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Orion Touts ADTRAN Energy Saving LED Upgrade (Ind. Report)
Orion Energy System
Date: 2017-09-20
Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based LED lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems reports it re-seller Enersgae was selected to provide energy-efficient LED lighting solutions to communications equipment provider ADTRAN, Inc., plant in Huntsville, Alabama as part of the company's energy conservation and efficiency program.

The energy conservation project qualified ADTRAN for a $70,000 incentive through a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) rebate program. The new LED systems are expected to cut electricity consumption by over 800,000 kWh per year for $60,000 or more in annual savings. energy savings. The systems' ongoing energy savings and three years return on investment. (Source: Orion Energy Systems, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Inc., Mike Altschaefl, CEO, (312) 660-3575,; ADTRAN, Inc.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orion Energy System,  LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  

Consumers Energy Efficiency Program Saves Michigan Small Businesses Big Bucks (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2017-09-20
Michigan's largest utility, Consumers Energy reports its voluntary 8 year old Small Business Energy Efficiency Program has helped more than 10,000 small businesses statewide lower their costs with incentives to cut energy consumption.

Small businesses participating in the program receive free assessments identifying ways to reduce energy use and are directed toward rebates for upgrades that reduce their energy use. Since 2009 when the program began small businesses have received over $35 million in incentives from Consumers Energy, according to a company release. (Source: Consumers Energy, Renewable Energy, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Consumers Energy,

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

Flourine Solar Cell Touted for Low Cost, Stability (New Prod & Tech)
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Date: 2017-09-20
Scientists at South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology are reporting development of stable and cheap solar cells made out of flourine. The team led by Kim Jin-young developed the edged-selectively fluorine functionalized graphene nanoplatelets with structure of perovskite solar cells that can achieve a stability of 82 pct.

A perovskite solar cell includes a perovskite structured compound, considered a next-generation technology with the potential of achieving even higher efficiency. However, low instability and high production costs have hampered the technology's commercial viability. (Source: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Yonhap , NanoLetters, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, +82 52 217 0114,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar CellUlsan National Institute of Science and Technology,  ,  

Lack of Incentives Stymie Aussie Timber Bio-Fuel Industry (Int'l)

Date: 2017-09-20
In the Land Down Under, the Queensland timber industry reports a lack of government incentives is hindering the development and growth of woody biomass -- wood waste biofuel and power production. Approximately 1 million tpy of wood waste is generated in Queensland, an amount that could create about 100 megawatts of baseload power, according to the industry group Timber Queensland which is investigating the viability of green power plants at the state's sawmills.

The industry group says attractive feed-in tariffs would be beneficial to lock in forward energy contracts. In the meantime, Timber Queensland is collaborating with the sugar industry, which is leading the state's bio-fuels drive. (Source: Timber Queensland, ABC Rural Australia, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Timber Queensland , Mick Stephens, CEO, +61 7 3254 1989,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Cellulosic ,  

Ethanol Flex Fuel Infrastructure Grants Offered Nebraska (Ind. Report)
Nebraska Corn Board
Date: 2017-09-20
The Nebraska Corn Board reports it has allocated grant funding to support renewable fuel infrastructure in Cornhusker State. Through a grant program, the Board will award up to $50,000 for installation of flex fuel "blender" pumps, other necessary equipment and hardware to offer higher blends of ethanol fuel.

Blender pumps make it easier for retailers to offer additional ethanol blended fuels and expands their fuel offerings in a growing "flex fuel" vehicle marketplace.

Grants are available on a first come, first served basis funding is exhausted. A similar, highly successful incentives program was offered in 2016. (Source: Nebraska Corn Board, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Nebraska Corn Board, (402) 471-2676,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Corn Board,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  Ethanol Incentive,  

Enel Green Power, Anheuser-Busch Ink Major Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2017-09-18
Missouri-based beer maker Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser and Stella Artois, is reporting it has sealed a PPA for 152.5 MW of wind energy produced at Enel Green Power's 298 MW Thunder Ranch wind farm near Billings, Oklahoma. Anheuser-Busch will receive approximately 610 gigawatt-hours per year of renewable energy -- sufficient to produce 20 billion 12-ounce servings of beer each year. (Source: Anheuser-Busck, Various Media, 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Antonio Cammisecra, CEO, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Wind Energy,  

China Acts on Biofuel with Ethanol Blending Plan (Int'l)

Date: 2017-09-18
According to statements from the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) , and the National Energy Administration, China is expanding the use of ethanol produced from agricultural waste under a nationwide policy to reduce the demand for and use of petroleum fuels. To that end, all petrol sold for vehicles in China will need to contain at least 10 pct ethanol by the year 2020. (Source: South China Morning Post, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

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

Wisc. Anaerobic Digestion Project Scores $15Mn Grant (Funding)
Wisconsin PSC,BC Organics
Date: 2017-09-18
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) reports it has approved a conditional $15 million Focus on Energy grant to BC Organics, LLC to build and operate a $60 million integrated anaerobic digester project that will be shared by at least nine dairy farms in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy farm manure and other waste. BC Organics is a consortium of 24 members led by Wisconsin-based Dynamic Concepts of Waukesha, along with WEC Energy Group, US Biogas LLC and BioStar Organics.

