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$1.9Mn TN. Energy Efficiency, Clean Air Funding Announced (Funding)

Date: 2017-08-16
In Nashville, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that 24 communities in 11 distressed East Tennessee counties will share $1.9 million in funding for energy efficiency and other improvements to public facilities. Funding comes from a 2011 $26.4 million Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. The list of project grants range from $19,095 to $232,810. (Source: Knoxville News Sentinal, 14 Aug., 2017)

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


OK County Considers OG&E Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
CLEAResult,Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Date: 2017-08-16
In the Sooner State, the Carter County commission reports it is considering participation in Oklahoma Gas and Electric's (OG&E) Schools and Government Energy Efficiency Program for energy efficiency upgrades performed by CLEAResult to county buildings.

Under the OG&E Schools and Government Efficiency Program, the utility provides incentive funding for energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits based on the measures that the organization chooses. These incentives can cover up to 90 pct of the cost of purchasing and installing equipment. (Source: Carter County Commission, Daily Ardmoriete, 13 Aug., 2017)Contact: Carter County Commission, (580) 223-8414, www.cartercountyok.us; CLEAResult, Michele Negley, VP, (512) 327-9200, www.clearesult.com; Oklahoma Gas & Electric, (405) 553-3000, www.oge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEAResult,  Oklahoma Gas & Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


Mass. GHG Emissions, Climate Change Strategy Released (Reg & Leg)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2017-08-16
The Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), in accordance with Governor Charlie Baker's Executive Order 569 -- An Order Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth -- has issued final regulations that build upon the Bay State's efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protect communities, residents, and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

The regulations are intended to ensure the Commonwealth achieves the greenhouse gas emissions limits for 2020, required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The final regulations lay out an approach to reduce GHG emissions from multiple sectors to 25 pct below 1990 emissions levels and an 80 pct reduction by 2050.

The regulations address CO2 emissions; reducing methane emissions from natural gas distribution mains and services; increasing clean energy through the development of a clean energy sandard; reducing CO2 missions from electric power plants; cutting sulfur hexafluoride emissions from gas-insulated switchgear; and others.

The Executive Order also directs the state to begin planning for climate change adaptation and working with communities statewide state to assess vulnerability and build resiliency to address climate change impacts.

Access the MassDEP final rules HERE. (Source: Mass DEP, Aug., 2017) Contact: MassDEP, Martin Suuberg, Dir., (617) 292-5500, www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/about

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Energy Consumption, Emissions Cutbacks Require Consumer Behavior Changes (Ind. Report)
UC Davis
Date: 2017-08-16
Getting to 80%: Mobilizing Feedback, Lifestyles, and Social Practices Research to Shape Residential Energy Consumption -- a new report by Bridget Clark at University of California-Davis -- suggests that with all the advances in building more energy-efficient air conditioners, better insulated homes and cars that run on less or no fuel, consumers have actually increased their energy consumption and that the expected energy savings have been outweighed by people living in larger homes with more and more often used appliances.

In her paper, Clark looked at the goals of recently passed legislation mandating that the state of California cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct of 1990 levels by 2030, and a further reduction to 80 pct by 2050. Along with these cuts are authorizations for policy changes, technology improvements and other measures, such as rebates and upgrades in the electrical grid, that would help California achieve its goals. But policy changes and technology improvements alone won't work because people want to be comfortable in a cool (or warm) room, have convenient ways to cook food, and have lighting in their homes they consider to be warm and pleasing.

The report suggests that Californians should consider interventions to limit CO2 emissions similar to those undertaken in Japan which mandated that all government buildings could not be heated or cooled when temperatures are between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius (68-82 F). Within two years of implementation, the program led to an estimated 1.14 million-ton reduction in emissions.

What is needed is more sociological research that focuses on consumer behavior and policy that focuses on reducing the overall consumption of energy, according to the study. "Through deeper examinations of the ways in which energy consumption is socially and culturally determined we can begin to construct more holistic policies that take into account why and how people actually consume energy." (Source: UC Davis, DOE Science News Source, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: UC-Davis, Dept. of Socialogy, Bridget Clark, (530) 752-0782, www.ucdavis.edu

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


India Planning Biofuel Powered Navy (Int'l Report)
Biofuel
Date: 2017-08-16
In New Delhi, the Indian government reports it plans to replace conventional petroleum fuel with biofuel in Indian war ships and the use of methanol fuel for propelling barges. To that end, the government is expected to introduce a policy to increase biofuels production and state owned companies are reportedly planning to invest approximately $2 billion in cellulosic biofuels R&D and production. The initiative is aimed at cutting crude oil imports and saving an expected $15 billion per year in fuel costs.

An understanding is expected to be signed between government run Goa Shipyard limited, the Indian Coast Guard and energy producer Gas India Limited (GAIL) for conducting further study of the government plan.

