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Solarplicity Unloads 133 MW of Solar Assets (Int'l Report)
Solarplicity
Date: 2018-01-31
Solarplicity Service Ltd, one of the UK's leading renewable energy providers, is reporting the sale of a UK-wide portfolio of 22 ground-based and 6 roof-top solar assets totaling 133MW. All of the projects are eligible for subsidy payments under the Renewable Obligation Certificates Feed-in-Tariff Schemes. Solarplicity will continue to operate and maintain the portfolio over the long term.

In other Solarplicity news, the company recently announced a £160 million investment programme backed by Holland's MAAS Capital that will provide 800,000 social housing households with solar panels, resulting in £192 million per year in energy savings. (Source: Solarplicity, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: Solarplicity, David Elbource, CEO, www.solarplicity.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solarplicity,  Solar,  


Siemens Gamesa Cites Declining Demand for Plant Layoffs (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA reports it is laying off over 200 employees at its wind blade turbine plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. The company cited a steady decline in demand for the blades as the reason for the layoffs. The Fort Madison layoffs represent just one part of the multinational's wind energy giant's overall plan to slash 6,000 jobs worldwide -- approximately 20 pct of its total workforce. (Source: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy , WQAD 8, Others, 24 Jan., 2018)Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

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


Golden Renewable Energy Raises Growth Capital from Fortistar
Golden Renewable Energy,Fortistar
Date: 2018-01-30
YONKERS, N.Y.--(Business Wire)--Golden Renewable Energy, LLC (“GRE”), a market leading provider of waste plastic to energy technology, today announced that it has raised growth capital from Fortistar Capital, LLC (“Fortistar”), which invests in sustainability-focused and innovative energy sources that are helping to facilitate U.S. decarbonization efforts, to transition the United States to a zero-carbon economy Renewable Fuel Production Units (RFP), and in developing projects that incorporate its proprietary technology to provide environmentally sound solutions for the disposing of waste plastic.

GRE’s modular and saleable Renewable Fuel Production (RFP) Unit is a continuous feed system that uses pyrolysis to convert residential, commercial and industrial waste plastics into GRE Renewable Diesel, which is comparable to ASTMD 396. Modular and conveniently compact in size, GRE’s RFP Units and their proprietary, patented process allow the pyrolysis conversion to take place efficiently, economically and in an environmentally responsible way. (Source: Golden Renewable Energy, PR, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: GRE, Nicholas T. Canosa, Pres., CEO, www.goldenrenewable.com Fortistar, www.fortistar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Golden Renewable Energy news,  Fotistar news,  Alternative Fuel news,  Renewable Diesel news,  


Mass. Sets New Solar Development Incentive (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2018-01-29
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) reports it has released, and Boston-based solar management and renewables software specialist Ampion has reviewed, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) procurement establishing incentive prices for new solar development in the Bay State.

Under SMART, solar projects are assigned a value based subscriber class, location,storage compatibility and other variables. A portion of that value is determined by the contract of the project, whether it be the net metering, alternative on-bill crediting, qualifying facility, or behind-the-meter contract. Any remaining value is issued to the developer.

Three investor-owned utilities are currently working with the Department of Public Utilities to finalize tariffs for the SMART program which is expected to come into force this June. (Source: Ampion, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources , SolarPower, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: MDOER, www.mass.gov/org; Ampion, Nate Owen, CEO, (800) 277-3631, https://ampion.io

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,  Ampion,  Solar,  Solar Incentive,  Energy Storage,  


NRCAN Investing $182Mn in Building Energy Efficiency (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-01-29
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is confirming $182-million in available funding to increase residential energy efficiency and address climate change. The funding, which is part of the Green Infrastructure Fund, will support: research, development and demonstration of solutions supporting the adoption of high-efficiency building codes; a program to help industry find and test cost-effective, technical solutions for high-performance buildings; the development of new energy standards for new and existing homes and buildings; and the expansion of energy-labeling programs to provide Canadians with better information on energy use empowering them to make smart choices on energy use.

Of the total investment, $48.4 million will fund research, development and demonstration of energy-efficient buildings which contribute approximately 17 pct of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.

NRCN is seeking innovative partners as the Government of Canada develops and puts in place new building codes to improve energy efficiency in Canada. Proposals are now being accepted for research, development and demonstration projects HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca; Generation Energy, www.nrcan.gc.ca/20093; Green Infrastructure Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca/cleangrowth/19780

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  


Praj, Indian Oil Partnering on New Indian Bio-Ethanol Plants (Int'l)
PRaj Industries,Indian Oil Corp.
Date: 2018-01-29
In India, Mumbai-headquartered Praj Industries Ltd. reports it will partner Indian Oil Corporation for the construction of multiple 100,000 lpd ethanol plants in India. Under the terms of their agreement, Praj will provide plant machinery and help IOCL in operating and maintaining the facilities. Few detail have been released.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd is India's largest commercial enterprise. The IndianOil Group of companies owns and operates 10 of India's 20 refineries and supplies more than 47.5 million households through a network of 4990 Indian distributors. (Source: Praj Industries, Coherent News, 29 Jan., 2016)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Indian Oil Corp,  Ethanol,  Bio-Ethanol,  Advanced Biofuel,  Algae,  


Aussie Energy Storage Tender Attracts 19 Expressions of Interest (Int'l)

Date: 2018-01-29
In the Land Down Under, 19 companies have reportedly responded with proposals to a 25 MW -- 45 MW battery energy storage system request for expressions of interest (EoI) in Northern Australia.

Northern Territory's state-owned power company Territory Generation announced the call for the Darwin - Katherine Alternative Energy Storage System Project earlier in January. It will be accepting proposals for different configurations with at least 30 minutes of storage in the third quarter of 2018.