The company must first obtain all of the necessary state and local regulatory approvals before construction begins in arly 2019 (Source: Wisconsin PSC, Wisc. AgConnection, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Wisconsin PSC, (608) 266-5481,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion news,  Wisc. PSC news,   news,  

Philips, American Tower Partner on Smart Cities Offering (Ind. Report)
American Tower Corporation,Philips Lighting
Date: 2017-09-18
Boston-based wireless infrastructure specialist American Tower Corp. and Philips Lighting report they are partnering to develope a collocation ready, 4G/5G enabled LED smart light pole for use on roadways and in urban areas. The new smart pole will collocate multiple wireless carriers in a single structure and incorporates a plug-n-play design to allow multiple wireless carriers to install radio equipment, including 4G and 5G small cell radios. (Source: American Tower, Philips Lighting, CivSource, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: American Tower Corp., Philips Lighting, Matt Marcus, (551) 227-6790,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Philips Lighting,  Energy EfficientLighting,  LED Light,  

North Western Tribes Taking Carbon Tax Initiative (Ind. Report)
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
Date: 2017-09-18
Tribal leaders in the U.S. Northwest are considering their own plan to tax carbon emissions and are working on a Washington statewide carbon-tax initiative for the November 2018 ballot.

According to a statement from Fawn Sharp, President of the Portland, Oregon-based Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, "there is a very high likelihood that tribal leaders will end up proposing their own carbon-tax initiative to send to voters next year." The Alliance said no piece of its proposal is finalized, and there's still time for the tribes and other groups to come together behind one ballot measure."

According to the Alliance's website the coalition would like to see a carbon tax that generates more than $1 billion a year in revenue and dedicates 70 pct of that money to clean energy, mass transit, energy efficiency and similar projects. The remaining 30 percent would go toward clean water and forest-health projects.

The tribal initiative calls for the carbon tax to start at $25 per metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions with increases based on inflation and other factors. (Source: Daily World, News Tribune, 16 Sept., 2017) Contact: Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Fawn Sharp, Pres., (503) 249-5770,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  

N.S. Offshore Wind Takes Back Seat to Newfoundland (Ind. Report)
Beothuk Energy,Copenhagen Offshore Partners
Date: 2017-09-18
mega-wind farm pushed down priority list for parent company Copenhagen Offshore Partners St. John's, Newfoundland-headquartered Beothuk Energy reports its proposed $4-billion, offshore wind energy development off of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is now on hold. The 1,000-megawatt was planned to utilize Wind turbines on gravity bases in water no deeper than 30 metres.

With the Yarmouth project on hold, Beothuk and Denmark-based Copenhagen Offshore Partners are now working on developing a 180-MW offshore wind energy project in St. George's Bay, Newfoundland. The Newfoundland project is estimated to cost up to $800 million, all of which is to be financed by Copenhagen Offshore Partners which would take an equity stake in the project. (Source: Beothuk Energy, SaltWire, 15 Sept., 2017)Contact: Beothuk Energy Inc., Kirby Mercer, Pres., CEO, (888) 465-9241,; Copenhagen Offshore Partners,

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

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Confirms £74Mn Refinancing (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-18
In Scotland, the GreenPower and Ampere Equity Fund joint venture Carraig Gheal Wind Farm is confirming a trio of banks -- Sabadell, Santander and ING -- are providing a £74 million debt funding facility for the the Carraig Gheal project.

The 20-turbine Carraig Gheal Wind Farm near Kilchrenan in Argyle began operations in 2013. (Source: GreenPower, Energy Voice, 16 Sept., 2017)Contact: GreenPower, Rob Forrest, CEO Carraig Gheal Wind Farm,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  GreenPower,  Scotland Wind,  

California 100 pct Renewable Energy Bill Quashed (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-09-18
Last Saturday in Sacramento, the California state legislature defeated a pair of bills to create a regional electrical grid and a measure that would have required all electricity in the state to come from non-carbon renewable energy sources by 2045.

If approved, the would have made California the biggest economy in the world committed to getting 100 pct of its power from wind, solar and other clean alternatives. Hawaii has already set that goal, but its population is a fraction of the Golden State's 39 million residents.

The 100 pct renewable energy bill was widely opposed by the state's publicly owned utilities -- Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Company -- and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1245, which claimed the bill did not do enough to protect consumers in the event that renewable energy proved more expensive the fossil fuels. (Source: Various Media, NBC, 16 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  California Renewable Energy,  

Tidal Energy Generated Hydrogen Created on Orkney (Int'l Report)
European Marine Energy Centre
Date: 2017-09-18
In Scotland, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) reports that for the first time sustainable hydrogen gas has been produced from tidal energy at its tidal energy test site at the Fall of Warness, Eday, Orkney.

