capacity is 300 MW per year. Zytech Group also manufactures LEDs through the subsidiary Zytech LEDS Co. and small wind turbines through its subsidiary Zytech Aerodyne company. Contact: Zytech Solar, +34 976 141819, info@zytechsolar.com, http://zytechsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zytech,  Solar,  


    Cap-and-Trade Auction Results Released (Ind. Report)
    Ontario
    Date: 2018-03-02
    The Ontario Ministry of the Environment reports the first joint Ontario, Quebec, California cap-and-trade program auction held February 21, 2018, sold 98,215,920 current (2016 and 2018 vintage) greenhouse gas emission allowances at $18.44(Cdn) and 8,576,000 future (2021 vintage) allowances at $18.34(Cdn). The auction generated an estimated $471 million to the Province of Ontario which will be invested in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the province's Climate Change Action Plan.

    The auction was administered by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the Quebec Ministere du Developpement durable de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques and the California Air Resources Board, using services contracted by the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) Inc., with oversight from an independent market monitor to ensure the integrity of the process.

    Download a summary report of the results HERE. (Source: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Chris Ballard, Minister, Anna Milner, (416) 314-6736, Anna.Milner@ontario.ca; WEstern Climate Initiative, www.westernclimateinitiative.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Woody Biomass Pellet Plant Slated for East Yorkshire UK (Int'l)
    Y Pellets ,ARC Applied Sciences
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In the UK, Y Pellets reports it will utilize ARC Applied Sciences' patented process to produce wood pellets from locally sourced woody biomass at its new £10 million plant in East Yorkshire. The new plant's production will be marketed to the domestic UK market under the name "Y Pellets." The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2019. (Source: Y Pellets, PR 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Y Pellets, Neil Holland, Director of ARC Applied Sciences and Managing Director, +44 0 1405 840095, www.ypellets.com; ARC Applied Sciences, www.arcsciences.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    Notable Quote
    Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
    Date: 2018-03-02
    "Ontario is now part of the largest carbon market in North America. That's good news for businesses and consumers. In a linked market, companies have more choice and lower cost options for reducing their greenhouse gas pollution, and that means lower costs for consumers. All of the proceeds raised from the carbon market are being invested into Ontario's economy through green initiatives that fight climate change and help make life better for Ontario residents." -- Hon. Chris Ballard Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change , Anna Milner, (416) 314-6736, Anna.Milner@ontario.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Market,  Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change,  


    Ontario Developing Carbon Offset Protocols (Ind. Report)
    Ontario,Carbon Offsets
    Date: 2018-03-02
    At Queens Park, the government of Ontario reports it is developing 13 proposed carbon offset protocols in cooperation with the province of Quebec and will work with the province's Environmental Commissioner (ECO) to address its concerns linked to several of the proposed offset methodologies.

    ECO has recommended scrapping at least three of the protocols including additionality, permanence, mitigation potential and leakage. The ECO also recommended that forest management, afforestation and reforestation projects be ineligible to generate carbon offsets for use in the province's carbon market.

    Ontario and Quebec -- two of the three WCI member jurisdictions -- are jointly developing the 13 protocols, with California-based Climate Action Reserve tasked with authoring them. (Source: Province of Ontario, Carbon Pulse, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ontario Environmental Commissioner, https://eco.on.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario,  Carbon Offsets,  


    ICAP 2018 Emissions Trading Worldwide Status Report (Report Attached)
    ICAP
    Date: 2018-03-02
    According to the recently released report ICAP Status Report 2018, China has overtaken the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) as the world's largest carbon market, covering more than three gigatons of CO2e.

    Since 2005, the share of global emissions capped by an ETS has tripled to almost 15 pct covering more than seven gigatons of carbon dioxide. Major ETS reforms have lifted carbon prices in the EU, California, New Zealand and the US Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and ensure these systems drive decarbonization post 2020.

