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EU Announces €98.2Mn Energy Efficiency Funding (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2018-02-19
In Brussels, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are reporting a €98.2 million investment package under the new Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE) funding program. The investment will cover 10 projects in eight Member States to address environmental quality and building efficiency issues. The move appears to be in response to Eurostat's announcment that the trading block is lagging in its energy efficiency goals.

The funding package could mobilize an additional €2 billion in funding as Member States also make use of other EU funding sources.

In related news, Eurostat announced that Europe's 2016 primary energy consumption was 4 pct above the EU's 2020 target to reduce energy consumption by 20 pct below business as usual projections by 2020. Final energy consumption exceeded the target by 2 pct. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR, IISD, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consupmtion,  


OECD Report Urges More Effective Energy Taxes to Address Climate Change -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
OECD
Date: 2018-02-19
In its report Taxing Energy Use 2018 the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds that current energy taxes are insufficient to effectively address climate change.

The report analyzes the coverage and magnitude of 2015 energy use taxes, and assesses changed between 2012 and 2015. Data is based on the OECD's Taxing Energy Use database, which compares taxes on energy use in 42 OECD and G20 economies, representing 80 pct of global energy use and associated CO2 emissions.

The publication finds that, outside the road transport sector, 81 pct of emissions were untaxed, noting there was almost no change in emissions tax rates between 2012-2015. Overall, tax rates fell short of the €30 low-end estimate of climate cost per tCO2 for 97 pct of emissions. Though not addressed in this publication, the report notes that emissions trading systems had minimal impact on this broader trend.

Emissions from coal-fired energy generation, which were responsible for nearly half of the carbon emissions associated with energy use in the 42 countries studied, remained untaxed in almost every country. In contrast, taxes on oil products were relatively high, exceeding €100 per tCO2. The share of road sector fuel emissions taxed above climate costs increased from 46 pct to 50 pct between 2012-2015, driven by fuel tax reforms in China, India and Mexico. Road transport fuel tax rates remained nonetheless below levels required to cover even non-climate external costs, according to the study. Additionally, in all but two countries, taxes on diesel for road use were lower than taxes on gasoline, despite diesel's known effects on air quality.

The report concludes that, aside from increases in transport fuel taxes that occurred in some low to middle income economies, no structural change to taxation patterns on energy use materialized between 2012-2015. It recommends that, if public compensation for higher energy costs is deemed necessary, targeted transfers should be provided rather than lower tax rates or exemptions to maintain the environmental integrity of market-based instruments

Download the Taxing Energy Use 2018 Report HERE. (Source: OECD, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org

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


In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Wilderness Society
Date: 2018-02-19
In a new report, US Interior Department notes that 42 pct of all coal mined in the US in 2015 came from public lands, as did 22 pct of all crude oil and 15 pct of all natural gas. Now, a new report from The Wilderness Society shows that fossil fuel exploration on public lands generates roughly 20 pct of all US greenhouse gas emissions, and that activity shows no signs of abating.

The report -- In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands -- incorporates data from the Wilderness Society's new Federal Lands Emissions Accountability Tool (FLETT)developed in cooperation with Quadruple Bottom Line Solutions (4BL), a communications agency.

The report finds that emissions associated with federal lands energy development need to be reduced from 1.52 billion tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year to between 1.16 billion and 1.13 billion tons CO2e per year by 2025 to be in-line with economy-wide reductions needed to meet that goal."

Download the In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands report HERE. (Source: Wilderness Society, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, EcoBusiness, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Wilderness Society, www.wilderness.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Wilderness Society,  


Carbon Cap-and-Trade Alternative Under Study in Oregon (Reg & Leg)
Cap-and-Trade,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-02-19
In the state capitol of Salem, House Bill 4109 calling for sequestering carbon as a possible alternative to cap-and-trade as a way to control carbon emission is being studies by the state House Agriculture Committee.

Timber companies and several lawmakers are advocating a carbon-related bill that would require the State Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Forestry to evaluate using natural ecosystems to absorb and sequester carbon while promoting economic development, as well as using tax incentives for companies to reduce carbon emissions.

Supporters of HB 4109 suggest it would encourage discussions about thinning overstocked federal lands and present opportunity to direct harvested timber toward novel products such as cross-laminated timber which is used for larger-scale buildings. (Source: Capital Bureau, Daily Astorian, Various Others, 13 Feb., 2018)

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


Ellex Helps Establish Danish Biofuel Exchange (Int'l)
Baltpool
Date: 2018-02-19
The Lithuanian law firm Ellex Valiunas reports it has consulted the Lithuanian Energy Exchange operator BALTPOOL on launching the BiomassPool Aps biofuel exchange in Denmark with Kenneth Lykkedal, a Danish energy entrepreneur.

According to BALTPOOL, Denmark consumes approximately 4 million tpy of woody biomass wood-chips and 1.5 million tpy of straw. Baltpool also notes that the Baltic States are among the key biomass suppliers in the Danish market, and Lithuanian companies are therefore expected to become active participants of the Danish biomass exchange. BALTPOOL also notes that the Danish biomass market is expected to grow by an additional 50 pct in the near future.

