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AGP Completes Soyoil Biodiesel Plant Expansion (Ind. Report)
AG Processing
Date: 2017-08-28
AG Processing Inc. (AGP) is reporting the completion of its previously announce expansion of its soybean biodiesel production facility in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. The expansion doubled the 1996 vintage plant's production capacity from 30 to 60 MMgy. The biodiesel expansion was in concert with construction of co-op's new on-site soybean oil refinery which supplies feed stock to the biodiesel plant.

AGP is the largest farmer-owned cooperative represents over 250,000 soybean farmers from 16 states and Canadian provinces. AGP operates nine soybean processing plants including six plants in Iowa, located at Eagle Grove, Emmetsburg, Manning, Mason City, Sergeant Bluff, and Sheldon. Other AGP processing plants are in Dawson, Minnesota, St. Joseph, Missouri, and Hastings, Nebraska. AEP operates three biodiesel production facilities with installed capacity totaling 150 MMgy. (Source: AG Processing, Biodiesel Mag, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: AG Processing, (800) 798-4282, www.agp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean Biodiesel,  AG Processing,  


Renewable Fuels Nebraska Launches HuskerFuel.com (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Nebraska
Date: 2017-08-28
In the Corn Husker State, Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) reports it has joined forces with Husker IMG Sports Marketing to launch HuskerFuel.com, a campaign to raise awareness of Nebraska-produced biofuels, and the statewide availability of E15, and higher ethanol blends.

Nebraska hosts 25 ethanol plants across the state that produce 2 billion gpy of ethanol for fuel and 6 million tpy of distillers grains for livestock feed. (Source: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, PR, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Mark Palmer, Exec. Dir., www.ethanolrfa.org: HuskerFuel, www.HuskerFuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Nebraska,  Biofuels,  Ethanol ,  


Minnesota Introduces B20 Biodiesel Mandate (Ind. Report)
Biofuel Blend
Date: 2017-08-28
The Governor of Minnesota's office reports that effective May 2018, diesel fuel marketed in the state will contain 20 pct biodiesel during warm weather months and 5 pct during the winter.

The B5 mandate and the B10 mandate have added an estimated 63 cents to the price of each bushel of soybeans sold by Minnesota growers, according the the Governonr's office. (Source: Minnesota Farm Guide, 25 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  B20,  Biofuel Blends,  


Big Rivers Scores Solar Education Grant Funding (Funding)
Big Rivers Electric
Date: 2017-08-28
Henderson, Kentucky-headquartered Big Rivers Electric is reporting receipt of $84,175 in grant funding from the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to assist in construction of a new, educational solar array project. The REAP program is available to small businesses, farmers, and ranchers who make energy-efficient improvements.

Big Rivers, a member-owned, not-for-profit, generation and transmission cooperative, is currently constructing seven PV Array Systems in McCracken, Marshall, Livingston, Henderson, Daviess, Meade, and Breckinridge counties. The REAP grant will be utilized for purchasing and installation costs. Many of the selected locations are also offices for the member-owner distribution cooperatives that Big Rivers serves. The solar project is expected to cost approximately $435,000, with Big Rivers contributing more than $350,000. The seven solar arrays will generate a combined 165,000 kWh annually. (Source: Big River, PR, Gleaner, 26 Aug., 2017) Contact: Big River, Bob Berrry, Pres., CEO, (270) 827-2561, www.bigrivers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Big Rivers Electric ,  Solar,  


RER Energy Planning Reading Community Solar Array (Ind. Report)
RER Energy Group
Date: 2017-08-28
Reading, Pennsylvania-based renewable energy specialist RER Energy Group report it plans to construct a 2.5-mw solar array on vacant farmland near reading. The project would utilize 8,200 solar panels to generate sufficient electric power for about 1,500 customers.

The project's power would be fed into the National Grid electrical network. Under community solar farm systems, people who buy into an array receive a credit toward their monthly utility bill. RER Energy is active in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and International locations. (Source: RER Energy Group, TimesUniuon, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: RER Energy Group, (610) 332-7232, www.rerenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RER Energy Group,  Solar,  


Comcast, Sunrun Deal Boosts Residential Solar Program (Ind. Report)
Sunrun Inc.
Date: 2017-08-28
Philadelphia-based media giant Comcast Corp. reports it has sealed a 40-month deal with residential solar programs specialist Sunrun Inc. Under the terms of their agreement, agreement, Sunrun will act as the exclusive residential solar energy provider for Comcast Cable which will serve as one of Sunrun's strategic partners through marketing campaigns in selected markets. Sunrun is the nation's largest provider of residential solar, storage and energy services.

Comcast plans to begin marketing Sunrun's rooftop solar services to its customers in selected states later this year. This agreement follows a successful one-year solar pilot program in which participating Comcast subscribers will have the option of signing up for a Sunrun BrightSave plan which provides customers with 20 years of solar energy at a fixed monthly rate.

As part of this agreement, Comcast will receive fees for new customers they bring to Sunrun. Comcast is also eligible to acquire as much as 9.99% of Sunrun's stock if it can lock down 60,000 customers.

The Comcast and Sunrun joint release notes that rooftop solar is projected to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the energy industry, nearly tripling in size in the U.S. by 2025, according a 2017 Bloomberg New Energy Finance report.(Source: Comcast, Sunrun, Zacks 25 Aug., 20170 Contact: Sunrun Inc., (855) 478-6786, www.sunrun.com; Comcast, www.corporate.comcast.com/contact-information

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunrun,  Comcast,  Solar Energy,  


ABB Supports China's 2020 Wind Power Goal (Int'l. Report)
ABB
Date: 2017-08-28
The ABB Drives China Research and Development Center reports it is supplying its ACS800 next generation wind-generator converters made at its factory in Chaoyang, Beijing, to support China's wind power development goal of 210+ GW of installed capacity.

