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India Beating China in Climate Change Measures (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-09-25
According to the Bonn-based not-for-profit NGO Germanwatch, India is out-performing China on climate change protection measures deployed as rated by the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). The performance was analyzed on parameters such as emissions levels, development of emissions, renewable energies, efficiency and climate policy.

Germanwatch notes that India's per capita emissions are "relatively low" despite the fact India is one of the ten largest CO2 emitters. It also states that India's 25 pct of the energy supply is covered by renewable energy and that the Indian government is running "one of the largest renewable capacity expansion programmes in the world".

Over all, India's performance in areas of efficiency and emission levels puts India far ahead of China. When it comes to energy efficiency, India's performance has been categorized as a "poor". However, China trails India with a "very poor" performance in terms of energy efficiency too.

Both India and China have performed almost equally when it comes to development of emissions, climate policy and renewable energies. Within the G20 economies, India's climate change performance is ranked 4th, while China is ranked 12th. (Source: Germanwatch, MoneyControl, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Germanwatch,

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

Statoil Surpasses Climate Target Years Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-25
Oslo-headquartered oil and gas producer Statoil reports it has achieved its 2015 target of reducing the CO2 emissions from the Norwegian continental shelf by 1.2 million tpy from 2008 to 2020 -- equal to the annual emissions from some 600 000 vehicles.

In 2008 the petroleum industry, under the direction of Konkraft, set a collective energy efficiency goal equivalent to 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year between 2008 and 2020. Statoil's share of this was 800,000 tonnes. In 2015, four years ahead of schedule, Statoil achieved this goal and raised its target by 50 pct to 1.2 million tonnes the same year.

In August 2016, the petroleum industry, under the direction of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, launched an ambition of introducing carbon reduction measures equivalent to 2.5 million tonnes on the NCS by 2030, compared with 2020. Statoil's share of this is 2 million tonnes. (Source: Statoil, Oil & Gas Eurasia, 22 Sept., 2017) September 21, 2017) Contact: Statoil, Arne Sigve Nylund, Exec. VP, Development and Production Norway,; Norwegian Oil and Gas Association,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Carbon Emissions,  Emission Reductions,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2017-09-25
"Carbon capture technologies are one of the most effective ways we can continue to leverage the sustainability of our Nation's fossil fuel resources while advancing environmental stewardship." -- US Sec. of Energy Rick Perry, 22 Sept., 2017

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  

Community Solar Program Announced in Denver (Ind. Report)
Denver Housing Authority,Namaste Solar
Date: 2017-09-25
The Denver Housing Authority reports it will launch a low-income community solar program that includes a 2 MW solar project.

The program will be supported by utility Xcel Energy's community solar program, GRID Alternatives Colorado, Enterprise Community Loan Fund and Monarch Private Capital will serve as financial partners. Boulder, Colorado-based Namaste Solar will serve as the installation partner. (Source: Denver Housing Authority , PV Mag., September 21, 2017) Contact: Denver Housing Authority, (720) 932-3000,; GRID Alternatives Colorado, (866) 921-4696,; Namaste Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  

HEI Subsidiary Acquiring Honokaa Power Plant (Ind. Report)
Hamakua Energy Partner
Date: 2017-09-25
Boston-based private equity firm ArcLight reports Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. subsidiary Pacific Current has purchased Hamakua Energy Partners' naphtha-fueled 60-MW power plant in Honokaa, Hawaii. The facility's power is sold to HELCO under a long-term PPA.

By 2045, 100 pct of power supplied in the state is required, by law, to come from renewable sources, such as wind, geothermal, water, bioenergy and solar. (Source: ArcLight, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, 21 Sept., Sept., 2017) Contact: Hamakua Energy Partners, (808) 775-1711,; ArcLight Capital Partners, Dan Revera, Managing Partner,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcLight,  Hamakua Energy Partner,  

Asia Bioenergy Technologies Sells T7 Global Stake (Int'l, M&A)
Asia Bioenergy,T7 Global
Date: 2017-09-25
In Kuala Lumper, Asia Bioenergy Technologies Bhd (ABT)reports the sale of its has disposed of its entire 8.88 million shares in T7 Global Bhd, formerly known as Tanjung Offshore Bhd, for RM3.65 million. T7 Global, through its subsidiaries, is involved in energy, design and engineering, aerospace, education, manpower, property, and information communication technology. The sale proceeds will be channeled back into its technology incubator funds, which will be used for future investments.

Asia Bioenergy Group is a business and technology incubator and strategic advisory group focused on incubating start-up biofuel, biomass-to-energy and other technology companies and early stage high growth companies. (Source: Asia Bioenergy Technologies, The Edge Markets, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: Asia Bioenergy Tech.,; T7 Global, +60-3-2785-7777 ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asia Bioenergy,  

Hurricane Impacted Johnson Controls HVAC Equipment Owners Offered Rebates (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-09-25
Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls reports that homeowners living in Texas counties effected by Hurricane Harvey -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Area (DR-4332) -- will qualify for rebates on the purchase of replacement HVAC equipment, effective immediately.