BALTPOOL is the operator of the Lithuanian Energy Exchange entitled to organize trade of solid biofuel products. The company also acts as the administrator of public service obligations (PSO) funds and is engaged in the collection, payment and administration of PSO funds. (Source: BALTPOOL, CEE Legal Matters, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ellex Valiunas, +370 52681888, contact@ellex.lti, www.ellex.lt/en; BALTPOOL, +370 5 239 3157, info@baltpool.eu, www.baltpool.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biomass,  


San Jose Touts New Climate, Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
San Jose California
Date: 2018-02-19
In the Golden State, the city of San Jose is reporting the launch of the San Jose Clean Energy Plan aimed at 100 pct emission-free electricity available to all San Jose Clean Energy users by 2021.

To achieve its goal, the city od 1.025 million residents plans to cut travel-related carbon emissions by 1,000,000 tpy by 2030 by expanding ride sharing, public transit options and the use of electric vehicles. The plan would also reduce per capita residential water consumption by 30 pct and increase solar power production to 1 gigawatt by 2030.

The plan is expected to cost around $264 billion between now and 2050. (Source: City of San Jose, Bay Area News Group, 15 Feb., 2018) (Source: City of San Jose, Kerrie Romanow, Environmental Services, www.sanjoseca.gov

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


"More Biofuels Vital to Energy Outlook" - Growth Energy (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy
Date: 2018-02-19
According to Chris Bliley, Growth Energy VP for regulatory affairs, the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) just released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels. The report predicts an 18 pct increase in miles traveled by U.S. motorists in traditional light-duty vehicles -- an increase from 2.8 trillion miles in 2017 to 3.3 trillion miles in 2050.

"Blending more homegrown, cost-efficient biofuels into the fuel supply is the ready-made solution to lowering prices at the pump while also dramatically reducing emissions.

"Federal experts agree that ethanol slashes emissions by 43 pct over the full energy life-cycle-from farm to engine but that the level of carbon savings is rising with each passing year, thanks to innovations in biofuel production and precision agriculture. We must reduce emissions in the transportation sector and that means deploying higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85 as well as mid-level ethanol blends like E30 alongside advanced and cellulosic biofuels. A strong Renewable Fuel Standard is vital to that effort, and we urge the Environmental Protection Agency to reject calls from a few fossil fuel advocates who want to hold back the rapid growth of ethanol production in rural America," Bliley says.

(Source: Growth Energy, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Refocuses (Ind. Report)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date: 2018-02-19
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reports it has embarked on a new mission develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and products currently derived from petroleum.

GLBRC originally focused on corn stover ethanol production and developing perennial plants like switchgrass and miscanthus as biofuel feedstocks. Now, GLBRC goal is centered on designing advanced biofuels, such as isobutanol. These "drop-in" fuels could be used to replace gasoline without engine modification. By engineering bioenergy crops to enhance their environmental and economic value, and conducting research to generate multiple products from plant biomass, these advancements could optimize the bioenergy field-to-product pipeline.

GLBRC scientists and engineers are also improving the yield and processing traits of dedicated bioenergy crops for cultivation on marginal, or non-agricultural, land. With smart management, these crops have the potential to benefit the ecosystem, help mitigate climate change, and provide farmers with an additional source of revenue.

GLBRC is focused on enabling a new and different biorefinery, one that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Realizing this goal will mean increasing the efficiency of biomass conversion and generating a mix of specialty biofuels and environmentally-friendly bioproducts, from as much of a plant's biomass as possible. One such discovery, breaks down lignin's six-carbon rings -- the "aromatics" -- into individual components. Traditionally sourced from petroleum, aromatics are used in a wide variety of products, including plastic soda bottles, Kevlar, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, and are essential components of jet fuel. (Source: University of Wisconsin Madison, GLBRC, PR, 18 Feb., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center,  University of Wisconsin Madison,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Ethanol,  Bioplastics,  


Aviation Biofuel Emissions, Contrail Studied (Int'l Report)
Max Planck Institute ,NASA,German Aerospace Center
Date: 2018-02-19
A joint project between the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) and the US National Aeronatics and Space Administration (NASA) is aiming to determine the effects alternative aviation fuels have on the formation of contrails and whether aircraft emissions are reduced by using biofuels.

In their joint effort, the scientists performed eight test flights at varying altitudes to compare traditional aviation fuels against biofuels. In each test, a DLR Airbus A320 was fueled with a different blend of kerosene and Camelina-based biofuel. NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory followed a few kilometres behind an measured the pollutants in the Airbus' exhaust plume. Among the instruments on the flying laboratory were the ERc Instrument for Chemical composition of Aerosols (ERICA), from the Max Planck Institute and JGU Mainz.

NASA and DLR have been researching whether aviation biofuels are more eco-friendly for some time. According to a statement from the University of Mainz, previous studies have shown that 50 pct and 70 pct less soot particles form from a 50 pct biofuel mixture with 50 pct normal kerosene. "At altitudes of eight kilometres, soot particles and water vapour form ice crystals at -50 degrees C, which can be seen in the sky as contrails. Among other things, the ice crystals prevent heat from escaping the atmosphere into space, meaning that every contrail creates its own small greenhouse effect." (Source: German Aerospace Center, NASA, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: NASA, www.nasa.gov; Max Planck Institute, www.mpg.de/institutes; German Aerospace Center, www.dlr.de/rd/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Aviation Biofuel,  Max Planck Institute,  


UNDEERC CO2 Emissions Project Scores $6Mn Funding (Funding)
University of North Dakota
Date: 2018-02-19
In Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) is reporting receipt of $6 million in US DOE funding for Project Tundra, an ongoing EERC initiative to develop technology to reduce coal-fired power plant carbon dioxide emissions and to retrofit the Milton R. Young Station, near Center, N.D. with a carbon capture system.

