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Suzlon Snares 96.60 MW Indian Wind power Project (Int'l Report)
Suzlon Energy,ReNew Power Ventures
Date: 2018-02-05
In Hyderabad, India, Suzlon Energy reports it has inked a share purchase agreement with ReNew Power Ventures subsidiary Shruti Power Projects for sale of its stake in Rajat Renewables and Kanak Renewables , "special purpose vehicle" (SPVs) subsidiaries of the company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Suzlon will supply 96.60 MW wind turbine generators comprising of 24 units of S97-120m and 22 units of S111- 90 m WTGs. The project is scheduled for completion in the state of Karnataka by March 2018. The company will execute the entire project on a turnkey basis, including O&M services. (Source: Suzlon Group, Capital Markets, Live News, 31 Jan., 2018)Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000,,; ReNew Power Ventures, +91 124 489 6670/80,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon Energy,  Wind,  ReNew Power Ventures ,  

USGBC Releases Top 10 LEED Green Building List (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-05
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its 2017 annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED certification. The list ranks states in terms of certified square feet per resident and notes states making significant strides in sustainable design, construction and transformation at the building level.

LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for occupants and the community at large.

According to the 2017 list, the mid-Atlantic continues to show strong regional leadership, with both Maryland and Virginia returning to the list for the seventh year running. Also notable, Washington, D.C., which is not included in the official list of top states due to its status as a federal territory, tops the nation with 39.83 square feet of space per resident certified in 2017.

The 2017 Top 10 States for LEED full ranking is as follows: Mass., New York, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Georgia, California, Virginia, Colorado and Washington DC.

Collectively, 1,399 commercial and institutional projects achieved LEED certification within the Top 10 States in 2017, representing 314.7 million square feet of real estate. Nationwide, 2,647 commercial and institutional projects achieved LEED certification in 2017, representing 484.6 million square feet of real estate. More than 40,000 commercial and institutional projects representing more than 6.5 billion square feet of space have been LEED certified to date worldwide, with another 51,000 projects representing 13 billion square feet in the pipeline for certification. (Source: USGBC, Feb., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

JinkoSolar Planning $120Mn US Solar Cell Plant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-05
Shanghai-headquartered solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has inked a master solar module supply agreement with a U.S. company to provide around 1.75 gigawatts of high-efficiency solar modules over three years. To that end, the company will invest approximately $120 million to construct a new US facility to fulfill the agreement. JinkoSolar is also reportedly considering a new $400 million plus in Jacksonville, Florida. (Source: JinkoSolar, GreenTech, Various Media, 31 Jan., 2018)Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Solar,  

NTR Raises €66.5mn of New Debt for Wind Projects (Int'l)
NTR Wind
Date: 2018-02-05
Dublin-headquartered renewable energy developer and investor NTR Plc reports it has raises €66.5 million of debt from three separate facilities -- AIB, Norddeutsche Landesbank, and Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFG -- to refinance an existing wind farm and construction of new wind farms.

Specifically, The AIB money is being used to build Castlecraig, a 25-MW project in Co Tyrone. The Norddeutsche Landesbank money is being used for the construction of a wind farm at Rathnacally in Co Cork, both of which are expected to go into operation this year. The Mitsubishi funding is being used to refinance a 11.5-MW wind farm located in East Renfrewshire in Scotland.

NTR currently has assets in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England, according to the company websiite. (Source: NTR, Independent IE, Sunday Indo Business, 4 Feb., 2018) Contact: NTR Plc, +353 1 206 3700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NTR,  Wind,  

Alberta Funds Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Initiatives (Funding)
Rockies Institute,Alberta Environment Minister
Date: 2018-02-05
On the Canadian prairies, the Alberta Environment Ministry reports it has funded a $230,000, two-year climate change education partnership between the Kainai First Nation and the Canmore-based Rockies Institute. The grant is intended to boost climate change education, research and planning in the community and to better understand climate change and how it impacts Indigenous peoples within the Blackfoot confederacy.

According to the Alberta environment minister, the Rockies Institute will design and deliver an adaptation plan that includes research and recommendations to help the community adjust to a changing environment. (Source: Rockies Institute, CBC Calgary, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Rockies Institute,,; Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Alberta Environment Minister ,  

Appalachian State Offers Offsets for Future Forest Stewardship Workshop (Ind. Report)
Appalachian State University
Date: 2018-02-05
Researchers from Boone, North Carolina-based Appalachian State University faculty are reporting receipt of Clabough Foundation funding to develop the OFFSET -- Offsets for Future Forest Stewardship and Education Together -- Workshop for forest managers landowners in the High Country and Blue Ridge Mountains area.

The project aims to provide an overview of forest projects that can offset CO2 GHG emissions and the mechanisms for participation in forest conservation, reforestation, improved forest management and other related programs.

