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Toms River Schools Plans $17Mn in Energy Upgrades (Ind. Report)
Energy Savings Improvement Program
Date: 2017-09-08
In the Garden State, the Toms River Regional School District reports it is planning $17 million in infrastructure upgrades through an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) that will fund the upgrades through energy cost savings, the district announced.

ESIP allows public entities to finance and pay for capital upgrades with the energy cost savings generated by installing energy conservation measures (ECMs) without tax increases to the public. The typical energy conservation measures include LED lighting and controls, HVAC systems, boilers, building envelope improvements (the building envelope is the walls, the roof, windows, doors, anything that separates the outside of the building from the inside) and energy management systems.

The ESIP related upgrades will be implemented with the assistance of Maser Engineering, DCO Energy and CDI, and a district news release said it will be self-funding and budget neutral. The completed project will deliver $1.1 million in New Jersey Clean Energy Program incentives and more than $900,000 per year energy cost savings, according to a School District news release . (Source: Toms River Regional School District, Toms River Patch, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toms River Regional School District, (732)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Savings Improvement Program ,  

BEC Cutting Westlakes Science & Tech. Park Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
Britain's Energy Coast
Date: 2017-09-08
In Cumbria, UK, Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) reports the appointment of the Bolton-based construction firm Forrest as a new energy contractor and partner at BEC's Westlakes Science and Technology Park, near Whitehaven. The appointment is intended to bring low carbon power generation and export capabilities to Westlakes in a bid to cut its carbon footprint.

Forrest, based in Bolton, will be developing a plan based on smart-microgrids and energy technologies for the two-square-mile site. It will also explore the energy efficiency of the existing property portfolio, asset and maintenance plans and future developments will be taken into consideration for a fully integrated solution. It is thought their plan could use distributed energy, building management systems, solar PV, electric vehicles, district heating, and energy efficiency measures.

Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) owns, operates, develops and regenerates high quality property assets and uses the profits to facilitate programmes that improve the area and support low carbon goals. (Source: BEC, Cumbria Life, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Britain's Energy Coast, Michael Pemberton, CEO, +44 1946 595200,; Forrest, +44 1942 841122,

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

Vestas, Tesla Partnering on Wind Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Vestas,Wind,Energy Storage,Tesla
Date: 2017-09-08
Energy storage and electric vehicle powerhouse Tesla reports it has partnered with wind turbine giant Vestas to apply Tesla's energy storage battery technology to the wind industry.

Vestas has been been investigating various technologies and companies on how batteries and wind farms could be used in conjunction since the the 2012 launch of a wind project in Lem-Kaer, Denmark, according to a Vestas statement. (Source: Tesla, Vestas, Futurism1 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,; Tesla,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Tesla,  Tesla Powerwall,  

EDP Renewables, Cummins Ink Indiana Wind Farm VPA (Ind. Report)
EDP Renewables North America
Date: 2017-09-08
Following on our August 21 coverage, Columbus, Ohio-headquartered heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturer Cummins reports it has inked a 15-year "virtual-power purchase agreement" (VPA) with Houston-based EDP Renewables North America to expand the Meadow Lake Wind Farm complex which operates hundreds of turbines spread out over White, Jasper, and Benton counties in northern Indiana.

The deal will allow EDP to add 25 to 35 turbines to the facility to generate an additional 262,000 MWh per year of capacity -- sufficient to power 20,000 average Indiana homes.

Under a VPPA, a company agrees to pay a renewable-energy-project developer a fixed rate for electricity over a contracted period, usually 10 to 20 years, while continuing to buy electricity from the local utility. The company does not get the energy directly. Instead, the developer sells the power onto the grid, where it is bought by other consumers at wholesale prices. (Source: Cummins, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cummins, Mark Dhennin, Dir. Energy and Environment, Brian Mormino, (614) 771-1000,; EDP Renewables North America,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cummins Diesel,  EDP Renewables North America,  Virtual Power Purchase Agreement,  

Albany Awarded $1.4Mn for Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
ew York Power Authority
Date: 2017-09-08
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports it has awarded $1.4 million to the city of Albany for three programs designed to cut its energy usage -- including one that will tie 22 city buildings into the statewide New York Energy Manager center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

NYPA's efforts are part of a statewide mandate to reduce energy consumption at state facilities by 20 pct by 2020. The New York Energy Manager facility was created in part to oversee that project, and the $1.4 million awarded to Albany was part of a competition among four upstate cities that provided up to $500,000 to qualified projects. The projects are expected to save Albany $240,000 per in energy costs. (Source: NYPA, TimesUnion, Sept., 2017) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, CEO, (914) 681-8186,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Power Authority,  Energy Consmption,  Energy Efficiency,  

Solaria Touts PowerVision-150 Electric Power Generating Glass (New Prod. & Tech.)
Date: 2017-09-08
Freemnont, California-headquartered solar energy and module specialist Solaria is reporting the introduction of its PowerVision-150 range of solar electricity generating glass modules, following the success of PowerXT rooftop modules.

