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Univ. Illinois Awarded $10.6Mn for Biodiesel Feedstock R&D (Funding)
US DOE,University of Illinois
Date: 2018-02-26
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports it has awarded $10.6 million over five-years in grant funding to the University of Illinois to transform two of the most productive crops in America into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel.

The new research project Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) will engineer energycane, a bioenergy crop derived from sugarcane, and Miscanthus to produce the oil for the production of biodiesel and biojet fuel. Their work is guided by computer models, which project that these crops can achieve 20 pct oil content in the plant -- a dramatic increase from natural levels of less than a tenth of one percent.

Previous work, funded by the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), achieved 8 pct oil accumulation, and now ROGUE will further increase oil production and target oil accumulation in the stem where it can be accessed more easily with ROGUE's patented extraction technologies.

ROGUE will also improve the efficiency that these crops can turn the sun's energy into plant energy to fuel their biological oil production. Improving these crops' photosynthetic efficiency will ensure that the production of energy-dense oil will not lower yields or suppress plant defenses.

ROGUE is a collaboration amongst researchers from Illinois as well as Brookhaven National Lab, University of Florida, and Mississippi State University, with support from the DOE Office of Science (Office of Biological and Environmental Research). (Source: US DOE, University of Illinois, Feb., 2018)Contact: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Stephen Long, ROGUE Director, (217) 244-2999, www.igb.illinois.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Feedstock,  US DOE,  Energycane,  Miscanthus ,  University of Illinois,  


Climeworks Claims "Historic" First CCS Contracts (Int'l Report)
Climeworks
Date: 2018-02-23
Zurich University spin-off carbon capture and storage (CCS) specialist Climeworks reports it has signed several "historic" contracts for its carbon capture system, which it claims marks the first time a company has been commissioned to permanently remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

Climeworks unveiled the creation of a new market mechanism late last year, through which companies can offset their emissions by paying Climeworks to remove an equivalent amount of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere using its Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology. Unlike traditional offsetting schemes that essentially trade pollution rights, the Climeworks solution involves the direct removal of the same amount of emissions from the atmosphere as the customer is creating.

Once captured, the CO2 is then stored underground in Iceland via the company's 'CarbFix' process. Climeworks opened its Icelandic pilot CCS facility in partnership with utility company Reykjavik Energy last October.

Sited at an existing geothermal power plant, the system draws in ambient air, separates out the pure CO2 using a specially designed filter and pipes it more than 700 metres underground where it reacts with the basaltic bedrock to form solid minerals.

Climeworks, which also opened a commercial carbon capture plant in Zurich last May, aims to filter 1 pct of global CO2 emissions by 2025. (Source: Climeworks, BusinessGreen, Feb., 2018) Contact: Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; Reykjavik Energy, Edda Sif Aradottir, CarbFix Project Leader , www.or.is/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climeworks,  Climate Charnge,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


FirstEnergy Unloading W.Va Coal-Fired Power Plant (Ind. Report)
FirstEnergy,PJM Interconnection
Date: 2018-02-23
Akron, Ohio-headquartered FirstEnergy reports it will sell or close its 1,300 MW coal-fired Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia next year. To that end, FirstEnergy subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply has advised PJM Interconnection it plans to "deactivate" the plant. The grid operator must review the potential reliability impacts of closing the plant.

Another FirstEnergy subsidiary Mon Power in West Virginia, had proposed acquiring the plant but the deal was rejected by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and opposed by West Virginia regulators. (Source: FirstEnergy,Feb.21, 2018) Contact: FirstEnergy, Charles Jones, CEO, President www.firstenergy.com; PJM Interconnection, Andrew Ott, CEO, (866) 756-6397 - Media), www.pjm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News FirstEnergy,  Coal,  PJM Interconnection,  


Nova Scotia Advancing Cap-and-Trade Program (Ind. Report)
Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-02-23
In Halifax, the Nova Scotian Department of Environment has moved the province closer to it's mandated cap-and-trade system with thew release of which will come into force January, 2019, with the release of what it is calling the "quantification, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions regulations." The province's cap-and-trade system is slated to come into force in January, 2019.

The just announced rules are needed to determine the figure that will serve as the cap on emissions and how the province will monitor compliance with the law. Those new regulations also set out which companies will need to report emissions, including: facilities generating at least 50,000 tpy of GHG emissions; per year. oil and gas suppliers that import or produce 200 litres of fuel or more for consumption in Nova Scotia; natural gas distributors whose fuel, when burned, produces 10,000 or more tpy of GHGs.

The The province estimates there are about two dozen companies that will fall under the legislation. Companies will be expected to pay for this work themselves. Those costs, along with whatever they may have to pay for exceeding the as yet undetermined emission limits, which will then be passed along to consumers. (Source: NS Dept of Environment, CBC, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Mark Sidebottom, VP Power Generation and Delivery, www.nspower.ca; Nova Scotia Environment Department, Ian Rankin, Minister, Jason Hollett, Exec. Dir., Climate Change, https://novascotia.ca/nse

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Nova Scotia Power,  GHGs,  


Energy Efficiency Upgrades Expected to Save Alabama School District $14.6Mn (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2018-02-23
In Alabama, Blount County Schools’ partnership with Schneider Electric to improve energy efficiency at 20 district facilities is expected to generate $14.6 million in energy and operational savings that will be used to finance the projects, according to Schneider Electric.