The $6 million grant would also cover a feasibility study to determine if the carbon capture technology is commercially viable for use at other facilities. The carbon capture effort comes alongside other research at the EERC intended to make coal and natural gas-fired power plants more efficient using Allam Cycle technology.

Project Tundra is seen as instrumental to preserving North Dakota's energy sector, which includes a major base in lignite coal. (Source: UND EERC, Grand Forks Herald, 17 Feb., 2018) Contact: UNDEERC, (701) 777-5000, www.undeerc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  University of North Dakota ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  Coal,  


Tradewind Announces $89Mn S. Carolina Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Tradewind Energy
Date: 2018-02-19
Kansas-based renewable energy developer Tradewind Energy reports it will construct a 75-MW, $89 million solar farm on approximately 1,000 acres south of the town of Bowman, Orangeburg County, South Carolina.

The county granted fee-in-lieu of taxes incentives for the project and agreed to place the project in a joint industrial park with Dorchester County. The joint county industrial park is a mechanism designed to provide an industry with additional incentives. There is no physical park.

Construction on the site is expected to get underway by April of this year. To date, Tradewind has completed more than 3,000 MW of wind and solar power projects. (Source: Tradewind Energy, Times & Democrat, Feb., 2018) Contact: Tradewind Energy Inc., Justin McGeeney, (913) 888-9463, www.tradewindenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tradewind Energy,  Solar ,  


WorleyParsons Touts Kenyan 365 Wind Turbine Installation (Int'l)
WorleyParsons
Date: 2018-02-19
Sydney, Australia-headquartered engineering firm WorleyParsons is touting the completion of the remote Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, the largest in Africa and one of the largest in the world in terms of number of turbines erected in one phase -- 365 turbines erected in 362 days. The wind farm provides Kenyans with an additional 15 pct installed capacity. (Source: Worley Parsons, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Worley Parson, +61 8 9278 8111|, 61 8 9278 8110-fac., www.worleyparsons.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News WorleyParsons,  Wind,  


Renewables Deliver 18 pct of Power on US Grid (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Date: 2018-02-19
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar farms, wind turbines and hydroelectric dams last year delivered 18 pct of U.S. electric power generation while nuclear accounted for 19.7 pct of the generation on the grid, according to US DOE statistics. Both renewables and nuclear were surpassed by coal and natural gas plants.

Investment in wind, solar and other renewable technologies totaled $333 billion in 2017, the second highest level on record, according to the Bloomberg report. (Source: Bloomberg, Midland Reporter, 15 Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Tenaska Inks 236 MW Missouri Wind Farm PPA (Ind. Report)
Tenaska,Associated Electric Cooperative
Date: 2018-02-19
Omaha-headquartered independent power producer Tenaska reports it has inked a 236 MW, 25-year PPA with Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. for a wind from Tenaska's Clear Creek Energy Center which is currently in advanced development near Maryville in Nodaway County, Missouri. The Clear Creek project will incorporate approximately 100 to 120, i2 MW-3 MW wind turbines. Construction of the $200 million to $300 million project is expected to begin in 2019 for commissioning in 2020.

Associated Electric, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Mo., provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives, including NW Electric Power Cooperative Inc. of Cameron, Mo., and 51 local cooperative systems in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma that serve 910,000 members. Associated's resource mix includes coal, natural gas, wind and hydropower. (Source: Tensaka, Various Media, NA Windpower, 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: Associated Electric Cooperative, David J. Tudor, CEO and GM, www.aeci.org; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

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


Maryland Launches Energy-Storage Tax Credit Program (Ind. Report)
Maryland Energy Administration,
Date: 2018-02-19
The Maryland Energy Administration reports it is accepting applications for $750,000 in tax credits to support energy storage systems added to existing renewable energy systems. Of the total, $225,000 is reserved for residential solar customers and $525,000 is earmarked for commercial taxpayers.

The tax credits are intended to encourage the addition of storage systems to existing renewable energy systems. The program comes on the heels of the introduction of Senate Bill(SB 732) and House Bill (HB 1453) which are designed to designed to double the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50 pct and the solar carve-out to 14.5 pct by 2028, a move the state's solar industry says will increase solar investment by $11 billion. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration, PV Mag. 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, Mary Beth Tung, Dir., (410) 537-4000, energy.maryland.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maryland Energy Administration,  ,  


ConEdison, Tesla Partner on Powerpack Installations (Ind. Report)
Tesla,ConEdison,Orange and Rockland
Date: 2018-02-19
In the Big Apple, New York's largest electric utility, Con Edison, reports it has partnered with Tesla to propose a series of Powerpack energy storage installations in collaboration with Orange and Rockland (O&R), a Con Edison subsidiary.

The Project will develop and test methods of mitigating barriers to energy storage implementation. The demonstration project batteries will consist of a 4MW/8MWh portfolio of aggregated batteries located at individual battery sites behind-the-meter of commercial and industrial customers and co-located with distribution-connected remote solar projects. The battery installations will be developed, designed, installed, operated and maintained by Tesla.