The respondents include Tesla Inc., Alstom Grid Australia, Infigen Energy, Mitsui & Co Australia, Carnegie Clean Energy, Energy Made Clean and other Australian and foreign firms. (Source: ABC Australia, Various Media, Jan., 2018)


IGP Methanol's Louisiana Plant Gets Air Quality Nod (Ind. Report)
IOGP Methanol
Date: 2018-01-29
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered IGP Methanol LLC reports receipt of an air-quality permit for a $3.6 billion, four-unit methanol production facility in Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana.

The Methanol Park will incorporate four identical methanol Plants or "trains" each producing 1.8 million tpy of methanol from natural gas, making it the world's largest permitted methanol production facility. When fully operational, the Park will produce 7.2 million tpy of methanol. Production is slated to get underway in late 2020.

IGP is focused on methanol as a clean-burning drop-in transportation fuel that can replace gasoline and diesel and replace LPG, coal, wood, and kerosene in cooking fuel and industrial boilers. (Source: Industrial Info Resources, IGP Methanol, Auto Channel, 26 Jan., 2018)Contact: IGP Methanol, Scott Benson, VP Marketing, (612) 417-5980, 188301@email4pr.com, www.igpmethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News IGP Methanol,  Methanol,  


Newfoundland Forest Biomass Biofuel Project Dies on the Vine (Ind. Report)
Newgreen Technology
Date: 2018-01-29
In Newfoundland-Labrador, CBC is reporting Corner Brook, Newfoundland-based Newgreen Technology's proposed and long delayed $185-million biodiesel production plant that was planned for Botswood, Newfoundland, has likely breathed its last due to endless delays and bureaucratic crossed wires and bungling .

The project was intended to include a sawmill producing floor boards, a biofuel plant that creates clean diesel from the sawmill's waste and improvements to the shipping port in the town of Botswood. In February, 2017, Newgreen Technologies reached an agreement in principle with the province for access to 285,000 cubic metres of forest biomass on Crown lands, subject to the resubmission of a business plan with additional information, proof of the technology that was to be supplied by Tennessee-based Proton Power, proof of financing and work starting as soon as possible. The business plan was never updated and construction never began, so the forest biomass rights were forfeited due to the delay.

The biofuel was to be exported to European markets targeted at European markets. (Source: CBC, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: NewGreen Technology Inc., Jeff Penny, CEO, (813) 944-3185, www.newgreentech.us; Proton Power, (865) 376-7002, info@protonpower.com, www.protonpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Newgreen Technology,  Botswood,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Corn Tops Sugarcane as Brazil's Top Ethanol Feedstock (Int'l)
UNICA
Date: 2018-01-29
According to a report from the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) Brazil's low season for sugar cane crushing is witnessing processing volumes reaching their lowest in a decade -- leaving corn as the country's top ethanol feedstock.

The weak crush volumes in the first half of January were reflected in both weak Centre South output of sugar, which dropped 92 pct year on year to 2,830 tonnes, and of ethanol, for which Unica reported volumes of 42.5 million litres, down 37 pct year on year. Of the 42.5 million litres in ethanol output reported, 33.55 million litres were produced from corn rather than sugar cane, as their feedstock.

UNICA is a sugarcane and ethanol fuel producers lobbying organization whose members are responsible for more than half of all ethanol produced in Brazil and 60 pct of overall sugar production.(Source: UNICA, AgriMoney, 24 Jan., 2019) Contact: UNICA, english.unica.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNICA,  Unica,  Brazil Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  


Vermont Utility Doubles CO2 Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2018-01-29
In Vermont, Green Mountain Power (GMP) reports it has set an ambitious goal for carbon reduction in 2018 and beyond. The utility aims to partner with customers to drive down costs and eliminate more than 8,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions by using clean energy for the next two decades. The emphasis on renewabl energy is expected to eliminate more than 160,000 metric tons of carbon emissions and combined with past reductions is the equivalent of removing nearly 3,000 cars from our roads each year for the next 20 years.

Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont. ( Source: Green Mountain Power , 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power , Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392, jeff.monder@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com (link sends e-mail)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  GHGs news,  Climate Change news,  Green Mountain Power news,  


Honeywell UOP Chinese Coal-to-Chemicals Catalysts Production Plant Online (Int'l Report)
UOP Honeywell
Date: 2018-01-29
Des Plaines, Ill.-headquartered Honeywell UOP reports it has begun production of its proprietary catalysts used to convert coal into plastics at its facility in China. The company also inaugurated a new R&D and engineering center at the same facility.

The new catalyst production line, located in Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu Province, manufactures state-of-the-art catalysts used in Honeywell UOP's Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process technology, which converts methanol from coal and natural gas into the olefins that are used to make plastic resins and fibers. The heart of the MTO process is a proprietary catalyst that facilitates the conversion of methanol into olefins. (Source: Honeywell, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, Pres.,CEO, www.uop.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  UOP Honeywell,  


Carbon "Fee" Proposed for Athens Ohio (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-29
In the Buckeye State, the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) is proposing a 2-mill carbon "fee" -- about $2 per megawatt hour of energy consumption -- to Athens City Council. The proposal is intended to encourage cuts in energy consumption and related emissions and thus fight climate change. According to SOPEC, an average Athens home consumes about 800-900 kWh per month, so the average home in Athens would pay between $1.60 and $1.80 per month.