The OFFSET Workshop will provide an overview and outline of specific carbon offset programs, voluntary and compliance carbon markets -- California cap-and-trade -- and the rules, regulations and guidelines for participation. Presenters will also outline different types of forest offset projects, describe the stages in the lifetime of a project, accepted carbon registries, carbon stock assessments, verification and current trends in the program. California's forest carbon offset program, baseline assessments of carbon stocks and an accounting methodology for forest offset activities that could occur in North Carolina, will also be covered. (Source: Appalachian Today, 29 Jan., 2018)Contact: Appalachian State University,,

Philippine Senate OKs National Energy Efficiency Legislation (Int'l)
Date: 2018-02-05
In Manila, the Philippine Senate has unanimously approved a third and final reading of Senate Bill (SB) 1532 -- the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act of 2018 -- creating a "comprehensive framework for energy efficiency and conservation to serve as an alternative approach to ensure a sustainable, stable and affordable power supply."

The bill lays the foundation for a comprehensive energy-efficiency and -conservation policy that would mandate the efficient and judicious use of energy resources, and promote the development and utilization of both new and alternative sources of energy-efficient technologies and systems. It also creates a National Energy Efficiency and Conservation database for relevant information about energy consumption, as well as the application of energy-efficient and renewable-energy technologies.

Additionally, the bill institutionalizes energy-efficiency and -conservation standards and strategies in local governance through the creation of a Local Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, and the inclusion of Guidelines on Energy Conserving Design on Buildings in the issuance of building permits.

The legislation also creates an Inter-Agency Energy Efficiency and Conservation Committee tasked to provide strategic directions in the implementation of the Government Energy Management Program, a program aiming to reduce monthly consumption of electricity and petroleum products by the government. (Source: Bus. Mirror, 5 Feb., 2018)

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

GE, Arenko Partner on UK Grid Scale Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
General Electric ,Arenko Group
Date: 2018-02-05
General Electric Company and Arenko Group are reporting an alliance to build UK grid scale energy storage systems combining GE's battery technology, power electronics and advanced controls expertise with Arenko's leadership in operating batteries in the UK market and proprietary energy trading software platform.

Arenko has invested in a 41MW battery energy storage system supplied by GE. The project is one of the largest in the UK and globally with the ability to provide affordable, on-demand power to the equivalent of approximately 100,000 UK homes.

The project will be operated though Arenko's software to digitally deploy energy and access multiple services and system needs. The battery system's reliability and performance will be underpinned and protected by GE's long-term support. (Source: GE, Arenko Group, Smarter Anatyst, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Arenko Group, Rupert Newland, CEO,, +44 (0) 207 243 7101,

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric ,  Arenko Group,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

Env. Legislators Launch Carbon Costs Coalition (Ind. Report)
Carbon Costs Coalition,National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
Date: 2018-02-02
In Washington, DC, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators reports that lawmakers from nine states -- New York, New Hampshire, Maryland, Oregon and Washington -- have launched the Carbon Costs Coalition to collaborate accross state lines on strategies to reduce carbon emissions, promote renewable energy alternatives and combat carbon pollution.

The Coalition would supplement the carbon reduction goals of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multistate compact that seeks to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector, but would be independent of it. Unlike RGGI, each state in the Coalition would be creating its own independent legislation that would be less susceptible to political changes. (Source: National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Public News Service, Feb., 2019) Contact: National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Jeff Mauk, Exec. Dir., (202) 744-1006,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

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

Maine Halts New Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-02
Last week in Augusta, Maine's Republican Governor Paul LePage issued a temporary stoppage on all new wind energy projects in Western and Coastal Maine. The moratorium will have a negative impact on the 14 proposed project in Maine but will exempt the preexisting Mars Hill wind farm in northern Maine. LePage reportedly sees wind turbines as a threat to his state's tourism industry, due to their size and appearance.

According to the Portland Press, wind power accounted for only 0.4 pct of Maine's electric power production in the summer of 2007, and jumped to nearly 25 pct by summer 2017. In 2016, Maine wind turbines generated three-fifths of all utility-scale wind power in New England, according to US Energy Information Administration data. (Source: University of Maine, Maine Campus, 29 Jan., 2018)Contact: Gov. Paul Page,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Maine Wind,  

Vt. Republican Gov. Nixes State Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott
Date: 2018-02-02
Meeting in Montpelier, Republican governor of Vermont Phil Scott's office reports the governor is rejecting a key state carbon tax recommendation from his own Climate Action Commission. The Governor has opposed a carbon tax clear -- both on the campaign trail and after his election -- on the grounds that Vermonters can't afford a tax on fossil fuels.

The governor did, however, agree on four fossil and clean fuel recommendations, including supporting advanced wood heat, boosting weatherization efforts, growing the climate economy, and electrifying the transportation system. (Source: Various Media, WCAX3, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, (802) 828-3333, (802) 828-3339 - fac.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

Nestle Recognized as Climate Change Action Leader (Ind. Report)
Nestle, CDP
Date: 2018-02-02
Swiss food giant Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company, reports it has again been recognized by the London-headquartered CDP's -- formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project -- Global Supply Chain Report for 2017 as one of the 29 companies to receive top marks through the CDP's Supplier Engagement Rating.