The $5.6 million project is expected to pay for itself quickly by creating over $700,000 in value per year in the New York ISO energy, capacity and ancillary services markets. (Source: Tesla, ConEdison, ElecTrek. 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: Orange and Rockland, www.oru.com; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerpack,  Con Edison,  Energy Storage,  


Tesla, NS Power Partner on Centralized Powerpack Demo (Ind. Report)
Tesla Powerpack,Nova Scotia Power
Date: 2018-02-19
Reporting from Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced it is partnering to create "the Intelligent Feeder Project" with the installation of Tesla Powerpacks and Powerwalls to create an "intelligent grid".

The project combines a central grid-size Tesla Powerpack battery system at the utility's Elmsdale, substation with 10 previously deployed Tesla residential Powerwalls at homes in the community of Elmsdale, which is partially wind energy powered. (Source: Nova Scotia Power, ElectRek, 18 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Jill Searle, Project Manager, www.nspower.ca; Tesla Powerpack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerpak,  Energy Storage,  Nova Scotia Power,  


Rotterdam Waste-to-Methanol Plant Agreement Confirmed (Int'l)
Enerkem,AkzoNobel,Air Liquide
Date: 2018-02-19
Montreal, Quebec-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 mtpy of waste materials. The new plant should also generate CO2 emission savings of around 300,000 mtpy.

An Initial €9 million ($11 million) investment is expected to cover the set-up of a joint venture, engineering and the completion of permitting processes. 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, +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,  


Honeywell's Aviation Biofuel Powers 13,000km Flight (Ind. Report)
Honeywell UOP.
Date: 2018-02-19
Global technology company, Honeywell tests first trans-Pacific flight using a new biofuel made from Carinata seeds, a non-edible mustard seed. The company says that the 15-hour 13,000km journey marked the debut of Honeywell UOP Green Jet fuel.

According to Honeywell, the new fuel can replace as much as half of the petroleum jet fuel used in flight, without changing the aircraft technology and still meet emission standards established by the ASTM, resulting in a potential 65 to 85 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard petroleum jet fuel. The Carinata oil engineered by Quebec-based Agrisoma is intended for industrial use in the production of bio and jet fuels. When pressed, this seeds yield half their weight in oils that is then refined into jet fuel by AltAir, at the world's first commercial-scale renewable jet fuel plant in Paramount, California. (Source: Honeywell, AutoCar news, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, Pres.,CEO, www.uop.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920, bryan@altairfuels.com, www.altairfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carinata,  Honeywell UOP,  Aviation Biofuel,  Agrisoma,  AltAir,  


API Opposes Small Refinery RFS Exemptions (Ind. Report)
American Petroleum Institute
Date: 2018-02-19
In a letter to the US EPA, the American Petroleum Institute (API) -- an oil industry lobby group -- has come out against a campaign by small refineries to avoid their obligations under the US Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) biofuel blending requirements. The EPA is empowered to issue the requested exemptions based on "severe economic harm" as claimed by the governors of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Texas. The governors have been pressing the EPA for a nationwide waiver to the biofuel mandate.

"The ongoing issues with the RFS program are structural in nature, apply to all regulated parties, and need to be addressed on a nationwide basis, according to the API. API recommends that EPA deny the state waivers and should not approve any small refinery exemptions. "The RFS needs comprehensive reform," API says. (Source: API, Platts, SPGlobal, Various Media, Contact: API, Frank Macchiarola, Dir., (202) 682-8114, www.api.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Petroleum Institute,  EPA,  RFS,  Biofuel Blend ,  


US Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Break Extended (Reg & Leg)
Ryan
Date: 2018-02-16
In Dallas, business tax specialist Ryan is reporting the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which Congress passed on February 9, 2018, contained a number of tax extenders, including a one-year retroactive extension of the Energy Efficient Commercial Building deduction. The retroactive extension makes all 2017 qualifying transactions now eligible for this previously expired deduction.

Commercial buildings that were constructed or renovated to include energy-efficient equipment -- lighting or HVAC systems -- are now eligible for an accelerated tax deduction up to $1.80 per square foot under the extended Energy Policy Act of 2005. This deduction may also be available to the primary designers of government buildings subject to certain conditions. (Source: Ryan, PR, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ryan, Allea Newbold , Principal, (813) 228-7100, allea.newbold@ryan.com, http://www.ryan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies -- IPEEC Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation
Date: 2018-02-16
The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has released its 2017 Annual Report, detailing the achievements of its six country-led task groups and nine work streams under the IPEEC Leading Programme. The report highlights progress made by IPEEC members and task groups in the design, acceleration and implementation of cross-sector energy efficiency policies and programs on an international scale.

The Buildings Energy Efficiency Task Group published its 6th report on key regulatory policies used to improve existing buildings. The Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group (EEFTG) developed a toolkit providing voluntary options for policy makers, private financial institutions and development banks to scale up investments in energy efficiency.

Download the Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies report HERE. (Source: IPEEC, IISD, Feb., 2017) Contact: IPEEC, www.ipeec.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation,  Energy Efficiency,  


MidAmerican Energy Completes Iowa Wind Farms Totaling 338 MW (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-02-16
In the Hawkeye State, MidAmerican Energy is reporting completion of the the 170 MW Beaver Creek wind farm in Boone and Greene counties and the 168 MW Prairie wind farm in Mahaska County and that both projects had begun generating electricity. Together, the two Iowa farms generate sufficient energy for more than 140,000 Iowa homes.