The program assigns rebates according to equipment efficiency -- expressed as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER for air conditioners and heat pumps and as a percentage for furnaces -- with more efficient products earning larger rebates. The program applies to many YORK®, Coleman®HVAC, Luxaire®, Champion®, Fraser Johnston®, Guardian® or Evcon™ air conditioners/heat pumps and furnaces. Rebate details are HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions, 20 Sept., 2017 Contact: Johnson Controls Building Technologies, (855) 324-3650,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls ,  

Toyota's Plano Texas HQ Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-25
In the Lone Star State, Toyota Motor North American (TMNA) headquarters campus in Plano reports it has achieved U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Platinum certification -- the most widely used green building rating system in the world. The new Toyota HQ campus is the largest commercial LEED Platinum project in Texas, to date.

The 100-acre campus incorporates renewable energy, repurposed rainwater, recycling, sustainable landscaping and other LEED qulifying energy efficiency features. (Source: Toyota Noryh America, PR, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toyota North America, Amanda Roark, (469) 292-2636,; USGBC Texas Chapter, Jonathan Kraatz, Exec. Dir., (214) 571-9244,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Toyota,  LEED Certification,  

75F Lauded for Smart Building Automation System (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-25
Burnsville, Minnesota-based "smart" building automation specialist 75F was recognized at the recent GreenBiz VERGE Conference in Silicon Valley for its intelligent building automation solution that delivers significant energy savings and workplace comfort improvements.

By developing and installing smart building technology, 75F assists customers in achieving US Green Building Council LEED certification goals. According to the company website, instead of reacting to problems, the 75F system predicts needs and manages buildings accordingly. (Source: 75F, PR, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: 75F, Kristen Johnson, Marketing Director (612) 616-6272,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Building,  Green Building,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  

Ottawa Commits $6.2Mn to College Energy Efficiency (Funding)
Marianopolis College
Date: 2017-09-25
In Ottawa, the Canadian government reports it will invest $6.2 million in a $13.7 million energy efficiency upgrade project at Marianopolis College, in Westmount, Quebec. Ottawa's contribution is through its Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, while Marianopolis College and its partners are providing $7.69 million. (Source: Marianopolis College, Montreal Gazette, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Marianopolis College, (514) 931-8792,;Government of Canada Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

NZ Green Building Council, Superhome Tours Partnering (Int'l)
New Zealand Green Building Council
Date: 2017-09-25
The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) reports it is partnering with the Superhome Tours which showcases sustainable houses by providing popular tours of innovative homes. The agreement will see homes on the Superhome Tours verified under the New Zealand Green Building Council's Homestar certification scheme. Homestar is a national rating tool that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses. (Source: NZ Green Building Council, PR, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: NZ GBC, Andrew Eagles, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Zealand Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  

MidAmerican Repowering Iowa Wind Turbines (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-09-25
In the Hawkeye State, MidAmerican Energy reports it will upgrade hundreds of older wind turbines across Iowa for increased unit efficiency and power generation capacity. The older turbines will be retrofitted with newer, more efficient components, including longer blades, to extend the life of the turbines.

MidAmerican has entered into agreements with General Electric (GE) to complete the upgrades that are slated to begin later this year at various sites including the Victory wind farm in Crawford and Carroll Counties and the Intrepid wind farm in Buena Vista and Sac Counties. Additional sites and schedules are expected at a later date. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, CBC Online, 24 Sept., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

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

CPFL Completes Sao Paulo Biomass Energy Substation (Int'l)
CPFL Energias Renovaveis
Date: 2017-09-22
Brazilian renewable energy firm CPFL Energias Renovaveis SA is reporting the inauguration of the 800-MVA Morro Agudo substation and transmission lines to facilitate the flow of biomass energy generation from the Sao Paulo countryside. The project, including the associated reinforcements and improvements in distribution and transmission lines, came in at approximately $32 million . (Source: CPFL Energias Renovaveis,Renewables Now, 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: CPFL Energias Renovaveis, 011 5501-4632 / 5501-4655,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  

Fremont, Michigan Regional Biodigester Reopens (Ind. Report)
Generate Capital,Dynamic Systems Management
Date: 2017-09-22
San Francisco-based waste-to-energy infrastructure specialist Generate Capital Inc. report has resumed operations at the Fremont Regional Digester facility in Michigan. The plant can process approximately 165,000 tpy of organic waste into renewable electricity -- sufficient power for 2.500 homes per year.

Generate Capital partnered with Dynamic Systems Management LLC, an experienced Waukesha, Wisconsin-based developer and operator of biodigesters, to manage the facility. With the new upgrades, the plant is now equipped with state-of-the-art controls for improved monitoring and measures to minimizes odors. A stringent digestate management plan approved by the Michigan DEQ ensures the full life cycle of the waste is accounted for. (Source: Generate Capital, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Generate Capital,; Dynamic Systems Management Daniel Meccariello, CEO, (262) 825-3133,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News biodigester,  Dynamic Systems Management,  Generate Capital,  Biogas,  

$81Mn Bord na Mona Georgia Wood Pellet Plant Planned (Ind. Report)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2017-09-22
In Ireland, Newbridge, County Killdeer-headquartered Bord na Mona, the semi-government owned peat and renewable energy company, reports it plans to invest as much as £60 million ($81.3 million) in a proposed new willow woody biomass wood pellet plant in the state of Georgia, USA.