Plans include: installation of exterior and interior LED lighting and controls for classrooms; a district-wide VoIP telecommunications system to for improved communications; additional water-reduction technologies in multiple facilities; HVAC upgrades and modernization; sealing windows, doors, gaps, and cracks across all buildings; a new district-wide building automation system; boiler and roof upgrades and replacements in several buildings; and a district-wide building automation system. (Source: Schneider Electric, Various Media, Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us

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


Neste Touts Neste MY Renewable Diesel for Cutting GHG EMissions (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2018-02-23
According to Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuels specialist maker Neste, replacing fossil fuels with Neste's renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by a staggering 8.3 million metric tons or 8.3 billion kilograms in 2017 -- the equivalent to removing 3 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year.

The amount of greenhouse gas emissions saved with Neste's renewable fuels, primarily Neste MY Renewable Diesel, increased by 1.6 million tons from 2016 thanks to increased production at Neste's renewable fuels refineries in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore.

Refined from waste and residue raw materials, such as meat processing wastes, used cooking oils, and residues from vegetable oil processing, Neste MY Renewable Diesel provides up to 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Waste and residues account for the vast majority of Neste's renewable raw material usage. In addition to significantly reducing global climate emissions, replacing conventional diesel with Neste MY Renewable Diesel can improve local air quality by reducing local exhaust emissions, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon monoxide. (Source: Neste, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, US VP Sales, (713) 407-4400, www.neste.com, www.nestemy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Neste MY Renewable Diesel,  Renewable Diesel,  


Hawaiian Legislators Mulling B10 Biofuels Blend (Reg & Leg)
Biofuel Blend
Date: 2018-02-23
In January,In the Aloha State, the Hawaiin legislature is reported to be considering Senate Bill 2019 (SB2019), and several amendments to the original bill, requiring transportation fuel sold in the state to contain no less than 10 percent biofuel by volume.

Originally, SB2019 called for a percentage of the biofuel used in the blending be produced in Hawaii and defined biofuel as ethanol and biodiesel. The bill includes stiff penalties for distributors or others that violate the blend requirement. Violators would be subject to a fine of $2 or more per gallon of nonconforming fuel up to a maximum of $1 million per infraction. The legislation is now awaiting state Senate approval. (Source: Biodiesel Mag, Various Media, 21 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


Greenbelt's BioEthanol Test Facility Conversion to Commercial-Scale Near Completion (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt
Date: 2018-02-23
Paso Robles, California-based Greenbelt Resources Corp reports the first phase of its California BioEthanol Project that will convert its Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery is well underway and expected tb be completed in Q2, this year.

The biorefinery will produce approximately 1.37 million ppy of protein concentrate and 75,000 gpy of bioethanol. The total estimated investment for the California BioEthanol Project is $3.25 million. Additional capacity will be added in the project's secomd and third phases.

Greenbelt Resources Corp. is an award-winning designer and supplier of sustainable energy production systems focused on delivering modular solutions that enable the localized processing of locally generated waste into locally consumed products. Greenbelt's small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels, animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, Daily Telescope, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726 x 101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt,  BioEthanol,  


Watsonville, California Biodiesel Plant Reopens (Ind. Report)
Agron Bioenergy,Western Iowa Energy
Date: 2018-02-23
Follwing up on our Novemebr 17, 2017 coverage, Agron Bioenergy is reporting the reopening of the former Northstar Biofuels biodiesel plant in Watsonville, California. Agron Bioenergy is owned by Wall Lake, Iowa-based Western Iowa Energy, LLC, which produces approximately 45 million gpy of biodiesel.

The plant, which was opened by Northstar Biofuels in 2012 and shuttered in 2016, was acquired by Western Iowa Energy, LLC in 2017. The reopened plant is expected to produce an estimated 15 million gpy of biodiesel for the California market. (Source: Western Iowa Energy, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Western Iowa Energy , Brad Wilson, Pres. GM, Agron Bioenergy, (831) 728-1300, www.agronbioenergy.com; Western Iowa Energy LLC, (717) 664-2173, www.westerniowaenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agron Bioenergy,  Biodiesel,  Western Iowa Energy,  


Former INEOS Bio-Refinery Site becoming "Eco-District" (Ind. Report)
Frankens Energy,INEOS
Date: 2018-02-23
In the Sunshine State, a consortium of investors and project developers led by Frankens Energy reports it plans to convert its recently acquired former INEOS New Planet BioEnergy LLC plant in Vero Beach, Indian River County, into one of Florida's largest integrated "eco-districts." The aim is to integrate a series of businesses, all focused on nurturing and supporting environmental sustainability, employment and education within the local community.

The Indian River Eco-District is being developed at an enviable location, in that over $200 million of infrastructure capital was recently deployed at the site to build an industrial biofuels production plant, including on-site power generation equipment and a physical interconnection to Florida's electricity grid.

Frankens Energy is an investor, owner and manager of a portfolio of renewable power generation assets, including the associated land and real estate, across the states of Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida.(Source: Frankens Energy, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Frankens Energy, David Frankens, info@frankensenergy.com, www.frankensenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Frankens Energy,  INEOS,  Bioenergy,  


POET Lauds Portland Resolution Backing RFS (Ind. Report)
POET Biorefining – Portland
Date: 2018-02-23
In the Hoosier State, POET Biorefining-Portland has applauded passage of a City of Portland resolution urging Indiana lawmakers to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS ensures that Indiana farmers and biofuel producers can continue to compete against fossil fuel companies that seek to monopolize consumer options at the fuel pump, POET says.

