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Cosan Juggling Cane Production Between Sugar, Biofuel (Int'l)
Cosan,Raízen Energia
Date: 2017-08-21
In Brazil, Cosan SA reports it expects a better financial return on Brazilian ethanol sales than sugar sales and could adjust sugar and ethanol production accordingly if biofuel prices continue to rise. Cosan is also reportedly seeking acquisitions following the purchase of two sugar and ethanol plants from Tonon Bioenergia SA.

Cosan is a public listed Brazilian conglomerate producer of bioethanol, sugar, energy and foods. The company operates in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and the UK.

In related news, Sao Paulo-based Raizen Energia, a 50-50 JV between Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, reports it has earmarked 57 pct of cane production for sugar production but decreased sugar hedging for the year. (Source: Cosan, Raizen Energia, Biofuels Digest, Others, August 12, 2017) Contact: Raizen Energia, +55 (21) 2145-9000,,; Cosan,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cosan,  Ethanol,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Raízen Energia,  

EDL Acquires Granger's U.S. Landfill Gas-to-Energy Business (M&A)
Energy Developments Limited ,Granger Energy Services
Date: 2017-08-21
Hong Kong-headquartered CK Infrastructure (CKI) on Monday reports that a member company of its Australian businesses, Brisbane-based Energy Developments Limited (EDL) has completed the acquisition of Granger Energy Services , the US operator of 16 landfill gas-to-energy sites totaling 85MWe (megawatts electric).

The transaction increases EDL's North American landfill gas to energy operations from 12 to 28 sites, and increases EDL's North American assets to 204MWe, making EDL one of the top three landfill gas to energy business in North America. EDL is currently the largest producer of clean energy from landfill gas in Australia. (Source: Energy Developments Limited , CK Infrastructure, Xinhua, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Energy Developments Ltd., +61 7 3275 5555,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas-yo-Energy,  Landfill Gas,  ,  

UND Awarded $2.75Mn for Continuing Rare Earths Study (Funding)
University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies
Date: 2017-08-21
The University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies in Grand Forks is reporting receipt of $2.75 million in US DOE funding to move to the second phase of research aimed at advanced recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts.

UND was one of four projects chosen nationwide to move forward to the second phase. According to DOE, these federal funds will be used to research the use of North Dakota subbituminous lignite coal and coal-related material as feedstock to test its REE recovery system. The project will also recover other materials from the lignite feedstock to produce one or more value-added products. The project is expected to be completed in 2020. (Source: University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies, Bowman County Pioneer, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies, (701) 777-3000,,

New Zealand Super Fund Shifts to Low Carbon Investments (Int'l)
New Zealand Super Fund
Date: 2017-08-21
Reporting from Aukland, the NZ$35 billion ($25.6 billion) New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super Fund) has announced that its NZ$14 billion global passive equity portfolio has been moved into low-carbon investments and thus cut the Fund's overall carbon footprint.

The move is part of the Fund management's strategy to address climate change investment risk. As of June 30, the Fund's total carbon emissions intensity is 19.6 pct lower, and its exposure to carbon reserves is 21.5 pct lower, than if the changes had not been made.

The low-carbon portfolio is based on a carbon measurement methodology for listed equities developed by the fund's trustees in concert with MSCI ESG Research which provided independent carbon data and company ratings. The fund is also advancing other climate change strategies including incorporating climate change risk into its investment analysis, engaging with portfolio companies to promote better risk management, and identifying new investment opportunities from the global transition to a low-carbon economy. (Source: NZ Super Fund, NZ Chief Investment Officer, 18 Aug., 2017) Contact: NZ Super Fund, Adrian Orr, CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low Carbon Energy,  

110 Bn Tree "Trump Forest" Touted to Fight Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2017-08-21
It is being widely reported that growing resistance to the Trump administration's rollback of U.S. climate policy is literally taking root worldwide under the guise of the "Trump Forest" project. The project is being driven by New Zealand climate scientist Dr. Daniel Price, ex-journalist Adrien Taylor, and political scientist Jeff Willis.

The Trump Forest project project aims to plant 110 billion trees which would cover an area larger than the State of Kentucky, to offset the carbon emissions created by the Trump administration's climate regression, from repealing the Clean Power Plan to withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

"The project rests on a simple idea: to soak up excess carbon emissions created by the Trump administration's rollback of climate policies and devotion to fossil fuels, plant something that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (Source: ThinkProgress, Various Others18 Aug., 2017)

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

Ameresco, BlueWave Complete Mass. Solar Farms (Ind. Report)
Ameresco,Blue Wave Solar
Date: 2017-08-21
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc., Boston-based Blue Wave and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts are reporting completion of five solar arrays in Hopedale and Mendon, Mass. next month. Blue Cross Blue Shield will purchase 2.6 megawatts of net metering credits from the five community solar projects which have a combined 6.9 MW of renewable energy.