In total, the companies disclosing their data to CDP have been able to reduce their CO2 emissions by 434 million tonnes over the last year, which is more than France's annual global greenhouse gas emissions.

The CDP A List focuses on investors, companies and cities taking urgent action to build a sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact. To achieve this, CDP runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts, and has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. The CDP's network of investors and purchasers, representing over $100 trillion, along with policy makers around the globe, use CDP data and insights to make better-informed decisions. (Source: CDP, Nestle, Consumer Healthcare News, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Nestle,; CDP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Carbon Disclosure Project,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

Simplified Biowaste-to-Biofuels Conversion Touted (New Prod & Tech)
University of Calgary, Canadian Light Source
Date: 2018-02-02
On the Canadian prairies, Researchers at the University of Calgary are reporting a simple and clean way to produce biofuel from biowaste such as sewage.

According to a university release, currently biomass is converted into a biocrude oil with a two-step energy-intensive chemical and thermal process. The second stage is refining, where hydrogen is added under high pressure and heat, serving to remove contaminants such as sulphur, nitrogen and oxygen. The University of Calgary have process "simultaneously produces and upgrades bio-oil in one step and without the need for high pressures." The process uses methane instead of hydrogen for the purification process. The uses methane directly in the crude stage, then removes the hydrogen from the methane during the purification process, as hydrogen is still required for removing impurities in the crude oil.

Key to the breakthrough is a catalyst the researchers developed at Canadian Light Source, which reacted with the methane causing it to release hydrogen. The researchers then coated the catalyst, dubbed HZSM-5, with different materials to improve its ability to react with methane.

Initial tests with the new catalyst have apparently shown it is more efficient and lower cost method of producing biofuels from waste, which also leads to better quality, more stable biofuel with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. The research has been published in the journal Fuel. (Source: Canadian Light Source, FUEL, Biofuels Int'l, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: Canadian Light Source, Director, Dr. Dean Chapman, (306) 657-3535,,; University of Calgary, Assoc. Prof. Hua Song, (403) 220-3792, (403) 284-4852- fac.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Methane,  Biowaste,  

PPL Resets CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
PPL Corp
Date: 2018-02-02
Allentown, Penna.-headquartered PPL Corporation reports it aims to cut the company's carbon dioxide emissions 70 pct from 2010 levels by 2050. To that end, the company plans to replace its Kentucky coal-fired generation over time with a mix of renewables and natural gas, improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from substations and reducing vehicle fleet emissions.

To date, PPL has cut its CO2 emissions by nearly half, spinning off its competitive generation business, including nearly 4,000 MW of coal-fired generation, retiring approximately 900 MW of coal capacity in Kentucky, and replacing much of that retired Kentucky generation with a new, highly efficient natural gas, combined-cycle unit that emits approximately 60 pct less CO2 per MWh. Additionally, PPL's Kentucky subsidiaries have built the state's largest universal solar facility and completed the renovation and upgrade of the Ohio Falls hydroelectric facility. PPL's Kentucky subsidiaries are expected to retire the bulk of their coal-fired units by 2050. PPL's U.S. and U.K. business are primarily focused focused on delivering electricity rather than generating it. (Source: PPL Corp., PR, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: PPL Corp.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PPL Corp,  Carbon Emissions,  

Navy to Test Irish Wave Ocean Energy Technology (Ind. Report)
Ocean Energy,Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Date: 2018-02-02
In Ireland, County Cork-headquartered wave energy technology developer Ocean Energy reports it has sealed a €5.25 million deal with the US Navy to test its OE Bouy wave energy converter at the Navy's Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. The test unit will be built by Oregon-based marine-fabrication company Vigor, and deployed at a test site on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu this autumn.

The project is being partially funded by US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). (Source: Ocean Energy,, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ocean Energy, John McCarthy, CEO, +353 (0)21-4816780,,; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100,; US DOE EERE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Wave Energy,  Ocean Energy,  ,  

Calif. Climate Adaptation, Resiliency Strategies Updated -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
California Natural Resources Agency
Date: 2018-02-02
In Sacramento, the California Natural Resources Agency has released Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update, an updated report on state actions and strategies to adapt to a changing climate and protect communities, infrastructure, services, and the natural environment from climate change impacts.

As California continues to experience rising average temperatures, destructive fires, higher sea levels, and extreme precipitation events, the plan lays out 69 recommendations across 11 sectors and more than 1,000 ongoing actions and next steps developed by scientific and policy experts across 38 state agencies.