The plan is in keeping with the company's strategy to shift away from its core peat business towards more renewable energy sources, especially biomass.

Georgia has provided attractive incentives to Bord na Mona, including a fast-track planning process and tax credits. The proposed project, which is awaiting the Georgia government's New Era division approval, could be online within 24 months, according to a company statement. Wood pellets from the plant would be shipped to Ireland for power generation. (Source: Bord na Mona, Irish Times, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Willow,  

Siemens Gamesa Wins 300Mw Chinese Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-09-22
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting receipt of an order for 150 of its G114-2.0 MW turbines for delivery to the Xilinhot wind complex reportedly being developed by the Chinese state-owned Huaneng Group utility in Inner Mongolia.

Turbine delivery is set to begin in Q2 of 2018 for completion by the year end. The contract includes long- term operation and maintenance. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, CleanTechnica, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Álvaro Bilbao, CEO, Siemens Gamesa Asia Pacific,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  China Wind,  

UK Parliamentary Group Supporting Bioethanol Industry (Int'l)

Date: 2017-09-22
In London, a new bi-partisan committee of Parliamentarians and Peers has been launched to support and promote the UK's bioetrhanol industry and products, according to a report in Bioenergy Int'l. The group will hold events and meetings to discuss policy, share news and report on relevant issues as well as holding the government to account on environmental commitments.

The group aims to raise awareness of the industry, its economic impact, the supporting role it plays for British agriculture, and the environmental benefits of the bioethanol it produces, E10 in particular. (Source: Biofuels Int’l., Various Media, 20 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  E10,  UK Biofuel,  

$1Mn DOE Grant Supports Seaweed Fuel R&D in Mississippi (R&D)
University of Southern Mississippi
Date: 2017-09-22
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab at Ocean Springs has received two US Department of Energy grants totaling $1,000,000 for research on seaweed "ranching" and the use of seaweed as fuel or biofuel feedstock.

The grants were announced by the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Thad Cochran (R.-Miss.) who commended the university for promoting research that could help the economy and the environment. (Source: US DOE, University of Southern Mississippi, Penn Energy, 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab., (228) 872-4200,, University of Southern Mississippi, (601) 266-1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Seaweed,  Biofuel,  

$15Mn DOE Funding for Integrated Biorefineries R&D (Funding, R&D)
DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, BETO
Date: 2017-09-22
In Washington, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA are reporting the awarding of as much as $15 million to eight projects seeking to enhance the operations of integrated biorefineries and resolve R&D challenges needed for the "successful scale-up and reliable operations" of integrated biorefineries (IBRs). Other objectives will be to cut capital and operating costs and support the production of advanced or cellulosic biofuels and higher-value bioproducts.

The projects will focus on: continuous handling of solid materials and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions; high-value products from waste in an integrated biorefinery; industrial separations within an integrated biorefinery; and analytical modeling of solid materials and reactor feeding systems.

Thermochemical Recovery International Inc, Texas A&M Agrilife Research, White Dog Labs, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the South Dakota School of Mines, Forest Concepts, Clemson University and Purdue University are among the funding recipients. (Source: US DOE, BETO, Renewables Now, Others, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: US DOE BETO,; USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefinery,  DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  BETO,  

Acciona Launches Spanish Wind Energy Storage Plant (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-22
Further to our 2nd june coverage, Spanish infrastructure group Acciona SA is reporting the opening of its first wind energy battery storage plant in Barasoain, Navarre province Spain. The energy storage system, which includes two batteries, a fast-response 1 MW/0.39 MWh battery that can maintain 1 MW of power for 20 minutes, and a slower-response battery of 0.7 MW/0.7 MWh that can maintain 0.7 MW for one hour, was installed at a grid-connected wind farm to show how batteries can help boost the penetration of renewable energy in the transmission system and optimize the management of the energy produced.

The project incorporates Samsung's Li-ion SDI technology working together with a 3-MW AW116/3000 wind turbine and was supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). (Source: Acciona, Renewables Now, Others 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: ACCIONA, +34 91 657 64 60,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Energfy Storage,  Wind,  

$3.9Bn Dubai CSP Project Awarded to ACWA Power (Int'l Report)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2017-09-22
Following up on our Jan. 25th coverage, in the UAE, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has awarded a 700 MW concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) project to Riyahd, Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power.

The project, which is expected to cost nearly $4 billion, will combine tower and trough technologies and use scale and local infrastructure synergies to set a new benchmark price of $73/MWh for CSP with storage.