When fully operational, the five projects will increase the states community solar power by about 13 pct and cut carbon emissions by approximately 6,300 metric tpy. (Source: Ameresco,, Aug 18, 2017) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264,; Blue Wave Solar, (844) 786-4100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Solar,  Community Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

Tharaldson Ethanol Scores $340,000 for Expansion (Funding)
Tharaldson Ethanol,USDA Office of Rural Development
Date: 2017-08-21
The USDA Office of Rural Development reports it has awarded $341,000 in grant funding to the 153 million gpy Tharaldson Ethanol Plant in Casselton, North Dakota, to support the plant's expansion of with the addition of a new fermenter and cooling tower cell.

The USDA rural development grant program is intended to support the use of renewable energy and greater energy efficiency. (Source: USDA, Inforum, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: Tharaldson Ethanol, (701) 347-4000,; USDA Office of Rural Development,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tharaldson Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

Didion Ethanol Plant Back in Operation (Ind. Report)
Didion Ethanol
Date: 2017-08-21
Further to out August 8th report, Cambria, Wisconsin-based Didion Ethanol L.L.C., a subsidiary of Didion Milling, Inc., which earlier this month restarted operations at its ethanol plant reports it is now accepting corn from area farmers at its grain elevator operations.

The company's operations had been suspended for several months following an explosion at the company’s main corn milling facility on May 31. (Source: Didion Ethanol , Baking News, Aug. 18, 2017) Contact: Didion Ethanol, Derrick Clark, VP Operations, (920) 348-5868,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Didion Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

Fage Yogurt Acts Over Ethanol Plant Inaction (Ind. Report)
Johnstown Renewables
Date: 2017-08-21
In the complaint filed August 1, 2017, in Fulton County Supreme Court, Johnstown, New York-based yogurt maker Fage USA Dairy Industry is suing Johnstown Renewables LLC for not living up to a supply and purchase agreement Fage signed July 1, 2015, with New Age Renewable Energy (NARE) later assigned the deal to Johnstown Renewables.

The original contract called for Johnstown Renewables LLC to construct a plant that would process acidic whey -- a yogurt production byproduct -- from Fage's plant into industrial ethanol and farm feed. The plant was to cost $12.43 million and it received commitments of $3.4 million in state and federal grants. Fage is seeking not less than $20 million in damages. (Source: Daily Gazette News, 18 Aug., 2017) Contact: Fage Yogurt, (866) 962-5912,; New Age Renewable Energy, Emma Inker, (307) 632-3333, Johnstown Renewables LLC, (914) 345-1400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  

Mortenson Contracted for MidAmerican's Beaver Creek Iowa Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Mortenson Construction,MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-08-21
Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Company has selected Mortenson Construction to build its 170MW Beaver Creek wind farm in Greene and Boone counties near Grand Junction, Iowa. As part of MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI expansion project, the Beaver Creek wind farm will incorporate 85 Vestas turbines generating 168 MW of power and is expected to be operational before the year end. (Source: Mortenson, powertechnology, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy,; Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energ Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mortenson Construction,  MidAmerican Energy,  

Nothland Power's Deutsche Bucht Offshore Wind Project Reaches Financial Closure (Ind. Report)
Northland Power
Date: 2017-08-21
Toronto-headquartered Northland Power Inc. reports that its wholly owned 252 MW €1.3 billion Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) offshore wind project in the German North Sea has reached financial close with investors and lenders. Approximately three-quarters of the project's required costs will be provided from a €988 million non-recourse construction and term loan and related loan facilities from ten international commercial lenders.

DeBu, Northland's third offshore wind project, is expected to generate sufficient energy for more than 178,000 households and reduce C02 emissions by over 360,000 tpy. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will supply and install 31 V164 8.0 MW wind turbines for the project which is slated to get underway soon. (Source: Northland Power, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Northland Power, (416) 962-6262,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Northland Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

EDP, Cummins Ink Wind Virtual Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
Cummins Inc., EDP Renewables North America
Date: 2017-08-21
Columbus, Ohio-based heavy-duty engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. reports it has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables North America to add 75 MW of capacity to the 600-megawatt Meadow Lake Wind Farm in Chalmers, north of Lafayette, Indiana.