Download the Safeguarding California Plan. HERE. California climate change adaptation efforts can be found HERE. (Source: California Natural Resources Agency,, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: California Natural Resources Agency, John Laird, Secretary, (916) 653-5656,

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

Russian Solar PV Specialist Hevel Ups Production (Int'l Report)
Renova Group,Hevel Group
Date: 2018-02-02
Russian PV developer and manufacturer Hevel Group reports it is ramping up its 160 MW cell and PV module production after the conversion of its thin-film Fab line into heterojunction technology. The Renova Group controlled company produced more than 323.000 solar modules (95,25 MW) during the second half of 2017.

The increased production is in line with the Russian government's goal to commission 1.7 GW of PV by 2024. Hevel's current pipeline exceeds 400 MW including 174 MW already commissioned by the end of 2017. (Source: Hevel Group, Various Media, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Hevel Group, Renova Group, +41 (43) 210 95 95,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova,  Hevel Group,  Solar,  

EAIF, Akuo Finance West African Solar Plant (Int'l Funding)
Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, Akuo Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) and French green IPP, Akuo Energy are reporting the signing of financing for the 50-MW Akuo Kita Solar power plant in southern Mali. When completed, the €78 million ($96.8 nillion) plant will be the largest solar plant in West Africa. (Source: EAIF, Business Chief, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund,; Akuo Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Akuo Energy,  

CalPoly 4.5-MW Solar Park Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
RP Construction Services,REC Solar ,California Polytechnic State University
Date: 2018-02-02
Monterrey, California-based RP Construction Services Inc (RPCS) and REC Solar report construction is underway on a 4.5 MW, 16,000 photovoltaic (PV) panel, solar park at California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) in San Luis Obispo. The facility incorporates single-axis trackers from Array Technologies.

When fully operational, the plant is expected to generate over 11 million kWh of electricity per year and supply as much as 25 pct of the university's total demand. (Source: RP Construction Services, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: RPCS,; REC Solar, REC Solar,; California Polytechnic State University,; Array Technologies, Ron Coria, CEO, (505) 881-7567,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  REC Solar ,  Array Technologies,  

EPA Extends PES Refinery's Biofuel Compliance Date (Ind. Report)
Philadelphia Energy Solutions, EPA
Date: 2018-02-02
Following up on our 24 January coverage, Reuters is reporting the US EPA has agreed to extend the deadline for Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) to comply with its biofuel credit obligation to May 1, according to a bankruptcy filing.

As previously reported, PES' plan to exit it Chapter 11 bankruptcy is dependent upon its shedding existing biofuel "point-of-obligation" biofuel blending costs under the US DOE Renewable Fuels Standard. The company claims its 2016-17 biofuels obligation totaled $185 million, and the cost of RINs in 2017 alone was $218 million, according to Reuters. (Source: PES, Reuters, Various Media, Feb., 2018) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Point-of-Obligation,  RINs,  Ethanol,  Ethanol BlendPhiladelphia Energy Solutions,  RFS,  Point of Obligation,  EPA,  

Pellet Producer Pinnacle Pinpoints $150Mn IPO Price (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Holdings
Date: 2018-02-02
Further to our Dec. 20, 2017 report, Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. has filed its final prospectus in connection with its proposed IPO and secondary offering. The company previously planned to issue shares between $13-15 per share for gross proceeds of $150 million.

Pinnacle is the world's third largest producer of wood pellets for utility-scale electric power generation. The company operates six industrial wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal, and has new production facilities under development in Entwistle, Alberta and Smithers, B.C., Canada.

The closing of the offering is expected to occur on February 6, 2018, (Source: Pinnacle, CPC Journal, 30 Jan., 2018)Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., (604) 270-9613,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Holdings,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  

EDF RE Minnesota Red Pine Wind Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
San Diego-headquartered power producer EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE)reports its 100-turbine, 200 MW Red Pine Wind Project is now fully operational and delivering electricity. The project is EDF RE's 11th wind farm in the Badger State, and generates sufficient electric power for approximately 92,000 average homes. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, Tristan Gimbert, CEO, Sandia Briner, Media, (858) 521-3525,,

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

LLNL Funded Biofuel-Producing Algae R&D (Funding, R&D)
General Automation Lab Technologies,Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Date: 2018-02-02
The US DOE reports it has awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a three-year, $1.5 million grant to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae through the alteration of their microbiomes. LLNL will collaborate with San Francisco-based startup General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) whose novel technology will help the researchers to better understand how algae grow and function in different microbial conditions. This is essential to being able to increase algal production for alternative fuels.

The project is being funded by Funded by the DOE Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). BETO works with industry, academia and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in algal biofuels technologies. (Source: US DOE, LLNL. Feb., 2018) Contact: LLNL, Xavier Mayali, (925) 423-3892,; Ty Samo, (925) 423-5837,,; BETO,; US DOE EERE,; General Automation Lab Technologies, (917) 332-7230,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  DOE BETO,  General Automation Lab Technologies,  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  Biofuel ,  

VVWRA Scores $92,600 Energy Efficiency Design Rebate (Ind. Report)
Southern California Edison
Date: 2018-02-02
In the Golden State, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) is reporting receipt of a $92,676 rebate from Southern California Edison for incorporating energy efficiency into the design of two sub-regional water recycling facilities in Apple Valley and Hesperia.