The project received £3 million in funding the from Scottish Government through the Highlands and Islands Enterprise program. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, Energy Voice, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: EMEC, +44 1856 852060,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Marine Energy Centre,  Tidal Power,  

EP Votes to Rein In EU ETS Aviation Emissions (Int'k)
ICAO,European Union
Date: 2017-09-18
Last week in Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) voted to place a firm time limit on the continued exemption of intercontinental aircraft emissions from participating in the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), putting it at odds with the more flexible approach backed by the European Commission. The Parliament also voted to reduce the amount of free allowances from 85 pct to 50 pct awarded to airlines under the EU ETS. Revenue from the auctioned allowances is used to fund EU member climate change policies.

The European Parliament also voted to keep aircraft emissions from outside the European Economic Area out of the UE ETS until December 2020, pending the introduction of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) in 2021. CORSIA details HERE. (Source: ICAO, Runway Girl Network, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  EU ETS,  ICAO,  

Thunder Bay Scores $12Mn in Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Thunder Bay,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-09-18
The Ontario government has announced more than $12 million in funding for energy efficiency upgrades for the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) over the next five years. The funding will be used for new energy efficient windows, energy efficient lighting and heating systems at nine

The funding will be drawn from current and future sales of greenhouse gas emission permits under the provincial cap-and-trade system, Approximately 9 DSSAB facilities. Source: DSSAB, CBC News, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: DSSAB, (807) 766-2111,

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

Clariant Inks Slovakian Cellulosic Ethanol Tech Agreement (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-18
Swiss specialty chemical developer Clariant and Slovakia's first and largest bioethanol producer Enviral, report they have inked a sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology licensing agreement. Under the terms of their agreement, Enviral will use Clariant's sunliquid technology to help construct a 50 tpy cellulosic ethanl from agricultural waste plant in Leopoldov, Slovakia.

Clariant’s sunliquid technology will be used alongside starter cultures from its proprietary enzyme and yeast platform to process Enviral feedstock into cellulosic ethanol. The sunliquid technology offers a completely integrated process using already established process technology. In order to achieve a strong commercial performance, feedstock production is integrated into the technology, alongside process specific enzymes and simultaneous C5 and C6 fermentation. (Source: Clariant, Biofuel Int’l. 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enviral, Matej Sabol, CEO, +421 33/735 2411,; Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  

Calif. Adding $1.5Bn to Alternative Transport Fuel Prog. (Funding)
Calstart,Alternative Fuels
Date: 2017-09-18
Further to our Sept. 2, 2016 coverage, the California legislature in Sacramento reports it has agreed to direct up to $1.5 billion of revenue from the state's cap-and-trade greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions allowance program to expand the use of alternative transportation fuels. The $1.5 billion would be drawn from funds held over from the state's 2016 cap-and-trade program, which, as previously reported, was extended in July for another 10 years.

The new legislative deal armarks $895 million is for new vehicles, ports, farm vehicles, electric vehicles previously targeted for environmental justice programs, according to the LA Times. (Source: Calstart, NGI, 1 5 Sept., 2017)Contact: CALSTART, John Boesel, CEO, Pres., (626) 744-5600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CALSTART,  Alternative Fuels,  

BlueSource, Haliburton Forest Tout GHG Partnership (Ind Report)
Bluesource Canada
Date: 2017-09-18
In Ontario, the 100,000-acre Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve reports it has partnered with GHG carbon offsets developer Bluesource Canada to leverage the value generated by the Ontario carbon market to commit to long-term stewardship that maximizes CO2 emissions sequestered by the forest.

The privately-owned Haliburton Forest, which has pledged to undertake sustainable forest management practices that will generate 75,000 tpy of additional GHG reductions over the long-term, currently sequesters an estimated 8 million tpy of CO2 and will continue to sequester amounts that significantly exceed what would have occurred through common-practice forest management.

The long-term commitment to reducing GHG emissions will be made in the context of a GHG offset protocol being developed by the Ontario Government as part of the cap-and-trade program. The impending forest management protocol will create binding obligations on Haliburton Forest that provide the security that the GHG reductions will be permanent. (Source: BlueSource Canada, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: BlueSource Canada, Jamie MacKinnon, VP of Environmental Solutions, (416) 427- 4888,,; Haliburton Forest, Malcolm Cockwell, Managing Director,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Market,  Carbon Sequestration,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Bluesource,  Forest Carbon,  Carbon Sequestration,  

Salalah Methanol's August Production Hits 8 Mn MT (Int'l Report)
Salalah Methanol Company
Date: 2017-09-18
In Dubai, the Salalah Methanol Company LLC (SMC) reports it has reached a new production milestone of 8 million metric tonnes (8 MMT) in August. The 8 year ols company is wholly owned by Oman Oil Company (OOC). SMC, which owns and operates the methanol production facility in the Salalah Free Zone located near the Port of Salalah, recently secured a $728 million project finance facility 12 international, regional and local banks for funding an ammonia project. (Source: Salalah Methanol, Oman Tribune, 17 Sept., 2017) Contact: Salalah Methanol Company, +968 2321 8800,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Salalah Methanol Company,  Methanol,  

Citizens' Climate Lobby Calls for Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Date: 2017-09-18
In the Grand Canyon State, the Flagstaff City Council has come out in support of Citizens' Climate Lobby -- Flagstaff chapter -- call for the U.S. Congress to pass legislation creating a revenue-neutral annual carbon tax that would be returned to households as a monthly dividend to offset rising energy costs. The plan also asks for a border tariff on goods from countries without similar fees on carbon.