The project is the fourth development phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) 1 GW Solar Park increasing to increasing to 5 GW by 2030.(Source: DEWA, ESI Africa, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: ACWA Power, Andrea Lovato, Bus. Dev. Dir., +966 11 2835500,; DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CSP,  Solar,  Concentrated Solar,  Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  

GFG Alliance Acquires Aussie Solar Company ZEN (Int'l., M&A)
GFG Alliance,ZEN Energy
Date: 2017-09-22
UK-headquartered GFG Alliance, operating through its energy division SIMEC Energy, reports it has taken a majority stake in Australian solar company ZEN Energy to power its newly purchased Arrium steel and mining business.

ZEN Energy, a small-scale solar energy generation and storage business, has been re-branded SIMEC ZEN Energy and will work towards improving energy security for GFG's South Australian operations, and reduce power costs for its other businesses nationwide. It will also project-manage the development of SIMEC Energy Australia's new large-scale energy projects, which include solar, battery storage and pumped hydro. (Source: GFG Alliance, SIMEC Energy, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: GFG Alliance, Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, +44 (0) 203 205 8550,; ZEN Energy,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ZEN Energy,  Solar,  

Primus Energy Flow Battery Trials in South Africa (Ind. Report)
US Trade and Development Agency
Date: 2017-09-22
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) reports it is underwriting a demonstration by South African utility Eskom to trial Hayward, California-based Primus Power's flow batteries. South African utility-scale solar power developer Solafrica Energy won a USTDA "sole-source" grant for the project which is intended to determine where the South African grid network would benefit from the deployment of batteries. A plan would then be formulated for large-scale deployment of Primus Power's EnergyPod 2, zinc-bromide flow battery systems.

Sole Source grants cover the total capital cost of a feasibility study, pilot and/or demonstration programme if a local company has identified an appropriate US firm that is both able and interested in USTDA-related activities. USTDA establishes US commercial interests and advances economic development in developing and middle-income global economies. (Source: US Trade and Development Agency Primus Power, Energy Storage News, 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: US Trade and Development Agency,; Primus Power, Tom Stepien, CEO, (510) 342-7600,; Eskom, Barry MacColl, GM Testing and Development, Solafrica Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Primus Power,  Battrery,  Energy Storage,  Eskom,  

Solifor Perthuis Reports Forest Carbon Credits Sale (Ind. Report)
Carbonzero,Enviro EcoCredit
Date: 2017-09-22
In Quebec City, Solifor Perthuis, a partrnership initiative of the Fonds de solidarite FTQ and Scierie Dion & Fils, is reporting the sale of 140,000 tonnes of voluntary carbon credits to Just Energy and TD Bank Group. The transaction was handled by Canadian voluntary carbon credit trader Enviro EcoCredit and Carbonzero and is the largest transaction in Quebec involving forest carbon capture.

The Solifor Perthuis project generated 140,000 tonnes of CO2 reductions by establishing plantation forests dedicated to carbon sequestration. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the carbon credits will be donated to Laval University. (Source: Fonds de solidarite FTQ, PR, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: CarbonZero, Dan Fraleigh, CEO,; Fonds de solidarite FTQ, (514) 850-4835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviro EcoCredit,  Carbonzero,  Carbon Credits,  

CO2 Solutions, Carbicrete Partnering in Carbon XPrize (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions,Carbicrete,Carbon XPrize
Date: 2017-09-22
Quebec City-headquartered CO2 Solutions Inc. reports it is partnering with Carbicrete Inc. as a third entry in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize. Both CO2 Solutions and Carbicrete had been selected to participate in the second round of the prestigious NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize which allows semi-finalists offering CO2 utilization and carbon capture technologies to enter into synergistic partnerships. These combined entries will propose CO2 Solutions' carbon capture technology with the partner's CO2 utilization technology.

Carbicrete's technology allows manufacturers to produce cement-free, carbon-negative concrete. Concrete is the world's most common building material, but the production of its main ingredient, cement, accounts for 5% of global CO2 emissions. (Source: CO2 Solutions Inc. 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: Carbicrete,; XPRIZE, Eric Desatnik (310) 741-4892,,; CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Concrete,  CO2 Solutions,  Carbicrete,  Carbon XPrize,  

Duke Investing $30Mn in NC Energy Storage Systems (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-09-22
Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy reports it plans to invest $30 million to install two battery energy storage systems in Asheville and Hot Springs as a part of its Western Carolinas Modernization Plan.

The two sites are the first of a long-term plan to establish energy storage capacity in the region.

Duke will install a 9-MWlithium-ion battery system at a substation in the Rock Hill community in Ashville, and a 4-MW lithium-ion battery system in Hot Springs, Madison County. (Source: Duke Energy, Citizen-Times, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Carolinas, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, Robert Sipes, VP Western Carolinas Modernization,

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

France Announces Carbon Tax Increase (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-09-22
French Environment and Energy Minister and "green activist" Nicolas Hulot has outlined the government's legislative plans to encourage households to conserve energy. The proposals include improved subsidies for upgrading home insulation and more efficient heating systems, a "scrappage" fee to encourage drives to exchange old gasoline or diesel powered cars for cleaner hybrids and electric-powered vehicles, and others.