The rebate check was afforded by Southern California Edison Savings by Design Program, which provides incentives to SCE customers who engage early in the design process and incorporate energy efficiency recommendations into their projects. The subregional plants included high-efficiency blowers, pumps, variable frequency drives and dissolved oxygen controls to maximize energy savings of 460,667 kwh at the Apple Valley facility and 531,961 kwh savings at the Hesperia plant. The authority began working with SCE on energy efficient designs in 2010, equaling an annual energy savings of approximately $430,000, according to officials. (Source: VVWRA, Southern California Edison, Daily Press, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: VVWRA, Logan Olds, GM, (442) 249-0258,; Southern California Edison,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Energy Efficiency,  

Iowa Could Eliminate Energy Efficiency Audits, Rebates (Reg & Leg)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
In Des Moines, Hawkeye State lawmakers are considering legislation that would put an end to all utility in-home efficiency audits and rebates. A second and related bill would maintain the energy audits but eliminate the in-home audits but keep the rebates.

MidAmerican Energy has come out in favor of the proposed rollbacks which, it claims, would save the average consumers about $67 annually.(Source: Various Media, KCCI, 30 Jan., 2018)Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  

$200Mn Earmarked for Uzbekistan Industrial Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2018-02-02
The World Bank is reporting that industrial enterprises in Uzbekistan will be able to improve energy efficiency and productivity, thanks to the just approved Energy Efficiency Facility for Industrial Enterprises Project - Phase 3. The Project will be financed by a $200 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

Uzbekistan's energy intensity is one of the highest in the world and its industrial sector, which is largely dependent on inefficient and obsolete technology, accounts for about 40 pct of the country's total energy consumption.

The Uzbekistan government aims to reduce the country's energy intensity by about 50 pct by 2030 and, to that end, has initiated modernization investment programs that target key energy-consuming sectors. (Source: World Bank, AKIPRESS.COM, 31 Jan., 2018)Contact: World Bank IFC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  

Duke Renews Poultry-Waste Biomass Power Contract (Ind. Report)
Craven County Wood Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility Duke Energy reports the signing of a 10-year, 360,000 megawatt-hour per year power-purchase agreement (PPA) with New Bern-based Craven County Wood Energy. Under the terms of the PPA, 90,000 megawatt-hours of the total 360,000 megawatt-hour contract will be generated with poultry liter and waste. The PPA will help Duke meet state requirements that a small part of the power its utilities sell in the state come from renewable sources, with a specific amount set aside for power from poultry waste.

Over the years, Craven County has modified the 25-year old, 50-MW biomass power plant to use increasing amounts of poultry waste and is presently upgrading the plant use the animal waste for up to 30 pct of its power. The credits, which are used to satisfy the state's renewable energy requirements, will go to both Duke Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas. (Source: Duke Energy, Charlotte Biz, Feb., 2018) Contact: Craven County Wood Energy, Bob VanEllis,GM, (252) 633-9525,; Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Duke Energy Progress,  Poultry Litter,  Poultry Waste,  

Georgia Makes USGBC LEED Top 10 List (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-02
U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) recently released annual list of Top 10 States for LEED certifications has, for the first time since 2014, listed Georgia among the top 10. The list, which is complied on a per-capita basis, includes all projects certified as LEED in 2017.

According to the USGBC, Georgia was the only southern state to make the list. It also noted that LEED-certified buildings have 34 pct lower CO2 emissions and consume 25 pct less energy. (Source: USGBC, Curbed Atlanta, 1 Feb., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

German Political Partners-of-Convenience Rework Climate Change Targets (Int'l Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-02-02
Meeting in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have reportedly agreed with Social Democrat (SPD) would-be partners-of-convenience on climate policy and emissions reduction targets for 2030.

To that end, the parties have dropped the previous government's target of cutting CO2 emissions by 40 pct by 2020 from 1990 levels, and adopted a legally binding 2030 goal to cut emissions by 55 pct via savings in transport, agriculture, energy and buildings supported by tax incentives or subsidies, according to Reuters.

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

Portland Switch to LEDs Expected to Save $1M Annually (Ind. Report)
TEN Connected Solutions,Portland Maine
Date: 2018-02-02
The city of Portland, Maine, reports it has begun replacing all of its street lights with new, energy-efficient LED light fixtures. The projectwas made possible by the city's recent $497,000 acquisition of the streetlights from Central Maine Power Co.. When fully operational, the switch to LEDs is projected to save the city approximately $1 million annually.