The new modules are ideal for transforming skylights, atriums and similar applications into architecturally aesthetic power-producing structures. They have already been endorsed by leading glass and fabrication companies such as Pilkington, AGC and Walters & Wolf.

Solaria solar-outfitted windows mitigate the sunlight's effect on a building and work with high-efficiency solar PV modules to unlock the full power potential of buildings, providing high yield at a low cost. (Source: Solaria Corporation, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solaria, Suvi Sharma, CEO, ( 510) 270- 2500,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solaria,  Solar,  PV,  

Army Recognized for Energy Efficiency, Conservation (Ind. Report)
Fort A.P. Hill
Date: 2017-09-08
In the Old Dominion State, the U.S. Army's Fort A.P. Hill reports the installation of an exterior finish and insulation system on ten transient training barracks, replacement of fuel oil fired hot water boilers and split system air conditioning units in three dining facilities, the installation of high-efficient windows in training support buildings and other energy related upgrades has earned the base U.S. DOE Federal Energy and Water Management Awards.

The Army base also completed effective proactive energy efficiency and building energy management systems and interactive energy conservation awareness initiatives that helped reduce the base's fiscal year 2016 energy intensity by 23.4 pct from the prior year, resulting in a utility savings of more than $583,000, despite an increase in building square footage of 35 percent. (Source: US Army Fort A.P. Hill, Caroline Progress, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Fort A.P. Hill, (804) 633-8120,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

US Methanol's W.Va. Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
US Methanol
Date: 2017-09-08
US Methanol is reporting groundbreaking at its first American facility, Liberty One, in Institute, near CHarleston, West Virginia. The 200,000 metric tpy methanol is expected to fully operational in mid-2018.

The Liberty One facility will incorporate parts of a deconstructed methanol production plant from Rio De Janerio. The West Virginia Economic Development Authority approved a $10 million loan in May in developing the site for use. (Source: US Methanol LLC, WV Metro News, Others, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: US Methanol LLC, (681) 205-8511,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Methanol,  Methanol,  

DONG Dismantling First Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-09-08
DONG Energy is reporting the dismantling of its first offshore wind farm. All salvageable turbine components and parts will be reused when possible while the blades will be reused in an innovative noise barrier concept. Prior to this, however, some of the blades will become part of a research project at DTU Riso. Components that are not immediately reusable have been transported to a certified recovery company.

"This is the first time we're dismantling an offshore wind farm, but luckily, we've been able to draw on our vast experience from constructing offshore wind farms and working offshore," says Leif Winther, Senior Lead Business Developer in DONG Energy. "In cooperation with the winning contractors, we developed the dismantling method and entered a long process with the authorities to obtain all necessary permits." (Source: DONG Energy, PR, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Leif Winther, Senior Lead Business Developer,

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

Portland Airport Adds Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Portland International Jetport
Date: 2017-09-08
In the Pine Tree State, the Portland International Jetport is reporting receipt of $1.3 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOT Federal Aviation Administration to support a rooftop photovoltaic solar array on an airport parking garage roof.

The city of Portland owns and operates the airport, which accommodates more than 1.7 million international passengers every year. (Source: Portland International Jetport, DOT FAA, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Portland International Jetport, (207) 774-7301,; Federal Aviation Administration,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

Siemens Gamesa Repowering NextEra Texas Find Farms (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2017-09-08
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it has been selected by NextEra Energy Resources to"repower" a pair of Texas wind farms. The repowering is expected to increase annual power production by 25 pct boost reliability and efficiency, and extend turbine service life.

The repowering program will upgrade the existing Siemens SWT-2.3-93 model to the SWT-2.3-108 model turbines. The project is expected to be completed before the year-end. (Source: Siemens Gamesa , PR, Sept., 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, (561) 691-7171,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy ,  Wind,  NextEra Energy Resources ,  

Enel's Peruvian Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
Enel Green Power Peru
Date: 2017-09-08
In Peru, Enel Green Power (Peru) is reporting construction is underway and the first turbines are being installed at its first wind farm in Peru, the 132-MW Wayra I Wind Farm in the district of Marcona, Ica region. The company expects to invest approximately $165 million in the 42-turbine wind farm which is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2018. The project will generate sufficient power for as many as 480,000 Peruvian homes, and will help to avoid 288,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Enel Green Power, CNBC, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power Peru,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Enel Green,  

Swedish Timber Firm Investing $12.5Mn in Biofuel Production (Int'l)
Sodra Timber
Date: 2017-09-08
Vaxjo, Sweden-based forest products and lumber producer Sodra reports it will invest more than SEK 100 million ($12.5 million) in the production of biomethanol from forest biomass raw material. The project is expected to bet underway shortly and is scheduled to be ready for operation by spring 2019, according to a company release.

The plant will produce 5,000 tpy of biomethanol. from crude methanol produced by the manufacturing process at Sodra's new Monsteras pulp mill. (Source: Sodra, Lesprom 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Sodra Timber, +46 470 89000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sodra Timber,  Biomethanol,  Biofuel,  

Arendal Norway Pledges 100 pct Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-08
According to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as the world's first municipality to join the United Nation's Climate Neutral Now initiative, the entire Norwegian municipality of Arendal (pop 41,675) has pledged to become 100 pct climate neutral. Ardenal municipality's own operations have been climate neutral since 2008.