The proposal would allow homeowners to opt-out of the tax is they decide not to pay. Proceeds from the fee would be used to fund alternative energy power for schools and other public buildings in the city of Athens. Athens is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 10 pct. (Source: SOPEC, NewPolitical, 26 Jan., 2018) Contact: SOPEC, Eddie Smith, Exec. Dir., (740)677-2759, www.sopecinfo.org

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


Middle Eastern Renewables Could Require $30Bn Plus, says GE (Int'l)
General Electric
Date: 2018-01-29
General Electric (GE) reports it is expanding its renewable energy footprint in the Middle East where it currently has 2GW turbine capacity. The company expects a capital investment of $30 billion to $40 billion to meet its 2035 Middle Eastern renewable energy -- primarily wind and solar energy -- targets.

The company currently has around 2GW of renewables turbine capacity in the Pakistan and Middle Eastern markets, a wind blade manufacturing facility in Turkey, an agreement to develop a conventional 120MW sub-station in Egypt, and is eyeing other opportunities in the ongoing round of renewables and is working with developers bidding for the Saudi renewable energy projets. (Source: GE, The National UAE, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: GE Europe, Yves Rannous, CEO, GE Renewable Energy , +32 2 235 6855, www.ge.com/europe

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  Renewable Energy,  


Notable Quotes on The Donald's Solar Tariff
Trump,Sunpower
Date: 2018-01-29
"We'll be making solar products now much more so in the United States. Our companies have been decimated, and those companies are going to be coming back strong ... A lot of workers ... a lot of jobs." -- President Donald Trump, Jan. 23, 2018

"I can say without hesitation that customers are embracing solar power because of its cost effectiveness and long-term price certainty. Tariffs would adversely impact the U.S. economy, burden domestic manufacturers and suppliers of other key components, raise prices for customers, and eliminate tens of thousands of jobs."-- Thomas H. Werner, CEO, SunPower, commenting on Trump's Solar Tariff

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  SunPower,  Solar,  Solar TAriff,  


Ontario Wind Farms Challenged over Noise Pollution (Ind. Report)
Ontario Wind
Date: 2018-01-29
Five proposed Ontario wind farms are facing a legal challenge from area residents allegations that the provincial government is allowing the companies behind the projects to defy safe noise limits.

The projects, which were approved by the province in 2016, are now going through a "technical review" as part of the final approval process by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. In 2016, the Ontario government also introduced new and more accurate standards for how companies model the noise impact of turbines before they're built. The lawsuit, however, alleges the proponents behind the five projects have been using old modelling standards.

If the projects were forced to adhere to the new standards, three quarters of the more than 200 proposed turbines in the province would be breaking the rules but if the developers use the new guidelines for modelling, those rule-breaking turbines "would have to be relocated or removed," according to legal council for the complainants. The lawsuit includes affidavits from noise pollution experts as well as from residents affected by the projects.

The five proposed projects include: Eastern Fields Wind Power Project, in the Municipality of The Nation; Nation Rise Wind Farm, in the Township of North Stormont; the Otter Creek Wind Farm, north of Wallaceburg in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent; Romney Wind Energy Centre, in Lakeshore, Ont; and the Strong Breeze Wind Power Project in the Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich. (Source: Various Media, CBC Ottawa, 28 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Wind,  Wind,  


No Takers for Massena's Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Massena Electric Department
Date: 2018-01-29
In New York State, the town of Massena (pop. 13,000+-) Electric Department is reporting very little response to their energy efficiency programs and incentives which include audits, makeover and other residential energy efficiency programs designed to help customers cut energy consumption and lower energy costs.

Among the programs offered, an energy audit for $50 and, if the customer makes the improvements identified, the customer will receive a rebate of $50 as well as reimbursement for some portion of the improvements. To date, no residential or commercial customers have requested the audit last month, despite advertisements promoting the program.

MED also looks for low-income households for a similar energy-efficiency program, but one in which the department foots the cost. Low-income households are identified through a list of those who take part in the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). He said MED expects to send more mailings to potential customers in the next week or two to try to generate more interest in the low-income program, which has also gained little to no traction. (Source: Town of Massena, Massena Electric Dept., Watertown Times, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: Massena Electric Department , (315) 764-0253, www.massenaelectric.com


GE Renewable Energy Inks $10.4Bn in Orders In 2017 (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-01-29
In its just released Q4 and full 2017 results, industrial behemoth General Electric (GE) notes its subsidiary renewable energy division GE Renewable Energy generated a total of $10.4 billion worth of orders and $10.3 billion of sales.

The company claimed 30 pct growth in its international onshore wind orders in 2017. GE Renewable Energy also secured the orders for the largest wind farm in the US, the 2 GW (gigawatt) Wind Catcher farm in Oklahoma, and the largest wind farm in Australia, the 453 MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm in North Queensland. In 2017, GE Renewable Energy also completed the $1.65 billion acquisition of wind blade manufacturer LM Wind Power. GE Renewable Energy is also now the first offshore wind supplier with projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Additionally, GE's hydro division saw full-year growth of 10 pct in orders and 40 pct in services, and booked over $100 million in hydro orders. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 25 Jan., 2018)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Hydro,  


France Debating Nuclear's Role in Low-Carbon Power Plans (Int'l)
Low-Carbon Energy
Date: 2018-01-29
In Paris, Reuters is reporting the centrist government of French President Emmanuel Macron has launched a year-long energy policy debate before deciding in early 2019 on nuclear energy's future share of the country's electric power mix.

To assist in the debate, French grid operator RTE has prepared scenarios for cutting nuclear energy's share from 56 pct to 11 pct by 2035, and an additional scenario on reducing nuclear reliance to 50 pct by 2025. Depending upon the outcome of the national debate, France would not construct new coal or oil-fired power plants but would consider natural gas which has lower emissions than coal or other fossil fuels. (Source: Reuters, 27 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nuclear,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


Coal Phase-Out, CO2-Pricing Triggers Divestment, says PIK Study (Ind. Report)
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Date: 2018-01-29
A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact (PIK) finds that the Paris climate agreement into practice will trigger opposed reactions by investors on the one hand and fossil fuel owners on the other hand. It has been feared that the anticipation of strong CO2 reduction policies might trigger a 'green paradox' and drive up emissions before the regulations kick in while fossil fuel developers and owners might increase their resource extraction to maximize profits while investors abandon coal power plants in the expectation that their assets become stranded. The study finds that on balance, divestment beats the green paradox if substantial carbon pricing is credibly announced. Consequently, overall CO2 emissions would be effectively reduced.