Portland is the first city in Maine to do so under state law enacted in 2013 that allows municipalities to purchase utility-owned street lighting equipment and to replace it with energy efficient LED lighting. The LED replacement work will be completed by Pittsburgh-based TEN Connected Solutions .(Source: city of Portland, Maine Biz, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Portland, Jon Jennings, City Mgr., Troy Moon, Sustainability Coordinator, (207) 874-8685,; TEN Connected Solutions, (855) 429-1010,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Street Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  

Petrobras Joining Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (Int'l)
Petrobras,Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-01-31
In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro-headquartered Petrobras to is reporting it is joining the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a CEO-led group of oil and gas companies that intends to lead the industry's response to climate change and reduce greenhouse emissions. OGCI existing members include BP, CNPC, Eni, Pemex, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil and Total.

The OGIC's billion-dollar investment arm -- OGCI Climate Investments -- supports the development, deployment and scale-up of low emissions technology. Taken together, oil and gas production by OGCI member companies represents more than a quarter of the world’s oil and gas production.

Petrobras, headquartered in Brazil, is a publicly-held company active in exploration and production, refining, marketing, transportation, petrochemicals, oil product distribution, natural gas, electricity, chemical-gas and biofuel segments. It has a presence in 19 countries and employees around 70,000 people. (Source: Petrobras, MarEx, Others, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO,,; Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Petrobras,  Oil and Gas Climate Initiative ,  

Notable Quote from The Donald
Donald Trump
Date: 2018-01-31
"There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be 'climate change,' it used to be 'global warming.' That wasn't working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Jan., 2018

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PNE Wind Commissions 43-MW Lower Saxony Wind Farm (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-31
In Germany, Cuxhaven-headquartered wind farm developer PNE Wind AG is reporting the commissioning of the 43.2-MW Kuehrstedt/Alfstedt wind farm in Lower Saxony. The Kuehrstedt/Alfstedt wind farm uses 5 Siemens turbines of 3.2 MW each, and 8 3.4-MW Senvion machines.

PNE Wind owns and operates wind parks totaling 69 MW. (Source: PNE Wind, Others, RenewablesNow, 30 Jan, 2018) Contact: PNE WIND AG, Marcus Lesser, CEO, Scott McCollister, Inv. Relations, +49 (0) 47 21 - 7 18 - 454,,

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Austrian Algae Biomass Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-31
Grambach, Austria-headquartered plant engineering specialist BDI-BioEnergy International AG reports its new subsidiary, BDI-BioLife GmbH has commenced construction of an industrial plant that will use a photobioreactor system to produce algae biomass in the Hartberg Ecopark, Styria, Austria.

The algae project is the company's first move into the food, pharma, and cosmetics industries. BDI-BioEnergy is focused on the production of biodiesel from a range of raw materials, including animal fats, cooking oil, and vegetable oil, using its Multi-Feedstock' process. (Source: BDI-BioEnergy, Labiotech, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: BDI-BioEnergy International, +43 316 400 9100,

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AltAir Biojet Fuel Producer Awarded RSB Certification (Ind. Report)
AltAir Fuels,Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
Date: 2018-01-31
Seattle-based AltAir Fuels reports its 40 MMgy biojet fuel production facility in Paramount, California, has been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) to produce biojet fuel, renewable diesel and naphtha. AltAir Fuels has been a member of the RSB since 2014.

According to Geneva-headquartered RSB, the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) of 27 airlines endorses AltAir's fuels. SAFUG members have pledged to achieve RSB or equivalent certification. The Natural Resources Defense Council has also issued a recent report encouraging airlines to purchase certified-sustainable biofuels and recommended the RSB framework.

Since January 2016, AltAir has been the only refiner to continually produce biojet for commercial use. (Source: AltAir, Biodiesel, Others, 30 Jan., 2018 Contact: AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920,; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir., +41 22 534 90 50,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AltAir Fuels,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofue,  Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials l,  

Garden State Returning to the RGGI Fold (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
RGGI,New Jersey Clean Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
Further to our Jan. 24th coverage, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D)has reportedly signed an executive order to put his back in the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The order reverses former Republican Governor Chris Christie's withdrawal of the Garden State from the well established and innovative program.

The nine RGGI states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The program has been credited with raising close to $3 billion for member state clean-energy and energy efficiency programs over the past decade, as well as with cutting RGGI state carbon emissions by 30 pct. (Source: New Jersey Clean Energy, RGGI, EDF, Observer, Others, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

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UAE SCA Proposing Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme (Int'l)
UAE Securities and Commodities Authority
Date: 2018-01-31
In Abu Dhabi, the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) reports it is considering launching the region's first-of-its-kind emissions trading scheme specifically targeting carbon dioxide.

The initiative is part of a roadmap being deliberated by the SCA to ensure sustainable financial markets complying with world standards and to help the country meet its carbon reductions obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. (Source: UAE Securities and Commodities Authority, Emirates News Agency, Trade Arabia, Others, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: UAE Securities and Commodities Authority ,

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

Climate Change and the Insurance Industry: Taking Action as Risk Managers and Investors -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-31
In Switzerland, the Geneva Association, the leading international insurance think tank for strategically important insurance and risk management issues, has released the attached Climate Change and the Insurance Industry: Taking Action as Risk Managers and Investors report.