POET Biorefining-Portland began operations September 18, 2007. The biorefinery processes approximately 25 million bpy of locally-grown corn to produce 68 million gpy of biofuels. (Source: POET, Hoosier Ag Today, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: POET Biorefining-Portland, Matt Tomano, General Manager,(260) 726-7154, http://poetbiorefining-portland.aghost.net/index.cfm

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


Canadian Solar Manufacturers Act Against U.S. Tariffs (Reg & Leg)
Solar
Date: 2018-02-23
The Toronto Star is reporting three Canadian solar panel manufacturers -- Ontario-based Silfab Solar Inc., Heliene Inc., and Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., along with U.S.-based distributor Canadian Solar (USA) Inc. -- have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the 30 pct tariff the Trump administration imposed on solar cell imports last month.

The lawsuit, which was filed at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York on Wednesday, claims that an investigation last year by the International Trade Commission found Canadian products do not significantly hurt U.S. manufacturers nor account for much of the overall imports of solar cells into the U.S. and that the imposition of the tariffs is contrary to the NAFTa agreement. NAFTA.

The legal action contends that the tariffs, which the U.S. administration says were imposed to put American companies and jobs first, will inflict immediate, severe, and irreversible injuries to the companies. The tariffs have also been challenged by the EU, China, South Korea, and Taiwan at the World Trade Organization. (Source: thestar.com, Various Media, Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Tariff,  Solar,  Trump,  


Consumers Energy Aims for 40 pct Renewables by 2040 (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-02-23
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy, the state's largest energy provider, reports it will cut carbon emissions by 80 pct, abandon coal-fired power generation, and source at least 40 pct of its power from renewables by 2040. According to Consumers Energy's 2017 sustainability report, renewables currently make up just 10 pct of the utility's electric generation operating capacity.

In 2016, Consumers Energy closed 7 of its 12 coal-fired generating plants -- more than any other investor-owned utility that year. Consumers Energy presently owns and operates two wind farms, operates two utility-scale solar projects at Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University, and uses energy from Sempra Renewables' 100-MW wind farm project in Huron County.

Additionally. Consumers Energy has introduced energy efficiency programs that it claims has helped customers save over $1 billion since 2009. (Source: Consumers Energy, Energy Mgr., 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewables,  


GreenON Funds Ontario Social Housing Energy Efficiency (Funding)
GreenON Social Housing
Date: 2018-02-23
In Toronto, the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market, reports its new GreenON Social Housing Program will help upgrade energy efficiency in social housing apartment buildings with fewer than 100 units province-wide.

Funded improvements will include upgrades to energy-efficient HVAC systems, windows, lighting and insulation. The renovations will also improve the living conditions for low-income tenants and the long-term sustainability of buildings, according to a release. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, DCN News Service, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: GreenON Fund, GreenON Social Housing, (888) 724-8444, www.greenon.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenON Social Housing,  


Prolacta Bioscience HQ Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-02-23
California-headquartered Prolacta Bioscience reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for its new, 40,338 sq. ft. headquarters in Duate.

Prolacta's Duarte headquarters scored high marks in the LEED Energy & Atmosphere category. Lighting installed in the building uses 55.5 pct less energy than standard lighting solutions, and ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and equipment were incorporated into the building to improve efficiency. Prolacta also scored high points for water efficiency and overall water-use reduction. Additionally, 10.5 pct of building materials were manufactured using recycled materials, and 31.8 percent of materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the building site. The building also promotes improved air quality by reducing Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions in the materials used, and established a green cleaning policy that is used throughout the facility. (Source: Prolacta Bioscience, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Prolacta Bioscience, Scott Elster, CEO, (888) 776-5228, www.prolacta.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Greencoat Snares 142 MW of Canadian Solar's UK Assets (Int'l, M&A)
Greencoat,Canadian Solar
Date: 2018-02-23
In the UK, Dublin, Ireland-based renewable energy investor Greencoat Capital LLP is reporting its acquisition of 142 MW of UK solar assets from Canadian Solar Inc. Financial details were not disclosed.

The portfolio includes 24 facilities across the UK, most of which are accredited under the Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) regime, getting between 1.2 and 1.4 ROCs per MWh, with seven accredited under the feed-in tariff (FiT) regime.

With the acquisition, Greencoat Capital presently manages 470 MW of solar capacity in the UK. (Source: Greencoat Capital,Greencoat Capital, Renewables, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.com; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Greencoat,  Solar,  


UK Renewables Jump 27 psy in 2017 (Int'l Report)
UK Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-02-23
. February 22 (Renewables Now) - Electric Insights is reporting the UK's renewable power production jumped 27 pct in 2017 to 96 TWh. By way of illustration, the entire population of Britain used 91 TWh of electricity in 1958, 92 pct of which came from coal.

In 2017, coal generated 7 pct of the country's electricity while fully 50 pct came from biomass, hydro, wind and solar, according to a joint report from low carbon sources, according to the Imperial College London and Drax Group Plc report. (Source: Imperial College London, Renewables Mow, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: DRAX, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; Imperial College London, Iain Staffell, +44 20 7589 5111, www.imperial.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London,  DraxRenewables,  Renewable Energy,  UK Renewable Energy,  


Mayo Clinic Hits Energy Savings Goal Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Mayo Clinic
Date: 2018-02-23
In Rochester, Minnesota, the world renowned Mayo Clinic is reporting as of October, 2017, it has reached an surpassed it 2011 goal of reducing energy consumption by 20 pct by 2020. The clinic estimates it has invested over $1.5 million in upgrades from which it has realized approximately $26 million in energy costs since 2011 -- $7.8 million per year in avoided energy costs -- and received almost $890,000 in rebates.

Energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades to the Mayo campus' 50 buildings included: reprogramming energy control systems; adjusting the heating and cooling in public areas; lab exhaust fan controls to eliminate wasted usage; motor drive replacements and upgrades; upgrading traditional to LED lighting; upgraded insulation; HVAC duct resealing; employee energy use and conservation education; and a planned energy tracking and management system at a future date.

The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group of more than 4,500 physicians and scientists and 58,400 administrative and allied health staff. (Source: Mayo Clinic, Post Bulletin, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Mayo Clinic, Amanda Holloway, Sustainability Project Leader , Brett Gorden, Utility Operations, Energy Management, and Infrastructure Systems Engineering, www.mayoclinic.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


ENERGY STAR Wars -- Trump Attacks Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2018-02-23
In Washington, Pres. Donald Trump's (The Donald's) budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2019 is calling for the elimination of $42 million in funding for the well known and popular DOE ENERGY STAR program. The voluntary program sets efficiency benchmarks for appliances, electronics, building materials, lighting and other products, and lets companies use the ENERGY STAR label on products that meet the specifications.

Under The Donald's budget proposal, the EPA would administer and manage the energy efficiency certification program which would be funded through fees charged to the appliance manufacturers and other companies that use it, thus shifting the programs costs away from the taxpayer's purse.

"By administering the ENERGY STAR program through the collection of user fees, EPA would continue to provide a trusted resource for consumers and businesses seeking the most energy and cost efficient products as well as help protect the environment," according to the DOE.

As expected, manufacturers, retailers, utilities, environmentalists and others that benefit from the program are lining up against Trump's newest plan. The program's backers are also concerned that Trump's plan would erode the program's credibility for objective certifications. The Donald previous proposed to abolish the ENERGY STAR program altogether. (Source: The Hill, Various Other Media, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

Editor's Note: Keeping Wednesday, 21st February's coverage -- US Dept. of Energy Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards -- in mind, there is little reason to believe The Donald, Pruitt or the DOE have much interest in energy efficient appliances or energy efficiency in general. Here's Wednesday's coverage again:

DOE Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the Trump administration to end its hold on rules that would strengthen appliance energy efficiency standards.

At issue in the energy efficiency case were four standards -- proposed by the Obama administration in late 2016 -- that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 99 million tons over 30 years and save consumers billions of dollars on their energy utility bills over that time period.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled the DOE had "breached" its duty under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to publish the four energy efficiency standards in the Federal Register. The judge ordered the DOE to publish the standards within 28 days of the ruling. A DOE report notes that energy efficiency policies will save consumers $545 billion, but "The Donald" doesn't seem to care.

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Trump,  


Consumers Energy Announces 80 pct Carbon Emissions Reduction, Zero Coal by 2040 Goals (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-02-23
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy and CMS Energy are reporting plans to slash carbon emissions by 80 pct and completely abandon coal to generate electricity by 2040. The company also foresees more than 40 pct of of its energy needs being supplied from renewables and energy storage by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  


Ameresco's Scottish Colleges Energy Efficiency Projects Completed (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2018-02-23
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting completion of $3.7-million energy savings projects at four colleges in Scotland. The project is the first large, multi-site energy performance contract delivered through the Scotland government Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework. It's also the first higher education contract in Scotland for Ameresco's UK operation.

Installations and improvements included LED lighting and controls, a combined heat and power system, controls optimization, variable speed drives and CO2 sensing, natural gas conversion, smart occupancy controls, low flow-taps and showers, building envelope improvements, and transformer tap downs.

Each college -- Edinburgh College, Borders College, Newbattle Abbey College and West Lothian College -- is expected to save nearly $370,000 each year and to cut its carbon emissions by an average of 24 pct. (Source: Ameresco, WBJournal, 22 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


Heineken Surpasses 2020 CO2-Reduction Targets (Int'l Report)
Heineken
Date: 2018-02-23
German beer brewer Heineken confirms it has surpassed its 2020 target for CO2 emissions in production three years ahead of schedule. The company has achieved a CO2 level of 6.1 kg CO2 e/hl, down from 6.5 kg CO2 e/hl in 2016 -- a 41 pct decline in CO2 emissions since 2008, according to a company statement.

Emissions decreased in absolute terms as well, the company said. While production volumes were 57 pct higher in 2017 than in 2008, emissions were 7 pct lower, the company claims. (Source: Heineken, European Supermarket Mag, 22 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Univ. of Florida Boasts 74 On-Campus LEED Buildings (Ind. Report)
University of Florida,USGBC
Date: 2018-02-23
In Gainesville, the University of Florida is reporting the addition of its 75th US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED-certified building with an addition of the Career Resource Center and Weil Hall.

Seventy-three buildings on campus meet LEED standards, having been designed to save energy, use less water, generate less waste and be more cost-effective, according to the school website. The University campus has three platinum, 27 gold, 12 silver, 14 certified and 18 registered LEED buildings, as of April 2014. (Source: University of Florida, ProudGreenBuilding, 22 Feb., 2018)Contact: University of Florida, Dustin Stephany, Sustainability Director, www.ufl.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Florida,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


Siemens Gamesa Supplying Turbines for Bosnian Wind Project (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,FL Wind
Date: 2018-02-23
Siemens Gamesa reports it supply, install and maintain 34 wind turbines for Bosnia Herzegovina-headquartered independent power producer FL Wind. The FL Wind deal is the company's second Bosnian project and its tenth project in the Western Balkans region. The agreement includes delivery and installation of the turbines at the Jelovaca wind farm in northern Bosnia Herzegovina.