The syudy contends that while the Paris agreement is weak in short-term policy ambition it will require strong climate policies in the future to reduce emissions over the longer term. The study finds that ten years before carbon pricing policies are actually introduced, investors would start pulling out of the coal power sector. The study also suggests that adding a carbon price of $20 per ton of CO2 doubles the cost of using coal and thus makes it even less competitive.

Computer simulations of energy markets' future dynamics are commonly used to investigate the economic effects of policies. The study's CO2 pricing simulations varied from $25 to $300 per ton CO2 by 2050, with a medium scenario reaching $100. These taxes were introduced with various delays to represent various degrees of climate policy stringency and credibility and to see how fossil fuel markets react in anticipation of such climate policies. Only if CO2 pricing starts very late, ie not before 2050, and then at a very low level, anticipation by market forces will lead to an increase in CO2 emissions instead of a decrease, the study finds.

According to the study, if different CO2 pricing regulations at different price levels were to be introduced in different countries, some emissions-intensive production facilities would move from highly regulated areas to those with low standards.

The Paris agreement delivered a strong signal that policy makers are taking climate change seriously and are ready and willing to deliver on the necessary emissions reductions. By anticipating the implementation of policies to tackle climate change, market forces will likely reduce emissions so long as the policy signals are strong, clear and credible, the study says. (Source: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , PR, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: PIK, +49 331 288 25 07, www.pik-potsdam.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal news,  Paris Climate Agreement news,  


Tetra Tech Snares NDY to Boost "Green" Building Expertise (M&A)
Tetra Tech,Norman Disney & Young
Date: 2018-01-29
Pasadena, California-based Tetra Tech reports the acquisition of consulting engineering firm Norman Disney & Young (NDY) as it seeks to leverage NDY's expertise in sustainable, energy efficient "green" building.

While the terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, NDY will operate as a stand-alone entity within Tetra Tech, with no change to the brand, NDY staff or leadership, according to an NDY statement.

Tetra Tech maintain more than 400 offices worldwide and $2.8 billion in revenue in 2017. NDY has 13 offices across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Hong Kong and Canada. (Source: Tetra Tech, Fifth Estate, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: TetraTech, Dan Batrack, CEO, (626) 351-4664, info@tetratech.com, www.tetratech.com; NDY, Stuart Fowler, CEO, +61 8 8290 6800, +44 20 7553 9494 - UK, www.nyd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Tetra Tech,  


India Third on USGBC Top 10 LEED Countries List (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-29
According to the US GReen Building Councils "Top 10 LEED Cuntries" list, India ranks third with more than 752 LEED-certified projects totaling over 20.28 million gross square meters of space. The USGBC's top 10 list highlights and ranks countries and regions outside the U.S.

The top 10 list is led by China with a total of 1,211 LEED certified and registered projects for more than 47.16 million gross sq mt of space followed by Canada with 2,970 such projects with a total space of 40.77 million gross sq mt. Other Top 10 countries include Brazil, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico and the UAE.In comparison, the US, which is not included in the list, has 30,669 LEED certified projects totalling 385.65 million gross sq mt. (Source: USGBC, Outlook, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Conergy Confirms First Vietnamese Solar Farm Order (Int'l)
Conergy,AC Energy
Date: 2018-01-29
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered solar PV service and solution provider Conergy reports it has been tagged as the EPC contractor for a 30 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power project in Vietnam's Ninh Thuan province.

The 400,000 solar plant is being built by Conergy on behalf of investors including Vietnam-based BIM Group, and the Philippines-headquartered Ayala Group's energy arm, AC Energy.

Construction is slated to get underway in April 2018 for grid connection in December, 2018. (Source: Conergy SE Asia, ecobusiness, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Marc Lohoff, COO, (720) 305-0720 - US, www.conergy.us; AC Energy, John Eric T. Francia, Pres., CEO, www.ayala-energyinfra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AC Energy,  Conergy,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Vietnam Solar,  


Butagaz, Global Bioenergies Touting Bottled Bio-sourced Gas (Int'l)
Global Bioenergies
Date: 2018-01-29
In France, Butagaz and Global Bioenergies are touting their first bottles containing bio-isobutene, a bio-sourced gas that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 40 pct over the entire life cycle of the bottled gas.

Butagaz distributes natural gas, electricity, wood pellets, as well as propane and butane.

Butagaz is partnering with Global Bioenergies which is developing a process to convert sugar beet and other biomass into hydrocarbons through fermentation. Butagaz is contributing financially to Global Bioenergies' industrial development in return for reserved batches of bio-isobutene which has physical and chemical properties similar to butane and propane. (Source: Global Bioenergies, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Butagaz, www.butagaz.fr; Global Bioenergies, www.global-bioenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Bioenergies ,  Butagas,  


Green Mountain Power Increases Renewables to Lower Emissions (Ind. Report)
GReen Mountain Power
Date: 2018-01-29
In Vermont, Green Mountain Power (GMP) reports it has set an ambitious goal for carbon reduction in 2018 and beyond. The utility aims to partner with customers to drive down costs and eliminate more than 8,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions by using clean energy for the next two decades. The emphasis on renewabl energy is expected to eliminate more than 160,000 metric tons of carbon emissions and combined with past reductions is the equivalent of removing nearly 3,000 cars from our roads each year for the next 20 years.

Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont. ( Source: Green Mountain Power , 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power , Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392, jeff.monder@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power news,  Renewable Energy news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Developments in Distributed Energy Storage, Offshore Wind, BIPV Solar, Thermal Energy Storage and Building Field Devices -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-26
ResearchandMarkets new report, Developments in Distributed Energy Storage, Offshore Wind, BIPV Solar, Thermal Energy Storage and Building Field Devices provides insights on the latest advances in technologies related to advances in offshore wind energy generation, BIPV, and thermal energy storage. It also gives insights on innovations in building energy management field devices such as actuators, drives, dampers, sensors, and controllers.

Special emphasis is given to emerging areas in the renewable sector such as photovoltaics, wind energy, and geothermal energy, as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, syngas, ethanol and bio fuels.

Access eport detail HERE. (Source: ResearchandMarkets, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact: ResearchAndMarkets, Laura Wood, Senior Manager, (800) 526-8630, press@researchandmarkets.com, www.researchandmarkets.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


ecobee Donates Smart Thermostats to Community Housing (Ind. Report)
ecobee,Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Date: 2018-01-26
Toronto-headquartered smart WiFi thermostat specialist ecobee Inc. reports it has donated 776 ecobee3 smart thermostats to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), which houses more than 110,000 individuals in over 2,000 buildings. The ecobee smart thermostats will improve TCHC buildings energy efficiency and help advance the city's climate Change action plan, TransformTO.

The ecobee Smart Thermostat donation is part of a larger energy efficiency demonstration project called TowerWise. The buildings were retrofitted to achieve energy, emission and cost reductions.The newly installed ecobee3 units use sensors to make intelligent heating and cooling decisions to reduce energy waste and offer real-time insights to identify other opportunities for future improvements.

In addition to the new ecobee3 smart thermostats, TAF also installed new boilers, LED lighting and measures to improve indoor air quality. These changes reduce the building's carbon emission by 30 pct and utility costs by 20 pct. (Source: ecobee Inc., PR, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: edobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, (6747) 428-2220, www.ecobee.com/social-impact, www.ecobee.inc; The Atmospheric Fund, (416) 392-027, info@taf.ca, www.taf.ca; Toronto Community Housing Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ecobee,  smart thermostat,  Energy Efficiency,  


SAIT Funded for micro-CHP Tech Energy Efficiency Project (Funding)
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology ,Western Economic Diversification Canada
Date: 2018-01-26
In Calgary, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) reports it is receiving $385,500 from Western Economic Diversification Canada for the purchase of equipment and support resources to demonstrate residential micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) technology. The micro-CHP technology will capture excess heat from electric power generation for use in efficient hot water and home heating applications.

With the funding, SAIT and its industry partners ATCO Gas and Brookfield Residential, will evaluate existing micro-CHP technologies and construct, demonstrate and evaluate an operational and affordable Net Zero home in Western Canada, incorporating new clean technology in the residential natural gas sector. (Source: Western Economic Diversification Canada, PR, CNW, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, (877) 284-7248, www.sait.ca; Western Economic Diversification Canada - Alberta Region, 780-902-2984, donna.kinley@canada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Economic Diversification Canada,  Southern Alberta Institute of Technology ,  


EnergySmart Touts Mass. Geothermal Rebates Success (Ind. Report)
EnergySmart Alternatives
Date: 2018-01-26
In the Bay State, Medford-based EnergySmart Alternatives, LLC reports it has installed over 200 geothermal heating and cooling systems since 2010 in 54 Massachusetts communities and secured over $385,000 in rebates since 2014 through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC) Ground-Source Heat Pump rebate program.

Announced last month, the increase in the value of the Mass CEC rebate to $3,500 per heating ton (up from $1,500) is expected to give a boost to the residential geothermal industry in Massachusetts. The value of the base rebate is capped at $17,500. However, there are "adders" that can increase that value for public and non-profit entities, affordable housing developments, or households below 80 pct and 120 pct of the state median income. These range from an additional $750 to $1,500 per ton heating capacity. (Source: EnergySmart Alternatives, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: EnergySmart Alternatives, LLC, Melanie Head, (617) 858-6748, info@ EnergySmartAlternatives.com, www.EnergySmartAlternatives.com; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315, www.masscec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergySmart Alternatives,  Geothermal,  Renewable Energy Rebate,  Geothermal,  


Grand Rapids Joins Zero Cities to Cut Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Date: 2018-01-26
In Michigan, the city of Grand Rapids reports it is participating in the New Building Institute's Zero Cities Project in an effort to reduce net carbon in the city to zero by 2050.

The long-term goal is to create a policy road map to achieving a zero carbon building sector. Under its three-year plan, the city will initially evaluate the carbon footprint of the cities building stock and examine its current policies and incentives.

The aim is to couple its building requirements and codes, planning and economic incentives to encourage building owners to implement energy efficiency measures and move toward zero net carbon.

Download the New Building Institute Zero City Project details HERE (Source: Michigan NPR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Grand Rapids, Alison Waske Sutter, Sustainability Manager, (616) 456-3000, info@grcity.us, www.grcity.us; New Buildings Institute, Ralph DiNola, ralph@newbuildings.org, www.newbuildings.org

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Manitoba Launches Efficiency Manitoba Corp. (Ind. Report)
Manitoba Hydro
Date: 2018-01-26
In Winnipeg, the Manitoba Crown Services office is reporting the creation of Efficiency Manitoba . The new Crown Corporation will take over Manitoba Hydro's PowerSmart program aimed at encouraging consumers and businesses to save energy with subsidies for switching to energy efficient efficient appliances, and other initiatives.