Both projects are part of the Wind XI commitment that the company announced back in April of 2016, which would see MidAmerican Energy invest $3.6 billion to construct 2 GW worth of new wind power in Iowa. (Source: MidAmerican, CleanTechnica, Others, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Wind,  


EU Adds 16 GW Wind Energy Capacity in 2017 (Int'l Report)
WindEurope
Date: 2018-02-16
WindEurope is reporting that 15.7 GW of new wind energy capacity were added in the European Union in 2017 -- onshore capacity increased by 12.5 GW and offshore grew by 3.1 GW, and new wind farm installations were 20 pct higher than in 2016. In terms of new investments in future wind farms, projects totaling 11.5 GW reached final investment decision. The value of these investments was €22.3 billion ($27.53 billion), 19 pct down on 2016 due to cost reductions in the wind industry's supply chain and increased competition.

Access WindEurope's Wind in Power 2017 Report HERE. (Source: WindEurope, CNBC, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: WindEurope, +32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Wind,  


AEP Plans 80 pct Slash in CO2 Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
American Electric Power
Date: 2018-02-16
Columbus, Ohio-headquartered utility giant American Electric Power (AEP) has announced it will pursue a strategy to reduce its CO2 emissions by 60 pct from 2000 levels by 2030, and 80 pct from 2000 levels by 2050. To meet its goal, AEP plans to increase its investments in renewable generation and advanced technologies and increase its use of natural gas for power generation. It will also invest heavily in transmission and distribution systems to enhance efficiency as well as in expanded demand response and energy efficiency programs.

According to Nicholas K. Akins, AEP Chairman, President and CEO, "The strategy doesn't mean AEP will become a purely clean energy company. We believe in an 'all of the above' strategy, which includes investments in energy efficiency, renewables, natural gas, nuclear, hydro-electric and pumped storage and coal." AEP notes it has "factored future carbon regulations into the company's evaluation of generation resource options for many years and will continue to do so."

Since 2000, AEP has slashed CO2 emissions by 44 pct. Only 47 pct of AEP's generation fleet is coal-fired, compared to 70 pct in 2005 while renewable capacity is up from 4 pct in 2005 to 13 pct today. (Source: AEP, Feb., 2016)Contact: AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  Carbon Emissions,  


EC Commits €98.2Mn to Mobilize Low-Carbon Economy (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2018-02-16
Meeting in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports it will invest €98.2 million to support Europe's transition to a low-carbon, circular economy under the new LIFE funding programme for the Environment and Climate Action.

The investment, which covers 10 projects in Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Spain and Sweden, will mobilize investments leading to an additional €2 billion, as Member States can make use of other EU funding sources.

The 10 projects have a total budget of €182.2 million, of which €29.4 million is earmarked for 2 projects specific to climate change adaptation. (Source: European Commission, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy https://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Low-Carbon Economy,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


Conn. Legislators Rethink Energy Efficiency Fund Cuts (Reg & Leg)
Conn.
Date: 2018-02-16
In Hartford, Connecticut legislators are apparently having second thoughts about their recent widely supported last-minute decision to reallocate $175 million from the state's energy audits, weatherization and energy efficiency programs to shore-up the state's depleted general fund.

Upon reflection, those same legislators under public and industry pressure are now decrying the move as a "hidden tax" on utility customers who are still paying surcharges on their utility bills to unknowingly fund the depleted programs. The legislators are now seeking to reverse their action and restore the now grossly underfunded energy efficiency programs. (Source: Connecticut NPR, Hartford Courant, Others, 13 Feb., 2018)

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


JFK Terminal T4 Lands LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-02-16
In the Big Apple, Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. The LEED gold certification recognizes T4 as one of the top performers in the world in energy management, water efficiency, air quality, waste management and green cleaning.

Through operations and maintenance improvements, the terminal has seen a 30 pct increase in performance compared to other airport terminals and uses 34 pct less water than comparable buildings.

Since opening in 2001, T4 has grown from serving 6 million passengers per year to more than 21 million travelers. (Source: USGBC, Energy Manager, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Can DOE ARPA-E Survive The Donald's Budget Cuts? (Ind. Report)
ARPA-E
Date: 2018-02-16
An addendum to President Trump's proposed budget submitted a $1.5 billion increase to the DOE budget -- $1.2 billion of which is earmarked for research into the country's "energy future." Unfortunately, only $120 million of that "energy future" funding is earmarked for research into sustainable transportation, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies while the absurdity of clean coal will receive $200 million in funding.

While the administration's 2018 proposal ensures the DOE's overall budget remains unchanged, it would cut the $305 million required to keep the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) afloat.

Since its founding in 2009, ARPA-E has provided funding for projects that develop solar cells, wind turbines, biofuels, energy storage, carbon capture and other crucial technologies and projects. (Source: Various Media, Futurism, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ARPA-E,  Trump Budget,  Renewable Energy,  


Ogdensburg Considering Energy Efficient Street lighting (Ind. Report)
SmartWatt,NORESCO
Date: 2018-02-16
In the Empire State, the city of Ogdensbug reports it is inking a $25,000 agreement with Phoenix-headquartered energy infrastructure solutions provider NORESCO LLC to conduct a study to determine the cost and a strategy for replacing nearly 1,000 standard street lamps with high efficiency LED lights. The project would also involve "buying out" National Grid and taking over maintenance of the street lighting system.

The overall project is expected to cost the city approximately $1.2 million financed with the savings from the switch to LEDs.