Since entering the Balkans wind energy market in 2010, Siemens Gamesa has supplied 116 wind turbines totaling more than 285 MW in Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia Herzegovina for the (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Renewable Energy, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


Vestas Claims 50-MW, American-Made Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Vestas
Date: 2018-02-23
Wind turbine giant Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from an unidentified purchaser for 50 MW of its American-manufactured V136-3.45 MW turbines, delivered in 3.6-MW Power Optimized Mode. Delivery is slated to to begin in Q3, 2018, for commissioning planned for Q4. fourth quarter.

The order includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a multi-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, Vestas' full-scope service package maximizing uptime and energy production. The project and customer are undisclosed at the customer’s request. (Source: Vestas, Windpower Engineering, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, President U.S. and Canada, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

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


EIB Touts Energy Efficiency Funding Initiative (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2018-02-21
In Brussels, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is reporting Board approval for the creation of the Smart Finance for Smart Buildings Initiative. The initiative will invest in residential buildings to improve energy efficiency using EU grants as a guarantee to incentivize energy efficiency investments of €10 billion from public and private sources.

The funding is expected to help establish a small business renovations market worth up to €120 billion, support up to 220,000 jobs, and help lift 3.2 million European families out of energy poverty by taking some of the risk out of energy efficiency investments in the buildings sector and offering assistance with project development for households unable to finance and execute residential energy efficiency projects. (Source: Eurostat, European Commission, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  EIB,  Energy Efficiency,  


Univ. of Toronto Awarded $26Mn Green Project Funding (Funding)
University of Toronto
Date: 2018-02-21
In Ontario, Canada's largest university, the University of Toronto reports plans to leverage $26.7 million in new provincial innovation funding to launch "green" projects across its three campuses as part of a program to reduce current and future greenhouse gas emissions. The new funding will be combined with $15.3 million previously earmarked for energy efficiency initiatives. The university aims to cut carbon emissions by nearly 12,000 tonnes by the year 2021.

The money, which includes access to $44 million in interest free loans, comes from the proceeds of the province's cap-and-trade program, an integral part of Ontario's climate change action plan that calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050. To date, the university's downtown Toronto campus has reduced reduce its carbon footprint by 50,000 tonnes over the past decade despite while adding 25 new buildings and increasing the student population by 50 pct. (Source: University of Toronto Newqs, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: University of Toronto, www.utoronto.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  GHGs,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  


West Virginia Extends CCS Tax Credits Beyond Coal (Red & Leg)

Date: 2018-02-21
In West Virginia, a recently passed and signed Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 includes the Furthering Carbon Capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground Storage, and Reduced Emissions (FUTURE) Act which extends and expands the Section 45Q carbon sequestration tax credits for the first time to industries and companies other than the coal-fired power plants the original 2008 45Q tax credits originally benefited.

Now the tax credits are available to any industrial facility at which carbon capture equipment is installed and which captures at least 500,000 metric tpy of CO2. There are currently only a handful of projects that have been built to take advantage of 45Q and only 17 large scale CO2 capture projects worldwide. This expansion can help the next wave of investments in CO2 capture projects. (Source: WV News, 18 Feb., 2018)

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


CDP Reports Emissions Cuts Saved Companies $14Bn in 2017 (Int'l)
CDP
Date: 2018-02-21
According to the environmental disclosure platform CDP's Closing the Gap: Scaling up Sustainable Supply Chain Practices report, major global companies significantly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their supply chains and saved approximately $14 billion as a result of emission reduction activities in 2017. The report is based on climate, water and deforestation-related data collected from over 4,800 companies, and points to increased awareness of climate change-related risks and opportunities down the supply chain.

According to the findings, carbon emissions in supply chains are four times greater than those of a company's direct operations. Of those responding to CDP, over 75 pct of suppliers identified some climate change risks to their business, and more than 50 pct said they have integrated climate change into their business strategies. The number of companies that address emissions in their supply chains doubled within a year, with emission reductions totaling 551 million metric tonnes of CO2.

The report also compares the efforts of suppliers in eight major economies to mitigate environmental risk. It finds that 80 pct of companies in France are likely to have climate change integrated into their businesses. Japanese companies have the highest rates of disclosure, and are the most likely to set emissions reduction targets. Of the organizations on the Supplier Engagement leader board, 33 pct are from the US, followed by 15 pct from the UK. (Source: CDP, PR, UNFCCC, Feb., 2018) Contact: CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


EDF says Methane Emissions Must be Slashed for Future of Climate Industry (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
EDF
Date: 2018-02-21
According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2017 World Energy Outlook evaluating the role of natural gas in a low-carbon economy, globally, the oil and gas industry could reduce up to 75 pct of its current methane emissions. Methane, the main constituent in natural gas, is also a powerful climate pollutant that has increasingly alarmed scientists. IEA says the environmental credentials of natural gas are at risk absent action by the industry to radically reduce oil and gas methane emissions. Methane emissions from human activities account for about 25 pct of the warming our planet is experiencing today, according to the IEA.