The corporation will also be charged with reducing growth in electrical consumption by 22.5 pct over 15 years and in natural gas consumption by 11.25 pct over the same period. Few details have been announced. (Source: News Winnipeg, CBC, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: Manitoba Hydro, Kelvin Shepherd, CEO, Scott Powell,Public Affairs, (204) 360-4417, spowell@hydro.mb.ca, www.hydro.mb.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Manitoba Hydro ,  


Singapore's Major Emitters Seeking Emissions Benchmarks (Int'l)

Date: 2018-01-26
In anticipation of a soon to be imposed carbon tax, some of Singapore largest carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emitters are calling for the Government to set emissions benchmarks for petrochemical, energy and other high-emissions industries. Some industries contend that emitters that meet the benchmarks should be exempted from a carbon tax, on the grounds that the tax would hurt Singapore's competitiveness.

Singapore's carbon tax, first announced in Budget 2017, is expected to apply to 30 to 40 companies and facilities that emit 25,000 or more tpy of greenhouse gases. The tax is expected to be in the range of S$10 and S$20 per tonne of greenhouse gas under a credit-based system. The carbon tax is among Singapore's measures to meet its target of cutting emissions intensity by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, under the global Paris Agreement. (Source: Singapore Today, 23 Jan., 2018)

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Empower, Honeywell Partner for Refrigerant Efficiency (Int'l)
Empower,Honeywell
Date: 2018-01-26
UAE-based Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) reports it is partnering with Honeywell to explore alternative refrigerants adoption for reducing energy consumption and meeting environmental target in the region.

The two companies will explore environment-friendly refrigerant solutions in cooling buildings that could help Empower further conserve energy in its operations. (Source: Empower, GDN, TradeArabia News Service, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Empower, Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, +97 14 375 5555, info@empower,ae, www.empower.ae; Honeywell Saudi Arabia, www.honeywellprocess.com/en-US/about-us/global/middle-east/Pages/saudi-arabia.aspx

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Ithaca Considering Two Paths to Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
City of Ithaca
Date: 2018-01-26
In the Empire State, the city of Ithaca Planning and Economic Development Committee reports it is considering a "to path" Green Building Policy (GBP) along with new construction codes and regulations intended to dramatically improve energy efficiency and impact sustainable development in the city of 32,000 residents.

The Committee is considering an "easy path" and a "whole building path." The easy path is a pick-and-choose system, with a list of criteria that correspond to a certain number of points: once the project has reached a certain set amount of points, it can be approved. The points would include building size, low-flow shower heads, high-efficiency lighting, and other energy relevant "green building" features.

The "whole building path" adheres closer to established national guidelines like LEED certifications or Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index scores. Developers can choose which path to take, though the easy path has been designed to ensure relatively achievable thresholds. The whole building path was established primarily for developers with design constraints that may force them off the easy path. (Source: Ithaca.com, 23 Jan., 2018)Contact: City of Ithaca, www.cityofithaca.org

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Schneider's Power Monitoring-Management System Installed in Aussie Stadium (Int'l)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2018-01-26
In the Land Down Under, Schneider Electric reports EcoXpert AZZO has completed the installation of its new cloud-based EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert Platform utility monitoring and visualisation system at the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The system allows the stadium to visualise and analyse real-time utility consumption to help reduce the stadium's energy costs. and carbon footprint for greater sustainability .

Schneider Electric's cloud-hosted EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert Platform; incorporates power meters and gateways, rogrammable logic controllers (Hot Standby Quantum PLCs), PowerSCADA Operations and C-Bus lighting automation systems. (Source: Schneider Electric Pty. Ltd, Architecture & Design, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric Pty.Ltd, www.enable.schneider-electric.com

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Canada Studies Scottish Home Energy Labeling (Ind. Report)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-01-26
Natural Resources Canada, as part of a collaboration funded by the UK High Commission in Ottawa, is studying Scotland' Home Energy Labeling system in an effort to improve energy efficiency and energy management labeling in Canadian buildings.

Scottish householders receive an Energy Proficiency Certificate issued by trained energy assessors when they sell or rent a house. An EPC ensures that energy and energy efficiency data collected in the home is accurate.

One distinctive feature of the mandatory Scottish EPC system is that several different organizations are involved at different stages of the process. For example, EST manages Scotland's EPC data, while a number of approved organizations ensure that assessors meet quality standards.

Canada's present provincially administered EnerGuide label system is a voluntary assessment with advice on increasing energy efficiency and cutting energy consumption. (Source: Energy Saving Trust, Jan., 2018) Contact: Energy Saving Trust, David Weatherall, Policy, +44 02 0 7222 0101, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Natural Resources Canada,  


Methane Increase Linked to Oil, Gas Industry, says NASA (Ind. Report)
NASA
Date: 2018-01-26
According to a just released study led by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the oil and gas industry is primarily responsible for the increase in historically underestimated methane emissions. The increase, which equals around 25 teragrams (25 trillion grams) per year since 2006, underscores the need to transition to renewable energy sources in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the report says.

The study research teams produced estimates for two known sources: emissions from the oil and gas industry; and microbial production in wet tropical environments like marshes and rice paddies. However, the sum of the estimated emissions from these and other sources is greater than the observed increase. The researchers explored the role of fires since the area burned by fires each year decreased by about 12 pct between the early 2000s and the period of 2007 to 2014, according to NASA data. The research is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: IISD, NASA, 23, Jan., 2018) Contact: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981, www.nasa.gov/goddard

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China Donates Solar Power System to Nepal (Int'l Report)
Solar
Date: 2018-01-26
In Katmandu, the Nepali government reports China has donated over 32,000 sets of solar power generation system to Nepal. The donated items included 32,000 sets of household solar power generation system (10Wp) and 325 sets of solar power generation system (1200Wp), battery, controller, LED bulb and case that includes a status indicator and system cable.