ABB's ACS800 wind converters for DFIG (doubly-fed induction generators) moderates turbine speed and electrical current when wind speeds change. This makes it possible to better integrate supplying wind power to power while reducing the wear on turbines, according to ABB.

The advanced ACS800 model was produced at ABB Drives China Research and Development Center and is fully compatible with interfaces built for prior designs. (Source: ABB, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: ABB, Lynette Jackson, +44 (0) 43 317 5404, lynette.jackson@ch.abb.com, www.abb.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Wind,  China Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Planned wind turbine project moves forward

Date: 2017-08-28
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 By Joseph Hopper, Daily Reporter Staff Special use permits sought for Upland Wind Prairie Project approved After narrowly getting a recommendation from the Clay County Zoning Commission, the application for special use permits sought by Apex Clean Energy for its planned wind turbine project, the Upland Wind Prairie Project, was brought before the Clay County Board of Adjustments Tuesday evening. The meeting was held in the same manner as the Zoning Commission’s, with Apex Clean Energy giving an introductory presentation, followed by community input and then possible rebuttal by Apex Clean Energy before receiving questions from the board. “Upland Prairie is requesting special exception use permits for 73 wind turbines with 10 spares and two met towers and one substation. This is all on A1 agricultural property,” said Tammy McKeever, director of Clay County Zoning. “According to our zoning ordinance, we do allow for wind turbines in an A1 agricultural district as a special use permit.” During Apex’s opening presentation, Brenna Gunderson, senior development manager at Apex, suggested that Apex’s efforts to properly cite turbines with their planned layout exceeded the county’s requirements. “We’ve got over 19,000 acres signed to a lease, ... of that the build-able area is down to about 3,300 acres, so just 17 percent of that area,” Gunderson said. “Through this project, it really does become very difficult to move turbines (from their planned positions), but we also think it’s unnecessary. Unnecessary simply because we have definitely gone over and above the county’s requirements. We are looking at more than just distance, we are looking at sound and shadow flicker. And, we really believe that this wind farm, the way it’s designed, is not going to create any problems for the community. In fact, we think that this will probably be one of if not the, quietest wind farms in Iowa.” Adam Van Dike, a lawyer representing Apex, returned and spoke directly to the board, stating how he thought Apex met the county’s criteria for a special use permit. Van Dike also focused on setback distances, which was one of the concerns brought up multiple times during the meeting. During the public hearing portion of the meeting, speakers included participating landowners, nonparticipating land owners, Clay County residents, county supervisors from Franklin and Kossuth counties, and a resident of Dickinson County. While some members of the board expressed an interest in seeing a larger setback for the turbines as opposed to the 1,200 feet currently in ordinance, Assistant County Attorney Barry Sackett explained that the board is unable to amend the Clay County ordinance. After deliberation, the board voted 5-0, with board members John Olson and Jim Christensen noting their reluctance during the vote, to approve the application for special use permits for the Upland Prairie Wind Project. With the approval of the permits, the Upland Prairie Wind Project is allowed to be constructed on designated A1 agricultural land in Clay County.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  


RGGI Agrees on Increased Carbon Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
RGGI
Date: 2017-08-25
Following on our July 17the coverage, the states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) -- Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont -- are proposing to cut emissions from power plants by at least 30 pct between 2020 and 2030 -- slightly higher than the current agreement to reduce emissions by 2.5 pct annually. The proposal has yet to be agreed upon by all of the RGGI states including Massachusetts which is calling for a 5 pct per year cut in emissions.

Participating RGGI states agree to limit pollution from power plants, and to allow energy producers to bid against each other in auctions for the right to emit carbon. To date, the RGGI auctions have raised $2.7 billion that is being used to fund clean-energy and energy efficiency programs. (Source: MPR, MassLive, RGGI, Others, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

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


IBC Solar Concludes Indian Solar Plant Financing (Int'l Report)
IBC Solar,Solar Energy Corporation of India
Date: 2017-08-25
In Bad Staffelstein, Germany, PV and energy storage systems provider IBC SOLAR AG IBC reports it has concluded a debt finance agreement with L&T Infrastructure Finance Co Ltd for the Odisha Project, a 20 MW AC solar plant with the New Delhi-based Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The project was part of a 270 MW AC PV tender in the state of Odisha and assigned to IBC Solar through a competitive auction process during 2016. The PV project is expected to be in operation before the year end. (Source: IBC Solar, BW Business World, 22 Aug., 2017) Contact: Solar Energy Corporation of India, www.seci.gov.in; IBC Solar, Albert Engelbrecht, Director Solutions International, www.ibc-solar-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News IBC Solar,  Solar,  


California Carbon Credit Auction Realizes $935Mn (Ind. Report)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-08-25
The Golden State's August 22nd carbon permit auction, the first since California extended its cap-and-trade system through 2030, realized $935 million making among the most successful in the programs five-year history, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Of the total auction revenue, approximately $640 million will go to finance Governor Jerry Brown's proposed high-speed rail project and other projects intended to cut the state's carbon footprint. With a large balance already sitting in the account, a legislative analysis estimates that there will be more than $1.4 billion available to spend in the 2017-18 budget year, according to the Sacramento Bee. (Source: SacBee, 23 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Credit,  


Albertans Favor Stricter Methane Rules, says Survey (Ind. Report)
EKOS
Date: 2017-08-25
On the Canadian prairies, a new Environmental Defense Fund poll conducted by EKOS Research Associates has found that 41 per cent of Albertans think their province's emissions regulations should be equally as strict as U.S. regulations while 30 pct said Alberta's rules should be tighter than the U.S. standards. Fourteen pct of respondents thought the rules should be more relaxed and 15 pct had no opinion.