    The report also notes efforts to price carbon are progressing in Latin America and subnationals in North America and Mexico will start piloting a mandatory ETS later this year.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: ICAP, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: ICAP, Jean-Yves Benoit, Dir. Carbon Market, www.icapcarbonaction.com

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


    Garden State Knocking on RGGI's Gate (Ind. Report)
    RGGI, New Jersey RGGI
    Date: 2018-03-02
    After a lot of posturing and promises, New Jersey's newly elected governor Phil Murphy (D) is knocking on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative's (RGGI) door officially seeking readmission to the successful 9-state cap-and-trade group his predecessor Chris Christie (R) scorned in 2011.

    For New Jersey to rejoin the group all of the member states -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- must be in agreement. (Source: RGGI, Various Media, 26 Feb., 2018)Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  


    Pattern Snares 206Mw of Japanese Renewables Projects (M&A)
    Pattern Energy,Green Power Investments
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In San Francisco, independent power company Pattern Energy Group Inc is reporting the acquisition of 206 megawatts worth of Japanese renewable energy projects and has moved to acquire controlling interest of Japanese renewable energy developer Green Power Investments (GPI).

    The portfolio consists of two operating solar projects, the 29 MW Futtsu Solar project near Tokyo and the 10 MW Kanagi Solar project located in the Shimane prefecture. The portfolio also includes the 12 MW Otsuki Wind project located in the Kochi prefecture, and the 33 MW Ohorayama Wind project located on the island of Shikoku, and the 122 MW Tsugaru Wind project located in the Aomori prefecture, both of whicf are under construction.

    The cash purchase price for the 122 MW Tsugaru Wind project is approximately $194 million, while the cash purchase price for the remaining 84 MW portfolio is approximately $131.5 million. In addition to the portfolio acquisitions, Pattern Energy also committed to funding the acquisition of a controlling interest in GPI. (Pattern Development 2.0), worth an estimated $27 million. (Source: Pattern Energy Group Inc., PR, 26 Feb., 2018) Contact: Green Power Investments, www.greenpower.co.jp; Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Power Investments ,  Pattern Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Notable Quote
    RFS
    Date: 2018-03-02
    "President Trump stands with corn and biofuels -- and he stands for the RFS. I stand with him, and I stand with you. I have not, I will not support any policies that diminish RFS and our producers.

    "I am a farmer first, and a farm businessman next. I know the value of demand. The demand structure is vital to the economy today." -- Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture at the Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California, 27 Feb., 2018

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


    CARB OKs Targray's NOx Mitigating Biodiesel Additive (Ind. Report)
    Targray,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it has certified CATANOX, a NOx mitigating biodiesel additive developed by BQ-9000 biofuels marketer Targray to help meet the Golden State's latest Low Carbon Fuel Standard requirements. The additive was tested in accordance with the Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation and demonstrated NOx emissions equivalent to standard diesel, as well as particulate matter emission reductions of more than 20 pct when compared to the benchmark CARB diesel.

    Kirkland, Quebec-headquartered Targray, one of the largest biofuels marketers and distributors in California, is now the second company in the state to offer a CARB-certified NOx mitigation solution for biodiesel blenders. Beginning in March, Targray will offer its CATANOX additive as part of a fully blended, B20- ready turnkey solution at five fuel terminal locations in Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield and Los Angeles. (Source: Targay, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Targray, (514) 695-8095, www.targray.com; California Air Resources Board, ww2.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Targray,  Biodiesel,  California Air Resources Board,  


    Vectren Killing Coal-Fired Power Plants to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Vectren Corp
    Date: 2018-03-02
    According to Evansville, Indiana-based Vectren Corporation's recently released Smart Energy Future strategic plan, the company will cut its carbon emissions by at least 60 pct from 2005 levels to comply with EPA regulations.

    To that end, Vectron's 700-MW Brown plant will retire two, 245-MW coal-fired units as well as the 90-MW coal-fired Unit 2 at its F.B. Culley Generating Station in Warrick County. The compant will also end its co-ownership of the 150 MW Unit 4 at the Warrick Generating Station, near Newburgh, Indiana.

    The changes would leave Vectren with just one operating coal-fired unit, the 270-MW Unit 3 at the Culley plant, having previously shuttered the 46-MW coal-fired Unit 1 at Culley in 2006. (Source: Vectren Corp, Power, 25 Feb., 2018) Contact: Vectren Corp., (812) 491-4176, (937) 267-3176, www.vectren.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vectren Corp,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  

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