(Source: Sputnik, Various Media, 14 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  Methanol,  


Japan's 1st Palm Oil Fired Power Plant Completed (Int'l)
Sankei Energy
Date: 2017-08-16
Osaka, Japan-headquartered Sankei Energy Corp reports the completion of Japan's first palm oil-fueled power plant in Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture. Palm oil-fired power plants are less affected by weather conditions than other biofuels such as biodiesel or woody biomass, according to the company.(Source: Sankei Energy Corp,, Japan Today, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Sankei Energy, www.sankei-energy.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


Greenfield Considering Quebec Ethanol Plant Expansion (Ind. Report)
Greenfield Global Inc
Date: 2017-08-16
Canada's largest ethanol producer Greenfield Global Inc. -- formerly Greenfield Specialty Alcohols -- reports it has begun a feasibility study to expand biofuel production from 170 million metric lpy to 300 million metric lpy at its biorefinery in Varennes, Quebec. -- the province's first ethanol plant. The study will investigate the adaptation of emerging advanced biofuels technologies using non-traditional feedstocks and processes, including cellulosic ethanol, renewable diesel, and renewable natural gas.

Presently, as part of its 2030 Energy Policy, the Province of Quebec's 2017-2020 Action Plan calls for the establishment of the province's first biofuels volumetric blending requirements starting at 5 pct for gasoline and 2 pct for diesel; as well as a 5 pct for renewable natural gas. (Source: Greenfield Global, PR, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field , CEO, info@gfsa.com, www.greenfield.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuels,  


Rentech Canceling DRAX Wood Pellet Supply Contract (Ind. Report)
Rentech,DRAX
Date: 2017-08-16
Wood pellet producer Rentech reports it is negotiating the cancellation of its outstanding 193,000 metric tonne wood pellet supply agreement for 2017 with UK utility DRAX. As previously reported, Rentech idled its Wawa, Ont., facility and lowered production at its Atikokan, Ont., facility earlier this year due to equipment and operational concerns.

In Q2 of this year, Rentech's industrial wood pellet revenues fell to $3.2 million compared to $6.5 million for the same period in 2016. Operating loss was $2.7 million for Q2 2017, compared to $6.6 million for the same period last year, due primarily to the idling of its Wawa plant, according to a company report. (Source: Rentech, Others, Cdn. Biomass, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Rentech, Sean Ebnet, VP Wood Fiber Bus., Julie Dawoodjee Cafarella, VP Investor Relations, (310) 571-9800 ext 341, jdawoodjee@rentk.com, www.rentechinc.com; DRAX Group, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rentech,  DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


El Nino Increased 2014-16 CO2 Release, says NASA (Ind. Report)
NASA
Date: 2017-08-16
According to data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, which measures level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the 2014-16 El Nino caused the release of more than 3 billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, pushing carbon dioxide concentration to record levels.

El Nino is a periodic climate event that causes waters to warm up in east-central Pacific Ocean, which in turn causes huge changes in wind directions bringing less rain to south-east Asia and the Indian subcontinent, while increasing rain in other parts of the world. According to a report in the scientific journal Nature, the El Nino led to excessive carbon dioxide releases through hot weather and drought which caused extensive wildfires in south-east Asia, while drought in the Amazon rainforest stunted plant growth, reducing the amount of carbon they absorb while growing. Besides these, warmer weather and near normal rainfall in Africa caused forests to exhale more CO2.

The NASA measurements are a first for satellite tracking CO2 levels. Earlier, changes in greenery were tracked and from that deductions were made. In recent times, CO2 emissions from burning of fossil fuels had flattened out to about 36.2 billion tonnes in 2014 and 2015. Projections for 2016 indicated that emissions were still flat. (Source: NASA, Times of India, Economic Times, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory, (818) 354-7716, www.nasa.gov

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


Conn. Congressman Touts $1.8Tn Carbon Tax Proposal (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-08-16
Connecticut congressman John Larson (D) has proposed "upstream" carbon tax on fossil fuels legislation that would raise $1.8 trillion over 10 years.

Under the congressman's proposal, the carbon tax funds, which would be held in trust and administered by the US. Treasury, would be used for infrastructure projects, a consumer tax rebate and support for "carbon-intensive industries workers such as coal workers." Approximately $50 billion over the 10 year period would go toward mine-worker pensions and training; health benefits; abandoned mine reclamation; economic development; development of carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies. (Source: U.S. Rep. John Larson, PR, Aug., 2017) Contact: Rep. John Larson, (202) 225-2265, (860) 278-8888, www.larson.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


Univ. Guelph Bioproducts Researchers Score Funding (Ind. Report)
University of Guelph
Date: 2017-08-16
Guelph Researchers Score $630,000 Funding (Ind. Report) In Ontario, Canada, the University of Guelph reports it has received more than $630,000 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John Evans Leaders Fund for projects ranging from health to converting agri-food waste into energy.