The solar systems will be distributed by the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) in districts affected by a devastating earthquake in 2015, many of which are not connected to the national electric grid, Source: Xinhua, 21 Jan., 2018)

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Heron Lake Ethanol Plant Cuts Emissions, Pollutants (Ind. Report)
Heron Lake BioEnergy
Date: 2018-01-26
In Minnesota, Heron Lake BioEnergy reports it has replaced existing equipment to burn off hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in its industrial exhaust, and has agreed to ensure future compliance with emission limits. In 2016, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) fined Heron Lake $63,500 penalty for over-limit hazardous air pollutant emissions including particles and organic compounds.

Heron Lake BioEnergy uses approximately 59 million gpy of ethanol and 160,000 tpy of distillers dried grains (DDGs) from 21 million bpy of corn. (Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Heron Lake BioEnergy, (507) 793-0077, www.heronlakebioenergy.com; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, www.pca.state.mn.us

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Ethanol Stocks Reach New All-Time High (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-01-26
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting domestic supplies of ethano; hit 23.8 barrels, up 1.057 million on the week and 2.072 million on the year. Production averaged 1.061 million bpd, up 1,000 bpd from the previous week and 11,000 more than last year.

Stocks usually build in winter as fuel blending requirements shift and weekly production has held at record or near record levels over the last several months exceeding USDA projections. (Source: US EIA, Brownfield, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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Former INEOS Florida Bioenergy Plant Finds a Buyer (Ind. Report, M&A)
INEOS,Alliance BioEnergy,Franken
Date: 2018-01-26
In the Sunshine State, the former INEOS New Planet BioEnergy LLC plant in Indian River County has reportedly been acquired by Texas-based Frankens Energy LLC for an undisclosed price.

INEOS New Planet BioEnergy LLC, which processed yard waste into ethanol and electricity, received about $129 million in government loans, tax incentives and grants to convert a former Ocean Spray processing plant into a biofuel-producing facility. As reported on July 14, it appeared INEOS would be purchased by Alliance BioEnergy of West Palm Beach, but the $8 million offer fell through. (Source: TC Palm, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products , Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, daniel@alliancebioe.com, www.alliancebioe.com; INEOSBio, Mark Dietzen or Markus Hesse, +41 (0) 21 627 7040, bioinfo@ineos.com, www.ineos.com

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Ethanol, RFS Have No Impact on Food Prices, says RFA Study -- Study Attached (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-01-26
A study by the Renewable Fuels Association(RFA) seeks to combat the claims by oil companies and others that the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) would cause an increase in food prices, which has not happened according to the study.

According to the study, Overall, food price inflation in 2007 was 4 pct and in 2017 it was 1 pct. The 20 year average is 2.5 pct. Food price inflation has actually been significantly lower during the past 10 years of the RFS."

Download the full report HERE. (Source: RFA, Brownfield Ag News, Nebraska Public Radio, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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Sweet Sorghum's Ethanol Potential Studied in Nebraska (R&D)
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Date: 2018-01-26
In the Corn Husker State, researchers at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln are investigating sweet sorghum, with its high sugar content and stability during droughts, as a potential ethanol feedstock crop on non-irrigated farmland in western Nebraska.

Corn currently serves as the leading feedstock for ethanol production in the U.S. For sweet sorghum to compete with corn for ethanol production, it must be more lucrative than corn for farmers to produce,and more economical than corn for ethanol plants to process. Considering factors such as yield and the cost of processing, researchers estimate that the current sorghum to ethanol pathway is a barely break-even prospect in western Nebraska, according to the study.

Currently, the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates consumption of specific levels of renewable fuels made from various categories of feedstocks. Under the markets created by the RFS, ethanol plants would be almost certain to obtain a premium for sweet sorghum ethanol compared to corn ethanol. The current level of that premium makes the pathway much more economical. However, according to the researchers the volatility of this market premium and the contentious political opposition to the RFS make this benefit risky, the report says.

Another consideration which could increase the potential of the sweet sorghum ethanol pathway, is an increase in yields. A separate $13.5 million multi-institutional research project led by Nebraska may provide the necessary yield increases. That effort aims to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production. "If the research efforts raise biomass yields by 20-30 percent, or shows that yields are actually 20-30 percent higher than our estimate, the benefits to both the producer and the ethanol plant would be sufficient to make adoption of sweet sorghum for ethanol a sustainable possibility," Prof. Richard Perrin, Jim Roberts Department of Agricultural Economics, said. (Source: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Prof. Richard Perrin, Jim Roberts Department of Agricultural Economics, (402) 472-9818, rperrin@unl.edu, www.unl.edu

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Lanzatech, TeslaGen Announce AI Collaboration (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech,TeselaGen
Date: 2018-01-26
San Francisco-based enterprise software developer TeslaGen Biotechnologies reports LanzaTech will license its cloud-based "informatics" solution to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities into its design process. It's hoped that the newly announced collaboration will extend waste-to-fuel specialists LanzaTech's biological design platform, in turn accelerating the design process.

LanzaTech's process uses patented microbes to convert carbon-rich wastes into renewable fuels and chemical products through gas fermentation. According to the company, the process can be applied to municipal waste, as well as wastes and residues from the steel, manufacturing, oil refining and chemical production industries.