The Canadian federal government and Alberta's energy regulator are in the process of designing new rules to reduce methane emissions. The proposed federal regulations would force industry to regularly check for gas leaks and install equipment that prevents the gas from venting. The feds estimate that its proposed rules would slash methane emissions by 282 megatonnes by 2035.

Methane, aka natural gas, is at least 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas over the long term than carbon dioxide. The energy industry is Canada's largest source and controlling those releases is considered to be one of the most cost-effective ways for the industry to address climate change. (Source: EKOS Research, BOE Report, Canadian Press, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: EKOS Research Associates, www.ekos.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  


Greencoat UK Snares 69.5-MW Scottish Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
Invenergy Renewables,Greencoat
Date: 2017-08-25
Greencoat UK Wind plc reports its acquisition of the 69.5-MW Corriegarth wind farm in the Scottish Highlands from Invenergy Renewables LLC for approximately £181 million ($232 million). With the acquisition, Greencoat's net generating capacity stands at 617 MW.

The Corriegarth facility, which has been in production since April, incorporates 23 Enercon E82 turbines. The wind farm's power is sold to a UK utility under a 15-year PPA and receives support of 0.9 Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) per MWh of generated electricity. (Source: Invenergy, Greencoat Cap., RenewablesNow, 23 Aug., 2017)Contact: Greencoat UK Wind, +44 20 7832 9400, www.greencoat-ukwind.com; Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Greencoat,  Wind,  


Starwood Sells Interests in Texas Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
Starwood Energy Group
Date: 2017-08-25
Greenwich, Conn.-based privately held investment firm Starwood Energy Group Global is reporting the sale of 49 pct of its interests in the Horse Creek and Electra wind farms in Texas to Munich Re Group.

The two identical 230-MW wind projects were constructed by Starwood Energy and began operations in late 2016. (Source: Starwood Energy Group, PR, Aug., 2017) Contact: Starwood Energy Group, 203.422.7700 http://starwoodenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Starwood Energy Group,  Wind,  


juwi Breaks Ground on 13.2-MW German Wind Project (Int'l)
juwi Group
Date: 2017-08-25
Worrstadt, Germany-based renewable energy developer juwi Group reports it has begun construction of the 13.2-MW Schmoelln wind farm in the state of Brandenburg, northeastern Germany.

The facility, which will utilize 4 Vestas V126 turbines of 3.3 MW each, is expected to be online by the end of 2017. The plant will be juwi's first wind park in Brandenburg, where it has already installed several photovoltaic (PV) parks. (Source: juwi Group. Various Media, 23 Aug., 2017)Contact: juwi group, Christian Hinsch, Communications, 011 +49. (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, hinsch@juwi.de, www.juwi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News juwi Group,  Wind,  


Hanergy, Audi Tout Thin Film Solar Cell R&D Project (Ind. Report)
Hanergy, Audi,Alta Devices
Date: 2017-08-25
In Bejing, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited is reporting its wholly-owned US subsidiary Alta Devices in Sunnyvale, California, and automaker AUDI AG have inked a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation in Thin Film Solar Cell Technology and will jointly undertake the "Audi/Hanergy Thin Film Solar Cell Research and Development project".

The two firms will initially integrate thin-film solar cells in the panoramic roof of Audi models with the aim feeding solar energy into the vehicle's electrical system , including air conditioning and other electrical appliances. In time, the solar power will be integrated into the vehicle's drive train battery for additional primary power.

The two firms plan to jointly present an Audi vehicle prototype featuring an integrated prototype solar roof by the end of 2017.

Alta Devices Inc. is a leading manufacturer of GaAs thin film cell devices and a supplier of mobile energy application products. It has the world's thinnest, lightest, flexible GaAs thin film solar technology with the highest conversion efficiency. (Source: Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited, CNW, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567, www.hanergy.com; Alta Devices, (408) 988-8600, www.altadevices.com; Audi AG, www.audi.com/corporate/en.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanergy,  Audi,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  Thin Film Solar,  


NFU Hires Lobbyist to Push Biofuels Expansion (Ind. Report)
National Farmers Union
Date: 2017-08-25
In Washington, the National Farmers Union (NFU) reports it has hired biofuels lobbyist Anne Steckel, former vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board, to push for the expansion of higher ethanol blends and advanced biofuels on Capitol Hill.

. According to a recent study by the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has boosted the value of the U.S. agriculture sector by $14.1 billion, or nearly $6,800 per American farm. Many biofuels advocacy groups have expressed support for the NFU initiative. (Source: NFU, DTN. 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, https://nfu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Farmers Union,  Biofuels,  Anne Steckel ,  RFS,  


Buena Vista Opens Carbon Sequestration Test Site (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-08-25
In the Golden State, the city of Buena Vista Department of the Environment, in cooperation with the not-for-profit Urban Permaculture Institute (UPI) and Matter of Trust, are reporting the launch of a two-year study to measure the carbon sequestration impact of adding compost to the city's sandy soil to promote plant growth and act as a "carbon sink."

The study aims to determine the feasibility of reproducing and expanding other, similar urban programs across the state. The city previously considered the sequestration impact of its parks and forests, but similar forest management proposals have focused largely on erosion control and windbreaks rather than the benefits of carbon sinks. (Source: Buena Vista Department of the Environment, Contact: Urban Permaculture Institute , www.upisf.com; Buena Vista Department of the Environment, www.doe.gov.bz/index.php/component/tags/tag/28-buena-vista

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Sink,  


U.S. Raises Argentinian Biofuel Import Duties (Reg & Leg)
US Dept. of Commerce
Date: 2017-08-25
Reuters is reporting that Argentine biofuel producers have threatened to halt exports to the U.S. after the U.S. Commerce Department's Tuesday decision to impose countervailing duties of up to 64.17 pct on Argentinian biofuel imports into the U.S.