Under the new plans, the existing system of tax credits available energy efficiency upgrades will be replaced by a direct payment, paid immediately after the work is completed.

Hulot also confirmed the carbon tax will be increased from €30.50 per tonne to €44.60 per tonne in 2018, and continue to increase until it reaches €100 per tonne in 2030, as specified under the 2015 Energy Transition Law (Source: Transition, Tax News, 20 Sept., 2017)Contact: French Environment and Energy Minister Nicolas Hulot,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Clean Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-09-22
"I'm a Republican. I believe that the greenhouse effect is real, that CO2 emissions generated by man is creating our greenhouse gas effect that traps heat, and the planet is warming. A price on carbon -- that's the way to go in my view." -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), 3 Sept., 2017) Contact: Sen. Lindsey Graham,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

EU Lowering Imported Chinese Solar Panel Minimum Prices (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-22
The EU announced on Sept. 16 that it would progressively reduce the minimum prices that Chinese solar panel makers are allowed to sell their products for in Europe, allowing price cuts every three months beginning Oct. 1 but ending July 2018. Chinese companies that sell below the minimum prices are subject to import duties of up to 64.9 pct. (Source: EU, SA News, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Cell,  China Solar,  

Citigroup Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2020 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-22
NYC-headquartered financial services giant Citigroup reports it will be powered by 100 pct renewable energy by 2020. The company is looking at onsite power generation, power purchase agreements and renewable energy credits to help reach its goal.

Citigroup owns or leases over 57 million square feet of real estate in over 7,900 properties including its new NYC global headquarters currently under construction to LEED Platinum energy efficiency certification standards.

Citi is joining the global "R100" initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP and part of the We Mean Business Coalition. (Source: Citigroup, Energy Mgr., Other Media, 19 Sept., 2017)Contact: Citigroup Inc.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Citigroup,  

CaGBC Roadmap Recommends Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2017-09-22
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has released A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada, a detailed recommendation for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hospitals, universities and other large building accross Canada. The report provides recommendations to retrofit large buildings that will contribute to achieving a reduction in GHG emissions of at least 30 pct -- 12.5 million tonnes -- by 2030, with the potential to reach 51 pct -- 21.2 million tonnes. Among its key findings, the Roadmap concludes that:
  • Achieving a 30 pct or more reduction in building emissions by 2030 is achievable by focusing on a targeted number of buildings that have the greatest potential to reduce carbon;

  • Buildings including office buildings, shopping malls, universities, and arenas constructed between 1960 and 1979 across all provinces represent the age class with the largest opportunity for total carbon emissions reductions;

  • Alberta and Ontario currently emit the most carbon and therefore have the greatest potential for reducing emissions. This is due to the carbon intensity of Alberta's electricity grid and the number of large buildings in Ontario;

  • All provinces will need to prioritize recommissioning for large buildings -- between 25,000 and 200,000 sq.ft -- and deep retrofits for buildings over 35 years old in order to meet the target. These two actions will reduce emissions by a collective total of 4.1 MT CO2e, providing 62 pct of the reduction activity needed;

  • Fuel switching must be completed in 20 pct of buildings over 35 years old across Canada. Currently, fuel switching is particularly attractive in provinces with clean electricity grids such as British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. In these regions, significant effort should be put into increasing the adoption of efficient heat pump technology. This will reduce emissions by 1.6 MT CO2e, or 25 pct of the reduction activity needed;

  • In provinces with carbon intense electricity grids -- Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia -- 30 pct of buildings will need to use renewable energy in order to meet the target. This will cut emissions by 0.9 MT CO2e, representing 13 pct of the reduction activity needed.

    The report provides the following policy recommendations for the Federal Government: include a GHG metric in Canada's future retrofit building code; develop regional retrofit roadmaps; prioritize investments in scalable retrofit projects; and supporting mandatory energy benchmarking.

    A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada details HERE. (Source: CaGBC, Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia., 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: CaGBC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council ,  

  • Biogas Project Included in Carbon Inv. Fund Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Trust,California Bioenergy
    Date: 2017-09-22
    U.S.-based private investment fund Climate Trust Capital, an independent entity of the Climate Trust, reports it will invest more than $862,000 of Climate Trust Capital's Fund I in a covered lagoon digester -- its first carbon investment in the biogas sector.

    The project will destroy methane and produce carbon offsets under California's cap-and-trade system. The investment is based on the anticipated ten-year value of carbon credits from a livestock digester project located at West-Star North Dairy farm in California's San Joaquin Valley. Visalia-based California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio) is partnering on the digester project which is expected to begin generating carbon offsets in January 2018 with initial cash flow from the sale of these offsets in 2019.