In a virtual power purchase agreement, the wind farm owner sells the power into the broad power markets that feed the regional electric grid. (Source: Cummins, Seymour Tribune, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: Cummins, Brian Mormino, (614) 771-1000, /; EDP Renewables North America,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables North America,  Wind,  

Roeslein's Missouri Biogas Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Roeslein Alternative Energy
Date: 2017-08-21
In the Show Me State, St. Louis-headquartered Roeslein Alternative Energy reports nine farms in Missouri have been selected selected to produce biogas for Roeslein's planned $120 million anaerobic digestion plant just north of Albany, Missouri.

Smithfield Hog Production in north Missouri is partnering with Roeslein on the biogas plant to be constructed in 1,000 acres in Harrison County . The site is being provided by the Nature Conservancy . Duke Energy in North Carolina is contracted to purchase part of the processed fuel to assist in realizing clean energy standards for power generation. (Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, NewsPress, Aug., 2017) Contact: Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Roeslein Alternative Energy,  Biogas,  Methane,  anaerobic digestion ,  Biogas,  

Masdar Plans First GCC Commercial-Scale Wind Farm in Oman (Int'l)
Date: 2017-08-21
Abu Dhabi-headquartered renewable energy company Masdar reports it has inked an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with a global consortium to build the Dhofar wind power project in Oman. GE will lead the EPC consortium and provide 13 units of its 3.8MW wind turbines, TSK will construct the balance of the project which is the first large-scale wind farm set to be developed in the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC member countries ( United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, and Yemen). The 50MW project is being funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). (Source: Masdar, Gulf Business, 20 Aug., 2017) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, +971 2 810 9238, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Masdar,  

NATO Funds Serbian Algae Biofuel R&D (Ind. Report, Int'l R&D)
NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme
Date: 2017-08-21
The NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme reports it is supporting eitht Serbian scientists' three-year research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The project is being carried out at the Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Belgrade, in cooperation with Manchester University in the UK and Baylor University in Texas. (Source: NATO, PR, 18 Aug., 2017) Contact: NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme,; Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Belgrade,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuel,  

Whirlpool Wins LEED Green Building Certifications (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-21
Benton Harbor, Michigan-headquartered Whirlpool Corporation reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED® Certification for two of its recent building projects. The company's North American HQ Riverview Campus won LEED Gold certification for Phase 3 of its development, and the Global Headquarters building scored LEED Silver certification. These are Whirlpool's 14th and 15th LEED-certified projects totaling more than 9.4 million square-feet since 2009.

Energy efficient features include; ultra low-flow washroom fixtures and faucets to reduce water usage; a central heating and cooling plant with a building management system; high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting; extensive green space; waste recycling; facilites to encourage low carbon transportation, and other initiatives. alternative transportation (Source: Whirlpool Corporation, PR, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,; Whirlpool Corp., (292) 923-5000,

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

Tenn. Counties Awarded Energy Efficiency Grant Funding (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-08-21
Grundy, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie Counties in the Chattanooga, Tennessee region have received over $530,365 in energy efficiency and clean energy grant funding from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Clean Tennessee Energy Grant program. The program provides financial assistance to municipal and county governments, utility districts and other entities created by state statute. Funding comes from a 2011, $26.4 million Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Grundy County will use its grant funds for efficiency upgrades, LED lighting and on/off energy sensors. Marion County will upgrade lighting to LEDs, install a new closed-circuit cooler and new Energy Star rated windows. Rhea County will get upgraded lighting and install new synthetic, reflective roofing, while Sequatchie County will upgrade to LED lighting in the Sequatchie County Justice Center, county courthouse and health department to save an estimated $42,645 a year. (Source: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Times Free Press, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  

AI Building Efficiency Simulation Project Funded (Int'l)
Arbn Consult
Date: 2017-08-21
In the UK, Arbn Consult, formerly CO2 Estates, reports it is partnering with Strathclyde University to explore how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be combined with data to create more accurate and robust simulations..

The nine-month project will be focused on the Arbn Consult platform software which provides the ability to quickly and accurately assess the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of a commercial property, producing custom, fully costed retrofit packages for delivering improvements in energy performance. Funding for the project has been awarded by The Data Lab

As well as making the platform more scalable and robust, it is hoped that the project will make energy efficiency improvements accessible for more users. For example, a facilities manager may not have as much knowledge in this subject as an energy assessor, but the machine learning will guide them through the process and potential options, offering suggestions they may not have thought of. (Source: Arbn Consult, FutureScot, Arbn Consult, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Arbn Consult,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Software,  Building Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  

Notable Quotes -- Energy Efficiency

Date: 2017-08-21
"Federal investments in energy efficiency have reaped huge returns for taxpayers, driving private sector investment, lowering energy bills, creating jobs and improving the environment. For these reasons, federal investment in energy efficiency has enjoyed broad bipartisan support in the Congress and the executive branch for decades.