Imports, mostly from Argentina, made up nearly half of U.S. biodiesel consumption of 2 billion gallons in 2016. Argentinian biodiesel imports were valued at $1.2 billion, according to the U.S. Commerce Department data. The increased duty on imports would likely boost U.S. prices and encourage U.S. domestic biofuel production. (Source: Successful Farming, US Dept. of Commerce, Reuters, 23 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Clark Public Utilities Opts for 23,000 LED Streetlights (Ind. Report)
Clark Public Utilities
Date: 2017-08-25
In Washington State, the Clark Public Utilities reports it is replacing 23,000 high-pressure sodium bulb streetlights with new LED lights that consume significantly less energy over a longer lifespan.

The $2.6 million project is being funded by the utility, an incentive from the Bonneville Power Administration, and a $350,000 grant from the Washington Department of Commerce. The project's ROI is projected to be about 4 years. (Source: Clark Public Utilities, The Columbian, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Clark Public Utilities, www.clarkpublicutilities.com

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


WI. School Dist. Approves $3.26Mn for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-08-25
In Wisconsin, the School District of Beloit reports it has approved a resolution to invest $3.26 million for HVAC replacement, roofing, window and lighting energy efficiency upgrades at Converse, Gaston, Robinson and Merrill schools during the 2017-2018.

The upgrades will be paid for by a revenue limit exemption from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Under the exemption, the school district will be reimbursed for approximately two-thirds of the energy efficiency upgrade costs. (Source: School District of Beloit, Beliot Daily News, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: School District of Beloit Director of Business Service, Jamie Merath, www.sdb.k12.wi.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


PSE&G Investing $69Mn in Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2017-08-25
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has given the green light Public Service Electric and Gas Company's (PSE&G) proposed extension of three existing energy efficiency programs and the implementation of two new programs.

PSE&G will invest a total of $69 million to continue its Hospital Efficiency Program, Residential Multifamily Housing Efficiency Program and Direct Install Program and to begin a Smart Thermostat Program and Residential Data Analytics Program. The two new programs will help residential customers save money on their home energy bills by encouraging the purchase of smart thermostats and by providing selected customers with personalized energy reports. (Source: PSEG, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, www.pseg.com; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (609) 777-3300, www.state.nj.us/bpu

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  


Energize Connecticut Efficiency Financing Rate Drops (Ind. Report)
Energize Connecticut
Date: 2017-08-25
In Connecticut, Eversource Energy, United Illuminating, Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas have jointly announced a 2 pct drop in the annual interest rates for Energize Connecticut's Heating Loan Program. The new .99 pct rate rate is offered until the year end. Eligible homeowners can finance up to 90 pct -- to a maximum of $15,000 -- of the purchase and installation cost of high-efficiency natural gas furnaces, boilers or heat pumps. The financing terms are from 3 to 10 years based on the time it takes for the replacement heating furnace or boiler equipment to pay for itself from energy savings, plus two years.

Energize Connecticut is an initiative of the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Green Bank and the state's utilities. It is funded via a charge on customers' energy bills. (Source: Eversource, New Haven Register, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: EnergizeCT, (877) 947-3873, www.EnergizeCT.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energize Connecticut ,  


Doing More with Less: Energy Efficiency Potential in Canada -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Conference Board of Canada
Date: 2017-08-25
According to the International Energy Agency, approximately two-thirds of economically feasible global energy efficiency measures have not been implemented. If Canada were to pursue energy efficiency improvements more aggressively, it could reduce its energy consumption by up to 15 per cent by 2035, according to a Doing More with Less: Energy Efficiency Potential in Canada a just released report from the Conference Board of Canada.

Key areas for energy savings potential include lighting, space heating, and household electronics for residences, while in the commercial sector, lighting, computer and HVAC equipment hold the most promise. In Canada, electricity and natural gas utilities are largely responsible for the implementation of energy efficiency measures and the largest efficiency improvements will result from their actions, such as incentive programs to install energy efficient equipment or appliances, conducting energy audits, and performing energy efficient retrofits. Efficiency measures could also include a broader suite of policy instruments, such as land-use measures, equipment and building performance standards, and renewable subsidies.

The report provides an overview of remaining energy potential that exists in Canada and applies their average energy intensity improvements to the National Energy Board's (NEB) long-term energy forecast to determine the impact that such improvements would have on Canada's future energy consumption.

The NEB expects that Canada's energy demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 0.7 per cent, reaching 13,868 petajoules (PJ) by 2040. Applying a range of energy efficiency improvements could result in as much as a 15 per cent reduction in energy consumption forecasted by the NEB, approximately 5 per cent below the 2017 level for residential, commercial and industrial energy use.

From a climate change perspective, however, the contribution of energy efficiency policies will be smaller. Electricity in Canada currently comes from sources that are approximately 80 per cent renewable or very low emissions and could be near 100 per cent by 2035. The most important contribution energy efficiency gains can make is to reduce the need for hydrocarbons to provide heat.

Access the report at no cost HERE. (Source: Conference Board of Canada, 24 Aug., 2017) Contact: Conference Board of Canada, (866) 711-2262, contactcboc@ conferenceboard.ca, www.conferenceboard.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Brazil Levies 20 pct Tax on U.S. Ethanol Imports (Int'l Report)
Ethanol,Brazilian Agriculture Ministry
Date: 2017-08-25
In Brasilia, the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry reports it has approved a 20-pct tax on ethanol imports from the U.S.. The tax would be imposed only after a tax-free quota of 600 million lpy is surpassed. The tax will be in place for two years, after which it will be reevaluated.