The IEA says that while some oil and gas companies are beginning to tackle methane in earnest, others downplay or deny the problem while others question the oil and gas industry's role in a low-carbon future.(Source: Environmental Defense Fund) ) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news,  EDF news,  Climate Change news,  


RES to Build Ont. Light-Rail Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
RESolve Energy Storage System
Date: 2018-02-21
Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc, the Canadian unit of UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES), reports it has contracted with the province of Ontario and Toronto Hydro to design and construct a battery energy storage facility backup power system for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line Mount Dennis Station which is currently under construction.

The energy storage facility will help reduce the Crosstown's overall emissions and operating costs and will provide emergency power to the line in the event of a power interruption. The LRT line will comprise 25 stations and stops linking 54 bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit lines and the UP Express, beginning in 2021. (Source: RESolve Energy Storage System, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: RESolve Energy ZStorage Syste, www.res-group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RESolve Energy Storage System,  Energy Storage,  


Schneider Supports Ryerson Smart Building Analytics Lab (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric Canada,Ryerson University
Date: 2018-02-21
Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric Canada reports it is donation $1 million "in kind" to Ryerson University's planned new Smart Building Analytics Living Lab -- the first of its kind in Canada.

The new lab will be used to demonstrate savings in energy consumption and in capital and operating expenses for buildings of all sizes. As Canada seeks to achieve increasingly ambitious energy- and carbon-reduction goals in alignment with the COP21 outcomes, the laboratory will assist with increasing knowledge and experience in key areas including: improved understanding of emerging HVAC systems; optimization and performance improvement of existing HVAC systems; new data analytics algorithms, predictive models, and machine learning approaches to support building performance improvement in real-time, considering both human effects as well as environmental conditions.

The Smart Building Analytics Living Lab will be used as a direct connection into the real world of building management systems and energy management. From the facility, the Ryerson team will connect to building control systems using Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Building software platform including access control, lighting control, security, energy and HVAC systems. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.ca; Ryerson University, (416) 979-5000, www.ryerson.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric Canada,  Smart Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management ,  


Nordex Scores Greek Wind Farm Contracts (Int'l Report)
Nordex
Date: 2018-02-21
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine maker Nordex reports it has won a contract from Hellenic Capital Partners (HCP) to install 16 N117/2400 and N100/2500 series wind turbines at two Greek wind farms with a combined capacity of close to 40 MW. Under the contract, Nordex will also service the machines over a 15-year period and for this purpose will establish a service station in the vicinity of the wind farms.

Both of the wind farms are expected to come online by the end of 2018. (Source: Nordex, Various Media, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com

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Enviva Closes on South Carolina Wood Pellet Plant Purchase (M&A)
Enviva
Date: 2018-02-21
Bethesda, Maryland-based wood pellets supplier Enviva Holdings LP reports it has closed on the purchase of a wood pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina, from Portuguese pulp and paper maker The Navigator Company SA. The purchase was executed through Enviva JV Development Company LLC, a recently formed joint venture with The John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

Eviva plans to increase the plant's production to 600,000 tpy by 2019 and install equipment for controlling emission levels. Presently, Enviva has wood pellet manufacturing bases at seven locations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. Another factory is also underway in North Carolina's Richmond county. Together, the plants will be able to produce over 4 million tpy of pellets, according to a company release. (Source: Enviva, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: The Navigator Company SA, en.thenavigatorcompany.com; Enviva, John Keppler, CEO, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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


Los Angeles Curbs Building Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Reg & Leg)
Los Angeles
Date: 2018-02-21
On February 6, the Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution targeting drastic cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from commercial and residential buildings -- the latest step by the nation's second-largest city to shrink the environmental footprint of its built environment.

The measure gives the city's Building and Safety Department and the Department of Water and Power (DWP) 90 days to recommend methods for reducing reliance on natural gas and shifting toward electricity from clean sources for heating, water heating, and cooking. The move also requires DWP to set ambitious goals for building electrification in 2028 and 2038.

The targets are in line with L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti's sustainability plan which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60 pct before 2035. Currently, the L.A. region burns more fossil fuels in its buildings than in its power plants. (Source: City of Los Angeles, Architectural Record, 6 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  GHGs,  


Rotterdam Waste-to-Methanol Plant Plans Confirmed (Int'l)
Enerkem,AkzoNobel,Air Liquide
Date: 2018-02-21
Montreal-based Enerkem reports it has joined AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Air Liquide, and the Port of Rotterdam in an agreement for initial investments for an advanced waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam. When fully operational, the plant is expected to have two production lines producing as much as 220,000 mt of "green" methanol from 360,000 mt of waste materials. The new plant should also generate CO2 emission savings of around 300,000 mt.

An Initial €9 million ($11 million) investment is expected to cover the set-up of a joint venture, engineering and permitting. The completed plant is expected to come in at approximately €200 million. (Source: Enerkem, Platts, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +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 Enerkem,  AkzoNobel,  Air Liquide,  Methanol,  


PA. Oil, Gas Methane Emissions Higher than Reported (Ind. Report)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,EDF
Date: 2018-02-21
According to a new study conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Keystone State's oil and gas operations emit more than 520,000 tpy of methane from leaky, outdated and malfunctioning equipment. The study also found emissions of volatile organic compounds, which contribute to smog and respiratory diseases like asthma, are nine times higher than reported to the state by the oil and gas industry. "Oil and gas methane emissions could be as high as five times what industry reports through the state methane and greenhouse gas reporting inventories," The report claims.