Among the funding recipients, engineering professor Animesh Dutta will receive $177,127 from CFI. Along with engineering professors Shohel Mahmud and Emily Chiang, he will study how to turn agri-food waste into bioproducts including bio-carbon, a potential replacement for coal, bio-oil, a possible substitute for petroleum, and syngas, an alternative for natural gas. (Source: University of Guelph, PR, Guelph Today, 15 Aug., 2017)Contact: University of Guelph, Prof, Animesh Dutta, (519) 824-4120, www.uoguelph.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Guelph,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  


Indian Solar Maker Faces Insolvency Over Cheap Imports (Int'l)
Moser Baer Solar
Date: 2017-08-16
In India, the Financial Express is reporting that the Central Bank of India (CBI) has submitted an insolvency petition with the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against Indian solar panel maker Moser Baer Solar, a subsidiary of Moser Baer India Ltd.

The solar manufacturer has reportedly been in financial trouble due to lower priced solar panel imports from China and falling solar tariffs in India, and has been unable to restructure its approximate $ 149 million debt. The firm now has up to 270 days to resolve its debt problem or face liquidation. (Source: Moser Baer India, Financial Express, Various Media, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Moser Baer Solar, +91 120 465 8000, www.moserbaersolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Moser Baer Solar,  Solar,  


SolarReserve Inks 150MW Solar Thermal Energy Storage Deal (Int'l)
SolarReserve
Date: 2017-08-16
In the Land Down Under, Santa Monica, California-headquartered SolarReserve reports it has signed a long-term Generation Project Agreement (GPA) to construct a 150 MW solar thermal power station with 8 hours of energy storage near the town of Port Augusta, South Australia

The Aurora Solar Energy Project will utilize SolarReserve's solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage. With a massive 1,100 MWh of energy storage capability, Aurora will be the largest project of its kind in the world.

The Generation Project Agreement is similar to a Power Purchase Agreement for renewable energy, except that emphasis is placed on the available capacity of the facility during peak demand periods rather than the energy that can be delivered in kWh. Aurora will deliver power into the National Electricity Market (NEM) at high value electricity periods, providing additional capacity, energy security and reliability services, as well as competition into the South Australian market. As part of the project, SolarReserve will establish a research partnership with South Australian universities to advance solar thermal research and education in South Australia. (Source: SolarReserve, PR, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: SolarReserve, Tom Georgis, Senior VP of Development, (310) 315-2200, www.solarreserve.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarReserve,  Solar Thermal,  Energy Storage,  


Korea Readies for Wind Expansion (Int'l. Ind. Report)
World Wind Energy Association
Date: 2017-08-14
In Bonn, Germany, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and Korean Wind Energy Industry Association (KWEIA) are reporting the signing of a research agreement , the results of which are intended to guide the Korean government's efforts to boost the Korean wind industry.

South Korea, which to date has been a marginal wind industry player, is phasing out coal and nuclear power generation and accelerating the deployment of renewable energy for power generation. (Source: World Wind Energy Association, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: World Wind Energy Association, www.wwindea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  World Wind Energy Association,  


Wood Pellet Plant Planned for Bonfield, Ontario, (Ind. Report)
International Wood Industries
Date: 2017-08-14
Thornoton, California-headquartered wood products manufacturer International Wood Industries reports it will build a sawmill in conjunction with a sawmill waste wood pellet mill in the town of Bonfield, Ontario, Canada. Plant capacity and financial details have not been released but the project is expected to get underway early in 2018 for a January 2019 startup. (Source: International Wood Industries, Various Media, Biomass Mag., 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: International Wood Industries , Gerg Medvid, Pres., www.iwiproducts.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


Notable Quote

Date: 2017-08-14
"Use of fuel is increasing day by day. Diesel is being extensively used. The ministry of Petroleum has increased the manufacturing of biofuel. The manufacturing of ethanol by (from) sugar cane peel will be doubled in the next 5 years." -- Sanjay Kumar Bharati, Indian Oil Corporation, 10 Aug., 2017

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  


Conifex Reports Record Q2 Results (Ind. Report)
Conifex
Date: 2017-08-14
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Conifex Timber Inc., a growth-oriented publicly traded Canadian company focused on forestry, saw-milling and biomass power generation, has reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2017, which excludes countervailing duty deposits of $4.6 million, was a record $14.8 million, compared to $6.1 million in the first quarter of 2017 and $9.0 million in the second quarter of 2016. Compared to the previous quarter, an improvement in lumber segment adjusted EBITDA of $10.3 million was partially offset by seasonally lower bioenergy segment adjusted EBITDA and foreign exchange translation loss. Compared to the second quarter of 2016, lumber segment adjusted EBITDA improved by $6.7 million and bioenergy segment adjusted EBITDA was lower by $0.6 million. (Source: Conifex, PR, 10 Aug., 2017) Contacts: Conifex, Yuri Lewis, CFO, (778) 331-8687, www.conifex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Conifex,  Biomass Power,  


Manatee Earns Fla. Green Building First (Ind. Report)
Florida Green Building Council
Date: 2017-08-14
In the Sunshine State, Manatee County reports it is the first county in Florida to earn LEED Platinum certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition. In 2011 the county earned LEED Silver certification.