Brazilian ethanol imports grew to 1.29 billion liters in the first half of the year -- a 330 pct increase over the same period in 2016. The vast majority of the country's ethanol imports are from the U.S. (Source: Brazilian Agriculture Ministry, Reuters, Others, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Brazilian Agriculture Ministry, www.agricultura.gov.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  


Biofuel, Biogas Groups Want Stronger Cellulosic Biofuels Targets (Ind. Report)
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Date: 2017-08-25
The nation's leading advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels have written to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to urge the agency and its director, Scott Pruitt, to stand by President Trump's commitment to drive investment in the next generation of homegrown fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The letter was signed by leaders of the American Biogas Council, Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, and Coalition for Renewable National Gas.

The letter calls for EPA Administrator Pruitt to reverse course on a proposal that would undercut "the next American manufacturing wave" by "looking backwards" in setting 2018 goals and issuing waiver credits that suppress demand for cellulosic fuels.

Download the letter HERE. (Source: Biotechnology Innovation Organization, 22 Aug., 2017) Contact: Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Bret Erikson, VP, Paul Winters, 202-962-9237, www.bio.org, www.biotech-now.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  Biotechnology Innovation Organization,  Biofuel,  ,  


Ontario Touts Climate Change Action Plan -- Plan Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-08-25
The Province of Ontario reports it is investing in programs to improve ecosystem health in urban and rural communities as part of its effort to fight climate change. These programs are part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and are funded by proceeds from the province's carbon market. The province's Climate Action Plan include:
  • The development of a Land Use Carbon Inventory which will allow Ontario to assess the potential of agriculture, forestry and other land uses, such as wetlands and grasslands, to emit, remove and store carbon.

  • A $380,000 investment in the 50 Million Tree Planting by 2025 program and $750,000 in the Land Use Carbon Inventory from its carbon market in 2017/18. The support aims to reduce the costs of tree planting for landowners in urban areas.

    Ontario's carbon emissions cap-and-trade program has generated more than $976 million in proceeds from two auctions. Cap and trade auctions are held four times a year. Proceeds must by law be invested in programs that help Ontario families and businesses save money and lower greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, industry, buildings, waste, electricity and agriculture.

    The Ontario Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 pct below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050.

    Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan HERE (Source: Province of Ontario, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Province of Ontario, Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Recourses and Forestry, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-natural-resources-and-forestry


  • Ingevity Purchasing Georgia-Pacific's Pine Chemicals Business (M&A)
    Georgia-Pacific,Ingevity
    Date: 2017-08-25
    Georgia-Pacific LLC reports it has reached an agreement to sell its pine chemicals business to North Charleston, South Carolina-based specialty chemicals provider Ingevity for $315 million, including certain pine chemicals-related assets at the Crossett, Ark., plant. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals,is expected to close prior to the year end.

    Separately, Ingevity will enter into several contract manufacturing arrangements for oilfield and mining products currently produced at other Georgia-Pacific facilities. The parties will also separately enter into a 20-year, market-based crude tall oil (CTO) supply contract. (Source: Georgia-Pacific, Canadian Biomass, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ingevity, (844) 644-3889, www.ingevity.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia-Pacific news,  Ingevity news,  Biochemical news,  


    Air BP Biojet Available at Norway's Bergen Airport (Int'l)
    Air BP
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Air BP reports that as of August 16 it is offering commercial jet biofuel (biojet) to customers at Bergen airport in Norway. The company, in cooperation with Norwegian airport operator Avinor, introduced biojet fuel at Halmstad airport in Sweden in June 2017 and at Oslo airport in Norway in January 2016. Air BP has also supplied airlines with biojet fuel on an ad-hoc basis at Stockholm's Arlanda and Bromma airports and others.(Source: Air BP, PR, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Air BP, www.airbp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Air BP,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    £150Mn Sleaford Biomass Plant Refinance Completed (Int'l)
    Sleaford Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-08-23
    In London, one of Europe's largest low-carbon energy infrastructure fund managers Glennmont Partners reports it has completed the £150 million refinancing of the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant on behalf of its dedicated clean energy fund, Glennmont Clean Energy Fund Europe I.

    The Sleaford REP, a 40MWe straw-fired biomass plant located in Lincolnshire, UK, has been in operation since 2014 and is being operated by Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC). The plant benefits from 2 ROCs under the UK renewable energy regime as "good quality CHP plant", providing free heat to the local community under long term offtake contracts. The proceeds from the refinancing repaid a project financing, and contributed to directly creating value for investors.

    Glennmont raises long-term capital to invest in alternative power generation projects including wind farms, biomass power stations, solar parks and small-scale hydro power plants. (Source: Glennmont Partners, PR 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Glenmont Partners, Joost Bergsma, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3725 8318, info@glennmont.com, www.glennmont.com; Sleaford Renewable Energy, info@sleafordrep.co.uk, www.sleafordrep.net; Burmeister & Wain, +45 48 14 00 22 l, bwsc@bwsc.dk, www.bwsc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Burmeister & Wain ,  Sleaford Renewable Energy,  Straw Biomass ,  


    Green Climate Fund Supporting Egyptian Renewables (Int'l Funding)
    Green Climate Fund,EBRD
    Date: 2017-08-23
    The UN's flagship climate finance Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports it will begin its $150 million loan and $4.7 million grant contribution to a $1 billion renewable energy drive in Egypt next month. The London, UK-headquartered European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will implement the project as well as contribute $2.3 million in grant funding and $350 million of loans. Other international development banks and private sector players are expected to match that investment.