    Climate Trust Capital's Fund I is focused on investing in high-quality, U.S.-based carbon offset projects. Fund I will be the first in a series of Climate Trust Capital-led investment funds built to appeal to institutional and impact investors. The West-Star North project will be developed in accordance to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Compliance Offset Protocol for Livestock Projects. (Source: Climate Trust Capital, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Bioenergy Inc., (559) 667-9560,,; Climate Trust Capital, (5030 238-1915 x211 ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Bioenergy,  CalBio,  Carbon Trust ,  

    UK Offshore Wind Farm Costs Plunging Sharply (Int'l. Report)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2017-09-20
    According to the Financial Review (Iran) the cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms fell sharply in the UK to the point where it one of the cheapest ways to supply the grid. Wholesale power prices in the UK have averaged about $62 per MWh over the past year.

    In a recent UK government auction that handed out power-purchase contracts worth $232 million a year, all of the bids to build offshore wind farms and other renewable technologies were below the $122 per MWh. Auction winners included DONG Energy A/S, with an offer of $76 per MWh for power from its Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm, followed by EDP Renovaveis SA and Engie SA.

    The contracts-for-difference auction was for "less-established technologies" such as offshore wind, tidal and anaerobic digestion. The power-purchase agreements are fixed for 15 years.

    The offshore wind industry has seen its costs plunge as the capacity of its turbines doubled since 2007. It’s set to double again by 2020, driving down costs further, according to Greenpeace. (Source: Financial Review (Iran), 12 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  UK Offshore Wind,  

    Kimberly-Clark Inks 245MW of Wind Energy PPAs (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy,Kimberley-Clark, EDF Renewables
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Irvine Texas-based health care and personal product giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. reports the signing of PPA for 245 MW of wind energy from two new wind projects in Texas and Oklahoma. One agreement with EDF Renewables in Northern Oklahoma is for 120MW from its Rock Falls Wind project. A second agreement with Invenergy is for 125MW of wind energy from Invenergy's Santa Rita Wind Energy Center in Texas. Both wind projects are presently in the development stages.

    Adding wind-generated electricity to their energy mix will help Kimberly-Clark cut more than 25 pct of its GHG emissions in 2018, four years ahead of the company's 2022 target date. (Source: Kimberly-Clark, CBLT, 16 Sept., 2017) Contact: Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400,; Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Global Head Lisa Morden,; EDF Renewables,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy ,  Wind,  EDF Renewables,  

    Global Biofuels Market Reaches $218.7Bn by 2022, says Zion Market Research (Ind. Report)
    Biofuel Markets
    Date: 2017-09-20
    According to Zion Market Research's just released Biofuels Market Analysis by Type (Bioethanol, Biodiesel), and by Form (Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous) -- Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2016 - 2022 report, the global biofuel market was valued at $168 billion in 2016 and is expected to climb to $218.7 billion by 2022 and grow at a CAGR of 4.5 pct between 2017 and 2022.

    Report information available at (Source: Zion Market Research, PR, 19 Sept., 2017( Contact: Zion Market Research, +49-322 210 92714, USA/Canada (855) 465-4651,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biofuel Market,  

    Renewable Energy, Environmental Groups Want Maryland's Renewable Energy Standard Increased (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Maryland environmental advocates along with renewable energy developers and stakeholders are calling for the state to increase its renewable energy mandate to require 50 pct of the Old Line State's power to come from renewable sources by 2013.

    The policy requires utilities purchase enough renewable energy certificates equivalent to a set percentage of their electricity supply or pay a penalty. Each certificate represents 1 megawatt-hour of electricity generated from renewable energy source.

    According to the state Public Service Commission, Maryland electricity ratepayers paid more than $125 million for the renewable energy certificates in 2015. Wind and solar currently powers 117,000 residents in Baltimore. A similar previous proposal to increase the state's use of renewable energy was vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan on the grounds that it would increase residential electric power rates. (Source: Morningside Herald, Various Others, 16 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

    British Airways, Velocys Tout Jet Biofuels Agreement (Int'l)
    British Airways, Solena Fuels,Velocys
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In the UK, air carrier British Airways (BA) reports it is partnering with waste-based biofuels producer Velocys. Under the partnership, BA will help design a series of plants that will process hundreds of thousands of tonnes of household waste per year into aviation biofuel.

    BA's previous 2010 waste-to-fuel "GreenSky" initiative with Washington-based Solena Fuels fell apart because of mixed government support, low crude oil prices and other factors. Factors that could lend support to the BA-Velocys initiative include the UK government's addition sustainable jet fuel incentives under its Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO), which was updated Sept. 14. Velocys presently produces fuel from waste in Houston, Texas. (Source: British Airways, Air Transport World, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solena, (202) 682-2405,; Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News British Airways ,  Solena Fuels,  Aviation Biofuel,  Velocys ,  

    Bunge Taking 70 pct Stake in Malaysian Palm Oil Firm (Int'l, M&A)
    Date: 2017-09-20
    White Plains, NY-based agribusiness major, palm oil trader and ethanol producer Bunge Ltd. reports it will purchase a 70 pct stake in an un-named Malaysian palm oil producer for $946 mln, to expand its higher-margin food ingredients business.