To achieve its goal, the municipality aims to cut fossil fuel use in transportation, along with increasing the use of biofuels and electric vehicles as well as buying renewable power and increasing energy efficiency. (Source: UNFCCC, Sustainability & Environment, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: UNFCCC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  UNFCCC,  

Saxlund's UK Bio-SNG Plant Expects 2018 Startup (Int'l Report)
Saxlund International
Date: 2017-09-08
In the UK, Southampton-based biomass and material handling company Saxlund International reports its Swindon-area £25-million plant to produce bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG) from household waste is due to become operational at the start of 2018.

Bio-SNG is produced through the gasification of cellulosic materials, such as energy crops or forestry residues, after which the Bio-SNG is then gas conditioned, synthesised and gas upgraded. Bio-SNG can be used like biogas produced through anaerobic digestion or it can be converted into liquid biofuels, diesel, ethanol and other fuels.

The project scored approximately £11 million in funding from the UK Department for Transport's Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition and £8.6 million from Cadent (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution). (Source: Saxlund International, Resource, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Saxlund International, Matt Drew, Managing Dir., +44 23 8063 6330,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Saxlund Internationa,  l,  

31 Utilities Added Energy Storage Project in 2016 (Ind. Report)
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Date: 2017-09-08
According to a recent Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) survey, 71 utilities report having at least one energy storage installation deployed in their service territory at the end of 2016 and 80 pct of utility respondents reported they are currently implementing or considering energy storage to defer grid investments. Within that group, 31 utilities said they deployed their first energy storage project last year.

According to 155 utility survey respondents, 207 megawatts/257 MWh of energy storage were added to the grid last year, across 829 systems. Residential deployments accounted for 4.5 megawatts/7.5 MWh; non-residential deployments accounted for 54 megawatts/68 MWh and utility-owned deployments totaled 151 megawatts/181.6 MWh.

Utilities provided cumulative and 2016 data on energy storage installations interconnected in their service territories prior to December 31, 2016. Energy storage installations included in the results include batteries, flow batteries, kinetic energy storage (such as flywheels), supercapacitors, and compressed air energy storage. The survey did not include pumped hydropower, thermal energy storage, or electric vehicles. (Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance, GTM, Various Media, September 07, 2017) Contact: Smart Electric Power Alliance, (202) 857-0898,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Electric Power Alliance ,  Energy Storage,  

NIU Scores $911,000 NSF Bioinformatics Funding (R&D, Funding)
National Science Foundation,Northern Illinois University
Date: 2017-09-08
In Dekalb, Northern Illinois University (NIU) reports it has received $911,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant funding over five years in support of biological sciences professor Yanbin Yin bioinformatics research. The research could contribute to the making of lower-cost biofuels, help prevent crop loss due to microbial pathogens and illuminate how algae evolved to land plants.

Yin specializes in bioinformatics, a blending of biology and computer science for analysis of highly complex biological data. He specifically seeks to shed light on enzymes known as carbohydrate active enzymes, or CAZymes, which are responsible for the synthesis, degradation, modification and recognition of all carbohydrates. Microbes use CAZymes to break down plant carbohydrates into simple sugars, which can be further converted into biofuels and other biomaterials.

Yin's research team will develop computer tools to better identify CAZymes from newly sequenced microbial genomes, sequence the genome of a green alga (Zygnma circumcarinatum) and peer into the evolutionary processes within early plants. Yin will collaborate with Scott Grayburn, director of biology's Molecular Core Lab, on the algal genome sequencing work. (Source: NIU News, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: NIU, Professor Yanbin Yin, Prof. Scott Grayburn, (815) 753-0638,,; National Science Foundation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation,  Algae,  Biofuel,  

BioFuelNet Online Advanced Biofuels Certificate Course Offered (Ind. Report)
BioFuelNet Canada
Date: 2017-09-08
BioFuelNet, the Canadian network on biofuels, reports it is offering a new online Advanced Biofuels Course (ABC) covering the entire supply-chain from feedstock to commercialization of biofuels. Each class focuses on a specific subject given by an expert in that particular field.

Download details on the Advanced Biofuels Course 2017 Edition starting Sept. 18, HERE. (Source: BioFuelNet, PR, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: BioFuelNet Canada, Guillaume Perron-Piche, Communications Mgr., (514) 398-7861,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioFuelNet Canada,  Biofuel,  

China Set for November Carbon-Trading Plan Launch (Int'l)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2017-09-08
Following-up on our February 6 coverage, after four years of pilot programs in 7 cities and provinces involving more than 2,000 "high emitting" companies and manufacturers, China is set to finally launch a nationwide cap-and-trade carbon-trading system in November to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the system will cover companies with annual energy consumption of over 10,000 metric tons of standard coal. These companies are primarily in the petrochemical, chemical, building materials, iron and steel, nonferrous metals, paper, electric utilities and aviation sectors.