    The money, which will support the Egyptian target of generating 20 pct of electricity from renewable sources by 2022, will fund technical assistance with policy and planning and encourage investors to enter the clean energy market.

    The GCF, part of the UNFCCC, was established to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. (Source: Green Climate Fund, Climate Home, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6010, www.greenclimate.fund EBRD, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; UNFCCC, wwwunfccc.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  EBRD,  Green Climate Fund,  Renewable Energy,  


    US Biodiesel Production Rising, says US EIA (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2017-08-23
    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), US biodiesel production for the month of May, 2017, was 136 million gallons in May 2017, 9 million gallons higher than April 2017, and higher than the years 2016 and 2016. Biodiesel production came from 97 biodiesel plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gpy. The Midwest region remained the heart of the US biodiesel industry, accounting for 69 pct of the US' total production.

    1,054 million pounds of feedstocks were used to produce biodiesel in May 2017. Soybean oil remained the most widely used biodiesel fuel stock, with 546 million pounds consumed. Texas remains the biggest biodiesel producing state in the US. Nine biodiesel producers have facilities in the Lone-Star state, with a combined total capacity of 474 million gpy, according to EIA figures. (Source: US EIA, Aug., 2017) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Energy Information Administration,  USEIA,  Biodiesel,  


    Brazilian Corn Ethanol Plant Production Underway (Int'l)
    FS Bioenergia, Summit Agricultural Group
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Further to our August 14 coverage, FS Bioenergia reports it has begun production at its $115 million corn ethanol plant in Lucas do Rio Verde, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. FS Bioenergia, Brazil's first large-scale corn ethanol plant, is the result of an international collaboration between Brazilian agribusiness Fiagril and AKden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group.

    The FS Bioenergia plant will initially process 22 million bpy of corn and produce more than 60 million gpy of ethanol, 6,200 tpy of corn oil and 170,000 tpy of Distillers Dried Grains (DDGs) for livestock feed. The company plans to double production by late 2018. (Source: Summit Ag. Group, Wallaces Farmer, Various Others, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, (515) 854-9820, www.summitag.com; FS Bioenergia, +55 65 35 48 1500, www.fsbioenergia.com.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FS Bioenergia,  Summit Agricultural Group,  Brazil Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


    BIG Snares Former GIB Biomass-to-Energy Assets (Int'l, M&A)
    Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Green Investment Group
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Alton, Illinois-based Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) reports that with its acquisition of biomass and waste-to-energy plants totaling 70 MW from the former UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), presently known as the Green Investment Group (GIG), it now holds one largest biomass waste-to-energy portfolios in the UK.

    BIG's acquisition includes four biomass and WtE facilities, 15 anaerobic digestion plants across Northern Ireland, England and Scotland, and a materials recovery facility with a total combined capacity of 70 MW. (Source: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Renewables Now, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, www.bioenergyinfrastructure.co.uk; Green Investment Group, (Ray Stillwell, Pres., (618) 301-0500, rstillwell@greeninvgroup.com, www.greeninvgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Infrastructure Group ,  Green Investment Group,  Biomass,  Waste-to-Energy,  


    Trump Dumps National Climate Assessment Committee (Ind. Report)
    NOAA
    Date: 2017-08-23
    August 18, 2017

    Dear Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment,

    "On behalf of the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), I am writing to inform you that per the terms of the charter the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment (Committee) will expire on August 20, 2017. The Department of Commerce and NOAA appreciate the efforts of the Committee and offer sincere thanks to each of the Committee members for their service."

    Yours Truly, Benjamin Friedman, NOAA.

    OR, as the Donald would say, "You're Fired!"

    The 15 person advisory committee membership included industry, academia, government and nonprofits The advisory committee offers expertise on such things as climate effects and risk assessment and management. Advisory committee members were appointed by the NOAA administrator in consultation with the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , Various Media, 18 Aug., 2017) Contact: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NOAA,  Climate Change,  


    BETO Validates Vertimass' Catalytic Technology (Ind. Report)
    Vertimass
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Irvne, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC is reporting completion of the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) validation of its low-cost transformative catalytic technology. BETO's verification provided progress on performance, scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass' estimated cost for their technology.

    According to Vertimass, BETO's verification paves the way for a demonstration scale of the technology for converting sustainable ethanol into fungible gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel blend stocks and the chemical building blocks benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX). This new Vertimass pathway can enhance use of biomass-derived renewable fuels that lower greenhouse gas emissions and allow ethanol producers to expand their product portfolio. The Vertimass systems can be added to existing ethanol producers' facilities at fractions of the cost of a new facility, according to the company. (Source: Vertimass LLC, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vertimass, Charles Wyman, CEO, John Hannon, COO, (949) 417-4307, www.vertimass.com; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  Biofuel,  DOE BETO,  


    QSTec Assists SolarWorld's Insolvency Exit (Int'l)
    Qatar Solar Technologies,SolarWorld Industries
    Date: 2017-08-23
    In Doha, Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) reports it has come to an arrangement which would see Bonn, Germany-based SolarWorld Industries emerge from insolvency and ensure the continuation of the company's solar PV module manufacturing business and the development of its proprietary technology and new products.

    QSTec has an 8,000 metric tpy high quality, solar grade Polysilicon manufacturing facility in the Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC), Qatar that produces polysilicon for use in the world's most efficient solar technologies. The company has installed ground and rooftop PV installations at its RLIC site with a total installed capacity of 1.1 MW.