Among the programs noted by the FGBC in Manatee County are the county's use of an energy efficient downtown chiller plant, a transition to single-stream recycling as the Manatee Library, expansion of the county's "green practices" staff, cutting city landfill energy costs and the launch of numerous other energy efficiency initiatives and projects. (Source: Manatee County, SRQ, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: US Green Building Council, Manatee County , Diana Robinson, Energy Manager, (941) 784-4501, www.mymanatee.org; Florida Green Building Coalition , Exec. Dir., C.J. Davila, (407) 777-4914, floridagreenbuilding.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification. Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Tree Height Carbon Capture Capacity Examined (Ind. Report)
University of Arizona BIO5 Institute
Date: 2017-08-14
Researchers from the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute have determined that trees growing in mountain valleys (low altitude) hold more carbon than higher altitude trees on mountain peaks. The researchers examined precipitation records and data collected by aircraft showing tree density and height at sites in Colorado and noted that the same species of tree at low altitude, valley floors were at least twice as tall as those on nearby ridges and slopes.

According to the researchers, "a tree growing on a ridge may only ever grow to be 30 feet tall. But the same species down in the drainage bottom could be 150 feet tall and it could have 10 times the biomass, and that would mean it was doing maybe 10 times the carbon capture of the trees on the ridges." Simply put, trees and other plants use biomass, or their living tissue, to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as part of the photosynthesis process that puts oxygen back into the atmosphere. Taller trees have more biomass. The research could be useful to land managers and scientists modeling the effects of climate change. (Source: University of Arizona BIO5 Institute, Aug., 2017) Contact: University of Arizona, Tyson Swetnam, Ecologist, (520) 626-2465, https://research.arizona.edu/learn-more/bio5-institut, www.bio5.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  


Energy Efficiency Saves Tesco £200Mn per year (Int'l)
Tesco
Date: 2017-08-14
In the UK, grocery giant Tesco reports it saved approximately £200 million last year through its refrigeration and energy efficiency efforts. According to Carbon Trust estimates, a 20 pct cut in a retailers' energy costs represents the same bottom-line benefit as a 5 pct increase in sales. . (Source; Tesco, Retail Week, Aug., 2017) Contact: Tesco, +44 (0) 11 44 1992 632222, www.tesco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesco,  Energy Efficiency,  


$150Mn Bonds Approved for Nevada Biofuels Plant (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2017-08-14
Further to our August 2nd coverage, in the Silver State, Fulcrum Bioenergy's planned plant to convert the town of Lockwood municipal dump waste into syncrude for jet and diesel fuel production has won Nevada Finance Board approval to use $150 million in bonds to build Phase II of the project at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

The plant, which will convert 175,000 tpy of garbage into 11 million gpy of fuel, is expected to break ground in next month. (Source: Nevada Appeal, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: Fulcrum BioEnergy, Jeanne Benedetti, VP, Jim Macias, CEO, Pres., (925) 730-0150, info@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum Bioenergy,  Syncrude,  Biocrude,  


Energy Efficiency Standards for Appliances, Lighting and Equipment Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Date: 2017-08-14
According to the attached report from the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, over 40 pct of the total energy consumed in the U,S. is used for operating buildings, and most of that energy goes toward appliances and building-related equipment. In accordance with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended , the U.S. DOE implements minimum efficiency standards for a wide range of appliances and equipment used in residential and commercial buildings.

Within the parameters of technical feasibility and cost effectiveness, federal efficiency standards compel product designers and manufacturers to reduce the amount of energy and water necessary for the proper operation of appliances and other building equipment. Operational efficiency means less waste of natural and financial resources. The legal limit on energy/water consumption for designated products -- applied equally to all manufacturers of those products -- makes energy efficiency a priority instead of an afterthought or a competitive disadvantage .

Download the Environmental and Energy Study Institute Energy Efficiency Standards for Appliances, Lighting and Equipment report HERE Contact: EESI, (2020 628-1400, www.eesi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Environmental and Energy Study Institute,  


Smart Solar's Kumamoto Solar Park Construction Underway (Int'l)
Smart Solar
Date: 2017-08-14
Japanese solar developer Smart Solar Corp reports it has begun construction on a 34.6 MW photovoltaic (PV) plant of in Kumamoto prefecture.

The Kumamoto Yamaga Solar Park C will incorporate 125,280 solar panels to generate 38 million kWh per year -- sufficient power for 12,000 homes -- and offset approximately 21 million tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Smart Solar presently operate has 30 solar power stations totaling 200 MW in Japan. (Source: Smart Solar Corp., Renewables Now, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: Smart Solar Corp., +81-3-5623-2345, www.smartsolar.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Solar,  Solar,  


Ontario $24Mn Cap-and-Trade Cash for Green Job Training (Ind. Report)
Ontario, Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-08-14
At Queen's Park in Toronto, the Ontario Government is offering $24 million in funding from the new provincial cap-and-trade program to help labour training centres develop and educate high skilled workers for low-carbon, energy efficient green building jobs. To access the one-year program, training centres must apply for part of the funding.