"Cutting funding to U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs, as has been suggested by the (Trump) administration, moves us in the wrong direction. Continued and aggressive federal energy efficiency programs at DOE are critical to driving U.S. economic growth." -- Kateri Callahan, Pres., Alliance to Save Energy in testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

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

Kontrol Energy Completes Efficiency Engineering Purchase (M&A)
Kontrol Energy
Date: 2017-08-18
In Toronto, Kontrol Energy Corp. reports it has completed the $2.230 million acquisition of Cambridge, Ontario-headquartered Efficiency Engineering Inc. EE Inc., a provider of detailed energy efficiency analysis, energy audits, management of facility system solutions, electrical and mechanical design and energy conservation studies

Kontrol Energy Corp. offers market-based energy solutions designed to reduce overall energy costs while providing a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. (Source: Kontrol Energy Corp. , Aug., 2017) Contact: Kontrol Energy Corp., Paul Ghezzi, CEO, (905) 766-0400,,; Efficiency Engineering, (519) 624-9965,

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

Royal Schiphol Aviation Group, Eneco Seal Clean Energy Deal (Int'l)
Royal Schiphol Group, Eneco Group
Date: 2017-08-18
In the Netherlands, the Royal Schiphol Aviation Group reports it has sealed a 200 GWh per year, 15-year clean energy deal with Rotterdam-based energy provider Eneco. Under the terms of the agreement Enerco will supply Schiphol's Dutch airport contracts with sustainable energy beginning 1 January 2018.

Under the terms of the contract the Rotterdam, Hague Eindhoven , and Lelystad Airports will be running on wind energy generated in the Netherlands by 2020. (Source: Royal Schiphol Group, Climate Action UN, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Royal Schiphol Group, +31 20 794 0800,; Eneco Group, Jeroen de Haas, CEO, +31 (0)88-895 1111,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind ,  

Vestas Scores 123 Wind Turbine Mexican Order (Int'l Report)
Vestas, Zuma Energia
Date: 2017-08-18
Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for 123 units of its V136-3.45 MW turbines from Zuma Energia for installation at Mexico's largest wind farm -- the Reynosa III project in Tamaulipas. The 424 MW wind farm contract includes supply, installation, commissioning and a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreement. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in late 2017 with commissioning expected in 2018.

Established in 2014, Zuma Energia is financially backed by Actis and Mesoamerica. (Source: Vestas, Environmental Protection, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, US/Canada Pres., +45 97 30 00 00,; Zuma Energia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Zuma Energia,  

JUPITER BACH Expanding Wind Turbine Components Plant (Int'l)
Jupiter Bach
Date: 2017-08-18
Denmark-headquartered JUPITAR BACH reports it is expanding its 6,000 sq-meter manufacturing facility in Poland. The enlarged facility is slated to be completed in early November 2017.

The company, which was recently formed by the merger of the Danish wind energy specialists Jupiter and Bach,operates eight production facilities worldwide in Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Spain, China and the USA. (Source: Jupiter Bach,, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Jupiter Bach,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Jupiter Bach,  Wind Turbine,  

Duke Energy Carolinas Issues Wind Capacity RFP (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2017-08-18
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Duke Energy reports it has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to increase its wind energy capacity by the end of 2022. The RFP process is "flexible" and open to existing or new wind generation facilities to deliver up to 500 megawatts of capacity to its transmission system, according to Duke Energy.

Duke Energy Carolinas owns 35 solar facilities in the region, but does not currently purchase wind capacity. The addition would allow Duke Energy to comply with North Carolina's 2007 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard that mandates companies to add up to 12.5 pct of its energy needs through "renewable energy resources or energy efficiency measures" by 2021 and beyond. (Source: Duke Energy, Ashville Citizen Journal, Coastal Review, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200,,

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

AGL Launches Rooftop Solar Monitoring Service (Ind. Report)
AGL Energy
Date: 2017-08-18
In the Land Down Under, AGL Energy is offering households with rooftop solar systems Solar Command Check, a free service to help customers with digital meters protect potential savings by monitoring their systems.

Solar Command Check alerts registered customers if it detects a potential problem with their PV systems. Solar Command Check is available to customers on a solar tariff with AGL, a smart meter with more than 30 days of data, who are registered for My Account on the AGL website, have no solar battery and are not already subscribed to our subscription-based Solar Command monitoring service.