The carbon tax as proposed would start at $15 per ton of carbon dioxide produced in the first year, and gradually increase by $10 per tpy. In the first year, Flagstaff would receive approximately $9.4 million,and by the 12th year, Flagstaff citizens would receive a total $66.9 million in dividends. (Source: Citizens' Climate Lobby Flagstaff , Daily Sun, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Citizens' Climate Lobby,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Carbon Fee,  

Dutch Heavy Ind. GHG Emissions Virtually Stagnate (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-18
In the Netherlands, the Dutch Emissions Authority is reporting Dutch heavy industry GHG emission levels have remained at virtually the same levels -- with only a 4 pct drop -- since the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) was launched in 2005.

In 2016, Dutch companies covered by the EU ETS emitted 94 megatons of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and perfluorocarbons (PFCs). The slight drop was apparently largely due to a reduction of nitrous oxide production in the chemical industry. But even this level is, in fact, higher than such pollution in 2012, which is attributable the rise to the opening of coal plants resulting in CO2 emissions.

Overall, the Netherlands' greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 11 pct since 1990, but the government is required to make a 25 pct cut by 2020. (Source: Dutch Emissions Authority, Volkskrant,, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Dutch Emissions Authority,

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

Enerkem's Edmonton Ethanol-from-Waste Plant Begins Commercial Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-18
Following on our May 3rd coverage, Montreal-headquartered biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste specialist Enerkem Inc. reports it has begun commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its facility in Edmonton, AB, Canada. The plants is the world's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable mixed municipal solid waste, according to Enerkem.

The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, prior to expanding production to include cellulosic ethanol with the installation of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit earlier this year. (Source: Enerkem, PR, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Biofuels,  Cellolosic Ethanol,  

European Home Energy Management Systems on the Rise (Int'l)
Delta Energy and Environment
Date: 2017-09-18
A report from Edinburgh, Scotland-headquartered Delta Energy and Environment (Delta-ee) finds the number of home energy management systems (HEMs) equipped in European households was up 100 pct in 2016 from 2015 levels. The numbers have doubled from 20,000 to 40,000 within the space of a year, a sign of the global push towards greater energy efficiency and sustainability.

HEMs offer a device that is installed within homes to monitor the use of energy and provide advice on how to cut energy waste and in turn costs. Delta-ee predicts HEM sales could exceed 200,000 in the near future. (Source: Delta Energy and Environment, Energy Digital, 16 Sept., 2017) Contact: Delta Energy and Environment, +44 131 625 1011,

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

MSU Studying Camelina as Biofuel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
Michigan State University
Date: 2017-09-18
Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing reports it will use a $10 million U.S. Energy Department grant to study the metabolism and genes of the camelina oil seed plant, a biofuel feedstock . The research is aimed at achieving a 300 percent increase per acre in production, according to AP coverage. Camelina, which requires less water or fertilizer to grow than most food crops, has been used to produce aviation Biofuels and other products. (Source: Michegan State University, AP, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Camelina news,  Biofuel Feedstock news,  

Recurrent Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy Ink 100MW Solar Power Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar Inc,Recurrent Energy
Date: 2017-09-18
Canadian Solar Inc is reporting that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, has inked a 15-year PPA with Peninsula Clean Energy in San Mateo County, California. Per the agreement, Recurrent Energy will supply 100 MW of new solar power to Peninsula Clean Energy from its Mustang Two solar PV project in Kings County, CA. The project is expected to commence its commercial operation in 2019.

Peninsula Clean Energy is the official power supplier of San Mateo County, CA. It provides customers the choice of receiving electricity from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. Customers can choose from its ECOplus option which is 50 pct renewable and 75 pct greenhouse gas emissions free or ECO100 option that is 100 pct renewable and 100 pct greenhouse gas emissions free. (Source: Canadian Solar, Nasdaq, 14 Spet., 2017) Contact: Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500,; Canadian Solar, (519) 837-1881,; Peninsula Clean Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Peninsula Clean Energy,  Canadian Solar,  Recurrent Energy,  

Kent State Univ. Sciences Bldg. Expects LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Kent State University
Date: 2017-09-18
In the Buckeye State, Kent State University is touting the opening of its new $2 million Integrated Sciences Building at the university's science mall in Kent, Ohio. The 66,000-square-foot, open design Integrated Sciences Building building is slated to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver sustainable design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (Source: Kent State Univ.,, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: Kent State Univ., www.kent.edi/cas; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  LEED Silver,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  

Historic San Francisco Office Bldg. Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-18
In San Francisco, the national commercial real estate firm Swig Company reports its historic San Francisco Mills Building and two adjacent properties have been awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Mills Building is thought to be the oldest commercially-owned, multi-tenant building in the Bay Area to be awarded the USGBC certification.