As previously reported, the province is expecting approximately $1.3 billion in revenue from the newly created cap-and-trade program in 2017 -- the programs first year. (Source: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, CBC News. 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 212-7307, https://www.ontario.ca/ministry-environment-and-climate-change

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  


Bay State Finalizes GHG Reduction Plan (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-08-14
In Concord, Massachusetts regulators are reporting the details of a just released plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. The plan requires a clean energy standard, carbon dioxide emissions limits for the transportation and energy sectors,curbs on methane pollution, and other initiatives to reduce emissions in the state.

The new rules require utilities produce 80 pct of their power from low-carbon sources by 2050, and creates a cap-and-trade program for 21 fossil fuel power plants in the state Mass Live reports. The rules also call for lower emissions from state-owned or leased vehicles and a reduction in methane leaks along natural gas distribution lines.

The expanded regulations come nine years after Massachusetts lawmakers passed a climate change law to cut emissions by 25 pct below 1990 levels by 2020, and by 80 pct before 2050. As of 2014, the Bay State's emissions were down 21 pct from 1990 levels. (Source: Mass Live, the Hill, Others, 11 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG Emissions,  GReenhouse Gas Emissions,  


India Investing $2Bn in Methanol, Biofuels (Int'l)
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
Date: 2017-08-14
In New Delhi, the Indian Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas reports that state-run companies are investing $2 billion in R&D on second-generation biofuel refineries to meet the fast growing demands of the transportation sector. At the same time, the Indian transport minister cautioned that a 22 pct annual growth in the number of automobiles was unsustainable without promoting public transport running on alternative fuels.

To that end, the transportation ministry is promoting biofuel and electric powered public transportation and working with the Finance Ministry to cut the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on biodiesel from the present 18 pct to 5 pct. The government has also passed legislation requiring flexi-engines, shipping and inland waterways to use methanol and other Biofuels . (Source: Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Times of India, 11 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas www.petroleum.nic.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Methanol,  


TGC Closes Latest Fund Reaching $350Mn Cap (Ind. Report)
True Green Capital Management
Date: 2017-08-14
Westport, Connecticut-headquartered True Green Capital Management LLC (TGC), an institutional asset manager specializing in distributed power generation and commercial PV solar, reports it has closed its $350 million discretionary True Green Capital Fund III, L.P.

To date, TGC has deployed approximately 30 pct of its Fund III capital on building and financing renewable energy electric power infrastructure projects. The existing investment portfolio consists of commercial and sub-utility scale solar power plants with contracted offtake agreements with municipal utilities, military bases, universities, and corporate clients. (Source: True Green Capital Management LLC, PR, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: True Green Capital, (203) 557-6224, www.truwgreencapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV,  


Connecticut Green Bank Touts C-PACE Program (Ind. Report)
Connecticut Green Bank,PACE,C-PACE
Date: 2017-08-14
The Connecticut Green Bank reports it has leveraged more than $1 billion through public-private partnerships to make clean energy more affordable and accessible to homeowners, businesses and industry since its founding in July, 2011. By the end of fiscal 2016,, the Green Bank had used some $165 million in state funds to attract $750 million in private investment, according to the Green Bank's most recent audit. It also topped $100 million in projects completed under the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program for a wide range of cumulative 165 projects that reduce energy use, solar panel installations, switching to more efficient lighting and/or replacing outdated boilers.

About 60 pct of C-PACE projects are solar and another 20 pct involve solar combined with other energy-efficient practices, according to the Green Bank. C-PACE projects have generated 21.2 MW of clean energy, created nearly 1,500 green jobs, eliminated nearly 19,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and saved $198 million in energy costs, according to the Green Bank's its second-quarter report for 2017. (Source: Connecticut Green Bank, News Times, 12 Aug., 2017) Contact: Connecticut Green Bank, Mackey Dykes, VP, (860) 563-0015, www.ctgreenbank.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  C-PACE,  Green Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


First Corn Ethanol Plant Commissioned in Brazil (Int'l Report)
FS Bioenergia
Date: 2017-08-14
Privately owned Sao Paulo-headquartered FS Bioenergia is reporting the inauguration of Brazil's first corn ethanol plant with a capacity of 63.4 million gpy, 6,200 topy of corn oil and 60,000 MW of power.

FS Bioenergia, a joint venture between Brazil's Fiagril Participaçoes and U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group, produces ethanol and corn co-products in the city of Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso state. The state is Brazil's largest producer of corn, soybeans and livestock. There are currently around 360 sugar cane-based ethanol plants in Brazil. (Source: FS Bioenergia, Reuters, Contact: FS Bioenergia, +55 65 35 48 1500, www.fsbioenergia.com.br

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


Sumitomo Takes Stake in Canadian Pacific Bioenergy (M&A)
Canfor, Sumitomo,Canadian Pacific Bioenergy
Date: 2017-08-14
Japanese Sumitomo reports it has acquired a minority 47.6 pct stake in Canadian Pacific Bioenergy (PBEC) which simultaneously purchased the 34 pct share in Pacific Bio-Energy Limited Partnership (PBLP) that was previously held by French Engie and thereby holds all the shares in the operator of the 350,000 tpy wood pellet works in Prince George , British Columbia. Financial and other details of the transaction were not released.