TeselaGen's team of molecular biologists, computer scientists, physicists and engineers hail from the University of California, Stanford, Harvard, and both Catolica University and the University of Chile in Santiago, according to the company website. (Source: TeselaGen Website, Others, 24 Jan., 2018)Contact: TeselaGen Biotechnology, Mike Fero, CEO, www.teselagen.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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Growing Numbers of Refineries Seeking RFS Waivers (Reg & Leg)
RFS
Date: 2018-01-26
Following on our January 24th coverage -- Refiner PES Pins Bankruptcy on RFS Costs -- Reuters is reporting that 27 small -- under 75,000 bpd -- U.S. refineries are seeking waivers and exemptions from the US EPA Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) "point of obligation" blending regulations which they claim is costing them billions of dollars a year to fulfill.

The EPA has the authority to grant exemptions from the program to small capacity refineries if the company can demonstrate financial hardship. but the agency has been reluctant to do so in the past. In the four years ended in 2016, the agency reportedly granted a total of 29 small-refiner exemptions, according to data provided to Reuters by the EPA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. (Source: NASDAQ, Reuters, Others, 25 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  


Climate Change Concerns Vary by Region, Wealth, Education, says Vanderbilt Survey (Ind. Report)
Vanderbilt
Date: 2018-01-26
According to a new Insights report from Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), Latin American are far more concerned with climate change than their Canadian and American neighbours.

In responce to the survey question -- "If nothing is done to reduce climate change in the future, how serious of a problem do you think it will be for your country?"

The found concern was highest in Mexico and Central America, where 81.5 percent characterized climate change as a "very serious" problem while 10.4 pct said it as "somewhat serious." South America followed with 75 pct answering "very serious" and 15.2 pct saying "somewhat serious." In the Caribbean, 66.7 pct answered "very serious" and 21.9 pct said "somewhat serious."

In Canada and the U.S., just 39.6 pct said unchecked climate change was a "very serious" problem, while 35.4 pct considered it a "somewhat serious" issue.

In the Latin America and Caribbean region, the most significant predictors of climate change concern are education and worries about being affected by a natural disaster, though wealth also plays a role. Education increases concern for climate change nearly 11 pct, while worries about natural disasters increases that concern 8.3 pct. Wealth is also linked to increased climate change concern, raising it by 3.3 pct.

The findings confirmed the researchers' hypothesis that climate change is a much more partisan issue in the United States than it is anywhere else in the hemisphere. (Source: Vanderbilt University, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vanderbilt University Latin American Public Opinion Project, (615) 322-4033, www.vanderbilt.edu/lapop

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Twin-Blade Turbine Maker Seeks Bankruptcy Court Protection (Int'l)
Seawind Systems AS,
Date: 2018-01-26
Last week in Stavenger, Seawind Systems AS, a Norway-based manufacturer of two-bladed wind turbines, filed for bankruptcy court protection after failing to secure a key loan from Enova, a public enterprise in Norway. The loan was necessary to cover employee salaries and a €30 million, 6.2-MW wind farm demonstration project related expenses. (Source: Seawind Technology Inc., Renewables, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Seawind Technology, info@seawindtechnology.com, www.seawindtechnology.com, http://offshore-wind.no/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/26102017-Seawind-Systems-AS-Presentation-1.pd

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UMass awarded $1.1 Million to work with Tesla Energy to build Large Battery Storage System
University of Massachusetts,Tesla Energy
Date: 2018-01-25
n Dec. 7, a $1.1 million state grant was awarded to the University of Massachusetts by the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage Project to work with Tesla Energy to build a large battery at the Central Heating Plant on the west side of campus. The grant is part of a statewide project which aims to improve the energy storage market in Massachusetts, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Tesla Energy, with additional help from the UMass Campus Energy Extension, plans to build and design a one megawatt/four megawatt-hour lithium ion battery storage system to be built across the campus power plant, according to a press release from the University. The main goal of the project is to reduce the demand of high energy and costs on campus. the University used 140,558,629 kilowatts per hour of energy – an overall 10.5 percent increase from 2012. Currently, UMass obtains 15 megawatts of energy from cogeneration – the use of steam or other types of heat that is a by-product of electric power – at the Central Heating Plant and five megawatts from solar voltaic generation. One of the battery storage systems main functions is to reduce the need to purchase energy outside the power grid and balance constraints on the heating plant and solar arrays. The UMass Amherst Physical Plant plans to operate the battery system while UMass CEE will provide operations analysis and research support. The entirety of the project is estimated to take 15 years. In order to meet all of its research goals, Tesla Energy plans to provide $80,000 worth of education initiatives for staff and students such as paid internships, career mentorships, lectures and curriculum designed around solar and energy stronger. According the UMass website, the University has been able to reduce its carbon footprints by 27 percent since 2002. (Source: Tesla Energy, Massachusetts Daily Collegian, 24 Jan., 2019) Contact: Tesla Energy

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Transmission Upgrades and Expansion: Keys to Meeting Large Customer Demand for Renewable Energy -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Wind Energy Foundation
Date: 2018-01-24
Download Transmission Upgrades and Expansion: Keys to Meeting Large Customer Demand for Renewable Energy report HERE. (Source: Wind Energy Foundation, Newburgh Gazette, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Wind Energy Foundation, (202) 552-8105, www.windenergyfoundation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Energy Foundation,  


San Joaquin Valley Air District Funded to Cut Emissions (Funding)
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Date: 2018-01-24
In the Golden State, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it has granted the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District $88 million in funds from the the state's Cap-and-Trade program. Of the total grant, $80 million will be used to support programs that reduce emissions and fund the replacement of high polluting and emissions emitting school buses, trucks and other machinery with low- or zero-emission vehicles and equipment.

The CARB funds also will support the District's implementation of AB 617, which requires the state ARB and air districts to come up with additional plans to report, monitor and reduce emissions. (Source: CARB, Bakersfield.com, 232 Jan., 2018)Contact: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, www.valleyair.org; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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