The Mills Building energy efficient features include: plumbing system to reduce water consumption; an indoor air quality program; green cleaning policies; low-energy LED lighting and sensor automation features; recycling and composting; electric vehicles charging stations and other features. (Source: The Swig Co,, Commercial Property Exec., 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: Swig Co., (415) 291-1100,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Silver,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  

NRC Investing $950,000 in Carbon Capture Conversion Tech. (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2017-09-18
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) reports it is investing $950,000 in the University of Britich Columbia's Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute (CCCI) in Richmond, B.C. to support new technology to turn carbon emissions into building materials, alternative fuel and other valuable materials.

The investment will enable CCCI to establish a multi-purpose technology development and scale up facility to validate and test carbon capture and conversion technologies up to one tpd and prepare them for scale-up, for testing and commercialization. The facility will develop the most efficient solutions for GHG emissions from a broad range of industrial processes, according to the NRC release. (Source: Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, NRC, Sept., 2017) Contact: Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, Goran Vlajnic, Exec. Dir., (604) 696-6945,,; Natural Resources Canada,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  Natural Resources Canada,  

Pegasus Solar Raises Series A Funding (Ind. Report)
Pegasus Solar
Date: 2017-09-15
San Jose,California-based rooftop solar mounting systems designer Pegasus Solar is reporting the closure of a Series A financing round, led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund, with participation from Okapi Venture Partners. Pegasus will use the proceeds to expand sales and customer support teams.

The company is currently launching LightSpeed Mount Residential, rail-less mounting system to simplify solar adoption, speeding up installations and drive down cost.and to continue its efforts to design and manufacture efficient and functional solar mounting systems. (Source: Pegasus Solar, PR,, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pegasus Solar, (510) 730-1343,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pegasus Solr,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

Chicago Launches Smart Building Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
Accelerate Group,Green Building
Date: 2017-09-15
In Chicago, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in partnership with local utility ComEd and the Accelerate Group, reports it is launching the Smart Building Operations Pilot, an innovative program that uses real-time energy data to incentivize energy-efficient choices.

The Smart Building Operations Pilot aims to inform the day-to-day decisions of building equipment operators at 10 large Chicago buildings utilizing smart meters and sub-meters and:

  • Information -- The building will collect and display energy-use data in real time (or near‐real time), providing direct feedback to a building operator on the energy impact of their actions;

  • Interpretation -- The building will calculate an energy-use baseline, against which performance will be tracked every half hour, daily, and monthly. To raise awareness, building operators will receive alerts when energy use exceeds or is expected to exceed the baseline;

  • Motivation -- The program will provide an achievable and meaningful incentive to improve. ComEd will provide up to $5,000 up-front to cover hard costs and $0.05 for each kWh saved compared to the building's baseline.

    To date, the combination of Chicago's building energy benchmarking program and ComEd's energy efficiency programs have reportedly saved customers more than $2.5 billion in energy costs. (Source: City of Chicago, Various Media, ProudGreenBuilding, Sept., 2017) Contact: The Accelerate Group,; ComEd, (312) 394-3500,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Building,  Accelerate Group,  ComEd,  EDF,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  

  • DONG Wins World's Biggest Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
    DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In the UK, the BBC is reporting DONG Energy has been awarded a contract for Hornsea Project Two, the world's largest offshore wind farm located in the North Sea 55 miles off the coast of Bridlington, East Yorkshire. At 1,386 megawatts, Hornsea Two, which is slated for completion in 2022, could generate sufficient power for more than 1.3 million UK homes.

    According to DONG Energy, the contract guaranteed "strike" price was £57.50 per mWh, the lowest ever price for UK offshore wind. (Source: BBC, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy , Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Hornsea,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

    Alt. Energy Startup Ampt Closes $15Mn Financing (Funding)
    Date: 2017-09-15
    Fort Collins, Colorado-headquartered large-scale PV systems power conversion electronics and information technology specialist Ampt reports it has raised $15 million to expand its product portfolio and accelerate global growth.

    The company delivers products designed to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of solar energy generation. Its technology enables active j-boxes for module makers, a new class of lower cost, higher efficiency inverters for inverter manufacturers, and lowest cost cabling and monitoring solutions for balance of system and O&M providers. (Source: Ampt, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Ampt, (970) 372-6950,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV,  Solar,  

    Toronto Hospital Awarded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Toronto Hydro,Michael Garron Hospital
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Toronto, the Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) has received $200,000 in incentive funding from the municipal power utility Toronto Hydro for achieving excellent energy savings and contributing to Ontario's conservation targets with its new, upgraded cooling tower system which will be constructed to LEED silver certification standards.