PBLP has operated two wood pellet works with a combined capacity 175,000 tpy in cooperation with Canfor Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, at Canfor's Chetwynd and Fort St. John saw-milling facilities since 2016. (Source: Sumitomo, EUWID, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Canadian Pacific Bioenergy, www.pacificbioenergy.ca; Canfor Pulp, Martin Pudlas, VP OPerations, Don Kayne, (604) 661-5241, info@canfor.com, www.canfor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canfor,  Canadian Pacific Bioenergy,  Bioenergy,  Wood Pellet,  


£4.4Mn Ear-Marked for Scottish Energy Efficiency Pilots (Int'l)
Scotland Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-08-14
In Scotland, 15 local and community councils are to share £ 4.4 million in funding for pilot energy efficiency projects under Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). Pilot projects are testing innovative ways to reduce emissions and tackle fuel poverty before the programme starts in full in 2018.

Pilot projects include the installation of two large-scale ground source heat pumps in Edinburgh's Saughton Park Winter Gardens and new building developments, energy efficiency measures in NHS Lanarkshire health centres and Orkney schools, and the extension of a district heating network to tower blocks in Falkirk. (Source: Various Media, Energy Voice, 10 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


YDE Building Solar Plant for Middle East Insulation (Int'l)
Yellow Door Energy
Date: 2017-08-14
The UAE, Dubai-based solar and energy efficiency specialist Yellow Door Energy (YDE) and Middle East Insulation, a leading player in the UAE's cladding and roof industry, are reporting a partnership to install a 205 kWp solar PV plant at Middle East Insulation's newest facility in the Dubai Investment Park.

The project construction is expected the get underway this month for operation by the end of the year. YDE will manage the construction, operation and maintenance of the solar PV plant for the next 15 years.

This system will provide 347,000 kWh of electricity per year and cut CO2 emissions 244 tpy, according to a statement.

YDE identifies, finances and implements solar and energy efficiency solutions for commercial and industrial energy consumers in the Middle East and Africa. (Source: Yellow Door Energy, TradeArabia News Service, 13 Aug., 2017) Contact: Yellow Door Energy, Jeremy Crane, CEO, +971 4 454 3033, contact@yellowdoorenergy.com, www.yellowdoorenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yellow Door Energy,  Solar,  


WPPI to Purchase Invenergy Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
WPPI,Invenergy
Date: 2017-08-14
Sun Prairie-based WPPI Energy -- a not-for-profit regional power company serving 51 locally owned electric companies in Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Iowa -- reports it will buy all of the electricity generated from Invenergy's proposed 53-turbine, 132 MW Bishop Hill 3 wind farm in Illinois for a 22 year period.

The Bishop Hill 3 wind farm is expected to generate sufficient electr power for as many as 53,000 homes and businesses, according to WPPI. Currently, 14 pct of the electricity WPPI owns or is contracted to buy comes from renewable resources. Details of the Invenergy – WPPI agreement were not disclosed. (Source: WPPI, Wisc. State Journal, 12 Aug., 2017) Contact: WPPI, Mike Peters, CEO,

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Austin Energy Touts Renewables Power Plans (Ind. Report)
Austin Energy
Date: 2017-08-14
In the Lone Star State, Austin Energy is touting its renewable energy plan that would increase the city’s renewable energy goal from 55 pct to 65 by 2027 , with a possibility of later raising that goal to 75 pct renewable or even 100 pct. The utility says 100 pct renewable energy would raise the average houxeholder’s energy bill by approximately 11 pct.

Austin Energy presently generates or buys power from a mix of sources, including vast wind farms and solar arrays in West Texas, local gas plants, a nuclear plant in South Texas and a coal power plant in La Grange. The utility has committed to beginning to shut down its portion of that coal-fired Fayette Power Project, which it jointly owns with the Lower Colorado River Authority, in 2022. The city currently purchased 37 pct of its power from renewable resources, according to Austin Energy. (Source: Austin Energy, my Statesman, 11 Aug., 2017) Contact: Austin Energy, Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, (512) 494-9400, www.austinenergy.com

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CarbonCure, Outback Materials Partner on California High-Speed Rail Project (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure
Date: 2017-08-14
Fresno, California-headquartered Outback Materials has partnered with Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies in order to provide environmentally friendly concrete to projects in Central California, including the high-profile California High-Speed Rail project. This partnership solidifies Outback's commitment to help contribute to California’s environmental targets.