    QSTec is a JV between Qatar Solar, a fully owned subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and the Qatar Development Bank. (Source: QSTec, SolarWorld Industries, TradeArabia News Service, 20 Aug., 2017)Contact: SolarWorld AG, Frank Asbeck, CEO, www.solarworld.de/en/home; Qatar Solar Technologies, www.qstec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarWorld Industries,  Solar,  


    First KY PACE New Construction Financing in Covington (Ind. Report)
    PACE Program
    Date: 2017-08-23
    In the Bluegrass State, the River Haus, a new residential and commercial development in the city of Covington will be the state's first new construction project to use PACE energy-efficiency improvements financing. The PACE financing will allow the project to incorporate more than $4 million in energy-efficient windows, LED lighting, heating and cooling systems, programmable thermostats, and insulation upgrades for the wall and roofing systems and other energy efficient features.

    The City of Covington is the first city in the state to create the special taxing district as a financing tool and the first to utilize it when it authorized $750,000 in energy-efficiency improvements to the Ivy Knoll Senior Retirement Community.

    The River Haus project is being built by Flaherty & Collins Properties and is slated to get underway this fall. (Source: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, Aug., 2017) Contact: Energize Kentucky, Ohio PACE, Chris Jones , (513) 621-4232, cjones@greatercea.org, www.greatercea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Xcel Selects Tendril for Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy,Tendril
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Xcel Energy reports it has selected Tendril's Orchestrated Energy for a new smart thermostat optimization pilot launching later this month. Under the program, Xcel Energy customers in Colorado and Minnesota will be able to optimize their smart thermostats cooling and/or heating schedules to reduce peak load by up to 50 pct and lower energy consumption by as much as 20 percent.

    Detials are HERE. (Source: Xcel Energy, 22 Aug., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, xcelenergy.com; Tendrill, www.tendrilinc.com

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


    52-room Mansion Scores $864,000 Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
    PACE Program
    Date: 2017-08-23
    In the Motor City, the landmark 1880-vintage 22,000 square foot, 52-room Whitney Mansion Restaurant reports it will receive receive $863,130 in energy efficiency upgrades with financing from Petros PACE Finance of Austin, Texas.

    The Whitney's PACE financed improvements include: storm windows for the building's 200-plus windows; LED lighting throughout; energy efficient HVAC equipment; energy efficient kitchen equipment; and a smart phone operated building controls system. The energy efficiency measures are expected to cut the restaurant’s energy cost by almost $24,000 per year. Construction is set to begin this month and could be finished by the year end. (Source: The Whitney, Development News, 22 ug, 2017) Contact: The Whitney, www.thewhitney.com; Petros PACE Finance, (512) 599-9038, www.petros-pace.com; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NeighborWorks HEAT Squad Expanding in Vermont (Ind. Report)
    NeighborWorks of Western Vermont
    Date: 2017-08-23
    West Rutland, Vermont-based energy efficiency service provider NeighborWorks of Western Vermont reports receipt of $250,000in grant funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission in support of its HEAT Squad expansion into the state's the Northeast Kingdom region.

    The NeighborWorks' HEAT Squad focuses on educating homeowners about energy efficiency; offering low-cost energy audits and same day audit reports; objective advice and guidance regarding recommendations; referrals to trusted, local contractors; access to NWWVT in-house affordable financing; submissions for any applicable rebates; and quality review of each project. (Source: NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, PR, August 21, 2017) Contact: NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, (802) 797-8606, www.nwwvt.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Vietnam Launches AgResults Emissions Reduction Pilot (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-08-23
    In Vietnam, the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), in collaboration of the Thai Binh provincial People's Committee, is reporting the launch of the AgResults Vietnam Emissions Reduction Pilot which aims to cut rice farming related GHG emissions by incentivizing rice farming technology innovations.

    Instead of providing immediate funding for organizations and individuals, the project will select and verify innovative solutions and topics that meet the criteria of mitigating climate change and improving livelihoods for rice farmers.

    The AgResults Vietnam project is managed by SNV and co-sponsored by the governments of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The AgResults project total funding is approximately $122 million. (Source: Nhan Dan, Various Media, 22 Aug., 2017)

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


    CGIAR Addressing Soil Carbon, Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Global Soil Partnership
    Date: 2017-08-23
    According to the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), soil carbon could help mitigate significant greenhouse gas emissions, while also supporting food production and adaptation to climate change. As such, soil carbon could be crucial to meeting the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to below 2 degrees as well as Sustainable Development Goals related to food security and climate. However, we still lack the knowledge needed to sustainably manage soil for carbon, the GSP adds.

    On June 19, 30 CGIAR scientists, representing seven CGIAR Centers and six CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), exchanged recent research findings and identified priorities for a future research agenda on soil carbon and climate change. CGIAR's current soil carbon and climate change work includes:

  • Improving understanding of the factors and underlying mechanisms that drive changes in soil carbon and critical soil functions;
  • Examining agronomic practices that improve soil health, agricultural productivity or socio-economic benefits affect soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change adaptation;
  • Investigating the relationships among forests, soils, water and climate;
  • Analyzing the effects of land use change on soil carbon stocks, including loss of soil carbon through deforestation and land degradation, and the potential for soil carbon sequestration through restoration of degraded soils;
  • Assessing the extent of peatland soils globally and estimating current carbon stocks in peatlands;
  • Supporting policy to avoid loss of carbon from peatlands, forestlands and wetlands;
  • Developing standardized methods and metrics for assessing soil carbon and its dynamics, especially as an indicator of ecosystem health, at plot and landscape scales;
  • Facilitating the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework Network, which now has 200 sites and 30,000 reference points in the global tropics, mostly openly accessible data. (Source: CGIAR, World AgroForestry Center, Aug., 2017) Contact: 4p1000, http://4p1000.org; Global Soil Partnership, www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/en; CGIAR, www.cgiar.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soil Carbon,  


  • Russians Pursuing Inox Wind Turbine Business (Int'l Report)
    Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp
    Date: 2017-08-23
    The Russian government-owned Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp. is reportedly exploring an investment in India’s second largest wind-turbine maker by market share, Inox Wind, part of the Inox Group.