    The hospital reports will continue to work in partnership with Toronto Hydro to ensure site preparations for the new patient care tower meet energy efficiency standards. (Source: Toronto Hydro, Inside Toronto, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toronto Hydro, Joe Bile, Manager of Conservation Demand Management Program Delivery and Business Development, (416) 542-8000,; Michael Garron Hospital, (416) 461-8272,; Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Toronto Hydro,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

    Wind Ind. Gifts $1Mn for Hurricane Harvey Recovery (Ind. Report)
    AWEA,Pattern Energy
    Date: 2017-09-15
    Pattern Energy Group Inc. reports it is joining with other American wind energy companies as a keystone partner of Habitat Hammers Back, the Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuilding initiative led by Habitat for Humanity.

    The companies -- Apex Clean Energy, Blattner Energy, Duke Energy, EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables, Enel Green Power North America, E.ON, Goldwind Americas, Hannon Armstrong, Invenergy, Leeward Renewable Energy, MAP Royalty, Pattern Energy, TPI Composites and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA – are donating $1 million in aggregate to support repairs and rebuilding efforts in areas impacted by the storms. (Source: Pattern Energy, NA Wind Power, Various Others, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pattern Energy, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,; Habitat for Humanity,; AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Pattern Energy,  AWEA,  

    Head Energy Added to Vattenfall's Horns Rev 3 Team (Int'l)
    Vattenfall, Head Energy
    Date: 2017-09-15
    Norway-headquartered engineering and consulting company Head Energy has secured two offshore wind agreements with the Swedish energy company Vattenfall for the 406.7MW Horns Rev 3 project in the Danish North Sea.

    The first agreement was signed with Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH for the delivery of client representation and quality surveillance for Vattenfall during pre-assembly & load out, installation and completion of wind turbine generators.

    The second agreement was signed with Vattenfall Vindkraft HR 3 and covers marine coordination center services related to the Horns Rev 3 project.

    Horns Rev 3, which will incorporate 49, 8.3MW MHI Vestas turbines, will be constructed on Jutland's west coast. Construction is expected to get underway in the summer of 2018, with the work completed by A2SEA. (Source: Head Energy,, Sept., 2017) Contact: Head Energy Denmark, Anders Frederiksen, GM, +47 992 04 323,,; Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Head Energy,  

    New Brunswick Wind Farm Wins NB Power Approval (Ind. Report)
    Prowind Canada Inc., Beausejour Renewable Energy Co-operative
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In New Brunswick, Canada, the CBC is reporting that NB Power, the provincial utility, has approved construction of the 6-turbine Sugar Brook Community Wind Farm near Moncton. The $80 million project is a partnership between Sackville, New Brunswick-based Beausejour Renewable Energy Co-operative and Hamilton, Ontario-headquartered Prowind Canada Inc.. Under the terms of their agreement, 51 pct of the project will be locally owned.

    The project is expected to come in at $80 million, $9 million of which will come from the for-profit Beausrjour Renewable Energy Co-operative with the balance financed. The project will generate sufficient power for 7,000 homes and is expected to get underway in 2019. (Source: CBC, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Prowind , Helmut Schneider, Pres., (905) 528-1747,; Beausejour Renewable Energy Co-operative,; NB Power, Marc Belliveau, Communications, (506) 458-4203,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NB Power,  Wind,  NB Power,  Prowind Canada ,  

    Consortium Studying AC3 "Freezing" CCS Process (New Prod & Tech)
    PMW Technology,Innovate UK
    Date: 2017-09-15
    At the UK's University of Sheffield UK CCS Research Centre, a consortium of academic and industrial concerns reports it is launching a 12 month month study of a significant new carbon capture process. The A3C process freezes out the carbon dioxide thus avoiding hazardous chemicals at lower energy consumption and reduced decarbonization costs in industrial-scale applications.

    The techno-economic feasibility study will be based at the University of Chester's Thornton Science Park in Cheshire. The consortium comprises the Universities of Chester and Sheffield, industrial partners WSP, DNV GL and Costain. It will be led by PMW Technology, who developed the patent-pending A3C process. The work is co-funded by Innovate UK. (Source: Power Engineering, PMW Technology, GasWorld, 13 Sept., 2017)Contact: PMW Technology,; University of Sheffield, UK CCS Research Centre, +44 0 114 215 7235,; Innovate UK, +44 (0) 7766 901150,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Cabon Capture,  Innovate UK,  

    Forest Carbon "Sinks" Added to EU 2030 Carbon Budget (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Brussels, European Union Parliamentarians (MEPs) report their approval of new rules for accounting for the "negative emissions" from forestry as part of the EU's 2030 climate change policy.

    The EU has a target to cut emissions by 40 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, and forests acting as "carbon sinks" removing more than 400 Mt CO2 from the atmosphere annually -- equivalent to 10 pct of the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions -- is part of the EU's meeting its carbon reduction targets.