Outback has been dedicated to providing high-quality concrete from six local locations to the Central Valley for 50 years, and this new equipment will improve not only the environmental impact of the concrete they produce, but the overall integrity of the material, as well. CarbonCure’s technology, which will be installed in Outback’s Fresno plant, chemically sequesters waste CO2 in the concrete during the manufacturing process. CarbonCure is one of 27 semi-finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE challenge, which has been called the Nobel prize for climate technologies. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; Outback Materials, (559) 683-3131, www.OutbackMaterials.com; California High-Speed Rail Authority, www.hsr.ca.gov

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Nidec Supplying Energy Storage to Martinique Wind Farm (Int'l)
Nidec ASI
Date: 2017-08-11
In Japan, Nidec Group Industrial Solutions subsidiary Nidec ASI reports it will be installing 5MW / 5MWh of battery energy storage at the 14MW Grand Riviere wind farm on the French island territory of Martinique.

The project incorporates seven wind turbines of 2MW capacity each and an annual energy output of around 40GWh. Each turbine will be equipped with the battery energy storage system (BESS) that includes batteries, power conversion system, power management and energy management systems. (Source: Nidec ASI, Energy Storage, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: Nidec, www.nidec.com

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U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report -- Final Draft Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-08-11
Scientists and environmental groups have expressed concerns that the White House will try to bury or otherwise suppress the attached final draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies.

The report concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. The report was completed this year and is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years.

Access the U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report HERE. (Source: Various Media, NY Times, 7 Aug., 2017)

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Piedmont California Updating Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Paris Climate Accord
Date: 2017-08-11
In the Golden State, the city of Piedmont (pop. 11, 360) reports it is updating its existing seven year old Climate Action Plan to help residents and public and private entities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change.

The City Council recently resolved the city would follow the the Paris Climate Accord commitments, despite the Trump administration's withdrawal. The new Climate Action Plan will set goals in line with state goals to decrease greenhouse gasses by 40 pct below 2005 levels by the year 2030 and 80 pct below the 2005 level by 2050. The new plan, which will be drafted by a six-person task force, is intended to become a model and leader for larger cities like Oakland, Berkeley and others. In addition to CO2 emissions, the plan will address refrigerants and other gases that affect climate change. The Climate Action Plan is expected to be completed this fall for adoption in early 2018. (Source: City of Piedmont, East Bay Times, 8 August, 2017) Contact: City of Piedmont, Emily Alvarez, Climate Action Task Force, City Planner, (510) 420-3070, www.ci.piedmont.ca.us

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DOE Releases New Wind Energy Report (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2017-08-11
In Washington, according to a series of recently released US Energy Department wind market reports, America's wind industry added more than 8,200 MW of capacity in 2016, representing 27 pct of all energy capacity additions in 2016. In 2016, wind supplied about 6 pct of U.S. electricity, and 14 states now get more than 10 pct of their electricity from wind. The reports cover the land-based utility scale, offshore, and distributed wind energy sectors.

Access wind reports HERE. (Source: US DOE, 8 August, 2017)

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Target Purchasing 100MW of Wind Energy for 150 Stores (Ind. Report)
Target Corp., Infinity Renewables
Date: 2017-08-11
Santa Barbara, California-headquartered Infinity Renewables reports that retailing giant Target Corp. has agreed to purchase 100 megawatts of output from Infinity Renewables' 474-megawatt Solomon Forks wind project in Kansas. Power from the Solomon Forks project will help offset the energy used at 150 Target stores in the area. Terms weren’t disclosed. The Solomon Forks wind farm is ex pected to be online in 2018. Other details have not been released. (Source: Infinity Renewables, Target, Aug., 2017) Contact: Infinity Renewables, (805) 569-6180, www.infinityrenewables.com

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Notable Quote

Date: 2017-08-11
"The wind industry continues to install significant amounts of new capacity, and supplied about 6 percent of total U.S. electricity in 2016. A combination of federal subsidies, state mandates, and technological advancements continue to help drive new wind capacity additions." -- Daniel Simmons, DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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CWind Seals German Offshore Wind Farm Cable Deal (Int'l Report)
CWind.Merkur Offshore
Date: 2017-08-11
UK-based CWind, a British integrated service provider supporting the offshore wind industry, reports it has sealed a deal with Tideway to deliver all cable pull-in services for 66 offshore wind turbines and one offshore substation at the 396MW Merkur Offshore wind farm which is currently under construction in the German North Sea.

Merkur Offshore is a JV of its shareholders PG Merkur Holding , InfraRed Capital Partners, DEME Concessions and Coriolis. The Merkur Offshore wind farm features 66, GE Haliade 150 offshore wind turbines with nominal power of 6 MW each.(Source: CWind, EBR, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: CWind Global, +44 (0) 1245 702000, info@cwind247.com, cwind.global.com

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Singapore's KCT Group Selling 103MW Renewables Portfolio (Int'l)

Date: 2017-08-11
In Singapore, KCT Group reports it is seeking purchasers for its 103 MW renewable energy assets portfolio.