Carbon markets have been operating successfully in the European Union -- EU ETS -- and the U.S. state of California, despite some problems in determining prices and emissions caps. In time, China's national trading system could become the largest in the world and could help China meet its pledges to cut carbon emissions per unit of gdp by 40-45 pct below 2005 levels by 2020 and reach peak emissions by around 2030, according to the NDRC. (Source: NDRC, Radio Free Asia, Sept., 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Cap-and-Trade,  China Carbon Market,  China National Development and Reform Commission ,  

Minneapolis Convention Center Wins LEED Green Building Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-08
In Minnesota, the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) reports it has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC LEED certification for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance (EBOM).

Last spring, the MCC completed a major sustainability effort to install a 250,000-gallon storm water system, which allows the facility to divert an estimated 5.4 million gallons of runoff rainwater annually from the river and redirect it to an underground storage system for the venue's irrigation. Other center energy efficiency initiatives and measures include offsetting energy usage by 100 pct with solar and wind power; recycling 60 pct of waste in 2016; collecting 160 tons of organics for hog feed and composting; donating 4 tons of food per year and others. (Source: Minneapolis Convention Center, Trade Show News Network, Sept., 2017) (Contact: Minneapolis Convention Center, Jeff Johnson, Exec. Dir., (612) 335-6000,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  

Conference Board of Canada
Date: 2017-09-08

Arch Coal Seeking BLM Methane Emissions Concessions (Ind. Report)
Arch Coal
Date: 2017-09-06
In Colorado's North Fork Valley, Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk coal mining operations, the state's largest methane emitter and the nation's second largest coal miner, is asking the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to cut the royalties it pays on some of the coal it extracts. The BLM is reportedly prepared to cut the royalties from 8 to 5 percent for a part of the mine where extracting coal is technically challenging and thus more expensive. The West Elk mine is on federal land, so its royalties are split between the federal Treasury and the state, which shares its portion with local government.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) has come out in support of the discount on the proviso that Arch Coal commits to developing a methane capture strategy. To date, the state has led the nation in requiring oil and gas producers -- but not coal miners -- to control methane emissions.(Source: Arch Coal, BLM, High Country News, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Bureau of Land Management,; Arch Coal,; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hickenlooper,  Arch Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  Methane,  BLM,  Coal Bed Methane,  

1884 UMass Chapel Wins LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-06
In the Bay State, the University of Massachusetts Amherst reports its recently renovated 1884 vintage Old Chapel has received US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold Certification after extensive energy efficiency and other structural upgrade completed by the architectural firm Finegold Alexander.

In 2015, a $21 million renovation, addition, and preservation effort got underway including: a 21 pct cut in overall energy use through added insulation; exhaust air recovery system installation; improved interior and exterior lighting power density, and variable speed pumping on chilled and hot water distribution; 34 pct reduction in potable water use via low-flow plumbing fixtures; 82 pct of new wood products are FSC Certified; 83 pct of existing structural elements were reused; 84 pct of construction waste was diverted from landfills; high efficiency LED light fixtures were used throughout;comprehensive transportation management plan; water efficient landscaping that improves site ecology without permanent irrigation methods; and others. (Source: UMass, USGBC, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: UMass Amherst,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

Longi's 500-MW Indian PV Plant Construction Set for Dec. (Int'l)
Longi Green Energy Technology Co
Date: 2017-09-06
According to the Indo-Asian News Service, Chinese monocrystalline solar products maker Longi Green Energy Technology Co Ltd., one of the fastest growing PV manufacturer in the industry, reports it will begin construction of a 500-MW manufacturing base in India this December. The company, formerly Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials Corp., expects to will invest approximately $234 million (€197 million) in the project which is slated for completion and commissioning in about a year and a half.

The plant will be sited at the special economic zone in Sri City, in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, and will produce 500 MW of PV cells and 500 MW of modules per year, all for export. (Source: Longi Green Energy Technology, Indo-Asian News, Sept., 2017) Longi Green Energy Technology, +8629.81566863,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV ,  

Library's Sustainability, Energy Efficiency Recognized (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-06
In Juneau, Alaska, the Mendenhall Valley Public Library is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification -- the building in the state capital to receive LEED Gold certification. Only two buildings in Alaska have received platinum certification: the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park, and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks.

The library's energy efficient features include: low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials; strategically-placed clerestory windows to take advantage of natural light while minimizing heat loss; ground source geothermal heating system; and others. The USGBC LEED rating system determined the building to be 48 pct more efficient than their baseline building. (Source: USGBC, PropudGreenBuilding, Juneau Empire, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

Delta Americas HQ Wins CBE Livable Buildings Award (Ind. Report)
Delta Americas ,UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment
Date: 2017-09-06
Fremont, California-headquartered power and thermal management solutions specialist Delta Americas is reporting its headquarters building has been honored by UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment (CBE), earning an Honorable Mention in its 2017 Livable Buildings Award program.

The LEED Platinum certified net-zero-energy HQ building's sustainable design and high quality-of-life properties were instrumental in its receiving the honor.