The Geneva Association identifies fundamental trends and strategic issues where insurance plays a substantial role and serves as a catalyst for progress in the understanding of risk and insurance matters.

Download the Climate Change and the Insurance Industry: Taking Action as Risk Managers and Investors report HERE. (Source: Genava Association, Insurance Journal, Jan., 2018) Contact: Geneva Association, +41 44 200 49 00,,

World Largest Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
Orsted,DONG Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
Danish offshore wind developer Orsted -- formerly known as DONG Energy -- reports construction is underway on the 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm 120 kilometers off the coast of Yorkshire, England. As previously reported, the first of the projects 174 monopiles have been installed by offshore marine engineering company GeoSea.

When complete in 2020, the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm will amount to 1.2 GW (gigawatts) and will generate sufficient power for the equivalent of 1 million UK homes. (Source: Orsted, CleanTechnica, Others, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: ORSTED, DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11,

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Ormat Snares US Geothermal for $110Mn (M&A, Ind. Report)
US Geothermal,Ormat Technologies
Date: 2018-01-31
Reno, Nevada-based geothermal energy specialist Ormat Technologies, Inc reports, subject to regulatory approvals, it will acquire Boise, Idaho-headquartered US Geothermal for $109.9 million in cash.

US Geothermal operates 45 MW of geothermal facilities in Oregon, Nevada and Idaho totaling 38 MW.(Source: Ormat, Renewables, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ormat, Isaac Angel, CEO, Smadar Lavi, Investor Relations, (775) 376-2030,,; US Geothermal, (208) 424-1027,

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Canadian Solar Takes Control of Aussie Solar Portfolio (M&A)
Canadian Solar,Photon Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
Canadian Solar Inc reports it will take a controlling 51 pct stake in each of five utility-scale solar projects totaling 1,140-MWp in New South Wales, Australia, from Netherlands-based developer Photon Energy NV.

The 5 solar projects include a 316-MWp PV park in Gunning, solely owned by Photon Energy, and four projects that Photon developed in partnership with Polpo Investment -- 178 MW in Mumbil, 165 MWp in Gunnedah, 286 MWp in Suntop and 196 MWp in Maryvale.

Financial details of the transaction have not been released. (Source: Photon Energy, Canadian Solar, Others, Jan 28, 2018) Contact: Photon Energy Australia,; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO,

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South Bend Ethanol Plant Upgrades, Expansion Planned (Ind. Report)
Mercuria Investments US Inc
Date: 2018-01-31
Following on our January 12 coverage, Japan-based Mercuria Investments US Inc. reports it will expand ethanol production at its recently acquired South Bend Ethanol LLC. -- formerly known as Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol LLC.

Mercuria purchased the 102 M Mgy. plant from a subsidiary of Noble Group Ltd. in December, 2017, for $18.1 million. The plant currently operates at a capacity of approximately 65 MMgy. The company plans to spend up to $30 million to improve efficiency and reliability and to expand production capacity to approximately 100 MMgy, according to a release. (Source: Mercuria, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office,; Mercuria Investments,,

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Conestoga Energy Partners Joins U.S. Grains Council (Ind. Report)
Conestoga Energy,U.S. Grains Council
Date: 2018-01-31
The U.S. Grains Council reports Liberal, Kansas-based Conestoga Energy Partners LLC is its newest member. Established in 2006, Liberal, Kansas-based Conestoga Energy operates three ethanol plants with a total capacity of 205 million gpy as well as distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS). Conestoga Energy Partners oversees all aspects of the marketing, sales, delivery and billing of co-products produced at their three plants. (Source: USGC, Jan., 2018) Contact: Conestoga Energy Partners, (620) 626-2048,; USGC, (202) 289-0789,

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Agrisoma Powers First US-Australia Biofuel Flight (Ind. Report)
Agrisoma Biosciences
Date: 2018-01-31
Following on our Nov. 20, 2017 coverage, Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. reports its Carinata oilseed biojet fuel powered the world's first biofuel dedicated transpacific flight by Qantas Airways between Australia and the United States on Sunday, 28 Jan.

Agrisoma's Carinata-based biojet fuel replaced 10 pct of the petroleum jet fuel required for the 15-hour flight. The Carinata seed is grown in Australia and processed using existing agricultural infrastructure then the extracted oil is refined by companies such as Altair Fuels in Paramount, California. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO,,; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920,,

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Continental Energy's Refinery Permitted in Indonesia (Int'l)
Continental Energy Corp
Date: 2018-01-31
Vancouver-based Continental Energy Corp. reports its recently establish Indonesian subsidiary, PT Kilang Kattim Continental, has been granted an Indonesian license permit to build, own, and operate an oil and biodiesel refinery at the KIPI Maloy port in East Kalimantan Province, Indonesia.