The city is also working with Saratoga-based energy optimization specialist SmartWatt to identify and upgrade inefficiencies municipal buildings. (Source: City of Ogdensburg, Watertown Daily Times, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: City of Ogdensburg, Scott A. Thornhill, Public Works Director, (315) 393-3540, www.ogdensburg.org; Noresco, Michael Beccaria, Snr. VP, (480) 308-0331, www.noresco.com; SmartWatt, (518)406-5079, www.smartwatt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NORESCO,  SmartWatt,  LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


Cen$ible Energy Offers New Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Yampa Valley Electric Association
Date: 2018-02-16
In Steamboat Springs,Colorado, the community-funded Cen$ible Energy program is offering residential energy assessments and rebates for LED lights, programmable thermostats, air sealing after an energy audit, Energy Star-rated appliances and a new $75 rebate for hard-wired heat tape timers.

A home energy audit is free for Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) customers and Atmos Energy natural gas customers. Homeowners with only one of those utilities pay half price, or $150, for an audit. A small business energy assessment ia also available at a $500 fee for businesses of up to 10,000 square feet within the YVEA territory. Businesses above that size would pay additional charges.

Atmos Energy customers can receive up to $100 in on-site quick fixes installed by the energy auditor, such as a hot water heater wrap or programmable thermostas. Cen$ible Energy is funded by YVEA, the city of Steamboat Springs and Alpine Bank. (Source: Yampa Valley Electric Association, Craig Press, Feb., 2018) Contact: Cen$ible Energy, www.cen$ibleenergy.org; Energy Smart Colorado, www. energysmartcolorado.com; Yampa Valley Electric Association, www.yvea.com; Atmos Energy, www.atmosenergy.com

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Ontario's 4th Green Bond Sale Raises $1bn (Cdn) (Ind. Report)
Province of Ontario
Date: 2018-02-16
Reporting from Queens Park, the Canadian province of Ontario notes it $1 billion (Cdn)($801 million US) in its fourth green bond sale. To date, the province's 4 green bonds have raised a total of $3.05 billion (Cdn).

Green bond proceed are use to support initiatives and projects that will cut the province's carbon footprint and fight climate change. (Source: Province of Ontario, Various Media, Feb., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Carbon Emissions,  


Equis Energy Confirms 127-MW Aussie Solar Farm Funding (Int'l)
Equis Energy
Date: 2018-02-16
Singapore-based Equis Energy reports it has closed on funding for its $200-million, 127-MW Tailem Bend solar project in South Australia. The project, which is slated to get underway this month, will eventually include a battery storage facility of up to 100 MWh.

Upon completion early in 2019, the installation will generate sufficient power for 41,600 homes per year, saving more than 102,000 tpy of carbon dioxide, according to Equis Energy.

Equis Energy owns 11,135 MW of renewable energy assets in Australia, Japan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. (Source: Equis Energy, Renewables Now, Others, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: Equis Energy, David Russell, CEO, +65 6220 0040, www.equisfg.com

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


NUI Galway Launches SEAFUEL Renewable Fuel Project (Int'l)
NUI Galway
Date: 2018-02-16
The National University of Ireland-Galway (NUI Galway) reports the launch of its SEAFUEl project to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen as a transportation fuel. The €3.5 million, 3-yuear project will be piloted in the Canary Islands, Madeira in Portugal and the Aran Islands.

SEAFUEL will focus on paving the way for common renewable energy policies to promote clean and sustainable transport systems especially in isolated areas such as islands which face the challenge of the high cost of electricity and fuel and their dependency on mainland infrastructures. (Source: NUI Galway, Galway Bay FM News, 15 Feb., 2018 Contact: NUI Galway, +353 91 524 411, www.nuigalway.ie

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CCSL Awarded £900,000 for Carbon Capture R&D (R&D, Int'l)
Carbon Clean Solutions
Date: 2018-02-16
A consortium led by Reading, UK-based carbon capture tech specialist Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) reports it has been awarded £900,000 in grant funding from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The grant will be applied to further research into lowering the cost of carbon capture technology. The ultimate aim is to develop a solution that is affordable on a large scale.

The grant funding will enable CCSL to build a large-scale carbon capture testing facility at the University of Sheffield, which will be the world's first integrated plant of its kind.

CCSL launched the world's first fully commercial carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) plant in India in 2016. The privately financed project captures CO2 at $30 per tonne. With this latest grant, it is hoped that the technology can be further refined to capture CO2 at $20 per tonne. (Source: Carbon Clean Solutions, Oil & Gas Tech., 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: Carbon Clean Solutions, +44 (0) 203865 06 39, (872) 206-0197 - Chicago Office, info@carboncleansolutions,com, www.carboncleansolutions.com; UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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FutureMetrics, Prodesa Partner on Pellet Mill Projects (Ind. Report)
FutureMetrics, Prodesa
Date: 2018-02-16
Zaragosa, Spain-based pellet plant designer and builder Prodesa, and Bethel, Maine-based wood pellet consultancy FutureMetrics have inked a partnership agreement that will see FutureMetrics operations expert, John Swaan, will lead a team that trains the operators of new Prodesa pellet plants throughout the startup and commissioning phases of the project.