    Bunge Limited is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries. The company buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains, processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products, produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane, and other related activities. (Source: Bunge Ltd, AgriBusiness, Sept., 2017)Contact: Bunge Ltd, (914) 684-2800,

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    Rhode Island Raises Climate Change Planning Level (Ind. Report)
    Rhode Island,Climate Change
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In Providence, R.I. Governor Gina M. Raimondo's office reports the signing of an Executive Order outlining the state's Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change.

    The order calls for establishment of a Chief Resiliency Officer to drive climate resiliency efforts both in government and in collaboration with business, academic and nonprofit partners statewide. Further, the Chief Resiliency Officer and the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council are directed to develop a statewide Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change and submit the plan to the Governor by July 1, 2018. The Plan will recommend key actions to make Rhode Island's residents, economy, infrastructure, health system, and natural resources more resilient to the impacts of climate change and identify and prioritize actions to enhance the state's resiliency to climate change.

    The Executive Order builds on Rhode Island's work toward preventing climate change, but will focus primarily on critical investments to ensure that the is prepared for its effects. (Source:, PR, Sept., 2017) Contact: Janet Coit, Director of the Department of Environmental Management and Chair of the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, (401) 222-6800,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

    Pacific Ethanol Refinances $47.5 Mn Promissory Notes (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Ethanol,Illinois Corn Processing
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Following on our July 12th coverage, Sacramento-based low-carbon renewable fuels specialist Pacific Ethanol, Inc.reports it has refinanced $47.5 million in promissory notes related to its July 3, 2017 acquisition of Illinois Corn Processing (ICP). To repay the notes, the company used $6 million of cash on hand and $42 million in proceeds from new term and revolving debt financing with CoBank, ACB. The ICP acquisition is Pacific Ethanol's ninth production facility, bringing the company's combined ethanol production capacity to 605 million gpy.

    (Source: Pacific Ethanol, PR, NASDAQ, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, (916( 403-2790,,; Illinois Corn Processing, (309) 353-3990

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol,  Illinois Corn Processing,  

    28 pct Increase in World Energy, Increased Renewables Predicted by 2040 (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In it International Energy Outlook 2017 report, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that world energy consumption will jump by 28 pct between 2015 and 2040. The report also predicts that renewable energy will be the worlds fastest-growing energy source while the demand for coal will remain flat.

    Specifically, the EIA projects that most of the growth in renewables will stem from countries outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and that non-OECD Asia -- China and India -- will drive over 60 pct of the world's total increase in energy consumption during the projected period. The EIA predicts that "renewables are expected to be the fastest-growing energy source" across the projected period, with annual consumption increasing on average by 2.3 pct between 2015 and 2040. Coal's share of global energy consumption is expected to fall from 27 pct in 2015 to 22 pct in 2040. (Source: US EIA, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: US EIA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Coal,  US EIA,  

    NYC Mandates Increased Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office has announced new requirements for building owners to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of NYC's 14,500 least-efficient buildings, which together produce 24 pct of NYC's total greenhouse gas emissions.

    The new mandates that will force building owners to make drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and meet fossil fuel caps which will see upgrades to boilers, water heaters, roofs, windows and others. Specifically, the new mandated fossil fuel caps will apply to all buildings over 25,000 square feet, and will require replacement of fossil fuel equipment as well as energy efficiency upgrades over the next 12 to 17 years. The new program is expected to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 7 pct by 2035

    Smaller building owners will qualify for support from a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program low interest rate financing. It is expected that such a program will have the potential to finance $100 million annually in energy efficiency and clean energy projects. (Source: Office of NYC Mayor, Various Media, Sept., 2017) Contact: Office of NYC Mayor, Mark Chambers, Dir, Office of Sustainability,

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

    TOTAL Acquires GreenFlex Energy Efficiency Business (M&A)
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In Paris, French energy giant TOTAL is reporting the acquisition of GreenFlex. GreenFlex combines data intelligence and equipment management and financing to help clients efficiently manage their energy consumption. The acquisition will expand TOTAL's energy efficiency offering, over and above the growth of its affiliates BHC Energy in France and Tenag in Germany. TOTAL intends to offer its customers integrated solutions, from optimization of energy needs and sources and finding financing solutions to energy management and emissions measurement and reduction. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

    Greenflex offers various operational, sustainable solutions focusing on energy strategy and performance, financing the transition and asset management, integrating a sustainable vision and strategy, stakeholder relationship management, and responsible products and consumption. (Source: TOTAL, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Total, Laetitia Maccioni: + 33 6 24 60 57 65 l,; Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962 l,, GreenFlex,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Total,  GreenFlex,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  

    Geneva Airport, Neste Introducing Renewable Jet Fuel (Int'l)
    Neste,Carbon War Room
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In Switzerland, the Geneva Airport reports that in collaboration with Finland-based Neste it will introduce renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations, targeting at least 1 pct of annual jet fuel consumption from late 2018.