AGL Energy is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies providing electricity, gas, solar and renewable energy services to Australian homes and businesses. (Source: AGL, PR, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar ,  Solar,  AGL Energy,  

Toronto Installs PV Solar Systems in Ward 32 (Ind. Report)
City of Toronto,Toronto Renewable Energy Office
Date: 2017-08-18
The Ontario City of Toronto reports the recent installation of two solar PV systems in Ward 32 -- Beaches-East York.

A 488-panel, 130 KW system, is connected to the Toronto Hydro electrical grid, and a 10 kilowatt, 28- panel system is installed at the Danforth/Coxwell Library and connected to the grid. The Toronto Renewable Energy Office’s Environment and Energy Division, which has the mandate of installing renewable energy systems on all City buildings, where feasible, by 2020, is behind the projects. The City will be receiving revenue from the sale of the electricity generated by the systems for a period of 20 years via the province’s Feed-in Tariff program. (Source: Toronto Renewable Energy Office, Inside Toronto, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Toronto Renewable Energy Office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

Duke Acquires Invenergy's Shoreham Solar Commons Project (M&A)
Duke Energy Renewables,Invenergy
Date: 2017-08-18
Duke Energy Renewables is reporting the acquisition of Invenergy's 24.9MW Shoreham Solar Commons PV project which is under construction on a former golf course near Brookhaven, Long Island, New York.

The project is slated for completion and commissioning in Q2, 2018 and has a 20-year power-purchase agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, RE News, Others, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Shoreham Solar Commons,; Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400,; LIFA, Tom Falcone, CEO, (631) 755-6900,; Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LIPA,  Duke Energy Renewables,  Invenergy,  

Phoenix Expects $22Mn in LED Upgrade Savings (Ind. Report)
city of Phoenix
Date: 2017-08-18
The city of Phoenix reports its initiative to replace all city parks lighting and 90,000 street lights with LED bulbs is underway. The program is intended to cut city lighting energy consumption and minimize future street light maintenance for an s expected savings of approximately $22 million through to 2030. (Source: City of Phoenix, 15 Aug., 2017 Contact: City of Phoenix, (602) 262-4970,,

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

Cellufuel's Biofuels Plans in Doubt (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-18
Halifax-headquartered biofuel startup Cellufuel has apparently mothballed its planned woody biomass-to-renewable diesel fuel operation at the shuttered Bowater Mersey pulp and paper mill in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia. The plan called for an initial production of 1.3 million lpy of renewable diesel.

Cellufuel initially raised $270,000 from provincial venture capital agency Innovacorp and $2 million in clean tech funding from the Canadian federal government as well as a $500,000 loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Private sector investors includ Ontario-based Tatro Group, a trucking firm Montreal renewable energy firm Boralex. (Source: Cellufuel, Chronicle Herald, 15 Aug., 2017)Contact: Cellufuel Inc., Chris Hooper, Pres., (800) 893-2708,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellufuel,  Biofuel,  

POET's Marion Ohio Biorefinery Expansion Underway (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-18
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based POET Biorefining, the world's largest biofuels producer, reports it has broken ground on the $120 million, 80 million gpy expansion of its 70 million gpy ethanol plant in Marion, Ohio. The expansion will also up dried distillers grains (DDGs) from the current 178,000 tpy to 360,000 tpy. The project is slated for completion in Q3, 2018. (Source: POET , Various Media, 15 Aug., 2017)Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

Swiss, EU Emissions Trading Systems Agree to Link (Int'l)
EU ETS,European Union
Date: 2017-08-18
Meeting in Bern, the Swiss cabinet has approved a deal with the European Union-European Commission that would link the carbon emissions trading -- cap-and-trade -- systems of Switzerland with the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The deal could be signed by the end of the year but would not be expected to take effect before 2019.

The EU trading system includes approximately 11,000 stationary installations that emit around 2 billion tpy of CO2.

The Swiss system caps the amount of emissions that can be emitted at 5.63 million tpy of CO2 for 2013 and must reduced by 1.74 pct every year, based on the amount defined for 2010. The Swiss cap is meant to be 4.91 million tonnes in 2020, which would provide for a reduction of 13 pct compared to 2013. The 54 "heavy emitter" companies in the Swiss emissions trading system emit a combined total of about 5.5 million tpy of CO2. (Source:, Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  EU ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  

Aviation Accounts for 5 pct of Norwegian CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
Date: 2017-08-18
In Oslo, according to the Norwegian state-owned airport operator Avinor AS Aviation accounts for 5 pct of CO2 emissions in Norway. The agency says it is working with the various airlines that service Norwegian airports to develop more fuel efficient aircraft, introduce jet biofuel and eventually electric aircraft to help cut emissions and address climate change. (Source: Avinor, PR, Aug., 2017) Contact: Avinor, Dag Falk-Petersen, CEO,

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

Molson Coors Raises Emissions, Sustainability Targets (Ind. Report)
Molson Coors
Date: 2017-08-18
North American beer brewer Molson Coors reports it plans to cut its global carbon emissions by half and achieve zero waste across its major manufacturing sites by 2025. The commitment is part of the brewery giant's just released Beer Print 2025 sustainability strategy.