Prodesa has designed and constructed pellet mills in Europe, the U.S., and Asia. (Source: FutureMetrics, , Canadian Biomass, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: FutureMetrics, John Swan, (207) 824-6702, (207) 357-8708, WilliamStrauss@FutureMetrics.com, www.FutureMetrics.com; Prodesa North America (770) 559-5736, prodesa.na@prodesa.net, Prodesa.net

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Eco-Energy Opens NC Ethanol Unit Distribution Facility (Ind. Report)
Eco-Energy
Date: 2018-02-16
Following up on our November 6, 2015 report, biofuel supply chain company, Eco-Energy Distribution Services, reports operations are underway at an ethanol unit train distribution facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The facility, which connects to Kinder Morgan Southeast Terminals LLC's Charlotte 3 Terminal, is is equipped to receive 96 tank cars via the CSX railway, has ethanol distribution capability via pipeline connection and/or tank truck delivery to all area gasoline blending locations. This new facility in is Eco-Energy's ninth ethanol distribution terminal to open since 2012. (Source: Eco-Energy, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Eco-Energy Distribution Services, Joshua Bailey, CEO, Chad Conn, VP, (615) 786-0401, www.eco-energy.com

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E.ON's Texas Stella Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
E.ON
Date: 2018-02-16
E.ON reports its 201-MW Stella Windfarm in Kenedy County, Texas, is underway and slated to be operation by the end of the year. The facility, the company's 23rd wind farm in North America, incorporate 67, 3.0-MW Nrdex wind turbine turbines that will generate sufficient power for 60,000 households. (Source: E.ON, Commercial Property Exec., 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: E.ON North America, Silvia Ortin, CEO, www.eon.com/en/about-us/business-units/eon-climate-and-renewables-gmbh.html

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OECD Urges Increased Carbon Tax to Fight Climate Change (Int'l)
OECD
Date: 2018-02-16
In its new Taxing Energy Use 2018 report, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) calls for governments to start taxing CO2 emissions more aggressively, and warns that current taxation levels are not enough to fight climate change effectively.

The OECD study concluded that there was little change in energy taxation levels between 2012 and 2015, and that only 0.3 pct of emissions are taxed at a level that is equitable to the cost to the environment. The report also notes that coal taxes are few and far between, even though coal accounts for nearly 50 pct of carbon emissions in the 42 countries studied in the report. In only five countries does coal taxation exceed €5 per ton of CO2.

Carbon pricing is emerging as one of the main tools used by governments to limit emissions. China started to roll out its own carbon market this year and it will be the world's biggest by the time it is fully operational An update to the EU's own Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) was given the seal of approval by the European Parliament last week and the price of carbon has continued to climb ever since a draft deal was agreed in November. (Source: OECD, EURACTIV, 15 Feb., 2018) (Contact: OCED, www.oecd.org

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Orsted, Oxford Ink Offshore Wind Foundation R&D Agreement (Int'l)
Orsted, University of Oxford
Date: 2018-02-16
Danish renewable energy giant Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- reports it and the UK's Oxford University have sealed a five-year research agreement to optimize the design of foundation structures used for offshore wind turbines. Orsted is also working with Durham University, also in the UK, on other offshore wind research pand envelopment projects.

The research agreement between Orsted and Oxford will focus on cyclic loading -- the repeated loading that occurs from the action of both wind and waves on the structure and operation of the turbine. (Source: Orsted, CNBC, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Orsted Wind Power, Christina Aabo, Dir. R&D, +45 99 55 11 11, www.orsted.com

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Diacarbon Energy Selling Shuttered Merritt, BC Pellet Mill (M&A)
Diacarbon Energy
Date: 2018-02-16
In Burnaby, British Columbia, biocoal, biochar and wood pellet maker Diacarbon Energy Inc. reports it will not be restarting its fire damaged torrefied wood pellet plant in Merritt.

The shuttered plant, which was damaged by fire in fall 2016, is up for sale and the plant's technology development program is being moved to Vancouver or the USA. Diacarbon acquired the pellet plant in 2014.(Source: Diacarbon Energy, Canadian Biomass, 14 Feb., 2018)Contact: Diacarbon Energy Inc. (604) 291-0001, info@diacarbon.com, www.diacarbon.com

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energy33 Develops Argentinean Sugarcane Bagasse Power Project (Int'l)
energy33
Date: 2018-02-16
Miami-headquartered energy33 reports it will develop a 19 MW biomass power project in Argentina for Genneia, the largest renewable energy generation company in Argentina. The energy will be sold to CAMMESA, the off-taker and system operator in Argentina, under the terms of a 20-year PPA.

Genneia will invest $49 million to build the 19 MW biomass power plant. Argentinean sugarcane ethanol producer Ingenio La Florida will supply the sugarcane bagasse biomass fuel and lease the land to Genneia. The project is expected to be operational in 2020.

energy33 specializes in the development of energy projects in Latin America using co-generation, biomass, associated gas and other forms of clean power generation and offers consulting services in the energy sector with its world class technical expertise. (Source: energy33, PR, Digital Journal, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: energy33, to Jose Benitez, Exec. VP, (954) 397-4084, www.energy33.com; Ingenio La Florida, http://balcanes.com.ar/ingenio-y-destileria-la-florida

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USAF Demonstrating Hydrogen Alternate Fuel (Ind. Report)
US Air Force
Date: 2018-02-16
In the Aloha State, the US Air Force is demonstrating the use of hydrogen as an alternate fuel source at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

The project, which is part of a cooperative agreement between the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT), supports the Air Force's goal of increasing its renewable energy usage and aligns with the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), launched originally in 2008. HCEI seeks to achieve the nation's first 100 pct renewable portfolio standards by 2045 and to reduce petroleum use in Hawaii's transportation sector. (Source: US Air Force, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies Stan Osserman, Dir., www.htdc.org; Air Force Research Laboratory, https://teamafrl.afciviliancareers.com; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrh/installations/jb_pearl_harbor_hickam.html