    The project is the culmination of a 15-month partnership between Geneva Airport, Sir Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, and SkyNRG which developed an Airport Approach model to help airports play a more active role in accelerating the uptake of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). (Source: Geneva Airport, ATW, 18 Sept., 2017)Contact: Carbon War Room,; Neste Corp, Sam Holmberg, VP Marketing & Services, +358 50 458 4078,; SkyNRG, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Neste,  Carbon War Room,  SkyNRG,  Jet Biofuel,  

    Yale Touts University-Wide Carbon Charge Project (Ind. Report)
    Yale University
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In New Haven, Conn., Yale University reports the implementation of a carbon charge designed to effectively tax University buildings for the cost of their CO2 emissions. The initiative, which took effect on July 1, is intended to research and develop lessons relevant to national carbon pricing policy.

    The project -- a first for any U.S. college or university -- was initially recommended by the 2014 Presidential Carbon Charge Task Force to investigate the feasibility of carbon pricing. After a pilot program analyzed the impact of carbon pricing, the project steering committee found that a $40 per metric ton of CO2 price would be the most effective policy. The Carbon Charge Task Force, along with a $21 million capital investment in energy efficiency, is part of Yale President Peter Salovey's six sustainability initiatives.

    Yale is a strategic partner of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, an alliance of private sector groups seeking to promote carbon pricing conversations among international companies. The university intends to cut campus greenhouse gas emissions 43 pct below 2005 levels by 2020 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: Yale News, 19 Sept., 2017) (Contact: Yale, Carbon Charge Initiative, Casey Pickett, Director, (203) 436-4314,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Charge,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Neutral,  

    Oregon Carbon Cap-and-Invest Supporters Look to 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In Oregon, democratic supporters of a Cap-and-Invest proposal are laying the groundwork for the Oregon Legislature to take on the issue next year. The bill, which is intended to cut emissions and spur renewable energy, would set an upper limit on the amount of fossil fuels used by Oregon companies and impose a fee on companies that exceed the limit. The money generated would be used on projects that would reduce carbon emissions in Oregon. Republican Cap-an-Invest opponents are painting the proposal as essentially a new tax and not meant for tackling contentious issues such as climate change. (Source: NW News Network, Various Other, 18 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Notable Quote
    C40 Cities
    Date: 2017-09-20
    "Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. (Source: ThinkProgress, Sept., 2017) Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841,; C40 Group,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Climate Change,  Jerry Brown,  

    Calif. Passes PACE Consumer Protection Legislation (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In Sacramento, the California Legislature reports it has approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a comprehensive consumer protection, underwriting and regulatory framework for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) The legislation -- AB 1284 -- would significantly enhance PACE underwriting, regulate PACE at the state level and enforce compliance with all PACE laws by PACE administrators and individual contractors. Specifically, the bill would:
  • Strengthen and standardize the current underwriting standards in PACE based on home equity and on-time mortgage and tax payment history; and require that the most accurate automated valuation models are used for establishing the value of the home;

  • Establish new underwriting standards predicated on income verification and ability-to-pay to determine that property owners can meet their annual PACE obligation in addition to their current debt obligations and basic household expenses; and;

  • Create a licensing and regulatory framework for the PACE industry in California, which will be subject to oversight by the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO).

    A companion bill -- SB 242 -- would establish state-of-the-art consumer protections, further setting PACE apart from other forms of financing by requiring a recorded, live, confirmation of terms before the property owner-borrower signs an assessment contract. SB 242 also sets data reporting requirements to local government partners, including data that speaks to the projected energy and water savings and the categories of products installed and homeowners served. (Source: California State Legislature, ProudGreenBuilding, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Climate Action Tracker Launches Updated Rating System (Ind. Report)
    NewClimate Institute
    Date: 2017-09-20
    The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) reports it has updated its government climate action rating system to better reflect the Paris Agreement's 1.5 degree C long term warming limit. The new categories help highlight the adequacy and fairness of government climate commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

    The CAT now has expanded to six rating categories instead of the previous four, to properly describe the full range of action, or lack of action, by governments -- Role model, 1.5 degree C Paris Agreement compatible, 2 degree C compatible, Insufficient, Highly insufficient and Critically insufficient. The new ratings instantly identify the best and the worst government climate related programs and now rates countries like the US, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia as "critically insufficient" and rates Japan and South Africa "highly insufficient."

    In addition to rating countries on their climate commitments, the CAT also provides a rating of each country's climate action implementation based on a detailed analysis of the policies and regulations designed to achieve their targets that a country has put in place. (Source: Climate Action Tracker, New Climate Institute, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: New Climate Institute,; Climate Action Tracker,,

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

    32.5-MW Solar Plant Planned for Georgetown Univ. (Ind. Report)
    Origis Energy, Georgetown University
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Miami-based solar company Origis Energy USA reports it has inked a PPA and contracted to construct a 105,000 module, 32.5-MW solar power plant in Maryland for Georgetown University in Washington DC. Origis will develop, build and own the 75,000 MWh solar project which is expected to supply 49 pct of Georgetown's electricity load for campus operations. Construction is expected to get underway in early 2019, for mid-summer completion. (Source: Origis Energy, Rnewables Now, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Origis Energy,

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