The company aims to cut carbon emissions from its direct operations by 50 pct from 2016 levels, reduce its supply chain emissions by 20 pct, improve water efficiency at its breweries worldwide by 22 pct between 2016 and 2025, and source 100 pct of its barley and hops from growers and suppliers that comply with its sustainability standards by 2025. (Source: Molson Coors, Business Green, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: Molson Coors,

SnoPUD Pilot Increases Com. Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-08-18
In Washington State, the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) and MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, Inc. have developed an Energy Savings Purchasing Program (ESPP), an initiative that elevates the ease of energy efficiency for commercial customers.

With no upfront costs, the program aims to eliminate wasted energy consumption and promote long-term energy savings and maximize building operating efficiency, while helping SnoPUD achieve its conservation target of 5 million kWh per year. The ESPP details are available at (Source: SnoPUD, Aug., 2017) Contact: MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions,,; SnoPUD, (425) 783-1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  SnoPUD,  

World's Largest "Green" Data Center Planned for Norway (Int'l)

Date: 2017-08-18
Startup Kolos reports it plans to construct a "green" data center in the town of Ballangen, within the Norwegian Arctic Circle. The four-story, 600,000 sq/meter complex will use chilled air and local hydropower to help keep energy costs down. The data center will initially consume 70 MW of power but is expected to expand to 1,000 MW within 10 years. The project, which will be the largest green data center in the world, is expected to break ground late in 2018.

Kolos recently raised "several million dollars" from a Series A funding round involving Norwegian investors and is now working with an unidenditfied US investment bank to secure the necessary remaining funds, according to the company. (Source: Kolos, BBC, ITPro, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Kolos, Havard Lillebo, CEO ,,

Trump Trumps Obama Climate Change Impact Rules (Reg & Leg)
Climate CHange
Date: 2017-08-18
In yet another executive order from the White House, U.S. Pres. "The Donald" Trump has revoked an Obama-era executive order requiring infrastructure projects to consider the project's possible impact on climate impacts during the planning stage.

The Trump order establishes a two-year deadline for major infrastructure plan permits and introduces a "one Federal decision" protocol to ensure one agency leads the permitting process, even if other agencies are required for environmental reviews.

The Obama order was intended to reduce US exposure to expected climate change related increases in sea level, droughts and floods over the coming century and was widely applauded by environmentalists and infrastructure experts. (Source: Various Media, Business Green, 16 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Trump ,  

Aussie Big Coal Pumps $225Mn into Clean Coal R&D (Int'l, R&D)
Australia Minerals Council
Date: 2017-08-18
In the Land Down Under, the Australian black coal industry reports it will extend its Coal21 Fund for another ten years and invest an addition $255 million in the fund to further clean coal R&D.

Coal21, which was established in 2006 by the Australian Coal Association now merged into the Minerals Council of Australia, has to date invested $300 million in cleaner coal projects, including carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) initiatives at the Queensland Callide power plant in Victoria's Otway Basin.

The Coal21 Fund has also received $550m from the Australian and state governments and coal related industry. The fund is primarily financed by a levy on coal production at Australia's thermal and coking coal mines. Major players include Glencore, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Peabody Energy. (Source: Minerals Council of Australia, The Australian, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Australia Minerals Council of Australia , +61 2 6233 0600,

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BC Hydro Touts Powerley Energy Bridge Pilot (Ind. Report)
BC Hydro
Date: 2017-08-18
In British Columbia, the BC Hydro utility is reporting the pilot launch of its Powerley Energy Bridge platform to households equipped with smart (AMI) meters. The residential energy management program aims to elevate energy efficiencies and customer engagement through a BC Hydro branded experience called HydroHome.

With the Powerly Energy Bridge program, BC Hydro pilot customers can use their smart phone to manage home energy and smart home devices through the HydroHome app. With a constant connection to the home's smart meter, the Powerley Energy Bridge enables real-time access in energy usage for the home as well as disaggregation into various appliances.