The planned 24,000 bpd refinery is intended to produce B30 biodiesel, LPG, naphtha, marine fuel oil, and residual fuel oil for local markets. (Source: Continental Energy Corp., Stockhouse, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Continental Energy Corp., Byron Tsokas, VP, (403) 629-8840,

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USAF Awards $49Mn IDIQ Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
Concurrent Technologies,SwRI,USAF
Date: 2018-01-31
The US Defense Department is reporting that Concurrent Technologies Corp., Southwest Research Institute and University of Dayton Research Institute have won a shared $49 million, seven-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to develop tools for the U.S. Air Force to accelerate its adoption of alternative energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.

CTC, SwRI and UDRI will perform work at their respective facilities in Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio through January 2025. The Air Force Research Laboratory received four offers for the contract through a competitive acquisition process and will obligate $3.2 million in fiscal 2017 research and development funds at the time of award. (Source: Concurrent Technologies, GovCon Wire, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Concurrent Technologies Corp., (800) 282-4392,; University of Dayton Research Institute,; SwRI, (210) 684-5111,

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Ohio Energy Efficiency Program Funded by Duke Energy Dispute Settlement ((Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
In the Buckeye State, is reporting that an initial $500,000 from Duke Energy's $80 million settlement of an over-billing dispute has been earmarked for energy-efficiency programs for Duke Energy customers in its Southern Ohio service area.

The program offers homeowners and landlords interest-free loans for insulation, smart thermostats and other residential improvements. The loans would be repaid over three to five years with the savings from the upgrades. Specifically, the program is made possible through a grant awarded to local energy analytics firm EmpowerSaves and housing nonprofit Cincinnati Development Fund by the Duke Class Benefit Fund. Officials hope to lend out the $500,000 to roughly 200 to 250 homeowners or landlords to each make upwards of $3,500 worth of energy improvements which are expected to deliver saving in the range of 25 pct off a homeowner's annual utility bills. The program, available to Ohio residents in the Duke Energy service area.(Source:, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: EmpowerSaves,

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CLEAResult Acquiring Ecova's Utility Division (M&A)
CLEAResult,ENGIE Insight
Date: 2018-01-31
Austin, Texas-headquartered CLEAResult, the largest energy efficiency programs and services for utilities provider in North America, reports it has agreed to acquire the Utility Division of Ecova (aka ENGIE Insight). The acquisition will expand CLEAResult's ability to help its utility clients enhance customer experience and deliver greater energy efficiency savings to their residential, commercial and industrial customers. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2018

The acquisition will broaden CLEAResult's retail-based and midstream demand side management programs and network of relationships across home improvement retailers, global lighting, smart thermostat and other efficient product manufacturers. CLEAResult plans to leverage the combined offerings to continue to transform retail-based and midstream demand side management programs through key innovations such as digital instant rebates and digital marketplace applied to leading-edge smart-thermostat, low income and renewables programs. ENGIE Insight's Utility Division will be rebranded CLEAResult. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: ENGIE Insight Services, Mark Henderson, Chief Utility Officer,; CLEAResult, Aziz Virani, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEAResult,  ENGIE Insight,  ECOVA,  Energy Efficiency,  

Pearl Home Energy Certification Closes Funding Round (Funding)
Pearl Certification
Date: 2018-01-31
In the Old Dominion State, Vienna-based Pearl Certification reports it has closed on the final $225,000 of its $1.75 million Series Seed 2 raise. The round includes Charlottesville, VA-based investors with interest and expertise in cleantech, and New York City based investors focused on firms with high growth potential. Several of the investors also participated in Pearl's 2016 Series Seed 1 round.

Pearl is an ENERGY STAR partner, a National Association of Realtors NAR REach Technology Accelerator company, and has a licensing agreement with the Appraisal Institute to populate the Institute's Green and Energy Efficient Addendum. The company is presently completing residential energy efficiency certifications in in California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington DC, and Wisconsin. (Source: Pearl Home Certification, PR, Contact: Pearl Home Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557-5543,; Appraisal Institute,; NAR REach Technology Accelerator,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY Star,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Certification,  

Canadian National Rail Added to CDP Supplier A List (Ind. Report)
CN,CDP,Canadian National Rail
Date: 2018-01-31
Montreal-headquartered Canadian National Rail (CN) reports it has been identified as "a global leader for its actions and strategies to manage environmental issues" and has accordingly been added to the the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform CDP Supplier A List. One hundred companies appear on the A List, which has been produced at the request of 99 CDP supply chain purchasing member organizations with a combined annual spend of more than $3 trillion. More than 4,800 companies submitted annual supply chain disclosures to CDP in 2017 for independent assessment against its scoring methodology.

CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to help manage their environmental impacts. (Source: CDP, CN, Railway Age, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: CDP, (212) 378 2086,,; Canadian National Rail, (514) 399-4821,

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