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Siemens Tech Selected for Georgia Biomass Power Plants (Ind. Report)
MasTec Power,Siemens,Georgia Renewable Power
Date: 2018-02-16
MasTec Power Corp., as the EPC contractor for Georgia Renewable Power LLC, is reporting the selection of Siemens as the technology partner for two new biomass power plants, Georgia Renewable- Franklin LLC in Carnesville, Georgia, and Georgia Renewable - Madison LLC in Colbert, Georgia. Both plants will incorporate Siemens' SST-600 steam turbines, SGen-100A air-cooled generators and three-phase step-up transformer technologies. Siemens will also deliver a SPPA-T3000 Control System to maximize overall plant performance through data analytics and improve safety, efficiency and reliability.

Slated for operation in summer 2019, the Georgia Renewable Power projects will supply sufficient power to approximately 120,000 homes. (Source: Siemens, PR, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: MasTec Power Corp., Ben Gilbert, VP Bus. Dev., (305) 795-2469, www.mastec.com; Georgia Renewable Power, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  MasTec Power,  Georgia Renewable Power,  Siemens,  


Here’s What Trump’s New Budget Means for Renewable Energy

Date: 2018-02-15
As expected, the Trump administration's new budget slashes programs funding renewable energy research, allocating far more money to clean coal development. Cutting Costs The Trump administration’s latest budget proposal released on February 12, 2018 could have major consequences for the future of renewable energy in the U.S. If Congress approves the budget, it would cut the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s funding by more than half, and completely elimination of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. ARPA-E is a program that issues grants to energy startups from across the country. The program was nearly discontinued in 2017, but Congress awarded it an additional $15 million that ensured its survival for another year


JA Solar Ships Mono PERC Modules for Israeli Solar Project (Int'l)
JA Solar, BELECTRIC
Date: 2018-02-14
Chinese solar giant JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports the shipment of the shipment of Mono PERC modules to the 250MW Ashalim solar project in the Israeli Negev Desert.

The project is being developed by Electricite De France S.A. (EDF) and Israeli renewable energy company, Clal Sun Ltd. BELECTRIC, which is one of the world's largest installers of solar power plants and providers of EPC and O&M services, is building the project. Upon completion, the power station will be the largest of its kind in Israel and the 5th largest in the world. (Source: JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd., PR, 11 Feb., 2018) Contact: JA Solar, www.jasolar.com; Clal Sun Ltd., www.sunisrael.co.il; Electricite De France, www.edf.fr; BELECTRIC, www.belectric.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar ,  Solar,  EDF,  BELECTRIC,  


Old Dominion Co-ops Await Solar Program Approvals (Reg & Leg)
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Date: 2018-02-14
In Virginia, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative and two other Old Dominion Electric Cooperative members are reportedly seeking formal approval for a 3-year Community Solar Pilot Project to which the member cooperatives could subscribe.

Currently, a portion of all power supplied to them comes from solar. The new program will allow members to receive a dedicated, predetermined amount of solar power each month at a locked in price.

The pilot programs must be approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The cooperatives expect to receive approval of their Community Solar pilot programs later this spring, and to begin offering solar subscriptions this summer. (Source: Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, PR, Fredericksburg.com, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, (804) 747-0592, feedback@odec.com, www.odec.com

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KHNP Inks South Korean Floating Solar MoU (Int'l Report)
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power
Date: 2018-02-14
In Seoul, South Korean-state-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding with Hwaseong Solar Energy to develop 100 MW floating solar power plant in Hwaseong, 70 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

The 220 billion won (US$202 million) project is part of KHNP's plan to invest 10 trillion won by 2030 to expand renewable energy sources, including solar and wind power. The government plans to increase the ratio of renewable energy from the current 7 pct to 20 pct by 2030, and increase renewable energy capacity of 63.8 GW. (Source: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power , Yonhap, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, www.khnp.co.kr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Floating Solar,  Korea Solar,  


Colorado's Hunter Solar Farm Wins Permit Approval (Reg & Leg)
Cypress Creek Renewables
Date: 2018-02-14
The Denver Post is reporting Colorado's Arapahoe County commissioners have approved a permit for the 333,000-panel, 75-MW Hunter Solar project south of Bennett. When fully operational, the $136 million Hunter Solar facility would be the state's second-largest solar farm after the 120-mw Comanche solar site near Pueblo. The Hunter project is being developed by California-based Cypress Creek Renewables. (Source: Cyprus Creek, Denver Post, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Cypress Creek Renewables, Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299, info@ccrenew.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Cypress Creek Renewables,  


US 2017 Ethanol Exports Top 1.37 Billion Gallons (Ind. Report)
Ethanol,USDA
Date: 2018-02-14
According to USDA data, the United States exported a record 1.37 billion gallons of ethanol to more than 60 countries in 2017, up 17 pct from 2016. Brazil was the prime market for U.S. ethanol exports, receiving 446 million gallons, followed by Canada at 328 million gallons while India took 173 million gallons followed by the Philippines and South Korea, in that order.

Export volumes to nine of the top 10 destinations saw increases over 2016 volumes, with Brazil, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates showing the largest gains. China finished just out of the top 10 in 2017, as exports fell nearly 90 pct due to the implementation of new tariffs. (Source: USDA, DTN, 13 Feb., 2018)Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov

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