The Powerley Energy Bridge acts as a smart home hub, allowing control and automation of thermostats, power outlets, light switches, sensors and other smart devices. The Powerley platform also allows utilities secure access to analyze behavioral data, execute advanced demand response programs, manage program logistics and capture energy usage insights. (Source: BC Hydro, EL&P, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: BC Hydro, Tim Mosley, Senior Program Manager,,

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CEFC Investing in Wattwatchers (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Wattwatchers ,Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Date: 2017-08-18
In Australia, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) reports it is investing $2 million in Sydney, NSW-based clean-tech company Wattwatchers to help develop Wattwatchers' power-measuring system. The system tracks real-time energy consumption enabling consumers to better control of their power consumption.

The Wattwatchers system works with various cloud-hosted management interfaces and a wide range of software, and can be used across Australian residential, commercial, industrial and utility services. (Source: Energy Matters, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: CEFC, Ian Learmonth, CEO, Blair Pritchard, Dir. Investment Development, 1300 002 332,,; Wattwatchers, +61 2 8316 7540,,

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Targray Launches New Biodiesel Retailing Program (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-18
Biofuels Marketer Targray is touting the launch of its 24/7 biodiesel solution for convenience stores and fuel retailers. The program enables both chains and independently owned c-stores and fuel retailers to achieve a positive return on investment from their first Biodiesel order. Typical savings range anywhere from 3c to 10c per gallon of fuel sold, depending on regional market conditions and federal and state program eligibility.

Targray is a multinational renewable commodities company that develops commercial solutions for 4 major industries: Battery & Energy Storage, Solar Photovoltaics, Biofuels, and Optical Media. As one of North America's leading biodiesel suppliers, Targray operates one of the industry's largest dedicated rail fleets and over 40 supply terminal tanks nationwide. from coast to coast. (Source: Targray, Newswire, DigitalJournal, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Targray,

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INL Investigating Alfalfa's Biofuel Potential (Ind. Report)
Idaho National Laboratories Biomass Feedstock National User Facility
Date: 2017-08-18
. Researchers at the US DOE's Idaho National Laboratories Biomass Feedstock National User Facility (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho, have been studying the benefits of contaminated, pelleted alfalfa use as a combustible fuel in coal-fueled plants.

The INL team monitored the air to determine if bromide was released at any point when alfalfa is processed into fuel. Researchers found bromide was only released during an emergency procedure in the pelletizing process. Burning the produced fuel also yielded no bromide to the air. It stayed in the ash, which can then be used to produce cement.

Although alfalfa can burn as a fuel, there's still work to be done as alfalfa fuel tends to "foul" burning chambers, leaving a material not unlike creosote caked in a home chimney. (Source: INL, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, Crop Biotech Update, Aug., 2017) Contact: Idaho National Laboratories Biomass Feedstock National User Facility, (866) 495-7740,

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Novozymes Reports Rising Bioenergy Division Sales (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-18
Following-up on our April 28th coverage, in its recently released Q2 report, Copenhagen-headquartered bioscience giant Novozymes reports increased yeast for ethanol production and bioenergy division sales during the first half of 2017 grew by 7 pct organically, and by 9 pct in Danish krones (DKK) when compared to the same period in 2016.

According to the report, Novozymes' bioenergy division generated 18 pct of company's sales during the first six months of 2017. The company currently supplies enzymes to five biomass conversion facilities. (Source: Novozymes, Various Media, Aug., 2017) Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926,

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TRIG Purchases 20-MW Scottish Energy Storage Project (Int'l, M&A)
THE Renewable Infrastructure Group
Date: 2017-08-16
In the UK, London-listed THE Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd is reporting acquisition of Renewable Energy Systems' (RES) 20-MW Broxburn battery energy storage project in Scotland for a total cost of £20 million ($26 million). The transaction will be financed from cash resources and a draw-down of the group's revolving acquisition facility.

The RES battery energy storage project is currently under construction in West Lothian and is slated for commissioning early next year. The system has a bilateral contract with National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc to provide dynamic, two-way grid balancing services. This is TRIG's first energy storage project. (Source: THE Renewable Infrastructure Group, Renewables Now, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: THE Renewable Infrastructure Group,

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CleanFund Touts First Colorado C-PACE Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-16
in San Francisco, CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc. the leading direct provider of commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, is reporting completion of their first transaction in Colorado opening up a new source of energy efficiency, solar and other building improvements financing statewide.

For the company's first project in Colorado, CleanFund partnered with Energesco Solutions, and provided $296,000 to retrofit that included LED lighting, a new HVAC and control system and a roof-mounted solar array on an existing 9,616 square-foot suburban office building in Boulder.