Based on its calculated energy usage in 2016, the HQ building's Energy Use Intensity (EUI) achieved 21.6, indicating the facility saved 90 pct more energy than traditional buildings (Average EUI: 212)*1. In July of this year, the building achieved full net-zero operation, with its solar energy generation surpassing consumption.

The Delta America Headquarters utilizes many of Delta's own technologies, such as its solar PV inverters, energy-savings variable frequency drives, elevator power regeneration technologies, a wireless outdoor LED lighting system, InfraSuite Datacenter infrastructure solutions, electric vehicle charging solutions, and building automation management and Delta Energy Online software. In 2016, Delta was recognized by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for its Climate Change Leadership Level. (Source: Deltas America, PR, IBN, 31 Aug., 2017) :Contact: Deltas America, M.S. Huang, Pres.,; UC Berkley Center for the Built Environment, (510) 642-4950,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UC BerkleyCenter for the Built Environment,  Delta Americas ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

Washington D.C. World's First Platinum LEED City (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-06
In Washington, D.C., the Office of the Mayor and the US Green Building Council are reporting the nation's capital city, Washington D.C., is the first city in the world to receive LEED for Cities Platinum Leadership Certification -- the highest award the USGBC bestowes upon cities.

Washington, D.C. had a total of 120 LEED-certified projects and more square feet of LEED space per capita than any state in 2016. Per resident, the District had 29.04 certified gross square footage of green buildings in 2016, compared to top state Massachusetts' 3.73 certified gross square footage per capita.

D.C. has also adopted Climate Ready DC, a plan to help the city deal with the consequences of climate and severe weather patterns. (Source: Washington D.C. Office of the Mayor, USGBC, Sept., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, Washington D.C. Office of the Mayor,

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

ENOC Launches Biodiesel 5 in Dubai (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
Emirates National Oil Company
Date: 2017-09-06
In Dubai, the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) is reporting the introduction of Biodiesel 5, a biodiesel transportation fuel product produced from vegetable oil, waste cooking oil and animal fats. The fuel can be used in diesel engines and has proven to reduce carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

The new product is in line with the UAE Energy Plan leading up to 2050 which targets an energy mix that combines renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources to meet the country's economic requirements and environmental goals. (Source: ENOC, Albawaba Business, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: ENOC, Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates National Oil Company,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  

EDP Renewables, TRC Tout Wind Blade Recycling Plan (Int'l)
EDP Renewables
Date: 2017-09-06
EDP Renewables (EDPR) and Thermal Recycling of Composites (TRC), a Spanish Council for Scientific Research spin-out, are reporting plans for a new wind turbine blade recycling pilot programme. The initiative will recycle faulty or damaged turbine blades, including parts from EDPR's windfarms.

Additionally, the collaboration has launched R3FIBER, a new recycling technology for fibre-infused plastics. The process converts resins of combustible gases and liquid fuels into reusable glass or carbon fibres. (Source: EDP Renewables,, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350,,; Spanish Council for Scientific Research,; Thermal Recycling of Composites,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Wind,  Wind Blade,  

Dong Energy's Walney Offshore Wind Extension Installs First Turbine (Int'l. Report)
Vestas,Siemens Gamesa,DONG Energy
Date: 2017-09-06
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is reporting the installation and commissioning of the first turbine at Dong Energy's 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm located in The offshore wind farm will incorporate 87 turbines, 40 of which are being supplied by MHI Vestas and the remaining 47 SWT-7.0-154 turbines will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa.

. When fully operational, the offshore wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for 500,000 households and offset around 940,000 tpy of CO2 and around 22,000 tpy of SO2 over a 25 year life span. (Source: DONG Energy, CTBR, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO, Offshore Wind,; DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11,; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  DONG Energy,  

Aussie Tidal Energy Project Sets Power Production Record (Int'l)
Atlantis Resources
Date: 2017-09-06
In the Land Down Under, tidal energy specialist Atlantis Resources is reporting a world record 700MWh--2GWh production output for a tidal stream power station from its facility in Scotland's Pentland Firth.

The Meygen project incorporates multiple machines and is the largest tidal stream energy project in the world. The project's 4, 1.5MW turbines generate sufficient power for about 2,000 homes. (Source: Atlantis Resources, Renew Economy, Others, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: Atlantis Resources, Tim Cornelius, CEO, +65 6248 4688, +44 131 659 9690,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlantis Resources,  Tidal Power,  Ocean Power,  

Nordex Unveils New Low-Wind Speed 4-MW Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-09-06
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine maker Nordex (ETR:NDX1) is touting the introduction of the N149/4.0-4.5 MW model turbine which is slated to go into series production in 2019.