The study concludes that without additional regulatory action by the state, more than 5,000,000 million tons of methane pollution could be emitted in Pennsylvania by 2025. The Pennsylvania DEP is presently finalizing methane reduction requirements for new, unconventional facilities which are expected to reduce emissions by about 3 pct. If the state regulations included existing unconventional sources, emissions would be 25 pct lower, according to the report. (Source: EDF, Public News Service, Allegheny Front, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov; EDF, Andrew Williams, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, www.edf.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  ,  Methane,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


US Dept. of Energy Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)
US DOE
Date: 2018-02-21
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the Trump administration to end its hold on rules that would strengthen appliance energy efficiency standards.

At issue in the energy efficiency case were four standards -- proposed by the Obama administration in late 2016 -- that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 99 million tons over 30 years and save consumers billions of dollars on their energy utility bills over that time period.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled the DOE had "breached" its duty under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to publish the four energy efficiency standards in the Federal Register. The judge ordered the DOE to publish the standards within 28 days of the ruling. A DOE report notes that energy efficiency policies will save consumers $545 billion, but "The Donald" doesn't seem to care. (Source: DRDC, Think Progress, Others, 16 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Appliance Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Standard,  


London Considering Energy Efficient Lighting Strategy (Int'l)
City of London
Date: 2018-02-21
In the UK, the City of London Corp is considering proposals to improve energy efficiency, boost LED use, and tackle light pollution in the city's "Square Mile." The local authority's yet to be adopted lighting strategy includes plans for remotely operated lighting to both improve the look of historic buildings at night, as well as reduce energy consumption and curb light pollution. The strategy will also consider the role lighting has on crime prevention, reinforcing road safety, and light pollution, the latter of which studies have shown can disrupt ecosystems and reduce biodiversity and other considerations. (Source: City of London, BusinessGreen, 19 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Lighing,  


Cuomo Announces Smart Street Lighting NY Program (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,NYPA
Date: 2018-02-21
Empire State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is touting Smart Street Lighting NY, a new statewide program to replace more 500,000 street lights throughout the state with energy-saving LED technology by 2025. According to the Governor's release, the program could cut energy consumption across the state by 482 gWh annually and save the state's taxpayers $87 million a year. It would also drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of light and safety of communities across the state.

The program directly supports the governor's goal to reduce climate emissions 40 pct by 2030, based on 1990 levels.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will lead the initiative in cooperation with the Department of Public Service, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Department of Environmental Conservation and other state agencies. The NYPA will provide upfront financing for the project, as well as finance the purchase of street lighting systems from a municipality's utility if needed.

Details of the BuildSmart NY program are HERE. (Source: NYPA, Urban CNY News, Feb., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; NYPA, Gil Quiniones, CEO, (914) 681-8186, www.nypa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  energy Efficieny,  Energy Efficienct Lighting,  LED Light,  NYPA,  


Kitsault Touts Waste-to-Energy "Green Solution" (Ind. Report)
Kitsault Energy
Date: 2018-02-21
Canada-based Kitsault Energy (KE) is touting its patented process to convert pulp and paper plant wastes, food, municipal solid and various other bio-wastes into power.

KE's proprietary process produces high-energy, water-repellent solid biofuel which burns with no residual ash and is ideal for replacing coal in the steel and cement industries. The company claims its patented process is a "green solution" for landfills and holding ponds, which transform the energy of decaying bio-waste into viable coal alternatives. (Source: Kitsault Energy, Power Technology, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Kitsault Energy, Krishnan Suthanthiran, CEO, Pres., krish@kitsaultenergy.com, www.kitsaultenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Fuel,  Biofuel,  Waste-to-Energy,  


Massive Floating Solar Farm Planned for Netherlands (Int'l)
Floating Solar
Date: 2018-02-21
In the Netherlands, a $1.48 million floating solar farm off the coast of the Netherlands is being promoted by a nine-member consortium headed up by Oceans of Energy, a Netherlands company that creates floating offshore systems. The project, which aims to have 2,500 square meters of solar panels in place by 2021, is being backed by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy's Netherlands Enterprise Agency over the next three years.

The consortia includes energy sector companies: Oceans of Energy, TNO, TAQA, TKI Urban Energy, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and ECN. Utrecht University will conduct sustainability research, while the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands will carry out independent research for the Dutch government.(Source: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-economic-affairs-and-climate-policy; Oceans of Energy, Allaard van Hoeken , CEO, +31-(0)850090631, info@oceansofenergy.blue, https://oceansofenergy.blue

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Japanese Solar Feed-in-Tariffs Being Lowered (Int'l Report)
Enerdata
Date: 2018-02-21
Global energy information resource Enerdata is reporting that Japanese Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) for non-residential solar power plants of 10 kW or less will be lowered by 14 pct, from JPY21/kWh in 2017 to JPY18/kWh (US$17c/kWh). The reduction will apply to facilities that are certified in and after April 2018 for a 20-year period.