    The European Commission's initial proposal for a regulation on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) introduced a "no-debit" or zero target whereby EU countries must offset all deforestation either by equivalent reforestation or improved forest management and thus have a neutral impact on climate change. The Commission proposal also required all 28 EU states to account for the emissions produced from burning biofuels, which was not the case previously.

    The MEPs have also adopted a mandatory 2000 -2012 historical baseline obliging EU countries to count all emissions coming from changes in forest management in subsequent years. This means that if a country increased its harvesting levels, the reduction in "carbon sink" capacity would be accounted as a net increase in emissions. The MEPs also raised the upper limit for forest credits that EU countries can use to offset emissions in other types of land (wetlands, for example) from 3,5 pct to 7 pct of the total current sink capacity of forests. (Source: European Commission,, Various Others 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: European Commission,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Carbon Sink,  Forest Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  

    China Pushing Domestic Ethanol Production (Int'l Report)
    China Ethanol
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Beijing, China's National Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy Administration have announced plans to reduce smog in many cities and greenhouse gas emissions while “making better use of expired or overcapacity” corn production. roll out the use of fuel ethanol in E-10 blends nationwide by 2020.

    China the world's third-largest bioethanol producer behind the U.S. and Brazil, as well as the world's largest automobile market, uses nearly 2.6 million tpy of ethanol but aims to raise production to 4 million tpy by 2020. The government aims to build an advanced liquid biofuel system and put into operation a demonstration facility that will be able to produce 50,000 tons of ethanol derived from cellulose a year by 2020.

    China banned the use of grain for ethanol production in 2007 to ensure sufficient food supplies, and biofuel manufacturers have since turned to sweet potatoes, sorghum and straw instead. The country later lifted the ban in a number of provinces (Source: Xinhua, Shanghai Daily, Others, 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy Administration,  China Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

    EIA 2017, 2018 Ethanol Production Forecasts Increased (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2017-09-15
    According to the September edition of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the U.S. is now expected to produce 1.03 million bpd of ethanol this year, increasing to 1.04 million bpd in 2018. 2016 production averaged 1 million bpd. In the August STEO, the EIA predicted 2017 ethanol production would average 1.02 million bpd, falling to 1.01 million bpd in 2018.

    During Q1 of 2018, ethanol production is expected to be maintained at 1.03 million bpd, increasing to 1.04 million bpd during Q2 and 3 and increasing to 1.05 million bpd during Q4 of 2018.

    The EIA's most recent monthly import data shows the U.S. imported 252,000 barrels of ethanol from Brazil in June and exported 2.21 million barrels of ethanol, primarily to Canada, Brazil, and India. (Source: US EIA, Sept., 2017)Contact: US EIA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol,  

    Major Corporations Calculating Carbon Footprints (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Footprint,World Bank
    Date: 2017-09-15
    According to a recent report from Arlington, Virginia-based Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Microsoft, Walt Disney Co. and General Motors are among the major companies worldwide calculating how much they spend on carbon emissions to show investors they are concerned about global warming. The report also found that over 700 other worldwide businesses are planning to introduce "carbon pricing" by 2018. Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).

    Some 500 companies, including 80 in the United States, reported using carbon pricing. Many oil and gas companies such as British energy company BP use an internal, or "shadow," accounting method to track their carbon emissions, it said. Other companies charge carbon fees to internal business units.

    According to the World Bank, 42 governments have or plan to have a way to tax carbon emissions or have a cap-and-trade system that allows industries with low emissions to sell their unused permitted capacity to larger emitters. (Source: C2ES, World Bank, Voice of America, Sept., 2017) Contact: Climate and Energy Solutions , (703) 516-4146,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emission,  Climate and Energy Solutionss,  Carbon Footprint,  

    EPA Delays Obama Coal-Fired Power Plant Waste Rule (Reg & Leg)
    EPA,Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports it has "formally" postponed implementation of the Obama administration regulations governing waste from coal-fired power plants.

    The rule set specific limits on toxins like lead, arsenic and mercury in wastewater from power plants, potentially lowering pollution by 1.4 billion ppy and saving an estimated $500 million in public health costs. (Source: EPA, Various Media, EcoWatch, 12 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Majority of Americans Support Carbon Tax, Renewable Energy Investments -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-09-15
    The majority of Americans support implementing a carbon tax as a way to curb fossil fuel emissions, according to a new study from Yale University published today in Environmental Research Letters. Under the Republican scheme, the tax would initially charge $40 per ton of carbon dioxide produced, resulting in an estimated $200 billion per year in revenue, and the amount would go up over time. The Yale researchers wanted to see if Americans would be in favor of using that tax to further combat climate change instead.

    Yale’s nationally representative survey of 1,226 American adults found that Almost 80 pct favored using the carbon tax revenue for developing renewable energy, or fixing America's infrastructure, and little support for a dividend payment to taxpayers . Moreover, the average American household was willing to pay around $177 per year in a carbon tax on its energy bills, which by itself would amount to $22 billion in revenue annually -- significantly less than the amount advocated in the conservative plan pitched to Trump earlier this yea. The Trump plan calls for American citizens and businesses to pay $40 per ton of carbon produced. The average American produces around 16 tpy of carbon.