The N149/4.0-4.5 has a variable power output of 4 MW to 4.5 MW and was designed for light-wind regions. According to the manufacturer, it is the highest yielding and quietest onshore turbine for light-wind regions in the 4-MW-4.5 MW class. The first test turbines will be set up in 2018. (Source: Nordex, Renewables Now, Others, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  

Senvion Wins 62-MW Austrian Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Senvion,Windkraft Simonsfeld AG
Date: 2017-09-06
Wind turbine manufacturer  Senvion reports the signing of contracts with Windkraft Simonsfeld AG under which it will supply 20 wind turbines with a total output of 62 megawatts (MW) for four projects in Lower Austria. The two companies previously worked together on four Austrian wind projects totally approximately 65 MW. For all four projects, Senvion has signed full-service contracts lasting 15 years with extensions for up to 20 years. The wind farms are expected to be constructed between 2018 and 2020/21.(Source: Senvion, Sun & Wind, Others,1 Sept., 2017) Contact: Windkraft Simonsfeld AG, +43 25 76 324,; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  Windkraft Simonsfeld AG,  

Finnish Carbon Taxes Rise While Coal Slides (Int'l, Reg & Leg)
Finland,Finland Energy Department,
Date: 2017-09-06
In Helsinki, Reuters is reporting that Finland will introduce legislation to phase out coal and increase carbon taxes in 2018. Approximately 10 pct of the country's energy consumption is from coal-fired power plants which consumed 4.1 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 2016. (Source: Finland Energy Department, Reuters, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Finland Energy Department, Riku Huttunen, Director General, +358 29 516001,

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Notable Quote
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-09-06
"We're taking action on a number of issues I know mean a lot to people here in Saskatoon and across this great province. That includes moving forward with our plan to put a price on carbon pollution.

"I know this can be a contentious issue but I also know it's the best way for Canada to reduce emissions while we grow our economy in a clean and sustainable way." -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib), 31 Aug., 2017)

Editor's Note: Last December, eleven Canadian provinces and territories -- excluding Saskatchewan and Manitoba -- agreed to the carbon price plan in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The federal government wants provinces to phase in carbon pricing that would reach $50 a tonne by 2022 or develop a cap-and-trade system. If the provinces fail to do so, the feds have promised to impose a plan upon them.

The Manitoba government of Premier Brian Pallister (PC) has been considering a $25 per tonne carbon tax by 2022 -- half of what the federal government has insisted must be in place by 2022. Manitoba farmers would be exempt from the tax, which, at $25 per tonne, would raise $250 million annually and add about $6.00 to the cost of a 50-litre tank of gasoline and up the cost of an average home's natural gas heating cost by $265 per year. (Source: Manitoba Sustainable Development, Canada Press, Others, Contact: Government of Manitoba, Premier Hon. Brian Pallister,

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

Nordex Cost Cutting Cuts 400 - 500 Jobs (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-09-06
Wind turbine maker Nordex reports it is axing 400 to 500 jobs in Germany and other European centers by the end of 2017. Globally, the company employs approximately 5,200. The move is seen as a cost-cutting measure in the face of declining demand and "market conditions." (Source: Nordex, Various Media, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300,

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APS Touts Next Generation Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Arizona Public Service
Date: 2017-09-06
Phoenix-headquartered Arizona Public Service (APS) reports it has proposed a new plan that rewards customers for targeted energy conservation during high demand times and provides more opportunities for customers to save with APS's new rate plans. The program would also incentivize solar power use when the state's solar resources are abundantly producing energy. According to APS, this new targeted energy efficiency approach can help better integrate renewable resources and delay the need for future infrastructure. .

Specifically, APS is offering new rebates, incentives and/or increased opportunities for: smart thermostats; electric vehicle charging infrastructure; electric school buses and charging infrastructure; increase energy storage funding from $4 million to $6 million) for water heater timers for residential HVAC; support for home Performance with Energy Star; support energy efficient new residential construction and solutions for Business. The plan would also guide customers on how to make the most of the new APS rate plans and to take advantage of home pre-cooling, shifting the use of appliances to off-peak hours, and staggering the use of major appliances as ways to cut energy consumption and costs. (Source: APS, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Arizona Public Service Co., Stacy Derstine, VP Customer Service,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Arizona Public Service,  Energy Efficiency,  

LED Lighting Market Growing 18 pct CAGR, says Report (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-06
According to a just released report from London, UK-based Technavio Market Research, the LED light market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of more than 18 pct from 2017 to 2021.

The growth is being attributed to the demand for energy-efficient lighting solutions across all sectors and an increased adoption of LED lighting worldwide.

Technavio notes that four market drivers are contributing to the growth of the global LED market: favourable policy environment and governmental support; demand for energy-efficient lighting solutions; increasing outreach of energy-efficiency certification programs; and upcoming international events and infrastructure projects.

In addition to the events, governments are making significant investments in the development of infrastructure projects and smart cities to complement the economic growth. (Source: Technavio, Compound Semiconductor, 5 September, 2017)Contact: Technavio Research, Jesse Maida, Marketing, (630) 333-9501 - US Office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED LIght,  Energy Efficient Light,  Technavio,  

Cielo Funding Advances Renewable Diesel Refinery (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2017-09-06
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. reports the closing of the second tranche of its private placement of up to $3,000,000. A total of $550,000 was raised in the second tranche by way of the issuance of 5.5 million units at $0.10 per Unit. The Company intends to close one additional tranche of the Private Placement by issuing additional Units.