Feed-in tariffs for residential PV systems (below 10 kW) were set in 2017 for the 2017-2019 period and will remain unchanged, at JPY 26/kWh (US$24c/kWh) for 2018 and JPY24/kWh (US$22c/kWh) in 2019 in regions where output control equipment is not required to be installed; they are set at JPY28/kWh (US$26c/kWh) for 2018 and JPY 26/kWh (US$24c/kWh) for 2019 in regions where the installation of output control equipment is required. Larger solar plants - 2 MW or higher - were shifted to the bidding system in 2017. Source: Enerdata, AsianPower, 19 Feb., 2018)

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Greencoat Renewables Snares 9.2-MW Irish Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
Greencoat Renewables
Date: 2018-02-21
Dublin-headquartered Greencoat Renewables Plc reports it has taken possession of the 9.2-MW Lisdowney wind farm in Leinster province, Ireland, which it purchased last July for €22.5 million, subject to an adjustment mechanism.

The wind farm, which went into production in November 2016, incorporates four Enercon GmbH E82 turbines. The wind farm benefits from a contract through 2031 under Ireland's renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) scheme.

Owned by European renewables investment manager Greencoat Capital LLP, Greencoat Renewables had a 173-MW portfolio of wind farms as of December 2017. (Source: Greencoat Capital, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Capital, Bertrand Gautier, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.comGreencoat Renewables www.greencoat-capital.com

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Minn. Biomass Plant Closure "Slighly Positive" says Economic Impact Study (Ind. Report)
Benson Energy
Date: 2018-02-21
Following up on our July 1t, 2017 coverage, A recently published study from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has revealed the economic impact of Xcel Energy's closing of the 50-MW, waste-wood and poultry litter-fired Fibrominn Benson Energy biomass power plant in the state.

According to a DEED required economic impact study, the closure would have a "slightly positive net economic impact statewide" despite having a negative local effect. The closure is being widely opposed on the grounds that it would adversely affect the environment and state economy, and violate guaranteed state contractual obligations. The Minnesota Timber Association and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association are among the petitioners opposing the closure.

Download the Economic Impact of Closure: Benson Power Biomass Facility HERE. (Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Swift County Monitor, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, https://mn.gov/deed; Fibrominn Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fibrominn,  Benson Power,  Biomass,  


China Expanding Bioethanol Production, Consumption (Int'l)
Chinese State Administration of Grain
Date: 2018-02-21
In Beijing, the Chinese State Administration of Grain (SAG) is reporting China will expand production and consumption of bioethanol fuel this year as the country seeks more channels to use corn and grain stockpiles. The surplus is the result of years of support for corn farmers.

To help make use of the excess stock, China last year announced a plan for nationwide use of bioethanol gasoline by 2020. Outlining the work priorities for 2018, the SAG said it will accelerate the use of grain stockpiles and reform grain storage mechanisms to make them more market-oriented, according to the State Administration of Grain. (Source: Chinese State Administration of Grain, Xinhua, 17 Feb., 2018) Contact: Chinese State Administration of Grain, www.chinagrain.gov.cn/english/index.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  China Ethanol,  


IGL, Mahindra Partner on Indian Crop Stubble Fuels Project (Int'l)
Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-02-21
The Times of India is reporting New Delhi-headquartered Indian automobile natural gas fuel supplier Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) and Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions (MWESL) , a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, are partnering to design and develop biofuels from crop stubble production in Delhi and other Indian centers.

In related developments, public sector power generation company National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) began using crop stubble biomass pellets to fuel its Dadri power plant with the aim of giving farmers a profitable alternative to burning crop residue and opening up a new market for rural entrepreneurship. (Source: Rural Marketing, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions, www.tofler.in/mahindra-waste-energy-solutions-limited/company/U37200MH2017PLC296622; Indraprastha Gas Ltd., www.iglonline.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mahindra,  ,  Biomass Pellet,  


Ohio Extends Alternative Fuels Conversion Grants (Funding)
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Date: 2018-02-21
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency reports it is extending extending the application date to March 20, 2018, for heavy-duty diesel- or gasoline-powered bus and truck owners to apply for grants to convert engines to CNG, LNG or LPG fuels. The grants can also be used for dual-fueled vehicles that run both on alternative fuel and gasoline or diesel fuel. Qualifying vehicles must be registered in Ohio for operation on public highways and be used in business.

According to the state EPA, cleaner fuels help improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions such as nitrogen oxide and fine particulates. (Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The News Herald, WRAL, 19 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.state.oh.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  


EU Needs €62Bn Annually to Double Renewables by 2030, says Irena (Int'l Report)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2018-02-21
According to a new report from the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the EU is currently working towards targets to lower emissions by 15 pct by 2030, bringing it closer to a 40 pct emissions target, when compared with benchmarks in 1990. To that end, the EU will require investment of around €62 billion ($76.5 billion) per year to achieve 34 pct renewables in its power mix by 2030, according to the report.

The 28-member EU, which currently sources around 17 pct of its power from renewables, is likely to consume around 50 pct renewables by 2030, compared to less than 30 pct in 2015. In terms of end-use sectors, renewables would account for 42 pct of energy in buildings, 36 pct in industry as well as 17 per cent in transport, the report adds. (Source: EU, IRENA, The National, 20 Feb., 2018))Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union,  ,  Renewable Energy,  International Renewable Energy Agency,  


Siemens Gamesa Completes First Rentel Offshore Nacelle (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa, Otary
Date: 2018-02-19
In Cuxhaven, Germany, Siemens Gamesa reports the completion of the first nacelle for Otary's 309-MW Rentel NVoffshore wind farm. The nacelle and all turbine components will be shipped for pre-assembly ahead of installation at the project site off the coast of Belgium.

The wind farm will incorporate 42 Siemens Gamesa turbines and is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. (Siemens Gamesa, PR, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Otary, +32 59 40 10 00, www.otary.be; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  

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