The asset sale is expected to go for $100-150 million. Kotak Mahindra Capital, an investment bank, has been appointed to help find financial and strategic investors. (Source: KCT Group, LiveMint, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: KCT Group, +65 6487 4646, enquiry@ktcgroup.com.sg, www.kctgroup.com; Kotak Mahindra Capital, www.investmentbank.kotak.com

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POET Expanding Marion Ohio Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Poet LLC
Date: 2017-08-11
Following on our May 26th coverage, Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Ethanol producer POET Biorefining, which has three plants in Ohio, said that it is set to break ground on a $120 million expansion that will double capacity at its 70 million gpy plant in Marion, Ohio. POET, which has two northwest Ohio plants in Fostoria and Leipsic, said the Marion plant will expand from 70 million gallons per year to 150 million gallons. It also will increase its production of high-protein animal feed (DDGs) from 178,000 tons to approximately 360,000 tpy.

The company said corn purchases from area farmers will grow from 24 million bushels to 50 million bpy. (Source: POET, The Blade, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380, www.ethanolproducts.com

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NYSERDA Selects Direct for Energy Management Program (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,Direct Energy
Date: 2017-08-11
Qualified Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) vendor Direct Energy reports it has been selected by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for its Panoramic Power technology program. NYSERDA's RTEM program supports the installation of energy systems and information services that collect energy usage data that can be used to optimize a building's energy consumption.

Direct Energy Business will work with customers throughout the program's process including project scoping, submission of the NYSERDA application and installation. Direct Energy Business will also provide real time energy monitoring and quarterly reports. Eligible buildings include office buildings, health care facilities, and state and local governments. NYSERDA has dedicated $30 million to this program and it will be open until June 2021, or until all funds have been allocated. (Source: Direct Energy, PR, Aug., 2017) Contact: Direct Energy, www.directenergy.com; NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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HCAVS, Autani Launch EnergyCenter Financing Program (Ind. Report)
Hitachi Capital America,Autani
Date: 2017-08-11
Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services (HCAVS) reports it has joined forces with Columbia, Maryland-based building automation specialist Autani LLC to provide financing to customers of its EnergyCenter suite of building management products and services.

Autani's EnergyCenter building management platform connects Lighting, Metering, HVAC, Refrigeration and Sensors to control, monitor and verify energy consumption through a single system with either wireless or wired connectivity. (Source: Hitachi Capital, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: Htachi Capital America, Jeff Cowan, (952) 996-0270, jcowen@hcavs.com; Autani, www.autani.com

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Stem, CPower Tout Energy Management Partnership (Ind. Report)
Stem Inc., CPower
Date: 2017-08-11
Millbrea, Califonia-based intelligent energy storage specialist Stem, Inc. reports it is partnering with Baltimore-based CPower, a provider of demand response (DR) and demand-side energy management services for commercial and industrial customers. The partnership will combine Stem's energy storage services with CPower's demand response and curtailment services to offer an integrated solution for managing electricity demand, optimizing operations, increasing profitability, and advancing sustainability. (Source: Stem, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Stem Inc., (415) 937-7836, info@stem.com, www.stem.com; CPower, John Horton, CEO, Glenn Bogarde Senior VP, Sales, (410) 346-5294, Glenn.Bogarde@CPowerEnergyManagement.com, www.CPowerEnergyManagement.com

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Ameresco, LCCC Ink GESA Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2017-08-11
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) in Ticoke, Pennsylvania to renew and upgrade the school's energy infrastructure and institute energy efficiency measures.

The nearly $8 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project is expected to earn the College $122,757 in energy rebates and incentives and deliver more than $576,000 annually in energy savings for the next 15 years.

The project includes energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to 474,900 square feet of space in 17 campus buildings and and consists of 16 Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that will prove entirely self-funded within the 15-year repayment term. Work on the projec t is slated to get underway this fall. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: Luzerne County Community College,: Lisa Nelson, 570-740-0732, www.luzerne.edu; Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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AMP Americas Upping Manure Biofuel Production (Ind. Report)
AMP Americas
Date: 2017-08-11
Chicago-based AMP Americas is reporting receipt of a $47 million private equity investment from Houston-based EIV Capital. Launched in 2011 out of Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana, AMP processes cow manure into a transportation natural gas fuel. The new capital will be used to launch a second renewable natural gas production operation at an as yet unnamed location. The company also plans to expand its network of CNG stations across eight states operated under its ampCNG segment. (Source: AMP, Chicago Tribune, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: AMP, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, (312) 300-6700, www.ampcng.com

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Former Solazyme Under Chapter. 11 Protection (Ind. Report)
Solazyme,Bunge,Corbion
Date: 2017-08-11
San Francisco-based microalgae specialist and biofuels maker TerraVia Holdings Inc., formerly Solazyme, reports it filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on 2 August, 2017. The company operates an R&D center in San Francisco, and two manufacturing facilities: one wholly-owned in Peoria, Illinois and one in Brazil in a joint venture with Bunge.

Netherlands-headquartered Corbion reports it has entered into a "stalking horse" stock and asset purchase agreement of approximately $20 million with TerraVia Holding. The auction process and transaction, which are subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to conclude within 60 to 90 days. (Source: TerraVia Holding, Corbin, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Corbion, www.corbion.com; TerraVia Holding, (650) 780-4777, info@terravia.com, www.terravia.com

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