As of July 17, 2017, the Company has raised $1,400,000 which has been or will be used for the ongoing construction of Cielo's first commercial-scale variable waste feedstocks-to-renewable diesel fuel refinery and for general working capital. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. 2 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 2,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  Cielo Waste Solutions,  

Biocoal Woodchip R&D May Cut Steel CO2 Emissions (Int'l, R&D)
Date: 2017-09-06
In Stockholm, Sweden, steelmaker SSAB and metallurgy specialist Swerea MEFOS are reporting a SEK13,000,000 ($1,632,295) research project that they claim could cut carbon emissions from steelmaking by as much as 30 pct by using biocoal -- woody biomass -- in blast furnace-based steel manufacturing. SSAB presently accounts for approximately 10 pct of Sweden's CO2 emissions.

According to the SSAB - Swerea MEFOS joint release, the project will showcase the possible replacement of black coal with pre-treated biomass products from forestry operations. The project is expected to begin operational testing in 2018/2019. (Source: SSAB, Swerea NEFOS, Steel Times, Int'l., 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Swerea MEFOS,; SSAB, Era Kapilashrami, head of metallurgy,

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Amec Foster Wheeler Scores $604Mn Methanol Plant Contract (Ind. Report)
Amec Foster Wheeler
Date: 2017-09-06
London, UK-headquartered Amec Foster Wheeler reports it has been awarded a $604 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) fixed price contract for part of a $1.85 billion methanol plant being developed by Yuhuang Chemical, a US-based subsidiary of China's Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Company.

The project, which includes the construction of a 1.8 million-tpy methanol plant, is being built at YCI's 1,300-acre site in St. James Parish, Louisiana. (Source: Amec Foster Wheeler, Digital Look, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: Amec Foster Wheeler, Jonathan Lewis, CEO, +44 (0)20 7429 7500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AMEC news,  Amec Foster Wheeler news,  Methanol news,  

Nigeria Joining CORSIA Aviation Carbon Emissions Scheme (Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-06
In Ikeja, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) reports Nigeria will join the C02 Emissions Mitigation Measures and Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) implementation when the pilot phase of the program takes off in 2021.

The NCAA also reports the country has developed and submitted its State Action Plan to ICAO and Nigeria was joining CORSIA to be able to contribute to solutions for carbon emission. NCAA adds it has developed State Action Plan and measures to address CO2 emissions from international aviation through aircraft technology; operational improvements; sustainable alternative fuel for aviation; and others. (Source: NCAA, ICAO, Gistmaster, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Muhtar Usman, Director General, CEO, +234 1 493 0026,; CORSIA details HERE

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

Stuttgart Airport Fleet Switches to Synthetic Diesel (Int'l)
Baden-Wurttemberg Stuttgart Airport
Date: 2017-09-06
In Germany, the Baden-Wurttemberg state airport reports it is switching all vehicles that are not yet electrified to a synthetic diesel produced from residual and waste material as well as vegetable oil from certified sustainable cultivations. The synthetic fuel reduces CO2 emissions by about 70 pct and emits significantly less air pollutants when burned.

By switching to synthetic diesel, the airport operator moves a step closer to the new climate protection goals formulated in its "Fairport-Program" which aims to slash airport greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030 as compared to 1990. Stuttgart Airport operations are targeted to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2050. (Source: Baden-Wurttemberg Stuttgart Airport, ETN, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Baden-Wurttemberg Stuttgart Airport, +49 711 9480,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Synthetic Diesel,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  

Ameren Illinois' Energy Efficiency Nixed (Reg & Leg)
Ameren Illinois
Date: 2017-09-01
This week in Peoria, administrative law judge has denied Ameren Illinois' proposal to lower energy efficiency targets outlined in the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). A final decision ultimately rests with the Illinois Commerce Commission. The utility's plan has been generally criticized by consumer advocates for falling short on conservation and job goals. That regulatory agency is expected to render a final decision in September.

Ameren claims its plan is an alternative approach to the goals set forth in the FEJA that takes into account the needs of its low- to moderate-income customers who have already been paying into energy savings programs. The utility company claims the projects in its efficiency proposal would cost more per unit of energy saved but make a bigger difference in the living standards of its customers. (Source: Ameren Illinois, Journal Star, Sept., 2017) Contact: Ameren Illinois,

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HyperSolar Touts "Green Hydrogen" Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-09-01
In the Golden State, Santa Barbara-based HyperSolar, the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, is reporting the integration of a low-cost hydrogen catalyst into its solar hydrogen production device.

HyperSolar approached Professor Jong-Beom Baek and his research group at South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) to develop a catalyst comprised primarily of ruthenium, carbon and nitrogen that can function as well as platinum, the current catalyst used for hydrogen production, but at a 20x reduced cost.

HyperSolar integrated this ruthenium-based catalyst for hydrogen evolution with its proprietary low-cost catalyst for oxygen evolution onto a triple junction silicon solar cell. The device demonstrated the production of copious amounts of hydrogen and oxygen bubbles under water within a minute of exposure to simulated sunlight.