    The Inox Group is a diversified conglomerate, operating in industrial gases, chloromethanes, refrigerants, fluoropolymers, multiplexes, wind turbine manufacturing and cryogenic engineering. Inox Wind has a 1600 MW manufacturing capacity with three facilities in India.

    As we reported on March 8th, Inox Group announced it was selling its 260 MW operating wind farm assets to Leap Green Energy Pvt. Ltd. (Source: LiveMint, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp., www.rosatom.ru/en; Leap Green Energy, www.leapgreenenergy.com; Inox Renewables, +91-120-6149 600, +91-120-6149 610 - fax, info@inoxrenewables.com, www.inoxrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inox Renewables,  Inox Wind,  Wind,  


    Turkish Firm Constructing Kosovo, Ukraine Wind Farms (Int'l)
    Guris Holding
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Ankara, Turkey-headquartered Guris Holding reports it is constructing a 32-MW wind farm in Kosovo and a 30-MW plant in Odessa, Ukraine. Both facilities will incorporate General Electric turbines and are slated for completion and commissioning in August-September 2018.

    According to the company's website, its renewables portfolio includes wind, hydro and geothermal plants. The company has also purchased the license of an 88-MW wind project in Afyon province, western Turkey. The Afyon-2 plant is expected to generate 255 million kWh of electricity per year, according to the website. (Source: Guris Holding, Dunya Daily, Other Media, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Guris Holding, +90 312 438 1150, www.guris.com.tr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Guris Holding,  Wind,  


    Mitsubishi, Allianz Buy Into Enel's Oklahoma Red Dirt Wind Project (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Mitsubishi , Allianz, Enel North America
    Date: 2017-08-23
    Mitsubishi and Allianz are reporting they have invested approximately $340 million for all of the Class B tax equity interests in Enel North America's 300MW Red Dirt wind farm in Oklahoma. Enel North America is retaining all Class A tax interests and management control of the site.

    When fully operational later this year, Red Dirt will consist of 100 Nordex AW125/3000 turbines. Financial close of the transaction is expected when the $420 million project comes online. The project's power will be sold under long-term PPAs with T-Mobile and the Grand River Dam Authority, according to Enel. (Source: Enel North America, Windpower Monthly, Others, 21 Aug., 2017)Contact: Enel Green Power, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi ,  Allianz,  Enel,  Wind,  


    7-Eleven Recognized for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2017-08-21
    IRVING, Texas, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alliance to Save Energy reports it has awarded the convenience store chain 7-Eleven® with the Alliance to Save Energy "Built Environment" award for its commitment to reducing energy consumption and improving efficiency in its stores.

    7-Eleven has decreased electricity use in store operations by an estimated 21 pct over the past seven years through installing LED lighting, energy management systems and high-efficiency HVAC units. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, 7-Eleven, Pr 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, www.ase.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Home Depot Goes Rooftop Solar (Ind. Report)
    Home Deport,Tesla
    Date: 2017-08-21
    Atlanta-headquartered big box home renovation retailer Home Depot reports that 50 of its locations in five states -- New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut , California and the District of Columbia – will soon sprout rooftop solar installations of 50,000 panels on average. Home Depot is partnering with with Tesla and Current, a General Electric subsidiary for the project.

    Home Depot will make use of power purchase agreements in leasing roof space and generating solar energy. It is expected that electricity grid demand at every Home Depot store will be reduced by the solar farms at a level that is estimated to be between 30 pct and 35 pct per year. Previously this year, Home Depot invested in a renewable energy farm in Northeast Texas and has committed to purchasing approximately 50 megawatts per year of wind energy. (Source: Home Depot, TechnoTribune, 19 Aug., 2017) Contact: Home Depot, https://corporate.homedepot.com/contact-us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Home Deport news,  Tesla news,  Rooftop Solar news,  Solar news,  


    UK Alwen Forest Wind Project at Site Survey Stage (Int'l)
    Innogy Renewables UK
    Date: 2017-08-21
    In the UK, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Welsh Water have asked Innogy Renewables UK to survey the site of a proposed wind farm at Alwen Forest, on the Conwy-Denbighshire border. The site survey is necessary for planning approval.

    Seven companies had bid for a lease to survey the Alwen Forest site which is also being considered for solar, biomass, hydro and other renewable energy developments. (Source: BBC, 16 August, 2017) Contact: Innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777, www.innogy.com/web/cms/en/3708678/innogy-renewables-uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy Renewables UK ,  Wind,  


    Zero Carbon Cement Possible Within Decade, says Beyond Zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Beyond Zero Emissions
    Date: 2017-08-21
    In the Land Down Under, Beyond Zero Emissions is reporting the launch of its Rethinking Cement Plan report which finds that Australia's cement industry could be be "zero carbon" within a decade by using presently available geopolymer cements, high-blend cements and mineral carbonation commercialized technologies, plus two other strategies.

    Currently cement contributes about 8 pct of all global carbon emissions. About 55 pct of the emissions come from the chemical process of limestone calcination, which releases CO2 as a waste product, and is unavoidable with limestone-based cement. Next, 32 pct comes from burning fuel to drive the process and the remaining 13 pct is indirect emissions from electricity used for grinding and moving materials around a plant.

    Beyond Zero Emissions is an Australia-based, not-for-profit climate change solutions think-tank founded in 2006. (Source: Beyond Zero Emissions, The Fifth Estate, Australian, 18 Aug., 20917) Contact: Beyond Zero Emissions, +61 3 9415 1301, info@bze.org.au, www.bze.org.au, http://bze.org.au/rethinking-cement-plan/

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

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