    Download the Republican's Climate Leadership Council The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends HERE. (Source: Yale Univ., Motherboard, Sept., 2017) Contact: Yale, Prof. Matthew Kotchen, Economics, Climate Leadership Council,

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

    Notable Quote
    Carbon Emissions, Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-09-15
    "Emissions cannot be cut by building new power stations. The renewables boom is unstoppable and is going to lead to lower prices for consumers." -- Australia Institute, Ben Oquist, 12 Sept., 2017

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Renewable Energy news,  

    Santa Barbara County Cutting GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In the Golden State, Santa Barbara County reports that by following its 2015 Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) it has cut greenhouse-gas emissions by an estimated 30,605 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent -- equivalent to removing almost 6,500 cars off local roads for 12 months.

    In line with state-level greenhouse gas-reduction goals, the ECAP seeks to lower emissions in the unincorporated county to 15 pct below 2007 levels. Through 2016, the county has achieved 16 pct of its 2020 emissions-reduction target.

    Since implementing the plan, the county has received two American Planning Association (APA) awards for its Energy and Climate Action Plan, one from the local APA Central Coast Section and a state-level recognition for Innovation in Green Community Planning. (Source: Santa Barbara County, Noozhawk, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Santa Barbara County,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  

    Purdue Granted $19.75Mn for Shale Gas R&D (Funding, R&D)
    National Science Foundation,Purdue
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In West Lafayette, Indiana, the new Purdue University Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR), which begins operating Oct. 1, reports it has received a commitment for nearly $20 million over 5 years in grant funding from the National Science Foundation for development of new technologies to produce fuels from shale gas deposits in the U.S.

    The research team's approach to this problem is to convert light hydrocarbons from shale gas into chemicals and transportation fuels using a network of portable, modular processing plants. Essentially, the process would turn gas from the shale into liquid, which could be used as a fuel. The NSF wants to see the technology commercialized at the end of the 10 years, according to the Purdue research team. (Source: Purdue, Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources, Journal & Courier, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Purdue University, Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources ,Fabio Ribeiro, Dir., (765) 494-4050,,,; National Science Foundation, (703) 292-5111,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Purdue University,  Shale Gas,  Alternative Fuel,  National Science Foundation,  

    New York’s buildings emit most of its greenhouse gases. The mayor has a plan to change that.

    Date: 2017-09-15
    In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has announced a first-of-a-kind initiative to force aging buildings to become more energy efficient by mandating that owners of existing buildings larger than 25,000 square feet invest in more efficient heating and cooling systems, insulation and hot-water heaters in the years ahead. If approved by the City Council, the requirements would apply to about 14,500 private and municipal buildings, which the mayor’s office says collectively account for nearly a quarter of New York City’s emissions. Most buildings would need to comply with new efficiency targets by 2030.

    The de Blasio administration is pproposing annual penalties that increase with a building’s size and its fossil-fuel usage. Beginning in 2030, a 30,000-square-foot apartment building that exceeds certain energy targets would pay $60,000 for each year it doesn’t meet the new standards, according to the mayor’s office. A building with 1 million square feet that was operating outside the required efficiency standards would pay as much as $2 million in annual penalties. Buildings not in compliance also would be prevented from receiving permits for major renovations. City officials said they intend to help owners afford energy upgrades through low-interest financing

    de Blasio said as he directed city agencies to report by Sept. 30 on their efforts to achieve reductions in carbon emissions. (Source: Office of NYC Mayor , Washington Post, Others, 13 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  

    BYD Plans HV B-Box Energy Storage System U.S. Launch (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-09-15
    Shenzhen, China-headquartered energy storage technologies specialist BYD Co Ltd reports it plans to launch its high-voltage B-Box home energy storage system (ESS) in the U.S. later this year. The company's first B-Box energy storage system installation in Germany employs nine battery modules for a combined capacity of 11.52 KWh.

    BYD's B-Box is ideal for residential rooftop solar energy storage and can minimize the amount of solar energy sent back to the grid and negate the impact of costly peak time electricity tariffs, according to the company. (Source: BYD, Sep 12, 2017) Contact: BYD, Julia Chen, +86 (7) 558 988-8888,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  BYD,  Battery,  

    Bergen NY Wins Clean Energy Community Designation (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA,Clean Energy Community
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In the Empire State, the village of Bergen has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

    The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local governments implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects. In addition, the designation gives the village an opportunity to apply for up to $50,000 toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share. To win Clean Energy Community certification, Bergen instituted a uilding energy benchmarking program, LED street lighting, and energy code enforcement training — training compliance officers in energy code best practices.

    New York state communities designated Clean Energy Communities are eligible to apply for up to $250,000 funding with no local cost share, and up to 25 pct paid in advance to support additional clean energy projects. (Source: NYSERDA, Daily News, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,; NY Clean Energy Community Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  NYSERDA,  Clean Energy Community,  

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