HyperSolar's preliminary techno-economic analysis projects that the levelized cost of hydrogen from the device could be competitive with current industrial hydrogen made from the steam reforming of natural gas. (Source: HyperSolar, NASDAQ, 29 Aur., 2017) Contact: HyperSolar, Tim Young, CEO,

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RMP Inks Alternative Solar Net-Metering Program (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power,Utah Division of Public Utilities
Date: 2017-09-01
Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), Utah's largest power provider reports it has agreed with the Utah Division of Public Utilities to drop its bid to change the way customers with rooftop solar pay for their power and will instead grandfather in existing net-metering customers until the year 2035 and decrease the value of credits customers receive in exchange for the excess power their panels generate.

Under the terms of the agreement, RMP will continue to accept new net-metering applications through Nov. 15 then cap that program to new customers. Existing and households with new rooftop solar installations will be treated more or less as any other residential customer after Nov. 15th. RMP also agreed to author a study on the costs and benefits of rooftop solar that will be used to establish a permanent rate for surplus power delivered to the utility when the transition period ends. Net-metering customers will continue to receive credits from Rocky Mountain Power for surplus power as they currently do, through the year 2035. The utility currently credits rooftop solar customers the equivalent of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, according to Rocky Mountain Power. The agreement is subject to the Utah Public Services Commission approval.

(Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake Tribune, Sept., 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,; Utah Division of Public Utilities, (801) 530-7622,

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Important Notice -- Labour Day Holiday Publishing Schedule

Date: 2017-09-01
In recognition of the September 4th Labour Day holiday, we will not be publishing on Labour Day, Monday, September 4th. We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, September 6th. Have a safe holiday weekend.

EPA Temporarily Waives Ren. Fuel Blending Requirements (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-09-01
Following on our August 25th coverage, the Washington Examiner is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday approved a fuel blending waiver in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, and D.C. -- due to possible fuel supply disruptions caused by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, the elimination of the volatility requirements for gasoline allows the corn ethanol industry to sell higher 15-pct ethanol blends in the gasoline supply in those states, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) which earlier this week lobbied the EPA head Scott Pruitt to issue a national fuel waiver.

The EPA fuel waiver will make it easier for gasoline and diesel supplies to be distributed by relaxing Clean Air Act regulations that require special blends be made available to meet state-specific emission requirements. Current EPA emission rules don't allow for E15 to be blended in the summer because of its high fuel volatility and pressure rating. The new waiver relaxes those requirements for reformulated gasoline and low volatility gasoline through Sept. 15, opening up an opportunity to sell more E15 from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic. (Source: RFA, Washington Examiner, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News E15,  Ethanol Blend,  RFA,  Fuel Emissions ,  EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  

GSU R&D Photosynthesis Insight Could Yield Novel Solar Cell Design (Ind. Report)
Georgia State University
Date: 2017-09-01
In Atlanta, Researchers from Georgia State University (GSU) report they have explored a concept called "inverted-region electron transfer," which could lead to new cells that could harness energy, such as hydrogen gas.

The team analyzed the photosynthetic reaction centers found in the freshwater cyanobacterium species Synechocystis, which possess the same machinery used in this process as plants. During this procedure, plants absorb energy from the sun, making an electron move rapidly across the cell membrane. The electron essentially never returns to its starting point, which is what makes solar energy capture so efficient in plants. By contrast, the electron often returns to its starting points in artificial solar cells, causing the contained energy to be lost.

In a statement the researchers said the "findings point to new ways on how one might think about designing artificial solar cells that can be used, for example, for producing hydrogen gas, which can be used as a clean and renewable fuel."

This understanding could be useful in the solar market industry which is focused on enhancing production of solar technology and driving down costs. The work has revealed one design principle that is at play in efficient solar energy conversion in plants, and the hope is that this principle could be utilized in the design of new and better types of artificial solar cells, according to the researchers. Findings from this study were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: Georgia State Univ., Aug., 30, 2017), Contact: Georgia State Univ., Prof. Gary Hastings, Lead Researcher, Department of Physics and Astronomy, (404) 413-2000,

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Arensis Snares Scottish Wood Pellet Maker Verdo (M&A, Int'l)
Date: 2017-09-01
In Los Angeles, Arensis, an international provider of off-grid energy generation systems is reporting the acquisition of the Verdo Renewables 60,000 tpy woody biomass pellet plant in Grangemouth, Scotland. The acquisition, part of a £50 million UK investment plan, gives Arensis a sustainable, carbon-neutral fuel supply for its German sister company Entrade power generators.

Arensis has 185 power systems in operation across the UK, and currently delivers 85 pct of all small-scale biomass generation in country. The company operates a biomass research institute at the Knowlsey Industrial Park near Liverpool and recently installed 32 Entrade biomass conversion units at two Greenyard frozen food processor locations in the UK. (Source: Arensis, Various Media, Bioenergy Insight, , 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Arensis, Entrade, Julien Uhlig, CEO, (213) 477-7392 - U.S. Office,,; Verdo Renewables, +44 0 1264 342 009,

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