CleanFund worked with the Colorado New Energy Improvement District, the program sponsor, and Sustainable Real Estate Solutions (SRS), which administers the Colorado C-PACE program, to complete the transaction. (Source: CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, PR, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Joshua Kagan, Vice President of Business Development,

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Rhode Island Legislation Encourages Renewable Energy (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-08-16
In Providence, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo (D) has signed into a law a 10 year extension of the renewable energy growth program -- H 5274A and S 112A -- adding 400 MW of solar and wind capacity between 2020 and 2029. Other legislation passed into law streamlines the permitting process for solar power projects and for connecting renewable energy installations to the grid.

The governor also approved legislation allowing farmers to build renewable energy projects on their land on the proviso that the project covers no more than 20 pct of total acreage. The state's renewable portfolio standard calls for 38.5 pct renewables energy by 2035. (Source: Various Media, Utility Dive, 10 August, 2017)

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Senvion Installs Low-Speed Turbine Prototype (New Prod & Tech)
Senvion,Notus Energy
Date: 2017-08-16
German wind turbine maker Senvion SA is reporting the first installation of its 3.4M140 model wind turbine prototype wind turbine at Notus Energy Group's project in the municipality of Heckelberg-Brunow in Brandenburg, northeastern Germany.

The 3.4M140 turbine with hub heights of 110 and 130 meters, is specifically designed for low wind conditions, such as forested and mountainous areas. Serial production of the 3.4M140 is slated to get underway before the year end, according to a company release. (Source: Senvion, Renewables Now, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Notus Energy, +49 331 620 4340,; : Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,

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UFOP Calls for Increased EU Biodiesel Bland Rate (Int'l)
German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants
Date: 2017-08-16
In Germany, the German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) reports that German biodiesel consumption is slumping in Germany and that increases in the country's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements have failed to prevent the slide. In Jan. 2017, the GHG reduction requirement increased from 3.5 pct to 4 pct while diesel consumption rose to 15 million tonnes from 14.15 million tonnes in 2016. Despite this, biodiesel consumption has fallen once again from 0.912 million tonnes to 0.848 million tonnes.

According to UFOP, the GHG reduction requirement is, in principle, the right way to increase raw materials and cost efficiency with sustainably produced biofuels. For that reason, the association claims the same quota should be introduced throughout the EU from 2021, and is calling on EU policy-makers to align GHG reduction requirement to increase the diesel--biodiesel bland rate to 7 pct by volume. (Source: UFOP, Aug, 2017) Contact: UFOP,

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Energyra Plans Netherlands Solar Module Plant (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-08-16
Ducth solar company Energyra is reporting plans to construct a 100-MW PV module factory in Zaanstad, North Holland, at an expected cost of €21 million. The province of North Holland will support the project with a €3 million investment. The new plant is expected to begin production in Q1, 2018.

Energyra's no-busbar polycrystalline 60-cell solar "Pandora" module delivers efficiency of over 18.5 pct and has a power range of 265 W to 285 W, according to the company. The Pandora module is based on a nanocoated anti-reflective, high transmission glass, patented MWT technology and an aluminium/copper backside barrier.

Energyra's 60-cell monocrystalline "Medusa" module offers an efficiency of around 20 pct and is based on the same technology of the Pandora series, and has a power range of 290 W to 310 W. Energyra is planning to start manufacturing activities at the factory in the first quarter of 2018. (Source: Energyra, PV Mag., August 15, 2017)Contact: Energyra, +31 (0) 251 655 569,,

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Wind Coming Up in Minnesota (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Commerce Commission
Date: 2017-08-16
According to the US DOE, wind energy accounts for approximately 18 pct of all electricity generated in Minnesota which currently ranks seventh in the nation in terms of wind energy capacity.

In 2016, the state's wind farms generated sufficient electricity to power 150,000 average homes at a cost that is competitive with natural gas and other forms of energy, according to Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. (Source: US DOE, MPR, Hydrogen Fuel News, Aug., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Commerce Commission, Mike Rothman, (651) 539-1600,

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CEI HQ Wins LEED Platinum for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Coastal Enterprises Inc,USGBC
Date: 2017-08-16
Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI) reports that its new headquarters in Brunswick, Maine has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for commercial building energy-efficiency and sustainability.

The CEI building energy efficiency features include energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and mechanical systems, insulation, and a rooftop solar array that generate more than half of the buildings electric power. The CEI headquarters is the sixth new commercial project in Maine to receive a LEED platinum designation. (Source: Coastal Enterprises Inc., Portland Press, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Coastal Enterprises Inc., (207) 504-5900,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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